On Thursday, Dec.7, 33 contestants will compete in the Permit Challenge at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The top five Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Permit holders in each rodeo event are invited to compete for $21,000.
Wyatt Hansen qualified as a heeler in the team roping for the 2017 Permit Challenge. He finished the 2017 season sitting in fourth place in the Permit Standings with $8,297.
The Oakdale, California cowboy is a student at Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas where he is majoring in Business.
“It was so great to finally be old enough to compete at all the great rodeos I’ve grown up hearing about,” said Hansen, who also qualified for the 2017 California Circuit Finals Rodeo.
To purchase a PRCA membership card, contestants must fill their permit, meaning they must win $1,000 at a PRCA sanctioned rodeo. They can then purchase their PRCA card and compete in hopes to qualify for the “Super Bowl” of rodeo, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Many contestants choose to compete on their Permit for a full year to gain experience prior to their rookie year as a PRCA card holder and to qualify to compete at the Permit Challenge.
The eighth annual Permit Member of the Year Challenge will be hosted in conjunction with the Benny Binion’s Bucking Horse and Bull Sale. Taking place on Dec. 7 at the South Point Arena, the rodeo will begin at noon, with two rounds for each event. The top five Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Permit holders in each rodeo event will compete for a total purse of $21,000. This year, a Rookie Bull Riding, with five of the top 15 rookie bull riders, will also be held boasting a $2,500 prize. Following the rodeo, a winner’s presentation will take place in the arena.
To learn more about the rodeo events visit PRCA’s website.