News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, March 21

by | Mar 21, 2016

PRCA bull rider Blaine Tibbals is recovering after suffering head and facial injuries when he was bucked off Honeycutt Rodeo’s Mr. Magoo March 12 during the Avi River Stampede PRCA Rodeo in Fort Mohave, Ariz. Tibbals was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nev., after the wreck, and was released from the Intensive Care Unit March 21. “My head just came down on top of his head and he crushed part of my facemask,” Tibbals said. “It dented up my helmet pretty good and shattered my face, and fractured my skull. I’ve had to go through some surgeries because of my skull, and I’ll have to go back in a couple of months and have more surgeries done.” People may go to to help support the Tibbals family while Blaine recovers.

The Central Arkansas PRCA Rodeo in El Paso will be donating all proceeds to the Wounded Warriors of Arkansas. The March 25-26 rodeo is in its eighth installment, and last year it was standing room only at the Two Bar Two Arena. Dale Hancock, Central Arkansas PRCA Rodeo group committee member and rodeo announcer, said the Marine Corps League of Arkansas has helped the rodeo since its inception, and this is a way to give back. “We feel like we couldn’t give it to a better cause than Wounded Warriors,” he said. Andrews Rodeo company will provide the stock, and tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $5 for kids and free for 6-and-under.

California Rodeo Salinas is now accepting entry applications for the 2016 Colmo del Rodeo Parade. The parade has been associated with Big Week and California Rodeo Salinas for many years. The parade will roll through Old Town Salinas July 16, starting at 8 p.m. Thousands of people line the streets for this free parade that features lighted entries consisting of floats, tractors, golf carts, bands and more. Information and entry forms can be found at and will be accepted until June 1.

A documentary by Southern Illinois Associate Professor H.D. Motyl, entitled “American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas,” is now on iTunes. It follows PRCA steer wrestlers Matt Reeves, Darrell Petry, Jule Hazen and Sam Koenig during the Cowboy Christmas run, and can be found at

The head of the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre, S.D., is stepping down. Executive Director Cindy Bahe is resigning effective the first week of April to become director of communications for the South Dakota Bar Association. Bahe has headed the nonprofit center since 2011. The Rodeo Center Board of Directors is accepting applications for her successor.

The 59th Annual Southeastern Livestock Exhibition’s first Rodeo Day Parade took place March 17 in downtown Montgomery, Ala., and rodeo organizers hope to make the parade an annual event. “To be able to start something new and allow the youth of today to be involved in it and start their traditions, it’s a really important thing and I think it’s going to be really good for us,” said SLE Rodeo President Thomas Ellis.

The Idaho Senate approved passage of a National Day of the Cowboy bill. This makes Idaho the 11th state to ensure permanent recognition for the fourth Saturday in July as a day to celebrate cowboy culture and pioneer heritage. The lead bill sponsor in the Idaho House of Representatives was Rep. Steve Miller.

All of these kids are either long-term patients or disabled patients. This really is about these kids and it wouldn’t be possible without these great volunteers. I’m just so excited for these kids, and hopefully we’ve made their days a little better.

– Southeastern Livestock Exposition Miracle Rodeo Chairman Mindy Newell telling the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser how important the event is for local children with disabilities

Courtesy of PRCA