K-Days rodeo to attract 'best of the best' for share of $400,000 purse

The mud, and more than a few cowboys, will be flying at K-Days next year.

In what will become one of the richest one-shot rodeos in North America with its $400,000 purse, the three-day event is expected to attract the very best chap-wearing and rope-slinging athletes from Canada and the United States.

As opposed to regular rodeos where scores accumulate over several rides, the one-shot, as the name suggests, gives riders one chance to prove their worth.

Tim Reid, president and CEO of Northlands, said Wednesday the inclusion of the rodeo into the K-Days calendar will “showcase our region’s western heritage.”

“Rural and urban audiences alike will get a chance to enjoy world-class rodeo action as a part of their K-Days gate admission,” Reid said.

The event is sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA), which has partnered with Northlands for more than four decades to put on the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

CPRA’s Jeff Robson said the event will showcase “the best of the best in the sport of rodeo.”

The rodeo, which will feature seven events including saddle bronc, bull riding and tie-down roping, will run from July 21 to 23 at Northlands Coliseum. 

Tickets will be available in spring 2017.

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