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Jan 03, 2017
Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Walter, a 12-time NFR qualifier (1970-79, 1981 and 1983) as a bareback rider and a PRCA director of rodeo administration, a board member and a president of the PRCA for part of 1986, passed away Jan. 1 in Stephenville, Texas, after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 67.
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Jan 03, 2017
The annual kick-off parade for the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., scheduled for noon, Jan. 5 has been canceled due to cold and the likelihood of snow. “After several hours of gathering facts, we have decided to cancel the parade – the risk of animal injury and injury to people is far too great with the 4 to 8 inches of snow predicted and six-degree temperatures,” Stock Show president Paul Andrews said in a statement Jan. 3 ...
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Dec 31, 2016
Bareback rider Bill Tutor had an 87-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Painted River in the final round, above, to vault himself to the average and year-end titles at the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo (Dec. 29-31) at Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.
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Dec 14, 2016
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I got my first glimpse into his world beneath those “Western Skies” when I was treated to a spur-of-the-moment day trip to the LeDoux family’s Haywire Ranch outside of their tiny one-horse hometown of Kaycee, Wyo., when I was in Casper watching my sons, Lane and Taylor, compete at the College National Finals Rodeo. From the banks of the Powder River that runs through it, it was easy to see the ranch-cowboy side of his song-writing inspiration that so perfectly complemented the rodeo cowboy that also was Chris. He didn’t imagine that life he sang about. He lived it.
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Dec 12, 2016
A milestone was reached Dec. 5 during Round 5 at the 12th Annual Wrangler® Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) Night at the Wrangler NFR. The grassroots cowboy campaign exceeded the $25 million fundraising mark.
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Dec 12, 2016
With $10 million and nine world championship buckles up for grabs, the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER was full of drama, thrills and everlasting memories.
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Dec 12, 2016
Four Star Rodeo Company’s bull Yellow Fever had an outstanding Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. The 5-year-old, 1,500-pound bull won bull of the night in Rounds 1 and 6.
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Dec 11, 2016
It’s party time in Brazil – and for good reason. A country with deep rodeo roots finally has its first world champion in Junior Nogueira. The team roping heeler won the all-around gold buckle during the 10th and final night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.
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Dec 10, 2016
Gold Night will serve as the opening act and the national anthem will be performed by Andy Griggs. Wrangler is the performance sponsor and tonight also is Wrangler National Patriot Night.
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Dec 09, 2016
Brennon Eldred made a statement Friday night, and it was loud and clear. The 22-year-old from Purcell, Okla., won Round 9 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER with an eye-popping 94.5-point trip on D&H Cattle’s SweetPro’s Bruiser.
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Dec 09, 2016
Australian music star Shea Fisher Durfey will serve as the opening act and the national anthem will be performed by contest winner Allie Burgett. RAM Rodeo is the performance sponsor
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Dec 08, 2016
Orin Larsen celebrated Canada Night in style. The Inglis, Manitoba, bareback rider won Round 8 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER with an 87.5-point trip on Frontier Rodeo's Full Baggage, earning a much-needed $26,231.
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Dec 08, 2016
Moe Bandy will serve as the opening act and the national anthem will be performed by country music stars Brooks & Dunn. Justin Boots is the performance sponsor.
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Dec 08, 2016
Bareback rider Jake Brown split fifth place on Kesler Rodeo's Starburst (above) with an 84-point ride in Round 6 Dec. 6. Brown suffered a concussion while riding Rosser Rodeo’s Gold Coast Jackie in Round 7 and will be sidelined for at least Round 8 and Round 9.
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Dec 08, 2016
Coming into the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, the question surrounding the bull riding was whether or not anybody could challenge two-time defending World Champion Sage Kimzey.
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