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Crawley, Kimzey set regular-season records: Jacobs Crawley established a regular-season money record in saddle bronc riding with his $173,192 total in the Sept. 5 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. Crawley, who is leading the standings by $10,970 over second-place Zeke Thurston, broke the regular-season saddle bronc riding money record of $172,304, which he set last year. Bull rider Sage Kimzey, with his $230,992 total as of Sept. 5, also set the regular-season money record in his event. Kimzey broke the record of $228,386 established by Matt Austin in 2005. Crawley and Kimzey join steer wrestler Ty Erickson and tie-down roper Tuf Cooper as new holders of the regular-season money records in their events. Erickson has $155,456 as of Sept. 5 and broke the mark of $133,685 set by Wade Sumpter in 2008 as of Aug. 1. Cooper established a regular-season money record in tie-down roping with his $166,097 total in the Aug. 28 the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. Cooper, who is leading the Sept. 5 standings with $175,841, broke the regular-season tie-down roping money record of $165,460 set by Cody Ohl in 2006. Steer roper Jason Evans needs $3,771 to break the regular-season money mark in his event - $87,927 set by Guy Allen in 1998. will broadcast the Spokane (Wash.) Interstate Rodeo Sept. 8-9 at 7 p.m. (PT) and the Washington State Fair ProRodeo in Puyallup, Wash., at 1 p.m. (PT) Sept. 10 ... Wrangler Network will livestream the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up Sept. 15-16, beginning at 1:15 p.m. (PT) each day ... The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the PRCA will unveil a new exhibit - A History of Youth Rodeo - featuring the National High School Rodeo Association and the National Little Britches Rodeo Association. The unveiling will take place from 5-7 p.m. (MT) Sept. 20 at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. R.S.V.P. required by Sept. 13 to Amber Jacobs at or 719.528.4726 ... Jed Moore, the head rodeo coach at Colorado Northwest Community College in Rangely and a retired PRCA bull rider, was recently challenged to ride Summit Pro Rodeo's Cross the Line during the rodeo team's eighth annual fundraiser - called Rangely Rock N' Bulls. If Moore rode the 2014 PRCA Bull of the Year, a $500 donation was going to be added to the team's scholarship fund. The team and crowd ended up passing the hat - no matter if Moore made the ride or not - and raised more than $1,200. Just for the record, Moore lasted four seconds on the rank bull. Moore is in his sixth year coaching the CNCC rodeo team ... The Sept. 4 performance of the Ellensburg Rodeo was dedicated to longtime rodeo competitor, judge and fan Alan MacRae, who passed away in February. MacRae was born in Idaho, and moved to Ellensburg when he was 2. He graduated from high school in 1977 and attended Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College, where he was a part of the rodeo team and participated in calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling. He competed in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association finals in Louisiana in 1979. Kim MacRae, Alan's wife, said he enjoyed judging and calf roping and was drawn to rodeo because of his father, Ken MacRae, who is a veterinarian and involved with the Ellensburg Rodeo. "I don't remember a time when we haven't gone (to the Ellensburg Rodeo) as contestants or going to support Alan," she said in the Sept. 5 edition of the Daily Record newspaper in Ellensburg. "Rodeo was his passion. There wasn't a time he wasn't doing something in rodeo." Alan was a life-long member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and was a PRCA judge for 20 years. After his retirement from judging, he worked as chute boss and ran the timed-event barrier at many Northwest rodeos ... ProRodeo Hall of Fame Saddle Bronc Rider Winston Bruce passed away July 10. He was 79. A service in memoriam of his recent passing will be held at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds at 5 p.m. (MT) on Sept. 19. Bruce was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1989. Bruce's PRCA career was highlighted by winning the 1961 world championship. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 10 consecutive times from 1959-68, and was the reserve world champion in 1959 and 1965 ... More than 200 participants and 200 volunteers saddled up for the 17th annual Tri-State Special Kids' Rodeo on Sept. 3 in Fort Madison, Iowa. The free event offered children and adults with physical and mental disabilities the opportunity to participate in horseback riding, as well as simulated activities including goat tying, calf roping, bronc riding and barrel racing. Lisa Wood, chairwoman of the special kids' rodeo, has been involved since the first year. Her daughter, Kelly, has Down syndrome and participates in the rodeo. Wood said the rodeo committee had a double saddle made so individuals in wheelchairs could ride with someone assisting them. The Tri-State Rodeo takes place Sept. 7-9 ...  A former Rodeo Austin employee is accused of stealing more than a million dollars from the organization. In a signed legal agreement, Mark Weston confessed to using Rodeo Austin's accounts, including corporate credit cards, for his personal use, and misappropriating funds. According to the nonprofit's latest IRS filing, the actual amount missing is $1.3 million. Rodeo Austin's CEO says the number rose when a forensic auditor completed a full review of the books, which was after Weston signed the agreement ... The richest horse race in America - the All-American Futurity - was won by Fly Baby Fly at Ruidoso (N.M.) Downs on Labor Day before a crowd of 25,000. The horse is owned by Bennie and Terri Jeter, the parents of bareback rider Jason Jeter, who went to the National Finals Rodeo six times (2001-05, 2007) and won the WNFR average title in 2002. The horses running in the All-American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs were racing in the biggest quarter horse race in America, and Jason was there to see Fly Baby Fly win. A $3 million purse was up for grabs, and Fly Baby Fly earned $1.5 million for her performance. Jeter's parents have owned the horse for a little less than a year. Bennie and Terri own and operate Jeter Quarter Horses in Alvarado, Texas.  
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