The Wichita Falls PRCA Rodeo Begins In......
This Years Rodeo will be BIGGER and better so Make Plans to Attend! Bring Your Family & friends!!
The biggest local event at the Kay Yeager Coliseum in 2018 was the PRCA Rodeo and we are coming back with an even bigger rodeo for 2019.
In 2018, we hosted over 4,000 spectators over the course of the two days. Over 400 of the best professional cowboys and cowgirls, including numerous PRCA National Finals Rodeo qualifiers and Champions, competed in seven events. We hosted 400 Airmen in Training from Sheppard Air Force Base, provided active duty military with free admission, and donated over $4,000 in scholarships to local FFA students.
2018 saw our rodeo showcased on the national level in several ways.
The PRCA recognized us as one of the top 20 fastest growing rodeos in the entire country! Our Stock Contractor, Hi Lo Pro Rodeo was recognized by the PRCA as the fastest growing stock contractor in the United States. We were the second largest rodeo in the state of Texas in our market size. We were nominated for Rodeo of the Year for best small indoor rodeo for the 2018 rodeo season.
We told everyone we were going big in 2018, and we proved it.
We increased our added money for rodeo competitors to a staggering $20,000 and paid out over $47,000 in prize money! We brought the first PRCA Rodeo to the Kay Yeager Coliseum, ever! We raised more money, developed a larger marketing campaign, included Sheppard Air Force Base service members on a higher level, and paid out more money to calf scramble kids than has ever been done in Wichita Falls. Seventy area businesses came on board to sponsor the rodeo, the Sheppard Air Force Base Vice Commander enlisted five new recruits into the Air Force, and the Sheppard Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the colors.
We told everyone we were putting on a show, and we did not disappoint. Competitors included:
- Jacobs Crawley, the 2015 Saddle Bronc World Champion
- Will Lowe, the 2003, 2005, and 2006 Bareback World Champion won the Bareback event
- Tyson Durfey, 2016 World Champion and 10 time NRF Qualifier won the Tie Down Event.
- Sherry Cervi, 4 time WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer
In 2019 we are going even bigger.
We are recruiting the best of the best competitors; we are involving Sheppard Air Force Base on an even larger level; we are hosting 800 Airmen in Training plus including our local heroes – our first responders – in the appreciation night; we are bringing in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Barrel Man and Specialty Act Lecile Harris; and most importantly we are making the PRCA Rodeo the event of the year!
On April 26th and 27th 2019, the Wichita Falls PRCA Rodeo Association will continue to preserve the sport of rodeo and maintain our western heritage lifestyle in Wichita Falls.
We will continue to give back to the local community, offer exciting family fun entertainment, and provide scholarship opportunities for our area Future Farmers of America and local 4H organizations. This is going to be as close to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas as you can get without actually being there. With climate controlled, individual seating for upwards of five thousand spectators per night, four big screen overhead video boards, professional announcers, sound, entertainment, bullfighters, and the nation’s top competitors, the 2019 Wichita Falls PRCA Rodeo promises to not be just a rodeo, but an experience!