Canton youth have qualified for the 2018 American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo

The American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 25, and continues through Friday, Sept. 28, in Hale Arena at the American Royal Complex.

Lane McMannis has qualified to compete in junior breakaway roping, and Katy Prieb has qualified to compete in junior barrel racing and junior goat tying.

During this four-day event, McMannis and Prieb will participate against top student-athletes from across the MidWest. Since 2007, the American Royal has awarded $78,000 in prize money at the Invitational Youth Rodeo, along with additional awards.

“I am excited to compete at the American Royal. It’s a great opportunity for young rodeo athletes,” says McMannis.

The event will be divided into Junior and Senior Divisions. The Senior Division is made up of athletes ages 14-18 who will compete on Sept. 27 and 28 at noon both days. Senior Division events include bareback riding, bull riding, barrel racing, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, and much more.

The Junior Division, composed of athletes ages 13 and under, will compete on Sept. 25 and 26 at noon both days. These young contestants will compete in events such as mutton busting, barrel racing, junior bareback riding, breakaway roping, and goat tying.

For the second year in a row, the American Royal will be inviting timed event winners from the Senior Division to compete against the professionals on Friday night during the ProRodeo. Each youth contestant will go last in the timed events: barrels, tie-down roping, team roping, and steer wrestling.

If the youth places amongst the pros, they will receive $200.

All event winners will also be recognized during the ProRodeo.