Westyn Hughes ropes Red Bluff title with consistency

Casey Tibbs on 'Copper' - Bareback Bronc Riding - Red Bluff Round-Up

Courtesy PRCA (ProRodeo.com)

Courtesy PRCA (ProRodeo.com)



RED BLUFF, Calif. – With his biggest fans watching back home, tie-down roper Westyn Hughes gave them plenty to smile about.

The 19-year-old from Caldwell, Texas, was nearly 2,000 miles from home when he took the title at the Red Bluff Round-Up, topping the field with a time of 40.9 seconds on four head.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to come to Red Bluff and win this rodeo, and I’m fortunate enough to do it this year,” Hughes said. 

“On a four-header you play it just a tad bit conservative and don’t take as many gambles. You want to get the rope around the neck and not break the barrier, that’s the key. You can’t win with a broken barrier – you don’t have to be 7, you just need to be consistent.”

That’s exactly what Hughes did. He didn’t place in the first or third rounds, but won the second round with a time of 8.4 seconds, and then placed third in the finals with a run of 10.0.

That was easily enough to take the average title, as Hughes was nearly two seconds ahead of second-place Cimarron Boardman.

He took home the prestigious Red Bluff title, while earning a total of $6,024. It made everyone back home who was watching on the Wrangler Network very happy.

“My support system is huge,” Hughes said. “I talk to my grandparents on the phone all the time while I’m rodeoing, my dad has run many calves in the practice arena until late into the night with me over the years, and my mom and sister always support me. 

“This isn’t just about me – when I win, everybody in my family wins. They’ve put in the same amount of time and effort into this as I have.”

Hughes seems to be on his way to improving upon his 25th-place finish in the 2016 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

He was 19th entering the weekend, and the money won at Red Bluff should move him close to – if not into – the Top 15.

“This is going to help the bank account quite a bit, and it’s going to take a lot of stress off me,” said Hughes, the 2016 PRCA/Resistol Rookie of the Year in his event. “This is one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had, and I hope I can keep this momentum going and stay sharp.”

Hughes has the horsepower to be a serious contender this season. In addition to the horse he rode in Red Bluff – 11-year-old Klorox – he also owns 2008 PRCA Horse of the Year, Oz, who he bought from Justin Maass, an eight-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

“Oz didn’t make this trip, I’m giving him a little time off,” Hughes said. “The thing about Klorox is that he’s really easy to score good on, and he doesn’t make any errors. In this event, the horse is 75 percent of it, and you can’t win without a good one. I like Oz for a shorter score with smaller cattle, and Klorox is good at a bigger arena with bigger calves, like out in California.”

Making the WNFR for the first time in 2017 is important to Hughes in more ways than one. His grandfather, Glenn, is battling lung cancer, and Hughes wants to be in Las Vegas in December for him.

“It would be a big deal for me to be able to do it for him this year and have him see me accomplish that,” Hughes said. “He’s worked so much to help me achieve success.”

Other winners at the $250,294 rodeo were all-around cowboy Ryle Smith ($7,051 in steer wrestling and tie-down roping), bareback riders Shane O’Connell (85.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Caddy Wagon) and Tilden Hooper (85.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Raggidy Ann), steer wrestler Chance Howard (19.2 seconds on four head), team ropers Coleman Proctor and Billie Jack Saebens (38.1 seconds on four head), saddle bronc rider Hardy Braden (85 points on Calgary Stampede’s Turbo Rocket), barrel racer Stevi Hillman (34.58 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Trey Benton III (88.5 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Heartbreak).

Red Bluff Round-Up

 

Red Bluff, Calif., April 21-23

 

All-around cowboy: Ryle Smith, $7,051, tie-down roping and steer wrestling.

 

Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Shane O'Connell, on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Caddy Wagon, and Tilden Hooper, on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Raggidy Ann, 85.5 points, $6,028 each; 3. Jessy Davis, 84.5, $3,867; 4. Kaycee Feild, 83, $2,502; 5. (tie) Grant Denny and R.C. Landingham, 82.5, $1,365 each; 7. Richmond Champion, 82, $910; 8. (tie) Justin Miller and Austin Foss, 81.5, $341 each. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Kody Dollery, 4.7 seconds, $1,871; 2. Chance Howard, 4.9, $1,548; 3. Baylor Roche, 5.0, $1,226; 4. Tyler Pearson, 5.2, $903; 5. Will Lummus, 5.4, $581; 6. Luke Branquinho, 5.6, $323. Second round: 1. Curtis Cassidy, 4.1 seconds, $1,871; 2. Ryle Smith, 4.6, $1,548; 3. John Franzen, 4.7, $1,226; 4. (tie) Jarret New and Kody Dollery, 4.9, $742 each; 6. (tie) Sterling Lambert and Will Stovall, 5.1, $161 each. Third round: 1. Cody Pratt, 4.4 seconds, $1,871; 2. Ryle Smith, 4.6, $1,548; 3. Baylor Roche, 4.7, $1,226; 4. (tie) Chance Howard and Sterling Lambert, 4.8, $742 each; 6. Josh Peek, 4.9, $323. Finals: 1. Chance Howard, 4.3 seconds, $870; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 4.7, $720; 3. (tie) Luke Branquinho and Taylor Gregg, 4.9, $495 each; 5. Ty Erickson, 5.1, $270; 6. Kody Dollery, 5.2, $150. Average: 1. Chance Howard, 19.2 seconds on four head, $3,741; 2. Kody Dollery, 20.5, $3,096; 3. Ryle Smith, 21.4, $2,451; 4. Ty Erickson, 21.7, $1,806; 5. Dakota Eldridge, 22.2, $1,161; 6. Sterling Lambert, 22.6, $645. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 7.0 seconds, $1,613 each; 2. Brandon Beers/Joel Bach, 7.6, $1,403; 3. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 7.8, $1,192; 4. Derrick Begay/Clay O'Brien Cooper, 8.2, $982; 5. Jake Barnes/Tyler Worley, 8.4, $772; 6. Ryan Reed/Cody Pearson, 8.6, $561; 7. Lane Livingston/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 8.8, $351; 8. Lane Santos-Karney/Dalton Pearce, 9.1, $140. Second round: 1. Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 6.3 seconds, $1,613 each; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 6.4, $1,403; 3. Matt Sherwood/Walt Woodard, 6.9, $1,192; 4. (tie) Doyle Hoskins/B.J. Campbell and Shay Carroll/Todd Hampton, 7.4, $877 each; 6. Jake Stanley/Kyle Lockett, 7.6, $561; 7. Clay Ullery/Riley Wilson, 7.8, $351; 8. Case Hirdes/Cord Forzano, 8.1, $140. Third round: 1. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 7.1 seconds, $1,613 each; 2. Hayes Smith/Russell Cardoza, 7.3, $1,403; 3. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 7.4, $1,192; 4. Shay Carroll/Todd Hampton, 8.2, $982; 5. Preston Burgess/Cody Cowden, 8.7, $772; 6. Jake Cooper/Brady Norman, 9.0, $561; 7. Blake Hirdes/John Chaves, 9.5, $351; 8. Cory Kidd V/Cole Davison, 9.7, $140. Finals: 1. Blake Hirdes/John Chaves, 7.6 seconds, $870 each; 2. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 8.0, $720; 3. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 8.8, $570; 4. Shay Carroll/Todd Hampton, 8.9, $420; 5. (tie) Cory Kidd V/Cole Davison and Dakota Eldridge/Jordan Ketscher, 10.1, $210 each. Average: 1. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 38.1 seconds on four head, $3,226 each; 2. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 38.5, $2,806; 3. Shay Carroll/Todd Hampton, 43.3, $2,385; 4. Blake Hirdes/John Chaves, 47.4, $1,964; 5. Cory Kidd V/Cole Davison, 49.6, $1,543; 6. Jake Cooper/Brady Norman, 53.8, $1,122; 7. Jake Stanley/Kyle Lockett, 54.4, $701; 8. Dakota Eldridge/Jordan Ketscher, 57.0, $281. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Hardy Braden, 85 points on Calgary Stampede's Turbo Rocket, $5,922; 2. Jesse Wright, 84.5, $4,540; 3. (tie) Zeke Thurston and Jake Watson, 83.5, $2,764 each; 5. Cody Wright, 83, $1,382; 6. (tie) Tyrell J Smith and Sterling Crawley, 82.5, $888 each; 8. (tie) Allen Boore and Taos Muncy, 82, $296 each. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Marty Yates, 8.9 seconds, $1,818; 2. D.J. Parker, 9.4, $1,504; 3. Timber Moore, 9.6, $1,191; 4. Catfish Brown, 10.1, $878; 5. Sterling Smith, 10.2, $564; 6. Cody McCartney, 10.4, $313. Second round: 1. Westyn Hughes, 8.4 seconds, $1,818; 2. Cooper Martin, 8.7, $1,504; 3. Cy Eames, 8.9, $1,191; 4. (tie) Cory Solomon and Luke Jeffries, 9.1, $721 each; 6. Clint Nyegaard, 9.2, $313. Third round: 1. Trell Etbauer, 8.9 seconds, $1,818; 2. Ryle Smith, 9.3, $1,504; 3. Luke Landry, 10.2, $1,191; 4. Cimarron Boardman, 10.7, $878; 5. Jake Pratt, 10.8, $564; 6. Roger Nonella, 11.1, $313. Finals: 1. Cimarron Boardman, 8.7 seconds, $1,140; 2. Mesquite Mahaffey, 8.9, $855; 3. Westyn Hughes, 10.0, $570; 4. Monty Lewis, 10.1, $285. Average: 1. Westyn Hughes, 40.9 seconds on four head, $3,636; 2. Cimarron Boardman, 42.8, $3,009; 3. Catfish Brown, 43.0, $2,382; 4. Mesquite Mahaffey, 43.5, $1,755; 5. Trell Etbauer, 43.8, $1,128; 6. Jake Pratt, 45.6, $627. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. (tie) Christine Laughlin and Carley Richardson, 17.26 seconds, $2,346 each; 3. (tie) Tiany Schuster and Kellie Collier, 17.37, $1,684 each; 5. Jana Bean, 17.38, $1,203; 6. Taylor Langdon, 17.42, $963; 7. Jill Welsh, 17.50, $722; 8. Stevi Hillman, 17.56, $481; 9. Jaime Hinton, 17.58, $361; 10. Carman Pozzobon, 17.61, $241. Second round: 1. Stevi Hillman, 17.02 seconds, $2,527; 2. Sydni Blanchard, 17.07, $2,166; 3. Nellie Miller, 17.19, $1,805; 4. Taylor Langdon, 17.22, $1,564; 5. Tiany Schuster, 17.23, $1,203; 6. Jaime Hinton, 17.33, $963; 7. Kris Gadbois, 17.35, $722; 8. Mary Jo Camera, 17.40, $481; 9. Sami Morisoli, 17.41, $361; 10. (tie) Kellie Collier and Brittany Kelly, 17.42, $120 each. Average: 1. Stevi Hillman, 34.58 seconds on two head, $2,527; 2. Tiany Schuster, 34.60, $2,166; 3. Taylor Langdon, 34.64, $1,805; 4. Carley Richardson, 34.71, $1,564; 5. Kellie Collier, 34.79, $1,203; 6. Sydni Blanchard, 34.86, $963; 7. Jaime Hinton, 34.91, $722; 8. Jill Welsh, 34.96, $481; 9. Kris Gadbois, 35.04, $361; 10. Nellie Miller, 35.07, $241. 

 

Bull riding: 1. Trey Benton III, 88.5 points on Rosser Rodeo's Heartbreak, $6,368; 2. Tim Bingham, 85.5, $4,882; 3. Roscoe Jarboe, 84, $3,609; 4. Garrett Tribble, 82, $2,335; 5. Jordan Hansen, 81, $1,486; 6. Cain Smith, 80, $1,061; 7. Brennon Eldred, 76, $849; 8. Jesse Petri, 74, $637. 

 

Total payoff: $250,294. Stock contractor: Flying U Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Corey & Lange Rodeo, Rosser Rodeo, Four Star Rodeo, Bridwell Pro Rodeos and Calgary Stampede. Rodeo secretary: Haley Bridwell. Timers: Sherry Rice-Gibson and Molly Twitchell. Announcers: Bob Tallman and Wayne Brooks. Specialty act: John Harrison. Bullfighters: Dusty Tuckness and Eric Layton. Clown/barrelman: John Harrison. Flankmen: Ken Rehill, Tony Amaral, Jeff Davis and Tim Bridwell. Chute boss: Tony Amaral. Pickup men: Matt Twitchell, Bronc Boehnlein, Bobby Marriott and Gary Rempel. Photographers: Matt Cohen and Bob Click. Music director: Chuck Lopeman.

For more coverage of the Red Bluff Round-Up, check out the May 12 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.

South of 49 Rodeo Update

Courtesy CPRA

Courtesy CPRA

April 23 - Several Canadians collected cheques this past weekend at rodeos south of the 49th parallel. 

Among them were Reigning World Champion Zeke Thurston and NFR qualifier, Jake Watson, who led the parade of Canadians to the winner’s circle as they marked 83.5 each in the bronc riding to split 3rd place money at the Red Bluff Roundup - each collecting $2764. Calgary Stampede bronc, Turbo Rocket carried Hardy Braden to an 85 point ride for the Red Bluff bronc riding win and $5,922. Steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy won the 2nd go-round at Red Bluff (4.1) - good for $1871 while defending Canadian Champion bull rider Jordan Hansen won 5th (81 points) for $1486. Team ropers Clay W. Ullery and Riley Wilson Rope Horses earned $351 each for a 7th place finish in Round 2 (7.8 secs) and CFR barrel racer Carman Pozzobon was 10th in the first round for $261. Veteran CFR/NFR pick up man, GARY REMPEL was in the saddle at the California venue as well.

Reigning Canadian High Point Champion Morgan Grant picked up two cheques at the Longview PRCA Rodeo in Longview, Texas. Grant was 3rd in the SW and 4th in the TDR for a total of $794.

Meanwhile at Jesse Andrus & Mike Hillman Memorial Pro Rodeo in Rozwell, New Mexico Luke Creasy: Professional Bareback Rider was 77 points on Silver Creek Rodeo Co.'s Nickel Creek for $940 and the win. And two time World Champion barrel racer Lindsay Sears ran a 17.10 - good for 7th place and $267.