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by Tracy Renck | May 29, 2018

PRCA Stat of the Week

Through May 28, 211 PRCA rodeos this season have accumulated prize money of $13,863,065 in prize money.

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and will broadcast the Bennington (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo, May 31 through June 2. Each broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. (CT) … will livestream the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo, June 2 at 6 p.m. (PT) and June 3 at 2 p.m. … During the opening night of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo in Claremore, Okla., May 25 was the perfect time to celebrate all that Clem McSpadden was. “We’re here to pay tribute to a man who gave us a lifetime of public service to his community, to his rodeo and to his country,” said Claremore City Manager Jim Thomas in a Ted Harbin press release during a dedication for McSpadden and the updated Stampede Park, which is undergoing a transformation and is in the first phase of a three- to five-year renovation plan. “Stampede Park is a dream for all. It’s a place for cowboys, cowgirls, city slickers, wannabes and families to gather. It’s a park connected by pioneer traditions going back many years. Our generations today are the benefactors of the blood, sweat and tears which has produced the last four years, the PRCA’s best small rodeo of the year. We are indebted to those who came before us.” McSpadden, a ProRodeo Hall of Fame rodeo announcer, also served as a U.S. Congressman for his home state of Oklahoma. He passed away July 7, 2008. He was 82. The Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping bears his name. A stone with McSpadden’s likeness stands as a welcome to Stampede Park, and that was revealed during the dedication … The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is creating a new executive role for its educational foundation, creating a shuffle in its leadership. Keith Martin, the rodeo’s CEO and executive director, will become the first CEO and executive director of the foundation. Rodeo president Cody Davenport will replace Martin. “Cody will do an outstanding job,” Martin said in a press release announcing the changes. “I’m looking forward to focusing on raising funds to support the mission even further in my new role.” Rusty Collier, vice president to the executive committee and a volunteer for more than 30 years, will take over as rodeo president … Robert (Bob) James Mayo, a bareback rider who qualified for the National Finals Rodeo six times (1966-71), passed away May 26 in Sierra Vista, Ariz., from complications of a stroke. He was 73 and had lived in Rhome, Texas, the past 25 years. Mayo’s best finish in the world standings was third in 1967 and 1968. Bob’s older brothers, Paul and Don also were PRCA bareback riders. Paul won world championships in 1966 and 1970 and Don qualified for the NFR from 1961-63, finishing second in the world in 1962. Bob was born in Grinnell, Iowa, June 15, 1944, to Charles and Bernice Haynes Mayo. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Delores. He is survived by his wife Eva, her children and grandchildren, brothers Don, Paul, and Roger Mayo, as well as his two sons, Beau (Laura) Mayo and Les (Tammy) Mayo. Grandchildren, Clint, Clayton, Cody, Hunter, and Cameron Mayo. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. (CT), June 2 at the Cowboy Church of Erath County, 4945 US Highway 67, Stephenville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80919, … Twelve children, all fighting cancer and other serious illnesses, and their parents and siblings, came to the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up for a day to forget they had cancer. They enjoyed a cookout and got to watch the rodeo. They are part of the Wings of Angels group, a nonprofit organization based in Redding, Calif., that provides financial help for the families as their kids go through cancer treatment. Wings of Angels was founded by Dan and Donna Araiza in 2002. Since, it has given more than $1.2 million to more than 200 families, in the form of fuel and grocery cards, by paying rent and utility bills, and repairing cars. The Araizas realized the need for a program like this after their 9-year-old daughter died from cancer in 2001. “We were in the hospital (with their daughter) in San Francisco six out of the last 14 months of her life,” Donna said. “We realized so many other families are struggling with day-to-day expenses.” This was the second year the Round-Up donated tickets to the Wings of Angels kids and their families. Proceeds from a silent auction held during the Round-Up’s volunteer banquet on April 14 were donated toward the organization. More than $2,250 was raised.

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