☛ Super Shootout at FW Rodeo 1-24-14
SUPER SHOOTOUT HELD DURING FW STOCK SHOW
Jan. 24, 2014
A new type of rodeo was held during the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo on Thursday, Jan. 23. The Super Shootout featured a $100,000 total purse with $10,000 going to the champion in each of the five events: Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. The rodeo featured the top finishers which were called teams, from eight high-profile rodeos: Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Angelo, Denver, Reno, Cheyenne and Calgary.
The event, featuring eight riders in each division, also crowed a team champion. The event featured eight contestants in the first round and four in the final round. In the finals, no previous scores counted, The winners in each event included Bareback Riding – Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, Utah, Team Fort worth; Steer Wrestling – Matt Reeves, Cross Plains; Saddle Bronc Riding: Cort Scheer, Eismere, Neb.; Barrel Racing – Mary walker, Ennis, Texas and Bull Ridng: J. W. Harris, Mullin, Texas. Cheyenne took the team title.
Hanchey shows family’s winning form in Lakeland
Jason Hanchey hadn’t rodeoed in three years, but with a little encouragement from his brother, he made the trip to Lakeland, Fla. Hanchey’s little brother – World Champion Tie-Down Roper Shane Hanchey – wanted his sibling to travel to some rodeos with him in 2014, so he gave him a little nudge.
“Shane bought me my card so I’d go with him this year,” Hanchey said. “My wife, Kristin, is a barrel racer and she got her card too, so it’s a family affair.”
Renewing his PRCA card has already paid off, as Hanchey’s 8.9-second run was good enough for the tie-down roping win at the Jan. 18-19 Lakeland Rodeo Classic.
“My wife and I are more of circuit competitors, but Shane is threatening to sign me up for Salinas (Calif.),” Hanchey said with a laugh. “I use going to rodeos as practice to get horses ready for Shane, and with so much going on at the ranch, we don’t get out much.” Hanchey runs a large horse-training operation in Okeechobee, Fla., and estimates he has about 450 horses. On top of training horses for a number of disciplines, Hanchey has trained horses for his brother since Shane was in high school. The best of the bunch is Reata, who carried Shane to the 2013 world title.
“Shane is pretty well off to have me on his team, but I’m pretty lucky as well to know how Shane handles himself and his animals,” Hanchey said. “You can’t even imagine how proud I was of him winning the world. I figured out that I wasn’t cut out for the NFR, so I started focusing on what I could do in rodeo. I’m living the dream through him, but also living my own dreams of training horses for the NFR.”
The win in Lakeland was Hanchey’s first rodeo check since the 2011 season, and the first title since Davie, Fla., in June 2009. He says while Shane may want him to come on the road more often, he’s perfectly content to keep training horses and stay close to home.
“I’ve been blessed to be able to work with some tremendously talented horses and it seems like we have an endless supply,” Hanchey said. “My wife is an extremely good record keeper, which helps us keep track of the horses.”
Hanchey starts training the horses at age 3 and figures out what discipline they will be best for. The horse he rode during his victory in Lakeland – 10-year-old Speck – serves a very important function outside the arena.
“He’s the horse my 3-year-old daughter, Kaycee, rides,” said Hanchey, who also has a stepdaughter, Ryleigh. “He won at Lakeland and then was at a youth rodeo for 12 hours the next day with Kaycee.”
Other winners in Lakeland were all-around champion Juan Alcazar Jr. ($752, steer wrestling and team roping), bareback rider Lane Lerche (71 points), steer wrestler Alcazar Jr. (5.0 seconds), team ropers Dillon Bird and Jerry Courson (6.2 seconds), saddle bronc rider Cole Bilbro (81 points), bull rider Dustin Muncy (81 points) and barrel racer Victoria Williams
Roy Cooper to be inducted into Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
Eight-time World Champion Roy Cooper , Decatur, Texas, can add another accolade to his impressive list of career accomplishments. Cooper – best known for winning six gold buckles in tie-down roping and changing the event – will enter the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 4, in Oklahoma City.
Cooper will go into the OSHOF alongside Mick Cornett, mayor of Oklahoma City; Leslie O’Neal, two-time All-American Oklahoma State University football player; Darrell Porter, four time baseball all-star as a catcher; Gerald Tucker, AAU All-American basketball player and Olympic coach; and J.C. Watts, former U.S. Congressman and Oklahoma University quarterback.
Cooper joins Jim Shoulders, Freckles Brown and Clem McSpadden as the only rodeo people enshrined in the OSHOF.
“It’s an honor to be recognized with this; Oklahoma has always been great to me from my college days at Southeastern (Oklahoma State University) in Durant to when I won all of my world titles in Oklahoma City at the National Finals,” Cooper said of his memories in the state. “I have a lot of friends who live in the state, and it means a lot to be entered into their Hall of Fame.”
The announcement was made Jan. 16 by Eddie Griffin, President of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
“We are honored to be inducting these individuals into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame,” Griffin said. “This year’s inductees are respected citizens and athletes, a remarkable group of champions representing rodeo, contributors, baseball, basketball and football. All have record-setting careers. This induction group truly represents how great the state of Oklahoma is.”
Among the long list of notable athletes already enshrined in the OSHOF are Olympic decathlon champion, NFL running back and major league baseball player Jim Thorpe, baseball greats Mickey Mantle and Johnny Bench, and football icon Barry Sanders. Cooper says that to be included with those men is one of the top highlights of his career.
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. For more information on the inductees, visit www.oksportshof.org.
News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail
Shane Proctor, the 2011 PRCA world champion bull rider, will be sidelined until at least July 1 after having left shoulder surgery on Jan. 14 in Dallas. “They fixed my shoulder because I had torn the labrum from the bone,” the 28-year-old Proctor said. “Then, also my rotator cuff was torn about 60 percent of the way through. I rode for eight months with it (his shoulder) like this. I messed it up in April. I got through the Finals and that was my main goal. It needed to be fixed.”
Bareback rider Wes Stevenson, a nine-time Wrangler National FinalsRodeo qualifier, had left shoulder surgery on Jan. 16 in Lubbock, Texas. “My shoulder was just all tore up,” the 34-year-old Stevenson said. “The bicep tendon muscle was pulling apart the cartilage. They had to cut the bicep tendon and fix it, and tie the muscles back on the rotator cuff and then scope my shoulder. I will possibly be out for six months.” Stevenson said the injury happened at the Wrangler NFR last month during Rounds 3 and 4.
The Southeastern Livestock Exposition in Montgomery, Ala., once part of the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour and long one of the region’s biggest rodeos, is returning to its roots with the PRCA this spring after a three-year hiatus.
“We’re real excited,” SLE Executive Director Billy Powell told the Montgomery Advertiser. “PRCA is a major league event. We’ve got enough prize money, so that we should have the best stock and cowboys we’ve ever had in Montgomery.” Financial help from Creek Casino Wetumpka and Creel Casino Montgomery allowed the rodeo organizers to raise the committee purse to $55,000 for the March 13-15 rodeo in Garrett Coliseum, its 54th year as a PRCA event. Frontier Rodeos will be providing the stock.
Starting Feb. 16, the 2014 Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots will air on CBS Sports Network, Dish channel 158 and DirecTV channel 221. Starting March 5, the 2014 Xtreme Bulls events will air on MAV-TV (DISH channel 248, DirecTV channel 214). The first telecast will feature the Rapid City, S.D., Xtreme Bulls event, and the channel will air 10 total rodeo events in 2014, including the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo and All-American ProRodeo Finals.
O.L. “Buck” Daniel, owner and breeder of Smokin’ Reata, which carried Shane Hanchey to the 2013 gold buckle win in tie-down roping, died Jan. 8 in Okeechobee, Fla. He was 68. Daniel was a cattle rancher and breeder of Quarter Horses and a resident of Okeechobee for over 60 years. Jason Hanchey, Shane’s brother, was Daniel’s longtime lead trainer.
Team roper Sam Bird of Cut Bank, Mont., was presented with the Calvin Bohleen Memorial Award last week during the Ram Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo in Great Falls, honoring his contributions to the sport as a mentor to young people. “My uncle Sam, he was one of the first guys who ever gave me a chance to rope and compete,” said two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo team roper Dustin Bird. “He’s been there the whole way for me and my brothers.”
Eight-time world champion Fred Whitfield will be attending the Montana Hall and Wall of Fame fundraising banquet Jan. 25 at the Holiday Inn Grand in Billings, Mont. He will be autographing his book “Gold Buckles Don’t Lie,” which will be available to purchase at the event.
Glenn Carlton, executive director of the North Texas Fair & Rodeo in Denton, was presented with the Professional of the Year award earlier this month by the Texas Association of Fairs and Events during the organization’s annual convention in San Antonio. “There are people who have been in the fair business for 50 years and never won that award, so it’s a huge honor for him and it’s a huge honor for us (as a group),” NTFR President Carl Anderson told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “The whole thing about Glenn is that he lives, breathes and eats this – he lives for this job. You couldn’t meet anyone in America who is made more for their job than Glenn is.”
Eight-time World Champion Joe Beaver will enter the team roping competition at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo later this month just $1,514 shy of becoming the fifth man in ProRodeo history to surpass $3 million in career earnings. He would join Trevor Brazile, Cody Ohl, Fred Whitfield and Billy Etbauer.
Maggie Parker of Perry, Mich., the only woman to earn a check in PRCA bull riding competition, appears in Dr Pepper’s new “/1″ advertising campaign, which debuted on national television Jan. 1. The ad, which celebrates originality, shows Parker at work on the back of a bull, featured alongside surfer Garrett McNamara, graffiti artist Retna and musician Romeo Santos.