Isaac Diaz keeps rolling with another Kennewick win


KENNEWICK, WASH. – This amazing season for saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz shows no signs of slowing down.

The Desdemona, Texas cowboy continued full-steam ahead by winning the Horse Heaven Round-Up (Aug. 26-29) with an 84-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s Broken Spring.

“That was a very good ride,” Diaz said. “That was a pretty young horse. I saw that horse with Zeke Thurston at Omak (Wash.), and I was excited to have him. He really bucked and everything went well. (This town) has been really good to me this week.”

Diaz is right about Kennewick. He won the title at the Wrangler Champions Challenge Presented by Justin Boots at Kennewick Aug. 25 with an 83-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo's Jamboree and collected a $3,944 check. Diaz banked another $4,456 for his win Aug. 29 at the rodeo.

“I came here (Kennewick) hoping to do good, but I never imagined it would go as well as it did,” Diaz said. “It was dang sure pretty cool. I’ve never won the Kennewick (rodeo) before, so that’s cool as well. A couple of months ago, I had a really big week and won $6,000 or $7,000 and I was hoping I would have a couple more of those, and it seems like every week I’ve won between $5,000 to $9,000. It has been surreal for me, and I hope it doesn’t end.”

Diaz was fourth in the most recent Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $86,623. 

That is rarified air for Diaz. He’s qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo four times (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013), and his career-best finish was eighth in 2007 with $123,270.

“This season has been unbelievable,” said Diaz, 28. “I never looked at myself as one of the guys who could be in the top three or four in the world, especially at this time in the season. I always knew I was capable of this, but it just never was a reality for me. It sure is pretty awesome and I hope it keeps rolling. I have way more confidence than I ever have.”

Diaz acknowledged the biggest difference for him this season has been his approach.

“I just think it has been my focus,” Diaz said. “I’ve been working out a little more serious now. I also have learned from my mistakes and I’ve put my trust in God completely, way more now than I have the last couple of years, and it is paying off for me.”

Other winners at the $159,633 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile($3,194, tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Ty Breuer (79 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Cougar Mountain), steer wrestler Bray Armes (7.1 seconds on two head), team ropers Tyler Wade and Kinney Harrell (9.1 seconds on two head), tie-down ropers Tuf Cooper, and Marty Yates (15.2 seconds on two head), barrel racer Carley Richardson (16.93 seconds) and bull riders Dallee Mason (86 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Snap), and Parker Breding (86 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's No. 1793).


Horse Heaven Round-Up

Kennewick, Wash., Aug. 26-29


All-around cowboy: Trevor Brazile, $3,194, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Ty Breuer, 79 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Cougar Mountain, $3,466; 2. Brian Bain, 78, $2,657; 3. (tie) Clayton Biglow, and Steven Peebles, 77, $1,617 each; 5. (tie) Tim O'Connell, and Jake Vold, 76, $693 each; 7. David Peebles, 75, $462; 8. (tie) Richmond Champion, and Mason Clements, 74, $173 each. 


Steer wrestling: First round:1. Bray Armes, 3.7 seconds, $1,622; 2. Joshua Clark, 3.8, $1,410; 3. Ryan Bothum, 3.9, $1,199; 4. (tie) Jacob Shofner, and Clayton Hass, 4.1, $881 each; 6. Cole Edge, 4.2, $564; 7. Clayton Moore, 4.3, $353; 8. (tie) Tooter Silver, Sean Santucci, Jason Thomas, Travis Carnine, and John Green, 4.4, $28 each. Second round:1. Bray Armes, 3.4 seconds, $1,622; 2. (tie) Dirk Tavenner, Tyler Waguespack, and Andy Weldon, 3.7, $1,199 each; 5. Trevor Knowles, 3.8, $776; 6. (tie) Jason Thomas, and Clayton Hass, 3.9, $458 each; 8. (tie) Olin Hannum, Sean Mulligan, Cole Fulton, and Shawn Downing, 4.0, $35 each. Average: 1. Bray Armes, 7.1 seconds on two head, $2,432; 2. Clayton Hass, 8.0, $2,115; 3. (tie) Jason Thomas, and Joshua Clark, 8.3, $1,639 each; 5. (tie) Olin Hannum, and Shawn Downing, 8.6, $1,005 each; 7. Sean Santucci, 9.1, $529; 8. (tie) Tanner Milan, and Ty Erickson, 9.2, $106 each. 


Team roping: First round:1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 4.1 seconds, $1,932 each; 2. Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess, 4.4, $1,599; 3. (tie) Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, and David Key/Travis Woodard, 4.5, $932 each; 6. Spencer Mitchell/B.J. Campbell, 4.6, $333. Second round:1. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 3.8 seconds, $1,932 each; 2. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 3.9, $1,599; 3. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 4.1, $1,266; 4. Brady Tryan/Logan Medlin, 4.3, $932; 5. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 4.5, $599; 6. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Martin Lucero, Jake Stanley/Bucky Campbell, and Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.6, $111 each. Average: 1. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 9.1 seconds on two head, $2,897 each; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 9.2, $2,398; 3. (tie) Spencer Mitchell/B.J. Campbell, and Kaleb Driggers/Martin Lucero, 9.5, $1,648 each; 5. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 9.7, $899; 6. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Chase Tryan, 10.4, $500. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Isaac Diaz, 84 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Broken Spring, $4,456; 2. Brad Rudolf, 82, $3,416; 3. (tie) Will Smith, Doug Aldridge, and Jake Wright, 80, $1,733 each; 6. Heith DeMoss, 79, $743; 7. (tie) Bradley Harter, Cody Taton, and Chuck Schmidt, 77, $347 each. 


Tie-down roping: First round:1. Cory Solomon, 7.0 seconds, $1,928; 2. J.C. Malone, 7.1, $1,595; 3. Matt Shiozawa, 7.2, $1,263; 4. Tuf Cooper, 7.6, $931; 5. (tie) Caleb Smidt, and Marty Yates, 7.7, $465 each. Second round:1. Hunter Herrin, 6.9 seconds, $1,928; 2. Trevor Brazile, 7.2, $1,595; 3. Blair Burk, 7.3, $1,263; 4. (tie) Chase Williams, and Marty Yates, 7.5, $764 each; 6. (tie) Blane Cox, Tuf Cooper, and Cimarron Boardman, 7.6, $111 each. Average: 1. (tie) Marty Yates, and Tuf Cooper, 15.2 seconds on two head, $2,642 each; 3. J.C. Malone, 15.3, $1,894; 4. Tyson Durfey, 15.5, $1,396; 5. Hunter Herrin, 15.9, $897; 6. Kyle Sloan, 16.1, $499. 


Barrel racing: 1. Carley Richardson, 16.93 seconds, $3,502; 2. Mary Walker, 17.28, $2,802; 3. Christine Laughlin, 17.42, $2,277; 4. Kelsie Miller, 17.43, $1,751; 5. Rachel Dice, 17.46, $1,401; 6. Pamela Capper, 17.52, $1,051; 7. Carmel Wright, 17.56, $876; 8. (tie) Vickie Carter, and Deb Guelly, 17.60, $744 each; 10. Megan McLeod, 17.61, $613; 11. (tie) Sherry Cervi, and Callahan Crossley, 17.64, $482 each; 13. (tie) Shelby Herrmann, and Megan Swint, 17.65, $306 each; 15. Callie DuPerier, 17.66, $175. 


Bull riding: 1. (tie) Dallee Mason, on Flying 5 Rodeo's Snap, and Parker Breding, on Flying 5 Rodeo's No. 1793, 86 points, $3,936 each; 3. Shane Proctor, 84, $2,525; 4. Jordan Hansen, 83, $1,634; 5. Markus Mariluch, 82, $1,040; 6. (tie) Joe Frost, and Guthrie Murray, 80, $668 each; 8. (tie) Wesley Silcox, and Trevor Kastner, 77, $223 each. 


Total payoff: $159,633. Stock contractor: Flying 5 Rodeo. Sub-contractor: Big Bend Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Edie Longfellow. Officials: Butch Kirby, Terry Carlon and Gary Case. Timers: Stacey Jo Dowton and Myrna Weber. Announcer: Roger Mooney. Specialty act: Lynette McMillan. Bullfighters: Rowdy Barry and Ryan Wilson. Clown/barrelman: JJ Harrison. Flankmen: Hans Hennings and Jose Castanon. Pickup men: David Lewis, Ricky Shannon and Bill Trump. Photographer: Bill Lawless. Music director: Jason Buchanan.

For more coverage of the Horse Heaven Round-Up, check out the Sept. 11 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.