This week the main focus of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association shifts from the in arena action to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies and all the excitement that comes with the week long celebration. Although the focus is outside of the arena we can not forget some of the action still happening across the country with arena records being broken and many contestant’s sights being set on the approaching Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas!
PRCA Saddle Bronc Rider Isaac Diaz
Dodge City, Kansas was very kind to PRCA saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz this last week as he claimed victory and took home the event win at the Dodge City Roundup held July 29th-August 2nd this year. After trying two times prior to take home the title which was not in his storybook Diaz came in with a mission and far exceeded his expectations and made history as well. Much to his surprise he rode his second round horse, Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman, for an arena record 93 points to take the round by a full six point margin. That ride helped him take home the title after claiming the average on two head with a whopping 173 points. Diaz talked about his win and record ride by saying, “I’m on Cloud 9.” He went on ti say, “This was my career best, too. I didn’t even know I was capable of going 93.”
Excited about the win at this event he said, “You hear about Dodge City when you’re a little kid and you dream of winning here. In a bronc rider’s mind, Cheyenne (Wyo.), here and Ellensburg are the best short rounds all year long because of the stock they have. Guys just know when they’re coming into the short round at those rodeos that they have a chance to go 90 because of the stock.” After the Dodge City Roundup win he sits comfortably in the ninth spot in the Windham Weaponry High Performance World Standings.
This coming weekend kicks off the festivities for the 28th annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame events which will come to a close Saturday August 8th with the class of 2015 induction ceremony. The list is very notable this year as many well-known names, including 4 past World Champion cowboys, will be inducted. This year World Champions Tom Nesmith, Mark Garrett, Bob Wegner and Harry Charters will be immortalized. Along with these World Champions Jack Hannum, four-time specialty act the Hendricks Brothers and four-time team roping heading horse of the year Precious Speck will also be part of the induction ceremonies at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Along with being inducted the will be enshrined in the sculpture garden that is adjacent to the Hall along with the rodeo committees from the Red Bluff Round-Up, the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo and Iowa’s Championship Rodeo out of Sidney, Iowa.
Even though the main focus is on the Saturday ceremony there are many other things going on throughout the weekend including the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament on August 6th. The next day, August 7th, you can witness all the glitz and glamour of The Cowboy Ball as well which will bring you up to all the Saturday activities including the Commissioner’s Classic Team Roping competition and the Induction Ceremonies.
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