January 11, 2024, GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — The International Finals Rodeo kicked off in Guthrie, Oklahoma, January 11-14, 2024. With top-shelf talent from across the United States and Canada barrel racers of the IFR’s sanctioning association the International Professional Rodeo Association made their bids inside the Lazy E Arena for championship honors.

Follow along here for all the updates and stories from the IPRA’s championship event of the 2023 rodeo season.

Find more information and full results from the 2024 IFR here. Scroll down for stories and updates from winners of each round.

January 14, 2024 (GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA) — Saturday night marked the fourth and final round of competition at the 2024 IFR. Competitors had one last chance to make their bids for world title honors, or pickup round money. Rookie of the Year Emily Stiles carried her momentum from Round Three into the final round to ultimately take home the round win with a time of 16.422. This moved Stiles into the No. 1 position in the aggregate race and the No. 2 position in the IPRA World Standings.

Though IPRA world champion Julie Plourde didn’t pick up another round paycheck after her Round One win her commanding lead in the world standings coming into the IFR earned her the title after the first night of competition. Aboard KF Epic Ta Fame Plourde, of Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada, finished the IFR int he No. 9 position in the aggregate and concluded her year in the IPRA with $61,509.83 in world standings earnings.

Emily Stiles Wins Rookie, IFR Average Titles

Emily Stiles began the 2023 rodeo season with a specific goal: qualify for the International Finals Rodeo and win the International Professional Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year title. Fast forward to January 2024 and the high school senior exceeded her own expectations.

Stiles from Plymouth, Indiana, set out in the winter months of 2022 (the start of the 2023 rodeo season) winning Columbus, Ohio, which was the first rodeo she entered after purchasing her IPRA card. She followed that with another rodeo win in East Lansing, Michigan, and she finished second at two rodeos in Kentucky before taking a break in the winter months. She didn’t lose her momentum once the summer run began and was able to set herself up for a chance at winning the Rookie of the Year title.

“When summer hit I started going pretty hard, because I was in the top 15 and didn’t want to lose my spot,” Stiles said. “My summer started off pretty well with a few wins and quite a few placings.

“I ran at 49 IPRA rodeos, not including the IFR, and managed to win 17 of them,” she continued. “I knew I wanted to try for Rookie of the Year when I bought my card, but knew it would be tough. It still amazes me that I was able to meet that goal along with many others in 2023. I’m so thankful that I’m able to jockey the horse that I am and for the support system I have.”

Even more impressive for a rookie competitor was that she tackled those 49 rodeos all aboard her IFR Average champion mount Undniablyablazinstar, affectionately known as “Sophie.” The 17-year-old mare by Undniablydebonair and out of BJ Skipped Chico, who’s by Jackys Big Ben Jay was bred and raised by Stiles’ aunt and uncle, Ronda and Tye Casey. As a 5-year-old the mare was purchased by family friend Brenda Mager, who rode the mare to more than $14,299 in EquiStat earnings before passing of cancer in 2021. Still owned by Mager’s husband, Randy, Stiles took the reins in October 2021 competing in the Mid-States Rodeo Association qualifying for the MSRA Finals aboard Sophie.

Together Stiles and Sophie have gone on to win more than $19,184 in EquiStat earnings bringing Sophie’s earnings to more than $33,483, not including any earnings from the 2024 IFR.

Stiles came into the 2024 IFR in the No. 5 position with $28,520.83 in IPRA world standings earnings. In Round One the duo was a little off the pace finishing out of the money with a 16.788 for sixth place. The 17-year-old competitor wasn’t going to be discouraged and set her focus on Round Two.

“I focused on getting to my points at each barrel, because Sophie’s not a barrel hitter but I can be sometimes when I’m trying to be fast,” Stiles said. “Guthrie is a lot bigger than most of the rodeos we run at all summer as we run mostly on track to pens at fair rodeos. I had to really open Sophie up and ride a little harder than I usually do. Sophie is typically pretty honest and I knew that she could do well int hat pen if I rode correctly. Our patterns honestly weren’t the prettiest, but they were clean and that was all that mattered.”

While humble of her showing at the IFR, Stiles did more than “make clean runs.” She topped Round Two with a 16.450, worth $3,704. This all but solidified her Rookie of the Year championship.

“I never truly new I had the Rookie title won coming into the IFR as there was another tough rookie in the Finals,” Stiles said. “After my first round win I knew it would be hard for her to catch me, but I never underestimated her. I was excited to win Rookie of the Year as that was my main goal a the beginning of the season. I think that every win is special, but to be able to win Rookie of the Year on Sophie was extra special just because she means so much to so many people and I always want to make them proud.”

Stiles followed that round win with a third place finish in Round Three from a 16.455, worth $1,852 and came back to win yet another round in Round Four with a 16.422 for another $3,704. Moreover, that consistent showing inside the Lazy E Arena put Stiles in the No. 1 position in the aggregate race, worth $7,407. All totaled in Guthrie, Stiles earned $16,667, and ultimately finished as the IPRA Barrel Racing Reserver World Champion behind IPRA world champ Julie Plourde.

“I was little in awe when they said that I had won the average as it had been a goal of mine to place in the average but I never imagined I would win it,” Stiles said. “I had never won an average before and had a tough time with them before so to win my first average at the IFR of all places was crazy, but it’s all thanks to the amazing horse that I ride.

“I’d like to thank all of my family and friends for supporting me throughout the year, specifically Randy Mager for trusting me to jockey Sophie,” Stiles continued. “My aunt and uncle the Caseys, for helping get me up and down the road and making sure I always had a horse to ride, my parents for letting me live the crazy life that I do and of course all of my sponsors.”

January 13, 2024 (GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA) — After three nights of competition fans continued to be impressed with the action inside the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma for IFR 54. Kindyl Scruggs from Southaven, Mississippi, took the top spot in Round Three of the barrel racing from a time of 16.140 — the fastest run of the IFR thus far. After making her ninth trip to the IFR Scruggs holds onto her No. 4 position in the IPRA world standings. Mary Books of Procter, Arkansas, turned in a 16.425-second run to follow in second place in the round and IPRA Rookie of The Year Emily Stiles from Plymouth, Tennessee, finished third with a 16.455 and ultimately solidifying her Rookie of the Year title.

Kindyl Scruggs took home the Round Three win at IFR 54 with a time of 16.146. Photo courtesy IPRA

January 12, 2024 (GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA) — In Friday evening’s performance IPRA Rookie Emily Stiles picked up her first IFR round win and first IFR paycheck after turning in a time of 16.450 to take the lead. Six-time IFR qualifier Wendy Chesnut followed in a close second place with a 16.495.

Emily Stiles took home the Round Two win with a time of 16.450. Photo courtesy IPRA

January 11, 2024 (GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA) — As the 2024 International Finals Rodeo got underway, Julie Plourde of Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada locked in her first International Professional Rodeo Association Barrel Racing World Championship after winning Round One.

Plourde solidified her world title after she ran a 16.50 in Round One aboard KF Epic Ta Fame, defeating Wendy Chesnut’s 16.524. Plourde ran away with the title after extending her $58,000 in IPRA world standings earnings coming into the event to $61,509.

IFR Barrel Racing Round One Results

1. Julie Plourde / 16.500 / $3,703.70

2. Wendy Chesnut / 16.524 / $2,777.78

3. Julie Goodrich / 16.571 / $1,851.85

4. Stephanie Joyner / 16.647 / $925.93

5. Mary Brooks / 16.747 

6. Emily Stiles / 16.788 

7. Nicole Helm / 16.825

8. Julie Thomas / 17.030 

9. Madilyn Kidd / 17.142

10. Savannah Moran / 17.147

11. Katie Allred / 17.191

12. Janet Kerr / 17.448

13. Ashley Ketron / 17.776

14. Kindyl Scruggs / 21.368

15. Josie Thompson / 21.429

IFR Barrel Racing Round Two Results

1. Emily Stiles / 16.450 / $3,703.70

2. Wendy Chesnut / 16.495 / $2,777.78

3. Josie Thompson / 16.505 / $1,851.85

4. Katie Allred / 16.646 / $925.93

5. Julie Goodrich / 16.658

6. Stephanie Joyner / 16.686

7. Mary Brooks / 16.727

8. Nicole Helm / 16.853

9. Julie Thomas / 16.953

10. Savannah Moran / 16.997

11. Madilyn Kidd / 17.127

12. Janet Kerr / 18.061

13. Julie Plourde / 21.554

14. Kindyl Scruggs/ 21.651

15. Ashley Ketron / 22.182

IFR Aggregate Standings (after Round Two)

1. Wendy Chesnut / Poultney, Vermont / 33.019

2. Julie Goodrich / Humboldt, Tennessee / 33.229 

3. Emily Stiles / Plymouth, Indiana / 33.238 

4. Stephanie Joyner / Henryetta, Oklahoma / 33.333

5. Mary Brooks / Proctor, Arkansas / 33.474 

6. Nicole Helm / La Vergne, Tennessee / 33.678

7. Katie Allred / Millington, Tennessee / 33.837

8. Julie Thomas / Ranger, Georgia / 33.983 

9. Savannah Moran / Ripley, Ohio / 34.144

10. Madilyn Kidd / Morristown, Tennessee / 34.269

11. Janet Kerr / Rogers, Ohio / 35.509

12. Josie Thompson / Decatur, Tennessee / 37.934

13. Julie Plourde / Chicoutimi, Quebec / 38.054

14. Ashley Ketron / Columbus, Indiana / 39.958

15. Kindyl Scruggs / Southaven, Mississippi / 43.019

IFR Barrel Racing Round Three Results

1. Kindyl Scruggs / 16.146 / $3,703.70

2. Mary Brooks / 16.425 / $2,77.78

3. Emily Stiles / 16.455 / $1,851.85

4. Stephanie Joyner / 16.528 / $925.93

5. Nicole Helm / 16.541

6. Wendy Chesnut / 16.664

7. Savannah Moran / 16.823

8. Katie Allred / 16.848

9. Julie Plourde / 16.857 

10. Julie Goodrich / 16.921

11. Madilyn Kidd / 18.084

12. Josie Thompson / 21.470

13. Julie Thomas / 21.576

14. Janet Kerr / 22.368

15. Ashley Ketron / NT 

IFR Aggregate (after Round Three)

1. Wendy Chesnut / Poultney, Vermont / 49.683

2. Emily Stiles / Plymouth, Indiana / 49.693 

3. Stephanie Joyner / Henryetta, Oklahoma / 49.861

4. Mary Brooks / Proctor, Arkansas / 49.899

5. Julie Goodrich / Humboldt, Tennessee / 50.150

6. Nicole Helm / La Vergne, Tennessee / 50.129

7. Katie Allred / Millington, Tennessee / 50.685

8. Savannah Moran / Ripley, Ohio / 50.967

9. Madilyn Kidd / Morristown, Tennessee / 52.353

10. Julie Plourde / Chicoutimi, Quebec / 54.911

11. Julie Thomas / Ranger, Georgia / 55.559 

12. Janet Kerr / Rogers, Ohio / 57.877

13. Kindyl Scruggs / Southaven, Mississippi / 59.165

14. Josie Thompson / Decatur, Tennessee / 59.404

15. Ashley Ketron / Columbus, Indiana / 39.958 (on two runs) 

IFR Barrel Racing Round Four Results

1. Emily Stiles / 16.422 / $3,703.70

2. Kindyl Scruggs / 16.565 / $2,777.78

3. Wendy Chesnut / 16.575 / $1,851.85

4. Mary Brooks / 16.578 / $925.93

5. Julie Thomas / 16.587

6. Stephanie Joyner / 16.684

7. Katie Allred / 16.685

8. Julie Plourde / 16.688

9. Julie Goodrich / 16.889

10. Savannah Moran / 17.024

11. Madilyn Kidd / 17.111

12. Janet Kerr / 17.597

13. Nicole Helm / 21.507

14. Josie Thompson / 21.596

15. Ashley Ketron / 23.029

IFR Aggregate Results (Finals, after Round Four)

1. Emily Stiles / Plymouth, Indiana / 66.115 / $7,407.41

2. Wendy Chesnut / Poultney, Vermont / 66.258 / $5,555.56

3. Mary Brooks / Proctor, Arkansas / 66.477 / $3,703.70

4. Stephanie Joyner / Henryetta, Oklahoma / 66.545 / $1,851.85

5. Julie Goodrich / Humboldt, Tennessee / 67.039

6. Katie Allred / Millington, Tennessee / 67.370

7. Savannah Moran / Ripley, Ohio / 67.991

8. Madilyn Kidd / Morristown, Tennessee / 69.464

9. Julie Plourde / Chicoutimi, Quebec / 71.599

10. Nicole Helm / La Vergne, Tennessee / 71.726

11. Julie Thomas / Ranger, Georgia / 72.146 

12. Janet Kerr / Rogers, Ohio / 75.474

13. Kindyl Scruggs / Southaven, Mississippi / 75.730

14. Josie Thompson / Decatur, Tennessee / 81.000

15. Ashley Ketron / Columbus, Indiana / 62.987 (on three runs) 

IPRA Barrel Racing World Standings (Final, after Round Four)

1. Julie Plourde / Chicoutimi, Quebec / $61,509.83

2. Emily Stiles (R) / Plymouth, Indiana / $45,187.49

3. Wendy Chestnut / Poultney, Vermont / $36,200.25

4. Julie Thomas / Ranger, Georgia / $36,110.52

5. Kindyl Scruggs / Southaven, Mississippi / $35,631.63

6. Stephanie Joyner / Henryetta, Oklahoma / $31,619.08

7. Julie Goodrich / Humboldt, Tennessee / $31,272.23

8. Josie Thompson / Decatur, Tennessee / $29,310.63

9. Mary Brooks / Proctor, Arkansas / $24,110.47

10. Ashley Ketron / Columbus, Indiana / $21,743.65

11. Madilyn Kidd (R) / Morristown, Tennessee / $20,915.43

12. Savannah Moran / Ripley, Ohio / $17,980.22

13. Janet Kerr / Rogers, Ohio / $16,890.29

14. Katie Allred / Millington, Tennessee / $16,601.17

15. Nicole Helm / La Vergne, Tennessee / $16,560.39

IPRA Barrel Racing World Standings (prior to IFR)

  1. Julie Plourde / Chicoutimi, Quebec / $57,806.13
  2. Julie Thomas / Ranger, Georgia / $36,110.52
  3. Julie Goodrich / Humboldt, Tennessee / $29,420.38
  4. Kindyl Scruggs / Southaven, Mississippi / $29,150.15
  5. Emily Stiles (R) / Plymouth, Indiana / $28,520.83
  6. Stephanie Joyner / Henryetta, Oklahoma / $27,915.37
  7. Josie Thompson / Decatur, Tennessee / $27,458.78
  8. Wendy Chestnut / Poultney, Vermont / $23,237.28
  9. Ashley Ketron / Columbus, Indiana / $21,743.65
  10. Madilyn Kidd (R) / Morristown, Tennessee / $20,915.43
  11. Savannah Moran / Ripley, Ohio / $17,980.22
  12. Janet Kerr / Rogers, Ohio / $16,890.29
  13. Mary Brooks / Proctor, Arkansas / $16,703.06
  14. Nicole Helm / La Vergne, Tennessee / $16,560.39
  15. Katie Allred / Millington, Tennessee / $15,675.24
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Kailey Sullins is editor of Barrel Horse News, and an avid barrel racer and breakaway roper. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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