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If you love roping, you’re going to love the changes coming to the CJRA. April 16 – 17 at Rappell’s arena in Gill, Colorado, the CJRA will kick off their 2022 campaign. At this rodeo the CJRA will unveil its new format. The junior boys will be able to enter the breakaway roping twice. The junior girls will be able to enter the breakaway twice. The senior girls will be able to enter the breakaway, you guessed it, twice. Senior boys will have the option of entering the calf roping a second time. The seniors will also see a change to the mixed and open team roping that will now be pick one draw one. You will not be required or forced into entering twice. If you want to enter one time you can do that as well. The rodeos will be run in two different sections. Section one will be your first entry in the breakaway or calf roping. Once the first section is complete that section will be paid out. The second section will be everyone that chooses to enter a second time. Once that section is complete it will be paid out as well. The team roping will be run with section one being your pick run and section two being your draw run. All money won in both sections will count towards the year end standings in that event and the all-around.
In order to give the contestants the option of the second entry, and not break the bank on entry fees, the junior and senior ribbon was eliminated. This will make the entry fees very similar to what they were before if a contestant was already entering the ribbon roping and the breakaway/calf roping. Another change in the upcoming season will be a slight increase in entry fees. Most of the events will only increase $3-$5 depending on what age division and event you are entering. 100% of the increase will go to the payout, increasing the percentage of their entry fees the run at least 60% in all events, and even a little better than that in other events.
With diesel well over $5/gallon, the option of entering these events twice, will help stretch your dollar a little farther. One weekend at a CJRA will give you four runs in the team roping, calf roping, and breakaway. That makes one weekend at a CJRA rodeo now equivalent to what used to be two weekends at a CJRA. This will give contestants more bang for their buck, with the soaring fuel costs that we are unfortunately experiencing at this present time.
There will be two different rodeos put on in Northern Colorado. One April 16-17 and another July 15-16. There will be average prizes given after the completion of the July rodeos based on the two rodeos combined. Breakaway and calf roping averages will be on 8 head. The senior open and mixed team roping on 8 head, and all other events will be on 4 runs. There will also be Champion and Runner-up back cinch buckles, and bits, made by Gordy Alderson, for the All-around in each age division.
The CJRA also saw Danielle (Waco) Wollart step away from her duties as president. The new president is now Brian (TJ) Cullen.
We look forward to seeing in April at the CJRA kickoff rodeo for 2022.