Thousands of rodeo contestants and enthusiasts of all ages will visit Guthrie for the next week to 10 days as the National Little Britches Rodeo activities kick off at the Lazy E Arena July 2nd. The event is part of the National Little Britches Association which began in 1952 in Colorado and is one of the oldest and largest youth rodeo associations in the United States. Over 1,230 youth will compete.
“We’ve experienced double-digit growth since we’ve moved to Oklahoma,” said Brand Director for the National Little Britches organization Ginger Myers. “Our rodeo contestants are ages five to 19. Families really like that all of their kids can compete out of the same arena. We’re one of the only National rodeo associations that offers this.”
Dates are July 2nd through July 7th this year. Contestants will move in on Monday. There is also a royalty competition that begins on Saturday. The girls compete separately for that and have to qualify to compete.
Myers explained, “The events are age appropriate for the children. For instance, our Little Wrangler age group (5-9) have four events and the events get harder as the kids grow and move to the next division. Our junior boys have the option to compete in a bareback steer event in preparation for bareback broncs in the senior age group.”
There are over 30 franchises, all independent, who produce Little Britches rodeos throughout the year-over 500 rodeos. In order to qualify, contestants have to be in the top seven five different times.
“Spectators should come up and watch,” said Myers. “There are three arenas running simultaneously that are all climate controlled (the only facility in the nation that has that ability.) We love the Lazy E facility.”
Free clinics and events will take place during the day, as well as a trade show, food trucks and much more for spectators to enjoy. For more information visit www.nlbra.com.