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Rodeo News 4-16-19

RODEO NEWS
From the PRCA
April 16, 2019
TAZ OLSON WINS LOGANDALE
LOGANDALE, Nev. – Steer wrestler Taz Olson knew that the next few weeks were going to present a break in rodeoing for him.
Olson is heading home to Prairie City, S.D., to help his grandfather and father on the family ranch. He can go home with a big smile on his face.
The 26-year-old posted a 4.0-second run in the final round of the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nev., Sunday night, to clock an average time of 14.5 seconds on three head to win the ProRodeo Tour event.
Olson earned $5,635 after finishing third in the first round, tying for first in the final round and winning the average.
In his fourth trip to Logandale, this was the first time he took home any kind of check, let alone the title and more than $5,500.
“That’s the first time I’ve won money there,” he said. “It’s pretty cool. It was sure a good time. I’ve always enjoyed that rodeo, the fresh steers.”
Olson was 37th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings heading into Logandale with $13,480. The win launched him up to 24th in the world standings. It will also put him right in the mix of the ProRodeo Tour Standings.
Olson was on Tanner Brunner’s horse Bert for the first time, but quickly found he was as good as he looked.
“That was the first time I ever rode him,” Olson said. “I wouldn’t mind (getting on him again). He gave some pretty good goes.”
He’ll head back on the rodeo road for Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo the first weekend of May.
“I’ll be home until Guymon,” he said. “I have to go home for lambing right now.”
Other winners at the $246,318 rodeo were all-around cowboy Stetson Wright ($5,734, saddle bronc riding and bull riding), bareback rider Austin Foss (172 points on two head); team ropers Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor (15.9 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz (174 points on two head); tie-down roper Tuf Cooper (27.6 seconds on three head); barrel racer Leia Pluemer (35.01 seconds on two runs); and bull rider Wright (174 points on two head).
AARON WILLIAMS GETS REDEMPTION AT OAKDALE
OAKDALE, Calif. – In his second year of PRCA competition, bull rider Aaron Williams was out for redemption at the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo.
The Pismo Beach, Calif., cowboy took a re-ride during his rookie year in 2018 but didn’t get a qualified ride.
“They got me for a slap right at the whistle (last year), so it was good to go this year and redeem myself,” Williams said.
One year later, Williams cruised into the winner’s circle with an 89-point ride on Big Stone Rodeo Inc.’s War Car.
“I had a good bull, and Oakdale is pretty historic, so I’m excited to add that buckle to my collection and keep it growing right on into Red Bluff (Calif.) this weekend,” Williams said.
Williams had a good idea of what he was in for with War Car after talking to Chance Schott, his friend and fellow bull rider.
“He gave me the rundown and said he’s a good little bull, a little hot-acting at first, but once you get down on him he’s awesome,” Williams said, adding that Schott predicted Williams would score in the high 80s.
Williams’ ride was worth $3,440, which should give him a healthy boost in the 2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings. Before winning Oakdale, the 22-year-old cowboy was ranked 17th in the world standings with $30,541.
“The year is still young, and I’m going to keep rodeoing and riding bulls,” Williams said. “They’ll let me know where I stand at the end of the year. It’s kind of out of my hands as far as where I get placed. I can only do so much, so I keep it simple and have fun riding and let the rest of the chips fall where they may.”
In true California style, Williams has a laid-back and relaxed mindset when it comes to competing.
“I just try to keep it as easy as possible and put the rest out of my mind,” Williams said. “It’s just bull riding – show up and have fun.”
His easygoing attitude has paid off at major rodeos before, as he won the 2018 Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo in September. He went on to finish second in the 2018 PRCA | Resistol Rookie Standings for bull riding with $67,066.
Williams took what he learned from his successful rookie year and is applying it to the 2019 season, getting started earlier than before.
“Last year, I didn’t get going until February or March, so it was nice to get those winter rodeos and go to San Antonio and Houston,” Williams said.
Other winners at the $124,875 rodeo were all-around cowboy Doyle Hoskins ($568, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Devan Reilly (85.5 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Black Ice); steer wrestler Hunter Cure (8.4 seconds on two head); team ropers Luke Brown/Jade Corkill (13.5 seconds on two head); saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright (88 points on C5 Rodeo’s Bad Intentions); tie-down roper Westyn Hughes (18.1 seconds on two head) and barrel racer Megan Champion (17.20 seconds).
J.R. VEZAIN MAKING PROGRESS AFTER SEVERE INJURY
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Veteran bareback rider J.R. Vezain continues to make progress after suffering a broken back while competing at the Pasadena (Texas) Livestock Show & Rodeo when he was riding Frontier Rodeo Company’s Brazos Bash, Sept. 22.
The injury required surgery and has left him with mobility issues from the waist down. Vezain addressed his rehab in an interview with ProRodeo Sports News Friday.
“I was rehabbing at Neuroworx in Sandy, Utah, since November,” said Vezain, 27. “They have upgraded me to taking steps with bodyweight support. My wife (Shelby) is getting ready to have a baby boy (the couple’s first child) May 14, so the closer that (date) came the more we were wanting to be at home. I talked to the therapist, and we did some new testing. They set me up with an at-home program to come to do some strength training for the next six to eight weeks until after the baby comes. Then we will touch base and make a new game plan after that. My in-laws turned the garage into a gym, and we have a bunch of equipment set up.”
Vezain, a six-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2012-14 and 2016-18), returned home to Melstone, Mont., from Sandy, Utah, April 5.
“I have been back rehabbing, and I elicit my own steps,” Vezain said. “My hip flexor is firing, my quads are firing, my glutes are firing, and those muscles are flexing. I can elicit my own steps, but my leg muscles are still so weak that I can’t hold myself up yet without assistance. I’m making progress daily.”
Vezain said his faith and the outpouring of support is helping him deal with his plight.
“Ever since the beginning when this happened, I could have laid in bed and wondered why it happened to me and wonder if I was going to get out of it, or you can get dressed, get out of bed and make the most of it, and that’s what I have been trying to do,” Vezain said. “I’m relying on the support system I have and my faith. I don’t know what the outcome is going to be, but I dang-sure know who holds tomorrow, and I’m going to keep working hard and keep on swinging.”
Vezain got on a horse for the first time since his injury April 6.
“I rode a horse around the place here (in Melstone), and that sure was great,” Vezain said. “I also got a four-wheeler rigged up with a hand-shifter, so I can go tag cows and help out around the ranch.”
Recently, Vezain also started doing leatherwork again.
“I used to do leatherwork growing up,” Vezain said. “I always had aspirations to set up my own saddle shop, and I got married and got busy with life and rodeoing,” Vezain said. “I had not done much leatherwork for three years or so, and then when I went to Utah, Kent Mertin raffled off a leather bag that he made and some spurs. Through small talk, I told him I used to do leatherwork. He told me if I got bored to come over (to West Jordan, Utah), which was 10 minutes away and do some leatherwork. I spent every day there after rehab doing leatherwork. I’ve been making a bunch of Navajo purse bags. Kent told me to show some of my purse bags on the internet, and I’ve been blessed. I got a bunch of orders of purses and some belts.”
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Wranglernetwork.com
Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, April 20, 2:30 p.m. (PT); April 21, 1:30 p.m. (PT)
ProRodeoTV.com
Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas) ProRodeo Tour Rodeo, April 25-27, 7 p.m. (PT); April 28, 3 p.m., CT.
George Paul Memorial Division 1 Xtreme Bulls, Del Rio, Texas, April 26-27, 8 p.m., CT
ProRodeo Live with Steve Kenyon
Central Ark PRCA Rodeo, El Paso, Ark., April 19-20, 7:30 p.m. (CT)
NEWS & NOTES FROM THE RODEO TRAIL
Bull riding is all Cody Rostockyj has known. However, after a serious injury scare recently, Rostockyj, who qualified for the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, is retiring from bull riding at the age of 29. “I was riding at the Waxahachie, Texas, rodeo a couple of weeks ago and I got hit in the head with a horn to the face,” said Rostockyj, who started his two-year term as bull riding representative on the PRCA Executive Council, April 1.
“It didn’t look like a bad wreck at all, but it kind of stunned me and paralyzed me for two minutes. I came back to after a couple of minutes and was able to move my body again, but it was tingling from my neck to my toes. The tingling went away except for my arms and my hands. I went to the ER that night and I didn’t have a broken neck or back, but they wanted me to go see a neurologist, so I did. They did an MRI and told me I bruised my spine.
“The way they explained it was that it was kind of like a concussion, once you get one, they can come more frequently and easier. The same thing with my back, that I might get hit again and nothing could happen or it could bruise it easier or I could get paralyzed.” That latter possibility was what led to Rostockyj walking away from the sport. Rostockyj joined the PRCA in October 2009 and earned $363,734. He was 45th in the April 8 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $11,486. Rostockyj will continue to keep close tabs on bull riding after being elected to serve as the bull riding representative on the PRCA Executive Council. “I wanted to do it and I was still going, and it would make it a lot easier,” Rostockyj said. “But now with me being retired, I can pay more attention to things and do an even better job.”
Next Up
April 19          Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up begins
April 19          Central Ark PRCA Rodeo, El Paso, Ark., begins
April 19          Jesse Andrus & Mike Hillman Memorial, Roswell, N.M., begins
April 20          Ron Ross Permit Steer Roping, Liberty, Texas, begins
April 20          Ron Ross Steer Roping, Liberty, begins
2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings Leaders
Unofficial through April 15, 2019
AA: Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, $83,412
BB: Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah, $115,965
SW: Ty Erickson, Helena , Mont., $96,274
TR-1: Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo., $71,832
TR-2: Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif., 75,435
SB: Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, $122,272
TD: Michael Otero, Weatherford, Texas, $81,435
SR: Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, $25,778
BR: Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla., $84,960
2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings
Please see prorodeo.com for the latest standings update. All standings are unofficial.
2019 PRCA Rodeo Results
About The PRCA
The PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is recognized as the unsurpassed leader in sanctioning the sport of professional rodeo. The PRCA’s mission is to unify membership in providing an innovative fan experience, to grow the sport of professional rodeo and provide new expanded opportunities for our membership and sponsors. Since 1986, the PRCA has paid out more than $1 billion in prize money to its contestants. The PRCA offers the best cowboys and the best rodeos; delivering the best fan experience while positively impacting our communities and embracing the spirit of the West. A membership-based organization, the PRCA sanctioned 650 rodeos in 2018, and there are more than 40 million rodeo fans in the U.S. The PRCA televises the sport’s premier events, with the world-renowned Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on CBS Sports Net and streaming on ProRodeoTV.com. The PRORODEO® Tour and RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo also air on CBS Sports Net, and ProRodeoTV.com. PRCA-sanctioned rodeos donate more than $40 million to local and national charities every year. For comprehensive coverage of the cowboy sport, read the ProRodeo Sports News, the official publication of the PRCA, and make sure to check out the digital edition of the PSN. The digital PSN and daily updates of news and results can be found on the PRCA’s official website, www.prorodeo.com.
For additional information about this press release, contact:
Tracy Renck
719.528.4758
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
101 Pro Rodeo Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919 www.prorodeo.com
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