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Courtesy Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
Jan. 9, 2018

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Plaugher passes away

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Wilbur Plaugher, one of rodeo’s most unique characters and a ProRodeo Hall of Famer, passed away Jan. 2 in Sanger, Calif. He was 95.
Plaugher turned to rodeo to make more money as a young adult and that trail eventually led to his induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1990. It was a long road to that honor, as he excelled as both a contestant and clown. He also co-founded the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.
“It’s been a great life, and I still have a great life,” he said in a May 9, 2016, issue of the ProRodeo Sports News. “Life on this Earth is short, and it all went by too quickly. I’ve just now gotten the hang of stuff, and I’d like to stick around another 30 years.”
Plaugher first made his name in rodeo in 1946 when he was crowned all-around champion at the prestigious Madison Square Garden rodeo in New York City. He finished fourth in the steer wrestling world standings that year and experienced a life-changing moment when he filled in as a bullfighter at a rodeo.
That led to him also becoming a rodeo clown, like his fellow bronc rider and friend Slim Pickens, who joined Plaugher in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2005.
“Slim wanted to be a clown and I said, ‘Why do you want to do a stupid thing like that?'” Plaugher said with a laugh. “When I started doing the bullfighting just to help save the guys, they wanted me to be a clown, too.
“I put the makeup on and thought of some funny things to do. I couldn’t believe people were laughing at me. I guess that bug bit me right there. From then on, it was all I could think about. I did everything from playing Liberace to Michael Jackson, all of ’em. I had trained goats, chimpanzees, dogs, roosters, mules. I loved every bit of it.”
He did it so well that in 1982, at the age of 60, he was named PRCA Clown of the Year.
As a contestant, Plaugher finished second in the world standings in 1958 – $420 behind gold buckle winner Jim Bynum – despite going to fewer rodeos than his fellow bulldoggers.
“I could only work one rodeo a week, wherever I was clowning, while most of those guys were going to two or three a week,” Plaugher said. “I made money competing and I had a contract for being a clown; that’s how I got ahead.”
He was seventh in the world standings in 1953, fourth in ’55, third in ’57 and ninth in ’59.
Plaugher was born March 13, 1922, in Lima, Ohio, but his family moved to California when he was 4.
With the money he earned at Madison Square Garden in 1946, Plaugher went back to California and bought a ranch.
“That rodeo lasted a month, and I made enough money at Madison Square Garden that year to come home and pay for over half of my 550-acre ranch,” he said in the PSN article. “Of course, land was a lot cheaper back then. Everything I’ve got today came from rodeo.”
Plaugher’s life intersected with many famous people. He worked for ProRodeo Hall of Famer Harry Rowell and for world champion roper Vern Castro. He enlisted in the Air Force during World War II and worked in the shipyards. On weekends, he’d wear his uniform and hitchhike to rodeos to compete.
He met television actor Fess Parker at a rodeo and became friends. He appeared with Parker, the star of Daniel Boone, in several episodes.

Hall of Famer Robinson passes away

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bob A. Robinson of Hagerman, Idaho, a ProRodeo Hall of Fame steer wrestler, passed away Dec. 16 at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was 84.
Robinson has been a big influence in the sport of rodeo. He joined the PRCA in 1958 and competed at both ends of the arena as a steer wrestler and a saddle bronc rider. He competed in saddle bronc riding at the National Finals Rodeo in 1959 and in 1960 he competed in both saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling, winning the world steer wrestling title in 1960 and finishing runner-up in the all-around category that same year, behind Harry Thompkins.
Robinson was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2006.
Robinson competed professionally for 14 years, and in 1980, became one of the first pro officials for the PRCA. In September 1982, he became the PRCA’s director of rodeo administration, and he and his wife, Emma, moved from Idaho to Colorado Springs.
During that time, his responsibilities included negotiating prize money with rodeo committees, overseeing the eligibility of cowboys, interpreting and enforcing PRCA rules and coordinating rodeo listings and approvals. He was also instrumental in moving the NFR from Oklahoma City, Okla., to its current location in Las Vegas in 1985. His son, Jade, followed in his footsteps by serving as a ProRodeo official for more than 19 years, working every NFR during that time.

Brown doubles at RTCFR

WACO, Texas – Fresh off his strong effort at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER – and winning $58,654 – bareback rider Jake Brown kept his momentum rolling Dec. 30.
With a score of 254.5 points, Brown won the three-head average at the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo, and also snared the Texas Circuit Finals year-end title – two firsts in his career at the Extraco Events Center.
“This feels great,” said Brown, 27. “I drew good horses all weekend and I rode really well. Bill (Tutor) and I were a point apart in the average and it was awesome to win. Winning the year-end title also was a goal of mine, and I was happy to accomplish that goal. I’ve made the (Texas) Circuit Finals so many times and I’ve always wanted to win it and to finally get this done means so much to me.”
Brown clinched his inaugural RTCFR average championship with an 86.5-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Bells in the third round.
“I was really happy when I drew that horse,” Brown said. “I knew I had a really good chance (to do well) if I just did my job. Bill (Tutor) went out right before me and he made a good ride and was 86.5 (points). When I got on Night Bells, he exploded out of the bucking chute and was leaping high and was angling off to the left. I knew I made a good ride so when I hit the ground I was happy, and then when they called out my score (86.5 points), I just smiled.”
Brown has qualified for the WNFR three consecutive times, and the Cleveland, Texas, cowboy finished 12th in the 2017 PRCA World Standings with $161,866.
“Of course, you want to be a world champion, but this is second best, winning the average at the Texas Circuit Finals,” Brown said. “The Texas Circuit Finals are so tough because we have so many NFR guys who compete in this circuit.”
Brown earned $10,589 at the RTCFR – $3,025 coming from winning the average.
Brown was at his best throughout, taking the first-round win with an 85-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Raging Angel. Then he tied Tutor for the second-round victory with an 83-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ JBC Bent Rail Sourdough.
“I felt like I had a good NFR, the best one I had yet, and coming home I was ready for the (Texas) Circuit Finals,” he said. “We didn’t have much time off. We got to relax for Christmas one weekend and then it was rodeo time again. I was confident and ready to go at the Texas Circuit Finals, and it paid off.”
Brown’s effort in Waco is especially important since all money won at the 12 circuit finals rodeos, All American ProRodeo Finals and the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo counts toward the 2018 PRCA World Standings.
“I think it’s awesome that this money counts in the standings,” Brown said. “I had a good weekend here (in Waco) and I’m excited to go down to the RNCFR and try and win some more money.”
The 2018 RNCFR is scheduled for April 5-8 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Other winners at the $198,394 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tuf Cooper ($6,505 in tie-down roping and steer roping), steer wrestler Cade Staton (13.2 seconds on three head), team ropers Clay Smith/Paul Eaves (14.7 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (259.5 points on three head), tie-down roper Sterling Smith (26.1 seconds on three head), steer roper Cody Lee (36.0 seconds on three head), barrel racer Tiany Schuster (47.78 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (244 points on three head).

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

ProRodeoLive.com will broadcast the RAM First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo Jan. 11-13 in Harrisburg, Pa., beginning at 7 p.m. (ET) on Jan. 11-12, and at 5 p.m. on Jan. 13. ProRodeoLive.com will also broadcast the Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event Jan. 16-17 in Fort Worth, Texas, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (CT) each day … Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up Director and Association of Rodeo Committees President Randy Bracher will participate in a delegation including representatives of Travel Oregon and Travel Portland visiting Utrecht, Holland, to encourage Dutch tourists to enjoy the Round-Up, Happy Canyon and city of Pendleton. The trip, scheduled for Jan. 8-14, is a follow up to the hugely popular Dutch TV game show, Wie is de Mol (Who is the Mole), which filmed episodes at the Pendleton Round-Up grounds as well as at local ranches and on a Round-Up wagon train excursion in the Blue Mountains. The Dutch celebrity contestants and production crew also stayed at the Bracher Ranch near Pendleton and filmed an episode there. Bracher will stage daily roping demonstrations at the tourism convention. “Europeans love the American West. As a representative of the Association of Rodeo Committees, I think that it is important to encourage foreign visitors to experience the sport of rodeo and the Western lifestyle the Northwest offers,” Bracher said in a press release.  “It is one of the most truly American, fun and exciting events that tourists from abroad can enjoy.” Bracher will be chronicling his trip to Holland on Pendleton Round-Up social media at www.facebook.com/pendletonroundup, @roundup_hc on Instagram and @PendletonRUP on Twitter … Tickets for the 86th annual San Angelo (Texas) Livestock Show and Rodeo went on sale Jan. 8. Tickets are available at www.sanangleorodeo.comand start at $12.50. For the first time, fans can select which seat they want when buying tickets online. The first performance of this year’s rodeo will take place Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm. (CT) … The Reno (Nev.) Rodeo Foundation is accepting online applications for its annual college scholarship program in support of high school students graduating in northern Nevada. Since 1986, the foundation has endeavored to promote educational opportunities to all eligible northern Nevada high school graduates. The number of scholarship recipients will vary based on the number of qualified applications received and the funding designated by the Reno Rodeo Foundation Board of Trustees. New this year, the Reno Rodeo Foundation is offering a Western Arts & Culture Scholarship to create further awareness and appreciation of Western arts, culture and heritage in college-age Nevadans through recognition of outstanding potential, contributions and skill in the creative arts. The Reno Rodeo Foundation scholarship application deadline is Feb.14. Visit www.renorodeofoundation.org for more information, to review the scholarship guidelines or to apply. For questions or additional information, contact the foundation at info@renorodeofoundation.org.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 “He walked taller than other men. He was compared to John Wayne all his life. He was in every sense a true cowboy, rancher.”
– Shelly Cotter about her father,Wilbur Plaugher, Jan. 3 in the Fresno Bee

Next Up

Jan. 8               Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo continues, Odessa, Texas
Jan. 11             RAM First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo, Harrisburg, Pa., begins
Jan. 11             Mid Winter Fair & Rodeo, Lafayette, La., begins
Jan. 11             National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, Denver, Colo., begins
Jan. 12             RAM Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo, Great Falls, Mont., begins
Jan. 16             Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event, Fort Worth, Texas, begins

2018 PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Jan. 8, 2017
AA:
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
$17,994
BB:
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
$19,663
SW:
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
$18,142
TR-1:
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$20,763
TR-2:
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$20,763
SB:
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$19,215
TD:
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
$16,785
BR:
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$29,345
SR:
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
$9,551

 2018 PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through Jan. 8, 2018
All-around
1
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
$17,944
2
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
13,680
3
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
13,367
4
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
10,611
5
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
9,340
Bareback Riding
1
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
$19,663
2
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
18,114
3
Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
18,028
4
Blade Elliott, Centreville, Ala.
15,152
5
Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.
10,406
6
Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho
9,766
7
Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga.
8,702
8
Grant Denny, Minden, Nev.
8,692
9
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
8,510
10
Luke Creasy, Hobbs, N.M.
8,001
11
Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla.
7,733
12
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
7,570
13
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
7,343
14
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
7,275
15
Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, Nev.
6,788
16
Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.
6,736
17
Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah
6,620
18
Evan Jayne, Marseille, France,
6,614
19
Kyle Charley, Lukachukai, Ariz.
6,520
20
Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.
6,306
Steer Wrestling
1
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
$18,142
2
Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.
13,691
3
Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.
12,773
4
Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.
11,148
5
Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La.
10,834
6
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
7,952
7
Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas
7,912
8
Jace Melvin, Bluff Dale, Texas
7,650
9
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
7,344
10
Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas
7,085
11
Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif.
6,852
12
Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D.
6,840
13
Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla.
6,306
14
Fenton Nelson, Marshall, Mo.
5,928
15
Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala.
5,890
16
Josh Garner, Live Oak, Calif.
5,883
17
Beau Clark, Cheyenne, Wyo.
5,821
18
Cade Staton, Bastrop, Texas
5,798
19
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
5,752
20
Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
5,517
Team Roping (header)
1
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$20,763
2
Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas
13,115
3
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
8,584
4
Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D.
8,177
5
Cody Snow, Los Olivos. Calif.
8,036
6
John Alley, Adams, Tenn.
7,218
7
Tanner Baldwin, Vail, Ariz.
7,147
8
Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo.
7,142
9
Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif.
7,055
10
Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.
6,990
11
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
6,971
12
Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn.
6,785
13
Cody Graham, Everton, Mo.
5,928
14
Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C.
5,708
15
Travis Dorman, Dade City, Fla.
5,675
16
Brady Payne, Gilbert, Ariz.
5,442
17
Thad Ward, Howell, Utah
5,348
18
Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla.
5,256
19
Payden Emmett, Ponca, Ark.
4,893
20
Manny Egusquiza Jr., Refugio, Texas
4,848
Team Roping (heeler)
1
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$20,763
2
Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.
15,142
3
Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb.
9,107
4
Trace Porter, Leesville, La.
7,317
5
Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M.
7,285
6
Clark Adcock, Smithville, Tenn.
7,218
7
Monty Joe Petska, Turlock, Calif.
7,055
8
Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo.
7,025
9
Brad Culpepper, Sylvester, Ga.
6,990
10
Cody Hogan, Benton, La.
6,785
11
Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.
6,665
12
Josh Fillmore, Penrose, Colo.
6,228
13
Jason Stroup, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
5,928
14
Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.
5,708
15
Bradley Massey, Perry, Fla.
5,675
16
Joe Day, Greenwood, Wis.
5,658
17
Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
5,458
18
Olin Pulham, Payson, Utah
5,348
19
Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.
5,256
20
Joseph Shawnego, Oakdale, Calif.
5,118
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$19,215
2
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
18,716
3
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
16,503
4
Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa
13,873
5
Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M.
12,692
6
Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas
12,594
7
Joey Sonnier, New Iberia, La.
11,603
8
Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo.
10,225
9
Tyler Baeza, Lake Charles, La.
8,511
10
Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla.
8,294
11
J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D.
8,240
12
Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.
8,081
13
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
7,892
14
Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta
7,712
15
Jake Wright, Milford, Utah
7,293
16
Logan Allen, Crescent, Iowa
6,285
17
Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.
6,231
18
Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
6,119
19
Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah
5,313
20
Curtis Garton, Lake Charles, La.
5,256
Tie-down Roping
1
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
$16,785
2
Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.
14,264
3
Jesse Clark, Portales, N.M.
11,262
4
Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas
10,421
5
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
9,992
6
Reno Gonzales, Scott, La.
8,294
7
Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb.
7,814
8
Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho
7,777
9
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
7,630
10
Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas
6,981
11
Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash.
6,898
12
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
6,709
13
Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
6,378
14
Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla.
6,345
15
Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas
6,250
16
Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan.
5,901
17
Hadley DeShazo, Ash Flat, Ark.
5,865
18
Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas
5,798
19
Braxton Laughlin, Sulphur, La.
5,711
20
Ike Fontenot, Ville Platte, La.
5,423
Steer Roping
1
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
$9,551
2
Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas
8,403
3
Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas
8,367
4
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
7,396
5
Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas
6,662
6
Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.
5,878
7
Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D.
5,797
8
JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas
5,768
9
Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla.
5,610
10
Corey Ross, Liberty Hill, Texas
5,522
11
Dee Kyler Jr., Pawhuska, Okla.
5,076
12
Shay Good, Midland, Texas
5,006
13
John E. Bland, Turkey, Texas
4,586
14
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
4,526
15
Kelton McMillen, Paden, Okla.
4,404
16
Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.
4,230
17
Leo Campbell, Amarillo, Texas
3,941
18
Hank Hollenbeck, Molt, Mont.
3,426
19
J.R. Olson, Whitewood, S.D.
3,106
20
Buck Mekelburg, Yuma, Colo.
3,015
Bull Riding
1
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$29,345
2
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
19,769
3
Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas
14,975
4
Michael Riggs Jr., Claxton, Ga.
13,392
5
Bayle Worden, Cooper, Texas
12,709
6
Jimy Marten, Donahue, Iowa
12,664
7
Joseph Vazquez, Alamogordo, N.M.
8,882
8
Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.
8,813
9
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
8,484
10
Cordell Curtis, Monte Vista, Colo.
8,284
11
Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.
8,059
12
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
8,004
13
Cole Melancon, Batson, Texas
7,971
14
Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla.
7,807
15
Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas
7,779
16
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
7,050
17
Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa
6,985
18
Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M.
6,838
19
Tate Smith, Litchville, N.D.
6,752
20
Preston Preece, Troy, Texas
6,244
*2018 Barrel Racing (Jan. 8, 2018)
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
Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas
$17,928
2
Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas
14,960
3
Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas
13,984
4
Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.
11,880
5
Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo.
11,008
6
Ericka Nelson, Century, Fla.
10,675
7
Lori Todd, Willcox, Ariz.
9,035
8
Wendy Culberson, Okeechobee, Fla.
8,568
9
Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas
8,326
10
Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla.
7,791
11
Kristen Spratt, Huntsville, Texas
7,617
12
Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas
7,357
13
Alex Lang, Harper, Texas
7,316
14
Jennifer Barrett, Buhl, Idaho
6,974
15
Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont.
6,773
16
Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb.
6,557
17
Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo.
6,535
18
Callahan Crossley, Herminston, Ore.
5,971
19
Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla.
5,572
20
Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D.
5,460
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