ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Jake Brown may have missed more than three months of rodeo action, but there was no rust to be found when he returned the weekend of Sept. 17-18.
The Cleveland, Texas, cowboy – who had been out since early June with a thumb injury – won the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo Sept. 18, just 24 hours after he was victorious at the Rose City Roundup in Tyler, Texas.
“It’s great to win in Tyler, and Albuquerque,” said Brown, 26. “I cracked back out this week and I just wanted to get my rhythm going again. I felt good, and was able to ride good and I won a bunch of money.”
Brown had an 86.5-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Rockstar by Vitalix to capture the victory at Tingley Coliseum in the Land of Enchantment.
Brown made his ride in Albuquerque Sept. 17, and when the rodeo concluded a day later, he earned $4,583. He added $1,929 for his winning 86-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Cactus Black in Tyler, and he also earned $1,479 for placing second at the Four States Fair & Rodeo (Sept. 15-17) in Texarkana, Ark.
“I had never ridden that horse,” Brown said of Rockstar by Vitalix. “That horse has been around for a while, and it worked out really well. The horse was leaping and kicking and she felt really good. After the whistle, she kind of slammed me and almost stepped on me. It looked cool for the crowd, and fortunately I didn’t get hurt.”
The welcome-back performances helped Brown secure his second straight trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. Brown was ninth in the Sept. 12 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $68,164. The PRCA regular season concludes Sept. 30.
“It’s awesome to solidify my spot at the NFR again,” said Brown, who finished a career-best eighth in the world standings a year ago. “Last year, I kind of put a little pressure on myself and I didn’t have the best Finals, and this year I want to ride like it’s just another rodeo.”
Brown, who was leading the June 6 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, suffered the thumb injury at the Jasper (Texas) Lions Benefit Rodeo (May 11-14). He had surgery to repair it on June 16, and hadn’t seen rodeo action since the June 11 Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots in Kissimmee, Fla.
Was Brown worried he might fall out of the top 15 while being sidelined?
“For a little bit,” Brown said. “Then after a while, I felt safe and I just worked on coming back.”
Other winners at the $154,466 rodeo were all-around cowboy Seth Hall ($2,327 in tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestlers Joshua Clark and J.D. Struxness (3.7 seconds each), team ropers Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz, Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber and Chase Massengill/Daylan Frost (5.6 seconds each), saddle bronc rider Jake Wright (83 points on The Cervi Brothers’ On Fire), tie-down ropers Ryan Jarrett and Cody McCartney (7.7 seconds each), barrel racer Taylor Langdon (14.97 seconds) and bull riders Joe Frost (84 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Bad Wine), and Cody Teel (84 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Silence Reigns 84 points).
New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo
Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 13-18
All-around cowboy: Seth Hall, $2,327, tie-down roping and team roping.
Bareback riding: 1. Jake Brown, 86.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Rockstar By Vitalix, $4,583; 2. Tim O'Connell, 85, $3,513; 3. (tie) Mason Clements, Shane O'Connell and Jessy Davis, 81.5, $1,782 each; 6. Tanner Aus, 80.5, $764; 7. (tie) Casey Colletti and Ty Breuer, 80, $535 each.
Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Joshua Clark and J.D. Struxness, 3.7 seconds, $3,278 each; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 3.9, $2,732; 4. Billy Bugenig, 4.3, $2,368; 5. (tie) Riley Duvall and Timmy Sparing, 4.4, $1,821 each; 7. (tie) John Franzen, Trever Nelson and Sterling Lambert, 4.5, $911 each; 10. Tanner Milan, 4.6, $182.
Team roping: 1. (tie) Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz, Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber and Chase Massengill/Daylan Frost, 5.6 seconds, $3,596 each; 4. Lane Ivy/B.J. Dugger, 5.9, $2,750; 5. Seth Hall/Byron Wilkerson, 6.0, $2,327; 6. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 6.2, $1,904; 7. Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin, 6.3, $1,481; 8. (tie) Robert Ansley/Shad Chadwick, Kyle Roberts/TJ Brown and Joe Beaver/McCoy Profili, 6.4, $635 each.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jake Wright, 83 points on The Cervi Brothers' On Fire, $4,371; 2. (tie) Ryder Wright and Alex Wright, 80, $2,914 each; 4. CoBurn Bradshaw, 79, $1,603; 5. Chet Johnson, 78, $1,020; 6. Tyrel Larsen, 77.5, $729; 7. (tie) Joe Harper, Zeke Thurston, Spencer Wright, Chuck Schmidt, Joe Lufkin and Jacobs Crawley, 77, $170 each.
Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Ryan Jarrett and Cody McCartney, 7.7 seconds, $4,095 each; 3. Cade Swor, 7.8, $3,412; 4. J.C. Malone, 8.0, $2,957; 5. (tie) Stetson Vest and Caleb Smidt, 8.6, $2,275 each; 7. (tie) Joseph Parsons and Marcos Costa, 9.5, $1,365 each; 9. (tie) Ty Baker and Cory Solomon, 9.6, $455 each.
Barrel racing: 1. Taylor Langdon, 14.97 seconds, $4,225; 2. Amber Leigh Moore, 14.99, $3,380; 3. Christine Laughlin, 15.05, $2,746; 4. Sammi Bessert, 15.15, $2,113; 5. Kim Schulze, 15.17, $1,690; 6. Stevi Hillman, 15.19, $1,268; 7. Jana Bean, 15.21, $1,056; 8. (tie) Trula Churchill and Sabra O'Quinn, 15.23, $898 each; 10. CJ Vondette, 15.27, $739; 11. Cayla Melby, 15.28, $634; 12. Nalynn Cline, 15.30, $528; 13. Paige Willis, 15.33, $423; 14. Sherrylynn Johnson, 15.35, $317; 15. Katelyn Scott, 15.42, $211.
Bull riding: 1. (tie) Joe Frost, on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo's Bad Wine, and Cody Teel, on Salt River Rodeo's Silence Reigns, 84 points, $4,196 each; 3. Riker Carter, 83.5, $2,692; 4. Juan Alonzo, 82, $1,742; 5. Steve Woolsey, 81, $1,108; 6. Colten Jesse, 76.5, $792; 7. Rorey Maier, 76, $633; 8. (tie) Jose Griego and Brennon Eldred, 74, $238 each.
Total payoff: $154,466. Stock contractor: The Cervi Brothers. Sub-contractors: Cervi Championship Rodeo, Hurst Pro Rodeo, 4L & Diamond S Rodeo and Salt River Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Officials: Joe Bob Locke, Travis Howe and Mark Longoria. Timers: Mary Brunner and B.J. Voigt. Announcer: Boyd Polhamus. Specialty acts: Katy Trixie Chic's and Kelsey Trixie Chic's. Bullfighters: Kyle Lippincott and Nathan Harp. Clown/barrelman: Matt Tarr. Flankmen: Lyndal Hurst, Scott Pickens, Chuck Kite and Owen Washburn. Chute boss: Binion Cervi. Pickup men: Randy Britton and Chase Cervi. Photographer: Ric Andersen. Music director: Jake Ostrum III.
For more coverage of the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo, check out the Oct. 7 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.