Summertime rodeos fun, unpredictable

Summertime in the Southwest is rodeo time. We’ve got 4-H rodeos, high school and junior rodeos, high class amateur shows, punkin rollins, ranch rodeos and, of course, professional productions. In the old days we had several especially fun amateur rodeos — the kind where you can pay your entry fee and get your number half [...]

ENMU student preparing for Miss Rodeo America

By Shelley Gilmore Brittany Bennett of Portales is looking forward to competing in the pageant for Miss Rodeo America. She is taking a semester off from Eastern New Mexico University to compete. Currently Miss Rodeo New Mexico, Bennett will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 27 through Dec. 3 to compete against 26 other candidates. [...]

Portales hosts high school rodeo series

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor High school rodeo comes to Portales in a big way this weekend as the Portales Area High School Rodeo Association hosts the fifth in a series of eight rodeos for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. Local youth involved are few in number with seven expected to compete this [...]

Three qualify for national rodeo

Freedom Newspapers Three Eastern New Mexico University rodeo athletes have qualified for the 2005 College National Finals Rodeo June 12-18 at Casper, Wyo. The ENMU qualifiers are senior Dusty Higgins of Roswell (bull riding), James Gilliland of Tularosa (team roping) and freshman Brittany Bennett of Portales (barrel racing). The top three finishers in each region [...]

Sleep depravation helps spawn local junior rodeo association

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By Rick White CLOVIS — Keith Moore liked the idea of his son and daughter taking part in junior rodeos because it kept them out of trouble, he said. It was getting home at 3 or 4 in the morning from a junior rodeo and having to get up for work the next day that [...]

ENMU student reins in rodeo queen crown

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By Mike Linn, Freedom Newspapers Brittany Bennett likens rodeos to family reunions. Unlike many sports, camaraderie often trumps rivalry and competitors can be like brothers and sisters. The 19-year-old from Portales will carry that belief with her when she begins her reign as Miss Rodeo Queen New Mexico in January. “(Rodeos are) just such a [...]

Injury-prone rodeos don’t report many deaths

Mike Linn Local, state and national rodeo officials say bull riders are more likely to die in traveling accidents to and from rodeos than in the arena. But while the death of Eastern New Mexico University freshman Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — who was thrown and stepped on by a bull at a rodeo last week [...]