World Champs commit to Brady PRCA event

The books are closed and next week’s Bad to the Bone PRCA rodeo at Brady’s G. Rollie White Complex is bringing in the big guns. Event organizers received confirmation late Wednesday afternoon that Fred Whitfield, the reigning World Champion All-Around Cowboy, has entered next week’s PRCA event. He, along with World Champion Steer Roper, Guy Allen, will headline next week’s Bad Company Rodeo production. In addition to being named the World Champion All-Around Cowboy, Whitfield also holds the 1999 World Champion Calf Roping title. He ended the 1999 season as the top calf roper in the world and finished first in average at the National Finals Rodeo. Whitfield won the world all-around title in 1999 and upon doing so, inscribed his name in history books as the first African-American to reach that plateau. “This all-around title ranks right up there with my first calf roping championship (in 1991),” said Whitfield. “I’m not going to put one title ahead of another, because when you’re the world champion it means you’re the best in the world, and that is as good as it gets.” Allen, the most dominating steer roper in PRCA history, holds 14 world championships including a nine-year run since 1991. He set the PRCA record for the most consecutive world titles (9) as well as being the youngest steer roping world champion in 1977 (19). His current total of 14 world titles in one event is also a record never before seen in the PRCA. On the local side of rodeo competition, area favorites Reed Corder and T.J. Meadows will also be hitting the ring in the bull riding competition. Corder, a Melvin native and former bull riding champion, has been entering PRCA events recently and confirmed his entry in the Bad to the Bone Rodeo several days ago. Other top-ranked contestants that will be competing in next week’s rodeo include seven time champion Clay O’Brien Cooper; Tee Woolman, the ninth ranked team roping header and 13th ranked steer roper in the nation; J.D. Whatley, the number eight ranked steer roper; Roy Cooper, the first cowboy ever to reach the $2 million mark in career earnings and numerous other top-ranked riders. Tickets for the Aug. 24-26 performances are on sale at the following locations: Lone Star BBQ, Texas Corral, John’s Western Wear, Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce, Pizza Hut in Brady and Brownwood and Blair’s Western Wear in San Angelo. Reserved seats are only available at John’s Western Wear and the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce. Reserved seats are $15, adult general admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate; child admission is $6 in advance and $8 at the gate. Thursday night’s performance will feature the slack events and the finals of the McCulloch County Team Roping Challenge. Friday and Saturday events will each begin at 8 p.m. with pre-show activities beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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