ERA Cowboys Can Enter Odessa, Denver

The PRCA is allowing ERA members to enter pending the outcome of the Dec. 29 hearing.
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The PRCA is allowing ERA members to enter pending the outcome of the Dec. 29 hearing.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is allowing Elite Rodeo Association members to enter the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colo., and the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa, Texas, pending the ruling mid-January from a Texas court. 

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"Those rodeos have a vested interest because of what they're trying to produce for their fans," 23-time World Champion Trevor Brazile said. "If the cowboys don't win in the preliminary injunction, then the ERA cowboys will be drawn out of the rodeo. They don't know who is coming and who's not, even though they're entered. Same way with the cowboys. The only guys who have anything to lose are the committees, cowboys and fans." 

Brazile said he plans to enter Denver and Odessa, as does Ryan Motes, another plaintiff in the suit. The hearing is set for Dec. 29, with a ruling expected mid-January. Odessa runs Jan. 8 to 16, Denver is scheduled for Jan. 15 to 24.