The Athens Review
At this weekend’s 29th annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Stampede Rodeo in Athens, a veteran stock contractor named Sammy Andrews will be running the broncs, bulls and timed event cattle into the chutes.
Over the years, Andrews has supplied standout broncs and bulls on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Professional Bull Riders circuits.
His big-time superstar was Bodacious, which was the PRCA’s top bull in 1994 and 1995 and the PBR’s top performer in 1995.
He also owned other very outstanding buckers with names like Skoal Outlaw Willie.
Andrews, a resident of the East Texas town of Bagwell, won the coveted Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Stock Contractor of the Year award in 2002.
“It’s a tough way to make a living and it’s lots of miles,” said Andrews, 67. “Sometimes, you think about getting out of the business, but you don’t want to have to face a local rodeo committeeman and have to say, ‘I’m not going to be around to help you this year.”’
So Andrews perseveres and continues to provide quality livestock for rodeos, mostly in smaller communities.
He also has had a longtime history of sub-contracting at some of the biggest rodeos in the country in cities such as Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston.
The Athens PRCA rodeo is scheduled for April 25-26 at Henderson County Fairpark Complex.
Gates open each night at 5 p.m., and the rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets are $10, while tickets are $12 at the gate.
Tickets for children ages 4 to 12 are $5. Group discounts are available.
Cutting horse update
At the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes, John Mitchell, who is from Weatherford, and the mare, Junie Wood, clinched the 4-year-old open division title with a score of 229 on Saturday, April 19, in Fort Worth.
The victory earned Junie Wood’s owner, the Slate River Ranch of Weatherford, the coveted $75,000 first prize.
It was Junie Wood’s second victory at a high-profile NCHA aged event in Fort Worth during the 2013-14 season.
At the NCHA World Championship Futurity in December, Junie Wood clinched the non-pro title with Craig Crumpler of Wichita Falls as her rider.
The Slate River Ranch purchased Junie Wood during the Futurity and appointed Mitchell to be her rider.
In the Super Stakes’ non-pro title race, Kristen Galyean of Claremore, Okla., and a gelding named ZR One clinched the title with a 223. Galyean earned $20,401.
Richmond Champion of Tarleton State has clinched the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region 2013-14 bareback riding title.
He entered this weekend’s Tarleton Rodeo in Stephenville with an uncatchable lead.
He came into the TSU Rodeo 1,175 points, 295 ahead of No. 2 ranked Linden Woods of New Mexico Junior College who had 880.
The top three in each event from the Southwest Region will advance to the June 15 to 22 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., after the regular season concludes this weekend at the Tarleton Rodeo.
Champion also thrives professionally. During the past weekend, Champion earned $4,550 after tying for second at the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up and he’s ranked No. 4 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bareback riding world standings with $31,146.
On March 2, Champion earned $1.1 million after clinching the bareback title at RFD-TVs The American at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.
A very successful partnership
At the beginning of 2014, two-time PRCA team roping heeling world champion Patrick Smith, a former Midland resident who currently resides in Lipan, began partnering with three-time NFR qualifier Kaleb Driggers.
The two men each earned $100,000 after winning the The American. At the PRCA’s April 18-20 Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, Smith and Driggers clinched the team roping title.
Driggers is ranked sixth in the PRCA team roping heading world standings with regular season earnings of $22,686.
Smith is ranked No. 6 in the PRCA heeling title race with $22,686.
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.