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WranglerNetwork.com will livestream the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo in Jackson, Miss., beginning at 7:30 p.m. (CT) Feb. 9, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Feb. 10. The rodeo concludes at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14 … The National High School Rodeo Association has expanded its membership into Mexico. After several months of communication with the Mexican Rodeo Federation, NHSRA Executive Director James Higginbotham and President of the Mexican Rodeo Federation, Guillermo “Memo” Herrera, signed an agreement to organize the Mexican High School Rodeo Association governed by the NHSRA. Mexico officially became a member on Jan. 2, 2018. Herrera visited the 2018 NHSRA Mid-Winter Meeting to discuss rules, by-laws and events. Herrera will serve as the Mexico National Director. He explains there are already youth levels of rodeo competition within the Mexican Rodeo Federation “so we are going to implement and improve the system we have now.” In the first year, the Mexican High School Rodeo Association plans to offer five to seven events for the High School Division members and four to six events for the members in the Junior High Division and grow from there. “This is the best news for the MRF (Mexican Rodeo Federation) since signing on with the PRCA,” Herrera said. “I’m very glad to be part of this large youth association, it’s a great opportunity for the Mexican cowboys and cowgirls, as well as for the Federation to increase the number of memberships and increase the level of competition.” The vision of the Mexican High School Rodeo Association is to provide a good foundation for both the youth and sport of rodeo. Herrera said, “I am sure the Mexican High School Rodeo Association is going to provide us with better contestants for the future of rodeo, contestants with more fair-play competition, and with more respect and values to the sport.” … According to a report on www.nbcdfw.com on Feb. 2, the historic PRCA Mesquite (Texas) Rodeo has a new owner with big plans for improvements to the venue and new development on the property around it. The PRCA Mesquite Rodeo celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, according to Mesquite Mayor Stan Pickett. Pickett is more excited about the future with the plans from developer Mehrdad Moyadi. In October, Moyadi completed a $350 million renovation of The Statler Hotel in Downtown Dallas. At the rodeo site west of Interstate 635 LBJ Freeway at Scyene Road, Pickett said Moyadi has a contract to purchase 50 acres of vacant land where apartments and new entertainment attractions are planned. At the rodeo arena, the developer plans to install a concrete floor that would make the venue more than just a rodeo arena. Dirt could be trucked in for the rodeo season. Work is already underway at the arena.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I’ve gotten on a roll like this before, but never this early in the season. I’m more excited than ever to compete at San Antonio. Winning at Fort Worth for a second time was really special.”

            ­­­– Tie-down roper Shane Hanchey, 2013 PRCA world champion, said in a press release about winning $18,668 at the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 3.

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