Wade Sumpter grabs statement win in Odessa

PRCA Photo by Dudley Barker



ODESSA, Texas – Wade Sumpter won the first big rodeo of the 2016 winter season, and with it announced that he’s back and ready to be a force in the steer wrestling once again.

The six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier posted a two-head average time of 8.3 seconds to win the Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo. 

It was Sumpter’s first win since the 2014 rodeo season. After making it to the WNFR in 2012 and 2013 – where he finished fourth and 11th in the world, respectively – the 34-year-old had been rodeoing less the past two years after he and wife Linsay welcomed their son, Weston, into the world in December 2013.

“I’ve stayed home quite a bit the last two years to spend more time with my family,” Sumpter said. “It’s been a slight change, but I created more stuff at home to do to help us make a living as a family, like running cows. The spring and fall are a busy time of year for me, but I’ve still been rodeoing here and there.”

Sumpter placed second in the first round in Odessa with a time of 4.0 seconds, then tied for fourth in the second round. His average time held off his friend Billy Bugenig’s 8.6-second total by three-tenths of a second.

Sumpter rode his talented horse, Two Guns, and Bugenig rode a different horse that the two men co-own. It was a good start to 2016 for both, as Sumpter earned a total of $4,925 and Bugenig wasn’t far behind with $3,597. 

“There wasn’t any trick to winning, it was the same old stuff, but I did it better than in the past,” Sumpter said. “I got good starts and good steers, and had some luck. I hadn’t won something in so long, I was due to win.”

The past two seasons, Sumpter has gone to less rodeos, and finished just inside the top 50 of the world standings both times.

He says a big win like the one he wrestled in Odessa is exactly what he needed to jump start his 2016 season, but he knows it won’t be this easy at every rodeo.

“This gives you confidence and makes you think it’s easy again, even though it isn’t,” the Fowler, Colo., cowboy said. “This was the first rodeo I’ve been to other than the Denver Qualifier. I’m not good at math, but that’s pretty good. You can’t do any better than 1-for-1.”

Sumpter says his plan includes hitting the big winter rodeos, then taking the spring off and hitting the road full time, starting in Reno, Nev., at the end of June.

He says the key to staying fresh at the age of 34 is to not run too many practice steers.

“We ran 25 fresh steers today, but I don’t run many of them because I’m old and get sore,” he said. “I haze for other guys, and I like to watch. You can learn a lot from watching someone else, and it doesn’t always have to be you practicing to get better.”

Other winners at the $255,017 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($5,181 in tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback rider Teddy Athan (82 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Little Jet), team ropers Tyler Wade and Kinney Harrell (8.6 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (85 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Dumbbell), tie-down roper Tuf Cooper (7.4 seconds), steer roper Shane Suggs (46.0 seconds on four head), barrel racer Jana Bean (14.76 seconds) and bull rider Cody Johansen (87.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s High Tensile).


A little Get Salty cowboy gets some quality time with Miss Rodeo Sandhills.


Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo

Odessa, Texas, Jan. 8-16


All-around cowboy: Trevor Brazile, $5,181, tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Teddy Athan, 82 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Little Jet, $3,144; 2. (tie) Jake Brown, Zack Brown and Ty Breuer, 81.5, $1,782 each; 5. Matt Bright, 81, $734; 6. (tie) George Gillespie IV and Taylor Price, 80, $472 each; 8. Evan Jayne, 78, $314. 


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Jacob Shofner, 3.7 seconds, $1,730; 2. Wade Sumpter, 4.0, $1,504; 3. (tie) Billy Bugenig and Brad Johnson, 4.2, $1,166 each; 5. Josh Peek, 4.3, $827; 6. Blair Jones, 4.4, $602; 7. (tie) Clint Shofner, Jake Rinehart and Kody Woodward, 4.5, $175 each. Second round: 1. Justin Morehouse, 3.8 seconds, $1,730; 2. (tie) Cole Fulton and Daryl Joe Elliott, 4.2, $1,391 each; 4. (tie) Jule Hazen, Wade Sumpter and Jason Lahr, 4.3, $827 each; 7. (tie) Rowdy Parrott, Billy Bugenig and Tom Uttermark, 4.4, $175 each. Average: 1. Wade Sumpter, 8.3 seconds on two head, $2,594; 2. Billy Bugenig, 8.6, $2,256; 3. Clayton Tuchscherer, 9.2, $1,918; 4. (tie) Brad Johnson and Kody Woodward, 9.5, $1,410 each; 6. Cody Pratt, 9.6, $902; 7. Dean Gorsuch, 9.8, $564; 8. (tie) Tom Uttermark and Justin Shaffer, 9.9, $113 each. 


Team roping: First round: 1. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.1 seconds, $2,440 each; 2. (tie) Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell and Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.3, $1,963 each; 4. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 4.6, $1,485; 5. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.7, $1,167; 6. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.8, $849; 7. (tie) Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith and Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 5.0, $371 each. Second round: 1. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV, 3.9 seconds, $2,440 each; 2. Colby Lovell/Kollin VonAhn, 4.0, $2,122; 3. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 4.1, $1,803; 4. Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza, 4.2, $1,485; 5. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.3, $1,167; 6. (tie) Chris Francis/Cade Passig and Zayne Dishion/Chase Tryan, 4.4, $690 each; 8. (tie) Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, Ty Blasingame/Josh Fillmore and Turtle Powell/Martin Lucero, 4.5, $71 each. Average: 1. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 8.6 seconds on two head, $3,660 each; 2. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 9.1, $3,183; 3. (tie) Colby Lovell/Kollin VonAhn, Chad Masters/Travis Graves and Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza, 9.5, $2,228 each; 6. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 9.7, $1,273; 7. Joel Bach/Kory Koontz, 9.8, $796; 8. Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 10.3, $318. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 85 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Dumbbell, $4,185; 2. Tyrel Larsen, 83, $3,208; 3. Jake Watson, 82, $2,371; 4. (tie) Joey Sonnier and Zeke Thurston, 80, $1,255 each; 6. (tie) Audy Reed, Jake Wright, Cole Elshere and Justin Caylor, 79, $418 each. 


Tie-down roping: 1. Tuf Cooper, 7.4 seconds, $3,907; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.5, $3,496; 3. Cade Swor, 7.7, $3,084; 4. Caleb Smidt, 7.8, $2,673; 5. Taylor Santos, 8.0, $2,262; 6. Bryson Sechrist, 8.1, $1,851; 7. Cory Solomon, 8.3, $1,439; 8. (tie) Cimarron Boardman and Chris Demases, 8.4, $822 each; 10. Clint Cooper, 8.8, $206. 


Barrel racing: 1. Jana Bean, 14.76 seconds, $5,537; 2. Jackie Ganter, 14.77, $4,429; 3. Mary Burger, 14.81, $3,599; 4. Brooke Rix, 14.91, $2,768; 5. Jill Wilson, 14.92, $2,215; 6. Katie Carroll, 14.93, $1,661; 7. Kelsey Lutjen, 14.97, $1,384; 8. (tie) Benette Little and Kelly Tovar, 14.98, $1,177 each; 10. Jaime Hinton, 15.03, $969; 11. Abby Penson, 15.05, $830; 12. Sabrina Ketcham, 15.08, $692; 13. Cassidy Kruse, 15.11, $554; 14. Morgan Breaux, 15.12, $415; 15. Nicole Riggle, 15.13, $277. 


Steer roping: First round: 1. Jarrett Blessing, 10.2 seconds, $2,169; 2. Shane Suggs, 10.6, $1,886; 3. John Bland, 10.8, $1,603; 4. (tie) Brent Lewis, JB Whatley and J.P. Wickett, 11.1, $1,037 each; 7. J. Tom Fisher, 11.2, $472; 8. (tie) JoJo LeMond and Will McBride, 11.5, $94 each. Second round: 1. Chet Herren, 10.1 seconds, $2,169; 2. (tie) Shorty Garten, Landon McClaugherty and J. Tom Fisher, 10.3, $1,603 each; 5. Trevor Brazile, 10.4, $1,037; 6. Marty Jones, 10.6, $755; 7. Tony Reina, 11.5, $472; 8. (tie) Scott Snedecor and Shane Suggs, 11.6, $94 each. Third round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 9.8 seconds, $2,169; 2. Jason Evans, 9.9, $1,886; 3. Marty Jones, 10.1, $1,603; 4. Shane Suggs, 10.3, $1,320; 5. Stephen Stransky, 10.4, $1,037; 6. (tie) Lawson Plemons and Vin Fisher Jr., 10.6, $613 each; 8. Ty Herd, 11.8, $189. Fourth round: 1. Shay Good, 9.9 seconds, $2,169; 2. Stephen Stransky, 10.0, $1,886; 3. (tie) Jarrett Blessing and Guy Allen, 10.2, $1,462 each; 5. J.P. Wickett, 10.3, $1,037; 6. Rocky Patterson, 10.4, $755; 7. Chance Kelton, 10.5, $472; 8. Brad Mohon, 10.6, $189. Average: 1. Shane Suggs, 46.0 seconds on four head, $4,338; 2. Trevor Brazile, 48.1, $3,773; 3. J. Tom Fisher, 48.3, $3,207; 4. Scott Snedecor, 50.6, $2,641; 5. Chance Kelton, 59.9, $2,075; 6. (tie) Garrett Hale and Todd Casebolt, 63.4, $1,226 each; 8. Ryan Willberg, 66.1, $377. 


Bull riding: 1. Cody Johansen, 87.5 points on Powder River Rodeo's High Tensile, $5,272; 2. (tie) Dustin Bowen and Corey Maier, 83, $3,515 each; 4. Denton Fugate, 81, $1,933; 5. Handy andy Coughlin, 80, $1,230; 6. Edgar Durazo, 78, $879; 7. (tie) Chandler Bownds and Chris Roundy, 77.5, $615 each. 


Total payoff: $255,017. Stock contractor: Beutler & Son Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Powder River Rodeo, JK Rodeo, D & H Cattle and Andrews Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Vickie Shireman. Officials: Harry Rose Jr, Chuck Hoss and Cliff Overstreet. Timers: Michelle Corley and Ti Ada Wise. Announcer: Randy Corley. Specialty acts: Cody Sosebee and Brice Chapman. Bullfighters: Dusty Tuckness, Nathan Jestes and Nathan Harp. Clown/barrelman: Cody Sosebee. Flankmen: Rhett Beutler, Jim Kenney and Carroll Gilstrap. Chute bosses: Bennie Beutler and Matt Scott. Pickup men: Shandon Stalls and Matt Scott. Photographer: Dudley Barker Jr. Music directors: Benje Bendele and John Bendele.



For complete coverage of the Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo, be sure to check out the Jan. 29 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.