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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 […]

Courting Jester

Jester, a Haflinger mule, and owner Jennifer Wells.

My mule Jester was born on April Fools’ Day, hence his name. But he has proven to be no joke. Jester was a two-and-a-half-year-old untouchable mule that the breeder had “left behind” at birth, due to lack of time and interest. He was parked in a large pasture with other John mules and became uneasy […]

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 […]

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 […]

Emmons On Top Again

Ron Emmons is close enough to pet the cow he's roping, with his chestnut Quarter Horse Olena Oak.

Ron Emmons earned his second consecutive Magnificent 7 win aboard Olena Oak. The duo was awarded Best All-Around Stock Horse Champion honors at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, claiming the lion’s share of the $25,000 purse. It was the third win for the Ione, California-based rider, who placed first and second (on Matt […]

Avila California’s Open Reining Champ


Call it beginner’s luck! The first time he’s shown in the open reining division at the Del Mar National Horse Show’s Western Week, Bob Avila won the Pacific Coast Horseman’s Association Championship aboard Juarez Whiz. “He’s a very nice horse,” Avila said of the nine-year-old gelding, owned by Ken Banks of Chulenberg, Texas. “We don’t […]

Cowboy Fest Rides into Santa Clarita


The West winds were blowing up a gust. The posse was just riding in as tumbleweeds wheeled on the edge of town. As you turned the corner, the blacksmith’s hammer chimed over the noise of the crowds that gathered outside shops and meandering down Main Street. Santa Clarita, circa the 1800’s. None of those new-fangled […]

Palm Springs WestFest Flaunts Fun


The second annual Palm Springs WestFest and Frank Bogert Memorial PRCA  Rodeo, presented by Spa Resort Casino, rode into town on March 25-27. Former mayor Frank Bogert was a cowboy and a celebrated rodeo whose statue adorns the commons area in front of Palm Springs City Hall. WestFest and the rodeo in Bogert’s honor were […]

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 […]

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