Justin Miller rides out of Sisters with bareback crown 

Courtesy PRCA (ProRodeo.com)

Courtesy PRCA (ProRodeo.com)



SISTERS, Ore. - A PRCA member since 2011, bareback rider Justin Miller has yet to qualify for a Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. Even so, his 2017 season has looked very different than the rest. 

Miller, 27, has never finished higher than the 29th - where he landed at the end of the 2014 season - in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. However, the two-time RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo qualifier is well on his way to the promised land. 

An 83.5-point ride on Corey & Lange Rodeo's Classic Moon was more than enough for Miller to take the Sisters Rodeo title, a 5.5-point margin of victory over second-place Jessy Davis. Miller, unfazed by the unseasonably chilly weather in the heart of Oregon, enjoyed the time spent with his fellow Montana cowboys. 

"It was definitely cold in there," Miller said. "That afternoon perf before I rode it hailed a little bit during the bareback riding, and it started raining.

"I think it was like 40 degrees before I got on, and it was pretty cold, but all of us Montana guys were over there all in the same group and it was a pretty good atmosphere."

Miller didn't hesitate to heap deserved praise towards Royal Moon, a horse that he said was no unpolished mount.

"She really turned out and bucked really well," Miller explained. "She was pretty hard actually. I didn't make the pickup men; she piled me up right after the whistle. She was a pretty good horse."

The Miles City (Mont.) Community College graduate has seen his fair share of rodeo misfortune. A year after obtaining his PRCA card, Miller broke his collarbone in 2012, displacing him from any competition. Between 2013 and 2016, Miller finished 29th, 60th, 46th and 36th, respectively, consistently bearing the burden of seeing his name just outside the needed WNFR prerequisites. 

However, just before entering his fruitful weekend at Sisters, Miller's placement at 13th in the world standings saw him right in the thick of the WNFR projections. With a $4,301 payday, Miller's WNFR debut looks to be less of a dream, and more of a possibility. 

"Especially right here before the Fourth of July, this gets my name out there more and helps me out during this summer run, starting in a week or so."

Other winners at the $147,492 rodeo were all-around cowboy Jordan Ketscher ($1,214 in tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestlers Trevor Knowles and Olin Hannum (9.2 seconds on two head each), team ropers Brooks Dahozy/Jason Duby (5.5 seconds), saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy (82.5 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Gooses Fine Wine), tie-down roper Shane Hanchey (17.9 seconds on two head), barrel racer Jane Melby (17.39 seconds) and bull rider Jordan Spears (86 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's Red Ryder).
 


Sisters Rodeo

 

Sisters, Ore., June 9-11

 

All-around cowboy: Jordan Ketscher, $1,214, tie-down roping and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: 1. Justin Miller, 83.5 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's Classic Moon, $4,301; 2. Jessy Davis, 78, $3,297; 3. Taylor Broussard, 77, $2,437; 4. (tie) Wyatt Denny and Clayton Biglow, 76.5, $1,290 each; 6. George Gillespie IV, 76, $717; 7. Wyatt Bloom, 75, $573; 8. Austin Foss, 74.5, $430. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Dirk Tavenner, 3.7 seconds, $1,811; 2. Trevor Knowles, 4.0, $1,499; 3. John Franzen, 4.3, $1,186; 4. (tie) Baylor Roche and Olin Hannum, 4.5, $718 each; 6. Ross Mosher, 4.6, $312. Second round: 1. Scott Guenthner, 3.7 seconds, $1,811; 2. Boss Cole, 4.2, $1,499; 3. Travis Taruscio, 4.3, $1,186; 4. B.J. Taruscio, 4.5, $874; 5. Olin Hannum, 4.7, $562; 6. (tie) Ryan Bothum and Rhett Kennedy, 4.8, $156 each. Average: 1. (tie) Trevor Knowles and Olin Hannum, 9.2 seconds on two head, $2,482 each; 3. Dakota Eldridge, 9.9, $1,780; 4. (tie) Ryan Bothum and B.J. Taruscio, 10.2, $1,077 each; 6. Errol Frain, 10.3, $468. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Brooks Dahozy/Jason Duby, 5.5 seconds, $1,185 each; 2. Colton Campbell/Jordan Ketscher, 6.2, $981; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 6.3, $777; 4. Justin Farber/Shane Crossley, 6.8, $572; 5. (tie) Clayton Eggers/Jacob Beyer and Dillon Holyfield/Garrett Busby, 6.9, $286 each. Second round: 1. Ryan Reed/Cody Pearson, 4.9 seconds, $1,185 each; 2. Clay Ullery/Riley Wilson, 6.0, $981; 3. (tie) Dale Benevides/Buck McCay, Bryce Palmer/Bo Patzke and Tyler Smith/Andy Carlson, 6.2, $572 each; 6. (tie) Lane Karney/Chase Hansen and Ryan Opie/Dayton Stafford, 6.4, $102 each. Average: 1. Brooks Dahozy/Jason Duby, 12.7 seconds on two head, $1,778 each; 2. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 13.2, $1,472; 3. (tie) Ryan Opie/Dayton Stafford and Bryce Palmer/Bo Patzke, 13.7, $1,012 each; 5. Hayes Smith/Cesar de la Cruz, 15.6, $552; 6. Ryan Reed/Cody Pearson, 16.0, $307. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Taos Muncy, 82.5 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Gooses Fine Wine, $4,343; 2. (tie) Chase Brooks and Tyler Corrington, 80, $2,895 each; 4. Clay Elliott, 79.5, $1,592; 5. Chet Johnson, 78, $1,013; 6. (tie) Taygen Schuelke and Sterling Crawley, 76, $651 each; 8. Tyrell J Smith, 75.5, $434. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Shane Hanchey, 8.4 seconds, $1,782; 2. Cade Swor, 8.9, $1,550; 3. Jake Pratt, 9.1, $1,317; 4. Tyler Prcin, 9.5, $1,085; 5. Cooper Mills, 9.7, $852; 6. Cooper Martin, 10.2, $620; 7. Blane Cox, 10.3, $387; 8. (tie) Michael Pederson and Legend Mills, 10.4, $77 each. Second round: 1. Westyn Hughes, 7.6 seconds, $1,782; 2. (tie) Jake Hannum and Reese Riemer, 7.7, $1,433 each; 4. Roger Nonella, 8.8, $1,085; 5. Trent Creager, 9.3, $852; 6. (tie) Shane Hanchey and Blane Cox, 9.5, $504 each; 8. Ty Holly, 9.6, $155. Average: 1. Shane Hanchey, 17.9 seconds on two head, $2,673; 2. Jake Hannum, 18.3, $2,324; 3. Blane Cox, 19.8, $1,976; 4. Cooper Mills, 20.2, $1,627; 5. Cooper Martin, 20.9, $1,278; 6. Jake Pratt, 22.2, $930; 7. Randall Carlisle, 23.0, $581; 8. Jordan Ketscher, 23.1, $232. 

 

Barrel racing: 1. Jane Melby, 17.39 seconds, $4,088; 2. Tillar Murray, 17.44, $3,270; 3. Kathy Grimes, 17.47, $2,657; 4. Timi Lickley, 17.62, $2,044; 5. Samantha Lane, 17.66, $1,635; 6. Samantha Boone, 17.71, $1,226; 7. Teri Bangart, 17.74, $1,022; 8. Kelsie Miller, 17.76, $920; 9. Callahan Crossley, 17.83, $818; 10. (tie) Kali Parker and Mary Shae Hays, 17.84, $664 each; 12. Lexi Burgess, 17.87, $511; 13. Jolene Hoburg, 17.90, $409; 14. Jolee Lautaret-Jordan, 17.91, $307; 15. Kayla Scott, 17.94, $204. 

 

Bull riding: 1. Jordan Spears, 86 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's Red Ryder, $4,756; 2. Jordan Hansen, 85.5, $3,646; 3. Dakota Louis, 83.5, $2,695; 4. Garrett Smith, 83, $1,744; 5. Adam Lucero, 81.5, $1,110; 6. Shane Proctor, 78.5, $793; 7. (tie) Roscoe Jarboe and Shad Heiner, 78, $555 each. 

 

Total payoff: $147,492. Stock contractor: Corey & Lange Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Four Star Rodeo, Flying 5 Rodeo and Big Bend Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Edie Longfellow. Officials: Terry Carlon, Monty Van Komen and Allan Jordan Jr. Timers: Sindy Jackson and Trisha Davis-Stacy. Announcers: Curt Robinson and Wayne Brooks. Specialty act: Bobby Kerr. Bullfighters: Rowdy Barry and DangerousDan Newman. Clown/barrelman: JJ Harrison. Flankmen: Mike Corey, Chad Hutsell and Jeff Davis. Pickup men: Mitch Coleman, David McMichael and Jacob Stacy. Photographers: Kirt Steinke, Bill Lawless, Julie Smith, Bob Click and Kent Soule. Music director: Jason Buchanan.

For more coverage of the Sisters Rodeo, check out the June 23 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.