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☛ Rodeo News 4-21-15

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
April 21, 2015

 

World champion Branquinho sidelined with shoulder injury

Luke Branquinho, the five-time and defending world champion steer wrestler, is expected to be sidelined by a shoulder injury until at least the May 13-15 Redding (Calif.) Rodeo (Wrangler MDT Silver).

Branquinho dislocated his left shoulder while competing at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nev., April 8, and had a second MRI taken April 15 at the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Cottage Hospital.

“Everything got a little tight and I missed the steer and the steer stepped on my shoulder when I was on the ground,” Branquinho said of the injury. “(Dr.) Tandy (Freeman) looked at the MRI and said there is a chance I may need surgery, but right now we are going to stick to rehab and see how that goes. I’m planning on being back for the Redding Rodeo and the Redding Rodeo Champions Challenge (May 16). If I’m not ready then, I will try and be ready for the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo (May 28-31) and the Champions Challenge (May 30) in Spanish Fork (Utah).”

Branquinho is seventh in the April 20 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $22,554.

“You don’t really worry about what you are missing; just make sure you are strong when you come back,” Branquinho said.

Battling through injuries is nothing new to Branquinho. Last season, he was injured July 18 at California Rodeo Salinas and had to have surgery to repair the latissimus dorsi muscle under his right arm.

Branquinho didn’t return to action until Dec. 4, the opening night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. By the time the WNFR ended Dec. 13 in Las Vegas, Branquinho won both the gold buckle and the average title.

Two new event reps elected to executive council

Bull rider Cody Whitney and tie-down roper Trent Walls were elected to the PRCA Contestant Executive Council, and started their two-year terms April 1.

Whitney replaces Fred Boettcher as the bull riding representative, and Walls takes over for Mike Johnson as the tie-down roping rep. Heath Ford was reelected as the bareback riding rep, as was Garrett Tonozzi in team roping.

David Petty (rodeos $10,000-$20,000) and Larry McConnell (rodeos $20,000-$50,000) were both reelected to the Rodeo Committee Council, while John Barnes, David Morehead and Hal Burns all retained their positions on the Stock Contractor Executive Council.

All three members of the Contract Personnel Executive Council were reelected. Eva Chadwick (secretary/timers), Duane Reichert (specialty acts, laborers and photographers) and Mike Mathis (at-large) all received new two-year terms.

Dean Oliver is the new General Membership Representative to the Competition Committee, taking over for Spud Duvall.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The state of Colorado could contribute $250 million toward new a National Western Complex in Denver under a bipartisan bill highlighted by state legislators April 13. The bill would allow the state to raise up to $250 million through lease-purchase agreements to fund new Colorado State University buildings at the National Western site near Interstate 70 north of downtown. Proposed are an equine sports medicine clinic, a veterinary clinic, classrooms, laboratories and more.

A silent auction will be held at the Nothin’ But Try Steer Wrestling event in Coleman, Okla., May 9 with the proceeds going to help Julie Mankin, a rodeo publicist and writer who worked at the PRCA from 1998-2001 as public relations coordinator. Mankin was involved in a serious car accident March 24 near her home in Fairfield, Texas. She underwent surgery to repair facial lacerations on March 25, and had another surgery March 27 to fuse three fractured vertebrae in her neck. She is expected to make a full recovery. To donate items for Mankin, contact Susan Kanode at 817.307.6336.

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Cotton Rosser was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Westerners in Oklahoma City April 19. Rosser, 86, joined the likes of former U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt in the hall. The Hall of Great Westerners recognizes those who have lived and encouraged the Western lifestyle. The ceremony was hosted by Patrick and Ethan Wayne, the sons of late actor John Wayne .

Lonnie Bergeron, a former steer wrestler, bull rider, bareback rider and team roper, passed away April 9 in Gainesville, Fla. He was 72. Bergeron was a retired Broward County road building company executive.

Ron Long, a former president of the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup, and member of the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame, passed away March 16 in Hutchinson. He was 90.

KC Baine Longbrake, a PRCA saddle bronc rider, and nephew to NFR saddle bronc rider Bud Longbrake, passed away April 11. He was 24.

The St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo was the recipient of the Gene Leo Memorial Award, given by the Oregon Tourism Commission as part of their 2014 Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards. The award recognizes an outstanding contribution for a tourism-related activity or attraction focused on Oregon’s natural beauty or outdoor recreation. The rodeo’s board of directors were on hand in Eugene, Ore., at the Tourism Commission’s annual awards ceremony April 12 to receive the award. This year’s St. Paul Rodeo is June 30 through July 4, with the parade July 4 at 10 a.m.

Jim Olson, owner of Western Trading Post in Casa Grande, Ariz., recently purchased the saddle won by Earl Thode during the World Series Rodeo at Madison Square Garden in 1929. Thode earned the saddle for being the first-ever recognized all-around world champion. Thode, a saddle bronc rider and steer wrestler originally from South Dakota, won the rodeo when he was 28 years old. Thode eventually moved to Casa Grande and died in 1964. The saddle somehow made its way to a saddle collector in Bristol, Tenn., until Olson – a collector of rodeo memorabilia – purchased it. “I just thought it was neat, the fact that he was the first recognized world champion all-around cowboy and that he was a local hero,” Olson said.

Reba McEntire’s new album “Love Someone,” being reviewed as among the best work of her career, includes the emotional ballad “Just Like Them Horses,” a tribute to her late father, three-time World Champion Steer Roping Champion Clark McEntire, written by Reba’s friends Liz Hengber and Tommy Lee James.

According to Rusty Davis, the president of the Walker County Fair Association, the livestock auctions which accompanied the (April 3-4) Walker County Fair & Rodeo in Huntsville, Texas, raised $753,000. Davis said that number does not count the money made on admissions to the fair or rodeo, and the total amount earned is said to be about $1 million. “That’s better than we’ve ever done in 37 years. This is the best (fair and rodeo) we’ve ever had,” Davis said.

The Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo Association has teamed with Rodeo Education and Character (REACh) – a nationwide program – to bring rodeo education to Clovis area schools. The program’s main messages include educating school children on rodeo events and teaching them to “be an independent person, like a cowboy.” “Kids in general are the future of our sport,” said Clovis Rodeo Association President Greg Gillard. “This is my first exposure to this program, and I am hearing rave reviews about it. It’s not just about rodeo, it’s life lessons. Reaching kids at this age is investing in our future.”

The 2015 Clark County Fair in Logandale, Nev. – including the rodeo – had the second-highest official attendance since 1986 at 82,796.

2015 World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $48,977
BB: Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas $35,735
SW: Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho $31,204
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $48,289
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $48,289
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $57,494
TD: Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $39,482
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $50,977
SR: Neal Wood, Needville, Texas   $34,785
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☛ Professional Bull Riders Inc. sells 4-15-15

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS ASSOCIATION SELLS

 

Press release from PBR
April 15, 2015

According to a press release from WME|IMG announced today that they had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR), the world’s premier bull riding circuit, furthering the company’s foothold in live event productions.

 

With more than 300 bull riding events globally each year, attended by over 3 million people, the PBR is the fastest growing sport in the United States. Headquartered in Colorado, PBR reaches more than 550 million households in more than 40 countries, and is led by Chairman and CEO Jim Haworth.

WME|IMG co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell said, “We’ve worked closely with the PBR for the last several years and share their passion for expanding the sport of bull riding globally. The resources across WME|IMG make the partnership a perfect match, combining top quality event production and broadcast rights.”

“We are thrilled to join the WME|IMG family,” said Haworth. “The acquisition will allow our organization to continue its expansion worldwide, and bring our top-quality events to the masses. I look forward to broadening our reach and continuing as America’s fastest growing sport.”

Bull riders from all over the globe compete on the elite PBR Built Ford Tough Series, the BlueDEF Velocity Tour, the Touring Pro Division, and the PBR international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. The PBR was founded in 1992 by a group of 20 visionary bull riders who sought mainstream attention for the sport.

This comes on the heels of other recent acquisitions by the global sports and entertainment company, joining recently announced additions Global eSports Management, Dixon Talent, Icon Sports Management, MADE Fashion Week and Artist Voice. It will also further WME|IMG’s footprint in owned and operated properties, which include Formula Drift Racing, Miami Open, New York Fashion Week, Rio Open, Taste Festivals and the U.S. Open of Surfing.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including antitrust regulatory approval, and is expected to close in May 2015.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

WME|IMG is purchasing the PBR from the controlling shareholder, Spire Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm based in New York, as well as other shareholders. The Raine Group and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP served as WME|IMG’s financial and legal advisors, respectively, and the PBR was advised by financial advisors Evercore and legal advisors Dentons.

 

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About WME|IMG 

WME|IMG is the global leader in sports, entertainment, media, and fashion. Operating in more than 25 countries around the world, the company specializes in talent representation; commercial marketing and endorsements; brand strategy, activation and licensing; media production and distribution; and event management. Formed in 2014, when WME acquired IMG, WME|IMG’s nearly 5,000 employees work across businesses including IMG Academy, Art + Commerce, Books, College, Commercials and Endorsements, Digital, Events, Film, Golf, Licensing, Models, Music, Production, Speakers, Television, Tennis, and Theater.

 

About the Professional Bull Riders Inc. (PBR)

The premier bull riding organization in the world began as a dream of 20 bull riders 23 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. PBR broadcasts reach more than half a billion households in 40 nations and territories around the world and more than 3 million fans attend live events each year. On its elite Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and top bulls in the business. The televised Built Ford Tough Series, the BlueDEF Velocity Tour, the Touring Pro Division and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid more than $140 million earnings to its athletes. Twenty-seven men have earned more than $1 million, including three-time World Champion Silvano Alves, who, in just 54 months, won more than $5.2 million to become the richest bull rider in history.

 

For more information on the PBR, go to PBR.com or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.

 

 

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☛ Rodeo News 4-12-15

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA

April 12, 2015

 

Howard Hunter, Feb. 4, 1951 – April 4, 2015

Howard Hunter, a saddle bronc rider who qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 1976, 1979-80, passed away April 4 in Kyle, S.D. He was 64.

Hunter finished a career-best eighth in the 1980 world standings, and was ninth in 1976 and 12th in 1979. He is a member of the South Dakota Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Hunter rode saddle broncs for more than 40 years, winning the Badlands Circuit saddle bronc riding championships in 1976, ’78 and ’82.

 

He also qualified for the Indian National Finals Rodeo 14 times, winning four saddle bronc riding titles (1980, 1987-88, 1990). He was the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association saddle bronc riding champion 10 times.

 

Hunter, who stood 5-foot-5 and weighed 130 pounds, was inducted into the Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2012. He was an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. His Indian name is Sunka Watogla Akan Yanka Wicas. Translated, it means Wild Horse Rider.

 

Hunter was one of eight children who grew up on his parents’ ranch and helped raise cattle on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Hunter’s grandfather was an infant survivor of the Battle of Wounded Knee, a massacre that took place 20 miles from Kyle, S.D., in 1890.

 

From 1962-72, Hunter won 27 buckles and two saddles while competing in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. In 1969, he took first in bull riding and bareback riding, and second in saddle bronc riding, and was the all-around cowboy at the South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals.

 

Hunter obtained his PRCA permit in 1972 and Charlie Colombe, an Indian bronc rider, steered him to three-time saddle bronc riding world champion Shawn Davis – who won gold buckles in 1965, 1967-68 – to mentor him.

 

Hunter won $109,205 in his career, including wins at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, Houston, Ellensburg (Wash.), El Paso (Texas), Deadwood (S.D.), Casper (Wyo.) and Jackson (Miss.).

 

Hunter was seriously injured at the Crow Fair Rodeo in Crow Agency, Mont., on Aug. 19, 1995, when a bronc fell on him. The fall resulted in a traumatic brain-stem injury, and forced him to retire from the sport.

 

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Effective immediately, PRCA Director of Rodeo Administration Aaron Enget also will serve as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. While continuing to serve as Director of Rodeo Administration, Enget plans to use his experience to help further the growth of the PRCA by acting on the policies and directives as put forth by the PRCA Board of Directors and the PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman.

 

Rado George (R.G.) Kekich, who qualified for the 1976 National Finals Rodeo in steer wrestling and was a Gold Card member, passed away March 20. He was 78. Kekich joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association, the precursor to the PRCA, in 1969. In 1976, he finished 10th in the PRCA world standings with $14,67.

 

Joel (Jeff) Francis Lemaire, a PRCA Gold Card member who competed as a calf roper and team roper, passed away March 27 from Parkinson’s disease in Peoria, Ariz. He was 74. Lemaire joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association March 3, 1967. In addition to competing in the rodeo arena, Lemaire trained calf horses and made bits and spurs.

 

Darrel L. Radacy, a PRCA tie-down roper, steer wrestler and team roper, passed away Jan. 23 at the Weatherford (Okla.) Hospital. He was 48. In addition to competing in PRCA rodeos, Radacy was a horseshoer and he also loved roping, riding colts, and training horses. Radacy, who also was a member of the USTRC and TCRA, remained heavily active in many youth rodeo associations.

 

Terrence (Terry) Neil Reiter, a Rodeo Cowboys Association calf roper, passed away April 3 in Caldwell, Idaho. He was 76. Reiter trained Streak, the calf horse Jeff Copenhaver rode when he won the 1975 world championship. Reiter joined the RCA in 1963.

 

The Prescott (Ariz.) Rodeo Grounds recently got 800 tons of brand new sand, which equates to about four inches of new material installed over the entire historic arena. The 128th edition of the “World’s Oldest Rodeo” runs June 29 through July 5, and tickets are on sale now.

 

Jim Call, Orville Hefley and Bob Kennedy have been named grand marshals of this year’s Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo. The three men are longtime volunteers at the rodeo, and will lead the annual rodeo parade through the streets of downtown Clovis on April 25. Each man will receive an honorary cowboy hat and belt buckle. The 101st Clovis Rodeo runs April 23-26.

 

James Pickens Jr., who plays Dr. Richard Webber on the hit ABC TV show Grey’s Anatomy, is hosting his 6th annual charity roping event in Clovis April 21. The event is free to the public and features some of the best ropers in the world.

 

The ABC Rodeo in Lubbock, Texas, held a free children’s rodeo before the start of the April 3 performance at the City Bank Coliseum. Children younger than 10 years old were allowed to attend the event free with an adult after turning in coloring pages sponsored by United Supermarkets. During the event, children had the opportunity to ride a horse, practice roping, get their faces painted, get an autograph from the ABC Rodeo Queen Shayley Morriss and see the rodeo clown .

 

The Walker County Fair & Rodeo in Huntsville, Texas, also had a different type of rodeo on April 3. The Special Kids Rodeo took place before the evening performance, and gave special-education students from Walker County schools an opportunity to have their own hands-on cowboy and cowgirl experiences.

2015 World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $45,937
BB: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $34,432
SW: Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo. $31,039
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $38,481
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $38,481
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $56,276
TD: Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $39,482
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $45,537
SR: Neal Wood, Needville, Texas   $34,785

2015 WINDHAM WEAPONRY HIGH PERFORMANCE

PRCA WORLD STANDINGS

Unofficial through April 6, 2015

 

All-around
1 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $45,937
2 Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 20,032
3 Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah 18,144
4 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 17,001
5 Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas 15,208
6 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 14,878
7 Morgan Grant, Granton, Ontario 13,593
8 Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 12,757
9 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 12,309
10 Wesley Brunson, Terry, Miss. 11,485
11 Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah 11,258
12 Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, Nev. 8,051
Bareback Riding
1 Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $34,432
2 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 32,303
3 Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas 31,521
4 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa 29,570
5 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 29,401
6 Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo. 29,317
7 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 24,544
8 David Peebles, Redmond, Ore. 23,856
9 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 23,043
10 Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash. 21,708
11 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 20,670
12 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 18,563
13 Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta 17,226
14 Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas 16,833
15 Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas 15,721
16 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 14,529
17 Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 13,319
18 Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho 12,706
19 George Gillespie IV, Hamilton, Mont. 12,530
20 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 12,442
Steer Wrestling
1 Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo. $31,039
2 Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas 26,304
3 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. 23,920
4 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 23,006
5 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 22,554
6 Casey Martin, Sulphur, La. 22,372
7 Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont. 18,972
8 K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas 18,797
9 Adam Strahan, McKinney, Texas 18,658
10 Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho 18,460
11 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 17,945
12 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 17,783
13 Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii 17,468
14 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 16,978
15 Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 16,579
16 Matthew Mousseau, Hensall, Ontario 14,484
17 Darrell Petry, Cheek, Texas 12,008
18 Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore. 11,790
19 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 11,148
20 Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo. 10,829
Team Roping (header)
1 Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $38,436
2 Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz. 33,740
3 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 24,914
4 Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas 21,718
5 Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. 21,034
6 Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. 19,842
7 Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore. 18,891
8 Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla. 18,331
9 Jesse Stipes, Salina, Okla. 16,866
10 Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz. 15,573
11 Bubba Buckaloo, Caddo, Okla. 15,567
12 Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 15,534
13 Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M. 14,506
14 Doyle Hoskins, Chualar, Calif. 13,637
15 Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn. 13,341
16 Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta 12,754
17 Jake Orman, Prairie, Miss. 12,615
18 Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz. 12,510
19 Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. 12,105
20 Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla. 11,536
Team Roping (heeler)
1 Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $38,436
2 Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev. 35,820
3 Travis Woodard, Stockton, Calif. 26,605
4 Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas 24,914
5 Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas 22,838
6 Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. 21,736
7 Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo. 18,891
8 Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas 18,331
9 Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 16,379
10 Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan. 15,838
11 Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz. 15,573
12 Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 15,534
13 Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla. 15,340
14 Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb. 14,313
15 Jeremy Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia 12,754
16 Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah 12,510
17 Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. 12,105
18 Tyler Domingue, De Kalb, Texas 11,383
19 J.W. Borrego, Weston, Colo. 11,259
20 Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas 10,421
Saddle Bronc Riding
1 Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $56,276
2 Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah 45,279
3 Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah 32,081
4 Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. 26,285
5 Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla. 23,948
6 Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta 20,860
7 Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D. 20,794
8 Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla. 20,786
9 Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 18,737
10 Bradley Harter, Loranger, La. 17,031
11 Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D. 15,955
12 Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah 14,354
13 Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas 13,502
14 Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb. 13,342
15 Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah 12,245
16 Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta 11,990
17 Sam Spreadborough, Snyder, Texas 11,215
18 Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn. 10,874
19 Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 10,680
20 Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta 10,624
Tie-down Roping
1 Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas $39,482
2 Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas 33,305
3 Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas 30,260
4 Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas 23,639
5 Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla. 23,363
6 Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas 21,074
7 Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas 20,731
8 Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas 20,174
9 Randall Carlisle, Athens, La. 19,062
10 Blair Burk, Durant, Okla. 19,054
11 Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas 18,678
12 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 16,469
13 Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah 14,582
14 Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 14,428
15 Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 13,522
16 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 13,072
17 Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D. 12,444
18 J.C. Malone, Roy, Utah 12,352
19 Cody McCartney, Ottawa Lake, Mich. 11,550
20 Michael Otero, Lowndesboro, Ala. 11,003
Steer Roping
1 Neal Wood, Needville, Texas $34,785
2 Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla. 28,473
3 Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas 26,027
4 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 21,423
5 Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas 19,357
6 Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D. 17,044
7 Shay Good, Midland, Texas 16,567
8 Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas 14,742
9 Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas 14,305
10 Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo. 12,222
11 Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan. 12,072
12 Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla. 9,889
13 Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas 9,713
14 Lawson Plemons, Axtell, Texas 8,835
15 Brady Garten, Claremore, Okla. 7,735
16 Jason Evans, Huntsville, Texas 7,301
17 Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. 7,177
18 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 6,983
19 J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla. 6,858
20 Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz. 6,846
Bull Riding
1 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $45,537
2 Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas 33,403
3 Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas 32,654
4 Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah 30,547
5 Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas 28,734
6 Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. 28,078
7 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 27,923
8 Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah 27,339
9 Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas 24,172
10 Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla. 20,998
11 Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn. 20,773
12 Caleb Sanderson, Kissimmee, Fla. 20,410
13 Zeb Lanham, Sweet, Idaho 16,975
14 Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D. 16,609
15 Zack Oakes, Tonasket, Wash. 16,419
16 Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah 16,225
17 Nile Lebaron, Weatherford, Texas 14,872
18 Dylan Vick, Escalon, Calif. 14,676
19 Dalton Votaw, Porter, Texas 14,176
20 Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo. 14,034

 

*2015 Barrel Racing (through April 6, 2015) 

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 Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah $55,900
2 Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga. 53,374
3 Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. 44,211
4 Alexa Lake, Richmond, Texas 40,518
5 Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. 39,210
6 Callie Duperier, Boerne, Texas 39,074
7 Fallon Taylor, Collinsville, Texas 36,961
9 Meghan Johnson, Deming, N.M. 27,239
8 Victoria Williams, Kiln, Miss. 26,484
10 Layna Kight, Ocala, Fla. 24,529
11 Cassidy Kruse, Gillette, Texas 23,787
12 Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas 23,748
13 Kelly Tovar, Rockdale, Texas 23,331
14 Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla. 23,055
15 Shelly Anzick, Livingston, Texas 21,013
16 Kenna Squires, Fredonia, Texas 19,612
17 Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D. 18,199
18 Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas 17,835
19 Shelby Janssen, Coleman, Okla. 17,341
20 Megan Swint, Lithia, Texas 16,344
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☛ Peek wins RNCF Finals 3-30-15

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

JOSH “PEAKS” AT THE RIGHT TIME IN KISSIMMEE

Courtesy PRCA
March 30, 2015

When Josh Peek was asked what he was going to do next after winning the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, he said – what else? – that he was taking his family to Disney World in neighboring Orlando. Of course they were going there anyway. It’s been planned for weeks. But it’s nice to make the trip when you have a newly-issued check for $18,171 in your pocket and knowing you’ve just gone and done something historic. The RNCF was held held March 25 – 28 in Kissimmee, Fla.,

Peek, of Pueblo, Colo., won the RNCFR steer wrestling title Saturday night with a time of 4.8 seconds, earning a buckle that will go in the trophy case as a nice companion piece to the RNCFR tie-down roping bauble he won a year ago at the 2014 RNCFR in Guthrie, Okla. It’s an achievement matched only by Ty Murray, who won the National Circuit Finals saddle bronc riding in 1993 and came back to Pocatello, Idaho, the following year to win the bull riding.

“This is a complete blessing,” Peek said. “To win RNCFR titles in back-to-back years, in different events … that’s just amazing. You couldn’t write a better outcome than that.”

Just sixth in the two-head average, Peek found another gear in the final performance of this $749,316 rodeo. He won the semifinal round in 4.1 seconds and then won the finals in 4.8 seconds as the last man out of the box.

It was deceptively tricky ground, because Eli Lord and Aaron Vosler already had no-times and defending RNCFR champion Kyle Irwin was on the board with a 13.9 (including a 10-second broken barrier) and, as Peek said, “sometimes it’s easier to be under 3.9 than it is to be under 13.9. You want to make a solid, businessman’s run and just not make any stupid mistakes by being too careful.”

Ironically, Peek didn’t earn a dime in his tie-down roping title defense, but that $18,171 in the steer wrestling easily gave him the all-around title over the only other multi-event contender, Zach Kilgus.

Peek wasn’t alone in the history-making realm on Saturday night, as Marty Yates continued a weekend-long assault on the RNCFR tie-down roping record with a run of 6.9 seconds to win the finals over Jerome Schneeberger by seven-tenths of a second. Schneeberger had started the run on Friday night when he tied Matt Shiozawa’s record of 7.3 seconds (2008, 2010). Jesse Clark dropped the mark to 7.2 during the Saturday matinee performance, and Yates then blew it away in the four-man round.

The other champions at the Silver Spurs Arena were bareback rider Steven Peebles (88 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Flaxey Lady), team ropers Drew Horner and Buddy Hawkins II (4.6 seconds), saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss (87 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Goin South), barrel racer Carmel Wright (16.42 seconds) and bull rider Joe Frost (72 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Double Play).

Peebles’ win in the bareback riding gave the Columbia River Circuit five wins in that event in the last six years and fellow Oregonian Austin Foss gave the circuit a 1-2 sweep by riding for 86 points.

“The tradition started with Clint Corey and it’s awesome to be a part of that with guys like Bobby Mote, Ryan Gray, Brian Bain and Austin,” Peebles said. “It’s great to have your name on the board next to theirs.”

Texas won the team title with $108,557, just edging out the Wilderness Circuit ($104,779), with Montana third ($92,665). It was the second win in three years for Texas and the Lone Star State now has a record 12 titles in the event’s 29-year history.

Event winners each received a $20,000 voucher toward the purchase of a new RAM Truck and a Polaris RANGER utility vehicle in addition to their winnings.

Highlights from the RNCFR will be televised on CBS Sports Net; see ProRodeo.com/TV for the telecast schedule.

 

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo
Kissimmee, Fla., March 25-28

All-around cowboy: Josh Peek, $18,171, steer wrestling and tie-down roping.

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Tim O’Connell, 83 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Ned Ross, $6,182; 2. Joe Gunderson, 80, $4,683; 3. Jessy Davis, 79, $3,372; 4. (tie) Kaycee Feild, Micky Downare and Austin Foss, 78, $1,499 each. Second round: 1. Kaycee Feild, 84 points on Pete Carr’s Classic ProRodeo’s Sadie’s Gal, $6,182; 2. Casey Breuer, 80, $4,683; 3. (tie) Austin Foss and Jessy Davis, 79, $2,810 each; 5. (tie) Bill Tutor and Caleb Bennett, 78, $1,124 each; 7. Caine Riddle, 77. 8. (tie) Tim O’Connell and Seth Hardwick, 76 each. Average: 1. Kaycee Feild, 162 points on two head, $6,182; 2. Tim O’Connell, 159, $4,683; 3. Jessy Davis, 158, $3,372; 4. Austin Foss, 157, $2,248; 5. Joe Gunderson, 154, $1,311; 6. (tie) Seth Hardwick and Steven Peebles, 153, $1,124 each; 8. Micky Downare, 151. Semifinals: 1. Steven Peebles, 86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Real Deal, $7,493; 2. Austin Foss, 84, $5,620; 3. Kaycee Field, 81, $3,747; 4. Jessy Davis, 80, $1,873. Finals: 1. Steven Peebles, 88 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Flaxy Lady, $7,493; 2. Austin Foss, 86, $5,620; 3. Kaycee Feild, 82, $3,747; 4. Jessy Davis, 80, $1,873. Total event earnings: 1. Kaycee Feild, $21,355; 2. Austin Foss, $17,796; 3. Steven Peebles, $15,455; 4. Jessy Davis, $13,300; 5. Tim O’Connell, $10,865; 6. Joe Gunderson, $5,995; 7. Casey Breuer, $4,683; 8. Micky Downare, $1,499; 9. (tie) Bill Tutor and Caleb Bennett, $1,124 each; 11. Seth Hardwick, $468.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Wade Steffen, 4.5 seconds, $6,182; 2. Beau Clark, 4.6, $4,683; 3. Tooter Silver, 4.9, $3,372; 4. Josh Peek, 5.2, $2,248; 5. Austin Manning, 5.6, $1,311; 6. Aaron Vosler, 5.7, $937. Second round: 1. Stockton Graves, 4.3 seconds, $6,182; 2. Jacob Shofner, 4.6, $4,683; 3. (tie) Sterling Lambert and Aaron Vosler, 4.7, $2,810 each; 5. Beau Clark, 4.8, $1,311; 6. Baylor Roche, 5.2, $937. Average: 1. Beau Clark, 9.4 seconds on two head, $6,182; 2. Aaron Vosler, 10.4, $4,683; 3. Jacob Shofner, 10.9, $3,372; 4. Wade Steffen, 11.0, $2,248; 5. Austin Manning, 11.2, $1,311; 6. Josh Peek, 12.0, $937; 7. Kyle Irwin, 12.7; 8. Eli Lord, 13.6. Semifinals: 1. Josh Peek, 4.1 seconds, $7,493; 2. Eli Lord, 4.5, $5,620; 3. Aaron Vosler, 4.7, $3,747; 4. Kyle Irwin, 4.8, $1,873. Finals: 1. Josh Peek, 4.8 seconds, $7,493; 2. Kyle Irwin, 13.9, $5,620; 3. (tie) Eli Lord and Aaron Vosler, NT. Total event earnings: 1. Josh Peek, $18,171; 2. (tie) Beau Clark and Aaron Vosler, $12,176 each; 4. Wade Steffen, $8,430; 5. Jacob Shofner, $8,055; 6. Kyle Irwin, $7,493; 7. Stockton Graves, $6,182; 8. Eli Lord, $5,620; 9. Tooter Silver, $3,372; 10. Sterling Lambert, $2,810; 11. Austin Manning, $2,623; 12. Baylor Roche, $937.

Team roping: First round: 1. Rob Webb/Dan Webb, 4.9 seconds, $6,182 each; 2. (tie) Coleman Proctor/Billie Saebens; Rhett Anderson/Cole Wilson, and Jade Stoddard/Ike Folsom, 5.0, $3,434 each; 5. (tie) Zach Kilgus/Justin Yost and Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 5.2, $1,124 each. Second round: 1. Garrett Tonozzi/Jared Bilby, 4.2 seconds, $6,182 each; 2. Drew Horner/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.0, $4,683; 3. Quisto Lopez/Joe Mattern, 5.1, $3,372; 4. Clint Gorrell/Levi O’Keeffe, 5.2, $2,248; 5. Rhett Anderson/Cole Wilson, 5.3, $1,311; 6. Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 5.8, $937. Average: 1. Rhett Anderson/Cole Wilson, 10.3 seconds on two head, $6,182 each; 2. Drew Horner, Plano/Buddy Hawkins II, 10.4, $4,683; 3. Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 11.0, $3,372; 4. Jade Stoddard/Ike Folsom, 11.3, $2,248; 5. Coleman Proctor/Billie Saebens, 11.5, $1,311; 6. Jason Carlson/Sam Levine, 14.2, $937; 7. Garrett Rogers/Brent Falon, 14.5; 8. Garrett Tonozzi/Jared Bilby, 15.2. Semifinals: 1. Jade Stoddard/Ike Folsom, 4.7 seconds, $7,493; 2. Drew Horner/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.7, $5,620; 3. Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 6.6, $3,747; 4. Garrett Tonozzi/Jared Bilby, 11.7, $1,873. Finals: 1. Drew Horner/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.6 seconds, $7,493; 2. Jade Stoddard/Ike Folsom, 4.8, $5,620; 3. Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 9.1, $3,747; 4. Garrett Tonozzi/Jared Bilby, NT. Total event earnings: 1. Drew Horner/Buddy Hawkins II, $22,479 each; 2. Jade Stoddard/Ike Folsom, $18,795; 3. Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, $12,925; 4. Rhett Anderson/Cole Wilson, $10,977; 5.Garrett Tonozzi/Jared Bilby, $8,055; 6. Rob Webb/Dan Webb, $6,182; 7. Coleman Proctor/Billie Saebens, $4,746; 8. Quisto Lopez/Joe Mattern, $3,372; 9. Clint Gorrell/Levi O’Keeffe, $2,248; 10. Zach Kilgus/Justin Yost, $1,124; 11. Jason Carlson/Sam Levine, $937.

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 84 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Famous Dave’s, $6,182; 2. Wade Sundell, 83, $4,683; 3. Jeff Willert, 81, $3,372; 4. Jesse Wright and Taos Muncy, 80, $1,780 each; 6. Cody Taton, 79, $937. Second round: 1. Wade Sundell, 85 points on Sutton Rodeo’s South Point, $6,182; 2. Zeke Thurston, 82, $4,683; 3. Jeff Willert, 81, $3,372; 4. Ben Londo, 80, $2,248; 5. (tie) John Redig and Bradley Harter, 78, $1,124 each. Average: 1. Wade Sundell, 168 points on two head, $6,182; 2. Jeff Willert, 162, $4,683; 3. Jacobs Crawley, 161, $3,372; 4. Ben Londo, 156, $2,248; 5. Zeke Thurston, 154, $1,311; 6. (tie) Coburn Bradshaw, Ryan Mackenzie and Heith DeMoss, 152, $312 each. Semifinals: 1. Heith DeMoss, 83 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Spade, $7,493; 2. Jacobs Crawley, 81, $5,620; 3. Ben Londo, 80, $3,747; 4. Ryan Mackenzie, 78, $1,873. Finals: 1. Heith DeMoss, 87 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Goin South, $7,493; 2. Ryan Mackenzie, 85, $5,620; 3. Jacobs Crawley, 82, $3,747; 4. Ben Londo, NT. Total event earnings: 1. Jacobs Crawley, $18,920; 2. Wade Sundell, $17,047; 3. Heith DeMoss, $15,299; 4. Jeff Willert, $11,427; 5. Ben Londo, $8,242; 6. Ryan Mackenzie, $7,805; 7. Zeke Thurston, $5,995; 8. (tie) Jesse Wright and Taos Muncy, $1,780 each; 10. (tie) Bradley Harter and John Redig, $1,124 each; 12. Cody Taton, $937.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Rhen Richard, 7.8 seconds, $6,182; 2. (tie) Jesse Clark and Ryan Jarrett, 8.0, $4,028 each; 4. Jerome Schneeberger, 8.3, $2,248; 5. Marty Yates, 8.4, $1,311; 6. Jared Kempker, 8.8, $937. Second round: 1. Jesse Clark, 7.2 seconds (breaks RNCFR record of 7.3 held by Matt Shiozawa, 2008, 2010; Jerome Schneeberger, 2015), $6,182; 2. Jerome Schneeberger, 7.3, $4,683; 3. (tie) Ryle Smith and Blair Burk, 7.9, $2,810 each; 5. Seth Hopper, 8.0, $1,311; 6. Riley Pruitt, 8.4, $937. Average: 1. Jesse Clark, 15.2 seconds on two head, $6,182; 2. Jerome Schneeberger, 15.6, $4,683; 3. Seth Hopper, 16.9, $3,372; 4. (tie) Ryan Jarrett and Marty Yates, 17.3, $1,780 each; 6. Riley Pruitt, 17.4, $937; 7. Jared Kempker, 19.7; 8. Ryle Smith, 20.3. Semifinals: 1. Marty Yates, 8.2 seconds, $7,493; 2. Jared Kempker, 9.9, $5,620; 3. Ryan Jarrett, 10.0, $3,747; 4. Jerome Schneeberger, 14.6, $1,873. Finals: 1. Marty Yates, 6.9 seconds, $7,493; 2. Jerome Schneeberger, 7.6, $5,620; 3. Jared Kempker, 8.3, $3,747; 4. Ryan Jarrett, 8.5, $1,873. Total event earnings: 1. Jerome Schneeberger, $19,108; 2. Marty Yates, $18,077; 3. Jesse Clark, $16,391; 4. Ryan Jarrett, $11,427; 5. Jared Kempker, $10,303; 6. Rhen Richard, $6,182; 7. Seth Hopper, $4,683; 8. (tie) Ryle Smith and Blair Burk, $2,810 each; 10. Riley Pruitt, $1,873.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 16.44 seconds, $6,182; 2. Lindsay Kruse, 16.45, $4,683; 3. Natalie Foutch, 16.49, $3,372; 4. Nancy Hunter, 16.53, $2,248; 5. Carmel Wright, 16.54, $1,311; 6. Cheyenne Schnelle, 16.59, $937. Second round: 1. Sarah McDonald, 16.27 seconds, $6,182; 2. Pamela Capper, 16.41, $4,683; 3. (tie) Lisa Lockhart, and Nancy Hunter, 16.57, $2,810 each; 5. Kassidy Dennison, 16.59, $1,311; 6. (tie) Lindsay Kruse and Sarah Griffin, 16.71, $468 each. Average: 1. Sarah McDonald, 32.97 seconds on two runs, $6,182; 2. Lisa Lockhart, 33.01, $4,683; 3. Nancy Hunter, 33.10, $3,372; 4. Pamela Capper, 33.15, $2,248; 5. Lindsay Kruse, 33.16, $1,311; 6. Carmel Wright, 33.36, $937; 7. Kassidy Dennison, 33.38; 8. Sarah Griffin, 33.48. Semifinals: 1. Pamela Capper, 16.30 seconds, $7,493; 2. (tie) Carmel Wright and Sarah McDonald, 16.47, $4,683 each; 4. Kassidy Dennison, 16.63, $1,873. Finals: 1. Carmel Wright, 16.42 seconds, $7,493; 2. Sarah Mcdonald, 16.45, $5,620; 3. Pamela Capper, 16.47, $3,747; 4. Kassidy Dennison, 16.49, $1,873. Total event earnings: 1. Sarah McDonald, $22,667; 2. Pamela Capper, $18,171; 3. Carmel Wright, $14,424; 4. Lisa Lockhart, $13,675; 5. Nancy Hunter, $8,430; 6. Lindsay Kruse, $6,463; 7. Kassidy Dennison, $5,058; 8. Natalie Foutch, $3,372; 9. Cheyenne Schnelle, $937; 10. Sarah Griffin, $468.

Bull riding: First round: 1. Mike Adams, 84 points on Pete Carr’s Classic ProRodeo’s Footloose, $6,182; 2. Joe Frost, 76, $4,683; 3. Bart Miller, 74, $3,372; 4. Josh Frost, 69, $2,248; no other qualified rides. Second round: 1. Aaron Pass, 85 points on Smith, Harper and Morgan Rodeo Company’s Back Woods Bandit, $6,182; 2. Daniel McAllister, 80, $4,683; 3. Josh Frost, 79, $3,372; 4. (tie) Joe Frost and Parker Breding, 78, $1,779 each; 6. (tie) Dylan Vick Hice and Lon Danley, 72, $468 each. Average: 1. Joe Frost, 154 points on two head, $6,182; 2. Josh Frost, 148, $4,683; 3. Aaron Pass, 85 on one, $3,372; 4. Mike Adams, 84, $2,248; 5. Daniel McAllister, 80, $1,311; 6. Parker Breding, 78, $937. 7. Bart Miller, 74; 8. (tie) Dylan Vick Hice and Lon Danley, 72. Semifinals: 1. No qualified rides. Finals: 1. Joe Frost, 72 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Double Play, $7,493; 2. (tie) Mike Adams, Aaron Pass and Josh Frost, NS. Total event earnings: 1. Joe Frost, $20,138; 2. Josh Frost, $10,303; 3. Aaron Pass, $9,554; 4. Mike Adams, $8,430; 5. Daniel McAllister, $5,995; 6. Bart Miller, $3,372; 7. Parker Breding, $2,716; 8. (tie) Dylan Vick and Lon Danley, $468 each.

Team standings: 1. Texas, $108,557; 2. Wilderness, $104,779; 3. Montana, $92,665; 4. Columbia River, $77,585; 5. Prairie, $74,120; 6. Badlands, $47,769; 7. Mountain States, $47,488; 8. California, $38,121.

Total payoff: $749,316. Stock contractors: 4L & Diamond S Rodeo, Barnes PRCA Rodeo, Cowtown Rodeo, Klein Brothers Rodeo, Korkow Rodeos, MJM Rodeo, Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, Pete Carr’s Classic ProRodeo, Rafter H Rodeo Livestock, Rocky Mountain Rodeo, Silver Spurs Club, Smith, Harper & Morgan Rodeo, Stace Smith Pro Rodeo, Sutton Rodeo, Three Hills Rodeo and United ProRodeo. Rodeo secretary: Carole Martinez. Officials: Skip Emmett, George Gibbs, Cliff Overstreet and Glenn Sullivan. Timers: Amy Muller and Mary Borgen. Announcers: Bob Tallman and Roger Mooney. Specialty act: Troy Lerwill. Bullfighters: Lucas Littles and Josh Rivinius. Clown/barrelman: Dennis Halstead. Flankman: Various. Chute boss:Gerry Byrn. Pickup men: Jeremy Willis and Shawn Calhoun. Photographers:James Phifer and Mike Rastelli. Sound: Benje Bendele.

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☛ RAM National Circuit Finals 3-28-15

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

FIRST FRONTIER COWBOY LEADS RNCFR BULL RIDING

 

Courtesy PRCA
March 28, 2015

A lot of young men from the Northeast are in Kissimmee, Fla., at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, held March 25-28 for the annual rite of extreme behavior that is spring break. Not a one of them is going home with better memories or demonstrable reason for pride than Pennsylvania bull rider Mike Adams.

 

The recent graduate of the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades showed plenty of trade craft in riding Footloose of Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo string for 84 points and the first-round win of the bull riding at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo worth $6,182.

 

“I have high expectations for myself,” Adams said, “so this doesn’t shock me. I had a good bull and I made it work. He went out around to the left and got me over his head, but I sat up and got (centered) again. I didn’t feel real comfortable out there, but I hope I looked comfortable.”

 

The judges seemed to think so. His 84-point score was eight points better than 2014 Reserve World Champion Joe Frost in second place, and was one of only four qualified rides in 24 tries in Silver Spurs Arena over the first two nights of this national championship event.

To understand how utterly unexpected this win might seem to the casual rodeo fan, a little background is in order

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Adams, 22, didn’t start rodeoing until 2010, just before his 18th birthday. He went to one of the Cowtown Rodeos that the Harris family has been running for more than 50 years in Pilesgrove, N.J., and just decided that bull riding was something he wanted to try.

 

There was no family background here – father, Dale, is a carpenter and mother, Sue, is a school aid. More than that, his family wasn’t openly dubious about this change in sports from baseball, football and lacrosse to something more, well, life threatening.

 

“They didn’t really try to talk me out of it,” Adams said, “but they weren’t for it either. That’s for sure. They were just trying to be good parents.”

 

Adams learned the basics of bull riding by going to a small practice facility called the Luck of the Draw in Woodstown, N.J., and another practice pen about 90 miles from his home in Oxford, Pa., which had sessions every Monday.

 

“And I was there every Monday,” Adams said, “When Gary Leffew held a bull riding school in Grantville (Pa.) I went to that. I went to his school a couple of times. A First Frontier rider named Jason Power really helped with the mental side of bull riding, and I just kept working to get better.”

 

Despite the fact that Adams never felt like he had a natural gift for the sport, he has progressed rapidly. Since his first Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo in 2011, he has qualified for the RNCFR each of the last three years and is now in position to become the first bull rider from the First Frontier Circuit to ever win this rodeo.

 

“That’s the plan,” Adams said.

The other first-round winners at this 29th edition of the RNCFR were bareback rider Tim O’Connell (83 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Ned Ross), steer wrestler Wade Steffen (4.5 seconds), team ropers Rob Webb and Dan Webb (4.9 seconds), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (84 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Famous Dave’s), tie-down roper Rhen Richard (7.8 seconds) and barrel racer Lisa Lockhart (16.44 seconds).

 

In addition to Adams, Steffen, Richard and Lockhart all had their winning efforts on the Thursday night session that completed the first round. The second round begins Friday night with a 7:30 p.m. (ET) performance.

 

The tournament-style RNFCR format determines the national circuit champions in each event. All 24 qualifiers from the 12 circuits compete in the two preliminary rounds of the rodeo. The top eight contestants from each event advance to the semifinal round, with all previous scores and times thrown out. The top four move on to the final round, a sudden‑death competition that determines the national circuit champion in each event.

 

Because the top four contestants begin that final round with a clean slate, each one has an equal opportunity to claim an RNCFR title.

 

Event winners each receive a $20,000 voucher toward the purchase of a new RAM Truck and a Polaris Ranger utility vehicle in addition to their winnings.

 

Wrangler Network is airing live webcasts of the rodeo’s first four performances and, after the event, highlights from the RNCFR will be televised on CBS Sports Net; see ProRodeo.com/TV for the telecast schedule.

 

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Results
Kissimmee, Fla., March 25-28

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Tim O’Connell, 83 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Ned Ross, $6,182; 2. Joe Gunderson, 80, $4,683; 3. Jessy Davis, 79, $3,372; 4. (tie) Kaycee Feild, Micky Downare and Austin Foss, 78, $1,499 each.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Wade Steffen, 4.5 seconds, $6,182; 2. Beau Clark, 4.6, $4,683; 3. Tooter Silver, 4.9, $3,372; 4. Josh Peek, 5.2, $2,248; 5. Austin Manning, 5.6, $1,311; 6. Aaron Vosler, 5.7, $937.

Team roping: First round: 1. Rob Webb/Dan Webb, 4.9 seconds, $6,182 each; 2. (tie) Coleman Proctor/Billie Saebens; Rhett Anderson/Cole Wilson, and Jade Stoddard/Ike Folsom, 5.0, $3,434 each; 5. (tie) Zach Kilgus/Justin Yost and Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 5.2, $1,124 each.

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 84 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Famous Dave’s, $6,182; 2. Wade Sundell, 83, $4,683; 3. Jeff Willert, 81, $3,372; 4. Jesse Wright and Taos Muncy, 80, $1,780 each; 6. Cody Taton, 79, $937.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Rhen Richard, 7.8 seconds, $6,182; 2. (tie) Jesse Clark and Ryan Jarrett, 8.0, $4,028 each; 4. Jerome Schneeberger, 8.3, $2,248; 5. Marty Yates, 8.4, $1,311; 6. Jared Kempker, 8.8, $937.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 16.44 seconds, $6,182; 2. Lindsay Kruse, 16.45, $4,683; 3. Natalie Foutch, 16.49, $3,372; 4. Nancy Hunter, 16.53, $2,248; 5. Carmel Wright, 16.54, $1,311; 6. Cheyenne Schnelle, 16.59, $937.

Bull riding: First round: 1. Mike Adams, 84 points on Pete Carr’s Classic ProRodeo’s Footloose, $6,182; 2. Joe Frost, 76, $4,683; 3. Bart Miller, 74, $3,372; 4. Josh Frost, 69, $2,248; no other qualified rides.

Total payoff: $749,316. Stock contractors: 4L & Diamond S Rodeo, Barnes PRCA Rodeo, Cowtown Rodeo, Klein Brothers Rodeo, Korkow Rodeos, MJM Rodeo, Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, Pete Carr’s Classic ProRodeo, Rafter H Rodeo Livestock, Rocky Mountain Rodeo, Silver Spurs Club, Smith, Harper & Morgan Rodeo, Stace Smith Pro Rodeo, Sutton Rodeo, Three Hills Rodeo and United ProRodeo. Rodeo secretary: Carole Martinez. Officials: Skip Emmett, George Gibbs, Cliff Overstreet and Glenn Sullivan. Timers: Amy Muller and Mary Borgen. Announcers: Bob Tallman and Roger Mooney. Specialty act: Troy Lerwill. Bullfighters: Lucas Littles and Josh Rivinius. Clown/barrelman: Dennis Halstead. Flankman: Various. Chute boss: Gerry Byrn. Pickup men: Jeremy Willis and Shawn Calhoun. Photographers: James Phifer and Mike Rastelli.

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☛ Rodeo News 3-26-15

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA
March 26, 2015

 

Idaho ropers look to weave web of RNCFR glory

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Rob and Dan Webb had a good night at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo March 25 – even putting themselves in position to make a little history – and they were fairly certain their dad, Kirk, didn’t get to see any of it on the WranglerNetwork.com webcast.

“You can bet he was out feeding the cattle,” said Dan Webb, with a grin, “taking care of the farm’s 400 mother cows. Our mom (Stevia) might have watched us, but dad was pretty sure to be out there working.”

That’s how it has always been on the Webb farm in Wendell, Idaho. Work comes first. Rob and Dan learned their work ethic and how to rodeo from their dad, a nine-time RNCFR qualifier. Even if Kirk’s not watching, he’s present in their every run.

 

It’s part of the reason that Rob, 26, and Dan, 31, have become the best team roping pair in Idaho and are now in position to make a run at becoming the first team in Wilderness Circuit history to win a title at the RNCFR. They took the first-round lead on Wednesday night with a 4.9-second run.

There is reason for the Webb brothers to draw extra inspiration from their dad these days. He had a really bad horse wreck a couple of years back and ended up in a coma. The first weeks were rough. Doctors weren’t sure he was going to make it.

“But now he’s back driving and working,” Dan said. “It’s been great.”

 

The Webb brothers feel like they were born into their rodeo life. They live across a hay field from each other in Wendell, practice their roping on a regular schedule while balancing farm work, developing Rob’s fencing company and other endeavors.

 

“I was probably in middle school when we started roping together full time,” said Rob Webb, “and we’ve just stayed with it.”

 

They had their best year in 2014 when they finished second at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo and split a round at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up. Rob finished No. 47 among headers in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and Dan was No. 56 among heelers.

 

They won the Wilderness Circuit year-end title and the RAM Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Other first-round leaders to come out of Wednesday night’s performance at the Silver Spurs Arena were bareback rider Tim O’Connell (83 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Ned Ross), steer wrestler Beau Clark (4.6 seconds), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (84 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Famous Dave’s), tie-down ropers Ryan Jarrett and Jesse Clark (8.0 seconds), barrel racer Lindsay Kruse (16.45 seconds) and bull rider Joe Frost (76 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan Rodeo’s Nutcase).

Crawley is the defending champion and is trying to join Jesse Wright (2010-11) as the only cowboys to win back-to-back saddle bronc riding titles in the 29-year history of this rodeo.

 

The tournament-style RNFCR format determines the national circuit champions in each event. All 24 qualifiers from the 12 circuits compete in the two preliminary rounds of the rodeo. The top eight contestants from each event advance to the semifinal round, with all previous scores and times thrown out. The top four then move on to the final round, a sudden-death competition that determines the national circuit champion in each event.

 

Because the top four contestants begin that final round with a clean slate, each one has an equal opportunity to claim an RNCFR title.

Event winners each receive a $20,000 voucher toward the purchase of a new RAM Truck and a Polaris Ranger utility vehicle in addition to their winnings.

 

Wrangler Network is airing live webcasts of the rodeo’s first four performances and, after the event, highlights from the RNCFR will be televised on CBS Sports Net; see ProRodeo.com/TV for the telecast schedule.

 

 

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

 

Kissimmee, Fla., March 25-28

Bareback riding: First round leaders: 1. Tim O’Connell, 83 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Ned Ross; 2. Joe Gunderson, 80; 3. Jessy Davis, 79; 4. (tie) Micky Downare and Austin Foss, 78 each; 6. Andy Carter, 74

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Beau Clark, 4.6 seconds; 2. Tooter Silver, 4.9; 3. Josh Peek, 5.2; 4. Austin Manning, 5.6; 5. Jacob Shofner, 6.3; 6. Eli Lord, 8.3

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Rob Webb/Dan Webb, 4.9 seconds; 2. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.0; 3. (tie) Zach Kilgus/Justin Yost and Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 5.2 each; 5. Jason Carlson/Sam Levine, 5.4; 6. Ty Blasingame/J.W. Borrego, 5.8

Saddle bronc riding: First round leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 84 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Famous Dave’s; 2. Wade Sundell, 83; 3. Jesse Wright, 80; 4. Cody Taton, 79; 5. (tie) Jeremy Meeks and Jace Angus, 78

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Jesse Clark and Ryan Jarrett, 8.0 seconds each; 3. Riley Pruitt, 9.0; 4. Blake Ash, 12.1; 5. Ryle Smith, 12.4; 6. Josh Peek, 15.4

 

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Lindsay Kruse, 16.45 seconds; 2. Cheyenne Schnelle, 16.59; 3. Mary Walker, 16.65; 4. (tie) Ann Scott and Sarah McDonald, 16.70 each; 6. Sarah Griffin, 16.77

Bull riding: First round leaders: 1. Joe Frost, 76 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan Rodeo’s Nutcase; no other qualified rides

Total payoff: $749,316. Stock contractors: 4L & Diamond S Rodeo, Barnes PRCA Rodeo, Cowtown Rodeo, Klein Brothers Rodeo, Korkow Rodeos, MJM Rodeo, Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, Pete Carr’s Classic ProRodeo, Rafter H Rodeo Livestock, Rocky Mountain Rodeo, Silver Spurs Club, Smith, Harper & Morgan Rodeo, Stace Smith Pro Rodeo, Sutton Rodeo, Three Hills Rodeo and United ProRodeo. Rodeo secretary: Carole Martinez. Officials: Skip Emmett, George Gibbs, Cliff Overstreet and Glenn Sullivan. Timers: Amy Muller and Mary Borgen. Announcers: Bob Tallman and Roger Mooney. Specialty act: Troy Lerwill. Bullfighters: Lucas Littles and Josh Rivinius. Clown/barrelman: Dennis Halstead. Flankman: Various. Chute boss: Gerry Byrn. Pickup men: Jeremy Willis and Shawn Calhoun. Photographers: James Phifer and Mike Rastelli.

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