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Friday, September 18, 1998

Lady Luck also a part of rodeo circuit

By SHARRON SHELTON

Special Writer

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 hand.

"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 County Coliseum:

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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