Landingham continues rise toward WNFR

 



SHERIDAN, Wyo. – Bareback rider R.C. Landingham wasn’t physically in the arena at the final performance of the July 13-16 Sheridan WYO Rodeo, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t watching.

The 25-year-old was streaming the July 16 perf on the Wrangler Network, hoping his 85-point ride on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls’ Sodoku from July 13 would hold up.

It did, and Landingham had the biggest win of his 2016 season.

“I placed in Sheridan about six years ago, but never really had much luck there,” Landingham said. “It’s always good to win a big check – I’ve won tiny checks all year, so this one is really nice.”

While most winning rides make a cowboy want to jump off the horse and celebrate, that wasn’t the case for Landingham. He and WNFR selection Sodoku had quite a battle, and fortunately for the Hat Creek, Calif., cowboy, he won.

“That horse wasn’t very fun at all because he had a lot of moves and was tough to ride,” Landingham said. “I didn’t know when I got off the horse if I was going to be 75 or 85. Usually you have an idea of what your score will be, and this was a rare time when I had no clue.”

Landingham earned $5,224 for the victory, which put him at $68,579 won this season. That amount is more than he’s won in any season during his six-year PRCA career.

He’s hoping the bad luck which has plagued him the last three seasons is finally in the rearview mirror. 

During his quest for his first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Landingham finished 16th in the world in both 2013-14, and then was 19th last season. 

“Having a season like this makes everything I’ve gone through the last few years worth it,” he said. “I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for those seasons, and it’s made me push myself harder and rodeo smarter. I learned so much during those years. My goal going into those seasons was to make the Finals, but now I switched my goal to winning the world, and that change in mindset has made a difference.”

Landingham says having nearly $70,000 won with two-and-a-half months left in the regular season will allow him to rodeo less, stay healthier and not stress about being on the bubble.

The key to his big 2016 campaign has been earning checks at most of the rodeos in which he’s competed. He’s fifth in the July 18 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

“I had the best winter of my career this year, and I placed at like 25 rodeos in a row from last September through March of this year,” he said. “It becomes easier mentally when you can ride like that, and I told my stepdad this spring that it was starting to become easy. Then I went out and messed up on the next horse and jinxed myself. You always have to stay focused.”

If he continues to ride this way, there will be no question that Landingham will be one of the 15 men competing at the WNFR Dec. 1-10.

Other winners at the $263,668 rodeo were all-around cowboy Cody Collins ($2,162 in team roping and tie-down roping), steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch (7.2 seconds on two head), team ropers Luke Brown and Jake Long (10.1 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Joe Lufkin (85.5 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls’ Hermit), tie-down roper Cooper Martin (18.6 seconds on two head), steer roper Rocky Patterson (49.1 seconds on four head), barrel racer Ivy Conrado (17.22 seconds) and bull rider Tyler Smith (89 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls’ Big Tex Rocks).

This was Patterson’s third Sheridan steer roping championshipin five years, and fourth overall, having won in 2004, 2012 and 2013. He had a 44.6-second time in 2013, which is the fastest aggregate time since the rodeo went from three rounds to four in 2009. Patterson also had a second-place finish in 2007, trailing only Jarrett Blessing. The four wins is the second-highest total in steer roping to Guy Allen’s 10 since Sheridan added steer roping in 1975. 

Dean Gorsuch’s win in Sheridan was his first there since 2005, and was much more dominant. He was 9.0 seconds on two in that earlier triumph, and didn’t win either round. Gorsuch’s run of 3.5 seconds in the second round this year was the fastest bulldogging run at Sheridan in at least the past 30 years. His 3.7 in the first round was the third fastest time since 2005; Brad McGilchrist’s 3.6 in 2013 is second. Gorsuch’s average time of 7.2 seconds on two head is the fastest average time in Sheridan in that same time frame – by an entire second.

Jake Long seems to enjoy the conditions in Sheridan. He was the only repeat winner from 2015, when he and Coleman Proctor won with a time of 9.5 seconds on two head. Long also had a fourth-place finish in the average with Proctor in 2014 after winning the first round, and had the fastest time of the rodeo in 2011 when he and Brady Tryan were 4.3 to win the first round. He and partner Luke Brown both vaulted to the No. 1 spot in the world standings – in heeling and heading, respectively – thanks to the Sheridan win. It was the only change at the top of the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.


Sheridan WYO Rodeo

 

Sheridan, Wyo., July 13-16

 

All-around cowboy: Cody Collins, $2,162, tie-down roping and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: 1. R.C. Landingham, 85 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls' Sodoku, $5,224; 2. Shane O'Connell, 83.5, $4,005; 3. (tie) Anthony Thomas and Bill Tutor, 83, $2,438 each; 5. J.R. Vezain, 82.5, $1,219; 6. Brian Bain, 82, $871; 7. Teddy Athan, 81, $697; 8. (tie) Clayton Biglow and Kelly Timberman, 80.5, $261 each. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Dean Gorsuch, 3.7 seconds, $2,100; 2. Cody Cabral, 4.7, $1,826; 3. (tie) Blair Jones, Will Stovall and Nick Guy, 5.0, $1,278 each; 6. Olin Hannum, 5.1, $731; 7. Timmy Sparing, 5.2, $457; 8. (tie) J.D. Struxness and Sean Santucci, 5.4, $91 each. Second round: 1. Dean Gorsuch, 3.5 seconds, $2,100; 2. (tie) Joshua Clark and Troy Brandemuehl, 4.4, $1,689 each; 4. (tie) Nick Guy and Billy Bugenig, 4.8, $1,141 each; 6. (tie) Cody Pratt, Chance Howard, Jon Herl and Timmy Sparing, 5.0, $342 each. Average: 1. Dean Gorsuch, 7.2 seconds on two head, $3,150; 2. Nick Guy, 9.8, $2,739; 3. Timmy Sparing, 10.2, $2,329; 4. Olin Hannum, 10.3, $1,918; 5. Sean Santucci, 11.3, $1,507; 6. Cody Kroul, 11.7, $1,096; 7. Blair Jones, 11.9, $685; 8. Jon Herl, 12.4, $274. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.5 seconds, $2,506 each; 2. Ryan Reed/Dalton Pearce, 4.6, $2,179; 3. Lane Ivy/B.J. Dugger, 4.7, $1,853; 4. Tyler Wade/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 4.9, $1,526; 5. (tie) Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly and Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 5.0, $1,035 each; 7. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 5.2, $381 each. Second round: 1. Colby Lovell/Travis Graves, 4.0 seconds, $2,506 each; 2. Pace Freed/Logan Medlin, 4.3, $2,179; 3. Aaron Tsinigine/Kinney Harrell, 4.5, $1,853; 4. (tie) Jr. Dees/Matt Zancanella and Nick Sartain/Gage Williams, 4.7, $1,362 each; 6. (tie) Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor and Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 4.8, $708 each; 8. (tie) Ty Blasingame/Shad Chadwick and Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 4.9, $109 each. Average: 1. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 10.1 seconds on two head, $3,760 each; 2. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 10.2, $3,269; 3. Ty Blasingame/Shad Chadwick, 10.3, $2,779; 4. Ryan Reed/Dalton Pearce, 10.4, $2,288; 5. (tie) Clay Smith/Paul Eaves and David Key/Travis Woodard, 10.6, $1,553 each; 7. (tie) Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight and Jr. Dees/Matt Zancanella, 10.7, $572 each. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Joe Lufkin, 85.5 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls' Hermit, $4,597; 2. Chanse Darling, 85, $3,524; 3. Jesse James Kirby, 83.5, $2,605; 4. (tie) Joey Sonnier and Chet Johnson, 82.5, $1,379 each; 6. (tie) Sterling Crawley and Doug Aldridge, 80.5, $689 each; 8. Jesse Wright, 79, $460. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Cody McCartney, 9.3 seconds, $2,486; 2. Dennis Luetge, 9.5, $2,162; 3. Cody Collins, 9.6, $1,838; 4. (tie) Braxton Laughlin and Cade Swor, 9.8, $1,351 each; 6. (tie) Dillon Holder, Quay Howard and Cooper Martin, 9.9, $541 each. Second round: 1. Jesse Clark, 7.9 seconds, $2,486; 2. Westyn Hughes, 8.0, $2,162; 3. Cooper Martin, 8.7, $1,838; 4. Stetson Vest, 8.8, $1,513; 5. Marshall Leonard, 9.0, $1,189; 6. (tie) Marcos Costa and Blane Cox, 9.2, $703 each; 8. Jordan Ketscher, 9.3, $216. Average: 1. Cooper Martin, 18.6 seconds on two head, $3,729; 2. Cade Swor, 19.2, $3,243; 3. Marshall Leonard, 19.4, $2,757; 4. Taylor Santos, 19.6, $2,270; 5. Marcos Costa, 19.7, $1,784; 6. Roger Nonella, 20.0, $1,297; 7. Westyn Hughes, 20.4, $811; 8. Cody Collins, 20.8, $324. 

 

Barrel racing: 1. Ivy Conrado, 17.22 seconds, $4,809; 2. (tie) Sherry Cervi and Becky Fuson, 17.31, $3,487 each; 4. Jackie Schau, 17.39, $2,405; 5. Kim Schulze, 17.40, $1,924; 6. (tie) Nellie Miller and Tillar Murray, 17.44, $1,322 each; 8. (tie) Taylor Langdon and Jodee Miller, 17.45, $1,022 each; 10. Kara Posch, 17.50, $842; 11. Jill Welsh, 17.57, $721; 12. (tie) Loni Lester, Calyssa Thomas and Trula Churchill, 17.58, $481 each; 15. (tie) Ashley Day and Sammi Bessert, 17.60, $120 each. 

 

Steer roping: First round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.9 seconds, $1,992; 2. Scott Snedecor, 11.1, $1,649; 3. Trey Sheets, 11.6, $1,305; 4. Vin Fisher Jr., 11.8, $962; 5. Marty Jones, 12.4, $618; 6. Shorty Garten, 13.2, $343. Second round: 1. JoJo LeMond, 9.6 seconds, $1,992; 2. Tony Reina, 10.1, $1,649; 3. Guy Allen, 10.7, $1,305; 4. J. Tom Fisher, 10.9, $962; 5. Chance Kelton, 11.3, $618; 6. Brent Lewis, 11.6, $343. Third round: 1. Leo Campbell, 9.8 seconds, $1,992; 2. Troy Tillard, 10.4, $1,649; 3. J.P. Wickett, 10.8, $1,305; 4. Cody Lee, 10.9, $962; 5. Kim Ziegelgruber, 11.1, $618; 6. JB Whatley, 11.4, $343. Fourth round: 1. Chet Herren, 10.1 seconds, $1,992; 2. (tie) Guy Allen and Marty Jones, 10.6, $1,477 each; 4. Trent Mills, 11.7, $962; 5. Delon Parker, 11.9, $618; 6. Roger Branch, 12.0, $343. Average: 1. Rocky Patterson, 49.1 seconds on four head, $3,985; 2. Chet Herren, 49.7, $3,298; 3. JB Whatley, 51.7, $2,611; 4. Tony Reina, 55.8, $1,924; 5. Roger Branch, 56.7, $1,237; 6. Trent Mills, 57.2, $687. 

 

Bull riding: 1. Tyler Smith, 89 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls' Big Tex Rocks, $4,399; 2. Jordan Spears, 86, $3,373; 3. Ty Wallace, 85.5, $2,493; 4. Garrett Smith, 84.5, $1,613; 5. Newt Brasfield, 83.5, $1,026; 6. Denton Fugate, 83, $733; 7. Joe Frost, 76, $587; 8. (tie) Jeston Mead and Cole Melancon, 75, $220 each. 

 

Total payoff: $263,339. Stock contractor: Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls. Sub-contractor: Dakota Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Debi Davis. Officials: Bruce Keller, Glenn Sullivan, Allan Jordan Jr and Gordie Kesler. Timers: DeeDee Dickinson and Roberta Sankey. Announcer: Will Rasmussen. Specialty act: JJ Harrison. Bullfighters: Nathan Jestes and Joe Butler. Clown/barrelman: JJ Harrison. Flankmen: Wade Sankey and Tyson Fowler. Chute boss: Ike Sankey. Pickup men: Bobby Marriott, Duane Gilbert and Dalton Ward. Photographers: Eva Scofield and Ric Andersen. Music director: Ryan Sankey.



For more coverage of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, check out the July 29 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.