San Angelo Rodeo
San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 5-19
Bareback riding: First round leaders: 1. Tanner Aus, 90 points on J Bar J's Pass The Heat; 2. (tie) Jake Vold and R.C. Landingham, 88 each; 4. Caleb Bennett, 86.5; 5. (tie) Jamie Howlett and Mason Clements, 84.5 each.
Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Riley Duvall and Joshua Clark, 3.6 seconds each; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones, Dakota Eldridge, T.J. Hall and Heath Thomas, 3.9 each. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds; 2. (tie) Kody Woodward and Blake Knowles, 3.8 each; 4. (tie) Clayton Tuchscherer and Mike McGinn, 3.9 each; 6. (tie) Clint Shofner and Rowdy Parrott, 4.1 each. Average leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.2 seconds on two head; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 8.3; 3. Riley Duvall, 8.4; 4. Stan Branco, 8.8; 5. (tie) Nick Guy and Trevor Knowles, 9.1 each.
Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 4.0 seconds; 2. Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 4.1; 3. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 4.2; 4. (tie) Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry and Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess, 4.5 each; 6. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Brady Tryan/Tommy Zuniga, Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis and Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 3.9 each; 5. (tie) Casey Tew/John Robertson, Lane Ivy/Allen Bach, Drew Horner/Trey Johnson and Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 4.0 each. Average leaders: 1. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 8.6 seconds on two head; 2. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard and Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 8.7 each; 4. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 9.0; 5. (tie) Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego and Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess, 9.3 each.
Saddle bronc riding: First round leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo's Rich N Fancy; 2. Allen Boore, 85.5; 3. Rusty Wright, 85; 4. Curtis Garton, 83; 5. Joey Sonnier, 82; 6. Ryan Mackenzie, 81.
Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Caleb Smidt and Michael Otero, 8.0 each; 4. (tie) Garrett Hale and EJ Roberts, 8.1 each; 6. (tie) Chant DeForest and Ike Fontenot, 8.2 each. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. (tie) J.D. Kibbe and Timber Moore, 7.8 each; 5. (tie) Justin Macha and Hunter Herrin, 7.9 each. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 16.7 seconds on two head; 2. (tie) Timber Moore and Tyler Prcin, 17.4 each; 4. EJ Roberts, 17.6; 5. Garrett Hale, 17.7; 6. Chant DeForest, 17.8.
Barrel racing: First round: 1. Mary Walker, 15.59 seconds, $4,624; 2. (tie) Jana Bean and Megan Lewis, 15.64, $3,633 each; 4. (tie) Pamela Capper and Tiany Schuster, 15.67, $2,532 each; 6. Sherry Cervi, 15.68, $1,762; 7. Kelley Schnaufer, 15.69, $1,321; 8. Stevi Hillman, 15.72, $881; 9. Kaley Bass, 15.76, $661; 10. Sarah Rose McDonald, 15.77, $440. Second round leaders: 1. Tana Poppino, 13.97 seconds; 2. Kathy Grimes, 13.98; 3. Alexa Lake, 14.19; 4. Lisa Thornton, 14.22; 5. Tori Morris, 14.25; 6. Nicole Riggle, 14.26. Average leaders: 1. Kathy Grimes, 29.81 seconds on two head; 2. Pamela Capper, 29.96; 3. Jana Bean, 29.97; 4. Tana Poppino, 29.98; 5. Sherry Cervi, 30.09; 6. Kelley Schnaufer, 30.16.
Bull riding leaders: 1. Dustin Bowen, 87.5 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo's Total Bull Battle Born; 2. Joseph McConnel, 86.5; 3. Tim Bingham, 86; 4. (tie) Jeff Bertus, Kanin Asay, John Young and Reagan Avery, 84.5 each.
Total payoff: $429,411. Stock contractor: Pete Carr Pro Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo, D & H Cattle, United Pro Rodeo, Bailey Pro Rodeo, Powder River Rodeo, Pickett Rodeo, J Bar J and Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo.
Moore makes move in San Angelo
By Ted Harbin/for the San Angelo Rodeo
SAN ANGELO, Texas – Timber Moore knew he had been matched with the right animal at San Angelo Arena on the afternoon of Feb. 14.
He just needed to take advantage of it if he had any hopes of winning the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo tie-down roping title for the second time. His 7.8-second run during the eighth performance of the rodeo allows him that chance.
“Cheyenne Harper tied that calf in 8.8 the other day, so I knew she was one of the better calves in the pen,” said Moore, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Aubrey, Texas. “Everything worked pretty well, and I made a good run on her.
“I knew I needed to do something if I wanted to make the short round. Just to make the short round, I had to be 9.0 to have a good chance. To tie one in 7.8 seconds gives me a chance to place in the average or have a chance to win, so that’s important for me.”
Sunday’s run moves Moore into third place in the second round; his two-run cumulative time of 17.4 seconds also puts him in a tie for second place in the average with Tyler Prcin of Alvord, Texas.
“In the first round, I had a big black calf, and she wanted to jump up when we were tying them down earlier,” Moore said. “When I got to her, she jumped up and knocked me off balance. The calf I had today was littler and faster handling, and that made a lot of difference.”
He is just two years removed from winning the San Angelo championship, so he knows just how special it is to win in this West Texas town.
“San Angelo is a great rodeo town, and everybody out there loves calf roping,” he said. “I had always wanted to win this rodeo, and I’ve done it once. If I could come back and have a chance to win it again, it would great. Actually it would be outstanding for it to happen twice.”
It also would serve as a bit of redemption for the north Texas cowboy. He finished the regular season second in the world standings, then had some trouble during the Wrangler NFR this past December. He placed in two go-rounds and still pocketed $26,654 during his 10-day run in Las Vegas. He ended the year 10th in the world standings.
“I had an unbelievable year, then I got to the finals, and my horse could’ve worked better and I could’ve roped better,” Moore said. “If I could start this year off like I finished last year off, it would help me a lot. It would help my confidence.
“I haven’t drawn just a whole lot of chances to be able to win or even make some good runs. Hopefully I can get on the right end of the draw and start making things happen.”
He’d like Sunday’s performance to be the start that positive roll of the dice. He’ll wait through two preliminary performances on Wednesday and Thursday to see where he sits for Friday’s championship round, but he likes his position so far.
“Coming back and tying one fast today gave me a chance to get out of there with a lot more money than if I would’ve tied one in 9.0,” he said. “If you come back toward the bottom of the field for the short round, then you don’t have high expectations for winning a good average check. Now I’ve given myself a solid chance to come out of here with a good check.”
That also would be a boost to the cowboy’s confidence.
Aus scores career-best 90 in San Angelo
By Ted Harbin/for the San Angelo Rodeo
SAN ANGELO, Texas – Tanner Aus had a spectacular 2015.
He won several big rodeo titles, including Cheyenne, Wyo. He earned his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. And then he closed out the year by proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Lonissa Jones.
Now he’s trying to make 2016 even better. On Feb. 13, Aus spurred J Bar J Rodeo’s Pass The Hat for 90 points to take the bareback riding lead at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo; it was the first time the Granite Falls, Minn., has ever been marked that high in his ProRodeo career.
“My highest score up to this point was 87,” said Aus, 25, the 2012 College National Finals Rodeo champion. “I was just pushing for that 88, so it feels really good to go to 90. It’s crazy.”
It also was the first time the young cowboy had matched moves with Pass The Hat, but he had done a little homework before the competition began.
“I knew Kaycee (Feild) had won a round on him at the Finals this last year,” Aus said of the four-time world champion. “That’s all I could really think about. I’ve been drawing pretty good, and a lot of times the difference is what’s going on between the ears. I had just been going through the motions.
“Tonight I had it in my mind that I had to set the tone, and I knew I had the horse to do it on. I just need to get in that frame of mind from now on.”
The Minnesota cowboy is coming off his best season in rodeo. He earned nearly $170,000 riding bucking horses and finish sixth in the world standings. He pointed back to San Angelo as the key factor in his strong campaign. He placed in both go-rounds and finished in a tie for second overall. He pocketed $4,600 in West Texas, then just kept adding to it.
“All these winter rodeos are important, and last year, it was here that set my season up,” he said. “I went from San Angelo to San Antonio to Tucson (Ariz.), and I ended up with a pile of money.”
He earned $15,632 between those three rodeos and found himself inside the top 20 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings.
“I didn’t win a buckle or a title at any of them, but it showed me that I could do pretty well if I just placed at them.”
Now he sits fifth in the 2016 world standings and knows how important the winter run can be. He also felt the excitement inside the San Angelo Coliseum on a Saturday night.
“They had the place packed,” Aus said. “R.C. (Landingham) was one of the first ones to go, and he was 88. That set the tone early, and that’s hard to top. I’m glad I was able to do it.”
Now he will wait out the final three performances of this year’s preliminary go-rounds to see where he will sit during next Friday’s championship round. He’s set the bar high, but that also means he has a target on his back for the rest of the week.
That’s just how he likes it.