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6.5.2019

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

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Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

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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

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