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HomeTrainingHealthGearBarnRodeoOn TrailVehiclesVideos 2009 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour blogs: Rodeo Blog Jan 19, 2009By Bob Welch

As the PRCA continues to tweak their tour system, they're-in myopinion-getting some things right. My biggest complaint with lastyear's version was the cowboys could only count the earnings fromsome of the tour rodeos and they had to determine which ones theywould count prior to entering. For one, this was tough on thecowboys, for another, it defeated the purpose of a Tour where thebest guys are always at the best rodeos.

For instance, if Speed Williams decided not to count, say Guymon,since it pays less than some of the other Tour rodeos, then hemight not go. Then Guymon suffers because Speed's not in the draw.Now, all money won at Gold and Silver rodeos (there are two levelsbased on added money) will be combined for the 2009 WranglerProRodeo Million Dollar Tour Standings.

Another change is the playoffs. Now, only Puyallup and Omaha willbe playoff rodeos. Caldwell and Dallas are out and I don't knowanything about the decision-making process there.

Interesting changes, that's for sure. I like the money countchanges and not sure what to think of the playoff changes. What doyou think?

Here's a list of the 2009 Tour Rodeos.

San Antonio, TX?
Austin, TX?
Reno, NV
St. Paul, OR ?
Cody, WY ?
Salinas, CA?
Cheyenne, WY?
Ellensburg, WA

Rapid City, SD?
Redding, CA?
Prescott, AZ?
Colorado Springs, CO?
Dodge City, KS?
Sikeston, MO?
Lovington, NM?
Hermiston, OR?
Bremerton, WA

Add Comment Submitted by Guthrie Packard, Jr. (not verified) on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 00:00.

Mr. Welch, My concern with the money-counting decisions made by PRCA the last few years, is they are almost all based on a rich-get-richer philosophy. If someone does well in San Antonio and Houston, they are almost guaranteed the trip to Vegas. Now these rodeos encourage the same thing. My feeling is the weekend warriors do not get the same encouragement to go down the road to earn money. For what ever it's worth!

Add Comment Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 00:00.

I wish the rodeo would come to the east coast. The bull riders come but I would much rather see a real rodeo.

Add Comment Submitted by Jorge Luis (not verified) on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 00:00.

Hi, could you let me know how can I buy tickets for the final event of this tour, I would like to take my grandfather to that event because I am sure he will enoy it ( he is 80 years old ) . In my country ( Costa Rica ) we don't have that kind of shows, and the only information that I have is what I can see on ESPN....sorry for take your time but is litle hard to find this kind on information on the wed and I hope you could help me. Regards!!

PS. my e-mail is for my english

Add Comment Submitted by Bob Welch (not verified) on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 00:00.

Hey Guys,

Thanks for responding to the blog. Mr. Packard, I definitely see your point, however, I personally feel that if rodeo is going to succeed, it needs consistent, marketable stars. So yes, the rich need to get richer, in my opinion, for the sport to thrive. That said, there needs to be good opportunities for youngsters to break into the ranks and I think there are. Taos Muncy, a rookie, won the saddle bronc riding in 2007. Plus the Heartland and Circuit systems--to a degree--encourage weekend warrior participation. One thing that I think definitely needs to be addressed, however, is as an elite, exclusive tour becomes more developed the top guys in that tour need to be restricted from entering the circuit/Heartland series. My two cents, but thanks for the comments.

Regarding the post about rodeo on the East coast, I agree. It would be very cool if our top cowboys were out there competing. If you're not already aware of it, there is a First Frontier Circuit and there are numerous rodeos in Cowtown, N.J. and Shawnee, Pa.

Finally, Jorge, as for tickets to the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Finale in Omaha, keep an eye on for when tickets go on sale. Also, if you're interested, there's the NFR in Las Vegas in December and you can find tickets for that from any number of ticket brokers. Just type in NFR tickets in your search browser and you should find some options.

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