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Just call him the pickup man, that’s what I do

January 27, 2016

Rodeo fans, meet Jason Bottoms! Nominated as the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Pickup Man of the Year, Jason also happens to be your 2016 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo pickup man! In the sport of rodeo, a pickup man carries a huge responsibility. Some of their duties include: Ensuring that the cowboys dismount safely from the livestock Maintaining the safety and well-being of the livestock in the arena Loosening or removing the flank strap from the animals so that when the animal enters the stripping chute (where the animals go after a ride), they don’t get hurt in any way…

Meet your 2016 RNCFR Announcer… Mr. Roger Mooney

January 8, 2016

Since he was big enough to walk, Roger Mooney has been raising cattle in his hometown of Ellijay, Georgia. He still lives on the farm where he was raised with seven generations. He has, in his own words, “always been a cowboy”. You might wonder, How does a cowboy begin a career as a rodeo announcer? In 1984, Roger was a rodeo contestant competing in a college rodeo in Tifton, Georgia. Little did he know, this is where his rodeo announcing career would begin. Roger was getting ready to compete when his rodeo coach came behind the chutes to inform…

The Cowgirl and the Horse Make Up a Winning Team

November 30, 2015

Photo Credit: Marty Welter @ Three barrels, one horse, a cowgirl, and a stopwatch! In the extreme sport of rodeo, these are the essential ingredients that make up barrel racing. Unlike other rodeo events, there are no judges that help determine the cowgirl’s score. The cowgirl and her horse create their destiny working in unison to accomplish a solid ride. Hesitation is not an option; you must ride fast to win! Barrel racing is a timed horse race in which the cowgirl rides her horse in a clover pattern around three barrels. Her goal is to avoid knocking a…

Josh peaks at right time in Kissimmee

July 27, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – When Josh Peek was asked what he was going to do next after winning the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo he said – what else? – that he was taking his family to Disney World in neighboring Orlando. Of course they were going there anyway. It’s been planned for weeks. But it’s nice to make the trip when you have a newly-issued check for $18,171 in your pocket and knowing you’ve just gone and done something historic. Peek, of Pueblo, Colo., won the RNCFR steer wrestling title Saturday night with a time of 4.8 seconds, earning a…

Evans wins final round shootout at NCFSR

April 26, 2015

TORRINGTON, Wyo. – Jason Evans finished the sixth annual National Circuit Finals Steer Roping the same way he began – as the winner. Evans, who won the first round April 25, capped the event at the Goshen County Fair Grounds on April 26 by posting the fastest time of the two-day rodeo in the four-man final round. The 9.9-second run in the shootout final round made Evans the champion of the NCFSR. “This is my first time here, and I think it’s a neat concept,” said the Huntsville, Texas, cowboy. “I like having six rounds where the average determines who…

Schneeberger ties RNCFR tie-down roping record

March 27, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – After a week of hitting the local tourist attractions with his girlfriend and three of his four sons, tie-down roper Jerome Schneeberger figured, “I sort of needed to win a big check.” Sometimes staring down a scary credit-card bill is all the motivation a guy needs. For Schneeberger, it was powerful enough for him to put down a 7.3-second run March 27 that tied the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo record held by Matt Shiozawa (2008, 2010), and allowed Schneeberger to take the lead in the second round and the two-head RNCFR average. If things fall right…

First Frontier cowboy leads RNCFR bull riding

March 26, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A lot of young men from the Northeast are in Florida this week for the annual rite of extreme behavior that is spring break. Not a one of them is going home with better memories or demonstrable reason for pride than Pennsylvania bull rider Mike Adams. The recent graduate of the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades showed plenty of trade craft in riding Footloose of Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo string for 84 points and the first-round win at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo worth $6,182. “I have high expectations for myself,” Adams said, “so…

Beach Boy’ Clark breaks RNCFR record

March 25, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – It took Jesse Clark 24 hours to drive out to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo from his home in Portales, N.M., and that’s a lot of time to think. His only company was Parker, back in the trailer, and the horse isn’t much of a talker. Clark passed the time with a lot of visualization. He’d never been to Florida, so he wanted to be sure he got his first look at an ocean and he wanted to be sure that he “stayed focused and took care of my business” at the $749,316 RNCFR. He daydreamed…

Idaho ropers look to weave web of RNCFR glory

March 25, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Rob and Dan Webb had a good night at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo March 25 – even putting themselves in position to make a little history – and they were fairly certain their dad, Kirk, didn’t get to see any of it on the webcast. “You can bet he was out feeding the cattle,” said Dan Webb, with a grin, “taking care of the farm’s 400 mother cows. Our mom (Stevia) might have watched us, but dad was pretty sure to be out there working.” That’s how it has always been on the Webb…


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