News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Dec. 12

by | 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. The campaign was created in 2004 by Terry Wheatley, wine industry executive and matriarch of a professional rodeo cowboy family, and Karl Stressman, former director of special events for Wrangler and now Commissioner of the PRCA. The idea was to raise money and awareness for breast cancer by challenging rodeo competitors and fans alike to wear pink. Wrangler is the title sponsor of TETWP, and a portion of proceeds from everything sold within the Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink merchandise collection goes back to the campaign fund.

In a live announcement made Dec. 1 from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) revealed all but one of the names for the Frontier Nights entertainment series. The Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo takes place July 21-30. Brantley Gilbert, Little Big Town, Sawyer Brown, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Jason Aldean with special guests Tyler Farr, David Nail, Joe Diffie and The Bellamy Brothers were announced by Mark Miller, the lead singer of Sawyer Brown, Dec. 1 from Las Vegas, and live-streamed on the Wrangler Network. “We are pleased to announce all but one artist for our line-up tonight from Las Vegas,” contract acts chairman Scott Fleming said. “We are working on securing the remaining performance as soon as possible, and will have a follow-up announcement at that time.” Tickets went on sale Dec. 10, and may be purchased at, the Cheyenne Frontier Days ticket office or by calling 307.778.7222.

Last month, ProRodeo Hall of Famer Dee Pickett opened a building fabrication plant in Star, Idaho. Pickett qualified for the NFR 17 times in team roping and seven times in tie-down roping, highlighted by his memorable 1984 season when he was the all-around and team roping world champion with Mike Beers.

I can’t believe it … the field of ropers that’s here and we rope against all year …
I can’t believe we won.

– Team roping heeler Jeremy Buhler told the ProRodeo Sports News shortly after he and his team roping partner Levi Simpson stunned the rodeo world to win a world championship Dec. 10. They were the first all-Canadian team roping pair to qualify for the WNFR.

Courtesy of PRCA