National Little Britches Rodeo Association

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National Little Britches Rodeo
Formation1952; 70 years ago (1952)
TypeAmateur Rodeo Organization
HeadquartersColorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
15,000 athletes nationwide

The National Little Britches Rodeo (NLBRA) is one of the oldest youth based rodeo organizations.[1] It was founded in 1952, and sanctions rodeos in over 33 states. NLBRA allows children ages 5 to 18[2] to compete in a variety of different rodeo events. It’s championship event is the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo. The NLBRA headquarters is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. The NLBRA was founded in Littleton, Colorado. The Finals were held in Pueblo, Colorado, but moved to the Lazy E in Oklahoma in 2016.[3]

The PRCA partners with the NLBRA to offer rodeo camps and safety clinics for contestants. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy opened up a National Little Britches Rodeo Association exhibit September 20, 2015.[4] In December 2013, Hope Counts was adopted as the Crisis Fund of the NLBRA.[5]

The NLBRA is featured on a national television western lifestyle show that airs on RFD-TV titled Little Britches Rodeo.[6][7][8] They also have a spin-off travel show titled Little Britches on the Road.[9]

NLBRA Events[edit]

The NLBRA provides three different age groups. Little Wrangler is a coed age group of children between the ages of 5 and 8. Kids ages 9–13 are junior contestants. Senior contestants are ages 14 through 18. Both the junior and senior divisions are broken down into boys and girls events. There are also coed events for the junior and senior categories.

In addition there are awards based up senior and junior all-around cowgirl and all-around cowboy.

A number of notable Pro Rodeo cowboys got their start in Little Britches rodeo.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

Ty Murray[11]

Rope Meyers[12]

Cody Demoss[13]

Lane Frost

Kody Lostroh

Chris LeDoux

Kristie Peterson[14]

Lindsay Sears[15]

Jodi Stoddard

Royalty Pageant[edit]

NLBRA also features a rodeo queen contest every year at their National Finals.[16] They have three categories: National Queen, National Princess, and National Little Wrangler Princess.[17] The categories are by age group. The National Queen is for contestants 14–18 years old. The National Princess is for contestants 9–13 years old. The National Little Wrangler Princess is for girls ages 5–8.

To be eligible, contestants must accumulate enough points, in rodeo competition, to qualify for the National Finals. The rodeo queen contest involves horsemanship, speaking, and a written test.[18] Several contestants have gone on to win state title for Miss Rodeo America.[19]

United States Franchises[edit]

The United States has thirty three[20] state NLBRA organizations. Alabama - Arizona - Arkansas - Colorado - Georgia - Idaho - Illinois - Indiana - Iowa - Kansas - Kentucky - Louisiana - Michigan - Minnesota - Mississippi - Missouri - Montana - Nebraska - Nevada - New Mexico- North Carolina - North Dakota - Ohio - Oklahoma - Oregon - South Carolina - South Dakota - Tennessee - Texas - Utah - Virginia - Wisconsin - Wyoming


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  11. ^ "Ty Murray - King of the Cowboys". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  12. ^ "Bio | Rope Myers". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  13. ^ "Cowboy Biographies". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  14. ^ "Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee - Kristie Peterson". Retrieved 2021-11-10.
  15. ^ Kuhl, Aaron (2014-11-12). "National Little Britches Championship Rodeo 2014 in Pueblo, Colo". Cowboy Lifestyle Network. Retrieved 2021-11-10.
  16. ^ "Kadrovich crowned Miss Rodeo Louisiana 2013". Leesville Daily Leader. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  17. ^ "Queen". Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  18. ^ "National Little Britches Rodeo Queen".
  19. ^ "New Cambria Cowgirl is 2016 Miss Rodeo Kansas State - The Salina Post". The Salina Post. 2016-07-12. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
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