News and Notes from the rodeo Trail, Nov. 14

by | Nov 15, 2016

PRCA stock contractor Terry Walls, who sent many top animals to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo over the last three decades as owner of Terry Walls Rodeo Company and Pro Rodeo Inc., died at his home in Goldthwaite, Texas, Nov. 9 due to complications from a non-malignant brain tumor. He was 70. Walls was a champion tie-down roper and steer wrestler in the American Junior Rodeo Association, as well as serving as president of that organization in the early 1960s. He then moved on to Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Texas), where he was part of the national championship team of 1967, and to timed-event competition at the PRCA level.

On Nov. 12, the Tarleton State University Rodeo Hall of Fame inducted Richard “Tooter” Waites, Ronnie Ray, Levi Garcia, Kurt Kiehne and Debbie Garrison. There also was a steak dinner and a live auction to benefit the Tarleton rodeo program’s scholarship fund.

The 2016 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo in Rifle, Colo., set records in attendance at signature events and sponsorships. The PRCA Xtreme Bulls, which was added to the lineup in 2015, generated $10,885 on 820 tickets sold. The PRCA rodeo sold 953 tickets for $7,835 in sales.

The 2017 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, which will be held Feb. 9-26, 2017, at the AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum Grounds, announced its entertainment lineup last week. The list includes Sam Hunt (Feb. 11), Willie Nelson & Family (Feb. 16), Dierks Bentley (Feb. 21) and Jake Owen (Feb. 22). For the latest entertainment information, visit or download the SA Rodeo app.

The Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Board recently elected Jeff Leichleiter as the new board member to replace the recently retired Gene Dana. Leichleiter initially became involved with the Ellensburg Rodeo by establishing Tim’s Cascade Snacks as a major sponsor, and retired from the company after 30 years there. Leichleister has served on several boards, including the Northwest Food Processors Association, and the Institute of Food Technologists.

If you’re going to try to beat him, you better have your hammer cocked every time.

-Steer roper Chet Herren when asked about the performance of Rocky

Courtesy of PRCA