Wyoming native and resident John Franzen has been elected to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Executive Council, the PRCA announced in a release on Wednesday.
Franzen will serve as general membership representative to the competition committee. He, alongside five other newly elected officials and seven re-elected members, will begin two-year terms effective April 1, according to PRCA CEO George Taylor.
Franzen takes over that position on the Executive Council in place of Rodeo Hall Of Fame member Dean Oliver, who stepped down after two consecutive terms.
The PRCA's rulebook states that competition committee has the power to make rule proposals that concern: "fairness or conduct of competition, the safety of the contestants and livestock and the definition of rodeo events." The general membership representative, now Franzen's elected position, represents the whole membership of PRCA and is not confined to specific events.
Born in Sheridan and a graduate of Wright High School, Franzen earned a degree from the University of Wyoming before splitting time as a PRCA member and stock supervisor at Powder River Rodeo stock contracting company, based in Riverton. Powder River Rodeo, founded by his parents Hank and Lori Franzen, received its PRCA Stock Contractors Card in March 1987 and has been nominated for Top Stock Contractor of the Year three times since.
As a standout steer wrestler, he qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo four times. He also won three Wyoming high school steer wrestling titles and two state all-around titles. He qualified to steer wrestle at the College National Finals Rodeo in 2006.
He joined the PRCA in 2008 and only competed for one year before undergoing a third knee surgery on his right knee, this one a complete reconstruction, in three years with an operation in May 2009. With full rehabilitation in Cheyenne, he returned the next season to finish 23rd in the world standings, the best finish of his career.