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Cowboys Cinch gold in Vegas

Smidt, Waguespack, Thurston add to their world-title collections LAS VEGAS – Caleb Smidt can be quiet and unassuming, preferring to stay in the shadows until he’s called to action. Much like a special forces’ sniper, his shots are deadly. The proof shines in gold four times over. Just weeks ago, he secured his fourth National[...]
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Struxness makes more NFR cash

LAS VEGAS – J.D. Struxness just finished a rough and rugged 10 days at the National Finals Rodeo, but his work isn’t done. “There’s no time off,” said Struxness, originally from Milan, Minnesota, now living in Perrin, Texas, with his fiancé, Jayden, and their daughters, Everlee and Lilly. “There are some (Texas) Circuit rodeos I[...]
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Franks caps NFR with big ride

LAS VEGAS – Cole Franks has spent the last two ProRodeo seasons traveling with three-time world champion bareback rider Tim O’Connell and Jess Pope, who clinched his first gold buckle this season. “I’ve just got to complete the trifecta and have all of us in the rig wearing gold buckles,” said Franks, 21, of Clarendon,[...]
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Pope clinches world title

LAS VEGAS – Before the celebratory beer could flow, Jess Pope’s tears displayed just what it means to be named a world champion. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid,” said Pope, who won his third straight National Finals Rodeo average championship and dominated the 10 days of competition in Las[...]
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Shadbolt gains 2nd NFR check

LAS VEGAS – Whew! Garrett Shadbolt needed that. It’s been a rough National Finals Rodeo. He collected just his second paycheck of this year’s championship with an 87-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s William Wallace to finish third in Friday’s ninth go-round.  That was worth $17,255 and pushed his Las Vegas earnings to $47,308. He[...]
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