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Wesley Adams dies at age 61

Wesley Adams, owner of the Lazy E Arena, founder of the MillionHeir Classic and patriarch of a noted rodeo family, died Feb. 18 from complications due to treatment for liver cancer. He was 61.

All of Mr. Adams’ six children have strong roots in rodeo and cutting horse competition, including Randon Adams, the 2008 world champion team roping heeler; Jay Adams, a qualifier in the 2006 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and youngest son Austin, who is also a top PRCA team roper.

Dustin Adams is among the leading National Cutting Horse Association non-pro money earners with more than $3 million. Eldest son Weston Adams is a real estate developer in Las Vegas who team ropes, and daughter Britney Adams is a professional barrel racer with the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

All of them got their start on the family’s 380-acre ranch in Logandale, NV (75 miles northeast of Las Vegas), where the values of hard work, responsibility, competition and team work were stressed by Mr. Adams and his wife, Liz.

“All the kids worked hard,” Mr. Adams told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in a 2006 interview. “We rodeoed for the family, to keep us together. It just mushroomed from there. The top ropers on the circuit joke now that the best ropers come from Texas, Oklahoma and Logandale, NV.”

Matt Shiozawa, who would go on to qualify for the Wrangler NFR four times as a tie-down roper, moved to Logandale with his dad, Kent, to train at the Adams’ ranch, and team roper Cody Hintz made weekly treks of nearly 400 miles from his home in Spring Creek, NV, when he was in high school to practice roping with the Adams brothers.

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The Adams siblings (and those who came to work with them) had to look no further than Mr. Adams to find a role model for their strong work ethic and a primer on the benefits of passion and hard work.

Mr. Adams was once listed among the top 100 land owners in the U.S. by Worth magazine. He owned construction, heavy equipment and underground utility companies. He became interested in cutting when his children began competing in youth rodeos and purchased Western State Ranches in Dublin, TX to raise top stock.

The horse Destiny, which Stran Smith rode when he won his tie-down roping world championship in 2008, was purchased from Mr. Adams.

In 2005, Mr. Adams and partner Michael Coronado bought the 960-acre Lazy E Arena complex – where Mr. Adams had once competed as a bull rider – from E.K. Gaylord II for an undisclosed price. In the years since, the Lazy E has resumed its place as the host venue for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and has partnered with the PRCA to produce the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.

Mr. Adams created the MillionHeir Classic in 2004 with $1.6 million in added money and diamond-studded, solid gold belt buckles for winners of the four-year-old division. It was held annually in conjunction with the South Point Cutting Championships in Las Vegas. Between 2004 and its final edition in 2010, the MillionHeir Classic paid out more than $9 million in prize money.

It was the only private stallion incentive program of its magnitude that has ever been paid out as advertised.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife of 34 years, Liz, and their six children: Weston, 32; Dustin, 30; Randon, 28; Jay, 26; Britney, 25, and Austin, 22.

Visitation and funeral services were held Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 at the Logandale (NV) Stake Center, 2555 N. St. Joseph Street. Funeral services followed the Friday morning visitation. Cards or flowers can also be sent to Moapa Valley Mortuary, P.O. Box 797, Logandale, NV 89021.

Wesley Adams, owner of the Lazy E Arena, founder of the MillionHeir Classic and patriarch of a noted rodeo family, died Feb. 18 from complications due to treatment for liver cancer. He was 61.

All of Mr. Adams’ six children have strong roots in rodeo and cutting horse competition, including Randon Adams, the 2008 world champion team roping heeler; Jay Adams, a qualifier in the 2006 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and youngest son Austin, who is also a top PRCA team roper.

Dustin Adams is among the leading National Cutting Horse Association non-pro money earners with more than $3 million. Eldest son Weston Adams is a real estate developer in Las Vegas who team ropes, and daughter Britney Adams is a professional barrel racer with the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

All of them got their start on the family’s 380-acre ranch in Logandale, NV (75 miles northeast of Las Vegas), where the values of hard work, responsibility, competition and team work were stressed by Mr. Adams and his wife, Liz.

“All the kids worked hard,” Mr. Adams told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in a 2006 interview. “We rodeoed for the family, to keep us together. It just mushroomed from there. The top ropers on the circuit joke now that the best ropers come from Texas, Oklahoma and Logandale, NV.”

Matt Shiozawa, who would go on to qualify for the Wrangler NFR four times as a tie-down roper, moved to Logandale with his dad, Kent, to train at the Adams’ ranch, and team roper Cody Hintz made weekly treks of nearly 400 miles from his home in Spring Creek, NV, when he was in high school to practice roping with the Adams brothers.

The Adams siblings (and those who came to work with them) had to look no further than Mr. Adams to find a role model for their strong work ethic and a primer on the benefits of passion and hard work.

Mr. Adams was once listed among the top 100 land owners in the U.S. by Worth magazine. He owned construction, heavy equipment and underground utility companies. He became interested in cutting when his children began competing in youth rodeos and purchased Western State Ranches in Dublin, TX to raise top stock.

The horse Destiny, which Stran Smith rode when he won his tie-down roping world championship in 2008, was purchased from Mr. Adams.

In 2005, Mr. Adams and partner Michael Coronado bought the 960-acre Lazy E Arena complex – where Mr. Adams had once competed as a bull rider – from E.K. Gaylord II for an undisclosed price. In the years since, the Lazy E has resumed its place as the host venue for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and has partnered with the PRCA to produce the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.

Mr. Adams created the MillionHeir Classic in 2004 with $1.6 million in added money and diamond-studded, solid gold belt buckles for winners of the four-year-old division. It was held annually in conjunction with the South Point Cutting Championships in Las Vegas. Between 2004 and its final edition in 2010, the MillionHeir Classic paid out more than $9 million in prize money.

It was the only private stallion incentive program of its magnitude that has ever been paid out as advertised.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife of 34 years, Liz, and their six children: Weston, 32; Dustin, 30; Randon, 28; Jay, 26; Britney, 25, and Austin, 22.

Visitation and funeral services were held Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 at the Logandale (NV) Stake Center, 2555 N. St. Joseph Street. Funeral services followed the Friday morning visitation. Cards or flowers can also be sent to Moapa Valley Mortuary, P.O. Box 797, Logandale, NV 89021.

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