The Rodeo Report

Illustration by Eleanor Shakespeare

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

Family Tradition

Sep 18, 2018 By TMPromotions

It takes a certain spirit to handle the rugged terrain of West Texas. It’s a virtual desert with just enough vegetation to make a decent place to raise livestock. That’s why Marvin McKinley Fisher Sr. moved from Arkansas to Andrews more than a century ago. He passed it along to…

Champions Wear Wrangler

Sep 6, 2018 By TMPromotions

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

Sep 6, 2018 By TMPromotions

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…

September Reign

Aug 30, 2018 By TMPromotions

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…

Hailey Kinsel
Twisting Sister

Aug 22, 2018 By TMPromotions

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…

French Cowboy

Aug 8, 2018 By TMPromotions

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…

Wrangler Knows Rodeo

Jul 26, 2018 By TMPromotions

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

Jul 24, 2018 By TMPromotions

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…

Cowboy Christmas

Jul 9, 2018 By TMPromotions

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.

Summer Rodeo Season
Summer Rodeo Season

Jun 21, 2018 By TMPromotions

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…

Sage Kimzey
Q&A with Sage Kimzey

Jun 25, 2018 By TMPromotions

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…