Ryan Mackenzie doubles up at RCCFR

 

YAKIMA, Wash. – The Columbia Circuit has been good to Ryan Mackenzie over the years.

Yet, he never accomplished what he did on Nov. 5.

For the first time in his career he doubled up. He won the Columbia Circuit year-end title and the RAM Columbia Circuit Finals Rodeo average crown.

The Jordan Valley, Ore., cowboy won the latter with 228 points in the three-head average.

“I got on some nice horses and had a little luck,” said Mackenzie. 31. “This feels really good to win the year-end and average.”

Mackenzie can add his latest accomplishments to his past success. He has now won the Columbia River year-end titles three times – 2006, 2015, and 2016. Mackenzie also now has a pair of RCCFR crowns in 2014 and 2016.

Winning the average didn’t come easy for Mackenzie. He had his hands full on his third-round ride aboard Big Bend Rodeo's Broken Springs before recording a 72-point ride.

“That was a really nice horse,” Mackenzie said. “I had quite of bit of trouble with her (Nov. 5), but I was able to get the job done.”

McKenzie was solid throughout the RCCFR. He finished fourth in the first round with a 75-point ride and then followed that up with victories in the second and third rounds, respectively. In round two, he had an 80.5-point ride on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Holy Holly.

“I was going at every horse the same and I just let it fall the way it did.” Mackenzie said.

Mackenzie’s strong showing in the Columbia River Circuit and RCCFR allowed him to earn another trip to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, April 6-9, in Kissimmee, Fla.

Mackenzie acknowledged he’s excited to be competing at the RNCFR, but he’s even more thrilled about how his most recent success will help in the 2017 season as he tries to qualify for his inaugural Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

All money won at the 12 circuit finals rodeos, All American ProRodeo Finals and the RNCFR – per new PRCA bylaws – count toward the 2017 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

Mackenzie departed Yakima after earning $5,516.

“This money counts and the RNCFR money counts, so hopefully I can also win a bunch down there in Florida,” Mackenzie said. “If a guy gets lucky down there at the RNCFR and wins good money, it could darn sure get me over the hump and to the NFR.”

Other winners at the $143,725 rodeo were all-around champion Shane Erickson ($2,757, tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Wyatt Bloom (230.5 points on three head), steer wrestler Cody Cabral (12.8 seconds on three head), team ropers Hayes Smith/Russell Cardoza (14.5 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Cooper Martin (24.0 seconds on three head), steer roper Howdy McGinn (40.5 seconds on three head), barrel racer Kathy Grimes (37.04 seconds on three runs), and bull rider Jordan Spears (238.5 points on three head). 


Columbia River Circuit Finals

 

Yakima, Wash., Nov. 4-5

 

All-around cowboy: Shane Erickson, $2,757, tie-down roping and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Kenny Haworth, 75.5 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Wind Chimes, $1,377; 2. Wyatt Bloom, 74, $1,032; 3. David Peebles, 73, $688; 4. Seth Shelton, 69, $344. Second round: 1. Wyatt Bloom, 82 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's Rockin' Ruby, $1,377; 2. Nick Gutzwiler, 81.5, $1,032; 3. Seth Shelton, 71.5, $688; 4. David Peebles, 69.5, $344. Third round: 1. Nick Gutzwiler, 78.5 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Moon Shadow, $1,377; 2. Seth Shelton, 75, $1,032; 3. Wyatt Bloom, 74.5, $688; 4. David Peebles, 72, $344. Average: 1. Wyatt Bloom, 230.5 points on three head, $2,065; 2. Seth Shelton, 215.5, $1,549; 3. David Peebles, 214.5, $1,032; 4. Cameron Hopper-Craig, 200.5, $516. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Cody Cabral, 4.2 seconds, $1,471; 2. (tie) Trevor Knowles and Taylor Gregg, 4.4, $919 each; 4. (tie) Chance Gartner, Blake Knowles, Jesse Brown and Dalton Massey, 4.7, $92 each. Second round: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 3.3 seconds, $1,471; 2. (tie) Taylor Gregg and Blake Knowles, 3.7, $919 each; 4. (tie) Shawn Greenfield and Cody Cabral, 3.8, $184 each. Third round: 1. (tie) Sean Santucci and Mike McGinn, 4.0 seconds, $1,287 each; 3. Chance Gartner, 4.6, $735; 4. Cody Cabral, 4.8, $368. Average: 1. Cody Cabral, 12.8 seconds on three head, $2,206; 2. Blake Knowles, 13.6, $1,654; 3. Chance Gartner, 13.8, $1,103; 4. Jesse Brown, 14.3, $551. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Ryan Opie/Dayton Stafford, 4.4 seconds, $1,471 each; 2. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 4.5, $1,103; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.1, $735; 4. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 5.2, $368. Second round: 1. (tie) Riley Minor/Brady Minor and Hayes Smith/Russell Cardoza, 4.2 seconds, $1,287 each; 3. Shane Erickson/Andy Carlson, 4.4, $735; 4. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.6, $368. Third round: 1. Hayes Smith/Russell Cardoza, 4.2 seconds, $1,471 each; 2. Ryan Opie/Dayton Stafford, 4.4, $1,103; 3. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.8, $735; 4. David Temple/Tee Jay Brown, 4.9, $368. Average: 1. Hayes Smith/Russell Cardoza, 14.5 seconds on three head, $2,206 each; 2. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 14.6, $1,654; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 14.7, $1,103; 4. Ryan Opie/Dayton Stafford, 8.8 on two head, $551. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Luke Butterfield, 79 points on Big Bend Rodeo's No. 402, $1,471; 2. Max Filippini, 77, $1,103; 3. Ben Londo, 76, $735; 4. Ryan Mackenzie, 75.5, $368. Second round: 1. Ryan Mackenzie, 80.5 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Holy Holly, $1,471; 2. Justin Berg, 75.5, $1,103; 3. Luke Butterfield, 75, $735; 4. Tucker Hill, 73, $368. Third round: 1. Ryan Mackenzie, 72 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Broken Springs, $1,471; 2. Max Filippini, 68, $1,103; 3. Clay Stremler, 62.5, $735; 4. Justin Berg, 62, $368. Average: 1. Ryan Mackenzie, 228 points on three head, $2,206; 2. Max Filippini, 214.5, $1,654; 3. Justin Berg , 208.5, $1,103; 4. Luke Butterfield, 154 on two head, $551. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. (tie) Tyson Durfey and Shane Erickson, 8.3 seconds, $1,287 each; 3. Jake Pratt, 8.4, $735; 4. Brad Goodrich, 8.6, $368. Second round: 1. Cooper Martin, 7.5 seconds, $1,471; 2. (tie) Jared Parke, Blair Burk and Shane Erickson, 7.9, $735 each. Third round: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.4 seconds, $1,471; 2. Cooper Martin, 7.8, $1,103; 3. Tyson Durfey, 8.1, $735; 4. Brad Goodrich, 8.2, $368. Average: 1. Cooper Martin, 24.0 seconds on three head, $2,206; 2. Tyson Durfey, 25.2, $1,654; 3. Cody Craig, 27.8, $1,103; 4. Jake Pratt, 15.8 on two head, $551. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Kelsie Miller, 12.27 seconds, $1,648; 2. Kathy Grimes, 12.35, $1,236; 3. Samantha Lane, 12.56, $824; 4. Amberleigh Moore, 12.57, $412. Second round: 1. Kathy Grimes, 12.39 seconds, $1,648; 2. Pamela Capper, 12.50, $1,236; 3. Amberleigh Moore, 12.53, $824; 4. Samantha Lane, 12.54, $412. Third round: 1. Amberleigh Moore, 12.25 seconds, $1,648; 2. Kelsie Miller, 12.26, $1,236; 3. (tie) Kathy Grimes and Callahan Crossley, 12.30, $618 each. Average: 1. Kathy Grimes, 37.04 seconds on three head, $2,472; 2. Amberleigh Moore, 37.35, $1,854; 3. (tie) Samantha Lane and Pamela Capper, 37.79, $927 each. 

 

Steer roping: First round: 1. Doug Bean, 13.1 seconds, $928; 2. Todd Dickson, 15.0, $696; 3. Howdy McGinn, 16.3, $464; 4. Joe Bartlett, 19.0, $232. Second round: 1. Howdy McGinn, 12.2 seconds, $928; 2. Joe Bartlett, 12.5, $696; no other qualified runs. Third round: 1. Howdy McGinn, 12.0 seconds, $928; 2. Caleb McMillan, 12.4, $696; 3. Tom Sorey, 19.5, $464; 4. Jim Ward, 21.4, $232. Average: 1. Howdy McGinn, 40.5 seconds on three head, $1,392; 2. Joe Bartlett, 31.5 on two head, $1,044; 3. Caleb McMillan, 12.4 on one head, $696; 4. Doug Bean, 13.1, $348. 

 

Bull riding: First round: 1. Cody Miller, 82 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Drive By, $1,471; 2. (tie) Chase Robbins and Mike Sparks, 81.5, $919 each; 4. Cody Ford, 78, $368. Second round: 1. Cain Smith, 83 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's No. 300, $1,471; 2. Jordan Spears, 81.5, $1,103; 3. Chase Dougherty, 75, $735; 4. Diego Benedetti, 71.5, $368. Third round: 1. Mike Sparks, 86 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's Anchorman, $1,471; 2. Cody Miller, 84.5, $1,103; 3. Jordan Spears, 83.5, $735; 4. Dallee Mason, 82, $368. Average: 1. Jordan Spears, 238.5 points on three head, $2,206; 2. Mike Sparks, 167.5 on two head, $1,654; 3. Cody Miller, 166.5, $1,103; 4. Chase Dougherty, 150.5, $551. 

 

Total payoff: $143,725. Stock contractors: Big Bend Rodeo, Flying 5 Rodeo and Corey & Lange Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Edie Longfellow. Officials: Butch Kirby, Terry Carlon and Monty Van Komen. Timers: Stacey Jo Dowton and Michelle Corley. Announcer: Steve Kenyon. Bullfighters: Ryan Wilson and Nathan Jestes. Clown/barrelman: JJ Harrison. Flankmen: Hans Hennings, Jose Castanon, Mike Corey and Chad Hutsell. Chute bosses: Don Stewart and Rowdy Barry. Pickup men: Ricky Shannon and Gary Rempel. Photographers: Kirt Steinke, Bill Lawless, Roberta Barkley and Bob Click. Music director: Jason Buchanan.

For more coverage of the RAM Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo, check out the Nov. 18 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.