The Jr. National Finals Rodeo, originally scheduled for March, will now be held at the famous Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, June 28-July 3. The Jr. NFR will guarantee at least $200,000 in added money, with champions winning a minimum of $10,000 per event. Entries are scheduled to open April 15 at 9 a.m. (MT) at www.jrrodeo.org.
The Jr. NFR, which will crown the 2021 World Champions, attracts the best youth contestants who have qualified through a variety of pathways, including the top place winners from all major youth rodeo associations. More than 1,200 contestants are eligible to enter. The list of qualified contestants is available at jrrodeo.org/qualifiers.
The world champions in the timed events also earn a semifinal position at the 2022 RFD-TV’s The American at AT&T Stadium for a run at a share of $1 million in prize money. The PRCA rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28-March 6.
The Jr. NFR is a tournament-style rodeo with competition starting on June 28. The final qualifying rounds on July 1 feature the top 50 in timed events and the final performances in the riding events. The semifinals on July 2 will have two performances, featuring the five exemptions and qualifiers from the prior evening.
The Jr. NFR finals presents the top six semifinals place winners in a made-for-TV round. The world champion belt buckle is earned by the contestants with the fastest time or highest score on July 3. Each of the individual champions will receive at least a $10,000 payout, and the six timed-event contestants will earn a slot at the 2022 RFD-TV’s The American Semi-Finals in Arlington, Texas.
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