Cave Creek Rodeo Days calendar of events
March 25 – April 2
Parade, live PRCA Rodeo events, Mutton Busting, Rodeo Dances, Golf Tournament and more to round out weeklong celebration of Arizona town’s Western heritage.
CAVE CREEK — Cave Creek Rodeo Days is slated to take place Saturday, March 25th through Sunday, April 2nd, celebrating the town’s Western heritage, and the 40-year anniversary of continuous Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) events in Cave Creek.
The all-volunteer community celebration is sponsored by Sanderson Ford on Bell Road, and supported by the town of Cave Creek.
The weeklong event brings together local friends and neighbors to raise money for charity, and to assist the town with the continued maintenance and enhancement of the Cave Creek Memorial Arena through the professional sport of rodeo
Mar 12, 2017, 12:35
Mize captures his inaugural Xtreme Bulls Division 1 win in Arizona
FORT MOHAVE, Ariz. – Fear obviously wasn’t a factor for rookie Tristan Mize Saturday night.
Competing against a talented field, Mize came out a champion with a score of 173 points in the two-head average at the Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event.
It was Mize’s first career Xtreme Bulls win, in only his second attempt.
“This feels really good,” said Mize, 20. “There were a lot of very good riders here tonight, and this is my biggest win so far in my PRCA career. I get nervous now and then, and if you don’t get nervous, I don’t
Mar 12, 2017, 12:34
CPRA Welcomes New President
Terry Cooke was named as the new president of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association on Feb. 28, and takes on the role immediately. Cooke was elected to the position by acclamation, according to the CPRA.
A long time CPRA rodeo official, committee member and CPRA Board member with a strong business background, Cooke brings a wealth of expertise to the position.
From his late teens, Cooke enjoyed involvement in the sport of rodeo.
Mar 12, 2017, 12:32
Larsen wins second consecutive Champions Challenge
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Bareback rider Orin Larsen is two-for-two after winning his second consecutive Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots event.
“It’s neat to win two of them back-to-back, and definitely a rewarding feeling for me,” Larsen said, following his Grand Island, Neb., victory. “I hope to do it for the next six or so Champions Challenges. It’s a great opportunity to win more money and get to the Finals.”
The 25-year-old Canadian member of Team Coors covered J Bar J’s Blessed Assurance with 87 points, a nearly identical performance to his winning 86-point ride at the Rapid City, S.D., Champions Challenge on Feb. 1.
Mar 12, 2017, 12:27
MAUNEY BOUNCES BACK AFTER A TOUGH FEBRUARY
J.B. Mauney's second place finish in Jacksonville propelled him to No. 9 in the world standings. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com
J.B. Mauney has made a career of bouncing back and handling the rigors of the BFTS. That said, his dismal showing in February frustrated the two-time World Champion more than usual. Mauney's second place finish in Jacksonville, though, did a lot to wipe the previous month away as he moves to focus on simplifying things and listening to his body.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – J.B. Mauney has become an expert at recognizing when he makes mistakes inside the bull riding arena throughout his 12-year career.
Another one of Mauney’s biggest assets, outside of his Hall of Fame talent, is his ability to handle the mental rigors of the toughest sport on dirt.
Still, even Mauney can fall victim to the peaks and valleys of the Built Ford Tough Series, and he admitted that he got a little caught up trying to prove a point when doubters began questioning his health during his dismal February.
“Bull riding wise, everybody is saying I am too old to do this or I am a has-been” Mauney, 30, said. “You get to thinking that and you want to prove them wrong. Then you try too hard and you think about it too much. You just need to go back to having fun.”
Mar 12, 2017, 12:25
APARECIDO CLAIMS THIRD VICTORY OF 2017 IN JACKSONVILLE
Eduardo Aparecido went 3-for-3 to win in Jacksonville. The win is Aparecido's third of the season, a new career best.
J.B. Mauney finished in second place in Jacksonville and moved into ninth in the world standings.
Guilherme Marchi came in third place, his 591st and 592nd rides on Sunday now leave him eight away from 600.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil), the No. 1 rider in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) world standings, has now won three out of the last four events, after taking home the event title in the Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) Jacksonville Invitational Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Arena. Aparecido’s career-best third win of the season widened the gap on No. 2 Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana), who is currently sidelined with an injury, by 887.5 points.
Mar 12, 2017, 12:23
BOLTON TO COMPETE ON DANCING WITH THE STARS
Bonner Bolton will compete on the latest season of ABC's hit series, Dancing with the Stars.
Bolton is a little more than a year removed from a devastating injury he suffered in Chicago at the beginning of the 2016 season.
He will be the second PBR cowboy to compete on the hit show, joining nine-time World Champion and PBR co-founder Ty Murray who competed in 2009.
PUEBLO, Colo. – Bonner Bolton, a professional bull rider who suffered a nearly catastrophic bull-riding injury 14 months ago and was given a one percent chance of walking again, was today announced as a contestant on the new season of the ABC hit series Dancing with the Stars.
Mar 12, 2017, 12:20
KOLBABA WINS IN LITTLE ROCK
Derek Kolbaba rode both of his bulls Saturday night to come from behind and win the Bad Boy Mowdown. It was Kolbaba's second BFTS event win of the season.
Joao Ricardo Vieira finished in second place after going 2-for-3.
Chase Outlaw led the event coming into Saturday before eventually finishing third overall.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Young gun Derek Kolbaba had fallen off after his hot start to the 2017 season, but the 20-year-old cowboy returned to the spotlight when he came from behind to win the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Bad Boy Mowdown Saturday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The victory was Kolbaba’s second Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) event win of the season.
Kolbaba went 2-for-3 in the 10th event of the season, including a clutch 89.5-point ride on Cochise (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) to win the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. It was the first qualified ride Cochise had surrendered since January of last year. The Walla Walla, Washington, native earned his way into the final round with an 84.5-point trip aboard Taboo (Gene Owen Bucking Bulls) in Round 2 earlier in the evening. He entered the championship round sitting 11th in the event.
Mar 12, 2017, 12:18
HELLDORADO DAYS RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS VILLAGE MAY 11-14
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Helldorado Days at the Las Vegas Village May 11-14.
The festival will bring rich western culture back to The Strip.
Helldorado Days will be highlighted by the PBR's Last Cowboy Standing, the third PBR Major of the 2017 season.
LAS VEGAS - The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Series, now enjoying one of the most successful and competitive years in the sport’s history, alongside Las Vegas Elks Lodge #1468 and the Las Vegas Centennial Committee will bring rich western culture back to The Strip as Las Vegas Helldorado Days returns May 11-14 at the Las Vegas Village.
Tickets for the multi-day festival, showcasing the top bull riding athletes in the world and leading rodeo competitors in the country, go on-sale to the public Wednesday, March 8 and range in price from $10 to $250. Tickets are available by calling PBR Direct at (800) 732-1727 or visiting ticketmaster.com.
The event will offer the thrills of PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing; a pro rodeo featuring all seven traditional disciplines; fun carnival rides and games for the entire family; Western gun fighting shows; the one-and-only Whiskerino mustache and beard growing contest; mouth-watering foods; cold beer; live music lineups and much more. Las Vegas Helldorado Days takes place at the following dates and times:
Mar 12, 2017, 11:08
Schuster Setting the Earnings Bar in 2017
No. 1 ranked Tiany Schuster enters RodeoHouston later this week in Super Series II having won more money in the WPRA than any other barrel racer in the history of the sport at this time of the year. On March 6, the Krum, Texas, cowgirl had already raced her way to $72,637 in earnings at 22 rodeos.
In 2016, when Mary Burger set a new regular season earnings record in August, she didn't cross the $70,000 mark until after her big win at RodeoHouston. In fact her total following her win in Houston was $78,795 on March 21, 2016. Burger eventually finished the 2016 regular season (prior to the NFR) with record earnings of $190,977.
Mar 12, 2017, 11:05
Hadley Barrett Passes Away at the Age of 87
The rodeo world lost a true icon of the sport and a dear friend of the WPRA on March 2, 2017 with the passing of rodeo announcer Hadley Barrett. He passed away at the age of 87 at the University Hospital in Denver, Colo., as a result of heart failure.
Mar 12, 2017, 11:03
Record Win for Phil Rapp
NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Phil Rapp, cutting’s all-time leading money earner, with more than $8.8 million, won the 2017 Houston NCHA Mercuria World Series Open Finals on Saturday, March 4, with 227 points on Dont Stopp Believin, by Dual Rey.
It was Rapp’s tenth win in a Mercuria Finals, a record number for the series. In addition, Dont Stopp Believin LTE $224,933 is out of Dont Look Twice, who won the Mercuria Finals eight times, a record number for an individual horse.
Dont Stopp Believin is the first Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting winner out of a Mercuria winner.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:56
Triple Play for Austin Shepard
On Tuesday, March 7, in Jackson, Miss., Austin Shepard claimed an unparalled first, second and third, riding Deluxe Checks, Paradox Cat, and Wendels Grace, in the $25,000 Novice Finals of the 2017 NCHA 6666 Eastern Nationals. Eastern Nationals veteran open winner Guy Woods placed fourth in the $25,000 Novice Finals with 219 points on Ichi Sangria.
Deluxe Checks LTE $135,809, who qualified for the finals on the bubble, with 215.5 points, took no prisoners with a 228-point performance midway through the second set of the 28-horse finals. Paradox Cat, who drew first to work in the first set, scored 222 points for reserve; and Wendels Grace, the last horse to work in the finals, scored 220.5 points for third.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:49
Shepard & Shepard: Eastern Nationals Open Co-Champs
Sam and Austin Shepard, riding Twistful Thinking and Deluxe Checks, respectively, tied with 224 points to claim co-champion titles in the 2017 NCHA 6666 Eastern Nationals Open Finals. It was the first time a father and son team have tied in an NCHA event, and it gave Austin a record seven Eastern Nationals Open championships, as well as his second win during the 2017 event, where he placed first, second and third in the $25,000 Novice division showing Deluxe Checks, Paradox Cat, and Wendels Grace.
Plan Smart Ride Acat, with Josh Dozier, placed third with 222.5 points. The Finals finish was a close mirror to the Open go-round won by Deluxe Checks with 223 points, followed by Twistful Thinking with 222 points and Plan Smart Ride Acat with 221.5.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:48
Rheins Reigns at NCHA Eastern Nationals
Rhein and Amanda Standish have had a good week at the NCHA 6666 Eastern Nationals in Jackson, Miss. On Tuesday, Austin Shepard showed their mare Deluxe Checks, by Im Countin Checks, to win the $25,000 Novice finals with 228 points. On Wednesday, Deluxe Checks and Shepard won the Open go-round, and on Thursday, the duo came back to tie for the Open championship.
On Friday, Rhein Standish scored 219 points as champion of the $15,000 Amateur on Countin On Stella, by Im Countin Checks. Jodi Henderson, Rockwall, Tex., marked 216.5 points riding RL Velvet Revolver, by Cat Ichi, for reserve. John Martin, riding Ray Too Smart, by Dual Smart Rey; Keith McMahan, aboard Pale Face Jose, by CD Olena; and Chet Simoneaux, on My Paulena, by Dox Badger Man, split 3rd,4th, and 5th with 216 points.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:46
Sunset "Sunny" Hale Dies
Sunset “Sunny” Hale, the first woman in polo history to win the U.S. Open in a male-dominated sport, died February 26 in Norman, Oklahoma.
Hale, 48, a part-time Wellington, Florida, resident, died due to complications from cancer at Norman Regional Hospital.
Her passion for polo was felt by all who knew her. Her warmth and tireless energy inspiring others throughout the world will live on through her legacy.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:43
Ride With AQHA in Eminence
Join the American Quarter Horse Association for a week of festive fun June 24 to July 1 in picturesque Eminence, Missouri.
Hosted by Cross Country Trail Rides, the week will be packed with swimming, fishing, concerts and dances. You and your horse will enjoy trail riding on more than 300 miles of forested and riverside trails. Barrel racing and AQHA Trail Challenge clinics will be held throughout the week, ending in an AQHA Trail Challenge and barrel racing competitions. A covered arena is also available to riders.
Admission is $245 for adults, $180 for children ages 6-11, $85 for children ages 3-5, and children 2 and under are $15 each. Your admission covers your meals, entertainment and camping. Horse stalls are $20 each. You must bring or buy dehydrated pellet bedding for the stalls. You will need to purchase/bring your own hay, feed and water buckets. You can purchase bedding and feed on site.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:42
AQHA to Host Affiliate Workshop
Registration is open for the “Go, Know, Grow – AQHA Affiliate Workshop,” scheduled for May 22-23 in Amarillo.
The “Go, Know, Grow – AQHA Affiliate Workshop” will cover a variety of topics, including member growth, marketing, engaging youth, animal welfare, recreational riding and much more.
The American Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce the return of the AQHA affiliate workshops. The “Go, Know, Grow – AQHA Affiliate Workshop” is scheduled for May 22-23 in Amarillo.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:40
AQHA Incentive Fund Checks Are In The Mail
Owners and nominators see a big increase in the per-point value as more than $1.35 million is paid out for points earned in 2016.
The Incentive Fund utilizes the most familiar and proven concept in the American Quarter Horse show industry: points won at AQHA shows. Each point earned at an AQHA-approved show in the open and/or amateur division by an Incentive Fund-nominated horse is worth a specific amount. For 2016, that amount was $22.01. (Credit: AQHA)
Owners of American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund-enrolled horses, as well as foal and stallion nominators, should start seeing their checks arrive for points earned during the 2016 show season. In all, more than $1.35 million was paid to owners and nominators of the 6,857 horses that earned Incentive Fund points in 2016.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:39
Reach Out With AQHYA
Reach Out with AQHYA members from around the world to inspire, excite, impact and grow at the 2017 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, slated for July 11-13 in Amarillo.
Register for the 2017 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar by June 1.
Youth interested in attending the 2017 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, scheduled for July 11-13 in Amarillo, can now download the registration form. YES welcomes American Quarter Horse Youth Association members and non-members, ages 10 to 18, to experience a three-day, fun-packed event that offers valuable leadership skills, inspiring speakers and tons of fun.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:38