Wednesday morning briefing: Roping in the New Year and a raisin in the champagne

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Lasso the New Year World Series of Team Roping is bringing in the New Year with two-day event starting with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Curry County Events Center. Roping starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday . Information: 505-469-4388 Check […]

Seconds matter in team roping

Julie Bryant CLOVIS — In team roping, seconds can mean thousands of dollars to be won, or lost, and that was the case for more than 200 team ropers who made their way on Saturday to the Curry County Event Center to compete in the United States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals. Among them was […]

Lazbuddie roper wins USTRC open

By Julie Bryant: U.S. Team Roping Championships In what was a star-studded field of open ropers at the U.S. States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals, it was the local ropers who fought to the top of the 63-team field Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Josh Morris of Lazbuddie and Brandon Gonzales of Bosque […]

Team roping regional finals to be hosted in Clovis

CNJ staff The United States Team Roping Championships will host the Regional Finals in Clovis August 4-7 at the Curry County Events Center. Touted as the richest team roping series, the event will offer $340,000 in cash and prizes with an estimated economic impact of $1.2 million to the Clovis area, according to a press […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo kicking off next week

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Freedom New Mexico In its 37th year, the High Plains Junior Rodeo will kick off July 20, beginning three days of competition at the Curry County Events Center. The rodeo will feature youth ages 6-18 in action-packed competitions in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, calf, steer and bull riding, calf roping, ribbon roping, shoe […]

Sneaking scheme stopped short

There is more than one definition for pasture roping, as Carter pointed out to me. It was during calving season. He and his wife were making the 5 p.m. heifer check. They were in the pickup driving through the calving pasture and noted a good size critter in the process of calving. They had seen […]

Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping

• What: Seventh Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping • What’s it about: The annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping features ropers at everylevel, including some of the top-ranked calf ropers in the world. • When: 9 a.m. Thursday through Sunday; 1 p.m. main event Sunday • Where: Curry County Events Center • Admission: Free except […]

Ticket feature: Team roping championships to begin Friday

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Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Championships Team Roping will be taking place in Clovis Friday through Sunday. Sanctioned by the United States Team Roping Championships, the event will be held at the Curry County Events Center beginning at 9 a.m. daily. “Clovis is a great venue for the sport and we are looking forward […]

Ticket feature: Roping series coming to Curry events center

Freedom New Mexico As many as 500 teams are expected to compete in the Matthews Land and Cattle No Bull Series this weekend at the Curry County Events Center. And with prizes such as a three-horse trailer, saddles, buckles, cash and more on the line, the event is sure to be highly competitive, according to […]

Roping event will benefit children’s home

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Argen Duncan A team roping event set for October aims to honor a Curry County farmer, benefit children and raise money for agriculture advocacy. The first-ever Charles Petty Memorial Team Roping Event is to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, a lobby group for farmers and ranchers, and the New Mexico Baptist Children’s […]

Accident victim had passion for roping

Jared Tucker “It’s a blessing to me, because he died happy,” Sabra Gorrell said Tuesday about her son’s death Thursday while practicing roping in Carlsbad. Steven Watson, 26, of Portales died when he collided with a cat-walk while riding a horse at a high rate of speed, Gorrell said, adding police told her Watson died […]

Dora’s Clark third in tiedown roping heading into finals

Freedom New Mexico GILLETTE, Wyo. — Dora High’s Jesse Clark is third in tiedown roping heading into today’s final performance in the National High School Finals Rodeo. Clark posted a time of 10.947 seconds in Friday’s second go-round which, combined with his event-best 8.68 in the first go, left him with a time of 19.627 […]

Dora’s Clark leads tie-down roping after first round

Freedom New Mexico Gillette, Wyo. — Jessie Clark of Dora leads tie-down roping at the National High School Finals Rodeo after the first round. Clark’s time of 8.68 seconds Tuesday night gives him a half-second lead over the field 110 ropers in the weeklong event. “I made a good run on a calf that really […]

Press Release: ENMU’s Kiehne and Trujillo second in college finals roping

CASPER, WYO – After taking fifth in the second go and fourth in the third go of the team roping at the College National Finals Rodeo, the duo of Chance Kiehne (Fr., Springerville, Ariz./Springerville HS) and Michael Trujillo (Fr. Portales, N.M./Portales HS) from the Eastern Mew Mexico University are currently in second place, with a […]

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: Joe’s Boot Shop hosting annual calf roping event

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Freedom New Mexico The 6th annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is next week in Clovis. Scheduled for April 22-25 at the Curry County Special Events Center, the event boasts it is the “Biggest and best in the US.” “The Annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is now considered to the largest in the nation. […]

ENMU’s Terry second in calf roping

Freedom New Mexico ODESSA, Texas — Eastern New Mexico Univeristy senior Payton Terry of Dora placed second in calf roping in the first go, short go and average over the weekend in the Odessa College Rodeo. Terry had times of a8.5 seconds in the first go and 8.8 in the short go for an overall […]

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. […]

National final rodeo not for timid

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 10 days in early December in Las Vegas, just finished. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding. The top 15 competitors of the year in each event could compete for the world […]

Youth day events put kids at center stage

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Children not old enough to show animals competitively at the Roosevelt County Fair were given the chance Saturday by a variety of sponsors, including the Kiwanis Club. Events included a pet show, turtle race, stick horse race, pig race, dummy roping and goat branding Skyler Davis, 8, of Roosevelt County […]