Tucson Rodeo Finals News Roundup

Courtesy PRCA (PrRodeo.com)

Courtesy PRCA (PrRodeo.com)

Clements wins Tucson in his first appearance

TUCSON, Ariz. –  The first trip bareback rider Mason Clements made to La Fiesta de la Vaqueros is one he will not soon forget.

The Santaquin, Utah, cowboy left a champion with a 168-point score in the two-head average.

“I never got the opportunity to go to Tucson before one reason or another, and now I love Tucson,” said Clements, 24. “I loved it before because it was the first outdoor rodeo of the year and I was really excited to get outside and things turned out great for me.”

Clements clinch the title with an 83-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Forward Motion in the finals.

“I had never been on him (Forward Motion) before,” Clements said. “He was kind of a little wiry in the box and you kind of had to get in there and get your hand in and do the best you could to get out on him, and it played out good for me.”

Clements set the tone for his victory with an 85-point trip on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Lightning, which tied Austin Foss for the first-round win. Clements left Tucson with $8,142 in earnings.

A year ago, Clements just missed making his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, finishing 18th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $60,361.

Clements was within in reach of the Wrangler NFR despite missing three months of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament wakeboarding in Orlando, Fla., in March, following the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla.

“My approach is to stay healthy and enjoy what I’m doing,” Clements said about dealing with the injury. “I need to stay physically and mentally in shape 24/7 so when Oct.1 comes, I didn’t leave anything on the table. My (right) knee finally feels like it’s getting all its strength back. There were a lot of emotions after that last rodeo when I realized I wasn’t going to make the Finals. I was frustrated and I knew the consequences of getting hurt and now I’m going to do everything in my power to make it this year.”

Now, Clements doesn’t want anything to derail him from qualifying for the WNFR in Las Vegas in December.

“I don’t even want to question it, it needs to happen, I need to make the Finals,” Clements said. “I need to quit giving excuses for not being there. I’m really confident and I feel like the trials and errors I’ve had to go through have given me more experience and there no excuse for not making it.”   

 Other winners at the $331,218 rodeo were all-around cowboy Erich Rogers ($9,545, tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler Tyler Pearson (15.9 seconds on three head), team ropers Erich Rogers/Cory Petska (12.7 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Tyler Corrington (168.5 points on two head), tie-down roper Ace Sloan (19.3 seconds on two head), barrel racer Stevi Hillman (34.95 on two runs) and bull rider Dave Mason (165 points on two head).

The $331,218 in total prize money broke the rodeo record of $327,673 set in 2009 and Curtis Cassidy earned a share of the arena record with his 3.8-second run in the first round of the steer wrestling; he is tied with four others.


La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros

 

Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 18-26

 

All-around cowboy: Erich Rogers, $9,545, tie-down roping and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: First round: 1. (tie) Mason Clements, on Rocky Mountain Rodeo's Lightning, and Austin Foss, on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Molly Brown, 85 points, $3,596 each; 3. Clayton Biglow, 84, $2,307; 4. Bill Tutor, 83, $1,493; 5. Kash Wilson, 82, $950; 6. Tyler Waltz, 81.5, $678; 7. Cody Kiser, 81, $543; 8. (tie) Tanner Phipps, Steven Dent and Mike Solberg, 80, $136 each. Finals: 1. Steven Dent, 85.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Little Jet, $1,650; 2. Kash Wilson, 84.5, $1,250; 3. Tyler Waltz, 84, $900; 4. (tie) Buck Lunak and Mason Clements, 83, $475 each; 6. Austin Foss, 81, $250. Average: 1. Mason Clements, 168 points on two head, $4,071; 2. Kash Wilson, 166.5, $3,121; 3. Austin Foss, 166, $2,307; 4. (tie) Tyler Waltz and Steven Dent, 165.5, $1,221 each; 6. Buck Lunak, 162.5, $678; 7. Bill Tutor, 161, $543; 8. Mike Solberg, 160.5, $407. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Curtis Cassidy, 3.8 seconds, $2,923; 2. Tyler Pearson, 4.6, $2,542; 3. Olin Hannum, 4.7, $2,161; 4. Kyle Whitaker, 4.8, $1,780; 5. Blaine Jones, 5.4, $1,398; 6. Kody Woodward, 5.6, $1,017; 7. Ryle Smith, 5.7, $636; 8. (tie) Wade Sumpter, Jace Melvin and Scott Guenthner, 5.8, $85 each. Second round: 1. Calder Johnston, 4.1 seconds, $2,923; 2. Jason Thomas, 4.3, $2,542; 3. Tyler Pearson, 4.9, $2,161; 4. (tie) K.C. Jones and Josh Boka, 5.0, $1,589 each; 6. (tie) Justin Shaffer and David Hinman, 5.3, $826 each; 8. (tie) Wade Sumpter and Wyatt Jurney, 5.4, $127 each. Finals: 1. Ty Erickson, 5.0 seconds, $1,421; 2. Will Lummus, 5.4, $1,176; 3. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Tyler Pearson, 6.4, $809 each; 5. Olin Hannum, 6.6, $441; 6. Kody Woodward, 6.8, $245. Average: 1. Tyler Pearson, 15.9 seconds on three head, $4,385; 2. Ty Erickson, 16.7, $3,813; 3. Olin Hannum, 17.0, $3,241; 4. Will Lummus, 17.4, $2,669; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 18.1, $2,097; 6. Kody Woodward, 19.6, $1,525; 7. Jace Melvin, 19.8, $953; 8. K.C. Jones, 20.1, $381. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. (tie) J.B. James Jr/Brock Hanson and Travis Tryan/Chase Tryan, 6.1 seconds, $3,608 each; 3. (tie) Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison and Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 6.2, $2,349 each; 6. (tie) Cody Tew/Matt Robertson and Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 6.3, $1,091 each; 8. (tie) Chase Massengill/Daylan Frost and Brandon Beers/Jim Ross Cooper, 6.4, $168 each. Finals: 1. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 6.5 seconds, $1,407 each; 2. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 6.8, $1,164; 3. Seth Hall/Byron Wilkerson, 7.0, $922; 4. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 7.2, $679; 5. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 7.3, $437; 6. J.B. James Jr/Brock Hanson, 7.5, $243. Average: 1. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 12.7 seconds on two head, $5,789 each; 2. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 13.1, $5,034; 3. (tie) Chris Francis/Cade Passig and Seth Hall/Byron Wilkerson, 13.5, $3,902 each; 5. J.B. James Jr/Brock Hanson, 13.6, $2,769; 6. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 13.7, $2,014; 7. Parker Warner/Steve Northcott, 14.2, $1,259; 8. Brandon Beers/Jim Ross Cooper, 18.2, $503. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Shade Etbauer, 86.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Red Man, $3,084; 2. Tyler Corrington, 84, $2,364; 3. Audy Reed, 81, $1,747; 4. (tie) Jacobs Crawley and Cole Elshere, 80, $925 each; 6. Joe Harper, 79, $514; 7. (tie) Hardy Braden and Leon Fountain, 78.5, $360 each. Finals: 1. Cole Elshere, 86 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Ole Flame, $1,650; 2. Tyler Corrington, 84.5, $1,250; 3. Leon Fountain, 83, $900; 4. Jacobs Crawley, 81, $600; 5. Shade Etbauer, 80.5, $350; 6. Hardy Braden, 77.5, $250. Average: 1. Tyler Corrington, 168.5 points on two head, $3,084; 2. Shade Etbauer, 167, $2,364; 3. Cole Elshere, 166, $1,747; 4. Leon Fountain, 161.5, $1,131; 5. Jacobs Crawley, 161, $720; 6. Hardy Braden, 156, $514; 7. Joe Harper, 154, $411; 8. Dusty Hausauer, 149.5, $308. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Trent Creager, 9.1 seconds, $4,180; 2. Michael Otero, 9.3, $3,635; 3. Bryson Sechrist, 9.4, $3,089; 4. Ace Slone, 9.7, $2,544; 5. Blane Cox, 10.1, $1,999; 6. Lane Livingston, 10.2, $1,454; 7. Hunter Herrin, 10.4, $909; 8. (tie) Stetson Vest and J.C. Malone, 10.5, $182 each. Finals: 1. Ace Slone, 9.6 seconds, $1,624; 2. J.C. Malone, 10.0, $1,344; 3. Hunter Herrin, 10.4, $1,064; 4. Joseph Parsons, 11.2, $784; 5. Blane Cox, 11.4, $504; 6. Bryson Sechrist, 14.3, $280. Average: 1. Ace Slone, 19.3 seconds on two head, $6,270; 2. J.C. Malone, 20.5, $5,452; 3. Hunter Herrin, 20.8, $4,634; 4. Blane Cox, 21.5, $3,816; 5. Joseph Parsons, 22.1, $2,999; 6. Bryson Sechrist, 23.7, $2,181; 7. Trent Creager, 31.3, $1,363; 8. Lane Livingston, 31.9, $545. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Megan McLeod-Sprague, 17.42 seconds, $4,080; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.46, $3,497; 3. Falena Hunter, 17.52, $2,914; 4. (tie) Tillar Murray and Sarah Kieckhefer, 17.56, $2,234 each; 6. Christine Laughlin, 17.58, $1,554; 7. Stevi Hillman, 17.61, $1,166; 8. Kassidy Dennison, 17.62, $777; 9. (tie) Allison Resor and Kathy Korell-Rach, 17.66, $486 each. Finals: 1. Stevi Hillman, 17.34 seconds, $1,727; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.52, $1,295; 3. Kassidy Dennison, 17.57, $863; 4. Kathy Korell-Rach, 17.64, $432. Average: 1. Stevi Hillman, 34.95 seconds on two head, $4,080; 2. Taylor Langdon, 34.98, $3,497; 3. Kassidy Dennison, 35.19, $2,914; 4. Christine Laughlin, 35.29, $2,525; 5. Kathy Korell-Rach, 35.30, $1,943; 6. Falena Hunter, 35.54, $1,554; 7. Taylor Jacob, 35.84, $1,166; 8. Megan McLeod-Sprague, 37.10, $777; 9. Tillar Murray, 40.29, $583; 10. Jill Welsh, 40.30, $389. 

 

Bull riding: First round: 1. Brennon Eldred, 90.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Muley Madness, $3,394; 2. Dustin Boquet, 88.5, $2,602; 3. Cody Teel, 87, $1,923; 4. Chris Roundy, 86, $1,244; 5. (tie) Tyler Bingham and Preston Preece, 84.5, $679 each; 7. Roscoe Jarboe, 84, $453; 8. Bowyn Allemand, 81, $339. * Finals: 1. Dave Mason, 86 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Record Rack's 90 Proof, $2,700; 2. Jeff Askey, 69, $2,300; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Dave Mason, 165 points on two head, $3,394; 2. Jeff Askey, 147.5, $2,602; 3. Brennon Eldred, 90.5 on one head, $1,923; 4. Dustin Boquet, 88.5, $1,244; 5. Cody Teel, 87, $792; 6. Chris Roundy, 86, $566; 7. (tie) Tyler Bingham and Preston Preece, 84.5, $396 each. *(all totals include ground money).

 

Total payoff: $331,218. Stock contractor: Beutler & Son Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Rocky Mountain Rodeo and Salt River Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Dollie Riddle. Officials: Allan Jordan Jr, Terry Carlon and Lynn Smith. Timers: Jayme Pemberton and Ti Ada Wise. Announcer: Wayne Brooks. Specialty act: Justin Rumford. Bullfighters: Wacey Munsell, Dusty Tuckness and Nathan Harp. Clown/barrelman: Justin Rumford. Flankmen: Paul Peterson, Glenn Southwick, Owen Washburn and Rhett Beutler. Chute bosses: Bennie Beutler and Matt Scott. Pickup men: Matt Scott, Will O'Connell and Shandon Stalls. Photographers: Jim Fain, Dan Hubbell and Mia Larocque. Music director: Chuck Lopeman.

For more coverage of La Fiesta de la Vaqueros, check out the March 3 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.

‘YOU CAN’T FAKE THAT PASSION’

Always a cowboy: Tucson Rodeo announcer Brooks has 'the voice'

Wayne Brooks, clapping to the music at the 92nd annual La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros, has been in the announcer’s chair for decades. “I had no idea they paid for people to talk ... no idea,” he says of the days when he was getting started. When he opens his mouth, you are sent to another time.

Wayne Brooks just has one of those voices.

Could be the Old West, could be a Folger’s commercial from 1972, but it darn sure doesn’t feel like 2017.

It is rich like mahogany, thick like molasses. He says it’s one of the few things God blessed him with, “a pretty decent voice.” Sure wasn’t his riding, as the former Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association short-timer calls himself “the best 3-second bareback rider that ever was.”

He laughs, and it sounds like an old truck hiccupping.

His dad sounds the same, his uncles, too. This deep bass. A lullaby in his hands would be a sleeping pill.

“Welcome to the 92nd annual La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros!” he booms into his microphone high atop his perch in the press box of the Tucson Rodeo grounds. “How you feeling out there? Make a little noise. Look at this crowd today! Welcome everybody, we’re so glad you’re here.”

Two hours later, he’ll put yet another performance in the books. A five-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association announcer of the year, Brooks signs off and takes a gulp of water. For a man who’s voice is his livelihood, water is his salvation, like a man wandering the desert.

He’ll be on the road 240 days this year, a full two-thirds, and though it’s only February, his voice is a bit hoarse, almost gravelly. Smoky. In rodeo, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

•••

As a child, Brooks was taken by Rex Allen, the Arizona Cowboy, an actor, singer and all-around showman who also narrated Disney nature and Western programs.

Born in Prescott, Brooks fell for the cowboy way. But it’s not as if he yearned to use his voice himself. Didn’t even think it was special.

No, he sort of fell backwards into this.

Years ago, a rodeo at Estrella Park outside Phoenix was left without an announcer. Someone had bailed at the last minute. A woman walked around eavesdropping on conversations, tapping people on the shoulder. “Hello!” she’d say, and “Hello,” they’d squeak back, and she’d move on.

Then she heard Wayne Brooks.

“She said if you’ll announce our jackpot today, we’ll give you a free practice horse,” he said. “That was 20 bucks at the time! I said, sounds good. No clue what I was doing.”

At the time, he was a young bareback rider on the PRCA and Arizona circuit. Not a very good one, he’ll tell you, but he “soaked up the lifestyle” just the same.

“To compete in the rodeo world you have to be in the top 5 percent from a physical fitness standpoint, being rock solid, where you can take the beating and get up the next day,” he said. “I was never that tough.”

But he did have this voice, and boy, a passion for the rodeo.

He barely did more than announce the names of the contestants that day, but a seed was planted. A number of weeks later, the president of the Arizona high school rodeo paid him $100 to announce the event, and, “I thought I was never going to see another poor day. I was rich.”

He was maybe 24, and as time went on, he thought, “Good grief, I could pay some of the bills by doing this.” Rodeo at that point was not a full-time gig — he worked construction, drove a truck, “whatever to make a buck” — but he says he wouldn’t trade that time for the world. “The greatest fun,” he calls it. “We were there for the beer and the fun and the girls and the partying,” he said.

Eventually he settled down, married a beautiful woman named Melanie, had two daughters and moved to Casa Grande. He started picking up more and more gigs, especially in the winter, when he could work his regular jobs and announce on the weekends.

One spring, it had to be 1990 or ’91, Brooks says, he and Melanie sat down and hashed it out. She was a teacher and homemaker who could take off for the summer, the kids were young, and they figured: He could stay in Casa Grande for the summer, or they could go on the road and make four times as much.

“Like any blue-collar, hard-working family, that was like found money,” he said. “You can work doing whatever for $10 a hour or this job and make $500 a day for two or three days. It was like Christmas. I had no idea they paid for people to talk, to brag on their friends. No idea.”

It took about 10 years of that annual summer grind for Brooks to line up enough regular gigs to give it the full go.

Nearly two decades ago, Brooks got his start in Tucson announcing the rodeo’s royalty banquet, dubbing the rodeo queen. Long-time general manager Gary Williams said he just wanted the committee to hear him a little. He took over full-time duties for the rodeo more than a dozen years ago and considers Tucson among his favorites.

“To this day, I still sometimes wake up and am surprised I’m in Tucson, or Salinas, or Reno,” he said. “I’m still not even 100 percent sure how it happened.”

He laughs.

“Hey, blind hogs find acorns, too.”

•••

To watch a Tucson Rodeo performance in the hands — and voices — of Brooks and barrel man Justin Rumford is to watch Laurel and Hardy reincarnate. Abbott and Costello in spurs. Farley and Spade, only both are likable.

There is a dash of irreverence in their otherwise saddled-down humor. It’s a little subversive. Rumford talks about being at a rodeo in Colorado for a week and they joke about the, umm, high altitude.

 

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but what happens in Colorado stays in your system for 30 days,” they riff.

They’ll manage 30 performances a year, a quarter of the schedule or so, turning little girls in pink cowboy hats into silly putty.

“We work together well because we’re just two regular dudes,” Rumford said. “We don’t have a fake voice, anything fake. We’re who we are, having fun together.”

Theirs is a dance, much like a bullfighter teasing a bull, weaving in and out of trouble. In a politically hostile climate, they know their audience but don’t pander to it.

They are unabashedly Western, and Brooks frequently talks about the military, the cowboy lifestyle, rodeo heritage. But between the music and the Justin Timberlake references, it’s clear they have modernized what can sometimes be a rather bland show.

“Wayne does a very good job of understanding the different demographics,” Williams said. “There are some rodeos he does where you’ve got a bunch of ranchers and it doesn’t matter what he does, they just sit there. If you try to play down to what you perceive is the level of the audience, it’s going to bite your butt.”

Williams, who’s known to spin a yarn or two, recalls one such occasion.

“A very famous barrel man worked a rodeo in Arkansas for the first time,” Williams said. “He thought he would try what he perceived was Southern humor — ‘How do you compliment a rodeo fan from Arkansas?’ Announcer said, ‘I dunno,’ and he said, ‘Nice tooth!’ There was dead silence.”

Brooks and Rumford are careful to never target the audience, and to aim their sights on bigger targets.

“We never say anything political, religious, racial — we try not to say anything at all to offend anybody,” Rumford said. “That’s why so often we try to make fun of each other.”

Rumford, who tears off his rodeo gear to reveal a skin-tight Evil Knievel outfit for a comedy motorbike routine, bears the brunt of it.

“I’ve known him since he was 10, used to announce for his dad, and I remember when he and his little sister Haley, a past rodeo secretary of the year, would lay on the grass and do leg wrestling,” Brooks said. “They’re great communicators. Fabulous communicators. You can take him anywhere anytime any day, take him off an airplane, stick him in arena, and he’ll do the job.”

Most important, Brooks said, is for the two of them to have an open dialogue with the audience, typically half of which is first-time rodeo fans.

“In rodeo, we have an opportunity to take our fan base and bring them in to our family,” Brooks said. “What I’ve learned from my predecessors is I want these people to walk away feeling they’re part of the group. That they can be a cowboy today.”

•••

Brooks is a cowboy today, yesterday and forever.

He has the scars to prove it.

“When you’re 20-something, you don’t realize the pain that’s gonna come back when you’re 40-something,” Brooks said.

His shoulder aches, courtesy of a wreck on a bareback horse down near the border. Tore his rotator cuff, and, “It’s shot,” Brooks says.

He’s been in a wreck or two himself, but he’s also cursed with the unenviable task of sometimes ushering a half-novice audience through horrific sights.

“Reno, Nevada, 10 years ago, a six-horse hitch with 2,000 pound Percheron horses, whirling around the arena, and one of the horses stumbled and fell and it was just like wadding up a piece of paper. All six horses went down, hitch, leather and lines, people flying off of the wagon. The worst wreck you could ever see with animals involved.”

He remembers the time bullrider Cody Hancock got kicked by a bull in Clovis, California, outside of Fresno. Took his ear off, Brooks said. “You don’t realize how tough these players are until you see eight or 10 of them kicking around the dirt looking for an ear and then saying 10 minutes later we can’t find it, let’s go on.”

Tucson Rodeo Committee chairman Jose Calderon chimes in.

“That’s why cowboys don’t wear earrings,” he says, as Brooks and Williams laugh.

He handles these rough crashes with dignity and respect for the rider and the animal, having been there before.

“In 2017, more now than ever, we as cowboys hold our heads up and are proud of the tradition and heritage that surrounds it,” he said.

If it sounds like a commercial, don’t be surprised: Brooks also does voice work, making use of his gift.

He may have even passed it on to his son, Ace.

Ace is 15 — he was born on 9/11; Brooks remembers being in the Scottsdale hospital when the nurse checked Melanie’s blood pressure as the buildings crashed down — and his voice is changing. Who knows if it’ll settle in the deep pit like his father’s.

“Until you’re 20 you have no idea,” Brooks said.

It sure is a good thing he found out, though.

“We couldn’t have a better representative than Wayne,” Williams said. “He is studious, he knows his stuff, and he has a passion for it. You can’t fake that passion.”

LA FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS

Mason comes from way back to claim Tucson Rodeo bull-riding title

Bullrider Dave Mason scores an 86 as he goes into a spin while riding Record Rack’s 90 Proof on Sunday at the Tucson Rodeo. Mason came from way back to claim the bull-riding title. 

Ranked 11th out of 12 bull riders who made it back to Sunday’s short-go, Mason needed a big performance, and he got one. Turns out, he didn’t even need much of a big performance — just needed to stay on, for the most part.

Yet he gave the crowd a thrill with his 86-point ride atop Record Rack’s 90 Proof, winning $2,700 for the day’s work and another $3,394 for the aggregate on two bulls.

“Having a big win at the beginning of the year keeps you up, but at the end of the day, if you’re not having fun doing what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter when you do it,” said Mason, a former Professional Bull Riders rider.

Mason, a native of Australia who has only been competing in the United States for a few years, was one of just two bull riders to last all eight seconds on Sunday; Jeff Askey, of Athens, Texas, also held on but had a tame bull that landed him just a 69-point ride. That, however, was good enough for nearly $5,000 worth of winnings on Sunday, including his aggregate second-place finish.

Like Mason, Askey entered the day on the bottom of the totem poll but ended up flush because none of the other 10 riders made it through.

“I don’t ever look at the scoreboard or who’s getting on what bull,” said Mason, whose uncles were Australian rodeo champions.

“My job is to ride the bull they gave me, and I go home happy if I’ve done my job. My battle isn’t against the other guys, it’s against the bull they gave me.”

One Mason to Another

Unlike the two long-lasting bull riders, Mason Clements entered Sunday’s bareback championship near the top of the standings, figuring he had a good shot at a payday.

And while he didn’t have the best showing — Steven Dent of Mullen, Nebraska, had the day’s high score of 85.5 atop Little Jet — Clements scored an 83 nonetheless to take home the aggregate title.

“My mindset for the year was rodeo hard in the winter and spring, relax and get healthy and rest in May and then crave it more,” Clements said. “This was my big moment for the year so far. It’s exciting. I’ve never been more excited for the rodeo than this year.”

Other Tucson Rodeo winners

A pair of locals won the team-roping championship as Erich Rogers of Round Rock and Cory Petska of Marana finished at 12.7 seconds on two runs, winning nearly $6,000 for the aggregate score and another $1,407 for Sunday’s round.

Tyler Pearson won the steer wrestling aggregate with a standout 15.9 seconds for three attempts, taking home a $4,385 payday and another $809 for finishing fourth in Sunday’s short-go behind Sunday winner Ty Erickson.

Tyler Corrington followed up a big day yesterday with an 84.5 on Sunday, pushing him up to the top spot on the saddle bronc riding leaderboard, and tie-down roper Ace Slone also had a big day, winning both the aggregate and short-go.

Stevi Hillman won both the aggregate and short-go in barrel racing, too, winning nearly $4,800 after a two-day score of 34.95 seconds.