story courtesy of Dan Stewart Event: Bull Riding Branch of service: US Army Years of service: 17 Duty Stations: Fort Riley, Kansas Fort Sill, Oklahoma […]
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Meet the Member: Military and Rodeo
story courtesy of Adam Pollard USMC
What started out as a conversation between four friends in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas is now a premier rodeo association that caters to the military cowboy and cowgirl. In 2000, three Air Force Master Sergeants and a retired Army Sergeant Major wanted to organize a military rodeo association that would closely adhere to the same professional qualities they had grown accustomed to in the United States Military. Their vision was for a world-wide organization that co-sanction with other established rodeo associations, thus allowing its members to earn points to qualify for an all-military world finals rodeo. Foremost in their thoughts was their wholehearted military belief in that no member would be left behind. In addition, a board of elected officials would work hard to gain sponsorships for top prize money and year-end awards that were competitive with all other professional rodeo associations
In 2015 we are carrying on these traditions that are the PAFRA standard. The World Finals boast competitors from the far corners of the earth. And true to our word, no member is left behind. PAFRA is always looking out for our Military members. Not only in the Rodeo Arena but in the everyday life. The health and wellness of our members is of the greatest priority to us. Unlike any other association, PAFRA is recognized for our members call to duty. The commitment to serve our country is the backbone of PAFRA. The comradery that is PAFRA, brings together two great traditions. Military and Rodeo. From Purple Heart recipients to Buck privates, our association honors all who serve.
Our goal is to leave no man or woman behind. In keeping this tradition we have welcomed to our Association a group that helps keep us safe in the arena and in our everyday lives. PAFRA is proud to recognize Sheri Smith with Warriors and Rodeo as a support to our Association.
Sheri Smith is a Navy Veteran, PBR Certified Sports Agent and the Founder and President of Warriors And Rodeo (WAR), an organization designed to give back to all who aid, protect, and defend America and its citizens. It has three missions: Operation Not On My Watch – provide a place for members to find the support through friendship, gatherings, and encouragement. Suicide prevention and accountability. Operation Armor – provide protective gear for their ranch/rodeo endeavors. They protect us now we protect them. Operation Gratitude – provide an avenue for people to show thanks for all our members and what they have done in the past and present by mailing letters, cards, and other items to be shared with WAR. www.warriorsandrodeo.org www.smithprollc.com.
This year, the Board of Directors have put together a historical finals for our members. More sponsors, more money and more members. The year-end awards are the best PAFRA has ever offered. We are excited to announce our Finals payout, but the sponsor dollars keep coming in. The support from our communities and sponsors guarantee this to be the PREMIER MILITARY RODEO EVENT.