This year’s Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association Rodeo began Saturday with preliminary events, including the return of the mutton bustin’ championship and county team roping qualifications.
The top 20 from the mutton bustin’ return Friday and Saturday to compete for the top prize during the rodeo.
Those include: Kutter Farrington of Alvarado, Paisley Austin of Hico, Rodrigo Gudino of Cleburne, Riley Anne Broumley of Covington, Westyn Carper of Rio Vista, Eliza Johnson of Mansfield, Noah Kaye of Covington, Jake Segars of Cleburne, Aubriana Marshall of Alvarado, Levi Paye of Burleson, Lane Jones of Granbury, Jaskson Tarpley of Cleburne, Sergio Venegas of Joshua, Ember Koetting of Blum, Case Garey of Cleburne, Kolton Kepple of Cleburne, Brazos Brounley of Covington, Addam Vazquez of Joshua, Haus Hubbard of Grandview and Haze Harwell of Rio Vista.
The top eight teams of county roping from the preliminary events return each night of the rodeo to compete for a chance to win $1,000.
Those top eight teams include: Marcus Becera and Shawn Berry; Lain LaFountain and Shawn Berry; Macus Becera and Josh McPherson; Roger Cuellar and Wayne Kepple; Jared Barta and C.J. Combs; Raul Martinez and Vernon Dunn; Jose Cuellar and Carlos Cuellar; and Phil Williams and Jonathan Tolson.
The rodeo rundown
Attracting competitors from all over the world, the PRCA brings world champion bull riders, ropers and barrel racers, and provides the largest funding event for the year which enables the JCSP to continue to support area youth and benefit activities.
The first night’s performance, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the outdoor arena, has been dedicated as Military and First Responder Appreciation Night.
“As always, we will recognize our military and first responders Wednesday night, who get in free,” Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse member Jon Puryear said.
The second evening — 7:30 p.m. Thursday — is God and Country Night. Members of Shepherd’s Valley Cowboy Church will perform a gospel concert before the rodeo begins at 8 p.m.
The third night’s performance at 8 p.m. Friday is lupus awareness night, and everyone is encouraged to wear purple.
“The reason we are doing lupus awareness is because we and every other rodeo have done tough enough to wear pink on Friday nights,” Puryear said. “We decided to do something different and maybe start a new trend. Wear your purple and let’s help find a cure and bring awareness to lupus.”
New this year will be junior bareback and junior saddle bronc riders on Wednesday and Thursday.
June 15, the last night’s performance, is the championship finale.
Tickets purchased at the gate cost $12 for adults and $8 for children older than 7. Children 6 and under are free to get in.
For sponsorship packages, call Shana Peacock at 817-648-1434.