In this week's FloRodeo Weekend Round-Up, the end of the season draws even closer and we highlight those who capitalized on the PRCA's ProRodeo Tour Finale. We talk dollars for the city of Red Deer and the impact of the Canadian Finals Rodeo, as well as a pair of roughstock competitors showing their all-around skills at Pendleton.
Making Every Last Dollar Count: The ProRodeo Tour Finale
At a time of year where tensions are high and rodeo counts are running low, it’s important to make every dollar count, especially at the few big payday events left on the PRCA’s season calendar. Several contestants followed that advice at the 2019 Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo in Puyallup, Washington – also known as the ProRodeo Tour Finale.
“Every win counts, but this is one of the bigger rodeos, and it means a lot to win against all these guys,” Meged said to Matt Naber in the ProRodeo.com press release.
By “these guys,” Meged means the top 24 cowboys from the 54 ProRodeo Tour season events who all competed in rounds one and two, then were reduced to an eight-man competition, and then four to compete for the ProRodeo Tour title.
Only three weekends of competition remain in the PRCA regular-season, and you can bet the winners of the ProRodeo Tour Finale will sleep a little easier… at least until next weekend.
|Steer Wrestling||Hunter Cure||$9,048.00|
|Team Roping||Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan||$9,279.00|
|Saddle Bronc||Stetson Wright||$10,701.00|
|Tie-Down Roping||Haven Meged||$10,266.00|
|Barrel Racing||Ivy Conrado||$10,488.00|
|Bull Riding||Jordan Hansen||$18,203.00|
Canadian Finals Rodeo Had Estimated $37 Million Economic Impact In 2018
A press conference in Red Deer last week caught up with the many parties involved in preparing the second edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer. The Alberta city kicked off its first of a 10-year deal in Red Deer last year, with greater success for the city than originally predicted.
Alberta Tourism reported an estimated $20-25 million impact to the economy back in August of 2018, before the inaugural appearance of the event in Red Deer.
“Our government’s support of the CFR in Red Deer will help spur growth in rural tourism, build strong local economies, and make life better for families living in central Alberta,” said Ricardo Miranda in an Alberta Culture and Tourism press release.
After the event, CEO Of the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce Rich More echoes those statements, but with an even larger estimated number of $37 million in 2018, with a potential increase in 2019.
“It’s going to be bigger this year,” said More in Tim Ellis’ Ram Rodeo Report. "You know, you take that [the impact of CFR] away from what happened last year for the businesses – you know, they were suffering, it’s tough and recession talks, and you take that $37 million out it would have been even worse.”
Thurston & Benton Show All-Around Skills At Pendleton
We loved watching 2016 World Champion Saddle Bronc rider Zeke Thurston and five-time NFR bull riding qualifier Trey Benton III make a heck of a run in the team roping at the Pendleton Round-Up, and we hope you do too: