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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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☛ ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductees 8-10-14

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

10 INDUCTED INTO PRORODEO HALL OF FAME

Courtesy PRCA
Aug. 10, 2014

PRCA Photo by Nic Ford
The 2014 ProRodeo Hall of Fame induction class was represented (L to R) by stock contractors Sonny Riley and Don Hutsell (for legendary bucking horse Spring Fling), Pete Grubb Jr. (for his late father Pete Grubb), 1992 World Champion Bareback Rider Wayne Herman, 2002 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Glen O’Neil, 1981 World Champion Steer Wrestler Byron Walker, two-time World Champion Bullfighter Miles Hare, James Herman (for the Greeley Stampede), Chuck Rigsbee (Clovis Rodeo), Russ Fields (Rowell Ranch Rodeo) and Jeff Agenbroad (Snake River Stampede).

There was a recurring theme in the speeches at the 35th annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 9, connected to heritage, history and the long road traveled to reach the sport’s pantheon. Everybody had a great road story to tell; nobody’s stretched longer or had more air miles than Glen O’Neill’s. From Down Under to Top of the World.

O’Neill, the 2002 saddle bronc riding world champion, became the first cowboy from outside North America to be inducted into the Hall Saturday, the Australian joining fellow world champions Wayne Herman, Byron Walker and the late Pete Grubb, along with champion bullfighter Miles Hare, legendary bucking horse Spring Fling and four elite committees, from the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo, Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho), Rowell Ranch Rodeo (Hayward, Calif.) and Greeley (Colo.) Stampede.

“When you’re retired,” O’Neil said, “you think back to where you came from. I think back to when I started rodeoing as a country kid in the Outback riding bucking horses. I was lucky enough to have the right attitude to make the right decisions I did in my career. I kept moving forward, and once I got to the top in Australia, I came to Canada and America and wanted to keep climbing. It’s been a hell of a ride.”

Apart from his many honors in the arena – the gold buckle, 11 qualifications for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and career earnings of $1.6 million – O’Neill may have set a record of sorts Saturday, for the longest distance traveled by a family to witness their kin’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. His parents, brother and aunt and uncle were on hand from New South Wales,

Australia (8,325 miles away). He also had in-laws from Canada here, as well as his wife, Jennifer, and kids from their home in Didsbury, Alberta.

“This is pretty exciting,” said O’Neill, 41, “and I’m at a loss for words a little bit, because it’s a big deal and there are a lot of people here. To come here and be inducted, see all the history that’s in the Hall of Fame and to now be a part of it, is something special.”

Herman, the 1992 world champion bareback rider and also an 11-time Wrangler NFR qualifier, was no less awestruck by the path that had taken him from the tiny North Dakota community of Golden Valley to his plaque in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

“I told my wife, Connie, when we walked into the (Cowboy Ball Aug. 8) that this was almost surreal,” said Herman, 50. “It was a quite a journey to get here and I’m honored and quite humbled to be standing in (the ProRodeo Hall of Fame) with the names that we were pretending to be to win the world when we were kids riding the bucking machine. To be one of them (a ProRodeo Hall of Famer) is unbelievable and hard for me to imagine.”

For Walker, who won his gold buckle as a steer wrestler in 1981 and whose 16 WNFR qualifications are equal to the second-highest total in the history of his event, this

was a day that felt forever in coming.

“I’m thankful to get up and give this speech and not be dead,” said Walker, 56, with a chuckle. “Waiting all this time (since the April 1 announcement) before going into the Hall of Fame was kind of like waiting to go into the principal’s office. I knew it was happening, and I was anxious to get it over with. Being here has been really nice, and walking around the Hall you realize that this is real.”

Grubb was the second ProRodeo cowboy – following Clay Carr – to win world championships at both ends of the arena. The Salmon, Idaho, native won the bareback riding title in 1938 and the team roping (as a heeler) in 1940. Grubb, who died in 1969 the age of 56, was represented at the induction by his son, Pete Jr.

For 33 years, beginning in 1975, Hare’s full-time job was protecting bull riders in arenas all across North America from 2,000-pound farm animals. He was a bullfighter at the National Finals Rodeo six times (1977, 1985, 1988-91) – making his first appearance when he was just 22 years old – and twice more as an alternate (1984, 1992).

He was the inaugural Wrangler World Champion Bullfighter in 1981 and shared that honor with fellow Hall of Famer and lifelong friend Rob Smets in 1988, developing a style based on careful study and his memory of the bulls’ moves.

“The people who are in the Hall are people who I idolized and are the gods of the game, and it’s just an honor to be in here with them,” said Hare, 58. “It’s no accident that I’m here. I’m a product of my environment. My father (Dean) had bucking bulls and fighting bulls in my backyard when I was born. I just had to step out the door and do it. I didn’t have me a basketball hoop out there. I had rodeo stock. It is all I have ever known. I get along much better with things with four legs than things with two legs.”

Along with Kingsway Skoal and Lonesome Me, Big Bend Rodeo’s legendary mare Spring Fling is the only horse to be honored as both a Bareback and Saddle Bronc

Horse of the Year. Spring Fling started out on the bareback side and received the PRCA’s top honor in that category in 1997, then came back to twice claim the saddle bronc award, winning it outright in 1999 and sharing it with Surprise Party Skoal, of Sankey Rodeo, a year later. Spring Fling was also voted the top saddle bronc horse at the 2001 Wrangler NFR and three times was voted the top saddle bronc horse at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho.

“Whenever Spring Fling was up, I would go out the arena to watch her – no matter what I was doing in the office – and I got goose bumps every time,” said rodeo secretary Crystal Longfellow, who accepted the award on behalf of Big Bend’s Sonny Riley and Don Hutsell. “(Six-time World Champion) Dan Mortensen knew how good Spring Fling was; it was the only horse he ever drew five times and never rode.

“She really deserves it,” Hutsell said. “She’s the best bronc ever, I think. She just flat bucked, and she had the power to get guys off.”

The PRCA committees selected for enshrinement this year are among the PRCA’s longest-standing and most respected rodeos. Clovis, part of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, celebrated its 100th anniversary in April. Nampa will have its centenary rodeo next year, while Hayward just wrapped up its 93rd year and Greeley its 92nd.

“It’s a bit overwhelming, and to have this line up with our 100-year anniversary next year is more than we could’ve asked for,” said Snake River Stampede chairman Jeff Agenbroad. “It’s a great way to send us off on our second 100 years.”

ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of former contestants and rodeo experts. More than 150 individuals are nominated each year and selection is based on contributions to the sport of professional rodeo in any one of seven categories: contestant, stock contractor, contract personnel, rodeo committees, livestock, media and notables/lifetime achievement.

Including this year’s inductees, 236 people, 28 animals and 22 rodeo committees have been selected for enshrinement in Colorado Springs since the Hall opened in 1979. Visit www.prorodeo.com to view video clips featuring each member of this year’s ProRodeo Hall of Fame induction class.

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☛ Rodeo News 8-5-14

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Aug. 5, 2014

 

Proctor and Branquinho each undergo surgery

Former world champions Shane Proctor and Luke Branquinho each went under the knife recentlyProctor, the 2011 bull riding world champion, had right shoulder surgery on July 13, and is out for the season. Proctor was injured in the short round at the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede July 1.”

 

My (right) shoulder came out, and I tore it up pretty good,” Proctor said. “I’m done for the year, and I will just start fresh next year. Actually, Denver (National Western Stock Show, Jan. 10-25) will probably be my next rodeo.”

 

Proctor’s 2014 season had been wrecked by injuries, pretty much from the beginning. He had left shoulder surgery on Jan. 14.

 

Proctor finished fourth in the 2013 world standings with $148,575. He won Rounds 1 and 2 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December in Las Vegas. Branquinho, a four-time world champion steer wrestler, was injured July 18 at California Rodeo Salinas and had surgery in New Orleans on July 29 to repair the lat muscle under his right arm. Branquinho was the world standings leader at the time of the injury.

 

“The doctor was very happy with the outcome,” Branquinho said. “He said I should be back and ready to go the week before the Finals, the last week of November. I feel good. My (right) arm will be in a sling for another four weeks, and then I will start my therapy. I’m going to try to get in the best shape that I can before running (practice steers) and get a little bit of practice in without getting too sore, and then go from there.”

 

The 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is Dec. 4-13 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Weekend highlights, July 28 through Aug. 3

  • Bull rider J.W. Harris made himself right at home in Kansas last week. The four-time world champion earned checks at four rodeos in the Sunflower State, including two victories. Harris’ biggest win came at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, where he won the final round with an 89-point ride on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Sandi’s Dream, and took the average title with a score of 172 points on two head. Harris also split third in the first round, and earned a total of $5,462 in Dodge City. His other win in Kansas came at the Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo in Hill City, where his 88-point ride on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Never Been Kissed was enough for the win, and $1,032. Harris placed second at Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg, and was sixth at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene. Overall, Harris tallied $10,648 for the week, and overtook Sage Kimzey for the world standings lead with a total of $104,424 – $1,269 more than Kimzey, who had led the standings since the last week of February.

 

  • On the timed-event side, nobody is currently on a hotter streak than tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa. The six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier won three rodeos over the weekend as he pursues world standings leader Tuf Cooper. Shiozawa earned $4,796 by placing in both rounds and winning the average at the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup in Great Falls, Mont., with a time of 16.1 seconds on two head. He then took the title at That Famous Preston (Idaho) Night Rodeo with a time of 8.2 seconds, earning another $2,140. Shiozawa finished off his trifecta with another 8.2-second run to win the Mountain Valley Stampede in Heber City, Utah. In total, Shiozawa earned $8,882, remaining second in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and cutting the deficit between himself and Cooper to $17,488.
  • Just as J.W. Harris did in bull riding, saddle bronc rider Cody Wright won checks at four different rodeos over the weekend. Wright’s lone win came in Great Falls, Mont., where he rode for 88 points on Sankey Rodeo’s Crow Nation, earning $3,784. In Dodge City, Wright was third in the first round, tied for third with brother Jesse Wright in the finals, and split second in the average with Jacobs Crawley with a score of 172 points on two head. Wright made a total of $3,590 in Dodge City. He then split second at the War Bonnet Roundup Rodeo in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and tied for fourth in Preston, Idaho. In total, Wright earned $9,415, which kept him second in the world standings, and put him $11,353 behind leader Taos Muncy.
  • Bareback rider Will Lowe was a busy man, earning checks at three rodeos as he continues his quest toward his 13th-straight WNFR appearance. The Canyon, Texas, cowboy won Iowa’s Championship Rodeo, in Sidney, with an 87-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Rose Puff, earning $3,229. He also placed second in Abilene, Kan., and split third in Phillipsburg, Kan. Lowe totaled $5,084 at the three rodeos, and moved up one spot to eighth in the Aug. 4 world standings. Fellow bareback rider Richmond Champion continued his recent hot streak, winning in Dodge City. Champion placed in both rounds, and his two-head score of 166 points was one better than Tilden Hooper. He earned $5,191, which kept him fourth in the world standings.
  • BRAZILE WATCH: It was a quiet weekend for Trevor Brazile, as the only check he earned came when he won the second round of the steer roping in Dodge City, good for $1,866. Brazile remained second in the world in steer roping, third among team roping headers and fifth in tie-down roping. Brazile’s current earnings of $180,808 in 2014 are $2,304 more than he had at this point in the 2010 season – the year in which he set the all-time earnings record for one season, with $507,921.
News & Notes from the Rodeo TrailThe ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be inducting its 2014 class on Aug. 9. World champion cowboys Pete GrubbWayne HermanGlen O’Neill and Byron Walker, along with two-time World Champion Bullfighter Miles Hare and Spring Fling – one of just two horses to be honored as both a bareback and saddle bronc horse of the year – head the 2014 induction class. Committees from the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo, Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Hayward, Calif., and the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho, will also be inducted. Festivities kick off with an open house on Aug. 6, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Hall of Fame grounds, is free to the public, and will feature food, entertainment and music throughout the day.

 

PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman will introduce eight-time World Champion Roy Cooper tonight when Cooper is inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Nine-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bareback rider Wes Stevenson ended his 2014 season after riding at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days on July 27. The Lubbock, Texas, native re-injured his surgically-repaired left shoulder the third week of July in Ogden, Utah, and will return home and schedule another surgery. Stevenson initially injured the shoulder at the 2013 WNFR, and will see his streak of five straight trips to the Super Bowl of rodeo end this season.

 

Bareback rider Tanner Aus underwent surgery to repair a torn medial meniscal ligament in his right knee on July 25, and will be out 3-4 weeks. Aus currently sits 36th in the world standings.

 

Four-time Wrangler NFR bull rider Cody Whitney underwent surgery to fix a fractured shoulder blade in his right (free) arm on July 21. His return to competition is uncertain.

 

William “Bill” Alsbaugh, a PRCA gold card member, pick-up man and rodeo judge, passed away at his home under hospice care on July 20. He was 82. Alsbaugh started rodeoing at age 13, in 1944, competing in calf roping. In 1955, he started his leather business, Alsbaugh Leather Goods, in Pagosa Springs, Colo., and he competed in steer wrestling for the first time that same year, before he bought his PRCA card in 1956. Alsbaugh worked for several rodeo stock contractors, including his uncle Walt Alsbaugh, as a pick-up man, judge, truck driver and whatever else was needed. He started judging in the early 1970s, appearing at various pro rodeos.

 

Cpl. Michael Georgiou, a York (Pa.) police officer and PRCA tie-down roper, died Aug. 3 after an ATV crash while vacationing in his home state of Texas. He was 35. Georgiou served 11 years for the regional police in York and won several rodeos in the First Frontier Circuit.

 

Sgt. Thomas Weed, who has served four missions in Iraq, has also taken up bull riding in the PRCA. Weed, who is stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., tries to get on as many bulls as he can when he has time off from his military duties. “I was a farm boy, loved the country lifestyle, but was so involved in wrestling and football that I really didn’t start in rodeo until I entered the military,” Weed said. “While I was stationed in Texas is when I really became involved in rodeo and started riding bulls. I was fortunate that there were some very top cowboys to learn from, and I got on every head of practice stock I could find.”

 

With help from the Cowboy Club and Yellowstone County Board of Commissioners, the Aug. 14-16 Yellowstone River Round-Up in Billings, Mont., is adding $6,500 per event, an 11 percent increase from 2013. As a result, MetraPark and MontanaFair officials announced that this year’s rodeo has a record 536 entries, up from 470 last year. “It has exploded,” MetraPark general manager Bill Dutcher said of the rodeo’s numbers. “In 2010, when we aligned with the PRCA, we recognized this (growth) doesn’t happen overnight. This has shown if you put the money in the purse, cowboys will come from all over the world.”

 

PRCA trick roper Loop Rawlins of Tucson, Ariz., is still in the hunt to win NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Rawlins impressed judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B to reach the quarterfinal round, which takes place Aug. 5 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

 

In its 118th year, the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days attracted close to half a million people. Dan Cheney, the CEO of Frontier Days, says that the celebration continues to grow by the year. “This event alone brings in $25 million worth of direct economic impact into this area,” Cheney said.

 

Cecil Jones, the oldest living member of the PRCA, celebrated his 97th birthday on July 2, in Placerville, Calif. Jones started his rodeo career at age 17, and competed in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding at many rodeos, including the World’s Fair Rodeo in San Francisco, Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Royal Easter Show in Sydney, Australia. After retiring from competition in 1949, Jones was the secretary for the first National Finals Rodeo, and worked coordinating the Grand National in San Francisco for 33 years. He also served two terms on the PRCA Board of Directors and was president of the Rowell Ranch Rodeo for 20 years.

 

Long-time Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Board member and businessman Scott Repp, world champion saddle bronc rider Bud Munroe and the late Bill McKay, a dedicated rodeo chute-boss volunteer, will be inducted into the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame. The induction banquet is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Central Washington University’s Student Union Recreation Center Ballroom.

 

There were six new inductees into the Utah Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame on July 11. Stock contractor Bar T Rodeo; specialty act Ron and Ginger Brown; photographer Jim Fain; Dale Pendleton, a member of the Old Time Fiddlers and Country Music Association; rodeo supporter James B. Smith and sculptor Grant Speed all were inducted in Ogden, Utah.

 

PRCA saddle bronc rider Joseph Brent Reynolds passed away at his home in Corvallis, Mont., on June 29. He was 41. Reynolds travelled the rodeo road with his brother, Josh, and fellow saddle bronc rider Craig Miller for many years.

 

Phil Goostree, a barrel racing producer and the husband of 1979 WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer Carol Goostree, died after a battle with myasthenia gravis.

 

Allison Gorman, a former PRCA steer wrestler, died July 19 in Albuquerque, N.M., after he and another man were attacked in a field by three teens. He was 44. The teens have been charged with murder.

 

PRCA bull rider Billy Love suffered injuries resulting from having his face and neck stepped on during a non-sanctioned event on Aug. 3 in Bel Air, Md. Love was taken from the arena by helicopter and is listed in serious condition.

 

Kentucky Fried Chicken has launched a new ad campaign featuring a rodeo-themed commercial. KFC’s commercial centers on a father and son sharing a bucket of its chicken after the son successfully rides a bareback horse.

 

Fort Madison (Iowa) resident Gary Lucas has been named the 2014 Rodeo Parade Grand Marshal by the Tri-State Rodeo Committee.

2014 World Standings Leaders 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $180,808
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $130,892
SW: Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. $71,431
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $88,530
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $88,530
SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $89,117
TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $106,396
BR: J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas $104,424
SR: Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. $50,053
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