There is no doubt that the world of rodeo is marked by a strong sense of comradery. Whether that teamwork is depicted between a cowgirl and her horse in the barrel racing arena, or displayed between a pair of team ropers chasing a steer, the teamwork portrayed by human and animal athletes alike is what propels and preserves the success of rodeo. Because of this strong sense of comradery and family across the rodeo community, when a team member is lost, the entire community gathers together to honor their legacy.
Wyatt Althoff, a beloved Arizona cowboy, lost his life August 17th, 2013 when he was involved in a boating accident on Roosevelt Lake. In his 26 years of life, Wyatt made a great impact on his rodeo community. Born into rodeo, Wyatt was an instant success in the arena, winning countless rodeos and championships. In 2008 Wyatt’s success continued when he was named the College National Finals Rodeo “All Around Champion.” Wyatt’s passing shocked the rodeo community. In the years since his passing, the rodeo community has been honoring the legacy of this young cowboy who impacted so many.
The Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association (GCPRA) is proud to present the 2019 Wyatt Althoff Memorial Rodeo. Occurring Friday, January 11th and Saturday, January 12th at 7:00pm at the John Volken Academy in Gilbert, Arizona. This GCPRA rodeo is sure to entertain the entire family as it features all rodeo events, including Bareback, Steer Wrestling, Breakaway Roping, Tie Down Roping, Saddle Bronc, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding.
The John Volken Academy is located at 26601 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85298. Rodeo admission is $5.00 per ticket. Parking on-site is $5.00 per vehicle.
As a Lead Sanction GCPRA Rodeo, community members interested in competing must first purchase a GCPRA membership. Online entries will open January 5th and will close January 7th at 10:00 pm. More information for entries can be found at www.gcpra.net .
The Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association and the John Volken Academy are proud to honor the legacy of beloved, Arizona cowboy Wyatt Althoff. Cowboy Lifestyle Network hopes that you will join us January 11th and 12th as we celebrate the cowboys and cowgirls like Wyatt Althoff that have made such a lasting impact on our rodeo community.