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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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