Welcome to Turquoise Circuit Pro Rodeo
The Turquoise Circuit is part of a circuit system that was developed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
(PRCA ) in 1975 as a reward system to those cowboys and cowgirls who compete in rodeos regularly, but who can't
devote all their time to pursuing a rodeo career and trying to make the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
These circuit cowboys, sometimes referred to as 'weekend warriors' decide to give it their all at rodeos
closer to home in order to fulfill personal obligations.
Each contestant picks a home circuit at the beginning of the rodeo season or is given one based on their hometown. Points earned during the regular season at circuit rodeos count toward the circuit standings at the end of the season. The top cowboys or cowgirl in each event will go on to compete at the Finals of their respective circuit. Those sanctioned events being Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestlin, Tie-Down Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Ladies Barrel Race (WPRA) and Bull Riding.
After all 12 circuit finals, the top contestant in each event from the regular season and the winner at each of the circuit
finals will qualify to compete in the Ram National Circuit Finals. Since 1987, first Dodge and now Ram have been a sponsor
of all 12 circuits. The Ram National Circuit Finals, formerly held in Pocatello, ID and Oklahoma City, OK, is now held in Kissimmee, Florida every March.
The Turquoise Circuit is comprised of rodeos in the states of New Mexico and Arizona, and there are currently 20 rodeos sanctioned by PRCA in those states. While many of the contestants compete on a national level, this Finals is a totally different event from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December. But, we have many world champions who compete in the Turquoise Circuit as well as nationally: Jake Barnes – Team Roping, Sherry Cervi – Barrel Racing, Taos Muncy – Saddle Bronc, Cesar de la Cruz and Derrick Begay – Team roping, to name a few.
The top 12 money winners from New Mexico and Arizona in each event will come to Las Cruces the first weekend in October to compete for the bragging rights as Circuit Champions, and the chance to compete at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. The Turquoise Circuit Finals ProRodeo is held in conjunction with the annual Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo, at the Dona Ana Fair Grounds west of Las Cruces.