Don’t miss 3 days of action packed professional rodeo action! Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete for the title of World Champion in 8 different events. Fun for the entire family!
The 47th Annual International Finals Rodeo comes back to Oklahoma City and will be held Jan. 13-15, 2017. You’ll see the top rodeo athletes in the International Professional Rodeo Association from the U.S., Canada and Australia, vie for world championships in the eight action-packed events of bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping and cowgirls breakaway roping. Those same contestants also vote for the livestock World Champions, like our 2016 IPRA World Champion Bareback Horse “Mafia Witch“!
You won’t want to miss the talent on display!
In the bull riding, the competition could not be closer between Tennessee cowboy, Corey Bailey and Canadian, Dusty McMullen. It’s also a tight race in the saddle bronc event with Canadian Louis Hemart going head-to-head with Oklahoman, Shane Hand. The same goes for the bareback riding between Illinois native, Joe Courville and last year’s IFR winner, Trey Moore of Alabama.
Reigning World Champion All-Around Cowboy, Justin Thigpen, has been dominating the tie-down roping this season, so it will be interesting to watch him work at the IFR. In the steer wrestling a rookie from Tennessee by the name of J.W. Ery has the lead but Canadian Tyler Foster is hot on his heels.
Last year’s Reserve World Champion Barrel Racer, Kindyl Scruggs has battled reigning world champ CarMarie Putnam, to take a strong lead going into the IFR. Team roping header Gable Hilderbrand and former world champ Stephen Britnell lead in their events, and Tennessee cowgirl, Megan Rinehart commands the breakaway roping, but reigning world champion, Lindsey Hughes from Oklahoma, is poised to advance on her lead at the IFR.
There are awards given at the end of end performance to the most outstanding animal in that performance and another award for overall performance for the 4 days. Our horse “Mafia Witch” should have 2 chances to kick up her heels in OKC and her championship buckle will also be presented at a banquet on January 12th. The 4 performance rodeo will pay out over $250,000.00 and the convention and rodeo also includes a bucking stock sale, trade show, an Old Timer’s Reunion, Specialty act showcase, Kids Day at the Rodeo as well as meetings and more!
The IPRA originated in 1957 in Chicago and Big Hat Rodeo Co owner Lenora Calzavara Nolan’s dad and his two brothers were founding members! The Big Hat Rodeo Co is the only original and longest running stock contracting company in the IPRA, which is the largest rodeo sanctioning organization east of the Mississippi.
Needless to say, much will be decided in the arena at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds come January. The International Professional Rodeo Association is proud to entertain fans and grow the sport of rodeo in America and beyond. And we’re excited to crown our new world champions, so make sure you’re there with us for IFR47!
Jim Norick Arena – Oklahoma State Fair Park
Address: 3001 General Pershing Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: (405) 948-6700 | Web: www.okstatefair.com