For over 60 years, Barnes PRCA Rodeo Company has been going down the rodeo trail.

We hope you enjoy Professional Rodeo as much as we do. It's not just a sport to us, it is our livelihood. Entertaining rodeo fans nation wide is the biggest thrill a family could ever ask for.

 

 

 
 

January 2014

 

Through all the ups and downs, 2013 proved to be a very eventful year.  We met new friends and colleagues, had some special people move on, and caught up with old friends.

January brought the mildest weather the Rawhide Bull Riding Challenge in Sioux City has ever seen.  Bob had his normal seat in the penalty box of the Tyson Events Center.  He enjoyed the seat because it was the one time a year Bob could sit beside the announcer and tell him exactly what to say.

Once February rolled around, Bobbo agreed to move to town.  He decided to move to Carriage Hills Care Center in Cherokee, beings as its right next door to his favorite restaurant, The Family Table.

Tom stayed awfully busy through the month of March, getting the equipment ready for spring planting.

John "Fuzz" Miller joined the crew in April by way of an internship program through Michigan State.  His first Barnes rodeo was in front of 10,000 fans in Madison, Wisconsin.  Needless to seay, Fuzz's eyes were wide open.

Jake "Hoss" Molburg made the move from Western Illinois University to the Rafter B Bar School of Hard Knocks in May. Hoss's first rodeo was in Cherokee, where Bobbo received a standing ovation as he drove Tropper around his hometown arena.

With five rodeos in 4 weekends, the month of June allowed little sleep for the Barnes crew.  Cottage Grove, Wisconsin had a successful first year, and shows a lot of potential for future greatness.  Hawley, Minnesota, a town the Barnes' haven't been to in 20 years, welcomed us back with open arms.

Bob and Trooper received another standing ovation at the record setting 60th annual Heart of the North Rodeo in Spooner, Wisconsin in July.

On August 6th, the first child of the fourth generation was born.  Megan (Barnes) Berger gave birth to Hudson Thomas Berger in Williston, North Dakota.  Later on in the month, Hoss and Fuzz went back to college.  The last two days of August and the first day of September were spent with new friends in Palestine, Illinois.  A great committee, and great fans, made for a great rodeo.

After we got home from Palestine, Greg, Stacey, and Loralei packed up and moved to Missouri where Greg is now working on a cattle ranch.  We are very grateful for Greg's many years of hard work and loyalty.

Everybody had the first weekend of October circle on their calendars.  Atlantic City, New Jersey kicked off the 2014 rodeo season with a bang.  Hundreds of contestants and thousands of fans helped bring the west back to the east coast.

Barnes stock shined at the Great Lakes Circuit Finals in Louisville, Kentucky in November.  Two out of three rounds in the bull riding were won on Barnes bulls.  Dodge Hills also won a round in the bareback riding.

On November 23rd, Bob passed away at the age of 84.  Family members' phones were constantly ringing.  Cards, letters, and flowers flooded the ranch.  Friends from coast to coast and border to border came to the funeral service at the Sutherland Church of Christ.  Thank you everyone for your care and support.

Even though Bob himself didn't make it to the National Finals Rodeo in December of 2013, his legacy did.  The Rafter B Bar brad was on the hip of Cat Power in the saddle bronc riding and Shorty D in the bull riding.  Cat Power carried Tyler Corrington to the pay window with a score of 80 points.  Shorty D bucked off Steve Woosley.   Bob was honored during memorial night, as he brought cheers to the Thomas and Mack one last time.

Thank you to all of our friends for the memories made and time shared in 2013.  We hear at Barnes Rodeo would like to wish you all a happy new year.

 

 

Click on the picture of Bob to see highlights from 2012!

 

 

 

Click on the Atlantic City Crowd for highlights from 2011.......

December 2011

It has long been the tradition of the Barnes PRCA Rodeo family to share the year’s highlights with our friends and business partners in the form of a Christmas poem.  Because 2011 has been such a unique year in our history, filled with excitement, successes, and enjoyment but also profound sadness, we felt it more appropriate to share this year’s events in letter form.

Though the winter of 2011 was snowy and cold, Tom and Greg, our much-valued ranch and rodeo personnel, kept feeding and watering the livestock well so they would be fit and ready for action.  In January, we were in the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City for the Rawhide Bullriding Challenge.  Also in that month, the Cherokee Rodeo Committee graciously organized a reception for Bob and Donita to recognize the awards they had both received in late 2010.  Bob and Donita so enjoyed visiting with the many, many friends that attended that day.

In February, while Bob stayed home with Donita so she could be at some doctor appointments, the rodeo crew returned to Perry, GA.  In all three performances at Perry, only two bullriders made the whistle.  Shane Proctor was declared the winner at Perry and later this year went on to become the 2011 World Champion Bullrider.

April brought The Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo, New Jersey’s largest.  One highlight of this rodeo was that Shane Proctor won the bullriding with a 92 point ride.  Although the ProRodeo Sports News did a feature story on the Atlantic City Rodeo, they missed reporting one of the most important elements of that event for us--that Donita was able to be there, with Bob by her side.  April continued to be a great month for us with the rodeos in Madison, WI and St Paul, MN.

May was a busy month with farming, feeding, and fencing.  The mares began having colts; the cows began having calves.  Watching these new babies throughout the summer sure was a “feel-good pill”!

June began with the horses bucking hard and kicking high at the Cherokee Rodeo.  Traditionally at Cherokee, Bob and Donita are introduced in the arena in a horse-drawn cart.  While Donita was able to be in the cart for the first performance, she unfortunately spent the rest of that rodeo weekend in the Cherokee hospital.  The rest of June was comprised of successful rodeos in Glenwood City, WI, Buffalo, MN, and Ponca, NE.  During this time, we realized how important family, friends, and quality employees are as we learned to move forward through changing circumstances.

Spooner, WI, Hampton, IA, and Wapello, IA were smooth-running rodeos in July.  The Wapello FFA chapter kindly presented Bob with a plaque of appreciation.  Throughout the month of July, Donita was in and out of the hospital and Bob spent a lot of time with her.  The month was rounded out with a stock lease to Cheyenne, WY, and our rodeo in Grayslake, IL.

August brought three well-attended rodeos—Gerry, NY, Marshall, MN, and Fergus Falls, MN. When it was time for family and crew to leave for the rodeo in Belvidere, IL, Donita was back in the hospital, so Bob and Scooter the dog stayed home.  The evening of August 18, 2011 was filled with phone calls, text messages, and tears as we learned that Donita had finally been freed of the brokenness and pain of her earthly body.  At her funeral on August 22nd, the church was filled with flowers, hats and boots.  While we miss her greatly, we confidently rejoice knowing she is in her heavenly home.

September moved in with harvest beginning.  Our livestock made stops in Shawnee, PA and Omaha, NE.

In November, a semi-load of steers, saddle horses, and rough stock went to Louisville, KY for the Great Lakes Circuit Finals.

On November 30, at the PRCA Awards banquet in Las Vegas, Donita was posthumously awarded the first-ever PRCA Contract Personnel Lifetime Achievement Award.  The family is very gratified to know that her lifetime of hard work at PRCA rodeos didn’t go unnoticed.  At a different awards program later that week, Bob was selected WPRA Stock Contractor of the Year.  The family also learned in Las Vegas that one of the three PRCA Hall of Fame scholarships presented by the PRCA stock contractors has been named the Donita Barnes Memorial Scholarship.  The 2011 recipient of that scholarship was her grandson Colton Barnes.

This year marked the 53rd National Finals Rodeo, and the 53rd time Barnes PRCA Rodeo company has had livestock selected to compete! Saddle bronc horse Cat Power carried Tyler Corrington to a 3rd-4th place split with 84 points in the first go-round.  Cat Power bucked off Heith DeMoss in the 6th go-round and was selected best horse of that performance.  L J Jenkins won the bullriding title of the 2011 WNFR even though our bull Ralco’s Regano Red bucked him off in the first go-round.

As 2011 concludes, we thank you for your support and friendship over the past year and look forward to seeing you in 2012.  May you and yours have a blessed holiday season and a prosperous and healthy New Year!

 

BOARDWALK BUZZ

"Inaugural Atlantic City rodeo a resounding success"

 

 

 

ACCORDING TO PRORODEO.COM………………………..

Boardwalk Rodeo press conference “sensational”

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All American Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo Chairperson, Janet Markowitz, emcee’s the press conference announcing tickets are on sale for the first ever Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo, set for April 1-3.

 

By Johnna Espinoza/ProRodeo.com and Courtney Birmingham/Atlantic City

Yes, there really were cowboys and rodeo horses on Atlantic City’s famous Boardwalk on Jan. 19. A press conference was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City to announce the inaugural Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo, set for April 1-3, at Boardwalk Hall Arena, 2314 Pacific Ave.

The PRCA-sanctioned rodeo will feature three performances: April 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and at 1 p.m. on April 3.

Barnes PRCA Rodeo of Cherokee, Iowa, will be the stock contractor for the rodeo and John Barnes was on-hand for Wednesday’s press conference.

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First Frontier's Robert Donahue (left) and Guy Collins ride down the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk as part of festivities for a press conference to announce the inaugural Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo, set for April 1-3. The rodeo will be produced by Barnes PRCA Rodeo of Cherokee, Iowa.

“It went sensational,” said Barnes, a PRCA board member and the chairman of the stock contractor’s executive council. “All the casinos are involved and they were represented at the press conference. You can’t believe the support the PRCA is receiving in Atlantic City.”

Along with dignitaries and city officials, New Jersey Network News attended, along with area broadcast and print journalists.

“For it being their first year, for them to put up $56,000 in prize money is impressive. They want it right and they are doing it right,” Barnes said.

Barnes noted it was a good sign for ProRodeo that an event is being added to the schedule during economic tough times.

“What it tells me, is that when there are tough times people look to what is truly American, like professional rodeo,” Barnes said.

The rodeo will be the biggest on the East Coast in the past 50-plus years. The event is a direct result of Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford’s Strategic Planning Committee led by Dennis C. Gomes, who is Owner, President & CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel. The rodeo is presented by Atlantic City Hilton, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Caesars Entertainment, Resorts Casino Hotel, Tropicana Casino & Resort and Trump Entertainment.

“It’s amazing to see all the hard work of Atlantic City’s Special Events Task Force come together for an event that will be a first in Atlantic City,” said Mayor Langford. “The Rodeo promises to bring a fresh, new event to the City continuing to broaden our appeal among new audiences.”
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“It went sensational,” said Barnes, a PRCA board member and the chairman of the stock contractor’s executive council. “All the casinos are involved and they were represented at the press conference. You can’t believe the support the PRCA is receiving in Atlantic City.”

Along with dignitaries and city officials, New Jersey Network News attended, along with area broadcast and print journalists.

“For it being their first year, for them to put up $56,000 in prize money is impressive. They want it right and they are doing it right,” Barnes said.

Barnes noted it was a good sign for ProRodeo that an event is being added to the schedule during economic tough times.

“What it tells me, is that when there are tough times people look to what is truly American, like professional rodeo,” Barnes said.

The rodeo will be the biggest on the East Coast in the past 50-plus years. The event is a direct result of Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford’s Strategic Planning Committee led by Dennis C. Gomes, who is Owner, President & CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel. The rodeo is presented by Atlantic City Hilton, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Caesars Entertainment, Resorts Casino Hotel, Tropicana Casino & Resort and Trump Entertainment.

“It’s amazing to see all the hard work of Atlantic City’s Special Events Task Force come together for an event that will be a first in Atlantic City,” said Mayor Langford. “The Rodeo promises to bring a fresh, new event to the City continuing to broaden our appeal among new audiences.”

 

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John Barnes (blue shirt, second from right) and Dennis C. Gomes (black jacket, second from left) Owner/President & CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City & the Atlantic City Special Events Task Force Chairman, pose for photos in front of Boardwalk Hall with horseback riders.

“This three-day event will bring thousands of vendors, competitors and fans into Atlantic City, and we will have the opportunity to showcase all of the City’s unique and stellar attributes,” said Gomes, chairperson of Atlantic City’s Special Events Task Force. “The rodeo is a real coup for Atlantic City, and a relationship that we hope will continue into the future.  Mayor Langford and the gaming industry’s vision for Atlantic City is to bring in a variety of exciting events that will expose our great City to new visitors and continue to be the destination of choice for more than 30 million visitors a year with the support of all the casinos and businesses. The Rodeo is a great kick-off event for our 2011 calendar.”

Tickets go on sale Jan. 19 and are priced at $16, $31, $51 and $102. Family four-packs are available for $79 and include four $31 tickets; four hot dogs and four soft drinks. There is a $5 discount on $31 and $51 seats for groups of 10 or more.

Two complimentary tickets are available for each block of 40 tickets sold. Tickets can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800.736.1420, or at ticketmaster.com. For more information about Boardwalk Hall, visit www.boardwalkhall.com.

 

 

Click on the wild picture below to get a recap of 2010!

2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

For 52 consecutive years, we have been well represented by our livestock athletes at the National Finals Rodeo. During the 1st performance Bull I605 Ole South Rebel and Chad Denton teamed up for 87 ½ points to win 2nd in the round.  For the next 10 days, the capacity crowd at the Thomas and Mack enjoyed several high scores and fast times. 

As the 2010 WNFR came to an end, the very last horse bucked was D8 Cat Power with Taos Muncy for 81points.    The irony was that the 1st WNFR go round Taos won before winning his world title was on Barnes 1YO, No Ballou.

Not only is Barnes PRCA Rodeo known for top quality animals in the rough stock events, we have also established quite the reputation for our saddle horse herd.  Floyd, a Barnes pick up horse, was awarded the Top American Quarter Horse at the 2010-11 Miss Rodeo America pageant.  This was the Second time Floyd has received this honor.

 

                                                                

During the 4th performance of the WNFR, Donita and Mildred Farris were honored on the floor of the Thomas and Mack representing the women of professional rodeo, their lifetime contribution to the PRCA, which was highlighted by the awards they received from the Rodeo Historical Society in October

 

 

Great Lakes Circuit Finals

 

Over $5,000 was won on Barnes and MJM rough stock at the 2010 Great Lakes Circuit Finals in Louisville, KY held on November 11-13, 2010.

 

In the bareback riding, Bo Casper won almost $1700 by winning money in the first two rounds on R8 Buffalo Ridge and 6A5 Yes R No.  Andy Carter placed 3rd on 2A8 Lieutenant in the 1st round to win $618.17. Josh Shackelford placed 3rd with 82 points in the 3rd round on N5 Dodge Hills.

Kyle Whitaker placed in two of the three rounds on 2Z8 Kyla and 1J5 Valpo Sioux to win $1065.16.  Kirk Nelson from Kahoka, MO placed 2nd in the 3rd round on R5 Slide Gate to win $913.

Omaha

Five saddle bronc horses, two bareback horses and two bulls were chosen to compete at the 2010 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Justin Boots Championship, September 23-25 at the Qwest Center, Omaha, NE. 

Bow Tie (Barnes 340) paired up with Justin McDaniel to score 83 pointes for a 1st place win totaling $7,040.

Fellow Iowan Wade Sundell split first in the 1st round in the Saddle Bronc riding on Little Stone (MJM 334) with 83 points to win $3,872.  Bradley Harter won the saddle bronc finals on Cat Power (Barnes D8) with 80 points to win $13,241. This was the 2nd time in as many years the finals have been won on her.

Seth Glause scored 82 points in the bull riding on Ole South Rebel (Barnes I605) to win $1055.97.  Dream USA (MJM 53) bucked off his contestant, Chad Denton

 

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Hall of Fame

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum‘s Rodeo Historical Society hosted the annual Rodeo Weekend in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 22-24.

On Saturday, October 23 at the Rodeo Historical Society Benefit Auction and Dinner, Donita was honored with the Tad Barnes Lucas Award. Tad Lucas was known as "Rodeo's First Lady," Tad was a woman of not only great talent, but of spirit, courage and compassion. The Tad Lucas award is awarded to women who have exhibited the same sort of extraordinary characteristics while upholding and promoting our great Western heritage.

On Sunday morning, October 24th, the weekend culminated with the introduction of Bob into the Rodeo Hall of Fame class of 2010.  The ceremony welcomed Bob as the Director’s Choice as he received one of the nation’s highest honors in rodeo by being unanimously chosen by the Directors of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.   

 

Click on the picture below to view the Highlights of 2009

 

TWO Barnes/MJM Horses

TWO Cowboys

$26,979 Won

 

Justin Boots ProRodeo Championship Tour Rodeo was held September 24-26 in Omaha, NE at the Qwest Center.

$28,650 was won on Barnes/MJM Saddle Broncs.

    

  • Little Stone (MJM), a 16 year old bay mare and a Wrangler NFR Veteran carried Issac Diaz, Stephanville, TX to his biggest win ever on Saturday night.  Diaz won the final round on Little Stone scoring 86 points winning $ 13,251     "She always looked like one that, if you stubbed your toe, she'd buck you off," Diaz said of Little Stone, "but if you rode her well, you were going to win first.  That's what I needed tonight."
  • Shaun Stroh, Dickinson, ND, tied for 1st in the semi finals on Cat Power (D8 Barnes)with a score of 86 points to win $6,160.
  • Chad Farley, Oelrichs, SD, rode Chain of Command (Barnes 1G9) for 81 points to split 4th place and win $1,672 in the 1st round.
  • Wild Falls (543 MJM), a 28 year old chesnut mare helped Issac Diaz split 2nd in the 2nd round with Shaun Stroh, also on a Barnes bronc LV Lights each scoring 85 points winning $3,784.

The River City Roundup, Justin Boots, ProRodeo Championship at the Qwest Center, Omaha, NE is scheduled to be televised on Sunday October 25th at 12 pm EST on ESPN 2..... CHECK IT OUT!

 

CAT POWER TIES ARENA RECORD AT CHEYENNE

photo courtesy of Eva Scofield

 

Barnes' CAT POWER Ties Arena Record at Cheyenne!!!

$14,828 dollars were won in three performances on Barnes PRCA Rodeo/MJM Rodeos bucking horses at the Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Chet Johnson, Gillette, WY tied the Cheyenne Frontier Days saddle bronc riding arena record of 90 points on Barnes' Cat Power to win the final round.  Justin Arnold, Santa Margarita, CA captured 3rd place with 86 points on MJM's Tooke Scott.  Issac Diaz, Stephanville, TX took 4th place with 84 points on MJM's Wild Falls.

Other Results from Cheyenne:

      BAREBACK RIDING

  • Heath Ford - 86 points on Bow Tie to win 2nd in the 2nd go
  • Royce Ford - 82 points on Buffalo Ridge to tie 8th in the 2nd go
  • Wes Stevenson - 82 points on Young again to tie 8th in the 2nd go

      SADDLE BRONC RIDING

  • Chet Johnson - 84 points on Brown Splash to win 2nd in the 2nd go
  • Rod Hay - 83 points on Double Vision to split 3rd in the 2nd go
  • Justin Arnold - 82 points on Ballou Rapid to win 5th in the 2nd go
  • Lyle Welling - Split 6th on Dodge Hills in the 2nd go
  • Cody DeMoss - Split 8th on Kyla

Other bucking horses making the trip to Cheyenne that disqualified their mounts were:

  • MJM's Edmonton
  • Barnes' Three Bags Full
  • MJM's Cottonwood
  • MJM's Kyla
  • (some of these were bucked twice)

 

 

    

LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON!

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