Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup concludes with winning ride

 

The best was saved for last at the Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup.

World champion Wesley Silcox took advantage of a reride opportunity and posted a winning 88-point ride on the last bull Saturday night as the $150,000 event concluded before yet another excellent crowd at Montana ExpoPark.

Silcox, who won a world championship in 2007 and has made six trips to the National Finals Rodeo, earned a winning score aboard Ike Sankey’s “Voodoo Too,” a 2,000-pound bucking bull. The ride was the best of the night — it earned Silcox $3,779 — and provided an exclamation point to a rodeo that attracted large crowds all week at State Fair.

Silcox needed every one of those 88 points, for Ty Pozzobon of British Columbia had taken the lead in the event only moments before with an 87-point ride. It was a dazzling one-two punch in an event where all week the bulls were the winners.

Not this night they weren’t.

Silcox’s crowd-pleasing ride wasn’t the only winner Saturday night.

In the bareback, Caleb Bennett of Tremonton, Utah, posted an 87-pointer aboard Sankey’s “Thunder Monkey.” That score won the rodeo and was worth $3,124.

“That’s one of the ones to have in Ike’s pens,” said Bennett. “It’s one of his premier horses and has probably been to Vegas three or four times.”

Bennett has been to the rich National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas three years in a row.

“Hoping to make it four,” he said.

He entered the week ranked eighth in the world standings.

“I’m loving it,” said the 26-year-old. “I’m just eating it up.”

So too, apparently, are the Great Falls fans feasting on weeklong PRCA event.

“It’s a good rodeo, there’s a lot of money added here and great stock,” Bennett said. “The fans and everybody here are just awesome. So we always come back.”

Bennett finished seventh in the world in 2012. That’s his best finish.

“My first couple years I was happy just to be there,” he said. “But I’ve got a fire lit under me now. I don’t want to just be making the NFR; I want to be a contender for that big buckle.”

Matt Shiozawa has been just that, a contender, for a long time in Las Vegas. The talented tie-down roper came through with a clutch 8.3-second run Saturday night that provided a victories in both the second go-round and the average.

A lucrative loop indeed.

The go-round win was worth $1,748.53, while the go-round triumph earned $2,396.69. Shiozawa actually tied for first place in the average with Logan Hofer, at 21.1 seconds on 2.

“You know, I’m not saying I’ve got a crystal ball but my plan was to come up here and made a $4,000 run,” he said. “I wasn’t totally out of the average with a 12.8 on my first one, and so that was exactly what I was looking for.”

Shiozawa, of Chubbuck, Idaho, is a former high school basketball and football star who has made seven trips to the NFR in the tie-down roping.

“The idea was to really make up for my first run with a good one, and I did that. And I’m pumped,” he said. “And my horse, she’s a good little mare (Alotta).”

It was the second year in a row Shiozawa has won the tie-down in Great Falls.

“She’s 16 and I’ve had her forever,”Shiozawa said. “She got hurt a month ago and it really honestly cost me a lot this summer. To have her back this summer is crucial. It’s just big.”

No other athletes reached the top of the leaderboard Saturday night as the event concluded. Other champions in the five-performance event included Olin Hannum (steer wrestling), Vickie Carter (barrel racing), Wade Sundell and Rusty Wright (saddle bronc) and the Shawn Bessette-Sid Sporer duo (team roping).

FINAL RESULTS


Bareback: 1. Caleb Bennett, 87 on Thunder Monkey, $3,125; 2. Clint Laye, 84, $2396; 3. Jessy Davis, 83, $1,771; 4. RC Landingham, 82, $1146; 5. Tyler Scales, 81, $729; 4. (tie) Justin Miller and Tyler Nelson, 80, $469 each; 8. (tie) George Gillespie, 78, Devan Reilly and Anthony Thomas, 78; $104 each.

Saddle Bronc


1.(tie) Wade Sundell and Rusty Wright, 86, $3,388 each; 3. Zeke Thurston, 84, $2,173; 4. (tie) Chuck Schmidt, and Samuel Keltz, 83, 1,151 each; 6. Jake Watson, 82, 639; 7. (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw, 81, and Cort Scheer, 81, 447 each

Steer Wrestling


Second go-round: (tie) 1. Josh Garner and Justin Shaffer 3.9, $1542 each; 3. (tie) Trevor Knowles and KC Jones 4.1, 1,111; 5. (tie) BJ Brown and Olin Hannum 4.2, 681 each; 7. Beau Clark, 4.4, 359; 8. (tie) Jason Thomas, Hunter Cure and Ty Erickson, 4.5, 48 each. Average: Olin Hannum 8.5 on 2, $2,474; 2. Stan Branco 9.0 on 2, 2,151; 3. Jason Thomas 9.1 on 2, 1,829; 4. Ty Erickson 9.2 on 2, 1,506; 5. Morgan Grant 9.9 on 2, 1,183; 6. Kakota Eldridge 10.4 on 2, 861; 7. Levi Guenzler 10.7 on 2, 538; 8. Cole Fulton 11.9 on 2, 215.

Tie-Down Roping


Second go-round: 1. Matt Shiozawa, 8.3, $1,749; 2. Michael Otero 8.9, 1,447; 3. JC Malone 9.0, 1,146; 4. Blair Burk 9.4, 844; 5. Rowdy Haferkamp 9.9, 543 5. Clint Robinson 10.4, 301. Average: 1. (tie) Matt Shiozawa, 21.1 on 2, $2,397 and Logan Hofer 21.1 on 2, 2,397; 3. Ryan Jarrett 21.6 on , 1,7182; 4. Clint Robinson 22.4 on 2, 1,266; 5. Mike Johnson 22.9 on 2, 814; 5. Russell Cardoza 24.8 on 2, 452

Barrel Racing


Vickie Carter 14.35, $3,527; 2. (tie) Jaime Hinton and Carmel Wright 14.37, 2,557 each; 4. Mary Walker, 14.41, 1,763; 5. Megan Lewis 14.45, 1,412; 6. Lindsay Kruse 14.49, 1,058; 7. (tie) Ivy Conrado and Rachel Dice 14.50, 837 each; 9. Hailey Kinsel 14.52, 705; 10. Ashely Sudan 14.53, 617; 11. Shelby Herrmann 14.54, 529; 12. Pamela Capper 14.59, 441.

Bull Riding


1.Wesley Silcox, 88, $3,779; 2. Ty Pozzobon, 86, 2,897; 3. Jordan Hansen 85, 2,141; 4. Parker Breding 83, 1,386; 5. (tie) Garrett Smith and Dustin Jenkins 82, 756 each; 75. Rylan Wright 81, 503; 8. Ardie Maier, 80, 378;

Team Roping


Second go-round: 1. Tyler Wade-Kinney Harrell 4.2, $1,347 each; 2. Cody Snow-Dugan Kelly 4.6, 1,115 each; 3. Shawn Bessette-Sid Sporer and Rhen Richard-Cole Davison 4.8, 766 each; 5. Dustin Bird-Chase Tryan 5.0, 418 each; 6. Blaine Vick-Twister Cain 5.7, 232 each; Average: 1. Bessette-Sporer 9.5 on 2, $2,021 each; 2. Bird-Tryan 10.5 on 2, 1,673 each; 3. Minor-Minor 12.3 on 2, 1,324 each; 4. Richard-Davison 15.2 on 2, 952 each; 5. Cody Snow-Dugan Kelly 20.8 on 2, 627 each; 6. Garrett Tonozzi-Clint Robinson 21.2 on 2, 348 each