Feb. 17 – Little Miss Showoff

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Shelby Mayfield, 8, rides a bicksin gelding Saturday that her father brought to the Clovis Horse Sale to sell. Sylvester Mayfield said Shelby has been riding horses since she was a baby. Mayfield didn’t take the bid of $5,800 because he said the horse was worth closer to $7,000.

Military Feature: Base bikers promote safe riding

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CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson Senior Airman Bobbie Tenney gets her safety gear ready in preparation to ride with the 27th Special Operations Wing Riders Group. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Straddling her black 2005 Triumph with the visor of her full-face helmet flipped up, Senior Airman Bobbie Tenney tightened the strap under her […]

Mascot stunt to be reviewed

Staff and wire reports LUBBOCK — A Texas Tech committee is looking into a stunt by the school’s caped mascot, who apparently violated safety policy by riding a horse into the football stadium with the reins in his teeth and hands flung into the air like pistols. The Masked Rider Committee will meet Dec. 6 […]

Bull rider puts faith in prayer

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mike Strong of Livingston, Mont., received an option for a rerun after his ride Saturday night at the Professional Bull Riders Discovery Event at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bonner Bolton didn’t need to rub a rabbit’s foot or keep a horeshoe, or even […]

Bull riders to make stop in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bull riders will stop in Clovis for a chance to move up in tour standings in hopes of qualifying for November’s Professional Bull Riders Final in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR Tour organizer Marc Andrus said 74 riders in what is considered the bull riding minor league will compete in […]

Back in the saddle

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cynthia Fiala of Albuquerque competes Saturday in the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian Games at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Fiala also participated in the Ireland International Special Olympics Equestrian Games in 2003. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cynthia Fiala rode her mustang, “Dusty,” through a barrel race […]

Clovis man dies in cycle crash

CNJ STAFF A 41-year-old Clovis man died early Sunday morning when the motorcycle he was riding hit a utility pole at Second and Norris streets. Bruce Monroe died at the scene, officials said. A police press release said Monroe was not wearing a helmet and “alcohol is suspected of being a factor due to the […]

Competitor prefers cowgirl label

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleCassie Cotton, left, 7 of Clovis and Tristyn McDaniel, 7 of Clovis, watch the team roping event Wednesday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at the Mounted Patrol Arena. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Tristyn McDaniel rides a white horse — an animal that has often been fodder […]

Safety should be our choice, no one else’s

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate Ben Roethlisberger’s motorcycle accident Monday is sure to get safety advocates fired up about mandatory helmet laws. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback wasn’t wearing a helmet when he broke his jaw and nose in the well-publicized accident. Had Roethlisberger, 24, been wearing a helmet, his injuries likely would have been much less severe. […]

Bikers use bells to ward off evil spirits

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(CNJ Illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even seasoned motorcycle riders share a superstition, a belief that there are road gremlins who cause mechanical failures and accidents. To ward off “evil road spirits,” bikers dangle bells near the front wheel. The “freedom” or “spirit” bells are steeped in bike lore and tradition. […]