News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Oct. 10

by | Oct 10, 2016

ProRodeo Live will be broadcasting at the All American ProRodeo Finals Oct. 13-15 in Waco, Texas, at 7 p.m. Central Time each night. The coverage will include the final bracket and the championship round Oct. 15.

The Brady Wakefield Timed-Event Championship will take place Nov. 6 at the Arrow B Arena in Ponca, Neb. The event begins at 8 a.m. Central Time, and will raise money for scholarships in his name. Cowboys can compete for the all-around title as well as in steer wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping. There will also be a women’s all-around title up for grabs and women can compete in goat tying, breakaway roping and mixed team roping. Call in entries on Oct. 31 from noon to 7 p.m. Central Time. Call 308.836.2259 or text 308.880.0169 or email

The Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo, the site of the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo Oct. 6-9 in Minot, N.D., has been giving back to the community for years and during its past rodeo the 62-year tradition of sending children to Minot Triangle Y Camp, a seven-week summer camp for youngsters to learn horseback riding, wall climbing, swimming and more. Each year the Y’s Men donate nearly $20,000 to the camp, allowing children to attend for free or at a reduced rate. “We try to keep our fees at a very reasonable and realistic rate for kids to come out to camp and without our Y’s Men’s Club and the money that they make from the rodeo, it would be much more difficult for us to be able to do that,” said Cindy Mueller, YMCA Director of Program Services.

Jana and Paul Griemsman both participated in the recent RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo as a barrel racer and team roper, respectively. The couple celebrated 14 years of marriage Oct. 2, as well as 10 years of competing in the Badlands Circuit Finals. Competing in the rodeo offers both positives and negatives to their relationship. “You do uproot yourself and your family. You know the rigs cost a lot of money, the horses cost a lot of money, but it’s what we do,” said Paul in an article by Candese Charles Oct. 7. The story can be found at

Dean Gorsuch, who was the 2006 and 2010 PRCA Steer Wrestling World Champion, is the newest welding instructor at Eastern Wyoming College. Gorsuch grew up in Alliance, Neb., won two world steer wrestling titles in Las Vegas and is not only teaching welding at EWC, but also completed his welding certification at the college. “I am really blessed to be back here,” said Gorsuch in an article posted Oct. 7 in The Torrington (Wyo.) Telegram. “I have always wanted to be back here, but when this [opportunity] came up, I didn’t think I’d have a chance. I am really blessed.”

More than 2,500 elementary school students received a live rodeo lesson Oct. 7 during the Community Kids Day at the 31st annual Industry Hills (Calif.) Charity Pro Rodeo. The crowd was comprised of third-through fifth-graders from Baldwin Park, Bassett, Charter Oak, Hacienda La Puente, Montebello, Mountain View, Pomona, Rowland and Walnut Valley school districts, and plenty of students and teachers were costumed in checkered shirts, neckerchiefs, cowboy hats and boots. The Oct. 7 rodeo was the culmination of Western-themed lesson plans for the students. They learned about cowboy poetry, prize-money earnings from a rodeo in Poway, California, and were taught about the history of vaqueros in the state. “Every year I see it and see how full the stands are and how excited the kids are,” said Cory Moss, the city’s mayor pro tem. “It’s like the best feeling in the world. I get chills just thinking about it. It’s a great tradition.”

It’s a big relief to finally get it made. I’ve been close the last three years, and I won quite a bit the last few months of the season and it was nice to know I wouldn’t have to worry about going to the NFR this year.

-2016 Wrangler NFR qualifying bareback rider R.C. Landingham talking to Rob Matthews Oct. 10 on Pro Rodeo Roundup about qualifying for his inaugural NFR.

Courtesy of PRCA