The All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association

The All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association

Contact: Beverly J. Coho, AIRCA Public Relations Officer

(928) 871-3000


June 19, 2006


Navajo Nation Ahohai Days is the 4th AIRCA Xtreme Native Tour Rodeo


   WINDOW ROCK, AZ – This year’s AIRCA Xtreme Native Tour (XNT) marks the third year of existence of the Indian professional rodeo tour concept. The AIRCA Xtreme Native Tour made its debut in the spring of 2004, a first among Indian professional rodeo at any level. The AIRCA, now in its 49th year wanted to bring in another dimension to its usual offerings by adding the XNT during its 47th year. The XNT series is successful and spectacular in enticing contestants.


   Contestants, unlike before 2004, can compete in a series of designated Xtreme Native Tour rodeos for the chance to compete for year-end finals and awards separate from the regular season AIRCA championship finale rodeo and awards. There have been many defining moments along the way and some phenomenal weekend paydays. The first year’s XNT championship rodeo was held in conjunction with the Navajo Nation Fair Rodeo at Window Rock, Arizona.  The second year’s XNT championship rodeo was held indoors at Cortez, Colorado.


   This year’s AIRCA Xtreme Native Tour, however, offers the most compelling lineup of rodeos ever. Eight rodeos make up this year’s Tour. The XNT rodeos kicked off in April with the La Fiesta de Indios Rodeo in Albuquerque, New Mexico – a rodeo that is considered one of the Tour’s lucrative Xtreme Tour rodeos. From there contestants traveled to rodeo savvy towns as Greasewood Springs, Arizona for the popular 26th Keith J. Boyd Memorial Rodeo and Ganado, Arizona for the 39th Ralph Johnson Memorial Rodeo.


   When cowboy Christmas time comes around during July 1 - 4, 2006, contestants will then scramble to Window Rock, Arizona for the Navajo Nation Ahohai Days Rodeo, a very lucrative rodeo that paid out money amount second only to the Navajo Nation Fair Rodeo across Navajoland last year. This year the added money for each event is $1,500, double in team roping.  Entries are now open for the Navajo Nation Ahohai Days Rodeo by contacting the AIRCA central entry secretary Alice Dodson at (505) 726-1411. Mail-in entry deadline is June 21, 2006 and walk-in entries is Friday, June 23, 2006 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Window Rock Navajo Nation Quality Inn Restaurant. For more information on any of these rodeos you may surf to on the internet.  


   While the Jicarilla Nation is many miles away, the contestants make every effort to travel to Dulce, New Mexico for the annual Little Beaver Celebration Rodeo to participate in a well- run rodeo by the Jicarilla Apaches. The 21st Claw’s Rodeo of Rodeos that was postponed due to the rodeo sponsor’s family emergency is being planned to be rescheduled to mid July. Next the contestants travel to Churchrock, New Mexico for the 85th Intertribal Ceremonial Rodeo and end the XNT series at Pine Hill, New Mexico’s 14th Ramah Navajo Fair Rodeo, a rodeo that has held its own and now stands among the big rodeos as a favorite place to go. The XNT championship finals place and date is yet to be determined for this year.


   Temperatures are warmer, things are heating up and it is also rodeo time. For fans that get a chance to attend one of these marquee XNT events, please do so. For fans who want to catch an AIRCA rodeo closer to home, attend any of the other dozen AIRCA sanctioned rodeos.     ####