Bailey rallies for finals appearance; Henderson named 2019 IFYR youth director

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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RALLYING EFFORT – Victory Christian Senior Carsyn Bailey ropes a goat during the Shawnee International Finals Youth Rodeo last week. Bailey finished in 15th place. Photo courtesy of IFYR/

Carsyn Bailey had little room for error.

After posting an 11.3 in the first go of the goat tying at the Shawnee International Finals Youth Rodeo, Bailey found herself tied for 47th and well outside the finals.

“It started out rough,” Bailey said. “I knew in the second go if I wanted to have a shot in the short round Friday night, I needed to just go in there and make the best run I absolutely could.”

The Victory Christian senior rebounded quickly with a 7.4 in the second go, improving her time by 3.9 seconds. The run catapulted her up the rankings and into second place, earning her a spot in the finals Friday night.

Bailey ultimately finished 15th and accomplished something she had not done in her previous trips to the Shawnee Rodeo.

“That was my first time to make the short go in my three years at that rodeo,” Bailey said. “I was happy I got a spot.”

Bailey started competing in rodeos when she was 9. Her father, Clay, said Carsyn has put in a tremendous amount of time over the years to perfect her craft.

Now 17, Carsyn plans to attend Texas Tech University and continue her rodeo career in college. She plans to major in animal science.

Carsyn’s final event of the summer will be July 25-29 at the American Junior Rodeo Association finals in Sweetwater. She will compete in the goat tying, barrel racing and breakaway roping.

Carsyn has earned roughly $10,000 this year.

“I’m always proud of Carsyn,” Clay said. “She’s a hard worker. When she decided this is what she wanted to do, she’s been all-in.”


Gracie Henderson, a 15-year-old junior at Decatur, was one of six contestants selected to serve as a youth director for the 2019 IFYR.

Henderson lives in Aurora and competes in breakaway roping, barrel racing and goat tying. She is the daughter of Brandon and Lauri Henderson.

Youth directors serve as student representatives of the IFYR and its sponsors not only during rodeo week, but for the entire year. During the rodeo, youth directors meet with contestants and bring any requests or other information to the IFYE judges and Expo Center manager.

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