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NEWS FROM THE PRCA 4-23-19

NEWS FROM THE PRCA

Team ropers Mitchell/Doescher win Red Bluff Round-Up

April 23, 2019
RED BLUFF, Calif. – Longtime friends Spencer Mitchell and Cody Doescher joined forces for the first time this season in Denver in January, and things are starting to pay off.
Team roping header Mitchell and heeler Doescher beat a star-studded field April 21 at the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, capturing the average with a 30.4-second time on four head at the ProRodeo Tour stop.
The duo clinched the title – each for the first time in their respective careers – with an 8.0-second run in the finals. They each took home $6,599.
“We had a steer that was pretty strong for the herd, and we just knew that if we made a good run, we would have a chance to win it,” said Mitchell, who turned 31 Monday. “The way it was set up there, you couldn’t do anything besides go rope whatever they drew you. Our steer was pretty strong, and shoot, I didn’t do a very good job, and he pulled off a great shot. He ended up cleaning it up and saving the run for us.”
Mitchell and Doescher came into the finals three-tenths of a second behind Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, but Doescher was focused on what he and Mitchell could accomplish.
“It’s hard to speed things up there,” Doescher said. “The barrier is long, and the steers are running, and it is hard to go fast in that kind of set-up. But we knew that if we used our horses and went and made our run, we would have a chance. My partner has such a fast head horse, and he has the reaching game on top of it, so it is the best of both worlds. I have a pretty fast heel horse, and we used our horses to our advantage.”
Mitchell, who lives in Orange Cove, Calif., was thrilled to win Red Bluff, which is a hometown rodeo for him.
“I lived about an hour from Red Bluff in a little town called Williams for quite a while,” Mitchell said. “You always want to do good at rodeos that have been close to home. To finally accomplish winning it dang-sure feels pretty good.”
Mitchell’s wife, Whitney, son, Broc, 1, father, Steve, and mother, Cyndi, saw him claim top honors at Red Bluff.
“It has been great roping with Spencer,” Doescher said. “It’s easy for us to get along because we have been friends for so long. We both have wives and kids, and we have the same idea how we want to do things.”
Doescher said his wife, Courtney, daughter, Paizley, 8, and son, Rance, 3 were at home in Webbers Falls, Okla., celebrating Easter, and he was happy to make their day even better.
“It was a little bittersweet that I didn’t get to spend Easter with my family, and we just got married in January,” Doescher said. “They support what I’m doing, and they are pulling for me back home. They were very excited I won.”
Other winners at the $292,170 rodeo were all-around cowboy Rhen Richard ($3,672, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Logan Patterson (87.5 points on C5 Rodeo’s Black Feathers); steer wrestlers Stetson Jorgensen (21.8 seconds on four head); Hunter Cure (21.8 seconds on four head); saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (89.5 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Flood Tide); tie-down roper Dane Kissack (37.5 seconds on four head); barrel racer Nellie Miller (34.38 seconds on two runs); and bull rider Trey Benton III (88 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Vegas Outlaw).

Agribition welcomes Maple Leaf Circuit Finals Rodeo

Courtesy Canadian Professional Rodeo Association
AIRDRIE, Alberta – The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) and Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) announced this week that Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan, will be the home of the inaugural Maple Leaf Circuit Pro Rodeo Finals.
The four-day rodeo, featuring the top 10 contestants in each event from the 2019 Maple Leaf Circuit standings, runs Nov. 27-30, 2019, at Regina’s Evraz Place. The rodeo finals is a key part of Agribition – a long-standing livestock show and agribusiness marketplace that attracts more than 1,200 international guests from more than 86 countries.
“Western culture has been a key piece of the foundation of Agribition for almost 50 years,” CWA President Bruce Holmquist said in a press release. “Rodeo has been a very important part of that and through the years we have worked hard at growing the profile of the sport for both its fans and competitors. We are confident that the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals will take that profile to the next level.”
With more than $12,000 up for grabs in each Agribition rodeo event, contestants are excited to compete for a qualifying spot. An added bonus for rodeo athletes is the opportunity for the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals champion and the circuit year-end champ in each event to qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., starting in April 2020.
“The Maple Leaf (Circuit) Finals are a good fit for Agribition,” said CWA CEO Chris Lane. “We have the facilities, the committee, the expertise and 20,000 rodeo fans that want to see the most exciting rodeo possible. We’re excited about putting that all together in November.”
The November finals will cap the first complete year of the Maple Leaf Circuit – a partnership between the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) and the CPRA.
“It’s excellent that Agribition will be the home of the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals,” CPRA President Terry Cooke said. “With Agribition’s long-standing history of rodeo success, the Finals should be a great experience for fans and athletes alike. And the opportunity for contestants to qualify for the RAM (National) Circuit Finals is an added incentive.”

Maple Leaf Circuit Facts and Figures:

* Circuit includes CPRA rodeos with less than $7,999 added purse that do not have special entry qualifications and that accept permits
* PRCA/CPRA Canadian residents are automatically assigned to the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals Rodeo (MLCFR)
* For 2019, a contestant must be a Canadian resident to compete at the Circuit Final
* Full cards, semi-pro cards and permits accepted
* Maple Leaf Circuit Finals Rodeo is part of the Canadian Western Agribition and runs Nov. 27-30, 2019
* Maple Leaf Circuit Champion and circuit season leader who met the qualifications in each event qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla. (Circuit season leaders must compete at the Finals to move on.)
* Rodeo count to qualify for the MLCFR will either be 40% or 15 total rodeos (whichever is less)
* No PRCA card is required for a contestant to qualify for the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals; however, if a CPRA contestant would like to qualify for the RAM NCFR, he/she must purchase a PRCA card before entering any regular-season rodeo in order to meet the required participation/money won requirements. Rodeo count and money won for PRCA count will be effective from the membership date and will not be back dated.

What to Watch For

ProRodeoTV.com
Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas) ProRodeo Tour Rodeo, April 25-27, 7 p.m. (PT); April 28, 3 p.m., CT.
George Paul Memorial Division 1 Xtreme Bulls, Del Rio, Texas, April 26-27, 8 p.m., CT
Wranglernetwork.com
Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo, April 27-28, 2 p.m. (PT)
ProRodeo Live with Steve Kenyon
Ropin’ Dreams, Jourdanton, Texas, April 26-27, 7:30 p.m. (PT)
Gold County Pro Rodeo, Auburn, Calif., April 27, 4 p.m. (PT); April 28, 2 p.m. (PT)

News & Notes From The Rodeo Trail

Red Bluff (Calif.) native Cody McKenzie wins 2019 Red Bluff Round-Up Top Hand. The award is given to a volunteer who has dedicated their time and talents to the Round-Up. McKenzie, a Red Bluff native, has been volunteering at the Round-Up for more than 20 years. He started out helping longtime director Harvey Camacho with the timed-event cattle. About 10 years ago, he began helping with the track events: the horse and mule races and the wild horse race. Round-Up director Zane Glines is in charge of the track events and considers McKenzie his “right-hand man,” he said. McKenzie helps Glines with all parts of the races, including gathering information, closing gates, assisting with starting gates, the finish line, judges and security. “Basically, everything on the track,” Glines said.
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Three Hills Rodeo Spring Buck Out on tap in May. The 2019 Spring Buck will be held May 10-11 at the Three Hills Ranch in Bernard, Iowa. The Buck Out is an annual event where Three Hills Rodeo purchases the PRCA permits for five contestants in each of the roughstock events. Not only does each contestant get their permit bought but also their entry fees paid at all Three Hills Rodeo summer rodeos. During the two days, cowboys can get on as many horses and bulls as they choose. Buckles will be awarded to the top hand in each event. For more information, contact Courtney at 563.249.1536 or Courtney@threehillsrodeo.

Next Up

April 24          Angelina Benefit Rodeo, Lufkin, Texas, begins
April 25          Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas) begins
April 26          National Circuit Finals Steer Roping, permit section, Torrington, Wyo.
April 26          Henderson County Go Texan Rodeo, Athens, Texas, begins
April 26          George Paul Memorial Division 1 Xtreme Bulls, Del Rio, Texas, begins
April 26          Ropin’ Dreams, Jourdanton, Texas, begins
April 26          Wichita Falls (Texas) PRCA Rodeo begins
April 26          Lakeside (Calif.) Rodeo begins
April 26          Minnesota Horse Exposition PRCA Rodeo, St. Paul, Minn., begins
April 27          Gold County Pro Rodeo, Auburn, Calif., begins
April 27          Springville (Calif.) Sierra Rodeo begins
April 27          National Circuit Finals Steer Roping, Torrington, Wyo., begins

2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through April 15, 2019

AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, $83,412
BB: Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah, $115,965
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena , Mont., $98,561
TR-1: Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo., $71,832
TR-2: Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif., 75,519
SB: Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, $127,159
TD: Michael Otero, Weatherford, Texas, $81,435
SR: Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, $27,996
BR: Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla., $84,960

2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings

Please see prorodeo.com for the latest standings update. All standings are unofficial.
2019 PRCA Rodeo Results

About The PRCA

The PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is recognized as the unsurpassed leader in sanctioning the sport of professional rodeo. The PRCA’s mission is to unify membership in providing an innovative fan experience, to grow the sport of professional rodeo and provide new expanded opportunities for our membership and sponsors. Since 1986, the PRCA has paid out more than $1 billion in prize money to its contestants. The PRCA offers the best cowboys and the best rodeos; delivering the best fan experience while positively impacting our communities and embracing the spirit of the West. A membership-based organization, the PRCA sanctioned 650 rodeos in 2018, and there are more than 40 million rodeo fans in the U.S. The PRCA televises the sport’s premier events, with the world-renowned Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on CBS Sports Net and streaming on ProRodeoTV.com. The PRORODEO® Tour and RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo also air on CBS Sports Net, and ProRodeoTV.com. PRCA-sanctioned rodeos donate more than $40 million to local and national charities every year. For comprehensive coverage of the cowboy sport, read the ProRodeo Sports News, the official publication of the PRCA, and make sure to check out the digital edition of the PSN. The digital PSN and daily updates of news and results can be found on the PRCA’s official website, www.prorodeo.com.
For additional information about this press release, contact:
Tracy Renck
719.528.4758
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
101 Pro Rodeo Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919 www.prorodeo.com
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