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News and notes from the rodeo trail

by Tracy Renck | Nov 04, 2019





News & Notes from the rodeo trail

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Kelly Kenney to emcee at P
roRodeo Zone at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The ProRodeo Zone will be back at the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Dec. 5-14. The ProRodeo Zone is just outside the Thomas & Mack Center. Before each round, fans can check out the shopping and entertainment options in the ProRodeo Zone, which opens at 4:30 p.m. (PT) before each performance and one hour after each performance. Admission is free to check out the vendors and the talent on the RAM PRCA main stage. This year’s emcee on the main stage is ProRodeo announcer Kelly Kenney, who works about 30 to 40 events a year.  Kelly is from Fair Play, Mo. When Kenney is not announcing, he runs a cow/calf operation at home. Kenney has been a member of the PRCA since 2001. He was the master of ceremonies for the 2011 PRCA Awards Banquet and the master of ceremonies of the 2012 ProRodeo Hall of Fame induction. For Wrangler NFR tailgaters, there are plenty of experiences at the ProRodeo Zone like seeing celebrity Dale Brisby. Brisby will be in the ProRodeo Zone every night from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (PT). At 5:30 p.m., he will be on stage, then from 6-6:30 p.m. he will be signing autographs at the RAM booth. Fans also will have a chance to receive Wrangler NFR ticket upgrades and Wrangler NFR tickets for the remaining rounds. More things to do in the ProRodeo Zone will be released in the coming weeks.



Hesston by Massey Ferguson announced the five PRCA rodeos that have been named as Sowing Good Deeds award finalists
. The grand prize is a Massey Ferguson tractor worth $35,000. The winning PRCA rodeo committee will be announced at the 2019 PRCA Awards Banquet at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Dec. 4.

The PRCA committee finalists are:
• Gunnison (Colo.) Cattlemen’s Days

• Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo
• California Rodeo Salinas

• Reno (Nev.) Rodeo
• Home on the Range Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match, Sentinel Butte, N.D.

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For years, Rooftop Rodeo has been recognized as one of the best ProRodeos across the country. Over the weekend of Oct. 26-27, the voters in the Mountain States Circuit made it known that Estes Park’s rodeo is one of the best in the Colorado-Wyoming region, honoring the event as its Large Rodeo of the Year. “This is a very big honor for us as a committee, the town of Estes Park and the people in this community,” said Mark Purdy, chairman of Estes Park Western Heritage Inc. in a press release. “We have dedicated volunteers that work very hard every year to make our rodeo the best it can be.” The Rooftop Rodeo has been recognized six times as rodeo of the year on the national stage: Five times in the PRCA as Small Rodeo of the Year and once as the Medium Committee of the Year in the WPRA.


The goal each year for the annual Cattlemen’s Days PRCA Rodeo committee in Gunnison, Colo., is to produce the best event possible for the fans, contestants and sponsors. During the Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo the final weekend of October, voters selected Gunnison’s popular event as the Medium Rodeo of the Year in the region made up of contestants and events primarily in Colorado and Wyoming. “This is a big deal for us, because it represents all the hard work our volunteers have done over the years and, especially, this past year,” Kevin Coblentz, president of the volunteer committee, said in a press release. “We have many longtime sponsors that step up every year, and when we decided to increase our ‘added money’ this year, they stood by us. This award is a testament to everybody in our community.” In the case of Cattlemen’s Days, the committee offered $5,000 per event ($10,000 in team roping) that is added to the contestants’ entry fees to make up the overall purse.


The Greeley (Colo.) Stampede’s Hall of Fame has recognized some of the most influential individuals that have had a significant impact on the success of the event. To continue the tradition, the Greeley Stampede is accepting applications for the 2020 Hall of Fame class. Inductees into the Hall of Fame may include, but not be limited to, volunteers, affiliated organizations, contract personnel, and others who have made a significant contribution to the success and prestige of the Greeley Stampede. Nominations may be for yourself or someone you know. “We are thankful to everyone that contributes to the success of the Stampede,” said Justin Watada, general manager and Hall of Fame chairman. “The Hall of Fame members have left a long-lasting impression on the event that does not fade.”

Past Hall of Fame inductees include:

2018    Art Parker, the Farr Family, Hadley Barrett and Tom Mawson

2019    Bennie Beutler, Bill May and Bill Webster   

Nominations will be open until Dec. 31. Inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame will be selected by a review committee and announced in February. Nomination forms can be found at


Late last month, the Gooding (Idaho) Pro Rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign presented North Canyon Medical Center with a $10,650 check from the 2019 Gooding Pro Rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink Luncheon and Auction. With the money, NCMC will be ordering new SmartCurve Technology. These new curved plates will integrate with the 3D technology already in place and be more ergonomically comfortable for the patient. This new upgrade is only possible because of the endless amounts of support and generosity from the rodeo community.


Michael Weiss of Lewiston, Idaho, the past director of the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup passed away Nov. 2. He was 61.


The Bob Tallman charity bowling tournament will again take place during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. This year’s tournament will be Dec. 7 at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. (PT). For the past 11 years, Tallman has hosted the Bob Tallman charity bowling tournament during the Wrangler NFR. The tournament raises money for Speedway Children’s Charities and the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.


The 2019 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping is Nov. 22-23 at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane. The Top 15 steer ropers in the PRCA based on PRCA | RAM World Standings at the end of the regular season head to their own national championship which is a separate event from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The competition begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $28 plus taxes and convenience fees. To book tickets go to To book your 2019 NFSR room and ticket package visit


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