Volunteers keep rodeo on t rack

By Jack King One night this week Karen McDaniel stayed at the rodeo arena well past midnight getting a veterinarian for a contestant whose horse was coming down with colic. One night last year she and her husband, Cory, stayed until 3:30 a.m., digging up and repairing a broken water line. But, McDaniel said, that’s […]

New event prepares ropers for next step

By Eric Butler The double mugging event is new to the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals and it’s proving to be a popular competition. The term has nothing to do with smiling for the camera or accosting someone for monetary gain, but instead means helping a roper tie down a calf. The event — […]

Rodeo tradition runs in family

By Jack King Rodeoing runs in Tuf Cooper’s family. His dad, Roy Cooper, has won eight world championships, including one all-around title. His brother-in-law, Trevor Brazil, won the world all-around title last year and is first in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association this year in steer roping. His uncle, Stran Smith, has made it to the […]

Rodeo promoters discus events center layout

By Jack King The arena floor is where you put on a rodeo — and if all the parts of the floor are there it doesn’t really matter what kind of building sits on top of it. That was the response of most of the rodeo promoters polled last week about the design chosen by […]

Junior rodeo begins Tuesday night

Kevin Wilson Three decades of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association comes full circle this week, as the HPJRA Finals will fill a week’s worth of activities. The rodeo, scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at Clovis’ Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, has been a part of New Mexico and Texas rodeo since the association was […]

Pioneer spirit lives on

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Candra Allison, Miss Rodeo New Mexico 2004, from Las Cruces, visits with Milie Harris Friday at the Laurel Plains Health Care and Rehabilitation (formerly High Plains). The rodeo queens, along with rodeo clowns, were visiting patients at area nursing By Janet Bresenham Ten-year-old Keaton Reed found it difficult to narrow down his choice for what […]

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 […]

Top names take center stage at Clovis rodeo

By Kevin Wilson Buster Record has spent more than a decade making his name as a steer roper in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Even if technically it isn’t his name. “It’s really a nickname,” said Record, who was named Tommy at birth, “but it’s the only name I’ve ever been called. It’s even on […]

Keeping things in the family

By Eric Butler Royce Ford doesn’t mind wearing hand-me-downs. His father, five-time world champion Bruce Ford, won the spurs at the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association in Clovis five years ago. Now the younger Ford, who lives in Kersey, Colo., is looking for a set of his own when the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo […]

Rodeo Hall of Famer to lead parade

By Gary Mitchell Rodeo stock contractor Mike Cervi is not the type to toot his own horn — but this year, he’ll get to lead the parade. Cervi, 66, of Greeley, Colo., was recently named as 2003 inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. He, along with six others, will […]