Baylor Roche receives early birthday present

Courtesy PRCA (ProRodeo.com)

Courtesy PRCA (ProRodeo.com)

SAN ANGELO, Texas – This was a great early birthday present for steer wrestler Baylor Roche.

On Friday, just three days before his 28th birthday, Roche was celebrating his first career victory at the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo.

“This was a great birthday present, the best one yet,” Roche said. 

Roche stopped the clock in 3.0 seconds – just a tenth of a second off the rodeo record – in the short round to capture the win at the Foster Communications Coliseum.

That run allowed him to win the average with a 10.2-second time on three head and set the rodeo record on three head. The three-head record was 11.9 seconds set by Beau Clark in 2015.

“You have to have the right steer to have that kind of run and I drew really well,” Roche said. “I rode Josh Peek’s horse, Ace, and that really helped. I have ridden that horse quite a bit. I won San Juan (Capistrano, Calif.) on him two years ago, and I’ve had quite a bit of luck on him.”

Roy Duvall holds the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo steer wrestling record at 2.9 seconds. He recorded that time in 1986. Roche did tie Joshua Clark for the fastest bulldogging run so far in the 2017 season.

“The short round was fast all the way through and I knew I needed to run at,” Roche said. “I knew what my steer was and what I had to do to be fast on him, but I was pretty surprised to be 3 seconds. That felt really good.”

Thanks to his performance in the finals, with Dirk Tavenner as his hazer, Roche was able to leave San Angelo with $9,742. He qualified for the 12-man finals with a two-head time of 7.2 seconds, which placed him second behind reigning PRCA Steer Wrestling World Champion Tyler Waguespack (7.0 seconds).

“Getting this win feels great,” Roche said. “I didn’t have a very good Finals and then I went to Denver in January and I don’t think I stopped the clock. My first one at Fort Worth (Texas) I was like 29 seconds, so this feels good to get something going. Ever since I came here (San Angelo), I kind of got a lick and then I won my set at San Antonio.”

At San Antonio, in Bracket 2, Roche placed second in the first round, and won the third round to qualify for the semifinals. The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo concludes Feb. 26.

“The last couple of weeks, I’ve really been able to get things rolling,” Roche said.

An added bonus for Roche this week is he was able to fly home to Tremonton, Utah, Tuesday and stay until Friday morning before catching a flight to San Angelo.

“I got to see my wife, Samantha and our little boy, Bex (15 months), and that was great,” Roche said. “They are my biggest supporters.”

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 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA 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.

“When I got to the (2016) Finals I don’t think I was as mentally prepared as I needed to be,” Roche said. “The first year I went to the Finals (in 2015) I went in blind and I was just excited.”

Other winners at the $447,257 rodeo were bareback rider Chad Rutherford (176 points in two head), team ropers Travis Tryan/Chase Tryan (19.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (162 points on two head), tie-down roper Cade Swor (23.7 seconds on three), barrel racer Kassie Mowry (44.17 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Trey Benton III (88.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Red Rocket)

San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 3-17

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Austin Foss, 89 points on Powder River Rodeo's Craig At Midnight, $4,679; 2. Orin Larsen, 87.5, $3,587; 3. (tie) Tyler Nelson, Ty Breuer and Devan Reilly, 86, $1,819 each; 6. Kelly Timberman, 85, $780; 7. Chad Rutherford, 84.5, $624; 8. Seth Hardwick, 83, $468. Finals: 1. Chad Rutherford, 91.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Painted River, $1,650; 2. Clint Laye, 88.5, $1,250; 3. Kelly Timberman, 87, $900; 4. Ty Breuer, 86.5, $600; 5. Kody Lamb, 86, $350; 6. Austin Foss, 83, $250. Average: 1. Chad Rutherford, 176 points on two head, $4,679; 2. Ty Breuer, 172.5, $3,587; 3. (tie) Austin Foss and Kelly Timberman, 172, $2,183 each; 5. Clint Laye, 169.5, $1,092; 6. Orin Larsen, 166.5, $780; 7. Kody Lamb, 166, $624; 8. Will Martin, 161, $468. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. (tie) Dakota Eldridge and Tyler Waguespack, 3.3 seconds, $3,462 each; 3. (tie) Blake Knowles, Ty Erickson, Monty Eakin, Justen Nokes and Luke Branquinho, 3.5, $1,771 each; 8. Stephen Culling, 3.6, $322. Second round: 1. David Hinman, 3.3 seconds, $3,704; 2. (tie) Dirk Tavenner, Baylor Roche, Will Stovall and Josh Peek, 3.5, $2,496 each; 6. (tie) Clayton Hass, Todd Suhn, Nick Guy, Rowdy Thames and Timmy Sparing, 3.6, $483 each. Finals: 1. Baylor Roche, 3.0 seconds, $1,691; 2. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Todd Suhn, 3.4, $1,360 each; 4. Blake Knowles, 3.6, $1,029; 5. Josh Peek, 3.9, $809; 6. Dakota Eldridge, 4.2, $588; 7. Trevor Knowles, 4.4, $368; 8. Dirk Tavenner, 4.5, $147. Average: 1. Baylor Roche, 10.2 seconds on three head, $5,555; 2. Tyler Waguespack, 10.4, $4,831; 3. Todd Suhn, 10.8, $4,106; 4. Blake Knowles, 11.3, $3,382; 5. Josh Peek, 11.6, $2,657; 6. Dakota Eldridge, 12.2, $1,932; 7. (tie) Dirk Tavenner and Trevor Knowles, 12.6, $845 each. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 3.8 seconds, $3,506 each; 2. JoJo LeMond/Quinn Kesler, 4.1, $3,049; 3. Bart Brunson/Trace Porter, 4.2, $2,592; 4. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.3, $2,134; 5. (tie) Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison and Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 4.5, $1,448 each; 7. (tie) Shawn Bessette/Sid Sporer, Cale Markham/Nick Simmons and Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 4.6, $356 each. Second round: 1. Derrick Begay/Clay O'Brien Cooper, 3.9 seconds, $3,506 each; 2. Nick Sartain/Justin Davis, 4.0, $3,049; 3. (tie) Matt Sherwood/Joel Bach and Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, 4.1, $2,363 each; 5. Stewy Stuart/Wesley Moss, 4.2, $1,677; 6. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 4.3, $1,220; 7. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.4, $762; 8. (tie) Luke Brown/Jake Long, Travis Tryan/Chase Tryan and Zac Small/Will Woodfin, 4.5, $102 each. Finals: 1. Travis Tryan/Chase Tryan, 5.5 seconds, $1,537 each; 2. Garrett Tonozzi/Bret Tonozzi, 5.7, $1,272; 3. Brandon Webb/Mickey Gomez, 6.4, $1,007; 4. Ty Blasingame/Kollin VonAhn, 10.4, $742; 5. Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 10.6, $477; 6. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 10.7, $265. Average: 1. Travis Tryan/Chase Tryan, 19.4 seconds on three head, $5,259 each; 2. Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 20.4, $4,573; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 20.6, $3,887; 4. Garrett Tonozzi/Bret Tonozzi, 21.3, $3,201; 5. Brandon Webb/Mickey Gomez, 21.9, $2,515; 6. Ty Blasingame/Kollin VonAhn, 25.6, $1,829; 7. Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza, 25.8, $1,143; 8. Chase Massengill/Kory Bramwell, 10.1 on two head, $457. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Joe Lufkin, 83 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Miss Congenality, $3,466; 2. Ryder Wright, 81, $2,657; 3. (tie) Dalton Davis, Magin Montoya, Layton Green and Isaac Diaz, 80, $1,155 each; 7. CoBurn Bradshaw, 79.5, $462; 8. (tie) Zeke Thurston, Jesse Kruse and Cole Elshere, 78.5, $116 each. Finals: 1. Jesse Kruse, 83 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Manhatten Moon, $1,650; 2. Leon Fountain, 82, $1,250; 3. Ryder Wright, 81, $900; 4. Zeke Thurston, 79.5, $600; 5. Tyrell J Smith, 79, $350; 6. Rusty Wright, 78, $250. Average: 1. Ryder Wright, 162 points on two head, $3,466; 2. Jesse Kruse, 161.5, $2,657; 3. (tie) Leon Fountain and Zeke Thurston, 158, $1,617 each; 5. Tyrell J Smith, 155.5, $809; 6. Rusty Wright, 153.5, $578; 7. Jake Wright, 152, $462; 8. Bradley Harter, 149, $347. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. (tie) Tuf Cooper and Michael Otero, 7.0 seconds, $4,199 each; 3. Darnell Johnson, 7.5, $3,320; 4. (tie) Hunter Herrin, Cade Swor, Tyler Milligan, Marty Yates and Catfish Brown, 7.6, $1,562 each. Second round: 1. Cody Quaney, 7.0 seconds, $4,492; 2. Justin Smith, 7.1, $3,906; 3. (tie) Scott Kormos and Tim Pharr, 7.3, $3,027 each; 5. (tie) Lane Livingston and J.C. Malone, 7.4, $1,855 each; 7. (tie) Seth Cooke, Blane Cox and Trinton Downing, 7.5, $456 each. Finals: 1. Josh Peek, 7.3 seconds, $1,748; 2. Cade Swor, 7.5, $1,520; 3. Cimarron Boardman, 7.9, $1,292; 4. Marcos Costa, 8.0, $1,064; 5. Clint Robinson, 8.1, $836; 6. (tie) Catfish Brown and Ben Robinson, 9.2, $494 each; 8. Clint Singleton, 10.5, $152. Average: 1. Cade Swor, 23.7 seconds on three head, $6,738; 2. Cimarron Boardman, 24.1, $5,859; 3. (tie) Clint Robinson and Josh Peek, 24.3, $4,541 each; 5. Marcos Costa, 24.4, $3,222; 6. Catfish Brown, 25.5, $2,343; 7. Ben Robinson, 25.8, $1,465; 8. Clint Singleton, 26.3, $586. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Tiany Schuster, 15.79 seconds, $4,489; 2. Carmel Wright, 15.84, $3,848; 3. Alexa Lake, 15.85, $3,207; 4. Sharin Hall, 15.89, $2,779; 5. Jill Welsh, 15.90, $2,138; 6. Amberleigh Moore, 15.91, $1,710; 7. (tie) Stevi Hillman and Tammy Fischer, 15.92, $1,069 each; 9. Abby Penson, 15.93, $641; 10. Kassie Mowry, 15.95, $428. Second round: 1. Amberleigh Moore, 13.99 seconds, $4,489; 2. Brooke Rix, 14.03, $3,848; 3. Sammi Bessert, 14.15, $3,207; 4. Tiany Schuster, 14.17, $2,779; 5. Kassie Mowry, 14.20, $2,138; 6. Laura Kennedy, 14.24, $1,710; 7. Lindsay Sears, 14.31, $1,283; 8. Kellie Collier, 14.32, $855; 9. (tie) Jennifer Arnold and Ari-Anna Flynn, 14.35, $534 each. Finals: 1. Kassie Mowry, 14.02 seconds, $3,325; 2. Kellie Collier, 14.18, $2,494; 3. Tiany Schuster, 14.26, $1,663; 4. Sammi Bessert, 14.27, $831. Average: 1. Kassie Mowry, 44.17 seconds on three head, $6,734; 2. Amberleigh Moore, 44.19, $5,772; 3. Tiany Schuster, 44.22, $4,810; 4. Sammi Bessert, 44.43, $4,169; 5. Kellie Collier, 44.55, $3,207; 6. Carmel Wright, 44.59, $2,565; 7. Trula Churchill, 44.79, $1,924; 8. Hailey Kinsel, 44.92, $1,283; 9. Morgan Breaux, 44.97, $962; 10. Shelby Janssen, 46.01, $641. 

 

Bull riding: 1. Trey Benton III, 88.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Red Rocket, $9,437; 2. (tie) Brennon Eldred and Roscoe Jarboe, 87.5, $6,291 each; 4. (tie) Jordan Hansen, Chase Robbins and Mickey Andrews, 85, $2,412 each; 7. (tie) Jordan Spears and Kyle Balls, 84, $1,101 each. 

 

Total payoff: $447,257. Stock contractor: Pete Carr Pro Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo, D & H Cattle, Dakota Rodeo, Powder River Rodeo, Silver Creek Rodeo, Pickett Rodeo, J Bar J, Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo and C5 Rodeo.

For more coverage of the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo, check out the March 3 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.