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Jul 30, 2017


For the first time in the history of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, barrel racers from the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) will be amongst the class of inductees. Their inaugural class will be Wanda Harper Bush, Charmayne James and a joint PRCA/WPRA equine inductee – Star Plaudit “Red.” The class will be inducted Aug. 5 at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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Jun 09, 2017

Vernon “Dude” Smith Jr. is one of the oldest living Gold Card members (No. 159) and one of the few remaining members of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association – the forerunner to the PRCA.
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May 31, 2017
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Winning the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in April granted the first batch of cowboys a chance to compete at the $1 million Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in Salt Lake City in July. Among the bunch is steer wrestler Justin Shaffer who won the RNCFR title with a 3.6-second run in the final round.
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Apr 20, 2017
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The steer wrestling arena record at the Red Bluff Round-Up remains unmatched for 52 years. Check out this historic rodeo's best runs, scores and times that could be broken during this year's Red Bluff Round-Up.
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Apr 02, 2017
RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Turns 30

The first Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo was held 30 years ago in Pocatello, Idaho, featuring some of the best cowboys across the country - such as Troy Pruitt (pictured above), who tied for second place in the calf roping. Thursday is the start of the 30th annual National Circuit Finals Rodeo. The inaugural Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo was held in March of 1987 in Pocatello, Idaho, but the story began more than a decade before then.
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Mar 21, 2017
Shawn Davis' Gold Buckle

Shawn Davis’ extensive rodeo background earned him the prestigious title of Legend of Rodeo in 2011. The three-time world champion saddle bronc rider (1965, 67-68) was born Dec. 7, 1940, in Butte, Mont., and has served as the general manager of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 1986. He was also a major proponent of moving the NFR from Oklahoma City, Okla., to Las Vegas.
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Mar 06, 2017
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As J.D. Hamaker flew down the highway, he was simply hoping that his prized mare, Arapaho, would make it to Nampa. The owner of Summit Pro Rodeo had a 120-mile drive to get the bareback bronc from Gooding, Idaho, to Nampa, and Arapaho was suffering from an extreme case of colic.
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Feb 12, 2017
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The Simpson/Buhler convoy is hitting the road for San Antonio this weekend. Although they’re not trucking in from their homes in Canada, they’ve still got a thousand miles to go before they reach the rodeo. Traveling and ProRodeo go hand-in-hand since rodeos are held from coast-to-coast and from Canada on down through Mexico, so cowboys often carpool to share the travel expenses.
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Dec 14, 2016
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I got my first glimpse into his world beneath those “Western Skies” when I was treated to a spur-of-the-moment day trip to the LeDoux family’s Haywire Ranch outside of their tiny one-horse hometown of Kaycee, Wyo., when I was in Casper watching my sons, Lane and Taylor, compete at the College National Finals Rodeo. From the banks of the Powder River that runs through it, it was easy to see the ranch-cowboy side of his song-writing inspiration that so perfectly complemented the rodeo cowboy that also was Chris. He didn’t imagine that life he sang about. He lived it.
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Oct 20, 2016
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I was raised not to judge a book by its cover. My parents and grandparents were functionally colorblind, so we always had friends of all shades and walks of life. Good people are good people, and the bad ones don’t come color-coded. It’s an optimistic outlook that looks for the best in everyone. And there’s no such thing as too many friends
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