FORT WORTH, TEXAS – History will be made yet again in April at the storied Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
The 2nd Cowboy Channel Rookie Roundup presented by Resistol with a $100,000 purse will take place April 28-29.
Sanctioned by the PRCA, this event will bring together the top 15 contenders from the 2023 Resistol Rookie Standings. The 2023 PRCA contestants vying for the Resistol Rookie of the Year title have an opportunity to earn money that goes towards the rookie standings. In addition, the whole experience of the event will be invaluable training for these competitors in their first year of professional competition. The competitors will have the opportunity to be mentored from elite contestants and participate in interviews and media training. In addition they receive a great welcome package and gift cards.
The Cowboy Channel will produce and broadcast the event with an evening performance each day beginning at 8:30 PM (ET).
The first performance on April 28 will feature all 15 contestants in a single go-round of competition. The top eight contestants in each event will be brought back to compete in the semifinals on April 29 with the top four then advancing to the championship round that same performance.
"The Resistol Rookie of the Year is so important to us. The PRCA rookies are the future of our sport” said Ricky Bolin, General Manager Resistol Hats. “We are happy the Rookie Roundup was such a great success last year and we can move forward to making this an annual event. It is great that the format is designed to educate and elevate them as they begin their journey towards a professional career in rodeo.”
The Resistol Rookie of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious awards that can be earned by PRCA and WPRA members. Money won during the Cowboy Channel Rookie Roundup presented by Resistol will count towards the Resistol Rookie Standings but will not be credited towards PRCA | RAM World Standings for NFR qualification.
The Cowboy Channel will also produce a series of roundtables with the participants in each event hosted by past winners of the Resistol Rookie of the Year.
Patrick Gottsch, founder of The Cowboy Channel, also understands the value of the Cowboy Channel Rookie Roundup presented by Resistol.
"The inaugural Rookie Roundup last year was a tremendous success", stated Patrick Gottsch. "Shining a special light on all the rookies proved to give them all a lot of encouragement and momentum that needs to now be done every year. We are proud to partner with Resistol and our Rookie Roundup sponsors to support these PRCA stars of tomorrow as they learn-the-ropes to find out what it takes to get on down the road and become champions.”
Tickets will be available on the Cowtown Coliseum website. Additional information and updates will be made on Western Sports Roundup, on the nightly live rodeos airing on The Cowboy Channel as well as on PRCA and Cowboy Channel social media platforms.