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Canyon Bass, a high school student from Wimberly, Texas, split the win with Daylon Swearingen at the LJ Jenkins Bull Riding Championships in Las Vegas, NV. Photo by Robert Rosales / Natural Light Photography Edgewood, NM.


Humps N Horns January 2022

On The Cover - Sage Kimzey takes care of Greeley Hat Works Centerfold (Cervi Championship Rodeo) for 88 points in Round 10 of the National Finals Rodeo to win his 7th gold buckle as the World Champion Bull Rider.

Photo by Phillip Kitts / Avid Visual Imagery · 4 · January 2022

HUMPS N HORNS® BULL RIDING MAGAZINE PO Box 34172 Fort Worth, TX 76162 325-500-BULL (2855)



Terry Blake


Editor in Chief/Owner


9 Sean Gleason

Details about the Changes for 2022


12 Matt Austin

My Cowboy Hat Still Fits


16 National Finals Rodeo


A Look at Some of the Highlights

Andy Gregory Director of Photography

18 Sage Kimzey

7X and 2021 World Champion

CONTRIBUTORS Georgia Akers Justin Felisko Barbara Pinnella Keno Shrum

20 Cory Melton

Melton Bull Co. / Stockyards Pro Rodeo

Also In This Issue Bull Pen 20 Classifieds 28 Country Kitchen 15 Inspiration Point 14 Livestock Layovers 28 Outside the Arena

Practice Pens Talking Bull w/ Brayden Through My Eyes Where’s the Beef

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Andy Gregory Phillip Kitts Kelly B. Robbins Andy Watson

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Letter from the Editor

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that we have turned the corner on another year. I’m so thankful for the opportunity that I have to be involved in the sport of bull riding and the great community of people who keep it going. December gave us one of the best National Finals Rodeos, in The January issue also gives us an opportunity to learn about recent memory, where the championship in every event was some of the up and coming bull riders. CAC Media Group is not determined until Saturday night in Round 10. What a way an organization which gives students a chance to be involved in for the season to come to a close battling it out to the last ride. agricultural media and communications. Megan Clark, a high Congratulations to those who qualified to compete and especially school senior from CAC, has written an excellent article about to the World Champions and NFR Average Champions. As they three of these young bull riders. Hats off to Jenna Stevens and the say, the gold buckle is something no one will ever be able to take work she does with the students in CAC. away from you. I’m so grateful for all that God has done for me and my family. I’d also like to congratulate Phillip Kitts (Avid Visual Imagery), May He bless you and yours as we embark on 2022. our official Humps N Horns photographer who was selected to work at the National Finals Rodeo. Phillip has taken so many great photos that have covered the pages, including this issue, of Until next time, HNH and it has been a privilege to work with him since 2016. Terry We let the work of Phillip and the other PRCA photographers speak for itself with photo layouts including some of the highlights from all ten rounds of the 2021 NFR, World Champion Sage Kimzey, and NFR Average Champion Josh Frost. · 6 · January 2022

Talking “Bull” with Brayden was almost bucked off a few times. He kept moving and shuffling his feet which allowed him to make a rank bull ride for the round 5 win. Ky Hamilton rode Space Unicorn for 89.50 points. This was a good ride away from Ky’s hand. This bull had a lot of up and down and it all worked out and paid off for Ky. Creek Young won his second round in round number six of his very first NFR on Ugly Wish for 90.50 points. This was a wide but short Brahma bull that was away from Creek’s hand and didn’t have a ton of kick but one of the strongest bulls I’ve ever seen. In the end it all paid off for Creek. Today I’m going to be recapping the NFR’s bull riding in Las Vegas. It was a great event with some awesome rides! So let’s get into it. Round number one kicked off with Sage Kimzey who rode Grand Slam for 87 points. Considering this was the lowest score in the round is saying something about the caliber of riders and bulls at this event. These bulls bucked and Sage stuck this bull with perfection away and back into his hand. At the end of the ride Sage even opened up with his outside leg and started kicking a mud hole in his bull for a little extra credit. J.B. Mauney rode Cocktail Diarrhea and Ky Hamilton rode RIP. Both tied for the round win with matching 87.50’s. Both of these rides were almost identical. Both rode their bulls away from their hand and both of them kept their head down, got their elbow around the corner, splitting the round one win. In round number two, Sage Kimzey made a jam up bull ride on Artic Assassin for 87.50 points. This could have been in the 90’s. Sage was in perfect control into his hand the whole ride and Artic Assassin stayed in the right handed spin with lots of kick and forward movement. Parker Breding opened up on Lose Your Bones for 90 points. This bull traveled out 3 whole jumps and then got it on into Parker’s hand for the round 2 win. Round number three had Boudreaux Campbell riding Listen Linda for 89.50 points. This big stout white bull was around to the right away from Campbell’s hand with a lot of drop, but boy did Boudreaux stick it to him for a good score. Creek Young rode Evil Intentions for 92 points and the round 3 win. Man was this a good bull ride... this bull had a ton of kick away from Creek’s hand and this was one of my top rides of the event. Round four was an interesting one. Parker Breding rode Doctor X and Dustin Boquet rode Hou’s Bad News. Both were the only two qualified rides and both were 84.50 points. Both of the bulls went into their hands with a decent amount of kick. However, both bulls were fast but flattened out at the end of the ride. Regardless they both won round number 4. Round five brought the fireworks! Josh Frost rode Little Beagle for 86.50 points. It was a textbook bull ride from Josh and at the end opening up and getting in some money chops. Stetson Wright rode Chiseled for the high marked ride of the event 94.50 points. Chiseled had his usual fantastic trip to the right which was away from Stetson’s hand. Chiseled had a ton of kick and threw some sick belly rolls at Stetson. Stetson stayed loose the whole ride which allowed him to recover because he

Round seven had a first for me. Josh Frost rode Record Rack’s Viper for 52.50 points. This is the lowest score I’ve ever seen to win second place but Josh keeping his score paid off. Stetson Wright rode Bloomer’s High Rise for 90.50 points. Stetson’s try and grit was on full display. This was no easy bull by any means and Stetson was bucked off about ten different times but he never stopped trying. Josh Frost rode Shark Bait for 88 points. Another textbook ride by Josh. The bull came out two jumps, went away from Frost’s hand and stayed in the spin for the whole ride giving Josh a solid score. Parker Breding rode Let’s Gamble for 92.50 points. This was probably my favorite ride of the whole event. The bull came out two jumps and went to the right away from Parker’s hand. The bull stretched out with a lot of up and down as well as kick. It just doesn’t get any prettier than the way Mr Breding dressed him up for the round 8 win. Rugar Piva rode Troy’s Kung Fu Magic for 82 points. This bull had a good trip but not a great one. He didn’t have the most kick but was fast in the spin regardless. Piva did his job for second in the round. Braden Richardson rode Bouchon for 89 points. This black and white spot bull was fast and whipping around the corners. Braden had to fight for every bit of this one. It wasn’t the prettiest ride but Braden did his job for the round 9 win. The Championship Round did not disappoint. Creek Young rode County Jail for 88 points. This should have been way more points in my opinion, at least in the 90 point area. This was an awesome bull ride by Creek into his hand. He got around every corner with perfection. The bull came out firing and never weakened as the ride went on. Josh Frost rode Top Shelf for 92.50 points. Top Shelf blew out of the chute and stretched out the first two jumps before whipping around to the left into Josh’s hand. Frost got around every jump Top Shelf made and ultimately made Top Shelf look easy. Josh picked up the round 10 win as well as the average becoming your 2021 NFR Average Champion. But the World Champion Title went to now 7× PRCA world champion Sage Kimzey. Sage has earned a place in history as one of the best Bull Riders of all time! This was a fun NFR to watch! I loved seeing all the young guns get their first round wins at the NFR. Sage is closing the gap on Don Gay’s PRCA title record. It was a great event in good ol’ Las Vegas. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it. To find out more about me, check out my social media’s @braydenhollywoodbrown. Thank you Brayden Hollywood Brown · 7 · January 2022

The Most Important Thing People are the most important things in life. If you miss the people along the way and make a message your focus you’ve missed what it’s all about. This goes out to all my Christian friends that are wondering what’s most important in your “Life”. 27 years ago [December 27, 1994] the grittiest man to ever straddle a bucking bull lost his earthy life and returned to The Father. (You younger boys that want to be real bull riders should YouTube Brent Thurman so you can see what the core of bull riding looks like). You may have not been his best friend but you never knew it by the way he treated you. He was everyone’s best friend. I think about Brent Thurman often but especially today. To this day, when I hear Guns-n-Roses, immediately I think of Brent. We don’t know exactly how his bull riding career would have turned out but for sure he was a World Champion human being. I’ll see you in Paradise my friend. Love and miss you Brent.

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Outside the Arena with...

Sean Gleason By Georgia Akers Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and joyous holiday. We are now beginning 2022 and in my December column, I promised I was going to try to corner Sean Gleason so we could get a better understanding of the dramatic changes that will be happening in 2022 with the PBR. Sean was gracious enough to respond to my request so hopefully we will all have more information. It probably is one of my longest interviews but well worth it to give readers more detail and that is what I promised in December. So, sit back, get comfy with your favorite beverage and read!

Tell us about yourself. I grew up in Eastern Washington, the son of a Washington State patrolman. I spent a lot of time on a horse, working farming and ranching jobs, before attending and graduating from Western Washington University. I initially became involved in PBR when I oversaw the marketing and business development for all sports projects at the gaming company Sierra Sports, which included not only the best-selling NASCAR Racing, NFL Football Pro titles, Trophy Bass but also a PBR game. I joined PBR in 2000 and was named CEO in 2015-the same year the organization was acquired by global sports and entertainment leader Endeavor. Before becoming CEO, I had served in roles overseeing nearly every aspect of the sport, including corporate and event marketing, sponsorship sales, fan relations, licensing and digital media. I live in Pueblo, Colorado, location of PBR’s world headquarters and I am married to Candis Gleason.

THE FINALS There are a lot of changes going on in 2022. Let’s start

with the Finals. Please explain the new format and the reason for the changes. In 2022, PBR is moving the World Finals to Fort Worth, Texas in order to keep growing one of the most exciting championships in sports by creating a true sports-entertainment destination event in one of the country’s most dynamic cities. PBR World Finals is our marquee event and should be in the heart of cowboy country. The move to Fort Worth allows us to build out an even bigger and more exciting event for fans, partners and competitors. But we are not leaving Las Vegas. The inaugural PBR Team Series Championship will be held in Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena on November 4-6, 2022. Las Vegas has been home to PBR World Finals for nearly three decades. After so many memorable years of having our individual championship in Las Vegas, we are thrilled that the city will remain the home to an exciting PBR championship weekend beginning next November. Since the riders have a very short season, will the events pay more? For 2022 the Unleash the Beast series will run January to May and in future seasons November to May, providing welcome continuity to our premier tour which included a lengthy summer break. The new schedule opens a window in which to launch the new PBR Team Series from June to November. It is two full seasons in one calendar year-it is divided now into individual and then team competition. Will the Finals still pay one million dollars for the top scorer at the end of the season? PBR Unleash the Beast-the sports premier individual competitionwill still award $1 million and a gold buckle to the annual World Champion bull rider. · 9 · January 2022

the Fort Worth Convention Center, Cowtown Coliseum, Will Rogers Complex and flagship PBR Bar at Texas Live! With a 7,000 square foot balcony overlooking the fantastic concert venue Arlington Backyard. Eventgoers can still anticipate the complimentary activities to include the ABBI World Finals, a greatly expanded Western Gift Expo, music and lifestyle events, and more. Our team is working on new attractions that will be announced as we get closer to the end of the next Unleash the Beast season in May.

PBR TEAM SERIES The second part of the season will make PBR a team sport. Please explain in detail how it works. Why was Fort Worth chosen? PBR World Finals belongs in cowboy country. Beyond that, the move reflects a continued investment by PBR in making Forth Worth the epicenter of western sports. In June 2021, we announced a groundbreaking joint venture with Stockyard Heritage Development Co. and ASM Global in which PBR will help program the Cowtown Coliseum and bring dozens of annual western sports and lifestyle events to this iconic venue and the historic Stockyards District. PBR World Finals in Fort Worth will be a world-class destination sports entertainment experience-so much more than seven thrilling performances deciding the most challenging individual title in sports. Where will the event be held? The Unleash the Beast Finals will be held in Dickies Arena May 13-15 and May 19-22. Do you know which hotels will be the host hotel for the fans? For the stock contractors? We are working on confirming this and will share information when available. You are going back to a two-weekend format rather than one. How was this decided and why? This gives us the opportunity to create the kind of diverse, expansive and conveniently accessed activities and entertainment fans deserve at PBR World Finals. I have heard many fans express that there is a lot to do in Vegas during the day. What activities will be available to keep the fans busy during the day before the event in Fort Worth? Fort Worth and the surrounding area affords us many new and exciting opportunities to bring our fans a two-week festival surrounding PBR World Finals. We have great facilities for partners within the Metroplex’s existing infrastructure including

The announcement of PBR Team Series can be considered the most important one in our sport since 20 intrepid cowboys broke away from the rodeo to form their own bull riding league. The news has been called a transformational change for a sport that has grown continually for 28 years, as well as a big victory for cowboys in offering them new money, professional coaching, and the incomparable camaraderie understood by anyone who has ever played team sports. The new League, which will span June-November 2022 in its inaugural season, will launch with 8 Founding teams. Each of the 8 teams will be based in a Home Market and play host annually to an event and western lifestyle festival, plus two “neutral site” League-produced events and the League Championship. Competitions will be formatted in headto-head game matchups, with Teams (each with five riders competing) winning together based on aggregate scores. PBR Team Series finals will be held in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-6, 2022. Why are you making this change? PBR has grown consistently throughout the past 28 years and is now a franchise property on CBS, packing arenas coast to coast and operating tours in three countries outside the U.S. We now have an opportunity for the sport to reach new levels of organic growth with fans, sponsors, and the next generation of PBR athletes by adding team competition. This is nothing less than a transformation change for PBR. Riders competing on teams debuted at the PBR Global Cup and continued with the Monster Energy Team challenge last June at South Point, with the finals in Sioux Falls in July. In addition, PBR has staged multiple Cowboys for a Cause team charity events. Those who watched and competed in the team events witnessed even more rider passion and better competition and professionalism in PBR, give fans new rooting interests, and created additional value for all stakeholders. For the first time, · 10 · January 2022

PBR will have “home teams,” which will also help the sport grow.

rider across the 11-event season, plus additional multi-year agreement compensation to which teams and riders may agree.

Is this a risky move for PBR?

It culminates in Vegas in November. Will teams be an elimination format like football and baseball so that you have the top teams like a super bowl?

While we are essentially launching a new league, these changes, while significant, build on the existing structure of PBR and play into what we know how to do well-promote and operate very exciting bull riding events. We do not have to go out and cultivate a new fan base, although a familiar team-based format is expected to spark the interest of sports fans who are new to bull riding. Team competition simply brings what already exists to a new level in a completely new look. It has already been successfully tested on the dirt and is 100 percent addictive to the core product of the world’s best cowboys taking on the rankest bulls, which has been proven to be popular and successful. Can you tell me more about the games? Competition weekends will be principally structured as gameshead-to-head matchups between teams. Each game will feature five riders per team facing off against an opponent. The team with the highest aggregate score will win the game. Most events will feature three games per team, plus a bonus round. The team with the best game record across an event, plus bonus round points will be declared the winning team. Rider and Team Event payouts will be based on team performance for a given event. Season standings will be based on win/loss record and bonus round points throughout the entire season. How will the teams/riders be chosen? Will it be like a draft? Team owners will select their riders in a seven-round draft, scheduled to occur following the World Finals in Fort Worth in May. The draft will be a “snake format” with the first team selecting first and sixteenth. Beyond the inaugural season, the League will have a combination of free agency for riders who have previously competed in the Team Series and a seasonal draft for any new riders who declare. How are the coaches chosen?

All teams will participate in the Championship Event, which will include an elimination format to determine the final season standing. What prize money is being considered? Is it paid to the team owner or the riders? Teams and riders will compete for separate multi-milliondollar prize pools. This is in addition to the riders’ guaranteed show-up money. Cowboys who do not make a team will need a method to make money since the World Finals season is so short. Will this mean that the Velocity Tours will see more PBR riders or will the top 45 be placed on a team? The PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour and the Touring Pro Division will operate on a calendar schedule simultaneous with the Unleash the Beast individual season. PBR sanctioned events during the PBR Team series season will continue to operate as a standalone series. More details will be forthcoming. Where the summer break was important to give the riders a chance to heal and get fit for the second part of the summer, it does not seem there is much of a break between the end of the finals and the beginning of the teams. Thoughts? Riders in PBR generally compete year-round, historically. In the summer break, they ride in Touring Pro Division events for considerably less money than they will earn in team competition. If you follow PBR riders, you know that while the season takes a break, the riders do not stop getting on bulls. Also, participation in teams is totally voluntary for those choosing to participate. Riders who do not will have even more time between seasons.

Teams will hire coaches independently. All teams will be required to designate a coach. Can you identify any of the team owners are this point? The team owners will be announced in early 2022. How are the riders paid? Salary or if they win? Riders in the PBR Team Series will be compensated through “show-up money” as well as a dedicated Rider Prize Pool that will be allocated based on Team results in individual events and across the season. Teams and Riders will have the option to negotiate multi-year agreements with higher guarantees. Combined compensation from the League minimum and prize money is anticipated to range from $50,000 to $250,000 per · 11 · January 2022


Matt Austin When Matt Austin was eight years old he discovered a VHS tape that his father Lonnie Austin had stashed away in a cabinet. The tape had various rides of Lonnie on bareback horses and bulls. Matt was intrigued watching the tape for a few hours while his dad was away from home that day working his usual welding job. Matt couldn’t wait for Lonnie to get back home so they could sit down and discuss the hidden treasure. That was all it took. Soon afterwards, Lonnie took young Matt to Terrell, Texas to get on some steers at the Troy Ellis place. Matt got on a couple of steers that night and, although he didn’t make a qualified ride, he was hooked. The Austins lived in Wills Point, Texas. After finding out how serious he was about riding, Matt’s father Lonnie and grandfather Boyd built a little riding pen on their property. The Austins also owned an older horse named Tee Tom and young Matt would ride him on a regular basis. Growing up he loved watching his heroes such as Larry Mahan, Ty Murray and Brent Thurman. Brent was known for his ability to really spur bulls and he always had a smile on his face around the other cowboys. Soon afterwards Matt was riding and competing at local youth rodeos all over the state of Texas. He qualified for the Pro Youth Rodeo Association

Finals event in Stephenville, Texas in 1995. By this time Austin has gained a reputation for hanging up in the bull riding. The only bull that he was afraid to draw was #10 who would turn back and spin right in the gate. Matt had a heart to heart conference with Lonnie and told him that he had absolutely NO idea how to ride a rank spinning bull. Matt successfully rode the bull and didn’t hang up to boot. He really wowed the crowd. Afterwards, Matt stepped off and threw his cowboy hat into the air. Other hats were also flung from the back of the bucking chutes. That bull #10 was around the sport for a long time and eventually was owned by Jerry Nelson who took him to the PBR Finals in Las Vegas. In 2004 - 2005 Matt attended Hill Junior College in Hillsboro, Texas. He was the Southeastern Regional Champion bull rider for three consecutive years. He also was the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association National Champion bull rider in 2005. It only took Matt Austin two PRCA rodeos in 2002 to fill his permit and become eligible for a full fledged membership in the PRCA. He had ridden a bull named Willie the Whip and next he rode Navajo Joe owned by Sammy Andrews at Carthage, Texas. At Carthage, he was very nervous being around all of the tough veteran cowboys that he had heard about. After he was 89 points and won first place in the rodeo, the cowboys really started paying strict attention to the nerdy looking skinny kid from Wills Point who wore those black eyeglasses even when he competed. Everyone who has ever competed realizes there are a lot of ups and downs and I’m not just referring to the actions of the bulls. At one point in 2002, Matt was flat broke and entered at both Marshall and Mesquite, Texas. He told Lonnie that he was not going and Lonnie offered to pay Matt’s entry fees for half of his winnings. That option has been pretty common in the rodeo industry for years. So Matt accepted his dad’s offer. He bucked off at Marshall but after arriving in Mesquite found out that he had drawn the Bounty bull Ruff Enuff. Matt successfully rodeo the Bounty bull and won over $10,000 for eight seconds of work. Altogether Matt won a total of just over $12,000 at Mesquite, and he ended up having to write Lonnie a check for $6,000. In 2003 Matt only competed at about 60 PRCA rodeos. At that time there was a PRCA rule that limited the rough stock riders to 75 official rodeos. A cowboy could enter as many rodeos as he desired but only 75 counted. So the cowboys played a game of Russian roulette and declared which rodeos would count for the world championship and an official qualification for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Matt Austin ended up in 17th place, but had actually won more than enough to end up in the top 15. The tricky scenario was a cowboy didn’t want to run out of official rodeos near the end of the season and so many times they would enter rodeos and not classify the earning as official at the time of entry. Matt missed punching his ticket to Las Vegas by about $1,500 official earnings. The sad part was Austin still had about 15 more rodeos left in his back pocket that he never got to use to count for official PRCA earnings. Matt traveled with Bryan Richardson and Robey Condra at various times. He won about $26,000 at the Xtreme Bulls event in Salt Lake City. Austin successfully rode Mr. USA owned by the Diamond G Rodeo Company. He ended up winning the Rookie of The Year title race for the bull riding as well as the overall PRCA Rookie of the Year. · 12 · January 2022

2005 National Finals Rodeo. PRCA ProRodeo photo by Mike Coleman.

was jumping about four feet into the air on every round. The crowd was in a frenzy and Matt could hear them urging him on. He was scored 91 points by the rodeo judges and amassed a total of $32,500 for the event win. Matt was also able to dabble a little in a few PBR events after their World Champion Kody Lostroh picked him to compete on a couple of the PBR team bull riding events. He and Kody Lostroh were able to really bond and have a close friendship that still endures to this day. Austin tore his groin at an Xtreme Bull Riding event in Liberty, Texas in 2006. He had to sit out for a couple of months before the WNFR. Then in the second round of the Finals he severely tore his stomach muscles on a bull named Cooper owned by Pete and Hal Burns. Matt Austin qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three consecutive years. His only regret is that he was never able to win a go round at the WNFR.

He went to the WNFR in Las Vegas where he was awarded his trophy belt buckles as well as tickets to watch four performances. After watching two performances it lit a fire in his heart and Austin vowed never to attend another performance unless he had qualified to compete. Austin was a Christian cowboy and a goal setter and he wrote down his goals and posted them on the wall above his bed so he would see them each night before he fell off to sleep. One of Austin’s favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Matt Austin qualified for his first WNFR in 2004. He arrived in Las Vegas about $17,000 behind eventual World Champion Dustin Elliott. His Finals didn’t start out too well as he was bucked off of his first two bulls. His most memorable ride was in the 7th go round when he successfully rode Dodge Durango owned by the Rafter G rodeo company. Matt won second in the go round. In the 10th go round he was jerked down by a Five Star rodeo bull and hit in the face. He ended up having surgery and 10 plates inserted in his face. He ended up second for the world title by about $6,000. 2005 turned out to be a truly magical year for ‘Poindexter’. That was the nickname that eight time bull riding World Champion Don Gay had pinned on him while announcing a big televised bull riding event in Jonesboro, Louisiana in 2003. The other rodeo cowboys got a big kick out of the nickname and it stuck for the remainder of Matt Austin’s rodeo career. For those who don’t know the origin of Poindexter. It came from a very popular animated television cartoon series Felix the Cat in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Poindexter was a nerdy character who wore big ol’ thick black rimmed eyeglasses and dressed in a white laboratory professor’s coat. Matt Austin won just about every major title that was up for grabs that year. He won the College Finals, NIRA National title, Xtreme Bulls title, four Bullnanza events, Championship Bull Riders, the WNFR average in the bull riding and was crowned the 2005 PRCA World Champion.

Upon the recommendation of sports medicine Dr. Tandy Freeman he traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the surgery and ended up sitting out all of 2007. He was still riding very well and hopefully could win a few more world championship titles in the future. But it was not to be. Afterwards, the bull riding event continued to take a physical toll on his body. It was one injury followed by a self imposed injured reserve status and then another subsequent injury. He was bitten repeatedly by the injury bug. Every time Matt Austin made another comeback attempt, he continued to get hurt. He just couldn’t stay healthy. It was very frustrating, but eventually he made the decision to hang up his spurs and bull rope for good. One Sunday at his home in Sulphur Springs, Texas Matt was cleaning his arsenal of trophy belt buckles and he was hit by a sudden epiphany. The Lord said to him, “If you put your identity in anything other than me, then it will tarnish. Instead, if you put your identity in me, I’ll polish you up and make you shine.” In April 2021 Matt was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame. Nowadays, he and his wife Christina make their family home in Kosse, Texas. He has a stepson named Kip (11), a daughter named River Rose (6) and a son named Matt Katch (4). He works for Vista Energy and Luminant Company a coal mining company based in Kosse, Texas. Matt is a machine operator and a welder. Who knows how many world titles Matt Austin could have amassed if he had been able to stay healthy and continue competing. No doubt at his peak in 2005 and 2006 he was undoubtedly the premier bull rider in the world. His riding style and mechanics were precise and very technically sound. Matt Austin will always be remembered as a devout Christian and a very positive bull rider who not only made a lot of money during his rodeo career, but he also made a lot of friends. 2005 National Finals Rodeo. PRCA ProRodeo photo by Mike Coleman.

Austin set a record of $320,000 at the time which has since been broken by Sage Kimzey for the most money won in the bull riding event in a single year. Even though he went into the WNFR in the lead he kept telling himself that he was in second place and had some catching up to do. That mindset really worked for Austin. In the 10th go round, he knew that, if he made a qualified ride, he would break Ty Murray’s all around record for season ending earnings. Ty had accomplished the feat utilizing three rough stock events and Matt could surpass that record just with his bull riding earnings alone. Austin made the whistle and the rest is now history. One of the biggest highlights of Matt’s career was the ride he made at Reno, Nevada to win the Xtreme Bulls event in June 2004. Dan Wolfe was the only other bull rider to make a qualified ride. Matt was the last gunner and they saved the best for last. Werewolf (Flying U) had a spectacular day and · 13 · January 2022

Inspiration Point

Together, let’s make a New Year’s offering. We can make all the resolutions we want, but we can’t change ourselves. But when we willingly offer our lives to God, He will change us. The NIV translation of Romans 12:2 says, “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The renewing of our mind requires inward change and comes from God at work in us. It requires diligence on our part. It requires changing our thoughts, our priorities, and goals to be aligned with those of Christ.

by Keno Shrum

My New Year’s Offering “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, goingto-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” Romans 12:1a (The Message)

It’s baby steps. And it doesn’t require changing everything all at once. Let’s begin today with our first step … a simple prayer, offering our hearts to God. Written by Wendy Blight, Proverbs 31 Ministries

Happy New Year! During this first week of January, many of us will begin anew. New diets and exercise regiments. New Bible studies and reading plans. New organization and time management routines. We’ll commit to break bad habits, restore broken relationships, and be “better” people. We call these New Year’s resolutions. I confess. I’ve made more than my fair share of these in the last 25 years. But most, like me, soon forget our good-intended resolutions. We mean well. But life gets busy. We return to our old habits. To that which is comfortable and doesn’t require so much sacrifice. I want something better. Something new. What about you? Will you join me in doing a new thing this year? Let’s begin the very best place we can … God’s Word. Romans 12:1-2 says, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering … Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it … God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (The Message) Using this passage, let’s write a New Year’s Prayer. But not just any prayer. Reread Romans 12:1. There is a powerful little word tucked in that first sentence. Paul tells us to take our lives and place them before God as an offering. · 14 · January 2022

Old Fashioned Beef Stew INGREDIENTS


¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 pound beef stewing meat, trimmed and cut into inch cubes

5 teaspoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 cup red wine

3 ½ cups beef broth, homemade or low-sodium canned

2 bay leaves

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped

5 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds

2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

2 teaspoons salt

1. Combine the flour and pepper in a bowl, add the beef and

toss to coat well. Heat 3 teaspoons of the oil in a large pot. Add the beef a few pieces at a time; do not overcrowd. Cook, turning the pieces until beef is browned on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch; add more oil as needed between batches.

2. Remove the beef from the pot and add the vinegar and

wine. Cook over medium-high heat, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits. Add the beef, beef broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer.

3. Cover and cook, skimming broth from time to time, until the

beef is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Add the onions and carrots and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes more. Add broth or water if the stew is dry. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Cory Melton By Kelly B. Robbins

Cory Melton is a cowboy. Cowboy is not just what he does, cowboy is who he is. He grew up around the rodeo all his life. His dad is Gene Melton, who is known for hauling and caring for Asteroid, the 2012 PBR World Champion Bull, who was owned by the Circle T ranch at the time. “My father was in rodeo my whole life,” Cory shared. “He had his own rodeo company at one time. I got on my first bull at age 10. I went through all the stages, high school rodeo, college rodeo, and then professional rodeo. I really love the bulls and bull riding. Cowboying is a way of life. I get up every day and I tend the stock. I wear a cowboy hat and boots everywhere I go. It’s not just a costume. I do what cowboys do. It’s all I’ve ever done.”

“My father is my hero,” Cory continued. “He taught me what it took to be a bull rider and showed me how to be a real cowboy. Then when you turn professional, you start traveling with different guys and you see what they are made of. Your heroes and mentors then become your traveling partners and fellow competitors. You try to travel with guys you can learn from who will influence you in a positive way. You see how much effort guys put out to win, so you gain a lot of respect for them over time.” Cory was a two-time qualifier for the PRCA NFR, and a fourtime qualifier to the PBR Finals. He had over 300 qualified rides in his career. “Qualifying for the NFR was a really big deal for me to accomplish,” Cory explained. “I felt it solidified me as a

Parker Breding rides Soy El Fuego for 88 points in Round 3 of the 2021 National Finals Rodeo. Photo by Phillip Kitts / Avid Visual Imagey. · 20 · January 2022

Braden Richardson made a valiant effort but came down early against Silver Lining in Round 4 of the National Finals Rodeo. Photo by Phillip Kitts / Avid Visual Imagey. professional bull rider. When I started out as a ten-year-old boy, my goal was to get in the NFR one day.”

aunt and great uncle. When Roland passed away in 1993, CK took over the operation of the Double R Rodeo Company.

“When my dad started working for the Circle T in 2002,” Cory said, “I worked with my dad part time while I rode bulls professionally. I started buying a few cows and a couple of bulls, looking to the future. Over the years, I suffered about all the serious injuries a bull rider can have. I’ve had several lungs collapsed, broken ribs, a broken jaw, and three hip surgeries.”

“In 2019, CK and I partnered to form Stockyards Pro Rodeo and got in the PRCA. We are a full rodeo company. We provide all the animals for the weekly Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth. Basically, I’m the bull guy for Stockyards Pro Rodeo, and CK handles the horses, the timed event cattle, and the other livestock we use. Altogether, we are running about 150 bulls. We are fairly new in the PRCA, but we’ve both been in the business a long time.”

“When you are younger, it never crosses your mind to quit. But by 2011, I had slowed down quite a bit. I was just not performing well, and I was getting hurt more often. I figured it was time to stop. So, in 2012, I quit riding bulls, and started Melton Bull Company. I began raising and training competition bucking bulls.” Cory lives on a 40-acre ranch in Tolar, Texas. There he runs about 70 bucking bulls and continues to grow his Melton Bull Company breeding program. “I did a lot of business with CK Reid of the Double R Rodeo Company in Grandview, Texas,” Cory revealed. “The Double R Rodeo Company was the provider of all the stock for the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth.” The Double R Rodeo Company is considered to be the oldest continuously running rodeo company in the state of Texas. It was established in the 1940’s by Roland and Mary Jo Reid, CK’s great

I asked Cory why he does what he does. “I do it because I enjoy it!” he exclaimed. “I’ve always loved bulls and bull riding, and they’ve been a part of my life for a long time. This is not just a job to make money. Just like when I was riding bulls, it’s something I enjoy, and I want to be the best that I can be! We have good stock, and we get up every day and work really hard at it.” “We’re in our third year now,” Cory went on to explain. “CK and I keep trying to grow the business and do a little better every year. We want to be respected in the pro rodeo industry. Although I’m considered a ‘bull guy’, I’m doing the full rodeo now. I flank most of the rough stock each week at the Cowtown Coliseum. We’re not just one dimensional. In this profession, respect goes a long way. We work hard and we are in the bull and the horse business. To be respected by your peers is what you want, and you have to work hard at it every day.” · 21 · January 2022

12L Party Star. Photo provided courtesy of Stockyards Pro Rodeo.

“We have three bulls in the 2021 PRCA Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas,” Cory disclosed. “580 Silver Lining, 12L Party Star, and M5 Soy El Fuego. We didn’t have any horses in the NFR this year, but we had the High Selling Bareback Horse at the Benny Binion Bucking Bull and Horse Sale. Looking to the future, we would like to have five or six bulls and three or four horses in the NFR next year.” “The Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth is the Bull Riding Capital of the World. We have bucked more bulls there every year than any other town in the world in the last 25 years. Anybody who is anybody in bull riding has come through the Cowtown Coliseum at one time or another.” “As stock contractors and rodeo cowboys, we understand that we are influencing the next generation of cowboys,” Cory concluded. “We see the full spectrum of rodeo athletes at the Cowtown Coliseum. We can influence people in a positive way because we have so many opportunities. The big picture is that we are actually protecting a way of life, the western lifestyle, just by being cowboys, working hard, and doing what we do every day.” · 22 · January 2022

By Megan Clark CAC Media Group

Young Guns: Three Up and Comers Leave Their Marks at the Junior World Finals January marks the start of another new year and for many bull riders, another new season. With both the lights of Vegas and the lights from another holiday season in the past, it is time for riders to make good on those new year’s resolutions and get back into the chutes. But it is not just the professionals who are finding themselves back at work. The riders coming from the recent Junior World Finals are also heading into another action-packed season, which includes bigger bulls and more opportunities to show off their skills. Eighteen-year-old Taylor Allen of Glynn, Louisiana knows a thing or two about the bull riding industry. With ten-years of riding experience under his gold belt buckle, Allen’s story began when he was a spectator at an area rodeo. “I thought it was great,” he said. “I saw those guys riding and I knew it was what I wanted to do.” Like many kids, he started riding sheep at the local mutton busting competitions. As he got older, he wanted to take his riding skills to the next level, so he moved to steers. Normally a younger rider would work their way up from riding sheep to calves and then to steers; however, Allen was ready for the big jump and took on steers right away. Allen’s perseverance and determination kept him coming back even though it took him a while to make his first full ride. Taylor Allen takes a 3rd place check in the LRCA Finals short round in Monroe, LA.

“It took me a whole year of riding to cover one eight second ride,” he said. “Once I did it though, I knew I could do it again. Your body just knows how to do it after that.” After making his first complete ride, Allen continued to improve and get better, eventually earning himself a spot at the Junior World Finals Rodeo. 2021 marked Allen’s fourth time as a qualifier and came after winning the 17-18-year-old regional competition in Oklahoma last summer. Allen left his mark in Las Vegas, covering all three of his bulls and turning in a 237.5 for his final score, earning him second place in the world. This extraordinary score marks the fourth time that Allen has placed in the top ten at the finals, which he won in Fort Worth back in 2020. Allen’s success hasn’t come easy, however; he has had to work incredibly hard to make it to the top. This hard work includes a huge amount of effort, which is the one piece of advice he would give to those looking to get into the sport of bull riding. “Try your heart out,” he said. “You can have all the talent in the world, but without try you will never consistently get the results you are looking for.” Now that he is 18, Allen plans on purchasing his PRCA permit in early January, with the goal of purchasing his card before the beginning of the summer. It has been his long-time dream to rodeo professionally and while he says college is not out of the picture just yet, his primary focus is on improving his riding skills, so that he can ride full time and eventually find his way back to Las Vegas. Another up and comer in the bull riding world is 16-year-old Marco Rizzo from Quitman, Georgia. The junior in high school is a seasoned rider that has seen the Junior Finals arena a time or two. · 23 · January 2022

Marco Rizzo makes his favorite ride of his career when he covered DB for 88 points at an SJBRA event in Dallas, NC.

Rizzo grew up watching his father ride bulls professionally, sparking his own interest in riding. While Rizzo lives in Georgia, he spends much of his time riding in Texas, which has started to feel like his second home.

summer. He hopes the time he spends riding and staying in shape will be enough to net him another trip to the Junior World Finals. Rizzo is not the only one with big plans for 2022. 14-year-old Elijah Jennings of Cleveland, South Carolina is also looking to leave his mark this upcoming season. Jennings might be the youngest of the three, but what he lacks in age, he makes up for in talent. Jennings’ story is also rooted in family tradition, and he says he made the decision to ride after seeing a photo of his father riding at an International Pro Rodeo Association event in Clemson, South Carolina. Jennings has traveled all around the country and ridden in both local and national rodeos including the most recent Junior World Finals.

It is no surprise then that Rizzo showed up to ride last year in Fort Worth, bringing home second place and an impressive Junior World Finals belt buckle. This year with the finals returning to Las Vegas, Rizzo and the other riders experienced extra excitement that comes from the bright lights and night life of the city. Although the Cowboy Town in Texas holds a special place in the young rider’s heart, it is every bull riders dream to be crowned in Vegas. “The pressure’s on in Vegas,” he said. It is just a cooler experience to get one knocked down in Nevada.” And knock one down he did, winning the second round and placing eighth in the world this year. With the finals over, Rizzo is focused on the upcoming year and has big aspirations in mind. Now 16, Rizzo will move up in his age bracket, which means bigger bulls with more power. “I have spent a lot of time getting on better bulls this year,” he said. “And I think I am ready to move up. As the bulls get bigger, they have more power and are more athletic, which means as a rider, I cannot make any mistakes.”

No matter where he is riding though, he says his routine is always the same. “I try to stay calm by breathing in and out and I always pray,” he said. Keeping a clear and positive mindset is vital to the young rider’s success. Even though he has not been in the circuit for very long, he has made a name for himself within the industry. This year marked his fourth consecutive appearance at the Junior World Finals, where an event high score of 90 points in the first round pushed him to a fourth-place finish overall. Like our other two riders, his hopes for the future include a successful 2022 season. “I want to make it back to Vegas next year,” he said. “Qualifying to ride in the finals is what all of this work is for. I know that my road back starts in January and that I must work hard all season if I want to be there. Training is a huge part of that. I have a practice pen at my house and every week my dad and my little brother,

Like any other cowboy, staying humble and focusing on the simple things he can improve is how Rizzo finds success. “I don’t let the word pro stick in my head,” he said. “My job is the same as theirs. It is all about staying on and not letting go.” With a new season right around the corner, his plan is to cover as many bulls as he can before the qualifier in Oklahoma next Elijah jennings takes on Whitehorse at the 2021 Miniature Bull Riding (MBR) World Finals in Las Vegas, NV. · 24 · January 2022

The boys all together at the 2020 Junior World Finals in Fort Worth, TX. L to R: Taylor Allen, Marco Rizzo, Ryder Carpenetti, and Elijah Jennings.

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Huntley, are out there helping me prepare.” Big dreams and a lot of heart are what sets Jennings apart from others in his age group and is one of the main reasons he continues to find success. “Bull riding is hard, and I know for me to succeed I have to work hard. For me, every time I get on a bull, I give it everything I have, and I keep pushing and looking forward.” At the start of another competition season, all eyes will be on these three young guns as they blaze their path to the bright lights of Las Vegas. With their talent, try, and heart, it is easy to see why they continue to find success in one of the toughest sports around. You can follow their progress and the progress of all of the junior athletes at or on Facebook at Leal’s Junior Bull Riding Championship.

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That bedroll holds more than mere blankets That keep him warm at night You’ll find extra clothes and a rifle Rolled up in that bedroll real tight

He uses his saddle for a pillow And sleeps close to the fire to keep warm His bedroll gives comfort above and below To keep him from the cold night’s harm

He uses that bedroll for other things too Like a tent when it cuts loose a storm It works as a towel when he’s bathed in the pond Or a cover to keep his horse warm

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