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☛ Rodeo News 10-28-14

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
Oct. 28, 2014 

 

Webb brothers clinch average, year-end titles

Brothers Rob and Dan Webb pulled off the daily double with their team roping win at the RAM Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo Oct. 25 in Huber City, Utah.

They won the average with a time of 20.7 seconds on three head, which also clinched the year-end title for both Rob, the header, and Dan, the heeler. They also won the year-end title in 2013, and entered this three-day rodeo with a lead of $1,030 over Rhett Anderson and Cole Wilson, who finished fourth in the average.

“It’s really exciting to win, and especially to win both the year-end and the average,” said Dan Webb, 30. “There are a lot of good teams in this circuit, and a lot of good rodeos. I feel it’s a pretty good honor to finish first, and we’re proud to have won it.”

They also swept the Horse of the Year awards in team roping for the Wilderness Circuit, as Rob’s top horse, Firecracker, won the heading honor while Dan’s horse, Nick, took the heeling crown.

“It’s funny, because Rob started my horse and I started his horse,” Dan said. “We raised Firecracker and I took him to college and headed on him. Rob rode Nick in college, but we switched horses several years ago and it’s worked out great.”

Dan rodeoed at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore., and Rob went to Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College.

Firecracker has suffered some health problems recently, so Rob rode Hondo at the RWCFR.

The brothers had identical runs of 7.2 seconds while taking second in the first round and fourth in the second round. They trailed Taylor Winn and R.D. Abplanalp by .3 seconds going into Saturday’s final round.

“I knew we had to go faster than we had the first two rounds,” said Rob Webb, 25. “Taylor and R.D. were going last, right after us, and they’d really been roping well.”

The Webb brothers posted a 6.3-second run to put the pressure on.

“It’s really cool to win the average and the year-end,” Rob Webb said. “It’s always good to win at this level; there were a lot of quality teams at this rodeo.”

The Webbs qualified for their first RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo by winning the 2013 year-end title. They’re excited about returning to the RNCFR, scheduled next March 25-28 in Kissimmee, Fla.

“It’s just a privilege to be going,” Rob said. “It’ll be fun, and I hope luck shines on us.”

Other winners at the $105,438 rodeo were bareback rider Kaycee Feild (257 points on three head), steer wrestlers Olin Hannum and Baylor Roche (15.7 seconds on three head each), saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright (247 points on three head), tie-down roper Rhen Richard (25.0 seconds on three head), barrel racer McKale Hadley (48.59 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Joe Frost (238 points on three head).

The Wright brothers have won the RWCFR saddle bronc riding title six times in a row. Jesse has three of the wins (2009-10, 2014), Cody two (2011, 2013) and Jake one (2012).

This was Feild’s fourth win at the RWCFR (2009-10, 2012, 2014). It’s the first time steer wrestling has ended in a tie at the RWCFR.

Josh peaks at Mountain States finale

Some rodeos are like a personal playground for cowboys.

That’s definitely the case for Josh Peek at the RAM Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo, held in Rock Springs, Wyo.

The Pueblo, Colo., cowboy won the tie-down roping average title for the second year in a row, and his third time overall, at the RMSCFR on Oct. 25.

Peek won his latest tie-down roping average with a 30.6-second time on three head.

“It is just a blessing, it really is,” Peek said moments after leaving the Sweetwater Events Complex. “It feels great, and it’s a feeling I don’t even know how to explain. The competition is always tough, and to be able to have a good Finals is just great.”

Peek’s tie-down roping accomplishments are only part of the story. This was his seventh all-around title at the RMSCFR, and his record fourth in a row. What’s more, he has now won five all-around year-end titles and he added year-end titles again in steer wrestling and tie-down roping.

With his latest performance this weekend, Peek became the eighth cowboy to win a circuit Triple Crown more than once, a group that includes Mike Beers, Dee Pickett and Tee Woolman. Peek won his first circuit Triple Crown in 2009.

“That’s pretty awesome,” Peek said about his Triple Crown accomplishments. “To be categorized among those greats is something no words can explain. It is just a blessing to be in that position, and it is pretty dang cool. The (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) does overshadow the Circuit Finals quite often, but there’s still a great competition level at the Circuit Finals, so it’s always nice to be able to show up and be successful.”

Peek left the RMSCFR with a combined $6,710 paycheck from tie-down roping and steer wrestling.

With his year-end RMSCFR titles in tie-down roping and steer wrestling, Peek qualified for his fourth RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo appearance – this time at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla., which will run March 25-28.

“A big goal our family set months and months ago was to get to Florida,” Peek said. “My brother Jon wanted to win his circuit – the Badlands Circuit – in tie-down roping, and he did. I had the goal of winning my circuit, and my wife and kids all want to go to Disney World. Plus, my mom, dad and friends are all coming, and it’s going to be a great time.”

Apart from Peek, the only other repeat champion at the RMSCFR was bareback rider Seth Hardwick. Hardwick won this year with 243 points on three head.

Other winners at the $107,143 rodeo were steer wrestler Aaron Vosler (13.7 seconds on three head), team ropers Garrett Tonozzi and Jared Bilby (18.2 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Cody Martin (232 points on three head), barrel racer C.J. Vondette (47.65 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Jacob Smith (231 points on three head).

 

Clark McEntire, Nov. 20, 1927 – Oct. 23, 2014               

Clark McEntire, an inductee in the inaugural class of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and patriarch of the sprawling McEntire family of rodeo and country music stars, died Oct. 23 at his home in Coalgate, Okla. He was 86.

Known as “Ropentire” by his contemporaries for his consistent, cool-headed skill with a rope, McEntire won three world championships in steer roping (1957-58 and 1961) and was reserve world champion in 1954, missing a fourth gold buckle by just $607 to Shoat Webster.

From 1953 through 1969, McEntire finished among the top 10 in the world steer roping standings 13 times and qualified for the National Finals Steer Roping seven times, once it was created in 1959.

For many years McEntire held the world records for fastest time on a single steer (14.5 seconds) and on five head. He won every major steer roping title on the rodeo trail, most of them more than once, including Cheyenne (1954, 1961) and Pendleton (1947, 1957-58).

All of this success was the product of skill, certainly, but also hours and hours of practice. His father, John McEntire, himself a world champion steer roper in 1934, was his coach and the inspiration for his unrelenting work ethic.

“Son, regardless of what happens,” John was said to have told young Clark, “… if the well goes dry or the house catches fire, you keep right on practicing. Your mother and I will put it out.”

Clark McEntire played a major role in encouraging Reba McEntire, one of his three daughters, to pursue a career in country music, and she got her big break by singing the National Anthem at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.

In 1979, the year that Clark McEntire was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., Reba released the song “Daddy” on the “Out of a Dream” album, telling Clark’s story.

Following her father’s death, Reba McEntire posted on Facebook that he was “a born and bred cowboy through and through.” He was sick for five years, according to the post. He suffered a stroke three years ago.

“It makes total sense to me, he always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn,” she said. “He was just taking his time to go on home.”

Clark McEntire is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Jacqueline; daughters, Reba, Susie and Alice; and son, Pake. Susie is also a country music performer, and Pake was a two-time qualifier for the NFSR (1974, 1982).

A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Kiowa (Okla.) High School Auditorium in Kiowa. Burial will be at Atoka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Stringtown Legacy Foundation c/o Tony Potts, 304 Highland St., Stringtown, OK 74569.

 

Ray Wharton, Feb. 17, 1920 – Oct. 20, 2014                

Once known as the “Mighty Mite” of tie-down ropers, 1956 World Champion Ray Wharton died at his home in Bandera, Texas, Oct. 20, with his wife, Ada, at his side.

At 94, Wharton was the oldest living world champion, and the second oldest PRCA Gold Card member.

Wharton was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2002, recognizing a career that spanned three decades and was as valued as much for his generosity of spirit as his success in the arena.

In addition to his world championship, Wharton finished among the top five tie-down ropers in the world three more times (1950, 1955, 1957).

In 1956, Wharton’s ultimate dream was realized when he parlayed a win at New York City’s Madison Square Garden Rodeo into a world championship gold buckle.

True grit, perseverance in practice, athletic hustle and speed down the rope, along with the determination to win, served as Wharton’s trademarks.

“He won or placed at every major rodeo in the United States, a career roper who was always focused on winning,” his friend Randy Moore told the Bandera County Courier, “He was the definition of the words hustle, try and tenacity.” Ray was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Harold and David Wharton.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ada; his brother, Wayne (LaVern); sister-in-law, Mary Linder (Lawrence) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Oct. 27 at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera.

Memorial gifts in his memory may be given to the Frontier Time Museum in Bandera.

Ada wishes to thank River City Hospice, and especially Maria Elvira Richardson, for their kind and tender care.

 

Mark Schricker, Aug. 27, 1938 – Oct. 20, 2014               

Mark Schricker, a 14-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo and co-founder of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, died Oct. 20 in a Colorado Springs, Colo., hospice from the effects of Parkinson’s disease. He was 76.

Schricker was one of the most consistent and accomplished timed-event cowboys of the 1960s, seven times finishing among the top 10 in the all-around world standings, including second-place results in 1965 and 1967.

He qualified for the NFR seven times as a steer wrestler (1962, 1964-65, 1967-70) – finishing as reserve world champion in 1965 – and seven times as a tie-down roper (1963-67, 1969-70).

“Rodeo was my God, that was all I cared about,” Schricker said in a 2004 interview with the News-Review in Roseburg, Ore.

“I was pretty obsessed with winning. I had a really good career. I just wish I would have won a world championship.”

He came closest in that 1965 season when he finished $2,467 behind Dean Oliver in the all-around standings and $1,796 behind Harley May in the bulldogging. Both Oliver and May are inductees in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

For all of his many contributions to the sport, Schricker felt his greatest impact came from co-founding the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys with Wilbur Plaugher in 1974.

“I think it helped the image of rodeo,” Schricker said. “We had church services at most of the major rodeos, and that was unheard of back in those days.”

A funeral service took place Oct. 26 at Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, 4285 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail

Las Vegas Events has announced the launch of a new Wrangler National Finals Rodeo initiative designed to promote social media activation and engagement with rodeo fans. The new NFR Social Arena is a free service, and will provide exclusive content and features during the lead up to the Wrangler NFR. Rodeo fans can access the new site at www.NFRSocialArena.com and register to begin accruing points based on social media activation and participation in Wrangler NFR promotions and activities. This platform will then reward fans for reaching the most points during specified periods of time.

 

The Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink Committee presented $35,000 to the PeaceHealth Cancer Care Center’s Dr. Jennie Crews earlier this month. The money was raised locally through fundraising events and merchandise sales; a plaque with donors’ names on it came with the check.

 

On Aug. 31, Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo participants wore pink to raise money and awareness during the ninth annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. It raised $6,200 for the Breast Cancer Fund at the Foundation at Kittitas Valley Healthcare.

 

Randy Corley, 11-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, underwent successful back surgery Oct. 20. On Oct. 23, Corley said he walked a couple of miles, and he’ll be ready to go to work immediately. “My next rodeo is the Brawley (Calif.) Cattle Call Rodeo, and I’ll be there with bells on,” he said.

 

The Canadian ProRodeo Association is partnering with iLink Media, Northlands and Worldplay Canada to offer a live streaming broadcast of the Canadian Finals Rodeo, happening Nov. 5-9, in Edmonton, Alberta. Pre-registration for the online broadcast of the 41st CFR can be found at http://www.worldplaylive.com/cfr41

 

The Daines family, of Innisfail, Alberta, was named the winner of the 2014 Business Contribution Award at the Community and Business Awards Gala held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Oct. 17. “Winning the business contribution award is amazing,” said Jack Daines, patriarch of the rodeo family.

 

Former Texas Circuit bareback rider Vidal Conde is negotiating to revive Las Vegas-style gambling cruises that would sail from the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi, Texas, into international waters. Conde, 44, says he learned the entertainment business while riding bulls and broncs in PRCA competition in the 1990s and early 2000s. Along the way came offers to promote bull riding events and Tejano concerts. Now, more than 10 years removed from his last eight-second ride, Conde is still trying to work the crowd. His company, Texas Gold Nugget Casino Cruises, plans to offer two five-hour casino cruises every day from the Corpus Christi Marina starting in January. “When I first floated the idea, a lot of people were like ‘you’re the right person for this kind of job,’” Conde told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “Entertainment is my life. I love to show people a good time.”

2014 World Standings Leaders

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $259,262
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $172,384
SW: Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. $91,804
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $110,181
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $110,181
SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $126,879
TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $153,822
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $143,165 
SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $68,835 

 

 

*2014 Barrel Racing (through Oct. 27, 2014) Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings. 

1 Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla. $155,280
2 Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas 131,471
3 Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 121,617
4 Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah 104,289
5 Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D. 102,947
6 Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas 100,645
7 Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas 99,712
8 Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo. 93,135
9 Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. 93,048
10 Kassidy Dennison, Roosevelt, Utah 92,051
11 Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo. 91,736
12 Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas 90,431
13 Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb. 74,385
14 Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas 70,577
15 Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas 70,416
16 Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore. 70,017
17 Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas 69,447
18 Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif. 68,119
19 Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga. 64,063
20 Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah 60,579
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☛ Alves wins third PBR World title 10-27-14

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

SILVANO ALVES WINS THIRD WORLD TITLE

 

BRAZILLION TAKES HOME WORLD TITLE & FINALS CHAMPIONSHIP

 

PBR Press Release
Oct. 27, 2014

Silvano Alves won his third PBR World Title at the PBR Finals held in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR photo.

Silvano Alves became the second rider in Professional Bull Riders history to win a third world title Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.,  after being named the 2014 PBR World Champion. His World Finals earnings of $1.3 million, added to his 2014 Built Ford Tough Series regular-season winnings, moved him past two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride as the richest western sports athlete in history. The finals event was held Oct. 22-26.

The 26-year-old from Pilar do Sul, Brazil, went 6-for-6 at the Built Ford Tough World Finals for the first time in his career to win the event with 502 points, and earn enough points to surpass Joao Ricardo Vieira for the title.

 

Alves sat second in the standings entering the World Finals, trailing Vieira by 511 points. After five days of fighting his way to the top, he earned his third World Championship. He also won titles in 2011 and 2012.

 

“It really means a lot to me this year,” Alves said, “because at the beginning of the year, I wasn’t riding that great. Thankfully, I was able to stay healthy and come from behind. It means a lot for me to win this Championship again.”

 

2013 World Champion J.B. Mauney placed second in the Finals average with 453.50 points, earning $256,375 throughout the event. With the effort, Mauney also surpassed McBride in career earnings, crossing the $5 million mark.

 

Finishing third was 2014 Rookie of the Year J.W. Harris (361), followed by Eduardo Aparecido (349) and Matt Triplett (268.25), who rounded out the Top 5.

Going up against Asteroid in the final round of the World Finals, Alves notched an 87.25-point performance to solidify his event win. He is the fourth rider in the PBR to cover Asteroid.

 

Alves joins Mauney (2013), Mike Lee (2004) and Renato Nunes (2010) as the only riders in PBR history to win the world title and World Finals event average in the same year. He also joins Adriano Moraes as the only other three-time PBR World Champion.

 

“I respect Adriano, but for me, this isn’t important.” Alves explained regarding his motivation to pursue a fourth world title. “I want to win Championships, but that’s not the important thing. I want to ride my bulls.”

 

Coming in behind Alves in the world standings were Joao Ricardo Vieira, Triplett, Mauney and Fabiano Vieira.

 

BUSHWACKER RETIRED:

World Champion Bull:Bushwacker made his final out on the BFTS, en route to earning his third PBR World Champion Bull title with a two-out total of 91.50 points, beating out his brother Roy, who notched a combined 91.25 points. Bushwacker was marked 46.50 points in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round to win the title, with Mike Lee drawing the legendary bull.

 

 

“When I saw the score, I was tickled to death.” Julio explained, “I just know that Bushwacker’s second trip is always better than his first. I was pretty happy with his score.”

 

Rookie of the Year:
In a surprising twist, J.W. Harris, the four-time PRCA Champion who received a three-event exemption from the PBR to ride in the Built Ford Tough Series, took great advantage of the invitation and captured the 2014 Rookie of the Year title, edging out Gage Gay, who had held the lead since the beginning of the 2014 season.

 

 

“I guess it’s pretty cool,” Harris said. “It wasn’t something I came here thinking I would win, but I guess I did. I just want to say thanks to y’all for the invites.”

 

 

Stock Contractor of the Year:
Chad Berger returned to the winners circle, winning the 2014 Stock Contractor of the Year title. He previously won the award in three consecutive years – 2007-09.

 

Berger said, “When I got the news, I was really excited, because we had lost out the last few years. It’s quite an honor. It’s a family operation. Everybody works hard to get this done. One man can’t do it.”

 

Other awards:
For his 94-point ride on Percolator in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, Mauney captured the Lane Frost/Brent Thurman Award for the second year in a row. The award is given to the rider who receives the highest-marked ride of the event. Tanner Byrne was awarded this year’s Glen Keeley Award, which is presented to the Canadian bull rider who earns the most points during the season.

 

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
2014 Built Ford Tough World Finals
Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas

Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Round 6-Total Points. Total Earnings)

1. Silvano Alves, 86.25-87.75-69-86.25-85.5-87.25-502, $1,271,125

2. J.B. Mauney, 88-0-90.25-93.25-88-94-453.5, $256,375

3. J.W. Harris, 88.75-0-88.5-0-90.5-93.25-361, $161,375

4. Eduardo Aparecido, 86-0-0-82.75-87-93.25-349, $81,375

5. Matt Triplett, 87.25-92-0-89-0-0-268.25, $119,000

6. Ryan Dirteater, 0-86.25-86.75-87.25-0-0-260.25, $46,500

7. Tanner Byrne, 87-83.75-0-87.75-0-0-258.5, $43,750

8. Kody Lostroh, 0-89.25-90-0-0-0-179.25, $55,500

9. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-90.25-87.5-0-0-0-177.75, $73,250

10. Ty Pozzobon, 0-88-0-0-87.5-0-175.5, $32,500

11. L.J. Jenkins, 87-0-88-0-0-0-175, $14,750

12. Mike Lee, 87.25-0-0-0-86.25-0-173.5, $17,750

13. Brady Sims, 86.25-0-0-0-87.25-0-173.5, $16,750

14. Cody Nance, 0-0-86.25-0-85.75-0-172, $7,000

15. Claudio Crisostomo, 0-87.25-0-0-84-0-171.25, $5,500

16. Lachlan Richardson, 85.5-0-0-84.25-0-0-169.75, $4,500

17. Renato Nunes, 0-0-89-0-0-0-89, $16,500

18. Stetson Lawrence, 0-88.75-0-0-0-0-88.75, $14,500

19. Stormy Wing, 88.5-0-0-0-0-0-88.5, $22,500

20. Gage Gay, 0-87.75-0-0-0-0-87.75, $6,750

21. Zane Lambert, 0-0-87.5-0 -0-0-87.5, $5,750

22. Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-86.5-0-0-86.5, $15,500

23. Marco Eguchi, 86.25-0-0-0-0-0-86.25, $5,500

Fernando Henrique, 0-86.25-0-0-0-0-86.25, $4,500

25. Guilherme Marchi, 86-0-0-0-0-0-86, $5,500

26. Jordan Hupp, 84-0-0-0-0-0-84, $4,500

27. Chase Outlaw, 0-0-83.5-0-0-0-83.5, $5,500

David Kennedy, 0-83.5-0-0-0-0-83.5, $4,500

Nathan Schaper, 83.5-0-0-0-0-0-83.5, $4,500

30. Kasey Hayes, 0-79.25-0-0-0-0-79.25, $5,500

31. Josh Faircloth, 0-0 -0-77.5 0-0-77.5, $4,500

Scott Schiffner, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $5,500

Emilio Resende, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $5,500

Billy Robinson, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Gustavo Pedrero, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Robson Palermo, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Douglas Duncan, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Sean Willingham, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Tyler Harr, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Ben Jones, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Harve Stewart, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

Jason Malone, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0, $4,500

 

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series

Final Standings (Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5′s, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Silvano Alves, 28, 0, 7, 12,611.060, $1,422,602.65

2. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 28, 2, 10, 10,673.000, $328,120.96

3. Matt Triplett, 28, 0, 4, 10,236.830, $258,025.80

4. J. B. Mauney, 22, 2, 5, 9,527.000, $497,597.99

5. Fabiano Vieira, 26, 3, 8, 9,295.120, $264,592.67

6. Eduardo Aparecido Silva, 27, 1, 5, 9,172.680, $209,057.03

7. Mike Lee, 26, 2, 7, 8,635.310, $242,432.06

8. Guilherme Marchi, 28, 1, 6, 8,587.060, $271,530.73

9. J.W. Harris, 14, 0, 2, 6,859.250, $224,455.02

10. Cody Nance, 28, 3, 5, 6,848.620, $186,943.82

11. Gage Gay, 24, 1, 4, 6,764.120, $183,000.10

12. L.J. Jenkins, 27, 1, 2, 6,686.230, $148,287.18

13. Ryan Dirteater, 25, 0, 5, 6,371.370, $124,173.82

14. Tanner Byrne, 15, 0, 4, 6,325.540, $148,664.79

15. Marco Eguchi, 27, 2, 3, 5,913.060, $163,829.78

16. Chase Outlaw, 23, 1, 2, 5,876.790, $183,038.43

17. Valdiron de Oliveira, 28, 2, 5, 5,733.060, $142,892.53

18. Stormy Wing, 25, 1, 2, 5,293.870, $170,960.34

19. Renato Nunes, 26, 2, 4, 5,097.430, $127,841.67

20. Kasey Hayes, 22, 0, 2, 5,082.000, $88,129.21

21. Emilio Rezende, 26, 1, 3, 5,073.250, $105,174.92

22. Markus Mariluch, 21, 0, 5, 5,036.370, $74,265.42

23. Kody Lostroh, 16, 0, 2, 4,519.750, $100,296.90

24. Brady Sims, 20, 0, 3, 4,464.620, $73,726.30

25. Ty Pozzobon, 22, 0, 2, 4,258.870, $127,146.81

26. Sean Willingham, 21, 1, 1, 4,187.000, $86,055.40

27. Cláudio Crisóstomo, 22, 0, 3, 3,973.500, $85,744.55

28. Zane Lambert, 19, 0, 2, 3,914.410, $114,261.86

29. Stetson Lawrence, 12, 0, 1, 3,869.290, $102,127.68

30. Lachlan Richardson, 24, 0, 0, 3,397.870, $69,424.93

31. Nathan Schapper, 15, 1, 1, 3,323.750, $77,426.30

32. Douglas Duncan, 26, 0, 4, 3,217.870, $53,954.00

33. Josh Faircloth, 9, 0, 1, 3,213.680, $52,432.68

34. Jordan Hupp, 20, 0, 1, 3,187.370, $64,862.25

35. Robson Palermo, 14, 0, 1, 2,909.370, $40,251.67

36. Billy Robinson, 24, 0, 1, 2,864.250, $48,617.58

37. Jason Malone, 11, 0, 1, 2,851.870, $68,210.39

38. Harve Stewart, 19, 0, 0, 2,422.660, $42,822.01

39. Guytin Tsosie, 10, 0, 1, 2,409.620, $39,306.34

40. Luis Blanco, 4, 0, 0, 2,326.060, $48,110.36

41. Ben Jones, 11, 0, 0, 2,262.080, $56,310.78

42. Tyler Harr, 5, 0, 0, 2,192.680, $55,061.98

43. Jory Markiss, 13, 0, 0, 2,021.620, $44,887.01

44. Budd Williamson, 2, 0, 0, 1,874.660, $46,707.00

45. Scottie Knapp, 3, 0, 0, 1,815.950, $53,842.98

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☛ Today’s News 10-25-14

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TODAY’S NEWS

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Oct. 25, 2014

Clark McEntire, 3-time PRCA World Champion Steer Roper, dies at age 86; Voters to determine fate of a new Fort Worth multi-purpose arena; Fort Worth’s Historic Stockyards District could add 245 more acres and D. R. Horton purchases close to 300,000-acre Great Western Ranch in New Mexico for around the asking price of $59 million.

 

CLARK MCENTIRE, 3-TIME WORLD CHAMPION STEER ROPER DIES AT AGE 86

Clark McEntire

Clark McEntire, three-time world champion steer roper and country-music singer Reba McEntire’s father, died late Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 in Coalgate, Okla., at age 86, following a lengthy illness.

 

The Stringtown, Okla., rancher was born Nov. 30, 1927 at Graham in Carter County to John and Alice McEntire. He was the PRCA Steer Roping World Champion in 1957, 1958 and 1961 and a member of the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Col. He was also in the Hall of Fame at several prestigious rodeos including Cheyenne, Pendleton and Claremore.

 

Clark and his wife, Jackie, were married 64 years and had four children: daughters Alice Foran, Reba McEntire and Susie McEntire Eaton and a son, Pake McEntire.

 

Clark suffered a stroke three years ago, the same week Reba was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. According to Reba, he was “born and bred cowboy through and through and he had been sick for five years. His daughter, Susie, was also a musician and Pake tried his hand at singing country music also.

 

According to one news report, Reba remarked about her father’s long illness, saying, “He always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go home.”

 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Kiowa Public School Auditorium.

 

 

IT’S TIME FOR A NEW FORT WORTH MULTIPURPOSE ARENA

Fort Worth’s biggest backers of a new arena at the Will Rogers Memorial Center are campaigning for a new $450 million arena that would have 14,000 seats. According to a Fort Worth Business Press article, potential configurations would range from 9,000 seats for rodeos to 12,000 for basketball and ice shows and up to 14,000 for concerts. It would unlikely become the home of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s annual month-long run, allowing the Stock Show to use the historic 5,700-seat Will Rogers Coliseum for other programming. The new center would complement the current Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, which will remain standing.

 

 

Over half of cost of the new multi-purpose arena will be provided by a group of private-sector participants (foundations, individuals and organizations) led by Fort Worth businessman Ed Bass.  Private donators will also cover any cost overruns. The arena will be owned by the City of Fort Worth and managed by a nonprofit organization that will be responsible for its operational costs.

 

No property taxes will be used to build or maintain the proposed new arena; instead, voters are being asked to approve the three propositions. Public funding will also come from other sources generated by tourism within three miles around the new arena. The public portion of the cost would come primarily from three sources: Voter-approved taxes, at 15 percent; state share of hotel sales and mixed beverage taxes in a three mile radius around will Rogers, 18 percent and the city share of the same taxes from the three mile radius – 14 percent.

 

Voters will get a chance to vote on only 15 percent of the funding on Nov. 4, voting on three ballot propositions: #1 – a user fee (tax) on event tickets not to exceed 10 percent of the ticket price; #2 – a user fee (tax on livestock stalls and pens at $1 to $2 per day, not to exceed $20 per event and #3 – a user fee (tax on parking not to exceed $5 per vehicle, which will come out of the existing parking fee. However, even if one or all of those ballot propositions fail, it is unlikely it will stop the steamroller of the need for a larger arena. A previous vote, which included increased taxes to build the arena, did not succeed.

 

 

Unlike other North Texas arenas and stadiums, there is no private developer or franchise owner involved in the project. Therefore, all revenue derived from the city’s multipurpose arena will be redirected back into its operations and maintenance.

 

 

“If we were a freestanding community, we would already have a facility like this from a demand standpoint,” said Mike Groomer, president of Event Facilities Fort Worth Inc., a nonprofit that has paid for improvements at Will Rogers for years and has guaranteed to pay half the arena’s cost and cap the city’s expense at $225 million.

 

Conceptually, the arena could have up to two clubs and include a new Backstage Club and up to 30 luxury suites. The second club could double as a media area.  The facility would be somewhat smaller than the 20,000-seat American Airlines Center in Dallas, attracting concerts not aiming for that size attendance or ones making second swings through Texas.

 

According to Kirk Slaughter, the city’s public events director, said in an interview with the Fort Worth Business Press, that the new arena would allow Will Rogers to book multiple events on the same dates.

 

“The city’s expansions at Will Rogers in recent years, for example, allowed the bookings of the Appaloosa Horse Club National Championship and American Paint Horse Association Youth World Championship, which ran this summer in Fort Worth at the same time for the second year in a row,” said Slaughter. “Maybe we can bring another show in at the same time.”

Most of the information for this article came from the Fort Worth Business Press

 

 

FORT WORTH’S HISTORIC STOCKYARDS DISTRICT COULD ADD 245 ACRES

According to a Oct. 25 article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, a proposed tax increment financing (TIF) district for the city’s north side and the Historic Stockyards District will generate several million dollars more for public improvements over the next two decades.  The district, which would add an additional 245 acres to the current 925 acres, would generate about $40 million, up from $25 million, in taxes.

 

The proposed boundaries stretch generally from Northside Drive on the South to just past Northeast 28th Street on the North to North Houston Street on the West and to Interstate 35W on the east. The major corridors include Northeast 28th Street, Brennan Avenue and North Main Street.

 

D. R. HORTON BUYS NEW MEXICO RANCH FOR AROUND $59 MILLION

 

Even though Donald R. Horton, the founder and chairman of D. R. Horton Homes, the nation’s largest homebuilder, got out of the cutting horse business on Sept. 25, 2013, by selling all of his well-bred mares and their offspring for close to $1.2 million on 40 head sold, that money was only a down payment on his latest purchase: the 292,779-acre Great Western Ranch in New Mexico, where the asking price was over $59 million.

 

In a Fort Worth Star Telegram article, Horton said the purchase was a long-term investment with no “long-term investment, with no immediate plans for development. It will remain an active ranch operation and be made available for use by our key employees.

 

D. R. Horton board member Michael Hewitt said the company “will use it much like it does the two large ranches it owns in Texas, as a place to entertain brokers, bankers and other D. R. Horton vendors. “It’s a perk for the people we work with,” he said. He also said the ranch is a “good investment for the long term.”

 

According to public records, Horton also personally purchased large parcels of ranch land in Texas and New Mexico.

 

Horton became interested in cutting when he and his wife drove by the Will Rogers Coliseum during one of the NCHA’s major events and stopped in to see what was going on and he fell in love with cutting horses. He said he came up the hard way, using lots of common sense, experience, opportunity and financial savvy. He used that same approach when he entered the cutting horse industry.

 

It wasn’t long before he purchased The Smart Look, a 13-year-old daughter of the legendary cutting stallion Smart Little Lena out of Dox Royal Smoke by the legendary broodmare sire Freckles Playboy.  She has since produced offspring with earnings topping $1.5 million, including other well-known cutting sires, such as WR This Cats Smart, sired by High Brow Cat. At the time Horton bought her from non-pro competitor George Stout, she was in foal to Dual Rey.

 

The result of that breeding was the stallion Dual Smart Rey, with earnings topping $330,436 and a resume including the championship of the NCHA Open Super Stakes, ridden by Phil Rapp. Dual Smart Rey was retired from competition due to an injury near the end of his 5-year-old season; however, as a sire, has offspring that have earned over $800,000. He was the only horse Horton did not include in his sale and he is still standing at stud at the Brazos Valley Stallion Station LP in Stephenville, Texas.

 

 

 

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☛ PBR Finals start Oct 22 in Las Vegas 10-21-14

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

PBR FINALS START OCT. 22 IN LAS VEGAS

 

TO BE BROADCAST LIVE AT 9 P.M. ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK 

 

Press release from PBR
Oct. 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS – For the 21st consecutive year, the world’s top bull riders and the fiercest bucking bulls in the business return to Las Vegas for the richest bull riding event on the planet, the 2014 Built Ford Tough World Finals on Oct. 22-26 at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

As the 21st anniversary of “America’s fastest growing sport” (Forbes) comes to its conclusion, qualifying for this season’s finale is considered a special accomplishment, one shared by 35 talented bull riders, which include:

Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil)

Fabiano Vieira (Perola, Brazil)

Silvano Alves (Pilar do Sul, Brazil)

Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Brazil)

Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas)

Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana)

Cody Nance (Paris, Tennessee)

Gage Gay (Staley, North Carolina)

Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil)

L.J. Jenkins (Porum, Oklahoma)

Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas)

Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecido do Goiania, Brazil)

Marco Eguchi (Poa Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Emilio Resende (Santa Helena do Goias, Brazil)

Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kansas)

J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, North Carolina)

Stormy Wing (Dalhart, Texas)

Renato Nunes (Buritama, Brazil)

Tanner Byrne (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan)

Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma)

Sean Willingham (Summerville, Georgia)

Brady Sims (Holt, Missouri)

Claudio Crisostomo (Lopes da Silva, Brazil)

Zane Lambert (Westbourne, Manitoba)

Stetson Lawrence (Trenton, North Dakota)

Ty Pozzobon (Merritt, British Columbia)

Nathan Schaper (Grassy Butte, North Dakota)

Douglas Duncan (Alvin, Texas)

Lachlan Richardson (Gesford, Australia)

J.W. Harris (May, Texas)

Josh Faircloth (Randleman, North Carolina)

Jordan Hupp (Stephenville, Texas)

Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colorado)

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Brazil)

Billy Robinson (Galax, Virginia)

Markus Mariluch (Elko, Nev)

Qualified in 15th position but suffered a season-ending injury at Springfield, MO

 

Joining these 35 men in Rounds 1 and 2 will be the PBR National Champions from Canada, Brazil, Australia and Mexico. Scott Schiffner (Strathmore, Alberta), Fernando Henrique Novais (Pereira Barreto, Brazil), Dave Kennedy (Kyogle, Australia) and Gustavo Pedrero (Jalisco, Mexico) received invitations to compete in this year’s BFTS finale. To advance through the rounds, these men must rank in the Top 15 in the event average after each round.

 

The World Finals offers a total purse of $2.2 million, including  a $1 million bonus to the World Champion, who also receives the coveted World Champion belt buckle.

 

The World Champion will be the rider who has accumulated the most Built Ford Tough Series points during the 2014 regular season and the World Finals. There are a potential 5,500 points available at the World Finals, so any of the top-ranked riders heading into Las Vegas has the opportunity to win the title.

 

The current points leader is the 2013 Rookie of the Year, Joao Ricardo Vieira. This year Vieira won the BFTS event in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Dr. Pepper Iron Cowboy V. He leads the BFTS with four 90-point rides and 10 Top-5 finishes. He enters the World Finals on a hot streak, having ridden seven of his last nine bulls in the last three events while increasing his riding percentage to 45.35 percent.

 

Vieira took over as No. 1 in the world standings five weeks ago and sits in the top spot with 9,520.25 points, 511.63 ahead of No. 2 Fabiano Vieira.

 

Fabiano Vieira won his third event of the season when he came away with the win in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 10-11. Vieira went 3-for-3 and moved 785 points closer to No. 1. While looking for his first career world title, Vieira has not let an unstable right shoulder slow his ascent up the world standings. He currently leads the BFTS with a 57.75 percent riding percentage and is 511.63 points from the lead.

 

Sitting in third place is Silvano Alves, who is seeking his third PBR world title. Alves made history in 2012 when he became the first World Champion to win back-to-back titles. To add a third title, he’ll have to overtake his fellow countrymen who sit at 1 and 2.

 

The 2008 World Champion, Guilherme Marchi is currently fourth, a little more than 1,000 points from the No. 1 position. After leading the world standings for 13 weeks in 2014, Marchi is currently suffering a 6-for-23 second-half slump, but is still considered a serious contender. He has used 13 Top-10 finishes as well as six Top-5 placements to remain as one of the top men in the standings all season long.

 

Mike Lee and Matt Triplett sit in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Lee is 1,433.44 points behind the leader while Triplett is 2,026.67 off the No. 1 spot. Lee started the second half with great momentum, winning both outdoor events; Thackerville, Oklahoma and Laughlin, Nevada. He then fell off his game for four events, failing to register a qualified ride. His ride in Huntington Beach, California last weekend at the Bulls on the Beach event was his first success since Laughlin.

 

Triplett has stayed consistent with three Top-10 finishes, including his first event win as he claimed the Monster Energy Bulls on the Beach 15/15 Bucking Battle title.

 

All of the World Finals action begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at UNLVtickets.com and by telephone at 702-739-3267.

 

CBS Sports Network will broadcast every round live at 9 p.m. ET on Oct. 22-25 and at 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 26. For more information on the World Finals, please visit worldfinals.pbr.com.

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☛ Rodeo News 10-7-14

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS 

Courtesy PRCA

Oct. 7, 2014

 

Joe Frost captures first Linderman Award

               Joe Frost accomplished two of his biggest goals this year – qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and winning the Linderman Award.The 22-year-old from Randlett, Utah, said he’s dreamed of both honors as long as he can remember.

“Obviously, going to the NFR is a big deal for me, but so is winning the Linderman Award,” Frost said. “I’ve always looked up to the all-around guys, and it’s something I’ve wanted to win ever since I heard about it. It’s pretty exciting, and I’d like to win it every year until I quit rodeoing.”

The Linderman Award recognizes excellence at both ends of the arena. To qualify, a cowboy must win at least $1,000 in each of three events, and those events must include at least one roughstock event and one timed event.

The award is named for ProRodeo Hall of Famer Bill Linderman, who won six world championships: all-around (1950, 1953), bareback riding (1943), saddle bronc riding (1945, 1950) and steer wrestling (1950).

Frost won $73,559 during the 2014 season, well ahead of 2013 Linderman Award winner Trell Etbauer, who earned $46,935. Third in the race for the prestigious honor was Kyle Whitaker, who has won the award a record six times.

Frost won $69,558 in bull riding – where he’s 11th in the world – plus $2,908 in tie-down roping and $1,092 in steer wrestling.

Frost is a senior at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and won the College National Finals Rodeo and National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association bull riding titles in June in Casper, Wyo.

AQHA Horses of the Year announcedThe winners of the AQHA Horses of the Year awards have been announced. Three horses were chosen in each of the six categories, and it was a championship class made special by the number of newcomers – there were five horses that were first-time winners.

Steer roping horse Olee Roberto (Major), owned by Thomas Snedecor and ridden by his son, Scott, is the only repeat winner. A year ago, Major tied for the top spot with Dan Fisher’s Woody, and this time he won the award outright.

Each owner of the winning team roping horses celebrated their second victories. This is the second consecutive win for team roping header Brandon Beers. His horse, Lucy’s Fast Jewel (Jewel), finished on top of the standings last year, and Beers was No. 1 again this year with El Tevo Cash (Tevo).

Team roping heeler Brady Minor also claimed his second win. Dugout was first in the 2011 balloting, and Minor came back with Rey this year.

Hunter Herrin’s win with Rambo ended a five-year run in which the tie-down roping award had gone to either Pearl (2009, 2013) or Sweetness (2010-12).

Here are the full results of each event:

 

TEAM ROPING-HEADING

1. El Tevo Cash (Tevo), owner Brandon Beers

2. Hickory Quick Bar (Patron), owner Charly Crawford

3. My Frosty Cocoa (Dolly), owner Dustin Bird

 

TEAM ROPING-HEELING

1. Reyshines on Top (Rey), owner Brady Minor

2. CD Starbucks (Starbucks), owner Ryan Motes

3. Zans Colonel Shine (Colonel), owner Jake Long

 

TIE-DOWN ROPING

1. Dualin Demon (Rambo), owner Hunter Herrin

2. Eatin with Rooster (Chicken), owner Marty Yates

3. Big Smokin Wonder (Pearl), owner Sid Miller

 

STEER ROPING

1. Olee Roberto (Major), owner Thomas Snedecor

2. DW Zans Dude (Dude), owner Tony and Kelly Reina

3. Weavers Diamond Bar (Rowdy), owner Tim Tillard

 

STEER WRESTLING

1. Landrys Cadillac (Cadillac), owner Frank Sterling Wallace

2/3. Last Call Hall (Earl), owner Trevor Knowles

2/3. Say Rey Doc (Doc), owner Tom Duvall

 

BARREL RACING

1. Wonders Cowboy Dan (Cowboy), owner H.Q. Bass

2. Dasher Dude (Rootie), owner Britany Diaz

3. Guys Six Pack to Go (Six Pack), owner Kathleen Collier

Ralph Buell, April 29, 1930 – Oct. 1, 2014Ralph Buell, the 1962 world champion bareback rider who stood among the sport’s elite cowboys for nearly two decades, died Oct. 1 at a hospital in Sheridan, Wyo. He was 84.

Buell competed professionally from 1952-68, earning a spot among the top 15 riders in the world at least eight times. He qualified for the first four National Finals Rodeos (1959-62), and then again in 1964.

His world title in 1962 came in the first year the NFR was held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. He won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days that season, entered the NFR in first place and then held off Don Mayo in a close race by tying for second place in the average.

Buell’s earnings that year were $16,720, which is $131,685 in today’s dollars, accounting for inflation.

“But in my day our hotel rooms were $7-10 a night,” Buell once told a reporter with the Denver Post. “Hamburgers were 65 cents.”A lifelong resident of Wyoming, Buell grew up on a ranch in Buffalo with his five brothers and two sisters, and continued to live in that area until he moved to Cheyenne in 1971.

“There were plenty of hands to do the work (with so many siblings) growing up,” Buell said. “We took one day off each summer. That was the Fourth of July. We rode horses three miles to get to school.”

Buell won the first rodeo competition he ever entered on March 13, 1949, to begin a long affinity with the number 13. He wore the No. 13 back number when he won his world title in 1962 and he had a hole-in-one on Aug. 13, 1987.

“It was never unlucky for me,” Buell said.

Over the course of his career he won many of the sport’s biggest events, including the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, the Southwestern Exposition & Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas, the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up, the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., and Cheyenne.

He owned and operated Buell Painting and Wallpapering for 36 years. He was a life member of the PRCA, the Cheyenne Country Club, a former volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels, and he was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum Hall of Fame.

Buell is survived by his wife, Barbara Buell of Cheyenne; children, Jacquetta, Sharon, and Brenda; two stepchildren, Sean and Shanaan; and one step-grandchild.

Private family services will be held at a later date with burial to be held at Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo and cremation by Schrader Funeral      Expressions of sympathy in Buell’s memory may be made to Meals-on-Wheels, 2015 South Greeley Highway, Cheyenne, WY 82007.

News & Notes from the Rodeo TrailProRodeoLive.com with Steve Kenyon will be in Waco, Texas, Oct. 9-11 for live coverage of the final three nights of the All American ProRodeo Finals, presented by Pendleton Whisky.

 

The specialty acts for the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo have been announced. Canadian trick rider Madison MacDonald will be making her fourth appearance at the WNFR, while trick roper Rider Kiesner makes his third trip to Las Vegas. Kenny Petet and Whiplash the Monkey will be making their first appearance together at the WNFR. Whiplash and Tommy Lucia have previously performed at the WNFR.

 

Jim Lathrop, a PRCA Gold Card member and custom saddle maker, died Sept. 23 at his home in Fort Sumner, N.M. He was 85. Lathrop owned saddle shops in California, Montana, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

 

Franchone Myers, mother of WNFR cowboys Cash and Rope Myers, died Oct. 3 in Tyler, Texas. She was 71. Myers was a barrel racer, and also was Miss Rodeo Kansas in 1963. A celebration of life is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 8, at the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church in Athens, Texas.

 

Two-time WNFR saddle bronc rider Tyler Corrington and Morgan McSweyn were married on Oct. 4 at Willowood Ranch in Sherman, Texas. Among Corrington’s groomsmen were current saddle bronc riders Cort Scheer, Chet Johnson and Travis Sheets, and former saddle bronc rider Billie Sutton, who currently serves as a member of the South Dakota State Senate. Saddle bronc rider Dustin Flundra’s son, Ridge, was the ring bearer.

 

Bull rider Jinichiro Shibahara, the only Japanese native currently competing in PRCA rodeos, is out of action for the immediate future after sustaining a strained left abdomen and rib separations at the San Dimas (Calif.) Western Days Rodeo.

 

The North Texas State Fair Association announced Oct. 3 that it has bought 109 acres near Interstate 35, the first step toward relocating one of Denton’s longest-running events. Negotiations had been actively in the works for six months, according to Glenn Carlton, the fair association’s executive director .

 

Six college students received $2,500 scholarships as part of the Royal Scholars program, sponsored by the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo. The six men and women who received the scholarships are Garrett Kays, Kansas State University; Alyssa Clements, University of Tennessee; Jade Kampsen, South Dakota State University; Morgan Weinrich, Colorado State University; Emma Likens, University of Nebraska and Sadie Kinne, University of Missouri.

 

The city of Caldwell (Idaho) has paid $425,000 for 10 additional acres at the Caldwell Events Center for use by the Canyon County Fair, Caldwell Night Rodeo and other events, according to Mayor Garret Nancolas. “We’re just trying to make our events center a premier facility,” Nancolas said. Adding 10 acres will help relieve congestion, provide more parking and remove the conflict of people using certain areas.

 

Two new exhibits have opened in the 101 Gallery at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The first is “The Artist and the Bucking Horse,” a collection of artwork in different mediums with the iconic bucking horse as the subject. The majority of the artwork in this collection was accumulated by Valona Varnum Crowell, and donated to the museum in 1983. The collection originally contained 44 pieces, and a few additional pieces have been added over the years from other donors and artists. Some of the artists represented are Walt LaRue, Frank Serratoni, Fredrick Remmington, Edd Hayes, Bob Scriver, Chris Navarro, Murray Tinkelman and Al Luster, among many others.

 

There was an extra element of excitement at the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo in Rosenberg, Texas, when a four-foot alligator was found in the horse barn on Sunday morning. He’d escaped from a nearby carnival and had been missing for three days when he turned up at the rodeo. No bite, no foul. The gator was roped, bound and turned over to animal control for return to his owners

2014 World Standings Leaders 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $253,262
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $172,384
SW: Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. $91,804
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $110,181
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $110,181
SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $126,879
TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $153,822
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $143,165
SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $68,835
*2014 Barrel Racing (through Oct. 6, 2014) 

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

 

1 Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla. $155,280
2 Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas 131,471
3 Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 121,617
4 Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah 104,289
5 Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D. 102,947
6 Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas 100,645
7 Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas 99,712
8 Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo. 93,135
9 Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. 93,048
10 Kassidy Dennison, Roosevelt, Utah 92,051
11 Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo. 91,736
12 Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas 90,431
13 Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb. 74,385
14 Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas 70,577
15 Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas 70,416
16 Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore. 70,017
17 Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas 69,447
18 Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif. 68,119
19 Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga. 64,063
20 Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah 
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☛ Rodeo News 10-1-14

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
Sept. 30, 2014

Feild rolls toward Vegas with second Omaha win

When the bright lights come on, Kaycee Feild shines.

It’s nothing new to rodeo fans, who have seen the 27-year-old dominate bareback riding the past three seasons, collecting three consecutive gold buckles. On Sept. 26, the Spanish Fork, Utah, cowboy added more hardware to his bulging trophy case.

Feild captured his second Justin Boots Championships title in the last three years with an 85-point ride on Korkow Rodeo’s Flashcard Champ at CenturyLink Arena.

“I had never been on that horse before, but I had seen him in Gooding, Idaho,” Feild said. “He bucked a young kid off in about three jumps, and I’ve had my eye on him ever since, and I was very happy to see the draw. He came around tight to the left tonight, which meant he stayed close to the judges and showed off a little bit. That horse was one that was really fun to ride, and was one I could ride for 15 seconds.”

Feild came to Omaha with a lead of almost $40,000 over second-place Steven Peebles in the world standings, and the $9,484 he earned helped increase the lead he carries to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to $45,455.

The defending world champ says Omaha, Neb.,  is a springboard for Las Vegas, and that success in Omaha always gives him a mental boost in the two-month break between now and the WNFR.

“Omaha is one of those rodeos where if you come in and do well, it makes going to Vegas seem easier, and if you don’t do well here, it gives you a bad vibe to end the season,” Feild said. “A win here is pretty important to me, because then I have the right thoughts in my head the next few months.”

Feild tried to cut back on the number of rodeos he went to in 2014, in order to stay fresher and healthier as he enters the WNFR as the favorite to win his fourth straight gold buckle.

“I’m feeling great physically and mentally,” he said. “I tried to set a number at the beginning of the season for the amount of rodeos I wanted to go to, and it was about 60. Once you get to 75 or 80 rodeos, you get more bumps and bruises, which doesn’t allow you to ride to your full potential. I set season goals and long-term goals before every season, and I have a list of rodeos I want to win and rodeos I need to win each year. Omaha is one I always want to win.”

Other winners at the $248,594 Justin Boots Championships were steer wrestlers Clayton Hass, Billy Bugenig and Riley Duvall (3.9 seconds each), team ropers Tom Richards and Cesar de la Cruz (4.6 seconds), saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy (83 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Tipped Off), tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett (6.8 seconds, tying arena record), barrel racer Sarah Rose McDonald (14.51 seconds) and bull rider Tim Bingham (85 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Chubby).

Wright has familiar Omaha success

Jesse Wright is hoping the road through Omaha he took two years ago will lead to the same final destination at the end of 2014.

The 2012 saddle bronc riding world champion had quite a weekend at the CenturyLink Arena, winning the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale Sept. 27 after placing second at the Justin Boots Championships a night earlier.

Success in Omaha is nothing new for Wright, who won the Justin Boots Championships in 2012 on his way to winning the gold buckle.

“I won Omaha the year I won the world with an 86-point ride, just like I had tonight,” Wright said. “I went out with a bang to end that regular season, and I’m hoping it pans out the same way this year as it did in 2012.”

Wright’s 86-point trip on Korkow Rodeo’s Queenie came on a re-ride. He was happy to see her.

“She’s old, and they haven’t bucked her very much. This was the first time they’ve busted her out in the last couple months, and she was outstanding,” Wright said of Queenie. “She was electric and quick, and made me look extra good.”

Wright, who competed for Team ProRodeo Hall of Fame, entered the week 12th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and wanted to make some moves to get himself in better position heading to Las Vegas. Mission accomplished.

His win on Sept. 27 netted $5,168, and coupled with the $4,864 he earned for splitting second in the Justin Boots Championships, Wright moved to eighth in the final regular-season standings.

“I’m hoping these checks put me in a position to have a good chance at winning another gold buckle,” said the 25-year-old Wright. “I’m going to work out hard and get on a bunch of practice horses between now and the NFR. I’m planning on going down there and drawing the good ones and capitalizing on them, and hopefully coming out on top.”

The Milford, Utah, cowboy is feeling good, and appears to be peaking at the right time of the year.

“I’m riding way better right now than I have all year long,” he said. “I was fighting my head and my saddle there for a few months, but now I’ve got it all turned around, and it feels great.”

Other winners at the WCC were bareback rider Tim O’Connell, Team ProRodeo Hall of Fame (87 points on Three Hills Rodeo’s Angel Eyes), steer wrestler Nick Guy, Team PRCA (4.1 seconds), team ropers Trevor Brazile and Travis Graves, Team B&W Trailer Hitches, and Tom Richards and Allen Bach, Team ProRodeo Fan Zone (3.9 seconds each), barrel racer Mary Walker, Team Justin Boots (14.36 seconds) and bull rider Trey Benton III , Team Pendleton Whisky (89.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s No. 37Y).

The year-end Wrangler Champions Challenge team champions are B&W Trailer Hitches, with $116,280. Team members include bareback rider Bobby Mote, steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge, team ropers Brazile and Graves, saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley, tie-down roper Brazile, barrel racer Lisa Lockhart and bull rider Brennon Eldred.

Team RAM came in second with $113,307, while Team Pendleton Whisky and Team Justin Boots were third and fourth, respectively.

Bubble cowboys qualify for WNFR on last weekend

               After a 10-year absence, bull rider Beau Hill is headed back to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as one of a handful of contestants who made the Big Show in Las Vegas during a frantic final week of the regular season.

The West Glacier, Mont., cowboy made his advance a reality by finishing third at the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha on Sept. 26, and also adding a check in Kansas City the next day.

“This is great,” Hill, 35, said about returning to the Wrangler NFR for the first time since 2004. “It’s the goal at the beginning of the year to get in the Finals and win a world championship. I was, like, $600 out that last weekend and I knew I had to win, and it felt good to have that pressure and get the job done.”

Thanks to winning $4,456 in Omaha and $355 for tying for sixth place at the American Royal Pro Rodeo in Kansas City, Hill moved from 16th to 13th, ahead of Aaron Pass, Elliot Jacoby and Brett Stall. Stall finished $1,498 behind Jacoby for the final qualifying spot.

There was also a change at the top end of the bull riding standings, required because four-time and reigning World Champion J.W. Harris failed to compete in the minimum number of PRCA rodeos required (40) to be able to count the money earned on the Xtreme Bulls Tour.

Without the $47,726 he earned as Tour champion, Harris dropped from third to sixth in the world standings with $77,307 – $65,858 behind leader Sage Kimzey.

“That’s going to light a fire under me and motivate me more to do good out there (at the WNFR),” Harris said.

While Harris dropped three spots, Hill was just worried about making it into the top 15. His 83-point ride aboard Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Beer Gut is what helped punch his ticket to Las Vegas for the Dec. 4-13 Wrangler NFR.

“I had never been on that bull before,” Hill said. “I saw him in Fort Madison (Iowa) a few weeks before and Howdy Cloud rode him for 85 points, so I knew he was a really good bull. I knew I was just going to have to do my part. It was a great bull. He jumped out there and turned back into my hand and was just really good. I kind of got to spurring on him at the end and it just felt like I made a great ride.”

Although the Justin Boots Championships ended Sept. 26, Hill didn’t realize he placed third behind Tim Bingham (85 points) and Trey Benton III (84) until the next day.

“I was in Kansas City and I didn’t think I was going to end up finishing that high (at Omaha), but that’s just the way it worked out, that I finished third,” Hill said. “It was pretty exciting.”

This is Hill’s third trip to the WNFR, with his other two trips coming in 2002 and 2004 when he finished seventh and fifth, respectively, in the world standings.

“Ten years (since going to the Finals) is a long time, and it feels special to me to make it,” Hill said. “That was a goal of mine at the beginning of the year, and I guess I’m running out of years as far as bull riders go, so it feels good to reach a goal like this.”

Hill wasn’t the only cowboy to qualify for the WNFR with a flurry in the last week, as bareback rider Steven Dent, steer wrestler Seth Brockman, saddle bronc rider Dustin Flundra, and pending an audit, the team roping pair of Tom Richards and Cesar de la Cruz, made it into the WNFR field by each finishing 15th.

Richards and de la Cruz advanced to the coveted Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with huge final weeks.

Richards pocketed $12,120, and de la Cruz earned $10,858.

Pending further review, Richards made his first WNFR with $66,744 – $1,802 more than 16th-place Chad Masters, who won gold buckles in 2007 and 2012. De la Cruz has now qualified for nine WNFRs in a row after edging out No. 16 Kinney Harrell by $2,774.

Dent qualified for his seventh WNFR berth, and fifth in a row, with checks in Omaha, Neb., San Bernardino, Calif., and Stephenville, Texas, to bump injury-plagued R.C. Landingham out of the 15th spot by $3,532.

The highlight for Dent was his win in Stephenville, where his 91-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket equaled the highest-scored bareback ride of the season; Richmond Champion was also 91 on Dirty Jacket at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days. Dent started the week 16th.

Brockman, of Wheatland, Wyo., rose from 17th to 14th during the week by tying for second place at the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Omaha, and tying for seventh in the Justin Boots Championships, for total earnings of $5,800.

Ty Erickson dropped to 15th, and the odd man out was Blake Knowles, who fell all the way to 18th in this closest of all the races. Erickson’s total earnings of $52,470 was just $64 better than No. 16 Tom Lewis, and Riley Duvall was $445 back in 17th. This will be Brockman’s second WNFR qualification; he made the field in 2011 and placed in three rounds.

In saddle bronc riding, Dustin Flundra edged Troy Crowser by a mere $148 to claim the No. 15 spot.

Despite having used up his rodeo count (he won two checks during the week), Spencer Wright held on to the 13th spot in the world standings to earn his first WNFR berth and join brothers Cody, Jesse and Jake in the field. It is the first time four brothers have ever qualified for the WNFR.

Tie-down roper Cody Ohl, who was outside the top 50 in mid-July, moved up one more spot to 14th, and will be going to his 20th WNFR.

Wrangler Champions Challenge growing in 2015

Heading into its second full year, the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, has added three rodeos and an 11th team while maintaining its full complement of team sponsors and TV coverage. (Prize money remains $124,000 at most events in 2015 other than Kissimmee, Fla., where the committee has added an extra $1,000 for each event. Contestants took home more than $950,000 from the 2014 series’ eight stops.)

Not only did all of the 2014 WCC hosts return to the lineup for 2015, three more committees have signed on for the new season: Logandale, Nev.; Cody, Wyo., and Pueblo, Colo.

“We are thrilled to have more and more people interested in hosting the best cowboys and cowgirls at Wrangler Champions Challenge events,” said PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. “It’s a great event for the hosting committees – growing into new cities shows that the star power of the Wrangler Champions Challenge boosts rodeo attendance. It’s also the future of ProRodeo on TV, because that same star power means the TV consumer can follow the same faces on TV each broadcast. Creating star power is one of the ways we parallel other mainstream sports and position ourselves for even more growth.”

There’s also a sense of excitement in adding another team to the Wrangler Champions Challenge structure, said PRCA Director of Properties Sara Muirheid, because it gives contestants an additional chance to gain admittance to the elite tour.

“With two seats coming from the 2015 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and two seats coming from the standings of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, presented by Justin Boots, fans can count on watching who is at the top of their game next season,” Muirheid said.

Under the new format, there will no longer be a team made up of venue champions from the previous year, but instead the host committee will be able to field a “home team” by signing a sponsor.

Over the course of the 2014 season, RAM, ProRodeo Gear and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame joined initial team sponsors Wrangler, Justin Boots, Coors, B&W Trailer Hitches, Pendleton Whisky and the PRCA itself. Sponsors for 2015 teams will be announced in December, before those sponsors compete for players at a public draft in Las Vegas Dec. 14.

CBS SportsNet will televise all 2015 Wrangler Champions Challenge events.

The Wrangler Champions Challenge is “a great opportunity to compete against 10 guys and have a chance at $5,000,” said bulldogger Trevor Knowles, among the top money-earners over the 2014 Wrangler Champions Challenge series with more than $28,000, and one of only two contestants to win three 2014 Wrangler Champions Challenge events in 2014. (The other was Ryan Jarrett.) “We’re always going after the opportunity to win good money, and expanding (the series) gives us more opportunities. The more we can win, and the more sponsorship dollars the sport can produce, the better off we all are.”

 

Binion is ProRodeo Legend of 2014

On the 30th anniversary of the National Finals Rodeo moving to Las Vegas, the man most responsible for bringing it to the desert – Benny Binion – is being honored as the 2014 Legend of ProRodeo at the Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala Dec. 1 at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

“He’d get a big kick out of it, and he’d be proud,” said Brenda Michael, one of Binion’s five children. “He didn’t watch any sports; rodeo was the only entertainment he liked.

“He liked livestock and bucking horses. He liked the cowboys.”

Binion, who passed away in 1989, was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1988. In 1985, he was named ProRodeo Man of the Year for bringing the NFR to Vegas.

Born in 1901, Binion was nicknamed “Cowboy.” He moved to Las Vegas from his native Texas, where he had raised some of the best bucking horses and bulls in rodeo. He worked for 30 years to bring a big-time rodeo to Vegas, and succeeded in 1985. The 10 days of the Finals each December have become some of the most lucrative for the city.

“He wanted to get it out there for a long time,” Michael said. “He thought that’s where it needed to be. It was better for the rodeo and good for Las Vegas.”

The reception and silent auction will get under way at 6 p.m., with the dinner at 7 o’clock featuring live entertainment by Las Vegas performers and the Legend Award presentation. Tickets are $100 apiece, or $900 for a table of 10. The deadline for reserving tickets is Nov. 24.

Raffle tickets for a 35th anniversary ProRodeo Hall of Fame saddle will be sold at the Gala with the drawing held at the end of the evening. Live auction items included this year are a Massey Ferguson tractor, a 35th anniversary Commemorative Firearms set (No. 1 of 50), a “Spinnin’ in Vegas” bull riding bronze by Steve Miller, a photograph of Lane Frost’s last ride in Cheyenne (Wyo.) and a 35th anniversary Hall of Fame Commemorative Belt Buckle (No. 2 of 35).

All proceeds from the Gala benefit the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs.

 Week’s Highlights, Sept. 22-28

  • Brazile watch: Trevor Brazile had another big week to close out the season – $15,631 in four rodeos – as he finished the regular season with all-around earnings of $253,262, not far off his regular-season record of $268,334. By winning two rounds and finishing fourth in the steer roping average in Stephenville, Texas, on Sunday, Brazile moved past Chet Herren into first place in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. That puts him first in the all-around (by nearly $95,000 over Tuf Cooper), first in the steer roping entering the Nov. 7-8 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., third in the tie-down roping and third among team roping headers. It puts him in position to join Jim Shoulders as the only cowboys ever to win three Triple Crowns (three gold buckles in a single year) and possibly even an unprecedented Grand Slam (four gold buckles).  
  • Tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett isn’t going to the WNFR this December, but he ended his 2014 season with an exclamation point on Sept. 27 in Omaha. Two nights after tying the arena record with a 6.8-second run and winning the Justin Boots Championships, Jarrett posted a time of 6.5 seconds to break the arena record and put himself in the record books. The time is tied for the second-fastest mark in ProRodeo history, along with Cody Ohl at the 2003 WNFR, and Clint Robinson in Amarillo, Texas, in 2004. Ricky Canton owns the world record with a 6.3-second run in Strathmore, Alberta, in 2005. While Jarrett had a weekend to remember, he still came up short in his bid for his ninth WNFR qualification, finishing 18th in the world.
  • Josh Frost tied for second place in the bull riding at the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, to bump his season earnings to $46,329. That leaves him second on the all-time list among permit holders, just $1,398 back of the single-season record bull rider Sage Kimzey set a year ago. Frost is also second on the career earnings list for permit holders, $3,591 shy of tie-down roper Caleb Smidt’s record set in 2011-12.

News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail

Tickets for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo on March 25-28, 2015 – the first RNCFR held at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla. – are available for purchase by calling 800.745.3000 or visiting RNCFR.com. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo will feature seven heart-pounding events over four action-packed days. Tickets range in price from $15 to $35.

 

Eugene Weakley, a National Finals Rodeo steer wrestler and PRCA gold card member, passed away Sept. 28 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was 70. Weakley rodeoed for 30 years and also worked as a pickup man, PRCA judge and timed-event chute boss. He qualified for the 1971 NFR, and was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth in 2012. Weakley won several major rodeos in his career, including the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days in 1969.

 

Bud Sankey, the father of Wrangler NFR cowboys Ike and Lyle Sankey, who raised PRCA bucking bulls and founded the Sankey Rodeo School, will be inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame on Oct. 11. Sankey, who invented the Sankey Twister – one of the first mechanical bulls, is one of five members entering the Hall. The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at the Hoover Pavillion in Wright Park, Kan., and reservations must be made by Oct. 5. Tickets can be purchased by calling 620.227.8188.

 

The 12th annual Rough-N-Ready Rodeo – an event for children with disabilities – took place Sept. 26 in Omaha, Neb. The event, which was sponsored by the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation, featured rodeo athletes and queens who assisted the young participants. “Every year, the volunteers come up and talk about how much they enjoyed it,” said Mandy Taylor, chairwoman of the Rough-N-Ready Rodeo Committee. The children raced on stick horses, roped a dummy calf, rode a dummy bucking “horse,” took horseback rides, got their faces painted and enjoyed interacting with clowns.

 

 

Long-time PRCA bullfighter Loyd Ketchum retired at the Bowman (N.D.) County Pro Rodeo last weekend after 27 years in ProRodeo that included the 1991 Wrangler World Champion Bullfighter title. PRCA stock contractor Sparky Dreesen said, “After we moved to Montana in 1995, Loyd was the first guy I called to help us when we started putting on rodeos there, because of his attitude – he’s a winner. He does the best he can at all of the things that need to be done, whether it’s setting the flank on a bucking horse or fighting bulls. What you see is what you get with Loyd. He’s not only one of the greatest bullfighters ever, he’s one of the greatest individuals ever.”

 

Bull rider Jay Morrow, the Great Lakes Circuit champion in 2006 and 2008, is featured in the Discovery Channel’s newest take on survival, the reality series “Tethered,” which premieres at 10 p.m. (ET) Oct. 5. The show tests the ability of contestants to survive in some of the most extreme environments on the planet – from Alaska to Panama – while being bound to a partner by a six-foot steeltether. Morrow, of Wayland, Iowa, and a PRCA member since 2004, described himself to the show’s producers as “an adrenaline junkie who never takes his cowboy hat off,” and he is paired with a bookish intellectual named Matt. A 2004 graduate of Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Mo.) with a degree in business management and marketing, Morrow has thousands of followers on social media and has done some modeling for a number of organizations, including Subway and Osage Casino. “I’ve grown up riding bulls, hunting and fishing,” Morrow said, “any extreme, outdoor sports I can find. So, this was another opportunity to check my fortitude, willpower and self-preservation, plus challenge myself as an outdoorsman.”

 

 

Bull rider Jason Power, a native of Franklinville, N.J., who won the First Frontier year-end title in 2004 and 2009 and the RAM First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2003, will retire this year at the conclusion of the circuit finals in Gettysburg, Pa. Power, 35, closed out his final regular season in the PRCA as champion of the Cowtown Rodeo series in Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J. He was joined on the list of series champions by bareback rider Andy Carter, steer wrestler A.J. Williams, team ropers Dave Ballantyne and T.R. Serio, saddle bronc rider Matt Bartsch and tie-down roper J.R. Myers.

 

 

Representatives from several local government entities in St. George, Utah, are working on a plan that could potentially save the historic Dixie Sun Bowl from demolition. Cracked and aging, and in need of an estimated $2 million in renovations, the 66-year-old arena appeared to be on the brink in recent years. “The details still need to be worked out,” St. George Mayor Jon Pike said. “It hasn’t been approved by anyone. But we think we’ve found a way to work something out.” The Sun Bowl’s signature annual event, the three-day Dixie Roundup Rodeo, drew an estimated 17,000 spectators two weeks ago.

 

 

Author Gail Woerner will present “Western Women Who Dared to be Different” at the Estes Park (Colo.) Museum on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. Woerner is the author of a book of the same title and five others on rodeo history. In this program, she will share how she came to research and write the books on the history of the West, especially rodeo. It is a free program, and no reservations are required.

 

2014 World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $253,262
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $172,384
SW: Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. $91,804
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $110,181
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $110,181
SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $126,879
TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $153,822
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $143,165
SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $68,835

*2014 Barrel Racing (through Sept. 29, 2014) 

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

 

1 Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla. $155,280
2 Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas 131,471
3 Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 121,617
4 Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah 104,289
5 Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D. 102,947
6 Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas 100,645
7 Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas 99,712
8 Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo. 93,135
9 Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. 93,048
10 Kassidy Dennison, Roosevelt, Utah 92,051
11 Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo. 91,736
12 Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas 90,431
13 Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb. 74,385
14 Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas 70,577
15 Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas 70,416
16 Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore. 70,017
17 Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas 69,447
18 Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif. 68,119
19 Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga. 64,063
20 Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah 60,579
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