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News and notes from the rodeo trail

by Tracy Renck | Aug 20, 2019


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News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The nominees for the PRCA Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award were announced Aug. 15. The nominees are: Grant & Betsy Harris; Roy & Virginia Honeycutt; Edie Longfellow; Duane Reichert; Jim Svoboda. The award recognizes and honors contract personnel members of the PRCA who have dedicated their lives to the rodeo industry through their commitment, hard work and contributions. The final balloting process will be conducted Oct. 1-11 for applicable PRCA members. The winner will be known and announced before the awards ceremony in Las Vegas.



Bull rider Jeff Askey, a two-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, is expected to miss a couple of weeks after dislocating his right shoulder. Askey, who made the Finals in 2016 and 2018 and was 12th in the Aug. 19 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $89,790, suffered the injury when he was bucked off D&H Cattle Company’s Margin Call on Aug. 9 at the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo. “I’m just going to take two weeks off and get some physical therapy and get my shoulder back to where it needs to be,” said Askey, 31. “When I got bucked off, all my weight came down on my (right) elbow and it jammed my shoulder and dislocated it. I’m going to physical therapy. It helps that this is my riding arm and there will not be a lot of motion. My (right arm) stays on my side and doesn’t move a lot. This time of the year and where I am in the standings, I need to come back as soon as possible.” Askey, who hasn’t had shoulder problems in the past, is hoping to return to riding at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, Aug. 30-Sept. 2. “I had never been on that bull (Margin Call) before,” said Askey, who lives in Athens, Texas. “I was about midway through the ride and he got me to the outside and threw me off.” A year ago, Askey finished a career-best fifth in the world standings with $225,624. He had a solid Wrangler NFR, placing in all five rounds that he made the whistle. He finished third in the average and earned $118,237 at the Finals. While Askey plans to return, saddle bronc rider Lefty Holman is done for the season with a left knee injury. Holman was 24th in the Aug. 19 world standings with $52,039. “My knee started bothering me at Cheyenne (Wyo.) in the short round (July 28), and it just got worse,” Holman said. “The doctors told me I have a tendon that’s torn and some other stuff, and I can’t compete anymore this season. The doctors are going to look at my knee one more time and then schedule me for surgery.” Holman said when he was bucked off Stace Smith Pro Rodeos Junior Bonner in Cheyenne he took two steps and his left knee popped. “I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t think it was that serious until it got worse,” Holman said. Holman’s last ride this season came at the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Family Tradition when he had a 79.5-point ride Aug. 7. “I could ride through the pain, but because of the torn tendon in my knee I had no power and I couldn’t ride up to my capabilities,” said Holman, who won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo in June. “I was right there to have a chance to make my first NFR, and I’m just going to come back stronger than ever next year.”


The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has announced its first round of entertainers for the 2020 event. The list revealed that Keith Urban, Chris Young and Sammy Hagar & The Circle will play on various days during the rodeo. The rodeo is set for Feb. 6-23, 2020. Here’s the first schedule: Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. (CT); Chris Young, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.; Keith Urban, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. Tickets on sale now:


The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is conducting a Wrangler NFR Super Fan Contest. The contest began July 11 and closes Aug. 31. To enter, go to: Tell why you are the biggest Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Super Fan. Nominate yourself or someone you know by filling out the online form. You can also upload photos and up to 30 seconds of video telling your story. Finalists will be chosen based on how effectively and creatively they convey their ultimate Wrangler NFR fandom in their entry post. A winner will be selected among the finalists via fan voting by PRCA social media followers. The winning Wrangler NFR Super Fan will have their story featured at the 2019 Wrangler NFR pre-show. No purchase is necessary. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to PRCA Headquarters, not Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. The contest is open to legal residents of their respective countries where not prohibited by law, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry who have Internet access and a valid e-mail account before the beginning of the contest period. The PRCA has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant. All eligible entries received will be gathered into a database. A finalist will be chosen by the sole discretion of the selection committee. By participating, each entrant grants PRCA permission to use his/her name, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.



The 2019 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping is Nov. 22-23 at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane. The Top 15 steer ropers in the PRCA based on PRCA | RAM World Standings at the end of the regular season head to their own national championship which is a separate event from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The competition begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $28 plus taxes and convenience fees. To book tickets go to To book your 2019 NFSR room and ticket package visit


Next Up

Aug. 19          Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 Stand Alone Steer Roping begins

Aug. 19          Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 Legacy Steer Roping begins

Aug. 20          Horse Heaven/Kennewick Round-Up, Kennewick, Wash., begins

Aug. 21          Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, Lake Luzerne, N.Y.

Aug. 21          Mustang Seeds Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Mitchell, S.D.

Aug. 21          Range Days Rodeo, Rapid City, S.D., begins

Aug. 21          Golden Spike PRCA Bronc Riding Classic, Tremonton, Utah

Aug. 21          Kitsap Stampede, Bremerton, Wash., begins

Aug. 22          Gem State Stampede Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

Aug. 22          Range Days Rodeo Xtreme Broncs, Rapid City, S.D., begins

Aug. 22          Great Plains Stampede Rodeo, Altus, Okla., begins

Aug. 22          Golden Spike Rodeo, Tremonton, Utah, begins

Aug. 23          Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, Lake Luzerne, N.Y.

Aug. 23          Cattlemen Days Rodeo, Ashland, Mo., begins

Aug. 23          Stockyards Championship, Fort Worth, Texas, begins

Aug. 23          Salmon (Idaho) Stampede PRCA Rodeo begins

Aug. 23          Extreme Events Championship, Waconia, Minn., begins

Aug. 23          Gem State Stampede, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, begins

Aug. 23          Oregon Trail Rodeo, Hastings, Neb., begins

Aug. 23          Okotoks Pro Rodeo, Millarville, Alberta, begins

Aug. 23          Norco (Calif.) Mounted Posse PRCA Rodeo begins

Aug. 23          Colorado State Fair & Rodeo, Pueblo, Colo., begins

Aug. 24          LT Championship Rodeo, Alden, N.Y.

Aug. 24          Kitsap Stampede Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Bremerton, Wash.

Aug. 24          Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, Lake Luzerne, N.Y.

Aug. 24          Mesquite (Texas) Championship Rodeo

Aug. 24          Cowtown Rodeo, Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J., begins

Aug. 24          Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.





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