ENMU squads place third, fifth at Tarleton rodeo

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women finished third while the men were fifth over the weekend in the Tarleton State rodeo, the final outing of the year for the Zias and Greyhounds. Freshman Logan Medlin teamed with New Mexico Junior College’s R.H. Whitten to post a total time of 12.4 […]

A day at the rodeo: Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping event in seventh year.

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Kevin Wilson Hundreds ride and rope, and hope they cash in when it’s time for the Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event at the Curry County Event Center. In one form or another, everybody goes through the elements of the four-day undertaking: ••• When you arrive, you’re a spectator until you see secretary Crystal Garrett. […]

Zias sixth, Hounds 11th in Howard rodeo

Freedom New Mexico BIG SPRING, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women placed sixth while the men were 11th over the weekend in the Howard College rodeo. Soplhomore Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad took second in goat tying for the Zias with a time of 21.5 seconds after splitting first and second in the short go. […]

ENMU men finish fifth in Western Texas College rodeo

Freedom New Mexico SNYDER, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men finished fifth over the weekend in the Western Texas College rodeo. Sophomore Billy Good of Portales and freshman Pecos Thomas of Plainview, Texas, finished second in the avarage in team roping afer winning the first go with a time of 5.5 seconds and taking […]

Zias 7th, Hounds 9th at Odessa rodeo

Freedom New Mexico ODESSA, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women finished seventh out of 11 teams while the men were ninth out of 14 over the weekend in the Odessa College rodeo. The Zias finished with 90 points while the Greyhounds had 135. Howard College was first in men’s competition followed by Texas Tech, […]

ENMU mens’ rodeo team finishes sixth at Ranger College Rodeo

RANGER, Texas — Freshman Logan Medlin helped the Eastern New Mexico University men’s team to a sixth-place finished this past weekend at the Ranger College Rodeo. Medlin, from Tatum, teamed with R.H. Whitten of New Mexico Junior College to take second in the first-go with a time of 6.7 seconds, and won the short-go at […]

Ticket feature: New Year’s Eve ranch rodeo coming to Curry events center

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Freedom New Mexico Hammer Down Rodeo Company is hosting the first New Year’s Eve Steven Watson Memorial Ranch Rodeo beginning 1 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Curry County Events Center. Hammer Down Rodeo Company owner Layton Belcher said he wanted to host a rodeo in honor of his friend, Steven Watson of Causey, who died […]

ENMU men seventh, women ninth at WT rodeo

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men took four of the top five spots in team roping and finished seventh in team standings over the weekend in the West Texas A&M rodeo. Junior Clinton Hiett of El Paso and sophomore Christian Pettigrew of Fort Sumner won the event, followed by sophomore […]

ENMU sophomore enjoys rodeo life

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Clarence Plank She watches and waits. One by one the cowgirls race to end of the arena, dismount, flank and tie a goat tethered to a pole. All the while, Jessie Kirkes is thinking about her run and her goal — a faster time. Aboard her horse Twister, she breaks into the arena at full […]

ENMU rodeo team starts season at home

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Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team kicks off their fall season with the ENMU College Daze Rodeo. The annual event drew 16 universities and colleges from around the southwest. “The first rodeo of the season always sets up the rest of the rodeos and can a be a confidence booster,” said ENMU […]

Stock contractors rowdy crew

Bennie Beutler got inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame this summer. He’s one of a good handful of stock contractors that have been so honored. Stock contractors are an odd lot. They’re not smilers. They’re always on the job … sort of a cross between a prison guard and the captain of a […]

Summertime rodeos fun, unpredictable

Summertime in the Southwest is rodeo time. We’ve got 4-H rodeos, high school and junior rodeos, high class amateur shows, punkin rollins, ranch rodeos and, of course, professional productions. In the old days we had several especially fun amateur rodeos — the kind where you can pay your entry fee and get your number half […]

Press Release: Junior rodeo finals set locally

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals, set for July 19th-24th at the Curry County Events Center.

Friday morning briefing: Rodeo riding in and nuclear power

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rodeo time The High Plains Junior Rodeo finals ride into town Monday at the Curry County Events Center and

Ticket feature: Junior rodeo finals start next week

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Freedom New Mexico The High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals begins in Clovis Monday for the 36th year. The events are the pinnacle of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association’s 2010 season. A highlight of the finals are the annual rodeo dinner, talent show of HPJRA members and their families and an auction held on Friday. […]

Portales rodeo champ gets own day

Kevin Wilson Michael Trujillo’s had a few days to remember over the last two years. Add Friday to the list. That day has been declared Michael Trujillo College National Finals Rodeo Day by Gov. Bill Richardson. “It’s pretty crazy that day’s going to come up Friday,” said Trujillo, a Portales High graduate who found out […]

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.

Dora cowboy chasing high school rodeo titles

By Kevin Wilson While the goal is to get to Gillette, Wyo., a lot of high schoolers will ultimately get to know Clovis this week. For the second year, the New Mexico High School Finals Rodeo are being held at the Curry County Events Center, starting Thursday. The students get a four-day rodeo, with a […]

Ready to rodeo

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By Clarence Plank The Little Wranglers Rodeo kicks off its 44th season Saturday at the Roosevelt County Mounted Patrol Arena near Portales. Jessie Evans, 16, of Portales, is in her fifth year competing with the Little Wranglers. She is looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with her new horse Brandy. “This […]

Ticket feature: Joe’s Boot Shop owner hosting ranch rodeo

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Freedom New Mexico This weekend, crowds will have an opportunity to see a rodeo done ranch-style. Joe Rhodes said ranch rodeos are unique from other rodeos in that they are done the way, “the old time ranch cowboys did.” “We got some awful good boys riding,” he said. It’s a lot different from a regular […]