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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

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

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

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

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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Sep 15, 2016

I love a good rodeo road trip. The one I took the end of July—coming off of a few days of cowboy camping in the cool coastal climate of the California Rodeo Salinas—was fast and furious. But it was one fun weekend I’ll not forget. I had a chance to hitch a ride to Nebraska’s Big Rodeo in Burwell with Ote Berry, everyone’s ProRodeo Hall of Fame bulldogger friend, who was this year’s grand marshal. What a big time we had with our rodeo family—cowboy friends old and new.
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Aug 25, 2016

Every cowboy dreams of strapping on a Salinas buckle. Like some of the other treasured trophies in our sport, you can spot one of the California Rodeo’s coveted classics from across a crowded room. Part of the prestige that goes with winning Salinas is all of its rich history and tradition. And the buckle isn’t the only tradition that makes this rodeo one of a kind.
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Jul 29, 2016
Clayton Biglow

After two weeks of living out of a suitcase between the Cowboy State’s College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, and the Silver State’s “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” in Reno, I got comfortable in boxers and bare feet, and pulled up a chair on my porch to watch the Reno Rodeo short round—Saturday night live—on After about the third event—and jumping up to pace every time an old friend’s kid rode or roped, like any aunt would—I realized I was texting high fives with the dads.
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Jul 11, 2016
Sage Kimzey and Ted Kimzey

Bull riding megastar Sage Kimzey and I were exchanging notes about how much we appreciate our dads the other day. The next thing I did was pick up the phone and call his proud pop—PRCA clown-bullfighter-barrelman Ted Kimzey. I’ve been around awhile, so I’ve gotten to watch Ted work—a lot—including his second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, in 1987, where Ted worked the barrel at the Thomas & Mack Center while guys like that year’s legendary World Champion Bull Rider Lane Frost and his three-time PRCA Champ of the World best friend Tuff Hedeman owned the arena during the bull riding event.
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Jun 10, 2016

As we approach halftime of the 2016 world championship show, there are a few new sheriffs in town vying for the coveted all-around crown. We’re seeing stepped-up efforts to enter and excel in multiple events, and extra pep in the practice pen directed at second, third and fourth events.
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