While Clark County hosts the world’s biggest rodeos — the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) and the Pro Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals — it does not provide a large quantity of professional rodeos for local cowboys and cowgirls.
Aside from the spring run at Laughlin (Laughlin River Stampede), Logandale (the Clark County Fair and Rodeo) and of course Helldorado Days right here in Las Vegas, local contestants have to get behind the wheel of their trucks and drive awhile to compete in their favorite sport.
Clark County’s best get a short drive this weekend with the Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo held just 100 miles south in Kingman, Arizona. Named for the local hero who went on to a big career in Hollywood, the rodeo hosts two performances this weekend, September 24-25 at 1 PM each day. The rodeo is held at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.
Nevada is part of the Wilderness Circuit, one of twelve circuits or regions throughout the United States. Each circuit hosts a number of rodeos and a year end circuit finals rodeo where year end titles are awarded. The Wilderness Circuit is composed of Nevada, Utah and Southern Idaho.
Though Andy Devine Days is held in Arizona, it meets professional rodeo’s criteria to receive co-approved status meaning that it also counts for Wilderness Circuit contestants towards their own circuit finals rodeo held each October in Ogden, Utah.
Due to scheduling, Andy Devine Days counts for the 2012 season for the circuit system; in fact, it is the first rodeo of the new year for the Wilderness Circuit. However, the rodeo is one of the last of the 2011 regular season for contestants chasing World championship points and a qualification to the WNFR. That odd bit of timing means that some of the world’s best will be in Kingman along with circuit competitors hoping to get a jump start on the new season.
Seven Clark County contestants will try their luck in Kingman. During the opening performance on Saturday, Ky Hash of Henderson will head for Kal Jepson of Las Vegas in the team roping.
On Sunday morning, barrel racers Bobbi Scott and Kathy Vazquez, both of Las Vegas, will make their run for the cash during the slack at 9 AM. Scott is riding a hot streak, winning the Clark County Barrel Racing Club’s race on September 18 in Henderson.
During the final performance Sunday afternoon, tie down roper Bryce Barnes of Las Vegas will take his turn for the pay window while steer wrestler Tom Collins of Logandale does the same. Bull rider Deniz Akman of Las Vegas will attempt to score a qualified, eight second ride and place in his event.