There’s a rodeo in heaven

After covering rodeos for over 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of change and loss in the rodeo world.  I was at Cheyenne Frontier Days when Lane Frost took his last ride and in the Thomas and Mack Center when Brent Thurman did the same. I watched with agony as my dear friend and Wrangler […]

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Welcome Home

There’s no doubt that rodeo is a community all its own. Traveling from one event to the next and spending much of the year on the road fosters a fellowship amongst competitors, stock contractors and personnel that is unique to the sport. And for most of those involved, more time is spent on the road […]

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Junior NFR

Before gold buckles are awarded to the champions at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), some young people will be earning buckles of their own at the Jr. NFR at Cowboy Christmas. The inaugural Jr. NFR consists of eight events:  miniature bull riding; 14-and-under tie-down roping; mini bareback riding; 13-and-under girls breakaway roping; 18-and-under team […]

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Taking care of our own

Cowboys and cowgirls have a history of taking care of their own and the generosity that allows them to do that never ceases to amaze me. The Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund was established in 1991 to help injured rodeo contestants pay their bills if they were injured and couldn’t compete. Since that time, over 7.8 […]

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Not too cool for school

Rodeo like other sports has levels of competitions. Most of the contestants at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) have worked their way through those ranks to get to Las Vegas. They start with youth rodeos in local communities, join groups like the National Little Britches Rodeo or American Junior Rodeo Association. As they […]

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Smokin Reata

He is the horse that was never supposed to be. Smokin Reata, a little sorrel blaze-faced gelding ridden by tie-down roper Shane Hanchey is like the little engine that could. At 17 years old, he is making his sixth appearance in the Thomas and Mack Center at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. When a 20-year-old […]

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