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☛ Brazile wins 20th gold buckle 11-14-14

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



By Tracy Renck for
Nov. 14, 2014


Trevor Brazile set the 10-head average record at the Nov. 7-8 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., on his way to clinching his fifth gold buckle in that event – and 20th overall.
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Trevor Brazile left no doubt who the PRCA’s best steer roper was in 2014.


The legendary cowboy won one round and placed second in five others to capture his record 20th gold buckle Nov. 7-8 at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping at the Kansas Star Arena in Malvane, Kan.


“I came here to win a championship, and it is all special,” Brazile said.


Brazile won $43,858 at the NFSR to win the season title with a single-season steer roping record of $112,692. Brazile eclipsed the old record of $101,685 set by Rocky Patterson in 2010.


Brazile has now won five gold buckles in steer roping (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014). That puts him third all-time on the steer roping gold-buckle list, behind only Guy Allen (18) and Everett Shaw (6).


Chet Herren finished second in the 2014 world standings with $72,191.


For good measure, Brazile also took home the average crown with a record time of 114.1 seconds on 10 head. Patterson set the previous average record at 114.5 seconds on 10 head in 2001. J.P. Wickett was second in the average at 126.3 seconds, and was the only roper besides Brazile to stop the clock 10 times.


“Every one of those things you said is awesome,” Brazile said when told the list of new records he set. “Roy Cooper is always on me to win an average title, and I’ve kind of overlooked those along the way. Who knows, it may not last a year (his average record), but records are there to be broken.”


Brazile had the average lead after the first performance Nov. 7, with a 54.2-second time on five head, thanks to winning Round 1 and placing second in Rounds 2, 3 and 5. On Nov. 8, he had runner-up finishes in Rounds 6 and 7.


The main drama Brazile faced in Round 10 was trying to set the NFSR average record. He needed a 10.9-second run to tie Patterson’s mark.


Brazile had a bobble, but still recorded a 10.5-second run to break the record.


“I wasn’t not trying to break it, I will say that,” Brazile said with a smile. “The only thing that really scared me is if I did happen to break it and my horse (Barney) got scared. That’s the only thing I was really worried about, my horse not taking the applause if it came down to that and got close, but he worked great all week.”


Brazile also increased his record number of National Finals go-round wins to 57 in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping. Brazile has won 31 rounds in steer roping, which puts him behind only Allen (47).


Brady Garten was another big story Saturday night, as he won Round 6 in 9.5 seconds, while Brazile was second in 9.6. Round 7 was more of the same: Garten was tops in 9.5 and Brazile was second in 11.2 seconds. Garten added a third straight round win in Round 8 in 9.8 seconds.


Scott Snedecor, the two-time world champion steer roper (2005, 2008) who won Rounds 2 and 3 on Nov. 7, added a Round-9 win Nov. 8 with a 9.9-second run. Vin Fisher won Round 10 in 9.6 seconds.


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☛ Randy Bernard new CEO of GhostTunes 11-13-14

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 13, 2014

Randy Bernard

According to a Nov. 10 article in the Wall Street Journal, Randy Bernard, 47, the past CEO of the Professional Bull Riders Association (PBR) and IndyCar and current CEO of Rural Media Group, which includes RFD-TV, RURAL TV, FamilyNet and RFD-TV The Theatre, has taken on the job as CEO of Garth Brooks’ GhostTunes, a new download music store, in partnership with Brooks. An announcement by RFD-TV, The Magazine and most recently RURAL RADIO on Sirius XM Channel 80, said Bernard is now based out of Rural Media Group’s corporate headquarters in Omaha, Neb., and travels frequently to the company’s main production studios in Nashville, Tenn.



The Wall Street Journal article said that Brooks, 52, a country music icon, has long refused to allow any download store to sell his music and his launch of GhostTunes this week will include all kinds of music and is designed to let artists sell and bundle concert tickets and merchandise with their music. Brooks will be selling nine studio albums, plus some live material and a 2015 release for a total of $29.99. Last week on a beta version of the site, many albums by winners of the CMA awards were available for $3.49 each, compared with $7.99 to $14.99 on ITunes. Ghost Tunes will also deliver compact discs by mail for fans who prefer them.


GhostTunes is allocating 80 percent of each song’s sale price to artists, labels, songwriters and music publishers, more than Apple Inc’s ITunes Store and Inc.’s digital music store which pay around 70 percent. It is also promising to share more sales data with labels and artists than competitors do. Brooks has sold more than 134 million albums to date, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, a number that some industry watchers say would be much higher than digital distribution.



Bernard joined Rural Media Group as CEO in December 2012, after being the past CEO of two major sports and media ventures, including the PBR, where he produced one of the eight PBR events in its inaugural 1994 season while with the marketing and entertainment department of the California Mid State Fair. He was named CEO of PBR in 1995 and successfully executed a merger between the PBR Inc. and Spire Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, allowing the founding members and other bull riding shareholders to capitalize on their vision, dedication and commitment while maintaining a significant equity stake in the organization.


In March 2010 he went to IndyCar, taking over for series founder Tony George. He oversaw the iconic project, which selected a new engine and chassis package for the 2012 season. It led to the return of Chevrolet and manufacturer competition to IndyCar. He spearheaded a return for Indy cars to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011. A year later he was able to secure a return to Fontana in 2012 and Pocono for 2013. Under his tenure, the series also retired the name “Indy Racing League,” and was rebranded starting in 2011 as “IndyCar.” He left IndyCar in 2012 following a dispute with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway board of directors.


Bernard is also on the board of directors for the National FFA Foundation and was inducted into the National Cowboy & Heritage Museum’s Rodeo Hall of Fame in September.


Bernard and his wife, Cameo Kneur, a fitness expert, have three children: Priscilla, Ryan and Alexandria.








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☛ Voters approve new Will Rogers arena 8-8-14






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 8, 2014

Fort Worth’s proposed multipurpose arena

With close to 80 percent of voters saying “yes,” the city of Fort Worth has the go-ahead to build the proposed $450 million multipurpose arena as an addition to the Will Rogers Complex where the NCHA Triple Crown events are held as well as many other national equine competitions. While the owners and contestants nationwide will receive the benefits of the new facility, they were not allowed to vote on it – only the local taxpayers were.


While a non-profit chaired by Ed Bass has raised most of the money for improvements at Will Rogers for years, has pledged to raise half the arena’s cost and are capping the city’s potential liability at $225 million, voters had to vote on three propositions that would pay for 15 percent of the cost: Proposition 1 was allowing a tax of up to 10 percent of the admission to events with 79% for and 21% against; Proposition 2, allowing a tax on livestock stalls and pens, 77% for, 23% against and Proposition 3, allowing a tax of up to $5 on parking, 72% for, 28% against.


According to an article in the Fort Worth Business Journal, Bass said to reporters, “The voters are saying three things: They like the project, they want the project and we’re supposed to build the project.”


The article said that an additional 34 percent of the project cost would come from incremental growth in hotel occupancy, hotel sales and mixed beverage taxes in a three-mile radius around Will Rogers. The state is already setting aside its portion of those taxes – 18 percentage points – for Fort Worth’s use. The City council is expected to vote soon on allocating its portion of those taxes – 14 percentage points – to the arena. The arena will also be used to hold concerts with their 14,000-seat capacity. Less than that would be used for events using floor space, such as equine events. That leaves only 3 percentage points that will come from undetermined sources, but city officials have said they believe stronger-than-expected growth in the hospitality taxes could cover the growth.


The first step is to begin work on the design and construction of the arena and negotiate with the Arlington Heights neighborhood on how to mitigate traffic from events at the arena. The arena is projected to open in 2019.





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☛ Rodeo News 11-4-14

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments



Courtesy PRCA
Nov. 4, 2014


Richards, de la Cruz win appeal, join WNFR fieldThe grievance appeal filed by team ropers Tom Richards and Cesar de la Cruz has been ruled to be valid by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and they have been placed in the draw for the Dec. 4-13 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.The decision bumps header Chad Masters and heeler Kinney Harrell down one spot to 16th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and out of the WNFR lineup.

Masters and Harrell now have the right to enter into the same three-stage Grievance Procedure (Rule B11.3) which granted relief to Richards and de la Cruz.

Texas LandMen become sponsor of WCCTexas LandMen, which offers some of the finest ranches and ranch land in Texas, has joined the PRCA as a sponsor for the 2015 Wrangler Champions Challenge Tour, presented by Justin Boots.For more than 40 years, Texas LandMen has been serving clients looking for exclusive corporate retreats, large game ranches and the typical hill country ranch. More information about the company can be found at

The company will sponsor the seventh drafted team from the 2014 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings – joining Wrangler, Justin Boots, B&W Trailer Hitches, RAM, Coors and Pendleton Whisky.

All seven sponsors will draft their teams for the 2015 WCC season in Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 14 – the day following the last performance of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – at the Westgate Hotel & Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton).

The time of the draft is yet to be determined, and the event will be free and open to the public. More information will be posted on

Quail Dobbs named Donita Barnes Award recipient                The late Marvin “Quail” Dobbs has been announced as the 2014 PRCA Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.Dobbs was chosen among a group of nominees which included Pete Burns, Kay Gay, Liz Kesler and Karen Vold.Dobbs – who died on Jan. 15, 2014 – is one of the most beloved performers in the sport’s history, a highly-decorated rodeo clown and barrelman.

His induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2002 capped a 36-year career that saw him named PRCA Clown of the Year twice (1978 and 1988) and the Coors Man in the Can four times (1985-86, 1990 and 1993).

He’s one of only three men to work as both a bullfighter (1972) and barrelman (1978, 1985 and 1988) at the National Finals Rodeo. He also worked seven times as a barrelman for the Wrangler Bullfight Tour Finale.

Dobbs retired after the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days in 1998.

He was also known for holding a Kindergarten Rodeo at the elementary school in Coahoma, Texas, for 35 years, and was held in high regard in the community.

The inaugural PRCA Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Barnes in 2011. Art and Linda Alsbaugh were the recipients in 2012, while Fred and Norma Dorenkamp won it last year.

All other year-end PRCA awards will be announced at the 2014 PRCA Annual Awards Banquet on Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

News & Notes from the Rodeo TrailWhen the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping moves to Mulvane, Kan., Nov. 7-8, it will be the first time a national championship rodeo event will happen in the Jayhawk State. Trevor Brazile leads the world standings, and will be looking for his second straight steer roping world title. If Brazile wins the steer roping gold buckle, it would be his fifth in that discipline, moving him out of a tie for third place with Shoat Webster and into third place all by himself, one back of Everett Shaw (and 13 back of Guy Allen).


Bill Stephens, representing the Crossett (Ark.) Riding Club PRCA Rodeo, is the 2014 Justin Committeeman of the Year. Stephens, an Ag Loan Officer, has been involved with the rodeo for 18 years, and has served on the Board of Directors for the past 12 years. The John Justin Standard of the West Award program, developed in the late 1980s, annually recognizes 100 behind-the-scenes recipients for their outstanding volunteer contribution to their local rodeo, with a grand prize winner being named the Justin Committeeman of the Year. Stephens will be recognized at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.


Canadian bareback rider Clint Laye can only hope that the Great American Cowboy Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., is as reliable a pathway to the Wrangler NFR as it seems. Each of the last four bareback riding champions there went to the WNFR the following year – Casey Colletti twice, Ty Breuer and then J.R. Vezain. Laye can take particular encouragement from Colletti in 2010 (2011 season) and Breuer in 2012 (2013), who earned their first WNFR berths at the end of that season. Laye, who won in Casper Nov. 1 with a 76.5-point ride on Triple V Rodeo’s Lone Bear, is looking for his first WNFR qualification in 2015 after finishing 19th this past season and 26th in 2013.


The late Larry Condon, who qualified for the 1962 National Finals Rodeo as a bull rider and finished ninth in the world, will be inducted into the Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame Nov. 8 at the South Point Hotel, Spa and Casino in Las Vegas. Condon and former PRCA members Lyle Cochran, C.L. Johnson, Archie Becenti and Gary Not Afraid will be honored at a luncheon in the South Point Arena VIP Bar at 3:30 (tickets are $20) and then recognized in the arena during the final performance of the Indian National Finals Rodeo that night.


PRCA sponsor Boot Barn Holdings Inc. entered the New York Stock Exchange Oct. 30 when it had its initial public offering (IPO) underwritten by J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo, Piper Jaffray, Baird and Jeffries. Shares for the IPO were originally priced at $16 on five million shares, raising $80 million. The pricing went on the high end of the range of $14-16. However shares entered the market at $19, and the range on the day fluctuated between $17.94 and $19.50. Coming into this IPO, Boot Barn had boasted 19 consecutive quarters of positive same-store sales growth with net sales increasing to $345.9 million in 2014 from $168.7 million in 2012, representing a compound annual growth rate of 43.2 percent.


Former PRCA steer wrestler and tie-down roper Ted Cannon of Silver Creek, Neb., died Oct. 26 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln. He was 92. Cannon served in the South Pacific during World War II and was subsequently part of the occupying force in Japan before returning home to Nebraska to ranch, farm and compete in ProRodeo.


The local American Legion in Drummond, Mont., is replacing the weathered wooden bucking chutes, pens, alleys and back fence across the arena with $20,000 worth of steel before the rodeo takes place next July. It’s the first step in a makeover for the rodeo arena that may cost upward of $100,000. The project will improve the way livestock is loaded into the bucking chutes, while also improving safety throughout the rodeo grounds.


The top rodeo awards for the Mountain States Circuit were announced, based on contestant voting. The Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days won Best Large-Sized Rodeo, the Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park (Colo.) took best Mid-Sized Rodeo and the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Pro Rodeo Series was the top Small-Sized Rodeo. The Most Improved Rodeo award went to the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo in Castle Rock, Colo., and the best ground award went to Eagle (Colo.) County Fair & Rodeo … Larry Mahan was presented with the 2014 Western Horseman Award during the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering, Oct. 24-26 in Fort Worth, Texas.


Tarleton State University’s Rodeo Hall of Fame will celebrate the induction of five new members during the fifth annual steak dinner and auction on Nov. 15 at the Stephenville, Texas, campus. Inductees will include longtime rodeo team supporter Darla Doty, wife of former Tarleton rodeo coach and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Bob Doty; former Tarleton rodeo team member J.J. Hampton; 2004 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) All-Around Cowboy and national tie-down roping champion and 2005 All-Around Cowboy reserve champion Ryan Watkins, and Wanda Mercer, former vice president of student life at Tarleton and supervisor of the Office of Rodeo Activities. Admission to the event is $80 per couple, and includes a steak dinner. Tickets are still available for purchase through 5 p.m. on Nov. 7, by contacting the Office of Rodeo Activities at 254.968.9187.


2014 World Standings Leaders

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $259,262
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $172,384
SW: Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. $91,804
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $110,181
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $110,181
SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $126,879
TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $153
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $143,165
SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $68,835

*2014 Barrel Racing (through Nov. 3, 2014) Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.


1 Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla. $155,280
2 Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas 131,471
3 Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 121,617
4 Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah 104,289
5 Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D. 102,947
6 Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas 100,645
7 Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas 99,712
8 Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo. 93,135
9 Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. 93,048
10 Kassidy Dennison, Roosevelt, Utah 92,051
11 Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo. 91,736
12 Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas 90,431
13 Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb. 74,385
14 Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas 70,577
15 Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas 70,416
16 Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore. 70,017
17 Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas 69,447
18 Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif. 68,119
19 Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga. 64,063
20 Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah 60,579
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☛ Rodeo News 10-28-14

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



Courtesy PRCA
Oct. 28, 2014 


Webb brothers clinch average, year-end titles

Brothers Rob and Dan Webb pulled off the daily double with their team roping win at the RAM Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo Oct. 25 in Huber City, Utah.

They won the average with a time of 20.7 seconds on three head, which also clinched the year-end title for both Rob, the header, and Dan, the heeler. They also won the year-end title in 2013, and entered this three-day rodeo with a lead of $1,030 over Rhett Anderson and Cole Wilson, who finished fourth in the average.

“It’s really exciting to win, and especially to win both the year-end and the average,” said Dan Webb, 30. “There are a lot of good teams in this circuit, and a lot of good rodeos. I feel it’s a pretty good honor to finish first, and we’re proud to have won it.”

They also swept the Horse of the Year awards in team roping for the Wilderness Circuit, as Rob’s top horse, Firecracker, won the heading honor while Dan’s horse, Nick, took the heeling crown.

“It’s funny, because Rob started my horse and I started his horse,” Dan said. “We raised Firecracker and I took him to college and headed on him. Rob rode Nick in college, but we switched horses several years ago and it’s worked out great.”

Dan rodeoed at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore., and Rob went to Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College.

Firecracker has suffered some health problems recently, so Rob rode Hondo at the RWCFR.

The brothers had identical runs of 7.2 seconds while taking second in the first round and fourth in the second round. They trailed Taylor Winn and R.D. Abplanalp by .3 seconds going into Saturday’s final round.

“I knew we had to go faster than we had the first two rounds,” said Rob Webb, 25. “Taylor and R.D. were going last, right after us, and they’d really been roping well.”

The Webb brothers posted a 6.3-second run to put the pressure on.

“It’s really cool to win the average and the year-end,” Rob Webb said. “It’s always good to win at this level; there were a lot of quality teams at this rodeo.”

The Webbs qualified for their first RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo by winning the 2013 year-end title. They’re excited about returning to the RNCFR, scheduled next March 25-28 in Kissimmee, Fla.

“It’s just a privilege to be going,” Rob said. “It’ll be fun, and I hope luck shines on us.”

Other winners at the $105,438 rodeo were bareback rider Kaycee Feild (257 points on three head), steer wrestlers Olin Hannum and Baylor Roche (15.7 seconds on three head each), saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright (247 points on three head), tie-down roper Rhen Richard (25.0 seconds on three head), barrel racer McKale Hadley (48.59 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Joe Frost (238 points on three head).

The Wright brothers have won the RWCFR saddle bronc riding title six times in a row. Jesse has three of the wins (2009-10, 2014), Cody two (2011, 2013) and Jake one (2012).

This was Feild’s fourth win at the RWCFR (2009-10, 2012, 2014). It’s the first time steer wrestling has ended in a tie at the RWCFR.

Josh peaks at Mountain States finale

Some rodeos are like a personal playground for cowboys.

That’s definitely the case for Josh Peek at the RAM Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo, held in Rock Springs, Wyo.

The Pueblo, Colo., cowboy won the tie-down roping average title for the second year in a row, and his third time overall, at the RMSCFR on Oct. 25.

Peek won his latest tie-down roping average with a 30.6-second time on three head.

“It is just a blessing, it really is,” Peek said moments after leaving the Sweetwater Events Complex. “It feels great, and it’s a feeling I don’t even know how to explain. The competition is always tough, and to be able to have a good Finals is just great.”

Peek’s tie-down roping accomplishments are only part of the story. This was his seventh all-around title at the RMSCFR, and his record fourth in a row. What’s more, he has now won five all-around year-end titles and he added year-end titles again in steer wrestling and tie-down roping.

With his latest performance this weekend, Peek became the eighth cowboy to win a circuit Triple Crown more than once, a group that includes Mike Beers, Dee Pickett and Tee Woolman. Peek won his first circuit Triple Crown in 2009.

“That’s pretty awesome,” Peek said about his Triple Crown accomplishments. “To be categorized among those greats is something no words can explain. It is just a blessing to be in that position, and it is pretty dang cool. The (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) does overshadow the Circuit Finals quite often, but there’s still a great competition level at the Circuit Finals, so it’s always nice to be able to show up and be successful.”

Peek left the RMSCFR with a combined $6,710 paycheck from tie-down roping and steer wrestling.

With his year-end RMSCFR titles in tie-down roping and steer wrestling, Peek qualified for his fourth RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo appearance – this time at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla., which will run March 25-28.

“A big goal our family set months and months ago was to get to Florida,” Peek said. “My brother Jon wanted to win his circuit – the Badlands Circuit – in tie-down roping, and he did. I had the goal of winning my circuit, and my wife and kids all want to go to Disney World. Plus, my mom, dad and friends are all coming, and it’s going to be a great time.”

Apart from Peek, the only other repeat champion at the RMSCFR was bareback rider Seth Hardwick. Hardwick won this year with 243 points on three head.

Other winners at the $107,143 rodeo were steer wrestler Aaron Vosler (13.7 seconds on three head), team ropers Garrett Tonozzi and Jared Bilby (18.2 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Cody Martin (232 points on three head), barrel racer C.J. Vondette (47.65 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Jacob Smith (231 points on three head).


Clark McEntire, Nov. 20, 1927 – Oct. 23, 2014               

Clark McEntire, an inductee in the inaugural class of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and patriarch of the sprawling McEntire family of rodeo and country music stars, died Oct. 23 at his home in Coalgate, Okla. He was 86.

Known as “Ropentire” by his contemporaries for his consistent, cool-headed skill with a rope, McEntire won three world championships in steer roping (1957-58 and 1961) and was reserve world champion in 1954, missing a fourth gold buckle by just $607 to Shoat Webster.

From 1953 through 1969, McEntire finished among the top 10 in the world steer roping standings 13 times and qualified for the National Finals Steer Roping seven times, once it was created in 1959.

For many years McEntire held the world records for fastest time on a single steer (14.5 seconds) and on five head. He won every major steer roping title on the rodeo trail, most of them more than once, including Cheyenne (1954, 1961) and Pendleton (1947, 1957-58).

All of this success was the product of skill, certainly, but also hours and hours of practice. His father, John McEntire, himself a world champion steer roper in 1934, was his coach and the inspiration for his unrelenting work ethic.

“Son, regardless of what happens,” John was said to have told young Clark, “… if the well goes dry or the house catches fire, you keep right on practicing. Your mother and I will put it out.”

Clark McEntire played a major role in encouraging Reba McEntire, one of his three daughters, to pursue a career in country music, and she got her big break by singing the National Anthem at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.

In 1979, the year that Clark McEntire was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., Reba released the song “Daddy” on the “Out of a Dream” album, telling Clark’s story.

Following her father’s death, Reba McEntire posted on Facebook that he was “a born and bred cowboy through and through.” He was sick for five years, according to the post. He suffered a stroke three years ago.

“It makes total sense to me, he always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn,” she said. “He was just taking his time to go on home.”

Clark McEntire is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Jacqueline; daughters, Reba, Susie and Alice; and son, Pake. Susie is also a country music performer, and Pake was a two-time qualifier for the NFSR (1974, 1982).

A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Kiowa (Okla.) High School Auditorium in Kiowa. Burial will be at Atoka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Stringtown Legacy Foundation c/o Tony Potts, 304 Highland St., Stringtown, OK 74569.


Ray Wharton, Feb. 17, 1920 – Oct. 20, 2014                

Once known as the “Mighty Mite” of tie-down ropers, 1956 World Champion Ray Wharton died at his home in Bandera, Texas, Oct. 20, with his wife, Ada, at his side.

At 94, Wharton was the oldest living world champion, and the second oldest PRCA Gold Card member.

Wharton was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2002, recognizing a career that spanned three decades and was as valued as much for his generosity of spirit as his success in the arena.

In addition to his world championship, Wharton finished among the top five tie-down ropers in the world three more times (1950, 1955, 1957).

In 1956, Wharton’s ultimate dream was realized when he parlayed a win at New York City’s Madison Square Garden Rodeo into a world championship gold buckle.

True grit, perseverance in practice, athletic hustle and speed down the rope, along with the determination to win, served as Wharton’s trademarks.

“He won or placed at every major rodeo in the United States, a career roper who was always focused on winning,” his friend Randy Moore told the Bandera County Courier, “He was the definition of the words hustle, try and tenacity.” Ray was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Harold and David Wharton.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ada; his brother, Wayne (LaVern); sister-in-law, Mary Linder (Lawrence) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Oct. 27 at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera.

Memorial gifts in his memory may be given to the Frontier Time Museum in Bandera.

Ada wishes to thank River City Hospice, and especially Maria Elvira Richardson, for their kind and tender care.


Mark Schricker, Aug. 27, 1938 – Oct. 20, 2014               

Mark Schricker, a 14-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo and co-founder of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, died Oct. 20 in a Colorado Springs, Colo., hospice from the effects of Parkinson’s disease. He was 76.

Schricker was one of the most consistent and accomplished timed-event cowboys of the 1960s, seven times finishing among the top 10 in the all-around world standings, including second-place results in 1965 and 1967.

He qualified for the NFR seven times as a steer wrestler (1962, 1964-65, 1967-70) – finishing as reserve world champion in 1965 – and seven times as a tie-down roper (1963-67, 1969-70).

“Rodeo was my God, that was all I cared about,” Schricker said in a 2004 interview with the News-Review in Roseburg, Ore.

“I was pretty obsessed with winning. I had a really good career. I just wish I would have won a world championship.”

He came closest in that 1965 season when he finished $2,467 behind Dean Oliver in the all-around standings and $1,796 behind Harley May in the bulldogging. Both Oliver and May are inductees in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

For all of his many contributions to the sport, Schricker felt his greatest impact came from co-founding the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys with Wilbur Plaugher in 1974.

“I think it helped the image of rodeo,” Schricker said. “We had church services at most of the major rodeos, and that was unheard of back in those days.”

A funeral service took place Oct. 26 at Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, 4285 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colo.


News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail

Las Vegas Events has announced the launch of a new Wrangler National Finals Rodeo initiative designed to promote social media activation and engagement with rodeo fans. The new NFR Social Arena is a free service, and will provide exclusive content and features during the lead up to the Wrangler NFR. Rodeo fans can access the new site at and register to begin accruing points based on social media activation and participation in Wrangler NFR promotions and activities. This platform will then reward fans for reaching the most points during specified periods of time.


The Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink Committee presented $35,000 to the PeaceHealth Cancer Care Center’s Dr. Jennie Crews earlier this month. The money was raised locally through fundraising events and merchandise sales; a plaque with donors’ names on it came with the check.


On Aug. 31, Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo participants wore pink to raise money and awareness during the ninth annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. It raised $6,200 for the Breast Cancer Fund at the Foundation at Kittitas Valley Healthcare.


Randy Corley, 11-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, underwent successful back surgery Oct. 20. On Oct. 23, Corley said he walked a couple of miles, and he’ll be ready to go to work immediately. “My next rodeo is the Brawley (Calif.) Cattle Call Rodeo, and I’ll be there with bells on,” he said.


The Canadian ProRodeo Association is partnering with iLink Media, Northlands and Worldplay Canada to offer a live streaming broadcast of the Canadian Finals Rodeo, happening Nov. 5-9, in Edmonton, Alberta. Pre-registration for the online broadcast of the 41st CFR can be found at


The Daines family, of Innisfail, Alberta, was named the winner of the 2014 Business Contribution Award at the Community and Business Awards Gala held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Oct. 17. “Winning the business contribution award is amazing,” said Jack Daines, patriarch of the rodeo family.


Former Texas Circuit bareback rider Vidal Conde is negotiating to revive Las Vegas-style gambling cruises that would sail from the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi, Texas, into international waters. Conde, 44, says he learned the entertainment business while riding bulls and broncs in PRCA competition in the 1990s and early 2000s. Along the way came offers to promote bull riding events and Tejano concerts. Now, more than 10 years removed from his last eight-second ride, Conde is still trying to work the crowd. His company, Texas Gold Nugget Casino Cruises, plans to offer two five-hour casino cruises every day from the Corpus Christi Marina starting in January. “When I first floated the idea, a lot of people were like ‘you’re the right person for this kind of job,’” Conde told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “Entertainment is my life. I love to show people a good time.”

2014 World Standings Leaders

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $259,262
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $172,384
SW: Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. $91,804
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $110,181
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $110,181
SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $126,879
TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $153,822
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $143,165 
SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $68,835 



*2014 Barrel Racing (through Oct. 27, 2014) Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings. 

1 Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla. $155,280
2 Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas 131,471
3 Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 121,617
4 Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah 104,289
5 Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D. 102,947
6 Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas 100,645
7 Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas 99,712
8 Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo. 93,135
9 Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. 93,048
10 Kassidy Dennison, Roosevelt, Utah 92,051
11 Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo. 91,736
12 Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas 90,431
13 Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb. 74,385
14 Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas 70,577
15 Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas 70,416
16 Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore. 70,017
17 Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas 69,447
18 Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif. 68,119
19 Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga. 64,063
20 Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah 60,579
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☛ Alves wins third PBR World title 10-27-14

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments





PBR Press Release
Oct. 27, 2014

Silvano Alves won his third PBR World Title at the PBR Finals held in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR photo.

Silvano Alves became the second rider in Professional Bull Riders history to win a third world title Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.,  after being named the 2014 PBR World Champion. His World Finals earnings of $1.3 million, added to his 2014 Built Ford Tough Series regular-season winnings, moved him past two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride as the richest western sports athlete in history. The finals event was held Oct. 22-26.

The 26-year-old from Pilar do Sul, Brazil, went 6-for-6 at the Built Ford Tough World Finals for the first time in his career to win the event with 502 points, and earn enough points to surpass Joao Ricardo Vieira for the title.


Alves sat second in the standings entering the World Finals, trailing Vieira by 511 points. After five days of fighting his way to the top, he earned his third World Championship. He also won titles in 2011 and 2012.


“It really means a lot to me this year,” Alves said, “because at the beginning of the year, I wasn’t riding that great. Thankfully, I was able to stay healthy and come from behind. It means a lot for me to win this Championship again.”


2013 World Champion J.B. Mauney placed second in the Finals average with 453.50 points, earning $256,375 throughout the event. With the effort, Mauney also surpassed McBride in career earnings, crossing the $5 million mark.


Finishing third was 2014 Rookie of the Year J.W. Harris (361), followed by Eduardo Aparecido (349) and Matt Triplett (268.25), who rounded out the Top 5.

Going up against Asteroid in the final round of the World Finals, Alves notched an 87.25-point performance to solidify his event win. He is the fourth rider in the PBR to cover Asteroid.


Alves joins Mauney (2013), Mike Lee (2004) and Renato Nunes (2010) as the only riders in PBR history to win the world title and World Finals event average in the same year. He also joins Adriano Moraes as the only other three-time PBR World Champion.


“I respect Adriano, but for me, this isn’t important.” Alves explained regarding his motivation to pursue a fourth world title. “I want to win Championships, but that’s not the important thing. I want to ride my bulls.”


Coming in behind Alves in the world standings were Joao Ricardo Vieira, Triplett, Mauney and Fabiano Vieira.



World Champion Bull:Bushwacker made his final out on the BFTS, en route to earning his third PBR World Champion Bull title with a two-out total of 91.50 points, beating out his brother Roy, who notched a combined 91.25 points. Bushwacker was marked 46.50 points in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round to win the title, with Mike Lee drawing the legendary bull.



“When I saw the score, I was tickled to death.” Julio explained, “I just know that Bushwacker’s second trip is always better than his first. I was pretty happy with his score.”


Rookie of the Year:
In a surprising twist, J.W. Harris, the four-time PRCA Champion who received a three-event exemption from the PBR to ride in the Built Ford Tough Series, took great advantage of the invitation and captured the 2014 Rookie of the Year title, edging out Gage Gay, who had held the lead since the beginning of the 2014 season.



“I guess it’s pretty cool,” Harris said. “It wasn’t something I came here thinking I would win, but I guess I did. I just want to say thanks to y’all for the invites.”



Stock Contractor of the Year:
Chad Berger returned to the winners circle, winning the 2014 Stock Contractor of the Year title. He previously won the award in three consecutive years – 2007-09.


Berger said, “When I got the news, I was really excited, because we had lost out the last few years. It’s quite an honor. It’s a family operation. Everybody works hard to get this done. One man can’t do it.”


Other awards:
For his 94-point ride on Percolator in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, Mauney captured the Lane Frost/Brent Thurman Award for the second year in a row. The award is given to the rider who receives the highest-marked ride of the event. Tanner Byrne was awarded this year’s Glen Keeley Award, which is presented to the Canadian bull rider who earns the most points during the season.


Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
2014 Built Ford Tough World Finals
Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas

Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Round 6-Total Points. Total Earnings)

1. Silvano Alves, 86.25-87.75-69-86.25-85.5-87.25-502, $1,271,125

2. J.B. Mauney, 88-0-90.25-93.25-88-94-453.5, $256,375

3. J.W. Harris, 88.75-0-88.5-0-90.5-93.25-361, $161,375

4. Eduardo Aparecido, 86-0-0-82.75-87-93.25-349, $81,375

5. Matt Triplett, 87.25-92-0-89-0-0-268.25, $119,000

6. Ryan Dirteater, 0-86.25-86.75-87.25-0-0-260.25, $46,500

7. Tanner Byrne, 87-83.75-0-87.75-0-0-258.5, $43,750

8. Kody Lostroh, 0-89.25-90-0-0-0-179.25, $55,500

9. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-90.25-87.5-0-0-0-177.75, $73,250

10. Ty Pozzobon, 0-88-0-0-87.5-0-175.5, $32,500

11. L.J. Jenkins, 87-0-88-0-0-0-175, $14,750

12. Mike Lee, 87.25-0-0-0-86.25-0-173.5, $17,750

13. Brady Sims, 86.25-0-0-0-87.25-0-173.5, $16,750

14. Cody Nance, 0-0-86.25-0-85.75-0-172, $7,000

15. Claudio Crisostomo, 0-87.25-0-0-84-0-171.25, $5,500

16. Lachlan Richardson, 85.5-0-0-84.25-0-0-169.75, $4,500

17. Renato Nunes, 0-0-89-0-0-0-89, $16,500

18. Stetson Lawrence, 0-88.75-0-0-0-0-88.75, $14,500

19. Stormy Wing, 88.5-0-0-0-0-0-88.5, $22,500

20. Gage Gay, 0-87.75-0-0-0-0-87.75, $6,750

21. Zane Lambert, 0-0-87.5-0 -0-0-87.5, $5,750

22. Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-86.5-0-0-86.5, $15,500

23. Marco Eguchi, 86.25-0-0-0-0-0-86.25, $5,500

Fernando Henrique, 0-86.25-0-0-0-0-86.25, $4,500

25. Guilherme Marchi, 86-0-0-0-0-0-86, $5,500

26. Jordan Hupp, 84-0-0-0-0-0-84, $4,500

27. Chase Outlaw, 0-0-83.5-0-0-0-83.5, $5,500

David Kennedy, 0-83.5-0-0-0-0-83.5, $4,500

Nathan Schaper, 83.5-0-0-0-0-0-83.5, $4,500

30. Kasey Hayes, 0-79.25-0-0-0-0-79.25, $5,500

31. Josh Faircloth, 0-0 -0-77.5 0-0-77.5, $4,500

Scott Schiffner, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $5,500

Emilio Resende, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $5,500

Billy Robinson, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Gustavo Pedrero, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Robson Palermo, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Douglas Duncan, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Sean Willingham, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Tyler Harr, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Ben Jones, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Harve Stewart, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Jason Malone, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500


Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series

Final Standings (Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5′s, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Silvano Alves, 28, 0, 7, 12,611.060, $1,422,602.65

2. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 28, 2, 10, 10,673.000, $328,120.96

3. Matt Triplett, 28, 0, 4, 10,236.830, $258,025.80

4. J. B. Mauney, 22, 2, 5, 9,527.000, $497,597.99

5. Fabiano Vieira, 26, 3, 8, 9,295.120, $264,592.67

6. Eduardo Aparecido Silva, 27, 1, 5, 9,172.680, $209,057.03

7. Mike Lee, 26, 2, 7, 8,635.310, $242,432.06

8. Guilherme Marchi, 28, 1, 6, 8,587.060, $271,530.73

9. J.W. Harris, 14, 0, 2, 6,859.250, $224,455.02

10. Cody Nance, 28, 3, 5, 6,848.620, $186,943.82

11. Gage Gay, 24, 1, 4, 6,764.120, $183,000.10

12. L.J. Jenkins, 27, 1, 2, 6,686.230, $148,287.18

13. Ryan Dirteater, 25, 0, 5, 6,371.370, $124,173.82

14. Tanner Byrne, 15, 0, 4, 6,325.540, $148,664.79

15. Marco Eguchi, 27, 2, 3, 5,913.060, $163,829.78

16. Chase Outlaw, 23, 1, 2, 5,876.790, $183,038.43

17. Valdiron de Oliveira, 28, 2, 5, 5,733.060, $142,892.53

18. Stormy Wing, 25, 1, 2, 5,293.870, $170,960.34

19. Renato Nunes, 26, 2, 4, 5,097.430, $127,841.67

20. Kasey Hayes, 22, 0, 2, 5,082.000, $88,129.21

21. Emilio Rezende, 26, 1, 3, 5,073.250, $105,174.92

22. Markus Mariluch, 21, 0, 5, 5,036.370, $74,265.42

23. Kody Lostroh, 16, 0, 2, 4,519.750, $100,296.90

24. Brady Sims, 20, 0, 3, 4,464.620, $73,726.30

25. Ty Pozzobon, 22, 0, 2, 4,258.870, $127,146.81

26. Sean Willingham, 21, 1, 1, 4,187.000, $86,055.40

27. Cláudio Crisóstomo, 22, 0, 3, 3,973.500, $85,744.55

28. Zane Lambert, 19, 0, 2, 3,914.410, $114,261.86

29. Stetson Lawrence, 12, 0, 1, 3,869.290, $102,127.68

30. Lachlan Richardson, 24, 0, 0, 3,397.870, $69,424.93

31. Nathan Schapper, 15, 1, 1, 3,323.750, $77,426.30

32. Douglas Duncan, 26, 0, 4, 3,217.870, $53,954.00

33. Josh Faircloth, 9, 0, 1, 3,213.680, $52,432.68

34. Jordan Hupp, 20, 0, 1, 3,187.370, $64,862.25

35. Robson Palermo, 14, 0, 1, 2,909.370, $40,251.67

36. Billy Robinson, 24, 0, 1, 2,864.250, $48,617.58

37. Jason Malone, 11, 0, 1, 2,851.870, $68,210.39

38. Harve Stewart, 19, 0, 0, 2,422.660, $42,822.01

39. Guytin Tsosie, 10, 0, 1, 2,409.620, $39,306.34

40. Luis Blanco, 4, 0, 0, 2,326.060, $48,110.36

41. Ben Jones, 11, 0, 0, 2,262.080, $56,310.78

42. Tyler Harr, 5, 0, 0, 2,192.680, $55,061.98

43. Jory Markiss, 13, 0, 0, 2,021.620, $44,887.01

44. Budd Williamson, 2, 0, 0, 1,874.660, $46,707.00

45. Scottie Knapp, 3, 0, 0, 1,815.950, $53,842.98

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