The Range Days Rodeo was presented with the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s (WPRA) Justin Best Footing Award for the Badlands Circuit for 2009. The presentation was made in Las Vegas during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The award is voted on by the barrel race contestants in the Badlands Circuit made up of all rodeos in North and South Dakota. The award is based on the quality of ground or "footing" for the barrel race horses. Justin Boots presents a pair of full-quill ostrich boots to the winning committee along with a check for $1,000.
Range Days Rodeo works with volunteer personnel from Ellsworth Air force Base and the South Dakota National Guard to hand rake the rodeo arena around each barrel after each contestant makes a run so that the ground is even for the every contestant. This volunteer effort has proven effective as the Range Days Rodeo has won the award four times.
The dates for the 2010 Range Days Rodeo are August 27-29. For more information contact the Central States Office at 605-355-3861.