World Champion Bull Rider to speak at PRCA 101 during the College National Finals Rodeo

The 64th CNFR is just around the corner!  The event takes place in Casper, WY, June 10-16, at the Casper Events Center. The CNFR is the “Rose Bowl” of college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. National team championships are also awarded to both men’s and women’s teams. Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA’s 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR. The top three students in each event, and top two men’s and women’s teams from the NIRA’s 11 regions will qualify for the CNFR.


The PRCA will host an educational panel session on Monday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. or immediately following slack in the Summit Room at Casper Event Center.


NIRA members interested in competing in PRCA sanctioned rodeos are encouraged to attend this informative discussion. The session will include helpful information for new or prospective PRCA members to help you succeed in PRCA! Several PRCA representatives will be on hand to speak about PRCA business. Dustin Elliott, world champion bull riding, will speak to attendees about goal setting and the importance of professionalism, which he credits to his success in PRCA.

Meet Miss Rodeo America 2012

Mackenzie Carr Miss Rodeo AmericaMackenzie Carr of Vernonia, Oregon reigns as Miss Rodeo America 2012. She received the crown on December 10, 2011 at the conclusion of the week-long pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Mackenzie will travel more than 100,000 miles during her reign representing Miss Rodeo America, Inc. and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association.

“Miss Rodeo America is a spokeswoman for western heritage, embodying and exemplifying the qualities of self-reliance, bravery, and true grit to the utmost capability.” Carr said.

“I am so blessed to be the first Oregonian to have the prestigious honor and privilege of serving as Miss Rodeo America.”

Mackenzie graduated from Lower Columbia College with an Associate of Arts degree in Speech Communications and will later transfer back to Oregon State University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management Engineering with a minor in Speech Communications. She will be taking time out from her studies at Oregon State University to reign as the “First Lady of Professional Rodeo.” She will be able to use the $26,000 in scholarships she was awarded as Miss Rodeo America from the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation to help further her educational goals.

When Mackenzie isn’t promoting the sport of rodeo either in or out of the arena, she enjoys cooking, singing and playing the piano. She also loves to dig it up and slam it down on the volleyball court, riding, training horses and giving riding lessons to young children. She is excited about the prospect of spending 2012 traveling across the country being a role model for people of all ages, remaining a cowgirl to the core and promoting the Miss Rodeo America organization as well as our great sponsors!