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☛ Rodeo News 8-4-15

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments



Courtesy PRCA

Aug. 4, 2015

Diaz sets Dodge City Roundup arena record

The third time was a charm for saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz, who even surprised himself when he rode for an arena record 93 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman to win the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup (July 29 through Aug. 2).

Diaz won the final round by a whopping six points and took the two-head average with 173 points.

“This was the third time I’ve had her,” Diaz said of Medicine Woman, the two-time Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year (2011, 2014). “This was by far the best she’s ever been for me. She was phenomenal.”

Diaz rode Medicine Woman for 87 points to split the win in Corpus Christi, Texas, earlier this season, and split third in his other trip on her.

Medicine Woman carried Wade Sundell to the Dodge City Roundup arena record of 92 points just one year ago.

Diaz was ecstatic after setting the arena record.

“I’m on Cloud 9,” he said. “This was my career best, too. I didn’t even know I was capable of going 93.”

It was the second-highest scored saddle bronc ride of the season, behind the 94-point ride of Spencer Wright on Beutler & Son’s Rebel Soul in a preliminary round at Rodeo Austin (Texas) in March.

Diaz had tied for fourth in the first round in Dodge City before setting a personal best with his 93-point ride. His previous high was 91 points on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Spring Planting, the 2009 Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year, in Ellensburg, Wash., two years ago.

It was the first win at the Dodge City Roundup for the 28-year-old cowboy from Desdemona, Texas.

“I finished second here twice,” Diaz said. “Billy Etbauer got me by a point one year (2008) and J.J. Elshere beat me a year earlier.”

Like many cowboys, he grew up hearing about the famous western Kansas rodeo.

“It’s awesome to win here,” he said. “You hear about Dodge City when you’re a little kid and you dream of winning here. In a bronc rider’s mind, Cheyenne (Wyo.), here and Ellensburg are the best short rounds all year long because of the stock they have. Guys just know when they’re coming into the short round at those rodeos that they have a chance to go 90 because of the stock.”

Diaz earned $4,684 in Dodge City to add to his already successful season. He sat ninth in the Aug. 3 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $62,886.

He’s on track to qualify for his fifth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He made it to Las Vegas in 2007 (eighth in the world), 2009 (11th) and 2012-13 (10th both years).

“This year has been unbelievable,” Diaz said. “I’ve drawn better than ever, it seems, and I’m riding better than ever. I put my faith in God and I know he’s with me at all times. My faith is everything to me.”

His wife of 21 months, barrel racer Britany (Fleck) Diaz, was 18th in the July 20 world standings but recently slipped just out of the top 20 after her horse was hurt. She qualified for the WNFR in 2011 and ’14.

“We’ll make it the same year one of these times,” Isaac Diaz said. “That’d be a dream to go together.”

Other winners at the $322,324 rodeo were all-around cowboy J.D. Yates ($1,648 in team roping and steer roping), bareback rider Matt Bright (164 points on two head), steer wrestler Stockton Graves (12.0 seconds on three head), team ropers David Key and Martin Lucero (16.5 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Caleb Smidt (27.0 seconds on three head), barrel racer Tillar Murray (51.34 seconds on three head), steer roper Scott Snedecor (36.8 seconds on three head) and bull rider Aaron Pass (176 points on two head).

  • Nick Sartain and his partner, eight-time World Champion Rich Skelton, placed in every round and finished second in the three-head average at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup to allow Sartain to become the 129th man to surpass $1 million in PRCA career earnings. The $5,758 they earned in Dodge City also moved them closer to a qualifying spot in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Sartain, the 2009 world champion, jumped up from 17th a week ago to 13th, while Skelton went from 16th to 14th. Next in line to join the millionaires club is 2012 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Jesse Wright, whose career earnings are sitting at $998,295 – just one good check away.
  • Milestones aside, no team roping pair had a better week than Clay Smith and Paul Eaves, who strung together wins in Heber City, Utah; Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Preston, Idaho (along with a fourth-place tie in Phillipsburg, Kan.), to bank $12,961 and shoulder their way into contention for berths in the Wrangler NFR. Smith went from 24th to 16th as he bids to qualify for his first trip to Las Vegas and Eaves, who’s made the WNFR the past three years with Dustin Bird, jumped from 20th to 12th.
  • BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile pushed his streak of five-figure earnings weeks up to six with an $11,213 haul from July 27-Aug. 2. He collected checks in all three roping events with almost exactly half of his total coming from finishing second at the Journey to the Cross steer roping-only event in Garden City, Kan. Brazile now has $166,011 to lead the all-around standings by more than $80,000 over Caleb Smidt in second place. He remained second in steer roping and among team roping headers, and eighth in tie-down roping. Over his six-week hot streak, Brazile has earned $99,754.
  • The top saddle bronc riders in the country converged on Sentinel Butte, N.D., Aug. 1 to battle it out in the Home on the Range Champions Ride – a saddle bronc riding-only event. It was the first time in the event’s 58 years that the money won counted toward the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. The biggest winners were Cort Scheer and Wade Sundell. Scheer earned a total of $7,582, thanks in part to winning the first round with an 86-point ride on Sutton Rodeos’ Prom Night. Sundell earned a total of $6,086 in Sentinel Butte, highlighted by winning the final round with a 90-point trip on Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic From Hell. Scheer and Sundell finished tied for the two-head average title with 171 points. Scheer moved from seventh to fifth in the Aug. 3 world standings, while Sundell went from ninth to sixth. However, no saddle bronc rider made more money last week than Rusty Wright. The 19-year-old earned a total of $9,615 while winning in Grace, Idaho, splitting first in Great Falls, Mont., and tying for second in Dodge City. He moved into second place in the world standings, and cut the deficit between himself and No. 1 Cody DeMoss to $20,772.
  • Tie-down roper Caleb Smidt’s big win in Dodge City combined with a third-place finish in Abilene, Kan., brought him $8,097 and moved him from eighth in the world to second, just $353 behind leader Marty Yates. That still wasn’t this week’s biggest money total for a tie-down roper. That distinction belonged to Ryan Jarrett, who had top-three finishes in Great Falls, Mont.; Preston, Idaho; Heber City, Utah, and Idaho Falls, Idaho, for total earnings of $8,742, moving him from 10th place to seventh. Seven-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Matt Shiozawa helped his cause with a tie for first in Great Falls, an outright win in Preston, and a seventh-place check in Idaho Falls. His total for the week of $7,037 lifted him from 16th to 13th. It’s a tight race at the top of the standings, with less than $2,000 separating the top six tie-down ropers in the world.
  • Tie-down roper Cody Quaney’s longshot bid for a Wrangler NFR bid took a big hit when he suffered a groin injury Aug. 1. The Cheney, Kan., cowboy had finished third at Iowa’s Championship Rodeo to stand 29th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings before getting hurt in Dodge City, Kan., and is now facing surgery to repair an artery.

Hall of Fame weekend full of festivities

The 2015 ProRodeo Hall of Fame induction week kicks off with the 28th annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament Aug. 6 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Cowboy Ball takes place Aug. 7 and the weekend culminates with the Induction Ceremonies and the Commissioner’s Classic Team Roping competition on Aug. 8.

World Champion Cowboys Tom Nesmith, Mark Garrett, Bob Wegner and Harry Charters, along with rodeo notable Jack Hannum, the Hendricks Brothers specialty act and four-time team roping head horse of the year Precious Speck (Walt) head the 2015 induction class for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

They will be enshrined Aug. 8 during ceremonies in the sculpture garden adjacent to the Hall, along with the rodeo committees from the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and Iowa’s Championship Rodeo (Sidney).

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

For 30 consecutive years, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has been held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. That streak will continue as Las Vegas Events has formally signed an agreement with the Thomas & Mack Center to host the Wrangler NFR for a length of up to 10 years. The agreement mirrors the extension that LVE and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority signed with the PRCA in January 2014 that keeps the world’s richest and most prestigious rodeo in Las Vegas through 2024. This year’s WNFR runs Dec. 3-12.


Four singers will have the chance of a lifetime to sing the National Anthem at the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas this December. Aspiring performers can go to to sign up for one of three categories: rodeo committee, youth and open. Sign-ups start Aug. 3 and end Aug. 28. From there, fans will have a chance to vote on their favorite in each category. A fourth wild-card category, which is awarded to the performer who receives the most votes outside of the winner in each category, has been added to provide one additional opportunity to perform. Winners will be announced Oct. 7,


The Wrangler Network will provide live coverage of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo Xtreme Bulls event from Lovington, N.M., Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. (MT). The network will also broadcast the first night of rodeo action from Lovington Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. on


After 15 years as executive director of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, Christie Camarillo left the position effective July 31. The museum has grown from a small volunteer-based entity to a successful and self-sufficient community business that has been honored locally, as well as nationally. Camarillo, sister to world champion team ropers Leo and Jerold Camarillo and cousin to Reg Camarillo, said she plans on remaining active in the community and continuing her work with the Rodeo Historical Society that’s associated with the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Earlier this year, she was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce.


The Eastern Kansas Pro Rodeo Series – which features two PRCA rodeos in the Sunflower State – has been revived after a 10-year absence. The original rodeo series began in 1984 as a joint effort between several eastern Kansas Fair and Rodeo committees, and continued for more than 20 years. Rodeo contestants who score the most points in each of seven events will be awarded Maynard Trophy Buckles. Engraved Moore Maker knives will go to the runner-up in each event. Winners will be determined by points through eight places at each rodeo. The participating rodeos are the Aug. 7-8 Linn County Fair Rodeo (Mound City) and the Aug. 14-15 Eureka Pro Rodeo (Eureka).


The friends of late PRCA team roper Elmer Lattin organized a memorial team roping in his honor July 29 in Great Falls, Mont. The event took place after the slack at the Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup. Lattin died July 28, 2011, of heart failure at the age of 67.


The Mesquite (Texas) ProRodeo Series held 80′s night Aug. 1, which included an 80′s costume and hairstyle contest and discounted pricing for anyone who dressed up for the theme.



“I’m rodeoing financially smarter. Instead of going to the rodeos that are further away and might pay more, I’m going to the closer ones. Like this week, there are three good rodeos (in Kansas – Phillipsburg, Abilene and Dodge City). I hit all three, when normally I would just come to Phillipsburg and Dodge. I’m trying to make some money instead of win a million (dollars) and spend a million.”


-Three-time World Champion Tie-down Roper Tuf Cooper telling rodeo

publicist Ruth Nicolaus about his travel strategy

2015 World Standings Leaders


AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $166,011
BB: Evan Jayne, Marseille, France $81,362
SW: Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas $62,507
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $81,316
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $81,316
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $101,317
TD: Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $71,521
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $95,013
SR: Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla. $54,629 
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☛ Wyatt Fisher wins NHSR RCH TITLE 7-30-15

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments


Courtesy NHSFR
July 30, 2015

Wyatt Fisher and Nu Cash Cutter, the NHSFR Reined Cow Horse Champions

For the first time in the event’s 67-year history, the National High School Finals Rodeo featured reined cow horse as one of its events. 17-year-old Wyatt Fisher, Nipomo, California, won the inaugural reined cow horse championship Friday, July 17, in Rock Springs, Wyoming.


“I’m still in shock. It’s a great feeling. My horse was great,” Fisher said, smiling, as he accepted his awards and stood alongside 19 other reined cow horse short-go qualifiers for a group photo.


With approximately 100 contestants competing in reined cow horse at the National High School Finals Rodeo, it is believed to be the largest youth cow horse class ever held at any event.


Fisher, who has a strong background as a National Reined Cow Horse Association Youth competitor, appreciated the tough competition and the skill of his fellow contestants, many of whom he had never met or shown against.


“In the first go-round, it was pretty scary. I didn’t know there was going to be this kind of horseflesh. It was wonderful – I was happy to see it, though.”


Fisher rode Nu Cash Cutter (Smart Cash Cutter x Nu Cashlynn Rose x Nu Cash) a 2004 gelding owned by his parents, JJ and Teresa Fisher, to the title. He thanked his mom and dad, who are both avid reined cow horse competitors, as well as NRCHA professional trainers Russell Probert and Justin Wright.


The reined cow horse champion was determined by the total score on three go-rounds. Of the 100 contestants, the top 20 after two go-rounds advanced to the short go. Fisher was in the top four in the first go; won the second go; and also won the short go, which gave him the championship with a total score of 885. Fisher’s prizes included Gist custom buckles for the top placings in the go-rounds and the championship, and a special trophy from the National Reining Horse Association for the top rein work score, a 146.5, in the short go.


Reined cow horse was added to the National High School Rodeo event lineup in 2014. The NRCHA has helped the NHSRA implement the new event over the past year, with support from leading sponsor Carol Rose Quarter Horses, as well as Bluebonnet Feeds and Jerry Kimmel.


Rose, who was on hand in Rock Springs to cheer on the reined cow horse contestants, was impressed by the grit and horsemanship of all the contestants.


“I was just amazed by what I saw in the arena. Those kids are phenomenal riders, and I was whooping and hollering for every single one of them. I am so proud to be a part of this, and I believe it will be great for the future of our sport,” Rose said.


For more information about the National High School Finals Rodeo, including complete results, visit


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☛ Rieken and Remsburg hit Reno jackpot 7-29-15

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments



By Kendra Santos
Photos by Allen’s Rodeo Photos
July 29, 2015

Reno Rodeo Invitational Ladies Open Producer Perry Di Loreto presented 2015 RRI Ladies Only Champs Sissy Rieken, left, and Jessy Remsburg, right, a truckload of prizes in addition to their champions’ checks.

It was a long trek from Texas to Nevada, but Texan Sissy Rieken and Alabaman Jessy Remsburg made the 30-plus-hour drive pay by dominating the 2015 Reno Rodeo Invitational Ladies Only to the tune of $33,875 for the team June 24 at the Reno Livestock Events Center.


Rieken of Arp, Texas, and Remsburg, who calls Boligee, Ala., home, roped four steers in 39.41 seconds to top the 113-team field at the ninth annual event. In addition to the loot, the winners also were awarded Circle Y saddles, Gist buckles, Kelly Slayton/Weaver Leather horse blankets, Weaver ball caps, My Girl and I gift baskets and EZ Wash wands.


“I’ve entered the Reno Rodeo Invitational before, but this was my first year I’ve entered the Ladies Only,” Rieken said. “These are great ropings for a great cause. The facility’s great and the cattle are great. I loved it, and I will be back next year.”


The cause Rieken refers to is the Nevada Military Support Alliance, which recognizes and supports the men and women of Nevada’s armed forces, veterans and their families. When Rieken and Remsburg finished fourth in the first round at the Reno Rodeo Invitational June 23, Rieken donated her half—$3,000—to the NMSA.


“I’m a Christian, so whatever money I have is God’s money,” said Rieken, who lives in Arp, which is in East Texas, with her husband, Rowdy, and their 14-year-old son, Riley. “We give 10 percent of everything we win to something—to charity, a church or somebody. Our church has an amateur rodeo every year, so we donate added money to that. The Nevada Military Support Alliance is a really good cause, so that’s what we did in Reno.”


The Reno Rodeo Invitational and the Wildfire Ladies Open in Salado, Texas, are two of the biggest all-girl ropings in the country, and Remsburg won them both this year. She won the 2015 Wildfire Ladies Open heeling for Beverly Robbins.


“Salado’s a lot closer to home, but it was sure fun to get to come to Reno,” Remsburg said. “I’ll come again next year. Winning this roping is a big deal. It means a lot to me. It was fun to come out here and do this. It’s an awesome roping and I had fun.”


Di Loreto makes sure everyone who enters the RRI Ladies Only has fun. At check-in every roper who entered the 2015 RRI Ladies Only received a Wrangler/Circle Y rope bag and special discount offers from Wrangler, D Bar M, Bayou West and Lone Star Ropes. And there’s a short round for everyone, even the teams who miss their first three steers.


Rieken and Remsburg hadn’t roped together much before. They’d entered one other roping, and Rieken drove 14 hours roundtrip to practice for a couple days with Remsburg before they headed West to Reno.


“Jessy’s an awesome heeler,” Rieken said. “She’s great. I was so blessed to get her to rope with me out here. I texted her awhile back about roping here, she said yes and I was so grateful. Hopefully I’ll be back next year with Jessy.”


“Sissy ropes outstanding and handles steers awesome,” Remsburg said. “She’s a great partner, and she’s a really good person. I didn’t know her very well before this. I had a lot of fun roping with her here in Reno.”


Rieken and Remsburg also made the RRI short round, and Remsburg heeled the steer but he jumped out of it. “I was pretty sick about that,” she said. “Sissy turned eight steers in the same spot every time between the two ropings.”


Rieken and Remsburg don’t have a long history as roping partners, but they have plenty in common in addition to the 2015 RRI Ladies Only title. They’re Florida natives, both were roping in their first RRI Ladies Only and both have a one-track mind for roping.


“Roping is a very big part of our lives,” Rieken said. “I grew up on a ranch, and I’ve breakaway roped since I was 8. I started team roping when I got out of college, and we do a lot of it.”


Remsburg played basketball through high school, but had to have back surgery for a herniated disk that was pressing on a nerve at 17 and, “sports were tough after that. I’ve always roped, and it’s everything to me now.


“I eat, sleep and breathe heeling. It’s all I think about, really. I work for Joel Colgrove, who rides four horses a day and turns 10 steers a day on every horse. So I get to heel a lot of steers every single day. I rope with him, keep his horses exercised and take care of things around the place. Roping is pretty much it for me. I started out heading, and there aren’t a lot of girl heelers, so I set my mind to heeling. It’s really hard for me, and it’s a challenge. But I love it.”


The Riekens own Rieken Construction, and do oil field maintenance. Sissy keeps the books and helps Rowdy in the field. Son Riley ropes, too, and was up in the first round at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa, while Rowdy was roping at the BFI in Reno and Sissy was roping in the RRI and RRI Ladies Only.


“We couldn’t watch him in the first round, but we get to be there for the second round,” Sissy said. “It was kind of crazy. I roped in the Perry roping yesterday and the all-girl today. As soon as the awards are over we’re heading to Iowa.


“From Arp to Reno takes about 31 hours, but we broke it up on the way here going to some ropings and rodeos along the way, so it wasn’t bad. Now that we’re done here in Reno we’re headed to Greeley (Colo.). We’ll leave our horses there, and fly from Denver to Des Moines to watch Riley rope at the junior high finals.”


After placing second in each of the first three rounds Rieken and Remsburg took a commanding seven-second lead into the short round. They had 17 seconds to play with on their last steer, and it was a good thing. They stopped the clock in 16.42 seconds, including a leg on their last one.


“We used nearly every bit of that 17 seconds,” Rieken chuckled. “It was funny, because the steers were chute run and we had the same steer in the first, third and short rounds.”


Rieken rode a 13-year-old bay horse they call Stump. They raised him from when he was orphaned at five weeks because his mom was shot out in the pasture. Stump is the son of the gray stud, Starman, Rieken used to ride, and Rowdy trained him.


“You can head and heel on him, and Rowdy used to rodeo on him,” Sissy said. “Then we switched horses. Stump’s a neat little horse. He’s short strided, he’s easy to ride and be around, and he loves people. I wish I had a pasture full of him.”


Remsburg rode a 7-year-old sorrel horse she calls Cajun. “I bought him at a sale as a 2-year-old,” she said. “He’s just gotten good in the last year or so. I’ve roped on him about three years, but I’ve been competing on him at the level we’re at now for about a year. Heeling has a lot to do with timing and horse placement, and I have a really good horse right now.”


“Everything about this roping is great, and we each won almost $17,000,” Rieken said. “That’s an awesome payout. Everything about this roping is great, and Perry is an awesome, nice, sweet guy. To do this for us is great, and we all really appreciate it.


“I want to thank God for giving me the talent to rope, great horses, my husband, Rowdy, my son, Riley, and the opportunity to do what I love to do.”


“This is an awesome roping,” Remsburg said. “I’ve never been here before, but I had a chance to make it work, so I came. I live near Beverly (Robbins), so I flew to Texas with her, then hauled her horse out here with mine. It worked out to where I could go. It was about a 30-hour drive from Stephenville, where we left from with the horses. It’d be about a 40-hour drive from Boligee to Reno.


“This roping’s worth coming to no matter where you live. A big thank you to Perry and his crew for having it. There aren’t many good all-girl ropings, and I have a blast at them. It means a lot that they take the time to put it on. I hope they keep doing it. If they do, I’ll be here.”


Reno Rodeo Invitational Ladies Only 

Round One: 1/2. Tracie Saunders and Lori Ireland; Sissy Rieken and Jessy Remsburg, 7.90, $1,375; 3. Barrie Smith and Bailey Peterson, 7.99, $1,000

Round Two: 1. Marcey Chaves and Taylor Hurley, 6.89, $1,500; 2. Sissy Rieken and Jessy Remsburg, 6.99, $1,250; 3. Vicky Benedetti and Suzanne Williams, 7.82, $1,000

Round Three: 1. Kelsey Nonella and Melia Ohalloran, 6.82, $1,500; 2. Sissy Rieken and Jessy Remsburg, 8.10, $1,250; 3. Tammy Ellerman and Jimmi Jo Montera, 8.37, $1,000

Short Round: 1. Lari Dee Guy and Annette Stahl, 9.64, $2,000; 2. Tammy Ellerman and Jimmi Jo Montera, 10.23, $1,500

1-Steer Average: 1. Lou Ann Smith and Tamara Smith, 5.53, $1,500

2-Steer Average: 1. Allie Berryessa and Ashley Martinkus, 21.55, $2,250; 2. Marcey Chaves and Taylor Hurley, 21.59, $2,000; 3. Lindy Lehman and Abby Estes, 22.51, $1,750

3-Steer Average: 1. Sammy Jo Fernlund and Kim Williamson, 31.46, $3,500; 2. Jacque Ertz and Wende Karnath, 32.56, $3,250; 3. Cathie Twisselman and Teale Dunn, 32.65, $3,000; 4. Connie Gibb Withers and Jenny Turner, 36.46, $2,750

4-Steer Average: 1. Sissy Rieken and Jessy Remsburg, 39.41, $30,000; 2. Tammy Ellerman and Jimmi Jo Montera, 40.07, $15,000; 3. Lari Dee Guy and Annette Stahl, 43.75, $6,000; 4. Amy Lewis and Alison Grantham, 49.49, $5,000; 5. Hailey Kesler and Leigh Sherwood, 55.86, $4,750; 6. Lisa Cunningham and Kayla Tiegs, 31.20 on three, $4,500







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☛ Leach & Harris win $200,000 at Reno 7-29-15

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments




By Kendra Santos
Photos by Allen’s Rodeo Photos
July 29, 2015

Reno Rodeo Invitational Champions Jess Harris, left, and Scott Leach, right, received $200,000 plus a prizeline that included Cactus saddles and breast collars, Gist buckles, Resistol hats, Kelly Slayton/Weaver Leather horse blankets and saddles pads, and EZ Wash wands from RRI Producer Perry Di Loreto.

Anything’s possible when a team backs in the box with a shot at $200,000, and Scott Leach and Jess Harris proved it yet again with their come-from-behind, cash-cow win at this year’s 20th annual Reno Rodeo Invitational. Leach of Douglas, Wyo., and Harris, who lives in Hot Springs, S.D., were the fifth high team back June 23 at the Reno Livestock Events Center and made a solid, 8.06-second run. They did all they could do, but didn’t dream that the final four teams would go down in flames and allow them to win it all after their rocky start.


Leach got his hand caught in the coils trying to dally on their first steer. “I was embarrassed,” he said. “We were 14 with two feet. We were so lucky to stay in the roping, because when I got my hand out I grabbed the rope by the knot. I was not going to let go. Jess saved us. The steer was on a loose rope, and I wasn’t doing anything to help him.


“I was happy with being fifth high team after the start we had. I just wanted to place. My goal was just to get four steers down, and the gameplan was to take it one steer at a time. I just wanted to catch four steers and give Jess a chance.”


“Yeah, I pretty much kissed the $100,000 goodbye right there,” his heeler, Harris, laughed.


Breathless from their traditional Reno Rodeo Invitational victory lap, Leach and Harris were noticeably beaming when they stepped off to uncinch their horses. They stopped the clock four times in 37.7 seconds to top the 199-team field. The box was 19 feet deep, and the scoreline was set at 12 feet 6 inches.


“Where else can you win $100,000 a man in a No. 11 roping?” said Harris, who like Leach also received a Gist buckle, Cactus Saddlery saddle and breast collar, Kelly Slayton/Weaver Leather horse blanket, Weaver saddle pad and EZ Wash wand. “Nowhere else can you do this. I’ve never roped for $25,000 a steer before.”


Leach wore one of this year’s official blue Reno Rodeo Invitational shirts, which were starched, pressed and given to every RRI contestant. Harris had to wear a red shirt, because, “I’m 6’ 5” and there wasn’t a shirt big enough to get the sleeves down past my elbows.” In addition to the Wrangler RRI shirt, every 2015 RRI contestant also received a Circle Y jacket, Bob Scott Saddlery-sponsored RRI back number and additional special offers from Wrangler, D Bar M, Bayou West and Lone Star Ropes.


The champs’ demeanors were on different ends of the nerves spectrum when they rode in to rope their last one.


“I wasn’t nervous,” said Leach, 49, who lives in Douglas with his wife, Sheila, son, Chance, and daughter, Kiersten. “I was just in my practice pen. If I’d thought too much about where we were I’d have gotten pretty shaky.”


“I couldn’t breathe,” said Harris, 40, of the moments before they rode in to rope their last steer. “I couldn’t spit. All that was going through my mind was to keep my space and see the feet, like Clay (O’Brien Cooper) said yesterday (during his Heel-O-Matic demonstration at the BFI).


“Cal and Bailey (Clay O’s daughter) Peterson are close friends of mine. To experience a win like Clay’s had is crazy.”


Like most RRI ropers, Leach has a day job. He works for Clark and Associates Land Brokers as a farm and ranch broker. His boss, Cory Clark, roped at the RRI also. Leach hauled his horse to Reno for him.


“Cory built an indoor arena last year,” Leach said. “So when we got to that last steer today, I looked at it like it was just another practice steer at Cory’s.”


This is Harris’ second act as a competitive roper, and he made his comeback count.


“I used to rope when I was a little kid,” said Harris, who calls Hot Springs home along with his wife, Tabitha, and three kids, Cody, 21, Kelton, 14 and Kaitlynn, 12. “Then I sold all my horses, ranched and started trucking and landscaping companies. I had about 15 guys working for me full time and was feeding a bunch of families, so I bought some horses and got back into it. I didn’t pick up a rope for 10 years. Then I got back into it about 10 years ago in 2005. I don’t have the trucking and landscaping companies anymore. I ranch now, and raise horses.”


Leach and Harris live hours apart, so don’t have much in the way of team history. They made unforgettable history nonetheless on RRI Tuesday in 2015.


“I’m very high on Jess,” Leach said. “When he’s on his game he’s hard to beat. And he’s a great guy.”


“We’ve roped a few times together over the years, but not much,” said Harris, whose RRI day routine included a prayer and round of stretching after every steer. “I kept everything the same all day.


“I talked to my little girl last night, and she asked, ‘Is tomorrow the day you rope for all the money? What time’s the short round?’ I told her about 4 or 4:30, and she said she’d start sending good vibes at about 2:30. I said how about you just send them all day?”


The owners of the American Quarter Horse Association-registered High Money Head and Heel Horse of the RRI receive Montana Silversmiths bronzes by Steve Miller. This year’s RRI horse awards went to Leach’s Flash Gordon and Harris’ Puddin’.


Leach actually heeled (for A.J. Roy) at last year’s RRI, and picked up the 13-year-old sorrel head horse Flash Gordon on his way home from Reno in 2014. He bought him from JJ and Cindi Butler, “because he scores so good and I seriously thought I had to have him for here,” Leach said. “He’s just real easy to rope on. He scores good, runs hard and handles cattle nice.” Cindi Butler is, by the way, the daughter of late ProRodeo Hall of Fame bareback rider and country music star Chris LeDoux.


Harris just bought 11-year-old sorrel Puddin’ eight months before the roping from his good friend Tim Nutter. “I couldn’t afford him, so I did a bunch of dirt work for Tim,” Harris said. “I redid his driveway and put in his sewer. I still owe him a little money on him. Today ought to help. He’ll get paid now.


“I had a heel horse that was my main stick since 2005. I never had a chance to get with this horse before now. It’s rained so much since we started trying to get each other figured out.”


It was Leach’s second straight trip to the RRI and Harris’s first—and last. RRI Producer Perry Di Loreto has a policy in place that excuses the champs for the rest of time. That way, he not only spreads the wealth, but lets more people in on the once-in-a-lifetime experience of winning $100 grand in one day. He’s not a hypocrite, by the way. Perry hung up his RRI ropes after he won the title, too.


“The Lord has blessed us,” said Leach, who after heeling at last year’s RRI, “wanted to come back and head these strong steers.” “God gets the glory. The most I’d ever won at a roping before today was $6,000 or $7,000, so to call this a career highlight would be an understatement.


“I didn’t do any good here last year, but I told Sheila I’d come back every year because this roping helps such a good cause (the Nevada Military Support Alliance). You’re glad you come, even if you don’t win anything. Our son (Chance) wants to join the Marines, so supporting a cause that supports our military is extra special to us.”


It was a 199-team roping, and 102 ropers received RRI checks in 2015. Reserve champs Jeremy Eaton and David Eaton roped four in 39.94 to drag down checks totaling $138,000 for the team. Curry Cash and Don Elms were 42.09 on four for $60,000 for the team, and fourth went to Shane Hilliard and Ty Spring, who roped four in 42.84 for $50,000. Twenty-five places were paid in the four-steer average.


In addition to the four-steer average, there’s a three-steer RRI bonus average and 10 places were paid in that. Happy three-steer champs Kirby Hill and Kelly Tuley, who also won the opening round, roped three steers in 21.31 seconds and skipped town $10,000 per man richer. They were so excited that they jumped off of their horses, dove into the RRI arena dirt bellies first and did the worm to celebrate. In addition to the team’s $20 grand, each partner also was awarded a Gist buckle, Resistol hat and EZ All bathing kit. The D Bar M Fast Time Spurs went to Sterling Kelly and Clay Acuna, who were 5.76 in round two.


The Nevada Military Support Alliance was again the Reno Rodeo Invitational’s charity of choice, and it’s a cause near and dear to the patriotic cowboy community’s heart. Di Loreto, who currently serves as chairman of the organization with a mission “to organize and promote the recognition, support and appreciation of Nevada’s men and women of our armed forces, veterans and their families,” was an original founding member of the NMSA.


Great cause. Great roping. Everybody wins.


“This was just our day,” Harris said. “I practiced three days ago, and caught three out of 30 steers. I was so disgusted. I was thinking to myself it was pointless to come here, but we were already entered. Team roping is such a sport of highs and lows, and both are unbelievable. If you can’t deal with the lows of the lows you’ll never get better. It’s really hard to do, but you have to do it. Those four teams in front of us who went out on their last one are having to deal with the lows of the lows right now. I had to get over that bad day of practice to get to this fairytale.”


2015 Reno Rodeo Invitational:

Round One: 1. Kirby Hill and Kelly Tuley, 7.06, $8,000; 2. Shane Boston and Clint Herrin, 7.12, $7,500; 3. Chad Havens and Brent Mays, 7.43, $7,000; 4. Sissy Rieken and Jessy Remsburg, 7.62, $6,000

Round Two: 1. Sterling Kelly and Clay Acuna, 5.76, $8,000; 2. Michael Riggins and Dusty Lout, 6.66, $7,500; 3. Jeremy Eaton and David Eaton, 7.32, $7,000; 4. Jeff Nielsen and Chris Castello, 7.43, $6,000

Round Three: 1. James Grantham and Cliff Garrison, 5.87, $8,000; 2. Chris Perry and Tony Palermo, 6.46, $7,500; 3. Brian Costa and Skip Stansbury, 6.48, $7,000; 4. Roger Hutcheon and Darrell Bastian, 6.62, $6,000

Short Round: 1. Curry Cash and Don Elms, 7.24, $8,000; 2. Marcey Chaves and Frank Mello, 8.04, $7,500; 3. Tammie McEnroe and Cole Hook, 8.20, $7,000; 4. Jeremy Eaton and David Eaton, 8.21, $6,000

3-Steer Average: 1. Kirby Hill and Kelly Tuley, 21.31, $12,000; 2. Marcia Eiguren and Randy Carson, 24.24, $10,000; 3. Brian Costa and Skip Stansbury, 26.25, $8,000; 4. Shane Boston and Clint Herrin, 26.50, $7,000; 5. Sterling Kelly and Clay Acuna, 27.67, $7,000; 6. Gabe Ramirez and Darrin Finan, 29.0, $7,000; 7. Chance Kretschmer and David Edgmon, 29.38, $7,000; 8. Bill Stuart and Lou Stuart, 30.19, $6,500; 9. Dustin Noblitt and Ricky Bolin, 30.75, $6,000; 10. Jeff Nielsen and Chris Castello, 32.33, $6,000

4-Steer Average: 1. Scott Leach and Jess Harris, 37.7, $200,000; 2. Jeremy Eaton and David Eaton, 39.94, $125,000; 3. Curry Cash and Don Elms, 42.09, $60,000; 4. Shane Hilliard and Ty Spring, 42.84, $50,000; 5. Brennan Harmon and Buddy Simmons, 44.02, $25,000; 6. Steve Taylor and Russell Hild, 45.06, $20,000; 7. Steve Friskup and Thurman Myers, 45.23, $19,000; 8. Marcey Chaves and Frank Mello, 45.47, $18,000; 9. Chip Bruegman and Boyd Supan, 46.25, $17,000; 10. Tammie McEnroe and Cole Hook, 46.65, $16,000; 11. Kyane Hampton and Mark Coonradt, 46.95, $15,000; 12. Bruce Kuykendall and Dean Spiesschaert, 49.2, $10,000; 13. Steve Hanson and Hardy White, 53.52, $10,000; 14. Brady Atkinson and J.W. Atkinson, 55.97, $9,000; 15. Joe Gallegos and Wayne Baize, 58.06, $9,000; 16. Monte Sandvick and Matthew Tyler Thornton, 59.21, $9,000; 17. Mike Zacher and Dan Cross, 59.43, $8,000; 18. Greg Grenke and Glenn Grenke, 59.72, $8,000; 19. Mitch Copps and James Hicks, 60.32, $8,000. 20. Cathie Twisselman and Rowly Twisselman, 63.69, $8,000; 21. Bud Fenster and Danny Cole, 65.12, $7,000; 22. Angel Crosthwaite and Karl Tyler, 66.38, $7,000; 23. Randal Shepherd and Steve Simons, 25.64 on three, $7,000; 24. Jeff Garijo and Nick Wilkinson, 27.41, $7,000; 25. Chad Chester and Daryl Elliott, 28.59, $7,000

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☛ Rodeo News 7-22-15

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments



Courtesy PRCA
July 22, 2015


Sterling Crawley captures first Salinas win

After missing the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo a year ago, saddle bronc rider Sterling Crawley is hungry to make a trip to Las Vegas in 2015.

The Stephenville, Texas, cowboy gave his season a much-needed boost when he won the prestigious California Rodeo Salinas (July 16-19).

Crawley captured the coveted crown with 164 points on two head July 19 at the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Gold rodeo before more than 16,123 fans at the Salinas Sports Complex.


“This is the first time I’ve won this rodeo, and I always wanted this buckle,” said Crawley, 24. “I couldn’t be happier. Honestly, things weren’t going too great about two months ago and my brother (Jacobs) helped me get my head together and go back to the basics and I’ve been able to get some stuff going again. I was very lucky to have Jacobs there for me.”


Jacobs Crawley, 27, is fourth in the July 20 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. He’s qualified for the WNFR four times (2011-14).

Sterling Crawley took the lead at Salinas with an 84-point ride on Rafter G Rodeo’s Sundance July 16, and then clinched the average crown with an 80-point ride on Four Star Rodeo’s Rounder in the final round.


“That was an awesome horse,” Crawley said of Rounder. “I was just plum tickled when I found out I had him. I’d never been on either of those horses, and I’d love to have those two horses at any rodeo.”


Sterling Crawley moved from 20th to 15th in the July 20 world standings. Last year, he placed 17th in the standings, on the heels of making back-to-back WNFRs in 2012-13. Crawley finished 14th and 15th in the world during his two WNFR appearances.


“I just need to stay with the basics and keep my momentum going,” said Crawley, who also won the July 7-11 Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver rodeo, with 169 points on two head.


Other winners at the $407,880 rodeo were all-around cowboy Doyle Hoskins ($7,878 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback riders Will Lowe and Caleb Bennett (164 points each on two head), steer wrestler Ty Erickson (21.5 seconds on three head), team ropers Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight (43.9 seconds on five head), tie-down roper Reese Riemer (34.7 seconds on three head), barrel racer Christina Richman (65.21 seconds on four runs) and bull rider Shane Proctor (170 points on two head).

Feild grabs first win following surgery

If there were any questions about Kaycee Feild’s health or his ability to win another gold buckle this season, the four-time bareback riding world champion seemed to answer them at the 100th anniversary of the Snake River Stampede (July 14-18) at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.


Feild split the win with Winn Ratliff, each with 169 points on two head. Feild earned $9,858 at the prestigious rodeo and claimed his first win since returning from March 31 hip surgery to repair a torn labrum.


“I’m feeling great,” said Feild, who returned to competition at the June 18-27 Reno (Nev.) Rodeo. “I’m not quite back to 100 percent, but I’m getting better and closer to normal range of motion with every ride. I’m rodeoing the same as any other year from here on out.”


He didn’t have a successful Cowboy Christmas run – last year he enjoyed the fourth-best July 4 run in history by earning $34,483 – but said he remained confident.


“I was disappointed, but felt I was just getting back in a groove,” Feild said. “I had big goals coming into the Fourth but I didn’t draw that well and didn’t have a whole lot of luck. I just tried to brush it off because I knew there was a lot of money to be won in the next few weeks after that.”


Feild, who led the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings when he underwent surgery, moved from 19th to 13th in the July 20 standings with $47,829 – which is $22,095 behind world standings leader Evan Jayne.

“This win feels really good,” he said. “I’ve been riding good; things just haven’t gone my way. I’m staying positive and will keep going at it.”

Feild won the first round when he rode for 86 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Sugar Daddy to earn $5,102. He took sixth in the short go with 83 points. Ratliff, who tied for fifth in the first round, split the short go win with Clint Cannon to tie Feild for the average title.


In the short go, Ratliff rode for 88 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Fires Easy and Cannon also went for 88 on The Cervi Brothers’ Gander Goose.

“Winn is riding outstanding and he’s making the most of his opportunities,” Feild said. “He had a great ride (July 18). I’m not a fan of being second, but I’m happy with the split.”


The 28-year-old Feild earned $294,980 in 2014 while winning his fourth consecutive world championship and fourth straight Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average title. No other contestant in any event has earned that double victory more than two consecutive times.


The Snake River Stampede was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame last year and celebrated its 100th anniversary in style.


“It was awesome,” Feild said. “They had a great ceremony for the winners in the arena and it was a sold-out crowd. They put on a great show in Nampa.”

Other winners at the $383,431 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($8,654 in tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler K.C. Jones (13.2 seconds on three head), team ropers Matt Sherwood and Quinn Kesler (13.8 seconds on three head), saddle bronc riders Cort Scheer and Brad Rudolf (169 points each on two head), tie-down roper Caleb Smidt (24.8 seconds on three head), barrel racer Katelyn McLeod (31.61 seconds on two head) and bull rider Brennon Eldred (171 points on two head).


  • Brazile Watch: Entering the weekend, Trevor Brazile was already toward the top of the world standings in two of his three events – third in the world in both steer roping and among team roping headers. He made his move in tie-down roping with two big performances in Nampa and Salinas. Brazile was the all-around champion in Nampa with a total of $8,654 – all in tie-down roping. He tied for first in the second round, won the finals, and finished tied for third in the average with a time of 25.5 seconds on three. In Salinas, the 21-time world champ won the finals and was third in the average with a time of 35.6 seconds on three head. He earned $4,933 in Salinas, bringing his weekend total to $13,587. In tie-down roping, Brazile moved from 12th to seventh in the July 20 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. He remained third in both steer roping and team roping heading.


  • Sherwood and Kesler not only won the team roping title in Nampa, they also did plenty of damage in Salinas on their way to a big weekend. Both men earned $8,827 for their performance in Nampa, which included winning the second round, final round and the average. In Salinas, the pair each collected $7,419 for a total of $16,246 for the weekend. With the large haul, Sherwood – a two-time world champion (2006, 2008) – moved from 28th to 14th in the July 20 world standings, while Kesler – a 22-year-old rookie heeler from Holden, Utah – moved from 30th to 14th. Kesler also vaulted to the top of the team roping heeler rookie standings.


  • Saddle bronc rider Treyson Antonick, a 22-year-old permit holder from Overton, Texas, had quite a weekend, winning two rodeo titles. Antonick took the title at the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo with an 82-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Tequila Shelia, earning $2,862. He collected another $1,771 by winning Kansas’ Largest Night Rodeo (Pretty Prairie) with an 83-point trip on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Red Wings. With the $4,633 he earned, Antonick moved to the top of the permit standings with $12,838.


  • There was only one lead change atop the world standings this week, with tie-down roper Monty Lewis moving from fifth to first on the strength of $9,298 in winnings in Nampa. Lewis, the 2004 world champion, leads defending world champ Tuf Cooper by $1,116.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Daniel Taylor Roach, a PRCA steer wrestler who also team roped, died July 12 in Winona, Texas. He was 28. Roach was a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association, where he excelled in both team roping and steer wrestling. He went on to Panola (Texas) Community College, where he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo. The pall bearers at Roach’s funeral included WNFR bull riders Cole Echols and Clayton Foltyn, as well as WNFR bareback rider Tilden Hooper.


David Crank, a popular Lawton, Okla., cowboy and former Lawton Rangers president, died July 13. He was 61. For the past 10 years, Crank served as a Lawton Ranger and was the organization’s president from 2013-14.


Jim Rogers, a PRCA and college rodeo judge and former saddle bronc rider, died July 12 in Torrington, Wyo. He was 60. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Eastern Wyoming College Rodeo Team.


The Man Up Crusade, an organization to bring awareness to domestic violence, made the July 19 performance of California Rodeo Salinas “Purple Day” in which competitors and fans wore the color to promote the end of domestic violence.


The High School National Finals Rodeo will remain in Rock Springs, Wyo., through 2019, and then is tentatively scheduled to move back to Springfield, Ill., for the 2020-21 rodeos. The event last took place in Illinois’ capital city in 2007. “Anytime you can bring a convention of that size, with thousands of people and families, it’s always good for Springfield, especially the restaurants, hotels and merchants,” Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder said. “We would have liked ’18 and ’19, but better late than never.”


The Board of Directors for the National Day of the Cowboy organization selected seven people from the Western and rodeo communities to receive the annual Cowboy Keeper Awards. The award is given to those who make a significant contribution to the preservation of cowboy culture and pioneer heritage. This year’s winners are Sheila Carlson, Waddie Mitchell, Ernie Sites, David Stoecklein, Bud Young, and the husband-wife team of Lyman and Alaire Tenney. For more information on all the winners, visit National Day of the American Cowboy is July 25, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City will be celebrating with a variety of festivities, including live music, crafts, roping lessons and the announcement of the 2015 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma.


For the second year in a row, the 55th annual Last Chance Stampede PRCA Rodeo in Helena, Mont., is awarding a unique, elk ivory ring to the rodeo’s all-around cowboy. This year’s ring is valued at $2,699 and will be custom-made by Jensen Jewelers and its goldsmith, Mark Rubio. It will feature 14-karat yellow gold with elk ivory. The Last Chance Stampede PRCA Rodeo takes place at the Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds July 23-25.


The Rodeo Clown Reunion will take place Aug. 12-15 in conjunction with the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville, Kan. The rodeo clowns will sign autographs and create some laughs for the audience. More information can be found at


The Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Hall of Fame Association unveiled painted drums as part of a fourth annual art fundraiser July 10 at the Clymer Museum and Gallery. A crowd of more than 75 people showed up to view the painted drums that will be auctioned off at the Hall of Fame induction banquet later this year.


The Phillipsburg (Kan.) Rodeo grounds sport two improvements that fans will notice July 30 through Aug. 1. There is a brand new concessions and restroom building on the west side of the arena, measuring 50 feet by 60 feet, which increases the amount of bathroom stalls for rodeo fans. On the east side of the arena, fans will notice new bucking chutes, which were installed in May. The old chutes will be donated to the Mid-Plains Community College rodeo program in McCook, Neb.


The Bull Riding Hall of Fame has reached an agreement with the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District to house the BRHOF in the legendary Cowtown Coliseum – the home of the world’s first indoor rodeo, in 1918. A formal announcement is expected at the American Cowboy Gala in Fort Worth July 23.


The Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Train made its 24th journey north from Denver to Cheyenne July 18. More than 500 passengers had a full day of activities, including the Frontier Days parade. This year’s train of vintage cars was pulled by the Union Pacific Railroad’s sleek 1950s-era E-9 diesel streamliner. The first Denver Post train to Frontier Days ran from 1908 to 1970. Proceeds from the CFD Train, supported by corporate sponsors MDC/Richmond American Foundation and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., benefit the Denver Post Community Foundation, which assists area nonprofits.


After an absence of 55 years, the NFL made an appearance at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up arena when the Seattle Seahawks raised a 12th Man flag to recognize the community’s support of the Seahawks July 16 at the Round-Up Plaza. In 1960, the expansion Dallas Cowboys played their first exhibition game in the Pendleton Round-Up stadium against the Los Angeles Rams

2015 World Standings Leaders


AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $138,552
BB: Evan Jayne, Marseille, France $69,924
SW: Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas $58,436
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $79,718
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $79,718
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $98,683
TD: Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas $65,927
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $80,401
SR: Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas   $47,815
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☛ Rodeo News – 7-13–15

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments



Courtesy PRCA

July 13, 2015

Proctor and Long rebound in Sheridan 

Coleman Proctor and Jake Long didn’t quite find the sort of presents they were looking for during Cowboy Christmas, but none of that mattered after July 11.

The team roping duo won the average title at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo – a silver stop on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour – with a time of 9.5 seconds on two head; it was the first time either man had won the rodeo.


“Sheridan is such a great rodeo, and it’s always a fun time and the crowd up there is amazing and takes good care of us,” Proctor said. “We’ve always liked Sheridan, and it seems like we’ve had a little luck there. It’s pretty special to have our names in the record book there.”


Proctor and Long had a respectable Fourth of July run, earning $6,976 per man. However, they felt like they left some money on the table during Cowboy Christmas, and made up for it in a big way in Sheridan.


They placed second in the first round with a time of 4.8 seconds, then won the second round with a time of 4.7. In total, each man earned $8,262 in Sheridan, and with a fourth-place result in Estes Park, Colo., that paid $2,758, they both moved from 13th to eighth in the July 13 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.


“It was huge, because we didn’t have as many opportunities this week as we did last week,” Long said. “It was nice to go up to Sheridan and capitalize on drawing two great steers, and I thought Coleman did a great job and we made some good runs.”

The pair made their runs on the second day of the July 8-11 rodeo, and then played the waiting game. Proctor says he doesn’t check the results when he and Long are leading a rodeo.


“I try to forget about it and not worry about it until it’s over – that way you don’t get disappointed,” he said. “Any time you win any money out here against the best ropers in the world, it’s an accomplishment, and you have to be grateful.”

Long was pleased with the outcome, and hopes the big checks in Sheridan leads to more.


“It’s always nice to get some momentum – especially this time of year – and we’re hoping after having a slower Fourth than we wanted that this will get us back on track,” Long said.

“Sheridan is a neat rodeo that’s been around for a long time, and they have a great culture. It’s a fun rodeo to take the family to and it’s nice to soak up the unique atmosphere it has.”


After a successful 2014 season which saw Proctor and Long finish fourth and third in the world, respectively, the pair is hoping for another run at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.


“You have to keep putting good runs on the board and making money and climbing up the ranks,” Proctor said. “We want to be in the top 15, but we also want to be a top-five contender with a chance to win the world title.”


Other winners at the $259,196 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($9,962 in tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback riders Tanner Aus (85 points on New West Rodeo Productions’ Right Spur) and Taylor Price (85 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Wolverwine), steer wrestler Seth Brockman (9.9 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Allen Boore (84 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls’ Shining Mountain), tie-down roper Caleb Smidt (18.4 seconds on two head), barrel racer Cassidy Kruse (18.19 seconds), steer roper Brazile (48.0 seconds on four head) and bull riders Shane Proctor and Cody Teel (both with 89 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls’ Kiss Animalize).


  • BRAZILE WATCH: Even with available prize money down by more than half from Cowboy Christmas levels of nearly $3.7 million a week ago, Trevor Brazile didn’t have any appreciable drop-off. The 21-time world champion earned $16,788 for the week of July 6-12, winning titles in two of his three events and earning checks in all three. He won the steer roping and finished fourth in the tie-down roping at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo for $9,962 and the all-around title. Brazile also claimed the all-around at the Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park, Colo., where he earned $6,588 by winning the team roping with Patrick Smith and finishing second to Jordan Ketscher by a tenth-of-a-second in the tie-down roping. With an additional check in the team roping at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo in Casper, Brazile upped his season total to $124,964 and his lead over Tuf Cooper in the all-around world standings to $56,660. He is third in steer roping, third among team roping headers and 12th in tie-down roping.


  • BIG GAME HUNTER: A win in the second round of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo was the only check Hunter Herrin earned this weekend, but the $2,446 he collected was enough to push him into the tie-down roping world standings lead over Timber Moore by $2,273. Herrin is the third tie-down roper to hold the lead in the last month, Moore having taken over from Cory Solomon on June 29.


  • BORING HE IS NOT: Saddle bronc rider Allen Boore figured out the very best way to bounce back from a disappointing Cowboy Christmas: go out and win three rodeos. His titles in Sheridan, Wyo.; Nephi, Utah, and Elko, Nev., last week netted him $8,850, way more than the $3,030 that he banked over the Fourth of July week and just enough to move him up from 17th to 14th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. Boore, of Axtell, Utah, has a season total of $38,016, which is more than his first two seasons as a card-holder (2013-14) combined.


  • BY ALL WRIGHTS: With a second-place finish in Vernal, Utah, and another check in Casper, Wyo., two-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Cody Wright moved up to 25th in the world standings, giving the Wright clan six of the top 25 spots in that event. Cody follows his son, Rusty (sixth), his brothers, reigning World Champion Spencer Wright (fourth), Jake Wright (eighth), and 2012 World Champion Jesse Wright (20th), along with his brother-in-law, CoBurn Bradshaw (23rd). The margin between Cody, just coming back to form after time off due to injury, and the 15th spot in the standings is $16,881.


  • PEEK-ING AT THE RIGHT TIME: Looking to make his first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 2010, Josh Peek helped his cause greatly over the weekend with steer wrestling wins in Nephi, Utah, and Vernal, Utah, along with a round win in Casper, Wyo. It all added up to $7,234, bumping him from 15th a week ago to the No. 8 spot in the world standings. Peek, of Pueblo, Colo., also earned $1,502 for finishing third in the tie-down roping in Nephi and is eighth in the all-around world standings.


  • FASTER THAN YOU CAN SAY WESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE: WOSC sophomore Jacob Edler, 21, posted the fastest steer wrestling time of the 2015 PRCA season when he won the July 9-11 Heart of the North Rodeo in Spooner, Wis., with a time of 3.2 seconds. It was a tenth-of-a-second quicker than the previous season-best shared by Jake Rinehart, Justin Shaffer, Tyler Pearson and Kyle Irwin. Conditions were so fast in Spooner that it took a 3.9-second run to land in the top five and a 4.4 to earn a check for eighth place.


  • STAY AT HOME COWBOY: Without ever leaving his home state of Wyoming, bull rider Bobby Welsh won checks at three rodeos last week and moved from 30th to 20th in the world standings, vastly improving his chances of making it back to the Wrangler NFR for the first time since 2011. Welsh, 31, won the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo in Casper with an 89-point ride on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Compact and also earned checks in Laramie and Sheridan.


  • OHL MY! Six-time World Champion Cody Ohl, fighting his way back from a severe hamstring injury suffered at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo last month that forced him to miss most of Cowboy Christmas, earned a second-place check in Sheridan, Wyo., worth $4,919.


  • BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN: Hillsboro, Texas, bareback rider Jake Brown won at least a share of both rounds at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo and with his average check added in, he left Casper with $6,027. He followed that with another win at the Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo in Gunnison, Colo., and a check at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo to finish the week with $7,487 in greenbacks to vault from 17th place in the world standings all the way to 10th.

Tie-down roper Leonard repeats as Casper champ

History repeated itself for tie-down roper Marshall Leonard – and that was a good thing.


For the second year in a row, the Shongaloo, La., cowboy won the average at the July 7-11 Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo at Casper, Wyo., a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour silver rodeo.


Leonard notched his latest victory with a 28.8-second time on three head at the CWF&R Outdoor Arena.


“This is awesome,” said Leonard, 27. “I won it last year and I love this rodeo. I don’t ever plan to miss this rodeo – I will be here every year. I come to this rodeo with a lot of confidence and it dang sure showed. This was my biggest win of the year, and a very good win for me.”


A year ago, Leonard won the average at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo with a time of 26.6 seconds on three head.


“My goal was to win first two years in a row here,” Leonard said. “It was a great thing to do again, because it’s not easy roping against the guys who are out here.”

In 2015, Leonard was consistent and fast in Casper. He tied Ryan Jarrett for sixth in the first round with a 10.1-second run and tied Clint Nyegaard for seventh in the second round with a time of 9.5 to lead the average at 19.6 seconds. He wrapped up the title with his 9.2-second run – which was tops in the short round. Leonard was the last competitor to go in the finals.


“I just wanted to make my run and not beat myself, and I made a solid run,” Leonard said. “I had to be 9.9 seconds or faster to win the average, and I just made my run and got the job done.”


Leonard also was quick to praise his 8-year-old horse, Jen.


“I had three good runs and my little mare worked her butt off,” Leonard said. “I can’t complain – I had three really solid runs and kept control the whole time. I rode Jen all last year, and she’s really starting to get the feel of things and she’s really starting to work good. It looks like she’s going to be around for a long time, if I can keep her healthy.”


As a result of the $6,097 check he earned in Casper, Leonard moved up to 40th in the July 13 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. Last season, Leonard placed a career-best 27th in the standings with $42,103.

“I really don’t pay attention to the standings a whole lot,” Leonard said. “I just focus on my runs.”


Other winners at the $263,497 rodeo were all-around cowboy Garrett Henry ($2,058 in steer wrestling and team roping), bareback rider Jake Brown (164 points on two head), steer wrestler Tommy Cook (15.3 seconds on three head), team ropers David Key and Martin Lucero (18.8 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Sterling Crawley (169 points on two head), barrel racer Cassidy Kruse (34.28 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Bobby Welsh (173 points on two head).

Nebraska cowboy dies in truck crash

PRCA timed-event cowboy Brady Wakefield, 20, died Sunday evening (July 12) on Interstate 80 in central Nebraska after losing control of his pickup truck near the Odessa interchange.


Wakefield, of O’Neill, Neb., was driving a 2006 RAM 2500 Diesel pick-up westbound when the rear passenger tire blew out, causing the truck to roll through the median of the interstate. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Wakefield’s passenger, 58-year-old Jeff Hoier of Herman, Neb., was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover and was transported to CHI Good Samaritan in Kearney, Neb. As of Monday morning, Hoier was listed in fair condition at the hospital.


Nebraska State Police said Wakefield was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Eastbound traffic on I-80 was diverted for 1½ hours, through a rest stop, before both lanes were re-opened.


Wakefield bought his PRCA card last year and finished ninth in the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year Standings among team roping headers while also competing in tie-down roping and steer wrestling. He teamed with Ty Talsma to win the 2014 American Heroes PRCA Rodeo in Hawley, Minn., and was the 2014 RAM Badlands Circuit Rookie of the Year.


This year, Wakefield had been concentrating primarily on steer wrestling, and just had a career-best time of 3.6 seconds to finish second in the July 9-11 Heart of the North Rodeo in Spooner, Wis.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The final two performances of California Rodeo Salinas will be broadcast live on the Wrangler Network July 18-19 at 1 p.m. (PT). To watch, fans can visit .


Wrangler NFR bareback rider Tim O’Connell fractured the third metacarpal of his left (riding) hand and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action. O’Connell is scheduled to see a hand specialist July 14, but surgery isn’t thought to be needed. The Zwingle, Iowa, cowboy is currently third in the world standings.


Jack Hannum, who will be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Aug. 8, was inducted into the Utah Rodeo Hall of Fame July 10. Hannum qualified for the NFR four times as a steer wrestler (1978-80, 1983) and as a tie-down roper in 1977. Joining Hannum in the Utah Rodeo HOF were 1996 Miss Rodeo America Tanya Bartlett, Gary L. Cooper, Bud Favero, Dean Steed and Francisco Zamora.


Ralph Lamb, who was an instrumental part of the National Finals Rodeo Committee and the group from Las Vegas that promoted the move of the NFR from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas, and a PRCA Gold Card member and team roper, passed away July 3 in Las Vegas. He was 88. Lamb, who was known as the “Cowboy Sheriff,” gained fame for enforcing the law in the 1960s in Clark County and then again in 2012-13 when his career was fictionalized in the TV show “Vegas.” Lamb was elected Clark County Sheriff in 1962 and stayed in that position for 18 years, the longest anyone has held that job.


Ted Thompson of Deadwood, S.D., will serve as the PRCA Rodeo Committee Executive Council Representative – At Large. He replaces Gary Williams for the duration of the term, which will be through March 2016.


The Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho, celebrating its 100th year, will honor the memory of the late bull rider Scott Newby. Newby was a Nampa native, and was killed at the age of 19 when a bull stepped on his skull in New Westminster, British Columbia, in 1973. Each year since his death, the Scott Newby Memorial buckle is given to the top bull rider in Nampa. This year, Newby’s sister, Cynthia Workman, will be on hand with her four children and eight grandchildren to award the buckle to the bull riding winner. Eight-time World Champion Don Gay won the first Scott Newby buckle in 1974.

Man in the Can” – a 38-minute film which follows the personal journey of aspiring rodeo clown and barrelman Ronald Burton – was just selected to play at DocuWest Film Festival, which is co-produced by the Denver Film Society. The festival takes place September 9-13, at the Sie FilmCenter in the Capital Hill area of Denver.


NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon survived a spectacular, wild crash July 5 at the end of the Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet became airborne and crashed into the front stretch catch fence just past the start-finish line. Amazingly, Dillon was uninjured in the wreck.What Dillion did moments after he climbed out of his mangled car was a tribute to legendary bull rider Lane Frost, a ProRodeo Hall of Fame cowboy who was the 1987 PRCA world champion (Frost passed away July 30, 1989). Instead of waving his hand to acknowledge the support of fans, Dillon made a dual motion with his hands, which he explained on July 7 was a tribute to Frost.”He’s probably one of the best bull riders of all time,” Dillon said in a story on “After we won the (Xfinity) race (July 4), I thought it was a cool tribute to him to kind of start doing that and just embrace it because he was one of my heroes.”


Bull rider L.J. Jenkins, the 2011 Wrangler NFR average champion from Porum, Okla., announced his retirement July 7, effective immediately. The 28-year-old suffered a fractured first cervical vertebra (C1) in April, and doctors advised that it would be in his best interest to stop riding bulls,


PRCA bareback rider Andy Bolich has been named the new rodeo coach at Montana State University (Bozeman). Bolich won the year-end bareback riding title in the Columbia River Circuit in 2004 and won it three times in the Montana Circuit (2005-07). He also won the RAM Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2005 and 2007. Bolich is an MSU graduate and served as an assistant rodeo coach there for 12 years.


As part of its celebration of its 125th anniversary, and as a salute to the military, the Sheridan WYO Rodeo recognized military members before each performance of the July 8-11 rodeo. Dana Bowman, a double-leg-amputee military veteran, parachuted into the rodeo each night. Bowman is a former Green Beret Special Forces and Golden Knight. He has since retired and currently works for the military giving motivational speeches and parachuting for events. Bowman signed autographs for fans at the rodeo and gave a powerful presentation to local veterans and staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on July 9.


About 400 Corriente steers made their way down Interstate 25 and through the streets of Cheyenne, Wyo., July 13. Onlookers watched as the Cheyenne Frontier Days Cattle Drive brought the cattle from a pasture north of the city into Frontier Park. The cattle drive is traditionally known as the unofficial beginning of the rodeo, which starts in full July 18.

2015 World Standings Leaders


AA: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $124,964
BB: Evan Jayne, Marseille, France $68,512
SW: Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas $58,435
TR-1: Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $75,915
TR-2: Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $75,915
SB: Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. $95,866
TD: Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla. $61,538
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $78,690
SR: Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas   $47,815
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