Youth from across the country compete at this one of a kind rodeo. Everyone is welcome to apply and compete. Selections are made for the rodeo performances while all other applicants compete in slack. The Junior division is for ages 13 and under and the Senior division is for ages 14-18. Each division competes once over two days.


All competitors must submit an application. A committee reviews all applications while the names of the applicants are hidden. The selection is based solely upon a combination of the following: accomplishments in and out of the rodeo arena, leadership, community involvement, and academics. Those individuals selected get to compete in the performance in front of hundreds of children. While all other applicants get to compete in slack.


The champion in each event will win a hand-made belt buckle and prize money. There is $3,500 added in prize money with the bragging rights of being the American Royal Champion!