Baylor Roche kick starts season with Denver win


DENVER – Fresh off his inaugural trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, steer wrestler Baylor Roche continued his momentum at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Jan. 15-24).

The Tremonton, Utah, cowboy clocked a 13.0-second time on three head to capture the average title before a near-capacity crowd of 7,900 at the Denver Coliseum.

Roche clinched the average crown with a solid 4.3-second run in the finals.

“I had a steer they broke the barrier on and was a little bit slower,” Roche said about his steer in the finals. “I wanted to make sure I got a good start, but I wasn’t going to break the barrier. The steer was really good on the ground and I was able to throw him down and let it all play out.”

Roche easily was well ahead of veteran Josh Peek, who came in second with a time of 14.8 seconds on three head.

“This feels really good to win here because that’s something I’ve never done before,” said Roche, who was making his third appearance in Denver.

Roche, 26, left the Mile High City with $10,168 in winnings – $6,188 for winning the average crown.

“I like to stay positive, and hope to keep my momentum going in the winter,” Roche said. “Last year, my first winter rodeo was Fort Worth and I won it (paying him $14,663) and that kept me going into the summer, and I want to do the same thing this year.”

Roche was riding Cruiser, a horse owned by Cole Fulton.

“I rode Cruiser all last year, and I know how to score on him and the horse worked great (Jan. 24),” Roche said. 

A year ago, Roche finished a career-best ninth in the world standings with $147,979. He won $66,423 at the WNFR in Las Vegas, including winning Round 10 in 3.6 seconds.

Other winners at the $466,672 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($10,200 in team roping and tie-down roping), bareback rider Jake Brown (252 points on three head), team ropers Clay Smith and Paul Eaves (16.7 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Sam Spreadborough (246 points on three head), tie-down roper Brazile (23.8 seconds on three head), barrel racer Shelby Herrmann (46.11 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Cody Campbell (246.5 points on three head).

Tie-down roper Riley Pruitt broke the arena record at the NWSS with his 6.9-second time in the finals. Brazile’s average time in tie-down roping also was a NWSS record.

  • It seems saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley is still riding the momentum of his first world championship season. In first place in the 2016 standings after his win at the SandHills Stock Show Rodeo in Odessa, Texas, a week ago, Crawley followed that up this past weekend with another win, at the Homestead (Fla.) Championship Rodeo, and a second-place finish in Denver that brought his total earnings for the season to $21,299 – the highest total in any event.

Bareback rider Jake Brown wins the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo with a 252-point score on three head at the Denver Coliseum.

National Western Stock Show and Rodeo

Denver, Colo., Jan. 15-24


All-around cowboy: Trevor Brazile, $10,200, tie-down roping and team roping.


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Josh Peek, 3.9 seconds, $4,126; 2. Sam Olson, 4.0, $3,587; 3. Baylor Roche, 4.1, $3,049; 4. (tie) Cody Pratt and Nick Guy, 4.3, $2,242 each; 6. Tanner Brunner, 4.4, $1,435; 7. (tie) Kyle Whitaker and Clayton Moore, 4.8, $628 each. Second round: 1. Seth Brockman, 3.2 seconds, $4,126; 2. (tie) Jeff Johnston and Kyle Irwin, 3.7, $3,318 each; 4. Luke Branquinho, 3.9, $2,511; 5. (tie) Shawn Downing, Wade Sumpter and Brad Johnson, 4.0, $1,435 each; 8. Chason Floyd, 4.1, $359. Finals: 1. Ty Erickson, 4.1 seconds, $1,421; 2. Tanner Brunner, 4.2, $1,176; 3. Baylor Roche, 4.3, $931; 4. (tie) Tyler Pearson and Dirk Tavenner, 4.7, $564 each; 6. Luke Branquinho, 5.3, $245. Average: 1. Baylor Roche, 13.0 seconds on three head, $6,188; 2. Josh Peek, 14.8, $5,381; 3. Tanner Brunner, 15.0, $4,574; 4. (tie) Tyler Pearson, Clayton Moore and Ty Erickson, 15.2, $2,960 each; 7. Dirk Tavenner, 16.0, $1,345; 8. Luke Branquinho, 16.2, $538. 


Team roping: First round: 1. Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess, 4.4 seconds, $3,057 each; 2. Ty Blasingame/Josh Fillmore, 4.6, $2,658; 3. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard and Will Clark/Kolby Miller, 4.9, $2,060 each; 5. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 5.0, $1,462; 6. Pate Norell/Jesse Jolly, 5.1, $1,063; 7. (tie) J.T. Taylor/Brandon Bates and Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 5.2, $465 each. Second round: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Kollin VonAhn, 4.5 seconds, $3,057 each; 2. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.8, $2,658; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.0, $2,259; 4. (tie) Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes and Paul Beckett/Chad Wahlert, 5.1, $1,661 each; 6. (tie) Guy Howell/Jhett Johnson and Tyler Schnaufer/Trevor Schnaufer, 5.2, $864 each; 8. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 5.3, $266. Finals: 1. Chase Wiley/Ace Pearce, 5.8 seconds, $1,436 each; 2. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 6.1, $1,188; 3. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 6.4, $941; 4. Jake Cooper/York Gill, 6.7, $693; 5. Will Clark/Kolby Miller, 7.7, $446; 6. Paul Beckett/Chad Wahlert, 11.1, $248. Average: 1. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 16.7 seconds on three head, $4,585 each; 2. Chase Wiley/Ace Pearce, 17.6, $3,987; 3. Jake Cooper/York Gill, 18.4, $3,389; 4. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 18.7, $2,791; 5. Will Clark/Kolby Miller, 19.6, $2,193; 6. Paul Beckett/Chad Wahlert, 23.3, $1,595; 7. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 26.3, $997; 8. Jr. Dees/Matt Zancanella, 27.9, $399. 


Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Riley Pruitt, 7.4 seconds, $4,145; 2. Marcos Costa, 7.5, $3,605; 3. (tie) Cody McCartney and Trevor Brazile, 7.6, $2,794 each; 5. (tie) Adam Gray, Jerrad Hofstetter, Tyson Durfey and Chase Williams, 7.8, $1,172 each. Second round: 1. Sterling Smith, 7.0 seconds, $4,145; 2. Timber Moore, 7.1, $3,605; 3. Shane Hanchey, 7.3, $3,064; 4. Cody Ohl, 7.4, $2,523; 5. (tie) Jordan Ketscher and Ryan Jarrett, 7.5, $1,712 each; 7. (tie) Clint Robinson and Reese Riemer, 7.6, $631 each. Finals: 1. Riley Pruitt, 6.9 seconds, $1,436; 2. Trevor Brazile, 7.5, $1,188; 3. Ryan Watkins, 7.9, $941; 4. Justin Macha, 8.1, $693; 5. Shane Hanchey, 8.2, $446; 6. Jerrad Hofstetter, 9.3, $248. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile, 23.8 seconds on three head, $6,218; 2. Riley Pruitt, 24.6, $5,407; 3. Shane Hanchey, 24.7, $4,596; 4. Justin Macha, 26.1, $3,785; 5. Ryan Watkins, 26.6, $2,974; 6. Jerrad Hofstetter, 27.2, $2,163; 7. L.D. Meier, 28.3, $1,352; 8. (tie) Adam Gray and Tyson Durfey, 28.4, $270 each. 


Total payoff: $238,642. Stock contractor: The Cervi Brothers. Sub-contractors: Calgary Stampede, Kesler Rodeo and Burch Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Officials: Terry Carlon, Steve Knowles and Mike Todd. Timers: Toby Dunlavy and Tammy Braden. Announcer: Boyd Polhamus. Specialty act: Jason Goodman. Bullfighters: Quirt Hunt and Wacey Munsell. Clown/barrelman: Justin Rumford. Flankmen: Jesse Hill, Scott Pickens and Chuck Kite. Chute boss: Binion Cervi. Pickup men: Chase Cervi and Gary Rempel. Photographers: Fred McClanahan Jr and Greg Westfall. Music director: Hambone Hilton.