News & notes from the rodeo trail, Nov. 17
Throughout the month of November, the Wrangler Network is featuring biographies of the top 15 contestants in each rodeo event as part of its “Countdown to the Wrangler NFR” series. The following are the links to each event page that has been posted thus far: bareback riders http://po.st/pbYkri; steer wrestlers http://po.st/4bf3sH and barrel racers http://po.st/1UyFo8. Also, to honor our service men and women, the Wrangler National Patriot Program created a special Veterans Day tribute, featuring highlights from all five tours on the Wrangler Network.
Nov 18, 2014, 16:03
Secretary Vilsack Appoints New Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of eight individuals to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.
Nov 18, 2014, 16:02
Second Call for Nominations for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board
The Bureau of Land Management today announced a second call for public nominations over a 30-day period to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. To be considered for appointment, nominations must be submitted via email or fax by December 18, 2014, or postmarked by the same date. The BLM announced its second formal request for nominations in today’s Federal Register (November 18) at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-18/pdf/2014-27273.pdf.
Those who have already submitted a nomination in response to the first call for nominations (published in the Federal Register on August 29, 2014 (79 FR 51601)), do not need to resubmit. All nominations from the first and second calls will be considered together during the review process.
Nov 18, 2014, 16:00
Unprecedented Money in ProRodeo
The 2015 ProRodeo season kicked off October 1, and as everyone is making a game plan for this next year, it seems like prime time to step back and look at all the new money on the table in our sport. The fact that it’s historically unparalleled is very exciting for all of us, as is the fact that it’s going to impact every level of our game.
At the very highest level is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, so let’s look at that first. The 2014 Wrangler NFR will pay out a record $6.375 million, with first through sixth in the rounds paying $19,002, $15,018, $11,340, $7,969, $4,904 and $3,085, and first through eighth in the average paying $48,732, $39,537, $31,262, $22,987, $16,550, $11,953, $8,275 and $4,597.
Nov 17, 2014, 10:28
USDA and Partners Complete First-of-Its-Kind Sale of Carbon Credits from Working Ranch Grasslands
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today said a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has helped initiate a partnership that is improving the environment, creating a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands. Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, recently purchased almost 40,000 carbon dioxide reduction tons generated on working ranch grasslands in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:40
2014 U.S. Agricultural Exports Setting New Record
WASHINGTON, November 4, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final total for U.S. agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2014, which soared to a record $152.5 billion (up from last year's record of $141 billion).
Nov 17, 2014, 08:38
Federal Agencies Offer Vision to Ensure Future Generations Can Enjoy Wilderness
Washington, D.C. - The Federal land management agencies that make up the National Wilderness Preservation System signed an agreement that will guide interagency collaboration and vision to ensure the continued preservation of nearly 110 million acres of the most primitive of public lands.
The 2020 Vision: Interagency stewardship priorities for America’s National Wilderness Preservation System will guide the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey, all under the U.S. Department of Interior; and the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:35
American Horse Council - Get Involved!
It’s important that all members of the horse community are aware of federal issues that impact them and the horse industry. They also need to be willing to get involved and take action when Congress or federal agencies are making decisions that concern the horse community. There are several ways individuals can get involved.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:33
USEF Names 2015 Eventing High Performance Training Lists
Lexington, Ky. -The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following High Performance Training Lists for the 2015 season. In determining these lists for 2015, the USEF Eventing Selection Committee is directly focused on the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team producing successful results at the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2016 Olympic Games. To that effect, the following riders will make plans with U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor as to which horses they will ride in each session. Training Session dates and locations will be finalized at the USEA Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas in December.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:31
The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage Needs Your Support
Gladstone, NJ -As the end of year draws near, The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage has raised $615,000 towards its $800,000 goal, however in order to have the funding needed to implement the Para Dressage High Performance program, it needs more support from those in the equestrian community that want to see our Para Dressage riders have the opportunity to achieve competitive excellence in international competition.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:30
Paint & Color Breeds
News and notes from the rodeo trail, Oct.20
A special one-hour documentary called Buckin’ the Odds – 30 Years of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, telling the story of how the NFR moved from Oklahoma City and landed in Las Vegas in 1985, will air on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. The program is hosted and narrated by Luke Perry, and interviewees from the rodeo world include Ty Murray, Trevor Brazile, Rich Skelton, Joe Beaver, Billy Etbauer, Ote Berry, Jim Sharp, Cody Ohl, Charmayne James, Kaycee Feild, NFR General Manager Shawn Davis and PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. CBS Sports Network can be found on DirecTV/Channel 221 or Dish/Channel 158 ...
Nov 17, 2014, 08:27
O’Connell shows greatness in Great Lakes CFR
LOUISVILLE, KY. – This was the perfect tune-up for bareback rider Tim O’Connell.
|Tim Oconnell PRCA|
The Zwingle, Iowa cowboy, who will be competing in his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo next month, had a dominating performance at the RAM Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Nov. 13-15) at Freedom Hall.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:24
Corrington nabs Canadian title by slimmest of margins
EDMONTON, Alberta – Tyler Corrington had to win the final round of the Canadian Finals Rodeo to capture his first Canadian national title. He rode the same way as the namesake of his sixth round horse – lights out.
Corrington covered C5 Rodeo’s Lights Out for 86 points to win the final round of the CFR, and the saddle bronc riding year-end title. He edged Cort Scheer by $239 for the championship, one that he says goes at the top of his list of accomplishments.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:23
McDonald Named 2014 WPRA Rookie of the Year
WPRA photo by Greg Westfall
|Sarah Rose McDonald|
Writers covering professional rodeo may as well get used to typing the name Fame Fling N Bling. And remember that it's McDonald, not Macdonald.
That's because it appears that it's only the beginning for the WPRA's newly crowned Rookie of the Year Sarah McDonald and her fabulous mare Fame Fling N Bling. With the momentum the pair has behind them, there will likely be many more stories to publish in the future.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:21
Paint & Color Breeds
Around the World Show: Ton of Success
Ton Of Trouble experienced a homecoming of sorts at the APHA World Championship Show, but his visit to Fort Worth, Texas, was unlike any other horse in attendance.
Though he didn’t step into the John Justin Arena as a World Show competitor, “Dexter” entered as a champion—the latest winner of the APHA’s Superior All-Around Award.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:18
Paint & Color Breeds
PBRIP Barrel Burners
After Cortney Morris attended the inaugural Paint Barrel Racing Incentive Program sweepstakes at the 2013 APHA World Championship Show, she knew she needed to return to the World Show.
“Last year, we placed in the Top 10 on the same horses, but this year we came back with a better game plan. We thought about what we were going to do and how we were going to lay it out,” Cortney said.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:17
Paint & Color Breeds
Silver Linings at the 2014 Farnam Breeders Trust Select Sale
They say every dark cloud has a silver lining, and that seemed to prove true for trainer Richard Spinks and his client Michele Martindale at the 2014 APHA Farnam Breeders’ Trust Select Sale, which took place Nov. 9 at the APHA World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas. After delivering the heartbreaking news that Michele’s reining horse had suffered a debilitating hock injury and had to be euthanized, Richard felt compelled to walk through the consignment stalls—fate intervened, and Richard was drawn to A Scenic Ride, hip 39 in the Yearling Select Sale.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:16
2014 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity & Italian Championship Manerbio, November 8-15th
Today in Manerbio, on the sixth day of the 2014 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity, the crowed filled the stands to watch the IRHA 4-year-old Open and Non Pro Futurity finals.
The Open division
In a field of 35 finalists where ‘exciting’ was the key word, it was not until the very last horse-rider-combination entered the pen that the Level 4 champion was decided. The 2013 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 4,3,2 and 1 Open Champions came back to Manerbio to take the title. Markus Gebert and Charly Step N Cool (Wimpys Little Step x Charlys Cool Running) owned by Angelika Gebert marked an amazing 227.5 for the win.
Nov 17, 2014, 08:14
Mackenzie captures elusive RCRCFR average title
YAKIMA, Wash. – Ryan Mackenzie has had a tremendous amount of success competing in the Columbia River Circuit, but there was one accomplishment he still hadn’t completed.
|Ryan Mackenzie PRCA|
While the 29-year-old saddle bronc rider had won the year-end title in 2006, and won many of the top rodeos in the Northwest, he had never won the average at the RAM Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo. He finally grabbed that hardware on Nov. 8.
Nov 12, 2014, 16:16
Going Fast is the Name of the Game - Mather Captures Canadian World Title
Steffanie Mather, photo by Mike Copeman
|Steffanie Mather WPRA|
Edmonton, Alberta Canada-For as long as she can remember, Steffanie Mather has liked going fast.
"My mom was a barrel racer so I've been riding all my life," says the Medicine Hat, Alberta cowgirl. "When I was younger I tried different things, I rode English and showed, but barrel racing was always my favorite."
Nov 12, 2014, 16:13