This is the season when PRCA contenders are depending on anything to assist them with fitting the bill for the 2023 Wrangler Public Finals Rodeo introduced by Teton Edge.
Like the saying, “I didn’t come this far to only come this far,” following the fortune cookie philosophy is not a bad option.
Consider from Oct. 1, 2022, to Sept. 30, 2023, hopefuls have and will keep bridging the nation attempting to cash checks and bring in sufficient cash to complete in the Main 15 of the PRCA | Slam World Standings.
Presently, it is crunchtime. In less than a month, the PRCA regular season comes to an end. Time is not on the contestants’ side, but those who qualified for Puyallup, Washington (September 7-10) and, hopefully, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (September 28-30) have two significant paydays coming up.
The field for the event in Puyallup will consist of the winners of the NFR Open in July and the top 23 contestants in the Playoff Series Standings. That field, which had a few changes due to wounds and things, is set.
The events will take place in Puyallup on September 7 and 8 at 6:30 p.m., September 9 at noon, and September 10 at noon. All times are Pacific.
Every event at the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo in Puyallup features world champions and NFR qualifiers, and it will cost $648,000 to compete.
Then there are contestants who are fighting tooth and nail to appear on NFR for the first time. They hope to get into the yellow bucking chutes in Las Vegas from December 7 to 16 at the Thomas & Mack Center, where they are on or near the Top 15.
Cowboys such as Dean Thompson and Sam Petersen, who rode barefoot; steer wrestlers Tucker Allen and Don Payne; teammates Cole Curry and Marcus Theriot; saddle bronc riders Leon Wellspring and Statler Wright; Luke Potter and Trevor Hale, who perform tie-down roping, and Cullen Telfer and T Parker, who ride bulls.
Contestants not only have the ability to target the money in Puyallup, but they also have the opportunity to land even bigger paydays in Sioux Falls if they perform well in Puyallup.
The top four finishers from each event at the Playoffs in Puyallup and the top eight from the Playoff Series presented by Pendleton Whisky will compete in Sioux Falls.
The Cinch Playoffs, which will take place from September 28 to 30, 2023, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls and feature athletes competing for the Governor’s Cup and a chance to win $1.1 million, were announced in September by the PRCA, the State of South Dakota, Experience Sioux Falls, and Cinch. It will be the most extravagant rodeo in South Dakota history.
This is as good as it gets when it comes to drama at the season’s end. Cowboys will have the opportunity to simultaneously feel the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory on September 30.
Some contestants will see their lifelong goals come true, while others will have to deal with the pain of being so close to an NFR bid but so far away.
This is must-stare at the television on The Rancher Station and Cowpoke Station In addition to Application as the competitor list for the NFR unfurls.
The daysheets for the contestants who are scheduled to compete in Puyallup can be found at this link.