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$200,000 up for grabs at Days of ’76 Rodeo in Deadwood

DEADWOOD, S.D. – More than 750 top rodeo stars will be in Deadwood next week, competing for more than $200,000 in prize money at the annual Days of ’76. This year’s event, July 23-27, will feature the largest Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) field in the Days’ 90-year history.

Celebrating 91 years in 2013, the Days of ’76 Rodeo remains a favorite stop on the PRCA circuit. The Deadwood event won the PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year Award from 1998-2001, and has taken home PRCA Medium Rodeo of the Year honors each year since 2004. The Days of ’76 committee was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame in 2011.

These awards, voted on by the cowboys and cowgirls who compete, help bring the nation’s best to Deadwood. The Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds will bustle with top rodeo talent beginning Tuesday, July 23, and continuing through Saturday, July 27.

This year, Trevor Brazile, the 2012 PRCA All-Around champion and current top all-around cowboy in the world standings, will return to compete. Brazile, from Decatur, Texas, will compete in steer roping, and will be joined by a host of other top all-around cowboys, including fellow current PRCA world standings leaders.

The Days of ’76 Rodeo starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, with PRCA steer roping, featuring all of the top 20 steer ropers in current standings. This will include current world standing leader Cody Lee, Brazile and past world champions Scott Snedecor, Buster Record, Rocky Patterson and Bryce Davis. Joining them will be more than 90 other steer ropers, including tri-state area ropers J.R. Olson, Ora Taton, Coy Thompson, Jesse Tierney, Paul Tierney and many other top Badlands Circuit ropers.

Slack begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 and will feature eight of the top 20 PRCA cowboys in steer wrestling, five of the top 20 cowboys in tie-down roping and seven of the top 20 team roping teams. Steer wrestlers include Casey Martin, who’s currently at the top of the leaderboard, and Todd Suhn and Dean Gorsuch, both currently in the top five of the world standings.

Tie-down ropers include past world champions Fred Whitfield and Stran Smith, and last year’s Days of ’76 Champion Dane Kissack, from Spearfish, S.D.

Leading the team ropers will be the current No. 2 team in the world – Kaleb Driggers and Travis Graves. All of the timed-event cowboys will compete again either in the July 24, 8 a.m. slack or the July 24, 25, 26 or 27 Days of ’76 rodeo performances. This year, the Days committee added another full rodeo performance on Wednesday, July 24. Performances will be held nightly at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27 along with the 7 p.m. show.

Deadwood’s Days of ’76 premiere event – saddle bronc riding – this year will feature 10 of the top 20 cowboys in the world, including Camp Crook, S.D.’s Jesse Bail and Quinn, S.D.’s J.J. Elshere, who is a past NFR average winner and currently 10th in the world. Joining them are fellow South Dakotans Cody Taton, from Newell, and Troy Crowser of Whitewood – who are also in the top 20 for saddle bronc riders. Other South Dakota bronc riders on the Days’ docket include Chad Ferley, this year’s Reno Rodeo Champion.

In bareback riding, world champion Kaycee Feild and Joe Gunderson of Agar, S.D., lead the list of competitors.

Bull riders will be led by past world champion and 5th-ranked J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas. NFR qualifier Ardie Maier from Timber Lake, S.D. joins Harris and a host of other top riders in bull riding.

In barrel racing, the top four in current PRCA standings will compete in Deadwood, including Arizona’s top-ranked Sherry Cervi, along with Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, and seventh-ranked Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, S.D. and 2012 World Champion Mary Walker from Ennis, Texas.

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, N.D.

Burch Rodeo horses and bulls, well-known throughout the area for their rankness and ability to buck, will supply the stock for the 2013 Days of ’76 rodeo’s riding events. Burch will be joined by Sutton Rodeos, Brookman-Highland Rodeo Company and Terry Walls Rodeo.

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.

91st Annual Days of ’76 Schedule of Events

Tuesday, July 23

10 a.m. PRCA Steer Roping

Wednesday, July 24

8 a.m. Timed Events Rodeo Slack

7 p.m. PRCA Rodeo – Military Appreciation Night

Thursday, July 25

8 a.m. Timed Events Rodeo Slack. WPRA Barrel Racing Slack following Timed Events Slack

7 p.m. PRCA Rodeo Performance

Friday, July 26 (Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day)

1:30 p.m. Deadwood Main Street – Historic Parade

7 p.m. PRCA Rodeo Performance

Saturday, July 27

10 a.m. Deadwood Main Street – Historic Parade

1:30 p.m. PRCA Rodeo Performance

7 p.m. PRCA Rodeo Performance.

For more information call Lee Harstad, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce at (605) 578-1876

–Days of ’76 Rodeo