Pamela Bright

The Cowboy Channel’s “100 Rodeos in 100 Days Pre-Show” Claims Coveted Award

100 Rodeos in 100 Days

In a resounding victory for The Cowboy Channel and rodeo enthusiasts alike, the “100 Rodeos in 100 Days Pre-Show” clinched the prestigious title of “Best Sports Programming” at the 2023 Cynopsis Best of the Best Awards ceremony held on September 27. This accolade was particularly significant, considering the stiff competition from industry giants Netflix and CBS.

Honoring Excellence Across Multiple Fronts

The Cynopsis Best of the Best & Rising Star Awards pay tribute to excellence in national TV programming, marketing campaigns, individuals, technology innovations, and more. These accolades acknowledge outstanding achievements that transcend diverse platforms. Notably, these awards also recognize contributions to social good, social justice, children’s programming, and innovative work-from-home initiatives. Eligible campaigns encompass activities running in full or in part between November 2022 and June 2023.

Triumph Amidst Glittering Lights

The much-anticipated winners’ revelation unfolded during a splendid ceremony hosted at the iconic Edison Ballroom in the heart of New York City. At this distinguished event, Justin McKee had the privilege of accepting the award on behalf of the entire “100 Rodeos in 100 Days” broadcast and production team. Accompanying him were prominent figures from The Cowboy Channel, including Jeff Medders, Amy Wilson, Katy Lucas, Karlee Peterson, Garrett Wilson, Maggie Burke, and the visionary founder of The Cowboy Channel, Patrick Gottsch.

Forging a Path for Professional Rodeo

In light of this remarkable achievement, Patrick Gottsch, the founder of The Cowboy Channel, shared his perspective, stating, “When we first started The Cowboy Channel, we wanted to do things for professional rodeo that these other great sports networks were doing for their respective sports. To be recognized for the 100 Rodeos in 100 Days Pre-Show confirms that we are on the right track, and we greatly appreciate this award.”

A Collaborative Effort with Rodeo Committees

Justin McKee, representing the dedicated team instrumental in bringing the “100 Rodeos in 100 Days Pre-Show” to life, emphasized the invaluable support received from rodeo committees nationwide. He expressed, “We could not have done this without the support The Cowboy Channel receives from all of these rodeo committees across the country. Big, medium size, and small rodeos all rolled out the red carpet and helped us produce the best possible broadcast from their respective communities.”

A Summer Spectacle

The journey of “100 Rodeos in 100 Days” began three years ago when The Cowboy Channel launched it as a summer-long television programming extravaganza. This spectacular event featured professional rodeo-based programming spanning the United States, Canada, and Brazil. Its meteoric rise in popularity solidified its status as a flagship program on The Cowboy Channel, ultimately expanding to air additional rodeos on the sister network, The Cowgirl Channel.

An Annual Highlight for Rodeo Enthusiasts

“100 Rodeos in 100 Days” has evolved into an eagerly anticipated annual tradition for rodeo fans. It treats viewers to multiple rodeo events on television nearly every day and evening throughout the summer season. Beyond the captivating competition, viewers are enthralled by the cultural celebrations of faith, patriotism, family, and community spirit that characterize each rodeo.

Stay Tuned for the Rodeo Extravaganza

For those eager to immerse themselves in the excitement of rodeo and its associated festivities, the comprehensive broadcast and live streaming schedule for “100 Rodeos in 100 Days” on The Cowboy Channel and Cowboy Channel+ can be accessed at To locate The Cowboy Channel on your cable/satellite system, visit

This esteemed “Best Sports Programming” award underscores The Cowboy Channel’s unwavering commitment to providing a platform that not only showcases riveting rodeo competitions but also pays homage to the cherished values and traditions that define this beloved sport.

Contract Personnel Revealed for National Finals Breakaway Roping

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is delighted to unveil the esteemed contract personnel who will take center stage at the Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping, set to unfold at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas on December 5-6.

Contract Personnel Revealed for National Finals Breakaway Roping

The Lineup of Talent

The carefully chosen contract personnel for this prestigious event are as follows:

  • Chute Boss: John Gwatney
  • Announcers: Anthony Lucia and Will Rasmussen
  • Secretary: Amanda Corley Sanders
  • Timers: Amy Mueller and Vicki Pack
  • Usher: Corey Kidd
  • Photographer: James Phifer
  • Music Director: Jill Franzen Loden

This marks John Gwatney’s fourth tenure as the esteemed chute boss, a role of significant responsibility in rodeo events. Anthony Lucia returns to the announcer’s booth for the second time, having previously lent his voice to this event in 2021. Will Rasmussen makes his debut as an announcer at the Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping, bringing his unique style to the arena.

Amanda Corley Sanders and the timers, Amy Mueller and Vicki Pack, will be making their inaugural appearances at the NFBR, contributing their expertise to the event. Corey Kidd, entrusted with the role of usher, joins the team, along with photographer James Phifer, who will capture the thrilling moments in still frames. Jill Franzen Loden returns for her second stint as the music director, having previously held this role in 2021.

The Pursuit of Glory

The Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping will see the top 15 breakaway ropers vying for a substantial prize purse of $250,000 throughout the two-day, 10-round competition. This event represents a pinnacle achievement in breakaway roping, attracting the best talent in the sport.

This year marks the second consecutive year that the Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping will be hosted at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center, solidifying its status as a premier venue for rodeo events.

In 2020, the National Finals Breakaway Roping made its debut at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, alongside the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), with Jackie Crawford clinching the coveted world championship. In 2021, Sawyer Gilbert emerged victorious at the NFBR held at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Last year, Martha Angelone secured the world title at the South Point, continuing the tradition of excellence in breakaway roping.

As the countdown to this year’s Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping begins, fans can anticipate electrifying action, outstanding talent, and the crowning of a new champion in this thrilling rodeo discipline.