The All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association, also simply referred to as AIRCA, is an organization that solely promotes Indian rodeos. Headquartered in St. Michaels, Arizona, AIRCA plays an integral part in the cowboy and cowgirl rodeo events that lead up to the 2015 AIRCA Championship Finals Rodeo in Lukachukai, Arizona. In addition to the 2015 Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
During the INFR, the top performing cowboy and cowgirls entrants from all over the state compete for top prizes in the Professional Indian Rodeo. In order to even qualify to become a competitor in the Indian National Finals Rodeo, cowboy and cowgirl competitors must have competed in at least 30 events throughout the year, and the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association can help them reach their minimum event competition requirements with the many rodeos that it hosts throughout the year.
Originally, the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association was known as the All Indian Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Since its name change, AIRCA has come to work closely with other major organizations like the New Mexico Rodeo Association and the Central Navajo Rodeo Association. Regardless of whether cowboy and cowgirl entrants make it to the Professional Indian Rodeo finals help by the INFR, they can gain cash prizes at every event. All events award prize money, and the prize amounts awarded are tallied on the AIRCA website. Top performers in the Indian National Finals Rodeo get to take home as much as $10K annually for their performance in the INFR.
Most of the Professional Indian Rodeo events sponsored by the organization are held throughout the state of Arizona, and media coverage is provided the Cowboy Lifestyle Network, Ak-Chin Indian Community and Earnhardt Auto Centers Road Team, which is the leading online source and community for everything rodeo. Cowboy Lifestyle Network is proud to bring you all the updates of the main event at the finals, as well as all the events leading up to finals throughout the year to keep enthusiasts informed every step of the way.
The goals of the organization include the following:
- Maintain regard for livestock
- Preserve Indian Heritage
- Offer the privilege of bonding with others
The 2015 event calendar includes some new and exciting events, such as the 2015 Miss IIFER Queen’s Rodeo event. Of course, standings for annual events like the All Around, Bareback, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling and countless others will be kept as well. Additionally, attendees of this year’s event can expect to enjoy the vocals of Harlan Thompson and Arnold Chee performing as event announcers.
AIRCA Rodeo 2015 Event Calendar: