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PRCA Ram Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo Crowns Champions

08 October 2017  
The last night of the Ram Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo drew the largest crowd as thousands came to see the best cowboys and cowgirls from Arizona and New Mexico be crowned champions of their various events on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Packed House to See Champions of Ram Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo On Last Night

PRESCOTT VALLEY- The Prescott Valley Event Center was packed, Saturday night, October 7th, as the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association Ram Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo wrapped up the inaugural rodeo in their new home after moving from Las Cruces, New Mexico. After three nights of win-or-go-home action, over $150,000 was awarded to the winners who had their names written into the history books over the weekend.

“I was really glad to come here to Prescott Valley,” said Tie-Down Roping Champion Seth Hall who finished with a time of 28.7 combined. “To get a championship the first year here...we can have a little lift off our shoulders every time we pull into the driveway that we can do this again.”

While Hall won the tie-down event, Jesse Clark took the year-end tie-down crown.

Corey Ross won the steer-roping event, while Brent Lewis took home the year-end steer roping title. Kyle Charley scored the highest and won both the event and the year-end for bareback riding. Jace Melvin also took the event and year-end title in his event of steer wrestling.

Wilcox, Arizona native Lori Todd owned the barrel race competition for the Turquoise Circuit, winning the event and the year-end competition. The team-roping event title went to the duo of Brady Price and Junior Zambrano II with Erich Rogers and Cery Petska winning the year-end title.

Meanwhile, Joseph Vazquez survived the bull to take the bull-riding event, while Lon Danley achieved the year-end win in bull-riding.

In the saddle-bronc competition, Leon Fountain won the event with Taos Muncy taking home the year-end victory.

“It means a lot to me,” Muncy said. “This is what I want to do my whole life and to come out on top, it means the world to me.”

The all-around winners of the Turquoise Circuit were awarded to Melvin and Hall.

Considering the three-day tournament format, cowboys and cowgirls were allowed to stay in town and enjoy the surrounding areas a bit more then when some come to the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott during July. The week surrounding the Fourth of July is a busy time as many events are held across the country and there is not much time to spend in each city.

“Usually we come to Prescott for the rodeo and Fourth of July and we are in and out of there,” Muncy said. “It’s nice to hang out here. It’s a nice community.”

Turquoise Circuit President Charlie Lewis was pleased with the competition fans who attended were able to see in the first year the rodeo was hosted at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

“I thought the rodeo was outstanding,” Lewis said. “We had some great times come in the timed events, had some big scores in the rough stock riding, the bull riding was fantastic, bronc riding was great, bareback riding was good….It was a lot of fun.”

It was not only adults who enjoyed the action over the weekend as many kids sported cowboys boots and hats, while getting a front row seat to Arizona and New Mexico’s best rodeo talents.

“There’s nothing more fun then to watch a bunch of kids in the front row getting dirt on them and watching them giggle and have a good time,” Lewis said. “That’s what makes it worth it to us.”

Lewis mentioned the rodeo will be just as big next year and hopes to see even more people get involved and come see the action at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

Torrence Dunham

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