I was really happy to hear that Cotton Rosser has been named the 2019 Legend of Pro Rodeo. Cotton and I have been friends over 50 years and it thrills me to see a man like Cotton selected for this award as he has dedicated his entire life to being a cowboy and to the world of rodeo. Many of us in the industry venture out away from the arena from time to time to diversify our lifestyle but Cotton rarely does. For a guy who came from the inner city life of Southern California riding a motorcycle he became quite the cowboy. Cotton was a great all-around hand piloting his own airplane from rodeo to rodeo. A ranch accident put an end to his rough stock riding. He got into the western store business in Marysville, Calif. during his accident rehab by opening a store named Cotton’s Cowboy Corral. He and his wife Karen continue to operate this store today. Be sure and read the story on page 27 about his award and about the presentation that will take place at the South Point Grand Ballroom during the first week of the WNFR.
The month of July is always exciting in the PRCA Standings as many changes take place and tend to give some contestants the shot in the arm they have been waiting for all year.
Another Bob Feist Invitational is over, and I must say it was a great one with some very happy winners, Junior Dees and Lane Siggins with a total time of 44.62 on six head. This year’s short round was one to remember as a large crowd watched the top 15 teams come back for their final run.
The state of California has had its share of rain this winter and it has hurt many of the spring ropings on the West Coast. Some of the lack of teams was due to the bad weather, making the fair-weather ropers stay home due to bad traveling conditions. Plus many of the arenas for the spring ropings are outside. The rough winter meant many ropers have not been able to keep their horses or themselves in condition to rope competitively. As this last week in April comes around, so does the good weather with today being in the 80’s. I look for the ropings to start picking up in numbers from this point on.