Sterling Crawley continues resurgence in Spanish Fork

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SPANISH FORK, Utah – What a difference a year makes.

One year ago, Sterling Crawley suffered an injury that essentially ended his 2015 season. July 25, he captured the biggest win of his 2016 campaign by taking the saddle bronc riding title at the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo.

“Last year, this was the weekend before I got hurt,” he said. “I tore my groin and was out for 4-5 weeks, and when I came back I wasn’t quite the same. I was 14th in the world then, so it was the exact same spot as this year. It feels really good to be healthy and riding the way I want to.”

Crawley sat 14th in the July 25 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings before the results were final in Spanish Fork. 

His ride from July 22 – an 88.5-point trip on Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Force – held up over the final two performances, earning him $5,612, and pushing him closer to the top 10 in the world.

That horse is really awesome,” Crawley said. “She was a great bareback horse, but since they moved her over to bronc riding, she’s been just as good. I saw her in Corpus Christi (Texas), and I felt like if a guy does his job, he should be good. It’s always great to put up a score that big, and you have to credit that to being able to get on a great Frontier horse.”

The 25-year-old cowboy finished 25th in the world last season after his injury, and was 17th in 2014, which has left a two-year gap since he qualified for back-to-back Wrangler National Finals Rodeos in 2012-13.

He got off to a slow start in the 2016 season, but with a little hard work and help from his brother – reigning Saddle Bronc Riding World Champion Jacobs Crawley – Sterling is back on track.

“The beginning of the year was rough, and I was fighting my head and my equipment, just trying to figure out what was going wrong,” Crawley said. “But my brother and I broke it down and got back to the fundamentals. I’m excited things are going the way they are now.”

Crawley’s ride was a half-point off the arena record shared by James Sursa (2006) and Ryan Gray (2009). He says putting up one of the best rides in the history of a rodeo like Spanish Fork means a lot. The rodeo had its 44th-consecutive sellout performance July 25, and broke the record for the biggest purse ever for the event with a total payout of $251,870.

“That arena is made for rodeo, and they put a lot of work into that facility,” he said. “The committee takes great care of us during the (Wrangler) Champions Challenge (in June) and the rodeo. It’s hard to beat. The crowd gets completely into it, and it’s a neat deal all-around.”

Just because he took a big step toward joining his older brother at the WNFR this December, Sterling isn’t losing focus. He credits Jacobs – who is currently first in the world – for much of his success.

“My brother has pushed me to ride even better this year, and being in the rig with him has been great,” Crawley said. “I can’t imagine anything better. You would never know he won the world last year, because he has the same mindset, and spends a lot of time to make sure my head is right. He’s a great brother and traveling partner.”

Other winners at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds Arena were all-around cowboy Marcus Theriot ($1,542 in team roping and tie-down roping), bareback rider R.C. Landingham (88 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage), steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack (7.5 seconds on two head), team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira (9.3 seconds on two head), tie-down roper Shane Hanchey (15.1 seconds on two head), barrel racer Cayla Melby (16.70 seconds) and bull rider Bayle Worden (89.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Show Off). 

Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo


Spanish Fork, Utah, July 21-25


All-around cowboy: Marcus Paul Theriot, $1,542, tie-down roping and team roping.


Bareback riding: 1. R.C. Landingham, 88 points on Frontier Rodeo's Full Baggage, $6,253; 2. Tyler Nelson, 86.5, $4,794; 3. Tim O'Connell, 85.5, $3,544; 4. (tie) Teddy Athan and Mason Clements, 85, $1,876 each; 6. Orin Larsen, 84.5, $1,042; 7. Ty Taypotat, 84, $834; 8. Kyle Brennecke, 82.5, $625. 


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Taz Olson, 3.5 seconds, $2,177; 2. Cole Fulton, 3.6, $1,893; 3. Riley Hamilton, 3.7, $1,609; 4. (tie) Tyler Waguespack, Clayton Moore and Shane Frey, 3.8, $1,041 each; 7. Cody Cabral, 3.9, $473; 8. (tie) Matt Reeves and Trevor Knowles, 4.0, $95 each. Second round: 1. Baylor Roche, 3.2 seconds, $2,177; 2. Jason Thomas, 3.6, $1,893; 3. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Riley Duvall, 3.7, $1,467 each; 5. Matt Reeves, 3.9, $1,041; 6. (tie) Sterling Lambert, Sean Santucci, Jake Rinehart and Brad Johnson, 4.0, $355 each. Average: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 7.5 seconds on two head, $3,266; 2. Matt Reeves, 7.9, $2,840; 3. Taz Olson, 8.1, $2,414; 4. (tie) Cody Cabral and Jacob Talley, 8.5, $1,775 each; 6. Jason Thomas, 8.6, $1,136; 7. Sean Santucci, 8.9, $710; 8. Shane Frey, 9.1, $284. 


Team roping: First round: 1. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.2 seconds, $2,353 each; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.5, $2,047; 3. Colby Lovell/Travis Graves, 4.6, $1,740; 4. (tie) Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, Tyler Wade/Dakota Kirchenschlager and Casey Gattis/Kirt Jones, 4.8, $1,126 each; 7. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 5.0, $512; 8. (tie) Ty Blasingame/Shad Chadwick, Thad Ward/Olin Pulham and Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 5.1, $68 each. Second round: 1. Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber, 4.1 seconds, $2,353 each; 2. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.4, $2,047; 3. (tie) Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler and Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess, 4.5, $1,586 each; 5. Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, 4.6, $1,126; 6. Ty Blasingame/Shad Chadwick, 4.7, $819; 7. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.8, $512; 8. Shane Philipp/John Philipp, 4.9, $205. Average: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 9.3 seconds on two head, $3,530 each; 2. (tie) Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber and Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, 9.4, $2,840 each; 4. Ty Blasingame/Shad Chadwick, 9.8, $2,149; 5. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess and Thad Ward/Olin Pulham, 10.3, $1,458 each; 7. (tie) Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis and Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 10.4, $537 each. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Sterling Crawley, 88.5 points on Frontier Rodeo's Delta Force, $5,612; 2. Taos Muncy, 87, $4,302; 3. Zeke Thurston, 86, $3,180; 4. Audy Reed, 84, $2,058; 5. Jake Wright, 83.5, $1,309; 6. Jesse Wright, 83, $935; 7. (tie) Jacobs Crawley and CoBurn Bradshaw, 82.5, $655 each. 


Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Clint Cooper, 7.1 seconds, $2,533; 2. Sterling Smith, 7.4, $2,202; 3. Shane Hanchey, 7.6, $1,872; 4. Kyle Lucas, 7.7, $1,542; 5. Clint Nyegaard, 7.8, $1,211; 6. Randall Carlisle, 7.9, $881; 7. (tie) Marcos Costa and Cade Swor, 8.0, $385 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Timber Moore and Tyler Prcin, 7.0 seconds, $2,367 each; 3. (tie) Mesquite Mahaffey, Hunter Herrin and Marcus Theriot, 7.3, $1,542 each; 6. Michael Otero, 7.4, $881; 7. Shane Hanchey, 7.5, $551; 8. Braxton Laughlin, 7.7, $220. Average: 1. Shane Hanchey, 15.1 seconds on two head, $3,799; 2. (tie) Sterling Smith and Ace Slone, 16.2, $3,056 each; 4. Mesquite Mahaffey, 16.5, $2,312; 5. Chase Williams, 16.6, $1,817; 6. Randall Carlisle, 16.7, $1,321; 7. Clay Long, 16.8, $826; 8. J.C. Malone, 17.8, $330. 


Barrel racing: 1. Cayla Melby, 16.70 seconds, $8,656; 2. (tie) Jessie Telford and Andrea Jones, 16.90, $6,275 each; 4. (tie) Carley Richardson and Tillar Murray, 16.96, $3,895 each; 6. Kimmie Wall, 16.97, $2,597; 7. Jana Griemsman, 17.06, $2,164; 8. Pamela Capper, 17.07, $1,947; 9. (tie) Jackie Ganter and Ivy Conrado, 17.08, $1,623 each; 11. (tie) Jane Melby and Britta Thiel, 17.10, $1,190 each; 13. Meka Brown, 17.11, $866; 14. (tie) Lake Mehalic, Christine Laughlin and Sydni Blanchard, 17.12, $361 each. 


Bull riding: 1. Bayle Worden, 89.5 points on Frontier Rodeo's Show Off, $5,922; 2. Cody Teel, 88, $4,540; 3. Brennon Eldred, 84.5, $3,356; 4. (tie) Brody Yeary and Tim Bingham, 83, $1,777 each; 6. (tie) Jordan Spears and Chase Robbins, 82, $888 each; 8. Trevor Kastner, 81.5, $592. 


Total payoff: $251,870. Stock contractor: Frontier Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Pro Rodeos and C5 Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Debi Davis. Officials: Cliff Overstreet, Clayton Macom, Chuck Hoss and Skip Emmett. Timers: Terri Gay and DeeDee Dickinson. Announcers: Don Gay and Greg Simas. Specialty acts: Steel Rodeo Bartram and JJ Harrison. Bullfighters: Richie Harris and Joe Butler. Clown/barrelman: JJ Harrison. Flankman: Heath Stewart. Chute boss: Tom Neuens. Pickup men: James Brown, Bobby Marriott and Rex Bugbee. Photographer: Greg Westfall. Music director: Hambone Hilton.

For more coverage of Spanish Fork, check out the Aug. 12 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.