Seconds matter in team roping

Julie Bryant In team roping, seconds can mean thousands of dollars to be won, or lost, and that was the case for more than 200 team ropers who made their way on Saturday to the Curry County Event Center to compete in the United States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals. Among them was a pair […]

New Mexico ropers competitive in USTRC

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Donnie J. Helmer, front, the header, and son Chad Helmer, the heeler, competed on Friday in the United States Team Roping Southwest Regional finals at Curry County Events Center. They didn’t get a time on the run. Julie Bryant New Mexico ropers took on the competition in fine fashion from […]

Ticket feature: Ropers to compete in Joe’s Boot Shop event

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File photo The Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping contest features world class rodeo stars and kicks off April 28 at the events center in Clovis. Freedom New Mexico The annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event continues to challenge the skills of ropers at every level while giving spectators a chance to see some of […]

Governor honors ENMU ropers with day

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Clarence Plank: Portales News-Tribune Portales Mayor and Executive Director of the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce Sharon King left gets ready to read a proclamation to Eastern New Mexico University student Michael Trujillo on Friday during the Michael Trujillo Day celebration at Sand’s Barber Shop. Trujillo and his team roping partner Chance Kiehne won the team […]

Roping event grows

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CNJ file photo Organizers say this weeks four-day Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event has become the largest in the nation and draws top national competitors. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Four things draw ropers to Clovis’ Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping event: • Good prize money • Comfort • Fresh calves • A […]

Ticket feature: Roping association expanding to New Mexico

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Courtesy photo The Original Team Roping Association plans to hold five team roping events at the Curry County Special Events Center between January and May. Freedom New Mexico Amarillo-based Original Team Roping Association is starting off the year by expanding to New Mexico. The group will be holding a team roping event Saturday and Feb. […]

Roping event set for weekend

CNJ Staff Hundreds of cowboys, both professional and amateur, will compete in calf-roping events this weekend. The third annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is being held Friday through Sunday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. According to event coordinator Joe Rhodes, 464 cowboys competed in the 2006 calf roping event. “Hopefully we will […]

A ROPER’S BEST FRIEND: Good calf-roping horses hard to find

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Kim Williamson of Farmington has won six world championships with the help of her horse Cutter. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer World champion calf roper Kim Williamson said she owes much of her success to her faithful steed. “I’ve had him since he was five,” said Williamson, who finished […]

Drawing right calf can make all the difference in roping

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Joshua Garrett of Gugdell Farms of Logan said 222 calves will be used in this weekend’s event. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Although it’s random, calf ropers know drawing the right calf can be the difference between a average run and a big payday. At Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping this […]

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 […]