Understanding the PRCA’s Circuit System

Pacific North West Country Girl

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is organized in a slightly complicated fashion into circuits and tours that can be very confusing to those who have no idea about the road to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. I would like to dedicate and entire blog to the circuits, tours, finals, and qualifying for those of you who would like to be further enlightened.

Why circuits?

I liken the circuit idea, which started in 1975, to the motto of the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association of the “Weekend Cowboys” (although the PRCA dubs them the “weekend warriors” – albeit a little more intense). These are people who are able to keep a Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm job and still be able to go rodeo on the weekend and qualify for a finals-eque rodeo.

What are the geographical regions of each of the circuits?

  • Columbia River Circuit – Located in…

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