Daniel Taylor Roach, a PRCA steer wrestler who also team roped, died July 12 in Winona, Texas. He was 28. Roach was a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association, where he excelled in both team roping and steer wrestling. He went on to Panola (Texas) Community College, where he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo. The pall bearers at Roach's funeral included WNFR bull riders Cole Echols and Clayton Foltyn, as well as WNFR bareback rider Tilden Hooper.
David Crank, a popular Lawton, Okla., cowboy and former Lawton Rangers president, died July 13. He was 61. For the past 10 years, Crank served as a Lawton Ranger and was the organization's president from 2013-14.
Jim Rogers, a PRCA and college rodeo judge and former saddle bronc rider, died July 12 in Torrington, Wyo. He was 60. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Eastern Wyoming College Rodeo Team.
The Man Up Crusade, an organization to bring awareness to domestic violence, made the July 19 performance of California Rodeo Salinas "Purple Day" in which competitors and fans wore the color to promote the end of domestic violence.
The High School National Finals Rodeo will remain in Rock Springs, Wyo., through 2019, and then is tentatively scheduled to move back to Springfield, Ill., for the 2020-21 rodeos. The event last took place in Illinois' capital city in 2007. "Anytime you can bring a convention of that size, with thousands of people and families, it's always good for Springfield, especially the restaurants, hotels and merchants," Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder said. "We would have liked '18 and '19, but better late than never."
The Board of Directors for the National Day of the Cowboy organization selected seven people from the Western and rodeo communities to receive the annual Cowboy Keeper Awards. The award is given to those who make a significant contribution to the preservation of cowboy culture and pioneer heritage. This year's winners are Sheila Carlson, Waddie Mitchell, Ernie Sites, David Stoecklein, Bud Young, and the husband-wife team of Lyman and Alaire Tenney. For more information on all the winners, visit www.nationaldayofthecowboy.com/wordpress/?p=2503. National Day of the American Cowboy is July 25, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City will be celebrating with a variety of festivities, including live music, crafts, roping lessons and the announcement of the 2015 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma.
For the second year in a row, the 55th annual Last Chance Stampede PRCA Rodeo in Helena, Mont., is awarding a unique, elk ivory ring to the rodeo's all-around cowboy. This year's ring is valued at $2,699 and will be custom-made by Jensen Jewelers and its goldsmith, Mark Rubio. It will feature 14-karat yellow gold with elk ivory. The Last Chance Stampede PRCA Rodeo takes place at the Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds July 23-25.
The Rodeo Clown Reunion will take place Aug. 12-15 in conjunction with the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville, Kan. The rodeo clowns will sign autographs and create some laughs for the audience. More information can be found at www.fairandrodeo.com.
The Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Hall of Fame Association unveiled painted drums as part of a fourth annual art fundraiser July 10 at the Clymer Museum and Gallery. A crowd of more than 75 people showed up to view the painted drums that will be auctioned off at the Hall of Fame induction banquet later this year.
The Phillipsburg (Kan.) Rodeo grounds sport two improvements that fans will notice July 30 through Aug. 1. There is a brand new concessions and restroom building on the west side of the arena, measuring 50 feet by 60 feet, which increases the amount of bathroom stalls for rodeo fans. On the east side of the arena, fans will notice new bucking chutes, which were installed in May. The old chutes will be donated to the Mid-Plains Community College rodeo program in McCook, Neb.
The Bull Riding Hall of Fame has reached an agreement with the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District to house the BRHOF in the legendary Cowtown Coliseum - the home of the world's first indoor rodeo, in 1918. A formal announcement is expected at the American Cowboy Gala in Fort Worth July 23.
The Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Train made its 24th journey north from Denver to Cheyenne July 18. More than 500 passengers had a full day of activities, including the Frontier Days parade. This year's train of vintage cars was pulled by the Union Pacific Railroad's sleek 1950s-era E-9 diesel streamliner. The first Denver Post train to Frontier Days ran from 1908 to 1970. Proceeds from the CFD Train, supported by corporate sponsors MDC/Richmond American Foundation and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., benefit the Denver Post Community Foundation, which assists area nonprofits.
After an absence of 55 years, the NFL made an appearance at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up arena when the Seattle Seahawks raised a 12th Man flag to recognize the community's support of the Seahawks July 16 at the Round-Up Plaza. In 1960, the expansion Dallas Cowboys played their first exhibition game in the Pendleton Round-Up stadium against the Los Angeles Rams.
Brazile Watch: Entering the weekend, Trevor Brazile was already toward the top of the world standings in two of his three events - third in the world in both steer roping and among team roping headers. He made his move in tie-down roping with two big performances in Nampa and Salinas. Brazile was the all-around champion in Nampa with a total of $8,654 - all in tie-down roping. He tied for first in the second round, won the finals, and finished tied for third in the average with a time of 25.5 seconds on three. In Salinas, the 21-time world champ won the finals and was third in the average with a time of 35.6 seconds on three head. He earned $4,933 in Salinas, bringing his weekend total to $13,587. In tie-down roping, Brazile moved from 12th to seventh in the July 20 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. He remained third in both steer roping and team roping heading.
Sherwood and Kesler not only won the team roping title in Nampa, they also did plenty of damage in Salinas on their way to a big weekend. Both men earned $8,827 for their performance in Nampa, which included winning the second round, final round and the average. In Salinas, the pair each collected $7,419 for a total of $16,246 for the weekend. With the large haul, Sherwood - a two-time world champion (2006, 2008) - moved from 28th to 14th in the July 20 world standings, while Kesler - a 22-year-old rookie heeler from Holden, Utah - moved from 30th to 14th. Kesler also vaulted to the top of the team roping heeler rookie standings.
Saddle bronc rider Treyson Antonick, a 22-year-old permit holder from Overton, Texas, had quite a weekend, winning two rodeo titles. Antonick took the title at the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo with an 82-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Tequila Shelia, earning $2,862. He collected another $1,771 by winning Kansas' Largest Night Rodeo (Pretty Prairie) with an 83-point trip on Beutler and Son Rodeo's Red Wings. With the $4,633 he earned, Antonick moved to the top of the permit standings with $12,838.
There was only one lead change atop the world standings this week, with tie-down roper Monty Lewis moving from fifth to first on the strength of $9,298 in winnings in Nampa. Lewis, the 2004 world champion, leads defending world champ Tuf Cooper by $1,116.