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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 3-19-17


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 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 To get in touch with Andriola by phone, call 775.322.9875 or contact her via email at .

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.


“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

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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