The Oregon Rodeo Association was formed
The ORA Changed it’s name to the Northwest Rodeo Association
The NRA was incorporated and improved its business operations
The NRA joined the North American Rodeo Commission, a group formed by regional rodeo associations from across the United States.
The NRA sent a team of contestants to Calgary, Alberta, Canada for the World Cup Championship Rodeo. “Team Northwest” was runner-up in ’79. In both ’80 and ’81 the team, then called the Northwest Volcanoes, won the NARC World Cup Championship title. The team concept finals at Calgary only lasted for three years, but Northwest cowboys and cowgirls made their mark proving that there are no better rodeo athletes in the world than what you’ll see right here in the Great Northwest!
A new rodeo entry method was born. “Dial-A-Rodeo”, a computerized central entry system revolutionized the way contestants entered rodeos. Breakaway roping was added as an optional event this year as well.
The NRA officially changed its name to the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association.
The NPRA moved its year-end Championship Finals to the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany, OR. This new indoor facility enabled the NPRA to host a first-class Championship Finals Rodeo with great success
In 2019, with the assistance of Plus 1 Productions, the NPRA Finals moved to Salem, OR. Plus 1 Productions have produced the Finals Since.