AFR 40 Announced
We are pleased to announce that our finals will once again be held in Atlantic City, NJ. AFR 40 will be held on October 20-21, 2017 at the historic Boardwalk Hall. More details to follow as we progess in this endeavor. APRA Member Letter (Click on link below): http://aprarodeo.com/wp-content/
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2018 Rodeo Season Rule Proposals
Rule Proposals for the 2018 Rodeo Season Breakaway Roping: 1. Change entries from 4 to 8 contestants to constitute as “full.” 2. Change horn length from 1.5″ max to 3″ max. Also for 2018 season if approved by General Membership (during AFR 40) 1. Extend Executive Board Memb
April 22-23, 2017 at the Malibu Dude Ranch, 351 Foster Hill Road, Milford, PA. The clinics will start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday April 22, 2017. Anyone interested in becoming an APRA Judge, Secretary or Timer MUST attend this clinic. Rates are $100.00 per person for room and all meals. Please
William K. “Smokey” Smith, 81, of Townsend, Delaware passed away January 23, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Smokey was a lifetime member of the APRA and began his PRCA career in the 1970s. He was a champion calf roper and team roper who competed all over the east coast. Smokey was th
Vice President – Chris Kelley Treasurer – Jeanne Askey Saddle Bronc Riding Director – Bump Postlethwait Bareback Riding Director – Josh Smith Tie Down Roping Director – Ned Kilgus Team Roping Director – Eric Fabian Contract Acts Director – Wade Hazlet
ATTENTION 2016 Card Holders with Money Won for 2017
If you money won for the 2017 season, you MUST purchase your 2017 APRA Membership by December 31, 2016 in order for those points to count!
2016 Year-End Champions
All Around Cowboy: Bump Postlethwait All-Around Cowgirl: Dusti Stockton Bareback Riding: Bump Postlethwait Saddle Bronc Riding: Chad Alesky Bull Riding: John Leinaweaver Steer Wrestling: Billy Natale Jr. Tie-Down Roping: Chris Brennan Team Roping Header: Eric Fabian Team Roping Heeler: Sh
Attention AFR Timed Event Contestants
Please make sure you have current Coggins and Health Certificate for all of the horses you are bringing to AFR 39.
2016 APRA Photographer of the Year
Congratulations to Casey Martin Photography for being selected as the 2016 APRA Photographer of the Year.
AFR 39 Personnel
Arena Director: Tim Slater Announcer: Aaron Platt Judges: Shawn Wade, Burgess Ovitt Secretary: Danna Gann Timers: Cathy Mahon, Charlene Welsh Contract Act: Cooper Nastri Barrelman: Bobby Cox Bullfighters: Clint Smith, Cody Kostraba Pickup Men: Rob Wright, Ryan Smith Photographer: Cas
Official AFR 39 Contestants
AFR 39 Entries
Attention AFR 39 Contestants: New this year, online entries! You have two options to enter AFR 39. You can enter online or Call-in. Online Entries will be open Monday, September 26, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An email confirmation will be sent to you from the APRA office once your entry a
AFR 39 Points Cut-off Date
ATTENTION CONTESTANTS! American Finals Rodeo 39 points cut-off date is September 11, 2016. Points challenge deadline date is September 18-19, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Please contact Renee Prange at the main office to challenge points, at 610-413-5010 or renee.prange@aprar
The APRA Board of Directors and it’s members would like to send our deepest condolences to the Lutz family. On Saturday, May 28th Coy Lutz lost his life in a Bareback Riding accident. Coy was a wonderful young man and was very talented in the rodeo events he loved. Coy was the 2014 APRA Bar
Attention Members Entering Rodeos
CES has updated their system gearing up for the new season. Any MEMBER who uses online entry please call CES Friday May 6th or Tuesday–Fri May 10-13th between the hours of 9am-4pm CST to receive your new username and password. The phone number to CES is 1-800-547-6336.
Judging, Secretary & Timer Clinic
April 16,17, 2016 at the Malibu Dude Ranch. The clinics will start at 10:00 am Saturday April 16, 2016. Anyone interested in becoming an APRA Judge, Secretary or Timer MUST attend this clinic. Rates are $100.00 per person for room and all meals. Please call the APRA office at 610-413-5010 o
American Finals Rodeo moves to Atlantic City, NJ
American Finals Rodeo 39 The American Professional Rodeo Association is proud to announce that we have joined with Dr. Allen Detweiler as producer of the American Finals Rodeo. Collectively we have partnered with Atlantic City and will be holding AFR 39 at Boardwalk Hall on November 11th & 12th
Gold Card Member Norman Naylor
Norman Lee Naylor, 75, of Mercersburg, PA, previously of Hagerstown, MD, fought a long and hard battle with cancer and passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Born September 10, 1940 in Frederick, MD. He was a veteran who served in the US Navy. Norma
Attention 2015 APRA Members
If you are a 2015 APRA card holder and have points won in the 2016 season, you MUST purchase your 2016 membership by December 31, 2015, in order for those points to count for the 2016 season.
2015 Year-end, Rookies & AFR 38 Champions
2015 Year-end Champions All-Around Cowboy: John Leinaweaver All-Around Cowgirl: Alicia Pottmeyer Bareback Riding: Jim Elchak Tie-Down Roping: DJ Smith Steer Wrestling: John Leinaweaver Breakaway Roping: Emily Arnold Saddle Bronc Riding: Luke Morgan Team Roping: Zach Kilgus/DJ Smith Barrel Racing: Ki
2015 Year-end Awards
2015 YEAR END AWARDS RODEO OF YEAR: Attica, NY STOCK CONTRACTOR OF YEAR: Rawhide Rodeo Company BARREL HORSE OF YEAR: Swiffer , Owned by Kim Buchleitner BREAKAWAY HORSE OF YEAR: Bubbles, Owned by Emily Arnold HEADING HORSE OF YEAR: Dun Dun, Owned by Zach Waggoner HEELING HORSE OF YEAR:
Wiffleball Tournament during AFR 38
Wiffleball tournament Saturday afternoon, September 26, during AFR 38. The cost to play will be $5.00 per person and proceeds will go to a charity that will be discussed at AFR 38 contestant meeting.
AFR 38 Personnel
Announcer – Ty Miller Arena Director – Tim Slater Judges – Shawn Wade, Burgess Ovitt Secretary – Danna Gann Timers – Cathy Mahon, Charlene Welsh Pick Up Men – Rob Wright, Ryan Smith Bullfighters – Phill Hussmann, Travis Sanderson Rodeo Clown – Bobby Co
AFR 38 Information
CUTOFF DATE FOR AFR 38 is September 1, 2015. The top 12 contestants in each event are eligible to compete at AFR 38. Please note, if you are in the top 20, please call in to enter. Books are open for AFR 38 Wednesday, September 9, 2015 and Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. 610-413-5010
Late Rodeo Listings
Please check the schedule link to view the listings for Middlebourne, WV August 5th and Cobleskill, NY August 6th.
Cobleskill, NY Rodeo – August 6
Please visit the schedule page to see the listing for the Cobleskill, NY rodeo. It was inadvertently omitted from the schedule.
Dave Wibirt Celebration
There will be a celebration of Dave Wibirt’s life at the Painted Pony Championship Rodeo in Lake Luzerne, NY on Sunday, July 12th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner will be served and everyone is welcome.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of fellow APRA member and friend, David Wibirt. David was killed in a car accident while hauling bulls in Birmingham, AL. As most of you know, David was a substantial part of the Painted Pony Championship Rodeo and a best friend to Shaw
Mike Rhineer, Sr., Founding Member
Michael W. Rhineer, Sr., 71, of Willow Street passed away Sunday evening, May 17, 2015 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Lancaster on February 21, 1944, he was the son of the late Mervin C. and Irene Wise Rhineer. Mike was the husband of Darlene M. Rhinee
Bruce Clarke – Longtime APRA member
Sunrise on Bruce W. Clarke on Sept. 7, 1950, and sunset on March 21, 2015. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the loving son of the late Arthur Clarke and Carmen Weston. Bruce attended Canarsie High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he graduated in 1968. He joined the Army in 1969 with an honorable discha
The 2015 APRA Judges Clinic will be held Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th in Attica, NY during the NYS High School Rodeo. There will be no charge for this years clinic. Certified Judges who did not attend last year’s clinic, all Qualified Judges and anyone interested in becom
Rule Change and New Proposals
Rule Change: Judges pay increase from $175.00 a performance to a minimum of $200.00 a performance. Rule proposals: 1.) Barrels being used by the Stock Contractors and Producers must be Association approved. 2.) Qualified Judges must attend a Judges clinic every (2) years and Certified Judges must
2015 Rule Proposals
1.) Judges pay change from $175.00 a performance to at least $200.0 a performance. 2.) Roughstock riding events, judges may use half points in scoring stock and rider.
Attention Current APRA Members
Any members who have points won for the 2015 season must purchase a 2015 membership card by December 31, 2014 or points will no longer count.
STOCK CONTRACTOR OF YEAR: Rawhide Rodeo Company BARREL HORSE OF YEAR: Muffy, Owned by Lisa Barone BREAKAWAY ROPING HORSE OF YEAR: Tomahawk, Owned by Lauren Wagner HEADING HORSE OF YEAR: Whiskey, Owned by Zach Kilgus HEELING HORSE OF YEAR: Johnny Cash, Owned by Justin Yost TIE-DOWN ROPING HORSE OF YE
Attention AFR 37 Contestants…
Wiffle Ball Tournament The APRA is hosting a Wiffle Ball Tournament Saturday at noon! All proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. $5 donation to enter! Everyone is encouraged to participate in this event! Invite your family and friends! AFR 37 After-Party The APR
NOMINATIONS are being accepted through September 19, 2014. Please visit the “News” link and submit your nominations.
Attention All Members and Top 20 AFR 37 Contestants
Visit the AFR 37 Voting Form via AFR tab to vote! All members are asked to vote in all categories, except for AFR 37 Contract Personnel (judges, secretary, timers). The “Top 20 Contestants” in the current standings are asked to vote for all positions. (You may only vote for events in whi
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APRA Sponsorship Program Be a part of the APRA Sponsorship Incentive Program. Find a sponsor for the American Professional Rodeo Association and receive 25% of the total amount back from the association, yours to keep! Call the office for more details.
Calendar Listings, clarification: For the Lake Luzerne, NY listings, there is no THURSDAY rodeo. With this rodeo being two performances and a day in between performances, the only way this listing can appear on the calendar is: the start date of Wednesday and an end date of Friday, which makes the
Judges, Secretary and Timer’s Clinic
ATTENTION MEMBERS The Judges, Secretary and Timer’s Clinic has been changed to May 17thand May 18th. This Clinic will be held at the Beautiful Malibu Dude Ranch. The cost for the clinic is $40.00. Lunch will be provided by the APRA. Anyone interested in becoming an APRA Judge, Secretary or
2014 Rule Changes
Stock Charge has been changed to $10.00. Attention Stock Contractors and Secretaries: When there is not a qualified ride or run in competition, entry fees will now be split 50/50 between the Stock Contractor and the APRA. A Director/Officer removed from board before his/her term is ove
2014 RULE CLARIFICATION 1. You must declare yourself a rookie at time of membership. Must be your first year of competition in the event you are declaring rookie status. In the event you want to declare rookie status, have you ever held a card in another association and won $500.00 or more in the ev
ATTENTION all Barrel Racers
PLEASE READ: Lisa Barone’s Letter to Barrelracers
APRA on ‘Cake Boss’
Cake Boss episode, “Carlo’s Cowboy” aired on TLC January 13, 2014. Visit TLC to view photos from the episode. In May 2013, ‘Cake Boss’ appeared at Malibu Dude Ranch in Milford, PA. A giant cake for the American Professional Rodeo Association was made. The cake featur
Anne M. Bathon
Anne M. Bathon October 11, 1958 – December 31, 2013 Spring Grove Anne M. Bathon, age 55, passed away suddenly at York Hospital at 12:40 pm on December 31, 2013 after an accident on her farm. Anne was born in Hanover on October 11, 1958 and was the daughter of the late Thomas A. Bathon and
‘Jet’ in greener pastures
Pete Fontano’s great black horse, Jet, passed away December 2, 2013. Foaled May 22, 1982. Many APRA members competed on Jet in Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Breakaway Roping and Steer Wrestling. Jet made multiple appearances at American Finals Rodeos over the years. Pete is a long-time APRA me
2014 Voting Results
President Chris Prange 93 votes; Dave Hazlett 25 votes; Jimmy Van 12 votes. Secretary Renee Kenny 14 votes; Kristen Hogg 6 votes; Jeanne Askey 2 votes; Linda Tinker 2 votes; Kim Buchleitner 1 vote. Steer Wrestling Wayne Stoltzfus 15 votes; Greg Rounds 4 votes. Bull Riding John Leinaweaver 12 votes B
Charlie McKnight Passing
Charlie McKnight, 72, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at Saint Vincent Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla. Charlie was raised in Illinois. He began his rodeo career in the early 1960s, and managed several cattle ranches around the country. He came to the Northeast in 1974 from Florida to move to Milton,
Ahead of His Time
By BRIAN WESTFALL WATSONTOWN, Pa. – Zane Kilgus will become the youngest-ever competitor in American Finals Rodeo history this weekend. He turned 12 earlier this month. Yes, 12. Or just three years older than the blue roan, Ike, he will ride in the team roping at AFR 36. “I knew I’d rope with
Online Nominations Form
Please visit the “News” menu on the homepage to submit your nomination online! Nominations will be accepted online through Thursday, September 25, 2014 and through the general membership meeting during AFR 37.
2014 Rodeo Season – Points and Membership
Anyone earning points for the 2014 season (any rodeo sanctioned after September 2, 2013), MUST purchase their membership card before December 31, 2013 in order for those points to count for the 2014 rodeo season.
AFR Entry Information
NOTICE TO ALL CONTESTANTS Call-in entries for the American Finals Rodeo will be Wednesday, September 11, 2013 and Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. each night. 610-869-4218 (Do Not call the APRA office!) The deadline for challenging your points is Monday, September 9, 2013. Please
Remembering Sonny Shegan
Sonny Shegan, 75, died Friday, April 26, after a 10-year battle with cancer. Sonny was instrumental in organizing the Delmarva Rodeo Association (mother association of the APRA) and was its first president. He competed in calf roping and team roping, and judged several Finals rodeos in the late 1970
New Turn Out and Pre Pay Entry Hours
Attention Contestants! NEW TURN-OUT & PRE-PAY ENTRY HOURS Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. until 3 hours before Saturday Performance Sunday – CLOSED If you want to Turn-Out or Pre-Pay for a Sat AM Slack/Perf you must do so on Friday during regular business hours. • If yo
Stock Contractors & Rodeo Committees: Check Your Listings!
Attention Stock Contractors and Rodeo Committees Please check your rodeo listings! If there are any mistakes, changes, additions, etc., contact the APRA Office, Chris Sciabica, firstname.lastname@example.org or email DeNiess Kilgus email@example.com
Less Than Full Rodeo Rules
“Less than Full Rodeo Rules.” Individual points will count towards event standings — All around points do not apply. Nor does attendance at these rodeo fulfill your Finals eligibility (must compete at 3 APRA/IPRA or IPRA/APRA Rodeos to be eligible for the Finals).
Attention Contestants! CES Fee Change
**Attention Contestants:** Beginning February 1, 2013 the CES fee will be $6.00.
APRA Chaplin appointed
APRA Chaplin appointed I am proud to announce that Chris Maros has been appointed APRA Chaplin. Chris will be helping to set up cowboy church at the rodeos, helping with your prayer requests, and spiritual needs. Please add Chris Maros as your facebook friend and look for the Christians corner comi