Read the morning line for Day One of the Chicago BFTS event.

Read the latest entry in the PBR blog.

Read the latest entry in the Rank bull riding blog.

Read the latest update from Rant Sports bull riding.

Read the latest update from twisTEDrodeo.

Chicago Tribune
Gone in 8 Seconds

Houston Chronicle
Livestock Show and Rodeo article index
Janet Jackson takes control of RodeoHouston

My Fox Houston
Black Heritage Day at Rodeo Houston

My State Line
Rodeo Clown Tells All

St. Petersburg Times
Bull rider Brooke Coats' memory is still with the Crosstown Arena

Bay News 9
Rodeo returns to honor teen killed by bull

CBS Evening News
Is bull riding too dangerous for children?

Baldwin County Now
Rodeo excitement!


Read the latest notes for the Chicago BFTS event.

Read about the Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.  Read about Dakota Magic joining the growing list of CBR sponsors.

Watch some video of Abe Morris coaching a first-time bull rider.

Houston Chronicle
Livestock Show and Rodeo article index
Houston rodeo loses professional sanctioning
Fan-friendly Hofstetter advances to semis at rodeo
Sugarland brings the party to RodeoHouston

Fox Sports Houston
Super Series underway at Rodeo Houston

Culture Map Houston
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles rocks the rodeo with radio remixes

Digital Journal
Cypress Saloon Hosts the 2011 Miss Houston Rodeo Finals

Cowboy Breakfast kicks off rodeo season

Billings Gazette
Scoreboard:  Rodeo

College cowboys coming to town for the Weber State Rodeo

Get your bull-riding, mutton bustin' fix year round with Tejas Rodeo

I Surf Muhlenberg
Muhlenberg County Ag Center Welcomes Lonestar Rodeo


Read the latest entry in the Rank bull riding blog.

Read the latest updates from Rant Sports bull riding.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

Read the latest updates from the WPRA.

Local students get a big surprise when they received rodeo concert tickets to see Selena Gomez

Josh Peek looking to defend title at Timed Event Championship at Lazy E

Victoria Advocate
Jackson calf roping event draws nationwide cowboys

See the draw for Round One of the Chicago BFTS event.

Read about the bull pen for the Chicago BFTS event.  Read about the PBR opening a new restaurant and bar in Baltimore.

Read the latest entry in the PBR blog.

Read about one of pro rodeo's animal all stars, Levi.

Read the latest entry in Luke Branquinho's blog.

Read about CBR World Champ Luke Kelley making his move in Round II at RodeoHouston BP Super Series.

Houston Chronicle
Stock Show and Rodeo article index
Trace Adkins mans up at RodeoHouston
Rodeo food - it's good and oh so bad

Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Hoffman:  Third time's the charm:  Sudan roper Koontz wins Tucson rodeo

Pendleton East Oregonian
Peek sets record in Tucson win
High school rodeo opens season

Woodburn Independent
Rodeo Association wants to purchase rodeo grounds

Petaluma 360
Saddle mystery solved

Arizona Republic
Scottsdale rodeo to celebrate patriotism, showcase top bull riders

Albany Democrat Herald
Sweet Home rodeo queen from Terrebone

Murfreesboro Daily News Journal
Rodeo riding into town

Bradenton Herald
Local cowpokes ready for Ranch Rodeo in Palmetto


Congratulations to Stran, Jennifer, Stone and Scout Smith on the arrival of their baby girl, Selah Trinity Smith!

Read why Austin Meier has no time for pain.  Read about the PBR blowing into the Windy City.  Read about Chance Roberts returning to Illinois this weekend.  Read the St. Louis stock report.  Read about Super Duty sustaining a possible injury.

Read about tie-down roper Mike Johnson being out the rest of the season with a torn ACL.  Read Karl Stressman's thoughts about positive progress for the PRCA.

Read about some CBR riders kicking off RodeoHouston Super Series I.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

Blue Mountain Eagle
Elliott accomplishes bullish feat

SMU Daily Mustang
Trevor Brazile, Rodeo Icon

Farm and Ranch Guide
Jayce Doan earns Rodeo Endorsement

Houston Chronicle
Stock Show and Rodeo article index
Clay Walker kicks off RodeoHouston
No. 1 volunteer
Rodeo opens gates to young minds
RVs take the edge off trail ride

About Houston
Rodeo Concert:  Trace Adkins

Thousands of Trail Riders Kick off Houston Rodeo

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Trail rides kick off rodeo, throwback to Wild West

Cowboy Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

Fort Scott Tribune
Fort Scott CC gets set for rodeo

Rodeo binds Goecke sisters closer


See first results from recent PRCA events.

Read about Skinny Kenny Westrope having a slim lead in the Mahindra Tractors Texas Swing.

Read the latest entry in the Rank bull riding blog.

Read the latest update from Rant Sports bull riding.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

Santa Ynez Valley News
New Elks Rodeo promoter promises big changes

Farm and Ranch Guide
Mandan rodeo seeks queen, princess contestants

Valley City Times-Record
Winter Show Rodeo nominated for ND Cowboy Hall of Fame

Estes Park Trail
Fisher to host March 12 rodeo queen's clinic

Houston Chronicle
VIP party toasts rodeo executive committee

Ultimate Tomball
Harris County junior posse to promote rodeo in Tomball

Warwick Daily News
Rodeo success at Millmerran

Mount Gambier Border Watch
Bull riders storm into city

Read about the McCoy family cowboy never-quit attitude.  Read the final word from the St. Louis BFTS event.

Read about Allegiant Air becoming the Official Airline of the PRCA.  Read the latest news and notes from the PRCA.

Vermillion Standard
Bull riders vs bulls at PBR event on Saturday

Casper Star Tribune
Sweetwater County seeks to host rodeo finals

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Bull rider sees pros in going professional

Sterling Journal Advocate
Logan County Fair Rodeo Queen Kelli Blough ready to saddle up

Calgary Herald
Vold cashes third in Texas

Houston Chronicle
Rodeo weather's a breeze, so pack a sweater for cool nights

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to release smartphone app

My Fox Houston
Security, Show Prep at the Rodeo

Culture Map Houston
Give those Wranglers the boot this Rodeo with a new brand of western wear

The Telegraph
Bull jumps into crowd at US rodeo

Anderson Valley Post
District 1 shines at Interdistrict rodeo
A rodeo of their own


See the updated PBR 90-Point Club.

See updated PBR BFTS Points Standings.  See updated PBR Qualifier Standings.

See first results from recent PRCA events.

Read about Cheyenne Frontier Days hosting the Palace Station Million Dollar Bull Team Finals.

Read the latest update from the Rank bull riding blog.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

Professional Bull Riders come to St. Louis

Amarillo Globe News
Hoffman:  Ohl confident he's still title contender

San Antonio and Florida Made for an Xtreme Weekend

Greeley Tribune
Greeley Stampede looking for college students to become public relations ambassadors

Houston Chronicle
Getting the hang of rodeo jargon

Houston Press
Vintage Rodeo Concert Pictures:  Elvis, George Strait and More

Clovis Rodeo Names 97th Grand Marshal

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
WC rodeo enters latter half

NBC Sports
This rodeo bull would like to examine your tickets, please

Caught on tape:  Bull leaps into grandstand at rodeo

Murfreesboro Daily News Journal
SRO Rodeo returns this week

Forbes Advocate
Sport award winner's rough ride

See complete results from the St. Louis BFTS event.

Read the PBR Press Release for the St. Louis BFTS event.  Read more about how Guilherme Marchi hung on for victory in St. Louis.

Read some behind the chutes information from the St. Louis BFTS event.  Read about Cord and Jet McCoy going from worst to third place on The Amazing Race.

Read the latest entry in the PBR blog.

Read about the completion of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.  Read about Ryan Jarrett hitting the $1 million plateau.

San Angelo Standard Times
Stock Show and Rodeo article index
Rodeo results, 2/28
Photo galleries:  San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo:  Finals

Arizona Daily Star
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros:  Cowboys come back strong

Fox 11 AZ
Tucson Rodeo wraps up Sunday

Houston Chronicle
Rodeo carnival shooting leaves 2 teens injured

Wesley Adams

World Screen
Beyond Spotlights Rodeo Series

C21 Media
Beyond lassos rodeo rights

Bull jumps into crowd at North Carolina rodeo

Cowboys, cowgirls and kids all ride hard at weekend rodeo

Red Bluff Daily News
California High School Rodeo and Special Rodeo team up

"It's a rush":  Teens ride, rope at high school rodeo

Teen Rodeo Competition Back After 20 Years

Marlborough Express
Tuamarina gets strong rodeo back

Sister act among the group of Guymon rodeo's volunteers


GUYMON, Okla. - Each May the largest community in the Oklahoma Panhandle hosts nearly 1,000 of the best athletes ProRodeo has to offer, from world champion cowboys and cowgirls to the outstanding bucking beasts.

The key ingredient in the magnitude and scope of such an event is the group of community volunteers that tackle every task, from raising funds to cleaning the facilities and handling all matters in between. It takes thousands of man hours to get everything ready, much less the work it takes during the seven straight days of rodeo competition in Texas County, Okla.

To be that involved means a real commitment, following a calling. That's the case for so many people who not only invest their time and talents throughout the year, but also use their vacation time to work their tails off the week of the rodeo.

"I do this because I love rodeo," said Becky Robinson of Guymon, who tackles the scheduling, appearances and contests involving the rodeo queens. "I love all the people involved in it. Rodeo people are just good people."

That's Robinson's driving force, but it's also a passion for her to help produce the biggest event in the community, with performances set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena.

"I think the reason we have a great rodeo is because we cater to the contestants," said Robinson, who has been part of the rodeo committee for 10 years and is involved with her sister, Gina Horner. "We have good stock, and we always try to get the top stock. I think the reason so many cowboys come to Guymon is because of the stock and the format.

"But I think, too, they come here because of the hospitality. That's important."

The Pioneer Days Rodeo committee does what it can to reach out to contestants, but the hospitality reaches into the community.

"I think the opportunity to compete for money is going to be in the contestants' thoughts as much as anything, but I believe the hospitality we provide is a big part of it, too," said Horner, who joined the committee with Robinson in 2002. "I don't believe it's just the rodeo committee or just the rodeo, but everyone else, too. I think they need to put fuel in their trucks and buy food for their horses and themselves, and they get to interact with the people here.

"This feels like home to them. We're rodeo people here. Our kids rodeo, just like their kids."

            The rodeo is just one piece of the large Pioneer Days celebration, which has roots to the Depression, when Guymon was in the middle of the "Dust Bowl." But the rodeo is the cornerstone of the festivities that take place the first weekend of May each year. That means the volunteers put together their time and talents to help produce the event.

            Last year alone, a record number of contestants and a record crowd saw the action inside. How does that happen?

            "We have a lot of people who put in a lot of their time and energy all year long to put together the best rodeo we can," said Jim Quimby, chairman of the rodeo committee. "Most of the volunteers take off the week of the rodeo so they can help out and be part of it. It's a lot of work, but I think every person that is involved believes in this rodeo that much. We're awfully proud of it and the work we do."

            They should be. Over the years, Pioneer Days Rodeo has grown from a small event to one that attracts most of the top contestants in the sport. It has happened because people took their pride in the rodeo and built on it, sharing their passion with others.

            "I'm on the rodeo committee for personal reasons, to spend quality time with my sister," Horner said. "I love doing my part with the rodeo because of our childhood, of sitting in those wooden bleachers with my cousins and Becky. The rodeo is so important to my mom, and they've all pulled me into that with them.

            "It's a family thing for us, but the bonus is you get to help your community."

            And the community is the beneficiary. Recent figures reveal the rodeo offers a $2 million economic impact to Texas County. That means a lot to Robinson and Horner, who grew up in No Man's Land and have been around the annual rodeo most of their lives.

            "I help wherever else we need help at," said Robinson, whose duties keep her so busy during the week of the rodeo that she hasn't seen an entire performance in 10 years. "Guymon is such a good rodeo, and it seems like it always has been."

            Horner is proud to be part of the committee, but she's more proud to see her sister excel. Like a lot of the volunteers who bust their humps to make things happen, Robinson has been a guiding light for the last decade.

            "I think Becky is the real story, because she really puts so much into the rodeo," Horner said. "This is a woman who has taken vacation for the rodeo when she won't take a vacation for herself. This is important to her. That's why I'm here."





McCoys go from last to third in one leg of ´┐ŻAmazing Race'


            Halfway through Sunday's second episode of the CBS-TV reality series "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business," Jet McCoy made quite an understated comment.

            "Cord, this is a milestone," said McCoy, who is racing around the world for $1 million with his brother. "We're not in last place. Woohoo."

            Many fans, especially those who have fallen for the cowboys on the series, had been biting their nails. The Season 18 episodes feature some of the most popular tandems to have ever been part of the race, and that includes the rodeo champion brothers from southeastern Oklahoma.

            But the McCoys had fans holding their collective breaths through the opening episode, which continued into Sunday night's race across Australia. The brothers finally finished the first leg of the race, although the other 10 teams were shown doing so the week before.

            "Jet and Cord, I'm sorry to tell you you're the last to arrive," host Phil Keoghan told the brothers when they arrived at the first "pit stop" of this season.

            "We know," Cord said.

            "I want you to go redeem yourselves," Keoghan said. "The race is still going, man. Here's your next clue."

The brothers took off on their next venture. Looking exhausted, they walked the streets of Sydney searching out their final clue. With darkness upon them, they finally met the challenge, though hours behind the other teams. But in doing so, they got on the second of two charter flights to the Australian outback, so they were already within 30 minutes of the race leaders.

That was a "long day today, but in this one instance, we are very glad there's other teams on this flight," Cord said.

"We're just glad to still be in the race," Jet responded.

The flights landed in Broken Hill, an isolated mining town in the far west of the outback New South Wales. The teams went to the Living Desert, where they took part in their first detour, choosing between two aboriginal customs dealing with the spirit world and the natural world. All the teams chose the spirit world, where they had to build a mosaic and dance to raise the spirits. The engaged couple, Amanda Blackledge and Kris Klicka, had to do both challenges as part of the "U-turn," a punishment for coming in last in the opening challenge of the season.

"Everybody else was doing it," Jet said. "We might as well, too."

The brothers left the Living Desert in seventh place, having moved up four spots in the first 30 minutes of the hour-long show. They made their way to the Central Football Club, where each contestant donned a kangaroo outfit and had to find the answer to the puzzle involving the periodic table.

"What is Hg and Bi?" Jet asked his brother.

"I don't know, Jet," Cord said. "You watch way more Discovery Channel than I do."

Their clue took them to the intersection of Mercury and Bismuth streets in Broken Hill, where they found their final clue of the leg and were directed to the second episode's "pit stop." While still decked out in their kangaroo outfits, the teams piled back in their vehicles and went to an abandoned mine.

Best friends Zev Glassenberg and Justin Kanew won the leg.

But there was a pretty good race to finish out the competition. While some teams struggled to take off their anti-gravity jumping boots, the McCoys took off.

"We passed like three teams," Jet said as the brothers zoomed around parked vehicles.

Once at the mine, the McCoys sprinted past sisters LaKisha and Jennifer Hoffman and finished the leg third.

Worst to third made for a pretty good episode for the brothers, but they've been in a similar position before. During the 16th season that aired last spring, the brothers finished last in the seventh episode of the race, which worked out to be a non-elimination leg. The McCoys then won the eighth leg of the race, becoming the first team in the history of the reality series to go from worst to first in a single leg.

The engaged couple of Blackledge and Klicka weren't so fortunate, though. They were the 11th team at the "pit stop" and were eliminated.





See results through Round Three and the draw for Round Four of the St. Louis BFTS event.

Read the PBR Press Release for Day 2 of the St. Louis BFTS event.  Read about four riders being perfect through three rounds in St. Louis.

Read the morning line for Day 3 of the St. Louis BFTS event.  Read about Brian Canter returning to BFTS action in St. Louis.  Read a story from the road from Cord McCoy.

See first results from recent PRCA events.

Read about Stetson Lewis riding to victory at the CBR event in Lufkin.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

Read the latest updates fro the WPRA.

Can Oklahoma cowboys Cord and Jet McCoy get out of last place on tonight's "Amazing Race"?

San Angelo Standard Times
Stock Show and Rodeo article index
Rodeo finals:  Ride toward victory
Rodeo results
'10 barrel-racing champ set to defend her crown
Photo Gallery:  San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Finals
Progress:  Rodeo keeps on growing but doesn't forget its roots

Arizona Daily Star
Marana's Allison fights bulls as a boxer
Rodeo Parade 60 years ago brought fortunate encounter

Rodeo crowds turn out despite weather

Tucson Rodeo will continue, rain or shine

Salt Talke Tribune
Utah cowboys Feild, Wright off to fast starts

Sweetwater Co. seeks to host rodeo finals

Houston Chronicle
Rodeo returning with some new attractions
The best in barbecue crowned at tasty rodeo event

Thousands gather for annual Downtown Rodeo Parade

Rodeo Parade Round Up

US "Old West" spirit revived at Houston rodeo

Northern Star
Clowning with danger

Alva Review Courier
Ranger rodeo off to good start under new coach

Eugene Register Guard
Rodeo Rides Again

Redding Record Searchlight
Learning the ropes:  Youths receive lessons at Special Rodeo in Red Bluff