There is some major news coming out of the Elite Rodeo Athletes camp regarding the top rodeo athletes in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s rankings that include numerous past and present World Champions. The new association, the ERA, is playing tug of war with their star athletes and today we all found out what exactly the impact will be once the 2016 season comes and how it will possibly affect the world standings in the PRCA. The top contestants in the pro rodeo world made a landmark announcemnet this morning which let everyone know the side of the tracks that they all are deciding to take in the future.
Some of the top rodeo contestants on the world, over 70 of them, have joined forces to make an exclusive announcement that may affect their own professional careers for years to come. Today it was announced that these stars have decided to limit their PRCA appearances starting in a few short months with the start of the inaugural 2016 Elite Rodeo Athletes season. This will be on a “limited” basis so you will still have a chance to see your favorite athletes at your local PRCA rodeos throughout the country. With that being said these athletes have given the ERA organization first priority and will fill in dates throughout the year around the ERA rodeo schedule that will be announced at a later date.
PRCA Bareback World Champion Kaycee Feild
Included in this list of contestants is four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild. Feild decided to become part of this elite rodeo organization for more that one reason. He has been a household name at the WNFR held in Las Vegas each December but has decided to scale back his schedule to make time for the ERA events coming up next year. Feild talked about his decision and why he came to the decision he did by saying, “As professional rodeo athletes, every year we have to decide what rodeo events we will compete at and what is best for our careers and families. This group of athletes have decided to concentrate on the ERA in 2016 and we feel the future of professional rodeo, at its highest level, is the ERA Tour.” With that being said these athletes have decided to still be a part of the traditional rodeo events but will not compete or be a part of any other tour formatted events other that the ERA in the future.
ERA Rodeo Barrel Racer Lisa Lockhart
Lisa Lockhart, ERA barrel racer, has been a part of the WNFR, WPRA and the RFD-TV’s The American where she has been considered one of the best in the world. Lockhart has won the American, qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and has finished near the top for many years running in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Standings but has made the decision to join forces with the newly formed ERA. Lockhart talks about what this change will do for the sport of professional rodeo and its loyal fan base saying, “We want rodeo fans to experience what other professional sports fans enjoy, which is being able to watch the best competitors compete against one another through a regular-season format until a world champion is crowned. With the ERA, fans will be able to follow each event on FOX Sports and watch professional rodeo at its highest level. We believe this format will help the sport of rodeo overall.”
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Information about the 2016 tour including the announcement of the tour roster, event dates and details on the qualification system will be coming soon and will be released through ERArodeo.com and ERA’s Facebook and Twitter feeds (@ERArodeo).
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