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News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail, March 9

The Reno Rodeo Association’s Executive Committee approved the hiring of George Combs as its new general manager on March 3. Combs spent five years as the business manager and marketing director at the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo after being on the committee there for more than 20 years, including 18 on its board of directors.

The Wrangler Network will be live streaming the George Strait Team Roping Classic on March 14 at 10 a.m. CT. Log on to www.wranglernetwork.com for coverage.

Trevor Brazile won the Timed Event Championship of the World for a record seventh time March 8 in Guthrie, Okla. Brazile earned a total of $116,000 – including $100,000 for winning the average title with a time of 290.7 seconds on 25 runs.

The Sikeston Jaycees – the group which puts on the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo each year – donated $15,000 to the Three Rivers Endowment Trust toward the Sikeston Academic Building, which opened to students earlier this year. The Sikeston Academic Building features classrooms, science labs, computer labs, ITV classrooms, a library, student lounge and new simulation lab for the LPN and RN bridge nursing program, as well as a faculty office suite and administrative suite. With its move to the new location in Sikeston, Three Rivers more than doubled its available classroom space.

The Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo and Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame hope to have a new home by spring 2017. The two groups began discussions about a partnership after acknowledging that the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame’s fundraising and search for a museum home coincided with the Ellensburg Rodeo Association’s search for a larger facility. Members of the Rodeo and Hall of Fame boards are working with the Kittitas County commissioners on the possibility of purchasing land close to the rodeo grounds, in the area of the southeast corner of University Way and Alder Street, for the purpose of constructing a building the organizations can share.

Texas Rep. Joe Pickett is sponsoring a bill which would permanently make the fourth Saturday in July the National Day of the Cowboy. A hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 10 in Austin. Pickett is asking for comments at the hearing from those who feel that Texas should pass the bill. Texas would become the 10th state to implement such a bill – Virginia became the ninth in January.

Rodeo Austin hosted its annual Cowboy Breakfast March 6 to kick-off the 15-day fair and rodeo, which runs March 14-28. The Cowboy Breakfast included breakfast tacos, smoked sausage wraps, cowboy coffee and biscuits with gravy prepared out of an authentic Texas chuck wagon. The event also included live music by Lohman’s Crossing, complete with a two-stepping lesson by the Austin Academy of Music and Dance. There was a trick roper, a chainsaw artist and a Texas longhorn. For the kids, there was face painting, balloons and a make-your-own cattle brand workshop.

PRCA timed-event cowboy Taylor Santos-Karney, who won the national tie-down roping title at last year’s College National Finals Rodeo, is among 20 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo students invited to the Capitol Building in Sacramento March 9 to be recognized for their accomplishments by state lawmakers. The group will be introduced on the floors of the Senate and Assembly by local representatives Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning. The students will also meet with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

James Robert Owen, one of the founders and the former National Director of Dodge Ram Tough Rodeo, died Feb. 11. He was 81. Dodge RAM is part of the Chrysler Group, which has been involved with sponsoring rodeo since 1982.

Janice Lorraine Podolak Sturman, the mother of ProRodeo Hall of Fame Director Kent Sturman, died March 5 at the age of 75. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. March 11 at the First Congregational Church in Lusk, Wyo. Burial and graveside services will be in the Lusk Cemetery following the services, with a subsequent reception at the church.

Entry forms for the 60th Annual Red Bluff Round-Up Parade, which takes place at 10 a.m. April 18, are now available at the chamber office at 100 Main St. and at www.redbluffcham­ber.com. This year’s parade theme is Legends and Legacy of the Round-Up.

A permanent rodeo arena is being built at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, S.D., which will house both ProRodeo and 4-H/high school rodeo events. The facility will consist of two adjacent arenas – the main arena measures 130 feet by 260 feet, while the smaller arena is 80 feet by 260 feet. The PRCA-sanctioned Sioux Empire Fair Rodeo is Aug. 8-9.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“God plays a big part in bull riding. I’m a sissy. I couldn’t do it without him.”

-PRCA bull rider Casey Huckabee of Grand Saline, Texas, currently 24th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.

Courtesy of PRCA