Featuring Bulls, Barrels & Broncs, Team & Tie-down Roping & Much More!
TUCSON, AZ – Feb. 10, 2014 – The Tucson Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinic, presented on Sunday, Feb. 16 in conjunction with the 89thannual Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo, will feature a series of clinics designed to educate participants on the basics of rodeo competition. The event will raise funds to benefit breast cancer research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC).
The clinics take place during the Rodeo’s annual Pink Day performance, which always falls on the first Sunday each year. Pink Day highlights breast cancer research, prevention and patient services. Chicks n Chaps, a new program at the rodeo, features a morning in the arena with cowboys and cowgirls presenting roping demonstrations and insider information about the seven events in a professional rodeo. The UA Rodeo Team also will support presentations. Guest speakers include:
Gary Williams, Tucson Rodeo General Manger
Williams, a native Tucsonan, will give an overview of Tucson Rodeo history. A University of Arizona graduate, Williams rode bulls for 16 years and was a rodeo clown for three years. He was a volunteer member of the Tucson Rodeo Committee from 1987 until 1986, when the Committee hired him as its first paid employee and its first general manager. Williams is responsible for all operations involved in putting on one of the top 25 professional rodeos in the country.
Pro Rodeo Hall-of-Famer Bennie Beulter
Bennie Buelter of Beutler and Son Rodeo Company, which provides bucking horses and bulls for rodeos across the nation, including Tucson, will cover topics that include:
- Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) regulations for rodeo livestock
- Starting and retirement ages for broncs and bulls
- Meanings of stickers and signs on the hips of livestock
- How livestock is transported between rodeos
- Specially bred animals for specific events
Wayne Brooks, PRCA Rodeo Announcer
Brooks began his career in the arena as a contestant, and now serves as a PRCA announcer across the U.S. and Canada. His understanding of the events as a competitor provides his audiences with the kind of insights that have made him a repeat PRCA Announcer of the Year. Brooks will share insights about the technical aspects of competition.
John Marchello, Ph.D.
Dr. Marchello is a University of Arizona Animal Sciences professor and coach of the University of Arizona Rodeo Team. Dr. Marchello will cover:
- Chute structure and function
- How steers and calves are loaded into the chutes and how they exit
- How calves, steers and riders are paired
- What is means when a contestant “breaks the barrier”
Following the general overview, four clinics will cover arena records for each event, competitive considerations, support personnel, managing horses and steers in the arena, riding techniques, physical hazards, roping basics, judging criteria and life on the road. The clinics include:
- Barrels and Steer Wrestling
- Team Roping (Heading and Heeling)
- Bull Riding and Tie-Down Roping
- Saddle Bronc and Bareback
Registration for the event is $65 and includes:
- Rodeo Overview and Clinics
- Mimosa Brunch in the “Chick Pit” VIP area, located in the TucsonParadeMuseum
- VIP Chicks n Chaps Gift bag
- Admission to Reserved Rodeo Seating and to the Coors Barn Dance
- Tax-Deductible Donation to the UA Cancer Center
A Partner registration, which does not include the gift bag and T-Shirt, is available for $45 when the participant accompanies a registered guest. Registration is available online at www.tucsonchicksnchaps.wordpress.com or at www.facebook.com/tucsonchicksnchaps. For additional information, email email@example.com. Advance registration is recommended.
About Chicks n Chaps
Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinics is a 501(c)3 organization that raises money for breast cancer programs, research and patients in local communities, while teaching women about the sport of rodeo in a fun, ‘girls-day-out’ atmosphere. Last year, the organization donated more than $500,000 to community programs. All of the money raised in a host community remains in that community. These events bring together thousands of women from all different walks, many of whom have never seen a horse, a cowboy or felt the rush of watching someone ride a two thousand pound animal, to learn about rodeo. Chicks N Chaps™ teaches women how to rope, ride, and have a great country time, all while raising money for breast cancer fighters and survivors. This is the Tucson Chapter’s first year sponsoring an event.
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