In 2009 around 125 boys aged between 16 and 17 years sought a place in the biggest rodeo in Latin America in the competitive world of rodeo. Created 23 years ago, the Barretos Junior Rodeo is a reference for all boys who dream of one day becoming rodeo idols and is the only one in Brazil that unites boys aged 16 and older.
Two-time Junior Rodeo winner, Delmo Roberto Mendes from Barretos was the first rider to become champion of the Junior Rodeo, becoming champion once again the following year.
Names such as Emerson Leonardo from Ouroeste, State of São Paulo, Rafael Padilha from Bauru, State of São Paulo, Rogério Freitas from Aparecida do Taboado, State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Danilo Tristão from Conceição das Alagoas, State of Minas Gerais and Marco Antônio Draguiroli from Populina, State of São Paulo, are some of the champions that began their careers at the Junior Rodeo and currently compete in professional rodeo with the best riders of the country gathering motorcycles, cars and many other prizes.
The Junior Rodeo is divided into three stages. During the first stage 125 riders dispute a qualifying for five days which will classify 25 riders for the last Saturday of the Rodeo. On Sunday, the same day of the Finals, 10 junior riders dispute at the grand Final where R$5.000, 00 will be divided amongst the winners.
The bull riding event lasts for 6 seconds instead of 8