COWGIRL CHRISTMAS …
THE NEWS YOU NEED TO READ
By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 9, 2014
While the PRCA reported “Cowboy Christmas,” which includes the results of rodeos over the Fourth of July, the “Barrel Racing Report” has reported distaff earnings, rightfully named “Cowgirl Christmas!”
In an article written by Tanya Randall, the barrel racing industry’s leading reporter, she has picked apart the barrel racers’ take during “Cowgirl Christmas,” including interviews with the winners and how the largest-payback weekend in rodeo has affected the barrel racing standings approximately halfway into the race to the highest-paying barrel race of the year: the National Finals Rodeo.
Making the biggest jump in the standings was 21-year-old Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., who picked up $28,824 from just four rodeos between June 30 and July 7. Only PRCA bareback rider Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah, (the son of PRCA Hall of Famer Lewis Feild) won more, with $34,483. Riding her 14-year-old gray gelding Wonders Cowboy Dan (Wonders Pal x Wonder Otoe out of Jackies Cowgirl Bar x Cowboy Dans Bar), Bass jumped from 38th in the World Standings on July 1 with $13,007 to 15th with $42,057 on July 7, which doesn’t include the $15,500 she picked up in her pool at the Calgary Stampede, which counts toward NFR qualification in 2014.
According to the WPRA, topping the 2014 WPRA NFR standings after July 7 is Lisa Lockhart with $83,217, followed by Fallon Taylor with $73,677, Nancy Hunter, $68,586 and Carlee Pierce sporting $63,210 in earnings.
Lisa earned $16,285 over Cowgirl Christmas, while Fallon Taylor picked up $16,023. Carlee picked up $12,946. Past World Champions Sherry Cervi picked up $10,943 while Mary Walker took home $8,191.
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July 7, 2014
Ohl recovering from serious injury
Cody Ohl, a six-time PRCA world champion – five in tie-down roping and one in all-around – is recovering from a June 22 accident outside of the arena that will cause him to sit out Cowboy Christmas.
“I was hauling some cattle to a lease place of mine (on Sunday morning, June 22) before I was going to head out that Monday to Reno,” Ohl said. “A heifer cut back down the alley where I was standing and horned me in the ribs and shattered a rib underneath my (left) arm there, about three or four inches down. It shattered in 17 pieces and I also had a little pin hole in my lung, and bruising to my lung.”
Ohl spent four days in the hospital – two in Hamilton, Texas, and two in Waco, Texas – before being released on the evening of June 26. Ohl said the pin hole in his lung closed after about 34 hours.
“I started getting a little bit of pneumonia symptoms in that lung,” Ohl said. “I was in the Hamilton hospital for two days and then they transported me to Waco because they have better breathing systems and a better way to treat those pneumonia symptoms that were coming on. I’m just taking one day at a time, and I’m starting to feel a little better. I was working out for 21/2 weeks before I was going to head out and I was in great shape. Now I’m just back at zero. If I’m out in the sun and try to do anything, I just get winded real easy.”
Despite his injury, Ohl is optimistic about when he can return to action. ”My goal is to try and get out there in a couple of weeks,” Ohl said. “I’m going to a specialist in Waco (Tuesday, July 1) to get another chest X-ray. Every day changes a little bit and I feel like I get a little bit better. I don’t know about getting out and about. If I stress myself any at all, I just get winded real bad.
Ohl won tie-down roping gold buckles in 1997-98, 2001, 2003 and 2006, and the all-around in 2001. A year ago, Ohl finished second in the world standings, thanks to winning Rounds 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. His five-round wins tied the event record set by Dave Brock in 1978 Ohl is 33rd in the June 30 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $15,076
“I have gotten through a bunch of injuries and competed with them and I never had to miss out (on) too much ever,” Ohl said. “I have $15,000 won and I just need to get on the boards a little bit better. In another four to five weeks, surely I will be 100 percent or close, and then I’m going to have to really rodeo hard.”
World champion steer wrestler Cure recovering from surgery 2013 PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler
Hunter Cure is recovering from a micro discectomy on his back on June 18 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
“They removed a portion of a herniated disc in my back,” Cure said. “(The doctors) said I could be out anywhere from six to eight weeks, but I’m hoping to be out there in five weeks. I’m going to go through physical therapy, and then I’m probably going to throw some (steers) down before I fly out to Spanish Fork, Utah.”
The Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver Rodeo, is July 21-24. Cure last competed at the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, May 31 in Spanish Fork.
“The Champions Challenge was about the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Cure said. “The pain wasn’t getting any better, so I decided to have surgery. As soon I woke up from the surgery, the pain I was having before was gone.”
Cure was in 12th place in the June 30 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $23,566.
“I was in ninth place before the surgery, so I had a good start and if I can come back and have all my strength back, then I don’t see any reason why a person can’t do it (qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) if he wins enough in August and September.”
Not only did Cure have surgery this month, on June 26, his wife, Bristi, delivered a baby boy, Benton. This was the couple’s second child. They also have a 2-year-old daughter, Halli.
“Everything has been moving pretty fast,” Hunter Cure said. “I’m also building a new house, so I definitely have been pretty busy.”
A year ago, Cure qualified for his second career WNFR in the No. 7 position with $65,007. He proceeded to win $108,348 in Las Vegas to capture his first gold buckle.
• With his third-place finish in Reno, and checks totaling $7,151, Justin McDaniel surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings. The 2008 world champion bareback rider now has $1,002,382 as he becomes the 124th PRCA cowboy to hit seven figures. McDaniel tied for first in the second round in Reno, and then tied for second in the finals, leading to a third-place finish in the average. Next up in the million dollar Weekend club is Kanin Asay, who is sitting at $986,190 entering the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls event.
• Eight-time world champion Joe Beaver helped 20-year-old permit holder McCoy Profil earn more than enough to buy his PRCA card over the weekend. The pair won the team-roping title at the Edgewood (Iowa) Days PRCA Rodeo, and then split first at the Crystal Springs Rodeo (Clear Lake, S.D.). Both men earned a total of $2,931, a nice close to Profil’s first full month as a PRCA member.
• Jake Wright, the 2013 reserve world champion saddle bronc rider, had the biggest weekend of any cowboy in his event. Wright won or split the win at three rodeos over the weekend, with his biggest triumph coming at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo, where he rode Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Empty Pockets for 85 points, earning $2,761. Wright won the Lehi (Utah) Roundup with an 80-point ride on Rosser Rodeo’s Clamper for another $1,824, and then tied twin brother Jesse (2012 world champion) for the title at the Daniel Dopps Memorial RAM PRCA Rodeo in Mountain Home, Idaho, when each man tallied 81 points. Jake Wright made a total of $6,252 to move from 21st to 17th in the June 30 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.
• Randy and Joe Wells were responsible for winning two of the three steer roping events held over the weekend. Randy, 58, won the steer roping title in Pecos with a time of 41.7 seconds on three head, edging Jess Tierney by .6 of a second and earning a total of $2,943. His son, 24-year-old Joe, was tops in the average at the Sonora (Texas) Outlaw ProRodeo with a time of 36.6 seconds on three head. Wells also won the third round with a time of 10.9 seconds, and earned a total of $2,956.
• A good omen heading into Cowboy Christmas: Trey Benton’s 92-point ride aboard Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Tabasco was not only enough to win in Pecos, but was his best score of the year. The 92-pointer edged his Gladewater Xtreme Bulls score of two weeks ago by half a point, and is equal to the second-highest score of the year by any bull rider. Benton currently sits third in the world standings as he chases his third straight Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearance.and earning a total of $2,943.
• Talk about your bad timing: Bull rider Cody Campbell, struggling to make a return to the Wrangler NFR this December, will miss all of Cowboy Christmas due to surgery to repair his fractured left ankle, an injury suffered at the Reno Rodeo Xtreme Bulls on June 19. He had the operation on June 21 and will be out a total of 12 rodeos until he returns in Sheridan, Wyo., in mid-July. “I was lucky it was a clean break and I’ll be able to come back in 21/2 weeks,” Campbell said. Also out for the Fourth of July run is bull rider Paul Coppini, who suffered a concussion and a broken jaw in Reno.
• BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile won the all-around title at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo with $2,167 after collecting checks in all three of his events. Brazile and tea roping partner Travis Graves placed fourth in the first round, while Brazile tied for fifth in the first round of the tie-down roping and placed fifth in the first round of the steer roping, which led to a sixth-place finish in the average. Brazile also won the all-around at the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, Ore., with a total of $3,132. He did most of his damage in the tie-down roping there, winning the second round with a time of 7.6 seconds and finishing fourth in the average with a time of 18.9 seconds on two head.
• Brazile was second in the second round of the steer roping, and he and Graves placed fifth in the team roping average. Brazile also won the first round of the steer roping at the Sonora (Texas) Outlaw ProRodeo and tied for third in the second round. He earned a total of $1,511 in Sonora, which brought his total for the weekend to $6,810. Brazile holds a lead of $55,403 over brother-in-law Tuf Cooper in the all-around world standings, while he remained third in the team roping header standings and seventh in the tie-down roping.He still sits first in the steer roping standings.
News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail
The total money up for grabs during the Cowboy Christmas run over the Fourth of July weekend increased by $296,274 between 2012 and 2013 to $3.5 million. The average amount of money per rodeo at the 32 rodeos also rose from $103,049 in 2012 to $112,307 in 2013.
PRCA trick roper Loop Rawlins of Tucson, Ariz., will appear on NBC’s America’s Got Talent on July 1, hoping to sufficiently impress judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B to reach the Judgment Week round. “This was the last week of auditions,” Rawlins said, “so apparently they wanted to save the best for last.” The show’s producers contacted Rawlins after they saw him performing for Cirque du Soleil (2009-12), where he did a Western show, but were unable to work something out until this ninth season of the show. After joining the PRCA last year, Rawlins was recruited by clown/barrelman John Harrison to work the Oklahoma State Fair Rodeo and he has also appeared at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Rawlins is the second PRCA trick roper to be a contestant on America’s Got Talent, following Anthony Lucia, who reached The Vegas Roundin 2010. Rawlins’ Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/looprawlins.
Benny Binion’s Bucking Horse & Bull Sale is already one of thepremier events in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas each December, and it’s making some changes to lift its profile even more. The sale will happen over two days, Dec. 4 and 6, at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, which includes a special sale set for Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. which will feature 2- and 3-year-old colts and yearlings and 2-year-old bulls.
“To be realistic, we were a good bucking horse and bull sale, but we weren’t where we wanted to be,” said Hal Burns, a PRCA director and member of the association’s stock contractor executive council. “We wanted to turn it into an elite sale. We wanted to see if we could sell the top stock in the country.” The Dec. 4 program will also include the 2014 PRCA Permit Holders of the Year Challenge, which will feature the top five permit holders from the 2014 season in all six events. For the rough-stock cowboys, there will be 10 broncs, 10 bareback horses and 10 bulls, all of which will be sold after the Permit Challenge concludes.
Cory Wall, the 2009 PRCA Bullfighter of the Year, has successfully ventured into politics. The 45-year-old won the primary election for Kit Carson County (Colo.) Commissioner, defeating fellow Republican Doug Anderson by 896 votes. Wall will be the new commissioner for the second district, and will be replacing County Commissioner Dave Gwyn.
The family of the late Wrangler National Finals Rodeo tie-down roper Stan Harter has created a scholarship fund in his name to assist college rodeo contestants. Harter was a college national champion while attending Arizona State University and was one of the first National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Alumni Presidents. He served on the NIRAA Board for 15 years, until the time of his death on June 9. Donations may be sent to the NIRA Stan Harter Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Amarillo National Bank, Account #669644, P.O. Box 1, Amarillo, TX 79105.
Jo Ann Gee of Stanford, Mont., the mother of John Gee, the 1975 Montana Circuit steer wrestling champion and grandmother to steer wrestler/bull rider Luke Gee, died on June 14. She was 80. Gee’s husband of 50 years, John W. Gee, is a PRCA gold card member. She served 12 years on the Stanford School Board and she was the director for the Montana State High School Rodeo Association for eight years.
Visitors to the Benton-Franklin Fair and Rodeo in Kennewick, Wash., this August will find a major upgrade to the grounds – new energy-efficient bathrooms. The $636,000 project, which was unveiled June 26, is a 2,400-square-foot, air-conditioned building in the middle of the fairgrounds, near the old facility. It has 40 stalls and is equipped with sinks that conserve water and hand blow-dryers, said Dean Docken, Benton County facilities manager. Other projects planned in coming months include landscaping in the main parking lot, Wi-Fi availability and a new digital reader board at the fairgrounds entrance.
Trade publication Venues Today has named Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla., as one of the top facilities in the state with seating capacity between 10,001 and 15,000. Silver Spurs took in $2.1 million in revenue for the year-long period ending May 31, placing it third behind only Jacksonville Veterans Memorial and the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. Starting next March, Silver Spur Arena will be home to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo.
Two St. Paul (Ore.) High School students have been awarded the annual St. Paul Rodeo scholarships. Kennedy Smith and Jessica Wilmes are the 2014 recipients. Both Smith and Wilmes have volunteered at the St. Paul Rodeo, and will each receive $3,000 scholarships.
2014 World Standings Leaders
AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $117,546
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $84,125
SW: Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. $47,321
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $60,614
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $60,614
SB: Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $57,359
TD: Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $58,267
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $86,881
SR: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $38,414
HORNER AND HAWKINS WIN $163K AT 37TH BFI
Press release from BFI
June 24, 2014
Buddy Hawkins and Drew Warner shown with their awards and $163K paycheck from the Bob Feist Invitational. Courtesy Lone Wolf Photography
Youngsters Drew Horner and Buddy Hawkins II out-roped the superstars on their way to winning a whopping $162,500 at the 37th Bob Feist Invitational held in Reno, Nev., on June 23.
“I set a goal to be considered one of the best in the world,” said Horner, a 25-year-old header from Plano, Texas. “To come out and win against the best in the world; to win a “major” is amazing. This is a dream come true.”
On June 23, Horner and Hawkins – a 26-year-old heeler from Columbus, Kansas – roped six steers in 45.2 seconds to split $158,500 in the average plus $4,000 in the second round. They also claimed the enormous BFI first-place prize package that includes Coats saddles, Gist buckles, Myler bits, Best Ever pads, Resistol black felt hats, Justin full-quill ostrich boots, Lubrisyn joint supplements, and much more.
“This is the most prestigious roping in the world, but that’s not quite the right word,” said Hawkins. “This is the most important roping in the world. If you look back in history, some of the best guys in the world came really close here but never got the opportunity to win this.”
Buddy Hawkins, 26, Columbus, Kan. and his partner Drew Horner roped six steers in 45.2 seconds and split $158,500 in the average plus $4,000 in the second round. Photo courtesy Lone Wolf Photography.
Horner and Hawkins had started out slow and inched their way to third in the overall standings behind a bevy of world champions. But in Round Five, when defending BFI champion Trevor Brazile took his team out with a no-time and reigning world champion Jade Corkill did, too, Horner and Hawkins found themselves in the lead by two seconds at the richest one-day Open roping in the world.
Heading into the final round, Horner’s strategy was to stay aggressive; Hawkins was determined not to take a bad throw.
“It’s the heeler’s job to rope two feet,” said Hawkins. “The header wins the roping. Drew got a great start on a couple of steers where he kind of rolled the dice and took a 50-50 chance of breaking the barrier or moving us up in the roping.”
Horner and Hawkins, who cracked the top 15 rankings in the world for the first time last season, needed a short 9-second run to win it all at the BFI. They caught a hard-running steer in 8.2 seconds and Horner tossed his hat high and plastered a grin on his face that never disappeared.
“I don’t have the talent a lot of guys have,” said Horner, a communications major at the University of North Texas. “I didn’t start roping until I was 15. I wanted to make the NFR and I wanted to win the Bob Feist, and I’ve done that now.”
Drew Horner, 25, Plano, Texas, roped with Buddy Hawkins to win $163,000 at the 37th BFI. Photo courtesy Lone Wolf Photography.
Reserve champs Aaron Tsinigine of Arizona and Ryan Motes of Texas (who won the BFI in 2009 with Caleb Mitchell) had never roped a practice steer together prior to the BFI. Still, they were second-high call and ended up just one second behind the champs to earn $42,000 apiece and a lot of summer rodeo momentum.
Motes’ horse, Starbucks, won Heel Horse of the BFI for the second time, and the award for Head Horse of the BFI went to Adam Rose of Willard, Mo., for his 11-year-old gelding, Alice.
Oklahoma’s Clay and Jake Smith placed third for $25,500 a man, while California’s Daniel Green broke the top 10 for the third year in a row, placing fourth with Nate Preuit to earn $16,500 a man. And the father-son team of J.D. and Trey Yates took fifth to earn $10,500 a man, much to the crowd’s delight.
About the BFI: The Bob Feist Invitational, founded by Bob Feist in 1977 to showcase and reward the premier ropers of the sport, is owned today by Ullman-Peterson Events. Annually it invites the top 100 teams in the industry to the Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nev., where they compete in six rounds for a cash-and-awards package worth $810,000 in 2014.
Complete results from the 2014 Bob Feist Invitational:
First Round: 1. Riley Minor and Brady Minor, 6.26 seconds, $4,000; 2. Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill, 6.60, $3,000; 3. Nick Sartain and Rich Skelton, 6.69, $2,000; 4. Derrick Begay and Will Woodfin, 6.78, $1,000.
Second Round: 1. Tom Richards and Monty Joe Petska, 5.01 seconds, $8,000; 2. Chad Masters and Clay O’Brien Cooper, 5.16, $6,000; 3. Drew Horner and Buddy Hawkins, 6.53, $4,000; 4. Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn; and Derrek Hee and Dalton Pearce, 6.54 each, $1,000 each team.
Third Round: 1. Erich Rogers and Cory Petska, 5.64, $8,000; 2. Nathan McWhorter and Cole Davison, 6.01, $6,000; 3. Nick Sartain and Rich Skelton, 6.04, $4,000; 4. Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight, 6.67, $2,000.
Fourth Round: 1. Derrick Begay and Will Woodfin, 4.61, $8,000; 2. Manny Egusquiza Jr. and Brad Culpepper, 5.11, $6,000; 3. Chase Wiley and Arles Pearce, 5.61, $4,000; 4. Derrek Hee and Dalton Pearce, 5.95, $2,000.
Fifth Round: 1. Cale Markham and Chase Tryan, 5.5 seconds, $8,000; 2. Brandon Beers and Jim Ross Cooper, 5.51, $6,000; 3. Chad Masters and Clay O’Brien Cooper, 5.66, $4,000; 4. Landon McClaugherty and Caleb Twisselman, 5.71, $2,000.
Short Round: 1. Tyler Waters and Cody Doescher, 6.31 seconds, $4,000; 2. Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight, 6.54, $3,000; 3. Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, 6.58, $2,000; 4. Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes, 7.61, $1,000.
Average: 1. Drew Horner and Buddy Hawkins, 45.2 seconds on six steers, $158,500; 2. Aaron Tsinigine and Ryan Motes, 46.22, $84,000; 3. Clay Smith and Jake Smith, 46.79, $51,000; 4. Daniel Green and Nate Preuit, 48.43, $33,000; 5. J.D. Yates and Trey Yates, 50.63, $21,000; 6. Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, 52.42, $16,000; 7. Tyler Waters and Cody Doescher, 54.24, $14,000; 8. Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight, 56.18, $11,000; 9. Tyler Schnaufer and Cole Cooper, 58.64, $9,000; 10. Travis Bounds and Wade Kreutzer, 59.96, $7,000; 11. Adam Rose and Billie Jack Saebens, 71.81, $7,000; 12. Matthew Pineda and Brett Broadhead, 42.38 seconds on five steers, $5,000; 13. Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, 43.77, $5,000; 14. Chance Savage and Wesley Johnson, 51.40, $5,000. 15. Casey Gattis and Jaytin McRight, 53.82, $5,000.