End of the road: Dodge City marks final Tour stop
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The final stop of the 2008 Wrangler ProRodeo Tour is this weekend at the Dodge City (KS) Roundup Rodeo. The event, marking its fourth consecutive year on the Wrangler Tour, gets under way on July 30 with the first of five daily performances at 7:45 p.m. CT at the Dodge City Roundup Arena and concludes with the final round on Aug. 3.
The rodeo in southwestern Kansas, about a three-hour drive west of Wichita, has been honored by the PRCA nine times – as the Rodeo Committee of the Year in 1985-90, as the Outdoor Rodeo Committee of the Year in 1991-92 and the Large Outdoor Rodeo Committee of the Year in 2001.
Dodge City, stop No. 26 on the Tour that started in January in Odessa, TX, gives contestants their last shot at qualifying for the Ariat Playoff Series, which starts in Caldwell, ID, Aug. 12-16. At the conclusion of the Dodge City’s final round on Aug. 3, the top 35 contestants (35 teams in team roping) in total Tour points and the “Wild Card,” event champions from the 2008 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, will move on to the first Ariat Playoff series event in Caldwell, ID. Fox Sports Network and CBS are scheduled to televise the Ariat playoff series.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor Harry Vold of Harry Vold Rodeo Company is once again providing his award-winning livestock to the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo. Several of his bucking horses are annually selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, such as bareback broncs Dippin’ Dusty Dan and I’m a Tiger; and saddle broncs Sun Devil, Storm Burn and Smokeless Big Valley.