News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail, May 3

“A Tribute to Chris LeDoux” opened at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame’s 101 Gallery on May 1, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The exhibit is made up of photographs, memorabilia and other items from the private collection of Bill and Dona Vold Larsen. The exhibit includes photos of LeDoux’s rodeo competition, concert photographs, photos of his artwork and other miscellaneous items. The exhibit includes two original artworks by LeDoux that are pencil drawings. The exhibit will be up through early fall. LeDoux was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2005 and is the only dual inductee in the Hall – inducted in bareback riding and in the notable category. LeDoux won the PRCA bareback riding world championship in 1976 and was an award-winning country music artist. In early summer, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame will add a small exhibit to the gallery showcasing the history of Western heritage and rodeo of the Pikes Peak Region and the city of Colorado Springs to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Colorado Springs on July 31. It will be showcased with the LeDoux exhibit until early August. The Hall will then do a tribute to rodeo clowns to coincide with the rodeo clown reunion the Hall is hosting Aug. 6-8 over the Hall’s 42nd anniversary.

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Induction Weekend will be July 15-17 and run in conjunction with the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colo., the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy announced April 28. The induction ceremony – honoring Cody Ohl, Grated Coconut, Butch Kirby, Jim Sutton Jr., Sunni Deb Backstrom, Randy Witte, the Ellensburg Rodeo and Martha Josey – will be Saturday, July 17. The golf tournament, a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame, will kick off the weekend at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course on Thursday, July 15, while the Cowboy Ball will be Friday, July 16. The Class of 2020 was named last year, but because of restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, inductions were postponed. The golf tournament will have breakfast and registration at 6:30 a.m. (MT) with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Lunch and awards will follow at 12:30 p.m. More information, including hotel info, ticket sales and details for the golf tournament fundraiser, is available at

The board of directors of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, met on April 27 to conduct the formal business of the 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that organizes and implements the annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Board members elected officials and took action on reports provided by the organization’s treasurer, president / general manager and mominating committee chair. Officers elected by the board to serve for the current year include chairman of the board Edward P. Bass; vice president Charlie Geren; secretary Elaine Agather; treasurer Randy Rodgers and president/general manager Bradford S. Barnes. Agather, who also serves on the organization’s executive committee, fills a vacancy left by the recent death of longtime Stock Show leader Charles B. Moncrief. Elected to serve as Sr. Executive Vice President is Matthew R. Carter. Carter, 44, will join the Stock Show’s full-time staff working with Barnes overseeing the organization’s daily operations and 20 full-time staff members. Seven members of the board of directors were elevated to Honorary Vice President status: George Beggs IV; Stephen L. Brotherton; Jim Calhoun Jr.; A.V. (Scott) Corpening III; W. Craig Doyle; Robert M. Lansford; and James Link. Twelve new board members were also elected: Lorene Agather; Allen Crumley; Clay Gilmer; Darren Henken; J. Bryan King; Kelly Lynch; Warren E. Mayberry; Gary Rosenbusch; Demar Sciuto; C.B. Team, IV; Carey W. Williams; and Brandon Woodward. The board approved the nomination of four new members to the organization’s executive committee: Kit Moncrief; Trent Prim; Scott Kleberg; and Doug Cassidy. The 2022 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is scheduled for Jan. 14 through Feb. 5.

Courtesy of PRCA

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