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☛ Rodeo News 10-7-14

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS 

Courtesy PRCA

Oct. 7, 2014

 

Joe Frost captures first Linderman Award

               Joe Frost accomplished two of his biggest goals this year – qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and winning the Linderman Award.The 22-year-old from Randlett, Utah, said he’s dreamed of both honors as long as he can remember.

“Obviously, going to the NFR is a big deal for me, but so is winning the Linderman Award,” Frost said. “I’ve always looked up to the all-around guys, and it’s something I’ve wanted to win ever since I heard about it. It’s pretty exciting, and I’d like to win it every year until I quit rodeoing.”

The Linderman Award recognizes excellence at both ends of the arena. To qualify, a cowboy must win at least $1,000 in each of three events, and those events must include at least one roughstock event and one timed event.

The award is named for ProRodeo Hall of Famer Bill Linderman, who won six world championships: all-around (1950, 1953), bareback riding (1943), saddle bronc riding (1945, 1950) and steer wrestling (1950).

Frost won $73,559 during the 2014 season, well ahead of 2013 Linderman Award winner Trell Etbauer, who earned $46,935. Third in the race for the prestigious honor was Kyle Whitaker, who has won the award a record six times.

Frost won $69,558 in bull riding – where he’s 11th in the world – plus $2,908 in tie-down roping and $1,092 in steer wrestling.

Frost is a senior at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and won the College National Finals Rodeo and National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association bull riding titles in June in Casper, Wyo.

AQHA Horses of the Year announcedThe winners of the AQHA Horses of the Year awards have been announced. Three horses were chosen in each of the six categories, and it was a championship class made special by the number of newcomers – there were five horses that were first-time winners.

Steer roping horse Olee Roberto (Major), owned by Thomas Snedecor and ridden by his son, Scott, is the only repeat winner. A year ago, Major tied for the top spot with Dan Fisher’s Woody, and this time he won the award outright.

Each owner of the winning team roping horses celebrated their second victories. This is the second consecutive win for team roping header Brandon Beers. His horse, Lucy’s Fast Jewel (Jewel), finished on top of the standings last year, and Beers was No. 1 again this year with El Tevo Cash (Tevo).

Team roping heeler Brady Minor also claimed his second win. Dugout was first in the 2011 balloting, and Minor came back with Rey this year.

Hunter Herrin’s win with Rambo ended a five-year run in which the tie-down roping award had gone to either Pearl (2009, 2013) or Sweetness (2010-12).

Here are the full results of each event:

 

TEAM ROPING-HEADING

1. El Tevo Cash (Tevo), owner Brandon Beers

2. Hickory Quick Bar (Patron), owner Charly Crawford

3. My Frosty Cocoa (Dolly), owner Dustin Bird

 

TEAM ROPING-HEELING

1. Reyshines on Top (Rey), owner Brady Minor

2. CD Starbucks (Starbucks), owner Ryan Motes

3. Zans Colonel Shine (Colonel), owner Jake Long

 

TIE-DOWN ROPING

1. Dualin Demon (Rambo), owner Hunter Herrin

2. Eatin with Rooster (Chicken), owner Marty Yates

3. Big Smokin Wonder (Pearl), owner Sid Miller

 

STEER ROPING

1. Olee Roberto (Major), owner Thomas Snedecor

2. DW Zans Dude (Dude), owner Tony and Kelly Reina

3. Weavers Diamond Bar (Rowdy), owner Tim Tillard

 

STEER WRESTLING

1. Landrys Cadillac (Cadillac), owner Frank Sterling Wallace

2/3. Last Call Hall (Earl), owner Trevor Knowles

2/3. Say Rey Doc (Doc), owner Tom Duvall

 

BARREL RACING

1. Wonders Cowboy Dan (Cowboy), owner H.Q. Bass

2. Dasher Dude (Rootie), owner Britany Diaz

3. Guys Six Pack to Go (Six Pack), owner Kathleen Collier

Ralph Buell, April 29, 1930 – Oct. 1, 2014Ralph Buell, the 1962 world champion bareback rider who stood among the sport’s elite cowboys for nearly two decades, died Oct. 1 at a hospital in Sheridan, Wyo. He was 84.

Buell competed professionally from 1952-68, earning a spot among the top 15 riders in the world at least eight times. He qualified for the first four National Finals Rodeos (1959-62), and then again in 1964.

His world title in 1962 came in the first year the NFR was held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. He won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days that season, entered the NFR in first place and then held off Don Mayo in a close race by tying for second place in the average.

Buell’s earnings that year were $16,720, which is $131,685 in today’s dollars, accounting for inflation.

“But in my day our hotel rooms were $7-10 a night,” Buell once told a reporter with the Denver Post. “Hamburgers were 65 cents.”A lifelong resident of Wyoming, Buell grew up on a ranch in Buffalo with his five brothers and two sisters, and continued to live in that area until he moved to Cheyenne in 1971.

“There were plenty of hands to do the work (with so many siblings) growing up,” Buell said. “We took one day off each summer. That was the Fourth of July. We rode horses three miles to get to school.”

Buell won the first rodeo competition he ever entered on March 13, 1949, to begin a long affinity with the number 13. He wore the No. 13 back number when he won his world title in 1962 and he had a hole-in-one on Aug. 13, 1987.

“It was never unlucky for me,” Buell said.

Over the course of his career he won many of the sport’s biggest events, including the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, the Southwestern Exposition & Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas, the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up, the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., and Cheyenne.

He owned and operated Buell Painting and Wallpapering for 36 years. He was a life member of the PRCA, the Cheyenne Country Club, a former volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels, and he was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum Hall of Fame.

Buell is survived by his wife, Barbara Buell of Cheyenne; children, Jacquetta, Sharon, and Brenda; two stepchildren, Sean and Shanaan; and one step-grandchild.

Private family services will be held at a later date with burial to be held at Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo and cremation by Schrader Funeral      Expressions of sympathy in Buell’s memory may be made to Meals-on-Wheels, 2015 South Greeley Highway, Cheyenne, WY 82007.

News & Notes from the Rodeo TrailProRodeoLive.com with Steve Kenyon will be in Waco, Texas, Oct. 9-11 for live coverage of the final three nights of the All American ProRodeo Finals, presented by Pendleton Whisky.

 

The specialty acts for the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo have been announced. Canadian trick rider Madison MacDonald will be making her fourth appearance at the WNFR, while trick roper Rider Kiesner makes his third trip to Las Vegas. Kenny Petet and Whiplash the Monkey will be making their first appearance together at the WNFR. Whiplash and Tommy Lucia have previously performed at the WNFR.

 

Jim Lathrop, a PRCA Gold Card member and custom saddle maker, died Sept. 23 at his home in Fort Sumner, N.M. He was 85. Lathrop owned saddle shops in California, Montana, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

 

Franchone Myers, mother of WNFR cowboys Cash and Rope Myers, died Oct. 3 in Tyler, Texas. She was 71. Myers was a barrel racer, and also was Miss Rodeo Kansas in 1963. A celebration of life is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 8, at the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church in Athens, Texas.

 

Two-time WNFR saddle bronc rider Tyler Corrington and Morgan McSweyn were married on Oct. 4 at Willowood Ranch in Sherman, Texas. Among Corrington’s groomsmen were current saddle bronc riders Cort Scheer, Chet Johnson and Travis Sheets, and former saddle bronc rider Billie Sutton, who currently serves as a member of the South Dakota State Senate. Saddle bronc rider Dustin Flundra’s son, Ridge, was the ring bearer.

 

Bull rider Jinichiro Shibahara, the only Japanese native currently competing in PRCA rodeos, is out of action for the immediate future after sustaining a strained left abdomen and rib separations at the San Dimas (Calif.) Western Days Rodeo.

 

The North Texas State Fair Association announced Oct. 3 that it has bought 109 acres near Interstate 35, the first step toward relocating one of Denton’s longest-running events. Negotiations had been actively in the works for six months, according to Glenn Carlton, the fair association’s executive director .

 

Six college students received $2,500 scholarships as part of the Royal Scholars program, sponsored by the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo. The six men and women who received the scholarships are Garrett Kays, Kansas State University; Alyssa Clements, University of Tennessee; Jade Kampsen, South Dakota State University; Morgan Weinrich, Colorado State University; Emma Likens, University of Nebraska and Sadie Kinne, University of Missouri.

 

The city of Caldwell (Idaho) has paid $425,000 for 10 additional acres at the Caldwell Events Center for use by the Canyon County Fair, Caldwell Night Rodeo and other events, according to Mayor Garret Nancolas. “We’re just trying to make our events center a premier facility,” Nancolas said. Adding 10 acres will help relieve congestion, provide more parking and remove the conflict of people using certain areas.

 

Two new exhibits have opened in the 101 Gallery at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The first is “The Artist and the Bucking Horse,” a collection of artwork in different mediums with the iconic bucking horse as the subject. The majority of the artwork in this collection was accumulated by Valona Varnum Crowell, and donated to the museum in 1983. The collection originally contained 44 pieces, and a few additional pieces have been added over the years from other donors and artists. Some of the artists represented are Walt LaRue, Frank Serratoni, Fredrick Remmington, Edd Hayes, Bob Scriver, Chris Navarro, Murray Tinkelman and Al Luster, among many others.

 

There was an extra element of excitement at the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo in Rosenberg, Texas, when a four-foot alligator was found in the horse barn on Sunday morning. He’d escaped from a nearby carnival and had been missing for three days when he turned up at the rodeo. No bite, no foul. The gator was roped, bound and turned over to animal control for return to his owners

2014 World Standings Leaders 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $253,262
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. 6, 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 
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☛ Rodeo News 10-1-14

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
Sept. 30, 2014

Feild rolls toward Vegas with second Omaha win

When the bright lights come on, Kaycee Feild shines.

It’s nothing new to rodeo fans, who have seen the 27-year-old dominate bareback riding the past three seasons, collecting three consecutive gold buckles. On Sept. 26, the Spanish Fork, Utah, cowboy added more hardware to his bulging trophy case.

Feild captured his second Justin Boots Championships title in the last three years with an 85-point ride on Korkow Rodeo’s Flashcard Champ at CenturyLink Arena.

“I had never been on that horse before, but I had seen him in Gooding, Idaho,” Feild said. “He bucked a young kid off in about three jumps, and I’ve had my eye on him ever since, and I was very happy to see the draw. He came around tight to the left tonight, which meant he stayed close to the judges and showed off a little bit. That horse was one that was really fun to ride, and was one I could ride for 15 seconds.”

Feild came to Omaha with a lead of almost $40,000 over second-place Steven Peebles in the world standings, and the $9,484 he earned helped increase the lead he carries to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to $45,455.

The defending world champ says Omaha, Neb.,  is a springboard for Las Vegas, and that success in Omaha always gives him a mental boost in the two-month break between now and the WNFR.

“Omaha is one of those rodeos where if you come in and do well, it makes going to Vegas seem easier, and if you don’t do well here, it gives you a bad vibe to end the season,” Feild said. “A win here is pretty important to me, because then I have the right thoughts in my head the next few months.”

Feild tried to cut back on the number of rodeos he went to in 2014, in order to stay fresher and healthier as he enters the WNFR as the favorite to win his fourth straight gold buckle.

“I’m feeling great physically and mentally,” he said. “I tried to set a number at the beginning of the season for the amount of rodeos I wanted to go to, and it was about 60. Once you get to 75 or 80 rodeos, you get more bumps and bruises, which doesn’t allow you to ride to your full potential. I set season goals and long-term goals before every season, and I have a list of rodeos I want to win and rodeos I need to win each year. Omaha is one I always want to win.”

Other winners at the $248,594 Justin Boots Championships were steer wrestlers Clayton Hass, Billy Bugenig and Riley Duvall (3.9 seconds each), team ropers Tom Richards and Cesar de la Cruz (4.6 seconds), saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy (83 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Tipped Off), tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett (6.8 seconds, tying arena record), barrel racer Sarah Rose McDonald (14.51 seconds) and bull rider Tim Bingham (85 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Chubby).

Wright has familiar Omaha success

Jesse Wright is hoping the road through Omaha he took two years ago will lead to the same final destination at the end of 2014.

The 2012 saddle bronc riding world champion had quite a weekend at the CenturyLink Arena, winning the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale Sept. 27 after placing second at the Justin Boots Championships a night earlier.

Success in Omaha is nothing new for Wright, who won the Justin Boots Championships in 2012 on his way to winning the gold buckle.

“I won Omaha the year I won the world with an 86-point ride, just like I had tonight,” Wright said. “I went out with a bang to end that regular season, and I’m hoping it pans out the same way this year as it did in 2012.”

Wright’s 86-point trip on Korkow Rodeo’s Queenie came on a re-ride. He was happy to see her.

“She’s old, and they haven’t bucked her very much. This was the first time they’ve busted her out in the last couple months, and she was outstanding,” Wright said of Queenie. “She was electric and quick, and made me look extra good.”

Wright, who competed for Team ProRodeo Hall of Fame, entered the week 12th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and wanted to make some moves to get himself in better position heading to Las Vegas. Mission accomplished.

His win on Sept. 27 netted $5,168, and coupled with the $4,864 he earned for splitting second in the Justin Boots Championships, Wright moved to eighth in the final regular-season standings.

“I’m hoping these checks put me in a position to have a good chance at winning another gold buckle,” said the 25-year-old Wright. “I’m going to work out hard and get on a bunch of practice horses between now and the NFR. I’m planning on going down there and drawing the good ones and capitalizing on them, and hopefully coming out on top.”

The Milford, Utah, cowboy is feeling good, and appears to be peaking at the right time of the year.

“I’m riding way better right now than I have all year long,” he said. “I was fighting my head and my saddle there for a few months, but now I’ve got it all turned around, and it feels great.”

Other winners at the WCC were bareback rider Tim O’Connell, Team ProRodeo Hall of Fame (87 points on Three Hills Rodeo’s Angel Eyes), steer wrestler Nick Guy, Team PRCA (4.1 seconds), team ropers Trevor Brazile and Travis Graves, Team B&W Trailer Hitches, and Tom Richards and Allen Bach, Team ProRodeo Fan Zone (3.9 seconds each), barrel racer Mary Walker, Team Justin Boots (14.36 seconds) and bull rider Trey Benton III , Team Pendleton Whisky (89.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s No. 37Y).

The year-end Wrangler Champions Challenge team champions are B&W Trailer Hitches, with $116,280. Team members include bareback rider Bobby Mote, steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge, team ropers Brazile and Graves, saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley, tie-down roper Brazile, barrel racer Lisa Lockhart and bull rider Brennon Eldred.

Team RAM came in second with $113,307, while Team Pendleton Whisky and Team Justin Boots were third and fourth, respectively.

Bubble cowboys qualify for WNFR on last weekend

               After a 10-year absence, bull rider Beau Hill is headed back to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as one of a handful of contestants who made the Big Show in Las Vegas during a frantic final week of the regular season.

The West Glacier, Mont., cowboy made his advance a reality by finishing third at the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha on Sept. 26, and also adding a check in Kansas City the next day.

“This is great,” Hill, 35, said about returning to the Wrangler NFR for the first time since 2004. “It’s the goal at the beginning of the year to get in the Finals and win a world championship. I was, like, $600 out that last weekend and I knew I had to win, and it felt good to have that pressure and get the job done.”

Thanks to winning $4,456 in Omaha and $355 for tying for sixth place at the American Royal Pro Rodeo in Kansas City, Hill moved from 16th to 13th, ahead of Aaron Pass, Elliot Jacoby and Brett Stall. Stall finished $1,498 behind Jacoby for the final qualifying spot.

There was also a change at the top end of the bull riding standings, required because four-time and reigning World Champion J.W. Harris failed to compete in the minimum number of PRCA rodeos required (40) to be able to count the money earned on the Xtreme Bulls Tour.

Without the $47,726 he earned as Tour champion, Harris dropped from third to sixth in the world standings with $77,307 – $65,858 behind leader Sage Kimzey.

“That’s going to light a fire under me and motivate me more to do good out there (at the WNFR),” Harris said.

While Harris dropped three spots, Hill was just worried about making it into the top 15. His 83-point ride aboard Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Beer Gut is what helped punch his ticket to Las Vegas for the Dec. 4-13 Wrangler NFR.

“I had never been on that bull before,” Hill said. “I saw him in Fort Madison (Iowa) a few weeks before and Howdy Cloud rode him for 85 points, so I knew he was a really good bull. I knew I was just going to have to do my part. It was a great bull. He jumped out there and turned back into my hand and was just really good. I kind of got to spurring on him at the end and it just felt like I made a great ride.”

Although the Justin Boots Championships ended Sept. 26, Hill didn’t realize he placed third behind Tim Bingham (85 points) and Trey Benton III (84) until the next day.

“I was in Kansas City and I didn’t think I was going to end up finishing that high (at Omaha), but that’s just the way it worked out, that I finished third,” Hill said. “It was pretty exciting.”

This is Hill’s third trip to the WNFR, with his other two trips coming in 2002 and 2004 when he finished seventh and fifth, respectively, in the world standings.

“Ten years (since going to the Finals) is a long time, and it feels special to me to make it,” Hill said. “That was a goal of mine at the beginning of the year, and I guess I’m running out of years as far as bull riders go, so it feels good to reach a goal like this.”

Hill wasn’t the only cowboy to qualify for the WNFR with a flurry in the last week, as bareback rider Steven Dent, steer wrestler Seth Brockman, saddle bronc rider Dustin Flundra, and pending an audit, the team roping pair of Tom Richards and Cesar de la Cruz, made it into the WNFR field by each finishing 15th.

Richards and de la Cruz advanced to the coveted Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with huge final weeks.

Richards pocketed $12,120, and de la Cruz earned $10,858.

Pending further review, Richards made his first WNFR with $66,744 – $1,802 more than 16th-place Chad Masters, who won gold buckles in 2007 and 2012. De la Cruz has now qualified for nine WNFRs in a row after edging out No. 16 Kinney Harrell by $2,774.

Dent qualified for his seventh WNFR berth, and fifth in a row, with checks in Omaha, Neb., San Bernardino, Calif., and Stephenville, Texas, to bump injury-plagued R.C. Landingham out of the 15th spot by $3,532.

The highlight for Dent was his win in Stephenville, where his 91-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket equaled the highest-scored bareback ride of the season; Richmond Champion was also 91 on Dirty Jacket at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days. Dent started the week 16th.

Brockman, of Wheatland, Wyo., rose from 17th to 14th during the week by tying for second place at the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Omaha, and tying for seventh in the Justin Boots Championships, for total earnings of $5,800.

Ty Erickson dropped to 15th, and the odd man out was Blake Knowles, who fell all the way to 18th in this closest of all the races. Erickson’s total earnings of $52,470 was just $64 better than No. 16 Tom Lewis, and Riley Duvall was $445 back in 17th. This will be Brockman’s second WNFR qualification; he made the field in 2011 and placed in three rounds.

In saddle bronc riding, Dustin Flundra edged Troy Crowser by a mere $148 to claim the No. 15 spot.

Despite having used up his rodeo count (he won two checks during the week), Spencer Wright held on to the 13th spot in the world standings to earn his first WNFR berth and join brothers Cody, Jesse and Jake in the field. It is the first time four brothers have ever qualified for the WNFR.

Tie-down roper Cody Ohl, who was outside the top 50 in mid-July, moved up one more spot to 14th, and will be going to his 20th WNFR.

Wrangler Champions Challenge growing in 2015

Heading into its second full year, the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, has added three rodeos and an 11th team while maintaining its full complement of team sponsors and TV coverage. (Prize money remains $124,000 at most events in 2015 other than Kissimmee, Fla., where the committee has added an extra $1,000 for each event. Contestants took home more than $950,000 from the 2014 series’ eight stops.)

Not only did all of the 2014 WCC hosts return to the lineup for 2015, three more committees have signed on for the new season: Logandale, Nev.; Cody, Wyo., and Pueblo, Colo.

“We are thrilled to have more and more people interested in hosting the best cowboys and cowgirls at Wrangler Champions Challenge events,” said PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. “It’s a great event for the hosting committees – growing into new cities shows that the star power of the Wrangler Champions Challenge boosts rodeo attendance. It’s also the future of ProRodeo on TV, because that same star power means the TV consumer can follow the same faces on TV each broadcast. Creating star power is one of the ways we parallel other mainstream sports and position ourselves for even more growth.”

There’s also a sense of excitement in adding another team to the Wrangler Champions Challenge structure, said PRCA Director of Properties Sara Muirheid, because it gives contestants an additional chance to gain admittance to the elite tour.

“With two seats coming from the 2015 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and two seats coming from the standings of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, presented by Justin Boots, fans can count on watching who is at the top of their game next season,” Muirheid said.

Under the new format, there will no longer be a team made up of venue champions from the previous year, but instead the host committee will be able to field a “home team” by signing a sponsor.

Over the course of the 2014 season, RAM, ProRodeo Gear and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame joined initial team sponsors Wrangler, Justin Boots, Coors, B&W Trailer Hitches, Pendleton Whisky and the PRCA itself. Sponsors for 2015 teams will be announced in December, before those sponsors compete for players at a public draft in Las Vegas Dec. 14.

CBS SportsNet will televise all 2015 Wrangler Champions Challenge events.

The Wrangler Champions Challenge is “a great opportunity to compete against 10 guys and have a chance at $5,000,” said bulldogger Trevor Knowles, among the top money-earners over the 2014 Wrangler Champions Challenge series with more than $28,000, and one of only two contestants to win three 2014 Wrangler Champions Challenge events in 2014. (The other was Ryan Jarrett.) “We’re always going after the opportunity to win good money, and expanding (the series) gives us more opportunities. The more we can win, and the more sponsorship dollars the sport can produce, the better off we all are.”

 

Binion is ProRodeo Legend of 2014

On the 30th anniversary of the National Finals Rodeo moving to Las Vegas, the man most responsible for bringing it to the desert – Benny Binion – is being honored as the 2014 Legend of ProRodeo at the Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala Dec. 1 at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

“He’d get a big kick out of it, and he’d be proud,” said Brenda Michael, one of Binion’s five children. “He didn’t watch any sports; rodeo was the only entertainment he liked.

“He liked livestock and bucking horses. He liked the cowboys.”

Binion, who passed away in 1989, was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1988. In 1985, he was named ProRodeo Man of the Year for bringing the NFR to Vegas.

Born in 1901, Binion was nicknamed “Cowboy.” He moved to Las Vegas from his native Texas, where he had raised some of the best bucking horses and bulls in rodeo. He worked for 30 years to bring a big-time rodeo to Vegas, and succeeded in 1985. The 10 days of the Finals each December have become some of the most lucrative for the city.

“He wanted to get it out there for a long time,” Michael said. “He thought that’s where it needed to be. It was better for the rodeo and good for Las Vegas.”

The reception and silent auction will get under way at 6 p.m., with the dinner at 7 o’clock featuring live entertainment by Las Vegas performers and the Legend Award presentation. Tickets are $100 apiece, or $900 for a table of 10. The deadline for reserving tickets is Nov. 24.

Raffle tickets for a 35th anniversary ProRodeo Hall of Fame saddle will be sold at the Gala with the drawing held at the end of the evening. Live auction items included this year are a Massey Ferguson tractor, a 35th anniversary Commemorative Firearms set (No. 1 of 50), a “Spinnin’ in Vegas” bull riding bronze by Steve Miller, a photograph of Lane Frost’s last ride in Cheyenne (Wyo.) and a 35th anniversary Hall of Fame Commemorative Belt Buckle (No. 2 of 35).

All proceeds from the Gala benefit the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs.

 Week’s Highlights, Sept. 22-28

  • Brazile watch: Trevor Brazile had another big week to close out the season – $15,631 in four rodeos – as he finished the regular season with all-around earnings of $253,262, not far off his regular-season record of $268,334. By winning two rounds and finishing fourth in the steer roping average in Stephenville, Texas, on Sunday, Brazile moved past Chet Herren into first place in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. That puts him first in the all-around (by nearly $95,000 over Tuf Cooper), first in the steer roping entering the Nov. 7-8 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., third in the tie-down roping and third among team roping headers. It puts him in position to join Jim Shoulders as the only cowboys ever to win three Triple Crowns (three gold buckles in a single year) and possibly even an unprecedented Grand Slam (four gold buckles).  
  • Tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett isn’t going to the WNFR this December, but he ended his 2014 season with an exclamation point on Sept. 27 in Omaha. Two nights after tying the arena record with a 6.8-second run and winning the Justin Boots Championships, Jarrett posted a time of 6.5 seconds to break the arena record and put himself in the record books. The time is tied for the second-fastest mark in ProRodeo history, along with Cody Ohl at the 2003 WNFR, and Clint Robinson in Amarillo, Texas, in 2004. Ricky Canton owns the world record with a 6.3-second run in Strathmore, Alberta, in 2005. While Jarrett had a weekend to remember, he still came up short in his bid for his ninth WNFR qualification, finishing 18th in the world.
  • Josh Frost tied for second place in the bull riding at the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, to bump his season earnings to $46,329. That leaves him second on the all-time list among permit holders, just $1,398 back of the single-season record bull rider Sage Kimzey set a year ago. Frost is also second on the career earnings list for permit holders, $3,591 shy of tie-down roper Caleb Smidt’s record set in 2011-12.

News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail

Tickets for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo on March 25-28, 2015 – the first RNCFR held at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla. – are available for purchase by calling 800.745.3000 or visiting RNCFR.com. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo will feature seven heart-pounding events over four action-packed days. Tickets range in price from $15 to $35.

 

Eugene Weakley, a National Finals Rodeo steer wrestler and PRCA gold card member, passed away Sept. 28 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was 70. Weakley rodeoed for 30 years and also worked as a pickup man, PRCA judge and timed-event chute boss. He qualified for the 1971 NFR, and was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth in 2012. Weakley won several major rodeos in his career, including the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days in 1969.

 

Bud Sankey, the father of Wrangler NFR cowboys Ike and Lyle Sankey, who raised PRCA bucking bulls and founded the Sankey Rodeo School, will be inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame on Oct. 11. Sankey, who invented the Sankey Twister – one of the first mechanical bulls, is one of five members entering the Hall. The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at the Hoover Pavillion in Wright Park, Kan., and reservations must be made by Oct. 5. Tickets can be purchased by calling 620.227.8188.

 

The 12th annual Rough-N-Ready Rodeo – an event for children with disabilities – took place Sept. 26 in Omaha, Neb. The event, which was sponsored by the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation, featured rodeo athletes and queens who assisted the young participants. “Every year, the volunteers come up and talk about how much they enjoyed it,” said Mandy Taylor, chairwoman of the Rough-N-Ready Rodeo Committee. The children raced on stick horses, roped a dummy calf, rode a dummy bucking “horse,” took horseback rides, got their faces painted and enjoyed interacting with clowns.

 

 

Long-time PRCA bullfighter Loyd Ketchum retired at the Bowman (N.D.) County Pro Rodeo last weekend after 27 years in ProRodeo that included the 1991 Wrangler World Champion Bullfighter title. PRCA stock contractor Sparky Dreesen said, “After we moved to Montana in 1995, Loyd was the first guy I called to help us when we started putting on rodeos there, because of his attitude – he’s a winner. He does the best he can at all of the things that need to be done, whether it’s setting the flank on a bucking horse or fighting bulls. What you see is what you get with Loyd. He’s not only one of the greatest bullfighters ever, he’s one of the greatest individuals ever.”

 

Bull rider Jay Morrow, the Great Lakes Circuit champion in 2006 and 2008, is featured in the Discovery Channel’s newest take on survival, the reality series “Tethered,” which premieres at 10 p.m. (ET) Oct. 5. The show tests the ability of contestants to survive in some of the most extreme environments on the planet – from Alaska to Panama – while being bound to a partner by a six-foot steeltether. Morrow, of Wayland, Iowa, and a PRCA member since 2004, described himself to the show’s producers as “an adrenaline junkie who never takes his cowboy hat off,” and he is paired with a bookish intellectual named Matt. A 2004 graduate of Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Mo.) with a degree in business management and marketing, Morrow has thousands of followers on social media and has done some modeling for a number of organizations, including Subway and Osage Casino. “I’ve grown up riding bulls, hunting and fishing,” Morrow said, “any extreme, outdoor sports I can find. So, this was another opportunity to check my fortitude, willpower and self-preservation, plus challenge myself as an outdoorsman.”

 

 

Bull rider Jason Power, a native of Franklinville, N.J., who won the First Frontier year-end title in 2004 and 2009 and the RAM First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2003, will retire this year at the conclusion of the circuit finals in Gettysburg, Pa. Power, 35, closed out his final regular season in the PRCA as champion of the Cowtown Rodeo series in Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J. He was joined on the list of series champions by bareback rider Andy Carter, steer wrestler A.J. Williams, team ropers Dave Ballantyne and T.R. Serio, saddle bronc rider Matt Bartsch and tie-down roper J.R. Myers.

 

 

Representatives from several local government entities in St. George, Utah, are working on a plan that could potentially save the historic Dixie Sun Bowl from demolition. Cracked and aging, and in need of an estimated $2 million in renovations, the 66-year-old arena appeared to be on the brink in recent years. “The details still need to be worked out,” St. George Mayor Jon Pike said. “It hasn’t been approved by anyone. But we think we’ve found a way to work something out.” The Sun Bowl’s signature annual event, the three-day Dixie Roundup Rodeo, drew an estimated 17,000 spectators two weeks ago.

 

 

Author Gail Woerner will present “Western Women Who Dared to be Different” at the Estes Park (Colo.) Museum on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. Woerner is the author of a book of the same title and five others on rodeo history. In this program, she will share how she came to research and write the books on the history of the West, especially rodeo. It is a free program, and no reservations are required.

 

2014 World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $253,262
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 Sept. 29, 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 9-22-14

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
Sept. 22, 2014

Scheer ecstasy at the Pendleton Round-Up

An already brilliant regular season took on an even brighter luster Sept. 13 for saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer.

The Elsmere, Neb., cowboy won the coveted Pendleton Round-Up title with a two-head score of 175 points.

“I think winning Pendleton is on everybody’s bucket list,” said Scheer, 28, who had never had much luck in his career at Pendleton. “It is dang sure a rodeo that gets your blood pumping.”

Scheer clinched the victory with a stellar 91-point ride on Four Star Rodeo’s Rounder, the second-highest scored ride of the PRCA season. Wade Sundell owns the highest score of the season, with a 92-point effort on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman in Dodge City, Kan.

“I’ve never seen that horse before,” Scheer said. “I guess (Jeff Davis, owner/manager of Four Star Rodeo) just bought him. He had been bucking a bunch of kids off at junior rodeos and stuff. He bought him and that sucker was outstanding.”

Scheer knew he would be in for a special score even before his eight seconds on Rounder expired.

“He took a scoot when he got to the grass and just kind of stayed in one spot; he was just outstanding,” Scheer said. “My saddle was sliding off to the left on him and I didn’t know if I didn’t pull it too tight or what, but I stayed right in the middle of him for long enough.

“After the whistle blew, I had to jump off because I was pretty excited. I try not to jump off unless I’m pretty excited, and that (ride) got my motor running.”

Scheer put himself in position for the Pendleton victory with an 84-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Lady Killer on Sept. 12 at the Pendleton Round-Up Arena.

“That was a really nice horse,” Scheer said.

Unlike some cowboys who are frantically trying to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo before the regular season concludes Sept. 30, Scheer doesn’t have to worry about that pressure.

Scheer remained third in the Sept. 15 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and added $9,169 to his bank account in Pendleton.

“This is awesome,” Scheer said. “The season is winding down and everybody is pretty tired and beat up, but it is awesome to keep this momentum going into the NFR. This is a big confidence boost to keep me going and keep me happy. This year I’ve drawn outstanding, and I’ve been lucky enough to stay on them.”

As good as Scheer has been in 2014, he knows nothing will come easily at the Wrangler NFR, Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas.

“It’s dang sure a goal (to win a gold buckle),” Scheer said. “All the bronc riders who will be there will be good, so it is going to be a pretty level playing field. To win it, you have to draw good and ride good. When you have guys there who ride as good as they do, it will push you to ride better.”

Last year, Scheer finished fifth in the world standings. He won $75,721 in Vegas, $39,000 of that for finishing second in the average. Scheer and average champion Jacobs Crawley were the only cowboys to ride 10 broncs at last year’s Wrangler NFR.

The other winners at the $509,452 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($13,546, tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback riders Tim O’Connell and Caleb Bennett (166 points each on two head), steer wrestler Casey Martin (17.4 seconds on three head), team ropers Jake Stanley and Bucky Campbell (19.2 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Riley Pruitt (28.8 seconds on three head), barrel racer Christy Loflin (56.60 seconds on two runs), steer roper Jason Evans (41.1 seconds on three head) and bull rider Steve Woolsey (172 points on two head).

 

  • BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile only went to one rodeo over the weekend, but he sure made the most of it. The 19-time world champ won the all-around in Pendleton with a haul of $13,546 – most of which came in tie-down roping. Brazile tied for the first-round win with a run of 8.6 seconds, and then won the finals with another 8.6-second effort. He finished third in the average, and earned a total of $9,615. Brazile also won the second round of the steer roping in Pendleton with a time of 12.9 seconds, which earned him another $3,931. Brazile now has $234,599 in season earnings, which is within striking distance of his record for regular-season earnings of $268,334, set in 2010. He moved to third in tie-down roping in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, while he remained second in steer roping and fourth among team roping headers.
  • Steve Woolsey sat 28th in the bull riding world standings on Sep. 8, and needed a big win to keep himself in the conversation for his eighth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. The Payson, Utah, cowboy won in Pendleton after splitting second in the first round and winning the finals outright with an 87-point trip on Four Star Rodeo’s Maestro. The three checks Woolsey earned in Pendleton totaled $8,766, but he wasn’t finished. Woolsey also won the Othello (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo, earning another $1,371. In all, he moved seven spots to 21st in the Sept. 15 world standings, and has a good chance to be among the 24 bull riders who qualify for the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 25-26.
  • Tie-down roper Riley Pruitt found himself in a similar position to Woolsey, as he sat 35th in the world last week. The 22-year-old helped his cause for a late charge to his first WNFR by winning $12,602 over the weekend – $10,803 coming as a result of his win in Pendleton. Pruitt tied Trevor Brazile for the first-round win with a time of 8.6 seconds, then split second in the finals. His average time of 28.8 seconds on three head was enough to edge legends Fred Whitfield and Brazile. Pruitt would also win the all-around and tie-down roping titles at the St. George (Utah) Lions Dixie Roundup with a time of 8.6 seconds. He moved up 11 spots to 24th in the Sept. 15 world standings, and if he holds onto that spot, he will qualify for Omaha.
  • Steer wrestler Casey Martin has already clinched a spot in his fourth-consecutive WNFR this December, but he used Pendleton as a place to move up in the world standings and put his name in the record books. Martin’s 3.8-second run to win the second round tied the Pendleton record set by K.C Jones in 2002. Martin tied for third in the finals and won the average in Pendleton – his third title at that rodeo – with a time of 17.4 seconds on three head. He earned $10,474, which moved him from third to second in the Sept. 15 world standings, and also cut the deficit between him and leader Trevor Knowles to $9,446.

Nominees announced for PRCA Year-End Awards

The top five nominees for the 11 categories of PRCA Year-End Awards have been announced. The ballots were mailed Sept. 12, and the winners will be announced at the annual banquet held during the PRCA National Convention on Dec. 3.

Dusty Tuckness is going for his fifth Bullfighter of the Year Award, which would break the record he shares with ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Baumgartner (2004-07). Due to a tie between two nominees, there are five other men competing with Tuckness: Kenny Bergeron, Aaron Ferguson, Darran Robertson, Cory Wall (2009 winner) and Cody Webster.

In the PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year category, Stace Smith will be looking for his 11th consecutive win, which would tie Harry Vold (1982, 1987-96) for the most wins of all time.

After winning the award in 2013, Smith is currently tied with Vold for most consecutive wins, with 10. The four other nominees up for the award are Andrews Rodeo Inc., Beutler & Son Rodeo Co., Frontier Rodeo Company and Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

Other categories and nominees include:

 

Announcer

Wayne Brooks
Randy Corley
Mike Mathis
Boyd Polhamus
Andy Stewart

 

Secretary

Linda Alsbaugh
Sunni Deb Backstrom
Amanda Corley-Sanders
Sandy Gwatney
Haley Schneeberger

 

Dress Act of the Year

Rider Kiesner
Anthony Lucia
Jerry Wayne Olson
One Arm Bandit – Amanda and John Payne
Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls – Jennifer Nicholson, Brandi Phillips

 

Comedy Act of the Year

John Harrison
Keith Isley
Troy Lerwill
Gizmo McCracken
Mark Swingler

 

Clown of the Year

John Harrison
Keith Isley
Troy Lerwill
Justin Rumford
Cody Sosebee

 

Small Rodeo of the Year

Cave Creek, Ariz.
Claremore, Okla.
Goliad, Texas
Huntsville, Texas
Winnsboro, La.

 

Medium Rodeo of the Year

Amarillo, Texas
Coleman, Texas
Deadwood, S.D.
Estes Park, Colo.
Weatherford, Texas

 

Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year

Cheyenne, Wyo.
Lovington, N.M.
Ogden, Utah
Pendleton, Ore.
Salinas, Calif.

 

Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year

Denver, Colo.
Fort Worth, Texas
Jackson, Miss.
Rapid City, S.D.
San Antonio, Texas

Five Big Bend/Flying Five horses killed in road accident

Five horses from the Big Bend and Flying Five Rodeo companies – including past Wrangler NFR selections Holly Blues and Spy – were killed late on Sept. 7 when they got out of the companies’ summer corrals near Dusty, Wash., and were struck by a car on nearby State Route 127.

Three of the horses died at the scene and the other two had to be euthanized. The driver of the car was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital for treatment, but was not seriously injured.

Spy, purchased by Flying 5 as a foal more than 20 years ago from Bobby Morrison in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, was selected to compete as a saddle bronc horse at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from 1998-2002. He took his riders to paychecks in four of his seven outs, including a pair of second-place results for Derek Clark and Bret Frank.

In recent years, Spy had been shifted to bareback riding competition, and had excelled in that discipline as well. Three-time World Champion Kaycee Feild rode Spy for 84 points to finish second in the first round at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo this year on his way to the average title, and Spy had taken his riders to a share of the championship at the Horse Heaven Roundup in Kennewick, Wash., in each of the last two years. He was to be retired this year.

Holly Blues, sired by WNFR saddle bronc horse Spring Break, made his WNFR debut last December as a 6-year-old and carried Jacobs Crawley to an 80.5-point ride in Round 10. Chad Ferley won the final go of the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo on Sept. 1 with an 88-point ride on the Big Bend Rodeo Company horse.

“He was an up-and-coming superstar,” said Lindsey Harder of the Flying 5 Rodeo Company. “He craved the diesel smoke (of the transport trucks) and the adrenaline.”

The other horses killed in the accident were bareback horse Diaper Dandy, purchased by Big Bend from Randy Beard at the first Ellensburg futurity, and two horses who had not yet been named, but who nonetheless had great bloodlines. No. 58 was a bareback horse sired by Spring Break and No. 115 was the last colt produced by Iron Mountain and Hot Toddy.

News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail

The five finalists for the PRCA Donita Barnes Contract Personnel Lifetime Achievement Award have been decided. The award recognizes and honors those contract personnel members of the PRCA who have dedicated their lives to the rodeo industry through their commitment and contributions. The five nominees are Pete Burns, Quail Dobbs, Kay Gay, Liz Kesler and Karen Vold. Ballots went out Sept. 12, and are due back by Oct. 15. The winner will be announced at the PRCA Awards Banquet on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.

 

Three-time WNFR bull rider Trevor Kastner’s season is over due to a wrist injury. He had surgery in March, however, the wrist will require additional attention. WNFR tie-down roper Stetson Vest is also done for the year with a disc herniation in his lower back that will require surgery.

 

Rodeo Austin (Texas) awarded $500,000 in scholarships to 45 students on Aug. 14 at the Rodeo Austin Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Since the scholarship program began in 1981, Rodeo Austin has awarded more than $6.49 million in scholarships to Texas students.

 

Upgrades to the historic Deadwood (S.D.) rodeo grounds grandstand will result in updated concessions and bathroom areas, along with increased ability to use the facility year-round. While city officials don’t yet have a cost estimate on the project, Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker said that around $400,000 has been budgeted for the two-phase project, which will begin this fall with roof repairs and be completed next spring. “We have a world-class Days of ’76 celebration, so we feel that having an updated and enhanced facility for our guests to go along with that is important,” Kuchenbecker said. He also said the architect and engineer have already begun to develop some of the drawings, and roof repairs will likely begin within the next 30 to 45 days.

 

The State Fair of Louisiana ProRodeo in Shreveport has announced that Jerry Nelson’s Frontier Rodeo Company will be producing the Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 event at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

 

A crew from the Chinese television station Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp. was on hand at the Pendleton Round-Up on Sept. 9 to shoot a rodeo segment which will be broadcast to more than 70 million people in China. Led by Oregon State Rep. Brian Clem, the travel show’s producer, Wei Yulong, and his crew wanted to give their home country a taste of American rodeo and the Western way of life.

 

The Parada del Sol Rodeo is one of three finalists for the 2014 Non-Profit Award at the 29th Annual Sterling Awards. The Sterling Awards celebrate the people and companies that make the Scottsdale, Ariz., community a great place to live. The event will take place Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale.

 

The Gem State Classic Pro Rodeo in Blackfoot, Idaho, saw its largest paid attendance to date in 2014. Officials say it was one of the highest turnouts they’ve ever had at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Nearly 220,000 people attended the eight-day event in Blackfoot, tying the fair’s second-highest attendance record, according to Brandon Bird, fair manager.

2014 World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $234,599
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $159,033
SW: Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. $87,644
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $105,643
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $105,643
SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $111,342
TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $147,073
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $130,752
SR: Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. $64,979

*2014 Barrel Racing (through Sept. 15, 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. $150,191
2 Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas 124,312
3 Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 117,673
4 Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah 103,487
5 Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D. 97,811
6 Kassidy Dennison, Roosevelt, Utah 92,051
7 Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas 90,771
8 Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas 90,431
9 Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. 89,244
10 Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo. 86,993
11 Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo. 82,431
12 Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas 82,255
13 Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb. 70,481
14 Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas 69,620
15 Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas 67,204
16 Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas 66,826
17 Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore. 65,234
18 Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif. 62,724
19 Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash. 59,413
20 Shelly Anzick, Livingston, Mont. 55,884

 

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☛ Rodeo News 9-9-14

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

Courtesy PRCA
Sept. 9, 2014

NFSR relocates to Kansas

           The National Finals Steer Roping has a new home. After five years in Guthrie, Okla., the event is moving to the Kansas Star Arena.

The arena, located in Mulvane, Kan., about 10 miles south of Wichita, opened in June 2013, about 18 months after the Kansas Star Casino & Hotel opened. The Kansas Star is a Boyd Gaming property, one of 22 in the United States.

“Having a national championship – the first one in Kansas – is great,” said Kansas Star Arena director Tim Lanier. “It’s a marquee event for us.”

The NFSR will take place Nov. 7-8, with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. That’s when defending World Champion Steer Roper Trevor Brazile, who has won a record 19 gold buckles, will go for No. 20.

Boyd Gaming has already helped with added money to the purse, which totals $210,000.

“This is a perfect spot to have this event,” said PRCA Steer Roping Director J.P. Wickett. “Mulvane is centrally located for a lot of steer ropers. I’m glad they’re on board, and that we’ll be partners with Boyd Gaming. I’m excited to go there.”

The Kansas Star Arena has seating for 2,500 fans. Tickets are available at kansasstararena.com and at ticketmaster.com.

The Kansas Star Casino & Hotel has 300 guest rooms, which will make the two-day event convenient for the contestants and fans.

Weekend highlights, Sept. 1-7

  • Saddle bronc rider Tyrell Smith entered the weekend 39th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and needed a big performance to stay in the conversation for his second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearance. The 27-year-old native of Cascade, Mont., won the Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, Wash., with a score of 168.5 points on two head – three points better than second-place Jeff Willert. Smith’s 87.5-point ride on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Spring Planting won the short round and paved the way for the average title and a total of $5,514 in Puyallup. Smith also took the title at the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup with an 86-point trip on Sankey Rodeo’s Show Biz, which was good for another $4,230. Smith also earned checks in Blackfoot, Idaho, and Spokane, Wash. In all, Smith moved up 13 spots in the standings to 26th as he tries to make a late charge toward the Justin Boots Championships and the WNFR.
  • Bull rider Cody Teel doesn’t need to worry about being in the top 15 at the end of the season, but he’s sure rodeoing like he does. The 2012 world champion had a big weekend, winning the short round and average in Puyallup on the strength of an 83-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s No. 949 in the finals. Teel tallied 167.5 points on two head – and was one of only two men to ride two bulls, along with Guthrie Murray. The two-time WNFR qualifier, and 2013 WNFR average winner, also won the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa, with an 88-point effort on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Live Action. Teel also finished eighth in Lewiston, totaling $11,156 for the weekend. He remained fourth in the Sept. 8 world standings, but also cut the deficit between he and standings leader Sage Kimzey considerably – to $33,028, which is less than two round wins at the WNFR.
  • Team ropers Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves have been to the last two WNFRs together, yet they haven’t been able to finish better than 10th in the final world standings. In 2014, however, they are aiming for a much loftier goal than a top 10 finish – gold buckles. Bird and Eaves had another big weekend, earning at least a share of the win at three rodeos. The pair won the first round in Puyallup with a time of 4.4 seconds, and split the average with Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, each collecting $9,504. Bird and Eaves also shared the win in Spokane, Wash., and took the title outright in Blackfoot, Idaho. Both men totaled $12,609 for the weekend, which helped Bird move up one spot to second in the Sept. 8 header world standings, while Eaves moved two spots to second in the heeler standings.
  • Tuf Cooper put together a nice weekend to further distance himself from the rest of the tie-down roping field. The two-time world champion won the all-around and tie-down roping titles in Lewiston on the strength of an 8.9-second run, while also taking the tie-down roping win in Spokane with a time of 8.0 seconds. Cooper, who has seen Matt Shiozawa cut into his world standings lead in recent weeks, also finished fifth in the average in Puyallup, earning another $2,947. Cooper’s weekend haul totaled $8,556, and increased his lead over Shiozawa to $32,917 in the Sept. 8 world standings.
  • Steer wrestler Les Shepperson took a victory lap for the first time in a long time last weekend. The 36-year-old, who qualified for the WNFR in 2008 and 2012, took the title in Lewiston with a 3.8-second run. The win was Shepperson’s first since the Range Days Rodeo in Rapid City, S.D., in 2013, which was 378 days between victories.

News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail

             The Chisholm Trail RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo banquet set for Sept. 13 will honor bull rider Lane Frost, who was killed during the 1989 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, and raise funds for a local youth shelter. Frost’s mother, Elsie Frost, will speak at the banquet at 7 p.m. at the Simmons Center in Duncan, Okla. “We’re very excited to have Elsie speak at our banquet,” said Joe Henderson, Chairman of the Chisholm Trail RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo Committee. “She has such a powerful message regarding faith and perseverance, and it’s something we all look forward to any time we get the chance.”
The Rodeo Historical Society has announced nine new members who will be inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame. The living inductees are Doug BrownBill MartinrelliDennis ReinersBob Robinson and Randy Bernard (Director’s choice), who are joined by three deceased cowboys: Ted AshworthBob Cullison, and Marvin Holmes, and deceased cowgirl Frances Smith. In addition, eight-time World Champion Joe Beaver will receive the Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Sherry Cervi will receive the Tad Lucas Memorial Award.
Six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bull rider Wesley Silcox and wife, Jerika, welcomed their first child on Sept. 3. Their son, Ledgen, was 10 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
Liz Kesler, a longtime PRCA secretary and wife of the late Reg Kesler, received an American Cowboy Culture Award from the The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration in Lubbock, Texas, last weekend. The awards honor those who have contributed to cowboy culture and Western heritage. In addition to her work as a secretary and timer, Kesler also has been a force in rodeo philanthropy by helping to create the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Fashion Show in Las Vegas, which has raised a lot of money for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.
Longtime Erath (Texas) County resident and writer for the Empire-TribuneJoyce Whitis, has been chosen to be the Grand Marshal for the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo parade. “I’m very honored to be selected,” Whitis said. “I was very pleased and surprised.” The rodeo takes place Sept. 26-28 at the Lone Star Arena.

 

 

2014 World Standings Leaders

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas

$221,053

BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah

$159,283

SW: Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.

$87,644

TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.

$105,643

TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.

$105,643

SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.

$106,371

TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas

$141,931

BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.

$127,888

SR: Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.

$64,979

2014 WPra Barrel Racing (through Sept. 8, 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.

$150,191

2

Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas

124,312

3

Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.

117,673

4

Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah

103,487

5

Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D.

97,527

6

Kassidy Dennison, Roosevelt, Utah

92,051

7

Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas

90,771

8

Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas

90,431

9

Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz.

89,244

10

Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo.

86,993

11

Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas

82,086

12

Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo.

71,322

13

Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas

69,620

14

Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb.

69,576

15

Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas

66,826

16

Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore.

65,234

17

Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas

65,079

18

Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif.

61,942

19

Shelly Anzick, Livingston, Mont.

55,012

20

Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash.

50,462

 

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☛ Rodeo News 9-3-14

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

Courtesy PRCA
Sept. 3, 2014

Weekend highlights, Aug. 25 through Sept. 1

  • Brazile watch: Trevor Brazile earned checks at two rodeos over the weekend, where he made money in all three of his events. Brazile won the all-around at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, while he and team roping partner Travis Graves also won the first round with a time of 5.7 seconds. Brazile placed in the second round and was third in the average in steer roping in Ellensburg, which helped him to a total of $4,380 at the rodeo. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy stayed in the state of Washington for his other checks of the weekend, winning the all-around in Walla Walla as well. Brazile won the second round of the steer roping at the Walla Walla Frontier Days, good for another $954, and split fourth in the tie-down roping average. Brazile now leads the all-around standings with $220,099. He rose one spot to second among team roping headers, while falling a spot to fourth in the tie-down roping standings. He remained second in steer roping.
  • In addition to having his huge weekend at the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale, rookie bull rider Sage Kimzey also put his name in the record books. The 20-year-old’s large haul in Ellensburg put him at $122,269 in total money for 2014, which breaks Steve Woolsey’s rookie bull riding record of $113,090 in regular-season earnings. Woolsey set the record in 2005, and went on to earn a total of $197,646 after having a big showing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Kimzey now will have a great shot at that record – which is a rookie record for any event – as he continues to ride the last month of the regular season and into his first WNFR this December.
  • Saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell hit the road hard over the weekend, earning four checks in three different states – including three wins. Sundell, who entered the weekend fifth in the world standings, grabbed the biggest of his four checks by winning the Dayton (Iowa) Championship Rodeo with an 85-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Fire Bomb. He also collected victories at the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo in Vinita, Okla., and the Pine City (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo. Sundell split third with Ty Atchison at the Elk City (Okla.) Rodeo of Champions. In all, the Boxholm, Iowa, cowboy earned $6,076 for the weekend as he tries to put himself in position for a run at his first world title in December.
  • Another saddle bronc rider who did well for himself was Canadian Rylan Geiger. The Bracken, Saskatchewan, cowboy entered the weekend 21st in the world standings and won two rodeos in his home country. Geiger was tops at the IPE & Stampede in Armstrong, British Columbia, on the strength of an 87-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Timely Delivery, earning $3,858. He then went to a different province and won again, this time at the Okotoks (Alberta) ProRodeo, where he was 83 points and earned another $1,558. Geiger moved up one spot to 20th in the world standings, but closed the gap between he and 15th-place Cody DeMoss to less than $12,000 as he chases his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearance.
  • Steer wrestler Kyle Irwin came into the weekend in the one spot no cowboy wants to end the season – 16th in the world standings. The Robertsdale, Ala., native picked up two wins which allowed him to move up to 15th in the Sept. 2 standings as he hopes to qualify for his first WNFR. Irwin won Montana’s Biggest Weekend in Dillon with a blazing-fast time of 3.1 seconds, earning $2,313. He then won the Magic Valley Stampede in Filer, Idaho, with a 3.8-second run, which was good for another $2,270.

News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail

Robert Clyde “Bob” Dent, a PRCA Gold Card member who competed in every event except saddle bronc riding over a career spanning five decades, died Aug. 24 in Fort Collins, Colo. He was 87. A resident of Fort Collins for more than 50 years, Dent was employed by Hoss Inman’s stock contracting firm for several years and worked as a pickup man. Rodeo was truly a family passion; he sometimes team roped with his wife, Norma, and had one of his truly great moments in the arena when he competed in the steer roping with his son, Scott, at the Cheyenne Frontier Days. Dent served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

 

PRCA steer roper Jaime Long, of Teague, Texas, is continuing to recover after a serious wreck at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo on Aug. 27. Long, who turned 46 on Aug. 27, was taken by ambulance to Kittitas Valley Hospital in Ellensburg for evaluation before being life-flighted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for further treatment. “I have pain in both knees and I was told there was a small fracture and a severe dislocation of my left shoulder,” Long said. “My neck also is very, very sore because of the whiplash that was going on with me. Overall, I’m making progress every day and I keep feeling a little better. I really think that I will be able to make a full recovery. I just really want to express my thanks to all the guys who reached out and prayed for me and I’ve just had a tremendous outpouring of support. I really appreciate that.” Long said he’s scheduled to see an orthopedic specialist Wednesday in Corsicana, Texas, and Thursday he is going to see Dr. Tandy Freeman in Dallas to have his knees and left shoulder evaluated.

 

Ora Taton emerged as the average winner from the Aug. 30 PRCA Badlands Circuit Steer Roping Finals, held at the Days of ’76 Rodeo grounds in Deadwood, S.D. Taton completed five go-rounds in a total time of 70.6 seconds. He was the only competitor to successfully rope five steers.

 

Nearly 77,000 people attended the 111th annual Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo in Kalispell, marking a 1.49-percent rise over last year’s fair. “We wish to share our sincere appreciation to everyone involved that made this year’s fair such a safe, positive, and exciting event,” said Fairgrounds Manager Mark Campbell. “Each year the community comes together with hundreds of groups and individuals putting forth thousands of hours to make the fair happen.”

 

A new scholarship has been established in honor of Una Beutler to benefit the rodeo program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. The scholarship has been started by TomCharla andGranger Nix of Sayre. Beutler was well-known in college rodeo circles as a dedicated and professional rodeo secretary.

 

The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) in Billings, Mont., is now taking applications for participants in the 2014 NILE Internship Program. The internship program provides the opportunity to gain training and work experience in the livestock and equine industries, as well as events-based business through The NILE Stock Show and Rodeo, a non-profit organization. During the program’s duration, interns will have the opportunity to assist in all aspects of event planning and execution for The NILE Stock Show and Rodeo. All applications must be in the NILE Office by Sept. 5, 2014 and interns will be announced shortly thereafter. An application is available online at www.thenile.org.

 

The Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Hall of Fame is nearly $59,000 closer to making its dream of a museum into reality. The Aug. 28 Steers of Fame skull artwork auction grossed almost $44,000, said Joel Smith, Steers of Fame Event Committee member. On top of that, an anonymous supporter donated $15,000 earlier last week to establish a permanent home for the thousands of historic photos, documents, memorabilia and artifacts related to the Ellensburg Rodeo.

 

Lou Quirk, a former bull rider from Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Aug. 28 at the age of 94. Quirk was a Cowboys’ Turtle Association member and also a PRCA Gold Card member.

 

Longtime bullfighter Lance Brittan fought bulls for the last time of his career at the Elk City, Okla., rodeo last weekend after a 19-year career. Brittan got his start as a bull rider at age 19, and quickly progressed to bullfighting. From there, his career blossomed; he began freestyle bullfighting, qualifying for the Wrangler Bullfight Tour in 1998-2000 and winning the championship in 1999. The Elk City committee presented him with a framed artwork and a custom-made coat. “I can’t think of a better place than Elk City that I’d rather retire at,” Brittan said. “These guys are the salt of the earth. They took me in and made me feel at home. I can’t think of a better place to call it quits than here.”

 

The Overland Trail Museum in Sterling, Colo., will present a Western-themed “Cowgirl Brunch” on Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Gail Hughbanks Woerner will be the featured guest and will present stories from her newest book, “Western Women Who Dared To Be Different.” She will be on hand after the brunch to personally sign copies of the book, as well as other titles currently available in the museum gift shop. Tickets are $10 and can purchased at the Overland Trail Museum.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK“It’s a really unique situation. He really takes care of the horses; that’s one aspect. You can have someone drive well and not know the head from the tail, so it’s a really complete package from knowing how to handle the horses to driving. At the end of the day, they’ve got to get along with my family. It’s a big rig relatively speaking, but you know, when you all have to live in there, everything can get small.”-19-time World Champion Trevor Brazile explaining to The Daily Record (Ellensburg, Wash.) how important his driver, Josh Schley, is to his entire operation.

 

2014 World Standings Leaders

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas

$220,099

BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah

$147,553

SW: Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.

$86,424

TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.

$105,656

TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.

$105,656

SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.

$105,447

TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas

$133,685

BR: J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas

$123,745

SR: Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.

$60,059

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☛ AQHA asking for members’ input! 8-10-14

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 4 comments

AQHA ASKING FOR MEMBERSHIP INPUT!

 

HERE’S HOPING THE IDEA IS CONTAGIOUS!

 

 

FROM THE EDITOR

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 10, 2014

I don’t know whose idea it was, but it was a good one! I’m talking about a new forum website, http://aqha.ideascale.com, asking you to “share your ideas to help make the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) a better organization for its members.”  I never got a copy of the e-mail about this website myself, even though I am a member and get their e-mails; however, I found it on another website. I have checked with several other members and none of them have received this address; however, let’s pass the word around and take advantage of it.

 

With the criticism of the association, as well as mass exodus of members, plus their reorganization press release, stating the retirement of Executive Vice President Don Treadway and the elimination of 14 more employees, maybe they, or the company they hired to help their image, have gotten the message and are considering listening to what the members have to say. I only wish the other equine non-profits would follow suit and listen to the members. I hope the AQHA has gotten the message that “the members are the most important part of the association and are who make it an excellent, good, marginal or bad association!”

 

While the web site is new, there haven’t been many suggestions or comments on the site as of yet, and I would encourage all of you who have an interest or a stake in the AQHA to speak now or forever hold your peace.  And guess, what, you don’t have to tell them your name or membership number. Simply post your e-mail address and confirm it.

 

As of this morning, there have been 17 ideas posted from 46 users and 95 votes. They have been discussing judging score sheets, showing, AQHA registration and forms, ranch horse pleasure, horse division, showing, allowing a certified Genetic Test Lab’s results in addition to UC Davis, drug testing in middle of the show rather than last day, online membership renewals for Amateurs and Novice, novice rules – adding a super senior level, reduced fees for senior citizens, putting score sheets online, the AQHA Handbook and the show calendar with suggestions to add affiliates to the AQHA web site. But there are many more things wrong with the association that need to be addressed – so now is your chance!

 

Why not join in and add your suggestions that you have been talking about to your fellow members? Why not try it today? Go to: http://aqha.ideascale.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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