Monday morning briefing: Olympic riders in Clovis and support for ENMU

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Special Olympics in town The Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team is riding into Clovis for statewide competition Sept. 16. Competitions continue for two days at the Curry County Events Center. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. and include lighting of the torch, the [...]

National Barrel Horse Association returns

Freedom New Mexico The National Barrel Horse Association is kicking up dust in Portales and Clovis for the first time in nine years. The association offers cowgirls and cowboys of all ages a chance to compete with other barrel horse riders from across New Mexico. District 3 consists of Roosevelt, Curry, Colfax, De Baca, Guadalupe, [...]

Shoutouts

Bella Vista pinewood derby On May 13 at 1 p.m., the Arts Academy at Bella Vista hosted the first annual pinebox derby car race. Nine students built one of a kind cars and competed against one another to identify the fastest car at Bella Vista. Each student spent two months creating, painting and decorating their [...]

Pony Express Ride set for Saturday

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Nineteen riders on horseback will make their way to Pep from surrounding communities Saturday in honor of the Pony Express. Your postal parcels will be galloping across the open range once again in the first annual Pony Express Ride. “We are doing this to help out the economic development [...]

Riders punctuate Pioneer nights

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Pro-Tour FMX is a Freestyle Motocross exhibition and demonstration team that will be perfoming nightly at the Mounted Patrol Arena during Pioneer Days this week. D.J. Umphres, the team leader and founder, is a former California State 4-Stroke Champion. Umphres said his team of daredevil riders have performed exciting and dangerous motorcycle tricks. Having performed [...]

Immigrant plan should include vet training

By Baxter Black The Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is making an effort to encourage more young people to participate in the bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding events. Simultaneously, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is making an effort to encourage more students to become livestock and equine veterinarians. Does that mean more young [...]

Motorcycle group stresses safety

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Straddling her black 2005 Triumph with the visor of her full-face helmet flipped up, Senior Airman Bobbie Tenney tightened the strap under her chin. Checking the zippers on her two-tone leather jacket, she slipped leather gloves onto her hands, adjusting the fit. Tenney’s routine is the model of the [...]

Bull riders compete in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Bonner Bolton didn’t need to rub a rabbit’s foot or keep a horeshoe, or even wear lucky socks Friday night when he got on Chaotic, about 1,500 pounds of riled-up muscle. “I don’t have any rituals — I’m a firm believer in Jesus Christ,” said the 20-year-old bull [...]

Bull riders seek shot at finals

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Bull riders will stop in Clovis for a chance to move up in tour standings in hopes of qualifying for November’s Professional Bull Riders Final in Las Vegas, Nev. PBR Tour organizer Marc Andrus said 74 riders in what is considered the bull riding minor league will compete in [...]

Clovis funeral protest fails to materialize

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Solemnly they stood, forming a tableau that stretched from a corner in Clovis, to Melrose, to Fort Sumner. “We are here to support the family of the fallen soldier,” said Byron Cross, near a Clovis church entrance, his motorcycle behind him. A legion of supporters — most of whom [...]