It’s almost here!!!  Celebrating their 30 year anniversary, the 2017 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo ( website / Facebook ) starts Thursday, April 6, 2017 and runs through Sunday, April 9, 2017, ( 5 performances ) at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park, in Kissimmee, Florida!!

Over 200 contestants (the top 12 cowboys/cowgirls from each of the 12 PRCA Circuits and from Mexico) will go head-to-head for $1 million in cash and prizes!!  Sixteen of those contestants are from our very own PRCA / WPRA California Circuit!!!! Please join us as we wish each and every one of the contestants “Good Luck”.  We also ask you to join us in sending out extra special “Good Luck – Go Get Um” wishes to each and every PRCA / WPRA California Circuit Cowboy and Cowgirl!  We are all very proud of each and every one of you!  Your families, friends, and fans – All of us back home will be rooting for you! (For a list of all of the 2017 RNCFR Contestants, please visit ( link ).

“…The RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo is a national championship rodeo in which your top 200+ cowboys and cowgirls from across the US and Mexico will compete in each of the seven traditional rodeo events for $1 million in cash and prizes at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. Contestants must qualify to attend and compete. The RNCFR is run tournament-style. Each contestant will get to participate in two preliminary rounds. The top eight in each event will advance to the semifinals, during which all scores and times will be erased. From there, the top four contestants will compete in the sudden death round of the finals. One champion will be crowned in each rodeo event, and one contestant will become the all-around champion! – rncfr.com”

Congratulations and Good Luck to all !

 Presenting your 2017 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo – California Circuit Contestants:

2017 RAM National Circuit Finals Rode - PRCA/WPRA California Circuits Contestants

2017 RAM National Circuit Finals Rode – PRCA/WPRA California Circuits Contestants

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Contestants from the PRCA / WPRA California Circuits:  (Bios courtesy of the PRCA and the WPRA).

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Cody Kiser  Carson City, NV Bareback Riding   
R.C. Landingham  Hat Creek, CA  Bareback Riding  Bio 
Joaquin Real  Santa Paula, CA  Saddle Bronc   Bio 
Cameron Messier  Herald, CA  Saddle Bronc 
Chris Byrd  Compton, CA  Bull Riding   
Aaron Williams  Norco, CA  Bull Riding   
Jordan Ketscher  Squaw Valley, CA  Tie Down Roping   Bio
Ryle Smith  Oakdale, CA  Tie Down Roping  Bio 
Trula Churchill  Valentine, NE  Ladies Barrels  Bio 
Nellie Miller  Cottonwood, CA  Ladies Barrels   Bio
Blaine Jones  Templeton, CA  Steer Wrestling 
Josh Garner Live Oak, CA Steer Wrestling   
Ryan Reed Whittman, AZ  Team Roping/Header   Bio
Victor Ugalde Orovada, NV Team Roping/Header   
Dugan Kelly  Paso Robles, CA Team Roping/Heeler   Bio
Evan Arnold Santa Margarita, CA  Team Roping/Heeler   Bio

Championship Rodeo action starts Thursday, April 6th with the final performance Sunday, April 9th – (For all official RNCFR event dates/times please visit website / Facebook ).

RNCFR – Performances:

  • Thursday – April 6th – Rodeo Preview Day (11 am)
  • Friday – April 7th – Patriot Night (7:30 pm)
  • Saturday – April 8th – Family Day (1:30 pm)
  • Saturday – April 8th – Tough Enough To Wear Pink (7:30)
  • Sunday – April 9th – Showdown Sunday (2:30 pm)

There are lots of activities surrounding the 2017 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo – A cattle drive, golf tournament, tail-gate parties, autograph signings, vendors, live music – So much to do and see!

One event you do not want to miss is  the 3rd Annual Skirts & Spurs brunch and style show benefiting the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund on Saturday, April 8th.  Join them for a fun morning to support injured rodeo athletes and their families. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, a 501-c-3 non-profit, ( website / Facebook ) which provides need-based assistance to injured rodeo athletes and their families. The event will feature a style show with local fashions being modeled by representatives from the 12 PRCA circuits. Enjoy a wonderful brunch, a drawing and silent and live auctions – For tickets visit ( link ).

2016 Skirts & Spurs - Just Cowboy Crisis Fund Luncheon

2016 Skirts & Spurs – Just Cowboy Crisis Fund Luncheon – photos by SRN

Your Contract Personnel for the 2017 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo are:

  • Rodeo Announcers – Bob Tallman & Roger Mooney
  • Secretary –  Jackie Higlin
  • Assistant Secretary – Rebecca Martindale
  • Timers – Kim Sutton & Jennie Murray
  • Barrelman – JJ Harrison
  • Bullfighters – Kenny Bergeron & Scotty Spencer
  • Pickup Men – Jason Bottoms & Brent Sutton
  • Music Director – Benje Bendele III

Your Miss Rodeo California 2017, Brittney Phillips, will be in attendance at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo carrying sponsor flags and our PRCA California Circuit Flag!

Miss Rodeo California 2017, Brittney Phillips (photo by Wayne Capili - Interface Visuals)

Miss Rodeo California 2017, Brittney Phillips (photo by Wayne Capili – Interface Visuals)

Good Luck to All !!

For more information about the PRCA California Circuit, please visit (website / Facebook).  You can also follow the WPRA California Circuit by visiting (website / Facebook).  We thank you for your support of the PRCA California Circuits!

For more information about the RAM National Finals Rodeo and all of the exciting events happening before, during, and after rodeo, please visit the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo at website and on their Facebook.

About the RNCFR and the RAM Circuit System

(From our friends at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (website):

 

ABOUT THE RAM NATIONAL CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO

CircuitsThe Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the premier event in rodeo, and contestants who make it there often get the majority of rodeo headlines. Yet there are many top cowboys who never make it to Las Vegas. The reasons are as varied as the contestants, but for most, the responsibilities of home, jobs or businesses keep them tied to a specific geographic location.

In other words, not everyone can, or wants to, travel thousands of miles each year for a chance at a gold buckle at the Wrangler NFR, but rodeo is still in the their blood and they are driven to compete professionally. These contestants make up the majority of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association membership.

Enter the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR).

In 1975, the PRCA created a system that breaks up the United States into 12 circuits. The circuits include as few as one state, such as the California, Texas and Montana Circuits, to as many as 13 states – the First Frontier Circuit in the northeastern part of the country. In 1987, the DNCFR was incorporated, and Dodge became the title sponsor of all 12 circuit finals rodeos and the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo. In 2010, the Dodge brand rodeo initiative went to the newly formed RAM Truck division of the Chrysler Group. RAM has title sponsorship of all 12 PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeos and, beginning in 2012, the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) (formerly the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, the DNCFR).

As the regular season ends, top competitors from each event qualify to compete in their circuit finals rodeos. Champions from those rodeos, as well as the year-end winners from each circuit, are then invited to Kissimmee, Fla. to vie for RNCFR championships.

Each contestant can compete inside and outside of his circuit throughout the year, but only the points he earns within the circuit he designates at the beginning of the season are applied toward his place in the circuit standings. However, everything he wins inside and outside his chosen circuit is applied toward his world standings – except for money earned at the regional circuit finals, RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and All American ProRodeo Finals, which do not count toward world standings.

The tournament-style RNFCR determines the national circuit champions in each event. The competition produces exciting challenges for the athletes and vivid entertainment for the fans. All 24 qualifiers from the 12 circuits compete in the two preliminary rounds of the rodeo. The top eight contestants from each event advance to the semifinal round, with all previous scores and times thrown out. The top four move on to the final round – a sudden-death competition that determines the national circuit champion in each event. Because the top four contestants begin with a clean slate in the Wrangler Round, each one has an equal opportunity to claim a RNCFR title.

Event winners receive a $20,000 voucher for a new RAM vehicle, a Polaris RANGER UTV, a pair of exotic boots from Justin Boots, trophy saddle from Cactus Saddlery, and a Montana Silversmith buckle, in addition to their winnings.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, along with the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, welcomes the Mexican Rodeo Federation to the PRCA circuit system. Currently, Guillermo “Memo” Herrera is the president, and after an opening year of success with the PRCA Mexican Tour, he is opting to renew a contract with the PRCA for a second year. This new agreement was made in October of 2016 in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Any contestants who qualify in the Mexican Tour Finale will have all the same opportunities to advance to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and compete as the contestants in the PRCA’s U.S.-based circuit system.

“Continuing to open our doors to the country of Mexico builds on a great opportunity for the PRCA to reach a whole new fanbase, and another source of new members and contestants,” says Karl Stressman, president of the PRCA.

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