All About: Little Britches Rodeo

National Little Britches Rodeo

Produced in partnership with the National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA), the “Little Britches Rodeo” is literally an event famous for its slogan: “Where Legends Begin.”

And it’s true, “Little Britches Rodeo” has helped to produce some of the top professional cowboys and cowgirls, including Ty Murray, Kyle Hughes, K.C. Jones, Kristie Peterson, Marlene McRae, Shali Lord, Cimarron Gerke, Todd Suhn, Butch and Rope Myers, and many more.

It has always been about kids, and to that point, Little Britches Rodeo is a family “business.” No one understands that better than the families who compete in Little Britches Rodeo.

To be an active National Little Britches Rodeo Association member, it takes a family. Parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, friends, and even grandparents are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for their kids. This happens in a variety of ways, including having great horses, roping a bale of hay for hours, being in the practice pen, attending professional rodeo clinics or taking lessons, and of course, hauling down the highway to the next Little Britches Rodeo.

When you get to a Little Britches Rodeo, your family instantly grows to include those who have hauled in for the same rodeo. It’s one of the strangest -- and yet one of the best things -- about rodeo. Your competitors become your best friends. In today’s age, it is sometimes hard to find support -- especially when you’re the “new kid on the block,” but in Little Britches, our newcomers and their families frequently remark on how welcome they felt the very first time they went to a rodeo.

The Custer Family from Arizona is new to the NLBRA family. “Everyone there, the announcer, the judges, the other contestants, and those sitting in the stands were cheering for my kid,” said World Champion Bull Rider Cody Custer. “I realized that they weren’t just cheering on my kid, but every kid who entered the arena. It was a great experience and we look forward to being members for many years to come.”

Little Britches Rodeo is designed to help the children progress in rodeo as they mature. Our youngest contestants, who can join on their fifth birthday, are known as the Little Wranglers. This division is combined for boys and girls ages five to seven, and they compete in four events: barrel racing, pole bending, flag racing, and goat tail untying.

The Junior Division, for boys and girls 8 to 13, is broken down into separate events for boys and girls, but there are two events, team roping and ribbon roping, where they can compete together as a team. Junior boy’s events are bareback riding, bull riding, flag racing, goat tying, and breakaway roping. Junior girl’s events are barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying, and trail course.

The Senior Division, for boys and girls 14-18, is also broken into separate events -- except for team roping, where teams can be made up of two boys, two girls, or a boy and a girl. Senior Girls compete in the same events as Junior Girls and the Senior Boys compete in the same events as the professionals, including bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, and steer wrestling.