Someday their names will be the answers to Wrangler Division trivia questions. These 12 individuals claimed national championships at the first Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo, conducted in July 2005 in Gallup, New Mexico. Here's a closer look at each of the winners.
First-time contestants and fans alike are always surprised to see two dozen or so trees planted in a circular shape inside the St. Paul Rodeo arena. At one time, the trees served to outline the arena's racetrack, used for all types of cowgirl, pony-express, chariot and pony races that most often involved local contestants.
The other day I took a moment to sit back and relax. Flipping through the TV channels, I spotted a rodeo. All kinds of cowboys in their fancy Stetsons and purple chaps were strutting their stuff. They were riding bad horses and making it look easy. It got me thinking about how long these boys could hold up in a real rodeo?
In the December 2005 issue, we offered "educated guesses" about who might win gold buckles at this year's WranglerÂ® National Finals Rodeo. Since making those picks, several key competitors have made significant moves in the standings, and now warrant mentioning as title contenders.