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November has come and gone, and the lesser-known stars of pro rodeo have wrapped up their season and have their eyes set on their next shot.

The reference of lesser-known stars can be easily misunderstood. To clarify, let’s break down the world of pro rodeo a little more. All rodeo fans are familiar with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the long list of rodeos that help athletes make it to the gold chutes of Las Vegas. Within nearly all of these big rodeos that pave the way, there is circuit money that has a big influence just on a small platform.

The PRCA is divided up into 13 circuits that are geographically spread around the world.

Columbia River Circuit – Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho.
California Circuit – California.
Wilderness Circuit – East of California, it includes the majority of Idaho, Nevada and Utah.
Montana Circuit – Montana.
Mountain States Circuit –Wyoming and Colorado.
Turquoise Circuit – New Mexico and Arizona.
Badlands Circuit – North and South Dakota.
Prairie Circuit – Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Texas Circuit – Texas.
Great Lakes Circuit – Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Kentucky.
First Frontier Circuit – Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.
Southeastern Circuit – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas.
Maple Leaf Circuit – The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association rodeos will allow competitors to earn Maple Leaf Circuit points, with two champions in each event earning spots to compete at the NFR Open, conducted in Colorado Springs, Colo., in July.

To read more, pick up a copy of the January 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Rodeo: A Year of Hard Work

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By Phillip Kitts

Rodeo is much more than a weeklong event for the average rodeo committee.
As rodeo fans, it is always an exciting time of year when the local rodeo rolls into town. The energy and excitement of livestock, contract acts, and big-name cowboys is a highlight for many small towns around the nation.

What often goes very unnoticed is the tenacious process that goes into putting on a rodeo of any level for a community. As a rodeo enthusiast, has it ever crossed your mind all the steps it can take to connect with the right contractor and make sure they have the livestock needed, along with a place to house these animals? Add to this all the accommodation to host several hundred rodeo athletes over a weekend. From food all the way to porta potties this is a monumental task. This month, let’s take some time to start with the end of the rodeo and proceed through the final stages of hosting next year’s events.

Most rodeos take no more than a week or two after they complete their event to start the process of preparing for the next year. Something that is not common knowledge is that very rarely are rodeo committees paid individuals, in almost all cases, the folks that put on a local rodeo are a volunteer force.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Winter Hoof Care:Keep Your Horse’s FeetHealthy in the Cold

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By Savannah Magoteaux

As winter sets in, horse owners must pay extra attention to their equine companions’ hoof health. Colder weather poses unique challenges that can lead to common hoof issues if not addressed proactively. This article aims to provide insights into combatting prevalent hoof problems during winter, choosing appropriate hoof protection, and offering tips to prevent conditions such as thrush and other infections.

Combatting Common Hoof Issues in Colder Weather:
Cracked Hooves

Cold temperatures and dry air can contribute to hoof cracking. To combat this issue, it is crucial to maintain proper moisture levels. Regularly applying a hoof conditioner or moisturizer can help prevent excessive drying and cracking.

Snow and Ice Accumulation

Snow and ice buildup can lead to discomfort and increased risk of injury.
Keeping the hooves properly trimmed is essential to prevent the accumulation of snowballs.
Additionally, consider using traction devices such as snow pads or special shoes for added grip in icy conditions.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Consistent McCartney

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By Krista Lucas Wynn

Breakaway is known to be the fastest event in rodeo. At the 2023 National Finals Breakaway Roping, conducted Dec. 5-6 at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev., no one was faster on 10 calves than Cheyanne McCartney.

The Kingston, Okla., cowgirl competed in a grueling match between the top 15 breakaway ropers in the world, and when it was all said and done had roped nine head in 32.2 seconds.
She split the win in round two with Hali Williams and continued her consistency throughout the two days of competition. She placed in four more rounds to help her win the coveted average title.

McCartney’s story did not start at the 2023 NFBR. This was her third qualification to the NFBR, and a lot of hard work went into getting where she is today. McCartney grew up in Louisiana, where her first rodeo memory began with entering the breakaway roping at a Little Britches rodeo in Deridder, La.

“My family was in the Quarter Horse racing industry, growing up. My father, Carl Guillory, was a trainer and calf roper,” McCartney said.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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