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From Minnesota to Saudi Arabia

Dave Rice conducts and interview as he promotes the bull riding events in Saudi Arabia. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Midwestern-based livestock producer takes bull riding to the Middle East PRINCETON, Minn. – For years, Rice Bull Riding Co. has made a name for itself across the Midwest producing world-class bull riding events. Dave Rice has now taken his showcase halfway around the world. Rice is producing the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival Bull Riding events[...]
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Queens add flavor to rodeo

Chaps from rodeo queens from a variety of states hang on a fence at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. There are typically a dozen or more visiting queens who make the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo a destination each spring.
GUYMON, Okla. – Having raised four boys, Sherry Stonecipher looks for a change of pace every May during the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. That’s when she and her husband, Ken – a longtime member of the rodeo committee – host most, if not all, the visiting queens that are in town for the festivities. For[...]
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Rangers women take another title

Northwestern Oklahoma State University won the women's title this past weekend at the Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College Rodeo.
ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s rodeo team is making a statement early in the spring portion of the season. The Rangers have won the first two rodeos of the semester, first at Kansas State University a few weeks ago, then this past weekend at Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College. They parlayed[...]
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CTEC Rookie snags crown

Justin Thigpen seals his first CINCH Timed Event Championship title in his first time to compete in the unique event during his steer wrestling run Sunday afternoon. He earned $107,000. (PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)
Justin Thigpen dominates CINCH Timed Event Championship on its 35th anniversary GUTHRIE, Okla. – Seventeen days before the opening round of the CINCH Timed Event Championship, Justin Thigpen took a call from the Lazy E Arena inviting him to be a replacement for the injured JoJo LeMond. Fifty hours after he roped his first steer, the[...]
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West rides to Jr. Ironman title

Texan sets three Lazy E Arena records Sunday morning to win $11,000 GUTHRIE, Okla. – One man’s misfortune can turn the tide quickly at an event like the Jr. Ironman Championship. When leader Trevor Meier of Garden City, Kansas, failed to secure a catch during his heeling run Sunday morning, that opened the door for Tyler[...]
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Thigpen increases his lead

Justin Thigpen has been dominant through the first four rounds of the CINCH Timed Event Championship. He has a 76.8-second lead over the field heading into Sunday's final round. (PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)
Georgia cowboy has a nice cushion heading into the final round of the 2019 CTEC GUTHRIE, Okla. – The lessons that Justin Thigpen has gained over the first two days of his first CINCH Timed Event Championship will hopefully be carried over for years to come. He has held the lead at this year’s “Ironman of[...]
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Thigpen holds on to CTEC lead

Justin Thigpen dismounts his horse during Saturday afternoon's third round, which he won in 52.6 seconds. He also leads the average. (PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)
GUTHRIE, Okla. – Justin Thigpen continues to be impressive during his first CINCH Timed Event Championship. The all-around hand from Waycross, Georgia, posted a 52.6-second round to win the third performance, worth an additional $3,000. He also extended his lead in the average, having roped, tied and wrestled 15 animals in 200.4 seconds, almost 29 seconds[...]
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Rookie rolls into the lead

Justin Thigpen takes a solid heel shot Friday evening during the second round of the CINCH Timed Event Championship of the World. The Waycross, Georgia, cowboy is the leader heading into Saturday's second day of the "Ironman of ProRodeo." (PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)
Thigpen utilizes strong round finish to be atop CINCH Timed Event Championship GUTHRIE, Okla. – Justin Thigpen didn’t look much like a replacement on Friday, the opening day of the CINCH Timed Event Championship. He roped, tied and wrestled 10 animals in 147.8 seconds and owns the average lead after two go-rounds of the “Ironman of ProRodeo.”[...]
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Reigning champ owns the lead

Reigning champion Jordan Ketscher finishes off his 60.7-second first round, the fastest of the afternoon performance of the CINCH Timed Event Championship. He earned $3,000 for the feat. (PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)
The story of the 2018 CINCH Timed Event Championship has rolled over into this year’s “Ironman of ProRodeo.” Jordan Ketscher of Squaw Valley, California, roped, tied and wrestled five animals in 60.7 seconds to win the first round and take the aggregate lead into Friday evening’s second go-round, which begins at 7:30 p.m. That’s just[...]
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Big score is a big step for Smith

Garrett Smith is again riding at the top of his game and has advanced to the semifinals at RodeoHouston. He is a two-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier and won the 2017 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association's bull riding title. (PHOTO BY COVY MOORE)
REXBURG, Idaho – Garrett Smith’s return to bull riding’s elite is complete. After missing a portion of the 2018 season – and last year’s National Finals Rodeo – Smith proved his point last week by winning the first round of his series at RodeoHouston with a 93-point ride on Lyndal Hurst’s Yellow Hair. It helped[...]
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