Hillman sets new arena record at Caldwell Night Rodeo




By Susan Kanode for the Caldwell Night Rodeo


               CALDWELL, Idaho (Aug. 15, 2017) – A five-year-old gray horse called Sharpie and a petite blonde from Texas, had the rowdies and the civies making lots of noise at the first performance of the Caldwell Night Rodeo. 

               Stevi Hillman from Weatherford was one of 78 barrel racers that entered the rodeo here. They all had their first-round run during slack on Tuesday morning where she finished in second place behind Taci Bettis from Round Top, Texas. 

               Then 12 of those members of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association made their second appearance during the Family Night performance on Tuesday. Just hours after placing second, Sharpie and Hillman stopped the clock in 16.68 seconds to set a new arena record. 

               The previous record of 17.01 seconds was set by Mary Aller in 1998. When Aller had her success here, the entry and exit to the arena was on the side. It is now in the middle of the arena. While the set up may have changed the pattern is set the same and Hillman’s run put her at the top of the overall standings and will make her a favorite to compete here at next Saturday’s championships. 

               This is not the first success that Hillman has had aboard Sharpie. Just over two weeks ago, they won the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming and caught the attention of rodeo fans there. 

               “I got goosebumps tonight,” Hillman said. “I could feel how hard he was running and working. I’m sure he also responded to the crowd here. He was electric.” 

               The very exciting barrel race set the stage for the bull riding where Idaho’s own Garrett Smith was the first man to ride. He scored 84.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Fireworks. Brennon Eldred from Sulphur, Oklahoma, also rode and took the lead with an 88-point ride on another bull from Powder River, Party Hardy. 

               The second performance of the rodeo begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday night. More information is available at www.caldwellnightrodeo.com


CALDWELL, Idaho (Aug. 15, 201) --- The following are unofficial results from the Caldwell Night Rodeo. 


First Performance --- 


               Bareback riding: 1, Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 86 points on Outlaw Buckers Rodeo’s American Thumper. 2, J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 82. 3, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 80.5. 4, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 79. 


               Steer wrestling: 1, Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 3.8 seconds. 2, Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta, 4.2. 3, Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta, 4.4. 4, Chance E howard, Cedarville, Ark., 4.6. 


               Team roping: 1, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Noguiera, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 5.2. 2, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Billy Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 5.6. 3, Bryce Palmer, Milton Freewater, Ore., and Bo Patzke, Klamath Falls, Ore., 7.0. 4, Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore., and Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif., 10.5. 


               Saddle bronc riding: 1, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 88.5 points on Outlaw Buckers Rodeo’s Little Muffin. 2, Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., 86.5. 3, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 82.5. 4, Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla., 82. 


               Tie-down roping: 1, Ty Baker, Van Horn, Texas, 8.2 seconds. 2, Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif., 8.5. 3, Jared Parke, Gooding, Idaho, 9.0. 4, Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla., 9.8. 


               Women’s barrel racing: 1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 16.68 seconds.* 2, Liz Herrin, Big Spring, Texas, 17.30. 3, Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 17.39. 4, Sidney Forrest, Lipan, Texas, 17.48. 


               Bull riding: (two rides) 1, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Party Hardy. 2, Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 84.5. 


The following are first round winners and current leaders n steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping and barrel racing from the Caldwell Night Rodeo. 


Steer wrestling: (first round winners) 1, (tie) Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D., and Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 3.7, $2,520 each. 3, (tie) Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., and Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 3.8, $1,819. 5, (tie) John Henry Franzen, Riverton, Wyo.; Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev.; and Errol Frain, Marysville, Calif.; 3.9, $938. 8, Levi Rudd, Chelsea, Okla., 4.0, $234. (second round) Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb., 3.6. 2, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.7. 3, (tie) Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta; Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii; and Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.; 3.8 each. (total on two) 1, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 7.6. 2, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 7.9. 3, Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 8.1. 4, Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, 8.4. 


               Team roping: (first round winners) 1, Jake Orman, Prairie, Miss., and Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas, 4.8 seconds, $2,671 each. 2, (tie) Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Billy Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.; and Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.9 and $2,148 each. 4, (tie) Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta and Tyler Worley, Bluffdale, Texas; Joshua and Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla.; and Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Noguiera, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 5.1, $1,277 each. 7, (tie) Brandon Beers, Powell, Butte, Ore., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz.; Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; and Bryce palmer, Milton Freewater, Ore., and Bo Patzke, Klamath Falls, Ore., 5.2, $271. (second round) 1, Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn., and Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.9. 2, Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore., and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 5.0. 3, Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz., and Ty Romo, Whitewater, Ariz., 5.1. 4, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.,, and Junior Noguiera, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 5.2. (total on two) 1, Driggers and Noguiera, 10.3.2, Wade and Saebens, 10.5. 3, Marcos Theriot, Poplarville, Miss., and Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, 10.8. 4, Riley and Brady Minor, 11.0. 

               Tie-down roping: (first round winners) 1, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 8.1, $2,555. 2, Timber moore, Aubrey, Texas, 8.3, $2,222. 3, Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 8.5, $1,889. 4, (tie) J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah; Justin Smith, Leesville, La.; and Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.; 8.7, $1,222. 7, RandallCarlisle, Athens, La., 8.9, $556. 8, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 9.0, $222. (second round) 1, Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas, 7.7. 2, Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 7.9. 3, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 8.0. 4, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 8.1. (total on two) 1, (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas and Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 18.5 each. 3, J.C. Malone,  Plain City, Utah, 18.7. 4, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 19.1. 

`              Barrel Racing: (first round winners) 1, Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas, 17.05 seconds, $2,555. 2, Stevi Hillman, 17.08, $1,743. 3, Darby Fox, King Hill, Idaho, 17.18, $1,452. 4, Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi, 17.22, $1,259. 5, Jessi Fish, Franklin, Tenn., 17.38, $968. 6, Kelly Tovar, Rockdale, Texas, 17.41, $775. 7, Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas, 17.42, $581. 8, Kim Schulze, Larkspur, Colo., 17.44, $387. 9, (tie) Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., and Kelly Collier, Hereford, Texas, 17.45, $242 each. (second round) 1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 16.68*. 2, Taci Bettis, 17.09. 3, Amberleigh Moore, 17.23. 4, Liz Herrin, Big Spring, Texas, 17.30. (total on two) 1, Hillman, 33.76. 2, Bettis, 34.14. 3, Moore, 34.68. 4, Herrin, 34.78. 

*New arena record. Previous record was Mary Aller at 17.01 in 1998.


83rd Annual

Dates: August 15 – 19

Performance times: 8 p.m.

Junior Rodeo: 6:30


There are 581 rodeo entries here with 76 of them coming from Idaho. Livestock is being provided by Powder River Rodeo, D & H Cattle Company, Outlaw Buckers Rodeo, Brookman Rodeo and Burch Rodeo. Award-winning bull, “Bruiser,” and horse, “Craig at Midnight,” will be featured during rodeo action. 


2016 champions returning to defend their titles:

  • Bareback Riding – Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Steer Wrestling – Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Oregon
  • Team Roping – Travis Graves, Jay, Oklahoma, Heeler
  • Saddle Bronc Riding – Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta
  • Tie-Down Roping – Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas (reigning world champion) 
  • Barrel Racing – Sherry Cervi, Marana, Arizona


Competition Format: Top 12 advance to Finals in all events except bull riding

  • Bareback Riding – one round and Finals – 58 entries
  • Steer Wrestling – two rounds and Finals – 95 entries 
  • Team Roping -- two rounds and Finals – 74 teams entered
  • Saddle Bronc Riding – one round and Finals – 60 entries
  • Tie-Down Roping – two rounds and Finals – 80 entries
  • WPRA Barrel Race – two rounds and Finals – 78 entries
  • Bull Riding – one full round, no Finals – 79 entries


Projected prize money – Over $300,000


Theme Nights: 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 15 – Opening performance – Family Night
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16 – Purple Family Night benefitting the Man Up Crusade
  • Thursday, Aug. 17 – Power of Pink Night raising money for mammograms for local women
  • Friday, Aug. 18 – Patriot Night raising money for CHR’s Military Relief Fund
  • Saturday, Aug. 19 – Championship Finals


Ticket Information: 

  • Family nights – children under 12 admitted free with paid adult. Adult tickets $15.
  • Thursday – Adults $15, Children under 12 $8
  • Friday and Saturday – All tickets $25 limited to 7,500 tickets
  • Tickets are available at D & B Supply, Idaho’s Cowboy Supply, Hap Tallman’s & Boot Barn. Or, tickets may be purchased at the gate based on availability or online CALDWELLNIGHTRODEO.COM


The Caldwell Night Rodeo is one of the top 20 rodeos in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Theyhave been nominated for thePRCA’s Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year seven times.