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New All American ProRodeo Series Promises Coast-to-Coast Competition

PRCA Says New Series Will Include More Than 450 Rodeos in 2010, New Championship Title

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Building upon the success of its Heartland ProRodeo Championships, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) has created the All American ProRodeo Series, which in 2010 will include more than 450 rodeos from coast to coast.

Every PRCA rodeo with total added money of $30,000 or less will be automatically included in the series.

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"The Heartland Series was a great start, and this new series, which is an expansion of that concept, is a chance to take it up another notch by including the majority of our rodeos in an exciting new series that will lead to its own championship," said PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. "The All American ProRodeo Series gives contestants throughout America the chance to win their way to a major championship event and compete for more than half a million dollars."

The All American ProRodeo Series will culminate with the All American ProRodeo Championships, scheduled for Oct. 7-16, 2010 in Waco, Texas.

The top 30 series contestants in each event-bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping (30 headers and 30 heelers), saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and bull riding-based on total points earned at a minimum of 30 All American ProRodeo Series events will qualify for the All American ProRodeo Championships. Contestants earn a point for every dollar won at series rodeos, and also receive 50 bonus points per series rodeo where they compete.

PRCA contestants who qualify for the All American ProRodeo Championships will go after more than $500,000, including $300,000 in money added by the PRCA and $150,000 added by the Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo host committee. The $250 entry fee paid by each of the 210 PRCA contestants who qualify to compete in Waco will add another $52,500 to the half-million-dollar-plus mix.

The All American ProRodeo Championships promise to level the playing field for competitiors in regions of the county without as many rodeos, such as Texas and Oklahoma.

The PRCA created the Heartland Series to encourage cowboys to enter rodeos of all sizes, and to give emerging stars a chance at some big money. Rodeos with purses of $30,000 or less were eligible to become part of the PRCA's Heartland Series, and the Heartland ProRodeo Championships offers a finals prize purse of nearly $500,000.

"This expansion of the Heartland Series gives more contestants the opportunity to get qualified to come to Waco to compete for the big money," said President and CEO of the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo Wes Allison. "The Heartland Series has been successful in another goal of helping PRCA rodeo committees put on better rodeos because they have full performances. This series gives every contestant in the PRCA a chance to qualify for Waco, and by giving contestants across the country more opportunities to compete at participating rodeos, there's no reason entries shouldn't continue to rise."

Money won at the All American ProRodeo Championships in Waco will count toward qualifying for limited-entry rodeos the following season, but will not count toward the PRCA world standings or Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification.

Additional dollars put up by committees to make the team roping purse equal for headers and heelers will not be included in their $30,000 added-money total, or keep them from participating in this series.

The PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in professional rodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards. The PRCA, a membership-based organization, sanctions more than 600 rodeos annually.


 
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