COLLEGE CHAMPIONS HEADED TO DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 17, 2019     
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

ableiker@yahoo.com

                                           

SALT LAKE CITY (June 17, 2019) – The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association just wrapped up their finals in Casper, Wyo., and now their champions are bound for Utah to compete for a share of over $1 million at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, July 19-24.

The champions represent eight different colleges from across the United States. Breakaway roping champion Taylor Munsell will look to add to trophy collection in Salt Lake City. Munsell, a 2019 graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in Health and Sports Science won the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) aboard a horse she bought for just $200. The 22-year-old currently leads the WPRA World Standings and was the breakaway reserve champion at RFD-TVs The American in March. She will be among the favorites to take home the gold medal in the ladies breakaway roping.

Ashtyn Carlson, a 19-year old sophomore at the College of Southern Idaho, took home the barrel racing title at the CNFR which earned her a spot in the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo. Carlson, hails from Loma, Colorado, but is hoping the Utah fans will be cheering loud for her when she makes her first run down the alleyway at the Days of ’47 Arena.

Another sophomore punched his ticket to Salt Lake City winning the saddle bronc riding. Riggin Smith is from Winterset, Iowa, but competes for Texas’ Clarendon College. He is looking forward to showing off his talents in Utah in July. A pair of college juniors punched their tickets to Salt Lake. Chance Ames of Big Piney, Wyo., and a junior at Sheridan College will compete in the bareback riding while Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Texas) Haven Meged from Miles City, Mont., will compete in the tie-down roping.

A pair of seniors from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Dalton Titsworth and Kolton White, won the team roping title at the CNFR to advance to the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo.

Bull rider Daylon Swearingen is quickly making a name for himself in rodeo. A freshman from Pifford, N.Y., took home the college title and will be looking to take home the gold medal in July. Swearingen is currently ranked 23rd in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) standings and 19th in the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) standings.

Taking top honors in the steer wrestling in Casper was Bridger Anderson who just finished his sophomore year at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Anderson of Carrington, N.D., had already earned his spot at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo after finishing third at last year’s event. Therefore, Tyler West a student at Southwest Texas Junior College earned a shot to compete for his share of over $1 million during the July event.

A total of 288 competitors will get the chance to compete during the five-day event in July. 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.

There are a few qualification spots still available for contestants to earn their spot– either via the Days of ’47 Qualification events or the WCRA path. Bull riders will also have opportunity via the PBR as noted below.

            The Days of ’47 qualification routes still available:

  • 2019 Priefert Patriot Days of ’47 Challenge *timed event only

            The WCRA remaining qualifications will consist of the following:

  • Top 20 (12 in bull riding and 28 in the breakaway roping) in WCRA Virtual Qualifier points as of July 8, 2019

            The PBR remaining qualification opportunity is:

  • 2019 PBR World Standings (Top 3 as of June 24th)

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.

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 athletes 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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Will Lowe – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Tanner Aus – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Austin Foss – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Seth Hardwick – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Chance Ames – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Mason Carter – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Laine Herl – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Blake Knowles – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Stockton Graves – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Tyler West – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Justin Thigpen – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Tanner Tomlinson – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Lane Santos Karney– 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Luke Brown – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Dalton Titsworth – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Kyle Crick – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Ty Arnold – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Taylor Winters – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Paul Eaves – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Kolton White – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Travis Gardner – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Spencer Wright – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Lefty Holman – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Shorty Garrett – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Riggin Smith – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

John Douch – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Seth Cooke – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Taylor Santos – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Tanner Green – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Haven Meged – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Shali Lord – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Dona Kay Rule – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Kathy Petska – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Michelle Darling – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Ashtyn Carlson – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Women’s Breakaway Roping

Jackie Crawford – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Shelby Boisjoli – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Taylor Munsell – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

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 Bownds – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Coleman Entze – 2019 DO47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs Event

Trevor Kastner – 2019 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

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

Keyshawn Whitehorse – 2019 PBR Casper, WY Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event

Koal Livingston – 2019 PBR Bakersfield, CA Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event

Preston Louis – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-star

Cody Teel – 2019 PBR Billings, MT Unleash the Beast Tour Event

Garrett Tribble – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Jose Vitor Leme – 2019 Albuquerque, NM Unleash the Beast Tour Event

Boudreaux Campbell – Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Joao Ricardo Vieira – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Daylon Swearingen – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Remaining schedule

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

– 2019 WCRA VRQ Standings (20 athletes all events except bull riding and breakaway roping; 12 athletes for bull riding; 28 for breakaway roping) July 8

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


DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO ANNOUNCES THE JUNIOR DAYS OF ’47 SCHOLARSHIP CHALLENGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 11, 2019     
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

ableiker@yahoo.com

SALT LAKE CITY (June 11, 2019) – The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is excited to announce a special feature to the 2019 line-up of events – the Junior Days of ’47 Scholarship Challenge. 

In partnership with the Priefert Patriot event in South Jordan, Utah, individuals 19 years old and younger will have the opportunity to compete in the disciplines of steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping on July 20-23 for a chance to qualify for the Days of ’47 Scholarship Showdown as well as earn a spot to RFD-TV’s Junior American in February 2019.

“The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo is a big supporter of youth rodeo and showcasing the next generation of superstars,” said Tommy Joe Lucia, General Manager of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo. “We are excited to add this new element to our event to not only give these young athletes a chance to compete in front of our great fans but more importantly to have a chance at a rodeo scholarship to continue their higher education aspirations in the great state of Utah.”

The top two finishers in each discipline at the Priefert Patriot Utah event will earn a spot to compete during a performance at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo in Salt Lake City. They will compete in a head-to-head competition with the winner in each discipline receiving a $1,000 Utah Rodeo team scholarship. The schedule for the scholarship showdown at the Days of ’47 is as follows – barrel racing, July 22; team roping and steer wrestling on July 23 and breakaway roping and tie-down roping on July 24.

As announced earlier the Patriot event will also host a “Last Chance Qualifier” for the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo on July 20-21 at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park in South Jordan, Utah. 

The Priefert Patriot Days of ’47 Last Chance Qualifier will include open jackpots in steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and women’s breakaway roping with the winner in each discipline earning an automatic qualification to the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in Salt Lake City and will compete during the third performance on Monday, July 22.

The Last Chance Qualifier is open to anyone. The winners, not already qualified for the Days of ’47 Rodeo, must have nominated the Patriot Days of ’47 event in the World Champion’s Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) to be eligible to compete at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. More information on how you can enter the Last Chance Qualifier and the Scholarship Challenge can be found at www.americanpatriotevent.com.

The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will host a total of 288 competitors during the five day event 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. 

The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo 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 Gold Medal 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. The final Gold Medal Round will be broadcast on CBS at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 28.

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NUMEROUS TICKETS PUNCHED FOR DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

ableiker@yahoo.com

June 5, 2019                                                   

NUMEROUS TICKETS PUNCHED FOR DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO

SALT LAKE CITY (June 5, 2019) – It was a busy weekend with 17 new contestants earning the opportunity to compete for a share of over $1 million at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, July 19-24. Cowboys and cowgirls earned spots based on their performance at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo and the World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) Titletown Stampede in Green Bay, Wis.

A World Champion, Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifiers and a college rodeo coach are now on the eligibility list for the $1 million-plus event. Taking the victory lap in Santa Maria and securing their place on the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo list were Wrangler NFR qualifiers Austin Foss (bareback riding), Blake Knowles (steer wrestling) and Boudreaux Campbell (bull riding). In addition, saddle bronc rider Lefty Holman qualified, thanks to a higher spur ride score, after tying with Mitch Pollock; Taylor Santos took top honors in the tie-down roping and Kathy Petska added her name to the list despite finishing second in the barrel racing. WPRA World Champion Nellie Miller won the barrel racing title in Santa Maria but since she had already received a spot with her win at RodeoHouston, Petska’s name is now on the list of qualifiers. There was also a tie in the team roping with Lane Karney Santos/Kyle Lockett and Dallas Owen/Taylor Winters. Since Kyle Lockett was already a qualifier from RodeoHouston, Taylor Winters became the team roping heeling qualifier from Santa Maria. To break the tie between the headers the Days of ’47 tiebreaker rules were used with Lane Karney Santos receiving the spot and joining his brother, Taylor Santos (tie-down roper), as two of the 288 competitors that will compete for over $1 million dollars.

The WCRA Titletown Stampede event in Green Bay was the other avenue for qualifiers for the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo over the weekend. PRCA World Champion heeler Paul Eaves earned his ticket to Salt Lake City with partner Luke Brown, an 11-time Wrangler NFR qualifier. The duo finished second to Garrett Tonozzi and Joe Mattern in Green Bay, but Tonozzi and Mattern had already achieved their qualification by winning the WCRA event in Chicago in January. The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) was also well represented in the winner’s circle in Green Bay with steer wrestler Stockton Graves and breakaway roper Shelby Boisjoli. Graves is a seven-time Wrangler NFR qualifier and currently the head rodeo coach at his alma mater, Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. Boisjoli had to do battle with her older sister Makayla in the final round at Green Bay to lock in her spot. The younger sister, who is a cosmetology student at Ranger College in Stephenville, will now represent Canada at the Gold Medal Rodeo in Salt Lake City.

Brazilian Joao Ricardo Vieira, the 2013 Rookie of the Year and currently ranked No. 2 in the PBR, took home top honors in the bull riding in Green Bay to earn his opportunity to compete for a gold medal in July. Rounding out the other qualifiers from Green Bay were bareback rider Seth Hardwick, saddle bronc rider Shorty Garrett, tie-down roper Tanner Green barrel racer Michelle Darling. Garrett finished second to Cody DeMoss, who already punched his ticket to Salt Lake City by being a two time gold medalist, providing the opening for Garrett. Green, who is the grandson of the five-time PRCA World Champion Phil Lyne, finished in a tie with Cory Solomon in Green Bay. Solomon had already attained his automatic qualification thanks to winning the gold medal at the 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo, therefore allowing Green an avenue. Darling raced her way to the top of the leaderboard in Green Bay aboard Morning Traffic, aka Martini. Martini made headlines in the rodeo world in 2017 when the mare helped carry Stevi Hillman to her second Wrangler NFR qualification.

A total of 288 competitors will get the chance to compete during the five-day event in July. 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.

There are a few qualification spots still available for contestants to earn their spot– either via the Days of ’47 Qualification events or the WCRA path. Bull riders will also have opportunity via the PBR as noted below.

            The Days of ’47 qualification routes still available, including bull riders will consist of the following:

  • 2019 College National Finals Rodeo Champions
  • 2019 Priefert Patriot Days of ’47 Challenge *timed event only

            The WCRA remaining qualifications will consist of the following:

  • Top 20 (12 in bull riding and 28 in the breakaway roping) in WCRA Virtual Qualifier points as of July 8, 2019

            The PBR remaining qualification opportunity is:

  • 2019 PBR World Standings (Top 3 as of June 24th)

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.

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 athletes 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

Will Lowe – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Tanner Aus – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Austin Foss – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Seth Hardwick – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

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

Mason Carter – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Laine Herl – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Blake Knowles – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Stockton Graves – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

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

Justin Thigpen – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Tanner Tomlinson – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Lane Karney Santos – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Luke Brown – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

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

Kyle Crick – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Ty Arnold – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Taylor Winters – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Paul Eaves – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

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

Travis Gardner – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Spencer Wright – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Lefty Holman – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Shorty Garrett – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

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

John Douch – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Seth Cooke – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Taylor Santos – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Tanner Green – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

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

Shali Lord – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Dona Kay Rule – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Kathy Petska – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Michelle Darling – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Women’s Breakaway Roping

Jackie Crawford – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Shelby Boisjoli – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

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 Bownds – 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

Keyshawn Whitehorse – 2019 PBR Casper, WY Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event

Koal Livingston – 2019 PBR Bakersfield, CA Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event

Preston Louis – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-star

Cody Teel – 2019 PBR Billings, MT Unleash the Beast Tour Event

Garrett Tribble – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Jose Vitor Leme – 2019 Albuquerque, NM Unleash the Beast Tour Event

Boudreaux Campbell – Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Joao Ricardo Vieira – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Remaining schedule

– 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 and breakaway roping; 12 athletes for bull riding; 28 for breakaway roping) July 8

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


COLLEGE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS TO AGAIN EARN AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATION INTO DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2019           

Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

ableiker@yahoo.com

COLLEGE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS TO AGAIN EARN AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATION INTO DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO 

SALT LAKE CITY (May 22, 2019) – The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is once again extending a qualification to compete at their $1 million rodeo to the 2019 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) Champions.  

Want to know what that can mean for a college student, just look to Kellan Johnson.  Last June, the Gillette College athlete teamed with Trey Yates to win the team roping title at the CNFR in Casper, Wyo. That win qualified them for the 2018 Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City that boasted a $1 million payout and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. 

Due to other rodeo commitments at the time, Yates wasn’t able to compete in Salt Lake City so that is when Johnson’s younger brother Carson came into the picture. The Days of ’47 also took 20 entries from the World Champions Rodeo Alliance’s (WCRA) Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) system, in which contestants nominate events they’re already competing in to earn points, which in turn qualify them for big-money events.

“When Trey said he wasn’t going to go to Salt Lake, my dad found out how it worked, and how you can nominate rodeos,” Carson Johnson told the Team Roping Journal last year about the WCRA. “I nominated six amateur rodeos in Colorado and Nebraska, and winning the rodeo in Brush, Colorado, with Kellan got me into Salt Lake. I think the virtual qualifying system is pretty cool because it gives you a second chance to get something out of a rodeo you’re already entered in.”

And what an opportunity it was for the Johnson boys (Kellan, 19, and Carson, 17).  The sons of PRCA World Champion Jhett Johnson roped their way to $53,200 a piece and gold medals. Other college champions that capitalized on the opportunity were East Mississippi Community College steer wrestler, Tristan Martin, $800 and Cisco College tie-down roper, Ty Harris, $2,400.  Wyatt Adams, Clovis (CA) Community College team roping heeler, who got to roll up when Yates declined, also took $800 home from Salt Lake City.

Champions in the seven standard rodeo events and women’s breakaway roping from the 2019 College National Finals Rodeo will have their shot at competing for a share of over $1 million this July. For the first time ever at the Days of ’47, women’s breakaway roping will be one of the featured events. 

“We strive to bring the best in the sport of rodeo to the Great Salt Lake 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.”

A total of 288 competitors will have a chance to compete at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo and take their shot at a share of the over $1 million in prize money and the coveted medals in 2019. The Gold Medal Rodeo will showcase eight rodeo events featuring 32 competitors in each 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. 

“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.”

In addition to the CNFR, contestants can qualify through the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) system. The top 20 in each event, excluding bull riding and breakaway, on the WCRA leaderboard as of July 8, 2019, will qualify. For bull riders 12 will qualify via the WCRA VRQ and 28 breakaway ropers. For more information on WCRA and how to nominate to earn points visit www.wcrarodeo.com.

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 in Salt Lake City.

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

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The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will broadcast exclusively on PBR’s RidePass via RidePass.com or the RidePass mobile app. The final Gold Medal Round will be broadcast on CBS at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 28.


DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO ADDS PRIEFERT PATRIOT LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER

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DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO ADDS PRIEFERT PATRIOT LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER

SALT LAKE CITY (May 10, 2019) – The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is excited to announce an additional opportunity for timed event cowboys and cowgirls to qualify for the over $1 million Gold Medal Rodeo. This new gateway will be the Priefert Patriot Days of ’47, scheduled for July 20-21 at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park in South Jordan, Utah. The Priefert Patriot will serve as the last chance qualifier into the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. 

“We are excited to team up with THE PATRIOT to provide rodeo athletes yet another chance to fill their pockets and qualify for our over $1 million rodeo, with the added bonus of experiencing Utah and Life Elevated and all this great state has to offer,” said Tommy Joe Lucia, General Manager of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo. “We featured the rough stock events in February at the Lewis Feild Bulls and Broncs event, and we are now pleased to offer the timed event contestants another opportunity through this Patriot Days of ’47 event.”

The Priefert Patriot Days of ’47 Last Chance Qualifier will include open jackpots in steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and women’s breakaway roping with the winner in each discipline earning an automatic qualification to the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in Salt Lake City and will compete during the third performance on Monday, July 22.

“The Days of ’47 is one of the most prestigious events in the world! Their facility, quality performances, and payout make this event one of the greatest opportunities for participants in rodeo history,” said Kevin Hall, with the Patriot Event.  “Patriot participants from all over the world can enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery, qualify for the Days of ’47 Million Dollar payout, and compete on a stage that’s unlike any other. For the past few years, The Patriot has been working on implementing events with the World’s Top Rodeos.  We are honored to be a part of the 2019 Days of ’47!”   

The Priefert Patriot Days of ’47 Last Chance Qualifier will consist of multiple rounds in each discipline and is open to anyone. The average winners, not already qualified for the Days of ’47 Rodeo, must have nominated the Patriot Days of ’47 event in the World Champion’s Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) to be eligible to compete at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. More information on how you can enter will be released soon at www.americanpatriotevent.com.

The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will host a total of 288 competitors during the five day event in 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. 

The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo 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 the 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 Gold Medal event visitwww.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. The final Gold Medal Round will be broadcast on CBS at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 28.

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DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO GROWING LIST OF QUALIFIERS

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May 3, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (May 3, 2019) – Another round of qualifiers have punched their tickets to the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, July 19-24. The most recent groups qualified via Rodeo Corpus Christi, as well as from the Denver Rodeo All-Star event.

World Champions, Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers, and additional Utah cowboys are now on the eligibility list for the over $1 million event. Spencer Wright of Milford, Utah, who won a PRCA world title in 2014 joins his brother, Jesse Wright, who also has a world title to his name in rodeo’s signature event of saddle bronc riding. Spencer earned the nod after finishing second at Rodeo Corpus Christi to Zeke Thurston. Thurston was already qualified from his Calgary Stampede win in 2018, thus rolling the opportunity down to Wright.

Other qualifiers to earn a spot from the trial event in Corpus Christi included Tanner Aus (bareback riding), Laine Herl (steer wrestling), Tanner Tomlinson/Ty Arnold (team roping), Seth Cooke (tie-down roping), Dona Kay Rule (barrel racing) and Garrett Tribble (bull riding).

World Champion Will Lowe secured his spot in the bareback riding after winning the Rodeo All-Star event in Denver in early April. Lowe of Canyon, Texas, won his first of three world titles in 2003 and followed that up with back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006. All totaled he has ridden at 15 Wrangler NFR events including the most recent in 2018 in Las Vegas. In addition to Lowe the following punched their ticket to Salt Lake in Denver: Mason Carter (steer wrestling), Justin Thigpen/Kyle Crick (team roping), Travis Gardner (saddle bronc riding), John Douch (tie-down roping), Shali Lord (barrel racing) and Preston Louis (bull riding).

World Champion bull rider Cody Teel will take his shot at a share of the over $1 million in prize money after winning PBR’s Unleash the Beast Tour stop in Billings, Mont.

With the recent addition of women’s breakaway roping, a total of 288 competitors will now compete during the five-day event in July. 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.

There are still several qualification spots still available with contestants having a few avenues to earn their spot– 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 routes still available, including bull riders, will consist of the following:

  • 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo *not including breakaway roping
  • 2019 College National Finals Rodeo Champions
  • 2019 Priefert Patriot Days of ’47 Challenge *timed event only

The WCRA remaining qualifications will consist of the following:

  • 2019 Title Town Stampede, Green Bay, Wis. Champion *includes bull rider
  • Top 20 (12 in bull riding and 28 in the breakaway roping) in WCRA Virtual Qualifier points as of July 8, 2019

            The remaining 4 bull riders will earn qualification based on the following:

  • – 2019 Albuquerque, NM Unleash the Beast Tour Event
  • – 2019 PBR World Standings (Top 3 as of June 24th)

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.

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 athletes 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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Will Lowe – Denver Rodeo All-Star

Tanner Aus – Rodeo Corpus Christi

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Mason Carter – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Laine Herl – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Justin Thigpen – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Tanner Tomlinson – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Kyle Crick – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Ty Arnold – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Travis Gardner – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Spencer Wright – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

John Douch – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Seth Cooke – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

Shali Lord – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Dona Kay Rule – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Women’s 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 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series

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

Keyshawn Whitehorse – 2019 PBR Casper, WY Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event

Koal Livingston – 2019 PBR Bakersfield, CA Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event

Preston Louis – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-star

Cody Teel – 2019 PBR Billings, MT Unleash the Beast Tour Event

Garrett Tribble – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Remaining schedule

– 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 and breakaway roping; 12 athletes for bull riding; 28 for breakaway roping) July 8

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


DAYS OF ’47 UTAH TIMED EVENT CLASSIC CANCELLED

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April 22, 2019

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DAYS OF ’47 UTAH TIMED EVENT CLASSIC SCHEDULE CANCELLED

Due to athlete participation, World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) and The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo have mutually agreed to cancel the May 3-4 Utah Timed Event Classic (UTEC). To benefit all athletes, WCRA has given 51-100 on the leaderboard who had entered the UTEC, the opportunity for a full refund of their entry fees OR given the chance to roll their entry into the May 15-19 $500,000 WCRA Semi-Finals at the Lazy E in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Both the WCRA and Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused athletes and fans.


WOMEN’S BREAKAWAY ADDED TO THE DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES AND RODEO

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019   

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WCRA: Kyle Jones, kjones@wcrarodeo.com                                      

DO47: Ann Bleiker, ableiker@yahoo.com

WOMEN’S BREAKAWAY ADDED TO THE DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES AND RODEO

AUSTIN, TEXAS- World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) and the Days of ’47 Rodeo (DO47) are pleased to announce that for the first time in history the discipline of women’s breakaway roping will be featured at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank. The five-day event will be held July 19-24 in Salt Lake City.

“Our mission is to advance the sport of rodeo with our alliance partners like the DO47 who support our decision to provide female rodeo athletes more opportunities,” said WCRA President, Bobby Mote. “This historical addition of breakaway roping at the DO47 will give female ropers more opportunities, including the ability to compete for equal and big-money payouts.”

In early January, breakaway roper Jackie Crawford made history when she won the WCRA Windy City Roundup earning more than $52,000, setting the record for the largest payout ever for a single event in the sport at the time. With the win, Crawford automatically qualified into Days of ‘47 that will feature 32 ropers. Other avenues for qualification into Days of ’47 will include: Utah Timed Event Classic-Heber City (May 3-4) WCRA Title Town Stampede-Green Bay, WI (June 1), College National Finals Rodeo-Casper, WY (June 9-15), and the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier Standings (28 athletes as of July 8).

Following the Titletown Stampede, the WCRA will have awarded more than $350,000 to breakaway ropers. Since launching in May of 2018, the WCRA and its partners have awarded more than $3 million in new money to rodeo athletes.

“Thank you so much to The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo for giving breakaway ropers the opportunity we’ve been working for our whole lives,” said World Champion Breakaway Roper Lari Dee Guy. “Getting onto the WCRA Leaderboard is an accomplishment in itself, and now to have a chance at a gold medal in Salt Lake is unbelievable.”

The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo features an Olympic style format offering Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to its winners. Contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, bull riding and now breakaway roping will earn the right to compete at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo by winning one of the national Trial Events or through the WCRA’s VRQ standings. The Gold Medal Round will pay $50,000 and a Gold Medal to each winner.

“As we continue to look for more additions to the Cowboy Games and for our overall fan experience, we felt that women’s breakaway roping was a perfect fit,” said Tommy Joe Lucia, General Manager of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. “With this addition our payout will be over $1 million, making Salt Lake City a must stop on the rodeo circuit in July.”

Qualifying for WCRA events will be based purely on performance and on series points, rather than dollars won, through a new world-ranking points system. For athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA, visit app.wcrarodeo.com.


GARRETT LLOYD FIRST RECIPIENT OF LEWIS FEILD BULLS AND BRONCS SCHOLARSHIP

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GARRETT LLOYD FIRST RECIPENT OF LEWIS FEILD BULLS AND BRONCS SCHOLARSHIP

SALT LAKE CITY (April 4, 2019) – A self labeled “city boy” Garrett Lloyd of Woodland Hills, Utah, discovered the sport of rodeo a year ago and now he is all-in. The 19 year old competed in football, wrestling and track in high school and had some initial football scholarship offers, but a torn ACL took those offers off the table by the time he reached his senior year. Never in his wildest dreams did he think it would be a rodeo scholarship that would provide him an avenue to attend college, but that is exactly what is happening.

“It is a true blessing, and I never thought this is what could come out of my interest in rodeo,” stated Lloyd, when asked what being the inaugural recipient of the Lewis Feild Bulls and Broncs Scholarship meant to him. “With this scholarship offer I want to take full advantage of the opportunity and since I am the first to win it, I am definitely not going to let anyone down.”

Lloyd had never really been around the sport of rodeo until the summer of 2018, when he went to work on the Christofferson Ranch, and his life took a 180-degree turn. From his work on the ranch, he was then invited to help out at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo in Salt Lake City and was drawn to the bareback riding.

“When I was helping at the Days of ’47, I got to see the bareback riders up close and to me watching them they looked like gladiators, and I wanted to know how I could be like them,” recalled Lloyd. “During the event, I ran into a guy all decked out in Ariat clothes and wearing a big gold buckle, so I was like he must be one of the top riders. The guy noticed me and he said hi to me. I later learned that it was Kaycee Feild.

“After the rodeo I told Alex (Christofferson) I wanted to learn more about being a bareback rider, so he took me over to Kaycee’s house, and I have been hooked ever since.”

Lloyd will be officially recognized as the inaugural recipient of the Lewis Feild Bulls and Broncs Scholarship during the Governor’s State of Sport Awards presented by Zions Bank and hosted by the Utah Sports Commission on April 10 in Salt Lake City.

“Lewis Feild was a true rodeo icon and brought so much attention to the sport of rodeo and the State of Utah,” said Dan Shaw, Chairman of the Board for the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. “This scholarship is just a small way for the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo to keep Lewis Feild’s memory alive and to help the next generation follow in his footsteps.

“Garrett is a great athlete and young man who is eager to learn more about the sport, specifically bareback riding, and it is a true honor to help him pursue a career in rodeo and help him get his college degree.”

Lloyd plans to attend Utah Valley University in Orem, Lewis Feild’s alma mater, and be a member of their rodeo team. He is currently looking to get an architecture degree with plans of one day owning a ranch where he will build a bunkhouse for foster kids giving them the opportunity to experience the ranch lifestyle.

                                              


CALEB BENNETT TO BE HONORED WITH 2019 LEWIS FEILD BAREBACK RIDING AWARD

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CALEB BENNETT TO BE HONORED WITH 2019 LEWIS FEILD BAREBACK RIDING AWARD

SALT LAKE CITY (April 2, 2019) – Caleb Bennett, a seven-time Wrangler NFR bareback rider, will be honored as the recipient of the 2019 Lewis Feild Bareback Riding Award at the Governor’s State of Sport Awards presented by Zions Bank and hosted by the Utah Sports Commission on April 10.

Utah is known as the State of Sport — and for good reason! Through the years of appreciation for adventure, Utah has carved out a distinct reputation as the premier sport destination for Olympic, professional, amateur and action sporting events.  By leveraging their world-class venues and awe-inspiring backdrops, Utah also has an established reputation as a top international sports destination.

In 2012, the Utah Sports Commission created the Governor’s State of Sport Awards, which celebrates Utah’s sports industry and honors excellence in high school, collegiate, adaptive, professional, Olympic and Paralympic sports. The Utah Sports Commission is the proud host of the Governor’s State of Sport Awards which has honored Utah’s finest athletes, teams, coaches, events, and numerous Utah sports icons.

This will mark the third time that the Lewis Feild Bareback Riding Award will be presented to the bareback rider that performs the best at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo (Salt Lake City), the Fiesta Days Rodeo (Spanish Fork) and Ogden Pioneer Days. In 2018, Bennett won the bareback riding title in Spanish Fork and Ogden to capture the award.

“It is a true honor to be the recipient of this award that honors the legend Lewis Feild,” said Bennett. “He is such an icon and legend in the sport of rodeo and a person I looked up to. To have an award that honors bareback riders in memory of one of the best is truly amazing and I am honored to have my name added to the list of recipients.”

Bennett was born and raised in Utah where he got involved in rodeo qualifying for the National High School Rodeo Finals all four years and winning the bareback riding title in 2007.He attended Weber State University in Ogden and graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in marketing. He qualified for the College National Finals as a freshman in 2008.

He first qualified for the Wrangler NFR in 2012 and has been there every year since. He has won over $1.2 million in the PRCA and won the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2014. He currently serves at the PRCA event representative for the bareback riding.

Bennett joins Tim O’Connell who received the award in 2018 and Tanner Aus who was honored with the inaugural award in 2017.


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