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News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail, July 17

WranglerNetwork.com will livestream California Rodeo Salinas at 1 p.m. (PT), July 22 and 1 p.m., July 23.

According to the June edition of Australia’s Rodeo News (page 21), former PRCA member Australian native David Worsfold broke the APRA bareback riding record with a score of 91 points at the Nebo Rodeo in May on Gill Brothers’ Little Egypt. He is the reigning APRA bareback riding champion (2015-16).

Dantan Bertsch was recently named assistant rodeo coach at Casper (Wyo.) College. A 2015 graduate of Casper College, Bertsch earned an associate of science degree in agri-business and rodeoed for three seasons under Tom Parker. “My time at Casper College was the best three years of my life,” Bertsch said. During his time as a Thunderbird, he competed in both saddle bronc riding and bareback riding his first two years and bareback riding his final year. Concentrating on one event proved to be a wise choice, as Bertsch was the 2015 Casper College High Point Champion, the 2015 Central Rocky Mountain Region Bareback Riding Champion and a 2015 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Finals qualifier. Bertsch will join Casper head coach Jhett Johnson and the team next month.

Fans at the Aug. 3 performance of Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg this year are asked to wear pink to show awareness and recognition of cancer. For every fan wearing pink to that night of the rodeo, the Phillipsburg Rodeo Association will donate $1 to cancer research and local cancer patients, and voluntary donations will be collected that night.

Tickets are available online for the 32nd Annual Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo at the Industry Hills (Calif.) Expo Center, Sept. 23-24. Joining the event this year are members of the Veterans Benefit Team Roping Foundation. Those who have served the country will be in the ring for roping events to entertain and to celebrate the contributions made by men and women of the armed forces. The Gabriel Foundation, the rodeo producer, has helped thousands of young people in the East San Gabriel Valley who are mentally challenged, physically handicapped or come from disadvantaged or abusive homes. Since its inception in 1985, the Gabriel Foundation has contributed more than $2.3 million to various charities helping these children in need. The Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo is the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, and more than $98,000 was donated last year with proceeds from the 2016 rodeo. Tickets may be purchased at www.industryhillsprorodeo.org.

The 2018 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant is on tap in Woodward, July 19-22. The pageant will feature horsemanship competitions, speeches, fashion shows, a parade, and more. Events during the week all lead up to the coronation July 22 at the Woodward County Event Center. The pageant will feature 14 Oklahoma girls and young women competing for the titles of Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess and Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Sweetheart. When the winners of each title are chosen during the coronation, they will enter the Lady in Waiting program. “This is the time they prepare you for your year as Miss Rodeo Oklahoma,” 2017 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Calli Newman said to the Woodward News. “You go out and find sponsors, take pictures, and they get to go watch the Miss Rodeo America pageant.”

The Moses Lake (Wash.) Roundup, which takes place at the Grant County Fair, gets underway next month. The Grant County Fair is Aug. 15-19, while the Moses Lake Roundup is Aug. 17-19. The fair and the rodeo are teaming up again this year to offer a combo ticket. For $18, people age 10 and older will be allowed to attend all three nights of the rodeo and all four days of the fair, according to Tyler Brown, the treasurer of the Moses Lake Rodeo Association. For those 7-9 years old, combo tickets cost $6. Children under 6 are free, Brown said. Tickets are expected to go on sale at the Green Gate when the rodeo offices open to the public on July 25.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Being called ProRodeo Hall of Famer Mike Beers has a good ring to it. This is for real. You’re now one of those guys you looked up to.

– Mike Beers, team roping heeler told the ProRodeo Sports News about his upcoming induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame on Aug. 5.

Courtesy of PRCA