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On The Cover - One of the all time great cover photos in the history of Humps N Horns Bull Riding Magazine. Jess Lockwood matches up with Air Time at the PBR Last Cowboy Standing (May 2016) in Las Vegas, NV. Air Time earned a bull score of 47.5 points on this trip. On The Cover - Jess Lockwood attempts to ride Air Time at the Last Cowboy Standing in Las Vegas. Air Time received a bull score of 47.5 points. Photo by Phillip Kitts / Avid Visual Imagery photo couirtesy of Avid Visual Imagery

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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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Georgia Akers Justin Felisko Barbara Pinnella Keno Shrum

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Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the May issue of Humps N Horns! With this issue, HNH begins our 25th year of bull riding news. It’s hard to believe that Humps N Horns has had such a long history of being the go This is a little bit unusual for us this time of year. Normally we to source for bull riders and bull riding fans. wouldn’t be talking about the PBR World Finals until October / November. With the move of the PBR Finals to May and to I’ve heard stories and met people over the years who were Fort Worth, Texas and Dickies Arena, we have a preview for the involved in assembling the very first issue around a coffee table. Bucking Bull race to get you primed for the exciting time that is It is also fun to meet people today who used to get HNH back the PBR World Finals. in the day when they were riding, had a photo in the magazine (or newspaper!) when they were riding in some of the junior If you haven’t made plans to come yet, let me encourage you to associations, or professional bull riders today who would look do that. You won’t regret spending some time in Cowtown and high and low for a copy of Humps N Horns so they would know watching the best bull riders and the best bucking bulls in the where they could go to ride. world. Dickies Arena is a state of the art venue where all of the seats feel like you’re right on top of the action. Come join us for Stacie and I are grateful to have been a small part of the history the PBR World Finals! of HNH. As we celebrate this 25th year, we will take a look back through the archives and share some of the past with you. We will also continue to keep you up to date with what is happening Until next time, in bull riding today. Terry

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Talking “Bull” with Brayden

Hi my name is Brayden Hollywood Brown and I’m a bull rider. Today I’m going to be talking about some of the many practice pens that I go to. These aren’t in any order, a few that I picked for today. So let’s get into it. The one I’ve been going to the most here recently is in Dublin, Texas at the city park and is run by Cody Mcclinton. Cody has some perfect Jr bulls to get on, but if you are an open rider, then his bulls will be nice tune up bulls. He owns two that are normally in the gate, either way. He has a big strong bull that has a lot of power and, like most practice pens, you may see one or two new bulls if you stop by. The mini bulls are owned by me and my brother Brock. We own a dunn Highlander that is slow and goes around the pen. He is perfect for beginners to learn on. We have a short athletic Zebu that’s going to move out fast making you work to keep up as he switches back and jump kicks down the pen. Our red Highlander

should be one jump out, around to the left nice and slow. He may stay in it (the spin) or he might jump out of it. Our brindle bull is going to be quick and powerful as he switches back down the arena. We have a few bull fighters that come out every time we practice to ensure all of us riders safety. They have practice just about every Sunday at 5pm, and the best part is that it’s by donation. Another one of my favorites is Waxahachie, Texas. This is actually where I got on my very first sheep and started my journey in the rodeo world. Waxahachie is run by Missy with Riding for Christ Ministries. They have sheep for the little kids and for bulls they have anything from a jump kicker steer to one that’s gonna be licking his own tail in the gate. Depending on what day you go, there might be mini bulls or calves. They have beginner jr bulls that’ll be strong and run around the arena, strong jump kickers, and some real nice and smooth ones that’ll go either way. In my opinion this is the place to be if you are an open bull rider. Some weeks there will be PBR bulls or future PBR bulls there. There’s almost always at least four bullfighters there,and those guys aren’t afraid to take a hookin’ for you. Half way through practice they have a devotion and after that they give out free food. They start the second half with saddle Bronc as well as bareback. No mini bareback or saddle ponies, only full size broncs. Then they get back to bull riding. For me it’s not just the nostalgia or all the memories of the great bull rides I’ve made here, in my opinion, this really is one of the best practice pens to go to. They hold these practices most Thursdays with sign up at 6:30pm and start time is 7:30pm. You will need to sign a waiver,and yes it does cost to ride but it’s reasonable for bull riding practice and well worth the money. Thanks for reading. I look forward to writing to you each month. To find out more about me all of my socials are Brayden Hollywood Brown. If you have any questions about these practices, message me on one of my social medias and I’ll get back to you. Also if I didn’t mention one near you dont worry I’m going to be making this into a series. If you want me to highlight a practice pen near you, send me a message.

Thank you, Brayden Hollywood Brown

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You Are Worthy Sometimes the impact of someone’s life on the world is not fully realized or appreciated until they’re gone. Since my son Aaron left the world in 2011, I’ve been able to recognize some of the impact his life had on people because he simply knew his worth and walked in it with ease. You may not know what kind of impact your life has on the world but let me assure you that you’re very very important to those around you. Aaron was unique in who he was but not unique to humanity. We all have virtues that will impact other people’s lives for The Father’s kingdom.

are worthy and not on you at all. He would not have gone to the extreme of sending His Son (JESUS) into the world to prove His desire for us to be included in His Kingdom if He didn’t think we were worthy. Relax in His Grace, be confident in His heart toward you, Rest in His Peace and Love!!!!! Jesus Loves You, Cody Custer

Because of the Father’s love for humanity and His value for each of us, we have been given the gift of being allowed to take part in His Kingdom. We are often told that we aren’t worthy of His Love or His Kingdom. It’s a lie and if we don’t really understand the depth of His Love we will just accept that we aren’t worthy without thinking twice about it. I say we are worthy of His Love, but it’s all because His character is to have relationship with each of us. You are worthy and don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t, just remember that it’s all on Him as to why you

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Outside the Arena with...

Hal Burns By Georgia Akers

was the first year UW had a track team. He married my mom who was Miss Rodeo America. I am not sure if that is the proper title back then. Her family was deeply involved in western sports My dad rode bulls and then became a stock contractor. First with Summit Rodeo Contractors and later we formed Burns Rodeo Company. He also was the rodeo coach at the university.

Hal and Barbara Burns

There are multi-generational families that are in rodeo. Think of the Pages in Oklahoma and, in the west, one well known western sports family is the Burns Family. The father, Pete Burns, came west and never left. His son, Hal, and he started Burns Rodeo Company. They also owned an awesome bull named Mr. T who had an incredible record. And now his son, Cade, carries on the family tradition as a bull fighter.

I started out buying an arena that had chutes and pens where the University of Wyoming Rodeo team would practice. I bought one quarter horse. He was my first bucking horse. I would buy bucking stock one at a time-bulls and horses. I did not have a rodeo company at the time. Pretty soon I had 20-30 kids bucking at a time. Back then there were more contestants than animals. We would have PRCA permit sections at the events. My dad and I formed Burns Rodeo. We provided stock for high school, college, Indian and then the PRCA. We also put on our own rodeos. We were going everywhere with the stock.

I am married to Barbara and have three children: Tell us about yourself. Kisa, Cade and Roper. I was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming. My dad came Kisa lives in Florida, from Illinois to Wyoming. He had a track scholarship at Roper is a mechanic in University of Wyoming and fell in love with the state. That Humps-Horns.com · 9 · May 2022

Pete Burns


Mr. T was unridden in 187 attempts until Marty Stanaert rode him at the Cheyenne Frontier Days on July 30, 1989.

ridden three times (Marty Staneart wasy the first to ride him and set the arena record. Ty Murray was the third person to ride him ). He bucked off every world champion from Donny Gay to Ted Nuce. He was PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year (1986) and went to the NFR five times. Three3 times the stock contractors voted him best bull. What was his personality like? He cared nothing for people and half the time he did not like other bulls. If you did not watch him he would take a cheap shot and make you pay for not paying attention. Nebraska, and Cade is a bull fighter and pretty well known in the west. Probably your most famous bull was Mr T. He was probably not the rankest but just rank. All the top riders wanted to ride him. They always wanted another shot. In the arena, he was not mean but in the back alley it was a different story. He could jump. You could walk into his pen but you better pay attention. He is what you would want a bucking bull to look like. Out of 180+ trips, he was only

What is it like to be a stock contractor/rodeo company? Being a stock contractor is easier because you are focusing on one aspect of rodeo. Being a rodeo contractor is more involved. We will contract with towns/festivals and set up the entire rodeo: announcers, chutes, stock, drivers, water, feed etc. We do the complete event. What rodeos do you contract with? It is a long list. We are all over the west and sublease all over the country. When we were campaigning Mr. T for bull of the year, we went to the larger rodeos where the top bull riders were since they vote for Bull of the Year. You have been involved in this business for many years and served on the Board of PRCA. What changes have you seen throughout the years? The biggest change is a contestant shortage. Used to have more contestants than stock. Now parents do not want their children playing football, western sports or any sport where there is a R to L - Caylee Burns, Cade Burns, Barbara Burns, and Hal Burns.

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chance for harm. And ranches are owned by big corporations or are being divided up. The PRCA has programs to help schools and youth rodeo and amateur associations. It is vital to keep the western lifestyle alive. Entities used to be competitive with each other. Now it has gotten better. This is my opinion. We are all working for the common cause. Also, the bulls are vastly better. Many pre PBR/ PRCA bulls go to the smaller rodeos first and they are better than the riders. But just as you bring the bulls along, the young riders need to be brought along and many times they are not ready for this caliber of bull. Both young riders and young bulls need to be developed. R to L - Cade Burns and Hal Burns

Are you still in the business? No, I sold the company about 8 years ago. I have some beef cattle and sell their calves. Where do you see western sports going in the future? Western Sports entertainment is a hot ticket. It is extremely attractive. People want to see cowboys

compete. But it is getting scarcer. You have parents not wanting their children to be cowboys, you have animal rights groups that have no idea how well these animals are treated, transportation is tougher and tougher, and the various diseases that the animals contract. I cannot guess what the future holds. You cannot breed bulls to buck any harder. Some breeders are now breeding for speed. If someone wanted to go into the rodeo/stock contracting business, what advice would you give them? Be patient. Many in the business today can afford to do it because they have other businesses. Do a good job and be honest. Take it one step at a time. It is a tough business to make money in. You have to pay your dues and work your way up. There is opportunity in rodeo but it is a difficult business. The best part was all the good people I met and I loved working with large animals.

Mr. T at the Cheyenne Frontier Days.

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MY COWBOY HAT STILL FITS By Abe Morris

Mike Smith - Part I

on rodeo events. Prior to this he really had absolutely no interest in seriously pursuing the sport of rodeo.

Right after Mike Smith graduated from the seventh grade in Dallas, Texas, his father, who worked for the Chevrolet division of General Motors, was transferred to Denver, Colorado. They wound up living near the Bear Creek horse riding stables. This would be Mike’s first exposure to the equine industry. Before this, he readily admitted that he was a spoiled kid whose father was a member of the corporate country club. Mike was also involved in playing golf and tennis before his interest in large animals.

Smith also discovered a place in Boulder, Colorado where they regularly got on bucking horses. The place was owned by a guy named Rex Wilson. (not the same rodeo guy who lives in Sydney, Nebraska)

Smith would frequently walk across a foot bridge to the stable and curiosity would eventually get the best of him. He finally got up the courage to ask his father to buy him a horse. His father’s response was if you want a horse then you need to get a job and earn enough money to buy it yourself. Mike took the advice and got a paper route delivering newspapers for the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post. When Mike would finish his daily deliveries his mother would give him a ride to the stables to spend the remainder of the evenings. After he had saved enough money, Smith was able to buy his first horse for $100.00. Several ropers would also practice in the indoor arena and utilized the younger kids to help them move cattle. Then later they would bribe and tease the kids to ride some of the roping calves and steers. Soon afterwards Mike advanced to flag racing and pole bending. When he was a little older, one of the other kids asked him if he would like to go to a rodeo. Smith’s response was, “What’s a rodeo?” When Smith was 15 years old, he got a summer job working at a dude ranch near the Idle Wild Ski Resort. Every morning they would round up about 60 horses and bring them back to the stables for the paying customers. During the days, the wranglers would take customers out to ride the trails. But under the cover of darkness they would secretly flank some of the horses to get in a little rough stock practice when the stable manager went to dinner. The National Little Britches Rodeo was held in Littleton, Colorado when Mike was 16 years old. Mike’s father had gotten involved in his son’s future burgeoning rodeo career by becoming a NLBR board and committee member. Mike ended up winning the title of senior boy’s bull riding national champion. Afterwards Mike Smith told his father that he preferred to concentrate and focus

By the time Mike competed in the National High School Finals at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Colorado, he entered all six events. Later on he decided to focus and only concentrate on the three rough stock events. Mike and his father had met and become good friends with legendary World Champion rodeo cowboy Larry Mahan. In future years, through his father’s corporate business relationship with General Motors and Chevrolet, Mahan was regularly set up with vehicles at multiple rodeos whenever Larry flew to smaller airports throughout his long and very extensive rodeo traveling career. Mike Smith was able to get his Rodeo Cowboy’s Association permit and promptly filled it winning the necessary $1,000 required for a full fledge membership in just his first two pro rodeos. Normally he was going to have to wait until he turned age 18 to become a member. The family’s relationship with Larry Mahan paid off and Mahan wrote a letter to then RCA President Dave Stout asking for special consideration for the very talented youngster. Smith was granted his RCA card a year early. Next stop would be the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colorado in January 1973. Mike Smith drew the six time and famous Bucking Horse of the Year, Descent, owned by Beutler Brothers and Cervi. Their match up took place on a Thursday night at the Denver Coliseum, and reminiscent of the poor Christians being thrown to the lions in the old Roman Coliseum of the biblical days, Mike would be the poor innocent Christian at the mere age of 17 going up against the mighty warrior bronc that most people were afraid to even get on. It also happened to be Champions Night when all of the RCA World Champions who were crowned in the previous year were awarded their trophy rodeo belt buckles. Young Mike Smith wowed the sold out crowd by successfully riding Descent and the hometown kid received a standing ovation when the pickup man safely let him back down to the terra firma. Needless to say, he became an overnight sensation with a write up and photo on the front page of the Denver Post the following day. Mike Smith would go on to have an outstanding and very sterling career throughout his high school years. He wasn’t able to compete at the National High School Finals his senior year because of a

Humps-Horns.com · 12 · May 2022


Mike Smith riding the great bucking horse, Descent, in Denver, 1973. Photo by Jerry Gustafson.

broken leg. Rodeo team coach Gordon Steinmiller approached and offered Smith a full ride scholarship to attend Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado. Smith’s first question was, “Where in the heck is Lamar?” Smith enrolled and attended LCC in September 1973. He was roommates with Matt Fowler a very talented Native American bull rider from Mounds, Oklahoma. During the summer months he and Fowler hit the rodeo trail very hard and vigorously. They both also cleaned up almost every where they were entered. Eventually, Mike Smith transferred to the University of Southern Colorado (nowadays known as Colorado State University - Pueblo). Mike Smith qualified and competed at the College National Finals Rodeo all four years. He also won money by placing in the saddle bronc riding and bull riding events at every single college rodeo except one during that four year span. In Fort Collins, Colorado he bucked off of the bull Lizard who was owned by Edker Wilson and sustained a fractured cervical vertebrae in his neck. Lizard had terrorized the college and rodeo circuit throughout the state of Colorado for several years. Smith graduated from USC in 1979 and ventured to Canada to stay with and travel with perennial NFR bull rider Jordie Thomson from Black Diamond, Alberta. Together they went to 13 rodeos and Smith placed at every single one. He was hot and on a roll lighting up the skyline with his own personal version of the Aurora Borealis otherwise known as the “Northern Lights.” Mike Smith also traveled periodically with 1979 World Champion saddle bronc rider Bobby Berger in his small private airplane that was nicknamed the “Bumble Bee” because of the yellow and black paint job. The downturn of a very promising rodeo career started at the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (the Daddy of ‘em All). Smith bucked off and hung up to a bull for quite awhile. Another major injury happened at a rodeo in Yuma, Colorado. A saddle bronc horse accidentally crossed his front legs and tripped causing a somersault and landed on Mike Smith’s hips. The crushing and very devastating blow crushed Mike to the ground. A broken pelvis

prevented Mike from walking out of the area. Next was a very agonizing three hour ride to a Denver hospital emergency room. Smith endured a forced three month injured reserve sideline stint to convalesce, heal up and learn to walk all over again. After Mike was healthy enough to start riding again he sustained some broken ribs and a punctured lung from hanging up to a Jim Sutton bull in Mitchell, South Dakota. Next Smith dislocated his shoulder on a Beutler Brothers and Cervi bronc in Amarillo, Texas. These intermittent periods of time off lead Mike Smith to do some very serious soul searching and he concluded that a different professional career would be more fruitful to his pocketbook and less harmful to his body. Personally, I’ve been around the sport of rodeo for most of my life. Mike Smith had a very classy style of his own. He turned his toes out East and West and waved his free arm in such a gliding and controlled motion. I always enjoyed watching him effortlessly riding good bucking bulls. It was truly poetry in motion. At the peak of his bull riding career he was definitely talented enough to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo a few times. But it wasn’t meant to be because Smith just couldn’t seem to stay healthy long enough in order to make that happen. Mike Smith had also began to dabble in some PR venues combining live bands and bull riding events. They had scheduled a big Match Bull Riding Invitational event near Denver but as fate would have it was snowed out and he lost over $13,000 in investments. It was also about that time that Mike decided he no longer wanted to play the role of a professional rodeo cowboy and sought to make his fame and fortune in the corporate world and an office environment. Smith moved to Austin, Texas. He started out working for a computer dealership selling IBM personal computers and accessories. Later, he branched off promoting his own personal computer sales and service business. (to be continued)

Hung-up at Cheyenne Frontier Days 1975, photo by Al Long.

Humps-Horns.com · 13 · May 2022

Photos provided courtesy of Mike Smith.


MY COWBOY HAT STILL FITS By Abe Morris

Mike Smith - Part I

on rodeo events. Prior to this he really had absolutely no interest in seriously pursuing the sport of rodeo.

Right after Mike Smith graduated from the seventh grade in Dallas, Texas, his father, who worked for the Chevrolet division of General Motors, was transferred to Denver, Colorado. They wound up living near the Bear Creek horse riding stables. This would be Mike’s first exposure to the equine industry. Before this, he readily admitted that he was a spoiled kid whose father was a member of the corporate country club. Mike was also involved in playing golf and tennis before his interest in large animals.

Smith also discovered a place in Boulder, Colorado where they regularly got on bucking horses. The place was owned by a guy named Rex Wilson. (not the same rodeo guy who lives in Sydney, Nebraska)

Smith would frequently walk across a foot bridge to the stable and curiosity would eventually get the best of him. He finally got up the courage to ask his father to buy him a horse. His father’s response was if you want a horse then you need to get a job and earn enough money to buy it yourself. Mike took the advice and got a paper route delivering newspapers for the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post. When Mike would finish his daily deliveries his mother would give him a ride to the stables to spend the remainder of the evenings. After he had saved enough money, Smith was able to buy his first horse for $100.00. Several ropers would also practice in the indoor arena and utilized the younger kids to help them move cattle. Then later they would bribe and tease the kids to ride some of the roping calves and steers. Soon afterwards Mike advanced to flag racing and pole bending. When he was a little older, one of the other kids asked him if he would like to go to a rodeo. Smith’s response was, “What’s a rodeo?” When Smith was 15 years old, he got a summer job working at a dude ranch near the Idle Wild Ski Resort. Every morning they would round up about 60 horses and bring them back to the stables for the paying customers. During the days, the wranglers would take customers out to ride the trails. But under the cover of darkness they would secretly flank some of the horses to get in a little rough stock practice when the stable manager went to dinner. The National Little Britches Rodeo was held in Littleton, Colorado when Mike was 16 years old. Mike’s father had gotten involved in his son’s future burgeoning rodeo career by becoming a NLBR board and committee member. Mike ended up winning the title of senior boy’s bull riding national champion. Afterwards Mike Smith told his father that he preferred to concentrate and focus

By the time Mike competed in the National High School Finals at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Colorado, he entered all six events. Later on he decided to focus and only concentrate on the three rough stock events. Mike and his father had met and become good friends with legendary World Champion rodeo cowboy Larry Mahan. In future years, through his father’s corporate business relationship with General Motors and Chevrolet, Mahan was regularly set up with vehicles at multiple rodeos whenever Larry flew to smaller airports throughout his long and very extensive rodeo traveling career. Mike Smith was able to get his Rodeo Cowboy’s Association permit and promptly filled it winning the necessary $1,000 required for a full fledge membership in just his first two pro rodeos. Normally he was going to have to wait until he turned age 18 to become a member. The family’s relationship with Larry Mahan paid off and Mahan wrote a letter to then RCA President Dave Stout asking for special consideration for the very talented youngster. Smith was granted his RCA card a year early. Next stop would be the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colorado in January 1973. Mike Smith drew the six time and famous Bucking Horse of the Year, Descent, owned by Beutler Brothers and Cervi. Their match up took place on a Thursday night at the Denver Coliseum, and reminiscent of the poor Christians being thrown to the lions in the old Roman Coliseum of the biblical days, Mike would be the poor innocent Christian at the mere age of 17 going up against the mighty warrior bronc that most people were afraid to even get on. It also happened to be Champions Night when all of the RCA World Champions who were crowned in the previous year were awarded their trophy rodeo belt buckles. Young Mike Smith wowed the sold out crowd by successfully riding Descent and the hometown kid received a standing ovation when the pickup man safely let him back down to the terra firma. Needless to say, he became an overnight sensation with a write up and photo on the front page of the Denver Post the following day. Mike Smith would go on to have an outstanding and very sterling career throughout his high school years. He wasn’t able to compete at the National High School Finals his senior year because of a

Humps-Horns.com · 12 · May 2022


broken leg. Rodeo team coach Gordon Steinmiller approached and offered Smith a full ride scholarship to attend Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado. Smith’s first question was, “Where in the heck is Lamar?” Smith enrolled and attended LCC in September 1973. He was roommates with Matt Fowler a very talented Native American bull rider from Mounds, Oklahoma. During the summer months he and Fowler hit the rodeo trail very hard and vigorously. They both also cleaned up almost every where they were entered. Eventually, Mike Smith transferred to the University of Southern Colorado (nowadays known as Colorado State University - Pueblo). Mike Smith qualified and competed at the College National Finals Rodeo all four years. He also won money by placing in the saddle bronc riding and bull riding events at every single college rodeo except one during that four year span. In Fort Collins, Colorado he bucked off of the bull Lizard who was owned by Edker Wilson and sustained a fractured cervical vertebrae in his neck. Lizard had terrorized the college and rodeo circuit throughout the state of Colorado for several years. Smith graduated from USC in 1979 and ventured to Canada to stay with and travel with perennial NFR bull rider Jordie Thomson from Black Diamond, Alberta. Together they went to 13 rodeos and Smith placed at every single one. He was hot and on a roll lighting up the skyline with his own personal version of the Aurora Borealis otherwise known as the “Northern Lights.” Mike Smith also traveled periodically with 1979 World Champion saddle bronc rider Bobby Berger in his small private airplane that was nicknamed the “Bumble Bee” because of the yellow and black paint job. The downturn of a very promising rodeo career started at the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (the Daddy of ‘em All). Smith bucked off and hung up to a bull for quite awhile. Another major injury happened at a rodeo in Yuma, Colorado. A saddle bronc horse accidentally crossed his front legs and tripped causing a somersault and landed on Mike Smith’s hips. The crushing and very devastating blow crushed Mike to the ground. A broken pelvis

Mike Smith riding the NFR bucking horse, Major Reno, in Dallas, 1976.

prevented Mike from walking out of the area. Next was a very agonizing three hour ride to a Denver hospital emergency room. Smith endured a forced three month injured reserve sideline stint to convalesce, heal up and learn to walk all over again. After Mike was healthy enough to start riding again he sustained some broken ribs and a punctured lung from hanging up to a Jim Sutton bull in Mitchell, South Dakota. Next Smith dislocated his shoulder on a Beutler Brothers and Cervi bronc in Amarillo, Texas. These intermittent periods of time off lead Mike Smith to do some very serious soul searching and he concluded that a different professional career would be more fruitful to his pocketbook and less harmful to his body. Personally, I’ve been around the sport of rodeo for most of my life. Mike Smith had a very classy style of his own. He turned his toes out East and West and waved his free arm in such a gliding and controlled motion. I always enjoyed watching him effortlessly riding good bucking bulls. It was truly poetry in motion. At the peak of his bull riding career he was definitely talented enough to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo a few times. But it wasn’t meant to be because Smith just couldn’t seem to stay healthy long enough in order to make that happen. Mike Smith had also began to dabble in some PR venues combining live bands and bull riding events. They had scheduled a big Match Bull Riding Invitational event near Denver but as fate would have it was snowed out and he lost over $13,000 in investments. It was also about that time that Mike decided he no longer wanted to play the role of a professional rodeo cowboy and sought to make his fame and fortune in the corporate world and an office environment. Smith moved to Austin, Texas. He started out working for a computer dealership selling IBM personal computers and accessories. Later, he branched off promoting his own personal computer sales and service business. (to be continued)

Hung-up at Cheyenne Frontier Days 1975, photo by Al Long.

Humps-Horns.com · 13 · May 2022

Photos provided courtesy of Mike Smith.


Inspiration Point

Is God our best friend whom we know like the back of our hand? Or is God an acquaintance, someone we know but are not on intimate terms with? If you’d like to visit about how Jesus can become your friend, please, “Come now and let us reason together…” Isaiah 1:18 In His Love Keno

by Keno Shrum

I Have No Friend Like You excerpt from Brent Kercheville - West Palm Beach Church of Christ

How do we define a friend? A friend is that special person who we can share our most intimate secrets with. We all need a friend in which we can confide our personal weaknesses and failures. We consider someone a friend who we are able to spend enjoyable time with. A friend is someone who is there to comfort us when that light at the end of our tunnel turns out to be a train. A friend is a person who will cry with us when we are in pain, and who will rejoice with us when we are happy. Even tho we may not always want to hear it, a friend is someone who will tell us the truth. Someone who will correct us when we are on the wrong path. Our best friend is most likely a person who exhibits a combination of all these traits. Now, think about the difference between someone who is an acquaintance and someone who is a friend. There are people we do things with or talk to that we do not consider our friends. Maybe a co-worker or a neighbor down the street. There are people that we care about who are not our friends but are only acquaintances. An acquaintance is generally defined as someone we know but are not intimate with. We may exchange pleasantries when we pass at the store or on a neighborhood walk but they aren’t someone we feel comfortable confiding in. There are many people we come into contact with on a daily basis, even many Christians who are only acquaintances. We do not give the title “our friend” to everyone we encounter. Jesus, however, can be our one true friend if we allow him. To say that the Lord is our friend means that He is special to us, someone with whom we can share our intimate secrets. The Lord being our friend means that He is there for us during weeping and rejoicing. If the Lord is our friend we spend enjoyable time with Him discussing our lives together, confiding in Him our weaknesses and our failures.

Humps-Horns.com · 14 · May 2022


Old Fashioned Salmon Patties INGREDIENTS • 1 can canned salmon • 1 egg • ¼ cup chopped onion • ½ cup seasoned dry bread crumbs • 1 tablespoon olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS 1.

Drain and save liquid from salmon. Mix egg, onion, bread crumbs and salmon together.

2.

Make into patties. If mixture is too dry to form into patties, add reserved liquid from salmon.

3.

In a frying pan, heat olive oil. Place patties in pan. Brown on each side, turning gently. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Submitted by Tom G. - Saginaw, TX

Send us your favorite recipe to bullnews@humps-horns.com

Humps-Horns.com · 15 · May 2022


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March 19th, 2022

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Wall Street Ranch - Springtown, TX

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914

2

952

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Pork Chop

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3

199

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Ruff N Stuff

1-3

4

59G

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5/6

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349

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902

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10

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43.5

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43.25

22.25

21.25

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21.5

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110

M.KIMBRO

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21

20.75

41.75

21.75

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Richardson Land & Cattle Co

21

20.75

41.75

21.5

41.5

22

22

41.25

20.75

21.5

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Score

20.75 Earnings 21

March 19th, 2022

Milan Cattle Company

20.75

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13

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22.25

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1

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R

Piss & Vinegar

20.75

20.75 20.5

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21.5

L El CuyCuy 816 Contractor R Smokeshow

GT Cattle / Red Laces / Patterson

94 Shannon R 94 Strange

Flip'em Off Buck'en Bulls

J1.

M.KIMBRO

20.5 21.25 20.75

J&L / Rock'n MM / 2H

22.75

23.25

46

21 20.5 $ 1,890.00

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GT Bucking Bulls

22.5

22.5

45

00 RisenRCattle Double Co. /Barrel Kinser Bucking Bulls 2103 BS Cattle R Metallic Train Co. / Doug & Heather Stubbs

Gama Figueroa

22.25

22.5

44.75

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Martinez / 4G

22

22.75

44.75

20-12 RisenLCattle 20-12 Co.

Big Gun / Wall Street Ranch

21.5

22.75

44.25

March 19th, 2022

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March 19th, 2022

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Del Bull Name

J1.

Contractor

M.KIMBRO

J2. J.QUINTANA

Score

Earnings

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037

R

Blonde Bomb

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21.5

21.75

43.25

$

630.00

2

25

L

25

8-K Bucking Bulls

21.5

21.5

43

$

420.00

21.25

21.5

42.75

21

21.25

42.25

3

20-11

L

20-11

Big Gun / Wall Street Ranch

4

210

L

Painted Beaver

TBR

5

3H

L

3H

6

005

L

Big Trouble

7

301H

LYouth 301H

#

Futurity

Del Bull Name

March 19th, 2022

20.75

20.5

41.25

Shelley Starnes

19.75

20.25

40

GT Bucking Bulls

18.25

17

35.25

J2. J.QUINTANA

Score

GT Bucking Bulls Wall Street Ranch - Springtown, TX

J1.

Contractor

M.KIMBRO

Earnings

1

95

R

Simple Man

Payson Tomaski

21.75

21.75

43.5

$

525.00

2

041

L

041

McCoy Richardson

21.5

21.5

43

$

350.00

3

20

L

Bartender

McCoy Richardson

21.25

21.5

42.75

4

20-6

R

20-6

Layne Smith

20.75

20.75

41.5

5

067

L

Anger Issues

Kaidyn Garland

20.25

20.75

41

6

84

L

Hunter

McCoy Richardson

18.5

19

37.5

7

520

L

SC Just Wright

Kaidyn Garland

18

17.75

35.75

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Humps-Horns.com · 19 · May 2022


World Champion Bucking Bull PBR World Finals Preview

Photos by Andy Watson / BullStock Media

By Kelly B. Robbins

It is once again that time in the season when the championship races for the PBR Unleash the Beast Premier Series heat up and start to narrow down the contenders, as the “cream slowly rises to the top”. The Yeti World Champion Bull race is no exception as this restructured and shortened 2022 Bull Riding season winds down toward the PBR World Finals at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth in May. The 2022 PBR Unleash the Beast regular season runs from January through May, culminating with a seven-day championship spanning two weekends of bull riding. The first three rounds of the 2022 PBR World Finals will be held May 13-15, with the final five rounds to be held May 19-22.

The 2022 YETI World Champion Bull will be the bovine athlete with the highest average bull score from their top-six regularseason outs and two outs at the PBR World Finals. Reigning World Champion Bull 124 Woopaa and 621 Ridin’ Solo have been the two dominant bulls for most of the season, trading first and second place back and forth, and at one point sharing the number one spot in a tie. As of this writing, with only three regular season events left, Ridin’ Solo is in first place again after dumping Keyshawn Whitehorse in 6.4 seconds in the championship round of the PBR Everett Invitational on Wednesday, April 6 in Everett, Washington. His bull score was 46 points, even though a re-ride was awarded for Solo hipping himself at the start of the out.

621 Ridin’ Solo

Humps-Horns.com · 20 · May 2022


124 Woopaa and Austin Richardson went for 94.5 points to win Round 1 of the PBR Unleash the Beast Tour in Tulsa, OK.

Solo has just a slight lead over Woopaa, with a mere 0.04 points separating them as of this writing. Slade Long of Probullstats.com said, “It’s still a little early, but I like both Woopaa and Ridin’ Solo. It’s a closer contest than last year. These two bulls are more equal, and it could go to either one.” 621 Ridin’ Solo is in first place with a world average bull score of 46.21. Six-year-old Solo is owned by Cord McCoy and Steve Best and maintained his number one ranking after a good out this past weekend at the PBR Wrangler Invitational presented by Cooper Tires in Tacoma. He went head-to-head with Mason Taylor in the championship round, besting him in 2.24 seconds for a bull score of 45.25 points. Solo’s record for the season is currently 10 and 2. “I think we are positioned pretty good for these last events,” Cord shared. “We look for a good event in Tulsa. If Solo can have a high scoring out in Tulsa, I’ll hold him out of Nampa and Billings, so he’ll be fresh for the PBR Finals. But if Woopaa does really well in Tulsa, I may buck Solo in the next two events. I have confidence in Solo, but I would hate to give Woopaa much of a lead going into the Finals. Then of course Solo needs to have two good outs in the Finals.”

Laramie Wilson revealed that Woopaa would not buck again until April 15 and 16 at the PBR Express Ranches Classic presented by Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at the BOK Center in Tulsa, bypassing the PBR Wrangler Invitational presented by Cooper Tires in Tacoma on April 8, 9, and 10 as well. The six-year-old champion is owned by Larry Barker of Barker Bulls and Laramie Wilson of the Hookin’ W Ranch and has a record of 9 and 2 for the season. Woopaa moved into a tie for first place with Ridin’ Solo after current world number one bull rider Joao Ricardo Vieira rode Woopaa for a score of 94.25 points and the event win at the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque on Sunday March 27 but has dropped to second place after missing the two Washington events. It was revealed that Woopaa will buck twice in Tulsa. Tulsa is

124 Woopaa is in second place with a world average bull score of 46.17. Woopaa did not buck in the PBR Everett Invitational on Wednesday, April 6. Co-owner and handler

Humps-Horns.com · 21 · May 2022

476 Moonlight Party


Ricardo Vieira in 4.40 seconds at the PBR Everett Invitational on April 6. High Brow Cat is owned by Jeremy Walker of Paradigm Bull Company and is unridden in 10 outs. 524C Mezcal is sitting right outside the top five with a world average bull score of 45.08. He is an outside contender in the bull race. Also owned by Jeremy Walker and Paradigm Bull Company, Mezcal moved back into the top ten after Glendale and Albuquerque. Two-time and reigning PBR World Champion Bull Rider Jose Vitor Leme tried Mezcal at The Pit and was sent flying after only 1.90 seconds. This gave Mezcal a bull score of 46 points. Mezcal remains unridden for the season with a 10-0 record.

55 Pookie Holler Photo by Andy Watson / BullStock Media. where reigning and two-time World Champion Bull Rider Jose Vitor Leme and Woopaa battled last year for 97.75 points, the record breaking highest-marked ride in PBR history. This broke the old mark of 96.5 points which had stood for 17 years. 476 Moonlight Party is currently in third place with a world average bull score of 45.58. Owned by Jane Clark and Gene Owen, Moonlight has been hanging around in the top ten for several weeks. The five-year-old bovine bucker bested Allison de Souza in 4.21 seconds in the championship round of the Last Cowboy Standing in Sioux Falls on April 3. His 46-point bull score landed him solidly in the top five. “For him to have a chance at the title, Moonlight Party has got to have real good outs from here on out, and the other bulls have to stumble a little bit,” Gene shared. “Several years back we came in second at the Classic Championship after the top bulls had bad scores. Anything is possible.”

It is difficult to accurately predict which amazing bovine athlete will capture the 2022 PBR YETI World Champion Bull crown at this point in the season. But clearly, Ridin’ Solo and Woopaa have the advantage over the other contenders. Let’s remember that this is Ridin’ Solo’s best season yet and he is a tough bull and seems unaffected by the shortened season and format changes. He is capable of 47+ scores. Let’s also remember that reigning and two-time PBR World Champion Bull Rider Jose Vitor Leme rode Woopaa for a new PBR record high score of 98.75 and a 48-point bull score for Woopaa at the PBR Finals last year!

55 Pookie Holler, currently tied for fourth place with High Brow Cat with a world average bull score of 45.50, has been in the top ten for most of the season. He is owned by Dakota Rodeo, Clay Struve and Chad Berger. Seven-year-old Pookie Holler had two identical scoring outs of 45.75 points in the first ever two 15/15 Bucking Battles in the same location on one weekend at The Pit in Albuquerque on March 25 and 26. Kaique Pacheco rode him for 91.75 points and the event win at the one-day event at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington on April 6. In Tacoma on April 10, Pookie Holler was selected by the event leader Austin Richardson for the championship round. Even though he had already won the event when it was his turn to ride, Austin did climb aboard Pookie Holler and hung on until he was upended at 7.99 seconds. Pookie Holler’s season record so far is 11 and 2. “Well, he’s got an outside chance at the championship,” Chad Berger said. “Everything has got to be good for him and bad for the other bulls for him to have a shot.” 622 High Brow Cat is currently in a tie for fourth place with Pookie Holler, with a world average bull score of 45.50. He outdueled Manoelito de Souza Jr. in both 15/15 Bucking Battle outs in The Pit in Albuquerque for 45.75 points on March 25 and 26. He then bucked off current number one ranked bull rider Joao

622 High Brow Cat and J.T. Moore battle it out at the PBR Unleash the Beast 15/15 Bucking Battle in Billings, MT.

Humps-Horns.com · 22 · May 2022


It all comes down to the PBR Finals and how all of these bulls score their two outs. A lower score or a disqualification for a reride would almost certainly eliminate a bull from title contention. The excitement and anticipation will continue to build as we edge closer towards the PBR World Finals in May! Hold on to your hats all you bull riding fans and stay tuned to the “Toughest Sport on Dirt”!

524C Mezcal and Conner Halverson tangle at the PBR Unleash the Beast Tour in Anaheim, CA

email: bred2buck@gmail.com

Humps-Horns.com · 23 · May 2022


By Justin Felisko

Vieira’s intense practice session helps extend world lead in Tulsa TULSA, Okla. – World leader Joao Ricardo Vieira does not get on practice bulls too much anymore. At 37 years old, Vieira does not usually feel the need to get on bulls and risk injury. He takes pride in keeping himself in top physical condition by working out and saving his energy to square off against 1,500-pound beasts on the weekend. However, this past week was different. Vieira knew he needed to bust out of his 1-for-8 slump, so he visited Laramie Wilson’s ranch and got on nine practice bulls over three days. Vieira started with six on Tuesday, and he finished the week with two on Wednesday and one more on Thursday. “I normally don’t get on practice bulls, but this week I told myself I need to ride more bulls,” Vieira said. “I haven’t been riding good these last few events, and I was not happy about this. I need to fix this.”

The nine-time PBR World Finals qualifier was offered a re-ride in the championship round, but he turned down the chance to get on Test Drive. Vieira explained afterward he believed he could not win the event with the re-ride as he was 94.25 points behind thenleader Austin Richardson. “I rode a tough bull, and the judges gave me a little score,” Vieira said. “I don’t care to pick another bull for 85, 86 points. I needed 95 points. I don’t need 86.” Vieira extended his world lead on No. 2 Daylon Swearingen, who went 0-for-2, to 89.34 points. Vieira also pushed 184 points ahead of world No. 3 Kaique Pacheco (1-for-3). There are two Unleash The Beast events and the 2022 Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Finals remaining before the World Finals begin on May 13 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Article provided courtesy of PBR.

That decision paid off as Vieira went 2-for-3 at the PBR Express Ranches Classic, presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, for a fifth-place finish. It is Vieira’s best showing since winning back-toback events last month in Kansas City, Missouri, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vieira began his weekend in Tulsa with 87.75 points on Mr. Personality in Round 1 on Friday night. He bounced back from a 3.06-second buckoff vs. Satan’s Seed Saturday in Round 2 to salvage his event with 82.5 points on Cool Whip in the championship round.

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Jun 19

Fort Worth, TX

PBR Challenger Series

Jun 22

Clear Lake, SD

PRCA Xtreme Bulls

Jun 23

Greeley, CO

PRCA Xtreme Bulls

Jun 24-25

Rocksprings, TX

PBR Challenger Series Slick Rock Challenge

Jun 24-25

Sullivan, MO

Jun 25

Binford, ND

PBR Challenger Series

Jun 26

Fort Worth, TX

PBR Challenger Series

Jun 29-Jul 2

Stamford, TX

PBR Challenger Series

Jun 30

Cody, WY

PRCA Xtreme Bulls

$1,000*

Open

Time

6/13

5pm

Call-In #

573-823-2569

Assn/Event

NFPB

YOUTH BULL RIDING EVENTS MAY May 6

Saginaw, TX

May 6

Jasper, TX

May 7

Westville, OK

$300/group

Postmarked by 4/25

682-229-6868

TYBR

Mon prior

409-489-7172

YBR/ WCMB / Gulf Coast Youth Bull Riders

479-445-3286

WCMB / Westville Mini Buckaroos Series

Mon prior

8a-9p

May 7

Vivian, LA

May 7

Huntington, UT

Tue 9am-Thu 9pm

903-754-1034

Built God Tough Roughstock Series

435-820-1828

IMBA / McArthur Mini Bucking Bulls

May 13

Jasper, TX

May 14

Whitney, TX

May 14

Lakeland, FL

May 14

Pineville, LA

May 14

Gordonsville, VA

May 14

Duchesne, UT

435-820-1828

IMBA / McArthur Mini Bucking Bulls

May 15

Broken Arrow, OK

918-519-5729

WCMB / Lazy B-T Mini Buckers

May 20-21

Moab, UT

435-820-1828

IMBA / McArthur Mini Bucking Bulls

May 20-21

Hurt, VA

May 21

Waxahachie, TX

May 21

Muldrow, OK

May 21

Westville, OK

May 22

Columbus, KS

May 28

Westville, OK

May 28

Mon prior

409-489-7172

YBR/ WCMB / Gulf Coast Youth Bull Riders

Sun-Thur prior 6-9pm

254-715-7402

Central Texas Junior Bullriders

863-450-8820

IMBA / Legends in the Making Rodeo

Tue 9am-Thu 9pm

903-754-1034

Built God Tough Roughstock Series IMBA

IMBA Postmarked by 5/2 $300/group

682-229-6868

TYBR

Mon prior

Call/text

479-883-7319

WCMB/ Jess James Chute Out Series

Mon prior

8a-9p

479-445-3286

WCMB / Westville Mini Buckaroos Series

918-519-5729

WCMB / Lazy B-T Mini Buckers

479-445-3286

WCMB / Westville Mini Buckaroos Series

Price, UT

435-820-1828

IMBA / McArthur Mini Bucking Bulls

May 28

Okmulgee, OK

918-519-5729

WCMB / Lazy B-T Mini Buckers

May 28

Powhatan, VA

May 28

El Reno, OK

May 30

Whitney, TX

$300/group

Mon prior

8a-9p

IMBA 4/28

Text

505-927-2487

IMBA / Cody Custer Youth BR

Sun-Thur prior 6-9pm

254-715-7402

Central Texas Junior Bullriders

Mon-Sun prior

254-485-1806

TOYBR Central

JUNE Jun 4

Brownwood, TX

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WHERE’S THE BEEF? 2022

*-Added Money Amount Is For Each Night Information Subject to Change Without Notice Date

Location

Jun 9-11

Thomas, OK

Added $

Jun 11

Gordonsville, VA

Jun 11

Lakeland, FL

Jun 11

Leon, KS

Jun 12

Thomas, OK

Jun 12

Whitney, TX

Open

Time

Call-In # 505-927-2487 863-450-8820

Call / text

Delhi, LA Hurt, VA

Jun 25

Huntington, UT

Jun 25

Lehi, UT

Jun 27

Whitney, TX

IMBA / Legends in the Making Rodeo

316-621-0252 / 620-313-0321 WCMB/ Sunflower Mini Bull Battle

$5,000

Jun 18

Cody Custer Bull Riding School IMBA

Yes

Jun 24-25

Assn/Event

505-927-2487

IMBA / Spring Bull Bash

Sun-Thur prior 6-9pm

254-715-7402

Central Texas Junior Bullriders

Tue 9am-Thu 9pm

903-754-1034

Built God Tough Roughstock Series IMBA / True Grit Rodeo

Sun-Thur prior 6-9pm

435-820-1828 435-820-1828

IMBA / McArthur Mini Bucking Bulls

254-715-7402

Central Texas Junior Bullriders

IMBA / McArthur Mini Bucking Bulls

BUCKING BULL EVENTS MAY May 1

Thrall, TX

May 6-7

Corpus Christi, TX

$2,500

Cooper Scruggs Crack’in at the Shack’in

May 7

Kendallville, IN

May 7

Vinita, OK

4/25-5/2

May 13-21

Fort Worth, TX

4/25-5/2

ABBI entry

ABBI / PBR World Finals Classic

May 13-14

Fort Worth, TX

4/25-5/2

ABBI entry

ABBI American Heritage Futurity

May 14

Sandstone, MN

1/1-5/9

May 15

Fort Worth, TX

4/25-5/2

ABBI entry

ABBI Derby

May 20-21

Fort Worth, TX

4/25-5/2

ABBI entry

ABBI

May 21

Newton Falls, OH

5/9-5/15

May 27-28

TBD

4/4-5/20

4/18-25 5/1

ABBI entry Call/text

478-960-6432

abbireg.com

abbireg.com

9am-5pm

ABBI / PBR Velocity Tour Finals ABBI Sanctioned ABBI Sanctioned / Evolution Bull Comp.

ABBI Sanctioned Champions Series

724-421-5601

ABBI Sanctioned

209-347-7305

ABBI Sanctioned

580-819-0628

ABBI Sanctioned

209-347-7305

ABBI Sanctioned

832-326-4075

Brown Co Rodeo Bull Teams

JUNE Jun 1

Erick, OK

Jun 3-4

Merced, CA

Jun 3-4

Brownwood, TX

Jun 4

Archdale, NC

5/29

Jun 4

Kendallville, IN

5/29

Jun 4

Caldwell, ID

5/16-23

Jun 10-11

Duncan, OK

5/23-30

Jun 11

Long Prairie, MN

EC 6/6

abbireg.com

ABBI Sanctioned

Jun 12

Bellyville, TX

4/10

281-221-9306

Cody Dernehl Memorial Bull Riding

Jun 15

Erick, OK

580-819-0628

ABBI Sanctioned

Jun 17-18

Mt. Orab, OH

Jun 18

Odessa, TX

Jun 25

Vinita, OK

5/20-28

$3,000

6/10 6/13-20

Enter - jeromedavis.com Call/text

478-960-6432

ABBI Sanctioned ABBI Sanctioned ABBI ABBI American Heritage South

513-256-1225

ABBI Sanctioned

432-296-0671

Ultimate Team Challenge BR / Bull Teams

abbireg.com

ABBI Sanctioned / Evolution Bull Comp.

Events highlighted in yellow have ads in this issue of Humps N Horns for more information.

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CLASSIFIEDS Practice Pens

Practice Pens

PISGAH, AL - TIM COX, TCB, ANYTIME, CALL FIRST, 256-996-9426

JACKSONVILLE, NC - Aleck Barnard, Elite Cowboy Rodeo Assoc., Onslow Rodeo Arena, 6pm Every Other Sunday, Call First, 910-381-8597

NEW MARKET, AL - EC Hunt, 5:30pm Sun., 256-683-8169 BATESVILLE, AR - James Bechdoldt, Anytime, Call First, 870-307-9923 CONWAY, AR - Mark Lindsey, Ride & Shine Cattle Company, Anytime, Call First, 501-730-4557 ELFRIDA, AZ - D Davis Bucking Bulls, 4pm Sat., Call First, 520-642-3737 LINCOLN, CA - B Bar Ranch, B Bar Indoor Arena, Rain or Shine, All Rough Stock, 916-206-4059 MARYSVILLE, CA - PacWest, 5pm Wed., Steers & Bulls, Call First, 530-751-6643 FRESNO, CA - Toro Bravo Arena, Thur. by appt., Call First, 559-577-2445 ELIZABETH, CO - Tuff Garcia, Tuff E Nuff, 6pm Mon., Rain or Shine, 970-846-0788 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO - Tuff E Nuff, 6pm Wed., Apr-Nov., 970-846-6828/3354 ALDEN, IA - Circle C Rodeo, 6pm Wed., Rain or Shine, Call for alternate dates 641-373-3625

Do You Have a Livestock Layover or Practice Pen? List it for FREE in the Classifieds.

WOODBINE, IA - Tom & Kristina Kelley, every Sun. (weather permitting). Beginner - rank bulls. Call 712-5922493

Call our office at 325-500-BULL (2855)

KENDALLVILLE, IN - B Bar A Bucking Bulls, Heidi Speicher, 7pm Every Thur, Call First, 260-564-5864/Troy

For More Information on listing your facilities

JACKSONVILLE, IL - Lazy C Rodeo, 10am-3pm Sun., Rain or shine, Call First, 217-245-8280

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CHANDLER, OK - JAM Bulls, 2pm Sun., 7pm Wed., Call First, 405-570-9010 SOPER/HUGO, OK - RBL Rodeo Bulls, Anytime with 4-6 hour notice, Rain or Shine, 307-461-1741 EAGLEVILLE, TN - BF Cattle Company, 2pm Sun., Jackpot, Call First, 615-336-4313 EMORY, TX - Oakes & Greene’s, 7pm Wed., 903-348-8630 LORENA, TX - Rocking S Ranch, Tue., Jackpot, Call First, 254-716-0779 MANSFIELD, TX - JC Knapp Ranch, 4pm Sun/6pm Wed., $5 at the gate to ride as many as you want, 817-223-3692 SIMMS, TX - Wilburn Bucking Bulls, 7pm Every Other Thur., 903-543-3025 PETROLIA, TX - Norris Dalton, 7pm Wed., 940-733-3020 DECATUR, TX - Cullen Calame, Denton Creek Farms, Call First, 940-393-3730 NOCONA, TX - 4x Arena, Call First, 501-944-1907 NOCONA, TX - Locke Bucking Bulls, Call First, 940-872-0733 WILLS POINT, TX - Austin Arena Bulls, Barrels, & Poles. $10 per ride/run or $25 for all you can ride. Bulls for all ages. 214-7265799

Livestock Layovers BATESVILLE, AR - James Bechdoldt, White River Rodeo, 870-307-9923 RAYMOND, IL - Randy Littrell, Shop Creek Cattle, 217-556-0551


CLASSIFIEDS Livestock Layovers MARYSVILLE, KS - Gary Hershey, 4H Bucking Bulls and Marysville Sale Barn, Call First, 785-292-4952 LAKE CHARLES, LA - Keith Strickland, Deep South Rodeo Genetics, 337-304-1493 SALEM, MO - Hwy 32 & 72, Salem Livestock Auction, 573-729-8880 HELENA, MT - Jim Horne, Bull Horne Ranch, 406-459-5706 FERNLEY, NV - Nathan Pudsey, Circle P Bucking Bulls, 775-750-2168 CLAYTON, NM - Justin Keeth, Lazy J 3 Bucking Bulls, 575-447-0877 BETHESDA, OH - 15 Miles off I-70, TCB Ranch, 304-281-4530 SOPER/HUGO, OK - RBL Rodeo Bulls, Anytime with 4-6 hours notice, 307-461-1741

Livestock Schools Layovers

BOX ELDER, SD - Gus “Duane” Aus, Lazy Heart O Ranch, 605-923-3426

GARY LEFFEW BULL RIDING SCHOOL

BUCHANAN, TN - Parsons & Milam 731-642-8346 CLARKSVILLE, TX - Brian Agnew, BA Livestock, 903-669-9189 DUBLIN, TX - Mike Godfrey, Godfrey 4X Cattle, 817-235-2852 MANSFIELD, TX - JC Knapp Ranch, JC Knapp Rodeo, 817-223-3692 MIDLAND, TX - Ted Norton, Norton Bucking Bulls, 432-413-8433 DECATUR, TX - Cullen Calame, Denton Creek Farms, 940-393-3730 SIMMS, TX - Near I-30 Texarkana, Wilburn Bucking Bulls, 863-381-2799 CHEYENNE, WY - Floyd & Ann Thomas, TTnT Ranch, 307-778-8806

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Western Wanderings a cowboy’s wrangler On a ranch, there’s a man who’s only job Is to give you what you need for yours He’s usually a kid still wet ‘hind the ears But a good one will handle the chores He cares for the horses you use all day long He feeds them and curries them too He makes sure they’re ready for you to ride And they don’t need a new horseshoe A good wrangler rises way before dawn And makes sure the horses are fed He saddles them horses and checks out the tack Before cowboys rise from their bed He may also be a colt starter And work with the young horses too He’s usually busy from can see to can’t As hours go, he puts in a few! He does more than care for the horses He mends fences and chops firewood A wrangler’s job is essential for sure He helps that ol’ ranch to run good

By Kelly B. Robbins