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☛ PBR’s Ty Pozzobon dies at age 25 -1-10-17

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Most information taken from PBR press releases
Jan. 10, 2017


Ty Pozzobon, 25, Merritt, B.C., Canada, a top PBR bull rider, unexpectedly died on Monday, Jan. 9.

Ty Pozzobon, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada, 25, and a seven-year PBR veteran died only a day following the first Major Event of the 2017 year at Madison Square Garden.  Inside sources say his death was more than likely a suicide as he was found in his car with a rag in the exhaust.

The seven-year PBR veteran with 71 qualified rides on the Built Ford Tough Series after first debuting on the BFTS in 2011, first started riding in PBR Canada-sanctioned events in 2010 and went on to compete full time in the United States in 2011.

Pozzobon,  the 2016 PBR Canada Champion, qualified for the PBR World Finals four times and was set to return to PBR competition in 2017 following a career-best fourth-place finish for a $97,500 paycheck at the 2016 PBR World Finals. Pozzobon set a career-high with an 89.5-point ride on Big Cat during Round 2 of the World Finals this past November.

According to Sean Gleason, the PBR CEO, “Pozzobon was a cowboy through and through and loved being a professional bull rider. His infectious personality and enthusiasm for doing what he loved touched so many of us, and we will remember him always.”

PBR will recognize and celebrate Ty’s life beginning this weekend in Chicago.

Funeral arrangements are pending.



Even though two-time World Champion J. B. Mauney Mooresville, N.C., has been dealing with chronic hip injury for years, but the Mooresville, North Carolina, cowboy believes he may have severely aggravated his hip or sustained a new injury inside Madison Square Garden this weekend.

Mauney has been barely able to walk ever since he was bucked off by WSM Auctioneer’s Dew Rag Dan (4.82 seconds) in Round 1 on Friday night.

After bucking off in Round 2 (Big Tex Rocks The Chute, 3.21 seconds), Mauney had a further conversation with Dr. Tandy Freeman and decided that he would undergo X-rays when he returns home to North Carolina this week.

Mauney landed on his backside and did a back roll when he hit the dirt hard against Dew Rag Dan and believes that might be where his latest injury occurred.

“I am real sore,” Mauney said as he held himself up on a Monster Energy cooler. “Either tomorrow or Tuesday I will get X-rays. Usually I will get over it. It will hurt when I ride, but by the next day when I get up moving around it goes way. This here – it has been hurting ever since I got on that bull the other day.”

Mauney had never begun a season with two consecutive BFTS buckoffs in his 12-year career until this weekend.

Freeman said it is too early to speculate on any potential scenarios that could keep Mauney out long term. However, Freeman said there appears to be an issue near Mauney’s SI joint and trochanter.

For now, the goal is to get a better picture of what is going on with Mauney’s right hip.

“It is something new and we are going to get some X-rays, and hopefully he will get them done tomorrow or the next day, and go from there,” Freeman said. “Part of it is stuff that he had. He has some problems with his SI joint on that side and it is really stuck down and not moving like it is supposed to. It is bad enough that it is making it a little hard to evaluate the other stuff. J.B. is real tender over his trochanter. All of the muscles that attach to it hurt when he tries to make those muscles work. He may have something going on with it.”

Mauney said he is unsure of what his decision will be if surgery is recommended.

“We will get the X-rays, send them Tandy and see what he says,” Mauney said.

Mauney understands he is in the latter half of his career, but says he is far from done.

“I am not through yet,” Mauney said. “Yeah, I am getting a little older, but I ain’t done yet.”



Jess Lockwood, 19,  overcame a few demons from 2016 this weekend in New Orr when he won the first PBR Major of the year and took home a career high of $117,183.33. Lockwood went 4-for-4 and clinched the victory with a gritty 82.25-point ride on Naughty List.

It is the first event the second-year pro and new world leader has not bucked off a bull.

The 19-year-old was competing in his first event since bucking off all five of his bulls at the World Finals, while also heading into Sunday’s championship round with five consecutive buckoffs in championship rounds.

Marco Equchi (550 world points), Ryan Dirteater (378), Fabiano Vieira (258.3) and Matt Triplett (175) rounded out the top 5.

This is the first time Lockwood has ever been ranked No. 1 in the world standings.

He heads into next weekend’s Chicago Invitational with the other 34 riders in the locker room wanting his No. 1 world ranking.

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☛ PBR success results in 2017 $11.5 million payout 2-9-17






By Glory Ann Kurtz from PBR press releases
Feb. 9, 2017

While most horse events are struggling to continue paying high purses, PBR bull riding seems to be flourishing. However, PBR’s increasing success is due to a huge worldwide fanbase buying tickets to one of the most dangerous sports in the world, as well as sponsors jumping on the bandwagon. The fanbase seems to be what’s missing in the horse industry.

Following the most successful year in the sport’s history, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), have announced the addition of nearly $1.5 million U.S. dollars in prize money throughout the 2017 PBR worldwide event schedule, with additional money going to the bucking bulls and stock contractors.

Beginning with the Monster Energy Buck Off held at Madison Square Garden this past weekend, the four PBR Majors will now pay out $250,000 to the riders, with $100,000 to each winner for a total purse of $1 million across the four annual Majors. The total 2017 award money across PBR’s events for bull riders and stock contractors will add up to more than $11 million. Also, more than $500,000 will be added to PBR prize money in the U.S. between the elite Built Ford Tough Series and the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour, the sport’s premier expansion series.

The four PBR Majors include 1) Madison Square Garden in New York City that was held this past weekend; 2) the Iron Cowboy, taking place Feb. 28 at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas; e) the Last Cowboy Standing, held on Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, Nev.; and 4)) Nashville, Tenn.

Added prize money at the PBR Majors, highlights of the expanded prize money pool includes these changes for both bull riders and bulls, with 1) each PBR World Finals round paying $35,000 for first place with additional dollars added through a 7th-place payout in all rounds. 2) The PBR World Finals event winner will receive $300,000, 3) The World Champion bucking bull will receive $100,000 with the second-place bull receiving $25,000. The $1 million bonus to the annual World Champion Rider will continue.

According to Cody Lambert, PBR Director of Livestock, “Winning any one of the PBR Majors in 2017 is the equivalent of winning the first two PBR World Finals back to back. That is life-changing money for any athlete, especially a bull rider, and it is available four times a year at a single PBR event. that is one of the things we set out to accomplish in forming the PBR 25 years ago.



PBR tours  in Canada, Brazil, Australia and Mexico will also increase their prize purse in the 2017 season. Additionally more than $700,000 of new prize money will be available to the top bull riders in the world as part of the first PBR Global Cup event in November 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at Rogers Place.



The bull with the highest average bull score across the 10 outs of the PBR Built Ford Tough Series will be crowned the World Champion bucking Bull and earn the $100,000 WCBB bonus. Also, PBR is bringing back the $25,000 award to acknowledge and recognize the highest-performing bull at the PBR Finals each year. At the conclusion of the PBR Ford tough Series regular season, the stock contractor for the top three bulls with the highest regular season average (average of top 8 score) will receive $25,000 for first, $10,000 for second and $5,000 for third.

Also, the Stock contractor of the Year is selected by a vote of the Top 40 riders in the current season’s PBR World Standings at the conclusion of the 24th regular season BFTS event and will receive a $10,000 bonus.

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☛ Nogueira’s AA title headlines NFR round 10 madness 12-11-16

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in BREAKING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments




Press release courtesy PRCA
Dec. 11, 2016

LAS VEGAS – It’s party time in Brazil – and for good reason.

A country with deep rodeo roots finally has its first world champion in Junior Nogueira.

The team roping heeler won the all-around gold buckle during the 10th and final night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

“I’m very happy, and not just for myself, but for my family, friends and everyone in Brazil,” Nogueira said. “I hope this gives kids in Brazil, and around the world, inspiration that anything is possible if you put your trust in God.”

The 26-year-old native of Presidente Prudente, Brazil, combined with his heeler, Kaleb Driggers, to place sixth in Round 10, which was enough to earn Nogueira the gold all-around buckle.

Nogueira’s season total of $231,728 earned him the title by less than $4,000 over steer wrestler Clayton Hass. However, he was upset that he and Driggers didn’t win the team roping world titles – they both finished second in the world.

“We had a good week, but I didn’t rope as good as I usually do,” Nogueira said. “But this is motivation for us to get back next year and win it.”

On a night filled with wild surprises at the Thomas & Mack Center, one thing remained the same – Sage Kimzey is the best bull rider in the world.

The Strong City, Okla., cowboy captured his third straight gold buckle thanks to placing third in the final round, and third in the WNFR average.

“It’s the greatest feeling in the world, and something I’ve worked for my whole life and seeing it pay off is great,” Kimzey said. “It’s just a life-long dream I’ve worked on for years.”

This world title was harder to come by than the first two for the 22-year-old. Last year, he clinched the gold buckle in Round 9, but this time, it came down to the last few rides, as he battled childhood friend Brennon Eldred until the last ride.

“It’s one of those deals where I wasn’t riding up to snuff, and some bulls didn’t let me place, and some slipped through my grasp,” Kimzey said. “It was a rough Finals from the second round to the 10th; but it was a good fight, and I like that because it shows the character of yourself and what you are made of as a man.”

Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler made history by simply qualifying for the WNFR. What they did Saturday night sent shockwaves throughout the entire rodeo world – namely Canada.

The first-ever pair of Canadian team ropers to compete together in the Thomas & Mack Center became the first-ever Canadian world champions in their event.

“We knew there was a mathematical chance, but with the guys roping behind us, we figured we’d win some money, and that was it,” Simpson said. “Then we won the average, and I was jumping for joy.”

“I can’t believe it … the field of ropers that’s here and that we rope against all year … I can’t believe we won,” Buhler added.

Simpson entered Las Vegas ranked 14th in the world heading standings, and Buhler was 12th in the heeling standings. That just made their run to the title that much more improbable.

The duo’s 4.3-second run in Round 10 split the win, and moved them from outside the Top 5 in the world standings to the top spot.

They also won the WNFR average with a nine-head time of 54.2 seconds, and set the record for team roping earnings in a season ($249,133 for Simpson, and $258,311 for Buhler).

“This is close to the day my daughter was born,” Simpson said, looking at his partner. “Are you shaking? I’m shaking. I’ve never had this much excitement.”

Not to be outdone by his fellow countrymen, Zeke Thurston pulled off a stunner of epic proportions in Round 10, bringing the saddle bronc riding world title back to Canada for the first time in 14 years.

The Big Valley, Alberta, cowboy split third place in Round 10, and when defending World Champ Jacobs Crawley missed his horse out, Thurston completed the comeback, edging Crawley by less than $3,000 for the world title and collecting the WNFR average title for good measure.

“I can’t even tell you how I feel, there’s no feeling to compare it to,” said the 22-year-old Thurston. “I didn’t know if it (winning the world and average) was true or not at first, but in the hallway the camera crew told me, and they were right. It’s a beautiful buckle – to get the average at the NFR is a big deal, but the world is huge.”

The last time a saddle bronc rider representing Canada won the world was when ProRodeo Hall of Famer Glen O’Neill did it in 2002.

“I knew there was a chance, and everyone has a chance – but to realistically have a shot, I knew I had to ride good and be consistent,” Thurston said. “The horse I had (Andrews Rodeo’s Fire Lane), I knew I could place good, and luckily it worked out. She has been around a long time, and does the same thing every time – she circles to the left.”

Tim O’Connell completed one of the most historic bareback riding seasons in PRCA history with two buckles and one proud state of Iowa.

There has only been one PRCA world champion from the state of Iowa – bareback rider Paul Mayo in 1966. Mayo was from Grinnell, Iowa, which is 150 miles from O’Connell’s hometown of Zwingle.

“It feels amazing – I’m humbled and blessed to have my name on that wall of champions with all the other names up there,” O’Connell said. “To be the second one from Iowa … there aren’t words that can describe what that means.”

O’Connell led for the majority of the regular season, and while he only took one go-round victory lap during the 10 days of the WNFR, his consistency earned him both the gold buckle and the WNFR average title.

He earned checks in eight of the 10 rounds, taking the average title with a score of 842 points on 10 head – which was 27 points clear of the rest of the field. O’Connell earned a total of  $374,272, a new bareback riding single-season record.

“It puts my mark down that this was my year, and I didn’t leave any doubt about it,” he said. “But that takes nothing away from those other 14 bareback riders, because that is the best group of bareback riders that has ever hit this building. You can go back and look at the scores throughout the 10 nights – you wouldn’t find a ranker bareback riding every single night.”

Steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack entered the WNFR ranked third in the world standings, but it was clear who the best bulldogger was over the 10 nights in Las Vegas.

The Gonzales, La., cowboy left the Thomas & Mack Center with both his first gold buckle and WNFR average title.

“This is something I’ve worked for since I was little kid,” Waguespack said. “Every day when I came home from school, my dad (Mike) and I got in the practice pen, and all the long hours and all the years of practice finally did pay off. I’m going to talk to my dad as soon as I can.”

Waguespack ran away with the WNFR average title, beating the field by nearly eight seconds with a 10-head time of 41.9 seconds.

When the dust settled, the world standings weren’t close, either. Waguespack finished with $298,676 – more than $70,000 clear of second-place Matt Reeves.

“I like the sound of that,” Waguespack said of hearing himself announced as world champion. “I’m not normally short on words, but I really like the sound of that.”

Waguespack also took home the RAM Top Gun award, which goes to the WNFR competitor who wins the most money over the 10 nights in one event.

His earnings total of $213,218 was nearly $18,000 more than O’Connell, and more than $20,000 clear of Shane Proctor, who won the bull riding average title.

Tie-down roper Tyson Durfey entered the WNFR ranked 14th in the world standings, and wasn’t necessarily one of the favorites to win his first gold buckle.

He worked his way up the standings by placing in six rounds, and when he split third in Round 10 with a 7.4-second run, Durfey finished off an incredible run to the world title.

He finished second in the WNFR average with a 10-head time of 94.0 seconds, and finished less than $4,000 ahead of Marcos Costa in the world standings.

“I thought I had to win first or second in the round to win the world,” Durfey said. “I really thought after Hunter (Herrin) went and got close to me in the average and Marcos (Costa) was 7.4, I just didn’t see any possible way that it could happen (win the world championship). I didn’t crunch numbers because I knew that would just put more pressure on me. This is unbelievable. I’m usually a really good communicator, and I’m in awe of what happened.”

Durfey and his wife, Shea, had their first child, daughter Praise Royal, Sept. 1. Now, he has a gold buckle, and life is good.

“So much work has been put into this,” Durfey said of being a world champ. “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little kid. I used to wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning and practice before school, and then rope until midnight. This is just incredible.”

Barrel racer Mary Burger finished off a storybook season with her second world title, 10 years after the first time she won the gold buckle.

The 68-year-old earned a total of $277,554, which was enough to hold off Amberleigh Moore by nearly $11,000.

“You know, I kept hearing from everyone that I have been an inspiration and it has meant so much to me,” Burger said. “It’s really all God’s plan, and I’m liking His plan. I am so proud.”

Burger and her horse, Mo, led the world standings for most of the season, and capped it with the ultimate prize.

“It was an amazing year,” she said. “One that is hard to imagine, really, with setting a lot of new records, coming into the Finals with the No. 1 back number. Everybody has been so kind.  I’m so glad they are proud of me and Mo.”



Tenth Performance Results, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.


All-around world standings: 1. Junior Nogueira, $231,728; 2. Clayton Hass, $228,108; 3. Clay Smith, $215,924; 4. Dustin Bird, $214,181; 5. Russell Cardoza, $204,720; 6. Caleb Smidt, $197,277; 7. Josh Peek, $164,363; 8. Ryan Jarrett, $155,416; 9. Shay Carroll, $120,306; 10. JoJo LeMond, $112,623; 11. Ryle Smith, $99,862; 12. Rhen Richard, $81,497.


Bareback riding: 1. R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif., 88.5 points on Pickett Rodeo’s Top Flight, $26,231; 2. Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 88, $20,731; 3. Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, 87, $15,654; 4. (tie) Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, and Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 85, $8,885 each; 6. Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 84.5, $4,231; 7. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 84; 8. (tie) Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah; Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.; and Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 83; 11. Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 81; 12. Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas, 80; 13. Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 76; 14. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 72.5; 15. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., NS. Average standings: 1. Tim O’Connell, 840 points on 10 head, $67,269; 2. (tie) Jake Vold and J.R. Vezain, 815, $48,865 each; 4. Caleb Bennett, 810, $31,731; 5. Richmond Champion, 807.5, $22,846; 6. Clayton Biglow, 805, $16,500; 7. R.C. Landingham, 799.5, $11,423; 8. Evan Jayne, 787, $6,346. World standings: 1. Tim O’Connell, $374,272; 2. Jake Vold, $240,161; 3. Orin Larsen, $219,373; 4. Caleb Bennett, $217,167; 5. Tanner Aus, $213,152; 6. R.C. Landingham, $211,986; 7. Clayton Biglow, $171,064; 8. J.R. Vezain, $159,508; 9. Winn Ratliff, $153,680; 10. Wyatt Denny, $148,862; 11. Richmond Champion, $129,092; 12. Jake Brown, $120,282; 13. Evan Jayne, $119,081; 14. Ty Breuer, $114,330; 15. Jessy Davis, $79,916.


Steer wrestling: 1. J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 3.9 seconds, $26,231; 2. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 4.0, $20,731; 3. (tie) Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.; Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.; Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.; Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 4.2, $9,413 each; 7. Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 4.4; 8. (tie) Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., and Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 4.6; 10. Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., 4.9; 11. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 5.3; 12. (tie) Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah, and Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii, 6.0; 14. (tie) Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., and Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La., NT. Average standings: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 41.9 seconds on 10 head, $67,269; 2. Jason Thomas, 49.8, $54,577; 3. Matt Reeves, 50.0, $43,154; 4. Dakota Eldridge, 55.6, $31,731; 5. Nick Guy, 60.1, $22,846; 6. Clayton Hass, 43.7 on nine, $16,500; 7. Cody Cabral, 57.9, $11,423; 8. Josh Peek, 59.9, $6,346. World standings: 1. Tyler Waguespack, $298,676; 2. Matt Reeves, $226,543; 3. Clayton Hass, $213,111; 4. J.D. Struxness, $213,108; 5. Jason Thomas, $205,137; 6. Dakota Eldridge, $176,673; 7. Ty Erickson, $145,673; 8. Riley Duvall, $129,104; 9. Josh Peek, $119,157; 10. Nick Guy, $118,308; 11. Billy Bugenig, $109,330; 12. Trevor Knowles, $101,336; 13. Cody Cabral, $101,331; 14. Jacob Talley, $96,686; 15. Baylor Roche, $93,636.


Team roping: 1. (tie) Zac Small, Welch, Okla./Wesley Thorp, Stephenville, Texas, and Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta/Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta, 4.3 seconds, $23,481 each; 3. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.5, $15,654; 4. Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 4.7, $11,000; 5. Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 5.5, $6,769; 6. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas, 9.4, $4,231; 7. Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 9.9; 8. Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 14.3; 9. (tie) Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.; Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.; Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta/Shay Carroll, Prineville, Ore.; Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.; Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore./Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif./Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.; Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz./Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah, NT. Average standings: 1. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 54.2 seconds on nine head, $67,269; 2. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 62.6, $54,577; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 71.9, $43,154; 4. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 51.6 on eight, $31,731; 5. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 51.7, $22,846; 6. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 37.5 on seven, $16,500; 7. Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 48.2, $11,423; 8. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 50.2, $6,346. World standings (headers): 1. Levi Simpson, $249,133; 2. Kaleb Driggers, $230,284; 3. Luke Brown, $228,436; 4. Riley Minor, $220,166; 5. Clay Smith, $218,611; 6. Dustin Bird, $200,102; 7. Erich Rogers, $189,185; 8. Matt Sherwood, $145,907; 9. Zac Small, $143,787; 10. Kolton Schmidt, $132,378; 11. Colby Lovell, $122,245; 12. Tyler Wade, $114,529; 13. Garrett Rogers, $109,731; 14. Cody Snow, $100,718; 15. Coleman Proctor, $92,049. World standings (heelers): 1. Jeremy Buhler, $258,311; 2. Junior Nogueira, $230,284; 3. Jake Long, $225,091; 4. Paul Eaves, $219,900; 5. Brady Minor, $218,658; 6. Russell Cardoza, $193,441; 7. Cory Petska, $190,411; 8. Quinn Kesler, $145,876; 9. Wesley Thorp, $138,221; 10. Dakota Kirchenschlager, $120,755; 11. Shay Carroll, $110,968; 12. Jake Minor, $109,152; 13. Dugan Kelly, $106,510; 14. Travis Graves, $106,450; 15. Billie Jack Saebens, $98,834.


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 90.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Wound Up, $26,231; 2. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 86.5, $20,731; 3. (tie) Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, and Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 86, $13,327 each; 5. Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 83, $6,769; 6. (tie) Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., and Jake Watson, Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia, 82.5, $2,115 each; 8. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 82; 9. Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 80.5; 10. CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 76.5; 11. (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas; Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah; Jake Wright, Milford, Utah; Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas; and Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, NS. Average standings: 1. Zeke Thurston, 747.5 points on nine head, $67,269; 2. Jake Watson, 745.5, $54,577; 3. Allen Boore, 729.5, $43,154; 4. CoBurn Bradshaw, 725.5, $31,731; 5. (tie) Jacobs Crawley and Cody Wright, 662 on eight, $19,673 each; 7. Jesse Wright, 581.5 on seven, $11,423; 8. Jake Wright, 578.5, $6,346. World standings: 1. Zeke Thurston, $265,449; 2. Jacobs Crawley, $262,618; 3. CoBurn Bradshaw, $219,867; 4. Ryder Wright, $211,758; 5. Jake Watson, $204,102; 6. Cody Wright, $196,927; 7. Allen Boore, $184,385; 8. Jake Wright, $166,818; 9. Rusty Wright, $163,904; 10. Jesse Wright, $150,424; 11. Clay Elliott, $139,760; 12. Cody DeMoss, $138,768; 13. Sterling Crawley, $132,376; 14. Heith DeMoss, $110,987; 15. Chuck Schmidt, $83,244.


Tie-down roping: 1. Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 6.6 seconds, $26,231; 2. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 7.2, $20,731; 3. (tie) Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, and Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 7.4, $13,327 each; 5. (tie) Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla., and Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 7.6, $5,500 each; 7. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 7.7; 8. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 7.8; 9. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 7.9; 10. Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas, 8.4; 11. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 8.6; 12. Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 9.6; 13. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 11.7; 14. (tie) Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., and Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, NT. Average standings: 1. Riley Pruitt, 85.9 seconds on 10 head, $67,269; 2. Tyson Durfey, 94.0, $54,577; 3. Hunter Herrin, 94.7, $43,154; 4. Cade Swor, 96.5, $31,731; 5. Cory Solomon, 109.2, $22,846; 6. Blane Cox, 78.8 on nine, $16,500; 7. Caleb Smidt, 83.8, $11,423; 8. Ryan Jarrett, 94.1, $6,346. World standings: 1. Tyson Durfey, $212,445; 2. Marcos Costa, $208,927; 3. Hunter Herrin, $205,573; 4. Marty Yates, $194,212; 5. Cade Swor, $187,566; 6. Caleb Smidt, $183,777; 7. Riley Pruitt, $180,586; 8. Shane Hanchey, $180,124; 9. Matt Shiozawa, $161,281; 10. Cory Solomon, $160,854; 11. Ryan Jarrett, $143,688; 12. Blane Cox, $141,473; 13. Timber Moore, $118,539; 14. Reese Riemer, $99,641; 15. Ryle Smith, $94,386.


Barrel racing: 1. (tie) Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., and Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 13.59 seconds, $23,481 each; 3. Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah, 13.61, $15,654; 4. Cayla (Melby) Small, Burneyville, Okla., 13.64, $11,000; 5. (tie) Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., and Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash., 13.67, $5,500 each; 7. Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 13.70; 8. Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas, 13.77; 9. Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 13.82; 10. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.06; 11. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 14.14; 12. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 18.79; 13. Mary Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla., 18.89; 14. Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 23.60; 15. Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo., NT. Average standings: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 137.98 seconds on 10 runs, $67,269; 2. Amberleigh Moore, 141.53, $54,577; 3. Sherry Cervi, 142.95, $43,154; 4. Kimmie Wall, 144.67, $31,731; 5. Pamela Capper, 148.07, $22,846; 6. Jackie Ganter, 149.88, $16,500; 7. Sarah Rose McDonald, 152.81, $11,423; 8. Mary Burger, 153.40, $6,346. World standings: 1. Mary Burger, $277,554; 2. Amberleigh Moore, $266,760; 3. Lisa Lockhart, $251,975; 4. Sherry Cervi, $248,313; 5. Kimmie Wall, $242,603; 6. Pamela Capper, $171,966; 7. Jackie Ganter, $169,541; 8. Ivy Conrado, $161,775; 9. Jana Bean, $159,086; 10. Sarah Rose McDonald, $159,018; 11. Stevi Hillman, $156,528; 12. Michele McLeod, $144,707; 13. Cayla (Melby) Small, $133,698; 14. Mary Walker, $122,816; 15. Carley Richardson, $103,991.


Bull riding: 1. Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 84 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s J Lazy, $26,231; 2. Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 83.5, $20,731; 3. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 83, $15,654; 4. Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas, 82.5, $11,000; 5. Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M., 82, $6,769; 6. (tie) Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah; Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas; Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho; Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.; Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.; Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.; Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.; Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.; Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.; NS; Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas; INJ. Average standings: 1. Shane Proctor, 590 points on seven head, $67,269; 2. Brennon Eldred, 509.5 on six, $54,577; 3. Sage Kimzey, 501, $43,154; 4. Joe Frost, 407.5 on five, $31,731; 5. Garrett Smith, 330.5 on four, $22,846; 6. Cody Rostockyj, 327.5, $16,500; 7. Scottie Knapp, 253.5 on three, $11,423; 8. Tyler Smith, 253, $6,346. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $311,451; 2. Brennon Eldred, $287,803; 3. Shane Proctor, $272,365; 4. Joe Frost, $217,033; 5. Garrett Smith, $171,698; 6. Scottie Knapp, $159,291; 7. Cody Rostockyj, $153,287; 8. Jordan Spears, $151,802; 9. Roscoe Jarboe, $149,765; 10. Tyler Smith, $139,891; 11. Jeff Askey, $134,993; 12. Tim Bingham, $132,783; 13. Garrett Tribble, $129,118; 14. Rorey Maier, $127,594; 15. Cody Teel, $112,194.

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☛ AQHA-PRCA name top rodeo horses 11-18 -16




Press release from PRCA
Nov. 18, 2016


Clayton Hass used steer wrestling winner Landrys Cadillac as his primary mount in 2016. “Cadillac” is the lone repeat horse of the year winner, while six first-time winners were chosen as AQHA-PRCA Horses of the Year. (Dan Hubbell photo)

Six first-time winners were chosen as the American Quarter Horse Association and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Horses of the Year.


Honorees were named in each of the six timed-event categories (there was a tie in the steer roping), with the lone repeat champion being steer wrestling horse Landrys Cadillac, aka “Cadillac.”

The bulldogging mount, who also won Horse of the Year in 2014 and was second in last year’s voting, is owned by Sterling Wallace of Justin, Texas. Three of the top five cowboys in the steer wrestling WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings rode Cadillac this season.


Ty Erickson, who ended the regular season in the top spot, rode the horse at times in 2016, including picking up a win in Livingston, Montana. Tyler Waguespack, third in the world standings, and Clayton Hass, fifth, each used Cadillac as their primary mount this season. Waguespack won the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo on the horse, and Hass was tops at the Cody (Wyoming) Stampede.


“He’s the best horse I’ve ever ridden,” Tyler says of Cadillac. “He stands in the box and doesn’t move, and gives guys an opportunity to score on him. He gives you a great pattern out in the field, and it makes it really easy to win something when you have a horse that good underneath you.”


Timber Moore’s tie-down roping horse, MFO Harvey, aka “Colonel,” was second in the Horse of the Year voting last year and takes over the top spot in 2016.


Moore has owned the horse since 2012, and credits Colonel for helping him reach the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the past three seasons. The two combined for a huge win in Greeley, Colorado, this season.


“We’ve clicked together really well, and he has given me a chance to win every time I’ve nodded my head,” Moore said. “I’ve had other guys ride him, and they’ve also had some success, so it has been neat to see that. To have him honored as Horse of the Year means a lot, and it’s well-deserved.”


Both winners in the team roping are first-timers.

Header Kolton Schmidt, 22, rode Tuffys Badger Chex, aka “Badger” – a horse owned by his father, Ronald Schmidt – and qualified for the first NFR of his young career. Schmidt and partner Shay Carroll won Wainwright, Alberta, and Schmidt enters Las Vegas fourth in the world standings.


Aboard Zans Colonel Shine, aka “Colonel,” heeler Jake Long enters his sixth NFR third in the world standings. Long owns the horse with his wife, Tasha, and won rodeos in Sheridan and Cody, Wyoming, with partner Luke Brown in 2016.


The steer roping featured a tie at the top spot, with Cody Lee’s At War Leo, aka “Punchy” splitting the honors with Chris Glover’s Tonk Champ, aka “Champ.”


Lee enters the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping fifth in the world, and Glover checks in at No. 12.


In barrel racing, it was Kelly and Ivy Conrado’s homebred Cfour Tibbie Stinson who took top honors, edging out Mary Burger’s Sadiefamouslastwords and Kimmie Wall’s TKW Bullysfamous Fox.





1. Landrys Cadillac (Skip Me Dandy-Bayou Peppy Gal by Bayou Sugar Bar), owned by Sterling Wallace and bred by Jared N. Dirickson

2. Say Rey Doc (Tivito Sonny Rey-Say Easy Bug by Easy Gigolo), owned by Tom Duvall and bred by Emmit J. Duvall

3. Derecho Wood (Whiskey Ike HK-Quick And Direct by Eagles Flight), owned by Jule and Heidi Hazen and bred by Cinco and Kincaid Light


1. Tuffys Badger Chex (Tuf Country Chex-Chili Jody Page by Oregon San Badger) owned by Ronald Schmidt and bred by Doug and Kelly Wilkinson

2. RK Tuff Trinket (Tuffys OO Buck-Tall Pine Wickett by Knock My Sox Off), owned by Riley Minor and bred by Rod and Kristine Chumley

3. My Frosty Cocoa (Skid Frost-Sissy Truck by Texas Truck), owned by Dustin Bird and bred by Jim Welsh


1. Zans Colonel Shine (Zans Diamond Shine-Foxy Angelo by Col J Jigger), owned by Jake and Tasha Long and bred by Dennis Schroeder

2. Circle Back Jack (Nu Circle N Cash-Shiners Reylena by Shining Spark), owned by Dugan and Brittany Kelly and bred by Danny L. and Joanna Berry

3. Rey Shines On Top (Shiners Lena Rey-Kings Sly Sugar by Kings Zantanon), owned by Brady Minor and bred by Margie Denton


1. MFO Harvey (Mr Freckles Olena-Miss Pebble Lady by San Peppys Pebble), owned by Timber Moore and bred by Gary Green

2. Sort Of Popular (Popular Resortfigure-RR Quick Bernice by Quick Emotion), owned by Fred Werneck and Marcos Costa and bred by Mike Denney

3. Smokin Reata (Jereminah Lena-Henrietta Daniel by Johnny Nance), owned by Shane Hanchey and bred by O.L. “Buck” Daniel


1. (Tie) At War Leo (Tamuleo-Arrowhead Dance by Arrowhead Badger), owned by Cody Lee and bred by J Slash Cattle Co.


1. (Tie) Tonk Champ (Hunkey Tonk-Miss Cody B Doc by Smokin B Neville), owned by Chris Glover and bred by Debra Hulm

3. Zans Roany Jae Bar (Zan Parr Roany-Jae Bar Sonita by Jae Bar Milo), owned by Shay Good and bred by Cecil W. Jones


1. Cfour Tibbie Stinson (Eddie Stinson-Little Fancy Granny by Del Puerto Bill), bred and owned by Kelly and Ivy Conrado

2. Sadiefamouslastwords (Sadies Frosty Drift-Porky And Bess by Dash Ta Fame), owned by Kerry and Mary Burger and bred by Jeff and Kristie Thorstenson

3. TKW Bullysfamous Fox (Bully Bullion-Gateway Ta Love by Dash Ta Fame) bred and owned by Travis and Kimmie Wall


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☛ Patterson captures 4th Steer Roping title 11-17-16




Press release from NFSR
Nov. 17, 2016

MULVANE, Kan. – Roping steers is what Rocky Patterson does – and does well.

In fact, no cowboy in the PRCA roped them better in 2016 than the Pratt, Kan., cowboy.

Thanks to earning $56,432 at the 2016 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, Patterson rode away with his fourth gold buckle.

“It’s big,” said Patterson, 50, about his latest accomplishment. “It isn’t as easy for me to get out there and practice as it was 25 years ago. It probably has not sunk in yet, but this is big.”

Patterson has now won gold steer roping buckles in 2009-10, 2012 and 2016. For winning his latest world title, Patterson also received a Polaris RANGER.

Patterson’s NFSR performance vaulted him to the world championship with a single-season steer roping record of $141,350, surpassing the previous record of $121,112 by Trevor Brazile last year.

Although Patterson came into his latest NFSR – the 22nd of his decorated career – with a $15,481 lead, he couldn’t celebrate until the completion of Round 10.

Entering Round 10, Patterson held a $21,905 lead over Cody Lee. The key was Lee was first in the average, while Patterson was third in the average after nine rounds.

The average was critically important for Patterson and Lee, because it paid out $27,347 to the winner, $22,632 for second place and $17,917 for third. Mix in the average with the round money that paid $9,155 and $7,577 for first and second place, respectively, and a gold buckle was still up for grabs between Patterson and Lee.

Lee roped before Patterson in Round 10 and tried to apply the pressure with a 13.5-second run. That gave Lee a 125.9-second total time, which secured first place in the 10-head average.

Patterson responded with an 11.1-second run to grab the coveted gold buckle.

“I have my own statisticians I bring with me and they told me Cody had to win the round and win the average, and I had to fall off,” Patterson said. “I thought it would be good to get a check in that last round and maybe that would clinch it for me. That steer was really good (Friday night), and he was trying to kick me pretty good down there, but it felt pretty good when I got that time.”

Patterson’s Round 10 time was good for fourth in the round and a $4,420 paycheck, and Lee didn’t place in the round.

Lee was gracious in defeat, especially since he couldn’t have done much more. He won an NFSR record $69,651, breaking the previous record of $62,390 won by Brazile at the 2015 NFSR.

Lee was followed by Chet Herren in the average. Herren had a 143.2-second time on 10 head. Patterson was third in the average with a 105.2-second time on nine steers.

“You can’t give Rocky a lead of over $15,000 coming into the NFSR and expect to catch him,” Lee said. “I knew it was a longshot and I came up a little short. Still, winning this average is a great feeling and definitely my career highlight.”


2016 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping results:

Round 1: 1. JoJo LeMond, 10.2 seconds, $9,155; 2. Rocky Patterson, 11.0 seconds, $7,577; 3. Cody Lee, 12.7 seconds, $5,998; 4. Chet Herren, 14.6, $4,420; 5. Jess Tierney, 17.9 seconds, $2,841; 6. Jason Evans, 21.2 seconds, $1,579

Round 2: 1. JoJo LeMond, 10.1, $9,155; 2. Marty Jones, 10.6 seconds, $7,577; 3. Jason Evans, 10.9, $5,998; 4. Cody Lee, 11.1, $4,420; 5. Rocky Patterson, 11.7, $2,841; 6. Scott Snedecor, 12.1, $1,579

Round 3: 1. Cody Lee, 10.2, $9,155; 2. Troy Tillard, 11.4 seconds, $7,577; 3. Chet Herren, 11.9 seconds, $5,998; 4. Jason Evans, 12.2, $4,420; 5. Rocky Patterson, 12.9, $2,841; 6. (tie), Jess Tierney, 13.3, $789; Shay Good, 13.3, $789

Round 4: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 9.6 seconds, $9,155; 2. Jess Tierney, 10.2, $7,577; 3. Scott Snedecor, 12.7, $5,998; 4. Chet Herren, 13.2, $4,420; 5. Rocky Patterson, 14.8, $2,841; 6. Cody Lee, 19.9 seconds, $1,579

Round 5: 1. Guy Allen, *8.3, $9,155; 2. J.P. Wickett, 9.3, $7,577; 3. Rocky Patterson, 9.4, $5,998; 4. Chris Glover, 9.5, $2,841; 5, Jason Evans, 9.8, $2,841; 6. Vin Fisher, 10.5, $1,579

*Tied the fastest run in NFSR history (Cash Myers, 2006; Jess Tierney, 2015).

Average leaders (after Rounds 1 through Round 5): 1. Rocky Patterson, 59.8/5 head; 2. Cody Lee, 65.8/5; 3. Jess Tierney, 71.6/5; 4. Chet Herren, 73.9/5; 5. Jason Evans, 54.1/4; 6. Scott Snedecor, 63.6/4; 7. J. Tom Fisher, 46.8/3; 8. Vin Fisher, Jr., 47.0/3; 9. JoJo LeMond, 20.3/2; 10. Guy Allen, 21.1/2; 11. Marty Jones, 22.5/2; 12. J.P. Wickett, 22.9/2; 13. Chris Glover, 9.5/1; 14. Troy Tillard, 11.4/1; 15. Shay Good, 13.3/1

Round 6: 1. Cody Lee, 11.3 seconds, $9,155; 2. Shay Good, 12.6, $7,577; 3. Scott Snedecor 12.9, $5,998; 4. Jason Evans, 13.0, $4,420; 5. Chet Herren, 13.1, $2,841; 6. Vin Fisher, Jr., $1,579

Round 7: 1. Jason Evans, 9.2 seconds, $9,155; 2. Rocky Patterson, 10.3, $7,577; 3. J. Tom Fisher, 10.6, $5,209; 4. Marty Jones, 10.6, $5,209; 5. Cody Lee, 11.8, $2,841; 6. Scott Snedecor, 12.4, $1,579

Round 8: 1. Chris Glover, 10.1, $9,155; 2. Cody Lee, 12.0, $7,577; 3. Shay Good, 12.1, $5,998; 4. Rocky Patterson, 12.4, $4,420; 5. Marty Jones, 12.5, $2,841; 6. Guy Allen, 12.9, $1,579

Round 9: 1. Scott Snedecor, 9.4 seconds, $9,155; 2. JoJo LeMond, 9.8 seconds, $7,577; 3. Troy Tillard, 9.9, $5,998; 4. Jess Tierney, 10.8, $4,420; 5. J. Tom Fisher, 10.9, $2,841; 6. Cody Lee. 11.5, $1,579

Round 10: 1. JoJo LeMond, 9.8, $9,155; 2. J.P. Wickett, 9.9, $7,577; 3. Scott Snedecor, 10.0, $5,998; 4. Rocky Patterson, 11.1, $4,420; 5. Jason Evans, 11.9, $2,841; 6. Troy Tillard, 13.3, $1,579

Final average standings: 1. Cody Lee, 125.9/10, $27,347; 2. Chet Herren, 143.2/10, $22,632; 3. Rocky Patterson, 105.2/9, $17,917; 4. Jason Evans, 100.9/8, $13,202; 5. Scott Snedecor, 108.3/8, $8,487; 6. Jess Tierney, 116.4/8, $4,715; 7. J. Tom Fisher, 68.3/5; 8. JoJo LeMond, 39/9/4; 9. Marty Jones, 45.6/4; 10. Troy Tillard, 51.0/4; 11. Vin Fisher Jr., 60.6/4; 12. J.P. Wickett, 32.8/3; 13. Guy Allen, 34.0/3; 14. Shay Good, 38.0/3; 15. Chris Glover, 42.0/3

WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings,

(Unofficial, unaudited final world standings): 1. Rocky Patterson, $141,350; 2. Cody Lee, $124,455; 3. Chet Herren, $109, 747; 4. Jason Evans, $104,275; 5. Scott Snedecor, $90,648; 6. JoJo LeMond, $76,503; 7. Jess Tierney, $71,867; 8. Shay Good, $66,824; 9. J. Tom Fisher, $65,622; 10. Vin Fisher Jr., $64,862; 11. Troy Tillard, $60,652; 12. J.P. Wickett, $58,936; 13. Chris Glover, $55,444; 14. Marty Jones, $54,278; 15. Guy Allen, $50,842

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☛ Champions crowned at ERA Finals 11-14–16


Champions Crowned at the Inaugural Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) World Championship in Dallas

American Airlines Center hosts one of the most incredible all-star rodeo competitions, featuring 87 of the sport’s top athletes and, now, 143 World Championships

DALLAS (Nov. 13, 2016) – The world’s premier professional rodeo athletes and animals that represent the new Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) tour brought the year-long competition to a thrilling end today at the American Airlines Center, crowning 16 final event and overall champions and handing out more than $1,000,000 in cash purse prizes.

“What started out as a fresh idea between a few cowboys on how we could advance and better the sport of rodeo turned into a dream-come-true this weekend in Dallas,” said ERA interim President Bobby Mote. “We couldn’t be happier with how the ERA World Championship turned out over three days at the American Airlines Center.

“Rodeo is a big part of Texas’ great heritage and boy did the ERA deliver to our fans at the event and tuning in worldwide on FOX Sports 2 TV, SiriusXM Rural Radio and”

Saluting the newly-crowned champions of the ERA’s inaugural season, Mote tipped his hat to winners Chandler Bownds (Bull Riding), Bray Armes (Steer Wrestling), Clay Tryan & Jade Corkill (Team Roping), Cort Scheer (Saddle Bronc Riding), Lisa Lockhart (Barrel Racing), Shane Hanchey (Tie-Down Roping) and Steven Dent (Bareback Riding).

Sunday’s Round 3 competition results and overall ERA World Championship results:

Bull Riding
Friday’s bull riding winner Bownds (Lubbock, Texas) put up the best number again on Sunday, posting up perfectly on a right-handed spin by the bull they call “Spotted Canyon,” and rocking a score of 86.5 at the buzzer. Bownds’ second gold belt buckle of the weekend topped Oregon’s Cannon Cravens by two points (84.5).

Said Bownds on his Sunday win and overall title: “It feels great to get this title. I had a tough bull in the second round, Bushwacked, and he bucked me off pretty quick and sored me up a bit. But I came back today got another round win on a bull who was just good right there in the gate and around to the right and lucky enough to get the round win.”

  • Bull Riding Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX, Spotted Canyon, 86.5
      • 2nd Cannon Cravens, Porum, OK, Frosty Whiril, 84.5
      • 3rd Neil Holmes, Houston, TX, Ruff Em Up Truck, 80.5
  • Bull Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX, 3350
      •  2nd Cody Campbell, Summerville, OR, 3025
      • 3rd Beau Hill, Columbia Falls, MT, 2600

Steer Wrestling
Getting out of the gate a bit slow, times in the four-second range and a couple no scores with the steers early on were disrupted by the night’s No. 1 effort  when Louisiana’s Casey Martin shot out to a quick and clean 3.58 second run. Two other ERA athletes put up sub-four second efforts on the floor of the American Airlines Center, the 2nd place of 3.76 coming from the newly crowned ERA Steer Wrestling Champion Armes.

Said Martin: “It feels great, especially since I didn’t place in the first two rounds. So to get it done and get my steer down it feels great to win the round – and run the fastest time of the rodeo. It lets me know I’ve still got it.”

Added Armes on his overall championship: “Unbelievable. It’s been a dream all year long. I’ve just worked hard at it and thanks to everybody that has always supported me. I feel very blessed.”

  • Steer Wrestling Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Casey Martin, Sulpher, LA, 3.58
      • 2nd Bray Armes, Pilot Point, TX, 3.76
      • 3rd Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 3.92
  • Steer Wrestling Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Bray Armes, Pilot Point, TX, 3850
      • 2nd Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 3675
      • 3rd Stockton Graves, Alva, OK, 3087.5
Team Roping
Disrupting the overall team roping champions’ potential sweep of the ERA World Championship in Dallas, Turtle Powell (Stephenville, Texas) and Jhett Johnson (Casper, Wyo.) teamed up to head & heel the night’s only sub-four second time, clocking a lightning quick 3.6 seconds for the double gold ERA belt buckles. In the 2016 ERA World Championship season the largest margin of victory in the roping events – 800 points – came courtesy of the team of Tryan (Montana) and Corkill (Nevada) as the two grabbed two of three wins in Dallas to secure the overall title.Said Powell: “Well it felt good. We struggled the first two rounds and I struggled and didn’t rope very well. We were talking about it earlier and we always win something, so it was nice to win tonight … nice to win one of those buckles.”Added Corkhill on the overall title: It’s really cool because there are certain things that only happen once and getting to be the first one, you only have one shot at that so to get it done is something that will be special to us forever.”

  • Team Roping Round 3 Event Results:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Powell/Johnson, Stephenville, TX/Casper, WY, 3.6
      •   2nd Tsinigine/Motes, Fort McDowell, AZ/Weatherford, TX, 4.38
      •   3rd Proctor/Long, Pryor, OK/Coffeyville, KS, 4.4
  •         Team Roping Event World Standings:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Tryan/Corkill, Plentywood, MT/Fallon, NV, 4650
      •   2nd Begay/O’Brien Cooper, Winslow, AZ/Gardnerville, NV, 3850
      •   3rd Driggers/Nogueira, Albany, GA/Scottsdale, AZ, 3175
Saddle Bronc Riding
Two big scores in saddle bronc highlighted the season’s final event in the popular, high flying discipline. And in the end the overall champ (Scheer) was edged out by Iowa’s Wade Sundell, 87-point ride. Sundell, riding the horse they call “Out West,” would secure his 2nd place overall position in the ERA season standing with the win, though was still well back of Scheer for the overall title (1,000 points). Canada’s Zeke Thurston would place 3rd overall in the standings, the only Canadian to make the ERA’s overall podium in in the opening season.
Said Sundell: “It’s a good three days here it’s exciting to come out on top the last day and just ride against all these great guys. And it’s been an honor to beat them all (he said with a laugh).”
Scheer on his overall championship: “Unbelievable, you know? You watch all of your idols walk around with gold buckles all the time so it’ll be pretty cool to finally get to wear one.”
  •         Saddle Bronc Riding Round 3 Event Results:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      •   1st Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, Out West, 87
      •   2nd Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, Bitter Robin, 86
      •   3rd Ty Kirkland, Lufkin, TX, Lunatic From Hell, 84.5
  •         Saddle Bronc Riding Event World Standings:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, 4862.5
      •   2nd Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, 3875
      •   3rd Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, Canada, 3337.
Barrel Racing
If there was a surprise underdog story of the 2016 ERA World Championship it had to be Texan and ERA Last Chance Qualifier, Kassie Mowry’s 1st/1st/1stsweep of the three barrel racing events. Mowry was unstoppable, topping everything from numerous legends in the sport to a couple young girls that weigh about half as much as the senior competitors. Mowry and Sunday’srunner up, Ashley Schafer (Yoder, Wyo.), both rode their horses to sub-13 second times – Mowry’s 12.793 topping Schafer’s 12.994 by a mere two tenths of a second.
Said Mowry: “I am just beyond ecstatic. I really had no idea that he (Mowry’s horse “Firewatermakehappy”) would come out like he did – I just thought this would be a really good learning experience. I am just thrilled that he is taking it in and getting stronger even at the end … just thrilled.”
Added Lockhart on her overall title: “Oh it is amazing, and it is a sigh of relief. I knew it was going to be close. We were just too long today and I really worried about it, but I thought it is what it is and if we are, great, and if not kudos to whoever did.”
  • Barrel Racing Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Kassie Mowry, Dublin, TX, 12.793
      • 2nd Ashley Schafer, Yoder, WY, 12.994
      • 3rd Callie Duperier, Boerne, TX, 13
  • Barrel Racing Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, 4025
      • 2nd Kassidy Denison, Tohatchi, NM, 3562.5
      • 3rd Kassie Mowry, Dublin, TX, 2992
Tie-Down Roping
Bit of poetic justice for the overall champ Hanchey on Sunday as the Louisianan stepped ‘er up and topped the field, putting an exclamation point on his title with a 1st place event finish on Sunday. Saving the best for last, Hanchey would top on of the sport’s all-time greats, Cody Ohl (3rd) and runner-up Cooper Martin with a time of 7.05 seconds.
Said Hanchey on both is Sunday win and overall title: “Well, I came into this round kind of behind the eight-ball. I knew I needed to win first or second in the round after the way it kind of unfolded. I was lucky enough to go last so I knew what I needed to do and it all kind of just fell into place, both the event win today and the overall ERA tie-down (roping) championship.”
  • Tie-Down Roping Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, LA, 7.05
      • 2nd Cooper Martin, Alma, KS, 7.21
      • 3rd Cody Ohl, Hico, TX, 7.38*
      • 3rd Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX 7.38*
  • Tie-Down Roping Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, LA, 3650
      • 2nd Caleb Smidt, Bellville, TX, 3425
      • 3rd Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX, 3325
Bareback Riding
Like the grand finale of a fireworks display, Sunday’s bareback riding competition didn’t disappoint as the fans were brought to their feet not only by the podium trio of Dent (1st), Oregon’s Bobby Mote (2nd) Utah’s Kaycee Feild (3rd), but also by the final retirement run of longtime great rodeo star Ryan Gray. Dent’s 86-point run on the bucking horse they dubbed “Smack Daddy” was the weekend’s second-highest score, and easily the day’s top scoring bareback ride.Said Dent on both his event win and overall title: “I was just trying to stay calm and get a good seat before I nodded, things just worked out well after that. And on the title, it feels great. Just competing against the best guys in the world everyday just makes you better, and I’m humbled and feel blessed to be able to beat those guys. It’s unbelievable.”

  • Bareback Riding Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, Smack Daddy, 86
      • 2nd Bobby Mote, Culver, OR, Rodeo Beyond, 84
      • 3rd Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, UT, Painted Brush, 83.5
  • Bareback Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, 4337.5
      • 2nd Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, UT, 3837.5
      • 3rd Austin Foss, Terrebonne, OR, 3300

Mote would wrap up the much talked about 2016 ERA tour and highly successful World Championship in Dallas by saying, “This wasn’t just the end of our first ever ERA season, but the beginning of something bigger in the sport of professional rodeo. Ten or 20 years from now we’ll be looking back at this moment realizing this is where it all started.”

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