News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Oct. 19

by | Oct 19, 2015

California Rodeo Salinas Poster

The bullfighters, barrelman and pickup men for the Dec. 3-12 Wrangler NFR have been selected. Bullfighters Dusty Tuckness and Cody Webster return for the third straight year together, and will be joined by Aaron Ferguson. It’s the seventh consecutive trip for Tuckness and the third for Webster, while Ferguson makes his second appearance, and first since 2013. John Harrison makes his second trip as barrelman – he also went in 2013, while Justin Rumford, who was the barrelman last season, is the alternate. Chase Cervi makes his second consecutive appearance as a pickup man, and third overall. He’s joined by Matt Twitchell, who’s making his second trip.

The 2016 commemorative poster for California Rodeo Salinas debuted at the annual Stockholders Dinner Oct. 15. The poster was painted by Dani Griffith-Traweek, the event marketing and sponsorship director at the Colorado State Fair, who interned at California Rodeo Salinas and also painted the 2002 and 2007 commemorative posters for the rodeo. The painting was based on four different photos taken in 2014 by PRCA photographer Richard Field Levine.

The posters are available for purchase for $15 at the California Rodeo Office and online at NILE ProRodeo in Billings, Mont., honored first responders Oct. 17 for their hard work and sacrifice in the community. The rodeo offered first responders discounted $5 tickets during the final night of the rodeo, which was Wrangler Patriot Night.

The California Rodeo Association of Salinas added a new president, vice president, secretary and treasurer, and installed three new directors to the Board during the annual Stockholders Dinner and Meeting on Oct. 15. Mike Scarr takes over as president after being an officer since 2001. Fred Hooker is now the third vice president, Dave Pedrazzi moved to second vice president, joining Brent Eastman, who moved to first vice president. The new treasurer is Tom Nielsen and the new secretary is Steve Davis. The three new Directors to the Board are Mikel Ann Miller, Sammy Jenkinson and Mike McVay.

Thanks in part to the Aug. 8-9 Sioux Empire Fair Rodeo, the 76th Annual Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, S.D., attracted 321,443 fairgoers, a 14.5 percent increase from the 2014 Sioux Empire Fair.

No worries. It happens. It’s gotta happen to somebody – unfortunately, it was me. This is more incentive to try harder next year. In the springtime I took it pretty easy, then I had to pretty much play catch-up in July and August. Now I’m kind of paying for it, even though I feel like it was a pretty good year, overall.

-Bareback rider Jesse Davis telling the Great Falls Tribune about finishing 16th in the world standings and just missing the WNFR

Courtesy of PRCA