Rodeo family affair for steer wrestlers

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Michael Bates Jr. of Mexican Springs tries to wrestle his steer down during his run at the Friday night performance of the Pioneer Days Rodeo. Bates took a no time on the run. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Silver City on Thursday, Clovis on Friday, and Window Rock, Ariz., […]

Livestock sale nets $286,000

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Tell Runyan of Clovis’ Future Farmers of America chapter puts his grand champion steer on display to open Friday’s junior livestock sale at the Curry County Events Center. The steer sold for $5,000. Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With Tell Runyan and his steer projected on the big screen, auctioneer […]

Saturdays Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo results

CNJ staff At Curry Co. Events Center Bareback riding (Go-round 1): 1. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash.; 2. Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas; 3. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas; 4. Matt Bright, Azie, Texas; 5. Jake Halverson, Amarillo. Barrel racing (Go-round 1): 1. Linda Gail Stewart, Matthews, Ala.; 2. Kelsi Elkins, Aztec; 3. Teresa Marr, Sunland Park; 4/5. […]

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 […]

Livestock show gives 4-H youth chance to show off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michelle Wauson, 15, prepares her sheep for the show ring Saturday at the Farwell Junior Livestock Show. Tomee England, Farwell’s Future Farmers of America chapter advisor, said the show is intended to give the children experience showing animals. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer At a wispy 4-feet-10-inches-tall, Heath Hadley […]

Logan lands at sanctuary

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Courtesy photo After arriving at his new home Logan wasted no time getting to know the locals as he stands near a fence checking out a pair of camels. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Two days and 619 miles through holiday traffic with 400 pounds of cargo that is vocal about how it feels. […]

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 […]

(Live)stock market

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Junior Livestock Sale exhibitor Brian Blackburn shows off his grand champion steer “Uncle Ethan” to bidders Friday at the Curry County Junior Livestock Sale. The steer sold for about $7,300. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Chelsea Henrich, 16, mustered all her strength to control a steer more than 10 […]

HPJRA FINALS: Quick start helps Tularosa competitor

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers The first one out of the chute may be the victim of some nerves, but there are advantages to that, too. On Friday afternoon, Tularosa’s Lon Danley was the first to go in the 9-12 steer riding competition. Danley had one thing in mind as his steer, with him aboard, […]

Canyon steer wrestler takes lead

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Stetson Herrera of Portales rides Darla’s Pride in the Bareback Bronc Riding competition at the 37th annual Clovis Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo on Friday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Area. Herrera scored a 74 with his ride. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Entrants in the second night of competition of this […]

ENMU frosh relative newcomer to rodeo

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Dakota Rasberry of West Texas College gets his hand stuck after being thrown from his bull at the College Daze Rodeo on Thursday at ENMU’s Lewis Cooper Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University freshman Cole Jackson stands tall next to his horse “Shaq” […]

ENM U cowboy a natural at steer wrestling

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Chance Pettigrew is second in the Southwesat Region in steer wrestling. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University senior Chance Pettigrew took to steer wrestling naturally, which is not surprising considering his lineage. His great uncle, Homer Pettigrew, was a six-time world champion […]

Davis, Frederick

Frederick Davis Services: Have been held. The remains of Christian Frederick “Sonny” Davis, well known area cowboy and steer roper, were re-interred in the Kenna Cemetery Saturday, June 12, 2004 with family and close friends present. He died April 14, 1991, at the age of 56, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born […]

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 […]

Clovis steer sells for $91,000

Reporter’s Notebook Zane Drager, 19, of Clovis recently sold in Denver, Colo., a grand champion steer for $91,000. He sold the animal at the National Western Stock Show’s Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House bought the steer. “It’s gone,” Drager said Tuesday. “He’s already been slaughtered.” Drager said he was […]

Rain doesn’t slow cowboys

By Eric Butler A cowboy’s work still has to go on even when it rains. Naturally then, the rodeo does also. The first full night of the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo went off on Thursday evening at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena — even if it wasn’t all as planned. No traditional […]

Top names take center stage at Clovis rodeo

By Kevin Wilson Buster Record has spent more than a decade making his name as a steer roper in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Even if technically it isn’t his name. “It’s really a nickname,” said Record, who was named Tommy at birth, “but it’s the only name I’ve ever been called. It’s even on […]

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 […]