Boots, spurs, and horse trailers… cowboys are taking over Las Vegas again this December! Why? The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is riding into town again, December 3-12, 2015.
As a fan of Purple Cowboy, you have a chance to enter to win tickets to the rodeo of the year. The Gold Buckle Challenge is back!
“How do I win?” you ask. Well, it’s easier than you think. Simply subscribe to the Purple Cowboy newsletter where we dole out the latest news, recipes, wine pairings and more about the Purple Cowboy wines, the official wine of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
Ready to go? Those NFR tickets sell out quicker than you can say “Purple Cowboy,” but we can get you there in style. Our Gold Buckle Challenge winner will get some of the best seats at the NFR and your airfare and lodging are covered courtesy of Purple Cowboy Wines.
Already subscribed to the newsletter? Great! You will be automatically entered in the Challenge. We wish you the best of luck! The Challenge continues until October 1st, 2015 when we randomly draw a winner for the sweepstakes.
All year long, he’ll be sharing his experiences and stories from the rodeo trail with us. We’ll be sharing his stories from the road here on our blog and over on our Facebook Page. Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter so you don’t miss a word!
Originally from Baker City, Oregon, Trevor has been a PRCA competitor since 2001. His main events are steer wrestling and tie-down roping with his total PRCA career earnings topping more than $1.25 million! This cowboy has rodeo in his blood; his uncle is Butch Knowles, an NFR saddle bronc riding champion. His cousin, Blake Knowles is also a PRCA steer wrestler.
He’s qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ten times since 2004 and currently holds a 6th place world standing in his events. At the 2013 WNFR, he won Round 1 with a time of 3.1 seconds and placed in three other rounds.
He’s got a couple of superstitions when it comes to competing, including “don’t eat chicken” and “don’t shave on game day.”
When he’s not riding, this single cowboy is an avid hunter and fisherman and he’s got a knack for music. If you’re lucky, you may see him singing and playing his guitar – we have heard that he played at one of the WNFR Buckle Presentations and he is a regular singing cowboy at the Purple Cowboy Campfire during the California Rodeo in Salinas in July every year.
Join us in welcoming Trevor to our Purple Cowboy family and look out for his updates from the road all throughout the year!
The Tough Enough To Wear Pink™ Western Campaign to raise money and awareness for breast cancer raised over $17 million dollars in 2013 through the hard work of regional rodeos and western events across the country. The monies raised stayed local to benefit community breast cancer charities – which is the strength of the campaign’s success.
“2013 marked the ninth anniversary of Tough Enough to Wear Pink at the Wrangler NFR and the campaign continues to gain momentum. Nobody could have imagined that together we would raise millions of dollars for the cause,” said Terry Wheatley. A breast cancer survivor herself, Wheatley is an entrepreneur, wife and mother to professional rodeo competitors. She founded Tough Enough to Wear Pink in 2004 with Karl Stressman, former director of special events for Wrangler and now commissioner of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PCRA).
We tip our hats to everyone who raised money for breast cancer awareness and research through Tough Enough to Wear Pink and these top 10 fundraising events and rodeos:
“Cowboys For Cancer Research” Las Cruces, NM, $906,424.09
Cattlemen’s Days – Gunnison, Colorado, $205,950.00
Own a beautiful breast collar by being the highest bidder in the Tough Enough auction!
Katie Weaver of WesternDove.com has designed a unique, one of a kind breast collar for Purple Cowboy endorsee and WNFR team roping qualifier Dugan Kelly to wear on his horse for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink performance, Monday, December 9th. You can own this beautiful breast collar by being the highest bidder in the TETWP auction.
For the rodeo newbies in our community – just in case – here is the official description of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo according to the ProRodeo website…
“The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is widely acknowledged to be the world’s premier rodeo. Held every December since 1985 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, the Wrangler NFR is ProRodeo’s richest and most prestigious rodeo, and it showcases the very best cowboys, barrel racers and livestock in the world.
The top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping (headers and heelers), saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding – based on money won during the regular season, the Justin Boots Playoffs and Championships, and for many bull riders, the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour – qualify to compete at the Wrangler NFR. At the conclusion of the Wrangler NFR, the sport’s world champions are determined based on total season earnings – what they win during the Wrangler NFR added to what they won before the Wrangler NFR.
The Wrangler NFR consists of 10 rounds on 10 consecutive days. Cowboys and barrel racers earn money by placing first through sixth in any round, and pick up more money by placing first through eighth in the average (cumulative times or points earned during the 10 rounds). At the end of each Wrangler NFR, there are two champions in each event (four for team roping): the average winner, who won the Wrangler NFR by having the best cumulative time or score in his or her event over the 10 rounds, and the world champion, who finished the year with the most money (including what he or she earned at the Wrangler NFR). For each event, the average winner and world champion may be the same person or different people.”
The 7th Annual Tough Enough To Wear Pink Horse Show is gearing up for another amazing year! During its existence, the show has raised $157,500! Funds raised have been donated to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Patient Assistance. Last year’s show was the best so far, raising $50,000, nearly one-third of the total money raised, to date. The 2013 show is September 20-22 at Roberts Arena in Wilmington, Ohio. The horse show has many of the standard classes, along with a few special ones. Each year they have an “In Memories Class” and a “Survivors Class.” The main goal is to have more participants in the “Survivors” class, in 2012 there were 17 riders that came through the gate! There is still a large gap in numbers between these two classes, but they plan on having the show for many years to come! Last year’s show saw a 10% increase in overall participants with 1650 riders – simply amazing! The dedicated folks at the horse show have had an amazing collection of items donated over the last six years to aid in their fundraising efforts. In the past, they’ve raffled such items as a pink manure spreader and a pink horse trailer! This year will be no different. In addition to another pink horse trailer, the group will be raffling a golf cart! Raffle tickets can be purchased throughout the year. The cost is $5 per ticket or five for $20. The drawing will be held at the show in September. The first ticket drawn will be for the pink horse trailer and the second ticket drawn will be for the golf cart. Last year tickets were sold to people all across the country! Anyone interested in purchasing raffle tickets may do so by visiting www.toughenoughtowearpinkhorseshow.com, or by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave your phone number and the wonderful TETWP Horse Show team will be happy to contact you!
The California Rodeo in Salinas is celebrating 103 years of Rodeo – July 18th through the 21st. The Wheatley family (sometimes known as one of the families behind Purple Cowboy), has competed at this rodeo for 40 years! Jim Wheatley, husband of Purple Cowboy’s founder, won the Calf Roping and was the All-Around Champion Cowboy in 1973.
The Wheatley family makes the rodeo – known as “Big Week” – an annual vacation together with other rodeo friends including the Lockett family, the Grantham family and many more. The Purple Cowboy “Cowboy Camp” campfire and barbecue has been enjoyed by the rodeo’s best cowboys and cowgirls each year including Trevor Brazil, David Motes, Brandon Beers, Sherrick Grantham, Patrick Smith, Kyle Lockett, Stetson Vest, Frankie Martinez, John Chavez, Wes Goodrich, Travis Tryan, Brady and Riley Minor and many, many more.
Opening night of the rodeo, Thursday, July 18th is the annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink night to raise awareness for breast cancer. A dollar of the ticket sales is donated to local breast cancer charities.
Stay tuned… we will be posting pictures on Facebook throughout the week from Purple Cowboy’s Cowboy Camp and rodeo action.