HPJRA: Physical trait often determine horses’ names

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Keylee Crowder, 8, and her horse Keebler compete in the 8-and-under barrels on Friday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo at Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank What’s in a name? For the participants in the 36th annual High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals in Clovis on Friday, they […]

HPJRA Finals results

At Mounted Patrol ArenaSaturday’s short go results8-under barrels: 1. Shelby Mayfield 16.917; 2. Kennedy Kirkpatrick 17.44; 2. Michelle Runyan 18.832; 4. Kendra Suggs 187.855; 5. Tanner Freeman 19.157.9-12 girls poles: 1. Kellie Collier 20.773; 2. Kelsey Espenson 20.993; 3. Saige Bell 22.705; 4. J.C. Gallegos 25.671; 5. Leann Herring 32.412.9-12 goat tying: 1. Nicole Espenson […]

Founders see grandsons compete in HPJRA rodeo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hayden Moore, left, of Clovis, and teammate Ty Anderson of Artesia chase down a calf in the team roping event Wednesday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Trying to control his horse after missing his target in the steer breakaway roping, Payson Moore knew he […]

Rodeo set for Clovis next week

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than eight, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

HPJRA finals: Dads give ‘mugging’ aid

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Tate Seaver, 12, Clovis, prepares his horse for competition in the 9-12 boys double mugging event on Tuesday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. He recorded the fastest time in Thursday’s draw. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent At the Thursday morning session of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals, […]

High Plains, high returns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksOwner Ron Waters, front, and employee Adrian Largo of ShyAnna Leather of Gallup get ready Monday for this week’s High Plains Junior Finals Rodeo in Clovis. ShyAnna Leather makes custom leather items. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent If ever there was such a thing as a traveling, summer rodeo camp for […]