News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Sept. 14

The Wrangler Network will live stream the final two performances of the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up Sept. 18-19, with coverage beginning at 1:15 p.m. (PT) both days on Steve Kenyon of ProRodeoLive will broadcast all four performances of the Pendleton Round-Up on For the final round Sept. 19, the action will air online and on SiriusXM RuralRadio, channel 80.

2007 World Champion Bull Rider Wesley Silcox is recovering after suffering a dislocated right shoulder Sept. 11 at Utah’s Own Rodeo in Salt Lake City. “I was hung up and then (the bull) stepped on my back,” Silcox said. “I’m just going to let it heal up and I’m going to try and ride in Omaha (Justin Boots Championships, Sept. 24-25). If it doesn’t feel good in Omaha, I will take a little longer off.” Silcox, who is fourth in the Sept. 14 world standings, said if he doesn’t compete in Omaha he plans to return to action at the RAM Wilderness Circuit Finals Nov. 5-7 in Heber City, Utah. Silcox is a six-time Wrangler NFR qualifier (2005-2008, 2010-11).

Eight-time WNFR bareback rider Ryan Gray has been sidelined since Sept. 7 after he suffered multiple fractures and lacerations to the left side of his face while competing in the short round at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo. Moments after he completed his 78-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery, Gray was kicked in the face by the horse, who finished third in the 2014 Pendleton Whisky Let’er Buck Bucking Stock of the Year voting for bareback horses. “I double-grabbed and my hand came out when I was trying to double-grab, and I just kind of rolled off the back of the horse and he kicked me,” Gray said. “There was so much swelling, they couldn’t do surgery, so I’m headed to Seattle (Sept. 14) to have a consultation to see if I need surgery or not.” Gray, who is 17th in the Sept. 14 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, is unsure whether he will be able to return before the regular season concludes Sept. 30.

ProRodeo Hall of Fame Bareback Rider Lewis Feild is one of three new members of the Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame. The five-time world champion collected six Pendleton Round-Up titles in his career. The other two inductees at the Sept. 13 ceremony were Leo Moomaw – who began riding bucking horses in 1915 – and the late Cecelia Bearchum, who spent her life participating in and helping with the Happy Canyon Night Show and the American Indian dancing competitions.

The local Safeway grocery store in Pendleton, Ore., made a donation of $5,000 to the Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame. The store has partnered with the rodeo for more than 25 years. There will be a check presentation and celebratory cake cutting at the store at 10 a.m. Sept. 15.

Rodeo Heritage Week in Stephenville, Texas, kicks off with an old-fashioned parade and celebration on Sept. 19 at Stephenville City Park. It will begin at 5 p.m. at the City Park, wind through downtown and return to the City Park. The parade will be followed by the Bruner Motors RAM Trucks Official Rodeo Heritage Week Kickoff Celebration at the City Park’s Birdsong Amphitheater from 6-8 p.m. Activities include mutton bustin’, a dummy roping contest, stick horse races, pony rides, western booths and food vendors.

The committee of the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa, honored local car dealer Jamie Baier with a buckle during the Sept. 10-12 event for his business’ long-time support as a sponsor of the rodeo. Baier’s dealership provides a RAM truck that the rodeo uses to haul the barrel racing barrels and other equipment during the rodeo.

The Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa, had an estimated attendance of 31,500 for the four performances, unofficially breaking the 2014 mark of 31,000.

I’m to the point now where I’m trying to blow the barrier back and win first. It’s not a deal where third, fourth or fifth is really going to help me right now – I have to go for the throat.

– Six-time World Champion Cody Ohl – who sits 28th in the Sept. 14 world standings –talking about his mindset as he tries to qualify for his 21st WNFR

Courtesy of PRCA