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by Tracy Renck | Aug 27, 2018

PRCA Stat of the Week

As of Aug. 27, there have been 557 rodeos during the 2018 season paying out a total of $33,975,066.

PRCA team roping heeler Joe Beers, 29, was critically injured in an ATV accident Aug. 17 in Prineville, Ore. Brandon Beers, Joe’s older brother and four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo team roping header, said Joe had a second surgery Aug. 20, and he continues to improve and regain more strength. Joe and Brandon are the sons of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Mike Beers. A fundraiser was set up by a family friend at The family also has set up a donation account at or through U.S. Bank. Anyone wishing to donate may go to any U.S. Bank location and deposit into the Joe Beers Medical Fund Account ... Bull riders PRCA world champion Dustin Elliott (2004) and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Will Farrell (2003) will be among the eight individuals inducted into the Chadron (Neb.) State College Athletic Hall of Fame, Oct. 27, in the CSC Student Center following Chadron State’s football game with New Mexico Highlands that afternoon. At Chadron State, Farrell and Elliott combined to win three national college bull riding titles in four years. Farrell was the champion in 1999 and 2002 and Elliott won the crown in 2001. Elliott qualified for the Wrangler NFR four times - 2004-2006 and 2010. Farrell finished 15th in the world standings in his lone appearance at the NFR ... The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma, City, Okla., recently announced its 2018 Hall of Fame class. The list consists of ProRodeo Hall of Fame saddle bronc rider/bull rider Bobby BergerDerek Clark, a 15-time Wrangler NFR qualifier in saddle bronc riding; three-time PRCA world champion steer wrestler Steve Duhon; PRCA steer wrestler/hazer Bill Duvall; rodeo clown Jim Bob Feller; ProRodeo Hall of Fame steer wrestler John W. Jones Jr.; renowned rodeo photographer James Cathey, posthumously; NFR bareback riding qualifier Les GoreElaine Agather, Tad Lucas Memorial Award; Clyde Frost, Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Dr. Don Mitchell, Directors’ Choice Award. The induction weekend takes place Nov. 9-10 ... Mickey Dee Bagnell, a PRCA competitor and bullfighter/rodeo clown, passed away Aug. 14. He was 70. Bagnell started out riding in junior rodeos. He enlisted in the Army after graduation in 1966 and spent a year in Vietnam as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. His rodeo career spanned the next 21 years, competing and performing in amateur, intercollegiate, Indian and PRCA rodeos throughout the Northwest and Canada. There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m., Sept 22 at the Chattaroy (Wash.) Cemetery, followed by a Military Celebration Service and potluck meal at the Deer Park VFW at 1 p.m. ... The next PRCA Rodeo Camp will be Sept. 1 in Palestine, Ill. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CT). Registration is required at

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