2017 Permit Member of the Year Challenge

Entries have officially closed on the 2017 Permit Member of the Year Challenge! Each year in conjunction with the World Famous Benny Binion’s Bucking Horse and Bull Sale, the top five contestants in each event, based on total money won on their permits in 2017 are invited to compete for a chance at $21,000 in prize money. This year, the top five rookie bull riders who did not qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will also be invited to compete in the Rookie Ride Off!

Lets congratulate the contestants who have made it into the Permit Challenge this year!

Bareback Riding contestants are Lane McGehee- Victoria, TX, Cole Picton- Marshall, MO, Zachary Hibler- Wheeler, TX, Tristan Hansen-Dillon, MT and Tyler Berghuis- Stephenville, TX.

Steer Wrestling contestants are Ben Kilburg- LaMotte, IA, Walt Arnold- Coleman, TX, Joby Allen- Alva, OK, Paul Bianchi- Salinas, CA, and Bear Pascoe- Morro Bay, CA.

Team Roping contestants are Curry Kirchner- Ames, OK, Butch Levell- Glenwood, IA, Jeff Flenniken- Caldwell, ID, Colton Campbell- Klamath Falls, OR, Quinton Parchman- Cumberland City, TN, Ty Arnold- Midway, TX, Hunter Koch- Vernon, TX, Coy Brittain- Rockwall, TX, Wyatt Hansen- Oakdale, CA and Trey Michaelis- Mercer MO.

Saddle Bronc Riding contestants are Cameron Messier- Herald, CA, Garrett Griffin- Tularose, NM, Dawson Hay- Wildwood, AB, Tyler Turco- Franktown, CO and Johnny Espeland- Tygh Valley, OR.

Tie Down Roping contestants are Cody Craig- Wendell, ID, Bo Pickett- Caldwell, ID and Riley Istre- Vinton, LA. The remaining 2 contestants will be announced on November 29th!

2016 Permit Member of the Year Challenge Winners! Who will be next?

Bull Riding contestants are Clayton Sellars- Fruitland Park, FL, Aaron Williams- Pismo Beach, CA, Jess Davison- Laramie, WY, Fulton Rutland- Stilwell, OK and Colby Demo- Gerber, CA.

“Rookie Ride Off” Bull Riding contestants are Koby Radley-  Holden, LA, Shad Heiner- Morgan, UT, Cody Strite- Albuquerque, NM, Brody Yeary- Brock, TX and Hawk Whitt- Thermopolis, WY.

Tickets are on sale now for the Permit Member of the Year Challenge and the Benny Binion’s Bucking Horse and Bull sale now at the South Point Box office or online here!


National High School Finals Rodeo

As a sponsor of the National High School Rodeo Association, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association wears many hats during the National High School Finals Rodeo. From having a tradeshow booth, to multiple scholarship opportunities, classroom sessions, and daily roughstock training sessions, the PRCA offers all these activities in hope that they will help these high school athletes excel in their plans of future rodeo and life in general.

Some Pros hanging out the PRCA Booth!

Each day, the PRCA held roughstock training sessions, where they brought in pros from the rodeo world to help roughstock riders practice and learn new techniques. When the pros weren’t at the roughstock training sessions, they were hanging out at the PRCA booth in the tradeshow. World Champion bareback rider Kelly Wardell was there each day to help those bareback riders with new riggins they had purchased and offered advice for those riders on their rides throughout the week. Other pros who happened to hang out at the tradeshow booth were Wyatt Clark, Shaun Stroh, Fred Boettcher and World Champion Bareback rider Jeff Collins.

World Champion Bareback Rider Kelly Wardell helping with riggins.

The PRCA also offered classroom sessions covering an array of topics to help the athletes when they continue onto future rodeos and beyond. Janet Cropper from the WPRA held a session that covered the relationship between the WPRA and the PRCA and was there to offer advice for all the barrel racers. World Champion bull rider Dustin Elliott held a motivational session, sharing stories and advice on keeping you motivated. Susan Kanode was there to educate athletes about the media and the athletes presents on social media, while Coach Jed Moore held a session about college rodeo. He helped the high school athletes understand the importance of college, rodeo and what coaches are looking for when recruiting. The last classroom session of NHSFR was with Dr. Doug Corey, DVM who covered all aspects of Livestock Welfare and rodeo.

Team Washington, winners of the PRCA Knowledge Bowl

Scholarships awards were also given from the PRCA and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame while at NHSFR17. Combined, they offered almost $10,000 in scholarship opportunities. The PRCA held its annual Knowledge Bowl, where teams of three competed in head to head elimination rounds, testing their knowledge of rodeo from High School, College, PRCA and History of. This year’s Knowledge Bowl was tough but Team Washington took the win, each earning a $1500 scholarship, while Team Texas took second place each taking home a $650 scholarship. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame offered a $500 scholarship for the high school rodeo athlete who exemplifies Western heritage and who lives by the cowboy ethics in their life. This year’s winner was Clay Barry of Kennewick, WA. Clays father is a PRCA bullfighter and also fought bulls at the NHSFR for several years.  The PRCA also offered two $1500 scholarships. Applicants were required to make a short video explaining what the PRCA means to them. Winners of the PRCA Gold Buckle Scholarships were Cyle Denison of Iowa, LA and Dillon Hahnkamp of Melrose, MT. Congratulations to all the High School athletes who were awarded a scholarship not only from the PRCA and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame but also from the High School Rodeo Foundation.

Clay Barry, Winner of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Western Heritiage Scholarship with Kent Sturman, director of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

Cyle Denison (L) and Dillon Hahnkamp (R) accepting their PRCA Gold Buckle Scholarships.