Ty Erickson snares second Red Bluff crown

PRCA Photo By Dan Hubbell



RED BLUFF, Calif. – Winning the storied Red Bluff Round-Up is something many cowboys never get a chance to accomplish.

Steer wrestler Ty Erickson isn’t one of those cowboys.

For the second time in three years, the Helena, Mont., native won the average at the Red Bluff Round-Up, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour silver rodeo, with a four-head time of 28.4 seconds.

“It feels great to win a rodeo of this caliber again, but honestly it feels great to win any kind of rodeo, whether it’s San Antonio, Red Bluff or Helena, Mont., just because there are so many great bulldoggers and it’s hard to win,” Erickson said.

Erickson, a two-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER (2014-15), was quick to credit his horsepower. He was riding fellow WNFR steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack’s horse, Outlaw.

“I had my horse, Shake ’Em (the 2015 AQHA/PRCA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year) here, but I knew Tyler’s horse fit this setup way more, so I asked him if I could ride his horse and he was nice enough to let me ride him. His horse couldn’t have worked better.”

Waguespack won the Red Bluff Round-Up on Outlaw last year. Jason Thomas also rode Outlaw at Red Bluff this year, and was third in the average.

“That makes me pretty proud that my horse (Outlaw) won Red Bluff two years in a row,” Waguespack said. “(April 17) wasn’t a bad day at all.”

Erickson departed Red Bluff with $5,781 in winnings – $3,706 for claiming the average. His victory became a reality when he won the finals with a 5.1-second run.

“Coming into the short round, I was really just focused on making a good run to try and move up in the average as much as I could,” Erickson said. “I knew I had a good steer. A buddy of mine, Timmy Sparing, had him in the first round (and finished in a tie for third at 6.1 seconds), so I knew I had a good chance to make a good run on him. Then, I had some guys who went after me in the short round who didn’t have any luck, and that enabled me to win it.”

A year ago, Erickson placed a career-best fourth in the world standings with $197,933. He placed in seven rounds at the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and collected $108,154.

“What has kind of helped me is knowing that the rodeo season is so long and there are going to be so many ups and downs and you just have to try to keep a level head and have a positive attitude, even when you aren’t doing good,” Erickson said. “The mental part of rodeo is the most important thing. After you’ve gone to three or four rodeos and you don’t have any luck, you still have to believe you can win at the next one. That’s what has helped me the past couple of years.”

Other winners at the $247,475 rodeo were all-around cowboy Russell Cardoza ($2,053 in tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping), bareback rider Mason Clements (88 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Raggidy Ann), team ropers J.B. James Jr. and Brock Hanson (26.5 seconds on four head), saddle bronc rider Samuel Kelts (84 points on Flying U Rodeo’s Last Call), tie-down roper Clint Robinson (45.7 seconds on four head), barrel racer Taylor Langdon (34.74 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Bayle Worden (88.5 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s What A Ball).

RED BLUFF ROUND UP 2016 - Wild Ride - photo: Lcar Photography — at Red Bluff Roundup.

Red Bluff Round-Up

Red Bluff, Calif., April 15-17

All-around cowboy: Russell Cardoza, $2,053, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: 1. Mason Clements, 88 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo's Raggidy Ann, $6,599; 2. Clayton Biglow, 86, $5,059; 3. Jake Brown, 84.5, $3,739; 4. Delvecchio Kaye, 83.5, $2,420; 5. (tie) Jake Vold and Caleb Bennett, 81, $1,320 each; 7. (tie) R.C. Landingham and Grant Denny, 80.5, $770 each. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Harley Cole, 5.1 seconds, $1,853; 2. Del Kraupie, 5.5, $1,533; 3. (tie) Wyatt Smith and Timmy Sparing, 6.1, $1,054 each; 5. (tie) Cody Cabral and Josh Peek, 6.3, $447 each. Second round: 1. Scott Guenthner, 4.2 seconds, $1,853; 2. Will Stovall, 4.4, $1,533; 3. Josh Garner, 4.9, $1,214; 4. Sterling Lambert, 5.0, $895; 5. Jacob Shofner, 5.4, $575; 6. John Franzen, 5.6, $319. Third round: 1. (tie) Dirk Tavenner and Jack Vanderlans, 5.8 seconds, $1,693 each; 3. Del Kraupie, 5.9, $1,214; 4. Ty Erickson, 6.1, $895; 5. Jacob Shofner, 6.3, $575; 6. John Franzen, 6.8, $319. Finals: 1. Ty Erickson, 5.1 seconds, $1,180; 2. Billy Boldon, 5.8, $885; 3. Jason Thomas, 6.2, $590; 4. Jacob Shofner, 7.2, $295. Average: 1. Ty Erickson, 28.4 seconds on four head, $3,706; 2. Jack Vanderlans, 30.8, $3,067; 3. Jason Thomas, 30.9, $2,428; 4. Jacob Shofner, 31.1, $1,789; 5. Billy Boldon, 32.3, $1,150; 6. Will Stovall, 38.5, $639. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 5.8 seconds, $1,613 each; 2. J.B. James Jr/Brock Hanson, 6.2, $1,403; 3. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 6.3, $1,192; 4. Brooks Dahozy/Byron Wilkerson, 6.6, $982; 5. (tie) Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, Seth Hall/Cesar de la Cruz and Blake Teixeira/C.J. DeForest Jr., 6.8, $561 each; 8. (tie) Garrett Tonozzi/Wyatt Cox and Dan Williams Jr./Dusty Bravos, 7.0, $70 each. Second round: 1. Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 5.0 seconds, $1,613 each; 2. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.6, $1,403; 3. Garrett Tonozzi/Wyatt Cox, 5.7, $1,192; 4. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 5.8, $982; 5. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 6.1, $772; 6. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 6.3, $561; 7. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 6.7, $351; 8. J.B. James Jr/Brock Hanson, 6.8, $140. Third round: 1. Brooks Dahozy/Byron Wilkerson, 5.4 seconds, $1,613 each; 2. J.B. James Jr/Brock Hanson, 5.8, $1,403; 3. Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 5.9, $1,192; 4. (tie) Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, Blaine Vick/Jim Ross Cooper and Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 6.1, $772 each; 7. Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza, 6.4, $351; 8. Arky Rogers/York Gill, 7.1, $140. Finals: 1. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 5.1 seconds, $870 each; 2. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 5.2, $720; 3. Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 6.3, $570; 4. Brooks Dahozy/Byron Wilkerson, 7.2, $420; 5. J.B. James Jr/Brock Hanson, 7.7, $270; 6. Ryan Reed/Tanner Luttrell, 10.6, $150. Average: 1. J.B. James Jr/Brock Hanson, 26.5 seconds on four head, $3,226 each; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 29.1, $2,806; 3. Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 29.2, $2,385; 4. Brooks Dahozy/Byron Wilkerson, 30.4, $1,964; 5. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 32.9, $1,543; 6. Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza, 34.1, $1,122; 7. Blaine Vick/Jim Ross Cooper, 39.7, $701; 8. Ryan Reed/Tanner Luttrell, 40.6, $281. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Samuel Kelts, 84 points on Flying U Rodeo's Last Call, $6,119; 2. (tie) Joe Lufkin and Audy Reed, 82, $4,080 each; 4. Curtis Garton, 81.5, $2,244; 5. (tie) Luke Butterfield and Dean Wadsworth, 80, $1,224 each; 7. (tie) Dusty Hausauer and Dustin Flundra, 79.5, $714 each. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Rhen Richard, 9.4 seconds, $1,871; 2. Blane Cox, 10.6, $1,548; 3. Cade Swor, 11.0, $1,226; 4. Tyson Durfey, 11.6, $903; 5. Seth Hall, 11.7, $581; 6. Randall Carlisle, 11.9, $323. Second round: 1. Blane Cox, 8.3 seconds, $1,871; 2. Clint Robinson, 9.4, $1,548; 3. Tweety McBride, 9.9, $1,226; 4. Cody McCartney, 10.1, $903; 5. Russell Cardoza, 10.4, $581; 6. Jake Hannum, 10.5, $323. Third round: 1. Jerrad Hofstetter, 9.6 seconds, $1,871; 2. D.J. Parker, 10.1, $1,548; 3. Joseph Parsons, 10.8, $1,226; 4. Jake Pratt, 11.3, $903; 5. Randall Carlisle, 11.9, $581; 6. Clint Robinson, 12.3, $323. Finals: 1. Stetson Vest, 8.9 seconds, $870; 2. Shane Hanchey, 9.5, $720; 3. Jerrad Hofstetter, 9.8, $570; 4. Seth Hall, 10.3, $420; 5. Clint Robinson, 11.5, $270; 6. Ryle Smith, 12.1, $150. Average: 1. Clint Robinson, 45.7 seconds on four head, $3,741; 2. Stetson Vest, 47.5, $3,096; 3. Jerrad Hofstetter, 47.7, $2,451; 4. Blane Cox, 49.6, $1,806; 5. Ryle Smith, 49.8, $1,161; 6. (tie) Seth Hall and Shane Hanchey, 50.5, $323 each. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.26 seconds, $2,327; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.35, $1,995; 3. Carley Richardson, 17.42, $1,662; 4. Kimmie Wall, 17.55, $1,441; 5. Kristel Ising, 17.65, $1,108; 6. Brenda Mays, 17.70, $887; 7. (tie) Trula Churchill, Tyra Kane and Rachel Dice, 17.71, $480 each; 10. Stevi Hillman, 17.72, $222. Second round: 1. (tie) Rachel Dice and Sydni Blanchard, 17.34 seconds, $2,161 each; 3. Taylor Langdon, 17.39, $1,662; 4. Carley Richardson, 17.47, $1,441; 5. Deb Guelly, 17.52, $1,108; 6. Trula Churchill, 17.53, $887; 7. Viki Friedrich, 17.67, $665; 8. (tie) Nellie Miller and Cayla Melby, 17.69, $388 each; 10. Brenda Mays, 17.71, $222. Average: 1. Taylor Langdon, 34.74 seconds on two head, $2,327; 2. Carley Richardson, 34.89, $1,995; 3. Rachel Dice, 35.05, $1,662; 4. Sydni Blanchard, 35.14, $1,441; 5. (tie) Sarah Rose McDonald and Trula Churchill, 35.24, $997 each; 7. Deb Guelly, 35.36, $665; 8. Brenda Mays, 35.41, $443; 9. Victoria Cook, 35.47, $332; 10. (tie) Sidney Forrest and Stevi Hillman, 35.50, $111 each. 

 

Bull riding: 1. Bayle Worden, 88.5 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo's What A Ball, $5,866; 2. Dallee Mason, 85.5, $4,497; 3. Roscoe Jarboe, 83.5, $3,324; 4. Riker Carter, 83, $2,151; 5. Garrett Tribble, 80, $1,369; 6. (tie) Joseph McConnel and Brennon Eldred, 79, $880 each; 8. Jesse Aitken, 76.5, $587. 

 

Total payoff: $247,281. Stock contractor: Flying U Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Growney Brothers Rodeo, Corey & Lange Rodeo, Rosser Rodeo, Big Stone, Moreno & Growney Rodeo, Four Star Rodeo, Big Stone Rodeo and Flying Diamond Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Cindy Rosser. Officials: Bobby Davis, A.L. Jordan Sr, Harry Rose Jr and Terry Carlon. Timers: Sherry Rice-Gibson and Robin Yerxa. Announcers: Wayne Brooks and Bob Tallman. Specialty act: Airtime Ayres. Bullfighters: Dusty Tuckness and Eric Layton. Clown/barrelman: Wolfey Selvester. Flankmen: Tony Amaral, Bruce Sunstrum, Mike Corey and Jeff Davis. Chute bosses: Tony Amaral and Reno Rosser. Pickup men: Bronc Boehnlein, Matt Twitchell, Mitch Coleman and Bobby Marriott. Photographers: Bob Click, Kay Kanter, Matt Cohen, Kirt Steinke, Dustin Olson, Larry Smith, Dan Hubbell and Phil Doyle. Music director: Chuck Lopeman.

For more coverage of the Red Bluff Round-Up, check out the May 6 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News