WINNEMUCCA, NV – The Western States Ranch Rodeo Association (WSRRA) will be holding its 8th Annual National Finals Thursday through Sunday, November 2-5, 2017. The WSRRA continues to sanction ranch rodeo and ranch bronc riding events in 13 states and Canada. There will be open division and women’s division ranch rodeo teams in addition to the top 15 ranch bronc riders and women’s steer stoppers. For the fourth year, the National Finals of the Professional Wild Horse Racers Association (PWHRA) will be held in conjunction with the WSRRA National Finals. The top six 3-man teams in the nation compete in six go arounds for the PWHRA world title. The PWHRA Finals has been a very exciting addition. Rodeo clown, Tuffy Gessling, will return to bring laughs and smiles all four days, as he did last year.
Enjoy the Buckaroo Christmas Gear and Trade Show, open every day Thursday through Sunday. Thursday thru Sunday also enjoy practice and jackpot goat team roping and open junior steer riding Thursday and Friday night. This is a good time for Christmas shopping with quality craftsman and vendors. For the third year, enjoy the Great Basin Gathering, a special music, poetry and gear trading show. It will take place Nov 3-4th. Tickets are $10 a day or $15 for both days. Tables available for people with trade gear. Friday and Saturday afternoon Jessica Hedges and Cowboy Thatch Elmer will be performing. Friday night at 9 pm Rico Nova and the Desires will be playing. All ages welcome. Also we have an open stage for anyone wanting to perform both days. Any questions please call Laura Chew at 541-589-3086. The Gathering is informal in nature. Gear traders, cowboy poets, and cowboy musicians are invited to spend the day enjoying each other’s talents and trade bag treasures.
An overview of the event schedule:
8am: Women’s Division Ranch Rodeo long go.
6pm: Open Jackpot team roping, big loop roping, women’s steer stopping, and junior steer riding.
7am: Open Team long go featuring working ranch horse, team roping and load & tie competitions.
6pm: Calcutta for the bronc riding, PWHRA wild horse racing, Round 1 ranch bronc riding, and special evening performances of the ranch rodeo.
After the performance: Rico Nova and the Desires in the Exposition Hall.
7am: 1st and 2nd round of Women’s Steer Stopping followed by Open Team long go sort & rope doctoring and team branding.
Approximately 1pm: After slack: stick horse races and dummy roping contests for the kids and John Lewis Memorial Family Jackpot Branding.
5pm: PWHRA wild horse racing, Round 2 ranch bronc riding, special evening performances of the ranch rodeo.
After the performance: Winners at Winners Award Party
8am. Cowboy Church with Bo and Cathy Lowe
9am: Calcutta for Finals teams, Finals Championship rounds followed by the WSRRA World Championship Award ceremony.
The WSRRA welcomes its returning National Sponsors for the 2017 season: The WCVA Board, Ram Trucks, Boot Barn, Performix Nutrition, Les Schwab Tires, 8 Seconds Whisky, Gouveia Ranches, Chaz Mitchell Hatz, Working Ranch Magazine, Twisted X Boots and Yeti. Thanks to all of these businesses for their sponsorship of the WSRRA. We truly appreciate your continued support of the association!
Be sure and book your room early as the town fills up fast. The two official host hotels are the Winnemucca Inn and the Winners Inn and Casino.
For more information about the WSRRA National Finals please call 916-296-2326.