Youth Finals fast approaching!

The PRCA Headquarters mailroom full of boxes filled with goody bag items.

With summer fast approaching, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association – Industry Outreach staff has been in full packing mode, preparing to pack up their trailer and head out. From getting items in and then back out of their office for goody bags, preparing free permit packets, taking over the mail room and stuffing their storage closet to the ceiling, they are about ready to hit the road and head to youth rodeo finals across the country. First stop will be at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming- June 11-17.

Boxes in the Outreach storage room – filling up fast.

Immediately following the CNFR, they will be heading to Lebanon, Tennessee for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, where the PRCA will have a booth set up and will also be running Mini Roughstock Clinics. They offer these clinics to all NHSRA members and their families. After NJHFR, they will head back to the PRCA Headquarters in Colorado for a short week, before heading out to Guthrie, Oklahoma. July 1st will be a PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp (to register for this camp, click here) and then National Little Britches Finals Rodeo starts July 3rd. They will also have a booth there and will have a Roughstock Training Zone going on throughout the week. Heading back to Colorado to reload supplies and then off again, this time to Gillette, Wyoming for the National High School Finals Rodeo. The PRCA offers many events at the NHSFR including Roughstock Clinics all week and a few meetings to cover aspects of the rodeo world with different guest speakers. The PRCA also helps sponsor the NHSFR Knowledge Bowl, which is a scholarship opportunity held during these finals. After their busy week in Gillette, the staff will head back to the PRCA Headquarters just in time to help with the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction weekend, where they will help at the 25th Annual Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, the Cowboy Ball and also with the Induction Ceremony. If you are around any of  these areas, make sure you stop by the Pro Rodeo Booth and say hi at the youth finals this summer!

Scholarships here and Scholarships there

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, located in Colorado Springs, CO.

Each year the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, both located in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO fund several scholarships for students involved in the rodeo and western community. Some of the scholarships are offered through the National Little Britches Rodeo Association, while others are through the National High School Rodeo Association. This year, the PRCA has added two additional scholarships that they will be funding through the National High School Rodeo Association. These two new scholarships will be awarded to two individuals that most value the traditions and legacy in which the PRCA stands for.

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Headquarters, located in Colorado Springs, CO.

The ideal candidates plan to join the PRCA, chase the gold buckle and become an ambassador for the sport of rodeo. These scholarships will require you to meet all NHSR Foundations requirements, on top of competing in a PRCA sanctioned discipline and must be competing in NIRA on a collegiate team. The application for these scholarships is a little different this year in that the PRCA will require a 2-3-minute video submission along with all other requirements. Also, this year will be the first year that the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame will require an essay to be submitted in order to be eligible for their Western Heritage scholarship. Upcoming seniors, don’t forget about these awesome scholarship opportunities when thinking about your future education plans!