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News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, July 25

by ProRodeo.com | Jul 25, 2016

The Wrangler Network will stream live coverage of the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo July 29-31, starting at 12:15 p.m. (MT) all three days. Log on to www.wranglernetwork.com to watch. ProRodeo Live will also have coverage of the Cheyenne Frontier Days during the last two perfs, July 30-31, on www.prorodeolive.com.

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, have signed a memorandum of understanding to host the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Saskatoon from 2017-19. “Saskatoon is an excellent host destination for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, starting in 2017,” said Todd Brandt, President and CEO of Tourism Saskatoon. “Many new accommodations, a dynamic foodie scene, a huge volunteer base and being Canada’s youngest city demographically will bring a vitality to this national championship, and grow the market in Canada.” The CFR will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, for the last time this November, which will end a run of 43 consecutive years.

Las Vegas Events is launching the Wrangler NFR National Anthem Contest Aug. 1. This year, there will be two categories to enter: youth and open. The entry form can be found at www.NFRSocialArena.com. Entries must be submitted by Aug. 26.

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The St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo inducted five people into its Hall of Fame earlier this month. Bill and Cindy Smith, Tex Irwin, Norm Berhorst and Lottie Smith all went into the Hall, which opened in 1998. Bill Smith comes from a long line of St. Paul Rodeo volunteers. His grandfather William was the first president, his parents were both directors and Bill became a director in 1996. Bill jokes that helping him with the St. Paul Rodeo was in the prenuptial agreement of his marriage to Cindy. The Smiths took over marketing of the rodeo in 1996, and have grown the sponsorship base to more than $200,000 annually. Irwin, a bull rider, was inducted in the riding event category. He didn’t miss a St. Paul Rodeo between 1950-70, and traveled with World Champion Larry Mahan for a time. Berhorst has been a member of the St. Paul Rodeo Association for 60 years, working the out gate and the unsaddling chute for many of those six decades. Lottie Smith has worked with her husband, Mark Smith, on the ticket and gate committees, as well as the Trail Ride breakfast and member social parties. She was instrumental in getting the Wild West Art Show started in 1995, and in starting the first website for the rodeo three years later.

Non-profit group National Day of the Cowboy honored six individuals with its Cowboy Keeper Award. The award, which is given to those who preserve and promote the cowboy culture, was bestowed to Donnalyn Quintana, Cotton and Karin Rosser, John Prather, Joseph “Jo” Mora and Glenn Ohrlin, as well as the Chisholm (Okla.) Trail Heritage Center. Quintana established her non-profit organization, “Western Wishes,” in 1994, out of a desire to make a difference in a child’s life by “celebrating the determination and courage of those facing adversity who love the Western way of life.” The Rossers have made numerous contributions to rodeo since they were married in 1978. The couple has run Flying U Rodeo for decades, ensuring quality stock and entertainment at all events the company has produced. More information on all of the past and present recipients of the award is available at www.nationaldayofthecowboy.com/wordpress/?page_id=83.

PRCA Gold Card member and artist Bill Stevens was inducted into the Texas Heroes Hall of Honor in Bandera, Texas, July 22. Stevens, a former PRCA bull rider, was also honored during the dedication of his latest mural depicting a cattle drive, which was installed at the Bandera Fire Station.

Beau Clark, a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, was named the new rodeo coach at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo. Clark, who was an assistant coach at Montana State prior to being hired to lead the Golden Eagles, finished third in the steer wrestling average at the 2012 NFR.

Former PRCA tie-down roper Ted Millgard was honored by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association during the College National Finals Rodeo for his 40-plus years of contributing to college rodeo.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Most people say we were born on a horse. We just learned as kids with him roping and branding cattle and breaking colts. Dad taught us the fundamentals of riding a horse.

-2016 ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee Jerold Camarillo telling the Oakdale Leader how
he and brother Leo learned horsemanship from their father, Ralph, at a young age.

Courtesy of PRCA