Monday, October 15, 2012

PRCA Rodeo Oct 25-27

Joe Frost
Wasatch County to Host PRCA Rodeo Oct. 25-27   
Nationally recognized rodeo circuit coming to Wasatch County for the next three years 

HEBER CITY, UTAH (Oct. 10, 2012) — Wasatch County will host its first Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Wilderness Circuit Rodeo when Heber City welcomes the top cowboys from the region. The rodeo will be held at the Wasatch County Event Center Oct. 25-27. 

The rodeo will also feature the “Exceptional Rodeo,” which pairs special-needs cowboys and cowgirls ages 12 and under with PRCA contestants for rodeo activities.  

Josi Young
PRCA will also offer a free Championship Roughstock camp for individuals eight years and older of all abilities. In conjunction with Utah High School Rodeo Association and PRCA Wilderness Circuit Finals, rodeo enthusiasts will be introduced to a variety of topics, including safety and fundamentals, livestock safety, injury prevention, tips from the pros, chute procedures, riding equipment and more. Interested participants should email or call 719-304-1471.  

Wasatch County has long been on the rodeo scene, hosting the Utah High School State Rodeo Championships and other rodeo events each year. Now Heber will bring in the most elite athletes in the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. Wasatch County and PRCA officials reached a three-year agreement in May of this year.      
“Wasatch County has formed a tremendous partnership with the PRCA and continues to be selected for the best rodeos and events around,” said Jon Provost, manager of the Wasatch County Event Center. “Our event center, horse corrals and beautiful valley are second to none.”   

Austin Foss
The Dodge PRCA Wilderness Circuit system was formed to give “weekend warriors,” or cowboys with commitments close to home, a chance to compete in rodeos that lead toward a final of their own. The circuit system culminates in the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo. Contestants can qualify for the event by winning the season title or winning the average title at the circuit finals rodeo in their respective categories, such as bareback riding, steer wrestling or bull riding. Competitors must also compete in one of PRCA’s 12 regional circuits, including the Wilderness Finals Rodeo, to participate. The Dodge PRCA Wilderness Circuit Finals are the regional playoffs of professional rodeo — the best of the West. The caliber of contenders and livestock rivals that of the prominent National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. The Wilderness Finals is one of the top rodeos nationally.

More than 120 top National Finals Rodeo contestants and world champions will fight for two top positions to progress to the finals. Contenders of the PRCA Wilderness Circuit in the past have been well-known cowboys such as Clint Robinson, Wesley Silcox, Steve Woolsey and Kacee Field. Many are Utah favorites who have participated in the Days of ’47 and the Ogden Pioneer Days rodeos, among others.

About the PRCA
The PRCA was created in 1936 when a group of cowboys walked out of a rodeo at the Boston Garden to protest the actions of rodeo promoter W.T. Johnson, who refused to add the cowboys' entry fees to the rodeo's total purse. In 1975, they changed their name to the Rodeo Cowboys Association and the organization officially became the PRCA. The PRCA staff consists of about 70 full-time employees but grows to nearly 100 during the peak season. PRCA headquarters are based out of Colorado Springs.

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