New Mexico ropers competitive in USTRC

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Julie Bryant CLOVIS — New Mexico ropers took on the competition in fine fashion from neighboring states, and some from as far away as Georgia and Alabama, capturing some economic stimulus on their way to top spots at the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) Southwest Regional Finals on Friday at the Curry County Events […]

Governor honors ENMU ropers with day

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Clarence Plank Friday, he was one of the toughest cowboys in New Mexico. It hasn’t always been that way for Michael Trujillo. Eastern New Mexico’s collegiate rodeo national champion was once afraid of horses. “I hated it every day,” Trujillo said, explaining how his parents insisted he work and be around horses. “Until one day […]

ENMU ropers take CNFR title

A new horse. The notion that freshmen don’t win national championships. Just details to Chance Kiehne and Michael Trujillo. They had a calf to rope. The pair finished their goal Saturday night, taking second in the short round and earning enough points to claim first place in team roping at the College National Finals Rodeo […]

Roping event grows

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Four things draw ropers to Clovis’ Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping event: • Good prize money • Comfort • Fresh calves • A well organized competition The event has quickly grown into the largest calf roping event in the country, according to Chris Weber, drawing participants from across the […]

Ticket feature: Roping association expanding to New Mexico

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Freedom New Mexico Amarillo-based Original Team Roping Association is starting off the year by expanding to New Mexico. The group will be holding a team roping event Saturday and Feb. 13 at the Curry County Special Events Center. Whitney McCright, business manager for the association, said the association organizes team-roping events in Texas and Oklahoma. […]

ENMU team ropers place high at CNFR

PNT Staff Report CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University’s Tyrell Flewelling and Kyle Roberts placed in the Top 10 in the first round of team roping Monday at the College National Rodeo Finals. Flewelling, a freshman from Alberta, Can., teamed with Arena Robertson of Weatherford (Texas) College to tie for seventh with a time […]

Clovis’ Mounted Patrol Arena welcomes calf ropers

PNT Staff Report Hundreds of cowboys, both professional and amateur, will compete in calf-roping events this weekend. The third annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is being held Friday through Saturday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. According to event coordinator Joe Rhodes, 464 cowboys competed in the 2006 calf roping event. “Hopefully we […]

Big names featured at Clovis rodeo

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Buster Record has spent more than a decade making his name as a steer roper in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Even if technically it isn’t his name. “It’s really a nickname,” said Record, who was named Tommy at birth, “but it’s the only name I’ve ever been called. It’s […]