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News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, May 14

PRCA Stat of the Week

Bull rider Sage Kimzey has earned $666,832 during his four career Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearances – 2014-17 – which led to him winning four consecutive world championships.

The next PRCA Rodeo Camp will be May 19 in Dayton, Iowa. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CT). Registration is required at www.prorodeo.com/prorodeo/rodeo/youth-rodeo.

David Sherman Turner, a PRCA Gold Card member who was instrumental in the Chief Joseph (Ore.) Days arena rebuild in 1967-68 and served as CJD rodeo chairman and rodeo chute boss for more than 15 years, passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise, Ore. He had suffered from acute leukemia diagnosed in January 2018. He was 78.

This year, to create an event that is more comfortable for fans coming to watch the top PRCA cowboys and cowgirls, the 88th Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo Committee has changed the date of the event. For the last several decades the rodeo was held in late July. This year, the rodeo is set for June 6-9 in the Crystal Beach Arena. But nothing else has changed about the rodeo, said Kevin Kornele with the Woodward Elks Rodeo Committee. “It has got the same great shows and events,” Kornele said in the May 13 edition of the Woodward (Okla.) News. “We also will have the cattle drive this year on June 5, and that is always something that really sets the tone for the rodeo.” In addition to the top competitors, fans will get to experience some of the best in entertainment, Kornele said. That includes bullfighters Nate Jestes and Chuck Swisher, barrelman and clown Justin Rumford, Cowgirl Sweatheart’s Trick Riding, a real stagecoach from Scott Smith Stagecoach Ranch and the nightly honoring of the American Flag where skydiver Bobby Reid will land in the arena with the flag.

More than 80 applications were submitted from students across Weld County, Colo., high schools for a chance to be considered for a Greeley Stampede Foundation scholarship. Applications were submitted from all over Weld County, creating a competitive selection process. “Every year members of the Greeley Stampede Foundation are in awe of the amount of hard work and dedication that Weld students embody,” said Bob Hinderaker, scholarship chairman of the Greeley Stampede Foundation. “To show our appreciation and support, the students will be recognized at several Stampede events including the Stampede Kickoff Luncheon on June 1 and the July 1 PRCA rodeo.” Recipients were selected based on their outstanding academic results, school involvement, leadership in the community and plans to further their education. The 2018 Greeley Stampede Foundation High School Academic Scholarship recipients totaled 23 and they represented 11 Weld County high schools. More than $57,000 will be awarded to students for the 2018-19 academic year. The Stampede Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed to support continuing education for Weld County students. Since beginning the program, the Stampede Foundation has awarded more than $440,000 in scholarships.

Steve Kenyon and ProRodeoLive.com will broadcast the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo May 17-19. Each broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. (PT).

Courtesy of PRCA