Stalling is available on the grounds in Lower Exhibition Hall and are on concrete. Stalls are free and will be first come first serve.

Yes! The Youth Rodeo is part of the Field Trip program, which allows contestants to compete in front of approximately 1,000 school children at each performance. More information at Field Trip

If room allows late entries may be accepted in some events from April 14-20, they will incur a $50 late fee and automatically be placed in slack.

Any entries submitted after April 20, will not be accepted.

No, you must purchase all shavings through the American Royal.  This is for sanitation and cleaning purposes. The stalls are on concrete. Shavings are available to purchase at the feed room or on the online entry form.

Feed Room Hours:

  • Monday – 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday – 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday – 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Yes, you can reserve a plug-in on your entry form. There will be 30 amp parking spots available. Parking fees are $25 per night.

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 roles, community involvement and academics. Contestants will be selected for the performances while all other eligible applicants will be in slack.

Yes. All contestants selected for a performance must attend the contestant meeting each morning at 10:00 AM in the hospitality area.  It is located in Lower Ex where all horses will be stalled, it is on the West side in the middle of the barn. We will hold a separate meeting for all the contestants participating in slack. The slack contestant meeting will be held immediately after the performance, the meeting will be in the grand stands of the arena.

All horses must have an accompanying current (15 days) Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and Negative Coggins test (1 year).

This includes horses from Missouri and Kansas.

It is $5 for admission into the Youth Rodeo for all parents and guests. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at the American Royal.

    • Average winners will receive the champion belt buckle
    • 75% payback
    • Buckles will be presented at the Pro Rodeo on Thursday night
    • $200 added per event

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%

Arrival Schedule:

Sunday, April 30 – 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Monday, May 1 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday, May 2 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, May 3 – 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

You must arrive during these hours only, there will be no access into the facility outside of these hours.

Junior Division slack is Tuesday, May 2 immediately after the rodeo performance but not before 1:00 pm.

Senior Division slack is Wednesday, May 3 immediately after the rodeo performance but not before 1:00 pm.

Selections for the rodeo performance will be announced on April 20th on the website.

The draw will be posted on the North end of the stalling area by the arena. It will also be available on our website after April 20.

No, there will not be shirts for the performance contestants this year.