Arenacross drawing youthful competitors

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Tucker Dobbs, 8, seen here riding his KTM Pro Senior 50 motorcycle, will compete in the fourth annual arenacross slated for Saturday at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Tucker Dobbs is described by his dad, Vernon, as a “nut.” Dobbs will be one of many racing […]

Richards continues family tradition

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Katelyn Lide races to the finish Saturday during the short-go of the 13-15 year old poles at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals held at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Casey Richards comes from a rodeo family, but it took him a while […]

ATV safety an issue for parents, riders alike

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Alex Sallade, 10, wears a helmet and protective gear as he rides his dirt bike Thursday afternoon in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Kendall McDaniel said he has been a motorcycle enthusiast since he was old enough to ride — which for him was 4. Over the years, […]

Rodeo finals begin this week

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This young buckaroo tries to hang on during a timed event at last year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo. The HPJR begins Tuesday at Mounted Patrol Arena with more than 300 contestants under the age of 19 competing in various rodeo events. By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats, it’s […]

Bad …to the bone

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Kay Stanton is not your typical biker chick. She’s 52 and has been a school teacher in Farwell for 25 years. She’s been riding for almost 10 years after getting into the sport with her husband, Joe. With he on his Harley and she on her bright yellow Honda trike, […]

6/3 amos: a rodeo comes to bugtussle

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t work the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. a rodeo comes to bugtussle boss whoever first spoke or sang – i love a parade – must have been misquoted i […]

Pioneer Days Rodeo begins tonight

By Eric Butler Fifty bull riders, 64 barrel racers and 49 calf ropers. That’s just the beginning of a steady stream of cowboys and cowgirls that will go in and out of the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena over the next three days. The 35th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, a PRCA-sanctioned event, will begin tonight […]

Greyhounds lasso win in Odessa

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — Sophomore Stetson Herrera of Marvel, Colo., won the bareback riding competition, leading Eastern New Mexico University to men’s title last weekend at the Odessa College Rodeo. ENMU scored 220 points followed by Odessa College with 185. ENMU senior James Gililland teamed up with Clayton Jackson of Tarleton State to win […]

Business feature: Two-wheelin’ women

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Local residents (counterclockwise from front left) Donna Labalt, Carla DuBuis, Sarah Zufelt, Wendy Bailey, Connie Bryant, Amy Wyatt, De’Aun Willoghby, Tina Sambrano and Joy Stoddard are proof motorcycles aren’t just for men. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When they ride their motorcycles through town, the roar of the engines bore […]

Pocket bikes could be a dangerous fad

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the newest fad in transportation: mini-motorcycles known as pocket bikes. Some responses: “WHEN SCHOOL LETS OUT in the afternoons I can always count on at least six to eight mini-motorcycles racing up and down my street with all the kids beeping their horns at […]

Freestyle bikers keep it wheel

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Jon Dowker, 31, has been riding BMX bikes for 17 years, working on perfecting tricks like this one performed Tuesday at the Curry County Fair. CNJ photo by Mike Linn. By Mike Linn They do flips and spins, cycle backwards on one tire and get excited with their audience, many of whom rarely get the […]

Bike ride honors cancer survivors

By Clyde Davis I am looking forward to the Ride for the Roses, our long distance bicycling effort in mid-October. This is a cancer fundraising event, whereby the riders take pledges for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, an organization dedicated to cancer causes, survivor issues, and people living through and beyond cancer. Self-evident from the name, […]

the great bugtussle rodeo

Gary Mitchell and amos: A view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t work the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. boss whoever first spoke or sang – i love a parade – […]

Pioneer Days draws top performers

By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent If there isn’t someone who once won a world championship, or at least challenged for one, coming out of the chute during the 34th annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo over the next three nights, just look over to the cowboys lining the fence waiting their turn. Because there’s bound to […]

Horses help disabled kids

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Lance Myers, 5, rides 5-year-old Joe on Friday as his mother Lexie Myers guides the horse around the arena at the barn south of Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Two Curry County women have found a way to turn their shared passion for horses into a method for helping the disabled. […]

Blind calf roper spreads message of never giving up

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Jerry Long of Capitan shakes the hand of Jonah Walls, 7, while talking to him and his mother Valda Walls, both of Texico, Tuesday evening at the Texico Educational Complex. By Gary Mitchell Jerry Long caught his friend by surprise a little more than four years ago when he said he […]

Biking into the past

By Clyde Davis I have no idea what stroke of genius inspired Janice for this particular anniversary gift. It was nothing I would have ever thought of asking for; it was the best possible surprise. I could credit it to all the time we spend watching the Tour de Lance (oops, I mean Tour de […]

Event is nerve-racking

By Eric Butler The announcer at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals bellowed to the crowd that they were at the “world’s most dangerous playground” to start Wednesday night’s festivities. While that may or may not be true, there’s a reason Carmen Roberts showed up at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena with a […]

Keeping things in the family

By Eric Butler Royce Ford doesn’t mind wearing hand-me-downs. His father, five-time world champion Bruce Ford, won the spurs at the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association in Clovis five years ago. Now the younger Ford, who lives in Kersey, Colo., is looking for a set of his own when the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo […]

Learning the ropes

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Silver Burney of Wilford, Texas, got into the saddle Monday evening at the Little Buckaroo Rodeo, his mother knew he’d been training hard since taking up riding a few weeks ago. But Sandra Burney never expected her 10-year-old son to take first place in the egg-and-spoon race, his first rodeo […]