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News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, July 9

WranglerNetwork.com will livestream the Sheridan WYO Rodeo July 14 at 7 p.m. (MT).

The next PRCA Rodeo Camp will be Aug. 11 in Cascade, Mont. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MT). Registration is required at www.prorodeo.com/prorodeo/rodeo/youth-rodeo.

Bareback rider John Edwards, who qualified for the National Finals Rodeo seven times (1965-71), passed away June 28 in Red Lodge, Mont. He was 76. Edwards finished a career-best third in the 1966 world standings, and he won the NFR average in 1970 with 664 points on 10 head. The July 2-4 Red Lodge parades honored him by having Jack Wipplinger lead the riderless horse with Edwards’ name emblazoned on the sides, while other tributes were displayed at the Home of Champions rodeo arena.

The Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame & the Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum held its Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony July 7 in Ogden, Utah. Steven Money, who served as the rodeo director for the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo for 34 years and was selected as the 2017 John Justin Committeeperson of the Year, was a member of the 2018 induction class. Money retired as the rodeo director for the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo following the 2017 rodeo that July. The remaining inductees consisted of Gary Blackburn, Jay Hadley, Monty Hadley, a former PRCA competitor and judge, rodeo announcer Brent Kelly, and Joe and Carrie Ruiz.

The Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park (Colo.) began July 5 and concludes July 10. Outside of the rodeo arena, the 2018 Paint Estes Pink campaign announced $41,412 was raised this year for Estes Park Medical Center cancer patients.

Good samaritans rescued horses and other large animals from the West Fire and brought them to the Lakeside (Calif.) Rodeo for shelter July 6. Around 3 p.m. (PT), July 6, the rodeo opened up its grounds to more than a dozen horses, miniature horses, goats and alpacas. Those who came in with animals informed volunteers of the animal’s health, description, where they were picked up and what they knew about the owner, hoping to reunite them. Some were strangers, risking their lives to help. All animals were reunited with their owners, and the Lakeside Rodeo closed as an evacuation shelter the afternoon of July 7.

ProRodeoTV.com will broadcast the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour’s Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper, July 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. (MT). To subscribe to ProRodeoTV.com visit www.tinyurl.com/cowboychristmas2018.

Steve Kenyon and ProRodeoLive.com will simulcast the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour’s Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper, July 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. (MT) in conjunction with ProRodeoTV.com.

PRCA Stat of the Week

As of July 8, there have been 355 rodeos during the 2018 season paying out a collective $22,398,575.

Courtesy of PRCA