PRCA Championship Rodeo

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The world's most dangerous sport is coming to the Mid-America Center Friday, January 13th and Saturday, January 14th, 7:30PM each night! Witness the original extreme sport as top professional contestants from across the nation compete against the rankest head slammin', bone jammin' bronc's and bulls on the roughest playing field in America.

Capture the thrills and enthusiasm created by America's original extreme sport and ride along with us on this exciting venture. Now in its 65th year, the ProRodeo Sports News (PSN) delivers a host of active lifestyle consumers - the fans of professional rodeo. As the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world, the PRCA proudly supports youth rodeo with educational camps and financial assistance to young standouts preparing to enter the professional ranks, as well as supporting allied organizations such as Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Miss Rodeo America, the American Quarter Horse Association and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. The PRCA crowns eight world titlists; each receives a gold buckle and a specially crafted trophy saddle.

Annually, the PRCA sanctions about 600 of the most elite multiple-event rodeos on the continent, in 38 states and three or four Canadian provinces - the cream of the crop among thousands of rodeo related events that take place each year in North America. More than 35 million people identify themselves as fans of ProRodeo, and many of them attend PRCA-sanctioned rodeos around the country annually. According to the Sports Business Daily, rodeo is seventh in overall attendance for major sporting events, ahead of golf and tennis.

All PRCA rodeo events involve livestock, and the care of those animals falls to the stock contractors who buy or breed them, raise them, feed them, watch over them, provide medical care when necessary and transport them safely between rodeos and their home pastures. During the timed events, each judge has a different role; during the rough stock events, the judges are on opposite sides of the cowboy and animal, watching for the cowboy's control of the ride and how well his timing is synced with the animal's bucking motion, among other scored aspects of a ride that can be different on the two sides. The non-contestant personnel working a rodeo include the bullfighters, who help bull riders escape from powerful rodeo bulls; the barrelmen, clowns and specialty acts, who entertain the crowds; pickup men, who help bareback and saddle bronc riders dismount, then prepare and assist bucking stock to leave the arena; announcers, who call the action; arena secretaries, who handle extensive administrative duties; and timers, who operate the clocks for the timed and roughstock events. Many PRCA rodeos are broadly involved in their communities in both service and fund-raising areas. PRCA-sanctioned rodeos annually raise more than $16 million for local and national charities, from college scholarships for local students to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign against breast cancer.

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