KISSIMMEE, Fla. (April 6, 2017) – It only took steer wrestler Dean McIntyre 4.1 seconds to do his job at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) on Thursday, far less time than it took for him and his family to get to Florida from their home in Wickenburg, Arizona.
McIntyre’s trip to the RNCFR actually started many years ago in Australia. He competed there as he was growing up, came to the U.S. and attended Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Then he moved to Arizona and has been competing at rodeos across the country. Many of those have been in the Turquoise Circuit which includes the states of Arizona and New Mexico.
His success at rodeos in those states earned him a trip to Florida to compete here and he is making the most of that. His 4.1 second run on Thursday gives him the lead in the first round of competition. That round will be complete at the second performance on Friday night.
McIntyre is in good position to get a paycheck in the round. He will compete in the second round on Saturday night. There are 26 steer wrestlers that have qualified for the RNCFR. Their times for the two rounds will be added together and the eight individuals with the fastest total will advance to Sunday’s semifinals.
At stake are national championships and $1 million in cash and prizes. For the first time, the money that is earned at the RNCFR counts in the world standings for the sanctioning organizations, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.