Pictured at the 2017 Parada Del Sol Rodeo with Dr. Tim Harlan DPM, Mike Statton, ATC, PT and Mike Rich, ATC (PRCA Medical Team Director). Dr. Bailie is honored to be celebrating 2 decades as a PRCA Team Physician.
The term rodeo was first used in English in approximately 1834 to refer to a cattle round up. Today the word is used primarily in reference to a public exhibition of cowboy skills, usually in the form of a competitive event. Although rodeos are a year round sport, they tend to be held in the spring in southern states, ending with December finals. Saddle bronc riding is a sport based on the historic way cowboys would break horses for riding. However, wild horses used for rodeo riding is a misconception. If these particular animals weren’t on the road, they would be in the slaughterhouse. Instead, they are very well fed and cared for.
Rodeo riding is an investment game. Preparation for each rodeo involves physical training, research, and often quite a bit of prayer. The performers must first qualify in his or her regional circuit before moving on to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, held in Kissimmee, Florida. The top 2 contestants in each of the seven rodeo events from the 12 different PRCA regional circuits compete in the 4 day championship event. Points are achieved for the top competitors in each of the circuit rodeo events held throughout the year. The winner in each event at the RNCFR is the National Circuit Finals Champion for that event. In addition to the 8 individual event winners, there is also an overall champion, titled All Around Cowboy. Since 2003, bull riding alone events called the Xtreme Bulls Tour are held in a one day competition featuring 40 PRCA riders, with the top 12 riders competing in the championship round. The rider with the most points on 2 bulls wins. In order to use the money won in the Xtreme Bulls Tour toward the National Finals Rodeo world standings, a rider must compete in at least 40 PRCA rodeos. The top 15 money winners in each PRCA discipline compete in the National Finals, held every December in Las Vegas.
Rodeo competitors are unique professional athletes, competing with no guaranteed contract for an average salary of $30,000. They epitomize the true meaning of competition and sport. Their work ethic is evident and dedication unrelentless. Dr. Bailie is honored to be a part of The Justin Sports Medicine Team and a witness to the talented performances of rodeo participants, symbolizing America at its best. He encourages everyone to attend an event, and soon you, too, will be humming Garth Brooks’ “Rodeo”