Bull riding off my bucket list

Staying aboard a 2,000-pound bovine for eight seconds. Yes sir, I can now scratch that one off my bucket list. OK, I wasn’t exactly aboard a raging bull in a rodeo arena, hell-bent on throwing me off his back. Instead it was a docile Texas Longhorn steer complete with a comfortable Western saddle. It was […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

Bull riding event set

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• What: L.J. Jenkins Invitational Bull Riding • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday • Where: Curry County Events Center • Tickets: $12 in advance at Joe’s Boot Shop and Creighton’s Town and Country, Portales; $15 at the gate; Children 12 and under free with paying adult. • Total purse: $18,000 • Format: 40 riders […]

Monday morning briefing: Video game of the week, rodeo days and Ruby Ridge relived

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Rodeo days La Nina Classic Ranch Rodeo is set for 6:30 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Fifteen teams compete each night in events including branding, stray gathering, doctoring, trailer loading and bronc riding. Bull riding is Tuesday night only. Admission […]

Ticket feature: Lipizzaner Stallions performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Lipizzaner Stallions will perform in Clovis tonight and Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico Referred to as an equine ballet, audiences will have the unique opportunity to see the Lipizzaner Stallions perform tonight and Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Made world famous for their beauty and […]

Day trip: Ranch offers riding lessons

Place: Abrazos Adventure Location: 5 miles west of Portales. Call for detailed directions. What activities can you enjoy at this location: Horseback riding and lessons. What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages Admission prices?: Call for rates. Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week. Special events coming […]

Clovis resident honored as honorary firefighter

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Brooke Hankins of Clovis embraces Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman after she was named an honorary fire fighter Saturday at the Department’s Station 1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Fire Department made their biggest fan an honorary firefighter Saturday. Clovis resident Brooke Hankins, 20, suffers from an […]

Kid’s pardon better left by wayside

Karl Terry Some want to see Billy the Kid exonerated of his crimes and riding the trail as a hero. Some, like Billy the Governor Richardson, might want to steal a little of his fame not unlike the Kid used to rustle cattle on the High Plains. I’ve kept silent for the last few months […]

Police say fewer people riding in truck beds

Sharna Johnson Local law enforcement say they see fewer and fewer kids riding in the back of pickup trucks, in part because of seatbelt laws and because of growing awareness of the danger. Wednesday a 14-year-old Texico girl fell to her death from a moving pickup truck when the wind caught a mattress she was […]

First person: Appaloosa girl

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis native Kyla Myers has been riding horses since she was 5 years old. Kyla Myers of Clovis won four top 10s at her first trip to the 2010 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show. That means she ranked in the top 10 in four competitions. The 14-year-old Clovis native has […]

California teen biking across country for disabled

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Joseph Machado is riding across America from his home in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to Washington D.C., to raise money for disabled children. Machado, 13, was escorted by New Mexico State Police from Santa Rosa to Tucumcari on Friday afternoon. “It is impressive to see this young man doing such […]

Billboard promotes motorcycle safety

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Courtesy photo A couple of motorcycle crashes in recent months and concern drivers aren’t used to sharing the road with motorcycles helped inspire the idea for the sign located on Prince Street near 13th Street. The billboard bears the message, “Summer means motorcycles: Take a 2nd look, Give a 2nd chance.” By Sharna Johnson: CNJ […]

Young bucks

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Kristyl Jaure, 15, applies rosin to her rope before the junior bullriders took to the arena Friday at the Curry County Events Center. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Kristyl Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the […]

Organizers: Bull riding to offer “non-stop action”

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Organizers are expecting crowds of up to 3,000 fans for two days of “nonstop action” during this week’s bull riding event at the Curry County Events Center. Featuring 90 top bull riders from several professional bull riding associations, the event will take place Friday and Saturday nights. Sponsor Joe […]

Homeschool group takes in riding lesson

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Caleb Chambers, 9, of Clovis, learns how to ride a horse at Abrazos Adventure in Portales. Cannon homeschool students spent the day learning and riding horses at Abrazos Adventure in Portales on March 25. Five students and their siblings were taught by Brazos Adventure owner Wendy Toombs about what horses […]

Prestigious line of horses still exists

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Nothing can equal the thrill of riding a horse running so fast your eyes water and your hair feels as if it’s leaving your head. If it’s a race and you and the horse are passing all the others the thrill is, of course, quadrupled. An almost equal thrill comes […]

National rodeo final not for timid

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 10 days in early December in Las Vegas, just finished. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding. The top 15 competitors of the year in each event could compete for the world […]

Recreation opportunities abound in Portales

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Cannon Connections: Argen Duncan Roosevelt County 4-H member Daizia Looney, 10, shears her goat in preparation for the Roosevelt County Fair. The 4-H program provides a variety of activities for 5- to 19-year-olds, with many opportunities for the whole family to get involved. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Did you know Portales has a Frisbee […]

Amateur bull riding good for laughs

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I’m sure it’s written someplace that every ranch boy must try riding a bull — in a rodeo — at least once in his life. In the olden days most every town had an amateur rodeo every year — usually a jackpot deal. That was the perfect place for a […]

Homicide suspect indicted on murder charges

CNJ staff Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder Friday in connection with the Sept. 25 shooting deaths of a Melrose man and a Lubbock woman, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Casillas, 21, of Clovis is accused of shooting Gary Payne, 52, and Melissa Ward, 36, while the […]