Article By Siri Stevens courtesy IFYR

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma – Brighton Bauman of Okeechobee, Florida, set the arena record at the International Finals Youth Rodeo Monday evening in the breakaway roping Her 1.7-second run broke the previous record of 1.8 seconds held by three different contestants over the past four years.

“I really trusted my horse—a friend of mine’s dad was in the box with me, and he told me I had six inches to back up in the box and as I backed him up. He wasn’t quite standing square, he was a little bit squatted down in the box and I left him there—that extra momentum helped me,” Bauman said. “My calf had two no-times on him in the previous performances, but I knew he started strong so I knew I could take a faster start on him.”

Brighton has broken her share of barriers before and attests that overcoming this is done by lots of practice. She practices with Justin Hanchey, brother to Shane Hanchey, who is a nine-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in the tie down roping from Louisiana.

Along with breakaway roping, Bauman team ropes as a header. She started rodeo through her family.

“Both of my uncles rope, and my dad was involved in the roughstock,” Bauman said. “Ever since I was little I wanted to rope. When I was 8, my dad put a rope in my hand and I started roping. I train all my horses with my uncle’s help. We have Jason Hanchey, who lives about 15 minutes from my house, and I go there every day.”

The 17-year-old has been to the IFYR for the past two years. She split the win in the second round last year with a 2.2 and placed in the average.

“It paid real well,” Bauman said.

When she’s done with high school, she plans to go to college and get a business degree.

“With breakaway coming into the pros, I’m going to try my hand at the pros,” Bauman said.

International Finals Youth Rodeo Round One Results

Results courtesy IFYR. For more information visit

Barrel Racing: Kenzie Cook, Barnwell, SC,  16.408 $2,005.31; Avery Beimer, Farmersville TX  16.460 $1,743.75; Harley Potter, Waxahachie TX  16.506 $1,482.19; Kenlee Close, College Station TX  16.522 $1,220.63; Kysan Buckner, Brenham TX  16.531 $959.06; Jaden Whittington, Idabel OK  16.538 $697.50; Ashlyn Wright, Dayton TX  16.557 $435.94; Cashen Turner, Edmond OK  16.570 $174.38

Pole Bending: Jaden Whittington, Idabel OK  19.992 $1,353.94; Gabby Gunter, Sulphur LA  20.122 $1,120.50; Rylee Hardin, Graham TX  20.212 $887.06; Paisley Pierce, Sweeny TX  20.247 $653.63; Reagan Davis, Alto TX  20.253 $420.19; Josie Hussey, Ramer AL  20.288 $233.44

Breakaway Roping: Brighton Bauman, Okeechobee FL  1.7 $2,082.94; Aspen Miller, Santa Fe TX, Kaitlyn Ramer, Sulphur OK, Britta Strain, Davie FL split  2.1 $1,539.56 ea; Bailey Mudd, Lake Charles LA  2.2 $996.19; Rheagan Cotton, Fairfield TX  2.3 $724.50; Lauren Hicks, Kaufman TX  2.4 $452.81; Kassie Adams, Meriden KS, Mataya Eklund, Valentine NE split  2.5 $90.56 ea

Goat Tying: Heather McLaughlin, Bunnell FL  7.0 $1,285.43; Jessie Ishmael, Miami OK  7.2 $1,063.80; Kristin Reaves, Bullard TX  7.3 $842.18; Mayce Marek, Taylor TX  7.5 $620.55; Cady Fruge, Welsh LA, Emily McDeavitt, Poolville TX split  7.8 $310.28 ea

Calf Roping: Trevor Hale, Perryton TX, Chisum Allen, Menard TX split  8.6 $1,265.01 ea; Max Mathis, Ben Wheeler TX  8.7 $1,000.24; Jarvis Demery, Okmulgee OK, Kase Bacque, Port Barre LA split  8.8 $735.47 ea; Connor Atkinson, Needville TX, Chet Weitz, London TX split  8.9 $382.44 ea; Shayne Krolczyk, Cypress TX  9.0 $117.68

Steer Wrestling: Garrett Guillot, Fitzpatrick AL  3.6 $933.08; Traden Anderson, Hanna OK  3.7 $772.20; Tyler Clouse, Mabelvale AR, Wynn Schaack, Wall SD split  3.9 $530.89 ea; Winsten McGraw, Gill CO, Quade Potter, Cambridge NE split  4.0 $225.23 ea

Saddle Bronc: Timothy Troyer, Columbia KY  74.0 $693.00 ea; Jack Wright, Deridder LA, Cale Newman, Hico TX split  70.0 $433.13 ea; Parker Glenn, Edmond OK  68.5 $173.25 ea

Bareback Bronc: Hunter Ramsey, El Dorado AR  76.0 $679.50; Colt Eck, Redfield KS, Cooper Cooke, Victor ID split  71.0 $424.69 ea; Ty Pope, Garnett KS  70.0 $169.88

Bull Riding: Cole Skender, Crossett AR  79.0 $905.85; Jr Stratford, Bronaugh MO, Brylen Dees, Paola KS split  75.0 $603.90 ea; Maverick Potter, Waxahachie TX  74.0 $356.85; Trevyn Armstrong, Broken Bow OK  54.0 $274.50

Team Roping: Cayden Harmon, Lipan TX – Kaden Prince, Snyder TX  5.2 $1,446.41; Tristan Sullivan, Centerville TX – Will Farris, Madisonville TX  5.3 $1,257.75; Connor Atkinson, Needville TX – Carsyn Sunvison, McDade TX  5.4 $1,069.09; Kason Davis, Lumberton MS – Bryce Graves, Poplarville MS, Stran Morris, Woodward OK – Jessen James, Moyers OK split  5.5 $786.09 ea; Coy Rahlmann, Ellsinore MO – Cooper Freeman, Carthage MO, Garrett Dickey, Graham TX – Daryan Gonzalez, Hobbs NM, Isaac Gholson, Waurika OK – Sam Van Buskirk, Ringling OK split  5.7 $314.44 ea


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