News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, March 27

ProRodeo Live will broadcast live from the High Desert Stampede March 31-April 1 in Redmond, Ore., 7 p.m. (PT) each night.

A third member of a Texas college rodeo team has died from injuries suffered in a traffic accident while driving to a competition. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reports that 20-year-old Jakob Plummer of Petrolia, Texas, died March 26, as a result of injuries he suffered in the March 18 wreck that killed two other members of the Vernon (Texas) College rodeo team. The team was traveling to Brownwood for a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo. Yancie McCuistion, 19, of Sugar City, Colo., died at the scene near Haskell, north of Abilene, Texas. Vinita Trevino, 19, of Petrolia, died a day later. Another teammate was injured. Authorities say McCuistion was the driver of a pickup that drove through a stop sign and was struck by a motor home.

The Gerry (N.Y.) Rodeo Committee has been selected by the PRCA to host a free PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp on April 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp is free to anyone ages 8 and up, both male and female. Its purpose is to promote the sport of rodeo through education and recruitment of young people who may become the next generation of rodeo stars. The event will provide a fun rodeo-related experience through both classroom and arena participation with instruction by professional rodeo cowboys. Pre-registration is required and forms are available at the PRCA website or by visiting the Gerry Rodeo website The registration needs to be completed by April 22, but early registration is encouraged as spaces are limited. Call 716.985.4215 or 716.969.4488 if there are problems with the registration. Additional information is available by email at or by calling Julie Jutten at 719.528.4729. The 73rd annual Gerry Rodeo is set for four performances, Aug. 2-5.

Hey, I’ll take the win – it was a tough pen in the finals. This is one of the biggest rodeos of the year, and to win here is a blessing. I’m really starting to believe in myself, and think that I could be a world champion one day.

– Bull rider Tyler Taylor talking about winning Rodeo Austin thanks to his two-head score before the final round, in which there were no qualified rides.

Courtesy of PRCA