New champions named at Ram Texas Circuit finals

Posted: 11:34 PM, Jan 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-06 05:43:41Z

The thrilling rodeo action of the 2018 RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo was in full effect on the final night at the Extraco Events Center.  This competition brings the best cowboys and cowgirls from the Texas circuit to compete for top honors at the end of the rodeo season.

The Year End Winners have been named and will go on to represent Texas in the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida, in March.

Bareback Riding – Tilden Hooper, Year End Winner with $33,538 and Jake Brown, Reserve Year End with $21,377

Tie-Down Roping – Scott Kormos, Year End Winner with $41,374 and Blaine Cox, Reserve Year End with $36,341         

Steer Wrestling – Matt Reeves, Year End Winner with $30,046 and Shayde Etherton, Reserve Year End with $15,947

Saddle Bronc Riding – Jacobs Crawley, Year End Winner with $50,635 and Isaac Diaz, Reserve Year End with $22,739

Team Roping – Clay Smith, Year End Header with $39,698; Kory Koontz, Year End Heeler with $35,462; Dustin Egusquiza, Reserve Year End Header with $33,207; and, Wesley Thorp, Reserve Year End Heeler with $34,113

Barrel Racing – Hailey Kinsel, Year End Winner with $32,849 and Kelly Bruner, Reserve Year End with 25,131

Bull Riding – Cole Melancon, Year End Winner with $33,321 and Jesse Petri, Reserve Year End with $22,845

Mutton Bustin’ – Mason von Rajcs from Belton (88)

PRCA’s Circuit System consists of 12 geographic regions.  Each PRCA contestant in the United States chooses a home circuit at the beginning of the year and competes for points throughout the year.  Each circuit’s top contestants in all seven events qualify for that circuit’s final rodeo at the end of the season.

The Extraco Events Center, home of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, is the center of entertainment in Central Texas.  The premier multi-use facility hosts over 225 events with an attendance of 420,000 and an economic impact of more than $47 million annually in McLennan County.  For more information about the Extraco Events Center, visit [].