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Minick inducted into Hall of Fame

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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Pro rodeo fans who followed the sport in the late 1960s and early 1970s had many opportunities to read about world class bull rider and stock contractor Billy Minick.

Minick qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in bull riding and then became a stock contractor who produced some of the world’s largest rodeos. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame on Aug. 4 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

During the induction ceremony, Minick, 79, who is from the Fort Worth area, was introduced by his wife, Pam, a former Miss Rodeo America who became a successful rodeo TV journalist.

Minick qualified for the 1966 National Finals in Oklahoma City in bull riding. In 1968, he purchased the Harry Knight Rodeo Co. from Knight and legendary entertainer Gene Autry. The company supplied the stock for some of the world’s largest rodeos in cities such as Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Cheyenne, Wyo. Minick also provided the stock at the Santa Rosa Roundup Rodeo in Vernon.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Minick owned numerous high-profile bucking stock animals such as Tiger, who was the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Bull of the Year in 1974. He also owned the notorious bull V-61.

Minick said rodeo is a very challenging business.

“For anyone involved in the rodeo business, it’s a tough business, and I have a lot of respect for them,” Minick said. “It enabled me to see the contestant side of it and then the stock contracting side of it and then the business side of it when I was a stock contractor. Those experiences still help us today in our business.”

Minick currently is the chief executive officer of Billy Bob’s Nightclub in Fort Worth, which features bull riding competition on the weekends.

Minick has a longtime relationship with the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo. He grew up regularly attending the famous winter pro rodeo.

“I came up through the ranks at the Stock Show,” Minick said. “I went on to be a bull riding winner there. Then, I ended up being a stock contractor and then Pam and I have been on the board of directors for 25 years.”

NCHA UPDATE

Lee Francois and a stallion named The Animal gave a clue that they might win the Metallic Cat National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular 4-year-old open division title on Aug. 4 in Fort Worth where they turned in the highest score during the semifinal round.

Francois, who is from the small town of Murchison that’s near Athens and Tyler, won the semifinal with an attention grabbing score of 222. But it was a score that’s usually not high enough to win a final round.

But during the final round, Francois and The Animal worked three testy cows and clinched the title with a lofty score of 228 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

“Horses have a way of knowing that it’s finals night,” Francois said. “They feel that adrenaline, too. It’s not like you have to build them up because you’ve been building up from the first go-round. Every go you’re pushing a little bit more and by the time you get here [to the final], they just let it all hang out, they just go.”

The stallion’s owners, Richard and Beth Carney of Kemp, earned the $39,231 prize in the 4-year-old open division final, which was the third jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series.

COOPER ROPING TOUGH

Defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper won the steer roping second round at the Dodge City Round-up Rodeo last week in Dodge City, Kan., after turning in a time of 9.3 seconds. He earned $1,863.

Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion from Decatur, won the steer roping first round with a 10.5 and earned $1,863. He also pocketed $1,831 for finishing third in the average race with a 37.2 on three runs.

Brazile is ranked No. 2 in the PRCA’s 2018 world all-around race with $139,317 in regular season earnings. Cooper is ranked No. 1 with $156,085. Cooper also is ranked No. 1 in the steer roping world title race with $74,404.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades.

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