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

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June 17, 2019     
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

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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

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