Brett Hoffman

Brett Hoffman, writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Photo taken February 21, 2007. (FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM/ROSS HAILEY)

Ty Murray is a father. The seven-time world all-around rodeo champion, and his singing star wife, Jewel, have welcomed a son, Kase Townes Murray.

The 7 lb., 6 oz. boy was born at 7 p.m. CDT on July 11.

On her website,, the four-time Grammy Award nominated singer and songwriter said, “Ty and I are so pleased to welcome our new baby boy Kase Townes Murray into the world! We are over come with happiness — it really is as great as everyone told us it would be — better even!”

Murray, 41, lives with Jewel, 37, on a Stephenville ranch. The couple was married in the Bahamas in 2008. Kase Townes is their first child.

Jewel currently serves as a host and judge on the new Bravo series, “Platinum Hit.” In August, she’s scheduled to release a children’s themed album of original music entitled “The Merry Goes ‘Round.”

Meanwhile, Murray, who won his seventh Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association all-around title in 1998, stays busy at their working Texas ranch and with helping the Professional Bull Riders. He is a PBR co-founder who avidly campaigns to advance the sport.

An unforgettable week

And speaking of newborns, the week of July 3-10 was very memorable for veteran team roper Martin Lucero.

It began on July 5, when his wife, Jodee, gave birth to their second daughter, Marlee Grae, at a Fort Worth hospital. It ended on July 9 when he and his team roping partner, Luke Brown, won the $3,678 team roping title at the Dinosaur Roundup in Vernal, Utah, according to the PRCA.

The win helped Lucero, a Stephenville cowboy, move up one place to 13th in the weekly posted PRCA heeling world standings with regular season earnings of $34,857. Brown, who also lives in Stephenville, is ranked 13th in the heading title race with $34,857.

Last year, Brown and Lucero won the average at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, meaning they finished with the best aggregate time after making 10 runs.

A great honor

Longtime trick rider/roper J.W. Stoker of Weatherford was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy on July 16 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Other members of the 2011 class are the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of '76 rodeo committee, the late three-time world champion cowboy Burel Mulkey, two-time world champion bareback rider Lan LaJeunesse, PRCA board chairman and longtime San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo chief executive officer Keith Martin and the late three-time PRCA Bucking Horse of the Year War Paint.

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