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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 3-27-17


Courtesy PRCA
March 27, 2017

 Aus-ome effort captures first Austin title

AUSTIN, Texas – Tanner Aus had come painfully close to his first Rodeo Austin win a few years back. On Saturday night, he made sure that he’d be collecting the coveted branding iron that goes to each champion.

The 26-year-old bareback rider scored the win in the final round with an 89-point trip on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Hollywood Hills. He earned $9,400 for that ride, as well as the branding iron, which he was most excited about.

“One year, they told me I had split the win and they had me in the arena with the branding iron, but it turned out I was a point off the win,” Aus said with a smile. “That makes this win even sweeter, because I think about this rodeo all the time.

“This is the cap to the winter season, and Austin is a rodeo that has always seemed to treat me well. I’ve been second here twice, and to finally come out of here with a ‘W’ is great. I got my hands on one of those branding irons, and that’s awesome.”

Aus also won the first round with an 86.5-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s What Happens, which brought his total winnings in Austin to $12,562.

He admitted the large payday for winning Austin was in the back of his mind.

“When you’re focused on the task at hand, you don’t really think about the money as much, but you know it’s there,” he said.

Aus was third in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings entering the weekend, and he moved to second in the standings with $54,836 after his Austin performance.

“I haven’t been paying much attention to the standings, because it’s always a grind this time of year,” he said. “We get on a lot of horses down here in Texas during the winter, and I’m very thankful for the position I’m currently in.

“I drew really well – I got on three Beutler horses. I just snuck into the finals in the eighth and last spot. But I knew I had drawn a horse that would test me and that was good enough to win the short round.”

The Granite Falls, Minn., native has been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the past two years, finishing sixth and fifth in the world in 2015 and 2016.

He’s been on quite a hot streak the past several months, which included winning three rounds at the 2016 WNFR.

“It’s been a blessing, and I’m very thankful,” Aus said. “It’s mostly attributed to the time I’m not rodeoing – when I’m at home and in the gym. There’s a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes that people don’t see that leads to being successful in the arena.”

Other winners at the $516,154 rodeo were steer wrestler Tommy Cook (3.9 seconds), team ropers Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor (4.0 seconds), saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (89 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Fire Lane), tie-down roper Marty Yates (8.5 seconds), barrel racer Tammy Fischer (15.41 seconds) and bull rider Tyler Taylor (there were no qualified rides in the finals, and Taylor won by having the best two-head score of any cowboy).

  • Steer wrestler Jacob Talley stopped the clock in 3.2 seconds in the semifinals at Rodeo Austin (Texas) to tie the arena record. Talley now shares the record with Levi Wisness (2007), Matt Reeves (2009) and Casey Martin (2014).
  • There was some movement atop the March 27 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. Tuf Cooper overtook Caleb Smidt for the lead in the all-around standings, saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley slipped past CoBurn Bradshaw to take the standings lead and tie-down roper Marty Yates jumped ahead of Smidt for the lead in the tie-down roping standings.

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Mahan receives honor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – ProRodeo Hall of Fame cowboy Larry Mahan added another honor to his ever-impressive resume.

The eight-time world champion was selected as the Outstanding American awardee from the state of Oregon by the Oregon chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Mahan, who wrestled in high school in Oregon in Redmond and Salem, will be recognized at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Oregon Chapter’s 23rd annual Honors Banquet, April 22, at the Embassy Suites Portland Washington Square in Tigard, Ore.

“I really feel that wrestling made a great contribution to my rodeoing career, because it is a one-on-one sport,” Mahan said. “It’s one of those sports like rodeo where if you make a mistake you can’t blame it on anybody else but yourself. You have to look in the mirror and start working harder or you’re not going to achieve your goals.”

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, a board member for the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, praised the selection of Mahan.

“Larry is absolutely worthy of receiving this honor,” Johnston said. “He is one of the greatest of all-time in the sport of rodeo and because he has a wrestling tie I think it makes him a good qualified candidate for the Outstanding American award.”

Mahan was enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. He was born Nov. 21, 1943, in Salem, Ore., and went on to a legendary rodeo career, winning eight world championships (all-around, 1966-70, 1973; bull riding, 1965, 1967). He was named the Legend of ProRodeo in 2010.

Mahan isn’t the only cowboy to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Oregon Chapter.

Most recently, in 2015, steer wrestler Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon, Ore., a 13-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, was given the Outstanding American award by the Oregon Chapter.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

ProRodeo Live will broadcast live from the High Desert Stampede March 31-April 1 in Redmond, Ore., 7 p.m. (PT) each night.

A third member of a Texas college rodeo team has died from injuries suffered in a traffic accident while driving to a competition. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reports that 20-year-old Jakob Plummer of Petrolia, Texas, died March 26, as a result of injuries he suffered in the March 18 wreck that killed two other members of the Vernon (Texas) College rodeo team. The team was traveling to Brownwood for a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo. Yancie McCuistion, 19, of Sugar City, Colo., died at the scene near Haskell, north of Abilene, Texas. Vinita Trevino, 19, of Petrolia, died a day later. Another teammate was injured. Authorities say McCuistion was the driver of a pickup that drove through a stop sign and was struck by a motor home

The Gerry (N.Y.) Rodeo Committee has been selected by the PRCA to host a free PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp on April 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp is free to anyone ages 8 and up, both male and female. Its purpose is to promote the sport of rodeo through education and recruitment of young people who may become the next generation of rodeo stars. The event will provide a fun rodeo-related experience through both classroom and arena participation with instruction by professional rodeo cowboys. Pre-registration is required and forms are available at the PRCA website or by visiting the Gerry Rodeo website The registration needs to be completed by April 22, but early registration is encouraged as spaces are limited. Call 716.985.4215 or 716.969.4488 if there are problems with the registration. Additional information is available by email at or by calling Julie Jutten at 719.528.4729. The 73rd annual Gerry Rodeo is set for four performances, Aug. 2-5.


“Hey, I’ll take the win – it was a tough pen in the finals. This is one of the biggest rodeos of the year, and to win here is a blessing. I’m really starting to believe in myself, and think that I could be a world champion one day.””

– Bull rider Tyler Taylor talking about winning Rodeo Austin thanks to his two-head score before the final round, in which there were no qualified rides.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through March 27, 2017

AA: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford,Texas $53,062
BB: Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $56,846
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $74,985
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $46,209
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $46,209
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $55,968
TD: Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $50,404
BR: Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $54,009
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, TX   $41,752

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through March 27, 2017

1 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $53,062
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 50,328
3 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 44,618
4 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 41,852
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. 23,877
9 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 19,627
10 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 17,612
11 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 16,644
12 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 14,205
13 McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla. 12,187
14 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 12,086
15 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
16 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 9,555
17 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 9,298
18 Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta 8,517
Bareback Riding
1 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $56,846
2 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 54,836
3 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 42,716
4 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 36,850
5 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 36,745
6 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 36,692
7 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 35,718
8 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 28,819
9 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 28,439
10 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 25,150
11 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. 24,105
12 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 24,092
13 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 17,635
14 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 17,351
15 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 16,861
16 Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta 16,748
17 Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M. 15,661
18 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 14,792
19 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 14,420
20 Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 14,329
Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $74,985
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 49,280
3 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 34,063
4 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 30,199
5 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 29,272
6 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 26,770
7 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 25,785
8 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 22,608
9 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 20,902
10 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 20,153
11 Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 18,133
12 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 17,974
13 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 17,676
14 Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii 16,447
15 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 16,116
16 Tommy Cook, Waller, Texas 16,007
17 Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 15,904
18 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 15,535
19 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 15,409
20 Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta 14,441
Team Roping (header)
1 Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $46,209
2 Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas 39,368
3 Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla. 39,365
4 Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. 36,378
5 Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif. 31,761
6 Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore. 31,608
7 Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla. 24,076
8 Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M. 22,166
9 Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont. 21,335
10 Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. 19,494
11 Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz. 19,239
12 Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn. 19,136
13 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 16,068
14 Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont. 14,779
15 Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif. 14,628
16 John Alley, Adams, Tenn. 13,446
17 Cody Tew, Belgrade, Mont. 13,055
18 Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla. 12,936
19 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 12,345
20 Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont. 11,943
Team Roping (heeler)
1 Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. $46,209
2 Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. 39,368
3 Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil 36,378
4 Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas 35,580
5 Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 31,608
6 Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 29,407
7 Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas 28,633
8 Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. 23,587
9 John Robertson, Polson, Mont. 21,882
10 Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla. 19,494
11 Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas 19,136
12 Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 17,723
13 Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 17,540
14 B.J. Dugger, Three Rivers, Texas 15,861
15 Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas 15,856
16 Travis Woodard, Stockton, Calif. 13,974
17 Clark Adcock, Smithville, Tenn. 13,446
18 York Gill, Stephenville, Texas 13,023
19 Trace Porter, Leesville, La. 12,779
20 Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D. 12,578
Saddle Bronc Riding
1 Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $55,968
2 CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah 55,940
3 Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta 46,039
4 Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas 39,832
5 Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla. 36,277
6 Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta 27,265
7 Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. 26,206
8 Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand 22,267
9 Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 22,065
10 Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas 21,860
11 Nat Stratton, Goodwell. Okla. 18,552
12 Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah 17,735
13 Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah 17,593
14 Cody Wright, Milford, Utah 17,133
15 Tyrell J Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont. 17,084
16 Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn. 16,846
17 Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 16,515
18 Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah 16,125
19 Cooper DeWitt, Rio Rico, Ariz. 15,571
20 Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D. 14,466
Tie-down Roping
1 Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $50,404
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 42,584
3 J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah 42,285
4 Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas 37,840
5 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 35,204
6 Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 34,788
7 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 32,360
8 Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla. 31,835
9 Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 27,995
10 Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas 24,032
11 Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan. 21,428
12 Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 21,148
13 Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga. 20,160
14 Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 17,941
15 Randall Carlisle, Athens, La. 17,771
16 Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas 17,089
17 Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas 16,904
18 Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho 16,657
19 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 15,851
20 Michael Otero, Krum, Texas 15,382
Steer Roping
1 Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas $41,752
2 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 26,683
3 Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas 25,469
4 Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo. 22,482
5 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 20,168
6 Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas 19,905
7 John Bland, Turkey, Texas 18,330
8 Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas 17,321
9 Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas 16,416
10 Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. 16,323
11 Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas 12,572
12 Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo. 11,340
13 Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan. 10,306
14 Shay Good, Midland, Texas 10,285
15 Roger Branch, Wellston, Okla. 9,773
16 J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas 8,914
17 Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas 8,810
18 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 8,287
19 Brodie Poppino, Big Cabin, Okla. 7,790
20 Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D. 7,714
Bull Riding
1 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $54,009
2 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 49,314
3 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 45,090
4 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 44,669
5 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 39,950
6 Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah 37,054
7 Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas 34,770
8 Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 32,182
9 Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M. 31,047
10 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 27,815
11 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 27,789
12 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 26,129
13 Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M. 25,872
14 Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas 23,944
15 Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah 22,440
16 Jordan Hansen, Okotoks, Alberta 21,479
17 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas 20,921
18 Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla. 20,653
19 Dave Mason, Burnet, Texas 19,749
20 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 19,588

*2017 Barrel Racing (March 27, 2017)

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.


1 Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas $89,487
2 Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash. 80,297
3 Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas 73,501
4 Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore. 58,705
5 Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas 40,135
6 Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas 36,112
7 Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif. 30,829
8 Tilar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas 28,525
9 Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas 26,439
10 Sammi Bessert, Grand Junction, Colo. 23,614
11 Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark. 23,177
12 Jordan Moore, Mauston, Wis. 22,843
13 Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo. 22,660
14 Fallon Taylor, Collinsville, Texas 21,375
15 Cayla Small, Bokchito, Okla. 21,252
16 Brooke Rix, Skidmore, Texas 21,197
17 Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas 20,421
18 Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont. 20,119
19 Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas 20,052
20 Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla. 19,189
2017 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

     Unofficial through March 27, 2017


1 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $25,884
2 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 22,263
3 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 20,680
4 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 20,453
5 Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 15,995
6 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 14,134
7 Justin Hendrix, Belton, Texas 11,892
8 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 10,332
9 Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas 10,313
10 Jeffrey Ramagos, Zachary, La. 9,281
11 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 8,146
12 Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Texas 7,580
13 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 7,402
14 Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas 7,078
15 Ednei Caminhas, Denton, Texas 6,639
16 Tanner Bothwell, Rapid City, S.D. 6,561
17 Christopher Byrd, Compton, Calif. 6,486
18 Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas 6,357
19 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 6,338
20 Jordan Hansen, Okotoks, Alberta 6,266
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