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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 4-11-17

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Press release courtesy PRCA
April 11, 2017

Shiozawa captures fourth RNCFR title
Matt Shiozawa and his wife have some spending money for their 10-year anniversary trip after his performance this weekend in Kissimee, Fla.

The Chubbuck, Idaho, tie-down roper is bringing the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo title back to the Wilderness Circuit after his 7.3-second run in the finals Sunday night. And now, he and wife Ali are headed even further south than Kissimmee.
“My wife and I have our 10-year anniversary coming up next week,” Shiozawa said. “Ten years ago we didn’t really do anything for a honeymoon because we were just kids trying to make it work. We’re going to Playa del Carmen south of Cancun. We can finally do it right, 10 years later.”
Shiozawa won the four-man finals round at Silver Spurs Arena aboard his 18-year-old bay mare, Alotta. He collected a $7,537 check for that run, and added another $7,949 from his previous runs at the April 6-9 rodeo.
“I’ve ridden Alotta in Las Vegas many times,” said Shiozawa, a nine-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. “She’s like Old Faithful for me. She’s a bossy little mare with a lot of attitude, but she’s dirty-tough, and she’s also a family horse. I could win a rodeo like this on her, and then 20 minutes later my girls could be riding her around and petting her.”
This is Shiozawa’s fourth RNCFR title – he also captured championships in 2008 and 2012-13. However, he nearly missed his chance to take home the money, buckle, saddle, Polaris RANGER vehicle and a $20,000 voucher toward a new RAM truck.
Shiozawa’s time of 9.3 seconds in the 8-man semifinals was just enough to get him into the finals, where he came out firing.
“I wasn’t satisfied with my semifinal run – it got me into the finals, but I didn’t feel like I nailed it,” he said. “I got to rope first in the finals, and I drew what I would say was the best of four good calves. Sometimes I like to be out first and set the time to beat.”
Shiozawa was thrilled with all the prizes he collected as the national champion, and says the money won will not only go toward the anniversary vacation, but help him be at home more with his wife and three daughters – Stella, Lorelei and Ivory.
“This is huge for the rest of my season,” he said. “I’m a family man, and I like to be home as much as I can, so this money for the standings is a big help. The RAM voucher and the buckle is nice, and I really needed a Polaris. So this whole thing is just great for me. I appreciate all the sponsors who contributed to make this happen for us.”
The other champions at the $757,562 rodeo were California Circuit bareback rider R.C. Landingham (88.50 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Onion Ring), Texas Circuit steer wrestler Justin Shaffer (3.6 seconds), Prairie Circuit team ropers Jesse Stipes/Buddy Hawkins II (4.9 seconds), Texas Circuit saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (89.5 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Resistol’s Top Hat), Prairie Circuit barrel racer Emily Miller (15.27 seconds) and Texas Circuit bull rider Tanner Learmont (78 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Hang Em High). Learmont was the only rider to post a score in the eight-man semis, and due to the ground rules, his 78-point ride was enough to be declared the RNCFR champ.
The Top Stock of the 2017 RNCFR were bareback horse United Pro Rodeo’s Awesome Sauce, saddle bronc horse Brookman Rodeo’s Kid Rock and bull Rafter H Rodeo’s Nose Bender.
The Prairie Circuit claimed the team title – it was that circuit’s fourth title in RNCFR history, with the others coming in 2002 and 2013-14.

Sterling makes a splash at Oakdale

After a decade of competing at the historic Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo, in Oakdale, Calif., steer wrestler Sterling Lambert finally captured his first title at the event when he clocked a time of 10.4 seconds on two head.
“It just feels great, and it’s always good to win, but to win a prestigious rodeo like this is pretty neat,” Lambert said.
The Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo is considered to be among the most historic rodeos in the country. Now, Lambert is joining the ranks of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Leo Camarillo, who won the Oakdale steer wrestling in 1974 and 1981-82.
“I’ve been wanting to win it for a while,” the 30-year-old bulldogger said. “I’m sure glad to win it – I’ve been coming here since 2007.”
Lambert had the fastest time at the 2013 Oakdale rodeo with a 4.2, but was unable to claim the average that year.
This time was different for the Fallon, Nev., cowboy.
Lambert tied for second place in the first round with Billy Bugenig, as both bulldoggers clocked a time of 6.3 seconds – a mere tenth of a second behind Tyler Pearson’s 6.2, despite the arena’s muddy conditions.
“It seems like it gets muddy there every year and rains a bit, but the steers are fresh and there’s good bulldogging; the best in the world have won that rodeo,” Lambert said.
Lambert didn’t waste any time in the second round, landing a time of 4.1.
“It was pretty fast and slick,” Lambert said. “It firmed up a bit today, but it was still pretty sloppy. Everyone had to deal with it, so it was pretty fun. They did a good job of caring for the ground so it was safe for the horses.”
Lambert credited his hazer, Brad McGilchrist, for playing a key role in his success at Oakdale.
This year, Lambert partnered up with Clayton Morrison on an 11-year-old horse named Buzz, which has been his main competition horse for the 2017 season so far.
“He’s awesome, and that’s boosting my confidence,” Lambert said. “Hopefully we can just keep that rolling.
“They always say it’s easier to get in the Top 15 and stay there than it is to fight for it. I hope to get there before the spring is over and have a good summer.”
Summer of 2016 wasn’t kind to Lambert, as he suffered a knee injury that kept him out of competition for a couple of weeks. He ended the 2016 season ranked 20th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $53,360, only a few thousand shy of qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.
“I came that close, so I know I can do it,” Lambert said.
Lambert has been hitting the rodeo road hard for the 2017 season, ranking 29th in the world standings with $12,255 prior to his latest win, which added an additional $3,356 to his total, and moved him to 25th in the April 10 standings.
“This boosts me up a bit,” Lambert said. “I’m dang sure going to give it all I got and keep going.”
Up next, Lambert’s heading to the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nev., which starts on Wednesday.
“They got the new 100-rodeo rule this year, so a guy’s going to have to go to a lot of rodeos to make it, so I’ll go to as many as I can and do good wherever I’m at,” Lambert said.
Other winners at the $99,696 rodeo were all-around cowboy Kyle Lucas ($2,445 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Steven Peebles (87.5 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Big Star), team ropers Cody Mora/Jason Johe (17.1 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Leon Fountain (82 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Starbucks), tie-down roper Clint Nyegaard (18.5 seconds on two head), barrel racer Rachel Dice (18.34 seconds) and bull rider Bryce Barrios (83 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Speculation).
News & Notes from the rodeo trail
The Tri-State Rodeo is celebrating its 70th year with country stars Jon Pardi and Cody Johnson, and 90s pop-rock band Smash Mouth, according an announcement from Tri-State Rodeo Chairman Josh Denning. This year’s rodeo is set for Sept. 6-9 in Fort Madison, Iowa. More information about the Tri-State Rodeo can be found at www.tristaterodeo.org.
The Buccaneer Commission wants people to come early and stay later than just the ProRodeo and concerts happening in the American Bank Center Arena this year in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rodeo Corpus Christi, which takes place April 27-30, has plenty of things going on before the rodeo, like the Corpus Christi Caller-Times Kids Corral Interactive Zone on Resaca Street, just outside the arena. Families can enjoy a mechanical bull, a mobile learning barn, live music and food trucks, while also picking up rodeo concert dirt access wristbands. There also will be a concert each night after the rodeo and the performers consist of Dwight Yoakam (April 27), Aaron Watson (April 28), William Clark Green (April 29) and Siggno (April 30).

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

 “I’m kind of stunned this just happened. This is going to take a little while to sink in.”
– Texas Circuit steer wrestler Justin Shaffer said April 9 moments after he won the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in his RNCFR debut.

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through April 10, 2017
 
AA:
Tuf Cooper, Weatherford,Texas
$55,636
BB:
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
$58,646
SW:
Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.
$91,379
TR-1:
Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.
$53,790
TR-2:
Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz.
$53,790
SB:
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$82,890
TD:
Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas
$50,404
BR:
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
$62,107
SR:
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, TX
  $42,405

2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through April 10, 2017
All-around
1
Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas
$55,636
2
Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.
54,388
3
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas
50,328
4
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
44,097
5
JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas
29,368
6
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
27,706
7
Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
24,482
8
Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
23,877
9
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
19,695
10
Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss.
19,429
11
John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa.
16,644
12
Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga.
14,205
13
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
13,883
14
McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla.
12,187
15
Cash Myers, Athens, Texas
11,654
16
Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla.
10,579
17
Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta
10,174
18
Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M.
9,555
Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.
9,298
Bareback Riding
1
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
$58,646
2
Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.
57,774
3
R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif.
53,734
4
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
47,375
5
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
39,905
6
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
39,857
7
Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La.
37,640
8
Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho
36,850
9
Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah
35,718
10
Justin Miller, Billings, Mont.
33,568
11
Evan Jayne, Marseille, France
29,250
12
Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.
28,819
13
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
26,288
14
J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.
24,370
15
Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore.
20,227
16
Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore.
19,545
17
Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba
18,650
18
Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M.
16,902
19
Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas
16,861
20
Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta
16,748
Steer Wrestling
1
Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.
$91,379
2
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
51,989
3
Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho
41,060
4
Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah
34,063
5
Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.
32,664
6
Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.
30,285
7
Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.
26,770
8
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
26,642
9
Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.
25,159
10
Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas
24,268
11
Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas
21,710
12
Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif.
21,086
13
Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark.
20,902
14
Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis.
20,153
15
J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn.
19,841
16
Dean McIntyre, Cloncurry, Australia
19,018
17
Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla.
18,347
18
Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii
18,296
19
Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La.
18,098
20
Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark.
17,974
Team Roping (header)
1
Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.
$53,790
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