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Rodeo news and notes, July 9

Wounded veteran Sgt. Angel Martinez, his wife Casey and 5-month-old daughter Charlotte Marie, were presented with the keys to a new mortgage-free home July 6 during a ceremony at the Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale, Ark. Martinez, who served in the U.S. Army for nine years before being badly injured during an ambush in Afghanistan, was selected for the surprise gift by the Military Wounded Warriors Support Foundation. The presentation was made by MWWSF CEO/founder Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, country musician Kix Brooks and Rodeo of the Ozarks President Tom Reed. “I am humbled and just a little in shock,” Sgt. Martinez told The City Wire of Fort Smith, Ark. “I am so happy for my wife and daughter.” …

Heather Corey, the first woman selected to serve on the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up Board of Directors and the wife of ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Doug Corey, died July 6 at her home in Adams, Ore., three days after her 58th birthday. Mrs. Corey served as a volunteer with the Round-Up for more than 40 years and became a third-generation director when she was selected in 2010, following her grandfather, father and brother. “It’s just a tremendous blow to us, not just for us but for the entire community,” said Pendleton Round-Up President Dennis Hunt. “Round-Up was absolutely a major part of her life. Everything she tackled, she did 120 percent.” …

Four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Marvin Garrett and his wife, Lisa, set up a special program at the start of the July 2-4 Black Hills Round-Up in Belle Fourche, S.D., to offer fans, old and new, an inside look at the life of a rodeo cowboy. Marvin Garrett kicked things off by playing the guitar and singing “Rusty Spurs.” He was joined in the storytelling by his brother, 1996 Bareback Riding World Champion Mark Garrett, five-time World Champion Lewis Feild, 12-time NFR qualifier Larry Sandvick and emcee Rick Thompson … Rick and Lynn Smith, the only coaches the Central Wyoming Community College rodeo team has ever had, left the Riverton campus for a new challenge in the Southwest. The Smiths are headed for Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz., this fall, where Rick will coach the men’s team and Lynn will head up the women’s squad …

Miss Rodeo California Mackenzie Cayford accepts Senate Resolution from Sen. Joel Anderson in Sacramento, as her father Robert Cayford (left) and Sen. Ted Gaines (right) look on.

Miss Rodeo California Mackenzie Cayford accepts Senate Resolution from Sen. Joel Anderson in Sacramento, as her father Robert Cayford (left) and Sen. Ted Gaines (right) look on.

The California State Senate recently honored Mackenzie Cayford, the reigning Miss Rodeo California, with a resolution that was presented to her at the capitol in Sacramento by Sen. Joel Anderson. The resolution congratulated her on her selection as Miss Rodeo California and extended best wishes for the Miss Rodeo America competition in Las Vegas this December …

The Minot (N.D.) Y’s Men’s Rodeo has been presented with the Minot Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Favorite Event Award for 2011. Voted on by the citizens of Minot, it marks the rodeo as the local event they most enjoy attending …

The annual Cherokee (Iowa) PRCA Rodeo was recently voted the “Best Place to Take a Family,” by the Western Iowa Tourism Region, emerging from a field of 150 nominees …

The Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Directors is hosting an informational presentation about the beginning of the Ellensburg Rodeo and how it came to be one of the nation’s top rodeos on July 19. Rodeo 101 will be at Rodeo City Bar-B-Q, beginning with a no-host social at 5:30 p.m. followed by a no-host dinner at 6 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. Seating is limited so those interested in attending are asked to call the rodeo office at 509.962.7831 to reserve a seat.

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