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 […]

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 […]

Injury-prone rodeos don’t report many deaths

Mike Linn Local, state and national rodeo officials say bull riders are more likely to die in traveling accidents to and from rodeos than in the arena. But while the death of Eastern New Mexico University freshman Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — who was thrown and stepped on by a bull at a rodeo last week […]