Portales Past: May 6, 1955

May 6, 1955: Eastern New Mexico University was ready to host the 20th annual Ag Club Rodeo. The two-day run included a parade, rodeo performances and an all-university dance.

ENMU takes women’s title at Western Texas College Rodeo

Freedom New Mexico SNYDER, Texas — Freshman Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad was the all-around champion, helping Eastern New Mexico Unversity take the women’s team title in the Western Texas College Rodeo over the weekend. The Zias finished with 270 team points to 140 for Tarleton State and 120 for West Texas College in a field […]

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 […]

I bared it all trying to prove myself

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Like most other country kids I grew up with rodeo — both watching and participating. In the old days, bull riding was the last event of the day because the audience would be sure and stay for the chance to see a wreck or two. About the time I became […]

Little Wranglers keeps Portales youth busy

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Little Wranglers Junior Association gives children a chance to compete in rodeo style events for fun. Little Wranglers was created 42 years ago for children 6-18 years old from Roosevelt County. Josett Evans said it is a good activity for her daughter. “The beginning, it was so she […]

Oct. 4, 1967

The Portales News-Tribune reported that performances by a professional rodeo clown and a world famous trick roper would highlight performances of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo Oct. 6-8. J.W. Stroker, famed for his “black light” trick roping exhibition, was to be featured at all three performances of the rodeo. A professional rodeo clown, Larry […]

ENMU rodeo program receives donation from wind farm operator

Freedom New Mexico The rodeo program at Eastern New Mexico University got a $10,000 boost from a local wind generating company for a covered practice facility. Edison, which operated wind turbines near Elida, donated the money to go to the 120 x 240-foot facility which is scheduled for completion in 2010.

Mule Days offers parade, rodeo

Freedom New Mexico Mule Days, set for Saturday, includes a pancake breakfast, parade, mule rodeo and more this year. The pancake breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Senior Citizen Center, 319 S. Main St. At 10 a.m., the parade with the theme “Mules Makin’ History” starts at the south end of […]

High school rodeo finals set for next week

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It is down to the final four of the National High School Rodeo Finals in Farmington. The week-long event pits New Mexico’s best against the top rodeo performers in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Jesse Clark of Dora returns to the nationals, with his roping partner Trent Bilberry of […]

State high school rodeo president helped bring finals to Curry County

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The president of the state high school rodeo association is hoping he can take his calf roping skills to the national stage. Trent Bilberry, who serves as president of the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association, finished fourth Friday night in the second round of calf roping at the […]