The Columbia River Circuit is part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). It is a non-profit organization that recognizes the weekend or part-time rodeo cowboy.
This recognition is accomplished by contestants earning points at PRCA approved rodeos within a determined geographical area deemed “the circuit”.
The Columbia River Circuit includes the states of Washington, Oregon and Northern Idaho. The top twelve contestants in each event are then qualified to compete at The Ram Columbia River Circuit Finals.
How it works…
Cowboys and Cowgirls compete at rodeos in their designated circuit throughout the rodeo season. At the end of the season, the top 12 contestants in each event earn a spot at the Circuit Finals Rodeo. They compete for prize money and year-end awards such as buckles and saddles as well as a chance to earn a trip to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RAM NCFR).
Most circuit contestants rodeo part-time and the circuit system gives them a chance to follow their dreams, compete amongst their friends, and not have to travel to all ends of the country.
Those that choose to rodeo for a living can compete throughout the country for a chance at a spot at the National Finals Rodeo. The Columbia River Circuit has produced a number of World Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls over the years…competition in this circuit is as tough as it gets!