Sept. 22, 2014
Scheer ecstasy at the Pendleton Round-Up
An already brilliant regular season took on an even brighter luster Sept. 13 for saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer.
The Elsmere, Neb., cowboy won the coveted Pendleton Round-Up title with a two-head score of 175 points.
“I think winning Pendleton is on everybody’s bucket list,” said Scheer, 28, who had never had much luck in his career at Pendleton. “It is dang sure a rodeo that gets your blood pumping.”
Scheer clinched the victory with a stellar 91-point ride on Four Star Rodeo’s Rounder, the second-highest scored ride of the PRCA season. Wade Sundell owns the highest score of the season, with a 92-point effort on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman in Dodge City, Kan.
“I’ve never seen that horse before,” Scheer said. “I guess (Jeff Davis, owner/manager of Four Star Rodeo) just bought him. He had been bucking a bunch of kids off at junior rodeos and stuff. He bought him and that sucker was outstanding.”
Scheer knew he would be in for a special score even before his eight seconds on Rounder expired.
“He took a scoot when he got to the grass and just kind of stayed in one spot; he was just outstanding,” Scheer said. “My saddle was sliding off to the left on him and I didn’t know if I didn’t pull it too tight or what, but I stayed right in the middle of him for long enough.
“After the whistle blew, I had to jump off because I was pretty excited. I try not to jump off unless I’m pretty excited, and that (ride) got my motor running.”
Scheer put himself in position for the Pendleton victory with an 84-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Lady Killer on Sept. 12 at the Pendleton Round-Up Arena.
“That was a really nice horse,” Scheer said.
Unlike some cowboys who are frantically trying to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo before the regular season concludes Sept. 30, Scheer doesn’t have to worry about that pressure.
Scheer remained third in the Sept. 15 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and added $9,169 to his bank account in Pendleton.
“This is awesome,” Scheer said. “The season is winding down and everybody is pretty tired and beat up, but it is awesome to keep this momentum going into the NFR. This is a big confidence boost to keep me going and keep me happy. This year I’ve drawn outstanding, and I’ve been lucky enough to stay on them.”
As good as Scheer has been in 2014, he knows nothing will come easily at the Wrangler NFR, Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas.
“It’s dang sure a goal (to win a gold buckle),” Scheer said. “All the bronc riders who will be there will be good, so it is going to be a pretty level playing field. To win it, you have to draw good and ride good. When you have guys there who ride as good as they do, it will push you to ride better.”
Last year, Scheer finished fifth in the world standings. He won $75,721 in Vegas, $39,000 of that for finishing second in the average. Scheer and average champion Jacobs Crawley were the only cowboys to ride 10 broncs at last year’s Wrangler NFR.
The other winners at the $509,452 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($13,546, tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback riders Tim O’Connell and Caleb Bennett (166 points each on two head), steer wrestler Casey Martin (17.4 seconds on three head), team ropers Jake Stanley and Bucky Campbell (19.2 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Riley Pruitt (28.8 seconds on three head), barrel racer Christy Loflin (56.60 seconds on two runs), steer roper Jason Evans (41.1 seconds on three head) and bull rider Steve Woolsey (172 points on two head).
- BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile only went to one rodeo over the weekend, but he sure made the most of it. The 19-time world champ won the all-around in Pendleton with a haul of $13,546 – most of which came in tie-down roping. Brazile tied for the first-round win with a run of 8.6 seconds, and then won the finals with another 8.6-second effort. He finished third in the average, and earned a total of $9,615. Brazile also won the second round of the steer roping in Pendleton with a time of 12.9 seconds, which earned him another $3,931. Brazile now has $234,599 in season earnings, which is within striking distance of his record for regular-season earnings of $268,334, set in 2010. He moved to third in tie-down roping in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, while he remained second in steer roping and fourth among team roping headers.
- Steve Woolsey sat 28th in the bull riding world standings on Sep. 8, and needed a big win to keep himself in the conversation for his eighth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. The Payson, Utah, cowboy won in Pendleton after splitting second in the first round and winning the finals outright with an 87-point trip on Four Star Rodeo’s Maestro. The three checks Woolsey earned in Pendleton totaled $8,766, but he wasn’t finished. Woolsey also won the Othello (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo, earning another $1,371. In all, he moved seven spots to 21st in the Sept. 15 world standings, and has a good chance to be among the 24 bull riders who qualify for the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 25-26.
- Tie-down roper Riley Pruitt found himself in a similar position to Woolsey, as he sat 35th in the world last week. The 22-year-old helped his cause for a late charge to his first WNFR by winning $12,602 over the weekend – $10,803 coming as a result of his win in Pendleton. Pruitt tied Trevor Brazile for the first-round win with a time of 8.6 seconds, then split second in the finals. His average time of 28.8 seconds on three head was enough to edge legends Fred Whitfield and Brazile. Pruitt would also win the all-around and tie-down roping titles at the St. George (Utah) Lions Dixie Roundup with a time of 8.6 seconds. He moved up 11 spots to 24th in the Sept. 15 world standings, and if he holds onto that spot, he will qualify for Omaha.
- Steer wrestler Casey Martin has already clinched a spot in his fourth-consecutive WNFR this December, but he used Pendleton as a place to move up in the world standings and put his name in the record books. Martin’s 3.8-second run to win the second round tied the Pendleton record set by K.C Jones in 2002. Martin tied for third in the finals and won the average in Pendleton – his third title at that rodeo – with a time of 17.4 seconds on three head. He earned $10,474, which moved him from third to second in the Sept. 15 world standings, and also cut the deficit between him and leader Trevor Knowles to $9,446.
Nominees announced for PRCA Year-End Awards
The top five nominees for the 11 categories of PRCA Year-End Awards have been announced. The ballots were mailed Sept. 12, and the winners will be announced at the annual banquet held during the PRCA National Convention on Dec. 3.
Dusty Tuckness is going for his fifth Bullfighter of the Year Award, which would break the record he shares with ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Baumgartner (2004-07). Due to a tie between two nominees, there are five other men competing with Tuckness: Kenny Bergeron, Aaron Ferguson, Darran Robertson, Cory Wall (2009 winner) and Cody Webster.
In the PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year category, Stace Smith will be looking for his 11th consecutive win, which would tie Harry Vold (1982, 1987-96) for the most wins of all time.
After winning the award in 2013, Smith is currently tied with Vold for most consecutive wins, with 10. The four other nominees up for the award are Andrews Rodeo Inc., Beutler & Son Rodeo Co., Frontier Rodeo Company and Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.
Other categories and nominees include:
Sunni Deb Backstrom
Dress Act of the Year
Jerry Wayne Olson
One Arm Bandit – Amanda and John Payne
Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls – Jennifer Nicholson, Brandi Phillips
Comedy Act of the Year
Clown of the Year
Small Rodeo of the Year
Cave Creek, Ariz.
Medium Rodeo of the Year
Estes Park, Colo.
Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year
Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
Fort Worth, Texas
Rapid City, S.D.
San Antonio, Texas
Five Big Bend/Flying Five horses killed in road accident
Five horses from the Big Bend and Flying Five Rodeo companies – including past Wrangler NFR selections Holly Blues and Spy – were killed late on Sept. 7 when they got out of the companies’ summer corrals near Dusty, Wash., and were struck by a car on nearby State Route 127.
Three of the horses died at the scene and the other two had to be euthanized. The driver of the car was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital for treatment, but was not seriously injured.
Spy, purchased by Flying 5 as a foal more than 20 years ago from Bobby Morrison in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, was selected to compete as a saddle bronc horse at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from 1998-2002. He took his riders to paychecks in four of his seven outs, including a pair of second-place results for Derek Clark and Bret Frank.
In recent years, Spy had been shifted to bareback riding competition, and had excelled in that discipline as well. Three-time World Champion Kaycee Feild rode Spy for 84 points to finish second in the first round at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo this year on his way to the average title, and Spy had taken his riders to a share of the championship at the Horse Heaven Roundup in Kennewick, Wash., in each of the last two years. He was to be retired this year.
Holly Blues, sired by WNFR saddle bronc horse Spring Break, made his WNFR debut last December as a 6-year-old and carried Jacobs Crawley to an 80.5-point ride in Round 10. Chad Ferley won the final go of the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo on Sept. 1 with an 88-point ride on the Big Bend Rodeo Company horse.
“He was an up-and-coming superstar,” said Lindsey Harder of the Flying 5 Rodeo Company. “He craved the diesel smoke (of the transport trucks) and the adrenaline.”
The other horses killed in the accident were bareback horse Diaper Dandy, purchased by Big Bend from Randy Beard at the first Ellensburg futurity, and two horses who had not yet been named, but who nonetheless had great bloodlines. No. 58 was a bareback horse sired by Spring Break and No. 115 was the last colt produced by Iron Mountain and Hot Toddy.
News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail
The five finalists for the PRCA Donita Barnes Contract Personnel Lifetime Achievement Award have been decided. The award recognizes and honors those contract personnel members of the PRCA who have dedicated their lives to the rodeo industry through their commitment and contributions. The five nominees are Pete Burns, Quail Dobbs, Kay Gay, Liz Kesler and Karen Vold. Ballots went out Sept. 12, and are due back by Oct. 15. The winner will be announced at the PRCA Awards Banquet on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.
Three-time WNFR bull rider Trevor Kastner’s season is over due to a wrist injury. He had surgery in March, however, the wrist will require additional attention. WNFR tie-down roper Stetson Vest is also done for the year with a disc herniation in his lower back that will require surgery.
Rodeo Austin (Texas) awarded $500,000 in scholarships to 45 students on Aug. 14 at the Rodeo Austin Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Since the scholarship program began in 1981, Rodeo Austin has awarded more than $6.49 million in scholarships to Texas students.
Upgrades to the historic Deadwood (S.D.) rodeo grounds grandstand will result in updated concessions and bathroom areas, along with increased ability to use the facility year-round. While city officials don’t yet have a cost estimate on the project, Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker said that around $400,000 has been budgeted for the two-phase project, which will begin this fall with roof repairs and be completed next spring. “We have a world-class Days of ’76 celebration, so we feel that having an updated and enhanced facility for our guests to go along with that is important,” Kuchenbecker said. He also said the architect and engineer have already begun to develop some of the drawings, and roof repairs will likely begin within the next 30 to 45 days.
The State Fair of Louisiana ProRodeo in Shreveport has announced that Jerry Nelson’s Frontier Rodeo Company will be producing the Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 event at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.
A crew from the Chinese television station Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp. was on hand at the Pendleton Round-Up on Sept. 9 to shoot a rodeo segment which will be broadcast to more than 70 million people in China. Led by Oregon State Rep. Brian Clem, the travel show’s producer, Wei Yulong, and his crew wanted to give their home country a taste of American rodeo and the Western way of life.
The Parada del Sol Rodeo is one of three finalists for the 2014 Non-Profit Award at the 29th Annual Sterling Awards. The Sterling Awards celebrate the people and companies that make the Scottsdale, Ariz., community a great place to live. The event will take place Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale.
The Gem State Classic Pro Rodeo in Blackfoot, Idaho, saw its largest paid attendance to date in 2014. Officials say it was one of the highest turnouts they’ve ever had at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Nearly 220,000 people attended the eight-day event in Blackfoot, tying the fair’s second-highest attendance record, according to Brandon Bird, fair manager.
2014 World Standings Leaders
||Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
||Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah
||Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.
||Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.
||Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.
||Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
||Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
||Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
||Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.
*2014 Barrel Racing (through Sept. 15, 2014)
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.
||Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla.
||Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas
||Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.
||Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah
||Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D.
||Kassidy Dennison, Roosevelt, Utah
||Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas
||Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas
||Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz.
||Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo.
||Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo.
||Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas
||Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb.
||Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas
||Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas
||Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas
||Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore.
||Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif.
||Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash.
||Shelly Anzick, Livingston, Mont.