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Big Spring to remember Mathis

BIG SPRING, Texas – As Mike Mathis spoke, his voice revealed a gravely sound and a passion for rodeo. The sounds he made were undeniable. When Mathis spoke, there was an air of contentment, and the sound of his voice reverberated the Old West. For many, Mathis was the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo,[...]
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Big Spring event honors past

Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo celebrates 90 years of history BIG SPRING, Texas – The history of rodeo in this part of west Texas is long and lush, with cowboy tales dating back to the 1800s and an informal gathering of ranch hands in Big Spring nine decades ago. This is where seven-time world champion Toots[...]
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Holiday bringing fun to town

Bronc futurity, horse sale and barrel race coming Memorial Day weekend GOODING, Idaho – The first Dirty Rotten Buckers bucking horse futurity in Gooding was a huge success last year, and everyone around town has been anticipating this year’s event. What most didn’t know, though, was that organizers were just adding to the fun. “We’ve[...]
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Sunday was all Wright in Guymon

GUYMON, Okla. – He comes from the most recognizable families in rodeo today, but Statler Wright is still building his resume. He added another defining moment during Sunday’s final performance of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, riding Frontier Rodeo’s Watch Kitty for 87.5 points to win saddle bronc riding at Oklahoma’s only ProRodeo Hall of[...]
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Anderson finds comforts of home

GUYMON, Okla. – The dirt under Bridger Andeson’s feet inside Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena is familiar. Yes, he’s originally from Carrington, North Dakota, and now lives near Stephenville, Texas, but he returned to his old stomping grounds this week for the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo and has found success. He hopes it continues. “It’s[...]
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Berry spurs to Guymon lead

GUYMON, Okla. – Kade Berry has spent a lifetime looking up to his big brother. The siblings are four years apart. Leighton Berry is 24 years old and has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo three times over the last four years. He’s also No. 1in the bareback riding world standings. Kade Berry is 20[...]
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Watson, Fowler playing Big Spring

BIG SPRING, Texas – Organizers of the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo are dipping in to an old bag of tricks to help celebrate the event’s 90th year. Two decades ago, Big Spring’s marquee event developed their after-the-rodeo concerts and dances. It was a rather small affair that has transitioned into shows at the[...]
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Rangers solidify CNFR bids

ALVA, Okla. – Moments before he was to make a season-defining run at the final college rodeo of the 2023-24 campaign, Northwestern Oklahoma State University cowboy Emmett Edler gained a few words of encouragement from teammate Jacob Haren. “Jacob told me to go blast that steer,” said Edler of State Center, Iowa. That’s just what[...]
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Graues honored with banner

GUYMON, Okla. – It wasn’t long after Jeff and Linda Graue opened L&J Auto Parts that they began celebrating their new community. It started by supporting the Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo, now called the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo, which takes place the final weekend of April. Shortly thereafter, the Graues began sponsoring the Guymon[...]
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