Rodeo family affair for steer wrestlers

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Silver City on Thursday, Clovis on Friday, and Window Rock, Ariz., on Saturday. And Mexican Springs for a quick break. That’s one of the patterns most summers for the Bates family, who made their annual stop at the Pioneer Days Rodeo on Friday night. The trio, who all competed […]

Livestock sale nets $286,000

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With Tell Runyan and his steer projected on the big screen, auctioneer Tommy Williams is looking to make a deal. A chant of, “Do I have 51? Do I have 51?” echoes through the Curry County Events Center. Hearing none, Williams declares, “I just sold that steer for $5,000.” The […]

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 […]

Livestock show gives 4-H youth chance to show off

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico At a wispy 4-feet-10-inches-tall, Heath Hadley barely peeks out above his steer’s woolly body. But the 10-year-old Parmer County boy had little trouble Saturday leading his 1,200-pound project around the show floor behind the Farwell Community Center. Heath was among the dozens of Farwell FFA and 4-H members showing […]

Brazile competes at Pioneer Days

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent The 38th annual PRCA Pioneer Days Rodeo began with the array of flags and colors in the opening procession. It also had the sporting jibes between the public address announcer and the rodeo clowns. However, eight hours before the Thursday night regular performance started, reigning PRCA all-around champion Trevor Brazile […]

(Live)stock market

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Chelsea Henrich, 16, mustered all her strength to control a steer more than 10 times her size in front of a crowd of bidders Friday at the Curry County Junior Livestock Sale. After months of feeding, walking and washing the 1,300-pound steer, it was time to part ways. The auction […]

Quick start helps Tularosa competitor

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The first one out of the chute may be the victim of some nerves, but there are advantages to that, too. On Friday afternoon, Tularosa’s Lon Danley was the first to go in the 9-12 steer riding competition. Danley had one thing in mind as his steer, with […]

Pettigrew rodeos with help of bloodlines

John Eisel Eastern New Mexico University senior Chance Pettigrew took to steer wrestling naturally, which is not surprising considering his lineage. His great uncle, Homer Pettigrew, was a six-time world champion steer wrestler in the 1940s. The Grady native is also one of the original inductees of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. His grandfather […]

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 […]

Clovis rodeo goes on despite rain

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — A cowboy’s work still has to go on even when it rains. Naturally then, the rodeo does also. The first full night of the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo went off on Thursday evening at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena — even if it wasn’t all as planned. […]