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.
In order to compete at the national level, you must complete a 2014-2015 National Contestant Member Application on a yearly basis. The membership is $80.00. The fee includes: back tags, official rule book, standard entry blank, and other information. Little Wrangler, Junior and Senior event entry forms for members and non-members are located at www.nlbra.com. In addition to the national membership form, please fill out the Michigan New Member Form and return to the address on the form. By doing so, you will receive the Michigan newsletter.
Entry fees for Little Wranglers, Juniors, and Seniors are $15.00 per event, a Michigan office fee of $9.00 per rodeo, and a national contestant fee of $9.00 per rodeo. Stock fees will apply to the following per event: $5.00 for goats, calves and steers; $15.00 for bulls and broncs.
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.
The event fees for trail hand are as listed above which range from $3.00 to $8.00 per event. Trail hand members do not have an office fee or contestant fee and they do not pay stock charges.
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.
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 our last rodeo of the season or at a banquet/rodeo set for a later date.The membership fees per rodeo season are as follows: Trail Hands $75.00 each or $125.00 per family; Little Wranglers, Juniors, and Seniors are $450.00 per contestant or $550.00 per family. 30% of the membership fees or donated items are due at your first rodeo, 1/2 of the balance is due by November 1 and the remaining 1/2 is due by March 1. 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. 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.
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.