Denny in contention for Fort Worth bareback riding title

 

by Susan Kanode

for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (January 27, 2017) – Wyatt Denny has been entering the bareback riding at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo for three years. 

The past two years, he left here empty-handed but grateful to ride in an arena where rodeo legends have competed for decades. This year, after qualifying for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December, things have changed for the Minden, Nevada, resident. 

This year, he came to the Will Rogers Coliseum confident, healthy and ready to ride. He rode his first horse on Thursday night and then rode twice on Friday. His scores of 78.5, 79 and 84 points put him at the top of the overall standings with a total of 241.5. He leads Justin Miller from Billings, Montana, who has 237. Miller also rode here on Thursday and Friday. 

“It’s pretty cool to walk around this building, see the old pictures and think about the guys that have ridden here before you,” Denny said. “They made this sport what it is and built it up so guys like us could have opportunities. It’s pretty amazing just to ride in the same building they did.” 

Denny did more than just ride on Friday night. His 84-point ride on Dakota Rodeo’s Wolverine is leading the third round, and it wasn’t a ride that he was looking forward to. 

“I knew that a lot of guys came off that horse at about six seconds,” he explained. “It’s really hard not to overthink things when you have a horse like that. I’ve changed some things since the finals and have really been working on my mental game. It’s all about having a fire in you and loving what you do. That is exactly where me and my traveling partners are right now.” 

Unfortunately, his traveling partners, Clayton Biglow, from Clements, California, and Kash Wilson from Gooding, Idaho, weren’t as successful as Denny was. But they are planning a trip back here on Feb. 4 to watch their buddy try to win a championship. 

There was a lead change in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel race on Friday afternoon. Amberleigh Moore from Keizer, Oregon, set the world on fire in Las Vegas at the NFR and again here on Friday. Riding her great mare CP Dark Moon “Paige,” Moore stopped the clock here in 16.62 seconds. 

That is the fastest run of the rodeo so far. The dynamic duo entered last year’s NFR in the 15th and final spot. Then they earned $187,692 in Las Vegas to move to second place in the 2016 world standings. Moore describes her mare as being a perfectionist in the arena and that was evident here as well as in Las Vegas. With ninety more barrel racers still to compete here, her position may change. However, she is likely to get a check and will be among the top 70 that get to run in the second round. 

Bayle Worden of Charleston, Texas, moved into the overall lead in bull riding Friday after a pair of 83.5-point rides. He rode Dakota Rodeo’s Salty Dog Friday afternoon to move into third in the first round and tallied another 83.5 Friday night on Dakota Rodeo’s Super Cella, which tied him for third place in the second round.

There are three performances at the rodeo on Saturday at 10 a.m., and 2 and 7:30 p.m.       

 

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FORT WORTH. --- The following are unofficial results from Friday at the World’s Oldest Indoor Rodeo® at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, January 27, 2017. 

Eleventh Performance

Bareback Riding: 1, Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 80 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Kentucky Headhunter. 2, (tie) Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., and Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 79. 4, Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho, 69.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 4.1 seconds. 2, Ringo Robinson, Caldwell, Idaho, 4.5. 3, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.7. 4, Brad Johnson, Reva, S.D., 9.4.

Team Roping: 1, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 4.7. 2, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, 6.0. 3, Parker Warner, Stephenville, Texas, and Steve Northcutt, Odessa, Texas, 6.4. 4, Brandon Webb, Carrizo Springs, Texas, and Mickey Gomez, Holland, Texas, 7.2. 

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 81.5 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Lost Highway. 2, Will Smith, Marshall, Mo., 78.5. 3, Clayton Brum, Lockeford, Calif., 77.5. 4, Tucker Hill, Klamath Falls, Ore., 77.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M., 9.4. 2, Clay McCuistion, Sanger, Texas, 11.6. 3, Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 13.3. 4, Brady M. Wilson, Rockwall, Texas, 13.8.

Barrel Racing: 1, Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 16.62 seconds. 2, Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M., 16.70. 3, Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla., 16.88. 4, Morgan Breaux, Tomball, Texas, 17.24. 

Bull Riding: 1, Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas, 83.5 on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Salty Dog. 2, (tie) Dave Mason, Burnet, Texas, and Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas, 78. 4, Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla., 69.5.

 

Twelfth Performance

Bareback Riding: 1, Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 84 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Wolverine. 2, Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 76.5. 3, Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 76. 4, Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho, 73.5.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 4.1 seconds. 2, Ringo Robinson, Caldwell, Idaho, 4.5. 3, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.7. 4, Brad Johnson, Reva, S.D., 9.4.

Team Roping: 1, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.7 seconds. 2, Reno Stoebner, Bastrop, Texas, and Larry Gonzalez, Elgin, Texas, 5.2. 3, Manny Egusquiza Jr., Marianna, Fla., and Daniel Braman, IV, Victoria, Texas, 5.7. 4, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, 6.2.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas, 76.5 points. 2, Jake DuBose, Lafayette, La., 74.5. 3, Will Smith, Marshall, Mo., 74. 4, Lefty Holman, Visalia, Calif., 73.5.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Jesse Hinkle, Powersville, Mo., 10.7. 2, Dane Kissak, Spearfish, S.D., 14.7. 3, Cole Bailey, Okmulgee, Okla., 22.1. 4, Zeb Chapman, LaFayette, Ga., 22.5.

Barrel Racing: 1, Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 16.89 seconds. Brooke Jeter, Mansfield, Texas, 16.96. 3, Nicole Riggle, Scottsdale, Ariz., 16.98. 4, Dena Kirkpatrick, Post, Texas, 17.11. 

Bull Riding: 1, Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M., 84.5 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Wipeout. 2, Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas, 83.5. 3, Dave Mason, Burnet, Texas, 73.

 

 

Current Leaders

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Trenton Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., 83 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Biscuit. 2, (tie) Grant Denny, Minden, Nev., and Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 81. 4, R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif., 80. 5, Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M., 79.5. 6, Cole Picton, Marshall, Mo., 79. (second round) 1, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 81 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Liberated At Night. 2, Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 80. 3, Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore., 79.5. 4, (tie) Logan Corbett, Las Cruces, N.M., Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., and Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 79. (third round) 1, Wyatt Denny, 84 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Wolverine. 2, Rio Lee, Tucson, Ariz., 80.5. 3, (tie) Zack Brown, Red Bluff, Calif., and Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont., 77. 5, Clayton Biglow, 76.5. 6, Justin Miller, 76. (total on three) 1, Wyatt Denny, 241.5. 2, Miller, 237. 3, Bloom, 230. 4, (tie) Grant Denny and Picton, 229.5. 6, Brown, 227.5. 

Steer Wrestling: (second round) 1, Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 4.1 seconds. 2,Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah, 4.2. 3, (tie) Grady Payne, Stephenville, Texas, and Ringo Robinson, Caldwell, Idaho, 4.5. 5, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.7. 6, (tie) Tyke Kipp, Lordsburg, N.M., and Jarret New, Wimberley, Texas, 5.0. (total on two) 1, Branquinho, 8.3. 2, Lindsay, 10.8. 3, Timmy Sparing, Helena, Mont., 11.0. 4, Vosler, 11.3. 5, Mason Miles Carter, Checotah, Okla., 13.4. 6, Ringo Robinson, 18.3. 

Team Roping: (first round1, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, and John Robertson, Polson, Mont., 4.5 seconds. 2, Lightning Aguilera, Athens, Texas, and Cody Hogan, Athens, Texas, 4.6. 3, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 4.7. 4, Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M., and Brady Norman, 5.1. 5, Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore., and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 5.5. 6, (tie) Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo., and Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., and Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev. 5.6. (second round1, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., and Cesar del la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.7 seconds. 2, Dan Williams Jr., Standish, Calif., and Caleb Twisselman, Santa Margarita, 4.8. 3, Reno Stoebner, Bastrop, Texas, and Larry Gonzalez, Elgin, Texas, 5.2. 4, Manny Equsquiza, Marianna, Fla., and Daniel Brahman, IV, Victoria, Texas, 5.7. 5, Brit Ellerman, Ft. Lupton, Colo., and T.J. Watts, Eads, Colo., 5.8. 6, Hass and Robertson, 6.0. (total on two) 1, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, and John Robertson, Polson, Mont., 10.5. 2, Driggers and Nogueira, 10.9. 3, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, 12.2. 4, Blasingame and Von Ahn, 12.8. 5, Dustin Egusquiza, Marianna, Fla., and Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas, 12.9. 6, Parker Warner, Stephenville, Texas, and Steve Northcott, Odessa, Texas, 12.9.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, B.C., 87 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Money Maker. 2, Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla., 85.5. 3, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 84. 4, Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas, 83.5. 5, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 83. 6, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 82. (second round) 1, (tie) Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, on Andrews Rodeo’s Cat Walk and Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., on Rafter G Rodeo’s Low Bucks, 85. 3, Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 82. 4, CoBurn Bradshaw, Milford, Utah, 81.5. 5, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 810.5. 6, Clint Hopping, Memphis, Texas, 80. (total on two) 1. Jake Wright, 168. 2, Cody DeMoss, 166.5. 3, Bradshaw, 163.5. 4, Watson, 161. 5, (tie) Sterling and Jacobs Crawley, 159. 

Tie-Down Roping: (second round) 1, Ben Robinson, Red Deer County, Alberta, 8.3. 2, Justin Brinkerhoff, Corrine, Utah, 8.5. 3, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 8.7. 4, (tie) Quay Howard, Canyon, Texas, and Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 8.9, 6, Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M., 9.4. (total on two) 1, Tuf Cooper, 18.5. 2, Akins, 19.0. 3, Clay McCuistion, Sanger, Texas, 20.7. 4, Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 21.8. 5, Clint Robinson, 21.9. 6, Todd Loesch, Big Spring, Texas, 22.8. 

Barrel Racing: (first round) 1, Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 16.62 seconds. 2, Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M., 16.70. 3, Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 16.75. 4, Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark., 16.80. 5, (tie) Sadye Simpson, Millsap, Texas, and Abby Penson, Blossom, Texas, 16.82 seconds. 

Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 88 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s J Lazy. 2, Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 84.5. 3, Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas, 83.5. 4, Elliott Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, 81.5. 5, Koby Radley, Holden, La., 81. 6, (tie) Dave Mason, Burnet, Texas, and Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas, 78. (second round) 1. Elliott Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, 85 points on United Pro Rodeo’s Wonder Boy. 2, Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M., 84.5. 3, (tie) Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, and Bayle Worden, 83.5. 6, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 82.5. (total on two) 1. Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas, 167. 2, Jacoby, 166.5. 3, Radley, 156. 4, Ricky Hallam, Norco, Calif., 151. 5, Dave Mason, Burnet, Texas, 73. 6, Ty Clearwater, LaCygne, Kan., 148.5.