Ropers descend on Clovis

Shorty Sanders of Capitan said it’s more American than baseball. Organizer Scot Stinnett said it’s more difficult that golf. Wendy Lacina, who came from Amarillo with her two young sons to support her husband, described it as great family fun. All were in Clovis on Saturday for the second day of the Joe’s Boot Shop […]

High Plains Rodeo sees first double mugging

By Eric Butler The double mugging event is new to the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals and it’s proving to be a popular competition. The term has nothing to do with smiling for the camera or accosting someone for monetary gain, but instead means helping a roper tie down a calf. The event — […]

A day at the ‘playground’

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — The announcer at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals bellowed to the crowd that they were at the “world’s most dangerous playground” to start Wednesday night’s festivities. While that may or may not be true, there’s a reason Carmen Roberts showed up at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena […]

Rodeoing runs in Cooper’s family

By Jack King Rodeoing runs in Tuf Cooper’s family. His dad, Roy Cooper, has won eight world championships, including one all-around title. His brother-in-law, Trevor Brazil, won the world all-around title last year and is first in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association this year in steer roping. His uncle, Stran Smith, has made it to the […]