Ticket feature: Roping association expanding to New Mexico

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Courtesy photo The Original Team Roping Association plans to hold five team roping events at the Curry County Special Events Center between January and May. Freedom New Mexico Amarillo-based Original Team Roping Association is starting off the year by expanding to New Mexico. The group will be holding a team roping event Saturday and Feb. […]

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 […]

Local youth among winners at High Plains Junior Rodeo

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CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Kenna Hayes McNeil held onto her calf for the full six seconds and scored 64 points, taking the round, during Saturday’s short go at the high Plans Junior Rodeo Association finals held at the Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals […]

Dora roper eyes national event

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dora’s Jesse Clark had a time of 13.76 seconds on his first go in the tie-down calf-roping event Thursday during the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association finals held at the Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Jesse Clark of Dora has been waiting all year […]

Dora native takes first in 19 and under roping

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Courtesy photo Jesse Clark of Dora jumps off of his horse to tie up a calf during the Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping Colt Cluck Memorial last Saturday in Clovis. Clark won first place in the second round in the 19 and under age group. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Dora native Jesse Clark […]

Annual calf roping, cook-off events slated for weekend

Freedom New Mexico Joe’s Boot Shop is bringing calf roping action and chuck wagon cooking together this weekend at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The fifth annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping begins Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Chris Weber, advertising representative with Joe’s Boot Shop, said organizers are expecting large crowds because the […]

ENMU women take fourth, men sixth in rodeo

CNJ Staff Tori Bilberry won the average in breakaway roping, helping the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team place fourth as last weekend’s rodeo at West Texas College in Snyder, Texas. Bilberry, a junior from Elida, posted a total time of 4.0 seconds over two runs. Portales junior Joni Brakebill finished sixth in barrel […]

Git a rope

More than 60 teams competed in the Route 66 Festival team roping competition in Tucumcari over the weekend.

Pioneer Days Rodeo results

CNJ staff At Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena Bearback riding: 1. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash. 86; 2. Chauncey Kirby, Fort McDowell, Ariz. 83; 3. Forest Bramwell, Pagosa Springs, Colo. 80; 4/5. Tim Shirley, Conifer, Colo. and Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo. 79. Steer wrestling: 1. Tony Larson, Sheridan, Wyo. 3.9 seconds; 2/3. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. […]

Rodeo champ stays busy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo World all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, competes in steep roping on Thursday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Part of the week-long Pioneer Days celebration, the event featured some of the world’s top steer ropers. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The 38th annual PRCA Pioneer Days Rodeo began […]

HPJRA Finals comes to end

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sterling Smith of Post, Texas, zeroes in on his target during Saturday’s short-go in the 16-19 calf roping competition in the HPJRA Finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Smith finished first in the short-go competition with a time of 8.67 seconds. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Figuring out the […]

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 […]

July 13, 1976

Catalogs for the upcoming Curry County Fair were approved by the Curry County Fair Board. The catalogs listed rules and regulations for participants and a schedule of events. … Carl Jones and Ron Smith were recognized for outstanding service at the annual Clovis Evening Lions Club awards night. … Barbara Nuckols and her cousin Gary […]

PRCA Rodeo set to begin Thursday

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The 37th annual Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo in Clovis, which begins Thursday, is hardly the only rodeo in the country going on this weekend. But it’s the only one that matters to the Curry County Mounted Patrol, and organizers are pleased with the quality of contestants competing over the three […]

Calf roping under way at Mounted Patrol Arena

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Richard Gray of Smyer, Texas, shows his calf-roping skills Friday afternoon in Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event at the Mounted Patrol Arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Gray is 70 and has been roping calves since was 8. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Dirty cowboy hats and dusty saddles […]

Roping event set for weekend

CNJ Staff Hundreds of cowboys, both professional and amateur, will compete in calf-roping events this weekend. The third annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is being held Friday through Sunday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. According to event coordinator Joe Rhodes, 464 cowboys competed in the 2006 calf roping event. “Hopefully we will […]

Local steer wrestler posts night’s top time

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Shawn Hogg of Odessa, Texas, competes in bull riding competition on Thursday during the 36th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo at Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As Chance Pettigrew waited for his chance in steer wrestling on the first night of the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo, the public […]

Pioneer Rodeo keeps ‘em coming

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Fast facts What: 36th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Where: Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena Tickets: $10-12 in advance at Joe’s Boot Shop; $12-14 at gate With 35 years of continuity behind it, the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo could have just about anyone in the […]

A ROPER’S BEST FRIEND: Good calf-roping horses hard to find

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Kim Williamson of Farmington has won six world championships with the help of her horse Cutter. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer World champion calf roper Kim Williamson said she owes much of her success to her faithful steed. “I’ve had him since he was five,” said Williamson, who finished […]

Drawing right calf can make all the difference in roping

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Joshua Garrett of Gugdell Farms of Logan said 222 calves will be used in this weekend’s event. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Although it’s random, calf ropers know drawing the right calf can be the difference between a average run and a big payday. At Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping this […]