About Us

The Heartland Youth Rodeo Association, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been a Kansas tradition since 1899, celebrates our region's rich heritage through competition and entertainment. As a not-for-profit community volunteer based organization, the Heartland Youth Rodeo Association raises funds to fulfill its vision and mission though endowments, contributions, sponsorships and event revenues.
 The Heartland Youth Rodeo Association was founded in 1989 and incorporated on October 31, 1989. The association was formed to elevate the requirements and standards of junior rodeo and develop a spirit of fair competition and appreciation of good sportsmanship. HYRA is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the sport of junior rodeo, youth and families, and just plain good-old All-American fun through the spirit of friendly competition.

The association is geared for kindergartners through the twelfth grade, but we do accept younger aged participants. Our rodeo season consists of 14 rodeos, or 7 weekends with each day counting as a rodeo. To qualify for our finals you must attend 6 rodeos, compete in the finals both days, and meet all the obligations. Our events are held at the Kingman County Activity Center in Kingman, KS. Stalls and Hook-ups are available. This past 2014-15 rodeo season, we had 70 members with an average of 200 + entries a day and anticipate continuing growth this season. Our organization, led by our board of directors, continues to improve the status of our association by acquiring new events, activities and adding to our awards given at the finals. This season we have added 9th-12th Steer Stopping and 5th-8th saddle bronc steer riding and bareback steer riding.

The rodeos begin at 9:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The rodeos are held at the Kingman Activity Center in Kingman, KS.

Our association helps to build skills that our children can use in junior high/high school rodeo and beyond. We stress responsibility,
cooperation and good conduct in our participants. We see this as a way to help our youth to develop into outgoing and productive individual in their communities. We strive to encourage the members to perform to his or her highest potential and to realize their dreams.

HYRA continues to grow All Around Champions, State Champions, National Qualifiers and National Champions in both Jr. High & High School Rodeo as well as other Associations. We are very proud of our kids and their accomplishments. We would be pleased to have you join our “Family”!

Here is a list of the items you must return to be entered:
1. Rodeo Entry Form (with check, money order or cash attached) postmarked Saturday before rodeo to avoid a late fee or email Heather Westbrook rodeohyra@gmail.com before Wednesday at 5:00 pm.
2. HYRA Membership form (Separate check, money order or cash attached). You do not have to be a member to participate. However, to be eligible for awards you must be a member. Points will not count until membership has been paid.
3. HYRA Membership form must be notarized.
4. A copy of contestant’s grade card for proof of current grade in elementary, middle school and/or high school must be turned into the membership secretary.
5. Stalls should be included on your entry form and can be paid in conjunction with your entry fee check. Only one (1) horse per stall. There shall be No tying to the front of any stall or covered fairground buildings. Stalls will be first issued upon arrival.
All rodeo performances will start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Church service is  held on Sunday Morning at 8:00 in the kitchen area. 

After the first rodeo, All entry forms can be turned into the rodeo secretary (Office) for the upcoming rodeos. Entry Forms are available in the office. Forms can be filled out for the next rodeo or all of the rodeos and placed in the basket. This prevents missing postmark dates, undeliverable mail and if you happen to forget. Checks are not cashed until after you have competed in the rodeo. Keep in mind, there is a $25.00 late fee that will be added to any entry received and not postmarked by the Saturday before a rodeo. Mailed entries must reach the rodeo secretary by Wednesday. You may LATE enter by calling the Rodeo Secretary Thursday Morning after 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. through Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon. A $50.00 fee will be added to your entry fee w/ No exceptions. If you call‐in a Late entry a second time you will be charged $100.00.

Fund Raisers - We will hold fundraisers throughout the season. More information will be coming soon.

Visa Card Raffle Tickets – Each contestant is responsible for $175 of sponsorships and/or gas raffle tickets.  The Due date for the sponsorships is January 2nd and the due date for the gas raffle tickets is February 6th, 2016.  The raffle is for five $100 Visa Cards to be drawn at the finals.
Concession Stand item – Each contestant is to bring 1 case (canned) of either (Pesi, Diet Pepsi, Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Mt. Dew, or Water). An alphabetical list will be available on the website to notify you of your weekend.
Work Schedule – Each family will be scheduled to help work at the rodeo. Pick up a work voucher from the office or a board member when work is completed. Have a board member or one of the rodeo secretaries sign the voucher. Please turn your voucher in to the office in order to verify completion of work. Your voucher will be placed in a drawing for a $100 gift card. Please feel free to work as often as you wish. There is a $25.00 penalty if you do not fulfill your work obligation.

Welcome to Heartland Youth Rodeo Association!!!