For the record: Rodeo of the Ozarks
For 64 years, no bulldogger competing at the Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale, Ark., has been able to beat Ben Theis’ 1953 arena record run of 3.1 seconds. Cowboys aiming to make the Springdale record book have until June 24 to beat the following arena records.
Justin Thigpen set the Springdale record for all-around earnings in 2013 with $5,850.
Bareback rider Bee Jay Scott set the Springdale mark in 2004 with his 91-point ride on Harper, Morgan & Carr Rodeo’s Showgirl.
Only one bulldogger has come close to matching Theis’ 3.1-second record run, and that was Roy Duvall’s 3.2-second run in 1989. Steer wrestlers Duvall (pictured at left) and Ote Berry both set the arena record for the two-head average in 1989 as each cowboy clocked in at 6.9 seconds.
Team ropers Chace Thompson and Trey Norris III set the Springdale record in 2011 with their 4.0-second run. Meanwhile, Nick Sartain and Shannon Frascht set the two-head record in 2006 with 11.5 seconds, and their two-head mark was matched by John Alley and Clark Adcock in 2014.
Saddle bronc rider Ty Atchison set the Springdale record in 2009 with his 90-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Polyester Pants. Taos Muncy matched that record in 2011 with his 90-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Priefert Rancher.
It was a big year for tie-down roping records in 2011, as Clint Cooper set the arena record with his 7.3-second run and Hunter Herrin set the two-head average record with 15.9 seconds. Herrin returned to Springdale in 2016 to match Cooper’s 7.3-second run.
Two barrel racers set the Springdale arena record in 1999, as Nancy Powell and Shelly Pogue-Lewis both clocked in at 15.62 seconds.
Bull rider Jason Beck set the Springdale record in 2008 with his 94-point ride on Silverado Rodeo’s Cross Roads.
Springdale’s biggest payout was in 2011 with $152,000.
For the record: West of the Pecos Rodeo
Six arena records were set or matched in the last couple of years at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo. But, steer wrestler Robert House’s 1960 record time of 3.6 seconds has yet to be topped in the last 57 years, and six saddle bronc riders share the Pecos arena record for highest-scored ride.
There’s still three more nights of Pecos rodeo action, and each run is a chance to top one of the following arena records.
Trevor Brazile holds the Pecos mark for most money won in all-around with the $12,801 he won in 2006.
Bareback rider Ryan Gray holds the Pecos record with his 92-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket in 2015.
While House holds the steer wrestling arena record of 3.6 seconds, three cowboys were just a tenth of a second away from matching his record run. Butch McMullan made a 3.7-second run in 1987 and Chuck Jankowski did the same in 1988, as did Byron Walker in 1997. Bulldogger Sean Lanciano set the two-head average record in 2006 with 9.1 seconds on two head.
Team ropers David Key and Martin Lucero set the Pecos arena record in 2015 with their 5.4-second run. Ten years prior to that, Jared Standridge and Jory Levy clocked in at 12.7 seconds on two head in 2005.
Six cowboys share the Pecos arena record for highest-scored saddle bronc ride, and all were accomplished within the last 10 years. Originally set by Cody DeMoss with his 88-point ride on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Hard Drive in 2008, Jace Garrett tallied the same score on Carr Pro Rodeo’s True Lies in 2010, and Cody Wright did the same on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild in 2013.
Two years later, two more cowboys made 88-point rides in Pecos – Steven Dent on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild and Isaac Diaz on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex in 2015. The sixth cowboy to make an 88-point ride was Joe Lufkin, in 2016, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Runnings.
Tie-down roper Tyler Prcin set the Pecos record in 2015 with his 7.9-second run, and Brazile set the two-head average record with 16.9 in 2006.
Barrel racer Benette Holt set the Pecos arena record in 2001 with her 17.16-second run.
Steer roper Guy Allen (pictured at left) holds two Pecos arena records, from two different decades. First, he set the three-head average record in 1998 with 35.7 seconds. Then, nearly 10 years later, he returned to Pecos to set another record by clocking in at 10.1 seconds in 2007.
Bull rider Scottie Knapp set the Pecos record with his 93-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Half Nuts in 2015.
The biggest total payout in Pecos was in 1999 when cowboys competed for $220,062.
For the Record: Reno Rodeo
Many records have been set and broken at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo since it started in 1919, and none are older than steer wrestler Walt Linderman’s 1963 record time of 3.1 seconds that remains intact after 53 years. But, that could change as this year’s Reno Rodeo kicks off on June 16.
Trevor Brazile set the Reno record for all-around earnings in 2003 with $15,659.
Bareback rider Larry Sandvick’s 90-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s Spring Fling in 1998 was unmatched until 2005 when Royce Ford rode Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Moulin Rouge for 90 points.
While Linderman’s bulldogging record for a single-head run has held strong for more than half a century, Gabe Ledoux holds the three-head average record with a 12.0, made in 2010.
Reno’s team roping record of 4.0 seconds is shared by Colter Todd and Cesar de la Cruz (2008) and Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight (2016). The three-head average record of 15.9 seconds was set by Keven Daniel and Chase Tryan in 2013.
Saddle bronc rider Jesse Kruse set the Reno record of 91 points in 2008 with his ride on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Spring Planting, and Cody Wright matched his score in 2009 with his ride on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Spring Blues.
It was a big year for tie-down roping in 2013, as two records were set. Scott Kormos set the Reno record for tie-down roping with his 7.2-second run and Clint Cooper set the three-head average record with 24.3 seconds.
Barrel racer Terri Kaye Kirkland set the Reno record in 2006 with her 16.73-second run. Two years later, Mary Burger set the three-run average record with 51.11 seconds and Lindsay Spears clocked in at 51.11 on three runs in 2009.
A 95-point bull ride is a rare sight – but not in Reno, where three cowboys are tied for the arena record. First, Clint Branger made a 95-pointer on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Yellow Jacket in 1997, then Shane Drury did the same in 2001 on Big Bend Rodeo Company’s Riverdance, followed by Myron Duarte on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Border Patrol in 2002.
Reno’s record payout was in 2002 with $547,065.