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Utah Wins Bareback Riding at RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

Caleb Bennett from Tremonton won the first round of competition at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo with this 87-point ride on United Pro Rodeo’s horse named War Party. PRCA photo by Ric Anderson.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (April 7, 2017) – Friday night at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) was a great one for bareback rider Caleb Bennett from Tremonton, Utah.

Bennett, who qualified as the year-end champion in the Wilderness Circuit rode United Pro Rodeo’s horse named War Party for 87 points to win the first round. That ride netted the five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

(NFR) qualifier $6,254. The money that he earns here will count towards the world standings for the first time in the 30-year history of the RNCFR.

That is extremely important for all of the contestants here, but especially for Bennett who is currently 18th in the standings. He needs to move into the top 15 and stay there until the end of September to qualify for rodeo’s second championship event of the year, the NFR.

The contestants will have their second round of competition here on Saturday, either during the matinee or evening performance. The scores and times will be added together and the eight with the highest total score or fastest total time will advance to Sunday afternoon’s rodeo.

At the conclusion of Sunday’s rodeo, champions in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding and bull riding will be awarded as well as an all-around champion who is competing in more than one event. The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association will also crown a barrel racing champion.