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53rd Annual

Wahoo Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo

July 26, 27, and 28, 2006

8:00 PM Saunders County Fairgrounds


  • Saunders County Amusement Association - Friday and Saturday nights, rides only

  • Larue's Little Horse Ranch Pony Rides - All 3 Nights but free to children 5 & under on Thursday evening

  • Rodeo Dance at Starlight Ballroom "Aces High" on July 27 & 28 9:00 PM - 12:45 AM following the rodeo (3 miles west on Highway 92)

  • Beer Garden Friday and Saturday Nights

Special Items to Remember

  • Thursday July 26 - Saunders County 4-H Night (4-Hr's free with parent or counselor)

  • Free Pony Rides to Children 5 & Under

  • Friday July 27 All Active Military and Veterans Admitted Free (dance to "Aces High" at Starlite Ballroom

  • Saturday July 28 - Senior Night, 65 and over 1/2 price Dance to "Aces High" at Starlite Ballroom

Ticket Information

Tickets may be purchased in advance at any of the follow locations:

  • Wahoo Super, Wahoo

  • Cubby's, Yutan

  • Bomgaars, Fremont

  • Fort Western Outfitters (The Fort), Lincoln

  • Wolf Brothers, Omaha

  • Gary's Western Outpost

  • Tractor Supply, Lincoln


Want to be where the action is? Buy box seats for $12.00 each and sit right down in front.  Box seats available at Corner Market in Wahoo.  Regular seats also offer a great view and an economical cost of $8.00 for adults when purchased in advance, or $10.00 for adults when purchased at the gate.  Tickets for children ages 6 - 12 years old cost only $5.00 and children 5 years old and under get in FREE. 

History of the Wahoo Saddle Club and PRCA Rodeo

The Wahoo Saddle Club of Wahoo, Nebraska was organized in 1942. Charter members were Bill and Gertrude Placek, Ford Torrens, A. J. Vance, and Dorothy Lindley.

In the mid forties the County Fair Board asked the Saddle Club to put on horse shows and horse racing. After the 1954 fair they decided to try improving the fair with a Rodeo Cowboy Association (RCA) rodeo. 1955 was the first annual RCA rodeo of the Wahoo Saddle Club. The 2006 rodeo will mark the 52nd annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo. Join us July 27, 28 and 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Saddle Club members do not receive compensation of any form, except the satisfaction of another successful year. The biggest share of the money the club makes goes back into improvements for the Fair Grounds. The club supports the 4-H program and also has donated a rodeo scholarship to the UNL Rodeo Team for the past several years.

The first stock contractor was Walt Plugge of Nebraska. The first announcer was Joe Cavenaugh, also from Nebraska.  Other stock contractors to follow were Hoss Inman (two years), Casey Tibbs (two years), Korkow and Sutton and then later Korkow Rodeo Company (sixteen years). Burdis Johnson (two years), and Bob Barnes (one year). From 1980 to the present John Walter and Family of the Mid States Rodeo Company of Kirksville, MO, have been the Wahoo Saddle Club's stock contractor.

History of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

In 1929, the Rodeo Association of America was organized. In 1936 the name was changed to the Cowboy Turtle Association. After contestants went on strike in Madison Square Garden in 1945, it was again changed to Rodeo Cowboys Association (RCA). From 1974 on it has been the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). It is now headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO. There are many other rodeo associations throughout the United States. The PRCA is the only association that qualifies contestants for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), held in Las Vegas, Nevada during the first week of December, and a chance of being named World Champion in each of their events.

There are six major events that you must have at a PRCA rodeo, or it will not be approved. These events are bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, calf roping, bull riding and team roping. The other sanctioned events are team roping and steer roping or tripping. You must be in the top fifteen money winners throughout the year to qualify for the NFR. Another popular event at PRCA rodeos is Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) barrel racing. The top fifteen in this event can also qualify for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas.

Visit the PRCA web site for more information about rodeo events.

Information provided by Larry Swanson and from Rodeo History and Legends by Bob Jordan.

July 26, 27, & 28

8:00 p.m.

Wahoo, Nebraska

Saunders County Fairgrounds