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For the Record: Circuit Finals Rodeos



Just as each regular season ends, competition heats up for cowboys aiming for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. Now through the end of December, each of the 12 circuits will hold their individual circuit finals – the determining factor in who will compete in Kissimmee, Fla., in April 2018. 

Many of ProRodeo’s iconic cowboys have set records that could take decades to top. For instance, Mike Beers (pictured above) holds the record for most total year-end circuit titles with 30 – 12 for all-around, eight for team roping, two for tie-down roping and eight for steer roping in the Columbia River Circuit. 

Bill Huber holds the record for most year-end titles in any single event with 22 won in tie-down roping. His legacy from the Great Lakes Circuit started in 1984 and continued in 1986-2002, 2004-05, 2007 and 2011. 

Many familiar names in ProRodeo pop up when looking at the most year-end titles in one event:

• All-around cowboy Trevor Brazile won the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo 14 times – 1998, 2002-04, 2006-15. 

• Bareback rider Clint Corey won the Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo 12 years in a row, 1989-2000.

• Steer wrestler Luke Branquinho won the California Circuit Finals Rodeo nine times – 2001-02, 2004, 2006-09, 2012 and 2014. 

• Two team ropers won their circuits 11 times. Dee Pickett won the Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo in 1978, 1980-82, 1984-87, 1990 and 1993-94. Jake Barnes won the Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo in 1985-89, 1992, 1994-95, 1997, 2001 and 2013. 

• Saddle bronc rider Dan Mortensen bounced between the Montana and Columbia River circuit finals rodeos for 10 total wins in 1989-91, 1993-96, 1999 and 2001-02. 

• Tie-down roper Bill Huber claimed the Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo 22 times – 1984, 1986-2002, 2004-05, 2007 and 2011. 

• Steer roper Guy Allen won the title 15 times between the Southern, Turquoise, Prairie and Texas circuit finals rodeos. First, he won the Southern Circuit in 1981-83, Turquoise in 1989-91, Prairie in 1992-94, Turquoise again in 1995-96 and 2000-01, then Texas in 2004-05. 

• Bull rider John Constantinople won the First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo 10 times – 1981, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1999-2001, 2003 and 2005.

Like a hot streak in the regular season, many cowboys have found themselves on a hot streak for winning their circuit finals rodeo multiple years in a row. 

• Trevor Brazile won the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo’s all-around title 10 years in a row, 2006-15.

• Bareback rider Clint Corey won the Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo 12 years in a row, 1989-2000. 

• Steer wrestler Jack Hannum won the Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo five years in a row, 1976-80. 

• Team roper Clay O’Brien Cooper won the Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo seven years in a row, 1983-89. 

• Saddle bronc rider Jim Burnette won the Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo eight years in a row, 1998-2005.

• Tie-down roper Bill Huber won the Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo 17 years in a row, 1986-2002.

• Steer roper Guy Allen won eight years in a row between the Turquoise and Prairie circuit finals rodeos, 1989-96. Meanwhile, steer roper Joe Bartlett won the Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo five years in a row (2004-10); and Rocky Patterson won the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo five years in a row (2009-13). 

• Bull rider Dave Wagner won the Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo five years in a row, 1976-80. 
 
 
 
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