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|Thursday, 23 October, 2014|
On left Blade Waterhouse (#64) on defense for the Blackfoot Broncos. (Lori Edmo-Suppah photos)
BHS Broncos undefeated
POCATELLO — The Blackfoot Broncos are still undefeated in 4A 5-6 District action after beating the Pocatello Indians 38 to 12 at Holt Arena October 17.
Local players Terrance Pocatilla, Zach Rodriguez, Dazshun Smith and Blade Waterhouse all play for the Broncos.
Harley Farmer plays for Pocatello.
Blackfoot Coach Stan Buck said all of the players have been a contribution to the team. Rodriguez is offensive guard, Terrance is senior nose tackle, Dazshun is a center and Blade plays a little bit on defense and some offense. “All have been good in our program and have done the things necessary to be a factor on our successes,” he said.
Blackfoot plays at Rigby October 24.
Zach Rodriguez (#73) blocks for the Broncos offensive line.
Blackfoot Bronco nose tackle Terrance Pocatilla (#75) goes up against the Pocatello Indians offensive line October 17 at Holt Arena.
SHIDLER, Okla. — Seeds are planted, native roots grow.
Nearly four decades ago, two young people fell in love with bucking horses. Maybe they recognized a bit of themselves in the horses who lived in full expression of their fiery hearts, though even they probably couldn’t fully explain what exactly touched their souls.
What is certain is though neither imagined the other’s existence, life and the spirit of the horse was about to take several twists and turns before it put them squarely together with a shared vision of unity and purpose.
Phillip Whiteman Jr. and Lori Lee O’Harver see and work toward a better world for what they know as Bronc Riding Nation.
Their goal is to provide support, athlete development and a global platform to use to promote understanding and respect for all of the cultures that produce bronc riding.
O’Harver says youth involvement is the strong base for their platform. They’ve offered schools in Denton, Texas where they’ve been able to waive tuition and provide traveling expenses for youth from Colville but their ultimate goal is to establish free, open schools on reservation facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
They’ve also supported schools in Lame Deer, Montana and Mission, South Dakota, along with sponsored or donated bronc riding champion Robert Wagner’s buckle at Crow Fair this year.
Lakota bronc riders Howard Hunter and Jesse Knight were legends in their time. Both spoke to the young woman from Missouri who worked alongside them for Beutler & Son Rodeo Company. They are heroes and earned her loyalty. They took time to educate her about the Native experience as internationally touring contestants. As is her way, she listened well to what they had to say. Years later, O’Harver would find herself dedicated to a project that would unite bronc riders of every nation under one brand and tell the stories of each culture, each rider, the horsemen who dedicate their lives to keeping the great bucking horse strong and the amazing horse himself.
“The bronc riding community is founded on the principles of freedom, independence and wisdom,” said O’Harver. “The collective message of unending try, discipline and focus on achieving a goal goes further than the 8 second contest. I contacted Phillip Whiteman, Jr. in 2011. I knew he was a spiritual leader, a horseman and a bronc riding champion and felt he would have much to teach me about how to build proper foundations and how to move forward with creating this global, open association that would judge contests based on talent alone and provide the ability to travel to compete at high profile, lucrative events. I believe that feeling was divinely inspired.”
Phillip Whiteman was taken to Jim Brooks’ bronc riding school in 1978 and from there, his saddle took him everywhere. Two Indian National Finals (INFR) bronc riding championships, twenty-six times to qualify. To this day, Whiteman holds the record for the high scored bronc ride in Indian rodeo. He won the open Northern Rodeo Association title twice. As a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association contestant, in 1990 he was chosen to tour Europe on a command performance rodeo tour produced by Jerome Robinson (of PBR fame) with legends of the day. When the arena dust settled on Helsinki, Finland, Whiteman was the tour champion, besting the legend of the day, Monty ‘Hawkeye’ Henson, with a 92 point score.
Twenty one years later, when the dust settled on he and O’Harver’s meeting in Lame Deer, Montana, there was mutual approval, a common cause and a logo bearing the Medicine Wheel and the silhouette of a stylish ride aboard a horse of Harry Vold’s at the Daddy of ‘Em All, Cheyenne Frontier Days. The rider is Phillip Whiteman, Jr.
“For Bronc Riding Nation, building the logo on the foundation of the medicine wheel is perfect,” said Whiteman. “It reminds us of our responsibility while the horse reminds us of his gift to us all. The horse is colorblind. He doesn’t care about politics or if you’re a world champion or not. He brings us his best and challenges us to follow him.”
Whiteman sees the Bronc Riding Nation vision as one that stands to unify and support every other association that features bronc riding. It gives those organizations and members another level to aspire to and creates the opportunity to win the hearts of horse lovers across the world.
“When we connect with a horse, we reconnect with a spirit that lives in all of us. Bronc Riding Nation has a spirit all of its own. It humbles me to be a part of that image,” said Whiteman.
Look for Bronc Riding Nation on Facebook.
Timbee Hall schedule
Monday: Women’s volleyball; Tuesday Co-ed volleyball; Wednesdays: Co-ed basketball; Thursday: men and women’s three on three volleyball.
Zumba classes are Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Basketball players must wait until 1 p.m. to use the court.
“Friday Fright Night at the Bottoms” is October 24 for boys. Must be 12 to 15 years old. First 15 to sign up in the Recreation office and with signed permission slip will get to go. Call Sister or Eddy with questions.
The Fort Hall Recreation program would like to thank all the mothers, aunties and fathers who helped out at the girls Friday Fright Night at the Bottoms. And a big thanks to Fish and Game for the use of their generator so it was possible to watch the movie. This Friday is the boy’s turn and you must be at least 12 years old.
Sign ups in the Recreation office for women’s leagues: A and B. Team fee is $125 and players fee is $20. League begins November 10.
Men’s leagues: A, B and 30+ men (if six teams sign up). Team fee $150 and players fee $25. League begins November 11.
Attention: Any team signed up after the start date will have to wait until after Thanksgiving to be put on the schedule. Player and team fees must be paid before you can play.
Timbee Hall hours
Fall hours are Monday to Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.