I saw the full list for of PRCA end-of-the-year-award nominees yesterday, and it’s filled with some of the most talented, hard-working people I’ve worked with.
It is my honor at every rodeo at which I’m hired to share time with these people. They work hard for their wares week in and week out, and these nominations are the annual pots of gold at the end of a long, long rainbow. Why is it so special?
Because voting by the PRCA membership decides the winner in each category.
Here’s the rub: Because the association has refused for so many years to utilize the technology available to put the voting online, PRCA members must, first, be home in order to get their mailed ballot. That’s pretty tough at the end of the rodeo season for those that are on the road for so many weeks a year and are chugging along with hopes of qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo or realizing some annual goals. Hopefully that will change very soon.
Despite the challenges, I urge my friends that are members to vote and mail your ballots back in by the deadline. The only way to sway the annual awards ceremony away from being an annual celebration of the status quo is to have a high voter turnout. Vote your conscience or vote for your friends, but vote.
If you haven’t seen the list, it looks like this:
Pete Carr Pro Rodeo
Stace Smith Pro Rodeo
Beutler & Son Rodeo
Sunni Deb Backstrom
Bullfighter of the Year
Dress Act of the Year
Jerry Wayne Olson
One Arm Bandit – Amanda and John Payne
Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls – Jennifer Nicholson, Brandi Phillips
Comedy Act of the Year
Clown of the Year
Small Rodeo of the Year
Cave Creek, Ariz.
Medium Rodeo of the Year
Estes Park, Colo.
Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year
Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
Fort Worth, Texas
Rapid City, S.D.
San Antonio, Texas