News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, May 9

by | May 09, 2016

The Canadian Finals Rodeo will have a new home in 2017, but it’s unclear where that home will be. Edmonton, the host site of the event since 1974, has shut the door on bringing the rodeo back after its final performance in Edmonton this November. Mayor Don Iveson announced May 5 that the city would not be submitting a bid to host the CFR. The final CFR in Edmonton will take place Nov. 9-13 at Rexall Place.

The Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days train – a tradition that stretches back to 1908 – will be making its annual trip from Denver to Cheyenne July 23. Tickets ($350) for this year’s trip are available through registration that is open May 8-16, at A lottery system, instituted in 2012 because of repeated sellouts, will be used, and new VIP seats in the luxury private cars are available for the first time at $1,200. Returning this year after a three-year maintenance overhaul is the Union Pacific Railroad’s steam locomotive 844.

The Mineral Wells (Texas) ProRodeo parade has three judges with local ties who will preside over the May 12 event. Debbie (Johnston) Garrison was raised in Mineral Wells and was crowned Miss Rodeo America 1979. Sonna Warvell, who was named Miss Mineral Wells in 1982, has spent the last 24 years working as Annie Oakley in Disney’s largest dinner show/Wild West show in Paris, France. Renowned horseman Chris Cox also lives in the Mineral Wells area

That’s a dream horse – one that you dream about every day of your life as a bareback rider. I got on her a few years ago in Allen, Texas, and was 89 to win the rodeo, and you can add Guymon as another great day with her.

-WNFR bareback rider Jake Brown telling radio host Rob Matthews about his history with Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet’s Web, who he won on in Guymon with an 89-point ride

Courtesy of PRCA