Rookie Kurtis Turner scores first win

Kurtis Turner.  PRCA Photo by Dan Hubbell

OAKDALE, Calif. – Kurtis Turner didn’t mind the difficult conditions when he rode Saturday at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo.

“It was really muddy,” he said Sunday after picking up a check for $3,046 as the rodeo’s bull riding winner. “It rained all day (Saturday), and it was raining when I rode. It seems like I do well when it’s raining. I like playing in the mud once in a while.”

It was the first check that Turner, who is competing on his rookie card, earned this season.

“It felt really good,” he said. “I was really excited. It was something I needed. I went to quite a few winter rodeos, but it’s been a little slow for me. This will help my bank account, and it definitely helps your confidence when you win.”

He hadn’t seen the bull he drew for the one-header in Oakdale, but rode for 84 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Maestro.

“He was a really good, honest bull,” Turner said.

He stayed in Oakdale Sunday and watched the second performance, although he didn’t figure he’d emerge as the champion.

“I didn’t think it would be enough to win,” he said. “I was hoping I’d win something, and thought it was good enough to place.”

When his 84 held up, Turner was ecstatic.

“He was pumped up,” said his traveling buddy, Justin Anderson, of Nephi, Utah. “He made a good bull ride, and that’s a good win for him.”

Turner, who is from Washington, Utah, and Anderson spoke while making the 10-hour drive home. Anderson predicts a lot more success for his friend.

“I believe he’s got the talent to make the (Wrangler National) Finals (Rodeo),” Anderson said. “He could do it this year if he gets on a hot streak. He rides ’em, gets it done. He’s a cowboy.”

Qualifying for rodeo’s Super Bowl in Las Vegas this December is the goal of every PRCA cowboy, and the 22-year-old Turner said it’s been his dream for many years.

“I’m going to try my hardest to get to the Finals,” he said. “I hope to keep winning.”

That would make his family proud, and his former mentor, a Utah neighbor and former PRCA cowboy, Bill Bundy.

“He lives down the road and he’d let me get on his bulls,” Turner said of Bundy. “He was an all-around cowboy; he rode bareback, bulls, team roped and steer wrestled. He was an inspiration to me, for sure.”

It was Turner’s second visit to Oakdale.

“I came here (to Oakdale) last year and rode my bull, but didn’t place,” he said. “I picked up a little day money. I really like this rodeo, and I like their big, deep bucking chutes. I really like how they treat us there, and the atmosphere at that rodeo is great.”

The rodeo’s loyal fans showed up April 9, he said, despite the inclement weather.

“For as hard as it was raining, they really had a big crowd,” he said. “I was surprised how many people were there because of the weather.”

Other winners at the $113,486 rodeo were all-around cowboy Rhen Richard ($3,206 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Tucker Zingg (84 points on C5 Rodeo’s Virgil), steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack (9.0 seconds on two head), team ropers Cody Snow and Dugan Kelly (14.0 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Ben Londo (82 points on C5 Rodeo’s Tuxedo Kate), tie-down roper Richard (19.1 seconds on two head) and barrel racer Morgan Breaux (17.58 seconds). 

Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo


Oakdale, Calif., April 9-10


All-around cowboy: Rhen Richard, $3,206, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. Tucker Zingg, 84 points on C5 Rodeo's Virgil, $2,064; 2. Tyler Scales, 82, $1,583; 3. Tyler Nelson, 81.5, $1,170; 4. Luke Creasy, 81, $757; 5. (tie) Nick Gutzwiler and Wyatt Denny, 80, $413 each; 7. Buck Lunak, 78.5, $275; 8. (tie) Colt Kitaif and Colin Adams, 78, $103 each. 


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 4.3 seconds, $1,044; 2. Tom Lewis, 4.5, $864; 3. (tie) Billy Holland Jr. and Jason Thomas, 4.6, $594 each; 5. (tie) Jarret New and Rhett Kennedy, 4.7, $252 each. Second round: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 4.2 seconds, $1,044; 2. Jake Kraupie, 4.6, $864; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 4.7, $684; 4. Aaron Vosler, 5.2, $504; 5. Sean Santucci, 5.4, $324; 6. (tie) Billy Bugenig and Rudy Switzer, 5.5, $90 each. Average: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 9.0 seconds on two head, $1,566; 2. Billy Bugenig, 11.4, $1,296; 3. Rhett Kennedy, 11.6, $1,026; 4. Stetson Jorgensen, 12.1, $756; 5. John Franzen, 12.4, $486; 6. Rudy Switzer, 12.7, $270. 


Team roping: First round: 1. (tie) Kesley Phillips/Clint Harry and Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 6.7 seconds, $1,722 each; 3. (tie) Luke Brown/Billie Jack Saebens, J.B. James Jr/Brock Hanson, Gene Harry/Dakota Louis and Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 6.8, $764 each. Second round: 1. Blaine Linaweaver/Jake Twisselman, 6.7 seconds, $1,885 each; 2. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 6.9, $1,560; 3. Colton Campbell/Daniel Holland, 7.1, $1,235; 4. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV, 7.6, $910; 5. (tie) Riley Minor/Brady Minor and Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 7.7, $455 each. Average: 1. Cody Snow /Dugan Kelly, 14.0 seconds on two head, $2,827 each; 2. (tie) Zac Small/Wesley Thorp and Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 15.2, $2,096 each; 4. Luke Brown/Billie Jack Saebens, 15.4, $1,365; 5. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV, 15.5, $877; 6. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 15.7, $487. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Ben Londo, 82 points on C5 Rodeo's Tuxedo Kate, $2,132; 2. CoBurn Bradshaw, 78, $1,634; 3. (tie) Joe Lufkin and Jake Wright, 77, $995 each; 5. Jesse Wright, 76.5, $497; 6. Spencer Wright, 76, $355; 7. Luke White, 75.5, $284; 8. (tie) Zeke Thurston and Alex Wright, 75, $107 each. 


Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Rhen Richard, 8.1 seconds, $1,075; 2. Quay Howard, 8.7, $890; 3. (tie) Jared Ferguson and Dane Kissack, 9.4, $612 each; 5. Trent Walls, 9.6, $334; 6. D.J. Parker, 9.8, $185. Second round: 1. Reese Riemer, 9.5 seconds, $1,075; 2. Jade Lyon, 10.6, $890; 3. C.J. DeForest Jr., 10.7, $704; 4. Rhen Richard, 11.0, $519; 5. Cory Solomon, 11.4, $334; 6. (tie) Troy Murray and Quay Howard, 11.5, $93 each. Average: 1. Rhen Richard, 19.1 seconds on two head, $1,612; 2. Quay Howard, 20.2, $1,334; 3. C.J. DeForest Jr., 20.6, $1,056; 4. J. Cody Jones, 23.0, $778; 5. Troy Murray, 23.6, $500; 6. D.J. Parker, 23.9, $278. 


Barrel racing: 1. Morgan Breaux, 17.58 seconds, $2,497; 2. Katie Pascoe, 17.59, $2,122; 3. Rachel Dice, 17.75, $1,748; 4. Katie Carroll, 17.76, $1,498; 5. Stevi Hillman, 17.77, $1,248; 6. Sammi Bessert, 17.81, $874; 7. Linda Vick, 17.84, $624; 8. Benette Little, 17.96, $499; 9. Sidney Forrest, 17.97, $437; 10. Stacey Freitas, 18.13, $374; 11. (tie) Jill Welsh, Jackie Ganter and Sarah Miller, 18.17, $187 each. 


Bull riding: 1. Kurtis Turner, 84 points on Four Star Rodeo's Maestro, $3,046; 2. Cash Robinson, 82, $2,335; 3. Dalan Duncan, 77, $1,726; 4. Preston Louis, 76, $1,117; 5. Will Centoni, 75, $711; 6. Dylan Vick, 74, $508; 7. Jake Gardner, 70, $406; no other qualified rides. 


Total payoff: $113,486. Stock contractor: Four Star Rodeo. Sub-contractors: C5 Rodeo and Big Stone, Moreno & Growney Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Haley Bridwell. Officials: Butch Kirby, Scot Quick and Johnnie Barlogio Jr. Timers: Sherry Rice-Gibson and Diana Alexander. Announcer: Jody Carper. Specialty act: Wolfey Selvester. Bullfighters: Rick Moffatt and Cody Jackson. Clown/barrelman: Wolfey Selvester. Flankmen: Jeff Davis, Mark Cotter and Julio Moreno. Pickup men: Billy Holland Jr, Rick Moffatt and Jeffrey Shearer. Photographers: Matt Cohen, Dan Hubbell, Phil Doyle and Dustin Olson. Music director: Katherine Selvester.

Read more about the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo in the April 22 ProRodeo Sports News.