The Rodeo Report

Saddle up for the Rodeo Report, Texas Monthly’s on-going coverage from the 2018 PRCA circuit, sponsored by Wrangler.

The rodeo season has swung into high gear, and Texas Monthly’s Rodeo Report is riding right along to give an inside look into the high-intensity world that combines talented athletes with horses and livestock, steep competition, old-school traditions, and family fun.

With deep roots in ranching, today’s pro rodeo circuit takes a page from modern sports and entertainment as cowboys and cowgirls vie for worldwide rankings and tens of thousands in monetary prizes. Rodeo Report’s coverage will include competitor updates, performance analysis, and behind-the-scenes stories of triumphs, challenges, injuries, and rerides.

Rodeo Report focuses on rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the biggest rodeo association in the world. PRCA rodeos are organized and sponsored by chambers of commerce and local businesses. Winners at these events earn points and money that qualify them for the PRCA’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, held in December.

Keep an eye on this page for the latest news about the bulldoggers, rank bulls, tight hooeys, and talented hazers that make rodeo the great sport that it is. And follow the Rodeo Report action on Texas Monthly’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Anne Heinen


Texas Triumphant

Championship Saturday at the National Finals Rodeo featured a wide range of emotions, from the giddiness of 24-year-old Hailey Kinsel to the teary goodbyes of Trevor Brazile to the remembrances of loved ones lost in 2018 for Caleb Smidt.All three Texans earned those coveted Montana Silversmiths gold buckles while in


Practice Makes Perfect

A regulation basketball court is 94 feet long, 50 feet wide. Now, imagine those dimensions with rounded corners, a floor filled with dirt and 17,000-plus screaming fans.That’s the National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand championship that hosts the very best in the game from each season. Other than dirt, steel

Spencer Wright

Wrangler Network

In December 2013, upon discovering that there was a void for live rodeo coverage in the western marketplace, Wrangler Jeans launched the Wrangler Network. The first and only free rodeo and western lifestyle digital platform that offers 24-7 content to all.As the go-to resource for all things


Winning the Great White North

Before he met his fiancé, Richmond Champion only ventured north of the border for a few large Canadian rodeos each year.Then Paige Lawrence entered her life. From the tiny burg of Kennedy, Saskatchewan, Lawrence was living in Calgary, Alberta, when the two began dating. That’s when Champion, a four-time National


Love and Rodeo

Working or competing at every large rodeo in the United States is a magnificent feat, and it’s one that John Gwatney is proud to have on his resume.He has been decorated for his knowledge in the sport. A man who has competed in every event inside the arena, he now

Tuf Cooper and Trever Brazile

Family Competition

Gold may be a rare commodity for many, but a couple of cowboys in Decatur own it in a bushel basket.Between them, Trevor Brazile and Tuf Cooper own 27 world championship gold buckles. They are great ropers, great horsemen, great cowboys and the faces of the ProRodeo.They’re also brothers-in-law and

Photo by Ric Andersen

Bucking Brothers

Neither Jacobs Crawley nor Sterling Crawley can remember the first time they were horseback; they were just too young.“They have pictures of us in diapers leading horses,” said Sterling Crawley, 27, the youngest of the bronc riding brothers who grew up in Ennis and graduated from high school in Stephenville.


Begin Again

Just as the Earth revolves on its axis, the rodeo world is cyclical. One season begins before another ends.In ProRodeo, the 2018 regular season concluded Sept. 30. The qualifiers to the National Finals Rodeo are securing their final arrangements to compete in the sport’s grand championship, held inside the Thomas


Champions Wear Wrangler

Wrangler Jeans began with the purpose of creating denim that was durable enough for real cowboys. Flash forward to over a hundred years later and that’s still a standard the brand holds true. Wrangler Cowboy Cut jeans were built to the specifications of top rodeo athletes with the necessary comfort and


Carr Creations

Legends aren’t just born, they’re bred, and the proof can be seen all over the Pete Carr Pro Rodeo ranch in Athens.“I started off with zero animals, and I had to build by buying the right animals,” said Carr, a Dallas-based livestock producer who has been recognized as one of


September Reign

Most professional sports have a playoff system to decide who will play for the world championship.Rodeo has Texas in September.Those are the final few weeks of the rodeo season, the time for cowboys and cowgirls to secure their place at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s 10-round grand finale.

Hailey Kinsel

Twisting Sister

Her hair is golden and mane blonde, and what she holds underneath is a tremendous machine.Her name is Sister, a 7-year-old palomino who has set the barrel racing world on fire along with her talented young jockey, Hailey Kinsel of Cotulla.“I’ve always wanted to be a professional barrel racer,” said


French Cowboy

Evan Jayne’s isn’t a typical Texas dialect.His has a distinct flavor, aged over his 36 years on this Earth and containing a heavy clove of his French raising and the last two decades in the Lone Star State. It has been bathed by bucking horses and years spent on the


Wrangler Knows Rodeo

Since 1947 Wrangler has been the premier outfitter of rodeo culture. It all started with celebrity tailor “Rodeo Ben” Liechtenstein, who designed Wrangler authentic Cowboy Cut jeans. The styles were quickly adopted by professional rodeo hall of famers Bill Linderman, Freckles Brown, and Jim Shoulders, who would all go

Tuf Cooper

Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede has history that dates back more than a century, and it has a rich heritage that goes on beyond its years.This year will be the 13th that the winners of the tournament-style rodeo will earn $100,000. Over that time, more than a dozen champions have Texas addresses.


Cowboy Christmas

Hectic. Mayhem. A blast.That’s Cowboy Christmas in a nutshell. Richmond Champion uses those words to describe the series of lucrative Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events around the Fourth of July holiday. Champion is a bareback rider from The Woodlands. He’s qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times.“For roughstock

Summer Rodeo Season

Summer Rodeo Season

Buckle up, Buttercup: The 2018 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association season is hitting its summer stride with enough rodeo action for every cowboy and cowgirl in the United States.  More than 600 rodeos—including 85 in Texas alone—comprise the PRCA season, which spikes from June to September.Along the way and in the

Sage Kimzey

Q&A with Sage Kimzey

Sage Kimzey made his first million at age 22, eight seconds at a time on the backs of bucking bulls, to become the youngest millionaire ever in rodeo. A Wrangler Ambassador, Kimzey is now 23 and aiming for his fifth consecutive world championship bull riding title. He’s also relocated from