PRCA Press Release 5/15/2017

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PRCA Press Release

PRCA Press Release 5/15/2017

May 15, 2017


  • Fountain wins Helldorado on Hell Boy
  • News & Notes from the rodeo trail
  • Next Up
  • 2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders
  • 2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings
  • 2017 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

Fountain wins Helldorado on Hell Boy

LAS VEGAS – Rookie saddle bronc rider Leon Fountain earned the third win of his ProRodeo career at the Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days Rodeo by a half-point. Continue reading “PRCA Press Release 5/15/2017”

2012 C-T Bronc Bash Bucking Horse Futurity

This is an old video from our Photo Editor Philip Leimbach of the 2012 C-T Bronc Bash Bucking Horse Futurity in Lubbock, Texas.

Charlie Thompson put on a great event. We are sure many of the horses in this video have become foundation horses in the ABBI bucking horse registry. Hope you enjoy the short video and check out Philip’s page for more photo and video work.

Last Cowboy Standing/Helldorado Days Pro Rodeo

Last Cowboy Standing/Helldorado Days Pro Rodeo

Last Cowboy Standing/Helldorado Days Pro Rodeo is this next week. Wow where has the first part of the year gone as the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) heads into their summer break.

Partnering up with the Las Vegas Elks Club Helldorado Days Professional Rodeo the event will happen May 12-13, 2017. Where? Glad you asked, have you ever been to Las Vegas? Nevada not New Mexico. Well, you know that place that has the Black Pyramid and Sphinx. Yeah that one, it is called the Luxor,  and the event will be blowing up the strip right across from it. Cool, huh?

So here are a few things you might want to keep track of if you’re coming out.

MGM Vacation Village home of the PBR Last Cowboy Standing and the PRCA Las Vegas Elks Club Helldorado Days Pro Rodeo.
MGM Vacation Village home of the PBR Last Cowboy Standing and the PRCA Las Vegas Elks Club Helldorado Days Pro Rodeo.

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The Roughstock Gazette Podcast Season 2 Episode 2

The Roughstock Gazette Season 2 Episode 2

Hey guess what got posted everywhere but here? Yep, The Roughstock Gazette Podcast Season 2 Episode 2 is out. So check it out here and let us know what you think, leave us a shout out on Facebook. By the way have you followed us on Twitter of Instagram? What, you haven’t? Well get to it you’re burning moonlight.

We had a quick chat with bull rider Cody Jesus from Window Rock, Arizona and just chatted a whole lot about not much. Hope you enjoy.

Are you coming to Las Vegas for the Helldorado Days Pro Rodeo and the PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing? Be on of the first ten people to find me Friday night and get a Roughstock Gazette Hat Sticker.

PRCA News Release April 24th, 2017


Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

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Colorado Springs, CO 80919


  • The Winners at the $250,100 PRCA rodeo were all-around cowboy Ryle Smith ($7,051 in steer wrestling and tie-down roping), bareback riders Shane O’Connell (85.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Caddy Wagon) and Tilden Hooper (85.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Raggidy Ann), steer wrestler Chance Howard (19.2 seconds on four head), team ropers Coleman Proctor and Billie Jack Saebens (38.1 seconds on four head), saddle bronc rider Hardy Braden (85 points on Calgary Stampede’s Turbo Rocket), barrel racer Stevi Hillman (34.58 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Trey Benton III (88.5 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Heartbreak).
    The Red Bluff Round-Up has awarded its annual Top Hand Award to one of its volunteers. Cliff Kemen was honored with the award during the Round-Up’s annual volunteer recognition night on April 15. Kemen, who grew up in Minnesota and moved to California at the age of 16, began volunteering at the Round-Up alongside his father-in-law, Dean Zeeveld, 45 years ago. He started helping Zeeveld with the fairgrounds entrance on Mulberry Street, but was moved to the gate on the east side of the arena. As the “gate man” for the rodeo arena, he’s responsible for letting in and out a variety of people in a variety of roles: the pickup men as they change horses, the cowgirls running flags, the RAM truck that brings in the barrels for the barrel racing, the specialty act, and the ambulance, if it is needed. He’s behind the scenes and never noticed by rodeo fans, which Kemen prefers. When Kemen started volunteering 40-plus years ago, he was “infatuated” with rodeo. Now, his interests have turned to team roping and cutting horses. For his years of volunteer service, Kemen was awarded a buckle. Kemen’s wife, Jolene, is a director with the Round-Up; the couple has a son and daughter, two grandsons and a granddaughter.

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PRCA News 3/27/17

PRCA News 3/27/17

Aus-ome effort captures first Austin title


Tanner Aus had come painfully close to his first Rodeo Austin win a few years back. On Saturday night, he made sure that he’d be collecting the coveted branding iron that goes to each champion.
The 26-year-old bareback rider scored the win in the final round with an 89-point trip on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Hollywood Hills. He earned $9,400 for that ride, as well as the branding iron, which he was most excited about.

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Roughstock Gazette Season 2 Episode 1

The Roughstock Gazette Podcast

The Roughstock Gazette Podcast Season Two Episode One, 2017.

This episode: Philip from Double P Tack, discusses some fitness’s and diet tips he has come across as he reads up on health and disease. He talks about knowing your food allergies and how to find out if it effects you while traveling. Philip then shares some things he heard on the Joe Rogan show with Steve Maxwell on YouTube. While many young bull riders ignore fitness, as you get older and try to keep at the higher levels, gas station sushi and soda won’t cut it. We hope you enjoy his thoughts.

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Links to some of today’s mentions:

Prevent Biometrics Mouth Guards

Ride Right

Saddle Barn



And the Winner is?

Kaique Pacheco notches his first event victory of the year in St. Louis, Missouri at the St. Louis Invitational. The PBR Brazilian heir apparent to the crown captured his first event win of the year while all eyes were focused on Chase Outlaw and Missouri native Mason Lowe. Kaique rode Lester Gilles of Folds/Strickland for an 88.75 and the only ride in the championship round. With the win Kaique has jumped to third place in the world and seems to have a solid position in the cat bird seat chasing down Jess Lockwood and Eduardo Aparecido. But with eighteen events left before finals it is still anyone’s game. One question remaining is can Kaique dress up enough bulls between now and November to get a dozen or so scores above 88? 90? Continue reading “ST. LOUIS INVITATIONAL”



New PBR Party Anthem, Music Video, and Live Shows Highlight New Partnership

PUEBLO, CO – PBR (Professional Bull Riders) is partnering with iconic band Warrant for its new “party anthem,” as well as a custom music video for PBR Bars and live concerts for PBR fans at select events. One such concert will be Friday, Feb. 10 at PBR Big Sky in Kansas City’s Power and Light District.

Warrant has recorded a foot-stomping remake of Merle Haggard’s classic, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” which is also set to appear on the band’s next album Louder Harder Faster being released on Frontier Records in mid-April.

Warrant’s rousing version of the song, which was a number-one hit in October 1980 for Haggard, along with a music video featuring the band, top riders and bulls, will soon be a mainstay for PBR fans. The song will be played every night at midnight in the seven (soon to be nine) PBR Bars across the country as a clarion call for the good times to continue. The PBR-branded bars are located in Baltimore, Hampton (Virginia), Las Vegas, Kansas City, Louisville, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. Additional PBR Bars will be opening soon in Atlanta and Norfolk, VA.

Warrant will roll out its music video for “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” at an official kickoff party at PBR St Louis in Ballpark Village on February 25, accompanied by a live performance. The video will be shot this evening at the PBR Big Sky in Kansas City, where the band will perform the night before the Kansas City Clash Presented by Express Employment Professionals.

In addition to the Kansas City and St. Louis concerts, Warrant will perform at other stops of the Built Ford Tough Series Tour, including Nashville, Sioux Falls, and twice in Las Vegas – at Las Vegas Helldorado Days in May and the 2017 PBR World Finals in November. Additional dates will be announced as the PBR season progresses.

“PBR is the ‘loudest, fastest and hardest’ sport in the country, and we are big fans of the athletes who lay it on the line doing what they love,” says Erik Turner, Warrant’s rhythm guitarist and co-founder. “Creating a party anthem is what Warrant loves to do and getting a chance to create one for the ‘toughest sport on dirt’ is a bonus. We’re pumped up to rock PBR Bars and events all year long.”

“The PBR was just getting started as Warrant was coming off the double platinum success of Cherry Pie, and fans have been hearing their hits at our events the past 24 years,” said Sean Gleason, CEO, PBR. “During the 2016 PBR World Finals, we were fortunate to have Warrant headline Saturday night in Toshiba Plaza, and they put on an incredible show for our fans. When we found out the members of the band are PBR fans, we jumped at the chance to work together on a custom music project and to make them a featured act during the 2017 season.”

Warrant will participate in a meet and greet with fans at the Frontier Communications Showdown in Anaheim on Saturday, February 4. The band will sign autographs and take pictures with fans from 5.30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the PBR Rewards booth, located inside the arena.

PBR’s partnership with Warrant follows a successful music and marketing collaboration with Steven Tyler who recently became the sport’s official voice with “Hold On (Won’t Let Go),” which now opens all PBR on CBS telecasts and is featured in PBR marketing. Tyler performed the song live in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas during the 2016 PBR World Finals, and it is also featured on his latest album, “Everybody Comes from Somewhere,” which debuted at number-one on the country music charts.

Formed in 1984 in Hollywood, Calif., Warrant has sold over 10 million albums. The band first came into the national spotlight with their Double Platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, with the single, “Heaven,” reaching No. 1 in Rolling Stone Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the Double Platinum album Cherry Pie which provided the hit album titled song and music video. The band’s other hit singles include: “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” “I Saw Red,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “Sex Ain’t Love.” For more information on the band, see


About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders)

The world’s premier bull riding organization began as a dream of 20 bull riders 24 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. On its elite Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. The televised PBR Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour, the PBR Touring Pro Division and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid more than $150 million in earnings to its athletes. Thirty bull riders have earned more than $1 million, including two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney who has become the top-earning athlete in Western sports history with more than $7 million in career earnings. In May 2015, PBR was acquired by WME | IMG, a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion. For more information on the PBR, go to, or follow on Facebook at, Twitter at, and YouTube at

PRCA Press Release Feb 6, 2017

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PRCA Press Release Feb 6, 2017 Saddle bronc rider Jake Wright held down the fort by winning the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, for the second year in a row.
“A lot of guys go their whole career hoping to win that one, and I am pumped to win it another year,” Wright said. “I’m stoked – at a loss for words. Growing up, I saw Cody (Wright, Jake’s older brother) win it many times (2011, 2013-14). Watching him do good, I wanted the same success, so I went in there hoping for the best.”
The 27-year-old Milford, Utah, cowboy improved on his 2016 Fort Worth win by 4.5 points, riding for 255.5 points on three head, an arena record.
“I think I rode better this year,” Wright said. “(ProRodeo Hall of Famer) Shawn Davis said ‘the day you have a perfect ride, you might as well hang up your saddle.’ I told (ProRodeo Hall of Famer) Billy Etbauer, when I was 19 or 20, that ‘I think I have this figured out,’ and he said, ‘call me when you do.’
“I’ve always thought about that – keep striving to be better – and I want to win the world championship something fierce.”
Wright was battling the flu while competing, but luck was on his side when it came to the draw, as he’d ridden J Bar J’s Special Time during Round 3 of the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
“He bucks hard, and a lot of guys don’t like him, but I get along with him really good,” Wright said. “I didn’t know what I had until I got here, and when I looked at the sheet I was like ‘heck yeah.'”
Wright won the average by 1.5 points by placing seventh in the first round with an 83 and then splitting the win in Round 2 and the final round.
“I had a good attitude and was pumped to be in the short round,” Wright said. “When you are in the short round in Fort Worth you might as well have fun like at the (National) Finals, just keep doing what you did to get there.”
Wright got a call from two-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Taos Muncy shortly after his win at Fort Worth.
“Taos was being funny and asked if they were going to make a statue of me at the rodeo, and I said I’d be alright with it,” Wright said. “Fort Worth has been good to me my whole career, and I love going to that rodeo. The greats have rode in that same building, on that same dirt.”
Wright was eighth in the 2016 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, and he’s off to an identical start to 2017, so he has his eyes set on what would be his sixth-consecutive WNFR.
“That buckle is in my sights every year,” Wright said.
Winning Fort Worth has given Wright a $13,998 boost in the 2017 world standings.
“The winter run is just kicking off, and now the fun really begins,” Wright said. “It always gives you a boost to get on a roll in the winter – you get good confidence and you are riding good. This man is just starting to catch on fire.”
Other winners at the $665,546 rodeo were bareback rider Tim O’Connell (336 points on four head), and bull rider Dave Mason (235.5 on three head).
Bill Tutor won the Lake Charles bareback riding title with a 90-point score on Korkow Rodeo’s Pilsey Power, tying him with Winn Ratliff and Wyatt Bloom – who scored 90 on HiLo Pro Rodeo’s Wilson Sanchez this weekend at the McAlester (Okla.) Pro Rodeo – for the highest-scored ride of the 2017 season. Bull rider Tristan Mize had an 89.5-point ride on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Red Cloud to win the SW District Fat Stock Show & Rodeo (Lake Charles, La.). That was tied for the third highest-scored ride of 2017 season with Cole Melancon’s 89.5-point ride on Sutton Rodeos’ Judas Jan. 28 in Rapid City, S.D., which won the Division 2 Xtreme Bulls event.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The beat goes on.

Other winners at the $92,800 rodeo were Team Coors bareback rider Orin Larsen (86 points on C5 McDonald’s Spit Fire), Team Justin Boots saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (87.5 points on Sutton Rodeos’ Chuckulator),) and Team RAM bull rider Cole Melancon (89 points on Burch Rodeo’s Alabama High Test).

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo

announced Feb. 3 the hiring of its first general manager, Cindy Schonholtz. Schonholtz will assume the duties of general manager May 1 at the rodeo, which is billed as the Nation’s Greatest Fourth of July Rodeo. Schonholtz goes to Oregon from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, where she worked as the Animal Welfare and Membership Development Coordinator. While at the PRCA, she created the Industry Outreach Department and served as its director. She currently serves as president and CEO of the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, which helps injured rodeo athletes and their families with financial assistance while the athlete is injured and cannot work or rodeo. “For several years, the board has contemplated the hiring of a full time general manager,” said Wally Pohlschneider, St. Paul Rodeo Board of Directors president. “As the St. Paul Rodeo has grown to be the 11th-biggest regular-season PRCA rodeo, virtually every rodeo of our size maintains full-time staff positions. We were not willing to compromise the quality of our organization or rodeo by hiring someone who did not meet our St. Paul standards, and add value to our organization.” This year’s St. Paul Rodeo is June 30 through July 4. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at St Paul Rodeo … California Rodeo Salinas is hosting an old-fashioned barn dance from 7-11 (PT) on April 22 at The Barn in Salinas. Tickets are $25 per person, and include small bites provided by Famous Dave’s, a no-host bar and music by Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band. The proceeds from this event will benefit the California Rodeo Salinas Hall of Fame. The Barn is located at 1563 Old Stage Road in Salinas. For directions, information and to purchase tickets go to: California Salinas . Call 831.775.3100 to reserve your spot … Hadley Barrett and Dr. Jerry Thompson will be inducted into the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame June 10in Valentine, Neb. Barrett, originally from North Platte, has been announcing the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte since 1964. Thompson, of Stockman’s Veterinary Clinic, has been assisting with animal welfare and veterinary services at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo since the 1970s, and has been a member of the rodeo committee for 15 years … The rodeo program is among budget cutbacks approved by the Hastings (Neb.) College board of trustees as it wrestles with an operational deficit of more than $3 million. A message posted online last week by President Don Jackson says the trustees have approved a plan to realize $2.3 million in savings during the 2017-18 school year by eliminating or consolidating some staff positions and taking other belt-tightening steps. The plans for 2018-19 include eliminating three to four faculty positions, three to four staff positions and ending the rodeo program. The college competes as part of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association … The 85th annual San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo officially started Feb. 3. The annual Santa Fe Trail Ride kicked off Jan. 27, in Sterling County, and arrived at the San Angelo Fairgrounds Feb. 2. Trail riders participated in the rodeo parade Feb. 4. The San Angelo Rodeo concludes Feb. 15-17 … Last week, the Texas Tech University rodeo team hired Stetson Corman as its new coach. At 23 years old, Corman is the youngest head coach in the history of the program. Corman rodeoed at Tech, and graduated last May … The National High School Rodeo Association has voted to hold its 2020 and 2021 championship events in Lincoln, Neb., at the Lancaster Event Center. Specific dates for the 2020 and 2021 finals are pending, but the rodeo will be in July. The 2017 NHSFR will be July 16-22 in Gillette, Wyo. The 2018 and 2019 NHSFR will be in Rock Springs, Wyo.


“The thing about rodeo is you have to be confident – and if you aren’t confident, it doesn’t matter how much you win. We are confident in each other.”
-Cory Petska, team roping heeler, said after winning the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Feb. 4 with his partner Erich Rogers.

Next Up

Feb. 9 Bell County PRCA Rodeo, Belton, Texas, begins
Feb. 9 Dixie National Rodeo, Jackson, Miss., begins
Feb. 9 San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, begins
Feb. 10 Rotary Rodeo, Starkville, Miss., begins
Feb. 10 72nd annual Yuma (Ariz.) Jaycees Silver Spur Rodeo, begins

The PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the largest and oldest professional rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in ProRodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards. The PRCA, a membership-based organization, sanctions approximately 600 rodeos annually, and there are more than 30 million fans in the U.S. The PRCA showcases the world’s best cowboys by televising the sport’s premier events, including the Wrangler Champions Challenge and the world-renowned Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on CBS Sports Net (DISH channel 158, DirecTV channel 221). The Justin Boots Playoffs and Championships, RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, All American ProRodeo Finals, and the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour will also air on CBS Sports Net, as well as live stream at Wrangler Network. PRCA-sanctioned rodeos raise more than $26 million for local and national charities. For comprehensive coverage of the cowboy sport, read the ProRodeo Sports News, the official publication of the PRCA, and for daily updates of news and results visit the PRCA’s official website,

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