Dalhart, Texas –
Folks, its rodeo time again in The XIT City and there will be lots going on at this year’s PRCA sanctioned show in Dalhart on August 7th, 8th and 9th.
David Bailey Rodeo Company is back with their band of rank broncs and bulls that will test the cowboys to their limits. PRCA and PBR superstar bulls Lucky Strike, Super Cool and Red Man are coming to town. This is a must see for anyone that enjoys watching some of the best bucking bulls in the country show their stuff.
Each year the XIT Rodeo has at least twenty to twenty-five of the top PRCA cowboys and NFR qualifiers right here in Dalhart trying to earn points and money in their quest to make it to the Circuit Finals and the NFR. This year’s entries include superstar ropers Scott Snedecor (leading the world in steer roping), Guy Allen, Jake Barnes, Clay O’Brien Cooper, Kory Koontz, Cash Myers, Cody Ohl, Buster Record Jr., Stran Smith, and J.D. Yates. Top NFR Steer Wrestlers appearing here this year are Matt Reeves, Hunter Cure, Jule Hazen, Ken Lewis and Jake Rinehart. Among the Saddle Bronc and Bareback Bronc riders who are coming are notables Zach Dishman, Marty Eakin, Brody Bolton and Todd Rangel. The bull riding this year in Dalhart is chock full of big-time bull riders. Coming to Dalhart for ’08 are Douglas Duncan and Fred Boettcher, currently sitting #11 and #12 in the World Standings, Donald Francis, who is one of the top ten rookies in the World, and Dalhart’s Stormy Wing, who is on a tear and is currently the #2 bull riding rookie in the PRCA, sitting #2 in the ProRodeo Tour Standings and is also ranked as the #6 bull rider in the Texas Circuit.
This year we are again having an open, amateur barrel race that will feature our local talent. Also, we are bringing back the Business Man’s Wild Cow Milking that will surely put a smile on everyone’s face as they watch their friends and neighbors trying to squeeze a few drops of milk from an uncooperative cow.
For the hardcore fans, we will have contestants roping in the slack on Wednesday, August 6th at 7:00 p.m. and more slack on Saturday, August 9th at 8:00 a.m. There is no charge for those wanting to come in and watch Wednesday and only $ 5 for the Saturday morning slack performance. Marquee performances begin at 7:00 p.m. every night from Thursday through Saturday night. Adults are $ 10, kids twelve and under are $5 and kids three and under are free.
Don’t forget that we will have a brand new barrelman and comedy act with award winning John Harrison. Our horseback announcer from California, Jody Carper, will also make his first appearance in Dalhart.
On behalf of myself and the other Directors, we hope that all who can, will come and enjoy the thrills, spills and excitement that’s part of our annual PRCA Rodeo. After the rodeo, stay for the dance and enjoy the entertainment of the Calvin Milburn Band on Thursday, Blackhawk on Friday, and Jesse and Noah Bellamy on Saturday. Log on to www.xit-rodeo.com and to download a complete schedule of events during the 72nd XIT Rodeo & Reunion. See ya’ll there!