News and notes from the rodeo trail: May 29
• The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO, was placed under mandatory evacuation order on June 27-28 because of the threat posed by the Waldo Canyon Fire that killed two people and destroyed 347 homes in the nearby foothills.
The PRCA is extremely grateful to Tammy Fields, vice president of the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, for her assistance in arranging for four PRCA employees to enter the building on June 28 to check the servers, remove a server and laptops needed to continue the business of the organization. The PRCA staff would also like to express its sincere appreciation for the generosity of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association in allowing the ProCom staff to work at the WPRA offices in downtown Colorado Springs during the evacuation.
• Duane Howard, a top roughstock hand and later a PRCA official who worked 11 NFRs, was moved on July 1, from the intensive care unit to a private room at Med Center One in Bismarck, ND, where he is being treated for a severe head injury. Howard, inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2008 in the Notables category, fell last week while going out to collect the mail at his Sheyenne, ND, home and struck his head on the pavement. A CT scan determined that he had brain hemorrhaging and he was airlifted to Bismarck. There he was placed in an induced coma to minimize the chance of additional bleeding.
• The Isanti (MN) Firefighters Rodeo is back for its 36th annual edition on July 6-7, with a rebuilt arena. “After last year’s rodeo, the storm that hit Isanti took the whole existing preferred seating down,” Rodeo Chairman Tom Pagel told the Isanti County News, “So we just decided to rebuild it, adding length to the preferred seating section to make a new club section above the bucking chutes. Then we kept going by adding more club suites on the north end of the arena. The preferred seats are all sold out.” Groups renting the rodeo suites for a night are set up with food, beverages and reserved parking. The rodeo announcer’s booth is also now situated in the club suites on the north side, overlooking the chutes for events such as steer wrestling and team roping
• D and C Productions will be livestreaming coverage of the 90th annual Greeley (CO) Stampede through to its conclusion on July 4. Visit greeleystampede.org for pricing information.