SRA FINALS (SFR) NEWS
Update: SFR Information is available on the "Upcoming Events" page.
The 47th Southern Finals Rodeo will be held November 12-14, 2021 (3 performances) in Asheville NC (Fletcher) at the WNC Agricultural Center. SFR entry information will be available on the website and mailed to contestants in early September. You must compete at three (3) SRA first-sanctioned rodeos during the 2020-2021 rodeo season in order to be eligible to qualify for the SFR. Points cut-off September 30, 2021.
Eligible Stock Contractors will receive forms to nominate their qualified rough stock and timed event cattle for finals.
SFR Personnel Applications have been mailed, but you can apply online here by Friday, August 27th.
***NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2021***
VOTE FOR BEST RODEOS OF THE YEAR (click link to vote)
All 2020-2021 SRA Members are eligible to vote for the Best Rodeos of the 2020-2021 rodeo season. Only submit vote once. Duplicate submissions will be voided. Votes must be submitted by Monday, October 4, 2021 at 4:00pm.
Alternate method for online voting is to send written selection to the SRA office to be received by due date.
Rule Changes Proposed for 2022 Rodeo Season
The following rule change proposals are being considered by the SRA Board of Directors for the upcoming season. Please discuss with a board member or your event director if you have any feedback regarding these changes.
Section "Rodeos", Rule #5: Delete portion that reads "All eight mandatory events must be offered at all rodeos unless there is $1,000 or more added money, then the stock contractor will have the option to drop one of the events. However, a stock contractor cannot drop the same event more than once in a rodeo season."
Section "Cowgirls Breakaway Roping", Rule #7: Delete portion that reads "Line judge must check string before contestant rides in box to make sure correct string is being used and is tied securely."
Election of Board of Directors (Term 2022-2023) & Event Directors (Term 2022)
The election for Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 term and Event Directors for the 2022 term will be held on Friday, November 12th at 2:00pm in Asheville NC during the SFR meeting. Bradley Bullard, Jake Leonard and Jamie Ellsworth are seeking re-election for their expiring term as Board of Directors.
If you are unable to attend and vote in person, you may complete the Absentee Election Ballot and mail to the SRA office. Details are on ballot.
***NEWS - AUGUST 2021***
Board of Director Nominations
The SRA is seeking suggestions of members to nominate for the 2022 Board of Directors. Nominees must be current members in good standing that have not been fined/suspended during a three year period immediately preceding nomination. Board of Directors participate in conference calls, text/email communications, attend meetings held during the SFR and any other time deemed necessary to conduct business of the association. Board members will serve a two-year term. A complimentary membership for the following rodeo season will be issued at the completion of each year of service. Your input will help the current board prepare a ballot of candidates to present for vote by the full membership at the SFR in November. Submit the name of person with a statement of why this person would be a good candidate. Suggestions may be sent by email or postal mail to the SRA office and must be received by 5pm, Friday, August 27, 2021.
Rule Change Proposals
Submit rule amendment suggestions for the 2022 rodeo season that you would like the Board of Directors to review to the SRA office by email or postal mail. These must be received by 5pm, Friday, August 27, 2021 for consideration.
***NEWS - OCTOBER 2020***
2021 RULE AMENDMENTS
The following rule amendments passed for the 2021 rodeo season:
Rodeo Entry - Event Limits & Positions #2 Change to: "A minimum of four contestants in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling must be accepted before calling a performance full. A minimum of seven contestants in all other events must be accepted before calling the performance full."
SRA Finals Rodeo (SFR) - Qualifying & Entry #2 Change to: "Contestants must compete in an event at a minimum of three SRA first-sanctioned rodeos as an SRA member to be eligible to qualify for the SFR."
SRA Finals Rodeo (SFR) - Stock #2 Change to: "Stock Contractors with a minimum of three SRA first-sanctioned rodeos will be eligible to furnish rough stock that have a minimum of two outs at those rodeos for the SFR."
***NEWS - JUNE 2020***
NOTICE OF EXTENDED 2020 SEASON (approved 6/17/20)
The circumstances surrounding Covid 19 and the resulting implications has caused a disruption to our normal rodeo schedule since March 2020 and much to our dismay continues to cause cancellations of rodeos. Due to the unforeseen future regulations and cancellations, the SRA Board of Directors made the decision to combine the 2020 rodeo season with the 2021 rodeo season and forgo having the finals in November 2020 with guidelines as follows:
*Memberships purchased in 2020 will be valid through September 30, 2021.
*Points earned by members in both 2020 and 2021 rodeo seasons will count toward point standings for the 2021 finals rodeo.
*The SRA first-sanctioned rodeos that members compete in during 2020 will be included in the count to satisfy finals qualification for 2021.
*The SRA first-sanctioned rodeos that stock contractors have in 2020 will be included in the count to satisfy rough stock requirements for finals qualification for 2021.
Please note that the board previously voted to raise the rodeo count for the 2021 rodeo season to three for both contestant and stock contractor qualification for finals.
We appreciate your patience awaiting this decision. It was a difficult call to make, but we made what we feel is the best decision for the sake of all members and in the best interest of the association. We are very hopeful for better days ahead when the rodeo world resumes normal and consistent existence.