Seth Hardwick of Laramie, Okla., rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Bells for 88 points May 5 to win the bareback riding at the 81st edition of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. Hardwick, who attended nearby Oklahoma Panhandle State University, considers Pioneer Days Rodeo one of his hometown rodeos. (Robby Freeman photo.)
Hardwick wins ‘hometown’ rodeo
Night Bells is an established bucking horse that performed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The two entities got together May 5 for 88 points and the bareback riding championship at the 81st edition of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. It was a magical afternoon for Hardwick, a 24-year-old bronc buster from Laramie, Wyo.
“I’d heard of that horse, but I’d never seen him,” Hardwick said of the Carr Pro Rodeo horse, which was sired by the great stallion Night Jacket. “He was supposed to be really good and very rider friendly. He made the finals last year, so that was good enough for me.”
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Curt Pate to speak at New Mexico Indian Livestock Days May 14 to 16
The largest Native American livestock producer conference in the nation will have a special attraction this year.
Curt Pate, a Montana cowboy who consulted on the 1998 Robert Redford film “The Horse Whisperer,” will be presenting a session on horse sense at the New Mexico Indian Livestock Days, May 14 to 16 at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel in Albuquerque.
The annual conference conducted by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to livestock producers to help improve profitability of their herds.
Two equine health concerns in Colorado
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is encouraging livestock and pet owners to discuss animal health concerns, including the need for rabies vaccination, with their local veterinarian after a horse in Logan County was euthanized and subsequently tested positive for rabies.
“The department would like to stress two very important points,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “One—owners should monitor their animals for clinical signs of rabies; and two—local veterinarians are a valuable resource to help producers decide the best course of action to protect their livestock and pets from rabies.”