News and notes from the rodeo trail: May 29
• Six-time NFR steer wrestling qualifier Bob Christophersen heads the 2012 induction class of nine for the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. He will be honored in ceremonies June 22-23 in Medora, ND, along with stock contractor Walter Piehl Sr., who supplied stock for PRCA rodeos in the region; Norman O’Neil, Pete Pelissier, Newton Burr Sr., Angus Bell, Melvin Leland, the saddle bronc horse Anchors Aweigh and the Price Ranch. Christophersen won NFR average titles in 1971 and 1975 and had 59 consecutive qualified runs in NFR competition (1971-75, 1977).
• Barry Brown, who came back from nearly fatal injuries in the arena to eventually qualify for the National Finals Rodeo, has written a book about his life and rodeo career. The Bionic Bullrider details the incident in a 1968 rodeo in Superior, WI, in which a bull broke his sternum and five ribs, essentially splitting his chest in two, and the ground breaking surgery that drew coverage in several medical journals. Brown was Comeback Cowboy of the Year in 1971 and qualified for the NFR in 1974. For more information, visit http://www.bionicbullrider.com.
• The feature film Soda Springs (2010), written and starred in by Jay Pickett, the brother of two-time World Champion Dee Pickett, is now available on DVD and as a download through Amazon.com and iTunes.com. The film won the People’s Choice Award at the Sun Valley (Idaho) Film Festival in March.