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Killdeer PRCA named 'Medium Rodeo of the Year'

The WPRA announced their 2020 Committee and Contract Awards and Killdeer Mountain Roundup PRCA Rodeo won the 2020 Medium Rodeo of the Year award based on the added purses courtesy of committee sponsors.

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From barrel racing to breakaway roping, the 97th PRCA Annual Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo proved to be a success once again this July, receiving national recognition as the Medium Rodeo of the Year award from the Women's Professional Rodeo Association. The recipient will be officially recognized along with other award winners at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo festivities in December. (Photo courtesy of Stacy Steffan)

The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association has announced its contract award winners and among those that will be recognized in Texas next month, the Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo will be named as the “2020 Medium Rodeo of the Year.”

Rodeo committees across the nation have helped salvage the 2020 rodeo season, and for Killdeer to be named as the “2020 Medium Rodeo of the Year” proves that the rodeo crew knows how to pull off a successful show.

“I thought it was great for our club because we have only been in our new location for a little over two years and had to start from scratch,” Killdeer Saddle Club Secretary/Treasurer Stacy Steffan said. “So I know for the WPRA, it’s important to have really good ground work in our arena for the barrel racing contestants and … last year’s breakaway contestants. That was our first year for breakaway (roping).”

The 97th PRCA Annual Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo was held July 2-4 and typically, the rodeo attracts around 400 contestants. However, due to the high volume of rodeo cancellations across the region, over 800 contestants suited up to compete. This year’s rodeo also featured quite a few of the top 15 National Finals Rodeo contestants, because they needed the points and the funds to get them to the NFR in December, Steffan noted.

The Killdeer Saddle Club wanted to be able to serve those contestants so they’d have an opportunity to compete, Steffan said. And the hillside arena allowed for attendees to watch the rodeo entertainment at a safe distance.

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“I know they have certain criteria that we have to meet all the time for their awards and what they like… We are proud of the work we do there and everything that we’ve accomplished in these last two years,” she said. “It’s nice to be recognized by them that we’re doing things the right way and the contestants are noticing it.”

To pull off a successful rodeo, it requires a high level of determination, hard work and a giant group of volunteers. Sponsorships and community support is highly crucial to the seeing the fruition of a rodeo play out, Steffan said.

“It’s expensive to put a pro-rodeo on and I don’t think a lot of people realize that,” she remarked.

Gathering enough spectators to come and watch the rodeo is also a huge driver to how the Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo always proves to be a successful showdown of the toughest cowboys and cowgirls, Steffan noted, adding that the two-day event attracts between 1,800 and 2,000 people.

The Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo will be recognized at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo festivities in December.

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Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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