ERA partners with MCR to launch 2016 qualifying series
Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) announced a partnership April 14, with the historic Mesquite Championship Rodeo (MCR), which will give rodeo athletes an opportunity to earn a spot on the 2016 World Championship Roster. The 2016 ERA Qualifying Series at the MCR Arena will take place every Saturday night July 2 through Oct. 1 and features a win to advance format familiar to many sports fans.
“We want the ERA to be about the very best talent, so we designed the 2016 qualifying system so that all rodeo athletes have a way to earn a place at the World Championship based on their ability,” said Ryan Motes, ERA Athlete and Qualifying System Committee member.
Brady Wilson, MCR Corporate Sales Director said, “Mesquite Championship Rodeo is excited to do our part in writing history with the ERA. For 59 years, fans have been coming to Mesquite to see both the Legends and Rookies make their mark in Professional Rodeo. Many of the cowboys and cowgirls currently on tour with the ERA got their start at Mesquite, and we look forward to watching the next generation of competitors pursue the title of Elite Rodeo Athlete.”
In 2016, two qualifying contestants in each discipline will advance from Mesquite and go up against the ERA Premier Tour seeded athletes to vie for a 3 million dollar purse during the 5-day World Championship event in Dallas at The American Airlines Center, November 9-13, 2016.
Prize money isn’t the only thing they will be battling for at the ERA World Championship. Athletes finishing in the top 7 of the 2016 ERA World Standings, will secure a position on the 2017 ERA Premier Tour. Any contestants that find themselves outside the top 7 in the 2016 ERA World Standings will “fall off” and have the ability to rise again through the 2017 ERA Qualifying Series.
Much like in other professional sports, the 2016 ERA Qualifying Series and the ERA Premier Tour will be point based, with heavier point values associated with winning at a higher level of competition.
The 2016 ERA Qualifying Series at MCR will consist of a bracketed format where athletes will advance through a series of events over the 14-week schedule.
SERIES A, B, C – July 2 – Aug. 27
The first nine weeks is divided into three separate qualifying series. For timed event entries, there will be an open tryout (slack) held for each series (A, B and C), where the top 24 athletes in each discipline will advance to one of the three performances within that particular series. Rough stock entries will be filled by preference for the three performances within each series. Eight athletes in each discipline will compete in one of the three performances within that series (A, B and C). The top 3 athletes (from each discipline, performance, and from each series) will advance to the semifinals.
SEMIFINALS – Sept. 2 – 24
A total of nine athletes will compete in one of four performances during the four-week ERA Qualifying Series Semifinals. The top 2 athletes (from each discipline, performance, and from each Semifinals) will advance to the ERA Qualifying Series Finals.
ERA QUALIFYING SERIES FINALS
A total of eight athletes will compete in the two-round ERA Qualifying Series Finals at MCR on Oct. 1-2, 2016. The top 2 athletes from the ERA Qualifying Series Finals will join the ERA Roster for the $3 Million Dollar purse at the ERA World Championship in Dallas, Texas November 9-13, 2016 which will be televised LIVE on FOX Sports 2.
–Elite Rodeo Athletes