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Billy Smith, 50, with 13 years of marketing and information technology experience with the American Quarter Horse Association, has been named executive director of the Fort Worth-based American Paint Horse Association.

Before joining AQHA, Smith was a journalism-advertising professor at West Texas AM University in Canyon. He earned a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech University in 1999 along with a master’s in Mass Communications. Earlier, he earned a degree in journalism and business from the University of North Texas in 1984.

He will begin his APHA duties in February.

Champions named at Denver’s rodeo

Two youngsters from the Blackfoot Indian Reservation in Browning, Mont., stole the team roping spotlight with their win at the 106th annual Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colo.

Ty St. Goddard, 22, and Ryle Whitford, 21, roped three steers in 16.2 seconds and each won checks of $11.094. It was Whitford’s second trip to Denver and the first for Goddard. They started roping together when Whitford’s grandfather built a barn with an arena in it.

“All we do is rope,” Whitford said. “We’ve been roping together since we were little. This is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this. It’s amazing.”

Other Denver event champions were All-Around ” Josi Young, 27, Kimberly, Idaho, bareback and team roping; Bareback riding ” Wes Stevenson, Lubbock; Steer Wrestling ” Justin Blaine Davis, Argyle; Team roping ” Goddard and Whitford; Saddle bronc riding ” Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.; Tie-down roping ” Justin Maass, Giddings; Barrel Racing ” Brittany Pozzi, Victoria; Bull riding ” Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo.

High School website joins network

The National High School Rodeo Association can now be found at www.iHigh.com .

In an announcement from Mike Hausmann, NHSRA media coordinator, he says iHigh’s feature-rich platform, including live streaming capabilities, the NHSRA and its state and provincial associations will have the ability to post news articles, photo galleries and video clips, and broadcast events all over the world.

Calendar update

Send information about your event or organization to Horse Column, Abilene Reporter-News, P.O. Box 30, Abilene, 79604, fax 325-670-5242 or send an email to sports@reporternews.com .

Today ” District 2, Original Team Roping Association, Taylor County Expo Center Horse Barn, Abilene

Today ” Big Country Cutting Horse Association, Nolan County Coliseum, Sweetwater

Today-Feb. 4 ” Southwestern Exposition and Rodeo, Will Rogers Complex, Fort Worth

Feb. 9-25 ” San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio

Feb. 16-25 ” San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, San Angelo

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