SHAWNEE, Okla. — East Bend’s Will McCraw continues to succeed 1,000 miles out west in the world’s richest youth rodeo.
McCraw traveled to Shawnee, Oklahoma, for the International Finals Youth Rodeo, where more than 1,500 people from 42 states, provinces from Canada, as well as Australia traveled to compete for money and connect with fellow rodeo members.
McCraw teamed up with a kid from New York in the first go Monday night for the Team Roping competition, and posted a 7.0. As more and more people competed, McCraw’s score began to drop in rank. He has yet to post a second score, but sits tied for 23rd in the Team Roping competition. If he wants to make the finals, he needs to crack the top 15. He’s fifth out of those who have yet to post a second score. At the end of three scores, the top 15 average finishers will advance.
McCraw also competes in the calf roping competition. As of Wednesday night, he has yet to post a score in that competition.
With the IFYR being one of the largest in the country, it’s the world’s richest youth rodeo, with more than $200,000 in prize money, saddles and buckles. Certainly, a great start for McCraw was just what he needed to put him in a good position to make the final round. McCraw has left little doubt in his fan base that he knows how to keep his composure under pressure. Heading into his freshman year, McCraw became a world champion in the AQHYA World Championship Show back in 2013.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.