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News and notes from the rodeo trail

by Tracy Renck | Jul 08, 2019

PRCA Stat of the Week: $3,538,652

Amount of money paid out across 27 rodeos during Cowboy Christmas 2019 (June 30-July 9), the total payout is unofficially expected to be $3,538,652.

What to Watch For

Rooftop Rodeo, Estes Park, Colo., July 8-13, 6:30 p.m. (MT)

Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo, Casper, Wyo., July 9-13, 7:30 p.m. (MT)

Dinosaur Roundup, Vernal, Utah, July 11-13, 7 p.m. (MT)

Sheridan WYO Rodeo, July 13, 7 p.m. (MT) with Steve Kenyon

Rooftop Rodeo, Estes Park, Colo., July 8-13, 7 p.m. (MT)

Laramie (Wyo.) Jubilee Days, July 14, 1:30 p.m.


News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Vernon “Dude” Smith Jr., one of the oldest living Gold Card members (No. 159) and one of the few remaining members of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association, passed away July 3 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was 91. Smith joined the Cowboys' Turtle Association two years before the association’s name changed to the Rodeo Cowboys Association, which eventually became the PRCA. During that time, he was rubbing elbows with some of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame’s most notable cowboys who helped shape the sport as it stands today. “We all knew each other back then, but the guys today don’t all know each other,” Smith said in a June 9, 2017, article in ProRodeo Sports News. “I don’t know what happened, but there’s not as many cowboys anymore.” Smith competed in every event, except team roping, since it wasn’t a common event during his ProRodeo career.


Professional Rodeo announcer Steve Kenyon is introducing a brand-new website,, dedicated to offering complete coverage of professional rodeo and Western sports. "We are creating to give it more of a feel of an online radio station, accumulating podcasts produced by some of the most well-known figures in our industry, and continuing to offer live coverage of some of the biggest rodeos in the world, including the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo,” Kenyon said. Listeners can follow the "The Leaderboard" podcast hosted by Kenyon weekly, and will have the chance to listen to live and archived rodeo broadcasts simply by logging on to on their laptops, tablets or smartphones.


 Curtis Eugene “Gene” Peacock Jr. 91, of Emporia, Kan., a former PRCA competitor, passed away on June 26. Peacock was born June 13, 1928 in Bowlegs, Okla., to Curtis E. Sr. and Marie M. (Taylor) Peacock.  He spent his life immersed in rodeo and the cattle business. By the time Peacock was 15, he was competing in the bareback riding, bull riding and saddle bronc riding – he rodeoed from Washington State to the East Coast. He competed at Madison Square Garden in New York City five times. During his rodeo days he became friends with Gerald and Ken Roberts and lived with the Roberts family off and on for several years. He also worked for the world champion brothers with the Roberts’ stock contracting business as arena director and flankman – he often competed at the same rodeos at which he worked. Peacock quit competing in 1965. Throughout his career, he traveled with the likes of Charlie Beales, Jack Buschbom and Wallace Brooks, brother to world champion Lewis Brooks. Peacock had been an order buyer in Oklahoma, and in the early 1960s his company moved him to Strong City, Kan., to work at their feed yard, the Crofoot Cattle Co. He wound up managing the feed yard and became a board member of the Strong City (Kan.) PRCA rodeo. Up until his retirement Peacock owned and operated Rib Eye Cattle Company. Memorials may be made to the Flint Hills Rodeo Association, in care of the funeral home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, Kan., 66845.


Bryant "Peanut" Pierce Jr., a native and resident of Larose, La., a PRCA bullfighter, passed away July 1. He was 41. Bryant was preceded in death by his grandparents, Linwood Cavalier, Alcee "Tompus" and Adela Pierce. He is survived by his parents, Bryant and Judy Pierce; sisters, Abby Blackwell (Scott), Kacie Vega (Nicholas) and Jamie Pierce (Blake); grandmother, Elsie Cavalier; nieces, Maddie and Gracie; nephews, Kale, Ayden and Carson; and nanny, Kathy Cavalier.


Next Up

July 9              Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo, Casper, Wyo., begins

July 10           Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, Colorado Springs, Colo., begins

July 10           Sheridan WYO Rodeo begins

July 11           Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Elgin, Ore.

July 11           Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Laramie, Wyo.

July 11           Cattlemen’s Days Inc., Gunnison, Colo., begins

July 11           Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo & Bull Ridin’ Bonanza, permit section, begins

July 11           Ute Stampede, Nephi, Utah, begins

July 11           Heart of North Rodeo, Spooner, Wis., begins

July 11           Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo, Vernal, Utah, begins

July 11           Wolf Point (Mont.) Wild Horse Stampede begins

July 11           Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo & Bull Ridin’ Bonanza begins

July 12           Elgin (Ore.) Stampede begins

July 12           Stockyards Championship, Fort Worth, Texas, begins

July 12           43rd annual Isanti (Minn.) Firefighters Rodeo begins

July 12           Chas B. Davis Memorial, Ringgold, Ga., begins

July 12           Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Pro Rodeo Series begins

July 12           Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Pro Rodeo Series, permit section, begins

July 12           Cheney (Wash.) Rodeo begins

July 12           Silver State Stampede, Elko, Nev., July 12-14

July 12           Laramie (Wyo.) Jubilee Days begins

July 12           Teepee Creek (British Columbia) Stampede begins

July 13           Mesquite (Texas) Championship Rodeo

July 13           PRCA Championship, Steele, N.D.

July 13           Cowtown Rodeo, Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J.



2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through July 8, 2019



Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah



Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah



Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.



Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.



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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