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Just a short drive west of Minneapolis/St. Paul and east of St. Cloud. The community of Buffalo and its 16,000 residents is known for its quaint downtown lake beauty, recreation, and rural charm. The community offers big town opportunity with a small town feel, making it a great place to visit and enjoy the Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo June 22-23, 2018. Come for the weekend and shop the 20+ stores on a walking stroll through all of historic downtown and its outskirts. The home decor and furnishings offered at these shoppes are up-cycled, re-purposed, reinvented, one-of-a-kind often custom made items. You will also find contemporary looks in fashion and accessories, handmade jewelry, and organic bath/body and skincare items.. Rent a pontoon, a paddle boat, or a canoe, or try your hand at paddleboarding at the Parkshore Pavilion on Buffalo Lake or Lake Pulaski. If solid ground is more your style, enjoy a walk along the lake path in Sturges Park. Here you will see 11 large musical instruments to try your hand at making music! You can also choose to hit the greens at one of the two golf courses or go mini golfing at Huikko’s Entertainment Center. To plan your trip visit www.buffalochamber.org

Barnes’ animal athletes selected for 2017 Great Lakes Circuit Finals

J2 FRANKIE SCOTT, LEADS THE HERD TO LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

Representing the Rafter B Bar Ranch from Peterson, Iowa are bucking horses, bulls and saddle horses selected for the Great Lakes Circuit Finals (GLCF) November 9-11 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Among the Barnes PRCA Rodeo livestock selection is bareback horse J2 Frankie Scott, saddle bronc 3I9 Barry Crossin and bull Ralco’s Centrifuge.  Marty Barnes, the owner of Barnes PRCA Rodeo, gave credit to his animals, “We just manage the horses and bulls like athletes, making sure they are well cared for with plenty of feed and rest between competitions.  They are selected on their own merits by the circuit cowboys for their athletic ability to buck.”

Leading the Barnes’ bull herd to the finals is 221 Ralco’s Centrifuge. Wapello, Iowa fans witnessed Gumby Wren claim the highest-marked bull ride of the 2017 PRCA regular season on him with a 92-point score.   Rodeo fans in Merrill, Wisconsin observed his buckoff percentage increase to 64% during the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo in early June.  This fall he matched up with three-time World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey at the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale.

J2 Frankie Scott, the bay mare is heading back to the GLCF again this year.  She won Wapello PRCA Rodeo in July and was the reserve champion bronc at Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo in June.  Her rodeo resume includes selection for the 2017 Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 2017 Ram National Circuit Finals in Kissimmee, Florida and the 2016 Great Lakes Circuit Finals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Saddle Bronc Horse 3I9 Barry Crossin’ won Minnesota’s oldest PRCA Rodeo at the 63rd annual Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo in Buffalo, Minn.  The bay gelding took Logan Allen to the pay window and also placed second in Cherokee, Iowa this season.  Allen, a Great Lakes Circuit Finals qualifier, could have a rematch if he draws Barry Crossin at the GLCF.

Barnes PRCA Rodeo continues to be in an elite class of Pro Rodeo Stock Contractors. They are one of only two firms across North America selected to provide livestock for every National Finals Rodeo, since its inception in 1959.

Photo Credit: J2 Frankie Scott at the 2017 RNCFR copyright PRCA/Ric Andersen

2016 Rodeo Results

Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo 2017 Unofficial Results

  • AA Kyle Whitaker
  • BB Tanner Aus from Granite Falls, MN on Undergrad (6H9) 83.5 pts
  • TD Steve Kuntz from North Branch, MN – 9.2 seconds
  • TR Jr. Dees/Matt Zancanella from Aurora, SD– 5.3 seconds
  • SB Logan Allen from Crecent, IA on Barry Crossin’ – 79 pts
  • SW Fenton Nelson from Iowa Falls, IA – 4.0 seconds
  • GBR Ericka Nelson from Century, FL – 17.37 seconds
  • BR Coy Thorson from Fergus Falls, MN on #107 Hilton Magic, 86 pts

The 63rd Buffalo Championship Rodeo returned with two performances for 2017 on Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th.

The athletic talent of our bucking horses, bulls and saddle horses is award winning. Each performance featured the seven standard rodeo events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

For a complete rodeo schedule click on http://www.buffalorodeo.com/rodeo-schedule.html
The excitement and energy of our Barnes PRCA Rodeo during the annual Buffalo Championship Rodeo is great family entertainment. Rodeo fans experience America’s original sport at its best. Rodeo is one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the country. The popularity of the sport has as strong sense of tradition and value.
Patriotism is at the core of Barnes PRCA Rodeo productions. The Iowa-based stock contracting company is known for paying respect to the United States Armed Forces during their rodeo performances. American flags flown over the bucking chutes and during the grand entry are signature elements at Barnes PRCA Rodeos across the country.

Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale selects eight Barnes’ animal athletes

TWO STATES, SEVEN PERFORMANCES IN FOUR DAYS FOR BARNES PRCA RODEO

(Omaha, Neb.) - Animal athletes from Barnes PRCA Rodeo are in high demand between September 28 - October 1, 2017. Marty Barnes and his son Westin Barnes will take part in seven rodeo performances in just four days in Iowa and South Dakota.

Barnes PRCA Rodeo is providing livestock for two Great Plains Regional Rodeos at Iowa Central Community College and Iowa State University. Also, eight of their top bucking horses and bulls were selected to compete at the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on September 29 and 30

Marty Barnes, the owner of Barnes PRCA Rodeo, said, "we are honored to have some of our animals selected and excited to be part of the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale."

Bareback horses 1Z8 Hawley Falls, 6H9 Undergrad, J2 Frankie Scott and Saddle Bronc horse 317 Red Horse Crossin' will be representing the Rafter B Bar brand. Four bulls 27 Ralco's Microfused, 28 Rafael's Red Chain, 221 Ralco's Centrifuge and 16 Butter Biscuit will be in the draw on Saturday night during the premier event sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

The brown gelding, 1Z8 Hawley Falls, named after the American Heroes PRCA Rodeo (Hawley, Minn.) was an ATM for cowboys this season. Reigning World Champion Bareback Rider Tim O'Connell won Palestine, Ill. on 1Z8 Hawley Falls. Tennessee cowboy Tyler Waltz won second during the 63rd Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo (Buffalo, Minn.) in late June. Wyatt Bloom from Bend, Ore. drew Hawley Falls at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Kississimee, Florida) to split second in the first round this past April.

"I look at the draw and get excited about it," said O'Connell, "when you only have to put 11 horses together, it makes for a great rodeo. I would be ecstatic about drawing a Barnes horse. The horses he (Marty Barnes) has in the draw fit in there very well. There is a good chance it will be more of a riding contest than a drawing contest."

Rodeo fans at five Great Lakes Circuit events this season saw 6H9 Undergrad be the elite bronc.

Two-time Wrangler National Finals qualifier Tanner Aus from Granite Falls, Minn. drew the bay gelding twice this season. He was the Bareback Champion at the 63rd Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo (Buffalo, Minn.) in June and Co-champion at the Minnesota Horse Expo & ProRodeo (St. Paul, Minn.) in April. The French cowboy Evan Jayne from Marseille, France was the Co-champion at the Heart Of The North Rodeo (Spooner, Wis.). Waltz was Co-champion at the Midwest Horse Fair & Rodeo (Madison, Wis.) and Tanner Phipps won American Heroes PRCA Rodeo (Hawley, Minn.) in early June on 6H9 Undergrad.

RNCFR and Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo selected bareback horse J2 Frankie Scott adds the WCC selection to her rodeo resume now. The bay mare won Wapello PRCA Rodeo (Wapello, Iowa) and was the reserve champion bronc at Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo (Cherokee, Iowa) and helped Chad Rutherford from Lake Charles, Louisiana win second in Palestine, Ill over Labor Day weekend. O'Connell said, "this is the one that has alluded me in the draw," referencing J2 Frankie Scott in a telephone call from the Pendleton Roundup. "We have missed each other quite often. I think that is Marty's best horse and he sure has a good pen of horses," added O'Connell.

O'Connell is leading the 2017 PRCA World Standings. He is within five dollars of earning $200,000 during the regular season with two weeks still left. When asked further about J2's style he said, "She looks strong, and kicks hard every jump. She gives you good timing, and you can be in the mid-80s. I think that horse is NFR worthy." Perhaps the duo will meet in Sioux Falls at the Wrangler Championships Challenge in a few weeks. O'Connell rides for Team Justin in the format series of the Wrangler Champions Challenge.

Six-time selected WNFR, plus the reigning 2016 Great Lakes Circuit Finals Saddle Bronc of the Year and 2017 RNCFR selected mare Red Horse Crossin is also joining her equine teammates on the trip to Sioux Falls. Notably, Red Horse Crossin' won several Great Lakes Circuit rodeos this season. A highlight was her 88-point performance at the Georgia National Jr Livestock Show & Rodeo (Perry, Georgia) in February. Curtis Garton from Kaitaia, New Zealand rode her to tie the previous arena record held by Marty Barnes.

The Barnes' bull herd represents stock selected for the 2016 GLCFR and 2017 RNCFR. Number 28, Rafael's Red Chain, has a 78% buckoff percentage. Number 27 Ralco's Microfused was rode for paychecks and high scores this season. In Florida the bull was ridden for 84.5-points at the RNCFR; 85-points at the Lyon County Fair PRCA Rodeo (Marshall, Minn.). His buckoff percentage is 62%.

221 Ralco's Centrifuge is leading the PRCA for the highest-marked bull ride this season with 92-points set in Wapello, Iowa. Rodeo fans in Merrill, Wisconsin witnessed his buckoff percentage increase to 64% during the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo in early June.

Finally, 16 Butter Biscuit with a 70% buckoff rate is the desired draw for cowboys. In April he was rode for 88-points in St. Paul, Minn. During the 2016 GLCF Brett Stall, two-time NFR, and three-time RNCF qualifier won the first-round in Lousiville, Kentucky on the cross-bred bull.

Barnes PRCA Rodeo continues to be in an elite class of Pro Rodeo Stock Contractors. They are one of only two firms across North America selected to provide livestock for every National Finals Rodeo, since its inception in 1959.

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