This week the cowboys and cowgirls of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association travelled across the country in search of their next big payday during the summer run of the professional rodeo season. Many contestants have collected the much needed winnings that will propel them to the Thomas & Mack in December for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo but with the good comes the bad too. Unfortunately the rodeo world lost a young and talented athlete as well.
PRCA Team Ropers Coleman Proctor And Jake Long
Even though the week that we all call “Cowboy Christmas” has finished and was not very good to PRCA team ropers Coleman Proctor and Jake Long they vowed to keep pushing forward and that is exactly what they did on July 11th. The Sheridan WYO Rodeo, a “silver stop” on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, was a great place for this dynamic team to start fresh after a frustrating week that they were hoping to forget about. That is exactly what happened after the they won with a total of 9.5 seconds on two head to take home $8,262 each. The winning did not stop there as they collected another $2,758 each in Estes Park, CO which moved them up the world standings from 13th to 8th in the world and sets them up to make another appearance at the WNFR this December.
PRCA Tie Down Roper Marshall Leonard
Shongaloo, Louisiana cowboy Marshall Leonard came into the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo, another silver stop on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, hoping he could repeat as the event winner again as he came in to the event as the reigning champion from 2014. The stop in Casper, WY is one that I can assure you this young cowboy will never miss again as history did repeat itself as he claimed the championship title for a second year in a row. The 27 year old PRCA tie-down roper earned a cool $6,097 payday for the win and moved him steadily up the world standings to chase his dream of one day making it to the WNFR. His win was a result of a 28.8-second time on three head underneath the lights at the CWF&R Outdoor Arena.
PRCA Timed Event Cowboy Brady Wakefield
Along with all of the great news coming from around the United States regarding the PRCA competitors we have to report some very sad news as well. We all know that during this time of year we all travel thousands of miles and make as many rodeos as possible. This last week on Sunday night, July 12th, PRCA timed event cowboy Brady Wakefield had just finished performing at the Heart Of The North Rodeo in Spooner, Wisconsin after making a career best run of 3.6 seconds and was involved in a horrific automobile accident that ultimately took him away from all of us way too early. Wakefield was driving on I-80 and lost control of his pickup around the Odessa interchange. The rear tire of his 2006 Dodge RAM 2500 blew out causing him to roll his pickup in the median and he was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger Jeff Hoier of Herman, NE was ejected during the roll over and as of this posting was listed in fair condition at a local hospital.
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