From April 5 through April 8, more than 200 top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls will compete in the 31st RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida at the Silver Spurs Arena. The rodeo is considered the second largest event in the United States. In Kissimmee, Western athletes vie for more than $1 million in cash in addition to a $20,000 vouchers for a brand new RAM truck and a Polaris ATV among other prizes.
History of the RNCFR
The PRCA divided the country into 12 different circuits in 1975. Each circuit contained one to 13 states. By 1987, Dodge became the sponsor of all of the circuits and the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo was born. By 2010, the Dodge brand incorporated the RAM Truck division and the Chrysler Group. However, two years later, the event became known as the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. When the PRCA season comes to an end, the top ranking athletes from across the country have the chance to compete in the circuit finals. The champions of those events go on to compete in the RNCFR.
Each evening, spectators thrill during the exciting traditional rodeo events that include:
- Bareback riding
- Barrel racing
- Bull riding
- Saddle bronc riding
- Steer wrestling
- Team roping
- Tie-down roping
Some of the many athletes competing in events include bareback rider Caleb Bennett, barrel racer Jana Griemsman and bull rider Jordan Spears. Barrelman JJ Harrison, bullfighters Clay Heger, Brandon Loden and pick up men Will O’Connell and Shandon Stalls will be on hand to protect the athletes and entertain the crowds.
Adjacent to the entrance, families have the chance to attend the Tailgate Experience, which will include a DJ, live bands, a Kid’s Zone, exhibits and food trucks along with various vendors. Each evening, guests also have the chance to meet and greet their favorite cowboys who will be on hand for autographs.
Tickets are available at the Silver Spurs Arena box office throughout before and throughout the event. Tickets are also available online here. Price of tickets are $20 to $25 for adults and $12.50 for children aged 3 to 12. Adults 55+ qualify for a discount. Group prices are also available. If unable to attend a particular day, never fear. Updated coverage of the events will be provided by the Cowboy Lifestyle Network, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Earnhardt Auto Centers and the Papa John’s Road Team.
Enjoy some of Ric Andersen’s photos from the championship round from last year’s 30th RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida finals below.
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