Butch Myers 50th Anniversary Reunion
This clinic is designed for anyone who wants to get involved or is already involved in bulldogging. We can accommodate beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Students must be at least 13 years old and weigh 140 pounds. We do have lease horses available for this clinic!
BUTCH MYERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY MATCH COMPETITORS
Growing up in North Texas, being a cowboy has always been second nature to Hunter Cure. He was surrounded with large cattle operations and multiple family interests which included a breeding operation, halter, performance and cutting horses. Hunter found his niche in the rodeo arena by first competing in calf roping and bull riding. At age 14, Hunter began steer wrestling and as they say the rest is history. Hunter was successful in the high school ranks and this lead to a rodeo scholarship in college. He went on to win the college national steer wrestling title in 2004 and then started his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rookie year in 2006.In May of 2006 Hunter graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s of science degree in Agricultural Economics and spent his rookie season on the road. In October he married Bristi and they moved back to the Wichita Falls, Texas area. In his spare time Hunter has been known to work on horse trailer interiors, while running wheat pasture cattle and helping with the families’ cow calf operation. In 2011 Hunter entered into the stock contracting business by providing steer wrestling cattle for Rodeo Austin, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and the Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Throughout the year Hunter can be found traveling the United States and Canada competing. He competes at over 80 sanctioned rodeos a year and drives countless miles in pursuit of another National Finals Rodeo (NFR) appearance.
Steer wrestler Matt Reeves finished second in the world standings following the 2016 WNFR and hit the ground running by February, currently sitting #15 in the World Standings. He’s backed into the box at Texas rodeos including San Angelo, Belton, San Antonio, Los Fresnos, and The American. Of the myriad of rodeos the 38-year-old from Cross Plains, Texas, has competed in, Los Fresnos remains especially meaningful. “I went to that rodeo in 2006 with my friend Brent Arnold and my future father-in-law, Sam Koenig, and it changed my life,” Matt explains. “In 2005, I had been one out of the money thirty-eight times, and I wanted to win more. On the way home from Los Fresnos, we had a discussion on what I needed to do to win more, and the best advice I got was that I needed to ride a faster horse. I rode Brent’s horse Junior Brown through 2006, won the Texas Circuit in 2007, and made the WNFR. I never dreamed I’d rodeo for a living, but I’ve had a ball doing it.”
Sean Mulligan grew up in Valentine, Neb., going to rodeos with his dad, Bill, in a 1978 Ford Super cab pulling a two horse inline. “His first love was calf roping, but he’s a better bulldogger.” Sean learned from him, jumping his first steer at Paul Cleveland’s school in Ogallala when he turned 16. Sean grew up with three older sisters and made the National High School Finals rodeo his junior and senior year. He was recruited by Pete Burns to the University of Wyoming. “I bull dogged – roped in college, but there’s a reason I bulldog; I can’t rope – I have to ride up and grab them by the horns.”
Raised around agriculture, rodeo and athletics, Beau Clark graduated with a degree in agriculture business from Montana State University in 2005 and competed as a steer wrestler at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2012.
When asked why he decided to become the LCCC rodeo coach, Beau Clark made it clear that you win with people. "During my rodeo career, I met a lot of great people from Wyoming. The people helped make it an easy decision to move to Cheyenne because of their attitude, honesty, and work ethic. Also the people at LCCC are a class act who genuinely care about one another and have welcomed our family with open arms."
Beau is married to Charli Mae, and together they have a son, Caysen.
In 1999, months after graduating from high school, Cash Myers hit the professional rodeo trail. By the end of the year, he won not only his share of rodeos, but the all-around, overall and steer wrestling Resistol Rookie of the Year categories.“I didn’t have any other plans other than being a professional cowboy since I was 8 or 9 years old,” he said. “That whole year was a learning curve, but because of my dad and my brother being out there, it was a place where I felt like I belonged. My biggest memory was coming right out of high school, being unproven and hoping I had what it takes and then being able to accomplish the goal.”Myers went on to qualify for seven Wrangler National Finals Rodeos and six National Finals of Steer Roping. In 2002, he was the reserve world champion steer wrestler and in 2007, the reserve world champion steer roper.Along the way, he won rodeos large and small from the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up to the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show and Rodeo in Fort Worth. Yet, through it all, he kept on wearing—and still wears—his All-Around Resistol Rookie of Year buckle.“I think it goes back to when I was a little kid. My brother won the rookie of the year when I was 9 years old,” he said of his older brother, Rope, who won the award in overall and steer wrestling rookie of the year buckles in 1992. “I made a goal then to be the rookie of the year, so it’s a sentimental reason and it’s a tradition, too. The Resistol Rookie of the Year--for anybody who wants to rodeo in the PRCA when they’re starting out--that’s one of their first goals.”
Rope Myers is most at home when he's in the rodeo arena. The world champion loves to compete, but these days he almost loves to teach even more. Rope, who is the director of Champions Rodeo Camp at Sky Ranch, tells us "I'm very fortunate. All summer I get the awesome opportunity to talk to young kids about riding horses, knowing who Jesus is, and learning about rodeo, so it's a really cool opportunity to have a job like that. "Sky Ranch is where children of all ages can learn the finer points of riding and rodeo from one of the best East Texas has to offer. The funny thing is, it almost seems like this path was Rope's destiny." My dad named me Rope, my sister Ty, and my brother Cash because you can rope the calf, tie the calf and win the cash. So we've been doing this a long time. I was very fortunate to win national championships in the rodeo arena and then was able to come back and use that platform to talk to kids about who Jesus is," Rope said. The kids ride from breakfast to lunch, and every afternoon, they have normal activities with a Christian foundation.11-year old camper Molly Grace Beddingfield told us "We have Bible time every afternoon and we have pow wow after lunch every day. Pow wow is whole sky one and sky two meeting, it's really fun. Then, Bible X is time with your cabin. "Rope says the program is thoughtful and structured, designed to foster the children's learning and application of their faith. He says "We have something here called a life map. That's where we take a kid and we believe that there's certain truths they should learn at every area, every age of their life, so to speak. It's good to see them grow in the arena, but it's even cooler to see them grow and mature as young people. "Without his relationship with Christ, Rope says sky ranch camps wouldn't be a reality today. "The cool thing about our dad in heaven is He is willing to talk to us and let us know what next and how to go, where to go next, and what to do next. This building, these facilities, none of this would happen if we hadn't had that connection with the father. He led us to the people that supplied us the finances to do this. It's cool being out here because it's just the country, and you feel God. At least, I feel God everywhere."
New Jersey is known for a lot of things, but rodeo is not one of them. So it may be surprising to learn that the No. 1-ranked steer wrestler in the nation, Joey Bell Jr., is from Salem, N.J. ''They always say, 'Yankee,' '' Bell, 29, said of his critics. ''They don't know any different, so they can't say any different. They just know what they see on TV with 'The Sopranos' and all. You name it, I've heard it. It's been one thing after another. ''Anyone who calls Bell a Yankee would change his mind after a visit to Bell's home. The Bell family lives on a 30-acre ranch with horses, cattle, sheep, ducks, dogs, chickens and an emu. South Jersey is different than North Jersey,'' said Bell, who speaks with a surprisingly southern drawl. ''I was more or less raised a cowboy even though I'm from New Jersey. ''Bell's father was a rodeo fan and would attend the Saturday night rodeos at Cowtown in Woodstown, N.J. After trying steer wrestling because of a bet with his wife, Robin, Joey Bell Sr. began to win money in local competitions. Although Bell Sr. won two steer wrestling titles on the First Frontier Circuit, which consists of regional rodeos from Maine to West Virginia, he never gave up his day job as a supervisor in a local flooring factory. Bell Jr. has never worked at anything other than steer wrestling. After attending Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwill, Okla., on a rodeo scholarship, he got his Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association card and began competing in rodeos across the country .But it was not until Bell began to study steer wrestling with the Myers family of Athens, Tex., that his career began to take off. Butch Myers has been running steer schools since 1969 and his son Rope, 33, who is the seventh-ranked steer wrestler in the country, has been running them since 1992. Rope's younger brother Cash, 23, is ranked 10th. ''Butch Myers turned steer wrestling into a science,'' Bell said. ''He passed it on to his boys and they passed it on to me. ''Bell travels with the Myers brothers and rides the Myers’s' horses, giving them an eighth of his earnings. Bell's checks are getting bigger and bigger. Last season, he finished third on the money list with $117,709, and this season he is atop the ranking after 15 events. Bell's refusal to give up on a run has left him with more than his share of bumps and bruises. He has had a sore shoulder for the last six years and will finally have an operation after the National Finals of Rodeo in December. Two years ago, he continued to compete for two weeks despite a broken leg
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