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IFR 54: Heath King and Stephen Britnell Walk Away with the Gold
Heath King and Stephen Britnell took home the IPRA World Championship after four rounds at IFR 54.
Heath King and Stephen Britnell pose with their 2023 IPRA world champion saddles.
Heath King and Stephen Britnell took home the 2023 IPRA team roping world titles. | Photo by Darlena Roberts/870 Sports, courtesy IPRA

The 2023 IPRA (International Professional Rodeo Association) season came to a close Jan. 11-14, 2024, at the famous Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, with IFR 54.

The season started Dec. 2022, and the top 15 team ropers earned a spot to IFR 54 where they’d compete in four rounds to determine the IFR champions and IPRA world champs. When it was all said and done, Heath King and Stephen Britnell walked away the world champions.

King and Britnell both entered the IFR No. 1 in the standings. King had an $11,414.55 lead over the second place header, and Britnell, the now seven-time IPRA world champion, had $20,536.32 lead on the heel side. Throughout the entire finals, King and Britnell remained the top team in the world standings. They finished the year the world champions, edging out the second place guys by $13,131.03 (King) and $18,397.74 (Britnell).


Average: 1. Garrett Smith/Josh Clayton, 22.3/4, $7,407.41 each; 2. Will Clark/Derrick Crawford, 29.2/4, $5,555.56; 3. Koby Sanchez/Zack Mabry, 39.4/4, $3,703.70; 4. Heath King/Stephen Britnell, 25.3/3, $1,851.85.


HometownMoney Won
Heath KingLeicester, NC $ 45,191.36 
Garrett SmithAnna, IL $ 32,060.33 
Jake WellsRainsville, AL $ 31,755.94 
Braxton CulpepperPoulan, GA $ 28,684.22 
Sergio ‘Junior’ FornazinNew Haven, IN $ 24,195.90 
Koby SanchezEthel, LA $ 23,836.72 
Will ClarkErin, TN $ 23,486.77 
Trevor HowardPocola, OK $ 23,437.96 
Wyatt AllenDadeville, AL $ 22,710.66 
Brady BarrentineLive Oak, FL $ 22,531.48 
Eric FlurrySpiro, OK $ 21,004.54 
Brady SchmidtCottage Grove, TN $ 20,035.45 
Kaston PeavyBay Minette, AL $ 19,861.03 
Zeb ChapmanLaFayette, GA $ 19,210.13 
Casey HicksTalala, OK $ 17,909.83 


HometownMoney Won
Stephen BritnellKnoxville, TN $ 51,195.31 
Josh ClaytonBuchanan, TN $ 32,797.57 
Zack MabryPiedmont, AL $ 30,658.99 
Bryer HamiltonCleveland, TN $ 28,976.56 
Reno GonzalesWhigham, GA $ 25,349.66 
Shane EdmonsonDawson, AL $ 25,132.35 
Brad CulpepperPoulan, GA $ 24,443.58 
Derrick CrawfordCookeville, TN $ 24,221.67 
Rick ScruggsCampobello, SC $ 22,390.56 
Tyler HutchinsRose, OK $ 21,252.05 
Adam PlylerPageland, SC $ 19,475.31 
Cody HeflinPryor, OK $ 18,266.69 
Jason HillAshburn, GA $ 17,877.04 
Casey StipesSalina, OK $ 17,625.62 
Stitches StanleyWagoner, OK $ 17,240.46 
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