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Did you know the backstory of Benny Binion?

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Benny Binion, gambler, convicted murderer, casino owner, and friend to many a wayward cowboy. Benny was born in 1904 and raised in Grayson County. His parents kept him out of school due to precarious health. Despite having no formal education, he was worth an estimated 75 million dollars when he passed away in 1989. His father, a horse trader, let him accompany him on trips. The outdoor life restored his health.
Binion's FBI file reveals a criminal history dating back to 1924, listing offenses such as theft, carrying concealed weapons, and two murder convictions. Binion moved to El Paso when he was 17. There, he began moonshining, for which he was twice convicted. In 1928, in fear of legal consequences, he gave up moonshining and opened a number of operations. While he was in El Paso, he also learned to gamble, a favorite pastime of the traders waiting on the campgrounds. In 1931, Binion was convicted of murdering an African American rum-runner, Frank Bolding, "cowboy style.&q…

PRCA permit holder wins Saddle Bronc at Old Fort Days Rodeo

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permit holder Riggin Smith wins Old Fort Days Rodeo

Permit holder Riggin Smith topped some of the PRCA’s best saddle bronc riders at the Old Fort Days Rodeo in Fort Smith, Ark., June 1. An 85-point ride on Hampton Pro Rodeo’s Desert Stomper was worth the biggest check of his career and a major confidence boost for this rising star in ProRodeo competition. Winning the Old Fort Days Rodeo came at the perfect time as the 20-year-old cowboy heads to the College National Finals Rodeo next week, and then into a summer of PRCA competition. 
“It means I’m starting off on the right track,” Smith said. “That’s my first time at that rodeo and for a permit guy that’s a big deal. It’s crazy – when I heard I was 85, I was like ‘oh man, I could win this rodeo.’ I’m getting chills just thinking about it.” Prior to winning $2,544 at the Old Fort Days Rodeo, Smith was ranked seventh in the 2019 Ram Rodeo Permit Standings for saddle bronc riding with $3,868. Fort Smith is by far the largest win Smith’s had …

China and American Trade Retaliations take a look Farmers!

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  HOT OFF THE PRESS
05/23/19
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy to support American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. Specifically, the President has authorized USDA to provide up to $16 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. These programs will assist agricultural producers while President Trump works to address long-standing market access barriers. 
“China hasn’t played by the rules for a long time and President Trump is standing up to them, sending the clear m…

WCRA PAYS OUT MORE THAN $500,000 TO ATHLETES IN FIVE DAYS

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WCRA CONCLUDES MAY SEMI-FINALS AND PAYS OUT MORE THAN $500,000 TO ATHLETES IN FIVE DAYS
-- More Than $500,000 in Athlete Earnings During All Rounds--



More than $500,000 was paid out to rodeo athletes today as the World Champions Rodeo Alliance(WCRA) concluded their $500,000 semi-finals rounds in Guthrie, Oklahoma at the Lazy E Arena. The five-day event paid out more than $500,000 to cowboys and cowgirls from around the globe and out of more than 500 athletes, 76 athletes from the semi-finals advanced to the Title Town Stampede, a one-day $1 Million Major Rodeo June 1 at Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  
During the semi-finals, eight athletes in each discipline (minus bulls) with the highest scores or fastest times along with the winners of the Days of ‘47 rodeo advanced to the Title Town Stampede. The one-night, $1 million rodeo will be held in conjunction with the Professional Bulls Riders (PBR) May 31-June 2 Unleash The Beast event, creating a full weekend of western lifestyle sp…

Top 10 Netflix Westerns do you agree?

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It's 2019 and everyone seems to have logged inthe streaming entertainment world, lets see what western's your watching or missing out on. #NetflixAndWestern
We did a recent poll of top Netflix western and here are the results:

10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 2018
Ranging from absurd to profound, these western vignettes from the Coen brothers
follow the adventures of outlaws and settlers on the American frontier.



9. The Hateful Eight 2015
Years after the Civil War, a bounty hunter and his captive are waylaid by a
Wyoming blizzard and hold up in a way station with six dicey strangers.



8. Gone Are The Days 2018
As a notorious outlaw comes to grips with his past, he reconnects with his estranged
daughter and gets one more chance to make things right.



7. Dead Man's Burden 2012
In 1870, a homesteader wants to sell her family farm in New Mexico and move, but
the return of her presumed dead brother derails her plans.



6. Strange Empire 2015
This dark western set in 19th ce…