News & notes from the rodeo trail
The family of Allison Gorman is putting on a “Memorial Bulldoggers Only” event in his honor May 9 in Chinle, Ariz. Gorman – a Navajo steer wrestler who competed in PRCA rodeos throughout the 1990s – was killed in Albuquerque, N.M., July 19, 2014, along with another man when they were assaulted in a park by three teenagers while sleeping. The benefit bulldogging event will take place at 10 a.m., with $2,000 going to the winner. For more information, contact Adam Gorman at 928.675.9696.
A proposed name change for the slogan for the city of Oakdale, Calif., was met with great opposition last week. Looking to replace the current – and long-standing – motto of “Cowboy Capital of the World,” the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of “Pioneer Perfect.” In the end, the residents made it clear they wanted the original motto to stay, and the OTVB has backed off its desire for a new slogan.
A night before the Southeastern Livestock Exposition started in Montgomery, Ala., the 16th annual Southeastern Livestock Exposition Miracle Rodeo took place at Garrett Coliseum on March 18. The private benefit helped raise money for the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, known as Alabama’s foremost non-profit pediatric health-care provider. Every year, children that have been patients, and their families, are invited to the rodeo where they watch team roping and barrel racing exhibitions, then interact with several small animals and ride horses. More than $80,000 has been raised since the event began in 1999.
University of Nevada Las Vegas rodeo coach Ric Griffith is among the group of five new inductees into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame. Griffith joins NASCAR driver and Las Vegas native Kurt Busch, heavyweight boxer and area resident Mike Tyson, former UNLV star and Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Glenn Carano and professional golfer Joe Kelly.
Past students of Black Hills (S.D.) State University are getting some well-deserved recognition. The school will induct five people into the BHSU Rodeo Hall of Fame during the Cowboys and Candlelight Dinner and Auction on March 28. Inductees include former competitors Tony Chytka, Pat Chapman and Cindy Goeringer, as well as Lil and Gordon O’Dell – who are contributors to the rodeo program.
R.L. Garrigus has been named the grand marshal for the 70th Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo Parade. Garrigus has been announcing the rodeo for 35 years, and is a well-known radio voice throughout the community.
World War II veteran Georgene Benton has been named the grand marshal of this year’s Redding (Calif.) Rodeo Parade. Benton, 97, served in the U.S. Army from July 1943 through December 1945 as an operative and trainer in cryptography and physical training for the Secret Service. During her tour in World War II, Benton was the highest-ranking (T-7) official in her unit. –PRCA