Joe Lufkin wins Pecos with record-tying ride

 

Story Courtesy of the PRCA

PECOS, Texas – With a grand opportunity in front of him, saddle bronc rider Joe Lufkin knew he couldn’t let it go to waste.

And, he didn’t.

The Sallisaw, Okla., cowboy had a rodeo-record tying 88-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Cool Runnings to win the West of the Pecos Rodeo (June 22-25) at Buck Jackson Arena.

“I was very happy when I saw I drew Cool Runnings,” said Lufkin, 23. “I knew that was a chance to make money and I had to keep my mind right and not over think things. I had never been on that horse before and that horse has been around for a long time. A lot of guys miss him out because he really blows right out of there, but that ride was a lot of fun and he was just electric.”

Lufkin’s 88-point ride on the four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifying horse, tied the West of the Pecos Rodeo saddle bronc record with Cody DeMoss, 2008; Jace Garrett, 2010; Cody Wright, 2013; Steven Dent, 2015 and Isaac Diaz, 2015.

“When I made the whistle, I wished the ride wasn’t over,” Lufkin said. “It’s one of the best rides I’ve ever had.”

This was Lufkin’s inaugural West of Pecos Rodeo victory and he won $4,033 for his performance. A nice boost for Lufkin who was 21st in the June 20 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $18,522.

Lufkin, who joined the PRCA in 2014, finished a career-best 23rd in the world a year ago with $44,245.

“This win is great,” Lufkin said. “That’s one more step in helping me try and make the Finals. Everything counts from here on out and when you have the right horses, you have to make them count and I was glad I made that one count. I want to make the Finals and to do that I just need to keep trying my hardest and not look back on the past. You’re going to mess up on a horse here and there, that’s just going to happen, but you don’t want to think about that. You just have to get on the next one and try even harder.”

Like so many cowboys, Lufkin’s schedule is jam-packed right now and that suits him fine.

“I have to go compete in eight rodeos up until the Fourth of July,” Lufkin said. “It’s just, go, go, and go. When you’re rodeoing this hard, I like it because you get in a groove. You don’t have time to think about other stuff. You can just get in a groove and get going, and this win at Pecos will help me do that for sure.”

Other winners at the $200,820 rodeo were all-around cowboy Paul David Tierney ($4,397, tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Casey Colletti (86.5 points on Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Sadie's Gal), steer wrestler Juan Alcazar Jr. (10.7 seconds on two head), team ropers Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres (14.6 seconds on two head), tie-down roper Marty Yates (18.4 seconds on two head), barrel racer Emily Miller (17.66 seconds), steer ropers Cody Lee (36.2 seconds on three head) and Scott Snedecor (36.2 seconds on three head), and bull rider Cody Rostockyj (87.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Son Of Sam).

West Of The Pecos Rodeo

Pecos, Texas, June 22-25

 

All-around cowboy: Paul David Tierney, $4,397, tie-down roping and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: 1. Casey Colletti, 86.5 points on Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Sadie's Gal, $4,004; 2. (tie) Jessy Davis and Winn Ratliff, 84, $2,670 each; 4. Kelly Timberman, 83.5, $1,468; 5. Heath Ford, 82.5, $934; 6. Chad Rutherford, 82, $667; 7. Chase Erickson, 80.5, $534; 8. Bill Tutor, 80, $400. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Juan Alcazar Jr, 4.7 seconds, $1,967; 2. Clayton Tuchscherer, 5.4, $1,628; 3. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Cody Pratt, 5.7, $1,119 each; 5. Clayton Hass, 5.8, $610; 6. Logan Gledhill, 5.9, $339. Second round: 1. Cody Cabral, 5.2 seconds, $1,967; 2. (tie) K.C. Jones and Tyke Kipp, 5.3, $1,458 each; 4. Rowdy Thames, 5.4, $949; 5. (tie) Jacob Talley and Jacob Shofner, 5.7, $475 each. Average: 1. Juan Alcazar Jr, 10.7 seconds on two head, $2,950; 2. K.C. Jones, 12.0, $2,441; 3. Jacob Talley, 12.1, $1,933; 4. Daryl Joe Elliott, 12.2, $1,424; 5. Cody Cabral, 12.3, $915; 6. Nick Guy, 12.4, $509. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 6.4 seconds, $2,006 each; 2. David Key/Travis Woodard, 6.7, $1,660; 3. (tie) Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres and Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz, 6.8, $1,141 each; 5. Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 7.1, $622; 6. Casey Gattis/Kirt Jones, 7.5, $346. Second round: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 5.8 seconds, $2,006 each; 2. Blaine Vick/Jim Ross Cooper, 7.5, $1,660; 3. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 7.6, $1,314; 4. (tie) Tyler Wade/Dakota Kirchenschlager and Jake Orman/Tyler Domingue, 7.7, $795 each; 6. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 7.8, $346. Average: 1. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 14.6 seconds on two head, $3,008 each; 2. Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz, 14.7, $2,490; 3. Blaine Vick/Jim Ross Cooper, 15.1, $1,971; 4. Tyler Wade/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 15.3, $1,452; 5. (tie) Jake Orman/Tyler Domingue and Casey Gattis/Kirt Jones, 15.4, $726 each. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Joe Lufkin, 88 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Cool Runnings, $4,033; 2. (tie) Sterling Crawley and Tyler Corrington, 83, $2,688 each; 4. (tie) Roper Kiesner and Joaquin Real, 82, $1,210 each; 6. Joey Sonnier, 81.5, $672; 7. (tie) Sam Spreadborough and Jake Wright, 81, $470 each. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Sterling Smith, 9.0 seconds, $2,204; 2. (tie) Blair Burk and Tyler Prcin, 9.4, $1,773 each; 4. Tyler Milligan, 9.5, $1,341; 5. Blane Cox, 9.6, $1,054; 6. Paul David Tierney, 9.8, $767; 7. Marty Yates, 9.9, $479; 8. (tie) Ike Fontenot, Clay Long and Marcos Costa, 10.1, $64 each. Second round: 1. Marty Yates, 8.5 seconds, $2,204; 2. Shank Edwards, 8.7, $1,916; 3. Caddo Lewallen, 9.0, $1,629; 4. Houston Hutto, 9.1, $1,341; 5. Ace Slone, 9.2, $1,054; 6. Tyler Milligan, 9.3, $767; 7. (tie) Clint Cooper and Robert Mathis, 9.5, $335 each. Average: 1. Marty Yates, 18.4 seconds on two head, $3,306; 2. Tyler Milligan, 18.8, $2,874; 3. Blane Cox, 19.2, $2,443; 4. Shank Edwards, 19.3, $2,012; 5. Ace Slone, 19.7, $1,581; 6. Ike Fontenot, 20.8, $1,150; 7. Chris Demases, 21.0, $719; 8. Blair Burk, 21.3, $287. 

 

Barrel racing: 1. Emily Miller, 17.66 seconds, $4,037; 2. Sabrina Ketcham, 17.80, $3,230; 3. (tie) Shy-Anne Jarrett and Natalie Bland, 17.90, $2,321 each; 5. Sherry Cervi, 17.91, $1,615; 6. (tie) Brooke Rix, Sabra O'Quinn and Dena Kirkpatrick, 18.01, $1,043 each; 9. (tie) Jaime Barrow and Shelby Spielman, 18.04, $757 each; 11. Kassie Mowry, 18.06, $606; 12. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 18.11, $505; 13. Hailey Kinsel, 18.13, $404; 14. Katti Waters, 18.16, $303; 15. Kaitlyn Eben, 18.17, $202. 

 

Steer roping: First round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 10.9 seconds, $1,836; 2. Ryan Willberg, 11.1, $1,519; 3. JoJo LeMond, 11.4, $1,203; 4. (tie) Cody Lee and Dan Fisher, 11.6, $728 each; 6. (tie) Mark Milner and Brodie Poppino, 12.2, $158 each. Second round: 1. Marty Jones, 10.4 seconds, $1,836; 2. Tom Smith, 11.3, $1,519; 3. Dan Fisher, 11.4, $1,203; 4. Scott Snedecor, 11.7, $886; 5. (tie) J. Tom Fisher and JB Whatley, 11.8, $443 each. Third round: 1. Cody Lee, 11.2 seconds, $1,836; 2. Landon McClaugherty, 11.6, $1,519; 3. JoJo LeMond, 12.2, $1,203; 4. Vin Fisher Jr., 12.5, $886; 5. Jason Evans, 12.6, $570; 6. Marty Jones, 13.0, $316. Average: 1. (tie) Cody Lee and Scott Snedecor, 36.2 seconds on three head, $2,516 each; 3. Landon McClaugherty, 40.3, $1,804; 4. Chet Herren, 42.6, $1,329; 5. Jason Evans, 43.6, $854; 6. JB Whatley, 44.3, $475. 

 

Bull riding: 1. Cody Rostockyj, 87.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Son Of Sam, $4,315; 2. Reid Barker, 87, $3,308; 3. (tie) Sage Kimzey and Lon Danley, 86.5, $2,013 each; 5. Jeffrey Ramagos, 82.5, $1,007; 6. (tie) Rorey Maier, Jacob O'Mara and Koal Livingston, 82, $575 each. 

 

Total payoff: $200,820. Stock contractor: Pete Carr Pro Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo. Rodeo secretaries: Delia Walls and Sandy Gwatney. Officials: Sam Minnick, Mark Longoria and Mike Todd. Timers: Sandy Garland and Shelly Baumann. Announcer: Boyd Polhamus. Bullfighters: Clay Heger and Jimmy Lee. Clown/barrelman: Troy Lerwill. Chute boss: John Gwatney. Pickup men: Jeremy Willis and Josh Edwards. Music director: Benje Bendele.

For more coverage of the West of the Pecos Rodeo, check out the July 15 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.