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Kick Open The Chutes Program

by PRCA ProRodeo | Apr 28, 2020

Kick Open The Chutes

Dear Rodeo Committees,

We are excited to announce the Kick Open the Chutes program to help safely jumpstart our rodeos in May and June coming out of the global coronavirus pandemic.  I am confident that with our core values of “hard work and innovation” we can find a way to partner together to get ProRodeo started again and bring our communities back together.  Leading the way with the true cowboy spirit.

The Kick Open the Chutes program is designed to help relaunch rodeos that might be struggling to find a way to move forward.  This likely will require a combination of PRCA financial assistance to offset lost revenues and working together to further reduce event expenses.  Our ultimate goal is to offer assistance for you to avoid canceling your rodeo.  We are more flexible than ever and poised to work with you to make it happen.  Let’s find a way to get to “Yes"!  The longer-term future of ProRodeo is counting on our combined efforts to make it happen.

Funding support from the PRCA for your rodeo is contingent upon cooperation and approval from local authorities and governments, which includes safe distancing guidelines, fan-less rodeos, reduced seating, or full-on fan rodeos.  We have included recommended COVID-19 Rules and Guidelines for your review and use in safely conducting your events.

Again, the Kick Open the Chutes funding is initially directed toward the earliest scheduled rodeos and those rodeos that start by June 30.  In addition, we will identify a rodeo to be televised each weekend and have opportunities to livestream other rodeos.  Our goal is to support as many rodeos as possible based on their specific needs within the envelope of affordability. 

All ProRodeo is not a one-size-fits-all model; therefore, we have included a Committee Discussion Sheet for you to help identify your greatest needs.  Please communicate your needs via email to Tom Glause (, PRCA COO and Director of Rodeo Administration.

Our vision is to safely host rodeos as soon as possible and not jeopardize the legacy or the future of your rodeo.  We have to work together this year, maybe at lower levels financially, to ensure success for 2021 and beyond.

Rodeos Committees are encouraged to communicate directly to the PRCA with an email to Tom Glause.  Please reach out to me or my team to discuss ways we can assist your rodeo.  Thank you for your response in these challenging times.

Best regards,

George Taylor
Chief Executive Officer


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