Stockshow receives award

For the 11th straight year, the San Antonio Stock Show has received the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for 2015 on December 3rd in Las Vegas.

“We are truly astounded to receive our 11th consecutive award,” said San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo Executive Director and CEO Keith Martin, who was in Las Vegas to accept the honor. “Over 6,000 highly-committed volunteers drive the engine of this very blessed organization from beginning to end — and they are why we succeed.”

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College equestrians set goal of NCHA status

College equestrians set goal of NCHA status

The first executive director of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association has a lofty mandate from the board of directors.

Maggie Bellville of Atlanta has been at work since Feb. 20, after a search that started last year.

Bellville rode on the Binghamton University equestrian team and has had approximately 30 years in the communications industry from part-time in an ATT phone center store to vice president of operations for Cox Communications.

The NCEA currently has 23 members and Bellville has set a goal of 40 members. Texas schools currently in the association are Rice University, Sam Houston State University, West Texas AM University, Texas Tech University, North Central Texas College, Texas State University and Trinity University.

Other Texas schools belong to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. They are Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and Texas AM University.

The difference is Title IX compliance. NCEA schools are under Title IX and the IHSA schools are on their own fundraising efforts.

For information about college equestrians, Google NCEA or IHSA.

Professional Roughstock Series

Bareback, saddle bronc and bull riders from the 12-series Professional Roughstock Series will be in Abilene Saturday. The association has attracted some of the top rough stock riders in rodeo for their first three events.

Leaders are bareback rider Kaycee Feild with $7,012, Jesse Wright in Saddle Bronc with $16,229 and Seth Glause with $8,706. They rank fourth, sixth and ninth on the current Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings list. Further information can be found at

Performance will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, and has a payout of $5,000 per event. Each of the three events have 12 contestants.

Brazile watch, Shada wins barrel event

Trevor Brazile and wife Shada both won their events at the San Patricio County Pro Rodeo in Sinton. Shada scored 17.32 seconds in barrel racing. Trevor won the three head steer roping 36.6 seconds.

Kirchenschlager cousins win ‘Angelo team roping

Champions from the San Angelo rodeo that ended March 25 are:

Olin Hannum of Malad, Idaho, won the steer wrestling with an arena record of 3.2 seconds in the finals. He had a collective combined time of 15.1 seconds.

Team Roping cousins Tate and Dakota Kirchenschlager had a finals time of 4.8 seconds to win. Tate is formerly from Colorado now living in DeLeon and Dakota is a frequent Abilene roper who lives in Stephenville.

Others were Wes Stevenson of Lubbock in bareback riding; Wade Sundell of Bonney in saddle bronc riding; Cory Solomon of Prairie View won the tie-down roping; barrel racing champion was Britany Pozzi of Victoria and Nevada Newman won the bull riding.

The reported economic impact of San Angelo’s rodeo from lodging, food and fuel was $4.2 million, according to Pamela Miller, vice president of the San Angelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.

San Antonio Rodeo champions

Winners reported from the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo were: Bareback riding, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., $17,030; Steer wrestling — Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif., $17,112; Team roping header — Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla., $19,323; Team roping heeler — Kollin VonAhn, Durant, Okla., $19,323; Saddle bronc riding — Chet Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo., $19,077; Tie-down roping — Justin Maass, Giddings, $17,358; Barrel racing — Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla., $18,340; Bull riding — Cody Teel, Kountze, $16,375.

Calendar update

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Today — Big Country Quarter Horse Association, Taylor County Expo Center Horse Barn, Abilene

Monday-Saturday — Cattlemen’s Cutting, Young County Coliseum, Graham

March 9-10 — George Strait Team Roping, San Antonio Rose Palace, Boerne

Saturday — Seniors Team Roping Association, Taylor County Expo Center Horse Barn, Abilene

March 17 — Dist. 9, National Barrel Horse Association, Taylor County Expo Center Horse Barn, Abilene

March 17-18 — Dist. 2, Original Team Roping Association, Taylor County Expo Center Covered Outdoor Arena, Abilene

Award-winning physician's passion is keeping rodeo cowboys healthy

Dallas sports medicine physician Tandy Freeman gets lots of fulfillment out of tending to wounded rodeo cowboys.

“Rodeo is a community,” Freeman said. “It’s like a small town that’s spread all across the country. It’s like being a small town doc. I grew up in a small town and part of the reason that I chose to practice medicine with rodeo cowboys is the interpersonal relationships that I sense with all of my patients.”

Freeman, a former Dallas Mavericks physician who treated rodeo competitors during the Fort Worth Stock Show over the past 3 1/2 weeks, thrives on developing close-knit relationships with his patients. He’s also very helpful to local and national media in terms of offering clear and concise injury updates.

With all that working in Freeman’s favor, he became the 22nd recipient of the Lane Frost Award last weekend. He received the award, which annually is given to a rodeo notable with track record of helping promote the sport, in conjunction with the Stock Show’s PRCA Rodeo Saturday matinee performance at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

The award annually is presented through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It was created to honor 1987 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion bull rider Lane Frost, who was killed in a 1989 bull riding accident in Cheyenne, Wyo. Frost’s life story is portrayed in the Hollywood movie 8 Seconds.

Some of the past Frost Award winners are bootmaker John Justin, 1950s all-around champion Jim Shoulders, nine-time world all-around champion Trevor Brazile and J. Pat Evans, the co-founder of the Justin Boots Sports Medicine Program.

Freeman began practicing medicine in 1992. Two years later, Freeman joined the Justin program.

“Rodeo cowboys are very good athletes and they really appreciate what you do for them,” Freeman said. “The challenge is that they want to get better yesterday, but it’s because they love what they do.”

When Freeman learned that the Frost Award ceremony was scheduled for Saturday, he also realized he was scheduled to work the Professional Bull Riders tour stop in Baltimore. However, he wrangled other sports medicine officials to cover for him so he could be in Fort Worth and receive the award alongside Frost’s parents, Clyde and Elsie Frost, who do a remarkable job of perpetuating Frost’s legacy.

“Clyde and Elsie are two of the nicest and finest people I know,” Freeman said. “I figured that if they can take time to come here, I would have regretted not being here.”

Elsie Frost said Freeman was a great choice for the award, which honors her son who was killed at 25 and then instantly became a folk hero.

“Tandy does so much for the cowboys,” Elsie Frost said. “He understands the cowboys’ occupation so well and he gives them the benefit of his gift.”

PBR update

Mike Lee, the 2004 PBR world champion from Decatur, earned $7,125, after finishing fifth at the Baltimore PBR Built Ford Tough Series tour stop. North Carolina cowboy J.B. Mauney, earned $44,245 after winning the event. Mauney also leads the world title race. The tour stops at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on March 3.

Brazile watch

In addition to finishing second in team roping at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo last weekend, Trevor Brazile of Decatur won the tie-down roping title at the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo in Rapid City, S.D. As he attempts to win a record 10th world all-around title, Brazile has the lead over No. 2-ranked Landon McClaugherty, $21,287 to $10,819.

San Antonio rodeo

The San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo is scheduled for Thursday through Feb. 25. The Alamo City’s rodeo has been named the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s (PRCA) Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for the past seven years. For more information, visit .