Rodeo Insider: Busy time of year has cowboys on the move

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Pro rodeo is in high season.

During the past weekend, the world’s top competitors began competing in the Reno Rodeo in Nevada, which traditionally is the first major summer rodeo for Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association competitors.

The 2013 edition, which concludes its nine-day run Saturday, is offering competitors $492,039. By comparison, the Jan. 29-Feb. 4 Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo paid out $571,348.

Like the FWSSR, the Reno Rodeo winners can earn $12,000 to $15,000, which goes a long way toward qualifying for the Dec. 5-14 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

One cowboy who stands an excellent chance of earning a big check in Reno this weekend is defending world all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur. While competing in the prelims last weekend, Brazile turned in tie-down roping times of 9.0 and 9.2 seconds. He has a two-run aggregate time of 18.2, which should be fast enough to qualify for Saturday’s final round.

The Reno finals will feature the top 12 in each event. In tie-down roping, for example, the cowboy with the fastest three-run aggregate time will claim the title.

Many credentialed riders are in Texas this week to compete in the West of the Pecos Rodeo. The Pecos rodeo begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday.

Many of the sport’s elite are also working the lucrative Panoka Stampede this week in Panoka, Alberta. The finals of the seven-day Panoka rodeo is scheduled for Monday.

Next week marks the time of the rodeo season that’s traditionally called Cowboy Christmas. The July 4 week contains more higher paying rodeos than cowboys can attend. Some of the bigger shows are scheduled in cities such as Greeley, Colo., Prescott, Ariz., Window Rock, Ariz., Cody, Wyo., Livingston, Mont., and St. Paul, Ore.

During Cowboy Christmas competitors travel relentlessly. They charter planes, make all night drives and hire drivers to move their roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing horses from one rodeo to another.

Calgary Stampede update

Calgary Stampede officials plan to produce the city’s marquee annual event despite overwhelming flooding.

President Bob Thompson said the July 5-14 Stampede will run as scheduled.

“We have pumped millions of gallons of water from our facilities, scrapped the mud from our tarmac, commenced the cleanup of our park, all to welcome guests from around the world,” Thompson told CBC News.

This will mark the Stampede’s 101st year and officials never have had to cancel the renowned show. The economic impact of the 2013 Stampede is estimated at more than $300 million.

Will Rogers update

The Will Rogers Memorial Complex will be a busy place over the next 1 1/2 months. The American Junior Paint Horse Association World Championship Show begins Saturday and runs through July 6. The National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular is scheduled for July 13-Aug.3.

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