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Cowboys for Conservation Calcutta, presented by Rodeo Guess

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is hosting a Calcutta each day of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!  Don't miss your opportunity to bid on teams and win cash payouts!

The Cowboys for Conservation Calcutta will be held at the Rodeo Live Stage downstairs in Cowboy Christmas daily at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 5 - Saturday, December 14

11:00 a.m. - Teams Auctioned Off

A team of contestants, one from each event, will be auctioned off daily.  Bid on the team with the highest earnings of the night to win the cash payout!



RMEF will auction off 15 teams of 7 contestants for each of the 10 rounds of the NFR.  Each team will be made up of one contestant (or team in the case of Team Roping) from each of the following events: Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.  Teams will be formed through random draw using Team Maker software.

  • If a contestant is unable to perform at the NFR, we will randomly add a contestant from that event to the team from the available contestants.
  • If the contestant from your team is unable to complete after we sell the teams, we will replace your contestant with the contestant that was ranked higher in the world standings coming into the NFR.

Teams will be auctioned off starting at 11:00 a.m. prior to the start of the NFR performances for each of the 10 rounds. Teams may be purchased by an individual or a group of individuals. Payment must be made at the conclusion of the Calcutta Auction. RMEF will accept cash, check or credit card as payment.

The winners of the Calcutta will be determined by the total money earned by their team from the performance on the day the team was purchased. Payouts will be made in cash at the beginning of the following day's Calcutta, unless arrangements have been made otherwise. Results can be followed at rmef.org/calcutta.

We will be using the go round payouts to each individual contestant or team in their event for that round. Payouts will be given as follows:

  • 1st Place=$26,230.77
  • 2nd Place=$20,730.77
  • 3rd Place=$15,653.85
  • 4th Place=$11,000.00
  • 5th Place=$6,769.23
  • 6th Place=$4,230.77 

Ties will be paid as they are paid for the round (a tie for third combines 3rd and 4th place money, so the payout would be $13,326.93 to each contestant). Bull riders will only be awarded money based on the above payouts as they place in the round.

RMEF will pay out as follows: 75% if the money raised in the Calcutta will be paid out to the top 2 winners; 25% will be retained by the RMEF as a fundraiser. The mission of the RMEF is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

The 75% payout to the top 2 winners will be as follows: 65% to the buyer(s) of the winning team and 35% to the buyer(s) of the 2nd place team. In the event of a tie we will average the money and award accordingly.

  • Example payout based on $10,000 gross payout
    • $7,500 paid out to the Calcutta winners, $2,500 retained by RMEF
      • ​1st place receives $4,875
      • 2nd place receives $2,625
  • Example - Tie for 1st based on $10,000 gross payout
    • $7,500 paid out to the Calcutta winners, $2,500 retained by RMEF
      • The Teams tied for 1st will split the pot, no money will be paid for 2nd place
      • Both 1st place teams receive $3,750
  • Example - Tie for 2nd based on $10,000 gross payout
    • 1st place receives $4,875
    • 2nd place pays $1312.50 to both of the team owners that tied for 2nd place

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