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☛ Rodeo News 6-28-15

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments



Courtesy PRCA
June 28, 2015


News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo has announced its 2015 Hall of Fame class, headlined by two multiple-time world champions. Steer wrestler John W. Jones Jr., who won world titles in 1984 and 1988-89, joins 1942 and 1955 Team Roping World Champion Vern Castro, as well as rodeo timers Nell Henderson and Jan Smith. Jones won the all-around title in Ellensburg in 1983, and captured steer-wrestling titles there in 1984 and 1987. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1996. Castro won the Ellensburg all-around title three times (1947-48 and 1950) and won the steer wrestling in 1947, as well as the tie-down roping in 1950. Henderson is a Tonasket, Wash., native who was a timer at the Ellensburg Rodeo from 1989-2012. Smith – a Brewster, Wash., native – timed at the rodeo from 1986-2012. The induction banquet is Sept. 3 at Central Washington University’s SURC Ballroom.


All rounds of the Greeley Stampede, including the PRCA Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, will be webcast on A link will be available at as well. The Greeley Stampede begins June 28 at 1 p.m. MT.


ProRodeoLive will broadcast the final weekend of the Reno Rodeo, June 25-27, with PRCA rodeo announcer Chad Nicholson anchoring the coverage. Fans can listen by logging on to


In the June 5 episode of “Jeopardy!,” Wrangler was included as an answer to a trivia question under the “Jeans” category. The clue was “appropriately, this brand of Western jeans sponsors the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association,” and one of the contestants responded correctly with “What is Wrangler?”


Feather River College’s Jesse Segura was selected as the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2015 Coach of the Year. Segura received the award at the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper (Wyo.) Events Center June 17. Feather River has had student athletes qualify for CNFR every year since the program was started under Segura’s direction 10 years ago. Segura is no stranger to college rodeo, as he won the NIRA’s men’s all-around championship in 2003 while competing for Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo.


The Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up committee put together an auction package which was sold for $31,000 during the rodeo’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink night last month. The money was donated to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital and Mercy Foundation North to benefit the services associated with breast cancer detection and treatment. The package contained an assortment of both donated and purchased items. The Red Bluff Round-Up Association purchased custom-made pink chaps, a custom-made belt buckle, a set of custom spurs and spur straps and a $200 Boot Barn gift certificate. Donated items included a Resistol hat certificate donated by Wayne Brooks, Bob Tallman and Resistol Hats; a Justin Boots gift certificate donated by Justin Boots; a Boot Barn goodie bag donated by Boot Barn; a Wrangler Jeans certificate donated by Wrangler; and a case of Purple Cowboy Wine.


A Nevada National Guardsman marked the end of a one-year deployment in Afghanistan with a surprise Father’s Day weekend homecoming with his wife and six children at the Reno Rodeo June 19. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Glen Spadin of Sparks, Nev., was greeted by hugs from his children when he suddenly emerged from behind two horses during a Patriot Night ceremony on the arena floor arranged by the rodeo, Nevada Army National Guard and his wife, Maja. His son and five daughters weren’t told about his arrival home beforehand, and they reacted with a mixture of shock and excitement.


2015 World Standings Leaders


AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $71,858
BB: Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas $52,223
SW: Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo. $43,811
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $62,980
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $62,980
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $67,831
TD: Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $45,464
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $75,296
SR: Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas   $39,932


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☛ Rogers/Petska take Reno’s BFI title 6-25-15

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



By Kendra Santos
Photos by Lone Wolf Photos
June 23, 2015

Champion Heeler Cory Petska, second from left, and Champion Header Erich Rogers, second from right, were awarded a boatload of BFI prizes by roping producers Daren Peterson, left, and Corky Ullman, right.

Erich Rogers and Cory Petska let their hats and their emotions fly as the flag dropped on their first Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic win June 22 at the Reno Livestock Events Center.


“I knew when I dallied it was over. I don’t even know if the flagger had dropped the flag when I threw my hat,” said Petska, who is typically cowboy-cool quiet, but could not contain the flood of feelings that hit him when he knew he’d won “the first major” of his career. “I’ve won the NFR (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) and Houston twice. Days like those—and today—are defining moments in a career. I’ve been high team at the (George) Strait (Team Roping Classic) three times and didn’t finish. This is a straight-up dream come true.”


“This makes life so much easier on the financial side,” Rogers said. “I was down to my last $1,000 as we’re getting ready to take off for the Fourth of July. That makes you hungry and gives you the will to win. Cory and I know our run. If we do everything like we do in the practice pen, our run’s set up to be fast. I’m so happy. This is an amazing feeling. What a stress reliever. This is a thrill.”


Rogers, 28, and Petska, 35, came tight on the 38th annual BFI title and $123,000 of the more than $700,000 in 2015 BFI cash and prizes by roping six steers in 42.83 seconds, winning it by nearly two seconds over reserve champs Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes, who stopped the clock six times in 44.74 seconds and also were last year’s reserve BFI titlists. Rogers and Petska topped the 104-team field with runs of 8.04, 6.74, 7.75, 7.53, 6.61 and 6.16 seconds in the respective rounds, including a second-place finish behind Spencer Mitchell and Justin Davis in the short round. Mitchell and Davis won the 15-team short round in 5.85 seconds. Every team in the BFI short round got a check in the average.


Rogers and Petska’s relationship runs deeper than the average team roping partnership. Rogers lives in Petska and wife Sherry’s guest house, and calls them Mom and Dad.


“They took me in and look after me like one of their own,” Rogers said gratefully of his Marana home away from his native home of Round Rock, Ariz. Mrs. Cory Petska is, of course, four-time World Champion Barrel Racer Sherry Cervi. “It’s an awesome partnership and an awesome friendship. We pep each other up. There’s no negativity around the rig. We all take care of each other and enjoy it, win or lose.”


“We don’t charge him rent, but he has to turn me steers every day when we’re home,” chuckled Petska, as they loaded Sherry’s truck with all their BFI prizes, including Coats Saddles and Gist Buckles. “That’s his rent. Erich and I are around each other 24/7, and he’s like my brother. We’ve adopted him. He’s part of the family.”


Petska is the son of NFR header Paul Petska and World Champion Barrel Racer Gail (NFR heeler Monty Joe Petska is Paul’s little brother and Cory’s uncle). Gail was a dominating force in the 1970s aboard a little sorrel horse named Dobie. Cory’s entered the BFI most years since he turned 18, though there were times he had to make a tough decision.


“There were years we had to choose between the BFI and the Fourth of July rodeos when I roped with my dad,” said Cory, who previously placed in the BFI average with reigning World Champion Header Clay Tryan. “When I was a kid watching my dad and Monty Joe rope here in the outdoor arena (where the BFI was held from 1984-88), I sat on the bucking chutes and dreamed of winning this roping. This is a big deal to me. It’s been a long time coming.


“We have money in our pockets now, so we can just go do our jobs. That’s what’s fun about Erich and me. We keep doing the same thing and talking it out through the ups and downs. We’ve had a good year at the rodeos, too. We’ve been placing right along (and on BFI day were ranked third in the world).”


Team Rogers-Petska is in its third year, and their BFI track record includes a reserve title behind Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith in 2013. Brazile and Smith still own the six-steer BFI record with 40.54 seconds that year.


“It’s an amazing feeling to have Cory behind me,” said Rogers, who typically talks to his heeler while riding out of the arena after every run. “We talk about our run all the time. They say the header is the quarterback, but Cory calls the shots when it comes to helping me do what I need to do to set things up for him.”


This year’s Head and Heel Horse of the BFI awards—Montana Silversmiths bronzes and Cactus Gear stable blankets—went to Rogers’ 15-year-old sorrel head horse, Rob, and Clay O’Brien Cooper’s bay heel horse, LB, who’s 18 now. Rogers has been doing battle without Rob off and on for the last couple years due to ligament and tendon issues.


“I got Rob back about a month ago, and he’s the whole program,” Rogers said. “This is his first big event back, so this is really amazing. He won this roping for us, and he won his own award, too. Rob’s the easiest horse to score on and rope on, and he handles cattle outstanding. Having that great one makes life in the arena so much easier. The great ones pay your bills and are like your best friend.”


Cooper bought LB three years ago from BFI Kingpin Kory Koontz, who won the roping with Rube Woolsey in 1995 and a second straight time with Matt Tyler in 1996. Koontz is third behind Clay Tryan and Rich Skelton on the all-time BFI earnings leaders list.


“LB’s an old, solid horse, and it’s way better to be riding an 18-year-old than an 8-year-old,” said seven-time World Champion Team Roper and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Cooper. “When you’re riding an older horse there are usually no mistakes, unless it’s pilot error. This horse has a lot of speed, and the cattle run here so you need plenty of gasoline to get where you need to go. You have to be riding a really good horse anywhere you go nowadays at this level or you’ll get beat up. Good things happen on this horse.”


Petska rode Scooter, an 11-year-old sorrel horse his Uncle Marty gave him. “He’s one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden,” he said. “He’s easy to ride, he stays out of my way and he lets me do my job. It’s not about how many moves they make. It’s about how few moves they make and let you catch. Having a great horse on fresher, wilder steers is critical. We had two good horses here today that fit our styles.”


BFI producers Corky Ullman and Daren Peterson again called on Flying T Cattle Company to provide the steers. “The steers were really good this year,” Petska noted. “They were a little wild, and everybody had a chance. The cattle and conditions set this roping apart.”


“You score ’em out there, and chase six steers that are trying to outrun you,” Rogers added. “This is a tough roping mentally, too. There’s an hour between steers. A lot of thinking goes on between runs at this roping.”


The champs, who were the high team back after five rounds, didn’t really have a BFI-specific strategy riding into the roping. “I just did my job and roped steer by steer,” Petska said. “I didn’t watch anybody in the building today. I was just trying to beat the steers. Everybody who does this for a living puts in about the same hours and ropes really good. I think when you win a roping like this it’s just your day.”


RFD-TV will televise the 38th annual BFI on July 1 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern and 6:30 Pacific. This year’s BFI sponsor partners included the Silver Legacy, Coors, Justin Boots, Bloomer Trailers, Resistol Hats, Priefert Ranch Equipment, Gist Silversmiths, Wrangler, RAM Trucks, Best Ever Custom Saddle Pads, Total Equine, B&W Trailer Hitches, Sonora Insurance Group, Cactus Ropes, Cactus Gear, Cactus Saddlery, Fast Back Ropes, LubriSyn, Heel-O-Matic, Reno Rodeo, Coats, Lazy “L” Saddles, Noble Outfitters, Bex Sunglasses, Boot Barn, Equibrand, Montana Silversmiths, Western Horseman, Lone Star Ropes, Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, Purple Cowboy Wine, DM Western Store, Silver Lining Herbs, Tolani Lake Roping Productions, Tanner Bryson, Fagundes Dairy and Coderview Holsteins.


2015 BFI Results:

Round 1: 1. Colby Lovell and Kory Koontz, 6.14, $7,500 per team; 2. Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith, 6.67, $5,750; 3. Dylan Gordon and Gage Williams, 7.18, $4,000; 4. Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, 7.34, $2,000


Round 2: 1. JoJo LeMond and Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.10, $8,000; 2. Tom Richards and Cesar de la Cruz, 5.58, $6,000; 3. Riley Minor and Brady Minor, 5.78, $4,000; 4. Coleman Proctor and Jake Long, 5.87, $2,000.


Round 3: 1. Dustin Bird and Chase Tryan, 5.18, $8,000; 2. Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, 5.31, $6,000; 3. Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight, 5.47, $4,000; 4. Blake Texeira and Craig Fehlman, 5.49, $2,000


Round 4: 1. Tyler Wade and Kinney Harrell, 4.48, $8,000; 2. JoJo LeMond and Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.13, $6,000; 3. Tom Richards and Cesar de la Cruz, 5.18, $4,000; 4. Tate Kirchenschlager and Trevor Kirchenschlager, 5.23, $2,000


Round 5: 1. Thad Ward and Olin Pulham, 4.78, $8,000; 2. Billy Bob Brown and Garrett Jess, 4.97, $6,000; 3. Clay Smith and Paul Eaves, 5.35, $4,000; 4. Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill, 5.40, $2,000


Short Round: 1. Spencer Mitchell and Justin Davis, 5.85, $4,000; 2. Erich Rogers and Cory Petska, 6.16, $3,000; 3. Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes, 6.21, $2,000; 4. Derrick Begay and Clay O’Brien Cooper, 6.23, $1,000


Average: 1. Erich Rogers and Cory Petska, 42.83 on six, $120,000; 2. Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes, 44.74, $84,000; 3. Paul David Tierney and Levi Tyan, 45.66, $51,000; 4. Derrick Begay and Clay O’Brien Cooper, 46.39, $33,000; 5. Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, 46.65, $21,000; 6. Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, 46.71, $16,000; 7. Chad Masters and Travis Graves, 48.28, $14,000; 8. Spencer Mitchell and Justin Davis, 49.33, $11,000; 9. Bubba Buckaloo and Russell Cardoza, 49.57, $9,000; 10. Clay Smith and Paul Eaves, 49.64, $7,000; 11. Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight, 50.76, $7,000; 12. Rob Webb and Dan Webb, 54.53, $7,000; 13. Riley Minor and Brady Minor, 63.97, $5,000; 14. Charly Crawford and Shay Carroll, 42.36 on five, $5,000; 15. Nick Sartain and Rich Skelton, 48.70, $5,000


Note: Lone Wolf Photos are available to publications running this press release, courtesy of the BFI.



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☛ Rodeo News 6-23-15

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments


Courtesy PRCA
June 23, 2015

Blake Knowles captures crown in Sisters
               Consistency and great horsepower spelled success for veteran steer wrestler Blake Knowles at the Sisters Rodeo (June 12-14).
           The Heppner, Ore., cowboy clocked a 9.4-second time on two head to win the average crown at the Sisters Rodeo Arena.
          “It’s always nice to win first at any rodeo you go to,” said Knowles, 32. “Fortunately for me, Sisters was probably the biggest rodeo going on this weekend, so to get a win of that caliber makes it even better.”
           Knowles moved up seven spots, to 13th, in the June 15 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $21,862. He collected $4,571 for his performance at Sisters – $2,599 came via the average title.
          “Trevor (Knowles, Blake’s cousin) and I rode Earl, who was runner-up for (2014) horse of the year,” Blake said of the key to his Sisters outing. “I really thought Earl couldn’t have worked any better. He allowed us to score and get starts that got our feet on the ground just as fast, or faster, than anybody. It took the pressure off us to try and create things, and instead we could just do what we knew how to do, which is bulldog.”
            Trevor Knowles ($3,470 in tie-down roping and steer wrestling) won all-around cowboy honors at Sisters. Earl, who is owned by Trevor Knowles, placed in a tie for second in last year’s AQHA/PRCA steer wrestling Horse of the Year voting, with Say Rey Doc.
            Blake set the tone for himself at Sisters by placing in a tie for second in the first round with Matt Reeves, as both had 4.5-second runs.
            Knowles followed that with a 4.9-second effort in the second round to propel himself to the average victory by two-tenths of a second over Luke Branquinho, the five-time and defending world champion steer wrestler.
            “I had good steers, which always helps, but you couldn’t ask to ride an easier horse,” said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Knowles. “It allows you to focus on the fundamentals of bulldogging.”
             Blake Knowles is a two-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2009, 2011), and he’s eager to make a third trip. He finished 18th in the 2014 world standings.
            “Any momentum right now is really big, and I need to get it together and get back there (to the WNFR),” Blake said.
            Two-time world champion saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy also added another line to his impressive résumé with an arena-record 88-point ride on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Spring Planting, the two-time saddle bronc horse of the year (2009, tie in 2013).
            Other winners at the $145,930 rodeo were bareback riders David Peebles (83 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Faded Dice) and Tyler Nelson (83 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Holly Time), team ropers Garrett Rogers and Jake Minor (12.0 seconds on two head), tie-down roper Dane Kissack (18.3 seconds on two head), barrel racer Kali Parker (17.64 seconds) and bull rider Patrick Geipel (86 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Fat Head).

• Edgar, Mont., cowboy Parker Breding is finding the Xtreme Bulls Division 2 Tour a reliable, straight-line path back to the elite level of his event. By winning the EOLS Ed Miller Xtreme Bulls in Union, Ore., June 11 and finishing second at the June 10 Sisters (Ore.) Xtreme Bulls, Breding collected $6,393 to move from fifth to third in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, trailing only Sage Kimzey and Wesley Silcox. After making the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2013, at age 21, Breding suffered a broken right arm at the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo a year ago and dropped down to 27th in the 2014 world standings. He has bounced back this season to win a Wrangler Champions Challenge event in Kissimmee, Fla., and the Northwest Florida Championships in Bonifay; he’s stayed near the top of the standings all year. At Union, he was second to Bryce Barrios in the first round, then put up a 90-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s Kool Money to win the second round and the average. His 175 points on two head tied Tanner Learmont (San Antonio) for the second-highest score in any Xtreme Bulls Tour event this season – Division 1 or 2 – trailing only Sage Kimzey’s 179 points at the D2 Oklahoma City event last fall. Breding’s last previous Xtreme Bulls win was in Oklahoma City in the fall of 2013. Luke Gee won the Sisters Xtreme Bulls event with 154 points on two head – the only rider to cover two head. Patrick Geipel won the Gladewater Xtreme Bulls Tour event on June 10 with an 89-point ride on Rafter G Rodeo’s Johnny Ramome, one point better than Kimzey. Geipel also won the Sisters Rodeo with an 86-point ride on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Fat Head, earning $4,540. He moved up to 47th in the June 15 world standings.

• Drive, win check, repeat: Isaac Diaz is all warmed up for the dizzying merry-go-round that is Cowboy Christmas. Over the June 10-14 rodeo week, Diaz went to six rodeos and earned checks in five. He shared the saddle bronc riding title in Gladewater, Texas, with Jacobs Crawley, then finished second in Sisters, Ore., in a tie for third in both Cleburne, Texas, and Livermore, Calif., and sixth in Weatherford, Texas. That all added up to $6,779 and a jump from 14th to eighth in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. Crawley was just behind Diaz in earnings for the week with $5,509 from four checks, including three wins. Apart from the shared title in Gladewater, he had outright wins in Coleman, Texas, and Cleburne, Texas, to advance from seventh to fifth in the world. The winning ride in Coleman came on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Grey N Away, scored at 90 points. Crawley and reigning World Champion Spencer Wright are the only two saddle bronc riders with two rides of 90 points or more this season.

• Wright of Way: While Diaz and Crawley were cutting a wide swath through Texas and the West Coast, the Wright family stayed close to home and made out just fine. Utah had PRCA rodeos in Castle Dale, Cedar City and Delta over the weekend and members of the Milford, Utah, clan earned 13 of the 22 checks handed out in saddle bronc riding. Jesse Wright, the 2012 world champion, won in Castle Dale and younger brother, Spencer, the current gold buckle wearer, won in Cedar City. Eldest brother, Cody, who won world titles in 2008 and 2010, earned the title in Livermore, Calif. There were also checks for Wright brothers, Jake and Alex, and also for Cody’s son, Rusty, and brother-in-law, CoBurn Bradshaw, along the way.

• Milestone rides: Winn Ratliff got his first shot at riding 2014 PRCA Pendleton Whisky Let ‘er Buck Bareback Horse of the Year Dirty Jacket and proved equal to the task. His 90-point effort on the Pete Carr Pro Rodeo horse tied Canada’s Luke Creasy for the win at the $113,160 Parker County Frontier Days & PRCA Rodeo in Weatherford, Texas. “I was just tickled because I had been in the same perf as Dirty Jacket five or six times before and never drawn him,” Ratliff said. “When I saw my name next to his, I had to do a double-take to make sure I was seeing straight.” Creasy had the first 90-pointer of his career on another Pete Carr mount, Night Bells. Creasy also won checks in Innisfail, Alberta; Livermore, Calif., and Gladewater, Texas, for total earnings of $3,343 and moved from sixth to fifth in the world standings as he bids for his first qualification into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this December. Ratliff and Creasy were one point off the season-best shared by Kaycee Feild and Josi Young.

• A fisher of fast times: Steer roping world standings leader Vin Fisher Jr. now also has the season’s fastest time to his credit after an 8.9-second run in the third round of the Parker County Frontier Days & PRCA Rodeo in Weatherford, Texas. He won the round and finished second to fellow Texan Cody Lee in the three-head average. The previous fast time was 9.1 seconds, shared by Landon McClaugherty and two-time World Champion Scott Snedecor (2005, 2008).

Brazile Watch: Tie-down roping checks in Garden City, Kan., and Ponca City, Okla., along with a third-place finish in the Weatherford, Texas, steer roping event lifted Trevor Brazile’s all-around season total to $71,858. His lead over second place JoJo LeMond is $30,443. Brazile has won the all-around gold buckle a record 12 times – including the last nine – and has a record 21 world championships overall. He is fourth among team roping headers and steer ropers this season, and 14th in tie-down roping. Qualifying for the National Finals in even one of those events would allow Brazile to break the record he now shares with Tee Woolman for most National Finals appearances (45).

• Something new: A new partnership with Clay Smith may be just the tonic to get team roping heeler Paul Eaves to his fourth consecutive Wrangler NFR. Smith and Eaves shared the win in Garden City, Kan., and they won the Gladewater (Texas) Round-up Rodeo outright, bumping Eaves, of Lonedell, Mo., from 32nd in the world standings to 18th. Smith went from outside the top 50 a week ago to 36th among headers. Eaves’ previous three trips to the WNFR were with Dustin Bird, but the pair went separate ways after the April 24-26 Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo. 

Dudley Gaudin, Oct. 28, 1929 – June 11, 2015
Bullfighter Dudley (D.J.) Gaudin, known throughout his ProRodeo Hall of Fame career as the Kajun Kidd, died June 11 of congestive heart failure at his home in Spring Branch, Texas. He was 85.

Gaudin left home in Baton Rouge, La., at the age of 15 to ride bareback horses and bulls with the Texas J. Davis Wild West Show, but the pay was so low he soon turned his attention to bull riding and bullfighting, joining the Rodeo Cowboys Association (precursor to the PRCA) as a contract worker in 1952.
At a Dayton, Texas, rodeo the bullfighter didn’t show and Gaudin was asked to fill in.  He was so good at the bullfighting and the comedy that Bobby Estes, a well-known rodeo producer of the day, quickly offered him work in all of his rodeos and told him he’d pay him $100 a performance.
For 27 years he was one of the most widely respected bullfighters in the business, three times being selected to work the National Finals Rodeo – the first two in 1959-60 and again in 1970.

Gaudin was a bullfighter at Rodeo Houston for 25 consecutive years and at San Antonio for 24 years. He also worked major events in Madison Square Garden, Boston Garden, Cheyenne (Wyo.), Pendleton (Ore.), Fort Worth, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis and San Francisco.
He entered the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., with the inaugural class of 1979. He later was inducted into the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 1996, the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2004.

“I’ve had a hundred cowboys thank me for saving their lives,” Gaudin once told a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. “All I ever did was get the bull to come after me. It’s a living. Our business is not funny. We go out to save lives.”
His work was immortalized with a bronze sculpture created by Edd Hayes.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and three sons, Todd, Jack and John. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce.
Graveside services for family only will be held June 26, and a memorial celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. June 27 at the 8th Avenue Baptist Church in Teague, Texas. Further details will be posted on as they become available.
News & Notes from the rodeo trail
ProRodeoLive will also broadcast the final weekend of the Reno Rodeo, June 25-27, with PRCA rodeo announcer Chad Nicholson anchoring the coverage. Rodeo fans can hear the live broadcasts by logging on to Several events can also be heard on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 80.

The Reno Xtreme Bulls event June 18 will also be available on the Wrangler Network, with coverage starting at 7 p.m. PT. Fans can log on to

Rodeo announcer Butch Thurman had a special evening June 12 when he was invited to give the commencement address at his alma mater, Blue Mountain Community College, in Pendleton, Ore. Thurman gave the address to 440 graduates – the biggest class in BMCC history – and then was surprised with BMCC’s first-ever honorary degree. Thurman attended BMCC from 1979-81, but began a career in radio before graduating. President Camille Preus came on stage and awarded Thurman his honorary degree. “I’m still in shock; I wouldn’t be standing here today without this college,” Thurman said.

PRCA bullfighter Aaron Ferguson and several of his colleagues have started a new company called Bullfighters Only. The company “puts anything and everything bullfighting under one roof,” and hopes to be a central location for bullfighters. The company’s website – – offers everything from an online store to buy gear to information about bullfighting schools and advice and guidance for young bullfighters. In addition to Ferguson, the new company also includes PRCA bullfighters Aaron Hargo, Cody Webster, Darrell Diefenbach, Nathan Harp, Chuck Swisher, Nate Jestes, Wacey Munsell, Weston Rutkowski and Dusty Tuckness.

Frontier Rodeo owner Jerry Nelson has become an equity partner in the Premier Basketball League, and his team, the Shreveport-Bossier City Mavericks, has formally joined the league for the 2015-16 season. The Mavericks are the defending and four-time champions of the American Basketball Association, and just completed an undefeated season. “I am excited to be joining the PBL not only as the owner of the Mavericks, but also as an equity partner in the organization,” Nelson said. “Joining the PBL provided an opportunity to elevate our level of competition, and also to partner with an established league that has brand name credibility across the country.”

A pair of WNFR bull riders got nicked at rodeos this past weekend. Zack Oakes – currently 18th in the world standings – was bucked off Smith, Harper & Morgan Rodeo’s Rondo at the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo, and his face took the brunt of the bull’s force. “I got stabbed with a horn,” said Oakes, 32. “I received 20 (total) stitches on my chin, my face and my head. It was a blood bath.” Trevor Kastner suffered a left knee contusion at the Parker County Frontier Days PRCA Rodeo in Weatherford, Texas. Both Oakes and Kastner are expected to compete at the Reno (Nev.) Xtreme Bulls event June 18.

Charles “Chas” Kane, winner of the 1997 “Top Hand Award” from the Museum of the American Cowboy, and a member of the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame, died June 4 in Sheridan, Wyo. He was 83. Kane roped in rodeos throughout his life, and was a well-known member of the Western community.

Rodeo author Mary McCashin’s new book Bulls, Broncs & Buckles is now available for purchase in the iTunes Store and at

2015 World Standings Leaders

Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas
Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo.
Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.
Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.
Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas

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☛ Rodeo News 6-9-15

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments



  • Courtesy PRCA
  • June 9, 2015

Skelton on the mend, will return at Reno Rodeo

Eight-time World Champion Team Roping Heeler Rich Skelton is making steady progress in his recovery from serious injuries suffered in a road accident May 15 near the Llano (Texas) Municipal Airport and expects to return to competition later this month.


“I had a CAT scan done last week and (where) I had had some blood on my brain up ’til then, the CAT scan (showed) all that was gone,” Skelton told the ProRodeo Sports News June 5. “They just told me to kind of ease back into things, and do as much as I feel like I can do.”


Skelton, who is ninth in the June 8 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, is planning on returning to action at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo, June 19-27. Skelton is roping with header Nick Sartain, who is 11th in the standings.


According to a report in the Llano County News, a truck pulling a livestock trailer was unable to slow down and rear-ended a passenger vehicle, slamming it into the rear of the tractor that Skelton was driving. He was ejected through the top of the canopy on the tractor as it was knocked on its side.


Skelton was located about 25 feet from the tractor and was airlifted to a Round Rock, Texas, hospital for treatment, along with the driver of the passenger vehicle. Skelton left the hospital May 20.


“I bruised pretty much all my major organs: my spleen, my heart and my liver,” said Skelton, 49.

Skelton had just completed a roping clinic at the Llano Event Center and was driving his tractor back to his house, which is just over three miles from the arena.


“I remember getting hit and the tractor kind of getting turned over,” Skelton said. “Words can’t describe how lucky I was … that I wasn’t hurt more than I was. They put me in a coma the first night and the next day I woke up and I really didn’t remember much that had happened.”


Skelton was overwhelmed with all the support he received following his accident.”I would like to thank all my friends and fans who checked on me and were truly concerned,” Skelton said. “I think I had like 17,000 people go on my Facebook page and wish me well, and I would like to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart.”


News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Trevor Brazile is on the final ballot of nominees to be voted on for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Those joining the 21-time world champion on the ballot include former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Larry Allen, Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young and former Dallas Mavericks guard and current Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd. The deadline to become a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and be able to vote for the upcoming class is July 15. The official announcement of the Class of 2016 will be made in September. The banquet to enshrine the class will take place early next year, in Waco.”


Man in the Can,” a rodeo documentary by independent filmmaker Noessa Higa, won the Audience Award for Documentary Short at the June 2 Dances With Films festival at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. The 38-minute film follows the personal journey of aspiring rodeo clown and barrelman Ronald Burton, a Mississippi native, as he seeks to reach “the major leagues of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) before he gets taken out by a bull.” PRCA announcer T.C. Long and PRCA Director of Rodeo Administration and Chief Operating Officer Aaron Enget also appear in the film.


The Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo (Iron River, Mich.) Board of Directors and health system Aspirus have announced a partnership that offers an opportunity for the rodeo to be held as planned. Aspirus has committed $10,000, and will provide up to $5,000 more as a matching contribution to any additional funding exceeding $10,000 raised by the Iron River community by July 12. Without a sponsor, the rodeo taking place was in doubt, but it will now happen as planned. The 48th annual U.P. Championship Rodeo is scheduled July 17-18 at the Iron County Fairgrounds. It is the only PRCA-sanctioned rodeo in the state of Michigan.


The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association has hired Texas-based Pete Carr Pro Rodeo as its stock contractor for the February 2016 event. “The rodeo committee has voted to move forward with Pete Carr,” said Justin Jonas, the executive director for the association. “Pete Carr has shown us the commitment and concern imperative to putting on a premier event, as San Angelo has grown accustomed to over the past 84 years.”


Shane Nett, the son of Children’s Western Wish Foundation Chief Executive Glee Nett, died June 5 in a two-vehicle crash on Wyoming State Highway 59 north of Douglas. He was 43. All five passengers in Nett’s SUV, ranging in age from 44 to 7 years old – including three of his children – were taken to Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas. Their conditions are unknown. Kevin Hall, the driver of the other vehicle, was not injured and he had no passengers.


The organizing committee for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo in Cleburne, Texas, is encouraging everyone who attends their June 11 performance to wear red in tribute to World Champion Bullfighter Greg Rumohr, who lost his life in a heavy equipment accident on May 11. “We are going to do a proper cowboy send-off for him,” Committeeman David Welty said,


Nell Lindsey Kemp, widow of former PRCA barrelman/clown John Lindsey, passed away May 30 in Bedford, Texas. She was 102.


Two vintage airplanes will fly over the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo June 14 as a special addition to the rodeo’s 75th anniversary celebration. The aircraft, a P-51 Mustang and a Skyraider, are from the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Ore. The P-51 was flown in World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Skyraider was flown in Korea and Vietnam, and remained in service in many nations until production ended in 1980. The flyover is being sponsored by Kevin and Laurie Adams, of The Mountain Group, LLC.


The Wild West Arena in North Platte, Neb., will have an even more Western feel than usual for the June 17-20 edition of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, with a 19th-century settlement constructed just outside the grounds with 15 buildings. “It’s a saloon, a dance hall, a mortuary,” said event publicist Ruth Nicolaus. “It’s square dancing, gunny sack races, pig races, a roping dummy – something for the whole family.” Admission is $4 a person or $20 dollars for the whole family.


Douglas Duncan, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier and the 2008 PRCA Resistol Bull Riding Rookie of the Year, is featured in a new Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s television ad for The Most American Thickburger Ever, along with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes. What makes it “the most American?” It’s a split hot dog placed on top of a layer of potato chips over a beef patty.


  • After more than three months with Neal Wood at the top, there’s a new leader in the steer roping world standings. Vin Fisher Jr. earned $1,323 at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., to overtake Wood for the top spot, with a total of $36,135. Wood has only been to six rodeos so far this season, and earned $30,707 of his $34,943 by winning the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. Wood had led the standings since March 2.
  • Brothers good at sharing: Nevada bareback riders Wyatt and Grant Denny took turns posting wins on the PRCA trail this weekend. Wyatt, a 19-year-old rookie, won the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., with an 86-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Pinball Wizard, and finished third at the Flint Hills Rodeo in Strong City, Kan. He now leads Devan Riley by $1,016 in the rookie standings. His older-by-2½-years brother, Grant, won in Strong City and was second in Clovis, with a pair of 81-point rides. Both brothers also won checks at the Elizabeth (Colo.) Stampede.
  • That same U.S. Highway 60 commute also proved profitable for the Badlands Circuit team roping pair of Paul David Tierney and Levi Tyan. They won in Clovis with a time of 4.2 seconds, and also won in Strong City in 4.9. They had earlier titles in Brookings, S.D., and Lincoln, Neb., so that comes to four wins in four states so far this season. The fastest team-roping time of the weekend was turned in by JoJo LeMond and Dakota Kirchenschlager, who had a 3.6-second run to win the second round at the Wild Wild West ProRodeo in Silver City, N.M. It marked the second week in a row that LeMond and Kirchenschlager had been 3.6, equal to the 13th fastest time in the sport’s history.
  • Steer wrestler Jace Melvin of Tarleton State University had a nice tune-up for this month’s College National Finals Rodeo with a win at the Wild Wild West ProRodeo in Silver City, N.M. (10.7 seconds on two head). Parlayed with his tie for second place in Clovis, N.M., Melvin had total earnings of $2,703.
  • Kyle Whitaker, 38, won the tie-down roping at the American Heroes PRCA Rodeo in Hawley, Minn., but perhaps more importantly, he finished second in the saddle bronc riding there, moving him to within $213 of being the first cowboy to become eligible for the 2015 Linderman Award, emblematic of excellence at both ends of the arena. Whitaker, who has won the award a record six times, but not since 2011, has already surpassed the $1,000 benchmark in both steer wrestling and tie-down roping.
  • Oregon’s R.C. Landingham, who missed qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by one spot in each of the last two seasons, is working very hard to make sure he gets over the hump in 2015. He won the bareback riding title at the Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo in Silver City, N.M., shared the win at the Glenville (Calif.) Round-Up and finished fourth at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., to move up to 20th in the world standings.


2015 World Standings Leaders


AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $68,014
BB: Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas $49,759
SW: Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo. $43,811
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $61,061
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $61,061
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $62,896
TD: Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $42,934
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $67,448
SR: Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas   $36,135
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☛ Rose sponsors NRCHA alliance 6-9-15

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Press release from NRCHAJune 9, 2015

Leading NRCHA Breeder/Owner Carol Rose and NRCHA $3.7 Million Sire Shining Spark.

She has achieved nearly every major accolade in the Western performance horse industry, and now, legendary horsewoman and National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Fame member Carol Rose has become the official sponsor of the NRCHA’s alliance with the National High School Rodeo Association.


Rose, whose Gainesville, Texas, breeding operation is the home of champion Quarter Horses including NRCHA $3.7 Million Sire Shining Spark (Genuine Doc x Diamonds Sparkle x Mr Diamond Dude), has announced a five-year commitment to fund the implementation of NHSRA Cow Horse, newly added to the High School Rodeo event lineup in 2014. The first NHSRA Cow Horse Champion will be crowned at the upcoming 2015 National High School Rodeo Finals, July 13-19, in Rock Springs, Wyoming.


Rose’s late mother, Elizabeth McCabe, was deeply committed to youth horsemanship, and co-founded the 4-H horse program in the early 1950s. Rose shares her mother’s passion, and the NRCHA Youth program has been a priority throughout her long history with the association.


“When I was on the NRCHA Board of Directors, I wanted to do everything we could to make the Youth bigger and better. I thought about it non-stop. When I found out about the new program between the NRCHA and the High School Rodeo Association, I got very excited about it. I knew right away that I wanted to be involved,” she said.


The desire to unite rodeo and reined cow horse is natural for Rose, who appreciates the rough-and-ready qualities of both disciplines.


“Our reined cow horse event fits with rodeo. This event is for serious cowboys. You’ve got to be able to ride. it’s exciting to do and exciting to watch. I have seen those high school rodeo contestants make some fabulous runs down the fence. They don’t have any fear!” she said.


Rose also regards the NRCHA/NHSRA partnership as an opportunity to rejuvenate the versatility of the American Quarter Horse and encourage growth in the NRCHA.
“These sports are so family-friendly and accessible. All you need are a saddle and bridle, a pair of chaps and a hat, and a horse. This program gives us an opportunity to bring back the versatility of the Quarter Horse, and encourage the whole family to get involved by doing multiple events like barrel racing, roping, and cow horse on the same horse. It’s not impossible. it takes a good minded horse, to do it, but that’s what we raise – good minded horses,” she said. “I feel that, by adding the reined cow horse event to High School Rodeo, that we have created the largest opportunity in a long time for the entire cow horse industry to grow.”

To read more about Carol Rose Quarter Horses and the indelible impression Rose has made on the equine industry, visit her web site at


The National High School Rodeo Association has more than 10,500 members from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. For more information about the NHSRA, visit their web site at

To learn more about the National Reined Cow Horse Association and find High School Rodeo Cow Horse event resources, go to


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☛ Rodeo News 6-2-15

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments



Courtesy PRCA
June 2, 2015


Bach, Cooper Continue Family Tradition of Success

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Joel Bach celebrated his team roping win at the Old Fort Days Rodeo May 30 in a special way Saturday – he got married.

Bach, and new heeling partner Jim Ross Cooper, won the May 25-30 rodeo at Harper Stadium with a time of 9.2 seconds on two head. They competed earlier in the week, and hung on for the win.

That made Saturday even sweeter for Bach, who married Cassidy Cabot, 2012 Miss Rodeo Colorado, in Hamilton, Texas.

“Joel and I just became partners about three weeks ago, and I don’t think we’d ever roped together before that,” Cooper said. “We both needed a partner, and thought we’d give it a go. Team roping is a fickle beast, I guess, and chemistry doesn’t always work out, but so far, so good for us.”

It helps that Cooper and Bach have known each other since they were kids, and that their famous dads roped together at three National Finals Rodeos.

Cooper and his twin brother, Jake – they were the first identical twins to qualify for the WNFR in team roping – are the sons of Jimmie Cooper, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2005. Bach is the son of four-time World Champion Team Roper Allen Bach.

“It’s kind of funny that my dad and Allen roped together, and my dad was the header,” Cooper said. “Allen taught me how to heel – through what he taught my dad. I used to rope at their house, and Allen was always a mentor for me.

“I’ve pretty much known Joel all my life. We rode dirt bikes together when I was about 14.”

Cooper, who celebrates his 31st birthday June 20, has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo five times (2007, 2011-14), while Bach, 25, is seeking his first trip to the Finals in Las Vegas.

Bach finished 21st in the 2014 header world standings, while Cooper – who roped with partner Brandon Beers – finished 10th.

Bach is 18th among headers in the June 1 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. Cooper moved into the top 50 and currently sits 45th, but said it’s a long season and he hasn’t been to many rodeos. He still figures to reach his fifth consecutive WNFR.

“I’d say I’m really confident,” Cooper said. “You have to believe in yourself at this level. I’ve had a history of slow winters. I definitely have high hopes.”

The team roping partners have something else in common: both won team roping Rookie of the Year honors. Cooper was the top rookie heeler in 2004 and Bach was the premier rookie header in 2008.

Bach and Cooper finished three-tenths of a second ahead of the second-place team of JoJo LeMond and Dakota Kirchenschlager, who had a time of 9.5 seconds on two head. LeMond also won the steer roping, with a time of 21.6 seconds on two head.

Other winners at the $140,267 rodeo were all-around cowboy LeMond ($4,739 in tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback rider Clint Cannon (87 points on Pickett Rodeo’s Shady Nights), steer wrestler Josh Peek (8.6 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss (85 points on J Bar J’s In The River), tie-down roper Marcos Costa (15.4 seconds on two head), barrel racer Michele McLeod (16.47 seconds), steer roper LeMond (21.6 seconds on two head) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (88 points on Silver Creek Rodeo’s Hell Pony).

  • JoJo LeMond had quite the weekend with his steer roping/all-around parlay in Fort Smith and an equally profitable stopover at the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo. He paired with Dakota Kirchenschlager in Hugo to win the team roping with a time of 3.6 seconds, which is the fastest of the 2015 season and equal to the 13th fastest all-time. He also tied for second in the steer roping in Hugo to win the all-around title. Between Fort Smith and Hugo, LeMond won $8,694. Nobody should be surprised by LeMond putting up the season’s fastest time; he is tied for third on the all-time list with a 3.4-second run at the 2009 Wrangler NFR, and tied for sixth all-time with a 3.5 at the 2009 Buc Days Rodeo in Corpus Christi, Texas – both with 2007 World Champion Randon Adams.
  • Brazile Watch: Twenty-one time World Champion Trevor Brazile won checks in all three roping events over the weekend for total earnings of $8,267 to lift his lead over Tuf Cooper in the all-around world standings to $31,648. Brazile won the steer roping title in Hugo, while finishing fifth in the team roping with Patrick Smith. Brazile and Smith won a round at the Old Fort Days in Fort Smith, Ark., then earned a fifth-place check at the Spanish Fork (Utah) Wrangler Champions Challenge to go with Brazile’s fourth-place check in tie-down roping.
  • Oklahoma tie-down roper Hunter Herrin moved to third in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with his win at the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Spanish Fork, Utah, and a tie for second place in Fort Smith, Ark. His total earnings of $9,005 allowed him to move up three spots from sixth last week.
  • Cody DeMoss upped his lead in the saddle bronc riding world standings by parlaying his win in Fort Smith, Ark., with a tie for second place at the Licking (Mo.) PRCA Rodeo and a fifth-place check at the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Spanish Fork, Utah. Younger brother Heith DeMoss jumped seven spots from 16th to ninth by winning the WCC, the Maah Daah Hey Stampede in Grassy Butte, N.D., and the North Central Championship Rodeo in Medford, Wis. He also earned a fifth-place check at the Cherokee (Iowa) Chamber PRCA Rodeo, giving him total weekend earnings of $9,137.
  • Tryan times: The team roping Tryan clan from Montana seemed to be everywhere, all at once, this weekend. World Champion Header Clay Tryan teamed with Jade Corkill to capture the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Spanish Fork, Utah – their record fourth WCC win this year – while brother Brady Tryan paired with B.J. Campbell to win the Central Point (Ore.) Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo and cousin Chase Tryan (the only heeler in the bunch) won the Grand Prairie (Alberta) Stompede with Dustin Bird and tied for second place at the Leduc (Alberta) Black Gold Rodeo.
  • Canadian consistency: The 2013 World Champion Tie-down Roper, Shane Hanchey, has apparently found the key to picking up some momentum. All he has to do is leave the country. Hanchey won the Hand Hills Lake Stampede in Craigmyle, Alberta, and the Leduc (Alberta) Black Gold Rodeo over the weekend – each in a time of 7.7 seconds – to earn $3,831 and move from outside the top 50 to 34th in the world.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

California Rodeo Salinas has announced its 2015 Hall of Fame class, with ProRodeo Hall of Famers John Hawkins and Harley May leading the way. Hawkins, the 1963 bareback riding world champion and a five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, also won a record five bareback riding titles in Salinas (1954, ’58, ’60, ’62 and ’68). May won steer wrestling gold buckles in 1952, 1956 and 1965, and was the president of the Rodeo Cowboys Association from 1957-59. His large Salinas resume includes winning the steer wrestling in 1965, 1970 and 1972, the saddle bronc riding in 1955-56, and capturing the all-around title in 1956 and 1965. Joining Hawkins and May are Harry Rose Sr. – an inductee in the track contestant category – and Salinas committee member Homer Hayward. The induction ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 16. For more information, visit .


The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has elected a new president and vice president to the Executive Committee. After serving as vice president/secretary on the Executive Committee for six years, Cody Davenport has been elected president of the organization. “I am honored to be elected as president for such a respected organization,” Davenport said. ”The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo serves as a pillar for the community and the state of Texas by supporting youth through their educational and agricultural endeavors.” Additionally, Mark Colaw - who has served as assistant vice president since 2011 – moves into Davenport’s former position as vice president.


David Wibirt, a pickup man from the First Frontier Circuit, was killed May 31 when a drunk driver crossed the median on Highway 59 near Birmingham, Ala., and struck him head on. He was 40. Wibirt, a native of Lake Luzerne, N.Y., was hauling a 40-foot trailer with bulls inside at the time of the accident, and his truck came to rest in an embankment where he was found unresponsive. The driver of the SUV was taken into custody at a local hospital.


For the third straight year, the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up will not feature a flyover from the Air Force. The Air Force recently denied Pendleton’s request, in which the rodeo argued that it met the requirements of being both a national sporting event and a patriotic holiday – the two requirements the Air Force now uses for flyovers. Flyovers had previously occurred on championship Saturday in Pendleton for many years.


The Kittitas County (Wash.) government and the Ellensburg Rodeo Board plan to study how to fix dilapidated seating in the rodeo arena at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds. County commissioners recently approved hiring an architectural and engineering consulting firm to plan how best to replace the seating and related structures, what it would cost and how to pay for it. The non-profit Ellensburg Rodeo Board and county government will contribute $50,000 each to pay for the study. The county owns and manages the arena.


The inaugural Cowboys Kickin’ Cancer event was held over the weekend by the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo to give a group of women a behind-the-scenes tour of the rodeo. Professional cowboys provided lessons in roping, bucking and other rodeo clinics, with the proceeds going to Mission Hope Cancer Center. “You have world champions and hall of fame cowboys, and they’re all doing this to give back to Santa Maria,” said Darci Agin, a coordinator of Cowboys Kickin’ Cancer. Participants were treated to a whiskey and wine tasting as well as a Santa Maria-style barbecue. Cowboys were also auctioned off, with the highest bidder escorted into Saturday night’s show with the cowboy they won in the auction.


Four-time Bareback Riding World Champion Bobby Mote and wife, Kate, have opened a coffee shop in Stephenville, Texas. The name? Rodeo Grounds. Located at 230 West College St., the shop serves espresso and coffee, bagels and pastries for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, oatmeal brownies and smoothies. It even delivers to shops and offices on the downtown square. “We didn’t want a chain store,” Bobby said. “We wanted a friendly, positive place with good food and good people and that’s what people get when they come in here.”


The Kiwanis Club of Clarksville (Tenn.) Rodeo, which was completed May 30, will have a new name starting in 2016. The rodeo will be named after Bill Hoy, a longtime Kiwanis club member who helped to bring the rodeo to Clarksville in 1985. He is also a member of the University of Tennessee Martin Rodeo Hall of Fame.

2015 World Standings Leaders


AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $68,014
BB: Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas $49,759
SW: Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo. $43,811
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $61,061
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $61,061
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $62,896
TD: Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $42,934
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $64,823
SR: Neal Wood, Needville, Texas   $34,943
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