Silver State Stampede Rodeo Celebrated 100
Years in 2012
A variety of special events and opportunities
for rodeo fans and collectors celebrated our centennial.
(More photos below. Click on photos
for larger views.)
In 1912, G. S. Garcia, originally from Salinas, California,
put on the first Silver State Stampede in Elko, Nevada.
At that time it was a carnival and celebration, as well
as a rodeo. The rodeo committee was established with
60 community members and the gala event involved the whole
community for five full days.
Here we are 100 years later and the Silver State rodeo committee
put on the Silver State Stampede starting with a concert
on Wednesday July 11, a kick-off party and Old West Bronc
Riding and Calcutta on Thursday, and a PRCA rodeo with mutton
busting and Old West Bronc Riding on Friday and Saturday
produced a Bucking Bull Futurity on Sunday.
This marked 100 years for this rodeo, making the Silver
State Stampede the oldest rodeo in Nevada.
On Friday evening, the performance began with a Centennial
Celebration ceremony that featured 100 individuals from
the community each carrying an American flag into the arena.
The flags were then placed atop the arena wall lending a
special background to this centennial rodeo. Dee Dee
Garcia, descendent of G. S. Garcia, was the Grand Marshall.
She rode in the grand entry carrying a special American
flag that had been flown in Washington, D. C. and was accompanied
by Doug and John Wright and John’s wife and children.
Paula Wright, co-owner of J. M. Capriola Co., was honored.
Paula, who was very active in the Silver State Stampede’s
centennial activities, was recently killed in a tragic horse
The Centennial Silver State Stampede concluded on Saturday,
with over $40,000 in purse money and prizes being awarded
in seven PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association)
rodeo events and two special events. All PRCA event winners
received a pair of Garcia spurs. The Silver State Stampede
is the only professional rodeo to offer the coveted Garcia
spurs as a prize.
T Rodeo of Chester, UT provided the rodeo stock. In 2006
and 2011, Bar T won the coveted PRCA Best Remuda award,
which is given to rodeo companies whose breeding program
produces exceptional bucking stock. A number of horses and
bulls that had been at the NFR in Las Vegas last year were
2012 PRCA Results
1) Landon Mecham 84 on Bitter Robin
addition to the Garcia spurs, Mecham received a miniature
bronc saddle hand-crafted by Spring Creek, NV saddlemaker
2) Joseph Lee Harper 81 on Fire Fly
3) Charlie Kogaines
78 on Lulibelle
1) Ryan Shaw 4.6
2) Seth Hadlock 4.7
3) Baylor Roche
1) Josi Young 80 on Oakey Robin
2) Morgan Heaton 77 on Romantic Belle
3) Cody Kiser 75
on Oakey Robin
1) Justin Truman 8.2
2) Justin Brinkerhoff 8.8
JC Malone 8.9
Martin Joseph Paris
1) Brian Winn/Dusty Morse 5.4
2) Cy Eames/Cody Young
3) Pace Freed/Jesse Sheffield 5.8
1) Vauna Walker 16.99
2) Tracee Young 17.24
Chrissy Van 17.37
Joe Frost 83
2) Jake Charlton 76 on Lucky Duck
3) Cooper Davis 67
Cy Eames, who
competed in tie-down roping and team roping, won the all-around
champion was. Eames won $1,459.20.
2012 Special Events
The local favorite
Silver State Stampede special events are the WSRRA sanctioned
Old West Bronc Riding and the Ring of Fear.
Slim Gardner was again a favorite with his clown acts.
Rodriguez of Tuscarora, NV, won the Old West ranch-style
bronc riding this year was with a combined score (average)
of 173 on two horses. Rodriguez scored 92 on his first horse,
winning the first round and qualifying for the second round.
The top 12 scoring
riders from the first round rode a second horse. Rodriguez
won a pair of handmade custom boots by Kelly Martin and
a bedroll quilt by Timmy Lyn DeLong for his first round
win, and, for the average, received a pair of Garcia spurs
donated by JM Capriola Co, and a trophy buckle donated by
Skyline Silversmiths. Rodriguez’s prize money totaled $2,350.40.
Old West Bronc Riding
1) Cowboy Rodriguez 173
2) Victor Madrigal 157
3) Malachi McLain 153
4/5) Colton Vega / Chris Baird
Ring of Fear, sponsored by Triple Crowns Casino, was won
on Friday by Nathan Morgan, who received $500 for being
the last man standing in his designated ring after a PRCA
fighting bull was released into the arena. Jordan Brough
also received $250 on Friday for leaving his ring, thus
forfeiting his chance of winning, to help his friend that
was taken down by the bull. Severin Richey won the Saturday
This year saw
the biggest crowds the Stampede has ever drawn in the past
100 years it has been produced. Hats off to the un-paid
Rodeo Committee and their volunteers who made this production
a huge success.
2011 Silver State Stampede Results
There were a total of 219 professional
rodeo contestants in 7 events, competing for over $33,000
in prize money. Winners of the PRCA events receive Garcia
spurs; the Silver State Stampede is the only PRCA rodeo
to offer them as a prize. The winner of the saddle bronc
riding also receives a handmade miniature bronc saddle made
by local craftsman, Bill Maupin.
Bareback riding was won by Josi
Young of Kimberly, ID, with a score of 82 on Bar
T’s horse Top Ridge.
Tie-down roping was won by Jake
Pratt of Ellensburg, WA with a time of 8.6 seconds.
Saddle-bronc riding was won by
Brock Winn of Ferron, UT on Bar T’s horse, Robins
Steer wrestling was won by Wyatt
Kinghorn of Lewisville, ID with a time of 3.6 seconds.
Team roping was won by Kaden and
Rhen Richard of Roosevelt, UT, with a time of 5.2
Barrel racing was won by Nellie
Williams of Cottonwood, CA, with a time of 15.88
Bull riding was won by Tyler Willis
of Wheatland, WY on the Bar T bull, Alamo.
A local favorite, the 9th
annual Old West Bronc Riding had 22 riders competing
for a buckle donated by Skyline Silversmiths, and Garcia
spurs donated by JM Capriola Co. In addition to prize
money from the entry fee pool, there was also $3,000
added money donated by Barrick Gold of North America.
Other prizes included custom boots by Kelly Martin,
a framed Buck Taylor print donated by Western Horseman
magazine, tack donated by B Braiding and Amanda Lewis
designs, and a quilt by Timmy Lyn DeLong.
Each contestant rode two horses,
with the total score on two head (the average) determining
the overall winner. The first go-round placings were:
Second go-round placings were:
The three-way tie resulted in a ride-off
for the buckle and spurs, while the prize money was
split evenly between the three high scorers. Winning
the ride-off was Cameron Hopper, with a 79.
2011-12 Silver State
Stampede Cowgirl Court
– Megan Harney
2011 Art Contest
was Mary Williams
Silver State Stampede
PRCA Rodeo Results
The Silver State Stampede is the only professional rodeo
to offer Garcia spurs to event winners. In addition, there
is also an added purse of $3250 per event.
Bareback riding was won by Elko native Paul
Jones, with a score of 84 on Bar T Rodeo’s horse, Brown Robin.
There were 26 entries in the bareback riding. ·
Tie-down roping was won by JC Malone of Roy,
UT, with a time of 8.2 seconds. There was a total of 49
Saddle bronc riding was won by Jesse Wright
of Milford, UT, with a score of 87 on Bar T’s horse, Robin’s
Best. In addition to the Garcia spurs, Wright will also
receive a hand-crafted miniature bronc saddle by Elko saddle
maker Bill Maupin. There were 27 saddle bronc riders.
Steer wrestling was won by Casey McMillen
of Redmond, OR, with a time of 4 seconds flat. There were
37 steer wrestlers.
Team roping was won with a time of 5.4, split
with a tie by Kaden and Rhen Richard from Roosevelt, UT, and
Blaine Linaweaver of Leavenworth, KS, and Wade Hooker of Winchester,
CA. There was a total of 27 teams.
Barrel racing was won by Norma Wood of West
Jordan, UT, with a time of 16.02. There were 36 entries.
Bull riding was won by Hutch Haslam of Morgan,
UT, with a score of 83 on Bar T’s bull, All Fired Up.
There were 27 entries.
The All-Around winner was Wyatt Smith of
Rexburg, ID, who competed in steer wrestling and saddle bronc
Old West Bronc Riding
Bucking horses for
the Old West Bronc Riding were provided by Wally and Teola Blossom
of Owyhee. Judges this year were Ira Slagowski and Charley
Gardner, both ranch cowboys and former NFR qualifiers from northern
The elimination round, known as the long-go, was
won by Jake McKay of Wells, with a score of 78. McKay
won $1200, a certificate for a pair of custom made boots by
Kelly Martin, and a bedroll quilt made by Timmy Lyn DeLong,
Christy Stanton, and Samme Engelson.
Nolan O’Leary and Pook
Hoots split second and third in the long go, each receiving
$750. One will receive spur straps donated by Amanda Lewis,
and one will receive a mecate donated by B Braiding. Splitting
fourth place in the long go were Dalton Jim and Jake Flint,
receiving $150 apiece.
The winner of the championship round,
known as the short go, was Eli Burr, with a score of 82.
Burr won $500. Second was Isaiah Jones with a score of
77. Jones received $250.
The overall event winner was
determined by the total score on two head. The 2010 champion
is Eli Burr, who scored a 73 in the elimination round and an
82 in the championship round, for a total of 155.
Burr received a trophy buckle donated by Skyline Silversmiths
and the Silver State Stampede Association; a pair of Garcia
spurs donated by JM Capriola Co; and $1200. His name will
also be added to the new trophy, which is a Remington bronze
donated by Western Horseman magazine. Burr was also the
Splitting second and third in the average were Pook Hoots and
Dalton Jim, each receiving $750. Isaiah Jones was fourth,
Eli Burr (3rd from left) receives spurs
from Doug Wright (left), bronze from Jennifer Denison, Western
Horseman Magazine (2nd from left) and buckle from Becky Lisle,
Stampede Committee Secretary. (right)
Click on photos for larger views.
Silver State Stampede Results 2009
All event winners receive Garcia spurs. In addition, the winner
of the saddle bronc riding receives a miniature bronc saddle made
by Bill Maupin. The all-around winner receives a gold watch
donated by Chip Stone of Stonecraft Jewelers.
Tie-Down Roping: Bradley Bynum
Saddle Bronc Riding: Wyatt Smith
Steer Wrestling: Dirk
Steve Sherwood/Jason Warner
Tracee Young 15.89
RC Landingham 83
All-around Cowboy was RC Landingham
West Bronc Riding- Troy Van Norman
This year, each Old West Bronc Riding contestant rode two horses,
and go-round winners were paid as well as the average (overall event)
Go-round money paid $750 for first, $375 for
second, $200 for third, and $100 for fourth.
First go round placed as follows:
1st John Wright, 2nd/3rd Victor Madrigal/Monte Greene, 4th/5th
Chris Laucomer/Jake McKay.
Second go round placed as
follows: 1st Chris Baird, 2nd Nathan Kelly Jr, 3rd Jack
Payne, 4th Moe Star.
The average paid $2750 for first,
$1625 for second, $800 for third, and $250 for fourth. Prizes
were also donated for the average (overall event) winners.
1st John Wright (Elko, Nevada)--in
addition to prize money, won a buckle donated by Skyline Silversmiths
and Garcia spurs by JM Capriola Co. Wright also won a pair
of custom handmade boots by Kelly Martin for having the highest
score of the event, with 80 points.
Baird(Battle Mountain, Nevada) (2006 and 2008 Old West Bronc Riding
Champion)--in addition to prize money, won a handmade mecate donated
by Tracy Sue Bruce, and a custom metal art sign by Cade Lindquist.
3rd Victor Madrigal (Beatty, Oregon)--in addition to prize
money, won a pair of custom chinks by Amanda Lewis and a bedroll
quilt by Timmy Lyn DeLong, Samme Engleson, and Christy Stanton.
4th Chris Laucomer (Scottsbluff, Nebraska)--prize money only
2009 Silver State Stampede Rodeo Photos
2007 Best Small Rodeo in the PRCA
We won this award four out of five years
-- in 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
2008 Best Medium-Sized Rodeo in the PRCA Wilderness
All activities are held at the Elko County Fairgrounds
unless otherwise stated. See Map:
2008 Silver State Stampede Results
The results of the
PRCA events are as follows:
Bareback riding: Colton Bair 80 points
Tie-down roping Jesse Loveless 9.5 seconds
Saddle bronc riding Wyatt Smith 80 points
Steer wrestling Lex Smith 4.9 seconds
Team roping Matt Losee/Trent Clement 5.5 seconds
Barrel racing Megan McLeod 17.35 seconds
Bull riding Dwayne Hargo 76 points
All-around champion Lex Smith
Event winners receive Garcia spurs, in
addition to purse money. The Silver State Stampede is the only professional
rodeo to offer Garcia spurs as prizes. Additional prizes include
a hand-crafted miniature bronc saddle made by Bill Maupin for the
saddle bronc winner, Montana Silversmiths jewelry donated by Lois
Lacaillade for the barrel racing winner, and a watch donated by
Chip Stone for the all-around champion.
2008 World Championship Old West Bronc Riding
its sixth year, the World Championship Old West Bronc Riding was
a big success with a total of 37 entries. Tying for first in the
elimination round were Chris Baird of Battle Mountain and Ira Wines
of Tuscarora with scores of 74.
Baird and Wines both receive a pair of custom handmade boots by
Kelly Martin of Battle Mountain in addition to purse money.
Tying for second in the elimination round were Daniel Richards of
Murphy, Idaho and Monte Greene of Battle Mountain with scores of
73. In addition to purse money, Richards received handmade western
pillows donated by Shar Peterson. Greene will receive a custom handmade
mecate donated by Tracy Sue Bruce.
The top 13 riders of the elimination round rode a second time on
Saturday night, and the overall event winners were determined by
the combined total score on two head. The 2006 champion, Chris Baird,
took the title home again after scoring 77 in the short-go for a
total of 151 on two head. Baird received a Skyline Silversmiths
buckle in addition to prize money.
Taking second overall was Monte Greene, with a score of 76 in the
short-go for a combined total of 149 on two head. Greene received
prize money, a bedroll quilt made by Timmy Lyn DeLong, Samme Engelson,
and Christy Stanton, and will receive custom handmade chinks donated
by Amanda Lewis.
Daniel Richards took third overall, and 2004 champion Jack Payne
of Jordan Valley, Oregon, took 4th.
2007 Old West Bronc Riding Winner:
Matt Morrison (middle), being presented
his trophy buckle from Skyline Silversmiths, his Western Horseman
bronze, and a quilt made and donated by Timmy Lyn DeLong, Christy
Stanton, and Samme Engelson. He also has a certificate for a pair
of handmade custom boots by Kelly Martin.
2008 Poster Contest Winner,
receives her Garcia Spurs from
Click on photos
for larger views
Silver State Stampede Photo Gallery
Click on photos for larger views