Schmidt/Carroll snare Ponoka victory

 

 

Courtesy PRCA

 

PONOKA, Alberta – Cowboy Christmas wasn’t handing out many gifts for team ropers Kolton Schmidt and Shay Carroll.

That changed in a big way on July 3.

The duo stopped the clock in 5.3 seconds to win the four-team finals at the 80th Ponoka Stampede (June 27-July 3).

“We had a slow Fourth of July, so this was a sigh of relief to get this victory,” Schmidt said.

Carroll concurred with his partner.

“I had never been there before, and it’s one I think everyone has on their bucket list,” Carroll said. “We didn’t have the best week, but we were able to turn everything around with this big win.”

Although Carroll was making his inaugural appearance at Ponoka, Schmidt was in familiar territory.

A year earlier, the Barrhead, Alberta, native won the Ponoka Stampede with heeler Dustin Searcy with a 6.0-second time in the finals.

“This is the first time I’ve run a rodeo back-to-back,” Schmidt said. “The Ponoka Stampede also is a very prestigious rodeo anywhere in North America. It’s huge here in Canada.”

Schmidt and Carroll punched their ticket into the four-team finals with a time of 19.6 seconds to finish second in the average.

In the showdown, the second team out – Kyle Smith and Riley Wilson – clocked a 6.4-second time to take the lead and set the stage for Schmidt and Carroll.

“We just wanted to make our run, that’s what we’ve been working on all year,” Carroll said. “I was real excited when the team before us (Smith and Wilson) caught because that just takes all the guessing out of everything. Kolton did a great job, and I just caught him.”

Schmidt and Carroll left town with $15,280 - or $7,640 each.

That total will help Schmidt and Carroll stay high up in the standings. Schmidt was first in the June 27 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $49,574, while Carroll was fifth in the heeling standings with $36,096.

“We had a great steer in the finals and did our job,” said Schmidt, who was riding Badger, 12. 

Carroll was riding Salt, 14, at Ponoka, and the horse delivered.

“He’s old faithful,” Carroll said. “I never practice on him. I ride him for big money, and he came through.”

Carroll, who made his lone Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearance in 2014, finishing 12th in the heeler world standings ($100,815), has high expectations for he and Schmidt, who are roping together for the first time this season. 

“That money from Ponoka sure helps, but we have our eyes on finishing first in the regular season standings, not sneaking into the finals in the 15th spot,” Carroll said.

Schmidt knows he can’t take anything for granted despite his he and Carroll’s success.

“I try not to get too excited about anything, yet,” Schmidt said. “We still have a lot of work to do before we can celebrate anything. I’m sure grateful for the year we’re having, and excited to see what we can do.”

Other winners at Ponoka were bareback rider Caleb Bennett (89 points on C5 Rodeo's Virgil), steer wrestler Stephen Culling (13.9 seconds), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (87 points on C5 Rodeo's Black Hills), tie-down roper Shane Hanchey (7.5 seconds), barrel racer Rene Leclercq (17.796 seconds) and bull rider Cody Teel (167.5 points on two head).

 

Ponoka Stampede 
Ponoka Stampede, Alberta, June 27-July 3

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Caleb Bennett, 87.75 points, Wayne Vold Rodeo’s Mucho Dinero, $4,509; 2. Ty Breuer, 86.25, $3,570; 3. Ty Taypotat, 86, $3,006; 4. Jake Vold, 85, $2,442; 5. R.C. Landingham, 84.25, $1,503; 6. Luke Creasy, 83.75, $1,127; 7. Ky Marshall, 83.5, $9398. (tie) Wyatt Denny and Clayton Biglow, 83.25, $658 each.  Finals: 1. Jake Vold, 90.75 on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery, $2,000; 2. R.C. Landingham, 87.25, $1,500; 3. Orin Larsen, 87, $1,000; 4. Caleb Bennett, 86.25, $500. Average: 1. Jake Vold, 175.75 on two head, $4,509; 2. Caleb Bennett, 174, $3,570; 3. R.C. Landingham, 171.5, $2,442; 4. Ty Taypotat, 171, $2,442; 5. Orin Larsen, 169.5, $1,503; 6. Colin Adams, 167.75, $1,127; 7. (tie) Clayton Biglow and Ty Breuer, 166.25, $845 each; 9. Teddy Athan, 166, $564; 10. Kody Lamb, 165.5, $376. Showdown: 1. Caleb Bennett, 89 points on C5 Rodeo’s Virgil, $7,500; 2. Orin Larsen, 88.25, $3,750; 3. Ty Taypotat, 87.25, $2,250; 4. R.C. Landingham, 87, $1,500.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Justin Miller, 4.8 seconds, $2,174; 2. (tie) Dallas Frank, Cooper Trotz, Layne Delemont and Cody Cassidy, 5.2, $1,631 each; 6. Ben Ramey, 5.6, $1,027; 7. Brendan Laye, 6.0, $785; 8. Chance Butterfield, 6.2, $664; 9. Rowdy Hays, 6.3, $544; 10. Cole Rutledge, 6.9, $362. Second round: 1. Rowdy Hays, 4.5 seconds $2,174; 2. Scott Guenthner, 4.7, $1,993; 3. Todd Woodward, 5.0, $1,752; 4. Trevor Knowles, 5.1, $1,510; 5. Coleman Kohorst, 5.2, $1,268; 6. Morgan Grant, 5.4, $1,027; 7. Dustin Walker, 5.7, $785; 8. Cody Cassidy, 6.0, $664; 9. Harley Cole, 6.1, $544; 10. Blake Knowles, 6.6, $362. Finals: 1. Stephen Culling, 5.0 seconds, $2,000; 2. Morgan Grant, 5.1, $1,500; 3. Ben Ramey, 6.1, $1,000; 4. Brock Butterfield, 6.3, $500. Average: 1. Harley Cole, 21.2 on three head, $3,262; 2. Brock Butterfield, 22.0, $2,990; 3. Stephen Culling, 25.1, $2,627; 4. Cody Cassidy, 25.5, $2,265; 5. Rowdy Hays, 26.0, $1,903; 6. Ben Ramey, 26.1, $1,540; 7. Brendan Laye, 26.8, $1,178; 8. Morgan Grant, 27.6, $997; 9. Straws Milan, 28.0, $815; 10. Dallas Frank, 14.8 on two, $544. Showdown: 1. Stephen Culling, 13.9, $7,500; 2. Brock Butterfield, 15.2, $3,750; 3. Harley Cole, 30.1, $2,250; no other qualified runs.

Team roping: First round: 1. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 5.5 seconds, $1,514 each; 2. (tie) Clay Ullery/Ryon Tittel and Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, Brandon Beers/Cully Stafford and Cole Bevans/Kurt Fletcher, 6.0, $1,173 each; 6. Justin McCarroll/Brett McCarroll, 6.1, $739 each 7. Brett Buss/Klay Whyte, 6.3, $565; 8. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 6.4, $478; 9. Garrett Rogers/Jacob Minor, 6.5, $391; 10. Lee Rombough/Chad Kurtz, 6.9, $261. Second round: 1. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 5.0 seconds, $1,514 each; 2. Dalton Kraft/Trent Tunke, 5.5, $1,434; 3. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 5.7, $1,260; 4. Garrett Rogers/Jacob Minor, 5.8, $1,086; 5. Kyle Smith/Riley Wilson, 7.3, $913; 6. Clay Ullery/Ryon Tittel, 6.3, $739; 7. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 6.5, $565; 8. Travis Speer/Rocky Ross, 6.7, $478; 9. Travis Booth/Clint Weston, 6.9, $391; 10. Travis Gallais/Devin Wigemyr, 11.2, $261. Finals: 1. Dalton Kraft/Trent Tunke, 5.3 seconds. $1,000 each; 2. Garrett Rogers/Jacob Minor, 6.3, $750; 3. Kyle Smith/Riley Wilson, 6.5, $500; 4. Clint Buhler/Rocky Dallyn, 6.9, $250. Average: 1. Garrett Rogers/Jacob Minor, 18.6 seconds on three head, $2,347 each; 2. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 19.6, $2,151; 3. Kyle Smith/Riley Wilson, 20.0, $1,890; 4. Clay Ullery/Ryon Tittel, 20.2, $1,629; 5. Dalton Kraft/Trent Tunke, 22.7, $1,369; 6. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 23.9, $1,108; 7. Travis Booth/Clint Weston, 24.9, $847; 8. Clint Buhler/Rocky Dallyn, 27.9, $717; 9. Lee Rombough/Chad Kurtz, 35.8, $587; 10. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 12.1 on two head, $391 each. Showdown: 1. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 5.3 seconds, $3,750 each; 2. Kyle Smith/Riley Wilson, 6.4, $1,875; no other qualified runs.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Clay Elliot, 85.75 points on Kesler’s Centre Stage, $4,396; 2. Heith Demoss, 85, $3,480; 3. Zeke Thurston, 84.5, $2,931; 4. (tie) Sam Kelts and Chet Johnson, 84.25, $1,923 each; 6. Layton Green, 84, $1,099; 7. (tie) Chuck Schmidt and Jacobs Crawley, 82.75, $824 each; 9. Tyler Corrington, 82.5, $550; 10. Jim Berry, 82.25, $366. Finals: 1. Zeke Thurston, 87 points on Calgary Stampede’s Tiger Warrior, $2,000; 2. Heith DeMoss, 86, $1,500; 3. Jacobs Crawley, 85.75, $1,000; 4. Clay Elliott, 84.75, $500. Average: 1. Zeke Thurston, 171.5 on two head, $4,396; 2. Heith DeMoss, 171, $3,480; 3. Clay Elliott, 170.5, $2,931; 4. Jacobs Crawley, 168.5, $2,381; 5. Jim Berry, 165.5, $1,465; 6. Audy Reed, 163.75, $1,099; 7. Chuck Schmidt, 160.5, $916; 8. (tie) Chet Johnson and Sam Kelts, 84.25 on one, $641 each; 10. Layton Green, 84, $366. Showdown: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 87 points on C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills, $7,500; 2. Clay Elliott, 84.5, $3,750; 3. Zeke Thurston, 86.5, $2,250; no other qualified rides.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Timber Moore, 8.0 seconds, $2,346; 2. Randy Smith, 8.5, $2,150; 3. (tie) Jake Hannum, Shane Hanchey and Matt Shiozawa, 8.7, $1,629 each; 6. (tie) Chad Johnson and Blair Burk, 8.8, $977 each; 8. Mike Johnson, 8.9, $717; 9. Randall Carlisle, 9.0, $586; 10. (tie) Kyle Lucas, Clint Arave, and Curtis Cassidy 9.2, $130 each. Second round: 1. Chad Johnson, 8.1 seconds, $2,346; 2. (tie) Stetson Vest, Caleb Smidt and Ryan Jarrett, 8.2, $1,890 each; 5. (tie) Jake Hannum and Clayton Smith, 8.3, $1,238 each; 7. (tie) Cimarron Boardman, Ben Robinson and Dean Edge, 8.4, $717 each; 10. Randall Carlisle, 8.5, $391. Finals: 1. Shane Hanchey, 8.7, $2,000; 2. (tie) Stetson Vest and Chad Johnson,  9.0, $1,250 each; 4. (tie) Mike Johnson and Clayton Smith, 9.6, $250 each. Average: 1. Chad Johnson, 25.9 on three head, $3,519; 2. Shane Hanchey, 26.2, $3,225; 3. Clayton Smith, 27.8, $2,834; 4. Stetson Vest, 29.0, $2,444; 5. Jake Hannum, 29.1, $2,053; 6.  Mike Johnson, 30.2, $1,662; 7. Blair Burke, 31.1, $1,271; 8. Ben Robinson, 39.6, $1,075; 9. Al Bouchard, 40.3, $880; 10. Randall Carlisle, 17.5 on two, $586. Showdown: 1. Shane Hanchey, 7.5 seconds, $7,500; 2. Stetson Vest, 10.6, $3,750; 3. Clayton Smith, 11.0, $2,250; 4. Chad Johnson, 18.7, $1,500.

Barrel racing: 1. Kerilee Noval, 17.581 seconds, $4,565; 2. Carman Pozzobon, 17.601, $3,881; 3. Nancy Csabay, 17.791, $3,196; 4. Rene Leclercq, 17.853, $2,739; 5. Kirsty White, 17.922, $2,283; 6. Kirsten Gjerde, 17.969, $1,598; 7. Nicole Riggle, 18.000, $1,141; 8. Sarah McDonald, 18.023, $913; 9. Taylor Jacob, 18.028, $799; 10. Julie Leggett, 18.042, $685; 11. Sarah Gerard, 18.057, $571; 12. Brook Robertson, 18.064, $457. Finals: 1. Taylor Jacob, 17.646, $2,000; 2. Sarah McDonald, 17.917, $1,500; 3. Kirsty White, 18.055, $1,000; 4. Kirsten Gjerde, 18.060, $500. Average: 1. Kerilee Noval, 35.673 on two head, $4,565; 2. Taylor Jacob, 35.674, $3,881; 3. Sarah McDonald, 35.940, $3,196; 4. Rene Leclercq, 35.969, $2,739; 5. Kirsty White, 35.977, $2,282; 6. Kirsten Gjerde, 36.029, $1,598; 7. Julie Leggette, 36.218, $1,141; 8. Brook Robertson, 36.268, $913; 9. Nicole Riggle, 37.900, $799; 10. Carman Pozzobon, 40.528, $685; 11. Sarah Gerard, 41.403, $571; 12. Nancy Csabay, 41.954, $457. Showdown: 1. Rene Leclercq, 17.796, $7,500; 2. Taylor Jacob, 18.973, $3,750; 3. Sarah McDonald, 22.494, $2,250; 4. Kerilee Noval, 28.278, $1,500. 

Bull riding: 1. Dakota Buttar, 87.25 points on Calgary Stampede’s Compton Bound, $4,468; 2. Rory Maier, 85.75, $3,537; 3. Brock Radford, 84.75, $2,978; 4. Trevor Kastner, 83.5, $2,420; 5. Joe Frost, 83.25, $1,489; 6. Tyler Pankewitz, 83, $1,117; 7. Jacob O’Mara, 82.75, $931; 8. Cody Teel, 82.5, $745. Finals: 1. Cody Teel, 85 points on Wayne Vold Rodeo’s VJV Nailed, $2,000; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Cody Teel, 167.5 on two head, $4,468; 2. Dakota Buttar, 87.25 on one head, $3,537; 3. Rory Maier, 85.75, $2,978; 4. Brock Radford, 84.25, $2,420; 5. Trevor Kastner, 83.5, $1,489; 6. Joe Frost, 83.25, $1,117; 7. Tyler Pankewitz, 83, $931; 8. Jacob O’Mara, 82.75, $745. Showdown: No qualified rides.

Stock contractor: Wayne Vold Rodeo. Subcontractors: Lazy B Timed Event, Riata Ranch, Chute 9 Cattle Co, Outlaw Buckers Rodeo Corp., Franklin Rodeo Co. Ltd., Calgary Stampede, Kesler Rodeo Co., Kesler Championship Rodeo, Bar C5, Prime Time Rodeo, Sawyer Bucking Bulls, Big Stone Rodeo.

  

For more coverage of the Ponoka Stampede, check out the July 15 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.