Rodeo news: Thunderbird Rodeo this weekend; Abbott hired in Texas

The 8th annual Thunderbird Pro Rodeo will be held Friday-Sunday at Thunderbird Stadium at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

The event benefits Corey’s Day on the Farm for the special needs children and Bremerton Kitsap Athletic Teams for special needs youth and adults.

About 200 contestants will compete for $8,100 in added money.

A barrel race will be held 6 p.m. Friday. The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Saturday with a concert featuring Brian “Buck” Ellard to follow at 9 p.m. Sunday’s rodeo starts at 1 p.m. with military and dependents admitted free. Gates and beer garden open 4 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Admission is $10 (pre-sale online at and $12 at the door. It’s $9 for seniors, military and 4-H members, $6 for children 7-11.

A VIP pass for $50 is good for the whole weekend and gives fans access to the hospitality area to eat and view the rodeo.

Abbott lands in Texas

This is old news, but I don’t think it was ever reported locally. Frank Abbott, who helped grow the Kitsap Stampede into one of the top rodeos in the country, was hired as the public events director in Sommervell County in Texas. Here’s a link to an April story. Sommervell is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Cowboys Christmas: 31 stops and $3.3 million

This one is courtesy the PRCA:
It is called Cowboy Christmas not because it is the busiest week of the rodeo season – there are a few weeks that have more events – but because the Fourth of July week offers the most money in the shortest span of time during the regular season.
This time around there will be 31 rodeos that begin and/or end during the week of July 1-7 with total prize money in the (ritzy) neighborhood of $3.3 million.
Cowboys trying to work their way to the year-end Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will crisscross the Western United States trying to compete in as many as nine rodeos and improve their standing.
Trevor Brazile broke the Cowboy Christmas earnings record last year with $39,993 in a single week and over the years six men have surpassed $30,000 during the Fourth of July week.
There figure to be four rodeos that week with more than $250,000 in total purse – Ponoka, Alberta; St. Paul, Ore.; Cody, Wyo., and Greeley, Colo. – and another half dozen with more than $100,000.



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