EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a post for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo blog, which also can be found HERE.
The future of rodeo is firmly entrenched in its history.
That’s why it’s so awesome that Oklahoma City is hosting another ProRodeo championship event. Great rodeo is home in the Sooner State’s capital, and with great reason. From the cattle drives that crisscrossed the territory in the 1800s to the National Finals Rodeo making Oklahoma City its home from 1965-1984, the state is rich in Western tradition.
There’s a reason the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is in Oklahoma City, and it’s the same reason the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs has a distinctive Oklahoma flavor: Cowboy is big in Oklahoma, and so is rodeo
It’s why Oklahoma is now home to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, scheduled for March 29-April 1 at historic Jim Norick Arena on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.
Clem McSpadden would love what will happen inside that hallowed round building. McSpadden, who died in July 2008, was the voice of ProRodeo for decades. Moreover, he was the sport’s conscience who served as the NFR’s general manager in Oklahoma City.
McSpadden’s passion is still felt in Oklahoma and rodeo. That might be the biggest reason why having ProRodeo’s National Championship in Oklahoma City is the right thing.