Rocky Mountain Bronc Rider Association’s first public event on December 31 and January 1
With the National Finals Rodeo just finishing up for the year, rodeo enthusiasts and participants are more excited than ever about the truest American sport, rodeo. The sport of rodeo defines the American west, with saddle bronc riding being the original event that started it all. However, it seems that there are fewer and fewer bronc riders are entering amateur rodeos in recent times. A newly formed rodeo association called the Rocky Mountain Bronc Rider Association (RMBRA) is specifically dedicated to developing and growing the sport of bronc riding both from a contestant standpoint and a spectator standpoint.
The RMBRA is hosting its first public event on December 31 and January 1, at the Wyoming State Fair Grounds in Douglas, Wyo., in the new Equine Facility. It promises to be an exciting two days of bronc riding action. Food and beverage will be available at the event. On December 31, the action begins at 7 p.m. and will start with a rookie bronc riding followed by the ranch bronc riding. The rookie bronc riding is specially designed to give contestants who are less experienced a chance to complete with riders who are more at their own skill level and also to get on horses that they have a better chance to be successful on. The ranch bronc division is for contestants who will ride in a standard stock saddle. Ranch bronc riding does not adhere to traditional rules as contestants are allowed to ride with one or two hands. Ranch bronc riding is exciting to watch and many ranch rodeos around the country are now including a ranch bronc riding event within the competition.
When asked why he thought a rookie division was needed in the sport of bronc riding, RMBRA founder Jon Suttee said he believes that in order for the sport to grow there needs to be an up and coming generation of contestants. ” Bronc riding is such a highly technical and highly skilled sport, I believe that some divisions need to exist in order to give everyone a chance to succeed and hopefully move up. Also, if you look at the two events in rodeo that have experienced the most growth from a contestant standpoint (team roping and barrel racing) I believe that this has happened in large part because they have events that are broken down into divisions where more people have a chance to start out, improve and advance” said Suttee.
On January 1 at 1 p.m. will be when the open/professional division of the RMBRA event will take place. Contestant from eight states, coming from as far as New Mexico and Oklahoma, have entered for a chance to win part of the $5,000 added purse in this event. The event starts at 1 p.m. in the same location.
Tickets are available for pre-purchase by calling (307) 327-5004. Also, businesses or individuals who are interested in sponsorship opportunities can call the same number to receive more information. Additionally, if you are interested in having a RMBRA event come to your community you can contact Jon Suttee at (307) 327-5004 or (307) 329-8220.
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