Team ropers Proctor/Long victorious at RPCFR

Photo Credit: Fly Thomas

DUNCAN, Okla. – With their second trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo together on the horizon, team ropers – header Coleman Proctor and heeler Jake Long got a good tune-up Saturday night.

The duo capped the three-day RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo (Oct. 15-17) by winning the average with an 18.0-second time on three head at the Stephens County Expo Center.

“It is honor to win any time you can,” Long said. “This rodeo was a lot of fun. We roped together from 2007 to 2009 off and on, but I think we were just both a little green (back then). We kind of lacked that experience factor and now we are just older and wiser and we rope better than we did then.”

Proctor concurred with his partner.

"This is exactly what I had hoped for," Proctor said. "I won the circuit heeling in 2004, and it was personal goal to win it in heading after missing out in 2009. There is great competition in the Prairie Circuit and I will be proud to represent it at the RNCFR. The rodeo committee goes above and beyond here in Duncan, and the contestants really appreciate all they do."

Both Proctor and Long had success in the past at the RPCFR, but never together. They clinched the average crown with a 6.6-second run in the third round. That performance helped the duo not only win the average, but also win the year-end title. Thus, Proctor and Long qualified for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo April 7-10 in Kissimmee, Fla.

“Any time you can get an opportunity to go over and rope in Florida for that kind of money, that means a lot to you financially, and we are really looking forward to going there.”

Proctor and Long set the tone at the RPCFR by winning the first round with a 5.6-second run and then they followed that up with a 5.8-second run in round two which was good for third place. That set the stage for their solid final run. The duo left Duncan with $5,737 each in winnings.

“We had the advantage of going last in the first round and we got off to a good start,” Long said. “We didn’t do anything overly special, but we made three good runs and we came out on top. We knew if we made a good clean run (in the third round) we would win it.”

Now, Proctor and Long are preparing for their second trip together to the WNFR Dec. 3-12 in Las Vegas. They finished fourth in the heading and third in heeling standings, respectively, a year ago.

“Those three or four weeks in November we will be practicing pretty much every day for it (the WNFR),” said Long, who is making his fifth trip to the WNFR. “It’s every kid’s dream to get to go out there (the Finals) and compete and I truly feel fortunate to get to go again.”

Other winners at the $177,324 rodeo were bareback rider Cain Riddle (244 points on three head), steer wrestler Stockton Graves (12.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Ryan Bestol (226 on three head), tie-down roper Cole Bailey (25.5 seconds on three head), barrel racer Mary Burger (49.18 seconds on three runs), steer roper Rocky Patterson (35.5 seconds on three head) and bull rider Trevor Kastner (136 points on two head).

Photo Credit: Fly Thomas

Ram Prairie Circuit Finals

Duncan, Okla., Oct. 15-17

Bareback riding: First round:1. Caine Riddle, 80 points on New Frontier Rodeo's Elvis, $1,765; 2. Blaine Kaufman, 79, $1,324; 3. Frank Morton, 76, $883; 4. (tie) Zachary Hibler, and Logan Patterson, 73, $221 each. Second round:1. Caine Riddle, 80 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Miss Zandy, $1,765; 2. (tie) Wyatt Clark, Brian Leddy, and Frank Morton, 71, $883 each. Third round:1. Caine Riddle, 84 points on New Frontier Rodeo's Cross Fire, $1,765; 2. Blaine Kaufman, 79, $1,324; 3. Brody Cooper, 72, $883; 4. Frank Morton, 71, $441. Average: 1. Caine Riddle, 244 points on three head, $2,648; 2. Blaine Kaufman, 228, $1,986; 3. Frank Morton, 218, $1,324; 4. Brian Leddy, 207, $662. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round:1. Stockton Graves, 3.7 seconds, $1,765; 2. Riley Duvall, 4.2, $1,324; 3. Cole Edge, 4.4, $883; 4. Dean Gorsuch, 4.7, $441. Second round:1. Cole Edge, 3.9 seconds, $1,765; 2. Clay Mindemann, 4.0, $1,324; 3. (tie) Tanner Brunner, and Dru Melvin, 4.1, $662 each. Third round:1. Jule Hazen, 3.5 seconds, $1,765; 2. (tie) Dean Gorsuch, and Stockton Graves, 4.0, $1,103 each; 4. Ryan Swayze, 4.4, $441. Average: 1. Stockton Graves, 12.4 seconds on three head, $2,648; 2. Riley Duvall, 13.8, $1,986; 3. Cole Edge, 14.0, $1,324; 4. Tanner Brunner, 14.8, $662. 

 

Team roping: First round:1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.6 seconds, $1,765 each; 2. Jesse Stipes/Billie Jack Saebens, 6.3, $1,324; 3. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 6.4, $883; 4. (tie) Hunter Munsell/Sawyer Barham, and Jason Arndt/Austin Rogers, 6.7, $221 each. Second round:1. Brandon Vaske/Braden Harmon, 5.2 seconds, $1,765 each; 2. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.3, $1,324; 3. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.8, $883; 4. (tie) Troy Boone/Dawson McMaster, and Zac Small/Tyler Worley, 6.2, $221 each. Third round:1. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.7 seconds, $1,765 each; 2. Jesse Stipes/Billie Jack Saebens, 6.2, $1,324; 3. Colt Braden/Chad Evans, 6.5, $883; 4. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 6.6, $441. Average: 1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 18.0 seconds on three head, $2,648 each; 2. Jesse Stipes/Billie Jack Saebens, 20.0, $1,986; 3. Zac Small/Tyler Worley, 27.3, $1,324; 4. Colt Braden/Chad Evans, 30.4, $662. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: First round:1. Jesse James Kirby, 82 points on New Frontier Rodeo's Satin Sheets, $1,765; 2. Joe Lufkin, 80, $1,324; 3. (tie) Shade Etbauer, and Ryan Bestol, 77, $662 each. Second round:1. (tie) Shade Etbauer, on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's Roan Alone, and Steven Dent, on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's Pocket Money, 78 points, $1,545 each; 3. Joe Lufkin, 77, $883; 4. Ryan Bestol, 76, $441. Third round:1. Preston Kafka, 74 points on New Frontier Rodeo's War Eagle, $1,765; 2. Ryan Bestol, 73, $1,324; 3. Roper Kiesner, 69, $883; 4. Steven Dent, 63, $441. Average: 1. Ryan Bestol, 226 points on three head, $2,648; 2. Steven Dent, 207, $1,986; 3. Preston Kafka, 204, $1,324; 4. Joe Lufkin, 157 on two head, $662. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round:1. (tie) Cole Bailey, and Tyler Milligan, 7.6 seconds, $1,545 each; 3. Bryson Sechrist, 7.7, $883; 4. (tie) Trell Etbauer, and Cole Wilson, 8.1, $221 each. Second round:1. Caleb Bullock, 7.8 seconds, $1,765; 2. Caddo Lewallen, 8.1, $1,324; 3. Cole Bailey, 8.8, $883; 4. Trent Creager, 8.9, $441. Third round:1. Cody Quaney, 8.4 seconds, $1,765; 2. Tyler Milligan, 9.0, $1,324; 3. Cole Bailey, 9.1, $883; 4. L.D. Meier, 11.2, $441. Average: 1. Cole Bailey, 25.5 seconds on three head, $2,648; 2. Tyler Milligan, 25.6, $1,986; 3. Cody Quaney, 27.5, $1,324; 4. Cole Wilson, 29.1, $662. 

 

Barrel racing: First round:1. Shy-Anne Jarrett, 16.30 seconds, $1,788; 2. (tie) Mary Burger, and Lauren Magdeburg, 16.32, $1,117 each; 4. Kim Couch, 16.56, $447. Second round:1. Ari-Anna Flynn, 16.22 seconds, $1,788; 2. Jeanne Anderson, 16.23, $1,341; 3. Lauren Magdeburg, 16.32, $894; 4. Kara Large, 16.35, $447. Third round:1. Emily Miller, 16.24 seconds, $1,788; 2. Kim Couch, 16.31, $1,341; 3. Kara Large, 16.33, $894; 4. Mary Burger, 16.42, $447. Average: 1. Mary Burger, 49.18 seconds on three head, $2,681; 2. Lauren Magdeburg, 49.30, $2,011; 3. Kim Couch, 49.44, $1,341; 4. Tracy Nowlin, 49.75, $670. 

 

Steer roping: First round:1. Rocky Patterson, 11.1 seconds, $1,618; 2. Chet Herren, 12.5, $1,213; 3. Ralph Williams, 12.7, $809; 4. Roger Branch, 13.1, $404. Second round:1. Mike Chase, 10.3 seconds, $1,618; 2. Rod Hartness, 11.0, $1,213; 3. Brad Starks, 11.4, $809; 4. Ralph Williams, 11.6, $404. Third round:1. J.P. Wickett, 9.7 seconds, $1,618; 2. (tie) Brad Mohon, and Shorty Garten, 10.5, $1,011 each; 4. Rocky Patterson, 11.4, $404. Average: 1. Rocky Patterson, 35.5 seconds on three head, $2,426; 2. Mike Chase, 22.6 on two head, $1,820; 3. J.P. Wickett, 22.9, $1,213; 4. Shorty Garten, 24.1, $607. 

 

Bull riding: First round:1. Chris McCombs, 81 points on Silver Creek Rodeo's Crabby Abby, $1,765; 2. Trevor Kastner, 80, $1,324; no other qualified rides. Second round:1. Tate Stratton, 78 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's Never Been Kissed, $1,765; no other qualified rides. Third round:1. Jake Gowdy, 82 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's South Point Style, $1,765; 2. Trevor Kastner, 56, $1,324; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Trevor Kastner, 136 points on two head, $2,648; 2. Jake Gowdy, 82 on one head, $1,986; 3. Chris McCombs, 81, $1,324; 4. Tate Stratton, 78, $662. 

 

Total payoff: $177,324. Stock contractors: New Frontier Rodeo, Silver Creek Rodeo, Big Rafter Rodeo, Rafter H Rodeo Livestock and Beutler & Son Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Vickie Shireman. Officials: Gary Case, Carl Burkholder and Butch Kirby. Timers: Bonnie Cusimano and Ti Ada Wise. Announcers: D.J. Jorgensen and Justin McKee. Specialty act: Rider Kiesner. Bullfighters: Cody Webster and Nathan Harp. Clown/barrelman: Robbie Hodges. Flankmen: Chad Cometti and Heath Stewart. Chute bosses: Les Wagley and Bennie Beutler. Pickup men: Butch Braden Jr and Shandon Stalls. Photographer: Fly Thomas. Music director: Hambone Hilton.