Stalling must be pre-ordered on your entry form. No additional stalls will be set, only those that are pre-ordered. Stalls are $40 for the week. Stalling is on the grounds in Lower Exhibition Hall, which is indoors and climate controlled. No tie-outs are allowed. Please be advised this location has concrete floors.

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 10-15, they will incur a $50 late fee and automatically be placed in slack.

Any entries submitted after April 15, 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:

  • Wednesday – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday – 8:30 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 $30 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 offices of the American Royal upstairs.  It is located on the very North end of the building. 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 (30 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 online here.

    • Average winners will receive the champion belt buckle (guaranteed for events with pre-entry of 3 or more per event)
    • 80% payback
    • Buckles will be presented at the Pro Rodeo on Thursday, May 2.
    • $225 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:

Tuesday, April 23 – 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, April 24 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Thursday, April 25 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday, April 26 – 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 Wednesday, April 24 immediately after the rodeo performance but not before 1:00 pm.

Senior Division slack is Thursday, April 25 immediately after the rodeo performance but not before 1:00 pm.

Selections for the rodeo performance will be announced on April 15th 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 15.

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