Rapid City Rodeo Changes

According to the Central States Fair, the visitors of the Range Days Rodeo will be surprised with two brand-new events added to the itinerary. Read to find out more.

The Range Days Rodeo 2019 Features Cowgirls

This brand new improvement was sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, the leader in sanctioning women’s professional rodeo, and the oldest women’s sports organization in the whole country. This decision was sparked with the initial determination of the Range Days Rodeo Committee to include breakaway roping in hopes of female rodeo contestants competing on a much professional level.  

The Badlands Circuit director Heidi Uecker-Schmidt stated that she couldn’t be happier for having the committee of the Range Days Rodeo in this first-ever approved breakaway roping rodeo. Along with their support, this committee provided financial support to the event so that professional breakaway ropers could have an opportunity to perform on an enormous stage. This partnership with the WPRA was expected for a long time, and the results of the collaboration are praised.

Patti McCutchen, the WPRA Roping Director, stated that they are exhilarated with this collaboration between the Rapid City Range Days and the WPRA Breakaway since the Equal Added Money gave them an opportunity to pave the way for all future cowgirls and their future success.

The Range Days Rodeo has the reputation of incredible performances, but this brand-new event will bring a unique dash of excitement among the competitors. The rules are simple — calves will be given a good head start, and the cowgirls need to be precise when leaving the box. If they leave the box too soon, the barrier will break, and the cowgirl will receive a 10-second penalty added to her time. Her goal will be to throw a loop as quickly as she can. That is because, in this very fast-paced event, the cowgirl has to count on every second being timed precisely. This is the critical element of the excitement that this competition brings to the table.  

This Roping program has been an integral part of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association since its beginning in 1948, making this newest addition of breakaway roping one of the critical factors to the growth of Western Sports.

The Rodeo Days have also been included in the 2019 WPRA Barrel Racing Tour, which means that there will be several events taking place throughout the year.

According to Kaylee Gallino, the WPRA Tour Champion for 2018, this is an excellent opportunity to enter circuit rodeos and visit a faraway tour while sticking closer to your home. Traveling and competing was the winning combination for this champion, and it has opened a lot of other doors along the way.

The Central States Fair announced that the Range Days Rodeo spectacle would take place from August 21 to August 24, while the spectators who are interested in another recently added event — the PRCA Xtreme Broncs Finals — can enjoy it on Thursday, August 22.

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