ELLENSBURG, Washington — More than one bull rider has tipped his cap to the guys who work the arena floor while they try to spend the next eight seconds on the back of 2,000-pounds of fury, one of the most aggressive beasts in rodeo.
RIRIE — Rawley Johnson, an 18-year-old graduate of Ririe High School and son of Kate and Jared Johnson, recently competed in the National High School Finals Rodeo that was held in Nebraska. Rawley competed in bull riding and placed fourth in the nation.
BLACKFOOT – Over the past several years, when you thought of bull riding on the high school level, the name that would leap to your mind is Rawley Johnson.
BLACKFOOT — The name Cooper Cooke has been known for several years in this area. After all, Cooke has been the three-time Idaho High School All-Around Cowboy named each year following the rodeo in this area.
ELLENSBURG, Washington — Over in the corner of the indoor riding facility is a small wheelchair. It almost goes unnoticed in the large, magnificent facility out on Sorenson Road in the Badger Pocket.
After an unusual year, The Fourth Annual The Ultimate Bullriding Battle Event is back bigger and better than ever.
POCATELLO – When tie down roping began recently at the state high school rodeo finals, the names of district champions were on everyone’s thoughts as the cowboys to beat when the week was finished.
POCATELLO — The Idaho High School Rodeo Association State Finals will be in Pocatello for the next two years after a successful run in 2021 from June 5 to 12 in the arena at the Bannock County Event Center, an official said.
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a good year for Ava McMurtrey.
In this country we buck hay, buck the system, buck up when times are tough, and now we “Buck COVID.”
After a stand-out performance at the last regional high school rodeo of the season in Driggs on May 14 and 15, Paige Tonks, Hailey Chambers, Logan Hansen, and Cooper Cooke have qualified for the Idaho High School Rodeo Association State Finals in Pocatello on June 5-12.
This fall, with a scholarship from the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Kellen Merica will continue his love of roping.
PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Cattle in Oregon are again showing up dead under strange circumstances.
This spring, Hunter Roche is working hard to defend his title of All Around Cowboy in District 4 Idaho High School Rodeo. Last year as a sophomore he won the coveted title for all three events; team roping, steer wrestling and calf roping where he heeled for header Lili Bell.
Last year, Quinn Merica won the Idaho District 4 Junior High School Rodeo All-around-Cowgirl title by winning first in breakaway roping and team roping.
NAMPA — After a summer without rodeos and fairs last year, Treasure Valley residents can expect to see those events return to the valley this summer, with some to-be-determined COVID-19 restrictions.
ELLENSBURG, Washington — When it comes to all things rodeo, Daniel Beard has earned his spurs and then some.
TREMONTON, Utah — Less than two months before the Box Elder County Fair was scheduled to take place, organizers still weren’t sure whether it would happen at all.
What’s it like riding a horse on a race track at 40 mph right next to another rider and doing it all while riding bareback?
The Preston City Council voted at its July 13 meeting to sell the 5.5 acres on which the rodeo arena is built, to the county for $125,000.
BLACKFOOT – Questions were answered and an official green light was given Monday for the Idaho High School Rodeo Finals in Blackfoot.
POCATELLO — Bannock County commissioners voted Tuesday not to allow the Idaho High School Rodeo Association to hold its state championships at the Bannock County Event Center in mid-June, according to Bannock County Commissioner Terrel Tovey.
POCATELLO — The Idaho High School Rodeo Association Championships will be hosted from June 13 through June 20 at the Bannock County Event Center as originally planned, despite the COVID-19 crisis, the county announced Friday.
On the back of a bucking bronco, bareback rider Jamie Howlett tries his best to hang on for eight fierce seconds.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors, will be canceled about halfway through its run as a precaution against the new coronavirus, city and county officials said Wednesday.
BLACKFOOT — Plan to kick up your heels during a Saturday night Cowboy Ball on Feb. 8 at the Blackfoot Elks Club.
LAS VEGAS — Garrett Smith had just ridden one of the toughest bulls in ProRodeo for 91.5 points on Friday night to win the second round of the National Finals Rodeo.
Wesley Zollinger of St. Anthony is only 11 years old but he’s been through some tough things like being stepped on by a bull and riding bull with his collar bone broken. Oh and he’s one of the top 10 to 12-year-old bull riders in the region in his first year on a bull.
Going into its third year, The Ultimate Bullriding Battle scheduled for Aug. 24 at Sandy Downs will give back to the Idaho Falls community.
FORT HALL – The 56th Annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival started Thursday as Native Americans from tribes across the U.S. and Canada gathered at Fort Hall to watch and participate in the biggest outdoor powwow in Idaho.
PRESTON — The committee that plans That Famous Preston Night Rodeo each year has decided to “be more involved in the community and supporting kids and education,” Chairwoman Kris Beckstead said.
PRESTON — The Great Basin Rodeo Club hosted a youth rodeo last weekend in Preston.
The new 2019-20 War Bonnet Roundup Royalty was selected last weekend, and the court is comprised of Queen Tori Wanner, Teen Queen Ashlynn Hill and Princess Jyllian Christensen.
Jessy Wanner and his team, Hadtobenuts Bob and First Element placed second in the World Chariot Racing competition held last weekend in Ogden, Utah.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The economic impact of Cheyenne Frontier Days totaled $27.1 million in 2018, according to a new Dean Runyan Associates report. This is down from $28 million in direct visitor spending in 2015.
BELGRADE, Mont. — A project to commemorate a unique aspect of Belgrade’s past moved closer to reality this week when local resident Keith Mainwaring announced he has raised enough money to create an outdoor mural depicting the Belgrade Bull.
DENVER — The year was 1906, and there was no rodeo in sight. In the inaugural year of the National Western Stock Show, any display of roping and riding skill was still 25 years away. There was no food court hocking giant turkey legs, either.
CHALLIS —A half-dozen volunteer members of the North Custer Rodeo Committee approached the Custer County commissioners last month with budget questions, ambitious plans to improve the rodeo grounds in Challis and a vision for the facility’s future.
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Albany County’s purchase of the Range Arena was completed this fall after voters approved the $325,000 transaction as part of voters’ renewal of the Special Purpose Excise Tax in August.
BOISE — Boise native Sydney Butler has never missed a single Snake River Stampede rodeo in her 22 years of life. She spent many of these rodeos both in the stands and behind the chutes.
CALDWELL — Casey Bequeath, Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee and third-time saddle bronc champion, was known for his loving heart, positivity and the lasting impression he left on those who knew him.
LEWISTON (AP) — A Nez Perce man famous for his 1916 saddle bronc win at the Pendleton Round-Up will be inducted into the Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame next month.
FORT HALL — One jockey, three horses and no saddles is the recipe for what has been called America’s first extreme sport: Indian relay racing.
CALDWELL — Right before she is about to run a race, Jessie Telford tells herself three things: “Enjoy the ride, enjoy the moment and trust your timing.”
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — When Juel Afdahl was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer this past year, it rocked the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Sean Mulligan never pictured himself breeding horses.
LOGAN, Utah — The Cache Event Center won’t be completely finished in time for the Cachee County Fair and Rodeo next week, but it should be far enough along that it won’t hinder the festivities.
CALDWELL —“These boots are made for rodeoing” is the new catchphrase around Caldwell right now. With the event now in its 10th year, the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce is changing its annual rodeo art contest. From now through Aug. 18, dozens of Caldwell businesses will have decorated boots on…
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The often unsung heroes of rodeo are getting a little extra TLC at Cheyenne Frontier Days from a certified veterinarian and veterinary students from Colorado State University.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — A trick-riding team called the Cowgirl Sweethearts will be the specialty act at this year’s Ellensburg Rodeo during Labor Day Weekend.