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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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