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, […]

Airmen provide cyclists home on the range

USAF photo: Greg Allen University of Texas at Austin students travel near Clovis where they spent the evening June 10 with Cannon Air Force Base airmen in town. The students are members of Texas 4000, an organization that raises money to fight cancer. Each student pledged $4,500 in a trek that will take them to […]

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 […]

Spirit of Season

Courtesy Photo Members of the Cannon Air Force Base Riders Group head out the gate to deliver food to the food bank. Cannon Connections Staff The roar of 20 motorcycles thundered through the warehouse at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Dec. 6. The riders, many clad in camouflage and blaze orange reflective vests, […]

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 […]

Horsing around

Photo by: Tony Bullocks Cannon Air Force Base wife Carol Myers leads Michelle Hernandez into the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena during the Special Olympics Equestrian tourament. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Carol Myers is an Air Force wife, mother of two and Child Development Center employee. She is also a horse lover and dedicated […]

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 […]

Playday a day for horse, rider

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer It’s called a Playday because the competitive pressure is off if you choose, and it’s a chance for both horse and rider to get involved in an organized riding event with fun awards for the winners. Playday is sponsored by the Cattle Capitol Cowbelles local chapter. Laura Southard, of […]

Motorcycle safety instructor shares tips

Master Sgt. Glen Pugh “There are two kinds of motorcycle riders; those that have been involved in an accident and those that will.” Have you ever heard anyone say that? I know I have. As a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor for the past four years, I personally believe that statement is not totally accurate. That’s […]

Texico 18-year-old ‘cowboys up’ in professional bull riding

L.J. Jenkins has probably got a pretty good claim to being the richest teenager in Texico. If Jenkins were ever in Texico, he would be basking in the glow of his accomplishments. As it is, Jenkins is busy criss-crossing the nation with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) association as a rookie and making a name […]

Bad …to the bone

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Kay Stanton is not your typical biker chick. She’s 52 and has been a school teacher in Farwell for 25 years. She’s been riding for almost 10 years after getting into the sport with her husband, Joe. With he on his Harley and she on her bright yellow Honda trike, […]

Heritage Days: Fiddlin’, fun

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Hundreds of people came out to the annual Heritage Days celebration at City Park on Saturday to fiddle around, rev up their cycles, place their pets on parade and show off their wheels. For the first fiddler’s contest, 22 contestants — young and old — sharpened up their bows […]

People take Billy the Kid’s last ride

By Ryn Gargulinski For a 125-mile wilderness trek on horseback that reenacted Billy the Kid’s last ride, Fort Sumner fourth-grader Alicia Smith said she would have packed her Game Boy. Several students in Capitan teacher Tanya Hargrave’s class said a portable TV would be their choice. The real-life riders who actually took the journey were […]

Century of horsemanship involved in business

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: The following is a part of an ongoing series of stories about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Ray and Wendy Toombs are owners of the Abrazos Adventure horseback riding school and between them have 100 years of horse experience. They […]