News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail, October 19

The credential process for the 62nd annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is now open.

In an effort to make the media credential application process easier, the PRCA has created an online form. All credential applications are to be submitted through the form.

The deadline for submitting media credentials applications and mugshots is Nov. 15.

Credentials will be distributed to media from recognized daily newspapers, wire services, magazines that regularly cover rodeo, and national and local news networks (radio/TV).

Freelance writers and photographers will receive credentials if only on assignment (with verification) for a publication or media outlet that meets the criteria and is providing timely first-hand editorial coverage of the Wrangler NFR. The Wrangler NFR reserves the right to request proof of prior rodeo and Wrangler NFR coverage.

The link to complete media credential application forms is below:

2020 Wrangler NFR Media Credential Application

The executive committee of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (FWSSR) voted unanimously Oct. 8, to cancel the 2021 Show scheduled for Jan. 15 through Feb. 6, according to a news release from the show.

“This is a heartbreaking decision for our leadership and was not made lightly,” said Stock Show President and General Manager Brad Barnes in a news release.

More than 30,000 animals are typically exhibited in addition to about 2,300 participants in the art contest, judging contests, rodeos, and other competitions and exhibitions. Each event and competition – including the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament – represents what’s unique and important for every participant and guest.

Consequently, the decision was made to cancel all FWSSR events and features.

Daily Stock Show attendance can exceed 140,000 people that crowd into buildings at the Will Rogers Memorial Center to see livestock, shop, dine, enjoy the carnival-midway and petting zoo as well as watch the many shows and competitions.

The only other time the Stock Show was canceled was in 1943, near the height of World War II.

A scholarship has been established for late bull rider Rowdy Lee Swanson. The family of Swanson has worked with the Oklahoma State University Foundation to establish an online giving option for a scholarship fund in memory of him.

Swanson passed away Sept. 17 following injuries sustained that night while competing at the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association’s PRCA Pro Rodeo in Mineral Wells, Texas. Swanson was 20. He was a PRCA permit holder from Duncan, Okla.

Swanson was a member of the OSU rodeo team in Stillwater, and the junior was studying animal sciences.

Those wishing to donate to the fund can go to:

Courtesy of PRCA

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