A view from under the pew: the great bugtussle rodeo

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist boss whoever first spoke or sang – i love a parade – must have been misquoted i m almost sure they said – i love a rodeo -

Ticket feature: Joe’s Boot Shop owner hosting ranch rodeo

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File photo Saturday’s Curry County Ranch Rodeo, scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, will include children’s activities such as stick horse racing. Freedom New Mexico This weekend, crowds will have an opportunity to see a rodeo done ranch-style. Joe Rhodes said ranch rodeos are unique from other rodeos in that […]

ENMU takes women’s title at Western Texas College Rodeo

CNJ staff SNYDER, Texas — Freshman Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad was the all-around champion, helping Eastern New Mexico Unversity take the women’s team title in the Western Texas College Rodeo over the weekend. The Zias finished with 270 team points to 140 for Tarleton State and 120 for West Texas College in a field of […]

National rodeo final not for timid

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 10 days in early December in Las Vegas, just finished. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding. The top 15 competitors of the year in each event could compete for the world […]

Commission to discuss hosting rodeo

Freedom New Mexico At today’s Curry County Commission Meeting, commissioners are expected to: • Discuss applying to host the New Mexico High School Rodeo next year. • Vote on a contract with HDR Engineering Inc. for services to be used in conjunction with the Joint Land Use Study • Vote on an agreement with Quay […]

I bared it all trying to prove myself

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Like most other country kids I grew up with rodeo — both watching and participating. In the old days, bull riding was the last event of the day because the audience would be sure and stay for the chance to see a wreck or two. About the time I became […]

ENMU rodeo program receives donation from wind farm operator

Freedom New Mexico The rodeo program at Eastern New Mexico University got a $10,000 boost from a local wind generating company for a covered practice facility. Edison, which operated wind turbines near Elida, donated the money to go to the 120 x 240-foot facility which is scheduled for completion in 2010.

High school rodeo finals set for next week

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer

State high school rodeo president helped bring finals to Curry County

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Elidia’s Trent Bilberry’s time during Friday’s morning go-round at the Curry County Special Events Center was 22.56 seconds with a 10 second penalty for breaking the barrier. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The president of the state high school rodeo association is hoping he can take his calf roping […]

Dora roper eyes national event

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dora’s Jesse Clark had a time of 13.76 seconds on his first go in the tie-down calf-roping event Thursday during the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association finals held at the Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Jesse Clark of Dora has been waiting all year […]

Champ looking for repeat

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Todd Burns of Albuquerque scored 75 points during the bareback bronc riding event of Saturday’s Pioneer Days Rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Stran Smith has been calf roping since he was 16 years old, and last year he earned the title of […]

Rodeo still remains true to its roots

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I got a chance to do something last week I haven’t been able to do in 35 or 40 years. I sat through a performance Thursday at the Pioneer Days Rodeo. I’ve been to lots of rodeos in three different states in that time, but I’ve always been there as […]

Pioneer breakfast

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Maegan Ridley, Miss Rodeo America, listens to a story from Curry County Pioneer, Lala Barnes, right while Lala’s daughter, Vivian Lake listens. Barnes told Ridley about the time she had made a batch of lye soap and laid it outside to dry. She said their greyhound dogs ate them all. Many women shared stories Friday […]

Farwell cowgirl among nation’s best barrel racers

Eric Butler: Freedon New Mexico Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. Cassie Moseley, 27, finished the 2008 season at fourth place year-end standings in barrel racing. Entering the Professional Rodeo […]

Risk pays off for Farwell barrel rider

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Farwell’s Cassie Moseley was fourth in the nation in barrel racing last year. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Of the dozens of competitors on the first night of the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, one resident of Farwell was sure sitting pretty after taking a risk over a year ago. […]

First person: Private investigator takes week off for rodeo

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident and Mounted Patrol member Kevin Clements gets the Curry County Events Center arena ready for the rodeo each night. Pioneer Days rodeo events couldn’t take place without help from Mounted Patrol member Kevin Clements. Clements, 53, prepares the arena for the rodeo events each evening. Clements took a […]

Rodeo queen’s job never ends

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks As part of the registration process, Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant contestants Kelly Horton of Placitas, left, and Bethany Lauren Sweat of Nogal take a test Wednesday on rodeo knowledge and current events at the Days Inn. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Maegan Ridley got a key to the […]

Poineer Days Rodeo moves indoors

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jared Smith of Ranger, Texas, holds on tight aboard Hello Dolly during last year’s bareback bronc riding competition at the annual PRCA Pioneer Days. The rodeo starts Thursday in the Special Events Center. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico An increase in competitors, partially thanks to a new venue, has […]

Special county commission meeting scheduled

The Curry County Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Friday. Items on the agenda include approval of a bank services contract, a change in fair ticket prices and a resolution for Rodeo Council Funding. The special meeting was scheduled because the first June commission meeting was canceled and the second was postponed […]

Rodeo: Hounds fifth at Howard

CNJ staff BIG SPRING, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men finished fifth in the Howard College rodeo over the weekend. Senior Kyle Roberts of Durango, Colo., teamed with Jake Cobb of Weatherford College (Texas) for first place in team roping with a time of 13.3 seconds. Junior Payton Terry teamed with Tarleton State’s Lance […]