postheadericon Reaching for the stars

Paul David Tierney closes out his 2014 Timed Event Championship of the World title with a solid run in steer roping during the fifth round on Sunday afternoon at the Lazy E Arena. He is a two-time and the reigning champion. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Paul David Tierney closes out his 2014 Timed Event Championship of the World title with a solid run in steer roping during the fifth round on Sunday afternoon at the Lazy E Arena. He is a two-time and the reigning champion. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

CINCH Timed Event Championship will feature world’s best all-around cowboys

GUTHRIE, Okla. – One of the greatest events in Western sports history is about to get even better.

The CINCH Timed Event Championship returns to the Lazy E Arena March 3-5, 2017, with a world-class list of top cowboys – titlists like Trevor Brazile, Paul David Tierney, K.C. Jones, Daniel Green, Josh Peek and Kyle Lockett. It will be 20 of the greatest all-around cowboys in the game today, battling through five rounds of heading, heeling, tie down, steer wrestling and steer roping over three days.

The Cinch TEC, acclaimed as the “Ironman of ProRodeo,” it is a true test of the athletes’ skills, and a showcase for the thousands of fans who flock to the Lazy E Arena to see the winner pocket $100,000.

What makes it even better in 2017 is the addition of the Jr. Ironman Championship, which will be a major test for timed-event cowboys ages 15-20. They will compete in three rounds in heading, heeling, tie-down roping and steer wrestling and for their share of the $20,000 purse; the champion will snag $10,000.

It is a rugged test of their talent, horsemanship and stamina over three days. The Jr. Ironman will begin at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, with the Cinch TEC performances at noon and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

“Our philosophy behind Jr. Ironman is to connect the sport’s top high school competitors with the pro champions of today,” said Dan Wall, the Lazy E general manager. “We want to give those young men a clear vision of what is possible.”

“As they move through the college ranks and eventually on to competing at the pro level, they will know there is true potential to be competitive in more than one event.”

The weekend will be full of activities, from the Cinch TEC pro-am team roping on Thursday, March 2, to the Chuckwagon Cook-Off on Saturday and Finals of both the Cinch TEC and the Jr. Ironman on Sunday. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

With more than 40 events a year calling the Lazy E Arena home, the first weekend in March is truly showcase of rodeo’s established veteran’s and the sport’s up-and-coming stars.

The 2017 CINCH Timed Event Championship is sponsored by CINCH, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Montana Silversmiths, ABI Equine, Cavender’s, American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance, Nutrena, Bloomer Trailers, MacroAir, National Saddlery, Cross Bar Gallery, John Vance Motors, Western Horseman Magazine, Spin to Win Magazine, Guthrie CVB, Made In Oklahoma Coalition, Pendleton Whisky, CSI Saddlepads, Sherwin-Williams, Bio S.I. Technology, La Quinta Edmond and the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Edmond.

The 2017 CINCH Timed Event Championship is a Lazy E Production. For more information on the CINCH Timed Event Championship or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK  73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE or visit www.lazye.com.

 

CINCH Timed Event Championship Contestants
Paul D. Tierney                                                                                   Trevor Brazile
Dustin Bird                                                                                          Josh Peek
Cody Doescher                                                                                   Rhen Richard
Kyle Lockett                                                                                        Daniel Green
Jess Tierney                                                                                        Clayton Hass
Cash Myers                                                                                         Russell Cardoza
Landon McClaugherty                                                                         Clay Smith
Trell Etbauer                                                                                       Brodie Poppino
KC Jones                                                                                            Erich Rogers
Ryle Smith                                                                                           Morgan Grant

Jr. Ironman Championship Contestants
Haven Meged – Montana                                                                    Kash Cattoor – Utah
JD Draper – Kansas                                                                            Allen Morse – Kentucky
Clay Morlan – Colorado                                                                      Myles Neighbors – Arkansas
Bo Yaussi – Kansas                                                                            Garrett Jacobs – New Mexico
Wyatt Hansen – California                                                                  Tanner Green – Texas

postheadericon Gwatney earns unprecedented honor

LAS VEGAS – Sandy Gwatney has something in her trophy case nobody else can claim.

For the first time in ProRodeo history, the same person was selected as the Secretary of the Year in both the premier organizations – the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association – in the same year.

“The best part of my job is being able to help the cowboys, cowgirls and committees and try to make their jobs easier,” said Gwatney of Marquez, Texas.

This is the Montana Silversmiths' PRCA Secretary of the Year buckle Sandy Gwatney was given on Nov. 30. The next day, she was given a plaque for being named the WPRA Secretary of the Year.

This is the Montana Silversmiths’ PRCA Secretary of the Year buckle Sandy Gwatney was given on Nov. 30. The next day, she was given a plaque for being named the WPRA Secretary of the Year.

That’s a big reason she earned both honors. She received word Oct. 3 about the WPRA honor but didn’t know about the outcome of the PRCA voting until the year-end awards banquet that took place Nov. 30 in conjunction with the sport’s grand finale, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

“It was a complete and total surprise,” she said. “This is the third time I’ve been nominated. When they called my name, I looked over at my husband, John; he jumped up, and everybody at the table was screaming. I had to take it in and make sure they really called my name.”

The announcement confirmed what members of the PRCA had decided through a vote of the top five secretaries, and it allowed Gwatney to offer her thanks to a packed ballroom at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa.

“I feel honored to be part of that list of five,” she said. “There are a lot of good secretaries, a lot of people that love what they do. I guess mine just happened to show through this year.”

It did. The PRCA features thousands of members, and Gwatney collected the majority of the votes in 2016.

“She puts all of her effort into her job and is devoted to it,” said JoJo LeMond, who finished sixth in the steer roping world standings and 10th in the all-around race. “She’s worked all ends of a rodeo, not just as a secretary. She’s been sorting cattle, running a neck rope and doing all sorts of other things, so she understands all aspects of a rodeo.

“She’s a very valuable player for a rodeo organization.”

It’s true, and it’s something in which she takes great pride.

“The committee people are the most un-thanked, underappreciated people in the world,” Gwatney said. “If I can do anything for them and make one step easier and make sure they’re appreciated, it’s easy enough for me to get that done.”

But that’s not all she does. As secretary, she has her fingers in every aspect of every rodeo she works. She is the greeting face for every contestant who enters her work space and makes sure the officials and other rodeo personnel have everything they need.

That group includes her husband. John Gwatney is a hard-working and well recognized chute boss in ProRodeo. The couple travels together and shares successes.

“This is huge, because we travel about the countryside doing what we love,” said Sandy Gwatney, who was raised in northern California. “This is about the love of the game, and we can never say it enough. I think it’s a huge part of my life that I got to compete with him, that I got to haze for him when he was still bulldogging.

“I got to see the contestant side of it, so I know how important it is that they get trades and they get the splits they need. I think that experience helps me exponentially in my job.”

She has worked as secretary of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping each of the past three years. Over her career, Gwatney has timed that same championship as well as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; she also has been the NFR’s assistant secretary. Each step has served as a testament to her talent and passion.

“If you don’t love what you do, don’t do it,” she said. “I do this because of the people. I like to go all over the country and see all the people I only get to see once a year. It’s like spending time with family.

“I’m very blessed to have committees and stock contractors who believe in me, like Pete Carr. Most of the rodeos I work are with Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, so I appreciate Pete for having faith in what we do.”

The rodeo family is large, and generations run deep. This year they honored one of their own in Sandy Gwatney.

postheadericon Putting the wraps on the NFR

Over the last 11 days, I have written 55 stories.

It’s been a busy time in Las Vegas, but I’m so thankful for many things. No. 1, I’m thankful that God gave me the talent to do this and the passion to follow some of the greatest people on our planet. They are my sources and my stories, but also they are my friends. I’m proud to be their storyteller.

Ted Harbin TwisTed Rodeo

Ted Harbin
TwisTed Rodeo

There were so many great story lines that came out of this Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. A Brazilian all-around champ in Junior Nogueira; the first Canadian team ropers to qualify come through with the gold buckles; Tyson Durfey exploding from 14th to the world title.

The emotions run high in the pressure-packed confines of the Thomas & Mack Center, from pure frustration to exhilaration. Tim O’Connell saw me in the media room after the final round concluded and gave me a giant hug. I haven’t told his story, but he’s told it himself pretty well, dominating this year and putting an exclamation point on his first world championship over 10 December nights.

I experienced the humbleness of Coleman Proctor, who didn’t have much luck at all in Las Vegas. He caught two go-round checks, but he remained positive and influential and caring through every missed opportunity. As a competitor, it had to eat at him, but you would never see it in his face, and you’d never hear it in his voice. His wife, Steph, has every reason to be proud.

Speaking of frustration, I join many who want to just give Richmond Champion a pat on the back and tell him he deserved better. The judges penalized him greatly throughout all 10 days, and it was so obvious that several other bareback riders expressed it; as many said, he should have placed more than the three times he was credited. I’m not sure what they didn’t like about Richie, but it was disappointing to watch.

What wasn’t was Orin Larsen’s toughness, grit and the fact that in spite of all the pain of separated ribs that occurred on the opening night of the championship. It took him four more rounds to find a way to ride through the pain. Once he did, they couldn’t keep him away from the pay window.

The NFR is one of the greatest championships in all of sports because of the number of contestants all vying for those coveted gold buckles. But it goes beyond all that. This is a place where friends gather. It’s a family reunion.

I’m happy to be part of the family.

postheadericon Smith caps NFR with round win

LAS VEGAS – Bull rider Garrett Smith accomplished many goals during his 2016 season.

First he qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, entering the championship 10th in the world standings. Like everyone who earns the right to compete for the biggest payday in the game, he had dreams of leaving Las Vegas with a world championship and the gold buckle that comes with it.

While that didn’t happen, he earned a cherished buckle on Saturday night by winning the 10th go-round with an 84-point ride on Rafter G Rodeo’s J Lazy. He pocketed $26,231 and moved up to fifth in the average with a five-ride cumulative total of 330.5 points; that was worth an additional $22,846.

Garrett Smith

Garrett Smith

“Winning that round means everything,” said Smith of Rexburg, Idaho. “Making here was awesome, but finally getting a buckle is great. I was the second one out in a pen of awesome bulls, so I thought there was no chance.”

It held up, with only five men staying on their bulls for the qualifying eight seconds. Smith did that more often than most of the top 15 bull riders in the game. Only four men rode more bulls in Las Vegas. He only placed in the second and 10th rounds, but earning that many qualified rides paid off in the end.

In all, he pocketed $72,269 in Las Vegas and pushed his season earnings to $171,698. He moved up five spots to finish fifth in the final world standings.

“The nights I finally rode one, it seemed like everyone was going to ride one,” said Smith, who finished one spot out of the money twice by placing seventh in both the sixth and seventh rounds. “I could’ve done better, but I’m really happy with how this went. I learned a lot.

“You learn about the bright lights and learned to just take it one bull at a time. Anything can happen. You could be down for a couple nights and right back at the top then next night, so you have to be ready for anything.”

Possibly the best part of the finale was that he was able to share his moment on the biggest stage in the game with his family and friends. At one point or another, many family members made their way to the City of Lights to show their support.

“Family is everything to me,” he said. “Having my mom and my dad and my little brother was great, and my older brother came for a little while. It was the first time I’d seen him in quite a while, so for him to come down and to get calls and texts from him every day was just like old times.

“This whole experience has been very awesome. I couldn’t do it without the family.”

Now his focus turns to the 2017 season, which actually began Oct. 1. He would like to return to the Nevada desert every December as he plays the game he loves.

“I’ve had a really good start to next year already,” said Smith, who has earned more than $17,000 and sits No. 1 in the world standings as he heads toward the 2017 NFR. “Hopefully I can roll this over and keep the momentum up.

“But anything can happen, so I just have to focus on one bull at a time. That’s all it takes.”

It worked over 10 December nights to the tune of more than $70,000, so it should again.

postheadericon Jarrett closes NFR on a high note

LAS VEGAS – Ryan Jarrett’s engine was just getting revved up, just in time to put the brakes on the 2016 ProRodeo season.

The tie-down roper from Comanche, Okla., closed out his campaign by placing in the final two nights of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It was a needed experience for Jarrett, who struggled through a good portion of the 10-round championship in the Nevada desert.

Ryan Jarrett

Ryan Jarrett

He shared the ninth-round victory with Texan Marty Yates, then put the wraps on his NFR with a 7.6-second run Saturday night, finishing tied for fifth. He pocketed $5,500 for that, but more importantly, moved up to eighth in the average with a nine-run cumulative time of 94.1 seconds; that was worth an additional $6,346.

“I had a pretty good calf,” said Jarrett, who was raised in Summerville, Ga., and competed in Las Vegas for the eighth time in his career. “I would be excited if there was another 10 rounds.”

Instead, he earned $70,284 in Sin City, nearly doubling his season earnings in the process. He finished with $143,688, which put him 11th on the year-end money list.

Though his dreams of walking away from Las Vegas with a world title were dashed fairly early in the NFR, he continued to battle. In all, he placed in four go-rounds, including three of the last four. That might be the perfect bit of momentum he needs as he rolls toward next season, but he has some unfinished business he has to care for first.

“I’m going to get a little late start,” said Jarrett, the 2005 all-around world champion. “I’m probably going to have surgery on my left wrist when I get home to repair a fracture I got back in the early spring. I never did anything about it, because I was trying to hold that off so I could rodeo and make the finals.

“I’ll get that tended to, and hopefully I’ll be ready for Fort Worth (Texas) and Denver and hopefully start cashing checks.”

Though he’s dealt with the nagging injury most of the season, Jarrett sees the surgery as an opportunity to heal. The timeline puts him back into competition in about a month. He doesn’t want to take too much time off, because the race for the next world championship has already begun.

“It’s going to be a lot different for us next year,” he said, pointing out that tie-down ropers will be able to compete at 100 rodeos starting in 2017 after years of being limited to 75. “I’m going to go to a lot of small rodeos and quite a few circuit rodeos that I probably wouldn’t go to before. It’s going to change this up.

“I’m going to try to make more money when I show up and rope.”

Since dollars equal championship points, he knows every penny counts if he wants to take home more gold buckles.

postheadericon Duvall finishes NFR with big money

LAS VEGAS – With every run he made in the Thomas & Mack Center, Riley Duvall earned some valuable lessons.

That training paid off to the tune of $67,926 over 10 nights in the Nevada desert, where he placed in four Wrangler National Finals Rodeo go-rounds and moved up five spots to eighth in the world standings.

Riley Duvall

Riley Duvall

“I learned everything about the NFR this week,” said Duvall, 24, of Checotah, Okla. “With 10 head and it paying $26,000 a night, you can’t let yesterday bother you. It took me three or four rounds to forget about that and just go on to the next one.”

He earned at least a tie in two go-rounds, sharing the sixth-round victory with eventual world champion Tyler Waguespack and NFR veteran Billy Bugenig; he won the ninth round outright. He downed his steer in 4.2 seconds to finish in a four-way tie for third place Saturday on the final night of the season.

“I had a good steer,” he said of his run, which was worth $9,413. “I felt like I should’ve been faster. I rushed him on the ground, but I’ve gotten two checks in the last two rounds, so I have a little confidence heading into next year.”

“I guess I placed in four of the last six (rounds), so that was alright.”

It wasn’t the first time Duvall had backed into the timed-event box inside the Thomas & Mack, the home of the NFR since 1985. He has been a hazer – the mounted rider who helps keep the animal running in a straight line during steer wrestling – on two occasions.

“This was a lot different from hazing, but I’ve got some confidence going into next year,” Duvall said. “I finished strong, so I’m pumped.”

He should be.

postheadericon Larsen finds a place in final half of NFR

Orin Larsen begins his ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Dirty Jacket during the ninth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Larsen also placed in the 10th round and finished by earning money in the final five rounds of the championship. (PRCA PHOTO BY GREG WESTFALL)

Orin Larsen begins his ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket during the ninth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Larsen also placed in the 10th round and finished by earning money in the final five rounds of the championship. (PRCA PHOTO BY GREG WESTFALL)

LAS VEGAS – The smile spread across bareback rider Orin Larsen’s face, and it was real.

It was not to cover up the pain or the chill of the ice that rested on his ribcage. Larsen was experiencing pure joy of a strong finish to his 2016 season, despite separating ribs on the first night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“One word to describe it would be blessed,” he said of his NFR, in which he didn’t earn a paycheck until the sixth night of the 10-round slugfest. “I had a rocky start to the first five rounds, and sports med did an awesome job putting me together. Somehow by the grace of God we were able to put an exclamation point on the end of the finals.”

Larsen placed on the final five nights, including a win in the eighth go-round, and earned $81,077 in Sin City. He had finally figured out how ride through the intense pain of having the rib injury, and it paid off quite well. He finished the season with $219,373, third in the final world standings.

His exclamation point came with an 85-point ride on Picket Rodeo’s Scarlet Belle, finishing in a tie for fifth place in the round, worth $8,885.

“Honestly I’m ready for another 10 rounds,” said Larsen, who was raised in Inglis, Manitoba, and now lives in Gering, Neb. “With sports med putting me together, I’ve learned to ride through the pain. I just wish I had more momentum to go forward in the finals.

“It is what it is, and I’m very fortunate to have the finals I did with all things considered. We’ll be back next year.”

Larsen first qualified for ProRodeo’s grand finale in 2015. He placed in just three rounds and earned less than $33,000 in Las Vegas. He more than made up for it over the last 10 days, so he has plenty of time to celebrate – and maybe rest and heal.

He had a great showing of support, from many family members making the trek from Canada for the championship to other friends and family that flew in for even few days.

“It’s awesome to have any support, especially from your immediate family,” Larsen said. “There’s nothing else like it.”

postheadericon Durfey snares gold buckle

Tyson Durfey makes his final run of his world championship season on Saturday night at the National Finals Rodeo. (PRCA PHOTO BY GREG WESTFALL)

Tyson Durfey makes his final run of his world championship season on Saturday night at the National Finals Rodeo. (PRCA PHOTO BY GREG WESTFALL)

LAS VEGAS – Tyson Durfey had almost given up on his dream of winning a world championship.

“I wondered at one point if it was ever going to happen, because I’ve been here so many times,” said Durfey, a nine-time tie-down roping National Finals Rodeo qualifier who was raised in Savannah, Mo., a tiny community tucked in northwest Missouri. “It’s really a gift from God.”

He put the wraps on his first world title Saturday on the final night of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association season by stopping the clock in 7.4 seconds. He finished in a tie for third in the NFR’s 10th round, worth $13,327.

He also finished second in the average race with a 10-run cumulative time of 94.0 seconds. That was worth an additional $54,577. In all, he earned $148,000 in his 10 days in Las Vegas and pushed his year-end earnings to $212,445.

He edged Brazilian Marcos Costa by $3,518 to claim the coveted gold buckle, moving up from 14th in the world standings when the NFR began Dec. 1.

“This experience is unbelievable for me,” said Durfey, who became a first-time father to Praise Royal on Sept. 1 with his wife, Shea. “I used to get up at 4 in the morning, practice, flank and tie, ride horses, feed animals and go to school. I’d come back, rope on 10 more horses, shoe a few, and that was a day’s worth of work and didn’t allow for much time to sleep.

“I’ve always dreamed about it, and I’ve worked very hard for it.”

He has chased his gold buckle dreams since, pushing hard the last decade. He first qualified for the NFR in 2007, and his best finish prior to this season was third in the final 2009 world standings.

“I know my dad in Savannah, Mo., is happy right now because this was something that was part of his lifelong dream also,” he said of Roy, a tie-down roper who also trained horses and up-and-coming ropers. “This has been going on for 50-60 years. This one moment means the world.”

From the birth of his daughter to scrambling to make the finale, the 2016 ProRodeo season is one for his memory banks. A man of strong faith, he persevered through prayer and the support of his family.

“The way I look at this year is it was just meant to be,” Durfey said. “From all the things that happened to making the finals at the end of the regular season to having a beautiful baby to having to miss Ellensburg (Wash.) to be there for her birth, even when I was outside the top 15. I had a horse that almost died that God healed to my wife performing here at the NFR, all this stuff came together for me.

“I’m so thankful for my family, my God, my sponsors and my friends. It’s just unbelievable.”

The dream has become real, and that reality will sink in soon enough. He has the gold buckle to prove it.

postheadericon Final results from 2016 NFR

All-around world standings: 1. Junior Nogueira, $231,728; 2. Clayton Hass, $228,108; 3. Clay Smith, $215,924; 4. Dustin Bird, $214,181; 5. Russell Cardoza, $204,720; 6. Caleb Smidt, $197,277; 7. Josh Peek, $164,363; 8. Ryan Jarrett, $155,416; 9. Shay Carroll, $120,306; 10. JoJo LeMond, $112,623; 11. Ryle Smith, $99,862; 12. Rhen Richard, $81,497.

Tim O'Connell

Tim O’Connell

Bareback riding: 1. R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif., 88.5 points on Pickett Rodeo’s Top Flight, $26,231; 2. Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 88, $20,731; 3. Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, 87, $15,654; 4. (tie) Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, and Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 85, $8,885 each; 6. Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 84.5, $4,231; 7. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 84; 8. (tie) Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah; Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.; and Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 83; 11. Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 81; 12. Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas, 80; 13. Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 76; 14. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 72.5; 15. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., NS. Average standings: 1. Tim O’Connell, 840 points on 10 head, $67,269; 2. (tie) Jake Vold and J.R. Vezain, 815, $48,865 each; 4. Caleb Bennett, 810, $31,731; 5. Richmond Champion, 807.5, $22,846; 6. Clayton Biglow, 805, $16,500; 7. R.C. Landingham, 799.5, $11,423; 8. Evan Jayne, 787, $6,346. World standings: 1. Tim O’Connell, $374,272; 2. Jake Vold, $240,161; 3. Orin Larsen, $219,373; 4. Caleb Bennett, $217,167; 5. Tanner Aus, $213,152; 6. R.C. Landingham, $211,986; 7. Clayton Biglow, $171,064; 8. J.R. Vezain, $159,508; 9. Winn Ratliff, $153,680; 10. Wyatt Denny, $148,862; 11. Richmond Champion, $129,092; 12. Jake Brown, $120,282; 13. Evan Jayne, $119,081; 14. Ty Breuer, $114,330; 15. Jessy Davis, $79,916.

Tyler Waguespack

Tyler Waguespack

Steer wrestling: 1. J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 3.9 seconds, $26,231; 2. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 4.0, $20,731; 3. (tie) Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.; Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.; Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.; Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 4.2, $9,413 each; 7. Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 4.4; 8. (tie) Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., and Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 4.6; 10. Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., 4.9; 11. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 5.3; 12. (tie) Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah, and Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii, 6.0; 14. (tie) Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., and Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La., NT. Average standings: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 41.9 seconds on 10 head, $67,269; 2. Jason Thomas, 49.8, $54,577; 3. Matt Reeves, 50.0, $43,154; 4. Dakota Eldridge, 55.6, $31,731; 5. Nick Guy, 60.1, $22,846; 6. Clayton Hass, 43.7 on nine, $16,500; 7. Cody Cabral, 57.9, $11,423; 8. Josh Peek, 59.9, $6,346. World standings: 1. Tyler Waguespack, $298,676; 2. Matt Reeves, $226,543; 3. Clayton Hass, $213,111; 4. J.D. Struxness, $213,108; 5. Jason Thomas, $205,137; 6. Dakota Eldridge, $176,673; 7. Ty Erickson, $145,673; 8. Riley Duvall, $129,104; 9. Josh Peek, $119,157; 10. Nick Guy, $118,308; 11. Billy Bugenig, $109,330; 12. Trevor Knowles, $101,336; 13. Cody Cabral, $101,331; 14. Jacob Talley, $96,686; 15. Baylor Roche, $93,636.

Team roping: 1. (tie) Zac Small, Welch, Okla./Wesley Thorp, Stephenville, Texas, and Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta/Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta, 4.3 seconds, $23,481 each; 3. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.5, $15,654; 4. Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 4.7, $11,000; 5. Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 5.5, $6,769; 6. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Junior Nogueira, Burleson, Texas, 9.4, $4,231; 7. Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 9.9; 8. Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 14.3; 9. (tie) Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.; Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.; Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta/Shay Carroll, Prineville, Ore.; Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.; Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore./Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif./Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.; Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz./Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah, NT. Average standings: 1. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 54.2 seconds on nine head, $67,269; 2. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 62.6, $54,577; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 71.9, $43,154; 4. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 51.6 on eight, $31,731; 5. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 51.7, $22,846; 6. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 37.5 on seven, $16,500; 7. Zac Small/Wesley Thorp, 48.2, $11,423; 8. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 50.2, $6,346. World standings (headers): 1. Levi Simpson, $249,133; 2. Kaleb Driggers, $230,284; 3. Luke Brown, $228,436; 4. Riley Minor, $220,166; 5. Clay Smith, $218,611; 6. Dustin Bird, $200,102; 7. Erich Rogers, $189,185; 8. Matt Sherwood, $145,907; 9. Zac Small, $143,787; 10. Kolton Schmidt, $132,378; 11. Colby Lovell, $122,245; 12. Tyler Wade, $114,529; 13. Garrett Rogers, $109,731; 14. Cody Snow, $100,718; 15. Coleman Proctor, $92,049. World standings (heelers): 1. Jeremy Buhler, $258,311; 2. Junior Nogueira, $230,284; 3. Jake Long, $225,091; 4. Paul Eaves, $219,900; 5. Brady Minor, $218,658; 6. Russell Cardoza, $193,441; 7. Cory Petska, $190,411; 8. Quinn Kesler, $145,876; 9. Wesley Thorp, $138,221; 10. Dakota Kirchenschlager, $120,755; 11. Shay Carroll, $110,968; 12. Jake Minor, $109,152; 13. Dugan Kelly, $106,510; 14. Travis Graves, $106,450; 15. Billie Jack Saebens, $98,834.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 90.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Wound Up, $26,231; 2. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 86.5, $20,731; 3. (tie) Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, and Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 86, $13,327 each; 5. Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 83, $6,769; 6. (tie) Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., and Jake Watson, Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia, 82.5, $2,115 each; 8. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 82; 9. Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 80.5; 10. CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 76.5; 11. (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas; Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah; Jake Wright, Milford, Utah; Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas; and Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, NS. Average standings: 1. Zeke Thurston, 747.5 points on nine head, $67,269; 2. Jake Watson, 745.5, $54,577; 3. Allen Boore, 729.5, $43,154; 4. CoBurn Bradshaw, 725.5, $31,731; 5. (tie) Jacobs Crawley and Cody Wright, 662 on eight, $19,673 each; 7. Jesse Wright, 581.5 on seven, $11,423; 8. Jake Wright, 578.5, $6,346. World standings: 1. Zeke Thurston, $265,449; 2. Jacobs Crawley, $262,618; 3. CoBurn Bradshaw, $219,867; 4. Ryder Wright, $211,758; 5. Jake Watson, $204,102; 6. Cody Wright, $196,927; 7. Allen Boore, $184,385; 8. Jake Wright, $166,818; 9. Rusty Wright, $163,904; 10. Jesse Wright, $150,424; 11. Clay Elliott, $139,760; 12. Cody DeMoss, $138,768; 13. Sterling Crawley, $132,376; 14. Heith DeMoss, $110,987; 15. Chuck Schmidt, $83,244.

Tyson Durfey

Tyson Durfey

Tie-down roping: 1. Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 6.6 seconds, $26,231; 2. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 7.2, $20,731; 3. (tie) Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, and Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 7.4, $13,327 each; 5. (tie) Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla., and Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 7.6, $5,500 each; 7. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 7.7; 8. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 7.8; 9. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 7.9; 10. Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas, 8.4; 11. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 8.6; 12. Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 9.6; 13. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 11.7; 14. (tie) Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., and Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, NT. Average standings: 1. Riley Pruitt, 85.9 seconds on 10 head, $67,269; 2. Tyson Durfey, 94.0, $54,577; 3. Hunter Herrin, 94.7, $43,154; 4. Cade Swor, 96.5, $31,731; 5. Cory Solomon, 109.2, $22,846; 6. Blane Cox, 78.8 on nine, $16,500; 7. Caleb Smidt, 83.8, $11,423; 8. Ryan Jarrett, 94.1, $6,346. World standings: 1. Tyson Durfey, $212,445; 2. Marcos Costa, $208,927; 3. Hunter Herrin, $205,573; 4. Marty Yates, $194,212; 5. Cade Swor, $187,566; 6. Caleb Smidt, $183,777; 7. Riley Pruitt, $180,586; 8. Shane Hanchey, $180,124; 9. Matt Shiozawa, $161,281; 10. Cory Solomon, $160,854; 11. Ryan Jarrett, $143,688; 12. Blane Cox, $141,473; 13. Timber Moore, $118,539; 14. Reese Riemer, $99,641; 15. Ryle Smith, $94,386.

Mary Burger

Mary Burger

Barrel racing: 1. (tie) Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., and Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 13.59 seconds, $23,481 each; 3. Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah, 13.61, $15,654; 4. Cayla (Melby) Small, Burneyville, Okla., 13.64, $11,000; 5. (tie) Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., and Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash., 13.67, $5,500 each; 7. Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 13.70; 8. Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas, 13.77; 9. Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 13.82; 10. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.06; 11. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 14.14; 12. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 18.79; 13. Mary Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla., 18.89; 14. Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 23.60; 15. Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo., NT. Average standings: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 137.98 seconds on 10 runs, $67,269; 2. Amberleigh Moore, 141.53, $54,577; 3. Sherry Cervi, 142.95, $43,154; 4. Kimmie Wall, 144.67, $31,731; 5. Pamela Capper, 148.07, $22,846; 6. Jackie Ganter, 149.88, $16,500; 7. Sarah Rose McDonald, 152.81, $11,423; 8. Mary Burger, 153.40, $6,346. World standings: 1. Mary Burger, $277,554; 2. Amberleigh Moore, $266,760; 3. Lisa Lockhart, $251,975; 4. Sherry Cervi, $248,313; 5. Kimmie Wall, $242,603; 6. Pamela Capper, $171,966; 7. Jackie Ganter, $169,541; 8. Ivy Conrado, $161,775; 9. Jana Bean, $159,086; 10. Sarah Rose McDonald, $159,018; 11. Stevi Hillman, $156,528; 12. Michele McLeod, $144,707; 13. Cayla (Melby) Small, $133,698; 14. Mary Walker, $122,816; 15. Carley Richardson, $103,991.

Sage Kimzey

Sage Kimzey

Bull riding: 1. Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 84 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s J Lazy, $26,231; 2. Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 83.5, $20,731; 3. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 83, $15,654; 4. Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas, 82.5, $11,000; 5. Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M., 82, $6,769; 6. (tie) Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah; Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas; Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho; Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.; Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.; Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.; Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.; Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.; Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla.; NS; Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas; INJ. Average standings: 1. Shane Proctor, 590 points on seven head, $67,269; 2. Brennon Eldred, 509.5 on six, $54,577; 3. Sage Kimzey, 501, $43,154; 4. Joe Frost, 407.5 on five, $31,731; 5. Garrett Smith, 330.5 on four, $22,846; 6. Cody Rostockyj, 327.5, $16,500; 7. Scottie Knapp, 253.5 on three, $11,423; 8. Tyler Smith, 253, $6,346. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $311,451; 2. Brennon Eldred, $287,803; 3. Shane Proctor, $272,365; 4. Joe Frost, $217,033; 5. Garrett Smith, $171,698; 6. Scottie Knapp, $159,291; 7. Cody Rostockyj, $153,287; 8. Jordan Spears, $151,802; 9. Roscoe Jarboe, $149,765; 10. Tyler Smith, $139,891; 11. Jeff Askey, $134,993; 12. Tim Bingham, $132,783; 13. Garrett Tribble, $129,118; 14. Rorey Maier, $127,594; 15. Cody Teel, $112,194.

postheadericon Struxness exits NFR with big money

LAS VEGAS – J.D. Struxness arrived in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago with a world championship on his mind.

He’ll have to settle for making big money in Sin City and a No. 4 finish in the world standings. That’s not too shabby for a first-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in just his second year competing in ProRodeo. His 10 days in the Nevada desert was highlighted by victories in Rounds 3, 4, 5 and 10.

J.D. Struxness

J.D. Struxness

“To be able to come into my first NFR and win four go-rounds is great,” said Struxness, 22, of Appleton, Minn. “We had to work out the mistakes at my rookie NFR. We could have had a better week. If we could have got in the average, maybe we could have given it a run at the world title.”

Instead, Louisiana cowboy Tyler Waguespack claimed the gold buckle, but Struxness finished with the fastest time in the 10th round, a 3.6-second run worth another $26,231. In all, the Minnesota man walked away from Las Vegas with $128,673. He finished the season with $213,108.

“You can’t make that kind of money anywhere else,” Struxness said. “That’s a pretty good daily wage coming out here to Vegas.”

Struxness attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., then transferred to Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he is a senior. He is the reigning college champion, but his lessons continued into the Nevada desert.

“The things I learned the most is not making the simple mistakes I made in Rounds 2 and 6,” he said. “Don’t relax in this building. I feel like in those two rounds I might have just relaxed a little bit and made those two mistakes. They were costly at the end of the week, but we were able to still make a good week out of it.”

It was a great way to close out his season.

“I knew I had a good steer that they placed on, so I was just trying to get aggressive and make a good run,” Struxness said. “I just wanted to make a good run and get in the money. Being able to come out on top was even better.”