LITTLE
BRITCHES
RODEO...
About National Little Britches Rodeo Association
of Michigan

Little Britches is one of the oldest continuing junior rodeo associations in the nation.  The National Little Britches Rodeo Association of Michigan (NLBRA of MI) was established in 1998 and is a 501-C3 non-profit youth rodeo organization.  The association is made up of amazing volunteers who have come together to promote the great sport of youth rodeo.  The purpose of the organization is directed towards building character, self reliance, and good sportsmanship in our youth.  It enables kids to set goals and challenges them to accomplish such goals through discipline, organization, and physical fitness.



NLBRA of MI has 4 age divisions and puts on 10 to 16 rodeos per season which runs from August 1 till July 31 of the next year.  You can become a member anytime during the rodeo season.

Trail hand is the youngest division.  It is unique to Michigan and is not recognized at the national level.  This is an educational rodeo program designed to teach, develop, and strengthen rodeo skills.  The trail hand division is for boys and girls 7 years old and younger...as long as you can walk, you can rodeo. 

Trail Hand Events: Contact (on horseback)  Non-Contact (with a stick horse) 
7 years and younger 4 and younger or
$5 per event 5 to 7 year olds
$3 per event

Trail Course Flag Racing
Goat Tail Untying Dummy Goat Tying
Barrel Racing Barrel Racing
Down & Back Down & Back
Mutton Busting - $8/run Dummy Calf Roping
Mutton Busting - $8/run
 
Non-contact is for those that don't have access to a horse but would still like to get that rodeo experience and to see if it is something they'd like to further pursue.  All equipment is provided for non-contact events or you may bring your own.

The contact division is for children who have a horse.  In both divisions, children learn and develop skills that they'll apply to the national levels as they get older and advance into those divisions. 

All trail hands may have assistance with any event.  If they have help in the arena during contact events the person helping must be in full western attire.

Kids are awarded ribbons through 6th place and participant prizes for those 7th place or lower.  Each division has an All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl award. 

Children that are between the ages of 5 to 7 can be in dual divisions.  They can be a trail hand to continue honing their rodeo skills and they can also be a Little Wrangler which is a national level division.

Trail hand Michigan membership fee is $25.00 per year.  Returning members will receive a new back tag, certificate, and a hat pin (if available).  New trail hand members will receive a welcome packet with the aforementioned items in addition to other things.

Trail hand members do not have an office fee or contestant fee and they do not pay stock charges.



National Divisions:

Little Wrangler Junior Boy Junior Girl Senior Boy Senior Girl
5 to 8 years old 9 to 13 years old 9 to 13 years old 14 to 18 years old 14 to 18 years old
Boys and Girls

Goat Tail Untying Goat Tying Goat Tying Tie-Down Calf Roping Goat Tying
Barrel Racing Flag Racing Barrel Racing Steer Wrestling Barrel Racing
Flag Racing Breakaway Calf Roping Breakaway Calf Roping Saddle Bronc Riding Pole Bending
Pole Bending Bull Riding Pole Bending Bareback Bronc Riding Breakaway Calf Ropin
Team Roping** Trail Course Bull Riding Trail Course
Dally Ribbon Roping** Team Roping** Team Roping** Team Roping** Dally Ribbon Roping** Dally Ribbon Roping** Dally Ribbon Roping**

**Team roping and dally ribbon roping are two events that require a partner in order to enter and the partner can be either a male or female within the same division.


National membership includes:  back tags, official rule book, standard entry blank, and other information. 
2014-2015 National Contestant Member Application   
The national contestant membership is $80.00.
One may choose to be a non-member, see fee breakdown below.

In addition to the national membership form, please fill out the Michigan New Member Form and return to the address on the form.  

Entry fees for Little Wranglers, Juniors, and Seniors per a rodeo day.  

Fees per a rodeo day based on membership type, these amounts do not include Michigan membership fees, see farther down for that breakdown.

If a National Member and Michigan Member:

Event fees: $15
Stock fees: $5 Goats, Calves, Steers
$15 Bulls, Broncs
National Contestant fee:     $9
Michigan secretary fee:   $9

If a National Member and Michigan Non-Member:

Event fees: $15
Stock fees: $5 Goats, Calves, Steers
$15 Bulls, Broncs
National Contestant fee:     $9
Michigan secretary fee:   $9
Michigan Non-Member fee: $25  
(waive MI non-member fee $25/day first rodeo weekend)

If a National Non-Member and Michigan Non-Member:

Event fees: $15
Stock fees: $5 Goats, Calves, Steers
$15 Bulls, Broncs
National Contestant fee:     $9
Michigan secretary fee:   $9
Michigan Non-Member fee: $25 (waive Michigan non-member fee $25/day first rodeo weekend) National Non-Member fee: $25 (National fees have to be collected)

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Membership Fees per a season, August 1 through July 31:

National Member Fee:  Contestant $80
Trail Hand Member Fee: Contestant $25

Michigan Member Fee Totals.  Payments accepted in 3 installments, see breakdown below total amounts:

Single  - Totals: Little Wrangler, Juniors, Seniors $450 Trail Hand $75

Family  - Totals:      Little Wrangler, Juniors, Seniors $550 Trail Hand $125

30% due first rodeo (minimum):

Single Little Wrangler, Juniors, Seniors $135 Trail Hand $22.50

Family     Little Wrangler, Juniors, Seniors $165 Trail Hand $37.50

November 1, ½ balance if 30% paid:

Single      Little Wrangler, Juniors, Seniors $157.50 Trail Hand $26.25

Family      Little Wrangler, Juniors, Seniors $192.50 Trail Hand $43.75

March 1, remaining balance:

Single      Little Wrangler, Juniors, Seniors $157.50 Trail Hand $26.25

Family      Little Wrangler, Juniors, Seniors $192.50 Trail Hand $43.75

New Members joining after January 1 would have 50% of membership fees due at their first rodeo weekend and 50% due at their second rodeo weekend plus a $100 discount. Single would be $350 or Family would be $450 with the $100 discount. 

As a NLBRA of Michigan member, everyone must adhere to the Michigan By-Laws and meet the membership fees as outlined below.  To meet the financial requirements, one can participate in fundraisers and/or raffle ticket sales that we have throughout the year.  In addition, sponsorship forms are available to solicit money or items from businesses, family, and/or friends.  This money is used to help fund rodeos throughout the season and for year end awards which are handed out at a banquet or rodeo set for a later date.

Adhering to these guidelines will keep members in good standing and loss of points will not occur.  The money earned during the various fundraisers and raffles can be applied towards the total membership dues along with any sponsorships.  Follow the link for the 2014-2015 NLBRA of MI Sponsorship Form.  Follow above by-law link for further information regarding the association. 

National members earn points from each rodeo that count towards their national ranking.  And points accumulate for NLBRA of MI year end awards if the contestant is in good standing.  National points are tracked at www.nlbra.com.  Kids can qualify to go to the NLBRA Finals Rodeo in Pueblo, Colorado held in July each year.  To qualify for national finals, you must place in the top 7 at 4 rodeos per event.

You can compete in rodeos without being a member.  Non-members will pay a national non-member fee and a Michigan non-member fee to participate (first weekend the Michigan non-member fee is waived).  Also, points will not be applied to year end awards or towards national ranking.  Some people choose to pay the non-member rates to make sure their kids will enjoy rodeo life.

Eligibility for year-end awards are based on points from the 5 best rodeos per event plus points from the year-end rodeo which are counted as 1.5 points.  A minimum of 3 rodeos must be attended throughout the season.  Each day is considered a rodeo.  Also, participation in the year-end rodeo or payment of entries for the year-end rodeo.

NLBRA of MI is successful due in part to the Executive Board, the Board of Directors, the Youth Board, the Event Directors, volunteers of all ages, and the generous sponsors.

Please feel free to contact us using the website email if you have further questions.

The above information is subject to revision at any time.

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