GET SOCIAL 
SHOP NOW AT:
WRANGLER.COM

News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, June 13

by ProRodeo.com | Jun 13, 2016

The Wrangler Network will be live streaming the Reno (Nev.) Xtreme Bulls event June 16, with coverage starting at 7 p.m. (PT). Log on to www.wranglernetwork.com to watch.

Robert Borba, a former PRCA bull rider, put his cowboy skills to good use last week when he roped a would-be bike thief. Borba, 28, was outside a Walmart in Eagle Point, Ore., when he heard cries for help coming from a woman whose bike was being stolen. Borba quickly got his horse, Long John, out of the trailer he was hauling and grabbed a rope. Borba lassoed the man around the legs and when he dropped, Borba dragged him to one end of the parking lot, where he held the thief until police arrived. “I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living,” Borba said. “If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”

The Sheridan WYO rodeo board and the Gold Buckle Club have invested $685,000 to make improvements at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds that will heighten the experience of the WYO Rodeo, and other events at the fairgrounds. Jeff Wells, a member of the rodeo board, says the project increases seating capacity and will improve access to the chute side of the arena. The steel and concrete walkway will also make it much safer for fans attending the July 13-16 rodeo. Rodeo President Nick Siddle added that there will also be new portable grandstands this year that will give rodeo fans an up-close and personal experience. Since 2010, Sheridan County and the Sheridan County Fair Association have invested more than $1.9 million in infrastructure projects at the fairgrounds.

The Tucson Rodeo board of directors has elected Jose Calderon as its chairman. Calderon is the 21st chair to head the committee since its formation in 1925. He will serve a three-year term. Calderon’s affiliation with the Tucson Rodeo committee began as a volunteer in 2007; he was elected to the board of directors in 2008. He previously served as a committee chairman, instituting the popular Vaquero Club, as an executive board member and as vice chair.

The California Rodeo Association and city of Salinas will celebrate July 4 with a fireworks display at the Salinas Sports Complex. Gates will open at 6 p.m. for a free community event that will include vendors, entertainment and more. There is plenty of space in the grandstands at the Salinas Sports Complex. Fireworks will start at dark and parking is $5.

Eddie Guynan, a longtime board member for the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, was among 11 inductees into the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame. Guynan, formerly of North Platte, was the Nebraska state champion bareback rider from 1953-55. He served on the Buffalo Bill Rodeo board of directors from 1988-2008.

The Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo in Douglas is moving its dates to Aug. 14-15. The rodeo is typically held on a Thursday and Friday, but this year the state fair board is moving the rodeo back to Sunday-Monday. “We wanted to draw more contestants, so that meant timing our rodeo between other rodeos in the area,” Fair Director James Goodrich said.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
They put a really good pen of bucking horses together. I had Patty of Silver Spurs, and it was kind of funny because she only weighs about 800 or 900 pounds, and she tried to smash me (in the chute) a little bit. I just said, ‘Get back down there, you aren’t big enough to do that.’ But she was fast and electric, and really good.

-WNFR bareback rider Tim O’Connell telling radio host Rob Matthews about his
draw at the WCC in Kissimmee.

Courtesy of PRCA