Dec 7, 201110:52 AMThe Telegraph
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Rookies, Roping, and Rodeo Queens
Tuesday night was Rookie Night, when the Resistol Rookies of the Year in each event are honored, so it was fitting that Chandler Bownds won the bull riding. This young sensation has put on a real show in Vegas: two first-place checks and at least two other awesome — almost eight-second — rides (he slapped a bull in rounds one and five). Luke Branquinho continues to pick up checks in steer wrestling and looks to be on target for another World Championship. One of only two teams still in the average race in team roping, Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith, aren't playing it safe: They went out and smoked a 3.5-second run, just .2 seconds off the arena record! On the other hand, Trevor has posted two no-times in tie-down roping. No problemo though, as he's already secured his ninth All-Around Championship. P.S.: The guy who broke Trevor's continuous string of All-Around Championships in 2005, Ryan Jarrett, won tie-down roping.
Still ahead: I'll be attending a hospitality reception hosted by Dallas Market Center. On Thursday I'm looking forward to the ProRodeo League of Women Luncheon & Fashion Show at the South Point Hotel. The annual event raises money for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, which helps athletes injured in America's original extreme sport. (Through the end of 2010, JCCF’s running total of disbursements exceeded $5.87 million in financial assistance to more than 880 individuals and their families. Assistance awards are based on the severity of injury, number of dependents, and the applicant's financial situation. JCCF also takes into consideration the individual's involvement in and/or contribution to the sport of professional rodeo.)
On Friday, rehearsals begin for the big stage production of Miss Rodeo America. Coronation is on Saturday! I'll be emceeing along with announcer Creed Roberts.
It's getting busy, folks. Even for those of us who aren't competing, there's plenty to do in Vegas, baby!