Pro Fantasy Rodeo is proud to announce the winner of the “Hottest in July” Buckle competition and has awarded a custom buckle and $2,500 cash bonus to Kaley Bass of Kissimmee, Fla., a 21-year old Women’s Professional Barrel Racer and two-time Wrangler National Finals Qualifier. Bass, indeed was “hot” throughout the month of July as she and her horse Cowboy Dan streaked through winning runs throughout July. Bass picked up checks at numerous PRCA rodeos including Cody, Wyo., Livingston, Mont., Salinas, Ca., Ogden Ut., Salt Lake City Ut., Cheyenne Wyo., as well as Canadian PRCA sanctioned rodeos including Panoka, Williams Lake and Airdrie to name a few.
Bass credits her horse, a 14-year old gelding she’s had since he was three years old, as the key to her success. Receiving her WPRA card in 2011, Bass and Cowboy Dan have qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in both 2012 and 2013 with her highest placing as 6th in the world standings at year’s end. Bass and her sister have used Cowboy Dan in both junior and high school rodeos throughout his career, and Bass also hauls a full sister to the gelding as a backup horse she uses to give Cowboy Dan a break when he needs it.
Bass is currently sitting in the No. 1 position in the WPRA standings with year-long earnings of $127,209. When asked how she felt about her “Hottest in July” title and all the money she’s won, she exclaimed that she was very excited about it all. She said Cowboy Dan just seemed to take off at Panoka after the slow winter they’d had and the pair has been winning ever since. “Here I am,” she said, “undoubtedly headed to my third Wrangler National Finals, I hope!” Not bad for a card carrying member of only four years with career earnings of $354,085.
The reference to a “slow winter” was evident as she had amassed winnings of only $13,243 by June 30 when the Pro Fantasy Rodeo “Christmas in July” game began. On her hot winning streak she picked up checks amounting to $48,546 at PRCA sanctioned rodeos throughout the game’s time frame of July 1 to July 28.
PFR game rules state that only PRCA rodeos could count, so the $115,500 she also won at the non-PRCA sanctioned Calgary rodeo couldn’t count although it boosted Bass’s actual July earnings to a fabulous sum of $164,046. Quite a hot streak! Hot enough that she edged out second place “Hottest in July” winner tie-down roper Tuf Cooper who won $48,129 throughout July and third place contestant bareback rider Kaycee Field whose winnings totaled $44,887. Both will receive prizes compliments of the Pro Fantasy Rodeo game.
Although Bass had never heard of Pro Fantasy Rodeo before winning the “Hottest in July” buckle, she said she’s definitely going to learn how to play the game and get involved.
How to play the game and results to the “Christmas in July” game which was sponsored by RFD-TV with free entries can be viewed at www.profantasyrodeo.com.