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First time ever Durant Riding Club hosts Durant Pro Rodeo

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 6:21 PM CDT
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DURANT, Oklahoma (KXII) - June 4th and 5th the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is coming to Durant, Oklahoma as a stop on the road to the National Final Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.

“When we first came about four years ago we had a meeting with the committee and I said, I really look forward to seeing this as a PRCA rodeo one day,” Huggins said.

West Huggins is the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo Announcer and has been with Durant Rodeo for four years.

He said last year’s rodeo was record breaking and with the pandemic, and said he is excited to see people come out and support.

“What happened last year, this is kind of a big boost especially right here in Durant for every business that’s going on. We went downtown and we saw all kinds of businesses posting our posters because they know people are coming back and rodeo as much as it tried to faze out last year. It’s back 110 percent this year,” Huggins said.

Around 600 contestants for PRCA and WPRA will be competing this weekend in Durant and some travelled as far as Australia.

There are around 27 World Champions competing in the Durant Pro Rodeo and Oklahoma born Kelsie Chace is one of them.

Chace said this is just another competition for her.

“For us we do it day in and day out so it’s another day for us but we are competitors we want to win every time so our emotions are high but it’s one of those things you just try to do our job and do the best we can,” Chace said.

Rookie competitor, Wyatt Muggli, is looking forward to his first year and excited to travel around and compete.

“Just going to new places and going to rodeos I’ve heard about ever since I was a little kid and haven’t been able to compete in myself,” Muggli said.

The final number of winnings will be posted on the PRCA website Sunday night.

Muggli is in the slack division and just wants to enjoy his time.

“Oh I’m looking forward to it, it’s been good so far and hopefully it’ll stay that way,” Muggli said.

The performance competition starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night and tickets are $10 at the gate at the Durant Riding Club.

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