Ranch hands warm up the grounds ahead of 100th Clovis Rodeo

The Fresno BeeApril 12, 2014 


The 100th Clovis Rodeo is coming at the end of the month, but the grounds are already buzzing with competition.

The 14th annual Clovis Ranch Rodeo was held Saturday, an event for cowboys and cowgirls who make their living roping, riding, branding and reining on ranches every day.

Ranch rodeo contrasts with the professionals who crisscross the national circuit. Many of the pros are in Oakdale this weekend, Red Bluff on Friday and then coming to Clovis for the 100th rodeo April 24-27.

On Saturday, nearly two dozen four-person ranch teams competed for silver bits, spurs and championship saddles. Each rider must use the same horse for all events and each team must compete in five judged and six timed events.

Wyatt Bourdet, Frank Martinez, Dan Locke and Pat Boyle teamed to win this year's Clovis Ranch Rodeo.

In second was the team of Don McCaslin, JW Brewer, Hec Hurley and Lee Whitney; third went to the team of Meredith Burroughs, Kelli Roberts, Heidi Lackey and Lacey Bourdet.

Competitors on Saturday included 79-year-old Tucker Slender and twin brothers Cole and Cobie Dodds, the youngest in the show at 14 years old.

The 100th Clovis Rodeo opens on April 24 with the PBR Bull Riding Touring Pro-Division and a concert by former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.

The rodeo proper runs April 25-27. Tyler Farr is in concert after the April 25 performance that starts at 5:30 p.m. The Clovis Rodeo Parade is at 9:30 a.m. April 26, followed by a 2 p.m. rodeo performance and the Rodeo Dance at 7:30.

The championship rodeo performance begins at 2 p.m. April 27.

For ticket information, visit the rodeo office on the grounds off Clovis Avenue just south of 5th Street, call (559) 299-5203 or go online at www.clovisrodeo.com.

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