College champ Clay Elliott takes bronc riding lead at Reno Rodeo

Vintage Reno Rodeo with Roy Cooper 1978



RENO, NEV., June 24, 2015 --- There probably wasn’t a happier contestant at the Reno Rodeo on Wednesday night than Nanton, Alberta’s Clay Elliott.


Elliott, took command of the overall standings in saddle bronc riding after scoring 83 points on Western Rodeo’s Jet Liner. That put him at the top of the leaderboard in the overall standings with a total of 169 points on two rides. He scored 87 on Big Bend Rodeo’s Kool Toddy on Tuesday night.


The reigning college champion is planning on going back to school this fall at Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla. If all goes right, he will be in Las Vegas in December to compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December and will have to coordinate taking finals with his professors.


Elliott is currently 13th in the world standings. With just 12 more competitors on the roster here, he is likely to earn checks in both preliminary rounds of competition and will be riding for Reno Rodeo championship spurs on Saturday night.


He has momentum on his side after getting the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association just last week. He has a 12 point advantage here so far in the overall standings. Cort Scheer and Heith DeMoss, NFR qualifiers from Nebraska and Louisiana respectively are tied for second with 157 points on two.


“I’ve gotten on some great horses here,” Elliott said. “Winning a pair of Reno Rodeo spurs is something that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid. I love what I’m doing and can’t get enough of it.”


The seventh performance begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are available at or by calling 800-325-7328.


RENO, NEV., June 24, 2015 --- Following are unofficial results from the Reno Rodeo:


Sixth Performance --

Bareback Riding:  1, Trenton Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., 80 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Shade of Grey. 2, Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., 78. 3, (tie) Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas, and Even Jayne, Marseille, France, 77 points each. .


Steer Wrestling:  1, Kody Woodward, DuPree, S.D., 5.3 seconds. 2, Matt Mousseau, Hensall, Ontario, 5.4. 3, Cole Fulton, Miller, S.D., 5.5. 4, Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah, 5.8.

Team Roping: (three times) 1, Zayne Dishion, Bishop, Calif., and Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas, 5.1 seconds.  2, J.D. and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 6.4. 3, Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo., and Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb., 20.4. 4,


Saddle Bronc Riding:  1, Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 84 points on Flying U Rodeo’s #078. 2, Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 83. 3, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 75. 4, Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 73.


Tie-Down Roping:  1, Scot Meeks, Clyde, Texas, 8.7.  2, Randall Carlisle, Athens, La., 10.8. 3, Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 12.5. 4, Bart Brunson, Terry, Miss., 12.9.

Barrel Racing:  1, Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash., 17.13 seconds. 2, Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 17.16. 3, Jaime Hinton, Boerne, Texas, 17.19. 4,  Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas, 17.27.


Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, John Jacobs, Little Eagle, S.D, 78 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Guaconator. 2, 




Bareback Riding:  First Round:  1, (tie) Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas, on Western Rodeo’s Another Gray and Anthony Thomas, Kimberley, Australia, on Big Bend Rodeo’s Fred, 80 points each. . 3, (tie) Brian Bain,  Powell Butte, Ore.; Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas; and Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 78 each.  Second Round:  1, (tie) Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., on Rosser Rodeo’s Willhock and Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., on Big Bend Rodeo’s Faded Winds, 83 points each. 3, Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., 82. 4, Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 81. Total on two: 1, Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas, 159. 2, (tie) Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., and Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., 157. 4, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 156. 5, (tie) Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D.,  and Even Jayne, Marseille, France, 155. 7, (tie) Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., and Trenten Montero, Winnermucca, Nev., 154.


Steer Wrestling:  First Round: 1, Joshua Clark, Belgrade, Mont., 4.2 seconds. 2, Olin HAnnum, Malad, Idaho, 4.5. 3, (tie) Ryan Bothum, Caddo, Okla., and Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 4.7 each. Second Round:  1, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 3.4. 2, Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, 3.8. 3, (tie) Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta and Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., 4.0.  Total on two:  1, Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., 8.9. 2, Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, 9.1. 3,  Josh Clark, Texarkana, Texas, 9.2. 4, Jon Herl, Goodland, Kan., 9.3. 5, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 9.4. 6, Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 9.5. 7, (tie) Tanner Milan, Cohcrane, Alberta and Gary Gilbert, New Underwood, S.D., 9.6 each.


Team Roping:  First Round:  1, Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz., and Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 4.8 seconds. 2, Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla., and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 5.1. 3, Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5.2. 4, (tie) Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.; and Joel Bach, Mount Vernon, Texas, and Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M, 5,4. Second Round:  1, Bubba Buckaloo, Caddo, Okla., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 4.9. 2, Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla., and Buddy Hawkins, III, Columbus, Kan., 5,1. 3, (tie) Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla.; and Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz., and Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev.; 5.3. Total on two:  1, Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz., and  Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 10.3. 2, Zane Dishion, Bishop, Calif., and Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas, 11.0. 3,  Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 11.3. 4, Joel Bach, Mount Vernon, Texas, and Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 11.4. 5, Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jett Hillman, Purcell, Okla., 11.5. 6, Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla., and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 11.6. 7, Edward Hawley, Jr., Surprise, ARiz., and Ty Romo, Whiteriver, Ariz., 11.8. 8, Ryan Reed, Farmington, Calif., and Monty Joe Petska, Turlock, Calif., 12.0.


Saddle Bronc Riding:  First Round: 1, Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 86 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Kool Toddy. 2, (tie) Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, and Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 84 each. 4, Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 82. Second Round:  1, Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 84 points on Flying U Rodeo’s #078. 2, Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 83. 3, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 82. 4, Dean Wadsworth, Ozona, Texas, 77. Total on two:  1, Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 169. 2, (tie) Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., and Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 157. 4, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 153. 5, (tie) Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., and Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 150. 7, (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, and Shorty Garrett, Dupree, S.D., 149.


Tie-Down Roping:  First Round:  1, Ryan Watkins, Dublin, Texas, 8.7 seconds. 2, J.C. Malone, Hooper, Utah, 8.9.. 3, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 9.0. 4, (tie) Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., and Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla., 9.3 each.Second Round:  1, Timber Moore, Argyle, Texas, 7.9. 2,(tie)  Clay Long, San Angelo, Texas, and Scot Meeks, Clyde, Texas, 8.7. 4, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 9.0.  Total on two:  1, Michael Otero, Lowndesboro, Ala., 18.3. 2, Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla., 18.4. 3, Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 18.8. 4, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 18.9.  5, Catfish Brown, Collinsville, Texas, 19.2. 6, (tie) Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 19.2. 7, Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 20.1. 8, Doyle Hoskins, Chualar, Calif., 20.4.


Barrel Racing: First Round: 1, Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 17.31 seconds. 2, Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 17.33. 3, Callie DuPerier, Bandera, Texas, 17.36. 4, Ruth Haislip, Acampo, Calif., 17.39. Second Round: 1, Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 16.94. 2,Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 16.98. 3, Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash., 17.13. 4, (tie) Katelyn McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas,  and Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 17.16.  Total on two:  1, Jill Welsh, Parker, ARiz., 17.04. 2, Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 34.27. 3, Kassidy, Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 34.54. 4, Christina Richman, Glendora, Calif., 34.61. 5, Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 34.62. 6,Calyssa Thomas, Harrold, S.D., 34.64. 7, Callie DuPerier, Bandera, Texas, 34.67. 8, Ruth Haislip, Acampo, Calif., 34.73.


Bull Riding:  First Round:  1,Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas, 84 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Tapatio. 2,  Caleb Sanderson, Hallettsville, Texas, 82. 3, Howdy Cloud, Kountze, Texas, 81. 4, Reid Baker, Comfort, Texas, 79. 5,  John Jacobs, Little Eagle, S.D., 78. 6, (tie) Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas; Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.;  Derek Kolbaba, Walla Walla, Wash.; and Luke Gee, Stanford, Mont.; 77 each.