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Christmas comes early: Greeley Stampede kicks off annual Cowboy Christmas

There are no antlers, no jingling sleigh bells, and certainly no sign of a jolly old elf … but ask any rodeo cowboy about the first week of July and they will tell you it feels just like Christmas.

“There are so many big rodeos going on at the same time,” said multiple world champion cowboy, Dan Mortenson, about the beginning of July and why the time-frame has been labeled Cowboy Christmas. “Some of the biggest rodeos of the summer are packed into a 10-day period.”

2007’s version of Cowboy Christmas bucked its way into the rodeo scene, offering more than $2,500,000 to be won in 32 PRCA rodeos from July 2-8. Although the amount isn’t as much as the $5,500,000 up for grabs during December’s NFR competition, it is enough to put a lot of cowboys into position to earn a spot in the Las Vegas championship.

There are no antlers, no jingling sleigh bells, and certainly no sign of a jolly old elf … but ask any rodeo cowboy about the first week of July and they will tell you it feels just like Christmas.

“There are so many big rodeos going on at the same time,” said multiple world champion cowboy, Dan Mortenson, about the beginning of July and why the time-frame has been labeled Cowboy Christmas. “Some of the biggest rodeos of the summer are packed into a 10-day period.”

2007’s version of Cowboy Christmas bucked its way into the rodeo scene, offering more than $2,500,000 to be won in 32 PRCA rodeos from July 2-8. Although the amount isn’t as much as the $5,500,000 up for grabs during December’s NFR competition, it is enough to put a lot of cowboys into position to earn a spot in the Las Vegas championship.

There are no antlers, no jingling sleigh bells, and certainly no sign of a jolly old elf … but ask any rodeo cowboy about the first week of July and they will tell you it feels just like Christmas.

“There are so many big rodeos going on at the same time,” said multiple world champion cowboy, Dan Mortenson, about the beginning of July and why the time-frame has been labeled Cowboy Christmas. “Some of the biggest rodeos of the summer are packed into a 10-day period.”

2007’s version of Cowboy Christmas bucked its way into the rodeo scene, offering more than $2,500,000 to be won in 32 PRCA rodeos from July 2-8. Although the amount isn’t as much as the $5,500,000 up for grabs during December’s NFR competition, it is enough to put a lot of cowboys into position to earn a spot in the Las Vegas championship.


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