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Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo Raising the Bar with Bonus Program

SALT LAKE CITY (June 3, 2021) – The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo Board of Directors know that last year’s cancellation was hard on the rodeo contestants and stock contractors, so they are excited to announce a bonus program for 2021 that will benefit all participants. This bonus program will be in addition to the already announced $562,500 in prize money up for grabs, which includes the lucrative $25,000 payout to each gold medalist.

            “We felt this year it was important to contribute to all the athletes that compete at our rodeo after a disruptive year in 2020,” said Dan Shaw, Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo President & CEO. “Unlike other professional athletes, cowboys and cowgirls don’t get paid unless they win. We want to change that with this program so that everyone has the opportunity to leave with a little something in their pocket. In addition, we also want to recognize the animal athletes this year through our Zions Bank Livestock Award bonuses. We hope it will be well received by all.”

            Every contestant competing in the semifinal round of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo will have the opportunity to receive a $500 Pioneer Bonus. Those that advance on and compete in the Gold Medal Round will receive another $750 Pioneer Bonus. This will be very beneficial to every contestant and will continue to make this truly a one-of-a-kind rodeo. Not only are athletes competing for over half a million dollars in prize money but now they are eligible to receive a bonus for participating, plus there is an opportunity to compete with no entry fees. Definitely a win-win.

            Stock contractors will also reap the benefit of these bonuses with the nightly Zions Bank Livestock Awards for the top bareback horse, saddle bronc horse and bull in each semifinal round performance being awarded $1,600 each. In the Gold Medal Round, those bonuses will increase to $5,000 each.

            Contestants wanting to be part of this unique rodeo still have a chance to get qualified. Nominations for the DO47 Leaderboard (Segment 8) via the World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) will remain open until June 27 at 11:59 p.m. CT. The top 24 timed event athletes and the top 24 roughstock athletes on the leaderboard at that time will qualify for the event with the No. 1 athlete on the leaderboard in each discipline being automatically seeded into the Gold Medal Round on July 24. The No. 1 athlete will also be given the opportunity to compete in the semifinal rounds. For the team roping, once the headers and heelers have confirmed their partners, the No. 1 ranking will be based on the two partners combined point total.

            The remaining eight (8) athletes in each discipline will be qualified via the DO47 Committee parameters to include the top three medalists in each discipline from the 2019 event, along with the top five athletes in the 2021 PRCA, WPRA and PBR world standings, respectively as of June 28.  

            A total of 32 athletes (eight athletes per night) in each of the following disciplines (bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s breakaway roping, barrel racing and bull riding) will compete in the semifinal performances with the fastest time or highest score in each discipline of each performance advancing to the Gold Medal Round. The three fastest times or highest scores, from all the semifinal performances combined, not already advancing, will also move on to the Gold Medal Round. The seven qualifiers from the semifinals round along with the WCRA Leaderboard No. 1 will combine for a total of eight athletes competing in each discipline of the Gold Medal Round.

            The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will once again be a stop on the WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo (TCR). The TCR is an annual bonus that pays $1 million to any one athlete or collection of athletes who wins the Event Championship of the same discipline in any three consecutive WCRA Major Rodeos.

            Tie-down roper Riley Webb has a chance to make rodeo history at this year’s Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. After winning the Stampede at the E in Guthrie, Oklahoma and Rodeo Corpus Christi in Texas, he is the only athlete eligible to cash in on the TCR bonus in Salt Lake City. If successful, Webb, just 17 years old, would make history as the first victor of the WCRA Triple Crown Rodeo $1 Million Bonus and would become the youngest millionaire in the history of the sport of rodeo.

            Tickets are now on sale ranging in price from $14 to $29 and are available through AXS tickets – online at or by phone at 800-888-8499. Group sales of 10 tickets or more will receive a $5 off excluding the $14 priced tickets.

            The first performance is slated for July 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark. Action will continue daily through July 24 when medalists in each rodeo discipline will be crowned.

            The 2021 rodeo will mark the sixth time in the history of rodeo where 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 three times being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo in 2017-2019. The medals awarded at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo are produced by OC Tanner, the same company that made the Olympic medals for the champions of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

            Please keep an eye on our website ( and our social media platforms (,, for the latest news regarding the 2021 event.

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About Days of ‘47

The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, takes place at the $17.5 million, state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark each July. 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 for more information.

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 the PBR, WCRA produces major rodeo events, developing additional opportunities for rodeo-industry competitors, stakeholders, and fans. To learn more, visit For athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) system, visit