Last weekend, the Working Ranch Cowboys Association held the 2022 West Texas Youth Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo, Texas. The next generation of cowboys and cowgirls gathered at Will Rogers Range Riders to compete in roping, branding, doctoring, sorting, trailer loading, and more.

These competitive events aren’t just for show, they’re real-life skills needed on ranches—skills that have been passed down from one generation of working ranch cowboys to the next.

“We included a youth rodeo in the 2021 West Texas Ranch Rodeo because ranching is a family business. What kid—including my own three kids—doesn’t want to grow up to be a cowboy?” says rodeo producer Lane Provence. “The [WRCA] Youth World Championship in Amarillo was new in 2021, and we wanted to provide the youth teams another opportunity to qualify and compete in Amarillo.”

Check out the top overall teams, and some action shots below.

Team Placings

First Place: Roping in the Dark
Team Members: Evan Mayo, Thomas Grokett, Rhett Bray, Hadley Bray, Treagyn Duarte

Second Place: Hat Creek Cattle Co.
Team Members: Blaine Roberts, Tyler Tanero, Kason Brewer, Reno Smith, Ranger Smith

Third Place: Circle M8 / Singleton Ranch
Team Members: Rye Reynolds, Sterling Mitchell, Jaxon Stoker, Grady Wilson, Bonnar Barnes

We’d like to congratulate the finalists and thank all those involved for their commitment to the Western way of life. Discover more about the youth division ranch rodeos in the video below, and click here to purchase tickets for the second annual Youth World Championship Rodeo on November 12, 2022.

Photos courtesy WRCA/ The Provence Family