News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Oct. 18

by | Oct 18, 2016


Five horses were recently named Badlands Circuit Horse of the Year. Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year went to Tiger, the horse owned by Chason Floyd of Buffalo, S.D. The Hazing Horse of the Year Award was won by Kody Woodward’s horse Baby. Tie-down Roping Horse of the Year went to Rat, owned by Jerry Means and ridden by Matt Peters of Hot Springs, S.D. In the team roping, Head Horse of the Year was awarded to Bad Brown, owned and ridden by J.B. Lord of Sturgis, S.D., and Heel Horse of the Year went to Derick Fleming’s Catniss.

ProRodeo Live will be broadcasting at the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla., Oct. 20-22. The rodeo gets underway at 7:30 p.m. (CT) each day. will live-stream exclusive video of the WPRA World Finals in Waco, Texas, Oct. 21-22 from the Extraco Events Center. The Finals get underway at 7 p.m. (CT) each day.

Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Board President Jeff Faltus has accepted the resignation of Gene Dana from the Board of Directors. In reluctantly accepting Dana’s resignation, Faltus said in a press release, “Gene and his wife, Candi, are great community supporters. Gene was a real asset to the Ellensburg Rodeo; he served on many committees within our board and it will be difficult to find a new director to take his place. He has definitely earned his retirement, and we’ll miss his leadership.” Over the course of his 15 years on the rodeo board, Dana’s contributions were numerous. In addition to his dedication to the rodeo board, Dana continued his long-standing service to the community through his law-enforcement career in the Washington State Patrol and as Kittitas (Wash.) County Sherriff.

The 2016 Hill College (Hillsboro, Texas) Hall of Fame class will be inducted Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the W.R. Avenshine Library. Among the four inductees is Chad Eubank, who was the Cheyenne Frontier Days all-around champion in 2007 and was the bull riding champion at the 2004 Heart of Texas Rodeo (precursor to the All American ProRodeo Finals), as well as the all-around champion at the 2004 Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo. The induction ceremony is a free event open to the public, and will be followed by a reception for all attendees. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Preston McReynolds at 254.659.7510

Jeff Copenhaver, the 1975 PRCA world champion tie-down roper, celebrated 30 years of Cowboy Church ministry with a worship service Oct. 16 at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Copenhaver is the author of the devotional book God Wants You to Win.

PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman was the featured guest on episode 13 of The Rodeo Marketing Show Oct. 15. To listen to Stressman’s appearance, go to

The Hilltop Heritage Foundation will host its annual fundraiser Oct. 22 in Killdeer, N.D. Dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m., with the auction to follow, at the High Plains Cultural Center. “It’s a time when Killdeer comes together to support a worthwhile cause,” Foundation Director Fayleen Fischer said. “It’s a traditional event that people look forward to.” The gathering is a fundraiser for the Hilltop Home of Comfort, a long-term care facility, and the Legacy Lodge, which opened last week with 20 assisted-living apartments. The steak fry will feature grilled steaks, the locally famous “Zablotny Potatoes,” a salad bar and dessert. The auction traditionally has a western theme with at least 75 live-auction items and another 40 silent auction items up for bid, including a painting of NFR cowboy Jim Tescher. Tickets are $25, and are available at the door or in advance at American Bank Center and First International Bank.

Courtesy of PRCA