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St Paul Rodeo 062517

Jun 20, 2017|

AN INTERVIEW WITH CINDY SCHONHOLTZ, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE ST PAUL RODEO, AND NICK LADUKE, A PRCA COWBOY, ABOUT THE RODEO AND THE JUSTIN COWBOY CRISIS FUND, A NON-PROFIT HELPING INJURED RODEO PARTICIPANTS.

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This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program and your blocks and getting ready for the Saint Paul rodeo on the scope today we are welcoming us in the sun holds its NBC general manager of the scene Paul rodeo. And Nikola duke is a PR CA cowboy guys tournament scope. I thank Prada. There so Cindy it's just rodeo time. Yeah we are getting ready to have a rodeo here in Saint Paul or again where we've. Our little town of 425 people brings out the human thousand of our closest friends then for a little while over the fourth of July and we know a lot of fun. Oh yeah. In the grandstand. Anywhere that I haven't had felt very thing that we. We've seen Amelie give him a good show and a fourth of July parade on the barbecue and Parrish chipped and then you name mad and they come and have a great time every year has been great traditions for 82 years here and Saint Paul. 82 years while that's that's a long time yes sir yes. Lot of history since last time I spoke to you we speak annually about the single rodeo when you were not an Oregon residents a year ago but you are now. Yes I have been running the just thing tablet prices found him working for the professional rodeo cowboys association for. Almost twenty years then been coming to Saint Paul for their fundraising efforts for the jets and have a crisis found. And they were looking in a very general manager to help them. I heard all the cats here and same ball and I applied and they hired me so I like that so much here I moved. Also. Do you have you acclimated so far. Absolutely am I didn't just inside the office so. And indeed magnetic Andrea island Florida. Arrested July after we after we put on our great rodeo. Yeah this is probably removed without a doubt the busiest time of year for you. This is a busy time a year here in Saint Paul but really it's all about the community in the volunteers and you know what I'm trying to do it just helped organize things and help. Facilitate things for all of our different committees and our committee chairs are volunteers. To really did hard work I've put non a huge event like this since that just small town. So the rodeo kicks off on July 1 rate. It's June 30 to thirty asks we have to move our dates around a little bit with that fourth of July day so we always want to have a good weekend involved. And so we're starting on Friday. June 30 thing going right through to July force so we finish it on the board with two performances which is a great way to finish it. Absolutely so that until some of the things we can expect the single rodeo this year. Well there's so much going on out here we do have a lot of vendors we have a carnival. Pyrrhic CAA sanctions rodeo every day and two on the fourth of July. Whenever. Really great livestock and some of the greatest cowboys and that's. In the nation come and really you'll see some of the best rodeo action you'll see we are the largest fourth of July rodeo in the country. Which has been really amazing for the little town and one of the things that brought me here. We have a great fourth of July parade at 10 AM on the fourth of July. A barbecue that afternoon barbecue cook off and then we win it with patriot night that night. The one of the biggest things we do here it's we have fireworks every night after the rodeo so. We don't have to wait until fourth of July for your fireworks but we will have them both come at any night yelled empathy great. I'm shell fireworks after the radio. That's pretty also. Let me introduce again that nickel Duca PRC a cowboy and nick are you gonna be a participating in the same already a. Yet so beard saying oh July 1 says it is Saturday night form and what is your specialties. Are right celebre first. We knew for a long time. I have been doing it for a long time now. Yes Brian brought our membership appeared gave really cute belt in three so. I don't know my mouth about it and didn't had a lot may well. She. Years so that's like who the hell is. Oh yeah the form that asks so how did you give emboldened Rudy. All. I've always wondered are you ever since I was little kit maker of the Bay Area California though evidence and also what they're. Readily available for myself but I it. I want to the two year old she dictated the gal pal who San Francisco and I was the first time in my young life that I sat there in minutes in it was Albion but eerie thing self. I guess I got my start earliest days in the grandstand that it's gal pal. That's pretty Greg your mom knew exactly where to take Q oh yeah well I'm happy that seniority date we share. So tell him. We're going inventory write your airport here but I hear it right he. Animal actually radio actually got our. And since since then tell me about some of your experiences. 00. Like any out or you danger seriously coming out from the foundering and they look at the national army radio. I've learned four plenty of lassie the hard way. As far as injuries to go live. You know when I was in high school I think acquired mode murder rap sheet. And asked. And then then I figured it out out of pocket veto so that you know. But the tough lesson to learn I'm assuming. It is it is the realization of the world would need what you come from down in and start trying to play ball it. People that have been doing it their whole lives is now. So tell me about some of your injuries. What are the cowboy go through. Oh you know I don't basically wraps throughout let her rap sheet up until but I see now this seems. And I think who quoted this gets bribed my most dramatic. Injury. But I if you're down fifteen I had a horse. Run off. All hail by moving 1250 mile an hour like driving pretty hard. And it hit a wall. And it is shot my media. Through my foot being compound fractured everything but it broke up uncle Mike Haywood. And that. Anyway compound fractured last created an art degree every time my foot got below my hard who has started thought we must do. In all racquets that was. Pardon my worst injury happened my foot but I mean I've got traded little my labor out. Broke it did vehicle or are as young. Hitter broken my wrists or five times. Broken orbital the mustang G. Cashier and all the good. Yet you seem to have a pretty light hearted. Approached all of this sounds. At the very least very painful. Our goal looks human back. Let you got it prayer that all these injuries are spread out over you know at certain words fourteen and most of them happen and I schools so. I mean I'm lighthearted it's been good over fifteen years early date period that the stimulated by. What picnic thrown back at this love for the sport lack access and all the in my life I am. I don't know what I wanted there you know lever rodeo Wear them. I've got old about. You more of those goals left on my sheet that they keep me want to work out they keep me passionate. What they come back so. I think did love for the sport and any. Being a little bit relentless when camp they're not given up on what I that I told myself I'd be you know. Is India's is pretty indicative of cowboys and you've been around. Well definitely and they all come into this sport loving aunt and some find thinks that and there there are a lot of hardship and a lot of injuries. But there have been a better way of life and. We always have people ask me why people come to a rodeo and and I can't really deep down everybody just really wants to be a cavalier anxious. Some people just get to do it like neck and it's and it's hard work. And it's one of the reasons why we continue that tradition here in Saint Paul and support adjusting tablet prices fund which helped connect him help. Quite a few other cowboys. Through the years and it's it's a big part of what we do giving back to the community not only here in Saint Paul it's surrounding communities but the rodeo community because we understand. How important the rodeo cowboys are and and how hard of eroded its to get down. You know get all these different rodeo then with the dream of making a Wrangler national finals rodeo. We'll talk a little bit about so let's talk a lot actually about the just in public crisis on where this idea come from and until we all about it. Well that doesn't have a crisis fund started in 1989 and it was discussions with. World champion Jim shoulders and immigrated tabloid that ever lived and John just in the Justin boots and some executives. Add just the bits and they realize there were a lot of cowboys that were injured and did not have the funds actually come back and continue to rodeo and like unlike other sports nick and his friends don't get a paycheck if they don't win any money there actually paying their own expenses and entry fees. And they have to win money to pay their bills so. Justin did company. Came up with suggesting cowboy crisis signed and that's. Partner they've got these sports medicine team to really take care of rodeo cowboys. And since 1989 almost eight million dollars has been granted to more than 11150. Injure rodeo athletes so if they're injured and a rodeo they can. Or going to war practice thing they can apply to the fund to help them what they're living expenses until they're able to get back in the rodeo arena and make a living. Pilots have that's pretty amazing that gives you don't written as him as a layperson means I do you don't think about it cowboy if if they're not in rodeo. Then they're not making any money. You know that the that. There is some rings so true. Well it is very different from other sports and yeah they can have their own agenda they can set their own schedule they work for themselves. But with that risk of being an independent contractor. You don't get a guaranteed paycheck so you definitely do have to have a love of the sport and. Sometimes he will come upon hard times if you have. I am injuries such as nick described or a series of injuries. And you don't have that paycheck coming in such as some of the other large gap. Sports will give our athletes when they're injured. Connect let me ask you how well what was your involvement with the just in W crisis fund. Well I was black. Become acquainted with grandma here my injury you doubt it's seen in February so. Here are where Eden Burke spore bearing down. Obviously summer is a little more. Or we're moving far better and stuff like that. So I I had a injuries there or worse than broke my careless so unreal batted that. Bay here all made it possible that BA did it surgery and from there you know I didn't have a lot. A lot of but doctors saw me that this is that they were very positive. And I'd even be able to come back and rodeo. So I kept quiet for my prices find. Put. The application and then. It's their Indian border path bitten. Oh heck it was it was probably three or four days after the passage that I got my first check in the mail and you know when you're bitten her. And nothing guaranteed in rodeo in ways that he go hard all year you don't alpha. Eight to five job you know pay your bills. You know can be kind of an eye opener for us for where you're you're out life and I didn't airlock and hospital bed sink and all draft how my guests. I'm gonna make it work. So anyway. I've why bears February within a few days. They sent me my first check in you know that was enough for me. That to kind of see the positive and I didn't have a single doctor that that. And I was for sure gonna be hell to get back with the artery damage that was done to the place and and everything like that. But I'll tell you why when I hear I had a insists that paycheck Germans in the it's it reinvented a lot of my soul and from there L five and a half months later. I was aired back at Jack and you know. Back on track yet. But let them without money it would have been really needed this split in the let all the doctors verse spam and surely believe it. You know it might features now a month later and they knew my college education and go get a best jobs somewhere in. And you know start living that life to guarantee money and he's like a lot of people have been in this country. And shoot that that money you're there will me made. 100% of the difference in the way my psychology was on that he'll have been and the way I got my my physical therapy and set up. Pilots of that's pretty outstanding Cindy where I am in this business to story pretty common to and from double is. It's very common it can be very very frightening to not know you know how you're gonna pay your bills. And cowboys are proud and generally they're not gonna apply with their first. Injury and often times we see and it's not until they have a family or other larger obligations that that they just trying get by. But we try and let them know about the fun than it that it there. And that people give to the front as they wanna help cowboys who live out their dream. And they enjoy what tabloids get back to acts coming to rodeos because obviously without rodeos. You know tabloids wouldn't have a place to go and we would not have entertainment and a place to really preserve the traditions of the old west here in the US so. Absolutely his story is very very similar to you know a lot of other eleven under over 11100 athletes that have. Benefitted from the just think Alex heard the sound and the huge reason that saint already know really supports. They just think tablet prices by and then they've given almost 90000 dollars to the adjusting tablet prices on. Yeah when asked where does the money come from the funds that and the crisis fund. Well we have a lot of different ways we raise funds here we have a whole night. Dedicated to. Adjusting tablet prices fund and the justice sports medicine team which are on site doctor than a trailer and sports medicine is professionals that help the cowboys get down the road. And that's on a Saturday night July 1 whereas when nick will be app and the Saint Paul rodeo against the dollar from every tickets. We had a drawing third national finals rodeo tickets that are trail ride we raise money there. All the tick then that Packers the win and the bears fans go to the testing tablet prices find. A lot of fundraising throughout the year is it's really a way of life out here in Saint Paul supporting the boosters the perished. Sports teams scholarship. And you know we they. About six or seven years ago decided that the rodeo cowboys to that list and they have done it big time so. Coming out to Saint Paul will help. A lot of community organizations and injure rodeo athletes. Which is isn't is really you know what we're about out here and one of the reasons I moved from Colorado to be here. A couple of and again welcome Dorgan think that the know what makes the Justin cowboy crisis and so unique. Well that doesn't have a crisis plan is funded all of the administrative costs are funded by Justin boots which. A 100% of your donation if you give to the find it goes into a birdie on athletes and their families. And that's really almost unheard of in title one C three nonprofit organizations that. They don't have any administrative costs and it's run through the professional rodeo cowboys association survey they share some of the burden of that but. All of the money goes back to injure rodeo athletes which is very you know. Makes people feel very good about giving the money to the fund and it's all because of Justin boots they care about the cowboys. Through. Not only the fun but as I've said the justice sports medicine game which. I know nick can. Let you know that without them he probably wouldn't come back bay they are there on site and they really helped paramedics then. Orthopedic doctors Jenn are any number of professionals understand the sport of Brody other injuries that can be involved. And helped their contestants get the proper treatment and educate. Professionals on the different kind of injuries they might see at a rodeo. Was. I can validate that. That there's. The doctors that we did it feel wearing it and athletic trainers and physical therapist that we deal through just to sports medicine team. They've seen so many rodeo cowboys that to me that kind of become they're studying medicine. Where when you go out and it our all every day. Better than a lot of doctors Sony haven't even seen. The power of mentality. You know so. I now I'm always gonna go to the desk and force bad guys first. And give their opinion and then when I go you know if you leave have to leave the rodeo scene for a little while. You know I I've base their judgment as. You know people that I understand how cowboys work out a deal how things work and it's it's just really isn't. I don't know that the power of the mind that. And make things go better first summer not. I've seen them cowboys. Come back from injuries a lot faster than a lot of other people of life and you know the sports med team as a bigger reasons for that and did their understanding. What do cowboys can do that three out you know. Could we ask you after your after your major injury of hum what was your recovery like. Well oh it. Or month not a weight bearing. The first month. First few months after the surgery. I had to keep his foot elevated pretty much above my head. Hurts corny three and a half hours today. There's a lot of couch time a lot more down time that I've ever been is still in my whole entire life. Get through that stage doing live or mark to market start walking and in the end that. Had a lot of I forgot you a lot of industry outreach work spurred the professional rodeo cowboys association. You do the fact that I was supplemented. And customized through the crisis signed. And a third walk in here and a lot of Larry out although we can't put that you all stand by five and a half my. The boat or it's pretty darn solid there might but it. I went back rodeo on on it but it probably it's taken me two years it took me two years. It truly regain like. Or reckon as and then. And in different muscles fire up above that that you need to be an elite athlete but. It was a long road but it sure wasn't that hard you know I. After a decidedly inferior Kattengell we come back at five and a half months and get back at the scene you know. It it was really get through my mind did and it it was nice to be held out the death and sports med staff. There without them I would have been able to come back at five and a half months as we had special tape jobs go Annan and treatment at all and I think. Enabled output. That cannot be a problem and if you are blessed with. The whole entire circumstance. So you out some things in my life access. Manifest that would not probably have manifested at a not been hurt that it's turned out to be a blessing that's for sure. During that recovery time how important was the just until a crisis when do you and do you think that it's the same for same experience for most cowboys. At 100%. Who is the reason why. I didn't pan out there. Take my mind other places and start figured out how to make your dollar so you know all. The power of focus for me it was like prices are supplied me. And I and without it all I need it. Is BL will be used to doctors and and all the medical staff provided through the dust and sports medicine team. Q. It view and I think. I personally think that yeah I every every outlet that that passes through the application process. There are 100% and my issues like I'm I'm just wanted to let you know in my day Kohl that he can speak on their radio. There's. There is. Yeah I know probably this year my closest brands that. In one way or another. I do acquired her side and day. It definitely enabled them to the rehab correctly. You know you don't have to go to work in and then at elevate here but 23 and a half hour today. Like say that he you maybe if you had to work you'd be okay what. Only elevate not let seventeen yards today and then end up with some some problems automatically. It is the fact that you its struggle in the make a living and it or are you had to force speed and remind yourself does that make sense. Felt. Cindy do is do. And destroy is like that keep you involved in the just until we crisis when. Absolutely. It's always been near and dear to my heart and I am I'm still evolving and I'm not actually running it. A friend of mine Julie Guy and as a running back has appear CA office now on I'll always stay involved and be passionate about the fundraising that we do here. Four that's. Saint Paul rodeo so we will ask nick and I am really a lot of the cowboys are very good some of them. Give their time some of them don't laying back a percentage of winning the big come to fund raisers Nicklas just that a fund raiser in San Antonio. Helping with the auction and then. Telling his story though. Well will always. The air and we'll where I guess then there's Ben and raise money for that just in tablet prices funds for sure it's. So we have about a minute and give me all the details about the single rodeo. Can do in sixty seconds. It's always. June 29 of our hall of fame barbecue. We start the rodeo appears here rodeo on. June 30 through July 4 performances every day fireworks that night attacker and the land we have the wild west starts show we have the parade on July 4. I think I've gotten all of that and there is a great time for the whole family www. Bank already O dot com. And nick you're gonna be here right. Career like Bert brought me there also are. It's going to be great review season and the weather's going to be perfect right. It's always. Thought that the passion excellent. Cindy's on holds general manager of the Saint Paul rodeo and nickel duties he PR CA cal lawyer thinks guys are being monitored scope and yeah up. Hero what are the bank. 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