In a time when a lower percentage of the population is being reared in ranching and rodeo lifestyles, Fort Worth Stock Show general manager Brad Barnes places a high priority on educating fans about the sport.
As the Stock Show conducts its 16-day Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association show, Barnes and his organizing committee have brought in a great teaching tool. For the first time, fans can watch the rodeo on four 16-by-9-foot screens that hang high in the middle of Will Rogers Coliseum.
“Everybody can see a lot better,” Barnes said. “We can get a lot better replays. It’s just a lot tighter.”
Barnes said the close-up shots help fans learn the details about the different rodeo events.
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“We’re really trying to teach the public about what those contestants are really doing,” Barnes said. “Especially in the roping events, we really have fans focused in on those tie-down ropers and their hands because that’s really where the action is.”
Barnes said he hopes it’s a method that will help win more fans.
“We hope to be able to continue generations of rodeo fans,” Barnes said. “I think through the years we might have been losing some. This helps them understand that it’s a major sport.”
Bronc rider on a roll
Four-time world champion Bobby Mote of Stephenville is one hot bareback rider.
On Thursday, the Stephenville cowboy earned $10,000 after winning the bareback riding title at the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Super Shootout Rodeo. Mote turned in a score of 88 atop a bronc named Top Flight, owned by the Pickett Pro Rodeo Co.
After all that, Mote traveled to Denver to compete in the National Western Stock Show’s traditional PRCA show. And during the final round on Sunday, he clinched the bareback riding title after turning in an 89 aboard a bronc named Virgil, owned by the C5 Rodeo Co. He earned $8,063.
Alves’s streak over
Silvano Alves’s streak of consecutive qualified rides on the Professional Bull Riders tour was snapped on Friday when he was bucked off of a bull named Big Dip in the first round in Oklahoma City.
Alves, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, brought his streak of consecutive qualified rides on the Professional Bull Riders tour to a record 24 after staying on all five bulls at the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series stop in New York on the weekend of Jan. 16-18.
But Alves is still ranked No. 1 in the PBR’s world standings as he attempts to earn a record fourth PBR gold buckle.
This weekend, the tour stops in Sacramento, Calif.