The final leg of the inaugural year of the Wrangler Champions Challenge has been stalled.
Heavy rains in Winnie, Texas, have stopped the event scheduled for Thursday night, along with the Winnie PRCA Rodeo scheduled for Friday and Saturday, according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Both events will be rescheduled, though no future dates have been confirmed.
This Champions Challenge is one of four scheduled for the 2013 calendar year, and just like the one in Kissimmee, Fla., on Oct. 5, money earned was to count toward the 2014 regular season world standings. The first two Champions Challenge events – at Redding, Calif., in May and at Amarillo, Texas, in September – did not count toward the 2013 world standings.
Nonetheless, organizers quickly realized Nutty Jerry’s new outdoor arena would not be in working condition for this week’s competition. Justin Rumford, who was scheduled to be the clown in Winnie, posted a Facebook video Thursday morning showing the amount of rain; the video reveals the dangerous conditions that were facing contestants and that forecasters were calling for a flash flood warning until 5 p.m. Central, Rumford said.
The decision to cancel/postpone such an event is not an easy one, but it looks to be the wise one.