The (PRCA) Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is an organization that was created in the early 1930s and has a long tradition of rodeo promotion and contests. Its biggest event is the (WNFR) Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The PRCA entry fees vary depending on whether the cowboy is getting a permit or becoming a card holder.
A cowboy who wishes to become a member of the PRCA must first apply for a permit. The PRCA entry fees for permit application costs $300. Anyone of legal age can enter to become a permit holder and gain access to many of the contests. The legal age is based on the state in which the cowboy lives. If the age of majority is over 18, then that legal age is applied to the applicant.
The potential permit member must complete an application signed in front of a notary public and mailed with their social security number or tax number. Applications cannot be submitted electronically. Membership lasts from January 1st until December 31st each year, and dues are accepted for the following year starting in September.
After becoming a permit member, cowboys must earn at least $1,000 during rodeos sanctioned by PRCA before they can become a card holder. There’s no time limit to fill the permit with money earned from PRCA sanctioned rodeos. While money earned under a permit will count towards circuit standings, they do not apply to world standings.
A permit holder that earns the money required to become a member must file to be a card holder. The application to become a card holder costs $500, and the member has access the Professional Rodeo Communications system. PROCOM allows cowboys to enter rodeos with a phone call. The computerized system schedules the cowboy randomly into competitions. The system allows cowboys to add three other cowboys so friends can share expenses when traveling.
PRCA entry fees must be paid at least three days before the new year begins on January 1st, or the cowboy will not be able to participate in events scheduled around that time. Applicants can pay by check if they are applying for a permit. Members can call in a payment to the PRCA offices too.
Any money paid to the cowboy will be paid through RodeoPay. The member will also be able to participate in the insurance for cowboys in case of injury too. Any interested applicants can visit PRCA ProRodeo for more information on contests and fees for entry in the individual rodeo events.