Sunday, November 09, 2008

PBR Finals

Congratulations to Guilherme Marchi on his 2008 PBR World Championship. Actually I'd dare to say he might also wrap up the Finals title as well. I know he's waited a long time for this to all come together!

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Friday, October 10, 2008

SLC or Bust Day 3 reflections

A Game anyone?

Day three started off on a pretty good note. We headed north out of Salt Lake City headed towards Brigham City and Logan, Utah. We got out late enough that trafic was uneventful for us in a metroplex.

Our first stop was Bountiful, Utah. The temple site is high on the side of the mountain so while the instructions were not that great it was VERY easy to find! The road is very curvy so be cautious. One interesting point about the temple is the parking area is actually a parking garage, though Philip had to point it out or I would have never known. Coming down I was glad we were well under the speed limit as three doe walked in front of us. Guess the doe where smarter than the hunters, figured if the hunters are out in force the girls were going to town?

Ogden was our 2nd to last stop on the temple photography tour. The instructions were way off but Philip is not a typical man and he will ask for instructions. I think my van has built in GPS becuase we had gotten turned around the right direction, we were just off about a mile. The Ogden temple is in the middle of town so pretty easy to find once you get off the freeway. Philip wanted to go back to Hill AFB museum which is on the south end of Ogden, but we did not get to do that.

Logan was our next stop. Now Logan is pretty rural but has many ammenities of a small city, big town. We came in to Logan via the freeway and once you turn off the freeway it is a straight shot to the temple. However, this is the long way in and does not show you much of Logan.

We returned to Brigham City and were greated by our friends. Unknown to us, they had gotten us tickets to the Utah State vs. BYU football game back in Logan. They turned us on to a much faster way to Logan via a state road. The road is great, 4 lanes everywhere but one small stretch where they are working on a bridge. This time we saw much of Logan and we were very suprised by how big it really is. Of course our return to Brigham City was an adventure as the previousley mentioned bridge work got us and we ended up driving through town. Fortunatley Philip is pretty good with directions once he's been some place and we just went through a bunch of stoplights.

Utah State's stadium is in a real nice location, just bring a pack mule or lama with you as it can be a pretty steep climb.

Pollie

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

32nd Annual Lubbock Winter Series

The 32nd Annual Lubbock Winter Series starts October 4th at 7pm.

Call ins - 1-806-794-2317 Books open Tuesdays and close Fridays at 9pm.

NEW this year!!! Added attractions every month, the first one will be the South Texas Gunfighters!!!

for more information call Charlie at 1-806-794-2317 or check out C-T Rodeo Company at http://www.c-trodeo.com

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Take me to a county fair

Well I just got back from the final of three performances of the Sheriffs Posse rodeo at the Valencia County Fair. Here is just a few things I learned:

1) Strobe Lights good! Eye site Bad!
2) Mutton Busters get there 3 days before the first team roper!
3) Wasp are pest, but not as bad as mosquitoes!
4) Afternoon performances in the summer time bad!
5) Evening performances where people have to look into the setting sun, worse!
6) 4 Saddle Bronc Riders bad, 2 Bareback riders in 3 perf's worse!
7) Sour timed event animals bad.
8) People not in proper attire allowed in the arena, stupid!
9) No one running out gates, silly.
10) Arenas built 100 years ago, just plain wrong!

Now I know Valencia County isn't the richest county in the State of New Mexico. But come on people isn't it about time we build an arena capable of being nice? How about a 2500 seat indoor joint, with air and heat? Maybe use some solar and wind power to make it more green? Heck even see about getting a methane generator? But I guess we'll always be a little behind the rest of the state.

Oh yeah and I know the fair and the rodeo ain't by the same folks but do you really think I want to pay double admission? And what is with no amusements for the kids, jumpers are nice but a little under classed!

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Friday, August 08, 2008

How far to travel

With the price of diesel now at a low $4.36 (yeah still about $3.00 too much, danged thieves!) I'm wondering how far folks are willing to travel to work, compete or watch a show? As a photographer and with reciepts down and with more competition form the "Soccer" moms selling really bad prints for $.05 (yes 5 cents has been reported to me) I'm not willing to go more than three hours IF the hotel rooms are cheap! Is that just me?



ps. and yes I do need a camper or a trailer!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

gone for a while

I'm sorry I've been gone so long! I've switched jobs kind of. While I'm still running Double P Tack, the local branch of the University of New Mexico has hired me as a User System Analyst III. So I basically get to show people how to run projectors, build technology teaching systems and do some training when all else fails. Not a bad job and only 11 miles from home. Though my hours are a little wacky. So I hope you all are kicking tail and taking names, I should be paroled to a regular schedule soon.

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

So long to a bright star.

A young friend of us here at Double P Tack passed away on the 27th. Bryan Howlett a potentially great bullfighter died at his home in Ignacio, CO. We met Bryan a few years ago at the Casper Baca Rough Stock Series. The first day out he took a hooking which broke his arm pretty good. As soon as he was released (actually helped before) he was back to fighting bulls. I think he had a bright future as a professional bull fighter. This kid was extremely polite and the kind of kid any family would be proud of. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, he will be missed!

"Ignacio resident Bryan Roper Howlett died as the result of an accident at his home on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. He was 17." Durango Herald

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Superbowl, NO, PBR on TV, NO! Real action up close and personal!

No I wont be sitting in a nice warm house this weekend watching the tube/flat pannel. I'll catch the Super Bowl and the PBR on NBC after I get back from real live action!

The Casper Baca Roughstock Series starts this Saturday. The series runs Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm for the next 8 weeks. For more information check out http://www.casperbacarodeo.com
Here is a chance for Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Open Bullriders and Novice Bullriders to come get on some stock at a well established event. And Casper will let gals ride, just pay your fees at the trailer!

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

LDS Church leader passes.

Gordon B. Hinkley the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints passed away today at the age of 97. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

What a weekend!

So here I sit broke. Wishing I could get to a few of the shows around. What shows you ask?

Well about 50 miles are 1&1/2 hours depending on traffic is the first ever New Mexico Stampede PRCA Rodeo in Rio Rancho, NM. Yeah ok so I'm not big on Rio Rancho so I'd take my next option which is the PBR/ABBI competition in Amarillo, TX which is only 300 miles away. Well 290 to the motel I normally stay at! And if I was real rich, well then, I'd be off to the CBR finals in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel. Well I'm not rich so I guess I'll stay home and get things cleaned up before my season hits and I'm too swamped to do anything on the weekends.

Oh well on the 2nd the Casper Baca Roughstock series starts. Oh heck talk about another busy weekend. But that's for a whole other post!

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Prime Time

Look who is coming to Prime Time:

The PBR Look for our friend Kent "FotoCowboy" Kerschner in the background!

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Friday, December 28, 2007

The Roughstock Gazette is now posted

You can download the PDF here or feel free to visit the website http://www.doubleptack.com/rsg/roughstockgazette.htm

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It's all part of the game

Marketing, it is all just part of the game. When you look around it's important to look at people who have been successful in your business. For 2007 the New Mexico Department of Agriculture voted the New Mexico Pecan Company its top marketing company. Read the official release below:

New Mexico Pecan Company of Mesilla, New Mexico, is being honored as Marketer of the Year for 2007 by New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA).

New Mexico Pecan Company began operations in 1990 as an extension of Frank Salopek Farms to market shelled and flavored pecans from a retail perspective. The sales of the value-added pecans created new opportunities for New Mexico Pecan Company to expand their marketing objectives by attending trade shows both domestically and internationally. It was at these trade shows, meeting with foreign buyers, where New Mexico Pecan Company developed an innovative approach to sell in-shell pecans to the Chinese market. After lengthy negotiations with several Chinese companies, New Mexico Pecan Company sold their entire production to China, making this the largest documented sale of New Mexico pecans to China. The success of this initial sale opened the door for other New Mexico producers to explore this exciting market with confidence and long-term commitments.

“The Marketer of the Year recipients must demonstrate creative and innovative marketing with success in the market place. New Mexico Pecan Company has established national recognition for shelled and flavored pecans and expanded its market share throughout the region,” says I. Miley Gonzalez, New Mexico secretary of agriculture.



So what does this have to do with rodeo? Well do you want to make money at it or just piddle at the sport? How many people with talent and ability who tried to travel never made the big show because they ran out of money? How many who where slightly above average made enough to keep going because their sponsors helped them out just enough? Trust me if you talk to some of the greatest to ride they'll have stories about the guys who were very good and they still don't know why they never got that Gold Buckle!

Ok, ok so your half sold on the idea of marketing yourself, your breeding program or your event, but now what?
1) Simple, do a little studying! Go out and see who's being successful ask them questions, see what's working. Then check out the things you don't think you'd do and try to figure out why their doing whatever it is like that? Sometimes things seem silly, stupid or just plain wrong but that doesn't mean it is.
2) Next go out and develop a plan to be successful, ya ever gotten in a car driven someplace you've never been before and did it all on time without a map or asking questions?
3) Next get confidence in yourself, when you present yourself and your plan to others you need to have confidence that you’re selling a million dollar package! Heck when it comes to selling yourself you'd better get use to it because that's what the fans and sponsors want! Yes you will sometimes feel like that stereotypical used car salesman, guess what you are! Now get out their and talk to EVERYONE about sponsoring you. Don't think anyone is too small or too big, too local or too unrodeo. Money is money and advertising is advertising. Let's take a look at the recent sale of the PBR to Spire Capital. Where in the world do you think Spire Capital would have gotten the idea to buy the PBR? Is it a western company, maybe western New York City!
4) Now when you go to ask for the sponsorships, partnerships or any other ships, take care to how you approach them.
a. Are your clothes cleaned and pressed?
b. Are you in appropriate rodeo attire?
c. Hat cleaned? Boots Shined?
d. Do you have your plan neatly typed and double checked for spelling errors, do you show them in the plan how they will benefit from handing you a check or two?
e. Do you have your sales pitched practiced? Just like riding a bull, practice makes perfect!
So sure there is a lot to this marketing gag, but there are lots of benefits to it if you'll spend the time!

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

2002 All American Champions

The Results from Casper Baca Rodeo Company's 2007 All American Tour are in. Congratulations to the following winners:
Bareback - Dalon Hulsey
Saddle Bronc - Robert Aragon
Open Bulls - Rankin Lindsey
Novice Bulls - JR Billy

For more results check out the Casper Baca Rodeo Company web site.

The 2008 United American Tour Stops are updated. So get ready to ride!

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Congratulations to the World Champions

First and foremost we'd like to congratulate Taos Muncy of Corona, NM on his HUGE win at the NFR.

The other winners:
Bareback - Bobby Mote
Steer Wrestling - Jason Miller
Team Roping Header - Chad Masters
Team Roping Heeler - Walt Woodard
Saddle Bronc - Taos Muncy
Tie-Down Roping - Trevor Brazile
Barrel Racing - Brittany Pozzi-Pharr
Bull Riding - Wesley Silcox
ALL AROUND - Trevor Brazile

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Roughstock Gazette

I have a new project out in beta test right now. I'm working on building a newsletter/magazine for the bucking stock industry not just bucking bulls. So check it out and email me some comment back.

http://www.doubleptack.com/rsg/roughstockgazette.htm

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

31st Annual Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series

The information for the 31st Annual Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series is now posted on the C-T Rodeo Company web site. Check it out and make plans to visit.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Ten things to do during NFR, on a budget!

Ten things to do during NFR, on a budget!

By Pollie Williams, Owner Double P Tack

1) Yeah it’s is not cheap, but hey your going for the rodeo. So go to the rodeo! There are a few ways you can do this on the cheap.
a. First, there is a resale ticket booth at the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but while your there look around because sometimes people will sale their extra tickets through the vendors.
b. Second, there is the mad dash. Ok not the greatest way and you may spend loads of time on the concourse, but better than nothing.
c. Lastly the scalpers, well there went your entire budget!
d. Oh one last thing, many hotels in Las Vegas offer ticket packages to the biggest events in Las Vegas including NFR, so prepare for next year.
2) Caesar’s Palace and the Animatronics show in the middle of the Caesar Mall. Ok so I can’t afford even a sniff of the cologne in any of the stores. But one can always dream and the animatronics show makes it all worth while.
3) The Fountains at the Bellagio. One of the biggest free spectaculars in Las Vegas. Set to music these Fountains put on a show that is hard to rival.
4) The Venetian, again not a place where I can afford to buy a whole lot but the environment is well worth the walk through on your way to the gift show at the Sands Convention Center.
5) The nightly awards show. After each performance there is an awards show for the round winners. This use to be one of the biggest draws at The Gold Coast but has moved down to the South Point.
6) Well we alluded to Cowboy Christmas in number one, but where else can you find well over 200 booths of everything cowboy and western? From trucks and trailers to Cowboy Silver (http://www.ednaharper.com) and fur coats, there is no better place to do your Christmas shopping.
7) So maybe there is a better place to do your Christmas shopping if you’re on a tight budget. Yep I found it, the outlet mall. Right across from Boot City on the South end of the Strip it’s a must see for those needing to get some shopping done on the cheap. Of course be careful, there is a store called Fry’s Electronics on the way down to the Outlet Mall, don’t let the kids know.
8) Las Vegas Fashion Mall – Fashion Mall and budget don’t seem to be the same thing you say? Well how wrong you can be. Sure we can’t afford 90% of the stuff in there but I like to buy a cheaper gift from one of the BIG name stores. So maybe I can’t afford much, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know quality names.
9) Lights and faces – Ok so lets get away from shopping for a second. Walk the strip and check out the lights and the people. Yes we’re not in New Mexico anymore I’m not sure if there is anything like it in the world. Have fun, be careful and take it all with a grain of salt and a smile.
10) Freemont Street, while this might be “old” Vegas, this sure isn’t Vegas #2. Freemont Street Experience is a spectacle that everyone should check out once. The street is pretty well closed off and the hotels are wide open. Have a bite to eat at Binnions or one of the other classics. But for the wildest ride I’d suggest being there the night before the first performance when it is party central.
Well we’re going to give you a couple of more points to ponder before we go get our bags out of storage. Shopping is at a premium during NFR, not just the places we’ve mentioned above, but you have 3 huge gift shows (Convention Center, Sands Convention Center and Mandalay Bay Convention Center) a couple of big tent sales (Sam's Town and Boot City) but just about everyone has something special during NFR. Next will come the food in our list of things to do, Philip’s favorite. From buffets to fine dining to “In ‘N Out Burgers,” Vegas has a whole lot of everything for everyone, so try it out.
Lastly a couple words of caution. Taxi Cabs in Las Vegas can be a religious gaining experience as well as VERY expensive. So yes it will be much cheaper then a DWI, but be careful. Check out the Tram’s and the Deuce bus system.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

So for a change I was right.

What happens when you get real big as a sport even though you're a "fringe" sport? What happens when you let enough outsiders in and keep enough insiders out?

So like I predicted back in July, it is only a matter of time before someone takes a pot shot at a major rodeo association by dragging out all the dirty laundry in order to make a buck. This is the kind of stuff rodeo does not need. So now what?

What are these associations going to do? One has lawsuits galore from the actions of an ex-elected official, because NO ONE took the time to watch the hen coup. Another is getting ready to have a tale all book released and the person writing the book says he has proof, which will give the association two black eyes a bloody nose and whole lots of bruised egos! Another association has issues that you swear is coming right out of the doping scandals. Kind of reminds me of them bicycle guys, if your not one of us we'll use EVERY rule against you, but if your one of us just don't get caught in public! To bad this is a different kind of animal.



Whoops can we say PR nightmare? Now how do you fix them, because you sure can't stick your head in the ground and or throw money at it! All along they had an out, they had rodeo people in and around the events who cared as much about rodeo as they do about the money. When that changed and it went to a money first, fame second, glory third and everything else last; well guess where the target points now? So how do you fix it, great question! First don't turn your back on those who helped get you where you are, nothing worse than fair weather friends! The use those who are loyal to the sport, hey I love showing outsiders the sport, but I make sure they're not aware of what a few guys act like when the cameras are not on. Then do everything you have to to bring the allegations above board. Sorry if you don't show me that your legit when the strong belief is you are not, then you are not!

As for Skeeter, sorry umm sir, but airing dirty laundry in the manner that you are intending just ain't very cowboy like! And for the rest of you who do not like this or do not like that, well there are other sports you can go watch heck even other rodeo associations! So step away from the TV and go support your locals! Sorry but just my 2 cents worth!

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Double P Tack - Promo Video

Double P Tack has been doing rodeo video for over 10 years. If you need video for your event don't hire some city slicker with a fancy camera. Hire rodeo people.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Action from the All American Tour

Durango, CO had 4 major events this year in back to back weeks that ALL sold out! It all started off with the All American Tour produced by Casper Baca Rodeo Company and ended with a PBR event. Below is some action from the Casper Baca event.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Passing of a legend

The legendary Jim Shoulders has passed away! Mr. Shoulders passing has left a big hole in his family's heart and in the heart of all true rodeo fans! Please say a little prayer tonight for his loved ones that they may be comforted in knowing he's gone to a much better place. Service will be the 24th in Henryetta, OK.

For more on this visit the PRCA website where there is a story on his passing as well as some vintage footage of him riding in the 1959 NFR in Dallas. http://www.prorodeo.com/Story.aspx?xu=573

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