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☛ Rodeo News 5-27-15

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
May 27, 2015

 

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo announced that it will distribute a record-breaking $12.2 million to Texas youth this year, mostly through scholarships, endowments and grants. In addition to the 18-day stock show and rodeo event, money is raised throughout the year with events such as a golf tournament, the Boots ‘N Shoot shooting competition, barbecues and galas. “It is this moment in the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo that gives us the greatest joy – helping educate the youth of Texas,” Keith Martin, executive director and CEO, said at the organization’s annual membership meeting.

 

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors approved a $228.1 million budget in a special meeting on May 21. The authority’s special events budget is being increased by 44 percent to $13 million. Officials said the increase is due to the new agreement signed with the PRCA to keep the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for another 10 years.

 

Four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild said he has been cleared by his doctor to return to competition at the June 19-27 Reno (Nev.) Rodeo. He’s been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip March 31. Feild, who has won the last four bareback riding gold buckles, is seventh in the world standings with $34,432 – about $11,000 behind leader Bobby Mote. Feild was in first place at the time of his surgery.

 

ProRodeoLive.com will be broadcasting live from the Spanish Fork (Utah) Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, May 30. PRCA announcer Chad Nicholson will anchor the coverage, starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

 

The Bull Riding Hall of Fame hosted its inaugural induction ceremonies May 9, at Tejas Rodeo in Bulverde, Texas. The six bull riders in the class were Don Gay, Jim Shoulders, Freckles Brown, Harry Tompkins, George Paul and Larry Mahan. Bullfighters Skipper Voss and Wick Peth were also inducted into the Hall of Fame. For more information, go to www.the-bull-riding-hall-of-fame.com.

 

Dr. George C. Alexander II, DVM, a Gold Card member from Thornville, Ohio, passed away April 29. He was 83. Alexander was a past president of the Indiana Ropers and Doggers Association, and was a member of the Rushville Elks Lodge for more than 40 years.

 

John Rae Powell of Eldorado, Texas, a Gold Card member, former team roper, steer roper and calf roper, passed away May 15. He was 90.

 

Larry (Shane) Fields of Las Vegas, a former PRCA bull rider and team roper, passed away March 9 in a car accident. He was 35.

 

The Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up Hall of Fame has been selected for the 2015 Best of Pendleton Award in the Museums category by the Pendleton Award Program. It is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Pendleton area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value .

 

Six honorees will be inducted during the 20th anniversary celebration of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame next month in Medora. Dunn City, N.D., cowboy Doug Hansen, who made history with his dominance of the Badlands Circuit in 1985, has been named a Modern-era Rodeo inductee in the Hall, along with Joan Hecker-Lennick of Bismarck. The pair will be inducted at 1 p.m. June 20 at Tjaden Terrace in Medora with Pre-1940 Ranching inductee Christen Burnstad; Modern-era Ranching inductee James Mrnak, of Bowman; Pre-1940 Rodeo inductee Ben Johnston, of Watford City, and the NDCHF legacy award recipient Virginia Eck, of Bismarck. The keynote speaker will be rodeo author and Great Western Trail national director Sylvia Mahoney, of Fort Worth, Texas.

 

The Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Hall of Fame has matched area artists with supporting sponsors for their fourth annual fundraiser, Drums of Fame. The HOF is partnering with the Ellensburg Rodeo Association Board to establish a permanent museum for the Hall and an associated main rodeo business office. The 25 sponsors each donate monetarily to the fundraiser, and are associated with one of 25 Yakama Nation-made tribal drums. Area artists are matched to each sponsor-drum, who then create a work of art with the animal-hide-and-wood drums.The artists’ handiwork will be unveiled to the public July 11 at the Clymer Museum and Gallery in downtown Ellensburg. Each drum will be auctioned off Sept. 3 at the Hall of Fame’s induction banquet to raise additional funds for the building project.

 

Larimer County (Colo.) will spend more than $1 million to replace the jumbo scoreboard in the Budweiser Events Center near Loveland, and install a digital ribbon board around the sides and three new screens at the ends of the arena. The new technology, which will keep the center “new and fresh,” will be installed in July to debut during the Larimer County Fair and the PRCA rodeo in August, according to public works director Marc Engemoen.

 

The Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up once again partnered with the Rotary Club of Red Bluff to award 12 area high school students $1,000 scholarships. For 25 years, the Rotary Club has raised money through local fundraising activities, with the majority of funds for the scholarships in recent years being generated through beer sales at the annual Red Bluff Round-Up … The South Louisiana Mid-Winter Fair and Rodeo Association Board of Directors has announced a new partnership with Jerry Nelson’s Frontier Rodeo Company. This is the first time in more than 40 years that a new rodeo producer has put on the event in Lafayette.

 

A rodeo-themed feature film is being shot in Louisiana this month about a city girl “who falls in love and learns to barrel race.” The working title? Rodeo and Juliet. It will air on the Hallmark Channel in December, says director Thadd Turner

 

Reno Rodeo officials unveiled the official poster for this year’s event May 21. The artwork was done by WNFR barrelman Ash “Crash” Cooper. A total of 250 limited edition prints are available. They’ve been signed and are now on sale through the Reno Rodeo Office, 1350 N. Wells Ave. The Reno Rodeo is June 18-27 at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

 

The 22nd annual Casey Tibbs Match of Champions Bronc Ride will take place June 6 at the Casey Tibbs Arena at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierre (S.D.). The event benefits the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center. In addition to a steak fry, music and evening bronc ride, there will be events taking place earlier in the day at the center, including a branding party and stick pony races.

 

Former Feather River College (Quincy, Calif.) saddle bronc rider Jon Copsey was honored at this year’s commencement ceremony May 22 as Alumni of the Year for 2015. Rodeo coach Jesse Segura nominated him for the honor and he was selected by FRC president Kevin Trutna. Copsey served in the United States Marine Corps, and suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2008. He now is training to become an Olympic cyclist, and hopes to make it to the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

The Crystal Springs Rodeo – held June 25-27 near Clear Lake, S.D. – will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year and all three performances will be produced by Midcontinent Communications and shown on Midco Sports Network at 9 p.m. June 30 and July 1-2.

 

Sierra Dawn Thomas, a barrel racer from Roy, Utah, was eliminated from the CBS hit show Survivor’s season finale May 20 after making it to the final five.

 

2015 World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $59,748
BB: Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas $45,418
SW: Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo. $38,371
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $55,621
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $55,621
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $59,205
TD: Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $42,509
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $59,966
SR: Neal Wood, Needville, Texas   $34,943
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☛ Bill Chambers hurt in auto accident 5-24-15

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

AUTHOR WILLIAM “BILL” CHAMBERS CRITICALLY HURT IN CAR ACCIDENT

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 24, 2015

Bill Chambers

William “Bill” Chambers is currently in a rehab center in Whitesboro, Texas, following a week’s stay in ICU at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. On his way home from a roping in Granbury, Texas, where he was selling his popular books, he was hit by an automobile going the wrong way, thrown out of his SUV and it rolled over on him. He has broken ribs, ruptured spleen, crushed pelvis, ruptured discs in his spine and a head injury. Following extensive surgery, he had another surgery on his spine last week.

 

Bill, affectionately named “Wild Bill” by many and who has written 17 books in the past 15 years, has cerebral palsy that he has had since birth due to lack of oxygen. But that hasn’t stopped him from writing and selling books at horse events. He will not be able to work all summer at the shows and that is how he makes his living.

 

Even though he is disabled, that is not stopping Bill’s love for horses as he loves to ride and has competed and won in classes for the disabled at the Palomino World Show.

 

A few of the more current paperback books he has written and sold at various horse events include “Captain Cowboy,” “To Kill A Horse,” “The Spur in the Prickly Pear” and the latest, “The Lord of the Arenas.”  His books are for all ages and have very clever plots and stories.They always include cowboys and horses.

 

If you would like to help, you can order his books or send a get-well card or a donation to P.O Box 1338, Boyd, Texas 76032. His books are $20 each.

Bill Chambers showing at the Palomino World Show.

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☛ Rodeo News 5-20-15

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
May 20, 2015

 

Eldridge grabs another large victory in Redding

REDDING, Calif. – Dakota Eldridge is quickly putting together a résumé which shows he’s one of the best young bulldoggers in the game today.

The 23-year-old Elko, Nev., native won his third big rodeo of the 2015 season when he took the steer wrestling average title at the May 13-15 Redding (Calif.) Rodeo, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver rodeo, presented by Justin Boots.

Eldridge tied for fourth in the first round, and was fourth in the second round en route to a time of 9.7 seconds on two head, which was enough for the average title and total earnings of $4,039 in Redding.

“I’ve never had as great of a spring as I’m having right now, and this year I’ve done things better and taken advantage of the steers that I drew,” Eldridge said. “I’ve practiced a little more at home this season, and I’ve tried to mount my horse (Rusty) out less. It’s paid off so far.”

Eldridge won the Kissimmee (Fla.) Wrangler Champions Challenge event in October 2014, and then took the title at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nev., last month.

Aboard 16-year-old Rusty, Eldridge is brimming with confidence – and with good reason. Rusty has helped make Eldridge one of the most dangerous bulldoggers in the world in a short amount of time.

“I used to calf and team rope a lot, and didn’t really focus as much on steer wrestling, but I knew I had to capitalize on having this horse right now while he can still go,” Eldridge said. “The cards that were dealt to me were to bulldog, and I stuck my neck out on the line and went all-in, and luckily it worked.

“Everything has happened pretty fast for me. I’m only 23, but I got in with the right guys and I’ve had things fall into place. Now, my goal is a gold buckle. I have the horsepower and crew to do it, and I want to have as much won as I can before the Finals.”

Entering the weekend, Eldridge sat 13th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, but he moved up to seventh with his win in Redding, a fourth-place finish at the Redding Wrangler Champions Challenge and a sixth-place result in Hayward, Calif.

He’s qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the past two years, finishing third in the WNFR average race in 2014, and second in 2013.

He and traveling partner Sterling Lambert – a Fallon, Nev., native – are in their third year of hitting the road together. Lambert hazes for Eldridge, and he has as much confidence in Lambert as he does in Rusty.

“Sterling has this great new haze horse, so we have quite a bit of horsepower behind us, which is what it’s all about,” Eldridge said. “Having good horses is the only way to be successful. I couldn’t ask for a better hazer, which is another thing that’s helped me out this spring – his horse can keep up with Rusty.”

Other winners at the $171,737 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($5,422 in team roping and tie-down roping), bareback rider Luke Creasy (85 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Rusty Slim), team ropers Bubba Buckaloo and Russell Cardoza (11.5 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (86 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Blazing Gun), tie-down roper Clint Robinson (17.1 seconds on two head), barrel racer Brittany Kelly (17.29 seconds) and bull riders Wesley Silcox (87 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Big Cool) and Brennon Eldred (87 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s No. 922).

  • Brazile Watch: Trevor Brazile took full advantage of his time in Redding, capturing two all-around titles and earning a total of $6,702 between the May 13-15 Redding Rodeo and the May 16 Wrangler Champions Challenge. Brazile earned $5,422 at the Redding Rodeo after placing in both rounds of the tie-down roping and finishing second in the average with a time of 18.0 seconds on two head. He and Patrick Smith won the second round of the team roping with a time of 4.7 seconds. Brazile took fifth in the tie-down roping at the WCC the next night, earning $1,280. His lead over Tuf Cooper in the all-around world standings is $26,617, while he’s fifth in steer roping, sixth among team roping headers and 13th in tie-down roping.
  • Seth Brockman is starting to open a few eyes. After finishing 14th (2011) and 15th (2014) in the world in his two previous Wrangler National Finals Rodeo runs, the Wheatland, Wyo., cowboy is starting to gather momentum for a serious run at the 2015 steer wrestling gold buckle. By winning the Las Vegas (Nev.) Elks Helldorado Days, finishing second at the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Redding, Calif., and fifth in the Redding Rodeo, Brockman regained the steer wrestling lead in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World standings after a month spent chasing down Olin Hannum of Malad, Idaho. Hannum dropped all the way to fourth this week behind Brockman, Ty Erickson and 2013 World Champion Hunter Cure.
  • Back on track: After a five-week break to rehab a shoulder injury, five-time World Champion Steer Wrestler Luke Branquinho returned to competition over the May 15-17 weekend and earned checks at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Hayward, Calif., and the Ramona (Calif.) Rodeo. Seventh in the world standings at the time of his injury April 8 at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nev., Branquinho dropped only three spots in his time away. He competed in five rodeos in his first week back and showed he is not too far from top form with three runs of 6.0 seconds or faster.
  • With his wins at the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Redding, Calif., and the Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days, tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa jumped from 33rd in the world to 17th. Clint Robinson moved from 13th to eighth among tie-down ropers with his wins at the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo and the Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Hayward, Calif.
  • Laramie, Wyo., bareback rider Seth Hardwick’s bid to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is looking stronger than ever after winning the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Redding, Calif., with a score of 87.5 points (just a half-point off the series record) and finishing in a tie for second at the Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days. He moved up from seventh to fifth in the world standings, trailing only four-time World Champion Bobby Mote, Tim O’Connell, Frenchman Evan Jayne and Austin Foss.

Kimzey comes up big at Redding WCC event

REDDING, Calif. - Sage Kimzey’s 2014 rookie season was one for the ages.

The Strong City, Okla., cowboy capped his amazing campaign with a bull riding gold buckle after winning $318,631.

This year, he hasn’t missed a beat.

Kimzey has been atop the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings most of the season, and remained there after he won the May 16 Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, with an 84-point ride on Growney Brothers Rodeo Company’s Mr. Big.

“I had been on him before at Puyallup (Wash.) last year, but he bucked me off,” Kimzey said of Mr. Big. “He’s a good bull, and he usually is out to the left, and that’s kind of what I was expecting, but bucking bulls are animals, and they have a mind of their own. He actually went to the right, and was a good bull to get on.”

Kimzey, 20, who has $59,966­­­­­ in the May 18 standings, stayed in the No. 1 position after collecting a $5,440 check at the Redding WCC.

“This year has been awesome,” Kimzey said. “I haven’t gone to as many rodeos and it’s kept me real fresh for the ones I’ve been to. Last year, I got on over 300 head of bulls, and it definitely took a toll on my body. This year, I’m just picking and choosing the (rodeos) I’m going to, and it’s really working out.”

Although Kimzey has had immense success the last 18 months, he hasn’t quenched his thirst at all.

“I’m taking care of myself and getting ready for the summer run,” Kimzey said. “I’m craving bull riding like I’ve never craved the sport before. I have a fire inside me, and it can’t be matched as far as my motivation to ride bulls right now.”

Other winners at the $123,600 rodeo were all-around cowboyTrevor Brazile ($1,280 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Seth Hardwick (87.5 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Raggidy Ann), steer wrestler Ty Erickson (4.4 seconds), team ropers Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill (5.2 seconds), saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss (86.5 points on Big Stone, Moreno & Growney Rodeo’s Big Muddy), tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa (7.8 seconds) and barrel racers Nancy Hunter and Meghan Johnson (17.50 seconds each).

Skelton seriously injured in road accident

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Eight-time World Champion Team Roping Heeler Rich Skelton was seriously injured in a road accident May 15 near the Llano (Texas) Municipal Airport on Highway 16 North.

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 an Austin, Texas-area hospital for treatment, along with the driver of the passenger vehicle.

Skelton’s family reported on Facebook that he is awake, the ventilator has been removed and he is breathing on his own in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The family appreciates the messages of concern and good wishes, but requests that people please refrain from calling them or the hospital at this time.

Jim Gladstone, Nov. 18, 1942 – May 16, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jim Gladstone, the first Canadian to earn a world championship in a timed event, and still the only Canadian to have won a tie-down roping gold buckle, died at his home on the Blood Reserve May 16. He was 72.

A versatile athlete as a youth who excelled in basketball, and track and field before finally concentrating on rodeo, Gladstone won the 1969, 1971 and 1973 Canadian tie-down roping championships and went on to win the world championship in 1977, upsetting Roy Cooper and Tom Ferguson at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.

Gladstone roped 10 calves in 119.7 seconds, setting an NFR record and beating the previous mark by almost five-and-a-half seconds, all while competing with a broken finger. He was carried out of the arena on the shoulders of his countrymen, waving the maple leaf flag.

He would ultimately qualify for the NFR four times (1972-73 and 1977-78), always as a tie-down roper, but he also competed in steer wrestling and team roping.

He is an inductee in both the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame.

The funeral service will be held at noon May 23 in the Cardston (Alberta) Agridome. Friends may meet the family for a visitation from 10-11:30 a.m. May 23 at the Legacy Funeral Home in Cardston.

Interment will be in the family plot at the Blood Reserve. Condolences may be e-mailed to legacycardston@gmail.com.

Gladstone is survived by his six children: Stacey (Greg) Schmidt, Quincey (Troy) Atkin, Chad (Kim) Gladstone, Skye (Martin) Carroll, Lincoln Gladstone and Zac Gladstone; and 12 grandchildren, Trentin and Trey Atkin; Ashton and Tennison Schmidt; Madi, Miles, Chase and Callay Gladstone; and Solia, Atalya, Steele and Azure Carroll.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 class, headlined by nine-time PRCA World Champion Ty Murray.Murray, a ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee, won the 1990 all-around and 1993 saddle bronc riding titles in Cheyenne. Joining Murray are Bobby Romer (bullfighter), Reva Gray (winner of the Denver Post Ladies Relay Race event in 1932, 1934 and 1936), Dr. Norman Swanson (arena veterinarian for Cheyenne Frontier Days for 44 years), Spiro ‘Sam’ Contos (longtime cook/volunteer), Kay Jessen (30 plus-year volunteer with the CFD Western Art Show and Sale) and the W.E. Dinneen Family.The induction ceremony will take place Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne. For more info, visit www.oldwestmuseum.org.

 

Bull rider Joe Frost, who finished second in both the world and WNFR average standings in 2014, suffered a concussion when he was bucked off Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Sweet Sinner at the Redding (Calif.) Wrangler Champions Challenge May 16. Frost is also set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on both his knees May 19 in Bountiful, Utah. He expects to return to PRCA action at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo, June 19-27. Frost is 10th in the May 18 world standings. WNFR bull rider Brett Stall is expected to be sidelined six weeks after suffering a broken right ankle at the Redding Rodeo May 13. He is 11th in the May 18 world standings. WNFR steer wrestler Ethen Thouvenell suffered a herniated disc in Redding, and will visit a spine specialist to decide whether surgery will be necessary.

 

Paul Luchsinger, a gifted multi-sport athlete who qualified for the National Finals Rodeo five times as a steer wrestler, died May 12 of cancer. He was 59. Luchsinger attended a Walt Linderman steer wrestling school in Bozeman, Mont., in 1976, bought his PRCA permit in 1977 and started competing full time as a card-holder the following year. He qualified for the NFR in 1979-81 and 1984-85, enjoying his best season in 1981 when he finished seventh in the world standings.

 

Greg Rumohr, the 1990 world champion freestyle bullfighter and a three-time reserve world champion, died May 11 when a piece of heavy equipment he was delivering to a ranch in Cranfills Gap, Texas, fell on him. He was 53. Rumohr, a native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, joined the PRCA in May 1988 and spent the next 24 seasons developing a reputation for being one of the toughest and most athletic bullfighters the sport has ever seen. Rumohr worked the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, Neb., for 23 years, until his retirement in 2011, when he was presented with the committee’s Trail Boss Award for his longtime service. He also worked the 2003 Tour Finale in Dallas and served as a bullfighter at the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo in 1991.

 

Robert “Bobby” Adair, the leading rider at Los Alamitos (Calif.) Race Course for much of the 1970s, one of Quarter Horse racing’s leading all-time jockeys and a PRCA team roper, died on May 16 after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to a statement released by Los Alamitos. Adair, a PRCA Gold Card member, was 71. He won 1,705 Quarter Horses races at Los Alamitos, including 114 stakes. He won his first race at a recognized racetrack in 1962 and rode until 1984 when he sustained a shoulder injury in a wreck at Los Alamitos.

 

The Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame has announced three new inductees for 2015. Five-time World Champion Lewis Feild headlines the 2015 class, being inducted in the rodeo contestant category. Feild won six Pendleton titles in his career (bareback riding in 1984, 1989-90; saddle bronc riding in 1989 and all-around in 1989-90). He also served as a pickup man in Pendleton from 2001-04. The other two inductees are Cecelia Bearchum in the Native American participant category and Leo Moomaw in the early years’ category. The Hall of Fame banquet is Sept. 13. Tickets can be purchased at the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon office, or by calling 1-800-45-Rodeo beginning Aug. 1.

 

The Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Hall of Fame has elected board member Joel Smith as president for a two-year term. Smith is a lifelong Ellensburg area resident and past Ellensburg Rodeo Board director. He is also a founding member of the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame. Others elected included Jack Wallace, vice president; Joe Crawford, treasurer and Joe Powell, recorder.

 

Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods actress Emily Blunt is set to star as the bull riding lead role in the upcoming rodeo movie Bronco Belle. Blunt will play the role of Raylene Jackson, a spirited woman who dreams of becoming a champion in bull riding. First-time writer-director Khurram Longi says the idea for the script came during a road trip. “We were driving down from New York and ended up in Texas where, by chance, we stumbled across the world of rodeo,” Longi said. “I had never been to one before. We started to follow the rodeo trail and the world inspired me to write this script.” Production is set to start this fall.

 

Montana State University is looking for a head rodeo coach. For more details, visit https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/2103.

 

The city of Wolf Point (Mont.) is planning a celebration marking its 100th anniversary around the Wild Horse Stampede, July 8-11. In addition to the rodeo, a parade and carnival will also be included in the festivities.

 

The California Rodeo Salinas Heritage Museum will open its doors to 1,000 local elementary school students from May 18-29 to tour the facility and learn about the history of California Rodeo Salinas. Members of the Museum Committee will serve as tour guides to the students and teachers, and answer questions. To learn more about the museum visit www.CARODEO.com.

2015 World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $59,510
BB: Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas $45,418
SW: Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo. $38,371
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $55,621
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $55,621
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $58,866
TD: Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $42,509
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $59,966
SR: Neal Wood, Needville, Texas   $34,943
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☛ Rodeo News 5-14-15

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
May 14, 2015

 

“Man in the Can” documentary wins award

“Man in the Can,” a rodeo documentary by independent filmmaker Noessa Higa, had its world premiere May 1 at the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas – near where much of it was shot – and was named Best Texas Film by the festival committee.

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.”

Higa, who has worked on Adam Sandler films “Click,” “Anger Management” and “The Longest Yard,” spent 2½ years following Burton’s career in arenas all over Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi, producing hundreds of hours of film and 386 pages of transcribed interviews.

 

While the film focuses on the tight-knit rodeo community and small-town America, it tells a more universal story about following your dream, second chances and the sacrifices that can come from following your passion.

“Ronald was really open to the process of being filmed,” Higa said. “He gives people a glimpse into rodeo culture, which is fascinating and wildly entertaining. Everyone can relate to having a dream, and I think audiences will be pulling for him to get into the PRCA.”

 

“Man in the Can” will make its West Coast premiere June 2 at the Dances With Films festival at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Burton, PRCA announcer T.C. Long and PRCA Director of Rodeo Administration and Chief Operating Officer Aaron Enget, who also appear in the film, will be attending the 2:45 p.m. screening.

 

“We can all be proud of this film, and I hope everyone in the rodeo community has a chance to see it,” Enget said. “We’re pleased to have another vehicle to share our great sport with a mainstream audience and I know Ms. Higa’s film has already created new fans for ProRodeo.”

For more information about the film, visit www.maninthecanmovie.com.

DeShon putting together career-best season

Bull rider Kody DeShon knows time isn’t on his side when it comes to fulfilling his dream of qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The 29-year-old Helena, Mont., cowboy is doing his best to seize the opportunity, and this past weekend provided proof he’s ready for the fight.

 

DeShon earned a share of the title at the Jasper (Texas) Lions Benefit Rodeo with Caleb Sanderson, and won the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo outright to earn $3,324 (the highest total of the weekend in any event) and move into 16th place in the May 11 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.

 

     “My success has gone beyond just Jasper and Mineral Wells,” said the 5-foot-9, 148-pound DeShon, who has won titles at five PRCA rodeos this year. “I’ve been drawing really well and I’ve been really enjoying what I’m doing. Things have been going really good for me.”

     In addition to Jasper and Mineral Wells, DeShon also has wins in 2015 at the Bell County PRCA Rodeo in Belton, Texas; the Rocky Mountain Classic in Kalispell, Mont., and the Lakeside (Calif.) Rodeo.

 

           DeShon bought his PRCA card in 2010, but had not gone full time in the PRCA before this year; his earnings of $19,211 to date already has surpassed his previous PRCA season-best of $16,003 a year ago in just 28 rodeos (he finished 72nd in the world in 2014). He won the RAM Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2013.

 

           “I’ve always wanted to make the NFR,” DeShon said. “This year, I knew I was running out of opportunities because I’m 29, and my whole goal is to go to 100 rodeos and see what happens. If you’re not chasing your dreams, you’re not really living.”

 

  • Vin Fisher won the three-head average at the Butterfield Stage Days in Bridgeport, Texas, to earn $2,758 and move within $2,541 of steer roping world standings leader Neal Wood. Fisher placed third in the first and third rounds, and his average time of 38.8 seconds on three head was .2 seconds better than second-place Cody Lee.
  • Reigning World Champion Spencer Wright won the saddle bronc riding at the Woodlake (Calif.) Lions Rodeo with an 83-point trip on Rosser Rodeo’s Clamper, and tied for second at the Mother Lode Round-Up in Sonora, Calif., with nephew Rusty Wright and Logan Nailon. Spencer remained second in the May 11 world standings, while Rusty is third.
  • Seven-time WNFR tie-down roper Hunter Herrin had the weekend’s fastest time (7.8 seconds) in winning the Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo in Bridgeport, Texas, and also won the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo in 9.1 seconds to remain fifth in the world standings.
  • France’s Evan Jayne, bidding to become the first European to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, strengthened his hold on third place in the bareback riding world standings by winning the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo, finishing second in Jasper, Texas, and third in Bridgeport, Texas. His earnings total to date of $37,404 is less than $6,000 from his career-best season of 2007.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund has surpassed $7 million in payouts to injured rodeo athletes. The milestone comes in the JCCF’s 25th year of existence, as it was incorporated on Dec. 12, 1990. Since then, it has provided need-based financial assistance to athletes injured through their participation in professional rodeo. “Thank you to all of our supporters and donors who have allowed the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund to reach this milestone,” JCCF President and CEO Cindy Schonholtz said. ”25 years of offering injured rodeo athletes and their families $7 million in assistance is a testament to the founders of the fund, including John Justin and Jim Shoulders.” The non-profit organization donates 100 percent of all contributions to cowboys who are injured, to help them and their families. PRCA bull rider Friday Wright is one of the many cowboys who have received help from the JCCF. “I would like to thank everyone involved with the JCCF,” Wright said. “On behalf of my family, we personally know that you make a difference in rodeo families’ lives while they are not able to compete.” For more information, or to donate to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, go to www.justincowboycrisisfund.org or email jccfinfo@prorodeo.com.

 

Rodeo announcer Hadley Barrett, who has worked behind the microphone at Rodeo Austin for more than 20 years, was inducted into that rodeo’s Hall of Fame April 27, alongside Stan Voelker, a past president of Rodeo Austin and a longtime member of its board of directors. Barrett, a PRCA member since 1965, was voted PRCA Announcer of the Year in 1983, 1985, 1989 and 2002. The Kersey, Colo., resident has worked four National Finals Rodeos (1968, 1976, 1979 and 1983), the 1967 National Finals Steer Roping and seven Canadian Finals Rodeos. Barrett, 85, was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1999.

 

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame has officially opened the Zoetis Rodeo Livestock Exhibit for the summer, with two retired bucking horses living on the premises until September. Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Brown Bomber and Back Street are the two horses featured in the exhibit. Brown Bomber, 27, went to the WNFR 14 times in a 15-year span, from 1994-2008, as a bareback horse. One of his most memorable performances came in the 10th round of the 1995 WNFR when he carried Billy Laye to a 90-point ride, which stood as the WNFR bareback riding record until 2002. Back Street is a 24-year-old saddle bronc horse who qualified for the WNFR three times (1997, 1999 and 2005). She retired from rodeo in 2012. A video of the horses getting acquainted with their summer home can be found on the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/ProRodeo-Hall-of-Fame-Museum-of-the-American-Cowboy/91858739861

 

Ace Campbell won the Nothin’ But Try Steer Wrestling event at the U Cross Arena in Coleman, Okla., May 9. The event raised money for the Levi Wisness scholarship, and also included an auction to benefit rodeo publicist Julie Mankin. More than $4,000 was raised for a scholarship for a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association member in honor of Wisness, a PRCA steer wrestler who died in 2008 after battling brain cancer. Additionally, an auction was held to benefit Mankin, a rodeo publicist and writer who worked at the PRCA from 1998-2001 as public relations coordinator. Mankin was involved in a serious car accident March 24 near her home in Fairfield, Texas. She underwent surgery to repair facial lacerations on March 25, and had another surgery March 27 to fuse three fractured vertebrae in her neck.

 

Gloria Deal, the wife of retired bareback rider and PRCA Gold Card member Alvin Deal, died May 6 in Medford, Ore., after a lengthy illness. She was 69. A funeral mass will be held for her at 10 a.m. May 12 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Shady Cove, Ore., with a reception to follow at the church hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Providence Community Health Foundation (Charity Care), 940 Royal Ave., Suite 410, Medford, OR 97504.

 

PRCA timer Jerry Luckett was awarded the prestigious Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence during Dakota Wesleyan University’s commencement services May 10 in Mitchell, S.D. Luckett, a 1989 DWU alumna, is an associate professor of business administration and economics.

 

2015 World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $52,808
BB: Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas $45,418
SW: Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho $31,204
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $50,181
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $50,181
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $58,866
TD: Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $42,509
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $54,526
SR: Neal Wood, Needville, Texas   $34,943
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☛ Rodeo News 5-5-15

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
May 5, 2015

 

Hanchey gives his 2015 season a jolt

There’s no question the 2015 season has been a struggle for Shane Hanchey, but it got a lot better on May 3.

Hanchey, the 2013 tie-down roping world champion, recorded a time of 24.8 seconds on three head to win the average title at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo (May 1-3).

 

“It feels good,” Hanchey, 25, said about his victory. “It has been a long season dating back to the 2014 (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo). I didn’t have the NFR I was expecting to have, and it rolled over into the early part of 2015. So this win at Guymon was crucial for me.”

 

Hanchey, who finished ninth in the world last season, left Guymon with $6,054 in winnings – thanks to tying for second (7.4 seconds) in the second round and finishing third (7.9 seconds) in the third round.

 

“What’s cool is I also won Guymon in 2008 on my permit,” Hanchey said. “I was just 18 years old, and Reata and I won that rodeo. Guymon has always been good to me, and I have always seemed to have good luck there.”

 

Speaking of Hanchey’s prized horse, Reata, the Sulphur, La., cowboy said part of the reason he hasn’t been high in the standings this season is that he hasn’t competed on his No. 1 horse much.

 

“I haven’t had Reata with me most of the winter,” Hanchey said. “He’s just kind of taking a break. He’s 16 years old this year, and he doesn’t owe me anything. I’ve rodeoed on him for 11 years, and I’ve got to this point in my career on him, and he doesn’t owe me a dollar. He’s just going to take a break for a little while.”

Hanchey’s effort at Guymon was especially impressive considering he used three different horses to capture the win.

 

In a muddy first round, Hanchey rode Blair Burk’s horse, Rambo. In the second round, Hanchey rode his good friend Hunter Herrin’s horse (also named Rambo) for a split of second place. For the third round, he got some help from Cade Swor.

 

“I called Cade and he let me ride his horse Floyd in the third round,” Hanchey said. “I have had good luck on Floyd, and it just worked out for me. I’m kind of looking around for a horse right now. I’m in-between horses, but it was nice to win Guymon with three different horses.”

 

Other winners at the $275,213 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($2,849 in tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback rider Ty Breuer (87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie), steer wrestler Stan Branco (13.9 seconds on three head), team ropers Coleman Proctor and Jake Long (20.0 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy (88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut), barrel racer Shali Lord (34.04 seconds on two runs), steer roper JoJo LeMond (106.8 seconds on five head) and bull riders Sage Kimzey (86 points on Lancaster & Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Sam Crow), Chad German (86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose) and Trevor Kastner (86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac).

  • Cash Myers, a two-time reserve world champion and 13-time qualifier for the National Finals, is back after a two-year hiatus from PRCA competition and starting to make some noise. Myers, 35, won the steer wrestling in 4.2 seconds and finished sixth in the tie-down roping at the Helotes (Texas) Festival Association Rodeo to earn $1,590 and the all-around title. Myers received a brand new horse trailer as his prize for winning the all-around title. The steer wrestling win was Myers’ first in PRCA competition since the Southwestern Stock Show Exposition (Fort Worth, Texas) in January 2010 and it was his first all-around title since the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo earlier that same month. Myers was second in the 2002 steer wrestling world standings to Sid Steiner and was runner-up in the 2007 steer roping standings to Trevor Brazile; he entered the year with career earnings of $1,665,952.
  • Bareback rider Clayton Biglow, who shared the National High School Finals Rodeo title in 2013 and won’t turn 20 until December, is establishing himself as one of the top competitors in the California Circuit on his permit. The Clements native won the Stonyford Rodeo (79 points) and Riverdale Rodeo (81) titles over the weekend to join his Feather River College teammates Casey Meroshnekoff and Grant Denny as multiple title holders in PRCA rodeos. The only other double winners over the weekend were steer wrestler Blaine Jones, who also had wins at Stonyford and Riverdale, and bull rider Tate Stratton, who shared the Helotes title with Tanner Learmont and won the Chisholm Trail Stampede in Duncan, Okla., outright with an 86-point ride on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Slow Rolling.

 

  • A tie for third in the tie-down roping average in Guymon allowed Cory Solomon to move back into first place after one week behind Timber Moore in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. It was the only lead change to come out of the seven PRCA rodeos this past weekend.

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Trevor Knowles, an 11-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo steer wrestler, received the Outstanding American Award from the Oregon chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame May 2 and his plaque will be put on display in the national headquarters building in Stillwater, Okla. Knowles began wrestling in first grade for the Grant County Wrestling club located in John Day, Ore. His love of wrestling took him to places all over the United States and allowed him to win multiple state freestyle championships as a youth. As a high school wrestler, Knowles won back-to-back high school state championships.

 

An exhibit has returned to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame after a 26-year absence. The Hafley-Shelton Wild West Exhibit reopened in the 101 Gallery of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame May 1, and will remain up until the end of September. The exhibit contains more than 1,000 artifacts from Frank Hafley’s Wild West Show – which featured Dick and Reine Shelton – from 1910 through the mid-1920s. Dick Shelton was a rodeo cowboy who won the steer wrestling title at Madison Square Garden five times in the 1920s and 1930s. Reine Shelton was also a rodeo champion in trick riding and breakaway roping in the 1920s. The Hafley-Shelton Wild West Exhibit was displayed at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame from 1984-89 before becoming a traveling exhibit.

 

ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor Jim Sutton will mark his 80th birthday with a special celebration starting at 6 p.m. May 9 at the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre, S.D. Anyone wishing to send cards may address them in Sutton’s name to the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center, 210 Verendrye Dr., Fort Pierre, SD 57532.

 

Longtime rodeo journalist and announcer Jim Thompson, 67, will conclude his “live” radio career with the May 29 airing of his Country Café of the Airwaves which is broadcast live in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and also on the Internet at www.livewithjt.com. Thompson started his broadcast career in the summer of 1965 at Brown Institute in Minneapolis, and for the past 20 years has owned Creative Broadcast Services in Spearfish, S.D. He served as president of the South Dakota Broadcasters for a year, has been president of the Chamber of Commerce in Watertown, S.D., and was elected to two terms in the South Dakota Senate, representing Watertown. Thompson has been honored by the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre, the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in Sioux Falls and the Black Hills Stock Show Hall of Fame in Rapid City. He was named the Justin Committeeman of the Year in 2008 and served as the announcer for the first three years of the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping (2010-12) in Torrington, Wyo., before retiring from ProRodeo in 2013 after 37 years.

 

Jeb and Dorothy Rosebrook, friends of the legendary saddle bronc rider Casey Tibbs, are giving the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre, S.D., a rare collection of black-and-white films of the rodeo great. Tibbs gave the films to the Rosebrooks in 1962, and they were recently passed along to Denver filmmaker Justin Koehler, who produced a documentary about Tibbs. The tapes from the Rosebrooks include footage of Tibbs riding broncs, as well as clips from The Young Rounders, the 1966 movie that Tibbs starred in with Joel McCrea, Slim Pickens and Montie Montana.

 

Rookie bullfighter Cade Parks, 20, of Blue Mountain, Miss., suffered a fractured right ankle at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and will be sidelined indefinitely.

 

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Denny Flynn will help kick off the Fort Smith (Ark.) Western Heritage Month May 7 at the Fort Smith Museum of History. The program is free with paid museum admission, and will include a presentation from Flynn, a Charleston native, and 10-time NFR qualifier. Flynn will speak about the history of the rodeo and his experiences as a bull rider.

 

Boyd Gaming returns as sponsor of the May 14-17 Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days. The California Hotel and Casino and Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel will serve as exclusive host hotels for the Wild West Weekend – offering food and beverage specials and hosting the annual Whiskerino Contest.

2015 World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $51,826
BB: Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas $45,418
SW: Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho $31,204
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $50,181
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $50,181
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $58,866
TD: Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $42,509
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $54,526
SR: Neal Wood, Needville, Texas   $34,943
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☛ ProRodeo Hall Of Fame Inductees 4-25-15

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

FOUR WORLD CHAMPIONS HEAD 2015 PRORODEO HALL OF FAME CLASS

 

Courtesy PRCA
April 25, 2015

World Champion Cowboys Tom Nesmith, Mark Garrett, Bob Wegner and Harry Charters, along with rodeo notable Jack Hannum, the Hendricks Brothers specialty act and four-time team roping head horse of the year Precious Speck (Walt) head the 2015 induction class for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

They will be enshrined Aug. 8 during ceremonies in the sculpture garden adjacent to the Hall, along with the rodeo committees from the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and Iowa’s Championship Rodeo (Sidney).

The induction week will kick off with the 28th annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament on Aug. 6, the Cowboy Ball on Aug. 7, and then culminates with the Induction Ceremonies and the Commissioner’s Classic Team Roping competition on Aug. 8.

Nesmith, of Bethel, Okla., was a soft-spoken cowboy whose best events were steer wrestling and calf roping, and he captured the 1962 all-around and steer wrestling world championships.

“This is just great, and I’m flattered on behalf of my dad for him to honored,” said Janette Nesmith, Tom’s daughter. “I remember traveling from one rodeo to the next with my dad. I think he would’ve been able to achieve so much more if he hadn’t gotten sick.”

Nesmith died of a heart attack on Oct. 16, 1972, at the age of 37. In the years leading up to his death, Nesmith battled a rare form of heart disease, and there was no cure at the time.

In Nesmith’s double gold buckle season, he won $32,611 to claim the all-around title and $16,789 to win top steer wrestling honors.

“He was an even better horseman than he was a cowboy,” Janette Nesmith said. “For him to be recognized with the best cowboys ever is a very good feeling.”

Nesmith also finished fourth and third in the 1958 and 1961 calf roping world standings. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder’s first PRCA rodeo was in 1953 at Fort Smith, Ark., and he credited Dick Truitt and Everett Shaw with teaching him the respective skills of steer wrestling and roping.

Garrett, 49, the 1996 world champion bareback rider, was known for his ability to come through under pressure. He won his only gold buckle with a clutch ride in Round 10 at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, scoring 83 points on Big Bend Rodeo Company’s Spring Fling, a 2014 inductee into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

That ride also clinched the NFR average title for Garrett with a then-bareback riding record of 786 points on 10 head. He also set the NFR bareback riding earnings record that year with $78,517. He had entered the 1996 NFR about $30,000 behind his older brother, Marvin, who was the bareback riding leader.

Mark Garrett said he was thrilled to join his brother in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Marvin Garrett, who won four gold buckles (1988-89, 1994-95), was enshrined in 1998.

It’s dang sure an honor,” Garrett said. “I’m pretty shocked, I guess. A lot of your heroes and your friends are in the Hall of Fame, but I sure didn’t plan on joining them. You don’t really count on something like this, but I’m sure happy that it happened. It’s an honor to be mentioned with those guys.”

Further evidence of Garrett’s ability to perform when it mattered most was his win at the 1996 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho, where he won both the semifinal and final rounds of the tournament-style rodeo.

Garrett qualified for the NFR nine times (1989-91, 1994-97, 1999-2000). Apart from his world championship in 1996, his highest finishes were third in 1995, sixth in 2000 and seventh in 1994 and ’99.

Over an 11-year span from 1956-1966, Wegner finished among the top five bull riders in the world standings 10 times, earning a world championship in 1964 and four reserve world championships (1958-59, 1961, 1966). He twice won the NFR average (1964, 1966).

The Ponca City, Okla., native joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association, precursor to the PRCA, in 1953 and from 1958-62, he never finished worse than third in the world standings. The 5-6, 140-pound Wegner finished second to seven-time bull riding world champion Jim Shoulders in 1958-59.

Wegner passed away March 30, 2014. He was 80.

“This would have meant so much to him,” said Edna Turnbo, who lived with Wegner the last 24 years of his life in Bandera, Texas. “I’m just so overwhelmed and thankful to the PRCA. He loved rodeo and he had a passion for bull riding.”

In his prime, Wegner could use his feet – and get out of a jam – as well as anyone since Shoulders was at his peak. Bull riders also talked about the way “Weg,” as he was known, could use his inside leg – pulling it high like a jockey – and let the bull throw him back up when he  started down, inside a spin.

Although Charters did not buy his RCA permit until 1958, at the relatively advanced age of 33, he managed to compete at an elite level for a decade. He won his only world championship as a rookie steer wrestler in 1959 and went on to put nine NFR qualifications on his career résumé – six in bulldogging and three in tie-down roping.

He barely missed a second world title in 1962 when he finished second by $773 in the steer wrestling to fellow Class of 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Nesmith.

“If he would have started (with the RCA) as a young guy,” fellow Hall of Fame inductee Dean Oliver said, “he probably would have won more than anyone in the history of bulldogging.”

At 6-6, 250 pounds, Charters was perhaps the biggest world champion in rodeo history, and yet was described by his peers as “dazzling fast and fleet of foot.”

Charters was also well-known for his innovative approach to timed-event technique. He is thought to be the first calf roper to dismount from the right side of his horse and his bulldogging style was uniquely his own, giving the appearance that he was picking up his steer, spinning it around and flinging it to the ground.

His Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up record of 5.0 seconds stood for 11 years.

Charters died of cancer on July 7, 1981, at the age of 56.

Hannum was a five-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo and a longtime administrator with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

He made his big breakthrough in his first year of full-time competition when he won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days all-around title in 1977 on his way to qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo as a tie-down roper.

Hannum made it to the NFR four more times as a steer wrestler (1978-80, 1983), enjoying his best season in 1979 when he finished third in the world behind Stan Williamson and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Byron Walker.

Both of Hannum’s sons, Olin and Jake, have qualified for the Wrangler NFR. Olin, 37, went to the WNFR in 2011 as a steer wrestler, and Jake, 34, qualified in 2007 as a tie-down roper.

“Our dad gave a lot of his time and effort to the PRCA, and our family knew how much he did for rodeo, so we’re real excited and happy that the PRCA would honor him by putting him in the Hall of Fame,” Olin Hannum said. “He was a big-time influence on my brother and me as far as how to be a cowboy.”

In 1981, Jack Hannum was hired by the PRCA Board of Directors to serve as the head of rodeo administration, dealing with rodeo sanctioning applications, rule infractions and all things related to membership.

It was the start of more than 25 years of service to the PRCA as Administrator, Circuit Coordinator and Chief of Officials. Hannum is largely credited with taking the judging program to a major-league level.

“He gave up teaching and coaching so he could dedicate his life to rodeo and take a job at the PRCA because it meant so much to him,” Olin said. “He always wanted to influence things for the best, and make rodeo better.”

Hannum died Sept. 16, 2014, in an Ogden, Utah, hospital of organ failure at the age of 70.

The Hendricks Brothers – identical twins Byron and Lee – entertained rodeo audiences from the 1940s into the 1960s, with a variety of acts that included daredevil Roman riding, bridle-less jumps, dancing horses and dogs.

The Flying Twin Act, with Byron and Lee riding Roman style, had each of them jumping their horses over an automobile in opposite directions. It became their most famous stunt, but probably seemed easy for the brothers, who were both Army paratroopers during World War II.

The Hendricks Brothers delighted rodeo crowds at many of the major rodeo venues, including Madison Square Garden. Rodeo promoter, singer and actor Gene Autry called a dog act of the Hendricks family the “greatest thing I have ever seen.” Byron had a dog act that included them jumping rope, and it was featured on television’s Ed Sullivan Show.

“I’m very excited,” said Lee, 91, who said Byron died in 1996. “I know Byron would be very excited, too. It’s a great honor.”

Travis Tryan’s horse Precious Speck, best known as “Walt,” was one of the best to ever carry a team roping header.

Walt was voted the AQHA/PRCA Team Roping Heading Horse of the Year from 2007-09 and four times overall (also in 2003). He was also third in the balloting twice.

“This is like a family member going into the Hall of Fame,” Tryan said. “When you have a horse for 10 years, and he’s a huge part of your career, to see him go into the Hall is one of the coolest things that can happen.”

Tryan once called Walt “the greatest horse that has ever lived.” He rode Walt nine times at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2001-09). His brother, Clay (a three-time world champion), rode Walt at the 2001 WNFR, as did 21-time World Champion Trevor Brazile – in 2005.

“When I got Walt I was 19 years old, and when I first rodeoed on him I was 20 and made the Finals,” Travis Tryan said. “We kind of started our careers at the same time, and I learned a lot from him. He was so good that all I had to do was go out and rope, and he took care of the rest.”

While riding Walt at the 2008 WNFR, Travis Tryan and his partner, Cory Petska, tied the then-world record time of 3.5 seconds in the eighth round.

The horse died April 24, 2010, of an aneurysm while warming up for morning slack at the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo. He was 20.

Walt was buried under an oak tree at PRCA team roper Bert McGill’s Annadale Equine Center in nearby Sanger, Calif.

All three of the rodeos selected for enshrinement are among the oldest and most prestigious PRCA events on the schedule. The Red Bluff Round-Up just completed its 94th annual event last weekend while Iowa’s Championship Rodeo, named the PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year in 1997, will be celebrating its 91st anniversary in July, and Guymon Pioneer Days, the 2002 PRCA Large Rodeo of the Year, is producing its 83rd annual event next month.

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, 243 people, 29 animals and 25 rodeo committees have been selected for enshrinement in Colorado Springs since the Hall opened in 1979.

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