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 […]