1. USSTC/PRCA Bucking Stock of the Year announced
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – If Grated Coconut could talk, the Calgary Stampede bucking horse could ask for a raise, or at least an extra scoop of oats. The Calgary Stampede stud claimed the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company/PRCA Bareback Riding Horse of the Year Award for the fourth consecutive year and a record-tying sixth time (2003-04, 2006-09).
With the top nod, Grated Coconut ties the legendary bucking horse Descent of Beutler Brothers & Cervi, who also garnered six awards (1966-69, 1971-72). Grated Coconut claimed his sixth Canadian Professional Rodeo Association award last week. Grated Coconut, 12, is the son of dam, Coconut Roll, and sire Wyatt Earp.
Bareback riding equine stars Wise Guy, of the Classic Pro Rodeo string, and Growney Brothers’ Moulin Rouge finished second and third in the voting, respectively.
In the saddle bronc riding, Spring Planting of the Flying 5 Rodeo string earned her first USSTC/PRCA Horse of the Year honor. The blue roan mare is a source of pride for the Hutsell family, since she was raised on the family’s eastern Washington ranch. She is the daughter of dam, Jubille, and sire Iron Mountain, also Flying 5 Rodeo bucking horses.
“She is solid from when the gate opens until the whistle blows,” said Chad Hutsell, general manager of Flying 5 Rodeo. Frontier Rodeo’s Let ’er Rip finished second and Harry Vold Rodeo’s Painted Valley came in third in the voting.
Buckeye of Silverado Rodeo Company has been honored as the USSTC/PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year posthumously. The bull sustained a back injury in an altercation with another bull in a pen. The bull was treated by veterinarians at Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in College Station for about 10 days. However, extensive efforts were not successful.
Owner Harlan Robertson was greatly moved to have Buckeye honored. “He just bucked like heck,” said Robertson of the Wrangler NFR qualifier and son of Panhandle Slim. Reigning World Champion Bull Rider J.W. Harris was bucked off Buckeye in their one meeting.
“He had it all,” said Harris, the PRCA World Standings leader. “He would jump five feet into the air, kick over his head and turn back. That is what you want in a bucking bull. If you rode him, you would be 90 points. He bucked.”
The honor is Robertson’s second. His bull Biloxi Blues was USSTC/PRCA Bull of the Year in 2006. Robertson submitted Buckeye for honors at the request of bull riders. “It was special to me (to win) in 2006, but this is more special,” Robertson said.
Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Little Lightning earned the No. 2 spot in the voting, while Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Multi-Chem Texas Cocktail finished third.
Stock contractors submitted nominations for two animals from their herds for the livestock of the year awards. The top 30 cowboys in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding, as of Sept. 1, were mailed a ballot with the list of eligible stock in their event. Ballots returned by Oct. 9 were counted for the awards. The livestock, and their owners, will be honored at the annual PRCA Awards Banquet, Dec. 2 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas.
The AQHA/PRCA Horses of the Year are expected to be announced later this week and will be posted on ProRodeo.com. The list also will be included in the Oct. 18 news release.
2. Nine sessions of Wrangler NFR televised live
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A record nine live performances of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 3-12, in Las Vegas will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN Classic. In addition, all 10 performances will be re-aired a minimum of two times, also on ESPN2 and ESPN Classic.
The TV schedule for the 51st Wrangler NFR is available on ProRodeo.com, along with a listing of Wrangler NFR local start times and other information for rodeo enthusiasts planning to attend or watch on TV from home.
The “Super Bowl of Rodeo” will feature a record payoff of $5.75 million to the sport’s elite athletes. The Top 15 contestants from the PRCA World Standings and the Top 15 barrel racers from the WPRA World Standings will contend for gold buckles inside the Thomas & Mack Center, which has sold out for more than 230 consecutive performances.
ProRodeoLive.com, the Internet broadcast voice of the PRCA, will provide live audio coverage in each event all 10 nights of the Wrangler NFR. Coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. (PT) Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 7-12, and at 5:30 p.m. (PT) Dec. 5-6. Calling the action will be Steve Kenyon, with color commentary from ProRodeo Hall of Famer and World Champion Bareback Rider Clint Corey, along with six-time Wrangler NFR team roping qualifier Wade Wheatley.
3. Upcoming PRCA Rodeos
Oct. 14 NILE ProRodeo, Billings, Mont., begins
Oct. 14 Trinity Valley Exposition, Liberty, Texas, begins
Oct. 15 Rusk County PRCA Rodeo, Henderson, Texas, begins
Oct. 16 Arkansas State Fair Rodeo, Little Rock, Ark., begins
4. Next Up
Oct. 13 Heartland ProRodeo Steer Roping Finals, Waco, Texas
5. Rodeo News and Notes
PRCA announces new sponsor Good Ride
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Good Ride, a fashionable, casual clothing and accessory line, has become a new PRCA and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo sponsor, announced Sean Daniels, vice president, PRCA Properties. Good Ride clothing and accessories fall in between traditional Western clothing and high-fashion street wear. The creative force behind the line is Florida fine jewelry designer Hannah Casper, who grew up competing in horse shows. Casper, along with business partner Lisa King, feature clothing and accessories for those who enjoy activities, such as rodeo, riding motorcycles, surfing, boating and ocean fishing. The name for the company comes from the expression “Oh man, you had a ‘good ride,’” in reference to riding bulls, horses or a wave. Items in the line include T-shirts, sweatshirts, shirts, caps, jewelry, decals and temporary tattoos. The full Good Ride line will be launched in December in Las Vegas. Plans are also in the works for a Good Ride store. To learn more about Good Ride, visit their Web site, www.goodridelife.com.
Plenty of highlights from Heartland ProRodeo Championships
WACO, Texas – A steer wrestler punched his ticket to Las Vegas, records were broken and a bull rider won two rounds. All that and the Heartland ProRodeo Championships are only on day four of a nine-day run at the Heart O’ Texas Fair Complex.
More than 200 contestants, who qualified by competing in the Heartland ProRodeo Series, are taking part in the Heartland finale. The Series consists of PRCA rodeos with committee purses of $30,000 or less.
Steer wrestler Matt Reeves, in 16th place in the PRCA World Standings, earned the money he needed to unofficially move past 15th-place Gabe Ledoux and get the final steer wrestling spot in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 3-12 in Las Vegas. Reeves needed about $1,800 to surpass Ledoux, and the Pampa, Texas, cowboy turfed his steer in 4.3 seconds on his first run and pocketed $2,200 when he tied Casey Martin for first place in the round.
Saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell from Boxholm, Iowa, set a Heartland Championship record with an 89-point ride on Whiskey of Universal Rodeo on Oct. 11. The mark broke the previous record of 88 set by Cody DeMoss, from Heflin, La., during the opening-night performance on Oct. 9. The tie-down roping record was broken twice the same evening. Adam Gray from Seymour, Texas, first broke the record with a 7.6-second run, and then Hunter Herrin, from Apache, Okla., improved on Gray’s time with a 7.5-second run. Sundell, DeMoss, Gray and Herrin have each mathematically locked up spots in the Top 15 for 2009 and are adding to their earnings.
Bull rider Bandy Murphy has collected two go-round buckles and paychecks while in Waco. The Morgan Mill, Texas, cowboy scored 90 points on David Bailey Rodeo’s Billionaire on Oct. 9 and then scored 84 points on Classic Pro Rodeo’s Smoke Oct. 10, to win both rounds and pocket more than $5,000.
The Heartland ProRodeo Championships conclude with the finals, set for 7 p.m. (CT) Oct. 17. The Heartland ProRodeo Steer Roping Finals are at 8 a.m., Oct. 13, also at the Heart O’ Texas Fair Complex. Defending Heartland Finals steer roping champion Cash Myers, two-time and reigning World Champion Scott Snedecor, reigning World Champion All-Around Cowboy Trevor Brazile and 18-time World Champion Guy Allen are among the deep and talented field set to compete in Waco. The Heartland Final is the final competition of the season, which can impact the 2009 PRCA World Standings. The 51st Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is Dec. 3-12, in Las Vegas, and the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping is Nov. 13-14 in Guthrie, Okla.
Visit ProRodeo.com for more information on the Heartland Finals, Clem McSpadden NFSR and the Wrangler NFR.
Hermanson among average winners at Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo
MINOT, N.D. – Cole Hermanson rode four bulls, including winning the third and fourth rounds, to claim the Dodge Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, presented by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, held Oct. 8-11. His high-marked ride was 87 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Red Neck in the final round. The Mandan, N.D., cowboy, along with the other average winners and the top year end qualifiers, have secured spots in the national championships in the spring.
The Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo is April 7-10 in Pocatello, Idaho.
“It feels great,” Hermanson told the Minot Daily News. “You work toward this all year, and to finally have it happen, it’s great.”
Other average winners were Joe Gunderson of Agar, S.D. (bareback riding); Clay Cowan of Highmore, S.D. (steer wrestling); Mark Brockmueller of Irene, S.D., and Dustin Harris of O’Neill, Neb.; (team roping) J.J. Elshere of Quinn, S.D. (saddle bronc riding); Barry Blair of Ekalaka, Mont. (tie-down roping) and Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, S.D. (barrel racing). Complete results from the Badlands Finals are on ProRodeo.com. In-depth coverage will appear in the Oct. 30 ProRodeo Sports News, THE Voice of ProRodeo.
Ellensburg, Puyallup and Omaha: Updated TV information
Key competitions in the homestretch of the ProRodeo season will be televised in October and November. Coverage of the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo will be re-aired at noon (ET) on ESPN Classic on Oct. 17 and Nov. 15. The Ellensburg Rodeo, held Sept. 4-7, was the final stop of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour presented by Justin Boots.
ProRodeo fans can also relive the excitement of the Justin Boots Playoffs, held Sept. 11-13 in Puyallup, Wash., by watching the broadcast at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18. Coverage of the Justin Boots Championships, held Sept. 24-26 in Omaha, Neb., will follow at 8 p.m.
Puyallup’s Justin Boots Playoffs will re-air at noon Oct. 24 on ESPN Classic, at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 on ESPN2 and at noon Nov. 21 on ESPN Classic.
The re-air dates for Omaha’s Justin Boots Championships are noon Nov. 1 on ESPN Classic and at noon Nov. 29 on ESPN Classic.
TV information is posted on ProRodeo.com. (Note: Times are subject to change by ESPN and broadcast times are listed in Eastern Time.)
Reeves, Ryan among 2010 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees
World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Tom Reeves and Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund Board member Nolan Ryan will be two of six members of the 2010 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame induction class.
Joining Reeves and Ryan in the Hall are the late James Jennings, Dean Smith, the Warvell family and Dr. James “Red” Duke Jr., the winner of the Rick Smith “Spirit of Texas” Award.
Reeves, an 18-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, won the NFR average title in 1993 and a world championship in 2001. After retiring from competition in 2005, he entered the stock contracting business and became the coach of the Ranger (Texas) College rodeo team, which he led to a College National Finals Rodeo team title in 2007. Reeves won the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Mentoring Award the same year and was inducted into the Hall in 2008.
Ryan, who has raised Beefmaster cattle since 1972, started the Nolan Ryan Foundation in 1990, which benefits students in Ranch Management programs. He is a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the American Breeders Association, and he served on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission from 1995-2001. Ryan, a Hall of Fame pitcher, is a member of the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, and is currently president of the Texas Rangers.
Jennings was the announcer at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo for 35 years, and was a member of the RCA, PRCA and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was also an accomplished author; his book, “Touring Texas Towns…and some that ain’t,” was in its third printing at the time of his passing in 2004.
The induction ceremony, scheduled for Jan. 10, is one of the premier events leading up to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Jan. 15-Feb. 7.
Canadian Professional Rodeo Association announces awards, CFR selections
CALGARY, Alberta – The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association has announced its 2009 award winners for Stock of the Year, Timed Event Horses of the Year, and the elected personnel for the 2009 Canadian Finals Rodeo, set for Nov. 11-15 in Edmonton, Alberta.
Voted on by members of the CPRA, these annual awards recognize the top bucking stock, timed-event horses and the year’s top stock contractor, as well as the Specialty Act and Announcer of the Year.
The Calgary Stampede has been voted Stock Contractor of the Year, and swept the bucking stock awards for 2009, the first such occurrence since 1983, when Vold Rodeo Ltd. won all three stock awards. Calgary Stampede’s L-40 Lynx Mountain picked up the Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year title for the first time. The mare has been selected for the CFR twice and made trips to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas from 2007-08.
Another Stampede horse, but one that needs little introduction, has earned the Bareback Horse of the Year title for the sixth time. The stud G-65 Grated Coconut was previously honored with the title in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Runner-up was Grated Coconut’s son, M-32 Majestic Rocket.
The black, brockle-faced bull C-301 Speed Dial, also from the Calgary Stampede, was voted the 2009 Canadian Bull of the Year.
A record has been broken in the timed-event end of the arena. Greg Cassidy’s horse, Willy, was selected Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year for the sixth time, ousting Hall of Fame inductee Wes Zieffle’s outstanding horse, Twist, from his long-time status as the steer wrestling horse who had won the most Horse of the Year titles.
Pincher, owned by Chad Johnson of Del Bonita, Alberta, was named Tie-Down Roping Horse of the Year for the first time.
Reiner, owned by Okotoks, Alberta, cowgirl Deb Renger, has been given the award for Barrel Racing Horse With the Most Heart. It is Reiner’s first time receiving the title.
The Specialty Act of the Year award went to Ash Cooper of Senlac, Saskatchewan, while the Announcer of the Year award went to Les McIntyre of Claresholm, Alberta, a first-time winner.
Heading to the CFR are pick-up men Gary Rempel of Fort Shaw, Mont., making his record-breaking 12th appearance at the Finals, and Jason Resch of Fort Assiniboine, Alberta, who makes his third straight appearance.
Bullfighting cousins Scott and Jesse Byrne, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, are in the arena together for the first time at the CFR. For Scott, of Wainwright, Alberta, this is his eighth consecutive CFR appearance. This year’s alternate is bullfighter David Sandilands of Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. Once again, Brenda Vold and Maxine Baird will be the CFR timers.
Bumper sticker photos among promotion plans for California Rodeo Salinas
--Courtesy/Pamela Porosky, CPRA
SALINAS, Calif. – The California Rodeo Salinas is celebrating 100 years of tradition, July 15-18, 2010, and people can help spread the word by taking a yellow California Rodeo Salinas bumper sticker with them on the road. From October through June 2010, the California Rodeo Salinas will ask fans to take photos with the bumper stickers during your travels and e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to the California Rodeo Salinas’ Facebook page. The bumper stickers are complimentary if picked up in person at the California Rodeo Office (1034 N. Main Street in Salinas, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and also are available online at www.carodeo.com/store for $1. The California Rodeo Salinas Marketing Committee will review all of the submitted photos and choose five winners to receive a 2010 commemorative rodeo baseball cap ($25 value). Include your contact e-mail when submitting photos for the contest. The deadline for e-mailing photos is May 31, 2010.
--Courtesy Mandy Roth/California Rodeo Salinas
6. 2009 PRCA World Standings Leaders
AA: Trevor Brazile $254,345
BB: Clint Cannon $221,314
SW: Lee Graves $120,574
TR-1: Chad Masters $130,186
TR-2: Jade Corkill $120,714
SB: Jesse Kruse $130,054
TD: Trevor Brazile $132,916
BR: J.W. Harris $216,723
SR: Scott Snedecor $61,839
7. 2009 PRCA World Standings
Unofficial as of Oct. 12, 2009.
For 2009, official rodeo limits are as follows: all-around, 70; bareback riding, 100; steer wrestling, 70; team roping, 70; saddle bronc riding, 100; tie-down roping, 70; barrel racing, 70; and bull riding, 125. Bull riders can count Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls events toward the PRCA World Standings, but not toward the all-around standings.
2009 PRCA WORLD STANDINGS
1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $254,345
2. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah 143,950
3. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 131,266
4. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, AB 107,594
5. Ryan Jarrett, Summerville, Ga. 100,571
6. Jake Hannum, Ogden, Utah 74,859
7. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas 67,859
8. Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 67,746
9. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 55,214
10. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 51,984
11. Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 50,035
12. Beau Franzen, Sidney, Mont. 47,238
13. B.J. Campbell, Benton City, Wash. 43,208
14. Shank Edwards, Levelland, Texas 43,194
15. Olin Hannum, West Haven, Utah 42,713
16. Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb. 42,068
17. Marty Becker, Cardston, AB 42,042
18. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz. 41,103
19. Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas 39,551
20. Seth Glause, Rock Springs, Wyo. 37,780
1. Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas $221,314
2. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore. 170,339
3. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash. 138,591
4. Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla. 124,284
5. Heath Ford, Greeley, Colo. 112,923
6. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas 103,162
7. Kaycee Feild, Elk Ridge, Utah 102,835
8. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas 92,438
9. Kelly Timberman, Mills, Wyo. 88,637
10. D.V. Fennell, Neosho, Mo. 69,929
11. Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas 69,545
12. Royce Ford, Briggsdale, Colo. 68,918
13. Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore. 59,925
14. Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore. 57,769
15. Jared Smith, Williston, Fla. 56,413
16. Jared Keylon, Fort Scott, Kan. 52,545
17. Tim Shirley, Grant, Colo. 50,304
18. Dusty LaValley, Crooked Creek, AB 41,551
19. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 40,220
20. Matt Bright, Azle, Texas 39,917
1. Lee Graves, Calgary, AB $120,574
2. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 112,553
3. Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D. 110,927
4. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, AB 96,950
5. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. 77,737
6. Todd Suhn, Hermosa, SD 77,108
7. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb. 74,075
8. Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas 73,945
9. Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore. 69,034
10. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 65,260
11. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore. 62,761
12. Casey McMillen, Craig, Colo. 59,570
13. Joey Bell Jr, Athens, Texas 59,209
14. Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla. 59,180
15. Gabe Ledoux, Kaplan, La. 58,812
16. Matt Reeves, Pampa, Texas 57,002
17. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo. 53,986
18. Ethan Thouvenell, Fallbrook, Calif. 49,806
19. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah 47,580
20. Dane Hanna, Starkville, Miss. 46,632
Team Roping (header)
1. Chad Masters, Clarksville, Tenn. $130,186
2. Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn. 93,686
3. Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C. 91,414
4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 89,707
5. David Key, Caldwell, Texas 88,150
6. JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 85,892
7. Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont. 85,503
8. Blaine Linaweaver, Leavenworth, Kan. 73,618
9. Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn. 72,521
10. Nick Sartain, Yukon, Okla. 72,482
11. Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 67,316
12. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore. 64,410
13. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz. 63,017
14. Steve Purcella, Hereford, Texas 62,643
15. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. 62,303
16. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. 61,446
17. Ty Blasingame, Olney Springs, Colo. 57,242
18. Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore. 54,862
19. Justin Yost, Mt.Morris, Pa. 53,059
20. Jay Adams, Logandale, Nev. 52,042
Team Roping (heeler)
1. Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $120,714
2. Richard Durham, Morgan Mill, Texas 111,598
3. Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas 98,086
4. Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas 90,989
5. Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas 87,986
6. Brad Culpepper, Ashburn, Ga. 85,754
7. Randon Adams, Logandale, Nev. 85,314
8. Michael Jones, Stephenville, Texas 84,884
9. Kollin VonAhn, Durant, Okla. 71,316
10. Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz. 71,118
11. Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 67,316
12. Russell Cardoza, Farmington, Calif. 64,410
13. Cory Petska, Lexington, Okla. 63,446
14. Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 59,482
15. Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif. 55,315
16. Britt Bockius, Claremore, Okla. 51,272
17. Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas 50,615
18. Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah 47,123
19. Allen Bach, Weatherford, Texas 46,606
20. Boogie Ray, Mabank, Texas 43,905
Saddle Bronc Riding
1. Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont. $130,054
2. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La. 95,040
3. JJ Elshere, Quinn, S.D. 86,906
4. Billy Etbauer, Edmond, Okla. 86,903
5. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. 84,895
6. Bryce Miller, Buffalo, S.D. 84,893
7. Shaun Stroh, Dickinson, N.D. 82,159
8. Isaac Diaz, Stephenville, Texas 80,574
9. Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas 75,164
10. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. 72,533
11. Justin Arnold, Santa Margarita, Calif. 72,439
12. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa 71,915
13. Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, AB 68,195
14. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah 67,652
15. Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D. &n