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By JON FULBRIGHT
The 114th Anniversary West of the Pecos Rodeo doesn't get underway
officially Wednesday night at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena, but a record
number of entries for the 1996 show already is keeping officials as busy
Because the length of the four nights worth of shows is pretty much set,
slack time, which began Monday morning, has been stretched out to
accommodate the 688 cowboys and cowgirls performing in Pecos this week.
That number is up by almost 100 from last year's show.
Slack has been held in steer roping, calf roping, team roping and steer
wrestling Monday and this morning, and will continue tonight in a
special performance at the arena, starting at 7:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5
per person for tonight, while children accompanied by adults and
bringing Coke cans will receive free admission.
Advance tickets for the regular performances Wednesday through Saturday
are $8 for reserved seats and $4 for general admission. Tickets at the
gate are $10 for reserved seats and $6 for general admission.
Texas cowboys held the lead so far in each event after the first
go-round of slack competition. Leaders were Leddy Lewis of Snyder in
calf roping; Brian Fields of Rosharon and Chuck Jankowski of Simonton in
steer wrestling, Jimmy Hodge of Lometa in steer roping and Robert
Gonzales and Mickey Gomez of Magnolia and Belton in team roping.
Lewis had a 9.5 second time on his first calf, and collected $1,785.34.
Trey Picou and Jason Senior tied for second, with 9.7 times, and each
Field and Jankowski both had 4.1 second times and both collected $1,764.
Jim Bob Clayman was third in steer wrestling after the first go-round,
and won $1,265.
Hodge leads three-time West of the Pecos Rodeo All-Around champ Arnold
Felts of Sonora by .6 seconds. His 12.2 time won him $1,948, while Felts
won $1,694. Bobby Harris and Jim Davis tied for third with 12.9 times,
earning each $1,313.
Gonzales and Gomez won $1,639 apiece for their 6.9 second effort in team
roping. Jody Stubbs of Clint and Casey Cordell of Del Rio were next with
a 7.1 time, good for $1,356.
Tonight's special slack performance will feature just about as many
cowboys as the regular four night's worth of shows will have, except
that several events, such as calf roping and bareback riding, will not
However, there will be three sections of bull riding and steer roping, a
section apiece of saddle bronc riding and women's barrel race, as well
as the finals of the senior steer roping competition.
The senior event was first held last year at the West of the Pecos
Rodeo, and going into tonight's finals, Marty Casebolt leads with a
combined time of 29.4 seconds for two go-arounds. He's two seconds up on
his nearest challenger, Dan Reinhardt, who has a 31.4 second time.
Last year's bull riding winner in the special slack performance, Rodney
Lidgard of Lewisville, not only collected the special $1,000 prize to
the top rider that night, but his 85 point score held up through the
four regular nights of the rodeo and he ended up claiming the belt
buckle that goes to the overall winner in that event.
Lidgard is not among tonight's entrants, but 45 cowboys will try to
stay on for eight seconds during the two sections of bull riding. A
total of 150 bull riders are entered overall this year.
Among the top PRCA bull riders from 1995, tonight's show includes Top 15
cowboys Terry West, Brian Herman and Chris Littlejohn.
Others scheduled to appear tonight include 10-time world champion steer
roper Guy Allen and eight-time world champion calf and steer roping
champ Roy Cooper;
Locally, Sharlene Martinez in the barrel race is the only Pecos
performer on tonight's schedule, but other area cowboys performing
include Madison McConagughey of Midland, Keith Adams of Odessa and Kyle
Bennett of Andrews in bull riding; Dan Fisher of Andrews, Vance Vest of
Monahans, Ronnie Finley of Midland and Jackie Gillispie of Odessa in
steer roping; Craig Morgan of Fort Stockton in saddle bronc riding and
Sara Baldwin of Fort Davis in barrel racing.
Second Day Results
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