Highlights of the 2016 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo
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 the history books. Our Trail Boss leading the cattle drive was Orlando’s Mayor, Buddy Dyer, who actually grew up right here in Kissimmee. Along with the Mayor of Orlando, we also had all five Osceola County Commissioners riding horseback herding cattle down Broadway – Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer, Commissioner Brandon Arrington, Commissioner Michael Harford, Commissioner Cheryl Grieb, and Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr.
The drive ended at 3 Sisters Speakeasy on Dakin Avenue with live entertainment, cocktails, food, and fun! Let’s not forget the line dancing that was taking place!
The cowboys take over!
Cowboys and cowgirls took over Osceola County and the surrounding area to spend some time with rodeo fans. They ventured out to Give Kids the World, Orlando International Airport, Kissimmee’s City Hall, Osceola County libraries, Highlands Elementary School, Osceola Regional Medical Center, Wild Florida, Harmony High School, Boot Barn, International Drive, and Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park. Did you spot them around town?
The Boots and Tees Golf Tournament
Held at St. Cloud Royal Golf Links and hosted by the McCormick Research Institute, the Boot and Tees Golf Tournament was put on to help raise money for the Horses & Heroes Equine Therapy Program for Veterans, conducted in partnership with UCF College of Medicine. Several teams came out to play and support the cause. It was a fun community event to help raise money on a beautiful Florida day!
Here in Central Florida we are known for pristine golf courses and beautiful spring weather. If you are planning a vacation next April, come play a round with us!
The Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund Skirts and Spurs Brunch
The Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund is a charity organization that helps provide financial support to the families of cowboys and cowgirls should they become seriously injured. This year our JCCF Luncheon was dedicated to the family of Lara Dewees, a WPRA barrel racer that tragically passed away on February 28, 2016 as the result of a barrel racing accident. Lara’s mother, Lisa Dewees-Belcher, spoke at the luncheon.
Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merk emceed during the event with reigning saddle bronc world champion Jacobs Crawley. There was a fashion show, a raffle, and a silent auction to raise money for JCCF. This year, the event raised $33,000 bringing the two-year total to $63,000.00!
“It was a great event, and it helped bring the community and the contestants together,” said JCCF CEO and President Cindy Schonholtz. The RNCFR Committee is looking forward to helping raise more money in 2017!
The RNCFR Tailgate Experience at Osceola Heritage Park
At the Tailgate Experience, you could take your pick in choice of grub from any of the food trucks on site provided by the Food Truck Bazaar!
In our Kids Zone, fans learned to rope, ran barrels, jumped around in the bounce houses, rode a mechanical bull, got their faces painted, and even made their own snow cones on the human snow cone machine!
Before and after the rodeo events, we had a DJ and live bands that performed. NUVO kicked off our Latin Night, The Greg Warren Band rocked our Wrangler National Patriot Night, the Bird Dog Bobby Band got our families grooving on Family Day, and Shotgun Whiskey brought us home on Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night!
Each night after the rodeo performances, the top two winners from each rodeo event came out to sign autographs. Fans took photos, met their favorite contestants, and asked them questions about being a professional cowboy/cowgirl.
Nothin’ but Rodeo!
This year brought some of the best contestants in the sport of rodeo from across the US to Kissimmee. The quality of these athletes and the livestock are top-notch!
Voted “Top Stock” at the RNCFR was Feather Fluffer from Korkow Rodeo (bareback riding), Bartender from Sutton Rodeo (saddle bronc riding), and Have Ya Heard from United Pro Rodeo (bull riding). These stock contractors brought some amazing animals that sure provided lots of action!
For the second year in a row, Josh Peek from Pueblo, Colorado was crowned the All Around Cowboy from Pueblo. Josh competed in tie-down roping and steer wrestling. He has now broken the record for the most money earned at the RNCFR ($30,160!).
Your 2016 RNCFR event champions are: Tim O’Connell, bareback riding, 84 points; Josh Boka, steer wrestling, 4.5 seconds; header Jake Orman and heeler Tyler Domingue, team roping, 4.4 seconds; Rusty Wright, saddle bronc riding, 85.5 points; Clint Kindred, tie-down roping, 7.9 seconds; Ivy Conrado, barrel racing, 15.47 seconds; and Parker Breding, bull riding, 87.5 points. Congratulations to all of our champions!
“It’s a great feeling to be a national champ, that’s for sure!” – Tyler Domingue
“One of the best vacations I’ve ever had.” – Parker Breding
“The RNCFR is great and getting better every year.” – Josh Peek
“I’m glad to add to my family’s history at the RNCFR. That’s a neat deal.” – Rusty Wright
Mark your calendars now to save the date for the 2017 RAM National Circuit Finals, April 6-9 at the Silver Spurs Arena!