Category archives for: Rodeo

Thouvenell, Branquinho triumph at Circuit Finals

Cowboy Ethen Thouvenell poses with his trophy saddle.

LANCASTER, Calif. – Steer wrestling was in the spotlight at the Ram California Circuit Finals Rodeo in Lancaster, where Luke Branquinho took top honors for best average and Ethen Thouvenell was crowned the year-end California Circuit Champion with earnings of $15,203 (landing seventh place nationally). Both cowboys qualify for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, […]

Wrangler NFR to Vegas Dec. 1-10

Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center

The 2011 Wrangler PRCA National Finals Rodeo takes place Dec. 1-10 in Las Vegas. More than 140,000 people are expected to attend the event, which augments the traditional competition events  with activities like the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show, the Spurs and Spikes Annual Golf Tournament and the Miss Rodeo Pageant. Rodeo rounds take place at […]

Californians Make NFR Cut

Barrel racer Christina Richman made the cut. (Photo courtesy PRCA)

A herd of California rodeo pros have made it into the top 15 of their respective disciplines, making the cut for a coveted invitation to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, taking place in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center and South Point Hotel, Dec. 1-10. The top earner on […]

Cowboy-Up! Time for Finals!

PRCA World Standings leader for 2011, Trevor Brazile (Photo by Richard Field Levine)

When it comes to counting cowboys, not surprisingly Texas has it all over the competition with 54 headed to NFR Finals. Lone Star State residents dominated among the 169 North American riders to make the Professional Cowboy Rodeo Assn.’s list of top moneymakers for 2011. The top 20 in each of nine categories earns an […]

Cayford new Miss Rodeo California

Portrait of Mackenzie Cayford in white cowboy hat.

Mackenzie Cayford was crowned Miss Rodeo California 2012 on Oct. 6 in a ceremony at the Paso Robles Inn. The event took place as part of the RAM Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s Circuit Finals Rodeo in Paso Robles, CA. The Miss Rodeo coronation culminated three days of competition that began with an orientation lunch with […]

Norco Rodeo Draws a Crowd

Stan Branco of Merced heads to Vegas via Norco. (Photo by Gene Hyder)

Times may be tough, but cowboys aren’t cutting back on their rodeo, according to Nancy Shannon, chairwoman of the 27th Norco Mounted Posse PRCA Rodeo. Exhibitor participation was up about 15%  at the Aug. 26-28 event at the George Ingalls Equestrian Center, said Shannon, estimating 10,000 fans showed up to cheer their favorite ropers and […]

Adams’ Go Old-School in Salinas

Adams Bros., 2011 California Rodeo, Salinas

If some of the legends who have roped in the huge arena at the California Rodeo throughout its 101-year history were watching this year’s edition from above on July 24, the team roping winners made them proud and brought back fond memories of a bygone era. Team ropers and brothers Jay and Randon Adams from […]

Charro ‘Life’


Charreada  gets a cameo in Chris Weitz’ film A Better Life, which opens today from Summit Entertainment. The plot centers on the relationship between a Mexican gardener and his teenage son, who hovers precipitously on the edge of gang life. Illegals living in Los Angeles, they move through a sort of shadow world, struggling to […]

Kaylynn Pellam Bucks Expectations


Waving one hand in the air, blood pumping with adrenaline, 21-year-old California cowgirl Kaylynn Pellam whirls astride a spinning bull. She doesn’t make the eight seconds required to qualify her for the next round, and flies to the ground. But she dusts herself off and prepares to ride another day. “God made dirt, and dirt […]

Brazile Boasts Cowboy Magic


Trevor Brazile smiled from ear to ear, pumped his fist to the crowd and walked out of the Thomas & Mack Center arena with his second Triple Crown in four years. The Decatur, TX, cowboy won the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo tie-down roping average and finished second with partner Patrick Smith in the team roping […]

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