Elite Rodeo Athletes Announce Partnership with The Days of ’47 Rodeo


Posted on May 12, 2016 by ERA


Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) is proud to announce a partnership with The Days of ’47 Rodeo, one of the premier rodeo events in the world.  Taking place July 19-23 in Vivint Smart Home Arena, the rodeo will feature a new high stakes format that will provide Salt Lake City fans an all-star rodeo experience.

“We are elated the Days of ’47 Rodeo and ERA have joined forces to bring together the biggest names in rodeo, including Utah’s top cowboys and cowgirls, to perform in a highly challenging and entertaining new competition. It’s going to be an athletic show like you’ve never seen before,” said Kem Gardner, Chairman of the Days of ’47 Rodeo Executive Committee.

Tony Garritano, ERA President and CEO commented on the partnership by saying, “We are excited that The Days of‘47 Rodeo will be joining the ERA family. Together, we’ve developed a partnership that will maximize the success of their event, while showcasing the top rodeo athletes in the world through the ERA.”

At stake for contestants will be over $350,000 in money (the biggest in the Days of’47 history) and an opportunity to compete against the top ERA rodeo athletes during Saturday’s ERA Premier Tour performance. Also, contestants will have a chance to qualify for the ERA World Championship.

The format will include three (3) days of qualifying rounds and two (2) days of an ERA Premier Tour Event. The three (3) days of qualifying will consist of 36 invited professional rodeo contestants vying for not only a chance to move into an ERA performance, but their share of $100,000. The overall high score/fast time from the qualifying round will compete in Saturday’s ERA televised performance. All existing ERA athletes will compete in both Friday and Saturday night performances with a total purse of $200,000.

In addition, contestants will have a chance to qualify for the ERA World Championship event. Of the Days of 47 Rodeo 36 qualifiers, each performance winner (total of 3 in each discipline) will receive an automatic seed to compete in the ERA Qualifying Semi-Finals Round held in Mesquite, Texas in September. There, they will have a chance to advance from Mesquite to the 5-day World Championship event in Dallas at The American Airlines Center, November 9-13, 2016. In Dallas, they will compete against the ERA tour athletes for their share of $3,000,000.

Tickets to The Days of ’47 Rodeo are on sale now at smithstix.com and start at $10.

ABOUT THE DAYS OF ‘47 RODEO is a must-see event, and is the state’s oldest rodeo. Spectators will be impressed by the competitors who join us in 2016 as they will see the biggest names in rodeo ride, rope and rough it for our Rodeo’s $400,000 in prize money. Featuring bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling and tie-down roping.

In 2016, the rodeo will kick off July 19th and run through the 23rd. Performances on Tuesday through Friday start at 7:00 p.m. Saturday’s finale begins at 7:00 p.m.

ABOUT ELITE RODEO ATHLETES (ERA) The Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) is a “League of Champions” where only the world’s best rodeo athletes and livestock compete at every tour stop for a share of the $4.6 million total season purse. The ERA was created by the sport’s premier rodeo stars with rodeo fans in mind.  The ERA consists of two tours – the Premier Tour, featuring 88of the sport’s top athletes, representing 135 world championships; and the Qualifying Tour, offering up and coming rodeo talent an opportunity to qualify for the ERA Premier Tour and ultimately the ERA World Championships. ERA events are televised nationally on FOX Sports 2 (FS2).

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Elite Rodeo Athletes Partner with Historic Mesquite Championship Rodeo To Launch 2016 ERA Qualifying Series.

Posted on April 14, 2016 by ERA



Win to advance format allows athletes to earn a spot on the World Championship Roster

 BOERNE, TEXAS (April 14, 2016) Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) announced a partnership today with the historic Mesquite Championship Rodeo (MCR), which will give rodeo athletes an opportunity to earn a spot on the 2016 World Championship Roster.  The 2016 ERA Qualifying Series at the MCR Arena will take place every Saturday night July 2nd through October 1st and feature a win to advance format familiar to many sports fans.

“We want the ERA to be about the very best talent, so we designed the 2016 qualifying system so that all rodeo athletes have a way to earn a place at the World Championship based on their ability,” said Ryan Motes, ERA Athlete and Qualifying System Committee member.

Brady Wilson, MCR Corporate Sales Director said, “Mesquite Championship Rodeo is excited to do our part in writing history with the ERA.  For 59 years, fans have been coming to Mesquite to see both the Legends and Rookies make their mark in Professional Rodeo.  Many of the cowboys and cowgirls currently on tour with the ERA got their start at Mesquite, and we look forward to watching the next generation of competitors pursue the title of Elite Rodeo Athlete.”

In 2016, two qualifying contestants in each discipline will advance from Mesquite and go up against the ERA Premier Tour seeded athletes to vie for a 3 million dollar purse during the 5-day World Championship event in Dallas at The American Airlines Center, November 9-13, 2016.

Prize money isn’t the only thing they will be battling for at the ERA World Championship. Athletes finishing in the top 7 of the 2016 ERA World Standings, will secure a position on the 2017 ERA Premier Tour. Any contestants that find themselves outside the top 7 in the 2016 ERA World Standings will “fall off” and have the ability to rise again through the 2017 ERA Qualifying Series.

Much like in other professional sports, the 2016 ERA Qualifying Series and the ERA Premier Tour will be point based, with heavier point values associated with winning at a higher level of competition.

The 2016 ERA Qualifying Series at MCR will consist of a bracketed format where athletes will advance through a series of events over the 14-week schedule.  

SERIES A, B, C – July 2nd – August 27th

The first nine weeks is divided into three separate qualifying series. For timed event entries, there will be an open tryout (slack) held for each series (A, B and C), where the top 24 athletes in each discipline will advance to one of the three performances within that particular series.  Rough stock entries will be filled by preference for the three performances within each series. Eight athletes in each discipline will compete in one of the three performances within that series (A, B and C). The top 3 athletes (from each discipline, performance, and from each series) will advance to the semifinals.

SEMIFINALS – Sept. 2nd – 24th

A total of nine athletes will compete in one of four performances during the four-week ERA Qualifying Series Semifinals. The top 2 athletes (from each discipline, performance, and from each Semifinals) will advance to the ERA Qualifying Series Finals.


A total of eight athletes will compete in the two-round ERA Qualifying Series Finals at MCR on October 1-2, 2016.   The top 2 athletes from the ERA Qualifying Series Finals will join the ERA Roster for the $3 Million Dollar purse at the ERA World Championship in Dallas, Texas November 9-13, 2016 which will be televised LIVE on FOX Sports 2.



The Elite Rodeo Athletes is a “League of Champions” where only the world’s best rodeo athletes and livestock will compete against each other at every tour stop and rodeo. The tour was created with rodeo fans in mind, so they can easily follow their favorite athletes throughout the tour, which will host 15 regular-season events culminating with a 5-day World Championship event in Dallas, November 9-13, 2016 at the American Airlines Center. Fans will be able to watch only the best athletes and animals compete against each other, either in person or by watching the journey on FOX Sports 2.


The world famous Mesquite Championship Rodeo, located in Mesquite, Texas, is the ‘Rodeo Capitol of Texas’ by legislative action. Just 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo Series is held every Saturday night July 2nd through October 1st in the climate-controlled Mesquite Arena at 1818 Rodeo Drive.  Founded in 1958 by Neal Gay as a permanent rodeo (as opposed to many other rodeos that would move from town to town), it grew as the city of Mesquite grew. By 1970, Interstate 635 was constructed, allowing everybody in the Dallas area to be able to easily visit the rodeo. Today, attendance now soars to over 200,000 spectators during the season. For more information visit www.MesquiteRodeo.com or call 972-285-8777/ Tickets are available online at www.TicketMaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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