When it comes to producing great roping events, Chris Neal strives for growth. Chris has produced a number of events in Oklahoma, Texas and Las Vegas, focusing on the youth competitor. This new event will focus on ropers who compete at all levels. Entries open September 1st and close on September 30th.
The Kimes Ranch Jeans Oklahoma’s Richest presented by American Hat Company will be held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma from October 16-18. “I’ve always wanted to have a standalone spectator event that created a social environment for calf roping fans to enjoy while watching the best in the world. With all of the uncertainty and cancelations of big events and major rodeos, I felt like now was the perfect time to present contestants the opportunity to win big money” says Chris Neal.
The main attraction for the weekend will be the celebrity match roping’s. The reigning Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Tie-Down Roping World Champion Haven Meged will match PRCA’s current number one tie-down roper Shad Mayfield in a $5000 winner take all match. These two elite ropers will battle it out on a 10 head average.
“We at Kimes Ranch feel extremely privileged to be able to champion new and visionary events like this one. Our partnership with Chris Neal on Oklahoma’s Richest is an exciting way to showcase the best of Tie Down and Breakaway Roping. Additionally, we applaud the advancement of the Breakaway industry and any light we can shine on these talented women. Any event produced by Chris is a must attend event with his attention to detail and seamless implementation. Oklahoma’s Richest will no doubt be a premier event for exhibitors and spectators alike." – Lindsay Perraton, Kimes Ranch Director of Marketing
With the explosion of breakaway roping over the last two years, there was no way we wouldn’t recognize the talent the ladies have to offer for the same money, $5000 winner take all. Nineteen-time Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) World Champion Jackie Crawford will match the Fan Favorite. The Fan Favorite is being voted on through October 1. The Fan Favorite pool started with a group of ten girls and each week, one girl is eliminated.
Schedules changed for the Prairie Circuit Finals, so at Oklahoma’s Richest we also get to witness the first ever breakaway finals for the association. As an added bonus we will get to cheer on the top 12 ladies from Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska as they battle it out for the inaugural circuit championship.
Throughout the weekend, there are other events happening as part of Oklahoma’s Richest payout. Breakaway ropers will have the opportunity to qualify for Jackie Crawford’s Rope for the Crown and there is a win you’re in spot available for the Women’s Rodeo World Championships (WRWC). Youth competitors can qualify for the annual Junior American and Tuf Coopers Junior World Championships.
This event is made for spectators. There will be vendors on-site and you won’t want to miss the Kimes Ranch Jeans Cantina After Party with live music and a Calcutta.
Events like these don’t happen without the support of industry partners. Keith Mundee of American Hat Company says “Hats off to Chris Neal!! There are three types of people in the world. People that make it happen, people that wait for it to happen, and people that wonder what the heck just happened. Chris made it happen and we’re excited to be a part of it.
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About Chris Neal's Future Stars Event:
Our mission is to promote the sport of rodeo and the youth of our industry by producing the largest youth calf roping event in the world. We offer a family-friendly tradition full of excitement for the whole family. Our events give families and spectators alike a place for western entertainment and shopping. Our goal is to provide a professional production for our contestants to compete on a large stage and to promote our sponsors to the highest professional level possible
About Ace High Strategic Marketing:
Amanda Shaffer of Stephenville, Texas, has more than 15 years’ experience within the western sports industry. Working for facilities like Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and companies with extreme influence like Western Horseman, Professional Bull Riders, and The Cowboy Channel she gained knowledge of rodeo as a sport and built a network of professional athletes. Amanda created Ace High Strategic Marketing to promote the sport, recognize athletes as professionals, and showcase sponsors who help grow the industry. Her platform creates an opportunity for athletes and sponsors to make the most of their relationships allowing each of them to promote one another. Consulting, small business marketing plans, and event planning are all part of her services.
About Kimes Ranch Jeans:
Founded in 2009, Kimes Ranch (formerly Longhorn Jean Company) was created to fill a void in the marketplace. With a long standing western history, Matt and Amanda Kimes’ desire was to create a company that produced great fitting, quality, long lasting jeans that walked the line between fashion-forward and western folk friendly.
The brands catchy logo and even more attractive company culture and customer service have brought them a cult-like following amongst their western consumers. The classically inspired line of jeans, have been featured in the very popular Paramount TV series Yellowstone as well as the longtime running western series Heartland.
Kimes Ranch. Superior Fit. Classic Style. Western Uncomplicated.
For more information on Kimes Ranch, visit www.kimesranch.com.