Friday, September 18, 1998
Lady Luck also a part of rodeo circuit
By SHARRON SHELTON
Angie Meadors understands the world of rodeo. After all, she's
been riding and competing in competition on some level all of
her life. She's been competing professionally for eight years,
and she has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo for five of
those eight years.
She knows that Lady Luck doesn't always deal you a winning
"I haven't been doing very well lately," said Angie.
"Both of my good horses are injured right now."
She is currently ranked 19th in women's professional barrel
racing competition. While she is only a couple thousand dollars
out of the top 15 (the top 15 qualify for the NFR), a December
trip to Las Vegas remains questionable.
There is only about six weeks left to qualify, and one good
win could put her in that number 15 slot. But Angie is realistic
about her chances. One of her horses has a torn suspensory ligament,and
its recovery period is about three months.
Another horse, a fairly new one, hurt himself in his stall
at the Pueblo, Colo., rodeo.
"I had won the first round at Pueblo. I put my horse in
the stall, and when I went to get him out, he had somehow punctured
his shoulder," she said. "I don't know how he did it.
His recovery time is about two months."
Angie is now relying on her old horse, Streaker, who carried
her to the 1990 and 1991 NFR. She ran him at Albuquerque, N.M.
this week and at the West Texas Fair Rodeo on Wednesday night.
Though Streaker hasn't won a check yet, she is hoping hecan
take her to the pay window enough to get her to the finals. By
then, her other two horses should be recovered and ready to carry
her through the 10 gruelling go-rounds at the NFR.
If this Wetumka, Okla., cowgirl doesn't make it to the 1998
NFR, don't count her out. She's got a lot more going on than just
rodeo. Angie has been pursueing a modeling career in between rodeos.
She was in New York this summer for a photo shoot, and she
just finished a country music video with new artist, Brad Hawkins.
Angie definitely has the look to make it as a model. She's
tall, slender, blond, and beautiful.
"The people in the modeling business cannot believe what
I do (barrel racing). It's a completely different world, and the
people are different," she said.
Angie is engaged to calf roper Shawn Franklin, son of former
PRCA calf roping champion Glen Franklin from New Mexico. They
have been engaged for a couple of years,and since they both rodeo
and often go in different directions,they just can't find the
time to get married.
Angie will continue to do some modeling and she is thinking
about taking next year off and getting married, but for now, she
is living her dream of rodeoing.
Angie understands the world of rodeo. 1999 may be the year
that Lady Luck smiles on her.
West Texas Fair Rodeo
Thursday night's West Texas Fair and Rodeo results at the Taylor
Bareback Riding - 1. Justin Henderson, 76; 2/3. (split) Phil
Smith andJames Boudreaux, 73; 4. Jared Lavergne, 66.
Steer Wrestling - 1. Sid Steiner, 4.4; 2.Rope Myers, 4.5; 3.
ByronWalker, 4.9; 4. Brad Loesch, 5.7.
Saddle Bronc Riding - 1. Rance Bray, 81; 2. Mike Coon, 67;
3. RussellSperry; 4. Casey Smith, 59.
Calf Roping - 1. Charley Russell, 9.1; 2. Tommy Guy, 9.4; 3.
KirtKeen, 9.8; 4. Raymond Hollabaugh, 10.9.
Barrel Race - 1. 1. Kim West, 15.53; 2. Tona Wright, 15.61;
3. JillBatencourt, 15.70; 4. Martha Josey, 15.76.
Bull Riding - 1. Shawn Rameriz, 86; 2. Tim Shehan, 80; 3. Matt
Fenhaus, 78;4. Myron Duarte, 73.
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