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ADVENTURE AND GOLD AWAIT CONTESTANTS AT DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO

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March 26, 2019   

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ADVENTURE AND GOLD AWAIT CONTESTANTS AT DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO

SALT LAKE CITY (March 26, 2019) – The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City has become a must stop on the summer rodeo schedule for contestants from the junior high level all the way to the pros of the sport. Not only does the $1 million-plus purse make it attractive but so does the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded to the top three, setting this rodeo apart from any other rodeo in the world.

“We strive to bring the best in the sport of rodeo to the Great Salt Valley to celebrate Utah’s heritage and continue one of Utah’s longest-standing traditions,” said Dan Shaw, Chairman of the board for the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. “Due to our partnership with PBR (Professional Bull Riders), WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) and our rodeo partners via the trial events, we are able to bring great talent from all areas for this one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo.”

With the addition of women’s breakaway roping in 2019, the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will host a total of 288 competitors during the five-day event on July 19-20, 22-24. The rodeo will feature 32 competitors in each event (bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, women’s breakaway roping, and bull riding) with eight competitors per performance starting on Friday, July 19.  The top two from each performance, along with two via the Wild Card category, will advance to the Gold Medal Round on July 24 where ten competitors in each event will compete in a sudden-death format with the winner collecting a Gold Medal and $50,000 cash.

Contestants in all events will have a few avenues in which to qualify – either via the Days of ’47 Qualification trial events or the WCRA path. Bull riders will also have the opportunity via the PBR as noted below.

The Days of ’47 qualification route, including bull riders, will consist of the following:

  • 2018 Calgary Stampede Champion
  • 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo Medalists *top 3
  • 2019 Lewis Feild Bulls and Broncs *roughstock only
  • 2019 RodeoHouston Super Series Champions
  • 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star
  • 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas)
  • 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo
  • 2019 College National Finals Rodeo Champions
  • 2019 Priefert Patriot Days of ’47 Challenge *timed event only

The WCRA qualifications will consist of the following:

  • 2019 Chicago, Ill. Champion *includes bull rider
  • 2019 Green Bay, Wis. Champion *includes bull rider
  • Top 20 in WCRA Virtual Qualifier points as of July 8, 2019 *not including bull riding

The remaining 20 bull riders will earn qualification based on the following:

  • – 2019 PBR Fresno, CA Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event
  • – 2019 PBR Casper, WY Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event
  • – 2019 PBR Bakersfield, CA Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event
  • – 2019 PBR Billings, MT Unleash the Beast Tour Event
  • – 2019 Albuquerque, NM Unleash the Beast Tour Event
  • – 2019 PBR World Standings (Top 3 as of June 24th)
  • – 2019 WCRA VRQ Standings (12 athletes)

Bull riders will need to have a PBR card and be registered on the WRCA App to compete while all others must be registered with the WCRA to compete.

“Last year our Gold Medal Round featured world champions, defending Days of ’47 champions, college champions and an 11-year-old barrel racer further proving our event features all the best the sport of rodeo has to offer,” noted Tommy Joe Lucia, General Manager of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. “We hope that not only the contestants but also the fans will make this a destination event where they can experience Utah and Life Elevated. Fans not only have the opportunity to experience a world class rodeo at night but can enjoy all the adventure Utah has to offer during the day.”

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-20 and 22-24, will take place at the $17.5 million state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark, custom designed and built for rodeo. The venue—an outdoor arena located in the heart of Salt Lake City—features over 10,000 stadium-style seats.

For only the fifth time in the history of rodeo, riders will have an opportunity to compete for Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals. The first two times were in conjunction with the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary (1988) and Salt Lake City (2002), when rodeo was part of the Cultural Olympiad and the other two times being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo in 2017 and 2018. The medals that will be awarded at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will be produced by OC Tanner, the same company that made the Olympic medals for the champions of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Tickets are currently on sale at smithstix.com. For more information on the event visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com.

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will broadcast exclusively on PBR’s RidePass via RidePass.com or the RidePass mobile app.

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Current list of contestants who have earned qualification for 2019 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo

Bareback Riding

Richmond Champion – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Wyatt Denny – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

*JR Vezain – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo (will be unable to compete due to injury)

Ty Breuer – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Tristan Hansen– 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo (replacing JR Vezain)

Kaycee Feild – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Shane O’Connell – 2019 DO47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs Event

Tilden Hooper – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Steer Wrestling

Matt Reeves – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Justin Shaffer – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Rowdy Parrott – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Bridger Anderson – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Tyler Pearson – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Josh Garner – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Team Roping – Headers

Kellan Johnson – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Matt Sherwood – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Riley Minor – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Garrett Tonozzi – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Ty Blasingame – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Team Roping – Heelers

Carson Johnson – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Will Woodfin – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Brady Minor – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Joe Mattern – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Kyle Lockett – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Saddle Bronc Riding

Zeke Thurston – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Cody DeMoss – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Wyatt Casper – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Isaac Diaz – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Colt Gordon – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Ross Griffin – 2019 DO47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs Event

Jesse Wright – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Tie-Down Roping

Tuf Cooper – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Cory Solomon – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

JC Malone – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Caleb Smidt – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Shane Hanchey – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Michael Otero – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Barrel Racing

Hailey Kinsel – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Lisa Lockhart – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Chani Graves – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Cheyenne Wimberley – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Nellie Williams-Miller – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Breakaway Roping

Jackie Crawford – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Bull Riding

Marcos Gloria – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Derek Kolbaba – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Alisson De Souza – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Garrett Smith – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Chandler Bounds – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Coleman Entze – 2019 DO47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs Event

Trevor Kastner – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Marco Antonio Eguchi – 2019 PBR Fresno, CA Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event

Remaining schedule

– 2019 PBR Casper, WY Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event – March 30

– 2019 PBR Bakersfield, CA Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event – April 6

– 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star – April 12-13

– 2019 PBR Billings, MT Unleash the Beast Tour Event – April 12-14

– 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi – April 25-28

– 2019 Albuquerque, NM Unleash the Beast Tour Event – May 17-19

– 2019 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo – May 30 – June 2

– 2019 WCRA Title Town Stampede, Green Bay – June 1

– 2019 College National Finals Rodeo Champion – June 9-15

– 2019 PBR World Standings (Top 3) – June 24th

– 2019 WCRA VRQ Standings (20 athletes all events except bull riding; 12 athletes for bull riding) July 8

– 2019 Priefert Patriot Days of ’47 Challenge *timed event only – July 20-21

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