The Jr. NFR, which will crown the 2021 World Champions, attracts the best youth contestants who have qualified through a variety of pathways, including the top place winners from all major youth rodeo associations. More than 1,200 contestants are eligible to enter. The list of qualified contestants is available at

The Jr. NFR is a tournament-style rodeo with competition starting on June 28. The final qualifying rounds on July 1 feature the top 50 in timed events and the final performances in the riding events. The semifinals on July 2 will have two performances, featuring the five exemptions and qualifiers from the prior evening.

The Jr. NFR finals presents the top six semifinals place winners in a made-for-TV round. The world champion belt buckle is earned by the contestants with the fastest time or highest score on July 3.