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1947 is the year the Northwest Ranch Cowboy Association first started. The formation took place in Campbell County with Dick Mader of Gillette serving a vital role in making the organization work in his term as president, serving from 1951 through 1955. Today, the NRCA boasts membership nearing 500 from 5 states (Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North & South Dakota).
As in the past, we continue our finals as a "Sudden Death" match-up with the top 12 qualifiers from the 11 events going head to head in 3 go-rounds to determine the champion. Each individual comes into the finals with points (12 points for the leading money winner down to 1 point for the least) and gathers more points by placing in the go-rounds and in the average. The person with the most points at the end of the finals is deemed the finals Champion of that event and wins the trophy saddle for the year. The sudden death concept opens the door for a dark horse to overcome the leaders and take away the saddle title. The top money winner for the year is named the Year-end Champion and receives the championship belt buckle.