Rodeo a family affair for Sant siblings

By Kevin Wilson Rodeo has always been a family event for the Sant family. This week, they’ll have a chance to create the same atmosphere for the National High School Finals Rodeo. Dustan and Jaci Sant are two of the three members competing this week in Gillette, Wyo., site of the annual NHSFR. Dustan and [...]

ENMU cowboys pursuing different career paths

By Kevin Wilson A few weeks after impressive finishes at the College National Finals Rodeo, a pair of Eastern New Mexico University team members are working their own circuits. Royce Lynch, a senior-to-be for ENMU, is currently trying to get in as many rodeos as he can for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). “I’ve [...]

ENMU student reins in rodeo queen crown

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By Mike Linn, Freedom Newspapers Brittany Bennett likens rodeos to family reunions. Unlike many sports, camaraderie often trumps rivalry and competitors can be like brothers and sisters. The 19-year-old from Portales will carry that belief with her when she begins her reign as Miss Rodeo Queen New Mexico in January. “(Rodeos are) just such a [...]

Rodeo riders prepare for Pioneer Days

Eric Butler If there isn’t someone who once won a world championship, or at least challenged for one, coming out of the chute during the 34th annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo over the next three nights, just look over to the cowboys lining the fence waiting their turn. Because there’s bound to be someone nearby [...]

Area full of summer fun

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Fireworks displays, concerts, county fairs, a big-time bicycle tour and a first-time golf tournament top the list of things to do in the area this summer. There seems to be something for everyone — from sports fans to pageant competitors to people who get their kicks running across a field [...]

Smith learning the ropes just in time

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By Kevin Wilson When Tabor Smith left Greyhound Arena last Saturday, college diploma in hand, he didn’t need to be told that he still had time to learn something new. He knows that already, and proves it every time he and his horse Jax take on another steer in the confines of a rodeo arena. [...]

May 16 Elida School News

This has been an extremely busy week with senior tests and baacalaurate last Sunday evening. On Tuesday evening was the junior play with many people from the community turning out for the presentation. Good job juniors. Also Tuesday was the Kiwana Track Meet for elementary and the AR field trip. Graduation was Saturday and semester [...]

Atwood trades his ropes for notes

By Ferran Lucero Editor’s Note: This story is part of a periodical series about former athletes from the surrounding area. Roping has taken a back seat to singing for former Eastern New Mexico University team roper Marshall “Ky” Atwood. The co-founder of a country band called Marshall Lane, Atwood is pursing his dream of “living [...]

Ellsworth will be missed

The family of Rolland Ellsworth Jr., an Eastern New Mexico University student killed in a bull-riding accident Oct. 2, remembers him as a loving brother and a son who “lived life with no regrets,” according to a Tuesday release from ENMU. “We know it wasn’t an accident. We know it wasn’t a freak accident. We [...]

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 [...]