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☛ Horse Rescue Founder guilty of mail and tax fraud 6-24-17

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IT’S HAPPENED AGAIN!

HORSE RESCUE FOUNDER GUILTY OF MAIL AND TAX FRAUD

June 24, 2017

Unfortunately it’s getting to be an old story: “Horse Rescue Founder Found Guilty of Mail and Tax Fraud.”

The latest story is of Pamela Vivirito, 46, formerly of Valencia, Pa., who founded a West Deer, Pa., horse rescue called “Equine Angels Rescue.” Vivirito recently pleaded guilty to two federal charges including mail fraud and tax evasion.

 

The guilty plea came after an investigation into Vivirito’s handling of Equine Angles Rescue’s finances and taxes.

 

Initially prosecutors filed an interference with commerce by extortion charge against Vivirito in 2015 after the FBI investigated Vivirito’s affair with an undentified local businessman, who she used to extort donations from him in exchange for keeping the affair a secret from his wife. However, prosecutors indicated they will move to dismiss that charge at sentencing as part of her plea deal.

 

She also pleaded guilty to filing a fraudulent non-profit tax return with the IRS for her non-profit Equine Angels Rescue. According to various articles in publications regarding Vivirito, prosecutors found that she used nonprofit resources, including cash to pay for personal bills and items and she also filed a fraudulent 990 form with the IRS in 2013, which is the latest filing available.

 

Vivirito listed her personal compensation as $46,877 when in reality it was approximately $93,000.

 

However, this isn’t Vivirito’s first rodeo as only two years after filing her nonprofit in 2013, she was sued by five people for blackmailing them into signing over their horses. The lawsuit stated that she would sneak onto people’s property, take photos, and threaten to expose them to the media if they didn’t sign the horses over to her.

Sentencing has been set for July 20 by U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 6-21-17

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA RODEO NEWS

Courtesy PRCA
June 21, 2017

Benton snares Rodeo Xtreme Bulls crown

RENO, Nev. – With his first career Xtreme Bulls Division 1 victory within reach, Trey Benton III rose to the occasion.

The Rock Island, Texas, cowboy had an electric 88-point ride on Big Stone, Moreno & Growney Rodeo’s Spotted Demon in the short round to win the two-head average with 174.5 points on June 15.

“I had never been on that bull before, and he’s pretty widely-known for not being ridden, ever,” Benton said. “I just knew I needed to stay in the middle. I was trying to keep it as simple as possible.”

When Benton was bucked off, winning the event was the last thing on his mind.

“It was a dogfight and I was going to him the whole time and I didn’t know how long I was riding,” he said. “I landed on my feet, but I didn’t think I made it (the whistle). I was hoping I made it, but I knew it was close. I was ready for heartbreak because I ride for seven seconds all the time. When they said I did make it, I was like, ‘heck yeah, I will take it.’ That bull was strong and definitely as good as advertised.”

The victory formula for Benton was set in motion when he had an 86.5-point ride on Western Rodeos’ Area Code to finish second in the long round at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

Benton finished just in front of Brennon Eldred (172.5 points), Tim Bingham (172) and Sage Kimzey (168). Kimzey is the reigning three-time PRCA world champion.

“I was so happy that I did good and won because I don’t think I have ever placed at an (Xtreme Bulls) Division 1 event in my career,” Benton said.

Benton is no stranger to success. He’s a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier (2012-14), and in 2014, he finished a career-best third in the world standings with $164,471, thanks to placing in three rounds at the WNFR.

Unfortunately for Benton, his 2015 and 2016 seasons were sabotaged by injuries. In 2015, he was sidelined because of knee surgeries. Then, in 2016, he once again was out of action with a torn groin, a tear in his labrum, his right hip and a sports hernia.

Finally healthy, Benton has returned to top form in 2017, capturing big wins at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo and the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up. He was 15th in the June 12 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $37,412, but thanks to earning $12,643 at the Reno Xtreme Bulls event, he moved up to eighth place in the June 19 standings with $50,055.

Still, Benton is keeping things in perspective.

“Nothing,” Benton said about what this victory means. “It’s a long summer. My goal is just to stay on every bull.”

This was Benton’s second career Xtreme Bulls victory as he also won a Division 2 event in Gladewater, Texas, in 2014. Benton joins the 2017 Xtreme Bulls Division 1 winners list which is comprised of Kimzey (Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 17-18), Ty Wallace (San Antonio, Feb. 25) and Tristan Mize (Fort Mohave, Ariz., March 11).

•Kimzey earned $5,452 at the Reno Xtreme Bulls to take over the lead in the X-Bulls standings with $32,213. Kimzey is followed by Brennon Eldred ($31,053) and former season leader Ty Wallace ($29,471).

•When the June 19 world standings were released, two new leaders emerged. Team roping heeler Billie Jack Saebens is now in first place with $58,190, overtaking Cory Petska ($57,734) for the top spot. Tie-down roper Marcos Costa also is now in the season lead with $68,090, passing now second-place Marty Yates ($65,261).

Red Rock highlights St. Paul Rodeo inductees

Courtesy of Ruth Nicolaus

ST. PAUL, Ore. – He’s the first of his type to be inducted into the St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame, and in his prime, he brought fear and intimidation to the hearts of his opponents.

Red Rock, one of the most famous bulls in rodeo history, leads the class of 2017 which will be inducted into the St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame on June 29. Red Rock was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1990.

The bull was born in 1976 and raised near Burns, Ore. As a 2-year-old, the red tiger-striped brindle Brahma-Hereford cross was purchased by Mert Hunking.

In 1984, Don Kish and John Growney bought the bull, sight unseen, for $10,000. They took him to PRCA rodeos, where his unridden streak continued.

Not only did Red Rock have a 100 percent buck-off rate during competition, but he was incredibly smart. It seemed Red Rock could sense what the rider was about to do, and would turn the opposite way, which resulted in throwing the rider off.

“He knew what hand a guy was using,” Kish said. “He always bucked away from their hand.”

Red Rock is best known for the matchups with ProRodeo Hall of Famer Lane Frost. The matchups were publicized up and down the West Coast, and out of seven of them, Frost covered Red Rock four times. The sixth match was at the St. Paul Rodeo on July 4, 1988, where Red Rock bucked off Frost, tying the matchup at 3-3.

Red Rock was retired from ProRodeo competition in 1987 at the age of 11, an unusually long time for a bucking bull to work. After 309 official buck-offs and no cowboy making the eight-second buzzer on him, (his matchup with Frost was for publicity only, not official competition) he was the 1987 World Champion Bucking Bull. Red Rock was brought out of retirement the next year for the Lane Frost match-ups.

Red Rock passed away in 1994.

Other inductees into the St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame are cowboy Joe Ruda, one of the most prominent bareback riders in the Columbia River Circuit, who won the circuit title five times in the 1980s. He won the St. Paul Rodeo in 1981 and ’83.

Frank and Rita Foltz, of Woodburn, Ore., will be inducted into the Hall in the category of general membership. Active members of the St. Paul Rodeo Association since the mid-1980s, they were involved first in ushering and selling tickets, and have been on the queen and court committee, and helped with the grounds, hospitality, art show, and special events.

Shirley Ernst joins the Hall in the category of rodeo notables. The St. Paul woman’s father, Maurice Smith, was one of the rodeo’s founders, and she was rodeo princess in 1943 and queen in 1944.

In the timed-event category, steer wrestler Trevor Knowles will be inducted. The Mt. Vernon, Ore., man has qualified for 13 consecutive Wrangler National Finals Rodeos.

The St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame induction will be held June 29 at the rodeo grounds, beginning at 5 p.m. (PT). A barbecue steak dinner is served, with libations and socializing prior to the meal. Artists will be on hand for a “quick draw,” and an auction benefitting the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund is held following the meal. Tickets are $32 and must be purchased prior to the event; they can’t be purchased at the door. Tickets are on sale at StPaulRodeo.com. For more information, visit the website or call 503.633.2011.

12 Champions Crowned at College National Finals Rodeo

Courtesy of Johna Cravens

CASPER, Wyo. – From a pair of repeat titlists to a freshman phenom, 12 college athletes earned national championships June 17 at the 69th annual College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) at the Casper Events Center.

Team ropers Cole Wheeler and Wesley Thorp were the only repeat champions, winning their second straight title, but their first for Texas Tech University. Last year they represented Weatherford College (Wheeler) and Ranger College (Thorp). They entered the championship round tied with a team from Gillette (Wyo.) College for second overall. Both trailed the leaders from Sam Houston State University by one-tenth of a second. Neither of the other top contenders managed to rope their steer, while Wheeler and Thorp clocked a 5.5 to place second in the round.

A Sam Houston State University freshman from Victoria, Texas – Lane McGehee – dominated the bareback riding. He won two of the three preliminary rounds and scored 79.5 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Spicy Chicken to place second in the championship round, a point behind Sheridan College’s Hunter Carlson. McGehee’s average win was by an almost unheard-of 16 points.

The biggest jump to claim a national title came from bull rider Cole Melancon of Hill College (Hillsboro, Texas). The Liberty, Texas, sophomore was ranked halfway down the top 12, at sixth, after qualifying for the championship round. He had just one qualified ride in the first three rounds. Melancon put together an 85-point effort on MoBetta Rodeo’s Blindside to win the championship round and the national title by 4.5 points. No bull rider could make more than two qualified rides during this year’s CNFR.

Tie-down roper Reid Zapalac of Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Texas), saddle bronc rider Preston Burr of New Mexico Junior College (Hobbs) and steer wrestler Denver Berry of Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Durant) were the other three new champions who came into the finals with the lead and held on to win titles.

Berry, a senior, did it by wrestling his steer in 3.9 seconds to tie for first in the championship round. Zapalac’s time of 8.8 placed second in the championship round and Burr’s score of 74 was enough to tie for fourth in the finals.

The all-around cowboy title went to Cole Frey of McNeese State University (Lake Charles, La.) who qualified for the final round in both team roping and steer wrestling. Panhandle State University (Goodwell, Okla.) won the men’s team championship and Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas) earned the women’s team title.

Texas A&M University junior Hailey Kinsel and her mare DM Sissy Heyday, who she calls “Sister,” took the barrel racing title. The Cotulla, Texas, cowgirl did not win any of the first three rounds, but stopped the clock in 14.06 seconds to win the championship round and the average.

The College National Finals Rodeo features the top student-athletes in rodeo from the 11 regions of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association competing for national championships.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

WranglerNetwork.com will continue to livestream the Reno Rodeo at 7 p.m. each day from June 19-24.

On June 15, Reno Rodeo officials were made aware that VividSeats.com is selling Reno Rodeo tickets ranging from $45-$100. After an investigation by ticket office officials, it is confirmed that these are valid tickets that are being sold at a more than 100 percent markup. “The Reno Rodeo encourages anyone looking to come to the event to purchase tickets at MyNevadaTickets.com or at the ticket office on the grounds,” said Executive Committee Member and former Ticket Chairman Bill Johnson in The Record-Courier. “We encourage people against purchasing tickets through third parties and are saddened by third parties that take advantage of people in these situations. While we cannot control who sell tickets online, no selling of tickets above their list price is allowed on the rodeo grounds.” “The rodeo has been a proud Reno tradition for 98 years now,” said Reno Rodeo President Brad Sidener. “We want to ensure that it remains a family-friendly event, which includes keeping ticket prices low.”

Dr. Lawrence Schufeldt was bestowed the 2017 Trail Boss Award at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, Neb., during the final performance of the rodeo June 17. Schufeldt, a chiropractor, has volunteered his expertise at the rodeo since the early 1990s, helping cowboy and cowgirl contestants stay in good physical shape, so they can compete. Schufeldt grew up on the family ranch south of Whitman and competed in high school rodeo. He graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1985 and returned to North Platte two years later, where he and his wife, Jeannie, had three daughters: Danae, Krista and Erica. He was part of the Wrangler Sports Chiropractic Program, which later became ProSports Chiropractic. In his earlier days, he offered his services at ProRodeos across Nebraska and Kansas. As his girls got older, he limited himself to the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, so he could spend more time at their activities.

Parsons Stadium will look the same when the Rodeo of the Ozarks kicks off its 73rd annual event June 21 in Springdale, Ark. Rodeo officials have yet to find funding for a plan that would create a major overhaul to the stadium. “We’re still about where we were last year. We had some things fall through, a couple setbacks on funding,” Rick Culver, executive director of the rodeo and a member of the City Council, said in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. “[But] we’re still pulling ahead with the fundraising. We’re still on track.” The Benevolent Foundation, which owns the rodeo and the rodeo grounds, hopes to raise more than $15 million for renovations grouped into four phases. Each phase has a specific dollar amount to complete, Culver said. “A wishful start date is as soon as possible, but we will not start until we have enough money to do the phases,” Culver said.

For the first time – June 17 to be exact – Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.) held a Kids Exceptional Rodeo, and it attracted 14 competitors from Los Lunas, Bosque Farms, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Mary Jo Pope, the Rodeo de Santa Fe treasurer, saw it as a good first step for an event organizers hope grows into a popular one. “We were really happy with the turnout,” Pope said in the Santa Fe New Mexican. “The participation we got, the volunteers who turned out, it was really good for us.” Rodeo de Santa Fe takes place June 21-24.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“What we do here is celebrate the heritage tradition of Alberta in the rodeo sense. It’s a cowboy’s rodeo and we’ve always kept it that way.”

– Ponoka Stampede president Blair Vold said to the ProRodeo Sports News about the upcoming Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede, June 27-July 3.

 

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through June 19, 2017

AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas   $72,549

BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa   $87,076

SW:  Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.  $106,775

TR-1:   Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas  $61,824

TR-2:  Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.  $58,190

SB:  Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas  $94,576

TD:  Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas  $68,090

BR:  Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho  $91,018

SR:  Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas  $50,337

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through June 19, 2017

All-around

1 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas  $72,540

2 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. $65,403

3 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas  $64,211

4 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas $52,614

5 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif  $47,144

6 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev  $43,867

7 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla  $41,747

8 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas  $40,958

9 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss  $35,420

10 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas  $32,546

11 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. $29,104

12 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, NM  $28,428

13 Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Nev. $27,166

14 Jordan Ketscher, Squaw, Valleym Calif.  $26,924

15 Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.  $20,773

16 Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, OK  $20,592

17 Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.  $19,456

18 Adam Rose, Willard, MO  $18,409

19  John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa $18,032

20  McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla  $15,856

Bareback Riding

1  Tim O’Connell, Swingle, Iowa  $87,076

2  R. C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif $76,110

3   Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.  $70,077

4  Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas  $61,469

5  Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas $57,846

6  Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah  $47,343

7  Evan Jayne, Marseille, France $46,712

8  Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. $43,655

9  Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.  $42,379

10  Justin Miller, Billings, Mont.  $42,186

11  Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. $38,439

12  Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore.  $37,053

13  Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah  $36,985

14  Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho  $36,850

15  Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas  $34,912

16  Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. $33,884

17 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba  $33,303

18  J. R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo  $29,819

19  Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. $28,819

20  Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev.  $26,799

Steer Wrestling

1  Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.  $106,775

2  Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.  $71,494

3  Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho  $53,344

4  Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis  $49,275

5  Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah  $46,786

6  Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.  $40,568

7  Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. $38,021

8  Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas  $37,335

9  Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.  $35,039

10  Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta  $33,688

11 J. D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn.  $32,905

12 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark  $32,723

13  Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.  $32,591

14  Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas $32,027

15  Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas $28,036

16  Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis  $27,813

17  Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev $25,911

18  Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho  $25,543

19  Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La  $23,978

20  Shane Frey, Duncan, OK  $21,482

Team Roping (header)

1  Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas  $61,824

2  Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. $58,190

3  Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.  $57,734

4  Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla.  $53,672

5  Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga  $51,844

6  Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif.  $47,702

7  Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore.  $41,254

8  Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.  $28,167

9  Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla  $27,647

10 Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore  $26,534

11 Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M. $25,567

12 Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta  $24,367
13 Jesse Stipes, Salina, Okla  $23,889

14 Ryan Reed, Farmington, Calif $23,803

15 Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz.  $23,211

16 Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn $21,981
17 Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont.  $21,335

18 Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $21,302

19 Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash  $21,137

20 Blake Teixeira,Tres Pinos, Calif.  $20,964

Team Roping (heeler)

1  Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.  $58,190
2  Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.  $57,734
3  Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.  $53,295

4  Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudent, Brazil  $51,844
5  Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas  $49,846

6  Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas  $48,484
7  Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore  $46,063

8  Jake inor, Ellensburg, Wash.  $41,254

9 Paul Eaves, Lonedell, MO  $33,156

10 Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan. $31,678
11 Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.  $26,431

12 John Robertson, Polson, Mont.  $25,183
13 Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta $24,367
14 Cody Pearson, Tucson, Ariz.  $22,599

15 Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.  $21,577

16 Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.  $21,302

17 Bradley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.  $21,137

18 Ty Romo, Whiteriver, Ariz.  $19,777

19 Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.  $19,612

20 Cody Hogan, Athens, Texas $19,507

Saddle Bronc Riding

1  Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas  $94,576
2  CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah  $63,863

3  Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta  $63,703

4  Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla.  $54,872

5  Tyrell J. Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont.  $48,367

6  Andy Reed, Spearman, Texas  $44,942

7 Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah  $44,873
8  Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta  $42,261
9  Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D.  $35,663

10 Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.  $35,592
11 Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah  $34,941
12 Jake Wright, Milford, Utah $32,425

13 Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas $30,507
14 Cody Wright, Milford, Utah  $29,430

15 Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah  $27,620

16 Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La  $26,206

17 Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn.  $25,613

18 Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, British Columbia   $25,269
19 Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand  $24,562

20 Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas  $24,196

Tie-down Roping

1  Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas  $68,090
2  Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas  $65,261
3  Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas  $63,991
4  Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.  $63,558

5 J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah  $56,399

6 Randall Carlisle, Athens, La.  $48,454
7 Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla  $48,006
8 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas  $46,305

9  Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas  $42,655
10 Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla.  $41,385

11 Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho  $40,874
12 Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan  $38,540
13 Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas  34,864
14 Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas  $32,545
15 Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga  $31,444
16 Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas  $31,047
17 Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas  $29,910
18 Ace Stone, Cuero, Texas  $29,515
19 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.  $25,953
20 Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas  $25,745

Steer Roping

1 Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas  $50,337

2  Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas  $41,131
3  Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas $39,401
4  John Bland, turkey, Texas  $37,676

5  JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas  $34,511
6  Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.  $33,724
7  J. Tom Fisher, Andews, Texas  $31,540
8  Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas  $30,063

9  Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo  $29,347
10 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $26,556

11 Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo  $25,313
12 Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas $23,655

13 Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.  $21,393
14 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $19,253
15 Shay Good, Midland, Texas  $18,307

16 Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas  $16,638

17 Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D.  $16,607
18 Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas  $15,143
19 J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla.  $15,113
20  Reo Lohse, Kaycee,Wyo.  $14,843

Bull Riding

1 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho  $91,018

2  Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho  $77,412
3  Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.  $75,413
4  Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.  $70,948

5  Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah  $65,578
6  Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.  $59,061
7  Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah  $55,362
8  Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas $50,055
9  Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas  $49,613

10 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla  $48,142
11 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Ioa $46,044
12 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas  $44,786

13 Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas  $41,305
14 Guthrie urray, Miami, Okla  $39,804
15 Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah  $38,385
16 Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah  $36,386
17 Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas  $36,086
18 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho  $34,184
19 Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, texas  $33,150
20 Elliiot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas  $32,933

*2017 Barrel Racing (June 19, 2017)

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

1 Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas  $148,432
standings.

2  Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash.  85,069
3  Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas  $80,017
4  Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore  $75,909
5  Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas  71,307
6  Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif.  $47,825
7 Tilar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas $46,271

8  Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas  $45,090
9  Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark  $44,992
10 Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas  $43,075
11 Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo.  $41,682

12 Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont.  $34,059
13 Emily Miller, Weatherford, Texas  $32,168
14 Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas  $31,959
15 Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M.  $30,455
16 Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas  $29,943
17 Cayla Small, Bokchito, Okla.  $29,872
18 Tracy Nowlin, Nowata, Okla.  $28,801
19 Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Texas  $27,702
20 Jordan Moore, Mauston, Wis  $27,104

2017 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

     Unofficial through June 19, 2017

1 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla  $32,213
2 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla  $31,053
3 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo  $29,471

4  Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho  $26,235
5  Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho  $21,086
6  Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa  $16,204
7  Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas  $15,995
8  Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho  $15,901
9  Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah  $15,204

10 Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas  $14,880
11 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas  $13,796
12 Justin Hendrix, Belton, Texas,  $13,433

13 Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas  $10,909
14 Trevor Kastner, Sulphur, Okla.  $10,849
15 Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas  $10,651
16 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas  $10,502

17 Markus Mariluch, Daingerfield, Texas  $10,423
18 Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas  $10,077
19 Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas  $9,941
20 Jeffrey Ramagos, Zachary, La  $9,848

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☛ Horseback riding can help stroke victims 6-18–17

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

HORSEBACK RIDING CAN HELP STROKE VICTIMS RECOVER FASTER

 

A SWEDISH STUDY PUBLISHED BY REUTERS SAID HORSEBACK RIDING AND MUSIC THERAPY CAN MAKE VICTIMS FEEL LIKE THEY’RE RECOVERING FASTER

June 18, 2017

According to an article on Newsmax.com Health published June 16, 2017 and originally published by Thomson/Reuters, a small Swedish study of stroke patients finds that activities such as horseback riding and rhythm-and-music therapy can hep them feel like they are recovering faster, even if their stroke occurred years earlier.

Co-author Dr. Michael Nilsson told Reuters Health by phone that the results counter the attitude that stroke patients can’t improve if a year has passed since their brain damage occurred.

The study included 12 weeks of twice-weekly lessons, 56 percent in the riding group and 38 percent in the music group said they had experienced meaningful recovery compared to 17 percent who were not given any extra activity. The self-reported benefit persisted six months after the lessons stopped.

Nilsson, who directs the Hunter Medical Research Institute in New South Wales, Australia, says, “For a big big, big, big group of stroke survivors, it’s highly unethical to say nothing can be done after 12 months. That attitude can kill the motivation for further rehabilitation.

On average, the 123 Swedish volunteers started the study nearly three years after suffering their stoke. The Nilsson team speculated that the physical and social aspects of riding or moving to the music were responsible for the improvements. However, it did not compare them to patients who were given other types of extra attention, such as twice=weekly group outings

The interventions were done on patients who were moderately debilitated. All could walk, use transportation services for the disabled and use the toilet without assistance.

Horseback riding sessions, which lasted four hours and included special exercise, grooming, equipping the therapy horse and 30 minutes of sitting on the horse as it was being led, produced an immediate jump in perceived improvement.

Horseback riding produced immediate and significant improvements in gait and balance in all three tests used by the researchers but by the sixth month of follow-up, only one of the three tests was still showing better performance.

Although limited, the data might help doctors tease out the best types of activities for retraining the brain.

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☛ Think animal abuse law is really a felony? 6-18–17

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THINK THE ANIMAL ABUSE LAW IS REALLY A FELONY?

30-YEAR-OLD SENTENCED TO 99 YEARS

June 18, 2017

If you think that the Animal Abuse law passed in 2014, making animal abuse a felony, doesn’t have teeth in it, think again – especially if you live in Alabama.

According to WSFA of Alex City, Ala., Nick Patterson, a 30-year-old from Alex City was sentenced to 99 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated animal cruelty charges,

Patterson, in a plea deal, pled guilty to nine counts of animal abuse plus three counts of financial transaction card fraud.

After finding 14 living but malnourished dogs in outdoor enclosures where Patterson lived last June, with only dirty water to drink, fed sporadically and neglected for months, police also found the remains of six other collies on the property. Patterson was sentenced to 10 years on each of the nine animal cruelty and abuse counts and three years on each fraud charge. All sentences will run concurrently.

Patterson also tried to flee from police, all the while fraudulently using credit cards and stolen checks. He turned himself in to authorities in Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 24.

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He may be eligible for parole after he serves a  minimum of 18 years and is not allowed to ever own an animal again.

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☛ Tragedy strikes Joe Suiter 6-8-17

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

TRAGEDY SRIKES JOE SUITER

Reprinted from articles on Facebook
June 8, 2017

 

Joe Suiter loses everything – even his dog!

Tragedy struck at the home of 1990 Futurity Champion Joe Suiter this last week of April. Joe not only lost irreplaceable possessions, all of his clothing, a roof over his head, but most importantly one of his pet chihuahuas “Joey”.

We are seeking funds to rebuild or purchase a small manufactured home for Joe. He is also in need of clothing so any type of assistance & donation is appreciated. Items can be dropped off at his residence in Litchfield Park, AZ.

$1, $5, $10, $20 donations can go a long way during a time of need. Please help us help Joe by donating on GoFundMe!!!! Thank you to all who have donated!!! We are also seeking building materials to be delivered to Joe Suiter 4620 N. Perryville Rd.,

Litchfield Park, AZ 85340.

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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 6-6-17

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
June 5, 2017

 

Frey wins Fort Smith with fast finish

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Steer wrestler Shane Frey is on a mission to become the third man in his family to compete under the bright lights of Las Vegas. His performance at the Old Fort Days Rodeo will help that mission.

The 25-year-old from Duncan, Okla., won the second round June 3 at the rodeo’s final performance with a time of 3.9 seconds, which also propelled him to the average title with a two-head time of 9.2 seconds.

Frey, who entered the weekend 27th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, earned a total of $3,700. He’s hoping to reach the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER for the first time, which would put him in the same company as his father, Shawn, and uncle, Winston.

“Making it to the NFR would be a dream come true,” Frey said. “I want to become the third member of my family to make it there. From the time I was a little kid, I wanted to be a bulldogger. My parents told me from the time I was 2 years old that I wanted to bulldog. I got a little too big to ride bucking horses anyways, so it ended up working out.”

Frey, who checks in at 6-1 and 225 pounds, is definitely too big to ride bareback horses, as his father did while making NFR appearances from 1988-90.

His uncle made it to Las Vegas as a steer wrestler in 1993, and Frey’s grandfather, Warren, competed in both bareback riding and steer wrestling, as well as bull riding.

Just two years ago, Shane Frey making it to the WNFR seemed like a pipe dream. He finished 133rd in the world in 2015, but since then, has been on an upward trajectory.

“I got a new horse (12-year-old Ruger) about three years ago, and it’s taken some time for us to get on the same page, but he’s been working great this year,” Frey said. “A lot of my success is about my mindset – I changed my practice schedule and my work ethic, and have been working a lot harder at it. My traveling partner, Riley Duvall, has been a big help as well.”

Frey finished a career-best 29th in the world last season, and moved to 23rd in the June 5 world standingson the strength of his Fort Smith win.

After a 5.3-second run in the first round, which didn’t earn a check, Frey stayed focused and clocked a blazing-fast 3.9 in the final round to take the title.

“I was just planning on coming back and being solid with my second run,” he said. “I showed up and liked my steer, and some of the guys who had luck in the first round fell out of the average. I was as sharp as I could be, and it went my way.”

Frey edged Blair Jones by a tenth of a second for the average title, and was four tenths faster than traveling partner Duvall, who finished third.

“I tried to carry that same mentality from last year into this year, and I’ve been trying to keep a positive head when things aren’t going so good,” Frey said. “I’ve had a good start to this season, and I’m having a lot of fun.

“I’m very happy with the position I’ve put myself in, and feel like I’ve given myself a good shot coming into the summer, and that’s what I wanted to do.”

Other winners at the $121,415 rodeo were all-around cowboy Marcus Theriot ($4,400 in tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping), bareback rider Tim O’Connell (85.5 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Fire Water), team ropers Theriot/Cody Doescher (4.1 seconds), saddle bronc riders Joe Lufkin (87 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Midnight Cowboy) and Brody Cress (87 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Lock And Load), tie-down roper Shane Hanchey (17.3 seconds on two head), barrel racer Taylor Carver (16.47 seconds) and bull riders Guthrie Murray (88 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Rawhide Jacket) and Trevor Kastner (88 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Mellow Yellow).

 

Cody Wright wins Spanish Fork WCC two days after son

SPANISH FORK, Utah – It’s all Wright now in the saddle bronc riding world as Cody Wright won the June 3 Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots at Spanish Fork just two days after his son, Ryder Wright, won the WCC in Santa Maria, Calif.

Cody Wright’s 88-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Look Again raked in $3,944 – more than enough to burst the bubble and get him up to 12th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

“That’s good news for me – it’s always good to be moving up the ladder,” Wright said.

Prior to Spanish Fork, the Utah cowboy was sitting at No. 16 with $23,454, but now has joined Ryder, Jesse and Jake Wright in the Top 15. Although it’s still anyone’s game as far as qualifying for the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, Cody Wright has his hopes up that this year’s Finals will be a family affair.

“There’s a lot of rodeo season left, but if everyone keeps up with what they’re doing and keeps getting better, we should be in good shape,” Wright said. “The more the merrier, if you ask me.”

Competition was tight for the saddle bronc riding in Spanish Fork, but Wright represented Team Coors well as his bronc turned out of the chute and provided plenty of buck and kick to keep Wright ahead of the pack.

“It seemed like she just got better and better,” Wright said while describing his ride. “It’s an awesome rodeo – close to home and has good money, good horses, good cowboys and good competition. It’s always nice to win with all of them factored in there.”

Spanish Fork is the 35th WCC event since the series began in 2013 and it’s the fifth event of this 2017 season – the others were Rapid City, S.D. (Feb. 1), Grand Island, Neb. (March 3), Redding, Calif. (May 20) and Santa Maria, Calif. (June 1).

“They had a bunch of good horses out and they all made good rides, and it was nice to sneak out of there with that win,” Wright said.

Although the Spanish Fork WCC was only three hours from his home, most of his family was watching one of the youngest Wrights, Stetson, compete at the Utah State High School Finals Rodeo in Heber City, where he won the saddle bronc riding and placed second in bull riding.

“He’s been doing really good and I’m proud of him,” Wright said, adding that Rusty placed fourth and Spencer Wright placed fifth at the Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo in Herriman, Utah, on June 3. “I’m just excited for everyone that they’ve been able to do so well and stay in there.”

Up next, Wright is heading to Delta, Utah, for the Days of the Old West Rodeo on June 8, and then the Cedar City (Utah) PRCA Championship Rodeo immediately after that; then he’s off to the Eagle (Idaho) Rodeo.

Other winners at the $92,800 WCC event were bareback rider Orin Larsen of Team Coors (86 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Rubies Girl), steer wrestler Nick Guy of Team Las Vegas (4.6 seconds), team ropers Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens of Team RAM (5.2 seconds), tie-down roper J.C. Malone of Team Ream’s Western Outfitters (7.5 seconds), barrel racer Stevi Hillman of Team Resistol (16.84 seconds) and bull rider Scottie Knapp of Team Ream’s Western Outfitters (90 points on D&H Cattle’s Brandy’s Bad Boy).

Ryder Wright claims WCC win in Santa Maria

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Twice this season, Rosser Rodeo’s Colt 45 saddle bronc horse was too much for Ryder Wright to handle.

The third meeting was a different story.

Wright was ready for the challenge of Colt 45, and he won the battle.

The Milford, Utah, cowboy had an 84.5-point ride to win the June 1 Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots at the Elks Unocal Event Center.

“That horse just bucks and is difficult to ride,” Wright said. “This time I gave the horse a little bit more rein so I could stay back and lift better. The first time I got on (Colt 45) I sat on my feet, and the second time I think my rein was a little too short. It’s awesome to get this win, and get a good check.”

This was the first career WCC event victory for Wright, 19, who was competing for Team RAM. Ryder – who earned $3,944 – edged his father, Cody, and Hardy Braden, who tied for second with 84-point rides. Ryder and his dad left Milford at 6 a.m. June 1 and made the nine-and-a-half-hour trip to Santa Maria.

“I didn’t know if my score would hold because there were a lot of good horses and good riders left to go after I made my ride,” Ryder said. “You’re always hoping for the best, but you never know. This win helps my confidence. It always helps when you can get on a good horse like that and win.”

Ryder is 10th in the June 5 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standingswith $32,055. He made a spectacular debut at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, winning Rounds 1 through 4 and Round 9, and he left Vegas after earning $141,154. He finished fourth in the final world standings.

“I just want to keep my momentum going,” Ryder said.

He finished in a tie for fifth at the WCC in Spanish Fork, Utah, June 3.

Other winners at the $92,800 rodeo were bareback rider Evan Jayne of Team B&W Trailer Hitches (85.5 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Flood Tide), steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge of Team B&W Trailer Hitches (5.2 seconds), team ropers Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens of Team RAM and Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza of Team Coors (6.0 seconds each), tie-down roper Hunter Herrin of Team Boot Barn (7.6 seconds), barrel racer Lisa Lockhart of Team B&W Trailer Hitches (17.13 seconds) and bull rider Shane Proctor of Team Coors (88 points on Flying U Rodeo’s Reindiction).

PRCA offers two new rodeo scholarships

Reading, writing and arithmetic are the foundation of a good education, and the fourth R – rodeo – could help tomorrow’s ProRodeo athletes fund their academic goals.

For many years, the PRCA has supported the academic endeavors of the up-and-coming cowboys and cowgirls competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo with $6,500 in scholarships.

This year, the PRCA and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame are introducing two new scholarship opportunities – the PRCA Gold Buckle Scholarship (two, worth $1,500 each), and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Scholarship, worth $500. And, the annual National High School Finals Rodeo Knowledge Bowl has a $1,500 prize for each member of the winning team and $650 for each member of the second-place team.

 

PRCA Gold Buckle Scholarship

The PRCA Gold Buckle Scholarships are awarded to the two individuals that most value the traditions and legacy for which the PRCA stands. The ideal candidates will plan to join the PRCA, chase the gold buckle and become ambassadors for the sport of professional rodeo.

Funding for both $1,500 scholarships comes directly from the PRCA.

There are two eligibility requirements for this scholarship:

* Plans to compete with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association on a collegiate rodeo team.

* Must be competing on a NIRA collegiate team in a minimum of one PRCA-sanctioned discipline, which includes only: team roping, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding.

In addition to meeting the NHSR Foundation Scholarship application requirements (https://www.nhsrfoundation.org/), applicants for the PRCA Gold Buckle Scholarship must submit a 2-3 minute videoaddressing the question: What would it mean to you, to be a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association?

Within the video, applicants must state the name of the NIRA school he or she will be attending in the fall. The video must be the original work of the applicant and kept within the 2-3 minute length. Videos less than two minutes long or longer than three minutes will not be eligible and the scholarship application will be considered incomplete.

Applications are due by July 16 at 6 p.m., and videos can be emailed to prcascholarships@prorodeo.com. The winning video essay(s) may be used for promotional purposes including the winners’ name, picture and likeness to promote the PRCA, the sport of rodeo and related PRCA events.

 

ProRodeo Hall of Fame Western Heritage Scholarship

Young cowboys and cowgirls who exemplify western heritage, the code of the west and living by cowboy ethics in his or her everyday life could win a $500 scholarship through the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Western Heritage Scholarship. Funding for this scholarship is provided by the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

In addition to meeting the NHSR Foundation Scholarship requirements, applicants must submit an additional 250-word (minimum) essay answering the following question: “In what ways do I live my life daily that exemplifies western heritage and shows that I am a role model for the cowboy lifestyle and symbolize ethics, responsibility, honesty, pride, hard work, fairness and trust?”

Applicants can turn in their western heritage essay to the PRCA booth at the National High School Finals Rodeo’s trade show to be eligible for this scholarship. Essay writers are reminded to make sure their name and state/province are on the essay. Applications, transcripts and Foundation essays can be turned in to the Foundation Office. The deadline for both is July 16 at 6 p.m.

 

NHSFR Knowledge Bowl

The National High School Finals Rodeo brings together the best cowboys and cowgirls for a week of rodeo competition at Gillette, Wyo., in July – but competition isn’t limited to the arena. The NHSFR Knowledge Bowl pits teams against each other in a trivia-style contest with rodeo as the central topic.

The competition kicks off on July 18 at 2:30 p.m. Members of the first-place team will walk away from the Heritage Center Theater, CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facility, with $1,500 each, and the members of the second-place team will receive $650 each.

Only one team is allowed per NHSRA state and provincial association and teams must register through their state and provincial secretaries by June 30.

Winners from last year’s Knowledge Bowl were the Manitoba, Canada, team – Austin Whelpton, Mason Helmeczi and Kade Peake. Second place went to the Alabama team – Riley Bryant, Carli Hodges and Hannah Rogers.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Special needs children will have an opportunity to do a little rodeoing themselves when the South Dakota State High School Finals Rodeo comes to Belle Fourche, June 13-18. It’s the second year for the event, scheduled for June 17. The special rodeo takes place from 10 a.m. to noon (MT) and will pair a rodeo contestant with special needs youngsters in a series of rodeo activities. Activities include horse and non-horse events including roping activities, a bucking machine, stick horse races and a petting zoo. There will be something there for all ages and abilities.

 

There were 25 PRCA rodeos held this past week and the total payoff at the rodeos was $1,229,896.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I was right there waiting by a gate when Salty, an appaloosa Shetland pony, bucked me off (when he was 4 years old). I must have gotten back on, because I ended up riding saddle broncs for 25 years.”

– Stock contractor Marty Barnes said to the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal about his first memory of the Cherokee (Iowa) Chamber PRCA Rodeo, a rodeo his late parents, Bob and Donita Barnes made famous. The Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo concluded June 3.

 

 

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through June 5, 2017

 

AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $68,033
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $81,752
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $106,775
TR-1: Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas $61,824
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $56,216
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $92,279
TD: Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $63,373
BR: Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho $83,061
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas   $49,157

 

 

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through June 5, 2017

 

    All-around  
1   Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $68,033
2   Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 62,097
3   Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 60,345
4   Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 51,874
5   Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 47,144
6   Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 40,683
7   Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 40,437
8   Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 37,020
9   Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 35,420
10   JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 32,546
11   Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 27,678
12   Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 27,326
13   Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 25,710
14   Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D. 20,773
15   Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla. 20,592
16   Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif. 19,456
17   John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 18,032
18   Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Calif. 15,716
19   Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta 14,869
20   McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla. 14,867

 

    Bareback Riding  
1   Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $81,752
2   R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 76,110
3   Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 68,752
4   Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 57,198
5   Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 52,918
6   Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 46,165
7   Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 43,209
8   Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 42,561
9   Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 36,985
10   Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 36,850
11   Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif. 36,640
12   Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 36,421
13   Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 36,082
14   Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore. 34,011
15   J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 29,819
16   Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 28,889
17   Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 28,819
18   Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 27,498
19   Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 26,590
20   Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev. 23,655

 

    Steer Wrestling  
1   Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $106,775
2   Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 71,494
3   Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 48,854
4   Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 44,187
5   Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 43,932
6   Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 38,153
7   Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 35,566
8   Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 35,125
9   Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 35,039
10   J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn. 32,905
11   Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 31,732
12   Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 31,287
13   Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 31,003
14   Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta 26,773
15   Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 25,981
16   Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas 25,803
17   Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev. 23,910
18   Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 23,704
19   Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 23,294
20   Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 23,133

 

    Team Roping (header)  
1   Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas $61,824
2   Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. 56,216
3   Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. 53,043
4   Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla. 49,980
5   Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. 49,245
6   Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif. 41,315
7   Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore. 39,896
8   Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla. 27,072
9   Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M. 25,567
10   Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla. 24,288
11   Jesse Stipes, Salina, Okla. 23,618
12   Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta 23,520
13   Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz. 23,211
14   Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore. 22,818
15   Ryan Reed, Farmington, Calif. 22,311
16   Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont. 21,335
17   Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 20,587
18   Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont. 20,030
19   Edward Hawley Jr., Surprise, Ariz. 19,777
20   Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 19,595

 

    Team Roping (heeler)  
1   Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. $56,216
2   Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. 53,295
3   Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla. 53,043
4   Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazile 49,245
5   Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas 46,155
6   Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 46,063
7   Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas 45,468
8   Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 39,896
9   Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan. 31,550
10   Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 29,277
11   John Robertson, Polson, Mont. 25,183
12   Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. 23,587
13   Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta 23,520
14   Cody Pearson, Tucson, Ariz. 21,107
15   Ty Romo, Whiteriver, Ariz. 19,777
16   Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. 19,612
17   Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 19,476
18   Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas 19,136
19   Tanner Luttrell, Oroville, Calif. 18,396
20   Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. 17,765
       

 

    Saddle Bronc Riding  
1   Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $92,279
2   Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta 61,081
3   CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah 61,018
4   Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla. 52,032
5   Tyrell J. Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont. 43,309
6   Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas 43,221
7   Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah 39,974
8   Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta 38,537
9   Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D. 35,663
10   Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah 32,055
11   Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 29,439
12   Cody Wright, Milford, Utah 28,568
13   Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas 27,141
14   Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah 26,656
15   Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. 26,206
16   Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. 25,929
17   Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand 23,304
18   Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn. 22,717
19   Nat Stratton, Goodwell. Okla. 22,630
20   Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La. 22,578

 

    Tie-down Roping  
1   Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $63,373
2   Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 59,475
3   Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas 56,423
4   Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 55,449
5   J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah 54,598
6   Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla. 48,006
7   Randall Carlisle, Athens, La. 45,834
8   Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 42,663
9   Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho 40,874
10   Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 40,720
11   Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 39,933
12   Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan. 34,786
13   Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas 30,077
14   Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga. 29,616
15   Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 29,233
16   Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas 28,096
17   Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 26,389
18   Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 25,821
19   Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas 24,602
20   Michael Otero, Krum, Texas 24,563

 

    Steer Roping  
1   Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas $49,157
2   Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas 39,397
3   John Bland, Turkey, Texas 37,676
4   JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 34,511
5   Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas 34,162
6   Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. 33,724
7   J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas 29,427
8   Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas 28,851
9   Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 25,509
10   Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo. 25,184
11   Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo. 23,367
12   Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas 22,119
13   Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan. 20,134
14   Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 17,279
15   Shay Good, Midland, Texas 17,181
16   Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D. 15,202
17   Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas 15,143
18   J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla. 14,055
19   Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas 14,025
20   Roger Branch, Wellston, Okla. 13,878

 

    Bull Riding  
1   Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho $83,061
2   Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 75,753
3   Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. 68,599
4   Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 63,214
5   Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah 52,124
6   Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif. 51,649
7   Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 47,560
8   Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 44,786
9   Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 44,475
10   Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas 41,305
11   Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas 39,834
12   Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla. 38,534
13   Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas 37,412
14   Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah 36,391
15   Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas 36,086
16   Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 33,917
17   Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 32,533
18   Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah 32,239
19   Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M. 31,512
20   Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas 31,375

 

*2017 Barrel Racing (June 5, 2017)

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

 

1   Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas $146,219
2   Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash. 80,797
3   Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas 76,501
4   Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore. 75,909
5   Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas 67,009
6   Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif. 46,588
7   Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas 43,075
8   Tilar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas 43,005
9   Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas 42,653
10   Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark. 40,882
11   Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo. 39,428
12   Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont. 32,822
13   Emily Miller, Weatherford, Texas 30,634
14   Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas 29,943
15   Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas 29,637
16   Cayla Small, Bokchito, Okla. 28,912
17   Jordan Moore, Mauston, Wis. 26,488
18   Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D. 25,819
19   Tracy Nowlin, Nowata, Okla. 25,716
20   Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M. 25,138

 

 

2017 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

     Unofficial through June 5, 2017

 

1   Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $29,471
2   Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 25,594
3   Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 23,873
4   Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 21,086
5   Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 16,564
6   Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 15,995
7   Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 15,445
8   Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 15,363
9   Justin Hendrix, Belton, Texas 13,433
10   Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas 12,518
11   Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 10,502
12   Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas 9,941
13   Jeffrey Ramagos, Zachary, La. 9,848
14   Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah 7,934
15   Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Texas 7,775
16   Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 7,402
17   Ednei Caminhas, Denton, Texas 7,339
18   Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas 7,078
19   Trevor Kastner, Sulphur, Okla. 6,666
20   Tanner Bothwell, Rapid City, S.D. 6,561

 

 

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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 5-31-17

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA  RODEO NEWS

Courtesy PRCA
May 31, 2017

Reigning champ O’Connell has victorious weekend

Reigning PRCA Bareback Riding World Champion Tim O’Connell shows no signs of letting off the gas pedal in 2017.
The Iowa cowboy claimed titles at two rodeos last week with electric rides.
O’Connell won the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo in Garden City, Kan., with a career-best 92-point ride on Korkow Rodeos’ Onion Ring on May 25. The rodeo ended May 27.
“It was pretty spectacular,” said O’Connell about his ride, which also was a PRCA season-best bareback ride. “That’s an amazing animal. I’ve been on that horse like three or four times and I won St. Paul (Ore.) on that horse last July (with an 87-point ride). That horse does some special things out in that arena and he bucks hard every time. Both of us were in good timing with each other and I knew it was going to be a good ride and it was surreal to get a 92-point ride. I feel very blessed.”
Then, O’Connell followed that up with a 90-point trip on Pickett Rodeo’s Shady Nights on May 27 to win the U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Ultimate Challenge in Rosenberg, Texas.
O’Connell earned $1,988 in Garden City and $3,779 for his performance in Rosenberg.
“I had never been on that horse (Shady Nights) and I’ve been wanting to get on it for a long time,” O’Connell said. “That was a great horse. I had a great start and she bailed out of there and she kicked high and hard and got high in the air. That horse has a lot of timing and really kicks hard and gives a guy the opportunity to almost think a little bit while you’re riding. She never quit until it was over, and it was a lot of fun to make that ride.”
O’Connell acknowledged capturing the U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Ultimate Challenge crown did have special meaning to him.
“It’s always great to win a rodeo, but it’s even better to win it when it’s in memory of our troops,” O’Connell said. “I went there last year, and to come back this year and win it is a really big highlight in my career.”
A year ago, O’Connell snared his first world championship, thanks to earning $374,272. Having a target on his back this season is something he welcomes. His two recent rodeo wins allowed him to retake the lead in the May 30 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $78,044. R.C. Landingham dropped down to second with $76,110.
“I like feeling that pressure,” O’Connell said. “I was always a chaser of the No. 1 guy for a long time and I realized it’s better just to be the guy getting chased.”

 News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Wranglernetwork.com will livestream the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks PRCA Rodeo at 6 p.m. (PT) June 3, and at 2 p.m. June 4. ProRodeoLive.com will have coverage of the Bennington (Kan.) Pro Rodeo, June 1-3. The rodeo begins at 8 p.m. (CT) each day … T.V. “Tommy” Jones, a PRCA Gold Card member and rodeo announcer from Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away April 17. He was 80. Jones announced several steer roping events, and was the track and chuck wagon announcer at Cheyenne Frontier Days for many years. His famous phrase, “Thunder from the North” was heard for more than 20 years at the Cheyenne Frontier Days night shows. He announced rodeos all over the United States.
When the 2017 Ute Stampede unfolds in less than two months, there will be some noticeable changes at the Juab County Fairgrounds in Nephi, Utah. New bleachers have been installed that increase the capacity of the stands from 10,000 to 11,500. Additionally, new bucking chutes have been installed. The new bucking chutes now have a right and left-hand delivery with a total of eight new chutes – four on each side. “They were older bleachers that needed to be replaced,” said Kyle Garrett, a director on the Ute Stampede committee. “We tore out the old bucking chutes and put in new bucking chutes and now we can roll with the right hand and left deliveries. Before, all we had was a left-hand delivery for eight bucking chutes. That used to work 30 years ago, but anymore it doesn’t because everybody wants the right and left-hand.” This year’s Ute Stampede is scheduled for July 13-15.
Northwest College (Powell, Wyo.) rodeo coach and PRCA Gold Card Member Del Nose won his third Rodeo Coach of the Year award for the Big Sky Region earlier this month. Nose, who coached 2011 World Champion Bull Rider Shane Proctor, saw his team finish the 2016-17 season ranked fourth in the nation and top in their region – a noteworthy accomplishment as NWC is a two-year school up against four-year universities. Winners for each region’s coach of the year award are decided by the coaches and two students from each school within that region. Nose won the Big Sky Region’s Coach of the Year award in 2010 and 2014, and was the runner-up for the national Coach of the Year award in 2014 as well.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 “I wasn’t expecting it – I was pleased and surprised, but I was more focused on the kids.”
– Northwest College (Powell, Wyo.) rodeo coach Del Nose talking to the ProRodeo Sports News about winning Rodeo Coach of the Year award for the Big Sky Region recently.
2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders
Unofficial through May 30, 2017
 
AA:
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas
$63,754
BB:
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
$78,044
SW:
Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.
$105,267
TR-1:
Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas
$59,388
TR-2:
Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz.
$55,672
SB:
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$87,110
TD:
Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas
$61,865
BR:
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
$79,938
SR:
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
  $47,519
2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings
Unofficial through May 30, 2017
All-around
1
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas
$63,754
2
Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas
60,589
3
Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.
58,422
4
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
50,366
5
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
44,203
6
Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
38,747
7
Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.
36,739
8
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
35,961
9
JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas
31,355
10
Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss.
28,532
11
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
27,326
12
Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
26,033
13
Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.
23,026
14
Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.
20,773
15
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
18,639
16
John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa.
17,753
17
Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga.
14,779
18
Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla.
14,418
19
Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta
14,235
20
McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla.
13,459
Bareback Riding
1
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
$78,044
2
R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif.
76,110
3
Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.
65,736
4
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
54,293
5
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
52,918
6
Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La.
41,633
7
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
41,464
8
Evan Jayne, Marseille, France
39,265
9
Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah
36,985
10
Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho
36,850
11
Justin Miller, Billings, Mont.
35,345
12
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
34,167
13
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
33,775
14
Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore.
31,758
15
J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.
29,819
16
Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.
28,819
17
Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba
23,727
18
Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore.
23,161
19
Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas
23,047
20
Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta
21,253
Steer Wrestling
1
Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.
$105,267
2
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
65,669
3
Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho
46,244
4
Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah
42,286
5
Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.
39,988
6
Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.
36,230
7
Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.
35,039
8
Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas
34,197
9
Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark.
31,732
10
Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.
31,622
11
J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn.
29,889
12
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
29,779
13
Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.
29,072
14
Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas
25,803
15
Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta
24,664
16
Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis.
24,493
17
Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La.
23,704
18
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
22,992
19
Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev.
22,883
20
Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark.
22,685
Team Roping (header)
1
Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas
$59,388
2
Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.
55,672
3
Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla.
48,459
4
Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.
44,851
5
Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla.
43,304
6
Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif.
41,315
7
Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore.
38,388
8
Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla.
24,868
9
Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.
24,639
10
Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz.
23,211
11
Jesse Stipes, Salina, Okla.
22,185
12
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
21,973
13
Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont.
21,335
14
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
20,587
15
Ryan Reed, Farmington, Calif.
20,464
16
Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore.
20,326
17
Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta
20,133
18
Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn.
19,136
19
Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif.
18,722
20
Edward Hawley Jr., Surprise, Ariz.
18,524
Team Roping (heeler)
1
Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.
$55,672
2
Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.
50,859
3
Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas
45,468
4
Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil
44,851
5
Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas
44,634
6
Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.
43,304
7
Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.
42,583
8
Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
38,388
9
Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.
30,622
10
John Robertson, Polson, Mont.
25,183
11
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
24,758
12
Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.
23,587
13
Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta
20,133
14
Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.
19,476
15
Cody Pearson, Tucson, Ariz.
19,260
16
Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas
19,136
17
Ty Romo, Whiteriver, Ariz.
18,524
18
Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.
17,765
19
Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
16,923
20
Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas
16,877
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$87,110
2
CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah
61,018
3
Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta
59,225
4
Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla.
48,589
5
Tyrell J Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont.
43,103
6
Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas
41,365
7
Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah
38,756
8
Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta
33,584
9
Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D.
32,787
10
Jake Wright, Milford, Utah
28,167
11
Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah
27,440
12
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
27,141
13
Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah
26,656
14
Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.
26,206
15
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
23,788
16
Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand
22,904
17
Nat Stratton, Goodwell. Okla.
22,630
18
Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn.
22,421
19
Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, British Columbia
21,850
20
Cody Wright, Milford, Utah
20,844
Tie-down Roping
1
Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas
$61,865
2
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas
55,196
3
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
52,015
4
Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.
50,994
5
J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah
50,654
6
Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas
41,155
7
Randall Carlisle, Athens, La.
40,924
8
Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla.
39,933
9
Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas
39,792
10
Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.
39,561
11
Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho
37,971
12
Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan.
32,817
13
Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas
30,077
14
Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga.
28,985
15
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
27,527
16
Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas
26,389
17
Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas
26,230
18
Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
25,708
19
Joseph Parsons, Marana, Ariz.
24,216
20
Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas
23,031
Steer Roping
1
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
$47,519
2
Vin Fisher Jr.., Andrews, Texas
38,695
3
John Bland, Turkey, Texas
37,676
4
JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas
33,320
5
Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas
33,226
6
Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.
31,408
7
Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas
28,851
8
J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas
27,990
9
Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas
25,509
10
Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo.
24,371
11
Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.
21,864
12
Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas
20,699
13
Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.
19,945
14
Shay Good, Midland, Texas
17,181
15
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
16,220
16
Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D.
14,685
17
J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla.
14,055
18
Reo Lohse, Kaycee, Wyo.
13,780
19
Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas
13,723
20
Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas
13,164
Bull Riding
1
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
$79,938
2
Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho
75,753
3
Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.
65,351
4
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
59,605
5
Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.
48,846
6
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
46,846
7
Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah
44,992
8
Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas
44,786
9
Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa
42,735
10
Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas
39,834
11
Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas
36,262
12
Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah
35,759
13
Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho
33,230
14
Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla.
33,230
15
Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas
32,533
16
Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas
32,412
17
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
31,757
18
Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M.
31,047
19
Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah
30,665
20
Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.
28,812
*2017 Barrel Racing (May 30, 2017)
Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.
1
Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas
$137,338
2
Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash.
80,797
3
Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas
76,501
4
Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore.
72,342
5
Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas
59,150
6
Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif.
46,139
7
Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas
43,075
8
Tilar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas
42,456
9
Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark.
40,882
10
Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas
40,405
11
Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo.
36,296
12
Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont.
32,822
13
Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas
29,943
14
Emily Miller, Weatherford, Texas
28,290
15
Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas
26,011
16
Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D.
25,819
17
Cayla Small, Bokchito, Okla.
25,422
18
Jordan Moore, Mauston, Wis.
24,595
19
Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M.
24,451
20
Sammi Bessert, Grand Junction, Colo.
24,239
6. 2017 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings
     Unofficial through May 30, 2017
1
Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.
$29,471
2
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
25,594
3
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
21,492
4
Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho
21,086
5
Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.
16,564
6
Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas
15,995
7
Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa
15,445
8
Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho
15,363
9
Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas
12,518
10
Justin Hendrix, Belton, Texas
11,892
11
Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas
10,502
12
Jeffrey Ramagos, Zachary, La.
9,848
13
Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah
7,934
14
Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Texas
7,775
15
Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah
7,402
16
Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas
7,078
17
Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas
6,720
18
Trevor Kastner, Sulphur, Okla.
6,666
19
Ednei Caminhas, Denton, Texas
6,639
20
Tanner Bothwell, Rapid City, S.D.
6,561
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☛ Are bad breeding practices animal abuse? 5-26-17

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE LAWSUITS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 11 comments

BAD BREEDING PRACTICES

 

IS THIS ANIMAL ABUSE?

 

By Rick Dennis
May 26, 2017

As an AQHA breeder, my requirements are to breed an animal that is genetically correct with excellent conformation, the right temperament, enough athleticism to perform multiple events, enough cow instinct to perform in cow horse or cutting, free of genetic defects and with enough bone and stamina to withstand the rigors of the show pen for many years.

 

My article entitled, “AQHA Genetic Pool Shrinks,” dated Jan. 10, 2015, delineated an ongoing problem within the Quarter Horse industry in that the genetic pool is shrinking. Undesirable genetic traits and diseases are being passed from generation to generation. The following articles were the proto types of my article that would later play out in a courtroom in Texas in 2017 involving HERDA.

 

ARTICLE EXCERPTS:
Recent articles in the American Quarter Horse Journal entitled “The Changing Landscape of Quarter Horse Genetics, Part 1 and Part 2,” really caught my eye because of two reasons: 1) I’m an American Quarter Horse breeder specializing in multiple-event reined cow horses and 2) I’m a Life Member of AQHA.

Part 1’s first paragraph essentially sets the stage for the present state of the breed in that it’s becoming more and more inbred, stating, “Talk to an equine geneticist long enough and you are bound to hear two assertions made about the American Quarter Horse breed that sound like opposites: First, it is one of the most genetically diverse equine breeds in the world and second, it’s becoming increasingly inbred.

 

The second and third paragraphs of Part 1 outline the history of the breed and a factor causing this shrinking of genetics, stating, “Beginning in colonial America, the breed began from a diverse genetic base of largely Thoroughbred and Spanish blood that was added to and developed for roughly 200 years, focusing on producing quickness and durability.

 

But fast-forward to the modern era of specialized American Quarter Horse performers, especially at the highest levels, and you find specialization in the horse-breeding herd too: specific groups of individual classes of horses used to produce those top performers. If you’re breeding for a specific category of horse (i.e.) reining, cutting, cow horse, etc., the gene pool is further narrowed within this subgroup.

 

That suggests there are narrowed gene pools in those subgroups and now a genetic study clearly shows it. A research team from the University of Minnesota has published its findings in an issue of the Journal of Heredity, “The American Quarter Horse: Population structure and relationship to the Thoroughbred.” The 2012-2013 study was partially funded by the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

 

“In the pedigree analysis, some groups shared no common sires, such as halter and racing, but other groups did, such as reining and working cow horse. Although popular sires within one group were rarely shared with another group, all the pedigrees reflected the common roots of the Quarter Horse.

“Additionally, pedigree analysis showed that the most common 15 sires across the groups were all direct tail-male descendants of Three Bars (TB), with several of those stallions showing more than one cross to the Thoroughbred in the first four generations.

“Inbreeding” refers to the mating of relatives and results in an “inbred” individual horse. The amount an individual horse is “inbred” can be estimated from its pedigree or genetic data. In a pedigree analysis, determining an individual’s “co-ancestry coefficient” gives an idea of how closely related individuals are on a pedigree page. Two individuals can be highly related without either of them being inbred, but if you breed two individuals with a high co-ancestry coefficient, their offspring will be inbred.

“Diversity quantifies the amount of genetic variation there is in a population. Typically, a highly inbred population has low genetic diversity. In this study the lowest genetic diversity within a sub-population was in the cutting and racing groups. The highest average inbreeding was found in cutting.”

 

Also, a recent statement from Nena J. Winand, DVM, PhD and a specialist on HERDA that was a witness for the Plaintiffs in a recent lawsuit regarding HERDA mentioned later in this article, said, “I’d point out from a medical perspective, ANY shared ancestry, no matter how remote (far back) is considered inbreeding, because it provides a chance for an individual to inherit the same gene derived from the common ancestor from both parents.”

 

ANALYZING QUARTER HORSE BREEDING RULES:
From this study, it’s clear that the present American Quarter Horse breeding rules require scrutiny to determine: 1) their contribution to this shrinking genetic pool and 2) the adverse affect each adopted breeding rule may or may not have on the breed itself. I wonder if the executives paid six figures at the AQHA and the Executive Committee members, especially the Stud Book and Registration Committee, had any forethought in the ramifications their expansive breeding rule adoptions would have on the Quarter Horse breed and industry over time?

As a private sector Risk Analyst, I’m commonly faced with the task of analyzing practices and concepts to determine either the detriment or usefulness an existing concept or practice has on an organization. In order to shed light on the topic, I examined two specific breeding rules adopted by AQHA: Multiple Embryo Transfer and Frozen Semen. I also examined the impact each adopted breeding rule may have on the breeding populous as well as a correlation of each one’s compliance with AQHA’s Mission Statement.

 

BAD BREEDING PRACTICES:
A horse’s conformation affects his ability to perform certain tasks. Read more about this interesting concept in AQHA’s Form to Function report.
Click for “Form To Function” report>>

“Longstanding breeding practices likely contribute to that. Habits such as “popular sire syndrome,” which is the tendency for many breeders to breed to a top-performing stallion, or the use of assisted reproductive techniques such as frozen semen and embryo transfers can greatly amplify one horse’s genetic impact. Even the practice of always breeding the ‘best to the best’ can contribute to increased inbreeding in a sub-population.

“Any time we take a single individual and increase its ability to generate offspring, that is going to decrease the genetic pool that is reproducing.

“Additionally, when you increase inbreeding and reduce diversity, you increase the incidence of undesirable genes making an appearance.

“A good example is the incidence of HERDA (hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia) in cutting horses. It’s very frequent within this sub-population, which might be the result of decreasing diversity and/or the ‘popular-sire’ effect. A previous study revealed that 28.3 percent of cutting-bred individuals carried the recessive gene for HERDA.”

Click following for AQHAGenetic Pool Shrinks>>

 

FIRST LAWSUIT ENTERS COURT OVER HERDA:
In a lawsuit entitled, “Minshall Vs Hartman Equine, Dos Cat Partners, Shauna and Ed Dufurrena” was tried in a Texas courtroom in 2017. The basis of the lawsuit encompassed fraud with the AQHA stallion Auspicious Cat. The owners of the horse advertised the stallion as being HERDA Negative when in fact the horse was designated N/Hr (a carrier of the HERDA gene) by the American Quarter Horse Association.

 

Prior to this lawsuit, the AQHA required genetic testing of breeding stallions on a graduated scale based on the number of mares bred until Jan. 1, 2016. After this date, each breeding stallion was required to have genetic testing which included a 5-Panel group of designated tests that were designed by AQHA and performed by UC Davis.

 

Up until the filing of this lawsuit, AQHA reserved the right NOT TO RELEASE the 5-Panel test results, except to the owners of the specific horse. This nondisclosure prevented anyone breeding to a specific stallion from obtaining the 5-Panel status of the stallion; therefore, running the risk of passing on a defect to the impending foal.

 

After the filing of the above-captioned lawsuit, AQHA has changed its posture to include releasing the 5-Panel test results to anyone who contacts them and asks for it. It’s also planned that the test results will be on the horse’s pedigree when their new computer database is online. Further, AQHA intends to embed the horses’ 5-Panel test results directly onto the stallions’ registration papers as a permanent record.

 

However, the curious nature of AQHA’s testing requirements does not include breeding mares, which, in my opinion should be a requirement as well. After all, mares carry the same number of genetic chromosomes as stallions do, which includes the mares’ lineage as well.

 

This is exactly what happened in this case as two N/Hr (HERDA carrier) horses were bred together, producing a HERDA affected foal. The Plaintiff’s had simply relied on the honesty and integrity of the stallion owner. Does AQHA have any culpable liability in the matter from their previous posture of not releasing stallion specific genetic testing results?

 

The other curious nature of this saga is that my article AQHA Genetic Pool Shrinks, along with its predetermined scientific facts and warnings about inbreeding, ended up in this courtroom drama two years later.

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FOALS OF THESE MISGUIDED BREEDINGS?
Just about every cutter I’ve talked to wants a High Brow Cat-bred horse because of their winning nature. In fact, some even breed for horses carrying the HERDA gene due to this phenomenon, which is exactly what happened in this lawsuit. The Plaintiffs desired to breed to a High Brow Cat stallion that carried the AQHA N/N designation and ended up breeding to an N/Hr horse. Since their mare carried the N/Hr designation, two N/Hr horses produced a HERDA-affected foal that required an enormous amount of money to maintain.

 

So at the end of the day, what happens to the foals that wash out due to genetic deficiencies: euthanasia, the horse slaughter pipeline, retired and crippled at two or three years of age perhaps? Has our industry become so callous and money hungry that they throw caution to the wind when breeding? What about the poor horse that suffers due to this selfish act? This is an arduous fact to quantify simply due to non-reported statistical data. In my opinion just breeding to a particular line of horses just because they’re winning is a very poor excuse, especially in lieu of the fact that a known line is capable of producing undesirable genetic traits in the American Quarter Horse. We experienced this in the HYPP line of horses!

Also, it’s my opinion that AQHA being the breed registry for the American Quarter Horse should live up to its own Mission Statement and step in to prevent this well-known and established HERDA gene from permeating the American Quarter Horse breed. After all, they are the rule makers and some of their established and unorthodox   breeding rules have and continue to contribute to the shrinking genetic pool of the American Quarter Horse, thus causing direct harm to the breed. Only AQHA can stop or control the insertion of bad genetics into the American Quarter Horse Gene Pool!

 

BREEDING PREREQUISITES 101:

1)         Mare owners should have their horses genetically tested by the AQHA 5-panel prior to breeding.

2)         Mare owners should perform due-diligent research into the genetic test results of the impending desired stallion prior to breeding.

3)         Prior to breeding, consult with a geneticist to determine whether the match up would produce any undesirable traits in the produced foal, especially if a shared lineage or line of horses is in the background of both horses.

 

GENETIC DEFICIENCIES IN THE THOROUGHBRED LINE:
Unfortunately, bad breeding practices and catastrophic results aren’t limited to the American Quarter Horse Industry. In a later article I’ll discuss and delineate the bad breeding practices in the Thoroughbred Industry.

 

“Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridle”

 

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☛ PRCA’s Stressman to retire 5-26-17

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA COMMISSIONER STRESSMAN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Press release from PRCA
May 26, 2017

Karl Stressman

After nearly nine years at the helm of the PRCA, Commissioner Karl Stressman has announced that he will be retiring, effective Dec. 31, 2017.

Commissioner Stressman has stewarded meteoric growth of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association since 2008. Under his leadership, the organization signed a record $175 million contract that keeps the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas through the year 2024.
     Stressman also played a major role in negotiating a television broadcast agreement with CBS Sports Network through 2019; successfully protecting the organization’s rights to provide equal opportunity to all association members, and not just a select few athletes; and accepting fiduciary responsibility for generating substantial cash reserves for the organization, while returning nearly 90 percent of all income generated to benefit members and membership services.
     “I sat down in the Commissioner’s chair for the first time in September 2008, and I made a promise to myself that I would give my very best efforts each and every day to improve the sport of Professional Rodeo,” Stressman said. “I made myself another promise that I would stay at the PRCA as long as I enjoyed the job. Well, it’s time to say goodbye! I will be retiring at the end of 2017, after completing my 10th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as Commissioner of the PRCA.”
     Even as he plans his departure, Stressman has put into place a future path that will allow for the PRCA’s top rodeos to gain even more prominence, and for the PRCA membership to profit as the organization enters into new digital content opportunities. Commissioner Stressman’s iconic leadership tenure stands as a landmark for professional rodeo and the entire western industry.
     “It has been an amazing run, but certainly not without a few battle scars,” he said. “It has been my privilege to have had the opportunity to serve the members, our committees, our great sponsors and the best fans in the sporting world. I thank you all for the opportunity! Long Live Cowboys!”
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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 5-24-17

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
May 24, 2017

Proctor captures WCC Redding victory

REDDING, Calif. – Experience paid dividends for bull rider Shane Proctor May 20.

The 2011 world champion had all his talents on display – mainly his ability to recover – en route to an 87-point ride on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s O Zone to win the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots at the Redding Rodeo Grounds.

“That was a great little bull of Mike Corey’s and on that third jump he got me to the outside really bad, but on the next jump he really hung in the air and it gave me a chance to get back to the center, and after that he was just awesome,” said Proctor, a five-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER (2011-13, 2015-16).

Proctor, who was competing for Team Coors, drew a bull that has been taking riders to the pay window this season. Derek Kolbaba split the win at the Redding Rodeo, which ended May 19, with his 87.5-point ride on O Zone.

Proctor had never been on O Zone and he acknowledged he thought he let a great opportunity slip through his hands about three seconds into his ride.

“I was thinking, ‘Damn, I messed this bull up,'” Proctor said. “I was mad at myself. But luckily I took the fight to him and fought back to the center and it was good from there.”

Proctor earned $4,756 for his performance before the cheers of the 6,200 fans in the stands, and he hopes this will kick-start his season. The Grand Coulee, Wash., native wasn’t in the top 50 in the May 22 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

“This is a big-time boost of confidence,” said Proctor, 32. “I was real excited to have this bull. It was getting frustrating this season and this is good for me as I start to go into the summer run. Every good streak starts with one (ride), and this is it.”

Proctor knows what’s like to make up ground in the world standings. A year ago, he made a late-season charge to qualify for the WNFR in the No. 15 spot. Once in Vegas, Proctor got on a heater and won the WNFR average title after earning $192,064. He finished third in the world.

“The plan is to get back to Vegas,” Proctor said. “When the summer starts, I just try to make up all the ground I can. I know I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again. Sometimes I just need to remember bull riding is fun and I need to go out at it like that. That’s what’s fun about going to rodeos and these Champions Challenges – it’s a fun atmosphere. I’m a cowboy and I love what I do.”

Other winners at the $92,800 rodeo were bareback rider on the Boot Barn team R.C. Landingham (87 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Adalida), steer wrestler Matt Reeves of Polaris RANGER (4.1 seconds), team ropers Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira of Experience Kissimmee (3.4 seconds), saddle bronc rider Jake Watson of team Las Vegas (87 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Rubels), tie-down ropers Marcos Costa of team Wrangler, and Cade Swor of team Coors (8.2 seconds each) and barrel racer Tiany Schuster of Justin Boots (17.15 seconds).

Driggers and Nogueira’s time is a new record for the WCC, which began in 2013, and the fastest team roping time so far in 2017. Trevor Brazile/Travis Graves and Tom Richards/Allen Bach shared the WCC team roping record as each posted 3.9-second times in Omaha, Neb., in 2014.

It also was a Redding Rodeo Grounds arena record. The arena record was 4.0 seconds, set by Wade Wheatley/Kyle Lockett in 2006.

 

  • Four cowboys have won money at all three 2017 Wrangler Champions Challenges presented by Justin Boots: reigning World Champion Team Ropers Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler, 2015 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Jacobs Crawley and 2015 World Champion Tie-down Roper Caleb Smidt. In 2016, only one cowboy kept his streak alive all season by winning money at all 10 Wrangler Champions Challenges – saddle bronc rider CoBurn Bradshaw.
  • Coors Banquet leads the unofficial WCC team standings with $36,192, followed by Justin Boots with $31,958 and Boot Barn with $31,146.
  • Here are the Wrangler Champions Challenge leaders in each event through three WCC events: bareback rider Orin Larsen, Coors, $7,888; steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge, B&W Trailer Hitches, $6,148; team roping header Levi Simpson, Polaris RANGER, $7,540; team roping heeler Jeremy Buhler, Polaris RANGER, $7,540 each; saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley, Resistol, $8,236; and bull rider Cole Melancon, $7,888. The next WCC events are Santa Maria, Calif., June 1, and Spanish Fork, Utah, June 3.
  •  Tie-down roper Hunter Herrin is the only cowboy to have three 7.0-second or faster runs for the season; he made 6.6-and 6.9-second runs in San Antonio and 7.0 seconds at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo in Hayward, Calif., last weekend. Herrin won the Rowell Ranch Rodeo and earned $1,816 for his performance.
  • There were a couple of changes atop the May 22 WEATHER GUARD®

PRCA World Standings. Caleb Smidt took the lead back in the all-around standings from Tuf Cooper. Smidt has earned $63,754, while Cooper is second with $59,667. Luke Brown is the new team roping heeler leader with $59,388. Erich Rogers dropped down to second in the standings with $55,672.

Pratt wins Redding and splits Killeen

REDDING, Calif. – Tie-down roper Jake Pratt was two-for-two this past weekend.

On May 19, he won the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo and then split the win at Rodeo Killeen (Texas) the next day.

Pratt was the first up for slack at Redding and nailed 16.5 on two – and before the dust settled in California and his win was solidified, he had already tied for the lead at Killeen with Reese Riemer at 8.9 seconds.

“That 6 a.m. flight wasn’t any fun,” Pratt said with a laugh. “People always ask what’s in my rope can.”

On May 17, the 29-year-old cowboy burst into the Redding arena on a borrowed horse named Irish, owned by Oregon cowboy Roger Nonella, and placed second in the first round with an 8.0. He went on to split the win in the second round with Shane Hanchey, clocking in at 8.5 seconds, which placed him 1.5 seconds ahead in the average.

“That horse was pretty dang awesome and a lot of that success is due to that horse,” Pratt said. “Those calves at Redding went to Red Bluff and Clovis (Calif.) and everyone knew them. I knew the one I had in the first round was good at the other rodeos – I just flew in there and rode.”

Prior to this win at Redding, Pratt wasn’t even in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings’ Top 50. Now, the $5,659 he won at Redding gave him a healthy boost in the world standings, to No. 30. He’s hoping for a shot at qualifying for what would be his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

“It’s been a slow year so far, but man, if I stay where I’m at, it would be a big boost for the summertime – just got to continue and keep winning and hopefully I’ll be in Vegas in December,” Pratt said. “I went to the winter rodeos and had a slow start, but this last month has been pretty good, so we’ll keep doing that the rest of the year.”

Pratt placed at some previous rodeos in California and credits his turning point this season to his new 10-year-old sorrel gelding American Quarter Horse that he got from Colorado cowboy Scotty Shelton.

“I got him in February and things started coming together,” Pratt said. “For me, he scores really good and he can run – so that helps a lot, those are his two best qualities.”

Pratt has been competing in ProRodeo since late 2008 and his best year was in 2014 when he ranked No. 17 in the world standings. Now, he’s on track to possibly top his personal best.

“I’ll continue what I’ve been doing and take advantage when I draw good calves,” Pratt said.

He already has his eyes set on Sisters, Ore., and Reno, Nev., in June.

Other winners in Redding were all-around cowboy Chant DeForest ($6,447 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Ty Breuer (84.5 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Gone Fishing), steer wrestler Sterling Lambert (9.1 seconds on two head), team ropers Chant DeForest/Bronc Boehnlein (9.7 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (85.5 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Starbucks), barrel racer Lake Mehalic (17.21 seconds) and bull riders Derek Kolbaba (87.5 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s O Zone), Sage Kimzey (87.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Clean-n-sober), and Brady Portenier (87.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Cold Chill)

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Any cowboys traveling through Wyoming this summer should be advised of a rockslide that occurred May 19, about 10 miles south of Thermopolis, Wyo., along U.S. Highway 20 between mileposts 121.7 and 122.2 – an area known as Big Windy Curve, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Travelers should expect traffic delays of up to 40 minutes, six days a week, during the rock/mud cleanup and emergency repair project. Options for avoiding this key stretch of highway are limited. Travelers can head north from Casper along U.S. Highway 25 and cut across the Bighorn Mountains through Buffalo and into Worland. The route adds about four hours and involves steep mountain passes that could be dangerous for small vehicles towing large trailers. They can also head north from Rock Springs along U.S. Highway 191 through Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park. This route adds about three-and-a-half hours of driving – assuming there’s no traffic jams from the Park’s 4 million annual tourists – and a $30 park entrance fee at the gate as well. Travelers through the Cowboy State can monitor road conditions at https://map.wyoroad.info/wtimap/index.html or by calling 511 while in Wyoming … Dean Gorsuch, a two-time PRCA world champion steer wrestler (2006, 2010), was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington on May 12. Gorsuch received a certificate in welding and joining technology from EWC. In the fall of 2016, Gorsuch was added to the ranks of welding faculty at EWC. “I just love this place,” said Gorsuch in the Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.) May 19. “At other schools, it’s easy for students to get lost. Here at EWC, we get to know you, care about you, and put our hearts into ensuring your success.” … Billie Roy (Bill) Stephens, of Stephens Brothers Rodeo Co., passed away May 4 in Ontario, Ore. He was 77. Stephens was a PRCA Gold Card member and he and his family provided livestock to many collegiate and PRCA rodeos over the years, including the National Finals Rodeo from 1974-78 and 1981-89. Stephens Rodeo sent 86 animals to the WNFR, consisting of 28 bareback horses, 27 saddle bronc horses, and 31 bulls. There will be a celebration of life party in Stephens’ honor on June 10, at Kimball Park, 618 Irving Street, in Caldwell, Idaho, at the corner of Kimball and Grant, from noon to 3 p.m. (MT). Contact Tim McNarie at prcabullfighter@gmail.comfor more information … Kelley LaCoste, a former veteran PRCA bullfighter and clown, passed away May 11. He was 69. LaCoste worked the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton five times in the 1970s and 1980s as a bullfighter, and was chosen to work the CFR as a barrelman/clown from 1991-93. LaCoste retired from bullfighting in 1982 to concentrate fully on his clown acts … Matthew Hughes of West Plains, Mo., was hired recently as the new rodeo coach and faculty member at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, N.M. “Our rodeo team has responded extremely well to the new coach,” said Thomas W. Newsom, president of Mesalands. “We are very excited to have Matt leading our rodeo team, becoming a new faculty member and joining our community.” Hughes has competed in the rodeo arena since he was 7 years old and has been around all aspects of the sport. Specifically, Hughes has several years of experience in the business side of rodeo. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in public relations from Missouri Valley College (Marshall), and was the assistant rodeo coach at Missouri Valley College for the last two years … The late Hadley Barrett headlines the 13-member, 2017 class that will be inducted into the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame in Ainsworth. Barrett, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1999, passed away March 2, 2017, at age 87. The induction ceremony will take place June 10 in Valentine.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through May 22, 2017

 

AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $63,754
BB: R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. $76,110
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $105,267
TR-1: Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas $59,388
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $55,672
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $84,110
TD: Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $61,865
BR: Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho $77,123
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas   $47,519

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through May 22, 2017

 

All-around
1 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $63,754
2 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 59,667
3 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 57,784
4 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 50,366
5 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 44,203
6 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 36,360
7 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 31,355
8 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 30,701
9 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 27,326
10 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 26,033
11 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 24,420
12 Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 21,731
13 Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D. 18,876
14 Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif. 18,639
15 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 16,644
16 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 14,779
17 McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla. 13,459
18 Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla. 13,039
19 Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta 12,713
20 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654

 

Bareback Riding
1 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. $76,110
2 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa 71,467
3 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 64,410
4 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 53,226
5 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 52,918
6 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 41,633
7 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 39,905
8 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 39,265
9 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 36,985
10 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 36,850
11 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 34,841
12 Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif. 34,192
13 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 32,008
14 Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore. 30,612
15 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 28,819
16 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 26,922
17 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 23,727
18 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 23,049
19 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 22,287
20 Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta 20,767

 

Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $105,267
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 65,669
3 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 46,016
4 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 41,077
5 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 39,988
6 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 35,591
7 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 35,039
8 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 31,732
9 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 31,622
10 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 31,558
11 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 29,779
12 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 29,072
13 J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn. 27,684
14 Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas 25,803
15 Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta 24,664
16 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 24,272
17 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 23,704
18 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 22,992
19 Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev. 22,883
20 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 22,685

 

Team Roping (header)
1 Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas $59,388
2 Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. 55,672
3 Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla. 48,459
4 Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. 44,851
5 Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. 43,304
6 Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif. 41,315
7 Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore. 38,388
8 Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla. 24,868
9 Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M. 24,639
10 Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz. 23,211
11 Jesse Stipes, Salina, Okla. 22,185
12 Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont. 21,335
13 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 20,587
14 Ryan Reed, Farmington, Calif. 20,464
15 Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore. 20,326
16 Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta 19,246
17 Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn. 19,136
18 Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla. 19,080
19 Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif. 18,729
20 Edward Hawley Jr., Surprise, Ariz. 18,524

 

Team Roping (heeler)
1 Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. $55,672
2 Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. 50,859
3 Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas 45,468
4 Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil 44,851
5 Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas 44,634
6 Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla. 43,304
7 Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 42,583
8 Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 38,388
9 Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan. 30,622
10 John Robertson, Polson, Mont. 25,183
11 Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. 23,587
12 Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 21,865
13 Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 19,476
14 Cody Pearson, Tucson, Ariz. 19,260
15 Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta 19,246
16 Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas 19,136
17 Ty Romo, Whiteriver, Ariz. 18,524
18 Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. 17,765
19 Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas 16,877
20 B.J. Dugger, Three Rivers, Texas 16,675

 

Saddle Bronc Riding
1 Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $87,110
2 CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah 60,475
3 Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta 57,767
4 Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla. 46,907
5 Tyrell J Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont. 41,645
6 Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas 41,365
7 Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah 38,756
8 Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta 33,584
9 Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D. 32,787
10 Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 27,625
11 Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah 27,440
12 Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas 27,141
13 Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah 26,595
14 Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. 26,206
15 Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. 23,788
16 Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand 22,904
17 Nat Stratton, Goodwell. Okla. 22,630
18 Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn. 22,421
19 Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, British Columbia 20,900
20 Cody Wright, Milford, Utah 20,591

 

 

Tie-down Roping

1 Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $61,865
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 55,196
3 Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas 52,015
4 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 50,994
5 J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah 50,654
6 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 41,155
7 Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 39,933
8 Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 39,792
9 Randall Carlisle, Athens, La. 39,410
10 Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla. 38,433
11 Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho 37,721
12 Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan. 32,592
13 Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas 30,077
14 Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga. 28,985
15 Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 26,389
16 Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas 26,230
17 Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 25,961
18 Joseph Parsons, Marana, Ariz. 24,216
19 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 24,097
20 Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas 23,031

 

Steer Roping
1 Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas $47,519
2 John Bland, Turkey, Texas 37,676
3 Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas 34,242
4 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 33,320
5 Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. 30,063
6 Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas 29,517
7 Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas 28,248
8 J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas 25,687
9 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 24,587
10 Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo. 24,371
11 Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas 20,603
12 Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo. 20,590
13 Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan. 19,119
14 Shay Good, Midland, Texas 17,181
15 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 15,282
16 Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D. 14,685
17 J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla. 14,055
18 Reo Lohse, Kaycee, Wyo. 13,780
19 Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas 13,377
20 Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas 13,164

 

Bull Riding
1 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho $77,123
2 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 68,537
3 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. 65,071
4 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 56,746
5 Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif. 48,177
6 Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah 45,096
7 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 42,492
8 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 42,223
9 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 42,152
10 Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas 39,834
11 Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah 35,381
12 Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas 35,380
13 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 33,230
14 Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla. 33,230
15 Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 32,533
16 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas 31,757
17 Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M. 31,047
18 Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah 29,921
19 Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas 29,464
20 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 28,161

 

*2017 Barrel Racing (May 22, 2017)

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

 

1 Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas $136,926
2 Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash. 80,797
3 Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas 76,501
4 Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore. 71,368
5 Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas 59,140
6 Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif. 46,139
7 Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas 43,075
8 Tilar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas 41,806
9 Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark. 40,882
10 Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas 40,405
11 Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo. 35,363
12 Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont. 32,808
13 Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas 29,560
14 Emily Miller, Weatherford, Texas 26,105
15 Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas 26,000
16 Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D. 25,819
17 Cayla Small, Bokchito, Okla. 24,919
18 Jordan Moore, Mauston, Wis. 24,595
19 Sammi Bessert, Grand Junction, Colo. 24,114
20 Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas 22,873

 

 2017 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

     Unofficial through May 22, 2017

 

1 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $29,471
2 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 23,075
3 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 21,492
4 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 21,086
5 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 16,564
6 Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 15,995
7 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 14,861
8 Justin Hendrix, Belton, Texas 11,892
9 Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas 10,313
10 Jeffrey Ramagos, Zachary, La. 9,281
11 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 8,208
12 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 8,146
13 Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Texas 7,580
14 Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah 7,556
15 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 7,402
16 Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas 7,078
17 Trevor Kastner, Sulphur, Okla. 6,666
18 Ednei Caminhas, Denton, Texas 6,639
19 Tanner Bothwell, Rapid City, S.D. 6,561
20 Christopher Byrd, Compton, Calif. 6,486

 

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