There many great cowboys and cowgirls that don't for whatever reason compete at a national level. The reasons are varied, but different responsibilities keep them in one geographical region, hence the circuit system. These so called weekend cowboys compete in his region and two contestants from each region in each event meet in Oklahoma City to compete in the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. While many of the contestants compete on a national level, this finals is totally different event from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.
Each circuit holds a finals rodeo to determine which two contestants from each event are to be sent to the RNCFR in April. The top 12 contestants from New Mexico and Arizona in each event come together in Las Cruces the first weekend in October in conjunction with the New Mexico State Fair.