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☛ An emotional, patriotic weekend 2-25-17





By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 25, 2017

I seldom write an opinion piece in a Letter From The Editor; however, last weekend I watched two Western events at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with an announced close to 40,000 spectators, and heard about two other major horse events held during the same weekend, including the NRCHA’S World’s Greatest Horseman and Celebration of Champions held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center and the Mercuria cutting held during The Mane Event, a cutting competition held at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev. After attending and hearing about these four events, I was moved to write how these events affected me and I’m sure a lot of others, due to the obvious patriotism of the contestants as well as the spectators.

I attended the PBR’s “Iron Man” and watched RFD-TV’s “The American” on television that awarded millions of dollars to contestants in the Western industry at AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas – home of the Dallas Cowboys.

None of these contestants in any of these events refused to stand and take off their hats during the National Anthem or put their hands over their heart during the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. No one took the microphone and spewed hatred toward others, regardless of their color, country, age or association affiliation. No contestants took a knee. No protestors stood outside carrying signs and chanting hatred.

From the huge American flag that took up one whole end of the arena in AT&T stadium, held by youth and competitors, while the National Anthem was being sung, to the introduction of a veteran who had lost his legs while doing his duty to protect this country, they brought a huge lump in my throat and a tear to my eyes, as I’m sure it did to many others.

Contestants helped each other and cheered them on – regardless of their color, religion or the city, state or country they came from. Millionaire cowboys competed on a level playing field with dead-broke cowboys and teenagers. There were competitors from most of the United States, Brazilians, Blacks, Mexicans, Indians, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders, with many members of various associations across the world – and some were just individuals who loved rodeo. There were World Champions, past World Champions, college students, newcomers, teenagers and even brothers who were all excited to be in the same arena. Obviously, their most prized possessions were the horses they competed on.

One of the most spectacular exhibits of patriotism was held just prior to the NCHA Mercuria cutting Finals held that same weekend during The Mane Event aged events held at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Although I was not able to be there, I heard it was above spectacular, so I called Paula Gaughan and asked her to tell me what went on there. I was truly impressed by her response:

“We emptied the main arena and loping end for an hour after the regular show ended. After we got all our opening props in the arena, we opened the doors and people were let into a dark house with very minimal lighting.

After all were seated, the voice of Tom Holt came out of the dark. He opened with a prayer and asked everyone to direct their attention to the loping area. He began with, “I was born in 1777 and went on to describe the places he had been and the battles he had seen, the children he saw every day in their classrooms and the soldiers he had buried and honored. The arena is still dark and at the end of his monologue, he says, “I am your American Flag!”

At that precise moment, a 50-foot flag that had been concealed in the rafters in a piece of equipment, dropped in all its glory, with glitter coming out of it and was lit up with tons of lights – all on the flag!! There was amazement and pride on all the faces of those in attendance. Then another set of lights lit up a 20-foot tall red, white and blue cowboy boot in the cutting pen. Music played with the voice of Tom Holt describing the role of the cowboy boot in the American tradition of the American cowboy – its history and the history of the American Cowboy, who were American heroes.

Then a military version of the National Anthem played and a girl came out of the back of the boot with a huge American flag on a big black-and-white Paint horse and took a lap in the arena. She and the horse had been concealed in the boot during the entire seating, 

Holt then introduced the Mercuria finalists who walked out to a red carpet in front of the boot with spotlights on them. To cap it off, we then introduced Brigadier General David Hicks (nicknamed Trashman) who was the Air Force Commander General in Kabul, Afghanistan. He carried the Crown Royal Whiskey bag with the numbers in it for the draw and shook hands with every contestant as he went to each one and they drew their number. It was all very moving and special!

Now, even though that was all very cool, there was a minor problem in the hydraulics had happened with the girl on the horse. As the National Anthem was playing, they were supposed to slowly rise up out of the boot. You would have first seen the tip of the flag peeking out until the entire flag, girl and horse were atop the boot , where they would revolve through the end of the National Anthem. Even though it didn’t happen that way, no one knew the difference, and it was still spectacular!

The whole opening was possible because of Cotton Rosser of the Flying U Rodeo Company. His son, Reno, and granddaughter Lindsay, who was the girl on the Paint in the boot, have performed this thousands of times and I have had the privilege of seeing it and asked him if he could bring it to us.

But honestly 90 percent of the people there did not have a clue it did not go as it was supposed to. It was meant to be a salute to America – our great country – and honor things we hold dear. I really think we accomplished that. Paula continued, saying that the patriotic show was also to showcase the amazing horses and riders that made the finals of the Mercuria event, especially since there had been eight sets of horses in the go-rounds.

Now, the next problem. How the heck do we top that next year??? It’s back to the drawing board.”

This was the horse world I grew up in; however, when I and my children competed in playdays and rodeos, it was for hundreds of dollars and trophies – not millions of dollars, ruby-studded belt buckles, 100-pound trophies, television cameras, sky cams, monster screens and an audience of thousands of spectators who paid hundreds of dollars to attend and park at the event. But our love of the event and resolve to win in this wonderful country was the same.

For a short time I was back in a world of competitors who had love and respect for their peers, their animals and their country. Although competition and winning was the object, they were all friends and helped each other – and honored our country during the rodeos by the cowboys taking off their hats and cowgirls putting their hand over their hearts while standing and singing the National Anthem and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. God Bless America!!!

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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 2-25-17

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Courtesy PRCA
Feb. 25, 2017

Schmidt strikes gold at 138th Silver Spurs Rodeo

KISSIMMEE, Fla, – Chuck Schmidt is back in the chutes and riding with more confidence after winning the 138th annual Silver Spurs Rodeo.

“It’s pretty cool, everyone wants to enter down here because of the money – but getting to do good is a bonus, and it’s fun to come down here for a bit and go somewhere new,” Schmidt said. “It helped me feel like a bronc rider, and good about myself – just a boost of confidence for the rest of the season.”

Schmidt was ranked No. 26 in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $6,907 prior to his win in Florida. The Silver Spurs Rodeo added an extra $4,907 to his season earnings, bumping his total up to $11,814 for the 2017 season and moving him up to 13th place.

“It will keep me in the hunt,” Schmidt said. “There’s so much money, and lots of people are doing good, so it’s not going to take me far ahead – but it will keep me with the pack, and not lag behind.

“It was definitely worth the trip. I made more than what the fees and the plane tickets cost, and everything helps. As long as you can do what you want to do, and pay bills in the meantime, it helps.”

Schmidt was already in the southern region to compete in San Antonio, Texas, so he only had to get from there to Florida instead of from his home in Keldron, South Dakota. But, unlike most three-day rodeos, contestants at the Silver Spurs Rodeo only get one chance to win it all or they go home empty-handed.

“It adds a little pressure because it cost a bit more to get down there and plane tickets aren’t cheap,” Schmidt said. “Getting round-trips and all that hassle adds some pressure to it, but I try not to think about that.”

Luck was on Schmidt’s side, as he drew Silver Spurs Club’s Best Hope – a bronc he was familiar with and knew would provide plenty of buck.

“I first saw him a few years ago, and he’s a good bucker,” Schmidt said. “I don’t see him often, but when I saw I’d drawn him, I knew I’d have a good ride.”

Schmidt’s 85.5-point score on Best Hope turned out to be the best ride in Kissimmee, beating out fellow 2016 Wrangler NFR qualifier Allen Boore by one point.

Schmidt ranked No. 15 in the 2016 world standings, and had a rough go at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, where he only placed in one round.

“I’m riding a heck of a lot better than I did in Vegas,” Schmidt said. “Things are just going right. I rode good when I rode in Vegas, but I bucked off more there. I guess I didn’t have any confidence in anything, but I took a few weeks off and went home and had some fun with the family and came back refreshed.”

Other winners at the $123,112 rodeo were all-around cowboy Marcus Theriot ($5,189 in tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping), bareback rider Bill Tutor (84 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Patty), steer wrestler Theriot (3.9 seconds), team ropers Cory Clark/Clint Summers (4.9 seconds), tie-down roper Theriot (9.1 seconds), barrel racer Wendy Culberson (15.51 seconds) and bull rider Shane Semien (87 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Chug).

  • This past weekend brought about changes in the season leaderboard. Scott Schiffner had a 91.5-point ride on Outlaw Buckers’ Nickle Passage in the first round of the Division 2 Xtreme Bulls event Feb. 18 in Red Deer, Alberta. That was the highest-scored bull ride of 2017. Bareback rider Chad Rutherford had the highest-scored ride of the season – 91.5 points – on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Painted River to win the short round at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo and break the arena record.
  • The tie-down roping event at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, which concludes Feb. 26, has had the top two fastest times of the season so far. Chase Williams is atop the leaderboard with his 6.9-second time, followed by Randall Carlisle’s 7.0-second run. The San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, which ended Feb. 17, also made its mark with tie-down ropers. Cody Quaney, Tuf Cooper and Michael Otero each had 7.0-second times at the rodeo. Justin Smith had a 7.1-second run at San Angelo, and Timber Moore clocked the same time at San Antonio.

Roche receives early birthday present

SAN ANGELO, Texas – This was a great early birthday present for steer wrestler Baylor Roche.

On Feb. 17, just three days before his 28th birthday, Roche was celebrating his first win at the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo in his career.

“This was a great birthday present – the best one yet,” Roche said.

Roche stopped the clock in 3.0 seconds – just a tenth of a second off the rodeo record – in the short round to capture the win at the Foster Communications Coliseum.

That run allowed him to win the average with a 10.2-second time on three head, which set a rodeo record. The three-head record was 11.9 seconds, set by Beau Clark in 2015.

“You have to have the right steer to have that kind of run, and I drew really well,” Roche said. “I rode Josh Peek’s horse, Ace, and that really helped. I won San Juan (Capistrano, Calif.) on him two years ago, and I’ve had quite a bit of luck on him.”

Roy Duvall holds the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo steer wrestling record at 2.9 seconds, which he recorded in 1986. Roche tied Joshua Clark for the fastest bulldogging run so far in the 2017 season.

“The short round was fast all the way through,” Roche said. “I knew what my steer was, and what I had to do to be fast on him, but I was pretty surprised to be 3 seconds. That felt really good.”

Thanks to his performance in the finals, with Dirk Tavenner as his hazer, Roche was able to leave San Angelo with $9,742. He qualified for the 12-man finals with a two-head time of 7.2 seconds, which placed him second behind reigning PRCA Steer Wrestling World Champion Tyler Waguespack (7.0 seconds).

“Getting this win feels great,” Roche said. “I didn’t have a very good Finals, and then I went to Denver in January and I don’t think I stopped the clock. My first one at Fort Worth (Texas) I was like 29 seconds, so this feels good to get something going. Ever since I came here (San Angelo), I kind of got a lick, and then I won my set at San Antonio.”

At San Antonio, in Bracket 2, Roche placed second in the first round, and won the third round to qualify for the semifinals. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo concludes Feb. 26.

“The last couple of weeks, I’ve really been able to get things rolling,” Roche said.

An added bonus for Roche last week is he was able to fly home to Tremonton, Utah, Tuesday and stay until Friday morning before catching a flight to San Angelo.

“I got to see my wife, Samantha, and our little boy, Bex (15 months), and that was great,” Roche said. “They are my biggest supporters.”

Roche qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the last two years. He placed ninth and 15th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, respectively.

This past December, Roche arrived at the WNFR in 10th place and left in 15th after placing in just two rounds and winning $25,231 in Las Vegas.

“When I got to the (2016) Finals, I don’t think I was as mentally prepared as I needed to be,” Roche said. “The first year I went to the Finals (in 2015) I went in blind and I was just excited.”

Other winners at the $447,257 rodeo were all-around cowboy Josh Peek (steer wrestling, tie-down roping, $12,250), bareback rider Chad Rutherford (176 points on two head), team ropers Travis Tryan/Chase Tryan (19.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (162 points on two head), tie-down roper Cade Swor (23.7 seconds on three head), barrel racer Kassie Mowry (44.17 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Trey Benton III (88.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Red Rocket).

Peek’s check for winning the all-around in San Angelo broke the rodeo record set two years ago by Bart Brunson ($10,707), and bareback rider Rutherford set an arena record with his 91.5-point ride in the short go, eclipsing Caleb Bennett’s mark of 90.5, set last year.

Cody Wright’s sons, Ryder and Rusty, can now lay claim to three of the last four saddle bronc titles in San Angelo. Before Ryder’s big win this year, Rusty shared the title with Allen Boore a year ago and won it outright in 2014.

Yates goes Big Time at Dixie National

JACKSON, Miss. – Marty Yates and his new horse haven’t been to many rodeos together, but are already collecting large checks and clicking like old friends.

The 22-year-old tie-down roper from Stephenville, Texas, combined with 9-year-old Big Time to win the Feb. 9-15 Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson, Miss., with a time of 15.5 seconds on two head.

The time was one-tenth of a second better than second-place Cody Quaney, and was one-tenth of a second off the two-head arena record, set by Jesse Childers in 2005.

“I had no idea I was that close to the arena record,” Yates said. “Dang, I almost got there. I drew two really good calves, and I’m going to give Big Time the credit. He used to be a head horse, and I just bought him off Colby Lovell. NFR tie-down roper Mike Arnold trained the horse, and I’ve been doing really well on him so far.”

Jackson was only the seventh rodeo Yates and Big Time have competed at together, but they performed like they’ve been doing it much longer.

Yates placed second in the first round with a time of 7.9 seconds, and split first in the second round with a 7.6. In total, he earned $9,153 in Jackson, which was nearly as much as he’d won previously all winter.

“Jackson is always a cool place to rope,” Yates said. “They have stronger calves down there than usual, and I just happened to have two really good ones. This is one of the best starts to a season I’ve had in my career, and I want the winter to carry over to the summer so I don’t go into the NFR as far down as I did last year.”

Yates entered the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in the 15th and final spot, but rose to fourth in the world by the end of the 10 nights.

He was hit-or-miss in Las Vegas, finishing 15th in the average, but placing in six rounds, including winning two.

“I go all-or-nothing with every run,” Yates said. “I used to think that maybe I needed to change my style, but now I live with the good and bad, and hope for the best. The older I get, the better I get at going fast.”

Yates and Big Time have made the short round at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, and through two rounds of his bracket at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Yates has earned second- and third-place checks.

“I feel like this is going to be the best horse I’ve ever rode, I just have to keep him sound,” Yates said.

Others winners at the $216,449 rodeo were all-around cowboy Clayton Hass ($5,276 in steer wrestling and team roping), bareback riders Jake Vold (86.5 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Cactus Black) and Bill Tutor (86.5 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Onion Ring), steer wrestler Ty Erickson (6.9 seconds on two head), team ropers Hass and John Robertson (8.4 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss (86.5 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Midnight Cowboy), barrel racer Amberleigh Moore (15.24 seconds) and bull rider Tim Bingham (89 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s No. 30).

News & Notes from the rodeo trail will live stream exclusive video coverage of the PRCA’s La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Feb. 25-26 from Tucson. The broadcast will go on the air at 2 p.m. (MT) each day.

Students from schools around Pima County turned out Feb. 20 for the annual REACh (Rodeo Education and Children) day at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. The kids learned about rodeo history, culture and techniques. Another round of classes was held Tuesday morning. The program, for students from kindergarten through eighth grade, has been offered to Tucson-area schools since 1995.

One of the most renowned rodeo photographers of all-time, Louise Serpa, who shot the Tucson Rodeo every year from 1963 until 2011, will be inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame on March 23. Serpa passed away in 2012.

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Cheney (Wash.) woman, Katie Rafter, for stealing thousands of dollars in donations that were supposed to go to family members of the three people who were killed in a Lake Coeur d’Alene boat crash last summer. Caitlin Breeze, and PRCA competitors Justin Honken and Justin Luhr, died when another boat crashed into their stationary boat at about 9:15 p.m. July 30 near Threemile Point. Rafter offered to hold a memorial rodeo to benefit the families of the victims. The rodeo community came together and donated $30,000 at the Oct. 8 Luhr and Honken Memorial Benefit, which was held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Rafter deposited the money at Inland Northwest Bank and was supposed to split the money evenly with Luhr and Honken’s survivors, but the payments were slow in coming. Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives got involved, searched Rafter’s bank account, and found she had diverted $14,000 to herself so she could buy a tanning salon business in Cheney called Wildflower Boutique and Salon. The Honkens were going to use the money for a scholarship fund in Justin’s honor. Luhr’s widow has young children.

The Gerry Volunteer Fire Department has signed a contract with Painted Pony Championship Rodeo of Lake Luzerne, N.Y., as stock contractor and producer of their 73rd consecutive annual PRCA rodeo, scheduled for four performances, Aug. 2-5.

The Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame welcomed their newest board member, Carl Culham last week. Finishing up a 38-year career with the Federal government at the Forest Service in Pendleton, Culham extended his 12 years of volunteerism with the Pendleton Round-Up to serve on The Round-Up Association’s Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016.

The Pendleton Round-Up also recently elected new officers. Greg Ducheck will take the reins as president. Jack Remillard will step into the role as vice president, and June Mohrland and Steve Campbell will retain their positions as secretary and treasurer.

During a regular meeting of the Prairie Circuit Committee for the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, which is held in Duncan, Okla., the committee donated $6,000 to the non-profit organization Stephens County Youth Services (SCYS). Two representatives from SCYS, program director Barbra Davis and executive director Sara Orellana, attended the meeting to accept the check for their group. Committee members from the PRCA group included Joe Henderson, Sandy Bowden, Lisa Taylor and Tammy Bumpas. Davis said the donation will be used to normalize the lives of children at the shelter and the money will help with basic needs and to purchase extra items they may want. On a related note, the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo volunteer committee presented a $2,000 check to the American Cancer Society in Duncan Feb. 14. Each year, the committee donates proceeds from the previous October’s rodeo to the Stephens County Youth Shelter and Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma, and for 2017, the group added the ACS to their donation list.

Workers are currently ripping out the wires that have powered the lights, cooling systems and kitchens in the grandstands of the Prescott (Ariz.) Rodeo Grounds for decades. At the same time, a separate project also is underway to replace the antiquated arena lights. In all, the city is putting nearly $1.5 million into the improvements – $266,142 for the arena lighting, and $1,224,346 for the grandstands electrical overhaul. Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo General Manager J.C. Trujillo said work got started on both projects Feb. 6. “For years, we’ve had old lighting,” Trujillo said. “We’ve been on a thin wire.” Although the arena lights have been adequate to illuminate the nighttime rodeo events, Trujillo said the new energy-efficient lights “will really light things up.” As a part of the arena-lighting project, the existing light poles will be shortened to be used for parking-lot lights, he said, noting that the rodeo previously had to use portable lights for the parking areas. Trujillo said the arena-lighting project should be complete by March, and the electrical work should be complete by May – prior to the start of the 2017 rodeo activities.


“Ever since I was 3 years old, I had my mind made up I wanted to be a cowboy, and that’s what I’m following through with. Bull riding hopefully will pull me through and I will be a cowboy the rest of my life ”

-Bull rider Trey Benton III, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier who moved up to ninth in the Feb. 21 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Feb. 21, 2017

AA: Clayton Hass, Weatherford,Texas $38,075
BB: Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas $35,981
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $38,684
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $25,471
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $25,471
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $33,646
TD: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $28,991
BR: Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho $33,617
SR: Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas   $13,561

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through Feb. 21, 2017

1 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas $38,075
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 36,735
3 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 35,771
4 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 25,366
5 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 21,234
6 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 17,011
7 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 14,458
8 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 14,363
9 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 12,777
10 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 12,040
11 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
12 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 9,924
13 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 9,555
14 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 9,433
15 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 7,587
Bareback Riding
1 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas $35,981
2 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa 32,407
3 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 26,584
4 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 26,476
5 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 24,837
6 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 24,297
7 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 21,792
8 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 15,290
9 Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho 13,111
10 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 13,042
11 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 12,720
12 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 11,198
13 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 11,023
14 Jessy Davis, Power, Mont. 10,984
15 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 10,968
16 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 9,624
17 Anthony Thomas, Palistine, Texas 9,226
18 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 9,086
19 Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. 8,947
20 Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev. 8,561
Steer Wrestling
1 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. $38,684
2 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. 37,622
3 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 27,076
4 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 22,008
5 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 17,968
6 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 17,505
7 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 15,305
8 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 14,593
9 Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 14,368
10 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 13,536
11 Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 12,163
12 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 11,725
13 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 11,627
14 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 11,209
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☛ Three split $1 million at The American 2-22-17

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Courtesy RFD-TV
Feb. 22, 2017

It was a full day of action and drama at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  Three athletes shared a $1 million bonus at RFD-TV’s The American presented by Polaris RANGER and a total of $2 million was awarded to winners at the world’s richest one-day rodeo event.

Barrel racer Hailey Kinsel, a college student, and saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss, a veteran pro, both came through a qualifying system and won championships. Bull rider Sage Kimzey, who received an exemption and came straight to The American, won the bull riding title. These three each earned $433,333 – $100,000 for first place in their events and a third of a million-dollar bonus.

Kinsel and DeMoss were two of 46 individuals whose road to The American started at qualifying events across the country. Then, they had to finish at the top after four days of The American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth earlier in the week. Five to ten in each event earned the opportunity to compete at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, against 80 invited contestants who are considered the world’s best. Eight champions were crowned.

Bareback riding winner Tim O’Connell, from Zwingle, Iowa, said it best. O’Connell rode Frontier Rodeo’s horse Show Stomper for 90.25 points to win the Shoot Out. The American championship has gone to a bareback rider who has ridden the bay bucking horse the past three years.

“It’s hard to put into words how great this rodeo is and what life changing things it can do for you,” he said when he received his $100,000 check. The three that each earned nearly half-a-million agreed that the money would make a huge difference for them.

“This changes everything,” Kinsel, from Cotulla, Texas said. “But it doesn’t change the way I feel about my horse. God is good, my horse is awesome and this is amazing.”

Kinsel, a senior at Texas A&M, rides a six-year-old palomino mare named DM Sissy Hayday that she and her mother trained. During The American Semi-Finals Kinsel won more than $20,000.

Frontier Rodeo’s bucking horse Maple Leaf has taken saddle bronc riders to the winners’ stage for two consecutive years. Last year it was Iowa’s Wade Sundell. This year it was DeMoss. In 16 seconds, over $1.5 million has been won on this featured bucking horse.

DeMoss hasn’t decided what he’ll do with nearly half a million in winnings. “I guess I’ll talk it over with her,” he said with a grin, pointing to his wife Margie. “This is at the top of my rodeo career,” said the 12-time National Finals Rodeo bronc rider.

Kimzey, a three-time world champion bull rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, finished second in the first round to get to the Shoot Out. The first bull rider was Brazilian Claudio Marcelino de Montanha who qualified at an event in his home country and finished first in the semi-finals. He made easy work of TNT Rodeo Company’s Bottoms Up, scoring 89 points. The next rider was former Professional Bull Riders world champion Guilherme Marchi, who came off early.

Then it was Kimzey’s turn. He got on a bull named Uncle Tink, owned by former NFL defensive end Jared Allen, and scored 89.5. The final rider was bucked off and Kimzey earned the championship.

“I love being a cowboy, love everything about it,” Kimzey said. “I love competition, too, and this was a great day. I got to ride against the best guys on the best bulls.”

The talent-filled field in bareback riding, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding started with each contestant trying to advance to the Shoot Out Round. The best four go to The Shoot Out and compete once more, with the highest score or fastest time earning $100,000. Both the header and the heeler received $100,000 in team roping. Second place in the Shoot Out was worth $25,000.

When The American started four years ago, this format was created to give rodeo athletes an opportunity to compete at one rodeo for big pay checks. Then RFD-TV raised the bar by adding a million-dollar bonus for individuals who come through the qualifying process and win championships. Over the past four years the event has paid more than $10 million to winners at The American and the Semi-Finals.

Clayton Hass from Weatherford won the steer wrestling. Brothers Riley and Brady Minor from Ellensburg, Wash., took the team roping title. Stephenville’s Marty Yates earned the tie-down roping championship.

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☛ Aparecido wins PBR’s Iron Man 2-19-17

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments





Press release from PBR
Feb. 19, 2017

Eduardo Aparecido took home $138,766 for winning the PBR’s Iron Cowboy held Saturday even at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. PBR Photo.

Saturday night, Feb. 18, Eduardo Aparecido took over the No. 1 spot in the world standings by winning the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Frontier Communications Iron Cowboy, presented by Kawasaki, in front of more than 38,500 fans at Arlington, Texas’ AT&T Stadium.

Aparecido, who also won the Kansas City Invitational last weekend, sealed his victory with an 89-point ride atop Catfish John (Dakota Rodeo/Berger/Struve/Miller) in Round 4 after fellow Brazilian Fabiano Vieira bucked off Cochise (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) in 1.56 seconds. He took home $138,766 for winning PBR’s second Major of the 2017 season, including $50,000 from Bad Boy Mowers as part of the Bad Boy Mowers Major Bonus Program.

While 15 riders advanced to Round 2, the Iron Cowboy came down to just three cowboys in Round 3. Aparecido, Vieira and Mason Lowe all made the 8 second whistle in Round 2, including the high-marked ride of the event from Lowe who turned in a 90.75-point effort aboard Smooth Operator (Dakota Rodeo/Rosen/Struve/Berger). Lowe received $26,000 for the ride and $38,766 total in the event.

Fire & Smoke (Dakota Rodeo/Rosen/Struve/Berger) bucked off Lowe in Round 3, with Aparecido and Vieira moving on to Round 4. Aparecido covered Big Black Cat (Dakota Rodeo/Struve/Berger/Heald) for 88.75 points while Vieira rode Honey Hush (Swinging C Cattle Co./Hodges Bucking Bulls) for 88.5 points.

Seven Dust (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) and SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) shared the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event title after turning in twin 46-point bull scores in Round 2.

Fans can see the Final Rounds of the Frontier Communications Iron Cowboy, presented by Kawasaki, on Sunday, Feb. 19 on CBS Sports at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Aparecido will try to make it three wins in a row when the Top 35 bull riders in the world head to Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, for the Bass Pro Chute Out, presented by Cooper Tires, Feb. 24-26.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch each round in real time on PBR LIVE and the PBR LIVE app at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday; 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday; and 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Frontier Communications Iron Cowboy, presented by Kawasaki
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas 
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Eduardo Aparecido, 85-90.5-88.75-89-0-353.25-955 Points.

2. Mason Lowe, 86.5-90.75-0-0-0-177.25-145 Points.

3. Fabiano Vieira, 84-86.5-88.5-0-0-259.00-140 Points.

4. Reese Cates, 88.5-0-0-0-0-88.50-125 Points.

5. Chase Outlaw, 88.25-0-0-0-0-88.25-75 Points.

6. Rubens Barbosa, 88-0-0-0-0-88.00-60 Points.

7. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 87.25-0-0-0-0-87.25-50 Points.

8. J.B. Mauney, 86.75-0-0-0-0-86.75-40 Points.

9. Robson Palermo, 86.25-0-0-0-0-86.25-10 Points.

10. Shane Proctor, 86-0-0-0-0-86.00-5 Points.

(tie). Matt Triplett, 85.75-0-0-0-0-85.75-5 Points.

(tie). Claudio Marcelino Montanha Jr., 84.5-0-0-0-0-84.50-5 Points.

(tie). Luciano De Castro, 83.5-0-0-0-0-83.50-5 Points.

(tie). Cody Teel, 84.75-0-0-0-0-84.75-5 Points.

(tie). Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 85-0-0-0-0-85.00-5 Points.

Jess Lockwood, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Cooper Davis, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Mike Lee, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Dener Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Brady Sims, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Koal Livingston, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Guilherme Marchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Jake Gowdy, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Sonny Schafferius, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Cody Rodeo Tyler, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Robson Aragao, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Kyle Jones, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Fraser Babbington, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Jorge Valdiviezo, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Tanner Byrne, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5’s, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Eduardo Aparecido, 10, 3, 5, 2,015.00, $201,633.33

2. Jess Lockwood, 10, 2, 3, 1,677.50, $161,973.33

3. Rubens Barbosa, 15, 1, 3, 1,352.50, $81,134.50

4. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 13, 0, 4, 920.00, $50,781.67

5. Cooper Davis, 10, 0, 2, 842.50, $49,085.00

6. Kaique Pacheco, 14, 3, 5, 765.00, $81,391.05

7. Shane Proctor, 10, 1, 2, 712.50, $48,435.00

8. Derek Kolbaba, 12, 1, 2, 700.00, $56,153.64

9. Mason Lowe, 13, 0, 2, 650.83, $66,317.31

10. Chase Outlaw, 7, 0, 3, 587.50, $32,705.00

11. Silvano Alves, 10, 0, 2, 570.00, $27,872.31

12. Ryan Dirteater, 10, 0, 1, 553.33, $30,855.67

13. Fabiano Vieira, 12, 1, 4, 503.33, $35,682.98

14. Mike Lee, 16, 2, 4, 480.83, $33,142.31

15. Dener Barbosa, 13, 0, 3, 467.50, $26,880.99

16. J.B. Mauney, 7, 0, 1, 445.00, $23,175.00

17. Matt Triplett, 16, 2, 4, 417.50, $28,541.48

18. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 9, 0, 2, 380.00, $21,446.67

19. Brady Sims, 9, 0, 1, 345.00, $18,067.31

20. Claudio Marcelino Montanha Jr., 9, 1, 4, 302.50, $17,970.00

21. Reese Cates, 12, 1, 3, 265.00, $25,375.00

22. Luis Blanco, 7, 0, 1, 243.33, $13,631.31

23. Gage Gay, 12, 0, 0, 230.00, $14,795.00

24. Nevada Newman, 8, 0, 2, 215.00, $15,850.25

25. Koal Livingston, 10, 1, 4, 170.00, $17,350.00

26. Stetson Lawrence, 11, 0, 0, 167.50, $10,775.00

27. Stormy Wing, 7, 0, 1, 165.00, $10,612.31

28. Dakota Buttar, 5, 0, 0, 163.33, $11,799.31

29. Cody Nance, 10, 0, 1, 152.50, $15,368.21

29. Luciano De Castro, 14, 0, 3, 152.50, $14,319.19

31. Guilherme Marchi, 9, 0, 1, 145.00, $11,547.97

32. Jake Gowdy, 12, 1, 2, 135.00, $22,797.71

33. Sonny Schafferius, 9, 1, 3, 132.50, $10,532.23

34. Robson Aragao, 12, 0, 3, 120.00, $11,460.00

34. Cody Ford, 8, 1, 3, 120.00, $12,300.00

34. Cody Rodeo Tyler, 13, 1, 3, 120.00, $11,945.00

37. Alex Cardozo, 12, 0, 1, 117.50, $10,108.53

38. Cody Teel, 3, 1, 2, 115.00, $10,500.00

39. Cody Heffernan, 15, 0, 1, 112.50, $14,789.83

40. Josh Faircloth, 11, 0, 5, 111.66, $12,238.79

41. Kyle Jones, 13, 1, 2, 110.00, $12,168.53

42. Troy Wilkinson, 3, 1, 2, 106.25, $13,026.07

43. Jay Miller, 7, 1, 2, 100.00, $8,775.00

44. Cody Campbell, 10, 1, 2, 86.66, $7,971.67

45. J.W. Harris, 8, 0, 0, 82.50, $6,658.50


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☛ PBR Global Cup comes to Edmonton, Alberta 2-11-17

Posted by on Feb 11, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Press release from PBR
Feb. 11, 2017

PUEBLO, Colo. – Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) today announced Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, will be the first-ever Canadian host of the PBR Global Cup on November 9-11, 2017. The three-day event will feature the world’s best bull riders from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Australia, all competing for their country and a Canadian-record purse of $1,000,000.

3-Day ticket packages for this highly-anticipated event begin at $190 and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at

The Edmonton event will award the largest purse for bull riding in Canada and the second-largest payout in North America, next to the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas.  A first-of-its-kind event for Rogers Place, Edmonton will welcome the best bull rider and best bulls from around the world as PBR headlines a celebration of western lifestyle with other community events and festivities planned across the city.

The bull riding event, which will be broadcast domestically on TSN and RDS, is an important pillar to the new PBR Global Cup, a five-country, international competition that will crown the world’s best bull riding nation.

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Rogers Place will be the scene for the Canadian National Team Qualifier event, following the multi-city PBR Monster Energy Canada Tour. On Nov. 10 and 11, 40 of the world’s top cowboys, including 12 from Canada, will then compete in the PBR Global Cup – a year-long tournament that will visit five countries to decide which nation can claim to be the world’s best bull riding nation.  Each participating country – the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico – will host a three-day PBR Global Cup event. Similar to the format in Edmonton, the first day will feature a National Team qualifier with the Global Cup competition held the remaining two days.

The full Global Cup schedule at iconic settings around the world will be announced at a later date.

“Each year, the PBR crowns a world champion, which is an extraordinary individual honor. But sports is also a team endeavor, and the PBR Global Cup adds a new team element to our sport, allowing a band of bull-riding brothers to battle on their native soil in a quest to call themselves the best in the world,” said Sean Gleason, CEO, PBR. “When the world’s best come to Rogers Place as fellow countrymen and teammates competing for national pride, the excitement and drama is sure to kick up. We are thrilled to partner with OEG on this competitive enhancement to the PBR, which will headline an important western lifestyle festival.”

“There is no better venue for PBR than Rogers Place, one of North America’s premier and most technologically advanced sports and entertainment venues. We will give fans of the sports and people looking for an amazing time an experience like nothing else, with the best bull riders and best bulls competing for the PBR Global Cup,” said Bob Nicholson, OEG Vice Chair & CEO. “Edmonton’s future is bright as we see ICE District changing the face of sports and entertainment in our city, but our roots are firmly planted in western lifestyle and community, which is right at the heart of the PBR experience.”

With each country hosting a battle on their native soil to establish a new world order in fan and rider bragging rights for the title of Toughest Nation on Dirt, the Global Cup Trophy will be made of five vessels representing each participating country.  The winning country at each event will get to take the host nation’s dirt in their piece of the Trophy, which is now being designed by Montana Silversmiths.

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☛ Injunction stops sale of Lone Star Arena 2-11-17



Feb. 11, 2017

When a crowed of 25-30 people showed up at the Erath County Courthouse on Friday, Feb. 7, for a foreclosure auction that included Lone Star Arena, among other properties, they were told there would be no auction because an injunction had been filed that stopped the sale.

According to an article by J. Michael Ross, in the Stephenville Empire Tribune, the regular monthly meeting of the Stephenville City Council was held that evening  and the topic of the possible sale of the Lone Star Arena was mentioned. Carla Trussell told the Stephenville Empire Tribune that “There was an injunction filed,” but gave no further details. The properties also included to Erath Iron & Metal and another property in Dublin owned by the company.

When Stephenville City Attorney Randy Thomas was questioned about the alleged injunction halting the auction, he said “We have no information about the auction or any injunction.”

According to a previous article, loans on the property total several million dollars and were made by the Coleman County State Bank – Abilene Banking Center.

Previous owners, Paul and Marcie Sullivan, sold Lone Star Arena to Brad and Nicole Boyd in 2011 and a potential buyer for the arena, Cody Johnson – owner of Twisted J Apparel – had recently sought assistance from the Stephenville Economic development Authority regarding the possibility of buying the Arena. However, it was discovered that the facility is situated just outside the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the city of Stephenville.

The arena has been highly popular for rodeos, including PRCA, American Bucking bull, PBR, USTRC, etc. There are several events already on the 2017 schedule.

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