News and notes from the rodeo trail, Sept. 28

Bar T Rodeo’s Red Robin, a saddle bronc horse who qualified for the WNFR nine times (1994-2002), died Sept. 16. The horse retired in 2002, and was a big part of the Bar T breeding program. In his 26 years, Red Robin sired more than 100 head of Bar T colts. An estimated 30 percent of his colts have also been selected to go to the WNFR ...

Steve Kenyon of ProRodeoLive will broadcast the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, Oct. 3 from Kissimmee, Fla. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. (ET) and can be heard on www.prorodeolive.com ...

Country music legend Charlie Daniels has produced a new song that uniquely captures the road that cowboys endure to qualify for the Wrangler NFR as they seek rodeo glory. Entitled “It Don’t Get No Better Than That,” the song is the ultimate tribute to the cowboys and Las Vegas, the city that has hosted the WNFR since 1985. “Being such a big rodeo fan, writing a song about cowboys and cowgirls, broncs and bulls and the excitement that surrounds the Wrangler NFR in Vegas every year was a natural for me,” Daniels said. “It don't get no better than that.” The song will be available on iTunes beginning Oct. 12. Proceeds from the song will be donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund and other organizations. During the Wrangler NFR, which takes place Dec. 3-12 in Las Vegas, fans can download the song for free at www.NFRSocialArena.com ...

The final round of voting for the Wrangler NFR National Anthem contest is now underway. The list has been trimmed to nine finalists, and voting will continue through Oct. 6 at www.NFRexperience.com. The winners will be announced Oct. 7 ...

Shirley Payne, wife of former RCA steer roper Gerry Payne of Claremore, Okla., passed away Sept. 27 at St. John’s hospital in Tulsa. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Claremore Methodist Church ...

Saddle bronc rider CoBurn Bradshaw won the Big 4 Best in the Northwest Award as a result of competing at the Horse Heaven Round-Up (Sept. 26-29) in Kennewick, Wash.; Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days (Sept. 4-6); the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup (Sept. 10-12) and the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up (Sept. 16-19). The Big 4 Best in the Northwest Award is given to the contestant who accumulates the most money while competing in all of the Big 4 rodeos. Bradshaw, of Beaver, Utah, was third at Lewiston ($2,349), tied for second at Walla Walla with his brother-in law Jake Wright ($2,342) and was third at Pendleton ($3,145). Those performances earned Bradshaw a custom-made saddle designed specifically for the award by Stoney Saddlery of Hermiston, Ore. Bradshaw is the first saddle bronc rider to win the award since brother-in-law Cody Wright did it in 2011 ...

Tony Sanchez, official farrier of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 45 years, died Sept. 24 of heart failure at an area hospital. He was 84 ...

Two-time World Champion Steer Wrestler Dean Gorsuch was the main motivational speaker at the inaugural Brady Wakefield Memorial High School Rodeo Conference Sept. 27, which was held in conjunction with the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale in Omaha. The high school competitors in attendance listened to the Gering, Neb., cowboy talk about the rigors of becoming a ProRodeo athlete ...

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo’s annual Bar-B-Que Cook-Off and Festival was held Sept. 25-26 at the Freeman Coliseum. More than 200 teams competed this year, with all profits from the event benefiting a scholarship fund.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I’ve had numerous people tell me that when they watch me ride, they see a lot of my dad. I love hearing that. I’m a little taller than him, so I’ve had to adapt a bit, but for the most part, my dad shaped my riding style.”

-Justin Boots Championships bull riding winner Parker Breding talking about the riding similarities between he and his father, five-time WNFR qualifier Scott Breding