Silver State Stampede Elko, Nevada
- July 11, 12, 13 2013
The Silver State Stampede is the
oldest rodeo in Nevada. The tradition of Elko’s annual rodeo started
in 1913 when GS Garcia, the world-famous bit, spur, and saddle
maker, decided that northern Nevada cowboys needed a rodeo, and the
town needed the added entertainment and income.
Today’s Stampede has grown into a multi-faceted event, showcasing
the best of rodeo and ranch cowboys alike.
Silver State Stampede Rodeo Celebrated 100 Years in
variety of special events and opportunities for rodeo fans and
collectors celebrated our centennial.
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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 evenings.
John Wright 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.
Kirby’s Bar 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 featured.
2012 PRCA Results
1) Landon Mecham 84 on Bitter Robin
In addition to
the Garcia spurs, Mecham received a miniature bronc saddle
hand-crafted by Spring Creek, NV saddlemaker Bill Maupin.
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 5.4
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
3/4) JC Malone 8.9
Martin Joseph Paris
1) Brian Winn/Dusty Morse 5.4
2) Cy Eames/Cody Young 5.7
3) Pace Freed/Jesse Sheffield 5.8
1) Vauna Walker 16.99
2) Tracee Young 17.24
3) Chrissy Van 17.37
1) Joe Frost 83
2) Jake Charlton 76 on Lucky Duck
3) Cooper Davis 67 on Sneaky
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
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.
Alvaro “Cowboy” 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 151
The ever-exciting 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 event.
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
Photo Gallery 2012