Gasperson wins steer roping title

Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017
By Brett Hoffman

During the past weekend, many of the world's top pros saddled up for rodeos in Pendleton, Ore., and Albuquerque, N.M.

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Cooper ranked No. 1 in PRCA’s all-around title race

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Brett Hoffman

Tuf Cooper, a former Decatur resident who lives in Weatherford, claimed the all-around title at the Ellensburg Rodeo in Ellensburg, Wash., after earning $10,161 in tie-down roping and steer roping throughout the traditional Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association show.

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Wise County home base for world-class cowboys

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Brett Hoffman

It's a great honor to have my weekly rodeo and horse show column in the Wise County Messenger.

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Rodeo Winners

Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Andre Silva

Clay Johnson and Karl Allen with Cowboys Youth Bull Riding had their kickoff event July 8 at the Wise County Fairgrounds.

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Rodeo: Cox takes 38th at IFYR

Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Richard Greene

Alvord's Mikayla Cox finished 38th in pole bending at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla.

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Hanging on: Lowe wins J.W. Hart PBR Challenge

Hanging on: Lowe wins J.W. Hart PBR Challenge

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017
By Brian Knox

After coming up limping following his successful ride in the first round of Saturday's J.W. Hart PBR Challenge, Mason Lowe indicated he was good to go.

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Rodeo: Alvord senior races the clock for title

Published Saturday, June 4, 2017
By Racey Burden

Mikayla Cox has loved horses for as long as she can remember.

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Rodeo: Bringing in a haul – Miller wins three saddles, nine buckles

Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017
By Richard Greene

Leaving the North Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals last weekend in Alvarado, Hadley Miller needed to recruit some help to carry his spoils back to the truck.

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Rodeo: Miller aims for all-around title

Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017
By Richard Greene

Hadley Miller is far from being tall in the saddle. "I'm barely 5-4 on a good day," Miller said.

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PBR tickets on sale

Published Saturday, April 15, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Tickets for the 14th annual J.W. Hart PBR Challenge are now on sale, available online or via phone.

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Rodeo: Striking it big in Vegas – Decatur’s Butler wins Junior NFR title

Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016
By Richard Greene

Heading to the Junior National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Decatur's Caleb Butler found himself preparing to take the arena with new partner Colby Payne.

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Riders end season on world stage

Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Several Wise County riders found success at the PBR World Finals last week in Las Vegas and finished near the top of the final rankings.

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Local riders compete for world title

Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Eight professional bull riders based in Wise County will compete in the PBR World Finals this week in Las Vegas.

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Rodeo scandal suit settled

Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016
By Messenger Staff

A lawsuit alleging world champion cowboy Tuf Cooper of Decatur and professional cowboy Timber Moore of Aubrey fixed the outcome of a major rodeo in Arlington last year was recently dismissed as undisclosed settlements were reached.

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Warriors pose: Bull riders soothe high-octane injuries with yoga

Warriors pose: Bull riders soothe high-octane  injuries with yoga

Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016
By Racey Burden

Soothing music played over the loudspeaker as De'Anne Martin called out actions. "Deep breath!" she said, slowly switching positions. "Hands down in prayer ... now crescent pose, gaze upward if you're able ..."

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Cooper accused of rigging rodeo

Published Saturday, August 13, 2016
By David Talley

Three-time world champion cowboy Tuf Cooper, of Decatur, has been named a defendant in a civil lawsuit alleging he and other competitors fixed the outcome of a major rodeo in exchange for a large payout in March 2015.

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Rodeo: Stuart ropes top-15 spot

Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016
By Richard Greene

Through four performances at the International Finals Rodeo, Bridgeport's Brett Stuart and partner Tyson Thompson are tied for seventh place with a run of 6.3 seconds.

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Rodeo: Hitting the trail – Cowboy ready to hit long road for nationals

Rodeo: Hitting the trail – Cowboy ready to hit long road for nationals

Published Saturday, June 25, 2016
By Richard Greene

After getting in late from a rodeo Wednesday night, Brett Stuart planned to make a few practice runs Thursday morning at the ring at his home west of Bridgeport before hitting the road again.

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Rodeo: Stuart earns bids to nationals

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016
By Richard Greene

With a run of 4.78 seconds in the finals, Brett Stuart brought home a second-place finish in steer wrestling at the Texas High School Rodeo Finals in Abilene.

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Rodeo: Steer wrestlers contend at state finals

Published Saturday, June 11, 2016
By Richard Greene

After the first two rounds at the Texas High School Rodeo Finals in Abilene, three Wise County steer wrestlers are in the top 15.

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