Texas Cowboys Rodeo Association
The TCRA is a nonprofit association originating in 1983
to promote the sport of rodeo and to insure honesty and fairness to both the producers and
contestants, to create an agreeable relationship between the
committees, stock contractors, and contestants; and to sanction and
advertise rodeos in accordance with T C R A standards.
The association is managed by a board of directors who donate their
knowledge of the sport of rodeo and many thankless hours of their time
to the association.
Most of the contestants in the
TCRA are unable to travel during the week because they make their living at
regular full-time jobs or are in school. These contestants enjoy
the highly competitive competition of the TCRA rodeos and the chance
to qualify for the TCRA Finals. The top fifteen in each event compete
for year-end and finals championship awards.
In 2011 , the TCRA FINALS paid out over $195,000 in prizes and money, in
addition to, the TCRA rodeos paid out over one million dollars to the
contestants throughout the summer months.
The T.C.R.A. has approximately 500 members that travel to over 50 rodeos per
season in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado to secure a top
15 positions to qualify for the finals. Contestants compete in saddle bronc
riding, bareback riding, bull riding, ranch bronc riding, calf roping, team
roping, steer wrestling, girls breakaway roping and barrel racing.
Many past TCRA champions have gone on to the ranks of the pros to
become PRCA champions as well. Many of the TCRA stock contractors
have produced great bucking stock as many of these animals have been
showcased at the National Finals Rodeo.