News and notes from the rodeo trail
Oakdale, CA, cowboy Daniel Green earned his third Timed Event Championship of the World title on March 3, completing the 25-run marathon in Guthrie, OK, with a time of 313.6 seconds and earnings of $52,000. “Mission accomplished,” said Green, 40, who also won in 2002 and 2008. “It wasn’t perfect by any means. Many times it’s not, but that’s the Timed Event Championship. It’s adapt, adjust and overcome. It’s the guy that perseveres, and I just kept my mind set. These kids were coming in here and roping fast, and I just kept solid. I’ve been here enough to know.” Green, competing in his 17th TEC, finished 30.3 seconds ahead of runner-up Paul David Tierney with six-time TEC champion Trevor Brazile in third place. Tierney and Brazile each earned $25,000 in this 29th annual event in which each man competes in all five timed-event disciplines: team roping-heading, team roping-heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.
A memorial service for David Glover, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bull riding qualifier, is scheduled for 4 p.m. on March 16 at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Claremore, OK. Donna McSpadden, Sharon Shoulders and Marvin Paul Shoulders will officiate at the ceremony with Bobby Steiner and Don Endsley. Memorial contributions may be made to HANDS, P.O. Box 317, Chelsea, OK 74016 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Pueblo, CO, cowboy Josh Peek, a six-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, has just launched a new fee-based digital training platform through Ingrained Media. Rodeo competitors can submit video footage of themselves to http://joshpeekprotips.com for Peek to review and critique so that they can continue to improve their skills.
Four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Bobby Mote conducted a three-day clinic in Helena, MT, March 1-3.
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For the second consecutive year, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo broke its record for attendance on the grounds, jumping from 1.5 million people a year ago to 1.67 million in 2013. This includes 17 sold out performances of the rodeo/concert in the AT&T Center.
Three-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, television actor and musician Monty “Hawkeye” Henson was the headliner at the Feb. 23, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Celebration and Expo, in Mandan. His flamboyant riding style (www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLZeCwSjcPU) and daring dismounts prompted rodeo fans to compare Henson to the likes of Casey Tibbs. “I am tickled to be a part of this event preserving rodeo and the cowboy way,” Henson said. “I’m a cowboy and North Dakota likes cowboys!” Former PRCA bull rider Tom Solberg is one of four modern-era rodeo cowboys nominated for induction into the NDCHOF; the ceremony is scheduled for June 22 in Medora.
Steer wrestler Austin Courmier of Oakwood, TX, the son of four-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Dan Courmier, is out for 4-6 months following surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
The California Six Pac Rodeos are offering a $4,000 bonus and a silver buckle to the competitors in each event who have the best overall results in Oakdale (April 13-14), Red Bluff (April 19-21), Clovis (April 26-28), Redding (May 15-18), Hayward (May 17-19), Livermore (June 8-9) and Reno, Nev. (June 20-29). Second-place finishers in the series point system receive a $2,000 bonus. To be eligible, contestants must compete in all seven rodeos. For further information, contact Russ Fields at 510.915.0575 or Gerry Beckerdite at 209.847.6425. F
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