Chance Howard pins down RSCFR victory

Courtesy PRCA

Courtesy PRCA



DAVIE, Fla. – Tying twice was all it took to wrap up Chance Howard’s steer wrestling victory at the RAM Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo on Nov. 12.

Howard tied with Will Lummus in the first round, as both finished three-tenths of a second faster than Tyler Waguespack, the No. 3 steer wrestler entering the upcoming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. 

“Everyone in the circuit is good – we had three guys qualify for NFR and Gary Gilbert was year-end champ – gives you a good run for the money and good competition,” Howard said. “Competing against them gives you confidence that you know you can get there and accomplish your goals. I grew up bulldogging with all of those guys, and they are good competition and motivate you to do better.” 

The second steer was faster than the first, taking Howard 5.1 seconds to pin to the ground. 

“The second steer was a bit stronger, and ran a bit more,” Howard said. “The first and third steers were good, but two was a little tougher. He just ran harder and ran me out of the money.”

The third round saw Howard tie once again with a 4.3, but this time around it was for second place alongside Justin Thigpen, and right behind Jason Thomas’ 3.7.

“I got some good starts, and things lined up just right – they all ran straight,” Howard said, estimating that a 4.3-second run is typical for him. “This time around, it turned out to be pretty good there. I just kept my cool and never let myself get nervous.” 

That final round added up to a 2.5-second lead in the average, sending Howard to his first RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, April 6-9, in Kissimmee, Fla.

“It makes you feel good and ready to go to the Finals,” Howard said. 

The Cedarville, Ark., cowboy entered the RSCFR ranked third in the Southeastern Circuit with $9,377, and he left as the top bulldogger at the Finals, collecting $6,594 along the way.

“That was my goal going in there, to try to win the average and get a spot to go to the RAM Circuit Finals,” said Howard, 25. 

This was Howard's fourth time competing at the RSCFR, and he drew on those past experiences, as well as his one-time appearance at the RAM Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo.

“This is my first time winning the average - I’d placed before, but never won it,” Howard said. “It wasn’t any harder, things just worked out my way this time.” 

Following his victory at the RSCFR, Howard has his eye on the 2017 WNFR. 

“I’m going to keep at it and see if I can make the Finals next year,” Howard said. 

Howard also has his sights set on the Daddy of ‘em All, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. 

“I just keep on planning on getting a little further and set my goals a little higher,” Howard said. “I’m going to all the winter rodeos in January and February and will see how the winter goes – I’ll be all over the place.”

Other winners at the $190,836 rodeo were all-around cowboy Bart Brunson ($3,023 tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Winn Ratliff (243 points on three head), steer wrestler Chance Howard (13.7 seconds on three head), team ropers John Alley/Clark Adcock (14.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss (244 points on three head), tie-down roper Randall Carlisle (24.8 seconds on three head), barrel racer Lindsey Hayes-Banks (44.52 seconds on three runs), and bull rider Lane Lasley (155 on two head).


Southeastern Circuit Finals

Davie, Fla., Nov. 10-12

All-around cowboy: Bart Brunson, $3,023, tie-down roping and team roping.

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Chad Rutherford, 81 points on Hi Lo Pro Rodeo's Bar Stool, $2,161; 2. Winn Ratliff, 80, $1,621; 3. Wyatt Ortega, 78, $1,080; 4. Tanner Phipps, 76, $540. Second round: 1. Winn Ratliff, 83 points on Silver Spurs Club's No. 89, $2,161; 2. (tie) Keegan LaBry, Chad Rutherford and Tanner Phipps, 77, $1,080 each. Third round: 1. Tanner Phipps, 83 points on Hi Lo Pro Rodeo's Download, $2,161; 2. Chad Rutherford, 81, $1,621; 3. Winn Ratliff, 80, $1,080; 4. Shelton Murphy, 79, $540. Average: 1. Winn Ratliff, 243 points on three head, $3,241; 2. Chad Rutherford, 239, $2,431; 3. Tanner Phipps, 236, $1,621; 4. Matthew Smith, 225, $810.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. (tie) Chance Howard and Will Lummus, 4.3 seconds, $1,923 each; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 4.6, $1,099; 4. Juan Alcazar Jr, 4.8, $550. Second round: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.7 seconds, $2,198; 2. Juan Alcazar Jr, 3.9, $1,649; 3. Kamry Dymmek, 4.1, $1,099; 4. Cord Spradley, 4.6, $550. Third round: 1. Jason Thomas, 3.7 seconds, $2,198; 2. (tie) Chance Howard and Justin Thigpen, 4.3, $1,374 each; 4. Will Lummus, 4.8, $550. Average: 1. Chance Howard, 13.7 seconds on three head, $3,297; 2. Will Lummus, 16.2, $2,473; 3. Cord Spradley, 17.8, $1,649; 4. Mose Fleming, 19.2, $824. 


Team roping: First round: 1. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 4.5 seconds, $2,198 each; 2. (tie) Dustin Egusquiza/Brad Culpepper and Nelson Wyatt/Derick Freeman, 5.5, $1,374 each; 4. Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 5.9, $550. Second round: 1. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 4.4 seconds, $2,198 each; 2. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Trace Porter, 4.6, $1,649; 3. Ross Lowry/Michael Bratton, 4.9, $1,099; 4. (tie) Joe Beaver/McCoy Profili and Nelson Wyatt/Derick Freeman, 5.7, $275 each. Third round: 1. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 4.9 seconds, $2,198 each; 2. Nelson Wyatt/Derick Freeman, 5.2, $1,649; 3. Dustin Egusquiza/Brad Culpepper, 5.4, $1,099; 4. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 5.5, $550. Average: 1. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 14.4 seconds on three head, $3,297 each; 2. Nelson Wyatt/Derick Freeman, 16.4, $2,473; 3. Joe Beaver/McCoy Profili, 24.1, $1,649; 4. Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 27.8, $824.

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Joey Sonnier, 84 points on Five Star Rodeo's Stars & Stripes, $2,198; 2. Tyler Baeza, 82, $1,649; 3. (tie) Curtis Garton and Justin Caylor, 81, $824 each. Second round: 1. Heith DeMoss, 82 points on 4 L & Diamond S's Sidvious, $2,198; 2. (tie) Curtis Garton and Tyler Baeza, 77.5, $1,374 each; 4. James Greeson, 76.5, $550. Third round: 1. Nat Stratton, 84.5 points on Universal Pro Rodeos' Wasper, $2,198; 2. Curtis Garton, 83.5, $1,649; 3. Heith DeMoss, 82, $1,099; 4. Brad Bates, 81, $550. Average: 1. Heith DeMoss, 244 points on three head, $3,297; 2. Curtis Garton, 242, $2,473; 3. Nat Stratton, 237.5, $1,649; 4. Joey Sonnier , 235, $824.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Randall Carlisle, 7.8 seconds, $2,198; 2. Braxton Laughlin, 8.0, $1,649; 3. Tim Pharr, 8.9, $1,099; 4. Ben Mayworth, 9.8, $550. Second round: 1. Randall Carlisle, 8.3 seconds, $2,198; 2. Bart Brunson, 9.2, $1,649; 3. (tie) Braxton Laughlin and Zac Wilson, 9.6, $824 each. Third round: 1. Braxton Laughlin, 8.2 seconds, $2,198; 2. John Douch, 8.4, $1,649; 3. Shane Overby, 8.5, $1,099; 4. Randall Carlisle, 8.7, $550. Average: 1. Randall Carlisle, 24.8 seconds on three head, $3,297; 2. Braxton Laughlin, 25.8, $2,473; 3. Tim Pharr, 28.0, $1,649; 4. John Douch, 29.1, $824.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Sabra O'Quinn, 14.72 seconds, $2,198; 2. Lindsey Hayes-Banks, 14.92, $1,649; 3. Taylor Carver, 15.05, $1,099; 4. Jennifer Arnold, 15.07, $550. Second round: 1. Lindsey Hayes-Banks, 14.83 seconds, $2,198; 2. Kelley Carrington, 14.97, $1,649; 3. (tie) Julie Thomas and Nicole Yost, 15.01, $824 each. Third round: 1. Julie Thomas, 14.76 seconds, $2,198; 2. Lindsey Hayes-Banks, 14.77, $1,649; 3. Christy Honsberger, 15.07, $1,099; 4. Paige Willis, 15.17, $550. Average: 1. Lindsey Hayes-Banks, 44.52 seconds on three head, $3,297; 2. Julie Thomas, 44.99, $2,473; 3. Taylor Carver, 45.46, $1,649; 4. Paige Willis, 45.62, $824.

Bull riding: * First round: 1. Corey Atwell, 80.5 points on Five Star Rodeo’s Soldier Box, $3,023; 2. Nick Kaczmar, 79, $2,473; no other qualified rides. Second round: 1. Justin Goodman, 84 points on 4 L & Diamond S’s Blackberry Winter, $2,198; 2. Corey Atwell, 83.5, $1,649; 3. Wagner Luciano, 80, $1,099; 4. Lucas Manning, 77, $550. * Third round: 1. Lane Lasley, 79 points on Universal Pro Rodeos’ C-note, $5,496; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Lane Lasley, 155 points on two head, $3,297; 2. Justin Goodman, 84 on one head, $2,473; 3. Wagner Luciano, 80, $1,649; 4. Nick Kaczmar, 79, $824. *(all totals include ground money).

Total payoff: $190,836. Stock contractors: Five Star Rodeo, Silver Spurs Club and Universal Pro Rodeos. Rodeo secretary: Mildred Klingemann. Officials: Joe Bob Locke, DeWitt Forrest Jr and Carl Burkholder. Timers: Sheri Gornto, Judy Harville and Wanda Lowry. Announcers: Jerry Todd and Norman Edwards. Bullfighters: Matt Baldwin and Stephen Bruner. Clown/barrelman: Trent McFarland. Flankmen: Carter Smith, Mark Johnson, Ross Lowry and The Hitman Adams. Chute bosses: Bobby Gornto, Terry Hayes and Jeremy Hight. Pickup men: Jeremy Hight and Tommy Pettit. Photographer: Mike Rastelli. Music director: Chris Miller.