Ross Mosher gets career-best win in Casper

Courtesy of PRCA (ProRodeo.com)  

Courtesy of PRCA (ProRodeo.com)

 


CASPER, Wyo. – Steer wrestler Ross Mosher couldn’t have written a better script.

Mosher, riding a new horse and making his first appearance at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo, clocked a time of 7.7 seconds in the two-head average to capture the win July 16 at the CWF&R Outdoor Arena.

“This feels really good, and probably is my biggest win,” said Mosher, 29. “This is a big rodeo, and I knew I had a good steer. I got a good start and a good go in the finals, and got that 3.7-second run for the win.”

The Augusta, Mont., cowboy collected a $1,566 check for his win in the finals and added another $3,236 for the average victory. He made it into the short-round by virtue of his 4.0-second time in the first round, which left him in a four-way tie for second place with Kyle Whitaker, Tanner Brunner and Shane Frey. Mosher’s first-round effort netted him $1,454.

“In the finals, I knew I couldn’t be late, and I had to be smart at the barrier,” Mosher said. “I took somewhat of a chance because I knew I had a bunch of good guys who had good steers who still had to go. I knew I was fast, and Lady Luck was on my side.”

Mosher’s short round performance came while he was riding his friend and fellow steer wrestler Cody Cabral’s horse, Little Time.

“That was the first time I ever rode that horse,” Mosher said. “I had been riding K.C. Jones’ horse, but he wasn’t with me in Casper (July 16). Usually things don’t go that well for me when I ride a horse for the first time. I had seen that horse go a bunch of times, and Cody told me all about him. He was super easy to get along with.”

This is Mosher’s first year going hard on the PRCA trail. He spent the last several years attending college. Mosher was a multiple-time All-American free-style wrestler at the University of Great Falls (Montana), an NAIA school.

“I wrestled since I was in kindergarten, and I had a great career and won state as a senior in high school,” Mosher said. “I got a scholarship to wrestle at Great Falls. I was a three-time All-American, and I won a national championship as a senior (in 2011) at 165 pounds.”

After Mosher graduated from Great Falls, he went to Montana State University in Bozeman and earned a bachelor’s degree in ag business in 2015.

Although wrestling was his primary focus, Mosher also had a strong interest in rodeo.

“My dad (Kent) rodeoed his whole life and was a steer wrestler. He got me into it,” Mosher said. “I also learned a lot from Nick Stubblefield. He was a really good friend of mine and a good mentor.”

Stubblefield won Montana Circuit year-end steer wrestling titles in 2002 and 2004.

“I love going full time in the PRCA – it’s really busy,” Mosher said. “It’s long days and a lot of driving, but it’s fun and you get to go to a lot of places. I’m livin’ the dream.”

Other winners at the $243,971 rodeo were all-around cowboy Caleb Smidt ($7,982 in team roping and tie-down roping), bareback riders Kody Lamb and Teddy Athan (161.5 points on two head each), team ropers Tyler Wade and Dakota Kirchenschlager (10.3 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere (165.5 points on two head), tie-down ropers Blair Burk and Caleb Smidt (17.8 seconds on two head each), barrel racer Stevi Hillman (34.51 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Bayle Worden (166 points on two head).

Smidt broke the rodeo record for all-around earnings that he set in 2013, and the two-head time of 10.3 by Wade and Kirchenschlager equaled the arena record held by three other pairs.

Levi Berends, a 25-year-old bull riding rookie from Maynard, Minn., rode for the second-highest marked bull ride of the 2016 season over the weekend. Berends combined with Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s Ralco’s Centrifuge for 92 points to win the Wapello (Iowa) PRCA Rodeo. It was a Minnesota connection, as the bull is named after Ralco Animal Nutrition, which is headquartered in Marshall, Minn., 42 miles southwest of Maynard. The ride was a half-point off Cole Melancon’s 92.5 in Vernal, Utah, last week. 
 

Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo

 

Casper, Wyo., July 12-16

 

All-around cowboy: Caleb Smidt, $7,982, tie-down roping and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: First round: 1. J.R. Vezain, 82.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Last Pet, $2,534; 2. (tie) Teddy Athan and Kody Lamb, 81, $1,689 each; 4. Winn Ratliff, 80.5, $929; 5. (tie) Tyler Nelson and Ty Breuer, 80, $507 each; 7. Troy Vaira, 78.5, $338; 8. Chad Rutherford, 78, $253. Finals: 1. (tie) Kody Lamb, on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Migraine Mistress, and Teddy Athan, on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Greeley Hat Works Titanium, 80.5 points, $1,450 each; 3. Winn Ratliff, 80, $900; 4. Chad Rutherford, 79.5, $600; 5. Craig Wisehart, 79, $350; 6. (tie) Tyler Nelson and Justin Pollmiller, 77, $125 each. Average: 1. (tie) Teddy Athan and Kody Lamb, 161.5 points on two head, $2,238 each; 3. Winn Ratliff, 160.5, $1,436; 4. J.R. Vezain, 159, $929; 5. Chad Rutherford, 157.5, $591; 6. Tyler Nelson, 157, $422; 7. Craig Wisehart, 156, $338; 8. Troy Vaira, 155, $253. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Tom Lewis, 3.9 seconds, $2,157; 2. (tie) Shane Frey, Tanner Brunner, Kyle Whitaker and Ross Mosher, 4.0, $1,454 each; 6. Nick Guy, 4.2, $750; 7. (tie) Sterling Lambert and Brian Snell, 4.3, $328 each. Finals: 1. Ross Mosher, 3.7 seconds, $1,566; 2. Brian Snell, 3.9, $1,296; 3. Riley Duvall, 4.0, $1,026; 4. Nick Guy, 4.1, $756; 5. Shane Frey, 4.2, $486; 6. Heath Thomas, 4.5, $270. Average: 1. Ross Mosher, 7.7 seconds on two head, $3,236; 2. (tie) Shane Frey and Brian Snell, 8.2, $2,603 each; 4. Nick Guy, 8.3, $1,970; 5. Riley Duvall, 8.4, $1,548; 6. Heath Thomas, 9.0, $1,126; 7. Tom Lewis, 9.4, $703; 8. Dean Stermer, 9.6, $281. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Tyler Wade/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 4.3 seconds, $3,163 each; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.5, $2,751; 3. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 4.9, $2,338; 4. (tie) J.B. Lord/Levi Lord and Calvin Brevik/Cullen Teller, 5.0, $1,719 each; 6. Marcus Theriot/Lane Mitchell, 5.1, $1,100; 7. (tie) Aaron Tsinigine/Kinney Harrell and Brady Tryan/Tommy Zuniga, 5.3, $481 each. Finals: 1. Tyler Wade/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 6.0 seconds, $1,298 each; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 7.2, $1,074; 3. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 8.8, $850; 4. Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz, 10.2, $627; 5. (tie) Aaron Tsinigine/Kinney Harrell and Ryan Reed/Dalton Pearce, 10.9, $313 each. Average: 1. Tyler Wade/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 10.3 seconds on two head, $4,745 each; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 11.7, $4,126; 3. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 13.7, $3,507; 4. Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz, 15.6, $2,888; 5. Aaron Tsinigine/Kinney Harrell, 16.2, $2,269; 6. Ryan Reed/Dalton Pearce, 16.3, $1,650; 7. Marcus Theriot/Lane Mitchell, 16.9, $1,032; 8. (tie) Calvin Brevik/Cullen Teller and J.B. Lord/Levi Lord, 5.0 on one head, $206 each. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Cole Elshere, 85.5 points on The Cervi Brothers' Grin & Bear It, $1,956; 2. Tyrell J Smith, 83.5, $1,499; 3. Audy Reed, 80, $1,108; 4. Cody Wright, 79, $717; 5. (tie) Brady Nicholes and Ryan Mackenzie, 78, $391 each; 7. (tie) Zachariah Phillips, Sam Spreadborough and Curtis Garton, 75.5, $152 each. Finals: 1. Joe Lufkin, 82 points on The Cervi Brothers' Tasmanian Devil, $1,650; 2. Audy Reed, 81, $1,250; 3. Cole Elshere, 80, $900; 4. Zachariah Phillips, 77, $600; 5. Brady Nicholes, 71.5, $350; 6. Cody Wright, 70, $250. Average: 1. Cole Elshere, 165.5 points on two head, $1,956; 2. Audy Reed, 161, $1,499; 3. Joe Lufkin, 157, $1,108; 4. Zachariah Phillips, 152.5, $717; 5. Brady Nicholes, 149.5, $456; 6. Cody Wright, 149, $326; 7. Ryan Mackenzie, 146, $261; 8. Sam Spreadborough, 143.5, $196. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Josh Peek, 8.5 seconds, $3,023; 2. Blair Burk, 8.7, $2,629; 3. Caleb Smidt, 8.8, $2,235; 4. Roger Nonella, 8.9, $1,840; 5. (tie) Jordan Ketscher and Cooper Martin, 9.0, $1,249 each; 7. Cy Eames, 9.2, $657; 8. (tie) Justin Macha, Cade Swor and Michael Otero, 9.3, $88 each. Finals: 1. Caleb Smidt, 9.0 seconds, $1,508; 2. (tie) Shane Hanchey and Blair Burk, 9.1, $1,118 each; 4. Michael Otero, 9.8, $728; 5. Cade Swor, 10.2, $468; 6. Cooper Martin, 12.0, $260. Average: 1. (tie) Blair Burk and Caleb Smidt, 17.8 seconds on two head, $4,239 each; 3. Shane Hanchey, 18.5, $3,352; 4. Michael Otero, 19.1, $2,760; 5. Cade Swor, 19.5, $2,169; 6. Cooper Martin, 21.0, $1,577; 7. Roger Nonella, 21.9, $986; 8. Jordan Ketscher, 28.5, $394. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Stevi Hillman, 17.30 seconds, $3,311; 2. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.36, $2,838; 3. Jackie Schau, 17.37, $2,365; 4. Pamela Capper, 17.44, $2,049; 5. Amanda Harris, 17.47, $1,577; 6. (tie) Heather Knerr and Sherry Cervi, 17.51, $1,104 each; 8. Nellie Miller, 17.53, $631; 9. (tie) Kelly Tovar and Hailey Kinsel, 17.56, $394 each. Finals: 1. Nellie Miller, 17.11 seconds, $1,401; 2. Stevi Hillman, 17.21, $1,051; 3. Sherry Cervi, 17.35, $701; 4. Nicole Laurence, 17.44, $350. Average: 1. Stevi Hillman, 34.51 seconds on two head, $3,311; 2. Nellie Miller, 34.64, $2,838; 3. Sherry Cervi, 34.86, $2,365; 4. Jackie Schau, 34.92, $2,049; 5. Nicole Laurence, 35.01, $1,577; 6. Kelly Tovar, 35.03, $1,261; 7. Sarah Rose McDonald, 35.08, $946; 8. Pamela Capper, 35.10, $631; 9. Amanda Harris, 35.11, $473; 10. Heather Knerr, 35.14, $315. 

 

Bull riding: First round: 1. Shane Proctor, 88.5 points on The Cervi Brothers' Freckled Fire, $2,054; 2. Garrett Smith, 83.5, $1,575; 3. Bayle Worden, 83, $1,164; 4. Ednei Caminhas, 82, $753; 5. (tie) Bart Miller and Caleb Robinson, 81, $411 each; 7. Lon Danley, 80, $274; 8. Edgar Durazo, 79.5, $205. Finals: 1. Tyler Smith, 84 points on Summit Pro Rodeo's Blaze, $1,650; 2. Bayle Worden, 83, $1,250; 3. Ednei Caminhas, 70, $900; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Bayle Worden, 166 points on two head, $2,054; 2. Tyler Smith, 159.5, $1,575; 3. Ednei Caminhas, 152, $1,164; 4. Shane Proctor, 88.5 on one head, $753; 5. Garrett Smith, 83.5, $479; 6. Bart Miller, 81, $342; 7. Lon Danley, 80, $274; 8. Edgar Durazo, 79.5, $205. 

 

Total payoff: $243,689. Stock contractor: The Cervi Brothers. Sub-contractors: Summit Pro Rodeo and Cervi Championship Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Officials: Cliff Overstreet, Skip Emmett, Chuck Hoss and Mike Jones. Timers: Dawn Williams and Toby Dunlavy. Announcers: Doug Mathis and Hadley Barrett. Specialty act: OneArmBandit Payne. Bullfighters: Cody Teel and Dusty Tuckness. Clown/barrelman: Amazin Razin Hargo. Flankmen: Chuck Kite, Jesse Hill and Jay Williams. Chute boss: Binion Cervi. Pickup men: Randy Britton, Chase Cervi and Clint Humble. Photographer: Fred McClanahan Jr. Music director: Hambone Hilton.

For more coverage of the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo, check out the July 29 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.