History of Pro Rodeo
Home of Champions
Okeechobee, Florida is home to a World Champion. Rabe Rabon a four time National Finals Rodeo quailfier and secured the championship in 1989. Since his days as a traveling Cowboy, Rabe has settled down with his family back at home in Okeechobee.
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or PRCA has been along for a long time. In fact, it is the largest and oldest rodeo association in the world! At a PRCA sanctioned rodeo there will be bull riding, bareback riding, bronco riding, team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping, and the women of the WPRCA competing in barrel racing. The PRCA as more than 600 sanctioned multi-event rodeos throughout North America each year.
The one big difference between professional rodeo athletes, cowboys, and professional athletes in other sports... the pay! While most professional athletes are paid salaries to play that game they love. No matter how bad or good their outing is that particular day. Cowboys have to pay entry fees to complete at each rodeo. The cowboy must perform at his peak to place high enough to win money and hopefully make a profit; if not, the cowboy has lost his entry fee money and travel expenses. Every time a cowboy enters a rodeo it's a gamble. Not only for money but also a gamble on physical injury. They play the odds, roll the dice and the let the chips fall where they may!