On Wednesday afternoon, March 20, 2019, contestants filled the Silver Spurs Arena for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Check-In. Cowboys and cowgirls stood in line to claim their Bib Number and solidify their spot in the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo taking place this weekend, March 21 -24, 2019.
There was excitement in the air as the contestants stopped at each station where they were asked to fill out forms such as contestant bios, W-9 and Stipends forms, and Livestock Health forms. Other stations included Kissimmee Guest Services, providing discounted attraction tickets for purchase along with Country Thunder, who was also there providing discounted tickets for purchase for the competitors.
Complimentary rodeo tickets were also available for each rider. After checking in, contestants pick up their media session information which is a schedule for media events throughout Osceola County where they can volunteer time. There was a meeting at the end of the Check-In event welcoming all of the contestants and briefing them on what they can expect in the days to come.
If you are not familiar with the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, here is a little backstory…
In 1975, the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association)created a system that breaks up the United States into 12 circuits. Those circuits include as few as one state, such as the California, Texas and Montana Circuits, to as many as 13 states – the First Frontier Circuit in the northeastern part of the country.
As the regular rodeo season ends, top competitors from each event qualify to compete in their circuit finals rodeos. Champions from those rodeos, as well as the year-end winners from each circuit, are then invited to Kissimmee to compete for the RAM NCFR championships.
Any contestants who qualify in the Mexican Tour Finale will have all the same opportunities to advance to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and compete as the contestants in the PRCA’s US-based circuit system as of October 2016.
The event winners will receive a $20,000 voucher for a new RAM vehicle, a Polaris RANGER UTV, a pair of exotic boots from Justin Boots, trophy saddle from Cactus Saddlery, and a Montana Silversmith buckle, in addition to their winnings.
RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo begins Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 1:00 PM. – Senior Citizens Day. Thursday evening at 7:30 PM is the second performance of the rodeo and round two of the national championship competition, along with Rodeo Education Appreciation Night, celebrating community, charity, education, and the sport of rodeo.
The third performance is happening Friday, March 22, 2019, at 1:00 PM, National Patriot Day – make sure to wear your best red, white, and blue to honor America, our veterans and first responders.
Saturday, March 23, 2019, is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day at the RAM NCFR and a portion of the ticket sales from this performance will be donated to Give Kids the World. It is also the fourth performance so you will be seeing which rider advances to the finals.
And finally, Showdown Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 1:00 PM you will see the finalists compete for the $1 million purse of cash and prizes.
We’ll see you at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo! For tickets or more information visit, https://rncfr.com for more information.