Rodeo News

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…

Growing up in a Rodeo Family

July 19, 2016

21-year-old champion barrel racer from the Mountain States Circuit, Ivy Lauren Conrado, grew up in her hometown of Hudson, Colorado with one older brother, Chance, and one older sister, Paige. She was born to a mother and father who truly loved horses and the sport of rodeo. Her father was a roper and her mother was a barrel racer… both very competitively. Her mother and father actually met during the La Junta High School Rodeo. Ivy will tell you, “We grew up in a truck as kids.” Her mother and father were a futurity training team that trained colts. They traveled a…

From the Great Lakes to the Sunshine State: Bareback Riding champion Tim O’Connell

June 2, 2016

Having earned several major career titles such as 2012 Permit Holder of the Year, 2013 Resistol Rookie of the Year, 2015 College National Champion, 3x Great Lakes Circuit Champion, and now 2016 RAM National Circuit Finals Champion in bareback riding, 24-year-old Tim O’Connell, originally from Zwingle, Iowa, is making quite the name for himself in the professional sport of rodeo. His career is off to a wonderful and promising start! Click here to receive the latest RNCFR info, ticket deals and more! Last fall, things looked a little different, though. Tim struggled with a broken riding hand, not only injuring it…

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….

RNCFR Stock Draw for 1st Performance, Thursday, April 7th, 2016

April 7, 2016

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The Rodeo Man Who Hangs Out in a Coors Can

April 7, 2016

We’ve all seen them, the men inside the barrels telling jokes between bull rides. They are clad in colorful clothing and makeup providing entertainment for the audience. But as the next rider enters the ring, a Barrelman’s job truly begins. Holding the handles inside the aluminum barrel, the Barrelman is ready at any moment to position the barrel accordingly between the bull and the rider, and is prepared to leave the barrel behind to get to the bullfighter in case there is a problem. This courageous position is not for the faint at heart, and we are proud to have…

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…


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