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Cavalry to the rescue for Nebraskaland Days

Ruth Nicolaus - May. 23, 2022

If it weren’t for the Cody Cavalry at NebraskalandDays and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, there would be no doorknobs in the sponsor building and the NebraskalandDays parade would be chaos. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration, but the Cavalry, former board members of NLD, provides the volunteer help that keeps the statewide celebration going. […]

Cavalry to the rescue for Nebraskaland Days

Ruth Nicolaus -

If it weren’t for the Cody Cavalry at NebraskalandDays and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, there would be no doorknobs in the sponsor building and the NebraskalandDays parade would be chaos. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration, but the Cavalry, former board members of NLD, provides the volunteer help that keeps the statewide celebration going. […]

Top of the class: Rodeo athletes, valedictorians, salutatorians

Ruth Nicolaus -

Several Nebraska high school rodeo athletes gave some pretty big speeches during the last few weeks. Six graduating high school seniors spoke in front of their classmates, family and friends as they finished their high school careers as valedictorians or salutatorians. The students, Mekenna Fisher, Tucker Gillespie, Abby Lawton, Emma Ohm, Jett Sjeklocha, and Shayda […]

Top of the class: Rodeo athletes, valedictorians, salutatorians

Ruth Nicolaus -

Several Nebraska high school rodeo athletes gave some pretty big speeches during the last few weeks. Six graduating high school seniors spoke in front of their classmates, family and friends as they finished their high school careers as valedictorians or salutatorians. The students, Mekenna Fisher, Tucker Gillespie, Abby Lawton, Emma Ohm, Jett Sjeklocha, and Shayda […]

Hershey student cowgirl plans to sharpen persuasive skills

Ruth Nicolaus - May. 7, 2022

Senior Mekenna Fisher of Hershey is one of five young people from across Nebraska who is chosen for the Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP). The program consists of a tuition waiver, preparatory help for the LSAT test, and guaranteed admission to the University of Nebraska Law School. Participants must maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point […]

Hershey student cowgirl plans to sharpen persuasive skills

Ruth Nicolaus -

Senior Mekenna Fisher of Hershey is one of five young people from across Nebraska who is chosen for the Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP). The program consists of a tuition waiver, preparatory help for the LSAT test, and guaranteed admission to the University of Nebraska Law School. Participants must maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point […]

Immortalized in bronze

Ruth Nicolaus - May. 2, 2022

A bronze bust of North Platte native Hadley Barrett was unveiled on Saturday, April 30 at the main entrance to the Wild West Arena in North Platte. The PRCA Hall of Fame member was best known as a rodeo announcer who announced some of the biggest pro rodeos across the nation, including the National Finals […]

Immortalized in bronze

Ruth Nicolaus -

A bronze bust of North Platte native Hadley Barrett was unveiled on Saturday, April 30 at the main entrance to the Wild West Arena in North Platte. The PRCA Hall of Fame member was best known as a rodeo announcer who announced some of the biggest pro rodeos across the nation, including the National Finals […]

Cowboys, cowgirls claim gold at 2021 Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 20, 2021

The steer wrestling champion of the 2021 Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte never even planned on rodeoing this year. Chance Howard, Cedarville, Arkansas, had a time of 3.4 seconds during the first day of slack, June 16, to top the field of 90 steer wrestlers and pocket the winnings of $2,625. It’s only because […]

Cowboys, cowgirls claim gold at 2021 Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus -

The steer wrestling champion of the 2021 Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte never even planned on rodeoing this year. Chance Howard, Cedarville, Arkansas, had a time of 3.4 seconds during the first day of slack, June 16, to top the field of 90 steer wrestlers and pocket the winnings of $2,625. It’s only because […]

Texas cowgirl takes lead in barrel racing

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 19, 2021

The lead changed hands in the barrel racing on the third night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. Ashley Castleberry of Montgomery, Texas, turned the cloverleaf pattern in 17.45 seconds, one-hundredth of a second faster than Stevi Hillman, who ran a time of 17.46 seconds on Wednesday night. Castleberry’s equine partner was Stormy, […]

Texas cowgirl takes lead in barrel racing

Ruth Nicolaus -

The lead changed hands in the barrel racing on the third night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. Ashley Castleberry of Montgomery, Texas, turned the cloverleaf pattern in 17.45 seconds, one-hundredth of a second faster than Stevi Hillman, who ran a time of 17.46 seconds on Wednesday night. Castleberry’s equine partner was Stormy, […]

Nebraska bareback rider continues hot streak

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 18, 2021

A Nebraska cowboy is on fire, and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo on Thursday night fanned the flames. Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, scored 90 points in his bareback ride during the second night of the North Platte rodeo to take the lead. That broke the old arena record of 89 points, set by Austin Foss in 2019 […]

Nebraska bareback rider continues hot streak

Ruth Nicolaus -

A Nebraska cowboy is on fire, and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo on Thursday night fanned the flames. Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, scored 90 points in his bareback ride during the second night of the North Platte rodeo to take the lead. That broke the old arena record of 89 points, set by Austin Foss in 2019 […]

Rodeo season: Action returns to normal in North Platte

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 17, 2021

After last year, with no fans for three-quarters of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, another piece of normalcy came back to the world — the rodeo with fans in the stands. Cowboys and enthusiastic fans were grateful to be at the opening night of the rodeo, where more than 600 contestants will compete […]

Rodeo season: Action returns to normal in North Platte

Ruth Nicolaus -

After last year, with no fans for three-quarters of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, another piece of normalcy came back to the world — the rodeo with fans in the stands. Cowboys and enthusiastic fans were grateful to be at the opening night of the rodeo, where more than 600 contestants will compete […]

Cowboys, cowgirls to converge on North Platte for annual Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus - Jun. 14, 2021

More than 580 pro rodeo cowboys and cowgirls will converge on North Platte Wednesday-Saturday for America’s sport — rodeo. The annual Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte at the Wild West Arena will include cowboys competing in six events and cowgirls, members of the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association, competing in two events, hailing from 24 […]

Cowboys, cowgirls to converge on North Platte for annual Buffalo Bill Rodeo

Ruth Nicolaus -

More than 580 pro rodeo cowboys and cowgirls will converge on North Platte Wednesday-Saturday for America’s sport — rodeo. The annual Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte at the Wild West Arena will include cowboys competing in six events and cowgirls, members of the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association, competing in two events, hailing from 24 […]