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Saturday, September 12, 2015

J.R. Myers, placing in 2 roping events

J.R. Myers, placing in 2 roping events, is top money-winning cowboy at Cowtown Rodeo

PILESGROVE TWP. — J.R. Myers was the top money-winning cowboy at Cowtown Rodeo Saturday night.
Myers, of Felton, Pennsylvanita, placed first in the tie-down roping to win $511.83 and third in the team roping to win $352.50 for an evening's total of $864.33.
Here are the standings from Saturday night at Cowtown Rodeo. The results include the contestant's name, score or time, and winnings:
• Bareback Bronc Riding: Andy Carter, 66 score, $473.76; J.R. Mills, 65, $315.84. (Each cowboy's winnings included $78.96 in ground money.)
• Saddle Bronc Riding: Matthew Bartsch, 65, $789.60. (Bartsch's winnings included $394.80 in ground money.)

 Bull Riding: (Tie for first.) Robert Carter, 72, $521.70; Scott Sellers, 72, $521.70.  (Each cowboy's winnings included $156.51 in ground money.)
• Tie-Down Roping: J.R. Myers, 16.3 seconds time, $511.83; Terry Shetron, 18.9, $418.77. (Each cowboy's winnings included $139.59 in ground money.)
 • Steer Wrestling: Big Jim Banff, 5.1 seconds time, $462.48; Tyler Miller, 6.9, $346.86; Chad Stoltzfus, 7.2, $231.24; Ryan Whetham, 7.6, $115.62.
 • Team Roping: David Ballantyne and T.R. Serio, 7.1 seconds time, $705 each; Jimmy Healy Jr. and Joe Williams, 7.2, $528.75 each; Ross Clatterbuck and J.R. Myers, 8.5, $352.50 each; A.J. Williams and Ty Miller, 9.3, $176.25 each.
 Barrel Racing: Jaime Williams, 17.76 seconds time, $477.05; Jennifer Oberg, 17.98, $394.80; Belle Lawrence, 18.02, $312.55; Taylor Young, 18.03, $230.30; Jennifer Barrett, 18.08, $148.05; Nicole Yost, 18.14, $82.25.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

One Arm Bandit to perform at Logan County Fair PRCA rodeo

One Arm Bandit to perform at Logan County Fair PRCA rodeo

Has won PRCA Specialty Act of the Year award 12 times

Oklahoma native John Payne grew up in the ranching way of life.
At age 20, he was electrocuted by power lines and his right arm had to be amputated. But his way of life didn't change — doctors wanted to amputate his leg as well, but he told them he wouldn't want to live because he couldn't ride a horse with one leg. "After five weeks in the Tulsa (Okla.) burn center... John checked himself out and went home to start breaking a horse he had bought while in the hospital," says his website,
That was 40 years ago. In 1987, he started in rodeo in Ponca City, Okla., selling wild bulls to the stock contractor. After making negative comments about an act. the contractor challenged him to do better. His first show was a year later in that same place.
In his first year, he was nominated for the PRCA Specialty Act of the Year. Since then, he was won the award 12 times, most recently in 2011.
Animals in the show consist of Longhorn-Watusi steers, mustangs, mules and buffalo. Blackmouth cur dogs are a key part of the training process, the website says.
He says on his website that he believes "anything can be accomplished through sheer nerve, determination and the drive to excel in one's field."
Payne's act has expanded since his children, Lynn and Amanda, joined the gang.
The One Arm Bandit will be the specialty act at the PRCA Rodeo at the Logan County Fair. Tickets for the rodeo are available at
Contact Journal-Advocate managing editor Sara Waite at 970-526-9310 or

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NORCO: Day of the American Cowboy celebration set

NORCO: Day of the American Cowboy celebration set

Get in touch with your Wild West self and celebrate Horsetown USA’s 5th Annual National Day of the American Cowboy on July 27 and 28.
Presented by Polly’s Pies, Norco is hosting a family event which helps preserve America’s cowboy and Western heritage. The weekend event is at the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center to honor the heritage of the West and the cowboy values that helped build our country. Gates open at 10 a.m. and opening ceremonies will be at noon.
Admission is $5 per person, 10 and under free. Parking is $2 per vehicle. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
The festivities on Saturday will begin with a grand entry celebration featuring a performance from a Pony Express rider where the sheriff saves the day from ruthless bandits.
A presentation of flags from all 50 states by riders on horseback will follow. The day’s activities will continue with cow-chip tossing and the Mane Attraction equestrian drill team.
Participation events are ranch sorting and cowboy obstacle course; each has an additional $4.98 per person per run entrance fee.
Contestant arrival/signups: 8 a.m.; start: 10 a.m. Team Ribbon and Sled Races will take place for additional afternoon competition.
Heel-O-Matic signups begin at noon with roping starting at 1 p.m. Entries are limited. Entry fees apply.
Children’s Dummy Roping begins at 10 a.m. and is free to participate (three divisions, 5 and under, 6-9 and 10-13).
Saturday’s event continues with the Pacific Coast Junior Bull Riders Rodeo, including the Mutton Bustin and Bull Riding.
Also, enjoy a Cowboy BBQ Dinner ($10 per person) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and live concert in Moreno Arena featuring The Silverados from 7 to 9.
Overnight camping and horse stalls are available Saturday night only. Camping applications are available at
Sunday starts with cowboy breakfast ($4 per person) at 7 a.m. followed by cowboy church with Pastor Fred Griffin at 8. The day’s activities include sorting and extreme cowboy races. A trail ride departs from Ingalls Park at 10. Sunday is free admission and parking.
For more information on this event, call 951-377-7040 or visit

Thursday, September 22, 2011



The Gold Coast Hotel & Casino is offering rodeo fans several ways to celebrate the “Super Bowl of Rodeos” with after-party events and special room/ticket packages for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, scheduled for Dec.1-10, 2011, in Las Vegas.

National Finals Tonight

Head to “Where all the Cowboys go after the Rodeo®” at the award-winning National Finals Tonight Show, every night after the conclusion of the Finals.  Admission is free and fans will be treated to highlights and interviews with the most recognizable names in the world of professional rodeo.

This wrap-up of each day’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo events will be hosted at The Gold Coast by eight-time World Champion and Hall of Fame Cowboy Donnie Gay; World Champion Tie-Down Roper and All-Around Cowboy, Joe Beaver; and TV host Dan Miller.  They will be talking all things rodeo, featuring interviews with Pro Rodeo contestants and a variety of celebrities who enjoy and appreciate the western lifestyle.

Special appearances by legendary WNFR rodeo announcers Bob Tallman and Boyd Polhamus will include a Q & A session with these top cowboys.

Additionally, special prizes will be given away nightly, including autographed Fender guitars by country legends such as George Strait, courtesy of Wrangler.

For more information, please visit:

Gary Leffew’s Legendary Buck’N Ball
Live country music, dancing, free mechanical bull rides, and drink specials highlight The Legendary Buck’N Ball, Las Vegas’ greatest cowboy party.  The Buck’N Ball will be held each night, following the conclusion of the day’s NFR events.

Special performances by The Texas Jamm Band -- featuring members of George Strait’s Ace in the Hole Band -- and country-rock sensation Scotty Alexander will thrill fans on the dance floor and please even the most discerning country music lover.

There is no cover charge and all rodeo fans are welcome to join the nightly celebration.  Cowboy boots not required, but highly recommended.

For more information, please visit:

Room & Ticket Packages

Seven of Boyd Gaming’s Las Vegas hotel and casinos -- the Gold Coast, The Orleans, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, California, Fremont, and Main Street Station -- are offering special room and ticket packages for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.  Supplies are limited.  For more information and to book a room package, please visit: or call 888-582-6278 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            888-582-6278      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

About Boyd Gaming
Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) is a leading diversified owner and operator of 16 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana and Florida.  Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at .

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rodeo: Ziober wins bareback bronc riding title

Rodeo: Ziober wins bareback bronc riding title
By Todd Brewer

Sunday night marked the third and final performance of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo at the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo, but hardly the end of rodeo action at the fairgrounds, with events scheduled through next Saturday evening.

Cowboys from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Marseilles, France comprised the roster in the bareback bronc riding, but it was Huntsville, Texas cowboy Cody Ziober who came out on top with his score of 78 aboard No. 28 Vodka. Second, third and fourth was a three way split between Kansas cowboys Yance Day and Blaine Kaufman and the Frenchman Evan Jayne.

Parker Howell of Lenapah, OK topped the steer wrestling competition with his time of 4.4Kyle Irwin and Ryan Swayze tied for second and third with a 4.8 time

Stephenville cowboy Cody Anthony scored 80 points on his re-ride in the saddle bronc riding for the win with Tol Crawley of Crockett marking a 77 on his horse Strike Force for second. Close behind him with a 76 on Buckle Bunny was Seth Schafer, from Springer Oklahoma.

Cory Solomon’s 8.3 time in the tie down roping was fast enough to capture the win for the Prairie View, Tx cowboy. Benbrook’s Monty Eakin was 8.4 for second with Sterling Smith’s 10.5 quick enough to claim third.

Team roping was a catch one and win a check kind of contest, with nearly 20 seconds separating first and third.A 4.4 second time posted by Cody Heflin and Nick Rowland was the fastest time for the win, with Cody McMinn and Will Woodfin’s 5.6 second run claiming the second spot. Finishing in third was the team of Ryan Robinson and Steve Wolf with their time of 23.0 seconds.

Women’s barrel racing was a close contest with Casey Doebbler of Stephenville posting the quickest run of 17.17 seconds. A 17.25 second time split second and third between Granbury’s Reagan Dillard and Boyd’s McKinley Goodger.

The bull riding contest featured 3 time world champion J.W. Harris and top ranked Clayton Foltyn, but it was Oklahoma bull rider L.J. Jenkins who posted the lone score of 86 for the win.

Rodeo action returns to the fairgrounds Monday night with teams from local ranches competing in traditional working ranch cowboy events like bronc riding and team penning in the annual North Texas State Fair Ranch Rodeo.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Finding nearby rodeos helps cowboys earn extra cash

Finding nearby rodeos helps cowboys earn extra cash


Some smaller rodeo committees see opportunity.

They calculate that their rodeo is within less than a day's driving distance of a larger one. They draw high-profile competitors by scheduling their show on the same weekend.

During the past weekend, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's marquee rodeo was the Dodge City Round Up in Kansas, which offered competitors $291,961.

But on those days they were not scheduled to ride in Dodge City, many competitors headed to Abilene, Kan., to vie for a share of a $76,681 purse at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo. And there was eight-time world all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur who also traveled to Philipsburg, Kan., and took $1,763 from the rodeo's $96,885 purse.

Five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Bradley Harter of Weatherford has effectively worked multiple rodeos over the past two weekends. Last weekend, he earned $2,117 after tying for first (85 points) in the final round and finishing fourth overall in the saddle bronc riding race at Dodge City. He also pocketed $1,683 after winning the Abilene saddle bronc title.

On the weekend of July 29-31, Harter finished second at the 115th Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming ($7,744) and also came in No. 2 at the traditional rodeo in Deadwood, S.D. ($2,725). The Deadwood show is another example of a smaller rodeo that piggybacks on a larger one, a scheduling situation that's been in place for years.

After all that, Harter was ranked third in the PRCA's world saddle bronc riding standings with $71,415, which should be more than enough to qualify for the Dec. 1-10 National Finals in Las Vegas.

On the bubble

The Dodge City Rodeo was a boon for a North Texas bareback rider who is fighting to qualify for the 2011 National Finals. In order to make the cut, a cowboy must be ranked within the top 15 in a single event when the regular season concludes in late September.

Matt Bright of Azle, who is on pace to qualify for his second NFR, showed up at Dodge City ranked 15th in the PRCA bareback riding title race. But after finishing second and earning $5,165, he was ranked 13th in the world standings released Monday with $46,728.

PBR update

Brazilian Valdiron de Oliveira, who lives near Decatur, won last weekend's Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Billings, Mont., and earned $41,920. He clinched the title after turning in a final-round score of 89.5 aboard Jeffrey Scott's Titanium Tough (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls).

Silvano Alves, the PBR's 2010 Rookie of the Year, finished the weekend tour stop in second place, but held onto his world title race lead. In the world standings, Alves is No. 1 with 9,091.75 points, 200 ahead of No. 2 De Oliveira who has 8,891.75. This weekend, the tour stops in Tulsa.

Up and comer

Matt Birdwell, who is from the East Texas town of Bronson near Jasper, won the senior open division title at the Cinch World Bull Riding Finals last weekend in Abilene. The championships featured 197 contestants ages 19 and under.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Roper Whitfield surpasses $3 million

Roper Whitfield surpasses $3 million
Fred Whitfield became the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association’s third member to surpass the $3-million mark in career earnings after the tie-down roping superstar placed in a round at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming.
Only Trevor Brazile, an eight-time world all-around champion, and Billy Etbauer, a five-time saddle bronc riding gold buckle winner, had previously achieved the milestone in the PRCA.
Whitfield, an eight-time world champion from Hockley, surpassed the mark after finishing second in the first round of the Frontier Days with a time of 11.2 seconds for $6,088.
Prior to the rodeos during the weekend of July 29-31, the ProRodeo Hall of Famer was $3,825 short of the $3 million mark, according to the PRCA.
In 1999, Whitfield made headlines by becoming the sport’s first African-American world all-around champion.
Jake Barnes, a seven-time team roping champion, was another high-profile cowboy who reached a milestone during the weekend of July 29-30. Paired with two-time world champion heeler Walt Woodard, Barnes earned checks totaling $19,754 from three rodeos to become the 17th man in the PRCA to surpass $2 million in career earnings.
Barnes’ and Woodard’s biggest check was $15,095 from winning the average at the 115th Cheyenne rodeo. Other Cheyenne champions were steer wrestler Olin Hannum, saddle bronc rider Jesse Bail, steer roper Rocky Garnett, barrel racer Kim Schulze, tie-down roper Jerrad Hofstetter, bareback rider Casey Colletti and bull rider Shane Proctor.
Proctor, who is from Grand Coulee, Wash., has accomplished the rare feat of winning the bull riding title at two of the world’s most famous summer rodeos two weeks apart. He’s finished No. 1 at the Calgary Stampede and the Cheyenne rodeo.
After winning the $100,000 bull riding title July 17 at the Calgary rodeo, which was approved by the Professional Bull Riders, Proctor has earned more than $185,000 this season, which is expected to be way more than enough to qualify for the Oct. 26-30 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. After earning $11,871 on July 31 in Cheyenne, which was sanctioned by the PRCA, Proctor was ranked No. 1 in last week’s PRCA’s bull riding standings with $118,966. And that should be way more than enough to qualify for the Dec. 1-10 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
■ Lowe riding tough: Three-time world champion Will Lowe of Canyon was ranked No.1 in last week’s PRCA world bareback standings with $86,276 after finishing third at Cheyenne. In recent months, it’s been a close race among Lowe, Kaycee Feild, who was ranked No. 2 ($84,903) and Tilden Hooper, who was No. 3 ($83,130).
■ Gray on the mend: Don’t be surprised to see Ryan Gray on the card at the 2011 National Finals. Since he came from the injured list in June, Gray, who has homes in Cheney, Wash., and Petersburg, has been one hot bareback rider. During the weekend of July 28-31, Gray won the Last Chance Stampede in Helena, Mont., and the Chief Joseph Days in Joseph, Ore. After all that, Gray was ranked 20th in last week’s PRCA world bareback riding standings with $32,640 in 2011 earnings. He conceivably can move within the top 15 by the time the regular season ends in late September.
■ Cutting horse update: Many of the National Cutting Horse Association’s top aged-event competitors will visit Amarillo for the traditional West Texas Futurity. The show is scheduled for Aug. 13-21 at the Amarillo National Center.
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram during the past two decades. Email him at