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RFD-TV’S THE AMERICAN RETURNS TO AT&T STADIUM FEB. 19,2017

 

EVENT FEATURES “THE AMERICAN” & “IRON COWBOY”

 

Press Release from RFD-TV
Aug. 26, 2016

RFD-TV founder and owner, Patrick Gottsch and Sean Gleason, CEO of the PBR, recently announced a long-term three-year plan for The American rodeo event, which returns to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Feb. 19, 2017. The agreement with the PBR and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium ensures the future of the world’s richest one-day rodeo event. The American, known as the word’s richest one-day rodeo, features pro athletes competing alongside amateur cowboys for a prize purse worth more than $2 million. Prior to the Finals, the American Semi-Finals, will be held on Feb. 15-17, 2017 at the Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas, and includes a purse of almost $500,000. The three events will continue to make history with record-breaking payouts totaling around $3 million and offers athletes a chance to make the kind of winnings they don’t often see in other professional rodeo and bull riding competitions.

 

“It started three years ago with the great idea to have the richest one-day rodeo … with all the champions in one place. We had a great three-year run and we’ve always had a good relationship with the PBR, but they’ve really stepped it up now with Randy moving on with Garth Brooks. A three-year agreement with the PBR and The Dallas Cowboys for AT&T Stadium is a big deal for us,” said RFD-TV Founder and Owner Patrick Gottsch. “I see this event evolving to make this event a destination place to enjoy western sports. This is our biggest day of the year and we want to expand and improve that. With PBR’s involvement, I’m confident that we can do that.”

Sean Gleason, CEO of the PBR said, “It’s a big weekend in Texas. You’re guaranteed to see the best cowboys and bull riders in the world in every discipline. The Iron Cowboy had been around for seven years before we added The American. The American just made it a destination event … something really unique and special. The Iron Cowboy is one of our major events and one of the most important stops in the [PBR] tour. Adding The American to the event just blows it up. It’s a must see event now for everybody.”

Since its debut in 2014, The American has invited the top 10 rodeo athletes in the world in seven events to compete at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. With this unique “open” format, anyone can qualify for this prestigious event through a series of qualifiers in partnership with five sanctioning organizations. The partner organizations include Professional Bull Riders (PBR), United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC), Ultimate Calf Roping (UCR), Better Barrel Racing, and World’s Toughest Rodeo.

Official ticket sales begin on Aug. 26 and start at $20. For a limited time, pre-sale tickets can be purchased using the promo code: BULL. The PBR and The American are also offering a discount combo ticket for both events with a savings of up to $50 on the weekend event. All tickets can be found on Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

For more info about RFD-TV’s The American, please visit americanrodeo.com.

 

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PRCA RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy of PRCA
Aug. 26, 2016

 

Knowles doubles his pleasure in Caldwell

CALDWELL, Idaho - Twice was quite nice for steer wrestler Trevor Knowles.

For the second year in a row, Knowles left the Caldwell Night Rodeo a champion.

The Mount Vernon, Ore., cowboy won the championship with a time of 14.3 seconds in the three-head average Aug. 20.

“It’s always good to win Caldwell,” Knowles said. “It’s a great rodeo with awesome fans and a good atmosphere. It’s good to win it no matter what, but especially this year because I’m kind of outside the top 15 right now. This is a good time to get a victory and get things rolling.”

Knowles is 18th in the Aug. 22 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $43,416. He’s cut the deficit between himself and Cody Cabral, who is in the No. 15 spot, to only $1,924 after earning $5,584 in Caldwell.

Knowles has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER 12 straight times (2004-15).

Not only did Knowles claim the coveted victory in Caldwell again, but he also did it in grand style, winning the finals with a 3.9-second run.

“I didn’t really know what everybody else was doing, but my plan was to get a great start and make a good run,” Knowles said. “I came in fifth (in the short round) and I thought if I had a good run, I could win the short round and maybe take second or third in the average. Fortunately, some of the other guys who were ahead of me messed up, and let me go ahead and win it.”

Fueling Knowles’ performance was the horsepower provided by Earl. The 20-year-old horse tied for second in the 2014 AQHA/PRCA Horse of the Year voting in steer wrestling.

“Earl is just solid,” Knowles said. “I’ve had Earl for a while and we click well together. He won’t keep you from winning. He gives you everything he has, every time, and lets you go do your job.”

The journey to a Caldwell Night Rodeo win is all part of a roller-coaster season for Knowles.

“It’s been one of those years,” Knowles said. “Earl got hurt after Redding (Calif.) and he had to take five weeks off and I rode my other horse (Willy, 12) for a couple of weeks. Then Willy got run through a fence by mountain lions, and I got Earl back. I’ve been riding Earl and Willy on-and-off, and I will probably finish the year on Earl and try to keep winning. I feel like right now, I’m bulldogging as sharp as I ever have.”

Other winners at the $293,133 rodeo were all-around cowboy Paul David Tierney ($4,110 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Richmond Champion (168.5 points on two head), team ropers Colby Lovell/Travis Graves (17.6 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (169.5 points on two head), tie-down roper Tyson Durfey (26.0 seconds on three), barrel racer Sherry Cervi (52.10 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Jeff Askey (85.5 points on D & H Cattle’s Savage Moves).

  • THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARR: Circuit Finals season got under way Aug. 21 and it looked very much like last year’s start. Brian Garr of Belle Fourche, S.D., again captured the Badlands Circuit Finals Steer Roping title in Deadwood, S.D., with a time of 73.4 seconds on five head for total earnings of $3,807. Despite the fact that his aggregate time was nearly 10 seconds slower than a year ago, his margin of victory was far greater this time around; second-place finished Coy Thompson was 19 seconds back with a time of 92.4; they were the only two contestants who roped and tied all five. Jess Tierney, the regular-season earnings leader and 2011 winner of the BCFSR, finished third.
  • O, CANADA! If the season were to end today, there would be as many Canadian saddle bronc riders – four – qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as there were members of the Wright family. There would be more Canadian saddle bronc riders in the WNFR field than at any time since 2001 when Glen O’Neill, Rod Hay, Rod Warren and Denny Hay all made the field. If you want to limit that to Canadian-born bronc riders (O’Neill was from Australia and moved to Canada to start his ProRodeo career) you have to go back to 1989 when both of the Hay brothers were joined by Duane Daines and Mel Coleman. Canadian excellence in the sport’s signature event was on full display this past weekend when Zeke Thurston, Layton Green, Clay Elliott and Dustin Flundra accounted for seven wins at PRCA rodeos, led by Elliott’s three, at Canby, Ore.; Jasper, Alberta, and Pincher Creek, Alberta. Thurston (fourth), Green (15th), Jake Watson (10th) and Elliott (seventh) are all in the top 15 right now, while Flundra (30th) and Sam Kelts (24th) are still in contention.
  • O, CANADA, PART II: Dustin Walker of Vanscoy, Sask., had a 3.1-second run to win the Pincher Creek (Alberta) Pro Rodeo, tying him with J.D. Struxness and Termaine Debose for the second-fastest time of the 2016 PRCA season, just one-tenth behind Shane Frey’s 3.0 in Lufkin, Texas, back in April.
  • ERICKSON BACK ON TOP: For the first time since Feb. 22, there is a new leader in the steer wrestling world standings. Jason Thomas of Benton, Ark., took over the top spot after winning the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo the last week of February, and held it until this week, when Ty Erickson overtook him thanks to wins in Lynden, Wash., and Baker, Mont. Erickson, from Helena, Mont., was the last man to hold the No. 1 spot in the bulldogging standings before Thomas took over nearly six months ago.
  • News & Notes from the rodeo trail

The PRCA has hired Steve Rempelos as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Rempelos has extensive experience in Western lifestyle marketing, media and sponsorship. He started work at the PRCA office Aug. 22.

 

Justin Michael Luhr, a Columbia River Circuit steer wrestler who joined the PRCA in 2015, passed away July 30 as a result of a boating collision on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho. He was 34.Luhr won the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show & Rodeo (Union) in 2015. He married Kalyn Bast on Aug. 5, 2011, and worked in the construction industry as an equipment operator and electrician. In his spare time, he could be found boating or on the rodeo trail with his wife and two daughters, Hailey and Laramie.Contributions to the family can be made at www.crowdrise.com/luhr-family-fundraiser/fundraiser/bradeeluhr. A charity barrel race was held for the Luhr family Aug. 13 in Deer Park, Wash., raising $12,151.

 

Louie Earl Torricellas, a former PRCA tie-down roper, steer wrestler and team roper from Eugene, Ore., passed away July 26. He was 85. Torricellas always had a love for horses, and at age 13 took a job feeding horses and cleaning stalls at the Lane County Fairgrounds until he had enough money saved to buy his first horse. At 15, he won his first saddle at the junior rodeo in Eugene. Torricellas also jockeyed at the bush tracks and participated in match races all over Oregon. He was a mentor to steer wrestlers in the Columbia River Circuit for decades. His son, Danny, was a nine-time NFR qualifier as a steer wrestler and tie-down roper.

 

Effective immediately, Keith Marrington will be taking the PRCA Stock Contractor Executive Council position of John Barnes. Additionally, David Morehead will assume the position of PRCA Stock Contractor Board Director, which was previously held by Barnes.

 

Former PRCA saddle bronc rider Jesse Segura, an adjunct instructor at Western Nevada College, is forming a rodeo team at the school’s Fallon, Nev., campus. Segura, 37, spent 12 years at Feather River College (Quincy, Calif.), and led the men’s team to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association title in 2016. Now, he will start a team from scratch in Fallon. “I saw this would be a nice place to have a college rodeo team,” Segura said of Fallon. “There’s a lot of support in the community, a lot of people in the ag industry – farmers and ranchers – who would like to support it and be part of it.”

 

Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune sports columnist Scott Mansch - winner of the 2013 PRCA award for Excellence in Print Journalism – and KINX sports director Jim Sargent debuted their new radio talk show Aug. 18 on FM-102.7. The program, called “KINX 102.7 Sports Chat,” will air each Thursday morning from 8-9 and feature guests from the Montana sports landscape, including rodeo. The program will also be available on the Internet and archived at network1.sports.com.

 

 

2016 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. $103,656
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $134,972
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $76,651
TR-1: Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. $98,522
TR-2: Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas $98,522
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $140,681
TD: Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas $94,892
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $140,674
SR: Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.   $74,433

 

2016 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

     Unofficial through Aug. 22, 2016

 

All-around

1

Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.

$103,656

2

Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.

90,166

3

Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.

89,201

4

Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.

77,082

5

Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas

74,923

6

Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah

73,519

7

Shay Carroll, Prineville, Ore.

68,509

8

Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas

66,391

9

Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.

63,315

10

JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas

59,987

11

Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.

53,594

12

Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta

51,786

13

Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.

49,046

14

Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.

46,714

15

Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.

45,634

16

Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah

43,617

17

Kyle Lucas, Carstairs, Alberta

41,118

18

J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo.

35,352

19

Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas

33,893

20

Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb.

33,313

Bareback Riding

1

Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa

$134,972

2

Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah

108,606

3

Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba

108,403

4

Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.

100,482

5

R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif.

90,224

6

Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.

80,065

7

Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.

72,163

8

Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas

68,164

9

Evan Jayne, Marseille, France

66,679

10

Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta

61,623

11

Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

58,052

12

Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.

51,431

13

Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas

51,274

14

Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas

51,133

15

J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.

50,635

16

Teddy Athan, Livermore, Calif.

46,165

17

Ty Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan

44,061

18

Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah

43,574

19

Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev.

43,390

20

Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

41,452

Steer Wrestling

1

Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.

$76,651

2

Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark.

72,725

3

Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.

65,874

4

Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas

63,836

5

Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas

61,993

6

Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.

61,123

7

Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.

57,446

8

J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn.

57,074

9

Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.

56,780

10

Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.

54,583

11

Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.

50,802

12

Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.

49,338

13

Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah

47,600

14

Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D.

45,775

15

Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii

45,340

16

Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia

43,928

17

Joshua Clark, Belgrade, Mont.

43,762

18

Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.

43,416

19

Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.

41,808

20

Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev.

39,895

Team Roping (header)

1

Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.

$98,522

2

Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas

92,538

3

Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.

88,323

4

Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas

83,768

5

Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.

77,995

6

Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta

75,385

7

Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

72,859

8

Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.

61,352

9

Zac Small, Welch, Okla.

56,758

10

Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta

55,834

11

Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz.

55,012

12

Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif.

53,137

13

Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore.

51,994

14

Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas

49,678

15

Spencer Mitchell, Williams, Calif.

48,893

16

Billy Bob Brown, Carbon, Texas

47,646

17

Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz.

47,442

18

Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla.

47,262

19

Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla.

45,494

20

Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.

42,960

Team Roping (heeler)

1

Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas

$98,522

2

Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.

89,611

3

Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.

89,193

4

Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.

75,858

5

Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

71,351

6

Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.

67,973

7

Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.

62,578

8

Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.

59,383

9

Jeremy Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia

58,980

10

Shay Carroll, Prineville, Ore.

58,702

11

Wesley Thorp, Stephenville, Texas

56,103

12

Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah

54,981

13

Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.

54,879

14

Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

52,598

15

Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas

51,960

16

Logan Medlin, Stephenville, Texas

47,420

17

Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif.

47,306

18

Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas

44,495

19

Clark Adcock, Smithville, Tenn.

41,731

20

Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas

40,291

Saddle Bronc Riding

1

Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas

$140,681

2

Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah

117,942

3

CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah

106,013

4

Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta

83,983

5

Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.

73,540

6

Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah

69,837

7

Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta

65,980

8

Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.

63,940

9

Jake Wright, Milford, Utah

63,490

10

Jake Watson, Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia

63,123

11

Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D.

59,839

12

Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas

59,774

13

Tyrell J Smith, Great Falls, Mont.

58,839

14

Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah

55,627

15

Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta

53,664

16

Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo.

53,088

17

Cody Wright, Milford, Utah

49,587

18

Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.

44,122

19

Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla.

41,891

20

Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

41,685

Tie-down Roping

1

Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas

$94,892

2

Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas

89,116

3

Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.

82,194

4

Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.

71,210

5

Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas

66,245

6

Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.

61,260

7

Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas

60,037

8

Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb.

59,519

9

Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas

58,333

10

Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.

57,590

11

Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas

56,430

12

Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho

54,526

13

Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah

50,690

14

Michael Otero, Lowndesboro, Ala.

50,250

15

Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas

47,651

16

Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas

46,303

17

Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas

45,399

18

Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas

45,352

19

Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla.

44,438

20

Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas

44,299

Steer Roping

1

Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.

$74,433

2

J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas

56,119

3

Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.

53,766

4

Shay Good, Midland, Texas

50,376

5

Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas

47,927

6

Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas

47,243

7

Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas

46,612

8

Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D.

42,288

9

Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas

41,417

10

Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.

37,275

11

Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo.

36,543

12

Marty Jones, Hobbs, N.M.

35,687

13

Guy Allen, Santa Anna, Texas

35,068

14

J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla.

34,249

15

Lawson Plemons, Axtell, Texas

31,222

16

JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas

30,496

17

Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas

22,761

18

Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas

22,253

19

Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M.

21,569

20

Thomas Smith, Barnsdall, Okla.

20,333

Bull Riding

1

Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.

$140,674

2

Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah

92,645

3

Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas

91,330

4

Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M.

86,796

5

Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.

78,951

6

Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho

77,851

7

Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas

75,387

8

Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.

69,697

9

Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho

69,158

10

Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.

65,443

11

Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas

64,354

12

Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas

64,120

13

Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.

62,384

14

Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.

62,376

15

Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.

59,536

16

Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.

57,702

17

Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.

57,354

18

Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah

56,815

19

Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah

53,677

20

Riker Carter, Stone, Idaho

48,784

 

*2016 Barrel Racing (Aug. 22, 2016)

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

 

1

Mary Burger, Paul’s Valley, Okla.

$187,527

2

Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas

100,933

3

Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas

98,448

4

Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.

97,338

5

Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah

92,755

6

Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo.

92,455

7

Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga.

83,193

8

Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas

81,670

9

Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas

77,798

10

Cayla Melby, Burneyville, Okla.

77,723

11

Sherry Cervi,  Marana, Ariz.

75,691

12

Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas

75,524

13

Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas

70,029

14

Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas

62,281

15

Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash.

60,363

16

Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D.

58,763

17

Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore.

55,156

18

Cassidy Kruse, Gillette, Wyo.

50,622

19

Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas

49,349

20

Elizabeth Murray, Fort Worth, Texas

44,890

 

2016 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings

Unofficial through Aug. 22, 2016

 

Bareback Riding

1

Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba

$53,225

2

Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa

50,677

3

R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif.

43,905

4

Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.

31,078

5

Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah

29,859

6

Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.

24,568

7

Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas

20,614

8

Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas

17,153

9

Kyle Brennecke, Stephenville, Texas

17,025

10

Ty Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan

16,837

11

Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta

16,648

12

Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.

16,266

13

Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.

15,681

14

Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

15,657

15

Grant Denny, Minden, Nev.

15,545

16

Evan Jayne, Marseille, France

15,411

17

Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo.

15,117

18

Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho

14,436

16

Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev.

13,679

20

Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah

13,167

Steer Wrestling

1

Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas

$35,533

2

Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark.

35,185

3

J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn.

29,043

4

Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.

27,149

5

Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.

26,930

6

Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.

25,286

7

Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia

22,462

8

Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah

22,201

9

Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.

22,076

10

Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.

21,973

11

Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.

19,506

12

Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas

18,161

13

Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D.

17,384

14

Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.

17,323

15

Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.

16,820

16

Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho

15,656

17

Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii

15,507

18

Tooter Silver, Quitman, Ark.

14,826

19

Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho

14,504

20

Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.

13,644

Team Roping-Header

1

Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.

$35,845

2

Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas

32,721

3

Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.

30,368

4

Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

28,551

5

Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.

24,056

6

Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore.

23,953

7

Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta

22,787

8

Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla.

21,705

9

Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.

21,467

10

Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas

20,974

11

Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.

19,971

12

Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta

19,906

13

Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo.

18,860

14

Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D.

17,838

15

Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas

17,795

16

JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas

16,816

17

Spencer Mitchell, Williams, Calif.

16,706

18

Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz.

16,664

19

Billy Bob Brown, Carbon, Texas

16,397

20

J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo.

15,682

Team Roping-Heeler

1

Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas

35,845

2

Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.

35,145

3

Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.

30,368

4

Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

28,551

5

Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas

24,985

6

Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas

24,056

7

Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

23,953

8

Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.

21,467

9

Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.

19,971

10

Jeremy Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia

19,906

11

Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.

19,851

12

Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D.

17,838

13

Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.

17,795

14

Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif.

16,706

15

Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas

16,664

16

Wyatt Cox, Arroyo Grande, Calif.

16,380

17

Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo.

15,682

18

John Philipp, Washington, Texas

15,598

19

Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas

15,391

20

Logan Medlin, Stephenville, Texas

14,505

Saddle Bronc Riding

1

Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah

$42,772

2

Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas

27,684

3

Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.

27,605

4

Jake Watson, Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia

27,394

5

Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.

27,091

6

Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta

26,250

7

Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas

24,329

8

Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.

23,372

9

Jake Wright, Milford, Utah

20,022

10

Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah

19,831

11

Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta

17,950

12

Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah

16,290

13

Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo.

15,683

14

CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah

14,235

15

Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta

13,367

16

Cody Wright, Milford, Utah

12,650

17

Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla.

12,297

18

Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta

11,693

19

Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

11,415

20

Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah

11,399

Tie-down Roping

1

Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.

$50,754

2

Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas

35,910

3

Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas

35,321

4

Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas

32,545

5

Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas

32,002

6

Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas

28,322

7

Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.

22,130

8

Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho

21,017

9

Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas

20,773

10

Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas

20,673

11

Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah

19,312

12

Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas

19,107

13

Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas

18,812

14

Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan.

18,079

15

Braxton Laughlin, Westlake, La.

17,508

16

Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas

16,022

17

Tyler Prcin, Alvord, Texas

15,339

18

Blair Burk, Durant, Okla.

15,286

19

Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.

15,071

20

Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas

14,904

Bull Riding

1

Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.

$49,573

2

Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas

27,857

3

Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho

26,244

4

Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M.

22,715

5

Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.

21,047

6

Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho

20,194

7

Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas

19,869

8

Jacob O’Mara, Baton Rouge, La.

19,531

9

Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas

18,660

10

Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah

17,096

11

Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas

17,087

12

Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah

16,918

13

Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.

16,599

14

Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.

16,250

15

Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.

14,584

16

Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.

13,165

17

Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas

12,398

18

Markus Mariluch, Daingerfield, Texas

11,333

19

Caleb Robinson, Coolidge, Texas

10,582

20

Bryce Barrios, Bluff Dale, Texas

10,239

 

2016 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

     Unofficial through Aug. 22, 2016

 

1

Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah

$24,871

2

Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M.

24,630

3

Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.

24,217

4

Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas

24,120

5

Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.

22,835

6

Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas

22,673

7

Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo.

22,278

8

Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.

19,530

9

Derek Kolbaba, Walla Walla, Wash.

18,010

10

Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas

16,017

11

Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.

14,596

12

Colten Jesse, Konawa, Okla.

14,525

13

Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho

13,425

14

Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.

12,683

15

Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah

11,598

16

Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

11,041

17

Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont.

10,503

18

Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.

10,501

19

John Young, Orient, Iowa

10,019

20

Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.

9,770

 

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PRCA RODEO NEWS

 

Press release from PRCA
Aug. 16, 2016

 

Etherton gets taste of glory in Lovington

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Steer wrestler Shayde Etherton isn’t going to be a player in the chase for a bid into the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

But the Hico, Texas, cowboy did get to experience victory at the tradition-rich Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Aug. 10-13), a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver rodeo.

Etherton walked away as a co-champion with a time of 7.5 seconds in the two-head average.

He tied J.D. Struxness – the same Struxness who won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo (July 23-31).

“This feels really good,” said Etherton, 25. “It’s always good to win a big check, and this rodeo was definitely on my bucket list.”

Etherton, who despite the win was still out of the top 50 in the Aug. 15 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, was thrilled to walk out of Jake McClure Arena with checks totaling $5,277.

He set the tone for his memorable rodeo with a first-round-winning run of 3.7 seconds.

“I called a buddy of mine, Dean Stermer – he and Stan Branco broke in the cattle – and Dean told me my steer was supposed to be good,” Etherton said. “I got a quick start, and took a chance.”

After his great first run, Etherton was nearly as quick with a 3.8-second run in the second round, which tied him for fourth place in the round with Dirk Tavenner.

“I had a steer that a guy missed in the first round,” Etherton said. “I just came back and took the same start and tried to make a good run on him, and the steer took it well.”

Fueling Etherton’s success was the horse he was riding, Grumpy, owned by Derek Stewart.

“I’ve won on that horse a few times this year,” Etherton said. “I won ($6,220) at the Cody Stampede (July 1-4) and I placed on him in St. Paul (Ore., July 1-4).”

Etherton acknowledged this season hasn’t gone according to plan – going full time – so now he’s turning his focus to the Texas Circuit. He competed at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo for the first time this past April in Kissimmee, Fla.

“That was a great rodeo,” Etherton said about the RNCFR. “They were really hospitable and the pay was good and the cattle were good. It sure would be great to go back to the RNCFR. This year didn’t pan out, and I didn’t get enough won, but I want to finish out and get back there to the RNCFR.”

Other winners at the $220,783 rodeo were all-around cowboy Josh Peek ($6,426 in tie-down roping and steer wrestling), bareback rider R.C. Landingham (86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Hometown Girl), team ropers Luke Brown and Jake Long (9.1 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Sam Spreadborough (86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Runnings), tie-down roper Sterling Smith (17.9 seconds on two head), barrel racer Sarah Rose McDonald (17.36 seconds), steer roper J.P. Wickett (32.7 seconds on three head) and bull rider Cody Rostockyj (88.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Leroy Brown).

  • From a week that offered 35 PRCA rodeos and $2,016,066 in prize money, nobody took better advantage of the opportunities than timed-event cowboy Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo. Peek, 36, won the all-around titles in Lovington, and at the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo and the Yuma County (Colo.) Fair & Rodeo. He also banked checks from Hermiston, Ore., Sikeston, Mo., Lamar, Colo., and the Aug. 14 Wrangler Champions Challenge in Cody, Wyo. It all added up to $22,912, easily allowing him take back the lead in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings in the all-around with total earnings of $99,070 – $14,227 more than second-place Russell Cardoza.
  • RETURN OF THE LEGEND: It has been 12 years since the last of Guy Allen’s record 18 steer roping world championships and eight since the last time he qualified for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in 2008. Yet, here he is, just a couple of weeks’ shy of his 58th birthday and Allen is looking more and more like a solid bet to make it back to this year’s NFSR. His win at the Inter-State Rodeo in Coffeyville, Kan., over the weekend was his second of the season – after a three-year drought, including one in which he did not compete – and paid him $3,351. With six weeks left in the season, Allen stands 13th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $33,210, which represents a $10,113 cushion over 16th-place JoJo LeMond.
  • J.D. Struxness seems to be surging on the momentum from his big win at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days. He won two more rodeos this past weekend, sharing the title at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo in Lovington, N.M., with Shayde Etherton, and dominating the field in Lawton. His 3.1-second run to win the first round in Lawton was equal to the second-fastest time of the year in PRCA competition, and his 6.9 seconds on two head was also second only to Shane Frey’s 6.7 on two in Lufkin, Texas. Frey had a 3.0-second run in Lufkin, and Termaine Debose was 3.1 at that rodeo.
  • Hass tops traveling partners in Hermiston

HERMISTON, Ore. – Clayton Hass may be trying his hand at some team roping this season, but that doesn’t mean his steer wrestling isn’t as sharp as ever.

The 32-year-old from Terrell, Texas, was tops in a loaded steer wrestling field at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo, which included two of his traveling partners finishing in the top four.

Hass posted a time of 10.3 seconds on two head to claim the average title and a total of $3,458. His buddies, Ty Erickson and Josh Boka, finished second and fourth in the average, respectively.

“It’s always nice to get a big win and keep chipping away and adding money,” Hass said. “I have 27 rodeos left, and I’ll get them in. We’re going to seven next week alone. I want to win as much as I can, because I have a family to feed and want to stay high in the standings.”

Hass, who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in both 2014 and ’15, is sixth in the Aug. 15 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

Aboard his trusted horse, Cadillac, Hass has put together another banner year in bulldogging. However, that isn’t the only event he’s competing in.

Hass is also dabbling in team roping – on both sides of the event.

“I’m trying to rope as much as I can wherever I am, and my goal was to try to be up there in the all-around race,” Hass said. “I’m doing a little of both heading and heeling. It all depends on the day which one I’m better at. I’m entered with Ty (Erickson) at White Sulphur Springs (Mont.). He made the College Finals in team roping, and he’s talented.”

Hass is currently seventh in the all-around world standings. In addition to the nearly $60,000 he’s won in steer wrestling, he’s also added $6,324 as a header and $1,622 as a heeler.

Earlier this season, he won the all-around and team roping with Cody Doescher at the State Fair of Louisiana (Shreveport) Pro Rodeo. He’s even toyed with the idea of tie-down roping this season.

However, his main focus remains throwing steers to the ground as quickly as possible – and he’s one of the best in the world at that skill set.

Hass has finished eighth and fifth the past two seasons, and is in a prime spot to not only make a third trip to the WNFR, but win a gold buckle.

“It’s a big advantage to be able to ride a horse you know,” Hass said, “and Cadillac and I know each other and we have a lot of confidence in each other. A lot of things can still happen, and you see how the cookie crumbles at the end of the season. But if I do win the world, there will be a big party.”

In addition to Erickson and Boka, Hass also travels with Tyler Waguespack. Erickson and Waguespack currently sit second and third in the world, making their rig the best on the rodeo road.

“It’s good to have guys who are winning a lot in the same rig,” Hass said. “We all want to win the world title, but we’ll be happy for whoever wins.”

Other winners at the $196,742 rodeo were all-around cowboy Rhen Richard ($5,533 in team roping and tie-down roping), bareback rider Jake Vold (87 points on Calgary Stampede’s Xplosive Skies), team ropers Garrett Tonozzi and Wyatt Cox (10.1 seconds on two head), saddle bronc riders Tyrell Smith (83 points on Kesler Rodeo’s Navajo Sun), and Sterling Crawley (83 points on Calgary Stampede’s Weary Joke), tie-down roper Tyler Prcin (16.7 seconds on two head), barrel racer Kimmie Wall (17.09 seconds) and bull rider Cole Melancon (83.5 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Comatose).

 

Fontenot overcomes injury to win Sikeston

SIKESTON, Mo. – Never mind that Ike Fontenot spent more time in Justin SportsMedicine trailers than he did in arenas this weekend, and he is about to take a month off back home in Louisiana to heal a badly sprained left ankle.

Nah, none of that mattered when we he was galloping through his victory lap in Art Saunders Arena as the newly minted tie-down roping champion of the Aug. 10-13 Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo.

With his ankle swollen and heavily taped, the 23-year-old PRCA rookie managed to win the first round during slack on Saturday with an 8.5-second run and then came back to finish sixth in the evening program with a time of 9.8.

Fontenot’s combined time of 18.3 seconds gave him a full second advantage over second-place Josh Peek and total earnings of $4,956 at this Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver rodeo.

“I felt pretty normal coming off my horse,” Fontenot said. “There was maybe a little pinch when I planted my foot, but it wasn’t bad. I injured my ankle last week in Winnsboro, La., and I’ve just been wrapping it ever since.”

Fontenot and his traveling partner, fellow Louisianan Cheyenne Harper, made it to four PRCA rodeos over the weekend and had Justin SportsMedicine trailers in Lovington, N.M., Lawton, Okla., and here in Sikeston to tend to him.

“It’s great that they (Justin) are at so many rodeos. They really got me through,” he said.

Involved in a tight, seven-way battle for the PRCA/Resistol Tie-Down Roping Rookie of the Year award, Fontenot now faces the possibility of falling out of that race and also losing out on his bid to finish the season among the top 40 in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings and thereby qualifying into the big winter rodeos in 2017.

He’s hoping to come back for the last two weeks of September, but knows that there is probably not going to be enough time.

“I have about 15 left on my rodeo count,” he said, “but right now it doesn’t look like I’m going to get to fill it.”

It’s a tough thing to accept after Fontenot waited until after he had completed his degree in business administration at McNeese State (Lake Charles, La.) to buy his PRCA card this year and go for the rookie title, but he certainly has no regrets about delaying his pro career.

“College is awesome,” he said. “Everybody should go. I made the decision on my own to wait until after I got my degree (to turn pro), but my parents encouraged me all the way. To go to college and have it paid for while competing on the rodeo team … that was great.”

Other champions at the $170,192 rodeo were bareback riders Joel Schlegel (86 points on Pickett Rodeo’s Real Fancy) and Orin Larsen (86 points on Pickett Rodeo’s Top Notch), steer wrestler Tanner Brunner (8.5 seconds on two head), team ropers Nathan McWhorter and Dustin Davis, and Colby Lovell and Travis Graves (10.5 seconds on two head each), saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss (82 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Pretty Boy), barrel racer Jordan Moore (16.23 seconds) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (87.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Devil’s Cut).

 

Bennett wins Cody Champions Challenge

   CODY, Wyo. – This has already been a season to remember for bareback rider Caleb Bennett.

Bennett – a four-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER – has been having his career-best regular season, and he added more rich memories Aug. 14.

Bennett, representing Team ProRodeo Gear, had an 87-point ride on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Revolving Door to win the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots at Stampede Park.

“I had never been on that horse before, but I had seen him one other time in Pleasant Grove (Utah), and a kid I know won Pleasant Grove on him,” said Bennett, 27. “So, I had a good idea this was a horse a guy could dang sure win on, and I was glad I was able to capitalize.”

Grant Denny, brother of 2016 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Champion Wyatt Denny, had an 84-point ride on Revolving Door to win the Strawberry Days Rodeo June 15-18 in Pleasant Grove.

For his Cody performance, Bennett earned $3,944, grabbing his second WCC event victory this season, having earlier won the title in Rapid City, S.D., Feb. 3, with an 86.5-point ride on C5 Rodeo’s Virgil.

“These Champions Challenges have been treating me pretty good, and this whole year has been treating me pretty good,” Bennett said. “I’ve been drawing good horses and I guess just the main thing is making sure I capitalize on them and take advantage when I do draw these good ones. A good hit like these Champions Challenges where you get a $4,000 payday, that’s where we can make a little money and ease our pockets a little bit and ease our minds about making the NFR and getting where we want to be.”

Bennett, who calls Tremonton, Utah, home, is third in the Aug. 15 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $100,775.

“This year, I have had a different mental game and a different physical game,” Bennett said. “I went home after the NFR last year and I wasn’t happy with my performance and I wasn’t happy with where my mind and head were at. I got a little bit of guidance to help my mental game, and I started working out differently and got stronger and those things have resulted in a huge payoff for me. My performance has been better, and I’ve learned to handle the ups and downs better.”

Other winners at the $92,800 rodeo were steer wrestler Josh Peek of Team Experience Kissimmee (3.8 seconds), team ropers Colby Lovell and Kory Koontz of Team ProRodeo Hall of Fame (4.8 seconds), saddle bronc rider Jake Watson of Team Experience Kissimmee (87.5 points on Mobetta’s Sue City Sue), tie-down roper Hunter Herrin of Team B&W Trailer Hitches (8.0 seconds), barrel racer Jackie Ganter of ProRodeo Gear (16.84 seconds) and bull rider Sage Kimzey of B&W Trailer Hitches (89.5 points on Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s Smash Mouth).

This was Kimzey’s sixth win in a Wrangler Champions Challenge event, the overall record. He had entered the night tied with fellow bull rider Cody Teel, barrel racers Mary Walker and Lisa Lockhart and tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett.

 

Jesse snares memorable Xtreme Bulls win in Lovington

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Competing in a PRCA Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event can be a nerve-racking experience.

However, 19-year-old Colten Jesse never got that memo.

In his first career Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event, Jesse walked away a champion.

He totaled 178.5 points to win the two-head average at the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo Xtreme Bulls Aug. 9 at Jake McClure Arena.

“This feels awesome,” Jesse said. “To get to go up against guys like Sage Kimzey and Brennon Eldred and win is great.”

Since joining the PRCA Oct. 14, 2015, this was by far Jesse’s career-best win. He earned $11,650 for his performance – $5,711 for capturing the average.

“This is for sure my biggest victory,” Jesse said. “Being 19 years old and getting this huge Xtreme Bulls win is really cool.”

Jesse joins the 2016 Xtreme Bulls Division 1 roster of champions, following Bobby Welsh (San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 27), Parker Breding (Fort Mohave, Ariz., March 12) and Eldred (Reno, Nev., June 16). The Xtreme Bulls Division 1 Tour Finale is Sept. 3 in Ellensburg, Wash.

If Jesse was nervous at all it wasn’t apparent in the first round, as he put up an 88.5-point ride on Salt River Rodeo’s Silence Reigns – on a re-ride – to win the round.

“That turned out to be a great bull, and I made things work,” Jesse said.

That put Jesse as the last rider out in the finals, and before he climbed aboard Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Lone Star, he knew he had one score to beat – reigning two-time PRCA World Champion Kimzey’s 169.5-point total, which was atop the leaderboard.

“I had never been on Lone Star before; I just saw my buddy Lon Danley ride him at a rodeo earlier this season and he looked like a cool bull to ride,” Jesse said.

He was for Jesse, who posted a 90-point ride.

“That bull got kind of wild and got away from my hand,” Jesse said. “I was just trying to match him move for move and try to stay in the middle. I didn’t even hear the whistle. I was fighting for position and by the time he threw me off, I had been on him long enough. It can put pressure on a guy going out last, but I’ve always dealt well with high-pressure situations like that.”

 

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Bill Harlan, a six-time qualifier for the National Finals Steer Roping and the promoter/producer of the first two NFSR’s in Clayton, N.M., died Aug. 13 at his home in Boerne, Texas, at the age of 83. A third-generation roper who grew up on a ranch in McLean, Texas, Harlan competed for the New Mexico State University rodeo team before joining the Rodeo Cowboys Association and launching what would become a 38-year professional career. The PRCA Gold Card member won the steer roping at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days in 1958 and qualified for the NFSR in 1960-62, 1964-65 and 1970, finishing third in the 1960 world standings behind ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee Don McLaughlin and John Dalton. When the NFSR was commissioned in late 1958, Harlan, then living in Bueyeros, N.M., stepped up and took responsibility for producing and promoting the inaugural two editions at a site an hour from his home in Clayton. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joyce; son, Monte Harlan, and daughter-in-law, Sherry; daughter, Shawn Harlan; three grandsons and a granddaughter. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at Faith Bible Church, 1 Bergmann Road, Boerne, Texas. The family invites everyone to stay to reminisce about Bill and have lunch with the family provided by the church.

 

The Wrangler Network will air live coverage of the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo Aug. 19-20, starting at 7:45 p.m. (MT) both nights. Fans can log on to www.wranglernetwork.com to watch.

 

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy has received a 2016 ISHA Communications Award. The award was given in Category B – Single Issue Programs, Annual Reports or Exhibit Catalogs, for museums with an operating budget of more than $250,000. The award recognized the excellence of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Induction festivities programs, invitation and other materials. The winning entry was prepared by Sara Tadken, ProRodeo Hall of Fame’s marketing and events coordinator. The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is the membership organization for sports museums and halls of fame. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame has been a member of the organization for three years. The award will be presented at the ISHA Annual Conference, hosted by the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, Alberta, Sept. 26-28. A display featuring the winning entries will be available for the membership to see during the conference, with an opportunity for the conference attendees to vote on a Best in Show from all of the winners,

 

Member groups of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association have named three new interim board members, with the postings effective immediately. A “Call For Nominations” went out Aug. 12 to address remaining board vacancies. Okotoks (Alberta) Pro Rodeo President Renne Reidy will step forward as a committee director. Three-time CPRA Saddle Bronc Riding Champion Dustin Flundra will take on the role of saddle bronc riding director, while 2006 CPRA Bull Riding Champion Tanner Girletz joins the Board as the bull riding director.

 

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has announced the 2016 class for its Rodeo Hall of Fame. Included in the seven-person class are ProRodeo Hall of Famers Ote Berry (four-time PRCA steer wrestling world champion), Jake Barnes (seven-time PRCA world champion team roper), Clay O’Brien Cooper (seven-time PRCA world champion team roper), bullfighter Wick Peth, Bud Munroe (1986 saddle bronc riding world champion) and his wife, Jimmie Gibbs Munroe (1975 barrel racing world champion and former WPRA president).Also included is Walt Linderman (nine-time NFR steer wrestler). They will be inducted Oct. 1 in Oklahoma City.

 

Almost a year before the 2017 Farm-City Pro Rodeo in Hermiston, Ore., the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center board rejected both bids on construction of the new rodeo arena. During a special meeting Aug. 11, John Frew, president and construction manager for Frew Development Group, noted that the EOTEC has only $4 million available to build the arena. Neither bid hit that mark. The board voted to reject both the bids and have the three-person construction committee look at a way to quickly find some options for reducing costs and then put the revised bid package out again for a shortened period of time.

 

The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene, Kan., recognized Mike Adams during the Aug. 12 performance for serving 20 years on the WBH rodeo committee.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“He looks like an old rope horse, but he’s still got it, and he’s a lot of fun. We were hanging in the air, and it was a fun day in Oklahoma. That’s a big relief going forward.”

-Saddle bronc rider Sterling Crawley talking to Rob Matthews about his win at the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo aboard Andrews Rodeo’s Rackateer, which allowed him to move up to 12th in the world standings.

 

2016 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

 

AA: Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. $99,070
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $134,972
SW: Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. $72,072
TR-1: Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. $87,906
TR-2: Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas $87,906
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $137,128
TD: Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas $93,054
BR: Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $137,962
SR: Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.   $68,883

 

2016 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

     Unofficial through Aug. 15, 2016

 

All-around

1

Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.

$99,070

2

Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.

84,843

3

Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.

83,095

4

Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.

75,672

5

Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah

72,293

6

Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas

68,799

7

Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas

65,804

8

Shay Carroll, Prineville, Ore.

65,139

9

Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.

63,315

10

JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas

52,588

11

Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta

47,317

12

Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.

46,501

13

Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.

43,973

14

Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.

43,769

15

Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.

43,386

16

Kyle Lucas, Carstairs, Alberta

36,409

17

J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo.

34,629

18

Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas

33,893

19

Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb.

33,240

20

Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla.

32,011

Bareback Riding

1

Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa

$134,972

2

Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba

105,012

3

Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah

100,775

4

Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.

97,783

5

R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif.

89,068

6

Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.

80,065

7

Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas

68,164

8

Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.

67,497

9

Evan Jayne, Marseille, France

66,336

10

Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta

61,623

11

Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

58,052

12

Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.

47,437

13

J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.

45,883

14

Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas

45,247

15

Ty Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan

44,061

16

Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas

42,946

17

Teddy Athan, Livermore, Calif.

42,632

18

Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah

42,386

19

Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev.

41,499

20

Colin Adams, Deloraine, Manitoba

40,909

Steer Wrestling

1

Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark.

$72,072

2

Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.

70,842

3

Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.

62,366

4

Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas

61,821

5

Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.

59,279

6

Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas

57,713

7

Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.

57,446

8

J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn.

56,123

9

Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.

53,958

10

Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.

49,338

11

Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah

47,168

12

Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.

46,773

13

Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D.

45,508

14

Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.

45,026

15

Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii

42,459

16

Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.

41,808

17

Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia

39,939

18

Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.

37,503

19

Joshua Clark, Belgrade, Mont.

36,960

20

Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho

36,957

Team Roping (header)

1

Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.

$87,906

2

Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas

84,634

3

Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.

81,467

4

Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas

76,143

5

Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.

73,090

6

Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta

72,015

7

Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

67,166

8

Zac Small, Welch, Okla.

56,758

9

Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz.

53,400

10

Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.

51,368

11

Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif.

50,979

12

Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta

49,837

13

Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas

49,678

14

Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore.

47,676

15

Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz.

46,449

16

Spencer Mitchell, Williams, Calif.

44,910

17

Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla.

43,252

18

Billy Bob Brown, Carbon, Texas

42,498

19

Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla.

42,442

20

Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.

39,570

Team Roping (heeler)

1

Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas

$87,906

2

Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.

82,756

3

Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.

81,289

4

Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.

70,954

5

Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

65,658

6

Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.

60,348

7

Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.

57,225

8

Wesley Thorp, Stephenville, Texas

56,103

9

Shay Carroll, Prineville, Ore.

55,332

10

Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah

53,369

11

Jeremy Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia

52,983

12

Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.

52,637

13

Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.

52,594

14

Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas

51,960

15

Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

48,280

16

Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas

43,503

17

Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif.

43,323

18

Logan Medlin, Stephenville, Texas

42,272

19

Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas

36,901

20

Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas

35,995

Saddle Bronc Riding

1

Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas

$137,128

2

Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah

114,949

3

CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah

100,207

4

Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta

77,217

5

Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.

73,540

6

Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah

68,200

7

Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.

63,940

8

Jake Wright, Milford, Utah

63,490

9

Jake Watson, Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia

61,059

10

Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D.

59,694

11

Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta

59,238

12

Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas

57,571

13

Tyrell Smith, Great Falls, Mont.

53,381

14

Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah

50,865

15

Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo.

47,384

16

Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta

47,267

17

Cody Wright, Milford, Utah

44,714

18

Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.

40,414

19

Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

39,796

20

Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla.

39,059

Tie-down Roping

1

Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas

$93,054

2

Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas

82,347

3

Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.

82,194

4

Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.

68,109

5

Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas

65,681

6

Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.

59,850

7

Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb.

59,519

8

Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.

57,590

9

Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas

55,983

10

Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas

55,843

11

Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas

54,736

12

Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho

51,577

13

Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah

49,464

14

Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas

44,969

15

Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla.

44,438

16

Michael Otero, Lowndesboro, Ala.

43,313

17

Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas

41,152

18

Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas

40,351

19

Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.

39,791

20

Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas

38,577

Steer Roping

1

Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.

$68,883

2

J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas

54,326

3

Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.

53,581

4

Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas

46,612

5

Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas

44,980

6

Shay Good, Midland, Texas

43,299

7

Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas

41,232

8

Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas

40,989

9

Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D.

40,675

10

Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo.

36,543

11

Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.

34,998

12

J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla.

34,249

13

Guy Allen, Santa Anna, Texas

33,210

14

Marty Jones, Hobbs, N.M.

32,453

15

Lawson Plemons, Axtell, Texas

28,367

16

JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas

23,097

17

Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas

22,761

18

Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas

22,253

19

Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M.

21,275

20

Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas

20,268

Bull Riding

1

Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.

$137,962

2

Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah

91,892

3

Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M.

86,796

4

Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas

80,166

5

Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.

76,112

6

Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas

73,931

7

Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho

69,155

8

Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.

67,028

9

Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.

63,540

10

Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas

62,303

11

Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho

61,988

12

Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.

60,664

13

Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas

59,196

14

Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.

59,046

15

Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.

57,354

16

Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.

56,182

17

Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah

55,774

18

Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.

54,666

19

Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah

53,187

20

Riker Carter, Stone, Idaho

48,784

 

*2016 Barrel Racing (Aug. 15, 2016)

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

 

1

Mary Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla.

$187,532

2

Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas

100,933

3

Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas

93,878

4

Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.

93,853

5

Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo.

91,544

6

Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah

88,685

7

Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga.

82,715

8

Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas

80,486

9

Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas

77,798

10

Cayla Melby, Burneyville, Okla.

77,723

11

Sherry Cervi,  Marana, Ariz.

70,641

12

Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas

69,374

13

Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas

67,516

14

Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas

62,297

15

Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash.

56,392

16

Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D.

50,546

17

Cassidy Kruse, Gillette, Wyo.

49,665

18

Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore.

47,537

19

Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas

47,412

20

Elizabeth Murray, Fort Worth, Texas

44,446

 

2016 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings

Unofficial through Aug. 15, 2016

 

Bareback Riding

1

Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba

$53,225

2

Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa

50,677

3

R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif.

43,905

4

Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.

31,078

5

Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah

29,859

6

Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.

24,568

7

Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas

20,614

8

Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas

17,153

9

Kyle Brennecke, Stephenville, Texas

17,025

10

Ty Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan

16,837

11

Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta

16,648

12

Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.

16,266

13

Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.

15,681

14

Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.

15,657

15

Grant Denny, Minden, Nev.

15,545

16

Evan Jayne, Marseille, France

15,411

17

Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo.

15,117

18

Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho

14,436

16

Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev.

13,679

20

Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah

13,167

Steer Wrestling

1

Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas

$35,533

2

Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark.

35,185

3

J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn.

29,043

4

Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.

27,149

5

Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.

26,930

6

Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.

25,286

7

Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia

22,462

8

Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah

22,201

9

Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.

22,076

10

Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.

21,973

11

Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.

19,506

12

Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas

18,161

13

Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D.

17,384

14

Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.

17,323

15

Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.

16,820

16

Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho

15,656

17

Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii

15,507

18

Tooter Silver, Quitman, Ark.

14,826

19

Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho

14,504

20

Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.

13,644

Team Roping-Header

1

Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.

$35,845

2

Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas

32,721

3

Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.

30,368

4

Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

28,551

5

Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.

24,056

6

Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore.

23,953

7

Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta

22,787

8

Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla.

21,705

9

Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.

21,467

10

Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas

20,974

11

Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.

19,971

12

Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta

19,906

13

Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo.

18,860

14

Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D.

17,838

15

Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas

17,795

16

JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas

16,816

17

Spencer Mitchell, Williams, Calif.

16,706

18

Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz.

16,664

19

Billy Bob Brown, Carbon, Texas

16,397

20

J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo.

15,682

Team Roping-Heeler

1

Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas

35,845

2

Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.

35,145

3

Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.

30,368

4

Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

28,551

5

Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas

24,985

6

Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas

24,056

7

Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.

23,953

8

Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.

21,467

9

Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.

19,971

10

Jeremy Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia

19,906

11

Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.

19,851

12

Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D.

17,838

13

Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.

17,795

14

Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif.

16,706

15

Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas

16,664

16

Wyatt Cox, Arroyo Grande, Calif.

16,380

17

Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo.

15,682

18

John Philipp, Washington, Texas

15,598

19

Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas

15,391

20

Logan Medlin, Stephenville, Texas

14,505

Saddle Bronc Riding

1

Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah

$42,772

2

Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas

27,684

3

Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.

27,605

4

Jake Watson, Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia

27,394

5

Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.

27,091

6

Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta

26,250

7

Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas

24,329

8

Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.

23,372

9

Jake Wright, Milford, Utah

20,022

10

Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah

19,831

11

Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta

17,950

12

Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah

16,290

13

Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo.

15,683

14

CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah

14,235

15

Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta

13,367

16

Cody Wright, Milford, Utah

12,650

17

Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla.

12,297

18

Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta

11,693

19

Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

11,415

20

Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah

11,399

Tie-down Roping

1

Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.

$50,754

2

Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas

35,910

3

Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas

35,321

4

Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas

32,545

5

Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas

32,002

6

Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas

28,322

7

Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.

22,130

8

Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho

21,017

9

Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas

20,773

10

Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas

20,673

11

Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah

19,312

12

Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas

19,107

13

Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas

18,812

14

Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan.

18,079

15

Braxton Laughlin, Westlake, La.

17,508

16

Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas

16,022

17

Tyler Prcin, Alvord, Texas

15,339

18

Blair Burk, Durant, Okla.

15,286

19

Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.

15,071

20

Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas

14,904

Bull Riding

1

Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.

$49,573

2

Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas

27,857

3

Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho

26,244

4

Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M.

22,715

5

Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.

21,047

6

Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho

20,194

7

Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas

19,869

8

Jacob O’Mara, Baton Rouge, La.

19,531

9

Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas

18,660

10

Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah

17,096

11

Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas

17,087

12

Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah

16,918

13

Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.

16,599

14

Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.

16,250

15

Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.

14,584

16

Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.

13,165

17

Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas

12,398

18

Markus Mariluch, Daingerfield, Texas

11,333

19

Caleb Robinson, Coolidge, Texas

10,582

20

Bryce Barrios, Bluff Dale, Texas

10,239

 

2016 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

     Unofficial through Aug. 15, 2016

 

1

Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah

$24,871

2

Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M.

24,630

3

Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.

24,217

4

Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas

24,120

5

Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.

22,835

6

Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas

22,673

7

Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo.

22,278

8

Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.

19,530

9

Derek Kolbaba, Walla Walla, Wash.

18,010

10

Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas

16,017

11

Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.

14,596

12

Colten Jesse, Konawa, Okla.

14,525

13

Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho

13,425

14

Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.

12,683

15

Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah

11,598

16

Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

11,041

17

Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont.

10,503

18

Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.

10,501

19

John Young, Orient, Iowa

10,019

20

Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.

9,770

 

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☛ Gunter & Washburn capture Ladies Only Invitational at Reno 8-13-16

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

GUNTER & WASHBURN CAPTURE LADIES ONLY AT RENO INVITATIONAL

 

By Kendra Santos
Aug. 13, 2016

The Reno Rodeo Invitational Ladies Only reminds us each year that there are no gimmes in sport, and interesting outcomes are why the game is played and paychecks are not prepaid. The 10th annual RRI Ladies Only was no exception, as all the big-name women wolves of the roping world were entered June 22nd at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

 

Two of the three high teams—the high-call team of Lari Dee Guy and Annette Stahl from Texas, and the third high team of Beverly Robbins and Jessy Remsburg from Alabama—would have made anyone’s short list if placing a bet on this prestigious four-head event, which each year attracts lady ropers from far and near.

 

Then there was the pair sandwiched between those two notorious teams—second high call Megan Gunter from McCammon, Idaho, up in the southeast corner of the Gem State near Pocatello, and Kera Washburn of Cedar City, Utah. When Remsburg missed right before Gunter and Washburn rode in, and Stahl lost her rope right after they rode out the back gate, Gunter and Washburn’s short-round run of 8.16 brought them back in for the 2016 RRI Ladies Only victory lap.

 

“They (Guy and Stahl) had six and a half seconds on us, so the best we could do is make a clean run and let the pieces fall,” Gunter said. “All the big female names are here, and they’re always expected to win. It’s just cool that more and more girls are able to start competing with them.”

 

Gunter, a USTRC No. 6 roper, and Washburn, a No. 6 Elite, roped four steers in 36.25 seconds, and made their Reno Rodeo Invitational slot machine pay to the tune of $32,000 for the team—including $15 grand per woman in the average, a third/fourth split in Round 2 and second in the short round of the 109-team roping.

 

“I was a little tight before we roped our last one, so I was just trying to keep myself calm and go rope my steer,” Washburn said. “I just roped each steer when I saw an opportunity to rope him. This is my third time here. I’m very excited to win this roping—and winning it with a friend makes it that much better.”

 

Gunter—who roped and announced last winter at Dynamite Arena in Cave Creek, Ariz., and is currently working as an insurance adjuster in Texas—timed this year’s Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping Classic alongside Joyce Sewell in that same Reno Livestock Events Center arena a couple days before the RRI Ladies Only.

 

“I was going to be here for the BFI, so thought I might as well enter the Ladies Only,” she said. “Sure glad I did. The cattle were great, and there are a lot of opportunities to win at this roping.”

 

Gunter headed on a 9-year-old palomino horse she calls Kelso. She bought him when he was 5, and just broke to ride, then she took on the team roping training herself.

 

“He’s my baby,” she said. “He’s super sweet, but he’s always high strung. He’s just a big pet. He runs really hard, gets me where I need to be and does the same thing every time. He fits me great.”

 

Washburn held up her end aboard a 6-year-old sorrel heel horse by the name of Nitro.

 

“We bought him when he was 2, and my dad (Dave Washburn) started him,” she said. “I heeled on him when he was 3, then Dad stole him back for a couple years before I got back on him. We share pretty good at our house. Dad rode Nitro yesterday and won $4,000 on him (his half of 20th in the Reno Rodeo Invitational average heeling behind Donnie Parker).”

 

Gunter and Kera Washburn got to rope together some in Arizona earlier this year.

 

“We switched ends this winter,” Gunter said. “We’ve been friends. But I actually had to beg her to come to this roping. She and her dad have a fencing company and are busy in the summertime.”

 

Gunter and Washburn were perfect less a leg in round three. “Kera’s a really good partner,” Gunter said. “She’s as solid as they come. And she’s handy, too. My horse pulled a shoe earlier this week, and she tacked it on.”

 

Gunter went with her brother Dallen’s slogan on strategy, which is to “rope when it feels good—not before or after.” Our plan was to just go out and do our game, and make everybody else beat us.”

 

The Washburns are phasing out their fencing business in favor of a rope horse enterprise, which “gives me the opportunity to practice all the time,” said Kera, who routinely shoes her own horses. “This money is obviously a big help to our new business, and the satisfaction of roping four good steers feels really good.”

 

Washburn Fencing is a family-owned business Kera works on with her parents, Dave and Robin. Kera’s brother, Shawn Washburn, was a huge part of their happy hometeam before he died eight years ago June 9, at age 26, in a ranching accident.

 

“He was heading at the pro level, and he’s the reason I started heeling,” Kera said. “I wanted to rope with him. We won the Lucky 777 roping together in Las Vegas in about 2001, and that was one of my first big wins. We won $22,500 a man.

 

“Shawn and I were very close, and losing someone that close to you will test your character. The only thing that keeps us going now is that he’s still right here with us.”

 

Her love of roping and positive attitude are also traits Washburn has in common with her 2016 RRI Ladies Only partner.

 

“I know she’s going to take care of her end, I’m going to take care of my end, and the clock won’t beat you here,” Washburn said. “Megan ropes good and is easy to rope behind. If you put your head on straight and rope four steers, the clock is irrelevant and you will win a good check.”

 

Right on the money again. Gunter’s first thoughts for ear-tagging her loot was her wish to “buy a place in Arizona someday. This is a good first step, and I am so excited about it.”

 

The Washburns welcomed the seed money they both won in Reno, which will help bolster their blossoming rope-horse business. It all goes back to opportunity, and Reno Rodeo Invitational Producer Perry Di Loreto and his right-hand woman and daughter, Teresa, have spent the last decade building one of the best ropings of its kind in the business.

 

“There aren’t very many open all-girl ropings that give us this kind of opportunity,” Gunter said. “It’s really nice that they cater to us like they do.”

 

“There just aren’t that many good all-girl ropings,” Washburn added. “And this is one of the best there is. Such a high-caliber event is a lot of work, and we sure appreciate that they do this for us.”

 

The mother-daughter duo of Rylea Rae (who’s a No. 5 Elite) and Debbie (a No. 5) Fabrizio, got hot straight out of the gate, winning the opening round in 6.85 and the short round in 7.49. For roping four steers in 43.59 seconds to Gunter and Washburn’s 36.25, the Fabrizios were the reserve champs and hauled $18,500 back to Pueblo, Colo., including the two go-round wins. Texans Kendra Conley and Margaret Foley placed third in the RRI Ladies Only average with 51.66 on four.

 

The team of Guy, a No. 6 Elite roper, and Stahl, a No. 7—who won the second round in 7.10—finished fourth in the four-steer average with 21.71 seconds on three steers. Robbins and Remsburg, who are both 6 Elite ropers, were fifth in the average after stopping the clock three times in 32.88, including a 10-second barrier in Round 3. Two teams shared the honor for “run of the roping.” Arizona’s Tammy Lewis, a No. 5, and California’s Tammy White, a No. 5 Elite, and Arkansas’ Lori Thone, a 5 Elite, and Whitney DeSalvo, a No. 6, were 6.43 in Round 3. Every 2016 RRI Ladies Only contestant received a Wrangler/Circle Y Rope Bag, a Lone Star Rope and special offers from Wrangler, D Bar M and Bayou West.

 

2016 Reno Rodeo Invitational Ladies Only: 

109 teams

Round 1: 1. Rylea Rae Fabrizio and Debbie Fabrizio, 6.85, $1,500; 2. Lari Dee Guy and Annette Stahl, 7.22, $1,250; 3. Pam Wilken and Sami Jo Morisoli, 7.34, $1,000; 1st-3rd-place teams in the first three rounds also received King’s Saddlery Gift Certificates

 

Round 2: 1. Lari Dee Guy and Annette Stahl, 7.10, $1,500; 2. Beverly Robbins and Jessy Remsburg, 7.37, $1,250; 3/4. Cadee Tew and Kim Grubbs; Megan Gunter and Kera Washburn, 7.55, $500

 

Round 3: 1/2. Tammy Lewis and Tammy White; Lori Thone and Whitney DeSalvo, 6.43, $1,375; 3. Sammy Jo Fernlund and Kim Williamson, 7.35, $1,000

 

Short Round: 1. Rylea Rae Fabrizio and Debbie Fabrizio, 7.49, $2,000; 2. Megan Gunter and Kera Washburn, 8.16, $1,500

 

1-Steer Average: 1. Lisa Jim and Jessica Kelly, 9.38, $1,200

 

2-Steer Average: 1. Kimberly Kent and Michelle Pruett, 17.11, $2,000; 2. Kale Knittle and Ashley Martinkus, 17.47, $1,500; 3. Jordan Mevius and Chelsea James, 18.02, $1,200

 

3-Steer Average: 1. Cadee Tew and Kim Grubbs, 22.50, $3,000; 2. Megan White and Lorraine Moreno, 27.88, $2,750; 3. Marcey Chaves and Ali Bilkey, 28.29, $2,500; 4. Jane Peltzer and Danell Daniel, 31.12, $2,000

 

4-Steer Average: 1. Megan Gunter and Kera Washburn, 36.25, $30,000, Circle Y Saddles, Gist Buckles, Charlie 1 Horse Hats, Kelly Slaton/Weaver Leather Horse Blankets and Ball Caps, Bayou West Saddle Pads, EZ Wash Wands and USTRC National Flex Earnings; 2. Rylea Rae Fabrizio and Debbie Fabrizio, 43.59, $15,000, My Girl and 1 Gift Baskets, Bayou West Saddle Pads, Weaver Leather Headstalls, Breast Collars, Spur Straps, Ball Caps and Bell Boots, and EZ Wash Wands; 3. Kendra Conley and Margaret Foley, 51.66, $6,000, Montana Silversmiths Bracelets, Weaver Leather Halters, Ball Caps and Bell Boots, and EZ Wash Wands; 4. Lari Dee Guy and Annette Stahl, 21.71 on three, $5,000, Weaver Leather Halters, Ball Caps and Bell Boots, and EZ Wash Wands; 5. Beverly Robbins and Jessy Remsburg, 32.88 on three, $4,250; 6. Amanda Valente and Aletha Barkley, 34.70 on three, $4,000, Weaver Leather Halters, Ball Caps and Bell Boots, and EZ Wash Wands; 2nd-5th-place teams also received USTRC Regional Flex Earnings

 

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☛ Leavitt brothers collect $200,000 at Reno Rodeo Invitational 8-13-16

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

LEAVITT BROTHERS COLLECT $200,000 AT RENO RODEO INVITATIONAL

 

By Kendra Santos
Aug. 13, 2016

Four practice runs are all that ever stand between ropers and the winning team’s $200,000 check at the Reno Rodeo Invitational. Talk about easier said than done. The 2016 RRI, which was held June 21 at the Reno Livestock Events Center, was no exception. It paid like a slot machine, as always, and the winning team—Wes and Dustin Leavitt—didn’t do anything daring or dumb. They roped four steers in calm, cool fashion in 35.01 seconds to average 8.75 a run, then headed to the winner’s circle.

 

Brothers Leavitt—Wes, 44, lives in Spring Creek, Nev., and Dustin, 37, hangs his hat in their native Oakley, Utah—bested a field that this year was 198 teams strong with four solid runs. Big brother’s game-day strategy was about as simple and straightforward as it gets.

 

“I came here just wanting to make good runs and make the short round, then whatever happens happens,” said Wes, whose family includes his wife, Cyndi, and kids, Kailey, Taylor, Gage, twins Riley and Brynn, and Hadley.

 

It was the USTRC No. 5 Elite Leavitt brothers’ fifth trip to the RRI, and they made it pay.

 

“We’ve roped a lot together, but winning isn’t all that easy,” Wes said. “It seems like it’s sometimes tough with family, because there’s a little extra pressure. That’s part of what’s so special about this roping—it’s a chance to rope for good money with family.”

 

“We were pretty disappointed with the way it went the first couple years,” Dustin added. “But we kept with it, and just kept entering.”

 

And having good, old-fashioned family fun along the way.

 

“This is a vacation for us,” Wes said. “My brother and I live 300 miles apart. He lives in our hometown, and I live halfway between here (Reno) and there, so we come watch the BFI, too. We’re headed home tonight to go on a family cattle drive on Thursday. It’s time to move our dad’s (Kent) cattle up into the forest, which is another family reunion and tradition. It used to be our granddad’s deal and our dad carried it on.”

 

But first, a little detour. “We’re going bear hunting tomorrow,” Dustin said.

 

Grandpa Leon was a popular family patriarch, and he died earlier this year, on February 12. Wes and Dustin are two of five boys who also have two sisters.

 

“We grew up roping with our dad,” Wes said. “He’s the instigator of this whole thing. It’s been a bit of an addiction for us our whole lives. But I guess when it comes to things to be addicted to, roping isn’t a bad one.”

 

Wes said his previous roping career highlight had to be winning the No. 7 roping with Cody Hall back in 2003. “That was cool, and winning with family is even that much better,” he said. “The people in the roping world are an extension of our family.”

 

Wes rode his bay mare, Moxie, who’s 10. She proved yet again to be a treasured teammate to a guy who works at a gold mine, as an environmental manager for Newmont Mining. The owners of the American Quarter Horse Association-registered High Money Head and Heel Horse of the RRI were awarded Montana Silversmiths bronzes by Steve Miller, so Moxie was the winner on the heading side.

 

Dustin won his $100 grand and the Heel Horse of the RRI bronze riding Snow, an 8-year-old grulla mare he raised and trained. “A horse can make or break your success,” said Dustin, whose family includes his wife, Rachel, and kids, Anjali, Ethan, Nixon and Vail. “This is—by far—the biggest win of my lifetime. It doesn’t get any better than winning this roping on a horse I raised with my brother.”

 

Dustin splits his time between working as a medical device consultant for DT Med Tech and the family ranch. Both brothers have developed business savvy from their day jobs. Still, there’s a different stress and pucker factor that comes with backing in the box for $100 grand a man.

 

“Nerves get a little bit tense,” said Wes, who with Dustin was the second high call and rode in right ahead of their good friends and high team Dustin Feyder and Steve Armstrong, who went out of the roping on their last steer. “I just tried to get by myself and visualize the run start to finish 20 times.”

 

“I just rode around trying to keep my horse and me calm,” Dustin said. “My friend (eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER tie-down roper) Matt Shiozawa referred me to a book called Mind Gym that talks about focused breathing and trying to get your heart to stop beating out of your chest. I used that today.”

 

As for their plans for the $100 grand? “I have one in college and six kids,” Wes said. “Maybe we’ll go to Disneyland.”

 

“Winning this roping is life changing, and to do it with my brother is amazing,” Dustin said. “Wes was the oldest brother, and he always had a pack string of boys trailing behind him when we were growing up. I was one of them, so it’s extra special to get this done with him.

 

“And today is my wife’s birthday, so happy birthday to her. I’m trying to be smarter with my money as I get older, so I’m going to invest some of this. And I won’t ride this (RRI trophy) saddle. So I’m going to use some of the money to buy a new saddle to rope in.”

 

College tuition, Disneyland, IRAs and even new saddles are fine, fun family investments. The Leavitt brothers also are proud to be a part of the RRI’s long-term commitment to special segments of the population—the likes of kids who’ve had a tough go and military people who’ve made serious sacrifices for this country.

 

RRI Producer Perry Di Loreto has always put part of the RRI proceeds toward a worthy cause—particularly kids and military charities, including his beloved Nevada Military Support Alliance, the mission of which is to organize and support Nevada’s men and women of the armed forces, veterans and their families.

 

“Giving money to charitable causes is good,” Wes said. “We’re huge fans of the military, and helping those who need it is another huge factor that makes this roping unique.”

 

Most ropings also don’t load up contestants at check-in the way the RRI does, either. Every 2016 RRI contestant was a winner before he or she rode into the arena, as each was awarded a custom RRI shirt by Wrangler, a custom RRI jacket by Circle Y, an RRI back number by Bob Scott Saddlery, and additional special offers from Wrangler, D Bar M, Bayou West and Lone Star Ropes.

 

Reserve 2016 RRI champs Jeff Nielsen and Chris Castello, from California, rode in the eighth high callback and put the heat on the pack with a snappy 7.44-second run. Their 39.38 total on four steers was a few seconds behind the Leavitts’ 35.01, but was good for $132,000 for the team, including first in the short round. Colorado’s Dick Yates and Nebraska’s Jim Brinkman finished a close third in 39.86 seconds on four steers.

 

For making the 6.79-second run of the roping in Round 2, Californians Ryan and Robert Nielsen were awarded the D Bar M RRI Fast Time Spurs.

 

All the ropers have raved about the Reno Rodeo Invitational since the first one back in 1996. Perry D has never failed to raise the bar on the status quo and one-up himself, year after year. The 2016 RRI is the 21st and last with Team Di Loreto at the wheel. He has sold the RRI and RRI Ladies Only to Ullman-Peterson Events—Corky Ullman and Daren Peterson—who now also own the BFI.

 

“It’s been a dream story,” Perry said. “We started at ground zero, built this event into something we can all be pretty proud of, and I even got to win it (with David Faught in 2005). This roping has changed a lot of lives, and that feels good. It’s been a life-changing experience for me, too. As I said when I won it, I wish this feeling on everybody.”

 

That’s why Di Loreto maintained a “one and done” policy for the roping over the years—to spread the wealth, and let more people experience the ultimate thrill of victory that only comes with winning one of the cowboy sport’s richest, most prestigious events. And helping those less fortunate as a cowboy community was an unwavering commitment.

 

“I identify very closely with both the Western way of life and the military,” said Di Loreto, who’s a renowned real estate developer by trade. “Cowboys and military people are down to earth, realistic, hard working and self-reliant. Our contestants are here for good, clean, fair competition. We wanted this to be more than a roping, and it really has become a gathering and a reunion. It’s always good to see so many good people and friends here at this event. That’s pretty special.”

 

On behalf of 21 years of grateful ropers and roping fans, thanks Perry! And thanks, Teresa! What a ride, and it’s all been fueled by a labor of love.

 

2016 Reno Rodeo Invitational:

198 teams

Round 1: 1. Jim Bob Weil and Tim Brunelle, 7.24, $8,000 and Gist Buckles; 2. Marcia Eiguren and Randy Carson, 7.30, $7,500; 3. Scott Thomas and Slade Thorpe, 7.40, $7,000; 4. Broden Matthews and Ron Eliason, 7.99, $6,000

 

Round 2: 1. Ryan Nielsen and Robert Nielsen, 6.79, $8,000 and Gist Buckles; 2. Joel Leadbetter and Chance Bernall, 7.36, $7,500; 3. Cody Every and Tony Green, 7.4, $7,000; 4. Jody Reynolds and Justin Ketcham, 7.58, $6,000

 

Round 3: 1. Todd Hughes and James Hicks, 6.93, $8,000 and Gist Buckles; 2. Sean Black and Lowell Black, 7.1, $7,500; 3. Bill Stuart and Lou Stuart, 7.11, $7,000; 4. Angel Crosthwaite and Karl Tyler, 7.23, $6,000

 

Short Round: 1. Jeff Nielsen and Chris Castello, 7.44, $8,000; 2. Rob Lucchetti and Steve Nilmeyer, 9.11, $7,500; 3. Steve Edwards and Justin Edwards, 9.12, $7,000; 4. John Teigen and Buster Boyd, 9.29, $6,000

 

3-Steer Average: 1. Wes Hardin and Don Elms, 24.07, $12,000, Gist Buckles and Resistol Hats; 2. Jeff Bailey and Kim Grubbs, 25.20, $10,000; 3. Sam Livingston and Tony Sandoval, 25.48, $8,000; 4. Jim Estill and Jason Steele, 26.29, $7,000; 5. Sean Black and Lowell Black, 26.54, $7,000; 6. Mike Zacher and Dan Cross, 26.78, $7,000; 7. Michelle Rezzonico and Joey Rezzonico, 27.26, $7,000; 8. Paul Lovejoy and Russ Lovejoy, 28.39, $6,500; 9. Hope Thompson and Randy Lewis, 31.31, $6,000; 1st-5th place teams also received USTRC Regional Flex Earnings

 

4-Steer Average: 1. Wes Leavitt and Dustin Leavitt, 35.01, $200,000, Cactus Saddles and Breast Collars, Gist Buckles, Resistol Hats, Kelly Slayton/Weaver Leather Champion Horse Blankets, Weaver Saddle Pads, EZ Wash Wands, Trophy Rope Boxes and USTRC National Flex Earnings; 2. Jeff Nielsen and Chris Castello, 39.38, $125,000, Gist Buckles, Tom Balding Bits, Resistol Hats, Cactus Breast Collars, Headstalls and Nosebands, EZ Wash Wands, Yeti Coolers, Weaver Saddle Pads and USTRC National Flex Earnings; 3. Dick Yates and Jim Brinkman, 39.86, $60,000, Tom Balding Spurs, Resistol Hats, Cactus Breast Collars, Headstalls and Nosebands, EZ Wash Wands and Bayou West Flex Pads; 4. Gabe Ramirez and Arturo Chavez, 41.24, $50,000, Resistol Hats, Cactus Breast Collars, Headstalls and Nosebands, and EZ Wash Wands; 5. Bill Stuart and Lou Stuart, 42.36, $25,000, Resistol Hats, Cactus Breast Collars, Headstalls and Nosebands, and EZ Wash Wands; 6. Pedro Perez and Steve Simons, 42.76, $20,000; 7. Brother Campbell and Brett Taylor, 45.18, $19,000; 8. Steve Edwards and Justin Edwards, 48.12, $18,000; 9. Jerry Bailey and Jeff Schieber, 49.55, $17,000; 10. Jim Bob Weil and Tim Brunelle, 49.61, $16,000; 11. Barrie Smith and Jackie Crawford, 50.16, $15,000; 12. Bruce Chernoff and Peter Bews, 50.27, $10,000; 13. Marti Anderson and Roy Owens, 50.8, $10,000; 14. John Teigen and Buster Boyd, 52.74, $9,000; 15. Rob Lucchetti and Steve Nilmeyer, 55.92, $9,000; 16. Gus Rodriquez and Ariel Zambrano, 56.05, $9,000; 17. Heavy Sursa and Charles Crozier, 56.22, $8,000; 18. Roger Hutcheon and Darrell Bastian, 56.88, $8,000; 19. Jose Ortega and Manuel Sandoval, 58.51, $8,000; 20. Donnie Parker and Dave Washburn, 61.7, $8,000; 21. Gary Kiehne and Shawn Palmer, 65.98, $7,000; 22. Dustin Feyder and Steve Armstrong, 26.28 on three, $7,000; 23. Joel Leadbetter and Chance Bernall, 26.89 on three, $7,000; 24. Ralph Carty and Bart Greenhalgh, 34.45 on three, $7,000; 3rd-24th place teams also received USTRC Regional Flex Earnings

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☛ Two cowboys sued by RFD-TV; another sues them 8-11-16

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in BREAKING NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, MAJOR EVENTS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TOP CALF ROPERS BEING SUED BY RFD-TV EVENTS FOR RIGGING “THE AMERICAN” EVENT

 

TUF COOPER AND TIMBER MOORE CHARGED; REESE RIEMER SUES RFD-TV

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 11, 2016

 

Reese Riemer winning the 2015 “The American.” Riemer is suing RFD-TV for failing to pay him his winnings.

According to an Aug. 10 article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, two top Texas calf ropers are being accused of rigging the payout during the high-paying “The American,” held March 1, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

 

A civil lawsuit was filed Tuesday, Aug. 9 in Tarrant County, Texas, by RFD-TV Events, against Tuf Cooper, 26, a three-time PRCA World Champion from Decatur, Texas, and Timber Moore, Aubrey, 30, the current top-ranked PRCA roper in the world. RFD-TV Events promoted and hosted the event.

 

The suit states that the one-day event offered prizes of $100,000 for winners of seven competitions, featuring a bonus reward for cowboys who qualified for the event rather than being invited. Those “invited” were cowboys who were or had ranked high in their event. Qualifiers had to compete and win at special qualifying rodeos. A qualifier who won was eligible to earn up to $1 million from a side pot for winning any of the seven events.

 

RFD-TV alleges that Cooper and Moore, who were “invitees” to the tie-down roping competition agreed with Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, a qualifier, to “intentionally perform poorly” so that Riemer would have a chance to win the bigger prize. In exchange for the “fix,” Riemer would split his winnings with Cooper and Moore. The suit also said another competitor declined to participate in “the scheme.”

 

The lawsuit continued that the cowboys agreed to carry out the plan in the finals of the competition, after the field had been cut from 17 ropers to four. Riemer ended up winning the event, with Cooper finishing second and Moore finishing third.

 

As a result, Riemer won $100,000 for first place and $417,000 – for a total of $517,000, as part of the bonus reward available only to qualifiers. (He received only a share of the $1 million bonus because two other qualifiers had won their divisions.)

 

RFD-TV Events learned of the scheme and stopped payment on Riemer’s winning check of $517,000. However they say that Cooper “obtained and holds money and other assets” earned at the rodeo. He would have earned $25,000 for finishing in second place. RFD-TV Events is seeking “monetary relief of $100,000 or less” from Cooper and Moore.

 

PREVIOUS LAWSUIT FILED BY RIEMER:

Not mentioned in the Fort Worth Star Telegram article was the fact that on Feb. 24, 2016, Reese Riemer sued rodeo organizers Rural Media Group Inc. of Gretna, Nebraska, and RMG Events LLC of Nashville, Tennessee, for failing to pay his winnings from RFD-TV’s 2015 The American rodeo competition.

 

“The incredible thing about this case is the fact that, even as we sit here today, the RFD Network publicly acknowledges and proclaims Reese as the winner of the event,” said attorney John B. Thomas of the Houston-based litigation boutique Hicks Thomas, LLP, counsel for Mr. Riemer. “There is simply no legal justification for their failure to pay him.”

 

Following The American, Mr. Riemer was flown to Nashville for interviews on RFD-TV. It was only after the interviews were completed that officials notified Mr. Riemer that a stop payment was placed on the check for his winnings

 

The lawsuit says RFD-TV relied on rumors of an alleged agreement to split the purse when deciding to stop payment on the winner’s check. According to Mr. Riemer, he and other cowboys were threatened by RFD-TV CEO Patrick Gottsch.

 

“He called me saying he was going to stop payment on the check and threatened me with jail,” says Mr. Riemer

 

Mr. Thomas says, “There is no evidence that Reese agreed to share the proceeds, and certainly no basis to suggest that he did anything wrong.”

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As of this date, that lawsuit has not been settled. The case, filed in the Northern District of Texas, Amarillo Division, was referred to nonbinding mediation before Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 by United States District Judge Mary Lou Robinson.

 

The order, dated Aug. 3, 2016, stated, “The parties shall meet prior to mediation for the purpose of settling this case. After this meeting the parties are to tender to the Clerk of the Court a joint settlement conference status report on or before Friday August 19, 2016.”

 

It also said the parties to this action “shall convene a mediation conference on all claims and counter-claims – such conference and all subsequent conferences to be completed before Friday, September 16, 2016.

 

“This mediation process shall be private, confidential and privileged from process and discovery, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. The mediator shall not be a witness in this action, nor may the mediator’s records be subpoenaed or used as evidence without the express permission of the Court. No subpoenas, citations, writs, or other process shall be served at the location of any mediation session upon any person entering, leaving, or attending any session.”

 

It ended, saying “The fees for mediation are to be divided and borne equally by the parties unless agreed otherwise. They shall be paid by the parties directly to the mediator, and shall be taxed as costs.”

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