The WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) in partnership with Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo (DO47) is excited to announce the format and payout for the 2021 event. The DO47 will play host to the second stop of the WCRA’s Triple Crown of Rodeo (TCR) during the 2021 series and will have a payout $562,500. Each champion will walk away with a minimum of $25,000 and a coveted DO47 Gold Medal.
“WCRA is thrilled to continue our relationship with such an iconic rodeo as we continue to bring marquee events to the Triple Crown of Rodeo,” said WCRA President Bobby Mote. “This event looks to be one of the top 10 payouts of the summer, and we’re extremely fortunate to be able to work with DO47 to bring this opportunity to the rodeo world
The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank takes place July 20-24, at 7:30 p.m. nightly at the state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. The total event payout will be $562,500 with the payout per round as follows:
- Semi-Final Rounds (July 20-23): $144,000 ($36,000 per performance)
- Gold Medal Round (July 24): $418,500 ($46,500 per discipline)
Nominations for the DO47 Leaderboard (Segment 8) will remain open until June 27 at 11:59 p.m. CT. The top 24 timed event athletes and the top 24 roughstock athletes on the leaderboard at that time will qualify for the event with the No. 1 athlete on the leaderboard in each discipline being automatically seeded into the Gold Medal Round on July 24. The No. 1 athlete will also be given the opportunity to compete in the preliminary rounds.
The remaining eight (8) athletes in each discipline will be qualified via the DO47 Committee parameters to include the top three medalists in each discipline from the 2019 event, along with the top five athletes in the 2021 PRCA, WPRA and PBR world standings, respectively as of June 28.
A total of 32 athletes (eight athletes per night) in each of the nine disciplines will compete in the semi-final performances with the fastest time or highest score in each discipline of each performance advancing to the Gold Medal Round. The three fastest times or highest scores, from all the semi-final performances combined, not already advancing, will also advance to the Gold Medal Round. The seven qualifiers from the semi-finals round along with the WCRA Leaderboard No. 1 will create for a total of eight athletes competing in each discipline of the Gold Medal Round.
The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest-standing traditions celebrating the State’s heritage since 1847. For only the sixth time in the history of rodeo, riders will have an opportunity to compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the 2021 Salt Lake City event along with that sizable $562,500 total payout.
“The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo has become a must stop on the summer rodeo schedule and with over a half a million dollars in prize money, we will be the largest five day rodeo this summer,” said Tommy Joe Lucia, Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo General Manager. “Every contestant will not only vie for prize money but will be competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals setting this rodeo apart from any other rodeo in the world.”
On Saturday, July 31 (1:00 PM, ET), CBS Television Network will broadcast the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo.
The TCR is an annual bonus that will pay $1 Million to any one eligible athlete or collection of eligible athletes who win the Event Championship and place first in the same discipline of any three consecutive WCRA Major Rodeos.
The TCR bonus will be available to all athletes from around the globe who nominate their current competitive efforts through the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) and earn a minimum of 15 points on the DO47 (Segment 8) leaderboard. Athletes will have until June 27 at 11:59 p.m. CT to earn a position on the leaderboard.
Since launching in May of 2018, the WCRA and its partners have awarded more than $8,500,000 in new money to rodeo athletes. All rodeo athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA or the VRQ should be directed to wcrarodeo.com.
(Press release courtesy of WCRA).