2018 Youth Directors Driven by Leadership and Preserving Rodeo Heritage
(SHAWNEE, Okla.) - Each year, a number of International Finals Youth Rodeo contestants submit their application to be selected for the IFYR Youth Director program for the following year’s rodeo. These distinguished representatives are chosen based on their outstanding qualifications and commitment to leadership.
Youth Directors serve as student representatives throughout the year in their leadership role. They assist in recruiting future contestants and serve as spokespersons for the IFYR and its sponsors.
During rodeo week, Directors act as the liaison between contestants and rodeo judges. They are responsible for hearing protests and requests from fellow contestants and relaying that information to IFYR judges and staff, all while being a contestant first and foremost. Youth Directors also participate in the grand entry of all performances and carry flags.
The 2018 Youth Directors are: Tatum Nelson of Alvarado, Texas; Haley Polk from Prattville, Alabama; Garrett Guillot of Fitzpatrick, Alabama; Garrett Golliher of Stoutland, Missouri; Aly Ghormley of Madisonville, Texas and Kelsey Caldwell of Oakdale, California.
Tatum Nelson will compete in barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway roping at IFYR 2018.
She is a recent graduate from White Horse Christian Academy and is the daughter of Brian and Tito Nelson.
Haley Polk will compete in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway roping at IFYR 2018.
She is a recent graduate from Chapman Christian Academy and is the daughter of Paul and Brandy Frady
Garrett Guillot will compete in steer wrestling at IFYR 2018.
He will be a senior in the fall at Success Unlimited and is the son of Jennifer Tompkins.
Garrett Golliher will compete in saddle bronc riding and bull riding at IFYR 2018.
He recently graduated from Camdenton High School and is the son of Randy and Veronica Golliher.
Aly Ghormley will compete in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway roping at IFYR 2018.
She will be a senior in the fall at Success Unlimited and is the daughter of Mike and Pam Ghormley.
Kelsey Cadwell will compete in barrel racing, pole bending goat tying, breakaway roping and team roping
She will be a senior in the fall at Oakdale High School and is the daughter of Travis and Tiffany Cadwell.
The International Finals Youth Rodeo, held annually since 1993, is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that presents top high school athletes with a professional rodeo. The internationally-recognized IFYR is held annually at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The action-packed event includes hundreds of contestants vying to win more than $250,000 in prize money, competing in 10 events running simultaneously in three arenas over six days. In 2017, more than 920 contestants and their families traveled from 34 states and Australia to participate in the IFYR. For more information, visit IFYR.com or call (405) 275-7020.
Photo information: (left to right) Garrett Guillot, Kelsey Cadwell, Aly Ghormley, Tatum Nelson, Haley Polk and Garret Golliher.