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Courtesy PRCA
March 20, 2018

Aus captures Montgomery title

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – This was an opportunity bareback rider Tanner Aus knew he couldn’t let slip through his hands.
Aus drew Frontier Rodeo’s Showstomper. He capitalized.
The Granite Falls, Minn., cowboy had an 89-point ride on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo horse to capture the victory at the Southeastern Livestock Exposition at Garrett Coliseum.
“Once I saw I had drawn that horse, I was thinking about it for a while,” said Aus, 27. “I was gritting my teeth the whole way over to Montgomery, and I haven’t been that excited to get on one in a long time. I saw a couple of videos of more recent trips he has had, and he has just been outstanding. He leaves like a freight train and he’s an incredible athlete and jumps and kicks, and if you stub your toe, you will be on the ground. It was a big sigh of relief when I heard the whistle and it went well.”
Aus earned $4,202 for his first career victory at Montgomery. The rodeo took place March 15-17.
“I was able to keep my focus and take care of business,” said Aus, who made his ride March 15. “This is the first time I’ve competed in Montgomery, and I’m sure glad I put my name in the hat there. I drew one of the best bucking horses in the world and I was very thankful.”
Thanks to his Montgomery performance, Aus moved up to 11th in the PRCA World Standings with $21,011. Aus has qualified for the Wrangler NFR three times – 2015-17. He finished a career-best third in last year’s world standings.
“This is awesome to win some money (in Montgomery),” Aus said. “I had some goals this winter that I didn’t quite meet, but I feel like I’m riding good now and I’m focused. I’m going to take the month of May off because my wife (Lonissa) and I are expecting, and we are really looking forward to that. I have the Rodeo Austin (Texas) semis coming up (March 22). That is just the way the sport is, you keep plugging away, and I have a long season ahead of me.”
Aus said he and Lonissa are expecting a baby girl in mid-May.
“There’s definitely some added pressure,” Aus said. “We practice on staying focused and putting things out of our mind that don’t have to do with bareback riding, but there are some things that are more important in life. This adds some pressure (expecting a baby), but it is all good stuff and we are very thankful. My professional goal is to win a gold buckle. That’s something I’ve had my eye on since I was a little kid riding bucking horses at Minnesota Little Britches rodeos.”
Other winners at the $90,637 rodeo were all-around cowboy Daylon Swearingen ($4,033 bareback riding and bull riding), steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack (5.2 seconds), team ropers Daniel Robertson/Mark Gentry (4.3 seconds), saddle bronc rider Brody Cress (90.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Maple Leaf), tie-down roper Wesley Brunson (7.9 seconds), barrel racer Kassidy Lantis (16.58 seconds), and bull rider Daylon Swearingen (87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Pit Boss).
Cress established a record at the Southeastern Livestock Exposition. Cress broke Cody Wright’s mark of 90 points set in 2014.

2. Landingham out for season with shoulder injury

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bareback rider R.C. Landingham, who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the last two years, will not make it three in a row.
The Hat Creek, Calif., cowboy confirmed to the ProRodeo Sports News he will likely be sidelined until January 2019 while recovering from surgery on his left shoulder and right wrist.
The shoulder surgery took place Jan. 5 and he underwent wrist surgery March 2.
“I had a torn rotator cuff (in the right shoulder),” said Landingham, 27. “I rode through the end of the year last year and through the Finals with a torn rotator cuff and a partially torn bicep tendon. The wrist was just a nagging injury. I had some torn cartilage in there.”
Landingham said he initially hurt his shoulder at the Ramona (Calif.) Rodeo on May 21, and it wouldn’t heal on its own.
“I made it through and got to the Finals and then got it fixed,” he said. “They said I could get back riding in July if I wanted, but I decided that I will just wait until next January and start over at Denver. That will let me get healthy.”
Injuries have been a constant for Landingham the past eight years, but he believes getting completely healthy is a wise move for him at this point in his career.
“With my shoulder the way it was, I couldn’t compete to the level that I need to, to win against the guys who are going today,” Landingham said. “It just wasn’t worth it to keep rodeoing, I wasn’t going to win enough money to make it worth it. It is just smarter for me to take the time off and start over fresh. I just started rehab this week and everything seems to be going well. They are pretty impressed with how my shoulder is doing already without physical therapy and the wrist is getting better all the time.”
In 2016, Landingham finished a career-best sixth in the PRCA World Standings with $211,986. He won Rounds 7 and 10 and finished seventh in the average. At last year’s WNFR, Landingham placed fifth in Round 3 and finished 11th in the average and 15th in the world standings with $106,031.
“After I got hurt, I made new goals and I accomplished those goals and that’s all I could for that year (2017),” Landingham said. “Now, I just want to get healthy and start over.”

3. News & Notes from the rodeo trail

ProRodeoLive.com will broadcast the Nacogdoches (Texas) ProRodeo & Steer Show at 7:45 p.m. (CT), March 22-24 … The contract personnel for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo April 5-8 in Kissimmee, Fla., is as follows: announcers Bob Tallman and Roger Mooney; secretary Becky Martindale; assistant secretary Mikey Jo Duggan; timers Jennie Murray and DeeDee Dickinson; bullfighters Clay Heger and Brandon Loden; barrelman JJ Harrison; pickup men Shandon Stalls and Will O’Connell.
The National Circuit Finals Steer Roping takes place April 28-29 in Torrington, Wyo. The contract personnel for the NCFSR is as follows: announcer Bob Edmonds; secretary Crystal Longfellow; timers Jeri Reeder and Doris Mayhan; music Brenda Winklepleck … During the 2018 season, PRCA cowboys will have the ability to compete in a new tour – the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour – which will debut in April.The Tour will feature 24 rodeos – beginning with Logandale, Nev. (April 11-15) and concluding with the finale presented by Justin Boots, Sept. 6-9 in Puyallup, Wash. During the Puyallup weekend, country music stars Scotty McCreery and Jamey Johnson will have concerts Sept. 7 and Sept. 8. The concerts will begin at 9 p.m. (PT) each day. Tickets are available online at www.thefair.com or by phone at 888.559.FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (PT). Tickets can also be purchased in person at the fair’s box office, 9th Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street on most Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Online and phone purchases are subject to standard processing fees. Tickets purchased on site will be charged a $3 per ticket service fee … Individual tickets for Greeley (Colo.) Stampede concerts are now on sale. Artists who will perform during the June 22 through July 4 rodeo include Dustin Lynch on June 22, Darius Rucker on June 23, the Roots and Boots Tour featuring Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye and Aaron Tippin on June 30 and Aaron Watson on July 1. Individual concert tickets are $35 and $45, depending on the seat. A Superstars Concert Pass for five concerts is available for $80-$110. Tickets also are available for Faith and Family Night featuring Matthew West, the PRCA ProRodeos, and PRCA Xtreme Bulls (June 26). Tickets are available by calling or visiting the Stampede ticket office at 600 N. 14th Ave. in Greeley, 970.356.7787, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (MT) Monday-Friday, or online at www.greeleystampede.org/p/buytix.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 “Any rodeo you can have success at has to be a good one for you, and it is good to get hot in the winter and keep rolling into the summer with a positive attitude and keep your confidence up.”
– Steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack, the 2016 PRCA World Champion, about winning the Southeastern Livestock Exposition in Montgomery, Ala., March 17, for the first time in his career.
4. Next Up
March 19         Rodeo Austin (Texas) continues
March 22         Nacogdoches (Texas) ProRodeo & Steer Show begins
March 23         YMBL Championship Rodeo, Beaumont, Texas, begins
March 23         North Mississippi PRCA Rodeo, Corinth, begins
March 23         PRCA Championship Rodeo, Fargo, N.D., begins
March 23         Rocky Mountain Classic, Kalispell, Mont., begins
March 23         Cotton Blossom Roundup, Nashville, Ga., begins
March 23         Fort Myers (Fla.) ProRodeo begins
March 23         Southeastern ProRodeo, Ocala, Fla., begins
March 23         Ozark Empire ProRodeo, Springfield, Mo., begins
March 23         Cave Creek (Ariz.) Rodeo Days begins
5. 2018 PRCA World Standings Leaders
Unofficial through March 19, 2018
AA:
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$65,667
BB:
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
$41,487
SW:
Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.
$34,307
TR-1:
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$40,437
TR-2:
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$40,437
SB:
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$63,794
TD:
Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas
$43,735
BR:
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$78,499
SR:
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
$35,642
6. 2018 PRCA World Standings
Unofficial through March 19, 2018
All-around
1
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$65,667
2
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
  40,799
3
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
  40,092
4
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
  27,283
5
Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah
  23,560
6
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
  23,406
7
Wesley Brunson, Terry, Miss.
  19,907
8
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  16,262
9
Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.
  14,468
10
Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss.
  14,328
11
Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
  11,264
12
McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla.
  10,893
13
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
    9,340
14
Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.
    8,668
Bareback Riding
1
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
$41,487
2
Mason Clements, Springville, Utah
  38,848
3
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
  35,089
4
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
  32,333
5
Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
  29,903
6
J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.
  28,769
7
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
  27,171
8
Luke Creasy, Hobbs, N.M.
  25,595
9
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
  22,001
10
Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho
  21,307
11
Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.
  21,011
12
Blade Elliott, Centreville, Ala.
  20,553
13
Evan Jayne, Marseille, France
  19,637
14
Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.
  19,355
15
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
  18,659
16
Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore.
  18,134
17
Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas
  16,989
18
Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.
  16,871
19
Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah
  16,819
20
Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas
  16,800
Steer Wrestling
1
Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.
$34,307
2
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
  33,327
3
Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.
  32,268
4
Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.
  30,644
5
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
  28,697
6
Cole Edge, Durant, Okla.
  27,021
7
Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.
  25,248
8
Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta
  22,121
9
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
  21,879
10
Jacob Shofner, Huntsville, Texas
  21,608
11
Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas
  20,653
12
Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D.
  19,979
13
Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala.
  18,703
14
Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan.
  17,954
15
Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D.
  16,888
16
Will Lummus, West Point, Miss.
  15,440
17
Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii
  13,873
18
Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D.
  13,809
19
Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La.
  13,661
20
Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho
  12,992
Team Roping (header)
1
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
$40,437
2
Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C.
  33,254
3
Cody Snow, Los Olivos. Calif.
  29,823
4
Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla.
  29,101
5
Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla.
  28,121
6
Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C.
  20,779
7
Nelson Wyatt, Clanton, Ala.
  20,308
8
Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla.
  20,212
9
Travis Dorman, Dade City, Fla.
  19,734
10
John Alley, Adams, Tenn.
  18,887
11
Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.
  17,670
12
Steven Duby, Melba, Idaho
  16,917
13
Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas
  15,809
14
Jake Orman, Prairie, Miss.
  15,775
15
Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D.
  15,232
16
Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss.
  14,493
17
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
  13,943
18
Joshua Torres, Ocala, Fla.
  13,681
19
Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.
  13,560
20
Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif.
  13,372
Team Roping (heeler)
1
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
$40,437
2
Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.
  33,391
3
Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.
  33,254
4
Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.
  29,101
5
Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas
  26,133
6
Trace Porter, Leesville, La.
  25,865
7
Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M.
  24,955
8
Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas
  20,212
9
Bradley Massey, Perry, Fla.
  19,734
10
Clark Adcock, Smithville, Tenn.
  18,887
11
Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore.
  18,345
12
Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.
  17,836
13
Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb.
  16,162
14
Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas
  13,982
15
Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas
  13,943
16
Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla.
  13,681
17
Brad Culpepper, Sylvester, Ga.
  13,560
18
Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.
  12,808
19
Evan Arnold, Santa Margarita, Calif.
  12,635
20
Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.
  12,598
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$63,794
2
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
  38,258
3
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
  34,648
4
CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah
  33,140
5
Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa
  32,698
6
Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas
  30,666
7
Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah
  29,220
8
Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta
  27,400
9
Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.
  19,348
10
Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.
  18,317
11
J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D.
  17,795
12
Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla.
  17,722
13
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
  17,602
14
Joey Sonnier, New Iberia, La.
  16,430
15
Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah
  16,100
16
Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla.
  15,838
17
Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla.
  15,801
18
Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
  15,178
19
Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta
  15,144
20
Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D.
  15,022
Tie-down Roping
1
Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas
$43,735
2
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas
  38,091
3
Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.
  35,886
4
Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash.
  35,367
5
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
  34,964
6
Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas
  32,058
7
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
  31,627
8
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
  28,920
9
Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas
  24,867
10
Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho
  21,296
11
Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan.
  18,795
12
Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.
  18,055
13
Jesse Clark, Portales, N.M.
  17,995
14
Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas
  17,484
15
Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas
  16,758
16
Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.
  16,311
17
Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb.
  15,853
18
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas
  15,095
19
Braxton Laughlin, Sulphur, La.
  13,664
20
Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla.
  13,478
Steer Roping
1
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
$35,642
2
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
  31,088
3
Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.
  24,773
4
Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.
  22,075
5
Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas
  18,525
6
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
  15,268
7
Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas
  14,665
8
Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas
  12,641
9
Shay Good, Midland, Texas
  12,489
10
Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo.
  12,178
11
Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas
  12,155
12
Will Gasperson, Decatur, Texas
  12,145
13
Brodie Poppino, Big Cabin, Okla.
  11,265
14
Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas
  10,320
15
Chad Mathis, Morristown, Ariz.
  10,256
16
Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla.
   9,651
17
Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas
   9,298
18
Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D.
   8,464
19
Jim Locke, Miami, Texas
   7,918
20
Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M.
   7,749
Bull Riding
1
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$78,999
2
Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.
  57,241
3
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
  55,258
4
Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La.
  47,722
5
Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont.
  45,638
6
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
  41,803
7
Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.
  41,422
8
Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas
  37,968
9
Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah
  33,597
10
Lane Nobles, Gatesville, Texas
  28,888
11
Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho
  25,201
12
Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore.
  24,557
13
Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas
  24,364
14
Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas
  23,533
15
Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas
  23,108
16
Koby Radley, Montpelier, La.
  22,386
17
Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah
  19,771
18
Michael Riggs Jr., Claxton, Ga.
  19,106
19
Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M.
  18,825
20
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
  18,762
*2018 Barrel Racing (March 19, 2018)
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
Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas
$85,332
2
Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore.
  71,186
3
Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif.
  64,910
4
Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas
  48,567
5
Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas
  42,172
6
Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.
  38,562
7
Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla.
  34,354
8
Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas
  33,899
9
Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas
  31,512
10
Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo.
  29,636
11
Tiana Schuster, Krum, Texas
  28,560
12
Ericka Nelson, Century, Fla.
  21,848
13
Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas
  19,171
14
Fallon Taylor, Collinsville, Texas
  19,094
15
Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas
  18,970
16
Lori Todd, Willcox, Ariz.
  18,759
17
Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo.
  18,267
18
Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont.
  17,874
19
Jessica Telford, Caldwell, Idaho
  17,443
20
Emily Miller, Weatherford, Texas
  16,790
7. 2018 Xtreme Bulls standings
Unofficial through March 19, 2018
 
1
Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah
$32,388
2
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
  28,034
3
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
  26,301
4
Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.
  21,285
5
Lane Nobles, Gatesville, Texas
  21,264
6
Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont.
  14,510
7
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
  13,334
8
Riker Carter, Stone Idaho
  13,172
9
Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho
   9,926
10
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
   9,016
11
Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M.
   9,000
12
Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas
   8,975
13
Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.
   7,991
14
Nate Perry, Elk City, Okla.
   7,730
15
Bourdreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas
   7,649
16
Jordan Hansen, Ponoka, Alberta
   7,646
17
Fulton Rutland, Stilwell, Okla.
   7,616
18
Koby Radley, Montpelier, La.
   7,021
19
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
   6,869
20
Dustin Bowen, Fredericksburg, Pa.
   6,159
The PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the largest and oldest professional rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in ProRodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards. The PRCA, a membership-based organization, sanctions approximately 600 rodeos annually, and there are more than 30 million rodeo fans in the U.S. The PRCA showcases the world’s best cowboys by televising the sport’s premier events, the world-renowned Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on CBS Sports Net (DISH channel 158, DirecTV channel 221) and streaming on ProRodeoTV.com. The Wrangler Tour, Justin Boots Playoffs, RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, All American ProRodeo Finals will also air on CBS Sports Net, and ProRodeoTV.com. PRCA-sanctioned rodeos raise more than $26 million for local and national charities. For comprehensive coverage of the cowboy sport, read the ProRodeo Sports News, the official publication of the PRCA, and for daily updates of news and results visit the PRCA’s official website, www.prorodeo.com.
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