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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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