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, […]

New event prepares ropers for next step

By Eric Butler The double mugging event is new to the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals and it’s proving to be a popular competition. The term has nothing to do with smiling for the camera or accosting someone for monetary gain, but instead means helping a roper tie down a calf. The event — […]

Rodeo tradition runs in family

By Jack King Rodeoing runs in Tuf Cooper’s family. His dad, Roy Cooper, has won eight world championships, including one all-around title. His brother-in-law, Trevor Brazil, won the world all-around title last year and is first in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association this year in steer roping. His uncle, Stran Smith, has made it to the […]