September 9, 2013
News and notes from the rodeo trail
September 9, 2013
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and its commissioner, Karl Stressman, received the coveted 2013 American Cowboy Culture Rodeo Award Sept. 5 at the 25th annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration in the Lubbock (Texas) Memorial Civic Center.
Heather Shane Salazar, the 30-year-old daughter of 1981 World Champion Steer Roper Arnold Felts, died Aug. 31 in Grape Creek, Texas, of gunshot wounds. Her husband, Matthew Salazar, has been arraigned on charges of first-degree murder.
South Dakota bull rider Lane Scott, 19, was critically injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident Sept. 3 near Hillsboro, Texas, that left another passenger in the 1998 Ford Explorer dead at the scene. Scott, a permit holder and a member of the Hill College (Hillsboro, Texas) rodeo team, was airlifted to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. The driver was transported to Hillcrest by ambulance. A Lane Scott Medical Fund has been set up through Wells Fargo Bank, P.O. Box 106, Mission, SD 57555 or 605.856.3222 .
The Elk City (Okla.) Rodeo of Champions celebrated its 75th anniversary with this year's rodeo. Gary Williams, PRCA Rodeo Committee Executive Council member and general manager of the Tucson (Ariz.) Rodeo Committee, presented the 75th anniversary plaque to members of the Elk City Rodeo Association during the Aug. 31 performance. The rodeo, which is held on Labor Day weekend, began in 1939. The Beutler family, beginning with brothers Elra, Jake, and Lynn and now with the third and fourth generations, Bennie and Rhett, have provided livestock for the rodeo since its inception. In the early years, livestock was driven from the Beutler ranch seven miles north of town to the rodeo arena, which bears the name Beutler Brothers in honor of the family.
Jim Wilson, a longtime pickup man in the Badlands Circuit, has retired at the age of 68. He worked his last event Aug. 22-24 at the Range Days Rodeo in Rapid City, S.D.
The Aug. 29-31 Magic Valley Stampede in Filer, Idaho, drew 13,500 fans this year, up 2,500 from the previous year, or an 18.5 percent bump. "The rodeos had excellent crowds," said committee chairman Gene Schiffler. "We're very pleased."
Author Rick Steber will be signing copies of his new book "Red White Black: A True Story of Race and Rodeo," at several venues during this week's Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up. The book tells the story of cowboys George Fletcher, Jackson Sundown and Johnny Spain during their legendary competition at the 1911 Northwest Saddle Bronc Championship, in the second year of the Round-Up.
Garrett Smith of Rexburg, Idaho, was featured in the "Faces In The Crowd" segment of the Sept. 9 Sports Illustrated, taking note of his becoming the first three-time All-Around Cowboy in the 65-year history of the National High School Finals Rodeo.
Bert Davis, The Coppertown Clown, and all his amazing dog acts will be holding a Special Performance at the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children on Sept. 17. The Philadelphia hospital is one of 22 in the world. They take children of any race, color or creed from anywhere in the world. If they can help, they will. All care is provided regardless of the patients or parents ability to pay. Their budget for 2014 is $1 billion for the 22 hospitals. More than 90 percent of what the Shriners' receive goes directly to patient care.