Best of the Best Special

Best of the Best Special

2016 Winner, Maddy Deerman 2016 Winner, Maddy Deerman

Fans can catch all the excitement when the Best of the Best Timed Event Rodeo special airs Wednesday (July 27).  The event includes America’s top junior and senior high school rodeo athletes competing for big cash payouts and prizes during.

Held in Gallup, New Mexico in June, the Best of the Best Timed Event Rodeo offers six timed events, including barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, calf tying, and team roping. In addition, there will be a special parent-contestant team roping competition.

The Best of the Best Timed Event was created by the City of Gallup and produced in conjunction with Walt Eddy, with the aim to give back to the youth rodeo community and promote Gallup. “The Best of the Best was designed to keep rodeo, especially for younger contestants, in the forefront of the many activities Gallup offers to its residents and visitors,” Eddy said. “While most New Mexico cities have one or at the most, two annual rodeos, Gallup this year will host seven in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, peak tourist time. And these are all major celebrations of the traditional Western lifestyle based in our small town.”

Now in its third year, the event has grown from 70 entrants for year one, 142 last year, and 291 entrants from 11 states in 2016. Payouts for the 2016 event increased as well, with more than $14,000 in added prizes for riders and ropers from the 6th to 12th grades. Winners included Garrett Chick from Texas in team roping with a $6,710 purse and Maddy Deerman from New Mexico in breakaway and team roping with $5,845.

Watch the 30-minute special, July 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET, exclusively on RFD-TV. Watch the best youth rodeo competitors from around the country settle it in the arena, including highlights, special interviews, and feature stories about the historic City of Gallup. An encore will also air on July 28th at 12:30 a.m. ET.

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