News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Nov. 9

by | Nov 09, 2015

The eight-member class of the 2016 Texas Sports Hall of Fame has been announced, with 22-time PRCA World Champion Trevor Brazile at the forefront. Brazile joins Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys lineman Larry Allen and New York Yankees pitcher and five-time World Series champion Andy Pettitte. The banquet will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Waco Convention Center. There will be a reception at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco before the banquet, beginning at 4 p.m. Banquet-only tickets can be purchased for $75 each or a table of eight can be reserved for $600. Tickets can be ordered by calling the museum at 800.567.9561 or online at

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has announced many of the musicians who will perform at the 2016 rodeo, Feb. 11-28. The list of big names includes Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Gary Allan and Brantley Gilbert. Complete information can be found at

Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147 is partnering with CFCW radio in Canada to offer non-local listeners exclusive live coverage of the 42nd Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta. Performance times are 9:30 p.m. (ET) Nov. 11-15, and 3 p.m. (ET) Nov. 14-15. Listeners can also catch news from the Canadian Finals before, during and after the rodeo with Rural Radio’s Steve Kenyon on Western Sports Round-Up, a daily radio program highlighting the best in Western sports at 6 p.m. (ET) every weeknight.

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is kicking off a promotional campaign Nov. 9 that will run through Dec. 24 to raise funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. During that time, Hatfield will donate a portion of the proceeds from all her book sales to the JCCF. Hatfield became aware of the JCCF when she began researching details for the first book in her Rodeo Romance series, “The Christmas Cowboy.”

This year’s Reno Rodeo Denim Drive runs Nov. 9 through Dec. 16. During this annual community event new jeans, shirts, socks and underwear are collected for abused and neglected infants, children and teens who have been rescued from unsafe homes in northern Nevada. The Reno Rodeo Denim Drive serves youth in 14 northern Nevada counties. A complete list of drop-off locations can be found at

Farm broadcaster, professional rodeo announcer and PRCA gold card member Larry Parlette, known to his listeners as “Hap Larson,” died Nov. 3. Parlette was the announcer for the Beef Empire Days in Garden City, Kan., for many years.

The Friends of the Marysville (Calif.) Stampede and Flying U Rodeo presented donations of $4,000 to the Geweke’s Caring for Women Foundation, and $1,000 to the Rideout Cancer Center to help women who are fighting breast cancer and facing financial hardship. The money was raised in May by the Stampede raffle event.

Two volunteers have been recognized for their work with the Oregon Trail Rodeo in Hastings, Neb. Trish Hinrichs has been honored as the Oregon Trail Rodeo Committee Person of the Year, and Terry Keebler was awarded the Oregon Trail Rodeo Volunteer of the Year Award.

It was a great weekend. The PRCA and the Kansas Star made the Steer Roping Finals better than it has ever been. There are a lot of guys who walked out of there with a lot of money – money that we’ve never been able to win in this event (until now).

-Jess Tierney talking about the $425,000 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping
Nov. 6-7 in Mulvane, Kan.

Courtesy of PRCA