RAPID CITY (January 23, 2013) — Looking at the origins of the phrase “Luck of the Draw” you’ll find a number of references related to cards. If you ask a cowboy they will tell you that it is indeed derived from gambling, just not the kind you do at a table. Dating back to when the West was a wild frontier what kind of mount a cowboy had could determine everything. Through the years as the cowboy has moved from the frontier to the arena, this fact has remained the same. As the 36th Annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo® gets ready to kick off, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has released the stock line-up for the five performance rodeos that will take place over the next two weeks and there are some pairings that shouldn’t be missed.
Bareback Riding Preview:
With a field that includes the two-time reining PRCA World Champion Kaycee Feild, former World Champion Bobby Mote, PBR veteran Ross Coleman, and a number of WNFR qualifiers it could be anyone’s game. Look for Utah cowboy Kaycee Feild to open up the PRCA rodeo on Saturday afternoon with a strong score aboard the Burns Rodeo bareback horse High Plains while facing some competition in Texas cowboy Clint Cannon on Burch Rodeos’ Hard Luck. As the rodeo moves into the second weekend the top scores could be challenged by the following: Utah cowboy Caleb Bennett aboard Burch Rodeos’ Angel Dust, North Dakota cowboy Casey Breuer on Bar C5’s WNFR bareback Make-Up Face, Minnesota cowboy Tanner Aus on Sutton Rodeo’s WNFR horse South Point.
Best of the rest: On Friday night February 1st look for Whitewood cowboy Jake Smith to have a strong showing on Bar C5’s Good Times. Saturday afternoon February 2nd, Texas cowboy Ross Coleman a Professional Bull Riding World Finalist will be testing his skills in a new event aboard Sutton Rodeo’s Rambo. Saturday night February 2nd, former PRCA World Champion Bobby Mote and WNFR Qualifier Steven Dent will look to make a strong showing.
Saddle Bronc Riding Preview:
South Dakota is breeding ground for both the cowboy and livestock legends of Saddle Bronc Riding. With names like Tibbs, Etbauer, and Tipperary there are some big shoes to fill for anyone daring to compete in this event. This year’s field of contestants includes a number of South Dakotan’s who are looking to become legends including former PRCA World Champions Chad Ferley and Jeff Willert along with a number of WNFR Qualifiers, including: Jesse Bail, Red Lemmel, Cody Taton, Chuck Schmidt, and Cole and JJ Elshere. Not to be outdone by South Dakota, Utah is making their presence known in Rapid City, as reining PRCA World Champion Jesse Wright along with his brothers, former PRCA World Champion Cody Wright, WNFR Qualifier Jake Wright, Alex Wright and Spencer Wright round out the field of contestants. Saturday afternoon January 26th look for there to be a number of solid rides with the competition getting stiff as it rolls into Thursday night January 31st, when Cody Taton takes on Bar C5’s Buckskin Sal. Saturday night, February 2nd, Minnesota cowboy Tyler Corrington will try and take the round aboard Bar C5’s Biff, but it if you’re looking to gamble, a safe bet for Saddle Bronc Champion would be Texas cowboy Bradley Harter aboard Burch Rodeos’ Lunatic Fringe.
Best of the rest: Thursday night, January 31st, will be showcasing some of the best cowboys the PRCA has to offer with 9 of the 12 man field having competed at the 2011 and/or 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and include three past and present PRCA World Champions. Friday night, February 1st, Philip cowboy Jace Nelson will try and take on Sutton Rodeos’ PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year and WNFR Horse of the Finals, Chuckulator. Jace comes from a ranching family that includes a long line of champions and it will be a good show watching him try to ride this beast; if he can stay on for 8-seconds the score could be big. Saturday afternoon, February 2nd, former PRCA World Champion Jesse Kruse is joined by WNFR Qualifiers Sam Kelts and Tyrell Smith along with Canadian Champion Luke Butterfield.
Bull Riding Preview:
Bull Riding is normally referred to as a young man’s sport but in 2013 Rapid City will be welcoming a host of veterans along with some young stars. Look for WNFR Qualifiers Corey Navarre, Tate Stratton and Bobby Welsh to set the bar during the first performance Saturday January 26th. As the rodeo moves into the second weekend it will be CBR Champion and 2011 WNFR Qualifier & Rookie of the Year Chandler Bownds looking to continue his hot streak against Burch Rodeos’ bull Popeye. Chandler is coming off a surgery that kept him sidelined most of the 2012 season and looks hungry to compete. Friday night, February 1st, Newell cowboy Taygen Schuelke will look to make a mark aboard Burch Rodeos’ Zombie Zoo and if he can make the whistle will face some stiff competition as veteran cowboys Ardie Maier and Clayton Savage are both out that night.
Best of the rest: Saturday afternoon, January 26th, look for little known cowboy Joe Frost to make an impression; if his name is familiar to you it may be because you have heard of his cousin, former PRCA World Champion Lane Frost. Thursday, January 31st, WNFR Qualifiers Cody Whitney and Tag Elliott will try their best to get a paycheck as they face bulls provided by Sutton Rodeo and Burch Rodeo respectively. On Saturday night, February 2nd, former PRCA World Champion Dustin Elliott will be looking to collect some money as he faces Burch Rodeos’ Go Kat Go.
PRCA Rodeo action begins January 26th and will conclude on February 2nd. Performances will be Saturday January 26th @ 1:30pm, Thursday January 31st @ 7:30pm, Friday February 1st @ 7:30pm and Saturday February 2nd @ 1:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gotmine.com, by phone at 1-800-GOT-MINE, or in person at the RPCC Box Office.