The Athens Review
What do Lindsay Sears and Kappy Allen share in common?
They are barrel racers who wear a gold buckle that proves they’re among the sport’s elite.
Sears, who has homes in Nanton, Alberta, and the West Texas town of Ropesville, snared world titles in 2008 and 2011. Allen, an Austin resident, finished No. 1 in 2000.
What else do they share in common?
They are entered in the Athens-based PRCA Stampede Rodeo, which is scheduled for April 26-27 at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex. The 28th edition is sponsored by Elder Dodge and Kevin Lilly McDonald’s.
The gates open at 5 p.m., with the rodeo beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children under 12, $10 pre-sold for adults and $12 at the gate.
Tickets are available at Lone Star Western Wear, Kathy's Boutique, Cavender's, Citizen's National Bank, Texas Trust Credit Union or at the Athens Chamber of Commerce.
The rodeo is approved by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. The Athens rodeo has drawn 274 contestants and the prize money will count toward qualifying for the Dec. 5-14 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Sammy Andrews will supply the rodeo livestock. Over the years, he’s owned some famous animals such as the late world champion bull, Bodacious.
With one rodeo remaining in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southern Region’s 2012-13 regular season, a Trinity Valley Community College cowboy named Lightning Nicolas Aguilera is ranked No.1 in the team roping heading title race. And TVCC’s Kolby Ryan Miller is in first place in the team roping heeling standings.
Aguilera heads up the heading race with 561.5 points and No. 2 ranked Kyler Barton Bramhall of Northeast Texas Community College has earned 526. Miller has 561.5 points in the heeling race and Northeastern’s Zack Ryan Bocco is ranked second with 526.
Their next competition is the April 26-27 Wharton County Junior College Rodeo, the last of 10 regional regular-season shows for 2012-2013.
After the season concludes on April 27, the region’s the top three competitors in each single event and the top two teams, will advance to the June 9-15 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
In the team standings, Sam Houston is ranked No. 1 in the men’s regional standings with 4,186 points. Northeast Texas Community College is No. 2 with 3,044. TVCC is ranked seventh with 1,999.
In the women’s standings, Sam Houston is ranked first with 2,471 and McNeese State is second with 2,132. TVCC is ranked ninth with 220.
Up and comer
Brennon Eldred has been a PRCA membership card holder for only eight weeks. But the 18-year-old Hill College freshman is serving notice that he’s a bull rider to be reckoned with.
Eldred won the April 1-14 Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo in Oakdale, Calif., and earned $3,107 after turning in a score of 85.
“That’s going straight into my bank account,” Eldred told prorodeo.com. “It will help keep me out on the road.”
Eldred, who is from Purcell, Okla., is entered in the bull riding competition at Athens’ PRCA Stampede Rodeo.
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 email@example.com.