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Inaugural Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo a resounding success

Bareback rider Chris Harris said he’d never been to New Jersey before April 1, when he was slated to ride at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo. Now, he says he can’t wait to go back.

The veteran Harris split the win in Atlantic City with 20-year-old permit-holder Tyler Pasour by riding Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s Buffalo Ridge for 84 points. But as happy as he was about the $3,071 that came with the shared title, Harris was even more excited about the energy of the fans and the rodeo’s potential.

“I walked out the front of the arena and down the Boardwalk, and never in my life have I seen so much enthusiasm out of fans,” Harris said. “They were all coming out of the doors, talking up a storm. I stopped and talked to a couple fans, and as far as I could tell, that was something that was so new to them – something they had never been a part of and something they had never seen. I kept listening as I walked back to my hotel, and I never heard a negative word.”

The event paid out a total of $90,439, and between a good purse, a good venue in Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall and a welcoming rodeo committee and fan base (a three-day total of 17,685 fans), Harris said he believes rodeo will only get bigger and better on the Boardwalk – and fast.

“The setting’s right to be not only a good rodeo, but to be one of the best rodeos we have in the association,” said Harris, a six-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. “I honestly believe that they’ll be sold out well in advance next year. Everybody we talked to, they were so excited to have us there and be a part of it.

“I think it’s a wonderful deal. I was excited to be a part of it, and I was really excited to win it. Going up there, I was happy just to see it and be a part of it, but to go up and win it, wow, that made it even better.”

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Janet Markowitz, the rodeo’s committee chair, said she is already looking forward to next year’s event, and she was quick to express her gratitude for the PRCA personnel who helped her make the inaugural event a success.

“The Barnes family was the best,” Markowitz said. “(Announcer) Bob Tallman was spectacular. (PRCA official) Butch Kirby was great; anything we wanted, he helped us out. Everybody was like that.

“I can’t imagine how it could ever be better, but I know next year is going to be 100 times better. This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Other winners from the inaugural Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo were steer wrestler Hardy Dymmek (4.4 seconds), team ropers Jason Tucker Jr. and Caleb Anderson (6.6 seconds), saddle bronc rider Ty Atchison (84 points on Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s Cat Power), tie-down roper Jeremiah Peek (9.9 seconds), bull rider and PRCA World Standings leader Shane Proctor (92 points on Jeff Robinson’s Thomas the Train) and barrel racer Kaley Bass (14.82 seconds).

Bareback rider Chris Harris said he’d never been to New Jersey before April 1, when he was slated to ride at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo. Now, he says he can’t wait to go back.

The veteran Harris split the win in Atlantic City with 20-year-old permit-holder Tyler Pasour by riding Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s Buffalo Ridge for 84 points. But as happy as he was about the $3,071 that came with the shared title, Harris was even more excited about the energy of the fans and the rodeo’s potential.

“I walked out the front of the arena and down the Boardwalk, and never in my life have I seen so much enthusiasm out of fans,” Harris said. “They were all coming out of the doors, talking up a storm. I stopped and talked to a couple fans, and as far as I could tell, that was something that was so new to them – something they had never been a part of and something they had never seen. I kept listening as I walked back to my hotel, and I never heard a negative word.”

The event paid out a total of $90,439, and between a good purse, a good venue in Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall and a welcoming rodeo committee and fan base (a three-day total of 17,685 fans), Harris said he believes rodeo will only get bigger and better on the Boardwalk – and fast.

“The setting’s right to be not only a good rodeo, but to be one of the best rodeos we have in the association,” said Harris, a six-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. “I honestly believe that they’ll be sold out well in advance next year. Everybody we talked to, they were so excited to have us there and be a part of it.

“I think it’s a wonderful deal. I was excited to be a part of it, and I was really excited to win it. Going up there, I was happy just to see it and be a part of it, but to go up and win it, wow, that made it even better.”

Janet Markowitz, the rodeo’s committee chair, said she is already looking forward to next year’s event, and she was quick to express her gratitude for the PRCA personnel who helped her make the inaugural event a success.

“The Barnes family was the best,” Markowitz said. “(Announcer) Bob Tallman was spectacular. (PRCA official) Butch Kirby was great; anything we wanted, he helped us out. Everybody was like that.

“I can’t imagine how it could ever be better, but I know next year is going to be 100 times better. This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Other winners from the inaugural Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo were steer wrestler Hardy Dymmek (4.4 seconds), team ropers Jason Tucker Jr. and Caleb Anderson (6.6 seconds), saddle bronc rider Ty Atchison (84 points on Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s Cat Power), tie-down roper Jeremiah Peek (9.9 seconds), bull rider and PRCA World Standings leader Shane Proctor (92 points on Jeff Robinson’s Thomas the Train) and barrel racer Kaley Bass (14.82 seconds).

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