Chase Williams remains calm for Pendleton win


PENDLETON, Ore. - Chase Williams didn't lose any sleep the night before he competed in the short round at the Pendleton Round-Up. 

Not because he wasn't nervous about entering the finals with the lead - no, it was a matter of all that travel catching up with him.

"I slept real good (Sept. 16) - I was tired because I've been all over the place," he said with a laugh. "I was excited coming into the short round though. Any time you're high call, you just have to put together a solid run and you're going to get a good check. I was a little bit nervous, but Brent Lewis came over and told me I didn't need any luck, and to just go be a cowboy. I was good to go after that."

Good, indeed.

The 25-year-old tie-down roper from Stephenville, Texas, won the three-head average with a time of 28.3 seconds. He was second in the second round, and split second in the short go en route to the title.

Williams, who entered the weekend 30th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, earned a total of $12,150.

He moved to 23rd in the Sept. 19 standings, but still has quite a bit of ground to make up in the final two weeks of the regular season to make it into the top 15 and qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

"I think there's enough time to make a run at it," Williams said. "I'm at least going to give 'em hell and scare the guys in front of me a little bit. I'm entered in Amarillo (Texas), Stephenville (Texas), Apache (Okla.) and Pasadena (Texas), so I still have four shots left."

Williams remained calm under pressure Sept. 17, even though he knew it was essentially a must-win.

"I knew that this was my last large bullet, and I had to win really big here to have any chance," he said. "It's not the best chance, but it's better than a lot of guys have. Since July I've had a really good couple of months, and it's helped out my confidence a lot and made me feel a lot better about next year."

While some ropers have issues navigating the unique grass infield at the Pendleton Round-Up, that wasn't the case for Williams. He and his mount were familiar with the setup.

"Last year I rode one of Troy Pruitt's horses, Tank, and was able to make it to the short go, but the calf got up," Williams said. "I rode the horse again this year, and he worked so good that it felt like we were on dirt. I just roped normal."

Williams couldn't stop smiling during his victory lap, which signified the biggest win of his four-year PRCA career.

"This is an amazing feeling; I've wanted to win a rodeo like this my whole life," he said. "It was awesome, and hard to put into words."

Other winners at the $515,665 rodeo were all-around cowboy Shane Erickson ($3,496 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Tim O'Connell (172 points on two head), steer wrestler Nick Guy (15.9 seconds on three head), team ropers Ryan Reed and Dalton Pearce (19.5 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright (170.5 points on two head), steer roper Ryan Rochlitz (42.4 seconds on three head), barrel racer Stevi Hillman (59.36 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (169.5 points on two head).

Wright is the fourth member of his family to win the Pendleton Round-Up saddle bronc riding title. His twin brother, Jake, won the rodeo in 2013, while older brother Cody took the title in 2010 and younger brother Spencer won it last year.

Pendleton Round-Up

Pendleton, Ore., Sept. 14-17

All-around cowboy: Shane Erickson, $3,496, tie-down roping and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Tim O'Connell, 88 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls' Sozo, $5,666; 2. (tie) Richmond Champion and R.C. Landingham, 83.5, $3,777 each; 4. Blake Smith, 83, $2,077; 5. Tyler Scales, 82, $1,322; 6. (tie) Caleb Bennett and J.R. Vezain, 81.5, $850 each; 8. Jessy Davis, 80.5, $567. Finals: 1. R.C. Landingham, 85.5 points on Korkow Rodeos' Onion Ring, $1,650; 2. J.R. Vezain, 85, $1,250; 3. Tim O'Connell, 84, $900; 4. Blake Smith, 83.5, $600; 5. Caleb Bennett, 82.5, $350; 6. Richmond Champion, 79.5, $250. Average: 1. Tim O'Connell, 172 points on two head, $5,666; 2. R.C. Landingham, 169, $4,344; 3. (tie) J.R. Vezain and Blake Smith, 166.5, $2,644 each; 5. Caleb Bennett, 164, $1,322; 6. Richmond Champion, 163, $944; 7. Tyler Scales, 157, $755; 8. Jessy Davis, 154.5, $567. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Newt Novich, 5.0 seconds, $4,050; 2. (tie) J.D. Struxness, Riley Krassin and Dakota Eldridge, 5.5, $2,994 each; 5. Jesse Brown, 5.6, $1,937; 6. Nick Guy, 5.7, $1,409; 7. Olin Hannum, 5.8, $881; 8. Trevor Knowles, 5.9, $352. Second round: 1. Nick Guy, 4.8 seconds, $4,050; 2. Brandon Christensen, 5.2, $3,522; 3. Andy Weldon, 5.3, $2,994; 4. Chance Gartner, 5.5, $2,465; 5. Timmy Sparing, 5.6, $1,937; 6. Justin Shaffer, 5.7, $1,409; 7. Jace Melvin, 5.8, $881; 8. (tie) Olin Hannum and Jason Thomas, 5.9, $176 each. Finals: 1. Nick Guy, 5.4 seconds, $1,494; 2. (tie) Timmy Sparing and Dakota Eldridge, 5.5, $1,107 each; 4. Billy Bugenig, 6.0, $721; 5. Riley Krassin, 6.9, $464; 6. Olin Hannum, 7.8, $258. Average: 1. Nick Guy, 15.9 seconds on three head, $6,076; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 17.5, $5,283; 3. Timmy Sparing, 18.7, $4,491; 4. Olin Hannum, 19.5, $3,698; 5. Riley Krassin, 19.9, $2,906; 6. Billy Bugenig, 20.0, $2,113; 7. J.D. Struxness, 26.4, $1,321; 8. Chance Gartner, 27.8, $528. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Aaron Macy/Evan Arnold, 5.0 seconds, $4,347 each; 2. Bryce Palmer/Monty Joe Petska, 5.5, $3,780; 3. Blake Teixeira/C.J. DeForest Jr., 5.6, $3,213; 4. Ryan Reed/Dalton Pearce, 5.9, $2,646; 5. Blaine Vick/York Gill, 6.1, $2,079; 6. David Temple/Tee Jay Brown, 6.2, $1,512; 7. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 6.3, $945; 8. (tie) Joel Bach/Kory Koontz and Shane Erickson/Andy Carlson, 6.5, $189 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Austin Stafford/Dayton Stafford and Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 5.3 seconds, $4,064 each; 3. (tie) Jake Stanley/Bucky Campbell and Ralph Williams/Thomas Smith, 5.5, $2,930 each; 5. Jeff Flenniken/Tommye Flenniken Jr., 5.7, $2,079; 6. (tie) Chant DeForest/Bronc Boehnlein, Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis and Taylor White/Jason Minor, 6.0, $945 each. Finals: 1. (tie) David Temple/Tee Jay Brown and Ryan Reed/Dalton Pearce, 6.8 seconds, $1,352 each; 3. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 7.2, $969; 4. Bryce Palmer/Monty Joe Petska, 8.9, $714; 5. Jake Stanley/Bucky Campbell, 9.6, $459; 6. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 11.9, $255. Average: 1. Ryan Reed/Dalton Pearce, 19.5 seconds on three head, $6,521 each; 2. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 20.9, $5,670; 3. David Temple/Tee Jay Brown, 21.2, $4,820; 4. Jake Stanley/Bucky Campbell, 21.8, $3,969; 5. Bryce Palmer/Monty Joe Petska, 22.5, $3,119; 6. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 25.5, $2,268; 7. Cody Snow /Dugan Kelly, 26.3, $1,418; 8. Jordan Tye/Ryan Powell, 26.6, $567. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Cody DeMoss, 87.5 points on Korkow Rodeos' Duck Butter, $4,961; 2. Jesse Wright, 85, $3,803; 3. (tie) Luke Butterfield, Clay Stremler, Clay Elliott and Jake Wright, 82, $1,654 each; 7. Jacobs Crawley, 81.5, $661; 8. (tie) Zeke Thurston and Ryder Wright, 81, $248 each. Finals: 1. Jake Wright, 86 points on Outlawbuckers Rodeo's Lunatic Party, $1,650; 2. Jesse Wright, 85.5, $1,250; 3. (tie) Zeke Thurston, Ryder Wright and Jacobs Crawley, 83.5, $617 each; 6. Chet Johnson, 83, $250. Average: 1. Jesse Wright, 170.5 points on two head, $4,961; 2. Cody DeMoss, 170, $3,803; 3. Jake Wright, 168, $2,811; 4. Jacobs Crawley, 165, $1,819; 5. (tie) Ryder Wright and Zeke Thurston, 164.5, $992 each; 7. Chet Johnson, 163, $661; 8. Luke Butterfield, 160.5, $496. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Shank Edwards, 8.4 seconds, $4,111; 2. Blane Cox, 8.6, $3,575; 3. Ty Holly, 8.7, $3,039; 4. Paul David Tierney, 8.8, $2,503; 5. J.C. Malone, 9.0, $1,966; 6. Chase Williams, 9.1, $1,430; 7. (tie) Riley Pruitt, Jake Pratt and Shane Hanchey, 9.2, $417 each. Second round: 1. Brad Goodrich, 9.4 seconds, $4,111; 2. Chase Williams, 9.8, $3,575; 3. (tie) Jesse Clark and Sterling Smith, 9.9, $2,771 each; 5. Shane Erickson, 10.0, $1,966; 6. Adam Gray, 10.1, $1,430; 7. (tie) Tyler Prcin and Austin Barstow, 10.4, $626 each. Finals: 1. Blane Cox, 9.0 seconds, $1,320; 2. (tie) Chase Williams and Blair Burk, 9.4, $978 each; 4. Brad Goodrich, 9.5, $637; 5. J.C. Malone, 10.3, $410; 6. Ty Holly, 10.5, $228. Average: 1. Chase Williams, 28.3 seconds on three head, $6,167; 2. Brad Goodrich, 29.0, $5,363; 3. Ty Holly, 30.2, $4,558; 4. Blane Cox, 30.8, $3,754; 5. (tie) J.C. Malone and Blair Burk, 31.0, $2,547 each; 7. Shane Erickson, 31.5, $1,341; 8. Matt Shiozawa, 31.8, $536. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Stevi Hillman, 29.64 seconds, $4,915; 2. Kimmie Wall, 29.77, $4,213; 3. Teri Bangart, 29.85, $3,511; 4. Pamela Capper, 30.02, $3,043; 5. Jana Bean, 30.28, $2,341; 6. Darby Fox, 30.29, $1,873; 7. Carmel Wright, 30.31, $1,404; 8. Sydni Blanchard, 30.33, $936; 9. Cayla Melby, 30.39, $702; 10. Paige Willis, 30.45, $468. Finals: 1. Pamela Capper, 29.69 seconds, $2,081; 2. Stevi Hillman, 29.72, $1,560; 3. Kimmie Wall, 29.77, $1,040; 4. Carmel Wright, 29.94, $520. Average: 1. Stevi Hillman, 59.36 seconds on two head, $4,915; 2. Kimmie Wall, 59.54, $4,213; 3. Pamela Capper, 59.71, $3,511; 4. Carmel Wright, 60.25, $3,043; 5. Teri Bangart, 60.68, $2,341; 6. Cayla Melby, 60.79, $1,873; 7. Sydni Blanchard, 61.00, $1,404; 8. Jana Bean, 61.41, $936; 9. Darby Fox, 62.09, $702; 10. Paige Willis, 64.33, $468. 

 

Steer roping: First round: 1. Brent Lewis, 12.1 seconds, $3,812; 2. Jason Stewart, 12.2, $3,314; 3. Cody Lee, 12.4, $2,817; 4. Chet Herren, 13.3, $2,320; 5. Howdy McGinn, 13.6, $1,823; 6. Dakota Kirchenschlager, 13.7, $1,326; 7. Scott Stickley, 14.3, $829; 8. Guy Allen, 14.7, $331. Second round: 1. (tie) Jason Evans and Brent Lewis, 11.5 seconds, $3,563 each; 3. Corey Ross, 13.2, $2,817; 4. Guy Allen, 13.4, $2,320; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.5, $1,823; 6. Ryan Rochlitz, 13.6, $1,326; 7. Brodie Poppino, 13.8, $829; 8. Will McBride, 14.1, $331. Finals: 1. Ryan Rochlitz, 12.8 seconds, $1,117; 2. Jess Tierney, 13.9, $924; 3. Howdy McGinn, 15.9, $732; 4. Troy Tillard, 19.6, $539; 5. Worm Shipley, 23.5, $347; 6. Will McBride, 27.1, $193. Average: 1. Ryan Rochlitz, 42.4 seconds on three head, $5,717; 2. Jess Tierney, 47.6, $4,972; 3. Troy Tillard, 52.7, $4,226; 4. Will McBride, 57.9, $3,480; 5. Howdy McGinn, 58.2, $2,734; 6. Worm Shipley, 66.8, $1,989; 7. Brent Lewis, 23.6 on two head, $1,243; 8. Guy Allen, 28.1, $497. 

 

Bull riding: First round: 1. (tie) Garrett Smith, on Flying Diamond Rodeo's Dam Straight, and Chase Robbins, on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls' Delco, 86 points, $4,469 each; 3. Brady Portenier, 85.5, $2,867; 4. (tie) Roscoe Jarboe, Jeffrey Ramagos and Dakota Louis, 84.5, $1,293 each; 7. Sage Kimzey, 83, $675; 8. Clayton Savage, 82, $506. Finals: 1. Sage Kimzey, 86.5 points on Burch Rodeo's Wolf Of Wall Street, $1,650; 2. Ednei Caminhas, 81.5, $1,250; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Sage Kimzey , 169.5 points on two head, $5,059; 2. Ednei Caminhas, 161, $3,879; 3. (tie) Garrett Smith and Chase Robbins, 86 on one head, $2,361 each; 5. Brady Portenier, 85.5, $1,180; 6. (tie) Roscoe Jarboe, Dakota Louis and Jeffrey Ramagos, 84.5, $675 each. 

 

Total payoff: $516,041. Stock contractor: Calgary Stampede. Sub-contractors: Korkow Rodeos, Burch Rodeo, Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls, Outlawbuckers Rodeo, Corey & Lange Rodeo, Four Star Rodeo, Flying Diamond Rodeo and Brookman-Hyland Rodeo. Rodeo secretaries: Haley Bridwell and Diana Alexander. Timers: Scott Tullis, Roberta Sankey and `Marlo Ward. Announcer: Wayne Brooks. Specialty acts: Spencer Litwork, Bobby Kerr, Jennifer Riata Ranch and Sarah Thompson. Bullfighters: Dusty Tuckness and Tim O'Connor. Clown/barrelman: Justin Rumford. Flankmen: Wade Sankey, Ken Rehill, Chad Burch and Kenny Barringer. Chute boss: Tim Bridwell. Pickup men: James Brown, Gary Rempel, Matt Twitchell, Bobby Marriott and Clint Humble. Photographers: Bill Lawless, Kirt Steinke, James Phifer, Dan Hubbell, W.T. Bruce, Molly Morrow, Bob Click and Roberta Barkley. Music director: Chuck Lopeman.

For more coverage of the Pendleton Round-Up, check out the Oct. 7 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.