President’s Message

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating our Centennial Clovis Rodeo in April of 2014.  Thanks to all of our fans, sponsors and Clovis Rodeo Association volunteers for making the Centennial celebration huge success!  During our Centennial year, we proudly added the bronze statue of Lane Frost and Red Rock at the entrance to the rodeo grounds and constructed a new Centennial Sponsor Suite and announcers’ booth.  These will both stand for decades to come as a tribute to our first 100 years.  To cap off the eventful Centennial year, the Clovis Rodeo was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO..

Now on to our next century!   I am honored to represent the Clovis Rodeo Association as President for the 101st.  Although I’ve been involved with the association for 20 years, I still feel like a “new kid” as I work alongside 2nd and 3rd-generation Clovis families who have worked countless hours to preserve and improve our tradition.  .  As we work side by side to improve the grounds and prepare for the next rodeo, the 700 members of the Clovis Rodeo Association share a common thread:  We love the sport of rodeo and we are proud to use it as a vehicle to raise more than $175,000 annually to benefit local charities.

As for our Clovis Rodeo fans, we have some of the most loyal fans in all of professional sports.  Just like our multi-generation members, we have  fans that haven’t missed a Clovis Rodeo performance in years.  To those, and all of our fans, on behalf of our membership, I’d like to thank you for your continued support.  Rest assured  the association is working hard to bring you the top PRCA rodeo athletes, PBR bull riders, specialty acts, and entertainment year after year..  In 2014 the City of Clovis broke through the 100,000 population barrier.  To those of you who may be new to Clovis and the surrounding communities, I am sure there are many that have never participated in “Rodeo Month,” never attended a Clovis Rodeo performance, or perhaps never even attended a rodeo.  To you, I’d like to extend a personal invitation to become involved in this great Clovis tradition.  Get your calendars out and reserve the weekends in April.  Take advantage of the free events like the Ranch Rodeo and Jackpot Roping where the best of the local cowboys compete on April 11th and 12th and the Clovis Rodeo Parade on April 25th.  During Rodeo Week, come see the PBR bull riders followed by Parmalee in concert on Thursday night, or the Friday evening rodeo performance followed by Frankie Ballard in concert.  Come help us salute our troops at the Saturday afternoon rodeo performance, then attend the rodeo Dance Saturday evening.  Or, show you’re Tough Enough to Wear Pink and support breast cancer awareness at our Sunday afternoon championship rodeo performance.  Whichever you chose, I’m confident you and your friends and family will have a great time and will agree that the Clovis Rodeo is one of the best entertainment values anywhere!

Let’s Get Ready to Rodeo!

Greg Gillard, President
Clovis Rodeo Association