‘Flash’ can still compete

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Despite Flash’s relative lack of size, the 20-year-old horse has been doing rodeos since before his rider, 7-year-old Brogan Macy, was born. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Twenty-odd years ago, Flash the basset hound was a regular on the original TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard. Right around that time, […]

Quay cowboy lived entertaining life

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Burl “Booger” Mullins, father of Mennell Mullins of Clovis, was a trainer of horses. He taught them to do tricks that included jumping over cars. Back around 1934, Booger appeared as an American Indian on his horse in Tucumcari, and was photographed by Gene Autry’s film crew, as an “End […]

Equine calling

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Nik the Qwik is one of the championship horses bred by Clint and Kyle Bunch, who inherited their love of horses and breeding from their grandfather. (Staff photo: CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Clovis sure has a lot of horsing around going on — and it all means business. […]

Pioneer Days offers hands-on look at roping, riding

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Wild Bill Cathey, of Dora, left, demonstrates to Dalton Wren, 9, of Texico how to spin a rope Thursday during the Curry County Mounted Patrol’s rodeo encounter at the county fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff writer It wasn’t Holly Tyler’s first time on a horse — she rode one in […]

PRCA rodeo begins weekend run

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Chase Runyan of House looks to get out from under a cow during the Wild Cow Milking Contest in the 35th annual PRCA Rodeo Thursday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler The 35th annual Pioneer Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo kicked off in grand fashion Thursday […]

Long-standing Clovis tradition, calf roping, ‘great family fun’

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Dave Eastlake of Amarillo finishes his tie during the first round of the inaugural Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping competition Saturday at the Mounted Patrol Arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Shorty Sanders of Capitan said it’s more American than baseball. Organizer Scot Stinnett […]

Hammond Jr., Lee

Lee Ross Hammond Jr., 85, of Clovis, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on June 10, 1919, in Clovis, to Lee and Grace Hammond. He was raised on the Lee Hammond ranch in Curry County. He attended school at Field and graduated from Clovis High School. He […]

Program aids in tracking stolen livestock

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Starting this month, the Fort Worth-based Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will launch a national Web-based theft-prevention service. The initiative, called the Horse Identification Program or HIP, helps ranchers and law enforcement officers locate stolen horses by recording vital information such as color, description, medical history and brand […]

Area rancher took control of horses

Don McAlvay: Local Columnist J. E. “Big” Johnson, who stood 6-foot-4, weighed 221 pounds, was a man of great physical strength. Legends of his feats are still remembered. Born in 1878 at Gonzales, Texas, Johnson came to New Mexico as a strapping boy of 17 in 1895 and worked on four huge ranches from near […]

Late surge earns Clovis rider title

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Kourtnie Cole of Clovis rounds a barrel during Saturday’s 13-15 year-old barrel racing competition at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Cole won the year-end saddle for her age division in barrels. CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The first time Kourtnie Cole got on a horse — at […]