Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 28, 2013

BRETT HOFFMAN: Rodeo season starting to heat up

The Athens Review

RENO, Nev. — Pro rodeo is in high season.

The world’s top competitors have saddled up for the June 20-29 Reno Rodeo in Nevada, which traditionally is the first major summer rodeo for Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association competitors.

The purse for the 2013 edition is $492,039.

By comparison, the Jan. 29-Feb. 4 Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo paid out $571,348.

Like the FWSSR, the Reno Rodeo winners can earn $12,000 to $15,000, which goes a long way toward qualifying for the Dec. 5-14 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Many credentialed riders have been in Texas to compete in the West of the Pecos Rodeo.

The Pecos rodeo is June 26-29.

Many of the sport’s elite have worked the lucrative Panoka Stampede this week in Panoka, Alberta.

The finals of the seven-day Panoka rodeo is scheduled for July 1.

The week of July 1-7 marks the time of the rodeo season that’s traditionally called Cowboy Christmas.

The July 4 week contains more higher paying rodeos than cowboys can attend.

Some of the bigger shows are scheduled in cities such as Greeley, Colo., Prescott, Ariz., Window Rock, Ariz., Cody, Wyo., Livingston, Mont., and St. Paul, Ore.

During Cowboy Christmas competitors travel relentlessly.

They charter planes, make all night drives and hire drivers to move their roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing horses from one rodeo to another.

101st Calgary Stampede update

Calgary Stampede officials plan to produce the city’s marquee annual event despite overwhelming flooding.

President Bob Thompson said the July 5-14 Stampede will run as scheduled.

“We have pumped millions of gallons of water from our facilities, scrapped the mud from our tarmac, commenced the cleanup of our park, all to welcome guests from around the world,” Thompson told CBC News.

This will mark the Stampede’s 101st year and officials never have had to cancel the renowned show.

The economic impact of the 2013 Stampede is estimated at more than $300 million.

In the money

Two former Sam Houston State rodeo stars won titles at the PRCA’s Rodeo de Santa Fe in Santa Fe, N.M.

They were bull rider Cody Teel (91 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s 2012 PRCA Bull of the Year Cat Ballou) and barrel racer Liz Combs (17.33 seconds).

FW horse shows

The Will Rogers Memorial Complex in Fort Worth will be a busy place over the next 1 1/2 months.

The American Junior Paint Horse Association World Championship Show is scheduled for June 29-July 6.

The National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular is scheduled for July 13-Aug.3.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the past quarter century. Email him at