Davis named head of PRCA judges


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — John Davis (Adrian, Ore.), who has been involved with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's (PRCA) judging program since 1984, is the organization's new supervisor of Pro Officials.

Davis replaces Jack Hannum (Ogden, Utah), who stepped down but will continue in an advisory role to Davis.

"John has been involved in rodeo for more than 30 years, and he is known for his integrity and fairness," said PRCA Commissioner Steven J. Hatchell. "Jack has done an excellent job over the last few years in refining and developing the program and setting the direction for the overall effort. We appreciate all of Jack's efforts and we understand his desire to have more time to devote to his family, and we are very glad that he will continue in an advisory capacity.

"John has worked closely with Jack as a field representative, and I know he will continue the tradition of training and excellence that Jack initiated."

Hannum said, "I have enjoyed my time heading up the officials program, and I think this is a good time for the program to have a new chief. I have known John for a long time, and I have no doubts that he will do an excellent job. I not only appreciate the PRCA's allowing me to step back a little and spend more time at home, but also the opportunity to continue with the program as an advisor. I am looking forward to working with John and the PRCA in this new role."

As the Pro Officials' supervisor, Davis is responsible for managing the association's entire judging program, which includes the training, supervision and evaluation of the pro and reserve officials.

"I am very excited about this position, and I am honored the Commissioner asked me to follow Jack, for whom I have a lot of respect," Davis said. "I always felt that I didn't so much have a boss as I did a great friend in working with Jack.

"Our program is headed in right direction, and we are working to make it better. We teach our judges that they need to be mentally prepared so they can react and to approach judging like a competitor does an event, knowing all of the rules and giving each contestant a fair opportunity to compete. Nothing beats experience. I will be attending rodeos throughout the year, and I welcome talking to anyone about the judging program."

Davis, a former rodeo competitor, became a part-time judge in 1984 when he retired from bull riding. Also a roper, he continued to compete in team roping while working part-time as a judge. As a judge, he worked most of the major rodeos, including Pendleton, Ore.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In 2000, he became a judging field rep, where he was responsible for evaluating and guiding judges in the field.

The Oregon native first joined the PRCA in 1973 as a competitor. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) seven times in bull riding, as well as competed in team roping in 1987. In 1979, Davis won the aggregate title in bull riding at the NFR. He has attended every NFR since 1973 either as a competitor or official. He also won the Wilderness Circuit title several times and competed in the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (DNCFR).

While competing and officiating, Davis trains horses and raises cattle on his family ranch with his brother, Larry. He has trained horses for both team roping and bridle horses. His wife, Lisa, an NFR qualifier, handles the barrel horses.

Davis attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Okla., on a rodeo scholarship. His team won the national title three times.

The Davises have two daughters. His oldest daughter, Abby, is attending college on a rodeo scholarship, and Britt is a junior in high school and plays volleyball.