5/14/2011

Read why Chad Ochocinco already knows why bull riding is a whole different ballgame.  Read the morning line for Day 2 of the Duluth BFTS.

See results from Rounds One and Two and the draw for Round Three of the Duluth BFTS event.

Read the PBR Press Release for Day One of the Duluth BFTS event  Read about Jordan Hupp's performance in Duluth.

Read the latest entry in the PBR blog.

Read the latest entry in the Rank bull riding blog.

USA Today
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/05/chad-ochocinco-pbr-bull-riding/1
Chad Ochocinco gets his first look at PBR bulls

NFL
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81fd34d3/article/ocho-seconds-ochocinco-not-so-sure-after-seeing-bulls
Ocho seconds?  Ochocinco not so sure after seeing bulls

Cincinnati.com
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/bengals/2011/05/14/chad-on-riding-bull-i-have-no-choice/
Chad on riding bull:  "I have no choice"

CBS St. Louis
http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2011/02/26/bull-riding-in-st-louis/
Bull Riding in St. Louis

Redding Record Searchlight
http://www.redding.com/news/2011/may/13/ropin-and-ridin-at-redding-rodeo/
Ropin' and ridin' at Redding Rodeo

Examiner
http://www.examiner.com/rodeo-in-las-vegas/kenyons-establish-dynasty-at-helldorado-days-locals-night
Kenyons establish dynasty at Helldorado Days Locals' Night

San Leandro Times
http://news.ebpublishing.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1244:chili-cook-off-and-parade-kick-off-a-week-of-rodeo-activities&catid=54:news&Itemid=128
Chili Cook-Off and Parade Kick Off a Week of Rodeo Activities

Corning Observer
http://www.corning-observer.com/news/rodeo-9756-queen-year.html
Queen, Little Miss crowned

KMPH
http://www.kmph.com/story/14635209/saddle-stolen-in-nebraska-found-9-years-later-in-fresno-county
Saddle Stolen in Nebraska Found 9 Years Later in Fresno County

Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/05/14/north-americas-best-rodeos/
North America's Best Rodeos

St. Albert Gazette
http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/20110514/SAG0302/305149991/-1/sag0302/rainmaker-rodeo-ready-to-make-hay
Rainmaker Rodeo ready to make hay

Daytona Beach News Journal
http://www.news-journalonline.com/sports/highschool/news/2011/05/14/fpc-freshman-brings-home-state-rodeo-title.html
FPC freshman brings home state rodeo title

5/13/2011

Read about the PBR partnering to raise $20,000 for the Red Cross.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

Read the latest updates from the WPRA.

My Fox Atlanta
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/good_day_atl/Road-Warrior%3A-Professional-Bull-Rider-Tour-20110513-gda-sd
Road Warrior:  Professional Bull Rider Tour

Seattle Times
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sidelinechatter/2015040217_chat13.html
Ochocinco might be better suited as the rodeo clown

Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_d49c7d6e-bd01-537e-823b-5468e53d6c53.html
Ochocinco to try bull riding
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_3c517173-1840-5c13-afab-c94b8b816f8c.html
Scoreboard:  Rodeo

San Angelo Standard Times
http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/may/12/forget-a-green-jacket-rodeo-has-a-dirty-jacket/
Forget a green jacket, rodeo has  Dirty Jacket

Redding Record Searchlight
http://www.redding.com/news/2011/may/12/rodeo-ash-cooper-rodeo-entertainer-artist-will-app/?partner=yahoo_feeds
Rodeo:  Ash Cooper:  Rodeo entertainer, artist will appear at Redding Rodeo

East Oregonian
http://www.eastoregonian.com/news/grilley-man-of-many-hats-enters-into-hof/article_9087ca62-7d92-11e0-86dc-001cc4c002e0.html
Grilley, man of many hats, enters into HOF

Fort Madison Daily Democrat
http://www.dailydem.com/articles/2011/05/13/news/news4.txt
This is her first (national finals college) rodeo

Corpus Christi Caller Times
http://entertainment.caller.com/?p=5419
Bulls By The Bay Bull Riding This Weekend

Graham Leader
http://www.grahamleader.com/index.asp?Story=22150
Jack County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo to kick off for 56th time June 2

Red Bluff Daily News
http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/news/ci_18058127
Red Bluff girl selected as Corning Jr. Rodeo Queen

Read the latest notes from the Duluth BFTS event.  Read the morning line for Day One of the Duluth BFTS event.

Dayton Daily News
http://www.daytondailynews.com/dayton-sports/cincinnati-bengals/ochocinco-prepares-to-ride-bull-saturday-1159376.html
Ochocinco prepares to ride bull Saturday

Gwinnett Daily Post
http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/entertainment/headlines/ROPES__REINS_Summervilles_Willingham_among_worlds__best_40_bull_riders_competing_at_the_Arena__121723499.html
Ropes and Reins:  Summerville's Willingham among world's best 40 bull riders competing at the Arena

Las Vegas Review Journal
http://www.lvrj.com/sports/wright-hopes-to-pad-midseason-lead-in-prca-at-helldorado-days-rodeo-121765584.html
Wright hopes to pad midseason lead in PRCA at Helldorado Days rodeo

Ramona Patch
http://ramona.patch.com/articles/ramona-rodeo-team-roping-practice-leads-up-to-rodeos-at-del-mar-and-ramona
Cowboys Practice for Ramona and Del Mar Rodeos

Lakewood Ranch Herald
http://www.bradenton.com/2011/05/13/3191983/out-in-myakka-youngsters-have.html
Out in Myakka, youngsters have their own rodeo


World champs part of the featured act at Claremore rodeo

 

CLAREMORE, Okla. - Trevor Brazile is a record-breaking world champion cowboy.

For folks in northeast Oklahoma, he's also one aspect of the record 564 entries at this year's Will Rogers Stampede, which will feature 26 world championships and dozens of qualifiers to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer roping.

"We've always had some of the greatest cowboys in the world come to Claremore," said David Petty, the rodeo's chairman. "I think we represent the best rodeo has to offer, and the fans will get to see that."

Brazile owns 14 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships and has earned nearly $4 million over a 15-year career. Last year alone, he won the team roping-heading, tie-down roping and all-around world championships, the second time in four years he collected the coveted Triple Crown, collecting a record $507,921. He's one of two cowboys in the history of the PRCA to have qualified for the national finals in all four roping disciplines - heading, heeling, calf roping and steer roping.

The Will Rogers Stampede will have three performances set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27-Sunday, May 29. Claremore will be the weekend home to some of the greatest cowboys and cowgirls going down the rodeo trail today.

"I think that's definitely the most entries we've ever had," said Bob Morton, the rodeo's co-chairman who has been part of the Will Rogers Roundup Club for more than 30 years. "It shows that this rodeo has enough respect from the contestants that they want to come here. We want to put on the best show in the area to try to differentiate from the many amateur rodeos right around here.

"The fans that come here will know right away they're seeing the best rodeo around."

While the performances take place over Memorial Day weekend, the competition actually begins Thursday, May 26, with non-performance competition known as slack - there will be more entrants into the timed events of the competition than will fit in one of the three performances, so the remainder of the contestants will make their runs throughout the day. The evening competition will feature tie-down roping and steer roping.

            "It provides opportunities for more contestants," Petty said. "Each contestant pays an entry fee in order to compete, and that fee goes into the prize money along with our committee purse. The more contestants in each event, the bigger the purse will be."

            And with a good number of world champions in the field, there is plenty of drama in the competition. Brazile, for example, owns a record eight all-around championships. In 2010, he surpassed roughstock legend Ty Murray, who earned his seventh all-around gold buckle in 1998.

            Brazile is joined by several other contestants who wear those coveted and elusive buckles, like two-time and reigning steer wrestling champion Dean Gorsuch, two-time barrel racing champion Brittany Pozzi and two-time reigning steer roping titlist Rocky Patterson.

            "We take a lot of pride in the rodeo we have, and I think the cowboys realize that," Morton said. "Of course, I think we have a lot of other good things with our rodeo. We've always believed in having pretty good contract acts, and we've got a great one this year."

            Jerry Wayne Olson has excelled as a specialty act since the day he broke out in ProRodeo in 1974. He and his horse, Justin Boots, perform a liberty horse act, and he also has a miniature horse act and does trick roping.

            "We had Jerry Wayne before when he was doing his buffalo act," Morton said. "In fact, his dad brought his buffalo here. They're both good showmen and good people."

            The overall atmosphere of the annual rodeo is about fun, something that is needed. Whether it's Gizmo McCracken clowning around or the fantastic athletic action inside Will Rogers Stampede Arena, there's plenty for every fan of every age to enjoy.

            "I don't think people can find better entertainment," Petty said. "The way the gas prices are, you don't have to go very far to find a lot of fun over Memorial Day weekend. It's right here in Claremore."

                       

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Bendele's sleight of hand makes for sweet sounds of rodeo

 

CLAREMORE, Okla. - When Benje Bendele clicks his fingers, something magical usually happens.

Ah, the life of the preeminent sound and effects man in ProRodeo. If it happens in the arena, the speakers rumble with a complementary sound. It's a split-second, a click and a style that has led the Texan to many of the biggest rodeos in North America.

"It's been a great ride," said Bendele, who has lent his talents the last nine years to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. "Rodeos have picked up this format. They've left the traditional brass bands, and they realize that this is another aspect of the performances."

And that's one of the reasons he will be a major player in the three performances of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

"This is a big deal for the Will Rogers Stampede to get the No. 1 sound guy in the business," rodeo chairman David Petty said. "I'm excited we were able to bring him to Claremore, because he adds so much to the show. The reason he's worked the NFR so many times is because he's simply the best."

The effects and music can't be choreographed, because the action doesn't allow it. But with split-second timing, Bendele finds the right music or right sound effect to bring together that excellent ride, fast time or explosive dismount.

"I think the thing I like about my career is being part of the way the rodeo is watched and taken in by rodeo fans and how that's changed in the last 10 years," he said. "It's changed drastically in the last five years. It's just the way sporting events in general are being seen, and we, in the rodeo business, have to keep up with that. I've been part of that, part of the goal in our sport.

"It's how our sport evolves."

That's something Bendele understands well. He started his rodeo career as a contestant, then followed his passion for the sport to the announcer's stand and on to the sound booth. Beginning at age 9, he competed in youth, high school and college rodeo as a team roper and tie-down roper. He even tried his hand at bull-riding, which lasted 15 seconds - five bulls at an average of three seconds each.

"It was then and there that I decided that bull riding was not for me," he said.

No matter. Bendele has used that experience and an insider's understanding of the extreme sport to stand out among his peers. Not only does he work the annual championship, but he's also been hired to produce sound for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Calgary Stampede, Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, Dodge City (Kan.) Round-Up Rodeo, and the tour finales in Dallas and Omaha, Neb., just to name a few.

He's also worked his way up the charts, so to speak, with ingenuity and hard work. In fact, he got the NFR job while working at a rodeo in Glens Falls, N.Y.

"I knew Shawn Davis, the general manager of the NFR, was looking for a music guy for the Dallas event, so I called him up from a little hotel room," Bendele said. "I'd set up all my equipment in this room, kind of a mini-studio, and when I called him, he asked, ‘What can you do for me?'

"So I put on a little show. By the end of the conversation, I was hired. I did the Dallas event, and at that point, they hired me for the NFR."

Bendele got his start 22 years ago when, at the age of 20, he fell into a job while accompanying his brother to a youth rodeo. There was no announcer available, so Bendele jumped in, and a career was born.

"I started announcing at that time," he said. "I worked a bunch of youth rodeos after that, then started working some open rodeos. I got tired of showing up to places where the sound wasn't good, so I bought a small sound system.

"I was getting called more for my sound, so in 2001, I made the decision to start focusing on the sound."

And even though his focus is on the sound, he has been voted by other announcers to serve as their representative on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's executive council. It's a position on the political side of the business he takes very seriously and has leaned on the assistance of others, including the late Clem McSpadden, a former statesman from Chelsea who was a legend in rodeo.

"I did ask advice from Clem, and he gave it honestly," Bendele said. "I had the chance to work with Clem in Dodge City, and I enjoyed working with him when I had the chance."

He's had plenty of enjoyable experiences, especially in the past 10 years. He recalls the days of not only hauling equipment into announcer's stands at rodeos all across this land, but hauling cassette tapes and CDs, too. Now all the effects and music are loaded on computers, and making updates is a regular part of his job.

"We have to keep up with technology," he said. "Digital is constantly changing. Now with the computer, it's at the touch of a button, and there's so much more of a variety to have."

And whether it's a snippet from a hip hop song or brass trumpets or the moans of a crowd, there is a defined marriage between the action in the arena and the sounds that accompany it. Bendele has orchestrated the ceremony countless time, perfecting it, even. That's just one of the many reasons he will be in Claremore for the Will Rogers Stampede.

 

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5/12/2011

Read about the return of Gangster to the PBR.  Read more about Ochocinco's matchup with Deja Blu.

Read about the CBR's Mahindra Texas Swing.

Read the latest entry in the Rank bull riding blog.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

USA Today
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/05/nfl-chad-ochocinco-bengals-bullriding/1?csp=34sports
PBR on challenging Chad Ochocinco:  We'll see if he's got the guts' to ride
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/05/chad-ochocinco-continues-flirtation-with-professional-bull-riders/1
Chad Ochocinco continues flirtation with Professional Bull Riders

East Oregonian
http://www.eastoregonian.com/sports/shivers-gets-back-in-winner-s-circle/article_0e0e89b2-7cd0-11e0-abe3-001cc4c002e0.html
Shivers Gets Back in Winner's Circle

Spokane Spokesman Review
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/may/11/bengals-receiver-ochocinco-takes-on-bull-riding/
Bengals receiver Ochocinco takes on bull riding

Claremore Daily Progress
http://claremoreprogress.com/sports/x123361578/McCracken-brings-split-personality-to-Stampede
McCracken brings split personality to Stampede

KTVQ
http://www.ktvq.com/news/brazile-completes-his-own-guymon-slam-/
Brazile completes his own "Guymon Slam"

Las Vegas Review Journal
http://www.lvrj.com/neon/helldorado-days-to-feature-rodeo-parade-and-family-fun-121717553.html
Helldorado Days to feature rodeo, parade and family fun

San Jose Mercury News
http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_18051089?nclick_check=1
Chili contest, Castro Valley parade kick off Rowell Ranch Rodeo events

Cloverdale Reporter
http://www.bclocalnews.com/surrey_area/cloverdalereporter/community/121722198.html
Your Rodeo Week Guide - Cloverdale's downtown events

Pratt Tribune
http://www.pratttribune.com/news/education/x1539861800/Barrel-racing-event-raises-money-for-PCC-rodeo-team
Barrel racing event raises money for PCC rodeo team

Bowling Green Daily News
http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/05/12/features/features5.txt
Rodeo on Friday in Smiths Grove

Red Bluff Daily News
http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/news/ci_18050161
Corning Jr. Rodeo kicks off

Read about Chad Ochocinco accepting the PBR's challenge to ride a bull.  Read about the PBR invading Gwinnett Center.  Read the Des Moines stock report.

Read the latest entry in the PBR blog.

USA Today
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/05/chad-ochocinco-will-get-tutorial-before-trying-bullriding-challenge/1
Chad Ochocinco will get tutorial before trying bullriding challenge

Kalispell Daily Interlake
http://www.dailyinterlake.com/sports/local_montana/article_80e0245e-7c4f-11e0-9a61-001cc4c002e0.html
Triplett cashing in on bull circuit

Lubbock Avalanche Journal
http://lubbockonline.com/sports-columnists/2011-05-11/hoffman-pioneer-days-rodeo-has-four-years8217-tradition-winner
Hoffman:  Pioneer Days Rodeo has four years' tradition on the winner

Prescott Daily Courier
http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=93688
Design students suggest "regenerative" uses for Prescott Rodeo Grounds

Edmonton Journal
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/River+City+Roundup+seen+really+country/4768964/story.html
River City Roundup seen as way to really go country

The Surrey Now
http://www.thenownewspaper.com/entertainment/rocking+this+year+rodeo+Surrey/4771158/story.html
Who's rocking this year's rodeo in Surrey

Prescott eNews
http://www.prescottenews.com/home/item/18183-why-not-bring-the-rodeo-to-afghanistan
Why not bring the rodeo to Afghanistan

Athens News Courier
http://enewscourier.com/local/x123360832/Blakely-Tornadoes-wont-affect-Sheriffs-Rodeo-plans
Blakely:  Tornadoes won't affect Sheriff's Rodeo plans

Lusk Herald
http://www.luskherald.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&page=77&story_id=1791
Time to Cowboy Up for the Spring Rodeo Season

5/11/2011

Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn-8451915
PBR President Sean Gleason offers challenge to NFL's Chad Ochocinco

Duncan Banner
http://duncanbanner.com/local/x2023607351/Rodeo-spurs-economic-growth
Rodeo spurs economic growth

Redding Record Searchlight
http://www.redding.com/news/2011/may/09/rodeo-a-study-in-americana/?partner=yahoo_feeds
Rodeo:  a study in Americana

KSNV
http://www.mynews3.com/calendar.php?id=5379&eventid=8261
Annual Las Vegas Helldorado Days Celebration May 11-15

Humboldt Beacon
http://www.humboldtbeacon.com/news/ci_18043010?source=rss
Fortuna Rodeo Grand Marshals selected Roy and Laurada Curless to officiate annual parade
http://www.humboldtbeacon.com/news/ci_18043025?source=rss
Fortuna artist creates 2011 Fortuna Rodeo poster inspiration comes from studying rodeo memorabilia

AZ Journal
http://www.azjournal.com/2011/05/11/snowflake-pioneer-days-rodeo-queen-contest-is-on/
Snowflake Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Contest Is On

Invermere Valley Echo
http://www.bclocalnews.com/kootenay_rockies/invermerevalleyecho/community/121530529.html
Bull riding gets a new name

See the Round One 'for the Atlanta (Duluth, GA) BFTS event.

Read about the PBR adding an extra BFTS event in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Read why the USA feels like home to Silvano Alves.

See early results from recent PRCA events.

Read about the CBR's Palace Station Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge Finalists.

Read the latest entry in the Rank bull riding blog.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

USA Today
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/05/pro-bull-riders-challenge-chad-ochocinco-to-back-up-his-bravado/1
Pro Bull Riders challenge Chad Ochocinco to back up his bravado

Bleacher Report
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/697224-ocho-rodeo-the-latest-on-the-cincinnati-bengals-wr-chad-ochocinco
Chad Ochocinco:  Cincinnati Bengals Receiver Wants To Ride Bulls

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/05/10/3065002/azle-cowboys-joins-dirty-jacket.html
Azle cowboys joins Dirty Jacket 87 club

Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_5efe25e0-3433-53ee-9420-253cb0d7c5d6.html
Coaching has been learning experience for Mortensen
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_8c2e1257-325c-5e55-8500-6becfe986292.html
Scoreboard:  Rodeo

Ramona Patch
http://ramona.patch.com/articles/sarah-baughman-is-senior-rodeo-queen
Sarah Baughman is Senior Rodeo Queen

Castro Valley Patch
http://castrovalley.patch.com/articles/who-was-harry-rowell#photo-5983641
Who Was Harry Rowell?

Tonganoxie Mirror
http://www.tonganoxiemirror.com/news/2011/may/10/abdallah-shrine-rodeo-returning-leavenworth-county/
Abdallah Shrine Rodeo returning to Leavenworth County Fairgrounds

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/sports/bobcats/article_28646d9c-7b8e-11e0-b224-001cc4c002e0.html
Bobcat rodeo teams clinch regional titles, CNFR next

Idaho Mountain Express
http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005136585
Hailey Rodeo project on schedule
http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005136556
High school rodeo in Carey this weekend

Lake County News
http://lakeconews.com/content/view/19666/926/
Lake County Rodeo Association gets ready for May 14 barbecue, dance

Arizona Republic
http://www.azcentral.com/community/ahwatukee/articles/2011/05/10/20110510ahwatukee-roundup-ahwatukee-girl-miss-teen-rodeo-arizona.html
Ahwatukee girl is Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona

Butte County Post
http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/buttecountypost/sports/article_a6b212e0-7c05-11e0-b8a2-001cc4c002e0.html
Northern Little Britches ride for regional rodeo

Madisonville Meteor
http://www.madisonvillemeteor.com/news/article_fe6873be-7bea-11e0-b383-001cc4c03286.html
Glover Family Rodeo returns

Alva Review Courier
http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=348&NewsID=999899&CategoryID=7227&show=localnews&om=1
Cherokee Rodeo to benefit working cowboy crisis fund

Corning Observer
http://www.corning-observer.com/news/rodeo-9726-roping-queen.html
Jr. Rodeo rides into town


McCracken brings split personality to Claremore rodeo

 

CLAREMORE, Okla. - Dale McCracken has multiple personalities, but it's not a disorder.

            It's quite the opposite, really. Like a superhero donning his cape, McCracken covers his face with greasepaint and enters the world of his alter-ego, Gizmo, the funnyman/barrelman who has entertained rodeo crowds for much of his life. It's as if Dale drives and Gizmo does all the work, but it works well for McCracken.

            "The guy that wears the makeup gets paid better, that's for sure," said McCracken, who will be one of the featured acts at the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27-Sunday, May 29, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena. "The name came along several years ago. I worked on a music show in Branson (Mo.) for about eight years, and there you've got to have a stage name.

            "So with all the gizmos and gadgets I had, they came up with the name, "Gizmo, the Ozarks Greatest Inventor. So instead of selling a particular act, I sell a character."

            That character carries on several personas, but they're all comedic. His entertainment includes the Buchin Ambulance, Gizmo's Sir-rink-in Machine, Mustang Sally, Chicken Rocket and a golf act. During much of the rodeo, he'll do what is called the "walk and talk," sharing his comedy with the audiences each night of the three-performance rodeo.

            "We've got a lot of stuff planned for Claremore," said McCracken, still referring, possibly, to his multiple personalities. "It's been awhile since we've been there, but we've got a lot of friends and fans there. It's always good to go to a rodeo where you see a bunch of fans.

            "The big thing we do is the ‘walk and talk,' and we work it from the hello to the end. I'll bring out a lot of characters throughout the rodeo, because I think if you come for more than one night, you should see the different characters."

            McCracken joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1992 and has earned several honors in that time: he's worked several PRCA circuit championships and has been a nominee for the association's Comedy Act of the Year. Five times, he's been named the ACRA Clown of the Year and has worked the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, quite possibly the most prestigious regular-season rodeo in the country.

            "Probably the hardest part of the job is just leaving the house," said McCracken, who lives in Wheaton, Mo. "You need to read the crowd, and we change our stuff up to blend in. If the crowd is a rowdy bunch, then you have to work a little faster. If the crowd's laid back, then we'll slow it down a little."

            At each rodeo, there are a variety of duties for McCracken. As a comedian, he will interact with the crowd throughout each performance and put on skits that tend to leave fans in stitches. During bull riding, he continues to provide comedic relief as well as a necessary tool for the bull riders, bullfighters and others that are in the arena.

            "First of all when I'm in the barrel, my best friend is Jesus, and my second best friend is the barrel," he said. "It's your safe haven there a lot. It also has its important part for cowboys and bullfighters to use, a place for them to go in the arena if they're in a bind. That barrel is like that one tree out in the middle of the desert that gives you a little protection."

            And it's also a heavy object with which some of the feistier bucking beasts love to play. So what's it like for McCracken to be hit with that much force?

            "It's like getting into an aluminum trashcan and put into the back of a pickup going down the road at 35 miles per hour," he said. "Then when you get up to speed, you have your buddy throw you out of the pickup, and you just bounce along down the road.

            "The first time they hit you, it's like a carnival ride. Then they hit you again, and it's more like a car accident that turns into a carnival ride. It's a pretty exciting tilt-o-whirl."

            So is McCracken's life as a rodeo clown. He spends many weeks on the road, working events in several states, but he loves what he does. He enjoys the crowds and the excitement that comes with rodeo, and loves to see the smiles and hear the laughter.

            "I really enjoy seeing people have a good time," McCracken said. "Maybe there's a guy that's had it pretty rough, is struggling some. If we can just get him to the rodeo and use our last American heritage sport to help him forget his troubles, then he's had a good night, and we, as a rodeo, have had a good night, too. Laughter is pretty good medicine, and the way things are right now, everybody needs a shot."

 

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5/10/2011

Read why the gateman is one of the most important people in the PBR.

Read about Trevor Brazile's "Grand Slam" in Guymon.  Read about tie-down roper Mike Johnson's progress in rehab.  Read the latest news and notes from the PRCA.

Read the latest update from Rob Smets.

Read the latest entry in the Rank bull riding blog.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

Read the latest updates from the WPRA.

Las Vegas Review Journal
http://www.lvrj.com/view/helldorado-parade-rodeo-links-las-vegas-to-its-past-121574424.html?ref=424
Helldorado parade, rodeo links Las Vegas to its past

Redding Record Searchlight
http://www.redding.com/news/2011/may/09/rodeo-a-study-in-americana/
Rodeo:  A study in Americana

KVLY
http://www.valleynewslive.com/story/14603787/another-blow-to-west-fargo-rodeo-family
Another Blow to West Fargo Rodeo Family

Folsom Telegraph
http://folsomtelegraph.com/detail/178258.html
Never too early to get ready for rodeo

Calgary Herald
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Kelts+puts+vote+Pedro/4755306/story.html
Kelts puts in his vote for Pedro

Liberty Vindicator
http://www.thevindicator.com/history/article_fba57ffc-7b2a-11e0-9b2d-001cc4c002e0.html
History of the Dayton FFA Livestock Show, Rodeo

KTVQ
http://www.ktvq.com/news/mcc-competes-in-year-s-final-rodeo/
MCC competes in year's final Rodeo

Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_86e960d8-19bc-5e5c-9929-b0bfd9f01752.html
Scoreboard:  College rodeo

Clovis News Journal
http://www.cnjonline.com/news/whether-43268-officials-returning.html
Officials unsure whether rodeo returning

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/05/10/3064365/ride-em-cowboy.html
Ride 'em cowboy!

Centre Daily Times
http://www.centredaily.com/2011/05/10/2701296/in-brief.html
Rodeo to benefit Tyrone school


Grover shares passion, voice with Will Rogers Stampede

 

CLAREMORE, Okla. - No matter where he is or what he's doing, Scott Grover will always look upon the Will Rogers Stampede Arena with great fondness.

"I tell everyone that this is the first ProRodeo I ever announced," said Grover, a Kansan by birth but an Oklahoman by his relationship with the Claremore rodeo, which rolls into town from Friday, May 29-Sunday, May 29, and will feature some of the greatest names in the game.

"I think what makes this rodeo so good is the history behind it. You think about the people that have been through tat place in its time. The people associated with the rodeo try to keep the old-time history alive there. And knowing that Clem McSpadden was part of that place for so long is very special to a lot of people."

As the announcer, it's Grover's job to pass along the historical tidbits, mixing them with the action that features the brightest stars in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association. It's part of the entertainment package that is the Will Rogers Stampede.

And just like every other year, the folks in Claremore are expecting a who's who of the sport's greatest athletes, filled chock full of cowboys and cowgirls donning the trophy gold buckles given only to world champions.

"That rodeo draws the top guys for several reasons," said Grover, who enters his sixth year calling the action. "Part of it is the time of the year that gets a great group of cowboys, but the bigger reason is probably hospitality and quality livestock. "Those two things make a cowboy remember a rodeo and draws them back. It's not all about how much money they won there."   

Grover spits out facts like Google for the Will Rogers Stampede. He knows the venue, the town and the history well, something he got in his first four years of announcing the event with one of the legends in the sport, the late McSpadden.

            "Clem was the legend, if you ask me," he said of the Oklahoma icon that was born in Rogers County and called this part of the country home for almost all his life. McSpadden's wife, Donna, still lives in their Chelsea, Okla., home and carries on the legacy of the lawmaker, statesman and one of the greatest names associated with the sport of rodeo.

            "Clem and Donna were always so good to me," Grover said. "When I came in here, I didn't now anything. It was my first year in ProRodeo, and I was nervous as you can be. Clem and Donna always treated me well and taught me so much. The weekend of the rodeo is always a special weekend for me."

            Even after Clem McSpadden died in July 2008, those memories and that support system are a big part of who Grover is to this day and why he considers the Will Rogers Stampede such a special event. It's not a bad life for a lifelong rodeo fan that got into this business because he spoke his mind at an event he went to while a sophomore in college at Beatrice, Neb.

            "More or less, I told this lady at the barn that I could do just as good a job as the guy they hired," he said. "She called me one night and told me to put up or shut up and be there at 11 o'clock the next morning. I kind of smarted off and earned a career, and I wasn't even 21 yet."

            Grover graduated from North Central High School in Morrowville, Kan., before attending Southeast Community College in Nebraska. He then transferred to Kansas State University, was part of the rodeo club but didn't compete.

            Still, the passion for rodeo that he developed as a young child followed him into his career. After a few years teaching agriculture in high school, he set out to make rodeo his business, chasing his dreams like any other cowboy in the business. While some rope or wrestle or ride, Grover uses his eloquent voice.

            "I think there's a thrill," said Grover, who said his sponsorship with Purina and United Country Realty has helped him in chasing his dreams. "I'm more comfortable behind the microphone in full coliseum than I am in a one-on-one situation. You get the excitement of the crowd. I like taking people to almost screaming their heads off to almost tears to right back to screaming again. I think it's the thrill of control, in a way.

            "And, yeah, I feed off the crowd. It's a lot easier when you've got a crowd that's with you."

            Grover, 33, lives in Weston, Mo., and for the past four years, he's been one of the lead announcers at the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo and has also called the action for the, the Professional Bull Riders, the Championship Bull Riding and the World's Toughest Bulls and Broncs tours.

            "I think what drew me to rodeo when I was younger was the animals and the bigger-than-life cowboys," he said. "What keeps me coming back are the people who are involved in the sport."

                       

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Guymon winners get wrapped up in Carr's Dirty Jacket

 

GUYMON, Okla. - The Masters has the green jacket. Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo has Carr Pro Rodeo's Dirty Jacket.

Either way, it's a winning combination. Charl Schwartzel earned the green jacket at Augusta National Golf Course in April; Matt Bright and Dirty Jacket danced across the Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena dirt Sunday, May 8, to win the 79th edition of the Guymon rodeo and more than $2,700. It was the fourth straight year cowboys have won bareback riding at this rodeo on Dirty Jacket.

"That's an awesome horse," said Bright of Azle, Texas, a qualifier to the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. "As many years as I've been coming to Guymon, they've won that rodeo on that horse. That's one of the best horses in the world."

Dirty Jacket is owned by the Dallas-based livestock firm, the primary stock provider in Guymon. The 7-year-old bay gelding has been to the NFR each of the past two seasons.

"It's the match-up that makes the difference," said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo. "You've got a horse from the 10th round of the National Finals Rodeo, the TV pen, and you've got one of the top 15 cowboys in the world, an NFR qualifier.

"It's supposed to be good."

There were a lot of great rides and phenomenal bucking action over the four performances in the region once known as No Man's Land. In bareback riding, for example, the top eight placers included seven NFR qualifiers. Results were similar in every event, from Louie Brunson's hat-whipping and winning ride in saddle bronc riding to Seth Glause's spinning victory in bull riding.

 "This arena is a good setup," said Carr, who solicited four other stock contractors to bring their best bucking animals. "It's a sideways delivery, and there's a lot of room for everything to circle around.

"It also draws the best cowboys in the country, so that makes a lot of difference in what happens here, too."

Pioneer Days Rodeo has been recognized as one of the best events in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is an annual stop for the very best ProRodeo has to offer. But having great animals on which to compete is a major drawing card for the cowboys who make their livings riding bucking beasts.

"Pete's got a ton of good horses," Bright said. "When you go to one of his rodeos, it doesn't matter what horse you have to get on, you have a chance to win, for sure.

"Right before the rodeo, I talked to Pete Carr's livestock superintendent, John Gwatney, and he reminded me that a lot of guys get strung out on that horse because he just keeps getting stronger. He said I just need to keep going, ride all the way through the whistle. So I was just focused on that, and I think that helped as much as anything."

Fourteen-time world champion Trevor Brazile, who won his record-setting eighth all-around championship in 2010, won the Guymon all-around title and pulled off a mini-Triple Crown - he also won the steer roping and team roping (with two-time world champion heeler Patrick Smith) to collect more than $14,000.

"Guymon has always been a great rodeo that wants to make things better for the cowboys," Carr said. "I like being associated with people who have that mentality because I think we can really do some great things. We had great crowds all four performances, and the fans got to see a great rodeo."

GUYMON PIONEER DAYS RODEO
HENRY C. HITCH PIONEER ARENA
FINAL RESULTS


BAREBACK RIDING
1. Matt Bright, 87 points on Carr Pro Rodeo's Dirty Jacket, $2,708; 2. Will Lowe, 86 points on Powder River Rodeo's Show Boat, $2,076; 3.Heath Ford, 84 on Carr's Grass Dancer, $1,534; 4. Tilden Hooper on Carr's Island Girl, Joe Gunderson on Grass Dancer, Whitten Hoover on Carr's Deuces Night and Steven Peebles on Frontier Rodeo's Night Flight, 83, $609; 8. Bill Tutor, 82 points on D&H Cattle's Big Prize, $271.

 

TEAM ROPING
First round:
1. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 6.2 seconds, $1,823; 2. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 6.3, $1,585; 3. Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 6.4, $1,348; 4. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 6.5, $1,110; 5. Charles Pogue, Ringling, Okla./Jett Hillman, Jones, Okla., 6.6, $872; 6. Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D./Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas, 6.8, $634; 7. Arky Rogers, Lake City, Fla./York Gill, Stephenville, Texas, 7.0, $396; 8. Adam Rose, Willard, Mo./Shawn Harris, Searcy, Ark., 7.1, $159.
Second round:
1. Cody Doescher/Garrett Tonozzi, 6.0 seconds, $1,823 each; 2. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.2, $1,585; 3. Bryce Palmer/Garrett Jess, 6.4, $1,348; 4. Cole Cooper/Jay McClain, 6.7, $1,110; 5. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 6.9, $872; 6. (tie) Jake Barnes/Walt Woodard, Tyler Schnaufer/Josh Fillmore and A.J. Horton/Kyle Horton, 7.0, $396 each.
Third round
: 1. Caleb Mitchell/Camish Jennings, 6.5 seconds, $1,823; 2. Chris Lawson/Justin Hendrick, 6.6, $1,585; 3. Jess Tierney/Paul David Tierney, 6.9, $1,348; 4. Turtle Powell/Jhett Johnson and Arky Rogers/York Gill, 7.2, $991; 6. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 7.3, $634; 7. Justin Yost/Kyle Crick and Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, 7.5, $277.
Average: 1. Brazile/Smith, 21.9 on three runs, $2,735; 2. Charles Pogue/Jett Hillman, 22.2, $2,378; 3. Brandon Beers/Jim Ross Cooper, 23.9, $2,021; 4. Mitchell/Jennings, $1,665; 5. Nick Sartain/Collin von Ahn, 24.5, $1,308; 6. Horner/Johnson, 25.7, $951; 7. Powell/Johnson, 26.3, $594; 8. Barnes/Woodard, 26.5, $238.

 

STEER ROPING
First round:
1. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., 11.8 seconds, $2,015: 2. Buster Record Jr., Buffalo, Okla., 12.0, $1,667; 3. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., and Lawson Plemons, Axtell, Okla., 12.1; $1,146; 5. J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 12.2, $625; 6. Marty Jones, Hobbs, N.M., 12.4, $347.
Second round: 1. Shay Good, Midland, Texas, 10.9 seconds, $2,015; 2. Riley Christopher, Clarksville, Texas, 11.5, $1,667; 3. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 11.7, $1,320; 4. Trey Wallace, George West, Texas, 11.8, $973; 5. J. Tom Fischer, Andrews, Texas, 12.0, $625; 6. Jeff Wheelis, Goliad, Texas, 12.2, $347.

Third round: 1. J. Paul Williams, Burbank, Okla., 10.1, $2,015; 2. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 10.2, $1,667; 3. Shandon Stalls, McLean, Texas, 10.6, $1,320; 4. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., and J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 10.8, $799; 6. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 10.8, $347.

Fourth round: 1. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 9.7, $2,015; 2. Lawson Plemons, Axtell, Texas, 10.1, $1,667; 3. Tyler Mayse, Ponca City, Okla, 10.7, $1,320; 4. Neal Wood, Needville, Texas, and Jeff Wheelis, Goliad, Texas, 11.3, $799; 6. Jay Sellers, Waurika, Okla., and J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 11.4, $174.

Fifth round: 1. Shay Good, 11.4 seconds, 2,015; 2. Tony Reina, 13.3, $1,667; 3. Mike Chase, 14.3, $1,320; 4. Trevor Brazile and Buster Record Jr., 14.6, $799; 5. Jimmie Cooper, 15.5, $347.
Average: Brazile, 70.2 on five runs, $6,043; 2. Cody Lee, 76.0, $5,002; 3. Clint Singleton, 78.2, $3,960; 4. Good, 83.3, $2,918; 5. Chris Glover, 89.4, $1,876; 6. Kim Ziegelgruber, 53.0 on four, $1,042.

 

SADDLE BRONC RIDING
1. Louie Brunson, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo Co.'s Let 'Er Rip, $2,725; 2. Taos Muncy, 86 on Korkow Rodeo's River Rat, $2,089; 3. Hardy Braden, 85 on Frontier Rodeo's Griz, $1,544; 4. Bradley Harter, 83 on Powder River Rodeo's Rustlers Room, $999; 5. Luke Butterfield on Carr Pro Rodeo's Empty Pockets and Isaac Diaz on Powder River's Cut Above, 82, $545; 7. Jeff Willert, 81 on D&H Cattle's Black Sheep, $369; 8. Travis Sheets on Korkow's Paint Chip, Brady Bolton on Korkow's Vanilla Twist, Jesse Bail on Carr's Deuces Wild, Chuck Schmidt on Powder River's Double Take and Jace Garrett on Ginger Snap, 80, $54.

 

STEER WRESTLING
First round:
1. Lee Graves, Calgary, Alberta, 3.6 seconds, $1,812; 2. Jason Lahr, Stephenville, Texas, 3.7, $1,500; 3. Gabe LeDoux, Kaplan, La., 3.9, $1,187; 4. Shane Henderson, Winfield, Kan., 4.0, $875; 5. Jarrett Rasmussen, Valentine, Neb., Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla., and Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D., 4.6, $292.
Second round:
1. Josh Peek, 3.8 seconds, $1,812; 2. (tie) Wade Sumpter and Jason Miller, 3.9, $1,344 each; 4. Dean Gorsuch, 4.0, $875; 5. (tie) Beau Clark, Stockton Graves and Cole Edge, 4.1, $292 each.
Third round:
1. Chad van Campen, 3.5, $1,812; 2. Ronnie Fields, 3.6, $1,500; 3. Matt Reeves, 3.8, $1,187; 4. Gabe Ledoux, 3.9, $875; 5. Zack Cobb, 4.4, $562; 6. Mickey Gee and Dru Melvin, 4.5, $156.
Average: 1. van Campen, 13.4, $2,718; 2. Ledoux, 13.6, $2,250; 3. Todd Suhn, 14.4, $1,780; 4. Cobb and Jason Lahr, 14.5, $1,078; 6. Mickey Gee, 14.6, $468.

 

TIE-DOWN ROPING
First round:
1. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas, 8.2 seconds, $1,941; 2. Clif Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 8.4, $1,806; 3. Clint Singleton, Medina, Texas, 8.5, $1,272; 4. Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., and Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, Okla., 8.6, $770; 6. Clay Cerny, Brazoria, Texas, and Cody Prescott, Jay, Fla., 8.8, $167.
Second round:
1. Trevor Brazile, 7.6 seconds, $1,941; 2. Tuf Cooper, 7.7, $1,606; 3. (tie) Justin Maass and Brice Ingo, 7.8, $1,104 each; 5. Jerome Schneeberger, 7.9, $602; 6. Jeremiah Peek, 8.1, $335.
Third round:
1. Hunter Herrin, 7.0, $1,941; 2. Trent Creager, 8.0, $1,606; 3. Stetson Vest and Jim Locke, 8.7, $1,104; 5. Jeremiah Peek and Jim Ross Cooper, 8.8,. $468.
Average: 1. Schneeberger, 25.9, $2,911; 2. Hunter Herrin, 26.2, $2,409; 3. Cole Dorenkamp, 27.1, $1,907; 4. Jeremiah Peek, 27.3, $1,405; 5. Trent Creager, 27.9, $903; 6. Paul David Tierney, 29.2, $502.  

 

BARREL RACING
First round:
1. Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 17.38 seconds, $1,258; 2. Susan Kay Smith, Hodgen, Okla., 17.44, $1,078; 3. Tana Renick, Kingston, Okla., 17.47, $898; 4. Jeanne Anderson, White City, Kan., 17.49, $778; 5. Delores Toole, Manter, Kan., 17.50, $599; 6. Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Albertas, 17.57, $479; 7. Michelle Alley, Whitewood, S.D., 17.59, $359; 8. Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M., 17.60, $240; 9. Jodi Ray, Heavener, Okla., 17.61, $180; 10. Tara Timms, Leedy, Okla., and Stacey Barrington, Lubbock, Texas, 17.63, $60.
Second round:
1. Kim Schulze, 17.20 seconds, $1,258; 2. Kassidy Dennison, 17.24, $17,27; 3. Carlee Pierce, 17.29, $898; 4. Alicia Stockton, 17.34, $778; 5. Mary Burger, 17.45, $499; 6. Tara Timms, 17.60, $479; 7. Diane Axmann, 17.61, $359; 8. Morgan Figueroa, 17.62, $240; 9. Tana Renick, 17.65, $180; 10. Stacey Barrington, 17.70, $120.
Average: 1. Dennison, 34.65 on two runs, $1,258; 2. Schultze, 34.86, $1,078; 3. Renick, 35.12, $898; 4. Timms, 35.23, $778; 5. Barrington, 35.33, $599; 6. Figueroa, 35.35, $4,79; 7. Jodi Ray and Delores Toole, 35.42, $299; 9. Axmann, 35.44, $179; 10. P.J. Burger, 35.46, $120.

 

BULL RIDING
1. Seth Glause, 85 points on Powder River Rodeo's Hustlin', $3,193; 2. Tyler Willis, 84 on Korkow Rodeo's Final Curtain, $2,447; 3. Steve Woolsey, 83 on Carr Pro Rodeo's Kickapoo Warrior, $1,809; 4. Dillon Tyner on Carr's Roll The Dice and Rankin Lindsey on Carr's Fletch, 81, $958; 6. Nathan Klassen on Carr's Jo Jo, Jeff Askey on Carr's Fireplug and Corey Atwell on Fletch, 80, $426.

 

ALL-AROUND

1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, $14,085.

 

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5/9/2011

Read the final word on the Des Moines BFTS event.  Read some behind-the-chutes information from Des Moines.

Read the latest entry in the PBR blog.

Read what it took to win at the Guymon Rodeo.  Read about Billy Bugenig making a move on the steer wrestling lead.  Read the latest entry in Bobby Mote's blog.

See early results from recent PRCA events.

Read about JW Harris claiming the win at the CBR's George Paul Memorial in Del Rio, Texas.

Amarillo Globe News
http://amarillo.com/sports/sports-columnist/2011-05-09/surprise-brazile-cashes
Surprise:  Brazile cashes in
http://amarillo.com/sports/sports-columnist/2011-05-08/texas-tech-womens-team-advances
Texas Tech women's team advances

A News Cafe
http://anewscafe.com/2011/05/05/saddle-up-for-redding-rodeo-week-with-the-asphalt-cowboys/
Saddle Up for Redding Rodeo Week with the Asphalt Cowboys

Visalia Times-Delta
http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20110509/NEWS01/105090310/Woodlake-rodeo-draws-hundreds-enthusiasts
Woodlake rodeo draws hundreds of enthusiasts

KPAX
http://www.kpax.com/news/um-spring-rodeo-in-the-books/
UM Spring Rodeo in the books

Whittier Daily News
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_18023217
Youths show rodeo skills at Industry Hills Expo Center

Twin Falls Times News
http://www.magicvalley.com/sports/high-school/article_35222b04-79f5-11e0-bb91-001cc4c03286.html
Rookies and veterans alike shine at high school rodeo in Shoshone

Dodge City Globe
http://www.dodgeglobe.com/slideshows/x173164028/Saddle-Up
Saddle Up

Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/987950--buckin-broncos-in-the-people-s-republic
Buckin' broncos in the People's Republic

5/8/2011

See complete results for the Des Moines BFTS event.

Read the PBR Press Release for the Des Moines BFTS event.  Read more about Chris Shivers' win in Des Moines.  Read about Mandalay Bay being named the official host hotel for the PBR World Finals.  Read why JB Mauney and Travis Briscoe have new reasons to turn up the effort.

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

See the updated PBR 90-Point Club.

Read about the second performance of Guymon Pioneer Days.  Read about the third performance of Guymon Pioneer Days.

See early results from recent PRCA events.

Read Tuff Hedeman's matchups for day two of the George Paul Memorial.

Read the latest udpates from twisTEDrodeo.

Halifax Chronicle Herald
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1242207.html
Riders face a lot of bull

Houston Chronicle
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7555185.html
Emmett Evans, longtime rodeo "gateman", dead at 76

Duncan Banner
http://duncanbanner.com/sports/x1440317299/Duncan-hosts-annual-rodeo
Duncan hosts annual rodeo

Guymon Daily Herald
http://www.guymondailyherald.com/aggregator/sources/9
Lowe in position to win Guymon for second straight year

Lufkin Daily News
http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_4015dd60-78cb-11e0-bd13-001cc4c002e0.html
Huntington's Herring and Happy team up to win Lufkin rodeo

My Mother Lode
http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/1286085/Rodeo-Time-In-The-Mother-Lode.html?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=News
Rodeo Time In The Mother Lode

Ramona Patch
http://ramona.patch.com/articles/ramona-rodeo-queens-to-be-chosen-today
Ramona Rodeo Queen to be Chosen Today

Abilene Reporter News
http://www.reporternews.com/news/2011/may/07/-vernon-college-seeks-second-consecutive-mens/
Vernon College seek second consecutive national men's title

Black Hills Pioneer
http://www.bhpioneer.com/articles/2011/05/07/sports/doc4dc46648e9c22681167039.txt
BHSU rodeo team members qualify for rodeo finals

Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/sports/article_4068c6a8-3f31-575a-80b5-b46f87093e33.html
Douglas native Kelsey Scott realizes goal of reaching CNFR

Canon City Daily Record
http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/Top-Story.asp?ID=16506
Rope In A Good Time

North Texas e-News
http://www.ntxe-news.com/artman/publish/article_69460.shtml
Hunt County Cowboy gathering ranch rodeo May 21

Corpus Christi Caller Times
http://www.caller.com/news/2011/may/08/bulls-by-the-bay-will-be-held-may-13-15/
Bulls by the Bay will be held May 13-15

Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/Rodeo+coming+Montreal+Jarry+Park+That+bull/4745543/story.html
Rodeo coming to Montreal's Jarry Park?  That's no bull

Riverside Press-Enterprise
http://www.pe.com/localnews/hemet/stories/PE_News_Local_E_erodeo08.38d693f.html
Winchester:  Young cowboys, cowgirls to compete in rodeo

Zambo Times
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