K.C. Jones heats up with San Angelo win

PRCA Photo by Todd Brewer

          SAN ANGELO, TEXAS – Like a fine wine, K.C. Jones is improving with age. The talented 45-year-old steer wrestler enjoyed his finest season in 2015, and the Decatur, Texas, cowboy kick-started his 2016 campaign with a big win Friday night at the San Angelo Coliseum.

          Jones capped a solid performance at the San Angelo Rodeo by winning the average with a time of 12.3 seconds on three head.

          “I usually do better when it’s hot, and it’s been 75-80 degrees in Texas this week,” Jones said.

          He’s won about everywhere since joining the PRCA in the 1996 season, and has produced more than $1.3 million in career earnings. Back then, the 5-foot-10 Jones weighed 180 pounds. Now, he weighs 212.

          “I quit running,” Jones said, partially explaining his increase in size. “If I’m running these days, somebody’s shooting at me.”

          They were chasing him going into the final round at San Angelo, as he led the average with a time of 8.2 seconds on two head. He wrapped up the title with a solid 4.1-second run, bested only by Matt Reeves’ run of 3.9 seconds.

          Dakota Eldridge finished second to Jones in the average, a half-second behind.

          Jones finished third in the 2015 world standings with $198,601. He’s qualified for the Wrangler National Finals nine times (2002-04, 2006, 2008, 2012-15) and has a streak of four straight heading into this season. His other top 10 finishes came in 2002 (fifth) and 2006 (fourth).

          But the veteran cowboy had a slow start to this season – until he reached the West Texas city of San Angelo.

          “I think I’ve won here three times now,” he said. “This is a really good rodeo. I’ve had some luck in that little Coliseum. It’s a great crowd and they’re right on top of you. The committee treats us great at this rodeo and that whole community is behind it.”

          He tied for third in the first round with a time of 3.9 seconds and went 4.3 in round two but failed to earn a check. Still, he led the average and closed the deal in style.

          He gave much of the credit to his black mare, Smoker, who is owned by Jud Little.

          “She worked really good for me, and makes it easy,” Jones said. “I trust her.”

          At the 2015 WNFR, Jones rode Smoker to wins Rounds 1 and 5 and placed in four other rounds.

          He also credited his hazer, Riley Butler, a young cowboy who Jones is mentoring.

          “He’s from Idaho and came down to help weld on our new place,” Jones said. “We’re bulldogging every day and he’s doing well. We’re trying to get him ready to go on the road and bulldog this summer.”

          Other winners at the $437,828 rodeo were bareback rider Jake Vold (177.5 points on two head), team ropers Spencer Mitchell and Justin Wade Davis (12.6 seconds on three head), saddle bronc riders Allen Boore and Rusty Wright (171 points each on two head), tie-down roper Caleb Smidt (25.0 seconds on three head), barrel racer Pamela Capper (44.18 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Dustin Bowen (87.5 points on one head).

San Angelo Rodeo

San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 5-19


Bareback riding: First round: 1. Tanner Aus, 90 points on J Bar J's Pass The Heat, $4,256; 2. (tie) R.C. Landingham and Jake Vold, 88, $2,837 each; 4. Caleb Bennett, 86.5, $1,560; 5. (tie) Mason Clements, Jamie Howlett and Tim O'Connell, 84.5, $757 each; 8. (tie) Luke Creasy and Jake Brown, 84, $213 each. Finals: 1. Caleb Bennett, 90.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Dirty Jacket, $1,650; 2. Jake Vold, 89.5, $1,250; 3. Tim O'Connell, 89, $900; 4. Mason Clements, 88, $600; 5. Teddy Athan, 82.5, $350; 6. R.C. Landingham, 81, $250. Average: 1. Jake Vold, 177.5 points on two head, $4,256; 2. Caleb Bennett, 177, $3,263; 3. Tim O'Connell, 173.5, $2,411; 4. Mason Clements, 172.5, $1,560; 5. R.C. Landingham, 169, $993; 6. Teddy Athan, 165.5, $709; 7. Luke Creasy, 161, $567; 8. Jamie Howlett, 84.5 on one head, $426. 


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. (tie) Riley Duvall and Joshua Clark, 3.6 seconds, $3,321 each; 3. (tie) Dakota Eldridge, K.C. Jones, T.J. Hall and Heath Thomas, 3.9, $1,931 each; 7. (tie) Orrin Fontenot and Stan Branco, 4.0, $541 each. Second round: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds, $3,552; 2. (tie) Kody Woodward and Blake Knowles, 3.8, $2,857 each; 4. (tie) Mike McGinn and Clayton Tuchscherer, 3.9, $1,931 each; 6. Justin Morehouse, 4.0, $1,236; 7. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Clint Shofner, 4.1, $541 each. Finals: 1. Matt Reeves, 3.9 seconds, $2,001; 2. K.C. Jones, 4.1, $1,656; 3. Jace Melvin, 4.2, $1,311; 4. (tie) Riley Duvall and Dakota Eldridge, 4.5, $794 each; 6. Scott Guenthner, 5.2, $345. Average: 1. K.C. Jones, 12.3 seconds on three head, $5,329; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 12.8, $4,634; 3. Riley Duvall, 12.9, $3,939; 4. Matt Reeves, 13.9, $3,244; 5. Jace Melvin, 14.2, $2,548; 6. Scott Guenthner, 14.9, $1,853; 7. Nick Guy, 15.1, $1,158; 8. Timmy Sparing, 16.0, $463. 


Team roping: First round: 1. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 4.0 seconds, $3,506 each; 2. Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 4.1, $3,049; 3. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 4.2, $2,592; 4. (tie) Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry and Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess, 4.5, $1,906 each; 6. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6, $991 each; 8. (tie) Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger and Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.7, $102 each. Second round: 1. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 3.6 seconds, $3,506 each; 2. (tie) Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, Brady Tryan/Tommy Zuniga and Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 3.9, $2,592 each; 5. (tie) Casey Tew/John Robertson, Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler and Lane Ivy/Allen Bach, 4.0, $991 each. Finals: 1. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.0 seconds, $1,537 each; 2. Kelsey Parchman/Matt Kasner, 4.1, $1,272; 3. Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess, 4.4, $1,007; 4. Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 4.6, $742; 5. Brandon Webb/Mickey Gomez, 4.7, $477; 6. (tie) Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.8, $133 each. Average: 1. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 12.6 seconds on three head, $5,259 each; 2. Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 13.3, $4,573; 3. Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess, 13.7, $3,887; 4. Kelsey Parchman/Matt Kasner, 14.1, $3,201; 5. Brandon Webb/Mickey Gomez, 14.5, $2,515; 6. Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 14.6, $1,829; 7. Cody Snow /Dugan Kelly, 15.4, $1,143; 8. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 17.1, $457. 


Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo's Rich N Fancy, $3,353; 2. Allen Boore, 85.5, $2,571; 3. Rusty Wright, 85, $1,900; 4. Curtis Garton, 83, $1,229; 5. (tie) Jesse Bail and Doug Aldridge, 82.5, $671 each; 7. Joey Sonnier, 82, $447; 8. Tyrell Smith, 81.5, $335. Finals: 1. Rusty Wright, 86 points on J Bar J's Night Line Ii, $1,650; 2. Allen Boore, 85.5, $1,250; 3. Curtis Garton, 84.5, $900; 4. Ryan Mackenzie, 83, $600; 5. Jacobs Crawley, 82, $350; 6. Joey Sonnier, 80.5, $250. Average: 1. (tie) Rusty Wright and Allen Boore, 171 points on two head, $2,962 each; 3. Jacobs Crawley, 170, $1,900; 4. Curtis Garton, 167.5, $1,229; 5. Ryan Mackenzie, 164, $782; 6. Joey Sonnier , 162.5, $559; 7. (tie) Doug Aldridge and Jesse Bail, 162, $391 each. 


Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds, $4,106; 2. (tie) Michael Otero, Neil Dove and Caleb Smidt, 8.0, $3,035 each; 5. (tie) EJ Roberts and Garrett Hale, 8.1, $1,696 each; 7. (tie) Ike Fontenot and Chant DeForest, 8.2, $625 each. Second round: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds, $4,106; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7, $3,571; 3. (tie) J.D. Kibbe and Timber Moore, 7.8, $2,767 each; 5. (tie) Hunter Herrin and Justin Macha, 7.9, $1,696 each; 7. Sterling Smith, 8.1, $893; 8. (tie) Quay Howard, Tyler Prcin and Jerrad Hofstetter, 8.2, $119 each. Finals: 1. Caleb Smidt, 8.3 seconds, $1,943; 2. (tie) Jayce Johnson and Timber Moore, 9.7, $1,441 each; 4. Chant DeForest, 10.9, $938; 5. Tyler Prcin, 13.0, $603; 6. (tie) EJ Roberts and Zeb Chapman, 13.1, $168 each. Average: 1. Caleb Smidt, 25.0 seconds on three head, $6,159; 2. Timber Moore, 27.1, $5,356; 3. Jayce Johnson, 27.9, $4,552; 4. Chant DeForest, 28.7, $3,749; 5. Tyler Prcin, 30.4, $2,946; 6. EJ Roberts, 30.7, $2,142; 7. Zeb Chapman, 31.5, $1,339; 8. Marcos Costa, 37.1, $536. 


Barrel racing: First round: 1. Mary Walker, 15.59 seconds, $4,624; 2. (tie) Jana Bean and Megan Lewis, 15.64, $3,633 each; 4. (tie) Tiany Schuster and Pamela Capper, 15.67, $2,532 each; 6. Sherry Cervi, 15.68, $1,762; 7. Kelley Schnaufer, 15.69, $1,321; 8. Stevi Hillman, 15.72, $881; 9. Kaley Bass, 15.76, $661; 10. Sarah Rose McDonald, 15.77, $440. Second round: 1. Tana Poppino, 13.97 seconds, $4,624; 2. Kathy Grimes, 13.98, $3,963; 3. Paxton Segelke, 14.15, $3,303; 4. Alexa Lake, 14.19, $2,862; 5. Cayla Melby, 14.20, $2,202; 6. Jackie Ganter, 14.21, $1,762; 7. Lisa Thornton, 14.22, $1,321; 8. (tie) Mary Walker and Kristen Darnell, 14.23, $771 each; 10. Tori Morris, 14.25, $440. Finals: 1. Pamela Capper, 14.22 seconds, $3,425; 2. Kristen Darnell, 14.33, $2,569; 3. Jackie Ganter, 14.35, $1,713; 4. Kelley Schnaufer, 14.49, $856. Average: 1. Pamela Capper, 44.18 seconds on three head, $6,936; 2. Jackie Ganter, 44.35, $5,945; 3. Kristen Darnell, 44.38, $4,954; 4. Kathy Grimes, 44.47, $4,294; 5. Tiany Schuster, 44.54, $3,303; 6. Jana Bean, 44.62, $2,642; 7. Kelley Schnaufer, 44.65, $1,982; 8. Nicole Riggle, 44.86, $1,321; 9. Mary Walker, 49.27, $991; 10. Sherry Cervi, 50.12, $661. 


Bull riding: 1. Dustin Bowen, 87.5 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo's Total Bull Battle Born, $9,306; 2. (tie) Joseph McConnel and Shane Proctor, 86.5, $6,204 each; 4. Tim Bingham, 86, $3,412; 5. Josh Koschel, 85.5, $2,171; 6. (tie) Jeff Bertus, Kanin Asay, John Young and Reagan Avery, 84.5, $931 each. 


Total payoff: $437,828. Stock contractor: Pete Carr Pro Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo, D & H Cattle, United Pro Rodeo, Bailey Pro Rodeo, Powder River Rodeo, Pickett Rodeo, J Bar J and Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo.

Read more about the San Angelo Rodeo in the March 11 ProRodeo Sports News


Bail finds the money in San Angelo

By Ted Harbin/for the San Angelo Rodeo

SAN ANGELO, Texas – It wasn’t much, but Jesse Bail needed it.

On Feb. 18, during the 10th performance of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Bail matched moves with Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sin Fire Kate for 82.5 points; that matched Doug Aldridge of Carthage, Mo., who rodeo Carr’s Gold Coast to share fifth place in the opening go-round. Both cowboys pocketed $671.

More importantly, that qualified them for Friday’s championship round, which features the top contestants in all events from the preliminary rounds.

“I won the round on her about two months ago,” Bail said of Sin Fire Kate. “I knew it was a good horse. She stalls (coming out of the chute, but she was good and it worked out good.”

The South Dakota cowboy knows the importance of doing well in San Angelo. He won the bronc riding title in this West Texas town in 2013 and also claimed the bull riding championship in 2002.

“I haven’t had a lot of luck here, but it’s been really good at times,” he said of his visits to San Angelo. “It means a bunch, especially this year. I’ve been in San Antonio and didn’t do no good there. This is kind of the end of my winter run. I’ve got this and Tucson, so I was needing to hit a lick.”

Bail has been at this game for quite a while. He started competing in ProRodeo 19 seasons ago and first qualified for the NFR in 2000. He hasn’t been back to the sport’s grand finale since 2011, so collecting the title in San Angelo could help pave the way back to Las Vegas in December.

“I’ve been coming here for a long time, and every year this rodeo’s just gotten better and better,” Bail said. “Comparing this year to the first year I came, it’s changed a bunch for the better. It’s dang sure one of the top rodeos now, and they put on a good show.”

Aldridge has never qualified for the NFR, but he’s been a regular fixture among the top 30 in the world standings at the end of the season. He’s had some big victories along the way, but he’s still new to the game; he joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association just three seasons ago.

They’ve got some ground to make up, though. Reigning world champion Jacobs Crawley of Boerne, Texas, won the first round with an 88-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich n Fancy and owns a 5.5-point lead over Bail and Aldridge heading into the final round.

But anything can happen on championship night, and Bail knows that as well as anyone.

Permit holder steps up in San Angelo

By Ted Harbin/for the San Angelo Rodeo

SAN ANGELO, Texas – At just his second Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event, tie-down roper Neil Dove earned $3,035 Feb. 17 at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

Competing on his permit, Dove roped and tied his calf in 8.0 seconds, finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the opening go-round. He will make his second run of the rodeo Thursday night.

“I just got my permit right before Denver,” he said of the early January rodeo. “Denver was my first ProRodeo, and this is my second.”

In order to compete in the PRCA, cowboys must purchase a permit. In order to become a full member of the association, they must then earn at least $1,000 in a year in order to fill the qualifications. Dove has done that, and most of the season is still in front of him. He still has the option of competing this season on his permit, but he’s focus has been on the competition at hand.

“They told me I had a good calf,” said Dove, who owns a construction company in Bluff Dale, Texas. “I don’t get too hyped up about it; I just try to do my job. I focused on my start, then I had (the rope) on him quick, and things just went right.”

Things have been going right for the 26-year-old cowboy, who has only been competing in tie-down roping a short time.

“I started calf roping when I was 18, so I was a little late,” said Dove, who competed on the rodeo team at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. “I went through college and got my business degree. After college, I worked for a few years roofing houses. I didn’t have a whole lot of money, and it takes some money to rodeo, so I worked a few years and got my chickens in a row.”

It all seems to be paying off, and it comes at a good time. He and his girlfriend, barrel racer Paige Conrado, are expecting a baby this spring. He also loves the idea of carrying on a family tradition.

“Everybody in my family calf ropes,” he said. “My parents split up when I was young, and I played other sports. In fact, I was going to go to college and run track, but then I got to roping with my granddad. I realized I probably was never going to run in the Olympics, so I just went to calf roping.”

In fact, his grandfather, “Shorty” Dove, was an avid tie-down roper. Neil Dove is riding 16-year-old Tommy, the last horse his grandfather trained.

“I came home this past summer and started roping,” he said. “My horse is amazing. My granddad got him as a 2-year-old and trained him.”

“Shorty” Dove died in September 2014, but he passed the horse on to Neil.

“I started roping on him this past summer,” Neil Dove said. “My granddad roped all the way up until he died. This is a God deal for me. He was just saving him for me for the right time. If I would’ve had him early on, he might not be the caliber of horse his is now. Things have been starting to click right now.”

If Wednesday’s performance was any indication, it looks like Dove is pushing all the right buttons.