Bucks, broncs and bulls should make 2014 big

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For local and national rodeo fans, 2014 shapes up to be a year full of notable events and breaking news throughout the sport.

• Two lucrative shows at AT&T Stadium in Arlington are set for March 1-2. First, fans can watch the Iron Cowboy V, a popular Professional Bull Riders show. At the conclusion of the performance, the event winner will face Bushwacker, the 2011 and 2013 World Champion Bull. If the cowboy makes a qualified ride, he will earn $1 million.

On March 2, RFD-TV’s The American will offer a $2 million purse, the largest payout ever for a one-day rodeo.

• The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo are scheduled for UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center on Dec. 4-13, but it might be last year the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s championships are in Las Vegas.

The PRCA Board of Directors voted (6-3) Dec. 15 to reject the terms of the current financial offer from Las Vegas Events to extend the NFR contract past 2014. The PRCA Board voted only on the offer, but not on whether to leave Las Vegas.

The PRCA is considering offers from all potential hosts, with a serious contender being the Orlando, Fla., area. On Dec. 15, Osceola County commissioners met and gave County Manager Don Fisher authority to negotiate with the PRCA to move the annual National Finals there beginning in 2015, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

• The Fort Worth Stock Show will host the Super Shootout Rodeo on Jan. 23, offering competitors $100,000. Events will include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Eight contestants per event will compete once with the four fastest times or highest scores advancing to a final round, or Championship Shootout.

In a break from the tradition of roughstock animals being randomly drawn, the contestants will pick their animals. Riders also will be placed on teams, representing high-profile rodeos such as Fort Worth, Austin and Houston.

• The PBR’s 21st season will feature charismatic defending world champion J.B. Mauney as the face of the circuit. During the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, Mauney — a big hit with fans and media — clinched the 2013 world title and took the $1 million bonus. This weekend, Mauney will compete at the season opener show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Texas Circuit update

The PRCA Texas Circuit Finals are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, at 7:30 p.m. each night. It features the top 15 in each event among 12 geographic regions to determine yearly champions.

The American update

David Motes of Tolar, the 1977 PRCA world team roping champion, advanced to The American semifinals, Feb. 22-23 in Mesquite. Motes qualified after he and his partner, Dean Tuftin, finished fifth last weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz. Motes hopes to advance to the March 2 The American in Arlington.

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