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News and notes from the rodeo trail

by Tracy Renck | Jun 10, 2019

PRCA Stat of the Week: $8,658

The amount of money saddle bronc riders Ryder Wright and Taos Muncy earned in 2018 and 2019 by winning the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo aboard Big Bend Rodeo's Major Huckleberry. Wright earned $4,484 for his 88-point ride on Major Huckleberry in 2018 and Muncy earned $4,174 for his 86-point ride over the weekend at Sisters.

 What to Watch For

ProRodeo Live with Steve Kenyon

Lexington (Ky.) Rodeo, June 14-15, 7:30 p.m. (ET)


News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Veteran saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz’s journey to qualify for his seventh Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has hit a detour. The Desdemona, Texas, cowboy had surgery for a sports hernia injury May 30 in Philadelphia performed by Dr. William Meyers. Diaz expects to be out of action at least eight weeks. “My groin and lower abdomen both tore off my pelvis,” said Diaz, 32. “I irritated it back in Mercedes (Texas) in March, and it seemed like it was getting worse all spring and then it was getting better. It was back and forth, but I was riding (May 19) and I heard it pop like four times before I could get off the horse. The day I hurt it, I went straight to Dr. Tandy (Freeman’s office) (May 20). He told me I needed to fly up to Philadelphia to have them do the surgery.” Diaz was 11th in the June 10 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $52,520. Diaz has qualified for the Wrangler NFR six times – 2007, 2009, 2012-13, 2015 and 2018. He finished a career-best sixth in the 2016 world standings. A year ago, Diaz placed eighth in the world standings. “It just depends on how hard you work at it and how good you heal,” said Diaz when asked about his timetable for recovery. “The doctor told me professional athletes are typically back in six weeks to full competition, but he said we are not considered the same thing because roughstock athletes are using their groins a lot more than say a pro football player is, so he said it will be eight to 10 weeks to recover from the injury.” Although Diaz is going to be sidelined, he’s highly optimistic the injury will not ruin his season plans. “I don’t have any doubts whatsoever that I can make the NFR,” Diaz said. “I’m hooked up with physical therapist Brad Bettis and I told him I want to be back in eight weeks at the latest. He’s going to push me as hard as he can. I’m hoping to be back for Dodge City (Kan., July 31-Aug. 4).”


The 76th annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo May 30 through June 2, brought out an estimated 35,000 people and raised a record $800,000 for charitable causes during its four-day run according to a report in the Santa Maria Times on June 3. "The stands were full, there were people on the midway, parking was full," said Johnna Clark, media director for the rodeo. The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo was a PRCA ProRodeo Tour rodeo. During this year's event, hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised for a variety of charitable causes, including a record $795,526 from the Elks Rodeo Queen campaigns. 


Next Up

June 11          Weatherford (Texas) Division 2 Xtreme Bulls

June 12          Sangamon County Fair, New Berlin, Ill.

June 12          Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse, Cleburne, Texas

June 12          Buffalo Bill Rodeo, North Platte, Neb.

June 12          Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo, Weatherford, Texas, begins

June 13          Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo begins

June 13          San Juan Stampede Pro Rodeo, Monticello, Utah, begins

June 13          Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo, Silver City, N.M., begins

June 14          Dawson County Fair and Rodeo, Glendive, Mont.

June 14          Bonneville (Alberta) Pro Rodeo begins

June 14          Stockyards Championship, Fort Worth, Texas

June 14          St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo, Glenwood City, Wis., begins

June 14          Lexington (Ky.) Rodeo begins

June 14          Newtown (N.D.) Rodeo Days Adrian Foote Memorial

June 14          Stanley (Wis.) Rodeo begins

June 14          Innisfail (Alberta) Pro Rodeo begins

June 15          Goshen (Conn.) Stampede

June 15          Mesquite (Texas) Championship Rodeo

June 15          Cowtown Rodeo, Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J.

June 15          Belt (Mont.) PRCA Rodeo begins

June 15          Evergreen (Colo.) Rodeo begins

June 15          Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo, Grover, Colo., begins

June 16          Goshen (Conn.) Stampede

June 16          Jordan (Mont.) Match Xtreme Bronc Ride          




2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through June 10, 2019



Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas



Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah



Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.



Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo.



Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.



Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah



Michael Otero, Weatherford, Texas



Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas



Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.





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