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Business News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 2:02pm
Rick Marxsen knows exactly how much gas cost the last time he filled up the tank of his Toyota Tacoma.

A true International Finals

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 1:09pm

IFR 45 TO FEATURE A STRONG CONTINGENT OF CANADIANS

OKLAHOMA CITY – The International Finals Rodeo has grown in to a true international championship.

Of the 126 contestants that have qualified to compete at IFR 45 from Jan. 16-18 at the Jim Norick State Fair Arena, two dozen are from other countries. That serves as a great reminder of the world-wide draw of professional rodeo.

“We’re celebrating our 65th year as an organization,” said Dale Yerigan, president of Oklahoma City-based International Professional Rodeo Association. “Every year, we are seeing more and more of our IFR contestants coming from all over the world.”

IFR2014LogoRedDateThe largest contingent is from the Canadian province of Quebec, home of the IPRA’s largest regular-season event, Festival Western de St. Tite, in the community about 120 miles northeast of Montreal. Nine cowboys are from the neighboring province of Ontario, and one is from New South Wales, Australia.

The list of contestants is much more than an international flair. Cody Mousseau of Aylmer, Ontario, is making a run at multiple world championships; he has qualified in tie-down roping steer wrestling and team roping heading. He trails nine-time and reigning all-around champion Shawn Minor by about $8,700 in the all-around standings.

“Cody’s a pretty good hand who works all the timed events,” said Shawn Minor, a 21-time IPRA world champion from Camden, Ohio. “He’s had a good year, but he’s rodeoed his butt off and worked hard at it.”

Mousseau leads the steer wrestling standings, about $1,600 ahead of Brian Barefoot of Dunn, N.C., and sits No. 2 in both heading and tie-down roping; he is just less than $4,000 behind Justin Thigpen of Waycross, Ga., in tie-down roping and less than $1,000 behind Jacob Dagenhart of Statesville, N.C., in heading.

Of the 15 qualifiers in bull riding, most are Canadians. Rookie Garrett Tribble of Bristow, Okla., has secured his first IPRA world championship with nearly $38,000 in season earnings, but nine Canucks are making their way to Oklahoma City. Eric Isabelle of St. Julienne, Quebec, is the No. 2 bull rider in the standings, followed by four more Canadians.

“I think having so many international contestants at the International Finals Rodeo is a great thing,” Minor said. “To be able to go to all them rodeos up there is great for us. You have to drive your butt off, and you’ll have road rash when you get there, but when you get on and ride some of those good horses, they’re going to pay you and make it worth your while.”

The IPRA sanctions a number of Canadian rodeos, primarily in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Contestants can compete on just a Canadian card or a full IPRA card, which then allows them to compete at events in the United States.

“It’s a great move for rodeo and great for the IPRA,” Minor said. “That’s really stepped up the game.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Instagram and others grapple with anti-cop posts

Business News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:59pm
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2 guns a minute sold at $1 million auction

Business News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:42pm
Bidding was fast and furious this past weekend for hundreds of antique guns from the World Wars and the Wild West. They sold at a clip of about two guns a minute for a total price nearing $1 million.

Uber seeking patent on surge pricing

Business News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:41pm
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Rich Russians buy U.K. investor visas in record numbers

Business News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:35pm
Wealthy Russians are buying their way into the U.K. in record numbers as the economy at home sours and the ruble crumbles.

Soccer fans become army for good

CNN World - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:26pm
More than any single soccer player, the fans took center stage during the World Cup.
Categories: International News

A haven for Guatemala's teens

CNN World - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:24pm
Growing up in Guatemala, Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes watched many of his peers succumb to drugs, gangs and crime.
Categories: International News

They don't spear lions, they spare them

CNN World - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:01pm
When she learned lions in Egypt were extinct, Leela Hazzah wanted to help. She started a nonprofit that turns Maasai warriors -- who have a history of killing lions -- into lion protectors.
Categories: International News

Mullen Named Maxwell Collegiate Coach of the Year

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:58am
PHILADELPHIA – After guiding Mississippi State to its first 10-win regular season and first appearance in the Orange Bowl since 1941, head coach Dan Mullen has been recognized as the Maxwell Football Club's Collegiate Coach of the Year, the organization announced Monday.

Shocking gender pay gap in London's banks

Business News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:53am
The 'Old Boys' Club' is still alive and kicking in London's banking industry.

Garbage truck kills pedestrians

CNN World - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:47am
There is "absolutely nothing to suggest" that a road incident that closed a central Glasgow square was a terrorist attack, Scottish police say.
Categories: International News

Billionaire CEO raps 2014 holiday greeting

Business News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:31am
Carlyle Group CEO David Rubenstein is a master deal maker in Washington, Wall Street and beyond, but his hip hop skills could use some work.

Woman finds scorpion in skirt

CNN - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:30am
A woman found a scorpion inside her skirt as she was trying it on in a JC Penney fitting room. KPIX reports.
Categories: National News

See iconic football stadium implode

CNN - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:25am
Part of the Texas A&M University football stadium was imploded as part of $450 million redevelopment project.
Categories: National News

WATN: 'Christmas Vacation' cast

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:24am
As National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation" turns 25, we take a look at where the cast is now.
Categories: Entertainment News

The war of words escalates

CNN World - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:23am
The blame game over "The Interview" is intensifying.
Categories: International News

An Arab Spring success story

CNN World - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:19am
It's widely considered the only place in which seeds planted during the "Arab Spring" may have grown into the first sprouts of democracy. And now, Tunisia officially has a new president-elect.
Categories: International News
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