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National Senior Professional Rodeo Association

Janet Williamson
Cortez, Colo.

Ralph Prideaux

With news of a weak economy dominating the headlines and the cost of fuel reinforcing the warning signs, the chutes at the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association (NSPRA) are still cracking open with authority, and doing so in more towns across the West than ever before. Logic might dictate that the cost of traveling to rodeos would hinder the numbers of participants at rodeos, but according to NSPRA General Manager John South, the numbers of both participants and host towns are growing.

South, who is a former World Finals champion in calf roping, explained why the numbers defy the current economic trend. “The Senior Pro Rodeo is a natural progression from the Little Britches Rodeo level. Rodeo is a tradition that continues from college to the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) on up to the Senior Pro. I think that sense of rodeo tradition is part of what keeps us so strong.”

With news of a weak economy dominating the headlines and the cost of fuel reinforcing the warning signs, the chutes at the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association (NSPRA) are still cracking open with authority, and doing so in more towns across the West than ever before. Logic might dictate that the cost of traveling to rodeos would hinder the numbers of participants at rodeos, but according to NSPRA General Manager John South, the numbers of both participants and host towns are growing.

South, who is a former World Finals champion in calf roping, explained why the numbers defy the current economic trend. “The Senior Pro Rodeo is a natural progression from the Little Britches Rodeo level. Rodeo is a tradition that continues from college to the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) on up to the Senior Pro. I think that sense of rodeo tradition is part of what keeps us so strong.”

With news of a weak economy dominating the headlines and the cost of fuel reinforcing the warning signs, the chutes at the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association (NSPRA) are still cracking open with authority, and doing so in more towns across the West than ever before. Logic might dictate that the cost of traveling to rodeos would hinder the numbers of participants at rodeos, but according to NSPRA General Manager John South, the numbers of both participants and host towns are growing.

South, who is a former World Finals champion in calf roping, explained why the numbers defy the current economic trend. “The Senior Pro Rodeo is a natural progression from the Little Britches Rodeo level. Rodeo is a tradition that continues from college to the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) on up to the Senior Pro. I think that sense of rodeo tradition is part of what keeps us so strong.”