RNCFR Tie down roping

Regional rodeo champions from across the country will compete in tie-down roping, pictured here from last year, and six other traditional rodeo events this weekend beginning Thursday at the RNCFR at the Silver Spurs Rodeo.

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, featuring regional champions, makes its fifth appearance in Kissimmee this weekend

Probably the closest thing to professional rodeo’s All-Star Game is in town this weekend.

The RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo takes place at the Silver Spurs Arena, but you’ll probably see the influence and influx of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association all around town this week.

The champions of the seven traditional rodeo events from the PRCA’s 12 regions across the country — bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, bull riding and barrel racing will compete for the title of champion, big-money prizes and a Dodge truck.

While the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), held annually in Las Vegas, is the premier event in rodeo, many top cowboys do not compete nationally to reach it. They compete in their own region, as rodeo is a “night job” or a second priority to work or family, but they still have the will to compete professionally. These cowboys make up the backbone of the PRCA.

The action begins today at the Silver Spurs with two rounds of preliminaries 1 and 7:30 p.m., and only the top eight in each event moves on to Friday at TIME with a clean slate. The top four will then compete Saturday at TIME for the chance at a Circuit Nationals title.

In addition to their earnings, event winners receiver a Polaris Ranger, a custom Cactus saddle and a Montana Silversmiths buckle.

Details on each performance are as follows:

  • Today, 1 p.m.: $20 general admission seating, $17 ages 55 and up, ages 3-12 $12.50, parties of 10 or more people receive a group discount of $3 off per ticket.
  • Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Rodeo Education and Appreciation Night. $10 general admission seating, teachers, high school and college students are free with valid ID. Seniors 55+ receive $3 off.
  • Friday, 1 p.m.: National Patriot Day performance: $20 adults/$12.50 children/$17 seniors. Veterans, active and retired servicemen and women and first responders free with valid ID.
  • Saturday, 1 p.m.: Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day to honor those who have battled or are currently fighting breast cancer. $20 adults/$12.50 children/$17 seniors.
  • Sunday, Championship Final. Cowboy Church (free and open to the public), 10 a.m. Rodeo is at 1 p.m., $25 adults, $22 seniors, $12.50 children.