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☛ NFR After Round 8 – 12-12-14

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

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NFR AFTER ROUND 8

 

Courtesy PRCA

Dec. 12, 2014

 

Kimzey grabs gold; Brazile looks for more

LAS VEGAS – On a night when the King of the Cowboys reigned yet again, a young star also was crowned.

The incomparable Trevor Brazile won the team roping with heeling partner Travis Graves, then shared the tie-down roping win with Matt Shiozawa for a memorable Round 8 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

No cowboy had won two events in one night at the WNFR since Jesse Bail won the bull riding and shared the win in saddle bronc riding in Round 4 in 2001. It’s happened 11 times in the 56 years of the Finals that a cowboy won two events in one night.

A sellout crowd of 17,811 at the Thomas & Mack Center was thrilled by Brazile – who has won a record 21 world championships – and also delighted in the performance of 20-year-old rookie Sage Kimzey, who clinched the bull riding gold buckle.

“To reach the pinnacle of ProRodeo in my first year is pretty special,” Kimzey said. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.”

He’s just the second bull rider to win Rookie of the Year and the gold buckle in the same season. Bill Kornell did it in 1963.

Kimzey placed third in the round – Jordan Spears was the winner – and is the only bull rider to ride seven bulls in eight attempts at this Finals; Joe Frost is next with five. So Kimzey is close to clinching the average title – something Kornell didn’t do in 1963. For Kimzey not to win the average, he’d have to be bucked off twice and Frost would have to average 88 points on his next two rides.

“There are very few times when you can get in a zone like this,” Kimzey said. “Baseball players always refer to it as seeing a beach ball coming toward you, and it’s slow and you know exactly where it’s going. I feel like there’s nothing that can throw me off.”

Spears, who is a Finals rookie, was equally thrilled.

“This was a dream come true,” he said. “To be able to set a goal as a little kid and then achieve it is something special. Being here and competing against people I look up to like J.W. Harris, I feel really blessed. To ride to the best of my ability and win tonight makes me ecstatic, and I’m so excited to be here to experience Las Vegas for the first time.”

Brazile, who has 45 Finals qualifications (which ties him for that record with Tee Woolman), knows all about the spotlight. He won the steer roping gold buckle last month and clinched his 12th consecutive all-around world championship in Round 3 of the WNFR, and still has a chance to win two other titles – which would be unprecedented.

Brazile sits third in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings in tie-down roping and third in the average. In team roping, he’s second in the world and third in the average.

“Trevor’s the king,” Graves said. “He’s a great competitor, and it’s an honor to get to rope with him. We’ve had a blast this year. He’s a great partner all the way around. You couldn’t ask for a better partner. He’s a great competitor and a great person, and he has a great work ethic.”

Brazile remains focused on the final two rounds.

“We’ve come a long ways, but we still have a long way to go,” he said. “Two rounds doesn’t sound like much when you say it fast, but there’s still a lot of rodeo left.”

Brazile and Graves have each won $159,632 in team roping. Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill lead the world with $160,292 and also lead the average; they’re the only team to record a time in all eight rounds, while Brazile and Graves are among three teams to post a time in seven rounds.

Brazile has won $153,768 in the tie-down roping event this year, and is third in the average with a time of 75.2 seconds on eight head. Two-time World Champion Tie-down Roper Tuf Cooper – who is Brazile’s brother-in-law – leads the world standings with $181,662 and is second in the average with a time of 72.6 seconds on eight head. Shiozawa is second in the world standings with $165,561, and first in the average with a time of 70.9 seconds on eight head.

“There’s no secret in tie-down,” Brazile said. “I have to blast. I have to do all I can do every night. I’m the one having to catch up, not sustain. It obviously makes it more fun. What people don’t understand when you come out here with a lead to protect (is that) there are just some things you have to do, and sometimes it’s not the glamorous way to rope. You’re just tending to business and I’ve done that a lot out here. It’s always more fun to be the underdog.”

Shiozawa has been consistently fast all year, but said luck could help determine the champ.

“The draw is going to play a factor in it some, and you’re going to have to draw good and use what you get,” Shiozawa said. “Overall, the next two sets of calves should be good. If you can’t look forward to this, then you’re missing it.”

Brazile has earned $421,271 in 2014, the fourth highest total in ProRodeo history. It’s the fifth time in history for a contestant to surpass $400,000 – and each time it’s been by Brazile. His record for annual earnings is $507,921 in 2010.

Bareback rider Austin Foss is making it hard on Kaycee Feild, who is chasing a fourth consecutive gold buckle and a fourth straight WNFR average title. Foss won for the second time in three rounds – he also claimed Round 6 – and pulled within $27,752 of Feild, who’s the world standings leader.

Foss rode Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Black Kat for 85.5 points to top the field and jump from fourth to first in the average race. The winner of the average earns an additional $48,732.

Feild is third in the average, which would earn him $31,262.

Brimming with confidence, Foss said he can knock off the reigning champ.

“Anything’s possible. I’m set on one thing and one thing only,” Foss said. “There’s not much of a gap in the world standings and it pays ($19,002) to win a round. I just want to put two and two together and see what happens.

“It’s my job to take him down. This is about my goals, my dreams, and what I’m living for.”

He smiled, and added, “I hope it’s out with the old and in with the new.”

Foss has won $61,758 in eight rounds of this Finals, and said it’s a bit mind-boggling.

“To be in this position and talk about that kind of money is something a lot of people my age (22) will never get to do,” he said. “It’s a blessing and an honor and a privilege.”

This is Foss’ second trip to the WNFR, and he said it’s a different feeling.

“It’s a different game the second year you come here,” he said. “The first year is fun, and you kind of take it all in. The second one is all business.”

Heith DeMoss regained the world standings lead by winning his first round of the Finals when he rode for 84 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Vitalix Hell’s Fire Hostage.

“I couldn’t be any happier than I am, and that’s exactly what I needed,” DeMoss said. “I’ve been drawing good horses and riding decent the first seven nights, but tonight I drew a good horse and finally rode really well.”

DeMoss has $163,833 while Cort Scheer is second with $156,049 and Taos Muncy is third in the world championship race with $141,437. Lurking in fourth place with $140,412 is WNFR rookie Spencer Wright, who also leads the average with 647 points on eight head. Scheer, with 624.5 points, is the only other saddle bronc rider to have eight qualified rides.

Two-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Cody Wright doctor released from Round 8 – the rule requires him to also miss the following round – due to a dislocated left (riding) shoulder he suffered during Round 7. It’s not certain if Wright, who sat fourth in the world and third in the average after Round 7, will compete in Round 10.

Wright, who won gold buckles in 2008 and 2010, was one of only three saddle bronc riders to earn a score in the first seven rounds, so he was in hunt for the average title before being injured; he won the WNFR average in 2010.

Kyle Irwin grabbed at least a share of his third round win, as he tied Ty Erickson for first place in Round 8 with a time of 3.7 seconds. Irwin split the Round 2 win and took Round 3 outright; he’s won $57,927 in his first WNFR.

“This is great and in a humble way, I always thought if I got here I could do some good because I like to go fast and this is a fast setup,” Irwin said. “It’s been a great experience and I’m lovin’ it.”

Erickson, also competing in his first Finals, was thrilled to take his first victory lap and earn a trip to the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa for the go-round buckle presentation.

“I couldn’t be happier right now,” Erickson said. “My first Finals and I get to make a trip out to the South Point. It’s exciting. I just had a good steer. I’ve been kind of late a couple times this week, and tonight I finally got a good start and made a good run on the ground.”

Barrel racer Mary Walker, the 2012 world champion, claimed her first round win of this Finals with a time of 13.79 seconds.

“It’s been a bit frustrating this week because I have hit so many barrels,” Walker said. “Tonight I did a bit change, which I have never done before, but I talked to my friend (former WNFR qualifier) Sue Smith and she gave me a few suggestions of things to try and it all seemed to work. I am just so glad that things turned around and I was able to get this win.”

Lisa Lockhart placed second in the round in 13.81. Lockhart is second in the world and moved within $11,540 of world leader Fallon Taylor.

Lockhart leads the average with a time of 116.95 seconds, and Taylor is second with 117.10.

Kimzey leads the RAM Top Gun Award standings with $107,731. Taylor is second with $87,350, followed by Lockhart with $85,664 and Spencer Wright at $80,147.

The 56th annual Wrangler NFR continues Friday with the ninth round at the Thomas & Mack Center. The action will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DirecTV channel 221 and DISH Network channel 158) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with hosts Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles.

 

 

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

Round 8, Dec. 11, 2014

Bareback riding: 1. Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 85.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Black Kat, $19,002; 2. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 83.5, $15,018; 3. Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 82, $11,340; 4. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 81.5, $7,969; 5. (tie) Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, and Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 80.5, $3,984 each; 7. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 80; 8. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 76; 9. Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., 75.5; 10. Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 72.5; 11. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 71.5; 12. Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 69.5; 13. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 68; 14. (tie) Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., and Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, NS. World standings: 1. Kaycee Feild, $212,227; 2. Austin Foss, $184,475; 3. Bobby Mote, $150,017; 4. Steven Peebles, $145,932; 5. Richmond Champion, $140,812; 6. Tim O’Connell, $131,240; 7. Justin McDaniel, $121,981; 8. Will Lowe, $115,104; 9. Tilden Hooper, $109,556; 10. Steven Dent, $108,651; 11. Winn Ratliff, $103,076; 12. Jake Vold, $96,698; 13. Caleb Bennett, $92,296; 14. Jessy Davis, $75,757; 15. J.R. Vezain, $70,208.

Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., and Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 3.7 seconds, $17,010 each; 3. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 3.8, $11,340; 4. Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 3.9, $7,969; 5. (tie) Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, and Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 4.1, $3,984 each; 7. (tie) Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., and Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., 4.2; 9. K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, 4.3; 10. Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 4.8; 11. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 5.2; 12. Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 6.1; 13. (tie) Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta; Bray Armes, Ponder, Texas, and Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., NT. World standings: 1. Luke Branquinho, $138,630; 2. Trevor Knowles, $134,406; 3. Nick Guy, $124,341; 4. Kyle Irwin, $117,663; 5. Casey Martin, $116,597; 6. Curtis Cassidy, $101,431; 7. K.C. Jones, $101,058; 8. Clayton Hass, $98,337; 9. Bray Armes, $90,057; 10. Dru Melvin, $88,367; 11. Dakota Eldridge, $86,462; 12. Ty Erickson, $83,579; 13. Wyatt Smith, $75,271; 14. Seth Brockman, $73,468; 15. Cole Edge, $72,424.

Team roping: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 3.8 seconds, $19,002 each; 2. (tie) Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., and Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.0, $13,179 each; 4. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 4.6, $7,969; 5. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6.1, $4,904; 6. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 9.3, $3,065; 7. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 9.4; 8. Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 10.9; 9. (tie) Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.; Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M.; Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.; Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla./Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas; Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo.; Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, and Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., NT. World standings (headers): 1. Clay Tryan, $160,292; 2. Trevor Brazile, $159,632; 3. Dustin Bird, $146,731; 4. Erich Rogers, $125,941; 5. Turtle Powell, $122,332; 6. Coleman Proctor, $121,684; 7. Kaleb Driggers, $112,272; 8. Riley Minor, $111,393; 9. Jake Barnes, $104,523; 10. Aaron Tsinigine, $103,014; 11. Charly Crawford, $99,756; 12. Brandon Beers, $97,267; 13. Luke Brown, $92,065; 14. Nick Sartain, $80,028; 15. Tom Richards, $74,713. World standings (heelers): 1. Jade Corkill, $160,292; 2. Travis Graves, $159,632; 3. Paul Eaves, $149,823; 4. Cory Petska, $126,288; 5. Jake Long, $122,684; 6. Dakota Kirchenschlager, $118,972; 7. Patrick Smith, $112,272; 8. Brady Minor, $111,393; 9. Shay Carroll, $100,815; 10. Jim Ross Cooper, $97,267; 11. Clay O’Brien Cooper, $95,195; 12. Junior Nogueira, $94,515; 13. Kollin VonAhn, $89,065; 14. Rich Skelton, $80,028; 15. Cesar de la Cruz, $66,484.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 84 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Vitalix Hell’s Fire Hostage, $19,002; 2. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 83, $15,018; 3. Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 82.5, $11,340; 4. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 80.5, $7,969; 5. (tie) Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, and Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., 79, $3,984 each; 7. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 77.5; 8. (tie) Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.; Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, and Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., 74.5 each; 11.Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 73; 12. Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta, 70; 13. (tie) Cody Wright, Milford, Utah; Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., and Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., NS. World standings: 1. Heith DeMoss, $163,833; 2. Cort Scheer, $156,049; 3. Taos Muncy, $141,437; 4. Spencer Wright, $140,412; 5. Wade Sundell, $133,833; 6. Cody Wright, $130,393; 7. Jacobs Crawley, $120,450; 8. Jake Wright, $106,075; 9. Tyler Corrington, $104,052; 10. Jesse Wright, $100,482; 11. Cody DeMoss, $96,719; 12. Cole Elshere, $82,449; 13. Bradley Harter, $81,885; 14. Chad Ferley, $81,674; 15. Dustin Flundra, $77,133.

Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 6.8 seconds, $17,010 each; 3. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 6.9, $11,340; 4. (tie) Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., and Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 7.2, $6,436; 6. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 7.3, $3,065; 7. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 7.4; 8. Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas, 7.7; 9. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 8.0; 10. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 8.7; 11. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 18.1; 12. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 18.8; 13. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 24.7; 14. (tie) Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, and Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., NT. World standings: 1. Tuf Cooper, $181,662; 2. Matt Shiozawa, $165,561; 3. Trevor Brazile, $153,768; 4. Marty Yates, $141,268; 5. Cody Ohl, $129,952; 6. Cade Swor, $115,243; 7. Timber Moore, $109,531; 8. Clint Cooper, $108,316; 9. Hunter Herrin, $107,278; 10. Adam Gray, $104,647; 11. Shane Hanchey, $104,207; 12. Clint Robinson, $102,137; 13. Ryan Watkins, $75,348; 14. Tyson Durfey, $73,742; 15. Reese Riemer, $66,317.

Barrel racing: 1. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 13.79 seconds, $19,002; 2. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 13.81, $15,018; 3. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 13.85, $11,340; 4. Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 13.91, $7,969; 5. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 13.93, $4,904; 6. Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 13.94, $3,065; 7. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.02; 8. Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 14.03; 9. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, 14.10; 10. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 14.12; 11. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.13; 12. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 14.62; 13. Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 19.04; 14. Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas, 19.10; 15. Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., 30.80. World standings: 1. Fallon Taylor, $218,821; 2. Lisa Lockhart, $207,281; 3. Kaley Bass, $183,170; 4. Michele McLeod, $138,956; 5. Britany Diaz, $131,604; 6. Nancy Hunter, $130,341; 7. Mary Walker, $126,683; 8. Kassidy Dennison, $126,072; 9. Sherry Cervi, $122,165; 10. Trula Churchill, $118,477; 11. Carlee Pierce, $115,870; 12. Christy Loflin, $107,980; 13. Christine Laughlin, $93,135; 14. Jana Bean, $92,483; 15. Samantha Lyne, $70,577.

Bull riding: 1. Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif., 85.5 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Johnny Ramone, $19,002; 2. Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., 85, $15,018; 3. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 84.5, $11,340; 4. Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., 82.5, $7,969; 5. Beau Hill, West Glacier, Mont., 81.5, $4,904; 6. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 79, $3,065; 7. Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 78; 8. Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo., 70.5; 9. (tie) Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas; J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas; Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah; Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas; Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas; Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., and Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, NS. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $250,897; 2. Trey Benton III, $159,874; 3. Cody Teel, $132,012; 4. Joe Frost, $123,500; 5. Aaron Pass, $104,550; 6. Beau Hill, $102,711; 7. Tim Bingham, $100,652; 8. Jordan Spears, $100,030; 9. J.W. Harris, $97,228; 10. Elliot Jacoby, $97,067; 11. Ty Wallace, $93,935; 12. Brennon Eldred, $89,170; 13. Tyler Smith, $89,042; 14. Reid Barker, $76,227; 15. Josh Koschel, $72,837.

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☛ NFR Round 7 – 12-11-14

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in BREAKING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS | 0 comments

RODEO NEWS

 

Courtesy PRCA

Dec. 11, 2014

 

Bull rider Kimzey looking golden

LAS VEGAS - Sage Kimzey put another exclamation point on his amazing rookie season Wednesday night at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The 20-year-old bull riding sensation shared the Round 7 win with Elliot Jacoby before a sellout crowd of 17,528 at the Thomas & Mack Center. It was Kimzey’s third round win of the Wrangler NFR – he won outright in Rounds 3 and 4 – and solidified his big leads in the world standings and average races.

Kimzey said moving closer to his dream of winning a gold buckle might keep him awake the next few nights.

“I won’t be sleeping at all,” he said. “It’ll probably be me staring at my hotel room wall the next 72 hours when I try to sleep. But it’s all going to be worth it in the end. This is the scenario I wanted coming into Vegas, to be leading and have a chance to win the world if I did my job, and it’s been cool to see my dreams come true so far.”

Kimzey is trying to become only the second bull rider to win the gold buckle and PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year award in the same season. Bill Kornell accomplished the feat in 1963.

“We still have three more rounds, so I’ll just keep pushing and hopefully finish the job,” Kimzey said. “My mindset tonight was the same as every other night, which was to just stay on my bull. If I do that each night, I can’t be too upset, and as long as I’m doing my job, I’m happy.”

Kimzey, the last cowboy to compete in Round 7, rode for 86.5 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Haunted Mesa, after Jacoby had covered Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Cactus Juice for the same score.

Kimzey said he was pleased to split the win with Jacoby.

“It’s awesome getting to tie a great bull rider like Elliot for a round win,” Kimzey said. “Vegas has never really seen the true Elliot Jacoby out here, and he kicks butt all year long to get here, so it’s nice to see him have this success right here with me.”

Jacoby’s first NFR was last year, and he was relieved to claim his first round win.

“This has been a long time coming,” he said. “I have the jitters out of the way now. The first time I was here, I didn’t feel comfortable, but this time I’ve been a lot better. I want to be able to show everyone what I can do and ride these great bulls and make them look dumb. I can ride these bulls, and now I just have to prove it.”

Rodeo royalty ruled the tie-down roping as six-time World Champion Cody Ohl and two-time champ Tuf Cooper shared the round win with a time of 7.3 seconds.

It was Ohl’s 51st round win in tie-down roping, which tied saddle bronc rider Billy Etbauer for the most ever in a single event.

“Every one of them are special,” Ohl said. “I just can’t wait until I get that record, and it’s going to be very special. It’s all my kids talk about, and it’s going to be awesome.”

Cooper leads the world standings by $33,111 over Matt Shiozawa, who leads the average with a time of 64.1 seconds on seven head. Cooper is second in the average with a time of 64.6 seconds.

“I just want to stay aggressive and win as much as I can,” Cooper said. “It’s a dream to win a round and a dream to win the average, and it’s especially a dream to win the world title.”

Spencer Wright, the youngest of the four Wright brothers competing at the Finals, again bested his siblings and the rest of the field when he rode Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Pretty Boy for 85 points. Wright leads the average with 564.5 points on seven head and has climbed into the crowded group that is fighting for the gold buckle.

“I feel like I’m riding well and I’ve been lucky, too,” Wright said. “I’d love to win the average and world titles; I mean, I don’t want to be greedy, but that’s what everybody who comes here wants to do. Hopefully, I’ve put myself in a position where I have a chance to win a world title.”

He sits sixth in the world standings with $129,972, and the average winner collects another $48,732.

Cort Sheer took over the world standings lead, though, by taking second place in the round and earning $15,018. He has $156,049 and is second in the average with 550 points on seven head; second place in the average pays $39,537.

Wright brothers took three of the top four spots in the round, as Jake Wright was third and Jesse Wright, the 2012 world champ, was fourth to earn his first check of the Finals.

Spencer Wright, who is competing at his first WNFR, praised his brothers for influencing his success.

“I couldn’t ask for better hands to help me learn the ropes here,” he said. “I have to give a lot of credit to my brothers for the reasons I’m here, and for me having success here. Those guys helped me so much going down the road, and with my bronc riding. I’m very appreciative of them.”

Cody Wright suffered a dislocated left (riding arm) shoulder, and had to pass on a re-ride option. He was transported to a local emergency room and is doubtful to compete in Thursday’s Round 8.

Also winning for the second time – he also claimed the buckle in Round 5 – was bareback rider Richmond Champion. He rode for 86 points on his first time aboard Three Hills Rodeo’s Angel Eyes.

“It’s a dream come true, and it just keeps getting better,” Champion said. “It’s incredible, it’s insane. I didn’t expect it. I had goals coming in, but I didn’t picture round buckles, because I had the end goal in mind of winning the world.”

The happy-go-lucky 22-year-old from The Woodlands, Texas, said he’s enjoying the lights of Las Vegas and being in the spotlight.

“I’m just having fun,” Champion said. “Sometimes you do better when you don’t worry about it. I’m just enjoying the experience, and I’m loving it.”

He said the trip on Angel Eyes was fast and furious.

“I heard the horse was good, and I’d seen her once,” he said. “I remember Tim O’Connell won on her in Omaha (Neb.) at the (Wrangler) Champions Challenge, but I couldn’t picture it until I got on. She’s a semi-eliminator.”

Champion was up third in the event, and nervously watched while the best bareback riders in the world tried to beat his score.

“When you go so early in the perf, you never get comfortable,” he said, “not with those two guys at the end (Bobby Mote and Kaycee Feild) and with so many world champs riding after me.”

Mote and Feild tied for fourth in the round, and while Feild moved up a spot to third in the average, he failed to gain on Mote, who leads the average with 572 points on seven head. Feild, who is chasing his fourth straight average title and fourth consecutive gold buckle, has a score of 566.5 points on seven head. Feild comfortably leads the world standings with $208,243 – that’s $42,771 ahead of second-place Austin Foss.

Team ropers Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves came through under pressure – they were the last team to leave the box – and won the round in 3.7 seconds.

Bird said that “6.5 was winning fourth in the round when we backed in there, so I thought about what Joe Beaver always says when you go at the end of a round like this – ‘just use your head and catch.’ But I got a good start and things happened so fast, so I tried it on him. We’re out of the average, so we have no choice but to win as much as we can in the rounds. That’s how we roll anyway.”

“Dustin does it about like that every time,” Eaves said. “That’s what I get to throw at everywhere we go. He got it on him fast and gave me a great handle. That’s the run we try to make all the time. It’s just a little faster than usual in this smaller building.”

Bird and Eaves both sit second in the world standings, but they’re 11th in the average (at 30.6 seconds on only four head). Good news is they’ve pocketed $53,023 at the Finals.

“This is the most we’ve ever won here, and there are still three rounds left,” Eaves said. “This is more than we’d won after 10 rounds the other two years we roped together here.”

Taking over the average lead were world standings leaders Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill, as previous leaders Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira went out after Barnes lost his rope.

Canadian steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy, who won Round 5, shared the Round 7 victory lap with Dakota Eldridge, who lives nearby in Elko, Nev. They each had a time of 3.7 seconds and pocketed $17,010 for the win.

“The other guys that had him, he wanted to let off pretty good, and I had such a good start tonight, he was stopping,” Cassidy said. “Luckily, he jumped forward as I caught him, and he stopped and I jumped around there.

Cassidy has won $43,981 at the WNFR and is fifth in the world standings with $101,431.

This was just Eldridge’s second check at the 2014 Finals – it’s the second WNFR for the 23-year-old – but he hopes for a fast finish.

“Last year I won $91,000 here,” he said. “I’m going to have to start doing some catching up the next few days and I started it out right. I haven’t had the week I wanted, but a guy can’t get down. I just have to stay positive and start drawing good, and things will be good the rest of the week.”

Four-time World Champion Luke Branquinho tied for third in the round with Casey Martin with a time of 3.9 seconds. Branquinho tops the world standings with $138,630 – he’s won $72,638 here through seven rounds – and leads the steer wrestling average with a time of 28.5 seconds on seven head; Martin is second with 33.0 seconds on seven head.

Barrel racer Lisa Lockhart, who won Round 2, took another victory lap after she won the event with a time of 13.73 seconds, the second fastest time at this year’s WNFR. Lockhart was the first to compete in the event, and said it was beneficial.

“I do think running at the top helped some tonight,” she said. “It did seem that some of the horses were struggling a bit, so being first proved to be the time to ride smart and take advantage of that position.”

Fallon Taylor, who took second, leads the world standings with $218,821 – that’s $26,558 more than Lockhart. Taylor leads the average with a time of 103.08 seconds, just .06 ahead of Lockhart.

Kimzey leads the RAM Top Gun Award standings with $96,391. Taylor is second with $87,350, followed by Branquinho with $72,638 and Lockhart with $70,646. Spencer Wright is fifth at $68,807.

The 56th annual Wrangler NFR continues Thursday with the eighth round at the Thomas & Mack Center. The action will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DirecTV channel 221 and DISH Network channel 158) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with hosts Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles.

 

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

Round 7, Dec. 10

Bareback riding: 1. Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 86 points on Three Hills Rodeo’s Angel Eyes, $19,002; 2. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 84, $15,018; 3. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 83.5, $11,340; 4. (tie) Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, and Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 81.5, $6,436 each; 6. Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 81, $3,065; 7. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 79.5; 8. (tie) Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, and Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., 79 each; 10. (tie) Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, and Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 78.5 each; 12. Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 76; 13. Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 75.5; 14. (tie) Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., and J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., NS. World standings: 1. Kaycee Feild, $208,243; 2. Austin Foss, $165,473; 3. Bobby Mote, $150,017; 4. Steven Peebles, $145,932; 5. Tim O’Connell, $131,240; 6. Richmond Champion, $129,472; 7. Justin McDaniel, $121,981; 8. Will Lowe, $115,104; 9. Winn Ratliff, $103,076; 10. Tilden Hooper, $101,588; 11. Steven Dent, $93,633; 12. Jake Vold, $92,713; 13. Caleb Bennett, $92,296; 14. Jessy Davis, $75,757; 15. J.R. Vezain, $70,208.

Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, and Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 3.4 seconds, $17,010 each; 3. (tie) Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., and Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 3.9, $9,654 each; 5. Bray Armes, Ponder, Texas, 4.1, $4,904; 6. Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 4.4, $3,065; 7. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 4.5; 8. Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 5.2; 9. (tie) Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., and Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 6.5 each; 11. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 6.8; 12. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 7.1; 13. Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 10.6; 14. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 15.9; 15. K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, NT. World standings: 1. Luke Branquinho, $138,630; 2. Nick Guy, $124,341; 3. Trevor Knowles, $123,066; 4. Casey Martin, $112,613; 5. Curtis Cassidy, $101,431; 6. K.C. Jones, $101,058; 7. Kyle Irwin, $100,653; 8. Clayton Hass, $94,353; 9. Bray Armes, $90,057; 10. Dakota Eldridge, $86,462; 11. Dru Melvin, $80,399; 12. Wyatt Smith, $75,271; 13. Seth Brockman, $73,468; 14. Cole Edge, $72,424; 15. Ty Erickson, $66,568.

Team roping: 1. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 3.7 seconds, $19,002 each; 2. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 3.9, $15,018; 3. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.0, $11,340; 4. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 4.2, $7,969; 5. Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 6.5, $4,904; 6. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 8.2, $3,065; 7. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 8.7; 8. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 10.6; 9. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 21.1; 10. (tie) Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M.; Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla./Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas; Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo.; and Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., NT. World standings (headers): 1. Clay Tryan, $147,113; 2. Dustin Bird, $143,666; 3. Trevor Brazile, $140,630; 4. Erich Rogers, $125,941; 5. Turtle Powell, $122,332; 6. Coleman Proctor, $121,684; 7. Riley Minor, $111,393; 8. Charly Crawford, $99,756; 9. Jake Barnes, $99,619; 10. Kaleb Driggers, $99,093; 11. Brandon Beers, $97,267; 12. Aaron Tsinigine, $95,045; 13. Luke Brown, $92,065; 14. Nick Sartain, $80,028; 15. Tom Richards, $74,713. World standings (heelers): 1. Jade Corkill, $147,113; 2. Paul Eaves, $146,758; 3. Travis Graves, $140,630; 4. Cory Petska, $126,288; 5. Jake Long, $122,684; 6. Dakota Kirchenschlager, $118,972; 7. Brady Minor, $111,393; 8. Shay Carroll, $100,815; 9. Patrick Smith, $99,093; 10. Jim Ross Cooper, $97,267; 11. Junior Nogueira, $89,611; 12. Kollin VonAhn, $89,065; 13. Clay O’Brien Cooper, $87,227; 14. Rich Skelton, $80,028; 15. Cesar de la Cruz, $66,484.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 85 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Pretty Boy, $19,002; 2. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 80.5, $15,018; 3. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 80, $11,340; 4. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 78, $7,969; 5. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 77.5, $4,904; 6. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 77, $3,065; 7. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 76; 8. Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta, 73; 9. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 65; 10. (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas; Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.; Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn.; Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D.; Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., and Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., NS. World standings: 1. Cort Scheer, $156,049; 2. Heith DeMoss, $144,831; 3. Taos Muncy, $141,437; 4. Cody Wright, $130,394; 5. Wade Sundell, $129,848; 6. Spencer Wright, $129,072; 7. Jacobs Crawley, $120,450; 8. Tyler Corrington, $104,052; 9. Jake Wright, $98,107; 10. Cody DeMoss, $96,719; 11. Jesse Wright, $85,464; 12. Cole Elshere, $82,449; 13. Chad Ferley, $81,674; 14. Bradley Harter, $77,901; 15. Dustin Flundra, $77,133.

Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, and Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 7.3 seconds, $17,010 each; 3. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 7.7, $11,340; 4. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 8.0, $7,969; 5. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 8.8, $4,904; 6. Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas, 8.9, $3,065; 7. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 9.0; 8. (tie) Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, and Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 9.3 each; 10. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 9.4; 11. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 12.0; 12. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 13.6; 13. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 23.6; 14. (tie) Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., and Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., NT. World standings: 1. Tuf Cooper, $181,662; 2. Matt Shiozawa, $148,551; 3. Marty Yates, $141,268; 4. Trevor Brazile, $136,757; 5. Cody Ohl, $126,887; 6. Cade Swor, $115,243; 7. Clint Cooper, $108,316; 8. Shane Hanchey, $104,207; 9. Timber Moore, $103,095; 10. Clint Robinson, $102,137; 11. Hunter Herrin, $100,842; 12. Adam Gray, $93,307; 13. Ryan Watkins, $75,348; 14. Tyson Durfey, $73,742; 15. Reese Riemer, $66,317.

Barrel racing: 1. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 13.73 seconds, $19,002; 2. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 13.89, $15,018; 3. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 14.04, $11,340; 4. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, 14.08, $7,969; 5. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.11, $4,904; 6. Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 14.14, $3,065; 7. Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 14.15; 8. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.28; 9. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 14.34; 10. Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 14.51; 11. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 18.87; 12. (tie) Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, and Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., 19.20 each; 14. Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 24.22; 15. Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas, NT. World standings: 1. Fallon Taylor, $218,821; 2. Lisa Lockhart, $192,263; 3. Kaley Bass, $175,201; 4. Michele McLeod, $138,956; 5. Britany Diaz, $131,604; 6. Nancy Hunter, $130,341; 7. Kassidy Dennison, $126,072; 8. Sherry Cervi, $117,261; 9. Carlee Pierce, $115,869; 10. Christy Loflin, $107,980; 11. Mary Walker, $107,681; 12. Trula Churchill, $107,136; 13. Christine Laughlin, $93,135; 14. Jana Bean, $89,418; 15. Samantha Lyne, $70,577.

Bull riding: 1. (tie) Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Haunted Mesa, and Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, on Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Cactus Jungle, 86.5 points, $17,010 each; 3. Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 84.5, $11,340; 4. Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., 82.5, $7,969; 5. (tie) J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas, and Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif., 80, $3,984 each; 7. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 76.5; 8. Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo., 73.5; 9. (tie) Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas; Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah; Beau Hill, West Glacier, Mont.; Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas; Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas; Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, and Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., NS. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $239,556; 2. Trey Benton III, $159,874; 3. Cody Teel, $128,947; 4. Joe Frost, $123,500; 5. Aaron Pass, $104,550; 6. Tim Bingham, $100,652; 7. Beau Hill, $97,807; 8. J.W. Harris, $97,228; 9. Elliot Jacoby, $97,067; 10. Brennon Eldred, $89,170; 11. Tyler Smith, $81,074; 12. Jordan Spears, $81,027; 13. Ty Wallace, $78,917; 14. Reid Barker, $76,227; 15. Josh Koschel, $72,837.

Total payout: $6,375,000. Stock contractors: Various. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Assistant secretary: Jackie Higlin. Contestant office manager: Vickie Shireman. Officials: Wade Berry, Terry Carlon, Skip Emmett, George Gibbs, Chuck Hoss, Allan Jordan Jr., Bruce Keller, Butch Kirby, Steve Knowles, Joe Bob Locke, Cliff Overstreet, Harry Rose Jr., Rocky Steagall and Mike Todd. Timers: Sherry Rice Gibson, Tammy Braden and Jessi Franzen. Announcers: Wayne Brooks, Randy Corley and Boyd Polhamus. Specialty acts: Rider Kiesner, Madison MacDonald and Kenny Petet. Bullfighters: Chuck Swisher, Dusty Tuckness and Cody Webster. Barrelman: Justin Rumford. Barrelman alternate: Mark Swingler. Livestock superintendent: John Barnes. Assistant livestock superintendent: Ryan Brown. Roughstock chute boss: Tom Neuens. Timed-event chute boss: Tony Amaral. Pickup men: Josh Edwards and Chase Cervi. Pickup man alternate: Matt Twitchell.

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Courtesy PRCA
Dec. 10, 2014

Shiozawa takes aim at top spot

LAS VEGAS - Matt Shiozawa is chasing an elusive gold buckle, and the veteran tie-down roper put himself in great position to get it done Tuesday night at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The Chubbuck, Idaho, cowboy broke the Round 6 WNFR record with a run of 6.9 seconds before a sellout crowd of 17,495 at the Thomas & Mack Center, and it was good enough to share the round win with 20-year-old Marty Yates, who had already won two rounds in his first Wrangler NFR.

Shiozawa, who is competing in his seventh Finals, took over the average lead and sits second in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $148,551. He trails world leader Tuf Cooper, a two-time world champion, by $16,101.

The 10-day rodeo concludes Saturday.

“We were at halftime (of the WNFR), and it was time to score,” said Shiozawa, 34. “I came in behind in the average and we still have four more to run, but I have to win money on the ones I’m supposed to, and get by on the ones that I’m supposed to get by on. It’s that simple.”

Shiozawa and Yates each earned $17,010 by splitting the win. They each broke Cody Ohl’s Round 6 record of 7.1 seconds, set in 2003.

Yates is third in the world standings, but sits 12th in the average because he’s had two no-times.

Cooper is second in the average with a time of 57.3 seconds on six head. Shiozawa has a time of 54.8 seconds on six head.

“A guy has to keep going at ‘em,” Shiozawa said. “There’s still a lot of game left in this deal and it’s definitely not any time to coast. The average will play a factor, but you can’t worry about that until it’s over.”

The average winner will add $48,732 to his bank account, and that could determine who wins the gold buckle.

Yates said he’s determined to stay aggressive, and would even if he was fighting for the average title.

“I kind of have a run-and-gun style, and I’ve been really running at the barrier every night and getting a good start,” he said. “The ones I have won on, I’ve been really aggressive. The two I missed, I backed off a little bit. I just have to stay focused and stay aggressive.”

Bareback rider Austin Foss rode for 86 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Movie Madness, then sweated out three re-rides by other cowboys before he was officially declared the winner. It was the first career round win for Foss, who is competing in his second Wrangler NFR.

“Sitting on that horse and taking a victory lap at Thomas & Mack was just incredible,” Foss said. “The people are whooping and hollering, and it was all for me. It’s just an indescribable feeling. It’s the most moving feeling I’ve had all year. It could be an addicting feeling, it felt so good.”

The 22-year-old Terrebonne, Ore., cowboy was the 2012 PRCA Resistol Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year. He won 10 rodeos outright in 2014, and shared the title at five others, and said it was all he had hoped for.

“It’s absolutely beyond expectations,” Foss said. “I was hovering around the 1-2-3 spots all year and it was a really good feeling to be able to stay there. I was very consistent all year, and it just kept adding up.”

Of the three re-rides, only Bobby Mote’s was good enough to earn a check as the four-time world champion bareback rider took second when he rode for 83 points.

“You sit there and grit your teeth,” Foss said. “There’s not much you can do, because the cards are going to fall the way they’re going to fall. It’s a great feeling to know you won.”

Mote’s check for $15,018 pushed him past $1 million in career earnings at the WNFR. He’s the seventh contestant to reach that mark, joining Trevor Brazile, Cody Ohl, Billy Etbauer, Sherry Cervi, Fred Whitfield and Joe Beaver. Mote is in eighth place in overall career earnings with $2,576,039 after passing ProRodeo Hall of Famer Dan Mortensen when he finished third in Round 3.

Steer wrestler Luke Branquinho had won a check in each round of this year’s Finals until Round 6; he’s within $25,722 of reaching $1 million in WNFR competition.

K.C. Jones broke through to earn his first check of this Finals in a big way, when he took the steer wrestling round buckle in 3.5 seconds. Jones, an eight-time qualifier for the WNFR, improved to second in the average with a time of 28.3 seconds on six head. Jones is fifth in the world with $101,058.

Branquinho is first in the world standings with $128,976 and leads the average with 24.6 seconds on six head.

“It’s anybody’s game right now,” Jones said. “There are a lot of guys who could still walk out of here with that gold buckle. I’m just lucky I’ve got all (my steers) down and I won a little money tonight. I’m also glad I have four more steers.”

Jones changed horses, after riding Tebow for five rounds.

“We were making good runs, but we just haven’t been able to light up the leaderboard,” Jones said. “He came up with a sore suspensory (ligament), so we were going to give him some time off. I got on the black mare of Judd Little’s called Smoker I rode here the last two years. She’s really electric and I got a great start.

“I’m just throwing all caution to the wind, and I’m just going to try and blow that barrier out every night and see how much we can win.”

Bull rider Aaron Pass claimed his second round win – he also took Round 2 – when he scored 83.5 points on Honeycutt Rodeo’s Pair a Dice. He was the first cowboy to ride Pair a Dice.

“I didn’t know that going in, and all I was told was the bull was big, strong and gave people a bunch of trouble,” Pass said. “It’s always nice to break a bull’s streak, just like to break a great athlete’s streak. The bull was good and did what he was supposed to do, and I just had to stay on and do my part.

“I feel good. I wanted to win more rounds by now, but I’ve had some bad rides. I’m happy that I’ve won two rounds, and I told my wife on the way to Vegas that I wanted to win three rounds out of 10. So I guess I have four more nights and maybe I can win more than three. That’s the plan.”

Only three bull riders stayed aboard for eight seconds. World standings leader Sage Kimzey, a rookie at age 20, took second with 73.5 points while 35-year-old Beau Hill was third with 72.

Kimzey, who leads the average, is trying to become just the second bull riding rookie to win a gold buckle; Bill Kornell accomplished the feat in 1963.

Jake Wright won the saddle bronc riding in Round 6 when he rode for 79 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich N Fancy.

“That was the best 79 points I’ve ever had,” said Wright, who earned a check for $19,002.

Wright finished second in the world standings last year when he won four rounds at the WNFR. In 26 career rounds at the Finals, the Milford, Utah, cowboy has won seven times.

“This is a rodeo that’s close to home for me, and I love to ride in front of a hometown crowd,” Wright said. “It’s a great atmosphere, and everybody is excited to be here and it’s the best broncs and bronc riders in the world. You just try to bring your ‘A’ game.

“Tonight was the horses’ second trip this NFR, and they seemed a little tired compared to Round 1. But I’ll still take the win.”

Heith DeMoss took the lead in a red-hot world saddle bronc riding race, where $735 separates him from third-place Cort Scheer. Taos Muncy, who entered the Finals in first place, is second. Spencer Wright, who tied for third in the round, leads the average with 479.5 points on six head; Scheer and Cody Wright are the only other cowboys to make the whistle in all six rounds.

The four Wright brothers – Cody, Jake, Jesse and Spencer – are the first set of brothers to qualify for the WNFR, and all did it in the same year. Spencer and Jake both have round wins at this Finals, while two-time World Champion Cody (2008, 2010) and 2012 World Champion Jesse have yet to take a victory lap.

“Cody rode great last night, but Wade (Sundell) is also riding great right now and it just depends on who rides the best each night,” Jake Wright said. “It’s been awesome to be here competing with my three brothers, and it’s everything we thought it would be.”

Team ropers Aaron Tsinigine and Clay O’Brien Cooper won their first check of the WNFR with a run of 4.0 seconds. The 28-year-old Tsinigine is competing in his first Finals while Cooper, 53, is roping at his 28th. The legendary Cooper is a seven-time world champion (1985-89, 1992, 1994) and ProRodeo Hall of Famer.

“My confidence is higher roping with the Champ,” Tsinigine said of Cooper. “He knows everything. And if he doesn’t know something, he knows how to figure it out. I don’t want to get too excited. I’ve seen guys win go-rounds and not do good the next night. I like to stick to my game plan – get out of the barrier and catch every steer.”

Cooper, whose last round win at the WNFR was in 2006 in Round 5 when he was roping with Speed Williams, praised his heading partner and said the Thomas & Mack Center is ideal for Tsinigine.

“Aaron’s been roping great and turning steers fast all week,” Cooper said. “This short setup is right up his alley, because it’s a fast track. Aaron has a hair trigger. He can take one swing and just wham ‘em right there. It happens so fast, and I’ve felt like I was behind all week because I wasn’t riding my position so great and was riding in too early. I needed to be more patient. I was finally able to get it right tonight. I couldn’t have asked for a more clear shot.”

Britany Diaz, aboard her horse Rootie, won the barrel racing with a time of 13.89 seconds, and sits third in the average and fifth in the world. Fallon Taylor was fourth in 14.08 seconds and leads the world with $203,803 – which is $25,602 ahead of Kaley Bass.

“I am so excited,” said Diaz, who earned her first round win in her second WNFR. “Rootie has been really consistent. It’s been a great ride thus far.”

Kimzey leads the RAM Top Gun Award standings with $79,381. Taylor is second with $72,332 and steer wrestler Luke Branquinho is third with $62,984.

The 56th annual Wrangler NFR continues Wednesday with the seventh round at the Thomas & Mack Center. The action will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DirecTV channel 221 and DISH Network channel 158) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with hosts Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles.

 

 

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

Round 6 – Dec. 9

Bareback riding: 1. Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 86 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Movie Madness, $19,002; 2. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 83.0, $15,018; 3. (tie) Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, and Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.; and Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 81, $8,071 each; 6. (tie) Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, and Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 80, $1,532 each; 8. Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 79; 9. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 78.5; 10. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 77.5; 11. Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 74.5; 12. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 71; 13. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 70.5; 14. (tie) Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., and Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., NS. World standings: 1. Kaycee Feild, $201,807; 2. Austin Foss, $162,408; 3. Steven Peebles, $145,932; 4. Bobby Mote, $143,581; 5. Justin McDaniel, $121,981; 6. Tim O’Connell, $119,900; 7. Will Lowe, $115,104; 8. Richmond Champion, $110,470; 9. Winn Ratliff, $103,076; 10. Steven Dent, $93,633; 11. Jake Vold, $92,713; 12. Caleb Bennett, $92,296; 13. Tilden Hooper, $86,570; 14. Jessy Davis, $75,757; 15. J.R. Vezain, $70,208.

Steer wrestling: 1. K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, 3.5 seconds, $19,002; 2. Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 3.6, $15,018; 3. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 3.7, $11,340; 4. Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 4.1, $7,969; 5. Bray Armes, Ponder, Texas, 4.2, $4,904; 6. (tie) Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., and Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 4.8, $1,532 each; 8. Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., 5.2; 9. (tie) Casey Martin, Sulphur, La.; Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., and Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 5.5 each; 12. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 8.5; 13. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 19.0; 14. (tie) Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., and Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., NT. World standings: 1. Luke Branquinho, $128,976; 2. Nick Guy, $124,341; 3. Trevor Knowles, $123,066; 4. Casey Martin, $102,959; 5. K.C. Jones, $101,058; 6. Kyle Irwin, $100,653; 7. Clayton Hass, $94,353; 8. Bray Armes, $85,153; 9. Curtis Cassidy, $84,421; 10. Dru Melvin, $80,399; 11. Seth Brockman, $73,468; 12. Cole Edge, $72,424; 13. Wyatt Smith, $72,206; 14. Dakota Eldridge, $69,452; 15. Ty Erickson, $66,568.

Team roping: 1. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 4.0 seconds, $19,002; 2. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 4.2, $15,018; 3. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 4.4, $11,340; 4. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 5.0, $7,969; 5. Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 5.3, $4,904; 6. Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 5.5, $3,065; 7. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 8.8; 8. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., 11.8; 9. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 15.2; 10. (tie) Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.; Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.; Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M.; Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla./Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, and Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., NT. World standings (headers): 1. Clay Tryan, $147,113; 2. Trevor Brazile, $129,290; 3. Dustin Bird, $124,663; 4. Turtle Powell, $122,332; 5. Coleman Proctor, $116,780; 6. Riley Minor, $111,393; 7. Erich Rogers, $110,923; 8. Charly Crawford, $99,756; 9 Jake Barnes, $99,619; 10. Brandon Beers, $97,267; 11. Kaleb Driggers, $96,028; 12. Luke Brown, $92,065; 13. Aaron Tsinigine, $87,076; 14. Nick Sartain, $80,028; 15. Tom Richards, $74,713. World standings (heelers): 1. Jade Corkill, $147,113; 2. Travis Graves, $129,290; 3. Paul Eaves, $127,755; 4. Dakota Kirchenschlager, $118,972; 5. Jake Long, $117,780; 6. Brady Minor, $111,393; 7. Cory Petska, $111,270; 8. Shay Carroll, $100,815; 9. Jim Ross Cooper, $97,267; 10. Patrick Smith, $96,028; 11. Junior Nogueira, $89,611; 12. Kollin VonAhn, $89,065; 13. Rich Skelton, $80,028; 14. Clay O’Brien Cooper, $79,258; 15. Cesar de la Cruz, $66,484.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 79 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich N Fancy, $19,002; 2. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 78.5, $15,018; 3. (tie) Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., and Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 78, $9,654 each; 5. Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., 77.5, $4,904; 6. (tie) Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., and Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta, 76.5, $1,532 each; 8. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 75; 9. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 74; 10. (tie) Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, and Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 71 each; 12. (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas; Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.; Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., and Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., NS. World standings: 1. Heith DeMoss, $141,766; 2. Taos Muncy, $141,437; 3. Cort Scheer, $141,031; 4. Cody Wright, $130,394; 5. Wade Sundell, $124,944; 6. Jacobs Crawley, $120,450; 7. Spencer Wright, $110,069; 8. Tyler Corrington, $104,052; 9. Cody DeMoss, $96,719; 10. Jake Wright, $86,767; 11. Cole Elshere, $82,449; 12. Chad Ferley, $81,674; 13. Bradley Harter, $77,900; 14. Jesse Wright, $77,495; 15. Dustin Flundra, $77,133.

Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, and Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 6.9 seconds, $17,010 each; 3. (tie) Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, and Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 7.3, $9,654 each; 5. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 7.5, $4,904; 6. (tie) Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., and Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 7.6, $1,532 each; 8. (tie) Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., and Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 8.0 each; 10. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 8.5; 11. Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas, 9.6; 12. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 11.7; 13. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 15.7; 14. (tie) Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, and Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, NT. World standings: 1. Tuf Cooper, $164,652; 2. Matt Shiozawa, $148,551; 3. Marty Yates, $141,268; 4. Trevor Brazile, $131,854; 5. Cade Swor, $115,243; 6. Cody Ohl, $109,877; 7. Shane Hanchey, $104,207; 8. Clint Robinson, $102,137; 9. Hunter Herrin, $100,842; 10. Clint Cooper, $96,976; 11. Timber Moore, $95,126; 12. Adam Gray, $93,307; 13. Tyson Durfey, $73,742; 14. Ryan Watkins, $72,283; 15. Reese Riemer, $66,317.

Barrel racing: 1. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 13.89 seconds, $19,002; 2. Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 13.90, $15,018; 3. Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., 13.91, $11,340; 4. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.08, $7,969; 5. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 14.13, $4,904; 6. Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 14.18, $3,065; 7. Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 14.28; 8. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.29; 9. Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas, 14.35; 10. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 18.72; 11. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, 18.86; 12. Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 18.90; 13. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 18.96; 14. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 19.00; 15. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 19.32. World standings: 1. Fallon Taylor, $203,803; 2. Kaley Bass, $175,201; 3. Lisa Lockhart, $173,261; 4. Michele McLeod, $134,052; 5. Britany Diaz, $131,604; 6. Kassidy Dennison, $126,072; 7. Nancy Hunter, $122,372; 8. Sherry Cervi, $117,261; 9. Christy Loflin, $107,980; 10. Mary Walker, $107,681; 11. Trula Churchill, $107,136; 12. Carlee Pierce, $104,529; 13. Christine Laughlin, $93,135; 14. Jana Bean, $86,353; 15. Samantha Lyne, $70,577.

Bull riding: 1. Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas, 83.5 points on Honeycutt Rodeo’s Pair a Dice, $19,002; 2. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 73.5, $15,018; 3. Beau Hill, West Glacier, Mont., 72, $11,340; 4. (tie) Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas; Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas; J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas; Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah; Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo.; Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas; Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah; Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.; Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas; Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.; Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., and Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif., NS. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, 222,546; 2. Trey Benton III, $159,874; 3. Cody Teel, $128,947; 4. Joe Frost, $123,500; 5. Aaron Pass, $104,550; 6. Tim Bingham, $100,652; 7. Beau Hill, $97,807; 8. J.W. Harris, $93,244; 9. Elliot Jacoby, $80,057; 10. Ty Wallace, $78,917; 11. Brennon Eldred, $77,830; 12. Jordan Spears, $77,043; 13. Reid Barker, $76,227; 14. Tyler Smith, $73,105; 15. Josh Koschel, $72,837.

Total payout: $6,375,000. Stock contractors: Various. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Assistant secretary: Jackie Higlin. Contestant office manager: Vickie Shireman. Officials: Wade Berry, Terry Carlon, Skip Emmett, George Gibbs, Chuck Hoss, Allan Jordan Jr., Bruce Keller, Butch Kirby, Steve Knowles, Joe Bob Locke, Cliff Overstreet, Harry Rose Jr., Rocky Steagall and Mike Todd. Timers: Sherry Rice Gibson, Tammy Braden and Jessi Franzen. Announcers: Wayne Brooks, Randy Corley and Boyd Polhamus. Specialty acts: Rider Kiesner, Madison MacDonald and Kenny Petet. Bullfighters: Chuck Swisher, Dusty Tuckness and Cody Webster. Barrelman: Justin Rumford. Barrrelman alternate: Mark Swingler. Livestock superintendent: John Barnes. Assistant livestock superintendent: Ryan Brown. Roughstock chute boss: Tom Neuens. Timed-event chute boss: Tony Amaral. Pickup men: Josh Edwards and Chase Cervi. Pickup man alternate: Matt Twitchell.

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☛ NFR after Round 4 – 12-8-14

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RODEO NEWS

 

ROUND 4 – NFR

 

Courtesy PRCA

Dec. 8, 2014

 

Spencer shows the Wright stuff

LAS VEGAS - The youngest is now first. Spencer Wright beat his older brothers and the rest of the world’s best saddle bronc riders to win Round 4 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo before a sellout crowd of 17,600 at the Thomas & Mack Center Sunday.

At age 23, he is the youngest of four record-setting Wright brothers – the first set of four siblings ever to qualify for the Wrangler NFR, let alone all in the same year.

It is Spencer Wright’s first WNFR, and he is celebrating in fine fashion. He leads the average with 323 points on four head, and also tops all saddle bronc riders here this week with $40,150 earned in four rounds.

“This really is a dream come true,” said Wright, 23. “I’ve dreamed of winning several rounds at the NFR for a long time, so I’m tickled to have won my first one.”

The oldest of the Wright brothers, 37-year-old Cody, won world saddle bronc riding championships in 2008 and 2010, and has a dozen WNFR qualifications.

Twins Jesse and Jake Wright, 25, also have enjoyed success. Jesse has five WNFR qualifications and won a gold buckle in 2012, while Jake has earned three trips to the Finals.

“One of the four of us had to kick this off and win a round, and I’m glad it was me,” Spencer Wright said.

He rode for 84 points on Calgary Stampede’s Mata Fact, a half-point better than Cody DeMoss. Cody Wright took third in the round when he rode for 82 points.

“Being here with my brothers has been amazing, and who better to be here with than your family,” Spencer Wright said. “They’re here rooting for me and helping me out, and it’s been much easier to have them here with me. The first few days I just followed Jake around and learned the routine for myself.

“This has been a great experience, and I think this is something that’s going to fuel next season, because it’s been so great to be here.”

Mata Fact shot up in the air straight out of the chute, and made it tough on Wright early in the ride.

“It’s definitely more challenging to ride those kind of horses, but you have to ride them just like any other horse,” he said. “Out of the chute, I was just thinking to myself that I needed to hold my feet and not miss him out. I feel like I’m riding solid right now, and I just want to keep it up and see what happens.”

Steer wrestler Seth Brockman, in his second WNFR, won his first round with a time of 3.6 seconds. The Wheatland, Wyo., cowboy sits 12th in the average with a time of 19.5 seconds on three steers.

“Basically, I need to show up (Monday night) and try to blow the barrier out,” Brockman said. “I’m going to try and win every round, because I’m already out of the average here.”

Four-time World Champion Steer Wrestler Luke Branquinho finished second in Round 4 with a time of 3.7 seconds, and leads the average with 14.9 seconds on four head.

Branquinho also moved into the world standings lead with $122,539. He led the world on July 18 when he was injured at California Rodeo Salinas and was sidelined until the WNFR.

Rookie bull rider Sage Kimzey won his second consecutive round, when he rode for 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Kojack. Kimzey, 20, said he’s felt in a groove all year long.

“Every time I get on a bull, I’m confident and I slide up with conviction, and things are absolutely clicking right now,” he said. “That’s a great bull from Frontier Rodeo that bucks really hard, but is also rider-friendly.”

Although Kimzey is first in the average and comfortably leads the world standings by $40,605, he’s taking nothing for granted. He could become only the second rookie to win the bull riding gold buckle; Bill Kornell did it in 1963.

“I’m not even thinking about the gold buckle until it’s perma-frosted,” Kimzey said. “There’s no icing anything. I’ve been thinking and dreaming about winning a world title for a long time, but I haven’t really put those thoughts into reality yet. I know that I have a good shot to win it, and I just want to keep coming and taking care of my business and it’ll work out the way I want it to.

“This is what I’ve been working for since I was 3 years old. Hopefully, this is the year that dream turns into a reality.”

The bareback riding was a story of old and young, as the veteran of the group, four-time World Champion Bobby Mote, shared the round win with the youngest contestant, Missouri Valley College student Tim O’Connell.

Mote, 38, extended his record for bareback riding round wins at the Finals to 25, which is eight more than Marvin Garrett’s total. For O’Connell, in his first WNFR, it was his first round win.

O’Connell rode for 84 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s On Tap and Mote matched him when he rode for 84 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Rylee’s Raisin Cain.

Mote shared one round win in 2013, but knows how difficult it is to finish first at the Thomas & Mack Center.

“Rounds are hard to win here,” Mote said. “The first year I rode here (in 2001), I won the first round and I thought this place was made for me and that I could do no wrong here. I got the wrong impression. It’s really hard to get round wins here. I never take it for granted, and it feels great.”

Mote entered the WNFR in sixth place, and moved up to fourth in the world with six rounds remaining.

“You always wonder if you’ll come back here, and there’s no guarantee you’ll make it,” he said. “It’s all about how deep you want to dig.”

Mote is just $6,204 shy of winning $1 million in his WNFR career. Six others have achieved that rare feat: Trevor Brazile, Cody Ohl, Billy Etbauer, Sherry Cervi, Fred Whitfield and Joe Beaver.

“That’s a big accomplishment at one rodeo,” Mote said. “I wish I had it all now.”

O’Connell has a big future ahead of him. He was the PRCA Bareback Riding Permit Holder of the Year in 2012 and the PRCA Resistol Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year in 2013.

“It’s an honor just to ride with these guys, the best bareback riders in the world,” O’Connell said. “It feels great, and it’s really exciting.”

O’Connell earned his first WNFR check of $17,010. He was bucked off by Andrews Rodeo’s PTSD Power Play in Round 2 and suffered a similar fate when he drew Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage in Round 3.

“You can’t stub a toe, that’s what I learned the last two nights,” said O’Connell, 23. “I’ve not drawn badly, that’s for sure, but when you make mistakes on great horses, they put you in the ground hard. When I did my backflip over (PTSD) Power Play, I tore a lot of microfibers in my hamstring. I’ve been spending two hours every morning at (Justin) Sportsmedicine. They’ve done a great job for me.”

Tie-down roper Marty Yates, in his first WNFR, won his second round in four tries, and his time of 6.7 seconds was just .1 slower than Cody Ohl’s fourth-round record set in 2009.

“I knew I had a good calf and I got a great start,” Yates said. “It was pretty cool to get a good start and it all came together. It all happened really fast, so I knew I was going to be flirting with it being pretty dang fast.”

The Stephenville, Texas, cowboy has won $41,070 at this WNFR, which has moved him into fourth place in the world standings with $124,257.

“I feel grateful for being here and being able to rope to my best ability and win go-rounds,” Yates said. “I’ve always lived with a kind of live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword type of style, so nothing changes for me.”

Yates said the arena suits his horse, 8-year-old Chicken, who was second in the 2014 AQHA/PRCA Tie-down Roping Horse of the Year voting.

“In this setup, he’s great,” Yates said. “To me, this setup was built for me and him. He makes everything so easy on me.”

Team ropers Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn won the round in 3.6 seconds and were just one-tenth off the round record set in 2010 by Brady Tryan and Jake Long.

“Getting a good start here is the key to the whole deal,” Brown said. “It makes it so much easier when you get out right. That back end comes fast.”

It was the first check of the WNFR for Brown and VonAhn, who won the average title here a year ago.

“We practiced as hard or harder this year to do the same thing we did here last year,” Brown said. “I hickeyed a horn (which is an illegal head catch) in the second round, but we’re not going to change anything.”

They sit ninth in the average with a time of 26.3 seconds on three head.

“I don’t think anybody ever comes here just thinking about the average,” VonAhn said. “That’ll start playing a bigger role later in the week, in about the seventh round. You can’t really back off in this arena anyway, because it’s so small. If you miss the barrier here it’s really hard just to catch.

“We feel like we have a pretty consistent run. Luke’s been getting out and getting it on them so quick that all I have to do is catch. The situation determines how fast you can throw. If you’re in the right spot, it’s pretty easy.

“I can only go as fast as he (Brown) turns them. Last night he turned one so fast I wasn’t even ready. I’ve just been trying to do my job, and most of the time it’s good enough.”

VonAhn is riding Frank, who’ll be 21 next month and is competing in his sixth WNFR.

“I’ve ridden him here four times,” VonAhn said. “Shannon Frascht and Travis Graves have also ridden him here.”

Brown, who rides 21-year-old Slim Shady, said, “I’ve ridden him all but three rounds in the seven years I’ve been here. He’s really easy to get a good start on and he won’t duck. I’ve ridden him so much, I know him like the back of my hand. It’d be crazy not to ride him here.”

Fallon Taylor won her second go-round, her time of 13.85 seconds edging Lisa Lockhart by three-tenths. Reigning World Champion Sherry Cervi was third in 13.90.

“It’s the coolest thing ever,” Taylor said. “Two round wins means more to me than anything, especially after such a rocky year last year and putting in a lot of hard work when nobody was watching all the long hours in the practice pen with the blood, sweat and tears. To now be able to showcase all the hard work on such a national level is really rewarding, and (my horse) Baby Flo deserves all the credit.”

Branquinho leads the RAM Top Gun Award standings with $56,547. Kimzey and Taylor are tied for second with $49,345 while bareback rider Justin McDaniel is fourth with $45,463.

The 56th annual Wrangler NFR continues Monday with the fifth round at the Thomas & Mack Center. The action will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DirecTV channel 221 and DISH Network channel 158) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with hosts Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles.

 

 

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

Round 4, Dec. 7

Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s On Tap, and Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., on Andrews Rodeo’s Rylee’s Raisin Cain, 84 points, $17,010 each; 3. (tie) Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., and Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 83, $9,654 each; 5. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 82, $4,904; 6. (tie) Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, and Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 81.5, $1,532 each; 8. Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 80.5; 9. Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., 80; 10. Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 77; 11. (tie) Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.; Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., and J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 76.5 each; 14. Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 72.5 (Steven Peebles injured-DNC). World standings: 1. Kaycee Feild, $195,370; 2. Steven Peebles, $145,932; 3. Austin Foss, $143,405; 4. Bobby Mote, $128,563; 5. Tim O’Connell, $119,900; 6. Will Lowe, $113,571; 7. Justin McDaniel, $110,641; 8. Richmond Champion, $91,467; 9. Jake Vold, $89,649; 10. Winn Ratliff, $88,057; 11. Steven Dent, $85,664; 12. Caleb Bennett, $84,225; 13. Tilden Hooper, $78,499; 14. J.R. Vezain, $70,208; 15. Jessy Davis, $67,686.

Steer wrestling: 1. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 3.6 seconds, $19,002; 2. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 3.7, $15,018; 3. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 4.0, $11,340; 4. (tie) Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., and Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 4.1, $6,436 each; 6. Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 5.5, $3,065; 7. (tie) K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, and Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 6.0 each; 9. Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 6.6; 10. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 6.9; 11. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 8.8; 12. Bray Armes, Ponder, Texas, 14.3; 13. Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., 16.5; 14. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 17.7; 15. Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, NT. World standings: 1. Luke Branquinho, $122,539; 2. Nick Guy, $113,001; 3. Trevor Knowles, $108,048; 4. Casey Martin, $102,959; 5. Kyle Irwin, $100,653; 6. K.C. Jones, $82,055; 7. Bray Armes, $80,249; 8. Clayton Hass, $76,576; 9. Cole Edge, $72,424; 10. Seth Brockman, $71,935; 11. Dru Melvin, $70,897; 12. Dakota Eldridge, $69,452; 13. Curtis Cassidy, $65,418; 14. Ty Erickson, $63,503; 15. Wyatt Smith, $57,188.

Team roping: 1. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 3.6 seconds, $19,002; 2. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 3.9, $15,018; 3. Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 4.5, $11,340; 4. (tie) Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., and Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 4.6, $6,436 each; 6. Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla./Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 4.8, $3,065; 7. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6.1; 8. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 9.4; 9. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., and Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 9.6 each; 11. Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 13.9; 12. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 19.1; 13. (tie) Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas; Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo.; and Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., NT. World standings (headers): 1. Clay Tryan, $139,144; 2. Dustin Bird, $124,663; 3. Trevor Brazile, $121,321; 4. Erich Rogers, $110,923; 5. Turtle Powell, $107,314; 6. Riley Minor, $98,214; 7. Brandon Beers, $97,267; 8. Kaleb Driggers, $96,028; 9. Coleman Proctor, $94,712; 10. Luke Brown, $92,065; 11. Charly Crawford, $86,577; 12. Jake Barnes, $83,375; 13. Nick Sartain, $80,028; 14. Aaron Tsinigine, $68,074; 15. Tom Richards, $66,744. World standings (heelers): 1. Jade Corkill, $139,144; 2. Paul Eaves, $127,755; 3. Travis Graves, $121,321; 4. Cory Petska, $111,270; 5. Dakota Kirchenschlager, $103,954; 6. Brady Minor, $98,214; 7. Jim Ross Cooper, $97,267; 8. Patrick Smith, $96,028; 9. Jake Long, $95,712; 10. Kollin VonAhn, $89,065; 11. Shay Carroll, $87,636; 12. Rich Skelton, $80,028; 13. Junior Nogueira, $73,367; 14. Clay O’Brien Cooper, $60,255; 15. Cesar de la Cruz, $58,515.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 84 points on Calgary Stampede’s Mata Fact, $19,002; 2. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 83.5, $15,018; 3. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 82, $11,340; 4. Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., 81, $7,969; 5. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 76.5, $4,904; 6. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 75, $3,065; 7. Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 73; 8. (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, and Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 71 each; 10. (tie) Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.; Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa; Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.; Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn.; Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, and Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta, NS. World standings: 1. Taos Muncy, $141,437; 2. Cort Scheer, $139,499; 3. Cody Wright, $122,425; 4. Heith DeMoss, $120,771; 5. Jacobs Crawley, $120,450; 6. Wade Sundell, $105,942; 7. Spencer Wright, $100,415; 8. Tyler Corrington, $84,130; 9. Cole Elshere, $82,449; 10. Cody DeMoss, $81,701; 11. Chad Ferley, $81,674; 12. Jesse Wright, $77,495; 13. Bradley Harter, $74,836; 14. Dustin Flundra, $70,697; 15. Jake Wright, $67,764.

Tie-down roping: 1. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 6.7 seconds, $19,002; 2. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 7.4, $15,018; 3. (tie) Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, and Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 7.5, $9,654 each; 5. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 7.6, $4,904; 6. (tie) Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas; Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, and Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas, 8.3, $1,022 each; 9. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 8.7; 10. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 9.0; 11. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 9.6 each; 13. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 10.0; 14. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 10.2; 15. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, NT. World standings: 1. Tuf Cooper, $159,748; 2. Trevor Brazile, $131,854; 3. Matt Shiozawa, $131,541; 4. Marty Yates, $124,257; 5. Cade Swor, $115,243; 6. Clint Robinson, $102,137; 7. Hunter Herrin, $99,309; 8. Shane Hanchey, $92,867; 9. Cody Ohl, $92,253; 10. Timber Moore, $85,472; 11. Clint Cooper, $81,958; 12. Tyson Durfey, $72,209; 13. Adam Gray, $69,401; 14. Ryan Watkins, $69,218; 15. Reese Riemer, $66,317.

Barrel racing: 1. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 13.85 seconds, $19,002; 2. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 13.88, $15,018; 3. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 13.90, $11,340; 4. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 13.91, $7,969; 5. Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 13.99, $4,904; 6. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.00, $3,065; 7. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 14.01; 8. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 14.02; 9. Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., 14.04; 10. Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 14.15; 11. Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas, 14.19; 12. Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 14.23; 13. Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 18.99; 14. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 19.03; 15. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, 23.79. World standings: 1. Fallon Taylor, $180,816; 2. Lisa Lockhart, $163,606; 3. Kaley Bass, $160,183; 4. Kassidy Dennison, $126,072; 5. Nancy Hunter, $122,372; 6. Sherry Cervi, $117,261; 7. Michele McLeod, $115,050; 8. Britany Diaz, $102,947; 9. Mary Walker, $102,777; 10. Trula Churchill, $102,233; 11. Carlee Pierce, $101,464; 12. Christy Loflin, $96,640; 13. Christine Laughlin, $93,135; 14. Jana Bean, $83,288; 15. Samantha Lyne, $70,577.

Bull riding: 1. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Kojack, $19,002; 2. Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, 85, $15,018; 3. Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas, 84.5, $11,340; 4. Beau Hill, West Glacier, Mont., 78, $7,969; 5. (tie) Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas; J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas; Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah; Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas; Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo.; Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas; Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah; Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.; Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.; Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., and Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif., NS. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $192,510; 2. Trey Benton III, $151,905; 3. Cody Teel, $128,947; 4. Joe Frost, $104,498; 5. Tim Bingham, $100,652; 6. J.W. Harris, $90,179; 7. Beau Hill, $86,467; 8. Aaron Pass, $85,548; 9. Elliot Jacoby, $80,057; 10. Brennon Eldred, $77,830; 11. Reid Barker, $76,227; 12. Tyler Smith, $73,105; 13. Josh Koschel, $72,837; 14. Jordan Spears, $72,139; 15. Ty Wallace, $67,577.

Total payout: $6,375,000. Stock contractors: Various. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Assistant secretary: Jackie Higlin. Contestant office manager: Vickie Shireman. Officials: Wade Berry, Terry Carlon, Skip Emmett, George Gibbs, Chuck Hoss, Allan Jordan Jr., Bruce Keller, Butch Kirby, Steve Knowles, Joe Bob Locke, Cliff Overstreet, Harry Rose Jr., Rocky Steagall and Mike Todd. Timers: Sherry Rice Gibson, Tammy Braden and Jessi Franzen. Announcers: Wayne Brooks, Randy Corley and Boyd Polhamus. Specialty acts: Rider Kiesner, Madison MacDonald and Kenny Petet. Bullfighters: Chuck Swisher, Dusty Tuckness and Cody Webster. Barrelman: Justin Rumford. Barrrelman alternate: Mark Swingler. Livestock superintendent: John Barnes. Assistant livestock superintendent: Ryan Brown. Roughstock chute boss: Tom Neuens. Timed-event chute boss: Tony Amaral. Pickup men: Josh Edwards and Chase Cervi. Pickup man alternate: Matt Twitchell.

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☛ NFR after Round 3 – 12-7-14

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RODEO NEWS

 

ROUND 3 OF NFR

 

Courtesy PRCA

Dec. 7, 2014

 

Brazile hits jackpot with gold buckle 21

LAS VEGAS - Trevor Brazile doubled down on his gold buckle count for the season when he hit No. 21 by clinching the all-around world championship Saturday night before a sold-out crowd of 17,858 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The King of the Cowboys has won a record 12 all-around titles, and an unprecedented nine straight.

“This is awesome,” Brazile said. “Every time that number gets bigger, it gets harder to believe. I never expected anything like this, so it almost doesn’t seem real.”

Brazile has earned $361,046 during the 2014 season. That’s $197,605 more than Tuf Cooper, who is second in the all-around standings.

The incomparable Brazile won the steer roping gold buckle Nov. 8 and sits second in both team roping and tie-down roping, so he has a chance to win two more gold buckles.

“What makes it extra exciting is the chance at another Triple Crown,” said the Decatur, Texas, cowboy. “After tonight, one more (gold buckle) will complete it. So getting this one done gives me some piece of mind. I never take winning championships for granted.”

Brazile claimed Triple Crowns – three world titles in one season – in 2007 and 2010. A third Triple Crown would equal the record set by ProRodeo Hall of Famer Jim Shoulders (1956-58), who always accomplished the feat in the same three events: all-around, bull riding and bareback riding. If Brazile wins the team roping title for a third Triple Crown, he will have done it with three different combinations of events.

No cowboy has ever achieved a Grand Slam – winning four gold buckles in one season.

“I think they (world titles) mean more to me the older I get,” said Brazile, who turned 38 last month. “It seems like my competition gets younger every year. That’s why I keep enjoying it more. At some point, there’s going to be a changing of the guard. So every gold buckle means more as time marches on.”

Brazile, a team roping header, and partner Travis Graves were second in Round 3 with a time of 4.0 seconds, just .1 behind round winners Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves.

Ever the perfectionist, Brazile said, “I was really disappointed with my execution in the team roping (Friday) night, but I’m looking forward and taking every calf and every steer for what he is. I’m just going to keep doing my best every night.”

Brazile finished fourth in Round 3 tie-down roping with a time of 7.4 seconds.

Brazile is $17,823 behind team roping header leader Clay Tryan. He’s $26,873 behind tie-down roping leader Cooper, who is his brother-in-law.

Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves claimed the team roping win, and both sit third in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.

“We decided not to be more conservative, but to try to be a little more consistent,” Eaves said. “I want to make sure I catch ‘em all. I don’t have to worry about Dustin, so I just have to focus on doing my job, which keeps my hands full. That run was what we’ve been practicing. We’re going to keep trying to make the same runs without doing anything crazy. There are a lot of steers left, and there’s a lot of money to be won. So I don’t want to get too excited about tonight. It’d be nice to win something in the average, too, but this is a good start right here.”

Bird rode a different horse, using fellow WNFR header Kaleb Driggers’ Fast Time. Bird rode his own horse, Dolly, in the first two rounds.

“I wasn’t having very good rhythm with my mare (Dolly) – she was getting a little too excited, and I broke the barrier last night – so I decided to try something different,” Bird said. “Kaleb’s horse gives you a lot of time, so you don’t have to get in a rush all the time.

“I want to catch every steer as fast as I can, but I don’t want to miss. Fast Time’s a horse you can catch a lot of steers on, because he doesn’t get quick. That was the first steer I ever ran on that horse. I’ll be back on him tomorrow.”

Kyle Irwin won Round 3 in steer wrestling after sharing the win last night and earning a fifth-place check on opening night. He leads the average with 10.9 seconds on three steers, and moved into third place in the world standings, just $12,348 behind leader Nick Guy.

“It’s a little bit surreal,” said the Robertsdale, Ala., cowboy, who earned $19,002 with the Round 3 win. “I also don’t mean this (to sound) arrogantly, but I always knew if I got here, I would at least try and win first every night. I’m going to try and go as fast as I can with the opportunity I have and the steers that I have. Hopefully, I will make no mistakes and the rest will take care of itself.”

Irwin, who is making his Finals debut, is just the second steer wrestler from Alabama to qualify for the WNFR, after Victor Deck (1996-97), who tied for one round win.

Irwin just missed breaking the Round 3 steer wrestling record at the WNFR. The late Ricky Huddleston holds that mark with a 3.1-second time in 1985. Steve Duhon (1986) and Bryan Fields (2001) share the WNFR record at 3.0 seconds.

Irwin was riding Sketch, a horse owned by Tyler Pearson, and gave much of the credit to the horse.

“He got me the win at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (in Guthrie, Okla.),” Irwin said. “I’ve been riding that horse since October of 2013 and I sure like him.”

Bareback rider Justin McDaniel, the 2008 world champion, took advantage of his dream draw and rode for 89 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Ship to win the event. Back in 2007, McDaniel set the arena record when rode for 91.5 points on Delta Ship, also in Round 3.

In three outs on the horse, McDaniel had three wins. Make it four now.

So what did McDaniel think when he saw the draw with Delta Ship next to his name?

“That I had a chance to break the record and win the round, and that it was all up to me,” he said. “I knew the horse would do his part. I just wanted to stay calm, be confident and have fun. I’ve had that horse three times and been 91.5, 87 and 92 on him. He’s my favorite horse.”

He said the horse was as good as advertised.

“He’s exactly what you want in a bucking horse,” McDaniel said. “He’s big and strong and kicks hard. At about six seconds, he jumped so high and I was right in time with him, and that’s what I’ve dreamed about when I was a kid. And when the crowd at the NFR stands up and cheers for you, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

McDaniel moved to fifth in the world standings and leads the average. He’s earned $110,641 in 2014, but that puts him far behind three-time defending world champion Kaycee Feild, who tied for fifth place in Round 3, and leads all bareback riders with $195,370.

“I came in 14th and still have a lot of ground to cover,” McDaniel said. “I need to keep winning rounds and see what happens.”

McDaniel also leads the RAM Top Gun Award standings, which recognizes the contestant who wins the most money in a single event at the WNFR. He has $45,463, while steer wrestler Luke Branquinho is second with $41,529 and Irwin is third with $40,916. Brazile is tied for fourth at $38,005 with team roping partners Turtle Powell and Dakota Kirchenschlager.

Five-time World Champion Tie-down Roper Cody Ohl broke his own round record when he won in 6.6 seconds, .1 faster than the mark he set a year ago.

“I knew I was fast, and it’s funny to say, but I could’ve broke the arena record right there,” Ohl said. “I was already like a quarter of a way to the calf and I didn’t think there was any way I got out. I kind of had a little hitch there when I flanked him, but my mind was like, ‘Man, I broke the barrier. I broke the barrier.’ Then I throw my hands up and I’m looking at the judge and he’s holding the barrier up there and it’s not broke. I thought, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

Ohl’s victory was especially satisfying, since it came one night after his rope broke in Round 2, which led to a no-time.

“Everybody was like, ‘Oh man,’ and it was (just) the second round and this thing had not even started yet,” Ohl said. “There were eight more go-rounds at $19,000. My confidence and attitude hadn’t changed one ounce since (Friday), and that’s what it takes to move on, and then come back and bounce back, like I did tonight.”

Ohl set the arena record of 6.5 seconds in 2003′s Round 10, and he owns six of the 10 round records. He has 10 rounds of less than 7 seconds. He’s won 50 rounds at the Finals in tie-down roping, also a record. Ohl has a total of 53 career round wins, counting three at the National Finals Steer Roping, which is three shy of Brazile’s overall record of 57.

Rookie bull rider Sage Kimzey, who leads the world standings, was thrilled to win Round 3. He rode for 84.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Line Man, and said it was just as good as he’d imagined.

“It was everything I thought it would be, and more,” Kimzey said. “I’ve said it over and over again this season, but I’m living out my childhood dream, and it’s everything I hoped it would be. I can’t even describe the feeling of the crowd going crazy for me, and it’s a feeling I’ve never been close to experiencing in my life. It’s something else, and I don’t know how many people get a feeling like that in their lives.”

Kimzey said he gets pumped up to perform in front of large crowds – and that he is confident about excelling in the Finals.

“The greater the pressure, the better I feel I perform,” he said. “It’s been that way since I was a little kid, and I’m not sure why, but it seems like the big moments are when I thrive and do the best. Every moment in my life has led up to me riding here.”

Wade Sundell claimed the Round 3 saddle bronc riding win for the second year in a row when he rode Rafter G Rodeo’s Low Bucks for 87 points.

“I had never been on that horse before, but I had seen him quite a few times, and he always looked like he’d be a good one to have,” said Sundell, who is sixth in the world. “You always want to ride those horses that buck real hard and will buck you off if you stub your toe. You can have fun and show off on those kind of horses, and it worked out awesome for me tonight.”

The Coleman, Okla., cowboy has qualified for the last six Finals, and said it’s still a thrill to take a victory lap.

“It absolutely doesn’t get old to win here,” he said, “and I wish I could do this again seven more nights.”

Kassidy Dennison won the barrel racing with a time of 13.94 seconds and sits fourth in the world. Fallon Taylor, who won Round 1, took over the lead in the barrel racing world standings when she earned a check for third place.

“I am so excited I can hardly speak,” said Dennison, who is competing at her first Finals. “I can hardly believe it. It is so exciting having so many of my family here with me to share this victory.”

The 56th annual Wrangler NFR continues Sunday with the fourth round at the Thomas & Mack Center. The action will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DirecTV channel 221 and DISH Network channel 158) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles announcing.

 

 

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

Round 3, Dec. 6

Bareback riding: 1. Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., 89 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Ship, $19,002; 2. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 87.5, $15,018; 3. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 82.5, $11,340; 4. Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 80.0, $7,969; 5. (tie) Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, and Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 78, $3,984 each; 7. (tie) Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, and Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 75.5 each; 9. (tie) Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas; Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, and Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 75 each; 12. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 71.5; 13. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 69; 14. Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 68.5; 15. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, NS. World standings: 1. Kaycee Feild, $195,370; 2. Steven Peebles, $145,932; 3. Austin Foss, $133,751; 4. Bobby Mote, $111,553; 5. Justin McDaniel, $110,641; 6. Will Lowe, $108,668; 7. Tim O’Connell, $102,890; 8. Richmond Champion, $89,935; 9. Jake Vold, $88,116; 10. Winn Ratliff, $88,057; 11. Steven Dent, $85,664; 12. Caleb Bennett, $84,225; 13. J.R. Vezain, $70,208; 14. Tilden Hooper, $68,844; 15. Jessy Davis, $67,686.

Steer wrestling: 1. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.2 seconds, $19,002; 2. Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., 3.8, $15,018; 3. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 3.9, $11,340; 4. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 4.0, $7,969; 5. Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 4.2, $4,904; 6. Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 4.4, $3,065; 7. (tie) K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, and Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 4.6 each; 9. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 4.9; 10. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 5.1; 11. Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 5.8; 12. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 6.8; 13. Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 10.2; 14. (tie) Bray Armes, Ponder, Texas, and Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, NT. World standings: 1. Nick Guy, $113,001; 2. Luke Branquinho, $107,521; 3. Kyle Irwin, $100,653; 4. Trevor Knowles, $96,707; 5. Casey Martin, $96,522; 6. K.C. Jones, $82,055; 7. Bray Armes, $80,249; 8. Clayton Hass, $76,576; 9. Cole Edge, $72,424; 10. Dru Melvin, $67,832; 11. Curtis Cassidy, $65,418; 12. Ty Erickson, $63,503; 13. Dakota Eldridge, $63,015; 14. Wyatt Smith, $57,188; 15. Seth Brockman, $52,933.

Team roping: 1. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 3.9 seconds, $19,002 each; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.0, $15,018; 3. (tie) Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., and Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.2, $9,654 each; 5. (tie) Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., and Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.3, $3,984 each; 7. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., 4.8; 8. Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 5.2; 9. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6.6; 10. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 9.2; 11. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 9.6; 12. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 13.3; 13. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 14.0; 14. Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 14.7; 15. Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla./Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, NT. World standings (headers): 1. Clay Tryan, $139,144; 2. Trevor Brazile, $121,321; 3. Dustin Bird, $109,645; 4. Turtle Powell, $107,314; 5. Erich Rogers, $104,486; 6. Kaleb Driggers, $96,028; 7. Coleman Proctor, $94,712; 8. Brandon Beers, $90,831; 9. Riley Minor, $86,873; 10. Charly Crawford, $86,577; 11. Jake Barnes, $83,375; 12. Nick Sartain, $76,963; 13. Luke Brown, $73,062; 14. Aaron Tsinigine, $68,074; 15. Tom Richards, $66,744. World standings (heelers): 1. Jade Corkill, $139,144; 2. Travis Graves, $121,321; 3. Paul Eaves, $112,737; 4. Cory Petska, $104,834; 5. Dakota Kirchenschlager, $103,954; 6. Patrick Smith, $96,028; 7. Jake Long, $95,712; 8. Jim Ross Cooper, $90,831; 9. Shay Carroll, $87,636; 10. Brady Minor, $86,873; 11. Rich Skelton, $76,963; 12. Junior Nogueira, $73,367; 13. Kollin VonAhn, $70,062; 14. Clay O’Brien Cooper, $60,255; 15. Cesar de la Cruz, $58,515.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 87 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Low Bucks, $19,002; 2. (tie) Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., and Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 84, $13,179 each; 4. (tie) Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., and Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 83.5, $6,436 each; 6. Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 82.5, $3,065; 7. Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., 81.5; 8. (tie) Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, and Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 77 each; 10. (tie) Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., and Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 76 each; 12. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 75.5; 13. Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., 74; 14. Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta, 63; 15. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., NS. World standings: 1. Taos Muncy, $136,533; 2. Cort Scheer, $136,434; 3. Heith DeMoss, $120,771; 4. Jacobs Crawley, $120,450; 5. Cody Wright, $111,085; 6. Wade Sundell, $105,942; 7. Tyler Corrington, $84,130; 8. Cole Elshere, $82,449; 9. Spencer Wright, $81,413; 10. Jesse Wright, $77,495; 11. Bradley Harter, $74,836; 12. Chad Ferley, $73,705; 13. Dustin Flundra, $70,697; 14. Jake Wright, $67,764; 15. Cody DeMoss, $66,683.

Tie-down roping: 1. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 6.6 seconds, $19,002; 2. (tie) Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., and Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 7.2, $13,179 each; 4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 7.4, $7,969; 5. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 7.6, $4,904; 6. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 7.9, $3,065; 7. Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 8.4; 8. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 9.1; 9. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 9.3; 10. Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas, 9.5; 11. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 10.6; 12. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 11.1; 13. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 17.8; 14. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 18.8; 15. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, NT. World standings: 1. Tuf Cooper, $158,726; 2. Trevor Brazile, $131,854; 3. Matt Shiozawa, $121,886; 4. Marty Yates, $105,255; 5. Cade Swor, $100,225; 6. Hunter Herrin, $99,309; 7. Clint Robinson, $97,233; 8. Shane Hanchey, $92,867; 9. Cody Ohl, $92,253; 10. Clint Cooper, $80,936; 11. Timber Moore, $75,817; 12. Tyson Durfey, $72,209; 13. Adam Gray, $69,401; 14. Ryan Watkins, $68,197; 15. Reese Riemer, $66,317.

Barrel racing: 1. Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 13.94 seconds, $19,002; 2. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, 13.99, $15,018; 3. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.05, $11,340; 4. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 14.07, $7,969; 5. Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., 14.08, $4,904; 6. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 14.10, $3,065; 7. (tie) Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., and Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 14.20 each; 9. Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 14.21; 10. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 14.25; 11. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.27; 12. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 14.32; 13. Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas, 14.36; 14. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 19.20; 15. Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 24.04. World standings: 1. Fallon Taylor, $161,814; 2. Kaley Bass, $160,183; 3. Lisa Lockhart, $148,588; 4. Kassidy Dennison, $126,072; 5. Nancy Hunter, $122,372; 6. Michele McLeod, $111,985; 7. Sherry Cervi, $109,292; 8. Britany Diaz, $102,947; 9. Mary Walker, $102,777; 10. Carlee Pierce, $101,464; 11. Christy Loflin, $96,640; 12. Christine Laughlin, $93,135; 13. Trula Churchill, $90,892; 14. Jana Bean, $78,384; 15. Samantha Lyne, $70,577.

Bull riding: 1. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 84.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Line Man, $19,002; 2. Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas, 82, $15,018; 3. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 81.5, $11,340; 4. Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 80.5, $7,969; 5. J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas, 74.5, $4,904; 6. Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., 73, $3,065; 7. (tie) Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah; Beau Hill, West Glacier, Mont.; Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas; Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo.; Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas; Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.; Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas; Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., and Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif., NS. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $173,508; 2. Trey Benton III, $140,565; 3. Cody Teel, 128,947; 4. Joe Frost, $104,498; 5. Tim Bingham, $100.652; 6. J.W. Harris, $90,179; 7. Aaron Pass, $85,548; 8. Beau Hill, $78,498; 9. Brennon Eldred, $77,830; 10. Reid Barker, $76,227; 11. Tyler Smith, $73,105; 12. Josh Koschel, $72,837; 13. Jordan Spears, $72,139; 14. Ty Wallace, $67,577; 15. Elliot Jacoby, $65,039.

Total payout: $6,375,000. Stock contractors: Various. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Assistant secretary: Jackie Higlin. Contestant office manager: Vickie Shireman. Officials: Wade Berry, Terry Carlon, Skip Emmett, George Gibbs, Chuck Hoss, Allan Jordan Jr., Bruce Keller, Butch Kirby, Steve Knowles, Joe Bob Locke, Cliff Overstreet, Harry Rose Jr., Rocky Steagall and Mike Todd. Timers: Sherry Rice Gibson, Tammy Braden and Jessi Franzen. Announcers: Wayne Brooks, Randy Corley and Boyd Polhamus. Specialty acts: Rider Kiesner, Madison MacDonald and Kenny Petet. Bullfighters: Chuck Swisher, Dusty Tuckness and Cody Webster. Barrelman: Justin Rumford. Barrrelman alternate: Mark Swingler. Livestock superintendent: John Barnes. Assistant livestock superintendent: Ryan Brown. Roughstock chute boss: Tom Neuens. Timed-event chute boss: Tony Amaral. Pickup men: Josh Edwards and Chase Cervi. Pickup man alternate: Matt Twitchell.

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☛ Day 2 From the NFR – 12-6-14

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RODEO NEWS

 

ROUND 2 OF WNFR

 

Courtesy PRCA
Dec. 6, 2014

Team ropers make winning a habit

LAS VEGAS – Turtle Powell and Dakota Kirchenschlager remain perfect at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and one of them called it a life-changing experience.

The red-hot team ropers won Round 2 before a sellout crowd of 17,858 at the Thomas & Mack Center Friday, and for the second consecutive night they set a record for the round. Powell and Kirchenschlager won Round 1 in 4.0 seconds and bettered that the second time around with a time of 3.8 seconds.

It’s the sixth time that the same team ropers won both Rounds 1 and 2 at the same Finals.

The partners earned $19,002 each for the second straight night and again climbed several spots in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. Powell entered the Wrangler NFR in 13th place and has shot up to second, while Kirchenschlager has moved from 12th to fourth.

Kirchenschlager said winning more than $38,000 in two nights is a dream come true.

“This money changes my life,” he said. “I told my fiancé (Whitney Godinez) last night we can buy a new house now. This changes life greatly for me and my family.”

And the ropers aren’t done yet.

“We’re just going to stick to our guns and keep going as fast as we can go,” Powell said.

Powell, who is competing in his ninth Finals, won a gold buckle with heeler Jhett Johnson in 2011. After just two nights, he’s in position to do it again.

“I’m just glad to see our plan’s coming together,” Kirchenschlager said. “We need eight more rounds just like the first two.”

This is the second Finals for the 23-year-old Kirchenschlager.

“It’s so great to be here,” he said. “This is my dream. This is what I’ve always wanted to do, right here. Our game plan of going at every single steer just like we did all year long is what we’re here for. There’s no sense changing what got us to this point.

“Now we just need to finish strong and do what we set out to do.”

Both ropers live in Stephenville, Texas, the current roping capital of the world. Powell, 41, said there’s no reason they can’t keep winning.

They’re also the early leaders for the Ram Top Gun Award, which goes to the top money winner in a single event at the Finals.

“Dakota roped that steer right there in the corner and we finished strong,” Powell said. “I think that’s what helped us the most in that run. My heeler will try it on every time, so we have a chance to win all 10 rounds if I catch ‘em all.”

Another cowboy making a move toward the top of the standings is four-time World Champion Steer Wrestler Luke Branquinho. He shared the Round 2 win with Kyle Irwin, as both bulldoggers had a run of 3.6 seconds.

Branquinho said would let Irwin be awarded the buckle for winning the round when the winners are recognized on stage at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa later in the night.

“Luke is a great guy, and a competitor and a winner, so to share this win with him just gives me more confidence,” said Irwin, who moved to sixth in the world standings.

Branquinho, who led the world standings before suffering an injury July 18 at California Rodeo Salinas, has cashed two checks in two nights for $30,189 and is fourth in the world. He had surgery the end of July, and was sidelined until the Finals.

“I’ve just been rehabbing and trying to make sure everything is strong,” he said. “My therapist at home made sure everything is tight and felt good, and he was right on par with what needed to get accomplished to be successful here.

“This feels good, especially since I was able to be home and spend a lot of time with my kids and family, more so than I ever have. I think that really freshened me up. I’ve been going to the gym and therapy a lot, and that helped my body heal up from years of traveling down the road.”

Irwin, who is competing in his first Finals, was thrilled with his success.

“This is great,” he said. “All the hard work, all the practice and the late-night drives, it all paid off tonight. It makes it all worth it, and I just hope the momentum can build and I keep up this success in the other eight rounds.”

Tie-down roper Cade Swor won a check for the second straight night and sits second in the average. Trevor Brazile took second place in Round 2 and earned a check for $15,018 to move within $29,938 of world leader Tuf Cooper.

Swor, who is fifth in the world and $53,597 behind Cooper, said the WNFR is “like 10 one-headers. When I back in there, I will not look at that average until the last go-round.”

Swor bought his horse, Floyd Money, in March and credits his mount with much of his success.

“He was awesome tonight,” Swor said. “This is the first time I’ve ever ridden my own horse here. That horse has been the key to my success.”

Steven Peebles recreated a bit of history by winning Round 2 in the bareback riding competition for the second straight year. He scored 85 points on New West Rodeo Productions’ Right Spur, and had high praise for his mount.

“That’s a strong bucking horse right there; the definition of a bucking horse,” Peebles said. “He threw everything he had at me, and tested me, for sure. He dang sure had my heart pumping.”

Peebles, 25, is battling a cold, along with a persistent pain in his lower back.

” I’ve had some lower back pain for a few years now; my right hip gets out of line and pinches some nerves,” Peebles said. “I didn’t feel it all summer, but then I did at my (RAM Columbia River) Circuit Finals.”

The pain didn’t keep him from winning the RCRCF, however. Peebles said he felt pain in his lower back in Round 1 also.

“I’ve ridden with pain all my career, and I’ve learned to block it out,” he said.

Peebles’ season earnings rose to $145,932 – he’s second in the world – but he still trails three-time defending World Champion Kaycee Feild by $45,454. Peebles said he’s a long shot to catch Feild, but still has hope of winning his first gold buckle.

“Kaycee would have to slip up and I’d have to pound it, but I’m ready,” Peebles said. “It’s an outside chance, but I’ve got a shot.”

Jacobs Crawley won the saddle bronc riding when he rode for 82.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Spade to claim his second career round win at the Finals.

Crawley was the first saddle bronc rider to climb on Spade, after the horse switched over from bareback competition in 2011.

“I won on him in Claremore, Okla., in his first-ever saddle bronc trip, so it was pretty special to draw Spade tonight and win on him,” Crawley said. “I’m looking forward to going to the South Point stage, thanks to Spade.”

Crawley moved within $19,148 of world standings leader Taos Muncy. First-round winner Cort Scheer is second, and Crawley said the world title is up for grabs.

“I’m excited, and I feel like I’m riding like I want to ride, which is consistent and take care of business,” Crawley said. “Winning the (NFR) average last year really made winning the world a possibility in my mind. If you would’ve asked me two years ago, winning the world would’ve seemed so far off, but now after winning the average here last year, I feel like if I can pick up a few round wins and grab the average again, that it’s anybody’s game this year.”

Only four bull riders stayed aboard for eight seconds for the second night in a row, and Aaron Pass claimed the victory when he rode for 89.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Seeing Red. He celebrated by throwing his hat in the air.

“The bull was great, and people had talked good about him,” Pass said. “I usually don’t throw my hat in the air like that, and I usually just throw my hands up in the air. I just bought this hat today and my buddy Trey (Benton III) told me I had to get it dirty, so that’s why I threw it. This is an exciting atmosphere and it’s hard to explain what that moment felt like. It’s a lifelong dream to be here, and I’m really hoping I get a few more go-round wins under my belt.”

Joe Frost, who won Round 1 and was fourth Friday, is the only bull rider with two qualified rides.

Lisa Lockhart rode her buckskin horse, Louie, to the barrel racing win in 14.29 seconds, just .02 faster than Kassidy Dennison. It’s the fifth time the Round 2 winner has prevailed by less than .03 seconds.

“I rode very conservatively tonight,” Lockhart said. “Although I couldn’t see what was going on in the arena, I could hear that the times were not what they have been in the past, so I had it in my mind to back off just a little and let Louie pick his pace.”

The 56th annual Wrangler NFR continues Saturday with the second round at the Thomas & Mack Center. The action will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DirecTV channel 221 and DISH Network channel 158) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles announcing.

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Second Round

Bareback riding: 1. Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 85 points on New West Rodeo Productions’ Right Spur, $19,002; 2. (tie) Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.; Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, and Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., 83, $11,442 each; 5. Bobby Mote, 82.5, $4,904; 6. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 81.5, $3,065; 7. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 81; 8. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 80.5; 9. Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 79.5; 10. (tie) Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., and J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 78 each; 12. Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 77.5; 13. Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 76; 14. Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 71; 15. Tim O’Connell, NS. World standings: 1. Kaycee Feild, $191,386; 2. Steven Peebles, $145,932; 3. Austin Foss, $125,782; 4. Will Lowe, $108,668; 5. Tim O’Connell, $102,890; 6. Bobby Mote, $100,213; 7. Justin McDaniel, $91,639; 8. Richmond Champion, $89,935; 9. Steven Dent, $85,664; 10. Caleb Bennett, $84,225; 11. Jake Vold, $84,132; 12. Winn Ratliff, $73,039; 13. J.R. Vezain, $70,208; 14. Tilden Hooper, $68,844; 15. Jessy Davis, $67,686.

Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., and Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.6 seconds, $17,010 each; 3. Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 3.7, $11,340; 4. Bray Armes, Ponder, Texas, 3.9, $7,969; 5. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 4.1, $4,904; 6. Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 4.4, $3,065; 7. K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, 4.5; 8. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 4.8; 9. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 4.9; 10. Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 5.2; 11. Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 7.2; 12. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 9.5; 13. Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., 14.6; 14. (tie) Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, and Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., NT. World standings: 1. Nick Guy, $108,097; 2. Trevor Knowles, $96,707; 3. Casey Martin, $96,522; 4. Luke Branquinho, $96,181; 5. K.C. Jones, $82,055; 6. Kyle Irwin, $81,650; 7. Bray Armes, $80,249; 8. Clayton Hass, $76,576; 9. Dru Melvin, $67,832; 10. Dakota Eldridge, $63,015; 11. Ty Erickson, $60,439; 12. Curtis Cassidy, $57,449; 13.  Cole Edge, $57,406; 14. Wyatt Smith, $57,188; 15. Seth Brockman, $52,933.

Team roping: 1. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 3.8 seconds, $19,002; 2. Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.5, $15,018; 3. Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 4.6, $11,340; 4. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 9.4, $7,969; 5. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 9.7, $4,904; 6. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 10.1, $3,065; 7. Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 10.9; 8. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 12.7; 9. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 19.1; 10. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 19.7; 11. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.; Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla./Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas; Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., and Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., NT. World standings (headers): 1. Clay Tryan, $129,490; 2. Turtle Powell, $107,314; 3. Trevor Brazile, $106,303; 4. Erich Rogers, $104,486; 5. Brandon Beers, $90,8311; 6. Coleman Proctor, $90,728; 7. Dustin Bird, $90,643; 8. Charly Crawford, $86,577; 9. Kaleb Driggers, $86,374; 10. Jake Barnes, $83,375; 11. Riley Minor, $82,889; 12. Nick Sartain, $76,963; 13. Luke Brown, $73,062; 14. Aaron Tsinigine, $68,074; 15. Tom Richards, $66,744. World standings (heelers): 1. Jade Corkill, $129,490; 2. Travis Graves, $106,303; 3. Cory Petska, $104,834; 4. Dakota Kirchenschlager, $103,954; 5. Paul Eaves, $93,735; 6. Jake Long, $91,728; 7. Jim Ross Cooper, $90,831; 8. Shay Carroll, $87,636; 9. Patrick Smith, $86,374; 10. Brady Minor, $82,889; 11. Rich Skelton, $76,963; 12. Junior Nogueira, $73,367; 13. Kollin VonAhn, $70,062; 14. Clay O’Brien Cooper, $60,255; 15. Cesar de la Cruz, $58,515.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 82.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Spade, $19,002; 2. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 82, $15,018; 3. Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta, 81, $11,340; 4. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 80.5, $7,969; 5. Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 76.5, $4,904; 6. Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 75, $3,065; 7. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 74.5; 8. (tie) Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.; Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.; Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa; Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.; Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah; Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., and Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., NS. World standings: 1. Taos Muncy, $136,533; 2. Cort Scheer, $136,434; 3. Jacobs Crawley, $117,385; 4. Cody Wright, $111,085; 5. Heith DeMoss, $107,592; 6. Wade Sundell, $86,940; 7. Tyler Corrington, $77,694; 8. Jesse Wright, $77,495; 9. Cole Elshere, $76,013; 10. Bradley Harter, $74,836; 11. Chad Ferley, $73,705; 12. Dustin Flundra, $70,697; 13. Spencer Wright, $68,234; 14. Jake Wright, $67,764; 15. Cody DeMoss, $66,683.

Tie-down roping: 1. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 7.7 seconds, $19,002; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 7.9, $15,018; 3. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 8.0, $11,340; 4. Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 8.1, $7,969; 5. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 8.2, $4,904; 6. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 8.5, $3,065; 7. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 8.7; 8. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 9.8; 9. Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas, 10.8; 10. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 11.7; 11. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 13.3; 12. (tie) Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas; Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas; Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, and Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, NT. World standings: 1. Tuf Cooper, $153,822; 2. Trevor Brazile, $123,885; 3. Matt Shiozawa, $121,886; 4. Marty Yates, $102,190; 5. Cade Swor, $100,225; 6. Clint Robinson, $97,233; 7. Hunter Herrin, $86,130; 8. Clint Cooper, $80,936; 9. Shane Hanchey, $79,687; 10. Timber Moore, $75,817; 11. Cody Ohl, $73,251; 12. Tyson Durfey, $72,209; 13. Adam Gray, $69,401; 14. Ryan Watkins, $68,197; 15. Reese Riemer, $66,317.

Barrel racing: 1. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 14.29 seconds, $19,002; 2. Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 14.31, $15,018; 3. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.35, $11,340; 4. Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 14.59, $7,969; 5. Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 14.66, $4,904; 6. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 14.81, $3,065; 7. Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas, 14.96; 8. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 18.99; 9. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, 19.07; 10. Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., 19.15; 11. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 19.27; 12. Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 19.29; 13. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 19.43; 14. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 19.45; 15. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 24.11. World standings: 1. Kaley Bass, $160,183; 2. Fallon Taylor, $150,474; 3. Lisa Lockhart, $140,619; 4. Michele McLeod, $111,985; 5. Sherry Cervi, $109,292; 6. Nancy Hunter, $107,354; 7. Kassidy Dennison, $107,069; 8. Britany Diaz, $102,947; 9. Carlee Pierce, $101,464; 10. Mary Walker, $99,712; 11. Christine Laughlin, $93,135; 12. Christy Loflin, $91,736; 13. Trula Churchill, $90,892; 14. Jana Bean, $78,384; 15. Samantha Lyne, $70,577.

Bull riding: 1. Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas, 89.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Seeing Red, $19,002; 2. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 85, $15,018; 3. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 80.5, $11,340; 4. Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 74, $7,969; 5. (tie) Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas; J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas; Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah; Beau Hill, West Glacier, Mont.; Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo.; Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas; Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.; Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas; Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.; Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., and Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif., NS. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $154,505; 2. Trey Benton III, $125,547; 3. Cody Teel, $117,607; 4. Tim Bingham, $100,652; 5. Joe Frost, $96,529; 6. Aaron Pass, $85,548; 7. J.W. Harris, $85,275; 8. Beau Hill, $78,498; 9. Brennon Eldred, $77,830; 10. Reid Barker, $76,227; 11. Josh Koschel, $72,837; 12. Jordan Spears, $72,139; 13. Tyler Smith, $70,040; 14. Ty Wallace, $67,577; 15. Elliot Jacoby, $65,039.

Total payout: $6,375,000. Stock contractors: Various. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Assistant secretary: Jackie Higlin. Contestant office manager: Vickie Shireman. Officials: Wade Berry, Terry Carlon, Skip Emmett, George Gibbs, Chuck Hoss, Allan Jordan Jr., Bruce Keller, Butch Kirby, Steve Knowles, Joe Bob Locke, Cliff Overstreet, Harry Rose Jr., Rocky Steagall and Mike Todd. Timers: Sherry Rice Gibson, Tammy Braden and Jessi Franzen. Announcers: Wayne Brooks, Randy Corley and Boyd Polhamus. Specialty acts: Rider Kiesner, Madison MacDonald and Kenny Petet. Bullfighters: Chuck Swisher, Dusty Tuckness and Cody Webster. Barrelman: Justin Rumford. Barrelman alternate: Mark Swingler. Livestock superintendent: John Barnes. Assistant livestock superintendent: Ryan Brown. Roughstock chute boss: Tom Neuens. Timed-event chute boss: Tony Amaral. Pickup men: Josh Edwards and Chase Cervi. Pickup man alternate: Matt Twitchell.

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