BILLINGS — Bolstered by home-grown talent and built from the ground up, the Powder River Rodeo Company has been selected for the PRCA Remuda Award.
The Powder River Rodeo Company, owned by Hank and Lori Franzen, is based in Riverton, Wyoming.
Powder River Rodeo Company is the stock contractor for this week’s NILE PRCA Rodeo at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark and has been nominated for PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year for 2019. The company also provided the bucking stock for the NILE Ranch Rodeo Finals.
The St. Paul Rodeo in Oregon was the Remuda Award winner for rodeo committee.
The Remuda Award goes to the stock contracting firm and rodeo committee that provide the best, most consistent pen of bucking horses, creating the best opportunities for contestants to score well.
Hank and Lori Franzen started the Powder River Rodeo Company breeding program in 1986.
“It was really emotional for us to win this Remuda Award,” son John Franzen told the PRCA. “We’re a family-run business. My folks started this company from the ground up. Our horses are what we do it for and what we love about the rodeo business. They are the true heroes and they are the reason we got to where we are now.”
Powder River Rodeo’s Craig at Midnight was selected the 2016 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year and the top bareback horse at the 2017 National Finals Rodeo. Bareback horse Khadafy Skoal was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2012.
“It is really nice to have our peers recognize us for the effort that we put into it,” Franzen said. “This is just as good or better than winning a horse of the year award as far as us as a company because this recognizes not one of your horses, but all of your horses.”
Cathy Wieferich of Sidney has been selected as a timer for the 2020 National Circuit Finals Rodeo.
The NCFR is scheduled for April 2-4, 2020 in Kissimmee, Florida.
Wieferich and her husband Dave run the Brookman Rodeo Company, taking over the business from her grandfather, the late Marvin Brookman. Brookman was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2005.
Clay Tryan’s team roping heading horse Johnson (Cee How Nifty) was voted No. 2 in the AQHA PRCA Horse of the Year honors.
Tryan, a three-time world champion, will go to the National Finals Rodeo fourth in the world standings. The second-place finish in the voting earned Tryan a $3,000 bonus.
Louie, a buckskin gelding owned by Lisa and Grady Lockhart, tied for third in the barrel racing horse voting for a $2,000 bonus.
Lockhart and Louie will also be competing in the NFR this December in Las Vegas. Louie has helped Lockhart earn more than $1 million in a dozen trips at the Thomas and Mack Center.