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News and notes from the rodeo trail

by Tracy Renck | Jun 03, 2019

PRCA Stat of the Week: 3

The number of rodeos saddle bronc rider Mitch Pollock won last week. He captured the titles at the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo in Central Point, Ore., and the Fort Herriman (Utah) PRCA Rodeo outright and he split the win with Lefty Holman at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo, a ProRodeo Tour stop. After the three victories, Pollock earned $6,097 and moved up to 19th place in the June 3 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $40,905.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum is set to open June 12 in Pawhuska, Okla., around the corner from the world-famous Pioneer Woman Mercantile. The museum will feature exhibits on “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son,” Ben Johnson Jr., who won the title of 1953 World Champion cowboy and the 1972 Academy Award for best supporting actor. The museum also showcases more than 20 world champion rodeo cowboys that hail from Osage County. Osage County’s ranching history, including ranches like the Chapman Barnard, Drummond and the Mullendore Ranch, are featured alongside a world-class art collection, including works from Osage County artists John D. Free and Jim Hamilton. The museum boasts photo opportunities and interactive exhibits, as well as a gift shop. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CT), Monday through Saturday.


Edward Raymond Galemba of Stephenville, Texas, a two-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo in steer wrestling in 1968 and 1970, passed away May 15 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 79. In 1961 while working on a ranch for Stanley Johnson in Ree Heights, S.D., Galemba learned steer wrestling under the tutelage of steer wrestler Willard Combs, a three-time qualifier for the NFR (1959-61). Galemba joined the PRCA in 1964 and quickly rose in the ranks of steer wrestling. He qualified for the NFR in 1968, finishing 10th in the world standings. On July 21, 1970, Galemba won the Calgary Stampede. He finished fourth in world standings that year. During Round 7 of the NFR, he suffered a knee injury.  While recovery from knee surgery he began an apprenticeship in a saddle shop in Fort Worth, Texas, that was across the street from where he was staying with Bobby Mayo. In 1972, he bought that business and relocated it to Chandler, Okla. In 1978, he moved to Stephenville, which is where Ed Galemba Saddle Shop is still located and mostly known for his world class splint and skid boots. A celebration of Life service for Galemba will be held at June 22 at 2 p.m. (CT) at the N Hardway Ranch, 20194 N. US Hwy 377, Bluff Dale, Texas.


Cheyenne Frontier (Wyo.) Days saw its third largest paid attendance last year in the history of the annual Wyoming western celebration. KGAB-AM radio station of Cheyenne, reports that an annual report released May 31 by the rodeo said 101,462 people attended the rodeos and 115,214 fans enjoyed the night shows. Cheyenne Frontier Days CEO Tom Hirsig said the rodeo also set all-time records for merchandise, malt beverage and liquor sales. The 2019 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo is July 19-28.


Next Up

June 5            Gladewater (Texas) Division 2 Xtreme Bulls

June 5            Sister (Ore.) Division 2 Xtreme Bulls

June 5            Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo begins

June 6            Fallon County Xtreme Broncs, Baker, Mont.

June 6            EOLS Ed Miller Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Union, Ore.

June 6            Pioneer Days Rodeo, Clovis, N.M., begins

June 6            Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo, Cortez, Colo., begins

June 6            Crosby (Texas) Fair & Rodeo begins

June 6            Days of the Old West Rodeo, Delta, Utah, begins

June 6            Eagle (Idaho) Rodeo begins

June 6            Gladewater (Texas) Round-Up Rodeo begins

June 6            101 Wild West Rodeo, Ponca City, Okla., begins

June 7            Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Elizabeth, Colo., begins

June 7            Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Livermore, Calif.

June 7            Kinsmen Rodeo, Brooks, Alberta, begins

June 7            Cedar City (Utah) Championship Rodeo begins

June 7            Jurupa Valley (Calif.) Pro Rodeo begins

June 7            Lea Park Rodeo, Marwayne, Alberta, begins

June 7            Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo, Merrill., Wis., begins

June 7            Rocky Pro Rodeo, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, begins

June 7            Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo begins

June 7            Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, Union, Ore., begins

June 8            Mesquite (Texas) Championship Rodeo

June 8            Cowtown Rodeo, Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J.

June 8            Elizabeth (Colo.) Stampede Rodeo begins

June 8            Bob Christophersen Memorial Steer Wrestling, Killdeer, N.D., begins

June 8            Livermore (Calif.) Rodeo begins

June 9            Glennville Round-up Rodeo begins





2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through June 3, 2019



Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas



Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah



Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.



Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo.



Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.



Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah



Michael Otero, Weatherford, Texas



Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas



Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.


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