Rodeo Fans to Experience New Wrangler Champions Challenge in 2016

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association unveils its new Champions Challenge format, schedule and team rosters.

From the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

The Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, is entering its third full season on the ProRodeo calendar with an expanded schedule, and a slightly amended format.

CBS Sports Network will again broadcast the tour, delivering 90-minutes of high-def coverage of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's best contestants competing on the sport's best stock.

The 11 teams will include seven Sponsor teams and four Rotational teams. The Sponsor teams will be partially drafted and partially filled by rotation as follows: From the top 15 eligible contestants from the year-end 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and/or Women's Professional Rodeo Association world standings, each Sponsor team will draft two franchise contestants from any separate events they choose and also randomly draw two additional event contestants, giving them a total of four drafted contestants. These four contestants will participate in all 2016 Champions Challenge events for the team that drafted them. The remaining three contestant positions will be filled by each team, prior to Rotational Team selections, based upon the remaining top eligible 2016 PRCA and/or WPRA World Standings 30 days prior to each Champions Challenge rodeo. For only the Rapid City and Scottsdale Champions Challenges, these contestant positions will be based upon year-end 2015 PRCA and/or WPRA World Standings. The Coors team will be allowed to draft all seven contestant positions, will keep the same team members all season and will not be subject to the above requirement to rotate team members.

The four Rotational Teams will have all contestant positions filled by the next highest unselected eligible contestants in the PRCA and/or WPRA 2016 World Standings 30 days prior to each Champions Challenge rodeo. 

The prize money payout is $16,000 per event at each of the Wrangler Champions Challenge events with a $400 appearance fee going to each contestant from that payout. With the first-place award of $3,944, this is among the highest of any of the PRCA's one-go rodeos.

Salt Lake City, Utah, was added to the 2016 Wrangler Champions Challenge lineup this year (see schedule below).

2016 team sponsors include Wrangler, Justin Boots, B&W Trailer Hitches, RAM, Coors Banquet, Experience Kissimmee, Las Vegas, and ProRodeo Gear. The teams drafted their roster during a draft on January 15, 2016. (Complete draft roster listed below).

Team standings will be kept and a champion crowned after the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale this fall.

The made-for-TV series has a wide geographic spread with nine events, plus a finale in the fall set in 10 states, from the season opener in Rapid City, South Dakota, all the way to Kissimmee, Florida.

2016 Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots Schedule

Location

Event Date

Broadcast Date

Rapid City, SD

Feb. 3

Feb. 14 @ 10:30 PM ET

Scottsdale, AZ

Feb. 28

March 6 @ 10:30 PM ET

Redding, CA

May 21

June 4 @ 5:30 PM ET

Spanish Fork, UT

June 4

June 11 @ 8:00 PM ET

Kissimmee, FL

June 11

June 18 @ 5:30 PM ET

Salt Lake City, UT

July 19

July 30 @ 6:30 PM ET

Cody, WY

Aug. 14

Aug. 28 @ 10:30 PM ET

Kennewick, WA

Aug. 23

Sept. 4 @ 10:30 PM ET

Pueblo, CO

Aug. 31

Sept. 11 @ 10:30 PM ET

Team Wrangler:

BB - Tanner Aus

SW - Ty Erickson

GBR - Cassidy Kruse

BR - Joe Frost

 

Team Justin Boots:

BB - Tim O'Connell

SB - Heith DeMoss

GBR - Mary Walker

BR - Brennon Eldred

 

Team Coors:

BB - Orin Larsen

SW - Clayton Hass

TR - Jake Cooper/Travis Woodard

SB - Jake Wright

TD - Cade Swor

GBR - Carley Richardson

BR - Shane Proctor

 

Team B&W Trailer Hitches:

SW - Dakota Eldridge

TR - Luke Brown/Jake Long

TD - Hunter Herrin

BR - Sage Kimzey

 

Team RAM:

SW - K.C. Jones

SB - Tyrel Larsen

GBR - Jana Bean

BR - Brett Stall

 

Team PRCA 1:

SW - Blake Knowles

TR - Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz

SB - Jacobs Crawley

BR - Parker Breding

 

Team PRCA 2:

TR - Coleman Proctor/Russell Cardoza

SB - CoBurn Bradshaw

TD - Ryan Jarrett

BR - Ty Wallace