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Pro Rodeo 101 Gives Fans a Crash Course in All Things Pro Rodeo

GAC’s Suzanne Alexander and Justin McKee catch up with Trace Adkins at the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will take place December 6 – 15 in Las Vegas. Often called the Greatest show on Dirt, the rodeo brings in the top cowboys in seven categories of competition. Intrigued? But don’t understand rodeo? No problem.

Pro Rodeo 101, premiering Thursday, November 15 at 10p|9c will teach fans old and new the who, what, when and why of each rodeo category. GAC’s Suzanne Alexander is joined by Justin McKee, an announcer at top Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) events, at the Cross Bell Ranch in Copan, Oklahoma to learn everything there is to know about rodeo.

Professional rodeo’s seven categories include rough stock events bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding and timed events steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping and barrel racing. Suzanne and Justin will provide background information on each category as well as explain the points system used for scoring. They’ll also feature a top competitor in each category.

During the show, viewers will travel to Afghanistan with world champion bareback rider and Wrangler National Patriot Kaycee Feild for his annual Memorial Day Weekend visit with the troops. They will also meet Mary Walker, a 53-year-old barrel racer competing after the loss of her son and an accident with her horse that left her with a broken back and pelvis and in a wheelchair.

Suzanne and Justin will catch up with Clay O’Brien Cooper, a former child actor in John Wayne movies who is now a seven time world champion team rope. Viewers will also meet Jacobs and Sterling Crawley, brothers and saddle bronc riders preparing to go head-to-head in this year’s finals.

GAC is the official broadcast home of the WNFR.  Watch all the action live on GAC December 6 – 15 beginning at 10p|9c every night. Check out our special WNFR section for photos, the full schedule and to watch highlights from last year’s WNFR!

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