2007 Roosevelt County Fair Results

Turtle Race 1st Colby Rogers 2nd Christopher Diaz 3rd Levi Miller 4th Madison Ferguson 5th Jody Dennis Stick Horse Race Boys 2 & Under Lane Faver Boys 3-Years-Old Dillon Looney Boys 4-Years-Old Garrison Grants Boys 5-Years-Old Trevor Rawdon Girls 2 & Under Kenzie Rowland Girls 3-Years-Old Reagan Dennis Girls 4-Years-Old Taryn Wood Girls 5-Years-Old Carlie […]

One sweet recovery

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Montie and Michelle Nickels of Elida wanted to get their daughter Hailey a horse. By doing so, they earned the trust of a new friend and saved the life of an abused animal. Nine-year-old Hailey Nickels showed her horse, Butterscotch, Saturday morning at the Roosevelt County Fair youth horse […]

Horses, fashion on display

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Modeling cotton outfits and showing horses will be taking place Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 2007 RCF Youth Horse Show will begin at 10 a.m. at the Special Events Arena. Thirty classes are scheduled to take place during the day. Entries for the horse show are due […]

August 8, 1982

• Local farmer Gary Robbins announced that he would seek a third term as a state representative in District 66. He had previously held the position for two terms. • Leonard Johnson, 17, earned the all-around cowboy title and was the high-point scorer for the horse show at the recent Quay County 4-H Rodeo. • […]

Jones recalls times gone by

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elmer Jones jokes he can have a class reunion anytime he wants to because he’s the only one still living from his graduating class of 1931 at Portales High School. Quiet and unassuming, Jones recently celebrated his 95th birthday but the milestone isn’t slowing him down much. As a […]

May 13, 1960

• Roosevelt County school teachers were to receive a $200 a year increase in salaries. • An approved Quarter Horse show would be held in conjunction with the 1960 Roosevelt County Fair. According to fair board members, the show would be approved by the National Quarter Horse Association.

For some, Texas is exotic enough

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnists When people mention exotic places they would like to visit, Texas is probably not the first one that comes to mind. But to me, growing up in Rome — which seemed so ordinary — Dallas was the most exotic place I could think of. As a teenager I fantasized about […]

Manure’s allure

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Chicken, horse, cow, bat and even human manure are nothing to turn your nose up at when it comes to soil enrichment, according to local gardening experts. Using manure for gardening and lawn care is a timeless agriculture practice proponents swear by for its value in adding nutrients and organic […]

Expo provides horse training clinic

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Combining his love of horses and the chance to teach others to better communicate with their horses, horse trainer Orrin Barnes presented a clinic Tuesday at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. Barnes uses his clinics as an opportunity to teach horse owners about the proper bridling and […]

Some things worth thinking about

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Food for thought: — Chicken. I only wish it tasted more like chicken. — Hungry people don’t protest genetically modified foods. — What is the difference between the people who worked for F.E.M.A. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina vs. the reporters, politicians and movie stars who jostled each other […]

Reality shows starring animals could be next big hit

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist In our effort to plumb the depths of humiliation and bad taste, television producers have now invented a reality show based on pitting races against each other. They have chosen whites vs. blacks vs. Asian vs. Latinos, leaving out the obvious — cowboys vs. Indians vs. French vs. cows. I […]

‘Horsing’ around

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By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With poise and confidence, Cindy Vaughan slowly led her horse into the arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Her light brown ringlets peeking out from a patriotic-themed helmet, the 45-year-old Clovis resident waited patiently to compete in the horsemanship at halter category. “I practice a lot,” she […]

Playday a day for horse, rider

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer It’s called a Playday because the competitive pressure is off if you choose, and it’s a chance for both horse and rider to get involved in an organized riding event with fun awards for the winners. Playday is sponsored by the Cattle Capitol Cowbelles local chapter. Laura Southard, of […]

More horse owners considering rabies shots

By William P. Thompson PNT Staff Writer William_Thompson@link.freedom.com Following a documented case of rabies in a Lea County horse earlier this month, area veterinarians are encouraging horse owners to get their horses vaccinated. So far, officials from the New Mexico Department of Public Health say the horse in Lea County is the only known rabies […]

Something for everyone at ag expo

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By Tony Parra People gained new ideas from everything from horsemanship to quilt designs during the first day of the 14th annual New Mexico Ag Expo on Tuesday. Some people even left the Roosevelt County fairgrounds with prizes. For the Worthams of Portales, the ag expo offered new hints and tricks from Orin Barnes when […]

Horse-riding accident takes life of Portales boy

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Ivan Bordayo died doing what made him happy. A horse ride Monday evening ended tragically for the 11-year-old when he died from injuries resulting from a horseback accident west of Portales. Family members didn’t like to relive the accident, but they said they couldn’t imagine him doing anything but riding […]

Horse part of family and fair history

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Orcutts can’t imagine being without Leroy, their horse, and neither can the people who attend the Roosevelt County Fair for many years. Leroy, a 26-year-old Gotland (breed of horse), is to the Roosevelt County Fair what the Bald Eagle is to the United States. He’s a symbol of the […]

The wisdom and special jobs of grandpas

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Grandpas have a special job and have since days of yore To teach his children’s children things his parents might ignore. Like how to spit and whistle, carve initials on a tree The value of an empty can and why some things aren’t free. Why dogs get stuck, how birds […]

Ropers descend on Clovis

Shorty Sanders of Capitan said it’s more American than baseball. Organizer Scot Stinnett said it’s more difficult that golf. Wendy Lacina, who came from Amarillo with her two young sons to support her husband, described it as great family fun. All were in Clovis on Saturday for the second day of the Joe’s Boot Shop […]

Ban on horse racing would only halt freedom

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department wants county commissioners to outlaw horse racing on private property. Fortunately, commissioners recognized that such an intrusive ordinance would not accomplish law-enforcement’s intended goal of reducing crime and they denied it. We’re not suggesting it’s a good idea for private property owners to host horse races on Sunday afternoons. The […]