Smith hopes Guymon triumph an omen
GUYMON, Okla. – It was a weekend calculated to enhance Tyler Smith’s belief in talismans, at least very specific, fraught-with-history talismans – nothing so mundane as a lucky penny, four-leaf clover or rabbit’s foot.
No, Smith put his faith in the belt buckle he won as the 2010 Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo bull riding champion – the power of positive thinking wrapped around his center of gravity – and his return to glory at the Henry C. Hitch Arena came off without a hitch.
May 12, 2013, 10:52
News and notes from the rodeo trail - May 6
Reigning and two-time World Champion Team Roping Header Chad Masters underwent his second knee surgery April 30 in Dallas, this time to repair damage to his ACL. Masters had surgery in early March that dealt with a ruptured patellar tendon, a torn MCL and medial and lateral meniscus tears, all the result of injuries suffered while steer wrestling at the Timed Event Championship of the World in Guthrie, Okla., March 1. Masters, of Clarksville, Tenn., is hoping to be able to return to competition this summer ...
May 7, 2013, 07:57
Permit holder puts up a 90 in Bakersfield
When Casey Meroshnekoff put up a 90 on Big Stone, Moreno & Growney’s Blue Bayou to win the Kern County Sheriff’s Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo in Bakersfield, Calif., it tied him with reigning World Champion Kaycee Feild and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Winn Ratliff for the highest-scored bareback ride of the 2013 season.
May 7, 2013, 07:56
Super 8 hotel chain extends PRCA sponsorship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – ProRodeo fans across the country can now continue to save at their favorite Super 8® hotels, thanks to the brand’s renewed sponsorship of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in the United States and Canada.
May 7, 2013, 07:55
Nebraskan’s draw a matter of Scheer delight
Saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer knew once he saw the stock draw that he had history on his side and he wasn’t about to let the opportunity slip away.
Scheer, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, rode Frontier Rodeo’s Maple Leaf for 89 points and the win at the March 8-10 Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo – just as Cody DeMoss had done a year ago in the same arena.
Well, actually, it was a bit better than what DeMoss did in 2012; he rode Maple Leaf for 85 points to get that win.
“That horse has been good for a long time,” Scheer said. “He’s a bucking son of a gun. I just had to stay on him. Cody Taton had a good ride on the horse in Jackson (Miss.), so he was able to help with how much rein I needed.
“It was challenging all the way. I’ll be honest, I got a little bit loose there for a second, but I managed to pull it together.”
The judges rewarded Scheer’s effort with 45 points out of a possible 50 and Maple Leaf, a Wrangler NFR veteran himself, earned scores of 21 and 23 from the PRCA officials.
Mar 15, 2013, 01:21
Elbow surgery sidelines Teel for 2-3 months
Sometimes life can be just a little bit too much like a roller coaster ride.
Just one day removed from being honored with a banquet in his hometown of Kountze, Texas, reigning World Champion Bull Rider Cody Teel dislocated and shattered his left elbow while competing at an unsanctioned rodeo.
He underwent a four-hour surgery on March 7 in which doctors inserted two plates and 10 screws. In the short term, Teel will be wearing a soft cast and will start very light rehabilitation work shortly in Beaumont, Texas.
Teel was released from the hospital on March 10 and returned home to Kountze.
“The doctors are saying it will be 2-3 months before he can do any heavy duty physical therapy,” said Teel’s mother, Kami, “and that he’ll need more time to be ready to compete. As hard-headed as Cody is, he’s talking about being back in June, in time for the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo or earlier.
Mar 14, 2013, 01:28
WPRA WORLD FINALS Finds New Home in Waco
The Women's Professional Rodeo Association's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the new home for the WPRA World Finals will be in Waco, Texas, at the Extraco Events Center. The agreement between the WPRA and the Extraco Events Center is for two years.
"We are excited to bring the WPRA World Finals to Waco and this great facility," said WPRA President Jimmie Munroe. "The World Finals highlights our entire Association at the highest level this sport has to offer and we feel this will be a great fit to continue the growth we experienced while in Lincoln."
Feb 18, 2013, 10:47
The WPRA Tour Grows For 2013
In 2012 the WPRA Board of Directors proudly introduced the WPRA Tour. The idea behind the WPRA Tour was two-fold. First, the goal was to create a new program that would benefit a broader base of the membership by providing them with increased opportunities to qualify at limited entry rodeos. Secondly, the goal was to help bring more excitement and contestants to a broader group of rodeos across all circuits. Year one met its goals and the plans for 2013 call for expansion.
For 2013 the list of participating WPRA Tour rodeos will be expanding to 24. Each WPRA Circuit will be approving 2 rodeos to be part of the WPRA Tour. At this point the list of approved WPRA Tour rodeos includes:
Feb 18, 2013, 10:44
WPRA Rookie Takes Ft. Worth by Storm --Wins $14,796
Taylor Jacob's WPRA card may say she's a rookie but she lead the way during the Ft. Worth Finals and pulled off the average win like a seasoned pro. Running Finals from slowest on two to the fastest, Jacob's was 10th to run of the 12 finalist. She followed a tough act when 6-time Wrangler NFR qualifier and $1 million dollar barrel racer Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD went to the lead in the average with a total on three of 49.53. She met the challenge head on and brought the crowd to their feet when she posted the rodeo's fastest time of 16.19. Her total on three runs tallied 49.16 to take the lead.
|Taylor Jacob, photo by James Phifer|
Jane Melby followed with a 16.36 for a total on three of 49.25. Last to run was the leader on two Natalie Foutch. Staying solid, Foutch and her palomino clocked a 16.40 to edge ahead of Melby by one one-hundredth of a second with 49.24 on three runs.
Feb 18, 2013, 10:41
News and notes from the rodeo trail - Feb. 4
A group developing a sustainability plan for the 107-year-old National Western Stock Show Rodeo complex in Denver is looking to turn the facility into a year-round institution that would be a “combination of school, museum or institute,” according to a report in the Denver Post. The name would change to the National Western Center in this concerted effort by 30 civic and business leaders to save the facility that requires about $110 million in deferred maintenance. The center would host significant equestrian events, trade shows and rodeo events during the year, in addition to the National Western. “We think this is a unique opportunity to capitalize on a major Denver asset,” said Ron Williams, co-chairman of the Western Stock Show Association …
ProRodeoLive will provide coverage of the final rounds of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Feb. 19-23, including semifinal rounds, the championship round, and the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour event on the final day of the rodeo. Announcer Steve Kenyon will begin the live webcast (www.prorodeolive.com) at 6:45 p.m. (CT) Feb. 19-21 and at 7:15 on Feb. 22. There will be two broadcasts on Feb. 23, with the X Bulls airing at 12:45 p.m. and the final round of the rodeo at 7:15 …
Feb 18, 2013, 10:25
PRCA’s new made-for-TV Champions Challenge to debut in Redding, Calif.
As part of its ongoing commitment to increasing the popularity of the cowboy sport, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will launch a special made-for-TV series of Champions Challenge rodeos this year on Great American Country (GAC), featuring 10 top competitors in each event and the sport’s best livestock.
There will be four Champions Challenge rodeos aired in a one-hour format in 2013, starting with the May 18 Redding (Calif.) event, which will air at 5 p.m. (ET) on July 7 and then be rebroadcast at 9 a.m. on July 13. Subsequent events will be held in Amarillo, Texas; Kissimmee, Fla., and Winnie, Texas. (See full schedule below.)
Each of these events, except for Kissimmee, will be held in conjunction with a regularly-scheduled PRCA rodeo and will offer $80,000 in additional prize money which, at least initially, will not be counted in the world standings.
Feb 18, 2013, 10:23
PRCA Animal Health Statement on EHV-1
The PRCA is closely monitoring the situation of a confirmed case of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in a horse that participated in the National Western Rodeo in Denver on January 7-28, 2013. The horse was part of a team of horses that pulled a stagecoach into the arena during each performance. The virus is contagious among horses, but is NOT transmittable to humans. The affected horse is being treated in isolation at Colorado State University and is responding to treatment at this time.
No other confirmed cases have been reported.
The PRCA is working to be a conduit to our members of factual information from credible sources. The PRCA has contacted timed-event contestants as well as the stock contractors who had horses at the National Western with information on the diagnosis of this horse and the disease.
Feb 18, 2013, 10:22
Great steer wrestling horse Moonshine dies of injuries
Dru Melvin’s great steer wrestling horse Diamond MS Moon, “Moonshine,” died Jan. 26 as the result of injuries suffered during competition at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in the Denver Coliseum.
|Riding Dru Melvin's great steer wrestling horse Moonshine, Casey Martin won the first round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with this 4.0-second run and went on to finish second in the NFR average and in the world standings last December. Moonshine died of injuries sustained in the arena on Jan. 26 during the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver.|
After a clean start out of the gate, the steer veered in front of Moonshine, causing a horrific collision which took horse, steer and bulldogger Todd Suhn crashing to the arena dirt. A horn went through Moonshine’s side and punctured his heart.
The horse was able to leave the arena on his own power, but died shortly thereafter. Suhn and the steer were unharmed.
“Moonshine was without a doubt the best steer wrestling horse I have ever had,” Melvin said. “He was the kind of horse that you just dream about; honest and he just loved his job.”
Feb 18, 2013, 10:20
WPRA PRESIDENT'S COLUMN UPDATE
The last three Circuit Finals were held in January. The roster is set for the barrel race at the Ram National Circuit Finals in Oklahoma City for April 4-6, 2013, where the 2012 National Circuit Champion will be determined. It is a very competitive group of barrel racers competing at this year's RNCFR and it should be a great barrel race!
The committee that was appointed by the board to select the members to serve on the WPRA Drugs and Medication Committee and the Hearing Board did a tremendous job. The veterinarians are well known and respected in their fields. They are familiar with barrel horses and have treated some of the best in the world. They understand our event and what is involved in competing on and hauling barrel horses. The WPRA members on the board are former WPRA champions and NFR competitors. Thanks to this group for putting these committees together and doing such an excellent job. Also, thank to the individuals who have agreed to serve on these committees.
Feb 18, 2013, 09:30
Wright breaks jinx, wins big at Fort Worth
Friday Wright II of Moss Point, Miss., who led the overall standings coming into the finals of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, was warned not to pose for a winner’s photograph prior to the bull riding on Feb. 9.
The traditional photograph features the champions in all the other events, but since the bull riding finals are yet to come, the leader coming into the final round is in the picture. And, never before had that leader managed to hold onto the lead and win the rodeo.
“Why don’t you get someone else to go out there for the photo?” some of his more superstitious friends suggested. But Wright had other ideas.
“I said I was going out there and that I was going to win the rodeo,” he said.
And win he did. Wright was the only bull rider to make a qualified ride in the finals, scoring 82 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Fully Wicked. That ride earned him a total of $5,000 for the final round, although only $1,650 (the percentage allocated for first place) counts for world championship points. The other $3,350, which would have gone to other cowboys if they had ridden, counts only in Wright’s bank account. He won $9,741 for the rodeo.
Feb 18, 2013, 09:27
THE JAYNES GANG CLEARS ONE MILLION IN WINNINGS FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW!
Event Result for 2012 winnings:
Event Result for 2011 winnings:
The Jaynes' Gang Trained Bull Winnings GRAND TOTAL to date:
April 13 One Futurity Team in CFT Event & Team Bays, Team Whisnant & Team Fortier/Dial in CBR Bull Team Event Las Vegas NV
April 06 EG BULL JAM Futurity & EFL Wild Card Event Las Vegas NV
March 16 Two Futurity Teams in CFT Event & Team Bays & Team Whisnant in CBR Bull Team Event Dodge City KS
March 09 EG Champions Tour Futurity & EFL Team Futurity Event Stephenville TX
February 23 One Futurity Team in CFT Event & Team Whisnant & Team
Fortier/Dial in CBR Bull Team Event Lufkin TX
February 16 EG Champions Tour Futurity Orchard TX
February 02 One Futurity Team in CFT Event & Team Bays & Team Fortier/Dial in CBR Bull Team Event Lubbock TX
January 26 EG Champions Tour Futurity, 3 & 4 Year Old Event & EFL Team Futurity Hamilton TX
Jan 3, 2013, 11:49
PRCA unveils 2013 televised Xtreme Bulls event dates
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Xtreme Bulls program rides into 2013 with a national schedule that will continue to bring the excitement of PRCA bull riding to millions of fans both in the arena and with national television coverage, according to Commissioner Karl Stressman, who made the announcement today during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
The 2013 program will feature eight televised events scheduled throughout the year across the U.S., with combined purses of $400,000. Money earned at Xtreme Bulls events count toward the PRCA World Standings, which determine Wrangler NFR qualifiers.
The 2013 event schedule is as follows:
Dec 17, 2012, 00:04
NFR - Brazile wraps up 10th all-around gold buckle
Any more all-around world championships and Trevor Brazile will be forced to start counting with his toes.
The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched his record 10th all-around gold buckle during the fifth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Monday night thanks to a third-place go-round finish in team roping.
It’s Brazile’s 17th career gold buckle, the second-most all-time to Guy Allen, who won 18 steer roping world championships.
“It’s just such a relief,” Brazile said. “As much as I try not to let it affect anything, it kind of just releases me to go try to do whatever it takes to win the team roping, and just concentrate on that title. That is the immediate thing that I think about. And as far as the long-term stuff, 10 world titles is more than I ever could have dreamed of. It’s awesome.”
Dec 17, 2012, 00:02
NFR - Round 10 Q&A with Kaycee Feild
Q: Four world champions were in contention for the 2012 title: Reigning champ Kaycee Feild, four-time winner Bobby Mote, three-time champion Will Lowe, and one-time winner Justin McDaniel. You pulled it off and are the first bareback rider to win back-to-back bareback titles since Will Lowe in 2006-2007, a feat your dad, ProRodeo Hall of Famer and five-time world champion Lewis Feild, also accomplished.
A: “I’m friends with a lot of past world champions, and they always say the second one is a little more tough than the first one. I don’t know why. But I found that to be true. To come here and stay on top the whole time in Vegas and stay strong was tough."
Q: Last year you sealed up the win before the 10th round. What was it like this year, with it coming down to the final round?
A: “The race was a little more tight coming into it. Will (Lowe) was healthy, and J.R. (Vezain) gave me a run for my money all week. Bareback riding’s simple. It’s just having the right mindset. I’m as happy as I can be.”
Dec 16, 2012, 23:59
Corkill’s final-night comeback highlights dramatic WNFR
Team ropers split the world championship.
The outcome simply wasn’t the one that appeared most likely.
The possibility of a header from one team winning the world championship with a heeler from another partnership became more and more real as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo wore on, but in a final-round stunner, heeler Jade Corkill came from behind to capture his first gold buckle along with Chad Masters, who won a world championship for the second time.
“I’ve been here five times with a chance to win this, and there have been times I thought I roped good, but things didn’t go my way,” said an emotional Corkill, who heels for Kaleb Driggers. “I guess why it’s hard for me right now is because I’m thinking about if it was supposed to be one guy on our team to be here right now, it should be Kaleb. He roped so good all year, and I know I missed more steers this year than I ever have.”
Dec 16, 2012, 23:56