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New national champions crowned in Kissimmee at the RAM National Circuit Finals

April 26, 2017

Whoa, Kissimmee! Wasn’t it a whirlwind of a week? From kicking off the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo with the annual Cattle Drive in Downtown Kissimmee, to the first performance of the RNCFR, our contestants visiting places around our community, hosting the Women in Rodeo Conference for the first time, the Boots and Tees annual golf tournament benefiting Snip-It, the Skirts and Spurs annual luncheon benefiting JCCF, a Tailgate Experience, Showdown Sunday, and more… We hope our fans had a blast! We realize many folks traveled a great distance to come and experience Kissimmee. We hope that no matter how…

Meet Ryder Wright: Blazing a trail all the way to Kissimmee

March 29, 2017

He hails from the Wilderness Circuit in Utah and from a champion bloodline of rodeo competitors… Meet Ryder Wright, son of the world champion saddle bronc rider Cody Wright, brother to the reigning 2016 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo saddle bronc champion Rusty Wright, and nephew of two-time RNCFR saddle bronc champion Jesse Wright and professional rodeo competitors Jake Wright and Alex Wright. Just looking at this family’s rodeo pedigree, you can tell that it’s pretty unique. Riding saddle bronc at the age of 19, Ryder Wright is blazing a trail, making a standalone name for himself and making rodeo…

Meet your 2017 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo contestants

March 20, 2017

Whether they are full-time cowboys and cowgirls or weekend warriors, it takes a lot of time, energy, and effort to qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. These contestants spend the entire year traveling the lonesome highways of the United States and Mexico, away from family and friends, to make it from one rodeo to the next. They have to pay fees to enter each rodeo, show up on time (assuming they can make it from whatever destination they were previously competing at), give each competition their best effort, and win so many local rodeos to qualify for their…

The nation’s best livestock heads to Kissimmee for RNCFR

March 13, 2017

At the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, you can expect to see only the baddest bulls, the best high-flying bucking horses, and the quickest Corriente steers!  Many don’t know it, but in any rodeo performance, the livestock is just as important as the contestants who are competing. Heck, in the rough stock events, they make up half of the rider’s score, so it’s critical that they, too, are talented animal athletes. In rough stock events, the animal receives a score up to 50 points, and the rider gets a score of up to 50 points, which is how they get…

A bull rider’s journey to win his first national champion title in Kissimmee

March 1, 2017

We had the privilege to watch Luke Gee compete at the Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo back in January as he earned the champion bull riding title. He has punched his ticket for a chance to ride in Kissimmee at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo! WANT TO WATCH LUKE RIDE? CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! Speaking of watching Luke earn his title, he most definitely did just that – earned it! Night one of competition, he drew the bull Blueberry Smoke of New West Pro Rodeo and did not ride and had no score. Night two of competition, he drew Short…

A guide to improving your horse’s performance with a little TLC

February 6, 2017

Just like humans needing a little TLC from time to time, professional horses do as well! That’s right – horse therapy! Who knew? We wanted to share with our fans and contestants traveling to Kissimmee this spring for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo some things they can do to care for their animals. These are tips any horse owner will love. SPLIT SECONDS COUNT and in the rodeo competition to get and to maintain that performance edge, Lattner Equine Performance will be set up to provide Equine Equisport massages and revolutionary THEraPLATE treatments for both the horse and rider….

5 reasons to give the gift of rodeo this holiday season

December 14, 2016

Give the gift of an experience like no other… Rodeo! Witness 2,000-pound bucking bulls, high-flying broncs, quick calves and corriente steer, and lightning fast barrel horses with competing champion cowboys and cowgirls all vying for $1 million in cash and prizes! Bet you don’t see that everyday, do ya? Best of all, you won’t have to leave the comfort of your home to do this kind of holiday shopping… You can do everything online! Though Christmas shopping can be fun, it can also be a bit of a chore. Crowded parking lots with no spaces, long checkout lines, and perhaps…

Five things to put on your to-do list during Cowboy Christmas at the WNFR

November 21, 2016

Christmas is just around the corner which means we are singing, “Vivaaaa Las Vegas!” Whether you are singing Christmas carols – or Viva Las Vegas with us – the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) is just around the bend, taking place December 1st-10th. Each year, your RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Committee attends the WNFR to speak at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s annual convention at the South Point Hotel Casino, cheer on contestants at the WNFR (or attend RAM watch parties at the South Point), and host our booth on Rodeo Way at Cowboy Christmas. This year, we have…

Which PRCA circuit contestants have qualified to compete at the WNFR?

November 12, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s what we are singing these days. The holidays are fast approaching, which means Las Vegas is getting ready for its annual cowboy takeover! Though we are excited for all of the joy the holiday season brings, we are also very excited about our boots, chaps and cowboy hats! Rodeo fans, get ready, as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is upon us, coming up December 1-10 in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center. We hope whether you plan to attend or watch from the comfort of…

One Kissimmee Cowboy’s Circuit Journey on the Road to the RNCFR

November 1, 2016

He’s a Kissimmee cowboy with a big dream! Meet two-time Southeastern Circuit Average Winner and two-time RAM National Circuit Finals qualifier, Juan Alcazar. Born to a mother and father that immigrated from Cuba to Florida when they were in their 20s, Juan grew up right here in Osceola County, Florida. In 4th grade, he set some big goals, dreaming of becoming a professional rodeo cowboy with the PRCA. Now 30 years old, Juan has certainly been able to achieve that goal! Riding with his horse “Little Jack”, Juan travels all over the country competing as a steer wrestler. This summer,…

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