About the Cowboys, Cowgirls & Livestock
Each rodeo competitor must be a member of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), the "NFL" of rodeo. Each year, cowboys and cowgirls compete at numerous rodeos throughout the U.S., earning points and prize money in hopes of making it to the National Finals Rodeo. Only the top competitors, the best of the best, earn the chance to compete at the National Finals.
But it’s not all about the cowboys and cowgirls. A rodeo would not be complete without the exciting stock they rope and ride. Horses, horses, and more horses; well trained and true athletes in their own right, these icons of the west carry their riders through a variety of events such as calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and barrel racing. These animals are owned and cared for by their riders
Cowboys test their mettle on wild bucking horses and ferocious bulls, also known as "rough stock" hoping to “hang on” for that magic eight second ride. Like the rodeo athletes, rough stock also earns the right to perform at the National Finals. Again, only the best of the best move up. These valuable animals are owned and cared for by a certified stock contractor.
The names of cowboys and cowgirls who have registered to compete in this year’s Rooftop Rodeo will be provided when available. In the meantime, check out the biographies of competitors on the PRCA website.
More on the Livestock
Rough stock for the Rooftop Rodeo is provided by the Powder River Rodeo Company, owned and operated by Hank and Lori Franzen of Wright, Wyoming & D&H Cattle Company. Hank and Lori started their company in 1986, with forty horses and twenty bulls purchased from an amateur stock contractor in Kalispell, Montana. In their first year of operation they produced eleven amateur rodeos. They have since expanded to ninety professional performances a year in ten states, with Powder River Rodeo Company stock winning over 145 awards and titles. Now that’s impressive!
Roping and barrel horses are owned, trained and cared for by their riders. Companions on the road, they travel together to wherever the next rodeo may lead them and, hopefully, all the way to National Finals! As you will see, cowboys and cowgirls take good care of their horses, and for good reason.