By Phillip Kitts
Pro rodeo did not have a lot of time to recover from the conclusion of the 2021 season. The National Finals Rodeo ended in the middle of December, and the curtain fell on what turned out to be a big year for rodeo in general. As the season closed, a lot of rodeos were able to boast that they had their biggest year ever, while others seemed to maintain great years from 2019.
The hardest pill to swallow is the horrific thing we have called the pandemic may have been a good thing for the sport. As the strings loosened from Covid-19, rodeo was one of the first sports to dig back in, and from the looks of things, it has and just may pay off in the future. Only time will tell the long-term results.
Rolling into 2022, things kicked off in January with a big rodeo in Denver, quickly followed by Rapid City and Fort Worth. Not to be outdone, San Antonio executed their event, and the rest of the winter and late winter rodeos are seeing big successes. By now, the stage is being set for when rodeo season gets into full swing. The closer we get to spring and summer, the more the cream will rise to the top when it comes to world title races.
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