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Rodeo news & notes for July 16, 2012

Lisa Harris Bowman, a PRCA Gold Card member who worked as a secretary/timer at many PRCA rodeos, died July 14 in San Antonio after a long struggle with cancer. She was 58. A native of Navasota, Texas, Bowman graduated from Texas Tech University and received her law degree from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, Texas. Her favorite rodeos to time were the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo, as well the Helotes (Texas) Festival Association Rodeo …

The Cervi rodeo family lost their great saddle bronc horse Vitalix Party Shop at the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper on July 14. Party Shop, the highest-marked horse at each of the last two Wrangler National Finals Rodeos, suffered a heart attack shortly after Isaac Diaz rode him for 80 points in the final round, with each judge awarding the horse 23 of a possible 25 points. He was 11 …

Rodeo Austin is awarding $453,000 in scholarships this summer to 44 Texas students who were selected based on financial need, academic performance and community involvement … Five-time World Champion Lewis Feild, 1985 PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year Cotton Rosser and his wife Karin, a former Miss Rodeo Utah, were inducted with the inaugural class of the Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame on July 6 in Ogden, Utah …

The Lethbridge (Alberta) Sports Hall of Fame has inducted five members of the Bascom family – John W. Bascom and his sons Raymond, Melvin, Earl and Weldon – all of whom were rodeo cowboys, sometimes called the Bronc Bustin’ Bascom Boys. Earl Bascom has been termed “The Father of Modern Rodeo” by historians for such innovations as the side delivery bucking chute, the hornless bronc saddle and the one-hand bareback rigging. The Bascoms are joined in the induction class by Ray Knight, a former timed-event competitor, competition judge, rodeo producer and stock contractor, long one of the leading figures in Canadian rodeo …

Three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo pickup man Jason Bottoms suffered a fractured left ankle when his horse was knocked down in the arena July 6 at the Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale, Ark., and Bottoms was pinned underneath …

Nearly 40 retired rodeo clowns got together during the Sheridan WYO Rodeo July 11-14 to renew acquaintances and make new fans at the Rodeo Clown Reunion. First organized in Roseburg, Ore., in 1974, the reunion is held on a “sometimes annual” basis at PRCA rodeos all over the United States and is organized by rodeo historian Gail Hughbanks Woerner of Austin, Texas …

From now until Oct. 31, the American Red Cross Lewis and Clark Blood Service Region will be conducting a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo promotion in which all presenting blood donors will be eligible to win a trip to the WNFR in Las Vegas. To enter and become eligible for the prize, donors must donate blood or platelets at an American Red Cross blood donation center or selected blood drive in Idaho, Montana, Utah, southwestern Wyoming or Las Vegas by Oct. 31, and fill out an entry form online at redrossblood.org/rodeo. The Grand Prize includes two tickets to the Wrangler NFR, including hotel accommodations for two nights at the Las Vegas Marriott and a gift certificate for $500, which is intended to be used for travel costs for the winner and guest from a departure point of their choice to Las Vegas …

In response to the recent wildfires in Colorado and Wyoming, organizers of the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days will be collecting monetary donations to assist the Red Cross in both states as well as the Larimer County Humane Society located in Fort Collins, Colo. While most of the fires are contained, the damage was extensive, affecting many residents within a 100-mile radius of Frontier Park where the bulk of the 116th annual event’s activities will occur. The Wyoming and Colorado Red Cross came to the aid of victims and firefighters. The Larimer County Humane Society took in 400 animals free of charge for evacuees of the High Park Fire. Knowing that these agencies went the extra mile during these disasters, CFD will put out donation boxes at each of the traditional Pancake Breakfasts as well as at the front gate of Frontier Park for the 10-day celebration, slated for July 20-29.

After years of participating in Military Appreciation Night at the Belton (Texas) 4th of July Rodeo, officials at Fort Hood turned the tables a bit this year, inviting PRCA announcer Charlie Throckmorton, barrelman Ryan Litwin, bullfighters Jake King and Shane Kenney, along with a few members of the Belton Chamber of Commerce to the post for a “rodeo appreciation day.” The visit was hosted by Maj. Gen. Perry Wiggins, commanding general of Division West, and featured an up-close look at how the U.S. Army trains its personnel, including turns at flying an Apache Longbow helicopter over Iraq in a flight simulator and shooting weapons in a simulated firing range …

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