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☛ Rodeo News 7-15-14

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments



July 15, 2014
Courtesy PRCA


Weekend highlights, July 7-13

  • Bull rider Reid Barker, who is fourth in the July 14 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, is out on a 30-day doctor’s release after suffering a fractured right orbital bone and a serious concussion at the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper. Joe Gunderson, a 2010 Wrangler NFR qualifying bareback rider, is expected to miss some time after suffering a severe groin strain in Casper. Bull riding permit holder Jeremy Jex, 35, suffered a fractured pelvis and a urethra tear at the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo in Vernal, Utah. The Spanish Fork, Utah, native had won $450 on his permit before the injury, and is out indefinitely. Steer wrestler Brad Johnson is also out indefinitely after fracturing a bone in his lower left leg at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo.
  • Josh Peek, a steer wrestler and tie-down roper, had a huge weekend, earning a total of $9,545 in his two events. Peek made most of his money in Casper, where he won the all-around title with $6,576. Peek tied for the first round win in tie-down roping there, and would go on to finish fourth in the average, earning a total of $5,095 to go along with the $1,481 he collected in steer wrestling. Peek also earned $2,842 at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo – all in tie-down roping – after finishing third in the average with a time of 18.2 seconds on two head. In the July 14 world standings, Peek moved from 14th to 12th in the steer wrestling and shot up to 43rd in the tie-down standings. He also moved up four spots from eighth to fourth in the all-around standings.
  • If the name Josh Molnar doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because the 38-year-old bareback rider hasn’t rodeoed much in the past 15 years. Molnar, from The Dalles, Ore., bought his PRCA card in 1998, but had earnings of just $4,418 through 2013. This weekend, he won the Cheney (Wash.) Rodeo with a score of 80 points, and also won the Elgin (Ore.) Stampede, earning a total of $2,699. It was Molnar’s first PRCA win since he won in Toppenish, Wash., in 1997 on his permit. Molnar went to the College National Finals Rodeo three times (1997-99), but saw his promising rodeo career derailed by a rash of injuries from 1999-2003. After losing everything he owned in a fire in 2003, Molnar bought a fitness center in The Dalles, and has dedicated his life to running it ever since. Now, even at age 38, he’s ready for a comeback in rodeo. “I feel better physically now than I think I ever have,” Molnar said. “I feel as good as I did when I was 21, and I’m hoping to sell the gym I own and hit the road full-time starting next season. I never stopped wanting to rodeo, but was never in a position to be able to go. My tunnel vision now is focused on riding bucking horses.”
  • Saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, who sat 19th in the world standings entering the weekend, picked up two huge wins which gave him a boost as he chases his sixth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. The Heflin, La., cowboy won both rounds and the average in Casper, with an average score of 168 points on two head. DeMoss rode for 85 points to win the first round, and then covered Mo Betta Rodeo’s Sioux City Sue for 83 points to win the final round. He earned a total of $4,950 in Casper, then won the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo in Vernal, Utah, with an 85-point trip on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich N Fancy, earning another $3,892. He also tied for eighth place at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, and moved nine spots in the world standings to 10th.
  • BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile cashed checks at two rodeos over the weekend, doing most of his damage in the steer roping. At the Laramie (Wyo.) Jubilee Days, Brazile won the second round and average title in steer roping, earning a total of $2,927, and also took home the all-around honors. Brazile then won money in all three of his events at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo en route to another all-around title. He finished fifth in the first round of the tie-down roping and eighth in the average, earning $1,502. Brazile and team roping partner Travis Graves split third in the first round, each earning $1,466, while Brazile also made $625 in steer roping. Brazile retained his lead in the steer roping world standings, while remaining second in the team roping heading standings. He fell from seventh to eighth in tie-down roping.
  • Aside from Brazile, the only man to pick up multiple all-around titles over the weekend was Kyle Whitaker. The six-time Linderman Award winner earned $3,189 at the Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo & Bull Ridin’ Bonanza, making money in two events. Whitaker won the first round of the steer wrestling with a time of 3.5 seconds, and also won the second round of the saddle bronc riding with a 79-point ride on his way to finishing second in the average. The Chambers, Neb., cowboy also won the all-around at the Heart of the North Rodeo in Spooner, Wis., where he tied for third in the saddle bronc riding and split eighth in the steer wrestling. Whitaker won his last Linderman in 2011, and the two men who have won it the last two years also picked up wins this weekend. Kyle Thomson, the 2012 winner, won the saddle bronc riding title at the Teepee Creek (Alberta) Stampede, while Trell Etbauer, the 2013 Linderman champ, won the all-around at the Silver State Stampede in Elko, Nev.
Billy Hale, Dec. 1, 1938-July 12, 2014    Billy Hale, the 1971 world champion steer wrestler who qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 13 times, died July 12 at a nursing home in Eufaula, Okla. He was 75. Born in Colorado Springs, Colo., Hale grew up in nearby Falcon, participating in track and basketball while a student at Falcon High School before concentrating on rodeo full time.

Initially a bareback rider and bull rider, Hale didn’t feel like he had enough ability to excel in those events and switched to steer wrestling where he became one of the most dominant bulldoggers of his generation.

His 13 NFR appearances (1959-60, 1963-73) ties him for sixth on the all-time list with Tom Ferguson. In addition to Hale’s world championship in 1971, when he won by nearly $8,000 over Bill Linderman – the biggest margin in any event that year – he also was reserve world champion in 1963 and 1973.

Eight times he finished among the top five steer wrestlers in the world, and he won NFR average titles in 1963 and 1964.

Hale always gave Willard Combs much of the credit for his rise to prominence. Hale moved to Checotah, Okla., from Colorado Springs in 1957 to soak up all the knowledge he could from the steer wrestling great.

“Willard and Benny Combs and their horse Baby Doll put Checotah on the map for bulldogging in the 1950s,” Hale once told the ProRodeo Sports News. “If you were a bulldogger, Checotah was the place to be.”

After qualifying for his 13th NFR in 1973, Hale started having back problems in 1974 when he suffered a ruptured disk. He underwent surgery and never made it back to the NFR, although he continued competing at least part time until 1991.

He famously survived a plane crash in 1984 while traveling from a rodeo in Crossett, Ark., that left him with a broken back and three broken ribs.

“It took about six weeks to heal up,” Hale told the PSN, and I went to about 50 rodeos the next year. But my back was weak, and that was the last year I went full time.”

After his career ended, Hale and his son, Bret, were partners in a firewood processing business and they also did some contracting work for a sawmill. Hale’s other son, Bradford, was a PRCA steer wrestler in the 1990s.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22 at the Memorial Gardens Chapel in Colorado Springs. He will be buried next to his parents at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 3825 Airport Road in Colorado Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.


News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail

              Frank Rhoades, a PRCA Gold Card Member who qualified for the bareback riding competition at the first National Finals Rodeo in 1959, died July 8 in an intensive care unit in Texarkana, Texas. He was 80. A 2001 inductee into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Rhoades was known primarily in the rodeo world for his success as a bareback rider, but he also competed as a bull rider and steer wrestler, competing out of Texas and Oklahoma. Rhoades was born in Dallas and competed in his first junior rodeo competition there at 11 years old, so he was sort of the hometown favorite when he competed in the inaugural NFR at the Dallas State Fairgrounds. He qualified with what turned out to be the best season of his career, earning checks in 28 rodeos that year, including a shared win (with Bernis Johnson) in Memphis, Tenn. Rhoades then capped his year by winning Round 4 and Round 5 en route to a sixth-place finish in the NFR average. Services were held July 13 at Redland Methodist Church, near Rhoades’ hometown of Idabel, Okla.
Three horses belonging to two-time World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves(2005, 2009) were injured slightly in an abduction July 9 in Black Diamond, Alberta. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to the report of a stolen truck and horse trailer containing Graves’ horses – Dave, HYTY and Snap – at 1 a.m. Graves told RCMP officers he had parked his rig on Centre Avenue beside the Black Diamond Hotel an hour earlier, but noticed it was missing when he came out.Police patrolled the area along with Graves, who later spotted his rig in Black Diamond. He climbed on the running board of the truck and pleaded with the driver to abandon the vehicle before he did something foolish and injured the horses. The driver then sped away and crashed into a barrier, throwing Graves off and injuring him slightly. Police located the rig abandoned in Turner Valley a short time later, with all three horses still inside. RCMP say they were very distraught and sustained cuts and bruises from being slammed around during the crash. A canine team was called in and a short time later, the driver was located and arrested.The 23-year-old Turner Valley man, Joshua Lemire, has been charged with theft of a truck, theft of more than $5,000, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, endangering animals and failing to remain at two separate accident scenes.
Five-time World Champion Bareback Rider and ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Ford of Kersey, Colo., is recovering from a staph infection that has had him hospitalized for more than a week. Doctors gave him a transfusion and have him on a course of antibiotics to get him stabilized. He may be transferred to a rehab facility shortly.
On July 19, will be live streaming the third performance of California Rodeo Salinas, starting at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET.
Paige Nicholson, 2013 Miss Rodeo America, appeared on Fox News Channel’s show “Fox & Friends” Monday morning. Nicholson gave the hosts a quick roping lesson on a dummy steer before showing off her talent by roping one of the cameramen.
Goliath, the 2005 Guinness Book of World Record holder for tallest living horse, passed away peacefully on July 3 at the Priefert Ranch in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Goliath was an awe-inspiring black Percheron gelding who stood 19.1 hands high and weighed more than 2,500 pounds. Bill Priefert purchased Goliath, along with five other Percherons, that made up Priefert’s “Texas Thunder” Hitch which traveled 40,000-60,000 miles a year, exhibiting at more than 100 rodeos, parades, fairs, and equine events each year. After becoming a Guinness World Record title holder, Goliath traveled solo, making countless stops at Priefert dealers and Priefert-sponsored events across the country.
The 91st edition of the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo Rodeo drew an estimated 47,000 fans to five performances over four days of Cowboy Christmas, including an all-time record 15,500 for the evening performance on Independence Day.
Sheridan WYO rodeo board treasurer Sam Summers says a recent economic impact study shows the community derives about $5 million annual benefit from the rodeo at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.
The Spanish Fork (Utah) Rotary Club honored Steven Money - the man known locally as Mr. Rodeo – as its Citizen of the Year July 8 for his service to the community. During the past 30 years, Money has worked to make the Fiesta Days Rodeo one of the best rodeos in the country. Money started with the rodeo in 1984, and was the rodeo chairman in 1985. He was hired by Spanish Fork City in 1991 and worked as the golf course assistant superintendent, and then was assigned to be the fairgrounds manager. Money was then asked to be Spanish Fork’s Special Events Coordinator and in charge of the fairgrounds and the rodeo. “Every year, we have tried to improve the rodeo and take advantage of anything that comes up,” Money said. “The more you get involved in things and find things out, doors open for you.”
Andy NelsonBarb RichhartDodge City, Kansas, and Earl W. Bascom will receive the annual Cowboy Keeper Award from the National Day of the Cowboy’s Board of Directors for their efforts in preserving pioneer heritage and cowboy culture.
New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box served as the Grand Marshal for the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Parade on July 11. Box, a Wyoming native who lives outside of Cheyenne with his family, also appeared at Sheridan Stationary July 12 for a book signing of his new release, “Shots Fired.”
2014 World Standings Leaders 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas


BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah


SW: Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.


TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.


TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.


SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.


TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas


BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.


SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas


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☛ Cowgirl Christmas 7-9-14

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments





By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 9, 2014

While the PRCA reported “Cowboy Christmas,” which includes the results of rodeos over the Fourth of July, the “Barrel Racing Report” has reported distaff earnings, rightfully named “Cowgirl Christmas!”


In an article written by Tanya Randall, the barrel racing industry’s leading reporter, she has picked apart the barrel racers’ take during “Cowgirl  Christmas,” including interviews with the winners and how the largest-payback weekend in rodeo has affected the barrel racing standings approximately halfway into the race to the highest-paying barrel race of the year: the National Finals Rodeo.


Making the biggest jump in the standings was 21-year-old Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., who picked up $28,824 from just four rodeos between June 30 and July 7. Only PRCA bareback rider Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah,  (the son of PRCA Hall of Famer Lewis Feild) won more, with $34,483. Riding her 14-year-old gray gelding Wonders Cowboy Dan (Wonders Pal x Wonder Otoe out of Jackies Cowgirl Bar x Cowboy Dans Bar), Bass jumped from 38th in the World Standings on July 1 with $13,007 to 15th with $42,057 on July 7, which doesn’t include the $15,500 she picked up in her pool at the Calgary Stampede, which counts toward NFR qualification in 2014.


According to the WPRA, topping the 2014 WPRA NFR standings after July 7 is Lisa Lockhart with $83,217, followed by Fallon Taylor with $73,677, Nancy Hunter, $68,586 and Carlee Pierce sporting $63,210 in earnings.


Lisa earned $16,285 over Cowgirl Christmas, while Fallon Taylor picked up $16,023. Carlee picked up $12,946. Past World Champions Sherry Cervi picked up $10,943 while Mary Walker took home $8,191.


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☛ Rodeo News/Cowboy Christmas 7-8-14

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments



Courtesy PRCA
July 8, 2014


Kaycee Feild joins elite Cowboy Christmas company

When it came to Cowboy Christmas this year, bareback rider Kaycee Feild certainly was on the rodeo Santa’s nice list.

Feild won $34,483 during the Fourth of July week, the fourth-highest total ever, and the second-best ever among cowboys competing in a single event, behind bull rider Kanin Asay’s $36,031 in 2007.

All-around cowboy Trevor Brazile set the record for winnings with $39,993 in 2011; all-around hand Ty Murray ranks second at $37,630, in 1999.

“It feels awesome,” Feild said. “It was my most enjoyable, relaxed Fourth of July ever.”

Feild won money at five of the seven rodeos in which he competed. He won the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede, the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup, the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche, S.D., and the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo Rodeo, while also finishing second at the Home of Champions Rodeo in Red Lodge (Mont.).

He is the seventh cowboy to eclipse $30,000 in winnings during the July 4 run, and leads the July 7 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $118,426 – $36,631 ahead of second-place Austin Foss, representing the largest lead in any individual event.

“This was huge for me,” said Feild, who also won $10,642 while taking the bareback riding title at the June 20-28 Reno (Nev.) Rodeo. “I’ve never capitalized and done nearly this well in June and July as I did this year. The most I’d won before was probably around $15,000. To start off the summer like this is just amazing.”

On the timed-event side, two-time World Champion Tie-down Roper Tuf Cooper was the top cowboy, pocketing $26,082 last week – a career-high for the Fourth of July run.

“It’s a blessing, and all the glory and honor goes to God,” said Cooper, who was taking part in his seventh Cowboy Christmas run. “I’m grateful, and this was just awesome. It’s so exhausting. You’re going 24-7. You have to stay completely positive, and mentally you have to make sure you have the energy to compete. Everybody is going to be tired and you have to have as much energy as possible.”

Cooper’s Cowboy Christmas was highlighted by his stellar performance in Ponoka, June 25 through July 1, where he won $14,822.

Cooper collected the majority of his Ponoka money - $7,500 – when he won the showdown round by recording a 7.3-second time. Cooper also won the Ponoka Stampede in 2010.

“We put everything in pretty tight, and a big thanks to my friend Jeremy Walker for helping us get around over the Fourth (of July),” Cooper said. “He let my brother-in-law, Trevor Brazile, and I borrow his plane and he went with us. I also have to thank all the great rodeo committees who put on such great rodeos over the Fourth of July for us.”

His big week allowed the Coopers – Clint, Tuf and Clif – to hold bragging rights as the family champions of Cowboy Christmas. Their total earnings of $48,045 were more than twice as much as the Tryan brothers (Clay, Travis and Brady) in team roping and the Wright brothers (Cody, Jesse, Jake and Spencer) in saddle bronc riding.

Tyler Corrington was tops among saddle bronc riders, and third overall behind Feild and barrel racer Kaley Bass in total Cowboy Christmas earnings. The Hastings, Minn., cowboy won $28,707, including earning three checks of more than $8,700 during the week.

He won the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo with an 87-point ride on Korkow Rodeos’ Paint Chip, earning $9,066, and also won the title at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede with 86 points on J Bar J’s Smart Guy for another $8,714. He would also grab $9,153 for his performance in Ponoka early in the week.

“If you draw well, and you come into it on a bit of a roll, your confidence goes up and riding is that much easier,” Corrington said of Cowboy Christmas. “Having this bump in the standings at this time of the year is really nice because it takes the stress off and allows you to have fun with rodeo, instead of having to worry about the standings later in the season.”


Here are the top 15 money earners from Cowboy Christmas:


1. Kaycee Feild, BB, $34,483

2. Kaley Bass, GB, $28,814

3. Tyler Corrington, SB, $28,707

4. Tuf Cooper, TD, $26,082

5. Nick Guy, SW, $22,209

6. Cody Teel, BR, $22,099

7. Marty Yates, TD, $20,978

8. Carley Richardson, GB, $20,294

9. Bobby Mote, BB, $19,475

10. Hunter Herrin, TD, $19,407

11. Taos Muncy, SB, $18,475

12. Matt Shiozawa, TD, $18,212

13. Jake Pratt, TD, $18,195

14. Trevor Brazile, TR/TD, $17,698

15. Ty Pozzobon, BR, $17,616

  • BEST BULLDOGGER: Nick Guy – who finished 17th and 21st in the world standings the last two seasons – has been on the precipice of his second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification (2010 was his first) the past two years, and after this year’s Fourth of July run, he is on target to make another trip to Las Vegas. The Sparta, Wis., steer wrestler won the most money of anyone in his event last week, earning $22,209, and moved from 44th to fourth in the July 7 world standings. “I’ve just been in the groove lately,” Guy said. “To win $22,000 in four days doesn’t happen for most guys, and I sure never thought it would happen for me. I just went into it with the mindset that I wanted to win first everywhere, and it worked out.” The 29-year-old earned a total of $9,475 en route to winning the average in St. Paul (Ore.), and also picked up large checks in Cody (Wyo.) and at the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo Rodeo and the Home of Champions Rodeo in Red Lodge (Mont.). Guy wasn’t the only bulldogger to make a large leap in the standings. Dru Melvin moved from 59th to 19th, and Dirk Tavenner went from 40th to 17th.
  • TEEL IS GOLDEN: Bull rider Cody Teel was tops in his event over Cowboy Christmas, earning $22,099 – $4,483 better than second-place Ty Pozzobon of Canada. The 2012 world champion won the majority of that money with a huge sum in Ponoka, as he placed sixth in the first round, second in the finals, third in the average and then won the showdown round with 88.5 points on Vold Rodeo’s True Blood. Teel’s total in Ponoka came to $13,433. He also collected checks at four other rodeos, most notably $3,716 in Molalla and $2,012 in Red Lodge. Teel moved from 10th to fourth in the July 7 world standings as a result of his big week. “Before this weekend, my goal was to just make it to the NFR, but now after winning all this money, my goal is to win another gold buckle,” he said. He didn’t, however, escape without some bumps and bruises. Teel – who returned at the beginning of June after three months on the sidelines with a broken ankle – was stepped on in both Greeley and Cody, but says he’s feeling just fine, other than being a little sore.
  • TOP TEAM: Brooks Dahozy and Daxton Jim may not be the first names you’d think of when it comes to the top of the Cowboy Christmas team ropers list. However, the duo cashed in more than any other team ropers last week, each earning $15,720 – $1,403 better than second-place Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn. Incredibly, Dahozy and Jim only cashed checks at three rodeos, but they made all three count. Dahozy, 27, and Jim, a 23-year-old permit holder, placed in both rounds and were second in the average in St. Paul, winning $8,003 each. They also made $3,976 at the Oakley City (Utah) Independence Day Rodeo and $3,741 in Cody. Dahozy moved to 35th in the world standings as a result of the big week.
  • BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile made a total of $17,698 over Cowboy Christmas, with the majority of that money coming in team roping, where he earned $11,089 and moved up to second place in the world standings. Brazile and partner Travis Graves placed second at the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup with a time of 4.1 seconds, earning $5,537 each. They also were fourth in the first round and third in the average at the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., each earning $3,910. The pair also tallied $1,642 in Ponoka. Brazile earned a total of $6,609 in tie-down roping, highlighted by a check of $2,929 at the Airdrie (Alberta) ProRodeo, and $2,323 in Ponoka. The $17,698 placed him 14th among all Cowboy Christmas competitors. Brazile’s current total money of $135,243 is more than $25,000 ahead of what his earnings were at this point a year ago, and is $47,054 better than brother-in-law Tuf Cooper in the all-around world standings.
  • ALL WRIGHT: With the results of Cowboy Christmas, there are four Wright brothers in the top 17 of the saddle bronc riding world standings. These numbers suggest that, for the first time in history, four brothers could qualify for the same Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Cody Wright leads the pack in second place, while Spencer is 14th, Jesse is 15th and Jake is 17th. Jake is only $1,257 out of the 15th spot. Making matters even more interesting is Cody’s son, Rusty, is sitting in 36th place, just over $20,000 away from 15th.
  • FINAL TALLY: There were 23 competitors who made $15,000 or more during Cowboy Christmas, and 73 who made $10,000 or more.
  • INJURIES: While the focus of Cowboy Christmas was on the high-achievers, those contestants who performed at their highest level, there was also the other side of the coin: those who were laid low by injury and may have seen their last chance at qualifying for the WNFR drift a little further out of reach. Cody Ohl, Hunter Cure, Ryan Gray and Cody Campbell were all hurt in late June and never got out on the road for the Fourth of July. They were soon followed on the injured list by 2011 World Champion Shane Proctor, Ardie Maier, Dylan Vick Hice, Taygen Schuelke, Friday Wright II, Elliot Jacoby and Steve Woolsey – all bull riders – plus saddle bronc rider Colton Miller. After dislocating his shoulder, Proctor tweeted on Friday, “Well, my 4th is over. (Dr.) Tandy (Freeman) said I messed up a nerve in my riding shoulder. MRI this week. If all goes good, may be back in 2-6 weeks.” Maier was life-flighted from the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo with three broken ribs on his right side and a lung contusion (he was released on July 6), while Schuelke suffered a broken leg in St. Paul (he underwent surgery July 5 in Salem) and Vick Hice a broken foot (he is in a walking boot) there. Wright was hospitalized with multiple facial fractures from a wreck at the Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale, Ark., and was scheduled to see a specialist in Dallas today. A facial fracture and lacerated ear suffered at the Greeley (Colo.) Xtreme Bulls Division 2 caused WNFR qualifier Jacoby to miss six of his scheduled appearances over the Fourth of July week and Woolsey is out for at least 10 days with a sprained MCL in his left knee and strained abdominal muscles. Miller, the nephew of 2007 World Champion Steer Wrestler Jason Miller, who is currently second in the saddle bronc riding rookie standings, suffered a broken leg at the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede and will have surgery this week. Bull rider Kanin Asay won the Home of Champions Rodeo in Red Lodge, Mont., with a 92-point ride on Brookman-Hyland Rodeo’s Damn It’s Good despite competing while laboring with a severe abdominal strain.
News & Notes from the Rodeo TrailProRodeo Hall of Fame inductees Lewis Feild and John W. Jones Jr. joined rodeo queen Jenna Smeenk and Atlanta Falcons tight end Bear Pascoe on the American300 Wrangler Western National Patriot July 4 Tour, spending time with the families and community that supports the USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif. They even joined in on the fun at the annual Bridgeport Centennial Livestock Ranch Rodeo ( …


Dean Smith, an inductee in the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, is on the road promoting his book, From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen: Cowboy Stuntman, and on July 5 was presented with the Working Ranch Cowboy and Stunt Man Award for his lifelong promotion of Westerns, the Western way of life and the Texas Cowboy Reunion Rodeo. Smith won a gold medal in the 400 meter relay at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, and then built a career as a Hollywood stuntman, appearing in such films as The Alamo, El Dorado, How the West Was Won and Big Jake.


Eva Mae Wilken Holleyman, Margaret Owens Montgomery, Blanche Altizer Smith and Bill Teague were inducted into the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame last week, during a ceremony at the Texas & Pacific Railroad Depot, the new home of both the Hall and the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce. All four inductees competed in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, with Teague competing until 1970. “The first time I attended the West of the Pecos Rodeo,” said Teague, 82, “the sun was quite small and there was no moon at all.”


As a tribute to the late bull rider Lane Frost on the 25th anniversary of his death, the Wrangler Network will be honoring Frost with “Remembering Lane, 25 years in 25 days.” The tribute commenced Sunday, July 6, and will conclude on the 25th anniversary of Lane’s death – July 30. Each day, the Wrangler Network will post a tribute piece in honor of Frost at


Eight-time World Champion Larry Mahan will be joining forces with Estes Park (Colo.) Medical Center Foundation and the Estes Park Western Heritage to help raise research money on “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night at the Rooftop Rodeo July 9.


During the July 1 performance of the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., the organizers paid tribute to the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters who died one year earlier in nearby Yarnell. A moment of silence was observed at the rodeo while the men were individually named on the display board. Brendan McDonough, the lone surviving Granite Mountain Hotshot member, and Amanda Marsh, the widow of Eric Marsh were guests in the Diamond Z English Shire Horses wagon.


Clay Collins, a PRCA bullfighter since 1998 and a three-time selection to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2007-09), retired July 5, effective with the last performance of the Rodeo of the Ozarks, his hometown rodeo in Springdale, Ark. Collins, 41, was nominated for the PRCA Bullfighter of the Year Award in 2007 and 2011.


Bar T Rodeo of Chester, Utah, and veteran PRCA photographer Jim Fain will be inducted into the Utah Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame July 11 in ceremonies on the plaza of Union Station in Ogden, Utah. They are joined in this induction class by Ron and Ginger Brown, Dale Pendleton, James B. Smith and Grant Speed.


The organizers at the Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale, Ark., are working on a $13-15 million expansion project that would double the seating capacity at Parsons Stadium to 18,000, while adding a roof and food venues. “We want the facility to reflect our support for the community, for downtown, and for the city of Springdale,” said Jerry Biazo, president of the Rodeo of the Ozarks committee.


Prime Hollywood real estate: Actor Wilford Brimley has listed his 276-acre ranch in Greybull, Wyo. – where he sometimes hosted rodeo events – for $1.25 million and Jane Fonda has put her Forked Lightning Ranch, just south of Santa Fe, N.M., up for sale for $19.5 million. The Forked Lightning property was created in 1925 after the iconic rodeo promoter John “Tex” Austin purchased a series of parcels from the Pecos (N.M.) Pueblo Grant.


2014 World Standings Leaders 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $135,243
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $118,426
SW: Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. $59,954
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $68,041
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $68,041
SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $75,272
TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $84,313
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $86,881
SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $38,414




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☛ Rodeo News 7-7-14

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Courtesy PRCA
July 7, 2014

Ohl recovering from serious injury
Cody Ohl, a six-time PRCA world champion – five in tie-down roping and one in all-around – is recovering from a June 22 accident outside of the arena that will cause him to sit out Cowboy Christmas.

“I was hauling some cattle to a lease place of mine (on Sunday morning, June 22) before I was going to head out that Monday to Reno,” Ohl said. “A heifer cut back down the alley where I was standing and horned me in the ribs and shattered a rib underneath my (left) arm there, about three or four inches down. It shattered in 17 pieces and I also had a little pin hole in my lung, and bruising to my lung.”

Ohl spent four days in the hospital – two in Hamilton, Texas, and two in Waco, Texas – before being released on the evening of June 26. Ohl said the pin hole in his lung closed after about 34 hours.

“I started getting a little bit of pneumonia symptoms in that lung,” Ohl said. “I was in the Hamilton hospital for two days and then they transported me to Waco because they have better breathing systems and a better way to treat those pneumonia symptoms that were coming on. I’m just taking one day at a time, and I’m starting to feel a little better. I was working out for 21/2 weeks before I was going to head out and I was in great shape. Now I’m just back at zero. If I’m out in the sun and try to do anything, I just get winded real easy.”

Despite his injury, Ohl is optimistic about when he can return to action.  ”My goal is to try and get out there in a couple of weeks,” Ohl said. “I’m going to a specialist in Waco (Tuesday, July 1) to get another chest X-ray. Every day changes a little bit and I feel like I get a little bit better. I don’t know about getting out and about. If I stress myself any at all, I just get winded real bad.

Ohl won tie-down roping gold buckles in 1997-98, 2001, 2003 and 2006, and the all-around in 2001. A year ago, Ohl finished second in the world standings, thanks to winning Rounds 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. His five-round wins tied the event record set by Dave Brock in 1978 Ohl is 33rd in the June 30 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $15,076

“I have gotten through a bunch of injuries and competed with them and I never had to miss out (on) too much ever,” Ohl said. “I have $15,000 won and I just need to get on the boards a little bit better. In another four to five weeks, surely I will be 100 percent or close, and then I’m going to have to really rodeo hard.”

World champion steer wrestler Cure recovering from surgery 2013 PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler
Hunter Cure is recovering from a micro discectomy on his back on June 18 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

“They removed a portion of a herniated disc in my back,” Cure said. “(The doctors) said I could be out anywhere from six to eight weeks, but I’m hoping to be out there in five weeks. I’m going to go through physical therapy, and then I’m probably going to throw some (steers) down before I fly out to Spanish Fork, Utah.”

The Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver Rodeo, is July 21-24. Cure last competed at the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, May 31 in Spanish Fork.

“The Champions Challenge was about the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Cure said. “The pain wasn’t getting any better, so I decided to have surgery. As soon I woke up from the surgery, the pain I was having before was gone.”

Cure was in 12th place in the June 30 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $23,566.

“I was in ninth place before the surgery, so I had a good start and if I can come back and have all my strength back, then I don’t see any reason why a person can’t do it (qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) if he wins enough in August and September.”

Not only did Cure have surgery this month, on June 26, his wife, Bristi, delivered a baby boy, Benton. This was the couple’s second child. They also have a 2-year-old daughter, Halli.

“Everything has been moving pretty fast,” Hunter Cure said. “I’m also building a new house, so I definitely have been pretty busy.”

A year ago, Cure qualified for his second career WNFR in the No. 7 position with $65,007. He proceeded to win $108,348 in Las Vegas to capture his first gold buckle.

Weekend highlights

• With his third-place finish in Reno, and checks totaling $7,151, Justin McDaniel surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings. The 2008 world champion bareback rider now has $1,002,382 as he becomes the 124th PRCA cowboy to hit seven figures. McDaniel tied for first in the second round in Reno, and then tied for second in the finals, leading to a third-place finish in the average. Next up in the million dollar Weekend club is Kanin Asay, who is sitting at $986,190 entering the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls event.

• Eight-time world champion Joe Beaver helped 20-year-old permit holder McCoy Profil earn more than enough to buy his PRCA card over the weekend. The pair won the team-roping title at the Edgewood (Iowa) Days PRCA Rodeo, and then split first at the Crystal Springs Rodeo (Clear Lake, S.D.). Both men earned a total of $2,931, a nice close to Profil’s first full month as a PRCA member.

• Jake Wright, the 2013 reserve world champion saddle bronc rider, had the biggest weekend of any cowboy in his event. Wright won or split the win at three rodeos over the weekend, with his biggest triumph coming at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo, where he rode Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Empty Pockets for 85 points, earning $2,761. Wright won the Lehi (Utah) Roundup with an 80-point ride on Rosser Rodeo’s Clamper for another $1,824, and then tied twin brother Jesse (2012 world champion) for the title at the Daniel Dopps Memorial RAM PRCA Rodeo in Mountain Home, Idaho, when each man tallied 81 points. Jake Wright made a total of $6,252 to move from 21st to 17th in the June 30 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.

• Randy and Joe Wells were responsible for winning two of the three steer roping events held over the weekend. Randy, 58, won the steer roping title in Pecos with a time of 41.7 seconds on three head, edging Jess Tierney by .6 of a second and earning a total of $2,943. His son, 24-year-old Joe, was tops in the average at the Sonora (Texas) Outlaw ProRodeo with a time of 36.6 seconds on three head. Wells also won the third round with a time of 10.9 seconds, and earned a total of $2,956.

• A good omen heading into Cowboy Christmas: Trey Benton’s 92-point ride aboard Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Tabasco was not only enough to win in Pecos, but was his best score of the year. The 92-pointer edged his Gladewater Xtreme Bulls score of two weeks ago by half a point, and is equal to the second-highest score of the year by any bull rider. Benton currently sits third in the world standings as he chases his third straight Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearance.and earning a total of $2,943.

• Talk about your bad timing: Bull rider Cody Campbell, struggling to make a return to the Wrangler NFR this December, will miss all of Cowboy Christmas due to surgery to repair his fractured left ankle, an injury suffered at the Reno Rodeo Xtreme Bulls on June 19. He had the operation on June 21 and will be out a total of 12 rodeos until he returns in Sheridan, Wyo., in mid-July. “I was lucky it was a clean break and I’ll be able to come back in 21/2 weeks,” Campbell said. Also out for the Fourth of July run is bull rider Paul Coppini, who suffered a concussion and a broken jaw in Reno.

BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile won the all-around title at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo with $2,167 after collecting checks in all three of his events. Brazile and tea  roping partner Travis Graves placed fourth in the first round, while Brazile tied for fifth in the first round of the tie-down roping and placed fifth in the first round of the steer roping, which led to a sixth-place finish in the average. Brazile also won the all-around at the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, Ore., with a total of $3,132. He did most of his damage in the tie-down roping there, winning the second round with a time of 7.6 seconds and finishing fourth in the average with a time of 18.9 seconds on two head.

• Brazile was second in the second round of the steer roping, and he and Graves placed fifth in the team roping average. Brazile also won the first round of the steer roping at the Sonora (Texas) Outlaw ProRodeo and tied for third in the second round. He earned a total of $1,511 in Sonora, which brought his total for the weekend to $6,810. Brazile holds a lead of $55,403 over brother-in-law Tuf Cooper in the all-around world standings, while he remained third in the team roping header standings and seventh in the tie-down roping.He still sits first in the steer roping standings.

News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail

The total money up for grabs during the Cowboy Christmas run over the Fourth of July weekend increased by $296,274 between 2012 and 2013 to $3.5 million. The average amount of money per rodeo at the 32 rodeos also rose from $103,049 in 2012 to $112,307 in 2013.

PRCA trick roper Loop Rawlins of Tucson, Ariz., will appear on NBC’s America’s Got Talent on July 1, hoping to sufficiently impress judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B to reach the Judgment Week round. “This was the last week of auditions,” Rawlins said, “so apparently they wanted to save the best for last.” The show’s producers contacted Rawlins after they saw him performing for Cirque du Soleil (2009-12), where he did a Western show, but were unable to work something out until this ninth season of the show. After joining the PRCA  last year, Rawlins was recruited by clown/barrelman John Harrison to work the Oklahoma State Fair Rodeo and he has also appeared at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Rawlins is the second PRCA trick roper to be a contestant on America’s Got Talent, following Anthony Lucia, who reached The Vegas Roundin 2010. Rawlins’ Facebook page can be found at

Benny Binion’s Bucking Horse & Bull Sale is already one of thepremier events in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas each December, and it’s making some changes to lift its profile even more. The sale will happen over two days, Dec. 4 and 6, at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, which includes a special sale set for Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. which will feature 2- and 3-year-old colts and yearlings and 2-year-old bulls.

“To be realistic, we were a good bucking horse and bull sale, but we weren’t where we wanted to be,” said Hal Burns, a PRCA director and member of the association’s stock contractor executive council. “We wanted to turn it into an elite sale. We wanted to see if we could sell the top stock in the country.” The Dec. 4 program will also include the 2014 PRCA Permit Holders of the Year Challenge, which will feature the top five permit holders from the 2014 season in all six events. For the rough-stock cowboys, there will be 10 broncs, 10 bareback horses and 10 bulls, all of which will be sold after the Permit Challenge concludes.

Cory Wall, the 2009 PRCA Bullfighter of the Year, has successfully ventured into politics. The 45-year-old won the primary election for Kit Carson County (Colo.) Commissioner, defeating fellow Republican Doug Anderson by 896 votes. Wall will be the new commissioner for the second district, and will be replacing County Commissioner Dave Gwyn.


The family of the late Wrangler National Finals Rodeo tie-down roper Stan Harter has created a scholarship fund in his name to assist college rodeo contestants. Harter was a college national champion while attending Arizona State University and was one of the first National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Alumni Presidents. He served on the NIRAA Board for 15 years, until the time of his death on June 9. Donations may be sent to the NIRA Stan Harter Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Amarillo National Bank, Account #669644, P.O. Box 1, Amarillo, TX 79105.


Jo Ann Gee of Stanford, Mont., the mother of John Gee, the 1975 Montana Circuit steer wrestling champion and grandmother to steer wrestler/bull rider Luke Gee, died on June 14. She was 80. Gee’s husband of 50 years, John W. Gee, is a PRCA gold card member. She served 12 years on the Stanford School Board and she was the director for the Montana State High School Rodeo Association for eight years.


Visitors to the Benton-Franklin Fair and Rodeo in Kennewick, Wash., this August will find a major upgrade to the grounds – new energy-efficient bathrooms. The $636,000 project, which was unveiled June 26, is a 2,400-square-foot, air-conditioned building in the middle of the fairgrounds, near the old facility. It has 40 stalls and is equipped with sinks that conserve water and hand blow-dryers, said Dean Docken, Benton County facilities manager. Other projects planned in coming months include landscaping in the main parking lot, Wi-Fi availability and a new digital reader board at the fairgrounds entrance.

Trade publication Venues Today has named Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla., as one of the top facilities in the state with seating capacity between 10,001 and 15,000. Silver Spurs took in $2.1 million in revenue for the year-long period ending May 31, placing it third behind only Jacksonville Veterans Memorial and the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. Starting next March, Silver Spur  Arena will be home to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Two St. Paul (Ore.) High School students have been awarded the annual St. Paul Rodeo scholarships. Kennedy Smith and Jessica Wilmes are the 2014 recipients. Both Smith and Wilmes have volunteered at the St. Paul Rodeo, and will each receive $3,000 scholarships.

2014 World Standings Leaders

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $117,546

BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $84,125

SW: Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. $47,321

TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $60,614

TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $60,614

SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $57,359

TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $58,267

BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $86,881

SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $38,414


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Rodeo News 6-24-14

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments


Courtesy PRCA
June 24, 2014


Weekend highlights

  • South Dakota natives J.B. and Eli Lord made themselves at home in Minnesota over the weekend, each picking up all-around and steer wrestling titles in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Eli, 20, won the all-around at the Western Fest Stampede Rodeo in Granite Falls, Minn., on the strength of taking the steer wrestling title with a time of 4.0 seconds. His father, 54-year-old J.B., won the all-around at the Buffalo (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo, thanks in part to a bulldogging victory in a time of 4.1 seconds. J.B. also finished fourth in the team roping in Buffalo, as he and his youngest son, Levi – a PRCA permit holder – clocked a time of 5.3 seconds.
  • Travis Durfey hadn’t won a penny in PRCA competition since 2009, but that streak ended in Buffalo (Minn.) over the weekend. The 35-year-old Durfey, the middle child of the three Durfey brothers – eldest Wes and youngest Tyson (six-time WNFR qualifier) – had not even bought his PRCA card since 2009. His 9.6-second run earned him the win and $1,184 in Buffalo – he entered the week with career earnings of $2,022. Durfey bought his card in 2002, and competed briefly before entering the real estate and trailer conversion business. It was his first career PRCA win.
  • Team roping header Ty Blasingame seems to always do well at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo – regardless of who is heeling for him. The Sugar City, Colo., cowboy teamed with J.W. Borrego in North Platte, Neb., to win the team roping average with a time of 10.4 seconds on two head. It is Blasingame’s third win in five years in North Platte, each with a different partner – Josh Fillmore in 2010, Matt Zancanella last year and now Borrego. Blasingame and Borrego also shared the win at the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) ProRodeo Series this past weekend. Ironically, Zancanella also won twice over the weekend – with header Shaw Loiseau – in Bellevue, Iowa, and Buffalo, Minn.
  • Bareback rider Orin Larsen had a big day on June 21. The Oklahoma Panhandle State University senior successfully defended his College National Finals Rodeo title, earning a second National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association national championship, while also splitting the win at the PRCA rodeo in North Platte, Neb. Larsen was up on the first night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, June 18, and rode Beutler & Son Rodeo Company’s Black Cat for 81 points. His score would be good enough to tie Jerad Schlegel and Seth Hardwick for the title in North Platte, with each man earning $1,588. Larsen then won his second CNFR bareback riding title with a score of 316 points on four head, edging Richmond Champion by 1.5 points. Larsen is 20th in the June 23 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, while Champion remained fourth. Others who earned NIRA national championships were steer wrestler Cade Goodman, team ropers Billy Bob Brown and Logan Medlin, saddle bronc rider CoBurn Bradshaw, tie-down roper Taylor Santos-Karney, barrel racer Taylor Engesser and bull rider Joe Frost.
  • BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile won the all-around title at Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.), earning $2,471. Brazile and team roping partner Travis Graves placed third in the first round with a time of 5.1 seconds, and then tied for sixth in the second round. It all totaled up to a second-place finish in the average for the pair, as they finished with a time of 10.7 seconds on two head, only behind the 10.3 average time of Erich Rogers and Cory Petska. Brazile’s lead over Russell Cardoza in the all-around standings sits at $72,259, and he also remained first in the world in steer roping. He’s currently third among team roping headers and seventh in the tie-down roping standings.
Nominations sought for Lifetime Achievement AwardNominations are being sought for the PRCA Donita Barnes Contract Personnel Lifetime Achievement Award, created to recognize PRCA members who have dedicated their lives to advancing the rodeo industry through their commitment, work and contributions. Any active member (or active lifetime member) of the PRCA may nominate eligible contract personnel members for the award.

Nominees must have been a PRCA member for a minimum of 15 years, and may not have won a yearly contract personnel award within 15 years of the date of nomination (life members may be nominated even if they are not actively renewed). Nomination letters of 500 words or less may be mailed to the PRCA, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 or e-mailed to between now and Aug. 1.

All nominations will be reviewed by an external selection panel. The top five nominees will be included on a final ballot mailed out no later thanSept. 15. The final ballots will be sent to contract personnel members who have participated in at least one rodeo within that rodeo year. Ballots are to be returned no later than Oct. 15.

For more information, contact Brandy Sorenson at the PRCA National Headquarters, 719.528.4723.

News & Notes from the Rodeo TrailThe Wrangler Network ( will air live streaming coverage of the June 28 conclusion of the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Gold Tour event, presented by Justin Boots. Coverage will begin at 7 p.m. (PT) and will then be archived on the website for any-time viewing …


Benny Fulgham, rodeo director of the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., for 20 years and husband of Miss Rodeo America Hall of Fame administrator Wilma Fulgham, died at his Clovis home June 13 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). The Fulghams owned and operated the B&W feed yards as well as B&W Trucking in Clovis. For more than 30 years, Benny was a Deputy Brand Inspector for the New Mexico Livestock Board. Rodeo was his passion. In addition to his long years of service to the Pioneer Days Rodeo, he was a skilled left-handed team roper who paired with several world champions over the years, including Carl Arnold, Gary Good and Tuffy Thompson


The Sept. 12-18 Pasadena (Texas) Livestock Show & Rodeo has joined the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour by upping its committee purse to $10,000 for each event this year. The Pasadena committee purse has gone from a $30,000 commitment in 2012 to $80,000 this year. The July 4 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News will have a feature article about Pasadena and other PRCA rodeos which have dug deeper in recent years to increase prize money and amenities for the contestants …


Fort Scott Community College’s Chad Cross was recognized as 2014 National Coach of the Year June 18 at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. “Coach Cross has proven year after year that he can mold and shape some of the best rodeo talent in the nation,” said FSCC President Dr. Clayton Tatro. “Even more importantly, he mentors students in extremely positive ways. Being recognized as national Coach of the Year is a well-deserved and most fitting honor for Chad.” Cross has been the coach at Fort Scott for the past 17 years …


The Trail Boss Award at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, Neb., was given posthumously June 21 to Wayne Melvin, who ranched in Arthur and McPherson Counties for most of his 61 years. He was a steer wrestler, team roper, pickup man, director and officer of the Nebraska State Rodeo Association. He team roped at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo several times and sons, Ty and Dru, both competed at this year’s event. Todd and Anne Bissell, of North Platte, Neb., were awarded the 2014 Dale Studley Award during the June 20 performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo for their years of volunteer work with Nebraskaland Days. Todd has served as a Director and together the Bissells have cooked for countless NLD and rodeo functions …


The Reno Rodeo Association – and many of the men who have led the association over the past half century – dedicated the June 22 performance to stock contractor Cotton Rosser, the patriarch of the Flying U Rodeo Company and the longtime producer of the Reno Rodeo. “We wanted to honor Cotton while he’s still living and let him know what he’s meant to this rodeo,” said past president Grant Dalen, who spearheaded the project …


The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported that a California-based real estate investor and the largest landowners of the historic Fort Worth stockyards area have formed a joint venture to build new hotels, restaurants and shops. The $175-million expansion project has drawn a mixed response in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, with some people concerned it will undermine the folksy charm of the historic hotels, saloons, parading longhorn steers and the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. The Fort Worth City Council has already approved $26 million in economic incentives for the project …


With the recent defection of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play tournament from its home in Marana, Ariz., the PRCA’s La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson will not have to compete with the golf event for fans, sponsor dollars and coverage for the first time in nine years. “The main impact the golf tournament had on us was not so much with respect to attendance – two different demographics – but we noticed it a lot with respect to (shared) media coverage,” Tucson Rodeo general manager Gary Williams said. “That media coverage is so important in terms of getting the message out there. That’s hugely important to us.” …


The July issue of Western Horseman magazine carried an eight-page article on the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, a long-time PRCA specialty act based out of Three Rivers, Calif., along with features on announcer Hadley Barrett and pickup man Bob Marriott


Cleanup from flooding earlier this month has been completed and the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede grounds are 100 percent ready for the start of competition on June 26, according to rodeo General Manager Anthea Dreisbach


Psychotherapist and psychology writer Dwight Hurst is working on a study of the bravery of rodeo performers, and he is inviting anyone interested in providing input to visit his survey page at


The Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame have elected three new board members – Marlene Currin, Cedric Wildbill and Gary Ward.


2014 World Standings Leaders 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $110,736
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $73,483
SW: Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. $47,321
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $57,272
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $57,272
SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $57,359
TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $55,386
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $86,448
SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $35,079
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☛ 37th Bob Feist Invitational 6-24-14

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



Press release from BFI
June 24, 2014

Buddy Hawkins and Drew Warner shown with their awards and $163K paycheck from the Bob Feist Invitational. Courtesy Lone Wolf Photography

Youngsters Drew Horner and Buddy Hawkins II out-roped the superstars on their way to winning a whopping $162,500 at the 37th Bob Feist Invitational held in Reno, Nev., on June 23.


“I set a goal to be considered one of the best in the world,” said Horner, a 25-year-old header from Plano, Texas. “To come out and win against the best in the world; to win a “major” is amazing. This is a dream come true.”


On June 23, Horner and Hawkins – a 26-year-old heeler from Columbus, Kansas – roped six steers in 45.2 seconds to split $158,500 in the average plus $4,000 in the second round. They also claimed the enormous BFI first-place prize package that includes Coats saddles, Gist buckles, Myler bits, Best Ever pads, Resistol black felt hats, Justin full-quill ostrich boots, Lubrisyn joint supplements, and much more.


“This is the most prestigious roping in the world, but that’s not quite the right word,” said Hawkins. “This is the most important roping in the world. If you look back in history, some of the best guys in the world came really close here but never got the opportunity to win this.”


Buddy Hawkins, 26, Columbus, Kan. and his partner Drew Horner roped six steers in 45.2 seconds and split $158,500 in the average plus $4,000 in the second round. Photo courtesy Lone Wolf Photography.

Horner and Hawkins had started out slow and inched their way to third in the overall standings behind a bevy of world champions. But in Round Five, when defending BFI champion Trevor Brazile took his team out with a no-time and reigning world champion Jade Corkill did, too, Horner and Hawkins found themselves in the lead by two seconds at the richest one-day Open roping in the world.


Heading into the final round, Horner’s strategy was to stay aggressive; Hawkins was determined not to take a bad throw.


“It’s the heeler’s job to rope two feet,” said Hawkins. “The header wins the roping. Drew got a great start on a couple of steers where he kind of rolled the dice and took a 50-50 chance of breaking the barrier or moving us up in the roping.”


Horner and Hawkins, who cracked the top 15 rankings in the world for the first time last season, needed a short 9-second run to win it all at the BFI. They caught a hard-running steer in 8.2 seconds and Horner tossed his hat high and plastered a grin on his face that never disappeared.


“I don’t have the talent a lot of guys have,” said Horner, a communications major at the University of North Texas. “I didn’t start roping until I was 15. I wanted to make the NFR and I wanted to win the Bob Feist, and I’ve done that now.”


Drew Horner, 25, Plano, Texas, roped with Buddy Hawkins to win $163,000 at the 37th BFI. Photo courtesy Lone Wolf Photography.

Reserve champs Aaron Tsinigine of Arizona and Ryan Motes of Texas (who won the BFI in 2009 with Caleb Mitchell) had never roped a practice steer together prior to the BFI. Still, they were second-high call and ended up just one second behind the champs to earn $42,000 apiece and a lot of summer rodeo momentum.


Motes’ horse, Starbucks, won Heel Horse of the BFI for the second time, and the award for Head Horse of the BFI went to Adam Rose of Willard, Mo., for his 11-year-old gelding, Alice.


Oklahoma’s Clay and Jake Smith placed third for $25,500 a man, while California’s Daniel Green broke the top 10 for the third year in a row, placing fourth with Nate Preuit to earn $16,500 a man. And the father-son team of J.D. and Trey Yates took fifth to earn $10,500 a man, much to the crowd’s delight.


About the BFI:  The Bob Feist Invitational, founded by Bob Feist in 1977 to showcase and reward the premier ropers of the sport, is owned today by Ullman-Peterson Events. Annually it invites the top 100 teams in the industry to the Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nev., where they compete in six rounds for a cash-and-awards package worth $810,000 in 2014.



Complete results from the 2014 Bob Feist Invitational:


First Round:  1. Riley Minor and Brady Minor, 6.26 seconds, $4,000; 2. Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill, 6.60, $3,000; 3. Nick Sartain and Rich Skelton, 6.69, $2,000; 4. Derrick Begay and Will Woodfin, 6.78, $1,000.



Second Round:  1. Tom Richards and Monty Joe Petska, 5.01 seconds, $8,000; 2. Chad Masters and Clay O’Brien Cooper, 5.16, $6,000; 3. Drew Horner and Buddy Hawkins, 6.53, $4,000; 4. Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn; and Derrek Hee and Dalton Pearce, 6.54 each, $1,000 each team.



Third Round:  1. Erich Rogers and Cory Petska, 5.64, $8,000; 2. Nathan McWhorter and Cole Davison, 6.01, $6,000; 3. Nick Sartain and Rich Skelton, 6.04, $4,000; 4. Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight, 6.67, $2,000.



Fourth Round:  1. Derrick Begay and Will Woodfin, 4.61, $8,000; 2. Manny Egusquiza Jr. and Brad Culpepper, 5.11, $6,000; 3. Chase Wiley and Arles Pearce, 5.61, $4,000; 4. Derrek Hee and Dalton Pearce, 5.95, $2,000.



Fifth Round:  1. Cale Markham and Chase Tryan, 5.5 seconds, $8,000; 2. Brandon Beers and Jim Ross Cooper, 5.51, $6,000; 3. Chad Masters and Clay O’Brien Cooper, 5.66, $4,000; 4. Landon McClaugherty and Caleb Twisselman, 5.71, $2,000.



Short Round:  1. Tyler Waters and Cody Doescher, 6.31 seconds, $4,000; 2. Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight, 6.54, $3,000; 3. Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, 6.58, $2,000; 4. Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes, 7.61, $1,000.



Average:  1. Drew Horner and Buddy Hawkins, 45.2 seconds on six steers, $158,500; 2. Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes, 46.22, $84,000; 3. Clay Smith and Jake Smith, 46.79, $51,000; 4. Daniel Green and Nate Preuit, 48.43, $33,000; 5. J.D. Yates and Trey Yates, 50.63, $21,000; 6. Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, 52.42, $16,000; 7. Tyler Waters and Cody Doescher, 54.24, $14,000; 8. Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight, 56.18, $11,000; 9. Tyler Schnaufer and Cole Cooper, 58.64, $9,000; 10. Travis Bounds and Wade Kreutzer, 59.96, $7,000; 11. Adam Rose and Billie Jack Saebens, 71.81, $7,000; 12. Matthew Pineda and Brett Broadhead, 42.38 seconds on five steers, $5,000; 13. Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, 43.77, $5,000; 14. Chance Savage and Wesley Johnson, 51.40, $5,000. 15. Casey Gattis and Jaytin McRight, 53.82, $5,000.





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