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ProRodeoLive.com will broadcast the All American ProRodeo Finals Oct. 12-14, beginning at 7 p.m. (CT) each day … The PRCA has announced a partnership with 5050 Central, a company which specializes in electronic real-time digital raffle systems. The Canadian-based company has already worked with PRCA rodeos in the past, including the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede, Reno (Nev.) Rodeo & Xtreme Bulls, Strathmore (Alberta) Stampede and Williams Lake (B.C.) Stampede. “We are pleased to partner with 5050 Central to bring the rodeo tradition of the 5050 raffle into the age of technology,” PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman said. “This company offers a streamlined way for our rodeo committees to conduct 5050 raffles, and allows those committees to generate revenue that goes back into the community and to various charitable organizations. No matter who wins the raffle, the big winner is the rodeo community.” Jason Little, VP of Business Development of Gaming Nation, said the following: “We know our raffle fundraising technology will be a great new asset to PRCA events – creating a new means of excitement for fans, while also acting as an incredible fundraising vehicle for the organizing committee and its partnered charity.” … Ernie Gipson, who qualified for the 1979 National Finals Steer Roping event and finished 10th in the final world standings, passed away Oct. 6 in John Day, Ore. He was 61. Gipson became a PRCA member in 1973. In 1979, at age 23, Gipson qualified for the NFSR in grand style. He finished tied for second at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, tying ProRodeo Hall of Famer Phil Lyne, thanks to winning more than $4,860. He also team roped and he credited his father and former PRCA competitor Tom Gipson as the biggest influence on his rodeo career … For much of this year, the staff of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo has been raising money for the Cowboys Who Care Foundation. Carr not only plans to continue his giving mission at every rodeo that features the firm, but he also will open the opportunity for everyone to help by selling the popular Pete Carr Pro Rodeo hats, made by Resistol, on the company’s website, www.PeteCarrProRodeo.com. “We are going to take the proceeds from those online hat sales through the end of the year and donate them to Cowboys Who Care,” said Carr, who also serves on the foundation’s board. “We believe in this organization, so I wanted to find as many avenues as possible to continue giving.” Cowboys Who Care was founded by comedian cowboy Bill Martin and his wife, Michele. “The hat means honor, bravery and kindness,” Martin said. “Our sole mission is financial support, smiles and free cowboy hats for boys and girls who have cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

            “Shane rides great. It was hard to get the win against him. He’s a good rider and a good guy.

            ­­­– Bareback rider Ty Breuer told the Minot (N.D.) Daily News about edging Shane O’Connell by two points to win the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo Oct. 8.

 
 
 
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