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A perfect fit?

Talk about last minute: As of 2 p.m. Central time, bull rider and amazing racer Cord McCoy is en route to Indianapolis, where he’s a late replacement in the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series event, the Jack Daniels Invitational. It’s the fourth premier tour event of the season, and McCoy has worked his[...]
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That’s a bunch of bull

Some of the best known legends in bull riding have been the bulls themselves. From Bodacious to Dillinger to Little Yellow Jacket, the bulls have been more than just half of the score of a particular ride; they’ve been superstars in the game. Young Cade Hemphill reminded me that even 3-year-olds have their favorite animal[...]
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Scary collision

McKennon Wimberly’s wreck last weekend while trying to ride the bull MoeBandy.com was one of the worst head-to-head collisions I’ve seen behind bull and bull rider. Wimberly, 22, of Cool, Texas, was competing in the short round of the Anaheim (Calif.) Invitational, a Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough series event. The son of five-time[...]
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Let’s talk Leah Garcia

Maybe I’m missing something, but I haven’t seen a report on Leah Garcia leaving the Professional Bull Riders telecasts. In fact, a release issued Dec. 28, 2010, lists Garcia as one of the behind-the-chutes announcers, along with Erin Coscarelli. I’ve read a considerable amount of feedback from PBR fans who are unhappy with the changes[...]
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The education process

Kindergartners at Graland County Day School got a different kind of education when ProRodeo athletes Chad Van Campen, Jule Hazen and Garrett Nokes visited with them on Jan. 14.  The timed-event cowboys were in town to compete at the National Western Stock Show rodeo, and they visited the school to talk about their sport. Nokes[...]
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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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