Month: January 25, 2011

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This is Justin time

I love the power of a people working together, and thousands of Professional Bull Riders fans are uniting in a single effort to get announcer Justin McKee his job back. I’m not sure it’ll work, but I applaud the effort. Justin is a rodeo announcer turned TV commentator who still loves the life on the[...]
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Done in Denver

Shane Proctor is a talented bull rider. During his run at the National Western Stock Show rodeo in Denver, he was dominating, winning all three go-rounds and the average championship. It all added up to $17,350 for the Mooresville, N.C., cowboy, who won the 2008 Toughest Cowboy competition. The No. 2 money-earner was Bo Casper[...]
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One round remains

We’re just a few hours away from the final go-round of the National Western Stock Show’s rodeo. As I write this, I’m still awaiting final word out of Denver about the championship-round qualifiers, the top 12 contestants in each event through the initial two rounds of competition. That news release will include the first- and second-round[...]
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Cade and the cowboys

My favorite thing about rodeo is the people, and I have hundreds of examples why. The most recent is when I wanted to have 3-year-old Cade Hemphill meet real professional cowboys, so I contacted saddle bronc rider Chet Johnson, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. He was competing at the National Western Stock Show[...]
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‘Hollywood’ Yates bringing his ‘Wolf’ persona to PCB events

His name is Don, but he answers to other monikers. That’s the life of an entertainer, which defines Don “Hollywood” Yates, from his Elvis impersonations as a youngster to his over-the-top behavior as “Wolf” on the 2008 season of “American Gladiators.” Don, Hollywood and the Wolf will come together as another piece of the entertainment[...]
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Winning despite the pain

Four-time and reigning bareback riding world champion Bobby Mote was scheduled for surgery Tuesday to repair a sports hernia – a hernia in the abdominal region just above the groin. It’s an ailment Mote has suffered with since last summer, yet he rode through the pain in through the latter half of the season –[...]
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The Cade of the West

Karla and Kevin Hemphill looked at their youngest child, wondering what 3-year-old Cade had in mind for Halloween. They asked the rodeo-loving youngster if he wanted to be a cowboy, much to Cade’s dismay. “Why?” he asked. “I’m already a cowboy.” The Hemphills and their three children – including daughter Josie and another son, A.J.[...]
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