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Turquoise Circuit Announces Contract Personnel

Gizmo McCracken entertaining at a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo. Photo Credit: Josh Homer, PRCA Photographer
Gizmo McCracken entertaining at a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo. Photo Credit: Josh Homer, PRCA Photographer

Camp Verde, AZ – The contract personnel for the 2022 RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo, presented by Bucky’s, has been selected by the Turquoise Circuit Board of Directors.

James Horcasitas will be on the microphone for the three-performance event in Camp Verde, AZ Nov. 4 & 5. Horcasitas, who announces’ rodeos in the Turquoise Circuit, including Prescott Frontier Days, and many others around the country will announce TCFR for the first time.

Mikey Jo Duggan will serve as the TCFR rodeo secretary; this is the second time Duggan will Secretary for the Turquoise Circuit Finals. Timers selected are Sherry Gibson and Lill Worthen, who are both veterans of the annual event.

Jeremy Willis and Tanner Resor will be working as Pickup Men to assist our cowboys and stock contractors during competition.

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Gizmo McCracken will be working the barrel as the 2022 barrel man. Gizmo has been entertaining from the barrel for decades, is the 2017 Comedy Act of the Year and has worked eighteen PRCA Circuit Finals in nine of the twelve US based circuits.

“I’m honored to be selected to work the Turquoise Circuit Finals with this great group of personnel,” said Gizmo, “This makes the 10th different Circuit Finals we have been blessed to work.”

Cowboy protectors Nathan Jestes of Douglas, Wyo, and Cauy Kraut from Wittmann, AZ, will serve as bullfighters. Jestes is a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bullfighter and has worked many other notable rodeo events to help keep bull riders safe during competition. Cauy, of Arizona and son of bull fighter Luke Kraut, who is a veteran of Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo bull fighting, is following in his fathers foot-steps with a selection to work the Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo.

During an action-packed weekend, the RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals brings in the top one-hundred rodeo athletes from Arizona and New Mexico into the Camp Verde region, competing for approximately $175,000 in prize money. 

Circuit cowboys are known as ‘weekend warriors,’ competing at about twenty rodeos across Arizona and New Mexico in the hope of earning a qualification spot at the TCFR and for the opportunity to vie for a chance to qualify into the RAM NFR Open, previously titled the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. The TCFR is part of the circuit system of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The event will feature world champions, ‘weekend warriors,’ along with up-and-coming athletes looking to win a spot to compete at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. 

Every performance will include bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

General admission and premium seats are available for all three rodeo performances. Tickets are available, and prices start at just $15 (additional fees may apply). Tickets are available online, click here. Fans can get updates on the event by following @TurquoiseCircuitProRodeo on Facebook and Instagram.

Turquoise Circuit ProRodeo 2022
Turquoise Circuit ProRodeo 2022

Finals—

Bareback riding: 1, Leighton Berry, Weatherford, Texas, 90 points on Calgary Stampede’s Xplosive Skies, $13,000. 2, Dean Thompson, Altamont, Utah, 89, $9,750. 3, Mason Clements, Spanish Fork, Utah, 82.5, $6,500. 4, Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., 79.5, $3,250. 

Breakaway roping: 1, Jordi Edens, Gatesville, Texas, 2.8 seconds, $13,000. 2, Beau Peterson, Council Grove, Kan., 3.7, $9,750. 3, (tie) Gianna Cianfichi, Santa Rosa, Calif., and Tacy Webb, Midway, Texas, no time, $4,875 each.

Steer wrestling: 1, Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, Idaho, 3.9 seconds, $13,000. 2, (tie) Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nevada, and Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 4.0, $8,125. 4, Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 4.3, $3,250.

Saddle bronc riding: 1, Layton Green, Millarville, Alberta, 87.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Zoaria Hills, $13,000. 2, Kole Ashbacher, Arrowwood, Alberta, 85, $9,750. 3, Lefty Marvel Holman, Visalia, Calif., 83, $6,500. 4, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 81.5, $3,250.  

Team roping: 1, Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M., 6.0 seconds, $13,000. 2, Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C., and Lane Mitchell, Bolivar, Tenn., 6.9, $9,750. 3, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, 8.9, $6,500. 4, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., no time, $3,250.

Tie-down roping: 1, Shad Mayfield, Clovis, N.M., 8.8 seconds, $13,000. 2, Haven Meged, Miles City, Mont., 12.5, $9,750. 3, Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas, 17.2, $6,500. 4, John Douch, Huntsville, Texas, no time, $3,250.

Barrel Racing: 1, Margo Crowther, Fort Myers, Fla., 13.96, $13,000. 2, Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas, 14.15, $9,750. 3, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 14.37, $6,500. 4, Leslie Smalygo, Skiatook, Okla., 18.89, $3,250.

Bull riding: (no qualified rides – money split among competitors) Trey Holston,, Fort Scott, Kan.; Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho; Ky John Hamilton, Mackay, Australia; and Connor Murnion, Jordon, Mont., $8,000.

For more information and tickets: https://www.thefair.com/rodeo/

About Turquoise Circuit

The Turquoise Circuit is part of the circuit system devised by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Twelve sections make up the rodeo circuits in the United States. Rodeos and athletes in New Mexico and Arizona make up the Turquoise Circuit. Each Circuit holds a finals rodeo to determine which two contestants from each event will represent the Circuit at the RAM NFR open, in Colorado Springs, CO. The Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo will be in Camp Verde, AZ on November 4th. 

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