Cort Scheer competes during the final of the saddle bronc riding competition on the last day of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Houston. Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle
By Jason McDaniel Houston Chronicle
Cort Scheer won the saddle bronc title in the first RodeoHouston Super Shootout: North America's Champions.
In case he forgot the feeling, he received a refresher Sunday at NRG Stadium.
The 29-year-old Nebraska native claimed his second championship in the one-day event, which features the winners of eight renowned rodeos in five fan-favorite events competing for $250,000.
"It's awesome," said Scheer, who also won in 2011.
"The feeling's the exact same. It doesn't get old. I was excited, I was glad to be a part of it. When you get that invitation, you're excited, you're jacked, (and) you know you're going to ride against the best guys and the best horses and have a blast."
Scheer rode for Calgary Stampede, which won the team title with $58,500.
The team victory made each member an extra $2,500, giving Scheer $27,500 for one day's work.
Scheer, who fell in the regular rodeo's wild-card round, tied for first in the 10-man round Sunday, then won the four-man Super Shootout with a 92-point ride on a familiar horse, Son of Sadie.
"I actually got on that horse one time before and I was 86 on it," he said. "It's a nice, nice horse, (and) been a nice horse for a long time, almost a sweetheart. That horse is so athletic (and) loves its job."
Nick Guy is loving his job.
The 31-year-old Colorado resident took second in the RodeoHouston Shootout on Saturday, making him $25,875, and he returned to win the Super Shootout on Sunday, giving him another $25,000.
"(Saturday) I won second, and I wanted to win first – we all want to win first – but I thought I've got another chance (Sunday), and if I go win first (Sunday) I'll have my $50,000, like I would have if I won it (Saturday)," Guy said.
Guy posted the fastest times in the long (4.5 seconds) and short (4.9) rounds Sunday.
"I actually drew the same steer that I ran in the 10-man (Saturday), in the eight-man (Sunday), so I knew what he was, I knew he was a good steer, and if I just went and did my job it would all come together," Guy said.
"And then the steer that I ran in the final four deal was a little stronger, kind of a harder running steer, and I felt like I made probably one of the best runs I've made the whole rodeo."
Austin Foss had to sweat out a re-ride by one of the best bareback riders in all of rodeo, four-time world champ Bobby Mote – who won the Super Shootout last year – but his 91 on Special Delivery held up.
"Words can't describe it," Foss said. "All I could do was scream out there."
Foss didn't survive his series in the regular rodeo.
So he stayed at a friend's house in Stephenville, resting up and bidding his time for another shot in Houston.
"I didn't make it through the rodeo, but being able to come back here and have another chance at it was pretty awesome, and I got to pick the horse that I did it all on, so I'm pretty lucky," Foss said.
Lisa Lockhart won the barrel racing championship in 14.06 seconds, and Aaron Pass won the bull riding title with 90 points on Hurst.
Jason McDaniel is a freelance writer.