Tanner Aus snares RGLCFR average title

 



LOUISVILLE, KY. – Bareback rider Tanner Aus is in the midst of preparing to compete in his inaugural Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER next month.

Well, the Granite Falls, Minn., cowboy couldn’t have had a better tune-up at the RAM Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Aus swept all three rounds to win the average with a 250-point score to earn a trip to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo April 7-10 in Kissimmee, Fla.

“I knew if I wanted a shot at Kissimmee, I had to win the average, but I definitely didn’t expect to come in and win all three rounds,” said Aus, 25. “I had three great horses drawn when it was all said and done, and it felt good because those will be the last three horses I get on before the Finals (Dec. 3-12).”

Aus punched his ticket to the RNCFR with a dominating performance in Louisville. He won the first round with an 87-point ride on Dakota Rodeo's War Rocket. He followed that up with a 79-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Bottoms Up to win the second round.

Aus clinched the RGLCFR average crown by winning the third round when he rode for 84 points on Three Hills Rodeo's Mr. Harry.

“This (performance) was because of the guys who I ride against,” Aus said. “There’s a balance of kids and guys who have been around a long time, and everybody shows up to ride.”

Despite his stellar rides in Rounds 1 and 2, Aus wasn’t crunching numbers before the third round.

“I had never been on that horse (Mr. Harry) before, but I had good reports on him from my buddies,” Aus said. “I knew these were going to be the last three horses I got on before the Finals and I don’t know what to expect at the Thomas & Mack (Center in Las Vegas), but I treated these three rides at the Great Lakes Circuit Finals as my first three rides of the (Wrangler NFR). I can’t even explain how excited I am for the Finals.

Reaching the WNFR is a dream, he said.

"This is pretty much what I wanted to do my whole life," he said, "and my parents spent a lot of money to get me down the road as a kid. I have a lot of people to thank.”

Aus heads to Las Vegas eighth in the world standings with $85,660.

Other winners at the $190,691 rodeo were all-around cowboy Kadin Boardman ($4,502, tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler Jon Ragatz (12.6 seconds on three head), team ropers Shaw Loiseau and Matt Zancanella, (18.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Keith Brauer Jr. (230 points on three head), tie-down roper Cody Huber (26.6 seconds on three head), barrel racer Kristine Knauf (47.95 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Eli Vastbinder (155 points on two head).

 

 

RAM Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo

Louisville, Ky., Nov. 12-14

 

All-around cowboy: Kadin Boardman, $4,502, tie-down roping and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Tanner Aus, 87 points on Dakota Rodeo's War Rocket, $2,119; 2. Kyle Brennecke, 80, $1,589; 3. Tim O'Connell, 78, $1,059; 4. James Carter, 74, $530. Second round: 1. Tanner Aus, 79 points on Championship Rodeo's Bottoms Up, $2,119; 2. Tim O'Connell, 77, $1,589; 3. Kyle Brennecke, 76, $1,059; 4. Tyler Waltz, 75, $530. Third round: 1. Tanner Aus, 84 points on Three Hills Rodeo's Mr. Harry, $2,119; 2. Bee Jay Scott, 81, $1,589; 3. Tim O'Connell, 79, $1,059; 4. (tie) Cole Picton and Kyle Brennecke, 75, $265 each. Average: 1. Tanner Aus, 250 points on three head, $3,178; 2. Tim O'Connell, 234, $2,384; 3. Kyle Brennecke, 231, $1,589; 4. Bee Jay Scott, 217, $795. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Jon Ragatz, 3.9 seconds, $2,119; 2. Matt Koch, 4.1, $1,589; 3. Tooter Silver, 4.3, $1,059; 4. Kyle Whitaker, 4.8, $530. Second round: 1. Wade Steffen, 4.1 seconds, $2,119; 2. Jon Ragatz, 4.5, $1,589; 3. Chance Howard, 6.0, $1,059; 4. Tooter Silver, 6.2, $530. Third round: 1. Justin Morehouse, 3.7 seconds, $2,119; 2. Matt Koch, 4.1, $1,589; 3. Jon Ragatz, 4.2, $1,059; 4. Kyle Whitaker, 5.6, $530. Average: 1. Jon Ragatz, 12.6 seconds on three head, $3,178; 2. Kyle Whitaker, 16.7, $2,384; 3. Chance Howard, 17.8, $1,589; 4. Justin Morehouse, 24.0, $795. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Shaw Loiseau/Matt Zancanella, 6.0 seconds, $2,119 each; 2. Jeremy Hemmann/Jeff Brown, 7.9, $1,589; 3. Chad Day/J.W. Nelson, 8.0, $1,059; 4. Jeff Schneider/Gabe Gwaltney, 10.6, $530. Second round: 1. Shaw Loiseau/Matt Zancanella, 5.6 seconds, $2,119 each; 2. Tyler Johnson/Derrick Peterson, 5.8, $1,589; 3. Jeremy Hemmann/Jeff Brown, 7.4, $1,059; 4. Jeff Schneider/Gabe Gwaltney, 8.6, $530. Third round: 1. Tyler Johnson/Derrick Peterson, 6.0 seconds, $2,119 each; 2. Jeremy Hemmann/Jeff Brown, 6.4, $1,589; 3. Ryan Von Ahn/J.W. Beck, 6.6, $1,059; 4. (tie) Shaw Loiseau/Matt Zancanella and Will George/Troy Hermelbracht, 6.8, $265 each. Average: 1. Shaw Loiseau/Matt Zancanella, 18.4 seconds on three head, $3,178 each; 2. Jeremy Hemmann/Jeff Brown, 21.7, $2,384; 3. Ryan Von Ahn/J.W. Beck, 29.8, $1,589; 4. Tyler Johnson/Derrick Peterson, 11.8 on two head, $795. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Keith Brauer Jr., 80 points on Three Hills Rodeo's Blaze Of Glory, $2,119; 2. Cody Martin, 76, $1,589; 3. Cody Rud, 75, $1,059; 4. Doug Aldridge, 72, $530. Second round: 1. Doug Aldridge, 83 points on Dakota Rodeo's Big Boy, $2,119; 2. Jordan Corrigan, 76, $1,589; 3. (tie) Keith Brauer Jr. and Logan Allen, 72, $795 each. Third round: 1. Keith Brauer Jr., 78 points on Three Hills Rodeo's Prom Night, $2,119; 2. (tie) Logan Hullinger, Weston Pierschbacher and Will Smith, 74, $1,059 each. Average: 1. Keith Brauer Jr., 230 points on three head, $3,178; 2. Doug Aldridge, 225, $2,384; 3. Weston Pierschbacher, 198, $1,589; 4. Logan Hullinger, 145 on two head, $795. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Cody Huber, 8.0 seconds, $2,119; 2. Dillon Holder, 8.3, $1,589; 3. Blake Ash, 9.1, $1,059; 4. Jesse Hinkle, 9.4, $530. Second round: 1. Cody Huber, 7.9 seconds, $2,119; 2. Josh Foutch, 8.5, $1,589; 3. Kadin Boardman, 8.9, $1,059; 4. Jesse Hinkle, 9.1, $530. Third round: 1. Cody Griffith, 8.5 seconds, $2,119; 2. Dillon Holder, 8.6, $1,589; 3. Kadin Boardman, 8.7, $1,059; 4. Blake Ash, 9.9, $530. Average: 1. Cody Huber, 26.6 seconds on three head, $3,178; 2. Kadin Boardman, 27.3, $2,384; 3. Blake Ash, 28.4, $1,589; 4. Josh Foutch, 29.4, $795. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Natalie Foutch, 15.82 seconds, $2,119; 2. Marne Loosenort, 16.04, $1,589; 3. Kara Posch, 16.10, $1,059; 4. Jordan Moore, 16.11, $530. Second round: 1. Lacinda Rose, 15.92 seconds, $2,119; 2. Kristine Knauf, 15.96, $1,589; 3. Polly Hagey, 16.03, $1,059; 4. Kara Posch, 16.06, $530. Third round: 1. Kristine Knauf, 15.77 seconds, $2,119; 2. Kara Posch, 15.87, $1,589; 3. Marne Loosenort, 16.01, $1,059; 4. Lacinda Rose, 16.03, $530. Average: 1. Kristine Knauf, 47.95 seconds on three head, $3,178; 2. Kara Posch, 48.03, $2,384; 3. Marne Loosenort, 48.15, $1,589; 4. Jordan Moore, 48.44, $795. 

 

Bull riding: First round: 1. Matt Dunsmore, 83 points on Three Hills Rodeo's Batten Down, $2,119; 2. Eli Vastbinder, 75, $1,589; 3. Blake Dunsmore, 69, $1,059; 4. Trevor Reiste, 63, $530. Second round: 1. John Young, 86 points on Dakota Rodeo's No. 276, $2,119; 2. Freeman Yoder, 81, $1,589; 3. (tie) Garrett Tribble and Brett Stall, 80, $795 each. Third round: 1. Trevor Reiste, 86 points on Championship Rodeo's Glory, $2,119; 2. Eric Lee, 81, $1,589; 3. Eli Vastbinder, 80, $1,059; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Eli Vastbinder, 155 points on two head, $3,178; 2. Trevor Reiste, 149, $2,384; 3. Brett Stall, 128, $1,589; 4. John Young, 86 on one head, $795. 

 

Total payoff: $190,691. Stock contractors: Three Hills Rodeo, MJM Rodeo, Cervi Championship Rodeo and Dakota Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Marla Morehead. Timers: Courtney Morehead and Martha Martin. Announcer: Roger Mooney. Specialty act: OneArmBandit Payne. Bullfighters: Lucas Littles and Dustin Nelson. Clown/barrelman: John Harrison. Flankmen: Jake Morehead and David Morehead. Pickup men: Rod McGinnis and Will O'Connell. Photographer: Marty Welter. Music director: Ashley Mooney.

 


Read more about the RAM Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo in the Jan. 15 ProRodeo Sports News.