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 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:

Who Will Leave Round One Of the 2019 NFR As The World Standings Leader?

There's a long 10 days ahead in Vegas, and the race for No. 1 could change in an instant, but we wanted to figure out just how instantly the lead could change in each of the world title races before round one kicks off tonight.

BREAKING: PRCA Announces Creation Of Jr. Rodeo Association & New Jr. NFR

The PRCA announced the creation of their Jr. Rodeo Association in a press release today that will see the next generation of world champions spotlighted at their own Jr. NFR. Young rodeo athletes aged 8-19 are being offered the chance to compete at Jr. Rodeo Association events, learn from the pro’s at clinics, receive accident insurance, and more under the PRCA’s new youth initiative.

NEW EVENTS ADDED: All In Barrels & Breakaway, World Series, LIVE With Lucia

Las Vegas, Nevada is taken over every December with cowboy hats, boots, and gold buckles. With many events going on around the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, we’re giving you a chance to get your fill of the team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and talk show action going on in Vegas this year!

How Jeremy Buhler Went From World Series Winner To World Champion

In 2009 a pair of fairly-unknown brothers from Canada traveled to the World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas, Nevada and proceeded to turn the heads of everyone in the team roping world by dominating what was, at the time, the largest-paying No. 13 roping in history. 

Technique Tuesday: Learn From 2019 National Finals Rodeo Qualifiers

On this edition of Technique Tuesday, learn from the best of the best in 2019 with telestrations from this year's National Finals Rodeo qualifiers.

Sixty Memorable Moments From The 60th National Finals Rodeo

Ten rounds, 120 competitors, ten million dollars, countless memorable moments. 

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Celebrating Trevor Brazile's 25th World Title

In celebration of Trevor Brazile’s 25th world title win – captured last weekend at the National Steer Roping Finals in Mulvane, Kansas – we’re taking a walk down memory lane to relive all 25 of his world titles along his 20-plus-year career in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

One The Greatest Moments Of A Rodeo Competitor's Life

It's that moment when you realize all of the preparation, all of the hours spent in the practice pen, all of the miles, the money, the time away from home, and the sacrifice you've made, was worth it. For nine professional rodeo competitors trying to make a living on the rodeo trail last year, that moment is when they were announced as the 2019 World Champions.

Maple Leaf Circuit Opens New Opportunity For CPRA Members & Committees

Cassidy: No. 1 Steer Wrestler

The addition of the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals is not just another rodeo for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA).

BREAKING: WCRA Extends $1M Opportunity To Youth Athletes

The World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) announced in a press release today the creation of their Youth Division that will give young competitors the opportunity to not only compete in their own league, but also have a chance to qualify for the $1 Million Major events. Starting December 2, 2019 youth aged 13 and up competing in girls breakaway roping, barrel racing, team roping heading and heeling, tie-down roping, and steer wrestling can begin to nominate rodeos in the Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) through Division Youth (DY).