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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,…

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….


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