There is an award that has been given out to very deserving people ever since its conception in 2011. The PRCA Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award is a very coveted award that is being given to a very well-known and respected member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association, PRCA, during the ceremony happening at the South Point Hotel and Casino the December as we kick off the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with the awards ceremony December 2nd.
Cotton Rosser was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame back in 1995 and has continued to do many great things for the sport of professional rodeo and all those involved in it. From being named Stock Contractor of the Year in 2985 to being a longtime and very active member of the PRCA Board of Directors he has had his had his hands in some very influential happenings within the sport. He has provided fantastic bucking stock for many years at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and is greatly respected and known for his energetic and explosive opening ceremonies throughout the years.
Rosser who not only was a great rodeo athlete in his day, who started his rodeo career as a teenager, continued his success as a collegiate rodeo member at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Today, at 87, he looks back to one of his biggest career highlights which was winning the all around championship title in 1951 at the Grand National Rodeo in San Francisco.
Five years later Rosser bought the Flying U Rodeo Ranch which he still owns today. He has the distinction of owning and operating the oldest livestock company in the U.S. that still produces over 50 rodeos each year. Along with that commitment he still manages to find the time to operate a very successful bucking horse breeding program as well. All of us here at the Rodeo Round Up would like to congratulate Cotton Rosser on a job job well done and a much deserved award!
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