Cutter Parsons gets ‘surprise’ win at World’s Oldest Rodeo

Story Courtesy PRCA & ProRodeo.com

          PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Cutter Parsons, who only competes in about a dozen rodeos a year, fulfilled a dream by winning the World’s Oldest Rodeo on the Fourth of July.

          “It’s very, very exciting,” he said. “It was a nice surprise.”

          The 33-year-old Turquoise Circuit cowboy won the two-head average with a time of 9.2 seconds and took home checks totaling $5,703. Not bad for less than 10 seconds of work.

          Both of his runs were on Monday, as he won the first round with a run of 4.4 seconds during morning slack. He went 4.8 seconds in the afternoon perf – the last one of the June 28-July 4 rodeo – and just about knew he’d wrapped up one of the biggest wins of his career.

          “Once I threw him down, I knew there was nobody behind me that could probably catch me,” he said. “They had to be 3s, so I was pretty sure I was going to win. It was very exhilarating.”

          And to do it at the World’s Oldest Rodeo was a great bonus.

          “As far as rodeos go – other than Cheyenne, Wyo. – this one is my favorite,” Parsons said. “I don’t go much, and I don’t go far these days because of my business. This is one of the top ones in our circuit and, for a spectator, it’s one of the best to go to.”

          He had lots of support in the stands, including his wife Sarah and their two sons, Ryder, 9, and River, 7, plus his parents and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins.

          Parsons said his two-head time of 9.2 seconds – which beat runner-up Jacob Talley by 1.2 seconds – “is a very good time for Prescott, and one of my best ever.”

          “It’s always such a hard rodeo to win,” he said. “To draw two good steers and put together two good runs is pretty tough. I’ve been close, but never won it.”

          Parsons said he finished third in the average in Prescott about five years ago in the bulldogging, and was eighth last year.

          Now, much of Parsons’ time is spent running his building contractor business, which he began a little more than two years ago.

          “It’s been a very good two years,” he said.

          The only other rodeo he competed at during Cowboy Christmas this past week was Window Rock, Ariz.

          Parsons lives and works in Marana, Ariz., about an hour south of Phoenix. He’d won $126,643 prior to this season – although most of that was in tie-down roping ($92,124) rather than steer wrestling ($34,265), with another check or two coming in team roping.

          Parsons, who used to rodeo more than he does now, is not without credentials. He won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo tie-down roping championship in 2007 in Pocatello, Idaho. He also won Turquoise Circuit year-end all-around championships from 2007-09 and the year-end tie-down roping title in 2008.

          His older brother, Joe, won seven Turquoise Circuit year-end titles in tie-down roping and Joe's son, Joseph, has won three. Cutter’s other older brother, Clay, also has his PRCA car and competed in Prescott in team roping.

          The brothers learned to rope from their dad, Charlie, who competed in tie-down roping and team roping.

          Cutter Parsons competed in tie-down roping in Prescott but missed his first calf and had a time of 10.1 seconds on his second.

          “I don’t’ get a whole lot of time to practice either event,” Parsons said. “The business keeps me busy. I practice tie-down more, and used to concentrate on it more. I was probably better at it.”

          He rode the horse of a good friend, Tim Robertson, and also credited his hazer, Dean McIntyre.

          Other winners at the $252,218 rodeo were all-around cowboy JoJo LeMond ($2,715 in team roping and steer roping), bareback rider Tim O'Connell (86 points on JK Rodeo's Molly), team ropers Riley Minor and Brady Minor (12.4 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Clay Elliott (87 points on Harry Vold Rodeo's Happy Valley), tie-down roper Rhen Richard (16.7 seconds on two head), barrel racer Falena Hunter (35.08 seconds on two head), steer roper Jess Tierney (40.2 seconds on three head) and bull rider Ednei Caminhas (83.5 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo's Spanish Moss).

World s Oldest Rodeo

Prescott, Ariz., June 28-July 4

 

All-around cowboy: JoJo LeMond, $2,715, team roping and steer roping.

 

Bareback riding: 1. Tim O'Connell, 86 points on JK Rodeo's Molly, $5,788; 2. Casey Breuer, 83, $4,438; 3. Tanner Aus, 82.5, $3,280; 4. Devan Reilly, 81, $2,122; 5. Kyle Brennecke, 80.5, $1,351; 6. (tie) Scotty NeSmith and Ty Breuer, 80, $868 each; 8. Luke Creasy, 79, $579. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Cutter Parsons, 4.4 seconds, $1,915; 2. Jacob Talley, 4.8, $1,665; 3. Damian Padilla, 4.9, $1,415; 4. (tie) Logan Gledhill and Tim Robertson, 5.7, $1,041 each; 6. Tyler Waguespack, 5.9, $666; 7. Tooter Silver, 6.0, $416; 8. (tie) Monty Eakin and Blaine Jones, 6.2, $83 each. Second round: 1. Riley Duvall, 4.2 seconds, $1,915; 2. (tie) Aaron Vosler and Cody Pratt, 4.6, $1,540 each; 4. Matt Reeves, 4.7, $1,166; 5. Cutter Parsons, 4.8, $916; 6. (tie) Josh Peek and Ethen Thouvenell, 5.1, $541 each; 8. Michael Bates Jr., 5.3, $167. Average: 1. Cutter Parsons, 9.2 seconds on two head, $2,872; 2. Jacob Talley, 10.4, $2,498; 3. Cody Pratt, 11.0, $2,123; 4. Matt Reeves, 12.0, $1,748; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 12.2, $1,374; 6. Ethen Thouvenell, 12.6, $999; 7. Damian Padilla, 13.2, $624; 8. Logan Gledhill, 13.3, $250. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Joel Bach/Cody Cowden, 5.8 seconds, $2,457 each; 2. Tate Kirchenschlager/Will Woodfin, 5.9, $2,136; 3. Chase Massengill/Daylan Frost, 6.0, $1,816; 4. (tie) Colby Lovell/Travis Graves and Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 6.2, $1,335 each; 6. (tie) Tyler Waters/Chase Tryan and Michael Calmelat/Harley Martin, 6.5, $694 each; 8. (tie) Johnny Salvo/Shank Edwards and Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 6.6, $107 each. Second round: 1. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 5.2 seconds, $2,457 each; 2. (tie) Lane Ivy/B.J. Dugger and Aaron Tsinigine/Kinney Harrell, 5.5, $1,976 each; 4. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 5.6, $1,496; 5. Nate Singletary/Tom Bill Johnson, 5.7, $1,175; 6. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.8, $855; 7. (tie) Marcus Theriot/Lane Mitchell and Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 5.9, $374 each. Average: 1. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 12.4 seconds on two head, $3,685 each; 2. Colby Lovell/Travis Graves, 12.5, $3,205; 3. Lane Ivy/B.J. Dugger, 13.1, $2,724; 4. Tate Kirchenschlager/Will Woodfin, 13.3, $2,243; 5. JoJo LeMond/Kory Koontz, 13.8, $1,763; 6. Kory Bramwell/Cole Jackson, 14.2, $1,282; 7. Cole Sherwood/Steve Sherwood, 15.3, $801; 8. Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 15.9, $320. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Clay Elliott, 87 points on Harry Vold Rodeo's Happy Valley, $6,007; 2. Cody DeMoss, 84, $4,605; 3. Rusty Wright, 82.5, $3,404; 4. Jade Blackwell, 82, $2,202; 5. (tie) Luke Butterfield and Jake Wright, 81.5, $1,201 each; 7. Jesse James Kirby, 81, $801; 8. (tie) Taos Muncy and Cameron Messier, 79.5, $300 each. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. (tie) Marcus Theriot, Marshall Leonard and Rhen Richard, 8.5 seconds, $2,077 each; 4. Ryle Smith, 8.8, $1,454; 5. Matt Shiozawa, 9.1, $1,143; 6. (tie) Shank Edwards and Cody McCartney, 9.2, $675 each; 8. (tie) Reese Riemer and Quay Howard, 9.6, $104 each. Second round: 1. Rhen Richard, 8.2 seconds, $2,389; 2. Quay Howard, 8.3, $2,077; 3. (tie) Rick Kieckhefer and Randall Carlisle, 8.5, $1,610 each; 5. (tie) Matt Shiozawa, Taylor Santos and Reese Riemer, 8.6, $831 each; 8. (tie) Cody McCartney and Michael Otero, 8.7, $104 each. Average: 1. Rhen Richard, 16.7 seconds on two head, $3,584; 2. Matt Shiozawa, 17.7, $3,116; 3. (tie) Cody McCartney and Quay Howard, 17.9, $2,415 each; 5. (tie) Reese Riemer and Marshall Leonard, 18.2, $1,480 each; 7. Jesse Clark, 18.6, $779; 8. Shank Edwards, 18.7, $312. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Jill Welsh, 17.45 seconds, $1,919; 2. Timi Lickley, 17.59, $1,645; 3. Taylor Jacob, 17.60, $1,371; 4. Amanda Cupp, 17.61, $1,188; 5. (tie) Falena Hunter and Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.64, $823 each; 7. Betsy Nunn, 17.68, $548; 8. Lori Todd, 17.74, $366; 9. Terry Stanford, 17.78, $274; 10. (tie) Mary Dolven, Dolli Lautaret and Erin Parsons, 17.79, $61 each. Second round: 1. Sammi Bessert, 17.38 seconds, $1,919; 2. Falena Hunter, 17.44, $1,645; 3. Taylor Jacob, 17.55, $1,371; 4. Erin Parsons, 17.64, $1,188; 5. Ashley Haller, 17.68, $914; 6. Rebecca Kenner, 17.72, $731; 7. Sydni Blanchard, 17.79, $548; 8. (tie) Jody Heisler and Lori Todd, 17.81, $320 each; 10. Jenna Duhon, 17.85, $183. Average: 1. Falena Hunter, 35.08 seconds on two head, $1,919; 2. Taylor Jacob, 35.15, $1,645; 3. Sammi Bessert, 35.23, $1,371; 4. Jill Welsh, 35.36, $1,188; 5. Erin Parsons, 35.43, $914; 6. Rebecca Kenner, 35.52, $731; 7. Lori Todd, 35.55, $548; 8. (tie) Ashley Haller and Sarah Rose McDonald, 35.58, $320 each; 10. Amanda Cupp, 35.66, $183. 

 

Steer roping: First round: 1. Leo Campbell, 11.3 seconds, $1,151; 2. JoJo LeMond, 12.0, $953; 3. (tie) Corey Ross and Rocky Patterson, 12.5, $655 each; 5. Guy Allen, 13.7, $357; 6. Jess Tierney, 13.8, $198. Second round: 1. Jason Evans, 10.3 seconds, $1,151; 2. Garrett Hale, 10.6, $953; 3. Rocky Patterson, 11.5, $754; 4. J. Tom Fisher, 12.5, $556; 5. Mark Milner, 12.7, $357; 6. (tie) Jess Tierney, Corey Ross and Roger Branch, 13.1, $66 each. Third round: 1. Garrett Hale, 9.9 seconds, $1,151; 2. Guy Allen, 10.2, $953; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.4, $754; 4. Bryce Davis, 10.7, $556; 5. Roger Branch, 11.5, $357; 6. Jason Evans, 11.8, $198. Average: 1. Jess Tierney, 40.2 seconds on three head, $1,726; 2. Rocky Patterson, 41.8, $1,429; 3. Shay Good, 44.2, $1,131; 4. Shay Johnson, 60.2, $833; 5. Garrett Hale, 20.5 on two head, $536; 6. Jason Evans, 22.1, $298. 

 

Bull riding: 1. Ednei Caminhas, 83.5 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo's Spanish Moss, $6,796; 2. (tie) Wyatt Edwards and Caleb Robinson, 77.5, $4,530 each; 4. Ramon Curley, 76, $2,492; 5. Brady Portenier, 63, $1,586; no other qualified rides. 

 

Total payoff: $252,218. Stock contractor: Harry Vold Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Hi Lo ProRodeo, JK Rodeo and 4L & Diamond S Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Mikey Duggan. Officials: Harry Rose Jr, Chuck Hoss, Mike Jones and Glenn Sullivan. Timers: Mary Borgen and Michelle Corley. Announcer: Randy Corley. Specialty act: OneArmBandit Payne. Bullfighters: Josh Rivinius and Quirt Hunt. Flankmen: Scott Pickens, The Hitman Adams, Jim Brown and Jim Kenney. Chute bosses: Kirsten Vold and Dalton Ward. Pickup men: Ty Atchison and Dalton Ward. Photographers: Reed Settle and Dale Miller. Music director: Hambone Hilton.

          Read more about the World’s Oldest Rodeo in the July 15 ProRodeo Sports News.