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Wichita Falls PRCA Rodeo

Written by  Taylor Grimm  |  Photos by Bobby Rosales NLP 87015

The Wichita Falls Rodeo preserves western heritage, showcases cowboy skill, and serves the community.

The Wichita Falls Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s (PRCA) Rodeo was held August 19th and 20th at Kay Yeager Coliseum.  Bobbi Loran, the rodeo’s official spokesperson and former Miss Rodeo Texas said the rodeo is incredibly important in Wichita Falls. “First and foremost, this is not just an average rodeo,” she said. “This is a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo. This is the oldest and largest sanctioning body of rodeo, and the most elite. It’s judged with the highest standard you can experience in rodeo. It’s really a big deal.”

The rodeo consisted of the 7 traditional events, plus a few additional acts and competitions for attendees to enjoy. Kids were able to get in on the fun with a calf scramble, where students must single-handedly catch and halter a calf. Those able to do so are awarded a $500 scholarship. 

Entertainment was also provided by The Texas Spirit Riders, a mounted drill team from East Texas. “They are phenomenal,” Bobbi said. “It’s beautiful, they carry flags and ride their horses to a choreographed routine.” Their music and outfits were inspired by the rodeo’s two themed nights. The first was the military night. Bobbi said, “This is when we honor our service men. We have a big military display, speakers from the air force base come and talk to us, and we actually have an enlistment ceremony for those here in Wichita going into the air force, so it’s a really special night for a lot people.” She said that night all active military can get into the rodeo free with their ID, and it’s important that they are given the glory they deserve. 

The other theme night is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night. Bobbi is proud to report that Rodeo proceeds will help save lives by cancer detection. She said “A  portion of the proceeds generated this night in rodeo will go to benefit the United Regional Mammogram fund.” Specifically, the money will go towards a fund that provides women with free mammogram tests.  

The importance of western heritage is undeniable in Wichita Falls’ culture, and the rodeo is instrumental in preserving that. “When you look at Wichita Falls, it was basically founded on cattle ranching, and the western way of life and farming. It has always had deep western roots, and that’s something we exhibit here at the WF PRCA rodeo.” While rodeo was formed based on ranching practices, it is now also a beautiful, more public ode to those practices that are seldom seen by the public eye. 

Bobbi believes the rodeo is key in preserving the intangible aspects of the western industry as well. 

“There’s so many core values in rodeo, like what we call the “cowboy code:” always doing what’s right, and working hard for what you want in life. It’s really cool to be apart of it,”
she said. 

Adding to the prestige, The Wichita Falls PRCA is a qualifying event for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Bobbi said the cowboys and cowgirls that win will get a free ticket to go compete at Fort Worth in January—an opportunity to compete for 1.2 million dollars.   †

Rodeo Committee:
Kurt Tucker; President, Sonny DeLuna; Vice President, Jan DeLuna; Secretary and
Treasurer, Chuck Cox, Kathy Dickey,
JT DeLuna, Becky Cotton, Marla Tucker, Shayne Owen, Ryan McDermott, Blake Gulley, Tom Libby, Bobbi Loran, Tim Thomas

Stock contractors: Hi Lo ProRodeo and Coy Thompson 

Rodeo secretary: Jennie Murray

Officials: Glenn Sullivan and Travis Howe

Timers: Bonnie Kelly and Jennie Murray

Announcer: Garrett Yerigan

Specialty act: Stutzy Stutzman

Bullfighters: Jake Geiger and Joshua Hernandez

Clown/barrelman: Stutzy Stutzman

Flankmen: Khakie Holland and Travis Adams

Chute bosses: Dustin Murray and Sam Kelly

Pickup men: Tel Honeycutt and Justin Pender 

Music director: Dakota Riggin 

Photographer: Bobby Rosales

Rodeo Results 

Bareback riding: 1. Yance Day, 84 points on Hi Lo ProRodeo's Square Bale

Steer wrestling: 1. Cade Goodman, 3.3 seconds

Team roping: 1. Cash Duty/Clay Futrell, 4.1 seconds

Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Logan Cook, on Hi Lo ProRodeo's Jojo, 

and Gus Gaillard, on Hurst & TNT Pro Rodeo's Crossroads, 82 points

Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Tanner Green, Monty Lewis, Mesquite Mahaffey and Cooper Mathews, 8.8 seconds

Barrel racing: 1. Rainey Skelton, 14.95 seconds

Bull riding: 1. Trevor Kastner, 84 points on Hi Lo ProRodeo's Swamp Ghost 

All Around: Tanner Green, tie-down roping and team roping

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