By Krista Lucas
There is new drama in the rodeo world in the form of a new association, lawsuits and divided opinions. The Elite Rodeo Athletes is a new association previously covered in the August issue. In what appeared to be an innovative idea in the beginning, the ERA has stirred up plenty of controversy within the rodeo world.
The new league for rodeo athletes boasts “an elite tour with its own world championship event,” showcasing rodeo’s top stars. Established peers such as Trevor Brazile, Bobby Mote and Ryan Motes chose this year’s roster. The group’s goal is to make a “desirable” career for future rodeo athletes.
The association has been set up with only nine rodeos, including the finals. With no qualification system in place until 2017, there will be the same 10 or so contestants in each event at every tour stop. The future qualification system originally included using Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events to make it on tour. To read more pick up a copy of the April 2016 NTFR issue.