ProRodeo Sports News - April 5, 2019

Flynn inducted into Arkansas Sports Hall

Bull rider Denny Flynn, a member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame from Paris, Ark., was among nine members enshrined into the 2019 Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Class, March 29 in Little Rock. Often identified as the most talented bull rider never to win a world title, Flynn qualified for the National Finals Rodeo from 1974- 82, and then again in 1985 and set a record for most bull riding average titles won at the NFR (1975, 1981-82), later equaled by Jim Sharp. Flynn finished second in the PRCA season standings three times, losing the 1980 world title to Don Gay by a mere $188 and the 1978 PRCA title by $283. He also finished third in the world three times. His 98-point ride on Tommy Steiner’s Red Lightning at Palestine, Ill., in 1979 was a world record for a dozen years and remains the second-highest score in ProRodeo history in any roughstock event. While the 105th Clovis Rodeo will be April 25-28, plan- ners are already looking ahead to 2020. That year will present a new entrance for the Clovis Rodeo grounds that will include four traffic lanes into the parking lot. A new digital message board along Clovis Avenue will be a part of the improvements. A performance day will be added in 2020 to the Clovis Rodeo, which received the inaugural Sowing Good Deeds honor and was awarded a Massey Ferguson tractor at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The 2020 edition of the rodeo will take place April 22-26. Clovis Rodeo makes plans for the future

PRCA ProRodeo photo by Roseanna Sales

A cowboy prepares to compete at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., March 21. Lacing ’em up

PRCA Jr. Rodeo Camp in Red Bluff, Calif., a success The PRCA Jr. Rodeo Camp that took place March 23 in Red Bluff, Calif., was a resounding success. The camp was for cowboys and cowgirls ages 8 and up of all abilities. The 62 campers attending marked the largest kids camp in the 10 years the camps have been taking place in Red Bluff. “I think what does help with the camp is that we schedule it on the same weekend as a California high school rodeo that is in Red Bluff at a different location,” said James Miller, general manager Red Bluff Roundup. “It seems like a lot of the kids’ older brothers and sisters are competing at the high school rodeo and the younger ones are going over here at our camp. I think that has really helped increase our attendance at our camps.” Instructors for the camp were PRCA cowboys Justin Andrade, Jesse Kirby, Jim Banister, Zack Brown, A.J. Hamre and Brad McGilchrist. The camp was at Bunting Ranch. Miller believes the PRCA Rodeo Camp serves a purpose for participants. “I think the camp is really good because it teaches kids the fundamentals of all the events,” Miller said. “Then we have good instructors that all these kids look up to because they compete in the PRCA. It also benefits the Red Bluff Roundup because we position this camp about a month before our event and it gets the kids ready for it.

The PRCA camp has educated kids how you need to do things, so they are teaching family members rules about rodeo. The camp educates kids and their families.” Camps are geared at providing free learning oppor- tunities for cowboys just starting out that either have had little or no direction in rodeo or have been competing in rodeo and want to further learn about the fundamentals from PRCA champions. The Red Bluff Roundup, a ProRodeo Tour stop, is scheduled for April 19-21. “This (PRCA Rodeo Camp) has been a really good thing for the Roundup,” Miller said. “We have already put plans together of what we would like to do differently with it to make it even better.” The mission of a PRCA Jr. Rodeo Camp is to provide a fun, positive rodeo experience. Camp curricu- lum includes an introduction to roughstock events with an emphasis on safety, fundamentals, chute procedures, livestock safety, overview of riding equipment, injury prevention and management, fitness and nutrition, introduction to PRCA business and goal setting. Instructors deliver encouragement to participants as they pursue both their rodeo careers and scholastic endeavors. For more information on the PRCA Championship Rodeo Camps Series, sponsor opportunities or to host a camp, visit or contact Anthony Bartkowski at or 719.528.4729.



ProRodeo Sports News 4/5/2019


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