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News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Oct.5

by Amy Fast | Oct 05, 2015

Tickets for the Nov. 6-7 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., are now on sale. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

The Bonifay (Fla.) Kiwanis Club selected the Matt C. Dryden Sr. family – owners of Circle D Ranch & Western Store – as this year’s Rodeo Family of the Year. Matt Dryden Sr. passed away in 2013, but his family was in Bonifay to participate in rodeo events Oct. 1-3. With Dryden at the helm, Circle D Ranch & Rodeo Company was a PRCA stock contractor for the Bonifay Rodeo for 19 years before the rodeo company was sold in 1995.

The Washington (Ark.) County Historical Society honored Springdale resident Pat Hutter as one of its Distinguished Citizens for 2015 during the annual membership luncheon Oct. 4. Hutter serves on the Board of Directors for the Rodeo of the Ozarks, held each summer at Parsons Stadium in Springdale. In addition to earning a degree in business management from the University of Arkansas, Hutter was a barrel racer in the 1950s and spent her career training horses for barrel racing. “She’s attended every performance of the rodeo across seven decades and has never missed a single rodeo parade,” director of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Allyn Lord said of Hutter. “She does it unpaid, and has done it every year since she was a teenager. She’s humble, and she works her tail off.”

The College National Finals Rodeo held a Tough Enough to Wear Pink night during the June 14-20 event which raised $3,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Wyoming. Casper College sophomore Rachel Taylor and junior Drew Antone joined their rodeo coach, Tom Parker, to present the check. “These rodeo contestants want so much to be a part of this community,” said Roger Walters, Commissioner of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. “This is their way of giving back for hosting them.”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Every time you turn around, he wins something. If he keeps going like he is going, he will be the new Ty Murray. You would have to compare Sage to Ty Murray because no one has ever done what they have as quick.

-Stock contractor Bennie Beutler telling The Oklahoman how highly he thinks of World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey

Courtesy of PRCA