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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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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 2-7-17

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



Press release from PRCA
Feb. 7, 2017


Jake Wright wins Fort Worth for second year in a row

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Saddle bronc rider Jake Wright held down the fort by winning the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, for the second year in a row.

“A lot of guys go their whole career hoping to win that one, and I am pumped to win it another year,” Wright said. “I’m stoked – at a loss for words. Growing up, I saw Cody (Wright, Jake’s older brother) win it many times (2011, 2013-14). Watching him do good, I wanted the same success, so I went in there hoping for the best.”

The 27-year-old Milford, Utah, cowboy improved on his 2016 Fort Worth win by 4.5 points, riding for 255.5 points on three head, an arena record.

“I think I rode better this year,” Wright said. “(ProRodeo Hall of Famer) Shawn Davis said ‘the day you have a perfect ride, you might as well hang up your saddle.’ I told (ProRodeo Hall of Famer) Billy Etbauer, when I was 19 or 20, that ‘I think I have this figured out,’ and he said, ‘call me when you do.’

“I’ve always thought about that – keep striving to be better – and I want to win the world championship something fierce.”

Wright was battling the flu while competing, but luck was on his side when it came to the draw, as he’d ridden J Bar J’s Special Time during Round 3 of the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“He bucks hard, and a lot of guys don’t like him, but I get along with him really good,” Wright said. “I didn’t know what I had until I got here, and when I looked at the sheet I was like ‘heck yeah.'”

Wright won the average by 1.5 points by placing seventh in the first round with an 83 and then splitting the win in Round 2 and the final round.

“I had a good attitude and was pumped to be in the short round,” Wright said. “When you are in the short round in Fort Worth you might as well have fun like at the (National) Finals, just keep doing what you did to get there.”

Wright got a call from two-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Taos Muncy shortly after his win at Fort Worth.

“Taos was being funny and asked if they were going to make a statue of me at the rodeo, and I said I’d be alright with it,” Wright said. “Fort Worth has been good to me my whole career, and I love going to that rodeo. The greats have rode in that same building, on that same dirt.”

Wright was eighth in the 2016 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, and he’s off to an identical start to 2017, so he has his eyes set on what would be his sixth-consecutive WNFR.

“That buckle is in my sights every year,” Wright said.

Winning Fort Worth has given Wright a $13,998 boost in the 2017 world standings.

“The winter run is just kicking off, and now the fun really begins,” Wright said. “It always gives you a boost to get on a roll in the winter – you get good confidence and you are riding good. This man is just starting to catch on fire.”

Other winners at the $665,546 rodeo were all-around cowboy Caleb Smidt ($11,555, team roping and tie-down roping), bareback rider Tim O’Connell (336 points on four head), steer wrestler Luke Branquinho (12.2 seconds on three head), team ropers Erich Rogers/Cory Petska (16.0 seconds on three head), barrel racer Fallon Taylor (49.61 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Dave Mason (235.5 on three head).


  • Steer wrestler Kyle Irwin’s 6 seconds on two head to win the SW District Fat Stock Show & Rodeo (Lake Charles, La.) this weekend wasn’t just the fastest two-head time of the still-young 2017 season, but the quickest in nearly eight years. Tony Byers was also 6.6 on two at the ABC Pro Rodeo (Lubbock, Texas) April 2-4, 2009; Byers had times of 3.4 and 3.2, while Irwin was 3.5 and 3.1, with his second-round time standing as the second-fastest of 2017. There have been only four other sub-7-second times in the intervening years, by Shane Frey (6.7, 2016), Trevor Knowles (6.8, 2013), J.D. Struxness (6.9, 2016) and Luke Branquinho (6.9, 2010).


  • Bill Tutor won the Lake Charles bareback riding title with a 90-point score on Korkow Rodeo’s Pilsey Power, tying him with Winn Ratliff and Wyatt Bloom – who scored 90 on HiLo Pro Rodeo’s Wilson Sanchez this weekend at the McAlester (Okla.) Pro Rodeo – for the highest-scored ride of the 2017 season … Bull rider Tristan Mize had an 89.5-point ride on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Red Cloud to win the SW District Fat Stock Show & Rodeo (Lake Charles, La.). That was tied for the third highest-scored ride of 2017 season with Cole Melancon’s5-point ride on Sutton Rodeos’ Judas Jan. 28 in Rapid City, S.D., which won the Division 2 Xtreme Bulls event.


  • The San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo began Feb. 3, and concludes Feb. 17. Tie-down ropers Michael Otero and Cody Quaney had 7.0-second runs in the first and second rounds, respectively. Those are tied for the fastest runs of the 2017 season.


Floyd snares emotional Rapid City win

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Steer wrestler Chason Floyd acknowledged he wasn’t mentally ready to compete at Rodeo Rapid City.

Floyd was dealing with the loss of his grandmother, Ella Hafner, with whom he was very close. Hafner passed away Jan. 19 at the age of 98.

“I was headed down to slack at Fort Worth (Texas) … almost to Oklahoma and I got a call from the doctors who told me she was in the hospital,” Floyd said. “I turned around and headed back. I got to talk to her, and she died the next day. I didn’t feel like rodeoing after that happened.”

With his emotions still raw, Floyd chose to go compete at Rodeo Rapid City (Jan. 28-Feb. 4) – and it proved to be a wise choice.

Floyd won the rodeo by stopping the clock in 4.2 seconds at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

“I really feel like my grandmother was watching over me and was with me,” said Floyd, 28. “She was like a second mom to me for years.”

Three years ago, Hafner moved from Ludlow, S.D., to Buffalo, S.D., to live in an assisted-living facility opened by Floyd’s wife, Jesika.

Floyd’s performance – he left Rapid City with $3,751 – was even more impressive since it was his first rodeo action since he broke a bone in the arch of his right foot last July in Spanish Fork, Utah.

“It was a nagging injury that wasn’t healing right, and when I finally went to the doctor in December they put me in a walking boot for about five weeks. That really seemed to help, and it was really cool to win this,” said Floyd, who made his winning run Feb. 2 in Rapid City.

A year ago, Floyd finished 42nd in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $25,775.

“It wasn’t the year I wanted, but I’m hoping to get on a heater now,” he said.

When Floyd isn’t on the rodeo trail, he works with his wife at the assisted-living facility, ranches with his family and does some construction, but making it to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER is front and center on his mind.

“I just have to go and stay positive, and when you don’t do well, you have to move to the next one,” Floyd said. “That has been the hardest thing for me over the years. It’s a mental game. You look at guys like Tyler Waguespack and Ty Erickson and those top guys who make it; they go into the box and they know they are the best. They have that figured out. That’s the hardest part of rodeoing, mentally preparing yourself each time. It would be a dream if I could make it to the Finals.”

Other winners at the $180,831 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($5,131 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Ty Breuer (86 points on Sutton Rodeos’ Pulp Fiction), team ropers Wenceslao Aguilera/Cody Hogan and Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp (4.2 seconds each), saddle bronc rider Shorty Garrett (85.5 points on Sutton Rodeos’ Prom Night), tie-down roper Tyler Prcin (8.2 seconds), barrel racer Jessica Leach (12.68 seconds) and bull rider Jeff Bertus, (84.5 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Ur Next).


Erickson keeps rig rolling in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The beat goes on for the best rig in bulldogging.

Ty Erickson, Clayton Hass and reigning World Champion Tyler Waguespack are picking up right where they left off at the end of the 2016 season, and that’s bad news for other steer wrestlers.

Erickson was the latest to take a victory lap when he won the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots event Feb. 1 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

His time of 3.6 seconds was tops by two-tenths of a second, and earned him $3,944.

“The Champions Challenge events are against the best guys in the world, so it always feels good to win at them,” said the 26-year-old from Helena, Mont.

“It was a good atmosphere, and a good crowd. It’s a fun rodeo and a pretty cool little community there – we hung out in Rapid City for a few days, and there were a lot of people who knew the Champions Challenge was in town, and they were excited about going to watch it.”

Erickson, who represents Team Wrangler, entered the week third in the world standings, trailing only his traveling partners – Waguespack sat in first, about $5,000 ahead of Hass and $10,000 ahead of Erickson.

Hass is fresh off a huge win in Denver Jan. 22, and Waguespack has been collecting big checks everywhere in 2017.

The Rapid City WCC win pushed Erickson over the $20,000 mark in season earnings, meaning all three men in the group are having a great winter so far.

“Everybody in our rig bulldogs so well that it doesn’t feel like there’s a bottom guy,” Erickson said. “It really helps having three guys who are always pushing each other to be better. It makes it more fun that way, and when one of us isn’t winning, the other two are encouraging him and trying to get him back to winning.”

Aside from the immense talent all three men possess, they also own the best horsepower in the business. However, Erickson wasn’t riding prized horse Cadillac in Rapid City. Cadillac – the 2016 PRCA/AQHA Horse of the Year – was resting in Fort Worth, so the trio rode Waguespack’s horse, Outlaw.

“When you have three good horses, you can send them to different places and pick ones that fit certain setups,” Erickson said. “We knew they were going to run fresh steers here, and Outlaw scores so good and is honest – a lot like Cadillac. You always have a good chance to win.”

Erickson finished seventh in the 2016 world standings, a result which has driven him to continue to keep his foot on the gas early in 2017.

“I didn’t have the NFR I wanted to, but all a guy can do is go home and start practicing and get ready for the next year,” he said. “I had a good (Montana) Circuit Finals, won some money in Denver and now we’re trying to win everywhere we go.”

Other winners at the $92,800 rodeo were Team Coors bareback rider Orin Larsen (86 points on C5 McDonald’s Spit Fire), Team Resistol team ropers Clay Smith and Paul Eaves (4.1 seconds), Team Justin Boots saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (87.5 points on Sutton Rodeos’ Chuckulator), Team Wrangler tie-down roper Marcos Costa (8.3 seconds), Team Justin Boots barrel racer Tiany Schuster (12.67 seconds) and Team RAM bull rider Cole Melancon (89 points on Burch Rodeo’s Alabama High Test).


Roper Richard loses thumb during practice

COLORADO SPRINGS – Team roper/tie-down roper Rhen Richard, 28, suffered an injury to the thumb on his (right) roping hand Feb. 3 while practicing at Cole Davison’s place in Stephenville, Texas.

Richard was making a practice run as a team roping heeler at Cole Davison’s place in Stephenville. Kesley Phillips was heading on the run.

“I heeled the steer and I had just barely went to dally and I slid a little rope and the coil went over my thumb and cut it off,” Richard said.

“I’ve been in that same situation thousands of times and it was just a freak deal. I wasn’t even in a bind, everything was smooth. We were trying out a heel horse. My (regular) partner Rich Skelton was on that horse, and I was on his heel horse and he asked me to run a few, and that’s when it happened.”

Richard said he was taken by Flight for Life to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

“I had surgery for two-and-a-half hours that night (Feb. 3), and it’s on right now and they are hoping it will live,” Richard said from his hospital bed Monday morning. “It cut right through the bone and one nerve, and a little bit of skin was attached. I have to stay here in the hospital until the coloring and everything looks good with my thumb. It’s sounding like I could hopefully be back by the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo (June 15-24).”

Richard, who joined the PRCA in 2007, also is a tie-down roper and finished a career-best 20th in the 2016 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $57,480. He finished 23rd in the 2012 team roping heeler standings and was 22nd in the team roping header standings in 2013.


News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo announced Feb. 3 the hiring of its first general manager, Cindy Schonholtz. Schonholtz will assume the duties of general manager May 1 at the rodeo, which is billed as the Nation’s Greatest Fourth of July Rodeo. Schonholtz goes to Oregon from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, where she worked as the Animal Welfare and Membership Development Coordinator. While at the PRCA, she created the Industry Outreach Department and served as its director. She currently serves as president and CEO of the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, which helps injured rodeo athletes and their families with financial assistance while the athlete is injured and cannot work or rodeo.


“For several years, the board has contemplated the hiring of a full time general manager,” said Wally Pohlschneider, St. Paul Rodeo Board of Directors president. “As the St. Paul Rodeo has grown to be the 11th-biggest regular-season PRCA rodeo, virtually every rodeo of our size maintains full-time staff positions. We were not willing to compromise the quality of our organization or rodeo by hiring someone who did not meet our St. Paul standards, and add value to our organization.” This year’s St. Paul Rodeo is June 30 through July 4. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at .


California Rodeo Salinas is hosting an old-fashioned barn dance from 7-11 (PT) on April 22 at The Barn in Salinas. Tickets are $25 per person, and include small bites provided by Famous Dave’s, a no-host bar and music by Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band. The proceeds from this event will benefit the California Rodeo Salinas Hall of Fame. The Barn is located at 1563 Old Stage Road in Salinas. For directions, information and to purchase tickets go to: Call 831.775.3100 to reserve your spot.


Hadley Barrett and Dr. Jerry Thompson will be inducted into the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame June 10in Valentine, Neb. Barrett, originally from North Platte, has been announcing the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte since 1964. Thompson, of Stockman’s Veterinary Clinic, has been assisting with animal welfare and veterinary services at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo since the 1970s, and has been a member of the rodeo committee for 15 years.


The rodeo program is among budget cutbacks approved by the Hastings (Neb.) College board of trustees as it wrestles with an operational deficit of more than $3 million. A message posted online last week by President Don Jackson says the trustees have approved a plan to realize $2.3 million in savings during the 2017-18 school year by eliminating or consolidating some staff positions and taking other belt-tightening steps. The plans for 2018-19 include eliminating three to four faculty positions, three to four staff positions and ending the rodeo program. The college competes as part of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.


The 85th annual San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo officially started Feb. 3. The annual Santa Fe Trail Ride kicked off Jan. 27, in Sterling County, and arrived at the San Angelo Fairgrounds Feb. 2. Trail riders participated in the rodeo parade Feb. 4. The San Angelo Rodeo concludes Feb. 15-17.


Last week, the Texas Tech University rodeo team hired Stetson Corman as its new coach. At 23 years old, Corman is the youngest head coach in the history of the program. Corman rodeoed at Tech, and graduated last May … The National High School Rodeo Association has voted to hold its 2020 and 2021 championship events in Lincoln, Neb., at the Lancaster Event Center. Specific dates for the 2020 and 2021 finals are pending, but the rodeo will be in July. The 2017 NHSFR will be July 16-22 in Gillette, Wyo. The 2018 and 2019 NHSFR will be in Rock Springs, Wyo.



“The thing about rodeo is you have to be confident – and if you aren’t confident, it doesn’t matter how much you win. We are confident in each other.”

-Cory Petska, team roping heeler, said after winning the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Feb. 4 with his partner Erich Rogers.


2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Feb. 6, 2017


AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $34,372
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Ioa $32,407
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $29.320
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $21,965
TR-2: Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. $23,750
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $31,345
TD: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $28,991
BR: Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas $32,603
SR: Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas   $12,554


2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through Feb. 6, 2017

1 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $34,372
2 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 32,316
3 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 29,940
4 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 24,049
5 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 14,363
6 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 13,696
7 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 12,040
8 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
9 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 9,947
10 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 8,671
11 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 7,587
12 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 7,338
13 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 6,539


Bareback Riding
1 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $32,351
2 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 25,004
3 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 24,446
4 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 19,102
5 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 17,755
6 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 17,721
7 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 15,786
8 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 12,905
9 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 12,720
10 Jessy Davis, Power, Mont. 10,984
11 Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho 10,723
12 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 10,400
13 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 10,200
14 Anthony Thomas, Kimberley, Australia 9,226
15 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 9,122
16 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 9,086
17 Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. 8,654
18 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 8,456
19 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 8,248
20 Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore. 7,939
Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $29,320
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 28,028
3 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 25,304
4 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 21,525
5 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 15,305
6 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 14,593
7 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 14,434
8 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 13,536
9 Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 12,163
10 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 11,627
11 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 11,209
12 Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 11,151
13 Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas 8,868
14 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 8,382
15 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 8,336
16 Dean McIntyre, Cloncurry, Australia 8,230
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☛ Is Tax Court biased in favor of IRS? 2-6-17




By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law
Feb. 6, 2017

The U.S. Tax Court is a critically important institution.  It is the the most common forum in which taxpayers litigate federal tax disputes.  The court frequently decides IRS assertions that the taxpayer understated the correct tax liability, resulting in a tax “deficiency.”

Many commentators argue that Tax Court judges are biased in favor of the IRS.  Judges hear cases alone, without a jury.  Many Tax Court judges have worked in the IRS Chief Counsel’s office or in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  The Tax Court does not assign judges randomly to cases.  The procedures are extremely burdensome.  The burden of proof is “preponderance of the evidence,” which is a loose standard of evidence, and highly subjective.  It means the the IRS could win if 51% of its evidence is more convincing to the judge than the taxpayer’s.

The Tax Court makes budget requests to Congress’s tax-writing committees.  In justifying its budget requests, the Tax Court invariably explains to congressional committees how well it is enforcing the tax laws.

A Tax Court judge, Diane L. Kroupa, was indicted on tax evasion, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction charges, raising questions about whether any of her rulings could be vulnerable to challenge as a result.  (Judge Kroupa abruptly resigned prior to the indictment without explanation.  Her husband, now divorced, was also indicted.)  As a Tax Court judge, Kroupa heard and decided a wide range of cases, including some that came down against taxpayers in the horse and cattle industries.  In October, 2016, she pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS and other crimes.  When sentenced at a later date, she is likely to serve a significant prison term.

Another judge, L. Paige Marvel, has also been harsh with respect to the horse industry.  In a recent case, Carmody v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2016-225, Judge Marvel came down hard on a taxpayer’s efforts to run his horse racing venture profitably.

The taxpayer, Jerald Carmody, has owned race horses for more than 20 years, mainly as co-owner with others, and worked full-time as a sales representative for a helicopter company.

He owned lower priced horses which were actively raced in Washington State.  Professional trainers were employed.  He spent time every day on his horse racing activity, researched horses that would be in competition, and searched for other horses to purchase.

He purchased and improved a five-acre property with a 4,000 square-foot barn, horse stalls, a 5,000-square-foot arena, indoor horse shelters, and nine pastures.  He personally cleaned stalls and pastures.

Some of the horses won several races each, and one was the alltime race winner at Emerald Downs with 21 wins.  Mr. Carmody was named owner of the year at Emerald Downs.  The races entered ranged in purses from $8,000 to $50,000.

During a 10-year period, the taxpayer’s losses were from $16,064 to $81,345, with no profit year.  But there was income in each year, ranging from $17,917 to $128,068.

When horses were retired from racing, they were sold or given away.  Of 36 horses sold, there was a net gain on only eight of those sales.

Mr. Carmody had a horse racing bank account, but paid for expenses out of his personal account as well as the racing account.

Mr. Carmody kept a folder for each horse with various receipts and documents related to that horse.

Judge Marvel said that Mr. Carmody did not use any of his records to reduce losses or to achieve profitability.  The court noted that Mr. Carmody had no written business plan, no budgets and no economic forecasts.  “In fact, the record is devoid of any credible evidence that petitioner engaged in any meaningful financial management with respect to his horse racing activity.”

The court said, “While a taxpayer need not maintain a sophisticated cost accounting system, the taxpayer should keep records that enable the taxpayer to cut expenses, generate or increase profits, or evaluate the overall performance of the operation.”

The court also faulted Mr. Carmody for commingling his personal and horse racing finances.  “This commingling of personal and horse racing activity funds is not indicative of a businesslike practice.”

The court also noted that Mr. Carmody realized no profits in a 20-year period, and that “he contends that he suffered losses because he reinvested his gross receipts back into the horse racing activity and that he used his gross receipts to improve his barns, arena, and other horse racing activity property.  Petitioner’s contentions are woefully insufficient to justify or even explain an unbroken string of over 20 years of substantial losses.”

The court concluded that the petitioner did not engage in his horse racing activity with the predominant, primary, or principal objective of making a profit.

The only silver lining in this case is that the judge rejected the IRS’ accuracy-related penalties because the taxpayer had reasonably relied on his accountant’s advice in taking the deductions.

One of the important lessons in this case is that taxpayers need to somehow review records so as to reduce expenses or enhance the possibility of generating income.  It is important to keep track of expenses on a per-animal basis.  And it is important to prepare financial statements, profit and loss projections, budgets, breakeven analyses, or marketing surveys, as the IRS considers these to be significant financial tools to aid in evaluating the overall performance of an operation.

[John Alan Cohan is an attorney representing people in federal and state tax disputes, IRS appeals, and Tax Court litigation, and is a long-standing author of a legal advice column published in numerous sporting magazines.  In addition, he advises organizations on compliance with newly enacted laws and regulations.  John is also author of the book, Turn Your Hobby Into A Business — The Right Way.  He can be reached at:  (310) 278-0203, or email at  His website is]

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