News & Notes from the rodeo trail
The Wrangler Network will be live streaming rodeo action from Brighton, Fla., this weekend. On Feb. 13, the final performance of the Seminole Tribe Brighton Field Days PRCA Rodeo will take place, with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. (ET). Feb. 14, the Division 2 Xtreme Bulls event will also begin at 3 p.m. (ET). Fans can watch by going to http://www.wranglernetwork.com
Two-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Cody Wright suffered a fractured clavicle in his free (right) shoulder Jan. 23 in Fort Worth and has undergone surgery to repair it. The surgery, which took place in Cedar City, Utah, included a plate and screws being installed. As of now, there’s no update of how long he’ll be out of action.
The Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame have three new board members – Patricia Dawson, Norm Kessler and Susan Talbot. Dawson has volunteered for the Pendleton Round-Up for 32 years and for the Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame for 30. In addition to volunteering for the Pendleton Round-Up for the past 27 years, Kessler has served eight years as a Umatilla County Fair Board member and is the former treasurer of the Umatilla County Historical Society. Talbot has been a Happy Canyon and Round Up volunteer for more than 45 years, and was Round-Up Queen in 1981.
Tom (Stub) Louis Hill Jr., a former Rodeo Cowboys Association (precursor to the PRCA) bull rider, and Gold Card member, passed away Jan. 27 in Wickenburg, Ariz. He was 74. He joined the RCA in 1959, riding bulls full time until 1970. In addition to his bull riding, he was involved in rodeo public relations, promotional activities, and acted as “Advance” PR man for many of the large rodeo companies, such Cervi, Golden State and Flying U rodeo. After hanging up his bull riding rope in 1970 he later became advertising director for the ProRodeo Sports News at the PRCA headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Alvin (Pal) Palmer, a PRCA Gold Card member, passed away Jan. 22 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 83. He held cards in numerous amateur associations in the Northwest as well as the PRCA. He won the Montana Rodeo Association steer wrestling buckle in 1963, on his black mare “Scooter.”
Wanda Mae Harper Bush, a barrel racer who had a 53-year career, including winning world titles in 1952-53, passed away Dec. 29, 2015. She was 84. Bush was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and was the inaugural recipient of the Coca-Cola WPRA Woman of the Year honor. She spent her later years holding barrel racing clinics.
Bull rider Cord McCoy, who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2005, is attempting a comeback into PRCA action. McCoy hasn’t been a PRCA member since 2006, but at age 35 has decided to give it another go. His first rodeo back will be the Feb. 12-13 McAlester (Okla.) ProRodeo. McCoy was also recently a participant on the CBS TV show the Amazing Race.
The first performance of the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo opened with a tribute to San Angelo Police Sgt. Korby Kennedy, who was killed in June 2015 in a motorcycle crash while on duty. Sgt. Kennedy’s face appeared on the Jumbotron and the members of the San Angelo Police Traffic Division joined his widow, Georgana, and their children on the arena dirt.
The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show broke all its previous attendance records in 2016. The organization released figures showing a total of 1,257,900 paid a visit to the show, which began Jan. 15 and closed Feb. 6. That’s 9,400 more than the 2015 total, which was the previous record.
There’s a new clear bag policy at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros this year, as rodeo fans are being asked to keep their personal items in a clear tote or a gallon freezer bag. “No fanny packs, no backpacks, no big camera bags, no binocular bags,” Rodeo Chairwoman Debbie Barnett said. Organizers hope the clear bag policy will help fans get through security faster. The rodeo in Tucson, Ariz., begins Feb. 20.
The Deadwood (S.D.) City Commission has approved a $48,400 grandstand log replacement project at the Days of ‘76 Rodeo grounds. The cost proposal covers the removal and replacing of three structural log sections, crane and lifting equipment and installation of hardware. The current grandstands have slowly been deteriorating, and the project is being considered an emergency by city officials. The project is expected to take approximately five weeks of onsite work through March 4.
The Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center authority accepted the resignation of board member David Bothum last week. Bothum, a nine-time WNFR saddle bronc rider, said he was stepping down as the Farm-City Pro Rodeo’s representative on the board in order to bid on construction of the new rodeo arena being designed for EOTEC. Board members said they were surprised to see his letter of resignation and expressed appreciation for all of the time he had put into EOTEC.
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