News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail, June 29

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, Westerner Park and the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce made the decision to postpone this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo until 2021.

With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 related health guidelines and the cancellation of many qualifying rodeos this summer, they determined the standard of excellence and quality of experience that fans and competitors expect from the Canadian Finals Rodeo would not be achievable this year.
CFR is a national championship rodeo, scheduled to run Nov. 3-8. The world-class rodeo consistently attracts the best contestants and stock in Canada and more than 43,000 attendees. The six-day event contributes an economic impact of about $37 million.
“The health, safety and protection of our athletes, animals and guests is always our top priority,” said Jeff Robson, General Manager of the CPRA. “During these uncertain times, and considering the pandemic, economic instability and reality of the extensive preparation that goes into a successful rodeo, we know it is the right decision to postpone this year’s event.”

The USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards is underway and rodeos are once again one of the categories. Contenders for the Best Rodeo, which launched earlier this month, include the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver, Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

To see the complete list of nominated rodeos go to

The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest.

Voting ends Monday, July 6, and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, July 17.

On May 15, The Cowboy Channel and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association launched the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel Plus App, which brings the most exciting PRORODEO streaming to fans’ fingertips.

The new and exciting app will also allow subscribers to stream The Cowboy Channel’s Western lifestyle content on any device, anytime, anywhere.

As the world’s destination for all things PRORODEO, the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel Plus App will keep fans up-to-date with their favorite PRCA rodeos and athletes, as well as provide behind-the-scenes access to livestreamed and on-demand PRCA rodeo events from around the country.

This weekend, fans can watch live coverage of the World’s OIdest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., June 29-July 5 on The Cowboy Channel and The Cowboy Channel Plus App. Rodeos also available on the Cowboy Channel Plus App this week are the Black Hills Roundup, Belle Fourche, S.D.; Cody (Wyo.) Stampede; Belton (Texas) CoC 4th of July Celebration & Rodeo; Sitting Bull Stampede, Mobridge, S.D., and the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo, Oakley City, Utah.

The content can be accessed via the mobile app (available on Android and iOS), as well as any browser, smart TV or device. Viewers will be able to enjoy free access to up-to-the-minute news, bios, rodeos and highlights. Those with a subscription will unlock premium content such as up to six simultaneous live rodeo feeds, classic PRCA archived rodeos, The Cowboy Channel video-on-demand programming, and the only place viewers can stream the National Finals Rodeo.

The Cowboy Channel Plus App is available for only $9.99 a month or save up to 25% and purchase the whole year for $89.99. To sign up for the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus app, visit

Courtesy of PRCA