Youth Rodeo Contestant Information

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Daily Draw

JR Draw Tuesday Performance JR Draw Tuesday Slack JR Draw Wednesday Performance SR Draw Thursday Performance SR Draw Thursday Slack SR Draw Friday Performance

Application & Entry Process

All contestants must fill out an online application and entry by July 15, 2018. Selections will be announced via email August 1, 2018. All contestants must submit an application along with their paid entries. A committee reviews all applications while the names of the applicants are hidden. The selection is based solely upon what is provided in each individual’s application. The final decisions are based upon a combination of the following: accomplishments in and out of the rodeo arena, leadership, community involvement, and academics. All eligible applicants will compete. Contestants will be selected for the performances while all other eligible applicants will be in slack. All contestants entered in goat tying will be in slack. Slack will be held for both Junior and Senior age divisions. Events and slack are subject to capacity and is at the discretion of the committee.



Changes this Year

  • Juniors will compete on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Seniors will compete on Thursday and Friday
  • Award presentation at the ProRodeo on Friday night for all event winners
  • For the second year, senior timed event winners get to compete at the ProRodeo Friday night
  • Goat Tying in Senior Division
  • Team Roping in Junior Division
  • Junior Bulls ages 9-13
  • Junior Bareback ages 9-13
  • Peewee Bareback ages 6-8
  • Mutton Busting ages 6 & under
  • Schedule

    Junior and Senior days have changed for 2018

    Tuesday, September 25 - Noon - Junior Division Performance

    Tuesday, September 25 - 2:00 PM - Junior Division Slack

    Wednesday, September 26 - Noon - Junior Division Performance

    Thursday, September 27 - Noon - Senior Division Performance

    Thursday, September 27 - 2:00 PM - Senior Division Slack

    Friday, September 28 - Noon - Senior Division Performance

    Friday, September 28 - 7:30 PM - PRCA Rodeo, awards presented

  • Performance Contestants

    9:00 AM – Check-In

    10:00 AM – Mandatory Contestant Meeting

    11:45 AM – Line up for Grand Entry

    12:00 PM – Rodeo Performance

    Check-In is located at the Show Office in the Northwest corner of stalling. Contestants in the performances will receive their contestant shirt which must be worn to compete in, back number, exhibitor pin, and companion wristband (allows access behind the chutes).

    There will be a mandatory meeting each morning for the contestants in the performance held in the bleachers in Hale Arena behind the announcer stand.

  • Slack Contestants

    12:00 PM – Check-In

    1:30 PM – Contestant Meeting

    2:00 PM – Slack

    Check-In is located at the Show Office in the Northwest corner of stalling. There will be a meeting immediately following the completion of the performance in Hale Arena bleachers behind the announcer stand on the respected day they are performing. Slack will start approximately 30 minutes after the performance is complete.

  • Junior Events

    Ages 13 and under, as of January 1, 2018

    Events Include:

    • Mutton Busting (6 & Under)
    • Junior Bulls (9-13 years)
    • Barrel Racing (Ladies)
    • Goat Tying (Ladies, Slack Only)
    • Breakaway Roping
    • Team Roping (must enter as a team)
    • Junior Bareback (9-13 years)
    • Peewee Bareback (6-8 years)
  • Senior Events

    Ages 14-18, as of January 1, 2018

    Events Include:

    • Bareback Riding
    • Bull Riding
    • Barrel Racing (Ladies)
    • Breakaway Roping (Ladies)
    • Goat Tying (Ladies, Slack Only)
    • Tie-Down Roping
    • Steer Wrestling
    • Saddle Bronc Riding
    • Team Roping (must enter as a team)
  • Rules

    Please review document for a list of American Royal ground rules. The National High School Rodeo Associations Rulebook shall be used for all events; except Junior/Peewee Bareback and Mutton Busting will follow the Missouri Kansas Youth Rodeo Rulebook.


  • Stalls & Shavings

    Stalling is available on the grounds in Lower Exhibition Hall and is first come first serve. Stalls are included in your entry fees. No tie-outs allowed. Please be advised this location has concrete floors.  Outside shavings are allowed. If you want to purchase shavings onsite they will be $9 a bag in the Feed Room. Feed Room hours are 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, so please plan accordingly. The Feed Room is located in the South West corner of stalling.

  • RV/Trailer Hookups

    RV/Trailer hook-ups will be available at the facility. 20 and 30 amp spots will be available on a first come first serve basis. Hook-ups are located in Lot A, behind the front entrance of the American Royal. Upon arrival you may park anywhere in the reserved Youth Rodeo parking area. Please be respectful of space and be courteous when parking. All parking fees are included in your entry fees. No tie-outs allowed.

  • Equine Health Requirements

    All horses must have an accompanying current (30 days) Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and Negative Coggins test (1 year). The Rodeo Veterinarian will be checking papers onsite. Only healthy livestock are allowed on the grounds. The Rodeo Veterinarian may perform a health assessment on any animal in question and will have final say on whether or not the animal may be on the grounds.

  • Event Winner Opportunities

    All junior and senior event winners will be invited to the ProRodeo on Friday night to receive their check and buckle in the arena. If unable to attend, checks and awards will be mailed to the contestant’s address from the entry form; after the completion of the rodeo.

    Winners of the senior timed events (steer wrestling, tie-down, team roping, and barrels) will be invited to compete in the ProRodeo on Friday night. If the youth rodeo contestant places in the Friday night performance, they will receive a total $200. Contestants will get free admission all parents and guests will need to purchase a ticket to the ProRodeo.

  • Event Access

    Every contestant will receive a back number for entry into the facility. Each contestant will also receive one wristband as a companion pass, this allows a parent or guardian behind the chutes and in the ally but does not get you entry into the event. Youth rodeo tickets may be purchased through or at the Hale Arena Box Office for $5.00. All family members and slack contestants must have a ticket to watch the performance. The box seats will be reserved for contestant’s family and friends to sit.

  • Directions & Facility

    The rodeo will be held in Hale Arena, located on the Northeast side of the American Royal Center. Warm-up will be in Tom Bass Arena and stalling is in Lower Exhibition Hall, located on the South end of the American Royal Center.

    Facility Map

  • Performance Shirts

    Contestants selected and competing in this year’s rodeo performances will receive a long sleeve shirt to compete in. Performance contestants will receive their shirt at check-in. Sizes are not guaranteed. Extra shirts will not be for sale and are only for those competing in the performances this year.

  • Photography/Videography

    There will be an official photographer and videographer in the arena. No professional cameras or videos are allowed.

  • Invite your School

    The Invitational Youth Rodeo is part of the School Tours program, which allows contestants to compete in front of approximately 1,200 school children at each performance! It’s an experience of a lifetime! Feel free to invite your school to attend by visiting

    School Tours

  • Pay Out

    Everyone competing (slack and performance) will be eligible for the champion buckle and payback monies. Payout will encompass both performances and slack for that age division. Buckles and checks will be presented at the ProRodeo on Friday night. They will be mailed out within 10 days for anyone not able to attend. Prize money checks will be void 90 days after issuance. 

    1. No ground money paid. No day money paid.
    2. If there is a qualified time or score, all prize money will be paid.
    3. If a contestant does not show up, their entry fee remains in the pot (except with a doctor’s or vet’s release).

    Payout will be as follows:

    1 entry 100%
    2-4 entries, 2 monies - 60%, 40%
    5-8 entries, 3 monies - 50%, 30%, 20%
    9-12 entries, 4 monies - 40%, 30%, 20%, 10%
    13-29 entries, 5 monies - 30%, 25%, 20%, 15%, 10%
    30+ entries, 6 monies - 29%, 24%, 19%, 14%, 9%, 5%

    Payout breakdown per event:

    Entry Fee - $75
    - Pot - $35
    - Stalls/Stock Charge - $25
    - Parking and administration - $15

    Added Money – Minimum $2500
    - 19 events – minimum $132 per event


  • Refund/Cancellation Policy

    There will be no refunds for Youth Rodeo. Exceptions will be considered if a doctor’s note or vet release is produced and approved by the day of competition. Requests for refunds must be submitted to the American Royal and are subject to a $20 cancellation fee. The amount to be refunded may not be used as a credit toward a future event.

    In case of cancellation of the contest or unavailability of the event due to any causes that are beyond the American Royal’s control, including, without limitation, such causes as war, governmental action or order, act of God, fire, flood, severe storm, strike,  labor disputes, or other similar causes (“Force Majeure Event”), this Agreement shall terminate, and the Contestant shall be entitled to the return of the fees for the Contest, less the prorated share allocated to the American Royal of the expenses incurred by the Royal in connection with the event as of the date of the Force Majeure Event. Refund of the Fees as provided in this section shall be the exclusive remedy of the Contestant against the American Royal in case the contest is cancelled or rescheduled through a Force Majeure Event. In the event of cancellation or unavailability for reasons beyond the control of the American Royal, Contestant releases and holds all claims for damage and agrees that the American Royal shall have no obligation except the above stated refund.