Capacity crowd cheers on contestants at Caldwell Night Rodeo


By Susan Kanode for the Caldwell Night Rodeo

               CALDWELL, Idaho (Aug. 17, 2016) – If a crowd could inspire contestants to do their best, Thursday night was one for the record books at the Caldwell Night Rodeo. 

               On a night that honors breast cancer survivors and raises money for local women to get mammograms, rodeo competitors did their best to put on a show for the near-capacity crowd. Some of those contestants are now planning to make a trip back here on Saturday night for the championship finals. 

               Bareback rider Morgan Wilde from McCammon, Idaho is one of those contestants. He scored 89.5 points in the bareback riding on D & H Cattle Company’s horse named Aussie Aussie Aussie. It was a very important ride for Wilde as any money he wins here will count towards the Wilderness Circuit Standings and give him an opportunity to qualify for their finals. 

               Wilde has recently returned to competition after more than a six-month hiatus. Last February at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo in Texas, he had a concussion and didn’t realize the effect it had on him until he got home. 

               “I didn’t know how bad it really was,” Wilde said. “Mentally and physically it really took a toll. Honestly, that break was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. I feel really good now and am craving getting on again.” 

               Thursday did see a new leader in the second round of the barrel racing. Stevi Hillman from Weatherford, Texas, stopped the clock in 17.31 seconds to move into first place. Combined with her previous time of 17.57, she moved into second place in the overall standings with a 34.88. 

               Hillman is currently 13th in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world standings and could be headed to her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. She won the Reno Rodeo in June and a pair of trophy spurs. The Caldwell Night Rodeo also awards trophy spurs so she now has the opportunity to add another set to her trophy collection. 

               Over $45,000 was raised through a variety of activities for the Power of Pink Program. It is coordinated with Saint Alphonsus Medical Center and West Valley Medical Center to provide free mammogram screenings for women who qualify that live in the Treasure Valley. 

               The fourth performance of the Caldwell Night Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, and it is Patriot Night. Proceeds will go toward Coldwell Night Rodeo’s Military Relief Fund. More information is available at





CALDWELL, Idaho (Aug. 18, 2016) --- The following are results from the Caldwell Night Rodeo. 




Bareback Riding: 1, Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho, 79.5 points on D & H Cattle Company’s Aussie Aussie Aussie. 2, R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif., 74.5. 3, J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 74. 4, Anthony Thomas, Kimberly, Australia, 73. 

Steer wrestling: 1, Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., 5.2 seconds. 2, Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah, 5.4. 3, Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D., 6.5. 4, Nik Hamm, Battle Ground, Wash., 8.7. 

               Team roping: (two times) 1, Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 6.9 seconds. 2, Travis Whitlow, Queen Creek, Ariz., and Tyler Getzwiller, Scottsdale, Ariz., 7.1. 

               Saddle bronc riding: 1, Sam Spreadborough, Snyder, Texas, 80 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Shaken Not Stirred. 2, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 79. 3, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 77. 4, Brady Nicholes, Hoytsville, Utah, 76. 

               Tie-down roping: 1, (tie) wyatt Williams, Glenns Ferry, Idaho and Colton Farquer, Oakdale, Calif., 10.4 seconds each. 3, Roger Nonella, Redmond, Ore., 11.1. 4, Clay Schricker, Adrian, Ore., 12.8. 

               Barrel racing: 1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 17.31 seconds. 2, Andrea Busby, Brock, Texas, 17.40. 3, Sammi Bessert, Grand Junction, Colo., 17.43. 4, Kim Schulze, Larkspur, Colo., 17.46. 

               Bull riding: (no qualified rides) 

Current Leaders: 

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 80 points on Burch Rodeo’s Big Blue. 2, Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho, 79.5. 3, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 78. 4, Cody Kiser, Carson City, Nev., 77. 5, Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 76.  6, Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas, 74. 7, (tie)  Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La., and J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 74. 

Steer wrestling: (second round) 1, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 4.1 seconds. 2, (tie) Straws Milan, Cochrane, Alberta, and Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 4.2. 4, (tie) Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho, and Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 4.4. (total on two) 1, Judd Austin, Preston, Idaho, 9.8 seconds. 2, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 9.9. 3, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wisc., 10.1. 4, Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho, 10.2.  5, (tie) Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., and Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 10.4. 7, Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 10.6. 8, Josh Clark, Belgrade, Mont., 10.8. 

               Team roping: (second round) Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.7. 2, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 4.8. 3, Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif., and Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif., 5.0. 4, John Alley, Adams, Tenn., and Clark, Adcock, Smithville, Tenn., 5.6. (total on two) 1, (tie) Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Nogueiria, Burleson, Texas; and Randon Adams, Logandale, Nev., and Jory Levy, Logandale, Nev.; 12.1 each. 3, Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 13.0. 4, J.B. James Jr., Bennett, Colo., and Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz., 13.7. 5, Travis Whitlow, Queen Creek, Ariz., and Tyler Getzwiller, Scottsdale, Ariz., 14.6. 6, Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas, and B.J. Dugger, Three Rivers, Texas, 15.3. 7, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif., 17.0. 8, Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah, 19.0.          

Saddle bronc riding: (first round) 1, Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla., 87.5 points on Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic Fringe. 2, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 82.5. 3, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 80.5. 4, (tie) Tyrell Smith, Great Falls, Mont., and Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 80. 6, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 79.5.  

               Tie-down roping: (second round) 1, Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 7.9 seconds. 2, (tie) Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, and Cody McCartney, Ottawa Lake, Mich., 8.2. 4, Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 8.4. (total on two) 1, Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, 16.9. 2, Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 17.7. 3, Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 18.1. 4, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., 18.3. 5, J.C. Malone, Hooper, Utah, 18.4. 6, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 18.5. 

               Barrel racing: (second round) 1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 17.31. 2, Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 17.37. 4, Andrea Busby, Brock, Texas, 17.40. (total on two) 1, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 34.72. 2, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 34.88. 3, Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla., 34.90. 4, Katelyn Mcleod, Whitesboro, Texas, 35.12. 5, Kim Schulze, Larkspur, Colo., 17.46. 6, Sammi Bessert, Grand Junction, Colo., 35.15. 7, (tie) Kelsey Lutjen, Casa Grande, Ariz., and Tyra Kane, Dublin, Texas, 35.25.  

Bull riding: (one ride) 1, Lonnie West, Cadogan, Alberta, 78.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Landshark.