The 2015 edition of the time that the rodeo industry calls “Cowboy Christmas” has started and some of the top athletes in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association have taken complete advantage of the start of the run. This is the time of year that propels many contestants to be set up to be able to make an appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas coming up in December. Many rodeo professionals spend this time on the road and away from their families to have a chance at making their dreams come true. The Cowboy Christmas run includes 32 different rodeos with well over 3 Million dollars up for grabs so you can see why these rodeo superstars love this time of year and sacrifice time away for what they love to do.
PRCA Saddle Bronc Rider Cody DeMoss
Cody DeMoss came into the Cowboy Christmas run in the number one position in the world standings and felt confident coming into the first week of the treasured time. While DeMoss came in leading he did not slack off at all and ended up taking home the most money during the one week run that went from June 29th – July 5th while taking home a cool $22, 791 in prize money. Most of the money was won at two rodeos in Alberta, Canada, the Ponoka Stampede and the Airdrie ProRodeo bringing home $21,492.
PRCA World Champion Tie Down Roper Tuf Cooper
Fan favorite and rodeo legend Tuf Cooper was not far behind DeMoss as he set out for a long week of competitions and managed to come in just behind, in second place for money earned, with a nice total of $22,640. His Cowboy Christmas performance moved him from the sixth spot up to fourth in the Windom Weaponry World Standings and was awarded the top PRCA timed event performer for the second straight Cowboy Christmas season. Cooper is no stranger to winning a ton of money at big rodeos but really enjoys his run and winning a good chunk of cash during this week of competition. “It’s great to have a big week any week during the year, but to do it during Cowboy Christmas, our biggest week of the year, is really great.” Cooper went on to say, “The most important thing is having a positive attitude, and I went to all the big rodeos and I drew well, and things worked out.”
The Cowboy Christmas season is the time is the busiest time of year for all rodeo athletes, production staff, contractors and contracted acts and we wish nothing but the best of luck to everyone chasing the white lines and pounding the pavement. Go out there and chase your dreams, make a ton of money, be safe and make your way out to Las Vegas, Nevada to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!
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