postheadericon Tuckness scores 94.5 to win

Dusty Tuckness slips past 12X and Costa Fighting Bulls' Spitfire en route to a 94.5-point bullfight on Saturday night during the Bullfighters Only Flexfit Invitational presented by the Lewiston Roundup Association. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Dusty Tuckness slips past 12X and Costa Fighting Bulls’ Spitfire en route to a 94.5-point bullfight on Saturday night during the Bullfighters Only Flexfit Invitational presented by the Lewiston Roundup Association. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Wyoming bullfighter claims Lewiston title with best score ever in the BFO

LEWISTON, Idaho – Dusty Tuckness was just excited to be in the mix for Saturday’s Bullfighters Only Flexfit Invitational Presented by the Lewiston Roundup Association. He proved it with two sensational fights and the highest marked bout in the Bullfighters Only history.

He won the title after his 94.5-point bullfight with 12X and Costa Fighting Bulls’ Spitfire during the Hooey Championship Round.

“That’s the kind of bull you want to draw, one you know you can win on,” said Tuckness of Meeteetse, Wyo. “Spitfire is the kind of bull that we train for. Those are the opportunities you want to have in this industry.

“After I won my first round, it was on my mind to get the opportunity to fight the unfightable bull and just have fun with it. I did have a lot of fun.”

He was one of 15 men who were part of the BFO Flexfit Invitational in Lewiston, which featured five three-man bouts. The winners from each of the five rounds advanced to the championship; Tuckness was joined by reigning BFO world champion Weston Rutkowski, Tate Rhoads, veteran Toby Inman and newcomer Kris Furr.

Furr finished his first BFO event as the runner-up, scoring 89.5 in the championship round.

“I’ve been watching Kris for a while on social media,” Tuckness said. “He has a great ground game and good fundamentals. The BFO is about showcasing the best talent out there. He showed up and did well. I’m excited to see what he’s going to bring to the BFO for years to come.”

The night, though, belonged to the Idaho-born Tuckness. He won his round after posting an 87-point score, then advanced to the short round and a meeting with Spitfire, one of the premier fighting bulls in the game.

The agile red bull lived up to his billing. As the bull charged out of the chute, Tuckness turned his back to the animal and pulled off a quick reverse to begin the bout. Spitfire stayed close to the man, pushing his horns in tight, but Tuckness remained just out of harm’s way.

The tandem even danced along the wall of the arena, as Tuckness performed four straight fakes and allowed the bull to pass as he remained tight with the wall. Tuckness made a final round just after the 40-second buzzer sounded, then ended the fight.

“It was really good to get my first BFO event for the year,” he said. “Being a stand-alone event and coming away with the ‘W’ is a blessing. I’m just thankful for not only for the opportunity but also to be part of this great event.

“The Lewiston Roundup Association was awesome to us. My hat is off to the local sponsors and our year-round sponsors with the BFO. We wouldn’t be able to do this without those sponsors.”

The bullfighters weren’t the only benefactors; the fans were treated to the extreme action that is freestyle bullfighting.

“It was great all the way around,” Tuckness said. “It gave the crowd everything they wanted. It was a great crowd and they really got into it. They get behind these action sports. It’s a lot of fun to perform in front of a crowd like that.”

The $10,000 prize he earned for winning the BFO Flexfit Invitational was also a big deal. It pushed him into second place in the Pendleton Whisky World Standings, just behind Rutkowski.

“It was just a blessing and God’s timing more than anything,” Tuckness said. “I love my job, and it doesn’t matter where I’m at. It’s great to be able to have the support of your home state, but my mindset is to step out there with my best foot forward.

“It’s about the time and work I’ve done at the gym prior to the events, and I just zone out when it’s time for me and my bull. I’ve got to take care of myself and get around my animal.”

postheadericon Top cowboys part of special event

Bareback riding, bull riding to be part of Danny Dietz Memorial Classic

ROSENBERG, Texas – The uniqueness of the U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Classic has become a hit in the world of professional rodeo.

Danny Dietz

Danny Dietz

The bareback riding and bull riding event is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg. It will feature the top 24 bareback riders and top 24 bull riders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the premier sanctioning body in the sport and home to the greatest cowboys in the game. The PRCA was founded in 1929.

The concept U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Ultimate Challenge was created by Waller, Texas, cowboys Kirby and Clint Cannon – Clint is a five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in bareback riding. They came up with the idea after organizers Danny Quinlin and Patsy Dietz enlisted the Cannons’ help in establishing a PRCA event with the Classic.

Now in its second year, the cowboys will battle for the biggest paychecks paid out over the Memorial Day weekend, and the list of contestants is like a who’s who of the greatest men in the game in their respective events. That includes the defending world champions: Bareback rider Tim O’Connell and bull rider Sage Kimzey.

Each of the 48 cowboys will make one ride, with those receiving the highest markings on the 100-point scale earning the prize money. Last year’s event winners earned $3,500 apiece, and that money counted toward the world standings – in rodeo, only the top 15 money-earners at the end of the regular season advance to the NFR, which boasts of a $10 million payout.

“We wanted this to be a big deal for the Danny Dietz Memorial Classic and for the cowboys,” Kirby Cannon said. “Thankfully by working with such an amazing event, we’ve been able to make that happen.”

postheadericon Tuckness to compete in Idaho

Dusty Tuckness will return to his birth state of Idaho for the May 20 Bullfighters Only Lewiston Invitational. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Dusty Tuckness will return to his birth state of Idaho for the May 20 Bullfighters Only Lewiston Invitational. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

One of bullfighting’s best is returning to his birth state with Bullfighters Only

LEWISTON, Idaho – Dusty Tuckness was born in Idaho 31 years ago, so the Gem State is always going to be home. It also marks his return to Bullfighters Only competition for the first time in eight months.

He will be one of 15 men competing at the Bullfighters Only Lewiston Invitational, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Lewiston Roundup Arena.

“I was born in Idaho Falls, and my mom still lives in DuBois,” said Tuckness, one of the founding members of Bullfighters Only. “It’ll be good to get back up there and step around some fighting bulls.”

The stand-alone bullfight will feature the world’s top 15 freestyle bullfighters battling for $25,000 in prize money. They will compete in three-man brackets, with the five winners advancing to the championship round. The bullfighter that produces the highest-scoring bout in the final round will be crowned the BFO Lewiston champion.

“I’m proud to be part of it,” Tuckness said. “This event is going to be fun, not only just compete but continue to build the product we’ve been putting out there.

“These stand-alone events bring fans the whole sport of freestyle bullfighting. You get to see a little bit of everything: great bullfights, wrecks and the true nature of the sport. Now, because of the BFO, we’ve brought freestyle bullfighting back to a whole new level.”

Not only is BFO-Lewiston an event that features bullfighting exclusively, it also is part of a national tour. In 2016, Bullfighters Only developed the first tour in 17 seasons, and the men involved are in the second year touring the country.

“The events are going really well,” Tuckness said. “It’s developing into something that we’ve always wanted as bullfighters.”

A veteran, Tuckness is the most decorated bullfighter in ProRodeo, but he knows just how special it is to be part of Bullfighters Only. As the reigning seven-time Bullfighter of the Year, he understands the future is bright for the sport.

“I think the biggest change in the sport is that it’s back to the main stage,” Tuckness said. “Bullfighters Only putting on these stand-alone events allows bullfighters the chance to make a good living.

“It’s changing for the younger generation. There are a lot of up-and-comers who want to freestyle, and BFO is creating opportunities to showcase their skills.”

With scores based on a 100-point scale, men can earn up to 50 points per fight based on their ability to exhibit control and style while maneuvering around or over an animal; a bull can earn up to 50 points based on its quickness, aggression and willingness to stay with the bullfighter.

Bullfighters Only is a true man-vs.-beast spectacular. Spitfire will once again be part of the draw – one of many revered 12X & Costa Fighting Bulls that will be on hand in Lewiston.

Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased at www.lewistonroundup.com/bfo-event.

postheadericon Brazile earns 2 more Guymon crowns

Trevor Brazile earned both the tie-down roping and all-around championships this past week at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Trevor Brazile earned both the tie-down roping and all-around championships this past week at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

By Katie Lackey
TwisTed Rodeo
GUYMON, Okla. – Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo has been good to Trevor Brazile over the years, and he proved why Sunday afternoon.

Trevor Brazile, the 23-time world champion from Decatur, Texas, had a stellar weekend in the Oklahoma Panhandle. He closed out his weekend Sunday with a 7.3-second run to win the third round of tie-down roping, which also pushed his three-run cumulative time to 23.1 seconds to win the average championship.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Pioneer Days Rodeo marks his first big win of 2017.

“It was a perfect draw for the scenario, because if you draw too good, you tend to back off,” Brazile said. “The fastest they had tied the calf was in 9.8 seconds. So I knew I had to be aggressive, and it fell together.”

His tie-down runs weren’t the biggest news of the weekend, though; Brazile also claimed the all-around title with help from his other events, team roping and steer roping.

“This rodeo has always been good to me,” Brazile said. “A lot of people don’t know I grew up 30 minutes from here in Gruver, Texas. I have a lot of ties to this area.”

His efforts this weekend earned him $7,199, a solid start for his summer run.

“I was maxed out due to qualifications at some of the bigger, winter rodeos, so I am excited to start going.

And while he is on road, he will be in good company considering his traveling partners: three-time world champion tie-down roper Tuf Cooper and two-time world champion heeler Patrick Smith.

“Patrick doesn’t have any choice because he is roping with me,” Brazile said. “But I like having Tuf in the rig with me because you know you never back off. You are around someone who is at the pinnacle of their career, the top of their game. It obviously brings you up. I think it is a good mix of youth and wisdom.”

For now, Brazile will enjoy his win at a rodeo that is so close to home for him.

“This is one of those rodeos that just kind of keeps the tradition alive,” Brazile said. “I love it.”

postheadericon Crawford helps Harrison to title

Charly Crawford, right, and Joseph Harrison put the finishing touches to a winning weekend at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. The tandem shared the victory. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Charly Crawford, right, and Joseph Harrison put the finishing touches to a winning weekend at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. The tandem shared the victory. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Charly Crawford is playing the role of teacher in his team-roping partnership with Joseph Harrison.

That happens with someone like Crawford, an eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifying header, is matched with a heeler that hasn’t played on ProRodeo’s grandest stage.

“I believe it’s an awesome opportunity for me,” said Harrison of Overbrook, Okla. “He teaches me as we go along some of the things I don’t know.”

His lessons continued during the final performance of the 85th Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo on Sunday afternoon, where the tandem stopped the clock in 8.2 seconds; it was just enough to secure a share of the victory.

“I made a horse change,” said Crawford of Prineville, Ore. “I rode one of my wife’s horses in the first two (rounds). The steers were real fresh, and he’s real broke and real easy to ride. The steers usually get to running a little more in the third round, so I brought my good horse that can run pretty hard.

“I did an OK job of heading, and Joe did a really good job of heeling.”

Crawford and Harrison shared the victory with Brooks Dahozy and Tommy Zuniga. Both teams earned $2,934 after downing three steers in a cumulative time of 23.6 seconds. Crawford and Harrison each earned $3,389 in the Oklahoma Panhandle this week, adding a first-round paycheck to their total.

“I was a little later than I wanted to be,” Crawford said. “The steer started trotting, then took off. The main thing was to salvage a run and make them come beat us.”

When that didn’t happen, they earned the right to collect one of the trophy belts that are awarded to Pioneer Days Rodeo champions every year. This will be the second for Crawford, the first for Harrison.

“It’s awesome,” Harrison said. “I’ve been coming to this rodeo for a long time, and it’s in my circuit. I have the opportunity to rope with Charly this year, and I’m super excited about it.”

He should be. Not only will the money count toward the world standings, but it will go a long way in helping Harrison in the Prairie Circuit. He was not ranked heading into this weekend, but he leaves the Oklahoma Panhandle the No. 1 heeler in the Oklahoma-Kansas-Nebraska region. More importantly, it helps give the cowboys a lot of confidence heading into the summer run of rodeos.

“This is a cool rodeo,” Crawford said. “We enjoy the long starts and the fresh steers. The committee does a great job.”

That’s why they’ll continue to return.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
May 2-7
Results through the first performance
All-around cowboy:
Trevor Brazile, $7,199 in steer roping, team roping and tie-down roping.

Bareback riding: 1. Clayton Biglow, 86.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Bar Code, $3,232; 2. Wyatt Bloom, 84.5, $2,478; 3. Jordan Petlon, 84, $1,832; 4. (tie) Tanner Phipps and Kash Wilson, 83.5, $970 each; 6. Jake Brown, 82.5, $539; 7. Luke Creasy, 82, $431; 8. Richmond Champion, 81.5, $323.

Team roping: First round: 1. Clayton Hass/John Robertson, 5.9 seconds, $2,092; 2. (tie) Manny Egusquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV and Matt Sherwood/Walt Woodard, 6.2, $1,683 each; 4. Rowdy Rieken/Ace Pearce, 6.3, $1,274; 5. Blake Hughes/Cody Doescher, 6.7, $1,001; 6. Tyler Wade/Clint Summers, 6.8, $728; 7. Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison, 6.9, $455; 8. (tie) Kellan Johnson/Jhett Johnson and Tylere Wojciechowski/Wesley Moss, 7.0, $91 each. Second round: 1. Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 5.4, $2,092; 2. Jr. Dees/Matt Zancanella, 5.8, 1,819; 3. (tie) Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II and Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.7, $1,410; 5. Logan Olson/Will Woodfin, 6.8, $1,001; 6. Brit Ellerman/T.J. Watts, 7.3, $728; 7. Cale Markham/Nick Simmons, 7.4, $455; 8. (tie) Wade Kreutzer/Kyon Kreutzer and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 7.5, $91. Third round: 1. Tyler Wojciechowski/Wesley Moss, 5.7, $2,092; 2. Clay Smith/Jake Smith, 5.8, $1,819; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 6.4, $1,547; 4. Brooks Dahozy/Tommy Zuniga, 6.7, $1,274; 5. (tie) Tyler Wade/Clint Summers and Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 7.0, $864 each; 7. Brian Dunning/Tad Sheets, 7.4, $455; 8. Jimmy Tanner/Jim Ross Cooper, 7.6, $182. Aggregate: 1. (tie) Brooks Dahozy/Tommy Zuniga and Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison, 23.6 seconds on three runs, $2,934 each; 3. Brit Ellerman/T.J. Watts, 23.9, $2,320; 4. Brett Christensen/Dawson McMaster, 24.4, $1,910; 5. Cole Cooper/Ryon Tittle, 24.8, $1,501; 6. Shay Carroll/Nano Garza, 27.5, $1,092; 7. Jimmy Tanner/Jim Ross Cooper, 28.1, $682; 8. Manny Equsquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV, 28.9, $273.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Levi Rudd, 3.9 seconds, $1,758; 2. Ty Erickson, 4.4, $1,529; 3. Casey Martin, 4.5, $1,300; 4. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Cody Cabral, $956 each; 6. Tristan Martin, 4.8, $612; 7. (tie) Nick Guy, Tyler Pearson and Hunter Cure, 4.9, $178 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Jacob Talley, Hunter Crawford and J.D. Struxness, 4.2 seconds, $1,529 each; 4. Levi Rudd, 4.3, $1,070; 5. (tie) Justin Shaffer, Kyle Irwin and Tyler Waguespack, 4.4, $612; 8. Jon Ragatz, 4.5, $153. Third round: 1. Tyler Pearson, 3.4 seconds, $1,758; 2. Riley Duvall, 3.6, $1,529; 3. Trell Etbauer, 3.7, $1,300; 4. Jon Ragatz, 3.8, $1,070; 5. (tie) Ty Erickson, Mike Bates Jr. and Jacob Talley, 4.0, $612 each; 8. Tyler Waguespack, 4.1, $153 each. Aggregate: 1. Ty Erickson, 13.0 seconds on three runs, $2,638; 2. Tyler Waguespack, 13.1, $2,294; 3. J.D. Struxness, $1,950; 4. Jon Ragatz, 14.4, $1,606; 5. Casey Martin, 14.6, $1,261; 6. Tyler Pearson, 15.0, $917; 7. Justin Shaffer, 15.3, $573; 8. Cole Edge, 15.9, $229.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Rusty Wright, on Powder River Rodeo’s Look Again, and Heith DeMoss, on Lancaster & Jones’ Total Equines Angel Fire, $3,056 each; 3. CoBurn Bradshaw, 84.5, $1,961; 4. Tyler Corrington, 83.5, $1,269; 5. Jake Wright, Wyatt Casper and Joey Sonnier, 82, $615 each; 8. Tyrell Smth, 81.5, $246.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Jesse Clark, 7.3 seconds, $1,787; 2. E.J. Roberts, 7.6, $1,554; 3. Trevor Brazile, 7.7, $1,321; 4. Catfish Brown, 7.9, $1,088; 5. (tie) Marcos Costa, Joe Colletti, Riley Pruitt and Ryan Jarrett, 8.0, $505 each. Second round: 1. Tuf Cooper, 6.8 seconds, $1,787; 2. Tyson Durfey, 7.1, $1,554; 3. (tie) Marty Yates, Tyler Prcin and Michael Otero, 7.2, $1,088 each; 6. (tie) Ryan Jarrett and Shane Hanchey, 7.3, $405 each; 8. Chris Demases, 7.5, $155. Third round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 7.3 seconds, $1,787; Caddo Lewallen, 7.5, $1,554; 3. (tie) Shane Hanchey and Trell Etbauer, 7.7, $1,204 each; 5. Cimarron Boardman, 7.9, $855; 6. (tie) Michael Otero and Ryan Jarrett, 8.0, $505 each; 8. Cory Solomon, 8.1, $155. Aggregate: 1. Ryan Jarrett, 23.3, $2,331; 3. Shane Hanchey, 23.4, $1,982; 4. Cory Solomon, 24.9, $1,632; 5. Michael Otero, 25.1, $1,282; 6. Tyson Durfey, 25.9, $932; 7. Sterling Smith, 25.9, $583; 8. Catfish Brown, 26.1, $233.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Sindey Forrest, 17.40 seconds, $2,205; 2. Shea Durfey, 17.53, $1,890; 3. (tie) Tammy Fischer and Davie King, 17.56, $1,470 each; 5. Tracy Nowlin, 17.59, $1,040; 6. Britta Thiel, 17.60, $840; 7. Jessi Fish, 17.71, $630; 8. (tie) Lake Mehalic and Morgan Breaux, 17.72, $367 each; 10. (tie) Jodi Colton, Carmel Wright and Jackie Ganter, 17.73, $70 each. Second round: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 17.20 seconds, $2,205; 2. Stevi Hillman, 17.38, $1,890; 3. Tracy Nowlin, 17.41, $1,575; 4. Carmel Wright, 17.45, $1,365; 5. Dona Kay Rule, 17.46, $1,050; 6. (tie) Jodi Colton, Kelly Tovar and Cayla Small, 17.49, $630 each; 8. Tiany Schuster, 17.50, $315; 10. Becki Mask, 17.51, $210. Aggregate: 1. Tracy Nowlin, 35.00 seconds on two runs, $2,205; 2. Hailey Kinsel 35.02, $1,890; 3. Sidney Forrest, 35.04, $1,575; 4. Carmel Wright, 35.18, $1,365; 5. Jodi Colton, 35.22, $1,050; 6. (tie) Lake Mehalic and Tammy Fischer, 35.25, $735 each; 8. Becki Mask, 35.28, $420; 9. Mary Walker, 35.34, $315; 10. Carley Richardson, 35,36, $210.

Bull riding: 1. Roscoe Jarboe, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Apollo’s Gold, and Trevor Reiste, on Lancaster & Jones’ Bandit, 84 points, $3,313; 3. Boudreaux Campbell, 83, $2,125; 4. Justin Hendrix, 82.5, $1,375’ 5. (tie) Jeff Askey and Kyle Ziegler, 82, $750 each; 7. John Pitts, 80.5, $500; 8. Joe Frost, 80, $375.

postheadericon Wright rides from Guymon jinx

Rusty Wright rides Powder River Rodeo's Look Again for 87 points to take the lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Rusty Wright rides Powder River Rodeo’s Look Again for 87 points to take the lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Rusty Wright knew he had a chance to change his fortunes in this Oklahoma Panhandle town.

He did that Saturday night during the third performance of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, matching moves with Powder River Rodeo’s Look Again for 87 points to take the saddle bronc riding lead. He’ll have to wait until Sunday’s final performance to see where his score lands, but he must like his chances to claim this coveted championship.

“I’ve never actually had any luck until this year,” said Wright, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Milford, Utah, who now sits 20th in the world standings. “It was a little slow start coming back from my leg (injury). The past couple of weeks I’ve been drawing good and riding them good enough. I’m moving up the standings.”

Rusty Wright

Rusty Wright

Wright suffered a broken leg late last season and just recovered in time to compete at the NFR. The lingering effects of the injury, though, carried over to 2017.

His ride Saturday should help. The big brown horse jumped and kicked straight across the Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena, and Wright showed off that classic spur stroke to score the big points.

“That horse jumps really high and kicks really hard,” he said. “He feels like he’s really bucking, but at the same time, it’s really smooth because you’re ahead of him and beating him to the ground.”

The key in bronc riding is to have the heels of the boots to the front of the animal’s shoulders as the front hooves hit the ground. As the stroke moves to the back of the saddle then to the front again, a good ride looks like a rhythmic dance.

“That’s the kind of horse that if you’re not ahead of him and have your feet set (above the horse’s shoulders) before he hits the ground, he’ll make you pay for it,” Wright said. “He’s a bucker, but he feels good if you’re doing everything right.”

He was. But that’s become a staple for the Wright family. Rusty Wright travels the rodeo trail with his younger brother, Ryder, their father, Cody, and their uncle, Spencer. All have performed at the NFR: Cody Wright is a two-time world champion, and Spencer won the 2014 gold buckle. Ryder Wright won five of 10 go-rounds last year and finished fourth in the world standings.

Now just 21, Rusty Wright is making quite a name for himself, but he understands that he’s had quite a bit of help in the process. He has three other uncles that ride broncs: Alex and twins Jesse and Jake. The twins also have been to the NFR, and Jesse won the 2012 world title.

“It’s hard enough being away from home,” he said. “With these guys with you, it’s not as bad. When you’re not doing very good, they just make it better. My dad and all my uncles have been there and done that. When my brother and I need advice, they’re right there.”

Family is important, but to a competitor, winning is also a vital part of the process. Rusty Wright knows that as well as anyone

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
May 2-7
Results through the first performance

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Clayton Biglow, 86.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Bar Code; 2. Jordan Petlon, 84; 3. Tanner Phipps, 83.5; 4. Jake Brown, 82.5; 5. Luke Creasy, 82; \6. Mason Clements, 80.5; 7. (tie) J.C. Hester Jr., Tim O’Connell and Jamie Howlett, 80.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Clay Smith/Jake Smith, 5.8 seconds; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 6.4; 3. Brooks Dahozy/Tommy Zuniga, 6.7; 4. (tie) Tyler Wade/Clint Summers and Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 7.0; 6. Brian Dunning/Tad Sheets, 7.4; 7. Jimmy Tanner/Jim Ross Cooper, 7.6; 8. (tie)Kellan Johnson/Jhett Johnson and Blake Deckard/Sawyer Barham, 8.0. Aggregate leaders: 1. Brooks Dahozy/Tommy Zuniga, 23.6 seconds on three runs; 2. Shay Carrol/Nano Garza, 27.5; 3. Jimmy Tanner/Jim Ross Cooper, 28.1; 4. Manny Equsquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV, 28.9; 5. Kyle Letzelter, 29.4; 6. Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 32.9; 7. Blake Deckard/Sawyer Barham, 33.9; 8. Clay Smith/Jake Smith, 37.0.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Tyler Pearson, 3.4 seconds; 2. Riley Duvall, 3.6; 3. Trell Etbauer, 3.7; 4. Jon Ragatz, 3.8; 5. (tie) Ty Erickson, Mike Bates Jr. and Jacob Talley, 4.0; 8. Tyler Waguespack, 4.1. Aggregate leaders: 1. Ty Erickson, 13.0 seconds on three runs; 2. Tyler Waguespack, 13.1; 3. Jon Ragatz, 14.4; 4. Casey Martin, 14.6; 5. Tyler Pearson, 15.0; 6. Cole Edge, 15.9; 7. (tie) Will Lummus and Trell Etbauer, 16.0.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Rusty Wright, 87 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Look Again; 2. CoBurn Bradshaw, 84.5; 3. Tyler Corrington, 83.5; 4. Jake Wright, 82; 5. Tyrel Smth, 81.5; 6. Hardy Braden, 81; 7. Leon Fountain, 80.5; 8. Cort Scheer, 79.5.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 7.5 seconds; 2. (tie) Shane Hanchey and Trell Etbauer, 7.7; 4. Cimarron Boardman, 7.9; 5. (tie) Michael Otero and Ryan Jarrett, 8.0; 7. Cory Solomon, 8.1; 8. (tie) Tyson Durfey and Sterling Smith, 8.2. Aggregate leaders: 1. Ryan Jarrett, 23.3 seconds on three runs; 2. Shane Hanchey, 23.4; 3. Cory Solomon, 24.9; 4. Michael Otero, 25.1; 5. Tyson Durfey, 25.9; 6. Sterling Smith, 25.9; 7. Cimarron Boardman, 26.5; 8. Trell Etbauer, 26.9.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 17.20 seconds; 2. Stevi Hillman, 17.38; 3. Carmel Wright, 17.45; 4. Dona Kay Rule, 17.46; 5. (tie) Jodi Colton, Kelly Tovar and Cayla Small, 17.49; 8. Tiany Schuster, 17.50; 8. (tie) Lauren Magdeburg and Lake Mehalic, 17.53. Aggregate leaders: 1. Hailey Kinsel 35.02 seconds on two runs; 2. Carmel Wright, 35.18; 3. Jodi Colton, 35.22; 4. (tie) Lake Mehalic and Tammy Fischer, 35.25; 6. Mary Walker, 35.34; 7. Carley Richardson, 35,36l 8. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Kelly Tovar, 35.37; 10. Tiany Schuster, 35.38.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Roscoe Jarbo, 84 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Apollo’s Gold; 2. Trevor Reiste, 84; 3. Boudreaux Campbell, 83; 4. (tie) Jeff Askey and Kyle Ziegler, 82; 6. John Pitts, 80.5; 7. Joe Frost, 80; 8. Trevor Kastner, 77.

postheadericon Jarrett finds comfort in Guymon

Ryan Jarrett ropes his calf Saturday afternoon to take the tie-down roping average lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Ryan Jarrett ropes his calf Saturday afternoon to take the tie-down roping average lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

By Katie Lackey
TwisTed Rodeo
GUYMON, Okla. – With only six rodeos under his belt this year, Ryan Jarrett has bounced back from a wrist injury with an opportunity to win Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Jarrett, the 10-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, has spent some time on the sidelines because of wrist surgery he had done after the 2016 NFR.

“I have been at home doing lots of work,” Jarrett said. “I am pretty excited to get back at it and go to all those rodeos.”

Ryan Jarrett

Ryan Jarrett

His cumulative time of 23.3-seconds on three runs has set him up to take the lead in the tie-down roping after the second performance Saturday afternoon. There are still two performances left to go before Jarrett is able to officially clench the title.

“It is real important,” Jarrett said about winning Pioneer Days. “They have lots of entries. The added money is good, and the rounds pay well. It will bring you up in the standings if you do good here.”

He managed an 8.0-second run on his third calf. The run tied him for fourth place in the round.

“I should have won money in that round. Eight (seconds) flat probably won’t win much; if it does, it will be at the bottom,” he said. “I have a pretty good chance to win the average.”

Jarrett has always done well in the Oklahoma Panhandle. In 2009, he won the tie-down roping, but his success hasn’t come without support from his family.

“It makes a lot of things possible,” Jarrett said. “If I need to be gone, I don’t really worry about anything; it is all taken care of. They are behind me 100 percent. They do whatever I need done to make it possible.”

This support will be vital to Jarrett as he attempts to make another trip to the NFR.

“There will be a lot more rodeos that I will go to around Oklahoma and in the circuit before I head out for the summer,” he said. “I won’t leave until June 10 or so where I will be gone for about 100 days.

Jarrett is feeling hopeful about the money earned here propelling him to success into the summer months.

“It gives me a pretty good boost,” he said. “I have been winning decent at some small rodeos, but this feels good.”

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
May 2-7
Results through the first performance

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Clayton Biglow, 86.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Bar Code; 2. Jordan Petlon, 84; 3. Jake Brown, 82.5; 4. Mason Clements, 80.5; 5. (tie) J.C. Hester Jr. and Tim O’Connell, 80; 7. Tilden Hooper, 78.5; 8. Nate McFadden, 78.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Clay Smith/Jake Smith, 5.8 seconds; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 6.4; 3. Tyler Wade/Clint Summers, 7.0; 4. Jimmy Tanner/Jim Ross Cooper, 7.6; 5. Kellan Johnson/Jhett Johnson, 8.0; 6. (tie) Wade Kreutzer/Kyon Kreutzer and Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 9.3; 8. Jr. Dees/Matt Zancanella, 13.1. Aggregate leaders: 1. Jimmy Tanner/Jim Ross Cooper, 28.1 seconds on three runs; 2. Manny Equsquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV, 28.9; 3. Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 32.9; 4. Clay Smith/Jake Smith, 37.0; 5. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 40.1; 6. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 13.6 seconds on two runs; 7. Tyler Wade/Clint Summers, 13.8; 8. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 14.3.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Tyler Pearson, 3.4 seconds; 2. Jon Ragatz, 3.8; 3. (tie) Ty Erickson, Mike Bates Jr. and Jacob Talley, 4.0; 6. Tyler Waguespack, 4.1; 7. Cole Edge, 4.3; 8. Richard Coats, 4.4. Aggregate leaders: 1. Ty Erickson, 13.0 seconds on three runs; 2. Tyler Waguespack, 13.1; 3. Jon Ragatz, 14.4; 4. Casey Martin, 14.6; 5. Tyler Pearson, 15.0; 6. Cole Edge, 15.9; 7. Will Lummus, 16.0; 8. Jacob Talley, 16.1.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. CoBurn Bradshawm 84.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex; 2. Jake Wright, 82; 3. Leon Fountain, 80.5; 4. Cort Scheer, 79.5; 5. Colt Gordon, 79; 6. Taos Muncy 77.5; 7. Shorty Garrett, 77; 8. Audy Reed, 76.5.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 7.5 seconds; 2. Shane Hanchey, 7.7; 3. Cimarron Boardman, 7.9; 4. (tie) Michael Otero and Ryan Jarrett, 8.0; 6. Cory Solomon, 8.1; 7. (tie) Tyson Durfey and Sterling Smith, 8.2. Aggregate leaders: 1. Ryan Jarrett, 23.3 seconds on three runs; 2. Shane Hanchey, 23.4; 3. Cory Solomon, 24.9; 4. Michael Otero, 25.1; 5. Tyson Durfey, 25.9; 6. Sterling Smith, 25.9; 7. Cimarron Boardman, 26.5; 8. Caddo Lewallen, 27.8.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 17.20 seconds; 2. Stevi Hillman, 17.38; 3. Dona Kay Rule, 17.46; 4. (tie) Jodi Colton, Kelly Tovar and Cayla Small, 17.49; 7. Tiany Schuster, 17.50; 8. (tie) Lauren Magdeburg and Lake Mehalic, 17.53; 10. Ari-Anna Flynn, 17.58; 6. (tie) Falon Jordan and Ali Armstrong, 17.60; 8. Taci Bettis, 17.62; 9. Cerei McCaffery, 17.65; 10. Sarah Kieckhefer, 17.66. Aggregate leaders: 1. Hailey Kinsel 35.02 seconds on two runs; 2. Jodi Colton, 35.22; 3. (tie) Lake Mehalic and Tammy Fischer, 35.25; 5. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Kelly Tovar, 35.37; 7. Tiany Schuster, 35.38; 8. Morgan Breaux, 35.40; 9. Lauren Magdeburg, 35.44; 10. Jaime Barrow, 35.73.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Roscoe Jarbo, 84 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Apollo’s Gold; 2. Boudreaux Campbell, 83; 3. (tie) Jeff Askey and Kyle Ziegler, 82; 5. John Pitts, 80.5; 6. Joe Frost, 80; 7. Trevor Kastner, 77; 8. Corey Atwell, 82.

postheadericon Erickson chasing Guymon title

Ty Erickson wrestled his way into the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo lead. On Friday, he scored a 4.0-second run to hold a 1.4-second lead over the No. 2 cowboy. He has earned $97,000 already this season. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Ty Erickson wrestled his way into the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo lead. On Friday, he scored a 4.0-second run to hold a 1.4-second lead over the No. 2 cowboy. He has earned $97,000 already this season. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Ty Erickson is coming off the best regular season of his career, where he won $93,000.

He’s bettered that already in 2017, and it’s early May; there are still five months and dozens of lucrative rodeos ahead of him before the campaign closes Sept. 30.

“It’s been weird, honestly,” said Erickson, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Helena, Mont. “I’ve been very fortunate, because I’ve done pretty well at every big rodeo we’ve gone to.”

Ty Erickson

Ty Erickson

As of Friday night, he had earned more than $97,000 wrestling steers in ProRodeo. That includes $1,529 he earned in the first round of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. He’ll likely add to it by weekend’s end, thanks in large part to his third-round run on the opening performance of Guymon’s Hall of Fame rodeo.

Erickson wrestled his steer to the ground in 4.0 seconds; that, combined with his previous two runs, gives the Montana cowboy a three-run cumulative time of 13.0 seconds and a huge lead in the race to the average championship. He will now await the remaining three performances to see where he finishes his few days in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

“Any rodeo you can win – whether it’s Guymon, Oklahoma; Helena, Montana; or San Antonio, Texas – each one you can win is pretty special,” he said. “There are so many good bulldoggers in the PRCA that it’s hard to win a rodeo, much less a check at a ProRodeo.”

He got a little help from Outlaw, a horse owned by his traveling partner, Tyler Wageuspack, the reigning world champion steer wrestler.

“We’ve been riding him at a lot of places this summer, and he’s been working great everywhere,” Erickson said. “I rode him every round in Guymon. I think I’ll get a decent check in the average, but we’ll see; there are a lot of good bulldoggers yet to go.”

Still, he set a solid mark with his aggregate score.

“There are so many good guys that still have to go that can be just as fast, so you just have to go at every one of them,” he said.

One of those is Wageuspack, who is 9.0 seconds on two runs. After his race to the gold buckle last year, the Louisiana bulldogger sits second behind Erickson. The difference, however, is about $35,000. The tandem also travels with Clayton Hass, who finished the 2016 season as the reserve world champion all-around cowboy.

“Having a good group of guys that you travel with is really important,” Erickson said. “If a guy’s not doing as well that weekend, you’ve got the other two there picking him up. It helps a guy win, too, and it’s been a lot of fun.”

It’s been profitable, too.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
May 2-7
Results through the first performance
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Clayton Biglow, 86.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Bar Code; 2. Jordan Petlon, 84; 3. Jake Brown, 82.5; 4. (tie) J.C. Hester Jr. and Tim O’Connell, 80; 6. Tilden Hooper, 78.5; 7. Nate McFadden, 78; 8. Devan Reilly, 75

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 6.4 seconds; Tyler Wade/Clint Summers, 7.0; 3. Kellan Johnson/Jhett Johnson, 8.0; 4. Wade Kreutzer/Kyon Kreutzer, 9.3; 5. Manny Equsquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV, 14.5; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Manny Equsquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV, 28.9 seconds on three runs; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 13.6 seconds on two runs; 3. Tyler Wade/Clint Summers, 13.8; 4. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 14.3; 5. Logan Olson/Will Woodfin, 14.4; 6. Matt Sherwood/Walt Woodard, 14.6; 7. (tie) Kellan Johnson/Jhett Johnson and Brit Ellerman/T.J. Watts, 15.0.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Jon Ragatz, 3.8 seconds; 2. (tie) Ty Erickson, Mike Bates Jr. and Jacob Talley, 4.0; 5. Trever Nelson, 4.7; 6. Del Ray Kraupie, 5.0; 7. Will Lummus, 5.1; 8. T.J. Hall, 5.6. Aggregate leaders: 1. Ty Erickson, 13.0 seconds on three runs; 2. Jon Ragatz, 14.4; 3. Will Lummus, 16.0; 4. Jacob Talley, 16.1; 5. Mike Bates Jr., 17.6; 6. T.J. Hall, 19.4; 7. Matt Reeves, 22.2; 8. Trever Nelson, 23.2.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. CoBurn Bradshawm 84.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex; 2. Jake Wright, 82; 3. Shorty Garrett, 77; 4. Audy Reed, 76.5; 5. Jace Lane, 75.5; 6. Clay Elliott, 74; 7. Alex Wright, 70; 8. Ben Englelman, 68.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Shane Hancheym, 7.7 seconds; 2. Cimarron Boardman, 7.9; 3. Cory Solomon, 8.1; 4. (tie) Tyson Durfey and Sterling Smith, 8.2; 6. Cade Swor, 8.6; 7. Marcos Costa, 89.9; 7. Bart Brunson, 9.2. Aggregate leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 23.4 seconds on three runs; 2. Cory Solomon, 24.9; 3. Tyson Durfey, 25.9; 4. Sterling Smith, 25.9; 5. Cimarron Boardman, 26.5; 6. Cade Swor, 29.4; 7. Robert Mathis, 31.5; 8. Bart Brunson, 32.2.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 17.20 seconds; 2. Stevi Hillman, 17.38; 3. Cayla Small, 17.49; 4. Lake Mehalic, 17.53; 5. Ari-Anna Flynn, 17.58; 6. (tie) Falon Jordan and Ali Armstrong, 17.60; 8. Taci Bettis, 17.62; 9. Cerei McCaffery, 17.65; 10. Sarah Kieckhefer, 17.66. Aggregate leaders: 1. Hailey Kinsel 35.02 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Lake Mehalic and Tammy Fischer, 35.25; 4. Jaime Barrow, 35.73; 5. Billie Ann Harmon, 35.74; 6. Fallon Jordan, 35.79; 7. Ali Armstrong, 35.99; 8. (tie) Shali Lord and Angela Mikles, 36.01; 10. Sara Bynum, 36.10.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Roscoe Jarbo, 84 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Apollo’s Gold; 2. Boudreaux Campbell, 83; 3. John Pitts, 80.5; 4. Joe Frost, 80; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon 2017 Guymon barrel racing first round

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
May 2-7
First-round results: Barrel racing: 1. Sindey Forrest, 17.40 seconds, $2,205; 2. Shea Durfey, 17.53, $1,890; 3. (tie) Tammy Fischer and Davie King, 17.56, $1,470 each; 5. Tracy Nowlin, 17.59, $1,040; 6. Britta Thiel, 17.60, $840; 7. Jessi Fish, 17.71, $630; 8. (tie) Lake Mehalic and Morgan Breaux, 17.72, $367 each; 10. (tie) Jodi Colton, Carmel Wright and Jackie Ganter, 17.73, $70 each.

postheadericon Fun for all in Guymon this weekend

GUYMON, Okla. – Pioneer Days Rodeo never ceases to amaze me, and this year’s event looks to be one of the best.

That’s saying something about an event that was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame just a couple of years ago. But with 961 competitors who threw their hats into the ring just to be part of this event, the very best in the world are ready to showcase their talents on a grand stage.

Ted Harbin TwisTed Rodeo

Ted Harbin
TwisTed Rodeo

But Pioneer Days Rodeo is more than just a world-class competition; it also is a fun event for everyone in the family. Whether it’s fast times, big scores or high-flying dismounts, there are many wonderful things to expect inside Hitch Arena over the four performances this weekend.

Take Justin Rumford, who in just a few short years at the craft has been recognized as one of the best clowns and entertainers in rodeo. You don’t want to miss his antics, and when you see him in action, you’ll realize just how special of a personality he is and what he offers to folks who attend the rodeo.

The committee also will be giving away bicycles to youngsters that attend the Saturday matinee, and tickets for the 2 p.m. performance will be given at a discounted rate. In fact, the advanced-ticket pricing is available at all ticket outlets throughout the weekend, so rodeo-goers have the opportunity for great savings by purchasing those advanced tickets.

Mixed in with forecasted brilliant weather, and there are several reasons anyone who wants to be entertained should make their way to Guymon this weekend.

It’s worth the trip.