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









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,, 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:






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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


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 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



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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☛ Open House at ProRodeo Hall 7-26-14

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


July 26, 2014

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame is excited to announce it will be celebrating 35 years in the Pikes Peak region with an open house on Aug. 6.The event, 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.There be fun for all ages, including pony rides and face painting for children, stage coach rides, caricatures and roping demonstrations.

Additionally, the open house will feature several different forms of entertainment, including the Gold Canyon Wild West Gunfighters, trick roper Craig Ingram and the Pikes Peak Rangerettes Drill Team.

Country music artist Trinity Seely will perform at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., and the Flying W Wranglers will close out the day’s festivities, performing from 5-7 p.m.

“The ProRodeo Hall of Fame has 35 years of proud history to celebrate since first opening in 1979 here in Colorado Springs,” HOF Director Kent Sturman said. “This open house is a way to showcase our history and achievements to both tourists and local residents alike. We hope the community of Colorado Springs, as well as many people from across the country, join us to celebrate this milestone. We are proud to call Colorado Springs home.”

The event will feature vendors in the pavilion area, autograph sessions with state rodeo queens and 2014 Miss Rodeo America Paige Nicholson, as well as past and current inductees and world champions.

“A Look Back at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Professional Rodeo” historical exhibit featured in the 101 Gallery opened May 1, and will be open through September. In the gift shop, 35th anniversary merchandise will be featured.

For more information, visit or call 719.528.4764.

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☛ Rodeo News 7-15-14

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



July 15, 2014
Courtesy PRCA


Weekend highlights, July 7-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail

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

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas


BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah


SW: Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.


TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.


TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.


SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.


TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas


BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.


SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas


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☛ Cowgirl Christmas 7-9-14

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By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 9, 2014

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


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


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


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


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


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