4/30/2011

See results from Rounds one and Two and the draw for Round Three of the Portland BFTS event.

Read the PBR Press Release for Day One of the Seattle BFTS event.  Read how LJ Jenkins is continuing his roll in Seattle.  Read about the PBR TPD tour visiting Arizona and Texas.

Read the morning line for Day Two of the Seattle BFTS event.  Read about the miles Dusty Ephrom has logged while chasing his dreams.  Read the latest entry in the PBR blog.

Read the latest entry in the Rank bull riding blog.

Read the latest update from twisTEDrodeo.

Seattle Times
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/othersports/2014903662_bullriding29.html
Pro bull riders compete at KeyArena on Friday, Saturday night

North Queensland Register
http://nqr.farmonline.com.au/news/state/agribusiness-and-general/general/toughest-sport-on-dirt-roars-into-townsville/2148242.aspx
Toughest sport on dirt roars into Townsville

Lufkin Daily News
http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_aa39a188-72de-11e0-bb5b-001cc4c002e0.html
Lufkin's cotton candy maker extraordinaire reflects on 50 years of rodeo

GAC TV
http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2011/04/29/new-season-of-cbr-kicks-off-may-3-on-gac/
New Season of CBR Kicks Off May 3 on GAC

Az Journal
http://www.azjournal.com/2011/04/27/well-known-rodeo-names-team-up-to-provide-stock/
Well Known Rodeo Names Team Up to Provide Stock

Ogden Standard Examiner
http://www.standard.net/topics/sports/2011/04/29/champion-bronc-rider-mortensen-coach-wyoming-college
Champion bronc rider Mortensen to coach at Wyoming college

Lubbock Avalanche Journal
http://lubbockonline.com/sports/2011-04-30/tech-womens-rodeo-team-has-excellent-shot-national-finals
Hoffman:  Tech women's rodeo team has excellent shot at national finals

Idaho Mountain Express
http://www.mtexpress.com/vu_breaking_story.php?bid=96848
Hailey Rodeo Park exhibit receives $4,000 grant

KOAM
http://www.koamtv.com/story/14545467/miami-rodeo-is-drawing-big-crowds
Miami Rodeo is drawing big crowds

Hanford Sentinel
http://www.hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/article_abe7a296-7275-11e0-99da-001cc4c03286.html
Riverdale Rodeo this weekend

WRAL
http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/9524163/
Rodeo dream destroyed by deadly tornado

Sky Hi Daily News
http://www.skyhidailynews.com/article/20110430/NEWS/110429905/1079&ParentProfile=1067
Digging in their Heels:  Granby rodeo adjusts to waning support

Abilene Reporter News
http://www.reporternews.com/news/2011/apr/30/all-family-can-play-in-west-texas-rodeo-events/
All family can play in West Texas rodeo events

Danbury News Times
http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Boys-cut-the-miniature-bull-at-Mont-clinic-1355695.php
Boys cut the miniature bull at Montana clinic

Oklahoma State University Daily O'Collegian
http://www.ocolly.com/rodeo-team-disrespected-in-article-1.2213359
Rodeo Team disrespected in article

Kosciusko Star Herald
http://starherald.net/sports/x928071681/Kosys-Cheek-qualifies-for-College-National-Finals-Rodeo
Kosy's Cheek qualifies for College National Finals Rodeo

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/04/29/3038082/man-pleads-guilty-to-sex-charges.html
Man pleads guilty to sex charges

KLTV
http://www.kltv.com/story/14544270/retired-rodeo-performer-pleads-guilty-of
Rodeo performer pleads guilty to sexual contact with child
http://www.kltv.com/story/14541982/texas-rodeo-champ-arrested-on-child-trafficking-charges
Texas rodeo champ guilty of child trafficking

Riverside Press-Enterprise
http://www.pe.com/localnews/hemet/stories/PE_News_Local_E_eyoung30.220e8d8.html
Hemet:  6-year-old learning to be rodeo cowboy

Banning-Beaumont Patch
http://banning-beaumont.patch.com/articles/cowboys-and-cowgirls-up-for-gay-rodeo-in-banning
Cowboys, Cowgirls Up for Gay Rodeo


Pioneer Days Rodeo will be the home of Carr’s top bulls

 

GUYMON, Okla. – The list of bull riders at the 2011 Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo is like a who’s who of the top bull riders in ProRodeo.

World champions and other Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers will be mixed with up-and-coming rising stars in the game, men who are chasing their dreams to walk away from the season with world champion’s hardware. That’s the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

It’s where they’ll match their skills against some of the greatest bulls in the game during the four 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.

“My bull herd’s come around in the last year or two,” said Pete Carr, whose Carr Pro Rodeo is the primary stock contractor in Guymon for the fourth straight year. “Kickapoo Warrior is bull I have that I think will be really good. Blues Man is probably my rankest young bull. In Guymon, I’ll also have Charlie’s Bandito, Fletch and, of course, Black Gold.”

            Black Gold is a money-maker for cowboys. In 2009, he led Corey Navarre of Weatherford, Okla., to an NFR round win and a check for more than $17,000. Last December, Clayton Williams of Carthage, Texas, matched moves with the 7-year-old beast for 87 points, good enough for third place in the sixth go-round and $10,451 – Williams also rode Black Gold at RodeoHouston in 2010, scoring 91 points.

            “He turns back in the gate every time, and when the rider falls off, he just stops and walks out,” Carr said. “He knows his job and likes it. Black Gold bucks hard every time. He’s been pretty consistent, which is what you want in a bull like that.”

            Just a month ago, Tater Hins of Huron, S.D., won the second go-round at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo with an 84 on Black Gold. He won $4,525. Hins finished fourth in money won at the DNCFR with $6,170. Carr also had Charlie’s Bandito in Oklahoma City, and the bull was unridden.

            “I got on one of Pete’s bulls last year at Guymon, and I should’ve ridden it,” said Nathan Klassen, a former Prairie Circuit champion from Broken Arrow, Okla. “What I’ve seen look good. You couldn’t ask for a better one than I got on last year.”

            A number of the top cowboys have seen the work Carr has done to improve his heard, and they like what they see. Throw in that Carr has solicited help from other contractors to produce the Guymon event, and you can see the commitment to providing fans with the best bucking action in the sport – Korkow Rodeo Co., D&H Cattle Co., Powder River Rodeo Co. and Frontier Rodeo Co. will also be on hand with their animal athletes.       

“The great thing about Pete is that he went out and bought some new bulls,” said three-time and reigning world champion J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas. “He’s actually trying to get a better bull herd, which is more than you can say for a lot of stock contractors.”

            Has Carr learned a few things over the last few years?

            “I don’t know if I’ve learned any more about the bulls over the year, but I think there are lots of bulls out there,” Carr said. “The market is more saturated with high quality bulls, and we’ve had an emphasis on futurity bulls and bloodlines. There are a lot better bulls available for me.”

 

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Bronc Riding Capital ready for Carr Pro Rodeo broncs

 

GUYMON, Okla. – Folks in this neck of the woods love to see one of their own do well at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, especially in saddle bronc riding.

That’s what they got a year ago when Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team alumnus Josh Reynolds won their hometown event last May, matching moves with the Carr Pro Rodeo bronc Simple Man for 86 points to collect the Guymon title for the first time in his career.

“I’m glad to win it here,” said Reynolds of Ekalaka, Mont. “That’s just a good horse.”

That’s true. But Simple Man is just one of many great animals that will be part of this year’s Pioneer Days Rodeo, 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. It’s what the fans expect, and it’s what the firm’s owner, Pete Carr, will bring to town when he brings some of the greatest bucking livestock in the business to town. Not only that, but Carr is soliciting additional top-caliber livestock from Korkow Rodeo, Powder River Rodeo Co., D&H Cattle Co., and Frontier Rodeo Co.

“Pete has always been phenomenal to work with,” said Jim Quimby, chairman of the volunteer rodeo committee that produces the annual event. “He’s a professional to work with, and he has outstanding bucking horses and bulls.”

That’s a glowing endorsement from Texas County, Okla., the Saddle Bronc Riding Capital of the World. Over the years, nine Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships have been won by bronc riders with ties to the region – Robert Etbauer (2), Billy Etbauer (5), Tom Reeves, Jeffrey Willert and Taos Muncy; all but Billy Etbauer competed in college rodeo at nearby Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

“Pete does a great job of getting us horses we can win on,” said Muncy, a Panhandle State rodeo team alumnus who won the college and PRCA championships in 2007. “He’s got a bunch of great horses. We do what we can to make sure we go to Pete’s rodeos.”

Of course, returning to Guymon is like returning home for the Corona, N.M., cowboy. Four seasons ago when he won gold, his Pioneer Days Rodeo victory was one of the big reasons why.

“That’s always a good rodeo,” Muncy said. “There will be a lot of great horses there.”

One of those will be True Lies, a horse that was selected to buck at the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December and the 2011 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo a month ago. The 9-year-old bay gelding already has had an outstanding career.

“True Lies was really good at the Dodge Finals,” Carr said. “Blue Smoke was phenomenal the other day when I bucked him. Empty Pockets is a bronc I’ve got high hopes for. He bucked at Snyder (Texas) the other day. That horse was outstanding.

“Last year they won on Simple Man, and he’ll be back in Guymon again this year.”

So will young guns Private Party and Rising Sun, which, Carr said, have been performing well. But he’s got some stalwarts in Air Miles and Miss Congeniality, both of which bucked at the 2010 NFR.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Cort Scheer, a Panhandle State graduate and Guymon resident who qualified for the NFR for the first time last December. “You dang sure know Pete’s going to have plenty of good horses for us to get on.”

 

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4/29/2011

Read the morning line for Day One of the Seattle BFTS event.  Read about a time change for some upcoming PBR broadcasts.  Read some notes for the upcoming Seattle BFTS event.

Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn-8385471
A brief history of the PBR: Just a bunch of cowboys having fun

North Queensland Register
http://nqr.farmonline.com.au/news/state/events/general/pbr-bull-ride-ropes-in-keen-crowd/2148238.aspx?src=rss
PBR Bull Ride ropes in keen crowd

Clovis News Journal
http://www.cnjonline.com/sports/cnjonline-43076-writer-roping.html
Joe's Boot Shop calf roping event in seventh year

Lufkin Daily News
http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_7d075542-7212-11e0-a375-001cc4c002e0.html
Whole family - four generations - helps sell tickets at Angelina Benefit Rodeo

ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=13490588
Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow to Open Frontier Days

Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_bcb39144-712b-59c6-8cf7-e2946452c584.html
Scoreboard:  Rodeo

PR Web
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/04/prweb5278584.htm
Belton's 4th of July Celebration Partners with Saffire Events

Amarillo Globe News
http://amarillo.com/lifestyle/our-town/2011-04-29/rodeo-clown-uses-humor-teach
Rodeo clown uses humor to teach

Bradenton Herald
http://www.bradenton.com/2011/04/29/3152051/saint-stephens-maintenance-man.html
Saint Stephen's maintenance man doubles as rodeo bullfighter

Gilroy Dispatch
http://www.gilroydispatch.com/news/275213-rodeo-royalty
Rodeo royalty

Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/sports/article_ebd1f79e-0007-5241-9cb0-cd8b7f149eb4.html
CRMR wraps up this weekend

North Escambia
http://www.northescambia.com/?p=52874
Jay Pro Rodeo Begins Tonight

4/28/2011

Read the latest update from twisTEDrodeo.

Read the latest updates from the WPRA.

Clovis News Journal
http://www.cnjonline.com/sports/shop-43057-boot-calf.html
Joe's Boot Shop calf roping

San Angelo Standard Times
http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/apr/28/texas-tech-women-on-verge-of-going-to-nationals/
Brett Hoffman:  Texas Tech women n verge of going to nationals

Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/sports/article_8f3c8fe8-f2c7-585a-84e5-3375b4e98dc8.html
Garden City qualifies for first CNFR since 1978

Huntsville Item
http://itemonline.com/sports/x565224158/SHSU-women-s-rodeo-team-headed-to-nationals
SHSU women's rodeo team headed to nationals

Central Oregonian
http://www.centraloregonian.com/archives/story.aspx/12466/high-school-rodeo-season-kicks-off-at-hermiston
High school rodeo season kicks off as Hermiston

St. Joe Channel
http://stjoechannel.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=198847
Behind the bull:  Riders Give Kids Sneak Peek

Trail Daily Times
http://www.bclocalnews.com/kootenay_rockies/traildailytimes/sports/120888264.html
Bull-a-Rama brings in cream of the crop

Fort Saskatchewan Record
http://www.fortsaskatchewanrecord.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3099747
Bull-riding alive and well in Lamont

Read about the bull pen for the Seattle BFTS event.

Read why cowboy generosity makes a difference.

Read the latest entry in Luke Branquinho's blog.

Prescott Daily Courier
http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=2&ArticleID=93225
Rodeo:  Bucky's Casino Mile High PBR Preview

Lufkin Daily News
http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_03219690-7143-11e0-84cd-001cc4c03286.html
Send in the clown:  Rodeo veteran Lecil Harris back in Lufkin after four-year hiatus

Ellensburg Daily News
http://dailyrecordnews.com/news/one-arm-bandit-returns-to-ellensburg-rodeo/article_aebabe0e-70f4-11e0-af3a-001cc4c002e0.html
One Arm Bandit returns to Ellensburg Rodeo

Arizona Republic
http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/2011/04/28/20110428gilbert-days-rodeo-apache-junction-venue.html
Gilbert Days Rodeo finds venue in Apache Junction

Butte County Post
http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/buttecountypost/news/article_35980406-71b6-11e0-b95d-001cc4c03286.html
Rodeo pioneer Fidelia Gilger dies at age 91

Fort Hays State University
http://leader.fhsu.edu/?p=6454
Team competes in last rodeo of season

Hays Daily News
http://www.hdnews.net/Story/barrelrace042811
Rodeo club to raise funds for injured member

Powell Tribune
http://www.powelltribune.com/sports/item/8243-northwest-rodeo-teams-take-sixth-over-weekend
Northwest Rodeo teams take sixth over weekend

Box Elder High School Bee
http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/articleid/436058/newspaperid/3596/Corinne_Easter_Rodeo_held.aspx
Corinne Easter Rodeo held

Estherville Daily News
http://www.esthervilledailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/513106/Estherville-rodeo-is-back-in-town-this-weekend.html?nav=5003
Estherville rodeo is back in town this weekend


Carr Pro Rodeo building on its reputation as top producer

 

GUYMON, Okla.- Jim and Maggie Zinser built a reputation of having outstanding bucking horses.

Pete Carr has seen that, and when he developed Carr Pro Rodeo, he knew where to go to strengthen his herd. Some of the greatest cowboys in ProRodeo have seen Carr's commitment to top stock, and that's one of the reasons they continue to find their way to rodeos Carr produces. That's why seeing great bloodlines created by the Zinsers has been a boon for rodeo.

Over the last few years, Carr invested in offspring from the great bucking horse Night Jacket, which was purchased from the Zinsers by Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo Co. for $200,000 in 2009. At the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 16 horses by Night Jacket were a big part of the field.

"I have been amazed for more than 25 years of the quality of livestock that have come off of their ranch," Pete Carr said about the Zinsers' contribution. "There is no doubt that Night Jacket has made a huge impact on the world of rodeo. When you get the right combination with the mares, he has proved to be a great producer of outstanding colts."

Carr had three Night Jacket colts at the NFR: Dirty Jacket, Deuces Night and Outa Sight. All were outstanding inside the Thomas & Mack Center, just as they've been at every arena in which they starred in 2010. They'll all be back in Guymon for the Pioneer Days Rodeo, 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.

"If you look at the NFR stock roster, you can see Pete Carr's loaded," said D.V. Fennell, a two-time bareback riding qualifier to the NFR. "That's not just me saying that. That's 16 of the top bareback riders in the world. He's got superstars."

Carr has had great bucking horses since he first dipped into ProRodeo in 2005. In fact, Real Deal, a 12-year-old brown gelding, was named the 2005 Bareback Riding Horse of the Year. Riverboat Annie, an 11-year-old red roan mare, was the 2007 runner-up to the world champion bareback horse. While the list of outstanding bareback horses is long, Carr Pro Rodeo has plenty of great animals for saddle bronc riders, too.

"I'll take any of them, I promise," said Cort Scheer, an Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team alumnus who finished fourth in saddle bronc riding last season. "If you draw any of them horses, you've got a chance to win. Look at the pedigree behind them, the money that's won on all of them.

            "Typically you go to places, and there will one or two horses you can win on, but that's not the case at any of Pete Carr's rodeos. It comes down to who makes the best spur ride is going to win. That's what you want every time."

            The 2011 Pioneer Days Rodeo marks the sixth straight year Carr has had his top-flight stock in Guymon, the fourth year he's been the primary stock contractor.

            "You can go down the list of any horse Pete has, and you're going to look at the kinds of horses you want to get on every time," said Taos Muncy, the 2007 bronc riding world champion who also won the college title earlier that season competing for Panhandle State. "You look forward to going to his rodeos, because he will have NFR horses in every performance."

            Carr Pro Rodeo will be assisted in providing stock at Guymon by Powder River Rodeo Co., D&H Cattle Co.; Frontier Rodeo Co.; and Korkow Rodeo. Between those firms, there will be outstanding bucking beasts during each of the four performances spread out over three days.

            "We know that with Pete Carr, he's going to do everything in his power to make our rodeo the best that it can be," said Ken Stonecipher, Pioneer Days Rodeo's production manager. "We work hard to have a great rodeo and make it one that cowboys want to compete in and want to see in person. We know how important it is to have great stock, especially in Guymon.

"The great thing with Pete is that he knows what our fans want, and he brings it."

 

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4/27/2011

Read the latest update from the Rank bull riding blog.

Read the latest update from twisTEDrodeo.

Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn-8378175
The PBR makes its first appearance in Seattle, Washington, April 29 and 30

News First 5
http://www.newsfirst5.com/news/professional-bull-riding-comes-to-pueblo-may-20-21/
Professional bull riding comes to Pueblo, May 20, 21

KING 5
http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Professional-Bull-Rider-Shane-Proctor-120787059.html
Local PBR star Shane Proctor

Lufkin Daily News
http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_4adf43be-7081-11e0-be8b-001cc4c03286.html
Huntington man set to compete at annual Angelina Benefit Rodeo, which starts tonight

Santa Maria Times
http://www.santamariatimes.com/news/local/326bab7a-7099-11e0-8cfc-001cc4c03286.html
Rodeo parade entry forms due

FranklinDaily Journal
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/ea42e1197e23443f8e8044fcd3720fa4/WY--Bronc-Rider-Returns/
Champion bronc rider to get back in the saddle as coach at Wyoming Northwest College

Laughlin Times
http://www.laughlintimes.com/articles/2011/04/27/news/local/news991.txt
Bull riders shave heads to battle childhood cancer

Emmett Messenger Index
http://www.messenger-index.com/features/article_2fb81c5e-5fb6-11e0-bcdc-001cc4c002e0.html
Queen sought for Miss Rodeo Idaho

Torrington Telegram
http://www.torringtontelegram.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=6880&page=60
Lancer men fourth at Casper College Rodeo

Hermiston Herald
http://www.hermistonherald.com/sports/bulldoggin/article_2d82c4f2-70f5-11e0-93c9-001cc4c002e0.html
Bulldoggin'

Greenfield Reporter
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/1056027144ba4faebf6ad4bc83a95a47/MT--Miniature-Bull-Riding/
Drummond clinic lets boys learn rodeo riding with miniature bulls

BC Local News
http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/120739249.html
Chopaka Rodeo

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

Read about cousins Austin Meier and LJ Jenkins having relative success in the PBR.

Read about the upcoming Seattle BFTS event.

Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_4241be7f-aff4-58d4-9d05-d7546abd8305.html
Joe Kusek:  Clay Tryan right back at top

Santa Maria Times
http://www.santamariatimes.com/news/local/article_dfcf31ca-7098-11e0-baa0-001cc4c03286.html
Rodeo queen competition, kick-off dinner canceled

Cherokee Chronicle Times
http://www.chronicletimes.com/story/1721964.html
Barnes produces historic Atlantic City PRCA Rodeo

Orland Press Register
http://www.orland-press-register.com/news/rodeo-7224-stonyford-riding.html
Cowboys gather in Stonyford

Ramona Sentinel
http://www.ramonasentinel.com/article/News/News/Battaglia_Saenz_place_at_Lakeside_Rodeo/21914
Battaglia, Saenz place at Lakeside Rodeo

Santa Cruz Sentinel
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_17937868
County Fair approves rodeo study:  Board increases fair manager's pay

Quay County Sun
http://www.qcsunonline.com/sports/college-9256-rodeo-weekend.html
Rodeo team likely regional champs

Ogden Daily Herald
http://www.heraldextra.com/schools/don-dispatch/article_195c1c55-6adc-52bf-80e5-2bf7e7080f78.html
SFHS Rodeo Members Rank High in State

Tremonton Leader
http://www.tremontonleader.com/?p=13298
Rodeo draws state-wide competitors

Banning-Beaumont Patch
http://banning-beaumont.patch.com/articles/gay-rodeo-get-ready-for-goat-dressing#photo-5799191
Gay Rodeo:  Get Ready for Goat Dressing


Claremore couple bringing the world of video to rodeo

 

CLAREMORE, Okla. - Dawn and David Petty weren't really that interested in getting into the rodeo scoreboard business.

“Originally we got into it because we were trying to get a scoreboard for the Will Rogers Stampede," said Dawn Petty, a third-generation member of the volunteer committee that produces the Claremore rodeo. "It just turned into David jumping in and buying one, and with our understanding as a rodeo committee, the need to have this and at an affordable rate, we found our way into the scoreboard business."

"We know how difficult it is to come up with the sponsorship money to put on the rodeo year after year, but we also think having a scoreboard is necessary in this day and age. We're able to offer our services to other rodeo committees at a reasonable price."

But the payoff comes every Memorial Day weekend when the Pettys join other volunteers in producing one of the biggest events to hit Rogers County each year - David is the rodeo's chairman, and Dawn is the scoreboard operator .

            This year the Pettys are providing another dimension to fans that are itching for more visual input from an already outstanding show - a giant video board, which will be put on display during each of the three performance set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27-Sunday, May, 29.

            "We have a complete timing system and two professional video cameras," David Petty said. "This is about more than rodeo, but rodeo is the backbone of what we do. The video gives fans instant replays and clips, and it gives sponsors a way to send their message with commercials. It's something you want to see."

            Combined with the action of the Will Rogers Stampede, there's a lot packed into a weekend of rodeo.

            "Working this rodeo means the world to me," Dawn Petty said. "Claremore is my hometown, and both sides of my family were born and raised in Rogers County. For David and I to be on the road as much as we are, we count on our family a lot. I love that we can have the video board here for our family and friends to see. I think when they see it at this year's rodeo, they're really going to love it."

            The Pettys have had an LED board for several years, and for 2011, they upgraded to the video board. They still provide the LED board for those rodeos that wish to use it, but they expanded to the video screen in an effort to compete in a tough market. It also allows the Pettys to team with local businesses to have a family movie night.

            "We can show a highlight reel of what had happened previously, and if a committee wants to show highlight clips from other special events they do, we're able to help with that," Dawn Petty said. "There's a lot to learn with a new video board because it can just do so much more, and we can also provide our committees a lot more with video and instant replay."

            The Pettys work about 24 rodeos a year, including the Will Rogers Stampede, where both are heavily involved in the production of the annual event. They do it because they love the sport, something each has been associated with almost all of their lives.  

            "It's year-round, and we enjoy it," she said. "We love the people. It's like a giant extended family everywhere you go."

            That family is growing, and so is its fan base. Rodeo's quality family fun has existed for years, but the Pettys are tapping into ways to improve on the overall entertainment value with the video board.

            "The board brings so much more to the rodeo," Dawn Petty said. "It's great for the people who aren't everyday rodeo people, who might not know all the stars in our game. The scoreboard is able to connect the fans with the contestants when they can look at that profile and learn more about that athlete and watch the replay of the great animal athletes as well, it just helps put folks on the edge of their seats"

                       

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4/26/2011

Read about the CBR returning to GAC.

Vernal Express
http://www.vernal.com/stories/Dinosaur-Roundup-Rodeo-pageant-Saturday,1411649
Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo pageant Saturday

Corning Observer
http://www.corning-observer.com/news/rodeo-9641-corning-contestants.html
Rodeo queen contestants ride into Corning

Colusa Sun Herald
http://www.colusa-sun-herald.com/news/rodeo-6459-stonyford-riding.html
Stonyford Rodeo kicks off

Cochrane Eagle
http://www.cochraneeagle.com/2011/04/cochrane-classic-bullriding-set-to-ride-its-way-into-town/
Cochrane Classic bullriding set to ride it's way into town

Red Deer Advocate
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/news/Learning_the_ropes_at_Broncs_Rodeo_Academy_120485744.html
Learning the ropes at Broncs Rodeo Academy

Fort Worth Star Telegram
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/04/25/3025603/tarleton-men-women-hope-to-make.html
Tarleton men, women hope to make nationals

Read about Super Duty getting a second opinion.  Read about Renato Nunes decided to compete in Seattle.

Read the latest entry in the PBR blog.

Read about bareback rider Jake Vold's golden season being interrupted by injury.

KTVQ
http://www.ktvq.com/news/prca-steer-wrestler-killed-in-traffic-accident/
PRCA steer wrestler killed in traffic accident

KETK
http://www.ketknbc.com/news/rodeo-time-in-lufkin
Rodeo time in Lufkin

Calgary Herald
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/break+sidelines+Vold/4673410/story.html
Bad break sidelines Vold

Durant Daily Democrat
http://www.durantdemocrat.com/view/full_story/12929285/article-Southeastern-Rodeo-wraps-season-at-Panhandle-State?instance=secondary_sports_left_column
Southeastern Rodeo wraps season at Panhandle State

Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_7a60c3f5-223e-576b-9804-cef2fe1be822.html
Scoreboard:  College rodeo

Siskiyou Daily
http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/lifestyle/calendar/x128435437/Etnas-64th-annual-May-rodeo-is-Sunday
Etna's 64th annual May rodeo is Sunday

East Oregonian
http://www.eastoregonian.com/sports/prep_youth_sports/rodeo-team-finishes-strong/article_3da40408-702e-11e0-b812-001cc4c03286.html
Rodeo team finishes strong

Payson Roundup
http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2011/apr/26/ffa-host-first-fun-day-and-rodeo/
FFA to host first fun day and rodeo

4/25/2011

Read the latest entry in the Rank bull riding blog.

Read the latest updates from the WPRA.

Read the latest update from twisTEDrodeo.

American Cowboy
http://www.americancowboy.com/blogs/south-texas-cowboy/remembering-reagon-lynn-walker-prca-steer-wrestler
Remembering Reagon Lynn Walker, PRCA Steer Wrestler

Energetic City
http://www.energeticcity.ca/fortstjohn/news/04/24/11/miles-pennington-wins-bull-riding-event-dawson-creek
Miles Pennington wins bull riding event in Dawson Creek

Ravelli Republic
http://ravallirepublic.com/lifestyles/territory/article_fa31d32d-04fe-56db-9f55-54794aa7c8c2.html
Clinic, miniature bulls teach rodeo lessons to kids

News 14
http://triad.news14.com/content/local_news/coastal/640061/youngest-tornado-victims-get-time-at-rodeo-camp
Youngest tornado victims get time at rodeo camp

Drayton Valley Western Review
http://www.draytonvalleywesternreview.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3093751
Group wants to revitalize Lindale Rodeo Grounds

Read about some PBR riders trying to get back to the show.  Read about the end of Cord and Jet McCoy's Amazing Race.  Read another travel tale from Cord McCoy.

Read about which cowboys had a memorable weekend at the Clovis (California) Rodeo.  Read the latest news and notes from the PRCA.

Amarillo Globe News
http://amarillo.com/sports/sports-columnist/2011-04-25/hoffman-bull-rider-finds-winning-formula-vegas
Hoffman: Bull rider finds winning formula in Vegas

Fresno Bee
http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/24/2362813/big-crowds-spur-competitors-to.html
Big crowds spur cowboys as rodeo wraps up

KMPH
http://www.kmph.com/story/14505700/final-day-of-clovis-rodeo
Final Day of Clovis Rodeo

Porterville Recorder
http://www.recorderonline.com/news/springville-48572-sierra-time.html
Springville Sierra Rodeo - Exciting time for young, old

Lufkin Daily News
http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_c322f836-6eae-11e0-9c5d-001cc4c03286.html
It's rodeo time!  "Greatest Show on Dirt" starts Wednesday in Lufkin

Yuma Sun
http://www.yumasun.com/news/-69454--.html
Yuman reflects on being Miss Rodeo Arizona

WSIL
http://www.wsiltv.com/p/news_details.php?newsID=12985&type=local
3 Rivers Community College Gets Rodeo Program

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/04/25/3024084/wc-rodeo-competes-in-big-spring.html
WC rodeo competes in Big Spring

Drayton Valley Western Review
http://www.draytonvalleywesternreview.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3093753
High School Rodeo ready to ride

Twin Falls Times News
http://www.magicvalley.com/sports/high-school/article_d169f53c-6ef6-11e0-b246-001cc4c03286.html
Fox in early control of girls District V rodeo

Weekly Times Now
http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2011/04/25/323301_latest-news.html
Spills at the Omeo Rodeo

PR Newswire
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-rodeo-out-of-the-chute-in-china-120595284.html
American Rodeo Out of the Chute in China

4/24/2011

Read about the champions of the Buc Days Pro Rodeo in Corpus Christi.  Read about the passing of PRCA steer wrestler Reagon Walker.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

El Dorado News Times
http://www.eldoradonews.com/news/localnews/2011/04/23/local-native-cates-enjoys-successful-bul-19.php
Local native Cates enjoys successful bullriding career

Corpus Christi Caller Times
http://www.caller.com/news/2011/apr/23/no-headline---rodeo/?partner=RSS
Feild retains bareback title at Buc Days Rodeo

Clovis Independent
http://clovisindependent.com/2011/04/23/cost-of-being-a-cowboy-keeps-on-riding-up/
Cost of being a cowboy keeps on riding up

Fresno Bee
http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/23/2362028/horses-ready-for-big-bucks.html
Horses ready for big bucks
http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/22/2361116/young-mutton-busters-are-a-highlight.html
Young mutton busters are a highlight for crowd

KMPH
http://www.kmph.com/story/14503230/clovis-rodeo-parade
Clovis Rodeo Parade

Auburn Journal
http://auburnjournal.com/detail/177030.html?content_source=&category_id=2&search_filter=&user_id=&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&event_ts_to=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=1&sub_type=&town_id=
Riders go wild in the west

Brownwood Bulletin
http://www.brownwoodbulletin.com/news/local/article_01116e18-6e3a-11e0-b236-001cc4c002e0.html
Are you ready to rodeo?

North Escambia
http://www.northescambia.com/?p=51737
Jay Pro Rodeo Next Weekend

East Oregonian
http://www.eastoregonian.com/sports/massey-claims-title-in-rodeo/article_a9eef1e4-6e4a-11e0-b3cd-001cc4c002e0.html
Massey claims title in Rodeo 1

Prescott Daily Courier
http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=93056
Junior rodeos kick off busy season in the ring

WRDW
http://www.wrdw.com/news/headlines/Rodeo_in_Columbia_County_is_fun_for_a_good_cause_120558054.html?ref=054
Rodeo in Columbia County is fun for a good cause

Kaieteur News
http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/04/24/lethem-rodeo-more-fun-less-cruelty/
Lethem Rodeo:  more fun, less cruelty

Guyana Chronicle
http://www.guyanachronicleonline.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27452:local-vaqueros-out-to-manners-brazilian-counterparts&catid=4:top-story&Itemid=8
Local vaqueros out to "manners" Brazilian counterparts