Live Animal Display Returns to ProRodeo Hall of Fame

by | May 24, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With support from Zoetis, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame has opened a live animal display again at the Hall where retired rodeo stock will be able to come to the Hall to live.

“Since I took over as Director of the Hall of Fame in September 2012, it has been one of my goals to bring back the rodeo livestock exhibit at the Hall,” said ProRodeo Hall of Fame Director Kent Sturman. “That day is finally here thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, Zoetis. This program is so important to the Hall of Fame, as it not only helps us meet our mission as an educational museum, but it will further educate our visitors about the PRCA’s animal welfare program and the amazing animal athletes who compete in our sport.”

The exhibit, which debuted May 21, is in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Zoetis Barn and will be open to the public (with handicapped accessibility) during regular museum hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week through August, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday in September.

The mission of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy is to educate the public about rodeo, its history and its impact on Western American culture.

According to Sturman, the live animal display will help the ProRodeo Hall of Fame educate the public on the sport of professional rodeo, specifically the animal athletes and the Hall’s animal welfare program.

“I am very pleased that we will once again have rodeo livestock on exhibit at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame,” said Cindy Schonholtz, PRCA Director of Industry Outreach. “The opportunity for the public to learn about the amazing athletes of rodeo is so important, and there is no better way than having champion bucking horses on site for visitors to view.”

This will be an annual exhibit each summer. In future years, stock contractors will be able to nominate their animals for consideration and a selection committee will determine which animals are selected to be here for the summer.

The exhibit includes signage that will not only tell the visitor which animals are on display, along with information about their rodeo careers, but also include educational information about rodeo livestock, its care and use and the PRCA’s animal welfare program. The animals will be on a routine feeding program, will receive regular exercise in the Priefert Arena on the Hall grounds, and will be routinely examined by a local large animal veterinarian.

This year, the exhibit includes two bucking horses from the Harry Vold Rodeo Company of Avondale, Colo. Vold is an 11-time PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year.

59 Dusty Dan
Born: May, 1991 – Mare
Sire: Kojack Dam: Dusty Gal
Ten appearances at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, in both saddle bronc and bareback riding
Multiple go-round wins at the WNFR
Best bareback horse at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo
Retired at the 2011 WNFR after Casey Colletti placed second in a round on her
She has raised two colts with 2010 Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year Painted Valley
She is bred again this year and will deliver a colt next spring*
Owned and raised by Harry Vold Rodeo Company

*Dani Girl – the two-year-old daughter of Dusty Dan and Painted Valley – will be here temporarily until her mother, Dusty Dan, can get here. Dusty Dan is currently at the vet’s getting bred.

022 Sheep Tick

Born: June, 1990 – Gelding
Sire: Kojack
Six Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearances in bareback riding
He won nearly every major rodeo in the United States between 1995-2011
Retired in 2011
Owned by Harry Vold Rodeo Company

Courtesy of PRCA