International Professional Rodeo Association

The International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) is the second-largest American rodeo organization in the world. It sanctions rodeos in the United States and Canada, with members from said countries, as well as others. Its championship event is the International Finals Rodeo (IFR), held every January in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[1]

International Professional Rodeo Association
International Professional Rodeo Association logo.jpg
SportRodeo
Founded1957
Countries United States
 Canada
Most recent
champion(s)
United States Justin Thigpen, All-Around
Official websiteIPRA.com

HistoryEdit

The association was originally named IRA and, in 1957, it named their first world champion. It was the first to recognize cowgirl barrel racing as a championship event. In 1964, it created a Board of Governors, which consisted of performers, producers, fans, contestants, and contractors. In 1983, it was renamed the International Professional Rodeo Association. In 1990, the association signed a deal with the Oklahoma City All Sports Association to hold the event to the Myriad Convention Center, where it stayed until 1997.[2]

OrganizationEdit

The IPRA has been sanctioning rodeos for over 50 years in cities of all sizes. It sanctions almost 300 rodeos throughout the country, making it the second largest organization in the sport.[3] The association is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[1] Montana Silversmiths partners with the IPRA and provides their belt buckles and is recognized as the "Official Silversmiths of the IPRA."[4] The IPRA is registered on Bloomberg.[5]

IPRA eventsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Lupine, Gideon (March 25, 2016). "What Is The International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA)?". Cowboy Lifestyle Network. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  2. ^ "History of the IPRA | The International Professional Rodeo Association". International Professional Rodeo Association. www.ipra-rodeo.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "About the IPRA | The International Professional Rodeo Association". www.ipra-rodeo.com. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  4. ^ "IPRA | Montana Silversmiths". www.montanasilversmiths.com. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  5. ^ "International Professional Rodeo Association Inc/The: Company Profile". Bloomberg. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  6. ^ "2017 World Standings" (PDF). International Professional Rodeo Association. www.ipra-rodeo.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.

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