Caldwell Night Rodeo News Roundup



Exciting bull riding caps off Caldwell Night Rodeo

By Susan Kanode for the Caldwell Night Rodeo


               CALDWELL, Idaho (Aug. 19, 2017) – Rookie bull rider Tristan Mize might have had the ride of his life at the final performance of the Caldwell Night Rodeo. 

               Mize, from Bryan, Texas, rode Powder River Rodeo’s Savage Moves for 90.5 points in front of a sold-out crowd on Saturday night. According to, that is the highest marked ride of the young bull rider’s career. It earned him the Caldwell Night Rodeo championship and $7,501. 

               The money is equally as important for the first-year member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) . He is currently second in the rookie of the year race and has some ground to make up to catch standings leader Boudreaux Campbell. Mize was also 23rd in the PRCA’s world standings before his win here. He should move into the top 20 and if he continues to win has an outside chance at qualifying for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. 

               The star of Caldwell’s bull riding was actually the bull Savage Moves. He was ridden three times here and each time a cowboy nodded his head, he got a check. Along with Mize’s first place, third place and fifth place checks were earned on the big red bull. A total of $13,502 was paid to the lucky cowboys that rode him. 

               The PRCA reserve champion bucking bull made two appearances here and was ridden on Saturday night. The reigning college champion Cole Melancon from Liberty, Texas, rode him for 90 points and a second-place finish. Melancon earned $5,751 which will help him in his quest to be in Vegas to ride for a world championship next December. Prior to Caldwell he was sixth in the world standings. 

               Clayton Biglow from Clements, Calif., was the big winner here, but not by much. Biglow won the bareback riding and $8,382. Stevi Hillman from Weatherford, Texas, was just $50 behind him after winning the barrel race. Hillman broke the arena record in the second round, then came back and had another time that would have broken the record had she not had a 16.68 previously. 

               Hillman stopped the clock on Saturday night in 16.93 seconds. Her total of 50.69 seconds on three runs was nearly a full second ahead of the woman in second place, Taci Bettis from Round Top, Texas. 

               All of the champions here received a pair of trophy spurs and a new Yeti cooler for their wins. Other winners were Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., in the steer wrestling, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, in the saddle bronc riding, and Jake Pratt from Ellensburg, Washington in the tie-down roping. There was a tie for the team roping championship between clay Smith from Broekn Bow, Oklahoma and Paul Eaves from Lonedell, Missouri and Tyler Wade from Terrell, Texas, and Billie Jack Saebens from Nowata, Oklahoma. This year’s rodeo featured a payoff of $297,375. 

               Plans for the 84th Caldwell Night Rodeo are already underway. More information is available at          



         2017 Caldwell Night Rodeo Champions

Bareback Riding – Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif.,, 172 points, $8,382

Steer Wrestling – Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 11.3 seconds, $7,608

Team Roping (tie)  – Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla/Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 15.5 seconds, $6,801 each

Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 15.5, $6,781 each

Saddle Bronc Riding – Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 173.5 points, $6,848

Tie-Down Roping – Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash., 26.8 seconds, $5,199

Barrel Racing – Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 50.69 seconds, $8,332

Bull Riding – Tristan Mize, Bryan Texas, 90.5 points on Savage Moves, $


CALDWELL, Idaho, (Aug. 19, 2017) --- The following are final round and overall results from the Caldwell Night Rodeo. 


Bareback Riding: (final round) 1, (tie) J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., on D & H Rodeo’s Down under and Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., on Powder River Rodeo’s Georgia Girl, 86 points and d$1,450 each. 3, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 85, $900. 4, Seth Lee Hardwick, Ranchester, Wyo., 84, $600. 5, Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho, 82, $350. 6, Luke Creasy, Garland, Texas, 80.5, $250. (Total on two) 1, Biglow, 172, $3,466. 2, Vezain, 168, $2,657. 3, Hardwick, 167, $1,964. 4, Dent, 165.4, $1,271. 5, Wilde, 161, $809. 6, Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 160, $578. 7, Creasy, 159.5, $452. 8, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 156.5, $346. 

Steer wrestling(final round) 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.5 seconds, $1,261. 2, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 3.7, $1,244. 3, Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb., 4.1, $627. 4, Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis., 4.5, $609. 5, Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 4.6, $392. 6, Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., 4.9, $218. (total on two) 1, Parrott, 11.3, $4,044. 2, Irwin, 11.4, $3,617. 3, (tie) Whitaker and Pearson, 12.7, $2,725. 5, Ragatz, 12.9, $1,634. 6, Edge, 13.4, $1,407. 7, Errol Frain, Marysville, Calif., 14.3, $879. 8, Blaine Jones, templeton, Calif., 14.7, $352. 

               Team roping: (final round) 1, (tie) Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn., and Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.; and Tyler Wells, Terrell, Texas, and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 5.0 seconds and $888 each. 3, Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Idaho and Brandon Bates, Romoland, Calif., 5.3, $637. 4, (tie) Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; and Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 5.4, $385. 6, Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss., and Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla., 5.5, $188. (total on three) 1, (tie) Wade and Saebens; and Smith and Eaves; 15.5, $3,745. 3, Minor and Minor, 16.4, $2,961. 4,Theriot and Doescher, 16.6, $2,439. 5, Flenniken and Bates, 16.9. 6, Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C., and Cole Davison, Statesville, N.C., 17.1, $1,393. 7, Masters and Graves, 21.4, $871. 8, Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz., and Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 22.2, $348. 

               Saddle bronc riding: (final round) 1, Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla., on Powder River Rodeo’s Baby Sitter; Alex Wright, Milford, Utah, on Powder River Rodeo’s Double Take; Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., on Powder River Rodeo’s Show Me Again; and Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, on Powder River Rodeo’s Trail of Tears, 85 points and $1,100 each. 5, Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 84, $350. 6, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 83, $250. (total on two) 1, Jacobs Crawley, 173.5, $2,874. 2, Harter, 171.5, $2,203. 3, Alex Wright, 169.5, $1,628. 4, (tie) Sundell and Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 167, $862. 6, Sterling Crawley, 165.5, $479. 7, Cress, 163.5, $383. 8, Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, 162.5, $287. 

               Tie-down roping: (final round) 1, Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash., 7.7 seconds, $1,044. 2, Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, 8.0, $864. 3, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 9.0, $684. 4, Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 9.7, $504. 5, Justin Smith, Leesville, La., 10.3, $324. 6, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 11.3, $180. (total on three) 1, Pratt, 26.8, $3,833. 2, Hughes, 27.9, $3,333. 3, Eldridge, 28.1, $2,833. 4, Riemer, 28.5, $2,333. 5, Brazile, 29.8, $1,833. 6, Smith, 32.2, $1,333. 7, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 33.1, $833. 8, K.C. Miller, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 33.6, $333. 

               Barrel racing: (final round) 1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 16.93, $1,506. 2, Liz Herrin, Big Spring, Texas, 17.29, $1,130. 3, Darby Fox, King Hill, Idaho, 17.35, $753. 4, Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas, 17.43, $377. (total on three) 1, Hillman, 50.69, $3,050. 2, Bettis, 51.56, $2,614. 3, Fox, 51.82, $2,179. 4, Herrin, 52.07, $1,888. 5, Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 52.13, $1,452. 6, Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas, 52.39, $1,162. 7, Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo., 52.49, $871. 8, Kelly Collier, Hereford, Texas, 52.51, $581. 9, Jaime Hinton, Bulverde, Texas, 52.72, $436. 10, Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 52.73, $290. 

               Bull riding: (first round winners)  1, Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas, 90.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Savage Moves, $7,501. 2, Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas, 90, $5,751. 3, Scotty Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M., 89, $4,251. 4, Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore., 88.5, $2,750. 5, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 88, $1,750. 6, Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., 86.5, $1,250. 7, Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla., 85, $1,000. 8, Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 84.5, $750.



DeMoss gets surprise at Caldwell Night Rodeo


By Susan Kanode for the Caldwell Night Rodeo


               CALDWELL, Idaho (Aug. 17, 2017) – Saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss arrived in Caldwell early before his competition at the Caldwell Night Rodeo. 

               A stop at Idaho’s Cowboy Supply and a look at the Caldwell Night Poster gave him a glimpse of his ride here last year on Powder River Rodeo’s horse named Pearl’s My Handle. That ride not only put him on the poster, it earned him a spot in the championships and helped him to a fourth-place finish in 2016. 

               The Heflin, Louisiana, resident loves getting on bucking horses and after seeing his poster was ready to ride here on Thursday. What a ride he made. He got on Burch Rodeo’s Strawberry Rocket who did everything he could to buck DeMoss off. It didn’t work and when the judges added up their scores, DeMoss had 88 points by his name. 

               “It’s not every day you get to have your picture on a rodeo poster,” DeMoss said. “Especially at a big rodeo like this. Then to come have a ride like I did was icing on the cake.” 

               The 88-point score puts him in second place behind the 2015 world champion Jacobs Crawley who has 88.5.  Right after Cody made his way down the arena in front of the near-capacity crowd, his younger brother Heith DeMoss, also from Heflin, rode for 84 points. They will both be back here on Saturday night to ride for the championships and if either of them finish at the top of the leaderboard it would be the first Caldwell Night Rodeo championship to be won by one of the brothers. 

               There is a new leader in the bull riding. Scotty Knapp, from Albuquerque, N.M., rode D & H Cattle Company’s Savage Moves to an 89-point score. Knapp, who qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last year is now in first place. The bull riding here is one round, so if Knapp’s score holds through the next two performances, he stands to get a big paycheck. 

               The fourth performance of the rodeo begins at 8 p.m., Friday night. It is Patriot Night and will be raising funds for the Caldwell Night Rodeo’s Military Relief Fund. More information is available at



CALDWELL, Idaho (Aug. 17, 2017) --- The following are unofficial results from the Caldwell Night Rodeo. 


Third Performance –


               Bareback riding: 1, Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho, 79.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Magic School Bus. 2,  Luke Creasy, Garland, Texas, 79. 3, Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., 78.5. 4, Joel Schlagel, Burns, Colo., 70.


               Steer wrestling: 1, Bubba Boots, St. Anthony, Idaho, 6.5 seconds. 2, Sean Santucci, Prineville, Ore., 13.7. 3, (tie) Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, and Hank Filippini, Battle Mountain, Nev., 13.8 each. 


               Team roping: 1, Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz., and Ryan Motes, weatherford, Texas, 6.4. 2, Joshua and Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla., 7.1. 3, Jordan weaver, Powell Butte, Ore., and Sean Santucci, Prineville, Ore., 7.9. 4, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorpe, Throckmorton, Texas, 15.1. 


               Saddle bronc riding: 1, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 88 points on Burch Rodeo’s Strawberry Rocket. 2, Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 86. 3, Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo., 85. 4, Cort Scheer, Elsemere, Neb., 82. 


               Tie-down roping: (three runs) 1, Spencer Moulton, Blackfoot, Idaho, 11.0 seconds. 2, Bo Pickett, Caldwell, Idaho, 20.5. 3, Colby Hughes, St. George, Utah, 20.9. 


               Women’s barrel racing: 1, Holly Wright, Gruver, Texas, 17.71 seconds. 2, Kim Schulze, Larkspur, Colo., 18.06. 3, Shelby Thall, Victor, Calif., 18.23. 4, Hope Jordan, Parma, Idaho, 18.24. 


               Bull riding: (one ride) Scotty Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M., 89 points on D & H Cattle Company’s Savage Moves. 


The following are current leaders –


               Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 86 points on Outlaw Buckers Rodeo’s American Thumper. 2, (tie) J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., and Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La., 82 each. 4, Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 81.5. 5, Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 81. 6, (tie) Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, and Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 80.5.  8, Evan Jayne, Marseille, France; Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.; and Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho, 79.5


Steer wrestling: (second round) Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb., 3.6. 2, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.7. 3, (tie) Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta; Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii; Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho; and Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.; 3.8 each. (total on two) 1, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 7.6. 2, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 7.9. 3, Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 8.1. 4, (tie) Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wisc., and Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, 8.4. 6, (tie) Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif.; Cole Edge, Durant, Okla.; and Errol Frain, Marysville, Calif., 8.5.  


               Team roping: (second round) 1, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 4.8. 2, Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn., and Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.9. 3, Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore., and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 5.0. 4, Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz., and Ty Romo, Whitewater, Ariz., 5.1. 5, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.,, and Junior Noguiera, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 5.2. (total on two) 1, Smith and Eaves, 10.1. 2, Driggers and Noguiera, 10.3. 3, Wade and Saebens, 10.5. 4, Marcos Theriot, Poplarville, Miss., and Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, 10.8. 5, Riley and Brady Minor, 11.0. 6, Cory KiddV, Statesville, N.C., and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas, 11.1. 7, Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore., and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 11.2. 8, Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta and Tyler Worley, Bluffdale, Texas, 11.5. 


               Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 88.5 points on Outlaw Buckers Rodeo’s Little Muffin. 2, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 88. 3, Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., 86.5. 4, Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 86. 5, Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo., 85. 6, Alex Wright,. Milford, Utah, 84.5. 7, Cort Scheer, Elsemere, Neb., 83. 8, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 82.5. 


               Tie-down roping: (second round) 1, Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas, 7.7. 2, Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 7.9. 3, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 8.0. 4, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 8.1. 5, Ty Baker, Van Horn, Texas, 8.2. 6, Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif., 8.5. (total on two) 1, (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas and Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 18.5 each. 3, J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah, 18.7. 4, Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 18.8. 5, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 19.1. 6, Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, 19.9. 7, Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla., 20.8. 8, K.C. Miller, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 21.4. 


`              Barrel Racing: (second round) 1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 16.68*. 2, Taci Bettis, 17.09. 3, Amberleigh Moore, 17.23. 4, Darby Fox, King Hill, Idaho, 17.29. 5, Liz Herrin, Big Spring, Texas, 17.30. 6, Jaime Hinton, Bulverde, Texas, 17.34.  (total on two) 1, Hillman, 33.76. 2, Bettis, 34.14. 3, Fox, 34.47. 4, Moore, 34.68. 5, Herrin, 34.78. 6, Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas, 34.90. 7, Jaime Hinton, Bulverde, Texas, 34.96. 8, Kelly Collier, Hereford, Texas, 34.97. 


               Bull Riding: (first round—four rides) 1, Scotty Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M., 89 points on D & H Cattle Company’s Savage Moves. 2, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.,  88. 3, Guthrie, Murray, Miami, Okla., 85. 4, Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 84.5. 

*New arena record. Previous record was Mary Aller at 17.01 in 1998. 


Mize rides to narrow victory in Caldwell

CALDWELL, Idaho - Bull rider Tristan Mize was rather jubilant following his win at the fabled Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo, but he knows that the end-goal is in sight. Better said, he has his eyes on a bigger prize. 

Despite Cole Melancon posting a 90-point bull ride earlier in the evening, Mize managed to notch a clutch 90.5-point ride during Saturday night’s final round, scoring the 20-year-old cowboy $2,500 for his winning efforts. 

“I’m feeling really good,” Mize said. “I had a really good week, and I really needed to win at Caldwell. I had a good bull and I knew that if I rode him I’d probably get the win, so it worked out.”

Mize drew Powder River Rodeo’s Savage Mood in the concluding performance at Caldwell, and according to the Texan rookie, he put up a heck of a fight. 

“He was a really good bull,” Mize explained. “He turned back right there and then a little left, and he had me out of position after the first jump, but I was able to get back in position. After that, it worked out well. He was a really fun bull.”

After such a narrow win in such a crowded crop of talented bull riders, Mize understood the task in front of him. Even so, he knew that the opportunity that Savage Mood presented couldn’t be for nought. 

“I knew it was going to be a tough bull riding field, but I knew that I had a bull to beat 90 on,” Mize said.

Mize, who entered the week ranked second among bull riders in the PRCA Resistol Rookie Standings, has had his fair share of impressive wins this early in his career. While being named champion at the Livermore (Calif.) Rodeo earlier this season, Mize had not yet recorded a bull ride equivalent to 90 points or above. At Caldwell, he wanted that to change. 

“It’s kind of funny, because I’d been talking about how I was going to beat 90 all week for the first time,” he said. “Luckily, I was 90.5 for the first time.”

Residing from Bryan, Texas, Mize has constantly displayed an advanced prowess for a first-timer. Currently slotted at 23rd in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, Mize is thrilled for the stretch run as the year comes to a close. 

“I’m excited,” Mize said. “I’m ready to be at the NFR at the end of the year, that’s for sure. I’ve always dreamed about going to the NFR. It’s all I ever think about. I want it so bad.”

With his first qualification certainly not out of reach, expect the young gun to unholster the chance. 

“I can’t wait to be there. Hopefully I win a couple more big ones.”

Other winners at the $292,843 rodeo were bareback rider Clayton Biglow (172 points on two head), steer wrestler Rowdy Parrot (11.3 seconds on two head), team ropers Clay Smith/Paul Eaves and Tyler Wade and Billie Jack Saebens (15.5 seconds on two head each), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (173.5 points on two head), tie-down roper Jake Pratt (26.8 seconds on three head), and barrel racer Stevi Hillman (50.69 seconds on three runs). 

For more coverage of the Caldwell Night Rodeo, check out the Sept. 1 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.