7/23/2011

Read about PBR hero and legend, Cody Lambert.

Read about PRCA clown Wolfey Selvester taking on the San Francisco Giants.

See early results from recent PRCA events.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

Read about the Palace Station Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge changing the face of stock contracting.

Read the latest updates from the WPRA.

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune Eagle
http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/07/22/news/01top_07-22-11.txt
More bull riders call Wyoming home than you might think
http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/07/23/sports/20sports_07-23-11.txt
Local Briefs:  Stalls claims steer roping first go-round at Frontier Days

Suite 101
http://www.suite101.com/content/cheyenne-frontier-days-americas-largest-outdoor-rodeo-july-2011-a380829
Cheyenne Frontier Days America's Largest Outdoor Rodeo, July 2011

Denver Post
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18534164
Cheyenne Frontier Days train heads to Wyoming rodeo

Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_55e2577f-d318-58e4-855a-384324331204.html
Sheridan cowboy returns to Frontier Days
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_088183da-5ff8-546a-b178-62064e50945a.html
Wyoming rodeo competitors root for each other
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_1bd721d8-5f8b-5822-8f99-b36f0e990d78.html
Thurston has strong Friday at NHSFR

Reno Gazette Journal
http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011110722002
Sheryl Crow to perform a Wyoming rodeo; will donate proceeds to fight Nevada horse round up
http://www.rgj.com/article/20110722/MVN05/107220373/Three-locals-compete-week-National-High-School-Rodeo-Finals?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Mason%20Valley%20News|s
Three locals compete this week at National High School Rodeo Finals
http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011107220371
Smith Valley cowboy competes at National Junior High Finals Rodeo

Salinas Californian
http://www.thecalifornian.com/apps//pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/NEWS01/110413026/California-Rodeo-Salinas-2011&theme=rodeo2011&template=theme
California Rodeo Salinas 2011
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110723/LIFESTYLE13/107230322
A Rodeo love story
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110723/LIFESTYLE13/107230323/Bum-draw-gives-Steven-Peebles-bum-ride?odyssey=mod_sectionstories
Bum draw gives Steven Peebles a bum ride
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110722/LIFESTYLE13/107220335/Rodeo-off-Wright-start?odyssey=mod_sectionstories
Rodeo off to Wright start
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110722/LIFESTYLE13/107220336/20-year-old-crowned-Miss-California-Rodeo?odyssey=mod_sectionstories
20-year-old crowned Miss California Rodeo
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110722/NEWS01/110722017/0/NEWS01&theme=RODEO2011/California-Rodeo-Special-Buckaroos-participate-Saturday
California Rodeo Special Buckaroos participate Saturday
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110723/SPORTS09/107230318/George-Watkins-Even-cowboys-their-superstitions?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Sports|p
George Watkins:  Even cowboys have their superstitions
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110723/LIFESTYLE/107230307/New-group-forming-help-ensure-future-California-Rodeo-Salinas
New group forming to help ensure future of California Rodeo Salinas
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110723/OPINION/107230313/Editorial-Salinas-Rodeo-tradition-rides-on?odyssey=nav|head
Editorial:  Salinas Rodeo - The tradition rides on

Santa Cruz Sentinel
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_18535277
Salinas cowboy itching to get back in the saddle

Monterey County Herald
http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_18528499
Celebrating the Cowboy Life

KION
http://www.kionrightnow.com/story/15133621/behind-the-scenes-at-salinas-rodeo-traveling-sports-medicine-team
Behind the Scenes at Salinas Rodeo:  Traveling Sports Machine
http://www.kionrightnow.com/story/15127625/salinas-rodeo-tough-enough-to-wear-pink-night
Salinas Rodeo's Tough Enough To Wear Pink

Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/52242699-77/rodeo-brewer-bull-clowns.html.csp
Days of '47 Rodeo:  Clowns are bull riders' guardian angels
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/52238612-77/texas-feild-idaho-riding.html.csp
Days of '47 Rodeo:  Payson bareback rider ignoring injury

Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700165042/Bullrider-chasing-dream-at-the-Days-of-47-Rodeo.html
Bullrider chasing dream at the Days of '47 Rodeo
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700165310/Utah-bull-rider-back-after-horrific-injury.html
Utah bull rider back after horrific injury

Ogden Standard Examiner
http://neshobademocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&TM=52982.17
Hannum keeps eye on prize in third day of rodeo

Hutchinson News
http://hutchnews.com/Sports/Harris-takes-early-lead-in-bull-riding-07212011-235452
Harris takes early lead in bull riding

Winfield Daily Courier
http://www.winfieldcourier.com/articles/2011/07/23/sports/doc4e2a5cbcd3fee440325864.txt
New leaders emerge at Pretty Prairie rodeo

Idaho Press Tribune
http://www.idahopress.com/sports/youthful-uprising/article_ca8cdd3a-b4f9-11e0-8998-001cc4c002e0.html
Youthful uprising
http://www.idahopress.com/sports/snake-river-stampede/image_28cbd1b0-b434-11e0-8c8f-001cc4c002e0.html
http://www.idahopress.com/sports/snake-river-stampede-rodeo/image_6398d7fc-b434-11e0-a339-001cc4c002e0.html
Photos from the Snake River Stampede

Idaho Statesman
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/07/23/1736244/on-the-road-again.html
Rodeo life means lots of time on the road
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/07/22/1735031/along-for-the-ride.html
Kimberly bareback rider enjoying a strong surge in the rankings
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/07/21/1733666/emmett-bareback-rider-off-to-strong.html
Emmett bareback rider off to strong start at Snake River Stampede

Northwest Cable News
http://www.nwcn.com/home/?fId=126050779&fPath=/news/local&fDomain=10227
Snake River Stampede sees big attendance numbers

Manhattan Mercury
http://www.themercury.com/LocalSports/article.aspx?articleId=794774333e07424f99e828554f3b05bc
Ellick enertains, saves lives as bull fighter
http://www.themercury.com/LocalSports/article.aspx?articleId=16e50bdd7e43486cb957a9cb147163aa
Early benchmarks set Thursday
http://www.themercury.com/Features/PhotoGalleries/?ImageFolderID=001317ead94149d4bdc52ff0c6c7d12d
Photos from the Kaw Valley Rodeo

Redding Record Searchlight
http://www.redding.com/news/2011/jul/21/rodeo-clowns-act-set-for-big-leagues/
Area Roundup:  Rodeo clown's Brian Wilson act set for SF Giants game

Lawton Constitution
http://swoknews.com/main.asp?SectionID=7&SubSectionID=84&ArticleID=36156&TM=27061.11
Three reigning champs head Rangers Rodeo

Fremont Tribune
http://fremonttribune.com/news/local/article_61ecb02e-b47d-11e0-bbc9-001cc4c03286.html
Rodeo opens for its 57th run

Wahoo Newspaper
http://omahanewsstand.com/articles/2011/07/22/wahoo_newspaper/news//doc4e2a53ef52b0e950689175.txt
Rodeo!

Oklahoman
http://blog.newsok.com/bamsblog/2011/07/23/amazing-racer-jet-mccoy-live-western-music-rodeo-demos-mark-national-day-of-american-cowboy-at-national-cowboy-museum/
"Amazing Racer" Jet McCoy, live Western music, rodeo demos mark National Day of American Cowboy at National Cowboy Museum

Salem Statesman Journal
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20110723/NEWS/107230326/Stampede-continues-today?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home
Stampede continues today

St. George Daily Spectrum
http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20110723/NEWS/107230316
Rodeos spur excitement

Albany Democrat Herald
http://www.democratherald.com/sports/rodeo/article_228c0fd0-b4f3-11e0-b865-001cc4c03286.html
Score this one for the bulls

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil
http://www.southwestiowanews.com/articles/2011/07/22/council_bluffs/doc4e299bacea24a973834032.txt
Bull riding lifers hang on in Avoca

Orange County Register
http://www.ocregister.com/news/video-309353-bullriding-sold.html
Video:  Bullriding a sold out hit at OC Fair

Crawsford Journal Review
http://www.journalreview.com/sports/article_2bf2067a-b4d9-11e0-96e5-001cc4c002e0.html
Cowboys gear up in Veedersburg

Gadsden Times
http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20110722/NEWS/110729916/-1/opinion01?Title=Boys-Girls-Clubs-annual-rodeo-set-for-next-weekend
Boys & Girls Clubs annual rodeo set for next weekend

Gillette News Record
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Western-rider-western-sky,60146?content_source=&category_id=93&search_filter=&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=stories&town_id=
Western rider, western sky
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Images-of-Rodeo-July-18,59961
Images of Rodeo

Houma Courier
http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20110723/ARTICLES/110729747/1026/sitemaps
Pointe-aux-Chenes native competes in national rodeo

Provo Herald
http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/high-school/rodeo/article_9e8b01bc-b53a-11e0-91de-001cc4c002e0.html
Provo's Pace enjoying time in Wyoming
http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/high-school/rodeo/article_29d8336a-b4a1-11e0-b29f-001cc4c002e0.html
Locals hang onto top spots at National High School Finals Rodeo

Hermiston Herald
http://www.hermistonherald.com/sports/prep-rodeo-finals/article_c30e8352-b48a-11e0-81c5-001cc4c03286.html
Prep rodeo finals

BC Local News
http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/126039633.html
Results from Quesnel Rodeo

7/21/2011

Read about Tuff Hedeman flying with the US Air Force Thunderbirds in Cheyenne.  Read about bull riding legend Don Gay joining the CBR team in Cheyenne.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

Read the latest updates from the WPRA.

Salinas Californian
http://www.thecalifornian.com/apps//pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/NEWS01/110413026/California-Rodeo-Salinas-2011&theme=rodeo2011&template=theme
California Rodeo Salinas 2011 article index
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110721/LIFESTYLE13/107210317/0/NEWS01&theme=RODEO2011/Bull-riders-reward-record-crowd-in-Salinas
Bull riders reward record crowd in Salinas
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110721/LIFESTYLE13/107210318/0/NEWS01&theme=RODEO2011/Competition-to-crown-new-Miss-Salinas-Rodeo
Competition to crown new Miss Salinas Rodeo

Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700164764/Photos-Days-of-47-Rodeo.html
Photos:  Days of '47 Rodeo
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700164715/National-High-School-Rodeo-Finals-Utah-leads-at-halfway-point.html
National High School Rodeo Finals:  Utah leads at halfway point

KTVB
http://www.ktvb.com/news/slideshows/125949598.html
Bull and bronc riding bucks cowboys all over Idaho Center

KOWB
http://kowb1290.com/tuff-hedeman-brings-championship-bull-riding-to-cheyenne-frontier-days-audio/
Tuff Hedeman Brings Championship Bull Riding to Cheyenne Frontier Days

Pendleton East Oregonian
http://www.eastoregonian.com/sports/rodeo_round_up/showdown-brewing-in-calgary/article_4c02b8d2-b3bd-11e0-bdd0-001cc4c03286.html
Showdown brewing in Calgary

Fort St. John Energetic City
http://www.energeticcity.ca/fortstjohn/news/07/21/11/local-glenn-stewart-finishes-among-top-calgary-stampede
Local Glenn Stewart finishes among the top at the Calgary Stampede

Manhattan Mercury
http://www.themercury.com/LocalSports/article.aspx?articleId=201f1018a65e4d369ffc6ad0d1627e6d
Got My Own Story Now

BC Local News
http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/125836523.html
Carey Price talks roping and hockey

Gillette News Record
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Krusen-to-the-top-Speedy-Gillette-barrel-racer-helps-Wyoming-bounce-up-to-5th-in-the-NHSFR,60086
Kruse'n to the top:  Speedy Gillette barrel racer helps Wyoming bounce up to 5th in the NHSFR
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Rodeo-No-1-Sunday-evening-performance-results,59954
NHSFR Results
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Images-of-Rodeo-July-18,59961
Images of Rodeo

Ogden Standard Examiner
http://www.standard.net/stories/2011/07/20/utah-still-leads-national-high-school-finals-rodeo
Utah still leads at National High School Finals Rodeo

LaJunta Tribune Democrat
http://www.lajuntatribunedemocrat.com/sports/x1797078576/Dylan-Wahlert-tied-for-second-in-bareback-riding-at-NHSFR
Dylan Wahlert tied for second in bareback riding at NHSFR

Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_daec6a81-7e2a-517b-b992-6d3c694f4ca3.html
Wyoming cowboys fare well during 8th NHSFR performance

Lusk Herald
http://www.luskherald.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=1861&page=77
NCHS Rodeo Team Boasts Three National Qualifiers

Missoulian
http://missoulian.com/sports/rodeo/article_3b2fef54-b34d-11e0-8a74-001cc4c002e0.html
Helena's Nordahl in 3rd in bull riding

Read about "PBR NOW" returning to RFD-TV with Justin McBride, JW Hart and Jerome Davis.

See early results from recent PRCA events.

Monterey County Herald
http://www.montereyherald.com/sports/ci_18520379
Along for the Ride:  Gutsy cowboys at mercy of bulls as they hang on for dear life at California Rodeo Salinas
http://www.montereyherald.com/news/ci_18520368
California Rodeo Salinas:  Women athletes steer clear of rodeo sport

Monterey County Weekly
http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/2011/jul/21/fast-and-furious/
The Fast and the Furious (California Rodeo Salinas)

Houson Chronicle
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/7662732.html
Cannon making the most of a wild ride

Idaho Press Tribune
http://www.idahopress.com/sports/first-time-s-a-charm-for-emmett-s-bayes/article_5e914c02-b36d-11e0-85ea-001cc4c03286.html
First time's a charm for Emmett's Bayes
http://www.idahopress.com/sports/ropers-proving-age-is-just-a-number/article_e4b183ba-b36d-11e0-8828-001cc4c03286.html
Ropers proving age is just a number
http://www.idahopress.com/sports/snake-river-stampede/image_d8bf3e9e-b36d-11e0-abde-001cc4c03286.html
http://www.idahopress.com/sports/snake-river-stampede/image_2fd8fd56-b36d-11e0-a05b-001cc4c03286.html
Photos from the Snake River Stampede

NWCN
http://www.nwcn.com/home/?fId=125926789&fPath=/news/local&fDomain=10227
Snake River Stampede celebrates 96 years of rodeo tradition

Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/52230511-77/mcfarland-texas-bareback-rodeo.html.csp
Days of '47 Rodeo:  Bareback rider is back in the (lack of) saddle

Rapid City Journal
http://rapidcityjournal.com/sports/rodeo-days-of-field-schedule-released/article_7d6415e8-b33a-11e0-ac83-001cc4c03286.html
Rodeo:  Days of '76 field, schedule released
http://rapidcityjournal.com/sports/area-roundup-several-riders-near-lead-after-rodeo-s-first/article_ad0171be-b34a-11e0-8f7e-001cc4c03286.html
Area Roundup:  Several riders near lead after rodeo's first go

Carlisle Sentinel
http://www.cumberlink.com/entertainment/local-scene/article_10c3dc10-b3c2-11e0-a1d9-001cc4c002e0.html
Professional rodeo rides into Carlisle

Winfield Daily Courier
http://www.winfieldcourier.com/articles/2011/07/21/news/agriculture/doc4e27a773ebfcd374611687.txt
Lowe riding high after triumph in Sheridan

Airdrie City View
http://www.airdriecityview.com/article/20110720/ACV1101/307209973/airdries-hooper-has-rodeo-in-his-blood
Airdrie's Hooper has rodeo in his blood

Salem Statesman Journal
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20110721/ENT/107210311/Rodeo-saddles-up-Sublimity?odyssey=nav%7Chead
Rodeo saddles up in Sublimity

Muncie Star Press
http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20110721/NEWS01/107210334
Too hot - or not - for rodeo?

Pendleton East Oregonian
http://www.eastoregonian.com/sports/rodeo_round_up/crossley-takes-lead-at-national-finals/article_37a2834e-b3be-11e0-ae52-001cc4c03286.html
Crossley takes lead at National Finals

Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_9abf9394-bf4c-5fd4-9053-e625815c1249.html
Miller leads Wyoming contingent at National High School Rodeo Finals

Abilene Reporter News
http://www.reporternews.com/news/2011/jul/21/texas-cowgirls-lead-high-school-rodeo-finals/
Texas cowgirls lead high school rodeo finals

Benzinga
http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/11/07/p1786836/national-high-school-rodeo-finals-ipad2-giveaway-guaranteed-sponsorship
National High School Rodeo Finals iPad2 Giveaway & Guaranteed Sponsorship

Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_60a2f836-9079-58b9-ad18-219cb1673dfb.html
Scoreboard:  Prep rodeo

Clovis News Journal
http://www.cnjonline.com/sports/texico-44251-week-big.html
Wrens looking forward to big week at rodeo


Carr livestock evens the playing field for all contestants

 

LOVINGTON, N.M. - The terrain that is part of the southeast New Mexico is rugged; so are the cowboys that make this their home.

This is ranching country, and the men who work this land know their business. That's why some of the greatest timed-event cowboys in ProRodeo history come from this neck of the woods. It's why the best in the business today will make their way to Lovington for the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, which will have four performances set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10-Saturday, Aug. 13.

Hometown cowboy Guy Allen won the steer roping at last year's event. He's done that hundreds of time over his storied career, which is highlighted by his 18 world championships, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association record for most gold buckles by one cowboy. Allen also owns 32 consecutive qualifications to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, also a PRCA record.

"Lovington is roping country," said Pete Carr, owner of Dallas-based Carr Pro Rodeo. "There are a lot of great ones from around there, that's for sure."

There are a lot of great ones who will come to town to compete every year. There's a big purse and championship dollars on the line, so that's a drawing card. But so is Carr and his crew of experts.

"To me, Pete Carr is one of the new wave of stock contractors as much about one end of the arena as he does the other," said Trevor Brazile, an eight-time all-around world champion who has added three tie-down roping, two steer roping and a heading titles. "There have been stock contractors that don't really have a complete rodeo. In my opinion, Pete puts on a complete rodeo."

            Being complete is the foundation for Carr's livestock firm. Since its inception, Carr Pro Rodeo has had some of the greatest animal athletes in the sport, from Real Deal, the 2005 bareback riding horse of the year, to River Boat Annie, the reserve world champion bareback horse in 2007, to Air Up There, the top bucking bull in the Texas Circuit in 2008.

            "The rough-stock events are just a small part of a rodeo," Carr said, referring to bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. "Don't get me wrong; they're an important part of the rodeo, but I believe the best rodeos feature the best contestants and the best animals, and that goes for the timed events. I care about the calves and the steers and what they mean for our rodeo, just like I do the horses and bulls."

            If it's ever been roped, Brazile knows about it. He's one of just two to have qualified for the national finals in all four roping disciplines - he's been to the steer roping finals each of the last 14 years and has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 20 times in team roping, tie-down roping and team roping (both heading and heeling).

Last year, he set the rodeo world on fire, earning coveted Triple Crown for the second time in his career by winning the all-around, tie-down roping and heading world titles in a single season - he'd won the Triple Crown in 2007 by winning the all-around, calf roping and steer roping gold buckles. Brazile also set earnings records, pocketing $507,921 in 2011, $211,509 of which came from the NFR.

"Pete has the best livestock there is to offer at both ends of the arena," he said, referring to timed events and rough-stock events. "That's something most stock contractors don't have to offer mostly that they don't care enough to go the extra mile to do what Pete does. It costs him a little more for him to put on a rodeo because he wants it to be right."

Carr counts on plenty of people to make it right, like timed-event chute boss John Gwatney, a timed-event contestant.

"We want to have good, even pens of livestock to give the cowboys the best chance at winning," Gwatney said. "That's something the contestants see when they come to one of our rodeos, and I know, from my experience, how much they appreciate that."

 

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7/20/2011

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune Eagle
http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/07/20/news/20local_07-20-11.txt
Green operations at CFD expand
http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/07/20/sports/19sports_07-20-11.txt
Horse Power

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/20/3234686/decaturs-cooper-wins-100000-in.html
Decatur's Cooper wins $100,000 in Canada

Airdrie Echo
http://www.airdrieecho.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3222799
Stampede showdown doesn't disappoint

Santa Cruz Sentinel
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/rss/ci_18511928?source=rss
A way of life:  California's oldest, biggest rodeo starts Thursday

Columbus Republic
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/34a9e6a70c0b4e8084e7b5d51d19680b/WY--Rodeo-Mulligan/
After pondering retirement, former University of Wyoming cowboy Mulligan shines again

Idaho Press Tribune
http://www.idahopress.com/sports/nampa-born-beers-enjoys-success-at-stampede/article_a94e5448-b2a4-11e0-95f4-001cc4c002e0.html
Nampa-born Beers enjoys success at Stampede

Rapid City Journal
http://rapidcityjournal.com/deadwooddiscovered/to-compete-at-days-of/article_a9b3c834-b310-11e0-b2dd-001cc4c03286.html
650 to compete at Days of 76

Cody Enterprise
http://www.codyenterprise.com/news/sports/article_f1c3de30-b2f6-11e0-8cb0-001cc4c002e0.html
"Double Trouble" entertains Cody crowd

Shelby Promoter
http://cutbankpioneerpress.com/articles/2011/07/20/shelby_promoter/sports/doc4e25f5b461a3c160136721.txt
Tough Enough to Wear Pink day slated for July 23 at Marias Fair

Woodward News
http://woodwardnews.net/sports/x1424065858/Opening-day-of-rodeo-about-the-kids
Opening day of rodeo about the kids

Wahoo Newspaper
http://omahanewsstand.com/articles/2011/07/20/wahoo_newspaper/news//doc4e275ee701298139814888.txt
Wahoo P.R.C.A. Rodeo ready to ride again

Plainview Daily Herald
http://www.myplainview.com/news/article_90fec2fa-b2f0-11e0-8084-001cc4c002e0.html
Lerwill returning to Silverton for annual rodeo

Eagle Valley Enterprise
http://www.eaglevalleyenterprise.com/article/20110720/NEWS/110729999/1054&ParentProfile=1001
Howdy Partners

EastDay
http://english.eastday.com/e/110720/u1a6005844.html
Rodeo officials try to calm safety concerns

Gillette News Record
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Wyoming-finally-has-its-dad-at-the-rodeo,60038
Wyoming finally has its day at the rodeo
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Rodeo-No-1-Sunday-evening-performance-results,59954
NHSFR results
http://www.codyenterprise.com/news/sports/article_f1c3de30-b2f6-11e0-8cb0-001cc4c002e0.html
NHSFR Schedule of Events
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Images-of-Rodeo-July-18,59961
Images of Rodeo
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Super-volunteers,60061?content_source=&category_id=93&search_filter=&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=stories&town_id=
Super Volunteers

Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_fcc752a1-9287-57ac-b079-300361481acf.html
Casper's Williams eyes national rodeo title
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_f1ad8969-08b0-5a4f-ba96-13ca71c8ff36.html
High School rodeo:  Gillette's Thrush wins tie-down in Tuesday's performance

Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/52229480-190/utah-standings-barrel-event.html.csp
Utah leads national high school rodeo standings

Reno Gazette Journal
http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011107200391
One Fernley High rodeo contestant competing at nationals, others compete at SSIR

Buffalo Bulletin
http://www.buffalobulletin.com/articles/2011/07/20/sports/doc4e25f29838eea688530749.txt
Not satisfied yet

Christian County Headliner News
http://ccheadliner.com/sports/cowboy-up-booster-club-rodeo-slated-july/article_067cf086-b217-11e0-b437-001cc4c002e0.html
Cowboy up:  Booster Club Rodeo slated July 21-23

Read why there is no room for error for Dickies DuraBullfighter Jesse Byrne.  Read about the New York Times taking on Bushwacker.

See early results from recent PRCA events.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo.

Salinas Californian
http://www.thecalifornian.com/apps//pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/NEWS01/110413026/California-Rodeo-Salinas-2011&theme=rodeo2011&template=theme
California Rodeo Salinas 2011 article index
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110720/NEWS01/107200307/Getting-ready-California-Rodeo
Getting ready for the California Rodeo
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110719/NEWS01/110719025/Rodeo-female-participant-kicked-head-by-horse?odyssey=mod|mostview
Rodeo female participant kicked in the head by horse

Idaho Statesman
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/07/20/1732316/stampede-gets-rollin.html
Action gets under way at Idaho Stampede rodeo

Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700164387/Days-of-47-Rodeo-Wright-brothers-flying-high-in-saddle-bronc.html
Days of '47 Rodeo:  Wright brothers flying high in saddle bronc
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700164385/Utah-faring-well-at-National-High-School-Rodeo-Finals.html
Utah faring well at National High School Rodeo Finals

Rapid City Journal
http://rapidcityjournal.com/sports/rodeo-roundup-oelrichs-ferley-wins-big-at-calgary-stampede/article_6613b954-b289-11e0-9841-001cc4c002e0.html
Rodeo Roundup:  Oelrichs' Ferley wins big at Calgary Stampede
http://rapidcityjournal.com/buttecountypost/sports/h-rodeo-results-announced/article_83eb29d6-b279-11e0-96c6-001cc4c03286.html
4-H Rodeo Results Announced

Kansas State Collegian
http://www.kstatecollegian.com/news/kaw-valley-rodeo-1.2606466
Kaw Valley Rodeo

Prescott Daily Courier
http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=36&SubsectionID=73&ArticleID=96171
Letter:  Rodeo not the venue for political jibes

The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8649862/Chinas-first-rodeo-triggers-protests-at-trash-culture.html
China's first rodeo triggers protests at "trash" culture

Iron County Reporter
http://www.ironcountyreporter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1845:rodeo-daze-set-for-iron-river-july-22-24&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=44
Rodeo "daze" set for Iron River July 22-24

Hillsboro Star Journal
http://starj.com/direct/mutton_busting_remains_popular_at_rodeo+1143mutton+4d7574746f6e2062757374696e672072656d61696e7320706f70756c617220617420726f64656f
Mutton busting remains popular at rodeo

Provo Daily Herald
http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/high-school/rodeo/article_288ae3b0-b2ce-11e0-914f-001cc4c002e0.html
Local Sportswatch:  Utah high school rodeo team leads at nationals


Tour helps add to the prestige of an already good rodeo

 

LOVINGTON, N.M. - Community is the foundation for the eight-day Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

It's why ticket prices are just $5. It's why the Lea County Commission underwrites the event, which begins Friday, Aug. 5, and has been a southeastern New Mexico showcase for 76 years. It's why the rodeo is part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Wrangler Million Dollar Tour.

"I think it helps with our entries and with the quality of the contestants," said Greg Massey, a fair board member who serves as chairman of the rodeo committee. "You get the top 20 percent of the contestants in each event; for our spectators, I think that's important. You get to see the best of the best."

It's also one of three tour rodeos that take place the week beginning Monday, Aug. 8, joining Hermiston, Ore., and Sikeston, Mo. There are 24 tour rodeos across the country, and all are recognized for the large purses available to contestants. That's a major drawing card for the top cowboys and cowgirls in ProRodeo.

"The tour saved my backside last year," said 2008 world champion bareback rider Justin McDaniel, who won $80,000 in just four months last season while recuperating from back surgery. "Those tour rodeos offer a lot of money, and I won enough at those to sneak into the playoffs. Then I did pretty well there, too."

He got a major boost in Lovington. The four performances of this year's rodeo will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10-Saturday, Aug. 13. Most of the biggest names in the sport will be on hand fighting for every dollar they can get. Not only does money won in Lovington count toward the world standings and qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, also it counts toward the tour standings.

The top 24 contestants in each event qualify for the Justin Boots Playoffs from Sept. 9-11 in Puyallup, Wash. From there, the top 12 on the money list earn a spot in the Justin Boots Championships from Sept. 22-24 in Omaha, Neb. Both events feature high-dollar opportunities for the contestants in the field - that not only helps pay bills, but it's also how gold buckles are won; the contestant in each event with the most money earned at the end of the season is crowned world champion.

"Being on tour helps fill our rodeo with national champions," Massey said. "It brings the best of the best. The contestants want to follow the tour rodeos, because the money they earn in a tour rodeo leads them to the first playoff stop in Puyallup. That's big for them."

It's also big for the fair, rodeo and Lea County communities.    

            "A few years ago, the attendance was down, entries were down," he said, noting that Pete Carr's Carr Pro Rodeo became the primary stock contractor a few years ago. "Since we changed the format with our rodeo and got Pete in with us, we've maxed out on all of our entries and our attendance is up."

            That, too, makes it fun for the cowboys and cowgirls who make their livings on the rodeo trail.

            "Lovington has been a good rodeo, and I really like that it's part of the tour now," said McDaniel, who last year placed third at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, earning $2,520 in the process. "That moved me into the top 24 on tour."

            McDaniel didn't begin his 2010 season until early June, so he was still making up ground by early August. By the time the season concluded at the end of September, the 24-year-old cowboy had moved into the top 15 in the world standings and earned a fourth straight trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Once there, he placed in eight of 10 go-rounds, winning the average with the best cumulative score and earning $103,189 to move to No. 2 in the final standings.

            And the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour got the Porum, Okla., cowboy to that point.

            "You've got to take advantage of every opportunity you can get," McDaniel said. "In Lovington, I got on the best bucking horse in the world, Real Deal. That's the opportunity I needed at that time, and it helped me on down the road."

Every cowboy has his gold buckle dreams, and they must follow McDaniel's lead in realizing them. Being in southeastern New Mexico in August is critical for most, and that falls back on the organizers and volunteers who work all year to bring the best show to Lovington.

"There are a lot of ranch people around there, so they know a lot about the rodeo," said Paul Peterson, one of the pickup men in Lovington who has worked the Wrangler NFR three times. "It's always been a pretty good rodeo, but the committee has stepped up and added a lot of money. That's been a good drawing factor."

 

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7/19/2011

Read about the PBR's Touring Pro Division making three traditional stops.  Read why Shane Proctor is a man with a plan.

See early results from recent PRCA events.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo .

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/sports/bushwacker-the-bucking-bull-confounds-the-cowboys.html
Bushwacker the Bull Confounds the Cowboys

Anderson Valley Post
http://www.andersonvalleypost.com/news/2011/jul/19/cottonwood-cowboy-takes-third/
Cottonwood cowboy takes third

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune Eagle
http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/07/19/news/20local_07-19-11.txt
Dan Taylor tribute on Saturday

Williamsport Sun-Gazette
http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/566425/Bull-rider-takes-his-sport-very-seriously.html?nav=5011
Bull rider takes his sport very seriously

Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700164078/Days-of-47-Rodeo-Cowboys-enjoy-freedom-of-profession.html
Days of '47 Rodeo:  Cowboys enjoy freedom of profession

Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/52213593-77/woolsey-rodeo-round-texas.html.csp
Days of '47 Rodeo:  Woolsey bouncing back, but hot streak ends

KVRN
http://www.krvn.com/news/sports/ba4ab371-6960-442a-b608-eff424b46608
Bullfighter to appear one final time

Idaho Press Tribune
http://www.idahopress.com/news/fun-begins-at-rodeo/article_02eba930-b1c7-11e0-8013-001cc4c002e0.html
Fun begins at rodeo

Idaho Statesman
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/07/19/1731087/its-rodeo-time.html
It's rodeo time:  Fans' guide to the Snake River Stampede

Boise Weekly
http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/get-bucked-at-the-snake-river-stampede/Content?oid=2365371
Get Bucked at the Snake River Stampede

KBOI
http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/125789979.html
Stampede kicks off Tuesday

Rapid City Journal
http://rapidcityjournal.com/thechadronnews/sports/chad-ferley-wins-calgary-championship/article_2c22e04e-b239-11e0-a18d-001cc4c002e0.html
Chad Ferley wins Calgary championship
http://rapidcityjournal.com/sports/high-school-rodeo-south-dakota-strong-at-nhsfr/article_a6ec75a6-b1c1-11e0-bc1a-001cc4c002e0.html
High School Rodeo:  South Dakota strong at NHSFR

Care2.com
http://www.care2.com/causes/how-many-rodeo-deaths-are-too-many.html
How Many Rodeo Deaths Are Too Many?

Salinas Californian
http://www.thecalifornian.com/apps//pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/NEWS01/110413026/California-Rodeo-Salinas-2011&theme=rodeo2011&template=theme
California Rodeo Salinas 2011 article index
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110719/LIFESTYLE13/107190310/0/NEWS01&theme=RODEO2011/Pro-Bull-Riders-hit-the-dirt-on-Wednesday
Rodeo prepares for 101st year
http://www.thecalifornian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=J2&Dato=20110718&Kategori=NEWS01&Lopenr=107180804&Ref=PH
Rodeo mixer

Jacksonville Daily Progress
http://jacksonvilleprogress.com/local/x967738670/49th-rodeo-s-turnout-a-success
49th rodeo's turnout a success

Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-china-rodeo-20110720,0,3330914.story
China rodeo:  Animal rights groups oppose rodeo in China

Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_405495d6-802f-541e-9fca-52c31931c50b.html
Scoreboard:  Rodeo

dBusinessNews
http://portland.dbusinessnews.com/shownews.php?articletitle=Pendleton%C2%AE%20Whisky%20Launches%20Pendleton%201910%E2%84%A2%20100%%20Canadian%20Rye%20Whisky&newsid=239014&type_news=latest&s=sbcn
Pendleton Whisky Launches Pendleon 1910 100% Canadian Rye Whisky

Iron County Reporter
http://www.ironcountyreporter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1848:five-compete-for-miss-up-rodeo-queen-title&catid=38:births&Itemid=97
Five compete for Miss UP Rodeo Queen title

Mitchell Daily Republic
http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/54867/group/homepage/
Platte's Dean wins breakaway event in Burke Rodeo over the weekend

Uinta County Herald
http://www.uintacountyherald.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=4759&page=73
Rodeo Series' Kallas

Gillette News Record
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Rodeo-No-1-Sunday-evening-performance-results,59954
NHSFR Results
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Images-of-Rodeo-July-18,59961
Images of Rodeo

Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_3fdd2529-914f-52d9-8e64-6c2df75fafa5.html
Arkansas cowboy, 15, seriously injured at high school rodeo
http://trib.com/sports/high-school/article_672d36ff-aa3a-5a4f-aab2-13722f9155d8.html
Laramie's Hayli Bonham places first in NHSFR breakaway roping performance
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_58238fac-4e99-5fc2-b9b7-f45dd6c19374.html
CNFR champ Vezain considers transfer to Casper College

Provo Daily Herald
http://www.heraldextra.com/sports/high-school/rodeo/article_9e4a8a6c-b222-11e0-bd6b-001cc4c03286.html
Locals fare well after three performances at National High School Finals Rodeo
http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/article_a2b5add8-b188-11e0-b935-001cc4c002e0.html?oCampaign=hottopics
Locals compete at National High School Finals Rodeo

Charlotte Observer
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/07/19/2466055/area-teen-paralyzed-in-rodeo-fall.html
Area teen paralyzed in rodeo fall

Blue Mountain Eagle
http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/sports/outdoors/past-champions-of-the-national-intercollegiate-rodeo-association/image_82221e7b-24cf-5abd-a32c-4de6278a9302.html/?mode=gallery
Past champions of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association

7/18/2011

Read some behind the chutes information from the bull riding at the Calgary Stampede.

Read about Will Lowe riding high after his triumph in Sheridan.  Read about Heath Ford finding he cure for the Cowboy Christmas blues.  Read the latest news and notes from the PRCA.

Read about a date change for the 2012 George Paul Memorial Bull Riding.

Read the latest update from twisTEDrodeo.

Contra Costa Times
http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_18500522
Jacoby has top ride at PBR Bull Bash

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune Eagle
http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/07/18/news/01top_07-18-11.txt
Roundabout way to CFD

Toronto Sun
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/07/18/photos-calgary-stampede-2011
Photos:  Calgary Stampede 2011

Jacksonville Progress
http://jacksonvilleprogress.com/sports/x967737199/Rodeo-battles-Mother-Nature-on-Thursday-and-Friday
Rodeo battles Mother Nature on Thursday and Friday

Mitchell Daily Republic
http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/54855/group/Sports/
Timber Lake native Rory Maier takes fifth in bull riding
http://mitchellphoto.areavoices.com/2011/07/18/corn-palace-stampede-rodeo/
Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo

KTVQ
http://www.ktvq.com/news/lajeunesse-martin-lead-2011-prorodeo-hall-of-fame-induction-class/
LaJeunesse, Martin lead 2011 ProRodeo Hall of Fame induction class

Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700152474/Plenty-to-enjoy-at-Days-of-47-rodeo-this-year.html
Plenty to enjoy at Days of '47 rodeo

ABC 4
http://www.abc4.com/content/news/links_numbers/story/Days-of-47-rodeo-returns-to-Utah/CrAIZXA4X0mQ0IcUh0tA-Q.cspx
Days of '47 rodeo returns to Utah

Black Hills Pioneer
http://www.bhpioneer.com/local_news/article_ed3fe310-b155-11e0-94ee-001cc4c002e0.html
Days of '76 Rodeo enters Hall of Fame

Contra Costa Times
http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_18495195
Fortuna Rodeo celebrates 90 years of bucking, riding and community

Shawnee News Star
http://www.news-star.com/news/x121482111/Rodeo-wraps-up-champions-decided
Rodeo wraps up; champions decided
http://www.news-star.com/news/x121482024/Blanton-shows-signs-of-progress-awake-communicating
Blanton shows signs of progress; awake, communicating
http://www.news-star.com/topstories/x1797070090/2012-IFYR-youth-directors-selected
2012 IFYR youth directors selected
http://www.news-star.com/topstories/x920795633/All-Around-Cowboy-Cowgirl-named
All Around Cowboy, Cowgirl named
http://www.news-star.com/photos/x1797070411/IFYR-2011-Champions
IFYR 2011 Champions
http://www.news-star.com/news/x1256647293/IFYR-honors-H-E-Gene-Rainbolt-BancFirst
IFYR honors H.E. 'Gene' Rainbolt, BancFirst

Gillette News Record
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Team-Wyo-Cowboy-State-kids-struggle-a-bit-on-opening-night-of-NHSFR,59953
Team Wyo:  Cowboy State kids struggle a bit on opening night of NHSFR
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Rodeo-No-1-Sunday-evening-performance-results,59954
Rodeo No. 1/Sunday evening performance results

Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700164049/National-High-School-Rodeo-Finals-results.html
National High School Rodeo Finals results

Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/52211335-190/rodeo-competition-cutting-riding.html.csp
Utahns start out strong at high school rodeo nationals

Canon City Daily Record
http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/Top-Story.asp?ID=17005
Pure Adrenaline

Coffs Coast Advocate
http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/story/2011/07/18/mount-isa-rodeo-lures-bull-riders/
Mount Isa Rodeo lures bull riders

See early results from recent PRCA events.

Redding Record Searchlight
http://www.redding.com/news/2011/jul/17/bullriding-texas-cowboy-wins-pbr-event/
Texas cowboy wins PBR event in Red Bluff
http://www.redding.com/news/2011/jul/17/red-bluffs-baumgartner-set-retire/
Red Bluff's Baumgartner set to retire

Amarillo Globe News
http://amarillo.com/sports/sports-columnist/2011-07-18/hoffman-murray-jewel-welcome-son-texas-ranch
Hoffman:  Murray, Jewel welcome son to Texas ranch

Calgary Herald
http://www.calgaryherald.com/travel/stampede/index.html
Calgary Stampede article index
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Super+Looper+helps+Cooper+triumph+calf+roping+100K/5117341/story.html
Super Looper dad helps Tuf Cooper triumph in calf roping, win $100K
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Straws+Milan+wild+steer+ride+wraps+Sunday+showdown/5117324/story.html
Straws Milan's wild steer ride wraps up Sunday showdown
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Texas+bareback+rider+Clint+Cannon+just+loves+Calgary+takes+home+100K/5117322/story.html
Texas bareback rider Clint Cannon just loves Calgary, takes home $100K plus fiancee
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Barrel+racer+Syndi+Blanchard+sets+record/5117343/story.html
Barrel racer Syndi Blanchard sets record
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Shane+Proctor+rides+bull+100K+payday/5117339/story.html
Shane Proctor rides bull to $100K payday
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/King+dethroned+Kelly+Sutherland+wins+12th+Stampede+title/5117348/story.html
The King won't be dethroned:  Kelly Sutherland wins 12th Stampede title
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Visitor+numbers+horse+deaths+down+Calgary+Stampede+ends/5116862/story.html
Visitor numbers up, horse deaths down as Calgary Stampede ends

Calgary Sun
http://www.calgarysun.com/stampede
Calgary Stampede article index
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/17/diaper-duty
Diaper Duty
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/17/even-money-to-the-big-money
Even money to the big money
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/17/super-looper-wins
Super Looper Jr. wins
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/17/straws-party
Straws Party
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/17/clean-sweep
Clean Sweep
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/17/stampede-rodeo-winners
Stampede Rodeo Winners
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/17/rodeo-roundup--final-day
Rodeo Roundup Final Day
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/18/sutherland-repeats-as-chuckwagon-champion-wins-record-12th-rangeland-derby
Sutherland repeats as chuckwagon champion, wins record 12th Rangeland Derby
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/17/stampede-sets-sights-on-centennial-bash
Stampede sets sights on centennial bash
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/17/humane-society-lauds-new-safety-rules
Human society lauds new safety rules

Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_8a8e6c6b-6ae9-502d-88ec-5eeecca482be.html
Scoreboard:  Rodeo

Salinas Californian
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110718/LIFESTYLE13/107180306
Kiddie Kapers, Colmo del Rodeo parade draws thousands

Mitchell Daily Republic
http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/54833/
Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo rides high despite intense heat

Idaho Press Tribune
http://www.idahopress.com/news/local/snake-river-stampede-comes-to-nampa/article_bcb24116-b100-11e0-bf11-001cc4c002e0.html
Snake River Stampede comes to Nampa
http://www.idahopress.com/sports/local-duo-ready-to-rope-and-ride/article_eec82108-b109-11e0-9f92-001cc4c002e0.html
Local duo ready to rope and ride

Yambill Valley News Register
http://www.newsregister.com/article?articleTitle=y-c+cowboy+looking+for+a+national+championship--1310796071--1186--home-sports
Y-C cowboy looking for a national championship


Lerwill excited for his return to Buck Wild Days Rodeo

 

SILVERTON, Texas - Some people are always searching for that one thing that will make their lives complete.

That's not Troy Lerwill, an Arizona man who lives his life on the rodeo trail entertaining hundreds of thousands of fans a year. Lerwill gets to laugh and carouse and, what might be most impressive, is that he leaves them amazed at the end of the evening.

"It's just one of those things that I found that I really enjoy doing," said Lerwill, who married his passion for rodeo with his interest in motocross and created his alter ego, "The Wild Child," a daredevil who does wonders on the back of a motorcycle.

Lerwill is one of the most sought-after specialty acts in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and he'll be in the Texas Panhandle for the three performances of the Silverton's Buck Wild Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18-Saturday, Aug. 20. It's the second straight year Lerwill will bring his award-winning show to the Texas community.

"Silverton was a fun rodeo," said Lerwill, a six-time PRCA Comedy Act of the Year, a two-time Coors Man in the Can and a three-time barrelman at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. I didn't know what to expect since it was the first ProRodeo when we got there, but it was a really nice community, and there were really nice people there. It was a lot of fun. I hope it turns into a real big thing for their community."

The rodeo has been around for 119 years, but 2011 is just the second year it's been part of the PRCA, the premier sanctioning body in the sport. That's just one of the pieces of the puzzle involved in making the Buck Wild Days Rodeo the biggest event in this part of the state.

"We're pretty excited to have the best specialty act in the business coming to our rodeo," said Ken Wood, chairman of Buck Wild Days Rodeo committee. "If people haven't seen what Troy does in the arena, they're going to be amazed."

            Lerwill has been around ProRodeo for 13 years and has proven himself time and time again. It's a way he can share his talent for entertaining with his passion for motorcycles.

            "My family was into rodeo, and I always enjoyed the bullfighting and clowns," he said. "That's how I was introduced to the business. I just found a niche in rodeo where it works really well. I enjoy the people, and it's nice that it's a family oriented sport."

While he has fun at his job, it's his professionalism that is a drawing card for producers.

"We want to bring the very best talent we can every night to every rodeo we produce," said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo, the primary stock contractor in Silverton. "One of the keys to putting on great events is having a team of extremely talented individuals."

            Whether it's his sense of humor or his daredevil nature on a motorcycle, Lerwill is definitely talented. Fans that get to see it not only are entertained, but also they are part of the package Lerwill presents.

            "I really enjoy when I do my act and people get to take a break from the everyday bump and grind in life and smile a little bit," he said. "When I put a smile on people's faces, it makes me smile. That's the funnest thing about it."

 

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Celebrated artists bringing their acts to Lea County

 

LOVINGTON, N.M. - When the Eli Young Band announced itself to the music world, it did so with great gusto.

Its debut album, Jet Black & Jealous, entered the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart at No. 5; it was No. 2 on iTunes. It featured the band's first Top 10 song on country radio, "Always The Love Songs."

That gusto will be on display when the Denton, Texas-based band performs at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, an eight-day celebration in this southeastern New Mexico community that will feature four top music acts, a generous helping of other entertaining shows and one of the biggest and best events in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association from Aug. 5-13.

The Eli Young Band will showcase its brand of country music at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, just after the conclusion of the final performance of the PRCA rodeo. It's an outstanding way to close the annual community celebration.

"We've got a really good lineup this year," said Dean Jackson, chairman of the Lea County Fair Board. "It opens with Jars of Clay, which will be playing on Faith and Family Night on Wednesday (Aug. 10).

"We've also got Chris Cagle on Thursday, Smash Mouth on Friday and Eli Young Band on Saturday. I think it's an outstanding lineup, and we're all very excited about it."

So are the fans.

The Eli Young Band has been well received nationwide, enjoying a piece of the pie on Gary Allan's Get Off On The Pain tour and the Country Throwdown tour, which included Eric Church, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town and Montgomery Gentry. The band was formed by James Young and Mike Eli, Eli & Young, when they attended the University of North Texas. Chris Thompson and Jon Jones joined the band later.

 The concert series kicks off on Wednesday night with Jars of Clay, a Christian rock band from Nashville. The core part of the group - Dan Haseltine, lead vocals; Charlie Lowell, piano/keyboard; Steven Mason, guitar; and Matt Odmark, guitar - met while attending Greenville (Ill.) College in the early 1990s. Since then, the group has produced 10 albums.

"We've had a lot of response about them," Jackson said. "People are telling us great things about them."

            People are saying great things about Cagle, too. In fact, the song "My Love Goes On and On" quickly became a hit. The song, off his debut album, Play It Loud, reached No. 15 on the country charts. Cagle's "I Breath In, I Breath Out" reached No. 1 in 2001. It is one of seven hits for the Louisiana-born artist; four of those songs reached the Top 10, including "What A Beautiful Day," "Chicks Dig It," and "What Kinda Gone."

            "I think Chris Cagle is an outstanding act to lead us into the weekend," Jackson said of the Thursday, Aug. 11, show.

            Smash Mouth will bring its popular sound to the fair's main stage on Friday, Aug. 12, and that seems to be a popular call among the group's contingent of fans and those who have enjoyed the band's No. 1 songs, "Walkin' on the Sun" and "All Star," as well as a plethora of other catchy hits like the cover of The Monkees' "I'm a Believer," which was on the soundtrack for the movie "Shrek."

            Steve Harwell's raspy vocals lead the sound that was established in 1994 - the 1999 release of Astro Lounge reached No. 6 on the American charts. Bassist Paul De Lisle is the other founding member, and he makes up the strong contingent that is rounded out by drummer Randy Cook and guitarist Mike Krompass, who have joined the group in the last two years.

            Smash Mouth is coming off a fantastic tour, where this past February the band performed for U.S. Troops serving in the Middle East. The band performed at military bases throughout Iraq and Kuwait, and Harwell called the adventure, "One of the best things we've ever done."

            "This is the first year we've gone that way as far as that kind of music," Jackson said. "We've had some input from people who have asked for this kind of music.

            "We think this year's lineup of concerts includes acts everyone wants to see."


7/17/2011

Read about the 2011 ProRodeo Hall of Fame induction class.  Read about saddle bronc rider Jake Wright busting out with a big score in Colorado Springs.

See early results from recent PRCA events.

Read the latest updates from twisTEDrodeo .

Read the latest updates from the WPRA .

Redding Record Searchlight
http://www.redding.com/news/2011/jul/17/jacoby-takes-pbr-bull-riding-event-red-bluff/
Jacoby takes PBR bull-riding event in Red Bluff

Weatherford Democrat
http://weatherforddemocrat.com/top-news/x967736056/Battle-goes-to-bulls
Battle goes to the bulls

Pueblo Chieftain
http://www.chieftain.com/business/local/bid-for-business/article_92d4ff90-af49-11e0-8666-001cc4c002e0.html
Bid for business

Calgary Herald
http://www.calgaryherald.com/travel/stampede/index.html
Calgary Stampede article index
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Thomson+joins+bull+riding+round/5115096/story.html
Thomson joins Lee at top of bull riding go round
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Byrne+burns+around+barrels+time/5114916/story.html
Byrne burns around the barrels for top time
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Alberta+cowboys+sneak+into+final/5114913/story.html
Alberta cowboys sneak into the final
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Milan+part+record+Canadian+contingent+Stampede+final/5114886/story.html
Milan part of record Canadian contingent in Stampede final
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Novice+champ+aims+follow+father+footsteps/5114889/story.html
Novice champ aims to follow in father's footsteps
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Chucks+driver+fined+collision+that+broke+horse/5114381/story.html
Chucks driver fined $12,500 for collision that broke horse's leg
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Sutherland+will+gunning+12th+title+Sunday/5114894/story.html
Sutherland will be gunning for 12th title on Sunday
http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Nolin+shaded+final+four/5114891/story.html
Nolin shaded out of the final four
http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Chesney+Uncle+Kracker+close+Stampede+show/5114997/story.html
Chesney, Uncle Kracker close the Stampede show

Calgary Sun
http://www.calgarysun.com/stampede
Calgary Stampede article index
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/16/judges-rodeo-kingmakers
Judges rodeo kingmakers
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/16/defending-stampede-roping-champ-wild-for-shot
Defending Stampede roping champ wild for shot
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/16/saddle-bronc-double-pleasure-at-stampede
Saddle Bronc double pleasure at Stampede
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/16/canadian-content-rampant-in-stampede-barrels-final
Canadian content rampant in Stampede barrels final
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/16/better-lait-than-never-at-stampede
Better Lait than never at Stampede
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/16/third-time-charm-for-thomson
Third time charm for Thomson
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/16/cochrane-bulldogger-living-dream
Cochrane bulldogger living dream
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/16/rodeo-roundup-day-9
Rodeo Roundup Day 9
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/16/record-fine-for-chucks-horse-death
Record fine for Chucks horse death
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/15/stampede-rodeo--day-eight
Stampede Rodeo:  Day Eight
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/17/gonna-be-one-grand-rangeland-derby-finale
Gonna be one grand Rangeland Derby finale
http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/07/12/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-in-and-around-the-2011-calgary-stampede
The good, the bad and the ugly in and around the 2011 Calgary Stampede

Colorado Springs Gazette
http://www.gazette.com/sports/hall-121659-class-fame.html
Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame inducts class
http://www.gazette.com/sports/riding-121665-top-winner.html
Saddle bronc riding is a wild ride for lead at rodeo
http://www.gazette.com/sports/jessop-121657-circuit-josh.html
Circuit cowboys drawn to chance for big money

Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_94c02fba-624f-5cd7-89ca-3b0d4a55a723.html
Texas bareback rider Heath Ford takes Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo title
http://trib.com/sports/rodeo/article_ee0de862-6453-540e-9e33-4de9875213cb.html
Lance Creek's Thurston eyes national titles

Estes Park Trail Gazette
http://www.eptrail.com/estes-park-sports/ci_18483578
Dogging it

Butte Montana Standard
http://mtstandard.com/sports/dust-and-mud/article_aa6ebcd0-b030-11e0-8a71-001cc4c002e0.html
Dust and mud

KIVI
http://www.kivitv.com/news/topfive/125695533.html
Snake River Stampede Rodeo opens with horse parade and chili cook-off

Monterey Couny Herald
http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_18495118
Little buckaroos kick off Salinas rodeo gallup

Santa Cruz Sentinel
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_18491656
California Rodeo Salinas rides on:  Event marks 101st year

East Oregonian
http://www.eastoregonian.com/sports/crossleys-enjoy-strong-showing-at-fort-dalles-days-rodeo/article_4a81349c-b04e-11e0-bd3d-001cc4c03286.html
Crossleys enjoy strong showing at Fort Dalles Days rodeo
http://www.eastoregonian.com/sports/rodeo-in-the-blood/article_22fb566e-b053-11e0-b592-001cc4c03286.html
Rodeo in the blood

Kalispell Daily Interlake
http://www.dailyinterlake.com/sports/local_montana/article_ab872374-b034-11e0-b002-001cc4c002e0.html
Stock gets better of cowboys at Challenge

Arizona Republic
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/arizonaliving/articles/2011/07/17/20110717bullriding0710.html
Urban cowboys line up with the pros for 8 seconds of glory - or pain - at this bull rider's proving ground

Reno Gazette Journal
http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011107170340
Rodeo, firefighters team to aid kids with muscular dystrophy

WBTV
http://www.wbtv.com/story/15094191/local-teen-hurt-in-rodeo-accident
Local teen hurt in rodeo accident

Columbus Republic
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/b1cdfdeb14db414695be472be8a17941/OK--Rodeo-Contestant-Injured/
Fund set up for NC youth rodeo contestant critically injured during Oklahoma event

Gillette News Record
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Area-cutters-hope-to-make-impact-in-NHSFR,59933
Area cutters hope to make impact in NHSFR
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/stories/Other-Gillette-area-contestants-in-the-NHSFR,59934
Other Gillette area contestants in the NHSFR

Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/sports/rodeo/article_9e3b5c71-7193-5333-978a-1b94b7e87185.html
NHSRA Finals begin in Gillette

Springfield State Journal Register
http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1009555655/Tim-Landis-High-school-rodeo-picks-Rock-Springs-Wyo-as-substitute-for-Springfield
Tim Landis:  High school rodeo picks Rock Springs, Wyoming

Dickinson Press
http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/article/id/49621/group/Sports/
Busy Gjermundson the last in a long line - for a few years

Columbia Basin Herald
http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/sports/hs/wilsoncreek/article_93840cae-af32-11e0-aa6a-001cc4c002e0.html
Grant County students headed to rodeo finals

Amarillo Globe News
http://amarillo.com/sports/high-school-sports/2011-07-17/3-area-compete-national-prep-rodeo
3 from area to compete at national prep rodeo

Galesburg Register Mail
http://www.galesburg.com/newsnow/x920793463/ROWVA-HS-sophomore-returns-to-National-High-School-Rodeo-Finals
ROWVA HS sophomore returns to National High School Rodeo Finals

Missoulian
http://missoulian.com/sports/rodeo/article_40bc66ee-b039-11e0-97f9-001cc4c002e0.html
Rodeo roots:  Hedrick, Knight carry on family tradition

Topeka Capital Journal
http://cjonline.com/news/2011-07-16/regional-rodeos-fairs-offer-family-fun
Regional rodeos, fairs offer family fun