Courtesy Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo
SALT LAKE CITY – Gold has long been reserved for December in rodeo with the focus on the Gold Buckle, but now thanks to the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo, contestants will have the opportunity to compete for a Gold Medal and a share of $1 Million in July. A Gold Medal win in July in Salt Lake City, Utah, could propel a cowgirl to a Gold Buckle in Las Vegas in December.
The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-22 and 24, will take place at the all-new, $16 million, state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena currently under construction at the Utah State Fair Park. The venue—an outdoor arena located in the heart of Salt Lake City—is due for completion by July 1, and features 10,000 stadium-style seats.
“Days of ’47 is excited to once again partner with the PRCA and WPRA, offering cowboys and cowgirls a chance at a share of $1 million,” said President and CEO of Days of ’47 Rodeo Dan Shaw. “This exciting new format, at our brand-new stadium, will bring a fresh approach to the sport, and greater financial opportunities to the rodeo athletes.”
A total of 32 contestants each in bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding, along with 32 teams in the team roping will earn the right to compete in the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo.
The top 10 contestants in the PRCA and the WPRA world standings, the leaders from each of the 12 national PRCA/WPRA circuits and the leading Rookie of the Year in each discipline, as of July 5 will qualify for the semifinals, along with the winners from the 2017 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR). These qualifiers will be split into three groups of eight and compete in one of the first three performances July 19-21. Four of remaining eight contestants in each event will be qualified by the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo Trial Events being held across the nation this April –July (for detailed information on how to qualify visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com/rodeo/). The final four will qualify through a Barrel Racing Qualifier on July 16 in West Jordan, Utah. More information will be available at www.wpra.com on this event. These individuals will compete in the fourth performance on July 22. All performances will begin at 7 p.m.
The top two in each discipline from each day will advance to the Gold Medal Round on July 24. The Gold Medal Round, featuring the top eight in each discipline, will compete in a sudden-death format with the winner collecting a Gold Medal and $50,000 cash that will count towards the PRCA and WPRA world standings that determine Wrangler NFR qualifiers and world champions.
For only the third time in the history of the PRCA/WPRA cowboys and cowgirls will have an opportunity to compete for Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals. The previous two times were in conjunction with the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary (1988) and Salt Lake City (2002), when rodeo was part of the Cultural Olympiad. The medals that will be awarded at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will be produced by OC Tanner, the same company that made the Olympic medals for the champions of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
The July 24th Gold Medal Round will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
Tickets are currently on sale at smithstix.com. For more information on the event visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com
Days of ’47 Cowboy Games Qualifying Trial Events – Barrel Racing only
Schedule as of April 24, 2017
|Franklin (TN) Rodeo||May 18-20|
|Rowell Ranch Pro Rodeo (Hayward, CA)||May 20-21|
|Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, KS)||May 25-27|
|Pony Express Rodeo (Eagle Mountain, UT)||May 26-27 & 29|
|Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, AR)||May 29-June 3|
|74th Annual Santa Maria (CA) Elks Rodeo and Parade||June 1-4|
|Fort Herriman (UT) PRCA Rodeo||June 2-3|
|Days of the Old West Rodeo (Delta, UT)||June 8-10|
|Gladewater (TX) Round-up Rodeo||June 8-10|
|Cedar City (UT) PRCA Rodeo||June 9-10|
|Sisters (OR) Rodeo||June 9-11|
|West of the Pecos (TX) Rodeo||June 21-24|
|Lehi (UT) Round-Up Rodeo||June 22-24|
|Edgewood (IA) Pro Rodeo Days||June 22-24|
|Crystal Springs Rodeo (Clear Lake, SD)||June 22-24|
|World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, AZ)||June 28-July 4|
|Mid-Western Rodeo (Manawa, WI)||June 29-July 1|
|Oakley Rodeo and 4th of July Celebration (Oakley City, UT)||June 30-July 1, 3-4|
|98th Black Hills Roundup (Belle Fourche, SD)||July 1-4|
|Annual Fourth of July Celebration & PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, AZ)||July 2-4|
|Home of Champions Rodeo (Red Lodge, MT)||July 2-4|
|Killdeer Mountain Roundup PRCA Rodeo (Killdeer, ND)||July 3-4|
Courtesy of WPRA