Rain doesn’t slow cowboys

By Eric Butler A cowboy’s work still has to go on even when it rains. Naturally then, the rodeo does also. The first full night of the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo went off on Thursday evening at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena — even if it wasn’t all as planned. No traditional […]

Mounted Patrol’s origins more than ceremonial

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David Downey of Clovis, a member of the Mounted Patrol Unit, drives steers on Wednesday before the start of the 2003 Steer Roping Classic at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Darrell Todd Maurina Today’s Curry County Mounted Patrol is best known for sponsoring the Clovis Pioneer Days Rodeo and participating in various parades […]

Learning the ropes

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Silver Burney of Wilford, Texas, got into the saddle Monday evening at the Little Buckaroo Rodeo, his mother knew he’d been training hard since taking up riding a few weeks ago. But Sandra Burney never expected her 10-year-old son to take first place in the egg-and-spoon race, his first rodeo […]