Friday the 13th can even work on cowboys

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Friday, the 13th, is a day Kadin Boardman would like to forget.

It probably won't take him very long to do just that.

Boardman, from Jackson, competed in calf roping at the 16th annual Show Me Center Championship Rodeo. He was unable to lasso the calf and failed to post a time.

"I just got hung up in the corner," Boardman said. "I was late and took a bad shot."

Most of the cowboys were having difficulty roping the calves during Friday night's opening session of the event. Of the first six cowboys scheduled on Friday night, only one managed to rope a calf and post a time.

The times and scores posted on Friday will be compared with those of tonight and Sunday to determine winners in the six events -- bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, cowgirl barrel racing and bull riding in addition to calf roping.

For the 26-year-old Boardman, the disappointment in Cape Girardeau followed a disappointing showing in the morning in Jackson, Miss.

"I haven't had a very good day," Boardman said. "Tonight wasn't very good."

Boardman won't spend much time thinking about it, though. Today, he's heading for San Antonio to compete Sunday in the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo. Monday, it's on to San Angelo, Texas, for the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

With a busy schedule -- Boardman said he competes in 75 to 100 rodeos per year -- Boardman wasn't planning much of a homecoming this weekend. His family was busy at the Flickerwood Arena in Fruitland, preparing for a National Barrel Horse Association event taking place there today and Sunday.

"I've been home a lot this winter," Boardman said. "I had a good horse that was injured last year in Fort Worth, so I went to some smaller circuit events."

A Doc in the house

He now works with a horse named Doc, who had belonged to his brother, Cimarron, for three years.

Boardman was the only local competitor in the rodeo Friday, but others are ready to take part tonight and Sunday.

Today's competitors include bull riders Robert Wayne Howard of Patton, Dustin Ogelvie of Oak Ridge, Jason Griffin of Advance and Curtis Griffin of Advance. Also planning to compete in the 8 p.m. session are calf roper Chris Evans of Benton and barrel racer Tonya Crites of Jackson.

Curtis Griffin also will compete in steer wrestling, competing during the slack 10 a.m today.

In Sunday's final session, which begins at 2 p.m., Carrie Stroup of Gordonville and Cindy Robbins of Jackson will compete in barrel racing. Also, Matt Collier of Jackson will participate in steer wrestling.

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