Round-Up: ProRodeo Tour Finale, CFR's $37M Impact, All-Around Hands

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.

EventNameTotal Earnings
BarebackClayton Biglow$8,951.00
Steer WrestlingHunter Cure$9,048.00
Team RopingBrenten Hall/Chase Tryan$9,279.00
Saddle BroncStetson Wright$10,701.00
Tie-Down RopingHaven Meged$10,266.00
Barrel RacingIvy Conrado$10,488.00
Bull RidingJordan 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. 

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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:


Weekend Round-Up: The Impact Of The Pendleton Round-Up

The Pendleton Round-Up is a crucial rodeo this time of year for competitors hoping to make a last-chance push for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It’s also extremely unique in that cowboys and cowgirls are competing on–not dirt–but grass. 

Full Replays: Watch The PBR Lockney Mini Bulls Again

Bulls of a... smaller stature descended upon Lockney, Texas, last weekend for the PBR's Mini Bulls competition. Watch full replays of the three-round competition on September 13-14, 2019.

Breaking News: WCRA Announces $1 Million Bonus For Triple Crown Winners

“I know a lot of people are going to say that it can’t be done, and it’s going to be too hard, but it can be… you never know unless you try.” – Michelle Darling

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Queen of The Keslers: Stock Contractor Matriarch Liz Kesler Passes Away

Liz Kesler, the matriarch of the Kesler stock contracting family, passed away on September 7, 2019. A huge contributor to the sport of rodeo as a timer, secretary, fundraiser, and a part of an award-winning stock contracting family, the sport of rodeo will miss this influential woman. 

Congratulations To The 2019 Finning Pro Tour Champions

The official tally has been made, and that means we can crown the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association's 2019 Finning Pro Tour Champions. With the CPRA's update of the Finning Pro Tour standings, we can now officially name the champions who battled it out at the biggest — and toughest — rodeos in Canada and emerged.

VS Outbreak In Wyoming Delays Big Sky College Rodeo

The first event of the 2019 Northwest College Rodeo season has been delayed after two cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) were confirmed in the Powell area. 

Round-Up: 3 Armstrong Titles, O'Connell Claws Back, CPRA Breakaway Roping?

In this week's round-up: Armstrong handed out three crucial titles over the weekend, Tim O'Connell has been clawing his way back into contention for a fourth world title, and the CPRA is considering adding another ladies event to their roster in 2020.

One Final Shot: Competitors Head To Finning Pro Tour Finals Tonight

The draw is set for the finale of the 2019 Finning Pro Tour where competitors will have one more shot to earn points to go towards the tour championship. On top of those points, there is also $12,000 up for grabs - that's $4,800 for first place in each event - that will go towards the Canadian Finals Rodeo standings, making this one-day competition a potential game-changer for CPRA competitors hoping to move into the top 12 or fighting for the season leader position in Canada.