News and notes from the rodeo trail
Frontier Rodeo’s saddle bronc horse Midnight Delight, who was scheduled to compete at the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by Polaris RANGER, was humanely euthanized Oct. 26. She was 14. Midnight Delight appeared at the NFR in 2011 and 2013. Frontier Rodeo’s Heath Stewart said that Midnight Delight sustained a spinal injury on the company’s ranch, and it was determined that she would not recover from the injury. At the 2011 Wrangler NFR, Jacobs Crawley had a 76-point ride on Midnight Delight in Round 4 and then in Round 9 she bucked off Cole Elshere. During the 2011 WNFR, Cody Wright had an 83-point ride on Midnight Delight in Round 3 to tie for third, and then Jesse Bail had an 81-point ride on her in Round 8 to also tie for third place.
Tyrell Phipps, who was on his way to work with John Barnes at the upcoming WNFR to set up the livestock pens and be on the feed crew, passed away Nov. 16 near Bozeman, Mont., as a result of an auto accident. He was 21. Phipps loved ranching and rodeo and was actively involved in both from an early age. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting http://www.stevensonandsons.com. Memorials may be made to Jordan Ranch Rodeo.
The South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa will host a special reception Dec. 6 for a sizable group of Western Wishes kids and alumni. There will be a special screening of the feature film 8 Seconds and actors Luke Perry and Stephen Baldwin will attend the meet-and-greet reception along with three-time World Champion Tuff Hedeman, Clyde and Elsie Frost, and other rodeo legends and current champions. The Wrangler Network will post video of the event online. For further information contact Donnalyn Quintana (firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-591-0382).
Just a week removed from wrapping up the 2015 year-end and RAM Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo titles, Kamry Dymmek is well on his way to dominating the 2016 season. A 4.4-second run at the Nov. 20-21 Citrus Stampede Rodeo in Inverness, Fla., gave Dymmek the victory by a healthy margin of 2.8 seconds and brought his win total to three in the 2016 season; he had earlier wins in Arcadia, Fla., and Indiantown, Fla. RSCFR champion Tim Pharr also ended up at the top of the standings in Inverness, sharing the tie-down roping title with Jeremy Davis.
Capt.Frank Wyant – who has been actively involved with the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo for 13 years and currently serves as president of the rodeo’s board of directors – has been selected as the new police chief in Caldwell. Wyant has served 24 years in the Caldwell Police Department, and will take over for Chief Chris Allgood, who is retiring next month.
The Cheney (Wash.) Rodeo Grounds’ Bi-Mart Arena is going to have a different look come 2016, with new bleacher seating. Three-quarters of the old wooden portion of the northeast seating section will be replaced. “This effort will replace aging structures with new structures that take less maintenance and add 1,000 seats by 2016, a 28 percent increase,” Cheney Rodeo spokesman Rick Edwardssaid. The project to replace all of the bleachers started in 2012, at a projected of $125,000.