#NFR17 Rounds 5,6,7 Rodeo Rewind



Arnie Jackson WNFR Radio Reports

 Round 7 Wrap-Up

 Thoughts From Karl Stressman

 Round 6 Wrap-Up

 Heading into Round 6

 Round 5 Wrap-Up

 Heading Into Round 5

 Round 4 Wrap-Up

Round 7 Results 


Braden wins second go-round at WNFR

LAS VEGAS – Hardy Braden is making the most of his first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

Coming into the 2017 Finals, Braden was just hoping to compete and maybe place a few times.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Braden won his second go-round at the Thomas & Mack Center, scoring 88 points on Hi Lo ProRodeo’s Garden City Gal for the Round 7 win.

“That’s pretty unbelievable,” Braden said. “I came in with the mindset of being happy to place in some rounds, let alone win two of them. Two out of seven is good compared to what I said I’d be happy with. I treat it like any rodeo, and show up with a level head and do the best with what you got and block out the pressure of so much money in a perf.”

Braden had never been on Garden City Gal before, but rode her like she was old hat.

“I had never actually seen her,” Braden said, “but Jacobs (Crawley) had been on her before and some of my friends too, and they all said she had some moves and tricks, and to try to stay back on her – and that’s what I did, and she had an outstanding trip today.”

Crawley is still leading the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $226,927. Crawley placed fifth in Round 7. 

Aus notches second win of 2017 WNFR

After tying for first in the second round, bareback rider Tanner Aus hit a cold spell, placing just once over the next three rounds. But a night after breaking that streak with a tie for fifth, Aus scored 87 points on Three Hills Rodeo’s Jr. Bonner.

“It’s nice,” Aus said. “That’s just part of the competition being so tough here, sometimes you’re going to split round wins. To be able to head out there tonight on my own, this is basically the culmination of a long season and a lot of preparation. It’s a dream come true to be on that stage again, and I’m very thankful that I get to go out there.”

Aus had to wait for a re-ride from Orin Larsen before he could truly celebrate his win.

“Well, I knew that Orin (Larsen) had a good shot (on his re-ride) – Orin’s been riding great all week, he had a great horse, this is a tough pen,” said Aus, from Minnesota. “I was just waiting with bated breath, I guess, but thankful to have the round win for sure.”

World standings leader Tim O’Connell tied for second in the go-round and heads into Round 8 with $289,762, more than $80,000 ahead of Aus, his closest competitor.

Eldridge goes 3.3 seconds to win steer wrestling

Dakota Eldridge posted the fastest time of the 2017 WNFR in the steer wrestling competition when he stopped the clock at 3.3 seconds. That was plenty fast to win Round 7 and take home $26,231.

Eldridge entered the seventh round with the fourth best average time. His time in Round 7 kept him in fourth and has him in seventh place in the world standings with $144,006.

The quick victory had Eldridge pumped.

“The feeling when you win is something you never want to get rid of,” said Eldridge, a 26-year-old Nevadan. “The crowd goes crazy and it’s incredible. They had not done anything on that steer, but you have to have a good attitude no matter what and stay positive. 

Eldridge changed his approach and watched it work.

“I finally got close to the barrier tonight,” he said. “I’ve been giving them a head start. I’m done being nice, I’m going to get greedy.”

Being from Elko, Nev., gave Eldridge a special feeling to win in his home state.

“I have a bunch of people down here today and it’s just unbelievable to have this rodeo in your home state, six hours from my house,” Eldridge said. “You get down here, and sometimes you get caught up and get tired, and man, you just have to crave it and realize how much money you’re running for. It doesn’t get any better than having your home state crowd cheering for you. That really pumps you up.” 

Ty Erickson, who leads the aggregate, is on top of the world standings with $230,267 heading into the final three rounds of the WNFR.

Egusquiza/Koontz pair up for another round win

Dustin Egusquiza might be in the middle of his first trip to the WNFR, but he’s not roping like it.

Egusquiza, a team roping header, paired with Kory Koontz to win their second go-round in the Finals, clocking a time of 3.5 seconds, the fastest time of the 2017 Finals.

“It makes me feel good to be able to get him going in his career and to be the first guy to rope with him at the NFR,” said Koontz, in his 21st trip to the WNFR. “When I get old and I’m in my rocking chair, I can sit back and watch him do great things. I get a really good feeling in seeing guys that I was able to help move forward in their career and get them going.”

Egusquiza was ecstatic with his first win. Wednesday’s win felt just as good.

“I don’t think there could have been a greater feeling than winning the first round, but 3.5 (seconds) in the seventh go-round heading for Kory Koontz, it’s pretty crazy,” said Egusquiza, 22.

The time also tied for the second fastest in Round 7 history. Egusquiza’s confidence continues to grow.

“Man, I know that I can turn him wherever,” Egusquiza said. “When the gate opens, I can turn him and he (Koontz) is always going to be ready. I’m not ever going to catch him off guard.”

Egusquiza and Koontz have pocketed $70,712 each.

Team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira have moved back into first place in the world standings in their respective events, where they started when the Finals opened. Driggers has $196,086, while Nogueira has $196,816.

Frost capitalizes on Heavens Basement to win bull riding

Joe Frost knew he was getting a good bull. Wayne Vold Rodeo’s Heavens Basement had bucked off Tim Bingham in Round 2 of the Finals.

He didn’t buck off Frost.

Frost rode Heavens Basement for 87 points and the win in Round 7.

“Well, I talked to my dad and brother when they found what I had, and last time they watched when Bingham had him and they said he was to the right,” Frost said. “But I put that out of my mind. If I know, I will get ahead of myself, and I would rather ride in the center; and if they turn, I can catch up and play defense – that’s the best way to do it.”

It was the fifth time Frost has placed in the Finals this year, giving him $88,692 for the rodeo and $217,835 in season earnings.

“It always helps anytime you win a round,” Frost said. “It’s been two years since I won a round (at the Wrangler NFR). It’s the most fun thing – you are the star of the show and it pays well, too.”

With $340,229, Sage Kimzey continues to dominate the world standings. He’s also first in the aggregate with 513.5 points on six head.

Carlisle snaps streak to win tie-down roping round

It had been a long time since Randall Carlisle had won a round at the WNFR. That streak is over.

Carlisle won the Round 7 tie-down roping in 7.5 seconds to get his first go-round win at the Finals since his last appearance in 2013, when he won Round 2.

“I’m just thankful that things are turning around,” Carlisle said. “I started off bad and I’m trying to overcome everything.”

Carlisle said the encouragement he received from family and friends earlier in the day gave him a jolt heading into the round.

“I had text messages all day today saying that tonight was going to be my night, and I broke the ice,” he said. “Now, there are three rounds left and I’m going to keep going after it each night.”

Carlisle switched horses after the first two rounds, getting on Fletch for Round 3, and was riding him again for Wednesday’s win.

“He’s been very good,” Carlisle said. “I started using him in Round 3 and he has done the same thing every night. I used my horse, Cat, the first two rounds, and he’s a great horse that’s real strong and he was a little too strong here, so I decided to switch to (Fletch) because he’s smaller and easier (to handle).”  

Regular-season leader Tuf Cooper continues to be at the top of the world standings, stretching his lead after a second-place finish Wednesday. He has $247,406.

Murray wins first go-round at WNFR

WNFR newcomer Tillar Murray rode out last in the barrel racing on Wednesday. 

She finished first.

Murray finished in 13.40 seconds, the second fastest time for any Round 7.

Murray is in her first trip to the Finals. Through her first six rounds she had placed twice. Then came the win.

“I can’t believe that I won a go-round,” she said. “I am just so happy to be here. I’ve wanted to be at the NFR ever since I was a little kid. Just being here is cool. I really had no expectation of winning a round. There is just no way to describe it. It is the coolest feeling.”

Her horse, Commander, is adjusting to the arena.

“I am so excited,” she said. “I was nervous being last out on the ground, but Commander really handled it well. I couldn’t have asked him to work any better. He exceeded all expectations and I am so proud of him.”

Tiany Schuster has $285,339 in season earnings to continue to lead the way toward the barrel racing world championship.

Cooper gains ground in all-around race

Trevor Brazile continues to lead in the race for the coveted all-around gold buckle, but his brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper, gained some ground in Round 7.

Brazile did not place in the money in the tie-down roping, while Cooper took second to win $20,731. Brazile leads the all-around race with $313,837. Cooper is second with $286,983. 

Ryder Wright atop RAM Top Gun race

In his second trip to the WNFR, 19-year-old Ryder Wright is leading the RAM Top Gun Award standings.

Wright finished second in the saddle bronc riding go-round Wednesday and earned $20,731 to move into first place in the Top Gun chase with $121,692.

He passed barrel racer Hailey Kinsel, who is second with $120,423.



Layton Green - Drawing Well and Riding For the Money

Las Vegas, NV - December 13, 2017

It’s all about the draw in the saddle bronc riding and that was certainly the case again tonight as cowboys faced the rank pen for the second and last time of this Finals. Reigning Canadian Champion, Layton Green, placed for the third round in a row. The Meeting Creek, AB cowboy was a solid 83 on Korkow Rodeo’s Meat Cracker to cash a 4th place cheque of $11,000 to go over $45,000 for the week.

“Everybody here has been riding so amazing,” Green acknowledged. “The horse that can get you even one more point is the one you want. My horse tonight was dang sure some work but he was a good draw in this pen.” The first time WNFR cowboy struggled through the early rounds as he drew a series of horses it was really tough to win money on. “I just told myself I’ve worked my whole life to get here and to just slow down and enjoy it. Now that I’ve been here once, I can’t wait for next year and I can’t wait for the next three days this year.”

The battle at the top of the bronc riding still has Jacobs Crawley in first place with Ryder Wright in second spot and brother-in-law CoBurn Bradshaw right behind him. But as the average becomes a bigger and bigger factor as we move to the final three rounds, Bradshaw is second, Wright is fifth and Crawley is back in eighth. Big Valley, Alberta’s defending world champion, Zeke Thurston was 75.5 on Dakota Rodeo’s Chirrkawa, did not place in the round and fell to 4th place in the average. And the dry spell continued for Clay Elliott as the 2016 Canadian Champion was bucked off Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Faded Away. Elliott, at his second WNFR, has yet to place through the first seven rounds. And the Calgary Stampede’s electric Tiger Warrior was the Rank Horse of the Night as he dispatched Heith DeMoss in spectacular fashion.

Dirty rotten steer. 

Those were the words, or words very similar to that, that every Canadian rodeo fan used after Tanner Milan’s go-round seven steer wrestling run at the Thomas and Mack Arena. The steer ran hard, wouldn’t take the fall and finally escaped the desperate effort of the two-time Canadian Champion to get a time to stay in the average.

When that didn’t happen, Milan’s no time dropped the Cochrane cowboy from 4th in the average to 10th and his world championship aspirations took a major hit. Provost, Alberta bulldogger Scott Guenthner had a 4.8 run but finished out of the money as Dakota Eldridge was a sizzling 3.3 on a steer that as good as Milan’s was bad. Helena, Montana dogger, Ty Erickson, continues to lead both the average and the world standings with three rounds remaining.

The team roping pairing of Tom Richards and Canadian Jeremy Buhler continued to struggle as they took a no time on Wednesday night. At the top end of the standings, Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira went back to the lead in their back and forth battle with Cory Petska and Erich Rogers but Petska and Rogers, the Arizona pairing, lead the average while Driggers and Nogueira, the defending All-Around titleist, had a couple of no times earlier in the week and are well out of average contention.

In the bareback riding, Jake Vold battled a tough Wayne Vold bucker called The Ritz for 83.5 points and a 4/5/6 split in the round. Vold continues to lead the average by a half point over Tim O’Connell who is on cruise control atop the world standings with a commanding $88,000 lead over second place cowboy, Tanner Aus. And for the second of the Canadians in the bareback riding, Orin Larsen, it was even more of a battle as Kesler Rodeo’s Candy Smile was a handful with the Manitoba cowboy managing to stay on but able to garner only 66.5 points for the effort. ?Minnesota cowboy Tanner Aus won the go round with an 87 score on Three Hills Rodeos Jr Bonner.

2016 Canadian Bull Riding Champion, Jordan Hansen, improved to three of seven and has ridden two in a row as tonight the Calgary cowboy, also at his first WNFR, rode Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s Sudden Debt to 83 points and a 4/5 split for an $8883 payday. Hansen now has over $41,000 in earnings to date. Utah bull rider, Joe Frost, won the round with a terrific 87 point ride on Wayne Vold’s Heaven’s Basement, the Rank Bull of the Night earlier in the week.

“I didn’t know that bull but I was happy to have him, Frost noted. “I do better on big strong bulls like that. I made a point not to ask anybody about him. I prefer to trust myself. I ride better that way.” 

And there was a big change in the barrel racing tonight. Season leader Tiany Schuster likely breathed a sigh of relief when rookie sensation Hailey Kinsel hit a barrel to put the brakes on what had been an amazing Finals that saw her closing fast on the leader through the first six rounds. Schuster finished 6th in the go-round and sits 4th in the aggregate. Fort Worth, Texas cowgirl, Tillar Murray, was on the bottom of the ground, but nevertheless put together a speedy 13.40 for her first ever WNFR go round win. 

The tie down roping race continues to be very tight although season leader Tuf Cooper put a little more distance between himself and the rest of the field as he posted an 8.0 second run, second only to Randall Carlisle’s 7.5 (which was achieved on Canadian roper, Kyle Lucas' horse). Cooper's world standings lead over Brazilian Marcos Costa now stands at $35,000 but Costas leads the average with 56.6 seconds on seven runs with Cooper nipping at his heels with 59.3 over the seven days. 

With several races still much too close to call, the final three days of Las Vegas action promise both jubilation and heartbreak.


Round Six Results

Benton chalks up win No. 3 at 2017 WNFR 

LAS VEGAS – Trey Benton III continues to be the talk of the bull riding competition.

Benton became the first competitor across any event to win three rounds at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in 2017 after scoring 92.5 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Bomb Pop at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The win gives him $115,346 won at the 2017 WNFR, the second most of any competitor.

He’s first in the bull riding average with 442.5 points on five head and third in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $236,747.

Benton trails three-time defending World Champion Sage Kimzey, who placed second on Tuesday and has $340,229.

“I have a plan in my head, and I hope to go out there and show it,” Benton said. “I’m planning on winning every round the rest of the way, and if I do that, my plan will work. I know what needs to be done.”

Benton also won Rounds 1 and 4. He has covered every bull except the one he faced in the fifth round. He has also placed third in one round and fourth in the other. 

Benton had not ridden Bomb Pop, but was familiar with the bull. He watched good friend Cody Teel ride the bull for 89 points at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days in July.

“Cody and I were actually up in the same set that day in Cheyenne, so I pulled his bull rope and watched the ride up close,” Benton said. “I remember that ride like it was yesterday, and it was awesome. Cody rode the mess out of that bull, and seeing my buddy get on him that day really helped me be prepared for my ride tonight.”

Ryder Wright notches second round win in saddle bronc riding

At age 19, Ryder Wright will be back plenty of times to the WNFR. And at the pace he’s on, he likely to set plenty of records.

Wright won the saddle bronc riding for the second time at the 2017 WNFR with a score of 89 points on The Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s 2 Cookies, giving him his seventh career round win in 16 rounds at the WNFR, a winning percentage of 43.8 percent.

“Just lucky I guess, I draw pretty good and I don’t know that I’ve ever drawn bad here,” Wright said. “I try to just do my own thing and let the other riders do theirs.”

The win gives Wright his second round win in his last three rides and puts him over the $100,000 mark for the 2017 Finals. It also has him in second place in the world standings.

“It definitely helps and gets you fired up and there’s no way to explain the feeling,” Wright said. “There’s nothing better than winning at the Thomas and Mack. I’ve wanted to ride at this rodeo my whole life, and to be here and fortunate to draw good horses and ride good is just awesome.”

Wright got the win on a re-ride. Waiting to get on 2 Cookies, he used his time to prepare mentally.

“You don’t want to think about it too much and psych yourself out,” Wright said. “I wanted to keep my cool and I had every move and jump figured out before I nodded my head.”

Jacobs Crawley continues to reign at the top of the world standings, perched atop the chart with $220,158. Wright is behind by less than $20,000.

Yates making run at average with back-to-back round wins

Marty Yates is making a run. 

A night after winning in 7.0 seconds, Yates was even better, winning the tie-down roping by tying a Round 6 record in 6.9 seconds.

After coming into this year’s WNFR in seventh place in the world standings, Yates has climbed to third place with $83,192 won at the Finals for a total of $180,366.

“When I found out the calf I had tonight, I knew it was going to be good,” Yates said. “I just stuck to my game plan and I didn’t back off and kept going forward. I got an amazing start. Sometimes when you’re here and you come through that barrier you don’t know whether you are for sure out or not and that’s when you make the fastest runs. Everything came together tonight, and it felt awesome. I knew if I just did my job, I was going to win the round.”

Yates tied the round record he set in 2014 with Matt Shiozawa that same year. 

“When you make those kinds of runs, everything has to go perfect and it did just that tonight. I don’t care if you’re 6.5 or 6.9, everything has to go perfect,” the Texas cowboy said. “When you’re out here doing good, there’s not a better feeling in the world, and I’m just looking forward to the remaining rounds and hoping that everything goes my way.” 

Tuf Cooper is still at the top of the tie-down roping standings with $226,675.

Vezain, Biglow split bareback riding win

It was a pair of firsts for co-winners J.R. Vezain and Clayton Biglow in the bareback riding competition.

Vezain scored 88 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet Belle, while Biglow scored 88 on Frontier Rodeo’s Night Fist.

For Vezain, it was just his second win in five trips to the WNFR. But it was his first victory lap he’d ever taken, since his first win came in the 10th round of the 2012 WNFR.

“I’ve been here five times and I’ve only won one round so far in five years,” Vezain said. “And the round I did win was the 10th round, and the average winner gets to take the victory lap that time. So, I had never gotten to take the victory lap yet. It’s amazing, it’s awesome.”

Biglow, who entered the WNFR in third place in the world standings, had yet to place through the first five rounds. 

“No, I wasn’t upset with my riding,” Biglow said. “I just couldn’t get the ball rolling. I was never upset with myself and you never want to do that because you start fighting with your head, and that’s bad to do here. I just put all the nights behind me and come in with a fresh mind like it’s the first round. Do your job.”

Tim O’Connell, the world standings leader, is atop the competition with $271,570.

Horse change helps Roche win steer wrestling

The first five rounds hadn’t gone according to plan for steer wrestler Baylor Roche.
But Roche changed that script by switching horses to ride Maverick, resulting in winning Round 6 in 3.6 seconds on Tuesday night.

“This week had been slow,” said Roche, who is in fifth place in the world standings. “Now by getting this win, there’s some pressure off me. I’ve been here three times and I don’t feel like I’ve done what I was supposed to do. So, this feels good to get something rolling and I still have four rounds left. I’m just going to keep the pressure up and try and win all the remaining rounds.”

Roche changed horses and it seemed to pay dividends immediately.

“I was riding Tom Lewis’ horse, Maverick,” Roche said. “This is Maverick’s first time to the Thomas & Mack and he sure shined. I was riding Hunter Cure’s horse, Charlie, and that’s an amazing horse and he just wasn’t working for me here, so I just needed to try something else.” 

Tanner Milan rode Maverick to wins in Rounds 2 and 5 this year.

World standings leader Ty Erickson took second place on Tuesday to pad his lead and up his season earnings to $230,267.

Split for first in team roping with Minor/Minor, Snow/Thorp

Team ropers Riley Minor and Brady Minor tied with Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp to stop the clock in 3.7 seconds and tie for the second-fastest Round 6 time ever.

For the Minors, it’s another consistent performance. They’ve caught all six steers through the first six rounds to sit second in the race for the average title. They are sixth in the world standings in their respective events.

“It’s a longshot, but we have to win the go-rounds for a chance at the end, but we’re here to win as much money as possible, and there are still quite a few rounds,” heeler Brady Minor said. “The average plays a part, but there’s big money at the end if we can knock a few more down.”

Header Riley Minor isn’t trying to push too hard.

“I’m trying to be smart and take a good shot,” Riley Minor said. “Horses feel pretty good, and when it gets fast, sometimes you try to go too fast and make mistakes, so I try to tell myself to just slow down and be fast.”

For Snow and Thorp, the win marked their first placing of the WNFR.

“It feels good to win some money, and especially to win the round,” said Snow, the header. “It feels pretty awesome.”

Heeler Thorp said they are staying on task.

“We had a couple fluke deals that happened the first few rounds,” Thorp said. “We had to try to look over it. I mean, as frustrating as it was, we just want to stick to the game plan. It made us loosen up a little bit because we had nothing to lose.”

Erich Rogers leads the team roping heading standings with $190,744, while Cory Petska leads the team roping heeling standings with $190,744. They tied with Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira and the team of Garrett Rogers and Jake Minor for a three-way split of fifth and six place.

Kinsel gains more ground in world title chase

In six rounds, barrel racer Hailey Kinsel has yet to finish worse than fourth. 

On Tuesday, Kinsel notched her second round win of the Finals, finishing in 13.49 seconds and adding to her already impressive total of the 2017 WNFR.

“There are a lot of good runs out there,” Kinsel said. “I didn’t have a lot of expectation coming into the NFR and our game plan is to take one run at a time. This is just like 10 separate rodeos for me.”

Kinsel has won two of the last four rounds, placed third three times and took fourth in Round 4. She has won $120,423, putting her on top of the RAM Top Gun Award standings. She’s also second in the world standings with $219,130.

“I don’t keep track of numbers at all,” Kinsel said. “As far as I’m concerned, those last six runs haven’t happened, and I just have four more runs left to go this week.”

Tiany Schuster continues to lead the world standings with $281,108. 

Brazile remains in lead for all-around buckle 

Trevor Brazile continues to lead all cowboys in the race for the all-around title. 

Brazile is on top with $313,837, while his brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper, is second with $266,253.

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WNFR Round 6 - Good Start - Strong Finish For Canada

December 12, 2017

Jordan Hansen capped off a solid night by the Canadian contestants at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The 2016 Canadian Champion conquered Beutler and Son Rodeo’s El Diablo to the tune of 84.5 points to finish third in the round and cash his second cheque of the week, this one for $15,653. Coupled with his fifth place finish for $6769 in round two, the young man - who as a kid dreamed of the yellow chutes of Las Vegas - now has just over $22,000 in his first appearance at the Thomas and Mack arena.

“I cracked out a new rope and just tried to stop thinking about things,” the twenty four year-old Hansen com- mented. “I needed that one tonight. I just got sick of falling off and got a little angry at myself. Now I’m excited for the rest of the week.”

But the story of the night in the bull riding was Trey Benton lll who made it five of six with a spectacular 92.5 ride on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Bomb Pop. The Rock Island, Texas cowboy is first in the average with 442 points on five rides. The only other man to ride five so far is the man who is quickly turning the bull riding into a coronation. Sage Steele Kimzey keeps adding to his earnings record and did it again tonight with a second place finish and now sits at $340,000, almost $90,000 ahead of 2017 Canadian Champion Garrett Smith who has been giving it a gritty effort but is battling a series of injuries including a torn ACL suffered in an earlier round. Kimzey looks more and more like a lock to take his fourth consecutive gold buckle back to Strong City, Oklahoma four nights from now.

Layton Green is another Canadian who appears to have found his mojo after a slow start at his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The 2017 Canadian Champion rode the Pete Carr Pro Rodeo bronc Cool Runnings for 85.5 and a 4/5 split that earned him $8884. That followed his 87.5 point ride twenty-four hours ago that gave him a 2/3/4 split and the back to back successes have boosted his WNFR earnings to just over $24,500. The other two members of the talented trio of Canadian bronc riders finished just out of the money. Reigning World Champion, Zeke Thurston and 2016 Canadian Champion, Clay Elliott posted identical 83.5 scores as did 2015 World Champion and 2017 season leader Jacobs Crawley who continues to lead the world with $220,000 won, just $20,000 ahead of Thurston in second spot.

What was a good night for Canada actually started early for the guys representing the Canadian Maple Leaf. In the night’s first event, Manitoba bareback rider Orin Larsen rode J Bar J Rodeo’s Beyond Bugs to a solid 85.5 to win third in the round and $15,653. The talented 26 year-old, competing at his third WNFR has placed in five of six rounds and has won over $71,000. Larsen sits 5th in the average after six go rounds.

And not to be outdone, Jake Vold, the Ponoka raised, Airdrie, Alberta resident, was just a half point back of his countryman to finish 4th and pick up a tidy $11,000 on Summit Rodeo’s Revolving Door. Vold’s solid perform- ance gives him $76,211 in money won so far and, more importantly, puts him in first in the average with 515 points on six head. The payoff to win the average is a whopping $67,269.

Tanner Milan maintained his momentum from last night’s go round win, his second of this Finals, with a sixth place 4.0 run on a rapid night of steer wrestling. The $4230 payday gives the two time Canadian Champion a total of $66,692 WNFR dollars and he is now third in the average and 4th in the world standings, about $80,000 back of the leader. The round was won by Tremonton, Utah bulldogger Baylor Roche with a 3.6 while Helena, Montana’s Ty Erickson continues to lead both the average and the world standings.

In the barrel race, season leader Tiany Schuster had been okay through the first five go-rounds. But ‘okay’ has- n’t really been her M.O throughout the 2017 season. The Krum, Texas cowgirl who has been the dominant force all season long, looked more like that Tiany Schuster as her 13.52 second run was second only to Hailey Kinsel’s 13.49. However, the barrel race is no longer the runaway it has been throughout the season. Kinsel, a first time qualifier, leads the average and trails Schuster by just $62,000 - no longer the seemingly insurmount- able obstacle that faced everyone in the field not named Schuster when the Finals kicked off six days ago.

The plot has definitely thickened in the tie down roping race as well. What had been a three man race between Tuf Cooper, Marcos Costa and Trevor Brazile is still a three man race. Except that the third man in that battle is now Marty Yates, as Brazile may have taken himself out of contention with a no time in round six. Yates, the Stephenville, Texas man, tied the go round record with a 6.9 second run for his second go round win in a row; he now sits third in the world behind Cooper and Costa.

And in the team roping, the round was split between Riley and Brady Minor and the duo of Cody Snow and Wesley Thorpe, both teams posting blazing 3.7 second runs. The hands-across-the-border team of American Tom Richards and Canadian Jeremy Buhler took a no time as the defending world champion missed his shot on the back side. Arizona cowboys Cory Petska and Erich Rogers continue to cling to a narrow lead with just four rounds remaining.

The drama wil continue to unfold in Round 7 tomorrow evening. 

Round Five Results 

Rogers and Petska climb into world lead in team roping

LAS VEGAS – Team ropers Erich Rogers and Cory Petska tried to remain consistent throughout the first four rounds of the Wrangler Nationals Final Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

On Monday night, they punctuated that consistent run by tying for first place in the team roping competition with Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill in 3.9 seconds at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The win moved Rogers into first place in the team roping header standings and Petska into the same spot in the team roping heeler standings, the first changing of leaders in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings at the 2017 WNFR.

“Good horses and drawing good steers,” Rogers said. “That’s what we do. That’s what Cory and my run is. We make good runs and we try to make sure we don’t make any mistakes, so that’s how we like to do it.”

For Tryan and Corkill, it was their first time placing this WNFR.

“It always feels good to get off the schneid,” Tryan said. “When you win here, if you can win first, it adds up, so I feel pretty good now. My roping feels a little bit better, I was a little off at the beginning of the week, but the last two I turned ’em good.”

Tryan and Corkill knew to push their slow start aside and refocus.

“Everything happens so fast here,” Corkill said. “You’re kind of in that mode either way. Whether you win the average or not, there’s too much money here not to try to win something.”

Rogers and Petska are trying to keep roping like they do at any rodeo.

“We make that run all the time,” Petska said. “Here, anywhere else we go, we pretty much have our run and we stick to it no matter where we’re at or what the setting is. We’re comfortable doing it and it makes it what’s easiest for us.”

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, who entered the WNFR in first, are both second place in their respective events.

Sterling Crawley notches first WNFR round win

In four-plus trips to the WNFR, Sterling Crawley had yet to win a round.
He snapped that streak in Round 5 on Monday night.

Crawley scored 89 points on four-time Saddle Bronc of the Year award-winner Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman.

The score was Crawley’s highest of his 35 rides at the WNFR.

“I drew really good and stuck to the basics and kept it simple – just let my mark-out come instead of hanging and then lifting on my rein,” he said, “and she wants your feet in the seat so it’s all the stuff you go over the first couple days of rodeo school.”

For Crawley, the win carried a little extra meaning.

“It’s just awesome, but it’s even cooler that my brother (Jacobs) won this round on this horse last year,” Sterling Crawley said. “We agreed on what it was, and to not make it complicated out here.”

Sterling Crawley is sitting third in the average and seventh in the world standings. 

“I was just happy the way it went with the history we had (with Medicine Woman), and tomorrow will be another horse and another story, and I’ll try to do my best on each one.”

Jacobs Crawley continues to lead the field in the world standings with $220,158.

Kimzey cashes in with 89-point bull ride

After seeing just three bull riders cover a night earlier and earn some big checks, three-time defending World Champion Sage Kimzey got right back into the action.

Kimzey, on the final bull ride of the night, scored 89 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Record Rack’s Shootin’ Stars.

“Each year is different because there’s the same trials and tribulations,” Kimzey said. “Round 4 was rough, but getting the win tonight stretches the lead a bit and maybe I’ll get some sleep tonight. It’s great bulls, great guys and a ton of money up for grabs – so you’ve got to do your job when you put your hand in your rope.”

Kimzey netted $27,077 after only five riders placed. The win gives him $318,652 and has him in the lead of his closest competitor (Garrett Smith) by more than $60,000.
Kimzey watched Cole Melancon ride Rafter G Rodeo’s Johnny Cash for 86.5 points on the second ride of the round. It looked like it might hold up until Kimzey climbed on board.

“Cole (Melancon) was 86.5, and coming down to the last few guys the pressure starts building, but you have to block it out because you are getting on an 1,800-pound athlete,” Kimzey said. “There’s no gimmes in bull riding, so just block it out and compete to the best of your ability.”

Kimzey knows he’s not out of the woods yet. 

“I’m feeling good, but I feel bad that Garrett (Smith) got hurt,” Kimzey said. “I know he’s not at 100 percent, it’s not good for him or the sport of bull riding, but there’s a bunch of dark horses behind him like Trey (Benton III) and Ty (Wallace) and they are all riding good and will keep riding good.”

WNFR rookie Mason Clements wins first round win

Bareback rider Mason Clements is at the WNFR for the first time. The 25-year-old Utah cowboy who grew up in Las Vegas had dreamed of competing in the Thomas & Mack. 

Not only has that dream become reality, but now Clements has his first round victory.
Clements rode Korkow Rodeos’ Onion Ring for 88.5 points, winning Round 5 and a check for $26,231.

“Man, I’ve been dreaming of that, replaying every scenario over in my head just to be at the Thomas & Mack and making sure I’ve got everything perfect – exactly the way I want to ride, exactly the way I need to ride,” Clements said. “There’s a lot going on. You can’t let your nerves and your fears get you when you get to this point. … Seriously, when I asked my buddies and friends, ‘What’s it like to get to the NFR – from world champions to multiple qualifiers – they said, ‘It’s indescribable.’ I have that indescribable feeling now. It’s the coolest feeling right now.”

With the win, Clements has upped his season earnings to $135,672, putting him ninth in the world standings.

World standings leader Tim O’Connell is atop the standings with $271,570.

Steer wrestler Milan nabs second round win of 2017

After not winning a round in 2015 – the last time he reached the WNFR – Tanner Milan doubled his steer wrestling round wins in Round 5.

Milan won the steer wrestling competition in the fifth round in 3.8 seconds, giving him $62,462 at the 2017 WNFR.

“In 2015, I didn’t win a round when I was here at the NFR, so this feels absolutely awesome,” said the Canadian cowboy. “I’ve won a crazy amount of money here, and I can’t have a better feeling than I’m feeling right now.”

Milan came into the WNFR in eighth place, but has climbed to fourth in the world standings with $146,535.

“I can’t back off at all,” Milan said. “I have to keep taking a real good start at the barrier and try and catch up as fast as I can and throw them down as fast as I can.”

After the draw was posted Monday morning, Milan knew he would have a chance to win a check because the steer he drew was the same one Tyler Pearson had wrestled in 4.0 seconds in Round 2. 

“I was really happy with that draw,” Milan said. “Tyler Pearson made a really good run on that steer and the steer didn’t run quite as hard as some of them in the pen, and I knew if I could get the start I would catch up quick and give myself some time to get one thrown down.”

Standings leader Ty Erickson is still out front after his fifth-place finish. He’s holding the lead for the world title with $209,537.

It’s lucky No. 7 for Yates

Marty Yates won six rounds over the course of his first three WNFR trips, but had yet to win through the first four rounds of the 2017 WNFR.

He thought his luck might change on Monday. His premonition was right. 
Yates won Round 5 of the tie-down roping in 7.0 seconds.

“You come to Vegas and you can have some bad luck, but if you stick to what you know how to do, it will all turn out good,” Yates said. “I was a little down about it (not winning a round before Monday night), but I knew I had a really good calf tonight that he (Trevor Brazile) won Round 2 with, and things turned around for me.”

Yates turned to a familiar horse to ride at this WNFR.

“I’m riding Buster,” the Texas cowboy said. “This is the horse I rode here last year, and he worked great tonight. The best part about my run was the start that I got. They won a round on that calf, but she was known to jump at you when you got to her, and I got a great start at her and got her to come around, and she was a little easier for me to flank when I got to her.”

He also tried something a little different in Round 5.

“I wanted to come out here this year and get a check in the average, and I backed off the first couple of nights and I came out tonight and I knew I made a good run,” Yates said. “I got a great start, and when you get a good start, it ends up good for you.”

As he’s been since the end of the regular season, Tuf Cooper is still at the top of the tie-down roping standings, increasing his 2017 total to $226,675 after placing second Monday.

Conrado, Lockhart split barrel racing title

Ivy Conrado shared the spotlight on Monday. She was ecstatic to do that with one of her barrel racing heroes.

Conrado and Lisa Lockhart split the Round 5 win, as both finished in 16.59 seconds.
“I never would have dreamed I’d be back here (as a round winner) with Lisa Lockhart,” Conrado said. “She’s everybody’s hero. I don’t even know what to say, I’m so excited.”

Lockhart and Conrado each took home $23,481. Both of them are in the top five in the aggregate standings, with Conrado sitting second and Lockhart fourth.

“We were definitely trying to capitalize that we were on the top of the ground,” Lockhart said. “Louie has gotten stronger and stronger all week, and that is what he has done in the past. So, I was trying not to panic earlier in the week, so we just stuck with it and had faith that it was going to get stronger, and he finally has.”

Tiany Schuster is still sitting at the top of the standings with $260,378.

Hailey Kinsel finished third to cash a check for $15,654. The money moved Kinsel into first place in the race for the RAM Top Gun Award.

Cooper cuts into Brazile’s all-around lead

The battle between brothers-in-law continues.

By taking second place in tie-down roping, Tuf Cooper earned $20,731 to inch closer to Trevor Brazile in the race to become the 2017 all-around cowboy.

Brazile is still in the lead with $313,837. Cooper is second with $266,253.


Bounce Back Night for Canadian Cowboys December 11, 2017


After a couple of sub-par nights, Team Canada bounced back with a strong performance in the fifth go-round of the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Five members of the nine-man Canadian contingent cashed cheques, making this easily their best night to date.

It was a case of saving the best for the last as two-time Canadian Steer Wrestling Champion, Tanner Milan, was 3.8 seconds on the last steer in the round to pick up his second go-round win and the $26,320 first place cheque. The win moved the Cochrane, Alberta man to 4th place in both the average and the world standings.

“I just have to keep running at it every night,” Milan noted. “I can’t back off. The horse I’m riding, Maverick who belongs to Tom Lewis, has been getting my feet on the ground really fast and I just have to stay aggressive.”

Ty Erickson, the Montana cowboy, continues to lead the world standings but Milan has moved to within $63,000 of the leader with five rounds and the all-important average still to be decided. Provost, Alberta bull- dogger, Scott Guenthner checked in with a 6.6 second run and was out of the money. Guenthner sits in 10th place on the world leaderboard.

You know the pen of bareback horses is pretty sweet when 87.5 is good for only a 5/6 split. That was the case in go-round number five of the 2017 WNFR. Canadian cowboy Orin Larsen was that guy on this night as he matched up with Wilson Sanchez from the Hi Lo ProRodeo Company. The horse, born and raised near Rocky Mountain House, actually came from the Hollingsworth family of Eckville and to add to the intrigue, Larsen’s sister is married to a Hollingsworth. You know Central Alberta was cheering for the Manitoba man who is at his third WNFR. Larsen has placed in four of five rounds for over $56,000 won and sits in fifth place in both the av- erage and the world standings.

Santaquin, Utah cowboy, Mason Clements, won the round with an 89 point ride while Tim O’Connell main- tained his big lead at the top of the standings. Jake Vold whose 85 score wasn’t quite enough to get into the money, has dropped back to fourth place in the world standings behind the seemingly unstoppable Tim O’Con- nell, Richmond Champion and Tanner Aus.

You knew it was just a matter of time for Jeremy Buhler. And tonight was the time. The defending world cham- pion and his WNFR partner, Arizona header, Tom Richards. posted a 4.0 to catch a 3/4 split in the round and a pair of $13,326 cheques. It was the first qualified time and the first payday for the duo that was thrown together when Buhler’s longtime partner Levi Simpson just missed qualifying for this year’s WNFR. Erich Rogers and Cory Petska split the round with Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill. The 3.9 second result took Rogers and Petska, the Arizona superstars, to a narrow lead in the world standings.

Things finally went the way Canadian saddle bronc riding fans thought they’d go right from the start as the reigning world champion, Zeke Thurston and 2017 Canadian Champion, Layton Green were part of a fifth go- round 2/3/4 split. Both cowboys cashed cheques for $15,794 and for Thurston it meant he was able to gain a little ground on the season leader, Jacobs Crawley.

The Big valley, Alberta 23 year-old’s ride on Wound Up, the 2017 Saddle Bronc of the Year, enabled him to climb back into second place in the world standings ahead of CoBurn Bradshaw, the third place man who leads the all-important average. For Green, the Meeting Creek, Alberta man, it was his first cheque of this - his first WNFR. The third Canadian, 2016 Canadian Champion, Clay Elliott finished out of the money in the go round with an 80 point ride. C5 Rodeo’s Double D won the Rank Horse of the Night award as he parted company with Jake Wright before the eight second horn.

Tie Down Roper, Marty Yates, turned in the fastest run of this WNFR at 7.0 seconds flat for the go-round win with season leader Tuf Cooper just one tick back at 7.1. It was a critical run for Cooper as he was able to put some space between him and second place man, Marcos Costa, and Trevor Brazile who had been closing fast on the leader and now sits third. Costa, the Brazilian roper, leads the average with Trevor Brazile second and Cooper right behind. Cooper’s run tonight also tightened the race for the All-Around title where he and brother- in-law, Brazile, are duking it out as well with Brazile holding a $47,000 lead over Cooper.

And in the barrel race, Colorado cowgirl, Ivy Conrado and four time Canadian Champion, Lisa Lockhart of Oel- richs, South Dakota split the round, both with 13.59 runs. Season leader, Tiany Schuster, had her fastest run of the Finals with a 13.90 but for the fifth night in a row, was out of the money. Schuster who sits 6th in the aver- age has to be feeling the heat just a little as three or four cowgirls are all mounting a charge at the Krum, Texas cowgirl who was so dominant throughout the regular season.

2016 Canadian Bull Riding Champion, Jordan Hansen, of Calgary bucked off a tough outlaw called Crime Boss from Universal Rodeo. The result leaves Hansen at 1 for 5 at the midway point of the rodeo. Meanwhile Sage Steele Kimzey is starting to distance himself from the field as he pursues a fourth consecutive title. Kimzey, who hails from Strong City, Texas, rode Beutler and Son’s Shootin’ Stars to 89 points and the round win. He sits second in the average to fellow-Texan, Trey Benton lll who bucked off for the first time on Monday night.


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Round Four Results


Benton wins $33,564 in bull riding

LAS VEGAS – Trey Benton III continues to be one of the hottest competitors at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. 

On Sunday, Dec. 10, he made it count in a way no other cowboy has.

The bull rider from Rock Island, Texas, was one of just three to ride to the whistle, doing it to the tune of 87.5 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Mo Money at the Thomas & Mack Center. 

And because fewer than six riders placed, the three bull riders split the ground money, with all of it counting toward the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.
Benton cashed in for $33,564, the most money anyone has won at a Finals rodeo where it all counted toward the standings.

He’s also leading the bull riding average with 350 points on four head. He’s the only rider to cover all four bulls, so far.

“I’m going to stick with the system I’ve had since it’s working well – I don’t want to change anything,” Benton said. “… It’s just keeping my mindset right, I’ve seen harder days than this. The past three years (at the WNFR), I partied too hard and this year I didn’t – I’m working out and eating right and not listening to outside opinions.”

Sunday was the 29th time in the history of the National Finals Rodeo that just three riders have covered.

Joining Benton in riding to the whistle were Joe Frost (83 points) and Ty Wallace (80.5 points).

Unlike in years past, Benton was healthy heading into this Finals, and it’s making a difference.

“I just kept believing in myself when there was so much doubt,” Benton said. “There’s a reason you’re here, and it sucks when you get high expectations for yourself and they don’t come out as planned.” 

Three-time defending world champion and current world leader Sage Kimzey sits atop the standings with $291,576. Garrett Smith is second ($253,797) and Benton, who started the Finals in sixth, is up to third with $209,670. 

It was his second win of the Finals. He placed fourth in the second round and third in the third round. His $89,115 won at the WNFR through four rounds has him in front for the RAM Top Gun Award, given to the competitor who wins the most money in one event.

He knows he has a chance to do more.

“It’s good, and I’ve got to finish my job – but I’m not getting excited yet because it’s only the fourth round,” Benton said.

Brown/Long tie Egusquiza/Koontz to climb team roping standings

Luke Brown and Jake Long are on a roll. 

The team ropers tied Dustin Egusquiza and Kory Koontz with a time of 4.1 seconds to split the first-place win.

Brown entered the team roping header standings in fourth, while Long was fifth in the heeler standings.

Brown has shot up to second place, Long third, in their respective events.

“I feel like I’m on a spaceship right now,” Long said. “I’m feeling a lot better. I had a rough start. If we can make six more good runs, we’ll win a lot more money and we’ll have a good week.”

Brown trails team roping heading leader Kaleb Driggers by about $5,400. Team roping heeling leader Junior Nogueira leads the world standings by about $3,300.

Egusquiza is making his first WNFR appearance. Sunday marked his first WNFR win.
“I’m incredibly excited right now,” said Egusquiza, 22. To be here, to split the round with (Brown and Long), these guys are legends and my partner (Koontz) is one of the greatest legends of all time.”

The 4.1-second time was Egusquiza and Koontz’s best time of the Finals.

“Our game plan really didn’t change much, we just executed what we’d been wanting a lot better tonight,” said Koontz, adding that Egusquiza made a horse change.

Brown and Long are looking to keep climbing.

“It’s outstanding,” Brown said. “It’s a whole ton of money.”

Ryder Wright scores 89 points to win saddle bronc riding

At 19 years old, Ryder Wright shows no fear when he steps into the Thomas & Mack. He hides it well.

Wright scored 89 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Pony Man to win Round 4 of the saddle bronc riding.

Wright won the first four rounds of the WNFR as a rookie last year. This was his first win of this WNFR, giving him $72,615 at the Finals.

“I thought I would be calmer this year, but I was shaking bad in the first round,” Wright said. “The atmosphere and crowd are not anything you’ll get over. You wouldn’t think it would be as different as it is, I’ve been here 13 years watching my dad (Cody) and it’s crazy how different it is to ride here.”

Wright has climbed from eighth in the world standings to start the WNFR to fourth. He’s hoping the win kickstarts the rest of his Finals.

“It definitely helps and gets your motor rolling when you’re winning,” the Utah cowboy said. “I just need to win the next six and let the cards fall where they may.”

A night after winning Round 3, Jacobs Crawley continues to lead in the world standings with $220,158.

Breuer notches first WNFR victory 

Breuer notches first WNFR victory
In his third trip to the WNFR, Ty Breuer finally got his first round victory. He made it a memorable one, too.

Breuer won the bareback riding competition by tying the Round 4 record, scoring 90.5 points on Brookman Rodeo’s Risky Business.

Breuer also qualified for the WNFR in 2013 and 2016. But this was his first victory. His previous best was a tie for third last season.

“It means the world,” Breuer said. “My wife and I just had a little girl. It’s just been fun being here.”

Breuer had never been on Risky Business before. So, he called up someone who had to do a little research. It helped.

“I had heard about that horse a couple times this year and got to see it once,” said the 27-year-old from North Dakota. “I saw (Devan) Reilly get on him in the Pendleton (Ore., Round-Up) short round and I called him about it. He said, ‘It’s going to be fun and just let him roll.’”

Breuer did just that, tying him with Will Lowe for the Round 4 record, set in 2004.

“That’s just icing on the cake,” Breuer said. “My whole goal was to, ever since I got here, just to win a round. That’s just icing on the cake and just keep riding.”

In 2016, while on his way to winning the WNFR average and world title, Tim O’Connell placed in eight of the 10 rounds, missing out only in Rounds 6 and 9. Following a re-ride, O’Connell placed fifth and leads the world standings with $271,570, a lead of more than $100,000.

Struxness capitalizes with draw to win steer wrestling

When steer wrestler J.D. Struxness saw he’d drawn the same steer for Round 4 that Tyler Waguespack won with in Round 1, he knew he’d had have a good chance to at least place. 

Struxness then went out and won the fourth round in 3.6 seconds.

“There’s a little bit of pressure there because they’ve done good with him and you don’t want to be the one who stubs his toe and doesn’t do good on him,” said Struxness, 23. It’s also a relief because you know they have been fast on that steer, so you know it can be done if you go make a good run.”

Last year at the WNFR – his first – Struxness won Rounds 4, 5 and 10, split the win in Round 3 and placed in six rounds.

“I’m riding a good horse, Peso,” Struxness said. “I rode him here last year, and he’s 14 years old. I just bought him last year and he works great out here. I had a good hazer over there, Jacob Shofner, and he does a good job keeping them where they need to be.”

Struxness is sitting in seventh place in the world standings with $120,203. He entered the WNFR in 13th place.

“In this building, it’s the same game plan every night,” he said. “You have to hit that start and make the best run you can with whatever steer you have. It’s a relief (to win a round) because everybody is waiting to bust that ice and win that round, so to be able to do it in the fourth round feels good, and hopefully this will set me up the rest of the week.” 

World-standings leader Ty Erickson tied for fourth and remains atop the standings with $202,767.

Martin wins first WNFR tie-down roping buckle

In just his fourth round at the WNFR, Cooper Martin won his first career Finals go-round buckle.

Martin won the tie-down roping competition in 7.6 seconds.

He tied for fifth for his first Finals check in Round 3, then came back to win Sunday.

“I can’t even describe what it feels like to win,” said Martin, 20. “Just even riding in the grand entry is incredible. I have been watching these guys rope since I was 7 years old, and to be with them out here roping is just phenomenal. I’ve been roping all fall to try and get ready for this.”

Martin’s winnings (he’s won $56,961 at the WNFR) has him in sixth place in the world standings with $142,400. He opened the Finals in 14th place.

He’s been able to push aside his nerves of the bright lights of Las Vegas.

“I thought I would be more nervous than I have been, but once I got in the building I seemed to relax a little bit because I know I got here for a reason and this has been a blast,” he said.

Tuf Cooper is in first place in the world with $205,945.

Moore notches fifth buckle 

Barrel racer Amberleigh Moore didn’t have the easiest ride. But she didn’t need to, either.

Moore, with one foot out of its stirrup, won Round 4 in 13.56 seconds. She’s in second place in the world standings with $198,922.

“I knew there had been a lot of girls having trouble on the ground, so I came into my first barrel and I went in and sat her (my horse, Paige) and asked her to sit really hard and she did,” Moore said. “Somehow, I managed to blow my inside stirrup, so going across to two I’m fishing for it and I can’t find it, and then I’m going to three and I still can’t find it. I just said, ‘Oh well, sit hard on the third and don’t come off.’”

Her fifth buckle won at the WNFR came on a significant day.

“Today is my daughter’s 26th birthday, so I guess Paige gave her a happy birthday present,” Moore said. “I will give this buckle to her.”

Tiany Schuster, who finished the regular season first, still leads all barrel racers with $260,378.

Brazile holding onto all-around title

Trevor Brazile has earned $313,837 over the course of the 2017 season to maintain the lead for the all-around cowboy race.

Brazile has won $70,077 in tie-down roping at the Finals to expand his lead. 

Canadian Professional Rodeo Association


Larsen - Three for Four After Big Sunday Ride

Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

December 10, 2017

Bareback rider, Orin Larsen, had his best ride of the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a terrific 86 point effort on Four Star Rodeo’s Big Star. The Manitoba talent finished second in the go-round as only Ty Breuer of Mandan, North Dakota was better with a huge 90.5 score - courtesy of his effort on Brookman Rodeo’s Risky Business. Larsen has been very consistent to date, having placed in three of the four rounds with over $40.000 in the bank. Three-time Canadian Champion, Jake Vold, collected 83.5 points on J Bar J’s Dirty Rags for a 7/8/9 split in the round, just out of the money. He sits second in the average and third in the world standings as we near the halfway point of this edition of the WNFR . Zwingle, Iowa superstar, Tim O’Connell had to get on two but finished up with an 84.5 for fifth in the round and is looking more and more like an awfully good bet to win his second consecutive world title. 

Two time Canadian Champion steer wrestler Tanner Milan was out of the money on a very rapid night number four of the WNFR. Milan’s 4.4 second run split 7/8 on the night but the Cochrane, Alberta man remained in 6th place in the average and is 6th in the world standings as well. The second of the Canadian doggers at this year’s Finals, Scott Guenthner, of Provost, AB. struggled to a 7.3 second run on Sunday night and sits 9th in the average and 10th in the world. The big surprise in the go-round was the no time of Tyler Waguespack. The reigning World Champion missed the nose on his steer and fell to 11th place in the average, and with $50.000 dollars to make up on leader Ty Erickson, he’ll have to be lights out in the rounds if he hopes to repeat as champion. The Oklahoman, J. D. Struxness, who won four go-rounds a year ago, was the top gun on the night with a 3.6 second run.

The struggles continued for the Canadian trio in the saddle bronc riding. 2017 Canadian Champion, Layton Green, managed an 80 score but was 8th in the round while reigning World Champion Zeke Thurston was 11th in the round with a 72.5 score. 2016 Canadian Champ, Clay Elliott has had a frustrating Finals to date. He’s been bucked off twice, including tonight and, like Green has yet to hit the pay window. Ryder Wright, of the amazing Utah family of saddle bronc riders won the round with an 89 point score, while 2015 World Champion Jacobs Crawley continues to lead the world with CoBurn Bradshaw in second place and Thurston hanging on to third. Three time Canadian Champion saddle bronc, Get Smart, from the Northcott Macza firm, dispatched 2015 Canadian champ and perennial WNFR qualifier, Cody DeMoss well before the whistle, while the Calgary Stampede’s Stampede Warrior did a similar number on 2012 World titleist, Jesse Wright.

In the bull riding, 2016 Canadian Champion, Jordan Hansen, bucked off Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Boot Hill at 7.3 seconds to remain one for four at his first WNFR. The round win went to Trey Benton lll, as the Texas hand is only guy to be four for four on a night that saw both front runners, Sage Kimzey and 2017 Canadian Champion Garrett Smith among the twelve buckoff victims of this tough pen of bulls. Wayne Vold’s 2017 Canadian Bull of the Year, Johnny Ringo carried Colorado bull rider, Ty Wallace to an 80.5 for third in the go round while Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Flight Plan put Jordan Wacey Spears on the ground and Outlaw Buckers’ Chrome did the same thing to Tim Bingham.

And in the team roping, Arrowwood, Alberta’s Jeremy Buhler remains in 15th spot overall after a no time on Sunday night. The defending world champion heeler and 2017 Canadian champ is roping alongside Arizona roper, Tom Richards, after regular partner (for both of those championships) Levi Simpson, finished just out of the top fifteen. The duo of Richards and Buhler have been blanked to date through the first four rounds. Tonight’s honours were split between Jake Long and Luke Brown and the combination of  Kory Koontz and Dustin Egusquiza with both teams posting 4.1 second runs. Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira continue to lead the world standings but several teams are within spitting distance in what might prove to be one of the hardest fought battles at this year’s Finals.

Alma, Kansas first time WNFR tie down roper, Cooper Martin, won the 4th go-round with a 7.6 second run to get his first $26,230 cheque while the two iconic front-runners, Tuf Cooper (first) and Trevor Brazile (second) both finished out of the money.

Amberleigh Moore, the Salem, Oregon cowgirl, won her second go-round of this finals (13.56 seconds) and is one of three or four cowgirls with a shot at catching Tiany Schuster who came to Las Vegas with what looked like an insurmountable lead. The Texan has yet to place at the Thomas and Mack and what looked like a coronation might still be a race. Schuster does sit sixth in the average with another Texan, Hailey Kinsel, atop the average leaderboard and California’s Nellie Miller is in second spot. Kinsel is the only barrel racer to have placed in all four rounds.


Round Three Results

O’Connell ties arena record in bareback riding with 91.5 points

LAS VEGAS – Ahead of Saturday’s Round 3 draw for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, there was plenty of hope among rodeo fans that bareback riding defending World Champion Tim O’Connell would be matched with reigning Bareback Horse of the Year C5 Rodeo’s Virgil.

O’Connell himself prayed for a decent draw.

Everyone got what they wanted, and O’Connell made it count.

On a night when the bareback riding stock was as impressive as the riders aboard them, the reigning world champion tied the Thomas & Mack Center arena record by riding Virgil for 91.5 points on Saturday, Dec. 9, to cash in for $26,231.

“I was actually really relieved to be honest with you,” said O’Connell, who has placed in each of the first three rounds. “We were sitting at dinner and it had been like an hour after they drew and it’s the E-pen (Eliminator Pen Round). You’re just sitting there and you’re anticipating the draw sheet to come out, you’re wondering, and you’ve got things running through your head. I remember I was just sitting there and I grabbed my cross and my wedding band that’s around my neck. I just prayed to God to put me at ease and give me what I needed. He did exactly that. He gave me the world champion bucking horse.”

O’Connell tied Justin McDaniel (2007), Bobby Mote (twice in 2008) and Will Lowe (2007) for the arena record.

O’Connell entered the WNFR with the largest lead of any cowboy in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. His win Saturday put him in first place in the aggregate scores in the race for the average title. 

O’Connell tied for third in each of the first two rounds before winning Round 3. He wanted to be consistent at the Finals, and so far, so good.

“I want to be consistent every time I nod my head,” said O’Connell. “I want the fans to know I’m the world champion. I’ve worked really, really hard to be the best in the world. I feel like the second one (title) will prove it.”

O’Connell leads the world standings with $264,800. Tanner Aus is second with $170,138.

Kinsel shatters arena barrel racing record

Immediately after watching the arena record get broken, barrel racer Hailey Kinsel posted a blistering time of 13.11 seconds to set the Thomas & Mack arena record.
After two barrels, Kinsel knew something special might be happening.

“(My horse) Sister was a little different than normal tonight,” Kinsel said. “She felt a little bit more focused than ever. I felt like she was going to do something good. I mean, I didn’t know it was going to be that good. She smoked the first barrel and then she smoked the second, and I sat up and rode my third good, so I can take a little credit there, but I let her work and I don’t know what else to say. This is one night I sure won’t forget.”

Right before Kinsel’s run, she watched Kassie Mowery finish in 13.36 to break the previous arena record of 13.37.

“I can’t downplay what Kassie did,” Kinsel said. “That was a smoking run. We know from record books that it was an awesome run. … I mean, Ivy Conrado ran a 13.59 and any other night that might win the round. So, smoking runs by everybody. Hats off to the ground crew. They help us out a lot.”

Bull riders Melancon, Kimzey tie with 91.5 points 

In Cole Melancon’s first trip to the WNFR he has his first round win. And he tied three-time defending World Champion Sage Kimzey to do it.

Melancon scored 91.5 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Hot and Ready, while Kimzey scored 91.5 on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Nose Bender to split the first-place winnings in Round 3.

“This is my first time here and my first win, and to ride one last night calmed my nerves a bit and then to get a 91.5 is awesome and something I’ll never forget,” Melancon said. “This is the biggest stage in rodeo, and to be a 91.5 at the Super Bowl is a great feeling.”

Kimzey continues to sit atop the world standings. He tied for second on Friday before returning to tie for the win on Saturday. Kimzey has $291,575 in earnings for 2017.

“Oh, man, I’m blessed, and I started this year putting the work in and it’s nice to see that hard work paying off,” said Kimzey, who notched his first score of at least 90 points at the WNFR. “I work for everything I get, and this year is a prime example of that. I went to the most rodeos, besides Boudreaux Campbell, and got on 170 bulls and rode 65 percent of them and put on 50,000 miles (on the road) and had 50 airline tickets.”

Kimzey was excited by breaking the 90-point threshold.

“This was my first time being 90 here, and the few opportunities I have had I let slip past me and this is pretty special for sure,” he said.

Tying with Kimzey was perfectly fine for Melancon, who sits seventh in the world.

“Sage is known as one of the greatest bull riders going, and I see myself as one of the greatest ones too, to be here,” Melancon said. “But to split it with Sage, it’s a great feeling to be able to do it at my first NFR and be in the 90s.”

Irwin posts top steer wrestling time of 2017 WNFR

Steer wrestler Kyle Irwin posted the fastest steer wrestling time of this year’s WNFR after stopping the clock in 3.4 seconds in Round 3 on Saturday.

It also gave him the second most money won at the WNFR in steer wrestling with $49,558.

“I’m going to say it was the horse (Scooter) I was riding and the hazer (Tyler Pearson),” Irwin said. “That horse, Tyler (Pearson) and I are co-owners of him, and he was the (2017) horse of the year and he makes my job so much easier because I know he’s going to do his job. We knew that steer tonight would be OK, but I had to get a good start and get my feet on the ground fast, and Scooter let me do that, and it all came together.”

Scooter wasn’t just a good horse for Irwin. He was the horse for the top four steer wrestlers of the night, helping Ty Erickson take second, Pearson third and Tyler Waguespack fourth.

“Scooter gets stronger with the second and third who ride him,” Irwin said. “I was first out on him, and that just tells you how good he is. It’s good to have those other guys riding him. It’s fun. We compete against each other, and it’s cool to see Scooter handle the pressure over and over again.”

The win has Irwin in ninth place in the world standings with $129,242. 

Erickson continues to lead with $193,883.

Brown and Long heating up in team roping

A night after team ropers Luke Brown and Jake Long got on the board with a fifth-place finish, they came right back with a win in 3.9 seconds.

The win has them finding their timing.

“We’ve roped so much and we’ve practiced for this,” Brown said. “There’s one other team I know that practiced just as hard as we did, and honestly, I think we did everything we needed to do before we came here and we’re going to stick to what we do.” 

Brown was able to hook the steer early and turn him for Long, setting them up for the win.

“Well, anytime you see (Luke) get it on one that fast, you know the ball’s in your court and you don’t ever want to miss that shot, because it’s a layup to win first,” Long said.

The win gives header Brown $154,611 for the 2017 season and heeler Long $146,082, good for fourth place in the world standings for each of them.

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira lead the world standings, with Driggers atop the headers with $183,535, and Nogueira leading heelers with $184,265.

Brown and Long are planning on continuing to do what’s working for them and hope things work out when the 10th round ends.

“Luke is really solid, and one thing he told me was, if we make nine good runs like we’ve practiced, we’ll win plenty of money and get out of here good,” Long said. 

Former world champ scores 87.5 to win saddle bronc riding

The 2015 saddle bronc riding World Champion Jacobs Crawley had yet to score through two rounds at the WNFR.

Then came Saturday night.

Crawley notched 87.5 points on Sutton Rodeos’ South Point to win Round 3 and $26,231.

“It’s been another great year as far as the regular season is concerned, so you hope to get hot and stay hot, and I caught a spark tonight,” said Crawley, tops in the world standings.

The winning money gives Crawley $220,158 for the 2017 season. CoBurn Bradshaw is second with $186,577.

Crawley won the saddle bronc riding title in 2015, but the first two rounds of 2017 had been a struggle. That’s not the case anymore.

“It means I got the monkey off my back and getting a nice check with a lot of opportunities is where I would like to be,” he said. “Obviously, I would have liked to have done better last night, but I’m happy to be in this position.”

He’s not planning on doing anything differently as he continues to push for his second world title.

“… If you think about changing the plan based on a round win, I don’t think it’s a good idea,” said the 29-year-old Texas cowboy. “I’m happy to get it and I’m ready for seven more.”

Moore notches first round win of 2017 WNFR

Tie-down roper Timber Moore is no stranger to the WNFR after making this his sixth trip to the Finals in Las Vegas.

But last year Moore failed to place in any round. 

On Saturday, he rectified that with a 7.1-second time and a first-place check worth $26,231.

“I came in second in the standings at the NFR last year and thought I had a good chance to win the world and nothing went my way and I had all kinds of trouble,” Moore said. “This win feels really good to get some money, especially after the year I had last year at the NFR. This is a big confidence boost. The run was very good and I had a really good calf and I had a really good start.” 

The victory has Moore up to ninth place in the world standings.

Still leading the way is Tuf Cooper, who tied for fifth in Round 3, with $205,945. Cooper’s brother-in-law, Trevor Brazile, is in second with $171,510 after placing third on Saturday. 

Brazile leading all-around, RAM Top Gun standings

Trevor Brazile moved into first place in the RAM Top Gun Award race after taking third in tie-down roping. 

The finish gave Brazile $70,077 at the WNFR in the race for the most money won at the Finals.

It also gave him $313,837 in the standings for all-around cowboy, where he leads Tuf Cooper, who has $245,521.

Canadian Professional Rodeo Association


A Blue Night For the Red and White

It was a night that eight of the nine Canadians on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo contestant roster would like to put behind them.

Only bareback rider Jake Vold was able to cash a cheque. In an incredible night of bareback riding, it came down to World Champion on World Champion. Tim O’Connell, the 2016 titleist, matched up with C5 Rodeo’s Virgil, the Canadian horse that has been crowned both Canadian and World champion in 2017, were spectacu- lar for a 91.5 point ride, equaling the arena record and earning the defending champion and 2017 season leader his first go round win.

“You just don’t know what that horse is going to do,” O’Connell commented after the ride. “All you know is that he’ll do anything to get a guy off his back. And I was doing everything I could to stay there.”

The all-Canadian matchup of Vold and the Northcott-Macza’s nine year-old mare Spilled Perfume, resulted in 87 points and a third place finish for the three-time Canadian champion for $15,653. The Airdrie talent remains in third place in the world standings, $94,999 back of the dominating O’Connell who has also taken the lead in the average.

Orin Larsen, the Manitoba bareback rider, managed a 73 point ride on this night to finish out of the money but continues to hold onto third place overall.

‘Scooter”, the steer wrestling horse, co-owned by Tyler Pearson and Kyle Irwin, was the star of night number three in the bulldogging. The 2017 AQHA/PRCA bulldogging horse of the year carried cowboys to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the go round. Kyle Irwin, 3.4 seconds; Ty Erickson, 3.7; Tyler Pearson, 4.0; and Tyler Waguespack, 4.1 all tipped their hats to the tremendous gelding.

Canadians Scott Guenthner at 4.5 seconds and Tanner Milan at 4.9 both finished out of the money.

It was a disappointing night for Jeremy Buhler in the team roping as the defending world champion was blazing fast with his heel loop but lost his dally and he and heading partner, the Arizona cowboy, Tom Richards took a no-time and have yet to hit the pay window. The round win went to Luke Brown and Jake Long as their 3.9 earned them the $26,230 first place cheques.

The best of the three Canadian saddle bronc riders in the Friday night go-round was Canadian champion Lay- ton Green with his 83.5 score. Clay Elliott checked in at 82 while Zeke Thurston was only able to collect 79.5 points on the night. All three were out of the money as season leader and 2015 World Champion, Jacobs Crawley, won the round and padded his lead at the top of the standings. Coburn Bradshaw has gone by Zeke and has taken over second place in the world standings.

In the tie-down roping, the Texas cowboy with the British Columbia roots, Timber Moore, won the go-round. Moore, the 2013, Canadian Champion was 7.1 seconds for the win.Tuf Cooper continues to lead the world standings with a hard-charging Trevor Brazile not far behind.

Hailey Kinsel decided bareback rider, Tim O,Connell, wasn’t going to be the only one to write his name into the record books on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The Cotulla, Texas cowgirl didn’t simply break the arena record, she smashed it to smithereens with a phenomenal 13.11 seconds. Her amazing run came just moments after Kassie Mowry had established a new mark at 13.36, one one-hundredth of a second faster than the previous record time of 13.37 established by Taylor Jacob in 2013 and equaled by Amberleigh Moore in 2016.

Jordan Hansen, the 2015 Canadian Bull Riding Champion bucked off Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Torch on night number three, as the bull riders saw the eliminator pen for the first time and only four men made the horn. Meanwhile the battle for the world title continued and this time it was Sage Kimzey making a move and putting some distance between himself and the Canadian Champion from Idaho, Garrett Smith, who was bucked off. Kimzey, the three time title-holder joined Cole Melancon at the top of the board—both posted 91.5 scores. 


Round Two Results 

Bradshaw closes gap in saddle bronc riding 

LAS VEGAS – It’s only Day 2 of the 10-day Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

Saddle bronc rider CoBurn Bradshaw may have already found his groove.

A night after placing second in the saddle bronc riding, Bradshaw scored 89.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Tiger Warrior to win Round 2 at the WNFR on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Thomas & Mack Center. The score tied for the second most points in Round 2 history.

Bradshaw was good for 87 points in the first round on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex.

“The saddle is feeling good,” said Bradshaw, 23. “I was nervous coming in since it’s a new saddle and I had been on 15 horses with it, and they were little. So, I took my leathers up and was nervous they would be too tight. Last night’s horse (Big Tex) I had been on before and I knew Tiger Warrior was a good horse and my leathers were feeling good. I was nervous about Tiger Warrior because he is big and strong, and I was questioning my saddle, but now my confidence is up.”

Bradshaw also won Round 2 in 2015.

“I don’t know, I just have good luck in it and I guess it’s turning into my round – I’ve been nervous every year in the first round,” he said. “Last year, I had new leathers, too, and I threw my old ones on after the third round and did better.” 

Also rising for Bradshaw after two nights were his season earnings. The Utah cowboy has earned $56,962 – including his $10,000 check for qualifying for the WNFR – in two rounds, putting him in the lead for the RAM Top Gun Award. 

He’s still sitting in third place in the saddle bronc riding competition, but instead of being behind by more than $61,000, he’s behind leader Jacobs Crawley by about $12,000.

“I hope to be first place every night from now on,” Bradshaw said. “I’ve got a lot of ground to make up.”

Smith rides for 87 points to win bull riding competition

Once upon a time, Garrett Smith was at the WNFR in an accomplice role.
Smith, at the ripe old age of 19, hazed for his brother, Wyatt, at the 2014 Finals.
On Friday, Smith won Round 2 of the bull riding competition with 87 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s J Lazy.

“It means a lot and helps your confidence going into the next round; and going into the week it makes everything better,” said Garrett Smith, now 22 years old.

Smith can operate at either end of the arena, but for him, there’s only one end he’s interested in at the moment, and it’s showing with his second-place position in the world standings.

“That’s always been my dream since I was little, to be a bull rider, but when my brother asked me to haze it was cool,” he said. “I bulldog quite a bit, but I’m having too much fun riding bulls while I’m young to go for the Linderman Award.”

Smith’s win gives him $253,797. He trails three-time, defending World Champion Sage Kimzey by less than $12,000.

Smith isn’t planning on changing anything to close the gap further.

“You’ve got to keep doing what you are doing, and if you keep doing that it should go good,” he said.

Brazile wins tie-down roping title, extends all-around lead

Trevor Brazile was back to his old ways Friday night, winning his record 67th career go-round by taking the Round 2 tie-down roping victory in 7.4 seconds.

“It is just cool every time you win a round here,” said the 41-year-old Texas cowboy. “It just puts you in the (record) book and lets you be a part of the rich history of our sport, and it’s a lot of the reason we do what we do.”

With the win, Brazile increased his PRCA record in career go-rounds won overall, including the National Finals Steer Roping and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, to 67.

Tie-down roper Cody Ohl (55) and saddle bronc rider Billy Etbauer (51) are second and third, respectively.

Brazile has won 23 career PRCA gold buckles (all-around 2002-04, 2006-15; tie-down roping 2007, 2009-10; team roping 2010; steer roping 2006-07, 2011, 2013-15).

The win also added to Brazile’s lead in the race for the all-around cowboy gold buckle, as he built his total winnings for 2017 up to $298,183. He leads brother-in-law Tuf Cooper by $58,161.

“I know it’s a race, but I also know it’s not a sprint either,” he said. “So, I’m just roping, and you can start worrying about it (the all-around standings) when you get close to the end, but until then, there’s nothing you can do.”

Amberleigh Moore posts Round 2 record 

The barrel racer who holds the NFR earnings record won Round 2 in a round record time of 13.54 seconds on CP Dark Moon (Paige). 

“I took a deep breath before I came up the alleyway because last night took a little bit of wind out of my sail,” Moore said. “I’m very happy for tonight.”

Moore bested the previous record (set by Sherry Cervi in 2013) by .12 seconds. 

“Being top of the ground (second out) definitely was an advantage, I feel,” Moore said. “Tonight, Paige readjusted how she ran and adapted to the ground and got it done.”

Moore made an equipment change ahead of her ride.

“I had a new saddle,” Moore said. “I’ve had it for about two months and a couple times I felt a little bit uncomfortable in it, and last night was the final, ‘Go back to the saddle you’ve ridden in for the past year.’ I think it helped – at least I felt more confident in it.”

Aus, Champion share bareback riding title

Entering the WNFR, Tanner Aus had the largest deficit of any cowboy sitting in second place. He trailed defending world champion Tim O’Connell by $65,259.

After missing out on the money in the first round while O’Connell took home more than $13,000, Aus went back to his hotel and refocused.

On Friday night, Aus and Richmond Champion each scored 87.5 points to split the Round 2 victory.

“It’s nice to start off early,” said Aus, who rode Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet Fever. “I had kind of a slow night last night. You go back to the hotel and you think about your mistakes and try to rectify the situation, so I felt like I did an all right job doing that.”

Champion did his damage on a familiar horse, Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Fancy Free.

“Man, it was awesome,” Champion said. “It’s a horse that’s been around a long time – Fancy Free of Pete Carr’s – I think she might be older than I am. I knew I had a good one. I wasn’t sure she was going to be enough. Like I said, she’s an older horse, but she bucked like a colt today.”

While Aus and Champion each won $23,481, O’Connell placed again, bringing his 2017 WNFR earnings to $36,654.

Over the months leading up to the WNFR, Aus was contemplating what he needed to do to track down O’Connell.

“From the end of September to the beginning of December, those two months are pretty slow,” the Minnesota cowboy said. “Then the three days when you get to Vegas are the slowest. You try to keep your mind right and have a little fun. But here we are, second night down, and once she gets started it goes pretty fast.”

In his third trip to the Finals, this was Champion’s first time placing before the fourth round. Friday brought a different feeling.

“In the past two qualifications here, I’ve been a notorious slow starter,” an elated Champion said. “My goal this year was to get the ball rolling early. Last night didn’t go my way, but I kind of had a feeling tonight was going to be a better night, and I guess we’re right on track.”

Tanner Milan wins first career round win

With a little help from his family steer wrestler Tanner Milan nailed down his first career WNFR round win.

Milan won Round 2 in 3.5 seconds, tying for the fifth-fastest Round 2 time.

“This is incredible. This is just a heck of a feeling. This feels awesome,” Milan said. “Now, I have to just stay real aggressive on the start and run at the barrier every night and try and catch up as fast as I can.”

The win has Milan in fifth place in the world standings. His brother, Baillie, had a big hand in Friday’s win.

“I got a real, real good start and that little horse I’m riding (Maverick) is owned by Tom Lewis, and he gets across there so fast and he’s a real good, honest horse,” Milan said. “I had my brother, Baillie, hazing, and I have great support here from my family and friends. I couldn’t ask for a better way to have things go for me in Round 2.”

Tyler Pearson took second place in Round 2, bringing his NFR earnings after two nights to $51,462. Pearson now trails leader Ty Erickson by less than $12,000. Erickson’s lead going into the NFR had been more than $52,000.

Bird, Cardoza post 3.9-second round in team roping

When the first team ropers of the night shot out to a 4.1-second time, Dustin Bird and Russell Cardoza didn’t let it pressure them.

The team roping veterans topped it with a time of 3.9 to win Round 2, tying the round’s second quickest time, and cashing in for $26,231 apiece.

“After missing one last night, we weren’t going to just catch him, that’s for sure,” Bird said. “He was a good enough steer that allowed us to make a good run and win first.”

Bird and Cardoza are old hats at making the trip to Vegas. Bird is in his fifth WNFR competition, while Cardoza is in his sixth.

“Vegas is fun anytime you come, but if you’re in the rodeo it makes it that much better,” said Cardoza, who sits fourth place in the team roping heeler world standings.

Bird is fifth place among headers after scoring the first-place check.

“That’s the big thing, being back here in Vegas, but to actually go and do good is another thing, so it feels good,” Bird said.

Header Kaleb Driggers and teammate heeler Junior Nogueira did not place, but continue to lead the world standings in their respective events. Each lead by at least $11,000 over their nearest competitor.

Canadian Professional Rodeo Association


Milestone Night for Tanner Milan

Tanner Milan led the Canadian parade to the winner’s circle on night number two of the 2017 Wrangler Na- tional Finals Rodeo.

After being out of the money in the first round, the two-time Canadian Champion dropped his steer in a speedy 3.5 seconds to claim the $26,230 first place cheque on Friday night at the Thomas and Mack Arena.

“I was a lot sharper on the barrier tonight and being sharper and getting a good start really helped me.” Mounted on Tom Lewis’ doggin’ horse, Maverick, and with brother and talented hazer, Baillie on the other side of the steer, Milan won his first ever go-round at the WNFR. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of and it dang sure feels good to get it done.”

The Cochrane cowboy, appearing at his second National Finals, jumped three places to fifth overall in the world standings and gained much-needed ground on season leader, Ty Erickson. Milan moved to within $53,000 of the leader. Erickson and the second half of the Canadian steer wrestling tandem, Scott Guenthner, of Provost, Alberta, both finished just out of the money with identical 4.5 second runs.

In the bareback riding, Canadian frowns turned upside down when Jake Vold’s announced 77 score earned the three-time Canadian title holder a re-ride. And given a second chance, last year’s runner-up for the world title didn’t waste the opportunity, recording an 87 score on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Hollywood Hills to split 3/4 in the round and pick up $13,326 for the effort. The bad news for Vold was that he was unable to narrow the gap on front-runner and defending World Champion, Tim O’Connell who equaled Vold’s score with an 87 point ride of his own.

Vold’s 174.5 on two leads the average with O’Connell in second spot and Manitoba’s Orin Larsen in third. Larsen picked up a sixth place cheque in the go round, courtesy of his 85 score on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Un- capped for a $4230 payday.

And in the bull riding, 2016 Canadian champion, Jordan Hansen, cashed his first-ever cheque at the WNFR as he rode Sutton Rodeo’s High Roller to 84.5 points and a $6769 haul, a nice bounce-back performance after the Calgary talent bucked off his opening night bull. Things got a little tighter at the top end of the bull riding leader- board as 2017 Canadian Champion, Garrett Smith, won the round with an 87.5 and inched closer to overall leader and three time title holder, Sage Kimzey who was 86.5 to spilt 2/3 in the round. Smith, the Rexburg, Idaho sensation, is now just $12,000 back of Kimzey and is second in the average with the Texas superstar holding down 4th spot. Wayne Vold’s Heaven’s Basement took home the rank stock award as the seven year- old brindle bucked off the very tough Tim Bingham.

Things did not go well for the trio of Canadian saddle bronc riders on a Friday night that felt like Friday the 13th. In a round that saw the bucking horses dominate, there were only seven cowboys able to record scores. Reigning World Champion, Zeke Thurston, 2017 Canadian Champ, Layton Green, and 2016 titleist, Clay Elliott weren’t among the seven success stories on this night as CoBurn Bradshaw rode Calgary Stampede’s Tiger Warrior to a whopping 89 score to win the round. If there’s a silver lining for the Canadian trio, it’s that the guy all three are chasing, season leader Jacobs Crawley was also victimized by the tough Friday pen of broncs. Bradshaw, however, has moved to third in the standings and is now very much in the championship conversation as he also leads the average after two rounds.

In the team roping, Arrowwood, Alberta’s Jeremy Buhler remains in 15th spot overall after a no time on Friday night. The defending world champion and 2017 Canadian champ is roping alongside Arizona roper, Tom Richards, after regular partner (for both of those championships) Levi Simpson, finished one spot out of the top fifteen and is having to watch his longtime partner from the sidelines. Former Canadian Champions, Dustin Bird (twice) and Russell Cardoza won the round with a blistering 3.9. Kaleb Driggers and 2016 World All- Around Champion Junior Nogueira continue to lead the world standings.

And in the barrel racing, Salem, Oregon’s Amberleigh Moore posted a go-round winning 13.54 second run while Tiany Shuster’s seeming insurmountable lead coming to Las Vegas seems even more secure after Fri- day night. While Shuster has been out of the money through two rounds, her nearest rival, Stevi Hillman had a difficult round two run (23.67 seconds) and took herself out of the average and very likely out of the title chase as well.

Trevor Brazile, seemingly on a mission to take back his All-Around crown after a year’s absence from the PRCA, won the tie down roping with a Brazile-esque 7.4 run on Friday night.


#NFR17 Round One Recap


Bull rider Benton takes home healthy haul

LAS VEGAS – Entering the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, Trey Benton III was feeling healthy.

After Round 1 of the WNFR, Benton was feeling fantastic.

The bull rider from Rock Island, Texas, scored 90 points on Big Stone Rodeo Inc’s Mortimer to win the first round on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

“I’ve always been broken up here,” Benton said, “so knowing I’ve got a chance ... I have never been healthy here, but the tribulations make a man.”

Benton picked up right where he left off at the end of the 2017 regular season. Benton won back-to-back nights in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sept. 29-30, both Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots events.

He was 91 points on Sept. 29 and he closed the season with 88 points Sept. 30. He was right back at it in Las Vegas on Thursday. 

“I’ve got to make a statement for nine more rounds and do what I’ve done all year and stick to the system I had intended – to do whatever it takes to stay on and nothing else matters,” Benton said. “I need to take care of myself here (in Vegas). I hadn’t had good experiences here before, and I want to make sure I do it right this time.”

Benton did it right in Round 1. The win climbed him two places, earning him $26,231, and moved him up to fourth in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. He’s earned $146,702 on the season. 

Setting the bar with the first 90 of the rodeo in the first round shows that Benton is ready to roll.

“I honestly didn’t know it would be a 90, I got an A-plus for the day,” Benton said. “I just nodded and hoped for the best; it’s hard to tell the fans that, but you get a drift of things after a while. I’ve done this my whole life.” 

Defending champ Waguespack back at it

A year ago, steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack won $213,218 to not only capture the RAM Top Gun Award for winning the most money at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, but he also claimed his first world title.

Waguespack picked up right where he left off from last year, winning Round 1 after posting a 3.5-second time – his second fastest at the WNFR, and tied for the fourth fastest time in the history of the first round.

“Coming into it, I always try and treat it just like another rodeo and that’s pretty hard with the stage that it’s on,” the defending champion said. “I don’t know if the hype gets to me or I just get excited, but whatever I’m doing sure seems to be working. I thought if I could start it off with a bang in the first round, it will relax me for the rest of the time and I’m glad I got that accomplished.”

Waguespack entered the 2017 WNFR in fourth place. The first-round win moved him up to third with $140,175, with Ty Erickson still holding the lead with $173,152. 

Over the 2016-17 WNFRs, Waguespack has placed in nine of the last 11 WNFR rounds.

Waguespack was planning to ride Cadillac – the 2014 and 2016 PRCA/AQHA Horse of the Year – in Vegas, but had to switch to Scooter when Cadillac was injured before the WNFR. The transition was seamless.

“I got off one horse of the year and got on another and Scooter was awesome,” the Gonzales, La., cowboy said. “I was able to ride Scooter several times throughout the year and have success on him.”

WNFR rookie tops saddle bronc riding

It didn’t take long for saddle bronc rider Hardy Braden to enjoy his first trip to the WNFR.

The 28-year-old cowboy from Welch, Okla., scored 87.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s HATitude Alpha Dog to win his debut.

Braden summed it up succinctly.

“I don’t think it gets any better than that,” he said. “What tops that? That is how you want to start out the Finals and I’m super excited – I can’t even tell you how excited I am.”

Braden entered the Finals in seventh place in the world standings. The victory pushed him up two spots to fifth. 

Braden got plenty of advice in the weeks and months leading up to his trip to Las Vegas. He listened to it all, but also made sure not to change much.

“A lot of people asked me if I was nervous and this and that, and I told them I’ll treat it like any rodeo and everyone said, ‘Good luck,’” Braden said. “I did the same routine as any rodeo, and I didn’t get nervous or think about it too much.”

The win gives Braden $139,004 for the season and gives him plenty of confidence with nine more nights to go.

“I can relax and say, ‘Alright, it’s begun,’ and now enjoy the moment,” Braden said. “I’ll hang with my bronc rider friends, then talk to my dad and try to win some money at the casinos.”

Team roping leaders hold serve in Round 1

Team roping header Kaleb Driggers and team roping heeler Junior Nogueira maintained their status as the ones to beat, posting an impressive 4.1-second go to win Round 1.

Driggers and Nogueira tied for the second fastest time in the first round. 

“It’s a blessing, honestly,” Driggers said. “When we started this week, we weren’t going for first. We were just going to try to go for our steers and make the best runs we can, and let it play out.”

Watching the other teams go before could affect the way Driggers and Nogueira would attack their steer. They changed that up for 2017.

“It’s hard not to get your adrenaline pumping when you’re watching the headers spin ’em fast,” Driggers said. “That’s one thing I had to do, tell myself to settle down, do my job and do the best I can.”

It helped that Driggers and Nogueira knew the steer.

“We know them a little bit, we’ve roped them before,” said Brazilian cowboy Nogueira, the reigning all-around world champion. “We helped to break them in. We know which ones were running faster and which ones were running slower. We had a pretty good steer tonight.”

Driggers leads all headers with $170,208, while Nogueira leads heelers with $170,938.
After the duo each finished in second place in 2016 in their respective events, the two are flying high after Round 1.

“There are a lot of guys that didn’t make it that rope just as good as we do and are sitting at home,” Driggers said. “So, we just try to take it all in stride, you know? It’s a blessing to be here and we’re very grateful.”

Vold tops bareback riding 

Jake Vold opened the WNFR in eighth place, nearly $100,000 behind leader Tim O’Connell in the bareback riding standings.

Vold knows he needs a great WNFR if he has any hope of catching the defending world champion. He got off to a great start Thursday night.

Vold scored 87.5 points on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Oakridge to win the bareback riding and take home $26,231. The win leapfrogged Vold from eighth to third.

“It’s a good confidence builder here,” he said. “There are a lot of horses here and going at that kind of money, I find quite exciting. It keeps your blood flowing. I need to win a lot of money to have a chance at a world title. To get a win right off the bat is definitely key. Hopefully a guy can keep it rolling and see what happens after 10 days.”

Last season, Vold won three consecutive rounds, placed in seven rounds and finished second in the world standings. So, the Ponoka, Alberta, cowboy – in his third trip to the WNFR – is finding himself at home in Las Vegas.

“The atmosphere here is so unbelievable and the people, everything, the bright lights, just being in Vegas, going at the money every night keeps you pretty excited,” said Vold, 30. “When you’ve got a chance to go at that every night for 10 nights in a row it’s a game changer.”

His 87.5 points tied for the fourth most in Round 1.

New experience for veteran Jarrett in tie-down roping

Ryan Jarrett has plenty of experience at the WNFR.

He’s qualified 10 times in tie-down roping, once in steer wrestling and won a world title in all-around in 2005, the same year he won the Finals tie-down roping average.

But on Thursday night, the 33-year-old Georgia cowboy accomplished something he’d never done before – winning Round 1 at the WNFR.

Jarrett did that in 7.5 seconds to take home first place, four-tenths of a second faster than anyone else on the first day of the 2017 edition of the WNFR.

“This is a good feeling,” said Jarrett, who will turn 34 on Dec. 28. “I’ve never won the first round, so this is exciting. Getting started off like this means a lot. Winning Round 1 is like no other (for your confidence) and winning rounds doesn’t get old.”

The victory moved Jarrett from eighth to fifth in the world standings with $132,286 on the year.

Jarrett had plenty of confidence in his horse.

“I was riding a young horse, he is just 7 years old, his name is Snoopy,” Jarrett said. “He’s never been here, but I rode him toward the end of the (regular) season and I had a lot of confidence on him and I chose to bring him here. I wanted to be against the barrier and I knew he would do his job. You get confidence in him, but to bring him to this level, you have to have a different kind of confidence in him, and he came through.”

Miller notches victory in return

Before Thursday night, Nellie Miller hadn’t competed in the Thomas & Mack Center since 2010.

Miller made a triumphant return to the WNFR, winning Round 1 in 13.64 seconds.

“This round win is a tremendous start to the week and it gives you a lot of confidence in that arena,” said Miller, sitting in third place in the world standings. “It is what we came here to do. Everything worked out. I didn’t win any rounds at the 2010 NFR, so this is new for me and I am just so excited.” 

Miller was riding Rafter W Minnie Reba “Sister,” who won AQHA Horse of the Year and the WPRA Horse with the Most Heart award, voted on by the Top 15 Barrel Racers in 2015.

Miller immediately pointed to Sister as a reason for the win.

“My run was amazing,” she said. “Sister is so confident in what she’s doing. She hunts the barrels and she always turns, no matter what. She just went in there and looked for those barrels.”

Brazile pads all-around lead

Trevor Brazile continues to lead the way in search of his 14th all-around gold buckle. 

After the first round at the WNFR, Brazile had won $271,952, giving him a $31,930 lead over his brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper.

Brazile added to his lead over Cooper by tying for second place in the tie-down roping and winning a check for $18,192.


Canadian Professional Rodeo Association


Vold Takes First Victory Lap of 2017 WNFR

  • Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

December 7, 2017

Canadian cowboys got off to a fast start at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. 

Three time Canadian champion, Jake Vold, wasted no time in resuming his signature lights-out performances in Las Vegas. Vold who finished second in the world a year ago and won three rounds and $165,000 in the Thomas and Mack Arena, picked up where he left off with a tremendous 87.5 on Kesler Rodeo’s Oakridge. The win netted the Airdrie cowboy the $26,230 first place cheque and moved him to third in the world standings with $138,391 in the bank, now $87,000 back of season leader and defending world champion Tim O’Connell.

"It's a good confidence builder," Vold noted of his first night ride. "There are a lot of horses here and going at that kind of money, I find quite exciting. It's keeps your blood flowing. I need to win a lot of money to have a chance at a world title. To get the win right off the bat is definitely key. Hopefully a guy can keep it rolling and see what happens after the 10 days". 

Provost, Alberta steer wrestler, Scott Guenthner, did not appear to feel any nerves as he made his first-ever appearance at the WNFR posting a solid 4.3 second run to be among a cluster of bulldoggers with that time. Guenthner split 3/4/5/6/6 for a nice $7530 start to his Finals.  Cochrane’s Tanner Milan, at his second Las Vegas Finals, was 6.6 seconds on his steer and finished out of the money. Defending world champion, Tyler Waguesback, won the round with a 3.5 second run to keep his repeat title hopes very much alive. He sits third in the world at $140,000, $33,000 behind Helena, Montana dogger, Ty Erickson.

In the saddle bronc riding, defending world champion, Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alberta, closed the gap on the season leader and 2015 World Champion, Jacobs Crawley. The 23 year-old Canadian now trails Crawley by just $9,000 after a 5/6/6 split on the Calgary Stampede stallion Timely Delivery. The second generation bronc rider was 85 points on the horse on this night, as the pair reprised their July Calgary Stampede matchup that ended with Thurston collecting 90 points. Crawley finished out of the money on a night that saw Oklahoma cowboy Hardy Braden win the round with an 87.5 score. Utah’s Ryder Wright (86.5) and 2015 Canadian champion Cody DeMoss (85.5) won 3rd and 4th respectively on a couple of Canadian broncs, C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills and Outlaw Buckers’ three time Canadian champion Lunatic Party. 

Clay Elliott and Layton Green, the other two Canadians in the bronc riding, both managed 79 scores on night number one.

Defending world champion team roping heeler, Jeremy Buhler of Arrowwood, caught a leg and was 9.3 seconds with partner Tom Richards after Canadian partner, Levi Simpson, finished just out of the 2017 WNFR. Buhler remains in 15th spot in the world standings in a round that was won by Kaleb Driggers and reigning All Around Champion, Junior Nogueira, who also sit atop the world standing, both with over $170,000 on the season.

And in the bull riding, Calgary’s 2016 Canadian champion, Jordan Hansen, first Canadian to qualify for the WNFR since 2001, was bucked off by Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Lumberjack. Hansen came to Las Vegas in 13th place overall. The round was won by Trey Benton lll, as he rode the Big Stone bull, Mortimer, to 90 points.  Joe Frost, he Utah bull rider rode Outlaw Buckers’ Bomb Shell to 84 points for 5th place in the round. 2017 Canadian champion, Garrett Smith from Rexburg, Idaho, narrowed the gap on season leader Sage Kimsey as he posted an 85.5 point ride for 4th place in the round while Kimsey, the three-time titleist, finished out of the money with a 79 mark. Smith moves to within $20,000 of the leader as he vies for his first world crown.

December 7 - Round 1 WNFR Results

Jake Vold takes first victory lap at 2017 #WNFR - 87.5 - Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Oakridge. Orin Larsen - second with 86.5
... complete results here

Tyler Waguespack - 3.5 seconds to win #WNFR steer wrestling round 1
Scott Guenthner - 4.3 for a share of 3-6/6
* Tanner Milan 6.6
complete results here

Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira - 4.1 to win the round
* Jeremy Buhler / Tom Richards caught a leg - 9.3
... complete results here

1st timer Hardy Braden - 87.5 wins Round 1 on Cervi Championship Rodeo Company's HATitude Alpha Dog
* Zeke Thurston - $3,666.66 for a split of 5/6/6 on Calgary Stampede's Timely Delivery - compete results here

Ryan Jarrett maintains the lead in #WNFR tie-down roping round 1 with 7.5 seconds - good for top cheque of $26,230.77
... complete results here

Nellie Miller - 13.64 on the Horse of the Year
... complete results here

Trey Benton III - 90 points on Big Stone Rodeo's Mortimer to win the round!
* Joe Frost - 84 on Outlaw Buckers' Bombshell for 5th place money
* Tough 1st night for Jordan Hansen - struggled on Beutler & Son Rodeo Co.'s Record Rack's Lumberjack - no score
... complete results here




JORDAN HANSEN - 1st time #WNFR Bull Riding qualifier

* 2016 Canadian Bull Riding Champion
* First bull rider to compete at the WNFR since 2001
* Qualifies in 13th spot with $92,660 in earnings
* 5 time CFR qualifier
* Competes as a pro bull rider at CPRA, PRCA & PBR events
* Also works as a welder
* Family in rodeo - Mom, Adel (CFR barrel racer)
* Will be 25 years of age in August of 2018
* Lives in Calgary, Alberta


CLAY ELLIOTT - 2017 WNFR Saddle Bronc Riding Qualifier

* 2016 Canadian Champion
* Two time WNFR qualifier
* Qualified for this year’s Final in 11th position with $$89,331 in earnings
* 2016 Rodeo Houston Champion
* 2015 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals Champion
* Calls Nanton, Alberta home
* Comes from a rodeo family (Dad, Vern, and brother, Ty, are both former bull riders)
* Will be 24 in March of 2018
* Enjoys riding colts


TANNER MILAN - 2017 WNFR Steer Wrestling Qualifier

* Two time Canadian Champion
* Two time WNFR qualifier
* Rides the 2017 Canadian Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year - Smoke
* Going into the World Final in 8th position with $84,073 won
* One of three #CPRA / #PRCA steer wrestling brothers (Straws and Baillie)
* Tanner’s brother, Baillie, usually hazes for him on a paint gelding called Tee Pee
* From Cochrane, Alberta
* Will turn 35 in September of 2018
* Enjoys ranching, hunting and hockey


ORIN LARSEN - Professional Bareback Rider

* Three time WNFR qualifier
* Heading to this year’s Final in 10th spot with $99,239 in earnings
* Two time CFR qualifier
* 2017 rodeo wins included Pueblo State Fair & Rodeo, Jasper Heritage Rodeo, Lea Park Rodeo as well as four Wrangler Champions Challenge events
* From Inglis, Manitoba
* Will turn 27 in April of 2018
* Newly married to wife, Lexi
* Enjoys fly fishing
* Has two brothers - both of whom rodeo - Tyrel (saddle bronc rider) and Kane (bull rider)


SCOTT GUENTHNER - 1st Time WNFR Qualifier

* 4 time CFR steer wrestling qualifier
* Going into the 2017 WNFR in 5th spot with $99,500 in earnings
* Finished 2nd in Canada this year
* 2017 Alberta Circuit Winner
* 2015 Wrangler Canadian Tour Champion
* Has a number of cousins who rodeo - Justin Guenthner, Darren and BJ Zeiffle, Derek Laye, Clint Laye
* Ranches near Consort, Alberta with his wife Becky 


JAKE VOLD - 3 time Canadian Bareback Riding Champion

* 3 time WNFR qualifier (finished 2nd in the World last year)
* Heading to this year’s World Final in 8th spot with $102,160.63 in earnings
* 2017 saw Jake win Rodeo Houston and the Ponoka Stampede
* 5 time Canadian Wrangler Tour Champion
* 2007 Canadian novice bareback champion
* From Ponoka, AB originally; now resides in Airdrie, AB with his wife, Sara
* Will turn 31 in March, 2018
* Enjoys hunting
* Comes from a large rodeo family including brother, Rode (steer wrestler) and cousin, Wayne (stock contractor)


LAYTON GREEN - First time #WNFR qualifier

* 2017 Canadian Saddle Bronc Riding Champion
* 2017 #CPRA Season Leader
* 2017 Alberta Circuit Award Winner
* Heading to the 2017 WNFR in 5th spot with $110,612.61 in earnings
* Won the Canadian Novice SB title in 2012
* Layton is also a rancher and he enjoys hunting & fishing when he has time. 
* Family in rodeo: Garrett, a CPRA bull rider and CFR qualifier
* Layton is from Meeting Creek, AB; he will turn 24 in January, 2018


JEREMY BUHLER - 2016 World Champion Heeler

* 2017 Canadian Champion Heeler
* 6 time Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier
* 2 time WNFR qualifier
* Rides Rick James, 16 year-old dun gelding - 2017 Canadian Heeling Horse of the Year
* Also works as a ranch manager and farrier
* Jeremy celebrates his 33rd birthday December 8; 
* Jeremy hangs his hat in Arrowwood, AB
* Enjoys snowboarding when he has time
* Family in rodeo: Clint and Kelly (brothers, both team ropers)
* Regular roping partner is Levi Simpson (2016 World Champion Header/2017 Canadian Champion Header)
* Will be roping with Tom Richards at 2017 WNFR


ZEKE THURSTON - 2016 World Saddle Bronc Riding Champion

* Canadian rodeo highlights include 2008 Steer Riding Championship, 2013 Canadian Novice SB win and two CFR saddle bronc qualifications
* Career highlights: 2016 World title, 3 time Calgary Stampede $100,000 champion & 2015 Houston Rodeo Champ.
* From a rodeo family - brothers Wyatt and Sam are saddle bronc riders, sister Tess is a barrel racer and Dad, Skeeter, is a former CFR/NFR bronc rider.
* Zeke turned 23 during the 2017 Calgary Stampede; he and wife, Jayne, live near Big Valley, Alberta* 
* Interesting fact: Zeke was part of of the Thurston Gang - two time Canadian Contract Act of the Year (trick riders and ropers) - 2005, 2007





#BRCFinals Top 5 Bull Riders Profile: #1 - Marcos Gloria


This weekend the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals returns to Lloydminster.  Each day this week, we are featuring the 2017 Season's Top 5 Bull Riders.  Today, we profile Season Leader, Marcos Gloria.

27 Year old Marcos Gloria is from Central de Minas, Brazil - He’s the # 1 man in the BRC National Standings! Marcos is certainly doing Brazil proud.

Marcos started riding bulls with friends when he was 17 years old. It didn’t take long for Marcos to discover that Bull Riding was his passion!

Marcos arrived in Canada from Brazil in May of 2016, and while it took some time to get used to riding bulls here, he loves Canada!

2017 has proved to be an amazing year for Marcos, coming into the BRC Finals in the # 1 spot as Season Leader! He is also fresh off his Bull Riding Average win at the CFR, and isn’t done yet!

Marcos is looking forward to riding some some rank bulls at the BRC Finals saying “...I tip my hat to Cody Cov- erchuk for being a great bull rider, but I’m gonna ride all my bulls and win.”

Marcos is highly focused, following a dedicated workout regimen and is very determined to reach his goal of BRC National Champion!

When asked to name his hero, Marcos happily replied “Guilherme Marchi”, a fellow Brazilian Bull Riding Super- star. Marcos himself was the first Brazilian Bull Rider to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo where he won the Bull Riding Average last month.

Marcos’ future plans are to stay in Canada and compete in 2018 for championship titles in the BRC and other associations...

Don’t miss the opportunity to cheer on Marcos Gloria to victory December 1st & 2nd at the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals V at the Lloydminster Ex Grounds. 

#BRCFinals Top 5 Bull Riders Profile: #2 - Cody Coverchuk


This weekend the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals returns to Lloydminster.  Each day this week, we are featuring the 2017 Season's Top 5 Bull Riders.  Today we talk with Cody Coverchuk, who placed second for the 2017 season.

23 year old Cody Coverchuk has two back-to-back wins in his pocket after taking home the title of BRC Finals Champion in 2015 & 2016.

What kind of pressure does that put on the reigning Champion knowing he’s won in that arena before? “...I don’t think it’s any pressure at all” says Cody, “It kinda takes the pressure off...that arena and the crowd gets me fired up. I just kinda shut everything off and just ride bulls.”

Looking back at his first BRC Finals Champion win in 2015, Cody says “...I got on a really good Bull there (Coopers Comet)...I actually bucked off him in the Short Round, but I rode him for a good 7 seconds, and that just kinda lit a fire underneath me, you know? It just made me realize that I can ride some of the best bulls. From there, with the PBR you’re getting on the same kinda bulls that go to the PBR Short Rounds that are at the BRC Short Rounds too. The bull power in Canada is incredible!”

When asked to pick a highlight of his BRC Season heading into the finals, without hesitation Cody talks about the ride he dedicated to his late father in his hometown of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Cody tells us “...I was getting on in the chutes, Kenny Siemens actually told me ‘do this one for your Dad’. It got me fired right up and then I rode that bull and I was 87.” ❤️

Cody’s goal at the BRC Finals is to become National Champion. His thoughts on competing?  Cody explains “...at the end of the day, all I can do is ride each and every bull 8 seconds, that’s kinda the mentality that I try to go at it with. Each bull - it doesn’t matter where it is, what it is, you just gotta ride ‘em 8 seconds. It doesn’t matter what the bull does, just try to match him move for move for 8 everytime.”

Coverchuk’s family and friends will once again make the 90 minute drive from Meadow Lake, SK to Lloydminster, SK to cheer Cody on at the BRC Finals

Talking about Bull Riders Canada (BRC), and how it’s been a platform for Bull Riders to go on to also ride in the PBR, PBR Global Cup, CFR, etc. Cody excitedly says “It’s awesome! Honestly I think the BRC, what they’re doing, using it as a stepping stone, is the best thing for Canadian Bull Riders.”

Cody went on to say “...the kids that hate losing that much, like seeing guys like Josh Birks and myself, the guys that ride the Short Round Bulls and take home all that money. I think they strive for that and it’s great! I love it. I Love the BRC...love everything about It!”

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Cody Coverchuk “Win One More For Dad”,  December 1st & 2nd at the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals V at the Lloydminster Ex Grounds.

#BRCFinals Top 5 Bull Riders Profile: #3 - Austin Nash


This weekend the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals returns to Lloydminster.  Each day this week, we are featuring the 2017 Season's Top 5 Bull Riders.  Next up is the #3 Ranked Cowboy - Austin Nash:

22 year old Austin Nash is heading into his first ever #BRCFinals. He’s also the # 3 man in the BRC National Standings. Austin says “...there’s plenty of excitement (heading into the Finals). I’ve been there to watch friends and family in the past and it’s a great Finals and I can’t wait to be there myself.”

Going to school at Western Oklahoma State College & Red Deer College, Austin plans to the enter the teaching profession upon graduation. In 2014, Austin  was the Alberta High School & Canadian National High School Rodeo Bull Riding Champion & in 2013, the Widlrose Rodeo Association Junior Bull Riding Champion.

Family has played a large part in Austin’s Bull Riding career. Not only is he sharing Top 5 honors with his brother, Jerett, but he’s got his Dad in his corner too.  When asked to pick one person who really drove him or developed his Bull Riding, Austin responded “...of course my Dad. My Dad  had a big part in it. He was always there pulling my rope at every Steer Riding and Jr Bull Riding. He still likes to be there to pull my rope at the Bull Ridings. I would say my father is the biggest push in my career.”

And for the first time, Austin will be competing at the BRC Finals with his older brother Jerett.   Sharing Top 5 Season Honours with his brother has very special.. telling us, “I find that we push each other a lot harder when I’m around and we’re travelling together.  When he’s around, we seem to ride better.”

When asked about the Bull power he will face at the BRC Finals, Austin had this to say “I like to go into every Rodeo, especially the Finals thinking that I’m there to ride whatever they run underneath me, so I try not to think about the Bulls being the best. I like to think that I’m the best and can beat any Bull out there, so it doesn’t really factor into my mind a whole bunch.”

Austin also shares  his thoughts on riding in the Canadian Global Grudge Match with  the $1,000  pay check, “ I think it’s great, a little extra Incentive to get into the Top 5 and go to all the events to stay in the Top 5.  I think it’s awesome, that they’re adding a little extra money and putting that push towards the bull riders.”

Look out  Jerett, this title has Austin’s name on it.  See the Nash Boys ‘ride it out’ at Wrangler Bull Riders Canada V, December 1st & 2nd at Lloydminster EX Grounds

#BRCFinals Top 5 Bull Riders Profile: #4 - Jerett Nash


This weekend the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals returns to Lloydminster.  Each day this week, we are featuring the 2017 Season's  Top 5 Bull Riders. Today, the spotlight is on the season's fourth ranked cowboy.....Jerett Nash:

Twenty Six Year Old Jerett Nash is looking for redemption on his third run for the championship in Lloydminster. After not riding any his of the bulls last  year at the Finals and enduring mid season injuries this year , Jerett is  healthy and ready..  

Jerett excitedly tells us “It feels good, you wanna get in there because they go the grudge match at the finals and a extra chance to win a thousand bucks,  Last year I came in the same in the Top 5, didn’t have a very good finals, didn't ride a bull, so I’ve got a little redemption to do this year.”. 

The stakes will be raised for Jerett this year at the #BRCFinals, since he’ll be riding against his younger brother, Austin Nash - also in the Top 5 and the Canadian Global Grudge MatchIn.  In talking about this sibling competition, Jerett says “…I rodeo’d with him quite a bit this summer, which is the first year I’ve got to actually go to more than a couple with him, and we seem to push each other a little more than usual. Every time we travel together, we usually win 1st or 2nd or both end up in the short round.” 

Jerett went on to say “...it’s a good little brotherly competition because we’re both super competitive, and both ride bulls good, so it’s nice to have him there because it’s someone you know who is in your corner...but at the same time you’ve got to beat him because he rides good!”

Sizing up the competition inside the Top Five, Jerett observed “ Marcos is Hot” and  about his thoughts on Cody, “Don’t bet against him.”  And how about the stock?  Jerett told us “The bulls will be really good in that grudge match and short round. It should be pretty rank, good watching.”

Next year, Jerett plans to hit the road hard with plans to make the finals in both the BRC & CPRA.

Next up however, it’s time for the older brother to show the younger brother how it’s done.   See the Nash Boys  ‘ride it out’ at the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada V, December 1st & 2nd at Lloydminster EX Grounds


#BRCFinals #CanadianGlobalGrudgeMatch Preview


The Popular Canadian Global Grudge Match returns to the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals this Friday night in Lloydminster. The Grudge Match pits the Top 5 Bull Riders against 5 of the toughest bulls provided by BRC Stock Contractors. 

Meet your Canadian Global Grudge Match Bulls! $5000.00 is up for grabs to the Top 5 Bull Riders or the Stock Contractors of these rank bulls. Cowboy vs Bull. Cowboy makes a qualified ride, he wins $1000.00; if the bull bucks him off before the 8 seconds, the Stock Contractor wins the $1000.00. 

The # 1 man in the BRC National Standings, Marcos Gloria, will be the first to pick the one he wants to challenge out of these 5 bulls. 

Selection will follow in order by # 2 Cody Coverchuk, # 3 Austin Nash, # 4 Jerett Nash and # 5 Lane Cork will end up with his choice made for him, as takes on the last available bull. 

See the Canadian Global Grudge Match live Friday night at the #BRCFinals. You don’t want to miss this event! Get you tickets now at LloydExh.com/brcfinals




#BRCFinals Top 5 Bull Riders Profile: #5 - Lane Cork


This weekend the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals returns to Lloydminster.  Each day this week, we are featuring the 2017 Season's  Top 5 Bull Riders. Today, we kick things off with the #5 ranked cowboy, Lane Cork from Quesnel, B.C.:

In less than 2 weeks, 22 year old Lane Cork will appear at the #BRCFinals for his 2nd consecutive year. Lane “made the events count”, coming to BRCs in Alberta and taking the money back home to BC, paving the way to another shot at the Season title and BRC National Championship.

Earning his spot as # 5 in the Top 5, Lane will also compete in the Canadian Global Grudge Match at the #BR- CFinals.

An emotional highlight at the BRC Finals this year for Lane will be riding in tribute to his late friend & mentor, Ty Pozzobon. For Lane, “Ty was my biggest influence. He took me under his wing when I was 14. I wouldn’t be where I am without him. He probably believed in me more than anyone, and he pushed me to chase my goals.”
Ty also gave Lane some valuable advice, saying that with the right mental game, “you could win anything, any- where, anytime”. That’s what Lane plans to do

Make sure you see Lane ‘Ride for Ty” at this year’s Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals, December 1st & 2nd in Lloydminster, Sk. 

The Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals Return to Crown National Champion


Bull Riders Canada Inc. Press Release

17 November 2017

For Immediate Release


The Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals Return to Crown National Champion

Lloydminster, SK – The event BRC Bull Riding fans wait for all year is almost here. In just two short weeks, the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals V is back in town at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds, December 1st & 2nd.

After 73 events completed in Season V, which were held across Canada - British Columbia to New Brunswick – as well as Montana, USA, it all comes down to this final weekend. The Bull Riders Canada National Champion will be crowned December 2nd!

Friday, December 1st is day one of competition where you will see all of the Top 25 Bull Riders compete. Following the long round action, will be the Canadian Global Grudge Match which pits the Top 5 BRC Bull Riders vs. the Top 5 Canadian Global Grudge Match Bulls. 

The Canadian Global Grudge Match is an event highlight & fan favorite, with $1000.00 on the line for each of the Top 5 match-ups. The objective is simple from either perspective – Cowboy or Contractor: Cowboy wants to ride the bull that his buddies and other bull riders thought was spectacular all year; Contractor wants their bull to buck the cowboy off in front of the crowd and other stock contractors to show why their bull was voted into the Canadian Global Grudge Match.  If the Cowboy makes a qualified 8-second ride, he wins $1000.00 on the spot; if the bull bucks him off, the Stock Contractor wins the $1000.00. Watching the Top 5 Bull Riders go up against the Top 5 Canadian Global Grudge Match Bulls as voted by the Cowboys is absolutely spectacular! Don’t miss it!

Here are the Top 5 Bull Riders competing in the Season V Canadian Global Grudge Match:

Marcos Gloria – Season V, Season Leader

Cody Coverchuk – Season III & Season IV, Finals Champion

Austin Nash

Jerett Nash

Lane Cork


These Top 5 Bull Riders will compete on bulls voted into the Canadian Global Grudge Match by their fellow BRC Contestant Members from BRC Stock Contractors: Two Bit Bucking Bulls, Foley Bucking Bulls, Flying High Rodeo Co., Muddy View Bucking Bulls, and Rafter N Bucking Bulls.

Saturday, December 2nd you will see another Long Round of Competition, followed by the Canadian Global Championship Round where the Top 8 Cowboys over the two days will compete once more and the BRC National Champion will be decided!

BRC would like to thank all of our Event Committees, Sponsors, Bull Rider Members, Stock Contractor Members, Personnel Members, Volunteers, Fans and everyone involved for another successful season!

Be sure to connect with BRC on social media and tag us using the hashtags #BRCFinals and #BRCSelfie!

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Tickets can be purchased now at www.lloydexh.com/brcfinals

More details for the 2017 Finals can be found on the Bull Riders Canada website under “BRC Finals Details”


CFR Crowns Champions One Last Time at Northlands Coliseum



2017 Canadian Champions Declared


  • Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

Edmonton, ALTA – November 12, 2017


It was simply a case of unfinished business.

For Canadian team ropers Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler, CFR44 offered the opportunity to fulfill a dream that had been left incomplete up to now. While Ponoka, Alberta header, Simpson, had a Canadian championship to his credit, to go along with his 2016 World Champion buckle, heeling partner, Jeremy Buhler, was still looking for his first Canadian title. Despite a slow start to their CFR (they had two no times in the first three rounds), the duo blazed their way through Super Saturday with back to back 4.1 second go-round winning runs and added a 4.2 second run on Championship Sunday to emerge as victors.

“It was very exciting to follow up a ‘dream come true season winning the world’ to come back up here, finally have a good year to come in here number one then outlast everyone until the end and stay number one.”

Simpson and Buhler, who also finished fifth in the average, ended the season with $59,006 each for a comfortable margin over second place finishers Justin and Brett McCarroll.

Another season leader who was able to win a Canadian title was saddle bronc rider Layton Green of Meeting Creek, Alberta. Green saw second place man - and reigning world champion - Zeke Thurston, make up considerable ground on this lead over the first three rounds. But the 23 year old Green turned things around for the last three rounds of CFR44 and restored his comfortable edge. What was an amazing year for the second generation cowboy ended with Green establishing a new saddle bronc season earnings record. He wrapped up the year with $107,363 to move past eight time Canadian Champion Rod Hay who had previously held the record at $101,646 (set in 2005).

“It’s pretty special; it’s something I’ve dreamed of as long as I can remember,” Green said. “I always wanted to ride broncs and wanted to be a Canadian champion. It’s a dream come true. And to walk out in the arena with one of your best friends (Thurston) and know that either you or him is going to be Canadian champion is something I’ll never forget.”

For the first time since 2009, a Canadian reigns supreme in the tie down roping event. Nanton, Alberta cowboy, Logan Bird edged fellow Canadian, Riley Warren, by less than $1000 for the win. Bird had to overcome a broken barrier in the last round, and capitalized on the struggles of several in the field of 12 (including the defending world champion Tyson Durfey and the last Canadian to win it, Alwin Bouchard) to capture the title.

“When you come to the CFR, you’re not just roping against anybody,” Bird stated. “You’ve got to be on your game because these are the best in the world.”

The 23 year old’s success is due, in large measure, to two things: his encyclopedic knowledge of the calves and his 13 year old gray gelding, TJ, the 2016 tie down roping horse of the year. “I wouldn’t be here without TJ. He helps me out so much. In my opinion, he’s probably the best horse in Canada, and close to the best horse in the world.”

The closest race at this year’s CFR was in the ladies barrel racing where Aldergrove, British Columbia cowgirl, Carman Pozzobon, slipped byTexan, Jaime Hinton, by just $183. Pozzobon, the Canadian season leader, finished up the year with $68,399 and her first gold buckle.

“My main goal (on the final day) was to get around all three barrels; I didn’t care if it was ugly or not,” the gifted horse trainer said. Pozzobon was first out on Championship Sunday and finished fourth in the round with a 14.660 to capture second place in the average en route to the title. The two time CFR qualifier was riding her seven year old mare, Ripp n Lady (Ripp), 2017 Canadian barrel horse of the year. 

A trio of American cowboys captured Canadian titles in 2017. Seth Hardwick of Ranchester, Wyoming caught season leader and three time Canadian champion, Jake Vold, in the bareback riding to win the title by a margin of just $850. Hardwick placed in every round and won the average for a total of $74,980.

The steer wrestling honor went to Benton, Arkansas cowboy, Jason Thomas, who - like Harwick - put together six go-round placings and an average win for a total of $59,177 to best second place finisher, Scott Guenthner, by $5000.

And in the bull riding, season leader, Garrett Smith of Rexburg, Idaho, laid claim to his first Canadian championship by riding four of his six bulls and finishing second in the average for an $8000 margin of victory over the second place man, Tanner Girletz. Girletz, the 2006 Canadian champion, was at his ninth Canadian Finals and announced before the start of this year’s CFR that this was his final season as a bull rider.

Ky Marshall in the All Around (second time) and Morgan Grant for the High Point award (3rd time) were repeat winners. Earlier in the week, the youth event champions were crowned. Connor Hamilton of Calgary is the 2017 Novice bareback champion; Dawson Hay (Wildwood, AB) is the novice saddle bronc winner and Luke Ferber of Irricana won his second steer riding title.

Top CFR stock honors went to C5 Rodeo for their bareback horse, Virgil; the Calgary Stampede for saddle bronc, Wild Cherry and the Kesler Rodeo company for their bull, Flight Plan.

In its 44th and final year at Northlands Coliseum, CFR 44 attracted 90,268 fans - a 3.3% increase over last year’s attendance figure.

Breaking News: Calgary Stampede Legend Joe Carbury, dies at the age of 91

The voice of the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races Joe Carbury waves goodbye in 2008 as he finished his long career. JACK CUSANO / POSTMEDIA

More from Rita Mingo, For the Calgary Herald

Published on: October 18, 2017 | Last Updated: October 18, 2017 8:47 AM MDT

The iconic voice of the Calgary Stampede has been stilled.

Joe Carbury, who for 45 years called chuckwagon races in his inimitable style and made the gravelly “And they’rrrre off …” his signature line, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91..

“He’s a Stampede legend,” said Billy Melville, chuckwagon historian and colour commentator on CBC-TV and radio. “His voice defined chuckwagon racing and the Calgary Stampede.

“He was a great guy, a good friend. I’m glad I was able, a couple of years ago, to get an oral history on him so we’ve been able to get that in the Stampede archives. Calgary lost a legend. His voice was so unique.”

Those who knew him described him as a class act all the way.

“Totally outgoing, good-hearted guy,” said John Down, who for many years covered chuckwagon racing for Calgary newspapers. “I don’t know if you could find anybody that would have anything bad to say about him. He was just a real good person.


“Everyone knew him for his voice. I remember we were in a grocery store one day and all of a sudden I heard this voice and it had to be three or four rows over and I said to my wife ‘Joe Carbury’s in the store’.

“There will never be another voice like Joe’s. Million dollar pipes. And he was happiest when he was in the Eye in the Sky.”

Carbury was from Winnipeg originally. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

“He was a real gem of a man,” said Melville. “He took the time to get to know the drivers and the outriders as people. He was a chuckwagon guy; he just had a different role.”

One of those drivers was Kelly Sutherland, on whom Carbury bestowed the nickname ‘The King’.

“He started announcing the same year I started driving ironically,” recalled Sutherland. “We became very close. He got to know the competitors and their families. He used to come visit prior to the Stampede and would call to get an update on who was running tough. He kept a real pulse on the sport all the time.

“He really grew to become attached to chuckwagon racing. He was one of the first guys who started to throw monikers to drivers, to put some excitement in the sport. The first time I ever heard it I was coming down the home stretch and when I got closer to the finish line, I heard Joe say ‘here comes the King and all the king’s men’. Pretty soon everyone called me that. But he was the one that hung it on me.”

His career in sports began in Medicine Hat in the late 1940s.

“It’s actually quite the story,” Melville related. “He started as salesman for Monsanto and they gave him a car and that was a big deal at the time. Monsanto was running some radio spots at a local station and he started talking sports with the station manager. The station manager out of the blue said to him ‘you have a pretty good idea about sports and we’re looking for a sports reporter’. He laid a few vocal tracks down and made an offer to hire him and it was a real tough decision for him because if he left Monsanto, he had to give the car back!”

That fateful decision changed Carbury’s life. He met his wife Rose, who was a nurse in Medicine Hat, later moved to Calgary and eventually began the long run into Calgary Stampede history.

He began his on-air career as play-by-play announcer for the Medicine Hat Tigers. He would also call CFL games, both in Calgary and Edmonton, as well as boxing matches. When he switched over to the horses, he started at the track as thoroughbreds announcer.

He called the chucks for 45 years, retiring in July of 2008.


From left, Joe Carbury the voice of the wagons at the Calgary Stampede and Doyle Mulaney, long-time wagon driver, with the Brasso Nissan sponsored chuckwagon in the mid-80s. ARCHIVE /  COURTESY BRASSO NISSAN

“I knew of Joe Carbury for years and years,” said Les McIntyre, the man who would step into Carbury’s place. “When I first started announcing in 1985, I got into it unexpectedly and I went to Calgary to listen to Joe call horse races. Then I got to know him a few years later when I was doing more rodeo stuff. He was a very humble man. I had lots of people say ‘oh, you’ll replace Joe Carbury’. Well, you’ll never replace the voice. The position, yes, but the voice and the man you couldn’t replace.

“There’s only so many ways you can describe a chuck wagon race and he pretty much set the bar and set the ball rolling in that area,” McIntyre added. “Anybody who does it now … we all have Joe in the back of our minds when we’re doing it.”


WPCA Saddened By The Passing Of Legendary Calgary Stampede Track Announcer Joe Carbury

Joe Carbury
April 4, 1926 - October 17, 2017

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association was saddened by passing of legendary Calgary Stampede Track Announcer on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from natural causes at the age of 91 years.

Joe Carbury was the youngest of six children born to Peter and Susan Carrabre in the Fort Garry district of Winnipeg, Manitoba on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1926.

Despite his mother’s objections, he followed the lead of his older brothers and joined the Navy in 1944 when he turned 18. For the last two years of the war, all 5 Carrabre boys were in active duty in the Royal Canadian Navy.

Joe was assigned to the merchant navy to make the crossing from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool, England. He made a total of 16 crossings (8 round trips) during the last two years of the war. These ships were loaded with war supplies such as tanks andammunition, and with the Atlantic waters infested with German submarines who were determined that these merchant navy ships did not make their destination. Upon his discharge from the navy, his older sister was disillusioned that people could never pronounce their last name properly from the spelling Carrabre, so she legally changed the spelling of her name to “Carbury.” Joe followed his sister’s lead, and he officially became “Joe Carbury.”

In late 1948 Joe began his broadcasting career at radio station CHAT in Medicine Hat – CHAT in the Hat. His first job as a play-by-play announcer was doing the hockey games for the Medicine Hat Tigers junior hockey team. It was here Joe met a nurse named Rose Renner and on July 16, 1949 they were married. A few years later they welcomed daughters Colleen and Kathleen, and eventually grandchildren Amanda and Garratt. It was a union that would last over 60 years until Rose’s passing on March 11, 2011.

In 1951, Joe left Medicine Hat for the big city and ended up working for CFAC Radio in Calgary. From 1953 to 1958 Joe did the play-by-play for the Calgary Stampeders Football Club. In 1959 Joe and Rose moved east to Hamilton, Ontario to continue doing football play by play only now it was for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Missing the west, the Carbury’s returned to Calgary permanently in 1961, and Joe began work at both CFAC and CKXL radio.

While working for CKXL, Joe did it all - hockey, football, curling, boxing – you name it. Around 1963 while the thoroughbreds were running down at Stampede Park, Joe took a tape machine and called a couple of races that would air later on. After the races aired on CKXL, a member of the racing association heard it, thought it was pretty good, and asked Joe if he wanted to be the P.A. announcer for the thoroughbreds. It was the start of a new career that he would eventually be best known for.

In 1964 the Calgary Stampede approached Joe about the possibility of doing the evening chuckwagon races. Although he didn't really know what it was all about, he was somewhat familiar with the chuckwagon races, and he was explained to by Stampede officials some of the rules and regulations. Joe agreed to give it a shot and from that day on, the chuckwagon races would never be the same. “There’s the horn! And They’reeeeee Offfff” became a catch phrase that will be forever etched in the brains of anyone who ever experienced a race.

Joe Carbury called his last chuckwagon race at the Calgary Stampede on July 8, 2008, ending a run of 45 incredible years. Following his final call, Joe was brought in front of the grandstand to say his last farewell. He was joined by his wife and daughters in an emotional moment, and a capacity crowd gave Joe a well deserved standing ovation. A few months later at the World Professional Chuckwagon Association’s (WPCA) annual banquet, Joe was honored with Tourism Calgary’s “White Hat Ceremony.” He received Special Recognition from the WPCA in 1993, and was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Joe is survived by daughters Coleen (Jim) Hutton and Kathleen Carbury; grandchildren Amanda and Garratt Hooker. A Memorial Service for Joe Carbury will be announced at a later time.

Joe will be missed by all in the WPCA, and we extend our sincere condolences to the Carbury family.

“And We’reeeeee Offfff.”

Billy Melville

BRC News Update: 21 Years of Boyz & Bullz

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Bull Riders Canada Inc. Press Release

16 October 2017

Media Contact: BRC – secretary@bullriderscanada.ca

For Immediate Release



Eriksdale, Manitoba - The 21st Annual Boneyard General Repair Boyz & Bullz event was once again a Bull Rider and fan favorite - taking place this year in front of another sold out crowd!

Event Producer, Ben Kinkead with Crossfire Bullriding Promotions styles this event a little differently than most. It starts off with a Mr. Perogie & Steak dinner, where the Noventis Credit Union Bull Draft is done live with the Bull Riders. A crowd of about 200 fans came early to watch this standout feature of the Boyz & Bullz event.

Wyatt Laughlin was 159 points on two head for the win. Round 1 saw him ride Rafter KO/Johnson Bucking Bulls' Missing Pieces for 79 points; Round 2 he took on Thrift Shop for 80 points - another Rafter KO/Johnson Bucking Bull. 

With these two rides, Wyatt took home over $3,300.00 and 390 points moving him from 20th up to 11th position in the BRC National Standings. 


Thank you to Ashton Laughlin for submitting the video clip of Wyatt's ride:

BRC caught up with Wyatt following the event. "...I knew after bumping up following Spiritwood I had the finals made. I wanted to gain more ground in the Standings riding in Eriksdale as well. It's such a good event being able to pick what bull you get on." 

Eriksdale was also Stop #8 - the final stop - on the BRC Central Tour. Steve Maddison was the last man standing in this Tour and won himself an additional 400 points, which bumped him from a tied spot at 43/44th all the way into the Top 25, where he now sits tied for 22/23rd and has earned the opportunity to compete at the BRC Finals. An official presentation for the Central Tour winner will be done in Lloydminster during the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals V.

New to Eriksdale this year was the Champions Challenge presented by Lucas Oil Products and Oil Mart, that featured the Event Champion coming back into the arena for another chance to win some cash!

The Champion picks from 1 of 3 bulls - the Bull he picks is the one he will compete on. He then picks a Challenger, who will pick 1 of the 2 remaining bulls. That Challenger picks a third challenger, who ends up with the remaining bull. The 3 Challengers ride off and the winner receives $500.00 - and of course, bragging rights!

With a bit of equipment malfunction after riding his second bull, Event Champion Wyatt Laughlin respectfully declined to ride in the Champions Challenge. This gave way for Marcos Gloria to step in, as he was second in the event with a score of 85 points on Stevens Bucking Bulls' 041 Pop Rocks. 

The Champions Challenge saw a final outcome of Bull Riders 3 - Bulls 0. Third place was Ty Ellis on Stevens Bucking Bulls' Guitar Town for 81.5 points, second place Ryan Neufeld on Lazy S & Bonkowski Bucking Bulls' 3M Beef Supply with 82 points, and the winner of the Champions Challenge was Marcos Gloria with an 86 point ride on Rafter KO/Johnson Bucking Bulls' Smoke & Mirrors.


Thank you to Andre Oliveira for submitting the video clip of Marcos' ride:

There were no points awarded for the Champions Challenge, but points are one thing Marcos Gloria does not need too many of right now. Gloria finished the Season with 3400 points, 405 points ahead of the number 2 man and Season IV Finals Champion, Cody Coverchuk. 

With Eriksdale being the final event on the schedule, BRC can officially congratulate Marcos Gloria on his position as Season Leader.

BRC has learned that Marcos is "...really celebrating sealing the Season Leader!" 

We will all be celebrating another successful season very soon at the Wrangler BRC Finals V on December 1st & 2nd in Lloydminster, SK. 

This is what it all comes down to! After 73 Events coast-to-coast across Canada and into Montana, USA, the #BRCFinals is where we will crown one National Champion. See you there!

Visit Bull Riders Canada website for full Event Results and current National Standings.

CPRA News: Grass Roots Drama Leads to Standings Shuffle


Airdrie, ALTA – October 2, 2017


In its first three years of existence, the Grass Roots Pro Rodeo Tour Final has been marked by Cinderella stories, joy and heartbreak.

All three were in evidence once again this weekend for the 2017 edition of the Grass Roots Final. At the top of the list on the upbeat side of the ledger was the team roping duo of Riley Warren and Stacy Cornet. The pair entered the weekend in 16th place in the Canadian standings, four spots out of a qualifying berth for the Canadian Finals Rodeo. But a ‘lights out’ performance over the two day event propelled Warren and Cornet into the top twelve and assured them of six more runs—this time in Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum in five weeks’ time.

For Warren, the result was especially sweet as the six year pro missed the CFR last year in this event by just $17. One year later, the Stettler cowboy exacted his revenge as he and his veteran heeler split 3/4 in the first round (5.2 seconds), added a 3rd in the second round (5.3 seconds) to win the average and take home $3593 and the Grass Roots team roping championship.

“This is a lot better feeling this year,” Warren noted, “and this will help me in the high point race as well.” Warren is locked in a three way race for the high point title with Curtis Cassidy and Morgan Grant.

“I was riding Clay Ullery’s horse, Peggy Sue, here,” Warren added. “He told me I could use the horse but I’d ‘better make the CFR’ and ride her there as well!” This wasn't the first time that the Grass Roots Final had a major impact on the 28 year old's season. At the inaugural Final n 2014, Warren had to win the final round to qualify for the CFR... and he did with then partner Grady Branden.

Warren and Cornet got together part way through the 2016 season, and for Cornet, the Brant, Alberta cowboy, CFR#44 will be his sixth appearance and first since 2014. 

“We knew we had to win today,” Cornet said. “But to be honest, I was kind of distracted all day. I found out from a neighbour that there were some free farm buildings available near our place; I spent the day working on that. The good thing about coming in as far back as we were was there really wasn't much pressure. We just had to rope as well as we could in the go rounds and see what happened."

But the team roping drama didn’t end there as the 13th place team going in, Jesse Popescul and Kevin Schreiner were part of the first round 3/4 split and finished second in the average for a $2343 payday that lifted them to 11th place. The CFR appearance will be the Glentworth, Saskatchewan cowboy’s first while Schreiner will be heading northward from his Medicine Hat home for the 10th time. 

The two teams that were bumped from the CFR were the American duo of Lane Mitchell and Brady Tryan and the cross-border team comprising Cory Kidd (North Carolina) and Cole Davison (Vulcan, Alberta).

The bareback riding too saw a change as the 13th place Cole Goodine picked up a 3rd place finish in the Saturday night go round, and added a 4th place average cheque. The $1250 haul carried the Carbon, Alberta hand past Innisfail’s Dylan Bilton and punched his ticket to CFR ’44. Goodine knows the other side of the Grass Roots emotional coin as he watched Billy West blow by him for the Rookie of the Year honours in the first year of the Calgary event.

And a similar scenario unfolded this time around in the Rookie race as barrel racer Diane Skocdopole caught the teenage sensation, Taylor Manning, with her last run prior to the CFR. Skocdopole and her eight year old mare, Sonic, topped the field on Saturday night with a 15.653 second run - the fastest of the weekend. That run, coupled with her 5th place Friday night finish, earned the Big Valley cowgirl 2nd place in the average as well - for a $3100 weekend, to clinch the rookie title.

The overall Grass Roots barrel racing honours went to Sydney Daines as she managed to survive a weekend that included a university exam, two intercollegiate soccer games for her U of A Pandas team (both games and the exam were in Edmonton) and two blazing runs aboard ‘Flame’ to take home $4062. The win vaulted her from 9th to 5th heading into the CFR.

Kyle Lucas will be making his 4th trip to the CFR but he had to avoid near disaster to make it happen. After an opening night broken barrier, Lucas’ season came down to one final run. But a split second after he nodded, his calf stumbled coming out of the box. Somehow the 23 year-old managed to check his horse, then put together a brilliant 7.5 second run to win the round and secure himself 3rd spot in the average. The win carried the son of four time Canadian champion, Joe Lucas, past Saskatchewan roper Jesse Popescul who had hoped for a two event appearance at the CFR but would have to settle for that team roping qualification.

Two stories that come under the heading ‘feel good’ added a couple more chapters at the Agrium Western Event Centre over the weekend. Baillie Milan’s almost unbelievable late season run was capped off with his Grass Roots Final win. Milan was sitting in 50th place in the steer wrestling standings going into Strathmore in early August. He had $2000 won. But the turnaround started with the Cochrane cowboy’s Strathmore win and continued with a remarkable seven week winning streak that was capped off with his Grass Roots title. The oldest of the three Milan brothers won the Friday night round (4.0 seconds), then was third on Saturday night (4.5) to easily win the average for a $4375 payday and the win. But perhaps even more remarkable is the fact that Milan’s season earnings total has swelled to $21,326 and he will head to the CFR in 4th place in the standings.

The other heart-warming story coming out of the weekend was the performance of bull rider Tanner Girletz. Since announcing his impending retirement a month ago has, Girletz has, as he says, had “his foot on the gas pedal” ever since. The 2006 Canadian champion added the Grass Roots trophy buckle to his collection with a brilliant showing on the weekend. He rode Eno Bucking Bulls’ Done Talking to a go round winning 86.5 on Friday nights, then added a fourth place 82 point ride on Saturday night. His 168 two head total gave him a two point cushion atop the average leaderboard. A large and appreciative crowd gave the veteran a warm ovation as he completed his last Calgary ride of what has been a tremendous career. The third generation cowboy will head to Edmonton in sixth place, an upward move of three spots courtesy of his Grass Roots Final success.

Also in the bull riding, Ponoka’s Tyler Pankewitz refused to relinquish his grasp on the final CFR qualifier berth as he held off the hard-charging Lonnie West at Calgary. Pankewitz needed a big ride on Saturday night after being bucked off on Friday and he came through with an impressive 86.5 on X6 Ranch’s Muddy Water. The$1250 for the go round win coupled with a 4th place $625 in the average meant ‘Pank’ will be making his way to his 7th CFR in search of his fist Canadian title.

The story in the saddle bronc riding was the Meeting Creek rock star, Layton Green, as it has been for much of the 2017 season. The 23 year-old lengthened his already substantial lead at the top of the Canadian standings’as he ‘40 percented ‘em” with back to back 85 point rides. The first came aboard Frank Wyzykoski’s Party Code with the second on Kesler Rodeo’s Sunset Strip. The $5000.00 cheque gives Green, who will also be appearing at his first WNFR this year, a whopping $78,038 in regular season earnings with Rod Hay’s single season record of $101,646 clearly in his sights.

For complete unofficial results from the Grass Roots Final, check out rodeocanada.com

Next stop, the Canadian Finals Rodeo November 8-12 - Edmonton Northlands.

CPRA News: Man With A Plan - Ben Robinson Grass Roots Bound

Airdrie, ALTA – September 25, 2017

Ben Robinson had a plan. A three-part plan.

Three weeks ago it looked like the third generation tie-down roper was in pretty tough in his bid to get to his first Canadian Finals Rodeo.

“I knew I had to really well at Olds first of all,” Robinson acknowledged. And that’s exactly what he did. An 8.1 second run at Oldstoberfest was good for the win and netted the Innisfail cowboy $1837.

“After that I figured I needed to get about $1500 out of Hanna and Brooks to give me a shot at the Grass Roots Final next weekend.” Once again the plan worked as it was scripted. A third place run at the Hanna Indoor Pro Rodeo and a 5/6 split at the Dallas Sunstrum Memorial in Brooks gave Robinson a $1472 weekend and vaulted him into the top ten in the Grass Roots Final standings and a spot on the roster for the Calgary event.

The 22 year-old is aware, as are most competitors, that every year there’s a handful of cowboys and cowgirls that use the Grass Roots event to catapult themselves up the highway to Edmonton for the all-important CFR date in November. 

“Two year ago, I missed the Grass Roots Final by a hundred bucks and last year it was a little more than that but not much,” the son of Hall of Famer Larry Robinson noted. Now having that monkey off his back, if Robinson can make the third part of his strategic roadmap work as well as the first two, he just might have to add a fourth component to the game plan—a little CFR strategy.

“I know I have to finish well in the two rounds at Calgary and be pretty high up in the average when it’s over,” he admitted. Although it won’t be an easy task as the other nine guys in the tie down roping are among the best in the game, Robinson is philosophical about his chances. “At least this time I only have to compete against nine guys, not like at a rodeo where there’s forty or fifty.”

With his 14 year-old gelding, Caesar, at the top of his game and practice sessions going well, Robinson will be riding into the Agrium Western Event Centre with a high level of confidence. Not surprising given what he’s done with his last three runs. If he has two more in his arsenal, Grass Roots fans might just be watching one more of the come-from-behind stories that make this event the perfect segue from the end of the regular season the Canadian Finals Rodeo. 

And speaking of late season Cinderella stories, there probably isn’t a better one than steer wrestler, Baillie Milan. Six weeks ago, the Cochrane cowboy was sitting 50th in the Canadian standings. Now after a 3-5 split at Brooks gave Milan an $850 cheque he has climbed all the way to ninth place in the standings. And, like Robinson, Milan saw his weekend performance carry to a roster-spot in Calgary as well.

“I always thought it would be cool for all three of us to be at the CFR the same year,” the oldest of the three Milan steer wrestlers mused a few weeks ago. With Tanner and Straws already solidly among the top five in the bulldogging standings, it looks like that dream too is on the cusp of coming true. Apparently all the hype we hear from announcers and publicists about the drama surrounding the final weeks of the regular season and the Grass Roots Final—well, it looks like there’s something to it after all.

And that drama will be ratchetted up one more time this weekend as Ben Robinson, Baillee Milan and the rest of the Grass Roots qualifiers make their way to the Agrium Western Event Centre for two performances—Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30 at 7 pm both nights.

Grass Roots Final tickets are available through Ticket Master and at the door. $15 each (12 and under free)

For complete results from the Hanna Pro Rodeo and the Dallas Sunstrum Memorial, head to rodeocanada.com

PRCA Bubble Watch 2017

It’s anyone’s game until the regular season officially ends on Oct. 1, and every dollar counts in the race for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. Check back with prorodeo.com on Monday, after all rodeos have been processed, to find out who broke the bubble. For many cowboys, a chance at making it into the Top 15 remains a possibility – but they’re going to have to bring their best and win some big checks at this week’s rodeos.  Here’s a rundown of who is currently 15th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, followed by those who are just a few thousand dollars shy of claiming that highly coveted position. Bareback Riding  • Mason Clements is 15th with $83,895. Clements is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Mona, Utah. • Justin Miller is 16th and is $2,529 away from breaking into the Top 15. Miller is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; and New Braunfels, Texas. • Evan Jayne is 17th and is $3,133 away from breaking into the Top 15. Jayne is scheduled to compete at Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo. Steer Wrestling  • Chason Floyd is 15th with $71,192. Floyd is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo. • Josh Peek is 16th and is $87 away from breaking into the Top 15. Peek is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo. • Clayton Hass is 17th and is $3,663 away from breaking into the Top 15. Hass is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Sioux Falls, S.D.  • Jacob Talley is 18th and is $4,591 away from breaking into the Top 15. Talley is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo. • Will Lummus is 19th and is $4,672 away from breaking into the Top 15. Lummus is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo. • Jason Thomas is 20th and is $6,434 away from breaking into the Top 15. Thomas is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. • Matt Reeves is 21st and is $7,752 away from breaking into the Top 15. Reeves doctor released out of competing at Pasadena, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. Team Roping Heading  • Charly Crawford is 15th with $74,146. Crawford is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo. • Levi Simpson is 16th and is $8,808 away from breaking into the Top 15. Simpson is scheduled to compete at Sioux Falls, S.D.  Team Roping Heeling  • Jeremy Buhler is 15th with $65,338. Buhler is scheduled to compete at Sioux Falls, S.D.  • Buddy Hawkins II is 16th and is $202 away from breaking into the Top 15. Hawkins is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo. • Kyle Lockett is 17th and is $3,593 away from breaking into the Top 15. Lockett is scheduled to compete at Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Las Cruces, N.M. Saddle Bronc Riding  • Jesse Wright is 15th with $74,745. Jesse Wright is scheduled to compete at Mona, Utah, and Kansas City, Mo. • Cort Scheer is 16th and is $2,923 away from breaking into the Top 15. Scheer is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Mona, Utah. • Cody Wright is 17th and is $8,793 away from breaking into the Top 15. Cody Wright is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; New Braunfels, Texas; and Sioux Falls, S.D. Tie-down Roping  • Cade Swor is 15th with $83,256. Swor is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. • Blane Cox is 16th and is $6,201 away from breaking into the Top 15. Cox is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo. • Ace Slone is 17th and is $6,900 away from breaking into the Top 15. Slone is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo. • Cody Quaney is 18th and is $8,252 away from breaking into the Top 15. Quaney is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo. Bull Riding  • Tristan Mize is 15th with $83,601. Mize is scheduled to compete at Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo. • Boudreaux Campbell is 16th and is $1,287 away from breaking into the Top 15. Campbell is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo. • Brady Portenier is 17th and is $1,893 away from breaking into the Top 15. Portenier is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Las Cruces, N.M. • Tyler Bingham is 18th and is $4,680 away from breaking into the Top 15. Bingham is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo.

It’s anyone’s game until the regular season officially ends on Oct. 1, and every dollar counts in the race for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. Check back with prorodeo.com on Monday, after all rodeos have been processed, to find out who broke the bubble.

For many cowboys, a chance at making it into the Top 15 remains a possibility – but they’re going to have to bring their best and win some big checks at this week’s rodeos. 

Here’s a rundown of who is currently 15th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, followed by those who are just a few thousand dollars shy of claiming that highly coveted position.

Bareback Riding 

• Mason Clements is 15th with $83,895. Clements is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Mona, Utah.
• Justin Miller is 16th and is $2,529 away from breaking into the Top 15. Miller is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; and New Braunfels, Texas.
• Evan Jayne is 17th and is $3,133 away from breaking into the Top 15. Jayne is scheduled to compete at Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo.

Steer Wrestling

 • Chason Floyd is 15th with $71,192. Floyd is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo.
• Josh Peek is 16th and is $87 away from breaking into the Top 15. Peek is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo.
• Clayton Hass is 17th and is $3,663 away from breaking into the Top 15. Hass is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Sioux Falls, S.D. 
• Jacob Talley is 18th and is $4,591 away from breaking into the Top 15. Talley is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo.
• Will Lummus is 19th and is $4,672 away from breaking into the Top 15. Lummus is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo.
• Jason Thomas is 20th and is $6,434 away from breaking into the Top 15. Thomas is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; and Sioux Falls, S.D.
• Matt Reeves is 21st and is $7,752 away from breaking into the Top 15. Reeves doctor released out of competing at Pasadena, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Team Roping Heading 

• Charly Crawford is 15th with $74,146. Crawford is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo.
• Levi Simpson is 16th and is $8,808 away from breaking into the Top 15. Simpson is scheduled to compete at Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Team Roping Heeling 

• Jeremy Buhler is 15th with $65,338. Buhler is scheduled to compete at Sioux Falls, S.D. 
• Buddy Hawkins II is 16th and is $202 away from breaking into the Top 15. Hawkins is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo.
• Kyle Lockett is 17th and is $3,593 away from breaking into the Top 15. Lockett is scheduled to compete at Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Las Cruces, N.M.

Saddle Bronc Riding 

• Jesse Wright is 15th with $74,745. Jesse Wright is scheduled to compete at Mona, Utah, and Kansas City, Mo.
• Cort Scheer is 16th and is $2,923 away from breaking into the Top 15. Scheer is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Mona, Utah.
• Cody Wright is 17th and is $8,793 away from breaking into the Top 15. Cody Wright is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; New Braunfels, Texas; and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Tie-down Roping 

• Cade Swor is 15th with $83,256. Swor is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; and Sioux Falls, S.D.
• Blane Cox is 16th and is $6,201 away from breaking into the Top 15. Cox is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo.
• Ace Slone is 17th and is $6,900 away from breaking into the Top 15. Slone is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo.
• Cody Quaney is 18th and is $8,252 away from breaking into the Top 15. Quaney is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo.

Bull Riding 

• Tristan Mize is 15th with $83,601. Mize is scheduled to compete at Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo.
• Boudreaux Campbell is 16th and is $1,287 away from breaking into the Top 15. Campbell is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo.
• Brady Portenier is 17th and is $1,893 away from breaking into the Top 15. Portenier is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Las Cruces, N.M.
• Tyler Bingham is 18th and is $4,680 away from breaking into the Top 15. Bingham is scheduled to compete at Pasadena, Texas; Mona, Utah; New Braunfels, Texas; and Kansas City, Mo.

PRCA Weekend News Roundup: Sept. 25th


Standings Shuffle: 18 Cowboys Move Up

With $775,306 up for grabs among 17 PRCA rodeos across North America this past week, 18 cowboys saw their positions improve within the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings’ Top 15. 

The final stretch of the 2017 regular season is in full swing with only a few days left. ProRodeo’s top cowboys are racing to the finish line in hopes of qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. 

Having two rodeos with six-figure payoffs proved to be a major boost as cowboys competed for $137,371 at the Cowboy Capital Of The World PRCA Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, and $127,962 at the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair and Rodeo. 

Positions are starting to set in among the top, but it’s not over until the clock strikes midnight on Oct. 1. Since Sept. 18, four cowboys broke the bubble, but nobody moved up more than saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright. 

Wright jumped from 12th to eighth thanks to winning $4,145 at the Industry (Calif.) Hills Charity Pro Rodeo; $2,013 at the Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo in San Bernardino, Calif.; $1,514 at the Poway (Calif.) Rodeo; and $1,486 in Stephenville.

The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between Sept. 19-25.

• Steven Dent moved from 15th to 12th in bareback riding. 
• Ty Breuer moved from 16th to 13th in bareback riding. 
• Tuf Cooper moved from 16th to 13th in steer roping. 

• Tony Reina moved from ninth to seventh in steer roping. 
• Thomas Richards moved from 11th to ninth in team roping heading. 
• JoJo LeMond moved from 11th to ninth in steer roping. 
• Chason Floyd moved from 17th to 15th in steer wrestling.
• Tristan Mize moved from 17th to 15th in bull riding. 

• CoBurn Bradshaw moved from fourth to third in saddle bronc riding. 
• Jake Long moved from seventh to sixth in team roping heeling. 
• Jake Brown moved from eighth to seventh in bareback riding.
• Chad Masters moved from eighth to seventh in team roping heading. 
• J.C. Malone moved from 11th to 10th in tie-down roping. 
• Cory Solomon moved from 14th to 13th in tie-down roping. 
• Garrett Rogers moved from 15th to 14th in team roping heading.
• Cooper Martin moved from 15th to 14th in tie-down roping.  
• Troy Tillard moved from 15th to 14th in steer roping. 

With the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale in Sioux Falls, S.D., on the horizon, the outcome of this rodeo and others are sure to impact the world standings, and solidify who will compete at the 2017 Wrangler NFR.

Check back with prorodeo.com next week to see who is heading to Las Vegas in December.


Posted September 24, 2017 11:25 pm 

Tie-down roping star Cooper makes move on NFR berth


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By Brett Hoffman

For the Amarillo Globe-News

During the past weekend, numerous world class competitors saddled up for PRCA shows in Amarillo and Stephenville.

The two rodeos are conducted very near the end of the regular season on the PRCA circuit. This year, the PRCA’s regular season concludes on Sept. 30. After that, the top 15 in each event will advance to the Dec. 7-16 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas or the Nov. 10-11 National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan.


Hoffman: Childress resident dominates late-summer rodeos

Hoffman: Tuf Cooper cashes in during Ellensburg Rodeo

The Amarillo and Stephenville rodeos drew renowned competitors who are on or near the bubble as they attempt to finish within the top 15 in an event and earn a National Finals berth.

For example, three-time tie-down roping world champion Tuf Cooper, a Childress native who lives in Decatur, has been on a mission to earn his first National Finals Steer Roping berth. He entered the Stephenville rodeo ranked No. 16 in the steer roping world title race.

After clinching the steer roping title in Stephenville, Cooper earned $4,077. Cooper also picked up a $798 check after finishing second in the steer roping second round at last weekend’s PRCA show in Apache, Okla. After all that, Cooper may have earned enough over the past weekend to finish the year within the top 15 and earn a National Finals Steer Roping back number.

If Cooper can qualify for the Mulvane-based NFSR, it will increase his chances of earning his first world all-around title. Cooper is ranked No. 1 in tie-down roping and has secured a berth at the Las Vegas-based National Finals in that event. But if he also can earn a National Finals Steer Roping berth, he has the potential to be more competitive in the all-around race. That would give him an opportunity to win bigger prize money in two events instead of one.

Cooper’s rival, 13-time world all-around champion Trevor Brazile who is ranked second in the 2017 world all-around standings, has secured NFR berths in both tie-down roping and steer roping. Brazile entered rodeos last weekend ranked sixth in tie-down roping and fifth in steer roping.

So, if Cooper can advance to the nationals in both tie-down roping and steer roping, he has a much better chance of holding off Brazile who will attempt to overtake him in the all-around race.

PBR update

On the Professional Bull Riders’ circuit, Derek Kolbaba clinched the title at last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Uniondale, N.Y. He is ranked No. 5 in the world title race with 3,050 points.

Eduardo Aparecido, who finished third in Uniondale, is ranked No. 1 in the world standings with 3,825 points, 130 ahead of No. 2 ranked Kaique Pacheco.

This weekend, the Ford Series, which is the PBR’s top tier tour, stops in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 2017 World Finals is scheduled for Nov. 1-5 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

Reed riding tough

Audy Reed of Spearman clinched the saddle bronc riding title at the PRCA-sanctioned Sept. 1-17 New Mexico State Fair Rodeo in Albuquerque, N.M. Reed finished No. 1 with an 85 atop a bronc named Multi-chem Forked Up, which is owned by the Cervi Championship Rodeo Co. After clinching the title and earning $4,258, Reed was ranked No. 14 in last week’s saddle bronc riding world standings with $74,914. The Albuquerque victory was much needed for the 22-year-old Reed who is attempting to earn his first National Finals berth.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades. Email him at bchoffman777@earthlink.net.

Elliot Jacoby closes 2017 strong with win at Stephenville


STEPHENVILLE, Texas - With the conclusion of the 2017 PRCA season just around the bend, a few cowboys are still hoping to cut any available corners in order to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. 

As it pertains to bull rider Elliot Jacoby, while it may be too little too late, some is better than none. 

Entering the weekend ranked 19th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, Jacoby managed to outwit Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo's Bandit for 89.5 points, notching the win at the fabled Cowboy Capital Of The World Rodeo. Not only did the Fredericksburg, Texas, native add $2,959 to his season winnings, but he got some other goodies, as well. 

“It’s pretty cool,” Jacoby said. “It’s pretty close to the house, not too far. It’s cool to get a rifle, and they give some pretty cool stuff to the winner.”

Jacoby has history with Bandit, a bull capable of providing enough oomph in the one-go format. In June of this year, Jacoby bested Bandit for 86.5 points at the Parker County (Texas) Sheriff’s Posse Xtreme Bulls event. Yet again, the 26-year-old triumphed over the intimidating bull. 

“He was really good,” Jacoby said. “He was right there around the right. I’ve been on him a couple times this year, and actually, that was the best I’ve ever scored on him. I was really excited to have him, and I knew I would have a good shot at winning the rodeo or placing pretty high.”

Despite recording the victory, Jacoby couldn’t help but lament on likely missing out on the WNFR. 

“It’s all good to win, but I wish I would have done a lot more earlier in the season to put me in the Top 15,” he said.

After qualifying for the WNFR in 2013 and 2014, Jacoby saw his name slotted at 34th and 53rd in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Before the weekend, Jacoby was about $14,000 short of the coveted 15th place in the world standings, a mountain likely too high to climb with the hourglass short on sand. Still, this win doesn't have Jacoby hanging his head. 

“It feels really good to be staying on heading into the new year,” he said. "Hopefully I can come back and keep it up, and this next year will go a lot better.”

Other winners at the $137,371 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tuf Cooper ($6,494, tie-down roping and steer roping), bareback rider Jake Brown (88.5 points on Pickett Rodeo's Shady Nights), steer wrestler Dirk Tavenner (3.4 seconds), team ropers Jake Orman/Will Woodfin (4.0 seconds), saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss (88 points on Pickett Rodeo's Watch The Night), tie-down roper Tuf Cooper (7.3 seconds) and barrel racer Kellie Collier (15.29 seconds).

For more coverage of the Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo, check out the October 13 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.


Gaughan named 2017 ProRodeo Legend


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – ProRodeo Hall of Famer Michael Gaughan, who was inducted as a rodeo notable in 2007, will be the 2017 ProRodeo Legend who will be honored at the 10th annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala on Dec. 4 at the South Point Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas.

"This is a very, very nice honor to receive," said Gaughan, 74.

The Gala, which benefits the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, begins at 6 p.m. (PT).

Gaughan played a key role in bringing the National Finals Rodeo to Las Vegas in 1985. In 1988, thanks to the late Benny Binion, also a ProRodeo Hall of Famer, Gaughan became involved with Las Vegas Events and the Wrangler NFR Committee.

"Michael has always been a big supporter of the PRCA and professional rodeo," said PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. "Although we have had some tough negotiations throughout the years, Michael has always been a friend of our sport. He was a major factor in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo moving to Las Vegas, and has provided us endless hospitality at the South Point over the years."

Gaughan also is a long-time sponsor, first locally, and then nationally, of the NFR and the PRCA.

"I enjoy rodeo and cowboys," said Gaughan, who has lived in Las Vegas since 1952. "I've only missed seven performances at the NFR since it has been in Las Vegas since 1985."

In 2007, Gaughan became a national sponsor for the PRCA with his South Point Hotel and Casino. The South Point Hotel and Casino opened in December 2005, and was followed by the equestrian center in the spring of 2006.

The South Point also has hosted the PRCA National Convention since 2006. The South Point is also a sponsor/supporter of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and its events, and Gaughan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hall of Fame.

"The NFR has been great for the city, and the city has been great for the rodeo," Gaughan said. "Having the NFR in Las Vegas has really changed the month of December in Las Vegas. December used to be a slow month here, and now December is always my best month every year. 

"Hosting the PRCA National Convention is also very, very good for business. I went after the convention and people seem to like it here the best."

Award nominees announced, voting starts Oct. 2

It’s common for rodeo athletes and fans to use the hashtag “attitude of gratitude.” Each year, that gratitude is expressed at the annual PRCA Awards Banquet at Las Vegas right before the start of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. For the first time in ProRodeo history, rodeo music directors are included in the awards ceremony. 

The final online ballot process will be open Oct. 2-16 for applicable voting PRCA members. Eligible voters will need to keep an eye on their email’s inbox for voting information on Oct. 2. If no email is received for voting, contact Brandy Sorenson in rodeo administration for more information. 

The winners for each category will be announced at the PRCA Awards Banquet at the South Point in Las Vegas on Dec. 6. 

The following men, women and committees are among the bunch of highly skilled and enthusiastic nominees:

Lifetime achievement award
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and honors those contract personnel members of the PRCA who have dedicated their lives to the rodeo industry through their commitment, work and contributions.  
• Dan Hubbell
• James Svoboda
• Jim & Julie Sutton
• Mildred Klingemann
• Pete Burns (posthumously)

Announcer of Year
• Andy Stewart
• Bob Tallman
• Mike Mathis
• Randy Corley
• Wayne Brooks

Bullfighter of Year
• Brandon Loden
• Clay Heger
• Cody Webster
• Dusty Tuckness
• Nathan Jestes

Clown of the Year
• Cody Sosebee
• JJ Harrison
• John Harrison
• Justin Rumford
• Keith Isley

Comedy Act of the Year
• Bert Davis
• David Whitmoyer
• Gizmo McCracken
• Johnny Dudley
• Mark Swingler

Dress Act of the Year
• Bobby Kerr
• Madison MacDonald
• One Arm Bandit and Co – John, Lynn and Amanda Payne
• Rider Kiesner
• Tomas Garcilazo

Secretary of the Year
• Amanda Corley-Sanders
• Brenda Crowder
• Haley Bridwell
• Linda Alsbaugh
• Sandy Gwatney

Stock Contracting Firm of the Year
• Cervi Championship Rodeo
• Frontier Rodeo
• Pete Carr Pro Rodeo
• Powder River Rodeo
• Stace Smith Pro Rodeos

Small Rodeo of the Year
• Claremore, Okla.
• Coulee City, Wash.
• Elizabeth, Colo.
• Huntsville, Texas
• Monte Vista, Colo.  

Medium Rodeo of the Year
• Amarillo, Texas
• Coleman, Texas
• Deadwood, South Dakota
• Eagle, Colo.
• Stephenville, Texas

Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
• Denver, Colo.
• Fort Worth, Texas
• Nampa, Idaho
• San Angelo, Texas
• San Antonio, Texas

Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year
• Caldwell, Idaho
• Cheyenne, Wyo.
• Dodge City, Kan.
• Ogden, Utah
• Pendleton, Ore.

Music Director of the Year
• Andrew (Drew) Taylor
• Brenda Winklepleck
• Jill Franzen Loden
• Josh (Hambone) Hilton
• Randy (Stretch) Mayer 

Pro Rodeo Results

Dallas Sunstrum Memorial Pro Rodeo
Brooks, Alberta, Sept. 22-23

Bareback riding: 1. Cole Goodine, 83 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Easy Money, $1,142; 2. Orin Larsen, 82, $945; 3. (tie) Ty Taypotat and Ky Marshall, 81.5, $650 each; 5. Denny Phipps, 80, $355; 6. (tie) Kyle Bowers and Gavin Derose, 79.5, $98 each.

Steer wrestling: 1. Ben Ramey, 3.2 seconds, $1,362; 2. Brendan Laye, 3.4, $1,185; 3. (tie) Kale Peterson, Baillie Milan and Scott Sigfusson, 3.5, $850 each; 6. (tie) Dustin Walker and Morgan Grant, 3.6, $385 each; 8. Derek Frank, 3.8, $118.

Team roping: 1. Brady Minor/Riley Minor, 4.3 seconds, $1,145 each; 2. (tie) Cole Davison/Cory Kidd and Clint Buhler/Rocky Dallyn, 4.5, $849 each; 4. Riley Warren/Stacy Cornet, 4.6, $553; 5. Kasper Roy/Trey Gallais, 4.8, $355; 6. Scott Sigfusson/Ashton Lehmann, 5.0, $197. 

Tie-down roping: 1. Murray Pole, 7.9 seconds, $1,319; 2. Riley Warren, 8.0, $1,147; 3. Wyatt Hays, 8.1, $9754; 4. Stacy Cornet, 8.4, $803; 5. (tie) Ben Robinson and Logan Hofer, 8.7, $545 each; 7. Scott Sigfusson, 9.1, $287; 8. Cody Brett, Morgan Grant and Lee Rombough, 9.4, $39 each.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jim Berry, 80.5 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Rubles, $1,085; 2. Cort Scheer, 80, $898; 3. Michael Gordon, 78.5, $711; 4. Troy Crowser, 77, $524; 5. (tie) Tyrel Larsen and Josh Harden, 76.5, $262 each.

Ladies barrel racing: 1. Lynette Brodoway, 14.620 seconds, $1,377; 2. Kylie Whiteside, 14.624, $1,183; 3. Callahan Crossley, 14.636, $984; 4. Steffanie Mather-Moore, 14.666, $852; 5. Bailie Switzer, 14.685, $655; 6. Taylor Shields, 14.706, $525; 7. Carman Pozzobon, 14.711, $393; 8. Kirsty White, 14.716, $262; 9. Virginya Foran, 14.723, $197; 7. Rebecca Dallaire, 14.762, $93.

Bull riding: *1. (tie) Scott Schiffner, on Big Stone Rodeo’s What’s His Name and Marcos Gloria, on Big Stone Rodeo’s What’s His Name, 86 points, $1,102 each; 3. Tanner Girletz, 84, $827; 4. Jared Parsonage, 82.5, $643. * (all totals include ground money).

Total payoff: $37,471. Stock contractor: Big Stone Rode. Rodeo secretary: Mac Mckie. Officials: Tim Thompson and Lane Peterson.Timers: Dusty Daines and Kelly Leeder. Announcer: Dave Poulsen. Bull fighters: Greg Loring Jr. and Scott Waye. Flankman: Bruce Sunstrum. Pick-up men: Terry Leeder and Brett Thompson.

Hanna Indoor Pro Rodeo
Hanna Alberta, Sept. 22-24

Bareback riding: 1. Jake Vold, 87 points on C5 Rodeo’s Show Boy, $1.109; 2. Ty Taypotat, 82.5, $832; 3. Ky Marshall, 82, $555; 4. Colin Adams, 81, $277.

Steer wrestling: 1. Scott Guenthner, 3.4 seconds, $1,418; 2. Morgan Grant, 4.0, $1,173; 3. (tie) Dustin Nicholson, Brock Butterfield, Stephen Culling and Scott Sigfusson, 4.1, $574 each.

Team roping: 1. Dawson Graham/Dillon Graham, 4.2 seconds, $1,050 each; 2. Clay Ullery/Riley Wilson, 4.9, $869; 3. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 5.0, $688; 4. (tie) Justin McCarroll/Brett McCarroll and Steele Depaoli/Chase Simpson, 5.1, $416 each; 6. Trey
Gallais/Kasper Roy, 5.5, $181.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cort Scheer, 82.5 points on C5 Rodeo’s Biff, $1,071; 2. Dusty Hausauer, 81, $804; 3. (tie) Jim Berry and Coleman Watt, 80.5, $402.

Tie-down roping: 1. Wyatt Hayes, 8.3 seconds, $1,418; 2. Dean Edge, 8.4, $1,173; 3. Ben Robinson, 8.5, $929; 4. Erik Dublanko, 9.3, $684; 5. Stacy Cornet, 9.4, $440; 6. (tie) Mark Neitz and Scott Sigfusson, 9.5, $122 each.

Ladies barrel racing: 1. Paige Manning, 12.556 seconds, $1,081; 2. Lynette Brodoway, 12.602, $926; 3. Kirsty White, 12.712, $772; 4. Kylie Whiteside, 12.736, $669; 5. Sarah Gerard, 12.809, $515; 6. Taylor Manning, 12.848, $412; 7. Steffanie Mather-Moore, 12.855, $309; 8. Casey Dacyk, 12.876, $206; 9. Carman Pozzobon, 12.891, $154; 10. Baillie Switzer, 12.994, $103.

Bull riding: *1. Cody Floyd, 87.5 points on Girletz Rodeo’s 33 Rays Last Jump, $3,126; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).

Total payoff: $30,245. Stock contractor: Gerletz Rodeo. Sub-contractors: C5 Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Maxine Baird. Officials:Perry Gurski and Cam Morris. Timers: Maxine Baird and Corrine Alstott. Announcer: Joe Braniff. Bullfighters: Brett Monea and Kyle Evans. Clown/barrelman: Dennis Halstead. Flankmen: Kevin Girletz, Calvin McDonald, Curtis Sawyer and Lindsey Cartier. Pickup men: Gary Remple and Jim Kelts.

Cowboy Capital Of The World PRCA Rodeo


Stephenville, Texas, Sept. 22-24


All-around cowboy: Tuf Cooper, $6,494, tie-down roping and steer roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Jake Brown, 88.5 points on Pickett Rodeo's Shady Nights, $2,555; 2. Evan Jayne, 88, $1,959; 3. Tilden Hooper, 87.5, $1,448; 4. Tim O'Connell, 87, $937; 5. Steven Dent, 86, $596; 6. Jessy Davis, 84, $426; 7. Richmond Champion, 82.5, $341; 8. Taylor Broussard, 81.5, $255. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Dirk Tavenner, 3.4 seconds, $2,483; 2. Jule Hazen, 3.5, $2,221; 3. Walt Arnold, 3.6, $1,960; 4. Cody Devers, 3.7, $1,699; 5. Nick Guy, 3.8, $1,437; 6. Will Lummus, 3.9, $1,176; 7. Blaine Jones, 4.1, $915; 8. Marcus Theriot, 4.2, $653; 9. (tie) Casey Martin, Blake Doyle and Justice Johnson, 4.4, $174 each. 


Team roping: 1. Jake Orman/Will Woodfin, 4.0 seconds, $3,885 each; 2. Tom Richards/Ryan Motes, 4.1, $3,476; 3. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4, $3,067; 4. Brett Stuart/Wesley Moss, 4.5, $2,658; 5. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.8, $2,249; 6. Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 4.9, $1,840; 7. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Seth Jones, Cory Kidd V/Cole Davison and Tyler Wojciechowski/Trey Carter III, 5.2, $1,022 each; 10. (tie) Tyler Waters/Tyler Worley and Colby Lovell/Corey Hendrick, 5.5, $102 each. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Heith DeMoss, 88 points on Pickett Rodeo's Watch The Night, $2,623; 2. Isaac Diaz, 84, $2,011; 3. Ryder Wright, 83.5, $1,486; 4. Jacobs Crawley, 82.5, $962; 5. Colt Gordon, 82, $612; 6. (tie) Spencer Wright and Clayton Brum, 81.5, $393 each; 8. (tie) Tate Owens and Sterling Crawley, 80.5, $131 each. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Tuf Cooper, 7.3 seconds, $2,447; 2. Michael Otero, 8.1, $2,189; 3. Mesquite Mahaffey, 8.2, $1,932; 4. Shank Edwards, 8.5, $1,674; 5. Joe Keating, 8.7, $1,417; 6. Shane Slack, 8.8, $1,159; 7. Cheyenne Harper, 9.0, $901; 8. Ike Fontenot, 9.1, $644; 9. Cody Quaney, 9.6, $386; 10. Chase Williams, 10.3, $129. 


Barrel racing: 1. Kellie Collier, 15.29 seconds, $3,290; 2. Tami Semas, 15.31, $2,632; 3. (tie) Christine Laughlin and Kelly Bruner, 15.37, $1,892 each; 5. Michele McLeod, 15.39, $1,316; 6. Katelyn Scott, 15.40, $987; 7. (tie) Blythe Beshears and Nicole Laurence, 15.43, $781 each; 9. Tiany Schuster, 15.46, $658; 10. Sissy Winn, 15.48, $576; 11. (tie) Brandee Hawkins and Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 15.52, $452 each; 13. (tie) Jessi Fish and Tillar Murray, 15.59, $288 each; 15. Trina Murray, 15.60, $165. 


Steer roping: First round: 1. Ryan Rochlitz, 10.4 seconds, $1,514; 2. Mike Chase, 10.5, $1,253; 3. Corey Ross, 10.6, $992; 4. Brodie Poppino, 10.9, $731; 5. J. Tom Fisher, 11.0, $470; 6. Tuf Cooper, 11.1, $261. Second round: 1. Tuf Cooper, 9.5 seconds, $1,514; 2. Bryce Davis, 9.7, $1,253; 3. Tony Reina, 10.6, $992; 4. JoJo LeMond, 10.7, $731; 5. J. Tom Fisher, 10.9, $470; 6. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Corey Ross, 11.2, $131 each. Third round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 9.2 seconds, $1,514; 2. JoJo LeMond, 9.7, $1,253; 3. Dan Fisher, 10.1, $992; 4. Ryan Rochlitz, 10.2, $731; 5. (tie) Cody Lee, Shay Good and Tony Reina, 10.3, $244 each. Average: 1. Tuf Cooper, 31.6 seconds on three head, $2,272; 2. Tony Reina, 32.3, $1,880; 3. Trevor Brazile, 32.6, $1,488; 4. Corey Ross, 33.0, $1,097; 5. Ryan Rochlitz, 34.0, $705; 6. Roger Branch, 34.4, $392. 


Bull riding: 1. Elliot Jacoby, 89.5 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo's Bandit, $2,959; 2. Cole Melancon, 85.5, $2,294; 3. Tyler Viers, 83, $1,725; 4. Markus Mariluch, 80.5, $1,155; 5. Kyle Zeigler, 75.5, $775; 6. Sage Kimzey, 69, $585; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $137,136. Stock contractor: Pete Carr Pro Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo, Pickett Rodeo and Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Delia Walls. Officials: Skip Emmett, Butch Kirby and Scot Quick. Timers: Sandy Gwatney and Sandy Garland. Announcer: Justin McKee. Specialty act: Cody Sosebee. Bullfighters: Brandon Loden and Clay Heger. Clown/barrelman: Cody Sosebee. Flankman: Slick Jones II. Chute boss: John Gwatney. Pickup men: Josh Edwards and Jeremy Willis. Music director: Benje Bendele.

Amarillo Tri-State Fair And Rodeo


Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 21-23


All-around cowboy: Trevor Brazile, $7,560, tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping.


Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Will Lowe, on Rafter G Rodeo's Biscuit, and Steven Dent, on Smith, Harper & Morgan's Proud Mary, 86 points, $1,823 each; 3. Orin Larsen, 85, $1,170; 4. Jake Brown, 82.5, $757; 5. Justin McDaniel, 82, $482; 6. Shane O'Connell, 81.5, $344; 7. Tyler Berghuis, 80, $275; 8. Bill Tutor, 79, $206. 


Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Chason Floyd, Blake Mindemann and Jason Thomas, 3.6 seconds, $2,463 each; 4. Riley Duvall, 3.7, $1,724; 5. Kyle Irwin, 3.9, $1,355; 6. Ty Erickson, 4.0, $985; 7. Stan Branco, 4.1, $616; 8. (tie) Clay Mindemann and Stockton Graves, 4.2, $123 each. 


Team roping: 1. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.1 seconds, $3,384 each; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.4, $3,028; 3. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.5, $2,672; 4. Tanner Baldwin/Cesar de la Cruz, 4.6, $2,316; 5. (tie) Rowdy Rieken/Wesley Johnson and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.7, $1,781 each; 7. Logan Olson/Kyle Lockett, 4.8, $1,247; 8. (tie) Jake Cooper/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell and Jake Orman/Will Woodfin, 5.2, $534 each. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cort Scheer, 85 points on Andrews Rodeo's Rock Bottle, $2,358; 2. Colt Gordon, 84, $1,807; 3. (tie) Taos Muncy and Zeke Thurston, 82.5, $1,100 each; 5. (tie) Isaac Diaz and Leon Fountain, 82, $472 each; 7. (tie) Alex Wright and Sterling Crawley, 81, $275 each. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Sterling Smith, 7.4 seconds, $2,483; 2. (tie) EJ Roberts and Ty Baker, 8.2, $2,091 each; 4. (tie) Marty Yates, Lane Livingston, Cooper Martin and Ace Slone, 8.3, $1,307 each; 8. Chase Williams, 8.8, $653; 9. (tie) Riley Pruitt, Cody Quaney and Pryce Harris, 8.9, $174 each. 


Barrel racing: 1. Christine Laughlin, 16.74 seconds, $2,463; 2. Hailey Kinsel, 16.75, $2,093; 3. Lacy Kimball, 16.94, $1,724; 4. Kelly Tovar, 16.95, $1,478; 5. Jana Bean, 17.04, $1,231; 6. (tie) Joy McDaniel, Dena Kirkpatrick and Sissy Winn, 17.09, $657 each; 9. Shelby McCauley, 17.10, $431; 10. Holly Wright, 17.15, $369; 11. Taci Bettis, 17.18, $308; 12. Katelyn Scott, 17.22, $246. 


Steer roping: First round: 1. (tie) Troy Tillard and J.P. Wickett, 10.8 seconds, $1,497 each; 3. Trevor Brazile, 11.2, $1,074; 4. Kelly Casebolt, 11.6, $791; 5. J. Tom Fisher, 11.8, $509; 6. (tie) Bryce Davis and Shay Good, 11.9, $141 each. Second round: 1. Roger Branch, 10.1 seconds, $1,639; 2. Trevor Brazile, 11.1, $1,356; 3. (tie) J.P. Wickett, Casey Everett and Brian Garr, 11.5, $791 each; 6. Brent Lewis, 11.6, $283. Third round: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 9.5 seconds, $1,639; 2. Roger Branch, 10.3, $1,356; 3. Brent Lewis, 10.6, $1,074; 4. Brady Garten, 10.7, $791; 5. Chance Kelton, 11.1, $509; 6. JoJo LeMond, 11.2, $283. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile, 34.0 seconds on three head, $2,458; 2. Brent Lewis, 35.0, $2,034; 3. JoJo LeMond, 36.1, $1,610; 4. J. Tom Fisher, 39.4, $1,187; 5. Chet Herren, 39.7, $763; 6. Ryan Rochlitz, 41.6, $424. 


Bull riding: 1. (tie) Riker Carter, on Smith, Harper & Morgan's Arkansas Flash, and Garrett Tribble, on Andrews Rodeo's Double Vision, 86.5 points, $2,758 each; 3. Brady Portenier, 86, $1,769; 4. Eli Vastbinder, 84.5, $1,145; 5. (tie) Roscoe Jarboe and Clayton Sellars, 84, $624 each; 7. (tie) Chris Bechthold and Jeston Mead, 83.5, $364 each. 


Total payoff: $127,692. Stock contractor: Stace Smith Pro Rodeos. Sub-contractors: Andrews Rodeo, Summit Pro Rodeo, Smith, Harper & Morgan, Rafter G Rodeo, Silver Spurs Club and Three Hills Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Linda Alsbaugh. Officials: Allan Jordan Jr, Jeff Dorenkamp and Chuck Hoss. Timers: Brenda Crowder and Mikey Duggan. Announcer: Mike Mathis. Bullfighter: JasonGibbs. Flankman: Terry Autrey. Chute boss: Jimmy Adams. Pickup man: Jason Bottoms. Photographer: Robby Freeman. Music director: Randy Mayer.

Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo


Industry, Calif., Sept. 23-24


All-around cowboy: Seth Hall, $3,399, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Steven Dent, 87.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' West Point Girl, $4,618; 2. Ty Breuer, 86, $3,540; 3. Jessy Davis, 84.5, $2,617; 4. (tie) Evan Jayne, Clayton Biglow and Orin Larsen, 83.5, $1,180 each; 7. (tie) Grant Denny and Mason Clements, 80.5, $539 each. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Justin Shaffer, 3.7 seconds, $2,011; 2. (tie) Dirk Tavenner and J.D. Struxness, 4.0, $1,617 each; 4. Blaine Jones, 4.2, $1,224; 5. Ory James Lemmons, 4.6, $962; 6. Bear Pascoe, 4.9, $699; 7. Cole Edge, 5.2, $437; 8. Rhett Kennedy, 6.5, $175. 


Team roping: 1. Matt Sherwood/Kyle Lockett, 4.9 seconds, $2,025 each; 2. Mike Christensen/Jared Hixon, 5.2, $1,761; 3. Seth Hall/Victor Aros, 5.5, $1,496; 4. Doyle Hoskins/Clay O'Brien Cooper, 6.1, $1,232; 5. C.R. Wilken/Cord Forzano, 6.4, $968; 6. Blake Teixeira/Monty Joe Petska, 6.7, $704; 7. Victor Ugalde/Bruce Reidhead, 7.2, $440; 8. Jesse McNett/Taylor Winters, 8.8, $176. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Ryder Wright, 85 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Riddle Me This, $4,145; 2. CoBurn Bradshaw, 84.5, $3,178; 3. Isaac Diaz, 84, $2,349; 4. (tie) Cody Wright and Brody Cress, 83, $1,244 each; 6. Taos Muncy, 82, $691; 7. Chuck Schmidt, 81, $553; 8. Cort Scheer, 79, $415. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Seth Hall, 9.2 seconds, $1,903; 2. Cory Solomon, 9.6, $1,654; 3. Wes Lockard, 10.6, $1,406; 4. Justin Brinkerhoff, 11.0, $1,158; 5. Taylor Santos, 11.6, $910; 6. John McGill, 11.9, $662; 7. J. Cody Jones, 12.9, $414; 8. Ryle Smith, 13.7, $165. 


Barrel racing: 1. Jana Bean, 16.62 seconds, $1,879; 2. Nellie Miller, 16.71, $1,611; 3. Carmel Wright, 16.73, $1,342; 4. Sherry Cervi, 16.81, $1,163; 5. Sarah Kieckhefer, 16.83, $895; 6. Ivy Conrado, 16.84, $716; 7. Kimmie Wall, 16.92, $537; 8. Sami Morisoli, 16.95, $358; 9. Kris Gadbois, 16.98, $268; 10. Sheena Robbins, 17.03, $179. 


Bull riding: 1. Trey Benton III, 83.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Tail Gunner, $4,336; 2. Tristan Mize, 81.5, $3,362; 3. Garrett Lange, 81, $2,527; 4. Garrett Smith, 79, $1,693; 5. Joe Frost, 78, $1,136; 6. Riker Carter, 77.5, $858; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $89,491. Stock contractor: Bridwell Pro Rodeos. Sub-contractor: Big Stone Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Haley Bridwell. Timers: Haley Bridwell and Molly Twitchell. Announcer: Don Jesser. Specialty act: Clinton Selvester. Bullfighters: Eric Layton and Tim O'Connor. Clown/barrelman: Clinton Selvester. Flankman: Tim Bridwell. Chute boss: John Wright. Pickup men: Bobby Marriott and Matt Twitchell. Music director: Anita Jesser.

Apache Stampede


Apache, Okla., Sept. 23-24


All-around cowboy: Tuf Cooper, $2,428, tie-down roping and steer roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Logan Patterson, 78 points on Mo Betta Rodeo's Darth, $1,128; 2. Winn Ratliff, 75, $846; 3. Anthony Thomas, 72.5, $564; 4. Jake Brown, 72, $282. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Tom Lewis, 4.8 seconds, $1,172; 2. Blake Mindemann, 5.0, $970; 3. Kyle Whitaker, 5.7, $768; 4. Cody Doescher, 5.9, $566; 5. Tanner Brunner, 6.1, $364; 6. Richard Coats, 6.2, $202. 


Team roping: 1. Kelsey Parchman/Walt Woodard, 5.4 seconds, $2,162 each; 2. (tie) Cody Wheeler/Wesley Moss and Cole Wheeler/Coy Brittain, 5.7, $1,739 each; 4. Aaron Macy/Cody Hogan, 6.1, $1,316; 5. Lance Brooks/Dillon Wingereid, 6.2, $1,034; 6. Jesse Stipes/Jake Clay, 6.3, $752; 7. (tie) Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison and Lee Kiehne/Rich Skelton, 6.5, $329 each. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Isaac Diaz, 87 points on Mo Betta Rodeo's Shasta, $1,024; 2. Dawson Hay, 78.5, $776; 3. (tie) Clint Lindenfeld and Colt Gordon, 76, $465 each; 5. Kolby Wanchuk, 75, $217; 6. Ty Smith, 73, $155. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Lane Livingston, 8.4 seconds, $1,970; 2. Tuf Cooper, 8.6, $1,630; 3. Randall Carlisle, 8.8, $1,290; 4. Cory Solomon, 9.6, $951; 5. Cash Myers, 9.7, $611; 6. (tie) Clint Carpenter and Westyn Hughes, 9.9, $170 each. 


Barrel racing: 1. Kylie Weast, 15.95 seconds, $1,251; 2. Tracy Nowlin, 16.05, $1,072; 3. Ari-Anna Flynn, 16.18, $893; 4. Stevi Hillman, 16.22, $774; 5. Angie Meadors, 16.24, $595; 6. Kelly Bruner, 16.25, $476; 7. Kelly Forell, 16.27, $357; 8. Sissy Winn, 16.36, $238; 9. (tie) Ceri McCaffery and Savannah Pearson, 16.37, $149 each. 


Steer roping: First round: 1. Troy Tillard, 10.8 seconds, $1,064; 2. Jim Locke, 11.1, $798; 3. (tie) Cody Lee and Rocky Patterson, 11.7, $399 each. Second round: 1. Will Gasperson, 11.7 seconds, $1,064; 2. Tuf Cooper, 11.8, $798; 3. Dan Fisher, 11.9, $532; 4. Ryan Rochlitz, 12.9, $266. Average: 1. Rocky Patterson, 24.9 seconds on two head, $1,595; 2. Cody Lee, 25.8, $1,196; 3. Ryan Rochlitz, 26.4, $798; 4. Trevor Brazile, 27.5, $399. 


Bull riding: 1. Kyle Zeigler, 81.5 points on Mo Betta Rodeo's No. 423, $1,151; 2. Trevor Kastner, 75, $895; 3. (tie) Mickey Andrews and Jeston Mead, 70, $575 each; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $56,787. Stock contractor: Mo Betta Rodeo. Sub-contractor: Frontier Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Jane Ford. Timers: Shelly Baumann and Cindy Kendrick. Announcer: Kade Rogge. Specialty act: Justin Rumford. Bullfighters: Justin Josey, Chuck Swisher and Dusty Tuckness. Flankman: Maury Tate. Chute boss: Maury Tate. Pickup men: Paul Peterson and Dusty Moore. Photographers: Dale Hirschman and O.T. Thomas. Music director: Drew Taylor.

Poway Rodeo


Poway, Calif., Sept. 22-23


All-around cowboy: Kyle Lockett, $2,131, steer wrestling and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Grant Denny, 82.5 points on Salt River Rodeo's Captain Hook, $1,309; 2. Steven Dent, 79.5, $992; 3. Cody Kiser, 79, $714; 4. David Peebles, 77, $476; 5. Ty Breuer, 75.5, $278; 6. Trenten Montero, 72, $198. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Blaine Jones, 3.9 seconds, $1,711; 2. Cole Edge, 4.1, $1,416; 3. Justin Shaffer, 4.4, $1,121; 4. Paul Bianchi, 4.6, $826; 5. Bear Pascoe, 4.8, $531; 6. (tie) Kyle Lockett and Errol Frain, 4.9, $147 each. 


Team roping: 1. Tanner Baldwin/Cesar de la Cruz, 5.1 seconds, $2,281 each; 2. Matt Sherwood/Kyle Lockett, 5.2, $1,983; 3. Blake Hirdes/John Chaves, 5.3, $1,686; 4. Doyle Hoskins/Clay O'Brien Cooper, 5.4, $1,388; 5. (tie) Brock Hanson/Cory Petska and Joshua Prather/Wyatt Cox, 5.9, $942 each; 7. Tanner Kent/Joseph Shawnego, 6.0, $496; 8. Clay Ruiz/Casey Dunham, 6.4, $198. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Ryder Wright, 79.5 points on JK Rodeo's Hornets Nest, $1,514; 2. Taos Muncy, 79, $1,147; 3. Justin Lawrence, 76.5, $826; 4. CoBurn Bradshaw, 76, $550; 5. (tie) Luke White and Landon Mecham, 75, $275 each. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Matt Shiozawa, 8.6 seconds, $1,731; 2. C.J. DeForest Jr., 8.9, $1,433; 3. Justin Smith, 9.4, $1,134; 4. J.D. Kibbe, 10.1, $836; 5. (tie) J.C. Malone and Jack Vanderlans, 11.1, $418 each. 


Barrel racing: 1. Jaime Hinton, 17.63 seconds, $1,368; 2. (tie) Nicole Riggle and Katrina Dugo, 17.68, $1,075 each; 4. Carmel Wright, 17.74, $847; 5. Ivy Conrado, 17.76, $651; 6. Sherry Cervi, 17.79, $521; 7. Trula Churchill, 17.85, $391; 8. (tie) Kris Gadbois and Barbara Johnson, 17.89, $228 each; 10. Sheena Robbins, 17.90, $130. 


Bull riding: 1. Jesse Flores, 86.5 points on Salt River Rodeo's Big Time, $1,960; 2. Ryan McConnel, 86, $1,578; 3. Christopher Byrd, 66, $1,243; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $54,446. Stock contractor: Salt River Rodeo. Sub-contractor: JK Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Sherry Rice-Gibson. Officials: Mike Jones and Casey Vollin. Timers: Sharon Bernhard and Nancy Dorenkamp. Announcer: Wayne Brooks. Specialty act: JJ Harrison. Bullfighters: Luke kraut Kraut and Clifford Maxwell. Clown/barrelman: JJ Harrison. Flankmen: Jerry Dorenkamp and Cody Resor. Chute boss: Jerry Dorenkamp. Pickup men: Cody Resor and Tanner Resor. Photographer: Reed Settle. Music director: Derreld Yost.

33rd Annual Andy Devine Days Rodeo


Kingman, Ariz., Sept. 23-24


All-around cowboy: D.J. Parker, $434, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Kyle Charley, 81 points on Honeycutt Rodeo's Coconut Queen, $654; 2. Trenten Montero, 75, $491; no other qualified rides. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Tim Robertson, 4.0 seconds, $790; 2. Ethen Thouvenell, 4.2, $592; 3. Ryle Smith, 4.5, $395; 4. Kyle Lockett, 4.9, $197. 


Team roping: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Ty Romo, 4.5 seconds, $1,399 each; 2. Danny Leslie/Evan Arnold, 5.0, $1,158; 3. Michael Calmelat/Lane Siggins, 5.1, $917; 4. Joshua Prather/Wyatt Cox, 5.5, $676; 5. D.J. Parker/Brinan Verian, 5.7, $434; 6. B.J. Campbell/Shad Chadwick, 5.8, $241. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Alex Wright, 88.5 points on Honeycutt Rodeo's Cinnamon Kiss, $699; 2. CoBurn Bradshaw, 83, $525; 3. Stetson Wright, 82, $350; 4. Jake Wright, 78, $175. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Taylor Santos, 7.8 seconds, $1,072; 2. J.C. Malone, 7.9, $804; 3. Justin Brinkerhoff, 8.1, $536; 4. (tie) Brady Pitchford, J.D. Kibbe and J. Cody Jones, 8.3, $89 each. 


Barrel racing: 1. Sherry Cervi, 17.90 seconds, $752; 2. Lori Todd, 17.94, $654; 3. Leia Pluemer, 17.95, $556; 4. Laura Carmen, 18.07, $458; 5. Nicole DeMers, 18.13, $360; 6. Allie Jordan, 18.17, $262; 7. Leslie Schur, 18.18, $164; 8. Jolee Lautaret-Jordan, 18.21, $65. 


Bull riding: First round: No qualified rides. * Second round: 1. Rylan Wright, 83 points on Honeycutt Rodeo's Cajun Blues, $682; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Rylan Wright, 83 points on one head, $273. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $23,545. Stock contractor: Honeycutt Rodeo. Sub-contractor: JK Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Karen Kissel. Officials: Marvin Gray and John Kissel. Timers: Dawn Honeycutt and Mary Borgen. Announcer: Bob Edmonds. Bullfighters: Kyle O'Hare and Joe Butler. Clown/barrelman: Nate Reed. Flankman: Jerry Honeycutt. Chute boss: Jerry Honeycutt. Pickup men: Bill Stinemates and Scott Honeycutt. Music director: Brandy Edmonds.

Springhill PRCA Rodeo


Springhill, La., Sept. 21-23


All-around cowboy: Nelson Wyatt, $603, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Jake Brown, 82 points on Big Rafter Rodeo's Loretta, $714; 2. Matthew Smith, 78, $536; 3. Mark Kreder, 74, $357; 4. Luke Herbert, 71, $179. 


Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Trey Austin III and Kyle Whitaker, 3.7 seconds, $839 each; 3. (tie) Tooter Silver and Cash Myers, 4.4, $360 each. 


Team roping: 1. (tie) Dustin Morgan/Jake Smith and Branden Duff/Gabe Gwaltney, 5.5 seconds, $841 each; 3. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 5.9, $603; 4. Cord Spradley/Bob Loosenort, 7.4, $444; 5. Cyle Denison/Boogie Ray, 10.2, $286; 6. Bubba Buckaloo/Tyler McKnight, 16.0, $159. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Curtis Garton, 78 points on Big Rafter Rodeo's Wild Strawberry, $714; 2. Joey Sonnier, 75, $536; 3. Shane Kuhn, 70, $357; no other qualified rides. 


Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Cheyenne Harper and Ike Fontenot, 8.3 seconds, $872 each; 3. Wesley Brunson, 8.5, $498; 4. Justin Thigpen, 9.2, $249. 


Barrel racing: 1. Lorie Manning, 15.42 seconds, $515; 2. Tami Semas, 15.46, $447; 3. (tie) Marne Loosenort and Laura Kennedy, 15.61, $347 each; 5. Tasha Welsh, 15.77, $246; 6. Carol Harrington, 15.82, $179; 7. Jenny Smith, 15.94, $112; 8. Brittney Drawdy, 16.16, $45. 


Bull riding: 1. Jeff Askey, 84.5 points on Big Rafter Rodeo's Economical Impact, $1,484; 2. Koby Radley, 81, $1,195; 3. Boudreaux Campbell, 79, $941; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $22,293. Stock contractor: Big Rafter Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Laura Adair. Officials: DeWitt Forrest Jr and Chris Bastien. Timers: Laura Adair and Mary Emmett. Announcer: Trey Windhorst III. Specialty act: Keith Isley. Bullfighters: Travis Warrick and Beau Schueth. Clown/barrelman: Keith Isley. Flankmen: Payden Franks and Jack Simmons. Chute bosses: Jack Simmons and Tate Stratton. Pickup men: Rod Adair and Justin Fisher. Music director: Taylor Belles.

Coy Lutz Memorial Rodeo


Centre Hall, Pa., Sept. 22


All-around cowboy: Daylon Swearingen, $1,136, bareback riding and bull riding.


Bareback riding: 1. Daylon Swearingen, 78 points on All American Rodeo's Tea Time, $496; 2. Tanner Phipps, 75, $372; 3. Tim Kent, 74, $248; 4. James Carter, 67, $124. 


Steer wrestling: 1. James Banff, 4.9 seconds, $429; 2. (tie) Ryan Whetham and A.J. Williams, 5.5, $268 each; 4. John Leinaweaver, 6.0, $107. 


Team roping: 1. Keven Daniel/Brad Culpepper, 5.2 seconds, $1,128 each; 2. Brent Aldoff/Ty Chancey, 6.2, $846; 3. David Ballantyne/T.R. Serio, 6.6, $564; 4. Cody Johnson/Colby Clement, 8.5, $282. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Ray Hostetler, 78 points on All American Rodeo's Night Linger, $466; 2. Jace Angus, 74, $350; 3. Joe Farren, 66, $233; 4. Garrett Mortenson, 62, $117. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Lance Hower, 12.0 seconds, $384; 2. Tim Naylor, 13.4, $288; 3. Terry Shetron, 15.8, $192; 4. Colby Clement, 18.4, $96. 


Barrel racing: 1. Jessica Green, 13.04 seconds, $545; 2. Mallory Perkins, 13.19, $451; 3. (tie) Hannah Kennedy and Kerri Frazier, 13.30, $310 each; 5. Erica Chase, 13.49, $169; 6. Jen Merriman, 13.52, $94. 


Bull riding: 1. Daylon Swearingen, 85 points on All American Rodeo's No. B10, $639; 2. Mike Adams, 79.5, $479; 3. John Leinaweaver, 76, $320; 4. Hunter Baker, 74, $160. 


Total payoff: $13,555. Stock contractor: All American Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Danna Gann. Timers: Danna Gann and Kathi Myers. Announcer: Ty Miller. Specialty act: Gena Cox. Bullfighters: Jason Smith and Phil Hussmann. Clown/barrelman: Clifton Harris. Flankman: David Waltz. Chute bosses: Douglas Lutz and David Waltz. Pickup men: Rob Wright and John Leinaweaver. Music director: Carli Cavin

Montana Circuit Steer Roping Finals

Silesia, Mont., Sept. 23

Steer roping: First round: 1. Hank Hollenbeck, 13.8 seconds, $653; 2. Freddie Small, 21.1, $489; 3. Mike Lohof, 26.5, $326; no other qualified runs. Second round: 1. Ike Sankey, 22.7 seconds, $653; no other qualified runs. Third round: 1. Bill Benson, 14.1 seconds, $653; 2. Ike Sankey, 15.7, $489; no other qualified runs. Fourth round: 1. Dean Hanson, 15.4 seconds, $653; 2. Hank Hollenbeck, 15.6, $489; no other qualified runs. Fifth round: 1. Bill Benson, 13.7 seconds, $653; 2. Ike Sankey, 15.4, $489; 3. Hank Hollenbeck, 19.5, $326; no other qualified runs. Average: 1. Hank Hollenbeck, 48.9 seconds on three head, $1,958; 2. Ike Sankey, 53.8, $1,468; 3. Bill Benson, 27.8 on two head, $979; 4. Dean Hanson, 15.4 on one head, $489. 

Total payoff: $13,050. Stock contractor: Various. Rodeo secretary: Rowena Nelson. Timers: Rowena Nelson and DeeDee Dickinson. Announcer: Shaun Costello.

Davie Pro Rodeo


Davie, Fla., Sept. 23


All-around cowboy: Justin Thigpen, $752, tie-down roping and steer wrestling.


Steer wrestling: 1. Kamry Dymmek, 3.9 seconds, $677; 2. Juan Alcazar Jr, 8.3, $508; 3. Mose Fleming, 14.3, $338; 4. Cody Green, 14.9, $169. 


Team roping: 1. Travis Dorman/Bradley Massey, 7.2 seconds, $621 each; 2. Nelson Linares/Spunk Sasser, 16.3, $466; 3. Cody Sessions/Bubba Ireland, 16.8, $310; 4. Allen Ulrici/Jordan Ulrici, 22.5, $155. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Shane Kuhn, 68 points on Five Star Rodeo's Four Moons, $511; no other qualified rides. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Justin Thigpen, 10.9 seconds, $752; 2. Ben Mayworth, 12.4, $564; 3. Josh Keese, 12.5, $376; 4. Josh Mayworth, 13.3, $188. 


Barrel racing: 1. Kailey Brooks, 14.71 seconds, $545; 2. Lorie Manning, 14.88, $474; 3. Julie Thomas, 14.99, $403; 4. Kassidy Lantis, 15.04, $332; 5. Kaley Bass, 15.17, $261; 6. Jordyn Pleskovich, 15.29, $190; 7. Wendy Culberson, 15.31, $118; 8. Jodi Jansen, 15.34, $47. 


Bull riding: 1. Nick Kaczmar, 83 points on Five Star Rodeo's Eagle Boy, $1,363; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $11,686. Stock contractor: Five Star Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Dottie Hayes. Officials: Fritz Brewer and Bobby Gornto. Timers: Sheri Gornto and Dottie Hayes. Announcer: Norman Edwards. Bullfighters: Richard Guthrie and Jake Geiger. Clown/barrelman: Clint Parrish. Flankman: Paul Bowers Jr. Chute boss: Terry Hayes. Pickup men: Clint Boney and Spook Whidden. Photographer: David Rosenfield. Music director: Christian Miller.










PBR BFTS Weekend News Roundup

Jess Lockwood trails current world leader Kaique Pacheco by 85 points. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com



By: Justin Felisko September 19, 2017@ 12:09:00 PM


  • Despite his small stature, Jess Lockwood has proven to be one of the toughest riders in the BFTS.
  • One week after a brutal wreck that left him knocked out and his back strained, the 19-year-old battled back and won his BFTS-leading fourth event.
  • Lockwood noted that while his back is still sore, he has been feeling better and has every intention of competing this weekend in Uniondale, New York.



PUEBLO, Colo. – At only 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds, Jess Lockwood is far from an intimidating presence.

You combine Lockwood’s size with his polite Montana manners and boyish appearance and one may not point to him as one of the toughest athletes in the world.

But, as they say, there is more than meets the eye, especially when it comes to the second-youngest rider on the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series and the No. 2 rider in the world standings.

Lockwood continues to show he isn’t intimidated competing against 2,000-pound animals on a weekly basis in the toughest sport on dirt.

The Volborg, Montana, native’s victory in Austin, Texas, at the Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic, presented by Frontier Communications, was the latest highlight in a season that the 19-year-old hopes ends with a PBR World Championship in November.

Lockwood’s 3-for-3 performance caught the attention of many, especially seeing as the 2016 Rookie of the Year could barely walk to safety or stand tall on top of the shark cage after each successful ride inside the Frank Erwin Center.

Words such as tough, gritty and badass quickly became associated with Lockwood after he bounced back from being knocked out cold and almost sustaining a broken back a week earlier in Springfield, Missouri, attempting to ride 2016 World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser.

Yet Lockwood’s current injury – a lower back strain – is far from the worst of his young bull riding career.

Lockwood even laughs when asked about his latest act of toughness.

“Oh, I have had some bad ones for sure,” Lockwood said with a shrug.

Lockwood was 16 years old when he was stomped on by a bull at an amateur rodeo that resulted in four broken ribs and a punctured/collapsed lung.

The teenager missed three weeks before returning to the arena with no qualms about it.

“Broken ribs are the worst,” Lockwood said. “You can’t do anything. You can’t even breathe without them hurting, so I would say that was the worst. This one hurts when I ride, but I couldn’t even ride with broken ribs.”

Two-time World Champion and CBS Sports Network commentator Justin McBride wasn’t too surprised to see Lockwood bounce back in Austin.

“I don’t think toughness has ever been a question with this kid,” McBride said. “He is tough and he wants to win.”

Lockwood went 3-for-3 in the event, but he did buck off Jack Shot in 5 seconds during the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

He began his weekend by winning Round 1 on Luke with 90.25 points. Lockwood then marched his way to victory Sunday with 84 points on What’s Under Your Hood and 90 points aboard More Big Bucks.


“Lockwood was pretty dang good,” McBride said. “That is cool to see after him getting banged up. It could have been easy for him to go through the motions this weekend and blame it on being too sore. I am proud of him coming out and kicking ass because that is what he did.”

Lockwood is only 85 points behind world leader Kaique Pacheco heading into this weekend’s Buck Off The Island, presented by Cooper Tires, despite having missed five events because of a torn groin earlier this season.

In fact, Lockwood has competed in the fewest BFTS events (16) among the Top 10 active riders in the world standings.

Lockwood is 25-for-53 (47.17 percent) through 16 events in 2017, which is nearly identical to his 2016 numbers.

In 2016, Lockwood was 25-for-57 (43.86 percent) in 16 events.

One major difference is Lockwood’s ability to get into the winner’s circle this season.

Austin was his PBR-leading fourth win and his ride on More Big Bucks was his sixth BFTS round victory.

Lockwood won one event last year and set a PBR rookie record with eight BFTS round wins.

In regards to competing this weekend in Uniondale, Lockwood considers himself day-to-day.

He admits the thought of sitting out because of his back injury had crossed his mind.

“This is a day-by-day thing,” Lockwood said. “I should be good, but it also wouldn’t be a bad idea to sit out. I don’t want the whole second half of the season go like this. I mean, it is going good, but I don’t want to be hurting like this.

“As long as you are smart and treat it well. It will be fast and over.”

Still, it will be hard to sit out with only five regular-season events remaining and less than 200 points separating the Top 4 in the world standings.

Lockwood confirmed Tuesday morning that he will be riding in Uniondale.

“I’m riding there,” Lockwood said in a text message. “My back actually feels as good as it has since it got hurt. Yesterday and today I could actually put my socks on without it hurting.”

Lockwood will continue to use electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) therapy at home in Montana and go to physical therapy daily.

He knows the race is extremely close, but Lockwood understands nothing is going to be set in stone until the conclusion of the World Finals on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.

“All the points are at the Finals too,” Lockwood concluded. “If you are healthy at the Finals that will make a world of a difference.” 

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By: Justin Felisko September 18, 2017@ 04:26:00 PM




SweetPro's Bruiser is now tied with Pearl Harbor in the World Champion Bull race. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com


  • SweetPro's Bruiser followed up his career-high out in Springfield, Missouri, with another strong outing in Austin, Texas.
  • Bruiser also pulled into a deadlock with Pearl Harbor in the World Champion Bull race.
  • The Top 36 riders in the world standings overwhelmingly selected Bruiser as having the edge, citing his ability to deliver home run scores. 



AUSTIN, Texas – The World Champion Bull race is officially a dead heat with only five regular-season events remaining until the 2017 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.

2016 World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser and Pearl Harbor have been the perennial favorites all season long, so it is only fitting that they are statistically tied with so little time left before the World Finals.

Bruiser’s 45.75-point bull score on Saturday night in the 15/15 Bucking Battle raised his World Champion Bull average to 46.28 points, tying him with Pearl Harbor for the No. 1 bull ranking.

With the bulls tied in the standings, PBR.com decided to ask the 36 riders competing Sunday at the Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic, presented by Frontier Communications, who they would give the World Championship to if they had to break the tie.

It was a landslide victory for Bruiser.

Stetson LawrenceRubens Barbosa and Robson Aragao were the only three riders to vote for Pearl Harbor.

“Pearl Harbor has been more consistent this year,” Lawrence said. “Bruiser has been a little weak beginning of the year. Everybody has a short-term memory.”

The 2017 World Champion Bull is determined based on the Top 8 outs during the BFTS regular season plus two outs at the World Finals. The bull with the highest average bull score across those 10 outs will be crowned the World Champion and earn the $100,000 bonus.

If the bulls are tied at the end of the Finals, the first tiebreaker will be combined bull scores at the World Finals. If the bulls are still tied, they will be named co-champions.

Both 6-year-old bulls have competed at more than eight events this year.

Bruiser is 9-3 with an average bull score of 45.94 points in 12 events, while Pearl Harbor is 9-1 with a 46.08 average bull score in 10 events.

Bulls drop their lowest bull scores if they have more than eight outs on their record.

Bruiser made a monumental statement with a season-high 47.25-point bull score against Jess Lockwood two weeks ago in Springfield, Missouri, but he was only marked 45.75 points for bucking off Marco Eguchi in Austin.


“Pearl Harbor is definitely harder to ride, but Bruiser is the one everyone wants to get on,” Lockwood said. “You can be 95 points and win a boat load of money. That sounds like a World Champion to me.”

Bruiser has been ridden eight times by five riders (J.B. MauneyJoao Ricardo VieiraMason LoweDerek Kolbaba and Stormy Wing) in 42 BFTS outs over the course of his four-year career.

Those five riders have won over $1.366 million on the back of Bruiser, which includes Mauney’s $1 million World Champion bonus for his world title-clinching 92.75-point ride on Bruiser at the 2015 Built Ford Tough World Finals.

Against Lockwood, Bruiser was once again his outstanding self. Bruised turned left out of the bucking chute before exploding backwards in the air to dismantle the No. 2 rider in the world standings at the 6.06-second mark.

Bruiser’s honesty as a bucking bull combined with a showy and explosive bucking style was a major reason riders gave their nod to Bruiser.

2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi said that dynamite explosion is what separates Bruiser from Pearl Harbor, who Marchi described as a “really good bull too.”

“I think it is because Bruiser has more explosion,” Marchi explained. “Every time he bucks hard. He blows up. He has already proved he is a really good bull. He is a World Champion already. He has a good chance to be a World Champion again.”

World leader Kaique Pacheco then chimed in, “He is more consistent. Pearl Harbor is more hard to ride, but Bruiser is more showy because he blows up. He impresses the judges when he bucks.”

Bruiser has been ridden 13 times in 77 outs at all levels of competition, whereas Pearl Harbor has only been covered in five of his 45 outs.

Gage Gay said riders know they can’t stub their toe against Bruiser, but they know if they do their job it can result in a home run score.

“I like the way Bruiser bucks,” Gay said. “He stands good in the bucking chutes and he pretty much does the same thing every time. You know what you are going up against. It is just your decision whether you do your job or not. If you ride him, you are going to be 94-95 points. That is the better part.

“Pearl Harbor has gotten a lot better over the last six months. Chad (Berger) and Joey (Hales) have done a lot of work with him in the bucking chutes, but there for a while he was pretty bad. I think that is why guys kind of shy away from him, but he has gotten a lot better recently.”


Riders used to vote for PBR World Champion until 2007.

2009 PBR Ring of Honor inductee J.W. Hart found the vote tally interesting Sunday in Austin.

“See when I voted for Bucking Bull of the Year, I didn’t look at as which bull I would rather get on,” Hart said. “I looked at which bull was the rankest and hardest to ride in the pen. It confuses me a bit a way the way they vote. They are voting they rather get on this one or be more points. I voted for Dillinger because he was the hardest to ride and kind of had a scare factor.”

Pearl Harbor has been out of competition because of a horn infection, but Chad Berger said the bull is doing well.

There is still no timetable on when Pearl Harbor will next compete.

The reigning Stock Contractor of the Year smiled when informed of the riders voting for Bruiser.

“They have watched Bruiser the last couple of weeks,” Berger said. “I still like Pearl Harbor. Everybody has their opinion. If that is what they think, that is fine with me. We will find out at the Finals.”

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By: Justin Felisko September 17, 2017@ 05:46:00 PM


The Top 4 in the world standings are separated by less than 200 points. Photos: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com


  • The race for the 2017 World Championship reached its tightest point all season after big performances from the Top 4 riders in the world.
  • Jess Lockwood made the biggest jump when he moved to No. 2 in the world standings just a week after a brutal wreck.
  • Meanwhile, Australian rookie Nathan Burtenshaw impressed in his first ever BFTS event. 



AUSTIN, Texas – Here are three things we learned from the Long Live Cowboys Classic, presented by Frontier Communications, this weekend at the Frank Erwin Center.

World title race becomes even closer (9-17-17)

The 2017 world title race got that much closer following another dominant weekend from surging riders Jess Lockwood and Cooper Davis.

Lockwood’s fourth event win of the season moved him to No. 2 in the world standings and pushed him to within 85 points of the world No. 1 ranking.

Meanwhile, Davis’ 2-for-3 performance, paired with his second consecutive 15/15 Bucking Battle victory, has the reigning World Champion only 194.17 points behind world leader Kaique Pacheco.

There are only five regular-season Built Ford Tough Series events remaining before the 2017 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals (Nov. 1-5) and the Top 4 riders in the world – Pacheco, Lockwood, Eduardo Aparecido and Davis – are all within 195 points of each other following Austin.  

Lockwood earned the victory Sunday afternoon with a 90-point ride on More Big Bucks in the Built Ford Tough Championship before Davis was bucked off by Beaver Creek Beau at the 6.44-second mark on the final ride attempt of the weekend.

“I love More Big Bucks,” Lockwood said. “You can’t pick much better than that.”

Lockwood then paused as Davis came over and high-fived his buddy inside the locker room.

“Good job this weekend,” Davis said before adding with a laugh, “I am going to let you pick for me next week.”

Lockwood had previously won Round 1 on Saturday night with a 90.25-point ride on Luke, while Davis was fresh on his heels in second-place after riding El Guerrero for 89.25 points.

Davis then took the lead in the event earlier on Sunday with an 86.75-point ride on Lifting Lives in Round 2, while Lockwood covered What’s Under Your Hood for 84 points.

The weekend was very much a back-and-forth between Davis and Lockwood, but Pacheco and Aparecido also threw some haymakers in the title race.

Pacheco finished second to Davis in the 15/15 Bucking Battle for 90 world points with a 90.5-point ride on Udder Lover, and he finished tied for 14thplace in the regular event for an additional five world points by going 1-for-3.

Aparecido was in contention for the event victory heading into the championship round Sunday after riding The Boss (75.5 points) in Round 1 and Respect The Streak (85.75 points) in Round 2. However, his 3.42-second buckoff against Gambini in the final round resulted in a sixth-place finish (85 world points).

Aparecido dropped to third in the world standings, but he only trails Pacheco by 160 points.

The Top 4 riders went a combined 10-for-16 in Austin.

Two-time World Champion Justin McBride was not only impressed by Lockwood, but all four riders.

“Cooper Davis came down in the championship round, but don’t expect him to come down off many,” McBride said. “Pacheco is not riding bad and Eduardo is not riding bad.”

Lockwood shows toughness and resolve in victory

Jess Lockwood aged about 50 years every time he rode for 8 seconds this weekend, but he is OK with looking like he needs a walker afterwards as long as he doesn’t look like an old man on the back of a bull.

Lockwood’s victory was an impressive one after a brutal wreck last week in Springfield, Missouri, attempting to ride reigning World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser resulted in a lumbar strain in the 19-year-old’s lower back and a concussion.

The 2016 Rookie of the Year, though, put together one of the best performances of his career despite the lingering back injury.

Austin was the first event where Lockwood had two 90-point rides.

Lockwood’s last 90-point ride on More Big Bucks – the seventh 90-point ride of his career – only aggravated his injury that much more.

“He is a super great bull, but he made me twist a lot and put some strain on that back,” Lockwood said. “It don’t hurt during the ride, but only when I get off.”

Lockwood went through a series of stretching exercises with PBR Sports Medicine this weekend, and he has been using creams and lots of ice to overcome the radiating pain in his back.

The Volborg, Montana, bull rider considers himself day-to-day with the injury and hopes he will be able to give it a go again next week at the Buck Off The Island, presented by Cooper Tires, in New York.

“I should be able to go each weekend as long as it doesn’t get worse,” Lockwood said. “A lot of physical therapy this week at home.”

Who is that guy?

Austin was all about the 2017 world title race, but the rider who took home the Round 2 victory was one that had never even been on the BFTS before.

2017 PBR Australia Finals event winner Nathan Burtenshaw used an 87.5-point ride – the first qualified ride of his career – on South Texas Gangsterto win Round 2 and an extremely important 100 world points.

“It was a pretty nice little bull,” Burtenshaw said. “He just was out and around the right. I just got him done. It is a big relief. I was pretty nervous before that. Last night, that was probably what cost me. Being so nervous. It is good to get the first one down. I tried to block it all out and it worked tonight.”

Burtenshaw entered the event an alternate and ranked 44th in the world standings, but the 23-year-old now leaves Texas at No. 35 after his 1-for-3 performance garnered him a fifth-place finish (120 world points).

The nine-position jump in the standings is a big one, but Burtenshaw’s lead over No. 36 Cody Rodeo Tyler is a slim 2.92 points.

Tyler used an 85.25-point ride aboard Machinery Auctioneer’s Little Joe in Round 2 to propel himself to 13th place and 20 world points.

Other bubble riders Dakota Buttar and Jordan Hansen also came out of Austin with some beneficial points.

Buttar went 2-for-3 to finish in seventh place (70 world points) and move up to 32nd in the world standings.

Hansen’s first ride of his career – 86 points on Machinery Auctioneer’s Mack Daddy – led the 2016 Canadian Pro Rodeo Association bull riding champion to a ninth-place finish (55 world points). The No. 44 bull rider in the world standings trails Burtenshaw by 73.33 points for the last guaranteed World Finals spot.

“This is a pretty cool feeling,” Hansen said. “I don’t really know any of these bulls. I don’t have much of a game plan, but I got lucky I had one around to the left and into my hand. Things worked out good.”

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Lockwood wins Round 1 despite back injury (9-16-17)

AUSTIN, Texas – Here are three things we learned Saturday night from Round 1 and the 15/15 Bucking Battle at the Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic, presented by Frontier Communications, at the Frank Erwin Center.

Jess Lockwood can barely walk inside the arena once he hits the ground, but the 19-year-old isn’t letting a lower back strain impede his world title aspirations.

Lockwood won Round 1 with a 90.25-point ride on Luke to edge out the red-hot Cooper Davis (89.25 points on El Guerrero) to earn an important 100 points toward the world standings.

“When you are in the race for a world title you have to cowboy up,” Lockwood said. “There is no sense sitting at home.”

Immediately after the ride, Lockwood could barely stand up straight as he back went stiff.

The No. 4 rider in the world standings gingerly walked to the PBR Sports Medicine room following the ride to receive additional treatment before Saturday night’s 15/15 Bucking Battle.

“I am just sore,” Lockwood said. “It is the whole ride itself activating the muscles in that back.”

Lockwood, who had first injured his back attempting to ride SweetPro’s Bruiser, last weekend in Springfield, Missouri, was later bucked off by Jack Shot in 5 seconds during the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

That buckoff wound up negating Lockwood’s round win in ways as world leader Kaique Pacheco placed second in the 15/15 Bucking Battle for 90 world points with a 90.5-point ride on Udder Lover.

Therefore, Lockwood only gained 10 points on Pacheco in the standings and is 580 points out of the top ranking.

Pacheco increased his lead on No. 2 Eduardo Aparecido after the 27-year-old was bucked off by Mystikal (3.26 seconds) in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

The good news for Lockwood and Aparecido, though, is they are still a full bull ahead of Pacheco in the event standings seeing as Pacheco was bucked off by Chubs in 2.72 seconds.

Aparecido turned down a re-ride option to save himself for the 15/15 Bucking Battle after riding The Boss for 75.5 points. He finished tied for eighth in Round 1.

Rounding out the Top 5 in Round 1 behind Lockwood and Davis was Gage Gay (87.25 points on DaNutso), Stetson Lawrence (86.75 points on Damn Frustrating) and Chase Outlaw (86.5 points on Big City).

Outlaw – the No. 6 rider in the world standings – was extremely fired up with his Round 1 ride after missing the past two weeks with a separated right shoulder.

“Hell we was already at this, there was no turning back now,” Outlaw said. “We just had to test it.”

Outlaw was later bucked off by Fire & Smoke in 4.71 seconds during the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

Lockwood said after the 15/15 Bucking Battle that he would be good to go for Championship Sunday and his Round 2 matchup against What’s Under Your Hood.

What’s Under Your Hood (11-1, BFTS) bucked off Cody Rodeo Tyler in 2.02 seconds in Round 1.

“Yeah. I will be alright,” he concluded.

Davis wins second consecutive 15/15 Bucking Battle with career-high ride on TLW’s Big Cat

Reigning World Champion Cooper Davis knew if he could just get out of the bucking chutes cleanly on TLW’s Big Cat that he would have the opportunity to do something special.

Well, he did just that Saturday night.

Davis rode Big Cat for a career-high 91.75 points to win his second consecutive 15/15 Bucking Battle in as many weeks.

“I guess that is what happens when I finally get to get on and get a clean out,” Davis said. “That bull has a lot of hesitation and a lot of stuff to get by that a lot of people don’t see.”

It is just the second time Big Cat has been ridden in 29 BFTS outs and 38 overall.

A week after riding Cut The Cord for 90.5 points, Davis upped the ante with the sensational ride into his hand in his home state.

“To do this in Texas makes it way much better,” Davis added. “I was supposed to get on him in Arlington before (my son) Mack got sick. This good to get him down and rode.”

The ride came less than two hours after he placed second in Round 1 with an 89.25-point ride on El Guerrero.

The No. 3 rider in the world standings earned 210 world points on Saturday night and is now 429.17 points behind Pacheco. 

Cody Nance (85.5 points on Chocolate Shake / 75 world points) and Joao Ricardo Vieira (80 points on Hurricane Hustler / 60 world points) were the only other riders with qualified rides in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

Vieira declined a re-ride opportunity for a chance to go for the victory in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

Davis has never won a PBR event in the state of Texas in four years, and he may be able to get his first event win in Texas on Sunday afternoon.

The 23-year-old takes on Lifting Lives in Round 2. Lifting Lives bucked off Claudio Montanha Jr. in 2.59 seconds in Round 1. Davis is 0-for-2 against Lifting Lives (18-1, BFTS) this season with buckoffs of 6.3 seconds and 5.92 seconds.

“It feels like everybody here is rooting for me,” Davis said. “That means a lot.”

SweetPro’s Bruiser now tied with Pearl Harbor for No. 1 bull ranking

Most of the chatter this year involving the World Champion Bull race has been a back-and-forth debate between 2016 World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser and Pearl Harbor.

The golden question is which bull is the favorite heading into the World Finals?

Bruiser only added more fire to the race by bucking off Marco Eguchi in 5.99 seconds during the 15/15 Bucking Battle for a 45.75-point bull score.

“I really thought he really bucked,” stock contractor Dillon Page said. “I thought he was as good as he was last week (47.25 points against Jess Lockwood). The judges didn’t think so. We did our part. The bull is feeling good. We have him ready. He gave it his all. It didn’t look as fancy as it did last week. The situations were different.”

The bull score bumped Bruiser’s World Champion Bull average score to 46.28 to put him in a deadlock tie with Pearl Harbor atop the bull standings with five events remaining in the regular season.

“I don’t know if I knew, but everybody else knew it was going to come down to what we are experiencing,” Page said.

Eguchi was able to get around the corner with Bruiser in Austin, and he showed maybe a hint of a chance to make the 8 seconds. However, Bruiser was able to rip Eguchi forward once he reversed direction.

“When he reversed it tonight, he brought it hard like he used too,” Page said. “Last week he was real good, but he did the backup deal. He got way in the air and dropped hard.”

Eguchi added, “I knew he comes to the left pretty strong, so I took care of that. I put all of my body on the inside, but at 5 seconds he went forward. He was nice, but he pushes you to the outside real hard.”

Bruiser has been marked 45 points or higher in 12 consecutive outs. The 6-year-old bull has not been marked lower than 45 points since being marked 44.5 points during Round 2 of last year’s World Finals.

Bruiser is next scheduled to buck at the Rumble in the Rockies in two weeks, while Chad Berger has yet to set a timetable for Pearl Harbor’s return. Pearl Harbor is currently out of competition because of a horn infection.

While the World Champion Bull title and $100,000 will be determined at the World Finals on Nov. 1-5, the top bull at the end of the regular season does take home $25,000. The No. 2 bull in the standings earns $15,000.

 “I didn’t even think about that part,” Page said. “All I am thinking about is Bull of the Year.”

Injury Updates

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Gay sustained a right arm stinger during his Round 1 ride aboard DaNutso. Gay will be competing in Round 2 and has drawn Hitman (0-0, BFTS).

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PUEBLO, Colo. – Jess Lockwood and Chase Outlaw understand that realistically they would be hard-pressed to find anyone inside the Built Ford Tough Series 100 percent healthy at this point in the season.

However, the two world title contenders will be two of the more intriguing riders that are battling injuries to keep an eye on during this weekend’s Wrangler’s Long Live Cowboys Classic, presented by Frontier Communications.

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Lockwood – the No. 4 ranked rider in the world standings – is coming off a brutal wreck at last weekend’s PFIWestern.com Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops, when he sustained a lower back injury after 2016 World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser knocked the 19-year-old out cold.

X-rays on Monday in Dallas revealed no fracture in his back, and Dr. Tandy Freeman diagnosed Lockwood with a lumbar strain.

“Really good,” Lockwood said Thursday about his back. “Feels about like normal.”

Lockwood is only 590 points behind world leader Kaique Pacheco and could leave Austin as the new No. 1 bull rider potentially.

The 2016 Rookie of the Year takes on Luke (1-1, BFTS) in Round 1 and Jack Shot (20-3, BFTS) in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

Lockwood has been undergoing electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) therapy at home in Montana as part of his rehab process.

EMS involves electric impulses that cause the muscle to contract. The impulses are generated by a device and are delivered through electrodes on the skin. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin.

“It contracts the muscles to loosen them up,” Lockwood said. “The physical therapist here at home has me doing it when I go in, and I have my own machine here at home so she said use it too.”

Meanwhile, Outlaw – the No. 6 ranked rider in the world standings – is set to return to competition for the first time since separating his right shoulder at a Touring Pro Division event in West Monroe, Louisiana, on Aug. 26.

Outlaw has missed the last two Built Ford Tough Series events, but he is still well-within reach of the top spot in the world standings. The 25-year-old trails Pacheco by 1,288.34 points.

The Hamburg, Arkansas, bull rider said via text message Thursday his shoulder is “good enough to win” and that he has been working around the house during his time off to help strengthen the shoulder.  

Outlaw has drawn Big City (1-1, BFTS) for Round 1 and Fire & Smoke (35-12, BFTS) in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

Pacheco has drawn Chubs (0-0, BFTS) for Round 1 and Udder Lover (13-2, BFTS) for the 15/15.

Lockwood and Outlaw are giving it a go in Austin, but eight riders ranked inside the Top 35 will be unable to compete in Austin.

No. 7 Fabiano Vieira (jaw/left shoulder), No. 9 J.B. Mauney (reconstructive shoulder surgery), No. 10 Matt Triplett (left shoulder), No. 15 Mason Lowe(right elbow), No. 20 Shane Proctor (suspension), No. 21 Ryan Dirteater(right hip), No. 29 Koal Livingston (ankle/shoulder) and No. 33 Aaron Kleier (personal) are not making the trip to Austin.

Vieira said his fractured jaw is improving, but his shoulder is still holding him back from competing, while Triplett said he expects to be back for next weekend’s event in Uniondale, New York. Lowe plans on resting until the PBR World Finals in November.

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Dirteater is probable for Uniondale.

Proctor is suspended for this weekend after opting out of the 15/15 Bucking Battle in Springfield, Missouri and violating PBR rule

“In the event that a rider withdraws himself from competition in any round due to an injury that does not prevent him from being able to compete on the basis of being medically unfit as described in rule, that rider will be deemed ineligible for competition for the next BFTS event on the schedule.”

Proctor said he understood the rule and was OK with missing next weekend’s event in Austin, Texas.

There will be eight alternate riders, as well as one Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour invite, competing in Austin: No. 36 J.W. Harris, No. 37 Cody Rodeo Tyler, No. 38 Lachlan Richardson, No. 38 Kurt Shephard, No. 40 Luis Blanco, No. 44 Nathan Burtenshaw, No. 47 Jordan Hansen, No. 49Robson Aragao and No. 50 Skeeter Kingsolver.

Brock Radford currently holds the critical No. 35 spot in the world standings with 384.16 world points.

Only 126.66 points separate Radford from Kingsolver in the standings.

Kingsolver is this week’s Velocity Tour invite after the 28-year-old went 2-for-2 to win the Rochester, New York, event last weekend.

The 28-year-old has drawn Recovery Time (12-4, BFTS) for Saturday night.

Two riders – Burtenshaw and Hansen – will be making their BFTS debuts in Austin.

Burtenshaw won the 2017 PBR Australia Finals event average this summer and finished third in the 2017 PBR Australia standings.

The 22-year-old went 11-for-25 (44 percent) at 2017 PBR Australia events and is 28-for-73 (38.36 percent) at all levels of PBR competition this season.

Burtenshaw had his 2016 season cut short when he broke his back at the 2016 Velocity Tour event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on April 23.

The Coonamble, Australia, native is only 105.83 points behind Radford and his pursuit of his first World Finals qualification.  

Burtenshaw has drawn Houdini’s Ghost (0-0, BFTS) for Round 1.

Hansen was able to overcome a broken ankle, which required three plates and 10 screws, to win the 2016 Canadian Pro Rodeo Association bull riding championship in comeback fashion.

The now 24-year-old injured his ankle in July and returned in November at the CPRA Finals to ride five consecutive bulls to usurp two-time CPRA champion and current BFTS rider Dakota Buttar for the championship.

2017 has been a strong season for Hansen, who also is on pace to potentially qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as the first Canadian bull rider since 2001.

Hansen is currently 11th in the PRCA standings and 47th in the PBR standings.

The Okotoks, Alberta, native trails the PBR Top 35 by 114.16 points and is 13-for-22 (59.09 percent) in 10 PBR Canada events.

Hansen takes on Heartbreak Kid (2-0, BFTS) in Round 1.

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By: Mandi McCary September 17, 2017@ 05:13:00 PM



Jess Lockwood leads the BFTS with four event wins this season. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com


  • Jess Lockwood capped a 3-for-3 weekend to win his BFTS-leading fourth event Sunday in Austin.
  • Lockwood's win moved him to No. 2 in the world standings where he trails No. 1 Kaique Pacheco by just 85 points.
  • Emilio Resende finished in second place while Cooper Davis came in third. 



AUSTIN, Texas –Last weekend in Springfield, Missouri, 19-year-old Jess Lockwood’s (Volborg, Montana) event ended when he was placed on a backboard and carried out the arena after an injury. One week later, Lockwood rode his way to yet another event title when he took the victory at the Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic, presented by Frontier Communications, Sunday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center.

Lockwood capped off a 3-for-3 weekend with a huge 90-point ride aboard More Big Bucks (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) to win the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Lockwood’s BFTS-leading fourth event victory earned him 600 world points and $39,265.

More importantly, the win vaulted the 2016 PBR Rookie of the Year to No. 2 in the world standings after starting the weekend at No. 4. Lockwood now trails current world leader Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) by just 85 points.

Emilio Resende (Santa Helena Do Goias, Brazil) finished in second place after his own 3-for-3 weekend in Austin. On Championship Sunday, Resende rode American Hustle (D&H Cattle Co./Leflore) for 85 points in Round 2 before gritting his way to an 85.5-point ride aboard Brutus (TM Cattle Co./BS Cattle Co.) in the championship round.

The second place effort was Resende’s highest finish on the BFTS since winning the event in Kansas City, Missouri, back in 2014 and it helped him net 310 world points and $16,750.

Resende also moved to No. 24 in the world standings with the finish.

2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) continued his strong run as he took third place in Austin after going 2-for-3. Davis rode Lifting Lives (D&H Cattle/Craig Moore) for 86.75 points in Round 2, but was later bucked off by Beaver Creek Beau (Chad Berger / Clay Struve / PBR Rock Bar) in the championship round.

Despite the buckoff, Davis was able to secure 300 world points and $13,000 for the effort. Though he shifted back to No. 4 in the world standings, Davis now trails Pacheco by just 194.17 points.

Three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves (Pilar Do Sul, Brazil) rode his way to fourth place in Austin after a strong Sunday performance. Alves opened Championship Sunday with an 83.25-point trip on Red Bou (Viducic Bucking Bulls) before closing out with an 86.75-point ride on Jeremiah(Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) in the championship round.

Alves leaves the Texas capital with 165 world points and a check for $9,400.

Australian rookie Nathan Burtenshaw (Coonamble, Australia) rounded out the Top 5 in his first ever BFTS event Sunday in Austin. Burtenshaw recorded his first BFTS ride when he reached the 8-second mark aboard South Texas Gangster (Chad Berger/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Silent Seven) before he was eventually bucked off by Cracker Breaker (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) in the championship round.

Burtenshaw’s impressive first showing, though, helped him pick up 120 world points, $7,480, and move him up to No. 35 in the world standings.

SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) was named the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the event after tossing Marco Eguchi (Poa Sao Paulo, Brazil) to the tune of a 45.75-point bull score in Saturday’s 15/15 Bucking Battle. The out helped Bruiser pull into a tie with Pearl Harbor for the lead in the World Champion Bull race.

The PBR’s best will now head east to Long Island where Buck Off the Island, presented by Cooper Tires, will take over NYCB LIVE, home of the Nasssau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Sept. 23-24.

Round 1 from Long Island will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET Sept. 23 on PBR LIVE and the PBR LIVE app.

Championship Sunday will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET Sept. 24 on PBR LIVE and the PBR LIVE app. CBS Sports Network will also broadcast the Championship Sunday action starting at 6 p.m. ET. 

PBR Digital Editor Kristian Limas contributed to this report.

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Jess Lockwood, 90.25-84-90-264.25-600 Points.
2. Emilio Resende, 85.5-85-85.5-256.00-310 Points.
3. Cooper Davis, 89.25-86.75-0-176.00-300 Points.
4. Silvano Alves, 0-83.25-86.75-170.00-165 Points.
5. Nathan Burtenshaw, 0-87.5-0-87.50-120 Points.
6. Eduardo Aparecido, 75.5-85.75-0-161.25-85 Points.
7. Dakota Buttar, 83.75-82.25-0-166.00-70 Points.
8. Gage Gay, 87.25-0-0-87.25-65 Points.
9. Jordan Hansen, 0-86-0-86.00-55 Points.
10. Stetson Lawrence, 86.75-0-0-86.75-50 Points.
11. Chase Outlaw, 86.5-0-0-86.50-40 Points.
12. Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-85.5-0-85.50-35 Points.
13. Cody Rodeo Tyler, 0-85.25-0-85.25-20 Points.
14. Kaique Pacheco, 0-84-0-84.00-5 Points.
(tie). Troy Wilkinson, 0-83.5-0-83.50-5 Points.
16. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-82-0-82.00
17. Ramon de Lima, 75.5-0-0-75.50
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Teel, 0-0-0-0.00
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Dener Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0-0-0.00
Luciano De Castro, 0-0-0-0.00
Mike Lee, 0-0-0-0.00
Brennon Eldred, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Campbell, 0-0-0-0.00
Brock Radford, 0-0-0-0.00
J.W. Harris, 0-0-0-0.00
Kurt Shephard, 0-0-0-0.00
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0-0.00
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0.00
Robson Aragao, 0-0-0-0.00
Skeeter Kingsolver, 0-0-0-0.00

2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Kaique Pacheco, 42, 6, 15, 3,695.00, $370,875.15
2. Jess Lockwood, 39, 5, 14, 3,610.00, $319,692.90
3. Eduardo Aparecido, 31, 5, 10, 3,535.00, $296,262.47
4. Cooper Davis, 34, 3, 13, 3,500.83, $202,428.42
5. Derek Kolbaba, 46, 5, 11, 2,415.00, $187,479.82
6. Chase Outlaw, 40, 4, 16, 2,351.66, $143,103.94
7. Fabiano Vieira, 40, 3, 12, 2,053.33, $217,136.47
8. Stormy Wing, 31, 3, 5, 1,977.50, $132,972.11
9. J.B. Mauney, 23, 2, 5, 1,931.24, $139,977.49
10. Matt Triplett, 44, 5, 13, 1,915.00, $127,467.48
11. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 41, 1, 17, 1,867.50, $133,072.65
12. Cody Teel, 38, 3, 11, 1,845.83, $142,558.16
13. Cody Nance, 46, 3, 15, 1,845.00, $111,777.15
14. Rubens Barbosa, 47, 1, 4, 1,717.50, $104,060.84
15. Mason Lowe, 29, 1, 5, 1,463.33, $110,699.58
16. Claudio Montanha Jr., 39, 2, 12, 1,384.16, $99,619.35
17. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 43, 0, 7, 1,367.50, $83,340.67
18. Stetson Lawrence, 34, 1, 6, 1,340.00, $83,125.34
19. Dener Barbosa, 35, 1, 7, 1,293.33, $87,535.28
20. Shane Proctor, 25, 2, 4, 1,267.50, $81,623.33
21. Silvano Alves, 35, 0, 6, 1,245.83, $65,314.91
22. Ryan Dirteater, 28, 0, 3, 1,165.83, $79,322.16
23. Guilherme Marchi, 32, 0, 7, 1,044.99, $53,150.22
24. Emilio Resende, 28, 1, 7, 971.66, $64,309.30
25. Luciano De Castro, 36, 1, 8, 852.50, $57,563.46
26. Ramon de Lima, 33, 2, 14, 807.50, $72,201.95
27. Gage Gay, 33, 1, 4, 688.33, $48,942.57
28. Mike Lee, 46, 3, 8, 683.33, $57,084.49
29. Koal Livingston, 38, 1, 8, 542.50, $47,614.63
30. Brennon Eldred, 24, 3, 8, 479.16, $55,921.90
31. Troy Wilkinson, 27, 1, 8, 478.75, $44,258.10
32. Dakota Buttar, 26, 0, 1, 460.83, $30,845.31
33. Cody Campbell, 42, 3, 9, 411.65, $46,524.75
34. Aaron Kleier, 12, 4, 10, 410.00, $24,131.74
35. Nathan Burtenshaw, 36, 2, 9, 398.33, $37,970.76
36. Cody Rodeo Tyler, 42, 2, 6, 395.41, $37,472.38
37. Brock Radford, 27, 5, 10, 384.16, $30,606.31
38. J.W. Harris, 26, 2, 5, 380.41, $33,374.72
39. Lachlan Richardson, 30, 3, 10, 367.50, $38,060.87
39. Kurt Shephard, 43, 1, 11, 367.50, $44,845.74
41. Luis Blanco, 35, 0, 4, 364.58, $26,127.42
42. Brady Sims, 15, 0, 1, 345.00, $20,467.31
43. Alex Marcilio, 25, 0, 8, 330.00, $37,735.30
44. Jordan Hansen, 12, 2, 6, 325.00, $31,664.39
45. Reese Cates, 27, 1, 4, 305.00, $31,567.53

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PRCA Weekend News/Results Roundup

Standings Shuffle: 29 Cowboys Move Up

With $1.24 million up for grabs among 21 PRCA rodeos across North America this past week, 29 cowboys saw their positions improve within the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings’ Top 15. 

The final stretch of the 2017 regular season is in full swing with only 11 days left. ProRodeo’s top cowboys are racing to the finish line in hopes of qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. 

Positions are changing rapidly and nobody climbed the standings more this week than team roping header Chad Masters who jumped from 15th to eighth thanks to winning $8,855 at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up. 

Having two rodeos with six-figure payoffs proved to be a major boost as cowboys competed for $501,684 in Pendleton and $158,796 at the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo in Albuquerque. 

The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between Sept. 12-18.

• Chad Masters moved from 15th to eighth in team roping heading. 

• Shay Good moved from 15th to 10th in steer roping.

• Trevor Brazile moved from ninth to fifth in steer roping. 
• Brody Cress moved from 11th to seventh in saddle bronc riding. 

• Jake Vold moved from 10th to seventh in bareback riding. 
• Matt Shiozawa moved from 12th to ninth in tie-down roping. 

• Clay Tryan moved from ninth to seventh in team roping heading. 
• Justin Malone moved from 13th to 11th in tie-down roping. 
• Cade Swor moved from 15th to 13th in tie-down roping. 
• Boudreaux Campbell moved from 17th to 15th in bull riding. 

• Shane Hanchey moved from fourth to third in tie-down roping. 
• J.R. Vezain moved from fifth to fourth in bareback riding. 
• CoBurn Bradshaw moved from fifth to fourth in saddle bronc riding. 
• Scott Guenthner moved from sixth to fifth in steer wrestling. 
• Riley Minor moved from sixth to fifth in team roping heading. 
• Joe Frost moved from sixth to fifth in bull riding. 
• Brady Minor moved from seventh to sixth in team roping heeling. 
• Cole Melancon moved from 10th to ninth in bull riding. 
• Dakota Eldridge moved from 11th to 10th in steer wrestling. 
• Orin Larsen moved from 12th to 11th in bareback riding. 
• Joseph Harrison moved from 12th to 11th in team roping heeling. 
• Dustin Bowen moved from 12th to 11th in bull riding. 
• Brennon Eldred moved from 13th to 12th in bull riding.
• Mason Clements moved from 14th to 13th in bareback riding.
• J.D. Struxness moved from 14th to 13th in steer wrestling.  
• Chris Glover moved from 14th to 13th in steer roping. 
• Audy Reed moved from 15th to 14th in saddle bronc riding. 
• Steven Dent moved from 16th to 15th in bareback riding. 
• Jeremy Buhler moved from 16th to 15th in team roping heeling. 

Cowboys on the bubble for a spot in the Top 15 can find themselves just a few dollars short of making a Wrangler NFR qualification. The following cowboys climbed the standings to No. 16 this past week:

• Steer wrestler Clayton Hass moved from 21st to 16th and is $3,413 away from breaking into the Top 15. 
• Steer roper Tuf Cooper moved from 17th to 16th and is $914 away from breaking into the Top 15. 

With the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo., on the horizon, the outcome of this rodeo and others are sure to impact the world standings, and solidify who will compete at the 2017 Wrangler NFR.

Check back with prorodeo.com next week to see who the new leaders are in the world standings.

News and Notes from the rodeo trail

ProRodeoLive.com will broadcast the Cowboy Capitol of the World PRCA Rodeo Sept. 22-23, beginning at 7 p.m. (CT) each day and at 2 p.m., Sept. 24 … Tanya Lynn McKinnon Bartlett of Mountain Green, Utah, a former Miss Rodeo Utah and 1996 Miss Rodeo America, passed away Sept. 13, after battling a rare form of cancer. She was 42. Bartlett was born on Sept. 18, 1974, in Logan, Utah, to Ross and Debra (Dickerson) McKinnon. While attending Utah State University in 1995, she was crowned Miss Rodeo Utah and later won the 1996 Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nev. She spent the next year traveling the country representing the sport of rodeo. She graduated Cum Laude from Utah State University in 1998 with a degree in Bio-Veterinary Medicine. In 2002, Tanya received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She returned home to practice veterinary medicine and in 2005 she opened her own practice, Equine Edge. She is survived by her husband, Matthew; her son, Bridger and her parents, Ross and Debra (Dickerson) McKinnon. Funeral services will be held Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. (MT) at the LDS Stake Center, 4270 Cottonwood Canyon Road, Mountain Green, Utah. Friends may meet with the family Sept. 19, from 5-8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 North Fairfield Road, and Sept. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church. Condolences may be shared at www.lindquistmortuary.com … Las Vegas Events is seeking a production manager for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The annual event, held each year at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, is scheduled for Dec. 7-16. The production manager will work closely with the current NFR General Manager, LVE, NFRC and the PRCA on all aspects of rodeo production. For the full details of the position, including all duties and responsibilities, visit www.nfrexperience.com/news/read/203. All letters of interest and résumés may be sent to the following: WNFR Production Manager, c/o Las Vegas Events, 770 E. Warm Springs Road, Suite 140, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Résumés can also be sent directly to WNFRProductionManager@LasVegasEvents.com. All résumés must be received by Sept. 29, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. PT … On Aug. 31, bareback rider Braxten Nielsen was severely injured while competing at the Magic Valley Stampede PRCA Rodeo, in Filer, Idaho. The horse reared up and smashed Nielsen against the back of the chute. The College of Southern Idaho Foundation – where Nielsen is a member of the school’s rodeo team – set up a recovery fund for him. And through an online GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/braxten-nielsen a total of $47,264 in donations toward a $50,000 goal had been raised as of Monday afternoon. The CSI volleyball team has also been fundraising at its home games. The CSI rodeo team is planning a concert and dance for November at the Expo Center. And at recent rodeo competitions, 50-50 raffles have been organized to help Nielsen and his family … Greg Simas will be the voice of the Chisholm Trail RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. (CT) Oct. 19-21, at the Stephens County Arena in Duncan, Okla. “For me, being a fan of rodeo, the Prairie Circuit Finals is a mini-NFR,” he said. 

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo implements clear bag policy


Foltyn continues late-season surge in Albuquerque 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Bull rider Clayton Foltyn maintained his recent streak of dominance, splitting the win with Dustin Bowen at the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo. 

Riding on Sept. 12, Foltyn had to wait until Sunday to learn that his 87 points atop Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Captain Crunch eventually stood at the top of the leaderboard. Needless to say, Foltyn was pleased to win a rodeo he’s competed at for most of his career. 

“It feels good,” Foltyn said. “I’ve been to the (New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo) a lot of times, and I’ve placed a couple times and won the Xtreme Bulls, but this is the first time I’ve won the rodeo or split it.”

Foltyn became only the second cowboy to cover Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Captain Crunch this season, following Ty Wallace’s 83-point ride at the Western Stampede (Utah) in early July. Earning $4,221 for his work in New Mexico's capital city, the Texas cowboy credited the bull for doing his part.

“He was a pretty nasty bull,” Foltyn said. “He wasn’t that fun. He bucked hard and changed directions a bunch, and just tried to buck.”

The 32-year-old cowboy has been a winner more times than not of late, claiming bull riding wins at such high-profile rodeos as Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo and the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo. The three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER qualifier couldn’t pinpoint any specific reason for the recent elevation in his game. However, he knows exactly what all of these wins mean for those closest to him. 

“I'm just having fun,” Foltyn said. “I’m not worried about a whole lot other than trying to ride some bulls and make a living for my family.”

Other winners at the $158,796 rodeo were all-around cowboy Seth Hall ($1,782, tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Will Lowe (87 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Tino's Juarez), steer wrestler Rowdy Parrot (7.2 seconds on two head), team ropers Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Aaron Macy/Cody Hogan (10.1 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Audy Reed (85 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Multi-chem Forked Up), tie-down roper Cade Swor (15.1 seconds on two head), and barrel racer Tillar Murray (15.63 seconds).

For complete coverage of the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo, check out the Sept. 29 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.


Tanner Aus sets arena record and wins Hamel Rodeo

HAMEL, MINN. – It was a homecoming of sorts for Tanner Aus at the 2017 Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo.

Aus, who was ranked No. 2 in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings as of July 6, set an arena record with his first-place 89-point ride on J Bar J Rodeo’s Straight Jacket. 

It was all at an arena that he came to as a kid. 

When his dad, John Aus, was riding bareback horses, he brought his son to the Hamel Rodeo. And his dad is an old rodeo friend of Sparky Dreesen, the owner of J Bar J Rodeo.

Aus loved the chance to get on Straight Jacket, “It was great,” he said. “That horse is strong, and bucks hard, and some guys have trouble with him, and some guys are a lot of points on him. I felt him out, and he’s everything that a bareback rider dreams about. I was able to open up and he was a really fun horse to ride.”

Aus, who grew up in Granite Falls, Minn., but now lives with his wife Lonissa near Pennock, Minn., is having the best year of his ProRodeo career. He’s qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER twice (2015-16), and is headed for his third. 

The rodeo season ends on Sept. 30, so it’s a marathon between now and then, to stay in the Top 15 in the world standings. 

“There’s a big push for the Fourth of July (run), but the truth is, you can go to as many rodeos in August as in July,” Aus said. “We’ve just got to stay focused and stay healthy and keep chopping away.”

His eight-second trip aboard Straight Jacket, a two-time WNFR bucking horse, was one for the record books and the memories, especially at a home-state rodeo. 

“That’s a rodeo near and dear to my heart,” he said. “To have a world class bucking horse in your back yard, it’s a pretty cool thing.”

The previous bareback riding record was 87 points, set by Joe Gunderson in 2007, and matched by Kyle Brennecke in 2013, and Casey Breuer in 2016. 

Another Minnesotan took home a Hamel Rodeo title. Shakopee’s Jody Green won the tie-down roping with a time of 8.7 seconds.

The Oklahoma native moved to Minnesota six years ago, when he met his wife, Kassie, a barrel racer who also competed in Hamel. 

Green won the Hamel Rodeo title in 2013 and second place in 2014. 

The 2017 bull riding title went to Oklahoma cowboy Guthrie Murray. 

Murray, of Miami, Okla., scored 88.5 points on the J Bar J Rodeo bull Maverick, with a ride that went by in a flash. The ride “just happened,” Green said. “The bull went to the left, and I lost track of (his movements), about halfway through there. I felt like he had me bucked off that whole ride. He was a good bull. He was so good, I never felt like I had a good seat or a good hold of him.” 

The 25-year-old cowboy is ranked 17th in the world standings – two spots away from qualifying for the WNFR – and being on the cusp can be stressful. 

“It’s kind of nerve wracking, to be on the edge,” Murray said. “Normally this year, I’m way down low (in the standings), trying to catch up.” 

He’ll compete at as many rodeos as he can, between now and the end of the rodeo year. 

“I don’t want to miss (the WNFR) by lack of not going. As many rodeos as I can get in there, and stay healthy, I’m going to try and keep going,” Murray said.

Murray’s grandpa, Gale Bachman, his mother Latisha Henderson’s dad, rode bulls in the 1960s and ‘70s, and one of Murray’s first phone calls home, after his wife Tess, is to his granddad. 

“He’s all excited,” Murray said.

Murray and his wife are expecting their first child in January. 

The Hamel Rodeo is a fundraiser for five area non-profit organizations, and in its 37 years, has raised $1.8 million for those groups. The 2018 rodeo will be July 5-8. For more information, go to HamelRodeo.org. 

Other winners at the $103,916 rodeo are all-around cowboy Trell Etbauer ($1,334 in tie down roping and steer wrestling), team ropers Erich Rogers/Cory Petska (8.8 seconds on two head), steer wrestler Ben Kilburg (3.7 seconds), saddle bronc riders Wyatt Casper (86 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Shady Fox) and Leon Fountain (86 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Sweatin’ Bullets), and barrel racer Laura Kennedy (15.59 seconds). The permit bull riding champion is Jack Landgraf (75 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Pickled Poison). 

Pro Rodeo Results

New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo


Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 12-17


All-around cowboy: Seth Hall, $1,782, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Will Lowe, 87 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Tino's Juarez, $4,484; 2. Chad Rutherford, 86, $3,438; 3. Orin Larsen, 85, $2,541; 4. Mason Clements, 84, $1,644; 5. Logan Corbett, 83.5, $1,046; 6. Steven Dent, 82.5, $747; 7. (tie) Trenten Montero, Logan Patterson and Justin Miller, 82, $349 each. 


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Sean Mulligan, 3.2 seconds, $1,947; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 3.5, $1,611; 3. Cole Edge, 3.6, $1,276; 4. Tanner Brunner, 3.8, $940; 5. (tie) Justin Shaffer and Dean McIntyre, 3.9, $470 each. Second round: 1. Dirk Tavenner, 3.2 seconds, $1,947; 2. Wyatt Jurney, 3.5, $1,611; 3. (tie) Jace Melvin and Jon Ragatz, 3.6, $1,108 each; 5. (tie) Rowdy Parrott, Kyle Irwin and Jason Thomas, 3.7, $313 each. Average: 1. Rowdy Parrott, 7.2 seconds on two head, $2,921; 2. Jon Ragatz, 7.6, $2,417; 3. Chason Floyd, 7.9, $1,914; 4. Timmy Sparing, 8.2, $1,410; 5. Riley Duvall, 8.3, $906; 6. Justin Shaffer, 8.4, $504. 


Team roping: First round: 1. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 4.7 seconds, $1,604 each; 2. Aaron Macy/Cody Hogan, 4.9, $1,328; 3. Aaron Tsinigine/Ty Romo, 5.4, $1,051; 4. Chase Massengill/Daylan Frost, 5.5, $775; 5. Joshuah Fish/Brian Sullivan, 6.0, $498; 6. Matt Sherwood/Walt Woodard, 6.1, $277. Second round: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.2 seconds, $1,604 each; 2. Jake Orman/Will Woodfin, 4.4, $1,328; 3. Jake Cooper/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 4.6, $1,051; 4. (tie) Shay Carroll/Nano Garza and Matt Sherwood/Walt Woodard, 4.7, $636 each; 6. (tie) Erich Rogers/Cory Petska and Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.0, $138 each. Average: 1. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Aaron Macy/Cody Hogan, 10.1 seconds on two head, $2,199 each; 3. Matt Sherwood/Walt Woodard, 10.8, $1,577; 4. Seth Hall/Victor Aros, 12.2, $1,162; 5. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 12.4, $747; 6. Robert Martinez II/James Gililland, 15.7, $415. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Audy Reed, 85 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Multi-chem Forked Up, $4,258; 2. (tie) Dean Wadsworth and Jesse Wright, 84, $2,839 each; 4. Cody Wright, 82, $1,561; 5. Cort Scheer, 81.5, $994; 6. Colt Gordon, 80.5, $710; 7. Sterling Crawley, 80, $568; 8. (tie) Isaac Diaz and Dylan Henson, 78, $213 each. 


Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Ty Baker, 7.5 seconds, $1,784; 2. (tie) Ryan Jarrett, Marcos Costa and Shane Hanchey, 7.7, $1,318 each; 5. Cade Swor, 7.8, $853; 6. Seth Hall, 7.9, $620; 7. (tie) Hunter Herrin and Bryson Sechrist, 8.2, $271 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Cade Swor, Timber Moore, Marty Yates and Cimarron Boardman, 7.3 seconds, $1,435 each; 5. Joseph Parsons, 7.7, $853; 6. (tie) Ace Slone, Jake Pratt and Tuf Cooper, 7.8, $388 each. Average: 1. Cade Swor, 15.1 seconds on two head, $2,675; 2. Cimarron Boardman, 15.6, $2,327; 3. Ryan Jarrett, 15.8, $1,978; 4. (tie) Marcos Costa and Shane Hanchey, 15.9, $1,454 each; 6. (tie) Tuf Cooper, Marty Yates and Ty Baker, 16.4, $582 each. 


Barrel racing: 1. Tillar Murray, 15.63 seconds, $3,972; 2. Sydni Blanchard, 15.64, $3,177; 3. Sherry Cervi, 15.65, $2,581; 4. Dena Kirkpatrick, 15.67, $1,986; 5. Katelyn Scott, 15.72, $1,589; 6. Hailey Kinsel, 15.73, $1,191; 7. Christine Laughlin, 15.76, $993; 8. Kelly Tovar, 15.95, $894; 9. Emily Miller, 15.97, $794; 10. (tie) Nicole Riggle, Kelly Bruner and Lisa Lockhart, 16.03, $596 each; 13. Stevi Hillman, 16.04, $397; 14. Kelly Yates, 16.05, $298; 15. Morgan Breaux, 16.07, $199. 


Bull riding: 1. (tie) Dustin Bowen, on Hurst Pro Rodeo's Yellow Hair, and Clayton Foltyn, on Hurst Pro Rodeo's Captain Crunch, 87 points, $4,221 each; 3. Joe Frost, 84, $2,708; 4. Elliot Jacoby, 83.5, $1,752; 5. Clayton Savage, 81, $1,115; 6. Laramie Mosley, 76, $796; 7. Tyler Bingham, 75.5, $637; 8. Cody Strite, 67, $478. 


Total payoff: $158,796. Stock contractor: The Cervi Brothers. Sub-contractors: Cervi Championship Rodeo, Hurst Pro Rodeo and Bar T Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Officials: Travis Howe, Mark Longoria and Butch Kirby. Timers: B.J. Voigt, Vicki Pack and Mary Brunner. Announcer: Boyd Polhamus. Specialty acts: Shelby Trixie Chic's and Kelsey Trixie Chic's. Bullfighters: Zach Flatt and Kyle Lippincott. Clown/barrelman: Matt Tarr. Flankmen: Chuck Kite and Lyndal Hurst. Chute boss: Binion Cervi. Pickup men: Randy Britton and Chase Cervi. Photographer: Ric Andersen. Music director: Jake Ostrum III.

Olds, Alberta, Sept. 15-16

Bareback riding: 1. Colin Adams, 85 points on C5 Rodeo’s Virgil, $1,396; 2. Orin Larsen, 84.5, $1,155; 3. Cole Goodine, 83.5, $914; 4. (tie) Bobby Peters and Ky Marshall, 80, $553 each; 6. Gavin Derose and Dylan Bilton, 79, $120 each.

Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Matt Richardson and Derek Frank, 3.8 seconds, $1,667 each; 3. Dustin Nicholson, 4.8, $1,318; 4. Tanner Milan, 4.4, $1,086; 5. (tie) Scott Guenthner and Joe Guze, 4.7, $737 each; 7. Dayton Roworth, 5.0, $388; 8. (tie) Blake Gagnon, Harley Cole and Jesse Lawes, 5.1, $52 each.

Team roping: 1. Jeremy Buhler/Levi Simpson, 3.9 seconds, $1,500 each; 2. Brady Minor/Riley Minor, 4.4, $1,304; 3. Cole Davison/Cory Kidd, 4.6, $1,109; 4. (tie) Clay Ullery/Riley Wilson and Clint Buhler/Rocky Dallyn, 5.0, $815 each; 6. Brett Buss/Tyrel Flewelling, 5.1, $522; 7. Brett McCarroll/Justin McCarroll, 5.3, $326; 8. (tie) Jesse Popescul/Kevin Schreiner and Roland McFadden/Devin Wigemyr, 5.4, $65 each.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Tyrel Larsen, 83.5 points on C5 Rodeo’s High Valley, $1,396; 2. Jim Berry, 81, $1,155; 3. Chuck Schmidt, 80.5, $914; 4. Lane Cust, 79, $674; 5. (tie) Troy Crowser and Justin Berg, 78.5, $337 each.

Tie-down roping: 1. Ben Robinson, 8.1 seconds, $1,838; 2. Logan Bird, 8.4, $1,598; 3. (tie) Kyle Lucas and Murray Pole, 8.5, $1,238 each; 5. (tie) Dawson Johnson, Tyler Johnson and Virgil Poffenroth, 8.7, $639 each; 6. Jesse Finery, 9.1, $160.

Barrel racing: 1. Shayna Weir, 17.445 seconds, $1,599; 2. Callahan Crossley, 17.457, $1,371; 3. Kellie Collier, 17.579, $1,142; 4. Steffanie Mather-Moore, 17.717, $990; 5. Carman Pozzobon, 17.770, $761; 6. Rene Leclercq, 17.868, $609; 7. Taylor Manning, 17.873, $457; 8. Bailee Switzer, 17.911, $305; 9. Brett Wills, 18.007, $228; 10. Lynette Brodoway, 18.120, $152.

Bull riding: *1. (tie) Lonnie West, on C5 Rodeo’s Gambler and Jared Parsonage, on C5 Rodeo’s Calliope King, 87.5 points $1,582 each; 3. Scott Schiffner, 86, $1,187; 4. Todd Chotowetz, 82, $923; no other qualified rides. *(all total include ground money) 

Total payoff: $52,518. Stock contractor: C5 Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Brenda Vold. Officials: Ward Henry and Jim Turner. Timers: Maxine Baird and Dusty Daines. Announcer: Brett Gardiner. Specialty Act: Young Gunz. Bull fighters: Ty Prescott and Kris Buffalo. Clown/barrelman: Robbie Hodges. Pick-up men: Terry Leeder and Travis Erikson. Flankman: Tyson Cardinal. Music director: Ted Stovin.

Four States Fair & Rodeo


Texarkana, Ark., Sept. 14-16


All-around cowboy: Clint Thomas, $2,530, tie-down roping and steer wrestling.


Bareback riding: 1. Mason Clements, 87.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Outa Sight, $1,861; 2. Lane McGehee, 86.5, $1,427; 3. Steven Dent, 83, $1,055; 4. Richmond Champion, 81.5, $682; 5. Winn Ratliff, 80, $434; 6. Tanner Phipps, 78.5, $310; 7. Matthew Smith, 75.5, $248; 8. Trey Moore III, 71.5, $186. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Clint Thomas, 3.5 seconds, $2,530; 2. Justin Shaffer, 3.6, $2,200; 3. Jason Thomas, 3.7, $1,870; 4. Riley Duvall, 3.9, $1,540; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 4.0, $1,210; 6. Trever Nelson, 4.1, $880; 7. (tie) Jeff Miller and Jacob Talley, 4.2, $385 each. 


Team roping: 1. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.3 seconds, $2,942 each; 2. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 4.4, $2,633; 3. Blake Hughes/Brady Norman, 4.6, $2,323; 4. Tyler Waters/Britt Bockius, 4.7, $2,013; 5. (tie) Keven Daniel/Brad Culpepper and Tom Richards/Ryan Motes, 4.8, $1,549 each; 7. Bubba Buckaloo/Tyler McKnight, 4.9, $1,084; 8. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV, 5.1, $774; 9. Curry Kirchner/Austin Rogers, 5.4, $465; 10. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.5, $155. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Colt Gordon, 84.5 points on Big Rafter Rodeo's Who Knows, $2,341; 2. (tie) Brody Cress and Jacobs Crawley, 82, $1,560 each; 4. Wade Sundell, 81, $858; 5. Joey Sonnier, 79.5, $546; 6. (tie) Blaise Freeman and Jake Finlay, 79, $351 each; 8. (tie) Isaac Diaz and Dean Wadsworth, 78, $117 each. 


Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Cody Quaney and Marcos Costa, 8.0 seconds, $2,162 each; 3. (tie) Cory Solomon and Blane Cox, 8.2, $1,559 each; 5. (tie) Sterling Smith and Marcus Theriot, 8.5, $956 each; 7. Ike Fontenot, 8.6, $503; 8. Robert Mathis, 8.7, $201. 


Barrel racing: 1. Jessi Fish, 14.94 seconds, $2,344; 2. Sherry Cervi, 15.00, $1,993; 3. Jill Wilson, 15.03, $1,641; 4. Taci Bettis, 15.15, $1,407; 5. Kelly Tovar, 15.16, $1,172; 6. Ivy Conrado, 15.19, $821; 7. Katelyn Scott, 15.21, $586; 8. Abby Phillips, 15.24, $469; 9. Kassidy Lantis, 15.26, $410; 10. Michele McLeod, 15.30, $352; 11. Sissy Winn, 15.37, $293; 12. Chaney Speight, 15.40, $234. 


Bull riding: No qualified rides. 


Total payoff: $87,695. Stock contractor: Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo and Big Rafter Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Sandy Gwatney. Officials: Cliff Overstreet, Will Lynd and Ken Dunn. Timers: Jayme Pemberton and Sandy Gwatney. Announcer: Andy Stewart. Specialty act: Troy Lerwill. Bullfighters: Jake King and Clay Heger. Clown/barrelman: Troy Lerwill. Chute bosses: John Gwatney and Les Wagley. Pickup men: Tommy Pettit, Jeremy Willis and Josh Edwards. Music director: Randy Mayer.

West Texas Fair & Rodeo


Abilene, Texas, Sept. 12-16


All-around cowboy: Tanner Green, $728, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Evan Jayne, 84 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Forward Motion, $1,929; 2. Bill Tutor, 83.5, $1,479; 3. Mason Clements, 82.5, $1,093; 4. (tie) Steven Dent and Ty Breuer, 79, $579 each; 6. Chad Rutherford, 78.5, $321; 7. (tie) Kyle Brennecke and Jessy Davis, 77, $225 each. 


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. K.C. Jones, 3.6 seconds, $1,262; 2. Chason Floyd, 3.8, $1,044; 3. (tie) Justice Johnson and Will Lummus, 3.9, $718 each; 5. Jason Thomas, 4.0, $392; 6. (tie) Timmy Sparing and Jacob Talley, 4.2, $109 each. Second round: 1. Blake Mindemann, 3.8 seconds, $1,262; 2. Brian Wake, 3.9, $1,044; 3. Justin Shaffer, 4.0, $827; 4. (tie) Cade Staton, Hunter Cure and Kodie Jang, 4.3, $406 each. Average: 1. Chason Floyd, 8.4 seconds on two head, $1,893; 2. Justin Shaffer, 8.5, $1,566; 3. Hunter Cure, 8.7, $1,240; 4. Jon Ragatz, 9.0, $914; 5. (tie) Timmy Sparing and Brian Wake, 9.5, $457 each. 


Team roping: First round: 1. Cyle Denison/Boogie Ray, 4.7 seconds, $970 each; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.8, $728; 3. Jesy Austin/James Arnold, 4.9, $485; 4. Andrew Livingston/Seth Smithson, 5.0, $243. Second round: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.1 seconds, $970 each; 2. Tanner Green/Shawn Turner, 4.3, $728; 3. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.7, $485; 4. Cory Smothers/Weston Podzemny, 4.8, $243. Average: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 8.9 seconds on two head, $1,455 each; 2. Jesy Austin/James Arnold, 10.2, $1,091; 3. Wenceslao Aguilera/Patrick Smith, 11.1, $728; 4. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 18.2, $364. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Alex Wright, 85.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Red Wings, $2,132; 2. Brody Cress, 82, $1,634; 3. (tie) Dean Wadsworth, Dalton Davis and Audy Reed, 81, $829 each; 6. Blaise Freeman, 80, $355; 7. (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw, Isaac Diaz and Jake Wright, 79.5, $166 each. 


Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Marty Yates, 8.4 seconds, $1,402; 2. (tie) Timber Moore, Chantz Webster and Lane Livingston, 8.7, $919 each; 5. Caddo Lewallen, 8.9, $435; 6. Ryan Watkins, 9.0, $242. Second round: 1. Cody Craig, 7.5 seconds, $1,402; 2. (tie) Ace Slone and Tyson Durfey, 7.8, $1,039 each; 4. Bradford Loeffler, 8.1, $677; 5. Cory Solomon, 8.2, $435; 6. Marcos Costa, 8.6, $242. Average: 1. Tyson Durfey, 17.2 seconds on two head, $2,103; 2. Marty Yates, 17.9, $1,740; 3. J.D. Kibbe, 18.8, $1,378; 4. Cory Solomon, 19.2, $1,015; 5. Chantz Webster, 19.3, $653; 6. Caddo Lewallen, 19.5, $363. 


Barrel racing: 1. Sissy Winn, 14.99 seconds, $2,463; 2. Taylor Langdon, 15.00, $2,093; 3. Lisa Lockhart, 15.02, $1,724; 4. Taci Bettis, 15.04, $1,478; 5. Alex Lang, 15.08, $1,231; 6. Christine Laughlin, 15.11, $862; 7. (tie) Blythe Beshears and Jill Wilson, 15.12, $554 each; 9. Stevi Hillman, 15.16, $431; 10. Kelly Bruner, 15.18, $369; 11. Emily Dudley, 15.20, $308; 12. (tie) Kellie Collier and Cindy Smith, 15.21, $123 each. 


Bull riding: 1. Brennon Eldred, 86 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's The General, $2,374; 2. Trevor Kastner, 80, $1,828; 3. Jackson Landgraf, 79, $1,360; 4. Brett Custer, 78, $892; 5. Ross Freeman, 77, $580; 6. Koby Radley, 74, $424; 7. Clayton Sellars, 67, $346; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $86,075. Stock contractor: Beutler & Son Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Dollie Riddle. Officials: Harry Rose Jr, Chuck Hoss and Buddy Reynolds. Timers: Dollie Riddle and Missy Swartz. Announcer: Bob Tallman. Specialty act: Johnny Dudley. Bullfighters: Weston Rutkowski and Chuck Swisher. Clown/barrelman: Johnny Dudley. Flankman: Rhett Beutler. Chute bosses: Matt Scott and Darrell Barron. Pickup men: Shandon Stalls and Matt Scott. Music director: Joshua Hilton.

Dixie Roundup


St. George, Utah, Sept. 14-16


All-around cowboy: Matt Shiozawa, $2,017, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Caleb Bennett, 84.5 points on Bar T Rodeo's Bad Chance, $1,898; 2. Devan Reilly, 84, $1,438; 3. Zack Brown, 83.5, $1,036; 4. (tie) Kaycee Feild and Steven Dent, 82, $547 each; 6. Ty Breuer, 81, $288. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Curtis Cassidy, 4.7 seconds, $2,017; 2. Sterling Lambert, 4.8, $1,669; 3. Chason Floyd, 4.9, $1,322; 4. Dakota Eldridge, 5.0, $974; 5. Judd Austin, 5.4, $626; 6. Chase Black, 5.8, $348. 


Team roping: 1. Randon Adams/Jory Levy, 5.6 seconds, $2,248 each; 2. (tie) Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz and Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison, 5.8, $1,809 each; 4. Zane Barnson/Cole Wilson, 5.9, $1,369; 5. Rhett Anderson/Quinn Kesler, 6.2, $1,075; 6. Brodi Jones/Kycen Winn, 6.3, $782; 7. Clint Kap/Justin Hodson, 7.0, $489; 8. Wes Pulham/Brock Andrus, 7.2, $196. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Allen Boore, 88 points on Bar T Rodeo's Bitter Times, $2,019; 2. Alex Wright, 85, $1,548; 3. Cody Wright, 84, $1,144; 4. Stetson Wright, 82, $740; 5. (tie) Brady Nicholes, Cooper DeWitt and CoBurn Bradshaw, 81, $359 each; 8. Jake Wright, 80.5, $202. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Matt Shiozawa, 8.5 seconds, $2,017; 2. Ace Slone, 8.9, $1,669; 3. Stetson Vest, 9.5, $1,322; 4. Jake Hannum, 9.8, $974; 5. Sawyer Vest, 10.3, $626; 6. Josh Frost, 10.7, $348. 


Bull riding: 1. Joe Frost, 85.5 points on Bar T Rodeo's Gandolf, $2,002; 2. (tie) Ty Wallace and Chris Roundy, 82.5, $1,344 each; 4. (tie) Garrett Smith and Wyatt Hallett, 82, $620 each; 6. Tyler Bingham, 79, $357; 7. Jesse Flores, 69, $291; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $54,527. Stock contractor: Bar T Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Wendie Flitton. Officials: Steve Knowles, Gordie Kesler and Wade Woolstenhulme. Timers: Valerie Catten and Amy Flake. Announcer: Reed Flake. Specialty act: Dusty Barrett. Bullfighters: Joe Butler and Cade Burns. Clown/barrelman: Dusty Barrett. Flankman: Jeff Flitton. Pickup men: Devun Day, Cody Flitton and Ty Reeder. Photographer: Jim Fain. Music director: Derreld Yost.

Rose City Roundup


Tyler, Texas, Sept. 15-16


All-around cowboy: Clay Smith, $1,840, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Anthony Thomas, 85.5 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo's Rawhide, $1,383; 2. Evan Jayne, 85, $1,048; 3. (tie) Scotty NeSmith and Chad Rutherford, 81.5, $629 each; 5. Lane McGehee, 78, $293; 6. Tyler Berghuis, 77, $210. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Tyler Pearson, 3.6 seconds, $1,063; 2. Termaine Debose, 3.9, $880; 3. Zack Jongbloed, 4.2, $697; 4. (tie) Tanner Brunner and Jarek VanPetten, 4.4, $422 each; 6. (tie) Jacob Edler and T.J. Hall, 4.5, $92 each. 


Team roping: 1. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 4.1 seconds, $1,840 each; 2. Colby Lovell/Corey Hendrick, 4.2, $1,523; 3. Cale Markham/Nick Simmons, 4.4, $1,206; 4. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Quisto Lopez/Justin Pruitt, 4.5, $730 each; 6. Joe Beaver/McCoy Profili, 4.7, $317. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Toby Collins, 82.5 points on United Pro Rodeo's Shady Lady, $1,421; 2. Peter White II, 81.5, $1,076; 3. Clayton Brum, 81, $775; 4. Garet Aldridge, 80.5, $517; 5. (tie) Preston Burr and Joe Lufkin, 80, $258 each. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Cody Craig, 7.4 seconds, $1,186; 2. Randall Carlisle, 8.4, $981; 3. Ike Fontenot, 8.5, $777; 4. Jason Martin, 8.6, $572; 5. Polo Bacque II, 8.7, $368; 6. Robert Mathis, 8.9, $204. 


Barrel racing: 1. Taylor Langdon, 17.30 seconds, $975; 2. Stevi Hillman, 17.58, $836; 3. Cassidy Kruse, 17.63, $697; 4. (tie) Loni Lester and Tiany Schuster, 17.65, $534 each; 6. Morgan Breaux, 17.82, $371; 7. Kelly Tovar, 17.83, $279; 8. Davie King, 17.88, $186; 9. Paige Wiseman, 17.90, $139; 10. Hailey Kinsel, 17.96, $93. 


Bull riding: 1. Trevor Kastner, 86 points on United Pro Rodeo's No. 11, $1,495; 2. Jeston Mead, 85.5, $1,133; 3. Cole Melancon, 84.5, $816; 4. Tyler Hessman, 80.5, $544; 5. Thomas Patterson, 75, $317; 6. Ross Freeman, 71, $227. 


Total payoff: $40,387. Stock contractor: United Pro Rodeo. Sub-contractor: Rocky Mountain Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Beckie Frazier. Officials: Gary Case and Glenn Sullivan. Timers: Beckie Frazier and Sheri Colston. Announcer: West Huggins. Specialty act: Gizmo McCracken. Bullfighters: Cody Patton and JasonGibbs. Clown/barrelman: Gizmo McCracken. Flankman: Don Reno. Chute boss: Danny Reagan. Pickup men: Todd Cook and Will Pope. Music director: Jarred Campbell.

Coarsegold Stampede Pro Rodeo


Coarsegold, Calif., Sept. 16-17


All-around cowboy: Jordan Ketscher, $1,923, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Karson Montijo, 47 points on All In Pro Rodeos' Showtime, $1,537; no other qualified rides. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Dane Browning, 4.9 seconds, $1,022; 2. (tie) Tucker Allen and Sterling Lambert, 6.3, $758 each; 4. Paul Bianchi, 10.3, $494; 5. Billy Bugenig, 11.1, $317; 6. Ory James Lemmons, 16.6, $176. 


Team roping: 1. Randon Adams/Jory Levy, 5.1 seconds, $1,670 each; 2. Danny Leslie/Evan Arnold, 5.5, $1,452; 3. Blake Hirdes/Todd Hampton, 5.6, $1,234; 4. C.R. Wilken/Cord Forzano, 5.8, $1,017; 5. Colton Campbell/Jordan Ketscher, 6.2, $799; 6. Case Hirdes/Dylan Dishion, 6.3, $581; 7. Cody Mora/Jason Johe, 6.8, $363; 8. Kevin Wilkinson/Gary Ford, 7.1, $145. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Nick LaDuke, 76 points on All In Pro Rodeos' Buck At Night, $1,156; 2. Tim Ditrich, 74.5, $867; 3. (tie) Justin Lawrence and Justin Wilson, 71, $434 each. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Jordan Ketscher, 8.4 seconds, $1,124; 2. Josh Peek, 8.9, $931; 3. Taylor Santos, 9.7, $737; 4. Spencer Mitchell, 10.8, $543; 5. Ethan Garcia, 11.1, $349; 6. Rial Englehart, 12.7, $194. 


Barrel racing: 1. Lyndee Stairs, 17.68 seconds, $1,044; 2. Jaime Hinton, 17.69, $895; 3. Linda Vick, 17.83, $746; 4. Cheyenne Hattesen, 17.94, $646; 5. Kelsey Hayden, 18.03, $497; 6. Ivy Conrado, 18.06, $398; 7. Sami Morisoli, 18.10, $298; 8. Katie Bray, 18.12, $199; 9. Katie Pascoe, 18.19, $149; 10. (tie) Mary Jo Camera, Vicky Cook and Jenifer Choate, 18.24, $33 each. 


Bull riding: 1. Alex Santana, 81 points on All In Pro Rodeos' Sundance, $1,093; 2. Ryan McConnel, 78.5, $828; 3. (tie) Michael Hough and Will Morris, 77, $497 each; 5. Colby Demo, 75, $232; 6. Christopher Byrd, 71.5, $166. 


Total payoff: $38,064. Stock contractor: All In Pro Rodeos. Rodeo secretary: Traci Mitchell. Officials: Tim Engelhart and Mike Jones. Timers: Traci Mitchell and Sharon Bernhard. Announcer: Shane Burris. Bullfighters: Logan Blasdell and Brandon Parker. Clown/barrelman: Charlie West. Flankman: Ryan Hochstrat. Pickup men: Rick Moffatt and Jake Twisselman. Photographer: Dan Cleveland. Music director: Ryan Odishoo.

Othello PRCA Rodeo


Othello, Wash., Sept. 15-16


All-around cowboy: Roger Nonella, $1,236, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Austin Foss, on Flying 5 Rodeo's Major Ejection, and Justin Miller, on Big Bend Rodeo's Moon Shadow, 80.5 points, $1,112 each; 3. Zack Brown, 78.5, $690; 4. Cody Kiser, 75, $460; 5. Tate Schwagler, 71, $268; no other qualified rides. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Sean Santucci, 5.6 seconds, $959; 2. Travis Taruscio, 5.7, $719; 3. Colin Wolfe, 6.1, $479; 4. Errol Frain, 6.2, $240. 


Team roping: 1. Ryan Readmond/Bobby Roberts, 5.7 seconds, $1,172 each; 2. Tyler Smith/Andy Carlson, 6.2, $970; 3. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 6.5, $768; 4. Jack Fischer/Bucky Campbell, 6.7, $566; 5. Bryce Palmer/Bo Patzke, 7.0, $364; 6. Roger Nonella/Cameron Irwin, 8.0, $202. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Johnny Espeland, 82.5 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Major Cover, $1,508; 2. Max Filippini, 79, $1,142; 3. Logan Hullinger, 78, $822; 4. Sam Harper, 74, $548; 5. Joe Harper, 71, $320; 6. Wade Kane, 60, $228. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Roger Nonella, 9.0 seconds, $1,034; 2. Bo Pickett, 9.3, $776; 3. Jared Parke, 9.5, $517; 4. Kass Kayser, 9.6, $259. 


Barrel racing: 1. Carmel Wright, 17.38 seconds, $863; 2. Jodi Goodrich, 17.42, $750; 3. Ivy Conrado, 17.53, $638; 4. Cheyenne Allan, 17.54, $525; 5. Leah Crockett, 17.56, $413; 6. Nicole Laurence, 17.65, $300; 7. Jessica Lewis, 17.71, $188; 8. Mary Shae Hays, 17.74, $75. 


Bull riding: 1. Boudreaux Campbell, 83 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Strickly Dickly, $1,415; 2. Nic Lica, 80.5, $1,072; 3. Jordan Spears, 79.5, $772; 4. Riley Blankenship, 79, $514; 5. Parker Breding, 76, $300; 6. Chase Dougherty, 75, $214. 


Total payoff: $31,416. Stock contractor: Big Bend Rodeo. Sub-contractor: Flying 5 Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Crystal Longfellow. Officials: Monty Van Komen and Mike Nauman. Timers: Myrna Weber and Nell Henderson. Announcer: Steve Kenyon. Specialty act: Sarah Thompson. Bullfighters: Rowdy Barry and DangerousDan Newman. Clown/barrelman: JJ Harrison. Flankman: Hans Hennings. Pickup men: Blake West and Bill Trump. Photographers: Kent Soule and Roberta Barkley. Music director: Ben Benavides.

Harrison PRCA Rodeo


Harrison, Ark., Sept. 14-16


All-around cowboy: Adam Rose, $1,002, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Jared Keylon, 81 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's Pony Soldier, $1,079; 2. Anthony Thomas, 79, $818; 3. Tyler Johnson, 76.5, $589; 4. Matthew Smith, 72.5, $393; 5. Trey Moore III, 70.5, $229; no other qualified rides. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Tanner Brunner, 4.5 seconds, $921; 2. Gary Gilbert, 6.1, $691; 3. Denell Henderson, 6.2, $461; 4. Talon Roseland, 6.4, $230. 


Team roping: 1. (tie) Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward and Adam Rose/J.W. Beck, 5.0 seconds, $1,002 each; 3. Keven Daniel/Brad Culpepper, 5.3, $572; 4. (tie) Thompson Berryhill/Cody Heflin and Dustin Morgan/Jake Smith, 5.4, $143 each. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jesse Wright, 80.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's Sand Creek, $1,228; 2. Dalton Davis, 77.5, $931; 3. Preston Burr, 75, $670; 4. Weston Pierschbacher, 73.5, $447; 5. Justin Caylor, 73, $261; 6. Kirk Nelson, 72, $186. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Clint Thomas, 9.0 seconds, $921; 2. Billy Hamilton, 9.2, $691; 3. Polo Bacque II, 10.1, $461; 4. Kadin Boardman, 10.4, $230. 


Barrel racing: 1. Melora Potter, 16.54 seconds, $645; 2. Tamie Jo Martin, 16.61, $561; 3. Lacinda Rose, 16.74, $477; 4. Angie Galliher, 16.79, $393; 5. Cheyenne Schnelle, 16.84, $309; 6. Kristine Knauf, 16.87, $224; 7. Payton Wallace, 16.89, $140; 8. Marne Loosenort, 16.94, $56. 


Bull riding: 1. Trevor Kastner, 87.5 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's No. 3109, $1,268; 2. Brett Custer, 86, $970; 3. (tie) Lane Lasley and Will Crain, 82.5, $597 each; 5. Trey Kimzey, 76.5, $298; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $25,528. Stock contractor: Rafter H Rodeo Livestock. Rodeo secretary: Shelley Hall. Officials: Skip Emmett and Brad Mattox. Timers: Betty Hall, Tammy Braden and Ti Ada Wise. Announcer: Racer Botkin. Specialty act: John Payne. Bullfighters: Miles Jones and Shane Esco. Clown/barrelman: Cody Sosebee. Flankman: Chad Cometti. Chute boss: Dell Hall. Pickup men: Butch Braden Jr and Will O'Connell. Music director: Mark Evans.

National Cattle Congress


Waterloo, Iowa, Sept. 14-16


All-around cowboy: Evan Thyberg, $891, tie-down roping and steer wrestling.


Bareback riding: 1. Bee Jay Scott, 80 points on Three Hills Rodeo's Shorty Pants, $846; 2. Tanner Phillips, 69, $635; 3. Jade Coleman, 50, $423; no other qualified rides. 


Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Noah Lassa and Brian Conrad, 5.1 seconds, $1,003 each; 3. Evan Thyberg, 5.2, $573; 4. Jacob Burks, 5.4, $287. 


Team roping: 1. Ryan Von Ahn/Derrick Peterson, 6.8 seconds, $1,164 each; 2. Joe Jacobsen/Joe Day, 6.9, $873; 3. J.T. Teague/Chad Day, 8.0, $582; 4. Keith Hanna/Corey Barnett, 9.1, $291. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Will Smith, 83 points on Three Hills Rodeo's Amnesia, $996; 2. Cody Burkholder, 79, $747; 3. Taygen Schuelke, 76.5, $498; 4. Weston Pierschbacher, 76, $249. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Kadin Boardman, 9.8 seconds, $1,022; 2. Cody Huber, 9.9, $846; 3. Casey Hume, 10.3, $670; 4. Justin Zwiefel, 11.4, $493; 5. Evan Thyberg, 20.3, $317; 6. Luke Madsen, 26.3, $176. 


Barrel racing: 1. Angie Galliher, 12.68 seconds, $826; 2. Shelby Janssen, 12.78, $718; 3. Tamie Jo Martin, 12.84, $610; 4. Amy Wheeler, 12.86, $503; 5. Kristine Knauf, 12.98, $395; 6. Marne Loosenort, 13.02, $287; 7. Jordan Moore, 13.03, $180; 8. Patti Hovland, 13.06, $72. 


Bull riding: 1. Denton Fugate, 86 points on Three Hills Rodeo's No. 07, $1,147; 2. Levi Berends, 82, $860; 3. Blake Dunsmore, 79, $573; 4. Dakota Nye, 78, $287. 


Total payoff: $25,300. Stock contractor: Three Hills Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Courtney Morehead. Officials: Darin Boots and Raul Rodriguez. Timers: Courtney Morehead and Stacy Nelson. Announcer: Anthony Lucia. Specialty acts: Haley Ganzel and Lindy Nealey. Bullfighters: Dustin Nelson and Zachary Livingston. Clown/barrelman: Brian Potter. Flankman: David Morehead. Chute boss: David Morehead. Pickup men: Jake Morehead and Luke West. Music director: Marla Morehead.

Marysville Stampede


Marysville, Calif., Sept. 16-17


All-around cowboy: C.J. DeForest Jr., $714, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. R.C. Landingham, 82.5 points on Rosser Rodeo's Flood Tide, $1,015; 2. Zack Brown, 79.5, $761; 3. (tie) Mason Clements and Cody Kiser, 76.5, $381 each. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Bear Pascoe, 4.5 seconds, $733; 2. Ory James Lemmons, 4.8, $550; 3. (tie) Riley York and Errol Frain, 4.9, $275 each. 


Team roping: 1. Blake Hirdes/Jeffrey Larson, 6.2 seconds, $795 each; 2. Blake Teixeira/Monty Joe Petska, 7.0, $597; 3. Clay Ruiz/Casey Dunham, 7.4, $398; 4. Ryan Reed/Dalton Pearce, 7.5, $199. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Ad Bugenig, 73 points on Flying U Rodeo's No. 972, $1,072; 2. Luke White, 70.5, $804; 3. Lefty Holman, 67.5, $536; 4. Jess Williams, 67, $268. 


Tie-down roping: 1. C.J. DeForest Jr., 9.5 seconds, $714; 2. Wes Lockard, 10.1, $536; 3. Shane Brawner, 11.3, $357; 4. (tie) D.J. Parker and Colton Farquer, 11.4, $89 each. 


Barrel racing: 1. Kathy Petska, 17.43 seconds, $545; 2. Lyndee Stairs, 17.50, $474; 3. Sami Morisoli, 17.71, $403; 4. Linda Vick, 17.80, $332; 5. Vicky Cook, 17.90, $261; 6. Katrina Dugo, 17.91, $190; 7. Erin Ricotti, 17.93, $118; 8. Cheyenne Hattesen, 18.03, $47. 


Bull riding: 1. Bodie Vaughan, 82 points on Flying U Rodeo's No. 10781/, $1,024; 2. Kaycee Rose, 81.5, $776; 3. Dylan Hice Vick, 77.5, $558; 4. Garrett Lange, 74, $372; 5. (tie) Will Morris and Jesse Flores, 70, $186 each. 


Total payoff: $19,884. Stock contractor: Rosser Rodeo. Sub-contractor: Flying U Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Cindy Rosser. Officials: Jim Banister and Bill Pacheco. Timers: Cindy Rosser and Robin Yerxa. Announcer: Steve Goedert. Specialty act: Spencer Rose. Bullfighters: Aaron Hargo and Dwayne Hargo. Clown/barrelman: Clinton Selvester. Flankmen: Lukas Andersen and Tony Amaral. Chute bosses: Tony Amaral and Reno Rosser. Pickup men: Bronc Boehnlein and Chant DeForest. Photographer: Matt Cohen. Music director: Austin Lopeman.

Crowley s Ridge Saddle Club Charity Rodeo


Forrest City, Ark., Sept. 15-16


All-around cowboy: Keith Allen Brauer Jr., $586, saddle bronc riding and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Trey Moore III, 83 points on Universal Pro Rodeos' North Point, $592. 


Team roping: 1. Tooter Silver/Chad Harper, 7.5 seconds, $427 each; 2. David Holt/Clint Townsend, 13.3, $320; 3. Keith Brauer Jr./Kirk Nelson, 15.0, $213; 4. Dillon Thweatt/Bob Loosenort, 22.6, $107. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Keith Brauer Jr., 75 points on Universal Pro Rodeos' Magic Carpet Ride, $372; 2. Kirk Nelson, 50, $248. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Polo Bacque II, 10.7 seconds, $376; 2. Hadley DeShazo, 11.5, $282; 3. Bob Loosenort, 11.8, $188; 4. Cory Kirk, 13.6, $94. 


Barrel racing: 1. Lorie Manning, 16.51 seconds, $354; 2. Lori Bowden, 16.99, $293; 3. Melora Potter, 17.16, $232; 4. Heather Haltom, 18.22, $171; 5. Paige Essenpreis, 18.93, $110; 6. Kristine Knauf, 21.89, $61. 


Bull riding: 1. Michael Riggs Jr., 84 points on Universal Pro Rodeos' House Shoes, $744; 2. Lance Daniel, 77, $496; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).


Total payoff: $7,269. Stock contractor: Universal Pro Rodeos. Rodeo secretary: Darla Kelley. Officials: James Hagan and DeWitt Forrest Jr. Timers: Darla Kelley and Sue Lytle. Announcer: Trey Windhorst III. Specialty act: Trent McFarland. Bullfighters: Judd Napier and Mark Weber. Clown/barrelman: Trent McFarland. Flankman: Mark Johnson. Chute boss: Mark Johnson. Pickup men: Joe Thomas and Justin Fisher. Music director: Trey Windhorst III.

Stagecoach Days PRCA Rodeo


Banning, Calif., Sept. 8-10


All-around cowboy: C.J. DeForest Jr., $1,377, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: First round: 1. Danny Primrose, 60 points on Honeycutt Rodeo's Coconut Queen, $305; no other qualified rides. Second round: No qualified rides. Average: 1. Danny Primrose, 60 points on one head, $305. 


Steer wrestling: 1. Matt Deskovick, 6.1 seconds, $771; 2. Ory James Lemmons, 6.7, $578; 3. Jack Vanderlans, 6.9, $385; 4. Fred Hight, 8.9, $193. 


Team roping: 1. (tie) Nate Singletary/Tom Bill Johnson and Danny Leslie/Evan Arnold, 5.5 seconds, $1,246 each; 3. D.J. Parker/Ty Boesch, 5.7, $893; 4. Andy Holcomb/C.J. DeForest Jr., 6.1, $658; 5. Dan Williams Jr./J. Cody Jones, 6.3, $423; 6. (tie) Seth Hall/Victor Aros and Ed Necochea/Dennis Watkins, 6.7, $118 each. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Nick LaDuke, 75 points on Honeycutt Rodeo's Out Of The Blue, $760; 2. Joaquin Real, 70.5, $570; 3. Lefty Holman, 57.5, $380; no other qualified rides. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Tommy Denny, 10.3 seconds, $959; 2. C.J. DeForest Jr., 10.4, $719; 3. Wes Lockard, 10.7, $479; 4. J. Cody Jones, 10.9, $240. 


Barrel racing: 1. Darleen Alves, 16.91 seconds, $859; 2. Debbie Langdon, 16.96, $747; 3. Leia Pluemer, 17.00, $635; 4. Katrina Dugo, 17.01, $523; 5. Katie Pascoe, 17.03, $411; 6. Cambria Estep, 17.10, $299; 7. Linda Vick, 17.12, $187; 8. Kathy Petska, 17.13, $75. 


Bull riding: 1. Jeremy Kolich, 84 points on Honeycutt Rodeo's Smokin Ace, $835; 2. Christopher Byrd, 80, $626; 3. Aaron Williams, 78.5, $417; 4. Ethan Lemmons, 77, $209. 


Total payoff: $24,536. Stock contractor: Honeycutt Rodeo. Sub-contractor: JK Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Karen Kissel. Officials: Rocky Steagall and Steve Yoast. Timers: Karen Kissel and Mary Borgen. Announcer: Reed Flake. Specialty act: Rider Kiesner. Bullfighters: Kris Furr and Kyle Magee. Clown/barrelman: Rider Kiesner. Flankman: Jerry Honeycutt. Chute bosses: Jerry Honeycutt and John Kissel. Pickup men: Orrin Honeycutt and Bill Stinemates. Photographers: Gene Hyder and Dan Cleveland. Music director: Dawn Honeycutt.