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Pot of gold at end of rodeo rainbow

Oelrichs, S.D. cowgirl Lisa Lockhart will represent the Badlands Circuit at the 2015 Ram National Circuit Finals in Kissimmee, Fla. in March. The PRCA’s circuits and its national circuit finals is benefitting from increased added money. Photo by Peggy Gander
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Minot, N.D. (January 28, 2015) – The pot at the end of the rodeo rainbow just got more lucrative.

With the move of the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo to Kissimmee, Florida, in March, the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association has increased the purse money for each of the PRCA’s twelve circuits.

For the Badlands Circuit Finals, which takes place every October in Minot, N.D., the purse money will increase by over fifty percent. In 2014, a cowboy earned $1,096 for winning each performance. This year, the same cowboy will win about $1,700, and the total payout for the entire rodeo will jump from $131,578 to approximately $200,000.



For the rodeo world, it’ll bring about some changes. Contestants’ payouts will be bigger, and it will bring more players to the game. “I’ve talked to some people who have bought their (PRCA) cards this year, who haven’t in the past,” says team roper and Piedmont, S.D. resident Paul Griemsman. “It’s got more people rodeoing because it’s going to pay so much more.”

And because there will be more contestants competing, the payout will be larger as well, due to more entry fees in the pot.



Griemsman also thinks it will improve competition. “The level of competition will be higher. I talked to (world champion team roper) Bobby Harris the other day, and he’s planning on getting to more rodeos (in the circuit.) Competition will be better because rodeos will pay more and get some guys who aren’t rodeoing to rodeo.”

Griemsman, who got his PRCA card in 1996, has qualified for the Badlands Circuit Finals and Mountain States Circuit Finals about seven times, combined.

In addition to increasing the purse money for the nation’s twelve circuits, the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, to which the champions from each circuit qualify to compete, has been moved to Kissimmee, Florida, from Oklahoma. The purse for the RNCFR has been increased to nearly $950,000, according to Karl Stressman, PRCA Commissioner. This year’s RNCFR is March 25-28.


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