Last summer's winner of the All-Around Cowboy title at the Gerry Fire Department's PRCA rodeo has set a record unprecedented in pro rodeo history at the recent Dodge Ram First Frontier Finals Rodeo in Harrisburg, Pa., as he won four year-end championships and did it while competing on a badly broken right leg.
Clovis Crane of Lebanon, Pa., claimed season championships in the saddle bronc, bareback, and bull riding events and, as a result, was also named All-Around Cowboy. That made him the first four-event circuit winner ever, breaking the record of three held by more than a dozen cowboys, several of whom are members of the hall of fame.
Crane, who has competed in Gerry for the past 10 years, was stepped on by a bull in October, breaking the head off his tibia, badly shattering his fibula, breaking three bones in his ankle and two in his foot. Doctors advised him to stay completely off the leg and warned that he might need a bone graft to repair the damaged leg. Crane chose to ignore their advice, saying that he felt he had "a chance to do something special this year" and went to Harrisburg to compete with an aircast protecting the broken leg.
Clovis Crane makes history at the First Frontier Finals Rodeo.
He plans now to take some time off to allow the leg to heal and hopes to be ready to compete at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma in April.
In addition to Crane's heroics, the Gerry Rodeo had another notable connection in the Circuit Finals as their stock contractors, Shawn and Shana Graham of Painted Pony Pro Rodeo, saw both their bareback bronc, Shana's Delight, and their saddle bronc, Trashy Trevor, named as Horse of the Year in their respective events.
The First Frontier Circuit is one of twelve across the nation and is comprised of the states that made up the original thirteen colonies. The top twelve cowboys and cowgirls in each of the seven rodeo events qualify for this event where they compete for more than $110,000 in prize money.
Gerry's 70th annual PRCA rodeo is scheduled this summer for five performance from July 30 through Aug. 2, and Clovis Crane says he expects to be back in Gerry to defend his titles.
Additional information is available at the rodeo website, www.gerryrodeo.org.