Angola Rodeo Regroups After Nate Forces First Closure In 53 Years

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By Lincoln Shryack

The threat of Hurricane Nate in Louisiana over the weekend led the Angola Rodeo to shut down for the first time in 53 years. The nation’s oldest prison rodeo, held every Sunday throughout October at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, began in 1965 and features inmates competing in traditional and non-traditional rodeo events.

Most of the competitors at Angola have little to no experience in the events, but the rodeo is special for fans and inmates alike. The competition is an exhilarating chance for inmates to let loose; approximately 75 percent of them will be at the prison for life.

The rodeo provides supplemental income for the largest maximum security facility in the nation. Refunds were issued to fans of the popular show, which routinely raises $450,000 per night. The proceeds go to support the rodeo and the inmates through the Louisiana State Penitentiary Inmate Welfare Fund.

The event also serves as an incentive for the prisoners, as only those with exemplary behavior are allowed to participate. In addition, the winner of the night’s thrilling finale, “Guts and Glory,” receives $300. The money goes to the inmate who can swipe a poker chip off the horn of a 2,000-pound bull.

Hurricane Nate, which was downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday, made landfall in the southeastern portion of Louisiana on Saturday, causing storm surge along the Gulf Coast and forcing officials to issue evacuation orders. Despite Nate’s downgrade, prison officials weren’t taking any chances. The rodeo will resume as scheduled on October 15, with two more shows to follow on October 22 and 29.

On Saturday, President Trump declared a state of emergency in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Sundell, Hughes, Tovar Seize Titles At The 2017 CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute Out

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The 2017 CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute Out did not disappoint even the most avid rodeo fan with it’s match ups of World Champions and young talent promising to be the next big thing. They started with a field of 64 competitors, dwindled it down to the top 6 in each event for the semi-final and then the top three faced off in a sudden death final.

Junior NFR Ups The Ante In Year Two

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While rodeo’s biggest stars duke it out this week at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the future wave of cowboy and cowgirl talent will share a portion of the Las Vegas spotlight. The second annual Junior NFR will raise the bar set by last year’s inaugural rodeo, as more qualifiers, events, and competition days will make for an even grander spectacle.

Coming In Hot: CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out Competitors

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The CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out promises high scores and fast times with this year’s lineup of legends and young hot-shots. Not only do you have the likes of world champions and veteran competitors like Fred Whitfield, Rich Skelton, Sherry Cervi, and Shane Proctor, but mix in cowboys that have already gotten their roll on for the 2018 rodeo season and you’ve got a deadly combination.

Junior NFR Preview: Carrying On The Family Name

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Magnus, Kelton, Goodrich, Timberman, Myers, Skelton, and Brazile.

You know the names, you remember the runs and rides under the bright lights of Las Vegas’ Thomas and Mack Center, and you saw the pride in the gold buckles won that they still wear to this day.

CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out Preview: Cast of Rodeo Legends In Las Vegas

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The most glamorous and lucrative portion of the rodeo season has officially arrived now that the calendar has turned to December. For the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls, the next two weeks can make or break their 2017 campaigns, as Wrangler National Finals Rodeo awaits. But, of course, NFR isn’t the only show in town: the CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out, December 7-9 in Las Vegas, will stream live on FloRodeo featuring several legends of the sport.

Wyoming Rodeo Coach Passes Away After Gunshot Wound

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On Sunday, the University of Wyoming rodeo community lost longtime coach George Howard to a gunshot wound, according to the Converse County Sheriff's Office. Howard was 59 years old. University president Lauri Nichols released the following statement about Howard's passing:

Competitors See Big Payouts As 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo Concludes

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Champions are headed home with shiny buckles and a win at the first rodeo of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) season! Those that win big at the Canadian Western Agribition’s professional rodeo can sleep easy this winter knowing they are starting off the spring 2018 season in the driver’s seat. 

Aggregate Titles In Jeopardy After Pool B Competitors Rock Leaderboard

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If you were entertained by Pool A’s performance at the 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo, you haven’t seen the half of it! Friday night meant Pool B was in town, and when the lights went out on tonight’s performance, the leaderboard had been shattered in almost every event.

More Bull Riders Make Eight On Night Two At The 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo

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Now that Pool A has completed both of their go-rounds, they'll have to sit back and watch while the Pool B competitors take their shot at the $12,300 in added prize money at the 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo tonight.

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.