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Rodeo events roundup

For the June 27, 2009 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

I’m delighted to learn the Pendleton Round-up Hall of Fame is inducting wonderful pioneer cowgirl and bronc rider Ollie Osborn this year. The Eastern Oregon ranch girl made quite a name for herself in rodeo, and will join twice World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Deb Copenhaver in the Pendleton Class of 2009. Copenhaver is already in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, and competed at Pendleton 15 years running. The third honoree, who will be inducted September 13th, is former Pendleton Round-Up Chief, Willie Wocatsie.

Speaking of Halls of Fame, the ProRodeo Hall induction at Colorado Springs is coming right up, July 11th. I hope to be there to see Erv Korkow, one of my alltime favorite rodeo producers, honored.

Another exciting event on the horizon is the annual Clown Reunion you’ve been reading about in this publication. That gathering of rodeo funny men from across the nation will take place July 23-25 in Deadwood, SD, along with their Days of ’76 prorodeo (888-838-2855.) These celebrities will be signing autographs Thursday and Friday afternoon at the Mineral Palace Casino in downtown Deadwood. To learn more, contact Clown Reunion Chairman Gail Woerner at 512-266-1001.

Of course those events overlap the National Day of the American Cowboy, as designated by the United States Senate on May 12th. Resolution 142 reminds Americans of the role of cowboys in developing the American West, and encourages recognition of the honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, patriotism and strong work ethic traditional to cowboys and their culture. I hope you’ll be somewhere doing something to honor cowboys on July 25th.

For those attuned to today’s technological age, news and information about professional rodeo is more attainable than ever. The Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA) has expanded to include Facebook and Twitter with stories, results and updates from ProRodeo Sports News and ProRodeo.com. Links can be found in the lower-left column of ProRodeo.com, and Facebook members can type in ProRodeo Sports News to access. Sean Daniels, Vice President of PRCA Properties said, “We’re excited about reaching members and rodeo fans in this new way and letting them know quickly what’s in the PSN and on ProRodeo.com.”

We’ve just heard and read about recent Relay for Life events across the region raising money for cancer charities. You can no doubt read great information about rodeo’s Tough Enough To Wear Pink campaign on those Facebook and Twitter links. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo committee in Colorado Springs recently raised more than $13,000 through a Tough Enough To Wear Pink event.

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The Wrangler Junior Finals Rodeo is coming up in Gallup, NM for junior high students, and we tip the old Tri-State Stetson to all those who are qualifying. Skylar Eagles from Colorado is one who will be there, having qualified in all five of her events.

I’m especially proud of cousin Ashten Marchant, 7th grade student at Newcastle, WY Middle School, for qualifying in goat tying, pole bending and ribbon roping. Ashten is related to a lot of rodeoing families from Tri-State Country, including Marchants, Big Crows, Ehrs and Sedgwicks, and is repeating her habit of recent years by winning on the Wyoming Junior Rodeo Association circuit for 2009 as well.

More than 1,000 contestants from 47 states, Canadian provinces and Australia will be in Gallup to compete in the Wrangler Junior Finals Rodeo for more than $75,000 in prizes and more than $50,000 in scholarships. Daily rodeo results will be available for fans of the junior cowboys and cowgirls by going to nhsrawranglerdivision.org.

Another great event for youth is the Montana Quarter Horse Youth Association (MQHYA) Stampede, coming up at the Majestic Valley Arena in Kalispell, MT over Independence Day, July 2-5. A Pro-Am Trail Sweepstakes features $1,000 added money, and the Showmanship Classic, open to all Non-Pro exhibitors offers $500 added money. All proceeds go to the MQHYA and you can contact Darlene Chase at (208) 798-0763 or (208) 305-6130.

One of Wyoming’s premiere rodeo events for women is the Central Wyoming Fair Rodetto, coming up at the fairgrounds in Casper, July 8th and 9th. They offer Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Keyhole Race, Goat Tail Tying and Untying. Age divisions go from 5 and under to Open, and barrel racing is 4D. Cash purses are added in all categories. Entries are due July 1 or 2, called in to Mary Strand (307) 351-7335 or Julie Gomez (307) 259-0553. That’s an event that’s been around at least since the 1960’s… maybe longer.

Speakin’ of Casper, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Alumni had a fun get-together during the recent NIRA Finals Rodeo there. Sixty-Year Members, or members of 1949 were specially honored, and a lot of them attended. The group (listed with alma mater) included Roger Walter, 1949 NIRA Commissioner; John Gammon, UW; Tommy Kuiper, Colorado A Joe Forney, Colorado A Willard “Bill” Phillips, Kansas State; John Finley, Kansas State; Dan V. Rogers, Pierce College California; Norman McNew, U of NM; Harry Hopson, NM A Charlie Rankin, Texas A Charles Dunning, Montana State; Eugene Pederson, Montana State; and Jim Easley, Texas Tech.

They were introduced during the Friday night performance with this statement: “1949: Harry Truman was president, gas cost 17 cents a gallon, and anyone with a horse trailer probably built it himself. That was the year of the first College Finals Rodeo, and it set a high standard. Held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, the legendary Cy Taillon was the announcer, Harry Rowell provided the livestock and the rodeo clown was Slim Pickens. Eighty-four contestants from nine states and representing 14 colleges and universities took part. Some of those cowboys have names very familiar to rodeo fans: Harley May, who 10 years later as President of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, helped put together the first professional National Finals Rodeo: Tuffy Cooper who started a rodeo dynasty, and Cotton Rosser of the Flying U Rodeo Company.”

I’m sure that was a very special moment for each of them, and should’ve given pause to current participants as they realized how hard it would’ve been to begin and develop what they enjoy today in college rodeo. We tip the ol Tri-State Stetson to them all.

Finally, I know many of you are acquainted with Lucas and Melinda Stolhammer from the Cheyenne River country here in Wyoming. Lucas is one of the good ones when it comes to colt starting and horse breaking, and Melinda’s folks Clayton and Sally Chord raise some dandy Quarter Horses in the region. You may or may not have heard that Lucas and Melinda’s baby daughter Carli, born May 22, underwent open heart surgery at Childrens Hospital in Omaha, NE soon afterward. Many prayers have been answered and Carli is home at the ranch with her family, growing and doing very well. A Carli Stolhammer Benefit Fund has been established through Wells Fargo Banks to assist the family with the sizable expenses of Carli’s care. If you would like to help donations can be mailed to Wells Fargo Bank, 1040 Main Street, Sturgis, SD 57785.

Looks like that’s the end of our ol’ lariat rope for one more time…

I’m delighted to learn the Pendleton Round-up Hall of Fame is inducting wonderful pioneer cowgirl and bronc rider Ollie Osborn this year. The Eastern Oregon ranch girl made quite a name for herself in rodeo, and will join twice World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Deb Copenhaver in the Pendleton Class of 2009. Copenhaver is already in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, and competed at Pendleton 15 years running. The third honoree, who will be inducted September 13th, is former Pendleton Round-Up Chief, Willie Wocatsie.

Speaking of Halls of Fame, the ProRodeo Hall induction at Colorado Springs is coming right up, July 11th. I hope to be there to see Erv Korkow, one of my alltime favorite rodeo producers, honored.

Another exciting event on the horizon is the annual Clown Reunion you’ve been reading about in this publication. That gathering of rodeo funny men from across the nation will take place July 23-25 in Deadwood, SD, along with their Days of ’76 prorodeo (888-838-2855.) These celebrities will be signing autographs Thursday and Friday afternoon at the Mineral Palace Casino in downtown Deadwood. To learn more, contact Clown Reunion Chairman Gail Woerner at 512-266-1001.

Of course those events overlap the National Day of the American Cowboy, as designated by the United States Senate on May 12th. Resolution 142 reminds Americans of the role of cowboys in developing the American West, and encourages recognition of the honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, patriotism and strong work ethic traditional to cowboys and their culture. I hope you’ll be somewhere doing something to honor cowboys on July 25th.

For those attuned to today’s technological age, news and information about professional rodeo is more attainable than ever. The Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA) has expanded to include Facebook and Twitter with stories, results and updates from ProRodeo Sports News and ProRodeo.com. Links can be found in the lower-left column of ProRodeo.com, and Facebook members can type in ProRodeo Sports News to access. Sean Daniels, Vice President of PRCA Properties said, “We’re excited about reaching members and rodeo fans in this new way and letting them know quickly what’s in the PSN and on ProRodeo.com.”

We’ve just heard and read about recent Relay for Life events across the region raising money for cancer charities. You can no doubt read great information about rodeo’s Tough Enough To Wear Pink campaign on those Facebook and Twitter links. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo committee in Colorado Springs recently raised more than $13,000 through a Tough Enough To Wear Pink event.

The Wrangler Junior Finals Rodeo is coming up in Gallup, NM for junior high students, and we tip the old Tri-State Stetson to all those who are qualifying. Skylar Eagles from Colorado is one who will be there, having qualified in all five of her events.

I’m especially proud of cousin Ashten Marchant, 7th grade student at Newcastle, WY Middle School, for qualifying in goat tying, pole bending and ribbon roping. Ashten is related to a lot of rodeoing families from Tri-State Country, including Marchants, Big Crows, Ehrs and Sedgwicks, and is repeating her habit of recent years by winning on the Wyoming Junior Rodeo Association circuit for 2009 as well.

More than 1,000 contestants from 47 states, Canadian provinces and Australia will be in Gallup to compete in the Wrangler Junior Finals Rodeo for more than $75,000 in prizes and more than $50,000 in scholarships. Daily rodeo results will be available for fans of the junior cowboys and cowgirls by going to nhsrawranglerdivision.org.

Another great event for youth is the Montana Quarter Horse Youth Association (MQHYA) Stampede, coming up at the Majestic Valley Arena in Kalispell, MT over Independence Day, July 2-5. A Pro-Am Trail Sweepstakes features $1,000 added money, and the Showmanship Classic, open to all Non-Pro exhibitors offers $500 added money. All proceeds go to the MQHYA and you can contact Darlene Chase at (208) 798-0763 or (208) 305-6130.

One of Wyoming’s premiere rodeo events for women is the Central Wyoming Fair Rodetto, coming up at the fairgrounds in Casper, July 8th and 9th. They offer Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Keyhole Race, Goat Tail Tying and Untying. Age divisions go from 5 and under to Open, and barrel racing is 4D. Cash purses are added in all categories. Entries are due July 1 or 2, called in to Mary Strand (307) 351-7335 or Julie Gomez (307) 259-0553. That’s an event that’s been around at least since the 1960’s… maybe longer.

Speakin’ of Casper, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Alumni had a fun get-together during the recent NIRA Finals Rodeo there. Sixty-Year Members, or members of 1949 were specially honored, and a lot of them attended. The group (listed with alma mater) included Roger Walter, 1949 NIRA Commissioner; John Gammon, UW; Tommy Kuiper, Colorado A Joe Forney, Colorado A Willard “Bill” Phillips, Kansas State; John Finley, Kansas State; Dan V. Rogers, Pierce College California; Norman McNew, U of NM; Harry Hopson, NM A Charlie Rankin, Texas A Charles Dunning, Montana State; Eugene Pederson, Montana State; and Jim Easley, Texas Tech.

They were introduced during the Friday night performance with this statement: “1949: Harry Truman was president, gas cost 17 cents a gallon, and anyone with a horse trailer probably built it himself. That was the year of the first College Finals Rodeo, and it set a high standard. Held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, the legendary Cy Taillon was the announcer, Harry Rowell provided the livestock and the rodeo clown was Slim Pickens. Eighty-four contestants from nine states and representing 14 colleges and universities took part. Some of those cowboys have names very familiar to rodeo fans: Harley May, who 10 years later as President of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, helped put together the first professional National Finals Rodeo: Tuffy Cooper who started a rodeo dynasty, and Cotton Rosser of the Flying U Rodeo Company.”

I’m sure that was a very special moment for each of them, and should’ve given pause to current participants as they realized how hard it would’ve been to begin and develop what they enjoy today in college rodeo. We tip the ol Tri-State Stetson to them all.

Finally, I know many of you are acquainted with Lucas and Melinda Stolhammer from the Cheyenne River country here in Wyoming. Lucas is one of the good ones when it comes to colt starting and horse breaking, and Melinda’s folks Clayton and Sally Chord raise some dandy Quarter Horses in the region. You may or may not have heard that Lucas and Melinda’s baby daughter Carli, born May 22, underwent open heart surgery at Childrens Hospital in Omaha, NE soon afterward. Many prayers have been answered and Carli is home at the ranch with her family, growing and doing very well. A Carli Stolhammer Benefit Fund has been established through Wells Fargo Banks to assist the family with the sizable expenses of Carli’s care. If you would like to help donations can be mailed to Wells Fargo Bank, 1040 Main Street, Sturgis, SD 57785.

Looks like that’s the end of our ol’ lariat rope for one more time…