Santa Fe Trail Working Ranch Rodeo At Council Grove July 3-4


       Working ranch cowboys from several Midwest states will converge on Council Grove for the Fourth of July.      “It’s the 29th annual Santa Fe Trail Ranch Rodeo, Friday and Saturday evenings, July 3-4, in the arena east of Council Grove, just off Highway 56, beginning at 7 o’clock,” announced Clay Wilson, president of the Morris […]

‘Always A Cowboy,’ Oakley High School Sophomore Proven All-Around Hand In The Rodeo Arena

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“I got my first horse, actually a Shetland called Scout, when I was just a little kid, three-years-old. I rode Scout all around the feedlot, everywhere, and told everybody I was a cowboy, and that’s what I’ve always been.” Never a doubt to anybody when they meet up with J.D. Draper, and see him in […]

White Cloud Family Makes Championships Glow At Kansas Junior High Rodeos And Well Beyond

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When it’s in the genes, blood-running-rodeo, so to speak, and most every night rain, mud, sun, sleet or snow, is spent in the practice pen, there’s a pot of gold with the rainbow. That might seem a roundabout way of describing Reed Boos, but it’s certainly most accurate for the 14-year-old White Cloud cowboy recently […]

All-Terrain Utility Vehicle Tour of Flint Hills To Benefit Emporia Charities


Fun in the beautiful green Flint Hills of Kansas will benefit four most worthwhile causes. It’s the “Gator Rally” Wednesday through Saturday evenings, June 10-13, starting at the cattle pens right off the Kansas Turnpike just 17 miles south of Emporia. “The Gator Rally is planned by PrairieLand Partners John Deere Emporia as a special […]

Mud and Fun in the Rough Terrain at Cross Country Chaos Osage County Fund Raiser

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“This year, there are new showers to wash off the mud.” And, it’ll be another “fun time,” with plenty to drink, eat, and visit about, while listening to live country-rock music, when it’s all through. That’s the pledge from Perry Thompson who’s organizing the third Cross Country Chaos after the second annual one last summer […]

Kansas High School Rodeo Association Finals Again Set For Topeka

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The Kansas High School Rodeo Finals will be in Topeka again this year. Yearend championship competition featuring the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in all events at high school rodeos throughout the state last fall and this spring is scheduled June 2 – 7, at the R.R. Domer Livestock Arena in Topeka’s Kansas Expo Centre. […]

Olathe Teen Makes Fifth Run at National Spelling Bee Title


UPDATE: Ten of the nation’s most poised young spellers have made it to the finals of the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee. The finalists include several veterans of the competition. Thirteen-year-old Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, is competing for the fifth time. It’s her second time in the finals. Her sister, Kavya, won in 2009. […]