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Apr 20, 2017

The steer wrestling arena record at the Red Bluff Round-Up remains unmatched for 52 years. Check out this historic rodeo's best runs, scores and times that could be broken during this year's Red Bluff Round-Up.
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Apr 02, 2017
RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Turns 30

The first Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo was held 30 years ago in Pocatello, Idaho, featuring some of the best cowboys across the country - such as Troy Pruitt (pictured above), who tied for second place in the calf roping. Thursday is the start of the 30th annual National Circuit Finals Rodeo. The inaugural Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo was held in March of 1987 in Pocatello, Idaho, but the story began more than a decade before then.
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Mar 21, 2017
Shawn Davis' Gold Buckle

Shawn Davis’ extensive rodeo background earned him the prestigious title of Legend of Rodeo in 2011. The three-time world champion saddle bronc rider (1965, 67-68) was born Dec. 7, 1940, in Butte, Mont., and has served as the general manager of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 1986. He was also a major proponent of moving the NFR from Oklahoma City, Okla., to Las Vegas.
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Mar 06, 2017

As J.D. Hamaker flew down the highway, he was simply hoping that his prized mare, Arapaho, would make it to Nampa. The owner of Summit Pro Rodeo had a 120-mile drive to get the bareback bronc from Gooding, Idaho, to Nampa, and Arapaho was suffering from an extreme case of colic.
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Feb 12, 2017

The Simpson/Buhler convoy is hitting the road for San Antonio this weekend. Although they’re not trucking in from their homes in Canada, they’ve still got a thousand miles to go before they reach the rodeo. Traveling and ProRodeo go hand-in-hand since rodeos are held from coast-to-coast and from Canada on down through Mexico, so cowboys often carpool to share the travel expenses.
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Dec 14, 2016

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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Oct 20, 2016

I was raised not to judge a book by its cover. My parents and grandparents were functionally colorblind, so we always had friends of all shades and walks of life. Good people are good people, and the bad ones don’t come color-coded. It’s an optimistic outlook that looks for the best in everyone. And there’s no such thing as too many friends
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Sep 15, 2016

I love a good rodeo road trip. The one I took the end of July—coming off of a few days of cowboy camping in the cool coastal climate of the California Rodeo Salinas—was fast and furious. But it was one fun weekend I’ll not forget. I had a chance to hitch a ride to Nebraska’s Big Rodeo in Burwell with Ote Berry, everyone’s ProRodeo Hall of Fame bulldogger friend, who was this year’s grand marshal. What a big time we had with our rodeo family—cowboy friends old and new.
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Aug 25, 2016

Every cowboy dreams of strapping on a Salinas buckle. Like some of the other treasured trophies in our sport, you can spot one of the California Rodeo’s coveted classics from across a crowded room. Part of the prestige that goes with winning Salinas is all of its rich history and tradition. And the buckle isn’t the only tradition that makes this rodeo one of a kind.
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Jul 29, 2016
Clayton Biglow

After two weeks of living out of a suitcase between the Cowboy State’s College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, and the Silver State’s “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” in Reno, I got comfortable in boxers and bare feet, and pulled up a chair on my porch to watch the Reno Rodeo short round—Saturday night live—on After about the third event—and jumping up to pace every time an old friend’s kid rode or roped, like any aunt would—I realized I was texting high fives with the dads.
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