postheadericon San Angelo leaders through Feb. 10

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Josh Clark and Riley Duvall, 3.6 seconds; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones, T.J. Hall and Heath Thomas, 3.9 each; 6. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each; 8. Ty Talsma, 4.2. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds; 2. Cody Woodward, 3.8; 3. (tie) Clayton Tuchscherer and Mike McGinn, 3.9 each; 5. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Clint Shofner, 4.1 each; 7. Cameron Mormon, 4.2; 8. (tie) K.C. Jones, Clayton Hass and Forest Salsbury, 4.3 each. Average leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Riley Duvall, 8.4; 3. Stan Branco, 8.8; 4. Nick Guy, 9.1; 5. Jacob Edler, 9.5; 6. Matt Reeves, 10.0; 7. Shayde Etherton and Justin Shaffer, 10.4 each.

Colby Lovell

Colby Lovell

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Will Wodfin, 4.1 seconds; 2. Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 4.5; 3. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6 each; 5. (tie) Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger and Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.7 each; 7. (tie) Travis Tryan/Levi Tryan, Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego and Kelsey Parchman/Matt Kasner, 4.8 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Brady Tryan/Tommy Zuniga and Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 3.9 each; 4. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, Casey Tew/John Robertson and Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, 4.0 each; 7. (tie) Bobby Joe Hill/Boogie Ray, Cory Clark/Ethan Cory and Dylan Gordan/Austin Rogers, 4.1 each. Average leaders 1. Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 8.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 9.0; 3. Blake Kirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 9.3; 4. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 9.4; 5. Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, 9.5; 6. (tie) Brandon Webb/Mickey Gomez and Justin Davis/Shane Bruce, 9.8; 8. Kelsey Parchman/Matt Kasner, 10.0.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Michael Otero and Caleb Smidt, 8.0 each; 4. (tie) Garrett Hale and E.J. Roberts, 8.1; 6. (tie) Chant DeForest and Ike Fontenot, 8.2; 8. (tie) Jayce Johnson and Cole Bailey, 8.4. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. J.D. Kibbe, 7.8; 4. (tie) Hunter Herrin and Justin Macha, 7.9 each; 6. (tie) Quay Howard and Jerrad Hofstetter, 8.2 each; 8. John Wall, 8.3. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 16.7 seconds on two runs; 2. E.J. Roberts, 17.6; 3. Garrett Hale, 17.7; 4. Chant DeForest, 17.8; 5. Marcos Costa, 18.0; 6. (tie) Trey Young, Cody Owens and Jayce Johnson, 18.2 each.

postheadericon 5-time champ Jones injured, replaced by Doescher

Oklahoma City cowboy Cody Doescher will return to the CINCH Timed Event Championship during its 2016 run from March 4-6 at the Lazy E Arena.

Doescher will replace five-time champion K.C. Jones of Burlington, Wyo., who suffered an injured shoulder recently and will be out of competition for the next eight to 12 weeks.

Cody Doescher

Cody Doescher

“You don’t want to wish anything bad on anybody,” Doescher said. “K.C.’s been a contender there every year and has won it multiple times. It’s definitely going to be different being there without him. Fortunately for me, it allows me the chance to compete there, but I sure didn’t want to get in that way.”

In 2014-15, Doescher was part of the prestigious 20-man field that features the best all-around timed-event cowboys in rodeo competing in all five disciplines: heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.

It’s dubbed the “Ironman of ProRodeo” because of the grueling test each of the cowboys faces through the five-round competition that takes place over three days.

“It means the world to be able to go again, because it’s such a prestigious event,” said Doescher, who finished 11th in the 2015 average race. “It’s such a cowboy competition and not just a rodeo. Guys will get out of their comfort zone and have to do things they don’t do every day.

“It brings out the weaknesses everybody has and the mind games, and you have to overcome it in one event. That’s what makes it such a great event.”

postheadericon San Angelo updated first round

SanAngelo-LogoMore competition took place at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo today with more first-round action in the timed events. Here are the updated standings.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Josh Clark and Riley Duvall, 3.6 seconds; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones, T.J. Hall and Heath Thomas, 3.9 each; 6. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each; 8. Ty Talsma, 4.2.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Will Wodfin, 4.1 seconds; 2. Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 4.5; 3. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6 each; 5. (tie) Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger and Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.7 each; 7. (tie) Travis Tryan/Levi Tryan, Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego and Kelsey Parchman/Matt Kasner, 4.8 each.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Michael Otero and Caleb Smidt, 8.0 each; 4. (tie) Garrett Hale and E.J. Roberts, 8.1; 6. (tie) Chant DeForest and Ike Fontenot, 8.2; 8. (tie) Jayce Johnson and Cole Bailey, 8.4.

postheadericon PRCA to help honor fallen heroes

BAREBACK RIDING, BULL RIDING TO BE PART OF DANNY DIETZ MEMORIAL CLASSIC

ROSENBERG, Texas – The movie “Lone Survivor” shined a bright and graphic light on Operation RedWings, a battle in the Afghanistan mountains that left 19 U.S. warriors dead in June 2005.

Their sacrifice – as well as the sacrifices of countless other servicemen, servicewomen and their families – should never be forgotten. Danny Quinlan has made it his mission to honor these heroes for all they have done.

Danny Dietz

Danny Dietz

That’s why he organizes the annual U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Classic, a multi-event celebration that takes place every Memorial Day weekend at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenburg.

“This whole event started out as trying to keep Danny’s name alive and where we thought Danny would want the money to go,” said Quinlan, who works closely with Dietz’s surviving wife, co-founder Patsy Dietz. “He was always seen as the ultimate team guy, so it was only fitting that the money would go to the Navy SEAL Foundation.”

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Danny Dietz was part of four-man Navy SEAL team sent into the area on a surveillance and reconnaissance mission. He and two of his teammates – Lt. Michael Murphy and Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Axelson – were killed during a firefight; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor of the four SEALs on the mission.

The event that honors Dietz is now in its seventh year, and organizers are adding to the flavor of the celebration by including a bull riding and bareback riding showcase that will be sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. It will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

“We’re going to have 24 bareback riders and 24 bull riders competing that day,” said Kirby Cannon, who is helping organize that aspect of the memorial celebration with his brother, Clint, a five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in bareback riding. “It’s exciting for us to be involved because 100 percent of many money raised will go to the Navy SEAL Foundation, to the surviving families and to other surviving SEALs.”

The combined bareback riding-bull riding will be the first event of its kind sanctioned by the PRCA.

“As bareback riders, Kirby and I are excited to be part of it,” Clint Cannon said. “The Danny Dietz Memorial Classic will have numerous surviving wives, their families and veterans all there. It’s a big deal, and the bareback riding and bull riding is just a small part of it.

“This wouldn’t happen without the help of (PRCA Commissioner) Karl Stressman and Heath Ford, who is our bareback riding representative. They’ve been great helping us get this sanctioned.”

Both disciplines will feature a $10,000 committee stake, and that added money will be mixed with the contestants’ entry fees to come up with the overall purse. That prize money, combined with top stock from contractor Pickett Pro Rodeo, will increase incentive for the best bull riders and bareback riders in the PRCA to be part of the action.

“Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli, who is the chairman of the Navy SEAL Foundation, is ecstatic about how the PRCA is involved and wanting to help take care of our families,” Quinlan said. “So many people want to take care of those families. Our event has that outreach. We’ll have kids that are 12 years old out here picking up trash because they want to help.

“It’s something special.”

The Classic will feature a team roping, a barbecue cookoff and a car show, and it takes place from Friday-Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. It’s the perfect time of year to honor servicemen and servicewomen.

“For me, I think it’s a time for us to spend a weekend to say ‘thank you,’ ” Quinlan said. “That’s what I want to teach my kids. I know I have used the freedom these people have given me with their sacrifices; I just want to give back now.”

He’s not alone. Team roper Tyler Magnus – a nine-time NFR qualifier who also produces “Riding and Roping with Tyler Magnus” on RFD-TV – has recorded the event as a donation.

“There are so many people who make this thing happen, including a great group of volunteers,” Quinlan said. “It’s all for these surviving spouses, their families, surviving SEALS and other veterans who have helped make our country free.”

postheadericon Smidt eager to defend gold buckle

SAN ANGELO, Texas – The first thing Caleb Smidt did when he received his freshly engraved gold buckle was strap it directly onto his belt.

He’d earned it by having a tremendous 2015 season that included the average championship at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, then left it for buckle-maker Montana Silversmiths to carve his name into the golden trophy. He finally had it in his hands for good in late January.

Caleb Smidt

Caleb Smidt

On Sunday afternoon during the fourth performance of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Smidt showed why he owns the 2015 tie-down roping world championship. He posted an 8.7-second run and moved into the lead in the two-run aggregate with a total time of 16.7 seconds. In addition, he and his partner, B.J. Dugger, sit second in the team roping average with a cumulative time of 9.5 seconds.

“San Angelo’s been good,” said Smidt of Huntsville, Texas. “We made two really good runs in team roping, but I kind of messed up both my runs in calf roping. I jerked my first calf down and had to pick her back up, so that slowed me down a little bit. On my second calf, I jerked her down, too, and had to get her up.

“My horse was pretty strong. I hadn’t ridden him much since the finals, so we’ve got a little room for improvement in the calf roping.”

It’s still early in the rodeo, which will continue with competition later this week, but Smidt has a solid shot at winning the all-around championship at the prestigious event.

“I always like winning,” he said. “You don’t really get anything special for winning the all-around, but anytime you can win the all-around at a big rodeo like San Angelo or San Antone, it means a lot. I like to win them, because it means I won more money in my two events.”

Now he hopes to not only carry that momentum through the rest of the 2016 season, he wants to finally have a strong finish in this West Texas community.

“I’ve placed in a few rounds here, but I’ve never won much money in Angelo,” Smidt said. “I’ve only been three times in my career. I haven’t had a whole lot of success at winter rodeos except for San Antone. I’d sure like to win a little more this winter so it makes my summer run a lot smoother.”

He knows the routes to take along the rodeo trail. He qualified for the NFR in 2013, then suffered an injury that sidelined him for much of 2014. He suffered a dislocated ankle and broke both his tibia and fibula in three spots in early May that year.

He returned to action in 2015 with his mind on the top prize. Now he not only wants to repeat as the world champion tie-down roper but also has his eyes firmly set on the all-around gold buckle.

“This gold buckle has motivated me a lot,” he said, noting that the all-around title also has been a dream for some time. “I’ve been thinking about that for the last three years, but I’ve always had something go wrong in team roping.

“Every year at the beginning of the year, I say I’m going to team rope all year. Hopefully I can get about $15,000-$20,000 won in team roping before Reno (Nev., in late June) so we can make that happen.”

That’s not all that’s on his mind, though. Smidt’s wife, Brenna, is expecting the couple’s first child.

“My wife’s about to pop, so I’m trying not to enter so much,” he said. “I’m still ready to rope and have been practicing. I’m still trying to win another buckle and win as much money as I can and support my family. That’s what’s important.”

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14, Feb. 17-19
Bareback riding leaders:
1. (tie) Mason Clements, on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Black Pearl, and Jamie Howlett, on Powder River Rodeo’s Craig at Midnight, 84.5 points each; 3. Luke Creasy, 84; 4. Teddy Athan, 83; 5. Clayton Biglow, 82.5; 6. (tie) Tray Chambliss II and Kash Wilson, 82 each; 8. (tie) Zach Hilber, Trenton Montero and Buck Lunak, 78 each.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) K.C. Jones and T.J. Hall, 3.9 seconds each; 3. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each; 5. (tie) Nick Guy and Justin Shaffer, 4.6 each; 7. Josh Garner, 5.7; 8. Chance Campbell, 11.3. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 4.1; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones and Clayton Hass, 4.3; 5. Ty Erickson, 4.4; 6. (tie) Blaine Jones and Nick Guy, 4.5; 8. Cody Cabral, 4.7. Average leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Stan Branco, 8.8; 3. Nick Guy, 9.1; 4. Justin Shaffer, 10.4; 5. Clayton Hass, 18.6; 6. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds on one run; 7. T.J. Hall, 3.9; 8. (tie) Orrin Fontenot.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger and Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.7 seconds each; 3. Cole Sherwood/Tanner Luttrell, 4.9; 4. (tie) Cole Sherwood/Tanner Luttrell and Arky Rogers/Tyler McKnight, 4.9; 6. David Key/Travis Woodard, 5.5; 7. Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber, 6.0; 8. Jake Cooper/York Gill, 9.4; no other qualified runs. Second round leaders: 1. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 4.0 seconds; 2. Bobby Joe Hill/Boogie Ray, 4.1; 3. Blaine Vick/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 4.6; 4. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.7; 5. Caleb Smidt/ B.J. Dugger, 4.8; 6. David Key/Travis Woodard, 9.6; no other qualified times. Average leaders 1. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 9.4 seconds on two runs; 2. Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, 9.5; 3. David Key/Travis Woodard, 15.1; 4. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 4.0 seconds on one run; 5. Bobby Joe Hill/Boogie Ray, 4.1; 6. Blaine Vick/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 4.6; 7. Travis Tryan/Levi Tryan, 4.8; 8. (tie) Cole Sherwood/Tanner Lutrell and Arky Rogers/Tyler McKnight, 4.9.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich n Fancy; 2. Curtis Garton, 83; 3. Joey Sonnier III, 82; 4. Brody Cress, 80; 5. CoBurn Bradshaw, 79.5; 6. (tie) Jake Wright, Call Marr and Clay Elliott, 78 each.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Michael Otero and Caleb Smidt, 8.0 each; 4. Robert Mathis, 8.7; 5. Cory Solomon, 8.9; 6. Mike Johnson, 9.3; 7. Westyn Hughes, 10.5; 8. Marcos Costa, 10.6. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. Hunter Herrin, 7.9; 4. Caleb Smidt, 8.7; 5. Blane Cox, 9.5; 6. Chase Williams, 10.3; 7. Michael Otero, 10.5; 8. Tim Pharr, 11.6. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 16.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Marcos Costa, 18.0; 3. Michael Otero, 18.5; 4. Chase Williams, 21.4; 5. Blane Cox, 22.2; 6. Robert Mathis, 22.7; 7. Hunter Herrin, 22.9; 8. Mike Johnson, 34.0.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Tana Poppino, 13.97 seconds; 2. Pamela Capper, 14.29; 3. Sabrina Ketcham, 14.31; 4. Sherrylynn Johnson, 14.36; 5. Sherry Cervi, 14.41; 6. Kelsey Lutjen, 14.47; 7. Megan Swint, 14.52; 8. Kelsie Miller, 14.55; 9. Kristine Knauf, 14.58; 10. Kelley Carrington, 14.59. Average leaders: 1. Pamela Capper, 29.96 seconds on two runs; 2. Tana Poppino, 29.98; 3. Sherry Cervi, 30.09; 4. Sherrylynn Johnson, 30.3; 5. Sabrina Ketcham, 30.52; 6. Kelsey Lutjen, 30.63; 7. Kelsie Miller, 30,69; 8. Jennifer Sharp, 30.77; 9. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 30.80; 10. Megan Swint, 30.82.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Dustin Bowen, 87.5 points on Lancaster & Jones’ Total Bull Battle Born; 2. Tim Bingham, 86; 3. Reagan Avery, 84.5; 4. Josh Frost, 84; 5. Cody Johansen, 82; 6. Cody Rostockyj, 80.5; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Jones moves into San Angelo lead

SAN ANGELO, Texas – K.C. Jones always looks forward to competing at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

He proved it Saturday during the second day of competition with two solid times inside the San Angelo Coliseum. He leads the first round with a 3.9-second run and is No. 2 in the second round with a 4.3; his cumulative time of 8.2 leads the average.

K.C. Jones

K.C. Jones

“I’ve won it at least twice,” said Jones, a nine-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Decatur, Texas. “We like San Angelo. The bulldoggers have their favorite restaurant they all go to, and that coliseum is real fun to bulldog in. The fans are on top of you, and it’s real loud; that makes it fun.

“I didn’t like my first steer all that much, but we got through him pretty good. I missed the barrier on my second steer by about six to eight inches. I had to catch up to him and ended up making a good run, so hopefully it’ll get us back to the short round.”

Championship night – which will take place Friday, Feb. 19 – will feature the top 12 contestants in each event from the preliminary rounds.

“It’s always good when you give yourself a chance to win money,” said Jones, 45. “Back in the day when everybody got to go to all the big rodeos and you’d have 200 bulldoggers at a rodeo like this, the winter run was a big deal and the summer run didn’t seem as important. If they won good in the winter, they could make the finals.

“Now we just want to get off to a good start.”

He’s doing that in this West Texas community of about 97,000. Riding Smoker, a talented black mare owned by Jud Little, Jones had plenty of confidence on his mount. He’s had great success on Smoker, including a couple of go-round victories at the 2015 NFR.

“We gave her some time off after the NFR,” he said. “We just started legging her up. I rode her at Fort Worth. She’s kind of a queen anyway and knows she doesn’t have to work very hard. She’s spoiled.

“My wife’s pretty good at spoiling all of the horses, but, actually, I probably spoil her more than Gayle does. I keep telling Gayle that Smoker’s my girlfriend.”

She’s also one of the guiding forces to success in San Angelo, along with his hazer, Riley Butler.

“He’s from Idaho, and he came down this winter to help weld on our new place,” Jones said. “We’ve been bulldogging every day, and he hazed for me at Fort Worth. He’s done really well. We’re trying to get him tuned up so he can go on the road this summer.”

That’s just part of what makes the rodeo world go round. Veterans educate newcomers and pass along their insights to the next generation of cowboys. Jones relishes that role.

He also loves winning, and he’s still pretty good at it.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14, Feb. 17-19
Bareback riding leaders:
1. (tie) Mason Clements, on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Black Pearl, and Jamie Howlett, on Powder River Rodeo’s Craig at Midnight, 84.5 points each; 3. Luke Creasy, 84; 4. Teddy Athan, 83; 5. Clayton Biglow, 82.5; 6. (tie) Tray Chambliss II and Kash Wilson, 82 each; 8. (tie) Zach Hilber and Trenton Montero, 78 each.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) K.C. Jones and T.J. Hall, 3.9 seconds each; 3. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each; 5. (tie) Nick Guy and Justin Shaffer, 4.6 each; 7. Josh Garner, 5.7; 8. Chance Campbell, 11.3. Second round leaders: 1. Rowdy Parrott, 4.1 seconds; 2. K.C. Jones, 4.3; 3. Blaine Jones, 4.5; 4. Cody Cabral, 4.7; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. T.J. Hall, 3.9 seconds on one run; 3. (tie) Orrin Fontenot and Stan Branco, 4.0 each; 5. Rowdy Parrott, 4.1; 6. Blaine Jones, 4.5.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger and Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.7 seconds each; 3. Cole Sherwood/Tanner Luttrell, 4.9; 4. (tie) Cole Sherwood/Tanner Luttrell and Arky Rogers/Tyler McKnight, 4.9; 6. David Key/Travis Woodard, 5.5; 7. Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber, 6.0; 8. Jake Cooper/York Gill, 9.4; no other qualified runs. Second round leaders: 1. David Key/Travis Woodard, 9.6 seconds; no other qualified times. Average leaders 1. David Key/Travis Woodard, 15.1 seconds on two runs; 2. Cole Sherwood/Tanner Lutrell, 4.9 seconds on one run; 3. Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber, 6.0; 4. Jake Cooper/York Gill, 9.4; no other qualified times.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich n Fancy; 2. Brody Cress, 80; 3. CoBurn Bradshaw, 79.5; 4. (tie) Jake Wright, Call Marr and Clay Elliott, 78 each; 7. Jace Lane, 77.5; 8. Jake Finlay, 77.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Michael Otero and Caleb Smidt, 8.0 each; 4. Robert Mathis, 8.7; 5. Cory Solomon, 8.9; 6. Mike Johnson, 9.3; 7. Westyn Hughes, 10.5; 8. Marcos Costa, 10.6. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. Hunter Herrin, 7.9; 4. Blane Cox, 9.5; 5. Michael Otero, 10.5; 6. Tim Pharr, 11.6; 7. Mike Johnson, 24.7. Average leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 18.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Michael Otero, 18.5; 3. Blane Cox, 22.2; 4. Hunter Herrin, 22.9; 5. Mike Johnson, 34.0; 6. Tim Pharr, 35.1; 7. Riley Pruitt, 7.7 seconds on one run; 8. Jake Pratt, 7.9.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Pamela Capper, 14.29 seconds; 2. Sherrylynn Johnson, 14.36; 3. Sherry Cervi, 14.41; 4. Megan Swint, 14.52; 5. Kelsie Miller, 14.55; 6. Kristine Knauf, 14.58; 7. Kelley Carrington, 14.59; 8. Jayme Robison, 14.63; 9. Liz Herrin, 14.72; 10. Erin Reich, 14.77. Average leaders: 1. Pamela Capper, 29.96 seconds on two runs; 2. Sherry Cervi, 30.09; 3. Sherrylynn Johnson, 30.3; 4. Kelsie Miller, 30,69; 5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 30.80; 6. Megan Swint, 30.82; 7. Kristin Knauf, 30.87; 8. (tie) Kelley Carrington and Jayme Robison, 30.95; 10. Brogan Macy, 30.99.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Dustin Bowen, 87.5 points on Lancaster & Jones’ Total Bull Battle Born; 2. Reagan Avery, 84.5; 3. Josh Frost, 84; 4. Cody Rostockyj, 80.5; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon San Angelo results, second performance

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14, Feb. 17-19
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Mason Clements, 84.5 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Black Pearl; 2. Luke Creasy, 84; 3. Teddy Athan, 83; 4. Clayton Biglow, 82.5; 5. (tie) Tray Chambliss II and Kash Wilson, 82 each; 7. (tie) Zach Hilber and Trenton Montero, 78 each.

K.C. Jones

K.C. Jones

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) K.C. Jones and T.J. Hall, 3.9 seconds each; 3. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each; 5. (tie) Nick Guy and Justin Shaffer, 4.6 each; 7. Josh Garner, 5.7; 8. Chance Campbell, 11.3.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Cole Sherwood/Tanner Luttrell, 4.9 seconds; 2. David Key/Travis Woodard, 5.5; 3. Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber, 6.0; 4. Jake Cooper/York Gill, 9.4; no other qualified runs. Second round leaders: 1. David Key/Travis Woodard, 9.6 seconds; no other qualified times. Average leaders 1. David Key/Travis Woodard, 15.1 seconds on two runs; 2. Cole Sherwood/Tanner Lutrell, 4.9 seconds on one run; 3. Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber, 6.0; 4. Jake Cooper/York Gill, 9.4.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. CoBurn Bradshaw, 79.5 points; 2. (tie) Jake Wright, Call Marr and Clay Elliott, 78 each; 5. Jake Finlay, 77; 6. Audy Reed, 72; 7. Alex Wright, 68; 8. Joe Harper, 59.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. Michael Otero, 8.0; 3. Mike Johnson, 9.3; 4. Marcos Costa, 10.6; 5. Cade Swor, 12.6; 6. Blane Cox, 12.7; 7. Hunter Herrin, 15.0; 8. Tim Pharr, 23.5. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. Hunter Herrin, 7.9; 4. Blane Cox, 9.5; 5. Michael Otero, 10.5; 6. Tim Pharr, 11.6; 7. Mike Johnson, 24.7. Average leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 18.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Michael Otero, 18.5; 3. Blane Cox, 22.2; 4. Hunter Herrin, 22.9; 5. Mike Johnson, 34.0; 6. Tim Pharr, 35.1; 7. Riley Pruitt, 7.7 seconds on one run; 8. Jake Pratt, 7.9.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Sherrylynn Johnson, 14.36 seconds; 2. Kelsie Miller, 14.55; 3. Kristine Knauf, 14.58; 4. Kelley Carrington, 14.59; 5. Jayme Robison, 14.63; 6. Erin Reich, 14.77; 7. (tie) Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Brogan Macy, 14.80 each; 9. Jodee Miller, 14.87; 10. Shea-Lynn Leach, 15.01. Average leaders: 1. Sherrylynn Johnson, 30.3 seconds on two runs; 2. Kelsie Miller, 30,69; 3. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 30.80; 4. Kristin Knauf, 30.87; 5. (tie) Kelley Carrington and Jayme Robison, 30.95; 7. Brogan Macy, 30.99; 8. Shea-Lynn Leach, 31.07; 9. Erin Reich, 31.09; 10. Jodee Miller, 31.27.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Dustin Bowen, 87.5 points on Lancaster & Jones’ Total Bull Battle Born; 2. Josh Frost, 84; 3. Cody Rostockyj, 80.5; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Clements finds form in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Mason Clements’ first time to compete at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo turned out pretty well.

“This is a great way to kick off the most important month of my season,” said Clements, who rode Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Black Pearl on Friday night for 84.5 points to take the lead in bareback riding on opening night of the tradition-rich West Texas rodeo.

“My goal is to come out on top at the end of this month. I’m looking at it that way, and I’m going to do what I can to make it happen.”

SanAngelo-LogoNow in his second year of ProRodeo, the Sandy, Utah, cowboy wants to capitalize on a strong inaugural campaign in which he finished second in the Resistol Rookie of the Year standings.

Mason Clements

Mason Clements

“I feel like I’m more mentally focused and more prepared than I have been for anything,” Clements said. “Physically I think I’ve been there, but mentally I’m stronger than ever.”

While bareback riding is probably more physically demanding than any other discipline in rodeo, a good athlete realizes he must have a strong mind to go with his talents. It all came together well Friday night. He had never seen Black Pearl before and only learned a few things about the horse from stock contractor Chad Lancaster.

“He had just bought the horse and liked him,” Clements said of Lancaster. “He liked him well enough that he put him in the draw. That’s all I knew about him. I figured it would be pretty good if Chad just bought him and decided to put him in the draw. I was right.”

It helps to have the right animal in the mix. Still, the young cowboy knows he needs to handle his end of the match up if he is going to come out at or near the top of the leaderboard. Of course, he had quite the learning curve his rookie season while traveling with four-time world champion Kaycee Feild, six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Jessy Davis and 2014 NFR qualifier Richmond Champion.

“Finishing second in the rookie race was probably the best thing that happened to me in my career,” Clements said. “It fueled my fire that much more and made me more competitive in the long run.

“Being around guys like a world champion and Jessy Davis, guys that can show you the ropes and critique you just right, is great, especially for a rookie like me. Getting along with them and being best friends with all three of them was a huge factor for me. It makes your job fun and takes the edge off things.”

Those lessons have proven quite valuable as he steps forward to the 2016 season. He wants it to be historic. Having a solid run in San Angelo is a great way to kick off a big month of rodeo.

“It’s such a good rodeo, and the production and everything around it was top-notch,” he said. “All the livestock bucks outstanding there, and the contractors have a huge part in that. To make a rodeo better, you’ve got to have top stock. It’s a key component to the rodeo.

“I think they’re definitely on the right track. It’s just going to keep getting better.”

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14, Feb. 17-19
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Mason Clements, 84.5 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Black Pearl; 2. Luke Creasy, 84; 3. Teddy Athan, 83; 4. Zach Hilber, 78; 5. Zachary Lomax, 74; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Stan Branco, 4.0 seconds; 2. (tie) Nick Guy and Justin Shaffer, 4.6 each; 4. Clayton Hass, 14.3; no other qualified runs.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Cole Sherwood/Tanner Luttrell, 4.9 seconds; 2. David Key/Travis Woodard, 5.5; 3. Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber, 6.0; 4. Jake Cooper/York Gill, 9.4; no other qualified runs.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. CoBurn Bradshaw, 79.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Kattle Katie; 2. Jake Wright, 78; 3. Alex Wright, 68; no other qualified rides.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. Michael Otero, 8.0; 3. Mike Johnson, 9.3; 4. Marcos Costa, 10.6; 5. Cade Swor, 12.6; 6. Blane Cox, 12.7; 7. Hunter Herrin, 15.0; 8. Tim Pharr, 23.5.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Kelsie Miller, 14.55 seconds; 2. Kelley Carrington, 14.59; 3. Jayme Robison, 14.63; 4. (tie) Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Brogan Macy, 14.80 each; 6. Jodee Miller, 14.87; 7. Shea-Lynn Leach, 15.01; 8. Ahnna Peterson, 15.08; 9. Miranda Mitchell, 19.74; 10. Katti Watters, 19.76.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Cody Rostockyj, 80.5 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Razorback; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon McCoy to compete in McAlester

McALESTER, Okla. – Cord McCoy has something to prove, and he plans to start at the Choctaw Casino’s McAlester ProRodeo Presented by Sam Wampler’s Freedom Ford, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13, at the Southeast Expo Center.

The lifelong cowboy from nearby Tupelo, Okla., McCoy made his name as a young man in rodeo as an all-around hand who competed primarily in all three roughstock events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding.

He had great success in bull riding, where he was a six-time qualifier to the PBR World Finals and was a 2005 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. But he’s always loved riding bucking horses.

Cord McCoy

Cord McCoy

“A lot of people talk about things they want to do, and I didn’t want to talk about it,” McCoy said of his return to bronc riding after more than a decade away from it. “I’m not doing anything but getting older. I may be old as a bull rider, but I’ve got some years left in me in bronc riding.”

Now 35, the talented cowboy is ready to embark a season chasing gold buckle dreams in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. This marks the first time since the 2006 season that McCoy has been part of the PRCA; he hasn’t been on a bronc in ProRodeo competition since September 2004, when he suffered a serious head injury on the final day of the Oklahoma State Fair Rodeo in Oklahoma City that season.

He focused on riding bulls for several years after that, then retired in the fall of 2013.

“Maybe nobody else believes in me, but I believe in myself,” he said. “I love riding broncs. Even the whole time when I switched over to the PBR, I felt like I left something behind. There’s a different challenge in it. It’s not just staying on; it’s who is making it look best.

“It’s different than bull riding, especially with the caliber of bulls out there now. If you make the whistle in bull riding, they’re going to write you a check.”

Saddle bronc riders not only must stay on for the qualifying eight-second ride, but they also must showcase a classic spur stroke in rhythm with the horse’s bucking motion if they are to receive adequate scores. While he has more than a decade away from that aspect of the game, McCoy has something of an X factor.

“At the level I want to compete at, I feel like I’ve got to ride better than I ever did before,” McCoy said. “It’s not like I could pick up where I left off. I’ve got to make some improvements.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot of advantages over a whole group of 18- and 19-year-old kids. There are sure 15 years of knowledge that I think I can use to my advantage. Even though it’s a different sport, competing at the highest level gives you a lot of experience you can’t pay for and can’t learn in the practice pen.”

Nearly a dozen years ago, a bronc bucked off McCoy, then kicked him in the head. Surgeons had to repair a circular fracture to the cowboy’s skull, and doctors warned that he would need to wear a helmet if he were to continue to ride bucking animals. Since he had worn a facemask while riding bulls, it was an easy transition as he continued his career through his PBR career.

Now he may be the only bronc rider to wear a helmet, but he’s pushing forward with every horse he rides.

“When I got on that one bronc at a little open rodeo last summer, that was to say, ‘I did it again,’ ” he said. “Now the idea is to take it one bronc at a time; if it works, move on. You can’t get better training than to nod your head at a rodeo. A man spends $500 or $600 to get on one bronc and then messes up, it’ll make you remember your mistakes.”

Every step of the way is just part of the learning process for McCoy. He’s excited to be part of the McAlester ProRodeo.

“McAlester is the heart of rodeo country,” said McCoy, who will have some of his own bulls bucking at the rodeo as part of a lease agreement with Hi Lo ProRodeo, the stock contractor. “I think there’s so many people who are excited about rodeo coming back to McAlester.

“I went to college with Dustin Murray, who is producing the event for Hi Lo. He does a top-of-the-line event, so I’m excited about it.”

He should be excited. He’ll kick-start his 2016 ProRodeo season just an hour from his house in Tupelo. It’s the perfect location for a home-grown cowboy.

postheadericon Dirty Jacket is a proven winner

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Words aren’t necessary to tell just how much Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket loves his job.

His actions speak volumes.

“He sure likes to buck,” said Jake Brown, who won the third go-round of the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo in early January with an 87-point ride on Dirty Jacket. “When I jumped off him, he tossed his head in the air and pranced around the arena. He just looked so cool.”

Jake Brown

Jake Brown

He should be cool. He’s the reigning two-time Bareback Horse of the Year, and he’ll be one of the featured athletes at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, which takes place Feb. 5-20.

Now 12 years old, the powerful and athletic bay gelding is the horse every bareback rider wants to ride.

“That was my first time to ride him, and I was so excited,” said Brown, a 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Hillsboro, Texas. “He’s a big ol’ show-out. He jumps high in the air. In my mind, Dirty Jacket is the right kind of bucking horse.

“He tries so hard every time.”

Dirty Jacket knows his job, and he likes it. He explodes out of the chute and leaps high on every jump, bucking and kicking as hard as he can. When the whistle blows to signal the end of the ride, the athletic horse will slow down his bucking motion and allow the cowboy a clean exit.

“When I was getting ready, I had to calm myself down so I didn’t get over-excited,” said Brown, who admitted that the toughest part of riding Dirty Jacket is being matched with him via the random draw. “I’ve seen all my friends get on him, and I knew just how good he looked. He felt even better.

“That first jump out of there felt so awesome. He jumps so high. We’ve talked that he likes outdoor arenas better because he probably thinks he’s going to hit his head on an indoor arena because he wants to buck so high. He bucked pretty good at in that building in Waco (home of the circuit finals).”

Ryan Gray

Ryan Gray

He’s performed well any place he’s been. Dirty Jacket has been part of records in just about any type of arena. Last February, he and Jessy Davis matched for 93 points in San Angelo; Ryan Gray was 92 points on him four months later in Pecos, Texas.

“He’s just a great animal,” said Gray, an eight-time NFR qualifier from Cheney, Wash. “You can guarantee he’s going to perform at his best every time. He’s going to give you a chance to win first; that’s the neat thing about that horse.”

Over the last four seasons, bareback riders have chosen Dirty Jacket as one of the top three horses in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association; he has been at the top of that list in 2014 and ’15. There’s a reason behind it.

Richmond Champion

Richmond Champion

“There’s not another horse like him,” said Richmond Champion, who has won three times on the powerful bay. “He has a huge frame, but he’s so athletic from nose to tail. He just looks like an athlete. If you could pick a horse out of a herd that could jump nine feet in the air, he’s that horse. If you’re going to win a big rodeo, that’s the horse you want.”

Champion should know. He won the 2014 Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days with a 91-point ride, then followed it with an 88.5 to win the fifth round of that season’s NFR. In 2015, he posted a 90-point ride for the win in Eagle, Colo.

“Dirty Jacket is a bareback rider’s dream,” said Winn Ratliff, a three-time NFR qualifier from Leesville, La., who won the 2015 Weatherford, Texas, rodeo on the horse. “He’s got a lot of timing when he bucks; when a horse has a lot of timing, it’s easy for us to get in rhythm with him and be flashy. You get to show what the style of bareback riding is all about, and you get to show out.”

He was just 4 years old the first time he bucked at a ProRodeo, and Jerad Schlegel won the bareback riding title in Guymon, Okla., on him. Eight years later, they’re still winning on Dirty Jacket.