Denton Fugate grabs Old Fort Days title

PRCAPhoto by Phil Kitts

 

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Denton Fugate acknowledged he was in much-need of a confidence boost.

Well, the Dixie, Mo., bull rider received the jolt he was looking for when he won the Old Fort Days rodeo (May 30-June 4) with an 85.5-point ride on J Bar J's Cold Dice at Harper Stadium.

“He was a really good bull,” said Fugate, 21. “He made one big jump and then turned back to the left, back into my hand, and that’s how I like them. He bucked really hard the whole time and it just all worked out. It felt like a really good ride. I’ve been in kind of a slump for a little bit, so it was really nice to get that ride.”

According to Fugate, when he climbed aboard Cold Dice, he didn’t have a plan of action.

“I had never seen that bull before,” Fugate said. “I didn’t have a game plan for that bull or anything like that, but everything just fell right into place.” 

Fugate made his ride June 1 at Fort Smith and when the rodeo concluded he won a $3,271 check.

“That money is going to help me out a lot coming into the summer,” Fugate said. “I have a big summer run planned and this is going to help out a bunch. I went last year to Fort Smith and it sure didn’t go as good for me as it did this year because I got thrown off last year.”

Fugate is in his second season of going fulltime in the PRCA and he’s upbeat about his progress.

“I’ve learned a whole lot, especially about trying to be more confident and entering,” said Fugate, who also competes in the Great Lakes Circuit. “I’m also just trying to be more consistent, and this win should really kick-start my summer.”

Other winners at the $123,150 rodeo were all-around cowboy Cole Elshere ($1,929, saddle bronc riding and bull riding), bareback riders Tim O’Connell (86 points on J Bar J's Hell On Hooves) and Anthony Thomas (86 points on J Bar J's Dirty Rags), steer wrestler K.C. Jones (8.6 seconds on two head), team ropers John Alley/Clark Adcock (4.2 seconds), saddle bronc rider Doug Aldridge (83 points on J Bar J's Just Bugs), tie-down roper Marty Yates (8.6 seconds), and barrel racer Sabra O'Quinn (16.51 seconds).

 


Old Fort Days Rodeo

Fort Smith, Ark., May 30-June 4

All-around cowboy: Cole Elshere, $1,929, saddle bronc riding and bull riding.

 

Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Tim O'Connell, on J Bar J's Hell On Hooves, and Anthony Thomas, on J Bar J's Dirty Rags, 86 points, $2,023 each; 3. Shelton Murphy, 82, $1,298; 4. (tie) Kyle Brennecke, Evan Jayne and Joel Schlegel, 79, $585 each; 7. Tyler Berghuis, 78.5, $305; 8. (tie) Winn Ratliff, Mark Kreder and Richmond Champion, 78, $76 each. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Cody Ariola, 4.0 seconds, $1,885; 2. Chance Howard, 4.2, $1,560; 3. (tie) Cody Kroul and K.C. Jones, 4.3, $1,072 each; 5. Cody Doescher, 4.4, $585; 6. (tie) Gary Gilbert and Blair Jones, 4.6, $162 each. Second round: 1. K.C. Jones, 4.3 seconds, $1,885; 2. J.D. Struxness, 4.4, $1,560; 3. Cade Staton, 4.5, $1,235; 4. (tie) Royce Johnson, Shane Frey and Jake Johnson, 4.6, $607 each. Average: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.6 seconds on two head, $2,827; 2. Shane Frey, 9.4, $2,340; 3. (tie) J.D. Struxness and Cody Metsker, 10.8, $1,609 each; 5. (tie) Nick Guy and Cody Kroul, 10.9, $682 each. 

 

Team roping: 1. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 4.2 seconds, $3,706 each; 2. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.4, $3,316; 3. Cole Sherwood/Steve Sherwood, 4.9, $2,926; 4. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 5.0, $2,536; 5. Jake Orman/Tyler Domingue, 5.2, $2,146; 6. (tie) Travis Tryan/Tyler Worley and Kelsey Parchman/Kinney Harrell, 5.4, $1,560 each; 8. Parker Warner/Brandon Keifer, 5.5, $975; 9. (tie) Joel Bach/Jake Smith and Pace Freed/Logan Medlin, 5.7, $390 each. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Doug Aldridge, 83 points on J Bar J's Just Bugs, $2,515; 2. Cole Elshere, 82.5, $1,929; 3. Zachariah Phillips, 80, $1,425; 4. Curtis Garton, 79.5, $922; 5. Heith DeMoss, 78, $587; 6. (tie) Jade Blackwell and Wyatt Casper, 77.5, $377 each; 8. Treyson Antonick, 76, $252. 

 

Tie-down roping: 1. Marty Yates, 8.6 seconds, $2,393; 2. Shane Hanchey, 8.7, $2,141; 3. Justin Thigpen, 8.8, $1,889; 4. Timber Moore, 8.9, $1,637; 5. Lane Jeffrey, 9.0, $1,386; 6. Paul David Tierney, 9.1, $1,134; 7. Tim Pharr, 9.3, $882; 8. Westyn Hughes, 9.4, $630; 9. (tie) Jess Woodward and Caleb Smidt, 9.5, $252 each. 

 

Barrel racing: 1. Sabra O'Quinn, 16.51 seconds, $3,055; 2. Morgan Breaux, 16.73, $2,444; 3. Sharin Hall, 16.80, $1,986; 4. Jennifer Arnold, 16.82, $1,528; 5. Taylor Carver, 16.86, $1,222; 6. Ashlie Withrow, 16.89, $917; 7. Ryann Pedone, 16.90, $764; 8. Katelyn McLeod, 16.91, $687; 9. Abby Penson, 16.92, $611; 10. Kristen Darnell, 16.93, $535; 11. (tie) Abby Searcy and Ari-Anna Flynn, 16.94, $420 each; 13. Layna Kight, 16.95, $306; 14. Lisa Thornton, 16.96, $229; 15. Laura Kennedy, 16.97, $153. 

 

Bull riding: 1. Denton Fugate, 85.5 points on J Bar J's Cold Dice, $3,271; 2. Bayle Worden, 83, $2,508; 3. Jeffrey Ramagos, 80, $1,854; 4. Eric Lee, 79.5, $1,199; 5. Trey Benton III, 79, $763; 6. Sage Kimzey, 75.5, $545; 7. Tyler Smith, 75, $436; 8. Corey Atwell, 74.5, $327. 

 

Total payoff: $123,150. Stock contractor: J Bar J. Sub-contractor: Pickett Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Marlene Dreesen. Officials: Wade Berry, Joe Bob Locke and Butch Kirby. Timers: Sandy Zibell and Mandy Pickett. Announcer: Mike Mathis. Specialty act: Cody Sosebee. Bullfighters: Tate Rhoads and Daryl Thiessen. Clown/barrelman: Cody Sosebee. Flankmen: Cullen Pickett, Sparky Dreesen, Paul Eiker and Adam Hurst. Pickup men: Tim Zibell and Ben Wrzesinski. Music director: Hambone Hilton.