Lon Danley captures another RTCFR title


LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Bull rider Lon Danley is becoming somewhat of a household name in the Turquoise Circuit, and he showed why Saturday night.

The 21-year-old native of Tularosa, N.M., won the second and third rounds to capture the average title at the RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo.

It was the second straight year Danley has captured the RTCFR title – he almost had a three-peat, finishing second two years ago by one point to Scottie Knapp.

“There are a lot of guys in this circuit who ride well, so I wouldn’t say I’m the guy to beat, but they know I’m here,” Danley said. “Scottie is a very good bull rider who almost made it to the NFR, but he missed his circuit count by one, so he wasn’t here.”

After failing to ride his first-round bull, Danley won the second round with an 80-point ride on Salt River Rodeo’s Mr. Sam. He followed that with 84 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Blood Shot to win the third round, and the average title with a score of 164 points on two head.

Danley earned a total of $5,831, and his second trip to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., next spring. 

After the rash of serious injuries he suffered during the 2014 season – which resulted in him finishing 110th in the world standings – Danley is thrilled to be healthy and riding well.

Last year, he shattered his jaw in Fort Worth (Texas) and was out for several months. He then broke his shoulder blade in Mulvane, Kan. Lastly, Danley got stepped on by a bull in West Jordan, Utah, and broke his leg. 

“At that point, I thought I was cursed or wasn’t living right or something because I couldn’t catch a break,” he said. “Then I broke some ribs in Dalhart, Texas, in August and decided to pretty much shut it down for the season.

“I had been a little gun-shy all of 2014, but by the time the 2015 season started I figured they couldn’t hurt me much worse than I already had been – they’d have to kill me. But I’m a firm believer I’m going to Heaven if that does happen.”

Danley finished 62 spots better in the 2015 world standings – cracking the top 50 in 48th.

He plans on entering a lot of rodeos in 2016, with the help of three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Clayton Savage, and his father, Justin Danley.

“Clayton is teaching me a lot about being on the road, and hopefully we’ll both have big years in 2016,” Danley said. “My dad has also been a huge help. He has entered me in every rodeo I’ve ever been to. My dad has been 110 percent the biggest supporter of my career.”

Other winners at the $170,097 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trenten Montero ($9,353 in bareback riding and bull riding), bareback rider Montero (230 points on three head), steer wrestler Justin Simon (14.7 seconds on three head), team ropers Erich Rogers and Cory Petska (22.2 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy (225 points on three head), tie-down roper Tristan Mahoney (28.2 seconds on three head), barrel racer Sherry Cervi (48.24 seconds on three head) and steer roper Brent Lewis (36.2 seconds on three head).


Turquoise Circuit Finals

Las Cruces, N.M., Oct. 1-3

All-around cowboy: Trenten Montero, $9,353, bareback riding and bull riding.

 

Bareback riding: First round:1. (tie) Trenten Montero, on Honeycutt Rodeo's Hangin Tree, and Delvecchio Kaye, on Honeycutt Rodeo's Falena, 78 points, $1,507 each; 3. Kyle Charley, 77, $861; 4. Wyatt Hancock, 76, $431. Second round:1. Trenten Montero, 79 points on Honeycutt Rodeo's Standing Tall, $1,722; 2. (tie) Tony Buckman, and Kyle Charley, 73, $1,076 each; 4. (tie) Delvecchio Kaye, and Jake Springer, 72, $215 each. Third round:1. (tie) Shon Gibson, on Salt River Rodeo's Grit Your Teeth, and Delvecchio Kaye, on Jim Kenney's General Tom, 79 points, $1,507 each; 3. (tie) Kyle Charley, and Tony Buckman, 78, $646 each. Average: 1. Trenten Montero, 230 points on three head, $2,583; 2. Delvecchio Kaye, 229, $1,938; 3. Kyle Charley, 228, $1,292; 4. Tony Buckman, 226, $646. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round:1. Brandon Bates, 4.2 seconds, $1,760; 2. (tie) Dean McIntyre, and Jake Trujillo, 4.9, $1,100 each; 4. Justin Simon, 5.0, $440. Second round:1. Jace Melvin, 3.8 seconds, $1,760; 2. Tyke Kipp, 4.3, $1,320; 3. Dean McIntyre, 4.9, $880; 4. Clayton Tuchscherer, 5.2, $440. Third round:1. Christian Pettigrew, 3.9 seconds, $1,760; 2. Justin Simon, 4.0, $1,320; 3. Wyatt Lindsay, 4.2, $880; 4. Clayton Tuchscherer, 4.4, $440. Average: 1. Justin Simon, 14.7 seconds on three head, $2,640; 2. Clayton Tuchscherer, 14.8, $1,980; 3. (tie) Tyke Kipp, and Jake Trujillo, 24.6, $990 each. 

 

Team roping: First round:1. Bobby Baize/Bode Baize, 4.7 seconds, $1,760 each; 2. Chase Massengill/Tyler Getzwiller, 5.1, $1,320; 3. Robert Ansley/Corban Livingston, 5.2, $880; 4. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 5.7, $440. Second round:1. (tie) Kory Bramwell/Cole Jackson, and Kyle Roberts/TJ Brown, 5.5 seconds, $1,540 each; 3. Robert Ansley/Corban Livingston, 7.4, $880; 4. Justin Young/Cesar de la Cruz, 9.2, $440. Third round:1. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 4.3 seconds, $1,760 each; 2. Lee Kiehne/Russ Sullivan, 5.1, $1,320; 3. Tom Richards/Daylan Frost, 5.2, $880; 4. Justin Young/Cesar de la Cruz, 5.7, $440. Average: 1. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 22.2 seconds on three head, $2,640 each; 2. Tom Richards/Daylan Frost, 22.8, $1,980; 3. Kory Bramwell/Cole Jackson, 11.6 on two head, $1,320; 4. Robert Ansley/Corban Livingston, 12.6, $660. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: First round:1. Cody Taton, 77 points on Salt River Rodeo's Moccasin, $1,722; 2. Brandon Biebelle, 76, $1,292; 3. (tie) Taos Muncy, and Cooper DeWitt, 74, $646 each. Second round:1. Brandon Biebelle, 78 points on Salt River Rodeo's Amanda, $1,722; 2. Taos Muncy, 71, $1,292; 3. Cody Taton, 69, $861; no other qualified rides. Third round:1. (tie) Taos Muncy, on Salt River Rodeo's Whiskey River, and Dawson Byrne, on Salt River Rodeo's Smoke Ring, 80 points, $1,507 each; 3. Cody Taton, 76, $861; 4. Darrell Triplett, 71, $431. Average: 1. Taos Muncy, 225 points on three head, $2,583; 2. Cody Taton, 222, $1,938; 3. Brandon Biebelle, 154 on two head, $1,292; 4. Cooper DeWitt, 142, $646. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round:1. Joseph Parsons, 9.3 seconds, $1,760; 2. Tristan Mahoney, 9.9, $1,320; 3. Jesse Clark, 10.0, $880; 4. John P Etcheverry, 10.1, $440. Second round:1. J.D. Kibbe, 8.2 seconds, $1,760; 2. John P Etcheverry, 9.0, $1,320; 3. Tristan Mahoney, 9.7, $880; 4. Joseph Parsons, 10.9, $440. Third round:1. Jesse Clark, 8.2 seconds, $1,760; 2. Tristan Mahoney, 8.6, $1,320; 3. Garrett Baker, 13.2, $880; 4. Connor Hall, 14.5, $440. Average: 1. Tristan Mahoney, 28.2 seconds on three head, $2,640; 2. Jesse Clark, 29.8, $1,980; 3. John P Etcheverry, 33.8, $1,320; 4. Tyler Whitlow, 47.3, $660. 

 

Barrel racing: First round:1. Sherry Cervi, 16.08 seconds, $1,760; 2. Sarah Kieckhefer, 16.09, $1,320; 3. Jill Welsh, 16.21, $880; 4. Lori Todd, 16.31, $440. Second round:1. Jenna Duhon, 15.81 seconds, $1,760; 2. Rebecca Hughes, 15.89, $1,320; 3. Dawn Lewis, 15.96, $880; 4. Rebecca Kenner, 16.02, $440. Third round:1. Dawn Lewis, 15.95 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jenna Duhon, 16.02, $1,320; 3. Sherry Cervi, 16.03, $880; 4. Sarah Kieckhefer, 16.04, $440. Average: 1. Sherry Cervi, 48.24 seconds on three head, $2,640; 2. Sarah Kieckhefer, 48.43, $1,980; 3. Dawn Lewis, 48.60, $1,320; 4. Rebecca Kenner, 48.62, $660. 

 

Steer roping: First round:1. Brent Lewis, 11.7 seconds, $1,377; 2. Trey Wallace, 12.6, $1,032; 3. Chance Kelton, 13.2, $688; 4. Rick Kieckhefer, 23.6, $344. Second round:1. Brent Lewis, 12.5 seconds, $1,377; 2. Rick Kieckhefer, 16.2, $1,032; 3. Trey Wallace, 21.2, $688; no other qualified runs. Third round:1. Chance Kelton, 9.9 seconds, $1,377; 2. Brent Lewis, 12.0, $1,032; 3. Rick Kieckhefer, 14.9, $688; no other qualified runs. Average: 1. Brent Lewis, 36.2 seconds on three head, $2,065; 2. Rick Kieckhefer, 54.7, $1,549; 3. Chance Kelton, 23.1 on two head, $1,032; 4. Trey Wallace, 33.8, $516. 

 

Bull riding: First round:1. Trenten Montero, 79 points on Jim Kenney's Smoked Out, $1,666; no other qualified rides. Second round:1. Lon Danley, 80 points on Salt River Rodeo's Mr. Sam, $1,666; no other qualified rides. Third round:1. Lon Danley, 84 points on Salt River Rodeo's Blood Shot, $1,666; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Lon Danley, 164 points on two head, $2,499; 2. Trenten Montero, 79 on one head, $1,874. 

 

Total payoff: $170,097. Stock contractors: Salt River Rodeo and Honeycutt Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Karen Kissel. Officials: Harry Rose Jr, Travis Howe and Scot Quick. Timers: Dawn Honeycutt and Nancy Dorenkamp. Announcer: Tim Fuller. Specialty act: Backflip Dudley. Bullfighters: Luke kraut Kraut and Clifford Maxwell. Clown/barrelman: Backflip Dudley. Flankmen: Jerry Dorenkamp, Jim Kenney, Jerry H