News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Aug. 3

For 30 consecutive years, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has been held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. That streak will continue as Las Vegas Events has formally signed an agreement with the Thomas & Mack Center to host the Wrangler NFR for a length of up to 10 years. The agreement mirrors the extension that LVE and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority signed with the PRCA in January 2014 that keeps the world’s richest and most prestigious rodeo in Las Vegas through 2024. This year’s WNFR runs Dec. 3-12.

Four singers will have the chance of a lifetime to sing the National Anthem at the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas this December. Aspiring performers can go to to sign up for one of three categories: rodeo committee, youth and open. Sign-ups start Aug. 3 and end Aug. 28. From there, fans will have a chance to vote on their favorite in each category. A fourth wild-card category, which is awarded to the performer who receives the most votes outside of the winner in each category, has been added to provide one additional opportunity to perform. Winners will be announced Oct. 7.

The Wrangler Network will provide live coverage of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo Xtreme Bulls event from Lovington, N.M., Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. (MT). The network will also broadcast the first night of rodeo action from Lovington Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. on

After 15 years as executive director of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, Christie Camarillo left the position effective July 31. The museum has grown from a small volunteer-based entity to a successful and self-sufficient community business that has been honored locally, as well as nationally. Camarillo, sister to world champion team ropers Leo and Jerold Camarillo and cousin to Reg Camarillo, said she plans on remaining active in the community and continuing her work with the Rodeo Historical Society that’s associated with the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Earlier this year, she was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce.

The Eastern Kansas Pro Rodeo Series – which features two PRCA rodeos in the Sunflower State – has been revived after a 10-year absence. The original rodeo series began in 1984 as a joint effort between several eastern Kansas Fair and Rodeo committees, and continued for more than 20 years. Rodeo contestants who score the most points in each of seven events will be awarded Maynard Trophy Buckles. Engraved Moore Maker knives will go to the runner-up in each event. Winners will be determined by points through eight places at each rodeo. The participating rodeos are the Aug. 7-8 Linn County Fair Rodeo (Mound City) and the Aug. 14-15 Eureka Pro Rodeo (Eureka).

The friends of late PRCA team roper Elmer Lattin organized a memorial team roping in his honor July 29 in Great Falls, Mont. The event took place after the slack at the Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup. Lattin died July 28, 2011, of heart failure at the age of 67.

The Mesquite (Texas) ProRodeo Series held 80’s night Aug. 1, which included an 80’s costume and hairstyle contest and discounted pricing for anyone who dressed up for the theme.

I’m rodeoing financially smarter. Instead of going to the rodeos that are further away and might pay more, I’m going to the closer ones. Like this week, there are three good rodeos (in Kansas – Phillipsburg, Abilene and Dodge City). I hit all three, when normally I would just come to Phillipsburg and Dodge. I’m trying to make some money instead of win a million (dollars) and spend a million.

-Three-time World Champion Tie-down Roper Tuf Cooper telling rodeo publicist Ruth Nicolaus about his travel strategy

Courtesy of PRCA