Brett Hoffman: Cody Ohl helps Elite Rodeo Athletes get off the ground

Cody Ohl founded the organization within past year

He enjoyed two-way success last weekend in Oregon

The organization plans eight tour stops for this season

 

BY BRETT HOFFMAN

Special to the Star-Telegram

 

Cody Ohl has earned five tie-down roping world titles on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.

He also snared a world all-around buckle. 

The Hico cowboy also has become a pro rodeo bucking bull owner in recent years. 

Within the past year, the 42-year-old Ohl has become a founding father of a new pro rodeo circuit called Elite Rodeo Athletes.

During the past weekend, Ohl was in Redmond, Ore., to participate in the ERA’s inaugural tour stop. He was highly successful both as a stock contractor and as a roper during the Saturday night performance. 

WE HAD A DANG GOOD NIGHT ALL OF THE WAY THROUGH. IT WAS AWESOME. I’M AN ADRENALINE JUNKIE, SO HAVING MY BULL DO SO GOOD AND THEN WINNING THE ROUND, IT CARRIED RIGHT INTO MY CALF ROPING.

Cody Ohl on performing at the Elite Rodeo Athletes rodeo last weekend in Redmond, Ore.

At the beginning of the performance, an Ohl-owned bovine named Water Exploration helped Zack Oakes of Tolar clinch the bull-riding title with a score of 87. Later in the performance, Ohl and 2004 PRCA world champion Monty Lewis of Hereford tied for first in tie-down roping after each competitor turned in a time of 7.62 seconds. 

“We had a dang good night all of the way through,” Ohl said. “It was awesome. I’m an adrenaline junkie, so having my bull do so good and then winning the round, it carried right into my calf roping.” 

Ohl competed Friday and Saturday in two well-attended performances, each drawing several thousand spectators. 

During the Friday performance, Ohl finished third in the tie-down roping with a time of 7.77 seconds. After placing in both the Friday and Saturday shows, Ohl is ranked No. 1 in the ERA’s tie-down roping standings with 487.5 points. Shane Hanchey, the 2013 PRCA world champion, is No. 2 with 475. 

Each of the two performances was a stand-alone rodeo. Each rodeo offered competitors $100,000 in prize money.

Some highlights: 

▪ Trevor Brazile won the tie-down roping during the Friday night performance after turning in a time of 7.61. Brazile is a 23-time PRCA world champion. 

▪ Fallon Taylor finished second in barrel racing at the Redmond tour stop on Friday with a time of 14.81 and came in third on Saturday with a 14.18. Taylor, who grew up in Ponder and lives in Collinsville, is the 2014 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world champion.

▪ Richmond Champion, a former Tarleton State competitor, won the bareback riding title on Friday night after turning in an 87. Champion first commanded respect in 2014 when he won the bareback riding title at the RFD-TVs The American at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and earned $1.1 million. 

▪ Wade Sundell won the saddle bronc riding title Saturday after turning in an 88.5. Sundell grabbed attention on Feb. 28 when he won the saddle bronc riding title at the RFD-TVs The American in Arlington and earned $1.1 million. 

▪ Chayni Chamberlain, a 10-year-old barrel racer from Stephenville, finished fourth on Friday with a 15.17 and fifth on Saturday with a 14.41. Chayni first gained notoriety last year when she qualified for The American and appeared on ESPN. 

The Redmond show was among eight tour stops that the ERA has scheduled for the 2016 regular season. This weekend, the tour stops in Nampa, Idaho, in the Boise area. The tour culminates with a $3 million finale, which is scheduled for Nov. 9-13 at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.