COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While rodeo’s biggest stars take center stage during the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev., PRCA permit holders will be competing across town in their own marquee event.
The 2014 PRCA Permit Holders of the Year Challenge is Dec. 4 from noon-2 p.m. (PT) at the South Point Equestrian Center.
“We are pleased to host an event for our up-and-coming rodeo stars,” PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman said. “This is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents and give them a taste of what it’s like to compete on the big stage in Las Vegas.”
For the last five years, the PRCA Roughstock Permit Holders of the Year Challenge was in Vegas, but that only included bareback riders, saddle bronc riders and bull riders. Now, the event has added steer wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping to the schedule.
The top five contestants, based on total money won while competing on their permits by the end of the 2014 season on Sept. 30, will be invited to compete for $21,000 in prize money.
The payout will be for five spots in each of the six events, including both headers and heelers in team roping. Contestants won’t have to pay an entry fee, and will be competing for various other prizes.
“This (event) is a little like Joe Namath – it is guaranteed to be a win – because of the people who are supporting it and the excitement the permit members are going to receive from it,” said John Barnes, who is on the PRCA Board of Directors as a stock contractor representative. “We’re going to showcase the best we have at the permit level in the PRCA.”
Courtesy of PRCA