Bareback riding, bull riding to be part of Danny Dietz Memorial Classic
ROSENBERG, Texas – The uniqueness of the U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Classic has become a hit in the world of professional rodeo.
The bareback riding and bull riding event is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg. It will feature the top 24 bareback riders and top 24 bull riders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the premier sanctioning body in the sport and home to the greatest cowboys in the game. The PRCA was founded in 1929.
The concept U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Ultimate Challenge was created by Waller, Texas, cowboys Kirby and Clint Cannon – Clint is a five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in bareback riding. They came up with the idea after organizers Danny Quinlin and Patsy Dietz enlisted the Cannons’ help in establishing a PRCA event with the Classic.
Now in its second year, the cowboys will battle for the biggest paychecks paid out over the Memorial Day weekend, and the list of contestants is like a who’s who of the greatest men in the game in their respective events. That includes the defending world champions: Bareback rider Tim O’Connell and bull rider Sage Kimzey.
Each of the 48 cowboys will make one ride, with those receiving the highest markings on the 100-point scale earning the prize money. Last year’s event winners earned $3,500 apiece, and that money counted toward the world standings – in rodeo, only the top 15 money-earners at the end of the regular season advance to the NFR, which boasts of a $10 million payout.
“We wanted this to be a big deal for the Danny Dietz Memorial Classic and for the cowboys,” Kirby Cannon said. “Thankfully by working with such an amazing event, we’ve been able to make that happen.”