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News and notes from the rodeo trail

by Tracy Renck | Mar 25, 2019

PRCA Stat of the Week: $964,112

The amount of money paid out, including the appearance fees, at the 2019 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., which ended March 24.

What to Watch For

High Desert Stampede, ProRodeo Tour, Redmond, Ore., April 29-30, 7 p.m. (PT)


ProRodeo Live with Steve Kenyon

High Desert Stampede ProRodeo Tour, Redmond, Ore., April 29-30, 7 p.m. (PT)


CBS Sports Network

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, Kissimmee, Fla., April 8, 8:30 p.m., ET


News & Notes from the rodeo trail

A historic chapter in Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon’s history will come to an end while the next chapter begins with the announcement of the hiring of the organizations’ second general manager. The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon announced March 21 that Erika Patton has been named general manager. Patton will start April 1 after succeeding the organizations’ first general manager, Casey Beard, after a planned retirement announcement. Patton has an extensive business management background and a wealth of civic board participation over the last several years. Patton is the business manager for the Intermountain ESD and was formerly a vice president at Banner Bank. “I feel honored to have been selected to be part of this iconic organization and can’t wait to get started,” Patton said in a press release. “I look forward to being part of its future.” Patton lives in the Pendleton area with her husband and two children, all who are active in rodeo. “We are sad to see such a good man like Casey Beard leave our organization, but we are also excited to see what Erika has in store for the future,” Happy Canyon President Tanner Hawkins said.


More than $34,000 was distributed between two local cancer support organizations from the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up’s 2018 Tough Enough To Wear Pink (TETWP) campaign during a presentation at the Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, March 14. The Round-Up Association’s TETWP allocated $34,257 in 2018 funds between the St. Anthony Hospital Cancer Care Clinic and the Kickin’ Cancer New Beginnings program. This is the second-most amount the campaign has raised (the most was in 2015, with more than $39,000 raised). Contributions came from sponsorships, TETWP merchandise sales, donations from spectators and volunteers, custom pink TETWP Justin Boots and custom Montana Silversmiths jewelry raffle ticket sales, pink Wrangler shirt sales, collector’s pin sales, tips donated by Let ’er Buck Room volunteers on TETWP day during Round-Up, and the Justin Boots Slack After Party. “We’re so appreciative of the community’s generosity in this campaign,” said Casey White-Zollman, co-chair of the Round-Up’s TETWP campaign. “Seeing everyone come together in pink during Round-Up to show their support for cancer survivors and patients is so powerful.” This high-profile event not only raises breast cancer awareness to the thousands of visitors who come to the Round-Up each year, but 100 percent of the proceeds stay within the Pendleton community. The two organizations benefiting from the TETWP campaign help local breast cancer patients from time of diagnosis through recovery. The Kick’n Cancer program provides free massage, personal training and Pilates classes for recovering patients, while the St. Anthony Cancer Care Clinic provides breast prosthetics, mastectomy bras, post-op camisoles, lymphedema sleeves, pads and gloves, mastectomy swimwear, wigs, financial help, and mileage reimbursement for cancer patients. “TETWP wouldn’t be possible without the commitment from our sponsors, the Pendleton Round-Up, community members and our amazing volunteers,” said Jill Gregg, co-chair of the Round-Up’s TETWP campaign. “We are very thankful for their continued support to make this event a success.”

The Pendleton Round-Up Association’s TETWP campaign will celebrate its 14th year in 2019. Anyone interested in serving as a 2019 TETWP sponsor can contact event co-chairs Casey White-Zollman,, or Jill Gregg,



Next Up

March 25       Rodeo Austin (Texas) ProRodeo Tour continues

March 29       PRCA Championship Rodeo, Fargo, N.D., begins

March 29       PRCA Xtreme Broncs Challenge, Havre, Mont., begins

March 29       Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Lawton, Okla., begins

March 29       Santa Rosa County Fair Rodeo, Milton, Fla., begins

March 29       High Desert Stampede, ProRodeo Tour, Redmond, Ore., begins

March 30       Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Enid, Okla.



2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through March 25, 2019



Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas



Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah



Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.



Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo.



Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.



Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah



Michael Otero, Weatherford, Texas



Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas



Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.



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