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☛ C. T. Babcock’s death still undetermined 3-18-17

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

C. T. BABCOCK’S DEATH STILL UNDETERMINED

By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 18, 2017

C. T. Babcock and El Senor Red

Since Feb. 24, 2017, when Clayton Thomas (C. T.) Babcock, Gainesville, Texas, was found shot to death in his back yard, there has been no official conclusion about who pulled the trigger.

The 41-year-old son of Jim Babcock, Sanger, Texas, and Sharon Butler, Gainesville, Texas, was raised in the horse industry and rode and showed many of the industry’s best horses.

According to his obituary, published in the Denton Record Chronicle, C. T., graduated from Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Texas, in 1993 and was voted student body president and played offensive tackle for the Gainesville, High School. He attended East Texas State and the University of North Texas. At the time of his death, he was employed by Bill Utter Ford. He also enjoyed working with computers and excelled at anything electronically related.

C. T. was born on Oct. 9, 1975 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. His grandfather, Ross Clayton Babcock still lives in Alymer, Ontario, Canada. His grandmother, Anna Jean Babcock  predeceased him. His other grandmother Marian Elaine Williamson lives in Skippack, Pa., while his other grandfather Thomas Robert Williamson of Skippack is deceased.

He also has three children: daughters Riley Evelyn Babcock and Ryan Lane Babcock of Aubrey, Texas, and a son, Jaxon Burdette Babcock of Gainesville. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in law Troy and Jaime Babcock of Wheelock, Texas, and a step-sister Lydia Butler of Gainesville, Texas, as well as nieces Skylar Renee and Lexy Lena Babcock of Wheelock, Texas and Maddison Jane VanHoose of Gainesville, Texas.

The family is planning a memorial Celebration of Life on the tentative date of April 2. In lieu of flowers there has been a trust fund set up for C. T.’s three children at First State Bank, Gainesville, Texas (C.T. Babcock Benefit Account, FBO Riley, Ryan and Jaxon Babcock).

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☛ Herda status of Auspicious Cat goes on trial 3-11-17

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE LAWSUITS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

HERDA STATUS OF  AUSPICIOUS CAT GOES ON TRIAL

 

JURY LAYS MOST OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURY OF OFFSPRING ON EDWARD  AND SHONA DUFURRENA

By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 11, 2017

Following a seven-day trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, an eight-member jury (six women and two men) finalized responsibility of a HERDA-infected foal sired by Auspicious Cat, owned by Dos Cats Partners (headed up by Edward and Shona Dufurrena, Gainesville, Texas), on the Dufurrenas.

The lawsuit was filed by Shawn, Lisa Victoria and Lauren Victoria Minshall, Hillsburgh, Ontario, Canada, the owners of one of Canada’s top Thoroughbred and cutting horse breeding and training operations, vs Dr. David Hartman’s Hartman Equine Reproduction Center, P.A. (HERC), Gainesville, Texas, who sent the semen of Auspicious Cat to the Minshalls to breed to Miss Tassa Lena.

WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE?

According to the jury, the Dufurrenas received 60 percent of the responsibility, with each receiving 30 percent of responsibility that caused or contributed to cause the occurrence or injury of a foal sired by Auspicious Cat out of the Minshall’s mare, Miss Tassa Lena. He was nicknamed “Otto,” and he was born with full-blown HERDA, a genetic skin disease. The disease was discovered when the colt was a 2-year-old and lesions appeared on its body while in training.

Also receiving responsibility were the Minshalls, with 10 percent going to each: Shawn, Lisa Victoria and their daughter Lauren Victoria, for a total of 30 percent. Receiving the least responsibility was Hartman Equine Reproduction Center, who received 10 percent of the responsibility.

The jury was given questions of guilt, with all six parties being found guilty of “Negligence incurring damage.” The Dufurrena’s were found guilty of committing fraud. All other questions regarding Hartman’s guilt were answered by “No.”

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Compensatory damages included: 1) The difference in the value of Otto now and what it would have been if not HERDA affected: $30,000; 2) Reasonable expenses related to foaling, raising boarding and training Otto in the past: $28,408; 3) Reasonable vet expenses: $0; 4) Reasonable expenses incurred for caring for Otto in the future, $75,000 and Plaintiffs’ lost profits: $30,000 – for a total of $163,408.

At press time it was not available if  “who’s responsible?” has any relation to the compensatory damages.

THE LAWYERS:

Represented by Aaron J. Burke and Nathan Pearman of Hardline Ducus Barger Drey LLP, Dallas, Texas,  the Minshall’s lawyer was asking for $30,000 for the value of Otto, a high of $28,408 for training and boarding, $233,000 in expenses for training, boarding in the future, plus $3 million in Punitive damages and $165,000 in mental anguish, for a total of close to $3.5 million.

David Hartman, the principal of HERC, was represented by Jeffrey W. Ryan and Caleena D. Svalek of the law firm of Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C., also of Dallas. William Chamblee was originally scheduled to be Hartman’s lawyer; however, the last minute it was discovered he would be involved in another court case in Dallas and Jeffrey Ryan took over. The firm usually does trial cases for medical cases.

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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 3-8-17

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

PRCA RODEO NEWS

 

Press release from PRCA
March 8, 2017

 

Larsen wins second consecutive Champions Challenge

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Bareback rider Orin Larsen is two-for-two after winning his second consecutive Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots event.

“It’s neat to win two of them back-to-back, and definitely a rewarding feeling for me,” Larsen said, following his Grand Island, Neb., victory. “I hope to do it for the next six or so Champions Challenges. It’s a great opportunity to win more money and get to the Finals.”

The 25-year-old Canadian member of Team Coors covered J Bar J’s Blessed Assurance with 87 points, a nearly identical performance to his winning 86-point ride at the Rapid City, S.D., Champions Challenge on Feb. 1.

“It (Blessed Assurance) was a wild little horse – circled around and came to the right and was pretty exotic,” Larsen said. “Just a fun horse to get on.”

Competition was tight and the stock was rank, so Larsen had to bring his A-game to come out on top.

“It was a great group of guys and a great group of horses – it was phenomenal bareback riding,” Larsen said. “The stock was all awesome, you could win on any of them, I thought.”

Larsen wasn’t exaggerating, as the Top 5 bareback rides were all 84 points or better and the second-place score was a mere point-and-a-half behind him.

“I try not to be surprised about a win – we are all expected to win and ride at our best, and everyone rode outstanding,” Larsen said. “It’s a relief, but I feel like it wasn’t unexpected.

“It’s always a huge confidence boost to get a win under your belt. It’s like a hometown win, really – me and my fiancée bought a place and have been living in Gering (Neb.) for almost exactly a year.”

Larsen’s hitting the road for more rodeos, with Arcadia, Fla., Montgomery, Ala., and Austin, Texas, next on his list.

“I’m going to keep picking away and hopefully earn enough to make it back to Vegas,” Larsen said. “I haven’t had very good winter runs, so I was hoping for this. It will help going into the spring and the rest of the year.”

Larsen was No. 3 in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings in 2016, and is confident this year will go just as well.

“That’s what I’m banking on, nod for 90 or go down swinging,” Larsen said.

Other winners at the $92,800 rodeo were Team B&W Trailer Hitches steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge (4.1 seconds), Team Coors team ropers Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza (4.8 seconds), Team PRCA saddle bronc rider Jake Wright (88.5 points on Brookman Rodeo’s Drinking Again), Team Experience Kissimmee tie-down roper Tuf Cooper (7.3 seconds), Team Justin Boots barrel racer Tiany Schuster (13.76 seconds) and Team RAM bull rider Cole Melancon (88 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Red Image).

This was Melancon’s second-consecutive WCC victory as well.

  • Jake Wright’s 88.5-point ride on Brookman Rodeo’s Drinking Again is tied for the third-highest scored saddle bronc ride of the season. Shorty Garrett also had an 88.5-point ride on Sutton Rodeos’ Snake Stomper Nov. 5.

Hadley Barrett: Sept. 18 1929 – March 2, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association lost a legend March 2.

Announcer Hadley Barrett, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1999, passed away in the early morning hours of March 2 due to heart failure while at University Hospital in Denver, Colo. He was 87.

“I’m having a hard time dealing with this because he was not only my dad, but my best friend,” said Trent Barrett, Hadley’s son.

The last rodeo Barrett announced was the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, and his final day of announcing was Feb. 25.

A memorial service was held for Barrett Monday at the Budweiser Events Center, in Loveland, Colo.

Veteran announcer Wayne Brooks, who has worked with Barrett for years, was trying to come to grips with his passing.

“I’ve talked to everybody in the last two or three hours (on March 2), and the consensus is that he was supposed to be bulletproof,” Brooks said. “Because that’s not only the way everybody depicted him, but that’s the way he came across. Regardless of age, the numbers don’t count, he was just an ironman. We all know (passing away) is going to happen to us someday, but it doesn’t seem possible that’s happening now with him. It’s unreal for sure.”

Brooks worked with Barrett some, most recently at San Antonio, and was scheduled to work with him at Rodeo Austin (Texas) March 11-25.

“The level with which everybody around him held him was unbelievable, even to this day, whether it’s fans, committees, cowboys, stock contractors, the list goes on and on,” Brooks said.

“Not just because of his tenure, but because of the kind of man he was. To not have that piece of the puzzle in these locations is going to be very odd, very strange, very different. The thing that created his longevity in our game is after a rodeo performance when you went and listened to him, you felt like he was your friend.”

Barrett was born Sept. 18, 1929, in North Platte, Neb. The ranch-raised Nebraskan started his career as a contestant and formed his own dance band, but found his place in rodeo history behind the microphone.

A PRCA member since 1965, Barrett has announced all the big rodeos, and a great number of the smaller, ones across the country. He has been the voice of the Sidney (Iowa) Championship Rodeo since 1983; worked the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Neb.) for more than 30 years; the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede for more than 20 years; and worked for more than a decade at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days.

Barrett was named PRCA Announcer of the Year in 1983, 1985, 1989 and 2002. He worked five National Finals Rodeos (1968, 1976, 1979, 1983 and 2008) and the 1967 National Finals Steer Roping, as well as called the action at the Canadian Finals Rodeo seven times.

He has worked as an NFR television announcer since 1980. He was among the first to announce while on horseback, and had always been credited with an honest approach to arena accidents and mishaps.

Barrett’s legacy is his willingness to share his talent and experience with others. He is known for taking rookie announcers under his wing and sharing hard-earned information.

“He had that capacity just to get up and love every day he was in touch with the rodeo business,” Brooks said. “It’s that passion that kept him going. He loved the game as much as he loved his family. He was an amazing man.”

Ratliff suffers season-ending injury

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bareback rider Winn Ratliff is out of competition for the remainder of the 2017 season after suffering a severe injury during the Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo in Bay City, Texas, March 2.

“I’ll be out six months – this is a season-ending injury for me,” Ratliff said. “It’s frustrating I can’t compete, but there’s always another door open. Once I heal up, I’m going to get back at it again.”

The sacrum – the large triangular bone at the base of the spine that connects the pelvis together – was shattered, and Ratliff’s pubic symphysis was displaced.

“Basically, the horse fell over on top of him,” said Justin Sportsmedicine Director Rick Foster. “It takes a lot to break that – a 1,200-pound horse on a 150-pound guy can do that.”

“It was one of those freak accidents,” Ratliff said. “On the video, it looked like he lost his back footing and the fence scared him since his head was down while bucking – he fell back, and that pressure landed on my back and hips.”

There was no doubt in Ratliff’s mind that it was a major injury.

“I felt a pop and it scared me – I knew something wasn’t right,” Ratliff said, adding that he was unable to walk out of the arena. “It was one of those bad deals. The doctor said it’s broken completely – from top to bottom – the break goes from Zone 1 to Zone 2 and Zone 3 of the sacrum. It was a lot of pressure on my hips; something had to give.”

Ratliff is scheduled to undergo surgery March 7 to have a plate and screw put in, and to find out if his left joint is injured and if there’s any internal damage, as well.

“We discussed some options, and he feels this is the best option,” Foster said. “As far as I know, he was trying to put weight on it.”

Ratliff can stand up, but walking is difficult. It will be 12 weeks before Ratliff can put any weight on his hips, and then he’ll enter 12 weeks of therapy.

Ratliff’s injury is similar to the one suffered by barrel racer Mary Walker in 2011, Foster said. Walker bounced back from her surgery and won her first world title in 2012 at the age of 53 – Ratliff is currently 27 years old.

“I’m very fortunate and glad I’m not paralyzed,” Ratliff said. “It has crossed my mind, that I could have not been able to walk again, but thankfully God laid his hands on me and I have a chance to walk.”

Ratliff was ranked sixth in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings as of March 6.

“God has a plan for everything – we might not understand, but he is always in control, and if we follow his will, he won’t lead us astray,” Ratliff said. “It’s not like I’ll never compete again, it’s just a jam in the road. Every tragedy has something good come out of it, just have faith and believe and not be a Debby Downer.”

CPRA Welcomes New President

AIRDRIE, Alberta – Terry Cooke was named as the new president of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Feb. 28, and takes on the role immediately. Cooke was elected to the position by acclamation, according to the CPRA.

A long time CPRA rodeo official, committee member and CPRA Board member with a strong business background, Cooke brings a wealth of expertise to the position.

From his late teens, Cooke enjoyed involvement in the sport of rodeo.

“I rode bareback horses and bulls initially, but I wasn’t that good,” he said.

Cooke turned his attention to other areas of the industry. He worked for amateur stock contractors (Rudy Ostrem among them) and from the mid-1980s on, he judged rodeos and volunteered with the Dawson Creek (British Columbia) Stampede as a committee member.

In 1994, Cooke was invited (by then CPRA Rodeo Administrator Keith Hyland) to attend a professional rodeo judging clinic. The British Columbia native hasn’t looked back. For much of the year, he travels across Western Canada and into the U.S. officiating at professional rodeos.

As far as his involvement with the CPRA, Cooke is excited about the new position.

“I want to make this organization one that people are proud to be a part of … where contestants want to be members,” Cooke said.

Cooke went on to say that helping the Association become more stable financially is another goal, as is greater transparency within the organization. He’s excited to be part of the board structure once again, and noted that current board members have been welcoming.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

ProRodeoLive.com will be broadcasting the Avi River Stampede from Fort Mohave, Ariz., March 10-12. The rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. (MT) March 10, and at 2 p.m. March 11-12.

The Texas State Senate was scheduled to present a Senate Resolution to attending committee members of the ABC Pro Rodeo Monday. The resolution is being presented to honor the work, dedication and longevity of the ABC Pro Rodeo and its support of the Lubbock (Texas) Boys and Girls Clubs, and will be read on the Senate floor of the state capital in Austin. Dates for the 75th Annual ABC Pro Rodeo are March 30 through April 1. There will be four total performances.

In addition to the rodeo action, there will be plenty of music entertainment during Rodeo Austin (Texas) March 11-25. The music schedule at the Travis County Exposition Center includes Dwight Yoakam, March 11; Cole Swindell, March 14; Randy Rogers Band, March 17; Chase Bryant, March 18; Kenny Rogers, March 19; and Josh Turner, March 21. Cost of tickets range from $20-$175. For more information and a complete list of performers, visit www.rodeoaustin.com.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Nobody ever needs to try to be that because you are never going to be what he was. He loved rodeo. He was one-of-a-kind, Hadley Barrett.”

– Fellow announcer Randy Corley on his father-in-law, legendary Hadley                          Barrett.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through March 6, 2017

AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville,Texas $50,328
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $53,814
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $64,453
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $44,853
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $44,853
SB: CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah $54,665
TD: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $42,584
BR: Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $48,865
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, TX   $39,526

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through March 6, 2017

All-around
1 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $50,328
2 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 50,177
3 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 41,852
4 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 40,868
5 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 27,562
6 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 26,572
7 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 24,232
8 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 23,711
9 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 17,011
10 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 16,644
11 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 14,458
12 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 14,286
13 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 13,348
14 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
15 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 9,555
16 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 9,298
Bareback Riding
1 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $53,814
2 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 42,274
3 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 40,720
4 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 36,850
5 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 33,960
6 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 28,819
7 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 28,186
8 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 24,073
9 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 23,452
10 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 21,608
11 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 21,116
12 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 19,992
13 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 17,351
14 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 16,861
15 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 13,680
16 Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore. 13,535
17 Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho 13,111
18 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 12,952
19 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 12,163
20 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 12,020
Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $64,453
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 48,707
3 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 29,272
4 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 26,770
5 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 26,449
6 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 25,785
7 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 22,957
8 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 20,902
9 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 20,153
10 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 18,673
11 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 17,470
12 Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 17,220
13 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 16,669
14 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 15,167
15 Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 14,702
16 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 14,593
17 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 14,172
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☛ New ED and rules for NCHA 2-27-17

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NEWS FROM THE NCHA

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; NEW RULES

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz

Feb. 27, 2017

Chuck Smith will take the reins of the Executive Director of the NCHA following the June convention.

More than likely the biggest news coming out of the NCHA is the fact that Chuck Smith, the current interim Executive Director, will be named the full-time Executive Director after the Convention held June 2-4 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine, Texas.

According to an article on the NCHA website, “After reviewing the resumes of numerous applicants for the position, the Executive Committee felt Chuck’s combination of experience in the cutting horse industry, knowledge of the Association and its members and the love for the sport of cutting and the cutting horse uniquely qualify him to lead the Association into the future.

“NCHA staff had the opportunity to work with Chuck as an Interim Executive Director and believes this arrangement provides continuity and fully supports Chuck in this role.

“The Executive Committee is excited Chuck has made this commitment and looks forward to working with him and continuing to grow the Association under his leadership.”

At their Nov. 1, 2016 meeting, the Executive Committee gave the DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine a three-year contract for the Convention. During this time, the hotel room rates will be $134.00, guaranteed for the full three years with free airport shuttle, free parking and plenty of meeting space.  The upcoming dates for the Convention will be June 1-3, 2018; May 31-June 1-2, 2019 and June 5-7 in 2020.

Dave Brian reported that total entries in the 2016 NCHA Futurity were up 91 in 2016, compared to 2015’s numbers. Even so, several motions passed that were designed to cut costs to the Association, as they have been losing membership in most regions.

YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP CUTTING:

At the Nov. 1, 2016 Executive Committee meeting, Judy Morris presented the Youth Committee’s recommendation to increase the entry fee of the Scholarship cutting from its current $90 ($75 entry fee, $15 drug) to $150 ($135 entry fee – $15 drug). After discussion, it was moved by Phil Rapp, seconded by Tatum Rice and passed to increase the Youth Scholarship cutting entry fee, doubling it to $180.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT:

A motion was made by Lewis Wray, seconded by Jay Klamon and passed to approve the mailing of one Chatter for split joint lifetime memberships. Also ranches and businesses that have life memberships will no longer receive a Chatter but are allowed to vote in director and officer elections.

When a husband and wife both have separate memberships but a horse’s ownership is listed under both of their names, a motion passed that all partnerships are required to purchase a separate membership

Also, Rule 50.d.4, requires that all horse ownership transfers be filed with the breed registry within 30 days of the transfer and certain paperwork must be in place before that horse is shown. The Rule book states a $500 fine can be levied but there is not a procedure listed. Now the individual will receive a letter from NCHA counsel notifying them they have 30 days and after 30 days, the individual will receive a letter from counsel notifying them again and giving them 14 days to comply or a $500 fine will be assessed and the member will be advised of the appeal process.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Three years ago, the NCHA voted to provide $15,000 as seed funds for the European championships. Also Europe did not have to pay the $2 Championship fee and were allowed their non-pros the opportunity to ride two horses in shows with $199 and less in added money. These and other concessions will no longer be available as it is felt they have had time to develop a self-sustaining program.

REDUCTION IN SHOW CATTLE:

It was moved by Tatum Rice, seconded by Phil Rapp and passed to remove a quarter of a cow from all TRIPLE CROWN classes, beginning with the 2017 Super Stakes. The motion was later amended to NOT remove the quarter cow during the second go rounds and let it remain at four cows. It was also recommended to eliminate the current rewards from the Novice, Gelding and Senior classes at the Triple Crown events, stating this would result in savings of approximately $40,000. It was also determined that some type of award/prize would be given to those winners.

PAYOUT TASK FORCE:

With this meeting being held prior to the 2016 NCHA Futurity, the Payout Task Force proposed that the Futurity Open finals would pay the top six finishers all over $100,000. This was made possible through sponsors bonus money, which would be awarded in addition to the standard NCHA payout and count toward lifetime earnings. However a policy was instituted saying: Bonus Money contribution and distribution plan may be offered by member/sponsor/etc. at their discretion directly to rider(s). NCHA will not take part in the marketing, distribution plan and said Bonus Money will NOT be counted for lifetime rider and horse earnings. NCHA would provide the opportunity for “Bonus Money” to be presented on the arena floor immediately following the NCHA awards.

AWARD PROGRAM:

There was discussion of awarding fewer buckles in the Triple Crown events. It was moved and passed that a re-designed buckle, that will be awarded at the three national championship shows, would be reviewed.

SENIOR TOUR:

It was moved by Chris Dublin, seconded by Tatum Rice and passed to discontinue the Senior Tour in 2017. Reason being was that the NCHA software doesn’t adequately support the entry format at this time and many secretaries will not even offer it in their shows because of the difficulty in tracking entries and results.

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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 2-27-17

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA RODEO NEWS

Courtesy PRCA
Feb. 27, 2017

Bradshaw gets some air, wins San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – CoBurn Bradshaw didn’t have a pleasant dismount, but that didn’t matter – he still won the biggest rodeo of his career.

The 22-year-old saddle bronc rider from Beaver, Utah, rode Calgary Stampede’s Stampede Warrior for 87.5 points. The ride was pretty – the dismount … not so much.

Bradshaw was bucked off at the whistle, and landed back-first against the wall.

“I’m fine, just a little sore,” he said. “It happened right at eight (seconds) – that’s a good bucking horse, and you can’t let your guard down. I don’t know what happened, I guess I weakened there at the end a bit. As I was flying through the air toward the wall, I was thinking that I better win after this.”

He indeed emerged from the final round of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo as the champion Feb. 25. Bradshaw split the final-round win with Hardy Braden, and made a total of $24,927 for the rodeo – nearly $3,000 more than Braden.

Bradshaw, who finished third in the world in 2016, also sat third in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings entering the weekend. He moved to the top, ahead of 2015 World Champion Jacobs Crawley.

“This definitely puts me in a good spot, and makes the year a lot less stressful knowing I got a good jump on the season,” Bradshaw said. “This is the biggest rodeo I’ve ever won – this one and Pendleton (Ore.) were the two I really wanted to win, and now I have one of them. I bet this buckle would look really good on my wall, but it also would look good on me. I’m not sure where it’ll go.”

Out of the 10 saddle bronc riders in the finals, none of them had the last name Wright. Which meant Bradshaw, who’s married to Rebecca Wright – the sister of bronc riders Cody, Jesse, Jake and Spencer Wright – didn’t get to compete against his in-laws.

“They had some bad luck,” Bradshaw said. “Spencer rode really well, he just ended up in a tough pen of guys. They all could have been here, easy, but it’s hard to make the finals here and you need some luck. I wish they all could’ve been here so we could’ve had a battle. As far as I’m concerned, those are the best saddle bronc riders in the world, so it’s a little easier to win when they aren’t around.”

Bradshaw may have had a rough ending to his ride, but the bumps and bruises were worth the victory lap in the back of a truck, in addition to the money, buckle and $5,000 gas card, which was provided to each winner.

“This is a dream come true – this is the best rodeo all year, and it’s always been on my list,” he said. “Winning it is awesome, and I hope to win it more times in the future.”

Other winners at the $1,480,500 rodeo were bareback rider Tyler Nelson ($25,881), steer wrestler Ty Erickson ($21,604), team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira ($21,692 each), tie-down roper Hunter Herrin ($22,745), barrel racer Amberleigh Moore ($29,339) and bull rider Roscoe Jarboe ($27,033).

  • With the 2017 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo complete, the impact on the season leaderboard was tremendous. In tie-down roping, the top eight times of 2017 are all from San Antonio. The leader is Hunter Herrin at 6.6 seconds, he tied his own arena record in San Antonio, and in the No. 8 spot is Randall Carlisle at 7.0 seconds. Carlisle is tied with Cody Quaney, Tuf Cooper and Michael Otero, who each stopped the clock in 7.0 seconds at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo.
  • The roughstock scores also received a jolt from San Antonio. Bareback rider Tyler Nelson had a 91.5-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s On Tap with Nutrena, tying Chad Rutherford’s 91.5-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Painted River in San Angelo, Texas, for top ride of the season. Tim O’Connell had a 91-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery, Tanner Aus was 90 points on Andrews Rodeo’s PTSD Power Play and Richmond Champion had an 89-point trip on Frontier Rodeo’s Short Night – all at San Antonio. In bull riding at San Antonio, Roscoe Jarboe had a 91-point ride on D&H Cattle’s Sweet Pro Bruiser, which was the second-best ride of the season behind Scott Schiffner’s 91.5-point ride on Outlaw Buckers Nickle Passage in Red Deer, Alberta. Ty Wallace had a pair of 90-point rides in San Antonio – one during the rodeo on D&H Cattle’s No Regrets and the other on Powder River Rodeo’s Shocker to win the Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event. Wallace’s 90-point rides were tied for the third-best ride of the season. Brennon Eldred bested Wallace with a 90.5 ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Muley Madness to win La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday.
  • Zach Flatt won the title at the PRCA Bull Fights Saturday afternoon in San Antonio. Flatt’s 87-point score earned him the $12,500 top prize. Tanner Zarnetski was second with an 86-point score and collected a $6,250 check.

Snedecor finally grabs San Antonio title

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Steer roper Scott Snedecor had won just about every prestigious buckle in steer roping, except one.

On Feb. 26, he crossed the last rodeo off his list by capturing the title at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

The two-time world champion, and two-time winner of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping average title, felt a sense of relief to finally be holding a San Antonio buckle.

“This is the last major one, and it’s been eating at me since they’ve started this deal in San Antonio,” Snedecor said. “(Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer) Keith Martin has been so good to us with this rodeo, and I have a lot of friends who come to watch me here. It’s one of those deals that you want to do good so bad, and it’s hard on you. It’s a big monkey off my back to finally get this one done.”

Snedecor, 42, placed fourth in the first round with a time of 11.8 seconds, third in second round with a 10.5, and split fifth with an 11.6 in the third round. His three-head time of 33.9 seconds held off Jason Evans by nine-tenths of a second.

Snedecor won $12,612 for capturing the average title, and left San Antonio with a total of $27,417. The huge haul will put his 2017 season total at around $40,000, which essentially assures him a spot at the NFSR, and a great shot at a third gold buckle.

“When you get a good start like this, you think about another world title,” he said. “It also relaxes me for the summer, because now I don’t have to go to all the rodeos that I usually try to make. This is a big one to win, and a huge relief. Another gold buckle would be great, but after I won the first gold buckle, that was good enough for me.”

Snedecor lives about 70 miles north of San Antonio in Fredericksburg, Texas. He had a large cheering section, including wife, Kelli, son, Colton, and daughter, Kallyn.

“If another world title comes along, that would be great, but I have kids and a wife at home, and life can’t get better,” Snedecor said. “This means a lot because there were a lot of people here watching me – there’s more pressure at your hometown rodeo than anywhere else.”

The 15-time NFSR qualifier, who finished fifth in the world in 2016, was calm and collected before the final round. He entered it with a lead of nine-tenths of a second over Evans, and did what was necessary to earn the average title.

“I wasn’t stressed out or nervous before the finals, because anytime you draw a good steer and rope like you’re supposed to, it’s exciting,” he said. “I get more adrenaline when I know I have a good one. The last few years, I haven’t been as dedicated to practicing as much – but the last two or three weeks I’ve been getting after it to be ready for this rodeo.”

Evans earned the second-highest total of any steer roper in San Antonio with $21,203. JoJo LeMond, who won this rodeo in 2013, finished with $17,638, while Troy Tillard – who won both the second and third rounds, but failed to clock a time in the first round, earned $16,816.

Clements wins Tucson in first appearance

TUCSON, Ariz. – The first trip bareback rider Mason Clements made to La Fiesta de la Vaqueros is one he will not soon forget.

The Santaquin, Utah, cowboy left a champion with a 168-point score in the two-head average.

“I never got the opportunity to go to Tucson before, for one reason or another, and now I love Tucson,” said Clements, 24. “I loved it before because it was the first outdoor rodeo of the year and I was really excited to get outside and things turned out great for me.”

Clements clinched the title with an 83-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Forward Motion in the finals.

“I had never been on him (Forward Motion) before,” Clements said. “He was a little wiry in the box, and you had to get in there and get your hand in and do the best you could to get out on him, and it played out good for me.”

Clements set the stage for his victory with an 85-point trip on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Lightning, which tied Austin Foss for the first-round win. Clements left Tucson with $8,142 in earnings.

A year ago, Clements just missed qualifying for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, finishing 18th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $60,361.

Clements was within reach of the Wrangler NFR despite missing three months of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament wakeboarding in Orlando, Fla., in March, following the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla.

“My approach is to stay healthy and enjoy what I’m doing,” Clements said about dealing with the injury. “I need to stay physically and mentally in shape 24/7, so when Oct. 1 comes, I didn’t leave anything on the table. My (right) knee finally feels like it’s getting all its strength back. There were a lot of emotions after that last rodeo when I realized I wasn’t going to make the Finals. I was frustrated and I knew the consequences of getting hurt and now I’m going to do everything in my power to make it this year.”

Now, Clements doesn’t want anything to derail him from qualifying for the WNFR in Las Vegas in December.

“I don’t even want to question it, it needs to happen, I need to make the Finals,” Clements said. “I need to quit giving excuses for not being there. I’m really confident and I feel like the trials and errors I’ve had to go through have given me more experience, and there’s no excuse for not making it.”

Other winners at the $331,218 rodeo were all-around cowboy Erich Rogers ($9,545, tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler Tyler Pearson (15.9 seconds on three head), team ropers Erich Rogers/Cory Petska (12.7 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Tyler Corrington (168.5 points on two head), tie-down roper Ace Slone (19.3 seconds on two head), barrel racer Stevi Hillman (34.95 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Dave Mason (165 points on two head).

The $331,218 in total prize money broke the rodeo record of $327,673 set in 2009, and Curtis Cassidy earned a share of the arena record with his 3.8-second run in the first round of the steer wrestling; he is tied with four others.

Wallace tops loaded Xtreme Bulls field

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Ty Wallace had a premonition that Feb. 25 was going to be a big day for him. He was right.

The 23-year-old bull rider from Collbran, Colo., emerged from a field of 50 men to take the title at the San Antonio Xtreme Bulls, earning a check for $25,380.

“I woke up this morning and had a feeling that it was going to be a really good day,” Wallace said. “I’m as confident as I ever have been riding bulls, and I don’t care what they put under me, I’m going to ride it.”

He rode for 90 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Shocker to take the title at the one-header, topping second-place Brady Portenier by one point.

“I feel blessed to have this good of a day,” Wallace said. “When you’re one of 50 guys, you just hope that you get a bull that’s strong enough to get you the win. I got on that bull last summer in Caldwell (Idaho) and he bucked me off – so I knew what he was going to try to do. He was right up my alley, and I did my job.”

For Wallace, who won $13,544 at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo this has been a huge step toward making it back to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. The nearly $40,000 he won between the Xtreme Bulls and rodeo will vault him from 28th to the top of the standings with $48,865.

He made it to Las Vegas in 2014-15, but finished 20th in the 2016 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. Wallace tore his groin in the middle of August and had to sit out for about four months. He was 13th in the world at the time of the injury.

“Being out that long lit a fire under me, and I want it way worse now than I ever have,” he said. “I had to work hard rehabbing, and I couldn’t do what I love – I couldn’t even ride a horse and wasn’t able to cowboy around the ranch. I set some goals for myself, and I’m trying to accomplish them.”

It was a strong field top to bottom at the Xtreme Bulls event. Trevor Reiste and Bayle Worden both rode for 88.5 points early on, setting the bar high.

Portenier, who rode D&H Cattle’s Heartbreak Kid for 89 points, earned a $20,680 check for second place. Reiste and Worden each collected $13,630 for splitting third.

“I knew there was an 89, but I just wanted to do my part and let the judges decide,” Wallace said. “Shocker is a younger bull, and I don’t think he’s been to the NFR yet. But I saw him last night in the rodeo and he bucked really hard, and I knew I’d have a good chance.”

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Bareback rider Evan Jayne, a two-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER (2015-16), and his wife, Kristin, are dealing with medical emergency involving their daughter, Sienna Rose Jayne, 4. On Feb. 22, Sienna suffered a brain aneurysm. According to Evan’s Facebook page, Sienna is in a medically-induced coma. A GoFundMe page has been established to help Sienna on her road to recovery. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/sienna-roses-collection-of-coins.

The annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo sold out the last two days of the rodeo – Feb. 25-26. Jose Calderon, the rodeo chairman, estimated the rodeo could have an economic impact of $17 to $20 million to the community.

Rodeo Austin (Texas) takes place March 11-25, but the city is already getting ready for the rodeo. The fan-favorite Cowboy Breakfast takes place March 3 at the Long Center from 6-9 a.m. It’s a free Texas-sized breakfast for all ages, featuring entertainment, coffee and plenty to eat. Also, BBQ Austin is taking place March 3-4 at the Travis County Expo Center. At the cook-off, there also will be live music and plenty to eat. Tickets for adults are $8 and $5 for children ages 3-12.

The Buccaneer Commission announced individual ticket sales for Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas) and registration for the Mutton Bustin’ event, occurring during the rodeo, will both start at 10 a.m. (CT), March 1. All individual tickets, ranging in price from $15-48, include two hours of ProRodeo, as well as a concert each night in the American Bank Center Arena. Visit www.bucdays.com or www.ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets. The rodeo takes place April 27-30 and the music lineup after each rodeo is Dwight Yoakam (April 27), Aaron Watson (April 28), William Clark Green (April 29) and Siggno (April 30).

The Corinth (Miss.) Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Board of Directors recently approved $2,000 in advertising assistance with potentially $3,000 more, dependent on the number of rodeo-related hotel rooms used for the upcoming North Mississippi PRCA Rodeo, March 24-25 at the Crossroads Arena. The initial $2,000 grant was approved by the board after a presentation by J.C. Kitaif, event director of the North Mississippi PRCA Rodeo. The tourism board will give the event $50 for every motel room booked for the rodeo.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“This was the best bareback riding I’ve ever witnessed. Where else can you go and score 91 points and finish second? That was phenomenal.”

– Tim O’Connell, reigning bareback riding world champion, about the competition at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Feb. 27, 2017

AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville,Texas $48,124
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $53,814
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $64,453
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $44,853
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $44,853
SB: CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah $54,665
TD: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $40,380
BR: Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $48,865
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, TX   $39,526

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through Feb. 27, 2017

All-around
1 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $48,124
2 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 46,233
3 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 40,924
4 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 40,868
5 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 27,562
6 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 26,572
7 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 23,711
8 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 21,951
9 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 17,011
10 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 16,644
11 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 14,458
12 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 14,286
13 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 13,348
14 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
15 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 9,555
16 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 9,298
Bareback Riding
1 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $53,814
2 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 39,727
3 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 39,258
4 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 36,850
5 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 33,960
6 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 28,819
7 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 27,540
8 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 24,073
9 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 23,452
10 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 21,116
11 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 20,961
12 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 19,064
13 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 17,351
14 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 16,861
15 Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore. 13,535
16 Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho 13,111
17 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 12,952
18 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 12,163
19 Jessy Davis, Power, Mont. 11,554
20 Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif. 10,774
Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $64,453
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 48,707
3 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 27,068
4 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 26,770
5 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 26,449
6 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 24,857
7 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 21,449
8 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 20,153
9 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 18,673
10 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 17,886
11 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 17,470
12 Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 17,220
13 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark.
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☛ An emotional, patriotic weekend 2-25-17

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, FROM THE EDITOR, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

FROM THE EDITOR

 

A GREAT AMERICAN WEEKEND WITH CONTESTANTS WHO ARE PROUD TO BE AMERICANS!

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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