Caleb Smidt leaps off his horse to catch his calf during the tie-down roping session of the Cinch Chute-Out on Saturday night at Foster Communications Coliseum. Photo Credit: Adam Sauceda
California bull rider wins Cinch Chute Out
By Kim Gierke, San Angelo Standard Times
On a night where the winning score nets $12,000, Jordan Wacey Spears picked a great night to have the best bull ride of his life.
In fact, he had two outstanding rides at the fourth annual Cinch Chute-Out on Saturday night, including a scorching hot 91 points on Rattler in the finals to win the rodeo.
Spears only needed a solid ride to take first place, but he attacked, and he dazzled the sellout crowd at the Foster Communications Coliseum.
"That's my first 90-point ride ever," Spears said. "He's an awesome bull. I got on him two years ago in Lovington, New Mexico, in the short round of extreme bulls, and he felt really good. I just made a minor mistake and tonight, when I had him again, I climbed on him and I had extreme confidence that I was going to get revenge and do what I came here to do, and that was to win first."
Spears was certainly in attack mode.
"I ride really aggressive. I am not one to just sit there in one spot and ride," said Spears. "I have a little trouble sitting in one spot, so I am always moving and scratching and clawing. I try to be there for every eight-second whistle, and tonight I drew two great bulls. The first one felt great, and the second one felt even better."
Spears scored 88 points in the first round on Antidote to draw the top-rated Rattler. Parker Breding had an 86.5 on Nitro and Marcus Mariluch had an 86 on Cash Daddy to advance to the finals.
But the night belonged to Spears, and it may have been the best night of the 23-year-old's career.
"I had a shoulder injury last year," the Californian said. "I am riding good, glory to God. Everything feels good. Everything is clicking. It feels great to be back rodeoing again after taking a year off."
Mariluch had a 64-point ride with an option for a reride in the finals. With just two riders to go, he opted for what was, at the time, the only qualified ride. When Breding didn't make the whistle the decision looked pretty good, but Spears and Rattler stole the spotlight. At least Mariluch did take second place money — $3,500.
Spears wasn't the only cowboy to dazzle the San Angelo crowd. Tuf Cooper took a loaded tie-down competition with a very quick 7.18-second run in the finals. That bumped six-time world champion Cody Ohl into second place.
Ohl had used an 8.21 to take the lead, and when world champion Caleb Smidt and former world champion Shane Hanchey both had 8.9-second runs, Cooper knew he had a chance, as long as he could catch the calf early.
Cooper also led the tie-down ropers into the finals with an 8.03-second run.
Casey Breuer had not one but two 90-point rides to win the bareback riding. He needed them both, too, as the competition was very tough.
"That horse (Top Flight) is awesome," Breuer said. "I have been trying to get on one like that for a long time. That's one that a guy dreams about. When I won the long round and I saw that I had her, I was tickled pink."
Breuer's second 90-point ride of the night was just enough to win. Tyler Scales had an 89.5 on Good Time Charley. Richmond Champion had an 89 on Shady Nights and Evan Jayne had an 88 on Night Bells.
"All of those horses that we had tonight were awesome," said Breuer. "It was good bareback riding. I think it could have gone any way in that final four. I feel pretty blessed that it went my way."
Breuer had a 90 on Hell on Hooves to win the first round as five bronc riders had 88 or better. Scales had an 89.5, Champion had an 89 and Jayne had an 89. JR Vezain had an 88-point ride, but that wasn't good enough to move into the finals.
"When I was the third one out and I jumped out and got that 90 I was like, 'I hope that gets me back!' the way people were riding, but it worked out."
World champion Jacobs Crawley also needed a high score to win the saddle bronc competition. He got it with a 91 on Sweatin' Bullets. That just nudged out Cody DeMoss, who had an 89 on Cool Runnings, and Chad Ferley, who had an 87 on Julia.
DeMoss had the best ride of the first round, an 87.5 on Hometown Girl.
Two-time world champion Mary Burger won the barrel racing with a 14.437 time. Christine Lauglin took second place with a 14.645.
Burger also had the fastest run in the first round, a 14.31, to lead the barrel racers to the finals.