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Regional Championship Rodeo to be in Oklahoma

Ruth Nicolaus
Prairie Circuit

Photo Courtesy of Vance FrickBareback rider Caine Riddle of Vernon, Texas, competes at the 2010 Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo. Riddle is ranked third in the Prairie Circuit and is poised to compete at this year's Finals.

The 2011 home for the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo has been announced.

This year’s circuit finals, the regional championship for pro rodeo in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, will take place Oct. 29-30, 2011, in Weatherford, Okla., at the BOP Ram Arena.

Bronc Rumford, chairman of the Prairie Circuit, is excited about the move. “It’s a great facility,” he said. “The city has put a lot of money into the facility and it’s first class.” He’s also pleased with the city’s response. “It’s exciting to go somewhere where they’re glad you’re coming and making an effort to roll out the red carpet.”

The circuit finals will work with the Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s rodeo team. Team members will provide the labor behind the scenes and receive a portion of the ticket sales as a fundraiser.

The circuit finals rodeo will be held in Weatherford for 2011 only; a contract has been signed with a committee in Duncan, Okla., and the rodeo will be held there in 2012.

The October 29 performance will take place at 6 p.m., and the October 30 matinee will begin at 2 p.m. The top twelve contestants in each of seven events: bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, women’s barrel racing, and bull riding, as of September 29, will qualify to compete at the finals.

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For more information on the Prairie Circuit Finals, visit the rodeo’s Facebook page (search for Prairie ProRodeo Circuit) or the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association’s website at http://www.prorodeo.com.