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Posted on: July 31, 2018

[ARCHIVED] War Bonnet Round Up To Feature Top Competitors in the World

War Bonnet Round Up

Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo – The 107th War Bonnet Round Up To Feature Top Competitors in the World

Idaho Falls, ID - The competitor list has been released for Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo, the 107th War Bonnet Round Up and it includes some of the top rodeo talent in the world.

Nearly 70 competitors ranked in the PRCA’s Top 50 World Standings in steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and bull riding will be on hand to excite and entertain rodeo fans beginning on Thursday, August 2 at Sandy Downs.

“We are going to have world-class talent competing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights,” said Brent Foster, Chairman of the War Bonnet Round Up.  “This is really an amazing lineup of talent every day and in almost every event.  Anyone who attends this year is going to see some spectacular rodeo action across the board.”

Topping the list of rodeo headliners heading for Idaho Falls is 23-time World Champion Trevor Brazile.   Brazile will compete in both the tie down roping and team roping events on Saturday night. 

On Thursday rodeo fans will be treated to performances from two-time World Champion Tim O’Connell, who is the current number two bareback rider in the nation.  Joining O’Connell on Thursday will be the third place steer wrestler, Scott Guenthner, as well as the number three and number four World Champion Saddle Bronc Riders, Rusty and Ryder Wright. The PRCA’s number fifth ranked barrel rider Stevi Hillman will also be competing that day. 

Friday’s Slack lineup will begin at 9 a.m. and continues the excitement featuring the second ranked steer wrestler in the world, Curtis Cassidy, as well as the tenth-ranked tie down roper, local cowboy Matt Shiozowa from Chubbuck, Idaho. 

Friday night will be headlined by the number one tie down roper in the world, Tyson Durfey.  He will be joined in that event by third ranked Shane Hanchey.  Rodeo fans will also see fifth ranked Bridger Chambers compete in the steer wrestling event.

The bareback riding category will feature a full house with eight of the top 50 riders in the world, led by sixth ranked Mason Clements and tenth ranked Kaycee Feild.  Team roping will also feature nine of the world’s best, led by the team of Trey Yates and Aaron Tsinigine, who are ranked number five and six in the world.

On Saturday, in addition to Brazile, fans will also see Jake Pratt, the number eight tie down roper, along with Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, who is currently the PRCA’s sixth ranked barrel racer in the world. 

“Ticket sales are going strong, and we will sell out,” said Foster.  “With a lineup like this, I’d expect tickets to go even quicker than normal, so if you are planning to come out to the rodeo, you probably should get your tickets quick.”

In addition to the other rodeo events, this year’s rodeo will also feature the World’s Richest Wild Horse Race, with 24 teams competing for more than $18,000 in prize money. 

A full list of all the competitors for all three nights and for Friday’s Slack will be available and posted online on the War Bonnet Round Up Facebook page at

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Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city or rodeo staff, contact Public Information Officer, Bud Cranor.  Media credentials for the rodeo can be obtained by media representatives on assignment from an accredited news agency.  Credentials can be obtained from the PIO.   Media rules for the Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo, The War Bonnet Roundup, are governed by the PRCA Association and can be found online at

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