GUTHRIE, Okla. – Every timed-event contestant in rodeo knows it takes great horsepower to excel in the rodeo arena.
Fans will get to see it in full force during the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, scheduled for 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10; 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11; and 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Lazy E Arena. In addition to the elite steer wrestlers in rodeo battling for ProRodeo’s National Championship, the Lazy E will host some of the greatest bulldogging horses in the game.
In fact, the top two in AQHA/PRCA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year voting will be in central Oklahoma with their owners: 2013 winner Two Guns will be mounted by Wade Sumpter (who owns the horse with veterinarian Chris Morrow) and other bulldoggers, while runner-up Ote will handle the heavy lifting for owner Bray Armes.
With 24 top cowboys battling for the prestigious RNCFR championship, expect a number of top horses to be in the mix. You see, this championship will bring out the greatest stars in the game, both human and equine. Armes and Sumpter are two of 10 steer wrestlers in this year’s field who have played on the sport’s grandest stage, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Their appearances inside the Lazy E Arena is just another feather in their cap – in fact, the National Championship is the second most honored title in the game, just behind the World Title.
World champion Jason Miller leads a field of the event’s brightest stars who will compete at this year’s RNCFR, joining Beau Franzen, Jake Rinehart, Nick Guy, Tommy Cook, Tom Lewis, Olin Hannum and Oklahoman Stockton Graves.