Grey Wells of Iron City is competing in the 27th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo July 7-12 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Wells is participating in the world’s richest youth rodeo, hoping to win his share of more than $250,000 in prize money and championship saddles and buckles.
Grey is son of Christy and Pat Wells of Iron City. An ambassador for FRM Feeds out of Bainbridge, he has been rodeoing since he was eight years old. He practices for his events daily and spends most of his free time helping his dad work cattle and loves to bass fish.
Wells will join more than 750 of the top high school rodeo athletes from around the world for the 2019 IFYR. He is vying for prizes in tie-down roping and team roping.
Contestants will compete in 10 events running simultaneously in three arenas throughout the week. Events include team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, cowgirls barrel racing, cowgirls pole bending, cowgirls breakaway roping and cowgirls goat tying. The IFYR consists of two long go-rounds and a short go. All contestants compete once in each of the long go-rounds. The top 15 averages in each event will compete in the short go finals on Friday.
“The International Finals Youth Rodeo brings high school athletes from all over the world Shawnee, Oklahoma, each year,” said Stephanie Meiler-Gideon, interim
director of the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center and International Finals Youth Rodeo. “The IFYR gives these athletes the chance to compete at a professional level and allows them to showcase their rodeo skills for all to see.”
The International Finals Youth Rodeo, held annually since 1993, is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that presents top high school athletes with a professional rodeo. In 2018, more than 875 contestants and their families traveled from 34 states and Australia to participate in the IFYR.
For more information, visit IFYR.com or call (405) 275-7020.