Nancy Hunter Rounds Her Final Third Barrel

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By: Hope Sickler

2-time NFR qualifier Nancy Hunter peacefully passed away at her home this morning after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Hunter's family were by her side as she took her last breath before she joined her best friend and NFR mount "Fuzz" at Heaven's Gate's.

Wife, mother and grandmother, Hunter left a grieving but incredibly proud family behind to carry on her legacy, and the strength that Hunter showed throughout her life prepared her family for this incredibly difficult time. Those who were lucky enough to know Hunter knew her as one of the toughest individuals they'd ever met; one who never backed down from a fight, no matter how difficult it looked to be. With a permanent smile on her face, whoever met Hunter, was intrigued by her positivity and optimism.

Hunter led a very warm and exciting life and although she loved her barrel racing and her career as a nurse, Hunter's true passion were her children and her grandchildren. Nothing was as sacred to her as watching her kids and grandchildren grow up and live a life she always dreamed of giving them.

It is a very devastating loss to the rodeo family and community to have lost such a talented, loving and humble woman with a true heart of gold. She will be greatly missed and always remembered as one of rodeos toughest competitors, inside and outside the arena.

Career Highlights

  • ​2014 - Entered first Wrangler NFR ranked fourth in the world. Finished the year ranked ninth with $136,777. Placed in four out of 10 rounds and won $32,488; won the year-end title in the Wilderness Circuit and will compete at the Ram National Circuit Finals in 2015; won the Gooding (Idaho) Pro Rodeo, the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo, the Days of the Old West Rodeo (Delta, Utah), That Famous Preston (Idaho) Night Rodeo, the Days of '47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City, Utah) and RodeoHouston for second straight year and this year the money counted towards WPRA World Standings.
  • 2013 -- Finished the year ranked 47th with $21,717; Won Golden Spike Rodeo (Tremonton, Utah), the Cache County Fair and Rodeo (Logan, Utah), the Famous Preston (Idaho) Night Rodeo, the Western Stampede (West Jordan, Utah) and RodeoHouston but money didn't count towards WPRA World Standings.
  • 2012 -- Won the year-end title in the Wilderness Circuit and qualified for the RNCFR, the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo for the third straight year, the Days of the Old West Rodeo (Delta, Utah) and the World's Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.). Finished the year ranked 30th in the world with $33,590.
  • 2011 -- Finished the year ranked 54th with $20,561 in earnings. Won the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo.
  • 2010 -- Finished the year ranked 31st in the world with $29,492; Won the year-end and average title at the Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo; won the New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo (Albuquerque), Utah's Own Rodeo at the Utah State Fair (Salt Lake City), the Box Elder County Fair and Golden Spike Rodeo (Tremonton, Utah), the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo and the Oakley (Utah) Independence Day Rodeo
  • 2009 - Finished the year ranked 20th with $43,358. Won the Magic Valley Stampede (Filer, Idaho) and the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Denver).
  • 2008 -- Finished the year ranked 28th in the world with $30,576; won the Wilderness Circuit year-end title with $21,500 won at just 24 rodeos and won the Spanish Fork (Utah) Rodeo.
  • 2007 -- Won the average title at the Dodge Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo.
  • 2006 -- Was the Wilderness Circuit champion.
Information Courtesy of WPRA

Ky Marshall Leads Bareback Competition After Day One At 2017 Pro Agribition

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Under the floodlights at the spectator-packed Brandt Centre, competitors at the 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo showed they weren't holding anything back on the first day. Although Pool A athletes at the Pro Agribition Rodeo will have to wait to learn their fate until Friday, when Pool B competitors take their first-round runs and rides, it's never too early to break down the leaderboard—let's start with today's top bareback rider.

CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out Touts World-Champion Competitors for 2017

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LAS VEGAS — Boyd Gaming has unveiled the full roster of competitors and world-champion rodeo talent set to compete in the third-annual CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out, happening Dec. 7-9 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

New Faces At The Canadian Western Agribition

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While there will be many familiar faces at this year’s Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan, here’s a rundown on some new faces you probably haven’t met yet.

Getting A Jump Start On The Competition: Canadian Western Agribition

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Even though the snow seems to have settled in for the winter and most rodeo athletes have either headed south or hunkered down, the Canadian Western Agribition offers a chance for competitors to kick-start their 2018 season. With one of the top 10 largest payouts in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) Season, Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan, is a great opportunity for the competitors to get ahead of the game before they pack it in for the winter.

Athletes Fresh Off CFR Win Head to Agribition

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The top athletes of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association have hardly worn the shine off buckles, or even had a chance to break in their Canadian champion saddles, before the 2018 season is yet to begin. The cowboys are still reeling from the exciting CFR44 last week at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, but with the next event kicking off in Regina, Saskatchewan, on November 22, they hardly have time to reminisce. It’s time to prepare for the Canadian Western Agribition.

5 Highlights Of Epic Week At Canadian Finals Rodeo

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By Lincoln Shryack

The biggest rodeo event north of the border — Canadian Finals Rodeo — concluded on Sunday in Edmonton, as several of the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls competed for big prize money and gold buckles at the Canadian Professional Rodeo season finale.

Scott Snedecor Wins Third Steer Roping World Title

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By Lincoln Shryack

Forty-two-year-old Texas cowboy Scott Snedecor took home his third career steer roping world championship title on Saturday at the 2017 National Finals Steer Roping (NFSR) in Mulvane, Kansas. Snedecor was propelled to the top spot by winning the average at the Kansas Star Arena, roping nine head in 104.1 seconds over the two-day competition.

Who Has The Top Season In PBR History?

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By Lincoln Shryack

Now that the 2017 PBR season is in the books and 20-year-old Jess Lockwood has established himself as the greatest bull rider in the world, we felt like it was a good time to see how this year’s top cowboy stacks up against past PBR champions. Which world champion can claim the best PBR single season in history? We’ve combed through the bull riding record books to find the answer.

Jess Lockwood Becomes Youngest To Win PBR World Title

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By Lincoln Shryack

Twenty-year-old Jess Lockwood made history on Sunday night in Las Vegas as he became the youngest PBR World Champion of all time after finishing third in the bull riding World Finals. The Montana cowboy is just the second rider in history to follow up a rookie of the year season with a world title, as Silvano Alves of Brazil first accomplished the feat back in 2011.

Young Guns: The Five Best Cowboys 20 And Under

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By Lincoln Shryack

Inspired by 20-year-old Jess Lockwood and his impressive round one victory last night at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, we’re highlighting the rodeo young guns who are making the most noise in the professional ranks.

These cowboys are all 20 years old or younger, and each man has been among the very best in their respective disciplines in 2017. With these five leading the way, an exciting future awaits rodeo fans.