PRCA Rodeo news

November 26, 2012

Two of the sport’s elite timed-event horses are injured and will be unable to compete at the Dec. 6-15 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Jade Corkill’s Cave Man (Fine Snip of Doc), the 2010 and newly crowned 2012 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/American Quarter Horse Association Heeling Horse of the Year, was ruled out after an ultrasound determined that both of his hind suspensory ligaments had pulled away where they connect to the hock at the bone. Tie-down roper Shane Hanchey will be without the services of Reata (Smokin Reata) at the WNFR while he recovers from emergency colic surgery. (See the Nov. 23 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News for full coverage) …

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and officials of the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo held a press conference on Nov. 13 to announce that the rodeo –with its estimated $100 million economic impact – would continue to be held at the Denver Coliseum. There has been much discussion in recent years about moving the rodeo to a site near Denver International Airport, away from the historic stockyards area, which is now surrounded by homes and businesses. “We are not moving out of Denver at any time, period,” said Paul Andrews, president and CEO of the rodeo. “We are going to work to try to expand on the (downtown) site.” …

Matthew McConaughey plays the role of a bull rider who leaves rodeo when his health begins to deteriorate in the independent feature film Dallas Buyers Club, which did on-location filming in Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 15-16. Filmmakers photographed the crowd at the University Block and Bridle Club’s 75th annual rodeo as well as stuntmen riding bulls. The film, which also stars Jennifer Garner, is due to be released in 2013 …

PRCA Gold Card member Bidwell “Bud” Alexander, well known in the Columbia River Circuit as a team roper, chute boss and mentor to rodeo judges, died Sept. 13. He was 69. A celebration of his life was held Sept. 23 at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville, Ore., and the family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Partners in Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701. He is survived by his wife, PRCA timer Diana Alexander, and his son, Bobby, a PRCA team roper …

Ken Frazier, who was inducted into the Walla Walla Frontier Days Cowboy Legends Hall of Fame earlier this year in recognition of his 27 years’ service as the rodeo’s chute boss, died Nov. 14, five days short of his 70th birthday. The funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens and a celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. Memorial gifts may be made in Frazier’s name to the Walla Walla Community Hospice, Walla Walla Community College Farrier Scholarship Fund or the Walla Walla Valley Cowboy Church. Frazier is survived by his wife, Judy, and son, Troy, who is a PRCA tie-down roper and team roper …

The Cedar City (Utah) City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 14 to allow Steve Gilbert of Diamond G Rodeos to make upgrades to the Iron Rangers Arena where the Cedar City PRCA Championship Rodeo is held each year. The plan includes installation of six new bucking chutes, narrowing of the arena to 150 feet, construction of a new announcer’s box and the building of new calf pens …

With the main floor of the Iowa’s Championship Rodeo Museum in Sidney completed, the Fremont County Historical Society held an open house Nov. 17. The formal opening is scheduled for July 13, 2013, just before the rodeo celebrates its 89th anniversary, rodeo museum committee member Lona Lewis told the Southwest Iowa News

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has honored three of its long-time volunteers with inclusion in its Hall of Fame. Jackie Van De Walle, Richard “Tres” Kleberg III and the late Danny Adams all gave freely of their time for more than a quarter of a century …

Mike Brown, who recently stepped down as the rodeo coach at Weatherford (Texas) College after 30 years of service, was presented with a silver buckle during a meeting of the Weatherford College Rodeo Booster Club earlier this month that was devoted to giving him a proper send-off. “When I walked in and saw my family I knew something was up,” Brown told the Weatherford Democrat. “It was pretty special.” …

The Reno Rodeo Foundation’s annual Denim Drive to provide clothing for kids in need is continuing through Dec. 17 with 150 drop-off locations in 13 northern Nevada counties, including more than 100 in Washoe County. Between cash and community donations, the foundation has given away more than $250,000 worth of clothing over the last six years …

Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue is asking the city council to earmark $160,000 for the restoration of artist Claes Oldenburg’s sculpture “Hat in Three Stages of Landing” outside the Salinas (Calif.) rodeo arena. “It’s an investment that will pay for itself,” Donohue told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m convinced it’s a destination opportunity. We can have a festival! If Gilroy (Calif.) does garlic, Salinas can do hats.” …

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Horse Heaven Rodeo in Kennewick, Wash., has donated $11,695 to community programs as part of its Tough Enough to Wear Pink initiative. Over the past seven years, the rodeo has contributed more than $112,000 to help uninsured women get free mammograms, cancer screenings, follow-up care and other forms of assistance.