With the large rodeos in full swing for the athletes of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association it is time to make money and step up to the plate to set themselves up for a run to be a part of this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Some cowboys managed to do just that with the huge rodeo just finishing up in sunny Kissimmee, Florida home of the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo!
After the loyal rodeo fans in Florida lost their bid to host the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the residents of Kissimmee and its surrounding communities received the next best thing, the honor of hosting the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. The committee putting on this class act event wanted to make this special occasion a true event to entertain the fans and give the professional athletes a chance to earn a good chunk of money to help propel them towards their goal of making it to the WNFR!
The format was an easy one for fans of all levels to follow but also draws some speculation from some critics on how “unfair” a format like the one at the RNCFR could be. There are 24 competitors in each event that are eventually narrowed down to a Final four through rounds of elimination competition. The first cutoff is bringing those 24 down to an “Elite Eight” and then from there to the “Final Four” who perform on the last night of the event to see who will be crowned champion.
For those that criticize the format there is a side by side comparison that was put out by the PRCA Headquarters that shows the eventual outcomes of how things would have ended up if the format were different, much like the format of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo who crowns their champions by the total money won throughout the event and it is strikingly comparable to how this year’s RNCFR contestants finished.
PRCA Steer Wrestler Josh Peek
One contestant who made the most of this year’s RNCFR was steer wrestler Josh Peek who claimed the title of champion after winning the Final Four final round in Kissimmee and claimed a cool $18,171 paycheck for his efforts inside the arena. The Pueblo, Colorado steer wrestler won the event with a final run on Saturday night with a 4.8 second time. He is no stranger to winning a title at the RNCFR as he won the tie-down roping title just a year ago making him only the second man to ever win a title in two different events with the legendary Ty Murray being the only one to accomplish such a feat. Peek said, “This is a complete blessing” and went on to say, “To win RNCFR titles in back-to-back years, in different events … that’s just amazing. You couldn’t write a better outcome than that.”
World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild
Anyone that follows the sport of professional rodeo knows that good news unfortunately comes with bad news every now and then. This year following the RNCFR is just this case with four-time and defending bareback riding world Champion Kaycee Feild taking center stage. After winning $21,355 at this year’s event he was expected to go into surgery yesterday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. This is an injury that is expected to put this world champion out of action for 8-12 weeks but we will have to see if this cowboy comes back in time for the “Cowboy Christmas” run this year.
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