The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)

At the heart of our rodeo are the professional cowboys and cowgirls and their animals. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is the largest rodeo organization in the world and sanctions over 650 rodeos in North America annually. There are strict rules we are eager to abide by when it comes to ensuring the humane treatment of the livestock in our rodeo. Professional rodeo judges are at our rodeo not only to officiate, but also to enforce all PRCA animal welfare rules.

We abide by the highest standards put forth by the PRCA which accounts for our long association with them. Here are just some of the rules:

  • A veterinarian must be on site for all competition
  • A veterinarian must inspect all animals prior and just following competition
  • Spurs must be dull
  • Arena must be free of holes, rocks and other obstacles
  • Chutes must be constructed to prevent injury
  • No stimulants or hypnotics may be given to any animal
  • Protective horn wraps must be used
  • Horse flank straps must be fleece lined

We value the livestock that play such an important part of our rodeo and we dedicate ourselves to the welfare of them. If you wish more information on the PRCA and its animal welfare programs, visit