Brazile leads PRCA contestants to Deadwood’s Days of ’76
DEADWOOD, SD – With entries now closed for the 87th annual Days of ’76 Rodeo, 540 top PRCA contestants will converge on Historic Deadwood to compete July 21-25, 2009. Trevor Brazile, PRCA’s current top all-around cowboy in the world standings and the 2008 all-around, steer roping and calf roping champion, will be at the Days of ’76 to compete. Brazile, from Decatur, TX, will compete in tie-down roping and team roping, and will be joined by a host of other top all-around cowboys, including Cash Myers of Athens, TX, Josh Peek of Pueblo, CO, Landon McClaugherty of Tilden, TX and Camp Crook, SD’s Jesse Bail.
This year’s Days of ’76 Rodeo kicks-off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, and the event will include 18 of the top 20 steer roping leaders in the current steer roping standings. This will include champions Brazile, 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 and Coy Thompson.
Slack begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 22 and will feature six of the top 20 PRCA cowboys in steer wrestling, five of the top 20 cowboys in tie-down roping and three of the top 20 team roping teams. The steer wrestlers will be led by 2006 World Champion Dean Gorsuch from Gering, NE, the team roping by 2007 world champion header Chad Masters of Clarksville, TN, and the tie down roping will be led by world champion Brazile, number seven on the list Adam Gray of Seymour, TX, and Peek. The 2008 world champion Stran Smith will also be in the mix. All of the timed event cowboys will compete again either in the July 23, 8 a.m. slack or the July 23, 24 or 25th Days of ’76 performances.
Clint Cannon of Waller, TX is the current leader in bareback riding, leading the list of competitors at the event. Number 3 on that list, Heath Ford of Greeley, CO, will also ride during the Days of ’76. South Dakota cowboys Scott Montague and Dustin Reeves are having a great year so far in bareback, and will attempt to ride their way into the top 20 during the Days.
In Deadwood’s Days of ’76 premiere event, saddle bronc riding, 13 of the top 20 cowboys are entered, including Billy Etbauer, a former South Dakotan now riding out of Edmond, OK. Bryce Miller, number 2 on the list out of Buffalo, SD, and J.J. Elshere of Quinn, SD, a past NFR average winner, and Dickinson, ND cowboy Dusty Hausauer, who is 5th on the list, will also ride in Deadwood. Joining them are Cody Taton, 13th on the list from Newell, SD, world champion Chad Ferley, currently 14th from Oelrichs, SD and Shaun Stroh from Dickinson, ND. Other popular cowboys competing in the saddle bronc include Jesse Bail of Camp Crook and Red Lemmell of Faith, SD.
The bull riding will be led by the number one leader in the standings, J.W. Harris of May, TX. He’ll be joined by 20 other bull riders including Bobby Welsh from Gillette, WY and Jesse Bail.
In barrel racing, two of the top three riders will compete in Deadwood, including Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta and Brittany Pharr of Victoria, TX. Jill Moody of Letcher, SD, who is ranked 10th, and Lisa Lockhart, in 11th and from Oelrichs, SD, will also compete.
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, Joe Simon Rodeo, Cervi Championship Rodeo and Brookman 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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