Will Lowe Wins Sikeston Rodeo

SIKESTON, Mo. – Will Lowe is working hard to keep his impressive streak alive, and winning the Aug. 5-8 Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo will help him accomplish that goal.

The 32-year-old Lowe is a three-time world champion bareback rider (2003, 2005-06) and has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo every year since 2002.

Among bareback riders, that 13-year streak is just one shy of the longest current mark; four-time World Champion Bobby Mote has qualified for rodeo’s Super Bowl each season since 2001.

Lowe won the bareback riding in Sikeston – which is a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver rodeo – with a score of 88 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's Storm Cloud.

“That horse went to the NFR last year, and I knew that horse was real good,” Lowe said. “I knew that horse was a little bucky and would have some moves and stuff, and he was real good that night.”

Lowe rode in Sikeston on the first night of the rodeo and grabbed the lead, and his big score stood up through the next three performances.

“It was a little muddy but that ground there is sandy and can hold a lot of water,” Lowe said. “That arena holds water pretty good, and the footing was real good and really didn’t bother the animals. There was no slipping. That committee does a real good job there.

“The weather was nice and cool for Sikeston in August. It was extremely nice and that helped with the livestock, I thought.”

On Aug. 7, Lowe also took the lead at the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo when he rode for 86 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Wild Desire.

Lowe sat 18th in the Aug. 3 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings but should move up with his win at Sikeston.

“It’s a grind every year,” said the Canyon, Texas, cowboy. “Some years it’s a little easier, some years it’s a little tougher. I wish some of them big rodeos had gone a little better, but it could be worse, too. We’ve still got quite a few rodeos to go to. I just try to stay consistent and strong, and ride each one as good as I can.”

As for his career, Lowe said, “I’ve been pretty consistent, I guess. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been extremely blessed and fortunate that I’ve done as well as I have, drawn the right horses at the right time and stayed healthy. I’ve had a lot of fun and I’m still happy to be able to ride bucking horses. I’m feeling good, but I ride bucking horses for a living so it’s no bowl of cherries. I might be sore sometimes, but I’m not injured.”

With the WNFR being in the first year of a new 10-year contract and worth more than $10 million in cash and prizes, Lowe is anxious to keep his streak of Las Vegas appearances alive.

“I dang sure want to win enough to make sure I’m in there, but there’s only so much I can do,” he said. “I just try my hardest each time in the arena, and it is what it is. I’ve been around long enough that it’s not going to destroy me if something goes bad, but I’m going to try my hardest to get there again. This is a year you really want to jump in there because it’s going to be an awesome NFR.”

Other winners at the $182,472 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($2,692 in tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler Bray Armes (9.4 seconds on two head), team ropers Zac Small and Tyler Worley (9.4 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Rusty Wright (84 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's High Country), tie-down roper Ryan Watkins (17.2 seconds on two head), barrel racer Tracy Nowlin (16.18 seconds) and bull rider Corey Atwell (89 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's Cowboy Cool).

Read more about the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo in the Aug. 28 ProRodeo Sports News.



Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

Sikeston, Mo., Aug. 5-8


All-around cowboy: Trevor Brazile, $2,692, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Will Lowe, 88 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's Storm Cloud, $5,330; 2. Orin Larsen, 86, $4,086; 3. Ethan Assmann, 83, $3,020; 4. (tie) Caleb Bennett and Clint Laye, 82, $1,599 each; 6. (tie) David Peebles and Wyatt Denny, 81, $799 each; 8. (tie) Ryan Gray and Casey Breuer, 80, $266 each. 


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Richard Coats, 3.4 seconds, $1,668; 2. Orrin Fontenot, 3.9, $1,450; 3. Bray Armes, 4.0, $1,233; 4. Riley Duvall, 4.2, $1,015; 5. Casey Martin, 4.3, $798; 6. Jason Thomas, 4.5, $580; 7. (tie) J.D. Struxness, Paul Melvin and Clay Mindemann, 4.8, $169 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Shane Frey and Joshua Clark, 4.2 seconds, $1,559 each; 3. Dru Melvin, 4.3, $1,233; 4. Rowdy Parrott, 4.4, $1,015; 5. Blair Jones, 4.7, $798; 6. Tyler Waguespack, 4.8, $580; 7. Ryan Bothum, 4.9, $363; 8. Sean Mulligan, 5.0, $145. Average: 1. Bray Armes, 9.4 seconds on two head, $2,502; 2. Tyler Waguespack, 9.7, $2,175; 3. Sean Mulligan, 11.3, $1,849; 4. Ryan Bothum, 12.2, $1,523; 5. (tie) Orrin Fontenot and J.D. Struxness, 12.7, $1,033 each; 7. Bob Loosenort, 13.4, $544; 8. Caleb Buchanan, 13.6, $218. 


Team roping: First round: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.4 seconds, $1,794 each; 2. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 4.7, $1,560; 3. Zac Small/Tyler Worley, 4.8, $1,326; 4. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Travis Woodard, 5.0, $1,092; 5. (tie) Ryan Von Ahn/J.W. Beck, Clay Smith/Paul Eaves and Chris Chandler/Josh Clayton, 5.1, $624 each; 8. (tie) Cale Markham/Buddy Hawkins II, Payden Emmett/Brye Crite, John Alley/Clark Adcock and Jesse Stipes/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.2, $39 each. Second round: 1. Doyle Hoskins/Wyatt Cox, 4.5 seconds, $1,794 each; 2. (tie) Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, Zac Small/Tyler Worley and Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 4.6, $1,326 each; 5. Nathan McWhorter/Wesley Thorp, 4.9, $858; 6. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard and Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.1, $507 each; 8. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 5.3, $156. Average: 1. Zac Small/Tyler Worley, 9.4 seconds on two head, $2,692 each; 2. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 9.7, $2,341; 3. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 9.8, $1,990; 4. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 9.9, $1,638; 5. Ryan Von Ahn/J.W. Beck, 10.7, $1,287; 6. Chris Chandler/Josh Clayton, 11.3, $936; 7. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 12.1, $585; 8. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 19.3, $234. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Rusty Wright, 84 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's High Country, $4,695; 2. (tie) Taygen Schuelke and Heith DeMoss, 83, $3,130 each; 4. (tie) Isaac Diaz, Doug Aldridge, Dalton Davis and Austin Joseph, 80, $1,056 each; 8. (tie) Jacobs Crawley and Layton Green, 79, $235 each. 


Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Blake Ash, 8.2 seconds, $1,720; 2. (tie) Ryan Watkins and Hunter Herrin, 8.3, $1,384 each; 4. Cimarron Boardman, 8.4, $1,047; 5. Mike Johnson, 8.5, $823; 6. Tyler Prcin, 8.6, $598; 7. Tyson Durfey, 8.7, $374; 8. Cade Swor, 8.8, $150. Second round: 1. Marty Yates, 7.5 seconds, $1,720; 2. (tie) Timber Moore and Tuf Cooper, 7.8, $1,384 each; 4. Kadin Boardman, 7.9, $1,047; 5. Clay Brown, 8.1, $823; 6. Blair Burk, 8.2, $598; 7. Sterling Smith, 8.6, $374; 8. (tie) Trent Creager and Marcos Costa, 8.7, $75 each. Average: 1. Ryan Watkins, 17.2 seconds on two head, $2,581; 2. Marcos Costa, 18.2, $2,244; 3. Blake Ash, 18.3, $1,907; 4. Timber Moore, 19.0, $1,571; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Cade Swor and Cimarron Boardman, 19.1, $898 each; 8. Marty Yates, 19.6, $224. 


Barrel racing: 1. Tracy Nowlin, 16.18 seconds, $4,333; 2. Sarah Rose McDonald, 16.28, $3,467; 3. Taylor Jacob, 16.32, $2,817; 4. Sherrylynn Johnson, 16.33, $2,167; 5. Ashley Baur, 16.36, $1,733; 6. Marne Loosenort, 16.39, $1,300; 7. Polly Hagey, 16.47, $1,083; 8. Laura Kennedy, 16.48, $975; 9. Lacinda Rose, 16.50, $867; 10. Meghan Johnson, 16.52, $758; 11. Jessi Fish, 16.54, $650; 12. (tie) Kara Posch and Natalie Foutch, 16.58, $488 each; 14. Jaime Barrow, 16.61, $325; 15. Layna Kight, 16.66, $217. 


Bull riding: 1. Corey Atwell, 89 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's Cowboy Cool, $4,865; 2. Kanin Asay, 85, $3,729; 3. Jeff Askey, 84, $2,757; 4. Caleb Robinson, 83, $1,784; 5. (tie) Corey Granger, Michael Riggs Jr. and Eli Vastbinder, 82, $865 each; 8. Quentin Vaught, 78, $486. 


Total payoff: $182,472. Stock contractor: Rafter H Rodeo Livestock. Sub-contractors: Pickett Rodeo, Stace Smith Pro Rodeo and Smith, Harper & Morgan. Rodeo secretary: Shelley Hall. Officials: Bobby Goodspeed, Steve Knowles, Brad Mattox and Skip Emmett. Timers: Tammy Braden and Betty Hall. Specialty acts: Agin Cajun Young, Madison MacDonald and Jessica Blair. Bullfighters: Matt Baldwin, Chuck Swisher and Webster Webster. Clown/barrelman: Rudy Burns. Flankmen: Chad Cometti, Terry Autrey and Cullen Pickett. Chute boss: Dell Hall. Pickup men: Butch Braden Jr. and Josh Edwards. Photographer: Mark Stallings. Music director: Hambone Hilton.