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News and notes from the rodeo trail

by Tracy Renck | Apr 01, 2019

PRCA Stat of the Week: $168,101

The amount of money saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley earned heading into the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the No. 1 spot. Ryder Wright is leading the April 1 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $117,991. Crawley holds the saddle bronc regular season money record before the Wrangler NFR at $184,052 in 2017.

What to Watch For

CBS Sports Network

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

ProRodeo Live with Steve Kenyon

Broncs and Honky Tonks Spring Rodeo, Medicine Hat, Alberta, April 5-7, 7 p.m. (MT)


News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Bull rider Denny Flynn inducted into Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Flynn, a member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, was among the nine members enshrined into the 2019 Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Class, March 29 at the organization's 61st annual induction banquet at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Flynn, who was born in Paris, Ark., was inducted along with Arkansas Razorback football players Gary Adams, Madre Hill, Houston Nutt, tennis star Richard Akel, Malvern football coach and athletic director David Alpe, football executive Jerry Jones Jr., Tulsa basketball star Jim King and Arkansas Tech basketball standout Sherry Raney White. Often identified as the most talented bull rider never to win a world title, Flynn qualified for the National Finals Rodeo from 1974-82, and then again in 1985 and set a record for most bull riding average titles won at the NFR (1975, 1981-82), later equaled by Jim Sharp. Flynn finished second in the PRCA season standings three times, losing the 1980 world title to Don Gay by a mere $188 and the 1978 PRCA title by $283. He also finished third in the world three times. His 98-point ride on Tommy Steiner’s Red Lightning at Palestine, Ill., in 1979 was a world record for a dozen years and remains the second-highest score in ProRodeo history in any roughstock event.


Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo plans for the future. The dedicated volunteers who make sure the Clovis Rodeo tradition remains a part of the community’s future are hard at work putting the finishing touches on this year’s 105th Clovis Rodeo to be held April 25-28. The same group of volunteers are also busy planning for next year’s rodeo. Always making sure the rodeo grows and gives back to others, while still maintaining the community’s western traditions and the “Clovis Way of Life.” Kicking things off right for 2020 will be a new entrance for the Clovis Rodeo grounds that will still be off Clovis Avenue but more in line with 7th Street and where the Centennial Bronze statue stands. On March 28, Clovis residents saw the old gas station building in front of the grounds raised to make way for the new entrance that will include four traffic lanes into the rodeo parking lot, creating a more accessible, safer entry and exit for rodeo guests. A new digital message board along Clovis Avenue will be a part of the improvements. In 2020, the Clovis Rodeo will also be adding a performance day to the scheduled line-up for the 106th Clovis Rodeo that will now take place April 22-26. As the rodeo has grown so has the opportunity for the all-volunteer, not-for-profit and its sponsor partners to give back to the community. More than $250,000 is currently contributed annually to local charities and nonprofits and the rodeo has an economic impact of $12 million in the region. At the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the Clovis Rodeo was the recipient of the inaugural Sowing Good Deeds honor and was awarded a Massey Ferguson tractor.



On March 28, Arkansas became the 13th state to pass the National Day of the Cowboy bill. Arkansas volunteers, Jennifer Michaels and Marshall Mitchell, worked with Rep. Clint Penzo, on this for more than two years.



Next Up

April 4             ABC Rodeo, Lubbock, Texas, begins

April 5             Broncs and Honky Tonks Spring Rodeo, Medicine Hat, Alberta, begins


2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through April 1, 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



Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.


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