FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2019
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293
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.
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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