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With 2021 upon us, let’s reflect on the things that we can be thankful for during this crazy year. We definitely experienced challenges in 2020 and, for the most part, we are looking forward to closing this door and welcoming in a new year!

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It was exciting to finally ‘Kick Open the Chutes’ in Cave Creek, Arizona, since the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of numerous rodeos. Contestants were thankful for the opportunity to compete and thankful for the committees across the country who were able to produce events. 

Women rodeo athletes were thankful for the inaugural Women’s Rodeo World Championship held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas that gave contestants the chance to compete for a $750,000 payout. Five champions were crowned, each winning no less than $60,000. This equal pay event shattered the glass ceiling of the rodeo world.

Although it looked a little different, the 2020 Wrangler NFR was a success! Not only that, but none other than Jackie Crawford was crowned the World Champion Breakaway Roper! Hailey Kinsel also made history by winning her third consecutive WPRA Barrel Racing World Title! Competitors and spectators are thankful for the associations that worked endlessly to create a fan experience in Arlington, Texas.

As we close out 2020, the beginning of 2021 is already experiencing some challenges, with the cancellation of the Denver, Fort Worth, and Tucson rodeos. We hope the spring and summer run become closer to a sense of normalcy for everyone. Until then, we can appreciate the good in our lives and the victories, no matter how small.

Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous New Year!