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San Luis Valley

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

July 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2012

Ski-Hi Park • Monte Vista

OFFICIAL PROGRAM Valley Publishing

835 First Ave. • Monte Vista, Colo.


2205 State Ave. • Alamosa, Colo.


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STAMPEDE COMMITTEE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Welcome to the 91st Stampede Welcome to the 91st Ski Hi Stampede Rodeo! We have worked hard to make this a memorable event for you and your family. I hope you are able to take in all of the various activities during the week of Stampede. Stampede has become a tradition in the San Luis Valley and famed across Colorado. We are pleased to share it with you. Our stock contractor, Stace Smith, is renowned for his rough, tough bucking stock and his fleet-footed bulls and calves, bringing challenges for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) competitors, who hope to accumulate points toward competition at the National Finals Rodeo during December at Las Vegas, Nevada. He and announcer Boyd Polhamus make each rodeo performance one the audience will never forget. Add local amateurs to the and the excitement grows, as the rodeo hosts young people who may someday be in the National Finals. Photo by Bella Immagine Photography For the first time ever we will have an instant Stampede Committee President Mark replay big screen at the Deacon concert and rodeo so that you won’t miss out on the action! The carnival put on by Wrights Entertainments opens Wednesday next to the arena, while Thursday night’s concert features country music up-and-comer Hunter Hayes opening for recording and TV star Craig Morgan. Dances are on tap Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with the outlaw country band, Drywater. A big thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors that make it possible to bring this event to Monte Vista. If there’s anything like too much fun, we’ve put it all together. That’s what we are all here for.

STAMPEDE SCHEDULE Concert Thursday, July 26 Hunter Hayes opens, 7:30 p.m., with Craig Morgan starring $30 advance; $35 at the door; Advance reserved, $40. 852-5142. Ski Hi Arena


Thursday, July 26 Rotary Chuckwagon Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Ski Hi Park Friday and Saturday, July 27-28 Band Boosters annual hamburger fry at Sunflower Bank after the parade Saturday, July 28 Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. at Sunflower Bank


Friday, July 27, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2 p.m. $12 general admission; $14 reserved

Dances July 26, 27 and 28, featuring “Drywater,” 9 p.m.-1 a.m.


Friday and Saturday, July 27-28 Theme: “What America is Made Of.” 10 a.m.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

There will not be a Thursday parade this year, but the Friday and Saturday parades are sure to be enjoyable, with the theme, “What America’s Made Of.”

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Dan, Gloria Rios Friday’s Parade Marshals Dos Rios owners to ride in parade

By TERESA L. BENNS MONTE VISTA — Daniel and Gloria Rios came to the Valley expecting to stay only four years, but God had other plans. On Friday they will ride as Grand Marshals in the Ski-Hi Stampede Parade, a salute to a couple who has figured heavily in keeping the Hispanic community and its culinary traditions strong and alive. “We only came for four years and here we are,” Gloria mused. Korean veteran Danny Rios initially came to Alamosa to attend Adams State College on the GI bill and move away, but after graduation, he began his own tortilla business at 10th and Ross in Alamosa and decided to stay. The business closed in 1974. But a new business opened, Mrs. Rios’ Kitchen, “where Mrs. Rivera’s is today,” Gloria said. The restaurant remained open for eight years. “We had a big turnout form the college kids,” Gloria said. “They called it ‘Mama’ Rios Kitchen.” Along the way, Danny was able to farm and also raised sheep for several years.

The Rios’ ran another restaurant, the Farmer’s Buffet in Center for 12 years. Dos Rios in Monte Vista has been open since 1999. “We just jumped in — we didn’t know anything about the restaurant business,” Gloria recalled. They started out with takeout, worked their way up to a few booths and just kept adding. There were no major bumps along the way, “nothing we couldn’t overcome,” she remarked. With the support of the community and the help of their three sons in the restaurant business, “that’s made it all worthwhile,” she said. Some famous customers have walked through the doors of their restaurants, including actor Tex Ritter, Gov. Bill Lamm, Gov. Romer, and radio personality Paul Harvey. “It’s tough running a restaurant,” Gloria said. “People have no idea, But we are very fortunate that we have had such great customers all these years.” The Rioses said they were very honored at being named parade marshals and Gloria called their selection “very touching; it was emotional for me.” In the meantime Dos Rios will remain open with its same luncheon buffet and evening menu offerings. “We’ll be here,” Gloria Rios said with a smile.

Dan and Gloria Rios are very proud of a painting by Dan’s mother that hangs in Dos Rios Restaurante north of Monte Vista.

Flags fly at Dos Rios as the Monte Vista Rotary honors area veterans and their service to the United States.

Photo by Sylvia Lobato

Photo by Teresa L. Benns

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News to lead Saturday’s Stampede Parade Innovative couple turns from teaching to farming

By TERESA L. BENNS MOSCA — Ernie and Virginia New are great examples of the San Luis Valley’s farming community, and like many farming couples, it is their versatility and willingness to work as a team that has made what they do a success. Virginia related that she was born here and Ernie’s family came up to the Valley from New Mexico to farm in 1962. The News left for 15 years while putting Ernie through school at Colorado State University and then returned to the Valley. Virginia worked as a teacher for Poudre Valley Schools in northern Colorado and later retired from her job as a teacher and librarian in the Sangre de Cristo School District. After Ernie graduated, he also taught for nine years in Jefferson County. They returned to the Valley in the 1970s to farm with Virginia’s parents then eventually branched out on their own. For the past 35 years, the News have operated White Mountain Farm, growing seed potatoes, organic seed potatoes and a specialty crop — organic quinoa, (keen • wah). Quinoa is an annual herb that has been grown by the Inca Indians in the West Andes

mountains of South America for thousands of years. The News have three children, VeeAnn Southers, married to Saguache County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Southers; Paul New and his family, now taking over management of the farm; and a daughter in Arvada, Sharon Novacek. They also are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren. When asked if the weather was worrisome this year, Ernie noted that, “Every year in the Valley is an experience. I’ve seen times where you can’t get into the fields because it’s so muddy and times when there was no ditch water at all. There’s nothing new; I’ve seen it all.” The one thing that was a challenge, New noted was developing quinoa as a crop. When they first grew it, “no one knew how to grow it, eat it clean it or market it,” Ernie said. “You handle it very carefully,” Virginia said. “It’s done by trial and error. Marketing is not a problem — we can’t raise enough of it. It is such a good food.” Already this year the News are nearly out of one quinoa variety and harvest is in October. Ernie said he had to turn down one cereal producer who wanted to purchase a large quantity of the grain because to fill the order, “we would have to plant from here to Center,” and still couldn’t grow enough. While not really retired, Ernie says he and Virginia “don’t work as hard as we used to; I do what I want, when I want to do it.” Virginia says she keeps busy filling orders and says she used to drive a potato truck. Ernie

Photo by Teresa L. Benns

Virginia and Ernie New have seen it all in terms of weather and are honored to be selected as Saturday’s Stampede Parade Grand Marshals.

still does maintenance and quinoa combining. Anymore, the News said, “It’s scary and frustrating to work around all the regulations.” The outlook for farming in the future also is scary, Ernie said, especially where water is concerned. He fears that front range communities, which have the money, will be able to purchase much of the water, leaving

poorer farming communities like those in the Valley without any bargaining chips. But the News have toughed it out so far, and look forward to their brief claim to fame in the Stampede Parade. Hopefully brighter days will come, and when they do, generational farming families like the News will still be there to throw their shoulders behind the wheel.

Valley farm and ranch products run the gamut VALLEY — San Luis Valley farm and ranch products from A to Z include alfalfa, alligators, baked goods, barley, bison, broccoli, cabbage, canola, carrots, cattle, cauliflower, elk, emus, fish, garlic, goats and goat cheese, honey, horses, kale, lambs, lettuce, mushrooms, oats, ostriches, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, quinoa, reindeer, sheep, spinach, squash, sunflowers, tilapia, tomatoes, wheat, wool, yaks and zucchini.

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Rodeo began as a way for cowboys to let off steam

MONTE VISTA — The Ski-Hi Stampede, Colorado’s oldest pro rodeo, has roots as deep as the San Luis Valley itself. It began in 1919, but no event was held for two years during World War II.two years were deducted because of World War II, when no event was held. The first rodeo was held Aug. 11-13, 1919 and was called the Ski-Hi Stampede. Old newspapers reported that more than 10,000 people assembled to watch the local competition. It has continued for nine decades as an annual event and is an important piece of western history that can still be lived. The seeds were actually planted soon after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, when the United States began to explore their new holdings in the Southwest. In 1822, Lt. Zebulon Pike entered the San Luis Valley, encountering an area larger than the state of Connecticut, 7,500 feet above sea level and entirely ringed by mountains. Oliver Bonner followed and became president of the San Luis Valley Farmers and Stockgrowers Exposition, a fair first held in l886 at Monte Vista. A similar fair was held for 32 years before the first Stampede. In 1919, State Legislator A.E. Headlee, a rancher and farmer in the area; L.B. Sylvester, a rancher and early settler; former county commissioner W.W. Wright; and the newborn Monte Vista Commercial Club began planning an event in which local cowboys would take part and one in which the romance of the West might continue to live. It was determined that the cowboys would participate in contests revolving around the skills they developed on the range — calf roping, bronco busting and steer wrestling, to name a few. Bull riding and barrel racing came later. Members of the Stampede Committee included Headlee, who served as chairman, and members W.W. Wright, A.H. Webster, Corbyn Wright, Frank Goff, Marble Woods and Sylvester, who chaired the entertainment committee. It wasn’t all rodeos that first year, as Aug. 11 included a sight seeing automobile tour, the fifth annual meeting of the Spanish TrailMesa Verde Highway Association, including an address by then-Colorado Gov. Oliver H. Shoup. A ball game with a $200 purse was held in the evening and a band concert, speaking and other activities were held at Fullenwider Park. The day ended with dancing. Aug. 12 was a big day, with a public library carnival “with booths, street frolicking and general good time all day and evening,” according to the 1919 official program. At 10 a.m., an agricultural parade began

as part of the library carnival and the rodeo events followed, with a $250 purse for the “Best Broncho Buster.” Dances and musical entertainment began at 9 p.m. in two locations, with one ticket allowing admission to both. There was also a band concert and speeches at Fullenwider Park. Wednesday, Aug. 13, began with the parade at 10 a.m., followed by a ball game and rodeo events, then dances, music and more speeches. In 1920, newspapers of the day estimated that 12,000 were in attendance on the biggest day of the event, which ran from Aug. 4-6. The stock used for the first few years ran wild at the head of the Rio Grande and was rounded up and brought to town to create the exciting competition of local cowboy against wild beast. A total of 20,000 paid admissions were logged for the Aug. 2-4, 1922 event, and it was announced that the Stampede was not for profit, with all proceeds going to support the next year’s rodeo. The time-honored Ski-Hi Stampede is a charter member of the Rodeo Association of America, formed in 1929 and made up of all the leading rodeos in the United States and Canada. All points won in these shows are used in determining the world champion performers. Eventually, along with all other major rodeos, the Stampede ceased to be an event exclusively for local amateurs. It also became an industry with the advent of rodeo as a professional sport. As time passed. the large attendance at each rodeo called for a grandstand to be built. Growing attendance called for more additions and, in 1930, the grandstand was enlarged again and eight bucking chutes were built to replace the single chute used up until that time. The current brick structure was erected in 1940. Over the years between then and now, changes at Ski-Hi arena, park and multipurpose building have still retained the Stampede’s old west flavor. The Ski-Hi Stampede is the oldest organized rodeo in Colorado and is said to be second in origin only to Wyoming’s Cheyenne Frontier Days. The July 16, 1921, Creede Candle claimed that it was the only annual event of its kind in the United States. The greatest of all western shows, the Ski-Hi Stampede attracted many world champions including Jim Shoulders, Bill Linderman, Casey Tibbs, Guy Weeks, Homer Pettigrew and Gene Rambo. A July 9, 1922 advertisement touted it as “the biggest, best and only real Stampede in the United States.”

Colorado Historical Society Photo

“The Tin Horn Hanks” specialty act, two men riding one bull in an early Stampede rodeo

Looking back to 1919, isn’t that really “A real contest in every sense of the word.” The ad proclaimed that the Stampede had what all rodeo fans wanted to see? more contestants in the bucking event — 65 — than any Wild West Show in America. “Principally for the San Luis Valley, but patronized by the World.” Today, stock is no longer gathered from the mountains but is furnished by a rodeo producer whose business is raising, then hauling the roughest, toughest animals available from one rodeo to another. It’s easy to wonder how they would compare to the wild critters who roamed the mountains in 1919. In 1921, the overall purse was $8,000 and there was no entry fee. Today, the all-around cowboy can win more than 10 times that on his own. The world’s leading cowhands gather to compete for the big purses and there are thrills in every contest. Many men don’t stay on a bucking horse or rope a calf in the course of ranch work, but in rodeo, as in any sport, the champion is the man who can do these things with speed, grace and consistency.

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Polhamus known for announcing expertise MONTE VISTA — This year’s Ski-Hi Rodeo announcer is a regular here — as well as many other rodeos, nationwide. Boyd Polhamus is known for announcing on horseback. According to his website, Polhamus first announced a college rodeo in Uvalde, Texas, just over 25 years ago. He wanted the gig and got it by pretending to be a rodeo announcer in his college’s practice arena. At the same time, he was a rodeo con-testant. That act ended in October of 1985, and a career was born. Since then, Polhamus’website says he’s been selected more than 15 times as an announcer for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev., and he has been the alternate announcer five more times. Only Hall-of-Fame Announcer Bob Tallman has been chosen more often. Boyd also has been selected to work the

Boyd Polhamus

‘Drywater’ this year’s dance band

MONTE VISTA —This year’s Stampede dance band, “Drywater,” is a new outlaw country band making the move onto the Houston scene. Robert Douglass, who has been in Monte Vista before, fronted the six-piece “Robert Douglass Band” in Lawton, Okla., for six years before moving to Houston. He has shared the stage with many Nashville stars including Kenny Chesney, David Allen Coe, The Dixie Chicks and more. Bruce Wiggins plays lead guitar and banjo while helping out on vocals. A retired NFL lineman, he now spends his time and energy managing and playing guitar for Drywater. His previous bands include 100 Proof, The Corruptors and Lebanon Blonde. Craig Behrens handles the drums. A Houston native, Craig played with The Texas Drifters for four years before joining Drywater. Anthony Carvajal, a San Antonio native formerly with The Martha White Band, Nick Rawson, and the Deadbeats, plays bass and provides harmony vocals. In addition to covering all your favorite country & western, southern, blues, rock, and pop songs, Drywater also writes their own original songs.

Dodge National Circuit Finals in Pocatello, Idaho. In addition, he has announced the Montana, Turquoise, Badlands, and Southeastern Circuit Finals, as well as the Texas Circuit Finals 10 different times. In addition, Polhamus was voted the PRCA’s Announcer of the Year for 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2000, 2003 and again in 2005, he was honored as the WPRA Announcer of the Year, and he’s been a top-five Finalist for the same honor in the PRCA on 11 different occasions. In 2010, Polhamus announced the sport’s most prestigious events, from Denver to San Angelo and Houston. In June, he announced the College National Finals for the seventh time, and his itinerary included stops in Colorado Springs, Nampa, and Dodge City. He also records hundreds of commercials in his home studio in Brenham, Texas. “Better than I deserve...” is Polhamus’ most common response to the question,“How are

you?”. He says that comment most accurately describes both his professional and family life. His career demands nearly 300 travel days a year, and his wife, Sandee, is both his best friend and best advisor. “There’s too much in my life that is right, that I have no control over, so it’s got to be God.” Polhamus says. “Everything good that’s happened in my life can be traced back to a friend or family member who went out of their way to help me.” “Well, you don’t buy your friends at a department store; God puts them in your life. I can only hope I’ve treated them as well as they’ve treated me.” On those rare occasions when he can be found at home, Polhamus enjoys team roping, the Green Bay Packers and working with his bucking-bred cattle on the Band-Aid Ranch in Brenham.

‘Bull fighter’ other man in arena USA — A rodeo clown, also known as a bullfighter or rodeo protection athlete, is a rodeo performer who works in bull riding competitions. His primary job is to protect a fallen rider from the bull, whether the rider has been bucked off or has jumped off. The rodeo clown distracts the bull and provides an alternative target of attack, exposing himself to great danger in order to protect the cowboy. To this end, they wear bright, loose-fitting clothes that are designed to tear away, with protective gear fitted underneath. Rodeo clowns require speed, agility and the ability to anticipate a bull’s next move. Working closely with very large, powerful animals, rodeo clown are often injured seriously and, sometimes, fatally. In some venues, rodeo clowns wear clown makeup and some may also provide traditional clowning entertainment for the crowd between rodeo events, often parodying aspects of cowboy culture.

At larger events, the American style bullfighter is one of three types of rodeo clown hired, along with a barrelman and comic, or traditional clown. The rodeo clowns enter the rodeo arena on foot, before the bull is released from the bucking chute. They stand on either side of the chute as the bull is released and work as a team to distract the bull and thus protect the rider and each other. Their role is particularly important when a rider has been injured, in which case the rodeo clown interposes himself between the bull and the rider, or uses techniques such as running off at an angle, throwing a hat or shouting, so that the injured rider can exit the ring. When a rider has been hung up, they face the extremely dangerous task of trying to free the rider, with one team member going to the bull’s head and the other attempting to release the rider. Typically, rodeo clowns work in groups of two or three, with two free-roaming rodeo clowns and sometimes a third, often more

clownish-behaving team member, who is known as the barrel man. The barrel man uses a large padded barrel that he can jump in and out of easily, and the barrel helps to protect the rodeo clown from the bull. In Australia, rodeo clowns generally do not use barrels. Bullfighting has grown in popularity, so that in addition to being a job in its own right, it is a competitive event at rodeos around the United States. A typical format is a 60- or 70-second encounter between bull and bullfighter, in which the bullfighter scores points for various maneuvers. In contrast to the older sport of bullfighting, no harm is done to the bull. (Information taken from Wikipedia)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 An authentic wagon train will be in Saturday’s Ski-Hi Stampede Parade, the brainchild of Alice Lenich, proprietor of Colorado Cowgirls in Del Norte.

Campfire cooking will take modern palates back to pioneer times.

Photos courtesy of Alice Lenich

Stampede or bust

SOUTH FORK— The First Annual Kit Carson Covered Wagon Train Ride is “South Fork-to-Ski-Hi-Stampede orbust,” so gather up your gear and don your western wearEvery true westerner, and even folks who are westerners at heart, have thought about what life was like for settlers as they traveled in covered wagons, cooked over open fires, camped along the river and slept under the night sky. Participants will gather just east of the Willow Park entrance at South Fork on July 25 for a big pre-ride shindig. Fred Hargrove will entertain campfire friends the first night. The authentic caravan will leave South Fork on July 26 and stop for the night in the historic western town of Del Norte, where a dance is planned. Everyone and their horses then rest for the night, relaxing by open fires under a canopy of stars in the dark Valley night skies. The procession of covered Conestogas will leave Del Norte on July 27 and make their way to Monte Vista, where they will have another fun evening and get ready to be a part of the annual Ski-Hi Stampede parade, July 28. Alice Lenich, owner of Colorado Cowgirls in Del Norte, is organizing the authentic wagon train ride, modeled after one she and late husband, Frank,

participated in many times in Texas. Lenich was 18 when she went on the first ride. Sheíd been itching to try, but her mother wouldnít let her go on the Salt Grass Ride until she was 18 years old, Lenich recalls with a laugh. Alice met a young man working the wagons named Frank and knew right away they were meant for each other. Frank must have figured the same thing because, by the end of the ride, he decided to change his major to animal science like Aliceís, and transferred to her college in Texas from his New York City home. The Salt Grass Ride has been going on for 61 years in Houston, Texas, but the Valleyís Kit Carson Wagon Train Ride wonít have the traffic problems a metropolitan area the size of Houston does. Lenich is working with highway officials and the Colorado State Patrol to prevent any traffic or safety issues. Summing up her thoughts, Alice says, “Iím a pro at campfire cooking over open fires. Everyone ends up helping, even though no one ever asks. The ride is like that; it brings people together and you get to know each other.” “After 43 years of taking care of people, you know how to do it. I’ll use my experience from my other rides to do this right,” Lenich said. Info: 719-6573111

709 Main Street Alamosa, CO 81101 (719) 589-2457

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Be tough, wear pink, battle breast cancer

MONTE VISTA — The 91st Ski Hi Stampede Rodeo has joined forces with the western industry to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. T h e T o u g h E n o u g h T o We a r Pink(TETWP) campaign debuted at the 2005 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo when one evening of the competition was devoted to the cause. This year, Saturday, July 28, will be TETWP day at the local rodeo, and cowboys and cowgirls are encouraged to wear pink to signify their support. The Stampede Committee, in conjunction with San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, is encouraging everyone to participate so funds can go to the Stephanie L. Miner Women’s Imaging Center. Along with fans, sponsors, cowboys and cowgirls wearing pink, Wright’s Amusements will sponsor the day and a portion of all rodeo ticket sales will be contributed to the cause. IC Pipeline will donate an additional $50 per professional rodeo event to the winner Saturday if that person wore pink. It’s a day to have great fun for a worthy cause and the public is urged to join in raising awareness and gathering funds for the fight against breast cancer. Locally, the Stampede Committee is adamant that all funds raised go to the women’s imaging center. This is a western industry-wide fundraiser to raise awareness for breast cancer research through the Tough Enough To Wear Pink Campaign, launched by western retailers at stores nationwide. I n 2 0 11 , c e l e b r a t e d i t s s e v e n t h anniversary this year by surpassing the $12 million mark in funds raised since its inception. Hundreds of volunteers and regional rodeos across the U.S. and Canada made this achievement possible. “We were thrilled to announce we surpassed the $12 million mark at the Wrangler National Final Rodeo in Las Vegas on Tough Enough To Wear Pink Night,” says Terry Wheatley, who formed the program alongside former Wrangler® Director of Special Events and current Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Commissioner, Karl Stressman. “All money raised benefits local breast cancer charities and the Breast Cancer

Battle breast cancer.

Research Foundation, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research projects internationally.” Wheatley, a California entrepreneur who owns and operates Canopy Management, a Napa Valley wine company creating, marketing and selling wine under the Wine Sisterhood™ banner, is a rodeo wife, mom and breast cancer survivor. One of Wine Sisterhood’s wines, Purple Cowboy, is the official wine of TETWP. Purple Cowboy is also the official wine of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA). Purple Cowboy wines include Tenacious Red, a Cabernet/Merlot blend, Trail Boss Cabernet and Night Rider Merlot, all from the cowboy wine country appellation of Paso Robles. TETWP was created when Wheatley and Stressman issued a challenge to the cowboys: Are You Tough Enough To Wear Pink? During one night of the 10-night Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the competitors were dared to wear the color pink to bring attention to the need for early detection and a cure for breast cancer, a disease which affects many families in the western community. Cowboys and cowgirls created a sensation when they galloped into the championship arena ablaze in pink. Inspired rodeo fans soon began asking how they could put on TETWP events at their own hometown rodeos, and the grassroots fundraising took off one rodeo at a time. TETWP continues to be spearheaded by Wheatley, while the Wrangler brand remains the program’s title sponsor, selling the official pink apparel of TETWP. Lacey and Katie Wheatley coordinate with rodeos and other non-rodeo organizations to create the pink-themed fundraisers across the country throughout the year.

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Never a shrinking violet, rodeo announcer Boyd Polhamus wears pink (and a few other colors) as he announces a rodeo elsewhere on the PRCA circuit.

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Food drive way to save at carnival ‘Family and fun’ motto of Wright’s Amusements

MONTE VISTA — Help the local community food bank and have fun at the same time. On Wednesday, July 25, bring two cans of food to the carnival ticket office and obtain an “all day” pass for $20. Last year, it was estimated Wright’s Amusements and the Stampede Committee raised more than $400 in canned food items. Wright’s Amusements has been providing carnival entertainment for more than 43 years. Family and fun — these two words define Wright’s Amusements like no other carnival company in America! In 1962, Floyd Wright and his two brothers, Frank and Charles, launched a traveling

carnival that put family fun, first. A half century later, Floyd Wright’s nephew, John Ring, runs the show in the same treasured tradition. “My life — my heritage—is all about making sure people have a great time,” says Ring. “What better ‘job’ is there?” Wright’s Amusements is based in Elbert, Colo., but the carnival travels year-round to state and county fairs, shopping malls, festivals and special events, entertaining thousands in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. From the children’s carousel to the newest thrill ride, from the midway to the concessions, it’s family fun. Winner of the prestigious OutdoorAmusement Business Association (OABA) Circle of Excellence Award, Wright’s Amusements is grateful for the recognition of our industry. But they’re most proud of the smiles they see on family faces every day, in every city, at every carnival they create.

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Clay Collins stays ahead of the big bull’s horn

Bullfighters aren’t clowning around MONTE VISTA — The bullfighters for this year’s Stampede rodeos are 2011 Bullfighter of the Year nominee Clay Collins and National Finals honoree Kenny Bergeron. Collins was at Stampede two years ago with Travis Adams, who pointed out that a bullfighter has to have more than just passion to succeed at protecting cowboys from angry bulls — he needs big-time athletic ability, and Collins has that. Bergeron has been at the National Finals the past three years, often working with Collins. His family was active on the rodeo scene when he was younger, and Kenny chose to be in front of the bull instead of on top of one when he started his career as a bullfighter (formerly known as a rodeo clown) at the age of 15. In rodeo’s roots, clowns and bullfighters used to be one and the same. But somewhere along the line, it became obvious that fighting bulls and being funny were two separate jobs, kind of like the Harlem Although some still identify bullfighters as rodeo’s comedians, they dress increasingly less clownish and perform more dangerous and important work, such as preserving life and limb in the tough world of the rodeo arena.

Bergeron stays clear of the big guy while an injured rider escapes.

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The 1919 Stampede days were busy ones.

The fire department had a strong presence in the 1919 parade.

Monte Vista Historical Society Photo

Little did the first Stampede organizers know that their brainchild would last for more than 91 years.

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Health & Recreation Progress

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Stace Smith always brings his meanest and toughest stock to Stampede MONTE VISTA — If the bulls look meaner, the horses rougher and the calves and steers more agile, thank perennial Stampede favorite stock contractor Stace Smith. Smith produces more PRCA rodeos than any other stock contractor in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCSA) and has won PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year eight consecutive years (2004- 2011), a feat that has been achieved only one other time since the awards’ inception. In 2005, Small Rodeo of the Year was awarded to the MDA Benefit Rodeo in Athens, Texas, which was created by and has been produced by Stace Smith since 1995. Since 2004, Smith Pro Rodeos has had multiple rodeos in the top five in each of the four categories. Stace has worked at every level of rodeo, beginning as a contestant, then spending time as chute boss and pickup man. Smith was chosen as pickup man for the Texas Circuit finals in both 2005 and 2007, and continues to pick-up at a number of his events. In 2009, he became a shareholder in Mesquite Championship Rodeo and, in 2012, was named stock contractor of Cheyenne Frontier Days. Smith Pro Rodeos owns 321 head of horses in its bucking horse program. Of these, approximately 140 head are of age and condition to be hauled to rodeos and bucking events. Smith Pro Rodeos has an excellent breeding program, so there are several head of older NFR mares who aren’t hauled and a number of colts that aren’t hauled or leased out yet. Smith owns approximately 60 head of bulls that are currently taken to PRCA and PBR events.

Stace Smith For the last three years, Smith Pro Rodeos has ranked among the Top Three stock contractors in providing the most animals to the WNFR (2009-25, 2010-25, 2011-16). Additionally, Smith Pro Rodeos was awarded the 2005 PRCA Bareback Horse of the year and the third place 2005 PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year. In addition to ProRodeos, Smith also produces a number of Professional Bull Riders (PBR), Invitational, and Private Convention events throughout the year. Smith Pro Rodeos is not only committed to providing top livestock, but also to producing a one of a kind rodeo experience.

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Stampede Committee awards scholarships Three scholarships to be awarded during rodeo

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Pictured from left are 2011 scholarship recipients Trudy Rheingans, Jessica Garcia and Loren Christensen, Stampede Committee member Karla Willschau and Adams State College Director of Alumni Relations Lori Laske.

Adams State College becomes university

ALAMOSA — Founded in 1923, Adams State College began as a teachers’ college and evolved into a liberal arts college. Recently designated the Regional Education Provider for southern Colorado, the college offers 16 bachelor’s degree programs, with 28 minors and emphases. The state legislature this spring accorded it the title of Adams State University, a change that will be complete in August. Read more: Adams State College in Alamosa, CO - ASC - http://www.

MONTE VISTA — The Ski Hi Stampede and Adams State University both know the importance of being involved in our local communities and supporting our youth. Ski Hi Stampede Committee and Adams State have teamed up to provide three scholarships to any male or female San Luis Valley resident who plans on attending or continuing to attend Adams State College, both traditional and nontraditional students. During the 2012 Stampede, one full year and two half-year scholarships will be awarded to qualifying applicants. In the year of scholarship application, the applicant must have participated or will be participating either in the Ski Hi Stampede Rodeo, San Luis Valley High School Rodeo, San Luis Valley Little Britches Rodeo, and/or the San Luis Valley Regional Fair as a 4-H or FFA participant; or be a stockholder or child of a Ski Hi Stampede stockholder; or be a volunteer during the SLV Ski Hi Stampede event. The scholarship winners for 2011 inclu-ded Trudy Rheingans (full year scholarship), Loren Christensen and Jessica Garcia (each received ½ year scholarships) to Adams State College. For further details or if you have questions, please contact Terry Hillin (850-3505), Karla Willschau (588-0046) or Robbie Clark (852-5565).

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Pure adrenaline

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The Stampede Committee

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Pictured from left in front, Bob Carlucci, Eric Kimberling, Dan Burns, President Mark Deacon, Terry Hillin, Karla Willschau, Max Deacon and David Cooper; in back, from left, Jason Tilman, Robbie Clark, Matt Deacon, Karla Shriver, Charlie Burd, Cliff Edwards and Howard Lester. Not pictured: Chuck Bryant and Greg Metz.

Stampede continues support of women’s imaging center

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Pictured, from left to right, are SLVRMC Foundation member Truman Price, Terry Hillin and Karla Shriver of the Stampede Committee, mammography technologist Jill Gallagher, Cliff Edwards of the committee, breast imaging specialist Lee Marshall, MD, and back row, SLVRMC Foundation Director Kelly Gurule and Chase Carlin.

ALAMOSA – Stampede Committee members toured the Stephanie L. Miner Women’s Imaging Center at SLV Regional Medical Center prior to the 2011 event, seeing first-hand the impact of the annual fundraiser. “It is one thing raising the money, but to then come and see what it is actually spent for and the benefit that it brings to the San Luis Valley is tremendous,” said Karla Shriver of the committee. The $39,000 raised since Tough Enough to Wear Pink became a part of the Stampede six years ago has gone toward various aspects of the imaging center. This has included assisting with the purchase of an ultrasound unit in 2006 and, in 2010, helping to buy the new digital mammography unit shown here. “The committee is adamant that the money we raise stays local and benefits our local projects,” said Shriver. “We are not only proud to raise the money, but proud that it is coming to the Valley and doing such a wonderful job and helping the people here so that they do not have to go outside the Valley.” One hundred percent of the profits from the Tough Enough to Wear Pink t-shirt sales, tips, and a portion of Saturday’s rodeo ticket sales will be donated to the Stephanie L. Miner Women’s Imaging Center.

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Thursday concert

features two acts

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Country chart climber Craig Morgan

MONTE VISTA — Ski-Hi Stampede fans will be treated to a Thursday night double header this year as CMA recording stars Craig Morgan and Hunter Hayes both take the stage. The July 26 event at Ski-Hi Park will open with Hayes, an up-and-coming newcomer, followed by the veteran Morgan. Tickets are on sale at the Stampede ticket office for both general admission and reserved seating. Recently signed to Black River En tertainment, Morgan has released a new single “This Ole Boy” and a full album by the same name in early 2012. He is best known for the massive radio airplay of his hits including, “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Little Bit of Life,” “International Harvester” and “Bonfire.” Morgan is also a TV star. Debuting in June of 2010 on the Outdoor Channel and now in its second season, “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” is a 30-minute reality show that offers fans a fly on the wall look at Craig’s extreme lifestyle at home, touring and in the great outdoors: hunting, aerial bow fishing, bungee jumping and skydiving. It didn’t take long to find an avid audience. In its first season it quickly became the networks #1 rated Saturday morning hunting show. While fans certainly enjoy his Saturday morning television adventures, the reason they fell in love with the man is because of his music. A veteran, Craig spent 10 years on active duty in the U.S. Army before launching his music career, and was awarded the 2006 USO Merit Award for his tireless support of U.S. soldiers and their families. He has made numerous trips overseas to entertain U.S. troops. Morgan became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and was awarded the prestigious Songwriter Achievement Award from the Nashville Songwriters Association for his hit, “Almost Home.”

to emerge, not just from Nashville, but from anywhere, in a long, long time. Already, he has accomplishments beyond most musicians wildest dreams: Singing “Jambalaya” at the age of four with Hank Williams Jr. in front of 200,000 people, as well as 15 million YouTube viewers; appearing with Robert Duvall (who gave Hunter his first guitar) in “The Apostle” at the age of six; playing with Johnny and June Cash, and Charlie Daniels at a BBQ; performing for President Clinton and many more. After moving to Nashville three years ago, Hunter was quickly signed to Universal Music Publishing Group, where he has co-written songs for Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry. At the same time, he was introduced to Atlantic Records’ Chairman /CEO and music visionary Craig Kallman, who signed him with Atlantic Records. Hunter recently earned Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for his current single “Wanted,” which marks a career first. “Wanted” is his second single for Atlantic Records. His first single, “Storm Warning” is also nearing Gold certification. To date, Hunter has sold a combined total of more than 1 million digital singles.

Hunter Hayes Among the many extraordinary things about Hunter Hayes, the multitalented musician, writer, producer and performer, is that in truth, he’s just getting started. Hunter promises to become one of the most significant musical talents Hunter Hayes

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Explore the area during breaks in the action

HOMELAKE — Just a short drive down Sherman Ave. east of the Stampede grounds, the Colorado State Veterans Center (CSVC) was established in the San Luis Valley in 1889 and opened to residents in 1891-92. Beginning its existence as the Soldiers and Sailors Home, the center was built to provide a peaceful place for aging, displaced and disabled Civil War veterans. At first, the residents were housed in one of two structures and treated in the hospital Women were not allowed to live there. In 1914, residences were added, patterned after military barracks, but providing privacy for married couples. The cemetery was established in 1891 with the burial of Freeman Morris, a veteran of the Colorado Veterans who fought the confederate troops at Glorieta Pass in New Mexico. The final resting place for veterans of every one of the natio’s wars, up to and including the war in Iraq, it is the oldest veterans cemetery in Colorado and is centered by a monument built in 1912 and dedicated to veterans of the Civil and Spanish-American wars. Although the first residential building and hospital were demolishe din the early 1960s, the veterans center contains more than 80 structures, 52 of which are considered to be contributing to the State Historic Register. Five buildings are listed individually. The original dining room and kitchen building is now a growing museum and repository for military memorabilia. In 2002, the Colorado General Assembly passed a statute to establish the CSVC as a repository for all unclaimed military memorabilia. This, in addition to a considerable archive of military artifacts already collected, has supporters envisioning a significant public display. The Veterans Center Museum currently

houses memorabilia from veterans that fought in the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean War. On display is also equipment used in the infirmary 60 years ago and historic images of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home. Genealogy fans will be intrigued by the records on file for veterans from the Civil War. The museum at Homelake is open May through October from 10 a.m to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday’s hours are 1 to 3 p.m. The old administration building will eventually become the CSVC museum. Sadly, however, the CSVC has been listed among Colorado’s most endangered places, generally due to neglect and deferred maintenance. The Homelake Foundation spearheads the project of preserving the CSVC, still also known as the Soldiers and Sailors Home. This foundation, Colorado Preservation, Inc., the Department of Human Services, and a growing network of supporters, including national and state representatives, have joined forces to emphasize the importance of the site and its need for funding. The State Historical Fund awarded the site a grant in May 2006 for a master plan of the campus. Improvements to buildings that are in use have been upgraded to high priority by both federal and state governments. A two phase grant from the State Historical Fund is restoring the former administration building. Those structures currently not in use are continuously deteriorating, with the Homelake Foundation applying for grants to re-roof and complete basic maintenance of these Photo by Sylvia Lobato vacant buildings. Museum volunteers have The Old Administration Building at the Colorado State Veterans Center is destined been cataloging records, journals, books and to become a military museum. memorabilia, some of which date back to the 1800s.

Erected in memory of veterans of the Civil and Spanish American wars, this soldier watches over all who lay at rest in the Colorado State Veterans Cemetery at Homelake, the oldest such cemetery in Colorado.

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Standard of The West Award

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The Ski-Hi Stampede committee was pleased to announce that the John Justin Standard of the West Award recipient for 2011 is committee member Dan Burns, left. Here, the award is presented by Stampede Committee President Mark Deacon for outstanding work done by a committee member or volunteer. Dan has been instrumental in the growth of the Ski-Hi Stampede event and has served on the Stampede committee for 32 years. Dan’s dedication and efforts to improve the Ski-Hi Stampede event and the Ski Hi Park facilities has distinguished him as a leader in the community. He is awarded a custom pair of Justin boots for his outstanding work.

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Still up for a ride, the Miss Stampedes of yesteryear rode in the 2011 Ski HI Stampede parade.

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Everyone loves a parade

For those who have been attending the Ski Hi Stampede parade for years or even those who have just been fans for a little while, one of the most memorable entrants is the Sand Dunes Shrine Club, as well as Shriners from throughout this part of the state. It looks like fun, but there is a greater purpose. The Shrine’s charitable arm is the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals in the United States, Mexico and Canada. It was originally formed to treat young victims of polio, but as that disease was controlled, they broadened their scope. They now deal with orthopedic care, burn treatment, cleft lip and palate care and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. All treatment offered at Shriners’ Hospitals for Children is offered without any financial obligation to patients and their families, and there is no requirement for religion, race, or relationship to a Shriner. Patients must be under the age of 18 and treatable. In 2008, Shriners Hospitals had a total budget of $826 million and in 2007 they approved 39,454 new patient applications, attended to the needs of 125,125 patients.

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Rodeo origins surprising, roots run deep Rodeo is a competitive sport that is performed in many countries around the world. Most people think that it originated in the Western US, but actually, it arose out of the working practices of cattle herding in Spain, Mexico, and later the United States, Canada, South America and Australia. Rodeo events continue to be held in many of these countries. It is a presentation of cowboy skills on a competitive level. The early “rodeo” was extremely informal. Beginning in the 1820s, cowboys and vaqueros of the Western United States and Mexico would compete against one another to test their working skills. After the Civil War, rodeo began to mature and the individual events began to take shape and became more of what we know rodeo to be now. The first rodeo was held in Cheyenne, Wyo. in 1872.

However, the Prescott, Ariz. rodeo youth, college and professional level. receives its claim to fame as the “World’s Pro rodeos are composed of rough stock and Oldest Rodeo” because, in 1888, they were timed events. the first to charge admission and award prizes, making it the first professional rodeo. Timed events in a standard Rodeo grew rapidly across the U.S. and pro rodeo include: Canada. Tie Down Roping By 1910, there were numerous established Team Roping rodeos that are still held today: Calgary Steer Wrestling Stampede, Pendleton Round-Up and Barrel Racing Cheyenne Frontier Days, a Arizona is lucky enough to hold both Rough stock events include: “The World’s Oldest Rodeo” in Prescott and Bareback Riding “The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo” Saddle Bronc Riding in Payson. Bull Riding Until 1929, there was no regulation on the events for a rodeo competition. As Other events recognized by competitors as the number of rodeos grew, organizations rodeo events include: began forming to standardize the rules of Breakaway Roping competition. These organizations are largely sanctioning bodies that govern the sport at a

PRCA standings as of June 4 From the Cowboy Life Network Unofficial as of June 4, 2012,for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) 2012 season (Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012), below you will find the Top 10 current 2012 A Current World Standings as follows: all-around, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, and bull riding. A special “go get ‘em” to Trevor Brazile still leading the All Around as number one! Congratulations to all of you men and women! Hey fans, tell us who your favorite is, in the top ten of each event. Let the Cowboy Life Network hear from you! All-around 1.Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $78,343 2. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas, $41,794 3. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore. $39,297 4. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas $32,034 5. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo $30,809 6. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta $26,863 7. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D $26,240 8.Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah $25,87 9. Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla. $23,927 10. Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas $19,548 Bull Riding 1. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas $63,186 2.Cody Samora, Cortez.Colo. $54,560 3.Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo. $51,574. 4.Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas $47,080 5.Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn. $33,160 6. J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas $32,060 7. Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo. $31,710 8. Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D. $29,080

9.Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah $28,980 10.Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo. $28,316 Bareback Riding 1.Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas $54,640 2. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas $53,439 3. Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah $32,099 4. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore. $30,571 5. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. $29,169 6. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. $26,496 7. Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo. $25,436 8. Matt Bright, Azle, Texas $25,361 Please see PRCA on Page 24A

Goat Tying Pole Bending Steer Roping

Cowboys who participate in the Rough Stock events are referred to by competitors as “Roughies,” similarly, cowboys that participate in timed events are called “Timies.” Roughies and Timies do not usually compete in the other category. A Timie will normally hang with other Timies and vice versa. Breakaway roping and goat tying for the ladies is a broken up version of the tie down roping for men. The calves used in the tie down roping can be a great challenge for a woman to flank; so they break up the event into two separate ones for the girls.

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Ski-hi salutes our Colorado Potato Administrative Committee

Coors Brewing

Community Banks

Rogers Mortuary


Haynie’s NAPA

Mary Jo Merkley State Farm Brown's Septic Valley Lumber Colorado Choice Health Plans

Ecodynamics Alamosa Lumber Valley Publishing Alamosa State Bank

C & L Container Colorado Sports Absolute Shine

US Tractor & Harvest/Monte Vista Tractor Pool Chemical Jones Oil

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stampede 2012 sponsors First Southwest Bank

Wilbur Ellis

Monte Vista CO-OP

Wall, Smith, Bateman

SLV Regional Medical Center Hospital/Foundation

Fun Valley

Liquor Mart

Thank You!

Carlucci’s Alibi’s Sports Bar Big R Dell’s Insurance

Jack’s Market TC Pipeline Circle D Farms Valley Courier

K-Nip Mark’s Outdoor Sports Southwest Liquor

Sorum Tractor Deacon’s Insurance

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1. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas

4. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas

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9. Luke Creasy, Brownfield, Alberta 5. Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas $23,408 $28,232 10. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 6. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $23,108 $26,605 Saddle Bronc Riding 7. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 1. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah $26,580 $44,691 8.Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas 2. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa $25,081 $36,051 9. E.J. Roberts, Stephenville, Texas 3. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah $23,364 $29,382 10. Ace Slone, Cuero, 4. Cody Taton, Mud Butte, S.D. Texas $23,022 $27,354 5. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah Steer Roping $27,21 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 6. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $31,291 $27,143 2. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas 7. Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D. $26,686 $24,884 3. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla. 8. Cole Elshere, Faith, $22,281 S.D. $24,467 4. Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas 9. Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas $19,495 $23,792 5. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D. 10. Chet Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo. $18,737 $23,629 6. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. $15,577 Steer Wrestling 7. Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla. 1. Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif. $14,184 $39,608 8. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas 2. Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore. $14,037 $27,145 9. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla. 3. Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif. $13,066 $25,641 10. Marty Jones, Hobbs, N.M. 4. Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont. $12,978 $24,776 5. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb. 2012 Barrel Racing (through June 4, 2012) $24,297 Barrel racing standings, provided by the 6. Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D. Women’s Professional Rodeo Association $23,468 (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and 7. Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho may change. $22,827 Unofficial WPRA Standings are published 8. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not $22,644 responsible for the verification or updating of 9. K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas WPRA standings. $22,394 10. Les Shepperson, Midwest, Wyo. $20,480 Team Roping (header) 1. Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn. $37,660 2. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas $37,349 3. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $35,741 4. Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla. $34,066 5. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. $33,664 6. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $31,602 7. Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo. $28,491 8. Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont. $25,289 9. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas $24,000 10. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $9,557 Team Roping (heeler) 1. Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. $37,660 2. Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas $35,766 3. Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. $35,741 4. Kollin VonAhn, Durant, Okla. $34,066 5. Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas $31,602 6. Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $28,985 7. Broc Cresta, Santa Rosa, Calif. $27,340 8. Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. $24,226 9. Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas $24,000 10. Caleb Twisselman, Santa Margarita, Calif. $23,992 Tie-down Roping 1. Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas $49,633 2. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla. $37,013 3. Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $30,663

$84,769 2. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas $81,950 3. Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta $65,381 4. Benette Barrington-Little, Ardmore, Okla. $57,056 5. Robyn Herring, Huntington, Texas $30,187

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 6. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb. $30,046 7. Christina Richman, Glendora, Calif. $29,985 8. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. $29,055 9. Tana Renick, Kingston, Okla. $28,853 10. Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas $28,617

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Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs inducts Class of 2012 Etbauer brothers head induction class

From the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Etbauer name, legend in the cowboy sport for a generation, will be stamped in bronze this month when five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer and two-time World Champion Robert Etbauer are inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, heading a class of seven. The Etbauers are joined by the late threetime world champion roughstock cowboy Frank Schneider, three-time PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year Khadafy Skoal, five-time NFR barrelman Jon Taylor, longtime rodeo administrator Hal Littrell and the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup, which has nine times been named the PRCA Rodeo Committee of the Year. Billy Etbauer, of Edmond, Okla., is the only man in ProRodeo history to surpass $3 million in career earnings in a single event — one of only three men to reach that milestone — and he holds the record for most Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifications by a roughstock cowboy (21) and most overall round wins at the NFR (51). His five gold buckles came over a span of a dozen years (1992, 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2004), with the last of them coming at the age of 41, making him the oldest world champion saddle bronc rider on record. Elder brother Robert, of Goodwell, Okla., won his saddle bronc riding world championships in 1990 and 1991 and qualified for the NFR 12 times (1988-92, 1994-2000). For eight of those years the youngest Etbauer brother, Dan, qualified for the NFR with Billy and Robert. “What an honor,” Billy Etbauer said. “And for Robert and I to go in together is just another blessing. Being done (retired) wakes you up to how much fun you were having and getting to do what you absolutely love to do. “To be fortunate enough for us to be able to do what we loved that much for a living, and to be able to do it together, you can’t say enough about that. Being able to rodeo with Robert and Danny and Craig (Latham, whom the Etbauers consider an honorary fourth brother), and having so much time together, it’s hard to explain how much that means as we look back on it. You couldn’t really ask for anything more.” “What’s a big honor to me,” said Robert Etbauer, “is all the people who are there before me – Casey Tibbs and all the guys who cut a trail for us. It’s hard to believe. It seems to me I ought to still be riding and going. We had a lot of fun and met a lot of good people. That’s the best part of it.” Schneider has this in common with the Etbauers: He too was part of a famous brother act in his era. Elder brother Johnie won two bull riding gold buckles outright (1929-30), shared a third with Smokey Snyder (1932) and captured the 1931 all-around world championship while Frank won back-to-back bull riding world titles (1933-34) and then a bareback riding title in

1935 for good measure. Traveling to Sydney, Australia, in 1936, Frank Schneider won an international bulldogging competition against a field of top American, Canadian and Australian competitors. He also set a world record for steer decorating at the Los Angeles Rodeo in 1932 and won numerous saddle bronc riding titles, including San Francisco – establishing himself as a true all-around hand. Frank said in an interview before his death in 1983 that his decision to rodeo was “probably environment,” because Johnie was a top rodeo cowboy and he started working for stock contractor Cliff Burrell at age 13. Now the former Caliente, Calif., resident has followed Johnie all the way to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame; Johnie was inducted in 1992. “I’ll tell you what, it knocked my socks off when we heard,” said Nancy Moore, Schneider’s eldest daughter. “We were just back there in Colorado Springs last year for Burel Mulkey’s induction, and we’re so happy to know that we’ll be coming back this year. I just can’t explain what a thrill this is. “My dad would be thrilled, and my mom, too. We’ve been hoping that he would get in at some point, but we just didn’t know. We’re so happy that he’ll get to join his brother and brother-in-law (Mulkey) in the Hall of Fame.” For all of its 35 years, the Dodge City Roundup has been one of the elite rodeos of the PRCA. Eight of its nine Rodeo Committee of the Year awards came in the days when there was only one category covering all 600-plus PRCA-sanctioned rodeos. The rodeo is annually the centerpiece of the Dodge City Days Festival which is the second largest community event in the state of Kansas with a huge economic impact. “There was always an amateur rodeo in Dodge City,” said Roundup President Dr. R.C. Trotter, “but in 1977 a group of local bankers and cattlemen decided to create a professional rodeo. From the start, they made a huge commitment to make it a very professional show with not only the best cowboys, but the best contract personnel, the best announcers and the best stock. “The whole community comes together to make this rodeo what it has become. We have a core group of 50-60 and we have 400-500 volunteers the week of the rodeo. Something like this (the rodeo’s induction) will serve to reenergize us all. We are all so excited to be honored this way.” Khadafy Skoal became the first Wyoming born-and-raised horse to be voted PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year in 1990 and went on to win the award twice more for Powder River Rodeo in 1995 and ’96. Starting in 1989, the blue roan gelding went to 16 consecutive NFRs and was voted Horse of the NFR in 1994, 1996 and 1999. He also competed in 15 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeos (being named top bareback horse at the DNCFR a record five times) and 12 Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeos before being retired with his friend Skoal’s Frontier at the 2004 Wrangler NFR to

the grassy fields of Riverton, Wyo., where he lives today at the age of 29. “He means so much to us,” said Lori Franzen of Powder River Rodeo. “The horse put us on the map. We were a young company, and when you’re a young company in the PRCA, it takes a long time. You do a lot of struggling. You have to have a product, and you have to have something the people want to see, and Khadafy was that. He was electric, he was different, he was amazing, and people wanted to see him. He really helped us in the beginning, and (husband) Hank and I still say we owe an enormous amount of our success to him.” Legendary bucking horse Khadafy Skoal lives life of retirement in Wyoming.View video at The Franzens bought Khadafy from Ray Sanborn of Big Piney, Wyo., but insisted on bucking him before writing the check. “It was Lori and me and the hired man,” Hank Franzen said. “We put (Khadafy) in the bucking chute; Lori flanked him, I opened the bucking chute and picked him up. Lori, she had all whites in her eyes when them feet came up. He kicked up straight out of the chute right toward her. It was spectacular. We thought we had something special.” Taylor, 70, was selected to be the NFR barrelman in 1974, 1979 and 1983 and served as the alternate in 1980-81. He was the PRCA Clown of the Year in 1979 and developed a reputation as one of the sport’s best-loved entertainers working major rodeo venues in Reno, Nev.; Fort Worth, Texas; Pendleton, Ore.; Ellensburg, Wash. and Prescott, Ariz. He served on the PRCA Board of Directors from 1982-85 and has worked as the NFR saddle horse boss for 28 years. “In the rodeo field, being a rodeo clown and doing all the things I’ve done with the Finals in the U.S. and Canada, I’ve made my goal,” said Taylor, who lives in Filer, Idaho. “This was always my goal. “It was great to hear the news; I was flabbergasted really. I was nominated last year,

but you just have to kind of wait and see what happens. This is a great honor that is put onto you as someone in rodeo.” Littrell, who turns 80 on March 31, is known as “Mister Rodeo” in Colorado Springs with more than 50 years of service to the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and a long record of support for the PRCA and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. A member of the Hall’s Board of Trustees from the beginning in 1979 to the present day, Littrell has been instrumental in helping secure monetary support for various projects and improvements for the Hall, most recently to update the museum’s lighting. He was selected in the Notables category. Including this year’s inductees, 226 people, 27 animals and 18 rodeo committees have been selected for enshrinement in Colorado Springs since the Hall opened in 1979.

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PRCA invests in Little Britches, banks on tomorrow By Kimber Solberg NLBRA Executive Director The PRCA is investing in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA), focusing on growing competition in the rough stock events. The PRCA is keenly aware that their future depends greatly on the athletes that learn and grow through opportunities in the NLBRA. The PRCA is contributing $500 in added money to each rough stock event (bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and both divisions of bull riding) for those that enter the National Finals Rodeo jackpot. Who wouldn’t enter the jackpot? Combine that with the $250 added money from the NLBRA and the added money is already $750 in added money and with greater participation the NLBRA will grow the

added money, which could reach $1,500 per event. The jackpot winner will have the choice to collect the cash or add it to their scholarship account. Combine that with the $250 in guaranteed added money from the NLBRA the current base is already $750 added money in. The NLBRA is where future riders develop and hone their skills in the arena. The PRCA is also sponsoring the PRCA Safety Seminar for all Finals rough stock contestants; as well as, a generous list of awards in all Sr. Boy Division events. As in years past, each event world champion and all-around world champion receives their PRCA Permit upon reaching legal age to compete in the PRCA. For those of you who are not yet NLBRA members, it’s not too late.

Mutton busting intro to grown-up rodeo action Mutton busting. Nobody expects to break or ride a sheep, but it has a benefit. It’s a chance for little kids to get a taste of adventure, a feel for what it’s like to be a cowboy. They might get bruised and they’ll definitely get dirty, but it’s an experience they will never forget. Mutton busting is the sport of bareback sheep riding. Kiddie competitors challenge themselves and the sheep to see who can hold on the longest as they try for a qualifying time in the rodeo arena. Mutton busting is similar to bull riding, except that the contestants wear more protective gear and are closer to the ground. A sheep is held still, either in a small chute or by an adult handler, while a child is placed on top in a riding position. Once the child is seated, the sheep is released and usually starts to run in an attempt to get the child off. Often small prizes or ribbons are given out to the children who can stay on the longest. There are no set rules for mutton busting, no national organization, and most events are organized at the local level. However, children who begin as mutton busters could go on to be top Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) money winners or, at least, tops on the hometown rodeo circuit. The vast majority of children participating in the event fall off in less than 8 seconds. Age, height and weight restrictions on participants generally prevent injuries to the sheep, and implements such as spurs are banned from use. In most cases, children are required to wear helmets and parents are often asked to sign waivers to protect the rodeo from legal action . The practice has been documented as

Every champion has to start somewhere.

Photo by Staci Turner

Mutton busting at last year’s Ski Hi Stampede having been introduced to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, at least by the 1980s when an event was sponsored by Nancy Stockdale Cervi, a former rodeo queen. At that event, children ages five to seven who weighed less than 55 pounds could apply, and ultimately seven contestants were selected to each ride a sheep for six seconds. There are no statistics about the popularity of the sport, but anecdotal reports suggest thousands of children participate in such events every year in the U.S. Supporters consider the event both entertaining and a way to introduce young children to the adult rodeo “rough stock” riding events of bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding, and may liken its roughand-tumble nature to the way youth sports such as football are played.

There is still more than a month in this rodeo season to get qualified and enter the National Finals Rodeo. To qualify, contestants must place 4 times in the top 7 in each event they want to enter at the Finals. In addition to the Jackpot payout, each event world champion is awarded a Circle Y trophy saddle and buckle, Old West boot certificate, a $500 college scholarship, Wrangler jean certificate and other prizes as dedicated by NLBRA sponsors. The awards for the events at the Finals are buckles to the top 7 finishers in each go round, the average and the world. Buckle awards total more than 1,050. The total prize package of the Finals is $260,000 and includes $60,000 in scholarships. Does this sound too good to pass up? It really is and it’s easy to compete for the title and the money.

Go to and get your membership application today and enter Little Britches Rodeos in your area of the country. We invite you to be a part of the greatest youth rodeo organization and work hard to earn your part of the Finals Jackpot. Finals entry fees are $60 for rough stock events. This includes stock charges and guarantees 2 rounds of competition. Top 15 head to the short round. Entering the jackpot is another $75/event with 70 percent put in the jackpot, and 100 percent of the 30 percent “office fee” is dedicated to the NLBRA Scholarship Fund. Both the first and second round payout is 30 percent each, and 40 percent goes to the short round payout. Timed events are paid on a different structure, visit for details.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

91st Annual Ski-Hi Stampede

Loose and limber may save a cowboy’s ride

Photo by Staci Turner

Little Britches action

File Photo

Fresh from the upper Rio Grande, this really wild horse wanted none of its rider in 1922.

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The spectator

Stace Smith stock doesn’t always allow for a graceful landing.

Be rodeo tough... Be Ram tough. Photo by Ashli Adams

What would any rodeo be without a spectator?

Remember to bring your cans to the carnival.

File Photo

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World Class Rodeos Double Concert: Friday Evening - 7 p.m.(Family Day) Saturday & Sunday - 2 p.m. Rodeo Announcer - Boyd Polhamus, ‘07 & ‘08 PRCA Announcer of the Year Stace Smith, PRCA 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 Stock Contractor of the Year


Rotary Chuck Wagon Dinner

July 27 & 28 10 a.m.

Thursday, July 26th 5:30 p.m.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

Stampede Dances

*ULY„PM *ULY„PM $ 10 at the door

Saturday, July 28th 6 - 9 a.m.

Christian Cowboys’ Service 3UNDAY *ULYTH„AM„3KI (I0ARK


.................................................................Presale Friday, July 27th Family Day ...............................................$25 (Husband, wife and up to 5 children under 18) Box Seats .................................................$15 Reserve Seating - Adult ............................$14 Reserve Seating - Child ............................$8 General Admission - Adult ........................$12 General Admission - Child ........................$8 Arena Seats Reserved ..............................$15 Sunday, July 29th Senior Citizen Day....................................$5 (General Admission - 65 & over) Country Western Dance ............................$10

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Pre-Sale At Door


Reserved $35 $40

Door $30 $17 $16 $8 $14 $8 $17 $5 $10










Jack’s Market


Carlucci’s Alamosa Building Supply

Premium Reserved $40 $45



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Saturday, July 28

First 91 Youth (under 21 years old) with paid admission will receive a FREE Commemorative Stampede T-Shirt!

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Local SLV Amateur Events & Professional Slack at 2 p.m.

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Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amusements Carnival

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Stampede rodeo in Monte Vista, Colorado, 2012