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ATHLETES PLAY THEIR HAND IN THE RODEOHOUSTON® SUPER SERIES WILD CARD ROUND FOR A SHOT AT $50,000 — MARCH 24, 2017 — HOUSTON — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — After surviving the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Wild Card, the final 16 contestants advance to the Championship, Saturday, March 25.

 

TIE-DOWN ROPING

Hunter Herrin of Apache, Oklahoma, won the Wild Card Tie-Down Roping event to advance to the Championship Round. Herrin said that he is confident in his preparation going into the Championship Round, but that the draw has a big influence on performance.

 

“Doing well in the Championship comes down to the draw,” Herrin said. “You have to draw well, and rope even better.”

 

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date): 

Hunter Herrin: Apache, Oklahoma — $6,000 

Cory Solomon: Prairie View, Texas — $6,000 

 

BAREBACK RIDING

Orin Larson of Inglis, Manitoba, Canada, was the last to ride in the Wild Card Bareback event where he secured his spot in the Championship. Larson said he is thankful for the many chances he received to qualify for the final.

 

“The way RODEOHOUSTON is set up is very forgiving and we get many chances to qualify,” Inglis said. “I am thankful and fortunate to have another chance to ride.”

 

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date): 

Orin Larsen: Inglis, Manitoba, Canada — $6,375 

Clayton Biglow: Clements, California — $5,750

 

TEAM ROPING

Team ropers Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Montana, and Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne, Oregon, had the fastest run in the Wild Card with a time of 4.5 seconds. Cardoza said that he is thankful for the chance to compete in the Championship and has confidence in his partner. 

 

“The win tonight in the Wild Card gave us a chance to compete for the $50,000,” Cardoza said. “I’m glad to have Bird heading for me going into the Championship, he’s pretty fast.”

 

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date): 

Dustin Bird: Cut Bank, Montana; and Russell Cardoza: Terrebonne, Oregon — $14,000

Jake Cooper: Monument, New Mexico; and Dustin Davis: Terrell, Texas — $9,000

 

SADDLE BRONC Clay Elliot’s 85-point ride earned him the Wild Card win and a spot in the Championship. Elliot said consistency is key to success in the Championship Round.

 

“Every rodeo has different circumstances,” Elliot said. “I just try to do the same thing each time and find consistency in each ride.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

 

Clay Elliott: Nanton, Alberta, Canada — $6,375 

Cody Demoss: Heflin, Louisiana — $6,438 

 

STEER WRESTLING

Steer wrestler Tyler Pearson won the Wild Card and is one ride closer to the $50,000. Pearson said his family is his inspiration to do well in the Championship Round.

 

“A win for me in the Championship is a win for our family,” Pearson said.

 

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date): 

Tyler Pearson: Louisville, Mississippi — $7,000 

Ty Erickson: Helena, Montana — $7,500 

 

BARREL RACING

Jana Bean snagged a spot in the Championship lineup with her Wild Card win in Barrel Racing. Bean said the crowd tonight had a big impact on her success.

 

“The crowd here at RODEOHOUSTON is very supportive,” Bean said. “Everybody from committee members to fans make the experience great.”

 

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date): 

Jana Bean: Ft. Hancock, Texas— $6,750 

Kathy Grimes: Medical Lake, Washington — $8,000 

 

BULL RIDING

The last to ride in the Wild Card, Ty Wallace, earned the final spot in the Championship in Bull Riding. Wallace said everyone has a great shot at winning and that he is thankful for the support from his fellow competitors.

 

“It’s anybody’s ball game,” Wallace said. “All these guys are like family and we always cheer for each other.”

 

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date): 

Ty Wallace: Collbran, Colorado — $6,375 

Scottie Knapp: Albuquerque, New Mexico — $3,875 

 

The top two from each event in the Wild Card advance to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 25. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings.

 

 

 

 

SEMIFINAL WINNERS EARN ONE-WAY TICKETS TO THE RODEOHOUSTON® SUPER SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP — MARCH 23, 2016 — HOUSTON — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — RODEOHOUSTON Semifinal 2 contestants advance to the Super Series Championship set for Saturday, March 25.

 

TIE-DOWN ROPING

Veteran tie-down roper Fred Whitfield of Hockley, Texas, took home the Semifinal 2 win. Whitfield, 49, who won the event in 2000 and 2013, said that it feels great to be here at RODEOHOUSTON.

 

“This is my hometown rodeo,” Whitfield said. “I’m out here competing against guys half my age, so a win in the final would be the icing on the cake for me.”

 

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Fred Whitfield: Hockley, Texas — $7,250

Sterling Smith: Stephenville, Texas — $5,375

Stran Smith: Childress, Texas — $3,750

Riley Pruitt: Gering, Nebraska — $4,750

 

BAREBACK RIDING

Mason Clements of Santaquin, Utah, won both the Super Series I and Semifinal 2 rounds in Bareback Riding. Clements said that he is ready to take care of business in the Championship Round.

 

“Winning both of my rides has my confidence sky-high,” Clements said. “I’m so motivated and ready to win in the Championship.”

 

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Mason Clements: Santaquin, Utah — $8,500

Tyler Nelson: Victor, Idaho — $6,500

Bobby Mote: Stephenville, Texas — $4,833

JR Vezain: Cowley, Wyoming — $4,250

 

TEAM ROPING

Erich Rogers and Corey Petska, five-year team roping partners, claimed the Semifinal 2 Team Roping win.  Rogers said that he and Petska are friends in and out of the arena and that he is confident in their ability to work as a team.

 

“The atmosphere in the arena is intense and there are a lot of good ropers out there,” Rogers said, “but we work together well and don’t plan on changing anything going into the Championship.” 

 

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Erich Rogers: Round Rock, Arizona; and Cory Petska: Marana, Arizona — $15,000

Riley Minor: Ellensburg, Washington; and Brady Minor: Ellensburg, Washington — $15,000

Chad Masters: Cedar Hill, Tennessee; and Travis Graves: Bluff Dale, Texas — $9,000

Pace Freed: Bluff Dale, Texas; and Trey Yates: Pueblo, Colorado — $9,000

 

SADDLE BRONC RIDING

Jacobs Crawley of Boerne, Texas, had the top Saddle Bronc took the win in Semifinal 2 and secured his spot in the Super Series Championship. He is proud to represent Texas at RODEOHOUSTON.

 

“Being a bronc rider from Texas isn’t that common,” Crawley said. “I’m trying to bring bronc riding back to Texas.”

 

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Jacobs Crawley: Boerne, Texas — $11,500

Jake Watson: Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia, Canada — $4,500

Tyrel Larsen: Inglis, Manitoba, Canada — $5,000

Wade Sundell: Boxholm, Iowa — $4,875

 

STEER WRESTLING

Tyler Waguespack of Gonzales, Louisiana, wrestled his steer in 4.2 seconds to win Semifinal 2 in Steer Wrestling. Waguespack is confident in the horse taking him to the Championship.

 

“I know that Cadillac is going to do his job in the Championship,” Waguespack said. “Now, I’ve just got to do mine.”

 

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Tyler Waguespack: Gonzales, Louisiana — $6,500

Clayton Hass: Weatherford, Texas — $6,500

KC Jones: Decatur, Texas — $5,250

Kyle Irwin: Robertsdale, Alabama — $4,250

 

BARREL RACING

Kassie Mowry of Dublin, Texas, is headed to the Championship in Barrel Racing.  Mowry’s time of 14.01 put her in the chase for $50,000.

 

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Kassie Mowry: Dublin, Texas — $10,000

Stevi Hillman: Weatherford, Texas — $8,000

Carley Richardson: Pampa, Texas — $4,750

Brenda Mays: Terrebonne, Oregon — $3,750

 

BULL RIDING

Brennon Eldred of Sulphur, Oklahoma, took home the Semifinal 2 Bull Riding win with a 90-point ride. This is Eldred’s third time to compete at RODEOHOUSTON.

 

“I feed off the atmosphere here at RODEOHOUSTON,” Eldred said. “If you can get on bulls, this is the place to do it.” 

 

Advancing to Championship Round (winnings to date):

Brennon Eldred: Sulphur, Oklahoma — $10,500

Trey Benton III: Rock Island, Texas — $6,000

Cole Melancon: Hull, Texas — $4,500

Garrett Smith: Rexberg, Idaho — $3,375

 

The top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds advance to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship on Saturday, March 25. The remaining six from each event in the two semifinals will compete in the Wild Card Round, Friday, March 24, where the top two from each event will advance to the Championship. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings.