Proctor captures WCC Redding victory
REDDING, Calif. – Experience paid dividends for bull rider Shane Proctor Saturday night.
The 2011 world champion had all his talents on display – mainly his ability to recover – en route to an 87-point ride on Corey & Lange Rodeo's O Zone to win the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots at the Redding Rodeo Grounds.
“That was a great little bull of Mike Corey’s and on that third jump he got me to the outside really bad, but on the next jump he really hung in the air and it gave me a chance to get back to the center, and after that he was just awesome,” said Proctor, a five-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER (2011-13, 2015-16).
Proctor drew a bull that has been taking riders to the pay window this season. Derek Kolbaba split the win at the Redding Rodeo, which ended Friday night, with his 87.5-point ride on Corey & Lange Rodeo's O Zone.
Proctor had never been on O Zone and he acknowledged he thought he let a great opportunity slip through his hands about three seconds into his ride.
“I was thinking, 'Damn, I messed this bull up,'” Proctor said. “I was mad at myself. But luckily I took the fight to him and fought back to the center and it was good from there.”
Proctor earned $4,756 for his performance before the cheers of the 6,200 fans in the stands, and he hopes this will kick-start his season. The Grand Coulee, Wash., native wasn’t in the top 50 in the May 15 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.
“This is a big-time boost of confidence,” said Proctor, 32. “I was real excited to have this bull (Saturday night). It was kind of getting frustrating this season and this is good for me as I start to go into the summer run. Every good streak starts with one (ride), and this is it.”
Proctor knows what’s like to make up ground in the world standings. A year ago, he made a late-season charge to qualify for the WNFR in the No. 15 spot. Once in Vegas, Proctor got on a heater and won the WNFR average title after earning $192,064. He finished third in the world.
“The plan is to get back to Vegas,” Proctor said. “When the summer starts, I just try to make up all the ground I can. I know I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again. Sometimes I just need to remember bull riding is fun and I just need to go out at it like that. That’s what’s fun about going to rodeos and these Champions Challenges - it's a fun atmosphere. I’m a cowboy and I love what I do.”
Other winners at the $92.800 rodeo were bareback rider R.C. Landingham (87 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Adalida), steer wrestler Matt Reeves (4.1 seconds), team ropers Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira (3.4 seconds), saddle bronc rider Jake Watson (87 points on Big Stone Rodeo's Rubels), tie-down ropers Marcos Costa and Cade Swor (8.2 seconds each) and barrel racer Tiany Schuster (17.15 seconds).
Driggers and Nogueira’s time is a new record for the WCC and the fastest team roping time so far in 2017.
Redding Rodeo Champion Challange
Redding, Calif., May 20
Bareback riding: 1. R.C. Landingham, 87 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Adalida, $3,944; 2. (tie) Jake Brown and Tim O'Connell, 85.5, $2,610 each; 4. Bill Tutor, 83.5, $1,508; 5. Tanner Aus, 82.5, $928.
Steer wrestling: 1. Matt Reeves, 4.1 seconds, $3,944; 2. Baylor Roche, 4.4, $3,016; 3. Dakota Eldridge, 5.7, $2,204; 4. (tie) J.D. Struxness and Olin Hannum, 6.0, $1,218 each.
Team roping: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 3.4 seconds, $3,944 each; 2. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.1, $3,016; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.2, $2,204; 4. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 4.4, $1,508; 5. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 4.7, $928.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jake Watson, 87 points on Big Stone Rodeo's Rubels, $3,944; 2. Jacobs Crawley, 83, $3,016; 3. (tie) Hardy Braden and Ryder Wright, 82.5, $1,856 each; 5. (tie) Audy Reed and Jesse Wright, 82, $464 each.
Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Marcos Costa and Cade Swor, 8.2 seconds, $3,480 each; 3. Shane Hanchey, 8.5, $2,204; 4. Marty Yates, 8.9, $1,508; 5. Caleb Smidt, 9.4, $928.
Barrel racing: 1. Tiany Schuster, 17.15 seconds, $3,944; 2. Ivy Conrado, 17.23, $3,016; 3. Stevi Hillman, 17.30, $2,204; 4. Kimmie Wall, 17.37, $1,508; 5. (tie) Jackie Ganter and Nellie Miller, 17.57, $464 each.
Bull riding: * 1. Shane Proctor, 87 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's O zone, $4,756; 2. Jordan Spears, 85.5, $3,828; 3. Roscoe Jarboe, 80, $3,016; no other qualified rides. *(all totals include ground money).
Total payoff: $92,800. Stock contractors: Bridwell Pro Rodeos, Corey & Lange Rodeo, Four Star Rodeo and Big Stone Rodeo.
For more coverage of the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots at Redding, check out the June 9 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.
Pratt wins Redding and leads Killeen
Tie-down roper Jake Pratt was two-for-two on Friday, winning the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo and splitting for the lead at Rodeo Killeen (Texas).
Pratt was the first up for slack at Redding and nailed 16.5 on two – and before the dust settled in California and his win was solidified, he had already tied for the lead at Killeen with Reese Riemer at 8.9 seconds.
“That 6 a.m. flight wasn’t any fun,” Pratt said with a laugh. “People always ask what’s in my rope can.”
On Wednesday, the 29-year-old cowboy burst into the Redding arena on a borrowed horse named Irish, owned by Oregon cowboy Roger Nonella, and placed second in the first round with an 8.0. He went on to split the win in Round 2 with Shane Hanchey, clocking in at 8.5 seconds, which placed him 1.5 seconds ahead in the average.
“That horse was pretty dang awesome and a lot of that success is due to that horse,” Pratt said. “Those calves at Redding went to Red Bluff and Clovis (Calif.) and everyone knew them. I knew the one I had in the first round was good at the other rodeos – I just flew in there and rode.”
Prior to this win at Redding, Pratt wasn’t even in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings’ Top 50. Now the $5,659 he won at Redding should give him a healthy boost in the world standings for a shot at qualifying for what would be his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.
“It’s been a slow year so far, but man, if I stay where I’m at it, it would be a big boost for the summertime – just got to continue and keep winning and hopefully I’ll be in Vegas in December,” Pratt said. “I went to the winter rodeos and had a slow start, but this last month has been pretty good, so we’ll keep doing that the rest of the year.”
Pratt placed at some previous rodeos in California and credits his turning point this season to his new 10-year-old sorrel gelding American Quarter Horse that he got from Colorado cowboy Scotty Shelton.
“I got him in February and things started coming together,” Pratt said. “For me, he scores really good and he can run – so that helps a lot, those are his two best qualities.”
Pratt has been competing in ProRodeo since late 2008 and his best year was in 2014 when he ranked No. 17 in the world standings. Now, he’s on track to possibly top his personal best.
“I’ll continue what I’ve been doing and take advantage when they draw good calves,” Pratt said.
He already has his eyes set on Sisters, Ore., and Reno, Nev., in June.
Other winners in Redding were all-around cowboy Chant DeForest ($6,447 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Ty Breuer (84.5 points on Big Stone Rodeo's Gone Fishing), steer wrestler Sterling Lambert (9.1 seconds on two head), team ropers Chant DeForest/Bronc Boehnlein (9.7 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (85.5 points), barrel racer Lake Mehalic (17.21 seconds), and bull riders Derek Kolbaba (87.5 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's O Zone), Sage Kimzey (87.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Clean-n-sober), and Brady Portenier (87.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Cold Chill).
Redding, Calif., May 17-19
All-around cowboy: Chant DeForest, $6,447, tie-down roping and team roping.
Bareback riding: 1. Ty Breuer, 84.5 points on Big Stone Rodeo's Gone Fishing, $5,231; 2. Clayton Biglow, 84, $4,011; 3. Tim O'Connell, 83, $2,964; 4. Casey Breuer, 82, $1,918; 5. Buck Lunak, 81.5, $1,221; 6. R.C. Landingham, 81, $872; 7. (tie) Kash Wilson, J.R. Vezain and Orin Larsen, 80.5, $407 each.
Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Scott Guenthner, 3.9 seconds, $1,869; 2. Sterling Lambert, 4.2, $1,547; 3. Matt Reeves, 4.4, $1,225; 4. Blaine Jones, 4.6, $902; 5. Ty Erickson, 4.7, $580; 6. Jesse Brown, 4.8, $322. Second round: 1. John Franzen, 4.2 seconds, $1,869; 2. Baylor Roche, 4.3, $1,547; 3. (tie) Curtis Cassidy and Tanner Milan, 4.5, $1,064 each; 5. (tie) Ty Erickson and Dakota Eldridge, 4.8, $451 each. Average: 1. Sterling Lambert, 9.1 seconds on two head, $2,804; 2. (tie) Tanner Milan and Ty Erickson, 9.5, $2,079 each; 4. Scott Guenthner, 9.7, $1,354; 5. Dakota Eldridge, 9.8, $870; 6. Blaine Jones, 9.9, $483.
Team roping: First round: 1. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 4.9 seconds, $1,913 each; 2. Chant DeForest/Bronc Boehnlein, 5.0, $1,664; 3. (tie) Aaron Macy/Evan Arnold, Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler and Clayton Hass/John Robertson, 5.3, $1,040 each; 7. Ryan Reed/Cody Pearson, 5.4, $416; 8. Tom Richards/Ryan Motes, 5.5, $166. Second round: 1. Chant DeForest/Bronc Boehnlein, 4.7 seconds, $1,913 each; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.8, $1,664; 3. (tie) Blake Hirdes/John Chaves, Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor and Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.0, $1,165 each; 6. (tie) Jesse Townsend/Zachary Schweigert and Matt Sherwood/Walt Woodard, 5.2, $541 each; 8. (tie) Shay Carroll/Todd Hampton and Garrett Tonozzi/Wyatt Cox, 5.3, $83 each. Average: 1. Chant DeForest/Bronc Boehnlein, 9.7 seconds on two head, $2,870 each; 2. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 9.9, $2,496; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 10.9, $2,121; 4. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 11.2, $1,747; 5. Ryan Reed/Cody Pearson, 11.3, $1,373; 6. Shay Carroll/Todd Hampton, 11.7, $998; 7. (tie) Tom Richards/Ryan Motes and Dan Williams Jr./Caleb Twisselman, 12.0, $437 each.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Zeke Thurston, 85.5 points on Four Star Rodeo's Starbucks, $4,230; 2. Cort Scheer, 84, $3,243; 3. Jake Wright, 82, $2,397; 4. (tie) Ryder Wright and Hardy Braden, 78, $1,269 each; 6. Will Smith, 77.5, $705; 7. (tie) Luke Butterfield and Luke White, 76, $494 each.
Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Matt Shiozawa, 7.5 seconds, $1,713; 2. Jake Pratt, 8.0, $1,489; 3. Tyler Milligan, 8.3, $1,266; 4. (tie) Caleb Smidt and Hunter Herrin, 8.9, $931 each; 6. (tie) Marty Yates and Ty Baker, 9.0, $484 each; 8. (tie) Taylor Santos, Doyle Hoskins, Roy Branco and Bryson Sechrist, 9.4, $37 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Shane Hanchey and Jake Pratt, 8.5 seconds, $1,601 each; 3. C.J. DeForest Jr., 8.7, $1,266; 4. Caleb Smidt, 9.1, $1,042; 5. D.J. Parker, 9.6, $819; 6. Tyson Durfey, 10.1, $596; 7. Ethan Garcia, 10.4, $372; 8. Marcos Costa, 10.5, $149. Average: 1. Jake Pratt, 16.5 seconds on two head, $2,569; 2. Caleb Smidt, 18.0, $2,234; 3. (tie) Matt Shiozawa and Shane Hanchey, 19.3, $1,731 each; 5. Ty Baker, 20.3, $1,229; 6. Tyson Durfey, 20.4, $894; 7. Marcos Costa, 21.0, $558; 8. Marty Yates, 21.2, $223.
Barrel racing: 1. Lake Mehalic, 17.21 seconds, $4,106; 2. Ivy Conrado, 17.33, $3,285; 3. Kellie Collier, 17.34, $2,669; 4. Shea Durfey, 17.41, $2,053; 5. Amberleigh Moore, 17.42, $1,642; 6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 17.43, $1,232; 7. Michele McLeod, 17.44, $1,026; 8. Sami Morisoli, 17.47, $924; 9. (tie) Jessie Telford and Melissa Thiessen, 17.50, $770 each; 11. (tie) Lisa Lockhart and Stevi Hillman, 17.53, $565 each; 13. Tiany Schuster, 17.61, $411; 14. Kimmie Wall, 17.63, $308; 15. (tie) Megan McLeod-Sprague and Kris Gadbois, 17.66, $103 each.
Bull riding: 1. (tie) Derek Kolbaba, on Corey & Lange Rodeo's O zone, Sage Kimzey, on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Clean-n-sober, and Brady Portenier, on Bridwell Pro Rodeos' Cold Chill, 87.5 points, $3,685 each; 4. Trevor Reiste, 86, $1,737; 5. Garrett Smith, 85.5, $1,105; 6. Josh Frost, 85, $790; 7. Dalan Duncan, 84.5, $632; 8. Jordan Hansen, 83.5, $474.
Total payoff: $181,013. Stock contractor: Bridwell Pro Rodeos. Sub-contractors: Burch Rodeo, Corey & Lange Rodeo, Big Stone, Moreno & Growney Rodeo, Four Star Rodeo and Big Stone Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Haley Bridwell. Officials: Terry Carlon, Bobby Davis, George Gibbs and Joe Bob Locke. Timers: Sherry Rice-Gibson and Diana Alexander. Announcers: Wayne Brooks and Will Rasmussen. Specialty act: Shotgun Gaston. Bullfighters: Tim O'Connor and Eric Layton. Clown/barrelman: Wolfey Selvester. Flankmen: Tim Bridwell, Jeff Davis, Mike Corey and Julio Moreno. Chute boss: Ted Groene. Pickup men: Bobby Marriott and Matt Twitchell. Photographers: Matt Cohen and Bob Click. Music director: Chuck Lopeman.