Aus-ome effort captures first Austin title

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AUSTIN, Texas – Tanner Aus had come painfully close to his first Rodeo Austin win a few years back. On Saturday night, he made sure that he’d be collecting the coveted branding iron that goes to each champion.

The 26-year-old bareback rider scored the win in the final round with an 89-point trip on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Hollywood Hills. He earned $9,400 for that ride, as well as the branding iron, which he was most excited about.

“One year, they told me I had split the win and they had me in the arena with the branding iron, but it turned out I was a point off the win,” Aus said with a smile. “That makes this win even sweeter, because I think about this rodeo all the time.

“This is the cap to the winter season, and Austin is a rodeo that has always seemed to treat me well. I’ve been second here twice, and to finally come out of here with a ‘W’ is great. I got my hands on one of those branding irons, and that’s awesome.”

Aus also won the first round with an 86.5-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s What Happens, which brought his total winnings in Austin to $12,562.

He admitted the large payday for winning Austin was in the back of his mind.

“When you’re focused on the task at hand, you don’t really think about the money as much, but you know it’s there,” he said.

Aus was third in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings entering the weekend, and should move somewhere close to the top.

“I haven’t been paying much attention to the standings, because it’s always a grind this time of year,” he said. “We get on a lot of horses down here in Texas during the winter, and I’m very thankful for the position I’m currently in.

“I drew really well – I got on three Beutler horses. I just snuck into the finals in the eighth and last spot. But I knew I had drawn a horse that would test me and that was good enough to win the short round on.”

The Granite Falls, Minn., native has been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the past two years, finishing sixth and fifth in the world in 2015 and 2016.

He’s been on quite a hot streak the past several months, which included winning three rounds at the 2016 WNFR.

“It’s been a blessing, and I’m very thankful,” Aus said. “It’s mostly attributed to the time I’m not rodeoing – when I’m at home and in the gym. There’s a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes that people don’t see that leads to being successful in the arena.”

Other winners at the $516,154 rodeo were steer wrestler Tommy Cook (3.9 seconds), team ropers Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor (4.0 seconds), saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (89 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Fire Lane), tie-down roper Marty Yates (8.5 seconds), barrel racer Tammy Fischer (15.41 seconds) and bull rider Tyler Taylor (there were no qualified rides in the finals, and Taylor won by having the best two-head score of any cowboy).

For more coverage of Rodeo Austin, check out the April 14 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.


Rodeo Austin
Austin, Texas, March 11-25

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Tanner Aus, 86.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's What Happens, $3,162; 2. Steven Dent, 85, $2,828; 3. Evan Jayne, 84, $2,495; 4. Mason Clements, 82.5, $2,163; 5. Jake Vold, 82, $1,830; 6. (tie) Casey Colletti, Buck Lunak and Tilden Hooper, 81.5, $1,165 each; 9. (tie) Jamie Howlett, Mike Solberg, Justin Pollmiller and Jake Brown, 81, $166. Semifinal: 1. Jake Brown, 87.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Molly Brown, $4,935; 2. R.C. Landingham, 87, $4,113; 3. Mason Clements, 86, $3,126; 4. Chad Rutherford, 83.5, $2,139; 5. Evan Jayne, 83, $1,316; 6. Justin Pollmiller, 82.5, $823. Finals: 1. Tanner Aus, 89 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Hollywood Hills, $9,400; 2. Mason Clements, 79.5, $7,050; 3. Mike Solberg, 79, $4,700; 4. (tie) Jake Brown and Evan Jayne, 77, $1,175 each.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Baylor Roche, 3.5 seconds, $5,090; 2. Timmy Sparing, 3.7, $4,554; 3. (tie) Cody Cabral and Josh Peek, 3.8, $3,751 each; 5. (tie) Jacob Talley and Tommy Cook, 3.9, $2,679 each; 7. (tie) Trevor Knowles and Cole Edge, 4.0, $1,607 each; 9. T.J. Hall, 4.1, $804; 10. (tie) Ty Erickson and Justin Shaffer, 4.2, $134. Semifinal: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.2 seconds, $4,935; 2. Cody Cabral, 3.3, $4,113; 3. Tyler Pearson, 3.4, $3,126; 4. Tommy Cook, 3.7, $2,139; 5. Baylor Roche, 3.9, $1,316; 6. Cole Edge, 4.3, $823. Finals: 1. Tommy Cook, 3.9 seconds, $9,400; 2. Ty Erickson, 4.2, $7,050; 3. Baylor Roche, 4.4, $4,700; 4. Cole Edge, 13.0, $2,350.

Team roping: First round: 1. Rowdy Rieken/Ace Pearce, 3.8 seconds, $5,037 each; 2. (tie) Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz and Clayton Hansen/Joseph Harrison, 3.9, $4,241 each; 4. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.3, $3,446; 5. Spencer Mitchell/Wyatt Cox, 4.4, $2,915; 6. (tie) Casey Gattis/Seth Smithson and Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 4.5, $2,120 each; 8. (tie) Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp and Kelsey Parchman/Kinney Harrell, 4.6, $1,060 each; 10. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 4.7, $265. Semifinal: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.3 seconds, $4,935 each; 2. (tie) Rowdy Rieken/Ace Pearce and Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 4.6, $3,619 each; 4. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 4.8, $2,139; 5. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.9, $1,316; 6. Lance Brooks/Dillon Wingereid, 5.0, $823. Finals: 1. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 4.0 seconds, $9,400 each; 2. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.6, $7,050; 3. Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 9.4, $4,700; 4. Lance Brooks/Dillon Wingereid, 11.0, $2,350.

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Hardy Braden, 87 points on Rafter G Rodeo's Charlie's Angel, $4,958; 2. Cody DeMoss, 86.5, $4,458; 3. Clay Elliott, 86, $3,934; 4. (tie) Shade Etbauer and Allen Boore, 84, $3,147 each; 6. Sterling Crawley, 83, $2,360; 7. Luke Butterfield, 82, $1,836; 8. (tie) Call Marr and Taos Muncy, 81.5, $1,049 each; 10. (tie) Roper Kiesner, Tyrell Smith, Rusty Wright and Jacobs Crawley, 81, $66 each. Semifinal: 1. Zeke Thurston, 85.5 points on Andrews Rodeo's Sand Box, $4,935; 2. Hardy Braden, 85, $4,113; 3. Clay Elliott, 84, $3,126; 4. Troy Crowser, 83.5, $2,139; 5. Allen Boore, 83, $1,316; 6. Rusty Wright, 81.5, $823. Finals: 1. Zeke Thurston, 89 points on Andrews Rodeo's Fire Lane, $9,400; 2. Rusty Wright, 88, $7,050; 3. Jacobs Crawley, 84, $4,700; 4. Troy Crowser, 82.5, $2,350. 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. (tie) Cory Solomon and Justin Maass, 8.2 seconds, $4,721 each; 3. Justin Smith, 8.3, $3,933; 4. (tie) Tuf Cooper, Marty Yates and Tyler Milligan, 8.5, $2,885 each; 7. (tie) Jordan Ketscher and Taylor Santos, 8.6, $1,574 each; 9. Lane Livingston, 8.9, $787; 10. (tie) Adam Gray and Landon McClaugherty, 9.0, $131 each. Semifinal: 1. (tie) Marty Yates, J.C. Malone and Cory Solomon, 8.6 seconds, $4,058 each; 4. Justin Maass, 9.1, $2,139; 5. Jordan Ketscher, 9.2, $1,316; 6. (tie) Taylor Santos, Chris Demases and Landon McClaugherty, 9.9, $274 each. Finals: 1. Marty Yates, 8.5 seconds, $9,400; 2. J.C. Malone, 8.7, $7,050; 3. Justin Maass, 9.4, $4,700; 4. Chris Demases, 9.6, $2,350.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Tillar Murray, 15.37 seconds, $5,090; 2. Tiany Schuster, 15.40, $4,554; 3. Brittany Kelly, 15.41, $4,019; 4. Jill Welsh, 15.48, $3,483 5. Ari-Anna Flynn, 15.50, $2,947; 6. Carlee Pierce, 15.54, $2,411; 7. (tie) Cayla Small and Rachel Rule, 15.63, $1,607 each; 9. Kimmie Wall, 15.65, $804; 10. (tie) Carley Richardson and Cassidy Kruse, 15.66, $134 each. Semifinal: 1. Tillar Murray, 15.33 seconds, $4,935; 2. Ari-Anna Flynn, 15.43, $4,113; 3. Taylor Smith, 15.58, $3,126; 4. Tiany Schuster, 15.61, $2,139; 5. Kimmie Wall, 15.67, $1,316; 6. Tammy Fischer, 15.68, $823. Finals: 1. Tammy Fischer, 15.41 seconds, $9,400; 2. Tillar Murray, 15.43, $7,050; 3. Tiany Schuster, 15.51, $4,700; 4. Ari-Anna Flynn, 15.65, $2,350.

Bull riding: First round: 1. Ty Wallace, 90 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s American Blood, $5,144; 2. (tie) Garrett Smith, Bayle Worden and Aaron Pass, 88, $4,061 each; 5. Jeff Bertus, 86, $2,978; 6. Roscoe Jarboe, 85.5, $2,436; 7. Sage Kimzey, 85, $1,895; 8. Trey Benton III, 84.5, $1,354; 9. Reid Barker, 82, $812; 10. (tie) Koby Radley, Jesse Petri and Tyler Taylor, 81.5, $90. Semifinal: 1. (tie) Jeff Bertus, on Andrews Rodeo's Lil Dip, and Tyler Taylor, on Andrews Rodeo's Thor, 82 points, $4,524 each; 3. Sage Kimzey, 81, $3,126; 4. Jesse Petri, 79.5, $2,139; 5. Reid Barker, 78, $1,316; 6. John Pitts, 76, $823.  Finals: No qualified rides.

Total payoff: $516,154. Stock contractor: Beutler & Son Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Rocky Mountain Rodeo, Rafter G Rodeo, JK Rodeo, Powder River Rodeo, D & H Cattle, Andrews Rodeo and Dakota Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Dollie Riddle. Officials: Glenn Sullivan, Wade Berry and Mike Todd. Timers: Missy Swartz and Ti Ada Wise. Announcers: Randy Corley and Wayne Brooks. Bullfighters: Evan Allard, Nathan Harp and Weston Rutkowski. Clown/barrelman: Justin Rumford. Flankmen: Jim Kenney, Rhett Beutler, Glenn Southwick and Carroll Gilstrap. Chute bosses: Brent Sutton, Bennie Beutler and Matt Scott. Pickup men: Matt Scott, Brent Sutton and Shandon Stalls. Photographer: Kirt Steinke. Music directors: Ben Bendele III and Charlie Rogers Barks. 





Roche captures first-round win at Rodeo Austin


AUSTIN, Texas – Things keep rolling along smoothly for steer wrestler Baylor Roche.

Just over a month after Roche won the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo, the Tremonton, Utah, cowboy is earning more money at Rodeo Austin.

Roche clocked a 3.5-second run to win the first round at Rodeo Austin at the Travis County Expo Center.

“That was a good run,” said Roche, who clocked his time on March 21. “I actually had run that steer at San Antonio and won the third round (in Bracket 2) with him. I knew exactly what to do and caught him in a good spot and made a good run on him in Austin. That steer has made me some money.”

For his performance in Austin – so far – Roche has earned $5,090. The same steer he won the round on in Austin helped Roche earn $9,742 in San Angelo.

“I was riding Josh Peek’s horse, Ace, when I made that run,” said Roche, who also rode Ace to win San Angelo with a 3.0-second run. “I’ve used that horse at various places throughout the year, and we are getting along great.”

Roche is scheduled to compete in the semifinals tonight (March 23) at Rodeo Austin. The semis consist of 16 cowboys and then the Top 8 finishers in the semifinals advance to Saturday’s finals.

“Now, Austin is like three one-headers for us, and you just need to stay in the top few guys and hopefully in the end, you win first,” Roche said.

Prior to winning the first round in Austin, Roche was seventh in the March 20 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $22,957.

“This year has been good, and a little bit crazy,” Roche said. “I’ve been trying to get on horses that are up at the same time as me, and luckily Josh (Peek) has been up with me at a lot different places – so has Jacob Shofner with his horse, Two Guns (2013 AQHA/PRCA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year). I rode Two Guns at San Antonio.”

Roche qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the last two years in a row. He placed ninth and 15th in the world standings, respectively.

This past December, Roche arrived at the WNFR in 10th place and left in 15th after placing in just two rounds and winning $25,231 in Las Vegas.

“Coming off not having a very good Finals, that fueled me to try and really step it up this year and get something going fast,” Roche said.