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Courtesy PRCA
July 26,2017


Cody DeMoss collects $50K in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – When veteran saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss walked off the medal podium, he was all smiles.

The Heflin, La., cowboy had reason for joy as he had just won $50,000 for taking the title at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo July 24.

DeMoss claimed the gold medal with his 87-point ride on Diamond G Rodeo’s Owen’s Mistake before a sellout crowd at the brand-new Days of ’47 Arena at Utah State Fairpark.

“That should nail me a trip to the NFR, and now all the pressure is off as far as making the Finals,” DeMoss said. “This is definitely a feather in the hat. This is a big, cool rodeo. I never won this before when it was (the Days of ’47 Rodeo) downtown. I made it back here tonight by a half a point, in a tiebreaker at that. The stars lined up for me and I thank God for that. We usually win buckles; I have some gold at the house, and I’m glad to put this with the collection.”

DeMoss was 19th in the July 17 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $35,951, and with his performance Monday he moved up to third in the July 25 standings with $87,551.

“I had not been on that horse before,” DeMoss said. “Joe Lufkin, a buddy of mine, had (Owen’s Mistake) here the other day and it bucked him off and they marked the horse a 24. He’s dang sure the real deal and the first four or five jumps he felt really good. He was a bucking son of a gun.”

When DeMoss saw his name next to Owen’s Mistake, his aim was to keep his mind clear.

“I try not to think about it (the horse), and if I can keep my head out of it, then it seems like it works better for me,” he said.

After his victory, DeMoss’ next order of business was to think about what he was going to do with the pile of money he won.

“I’m probably going to just put that into the bank and I’m hoping I get to buy some land with it,” DeMoss said. “There’s a friend of mine down there (in Heflin, La.) I’ve been getting at to try and sell me some land, and I think this might do it.”

With his 13th trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER now looming, DeMoss was plenty thankful.

“God blessed me with a rhythm, and I thank him whenever I’m in time with it,” DeMoss said.

Other winners at the $1 million rodeo were bareback rider Wyatt Denny (88 points on Diamond G Rodeo’s Diamond Hope), steer wrestler Ryle Smith (4.0 seconds), team ropers Jr. Dees and Tyler McKnight (4.4 seconds), tie-down roper Tuf Cooper (7.5 seconds), barrel racer Hailey Kinsel (17.06 seconds) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (90 points on Diamond G Rodeo’s Komatsu’s War Party).

  • Smith earns $62,000 in Salt Lake City: Ryle Smith was the only contestant competing in two events July 24 in Salt Lake City, and he made the most of his opportunities. Smith earned $50,000 for winning the steer wrestling with a 4.0-second run and then went to the pay window for another $12,000 with his 8.2-second time in tie-down roping, which gave him the bronze medal. Smith is now fourth in the steer wrestling world standings with $77,589 and third in the all-around with $116,840. He’s also 27th in the tie-down roping standings with $39,251.


2. Dent wins Spanish Fork with 88-point ride

SPANISH FORK, Utah – The Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo dished out $7,663 to bareback rider Steven Dent for his 88-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire on July 24.

“It’s a great rodeo, and they’ve got good bucking horses and a lot of money, and the best crowd we ride in front of all year,” the 31-year-old Nebraskan said. “To get off and be 88 is pretty exciting.”

Dent’s score was just one point shy of matching the Spanish Fork arena record of 89 points, which is shared by James Sursa (2006) and Ryan Gray (2009).

“That horse (Gun Fire) was really good – he just jumped and kicked hard straight away and made a tight hook to the left for the last few seconds,” Dent said. “He was just what a guy wants – up and down and with something to spur at.”

Dent’s aiming for his eighth qualification for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, having qualified in 2007-08 and 2010-14. Although he’s picked up some checks along the way, Spanish Fork was his first win of the 2017 season.

“It’s been a trying year,” Dent said. “I haven’t been (drawing very well) and this is the latest I’ve ever been to finally win one. It’s a weight off my shoulders so I can get on a roll and get where I want to be.”

Dent was sitting at No. 23 in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings prior to winning Spanish Fork. He was bumped up to 20th thanks to the $7,663 he won at Spanish Fork, along with the $2,207 he earned at the K-Days Rodeo at Edmonton, Alberta, on July 23, and the $1,600 he earned at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo at Salt Lake City, which ended on July 24.

“This sets me up a lot closer to where I want to be – I was $10,000 out of the Top 15, and to get within striking distance is a big help,” Dent said, estimating he’ll have about $50,000 earned once his recent winnings are added into the world standings. “Most of the other times I made the NFR, I haven’t been close to that – so I should be good going into the last couple of months.

“It’s good to get on a roll before Cheyenne (Frontier Days) and hopefully I’ll do some good there,” Dent said. “But, I’m a long way from where I want to be and I have a lot of work left to do.”

Other winners at the $276,762 rodeo were all-around cowboy Caleb Smidt ($3,538 in tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler Ross Mosher (7.7 seconds on two head), team ropers Clay Smith/Paul Eaves (9.0 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss (88.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman), tie-down roper Reese Riemer (17.5 seconds on two head), barrel racer Stevi Hillman (16.72 seconds) and bull rider Derek Kolbaba (89.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Joy Stick).


3. Straws Milan earns nearly $10K with 2.9-second run

EDMONTON, Alberta – Steer wrestler Straws Milan earned two spots in the record books while collecting nearly $10,000 with his 2.9-second run at the K-Days Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 23.

With nearly half a million dollars on the line in total payout at this newly-minted rodeo, competition was tight. Milan found himself having to top Chance Butterfield’s 3.3-second time if he wanted to place first.

“I honestly knew I could be close to it. Cody Cassidy was hazing for me, and he told me this steer is slow and I said if I get a safe start I could throw fast enough for second or third (place) to get a check,” Milan said. “But, I had a better start than I planned on, and a better run than I thought. I knew I had 3.3 beat, but didn’t know I was 2. They had the clock up and I could see it, and you never see a timed-event guy throw his hat – but I jumped up and threw my hat and was excited. I never dreamt I would throw one in 2, so it was exciting.”

Milan joins the ranks of David Gibson (1994), Darby Roy (1988) and Ralph Nelson (1981) for clocking the fastest steer wrestling time within the Canadian Pro Rodeo Association. Meanwhile, Milan’s time in Edmonton also made the top of the PRCA’s 2017 leaderboard, alongside Damian Padilla, who clocked in at 2.9 seconds at the Avi River Stampede PRCA Rodeo in Fort Mohave, Ariz., on March 12.

The PRCA’s record for fastest steer wrestling time is a bit tricky. The record for fastest time without a barrier is 2.2 seconds, set by Oral Zumwalt at Palm Springs, Calif., in 1939. Meanwhile, the record for fastest time with a barrier is 2.4 seconds – shared by Jim Bynum and Todd Whatley at Marietta, Okla., in 1955; Gene Melton at Pecatonia, Ill., in 1976; and Carl Deaton at Tulsa, Okla., in 1976.

Milan’s been trotting along this season, picking up $1,000 to $2,000 checks at Great Falls, Mont., on Jan. 15, Coleman, Alberta, on April 30, and Teepee Creek, Alberta, on July 16 – but he’s not quite where he was during his best year to date when he placed 15th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings in 2013 with $61,013.

Milan, who is celebrating his 31st birthday on July 25, hadn’t competed in the U.S. since the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo at the end of June.

“This has been the slowest I’ve went,” Milan said. “I turned out of everything over the Fourth of July because I didn’t have much money won, so I stayed home and worried about Canadian rodeos. But after Edmonton, I’m going to start entering again. … I was needing to win some money, or it would have been the end of my season.”

Although Milan’s run was worth $9,983 – which bumped him up into the Top 50 – the real value is in getting his name in the record books.

“It was amazing when it happened – I’ve been having a bad year on both sides of the border and I knew how the rodeo would pay and it was a game-changer,” Milan said. “I was more excited about the pay; and they said that’s in the history books and that can’t be taken away from you, so it means quite a bit.”

Prior to Edmonton, Milan’s personal best time was 3.2 seconds.

Milan saw his steer the night before his record-setting time and knew he’d be able to make a good run.

“He didn’t run as hard as the rest, but I didn’t think I would throw him that fast,” Milan said.

Milan was riding Smoke, a 17-year-old horse that he and his brother, Tanner, bought from Eldon Day. Tanner Milan rode Smoke at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in 2015.

“Ever since we got him, he’s been a big difference – there’s a lot of credit to that horse,” Milan said.

Now, Milan is back in the game.

“I’m excited to enter a bunch more and keep going,” Milan said, adding that he’s aiming for the Canadian Finals Rodeo and wants to qualify to compete in some of next year’s big rodeos.

Other winners in Edmonton were bareback rider J.R. Vezain (87.25 points on C5 Rodeo’s Make Up Face), team ropers Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza (4.2 seconds), saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (88.75 points on Northcott-Macza’s Get Smart), tie-down ropers Tuf Cooper and Blane Cox (8.1 seconds each), barrel racer Crystal Christman (14.726 seconds) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (88 points on C5 Rodeo’s Big Dip).


4. Slone aces second major win of 2017 at Salinas

SALINAS, Calif. – Tie-down roper Ace Slone finally retired his 2010 PRCA Resistol Tie-Down Roping Rookie of the Year buckle and replaced it with his 2017 California Rodeo Salinas buckle – identical to the one his dad, Tod Slone, has worn since 1991.

Ace Slone earned his Salinas buckle by clocking in at 32 seconds flat on three head, and his dad earned his by going for 40.7 seconds on three head.

“I was a full 8 seconds faster – and that just makes my buckle that much shinier than his,” the 28-year-old Texan cowboy joked. “I’ve been watching my dad wear that buckle for the last 25 years and it’s nice to have one a lot shinier than his.”

Slone was sitting at 17th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings prior to winning Salinas, but he’s not sure how much of a boost his win will provide.

“I would stress more than anything how good everyone is competing,” Slone said. “Everyone is winning a lot out here and it’s a testament to the competitiveness of the calf ropers and the opportunities the PRCA has given us to compete and go win money. Even with a big win like this, it’s not like I’ll jump up a lot (in the world standings) because everyone is winning a lot. It’s a testament to how good they rope and how good of a job the PRCA has done to increase the payouts and give us a lot of opportunities.”

Slone’s no stranger to ProRodeo success as he finished 16th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings in 2012. Since then, he’s been ironing out the details and now has an ace up his sleeve – a leased 11-year-old American Quarter Horse named Ripple, who’s owned by Justin Martin of Evanston, Wyo.

“They stopped to help me on the side of the road is how we met – I like to say it’s from trying to rodeo in a Chevy and not being able to get out of Salt Lake,” Slone said, referencing the steep Three Sisters pass on Interstate 80. “Every time I would overheat while climbing out of Salt Lake City, and so I’d like to thank Chevy for helping me to meet some people who were trying to help.”

Salinas is Slone’s fourth win of the 2017 season while riding Ripple, and it’s his second major victory as he also won La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson, Ariz., in February.

“After a year of rodeoing on him, this year has been my best opportunity horse-wise,” Slone said. “Speed plays a role at those arenas more than anywhere else, so it’s a testament to him.”

The road to rodeo success wasn’t just difficult in getting from one competition to the next. Slone has had his share of injuries that have knocked him out of competition and kept him out of the Top 15. A couple of Slone’s injuries happened at Salinas, so he was a little gun shy about this rodeo.

“It took me a few years to want to go back,” Slone said. “I’ve had some tough times out there. Not to say any rodeo owes anyone anything, but if one ever did, it was a good one to pay me back a little bit.”

Of course, there’s more than just a buckle awarded for winning Salinas as Slone drove away with a grand total of $7,415.

“I had one of the only calves that didn’t try to outrun me and that was an advantage due to the long barrier and long box,” Slone said. “It’s a cool testament to him (Ripple) – it means he can really run and do that good in the field, it’s a rare combination. That’s a pretty cool notch on his belt for sure.”

Slone didn’t slow down after Salinas as he hit the road for two major rodeos the following day – Spanish Fork and Ogden, Utah.

Other winners at the $360,578 rodeo were all-around cowboy Jordan Ketscher ($3,688 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Clayton Biglow (164 points on two head), steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge (21.9 seconds on three head), team ropers Chad Masters/Travis Graves (50.5 seconds on five head), saddle bronc rider Brody Cress (158.5 points on two head), barrel racer Timi Lickley (65.53 seconds on four runs) and bull rider Trey Benton III (172.5 points on two head).



5. Tanner Milan stays hot at Snake River Stampede

NAMPA, Idaho – Steer wrestler Tanner Milan knocked the rattles off of the Snake River Stampede, as his 6.9-second two-head average was plenty enough to ride out of Idaho as champion.

Milan laid the groundwork in Nampa with a first-round run of 3.4 seconds, tying Kody Woodward atop the leaderboard heading into the July 22 short round. Maintaining the same vigor and cowboy muster, Milan claimed the final round with yet another stellar 3.5-second run to clinch the win, while adding a monstrous $11,108 to an expanding wallet.

“I had a couple great runs there,” Milan said. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Despite focusing his attention towards the heat of the competition, Milan relished the attitude of the arena.

“The whole building was packed solid,” Milan said. “It’s pretty electric in there, and we couldn’t have asked for a better crowd. The atmosphere was just amazing. It’s quite the feeling.”

The 33-year-old Milan cites the quality of the steers as the reason for such a dominating week in Nampa, with due diligence going toward his hazer.

“My first steer, I got some really good information on him,” said Milan. “I talked to a couple of guys about him and he was slower than some of the other ones. So actually, I had to let him out just a little bit more and I got a heck of a good start.

“The steer was really good on the ground and I couldn’t have asked for a better steer. I had Tyler Pearson hazing for me, and he did a heck of a job.”

Milan entered this week ranked sixth among steer wrestlers in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, and after a dominating Cowboy Christmas run, the Canadian cowboy is still attempting to decipher whether this surging season is currently his reality.

“It’s been amazing,” Milan explained. “It’s been a dream season so far. I can’t complain about anything that’s gone on this year. It’s been absolutely excellent and I just hope to keep it going.”

After his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER qualification in 2015, Milan’s follow-up campaign a season ago didn’t go as planned, as the Calgary native finished 27th in 2016. However, with a tidal wave of momentum still carrying the current, Milan had nothing but praise for his support system.

“Everything just seems to be falling in place,” he said. “My family has been very supportive and they’re behind me. All my friends, they’re cheering for me, and my traveling partners have been great. Everyone has their spirits up, and my whole traveling group is in my corner.”

Other winners at the $379,717 rodeo were all-around cowboy Rhen Richard ($8,538 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback riders Ty Breuer and Caleb Bennett (167.5 points on two head each), team ropers Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira (16.7 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Layton Green (169 points on two head), tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa (26.7 seconds on three head), barrel racer Kassie Mowry (32.09 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Ty Wallace (170 points on two head).


6. News & Notes from the rodeo trail will livestream the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days at 12:15 p.m. (MT), July 28-30 … On July 27, and playing through Aug. 6, Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise, Calif., will debut a new musical comedy, “Rodeo.” The show was created by award-winning playwright Lynn Elliott, a retired Chico State professor and novelist. Since he was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales, Elliott felt the need to explain his creation. “I was looking around for a play with its own character and its own culture and I chose the rodeo,” he said in the Oroville Mercury Register. “This play has its own specific characters and characteristics: rodeo clowns and bullfighters, cowboys and girls, daring young people who challenge beasts in battles of success and failure. A place that celebrates life and flirts with death.” “Rodeo” tells the story of a young wealthy socialite from New York City, Harper (Samantha Lucas), who decides to go to school in Wyoming. She falls in love with a young cowboy, Cody McGraw (Greg Scholfield). Tickets cost $14 reserved, $12 general and $16 at the door. Tickets are only available online at … Rodeo fans will see a different face behind the microphone at Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg Aug. 3-5. Randy Corley, who has announced the Phillipsburg rodeo since 1984, is unable to be in Phillipsburg this year, due to his upcoming induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs on Aug. 5. So, Corley’s good friend Wayne Brooks will take care of his duties while he is gone this year. Corley was influential in getting his friend Brooks started in the announcing business. It was 1994, and Brooks had been riding bareback horses for six years. He loved it, but “I wasn’t any good at it,” he said in the Hays (Kan.) Post. He had started announcing small rodeos, and at a rodeo in Phoenix, a mutual friend introduced him to Corley and Corley’s father-in-law, Hadley Barrett. A friendship was struck, and Corley and Barrett signed for Brooks to get his PRCA announcer’s card. “If it hadn’t been for those guys, I don’t know where I’d have been today,” Brooks said. … Scott Grover has seen his share of big-time rodeos traveling the country as a professional rodeo announcer, but there’s nothing quite like coming home. Though Grover didn’t grow up in Manhattan, the Morrowville, Kan., product did graduate from Kansas State in 2001, even announcing the K-State Rodeo numerous times before moving on to the pro ranks. This week Grover will be back, but at the Kaw Valley Rodeo – Manhattan’s PRCA rodeo – for the first time as the announcer. “I’m excited to come back,” he said to The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercurynewspaper. “I grew up going to that rodeo every summer. It means a lot to be able to come back now and announce that rodeo.” The 42nd Kaw Valley Rodeo gets starts Thursday night and goes through Saturday with each performance beginning at 8 p.m. (CT) at Wells Arena in CiCo Park. In addition to Grover, rodeo clown Andy Burelle is set to make his debut at the rodeo.



“This is a one-of-a-kind medal and I was the first guy to win it, which is pretty special to me.”

– Bareback rider Wyatt Denny told the ProRodeo Sports News after winning a

gold medal at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo.


7. Next Up

July 25            Cecil County Fair and ProRodeo, Fair Hill, Md., continues

July 26            Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Bulls & Bands, permit section (BR)

July 26            Central Montana RAM Pro Rodeo, Lewistown, Mont., begins

July 26            Nebraska’s Big Rodeo, Burwell, Neb., begins

July 26            Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 Rodeo begins

July 26            Chief Joseph Days, Joseph, Ore., begins

July 27            Sheridan Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo, Plentywood, Mont., begins

July 27            Kit Carson County Fair & Rodeo, Burlington, Colo., begins

July 27            Last Chance Stampede, Helena, Mont., begins

July 27            Allegheny Mountain Championship Rodeo, Kellettville, Pa., begins

July 27            Kaw Valley Rodeo, Manhattan, Kan., begins

July 27            Medicine Hat (Alberta) Stampede, begins

July 27            That Famous Preston (Idaho) Night Rodeo, begins

July 27            Red Desert Roundup, Rock Springs, Wyo., begins

July 28            Bonnyville (Alberta) ProRodeo, begins

July 28            Esperanza Bonanza ProRodeo, Marion, Ark., begins

July 28            Adrian Foote Memorial, Newton, N.D., begins

July 28            Steamboat Springs (Colo.) ProRodeo Series begins

July 28            Steamboat Springs (Colo.) ProRodeo Series, permit section (BR), begins

July 28            San Luis Valley Ski-Hi Stampede, Monte Vista, Colo., begins

July 29            Blue Earth (Minn.) Rodeo

July 29            Mesquite (Texas) ProRodeo Series

July 29            Hardgrass Bronc Match, Pollockville, Alberta

July 29            Cowtown Rodeo, Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J.

July 30            Bruce (Alberta) 104th Stampede



8. 2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through July 25, 2017


AA: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $159,146
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $150,896
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $128,001
TR-1: Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. $107,643
TR-2: Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil $110,343
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $132,707
TD: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $140,080
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Texas $179,158
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas $57,978


9. 2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through July 25, 2017


1 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $159,146
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 123,766
3 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 116,840
4 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 91,806
5 Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 90,037
6 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 82,780
7 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 81,934
8 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 75,672
9 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 67,433
10 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 63,019
11 Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah 56,098
12 Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah 49,775
13 Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla. 44,288
14 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 40,358
15 Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 40,041
16 Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta 39,385
17 Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb. 38,159
18 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 32,546
19 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 30,157
20 Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta 27,502
Bareback Riding  
1 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $150,896
2 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 99,319
3 Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev. 96,495
4 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 82,517
5 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 76,524
6 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 75,617
7 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 75,339
8 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 72,604
9 Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif. 69,899
10 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 65,011
11 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 62,005
12 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 59,329
13 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 58,488
14 Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta 57,076
15 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 55,729
16 Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. 52,678
17 Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore. 51,502
18 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 49,750
19 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 48,537
20 Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 48,401
Steer Wrestling  
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $128,001
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 94,490
3 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 84,858
4 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 77,589
5 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 71,273
6 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 67,443
7 Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta 66,775
8 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 63,712
9 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 54,098
10 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 53,919
11 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 53,640
12 Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta 50,000
13 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 49,789
14 Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 48,053
15 Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La. 46,703
16 Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev. 46,278
17 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 45,325
18 Will Lummus, West Point, Miss. 45,160
19 J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn. 43,850
20 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 43,041
Team Roping (header)  
1 Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. $107,643
2 Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. 87,122
3 Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas 82,115
4 Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla. 76,064
5 Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. 70,162
6 Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D. 68,625
7 Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif. 68,528
8 Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta 60,583
9 Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz. 58,453
10 Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore. 58,259
11 Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore. 56,466
12 Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla. 53,672
13 Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 51,803
14 Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont. 47,087
15 Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas 42,778
16 Nelson Wyatt, Clanton, Ala. 40,632
17 Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn. 39,941
18 Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz. 39,372
19 Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. 39,222
20 Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C. 38,088
Team Roping (heeler)  
1 Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil $110,343
2 Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. 87,122
3 Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 81,053
4 Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas 77,120
5 Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. 73,586
6 Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 73,119
7 Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla. 70,162
8 Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas 69,524
9 Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. 62,500
10 Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta 60,583
11 Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 56,466
12 Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan. 54,298
13 Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 51,803
14 Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas 49,846
15 Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 48,632
16 Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif. 45,850
17 Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. 39,222
18 John Robertson, Polson, Mont. 37,227
19 Trace Porter, Leesville, La. 34,362
20 Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. 33,174
Saddle Bronc Riding  
1 Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $132,707
2 Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta 120,708
3 Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. 87,551
4 CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah 76,331
5 Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta 76,073
6 Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla. 67,646
7 Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. 65,222
8 Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La. 62,805
9 Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah 62,492
10 Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 62,444
11 Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas 60,653
12 Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas 58,857
13 Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta 55,729
14 Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah 51,826
15 Tyrell J. Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont. 48,367
16 Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah 43,303
17 Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo. 41,924
18 Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas 40,546
19 Cody Wright, Milford, Utah 38,737
20 Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D. 38,452
Tie-down Roping  
1 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $140,080
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 112,718
3 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 88,889
4 Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas 88,162
5 Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas 79,914
6 J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah 67,160
7 Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 63,522
8 Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan. 62,778
9 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 62,302
10 Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan. 61,064
11 Randall Carlisle, Athens, La. 60,921
12 Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho 60,156
13 Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 59,114
14 Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 58,286
15 Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas 57,183
16 Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla. 55,851
17 Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas 54,074
18 Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 53,707
19 Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas 51,513
20 Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas 50,492
Steer Roping  
1 Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas $57,978
2 Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas 51,544
3 Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. 50,551
4 Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas 49,299
5 J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas 40,494
6 John Bland, Turkey, Texas 39,981
7 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 34,511
8 Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo. 32,581
9 Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo. 31,088
10 Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan. 30,350
11 Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas 30,063
12 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 27,716
13 Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas 26,101
14 Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas 23,939
15 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 23,685
16 Shay Good, Midland, Texas 23,073
17 J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla. 22,117
18 Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D. 18,003
19 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 17,777
20 Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas 17,552
Bull Riding  
1 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $179,158
2 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 129,067
3 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. 121,451
4 Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah 94,766
5 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 88,098
6 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 77,654
7 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 74,921
8 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 71,554
9 Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif. 68,307
10 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 68,061
11 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas 66,949
12 Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas 66,816
13 Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla. 65,538
14 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 62,670
15 Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 54,495
16 Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas 54,411
17 Jordan Hansen, Okotoks, Alberta 54,314
18 Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah 51,011
19 Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas 49,903
20 Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah 46,826


*2017 Barrel Racing (July 25, 2017)

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 Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas $229,280
2 Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas 131,318
3 Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas 115,201
4 Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif. 112,501
5 Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore. 106,752
6 Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash. 99,805
7 Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas 92,812
8 Tilar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas 73,452
9 Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 67,642
10 Emily Miller, Weatherford, Texas 66,189
11 Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas 63,453
12 Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas 61,405
13 Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas 54,319
14 Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Texas 51,730
15 Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark. 51,629
16 Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M. 51,334
17 Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas 49,212
18 Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo. 48,826
19 Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas 45,575
20 Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas 45,075



10. 2017 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

     Unofficial through July 25, 2017


1 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $46,500
2 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. 40,563
3 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 31,053
4 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 26,235
5 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 21,086
6 Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 20,076
7 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 19,364
8 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 16,204
9 Trevor Kastner, Sulphur, Okla. 16,059
10 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 15,204
11 Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas 14,880
12 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas 13,796
13 Justin Hendrix, Belton, Texas 13,433
14 Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla. 12,037
15 Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla. 11,961
16 Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas 11,889
17 Markus Mariluch, Daingerfield, Texas 11,556
18 Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas 10,909
19 Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas 10,692
20 Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas 10,651



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☛ Modine Smith passes at age 94 7-24-17





By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 24, 2017

Modine Smith, an Icon in the cutting horse industry, passed away on July 22 at the age of 94. NCHA photo

She promoted cutting through the NCHA for five decades serving on the Executive Committee of both the NCHA and PCCHA, was inducted into the Halls of Fame of both organizations and had the Modine Smith Humanitarian Award named in her honor. Modine Smith, Grass Valley, Calif, was 94 when she passed away on July 22, 2017. She will be missed by many. Ironically she died during one of the NCHA Triple Crown Events  – the NCHA Summer Spectacular, which was going on in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.


According to an article by Elaina Ross on the NCHA website, Modine, along with her late husband Ed Smith, held PCCHA shows at their ranch in Escalon, Calif., where Ed mentored many riders. After Ed passed away in 1979, Modine continued to champion cutting on the local and national level. She was also a recipient of the PCCHA Ed Smith Memorial Sportsmanship Award. and created   She also helped create some of the standards cutting, that we take advantage of today, including the dedicated practice pen, adjusted monitor system for judges, pre-settling of cattle and the PCCHA Gelding Incentive program.

She had a very optimistic attitude and everyone was soon drawn to her.

Modine is survived by her children: John Michael Biggs, Patricia (Biggs) Leach and Laura (Smith) Vaughn; sons-in-law Steve Leach and Frank Vaughn, as well as eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Celebrations of Modine’s life are being planned for the PCCHA Futurity held Oct. 6-13 in LasVegas, Nev. and the NCHA Futurity, Nov. 15-Dec 10 in Fort Worth. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations on Modine’s behalf go to the PCCHA Youth Scholarship Program or the NCHA Foundation.

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☛ Tommy Manion on camera shooting stallion with BB pistol 7-20-17





By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 20, 2017

I have now heard from a credible witness, that they knew the well-known Non-Pro who was at an NCHA Cutting in Whitesboro, Texas, on Saturday, July 15, and shot a tied-up unruly stallion multiple times with a BB pistol. Another witness had taken a video of the event and it was soon in the hands of the NCHA. The witness assured me that the Non-Pro  in question was NCHA Non-Pro Tommy Manion, who at one time had the pistol under a jacket draped over his hand and dropped it on the ground and bent over to pick it up – all of which is on the video.

After receiving and confirming the reported horse abuse by Manion, I reached out to Rick Dennis, a Threat Assessment/Risk Analyst who is also a former Drug Enforcement Agent, for clarification of penalties resulting from Manion’s actions – for Manion, those who witnessed the event and the NCHA. Essentially, Rick informed me there are two laws in play here, one Federal, the other state, as well as two NCHA rule infractions.

There is a little-known Federal Law entitled 18 USC 4 – Misprision Of A Felony, which specifically states:  “Whoever having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.” Animal abuse is now a Federal Felony with hefty fines and prison sentences.

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Also, the State of Texas Animal Cruelty Law, which rates animal abuse as a Felony, states those prosecuted could be punishable by two years in a state jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

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Therefore, since the NCHA has already been notified of the animal cruelty case, along with being supplied with a video of the act, Manion has placed the association in a precarious spot, as whoever doesn’t report this gross violation to law enforcement in accordance with the provisions set forth in the USC 4 Code -Misprision of a Felony – is in direct violation of the federal law and could be subjected to arrest and prosecution at a later date. This includes Russell McCord, who received the phone call, as well as the Executive Director and the entire Executive Committee who met last night after being informed of the incident and determined their association’s punishment for the offense – and possibly even the lawyer who was informed of the infraction and gave the Executive Committee advice, as well as show management.

Difference of penalties between NCHA and governmental agencies:

The other curious nature of Manion’s act is the two violations in the NCHA Rulebook pertaining to animal abuse and cruelty and how they differ from Federal and State laws.

More specifically, the NCHA Rulebook states “if show management or a judge at any NCHA-approved or sponsored event discovers inhumane treatment or abuse of a horse, they may immediately bar the responsible party and contestant’s horse from further competition in the event and the judge will give a score of zero. The Executive Director must be notified within seven (7) days of the closing date of the show involved and the complaint will be referred to the appropriate NCHA Committee for investigation and consideration. Note: the Federal law says “as soon as possible It must be made known to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States and (the person) is to be fined or  imprisoned for not more than three years.”

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While the NCHA disciplines animal cruelty by offense with a fine ($1,000 to $10,000), probation and/or suspension, the State of Texas Animal Cruelty Laws say that the perpetrator could be punished by two years in a state jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

Also, the NCHA should make sure that the abused animal is made available as soon as possible to a licensed veterinarian for any damage that has been done, especially since the person who described the incident to me said the when the BBs hit the stallion, he crouched and his body shook in fear.

On May 15, 2015, Rick Dennis wrote an article addressing this very problem called “Horse Abuse Part IV.” There are many good and devoted trainers in this industry; however, unfortunately we do have our share of abusive Open and Non-Pro trainers that should be removed. Click here for a copy of this article.

What’s the  hurry?

Why did the NCHA Executive Committee jump on this animal abuse case so quickly. I feel it is because they just tried to strengthen their animal abuse penalties due to the fact that PETA might come down on them and the sport of cutting if they waited. A smart move!

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☛ From the Editor 7-20-17



By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 20, 2017

Yesterday I sent out a notice in “Latest News” that a “well-known horse owner shot a tied-up unruly stallion multiple times with a BB pistol at an NCHA cutting in Whitesboro, Texas. An update to that information is that the show was held on Saturday, July 15, rather than July 8. Also, that well-known horse owner is a top non-pro. NCHA’s Director of Judges Russell McCord was called and told what was going on and he told the caller to do whatever it took to stop it and make the person shooting the horse leave, which he did.

A bystander did take a video of the shooting which is now in the hands of the NCHA, and I understand that they have initiated the process against the person that did the shooting, as it is definitely against’ the NCHA’s highly advertised zero tolerance “horse-cruelty” policy. Still no mention of that person’s name but I do know that that person is a Non-Pro and a large advertiser in the Cutting Horse Chatter, giving the NCHA some hard choices.

I was given the name of the perpetrator; however, that person who told me about the shooting was not at the show and heard the information from someone who was. I would like to hear it from anyone who was present at this cutting who knew who the shooter was. I will not reveal your name. Call me at 940-433-5232 or 940-393-1865 or e-mail me at Since the NCHA has taken action, If that person’s name is not revealed sooner, I’m sure the perpetrator’s name will show up eventually in the Chatter under “Suspensions,” or possibly (but hopefully not) under “Probations.”


The second go-round of the Open Classic/Challenge was completed yesterday, with those 26 scoring a 435.0 and above, advancing to the finals. Jon Burgess, riding Littlemak (Starlights Gypsy x Just a Swinging), owned by Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Texas, topped the two go-rounds with a 440.5 total score.

Grant Setnicka, not only finished a close second by scoring a 440.0 riding Ichis My Choice (Cat Ichi x My Little Abra), owned by J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt, LLC, Weatherford, Texas, but was the only rider to qualify three horses for the Finals. Also tying for second with a total score of 440.0 was Ed Flynn, riding Play Miss Boonsmal (Peptoboonsmal x Play Miss) for Danny R. Jones of Canada. The Open Classic/Challenge Finals is scheduled for Saturday,July 22, following six sets of the NCHA Derby Amateur and UnlimitedAmateur first go-round.

The Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro in the Classic/Challenge  go-round is being held today. Also, don’t forget that the Western Bloodstock Summer Spectacular Sale,with 145 consignments, will be held Saturday, July 22, in the Watt Arena, starting at 9 a.m.

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☛ Where have I been lately? HOT news! 7-18-17



By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 19, 2017

I have had several individuals question whether or not I am continuing with my website, as lately my news has been rather scarce and for that I am sorry.

My answer is “Yes,” I am continuing with my website; however, lately I have had several distractions which have cut back on my time to write articles. These include the following:

1) I was in the process of selling my horse operation since my husband passed away 9 years ago and I am unable to physically and financially keep this facility going. I recently solved that problem as I have sold my Boyd facility and purchased a much smaller place in Grandview, Texas. I will be moving the end of August but in the meantime I have to pack over 30 years of possessions and memorabilia.

2) Many of you old timers may remember Lee Dale, who created the pedigrees for sale catalogs, including the NCHA sales. Some 20 years ago she had a stroke and has been paralyzed on one side of her body and bedridden in nursing facilities ever since. Over the years all of her relatives have passed away and just before her sister died, I  agreed to take on her medical power of attorney. However, lately, Lee has gone downhill and though she has been in a nursing home for years, during the last few weeks she has been in the Wise Regional Hospital in ICU and currently is in Hospice at Senior Care in Decatur. Her mind is still pretty good and she remembers all you old-time cutters and all the stories that go with them!!!

3) On July 4, fireworks were going off in the middle of the highway in front of my place. The one horse I have left, Cougarand, a 31-year-old champagne son of Peppy San Badger out of a daughter of Doc Bar, is used to highway noises and even fireworks, but one must have come into his pasture and probably even hit him, which in the dark sent him into a pipe fence covered with wire where he fell with a leg getting stuck under the sucker rod at the bottom of the wire. I found him there the next morning and got him up; however, he had obviously injured the hind leg that was under the fence and was lame.

Even though I haven’t had a need to call a vet for some time, I called three different vets in the area – only one called me back; however, he didn’t show up. After doctoring Cougarand myself for a couple of weeks, I remembered my old friend and miracle worker – an equine kinesiologist and chiropractor named Laird Burke. He came and looked at Cougar and couldn’t believe what good shape he was in at 31 years of age – but most of all, he was surprised he hadn’t died lying under that fence all night.

After working on him for about 20 minutes, he said, Turn him loose and he will be just fine tomorrow.”Today is tomorrow – and like Laird promised – Cougarand is just fine, walking normal! In fact, when Laird got done working on him, I took his halter off. He usually runs off when he discovers he is loose; however, this time he followed me until I got out the gate. I guess he thought I had fixed his pain!

Laird has been a friend of Bob and me for many years and has “fixed” many horses that have had accidents or in some way had disturbed their skeletal frame or muscles. We had a baby colt one time who missed the gate when the horses, including his mother, headed out to the pasture. The colt jumped the fence and landed on his back. When he got up, he could walk, but it was like a car with a bent frame – he would walk toward you but he looked like he was actually going another way. We took him to vets and they said there was nothing they could do. About 3 months later, Laird came and stayed with us and he suggested we put the colt in the barn while he worked on him several times over the following week. His magic worked and the colt was soon walking normal and remained that way as long as we owned him. I became a lifetime fan!

Bob and I  met Laird years ago when he was working with and helping horses performing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. He eventually came and stayed with us for several months when he suddenly found himself with a lot of business in Texas, and he and his lovely wife Brenda soon moved to North Texas and have been helping horses over the past few years all over the country at major shows and ranches.

So that’s are my story and I’m sticking to it. I’m sure that in the short term, I will not be posting as often as I did before for awhile as I have this huge move in front of me. I have lived here for 38 years and imagine the “stuff” I have accumulated. They include Quarter Horse Journals back to the 1970s – that I am trying to give away to someone who would like to study the history of the wonderful Quarter Horse.


The latest news came from an e-mail last night wondering if I would like to expose wrong doing at the highest level in the cutting industry. The person said, “There is a Red Hot current situation about a well-known horse owner shooting a tied-up unruly stallion multiple times with a BB pistol at a horse show in Whitesboro, Texas, Saturday, July 8, with witnesses, one of which took a video.”  They felt someone needed to pursue this in order to hold the NCHA accountable with their highly advertised zero tolerance “horse-cruelty” policy.

The caller said Russell McCord from the NCHA was called and told what was going on. He told the caller to do whatever it took to stop it and make the person shooting the horse leave, which he did.

I’m looking for someone who was there and watched the incident so I can report more about it. If you know such a person who is willing to talk with me, my phone no. is 940-433-5232 or cell 940-393-1865. I need to know who the person calling is but I do not have to give their name in my article – however, I would like for them to confirm the name of the perpetrator. I’m waiting by my phone(s).

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☛ Bobby Pidgeon passes at age 84 – 7-18-17



July 18, 2017

George Robert “Bobby” Pidgeon Sr. of Moscow, TN died at 84 years old on July 14, 2017.

Bobby, a passionate horseman, owned Bar H Ranche in Weatherford, Texas, a leading breeder of cutting horses and winner of the 1991 and 1992 Non Pro Futurity. He was inducted into the 2005 National Cutting Horse Association Non-Pro Rider Hall of Fame. His horse, Dual Pep, became one of the leading industry stallions. He also owned CD Olena, the 1994 NCHA Open Futurity Champion and the 1995 NCHA Horse Of The Year.

Besides being a competitor, Bobby produced multiple Western Cutting competitions in Steamboat Springs, Colo., which were renowned for the excellent quality of horse competitions as well as a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for the competitors.They were very popular as it gave cutters a chance to enjoy the cool weather and beautiful scenery of Colorado.

He lived his life with an independent spirit, a feisty attitude and dry humor. As a husband, father, grandfather and friend, he embodied strength and compassion – plus a sense of fun and adventure. He took life by the horns, and those around him learned to expect the unexpected.

After graduating from Christian Brothers High School and Memphis State University, he went to work for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Memphis, the third generation in his family to work there. In 1966, He became President and CEO until the company was sold more than 20 years later.

Bobby loved helping people. Both through his business and in his personal life he donated to many charities, always anonymously. He developed a legacy program for the American Cancer Society and was actively involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the Rameses II Exhibit, Church Health Center and many others. In 1989, Dr. Scott Morris, CEO of Church Health, said he was told a homeless man wanted to see him. It was Bobby Pidgeon dressed in old clothes, who handed him a large check and said, “If anyone ever learns I gave you this, I will never give you another dime.” Dr. Morris wouldn’t tell the story until now.

Bobby was an avid sportsman and passionate outdoorsman, former member of the Five Lakes Club and lifetime member of the Memphis Gun Club. He was a founding board member of the Liberty Bowl, former board member of the Mid-South Fair, a founder of the National Football Stadium Association and avidly supported the Memphis Park Commission. Bobby played a major role in bringing professional soccer to Memphis and owned the Memphis Blues AA Baseball Team a New York Mets farm team, who won the pennant in 1969. He also developed The Shelby Showplace Arena and was the original underwriter for the Merry Christmas Memphis Parade.

Bobby was married to Corinna (Renny) Fortune Pidgeon, for 61 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, George Robert Pidgeon, Jr., and three daughters, Corinna Pidgeon Harmon, Louise Ruth Pidgeon, Mary Pidgeon Coffman, grandchildren, Christopher Harmon, Mark Harmon, Corinna Pidgeon, Bobby Pidgeon III, Lily Pidgeon, Tee Pidgeon, Robin Coffman III and Alex Coffman, his sister, Helen Pidgeon Viar, and an eclectic group of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Everett Pidgeon and Ruth Burton Pidgeon, and his daughter, Leslie Pidgeon, and his brother J. Everett Pidgeon Jr., his sisters Ruth Mary Pidgeon Demere, Nell Smythe Pidgeon.

Services were held at St. Louis Catholic Church, 203 S. White Station Road, with a visitation Monday, July 17 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Clunan Center at St. Louis Church, and a funeral Mass Tuesday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a private family burial in Calvary Cemetery.

The family asks that any donations in his memory be made to the Church Health Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 16, 2017


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