Best times and high scores advanced Super Series IV champions to a semifinal round Saturday, March 12.

TIE-DOWN ROPING                 

Adam Gray of Seymour, Texas, earned the Super Series IV Tie-Down Roping Champion title with an 8.4 second run in the third round.

“It [winning] is a really neat feeling,” Gray said. “RodeoHouston is the largest rodeo I go to. The fans here are awesome, and it is unlike anywhere else.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas — $5,000
Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas — $4,750

Jayce Johnson, Hempstead, Texas — $3,750

Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas — $3,000



Caleb Bennett of Tremonton, Utah, won the Super Series IV Bareback Riding Champion title with an 85-point ride in the third round.


“RodeoHouston is the way I wish all rodeos could be,” Bennett said. “It’s one of the places you dream of being at.”


Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah — $8,000
Ty Fast Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada — $4,250

Devan Reilly, Sheridan, Wyoming — $2,750

Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas — $2,250


Brothers John Philipp and Shane Philipp became Super Series IV Team Roping Champions with a6.4-second run in the third round.

“We have been doing this together since we were little boys,” Shane Philipp said. “Winning here is great, because it is a hometown rodeo for us.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Shane Philipp – Washington, Texas, and John Philipp – Washington, Texas — $12,000
Roland McFadden – Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, and Tyrel Flewelling – Lacombe, Alberta, Canada — $11,500

Billy Bob Brown – Stephenville, Texas, and Garrett Jess – Coulee City, Washington — $8,000

Cody Graham – Everton, Missouri, and Monty Joe Petska – Turlock, California — $5,500



Coburn Bradshaw of Milford, Utah, rode Stampede Warrior in the third round to win the Super Series IV Saddle Bronc Riding Champion title. Bradshaw said RodeoHouston is one of the best rodeos of the year.


“I’ve always wanted to ride for [the $50,000],” Bradshaw said, “and I’m glad [this rodeo] is going as good as it is.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Coburn Bradshaw, Milford, Utah — $7,000
Doug Aldridge, Carthage, Missouri — $3,000

Curtis Garton, Lake Charles, Louisiana — $2,875

Heith Demoss, Heflin, Louisiana — $2,500



Stockton Graves of Alva, Oklahoma, wrestled in 3.8 seconds to win the Super Series IV Steer Wrestling Champion title.

 “Houston is a favorite rodeo of mine to come to if not my absolute favorite,” said Graves, a previous RodeoHouston champion.

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Stockton Graves, Alva, Oklahoma — $3,750
Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, Louisiana — $3,000

Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colorado — $3,000

Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Alabama — $3,000



With a time of 13.94 seconds, the fastest time in the series, Nancy Hunter of Neola, Utah, won the Super Series IV Barrel Racing Championship.

“I’ve won over $160,000 here at Houston in the last three years,” Hunter said. “There’s no other rodeo in the country that you can do that at.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah — $6,000
Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas — $5,750

Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Oregon — $3,000

Rachel Dice, Byron, California — $3,000


Trey Benton of Rock Island, Texas, was named the Super Series IV Bull Riding Champion with an   85-point ride in the third round.


“I just treat it like any other rodeo I go to,” Benton said. “But, I really enjoy the big stadium and the fans.”


Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas — $7,500
Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Oklahoma — $5,500

Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas — $4,750

Aaron Pass, Kaufman, Texas — $1,750


The top four in each event from each Super Series will advance to a Semifinal Round. Then, the top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds will advance to the RodeoHouston Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 19. The remaining six from each event in the two semifinals will compete Friday, March 18, in the Wild Card Round, where the top two from each event will advance to the Championship. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings. The RodeoHouston Super Series continues through March 19, with the RodeoHouston Super Shootout: North America’s Champions® presented by Crown Royal, on Sunday, March 20.


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