News and notes from the rodeo trail

PRCA Stat of the Week: $three,538,652

Amount of cash paid out throughout 27 rodeos throughout Cowboy Christmas 2019 (June 30-July 9), the whole payout is unofficially anticipated to be $three,538,652.

What to Watch For

Rooftop Rodeo, Estes Park, Colo., July Eight-13, 6:30 p.m. (MT)

Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo, Casper, Wyo., July 9-13, 7:30 p.m. (MT)

Dinosaur Roundup, Vernal, Utah, July 11-13, 7 p.m. (MT)

Sheridan WYO Rodeo, July 13, 7 p.m. (MT) with Steve Kenyon

Rooftop Rodeo, Estes Park, Colo., July Eight-13, 7 p.m. (MT)

Laramie (Wyo.) Jubilee Days, July 14, 1:30 p.m.


News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Vernon “Dude” Smith Jr., one among the oldest residing Gold Card members (No. 159) and one among the few remaining members of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association, handed away July three in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was 91. Smith joined the Cowboys’ Turtle Association two years earlier than the affiliation’s identify modified to the Rodeo Cowboys Association, which finally turned the PRCA. During that point, he was rubbing elbows with a few of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame’s most notable cowboys who helped form the sport because it stands right now. “We all knew each other back then, but the guys today don’t all know each other,” Smith stated in a June 9, 2017, article in ProRodeo Sports News. “I don’t know what happened, but there’s not as many cowboys anymore.” Smith competed in each occasion, besides group roping, because it wasn’t a typical occasion throughout his ProRodeo profession.


Professional Rodeo announcer Steve Kenyon is introducing a brand-new web site,, devoted to providing full protection rodeo and Western sports activities. “We are creating to give it more of a feel of an online radio station, accumulating podcasts produced by some of the most well-known figures in our industry, and continuing to offer live coverage of some of the biggest rodeos in the world, including the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo,” Kenyon said. Listeners can follow the “The Leaderboard” podcast hosted by Kenyon weekly, and could have the likelihood to hearken to stay and archived rodeo broadcasts just by logging on to on their laptops, tablets or smartphones.


 Curtis Eugene “Gene” Peacock Jr. 91, of Emporia, Kan., a former PRCA competitor, handed away on June 26. Peacock was born June 13, 1928 in Bowlegs, Okla., to Curtis E. Sr. and Marie M. (Taylor) Peacock.  He spent his life immersed in rodeo and the cattle enterprise. By the time Peacock was 15, he was competing in the bareback using, bull using and saddle bronc using – he rodeoed from Washington State to the East Coast. He competed at Madison Square Garden in New York City 5 instances. During his rodeo days he turned associates with Gerald and Ken Roberts and lived with the Roberts household off and on for a number of years. He additionally labored for the world champion brothers with the Roberts’ inventory contracting enterprise as area director and flankman – he typically competed at the similar rodeos at which he labored. Peacock stop competing in 1965. Throughout his profession, he traveled with the likes of Charlie Beales, Jack Buschbom and Wallace Brooks, brother to world champion Lewis Brooks. Peacock had been an order purchaser in Oklahoma, and in the early 1960s his firm moved him to Strong City, Kan., to work at their feed yard, the Crofoot Cattle Co. He wound up managing the feed yard and turned a board member of the Strong City (Kan.) PRCA rodeo. Up till his retirement Peacock owned and operated Rib Eye Cattle Company. Memorials could also be made to the Flint Hills Rodeo Association, in care of the funeral dwelling, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, Kan., 66845.


Bryant “Peanut” Pierce Jr., a local and resident of Larose, La., a PRCA bullfighter, handed away July 1. He was 41. Bryant was preceded in loss of life by his grandparents, Linwood Cavalier, Alcee “Tompus” and Adela Pierce. He is survived by his mother and father, Bryant and Judy Pierce; sisters, Abby Blackwell (Scott), Kacie Vega (Nicholas) and Jamie Pierce (Blake); grandmother, Elsie Cavalier; nieces, Maddie and Gracie; nephews, Kale, Ayden and Carson; and nanny, Kathy Cavalier.


Next Up

July 9              Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo, Casper, Wyo., begins

July 10           Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, Colorado Springs, Colo., begins

July 10           Sheridan WYO Rodeo begins

July 11           Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Elgin, Ore.

July 11           Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Laramie, Wyo.

July 11           Cattlemen’s Days Inc., Gunnison, Colo., begins

July 11           Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo & Bull Ridin’ Bonanza, allow part, begins

July 11           Ute Stampede, Nephi, Utah, begins

July 11           Heart of North Rodeo, Spooner, Wis., begins

July 11           Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo, Vernal, Utah, begins

July 11           Wolf Point (Mont.) Wild Horse Stampede begins

July 11           Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo & Bull Ridin’ Bonanza begins

July 12           Elgin (Ore.) Stampede begins

July 12           Stockyards Championship, Fort Worth, Texas, begins

July 12           43rd annual Isanti (Minn.) Firefighters Rodeo begins

July 12           Chas B. Davis Memorial, Ringgold, Ga., begins

July 12           Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Pro Rodeo Series begins

July 12           Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Pro Rodeo Series, allow part, begins

July 12           Cheney (Wash.) Rodeo begins

July 12           Silver State Stampede, Elko, Nev., July 12-14

July 12           Laramie (Wyo.) Jubilee Days begins

July 12           Teepee Creek (British Columbia) Stampede begins

July 13           Mesquite (Texas) Championship Rodeo

July 13           PRCA Championship, Steele, N.D.

July 13           Cowtown Rodeo, Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J.



2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings Leaders

Unofficial via July Eight, 2019



Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah



Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah



Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.



Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.



Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.



Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah



Michael Otero, Weatherford, Texas



Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas



Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.


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