WAINWRIGHT, Alberta – Sunday night was Awesome for veteran saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss.
DeMoss had an 85.5-point ride on the Wayne Vold Rodeo Company horse of that name in the short round to win the two-head average with 168.5 points at the Wainwright Stampede (June 18-21).
“Awesome was pretty good,” said DeMoss, who calls Heflin, La., home. “He’s got some moves to him, but he is a big ol’ horse and he’s kind of cool and a bucking dude. It went good. It went real good.”
The performance of Awesome is not surprising. Awesome was the top saddle bronc horse of the 2007 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
DeMoss made his first-round ride at Wainwright June 20 and scored 83 points to tie for third in the round with Taos Muncy to collect a $1,155 check.
DeMoss followed that up with his strong effort June 21 on Awesome, which tied for first in the short round with Wade Sundell, who was riding Outlaw Buckers’ Quittin’ Time. Sundell finished second in the average with 167.5 points.
“It was fun to come up here and get on some good horses,” DeMoss said. “I’m happy to come here. I’ve never been to Wainwright. We had to go see some new rodeos and we got to get on good horses, so I’m blessed and it's all good.”
DeMoss has been on a roll this entire season. He led the June 22 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $67,831, followed by reigning world champion Spencer Wright ($58,483).
DeMoss has nine wins this season – eight outright and one shared title at the Marshall (Texas) ProRodeo. A year ago, DeMoss finished 10th in the world standings and had four wins.
DeMoss is a 10-time qualifier for the Wrangler NFR and finished second in the final standings in 2004-06, 2009 and 2012.
Other winners at the rodeo were bareback rider Jake Vold (170.5 points on two head), steer wrestler Matt Reeves (13.2 seconds on three head), team ropers Garrett Rogers and Jake Minor (15.9 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Justin Brinkerhoff (26.6 seconds on three head), barrel racer Jackie Gantner (34.553 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Zane Lambert (173 points on two head).
To read more about the Wainwright Stampede, check out the July 3 ProRodeo Sports News.
- Tie-down roper Riley Pruitt captured two rodeo titles over the weekend, and made a nice move up the world standings in the process. The 23-year-old from Gering, Neb., placed second in both rounds of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, Neb., which earned him the average title with a time of 17.0 seconds on two head. The son of 1990 World Champion Troy Pruitt also won the Crazy Horse (S.D.) Stampede with a time of 8.5 seconds. In total, Pruitt – who has finished 26th and 29th in the world standings the last two years – earned a total of $5,617 to move from outside the top 50 to 37th in the June 22 world standings.
- A pair of steer wrestlers found success in Canada, and both jumped several spots in the world standings. Cochrane, Alberta, native Tanner Milan cashed checks in two of three rounds in Wainwright, finishing fifth in the average, and also tied for second at the Sundre (Alberta) ProRodeo with a time of 4.4 seconds. He earned a total of $5,404, which moved him from 18th to 13th in the June 22 world standings as he attempts to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (his younger brother Straws qualified in 2013). Trevor Knowles, who is looking for his 12th-consecutive trip to the Wrangler NFR this season, finished third in the average in Wainwright, and also placed fifth in Sundre. Knowles earned a total of $5,105, which moved him from 21st to 17th.
- The 67th College National Finals Rodeo concluded in Casper, Wyo., over the weekend, with the Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Texas) men’s team and the Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton, Ore.) women’s team taking home championships. Landon Williams led the way for Tarleton State, winning the tie-down roping and placing sixth in the team roping, which allowed him to capture the all-around title as well. Williams scored 445 of Tarleton State’s 915 points. Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Mo.) senior Tim O’Connell – who competed at his first WNFR last December – ran away with the bareback riding title in Casper, scoring 331 points on four head, which was 25 points better than second-place Jamie Howlett of Western Texas College (Snyder). The July 3 ProRodeo Sports News will have more in-depth coverage of the CNFR.