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No. 18 Bulldogs To Open 2015 NCAA Championship Against Denver

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 6:03pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the Mississippi State Bulldogs, it all begins in Chapel Hill, N.C. The road to the 2015 NCAA Championship finals in Waco, Texas, begins Friday, May 8, as the 20th-ranked Bulldogs (19-7) take on the No. 50 Denver Pioneers (18-8) in the NCAA Championship First Round.

Peng’s 72 Leads MSU On Day 1 Of NCAA Regional

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 6:01pm
RALEIGH, N.C. – A majority of Jessica Peng's best rounds typically fall on Day 2, but in the opening round of NCAA Regional on Thursday, the sophomore All-SEC standout paced Mississippi State with a 72.

Important branding

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 5:49pm
Tate Branch, Ted Harbin and Joby Houghtaling pose with Ted Harbin and his Rodeo Media Relations/TwisTed Rodeo Dodge Durango at the Hobbs, N.M., dealership. (LYNETTE HARBIN PHOTO)

Tate Branch, Ted Harbin and Joby Houghtaling pose with Ted Harbin and his Rodeo Media Relations/TwisTed Rodeo Dodge Durango at the Hobbs, N.M., dealership. (LYNETTE HARBIN PHOTO)

When I developed Rodeo Media Relations, I had been covering the sport for the largest newspaper in Oklahoma.

I had purchased a new SUV in 2002, and it quickly became my rodeo wagon. I drove many miles across the red dirt-lined highways to tell cowboy tales to the periodical’s readers. That vehicle became an identifiable piece of me more than a decade ago.

Ted Harbin TwisTED Rodeo

Ted Harbin
TwisTED Rodeo

Enter Tate Branch Auto Group of southeastern New Mexico, which has dealerships in Artesia, Carlsbad and Hobbs. Rodeo Media Relations and TwisTed Rodeo have a new rodeo wagon, and it’s even more identifiable to what we do in promoting the sport of rodeo and its people.

The 2014 Dodge Durango is outfitted with an amazing wrap that proudly displays all the great things Tate Branch Auto Group has to offer. For instance, any rodeo association member should check out the savings possible through any of the Tate Branch dealerships. On top of that is Warranty Forever, a Tate Branch Auto Group exclusive warranty that covers the drive train of any vehicle purchased at one of our dealerships that has less than 75,000 miles.

The Tate Branch Auto Group “Riding for the Brand” team includes some of the greatest cowboys in the game, most of whom have New Mexico ties – two-time world champion saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy; tie-down roping brothers Clint and Clif Cooper; their father, eight-time world champ Roy Cooper; steer roper Marty Jones; and team roping twins Jake and Jim Ross Cooper.

That’s a boatload of talent, and I’m proud to be part of the “Riding for the Brand” team. I’m excited to have them tag along the rodeo trail with me as I continue to tell cowboy tales.

Tate Branch-logo

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Vivians Receives Inaugural Young Woman Of The Year Award

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 5:43pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Another day, another accolade for Mississippi State freshman Victoria Vivians. The most recent came Thursday as she received the inaugural Young Woman of the Year Award from the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women.

Mullen Foundation Receives Charity Gift From Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 5:26pm
ATLANTA -- The Mullen Family 36 Foundation received a $10,000 gift in recognition of Team Mississippi State's participation in last week's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament.

Echols Named to Capital One Academic All-District First Team

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:21pm
Currently in the process of getting her Master's degree in Business Administration, senior Julia Echols was named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team for District 6, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.

State Women’s Tennis To Face Houston In NCAA First Round Friday

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:28pm
BERKELEY, Calif. – After earning its first bid in the NCAA Team Championship since 2005, the 33rd-ranked Mississippi State women's tennis team will open tournament action against 30th-ranked Houston Friday at 12 p.m. CT at the University of California's Hellman Tennis Complex.

Magnolia State Rivalry Rekindles As MSU Travels To Ole Miss

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 6:36pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State baseball (24-24, 8-16 SEC) travels to in-state rival Ole Miss (25-24, 11-13 SEC) this weekend for a three-game Southeastern Conference clash at Swayze Field.

State Falls to No. 13 Mizzou in SEC Tournament

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:53pm
In a game dominated by pitching and defense, the Mississippi State softball team lacked enough offense to advance in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday.

Vivians Invited To USA Basketball Pan Am, World Univ. Games Trials

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After proving herself as one of the nation's top freshmen, Mississippi State's Victoria Vivians has been invited to participate in the 2015 USA Basketball Pan American Games and World University Games Team Trials.

Charro will be part of Stampede action

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:28pm
Charro Tomas Garcilazo will be one of the featured performers at the Will Rogers Stampede in Claremore, Okla. Garcilazo will bring his traditional Mexican horsemanship and put it on display for the fans in Claremore. (COURTESY TOMAS GARCILAZO)

Charro Tomas Garcilazo will be one of the featured performers at the Will Rogers Stampede in Claremore, Okla. Garcilazo will bring his traditional Mexican horsemanship and put it on display for the fans in Claremore. (COURTESY TOMAS GARCILAZO)

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Tomas Garcilazo is quite proud of who he is, from his upbringing in Mexico City to being a citizen of the United States.

He combines it all in one of the greatest acts in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In fact, Garcilazo was recognized as the PRCA’s Dress Act of the Year in 2012 and ’13, and he will be part of the action at the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

Tomas Garcilazo

Tomas Garcilazo

Garcilazo is a charro and carries on the family heritage of La Charreria, a skill performed through the generations only by the Mexican charro. As did his elders, Garcilazo takes pride in his horsemanship and roping skills, which will be on display during each of the three Stampede performances.

“We want to celebrate rodeo with the best acts in rodeo,” said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “We thought this year, coming off being named the Rodeo of the Year award, that we needed to have another award-winning act at our rodeo.

“Tomas fits that very well. His act is phenomenal, and I know the people who come to our rodeo will love what they see.”

Garcilazo is one of two featured entertainers that will be a big part of this year’s Claremore rodeo, joining funnyman John Harrison who, in 2014, won the Coors Man in the Can and the Comedy Act of the Year awards.

“When you bring someone to provide a treat, it’s nice because you contribute something to the community,” Garcilazo said. “It’s going to bring more people together.”

Rodeo is more than a competition. The stampede will feature the very best in the sport, from numerous world champions in every event to the very best animal athletes in the game. But it’s also an action-packed couple of hours of entertainment. To help make a rodeo even more entertaining, specialty acts provide theatrics to the competition. Garcilazo is the best at what he does.

“It’s an honor because specialty acts are so competitive,” he said. “I’m very flattered that what I do as a charro and representing my culture and my tradition with my horses and myself has been recognized with those contractors, committees and contestants that are part of the PRCA.

“I emphasize the tradition a lot. The heritage is very strong. For me, it is big that those are being carried on in modern day and that it is a privilege for me to keep up with this way of life. Cattle, horses and roping were all involved in my childhood.”

Those lessons learned decades ago are still vibrant in his mind. That’s why he continues to entertain and show the world his talents.

“On my mother’s side, they are all churros,” Garcilazo said. “I grew up competing all my life. I picked my skill with a rope and had a vision to develop this with the horses.

“It’s a way of developing my dream. My rope, as a child, was a toy. Now I develop the artistry with a rope in such an extensive way. It takes time, effort, patience and the (willingness to) develop all the desires to succeed in horse and roping skills.”

It is Garcilazo’s passion to share his talent – and his heritage – with the world.

“Being in the entertainment business, you get to see the different traditions and different people from different personalities,” he said. “When you develop something with passion with your heart and express this on stage, it shows. When I see a performer, when they do these with their heart, it shows right away. I have a lot of passion for what I do, and I hope everyone sees that.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

MSU Women’s Golf Set for Third Straight NCAA Regional Appearance

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:14am
Starkville, Miss. – Coming off a monumental regular season, the Mississippi State women's golf team now turns its attention toward the postseason, where it begins NCAA regional action Thursday in Raleigh, N.C.

Softball Opens SEC Tournament Wednesday vs. Mizzou

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:41pm
With the regular season complete, Mississippi State (35-18, 10-14 SEC) will now focus on the postseason, starting with the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
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