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Panhandle State Cowboys to Compete at the Permit Challenge

Submitted by Madelaine Mills on 12/06/2017

On Thursday, Dec.7, 2017 thirty-three contestants will compete in the Permit Challenge at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The top five Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Permit holders in each rodeo event are invited to compete for $21,000.

Dawson Hay is a freshman studying Industrial Technology at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He qualified in the saddle bronc riding after finishing third in the 2017 Permit Standings with $12,248. Hay is working to keep a family legacy alive. His dad, Rod Hay has competed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) 20 times. His Uncle, Denny Hay, qualified for the WNFR four times.

Panhandle State Alumni, Logan Patterson has a Bachelor’s in Agribusiness with minors in Economics and Agronomy. He will also be competing at the Permit Challenge, qualifying in the bareback bronc riding, rodeos most physically demanding event.

The first bareback horse Patterson ever got on was only a month before his senior year of high school. With only a short amount of time competing in the event, Logan has had success with wins in 2017 including, the Cedar City PRCA Championship Rodeo (Cedar City, Utah), Ute Stampede (Nephi, Utah), and the Apache Stampede (Apache, Okla.). He was earned the title of 2016 Central Plains Region Bareback Champion, while competing for Panhandle State.

“Competing on my Permit taught me a lot, like learning what it takes to rodeo hard,” said Patterson. “It’s okay to take time to give your body and mind a break. There’s always a time to cowboy up and be tough, but in this game, I think being fresh is underrated.”

Patterson will compete in the 2018 season with his Rookie card.

To purchase a PRCA membership card contestants must fill their permit, meaning they must win $1,000 at a PRCA sanctioned rodeo. They can then purchase their PRCA card and compete in hopes to qualify for the “Super Bowl” of rodeo, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Many contestants choose to compete on their Permit for a full year to gain experience prior to their rookie year as a PRCA card holder and to qualify to compete at the Permit Challenge.

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