The Athens Review
The Walker County Fair and Rodeo is about to begin and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association show has drawn an abundance of world class competitors.
Trevor Brazile of Decatur, who is attempting to clinch a record 11th world all-around title, is entered is tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping. Joe Beaver of Huntsville, who has earned five world tie-down roping titles (1985, 1987-88, 1992-93) and three all-around gold buckles (1995-96, 2000), also is on the card.
Some other world class competitors who signed up to compete are eight-time world champion Fred Whitfield of Hockley, five-time National Finals Rodeo tie-down roping qualifier Jeff Chapman of Athens and three-time NFR team roping qualifier Colby Lovell of Madisonville.
The rodeo is scheduled for April 5-6 at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Each nightly performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
The steer roping competition is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 2. The tie-down roping/steer wrestling/team roping slack performance, which will feature the overflow of competitors who are not scheduled to compete in the main shows, is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 3.
The Huntsville rodeo has drawn 530 contestants from the PRCA and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.
Stace Smith of Athens, who has been crowned as the PRCA’s Stock Contractor of the Year for the past nine years (2004-12), will supply the livestock.
After finishing first at last weekend’s Texas A&M Rodeo, Sam Houston State’s men’s team is ranked No. 1 in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southern Region.
Sam Houston is in first place with 3,223 points. Hill College is ranked No. 2 with 2,600.5.
Sam Houston’s women team also is ranked No. 1 in the region after finishing eighth at the Texas A&M Rodeo.
The Texas A&M Rodeo was the eighth of 10 regional regular season shows scheduled for the 2012-2013 regular season. The next show is the April 1-13 Hill College Rodeo.
Austin rodeo winners
Defending world champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur clinched the tie-down roping title at RodeoAustin on March 21. Cooper, who is scheduled to compete in Huntsville’s Walker County Fair and Rodeo, finished first after turning in a three-run time of 25.1 seconds.
Other champions at the $382,456 Austin Rodeo were bareback riders Bobby Mote and Wes Stevenson, steer wrestler Casey Martin, team ropers Keven Daniel and Chase Tryan, bull rider Trevor Kastner, barrel racer Carlee Pierce and saddle bronc rider Brady Nicholes.
Class of 2013
Chuck Logue, a former Decatur resident who currently lives in New Braunfels, will be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame this summer.
Logue, the 1990 world bareback riding champion, will be joined by four others in the Class of 2013. The late John Bowman was a steer roping world champion in the 1930s. The late Kenny McLean won the 1962 saddle bronc riding world title. Joe Baumgartner is a four-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bullfighter of the Year. And the late Rex “Bud” Kerby was one of the PRCA’s top stock contractors for more than 30 years.
The induction ceremonies are scheduled for July 13 at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.