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Pro Rodeo 2010 Offers Fans a New Series, Expanded Television Coverage and Lots of Action

New for 2010 will be the All American ProRodeo Series, which will replace the Heartland Series

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If you thought 2009 was an exciting year for professional rodeo, wait until you see what's in store for 2010, as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) introduces a new ProRodeo series, streamlines the highly successful Wrangler Million Dollar Tour and brings expanded television coverage for fans.

New for 2010 will be the All American ProRodeo Series, which will replace the Heartland Series and include more than 450 rodeos from coast to coast. Every PRCA rodeo with total added money of $30,000 or less is 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, which are slated 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.

Wrangler Million Dollar Tour

The PRCA will make changes to the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Presented by Justin Boots that should simplify things not only for the contestants, but for the fans.

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The standings for the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour will no longer be based on points earned, but will be based on money won. Also, There will be only one tour standings. Contestants with the highest total accumulated money won at the 2010 Gold & Silver Tour Rodeos will be ranked accordingly in the 2010 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings.

Regardless of tour rodeo designation, All money won in the Gold Tour and best 11 of the 14 Silver Tour stops will be combined for the 2010 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings.

The Wrangler Million Dollar Tour is the centerpiece of the PRCA season, linking 22 of ProRodeo's most prestigious events. There are two levels of competition, with those designated Gold Tier rodeos offering a committee purse of at least $20,000 in each event and Silver rodeos a committee purse of at least $10,000 per event.

The eight-event Gold Tour Rodeo Series begins Feb. 5-20 in Texas at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, while the 14-event Silver Tour Rodeo Series starts up Feb. 4-6 in South Dakota at the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo.

Added Television Coverage for Rodeo Fans

The other big change for 2010 will be a deal between the PRCA and In Country Television that brings 30 hours of rodeo coverage for fans, including all eight Gold Tour rodeos on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour.

In Country, which reaches 32 million households through the DISH Network and Direct TV, will also air coverage of the All American ProRodeo Championships in Waco, Texas, and the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho.

In Country's rodeo coverage will debut with the Feb. 4-21 San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, one of only two PRCA regular-season rodeos offering more than $1 million in prize money, the five-time and reigning PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year and the richest event on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour.

"The PRCA is very pleased to offer our fans more television coverage of this great sport in 2010," said PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. "We look forward to a strong, successful partnership with In Country, as we continue to work very hard to take the sport of professional rodeo to the next level."

The Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, Wash. ($550,000 added) and the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb. ($750,000 added) will be broadcast by ESPN, as will the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Other PRCA Offerings for 2010

For 2010, the PRCA will again offer fans the Dodge Circuit System, the Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls Tour, the Justin Boots Playoffs and the 52nd Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, to be held Dec. 2-11, 2010 in Las Vegas.

The Dodge Circuit System presented by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. is made up of 12 geographic regions that include as few as one state or as many as 13. Each PRCA cowboy in the United States chooses a home circuit at the beginning of the year or is assigned to one that corresponds to his home address.

Cowboys compete for points throughout the year and points earned within his circuit are applied toward the standings of his respective circuit. Each circuit's top cowboys in each event qualify for that circuit's "Finals" at the end of the season. After all 12 circuit finals are completed, the top regular-season cowboys in each event and the winners of the circuit finals qualify for the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, presented by USSTC.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls Tour presented by B&W Trailer Hitches rides into 2010 with a national schedule that will continue to bring the excitement of PRCA bull riding to millions of fans.

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The 2010 tour will feature 10 events scheduled throughout the year across the U.S. and will conclude with the Tour Finale in Ellensburg, Washington over Labor Day weekend. The 2010 Tour will have a combined purse of $530,000. Money earned on the Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls Tour counts toward PRCA World Standings, which determine Wrangler NFR qualifiers.

Bull riding gets underway Jan. 10 with the Seminole Classic to be held at the Brighton Rodeo Arena in Florida.

For the 2010 Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls Tour, ESPN Networks will provide 27 hours of coverage of nine events. "We are once again pleased to be able to bring the excitement of PRCA bull riding to fans across the country" said PRCA Commissioner Stressman.

The Justin Boots Playoffs will be held Sept.10-12 at Puyallup, Washington and the Justin Boots Championships will be held Sept.23-25 at Omaha, Nebraska.

The top 24 contestants (24 teams) in each event in the 2010 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings will qualify for Puyallup and the top 12 contestants (12 teams) in each event in the 2010 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings, which include any earnings from the Puyallup playoff, will qualify for Omaha.

When the dust finally settles at the Justin Boots Championships, the contestant (team) in each event that has the fastest time or highest score in the finals performance will be considered the 2010 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Champion, in that event.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is widely acknowledged to be the world's premier rodeo. Held in December of each year at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, the Wrangler NFR is ProRodeo's richest and most prestigious rodeo, and it showcases the very best cowboys, barrel racers and live­stock in the world.

The top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding - based on money won during the regular season and the Justin Boots Playoffs and Championships - qualify to compete at the Wrangler NFR.

At the conclusion of the Wrangler NFR, the sport's world champions are determined based on total season earnings - what they won during the regular season and Justin Boots Playoffs and Championships (before the Wrangler NFR) and what they win during the Wrangler NFR itself.

All in all, it looks like another exciting year lined up for rodeo fans.


 
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