Nationally Televised PRS World Finals heads to the Black Hills

Professional Roughstock Series Finals brings Top Riders and Stock to Rapid City, SD

Belle Fourche, SD – June 21st, 2013 - The Professional Roughstock Series (PRS) 2013 World Finals will take place on November 15th and 16th at the Rushmore Civic Center in downtown Rapid City, SD. More than $60,000 in prize money will be up for grabs in the culmination of the fifteen-city nationally televised PRS Tour, hosted by legendary announcer Justin McKee, three-time Saddle Bronc World Champion Monte “Hawkeye” Henson and five-time World Bull Riding Finalist Spud Whitman.

“There's no better place to crown our 2013 Champions than Rapid City", says Whitman, who also serves as the President of the growing organization. "The city is rich in rodeo tradition and so many of our top athletes and stock are located within the region."

The PRS Finals will feature the top twelve athletes in the world standings in the three most exciting and dangerous disciplines of rodeo, Bareback, Saddle Bronc, and Bull Riding, all vying for the chance to become PRS World Champions. This year's event will be the richest purse in PRS history and the title races in each discipline are as tight as it gets. In the Bareback event, season-long points leader Josi Young will attempt to hang on to his lead over top names such as JR Vezain, Jared Smith, Justin McDaniel, and Clint Cannon. Defending 2012 PRS World Champion bareback rider Steven Peebles, who sat out the first five events due to an injury, has won the last two PRS events and has his sights set on becoming the first back-to-back PRS World Champion.

According to Peebles, a second PRS Title would mean the world to him. "The way this organization is growing, yeah, I'd love to be a big part of that history. There is so much talent in bareback - it would mean a lot to come all the way back after my injury and win."  

The Bull Riding field has also become a tight battle at the top as Louisiana native Willis Trosclair has pulled to within $1,000 of former PBR World Finalist McKennon Wimberly. Other bull riders who are on the verge of punching their ticket to Rapid City include Tyson Donovan, Travis Sellers, Chandler Bownds, and Toby Stover.

Coming into the Finals, The Saddle Bronc competition may prove to be the most exciting battle in Rapid City as three NFR qualifiers are all separated by less than $1,000 among them. Multi PRS event winners, JJ Elshere (1st) and Troy Crowser (3rd) will take on the human highlight reel Cort Scheer (2nd) who recently finished second at the Black Hills Classic event, due in large part to his 87 point ride aboard Burch Rodeo's "Lunatic Fringe" in the Wrangler Final Four Showdown round.  

Lunatic Fringe will be just one of the many talented - and feared - broncs competing at the 2013 PRS World Finals. Over $2 million dollars of bucking stock will be assembled in Rapid City, each earning their right to be there by cowboy votes. Last year's Bucking Horse of the Year, Sutton Rodeo's "Chuckulator", certainly earned his place after a PRS season-high 91 point ride with Chuck Schmidt from Keldron, SD, in the Black Hills Classic in Belle Fourche, SD on June 7th.

World Champion bareback rider Kelly Timberman will be calling the action in the dirt and also coordinate the stock selection.

“The location of the finals in Rapid City is right in the back yard of some of the best stock contractors in the world,” he explained. “And, Rapid City’s location will make it easy for other top animals to make the trip as well.”

Matched up against some of the best athletes in the world, Timberman says this event is sure to keep roughstock fans on the edge of their seats.

The PRS World Finals will start at 7:30 pm on both Friday November 15th and Saturday November 16th. Additional pre-event activities, ticketing information, and host hotel details will be released shortly.

About the PRS:

Headquartered in Belle Fourche, SD, the Professional Roughstock Series features the best cowboy athletes in the world matched up with handpicked world-class stock. Riders compete in the three most exciting and dangerous disciplines of Rodeo - Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and Bull Riding. Each PRS event is televised on RFD-TV to over 45 million homes across the nation and airs on Friday nights at 8:00 pm MT, with replays on Sunday afternoons at 12:30 MT. For more information, visit www.proroughstock.com, follow us on Twitter @proroughstock, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/proroughstock.





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