News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Jan. 25

by | Jan 25, 2016

Four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Marvin Garrett has joined the Gillette (Wyo.) College rodeo team as a roughstock coach. The ProRodeo Hall of Famer held rodeo schools throughout the 1980s and ’90s, and wanted to continue to help cowboys improve. “It’s going to be exciting to build up a team and take them to Nationals,” Garrett said. “We’ve always tried to help kids out when we can.” He joins head coach Will LaDuke, who specializes on the timed-event end of the arena.

The National Western Stock Show in Denver, which includes the 10-day Stock Show Rodeo, is expected to end up with total attendance figures of 675,000-680,000 in 2016, which would put it in the top three of the highest attendance numbers in the 110-year history of the event, according to Stock Show President Paul Andrews.

The fourth-annual PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, took place Jan. 24, with 60 participants learning the ropes of the rodeo world. Instructors included 2004 World Champion Bull Rider Dustin Elliott, Chet Johnson (four-time WNFR saddle bronc rider), Bob Logue (nine-time WNFR bareback rider), Pete Hawkins (six-time WNFR bareback rider) and Royd Doyal (three-time WNFR bull rider). The free half-day camp included 22 participants from the newly-formed horsemanship class within the Dallas Parks and Recreation program. The class is supported by the Dallas Police Department’s Police Athletic League.

The Oregon Trail Rodeo in Hastings, Neb., donated a check for $2,134 to the Morrison Cancer Center in Hastings. Since the rodeo began its annual Pink Night in 2006, more than $25,000 has been raised for the Morrison Cancer Center. The money donated to the center has purchased items to make the lives of cancer patients easier.

Berkeley Lowell (Pat) Davis, a PRCA Gold Card member – primarily a steer roper as a competitor, and former Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up board member, passed away Jan. 19 in Walla Walla, Wash. He was 85. Davis, who also was a team roper, served two terms on the Pendleton Round-Up board of directors. He roped until age 81. Services for Davis will be held at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop at 2 p.m. Friday, followed by burial at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Memorial contributions are welcome at Pendleton Foundation Trust, Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame and the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Physical therapy was pretty hard on me, but that six months off did my body a lot of good. My body feels better now than it has in a few years. I feel great, and it feels good to win here.

-WNFR bull rider Cody Campbell after winning the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver Jan. 24. Campbell was out six months with a broken right leg and
right ankle during the 2015 season.

Courtesy of PRCA