Joe Frost at Wrangler Champions Challenge, Rapid City, S.D.
Photo by Phil Kitts.
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Joe Frost gained a little revenge and achieved a goal by winning Wednesday night’s Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Frost rode for 84 points on New Frontier Rodeo's Ur Next to beat a talented field. He edged Shane Proctor and Ty Wallace by one point, while Sage Kimzey, the two-time defending world champion, was fourth with a 78-point ride.
“I knew that bull was a good one,” Frost said of Ur Next. “I got on him two years ago in Bennington, Kan., and he bucked me off about the same time the gate came open.”
Frost was excited when he saw the draw and anxious for the rematch with Ur Next.
“I told my girlfriend (Kylie Cahoy) if I could ride him, I’d probably win,” he said. “I was just a little more ready when I nodded my head this time.”
Ur Next competed at the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.
“He had a couple of really good trips at the Finals in December and bucked off both guys,” Frost said.
The 23-year-old native of Randlett, Utah, earned $3,944 for winning the one-header. He’s competing for Team Wrangler in the Champions Challenge series.
“That sure is a good check for one night,” he said. “That’s the first time I’ve won a Champions Challenge. I’ve won some checks at these events before, but I’m kind of tickled to get a win under my belt. I’ve really been wanting to win one of these.”
Frost graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell) with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business in May 2015. He finished sixth in the world standings last season with $177,793, after coming in second behind Kimzey the year before; he was also second in the average at the 2014 WNFR behind Kimzey.
At the 2015 WNFR, he won two rounds and pocketed nearly $94,000 but wasn’t satisfied.
“I did pretty well there, but I was still disappointed in myself,” Frost said. “I left Vegas with the biggest learning experience of my career. I learned to never go in without total faith in myself. I guess I didn’t think I could catch Sage and that lowered my mentality and I didn’t ride as well as I could’ve. But with all the money at the Finals, it’s possible to overtake any lead.”
So how did that affect his approach to this season?
“That has lit a fire under me,” Frost said. “I’m pulling out all the stops and going as hard as I can this year. My goal is to be the PRCA world champion.”
Don’t ever count Frost out. The athletic and versatile 6-foot, 170-pounder won the prestigious Linderman Award in 2014 while competing in bull riding, steer wrestling and tie-down roping.
He’s up Thursday at the Xtreme Bulls event in Bismarck, N.D., will return to Rapid City Friday for the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo and is up in the short round Saturday at the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas.
Other winners Wednesday at the $97,200 rodeo were bareback rider Caleb Bennett (86.5 points on C5 Rodeo's Virgil), steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack (4.2 seconds), team ropers Luke Brown and Jake Long (4.7 seconds), saddle bronc rider Rusty Wright (86 points on Burch Rodeo's Lunatic From Hell), tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett (7.3 seconds) and barrel racer Megan Swint (12.64 seconds).
Wrangler Champions Challenge
Rapid City, S.D., Feb. 3
Bareback riding: 1. Caleb Bennett, 86.5 points on C5 Rodeo's Virgil, $3,944; 2. Orin Larsen, 86, $3,016; 3. George Gillespie IV, 83.5, $2,204; 4. (tie) J.R. Vezain and Tim O'Connell, 81.5, $1,218 each.
Steer wrestling: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 4.2 seconds, $3,944; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 4.8, $3,016; 3. Brad Johnson, 5.5, $2,204; 4. Clayton Hass, 6.2, $1,508; 5. Tanner Milan, 9.5, $928.
Team roping: 1. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.7 seconds, $3,944 each; 2. JoJo LeMond/Quinn Kesler, 4.8, $3,016; 3. Coleman Proctor/Russell Cardoza, 10.4, $2,204; 4. Jake Cooper/Travis Woodard, 20.6, $1,508; 5. Shane Philipp/John Philipp, 22.5, $928.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Rusty Wright, 86 points on Burch Rodeo's Lunatic From Hell, $3,944; 2. Clay Elliott, 85, $3,016; 3. Heith DeMoss, 84, $2,204; 4. Jacobs Crawley, 83.5, $1,508; 5. CoBurn Bradshaw, 81.5, $928.
Tie-down roping: 1. Ryan Jarrett, 7.3 seconds, $3,944; 2. Hunter Herrin, 7.4, $3,016; 3. Tyson Durfey, 7.6, $2,204; 4. Ryle Smith, 7.9, $1,508; 5. Tim Pharr, 8.1, $928.
Barrel racing: 1. Megan Swint, 12.64 seconds, $3,944; 2. Carley Richardson, 12.83, $3,016; 3. Michele McLeod, 12.84, $2,204; 4. Cassidy Kruse, 12.96, $1,508; 5. Jana Bean, 12.99, $928.
Bull riding: 1. Joe Frost, 84 points on New Frontier Rodeo's Ur Next, $3,944; 2. (tie) Shane Proctor and Ty Wallace, 83, $2,610 each; 4. Sage Kimzey, 78, $1,508; no other qualified rides.
Total payoff: $92,800. Stock contractor: Sutton Rodeos. Sub-contractors: Burch Rodeo, C5 Rodeo, New Frontier Rodeo and Summit Pro Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Jackie Higlin. Officials: Steve Knowles, Wade Berry and Bruce Keller. Timers: Kim Sutton and Amy Muller. Announcer: Wayne Brooks. Specialty acts: Denny Halstead and Tomas Garcilazo. Bullfighters: Josh Rivinius and Colin LaMont. Clown/barrelman: Denny Halstead. Flankmen: Eric Jensen, Jesse Hill, Mark Cotter and Brice Sutton. Pickup men: Brent Sutton and Tyler Robertson. Photographers: Siri Stevens and Phill Kitts. Music director: Hambone Hilton.
Read more about the Rapid City Wrangler Champions Challenge in the Feb. 26 ProRodeo Sports News.