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Moffat County youth rodeo bound for big time in Oklahoma, Wyoming

Northwest Colorado competitors to compete in international, national finals

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Maybell's Cutter Barnes is on the approach in the team roping as part of the 2015 International Finals Youth Rodeo. Moffat County competitors Barnes, Dusty Taylor, Kasen Brennise, Kinlie Brennise, Garrett Uptain and Trent Vernon will all compete in the 24th annual event starting Sunday in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

With more 800 competitors in the field and $200,000 in prize money at stake, kids from Moffat County plan to ride away with their heads held high and hopefully sporting a lot of shiny swag in the next week.

The 24th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo, billed as "the world's richest youth rodeo," takes place starting this Sunday and running through July 15 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Among the mix of riders and ropers from around the country, including 40 from Colorado, will be six Moffat County athletes: Garrett Uptain, Trent Vernon, Cutter Barnes, Dusty Taylor and siblings Kasen and Kinlie Brennise.

Uptain and Vernon each claimed a state title this seasonUptain and Vernon each claimed a state title this season, the former in saddle bronc riding and the latter in tie down roping, and they’ll each be taking on the best of the best in their specialty events., the former in saddle bronc riding and the latter in tie down roping, and they'll each be taking on the best of the best in their specialty events.

Uptain and Vernon each claimed a state title this season, the former in saddle bronc riding and the latter in tie down roping, and they'll each be taking on the best of the best in their specialty events.

Uptain will likewise compete in bull riding at IFYR, in which he was third in the state, and Vernon will be paired in team roping with regular partner Kelly Valdez, of La Junta.

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Barnes, Taylor and the Brennises will all compete in the team events, as well, the duos placing fourth and eighth, respectively, at the state finals in May.

Taylor, the state runner-up to Vernon, will also be entered in the tie down, as will Kasen Brennise, who took fifth in Colorado. As the fourth-place state finisher, Barnes will also be engaged in IFYR's steer wrestling.

Kinlie Brennise will be taking on the full gamut of young women's events while in Shawnee, including breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying, finishing her first high school season second in the state in breakaway and third in goats.

The majority of Moffat County's IFYR competitors will have little time after the IFYR to rest, as the National High School Association FinalsNational High School Association Finals takes place the following week from July 17 to 23 in Gillette, Wyoming. takes place the following week from July 17 to 23 in Gillette, Wyoming.

National High School Association Finals takes place the following week from July 17 to 23 in Gillette, Wyoming.

The International Finals Youth Rodeo will feature regular updates on the week at http://www.ifyr.comhttp://www.ifyr.com, and social media coverage will use #IFYR2016., and social media coverage will use #IFYR2016.http://www.ifyr.com, and social media coverage will use #IFYR2016.