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Top PRCA contestants headed for Deadwood’s Days of ’76

Courtesy photoFive days of Deadwood's Days of '76 rodeo begins Tuesday, July 26. The event is now in its 89th year.

DEADWOOD – The historic town of Deadwood will be buzzing with the names Brazile, Bail, Harris, Snedecor and many others next week as the annual Days of ’76 Rodeo returns. All total, more than 650 of the nation’s best cowboys and cowgirls will converge in the northern Black Hills community July 26-30, all vying for their share of the more than $170,000 purse.

Now in its 89th year, the Days of ’76 has brought the best-of-the-best to its historic rodeo arena. The Days of ’76 committee was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame earlier this month, and the rodeo has won the Small Rodeo of the Year Award from 1998-2001, and has taken home PRCA’s Medium Rodeo of the Year honors each year since 2004. These awards, voted on by the cowboys and cowgirls who compete, help bring the nation’s best to Deadwood. This year, Trevor Brazile, PRCA’s current top all-around cowboy in the world standings and the 2010 all-around, steer roping and team roping champion, will return to compete. Brazile, from Decatur, TX, will compete in steer roping, and will be joined by a host of other top all-around cowboys, including Josh Peek of Pueblo, CO, Landon McClaugherty of Tilden, TX and Cody Ohl of Hico, TX.

This year’s Days of ’76 Rodeo kicks-off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26 with PRCA steer roping, which will feature 19 of the top 20 steer roping leaders in current standings. This will include current world standing leaders Brazile and past world champions Scott Snedecor, Buster Record, Bryce Davis and Guy Allen. Allen, a Santa Anna, TX cowboy, has won Deadwood’s Days of ’76 three times and this year will be joined by a total of 82 other steer ropers, including tri-state area ropers J.R. Olson, Cody Taton, Coy Thompson, Jay Mattson, Jesse Tierney, Paul Tierney and Jay Pixley.

Slack begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 27 and will feature 8 of the top 20 PRCA cowboys in steer wrestling, four of the top 20 cowboys in tie-down roping and eight of the top 20 team roping teams. Steer wrestlers include Todd Suhn and Darrel Petry, both currently in the top five of the world standings.

Team ropers will be led by the current number one team in the world – Chad Masters and Jade Corkill. Past world champion Cody Ohl will lead the tie-down roping event. All of the timed event cowboys will compete again either in the July 27, 8 a.m. slack or the July 28, 29 or 30 Days of ’76 rodeo performances. Chris Harris of Itaska, TX and Agar, SD’s Joe Gunderson lead the list of bareback riding competitors.

In Deadwood’s Days of ’76 premiere event, saddle bronc riding, nine of the top 20 cowboys are entered, including Camp Crook, SD’s Jesse Bail and Quinn, SD’s J.J. Elshere, who’s a past NFR average winner. Joining them are fellow South Dakotans Cody Taton, from Newell, who is also in the top 20 for saddle bronc riders, and past world champions Chad Ferley and Jeff Willert.

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The bull riding will be led by past world champion and currently 2nd-ranked J.W. Harris of Mullin, TX. Ardie Maier from Timber Lake, SD joins Harris and a host of other top riders in the bull riding event.

In barrel racing, top racers will compete in Deadwood, including Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta, Tana Poppino of Big Cabin, OK and Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, TX. Third-ranked Lisa Lockhart from Oelrichs, SD and 8th-ranked Jill Moody of Letcher, SD will also race.

Virtually all of the top Badlands Circuit cowboys and cowgirls are also signed on to compete in Deadwood in order to qualify for the Circuit Finals, which will be held in October in Minot, ND.

Riding event cowboys at this year’s Days of ’76 Rodeo will compete on Burch rodeo horses and bulls well-known throughout the area for their rankness and ability to buck. Burch will be joined by Sutton Rodeos and Brookman-Highland Rodeo Company.

Visit http://www.daysof76.com or call 1-800-999-1876 for more information on Days events, or http://www.deadwood.com for information on Historic Deadwood. For rodeo tickets and lodging, call 1-800-838-BULL (2855) or 605-578-7702.

DEADWOOD – The historic town of Deadwood will be buzzing with the names Brazile, Bail, Harris, Snedecor and many others next week as the annual Days of ’76 Rodeo returns. All total, more than 650 of the nation’s best cowboys and cowgirls will converge in the northern Black Hills community July 26-30, all vying for their share of the more than $170,000 purse.

Now in its 89th year, the Days of ’76 has brought the best-of-the-best to its historic rodeo arena. The Days of ’76 committee was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame earlier this month, and the rodeo has won the Small Rodeo of the Year Award from 1998-2001, and has taken home PRCA’s Medium Rodeo of the Year honors each year since 2004. These awards, voted on by the cowboys and cowgirls who compete, help bring the nation’s best to Deadwood. This year, Trevor Brazile, PRCA’s current top all-around cowboy in the world standings and the 2010 all-around, steer roping and team roping champion, will return to compete. Brazile, from Decatur, TX, will compete in steer roping, and will be joined by a host of other top all-around cowboys, including Josh Peek of Pueblo, CO, Landon McClaugherty of Tilden, TX and Cody Ohl of Hico, TX.

This year’s Days of ’76 Rodeo kicks-off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26 with PRCA steer roping, which will feature 19 of the top 20 steer roping leaders in current standings. This will include current world standing leaders Brazile and past world champions Scott Snedecor, Buster Record, Bryce Davis and Guy Allen. Allen, a Santa Anna, TX cowboy, has won Deadwood’s Days of ’76 three times and this year will be joined by a total of 82 other steer ropers, including tri-state area ropers J.R. Olson, Cody Taton, Coy Thompson, Jay Mattson, Jesse Tierney, Paul Tierney and Jay Pixley.

Slack begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 27 and will feature 8 of the top 20 PRCA cowboys in steer wrestling, four of the top 20 cowboys in tie-down roping and eight of the top 20 team roping teams. Steer wrestlers include Todd Suhn and Darrel Petry, both currently in the top five of the world standings.

Team ropers will be led by the current number one team in the world – Chad Masters and Jade Corkill. Past world champion Cody Ohl will lead the tie-down roping event. All of the timed event cowboys will compete again either in the July 27, 8 a.m. slack or the July 28, 29 or 30 Days of ’76 rodeo performances. Chris Harris of Itaska, TX and Agar, SD’s Joe Gunderson lead the list of bareback riding competitors.

In Deadwood’s Days of ’76 premiere event, saddle bronc riding, nine of the top 20 cowboys are entered, including Camp Crook, SD’s Jesse Bail and Quinn, SD’s J.J. Elshere, who’s a past NFR average winner. Joining them are fellow South Dakotans Cody Taton, from Newell, who is also in the top 20 for saddle bronc riders, and past world champions Chad Ferley and Jeff Willert.

The bull riding will be led by past world champion and currently 2nd-ranked J.W. Harris of Mullin, TX. Ardie Maier from Timber Lake, SD joins Harris and a host of other top riders in the bull riding event.

In barrel racing, top racers will compete in Deadwood, including Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta, Tana Poppino of Big Cabin, OK and Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, TX. Third-ranked Lisa Lockhart from Oelrichs, SD and 8th-ranked Jill Moody of Letcher, SD will also race.

Virtually all of the top Badlands Circuit cowboys and cowgirls are also signed on to compete in Deadwood in order to qualify for the Circuit Finals, which will be held in October in Minot, ND.

Riding event cowboys at this year’s Days of ’76 Rodeo will compete on Burch rodeo horses and bulls well-known throughout the area for their rankness and ability to buck. Burch will be joined by Sutton Rodeos and Brookman-Highland Rodeo Company.

Visit http://www.daysof76.com or call 1-800-999-1876 for more information on Days events, or http://www.deadwood.com for information on Historic Deadwood. For rodeo tickets and lodging, call 1-800-838-BULL (2855) or 605-578-7702.

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