BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Oct. 18, 2007 – Four-time world champion and Hall of Fame bareback rider Marvin Garrett has spent much of his career making a name for himself in the arena, but he is now taking on a new rodeo role as event producer of the Marvin Garrett Roughstock Series. Garrett is looking to take the series to new heights, so what better place to do that then in his homestate of South Dakota.
The finals of the 4th Annual Marvin Garrett Roughstock Series will feature top stock matched with the top cowboys in the three roughstock events of bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. This one of a kind event will take place Oct. 26-27, at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Pennington County Events Center in Rapid City and will officially bring the 2007 Roughstock Series to a close.
“With each event we do the excitement continues to build and we have gotten a good response from the cowboys and the fans,” said Garrett, who has plans for a bigger and better series in 2008. “I am really looking forward to the finals, as we have put together a great package with NFR caliber cowboys and NFR caliber stock. It should be a lot of fun with some great rides.”
A total of 16 contestants in each event, many of which have competed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, will battle it out on Friday night, Oct. 26, for the 12 spots in the event finals on Saturday. The field of 16 will be made up of the top 10 cowboys from the 2007 series standings and six wild card spots for guys who might not have competed at the previous events. The Saturday field will be made up of the top six contestants based on series standings and the top six finishers from Friday night.
Fans will have the chance to cheer on such greats as three-time World Champion Bareback Rider Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas; 2004 World Champion Bareback Rider Kelly Timberman of Mills, Wyo.; 2007 Badlands Circuit Bareback Riding Champion Scott Montague of Rapid City; 2005 World Champion Saddle Bronc rider Jeff Willert, of Belvidere, S.D.; 2006 Wrangler NFR saddle bronc riding average champion JJ Elshere of Quinn, S.D.; and Wrangler NFR qualifier Jesse Bail.
The Marvin Garrett Roughstock Series is designed to give “the best of the “8” second rides and has been referred to as, “the fastest growing, fastest pace, most talked about rodeo event in the country.” Garrett is making champions 8 seconds at a time.
“I believe this will be a sneak peak at what fans will see come December in Las Vegas at the NFR,” Garrett said. “It will be an action packed couple hours and when the fans leave they will feel like they actually competed. They will be that worn out from the excitement and adrenaline.”
Besides the action in the arena by the cowboys, fans will get a chance to see one of the best in the business of trick riding. Niki Moran, who has performed at the Wrangler NFR and the Canadian National Finals Rodeo, will perform on both Friday and Saturday, while her husband, Shane Moran, will compete in the saddle bronc riding.
The first Marvin Garrett Roughstock Challenge was televised in 2000 as a one-time special TV presentation and it was estimated that viewers numbered in excess of 12 million. The 4th Annual Marvin Garrett Roughstock Series finals will be aired on the Black Hills Fox network in December.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at Pennington County Events Center for $10 per night, so don’t miss the best of the 8 second rides. Buy your tickets today.
The event is brought to you in part by Star Performance Hitch, The Weather Hat Company, Cinch Jeans and KEVN Black Hills Fox Television.
For more information visit www.marvingarrett.com