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Memorial Weekend

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By Krista Lucas Wynn

Memorial weekend is a time to commemorate those who have fought for our country and maybe have a cookout, shoot off fireworks or go to the lake. For western sports, it is one of the busier weekends of the year. From May 26-29 there were several barrel races, ropings and rodeos in the North Texas area alone.

There was the Money and Beaches barrel race in Stephenville, Texas, the Memorial barrel race in Hamilton, Montague had the annual open rodeo at the Montague County Cowboy Church, and the fan favorite Windy Ryon roping was in Saginaw.

The 49th annual roping event kicked off May 26th and concluded May 28th, with three days of competition. In the women’s 11.5 team roping, Bailey Gubert and Emilee Moyer were the event champions after roping their steers in 37.21 seconds total. The winners of the open team roping were world champions Clay Smith and Junior Nogueria, with a combined time of 35.36.

The invitational women’s breakaway roping is always an exciting event to watch year after year. Today’s top breakaway ropers competed for cash, prizes and the title of Windy Ryon breakaway roping champion. Quincy Sullivan, who recently won the Rookie Roundup breakaway title, won the average with a total time of 10.4 seconds on three head. Sullivan, a college student at Clarendon College, split first and second in the first round, placed in the short go and won the average.

To read more, pick up a copy of the July issue of NTFR Magazine. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

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Women in Rodeo

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By Krista Lucas Wynn

As female sports come under fire in 2024, the same can not be said for the sport of rodeo. The western industry is not short of talented, strong cowgirls. The Women’s Rodeo World Championship, presented by the World Champions Rodeo Alliance and the Professional Bull Riders, is the world’s richest women’s rodeo with a guaranteed payout of $750,000.

The week-long event showcases women competing in barrel racing, breakaway roping and team roping. The WRWC is the culmination of professionals and challengers alike who have qualified by a point system, held May 13-18 at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, and the championship round is at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Competitors are nominated at any event throughout the year to earn points leading up to the WRWC.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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The American

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By Krista Lucas Wynn

The American Western Weekend on March 8-9 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, was a weekend full of rodeo competition that fans looked forward to for the past 10 years. The night of the American rodeo is something cowboys and cowgirls have worked hard for, in order to have a chance to win a $1,000,000 prize.

The top five from the 2023 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo were invited to compete alongside five contenders. The invitees were vying for a $100,000 paycheck for first place, and if a qualifier won their event and was the only qualifier to do so, he or she walked away with $1,000,000.

In the bareback riding, Kade Sonnier, Keenan Hayes, Jess Pope, and Tilden Hooper made it out of the long round of 10 to advance to the final four-shootout round. WNFR qualifier, Sonnier, made a 90.5-point ride on Agent Lynx to win the $100,000.

To read more, pick up a copy of the May issue of NTFR. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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The Cowboy Culture

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By Phillip Kitts

The mystique and imagined glory of the rodeo road call many young people’s names. As they grow up, they watch the greats of the sport run from rodeo to rodeo and occasionally land on the television giving the perception of the rockstar lifestyle.

No, the glory of the rodeo road is not as grand as, say, the National Football League or the National Basketball Association, but being an athlete competing in front of the yellow chutes of Vegas is just as big a deal, and in every way, can be compared to competing in a Super Bowl.
However, things sure are different in the rodeo world. Let us take a minute and talk about what seem to be simple things in life that impact rodeo and rodeo athletes that in no way would make a difference to the big-money sports.

To read more, pick up a copy of the April issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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