News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail, November 16

In order to reduce touch points between employees and guests at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at Globe Life Field, Dec. 3-12, in Arlington, Texas, and in accordance with Globe Life Field protocols, no bags will be permitted except for those that are carried for medical reasons or manufactured diaper bags that accompany infants and young children. No outside food is permitted inside the ballpark. No bag storage is available at the ballpark!

Tickets for the inaugural championship for breakaway roping – the Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping – are available for purchase.

The NFBR performances will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, at 10 a.m. (CT), Dec. 8-10 – the same arena used for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Cowgirls will compete for a record-setting $200,000 purse at this three-day event.

The prize package will also include the world champion gold buckle custom crafted by Montana Silversmiths, the world championship saddle created by Cactus Saddlery, a POLARIS Ranger utility vehicle, and other great prizes. For these contestants, the $200,000 payout is the largest purse ever offered for a breakaway roping competition sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

Breakaway roping is one of the hottest events sanctioned by the WPRA. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the WPRA have worked together for the last year to promote breakaway roping and grow the sport. In sharing the venue with the NFR, breakaway has earned an important place in the greatest event on ProRodeo’s calendar.

Tickets for the NFBR will range from $35 to $45 per seat and will sell in groups of four tickets for single performances.

PRCA CEO George Taylor was featured on The Gauge podcast on Oct. 27, to talk all things ProRodeo.

The Gauge, a Western sports and lifestyle podcast that embodies, highlights, and celebrates the Western way of life, can be found at

The podcast also can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn.

Other recent guests on The Gauge include ProRodeo Hall of Famer Cody Custer, reigning Tie-down Roping World Champion Haven Meged and six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo-qualifying tie-down ropers Shane Hanchey ( the 2013 world champion) and Marty Yates.

Tucson (Ariz.) Rodeo 2021 has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, organizers confirmed Nov. 12.

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros was scheduled for Feb. 20-28.

“With the amount of planning that goes into this event, we feel there is too much uncertainty to take the chance of continuing forward at this time,” said Mark Baird, Chairman of the Board, Tucson Rodeo.

In February 2020, the rodeo celebrated 95 years of history. The event is one of the biggest events in Tucson, bringing people from around the world to the Old Pueblo to watch the top cowboys and cowgirls compete.

The Tucson Rodeo Committee is planning for the return of the Tucson Rodeo, Feb. 19-27, 2022.

Courtesy of PRCA

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