By CASEY DOEBBLER
Special to The Flash
“Cowboy Capital of the World” is a phrase not taken lightly around the Stephenville area.
There are more PRCA world champions, National Finals Rodeo qualifiers, and numerous elite pro rodeo athletes who call this area home than anywhere else in the world. The phrase is easily found in a number of places around town but none where it means as much as when it is attached to “Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo.”
Every September, the Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo Association strives to bring the best rodeo action in the world featuring top notch animal and human athletes to the hallowed grounds of Lone Star Arena. Over the last four years, numerous parts of Stephenville’s pro rodeo have grown including increases in sponsors, fans in the stands, Rodeo Heritage Week events, added money, contestant entries, and much more. As all of these areas continue to grow, its only expected for the Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo Scholarship Program to bloom as well.
In an effort to encourage the future stars of pro rodeo as they pursue a college education, the CCPRA has created a unique event found only in Stephenville: The Cowboy Capital Scholarship Shootout. Champions of Texas High School Rodeo Association Region III and Region X (which both overlap the Stephenville area) are invited to compete in head-to-head matches with a total of $8,000 in scholarships up for grabs on Sunday, September 25 during the third PRCA Rodeo performance. Sixteen high school rodeo athletes will show off their skills right alongside their pro rodeo heroes in front of packed grandstands. The winner of each match is awarded a hard earned $1,000 college scholarship.
The second annual Cowboy Capital Scholarship Shootout will feature the following athletes:
Clint Mayo (Bareback Riding) – Stephenville
Chase Wilson (Steer Wrestling) – Decatur
Ty Harris (Team Roping Heading) – San Angelo
Paden Bray (Team Roping Heeling) – Granbury
Logan Decker (Saddle Bronc Riding) – Burleson
Hagen Houck (Tie Down Roping) – Byers
Kylee Scribner (Barrel Racing) – Azle
Colton Kelly (Bull Riding) – Rhome
Leighton Berry (Bareback Riding) – Weatherford
Tanner Fleet (Steer Wrestling) – Axtell
Jarett Freeman (Team Roping Heading) – Tolar
Andrew Hill (Team Roping Heeling) – Paris
Parker Fleet (Saddle Bronc Riding) – Axtell
Chantz Webster (Tie Down Roping) – Mineral Wells
Kambria McDougal (Barrel Racing) – Weatherford
Daniel Keeping (Bull Riding) – Gorman
This special day of rodeo action is set for Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. at Lone Star Arena. Not only will fans be able to watch the professional rodeo stars of the PRCA, but they will also witness the budding careers of the future stars of pro rodeo.
As this scholarship event happens year after year, the CCPRA plans to increase the Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo Scholarship Program to award more scholarship opportunities and help more students.
For businesses wishing to support the CCPRA’s educational efforts please consider the association is not for profit and all donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to the CCPRA. For more information, visit www.cowboycapitalprcarodeo.com.