CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (May 19, 2020) – The best of professional rodeo head to the desert this weekend to compete in Cave Creek, Arizona – the first PRCA rodeo held since the global coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement or cancellation of all spring rodeos.
The 43 Annual Cave Creek Rodeo Days, postponed from its original March date, features three performances that aren’t open to the public per CDC guidelines and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s executive order. But set your DVR, because each performance will air live on The Cowboy Channel, May 22-24, and will stream live on any device via Cowboy Channel Plus.
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“We’re excited to ‘kick open the chutes’ and get live PRCA action back on The Cowboy Channel and our app, Cowboy Channel Plus,” said Jeff Medders, president and general manager of the network. “Summer is so important to everyone involved in prorodeo, from the cowboys to the fans to the communities.”
On-screen action will feature the likes of bronc-riding superstars Clayton Biglow, Orin Larsen, Taos Muncy, and Brody Cress – as well as some standout bulldoggers. Luke Branquinho rides into town with five gold buckles and Bear Pasco with a Super Bowl ring from his former tight-end job with the New York Giants. Other decorated champs scheduled to ride are Ryder, Rusty, Stetson and Spencer Wright. Plus, world champion Fallon Taylor joins fellow world titlist Nellie Miller in headlining the field of more than 150 barrel racers.
“We’re thrilled to have been chosen as the nation’s first live PRCA-sanctioned rodeo since our country was shut down,” said Beth Cornell, president of Cave Creek Rodeo Days. “The rodeo community is resilient, and we’re looking forward to welcoming back hundreds of competitors who rely on rodeos as their primary source of income.”
Slack competition is likely to also be streamed via the app and boasts a tie-down roping for the ages. In a likely NFR preview, fans won’t want to miss world champs Tuf Cooper and Haven Meged try to fend off young guns Ty Harris, Shad Mayfield, Taylor Santos, Marty Yates and John Douch.
Performances each night are live starting at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). The Cowboy (COWBY) Channel can be found at Dish Network-232, Direct TV-603, or Cox-260, or watch on your phone or computer via the app, Cowboy Channel Plus. To download it, visit CowboyChannelPlus.com.
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