Filippini takes birthday victory lap at RCRCFR

Max Flippini...Photo by Molly Morrow

 

YAMIKA, Wash. – Saddle bronc rider Max Filippini gave himself a rather special birthday present Saturday night – a RAM Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo title.

Filippini, who turned 32, won his first ever Circuit Finals Rodeo title and as a result, punched his first ticket to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo April 7-10 in Kissimmee, Fla.

“This was the best birthday present I could’ve hoped for, and I couldn’t have asked for a better day,” Filippini said. “I think we’re going to go out and have a little bit of fun tonight.”

The fun was well-deserved. The Battle Mountain, Nev., native won the average title with a score of 227 points on three head. He was the only man to ride all three of his horses during the Nov. 6-7 event.

In doing so, Filippini – who’s a true circuit cowboy – earned a total of $4,658. He had pocketed just $4,747 for the entire season coming into the RCRCFR.

“I drew really well, and some of the other guys fell off or didn’t use their horses as well as I did,” he said. “I rodeo for a hobby, but my goal is always to make it to my Circuit Finals, and I’ve always wanted to make it to the National Circuit Finals.

“I’m definitely a circuit guy, and I’ve never really gone full time. I don’t think I’ve ever been to more than 50 rodeos in a year, so these events are something to look forward to if you’re a weekend warrior.”

Although he spends most of his time working on the family ranch near Battle Mountain, Nev., Filippini is no stranger to rodeo success.

He attended Central Wyoming College (Riverton), where he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo all four years.

“My dad rode saddle broncs, and when I went to college I did all the timed events, but then after college I took up saddle bronc riding,” Filippini said. “I think I ended up in the top 10 one year at the College Finals, but could just never put it together and win there.”

Filippini entered the RCRCFR fifth in the year-end standings, and knew that if he was to make it to Kissimmee he would need to win the average. He tied for second in the first round and was third in the third round.

“I knew I had some nice horses drawn, and I was just happy to be here,” he said. “I went with the flow and tried to have fun. I’m very excited to be going to Florida, and I’ll be texting my parents soon and they’ll be equally excited.”

Other winners at the $173,752 rodeo were all-around cowboy Russell Cardoza ($8,544 in tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback rider Steven Peebles (241 points on three head), steer wrestler Trevor Knowles (12.4 seconds on three head), team ropers Spencer Mitchell and Cardoza (22.5 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Taylor Santos (25.0 seconds on three head), steer roper Doug Bean (37.3 seconds on three head), barrel racer Callahan Crossley (38.29 seconds on three head) and bull rider Zeb Lanham (158 points on two head).

Columbia River Prorodeo Circuit Finals

Yakima, Wash., Nov. 6-7

All-around cowboy: Russell Cardoza, $8,544, tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping.


Bareback riding: First round: 1. Clayton Biglow, 83 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Spotted Holly, $1,681; 2. Steven Peebles, 80, $1,260; 3. Nick Gutzwiler, 74, $840; 4. David Peebles, 68, $420. Second round: 1. Austin Foss, 79 points on Big Bend Rodeo's James Bond, $1,681; 2. (tie) David Peebles and Steven Peebles, 78, $1,050 each; 4. Nick Gutzwiler, 74, $420. Third round: 1. Steven Peebles, 83 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Rio's Edge, $1,681; 2. Nick Gutzwiler, 81, $1,260; 3. Austin Foss, 77, $840; 4. (tie) David Peebles and Clayton Biglow, 70, $210 each. Average: 1. Steven Peebles, 241 points on three head, $2,521; 2. Nick Gutzwiler, 229, $1,891; 3. Clayton Biglow, 224, $1,260; 4. Austin Foss, 222, $630. 


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 3.5 seconds, $1,793; 2. Andy Weldon, 4.2, $1,345; 3. Trevor Knowles, 4.6, $897; 4. John Green, 5.2, $448. Second round: 1. Blake Knowles, 3.5 seconds, $1,793; 2. Travis Carnine, 3.9, $1,345; 3. (tie) Travis Taruscio and Clayton Morrison, 4.0, $673 each. Third round: 1. (tie) Trevor Knowles and Clayton Morrison, 3.5 seconds, $1,569 each; 3. Sean Santucci, 4.1, $897; 4. (tie) Travis Taruscio and Travis Carnine, 4.4, $224 each. Average: 1. Trevor Knowles, 12.4 seconds on three head, $2,690; 2. Andy Weldon, 13.8, $2,018; 3. Travis Carnine, 16.4, $1,345; 4. Travis Taruscio, 17.1, $673. 


Team roping: First round: 1. Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess, 5.2 seconds, $1,793 each; 2. Spencer Mitchell/Russell Cardoza, 5.7, $1,345; 3. Shane Erickson/Justin Davis, 5.8, $897; 4. Hayes Smith/Jason Duby, 6.0, $448. Second round: 1. (tie) Spencer Mitchell/Russell Cardoza and Jack Fischer/Brent Falon, 5.6 seconds, $1,569 each; 3. Mike McGinn/Bill Justus, 5.8, $897; 4. Jake Stanley/Bucky Campbell, 10.1, $448. Third round: 1. Clayton Hansen/Chase Hansen, 9.4 seconds, $1,793 each; 2. Guy Gregg/Taylor Duby, 11.1, $1,345; 3. Spencer Mitchell/Russell Cardoza, 11.2, $897; 4. Charly Crawford/Jim Ross Cooper, 14.6, $448. Average: 1. Spencer Mitchell/Russell Cardoza, 22.5 seconds on three head, $2,690 each; 2. Shane Erickson/Justin Davis, 16.1 on two head, $2,018; 3. Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess, 16.7, $1,345; 4. Mike McGinn/Bill Justus, 17.0, $673. 


Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Joe Harper, 80 points on Flying Diamond Rodeo's Pine Ridge, $1,775; 2. (tie) Brad Rudolf and Max Filippini, 79, $1,109 each; 4. Justin Berg, 75, $444. Second round: 1. Ryan Mackenzie, 76 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Flip Flop, $1,775; 2. (tie) Christian Stremler and Luke Butterfield, 75, $1,109 each; 4. (tie) Justin Berg and Ad Bugenig, 72, $222 each. Third round: 1. Brad Rudolf, 83 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Spring Planting, $1,775; 2. Ben Londo, 82, $1,331; 3. Max Filippini, 77, $887; 4. Joe Harper, 75, $444. Average: 1. Max Filippini, 227 points on three head, $2,662; 2. Brad Rudolf, 162 on two head, $1,996; 3. Joe Harper, 155, $1,331; 4. Ryan Mackenzie, 150, $665. 


Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Michael Pederson, 8.1 seconds, $1,793; 2. Roger Nonella, 8.3, $1,345; 3. Jared Parke, 9.1, $897; 4. (tie) Jake Pratt, Tyson Durfey and Taylor Santos, 9.2, $149 each. Second round: 1. Taylor Santos, 8.0 seconds, $1,793; 2. (tie) Tyson Durfey and Russell Cardoza, 8.5, $1,121 each; 4. Roger Nonella, 8.8, $448. Third round: 1. Brad Goodrich, 7.6 seconds, $1,793; 2. Taylor Santos, 7.8, $1,345; 3. Blair Burk, 8.0, $897; 4. Tyson Durfey, 8.1, $448. Average: 1. Taylor Santos, 25.0 seconds on three head, $2,690; 2. Tyson Durfey, 25.8, $2,018; 3. Roger Nonella, 26.5, $1,345; 4. Brad Goodrich, 28.0, $673. 


Barrel racing: First round: 1. Callahan Crossley, 12.57 seconds, $1,793; 2. Amber Leigh Moore, 12.82, $1,345; 3. Pamela Capper, 12.93, $897; 4. Samantha Lane, 13.10, $448. Second round: 1. Kathy Grimes, 12.73 seconds, $1,793; 2. Callahan Crossley, 12.78, $1,345; 3. Jade Crossley, 12.90, $897; 4. (tie) Pamela Capper and Amber Leigh Moore, 12.96, $224 each. Third round: 1. Jade Crossley, 12.60 seconds, $1,793; 2. Amber Leigh Moore, 12.84, $1,345; 3. Pamela Capper, 12.93, $897; 4. Callahan Crossley, 12.94, $448. Average: 1. Callahan Crossley, 38.29 seconds on three head, $2,690; 2. Amber Leigh Moore, 38.62, $2,018; 3. Pamela Capper, 38.82, $1,345; 4. Samantha Lane, 39.30, $673. 


Steer roping: First round: 1. Joe Bartlett, 11.8 seconds, $1,229; 2. Joe Talbot, 11.9, $922; 3. Doug Bean, 12.2, $615; 4. Todd Dickson, 14.0, $307. Second round: 1. Howdy McGinn, 10.8 seconds, $1,229; 2. (tie) Tom Sorey and Joe Bartlett, 11.7, $768 each; 4. Doug Bean, 12.2, $307. Third round: 1. Joe Talbot, 11.7 seconds, $1,229; 2. Howdy McGinn, 12.4, $922; 3. Doug Bean, 12.9, $615; 4. Fred Brown, 13.8, $307. Average: 1. Doug Bean, 37.3 seconds on three head, $1,844; 2. Joe Bartlett, 38.2, $1,383; 3. Russell Cardoza, 44.8, $922; 4. Fred Brown, 47.7, $461. 


Bull riding: First round: 1. Thor Hoefer, 74 points on Flying Diamond Rodeo's Moose Jaw, $1,793; 2. Brady Portenier, 40, $1,345; no other qualified rides. Second round: 1. Zeb Lanham, 79 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's Sinister Minister, $1,793; 2. Dallee Mason, 76, $1,345; 3. Derek Kolbaba, 70, $897; 4. Cody Hudson, 66, $448. Third round: 1. Chase Robbins, 80 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's Chucky, $1,793; 2. Zeb Lanham, 79, $1,345; 3. Thor Hoefer, 73, $897; 4. Brady Portenier, 61, $448. Average: 1. Zeb Lanham, 158 points on two head, $2,690; 2. Thor Hoefer, 147, $2,018; 3. Brady Portenier, 101, $1,345; 4. Chase Robbins, 80 on one head, $673.

Total payoff: $173,752. Stock contractors: Corey & Lange Rodeo, Flying Diamond Rodeo and Flying 5 Rodeo.

For complete coverage of the RCRCFR, check out the Nov. 20 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.