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Press Release from PRCA
May 7, 2019

 

PRCA rookie cowboy Garrett Shadbolt wins in Guymon

GUYMON, Okla. – In the early 1930s Guymon, Okla., was the center of the “Dust Bowl.” The first weekend of May was designated as Pioneer Days – created to cope with and celebrate those hard times – and has been since 1933.

The Henry C. Hitch Arena, site of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, is situated in a natural draw, and the arena provides a unique setting for one of Oklahoma’s richest rodeos and the top contestants in ProRodeo.
One of those contestants was bareback rider Garrett Shadbolt, who edged out Bill Tutor, last year’s Pioneer Days champion bareback rider. Shadbolt posted an 87-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Joker, clinching the win by one point.

The Merriman, Neb., cowboy was ranked 30th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings before Guymon. Shadbolt’s earnings of $2,414 will not only get him closer to his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification but will also further his lead in the Prairie Circuit Standings and boost his position in the PRCA | Resistol Rookie Standings.

“I’ve seen a video or two of that horse bucking, and he seemed like an average horse,” Shadbolt said. “The stock contractor told me if I have a really strong mark-out, he’ll sometimes stack up in front of the chutes and have a better trip. I just tried to focus on getting him marked out really well, and he stopped right out there and circled around in front of the chutes. It made for a really flashy ride. He was everything I could ask for.”

The rookie cowboy has his sights set high.

“My goal is to hit 100 rodeos this year, win the Resistol Rookie of the year, and I believe that would get me to the Wrangler NFR.” Shadbolt said. “I’m feeling awesome, I’ve never been healthier, stronger than I’m feeling right now.”

As he enjoyed his Sunday drive home to Nebraska in his new cargo van, he looked forward to his wife being able to travel with him and to continue his hot streak.

“I feel like I’ve had some good luck, but I also feel like my riding is improving and I’m getting my foot through the door of Professional Rodeo.”

Other winners at the $233,073 rodeo were all-around cowboy Ryan Jarrett ($4,814 in tie-down roping and team roping); steer wrestler Clayton Hass (13.3 seconds on three head); team ropers Cody McCluskey/Joe Mattern (24.8 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell (90 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Big News); tie-down roper John Douch (27.9 seconds on three head); barrel racer Kylie Weast (35.12 seconds on two runs); steer roper Thomas Smith (64.9 seconds on five head); and bull riders Stetson Wright (87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Black Ice) and Trevor Reiste (87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Footloose).

PRCA saddle bronc rider Elliott injured in Guymon

GUYMON, Okla. – Saddle bronc rider Clay Elliott, a three-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2016-18) was severely injured during a ride May 3 at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Elliott was bucked off Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Force and that’s when his trouble began. The Nanton, Alberta, cowboy landed on his head and fractured his neck.

Elliott had surgery May 4 at the Swedish Medical Center in Denver said Rick Foster, program director for the Justin Sportsmedicine Team.

“He had a cervical spine fracture that was stabilized with surgery,” Foster said. “The surgery went well, and the prognosis is good for a full recovery. Hopefully, he will be released from the hospital on Tuesday (May 7).”

Elliott will be out of action indefinitely. Elliott placed a career-best 10th in the 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $148,868. He placed in three rounds at the 2018 Wrangler NFR and earned $44,692 in Las Vegas.

PRCA saddle bronc rider Elliott injured in Guymon

GUYMON, Okla. – Saddle bronc rider Clay Elliott, a three-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2016-18) was severely injured during a ride May 3 at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Elliott was bucked off Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Force and that’s when his trouble began. The Nanton, Alberta, cowboy landed on his head and fractured his neck.

Elliott had surgery May 4 at the Swedish Medical Center in Denver said Rick Foster, program director for the Justin Sportsmedicine Team.

“He had a cervical spine fracture that was stabilized with surgery,” Foster said. “The surgery went well, and the prognosis is good for a full recovery. Hopefully, he will be released from the hospital on Tuesday (May 7).”

Elliott will be out of action indefinitely. Elliott placed a career-best 10th in the 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $148,868. He placed in three rounds at the 2018 Wrangler NFR and earned $44,692 in Las Vegas.

 

ProRodeo Hall of Fame commemorates 40th anniversary

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The ProRodeo Hall of Fame is celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2019, starting with a new exhibit outlining some of professional rodeo’s historical moments.

“This exhibit gives our guests a taste of the various collections we have here at the Hall all at once,” said ProRodeo Hall of Fame Director Kent Sturman. “Since we are unable to have all of these items out on display year-round, visitors can see a little bit of the amazing history we are preserving here, all leading up to the 40-year celebration we are planning at the end of summer.”

The museum’s ruby anniversary kicked off with an exhibit entitled “ProRodeo Hall of Fame: First 40 Years” in the Hall’s 101 Gallery on May 1. The exhibit will be featured through September.

“The Hall of Fame is unique in that it is the only heritage center in the world dedicated solely to the sport of professional rodeo,” Sturman said. “There is no other museum on earth like it.”

The exhibit showcases a sampling of pieces from many of the permanent collections the Hall has.

Photographs of milestone events in the Hall’s 40 years of history are on display, including:

• Opening Day Celebration Aug. 6, 1979
• “The Champ” statue dedication Aug. 10, 1989
• Opening of the Hall’s expansion Aug. 10, 1996
• The dedication of The World Champions’ Pavilion Aug. 10, 2001

The various collections featured in the display include a wide range of rodeo memorabilia, such as:

• Photos dating back to 1919 from the Panoramic Photo Collection
• Artwork from the Chris LeDoux Collection
• Personal memorabilia from the Casey Tibbs Collection
• Items from the Hafley-Shelton Wild West Show Collection
• The Hesston NFR Buckle Collection
• The Ardourel Bit and Spur Collection
• Rodeo clown statues from the Heap Collection
• Photographs by Ben Allen and Lewis Portnoy from the Rodeo Photograph Collection
• Artwork from the Artist and the Bucking Horse Collection
• Western dinnerware from the Short Collection

Also on display are samples from the Rodeo Program Collection, the Western Clothing Collection, the Winston Pro Tour Collection and the Graham Family Collection, who were 10 siblings that were all trick riders.

“I think any anniversary is worthy of celebrating, but certainly 40 years is a great milestone to commemorate,” Sturman said. “The community of Colorado has been so supportive,” Sturman said.

“The community of Colorado Springs has been so supportive.
The historical exhibit will bring attention to the anniversary throughout the summer and will end with the celebration in August following the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inductions.

“It is an honor for me to serve as the director,” Sturman said. “This year will be my seventh, so I feel like I have had a good part in the history of the Hall. I take very seriously the responsibility the Hall has in telling our story, preserving our history and promoting the future of professional rodeo. This celebration is just another chapter in our story.”

What to Watch For
ProRodeoTV.com
Las Vegas Days (Helldorado), May 10-11, 5 p.m. (PT)

ProRodeo Live with Steve Kenyon
Mineral Wells (Texas) PRCA Rodeo, May 9-11, 7:30 p.m. (CT)

News & Notes From The Rodeo Trail

The Reno (Nev.) Rodeo is celebrating its 100th anniversary and the Nevada Historical Society is tipping its cap to the city’s longest running special event with a new exhibit. On May 15, the Historical Society will unveil, “Reno Rodeo: 100 Years of the Wildest Richest Rodeo in the West.” The exhibit includes historic artifacts, artwork and photographs that range from the event’s beginnings in 1919 to present day and focuses on the people who were instrumental in writing the rodeo’s history. The exhibit will also include vignettes of Nevada cowboys and cowgirls who made history as champions at their home-state rodeo, including Joe Marvel, of Battle Mountain, Jade Corkill, of Fallon, Dakota Eldridge, of Elko, and Charley Gardner, of Ruby Valley. Today, the Reno Rodeo is one of the top 10 regular-season rodeos in terms of prize money sanctioned by the PRCA and has an annual economic impact on the region of more than $50 million.
The exhibit, which will be in place through the summer at the Nevada Historical Society, will be in place through the summer, and is curated by Nevada Historical Society staff and Guy Clifton, a former journalist and author of the book, “Reno Rodeo: A History, the First 80 Years.” The exhibit will remain in place through July. The 2019 Reno Rodeo is June 20-29.

2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings Leaders
Unofficial through April 29, 2019

AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, $83,412
BB: Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah, $115,965
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena , Mont., $101,162
TR-1: Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo., $73,229
TR-2: Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif., 81,645
SB: Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, $138,110
TD: Michael Otero, Weatherford, Texas, $81,435
SR: Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, $32,563
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., $86,831

Please see prorodeo.com for the latest standings update. All standings are unofficial.

All-Around | Bareback | Steer Wrestling | Team Roping (Headers) | Team Roping (Heelers) | Saddle Bronc Riding | Tie-Down Roping | Steer Roping | Bull Riding

 

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