News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Dec. 14

by | Dec 14, 2015

A webpage dedicated to raising money for a Jake Barnes relief fund has been started at The page has raised $126,000 in just 14 days, and has a goal of reaching $150,000 to help Barnes and his family. The 56-year-old seven-time world champion team roping header suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken ankle Nov. 27 when his horse fell while practicing at his Scottsdale, Ariz.-area arena.

The Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up Board of Directors announced the addition of four new board members last month – Tiah DeGrofft, sponsors director; Rob Burnside, ushers and programs director; Dr. Brad Adams, medical director and Tim Bennett, security director.

Meanwhile, the city of Pendleton is holding an election to determine the next two statues that will go on Main Street. Voting began Dec. 1 for Pendleton residents to vote on the historical figures they wish to see depicted in bronze, ranging from people that honor the city’s Western and tribal heritage to former civic leaders that made a mark on the city. The three candidates for the 100 block of Main Street across from the Jackson Sundown statue are all former chiefs from the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Poker Jim, Clarence Burke and William Minthorn. Four historical figures will be on the ballot for the space on the 300 block of Main Street – 1911 Round-Up champion John Spain, former Pendleton Police Chief Ernie Gallaher, co-founder of the city of Pendleton Aura Goodwin Raley and cowgirl Bonnie McCarroll.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has added three more music acts for its 2016 schedule. Country artists Billy Currington and Trace Adkins will perform Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, respectively, and rock n’ roll duo Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will perform Feb. 26. For the complete list and to buy tickets, visit

Kyle Rock has been named the new rodeo administrator for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. The 38-year-old resident of Cochrane, Alberta, has a background in rodeo, as he was a two-time Canadian Intercollegiate Bareback Riding Champion. Rock will be working closely with the organization’s general manager, Dan Eddy.

Two-time College National Finals Rodeo bareback rider Logan Corbett is the new rodeo coach at New Mexico State University (Las Cruces). Corbett graduated from Murray State University (Kentucky) in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He competed on the collegiate rodeo team at MSU for four years in bareback riding, as well as doing some bull riding and team roping; he qualified for the CNFR in 2012-13.

The RAM Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo is staying in Great Falls for at least one more year. Montana Circuit President Jim Croff announced a tentative new deal with Cascade County to keep the rodeo at Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena. “It would be a dang crime if it wasn’t in Great Falls,” Croff said. The event started at Four Seasons Arena more than three decades ago. The 37th annual RMCFR is slated for next month at the facility.

Janet Sue Husmann, who was instrumental in getting the Alamosa (Colo.) Round Up rodeo started, passed away Nov. 24 at her home in Alamosa. She was 73.

Former PRCA bareback rider and bull rider James Campbell was elected into the McNeese State University Rodeo Hall of Fame last month. Campbell, 75, was a member of the school’s rodeo team for three years, from 1961-63, which included trips to the College National Finals Rodeo in 1962-63.

I fought through a lot of injuries and a lot of pain this year, so to be standing here right now as the world champion has me speechless. To not only win the world title, but also the average buckle and the RAM Top Gun truck is a dream come true.

-2015 World Champion Bareback Rider Steven Peebles in the moments after
clinching his first gold buckle

Courtesy of PRCA