Rodeo News

The Race of the Circuits: Celebrating 30 Years

September 27, 2016

You might have heard already, but the RNCFR is celebrating its 30th anniversary this April. Thirty years of bucks, champions, and stories to last a lifetime! So we thought we’d share some stories of what 30 years of champion circuits look like, and what the next 30 years might look like. We’re going to start by sharing what it means to be the Circuit of the Year. A lot of rodeo fans don’t know, but during the five performances of the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, as cowboys and cowgirls compete and advance, we keep track of the overall purse…

Rusty Wright and his family’s bloodline of rodeo champions

August 31, 2016

At just twenty years old, from the Wilderness Circuit, Rusty Scott Wright is making a huge name for himself in the world of rodeo.  Raised in Milfred, Utah, Rusty grew up in what he describes as your typical close-knit family. His mother was a stay-at-home mom, though she worked hard taking care of the kids, and his father worked shoeing horses and pouring concrete. Rusty comes from a long bloodline of rodeo competitors. His grandfather was always riding, competing in tie-down roping, team roping, and other rodeo events. His father, Cody Wright, was crowned the saddle bronc World Champion at…

Highlights of the 2016 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

May 18, 2016

To the rodeo fans who attended or participated in the 2016 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo event – THANK YOU! We are all about hospitality here in Kissimmee and we hope we provided the best to our fans. We invite you to read about a few of our favorite memories from the 2016 RNCFR. We call this the highlight reel! The 2016 RNCFR Cattle Drive On Monday, April 4th, we kicked off the RNCFR festivities with a cattle drive in historic downtown Kissimmee. Something like this has not been done in decades, and we truly enjoyed leaving our mark for…

Champions crowned at 2016 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

April 19, 2016

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (April 10, 2016) – The 2016 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) started four days ago with 24 contestants in each of the standard rodeo events. They qualified to be in Kissimmee, Fla. by competing at rodeos within a geographical region that makes up one of 12 circuits in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). The champions and year-end winners from those circuits qualified for the RNCFR. There were 24 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping (heading and heeling), saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing and bull riding….

How the RNCFR in Kissimmee is creating opportunities for its contestants

April 1, 2016

Hailing from the First Frontier Circuit, meet Andy Carter, a 35-year-old bareback rider from Missouri. Andy has been to the Great Lakes Circuit Finals eleven times and the First Frontier Circuit Finals twice. He is no stranger to the PRCA circuit rodeos. Andy grew up around the sport of rodeo and started riding calves at age 7. He’s been riding for about 28 years, and has spent 13 of those years focused on bareback bronc riding. Andy was a contestant last year at the 2015 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. He qualified at First Frontier and was able to advance…

Contestants from 33 states to compete for $1 million at RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

March 25, 2016

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — When the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) gets underway at the Silver Spurs Arena on April 7, rodeo athletes from 33 states will have made the journey from every part of the country to compete for national championships. The circuit system divides the United States into 12 geographical regions where Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) members compete for points in their designated area to advance to their circuit finals. The winners of the 12 circuit finals as well as the year-end champions in each rodeo event are then invited to…

Between the bull and the rider you’ll often spot the bullfighter

March 11, 2016

We’ve often wondered, so we had to ask what it feels like to place yourself purposely and directly in the face of a 2,000-pound bull with no barrier. Pure adrenaline, maybe! We were fortunate enough to get some insight from our friend Cliff Maxwell who was selected to be one of your 2016 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo bullfighters. Forty-seven-year-old Cliff Maxwell, hailing from Taylor, Arizona, has been a bullfighter since 1994. In 1996 he received his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association member card. He worked his first professional rodeo as a bullfighter at the Arizona Stock Show and Fair at…

9 things we learned from hosting the RNCFR in Kissimmee

March 3, 2016

In 2015, the first year that the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo event was hosted in Kissimmee, Florida, we were so thrilled! We have 70+ years of rodeo history right here in our area, and bringing this national championship rodeo to town got everyone very eager to do something big! We definitely had a great first year playing hosts; however, we decided to cut back on some aspects of our event and keep it simpler – but fun! – for those who attend. The Tailgate Experience For 2016, we’re opting to have the rodeo in conjunction with our one-of-a-kind Tailgate…

What ‘Luck of the Draw’ Means to Rodeo Cowboys

February 24, 2016

If you are in Las Vegas and playing to win big in a casino, you might just hear the phrase, “luck of the draw”. Now this could mean many things. One could be a winner with the luck of the draw, one might be a loser, or you just might break even. So who’s feeling lucky? The phrase isn’t limited to high rollers playing card games in Vegas. It just so happens to mean a great deal to contestants in the extreme sport of rodeo. In rodeo events such as bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down…

From the Prairie Circuit to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo: Chris McCombs

February 16, 2016

Two-thousand-pound bulls, eight seconds to ride, and a roaring crowd! Who’s ready? Bull riding emerged over the years from cowboys confronted by daily challenges on the ranch. Cowboys would have to break broncs and turn them into saddle horses, meaning they would get bucked around quite a bit. So what’s a little more bucking? If you were brave enough, you just might consider jumping on the back of a 2,000-pound bull. To some fearless cowboys, this sounded like fun! And thus, the sport of bull riding transpired. To ride a bull, a rider uses a flat braided rope around the…

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