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News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Jan. 23

by ProRodeo.com | Jan 23, 2017

Steve Kenyon of www.ProRodeoLive.com is broadcasting the last three days of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas. He will go on the air at 7:30 p.m. (CT), Jan. 27. On Jan. 28, he will broadcast at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m., Jan. 29.

Denver’s 111th National Western Stock Show wrapped up Sunday with a record final-day attendance of 42,661. That pushed the two-week total to 684,580, officials said – shy of the 2006 record (726,972) but another strong year. “This clearly shows people love the National Western Stock Show,” chief executive Paul Andrews said in an article in the Denver Post Jan. 23. “Denver and Colorado and the 42 states that were represented here have passion like never before for our Western heritage.”

A group of children with special needs were able to experience the world of rodeo Jan. 17 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. During the Exceptional Rodeo, each child was paired with a PRCA competitor and they competed in six adaptive rodeo events. Each child received a cowboy hat, a rope, T-shirt and trophy.

Former PRCA bullfighter Jeremy Sparks has a book coming out called “Go West,” that will be available on Feb. 7. In “Go West,” Sparks shares his stories of strength and service. A remarkable and illustrious journey began at a young age when he received a God-given calling to become a professional bullfighter. “Go West” highlights the 10 biblical principles Sparks experienced and lived by as a professional bull fighter, officer in the armed forces and follower of Jesus Christ. For more information on the book, visit elevatepub.com/product/go-west.

On Jan. 22, the annual Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show Rodeo Camp was held at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. The training stations for the camp participants consisted of the Mighty Broncy machine, homemade drop barrels (that mimicked the leaping gyrations of broncs and bulls), spurboards (where students could lean back and rake their heels against rawhide to develop muscle memory) and the Quad Bronc (a complex machine that bucks harder the faster it’s pulled behind an ATV). “This is the first Rodeo Camp of 2017,” said Julie Jutten, PRCA’s manager of industry outreach.”We’ll do 20 of them this year all over the country.” Jutten said there were 51 camp participants – 26 of whom were bareback riders, which was a record number for a PRCA camp.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
I know I’m having a baby boy in April, so I needed to win and buy some diapers.

–Clayton Hass, after winning the all-around title and steer wrestling titles at the National Western Stock Show andRodeo in Denver Jan. 22.

Courtesy of PRCA