Goode to wow rodeo crowds

Blake Goode was so good that he was invited back, bucking the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series' trend of welcoming different specialty acts each season.

"They said I'm the only act back two years in a row," Goode said.

Reaction from the paying public and the rodeo board last year factored into the decision to ask Goode to perform during the 2005 rodeo series, rodeo administrator Char Mighton said.

"We know people liked him, so we thought we would ask him back a second year," she said.

Goode arrived Friday from Montana and will leave for California after this weekend's shows. Goode and rodeo clown Mike "Scooter" Smith will perform at today's and Saturday's rodeos. The rodeos begin at 7:30 p.m. at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

Goode will perform as a Roman Rider this weekend, and one of his acts involves his galloping white horses, The Flying Aces. He rides atop the backs of each, which isn't a unique act.

But Goode's second act often steals the show. Atop Geronimo and Apache, his matching white Brahma bulls, Goode rides through the arena, challenging the bulls to do tricks and stunts rarely seen from bovines. They also act out stories.

Last year was Geronimo's and Apache's first year on the road.

"The Brahmas weigh 2,300 to 2,400 pounds a piece," Goode said. "As long as they respect me, I've got to respect them. If they lose respect for me, I could get hurt pretty quickly."

Goode has been in the specialty act business since 1997 but has been a cowboy since "I was a little bitty," he said. He is from Ravenna, Texas, which is near Dallas, and has been nominated for the coveted Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Rodeo Entertainer of the Year.

Smith is a rodeo clown and barrelman from Marion, Ark. He has never participated in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, Mighton said.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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