Bull riding off my bucket list

Staying aboard a 2,000-pound bovine for eight seconds. Yes sir, I can now scratch that one off my bucket list. OK, I wasn’t exactly aboard a raging bull in a rodeo arena, hell-bent on throwing me off his back. Instead it was a docile Texas Longhorn steer complete with a comfortable Western saddle. It was […]

My turn: Don’t need snow for sled

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I have been looking at lots of ads for the upcoming holiday. I have been amazed at the amounts and types of toys that are offered. I do not remember having things like that when I was a kid. I also think that the best toys were the ones we made. I had always wanted […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

Bull riding event set

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• What: L.J. Jenkins Invitational Bull Riding • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday • Where: Curry County Events Center • Tickets: $12 in advance at Joe’s Boot Shop and Creighton’s Town and Country, Portales; $15 at the gate; Children 12 and under free with paying adult. • Total purse: $18,000 • Format: 40 riders […]

Monday morning briefing: Video game of the week, rodeo days and Ruby Ridge relived

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Rodeo days La Nina Classic Ranch Rodeo is set for 6:30 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Fifteen teams compete each night in events including branding, stray gathering, doctoring, trailer loading and bronc riding. Bull riding is Tuesday night only. Admission […]

Kid’s pardon better left by wayside

Karl Terry: Local columnist Some want to see Billy the Kid exonerated of his crimes and riding the trail as a hero. Some, like Billy the Governor Richardson, might want to steal a little of his fame not unlike the Kid used to rustle cattle on the High Plains. I’ve kept silent for the last […]

Portales Past: July 25, 1945

July 25, 1945: Portales prepared to host the Veterans of Foreign Wars rodeo, which featured bronc riding, calf roping, bulldogging and bull riding. Dances were scheduled in the Safeway parking lot after the rodeo performances.

Portales past: June 25, 1945

June 25, 1945: Officials estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people attended the weekend rodeo held at an arena about a mile southwest of Portales. Winners included Jack Shaw (calf roping), Cotton Lee (bulldogging), Bug Brown (bull riding) and Bill Hancock (bronc riding).

Young bucks

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Krystal Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the 15-year-old from Lubbock was one of a kind among her junior bullriding peers as the group of nine kids prepared to ride mini-bulls. […]

A lifetime of riding

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wendy Toombs of Roosevelt County has gone from a child insisting on pony rides to a woman who finds peace and challenge working with horses. The horseback riding instructor recently earned a denim jacket for logging 750 hours in the saddle of a registered quarter horse over several years […]

Portales mayor: Job never ends

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Leading a city, according to Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega, is like riding a bicycle: “If you can get on and pedal, you start moving forward,” he said. “But when you stop pedaling, you will eventually fall over. If you’re not pedaling every day as a community, you […]

World champion Hedeman to be in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico Four-time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman is coming to Clovis Saturday night. Cinch Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Curry County Special Events Center. This event is sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding and is a Horizon Series Event. Horizon Series competitors compete at more than […]

National final rodeo not for timid

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 10 days in early December in Las Vegas, just finished. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding. The top 15 competitors of the year in each event could compete for the world […]

Live bull riding test of courage

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist “So, what’s the difference between riding a mechanical bull and riding a real one?” asked the boy of his dad. “You will know the difference, my son, the first time you climb over into the buckin’ chute and look down.” The mechanical bull is a carnival ride. It is not […]

Amateur bull riding good for laughs

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist I’m sure it’s written someplace that every ranch boy must try riding a bull — in a rodeo — at least once in his life. In the olden days most every town had an amateur rodeo every year — usually a jackpot deal. That was the perfect place for a […]

Homicide suspect indicted on murder charges

Freedom New Mexico Homicide suspect Anthony Ray Casillas was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder Friday in connection with the Sept. 25 shooting deaths of a Melrose man and a Lubbock woman, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Casillas, 21, of Clovis is accused of shooting Gary Payne, 52, and Melissa Ward, 36, while […]

Pioneers Days Rodeo results

At Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, Clovis Bearback riding: 1. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash. 86; 2. Chauncey Kirby, Fort McDowell, Ariz. 83; 3. Forest Bramwell, Pagosa Springs, Colo. 80; 4/5. Tim Shirley, Conifer, Colo. and Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo. 79. Steer wrestling: 1. Tony Larson, Sheridan, Wyo. 3.9 seconds; 2/3. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. and […]

Sumner Lake site of search

Freedom New Mexico Divers were searching Sumner Lake in De Baca County on Monday for the body of a man they believe drowned Sunday while jet skiing, according to a New Mexico State Police spokesperson. Sgt. Andy Tingwell said witnesses told police a man appeared to be having trouble with his jet ski around midday […]

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 […]

2-10-08 Honors

Toombs Wendy Toombs of Portales recently earned an award for logging 500 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program, according to a news release. The program recognizes members for time spent in the saddle in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and riding. Toombs will receive recognition in The […]