Plenty on the line: Lull between Playoff events doesn’t mean lack of drama
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Last weekend, the long-anticipated Ariat Playoffs got under way with the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo. Even with two weeks until the next event in Puyallup, Wash., there’s no shortage of action as the regular season steams into its final month of action.
A total of 26 PRCA-sanctioned rodeos from Pennsylvania to the West Coast highlight the week ahead, with most of the action focusing on two small towns in Washington separated by some four hours, another in a coastal valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean in southern California and one in the scenic Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
Washington plays host to the Kitsap County Fair and Rodeo and Horse Heaven Roundup in Bremerton and Kennewick, respectively. Both events start Aug. 20 and end Aug. 23. Bremerton also plays host to the next installment of the Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour, presented by B&W Trailer Hitches. The top 40 bull riders will go up against ProRodeo’s top bulls, starting at 1 p.m. (PT) Aug. 24. Each rider will compete for part of the $40,000 purse and placement in the Xtreme Bulls rankings. Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour earnings count toward the world standings, which determines qualifiers for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas.
Bremerton offers $8,500 added money per event in its four-performance rodeo, which begins each day at 7 p.m. Powder River Rodeo, LLC is the primary stock contractor, while Korkow Rodeos, D&H Cattle, Growney Brothers and Western Rodeos also are supplying livestock for the rodeo.
Kennewick also has four performances, starting at 7:25 p.m. each day, and offers $7,500 added money in each event. Flying Five Rodeo Company and Big Bend Rodeo Company are bringing their world-class livestock to the rodeo.
In just seven years, the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., has become one of the PRCA’s best. The rodeo, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, is ProRodeo’s biggest two-day rodeo, offering $20,000 in added money in each event. The rodeo starts Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. PT and ends Aug. 24 with a 1:30 p.m. performance
The Colorado State Fair in Pueblo continues this week with daily performances at 7 p.m. MT. The rodeo, which offers $7,500 of added money in each event, starts Aug. 22 and continues with the fifth and final performance on Aug. 26.