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☛ PRCA Rodeo News – 1-23-18

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA RODEO NEWS

Courtesy PRCA
Jan. 23, 2018

Tsinigine and Lockett lock down win at NWSS in Denver

DENVER – Snow didn’t slow down team ropers Aaron Tsinigine and Kyle Lockett as they won the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo with 16.2 seconds on three head – but it almost kept them from competing. Lockett’s flight was delayed, but he arrived at the Denver Coliseum just in time to compete.
“He was supposed to fly in at 11 a.m., but didn’t get here until 2 p.m. and he barely got here in time,” Tsinigine said.
“I ran through the front door and down the stairs – I was hoping I got here in time,” Lockett said. “I showed up two teams before I was up, so I didn’t have time to let it (the stiff competition) get to me.”
Lockett was flying in from Fresno, Calif., when his flight was delayed by about four hours.
“We drew good today, and it was wide open, and Kyle said, ‘Let’s go catch them,'” Tsinigine said.
“This is a short go where things can fall apart easily, but we had a good steer,” Lockett said.
Tsinigine was competing on a new horse, and it turned out well for the ropers.
“This is his first big season – he didn’t handle the wagons too well back here (behind the stands),” Tsinigine said. “But in the arena, he is tuned in.”
The duo entered the final round third in the average with 10.5 seconds on two head, so they had to make up 0.4 seconds to take the lead in the average.
“At these deals with the short gos, if you win the short go, it’s all within a chance,” Lockett said.
Luckily, they’re both familiar with high-stakes competition.
Tsinigine qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in 2014-15 and left Las Vegas as the 2015 world champion. Lockett’s been to the WNFR seven times (1997-98, 2000-03, 2005).
Despite their impressive rodeo résumés, this is the first time they’ve won in Denver.
“It’s a great rodeo and a great start to the winter,” Lockett said, noting that this was his first time competing at Denver in 12 years.
Up next, Tsinigine and Lockett are headed to the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas.
“We’re going to play it little by little – this is a good start,” Lockett said.
Other winners at the $471,620 rodeo were all-around cowboys Jeff Johnston (steer wrestling and team roping) and Ty Talsma (steer wrestling and team roping), $5,042 each; bareback rider Caleb Bennett (256.5 points on three head); steer wrestler Tyler Pearson (11.6 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (255.5 on three head); tie-down roper Shane Hanchey (23.0 seconds on three head); barrel racer Christine Laughlin (46.24 seconds on three runs); and bull rider Chase Dougherty (252.5 points on three head).
Hanchey smashed the previous three-head average Denver record by more than a full second. The previous record of 24.1 seconds was shared by Justin Macha (2011) and Justin Maass (2012).

2. Yates breaks Denver tie-down roping arena record

DENVER – Tie-down roping isn’t Nolan Conway’s best event.
However, that may change after Jan. 14.
Since joining the PRCA in 2012, Marty Yates has established a reputation as a lightning-fast tie-down roper.
The Stephenville, Texas, cowboy had his slick skills on full display Jan. 20, breaking the arena record at the 112th National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver with a 6.8-second run.
“It was cool to break that record,” said Yates, 23. “I’m kicking things off this winter, this is the second rodeo I’ve been to and it’s cool to make a run like this. Six-second runs never get old and there’s never been a 6.8-second run here (in Denver), so it’s cool to be the fastest in the whole history of the National Western Stock Show.”
Yates broke the arena record shared by Riley Pruitt and Shane Hanchey at 6.9 seconds. Pruitt made his Denver run in 2016 and Hanchey’s run came on Jan. 18.
Yates, a four-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER (2014-17), was riding his trusty horse, Buster, 15, in Denver. Yates finished third in the 2017 PRCA world standings with $233,673. He won Rounds 5 and 6 at the latest WNFR with 7.0- and 6.9-second efforts.
“I knew I had a really good calf and it was just a pretty simple run,” Yates said. “Everything just came together the way it was supposed to. I got a really good start and I didn’t make a stupid throw, and it all just came together. To have a rodeo like this going on this long and to put my name in the record books is awesome.”

3. News & Notes from the rodeo trail

ProRodeoLive.com will broadcast the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, beginning at 7 p.m. (CT) Jan. 26, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 27-28 … According to a Jan. 21 article in The Denver Post official counts put total attendance at the 2018 National Western Stock Show at 705,574 people, second only to the 100th anniversary year in 2006, when more than 725,000 people attended. “We’re very, very excited about that,” said Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show president and CEO in The Denver Post. The National Western Stock Show ran from Jan. 6-21 and the rodeo portion was Jan. 11-21 … For three decades, ProRodeo Hall of Fame announcer Hadley Barrett was behind the microphone at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. But this year, the event will sound different. Barrett passed away March 2, 2017, at the age of 87. At this year’s event, Wayne Brooks will assume Barrett’s position, joined by fellow ProRodeo Hall of Famer Randy Corley – the late announcer’s partner in the arena and son-in-law. Lauren Snides, the spokeswoman for the rodeo, told mySanAntonio.com a tribute video will be played in honor of Barrett on opening day, Feb. 8. Barrett was inducted into the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Hall of Fame earlier this month … Last week, the Utah Jazz organization delivered 7,500 green stadium seats to Pioneer Stadium as a gift to Ogden for Pioneer Days. The seats were leftovers from renovations to the Vivint Smart Home Arena, home to the Utah Jazz. “I don’t know if there will be a finer outdoor stadium in the United States,” said Alan Hall, Pioneer Days committee chairman in the Jan. 20 Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden, Utah. “It will be terrific.” In addition to the soon-to-be refurbished seats, the rodeo already has about 2,500 chair seats, making 10,000 in all by the time this year’s July 19-24 rodeo comes around, Hall said. About 100 volunteers responded to the call Jan. 18-19 to sort parts and prepare the seats to be cleaned, coated and prepared for installation.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 “I don’t want to stop at just one gold buckle. Now, I know I can do this. It’s confidence and it’s nice to keep it going here at Denver.”
– Tyler Pearson, reigning steer wrestling world champion, said in a press release after winning the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver Jan. 21.

4. Next Up

Jan. 22             Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, Fort Worth, Texas, continues
Jan. 26             Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Rapid City, S.D.
Jan. 26             Mason ProRodeo Classic, Lakeland, Fla., begins
Jan. 26             PRCA Championship Rodeo, Park City, Kan., begins
Jan. 26             NE Mississippi Championship Rodeo, Tupelo, Miss., begins
Jan. 27             Rodeo Rapid City (S.D.) begins
Jan. 27             Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Rapid City, S.D.

5. 2018 PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Jan. 22, 2018

AA:
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
$21,044
BB:
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
$20,952
SW:
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
$19,081
TR-1:
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$25,941
TR-2:
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$25,941
SB:
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$23,131
TD:
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
$29,393
BR:
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$29,470
SR:
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
$15,268

6. 2018 PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through Jan. 22, 2018

All-around
1
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
$21,044
2
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
15,206
3
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
14,634
4
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
13,367
5
Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah
10,043
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
9,340
Wesley Brunson, Terry, Miss.
6,577
Bareback Riding
1
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
$20,952
2
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
19,911
3
Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
18,190
4
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
17,107
5
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
15,974
6
Blade Elliott, Centreville, Ala.
15,152
7
Luke Creasy, Hobbs, N.M.
12,947
8
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
12,015
9
Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.
10,825
10
Evan Jayne, Marseille, France
9,815
11
Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho
9,766
12
Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah
9,031
13
Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga.
8,702
14
Grant Denny, Minden, Nev.
8,692
15
Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.
8,569
16
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
8,510
17
Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla.
7,733
18
James Carter, Monroe City, Mo.
7,589
19
J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.
7,482
20
Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.
7,291
Steer Wrestling
1
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
$19,081
2
Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.
19,060
3
Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.
16,037
4
Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.
12,710
5
Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La.
12,607
6
Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark.
11,213
7
Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.
11,148
8
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
11,052
9
Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah
10,096
10
Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala.
9,744
11
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
9,396
12
Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D.
9,080
13
Jace Melvin, Bluff Dale, Texas
8,792
14
Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D.
8,046
15
Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas
7,993
16
Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho
7,979
17
Joe Brown, Oxford, Pa.
7,789
18
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
7,344
19
Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta
7,179
20
Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas
7,085
Team Roping (header)
1
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$25,941
2
Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas
14,236
3
Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C.
12,741
4
Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla.
10,430
5
Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz.
8,939
6
Joshua Torres, Ocala, Fla.
8,753
7
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
8,584
8
Jake Orman, Prairie, Miss.
8,537
9
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
8,497
10
Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D.
8,177
11
Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.
8,057
12
Cody Snow, Los Olivos. Calif.
8,036
13
Shay Carroll, Hico, Texas
7,742
14
Eric Fabian, Gansevoort, N.Y.
7,610
15
John Alley, Adams, Tenn.
7,218
16
Tanner Baldwin, Vail, Ariz.
7,147
17
Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo.
7,142
18
Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif.
7,055
19
Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.
6,990
20
Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.
6,980
Team Roping (heeler)
1
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$25,941
2
Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.
16,263
3
Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M.
14,265
4
Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.
12,741
5
Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.
10,814
6
Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.
10,430
7
Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.
10,213
8
Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore.
9,950
9
Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb.
9,107
10
Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla.
8,753
11
Cody Pearson, Tucson, Ariz.
7,742
12
Brady Norman, Springer, Okla.
7,645
13
Jake Edwards, Fort Ann, N.Y.
7,610
14
Trace Porter, Leesville, La.
7,317
15
Clark Adcock, Smithville, Tenn.
7,218
16
Monty Joe Petska, Turlock, Calif.
7,055
17
Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo.
7,025
18
Richard Durham, Henrietta, Texas
6,995
19
Brad Culpepper, Sylvester, Ga.
6,990
20
Bradley Massey, Perry, Fla.
6,898
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$23,131
2
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
22,346
3
Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas
17,026
4
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
16,966
5
Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa
13,873
6
Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M.
12,939
7
Joey Sonnier, New Iberia, La.
12,674
8
Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta
10,934
9
Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo.
10,225
10
Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
9,898
11
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
9,809
12
Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.
9,056
13
Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont.
8,846
14
Tyler Baeza, Lake Charles, La.
8,511
15
Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla.
8,294
16
CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah
8,246
17
J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D.
8,240
18
Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.
8,148
19
Joe Farren, Cottondale, Fla.
7,739
20
Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta
7,712
Tie-down Roping
1
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
$29,393
2
Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb.
15,052
3
Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.
14,264
4
Jesse Clark, Portales, N.M.
13,859
5
Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.
13,300
6
Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash.
11,242
7
Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas
10,647
8
Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas
10,216
9
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
9,992
10
Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas
9,829
11
Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho
9,620
12
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
8,512
13
Reno Gonzales, Scott, La.
8,294
14
Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan.
8,162
15
Nolan Conway, Browning, Mont.
8,057
16
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
6,709
17
Ike Fontenot, Ville Platte, La.
6,664
18
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
6,607
19
Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
6,378
20
Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla.
6,345
Steer Roping
1
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
15,268
2
Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas
8,367
3
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
8,026
4
Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas
7,043
5
Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas
6,662
6
Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D.
6,546
7
Shay Good, Midland, Texas
5,952
8
Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.
5,878
9
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
5,630
10
Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla.
5,610
11
Corey Ross, Liberty Hill, Texas
5,522
12
JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas
5,484
13
Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas
5,468
14
Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas
5,454
15
Dee Kyler Jr., Pawhuska, Okla.
5,076
16
Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.
4,230
17
Trey Sheets, Cheyenne, Wyo.
4,025
18
Leo Campbell, Amarillo, Texas
3,941
19
Kelton McMillen, Paden, Okla.
3,894
20
John Bland, Turkey, Texas
3,810
Bull Riding
1
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$29,470
2
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
22,342
3
Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.
21,018
4
Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas
17,755
5
Lane Nobles, Gatesville, Texas
16,129
6
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
14,856
7
Michael Riggs Jr., Claxton, Ga.
14,506
8
Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore.
13,351
9
Jimy Marten, Donahue, Iowa
12,831
10
Bayle Worden, Cooper, Texas
12,709
11
Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho
11,890
12
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
10,737
13
Brody Yeary, Brock, Texas
10,590
14
Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont.
10,463
15
Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas
10,395
16
Mike Adams, Oxford, Pa.
9,188
17
Joseph Vazquez, Alamogordo, N.M.
8,882
18
Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.
8,813
19
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
8,484
20
Koby Radley, Montpelier, La.
8,295
*2018 Barrel Racing (Jan. 22, 2018)
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
Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas
$29,504
2
Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas
19,179
3
Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas
15,403
4
Tiana Schuster, Krum, Texas
15,084
5
Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas
15,069
6
Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla.
13,945
7
Ericka Nelson, Century, Fla.
12,277
8
Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.
11,990
9
Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo.
11,721
10
Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo.
11,008
11
Wendy Culberson, Okeechobee, Fla.
10,451
12
Jennifer Barrett, Buhl, Idaho
9,932
13
Lori Todd, Willcox, Ariz.
9,857
14
Christina Mulford, Franklinville, NJ
9,840
15
Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont.
9,363
16
Kristen Spratt, Huntsville, Texas
8932
17
Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.
8898
18
Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas
8530
19
Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla.
8,527
20
Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas
7,357
7. 2018 Xtreme Bulls standings
Unofficial through Jan. 22, 2018
 
1
Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.
$16,357
2
Lane Nobles, Gatesville, Texas
16,129
3
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
12,541
4
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
9,016
5
Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho
8,149
6
Nate Perry, Elk City, Okla.
7,730
7
Fulton Rutland, Stilwell, Okla.
7,415
8
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
6,869
9
Dustin Bowen, Fredericksburg, Pa.
6,159
10
Preston Preece, Troy, Texas
6,119
11
Rylan Wright, Midway, Utah
5,722
12
Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah
5,657
13
Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas
5,234
14
J.T. Pettitt, West Odessa, Texas
4,540
15
Dylan Hice Vick, Escalon, Calif.
3,863
16
Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas
3,666
17
Wyatt Rogers, Tahlequah, Okla.
3,481
18
Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore.
3,113
19
Trey Kimzey, Zwingle, Iowa
3,088
20
Koby Radley, Montpelier, La.
3,073
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☛ PRCA News 1-17-18

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA NEWS

Courtesy of PRCA
Jan. 17, 2018

1. ProRodeo Sports News goes digital

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In order to continue to bring fans and competitors the best coverage in rodeo, the ProRodeo Sports News is going digital to keep readers updated 24/7 on the latest rodeo news. And for a limited time, the PSN is free online.
A new PSN will be online digitally in flip-book format for mobile phones, tablets and computers every two weeks to keep fans updated on the latest rodeos, events and stories. And because the digital version will be online, it can be updated continually to keep the rodeo world apprised of any changes to the rodeo schedule and Business Journal.
Not only will PRCA members and subscribers get 24 digital issues annually, but they’ll also get 12 printed issues.
The printed edition of the PSN will be published once a month and will be a combination of the digital magazines. It will list upcoming rodeos, highlight and feature cowboys and livestock, and will continue to deliver the best rodeo coverage in the industry.
Look for the PSN now on prorodeo.com.

2. Conway captures RMCFR tie-down roping average

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Tie-down roping isn’t Nolan Conway’s best event.
However, that may change after Jan. 14.
The Cut Bank, Mont., cowboy, who acknowledged his best events are steer roping and being a team roping header, won the tie-down roping average at the RAM Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo.
Conway captured the title with a 30.1-second time on three head at the Four Seasons Arena.
“This feels so great,” said Conway, 32.
Conway also was crowned the all-around cowboy as he earned $10,359 in tie-down roping, team roping and steer wrestling. The $8,058 Conway earned in tie-down roping also propelled him to win the Montana Circuit year-end championship in that event for the first time in his career.
“I was down there (in the tie-down roping standings) coming into here, and I picked away at them and it ended up being great,” Conway said.
The performance of Conway was improbable since he only won the average one other time at the RMCFR and that was in 2012 in steer wrestling.
Conway kept with a simple plan in tie-down roping at the RMCFR.
“I drew some good calves and my horse worked outstanding, and I caught them and tied them down,” he said. “I just tried to stay consistent. I’m a bulldogger and team roper by trade and then I also tie-down rope. Tie-down roping is my favorite event, but I’m just not as good at it as I am in steer wrestling and team roping.”
Conway was solid in the first and second rounds as he came in second each time with times of 9.8 and 10.5 seconds, respectively. As the last contestant to go in the third round, Conway needed just a 15.5-second run to claim the average, but his nerves were running far too wild for him to have time to be crunching numbers.
“I was nervous as all heck,” Conway said, “I was just trying to make the catch, and then when I looked up and saw my time (9.8 seconds), it was something like I had never felt before. I was so happy. All the hard work I did for years finally paid off.”
Providing the horsepower for Conway was Jose, his 7-year-old horse.
“The way he worked was the key to helping me succeed,” Conway said. “He was outstanding all weekend.”
With his tie-down roping year-end and average titles in hand, Conway qualified to compete at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, April 5-8, in Kissimmee, Fla.
“I’ve never been to Florida,” Conway said. “My wife, Katelin, and I have two little girls, Addison, 5, and Deni, 2, and they can’t wait to go to Disney World. I think they are more excited than I am.”
Other winners of the $207,106 rodeo were bareback rider J.R. Vezain (253 points on three head), steer wrestler Bridger Chambers (15.3 seconds on three head), team ropers Dustin Bird/Chase Tryan (14.8 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Ricky Warren (230 points on three head), barrel racer Ashley Day (40.35 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Parker Breding (171 points on two head).

3. Adams secures trip to Kissimmee at RFFCFR

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As recent history will show, bull rider Mike Adams has been a consistent player within his circuit. At the RAM First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo, Adams called checkmate.
As the only cowboy to cover his allotment of bulls, Adams rode to a winning score of 236.5 points on three head Jan. 13. The 25-year-old not only won the average at the RFFCFR, but by placing no worse than second in all three rounds, Adams was rewarded with a total payout of $7,956. Naturally, the Pennsylvanian was jubilant following his triumph.
“It’s awesome,” Adams said. “I came in just barely qualifying because of an injury, so making the finals, and then winning it, was nice.”
The injury was a broken collarbone Adams suffered earlier in the 2017 season, forcing him to press his luck. Just three weeks after surgery, Adams returned to riding bulls, as he managed to narrowly reach the minimum number of rodeos to qualify for the RFFCFR.
Overcoming such early season adversity, the 2013 RFFCFR champion found his center.
“I haven’t been (riding bulls) as long compared to most guys, but I’ve finally figured out what works for me,” Adams said. “Just being way more relaxed. Once you’ve been to the finals a few times, I honestly believe it’s just another rodeo, instead of just trying to tell myself it is.”
Entering the Jan. 13 final round, Adams and eventual all-around champion Daylon Swearingen were locked in a duel for the bull riding average. Swearingen was bucked off, opening the door for Adams. His 74.5-point ride in the concluding go-round clinched the win and a trip to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., in April.
“I’m very excited (to go to Kissimmee),” Adams said. “The last few years, I’ve been focusing on other things, so I haven’t really made it a top, top priority to be there. I’m glad to be back this coming year. Each year I’ve been there, I’ve gotten closer and closer to winning it, so hopefully this is the year I win it.”
The 2017 schedule marked Adams’ best year on the rodeo trail. His $13,831 in winnings was his highest season total since receiving his PRCA card in 2013. Now, with his 2018 campaign off to a scintillating start, Adams believes good things are on the horizon.
“It just keeps the ball rolling,” Adams said. “All I have to do is not change anything. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing and I look forward to 2018 for sure.”
Other winners at the $178,784 rodeo were all-around cowboy Swearingen ($10,005 in bareback riding and bull riding), bareback rider James Carter (237 points on three head), steer wrestler Joe Brown (16.5 seconds on three head), team ropers Eric Fabian/Jake Edwards (18.2 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Joe Farren (230 points on three head), tie-down roper Carmine Nastri (34.2 seconds on three head) and barrel racer Christina Mulford (44.24 seconds on three runs).

4. Lewis lands $4,500 at Odessa

ODESSA, Texas – Steer wrestler Tom Lewis’ new perspective on rodeo and life paid off in full at the Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo in Odessa, Texas, Jan. 13. Combining good friends, skilled horses and a positive attitude added up to a $4,590 payday for the 40-year-old bulldogger.
“It’s always a sigh of relief,” Lewis said. “I hope it’s a sign for the rest of the year.”
Lewis’ 17th year of ProRodeo competition is different from past years as he recently learned that his mother, Peggy, is battling cancer.
“My priorities changed and now it’s to embrace the moment,” Lewis said. “Life is fragile, so we’re going to have fun and appreciate everything since you never know when you might lose it and it might be gone. So, we will go and have fun and give it all we got.
“We’re learning to appreciate the opportunities to compete and meet people. I appreciate the opportunity to do what I’m good at and what I enjoy.”
Lewis won the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo in August, as well as seven other rodeos that placed him 27th in the 2017 world standings.
In Odessa, Lewis used the same formula that worked in Dodge City – combining two of his own personally trained horses with his friend Levi Rudd as the hazer. Having Rudd on Momma and Lewis on Maverick was a smart bet for Lewis, since Maverick was at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER with Tanner Milan, Scott Guenthner, Baylor Roche and Ryle Smith.
“He’s made it fun to steer wrestle and he enjoys his job,” Lewis said.
Maverick, a 12-year-old American Quarter Horse, was originally used for team roping, until Lewis started training him for bulldogging four years ago.
“He’s a blessing,” Lewis said. “It’s all about the horsepower and riding a horse who loves to do his job and loves to win. It’s exciting at this time of the year to win a PRCA rodeo – and it’s always a blessing.”
Competition was fierce in the first round in Odessa. Lewis nailed his first run in 4.3 seconds, but that was only good for a tie for sixth. Lewis cranked up the volume for the second round, tying for second in 3.8 – more than enough to place him at the top of the average with 8.1 seconds on two head.
“If you win at the beginning, it makes the winter a lot better,” Lewis said. “We will try to go all year long and this is a great start.”
Just like his horse, Lewis is no stranger to the big stage. He won Round 9 of the 2012 WNFR – and now he’s hungry for another round.
“I learned it’s a marathon and will go to every rodeo I can and see what happens at the end of it,” Lewis said. “This year, we will worry about one rodeo at a time. If we win a big rodeo or a little rodeo, it doesn’t matter – we appreciate all the rodeos. My goal is to enjoy each one and enjoy each moment and not get caught up in the end of it.”
Up next, Lewis, Rudd and their friends/hazers Kody Dollery and Blaine Jones are heading to the Mid Winter Fair & Rodeo in Lafayette, La., where Rudd already won the first round while riding Maverick. From there, it’s on to Denver and then Fort Worth, Texas.
“If he wins, we all win and we’re all excited,” Lewis said.

Other winners at the $231,955 rodeo were all-around cowboy Clay Smith ($5,471, team roping and steer roping); bareback rider Evan Jayne (84 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Movie Madness); team ropers Jake Cooper/Logan Medlin (8.5 seconds on two head); saddle bronc riders Brody Cress (86 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Painted Flower) and Heith DeMoss (86 points on JK Rodeo’s Stepper); tie-down roper Marcos Costa (8.5 seconds); barrel racer Taylor Langdon (14.95 seconds); steer roper Trevor Brazile (30.7 seconds on three head); and bull rider J.W. Harris (88.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Pill Pusher).

5. News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Steer wrestler Colin Wolfe was the winner of the slalom competition at the 43rd annual Cowboy Downhill in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Jan. 15. Wolfe beat WNFR bareback riders Wyatt Denny and Evan Jayne. Bull rider Kris Newman, of Casper, Wyo., won the Stampede race. Best crash of the day went to bareback rider Jamie Howlett of Snyder, Texas. The Legends and Friends Race winner was Todd Fike. The Cowboy Downhill is held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver and began in 1975. The Downhill has become a fundraiser for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, which provides financial assistance to injured PRCA cowboys … WranglerNetwork.com will livestream the Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. (CT) each day. ProRodeoLive.com will also broadcast the Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event Jan. 16-17 in Fort Worth, Texas, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (CT) each day … Wright Howington, a former PRCA bullfighter, barrelman and specialty act, passed away in Bowie, Texas, Jan. 10. He was 77. Howington started his rodeo career at age 15 in 1955 and retired in 1994. He was born Feb. 20, 1940, in Fort Worth, Texas.  During his career he also competed in five events, but his love was bullfighting and entertaining. He worked in 41 states and three provinces of Canada. He was the barrelman at the National Finals Rodeo in 1970 and was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Howington is survived by two daughters. His ex-wife, Terry, took care of him during his illness the past several years.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 “You get to see a lot of new country, get to do a lot of new things you’d never get to do and meet a pile of people you’d never meet.”
– Bull rider Cain Smith about why he enjoys competing in the PRCA, in the Jan. 14 issue of The Denver Post.

6. Next Up

Jan. 16             Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event, Fort Worth, Texas
Jan. 16             National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, Denver, continues
Jan. 17             Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event, Fort Worth, Texas
Jan. 19             Xtreme Bulls Division 2 event, Toledo, Ohio, begins
Jan. 19             Amicus Club PRCA Rodeo, Alexandria, La., begins
Jan. 19             Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, Fort Worth, Texas, begins

Jan. 20             Peace River ProRodeo Classic, Wauchula, Fla., begins

7. 2018 PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Jan. 16, 2017

AA:
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
$17,994
BB:
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
$19,781
SW:
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
$18,914
TR-1:
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$25,941
TR-2:
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$25,941
SB:
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
$22,346
TD:
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
$21,071
BR:
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$29,470
SR:
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
$15,268
8. 2018 PRCA World Standings
Unofficial through Jan. 16, 2018
All-around
1
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
$17,944
2
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
13,827
3
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
13,367
4
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
11,282
5
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
9,340
Bareback Riding
1
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
$19,781
2
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
18,819
3
Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
18,028
4
Blade Elliott, Centreville, Ala.
15,152
5
Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.
10,825
6
Evan Jayne, Marseille, France
9,815
7
Luke Creasy, Hobbs, N.M.
9,783
8
Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho
9,766
9
Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah
9,031
10
Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga.
8,702
11
Grant Denny, Minden, Nev.
8,692
12
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
8,510
13
Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla.
7,733
14
James Carter, Monroe City, Mo.
7,589
15
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
7,570
16
J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.
7,482
17
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
7,343
18
Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.
7,291
19
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
7,275
20
Tim Kent, Chambersburg, Pa.
6,965
Steer Wrestling
1
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
$18,914
2
Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.
15,849
3
Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.
13,691
4
Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La.
12,607
5
Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.
11,148
6
Jace Melvin, Bluff Dale, Texas
8,625
7
Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas
7,993
8
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
7,952
9
Joe Brown, Oxford, Pa.
7,789
10
Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah
7,750
11
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
7,344
12
Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta
7,095
13
Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas
7,085
14
Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan.
7,076
15
Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, Mont.
6,906
16
Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif.
6,852
17
Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D.
6,840
18
Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla.
6,306
19
Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark.
5,989
20
Fenton Nelson, Marshall, Mo.
5,928
Team Roping (header)
1
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$25,941
2
Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas
13,115
3
Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla.
10,430
4
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
8,584
5
Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D.
8,177
6
Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.
8,057
7
Cody Snow, Los Olivos. Calif.
8,036
8
Eric Fabian, Gansevoort, N.Y.
7,610
9
John Alley, Adams, Tenn.
7,218
10
Tanner Baldwin, Vail, Ariz.
7,147
11
Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo.
7,142
12
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
7,118
13
Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif.
7,055
14
Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.
6,990
15
Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.
6,980
16
Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn.
6,813
17
Cody Graham, Everton, Mo.
5,928
18
Jason Carlson, Two Dot, Mont.
5,890
19
Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C.
5,761
20
Travis Dorman, Dade City, Fla.
5,675
Team Roping (heeler)
1
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$25,941
2
Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.
15,142
3
Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M.
14,265
4
Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.
10,430
5
Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb.
9,107
6
Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.
8,057
7
Jake Edwards, Fort Ann, N.Y.
7,610
8
Trace Porter, Leesville, La.
7,317
9
Clark Adcock, Smithville, Tenn.
7,218
10
Monty Joe Petska, Turlock, Calif.
7,055
11
Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo.
7,025
12
Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore.
7,019
13
Brad Culpepper, Sylvester, Ga.
6,990
14
Cody Hogan, Benton, La.
6,813
15
Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.
6,665
16
Brady Norman, Springer, Okla.
6,524
17
Josh Fillmore, Penrose, Colo.
6,228
18
Jason Stroup, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
5,928
19
Zachary Schweigert, Livingston, Mont.
5,890
20
Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.
5,761
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
$22,346
2
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
19,352
3
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
16,966
4
Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa
13,873
5
Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas
13,328
6
Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M.
12,939
7
Joey Sonnier, New Iberia, La.
11,603
8
Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo.
10,225
9
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
9,809
10
Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont.
8,846
11
Tyler Baeza, Lake Charles, La.
8,511
12
Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla.
8,294
13
J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D.
8,240
14
Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.
8,148
15
Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.
8,081
16
Joe Farren, Cottondale, Fla.
7,739
17
Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta
7,712
18
Jake Wright, Milford, Utah
7,293
19
Logan Allen, Crescent, Iowa
6,285
20
Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
6,119
Tie-down Roping
1
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
21,071
2
Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.
14,264
3
Jesse Clark, Portales, N.M.
11,262
4
Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb.
11,198
5
Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas
10,647
6
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
9,992
7
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
8,525
8
Reno Gonzales, Scott, La.
8,294
9
Nolan Conway, Browning, Mont.
8,057
10
Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho
7,777
11
Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas
7,001
12
Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash.
6,898
13
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
6,709
14
Ike Fontenot, Ville Platte, La.
6,680
15
Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
6,378
16
Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla.
6,345
17
Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla.
6,308
18
Carmine Nastri, Ballston, N.Y.
6,281
19
Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas
6,274
20
Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas
6,181
Steer Roping
1
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
$15,268
2
Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas
8,403
3
Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas
8,367
4
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
8,026
5
Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas
6,662
6
Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D.
6,546
7
Shay Good, Midland, Texas
5,952
8
Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.
5,878
9
JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas
5,768
10
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
5,630
11
Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla.
5,610
12
Corey Ross, Liberty Hill, Texas
5,522
13
Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas
5,468
14
Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas
5,454
15
John E. Bland, Turkey, Texas
5,453
16
Dee Kyler Jr., Pawhuska, Okla.
5,076
17
Kelton McMillen, Paden, Okla.
4,404
18
Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.
4,230
19
Trey Sheets, Cheyenne, Wyo.
4,025
20
Leo Campbell, Amarillo, Texas
3,941
Bull Riding
1
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$29,470
2
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
20,304
3
Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas
15,594
4
Michael Riggs Jr., Claxton, Ga.
13,392
5
Bayle Worden, Cooper, Texas
12,709
6
Jimy Marten, Donahue, Iowa
12,664
7
Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont.
9,784
8
Mike Adams, Oxford, Pa.
9,188
9
Joseph Vazquez, Alamogordo, N.M.
8,882
10
Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.
8,813
11
Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.
8,559
12
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
8,484
13
Cordell Curtis, Monte Vista, Colo.
8,284
14
Tate Smith, Litchville, N.D.
8,085
15
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
8,084
16
Cole Melancon, Batson, Texas
8,076
17
Koby Radley, Montpelier, La.
7,930
18
Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla.
7,807
19
Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas
7,779
20
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
7,050
*2018 Barrel Racing (Jan. 16, 2018)
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
Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas
$24,163
2
Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas
19,179
3
Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas
14,960
4
Ericka Nelson, Century, Fla.
12,277
5
Tiana Schuster, Krum, Texas
12,085
6
Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.
11,880
7
Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo.
11,008
8
Christina Mulford, Franklinville, NJ
9,840
9
Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont.
9,363
10
Lori Todd, Willcox, Ariz.
9,035
11
Wendy Culberson, Okeechobee, Fla.
8,568
12
Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla.
8,527
13
Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas
8,326
14
Kristen Spratt, Huntsville, Texas
7,617
15
Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas
7,357
16
Alex Lang, Harper, Texas
7,316
17
Jennifer Barrett, Buhl, Idaho
6,974
18
Ashley Day, Volborg, Mont.
6,906
19
Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, ND
6,795
20
Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb.
6,557
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☛ Taylor tabbed for PRCA CEO 1-11-18

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

GEORGE TAYLOR TABBED PRCA CEO

 

Press release from PRCA
Jan. 11, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has named George Taylor its Chief Executive Officer.

Taylor is a former executive with Caterpillar, where he was most recently a company officer and vice president with responsibility for the Marketing & Digital Division. Taylor takes over for Karl Stressman, who retired as PRCA Commissioner after nine years at the helm. Taylor will begin his job as PRCA’s CEO on Jan. 22.

“I’m honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead an organization with the history and the brand recognition of the PRCA,” Taylor said. “It’s a dream for me to be involved and I couldn’t be more excited about the future potential for our membership and the PRCA team.”

Over his 19 years with Caterpillar, Taylor, 56, also served as Chief Marketing Officer and President of Caterpillar Venture Capital, where he and his team drove enterprise brand, innovation and digital transformations for the industry-leading Fortune 50 Company.

Before working for Caterpillar, Taylor had extensive executive experience with IBM. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Computer Science from Illinois State University.

“I have had the opportunity to work for two iconic global companies during my career and I believe the PRCA is yet another example of an iconic organization representing the best in the sports and entertainment industry,” Taylor said.

Taylor has built a reputation as a big-picture thinker who can manage and inspire people on a day-to-day basis. He’s also known for his positive attitude and forward thinking, and he’s keenly aware of how digital solutions impact customers and business.

Among his early goals, Taylor wants to hear from PRCA members.

“First of all, I am going to spend time listening to the membership of the PRCA and the staff to prioritize initiatives that will move us forward,” Taylor said. “Secondly, I think that we need to physically and digitally innovate both the customer and member experiences. We have to keep advancing our sport to drive fan and membership engagement.  Leveraging digital technologies and rodeo content will be an important aspect of that. Lastly, PRCA needs to continue to expand rodeo’s reach to increase our fan base and deliver the Western lifestyle experience around the globe. In the end, it’s about continuing to grow revenue and the PRCA ProRodeo brand for the benefit of its members.”

Keith Martin, the Chairman of the PRCA Board of Directors, praised the hiring of Taylor.

“George’s business acumen and his ability to work with so many different types of people are going to be really strong attributes, because in our organization that’s really needed,” Martin said. “We appreciate his financial, digital and marketing strengths, and those things all enter into being a good fit for us, taking us into the next century. His communication skills are excellent, and I think that’s needed so much in our organization. Karl (Stressman) did a great job and left us in good shape, and the whole PRCA Board helped that endeavor. This is taking us to the next level.”

Before moving to Colorado Springs, Taylor and his wife, Chris, were living in Snowmass, Colo., where they enjoyed numerous outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and snowboarding. The Taylors have three adult children – two daughters and a son – and three grandchildren.

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☛ PRCA News 1-9-18

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in INDUSTRY NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA NEWS

Courtesy Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
Jan. 9, 2018

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Plaugher passes away

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Wilbur Plaugher, one of rodeo’s most unique characters and a ProRodeo Hall of Famer, passed away Jan. 2 in Sanger, Calif. He was 95.
Plaugher turned to rodeo to make more money as a young adult and that trail eventually led to his induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1990. It was a long road to that honor, as he excelled as both a contestant and clown. He also co-founded the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.
“It’s been a great life, and I still have a great life,” he said in a May 9, 2016, issue of the ProRodeo Sports News. “Life on this Earth is short, and it all went by too quickly. I’ve just now gotten the hang of stuff, and I’d like to stick around another 30 years.”
Plaugher first made his name in rodeo in 1946 when he was crowned all-around champion at the prestigious Madison Square Garden rodeo in New York City. He finished fourth in the steer wrestling world standings that year and experienced a life-changing moment when he filled in as a bullfighter at a rodeo.
That led to him also becoming a rodeo clown, like his fellow bronc rider and friend Slim Pickens, who joined Plaugher in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2005.
“Slim wanted to be a clown and I said, ‘Why do you want to do a stupid thing like that?'” Plaugher said with a laugh. “When I started doing the bullfighting just to help save the guys, they wanted me to be a clown, too.
“I put the makeup on and thought of some funny things to do. I couldn’t believe people were laughing at me. I guess that bug bit me right there. From then on, it was all I could think about. I did everything from playing Liberace to Michael Jackson, all of ’em. I had trained goats, chimpanzees, dogs, roosters, mules. I loved every bit of it.”
He did it so well that in 1982, at the age of 60, he was named PRCA Clown of the Year.
As a contestant, Plaugher finished second in the world standings in 1958 – $420 behind gold buckle winner Jim Bynum – despite going to fewer rodeos than his fellow bulldoggers.
“I could only work one rodeo a week, wherever I was clowning, while most of those guys were going to two or three a week,” Plaugher said. “I made money competing and I had a contract for being a clown; that’s how I got ahead.”
He was seventh in the world standings in 1953, fourth in ’55, third in ’57 and ninth in ’59.
Plaugher was born March 13, 1922, in Lima, Ohio, but his family moved to California when he was 4.
With the money he earned at Madison Square Garden in 1946, Plaugher went back to California and bought a ranch.
“That rodeo lasted a month, and I made enough money at Madison Square Garden that year to come home and pay for over half of my 550-acre ranch,” he said in the PSN article. “Of course, land was a lot cheaper back then. Everything I’ve got today came from rodeo.”
Plaugher’s life intersected with many famous people. He worked for ProRodeo Hall of Famer Harry Rowell and for world champion roper Vern Castro. He enlisted in the Air Force during World War II and worked in the shipyards. On weekends, he’d wear his uniform and hitchhike to rodeos to compete.
He met television actor Fess Parker at a rodeo and became friends. He appeared with Parker, the star of Daniel Boone, in several episodes.

Hall of Famer Robinson passes away

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bob A. Robinson of Hagerman, Idaho, a ProRodeo Hall of Fame steer wrestler, passed away Dec. 16 at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was 84.
Robinson has been a big influence in the sport of rodeo. He joined the PRCA in 1958 and competed at both ends of the arena as a steer wrestler and a saddle bronc rider. He competed in saddle bronc riding at the National Finals Rodeo in 1959 and in 1960 he competed in both saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling, winning the world steer wrestling title in 1960 and finishing runner-up in the all-around category that same year, behind Harry Thompkins.
Robinson was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2006.
Robinson competed professionally for 14 years, and in 1980, became one of the first pro officials for the PRCA. In September 1982, he became the PRCA’s director of rodeo administration, and he and his wife, Emma, moved from Idaho to Colorado Springs.
During that time, his responsibilities included negotiating prize money with rodeo committees, overseeing the eligibility of cowboys, interpreting and enforcing PRCA rules and coordinating rodeo listings and approvals. He was also instrumental in moving the NFR from Oklahoma City, Okla., to its current location in Las Vegas in 1985. His son, Jade, followed in his footsteps by serving as a ProRodeo official for more than 19 years, working every NFR during that time.

Brown doubles at RTCFR

WACO, Texas – Fresh off his strong effort at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER – and winning $58,654 – bareback rider Jake Brown kept his momentum rolling Dec. 30.
With a score of 254.5 points, Brown won the three-head average at the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo, and also snared the Texas Circuit Finals year-end title – two firsts in his career at the Extraco Events Center.
“This feels great,” said Brown, 27. “I drew good horses all weekend and I rode really well. Bill (Tutor) and I were a point apart in the average and it was awesome to win. Winning the year-end title also was a goal of mine, and I was happy to accomplish that goal. I’ve made the (Texas) Circuit Finals so many times and I’ve always wanted to win it and to finally get this done means so much to me.”
Brown clinched his inaugural RTCFR average championship with an 86.5-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Bells in the third round.
“I was really happy when I drew that horse,” Brown said. “I knew I had a really good chance (to do well) if I just did my job. Bill (Tutor) went out right before me and he made a good ride and was 86.5 (points). When I got on Night Bells, he exploded out of the bucking chute and was leaping high and was angling off to the left. I knew I made a good ride so when I hit the ground I was happy, and then when they called out my score (86.5 points), I just smiled.”
Brown has qualified for the WNFR three consecutive times, and the Cleveland, Texas, cowboy finished 12th in the 2017 PRCA World Standings with $161,866.
“Of course, you want to be a world champion, but this is second best, winning the average at the Texas Circuit Finals,” Brown said. “The Texas Circuit Finals are so tough because we have so many NFR guys who compete in this circuit.”
Brown earned $10,589 at the RTCFR – $3,025 coming from winning the average.
Brown was at his best throughout, taking the first-round win with an 85-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Raging Angel. Then he tied Tutor for the second-round victory with an 83-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ JBC Bent Rail Sourdough.
“I felt like I had a good NFR, the best one I had yet, and coming home I was ready for the (Texas) Circuit Finals,” he said. “We didn’t have much time off. We got to relax for Christmas one weekend and then it was rodeo time again. I was confident and ready to go at the Texas Circuit Finals, and it paid off.”
Brown’s effort in Waco is especially important since all money won at the 12 circuit finals rodeos, All American ProRodeo Finals and the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo counts toward the 2018 PRCA World Standings.
“I think it’s awesome that this money counts in the standings,” Brown said. “I had a good weekend here (in Waco) and I’m excited to go down to the RNCFR and try and win some more money.”
The 2018 RNCFR is scheduled for April 5-8 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Other winners at the $198,394 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tuf Cooper ($6,505 in tie-down roping and steer roping), steer wrestler Cade Staton (13.2 seconds on three head), team ropers Clay Smith/Paul Eaves (14.7 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (259.5 points on three head), tie-down roper Sterling Smith (26.1 seconds on three head), steer roper Cody Lee (36.0 seconds on three head), barrel racer Tiany Schuster (47.78 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (244 points on three head).

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

ProRodeoLive.com will broadcast the RAM First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo Jan. 11-13 in Harrisburg, Pa., beginning at 7 p.m. (ET) on Jan. 11-12, and at 5 p.m. on Jan. 13. ProRodeoLive.com will also broadcast the Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event Jan. 16-17 in Fort Worth, Texas, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (CT) each day … Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up Director and Association of Rodeo Committees President Randy Bracher will participate in a delegation including representatives of Travel Oregon and Travel Portland visiting Utrecht, Holland, to encourage Dutch tourists to enjoy the Round-Up, Happy Canyon and city of Pendleton. The trip, scheduled for Jan. 8-14, is a follow up to the hugely popular Dutch TV game show, Wie is de Mol (Who is the Mole), which filmed episodes at the Pendleton Round-Up grounds as well as at local ranches and on a Round-Up wagon train excursion in the Blue Mountains. The Dutch celebrity contestants and production crew also stayed at the Bracher Ranch near Pendleton and filmed an episode there. Bracher will stage daily roping demonstrations at the tourism convention. “Europeans love the American West. As a representative of the Association of Rodeo Committees, I think that it is important to encourage foreign visitors to experience the sport of rodeo and the Western lifestyle the Northwest offers,” Bracher said in a press release.  “It is one of the most truly American, fun and exciting events that tourists from abroad can enjoy.” Bracher will be chronicling his trip to Holland on Pendleton Round-Up social media at www.facebook.com/pendletonroundup, @roundup_hc on Instagram and @PendletonRUP on Twitter … Tickets for the 86th annual San Angelo (Texas) Livestock Show and Rodeo went on sale Jan. 8. Tickets are available at www.sanangleorodeo.comand start at $12.50. For the first time, fans can select which seat they want when buying tickets online. The first performance of this year’s rodeo will take place Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm. (CT) … The Reno (Nev.) Rodeo Foundation is accepting online applications for its annual college scholarship program in support of high school students graduating in northern Nevada. Since 1986, the foundation has endeavored to promote educational opportunities to all eligible northern Nevada high school graduates. The number of scholarship recipients will vary based on the number of qualified applications received and the funding designated by the Reno Rodeo Foundation Board of Trustees. New this year, the Reno Rodeo Foundation is offering a Western Arts & Culture Scholarship to create further awareness and appreciation of Western arts, culture and heritage in college-age Nevadans through recognition of outstanding potential, contributions and skill in the creative arts. The Reno Rodeo Foundation scholarship application deadline is Feb.14. Visit www.renorodeofoundation.org for more information, to review the scholarship guidelines or to apply. For questions or additional information, contact the foundation at info@renorodeofoundation.org.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 “He walked taller than other men. He was compared to John Wayne all his life. He was in every sense a true cowboy, rancher.”
– Shelly Cotter about her father,Wilbur Plaugher, Jan. 3 in the Fresno Bee

Next Up

Jan. 8               Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo continues, Odessa, Texas
Jan. 11             RAM First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo, Harrisburg, Pa., begins
Jan. 11             Mid Winter Fair & Rodeo, Lafayette, La., begins
Jan. 11             National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, Denver, Colo., begins
Jan. 12             RAM Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo, Great Falls, Mont., begins
Jan. 16             Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event, Fort Worth, Texas, begins

2018 PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Jan. 8, 2017
AA:
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
$17,994
BB:
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
$19,663
SW:
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
$18,142
TR-1:
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$20,763
TR-2:
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$20,763
SB:
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$19,215
TD:
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
$16,785
BR:
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$29,345
SR:
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
$9,551

 2018 PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through Jan. 8, 2018
All-around
1
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
$17,944
2
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
13,680
3
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
13,367
4
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
10,611
5
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
9,340
Bareback Riding
1
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
$19,663
2
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
18,114
3
Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
18,028
4
Blade Elliott, Centreville, Ala.
15,152
5
Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.
10,406
6
Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho
9,766
7
Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga.
8,702
8
Grant Denny, Minden, Nev.
8,692
9
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
8,510
10
Luke Creasy, Hobbs, N.M.
8,001
11
Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla.
7,733
12
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
7,570
13
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
7,343
14
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
7,275
15
Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, Nev.
6,788
16
Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.
6,736
17
Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah
6,620
18
Evan Jayne, Marseille, France,
6,614
19
Kyle Charley, Lukachukai, Ariz.
6,520
20
Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.
6,306
Steer Wrestling
1
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
$18,142
2
Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.
13,691
3
Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.
12,773
4
Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.
11,148
5
Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La.
10,834
6
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
7,952
7
Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas
7,912
8
Jace Melvin, Bluff Dale, Texas
7,650
9
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
7,344
10
Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas
7,085
11
Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif.
6,852
12
Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D.
6,840
13
Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla.
6,306
14
Fenton Nelson, Marshall, Mo.
5,928
15
Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala.
5,890
16
Josh Garner, Live Oak, Calif.
5,883
17
Beau Clark, Cheyenne, Wyo.
5,821
18
Cade Staton, Bastrop, Texas
5,798
19
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
5,752
20
Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
5,517
Team Roping (header)
1
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$20,763
2
Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas
13,115
3
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
8,584
4
Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D.
8,177
5
Cody Snow, Los Olivos. Calif.
8,036
6
John Alley, Adams, Tenn.
7,218
7
Tanner Baldwin, Vail, Ariz.
7,147
8
Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo.
7,142
9
Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif.
7,055
10
Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.
6,990
11
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
6,971
12
Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn.
6,785
13
Cody Graham, Everton, Mo.
5,928
14
Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C.
5,708
15
Travis Dorman, Dade City, Fla.
5,675
16
Brady Payne, Gilbert, Ariz.
5,442
17
Thad Ward, Howell, Utah
5,348
18
Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla.
5,256
19
Payden Emmett, Ponca, Ark.
4,893
20
Manny Egusquiza Jr., Refugio, Texas
4,848
Team Roping (heeler)
1
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$20,763
2
Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.
15,142
3
Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb.
9,107
4
Trace Porter, Leesville, La.
7,317
5
Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M.
7,285
6
Clark Adcock, Smithville, Tenn.
7,218
7
Monty Joe Petska, Turlock, Calif.
7,055
8
Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo.
7,025
9
Brad Culpepper, Sylvester, Ga.
6,990
10
Cody Hogan, Benton, La.
6,785
11
Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.
6,665
12
Josh Fillmore, Penrose, Colo.
6,228
13
Jason Stroup, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
5,928
14
Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.
5,708
15
Bradley Massey, Perry, Fla.
5,675
16
Joe Day, Greenwood, Wis.
5,658
17
Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
5,458
18
Olin Pulham, Payson, Utah
5,348
19
Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.
5,256
20
Joseph Shawnego, Oakdale, Calif.
5,118
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$19,215
2
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
18,716
3
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
16,503
4
Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa
13,873
5
Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M.
12,692
6
Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas
12,594
7
Joey Sonnier, New Iberia, La.
11,603
8
Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo.
10,225
9
Tyler Baeza, Lake Charles, La.
8,511
10
Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla.
8,294
11
J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D.
8,240
12
Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.
8,081
13
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
7,892
14
Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta
7,712
15
Jake Wright, Milford, Utah
7,293
16
Logan Allen, Crescent, Iowa
6,285
17
Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.
6,231
18
Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
6,119
19
Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah
5,313
20
Curtis Garton, Lake Charles, La.
5,256
Tie-down Roping
1
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
$16,785
2
Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.
14,264
3
Jesse Clark, Portales, N.M.
11,262
4
Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas
10,421
5
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
9,992
6
Reno Gonzales, Scott, La.
8,294
7
Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb.
7,814
8
Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho
7,777
9
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
7,630
10
Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas
6,981
11
Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash.
6,898
12
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
6,709
13
Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
6,378
14
Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla.
6,345
15
Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas
6,250
16
Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan.
5,901
17
Hadley DeShazo, Ash Flat, Ark.
5,865
18
Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas
5,798
19
Braxton Laughlin, Sulphur, La.
5,711
20
Ike Fontenot, Ville Platte, La.
5,423
Steer Roping
1
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
$9,551
2
Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas
8,403
3
Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas
8,367
4
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
7,396
5
Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas
6,662
6
Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.
5,878
7
Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D.
5,797
8
JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas
5,768
9
Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla.
5,610
10
Corey Ross, Liberty Hill, Texas
5,522
11
Dee Kyler Jr., Pawhuska, Okla.
5,076
12
Shay Good, Midland, Texas
5,006
13
John E. Bland, Turkey, Texas
4,586
14
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
4,526
15
Kelton McMillen, Paden, Okla.
4,404
16
Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.
4,230
17
Leo Campbell, Amarillo, Texas
3,941
18
Hank Hollenbeck, Molt, Mont.
3,426
19
J.R. Olson, Whitewood, S.D.
3,106
20
Buck Mekelburg, Yuma, Colo.
3,015
Bull Riding
1
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$29,345
2
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
19,769
3
Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas
14,975
4
Michael Riggs Jr., Claxton, Ga.
13,392
5
Bayle Worden, Cooper, Texas
12,709
6
Jimy Marten, Donahue, Iowa
12,664
7
Joseph Vazquez, Alamogordo, N.M.
8,882
8
Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.
8,813
9
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
8,484
10
Cordell Curtis, Monte Vista, Colo.
8,284
11
Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.
8,059
12
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
8,004
13
Cole Melancon, Batson, Texas
7,971
14
Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla.
7,807
15
Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas
7,779
16
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
7,050
17
Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa
6,985
18
Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M.
6,838
19
Tate Smith, Litchville, N.D.
6,752
20
Preston Preece, Troy, Texas
6,244
*2018 Barrel Racing (Jan. 8, 2018)
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
Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas
$17,928
2
Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas
14,960
3
Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas
13,984
4
Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.
11,880
5
Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo.
11,008
6
Ericka Nelson, Century, Fla.
10,675
7
Lori Todd, Willcox, Ariz.
9,035
8
Wendy Culberson, Okeechobee, Fla.
8,568
9
Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas
8,326
10
Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla.
7,791
11
Kristen Spratt, Huntsville, Texas
7,617
12
Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas
7,357
13
Alex Lang, Harper, Texas
7,316
14
Jennifer Barrett, Buhl, Idaho
6,974
15
Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont.
6,773
16
Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb.
6,557
17
Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo.
6,535
18
Callahan Crossley, Herminston, Ore.
5,971
19
Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla.
5,572
20
Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D.
5,460
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☛ A message from PBR CEO 12-21-17

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

A MESSAGE FROM THE PBR CEO SEAN GLEASON

ASSOCIATION TO CREATE A DIGITAL PLATFORM CALLED RIDEPASS

 

Press Release from PBR
Dec. 21, 2017 

Dear PBR Fans,

As the PBR gears up to bust out of the chutes and start a fresh new season at Madison Square Garden in New York City (January 5-7), we want to share some exciting news with you.

It was a quarter century ago when 20 cowboys put it all on the line, broke away from rodeo and pursued their dream of a professional bull riding organization that would provide a future for those who followed.  At the end of the 2018 season, PBR will crown the 25th PBR World Champion and once again award millions of dollars to the most deserving professional athletes in all of sports.

It is the Silver Anniversary season for a sport that has awarded a lot of gold buckles.  And we are excited and honored to share this great milestone with PBR fans as we look back and forward throughout the entire season, acknowledging those who paved the way and the bright young stars who represent the future of the sport.

We are proud to announce that the 2018 season will be known as the PBR 25th Anniversary Tour, an acknowledgment of our visionary founders, the great PBR athletes, stock contractors and hard-working men and women who bring fans more than 200 PBR events around the world each year.

We could not have introduced and embraced the celebratory PBR 25th Anniversary Tour opportunity without the understanding and support of our partners at Ford and the Built Ford Tough brand.  PBR and Built Ford Tough enjoy one of the most authentic and natural partnerships in sports, and Ford remains the Official Vehicle of the PBR as we march toward our 20th anniversary with them!  We can’t thank Ford enough for almost two decades of partnership and all that they have done for our sport – including this opportunity to celebrate PBR’s 25th Anniversary with a new name for our premier tour.

We are also excited to announce that our partners at CBS Sports will be expanding coverage in 2018, bringing the total to 52 telecasts from the PBR 25th Anniversary Tour that will be aired on either CBS or CBS Sports Network.  The coverage will include a special weekend in April that will feature telecasts of every round of the 3-day event in Billings, MT, including a 15/15 round on CBS – making it the ultimate PBR TV weekend.

Complementing our great TV offering on CBS and CBS Sports Network, we are excited to announce that our new digital streaming service, RidePass, will launch in February 2018.

We have been working diligently to create a robust digital platform that will provide fans with more live bull riding action, spanning multiple PBR tours, as well as original programming exclusive to RidePassRidePass will also bring other live western lifestyle sports and original content to members. Look for several major announcements in early 2018.

RidePass is just one of many ways we continue to invest to ensure that PBR – and now other complementary western lifestyle sports – are accessible to our fans.  While the first few events of the year will not be broadcast digitally as we prepare for the February launch, I am confident that you will be pleased with RidePass as a comprehensive experience for the most passionate fans in sports.

In the meantime, on behalf of all of us at PBR we wish you and your families a safe and joyful holiday season.

See you at the Garden in January!

Sean Gleason, CEO

PBR

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☛ NFR Day 9 – 12-16-17

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NFR – DAY 9

Courtesy PRCA
Dec. 16, 2017

Driggers/Nogueira tie team roping world record

LAS VEGAS – Junior Nogueira was so excited to celebrate that he nearly fell off his horse. His jubilation came with good reason, as the heeler and his header, Kaleb Driggers, tied the team roping world record with a time of 3.3 seconds Friday night.
The time tied them with Chad Masters and Jade Corkill, who also recorded their 3.3 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in 2009, and Brock Hansen/Ryan Motes in Nacogdoches, Texas, in 2012.
“Man, that was great,” Nogueira said. “When I looked back at the time and saw 3.3, I said ‘Golly! We tied the arena/world record!’ When I went to celebrate, my horse got spooked or something. I couldn’t find the saddle horn. I just had the reins in my hand and I think he spun around three times. I tried to get a hold of him, but I didn’t. When I got up, everyone was standing up and they were ready to cheer because we tied the record.”
The win put Driggers and Nogueira, who entered the WNFR in the top spot in the world standings, back into the race for the world title – though they are ninth in the race for the average.
“We’re far down enough in the average that even if we end up pulling in the average check, it’s not going to be very good, maybe seventh or eighth at best,” Driggers said. “The last three or four nights, we’d been going for broke, and tonight it worked out for us. We had a good steer. We hadn’t really been drawing very good, a lot of the steers we had, people hadn’t even placed on them. Then tonight, we knew we had a really good steer and we were just going to be aggressive. They roped a great roping tonight, and we had to follow up.”
Driggers has $222,317, while Nogueira has $223,047.
“To have a chance to win it, I think a lot of stuff would have to go our way tomorrow, but we gave ourselves a chance, and that’s pretty much all we can do,” Driggers said.

Ryder Wright wins fourth go-round of 2017 Finals

Saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright looks like he might be a world champion at the age of 19.
The Milford, Utah, cowboy from the famed Wright family won Round 9 with 87 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Kitty Whistle, notching his fourth go-round victory through the first nine rounds at the 2017 WNFR.
A night after taking the lead in the saddle bronc riding for the first time, Wright upped his world standings total to $273,515 to remain No. 1. He also continues to lead in the race for the RAM Top Gun Award, having won $174,154 at this year’s Finals.
If Wright completes a qualified ride in Round 10 on Saturday, he would most likely clinch his first gold buckle.
“That’s crazy hearing that, and I’ll try not to think about it,” Wright said. “I’m just trying to have a better attitude toward everything. I got down on myself after having done so good in the first four rounds last year and then not in the last part. So, I’m just staying positive.”
In the world standings, he has a lead of more than $46,000. Wright is fourth in the average with 702.5 points on eight head. The run he’s on has him hoping to climb higher in the average.
“It helps a lot – I kind of messed up a bit in the second round and it took me out of the average, so I’m trying to make up for it,” Wright said. “I doubt I’ll get the average (title), but I’ll definitely go for the world.”

Benton/Campbell each win $42K in bull riding

Trey Benton III and rookie Boudreaux Campbell split first place in bull riding and each won $42,308 thanks to being the only riders to cover eight seconds.
Benton rode Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Nose Bender for 88 points, while Campbell scored the same on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Reveloution to share the victory.
The win also has Benton in first place in the average with 530.5 points on six head. He is second in the world with $279,054 and trails only three-time defending world champion Sage Kimzey, who has $340,229. Kimzey is second in the average with 513.5 points on six head.
“I just knew I needed to stay on and do my job,” Benton said about seeing the other riders get bucked off.
Campbell, who qualified for the WNFR on the final day of the regular season, was happy to split it with Benton.
“If anything, I was wondering if I would be the only one, but I’m glad Trey did because he’s is one of my best buds,” said Campbell, 19. “We live nearby each other, and I have known him since I could walk, and he is like my big brother.”
Benton is in the hunt for the world title, but he knows there is work still to be done.
“Shoot, I don’t know, but I’ve got one more bull I got to handle,” he said.
Campbell is hoping to get another win on his way out of his first Finals experience.
“It’s everything to come in and ride that last bull and finish it off strong,” he said.

Sister carries Kinsel to another go-round win

For the third time in seven rounds, Hailey Kinsel rode her horse, Sister, to a 2017 Finals go-round victory.
Kinsel placed for the seventh time in nine rounds, winning in 13.43 seconds.
“Sister’s kind of like that,” Kinsel said. “She doesn’t always make the prettiest run ever, but she always shuts off the clock. I don’t really know how, but it’s really fun when I make a really good run because then we can be really fast. I had some mistakes in there. I mean, I felt like I had to work at that run a little bit, but she definitely clocked.”
Kinsel has won $146,654 at this year’s Finals, the second most among all of this year’s competitors.
“It’s absolutely thrilling,” Kinsel said. “Just like anybody would want to, you want to finish on a strong note. I did have some trouble in the middle there, so I’m really glad that I could salvage that and fix it and do better tonight.”
Tiany Schuster leads the barrel racing world standings with $285,339, while Nellie Miller is in first place in the average and third place overall with $241,229.

Hanchey ties down first win of ’17 Finals

Shane Hanchey got his first round win of the 2017 Finals in style.
Hanchey won the tie-down roping in 6.8 seconds, the fastest time of this year’s WNFR.
“It’s relieving to get this round win,” said the 2013 tie-down roping world champ. “Tonight was the first time I ran a calf I really loved. I tried to talk myself into a few calves this week, but tonight I didn’t have to talk myself into that one. I saw Marty (Yates) was 6.9 on that calf to win Round 6, and I knew I could be in the mix on her.”
The year Hanchey won the world title, he also won the average title in a record of 80.1 seconds, a record that still stands. This year, he’s sitting fourth in the average and fifth in the world.
“I’ve been riding Bam Bam here all week,” he said. “I like Simon (Cow, his other horse that was the PRCA/AQHA Horse of the Year) outside in the summer arena and big setups, and Bam Bam is my indoor horse. I rode Bam Bam at the last five rounds of last year’s NFR and honestly, I can’t fault my horse this week. It has been more me and what I have been running, but it is pretty cool to get the round win.”
Tuf Cooper leads the world standings with $247,406, while also sitting second in the average with a total time of 80 seconds on nine head.

Guenthner notches first Finals go-round win

Scott Guenthner tied the second fastest Round 9 time, winning the steer wrestling in 3.3 seconds to mark his first Finals go-round win.
Guenthner’s time was one-tenth of a second behind the Round 9 record.
It was just the second time Guenthner has placed at the 2017 Finals. He previously tied for third in Round 1. His time on Friday tied for the fastest of this year’s Finals.
“This week was a little bit frustrating for me, but it feels great to get this win,” said Guenthner, from Provost, Alberta. “Now, I’m just going to go after it again in Round 10. I have nothing to lose and I would love to win again and get another ($26,000).”
This is the first year that Guenthner has qualified for the Finals, so needless to say he was ecstatic with the victory.
“I’m pretty pumped,” he said. “This was a very tough round of bulldogging, and it seemed like every guy was going faster. I had a steer that was a runner and I knew I would have to get a good start and I got a great start and the steer was good on the ground. I’m in awe that I won this round. This is really cool and something I will never, ever forget.”
Ty Erickson continues to lead the world standings with $235,767, but fell out of the average lead after recording a Round 9 time of 26.8 seconds. Tyler Pearson is second in the world and average standings, and is now in the driver’s seat for the world title, while Dakota Eldridge also has a decent chance sitting currently in fourth, but first in the average.

Brown wins bareback riding with 87.5 points

For Jake Brown, the 2017 WNFR had been less than stellar heading into Round 9.
But Brown built off his third-place finish in Round 8 to win Round 9 and cash for $26,231 in bareback riding, his first go-round win of these Finals.
Brown scored 87.5 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Ruby’s Girl to top the pack.
“The first couple nights were rough – I won a check, but not much – and it was kind of going slow,” said Brown, who placed for the third time this Finals. “The horses got me on the dirt a couple times. But the last two nights have gone good. Last night, I was 86 (points) and got third, now I was blessed to get 87.5 to get the win.”
Brown, of Amarillo, Texas, is in his third consecutive Finals. The win was his second career Finals round victory.
“I won one in 2015,” he said. “It feels just like it did winning the first one, like a dream come true, getting to take the victory lap. Just knowing that I get to go to the South Point and get up on stage and get that buckle is the best feeling in the world.”
World standings leader Tim O’Connell tied for fifth to up his 2017 Finals earnings to $102,231. He leads the world standings with $304,147, more than $90,000 ahead of his nearest competitor. He also leads in the average with 768 points on nine head.

Brazile continues hold on all-around

Trevor Brazile is still in the lead by a good margin in the race for the all-around title.
Brazile has $319,337 in total earnings in 2017. He is also sitting in ninth in the average of the tie-down roping.
His brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper, is still second with $286,983. But Cooper is second in the average in tie-down roping with one round to go.

Ninth Performance Results, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Bareback riding: 1. Jake Brown, 87.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Molly Brown, $26,231; 2. Steven Dent, 87, $20,731; 3. Caleb Bennett, 86.5, $15,654; 4. Tanner Aus, 86, $11,000; 5. (tie) Tim O’Connell and J.R. Vezain, 85, $5,500 each; 7. Mason Clements, 84; 8. (tie) Clayton Biglow and Ty Breuer, 82.5 each; 10. R.C. Landingham, 80.5; 11. Richmond Champion, 78.5; 12. Bill Tutor, 75; 13. Wyatt Denny and Orin Larsen, NS. Jake Vold (out for the last two rounds after dislocated knee). Average standings: 1. Tim O’Connell, 768 points on nine head; 2. Richmond Champion, 761; 3. J.R. Vezain, 756; 4. Caleb Bennett, 751.5; 5. Tanner Aus, 747; 6. Steven Dent, 737. World standings: 1. Tim O’Connell, $304,147; 2. Tanner Aus, $212,868; 3. Richmond Champion, $205,049; 4. Clayton Biglow, $200,557; 5. Jake Vold, $185,706; 6. J.R. Vezain, $173,446; 7. Orin Larsen, $171,009; 8. Caleb Bennett, $163,357; 9. Jake Brown, $161,866; 10. Bill Tutor, $144,398; 11. Mason Clements, $143,005; 12. Wyatt Denny, $140,084; 13. Steven Dent, $130,729; 14. Ty Breuer, $125,337; 15. R.C. Landingham, $106,031.
Steer wrestling: 1. Scott Guenthner, 3.3 seconds, $26,231; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 3.5, $20,731; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 3.6, $15,654; 4. (tie) Olin Hannum, J.D. Struxness and Chason Floyd, 3.7, $7,333 each; 7. Kyle Irwin, 3.8; 8. Tanner Milan, 4.0; 9. Nick Guy, 4.4; 10. (tie) Ryle Smith and Tyler Pearson, 4.5 each; 12. Rowdy Parrott, 4.6; 13. Jon Ragatz, 13.9; 14. Ty Erickson, 26.8; 15. Baylor Roche, NT. Average standings: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 40.2 seconds on nine head; 2. Tyler Pearson, 40.7; 3. Rowdy Parrott, 41.4; 4. Kyle Irwin, 41.8; 5. J.D. Struxness, 52.3; 6. Scott Guenthner, 54.7. World standings: 1. Ty Erickson, $235,767; 2. Tyler Pearson, $210,880; 3. Tyler Waguespack, $205,046; 4. Dakota Eldridge, $178,064; 5. Tanner Milan, $156,266; 6. Kyle Irwin, $147,434; 7. Baylor Roche, $144,455; 8. Scott Guenthner, $143,262; 9. Chason Floyd, $143,018; 10. Olin Hannum, $139,284; 11. J.D. Struxness, $138,537; 12. Rowdy Parrott, $131,281; 13. Jon Ragatz, $130,409; 14. Nick Guy, $110,878; 15. Ryle Smith, $103,463.
Team roping: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 3.3 seconds, $26,231 each; 2. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 3.7, $20,731; 3. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 3.9, $15,654; 4. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 4.0, $11,000; 5. Tom Richards/Jeremy Buhler, 4.1, $6,769; 6. Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 4.3, $4,231; 7. Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison, 5.0; 8. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.3; 9. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 5.4; 10. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, Luke Brown/Jake Long, Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza, Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, Jr. Dees/Tyler McKnight and Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, NT. Average standings: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 55.8 seconds on nine head; 2. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 45.6 on eight; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 47.1; 4. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 56.8; 5. Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison, 33.2 on seven; 6. Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 35.3. World standings: (headers) 1. Kaleb Driggers, $222,317; 2. Luke Brown, $210,457; 3. Erich Rogers, $204,071; 4. Clay Smith, $197,556; 5. Riley Minor, $172,798; 6. Dustin Egusquiza, $165,706; 7. Clay Tryan, $153,999; 8. Jr. Dees, $149,887; 9. Coleman Proctor, $137,014; 10. Charly Crawford, $133,706; 11. Chad Masters, $117,509; 12. Dustin Bird, $114,519; 13. Cody Snow, $112,716; 14. Tom Richards, $111,511; 15. Garrett Rogers, $106,838. (heelers) 1.Junior Nogueira, $223,047; 2. Cory Petska, $204,071; 3. Jake Long, $201,929; 4. Paul Eaves, $201,673; 5. Brady Minor, $172,798; 6. Kory Koontz, $162,921; 7. Jade Corkill, $153,999; 8. Tyler McKnight, $150,297; 9. Billie Jack Saebens, $149,911; 10. Joseph Harrison, $137,947; 11. Russell Cardoza, $136,004; 12. Travis Graves, $124,418; 13. Wesley Thorp, $114,317; 14. Jake Minor, $106,838; 15. Jeremy Buhler, $98,102.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Ryder Wright, 87 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Kitty Whistle, $26,231; 2. Sterling Crawley, 86.5, $20,731; 3. (tie) Brody Cress and Hardy Braden, 85.5, $13,327 each; 5. (tie) Jake Wright and Audy Reed, 80.5, $5,500 each; 7. (tie) Jacobs Crawley and Heith DeMoss, 79.5 each; 9. Cody DeMoss, 76; 10. Zeke Thurston, CoBurn Bradshaw, Layton Green, Taos Muncy, Clay Elliott and Jesse Wright, NS. Average standings: 1. Brody Cress, 755.5 points on nine head; 2. Sterling Crawley, 742.5; 3. Audy Reed, 721.5; 4. Ryder Wright, 702.5 on eight; 5. Hardy Braden, 682 on eight; 6. CoBurn Bradshaw, 671. World standings: 1. Ryder Wright, $273,515; 2. Jacobs Crawley, $226,927; 3. CoBurn Bradshaw, $213,231; 4. Hardy Braden, $206,274; 5. Brody Cress, $204,017; 6. Zeke Thurston, $199,917; 7. Sterling Crawley, $183,800; 8. Layton Green, $156,292; 9. Cody DeMoss, $153,772; 10. Jake Wright, $133,757; 11. Heith DeMoss, $129,568; 12. Taos Muncy, $116,171; 13. Clay Elliott, $114,986; 14. Audy Reed, $110,187; 15. Jesse Wright, $109,053.
Tie-down roping: 1. Shane Hanchey, 6.8 seconds, $26,231; 2. Matt Shiozawa, 7.0, $20,731; 3. Marty Yates, 7.3, $15,654; 4 (tie) Cooper Martin and Cory Solomon, 7.4, $8,885 each; 6. Ryan Jarrett, 7.9, $4,231; 7. J.C. Malone, 8.3; 8. (tie) Marcos Costa and Tyson Durfey, 8.4 each; 10. Tuf Cooper, 9.9; 11. Trevor Brazile, 10.1; 12. Timber Moore, 11.1; 13. Randall Carlisle, 12.6; 14. Cade Swor, 16.9; 15. Caleb Smidt, NT. Average standings: 1. Marcos Costa, 73.5 seconds on nine head; 2. Tuf Cooper, 80.0; 3. Cory Solomon, 88.4; 4. Shane Hanchey, 89.8; 5. Cade Swor, 94.8; 6. J.C. Malone, 75.3 on eight. World standings: 1. Tuf Cooper, $247,406; 2. Marcos Costa, $223,921; 3. Marty Yates, $211,673; 4. Caleb Smidt, $198,098; 5. Shane Hanchey, $180,614; 6. Trevor Brazile, $177,010; 7. Cade Swor, $173,517; 8. Cooper Martin, $151,284; 9. Ryan Jarrett, $144,979; 10. Timber Moore, $142,077; 11. Cory Solomon, $138,575; 12. Matt Shiozawa, $135,094; 13. Randall Carlisle, $130,681; 14. Tyson Durfey, $124,192; 15. J.C. Malone, $120,838.
Barrel racing: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 13.43 seconds, $26,231; 2. Nellie Miller, 13.52, $20,731; 3. Kassie Mowry, 13.66, $15,654; 4. Taci Bettis, 13.70, $11,000; 5. Tillar Murray, 13.85, $6,769; 6. Ivy Conrado, 13.87, $4,231; 7. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.90; 8. Lisa Lockhart, 14.0; 9. Kathy Grimes, 14.05; 10. Kimmie Wall, 14.12; 11. Sydni Blanchard, 14.21; 12. Amberleigh Moore, 18.69; 13. Stevi Hillman, 18.95; 14. Kellie Collier, 18.97; 15. Tiany Schuster, 19.05. Average standings: 1. Nellie Miller, 123.47 seconds on nine runs; 2. Ivy Conrado, 123.8; 3. Lisa Lockhart, 124.36; 4. Tillar Murray, 128.89; 5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 129.93; 6. Hailey Kinsel, 131.78. World standings: 1. Tiany Schuster, $285,339; 2. Hailey Kinsel, $245,361; 3. Nellie Miller, $241,229; 4. Amberleigh Moore, $225,153; 5. Stevi Hillman, $199,619; 6. Kassie Mowry, $189,047; 7. Tillar Murray, $172,174; 8. Ivy Conrado, $171,174; 9. Lisa Lockhart, $156,166; 10. Taci Bettis, $151,446; 11. Kathy Grimes, $139,555; 12. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $138,327; 13. Sydni Blanchard, $123,785; 14. Kellie Collier, $101,799; 15. Kimmie Wall, $86,294.
Bull riding: 1. (tie) Trey Benton III on Rafter H Rodeo’s Nose Bender and Boudreaux Campbell on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Reveloution, 88 points, $42,308 each; 3. Sage Kimzey, Garrett Smith, Joe Frost, Ty Wallace, Tim Bingham, Cole Melancon, Jordan Spears, Dustin Bowen, Jordan Hansen, Roscoe Jarboe, Trevor Reiste, Guthrie Murray and Brennon Eldred, NS. Average standings: 1. Trey Benton III, 530.5 points on six head; 2. Sage Kimzey, 513.5; 3. Joe Frost, 502.5; 4. Ty Wallace, 420 on five; 5. Cole Melancon, 340 on four; 6. Jordan Hansen, 338. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $340,229; 2. Trey Benton III, $279,054; 3. Ty Wallace, $259,872; 4. Garrett Smith, $253,797; 5. Joe Frost, $231,585; 6. Cole Melancon, $177,504; 7. Jordan Hansen, $163,795; 8. Jordan Spears, $162,154; 9. Roscoe Jarboe, $156,855; 10. Boudreaux Campbell, $144,601; 11. Tim Bingham, $129,515; 12. Guthrie Murray, $124,576; 13. Trevor Reiste, $107,121; 14. Dustin Bowen, $104,668; 15. Brennon Eldred, $102,991.
All-around world standings: 1. Trevor Brazile, $319,337; 2. Tuf Cooper, $286,983; 3. Junior Nogueira, $224,769; 4. Caleb Smidt, $207,894; 5. Marty Yates, $203,783; 6. Dakota Eldridge, $201,283; 7. Erich Rogers, $199,123; 8. Ryle Smith, $150,876; 9. Russell Cardoza, $149,026.
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