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 — 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — When Juel Afdahl was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer this past year, it rocked the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association.

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.