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A West Texas jewel

It’s more than 650 miles from Denver to Odessa, Texas, and there will be plenty of rodeo folks making their way across every foot of pavement over the next two weeks. It’s time for the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo at the Ector County Coliseum, a six-performance rodeo that takes place over nine days. Two[...]
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Rodeo’s new year

The 2011 ProRodeo season has been going since early October, but the first rodeo of the new year has begun in Denver with qualifications for the National Western Stock Show. The first performance of the Denver rodeo is Saturday afternoon, and there are some guys who will have to miss their shot at competing at[...]
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On the Bright side

Matt Bright knew he had a chance to win the eighth go-round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo when he was matched with Carr Pro Rodeo’s Real Deal, the 2005 Bareback Riding Horse of the Year.  What happened was a wreck when the big brown gelding reared and smashed Bright into the back of the bucking chute.[...]
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Thinking of Oklahoma

A month ago right now, the opening round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was in top form in Las Vegas. Now I’m already thinking of the next major championship event, the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for March 31-April 4 at State Fair Arena (or Jim Norick Arena) in Oklahoma City. It will[...]
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I resolve …

Whether it is weight loss or an attitude change, most people have something they want to make as their New Year’s resolution. What’s yours? I resolve to get back on the path of eating healthier and exercising more. I’d lost 25 pounds through 2010, but I’ve gained some back, and I can tell I’m not[...]
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He’s taken a Tuff stance

If it’s happened in bull riding, Tuff Hedeman’s probably seen it. He’s won three bull riding world championships in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and one in the Professional Bull Riders, where he once served as the organization’s president. Now he’s president of Championship Bull Riding, another stand-alone bull riding association. The CBR is following[...]
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Must-watch television

Jeff Medders has been the television voice of rodeo for two decades. His sound is familiar and strong, a great correlation for the sport and its stars. Now as the man in charge of Geronimo Productions, Medders’ schedule gets a little more intense in 2011. You see, in addition to producing every Championship Bull Riding TV[...]
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It’s time to go

I visited today with a longtime friend and cowboy who has never been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It’s time my friend goes. He’d like to take his wife and another couple to the final two performances, and I think that’s a great time to experience ProRodeo’s season finale. It’s when champions will be[...]
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Merry Christmas

As the clock nears midnight on Christmas Eve, we can find many things for which to be thankful. And like the children with wide eyes and wild dreams, we can hope Santa brings us our favorite goodies while we reflect on the real reason for the season with our close friends and family. If you[...]
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PRCA Trade Show

I’d like to talk to the folks at the PRCA who are in charge of the annual convention and trade show, because I’d like to know how this year’s attendance compares to other years. There seemed to be good numbers during some of the talking points at the convention, but the numbers inside the trade[...]
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