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News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail, July 11

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The Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede paid tribute to rodeo legend Harry Vold with patches for all 96 participants in the final round July 3. The Vold family also had a bench made to commemorate the “Duke of the Chutes” and a video of Vold speaking was played for the crowd at the highest-paying rodeo of Cowboy Christmas. Vold passed away on March 13 at 93 years old, after a lifetime of ProRodeo success that led to his induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1994, and then being named a Legend of ProRodeo in 2009. “It’s Harry’s hometown and he got his start here, and he was a longtime supporter and member of the Stampede,” said Blair Vold, president of the Ponoka Stampede, and Harry Vold’s nephew. The 96 contestants who qualified for the final round had Vold’s signature brand, the Bar HV, underneath their number. The bench was made by Bruce Harbin Welding in Ponoka and will be placed outside of the Ponoka Stampede’s rodeo office.

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Ted Nuce will host a bull riding clinic at the rodeo arena west of the McAlester (Okla.) Southeast Expo Center on July 14-15. Nuce, a 1985 PRCA world champion, was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2009. The clinic is open to riders 6 years and older, and costs $200 per person. The camp will begin at 9 a.m. each day. All riders must sign a waiver form available the day of the camp or via early registration by calling 940.577.7909.

The Drummond (Mont.) PRCA Rodeo turned 75 years old July 9. Former Drummond Trojan and University of Montana football star Chase Reynolds was grand marshal of the parade that was held prior to the rodeo July 9. Reynolds, an NFL free agent, started the procession on the same end of town the original rodeo was held, in a field near the Wagon Wheel Café.

The Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign was established in ProRodeo 13 years ago with the mission to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. For some communities, the campaign is about giving locally and fighting all levels of cancer. That’s the case with the TETWP at the Eagle (Colo.) County Fair and Rodeo, which takes place July 19-22, at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. “We partner with the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, and it’s really amazing that we get to benefit its patients,” said Hanna Albertson, chairwoman of the fair and rodeo’s advisory committee, in a press release. “I think it’s important that we give back locally.” Christine Albertson has been with Shaw since 2012, and in that time, Tough Enough to Wear Pink has contributed $27,785 to the cancer center. That money is utilized in various ways to assist patients with their treatments.

Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson hopes a $3 million investment in the Garfield County Fairgrounds pays off for the county and his native Rifle, Colo., with new events that draw crowds from around the state and region. Some of the improvements to the fairgrounds include new stalls for horses and livestock, a new PA system, improvements to the indoor arena and a northeast entrance on 12th Street that is currently under construction. Samson expects the construction to be completed in time for the county’s fair and rodeo from July 31 through Aug. 6. The Garfield County Xtreme Bulls Division 2 event takes place Aug. 2 and the Garfield County Fair & PRCA Rodeo is Aug. 3.

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I think it’s really neat, and I know he’d be pleased – he loved this kind of thing.

– Kirsten Vold said to the ProRodeo Sports News about the tribute to her father, Harry Vold, at the Ponoka Stampede on July 3.

Courtesy of PRCA