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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 3-19-17

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PRCA RODEO NEWS

Courtesy PRCA
March 19, 2017

Harry Vold, Jan. 29, 1924 – March 13, 2017

The rodeo world lost its “Duke of the Chutes.”

ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor Harry Vold passed away March 13. He was 93.

The legendary Vold passed away in his sleep at his home in Avondale, Colo.

“My dad enjoyed rodeo more than anyone I know,” said Kirsten Vold, Harry’s daughter. “The PRCA meant a lot to him. He dedicated his life to the sport of rodeo and he believed in everything those four letters (PRCA) stood for. He passed away in his sleep like every good cowboy should.”

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. (MT) March 20 at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., 101 Pro Rodeo Drive.

Vold, while operating the Harry Vold Rodeo Company, was chosen PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year 11 times (1982, 1987-96), which is tied for the most selections with Stace Smith ProRodeos.

Vold is one of only two stock contractors to provide animals for every National Finals Rodeo, which has been held annually since 1959.

“He’s made a lot of friends and done a lot of things in rodeo,” Kirsten said. “I would say he had no regrets with how he spent his life because there’s nothing he would have rather have done than spend it in a rodeo arena on the back of a black horse, and he got to do that for many, many years.”

Vold was born Jan. 29, 1924, in Edmonton, Alberta. Vold tried his hand at bareback and saddle bronc riding, but he never had any ambition to be a full-time rodeo cowboy.

His interest was in the horse business and auctioneering, then in rodeo. His early exposure to stock contracting came with some of the greatest names in the business – Leo Cremer, Lynn Beutler and Harry Knight.

Vold’s breeding program, primarily with bucking horses, has led to seven animals being voted top bucking stock of the year – two of which have been repeat winners. Over the years, Vold stock has appeared at every major rodeo in the United States, and several in Canada.

“My philosophy is to put on the very best quality rodeo with top stock and top cowboys –  wholesome family entertainment,” Harry once said.

Vold was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1994 and was named Legend of ProRodeo in 2009.

“I would hope people would remember that he was a true, loyal and honest friend,” said Kirsten, who will continue to run her father’s rodeo company.

Frost heats up in Florida

ARCADIA, Fla. – Joe Frost traveled 2,285 miles to compete at the Arcadia All-Fla Championship Rodeo, and it was worth the long flight.

The 24-year-old Randlett, Utah, bull rider covered Frontier Rodeo’s Back Down for 86 points to win the title and earn a check for $4,258.

“I try to never think about the expenses or traveling, because that’s just part of the job we do,” Frost said. “In my mind, it doesn’t matter if I’m rodeoing in my back yard or getting on a plane for four hours – I make it just about bull riding and not stress about money, because that doesn’t do you any good.”

He didn’t need to stress about his performance in Arcadia. In fact, the ride he made on Back Down not only led to a big check, but also a bit of revenge.

“I got bucked off that bull in Spanish Fork (Utah) last year, and he bucked my brother Josh off at a college rodeo,” Frost said. “So, that was a good one to have again and get him rode – I got some revenge for the family.

“He’s a bull who’s better out of the right-hand delivery, and he’s really fast and a guy has to be moving and hustling or he’ll get ahead of you in a hurry. Winning this makes me feel better that I wasted a chance at $4-5,000 the first time I saw that bull.”

This was Frost’s second trip to Arcadia, as he earned a sixth-place check at the rodeo last year.

“I really like that rodeo – they have a good crowd and (eight-time World Champion) Donnie Gay is helping announce, and he always adds a little flavor to it,” Frost said. “It’s exciting when you make a good ride with him rambling in the background.”

Surprisingly, this is Frost’s first victory of the 2017 season. Still, he entered the weekend sixth in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings on the strength of plenty of second- and third-place finishes.

“It’s about consistency and being able to ride every different kind of bull you face,” he said. “I’d rather be second at three rodeos than first at one and buck off at the other two. The name of the game is winning as much money as you can, but it’s nice to get a win now and then.”

Frost, who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the past three years, missed three months of action last April through June with a blood clot. He’s finished in the top six of the world each of the past three seasons, and is now hoping to have a season full of health.

“I’d like to think the sky is the limit, but I’ve never been able to go a full year, and have always had injuries,” he said. “But my goal is to be the world champion, and to stay fresh and go to as many rodeos as I can.”

Other winners at the $100,266 rodeo were all-around cowboy Nelson Wyatt ($2,759 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Orin Larsen (87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Times Up), steer wrestler Kyle Irwin (4.2 seconds), team ropers Nelson Wyatt/Brad Culpepper (5.5 seconds), saddle bronc rider Clay Elliott (87.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Memphis King), tie-down roper Zeb Chapman (9.8 seconds) and barrel racer Taylor Carver (17.31 seconds).

  • Steer wrestler Damian Padilla put himself atop the PRCA season leader board with his 2.9-second winning run at the Parada del Sol rodeo in Scottsdale, Ariz. (March 101-2). The steer wrestling world record – with a barrier – is 2.4 seconds shared by four men. Padilla did establish a new Parada del Sol rodeo record, shattering the time of 3.5 seconds shared by Rodney Towe, (1978); Les Shepperson (2009) and Dean Gorsuch (2010)
  • .The biggest movement in the season leaderboard came in steer roping. Bryce Davis stopped the clock at 8.4 seconds in the fourth round of the M.M. Fisher Jr. Memorial Steer Roping (March 11-12) in Andrews, Texas, which was the second fastest time recorded in 2017. Trevor Brazile had an 8.5-second time in the fourth round at the same event, leaving him No. 3 on the leaderboard. Brazile also won the first round at the M.M. Fisher Jr. Memorial Steer Roping with a 9.1-second run, which is tied for fifth-best this season with Rocky Patterson’s 9.1-second time in Bellville, Texas on Oct. 15 at the Austin County Fair & Rodeo.

Mize captures his inaugural Xtreme Bulls Division 1 win

FORT MOHAVE, Ariz. – Fear obviously wasn’t a factor for rookie Tristan Mize Saturday night.

Competing against a talented field, Mize came out a champion with a score of 173 points in the two-head average at the Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event.

It was Mize’s first career Xtreme Bulls win, in only his second attempt.

“This feels really good,” said Mize, 20. “There were a lot of very good riders here (March 11), and this is my biggest win so far in my PRCA career. I get nervous now and then, and if you don’t get nervous, I don’t think you’re human, but I was able to relax and do what I needed to do.”

Mize was especially happy about the $10,381 he earned for his performance.

“That money will help me out a lot,” Mize said. “This is a big win for me and gives me a good confidence boost.”

Mize, of Bryan, Texas, set the stage for his victory with an 85-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Starfish.

“That was a nice bull, and it felt great to get one rode in the long round,” Mize said.

Mize’s ride left him in a tie for second place with Kurtis Turner, and just one point behind Jeffrey Ramagos, who registered his 86-point score on Championship Pro Rodeo’s Glory.

In the finals, things clicked again for Mize as he had an 88-point trip on Honeycutt Rodeo’s Bragging Rights.

Mize just edged reigning PRCA/Resistol Rookie of the Year Roscoe Jarboe by 1.5 points to win the average.

Jarboe qualified for the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, finishing ninth in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

He won the short round in Fort Mohave with a 90.5-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Broken Arrow. That tied him for the third-highest scored bull ride this season with Brennon Eldred’s 90.5-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Muley Madness in Tucson, Ariz.

“I just wanted to stay calm and have fun and get my job done,” Mize said. “I had never seen that bull (Bragging Rights) before, and I didn’t know much about him, but he ended up being really good. He went around to the left and kicked real hard and bucked good. When I made the whistle, I was pretty excited because I knew I was going to get a decent score.”

Although Mize is only a rookie, he’s not lacking any confidence.

“I don’t think there’s any reason of doing anything unless you’re the best at it,” he said. “I ride bulls because I love doing this, and I want to be the best. I love the thrill and the rush of riding bulls, and being able to ride something that weighs that much more than you do, and that moves so fast.”

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

ProRodeoLive.com will be broadcasting the Southeastern Livestock Exposition from Montgomery, Ala., March 16-18. The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. (CT) March 16 and March 17, and there are two performances March 18, at 2 and 7 p.m.

The Reno (Nev.) Rodeo Foundation is warning the public about scammers using its name to ask for donations. Clara Andriola, executive director of the Reno Rodeo Foundation, spoke to the PRCA media department about the issue March 9. “It’s come to our attention that there may be scammers using the Reno Rodeo Foundation name to fraudulently solicit donations,” Andriola said. “We want the community to know that the Foundation does not, and will not, make calls asking for donations. We do appreciate donations, and the money that’s donated goes to the kids in our community, but to be secure about making a donation we use a secure website, or they can contact me by phone or email.” The secure website address is www.renorodeofoundation.org. To get in touch with Andriola by phone, call 775.322.9875 or contact her via email at info@renorodeofoundation.org .

This past weekend’s Arcadia All-Fla Championship Rodeo was the last in its historic facility, as construction is underway for a new $7 million, 7,796-seat covered arena. This is the third time the 89-year-old Arcadia rodeo has moved since it began. “We have outgrown our current location,” said Don Hall, president of the Arcadia Rodeo Committee. “It’s a good problem to have.” The new arena can fit about 1,600 more spectators than the current one and will have two barns with 100 stalls. The long-term plan is to expand to 300 stalls, Hall said. In addition to more seating, the individual seats will be twice as wide. Before, seats were nine inches wide, and the new bleachers will allow for 18 inches of space per person.

A pair of Fort Hays (Kan.) State University (FHSU) students have been awarded scholarships courtesy of the Phillipsburg Rodeo Association. Kaitlyn Dinges, Ness City, Kan., and Wyatt Livingston, Oxford, Neb., are recipients of $500 scholarships towards their education at Fort Hays State … Officials are deciding whether to replace the nearly century-old rodeo arena grandstands at the Roundup Grounds Sports Complex in Belle Fourche, S.D., and how to pay for such a project. Mayor Gloria Landphere says work began on a master plan for the complex earlier this year. She says initial talks should focus on the financial aspects of the $1.2 million projected cost of replacing the grandstands at the city-owned complex. Landphere told the city council during a meeting last month that officials need to talk about replacing the bleachers because of the insurance liability, the Black Hills Pioneer reported. “We’re going to have to address some type of a plan because of the age of these (grandstands),” Landphere said. Council members discussed the possibility of using the city’s hospitality tax to fund the project.

Councilwoman Jessica Carmichael noted that other projects also need attention within the complex. The complex consists of soccer and baseball fields that require repair and maintenance, in addition to the rodeo arena. The mayor said she would put together a list of projects on the plan to discuss at a later meeting. The 98th annual Black Hills Roundup will take place in Belle Fourche, S.D., June 30-July 4.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Harry just had a way with people. He was spectacular to be around. He was humble, and great to talk to, and he was a unique man. It’s a big loss to our rodeo industry”

– Seven-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Josh Peek on his good friend Harry Vold who passed away Monday.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through March 13, 2017

AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville,Texas $50,328
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $56,846
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $64,453
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $46,209
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $46,209
SB: CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah $55,545
TD: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $42,584
BR: Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $48,865
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, TX   $41,752

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through March 13, 2017

All-around
1 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $50,328
2 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 50,177
3 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 41,852
4 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 40,868
5 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 27,562
6 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 26,572
7 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 24,232
8 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 23,711
9 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 17,011
10 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 16,644
11 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 14,458
12 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 14,286
13 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 13,348
14 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
15 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 9,555
16 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 9,298
Bareback Riding
1 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $56,846
2 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 42,274
3 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 40,720
4 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 36,850
5 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 34,554
6 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 28,819
7 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 28,186
8 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 25,150
9 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 23,452
10 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 22,891
11 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 22,377
12 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 19,992
13 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 17,635
14 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 17,351
15 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 16,861
16 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 14,843
17 Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore. 13,535
18 Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho 13,111
19 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 12,952
20 Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif. 12,649
Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $64,453
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 48,707
3 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 29,272
4 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 26,770
5 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 26,449
6 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 25,785
7 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 22,957
8 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 20,902
9 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 20,153
10 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 19,482
11 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 17,676
12 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 17,476
13 Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 17,220
14 Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 15,904
15 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 15,167
16 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 14,761
17 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 14,567
18 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 14,172
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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 3-8-17

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA RODEO NEWS

 

Press release from PRCA
March 8, 2017

 

Larsen wins second consecutive Champions Challenge

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Bareback rider Orin Larsen is two-for-two after winning his second consecutive Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots event.

“It’s neat to win two of them back-to-back, and definitely a rewarding feeling for me,” Larsen said, following his Grand Island, Neb., victory. “I hope to do it for the next six or so Champions Challenges. It’s a great opportunity to win more money and get to the Finals.”

The 25-year-old Canadian member of Team Coors covered J Bar J’s Blessed Assurance with 87 points, a nearly identical performance to his winning 86-point ride at the Rapid City, S.D., Champions Challenge on Feb. 1.

“It (Blessed Assurance) was a wild little horse – circled around and came to the right and was pretty exotic,” Larsen said. “Just a fun horse to get on.”

Competition was tight and the stock was rank, so Larsen had to bring his A-game to come out on top.

“It was a great group of guys and a great group of horses – it was phenomenal bareback riding,” Larsen said. “The stock was all awesome, you could win on any of them, I thought.”

Larsen wasn’t exaggerating, as the Top 5 bareback rides were all 84 points or better and the second-place score was a mere point-and-a-half behind him.

“I try not to be surprised about a win – we are all expected to win and ride at our best, and everyone rode outstanding,” Larsen said. “It’s a relief, but I feel like it wasn’t unexpected.

“It’s always a huge confidence boost to get a win under your belt. It’s like a hometown win, really – me and my fiancée bought a place and have been living in Gering (Neb.) for almost exactly a year.”

Larsen’s hitting the road for more rodeos, with Arcadia, Fla., Montgomery, Ala., and Austin, Texas, next on his list.

“I’m going to keep picking away and hopefully earn enough to make it back to Vegas,” Larsen said. “I haven’t had very good winter runs, so I was hoping for this. It will help going into the spring and the rest of the year.”

Larsen was No. 3 in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings in 2016, and is confident this year will go just as well.

“That’s what I’m banking on, nod for 90 or go down swinging,” Larsen said.

Other winners at the $92,800 rodeo were Team B&W Trailer Hitches steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge (4.1 seconds), Team Coors team ropers Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza (4.8 seconds), Team PRCA saddle bronc rider Jake Wright (88.5 points on Brookman Rodeo’s Drinking Again), Team Experience Kissimmee tie-down roper Tuf Cooper (7.3 seconds), Team Justin Boots barrel racer Tiany Schuster (13.76 seconds) and Team RAM bull rider Cole Melancon (88 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Red Image).

This was Melancon’s second-consecutive WCC victory as well.

  • Jake Wright’s 88.5-point ride on Brookman Rodeo’s Drinking Again is tied for the third-highest scored saddle bronc ride of the season. Shorty Garrett also had an 88.5-point ride on Sutton Rodeos’ Snake Stomper Nov. 5.

Hadley Barrett: Sept. 18 1929 – March 2, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association lost a legend March 2.

Announcer Hadley Barrett, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1999, passed away in the early morning hours of March 2 due to heart failure while at University Hospital in Denver, Colo. He was 87.

“I’m having a hard time dealing with this because he was not only my dad, but my best friend,” said Trent Barrett, Hadley’s son.

The last rodeo Barrett announced was the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, and his final day of announcing was Feb. 25.

A memorial service was held for Barrett Monday at the Budweiser Events Center, in Loveland, Colo.

Veteran announcer Wayne Brooks, who has worked with Barrett for years, was trying to come to grips with his passing.

“I’ve talked to everybody in the last two or three hours (on March 2), and the consensus is that he was supposed to be bulletproof,” Brooks said. “Because that’s not only the way everybody depicted him, but that’s the way he came across. Regardless of age, the numbers don’t count, he was just an ironman. We all know (passing away) is going to happen to us someday, but it doesn’t seem possible that’s happening now with him. It’s unreal for sure.”

Brooks worked with Barrett some, most recently at San Antonio, and was scheduled to work with him at Rodeo Austin (Texas) March 11-25.

“The level with which everybody around him held him was unbelievable, even to this day, whether it’s fans, committees, cowboys, stock contractors, the list goes on and on,” Brooks said.

“Not just because of his tenure, but because of the kind of man he was. To not have that piece of the puzzle in these locations is going to be very odd, very strange, very different. The thing that created his longevity in our game is after a rodeo performance when you went and listened to him, you felt like he was your friend.”

Barrett was born Sept. 18, 1929, in North Platte, Neb. The ranch-raised Nebraskan started his career as a contestant and formed his own dance band, but found his place in rodeo history behind the microphone.

A PRCA member since 1965, Barrett has announced all the big rodeos, and a great number of the smaller, ones across the country. He has been the voice of the Sidney (Iowa) Championship Rodeo since 1983; worked the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Neb.) for more than 30 years; the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede for more than 20 years; and worked for more than a decade at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days.

Barrett was named PRCA Announcer of the Year in 1983, 1985, 1989 and 2002. He worked five National Finals Rodeos (1968, 1976, 1979, 1983 and 2008) and the 1967 National Finals Steer Roping, as well as called the action at the Canadian Finals Rodeo seven times.

He has worked as an NFR television announcer since 1980. He was among the first to announce while on horseback, and had always been credited with an honest approach to arena accidents and mishaps.

Barrett’s legacy is his willingness to share his talent and experience with others. He is known for taking rookie announcers under his wing and sharing hard-earned information.

“He had that capacity just to get up and love every day he was in touch with the rodeo business,” Brooks said. “It’s that passion that kept him going. He loved the game as much as he loved his family. He was an amazing man.”

Ratliff suffers season-ending injury

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bareback rider Winn Ratliff is out of competition for the remainder of the 2017 season after suffering a severe injury during the Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo in Bay City, Texas, March 2.

“I’ll be out six months – this is a season-ending injury for me,” Ratliff said. “It’s frustrating I can’t compete, but there’s always another door open. Once I heal up, I’m going to get back at it again.”

The sacrum – the large triangular bone at the base of the spine that connects the pelvis together – was shattered, and Ratliff’s pubic symphysis was displaced.

“Basically, the horse fell over on top of him,” said Justin Sportsmedicine Director Rick Foster. “It takes a lot to break that – a 1,200-pound horse on a 150-pound guy can do that.”

“It was one of those freak accidents,” Ratliff said. “On the video, it looked like he lost his back footing and the fence scared him since his head was down while bucking – he fell back, and that pressure landed on my back and hips.”

There was no doubt in Ratliff’s mind that it was a major injury.

“I felt a pop and it scared me – I knew something wasn’t right,” Ratliff said, adding that he was unable to walk out of the arena. “It was one of those bad deals. The doctor said it’s broken completely – from top to bottom – the break goes from Zone 1 to Zone 2 and Zone 3 of the sacrum. It was a lot of pressure on my hips; something had to give.”

Ratliff is scheduled to undergo surgery March 7 to have a plate and screw put in, and to find out if his left joint is injured and if there’s any internal damage, as well.

“We discussed some options, and he feels this is the best option,” Foster said. “As far as I know, he was trying to put weight on it.”

Ratliff can stand up, but walking is difficult. It will be 12 weeks before Ratliff can put any weight on his hips, and then he’ll enter 12 weeks of therapy.

Ratliff’s injury is similar to the one suffered by barrel racer Mary Walker in 2011, Foster said. Walker bounced back from her surgery and won her first world title in 2012 at the age of 53 – Ratliff is currently 27 years old.

“I’m very fortunate and glad I’m not paralyzed,” Ratliff said. “It has crossed my mind, that I could have not been able to walk again, but thankfully God laid his hands on me and I have a chance to walk.”

Ratliff was ranked sixth in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings as of March 6.

“God has a plan for everything – we might not understand, but he is always in control, and if we follow his will, he won’t lead us astray,” Ratliff said. “It’s not like I’ll never compete again, it’s just a jam in the road. Every tragedy has something good come out of it, just have faith and believe and not be a Debby Downer.”

CPRA Welcomes New President

AIRDRIE, Alberta – Terry Cooke was named as the new president of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Feb. 28, and takes on the role immediately. Cooke was elected to the position by acclamation, according to the CPRA.

A long time CPRA rodeo official, committee member and CPRA Board member with a strong business background, Cooke brings a wealth of expertise to the position.

From his late teens, Cooke enjoyed involvement in the sport of rodeo.

“I rode bareback horses and bulls initially, but I wasn’t that good,” he said.

Cooke turned his attention to other areas of the industry. He worked for amateur stock contractors (Rudy Ostrem among them) and from the mid-1980s on, he judged rodeos and volunteered with the Dawson Creek (British Columbia) Stampede as a committee member.

In 1994, Cooke was invited (by then CPRA Rodeo Administrator Keith Hyland) to attend a professional rodeo judging clinic. The British Columbia native hasn’t looked back. For much of the year, he travels across Western Canada and into the U.S. officiating at professional rodeos.

As far as his involvement with the CPRA, Cooke is excited about the new position.

“I want to make this organization one that people are proud to be a part of … where contestants want to be members,” Cooke said.

Cooke went on to say that helping the Association become more stable financially is another goal, as is greater transparency within the organization. He’s excited to be part of the board structure once again, and noted that current board members have been welcoming.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

ProRodeoLive.com will be broadcasting the Avi River Stampede from Fort Mohave, Ariz., March 10-12. The rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. (MT) March 10, and at 2 p.m. March 11-12.

The Texas State Senate was scheduled to present a Senate Resolution to attending committee members of the ABC Pro Rodeo Monday. The resolution is being presented to honor the work, dedication and longevity of the ABC Pro Rodeo and its support of the Lubbock (Texas) Boys and Girls Clubs, and will be read on the Senate floor of the state capital in Austin. Dates for the 75th Annual ABC Pro Rodeo are March 30 through April 1. There will be four total performances.

In addition to the rodeo action, there will be plenty of music entertainment during Rodeo Austin (Texas) March 11-25. The music schedule at the Travis County Exposition Center includes Dwight Yoakam, March 11; Cole Swindell, March 14; Randy Rogers Band, March 17; Chase Bryant, March 18; Kenny Rogers, March 19; and Josh Turner, March 21. Cost of tickets range from $20-$175. For more information and a complete list of performers, visit www.rodeoaustin.com.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Nobody ever needs to try to be that because you are never going to be what he was. He loved rodeo. He was one-of-a-kind, Hadley Barrett.”

– Fellow announcer Randy Corley on his father-in-law, legendary Hadley                          Barrett.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through March 6, 2017

AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville,Texas $50,328
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $53,814
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $64,453
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $44,853
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $44,853
SB: CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah $54,665
TD: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $42,584
BR: Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $48,865
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, TX   $39,526

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through March 6, 2017

All-around
1 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $50,328
2 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 50,177
3 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 41,852
4 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 40,868
5 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 27,562
6 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 26,572
7 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 24,232
8 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 23,711
9 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 17,011
10 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 16,644
11 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 14,458
12 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 14,286
13 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 13,348
14 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
15 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 9,555
16 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 9,298
Bareback Riding
1 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $53,814
2 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 42,274
3 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 40,720
4 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 36,850
5 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 33,960
6 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 28,819
7 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 28,186
8 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 24,073
9 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 23,452
10 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 21,608
11 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 21,116
12 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 19,992
13 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 17,351
14 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 16,861
15 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 13,680
16 Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore. 13,535
17 Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho 13,111
18 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 12,952
19 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 12,163
20 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 12,020
Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $64,453
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 48,707
3 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 29,272
4 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 26,770
5 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 26,449
6 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 25,785
7 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 22,957
8 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 20,902
9 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 20,153
10 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 18,673
11 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 17,470
12 Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 17,220
13 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 16,669
14 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 15,167
15 Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 14,702
16 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 14,593
17 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 14,172
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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 2-27-17

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA RODEO NEWS

Courtesy PRCA
Feb. 27, 2017

Bradshaw gets some air, wins San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – CoBurn Bradshaw didn’t have a pleasant dismount, but that didn’t matter – he still won the biggest rodeo of his career.

The 22-year-old saddle bronc rider from Beaver, Utah, rode Calgary Stampede’s Stampede Warrior for 87.5 points. The ride was pretty – the dismount … not so much.

Bradshaw was bucked off at the whistle, and landed back-first against the wall.

“I’m fine, just a little sore,” he said. “It happened right at eight (seconds) – that’s a good bucking horse, and you can’t let your guard down. I don’t know what happened, I guess I weakened there at the end a bit. As I was flying through the air toward the wall, I was thinking that I better win after this.”

He indeed emerged from the final round of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo as the champion Feb. 25. Bradshaw split the final-round win with Hardy Braden, and made a total of $24,927 for the rodeo – nearly $3,000 more than Braden.

Bradshaw, who finished third in the world in 2016, also sat third in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings entering the weekend. He moved to the top, ahead of 2015 World Champion Jacobs Crawley.

“This definitely puts me in a good spot, and makes the year a lot less stressful knowing I got a good jump on the season,” Bradshaw said. “This is the biggest rodeo I’ve ever won – this one and Pendleton (Ore.) were the two I really wanted to win, and now I have one of them. I bet this buckle would look really good on my wall, but it also would look good on me. I’m not sure where it’ll go.”

Out of the 10 saddle bronc riders in the finals, none of them had the last name Wright. Which meant Bradshaw, who’s married to Rebecca Wright – the sister of bronc riders Cody, Jesse, Jake and Spencer Wright – didn’t get to compete against his in-laws.

“They had some bad luck,” Bradshaw said. “Spencer rode really well, he just ended up in a tough pen of guys. They all could have been here, easy, but it’s hard to make the finals here and you need some luck. I wish they all could’ve been here so we could’ve had a battle. As far as I’m concerned, those are the best saddle bronc riders in the world, so it’s a little easier to win when they aren’t around.”

Bradshaw may have had a rough ending to his ride, but the bumps and bruises were worth the victory lap in the back of a truck, in addition to the money, buckle and $5,000 gas card, which was provided to each winner.

“This is a dream come true – this is the best rodeo all year, and it’s always been on my list,” he said. “Winning it is awesome, and I hope to win it more times in the future.”

Other winners at the $1,480,500 rodeo were bareback rider Tyler Nelson ($25,881), steer wrestler Ty Erickson ($21,604), team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira ($21,692 each), tie-down roper Hunter Herrin ($22,745), barrel racer Amberleigh Moore ($29,339) and bull rider Roscoe Jarboe ($27,033).

  • With the 2017 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo complete, the impact on the season leaderboard was tremendous. In tie-down roping, the top eight times of 2017 are all from San Antonio. The leader is Hunter Herrin at 6.6 seconds, he tied his own arena record in San Antonio, and in the No. 8 spot is Randall Carlisle at 7.0 seconds. Carlisle is tied with Cody Quaney, Tuf Cooper and Michael Otero, who each stopped the clock in 7.0 seconds at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo.
  • The roughstock scores also received a jolt from San Antonio. Bareback rider Tyler Nelson had a 91.5-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s On Tap with Nutrena, tying Chad Rutherford’s 91.5-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Painted River in San Angelo, Texas, for top ride of the season. Tim O’Connell had a 91-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery, Tanner Aus was 90 points on Andrews Rodeo’s PTSD Power Play and Richmond Champion had an 89-point trip on Frontier Rodeo’s Short Night – all at San Antonio. In bull riding at San Antonio, Roscoe Jarboe had a 91-point ride on D&H Cattle’s Sweet Pro Bruiser, which was the second-best ride of the season behind Scott Schiffner’s 91.5-point ride on Outlaw Buckers Nickle Passage in Red Deer, Alberta. Ty Wallace had a pair of 90-point rides in San Antonio – one during the rodeo on D&H Cattle’s No Regrets and the other on Powder River Rodeo’s Shocker to win the Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event. Wallace’s 90-point rides were tied for the third-best ride of the season. Brennon Eldred bested Wallace with a 90.5 ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Muley Madness to win La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday.
  • Zach Flatt won the title at the PRCA Bull Fights Saturday afternoon in San Antonio. Flatt’s 87-point score earned him the $12,500 top prize. Tanner Zarnetski was second with an 86-point score and collected a $6,250 check.

Snedecor finally grabs San Antonio title

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Steer roper Scott Snedecor had won just about every prestigious buckle in steer roping, except one.

On Feb. 26, he crossed the last rodeo off his list by capturing the title at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

The two-time world champion, and two-time winner of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping average title, felt a sense of relief to finally be holding a San Antonio buckle.

“This is the last major one, and it’s been eating at me since they’ve started this deal in San Antonio,” Snedecor said. “(Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer) Keith Martin has been so good to us with this rodeo, and I have a lot of friends who come to watch me here. It’s one of those deals that you want to do good so bad, and it’s hard on you. It’s a big monkey off my back to finally get this one done.”

Snedecor, 42, placed fourth in the first round with a time of 11.8 seconds, third in second round with a 10.5, and split fifth with an 11.6 in the third round. His three-head time of 33.9 seconds held off Jason Evans by nine-tenths of a second.

Snedecor won $12,612 for capturing the average title, and left San Antonio with a total of $27,417. The huge haul will put his 2017 season total at around $40,000, which essentially assures him a spot at the NFSR, and a great shot at a third gold buckle.

“When you get a good start like this, you think about another world title,” he said. “It also relaxes me for the summer, because now I don’t have to go to all the rodeos that I usually try to make. This is a big one to win, and a huge relief. Another gold buckle would be great, but after I won the first gold buckle, that was good enough for me.”

Snedecor lives about 70 miles north of San Antonio in Fredericksburg, Texas. He had a large cheering section, including wife, Kelli, son, Colton, and daughter, Kallyn.

“If another world title comes along, that would be great, but I have kids and a wife at home, and life can’t get better,” Snedecor said. “This means a lot because there were a lot of people here watching me – there’s more pressure at your hometown rodeo than anywhere else.”

The 15-time NFSR qualifier, who finished fifth in the world in 2016, was calm and collected before the final round. He entered it with a lead of nine-tenths of a second over Evans, and did what was necessary to earn the average title.

“I wasn’t stressed out or nervous before the finals, because anytime you draw a good steer and rope like you’re supposed to, it’s exciting,” he said. “I get more adrenaline when I know I have a good one. The last few years, I haven’t been as dedicated to practicing as much – but the last two or three weeks I’ve been getting after it to be ready for this rodeo.”

Evans earned the second-highest total of any steer roper in San Antonio with $21,203. JoJo LeMond, who won this rodeo in 2013, finished with $17,638, while Troy Tillard – who won both the second and third rounds, but failed to clock a time in the first round, earned $16,816.

Clements wins Tucson in first appearance

TUCSON, Ariz. – The first trip bareback rider Mason Clements made to La Fiesta de la Vaqueros is one he will not soon forget.

The Santaquin, Utah, cowboy left a champion with a 168-point score in the two-head average.

“I never got the opportunity to go to Tucson before, for one reason or another, and now I love Tucson,” said Clements, 24. “I loved it before because it was the first outdoor rodeo of the year and I was really excited to get outside and things turned out great for me.”

Clements clinched the title with an 83-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Forward Motion in the finals.

“I had never been on him (Forward Motion) before,” Clements said. “He was a little wiry in the box, and you had to get in there and get your hand in and do the best you could to get out on him, and it played out good for me.”

Clements set the stage for his victory with an 85-point trip on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Lightning, which tied Austin Foss for the first-round win. Clements left Tucson with $8,142 in earnings.

A year ago, Clements just missed qualifying for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, finishing 18th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $60,361.

Clements was within reach of the Wrangler NFR despite missing three months of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament wakeboarding in Orlando, Fla., in March, following the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla.

“My approach is to stay healthy and enjoy what I’m doing,” Clements said about dealing with the injury. “I need to stay physically and mentally in shape 24/7, so when Oct. 1 comes, I didn’t leave anything on the table. My (right) knee finally feels like it’s getting all its strength back. There were a lot of emotions after that last rodeo when I realized I wasn’t going to make the Finals. I was frustrated and I knew the consequences of getting hurt and now I’m going to do everything in my power to make it this year.”

Now, Clements doesn’t want anything to derail him from qualifying for the WNFR in Las Vegas in December.

“I don’t even want to question it, it needs to happen, I need to make the Finals,” Clements said. “I need to quit giving excuses for not being there. I’m really confident and I feel like the trials and errors I’ve had to go through have given me more experience, and there’s no excuse for not making it.”

Other winners at the $331,218 rodeo were all-around cowboy Erich Rogers ($9,545, tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler Tyler Pearson (15.9 seconds on three head), team ropers Erich Rogers/Cory Petska (12.7 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Tyler Corrington (168.5 points on two head), tie-down roper Ace Slone (19.3 seconds on two head), barrel racer Stevi Hillman (34.95 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Dave Mason (165 points on two head).

The $331,218 in total prize money broke the rodeo record of $327,673 set in 2009, and Curtis Cassidy earned a share of the arena record with his 3.8-second run in the first round of the steer wrestling; he is tied with four others.

Wallace tops loaded Xtreme Bulls field

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Ty Wallace had a premonition that Feb. 25 was going to be a big day for him. He was right.

The 23-year-old bull rider from Collbran, Colo., emerged from a field of 50 men to take the title at the San Antonio Xtreme Bulls, earning a check for $25,380.

“I woke up this morning and had a feeling that it was going to be a really good day,” Wallace said. “I’m as confident as I ever have been riding bulls, and I don’t care what they put under me, I’m going to ride it.”

He rode for 90 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Shocker to take the title at the one-header, topping second-place Brady Portenier by one point.

“I feel blessed to have this good of a day,” Wallace said. “When you’re one of 50 guys, you just hope that you get a bull that’s strong enough to get you the win. I got on that bull last summer in Caldwell (Idaho) and he bucked me off – so I knew what he was going to try to do. He was right up my alley, and I did my job.”

For Wallace, who won $13,544 at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo this has been a huge step toward making it back to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. The nearly $40,000 he won between the Xtreme Bulls and rodeo will vault him from 28th to the top of the standings with $48,865.

He made it to Las Vegas in 2014-15, but finished 20th in the 2016 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. Wallace tore his groin in the middle of August and had to sit out for about four months. He was 13th in the world at the time of the injury.

“Being out that long lit a fire under me, and I want it way worse now than I ever have,” he said. “I had to work hard rehabbing, and I couldn’t do what I love – I couldn’t even ride a horse and wasn’t able to cowboy around the ranch. I set some goals for myself, and I’m trying to accomplish them.”

It was a strong field top to bottom at the Xtreme Bulls event. Trevor Reiste and Bayle Worden both rode for 88.5 points early on, setting the bar high.

Portenier, who rode D&H Cattle’s Heartbreak Kid for 89 points, earned a $20,680 check for second place. Reiste and Worden each collected $13,630 for splitting third.

“I knew there was an 89, but I just wanted to do my part and let the judges decide,” Wallace said. “Shocker is a younger bull, and I don’t think he’s been to the NFR yet. But I saw him last night in the rodeo and he bucked really hard, and I knew I’d have a good chance.”

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Bareback rider Evan Jayne, a two-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER (2015-16), and his wife, Kristin, are dealing with medical emergency involving their daughter, Sienna Rose Jayne, 4. On Feb. 22, Sienna suffered a brain aneurysm. According to Evan’s Facebook page, Sienna is in a medically-induced coma. A GoFundMe page has been established to help Sienna on her road to recovery. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/sienna-roses-collection-of-coins.

The annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo sold out the last two days of the rodeo – Feb. 25-26. Jose Calderon, the rodeo chairman, estimated the rodeo could have an economic impact of $17 to $20 million to the community.

Rodeo Austin (Texas) takes place March 11-25, but the city is already getting ready for the rodeo. The fan-favorite Cowboy Breakfast takes place March 3 at the Long Center from 6-9 a.m. It’s a free Texas-sized breakfast for all ages, featuring entertainment, coffee and plenty to eat. Also, BBQ Austin is taking place March 3-4 at the Travis County Expo Center. At the cook-off, there also will be live music and plenty to eat. Tickets for adults are $8 and $5 for children ages 3-12.

The Buccaneer Commission announced individual ticket sales for Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas) and registration for the Mutton Bustin’ event, occurring during the rodeo, will both start at 10 a.m. (CT), March 1. All individual tickets, ranging in price from $15-48, include two hours of ProRodeo, as well as a concert each night in the American Bank Center Arena. Visit www.bucdays.com or www.ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets. The rodeo takes place April 27-30 and the music lineup after each rodeo is Dwight Yoakam (April 27), Aaron Watson (April 28), William Clark Green (April 29) and Siggno (April 30).

The Corinth (Miss.) Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Board of Directors recently approved $2,000 in advertising assistance with potentially $3,000 more, dependent on the number of rodeo-related hotel rooms used for the upcoming North Mississippi PRCA Rodeo, March 24-25 at the Crossroads Arena. The initial $2,000 grant was approved by the board after a presentation by J.C. Kitaif, event director of the North Mississippi PRCA Rodeo. The tourism board will give the event $50 for every motel room booked for the rodeo.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“This was the best bareback riding I’ve ever witnessed. Where else can you go and score 91 points and finish second? That was phenomenal.”

– Tim O’Connell, reigning bareback riding world champion, about the competition at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Feb. 27, 2017

AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville,Texas $48,124
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $53,814
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $64,453
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $44,853
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $44,853
SB: CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah $54,665
TD: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $40,380
BR: Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $48,865
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, TX   $39,526

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through Feb. 27, 2017

All-around
1 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $48,124
2 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 46,233
3 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 40,924
4 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 40,868
5 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 27,562
6 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 26,572
7 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 23,711
8 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 21,951
9 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 17,011
10 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 16,644
11 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 14,458
12 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 14,286
13 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 13,348
14 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
15 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 9,555
16 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 9,298
Bareback Riding
1 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $53,814
2 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 39,727
3 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 39,258
4 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 36,850
5 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 33,960
6 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 28,819
7 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 27,540
8 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 24,073
9 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 23,452
10 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 21,116
11 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 20,961
12 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 19,064
13 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 17,351
14 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 16,861
15 Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore. 13,535
16 Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho 13,111
17 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 12,952
18 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 12,163
19 Jessy Davis, Power, Mont. 11,554
20 Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif. 10,774
Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $64,453
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 48,707
3 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 27,068
4 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 26,770
5 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 26,449
6 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 24,857
7 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 21,449
8 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 20,153
9 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 18,673
10 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 17,886
11 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 17,470
12 Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 17,220
13 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark.
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☛ An emotional, patriotic weekend 2-25-17

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, FROM THE EDITOR, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

FROM THE EDITOR

 

A GREAT AMERICAN WEEKEND WITH CONTESTANTS WHO ARE PROUD TO BE AMERICANS!

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 25, 2017

I seldom write an opinion piece in a Letter From The Editor; however, last weekend I watched two Western events at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with an announced close to 40,000 spectators, and heard about two other major horse events held during the same weekend, including the NRCHA’S World’s Greatest Horseman and Celebration of Champions held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center and the Mercuria cutting held during The Mane Event, a cutting competition held at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev. After attending and hearing about these four events, I was moved to write how these events affected me and I’m sure a lot of others, due to the obvious patriotism of the contestants as well as the spectators.

I attended the PBR’s “Iron Man” and watched RFD-TV’s “The American” on television that awarded millions of dollars to contestants in the Western industry at AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas – home of the Dallas Cowboys.

None of these contestants in any of these events refused to stand and take off their hats during the National Anthem or put their hands over their heart during the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. No one took the microphone and spewed hatred toward others, regardless of their color, country, age or association affiliation. No contestants took a knee. No protestors stood outside carrying signs and chanting hatred.

From the huge American flag that took up one whole end of the arena in AT&T stadium, held by youth and competitors, while the National Anthem was being sung, to the introduction of a veteran who had lost his legs while doing his duty to protect this country, they brought a huge lump in my throat and a tear to my eyes, as I’m sure it did to many others.

Contestants helped each other and cheered them on – regardless of their color, religion or the city, state or country they came from. Millionaire cowboys competed on a level playing field with dead-broke cowboys and teenagers. There were competitors from most of the United States, Brazilians, Blacks, Mexicans, Indians, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders, with many members of various associations across the world – and some were just individuals who loved rodeo. There were World Champions, past World Champions, college students, newcomers, teenagers and even brothers who were all excited to be in the same arena. Obviously, their most prized possessions were the horses they competed on.

One of the most spectacular exhibits of patriotism was held just prior to the NCHA Mercuria cutting Finals held that same weekend during The Mane Event aged events held at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Although I was not able to be there, I heard it was above spectacular, so I called Paula Gaughan and asked her to tell me what went on there. I was truly impressed by her response:

“We emptied the main arena and loping end for an hour after the regular show ended. After we got all our opening props in the arena, we opened the doors and people were let into a dark house with very minimal lighting.

After all were seated, the voice of Tom Holt came out of the dark. He opened with a prayer and asked everyone to direct their attention to the loping area. He began with, “I was born in 1777 and went on to describe the places he had been and the battles he had seen, the children he saw every day in their classrooms and the soldiers he had buried and honored. The arena is still dark and at the end of his monologue, he says, “I am your American Flag!”

At that precise moment, a 50-foot flag that had been concealed in the rafters in a piece of equipment, dropped in all its glory, with glitter coming out of it and was lit up with tons of lights – all on the flag!! There was amazement and pride on all the faces of those in attendance. Then another set of lights lit up a 20-foot tall red, white and blue cowboy boot in the cutting pen. Music played with the voice of Tom Holt describing the role of the cowboy boot in the American tradition of the American cowboy – its history and the history of the American Cowboy, who were American heroes.

Then a military version of the National Anthem played and a girl came out of the back of the boot with a huge American flag on a big black-and-white Paint horse and took a lap in the arena. She and the horse had been concealed in the boot during the entire seating, 

Holt then introduced the Mercuria finalists who walked out to a red carpet in front of the boot with spotlights on them. To cap it off, we then introduced Brigadier General David Hicks (nicknamed Trashman) who was the Air Force Commander General in Kabul, Afghanistan. He carried the Crown Royal Whiskey bag with the numbers in it for the draw and shook hands with every contestant as he went to each one and they drew their number. It was all very moving and special!

Now, even though that was all very cool, there was a minor problem in the hydraulics had happened with the girl on the horse. As the National Anthem was playing, they were supposed to slowly rise up out of the boot. You would have first seen the tip of the flag peeking out until the entire flag, girl and horse were atop the boot , where they would revolve through the end of the National Anthem. Even though it didn’t happen that way, no one knew the difference, and it was still spectacular!

The whole opening was possible because of Cotton Rosser of the Flying U Rodeo Company. His son, Reno, and granddaughter Lindsay, who was the girl on the Paint in the boot, have performed this thousands of times and I have had the privilege of seeing it and asked him if he could bring it to us.

But honestly 90 percent of the people there did not have a clue it did not go as it was supposed to. It was meant to be a salute to America – our great country – and honor things we hold dear. I really think we accomplished that. Paula continued, saying that the patriotic show was also to showcase the amazing horses and riders that made the finals of the Mercuria event, especially since there had been eight sets of horses in the go-rounds.

Now, the next problem. How the heck do we top that next year??? It’s back to the drawing board.”

This was the horse world I grew up in; however, when I and my children competed in playdays and rodeos, it was for hundreds of dollars and trophies – not millions of dollars, ruby-studded belt buckles, 100-pound trophies, television cameras, sky cams, monster screens and an audience of thousands of spectators who paid hundreds of dollars to attend and park at the event. But our love of the event and resolve to win in this wonderful country was the same.

For a short time I was back in a world of competitors who had love and respect for their peers, their animals and their country. Although competition and winning was the object, they were all friends and helped each other – and honored our country during the rodeos by the cowboys taking off their hats and cowgirls putting their hand over their hearts while standing and singing the National Anthem and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. God Bless America!!!

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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 2-25-17

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

PRCA RODEO NEWS

Courtesy PRCA
Feb. 25, 2017

Schmidt strikes gold at 138th Silver Spurs Rodeo

KISSIMMEE, Fla, – Chuck Schmidt is back in the chutes and riding with more confidence after winning the 138th annual Silver Spurs Rodeo.

“It’s pretty cool, everyone wants to enter down here because of the money – but getting to do good is a bonus, and it’s fun to come down here for a bit and go somewhere new,” Schmidt said. “It helped me feel like a bronc rider, and good about myself – just a boost of confidence for the rest of the season.”

Schmidt was ranked No. 26 in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $6,907 prior to his win in Florida. The Silver Spurs Rodeo added an extra $4,907 to his season earnings, bumping his total up to $11,814 for the 2017 season and moving him up to 13th place.

“It will keep me in the hunt,” Schmidt said. “There’s so much money, and lots of people are doing good, so it’s not going to take me far ahead – but it will keep me with the pack, and not lag behind.

“It was definitely worth the trip. I made more than what the fees and the plane tickets cost, and everything helps. As long as you can do what you want to do, and pay bills in the meantime, it helps.”

Schmidt was already in the southern region to compete in San Antonio, Texas, so he only had to get from there to Florida instead of from his home in Keldron, South Dakota. But, unlike most three-day rodeos, contestants at the Silver Spurs Rodeo only get one chance to win it all or they go home empty-handed.

“It adds a little pressure because it cost a bit more to get down there and plane tickets aren’t cheap,” Schmidt said. “Getting round-trips and all that hassle adds some pressure to it, but I try not to think about that.”

Luck was on Schmidt’s side, as he drew Silver Spurs Club’s Best Hope – a bronc he was familiar with and knew would provide plenty of buck.

“I first saw him a few years ago, and he’s a good bucker,” Schmidt said. “I don’t see him often, but when I saw I’d drawn him, I knew I’d have a good ride.”

Schmidt’s 85.5-point score on Best Hope turned out to be the best ride in Kissimmee, beating out fellow 2016 Wrangler NFR qualifier Allen Boore by one point.

Schmidt ranked No. 15 in the 2016 world standings, and had a rough go at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, where he only placed in one round.

“I’m riding a heck of a lot better than I did in Vegas,” Schmidt said. “Things are just going right. I rode good when I rode in Vegas, but I bucked off more there. I guess I didn’t have any confidence in anything, but I took a few weeks off and went home and had some fun with the family and came back refreshed.”

Other winners at the $123,112 rodeo were all-around cowboy Marcus Theriot ($5,189 in tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping), bareback rider Bill Tutor (84 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Patty), steer wrestler Theriot (3.9 seconds), team ropers Cory Clark/Clint Summers (4.9 seconds), tie-down roper Theriot (9.1 seconds), barrel racer Wendy Culberson (15.51 seconds) and bull rider Shane Semien (87 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Chug).

  • This past weekend brought about changes in the season leaderboard. Scott Schiffner had a 91.5-point ride on Outlaw Buckers’ Nickle Passage in the first round of the Division 2 Xtreme Bulls event Feb. 18 in Red Deer, Alberta. That was the highest-scored bull ride of 2017. Bareback rider Chad Rutherford had the highest-scored ride of the season – 91.5 points – on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Painted River to win the short round at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo and break the arena record.
  • The tie-down roping event at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, which concludes Feb. 26, has had the top two fastest times of the season so far. Chase Williams is atop the leaderboard with his 6.9-second time, followed by Randall Carlisle’s 7.0-second run. The San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, which ended Feb. 17, also made its mark with tie-down ropers. Cody Quaney, Tuf Cooper and Michael Otero each had 7.0-second times at the rodeo. Justin Smith had a 7.1-second run at San Angelo, and Timber Moore clocked the same time at San Antonio.

Roche receives early birthday present

SAN ANGELO, Texas – This was a great early birthday present for steer wrestler Baylor Roche.

On Feb. 17, just three days before his 28th birthday, Roche was celebrating his first win at the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo in his career.

“This was a great birthday present – the best one yet,” Roche said.

Roche stopped the clock in 3.0 seconds – just a tenth of a second off the rodeo record – in the short round to capture the win at the Foster Communications Coliseum.

That run allowed him to win the average with a 10.2-second time on three head, which set a rodeo record. The three-head record was 11.9 seconds, set by Beau Clark in 2015.

“You have to have the right steer to have that kind of run, and I drew really well,” Roche said. “I rode Josh Peek’s horse, Ace, and that really helped. I won San Juan (Capistrano, Calif.) on him two years ago, and I’ve had quite a bit of luck on him.”

Roy Duvall holds the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo steer wrestling record at 2.9 seconds, which he recorded in 1986. Roche tied Joshua Clark for the fastest bulldogging run so far in the 2017 season.

“The short round was fast all the way through,” Roche said. “I knew what my steer was, and what I had to do to be fast on him, but I was pretty surprised to be 3 seconds. That felt really good.”

Thanks to his performance in the finals, with Dirk Tavenner as his hazer, Roche was able to leave San Angelo with $9,742. He qualified for the 12-man finals with a two-head time of 7.2 seconds, which placed him second behind reigning PRCA Steer Wrestling World Champion Tyler Waguespack (7.0 seconds).

“Getting this win feels great,” Roche said. “I didn’t have a very good Finals, and then I went to Denver in January and I don’t think I stopped the clock. My first one at Fort Worth (Texas) I was like 29 seconds, so this feels good to get something going. Ever since I came here (San Angelo), I kind of got a lick, and then I won my set at San Antonio.”

At San Antonio, in Bracket 2, Roche placed second in the first round, and won the third round to qualify for the semifinals. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo concludes Feb. 26.

“The last couple of weeks, I’ve really been able to get things rolling,” Roche said.

An added bonus for Roche last week is he was able to fly home to Tremonton, Utah, Tuesday and stay until Friday morning before catching a flight to San Angelo.

“I got to see my wife, Samantha, and our little boy, Bex (15 months), and that was great,” Roche said. “They are my biggest supporters.”

Roche qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the last two years. He placed ninth and 15th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, respectively.

This past December, Roche arrived at the WNFR in 10th place and left in 15th after placing in just two rounds and winning $25,231 in Las Vegas.

“When I got to the (2016) Finals, I don’t think I was as mentally prepared as I needed to be,” Roche said. “The first year I went to the Finals (in 2015) I went in blind and I was just excited.”

Other winners at the $447,257 rodeo were all-around cowboy Josh Peek (steer wrestling, tie-down roping, $12,250), bareback rider Chad Rutherford (176 points on two head), team ropers Travis Tryan/Chase Tryan (19.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (162 points on two head), tie-down roper Cade Swor (23.7 seconds on three head), barrel racer Kassie Mowry (44.17 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Trey Benton III (88.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Red Rocket).

Peek’s check for winning the all-around in San Angelo broke the rodeo record set two years ago by Bart Brunson ($10,707), and bareback rider Rutherford set an arena record with his 91.5-point ride in the short go, eclipsing Caleb Bennett’s mark of 90.5, set last year.

Cody Wright’s sons, Ryder and Rusty, can now lay claim to three of the last four saddle bronc titles in San Angelo. Before Ryder’s big win this year, Rusty shared the title with Allen Boore a year ago and won it outright in 2014.

Yates goes Big Time at Dixie National

JACKSON, Miss. – Marty Yates and his new horse haven’t been to many rodeos together, but are already collecting large checks and clicking like old friends.

The 22-year-old tie-down roper from Stephenville, Texas, combined with 9-year-old Big Time to win the Feb. 9-15 Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson, Miss., with a time of 15.5 seconds on two head.

The time was one-tenth of a second better than second-place Cody Quaney, and was one-tenth of a second off the two-head arena record, set by Jesse Childers in 2005.

“I had no idea I was that close to the arena record,” Yates said. “Dang, I almost got there. I drew two really good calves, and I’m going to give Big Time the credit. He used to be a head horse, and I just bought him off Colby Lovell. NFR tie-down roper Mike Arnold trained the horse, and I’ve been doing really well on him so far.”

Jackson was only the seventh rodeo Yates and Big Time have competed at together, but they performed like they’ve been doing it much longer.

Yates placed second in the first round with a time of 7.9 seconds, and split first in the second round with a 7.6. In total, he earned $9,153 in Jackson, which was nearly as much as he’d won previously all winter.

“Jackson is always a cool place to rope,” Yates said. “They have stronger calves down there than usual, and I just happened to have two really good ones. This is one of the best starts to a season I’ve had in my career, and I want the winter to carry over to the summer so I don’t go into the NFR as far down as I did last year.”

Yates entered the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in the 15th and final spot, but rose to fourth in the world by the end of the 10 nights.

He was hit-or-miss in Las Vegas, finishing 15th in the average, but placing in six rounds, including winning two.

“I go all-or-nothing with every run,” Yates said. “I used to think that maybe I needed to change my style, but now I live with the good and bad, and hope for the best. The older I get, the better I get at going fast.”

Yates and Big Time have made the short round at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, and through two rounds of his bracket at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Yates has earned second- and third-place checks.

“I feel like this is going to be the best horse I’ve ever rode, I just have to keep him sound,” Yates said.

Others winners at the $216,449 rodeo were all-around cowboy Clayton Hass ($5,276 in steer wrestling and team roping), bareback riders Jake Vold (86.5 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Cactus Black) and Bill Tutor (86.5 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Onion Ring), steer wrestler Ty Erickson (6.9 seconds on two head), team ropers Hass and John Robertson (8.4 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss (86.5 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Midnight Cowboy), barrel racer Amberleigh Moore (15.24 seconds) and bull rider Tim Bingham (89 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s No. 30).

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

WranglerNetwork.com will live stream exclusive video coverage of the PRCA’s La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Feb. 25-26 from Tucson. The broadcast will go on the air at 2 p.m. (MT) each day.

Students from schools around Pima County turned out Feb. 20 for the annual REACh (Rodeo Education and Children) day at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. The kids learned about rodeo history, culture and techniques. Another round of classes was held Tuesday morning. The program, for students from kindergarten through eighth grade, has been offered to Tucson-area schools since 1995.

One of the most renowned rodeo photographers of all-time, Louise Serpa, who shot the Tucson Rodeo every year from 1963 until 2011, will be inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame on March 23. Serpa passed away in 2012.

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Cheney (Wash.) woman, Katie Rafter, for stealing thousands of dollars in donations that were supposed to go to family members of the three people who were killed in a Lake Coeur d’Alene boat crash last summer. Caitlin Breeze, and PRCA competitors Justin Honken and Justin Luhr, died when another boat crashed into their stationary boat at about 9:15 p.m. July 30 near Threemile Point. Rafter offered to hold a memorial rodeo to benefit the families of the victims. The rodeo community came together and donated $30,000 at the Oct. 8 Luhr and Honken Memorial Benefit, which was held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Rafter deposited the money at Inland Northwest Bank and was supposed to split the money evenly with Luhr and Honken’s survivors, but the payments were slow in coming. Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives got involved, searched Rafter’s bank account, and found she had diverted $14,000 to herself so she could buy a tanning salon business in Cheney called Wildflower Boutique and Salon. The Honkens were going to use the money for a scholarship fund in Justin’s honor. Luhr’s widow has young children.

The Gerry Volunteer Fire Department has signed a contract with Painted Pony Championship Rodeo of Lake Luzerne, N.Y., as stock contractor and producer of their 73rd consecutive annual PRCA rodeo, scheduled for four performances, Aug. 2-5.

The Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame welcomed their newest board member, Carl Culham last week. Finishing up a 38-year career with the Federal government at the Forest Service in Pendleton, Culham extended his 12 years of volunteerism with the Pendleton Round-Up to serve on The Round-Up Association’s Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016.

The Pendleton Round-Up also recently elected new officers. Greg Ducheck will take the reins as president. Jack Remillard will step into the role as vice president, and June Mohrland and Steve Campbell will retain their positions as secretary and treasurer.

During a regular meeting of the Prairie Circuit Committee for the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, which is held in Duncan, Okla., the committee donated $6,000 to the non-profit organization Stephens County Youth Services (SCYS). Two representatives from SCYS, program director Barbra Davis and executive director Sara Orellana, attended the meeting to accept the check for their group. Committee members from the PRCA group included Joe Henderson, Sandy Bowden, Lisa Taylor and Tammy Bumpas. Davis said the donation will be used to normalize the lives of children at the shelter and the money will help with basic needs and to purchase extra items they may want. On a related note, the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo volunteer committee presented a $2,000 check to the American Cancer Society in Duncan Feb. 14. Each year, the committee donates proceeds from the previous October’s rodeo to the Stephens County Youth Shelter and Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma, and for 2017, the group added the ACS to their donation list.

Workers are currently ripping out the wires that have powered the lights, cooling systems and kitchens in the grandstands of the Prescott (Ariz.) Rodeo Grounds for decades. At the same time, a separate project also is underway to replace the antiquated arena lights. In all, the city is putting nearly $1.5 million into the improvements – $266,142 for the arena lighting, and $1,224,346 for the grandstands electrical overhaul. Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo General Manager J.C. Trujillo said work got started on both projects Feb. 6. “For years, we’ve had old lighting,” Trujillo said. “We’ve been on a thin wire.” Although the arena lights have been adequate to illuminate the nighttime rodeo events, Trujillo said the new energy-efficient lights “will really light things up.” As a part of the arena-lighting project, the existing light poles will be shortened to be used for parking-lot lights, he said, noting that the rodeo previously had to use portable lights for the parking areas. Trujillo said the arena-lighting project should be complete by March, and the electrical work should be complete by May – prior to the start of the 2017 rodeo activities.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Ever since I was 3 years old, I had my mind made up I wanted to be a cowboy, and that’s what I’m following through with. Bull riding hopefully will pull me through and I will be a cowboy the rest of my life ”

-Bull rider Trey Benton III, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier who moved up to ninth in the Feb. 21 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through Feb. 21, 2017

AA: Clayton Hass, Weatherford,Texas $38,075
BB: Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas $35,981
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $38,684
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $25,471
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $25,471
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $33,646
TD: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $28,991
BR: Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho $33,617
SR: Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas   $13,561

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through Feb. 21, 2017

All-around
1 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas $38,075
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 36,735
3 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 35,771
4 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 25,366
5 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 21,234
6 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 17,011
7 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 14,458
8 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 14,363
9 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 12,777
10 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 12,040
11 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
12 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 9,924
13 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 9,555
14 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 9,433
15 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 7,587
Bareback Riding
1 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas $35,981
2 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa 32,407
3 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 26,584
4 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 26,476
5 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 24,837
6 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 24,297
7 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 21,792
8 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 15,290
9 Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho 13,111
10 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 13,042
11 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 12,720
12 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 11,198
13 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 11,023
14 Jessy Davis, Power, Mont. 10,984
15 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 10,968
16 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 9,624
17 Anthony Thomas, Palistine, Texas 9,226
18 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 9,086
19 Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. 8,947
20 Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev. 8,561
Steer Wrestling
1 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. $38,684
2 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. 37,622
3 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 27,076
4 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 22,008
5 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 17,968
6 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 17,505
7 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 15,305
8 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 14,593
9 Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 14,368
10 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 13,536
11 Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 12,163
12 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 11,725
13 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 11,627
14 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 11,209
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☛ Three split $1 million at The American 2-22-17

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THREE CONTESTANTS SPLIT $1 MILLION BONUS AFTER COLLECTING $100,000 FOR WINNING THEIR EVENT AT THE AMERICAN

Courtesy RFD-TV
Feb. 22, 2017

It was a full day of action and drama at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  Three athletes shared a $1 million bonus at RFD-TV’s The American presented by Polaris RANGER and a total of $2 million was awarded to winners at the world’s richest one-day rodeo event.

Barrel racer Hailey Kinsel, a college student, and saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss, a veteran pro, both came through a qualifying system and won championships. Bull rider Sage Kimzey, who received an exemption and came straight to The American, won the bull riding title. These three each earned $433,333 – $100,000 for first place in their events and a third of a million-dollar bonus.

Kinsel and DeMoss were two of 46 individuals whose road to The American started at qualifying events across the country. Then, they had to finish at the top after four days of The American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth earlier in the week. Five to ten in each event earned the opportunity to compete at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, against 80 invited contestants who are considered the world’s best. Eight champions were crowned.

Bareback riding winner Tim O’Connell, from Zwingle, Iowa, said it best. O’Connell rode Frontier Rodeo’s horse Show Stomper for 90.25 points to win the Shoot Out. The American championship has gone to a bareback rider who has ridden the bay bucking horse the past three years.

“It’s hard to put into words how great this rodeo is and what life changing things it can do for you,” he said when he received his $100,000 check. The three that each earned nearly half-a-million agreed that the money would make a huge difference for them.

“This changes everything,” Kinsel, from Cotulla, Texas said. “But it doesn’t change the way I feel about my horse. God is good, my horse is awesome and this is amazing.”

Kinsel, a senior at Texas A&M, rides a six-year-old palomino mare named DM Sissy Hayday that she and her mother trained. During The American Semi-Finals Kinsel won more than $20,000.

Frontier Rodeo’s bucking horse Maple Leaf has taken saddle bronc riders to the winners’ stage for two consecutive years. Last year it was Iowa’s Wade Sundell. This year it was DeMoss. In 16 seconds, over $1.5 million has been won on this featured bucking horse.

DeMoss hasn’t decided what he’ll do with nearly half a million in winnings. “I guess I’ll talk it over with her,” he said with a grin, pointing to his wife Margie. “This is at the top of my rodeo career,” said the 12-time National Finals Rodeo bronc rider.

Kimzey, a three-time world champion bull rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, finished second in the first round to get to the Shoot Out. The first bull rider was Brazilian Claudio Marcelino de Montanha who qualified at an event in his home country and finished first in the semi-finals. He made easy work of TNT Rodeo Company’s Bottoms Up, scoring 89 points. The next rider was former Professional Bull Riders world champion Guilherme Marchi, who came off early.

Then it was Kimzey’s turn. He got on a bull named Uncle Tink, owned by former NFL defensive end Jared Allen, and scored 89.5. The final rider was bucked off and Kimzey earned the championship.

“I love being a cowboy, love everything about it,” Kimzey said. “I love competition, too, and this was a great day. I got to ride against the best guys on the best bulls.”

The talent-filled field in bareback riding, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding started with each contestant trying to advance to the Shoot Out Round. The best four go to The Shoot Out and compete once more, with the highest score or fastest time earning $100,000. Both the header and the heeler received $100,000 in team roping. Second place in the Shoot Out was worth $25,000.

When The American started four years ago, this format was created to give rodeo athletes an opportunity to compete at one rodeo for big pay checks. Then RFD-TV raised the bar by adding a million-dollar bonus for individuals who come through the qualifying process and win championships. Over the past four years the event has paid more than $10 million to winners at The American and the Semi-Finals.

Clayton Hass from Weatherford won the steer wrestling. Brothers Riley and Brady Minor from Ellensburg, Wash., took the team roping title. Stephenville’s Marty Yates earned the tie-down roping championship.

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