The ProRodeo Hall of Fame will honor almost every aspect of rodeo with this year’s 2011 induction class.
The ceremony is July 16 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Being honored are: three-time world champion Burel Mulkey; two-time world champion bareback rider Lan LaJeunesse; PRCA chairman of the board Keith Martin; former PRCA Bucking horse of the year War Paint, trick rider/roper J.W. Stoker and the Deadwood, S.D., Days of ‘76 rodeo.
Mulkey, who grew up near Salmon, Idaho, was an original member of the Cowboys Turtle Association and won consecutive world saddle bronc titles in 1937 and 1938. According to the PRCA record books, Mulkey was so dominant in 1938, he earned more money than any multi-event competitor and was named the world’s all-around champion cowboy.
He passed away in 1982.
LaJeunesse announced his arrival at the 1999 NFR by shattering the average record, scoring 813 points on 10 horses. He won the world title by just $822 over Pete Hawkins. The Morgan, Utah, cowboy won his second world championship in 2001. A gold medal winner at the 2002 Olympic rodeo and former Dodge National Circuit Finals champion, LaJeunesse retired in 2004.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of former contestants, PRCA officials and rodeo experts. Selection is based on contributions to the sport of professional rodeo in any of the seven categories: contestant, contract personnel, stock contractors, rodeo committees, livestock, media, notables and lifetime achievement.
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John Smith has not been a PRCA stock contractor for very long, just six years.
But it hasn’t taken long for his Vaughn-based JS Rodeo of Montana to make an impact in professional rodeo.
Having already had bucking stock selected for the National Finals Rodeo, Smith received his first invitation to send his horses and bulls south to some of the high-paying rodeos in Texas.
And Smith’s stock delivered.
Cowboys rode his bucking stock to first-round wins in all three roughstock events earlier this year at San Angelo, Texas.
Smith is a former Canadian saddle bronc champion and two-time NFR qualifier.
One of the winners at San Angelo was newly crowned Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit all-around champion J.R. Vezain, of Cowley, Wyo. Vezain went 86 points on the bareback horse Silk and Dynamite.
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Boxing has done it for years.
Now it’s the Professional Bull Riders turn to try.
The PBR is having its first pay-per-view Saturday from the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas.
For $29.95, fans can watch the “Last Cowboy Standing.’’ The winner will receive $200,000, the second-highest payout in PBR history.
The broadcast is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Each of the bull riders will ride a bull in Round 1. Riders who reach eight seconds will advance to the next round where they will ride another bull. The elimination format continues until there is only one cowboy left. There will be a maximum of five rounds.
For information, check http://pbr.com/lastcowboystading.