COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 1) – The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) announced on Aug. 1 that the inaugural Permit Finals will take place Oct. 7-9 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.
The Permit Finals, hosted by the Heart O’ Texas Committee, will consist of the top 10 permit holders in their respective events.
Contestants will compete in nine events in Waco, including breakaway roping and barrel racing, in three go-rounds for a purse of more than $100,000.
“The Permit Finals creates another opportunity for our young, up-and-coming contestants to showcase their skills as they prepare to take the next step in their ProRodeo careers,” PRCA CEO Tom Glause said. “We are excited for this partnership with the Heart O’ Texas committee and can’t think of a better place to have this event than in Waco, Texas.”
“For 70 years we have enjoyed ProRodeo at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo,” said Wes Allison, President and CEO of Extraco Events Center. “We are proud to continue our partnership with PRCA and the wonderful relationship when it comes to new opportunities. The PRCA Permit Finals represents another great chance for us to provide for the contestants and bring championship rodeo back to Waco. We believe in the future of ProRodeo and look forward to hosting the PRCA Permit Finals for many years to come.”
The top five finishers in the inaugural Permit Finals advance to the Permit Challenge Dec. 1 in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel & Casino during Benny Binion’s Bucking Horse and Bull Sale.
The PRCA has approximately 1,700 permit holders, which is more than the association has ever had. This event is another step toward securing a strong foundation for PRCA membership moving forward.
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About the PRCA
The PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is recognized as the unsurpassed leader in sanctioning the sport of professional rodeo. The PRCA’s mission is to unify membership in providing an innovative fan experience, to grow the sport of professional rodeo and provide new expanded opportunities for our membership and sponsors. Since 1986, the PRCA has paid out more than $1 billion in prize money to its contestants. The PRCA offers the best cowboys and the best rodeos, delivering the best fan experience while positively impacting our communities and embracing the spirit of the West. A membership-based organization, the PRCA sanctioned more than 840 events in 2021, and there are more than 40 million rodeo fans in the U.S. The sport’s marquee event, the National Finals Rodeo, has increased its payout to more than $10.9 million in 2022. The PRCA televises the sport’s premier events, with the world-renowned National Finals Rodeo on The Cowboy Channel and RFD-TV and streaming on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App. There were more than 600 rodeos streamed on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App in 2021. PRCA-sanctioned rodeos donate more than $40 million to local and national charities every year. For comprehensive coverage of the cowboy sport, read ProRodeo Sports News, the official publication of the PRCA. The digital PSN and daily updates of news and results can be found on the PRCA’s official website, www.prorodeo.com.