COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) has named Rick Smith its Supervisor of Pro Officials.
“This is an exciting opportunity,” said Smith, a PRCA Gold Card member. “My heart is always with ProRodeo and the PRCA. It has given me everything I have got in life and now I have a chance to help out. I believe strongly in (PRCA’s CEO Tom Glause) and I’m going to do the best I can with the knowledge I have.”
Smith is slated to begin his new position Jan. 3.
“Rick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this job and I’m excited for him to assume this position,” PRCA CEO Tom Glause said.
For the last nine years, Smith has been the head rodeo coach at Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz. Prior to that he spent 17 years as the rodeo coach at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.
Smith worked his way up the rodeo ranks before joining the PRCA in 1974 competing in saddle bronc riding. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 1980-82 and in 1984 and 1986.
Smith finished a career-best ninth in the world standings in 1981 and 1982. Smith won prestigious rodeos like RodeoHouston, San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas. Smith retired from competing in 1989. Smith also was a ProRodeo judge in the early to mid 1990s.
“I judged the Calgary Stampede the first year it went to the $100,000 payoff and I also judged in Denver, and some of the bigger rodeos in the PRCA and that’s something I really enjoyed,” Smith said.
Smith and his wife, Lynn have two children, daughter, Jennifer, 30, and son, Will James, 17.
Lynn is a breakaway roper and a college coach at Cochise.
“I think I can bring a fresh view to officiating, and some new ideas,” Smith said.
Courtesy of PRCA