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Courtesy of the PRCA
Sept. 4, 2018
PRCA Stat of the Week
As of Sept. 4, there have been 583 rodeos during the 2018 season paying out a total of $35,328,156.
1. Billy Bugenig wins Ellensburg Rodeo
ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Steer wrestler Billy Bugenig won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo for the second time in his 17 years of PRCA competition Sept. 3.
“I just got lucky, I guess,” Bugenig laughed. “I drew a couple of good steers, and Blake Mindemann sent his horse over. That was really nice.”
Bugenig’s friend from Australia, Kodie Jang, hazed for him while riding a horse owned by Matt Reeves. Meanwhile, Bugenig rode Mindemann’s American Quarter Horse, Django, the same horse he won $2,857 on collectively at Kennewick and Walla Walla, Wash.
“You always hear that the bulldoggers always help each other out, and that was a prime example of it,” said Bugenig, 37. “He’s just a good horse that stands in there and works. I had asked Blake if I could ride him at Kennewick because I needed to do good in the (Wrangler) Tour to make it to Puyallup.”
Bugenig didn’t place in the first round, but tied for seventh place with a 4.0-second run in the second round. That placed him in a three-way tie for third going into the final round.
Bugenig drew the same steer that Tyler Waguespack had made a 4.1-second run on in the first round. Bugenig topped Waguespack’s time with a 3.9-second run to win the average with 12.5 seconds on three head.
“He was really good, so the draw was a big part of it,” Bugenig said.
All told, the Ferndale, Calif., cowboy won $5,548 at Ellensburg. More importantly, it’s the final stop on the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour, the 22nd rodeo in the 2018 season to determine who will compete at the half-million-dollar Justin Finale in Puyallup, Wash., Sept. 6-9.
“Ellensburg’s always been a good rodeo, and it’s one of the better ones we go to all year,” Bugenig said. “When you can come out on top, it’s a plus. I’m fortunate to do good today.”
Before winning Ellensburg, Bugenig was 32nd in the Wrangler Tour Standings, about 75 points shy of breaking into the Top 24 and qualifying for the Tour Finale. Now, he’s 18th in the tour.
“It’s important because of the way they have the deal set up at Puyallup,” Bugenig said. “It pays a lot, but you still have to do good when you get there.”
After Ellensburg, Bugenig moved up two spots to 19th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $57,904, which was $7,973 short of breaking into the Top 15. Now he’s focused on making up ground to earn his fifth qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
“Where I’m at in the standings is a ways behind,” Bugenig said. “For me to get caught up, there’s big money at Puyallup, so today was an important day to do good. I’m still behind, but we will see how it goes over the next two weeks.”
Bugenig is no stranger to being on the bubble as he finished 19th during the 2014 season.
“I’ve been on the bubble a lot, seems like my whole career, so I’m not nervous,” Bugenig said. “I will do the best I can and see what happens.”
Other winners of the $341,885 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tuf Cooper ($5,904, tie-down roping and steer roping); bareback rider Richmond Champion (174 points on two head); team ropers Riley Minor and Brady Minor (15.9 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer (170 points on two head); tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett (25.4 seconds on three head); barrel racer Tracy Nowlin (51.79 seconds on three runs); steer roper J. Tom Fisher (25.2 seconds on two head); and bull rider Aaron Williams (163 points on two head).
2. Sage Kimzey wins Ellensburg, Wash., Xtreme Bulls
ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Nearly a week after turning 24, four-time defending World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey found another reason to celebrate his birthday.
The Strong City, Okla., cowboy, who turned 24 on Aug. 26, is looking for his fifth consecutive world title, and Sept. 1 might have contributed to that.
Kimzey won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale, as the only bull rider to cover two bulls. That helped him take home $33,323.
In the process, Kimzey broke the PRCA record for money earned in a season before the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with $274,099, including ground money. Kimzey owned the previous record with $237,152, set last season.
The win also gave Kimzey his third Xtreme Bulls year-end title and seventh Xtreme Bulls event win. He trails only Matt Austin’s eight for the most Xtreme Bulls wins.
On Sept. 1, Kimzey finished with 166 points on two head.
Afterward, Kimzey’s girlfriend surprised him with a birthday cake in front of all 40 bull riders from the Xtreme Bulls and the Ellensburg committee in a tour celebration put on by the committee.
“It was good, for sure,” Kimzey said. “My girlfriend said, ‘It would’ve been awkward to celebrate if you’d been in a bad mood.'”
Kimzey had no reason to be in a bad mood, though his night did start inauspiciously, as he tied for eighth with Dustin Boquet in the first round. That earned each of them $423. After that, the money flowed to Kimzey. His 87.5-point ride on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Double Down in the finals was worth $18,800. Winning the average netted him another $14,400.
He entered the event leading the Xtreme Bulls standings with $46,473. His lead over second-place Parker Breding was slightly less than $8,000.
More important than that lead was his PRCA | RAM World Standings lead. Following the Xtreme Bulls Finale, Kimzey had built his season earnings to $274,099. He leads Breding, his closest competitor, by $105,070.
“This is one of the last game changers of the season for us,” Kimzey said. “There are only a few huge payoffs left coming down in the last month of the season. It’s definitely an event that can make or break a season. It plays a big key in the race for a world title. So anytime there’s that kind of money up, you try a little harder.”
The event in Ellensburg paid out a total of $94,000. Riker Carter and Elliot Jacoby split the first-round win with 86 points each. That earned them $7,473 for the round and another $9,400 apiece for tying for second in the average.
3. What to Watch For
Wrangler Network
Wrangler ProRodeo Tour’s Justin Finale, Puyallup (Wash.), Sept. 6-7, 6:30 p.m., PT; Sept. 8, 1 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.; Sept. 9, 1 p.m.
ProRodeo Live with Steve Kenyon
Wrangler ProRodeo Tour’s Justin Finale, Puyallup (Wash.), Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m.; Sept. 8, 1 p.m., simulcast from ProRodeoTV.com; Sept. 9, 1 p.m.
Spokane (Wash.) Interstate Rodeo, Sept. 7-8, 7 p.m. (PT)
4. News & Notes from the rodeo trail
  • The 29th Annual Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up Foundation Memorial golf tournament is scheduled for Sept. 10, and the organizing committee is offering participants a discounted entry fee to play. The event is a fundraiser for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. Over the years, the tournament has raised more than $135,000 to help injured rodeo athletes and their families. The golf tournament is happening at the Pendleton Country Club,

    69772 Hwy. 395 South Pendleton, 97801. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. (PT) and tee off is at 8:30 a.m. To enter the tournament, call or text Julie Jutten, Executive Director JCCF, at 719.337.1471 or email jccfinfo@prorodeo.comto enter. Entry fees will be collected at registration

  • The final PRCA Rodeo Camp of 2018 is scheduled for Sept. 30 in San Bernardino, Calif. Registration is required at www.prorodeo.com/prorodeo/rodeo/youth-rodeo
  • The final day of the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, Sept. 3, was dedicated to Bill Seubert, a past Ellensburg Rodeo Director and longtime volunteer, who passed away in April. Seubert was born in Ellensburg on Jan. 3, 1940, to Barney and Peg Seubert. He grew up in Ellensburg, attending Lourdes Academy and Ellensburg High School. He graduated from Seattle University with a major in business and a minor in theology. He worked for Boeing in Seattle for a few years before returning to Ellensburg to take over the family hardware store. He married Mary McManamy on July 22, 1967. Mary was a past rodeo queen and an announcer at the Ellensburg Rodeo when she met and married Bill. With Mary involved in the rodeo, Bill showed an interest in joining the board as a way to serve the community. Seubert served as a rodeo director from 1970-99, and helped start several long-standing rodeo traditions, including the volunteer appreciation dinner and the posse breakfast
  • On Aug. 30, the new inductees into the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame were celebrated at the Central Washington University Student Union Recreation Center Ballroom. Inductees this year were the late KatherineKayForbes Hageman, the Frank Wallace Family and the team-roping pair of Jake Barnes and Clay O’Brien Cooper. After the inductions, the “Shades of Fame” auction raised money for the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Museum. Local businesses sponsored artists from around the region to create one-of-a-kind lamps for the auction. Bidders paid hundreds of dollars to bring the pieces of art home with them, with at least one piece fetching more than $1,000
  • On Sept. 1, at Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days, cowboy legends Darrell Mayberry, Joe Bronkhurst and Tim Corfield were honored. Mayberry was born in Walla Walla and competed for many years as a PRCA, ACTRA and Pioneer Posse member and in amateur rodeo. He competed in bareback, bull riding, bulldogging, tie-down roping and team roping. Bronkhurst was born in Spokane and moved to Walla Walla to attend the community college. He went to the College National Finals Rodeo in tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. After college, he continued as a PRCA member for many more years. Corfield grew up in Pendleton and went to college at Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. He was an integral part in creating the Washington State High School Rodeo Association. He then began coaching men’s and women’s rodeo teams at Walla Walla Community College.
5. Next Up
Sept. 4             Gem State Classic Pro Rodeo, Blackfoot, Idaho, continues
Sept. 5             Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Lewiston, Idaho
Sept. 6             Tri-State Rodeo, Fort Madison, Iowa, begins
Sept. 6             Lewiston (Idaho) Round-Up begins
Sept. 6             Wrangler ProRodeo Tour’s Justin Finale, Puyallup, Wash., begins
Sept. 7             Defeat of Jesse James Days Rodeo, Northfield, Minn., begins
Sept. 7             Spokane (Wash.) Interstate Rodeo begins
Sept. 7             Banning (Calif.) Stagecoach Days PRCA Rodeo begins
Sept. 7             Utah’s Own Rodeo at the Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City
Sept. 8             Division 2 Xtreme Bulls, Albuquerque, N.M.
Sept. 8             Okaloosa Firefighters Pro Rodeo, Baker, Fla., begins
Sept. 8             Burden (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo begins
Sept. 8             Davie (Fla.) Pro Rodeo
Sept. 8             Medicine Lodge Fall Round-Up, Edson, Alberta
Sept. 8             Cowtown Rodeo, Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J.
Sept. 9             Rodeo de Zootecnia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Sept. 9             Monroeton (Pa.) Fire Co. Rodeo begins
6. 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings Leaders
Unofficial through Sept. 4, 2018
AA:
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$187,020
BB:
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
$177,570
SW:
Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.
$97,520
TR-1:
Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga.
$106,386
TR-2:
Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil
$106,386
SB:
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$140,103
TD:
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$112,342
BR:
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$274,099
SR:
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$82,746
7. 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings
Unofficial through Sept. 4, 2018
All-around
1
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$187,020
2
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
165,827
3
Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah
133,804
4
Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.
107,966
5
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
107,715
6
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
93,237
7
Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla.
75,824
8
Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.
65,071
9
Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss.
61,823
10
Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.
60,005
11
Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas
59,712
12
Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M.
55,324
13
Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.
50,564
14
Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla.
47,205
15
Chance Oftedahl, Pemberton, Minn.
47,159
16
Tanner Green, Cotulla, Texas
45,329
17
Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D.
37,889
18
Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla.
37,554
19
Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif.
37,006
20
Wesley Brunson, Terry, Miss.
33,921
Bareback Riding
1
Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa
$177,570
2
Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah
159,912
3
Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.
115,159
4
Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas
111,712
5
Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba
101,533
6
Mason Clements, Springville, Utah
98,220
7
Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.
97,371
8
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas
96,153
9
Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah
95,180
10
Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas
94,923
11
Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas
84,921
12
Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.
81,892
13
Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D.
77,450
14
J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.
74,755
15
Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev.
66,386
16
Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta
62,854
17
Seth Hardwick, Ranchester, Wyo.
61,473
18
Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas
57,685
19
Ty Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan
56,236
20
Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.
50,468
Steer Wrestling
1
Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.
$97,520
2
Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta
87,402
3
Will Lummus, West Point, Miss.
86,320
4
Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta
83,132
5
Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, Mont.
81,178
6
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La.
78,155
7
Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La.
77,426
8
Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan.
76,882
9
Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont.
75,776
10
Blake Mindemann, Blanchard, Okla.
72,239
11
Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore.
72,007
12
Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas
69,073
13
Cole Edge, Durant, Okla.
67,885
14
Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta
66,631
15
Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala.
65,877
16
Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.
63,269
17
Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D.
58,745
18
Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.
57,942
19
Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.
57,904
20
Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D.
57,780
Team Roping (header)
1
Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga.
$106,386
2
Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla.
100,805
3
Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla.
99,612
4
Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla.
82,046
5
Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif.
81,669
6
Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
81,004
7
Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C.
80,678
8
Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.
80,390
9
Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz.
78,793
10
Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.
65,745
11
Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz.
64,470
12
Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas
63,069
13
Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn.
63,041
14
Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif.
60,125
15
Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah
58,676
16
Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D.
56,108
17
Joshua Torres, Ocala, Fla.
54,588
18
Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Idaho
54,570
19
Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D.
54,527
20
Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla.
53,897
Team Roping (heeler)
1
Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil
$106,386
2
Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas
100,805
3
Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.
99,612
4
Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo.
93,765
5
Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla.
90,585
6
Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.
80,678
7
Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
79,812
8
Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla.
79,483
9
Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas
77,980
10
Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.
77,151
11
Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.
76,533
12
Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.
64,789
13
Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas
60,123
14
Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb.
57,038
15
Trace Porter, Leesville, La.
56,138
16
Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah
54,846
17
Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla.
54,588
18
Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.
54,570
19
Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.
53,897
20
Blaine Vick, Dublin, Texas
52,558
Saddle Bronc Riding
1
Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas
$140,103
2
Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah
130,457
3
Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.
111,588
4
Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas
111,278
5
Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah
111,036
6
Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta
104,705
7
Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa
100,140
8
Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta
99,136
9
Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas
97,674
10
Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.
86,983
11
CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah
83,405
12
Jake Wright, Milford, Utah
77,091
13
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.
70,851
14
Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont.
70,660
15
Joey Sonnier III, New Iberia, La.
66,522
16
J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D.
66,273
17
Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah
64,478
18
Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah
62,981
19
Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.
58,149
20
Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas
49,292
Tie-down Roping
1
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$112,342
2
Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas
109,904
3
Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.
107,570
4
Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.
91,209
5
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
88,210
6
Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash.
86,169
7
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas
85,282
8
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
83,691
9
Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho
81,859
10
Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas
80,552
11
Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah
78,279
12
Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas
76,708
13
Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas
73,261
14
Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan.
72,600
15
Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.
68,038
16
Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas
67,449
17
Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas
64,700
18
Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla.
62,254
19
Randall Carlisle, Athens, La.
60,710
20
Taylor Santos, Creston, Calif.
58,303
Steer Roping
1
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas
$82,746
2
Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas
66,887
3
Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.
62,225
4
Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas
49,586
5
Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.
47,723
6
Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas
44,717
7
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas
43,768
8
Brodie Poppino, Big Cabin, Okla.
42,978
9
Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas
42,012
10
J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas
41,965
11
Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas
38,888
12
Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas
38,432
13
Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.
38,186
14
Will Gasperson, Decatur, Texas
37,464
15
Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas
36,078
16
Roger Branch, Wellston, Okla.
33,549
17
Jim Locke, Miami, Texas
32,912
18
Corey Ross, Liberty Hill, Texas
30,909
19
Shay Good, Midland, Texas
27,439
20
Jason Evans, Glen Rose, Texas
25,102
Bull Riding
1
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.
$274,099
2
Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont.
169,029
3
Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La.
107,432
4
Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas
106,431
5
Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas
98,902
6
Cole Melancon, Batson, Texas
92,140
7
Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas
91,698
8
Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore.
90,979
9
Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas
90,441
10
Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas
89,200
11
Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah
88,260
12
Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla.
87,641
13
Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.
85,473
14
Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla.
84,706
15
Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho
84,265
16
Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah
82,539
17
Riker Carter, Stone, Idaho
81,738
18
Koby Radley, Montpelier, La.
80,998
19
Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho
78,072
20
J.W. Harris, Goldthwaite, Texas
73,336
*2018 Barrel Racing (Sept. 4, 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
$191,438
2
Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif.
146,826
3
Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.
120,103
4
Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas
114,938
5
Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas
109,231
6
Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas
102,975
7
Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla.
97,391
8
Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D.
93,843
9
Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo.
91,218
10
Carman Pozzobon, Aldergrove, British Columbia
86,947
11
Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas
85,355
12
Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas
82,631
13
Tracy Nowlin, Nowata, Okla.
82,621
14
Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore.
82,084
15
Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas
79,148
16
Jessica Telford, Caldwell, Idaho
78,045
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