Cody Stampede kicks off with great rides

 

 World champion bareback rider Tim O’Connell took the early lead at the Cody Stampede on July 1st with a score of 85.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gunfire. – PRCA photo by Andy Watson

 

California cowgirl takes barrel racing lead at Cody Stampede

 

CODY, Wyo., July 2, 2017 --- Nellie Miller’s quest for a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification may have gotten some help at the Cody Stampede on Sunday night. 

Miller, from Cottonwood, California, took her blue-roan mare that she calls “Sister” around the cloverleaf pattern in 17.23 seconds, the fastest time of the rodeo so far. She is coming off of a big win at the Reno (Nevada) Rodeo just over a week ago and the momentum has stayed with her. 

Ranked sixth in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world standings, Miller is on track for her second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualification. She was there in 2010 aboard a horse they called Blue Duck that was raised and trained by her father Sam Williams. Blue Duck took her to a reserve championship in 2008 at the College National Finals Rodeo held in Casper. She was also part of the women’s champion team that year. 

Sister was also raised by the family and trained by Miller’s father. She is a half-sister to Blue Duck. After competing in college and at the NFR, she married James Miller and the couple had two daughters. 

Taking time to be a mom first put her rodeo goals on hold for a few years. In barrel racing, timing is everything and timing has certainly been right for Miller. Sister, at nine-years-old, has hit her stride this year and fans at the Cody Stampede got to see that first hand. 

There are still over 100 competitors left in the barrel racing, so Miller will have to wait to see if her first-place position holds. However, last year Michele McLeod from Whitesboro, Texas, won the rodeo with a 17.27-second run so Miller is likely to get a check from Cody with her 17.23. 

There were four bull rides on Sunday that were 80 points or better. Bryce Barrios from Bluff Dale, Texas, is leader of the pack after scoring 86.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Levi the Boss. 

Competition at Stampede Park continues Monday night at 8 p.m. 

 California barrel racer Nellie Miller is the new leader in that event after stopping the clock in 17.23 seconds at the second performance of the Cody Stampede. PRCA photo by Andy Watson  

 California barrel racer Nellie Miller is the new leader in that event after stopping the clock in 17.23 seconds at the second performance of the Cody Stampede. PRCA photo by Andy Watson

 

            CODY, Wyo., July 2, 2017 ---The following are unofficial results from the 98th annual Cody Stampede. 

 

Second Performance – 

 

            Bareback Riding: 1,  Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 83 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Throttle. 2, Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 81. 3, Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M., 80. 4, (tie) Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho and Devan Reilly, Sheridan, Wyo., 75 each. 

 

            Steer Wrestling: 1, Payden McIntyre, Douglas, Wyo., 4.5 seconds. 2, Bridger Anderson, , Carrington, N.D., 4.6. 3, Tommy Cook, Waller, Texas, 5.4. 4, Logan McDonald, Hemingford, Neb., 6.7. 

 

            Team Roping: (three times) 1, Lane Santos Karney, Creston, Calif., and Dalton Pearce, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 9.6. 2, Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif., and monty Joe Petska, Turlock, Calif., 10.1. 3, Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Lane Mitchell, Bolivar, Tenn., 10.2. 

 

            Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 81 points on Frontier Rodeo’s #138. 2, Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand, 80. 3, Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M., 79.5. 4, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 79. 

 

            Tie-Down Roping: 1, Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 8.7 seconds. 2, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 9.7. 3, Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas, 10.0. 4, Ryan Watkins, Morgan Mill, Texas, 11.5. 

 

            Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif., 17.23 seconds. 2, Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo., 17.28. 3, Kynder Starr, Catoosa, Okla., 17.45. 4, Stacey Smallwood, Laramie, Wyo., 17.48. 

 

            Bull Riding: 1, Bryce Barrios, Bluff Dale, Texas, 86.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Levi the Boss. 2, Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, 83.5. 3, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 82.5. 4, Jeffrey Ramagos, Zachary, La., 81.5. 

 

Current leaders – 

 

Bareback Riding: 1, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 85.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire. 2, 83. 3, (tie) Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., and Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 81 each. 

 

            Steer Wrestling: 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.8 seconds. 2, Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D., 3.9. 3, (tie) Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., and Will Lummus, West Point, Miss., 4.2 each. 

 

            Team Roping: 1, Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 4.5 seconds. 2, (tie) Cory Kidd, Statesville, N.C., and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas; and Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.7 each. 4, Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M., and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 4.8. 

 

            Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Australia, 85 points on Burch Rodeo’s Strawberry rocket. 2, Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont., 83. 3, Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 81. 4, Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 80.5. 

 

            Tie-Down Roping: 1, (tie) Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 7.7 seconds each. 3, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 8.4. 4, Justin Brinkerhoff, Corrine, Utah, 8.6. 

 

            Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif., 17.23 seconds. 2, Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo., 17.28. 3, Toni Hardin, Wetmore, Colo., 17.31. 4, (tie)  Lake Mehalic, Oro Valley, Ariz., and Kynder Starr, Catoosa, Okla., 17.45 each. 

 

            Bull Riding: 1, Bryce Barrios, Bluff Dale, Texas, 86.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Levi the Boss. 2, Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, 83.5. 3, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 82.5. 4, Jeffrey Ramagos, Zachary, La., 81.5.

 

 

O’Connell takes early bareback lead at Cody Stampede

 CODY, Wyo., July 1, 2017 --- When the reigning bareback world champion arrived at the Cody Stampede on Saturday night, he headed straight to the Justin Sportsmedicine Trailer. 

Tim O’Connell twisted his ankle the night before at the rodeo in Prescott, Arizona, and before he got on Frontier rodeo’s horse named Gunfire, he wanted to be completely prepared. A good tape job gave his ankle the stability he needed. 

The Iowa native put everything he had in a ride that resulted in him taking the early lead in the bareback riding with an 85.5-point score. While he won’t know if he gets a check until after the final performance on the Fourth of July, his score should put him among the money earners. 

“Two years ago, I won second with an 86,” O’Connell said. That score earned him over $8,000. “There are a lot of great bareback riders left to go here and some awesome horses. I did my job, now I’ll just have to see how it all plays out.” 

O’Connell and his traveling partners were headed to Greeley, Colorado, then Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Killdeer, North Dakota, St Paul and Molalla, Oregon to finish out their Cowboy Christmas. 

Jake Finlay came to the U.S. from Goondiwindi, Australia, to improve his saddle bronc riding skills and compete in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. To do that he is getting an education, in the classroom and from world champion Robert Etbauer who is his coach at Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma. 

Finlay is a two-time qualifier for the College National Finals Rodeo held in Casper. He competed there in June and finished fourth overall. His experiences in Wyoming are paying off here as well. He leads the saddle bronc riding with an 85-point ride on Burch Rodeo’s Strawberry Rocket. 

Competition at Stampede Park continues Sunday night at 8 p.m. Steer wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping slack are also on the Sunday’

            

CODY, Wyo., July 1, 2017 ---The following are unofficial results from the 98th annual Cody Stampede. 

 

First Performance – 

 

               Bareback Riding: 1, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 85.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire. 2, (tie) Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, and Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D., 80 each. 

 

               Steer Wrestling: 1, Jacob Talley, keatchie, La., 4.3 seconds. 2, (tie) Cody Kroul, Solon, Iowa and Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb., 4.8. 4, Miles Switzer, Morro Bay, Calif., 5.4. 

 

               Team Roping: (three times) 1, Lynn Campbell, Fruita, Colo., and Joe Roderick, Loma, Colo., 6.1. 2, Travis Bounds, Clifton, Colo., and Jesse Sheffield, Delta, Colo., 10.8. 2, Jesse Stipes, Salina, Okla., and Jake Clay, Sapulpa, Okla., 15.0. 

 

               Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Australia, 85 points on Burch Rodeo’s Strawberry rocket. 2, Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont., 83. 3, Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 80.5. 4, Dylan Henson, Bloomfield, N.M., 79. 

 

               Tie-Down Roping: 1, E.J. Panetta, Sheridan, Wyo., 10.2. 2, Erik Dublanko, Thorsby, Canada, 10.6. 3, Chance Jeffers Jr., Lodge Grass, Mont., 18.8. 4, Joe James, Rawlins, Wyo., 19.9. 

 

               Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Toni Hardin, Wetmore, Colo., 17.31 seconds. 2, Lake Mehalic, Oro Valley, Ariz., 17.45. 3, Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 17.56. 4, Calyssa Kindred, Harrold, S.D., 17.61. 

 

               Bull Riding: No qualified rides. 

 

Current leaders – In team roping, steer wrestling and tie-down roping

 

               Steer Wrestling: 1, Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D., 3.9 seconds. 2, Levi Rudd, Chelsea, Okla., 4.2. 3, Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La., 4.3. 4, tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah, 4.4. 

 

               Team Roping: 1, Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M., and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 4.8 seconds. 2, Manny Eguisquiza Jr., Marianna, Fla., and Daniel Braman IV, Victoria, Texas, 5.3. 3, Nelson Wyatt, Clanton, Ala., and Trace Porter, Leesville, La., 5.6. 4, Lynn Campbell, Fruita, Colo., and Joe Roderick, Loma, Colo., 6.1. 

 

               Tie-Down Roping: 1, Justin Brinkerhoff, Corrine, Utah, 8.6 seconds. 2, Trey Young, Dupree, S.D., 8.7. 3, J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas, 9.0. 4, Robert Mathis, Lufkin, Texas, 9.2.

 

Wallace earns Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls Title

Ty Wallace from Collbran, Colorado won the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls with an 89.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Show Off toTy Wallace from Collbran, Colorado won the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls with an 89.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Show Off to 

Ty Wallace from Collbran, Colorado won the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls with an 89.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Show Off toTy Wallace from Collbran, Colorado won the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls with an 89.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Show Off to 

 

 

CODY, Wyo., June 30, 2017 --- Ty Wallace’s win at the Cody/ Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls on Friday night is building upon the best season that the 23-year-old bull rider has had to date. 

            The Collbran, Colorado resident qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in 2014 and 2015. Then, last year after an injured groin in July, he missed it by just five spots. This year started off well when he won the biggest Xtreme Bulls competition of the season at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo. 

            Less than a week ago, he added another Xbulls title to his resume at the Greeley Stampede in his home state. He came to Cody ready to start his big Fourth of July run and was excited to get on Frontier Rodeo’s bull named Show Off. 

            “I didn’t know much about him,” Wallace said of the bull. “Then I watched video where Garrett Smith won Corpus Christi (Texas) on him and I thought he’d fit my style pretty well.” 

            The bull did indeed fit Wallace’s style. When the judges added up their scores, there was an 89.5-point score posted. Cody’s bull riding featured one full round of bull riding and paid nearly $20,000 to the four competitors who had a successful ride. 

After his ride, Wallace had to wait through 15 more bull riders to see if his lead would hold. Hisadded $6,239 to his season earnings of $82,198. He currently is in third place in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. 

            “It’s been great,” he said. “I’ve already won more money this year than I had when I entered the NFR either of the past two times.” 

            After missing last year’s NFR, his drive and determination to compete at rodeo’s championships in Las Vegas next December was bigger than ever. He watched the first few performances of last year’s rodeo on television but found that to be mentally taxing. Instead of spending time in front of the tv, he went to the gym to continue his rehab routine. That routine also included plenty of time horseback and doing lots of ranch work. 

            “Before this, I hardly ever went to the gym,” he said. “I always felt like riding horses and doing ranch work kept me in shape. I still believe that, but I know that getting in the gym made a big difference for me this year.” 

            Wallace hopes that the momentum from his success here will carry over to other rodeos as he and other contestants burn up the highway and the airways as they compete during the most lucrative part of the rodeo season. 

            

The following are results from the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls Competition which kicked off the Cody Stampede on June 30. 

1, Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., 89.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Show Off, $6,239. 2, Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas, 87, $4,982. 3, Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla., 82, $3,905. 4, Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, 70, $2,828.