Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo Gets Underway Thursday, July 19

SALT LAKE CITY (July 17, 2018) – The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City will kickoff rodeo action on Thursday, July 19 with some of the top names in professional rodeo.

A total of 256 competitors will take their shot at a share of the $1 million in prize money and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Tuesday, July 24. There will be 32 competitors in each of the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding.
2017 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo champions in all events, except bull riding, will be back to defend their Gold medals but will face some tough competition with reigning Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) Champions ready to take aim at the title.
Bareback rider Wyatt Denny, 2017 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo champion, will face the likes of two-time PRCA world champion Tim O’Connell, four-time world champion and local favorite Kaycee Field and world champion Steven Peebles.
Steer wrestler Ryle Smith will be one of the busiest competitors earning a spot in the steer wrestling event as the defending champion and in the tie-down roping after taking bronze in that event in 2017. Smith will be challenged in the steer wrestling by reigning PRCA champion Tyler Pearson, past world champion Tyler Waguespack, and recent Calgary Stampede Champion Matt Reeves. In the tie-down roping, he will face three-time world champion tie-down roper and reigning all-around champion Tuf Cooper, 23-time world champion Trevor Brazile, and world champion Caleb Smidt.

Brazile will be one of three two-event cowboys competing at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo (others include Ryle Smith –steer wrestling and tie-down roping; and Steven Dent – bareback riding and saddle bronc riding). Brazile will be competing in tie-down roping and team roping. He will rope with two-time world champion Patrick Smith. Jr. Dees and Tyler McKnight won the Gold medal in 2017 and are hoping to add another in 2018, while father and son duo – Allen Bach and Joel Bach will be looking to stand atop the podium on July 24 as the team roping champions.

Cody DeMoss is looking to add another Gold medal to his collection but will be pushed to the limit by reigning saddle bronc world champion Ryder Wright, past world champion Zeke Thurston and silver medalist from 2017 Jake Wright.
It will be a horse race in the barrel racing with Hailey Kinsel back to defend her Gold medal. Kinsel is coming off a $100,000 win at the Calgary Stampede and looks to carry that momentum through Salt Lake City. Her horse, Sister, loved the arena last year and hopes it is the same outcome in 2018. Kinsel will face some fast competition in 11-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Lisa Lockhart, four-time world champion Sherry Cervi and six-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Tammy Fischer, who just won the most money of any barrel racer over the Fourth of July run.

This will be reigning PBR champion Jess Lockwood’s first chance at winning a Gold medal. In 2017, he became the youngest PBR world champion and is looking to add more firsts to his resume. Lockwood’s aunt is barrel racer Lisa Lockhart so if the chips fall right they might both leave town with Gold medals. Lockwood will face off against the likes of PRCA World Champions Shane Proctor and J.W. Harris, along with fellow PBR athlete Silvano Alves.

The full field of 32 competitors in each event will be divided into four groups of eight each and will compete in one of the first four performances (July 19-21, 23). The top two from each performance, along with two via the Wild Card category will advance to the Gold Medal Round on July 24. The 10 competitors in each event in the Gold Medal Round will compete in a sudden-death format with the winner collecting a Gold Medal and $50,000 cash.

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-21 and 23-24, 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 fourth 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 third being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in 2017. 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 still available at smithstix.com. For more information on the event visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com.
For those unable to attend in person all the action can be seen live nightly at 8 p.m. MT on Ridepass.com with a subscription. RideTV will air each round, excluding the finals, nightly at 8 p.m. MT. CBS Sports Network will air a recap of each performance on tape delay with the first and second performances airing on July 20 and 21st, respectively at 8 a.m. MT, the third performance on July 22 at 7:30 a.m. MT, the fourth and fifth performances on July 24 and 25, respectively at 5 pm. MT. CBS will air a highlight show of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo on July 29 at 11 a.m. MT.

About Days of ‘47
The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, will take place at the all-new, $17.5 million, state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark. The venue—an outdoor arena located in the heart of Salt Lake City—features over 10,000 stadium-style seats. The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest-standing traditions – celebrating Utah’s heritage since 1847. The rodeo, and other Days of ’47 events, commemorate the day – July 24, 1847 – when a determined company of Mormon pioneers realized their dreams upon entering the Great Salt Valley. The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo is a private, non-profit, volunteer, charitable organization. Our mission is to honor Utah’s pioneer heritage and educate Utah’s kids. Please visit daysof47cowboygames.com for more information.


Utah Air Show 2018

Last weekend our team joined in the celebration of our admirable United States Air Force at the Utah Air Show. Our excitement for this opportunity was matched only by our excitement to see the crowd that visited us at our booth on Saturday and Sunday. Children and adults alike gathered to color bandannas and enter for a chance to win free tickets to our Rodeo. Our weekend was packed full with special guests such as Miss Rodeo Utah, Carly Peercy, and our very own Days of ’47 Royalty! We had fun not only spreading the news about our event but learning more about the importance and bravery of the United States Air Force and all that they do to protect our country. Thanks to our troops and everyone who came to visit us!

See some photos from the fun-filled day below!

     

     

 


CBS Sports, PBR Enhance Media Deal With More Live Coverage, In-Depth Features

With a stated goal to “to grow all western sports and the western lifestyle back into the mainstream consciousness,” CBS Sports — which has televised Professional Bull Riders on CBS and CBS Sports Network since 2012 – and PBR have signed an expanded agreement for CBS to broadcast marquee rodeo events and the PBR Global Cup as the primary distribution partner.

The league will also offer fans new access to rodeo on RidePass, the new digital sports network.

New and expanded relationships with western sports organizations include Calgary Stampede, Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days, WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance), National High School Rodeo and Indian National Finals Rodeo.

This past weekend, PBR and World Champions Rodeo Alliance unveiled a $6 million prize purse that will encompass eight events over the next year, along with a world ranking system for athletes to qualify for high-payout rodeos as well as “other growth initiatives for the industry.”

The $6 million in payouts will be comprised of four large rodeos each featuring a $1 million purse, with four semi-final qualifier events proving the additional $2 million in prize money.

“PBR’s roots run deep in rodeo, and we will continue to champion the western lifestyle on all fronts,” Sean Gleason, CEO for PBR, said in a statement.

Read More at NYSportsJournalism.com


WCRA New Initiatives Announcement

WCRA ANNOUNCES FOUR $1 MILLION RODEOS, A REVOLUTIONARY WORLD RANKING SYSTEM, INDUSTRY ALLIANCES, AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY TO GIVE RODEO ATHLETES GREATER OPPORTUNITIES.

LAS VEGAS (May 4, 2018) – WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance), formed in cooperation with PBR (Professional Bull Riders) to develop new opportunities for rodeo, today announced rodeo events that will award $6 million to competitors, an innovative virtual qualification and world ranking system for athletes to qualify for high-payout rodeos, and other growth initiatives for the industry.

The announcements were made at an unprecedented Rodeo Summit open to all rodeo competitors, organizers, and industry stakeholders at South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of the WCRA Rodeo Showdown, a $400,000 rodeo at The Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV on May 5 and 6.

The $6 million in payouts will be comprised of four large rodeos each featuring a $1 million purse. Four semi-final qualifier events will provide the additional $2 million in prize money. Qualifying will be based on points, rather than dollars won, through a new world ranking points system that WCRA introduced today.

The first WCRA $500,000 semi-final event is scheduled for November at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK, followed by the first WCRA $1 million rodeo in Sacramento, CA in January 2019. Additional 2019 WCRA large-payout events will be announced at a later date.

Additionally, WCRA unveiled new technology, including the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ), available for every rodeo athlete to access a mobile nomination system to qualify for the $6 million in payouts. Through the VRQ, athletes can track their own and all other competitors’ performances in rodeos and single discipline events throughout the year. This new free mobile web App for rodeo athletes was unveiled to put the administration of the sport in the hand of athletes, stock contractors, and committee members. For more information visit www.WCRARodeo.com and https://youtu.be/lVEMfk4dJiI

Each athlete’s first opportunity to qualify through the VRQ is less than 70 days away at the $1 million Komatsu Equipment Days of ‘47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank held July 19-21, 23-24, 2018 in Salt Lake City.

WCRA also announced new multi-year alliances to bring new opportunities to rodeo athletes, grow rodeo’s fan base and increase coverage for the sport:

  • Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo: The Komatsu Equipment Days of ‘47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank held each July in Salt Lake City will be the first $1 million rodeo in 2018 in which athletes can utilize the newly unveiled WCRA Virtual Qualifier to earn one of 20 spots in their respective discipline. The only exception is in the bull riding: due to a previously announced partnership with the PBR, only four bull-riding positions will be available via the WCRA Virtual Qualifier. Additionally, the event champions of the WCRA Rodeo Showdown at Helldorado Days (May 5 and 6, 2018) will receive an automatic invitation into the 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. The 2018 Days of ’47 will be streamed on RidePass, PBR’s western sports digital network, providing the event expanded coverage and reach. In 2019 and 2020, the Days of ’47 will also produce a $500,000 semi-final event as part of the WCRA Major Event Series. For more information on Days of ’47 visit daysof47cowboygames.com

 

  • International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) will provide its members many opportunities to virtually qualify for the rodeo events paying out $6 million, including a path for the 2018 IPRA World Champion to enter the first 2019 WCRA $1 million rodeo in Sacramento in late January. The IPRA will hold four “Win and You’re In” events during each of four WCRA series segments, giving members a direct route into a semi-finals event. The IPRA is the second-largest professional rodeo association, sanctioning nearly 400 rodeos across the nation for more than 60 years.

 

  • National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA): The NBHA is the largest barrel racing organization in the world, with more than 20,000 members worldwide and over 150,000 barrel racing entries each year, each of which will provide members eligibility for nomination and opportunities to virtually qualify for the WCRA’s $6 million rodeos. Through four designated “Win and You’re In” events, NBHA event champions will automatically progress into a WCRA $500,000 semi-finals event.

 

  • Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR) has more than 20 tour rodeos annually. More than 2,000 INFR members will have the opportunity to utilize the WCRA Virtual Qualifier at their INFR-tour rodeos to earn points towards qualifying for the $6 million rodeos. The 43rd Annual Indian National Finals Rodeo event in October 2018 will be a “Win and You’re In,” with world champions receiving a berth into the November 2018 WCRA $500,000 semi-finals event held at the Lazy E in Guthrie, OK.

 

Consistent with WCRA’s mission to align a fragmented sport, rodeo athletes will have instant access to a new world ranking point system based on a proprietary formula created by WCRA to rank all rodeo, worldwide, regardless of event location or sanctioning body. The formula also evaluates rodeo events by discipline, allowing athletes to earn appropriate points for their respective independent disciplines.

The new standings rank rodeos based on objective data such as athlete opportunity, strength of field, overall exposure and event history. To rank rodeos more effectively the system breaks the entire sport into four Divisions of competition with points awarded based on the appropriate Division assigned to each rodeo.

“WCRA was formed to create alliances and opportunities to help rodeo athletes earn more money at marquee events that will excite fans, while making a path to a full-time rodeo career more attractive and  accessible to talented, aspiring western sports athletes,” said Gary McKinney, CEO, WCRA. “We’re very excited to bring the industry under one roof to share our ideas, seek solutions and collaborate to grow a traditional American sport that deserves a bigger fan base, more sponsors, events in all corners of the country, and expanded coverage.”

About WCRA

WCRA is a professional sport and entertainment entity, created to develop and advance the sport of rodeo by aligning all levels of competition. In association with PBR, WCRA produces major rodeo events, developing additional opportunities for rodeo industry competitors, stakeholders and fans. To learn more visit worldchampionsrodeoalliance.com.

About Professional Bull Riders (PBR)

The world’s premier bull riding organization began as a dream of 20 bull riders 25 years ago and now operates in five countries. On its elite tour, the organization features the top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. The televised 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast, along with the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT), the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD) and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid nearly $184 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 is the top-earning athlete in Western sports history with more than $7.2 million in career earnings. PBR is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network. For more information on the PBR, go to PBR.com, or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Instagram at Instagram.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR

For more information, contact:

For WCRA – Holly Delaune, holly@firebrand-marketing.com, 210-632-3208

For PBR – Andrew Giangola, andrew.giangola@img.com, 646-871-2402

 

Link to VRQ video: https://youtu.be/tyYWPLbfXGY

Link to VRQ registration page:  app.WCRArodeo.com

 

 

 


Press Release: Powder River Rodeo and D & H Cattle Best of the Best

Powder River Rodeo and D & H Cattle were nominated for the 7th time for PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year in 2017. Nominated and selected as one of the top 5 nominees out of 80 PRCA stock contractors in America and Canada. Powder River Rodeo is entering their 33rd year of producing and supplying livestock to Top PRCA rodeos.

Caldwell, ID one of the top 20 rodeos in America was nominated for the 7th time for Top Large Rodeo in the PRCA. Powder River Rodeo has been their stock contractor for the last 14 years.

Powder Rivers amazing athlete and 2016 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year was voted in as the Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse for 2017 and also tied for the Top Bareback Horse of the National Finals Rodeo. Craig was scored 48 points out of 50 in Reno, NV in 2017 and won the Top Bareback Horse of the rodeo. He consistently has been scored 44 to 48 points over the last 3 years of pro rodeo action. He weighs in at 1700 pounds and is one of the biggest bucking horses in the business.

The bulls of D & H Cattle were at the top of their game in 2017. Bruiser, the 2016-2017 PBR Bull of the year was also selected as the 2017 PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year he is definitely the best in the world. Bruiser’s world champion selection in both the PRCA and PBR in one year has only happened one other time in the history of these two associations with “Bodacious”. Bruiser was also named the Top Bucking Bull of the National Finals Rodeo, a very prestigious award when you are selected by your performance as the best out of the best!

Powder River Rodeo and D & H Cattle was one of the top 5 stock contractors at the National Finals Rodeo with 16 head of animals selected to the prestigious finals. Horses selected were Craig At Midnight, Cactus Juice, Miss Chestnut, Cowboy Casino, Rich N Fancy, Show Me Again and After Party. Bulls selected: Sweet Pro’s Bruiser, Struttin Stuff, Heartbreak Kid, Mudshark, Hurricane Hustler, Jack Shot, Udder Lover, Wild Goose and Mind Freak.

Show Me Again and Ryder Wright teamed up for 92 points and the 8th go-round win. Their ride was the highest marked ride in both the Bareback and Saddle Bronc riding during the 10 days of rodeo. Show Me Again an outstanding ranch raised young mare has really been making her mark in the rodeo world. World Champion Jessi Kruse was 88 points and won the Saddle Bronc riding at the N.I.L.E. PRCA rodeo in Billings, MT just a couple months before the NFR.

Powder River and D & H are excited to bring their animal athletes and top-rated productions to your city.


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