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News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, May 18

by ProRodeo.com | May 18, 2015

The Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 class, headlined by nine-time PRCA World Champion Ty Murray. Murray, a ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee, won the 1990 all-around and 1993 saddle bronc riding titles in Cheyenne. Joining Murray are Bobby Romer (bullfighter), Reva Gray (winner of the Denver Post Ladies Relay Race event in 1932, 1934 and 1936), Dr. Norman Swanson (arena veterinarian for Cheyenne Frontier Days for 44 years), Spiro ‘Sam’ Contos (longtime cook/volunteer), Kay Jessen (30 plus-year volunteer with the CFD Western Art Show and Sale) and the W.E. Dinneen Family. The induction ceremony will take place Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne. For more info, visit www.oldwestmuseum.org.

Bull rider Joe Frost, who finished second in both the world and WNFR average standings in 2014, suffered a concussion when he was bucked off Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Sweet Sinner at the Redding (Calif.) Wrangler Champions Challenge May 16. Frost is also set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on both his knees May 19 in Bountiful, Utah. He expects to return to PRCA action at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo, June 19-27. Frost is 10th in the May 18 world standings. WNFR bull rider Brett Stall is expected to be sidelined six weeks after suffering a broken right ankle at the Redding Rodeo May 13. He is 11th in the May 18 world standings. WNFR steer wrestler Ethen Thouvenell suffered a herniated disc in Redding, and will visit a spine specialist to decide whether surgery will be necessary.

Paul Luchsinger, a gifted multi-sport athlete who qualified for the National Finals Rodeo five times as a steer wrestler, died May 12 of cancer. He was 59. Luchsinger attended a Walt Linderman steer wrestling school in Bozeman, Mont., in 1976, bought his PRCA permit in 1977 and started competing full time as a card-holder the following year. He qualified for the NFR in 1979-81 and 1984-85, enjoying his best season in 1981 when he finished seventh in the world standings.

Robert “Bobby” Adair, the leading rider at Los Alamitos (Calif.) Race Course for much of the 1970s, one of Quarter Horse racing’s leading all-time jockeys and a PRCA team roper, died on May 16 after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to a statement released by Los Alamitos. Adair, a PRCA Gold Card member, was 71. He won 1,705 Quarter Horses races at Los Alamitos, including 114 stakes. He won his first race at a recognized racetrack in 1962 and rode until 1984 when he sustained a shoulder injury in a wreck at Los Alamitos.

The Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame has announced three new inductees for 2015. Five-time World Champion Lewis Feild headlines the 2015 class, being inducted in the rodeo contestant category. Feild won six Pendleton titles in his career (bareback riding in 1984, 1989-90; saddle bronc riding in 1989 and all-around in 1989-90). He also served as a pickup man in Pendleton from 2001-04. The other two inductees are Cecelia Bearchum in the Native American participant category and Leo Moomaw in the early years’ category. The Hall of Fame banquet is Sept. 13. Tickets can be purchased at the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon office, or by calling 1-800-45-Rodeo beginning Aug. 1.

The Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Hall of Fame has elected board member Joel Smith as president for a two-year term. Smith is a lifelong Ellensburg area resident and past Ellensburg Rodeo Board director. He is also a founding member of the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame. Others elected included Jack Wallace, vice president; Joe Crawford, treasurer and Joe Powell, recorder.

Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods actress Emily Blunt is set to star as the bull riding lead role in the upcoming rodeo movie Bronco Belle. Blunt will play the role of Raylene Jackson, a spirited woman who dreams of becoming a champion in bull riding. First-time writer-director Khurram Longi says the idea for the script came during a road trip. “We were driving down from New York and ended up in Texas where, by chance, we stumbled across the world of rodeo,” Longi said. “I had never been to one before. We started to follow the rodeo trail and the world inspired me to write this script.” Production is set to start this fall.

Montana State University is looking for a head rodeo coach. For more details, visit jobs.montana.edu/postings/2103.

The city of Wolf Point (Mont.) is planning a celebration marking its 100th anniversary around the Wild Horse Stampede, July 8-11. In addition to the rodeo, a parade and carnival will also be included in the festivities.

The California Rodeo Salinas Heritage Museum will open its doors to 1,000 local elementary school students from May 18-29 to tour the facility and learn about the history of California Rodeo Salinas. Members of the Museum Committee will serve as tour guides to the students and teachers, and answer questions. To learn more about the museum visit www.CARODEO.com.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
It feels nice to come home and see my family and friends. It’s nice to come home from time to time and relax, go down memory lane, and remember all the things I used to do. It’s important to remember where you come from. That’s why I always say I’m from Jay (Okla.). I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be. If it wasn’t for the people around here, and all the support, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

-Team roper Travis Graves talking to the Grand Lake News about what it’s like to go home to Jay, Okla.

Courtesy of PRCA