Spring activities abound in area

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Residents afflicted with spring fever won’t have far to travel to assuage their symptoms with a plethora of events scheduled for the next weekend. Civic-minded individuals can enjoy some sunshine and clean up local streets by volunteering to participate in Keep Clovis Beautiful, which is part of the national […]

Calf roping fan friendly ‘Pro Bowl’

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer In few sports can an average Joe — or Joanne — step on the same playing field with the best in the game. Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping will be one of those exceptions. “It’s kind of like the NFL Pro Bowl,” Wayne Needham, the event’s producer said. “Except […]

Rodeo finals begin this week

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This young buckaroo tries to hang on during a timed event at last year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo. The HPJR begins Tuesday at Mounted Patrol Arena with more than 300 contestants under the age of 19 competing in various rodeo events. By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats, it’s […]

Disability doesn’t slow roper down

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Roping cattle may be nothing new in West Texas — but doing it with only one arm, like David Bishop does, could be something to write the homestead about. The Parmer County resident does not rope one-armed just to show off. He was born with half his right arm […]

Pioneer Days Rodeo begins tonight

By Eric Butler Fifty bull riders, 64 barrel racers and 49 calf ropers. That’s just the beginning of a steady stream of cowboys and cowgirls that will go in and out of the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena over the next three days. The 35th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, a PRCA-sanctioned event, will begin tonight […]

Roping becoming young man’s sport

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Clint Cooper went head-to-head with world champion Monty Lewis in roping contest Sunday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Plenty of the cowboys at Sunday’s calf-roping event at the Mounted Patrol Arena were less than a quarter-century old. According to old hands and young ones alike, that’s the […]

Long-standing Clovis tradition, calf roping, ‘great family fun’

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Dave Eastlake of Amarillo finishes his tie during the first round of the inaugural Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping competition Saturday at the Mounted Patrol Arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Shorty Sanders of Capitan said it’s more American than baseball. Organizer Scot Stinnett […]

Greyhounds lasso win in Odessa

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — Sophomore Stetson Herrera of Marvel, Colo., won the bareback riding competition, leading Eastern New Mexico University to men’s title last weekend at the Odessa College Rodeo. ENMU scored 220 points followed by Odessa College with 185. ENMU senior James Gililland teamed up with Clayton Jackson of Tarleton State to win […]

Brothers, competitors, teammates

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Dustin McDaniel, left, gets a hand from friend Logan Potts on Wednesday in preparation for his run in the 13-15 breakaway roping. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor During the week, two teenage brothers just a year apart participate in friendly roping competitions at their Clovis home. The loser does […]

Pioneer Days draws top performers

By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent If there isn’t someone who once won a world championship, or at least challenged for one, coming out of the chute during the 34th annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo over the next three nights, just look over to the cowboys lining the fence waiting their turn. Because there’s bound to […]

First horse auction of the year today

By Jack King Spring must have arrived in Clovis — Clovis Livestock Auction Inc. will hold its first horse auction this year today, Saturday and Sunday in its sale barn at 504 S. Hull. Held four times a year — in March, May, August and November — the event brings hundreds of people, and horses, […]

Muleshoe pastor guided by God to help roper

By Rick White Steve Friskup will humbly tell you he didn’t know what to do, frozen by uncertainty as a crowd gathered around a fellow calf roper who lay sprawled in the dirt, felled by an apparent heart attack. Don West, who had just finished a run in an amateur roping event in Stephenville, Texas, […]

Blind calf roper spreads message of never giving up

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Jerry Long of Capitan shakes the hand of Jonah Walls, 7, while talking to him and his mother Valda Walls, both of Texico, Tuesday evening at the Texico Educational Complex. By Gary Mitchell Jerry Long caught his friend by surprise a little more than four years ago when he said he […]

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 […]

Aragon wrestles away title

By Kevin Wilson CJ Aragon admitted that he needed some luck. He had all he needed on Saturday night. Aragon, listed as competitor No. 7 in the Clovis Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo, got the run he needed with a time of 5.3 seconds to win the steer wrestling championship. “I was just trying to get […]

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 […]