RodeoHouston Semifinal 2 athletes advance to Super Series Championship for a chance at $50,000, Saturday March 19.

TIE-DOWN ROPING                 

Kyle Smith of Oakdale, California, had the winning Tie-Down Roping run of the evening. It is only Smith’s second year at RodeoHouston, but he was extremely impressed by the welcoming crowd.  

“Houston is the best as far as hospitality—first class,” he said.

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Ryle Smith —Oakdale, California — $8,250
Randall Carlisle —Athens, Louisiana — $5,500

Cody Ohl —Hico, Texas — $4,000

Blair Burk —Durant, Oklahoma — $5,250



RodeoHouston newcomer, Mason Clements, claimed the Semifinal 2 Bareback Riding Champion title and could not be more thrilled to be in the running for $50,000.


“It’s awesome, I’m at a loss for words,” Clements said. “It’s great to be here with some of my best friends and great athletes.”


Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Mason Clements —Sandy, Utah — $5,750
JR Vezain —Cowley, Wyoming — $8,000

Tim O’Connell —Zwingle, Iowa — $4,750

RC Landingham —Vina, California — $3,000


Rhen Richard and Cole Davison had the fastest run of the night and won the Semifinal 2 Team Roping title. Richard and Davison have had previous successes at RodeoHouston and are looking forward to the Championship round.

“Houston takes care of us better than anyone else,” Davison said.

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Rhen Richard —Roosevelt, Utah, and Cole Davison — Stephenville, Texas — $13,500
Roland McFadden —Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, and Tyrel Flewelling — Lacombe, Alberta, Canada— $15,500

Billy Bob Brown —Stephenville, Texas, and Garrett Jess — Coulee City, Washington — $10,000

Jojo Lemond —Andrews, Texas, and Jim Ross Cooper — Stephenville, Texas — $11,500



Cody Demoss had the top saddle bronc ride of the night in Semifinal 2. Demoss’ goal is to stay healthy and focused in the days leading up to Saturday’s Championship.


“I try not to think about anything except for doing my job,” Demoss said.


Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Cody Demoss —Heflin, Louisiana — $9,000
Wade Sundell —Boxholm, Iowa — $4,000

Sam Spreadborough —Snyder, Texas — $5,500

Heith Demoss —Heflin, Louisiana— $3,250



Ty Erickson of Helena, Montana, pinned his steer in 4.4 seconds tonight to win Semifinal 2 and is feeling strong going into the Championship round.

 “I feel good,” Erickson said. “My horse is working good, and my traveling partners have been a big help.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Ty Erickson —Helena, Montana — $6,000
Baylor Roche —Tremonton, Utah — $7,000

Josh Clark —Texarkana, Arkansas — $6,750

Sean Mulligan —Coleman, Oklahoma — $4,750



Lisa Lockhart flew through the barrels and sped to victory with a 14.1 second run, claiming the Semifinal 2 Barrel Racing title. Last but not least in the events lineup, Lockhart had her best run yet at RodeoHouston.

“That was by far our best run, time wasn’t even an indicator,” Lockhart said. “It felt smooth and was a clean team effort. I couldn’t be more proud of my horse, and I’m beyond thrilled.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Lisa Lockhart —Oelrichs, South Dakota — $11,000
Brenda Mays —Terrebonne, Oregon — $5,000

Carley Richardson —Pampa, Texas — $6,750

Britany Diaz —Solen, North Dakota — $5,250


Trevor Kastner’s 84-point ride won him the Semifinal 2 Bull Riding title. The quiet cowboy is ready to compete for the $50,000 prize.


“I feel really good and healthy going into Saturday,” Kastner said,.


Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Trevor Kastner —Ardmore, Oklahoma — $8,500
Clayton Savage —Yoder, Wyoming — $5,500

Ty Wallace —Cobran, Colorado — $4,000

Tyler Smith —Fruita, Colorado — $5,250


The top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds advance to the RodeoHouston Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 19. The remaining six from each event in the two semifinals will compete in the Wild Card Round, Friday, March 18, 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.


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