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PRCA For The Record: Weatherford

by Matt Naber | Jun 11, 2019

PRCA Media Coordinator

A sheriff’s posse is about as Western as it gets, and that’s where the Weatherford, Texas, rodeo begins.

Today, it’s known as the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo, where many of the top ProRodeo athletes compete for a sizable payout with a Texas flair. 

In 1947, rancher J.Y. Crum conceived the idea of forming a sheriff’s posse to preserve the “southern flavored Western traditions” of Parker County, which was supported by manufacturer Roger Williams and endorsed by 11 ranchers and businessmen in Parker County. (Click here for the posse’s full history)

This wasn’t just a ragtag group. They drafted a constitution and bylaws during their initial meetings. They also created a charter outlining their purpose:

"To foster interest among its members in keeping alive the true traditions of the Old West, a sacred heritage of all Texans; to promote good fellowship, good sportsmanship and a greater interest, both social and civic, in their community; to assist the High Sheriff, upon his request, to quell a riot, a disturbance or any emergency deemed necessary by the Sheriff in calling upon this Posse to assist in the protection of his jurisdiction. The policies of this Sheriff's Posse shall at all times be in harmony with the policies of other towns' and counties' Sheriff's Posses, Riding Clubs and Horse Breeders Associations in the mutual promotion of good horsemanship and good Texas Horses."Local interest in the newly formed posse grew quickly as membership jumped from 13 to 60 within a few months. By March 1947, the posse participated in its first parade, the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show Opening Day Parade and were contestants in nearby rodeos such as the Saunders Ranch Rodeo and the Mineral Wells, Weatherford Lions Club and Ranger rodeos. 

The following year, the posse held its first rodeo by starting the Parker County Frontier Days Celebration and Rodeo and became the first posse to receive a special introduction at the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show Rodeo.

Fast forward 70 years, and the posse’s rodeo has grown into a regular stop for PRCA world champions, but only the best have left their mark with arena records. 

Steer roper Rocky Patterson set the three-head average record of 32.1 seconds in 2001 and then beat his own record at the 2018 rodeo. The Kansas cowboy is a 24-time qualifier for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and a four-time world champion (2009-10, 2012 and 2016). Since joining the PRCA in 1992, he has won more than $1.4 million in ProRodeo competition while setting rodeo records along the way.

Cowboys will have a chance to top Patterson’s record and the rest June 12-15.  

Rodeo records

Total payout: $117,341, 2017 
All-around: $6,697, Trevor Brazile, 2006
Bareback riding: 91 points, Bee Jay Scott, 2010
Steer wrestling: 3.4 seconds Dwayne Newton, 1975
Team roping: 3.8 seconds, Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 2018
Saddle bronc riding: 89 points, Mike Outhier, 2008
Tie-down roping: 7.0 seconds, Trevor Brazile, 2004
Barrel racing: 16.43 seconds, Terra Bynum, 2009
Steer roping: 8.4 seconds, Rod Hartness, 2001, Tuf Cooper, 2018 (31.2/3, Rocky Patterson 2018)
Bull riding: 93 points, Cooper Davis, 2013

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