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☛ PRCA Rodeo News 5-9-17



Courtesy PRCA
May 9, 2017


Erickson keeps victory parade rolling

GUYMON, Okla. – It didn’t take much more than a moment for steer wrestler Ty Erickson to create another winning moment.

The Montana cowboy, who is having a phenomenal season, added the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo to his 2017 victory list.

Erickson claimed his latest title with a 13.0-second time on three head to win the average.

“Man, anytime you can win a ProRodeo it means a lot,” said Erickson who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 245 pounds. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s Helena (Mont.), Guymon (Okla.) or San Antonio, anytime you can win a rodeo against the caliber of guys who are going, it always feels really special.”

For Erickson’s latest victory, he earned $4,779 – $2,638 for the average.

Erickson came into the weekend leading the May 1 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $95,501. Now, he has $100,279 and a $36,287 lead in the May 8 standings over second-place Tyler Waguespack, the reigning world champ and Erickson’s traveling partner.

“In steer wrestling, horsepower means so much,” he said. “If you’re riding a good horse it gives you a chance to win every time, and makes your job that much easier.”

Erickson acknowledged this present regular season has been hard for him to fathom.

“This year has been unbelievable,” Erickson said. “It seems like every rodeo I’ve gone to, I’ve had chances to win. I have drawn a lot of good steers, but I also think a lot of it is that I’ve been able to ride good horses and travel with a good crew. We (Waguespack and Clayton Hass, his traveling partners) feed off each other. If one man is not doing so well that week the other two are right there encouraging him to do good. I think that is what is pretty special about our rig.”

During his Guymon victory, Erickson had horsepower provided by Outlaw, a horse owned by Waguespack.

A year ago, Erickson arrived at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER as the season leader, but left Las Vegas in seventh place in the final world standings.

“It’s a long season and we are just going to keep going to the rodeos we go to, and try and win as much money as we can,” Erickson said. “I didn’t do so hot at the Finals last year and I learned that rodeo is pretty humbling and you just have to worry about one steer at a time and not worry about the last one.”

Other winners at the $253,433 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($7,199 tie-down roping, team roping, and steer roping), bareback rider Clayton Biglow (86.5 points on Pickett Rodeo’s Bar Code), team ropers Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison and Brooks Dahozy/Tommy Zuniga (23.6 seconds on three head each), saddle bronc riders Heith DeMoss (87 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Total Equines Angel Fire), and Rusty Wright (87 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Look Again), tie-down roper Brazile (23.1 seconds on three head), barrel racer Tracy Nowlin (35.0 seconds on two runs), steer roper Brian Garr (41.0 seconds on three head) and bull riders Trevor Reiste (84 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Bandit) and Roscoe Jarboe (84 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Apollo’s Gold).

  • There was one change atop the May 8 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. Tuf Cooper surpassed Caleb Smidt to take the lead in the all-around standings. Cooper has earned $59,445, while Smidt is right behind at $58,619..
  • Tie-down roper Trevor Brazile’s 23.1-second time in the three-head average at Guymon was a new arena record. Hunter Herrin held the three-head average record with a 23.6-second time in 2012.

Powder River Rodeo’s Lipstick N Whiskey passes away

Courtesy of Susan Kanode

            RIVERTON, Wyo. – Lipstick N Whiskey, a 13-year-old mare owned by Powder River Rodeo of Riverton, Wyo., died May 6 from complications during foaling. Lipstick N Whiskey had made five trips to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, where she carried four saddle bronc riders to go-round wins.

Her first trip to Las Vegas for the WNFR was in 2010, where  2009 World Champion Jesse Kruse rode her for 87 points. In 2015, Rusty Wright won the third round on her with an 86.5. Last year, his younger brother, Ryder, had the exact same result. Then, their father, Cody, rode her in the eighth round for 88 points to earn another go-round buckle.

“We are devastated,” said Lori Franzen, who along with her husband, Hank, own Powder River Rodeo. “She was an outstanding mare and not just an important part of our program, she was part of our family.”

The Franzens buried Lipstick N Whiskey on their ranch next to her sire, Cut The Cards, who was selected for the NFR three times. He passed away last year.

Her dam, Bay Rum, had also been selected for the NFR. Also buried in Powder River’s bucking horse cemetery is Khadafy Skoal, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2012. He earned PRCA’s top bareback horse of the NFR on three occasions – in 1994, 1996 and 1999.

News & Notes from the rodeo trail

Bull rider Cody Rostockyj, who made his debut at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, finishing seventh in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, is sidelined for six weeks while recovering from a broken right (riding) wrist. Rostockyj suffered the injury April 25 when he was bucked off Dakota Rodeo’s Red Bone at the Xtreme Bulls Division 2 event in Wharton, Texas. Rostockyj had surgery on May 3. “I wish I had a cool story about getting stepped on or hurt somehow; but I got on the bull and he walked out, and when he did, I got up over him a little bit and he hop-skipped and jerked my wrist really hard. I had a fracture in my wrist and they put a screw in it during surgery to make sure it heals. I just need to get healthy and get back rolling again and get done as much as I can.”

Soren Anton “Tony” Wiese, a three-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo in steer wrestling (1979, 1983-84), passed away March 10 in Tulsa, Okla. He was 71. Wiese finished 12th in the world standings in ’79 and ’83 and was 15th in ’84. He finished a career-best ninth in the average at the ’83 NFR. That season, he also won a career-best $40,393. Anyone who would like to share a story or memory about Tony, or receive a card memorializing him, please send your contact information to his daughter Melissa Sizemore, P.O. Box 45, Ripley, OK 74062


“Longmire” actors Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire) and Adam Bartley (Deputy Ferg) will be the grand marshals at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede Parade on July 4. The Cody Stampede kicks off on June 30 with the Xtreme Bulls event, followed by the four-day long stampede rodeo. The author of the “Longmire” novels that the Netflix series is based on will also be a special guest at this year’s Cody Stampede. Craig Johnson is a resident of Ucross, Wyo., near where the “Longmire” series takes place in fictitious Absaroka County.


Children at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, got a rodeo experience of their own during Rodeo Corpus Christi as Miss Rodeo America Lisa Lageschaar, barrelman/rodeo clown Gizmo McCracken, bullfighters Blue Jeanes and Weston Rutkowski, and rodeo commissioner Bill Lathrop Jr. took time out of their busy schedules to help put smiles on the kids’ faces. The rodeo group paid a visit to the hospital on the morning of April 28 to sign autographs, cheer up the children and inspire them.


“We tried to brighten up their day. It was a lot of fun. Sometimes I wonder if it doesn’t encourage us more than it does the kids.”

– Barrelman/rodeo clown Gizmo McCracken said about the visit he made with a rodeo group to Driscoll Children’s Hospital on April 28.


2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings Leaders

Unofficial through May 8, 2017


AA: Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $59,445
BB: R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. $67,977
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $100,279
TR-1: Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $55,672
TR-2: Corey Petska, Marana, Ariz. $55,672
SB: Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $84,152
TD: Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $58,882
BR: Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho $75,493
SR: Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas   $47,519



2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings

Unofficial through May 8, 2017

1 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas $59,445
2 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 58,619
3 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 57,784
4 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 49,327
5 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 40,457
6 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 34,190
7 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 31,355
8 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 27,869
9 Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M. 24,535
10 Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss. 24,494
11 Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss. 19,458
12 Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D. 18,876
13 Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif. 17,511
14 John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa. 16,644
15 Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga. 14,205
16 Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla. 13,039
17 McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla. 12,864
18 Morgan Grant, Didsbury, Alberta 12,713
19 Cash Myers, Athens, Texas 11,654
20 Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M. 10,740


Bareback Riding
1 R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif. $67,977
2 Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa 65,067
3 Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 62,905
4 Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 50,472
5 Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas 47,495
6 Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 40,083
7 Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 39,905
8 Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho 36,850
9 Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah 36,272
10 Evan Jayne, Marseille, France 35,658
11 Justin Miller, Billings, Mont. 33,910
12 Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore. 29,553
13 Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 28,819
14 J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 26,515
15 Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 26,501
16 Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif. 26,139
17 Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas 22,078
18 Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 20,982
19 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 20,568
20 Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev. 19,337


Steer Wrestling
1 Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. $100,279
2 Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La. 63,992
3 Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho 44,798
4 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 39,988
5 Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah 36,514
6 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 35,591
7 Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. 35,039
8 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 29,779
9 Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss. 28,917
10 Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark. 27,625
11 J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn. 26,466
12 Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. 26,219
13 Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas 25,803
14 Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas 24,716
15 Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis. 24,272
16 Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark. 22,685
17 Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. 22,417
18 Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La. 22,376
19 Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif. 21,086
20 Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii 20,636


Team Roping (header)
1 Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. $55,672
2 Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas 53,399
3 Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla. 48,459
4 Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. 43,304
5 Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. 40,907
6 Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif. 35,512
7 Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore. 31,886
8 Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla. 24,868
9 Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M. 24,639
10 Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz. 22,608
11 Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont. 21,335
12 Jesse Stipes, Salina, Okla. 21,242
13 Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore. 20,326
14 Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas 19,547
15 Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn. 19,136
16 Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla. 19,080
17 Edward Hawley Jr., Surprise, Ariz. 18,369
18 Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. 17,765
19 Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta 17,256
20 Ryan Reed, Farmington, Calif. 17,191


Team Roping (heeler)
1 Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. $55,672
2 Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. 44,870
3 Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas 44,634
4 Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla. 43,304
5 Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil 40,907
6 Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. 40,812
7 Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas 39,666
8 Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. 31,886
9 Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan. 30,622
10 John Robertson, Polson, Mont. 24,143
11 Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont. 23,587
12 Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 21,865
13 Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 19,476
14 Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas 19,136
15 Ty Romo, Whiteriver, Ariz. 18,369
16 Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. 17,765
17 Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta 17,256
18 Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas 16,877
19 B.J. Dugger, Three Rivers, Texas 16,675
20 Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. 16,171


Saddle Bronc Riding
1 Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas $84,152
2 CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah 58,261
3 Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta 52,250
4 Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla. 43,782
5 Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas 40,901
6 Tyrell J. Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont. 39,541
7 Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah 38,292
8 Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D. 32,339
9 Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta 32,018
10 Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas 27,141
11 Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. 26,206
12 Jake Wright, Milford, Utah 25,083
13 Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah 24,298
14 Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand 22,904
15 Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah 22,679
16 Nat Stratton, Goodwell. Okla. 22,468
17 Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn. 22,421
18 Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. 22,204
19 Cody Wright, Milford, Utah 20,591
20 Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah 20,202


Tie-down Roping
1 Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas $58,882
2 J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah 50,654
3 Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas 50,061
4 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 45,458
5 Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas 45,117
6 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 40,736
7 Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla. 39,896
8 Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas 38,303
9 Randall Carlisle, Athens, La. 38,288
10 Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla. 34,447
11 Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho 33,107
12 Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan. 31,298
13 Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga. 27,675
14 Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 26,389
15 Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas 26,321
16 Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas 26,230
17 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 23,262
18 Joseph Parsons, Marana, Ariz. 23,029
19 Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 22,960
20 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 22,192


Steer Roping
1 Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas $47,519
2 John Bland, Turkey, Texas 34,458
3 JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas 33,320
4 Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas 31,425
5 Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas 29,517
6 Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas 28,248
7 Tuf Cooper, Weatherford, Texas 24,587
8 Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo. 24,371
9 Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. 24,229
10 J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas 21,596
11 Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas 20,000
12 Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo. 19,652
13 Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan. 19,119
14 Shay Good, Midland, Texas 16,846
15 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas 15,282
16 Reo Lohse, Kaycee, Wyo. 13,780
17 Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D. 13,411
18 Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas 13,377
19 Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas 13,164
20 Roger Branch, Wellston, Okla. 12,240


Bull Riding
1 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho $75,493
2 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. 63,862
3 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 60,798
4 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 49,366
5 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 42,492
6 Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif. 41,610
7 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 41,095
8 Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah 40,704
9 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 40,164
10 Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas 39,285
11 Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas 35,380
12 Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah 34,224
13 Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 32,533
14 Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M. 31,047
15 Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla. 29,790
16 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 29,295
17 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas 28,421
18 Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas 28,121
19 Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M. 26,984
20 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 26,966


*2017 Barrel Racing (May 8, 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 $128,695
2 Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash. 80,797
3 Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas 76,501
4 Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore. 69,301
5 Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas 56,017
6 Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif. 45,569
7 Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas 41,938
8 Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark. 40,882
9 Tilar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas 36,042
10 Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas 35,339
11 Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont. 32,808
12 Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas 28,181
13 Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo. 27,261
14 Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D. 25,819
15 Jordan Moore, Mauston, Wis. 24,436
16 Sammi Bessert, Grand Junction, Colo. 24,114
17 Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas 23,895
18 Emily Miller, Weatherford, Texas 23,541
19 Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M. 22,594
20 Cayla Small, Bokchito, Okla. 21,882


2017 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

     Unofficial through May 8, 2017

1 Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. $29,471
2 Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. 23,075
3 Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 21,492
4 Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho 21,086
5 Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. 16,564
6 Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas 15,995
7 Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa 14,861
8 Justin Hendrix, Belton, Texas 11,892
9 Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas 10,313
10 Jeffrey Ramagos, Zachary, La. 9,281
11 Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas 8,208
12 Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho 8,146
13 Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Texas 7,580
14 Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah 7,556
15 Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 7,402
16 Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas 7,078
17 Trevor Kastner, Sulphur, Okla. 6,666
18 Ednei Caminhas, Denton, Texas 6,639
19 Tanner Bothwell, Rapid City, S.D. 6,561
20 Christopher Byrd, Compton, Calif. 6,486
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