Photo Credit: Inspired by RJ Photography


Photo Credit: Inspired by RJ Photography


Photo Credit: Pam Hynek


Photo Credit: Linda Hunt


Photo Credit: Inspired by RJ


Photo Credit: Linda Hunt


Photo Credit: Linda Hunt


Photo Credit: Inspired by RJ


Photo Credit: Linda Hunt


Photo Credit: Linda Hunt


Pam Hynek  Photo Credit


Pam Hynek  Photo Credit






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Member's Bulletin Board:


4/3/20 -Hello everyone - The front page of our website is finally working correctly again for updates! :) Many of our spring rodeos have now been postponed or cancelled due to the Corona Virus concerns. We will continue to update our schedule and Facebook page as we are notified of changes.  Everyone stay safe and do your best to support our sponsors right now as they have supported us over the years. 



1/7/20 - 2020 Standings have been posted and results have been added from the various events and winter series that are occurring. 


10/31/19 - Final year end standings have now been posted and 2020 current standings are also posted.


10/28/19: CONGRATULATIONS are in order for all of our great contestants that came to the finals!  Not only did you make it fun to watch you were a great group to work with throughout the weekend.  Our personnel both inside and outside of the arena worked dilgently to keep things moving and make sure that we had a safe and fair finals experience for all.  Every single one of you rather you competed, worked the finals, or donated your time, products, or money we appreciate your support of this association and what you contributed to make the finals happen this year!  Thank you all and congratulations to our year end and finals champions! Special thank you to Chance Ridge Arena for letting us utilize your facility again this year and for making us all feel welcome!


Full results from the finals are now posted on the results tab.  Final year end standings are being audited at this time and will be posted to the standings tab once reviews are complete.  As a reminder the year-end banquet will be held early in 2020 where we will hand out the saddle vouchers and buckles for year end and personnel.  This will also be the first fund-raising opportunity for our 2020 season so once dates and details are confirmed they will be posted here. 



10/23/19 - Good luck and safe travels to everyone headed to Elkhorn this weekend for the finals!  Just a reminder that Shari has shut the office down tonight and will be back online tomorrow afternoon as we set up the office in Elkhorn for the weekend. Please watch our Facebook page for updates from Elkhorn as it will be updated throughout the weekend.


10/8/19 - The following director positions will be up for re-election to our 2020 board this year during our general membership meeting at the finals:


President, Bareback, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Bull Riding


Please talk to one of the directors if you are interested in running for the board or if you would like to re-nominate current directors back to the board for 2020 please reach out to those members directly to discuss with them.


Several new and returning sponsors have been coming in to support this year's finals - as they are coming on board we are updating the front page of our website (see the right hand side of this page) for info and links (if they have one) to find our great sponsors!  Please support these businesses as our finals would not be possible without them!


If you haven't booked a hotel yet for the finals they are starting to fill up so you might want to get one booked ASAP (we have a list of local hotels close to the arena on the schedule page under the finals info.)


9/26/19 - Reminder that all entry fee money is due in the office tomorrow (9/27) otherwise your spot will be filled and you will not be able to compete at the finals. Results for Kearney have been added and we have several new sponsors coming in that we are adding to the site!  Please check them out and when you support their businesses let them know you are with the IRA and that you appreciate their support of our association. 


9/16/19 - Chanute has increased the added money in the rough stock events to $600.


Make sure to get your finals entry fee money into the office and cleared through the bank by September 27th. As a reminder fees are $270 and if you need Electric or extra stalls ($25/night) you will pay the facility when you arrive at the arena.


9/10/19 - Don't forget to call in for the Finals today starting at Noon!


9/5/19 - Reminder for Call in info: Tuesday, September 10th from 12pm to 5pm @ 660-845-2166 (Top 15 will compete at the finals but Top 20 in each event need to call in to fill positions. If you are a current cardholder that isn't in the Top 20 but would like to be put on a waiting list to fill any open spots please call in and notify Shari that you would like to be on the wait list in your event for the Finals.  When entries close we will move to fill open spots from the wait lists, so if you are in the Top 20 you need to make sure you call in or your spot will be filled by a wait list member)


9/2/19 - Updated Standings for the season going into the finals have now been posted. Don't forget that the top 20 in each event need to call in on September 10th. Finals Entry Form and Info


8/26/19 - Results from Grand River have been added to the website. Our last event for the 2019 season will be Guthrie Center.  Good luck to all that are trying to make the finals!


8/19/19 - The board met this weekend and made the decision to move up the cut off date for the 2019 IRA Finals from September 22nd after Kearney to August 30th after Guthrie Center. The special event barrel race in Sheridan and the Kearney rodeo will now be considered a 2020 season rodeo.


Update: Cut-off Date for the 2019 Finals will be August 30th after Guthrie Center


8/13/19 - Updated standings as of today.  Results added  for Auburn, Allendale, Fullerton, and Toledo. Entries for Topeka have been extended until 8pm today (8/13)


8/9 - Call in for  Missouri Valley will be August 12th instead of the 19th.


8/2/19- Results for Arlington, Syracuse, Osceola, and Corydon 7/27 & 7/28 have been added.  Updated standings have been posted.


7/29/19 - Results for Missouri Valley have been posted.  Those of you hoping to make the IRA Finals don't forget the cut-off date to make the finals is September 22nd after Kearney - you still have plenty of time and events left to make it happen!  Good luck to all!


If you have sponsors for the finals please let Shari and your event directors know ASAP so that we can make sure to update our website and get them included in our Finals packets.


Reminder to all that the 2019 Finals will once again be held at Chance Ridge Event Center in Elkhorn, NE - October 25-27.  As we get closer to the date we will be providing more details on entries, schedule, etc. We look forward to seeing everyone in Elkhorn!


7/23/19 - Results for Winterset, Rolfe, Thompson, and Sabetha have been posted.  Updated Standings have been added - if you see an issue in the standings or have a question you will need to contact Shari Thurman directly via email or by phone to address and correct for you.


7/19/19 - Results for Walthill, Washington, and Fremont have been posted.


Reminder that the cut off for the 2019 season is September 22nd after Kearney.  There is still plenty of time and events to get qualified for the finals!  Those of you on the fence about buying your card and trying to qualify, make sure you purchase your card at the rodeo when you pay your fees to have those earnings count for that event. Good luck everyone and continued safe travels!


7/16/19 - Updated standings have been posted.  As a reminder, Special Events do not count towards all-around standings.  If you see any issues with the standings please contact Shari Thurman ASAP to address for you.


7/15/19 - Results for Mt. Ayr, Jefferson, and Woodbine have been posted to the results page.


7/8/19 - Results for Exira and Whiting have been added to the results tab; Updated Standings have been added; Silver Creek has added a texting entry option to Chanute and Topeka, see the schedule tab for additional info.


7/2/19 - Members - we were just notified this afternoon that Walthill and Arlington have also been IRA approved.  Call in's for Walthill are today until 5pm through central entry (844-688-4411 or and Arlington entries open on July 16th.


7/1/19 - Updated standings have been posted - good luck and safe travels to all of you out on the road this week!  Please don't forget that the call in date for Fremont was changed from July 2nd to July 3rd. 


6/26/19 - Sheridan results have been posted; Burlington Junction barrel race has been postponed to June 29th


Please keep the family of Ron McGee in your prayers as it was shared yesterday afternoon that Ron has lost his battle with cancer. Ron has been a long time URA and IRA Judge and friend to all that knew him.  He will be greatly missed! Ron McGee Obituary


6/22/19 - The decision has been made as of 7:15pm to cancel Sheridan due to severe storms in the area. 


Troy results have been posted to the results tab.


6/17/19 - Duckworth Rodeo has added three more events to the schedule for July.  Hampton, IA will be on July 17th and Corydon, IA will have two seperate events on July 27th and 28th (specify you are entering for each day when calling in)  


6/11/19 - White Cloud, KS rodeo has been cancelled due to excessive flooding in the area.  Please keep all of our great rodeo communities in your prayers that have been dealing with flooding this season! 


6/10/19 - Those of you that are having issues with getting through to Grand River for Sheridan entries this morning... please use 641-773-5830 today as the main line is down due to a phone line issue that the phone company is working on. 


Results for Tekamah have been posted.


6/6/19 - Burlington Junction special event 4D barrel race has been added to the schedule for June 22nd.


6/3/19 - Duckworth Rodeo has added Rolfe to the schedule for July (early call in date) and Winterset full rodeo to the schedule for August. See the schedule page for entry info.


5/29/19 - Missouri Valley has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for August 23 & 24. 


Tekamah is still a go but those of you that were in slack need to call back to 501-590-5295 to verify that you will be there for the performance instead as they will be running everyone during the performance. 


Updated standings have been posted and results for Milan have been added to the results page.


5/20/19 - Duckworth Rodeo has added Colfax to the schedule for June and Winterset to the schedule for July - both will be bulls, barrels, and broncs. Winterset will be two seperate rodeos so you can enter both days if you wish. 


Rodeo Rose has added two bullriding events to the schedule - Albion in June and Fullerton in July. 


5/9/19 - Results for Ponca have been posted.  An updated flyer for Dayton has been posted to the schedule page.  As a reminder for Dayton entries - this is 4 seperate events in one weekend so when you enter make sure you get entered for all the perfs you want to enter that weekend. 


5/3/19 - If you have not yet signed up for the Judge's/Safety Clinic in Dayton, IA on May 18th,  make sure to get ahold of Ed Waldhauser ASAP at 515-468-0746 to get registered.  This is IRCA, URA, and IRA approved and there is no cost associated with the clinic. 


4/26/19 - Results for Palmyra have been added. 


4/23/19 - Moville has just been added to our schedule for August. 


Those of you wanting buckles shipped just a reminder you have until April 25th to make your payment to Shari Thurman in the office for shipping and insurance costs.


Please keep IRA judge Ron McGee and his family in your prayers as his cancer has returned and he has started chemo treatments this past week. 


4/19/19 - Rodeo Rose Rodeo Co. has added 3 Nebraska rodeos to the shedule in July (Fremont, Syracuse, and Osceola) - take a look at the schedule page for updates! Don't forget to send in your shipping money for your year end buckle by April 25th if you need it mailed to you otherwise it can be picked up at the Missouri Valley Rodeo.  Hope everyone has a great Easter weekend good luck and safe travels wherever you may be headed this weekend!


4/15/19 - 2018 Year End Top 4 each event: If you did not pick up your buckle at the banquet but want your buckle mailed to you, you must send $20 per buckle with your mailing address into the office before April 25th.  This will cover postage and insurance.  There will be one mailing date for everyone.  If you chose not to have your buckle mailed to you then you will need to pick up your buckles at the first Missouri Valley IRA rodeo. 


As a reminder to our stock contractors as you are setting your schedules for the season:

Any stock contractor wishing to bring stock to the IRA finals rodeo must have at least (3) IRA first approved rodeos or (5) IRA first-approved special events.



4/8/19 - Princeton, MO IRA side-pot barrels has been added to the scheduled for May; Grand River Rodeo Co. has added several rodeos to the schedule  - take a look at the schedule page for updates!


4/2/19 - Ponca, NE just added to the schedule for May.  Cameron, MO barrel race has been changed to a 4D.


3/27/19 - Tekamah, NE for May; Topeka, KS for August; and Chanute, KS* for September were just added to the schedule this morning.  *Chanute will be a 2020 season rodeo as the cut off for the 2019 IRA finals is September 22nd after Kearney.


3/26/19 - We have added a couple of special events to our schedule - Dayton, IA Bulls & Barrels in May &  Cameron, MO 3D Barrel Race with IRA sidepot in April.  See the schedule page for more details. 


We also wanted to let you know that the Turn N Burn event at Lincoln is still a go for this weekend, as well as the Fremont Bullriding Event in April. Continue to keep our great host communities and members in the Midwest in your thoughts as they continue to deal with the devastating flooding occurring this Spring.  Fremont has announced that the bullriding event will be a fundraiser event for flood recovery efforts. 


3/8/19 - Milan Rodeo and Fremont Bullriding have been added to the schedule. Banquet Reservations are due tomorrow to Shari Thurman - don't forget.  We have some fun items coming in for the silent auction that you won't want to miss out on! 


2/20/19 - Reschedule date for Lincoln has been set for March 15th and 16th, a new event has been added to the schedule for April in Palmyra and we have a date for the annual awards banquet and kick off fundraiser!  Please make plans to join us in Grand River, IA on March 16th Top 4 please be sure to attend so that you may pick up your awards that night.  Reservations are due to Shari in the office by March 9th.  See our schedule page for a link to the flyer and additional information about the banquet


One other bit of news we would like to share is that the 2019 finals will be held again at the Chance Ridge Arena in Elkhorn, NE - October 25th - 27th.  The cutoff date to make the 2019 finals will be September 22nd after the Kearney, MO rodeo. 


2018 Year End Champions please submit your event photos so that we can update our website  front page.  We would also like to include those that won Horse of the Year awards so send in those pictures. 


CUTOFF DATE FOR 2019 IRA FINALS: September 22nd after Kearney, MO


Reminder: Event Approvals are required to come to Shari in the office before they can be posted to our Facebook page or website. 


We are looking for event pics from our year end champions to add to our website:

2018 Year End champions please send your best event pic (with permission from the photographer) via a private message to our Facebook page and we will update the website!


As a reminder to our stock contractors as you are setting your schedules for the season:

Any stock contractor wishing to bring stock to the IRA finals rodeo must have at least (3) IRA rodeos or (5) IRA first-approved special events.



2nd Go Opening Cermony- 2018 IRA Finals at Chance Ridge Arena in Elkhorn, NE

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2019 IRA Finals Operation Outreach Rodeo Photos with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Midlands at Chance Ridge Arena in Elkhorn, NE.

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