With a full house and an interactive audience, these top athletes from around the rodeo world, show Kissimmee how rodeo is done year in and year out. With not a lot of pro-rodeos in central Florida…actually Florida in general, people come from hours away to watch these athletes compete at the Wrangler PRCA Champions Challenge. As of this week the B&W Trailers team is in the lead with a $65 thousand pay out so far.
Bareback rider and crowd favourite, Tim O’Connell, had a nice 83 point ride on Saturday night.
Personal favourite, Cody Rostockyj, had an awesome 85 point ride at the WCC, allowing him to slide into 2nd place and work on improving his world standings. He is currently ranked 7th in the world.
Florida cowgirl, Megan Swint, represented us well in the big leagues with coming in 4th and winning her first money since Rodeo Houston, with a 15.96 second ride.
Megan is rockin’ and rollin’ at pro rodeos all over the country and is currently ranked 14th in the world. I absolutely loved watching her preparing, riding, and then reward her horse after the ride. I see most, but not all, riders reward their horses after a ride, whether it was good or not. She was so loving on her four-legged team-mate that my respect for her blossomed and tripled all in one go. Florida loves you Megan!
If you are reading this and live in the Central Florida area, Osceola Heritage Park puts on 3 brilliant rodeos a year so far; the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, The Wrangler PRCA Champions Challenge & The Silver Spurs Rodeo. There are tons to do as a family and the performances alone will blow your mind. A lot of people say that if you’ve been to one rodeo, you’ve been to them all, and in some aspects that is true but there are always new and upcoming contestants, veteran pros come and see their fans and do meet & greets. Every rodeo I go to is always exciting and fresh even though they have the same events each time – the arenas and sponsors do a great job of getting everything to flow well, and switching things up to keep the audience involved and entertained.
I am already in eager anticipation for next year’s Wrangler PRCA Champions Challenge! I hope to see you there!
Up next, International Cowgirl covers The 137th Silver Spurs Rodeo – so stay tuned!
Here are some of my favourite shots that I captured on Saturday night.
Thanks for reading! Stay safe and God Bless!