The NLBRA, which was founded in 1952, is a youth rodeo organization for kids’ ages 5 to18. The NLBRA’s principal goal is to develop within its members and their families a spirit of fair competition and appreciation of good sportsmanship throughout the experience of healthy rodeo competition. The Association annually sanctions nearly 400 youth rodeos in 15 states, which all operate in accordance with the NLBRA Rulebook. During the 2013-2014-rodeo season, the NLBRA franchised 373 Rodeos, which provided more opportunities for NLBRA members to earn points and qualify for the National Finals Rodeo. More than 2,000 kids from 27 states compete in NLBRA rodeos each year. Contestants compete for prizes such as saddles, buckles, scholarships, and cash at local rodeos as well as the National Finals events. By competing at local events, contestants work to qualify for the annual National Finals Rodeo.
The NLBRA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the foot of historic Pikes Peak. The National Office serves as the hub for the NLBRA’s communications, record keeping, statistics, as well as providing customer service and assistance to NLBRA franchises, members and media. The NLBRA is designated by the federal government as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, so all charitable contributions made to the NLBRA are tax deductible, subject to IRS regulations.