Spin to Win Rodeo - - At The Barrier -

Pro­fes­sional Rodeo Cow­boys As­so­ci­a­tion Com­mis­sioner Karl Stress­man and Mark Knapp, of the PRCA’s rodeo ad­min­is­tra­tion depart­ment, vis­ited Chi­huahua, Mex­ico, April 17-21 at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Gover­nor of the State of Chi­huahua and of­fi­cials of the Chi­huahua-based Mex­i­can Rodeo Fed­er­a­tion. They were there to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of the PRCA sanc­tion­ing some Mex­i­can rodeos.

Stress­man and Knapp met with Mex­i­can Rodeo Fed­er­a­tion (FMR) Pres­i­dent Guillermo “Memo” Her­rera and FMR of­fi­cer Car­los Ochoa to ini­ti­ate dis­cus­sions about the con­cept and the pro­ce­dures that would come into play to bring the pro­posal to fruition.

As part of this fact-find­ing mission, Stress­man and Knapp toured lo­cal are­nas and event lo­ca­tions spe­cific to rodeo and other sports within the state. They at­tended the FMR-sanc­tioned Rodeo of Cham­pi­ons April 19 and met a va­ri­ety of FMR contestants and of­fi­cials.

Com­mis­sioner Stress­man was pre­sented with a cer­emo- nial belt buckle (pic­tured) dur­ing the grand en­try of the rodeo from Pres­i­dent Her­rera, and Stress­man par­tic­i­pated in a team rop­ing prac­tice at a lo­cal team rop­ing arena dur­ing the visit.

The PRCA del­e­ga­tion also met with the State of Chi­huahua’s Direc­tor of Plan­ning Ar­turo Estrada Frias and Direc­tor of Tourism Ivonne Bar­riga Mar­quez to dis­cuss what the state could do to pro­mote the PRCA’s part­ner­ship with the FMR in Chi­huahua.

Of­fi­cials of the PRCA and the FMR will be in a con­tin­u­ing dia­logue with a goal of hav­ing PRCA-sanc­tioned rodeos through­out Mex­ico. –Story and Photo Cour­tesy PRCA

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