CHAMPIONS WEATHERED THE COMPETITION TO ADVANCE TO RODEOHOUSTON® SEMIFINALS

MARCH 9, 2016 — HOUSTON — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —

 After three rounds of thrilling rides and times, eight more champions have made their way to a Super Series semifinal round.   

TIE-DOWN ROPING                 

Shane Hanchey was named the Super Series III Tie-Down Roping Champion. Hanchey was happy to win the series in front of a great crowd and his family.

RodeoHouston is close to my home in Louisiana,” Hanchey said, “so it was great to have my family here to see this win.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Shane Henchey, Sulphur, Louisiana — $6,000
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas — $4,000

Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas — $3,750

Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, California — $2,750

 

BAREBACK RIDING

JR Vezain is no rookie at RodeoHouston. But, for the first time, Vezain walked away with the Super Series III Bareback Riding Champion title.

 

“Winning tonight is awesome,” Verzain said. “I had Houston at the top of my list to win.”

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

JR Vezain, Cowley, Wyoming — $6,000
Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas — $5,000

Richie Champion, The Woodlands, Texas — $4,375

RC Landingham, Vina, California — $2,125

 

TEAM ROPING
Clay Smith and Paul Eaves were eager to win the series and return for the semifinals.

“This is an awesome rodeo to compete in,” Eaves said. “They treat us better than anywhere else, and they put on a great rodeo for contestants and audience.”

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Clay Smith – Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Paul Eaves – Millsap, Texas — $12,000
Rhen Richard – Roosevelt, Utah, and Cole Davison – Stephenville, Texas — $7,500

Colby Lovell – Madisonville, Texas, and Kollin Von Ahn – Blanchard, Oklahoma — $6,000

Matt Sherwood – Pima, Arizona, and Quinn Kesler – Holden, Utah — $6,000

 

SADDLE BRONC RIDING

Cody Demoss rode his way to the top in the Super Series III Saddle Bronc Riding Championship with a score of 88 in round three. 

 

“I just put my riding britches on and just rode him really well,” Demoss said.

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Cody Demoss, Heflin, Louisiana — $6,000
Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, South Dakota — $ 5,500

Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Nebraska — $3,000

Jesse James Kirby, Richfield, Kansas — $2,500

 

STEER WRESTLING

With a time of 4.5 seconds in round three, Josh Clark won the Super Series III Steer Wrestling Champion title. Clark wanted his inaugural appearance at RodeoHouston to be his best because his family was here to watch him compete.

“Having the whole family here is special to me,” Clark said. “Winning this rodeo is a huge confidence booster.”

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Josh Clark, Texarkana, Arkansas — $5,750
Nick Guy, Denver, Colorado — $5,000

Ty Erickson, Helena, Montana — $3,000

Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Nebraska — $3,000

 

BARREL RACING

Sherry Cervi swept Super Series III and also became the first WPRA member to reach the $3 million mark in total career earnings. She took home the series title with a third round time of 14.29 seconds.

“It is unbelievable,” Cervi said. “The fact that I did it in Houston is awesome. The fans, the adrenaline and the atmosphere are awesome.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Sherry Cervi, Marana, Arizona — $9,000
Pamela Capper, Cheney, Washington — $5,500

Carmel Wright, Roy, Montana — $2,500

Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas — $1,750

BULL RIDING

Kanin Asay rode Blue Yonder in the final round of Super Series III and was named the Bull Riding Champion. Asay travels year round to participate in rodeos, but RodeoHouston is one of his favorites.

 

“This rodeo has been a huge blessing for me,” Asay said. “It’s an indescribable feeling to win at a rodeo like this.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyoming — $5,750
Ty Pozzobon, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada — $5,000

Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, New Mexico — $4,000

Cody Rostockyj, Glenn Heights, Texas — $3,875

 

The top four in each event from each Super Series will advance to a Semifinal Round. Then, the top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds will advance to the RodeoHouston Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 19. The remaining six from each event in the two semifinals will compete Friday, March 18, in the Wild Card Round, where the top two from each event will advance to the Championship. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings. The RodeoHouston Super Series continues through March 19, with the RodeoHouston Super Shootout: North America’s Champions® presented by Crown Royal, on Sunday, March 20.

 

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