— MARCH 6, 2016 — HOUSTON — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The crowd went wild for an exciting night at RodeoHoustonas the Super Series II Champions were named Sunday, March 6. The top four competitors from each event will advance to the Semifinal rounds on March 16 and 17.

TIE-DOWN ROPING                 

Fred Whitfield tied his way right into the RodeoHouston Super Series II Tie-Down Roping Champion title. Whitfield said he is keeping his confidence high to prepare for the tough competition ahead.

I love it here at my hometown rodeo,” Whitfield said. “The committee is great and the fans have been just unbelievable as well.”

Advancing to Semifinal Rounds:
Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas — $7,000
Blair Burk, Durant, Oklahoma — $4,500
Randall Carlisle, Athens, Louisiana — $3,500
Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas — $2,750


Orin Larson took home the RodeoHouston Super Series II Bareback Riding Champion title. Larson said he felt confident his ride went well, and he plans to spend the next few days focusing on the Semifinals round.


“This is probably the greatest rodeo on Earth. There is something about it that I am attracted to,” Larson said. “They treat all of us cowboys and cowgirls really well here.”


Advancing to Semifinal Rounds:
Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, Canada — $6,000

Kyle Brennecke, Stephenville, Texas — $4,000

Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa — $3,875

Matt Lait, Cayley, Alberta, Canada — $2,875


Cody Snow and Dugan Kelly glided into the RodeoHouston Super Series II Team Roping Champion title.


“Make a few runs in your head, think about the things you want to accomplish and know your steer,” Kelly said. “You don’t just need talent; you need a little luck here at RodeoHouston.”


Advancing to Semifinal Rounds:

Cody Snow - Los Olivos, California, and Dugan Kelly - Paso Robles, California — $12,000
Doyle Hoskins - Chualar, California, and Wyatt Cox - Arroyo Grande, California — $6,000

Manny Egusquiza - Marianna, Florida, and Jonathan Torres - Bell City, Louisiana — $6,000
Garrett Rogers - Baker City, Oregon, and Jake Minor - Ellensberg, Washington — $5,000

Nick Sartain - Yukon, Oklahoma, and Rich Skelton - Llano, Texas — $5,000



Rusty Wright, the RodeoHouston Super Series II Saddle Bronc Champion, said that while he knew there was room for improvement, he felt like tonight’s ride went really well.


“Before the ride, you just go over stuff in your head, but you don’t want to think too much because it could throw you off,” Wright said. “Just go out there and do it.”

Advancing to Semifinal Rounds:
Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah — $7,000

Bradley Harter, Loranger, Louisiana — $3,500
Cole Elshere, Faith, South Dakota — $3,000

Joey Sonnier, New Iberia, Louisiana — $2,500


Shawn Downing struck luck his first year at RodeoHouston winning the Super Series II Steer Wrestling Champion title. Downing said the fans and committee volunteers make RodeoHouston unlike any other rodeo.

“[Before a ride] I try to think about what only I need to do, not anyone else,” Downing said.

Advancing to Semifinal Rounds:
Shawn Downing, Silver Star, Montana — $6,000
Cooper Shofner, Huntsville, Texas — $4,000
Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada — $3,000

Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, South Dakota — $3,000




Mary Walker excitedly claimed the RodeoHouston Super Series II Barrel Racing Champion title tonight after getting a time of 14.08 seconds, the fastest time in Super Series II and a personal best for Walker.

“I couldn’t even believe it [her time], I’ve never had a ride like that here,” Walker said. “I was completely shocked, but I was also really excited.”

Advancing to Semifinal Rounds:
Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas — $9,000
Brittany Kelly, Paso Robles, California — $3,000
Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas — $3,000
Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Georgia — $2,750


Jared Parsonage bucked his way into the RodeoHouston Super Series II Bull Riding Champion title. Parsonage said his bull, “Anger Management” continuously turned and kicked, making it a tricky ride.


“What better than riding in something this awesome with this many people,” Parsonage said in reference to RodeoHouston.


Advancing to Semifinal Rounds:
Jared Parsonage, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada — $5,000
Dakota Buttar, Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada — $5,000
Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah — $3,000
Rock McDonald, Hachita, New Mexico – $0


The top four competitors from each event, from each Super Series will advance to a Semifinal Round. The top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds will 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. The RodeoHouston Super Series continues through March 19, with the RodeoHouston Super Shootout: North America’s Champions® presented by Crown Royal, on Sunday, March 20.


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