News and notes from the rodeo trail: Feb. 6
• The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo (BHSSR) organizers in Rapid City, SD, are still sifting through data, but are optimistic that they have surpassed their attendance record. Civic Center Manager, Brian Maliske, estimates more than 333,000 fans visited the BHSSR this year, breaking the record of 320,000 set in 2009, with an estimated economic impact of $45 million.
• Jim and Julie Sutton were honored in the arena Feb. 2 on the occasion of their 35th anniversary as producers of the BHSSR. During the Suttons’ tenure, the rodeo has 10 times been nominated as the PRCA Indoor Rodeo of the Year, winning the award in 2002 and 2003.
• The stock contracting company Western Trails Rodeo of Webster, MN, has been sold by Rex Walker, Jerome Robinson and Joe Simon to a group headed by Matt Williams and is now known as Silver Creek Pro Rodeo.
• The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame met its Jan. 31 deadline on a $104,000 bond payment and is now ready to hire an executive director for the Medora facility. Board president Phil Baird told the Dickinson (ND) Press that there are six applicants for the vacant position.