2018 RAM NATIONAL CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO — 16 OF THE PRCA/WPRA CALIFORNIA CIRCUIT’S BEST TO PARTICIPATE

Who will make history!  It’s almost here!!!  The prestigious 2018 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo ( website / Facebook ) starts Thursday, April 5, 2018 and runs through Sunday, April 8, 2018, ( 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 these 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 2018 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 2018 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo – California Circuit Contestants:

2018 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo - PRCA/WPRA California Circuit Contestants - Good Luck to All !!!

2018 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo – PRCA/WPRA California Circuit Contestants – Good Luck to All !!!

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

CONTESTANT HOME TOWN EVENT BIO
Wyatt Denny Minden, NV Bareback Riding  Bio 
Clayton Biglow Clements, CA  Bareback Riding  Bio 
Nick LaDuke Livermore, CA Saddle Bronc    
Jusin Lawrence  Exeter, CA Saddle Bronc 
Chris Byrd  Compton, CA  Bull Riding   
Aaron Williams  Pismo Beach, CA Bull Riding   
Jordan Ketscher  Squaw Valley, CA  Tie Down Roping   Bio
Ryle Smith  Oakdale, CA  Tie Down Roping  Bio 
Kathy Petska  Turlock, CA Ladies Barrels 
Trula Churchill Valentine, NE Ladies Barrels   Bio
Ryle Smith Oakdale, CA  Steer Wrestling   Bio
Billy Bugenig Ferndale, CA Steer Wrestling   Bio
Blake Teixeira Tres Pinos, CA Team Roping/Header 
Cody Mora San Miguel, CA Team Roping/Header   
Kyle Lockett  Visalia, CA Team Roping/Heeler   Bio
Joseph Shawnego Oakdale, CA Team Roping/Heeler   

 

Championship Rodeo action starts Thursday, April 5th with the final performance Sunday, April 9th – (For all official RNCFR event dates/times please visit website / Facebook ).

RNCFR – Performances:

Thursday – April 5th – Rodeo Preview Day (10:45am)
Friday – April 6th – Patriot Night (7:30 pm)
Saturday – April 7th – Family Day (1:30 pm)
Saturday – April 7th – Tough Enough To Wear Pink (7:30)
Sunday – April 8th – Showdown Sunday (2:30 pm)

There are lots of activities surrounding the 2018 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo – A cattle drive, golf tournament, tail-gate parties, autograph signings, vendors, live music – So much to do and see!  For all event information, please visit the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo ( website ).   Be sure to follow them on Facebook too!!  The RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo has an incredible social media/marketing team -We would like to take this opportunity to thank Kelly Trace and her team for coming out to California for the 2017 RAM PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo and giving our fans chances to win tickets  to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and to “Experience Kissimmee” ( website / Facebook )!

2017 RAM PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo Winners and Year End Champions

2017 RAM PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo Winners and Year End Champions

Your Miss Rodeo California 2018, Amanda Hop, will be in attendance at the 2018 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo carrying sponsor flags and presenting our PRCA California Circuit Flag!  You can follow your Miss Rodeo California on her website and Facebook.  Be sure to look for her in her official “RAM of the West” Miss Rodeo California RAM Truck!  If you see her, snap a pic, upload to instragram #mrc #ramofthewest.

Miss Rodeo California 2018, Amanda Hop

Miss Rodeo California 2018, Amanda Hop

 

Miss Rodeo California 2018, Amanda Hop in her official "RAM of the West" Miss Rodeo California RAM Truck

Miss Rodeo California 2018, Amanda Hop in her official “RAM of the West” Miss Rodeo California RAM Truck (website)

 

Your Contract Personnel for the 2018 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo are:

  • Rodeo Announcers – Wayne Brooks & Roger Mooney
  • Secretary –  Becky Martindale
  • Assistant Secretary – Mikey Jo Duggan
  • Timers – DeeDee Dickinson & Jennie Murray
  • Barrelman – JJ Harrison
  • Bullfighters –  Clay Heger & Brandon Loden
  • Pickup Men – Will O’Connell & Shandon Stalls

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!

Mark your calendars for the 2018 RAM PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo!!!  April 5, 6, & 7, 2018, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, CA!

2018 RAM PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo - October 5, 6, & 7, 2018

2018 RAM PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo – October 5, 6, & 7, 2018

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

The 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).

ROAD TO THE 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.

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.