postheadericon Top cowboys return for TEC

TIMED EVENT IS A SHOWCASE OF RUGGED TALENT BY PRORODEO’S STARS

GUTHRIE, Okla. – In three decades of featuring rodeo legends, the Timed Event Championship of the World has crowned just a dozen men as its champion.

That is as true an indication of the challenge the greatest all-around timed-event contestants face through the five-round, 25-run contest, scheduled for March 6-8 at the Lazy E Arena. It’s a grueling contest that features 20 invitees all battling over three days in heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

For the first time in its 31-year history, the TEC will feature a $100,000 payout to its champion, making the overall purse a whopping $200,000.

“You want to be consistent and don’t beat yourself,” said Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., the reigning titlist. “You just need to go out there and make the run you need to make.”

That practice-run mentality of being slow and steady is harder than it seems. Each contestant earns the right to compete at the Timed Event, and they’re known for being fast as well as consistent. It takes a much different approach to make a run at the title inside the walls of the Lazy E Arena.

A year ago, Tierney out-dueled another young gun, 23-year-old Clay Smith of Broken Bow, Okla. Both will be part of a field that features the greatest cowboys in the game today, including several 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers: Steer wrestlers Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon, Ore., Clayton Hass of Terrell, Texas, and Dakota Eldridge of Elko, Nev.; team ropers Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Mont., and Erich Rogers of Round Rock, Ariz.; and tie-down roper Cade Swor of Chico, Texas.

They’ll be joined by a who’s who of elite rodeo cowboys, including past Timed Event champions and record-holders. They all know it takes the right approach, the right discipline, to make everything come together through the three-day championship.

Daniel Green

Daniel Green

“It’s adapt, adjust and overcome,” said Daniel Green, a three-time winner from Oakdale, Calif. “It’s the guy that perseveres.”

It’s a true test of endurance, talent and rugged instincts to overcome each challenge along the way. There’s a reason the Timed Event is best known as the “Ironman of ProRodeo.”

The Timed Event Championship is one of the most prestigious events in Western sports. It was developed 31 years ago as a way to decide the greatest all-around timed-event cowboy. Its list of champions is a who’s who of rodeo’s greatest stars. The tradition continues March 6-8 and the fabulous Lazy E Arena. Tickets are on sale now.

The 2015 Timed Event Championship is sponsored by Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Pendleton Whisky, Wrangler, American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance, Miller-Coors, Cox Communications, Bloomer Trailers, MacroAir, Cross Bar Gallery, Ram Trucks, John Vance Motors, Western Horseman Magazine, R.K. Black Inc., Absolute Innovations, Gist Silversmiths, Spin to Win Magazine, National Saddlery, Hot Heels, Rodeo Video, CSI Saddlepads, Sherwin-Williams, the Best Western Edmond, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Edmond.

The 2015 Timed Event Championship is a Lazy E Production. For more information on the 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.

postheadericon Darrel Radacy – 1966-2015

Like so many from southern Colorado, Darrel Radacy moved to Oklahoma to chase his rodeo dreams.

Ted Harbin TwisTED Rodeo

Ted Harbin
TwisTED Rodeo

Radacy was a team roper I met more than a decade ago because of rodeo. A graduate of Panhandle State University, he was part of the Massey family of western Oklahoma, marrying Jami in 1990. I saw the two of them often while I worked around the region covering rodeo for the largest newspaper in the state.

These days, though, I tend to keep up with the Masseys and Radacys because of Facebook. I’m thankful for that.

Darrel Radacy died last Friday, just a few days shy of his 49th birthday, after suffering a heart attack. He leaves behind a loving wife and their beautiful daughter, Rally, who is carrying on a family tradition through sports. He also leaves behind other family members, a long list of rodeo family and dear friends.

A fund has been established in Rally’s name. If you’re interested, please donate to Legacy Bank, Drawer B, Binger, OK 73009, reference Radacy Trust.

I pray for comfort for Jami, Rally and all the others who were touched by Darrel Radacy. He was one of the good guys, and his place on Earth will be missed.

postheadericon Range Round-Up moving home

GUTHRIE, Okla. – After a decade away, the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association’s Range Round-Up is returning to its original home, the Lazy E Arena.

The 31st annual event will take place Aug. 28-29, 2015, at the Lazy E Arena, which served as a two-decade host of the Range Round-Up beginning with its inception in 1985.

NEW-LazyE-LOGO1-SMALLER“We are excited about the possibilities that this move will offer,” said Tim Drummond, the OCA Range Round-Up chairman. “The Lazy E has upgraded their facilities, and, as a committee, we feel it will work well for us and be a good change. In addition, the Lazy E wants to help us with our mission.”

Tickets are anticipated to go on sale in May.

The OCA Range Round-Up set out on a mission more than 30 years ago to provide family entertainment, promote beef and raise money for charity. The selected charity has varied over the years, but 2014 marked the 18th straight year the Children’s Miracle Network has been the charity. In that time, the OCA has donated more than $404,000 and formed a strong connection to the charity and its work.

The event will still consist of 12 ranch teams consisting of ranch cowboys that compete in six events that mirror many of the activities they do on the ranch. The Lazy E Arena is the perfect place to display it, with the largest dirt arena floor in the country and seating that provides spectators with that perfect vantage point no matter where the action happens. Just with the size of the arena, the cowboys have room to work their horses and handle livestock all while facing similar challenges in the pasturelands they patrol daily.

“The competition is fierce, but the cowboys don’t take home much more than bumps and bragging rights when it’s all said and done,” Drummond said with a grin. “Knowing that we are raising money to help sick children get well is an incentive and makes competing worth the while.”

About OCA: The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association exists to support and defend the state and nation’s beef cattle industry. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. For more information about OCA membership or activities, visit www.okcattlemen.org.

About Lazy E Arena: The Lazy E hosts and produces 35 events a year, including the famed Timed Event Championship, the Professional Bull Riders and numerous other livestock and equine events. Built in 1984, the arena has a long-lasting legacy in Western events and continues to be a leader in promoting the Western way of life. For more information about the Lazy E Arena, visit www.LazyE.com.

postheadericon Prater wins the battle

Saddle bronc rider Sean Prater of Muskogee, Okla., acknowledges the crowd after winning his third world championship during IFR 45. (PHOTO BY AMANDA RUTHERFORD, WAY OUT WEST PHOTOGRAPHY)

Saddle bronc rider Sean Prater of Muskogee, Okla., acknowledges the crowd after winning his third world championship during IFR 45. (PHOTO BY AMANDA RUTHERFORD, WAY OUT WEST PHOTOGRAPHY)

OKLAHOMA BRONC BUSTER WINS TIGHT RACY BY SHARING FINAL-ROUND TITLE

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sean Prater and Shawn Minor have been locked in a dogfight for the International Professional Rodeo Association’s saddle bronc riding world title.

The battle waged all the way through the final day of the season Sunday afternoon during the fourth go-round of International Finals Rodeo 45. Prater posted 79.5-point ride on Southern Rodeo’s Little Eddie to put the pressure on Minor, the final bronc rider of the afternoon. When Minor bucked off Southern’s Big Jill, Prater gathered his third gold buckle, matching the titles he earned in the 2008 and 2012 seasons.

“I didn’t even start off my year to win a world championship,” said Prater of Muskogee, Okla. “I was just taking my family down the road rodeoing. My wife is a barrel racer, so we just stick around Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, southwest Missouri and, occasionally we get off out east.”

That’s quite a different tale than the one told by Minor, a 23-time world champion who on Sunday clinched gold buckles in bareback riding and the all-around to close the gap on Dan Daily as the most decorated champion in IPRA history. Minor, of Camden, Ohio, competes for a living, while Prater spends most of his time on a ranch in eastern Oklahoma.

“I have a ranching job, so the IPRA allows me to go to good rodeos throughout the week and still tend to things on the ranch,” said Prater, an 11-time qualifier who first qualified for the IFR at 15 years of age. “It still gives me a chance to qualify for a good finals in the wintertime.”

His work at the finals made it pretty good. He won two go-rounds and pocketed nearly $3,600 in the process to pass Minor.

“It’s hard for me to be in that position, because I don’t go to as many rodeos,” said Prater, who first qualified for the IFR at the age of 15.

He earned the title by performing well enough at the rodeos in which he competed to be in position. It helps quite a bit that Prater rides well.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a bad year,” he said. “Some are just better than others.”

This marks the conclusion of one of the better seasons for Prater, who serves as the saddle bronc riding director on the IPRA board. He continues to compete because of a true passion he has.

“I love to ride good horses, and I have a passion for the association,” he said. “My family’s been part of it for a long time. The IPRA’s been good to me and my family for a lot of years.”

Prater owns the gold buckles to prove it.

International Finals Rodeo
Jim Norick State Fair Arena
Fourth Go-Round
Jan. 18, 2015

All-around champion: Shawn Minor, Camden, Ohio, $68,204

Bareback riding: 1. Shawn Minor, 81 points on Three Bar J Rodeo’s Smoke This, $1,792; 2. Joshua Michael Cregar, 79.75, $1,344; 3. Brian Leddy, 77.5, $896; 4. Pascal Isaelle, 76.5, $448. Average: 1. Shawn Minor, 312.25 points on four rides, $3,583; 2. Mark Justin Kreder, 208.35, $2,688; 3. Billy Griffin, 306.75, $1,792; 4. Spur Lacasse, 305.25, $896. World champion: Shawn Minor, $41,912.

Steer wrestling: 1. Cord Spradley, 3.9 seconds, $1,792; 2. Brian Barefoot, 4.6, $1,344; 3. Danian Nutt, 5.0, $896; 4. Tim Kemp, 5.1, $448. Average: 1. Ronnie Fields, 16.5 seconds on four runs, $3,583; 2. Tim Kemp, 19.1, $2,688; 3. Brad Stewart, 26.9, $1,792; 4. Danell Tipton, 31.3, $896. World champion: Cody Mousseau, $19,395.

Team roping: 1. Eric Flurry/Wesley Moss, 4.8 seconds, $1,792; 2. Justin Thigpen/Lane Mitchell, 4.9, $1,344; 3. Chris Chandler/Cooper Bruce, 7.8, $896; 4. Cody Mousseau/Tyler Kidd, 9.2, $448. Average: 1. Cody Mousseau/Tyler Kidd, 29.8 seconds on four runs, $3,583; 2. J.D. Young/Alex Brooks, 40.2, $2,688; 3. Hadley Deshazo/Jeri Rhine, 54.5, $1,792; 4. Jesse Stipes/Casey Stipes, 22.8 seconds on three runs, $896. World champion header: Cody Mousseau, $23,362. World champion heeler: Caleb Anderson, $21,146.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Sean Prater, 79.50 points on Southern Rodeo’s Little Eddie, $1,792; 2. Shane Hand, 76.5, $1,344; 3. Travis Deal, 74, $896; 4. Dave Doyon, 72.5, $448. Average: 1. Shane Hand, 235.5 points on three rides, $3,583; 2. Jet McCoy, 233.35, $2,688; 3. Travis Deal, 218.25, $1,792; 4. Louis Hemart, 206.5, $896. World champion: Sean Prater, $36,386.

Tie-down roping: 1. Jared Kempker, 7.7 seconds, $1,792; 2. Cody McCartney, 8.1, $1,344; 3. Justin Thigpen, 8.4, $896; 4. (tie) Walt White and Ethan Hill, 8.8, $224. Average: 1. Ethan Hill, 37.8 seconds on three runs, $3,583; 2. Justin Thigpen, 38.5, $2,688; 3. (tie) Hadley Deshazo and Cody Mousseau, 40.4, $1,344 each. World champion: Justin Thigpen, $24,442

Breakaway roping: 1. Jamie Ellsworth, 2.3 seconds, $667; 2. Robi Jo Treat, 2.5, $500; 3. (tie) Emily Arnold and Megan Rinehart, 2.6, $250 each. Average: 1. Megan Rinehart, 11.2 on four runs, $1,333; 2. Samantha Herbert, 9.0 seconds on three runs, $1,000; 3. Paige Pursel, 9.3, $667; 4. Tina Hamilton, 12.6, $333. World champion: Amanda Stewart, $11,592.

Barrel racing: 1. Amber Mostoller, 15.237, $1,792; 2. Barbara Jimison, 15.280, $1,344; 3. Gabrielle Oder, 15.498, $896; 4. Tyrney Steinhoff, 15.528, $448. Average: 1. Amber Mostoller, 61.617 seconds on four runs, $3,583; 2. Gabrielle Oder, 61.715, $2,688; 3. Natalie Overholt, 62.455, $1,792; 4. Jessica Gauthier, 62.489, $896. World champion: Natalie Overholt, $26,009

Bull riding: 1. Garrett Tribble, 80.25 points on Ken Treadway Rodeo’s Fast’N Furious, $4,479; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Garrett Tribble, 252.5 points on three rides, $3,583; 2. A.J. Vaal, 156.75 points on two rides, $2,687; 3. Jason Tinsman, 82.75 points on one ride, $1,792; 4. Winston Quesenberry, 82, $896. World champion: Garrett Tribble, $52,103.

 

postheadericon Fields goes 3 for 3 at IFR

Steer wrestler Ronnie Fields has won at least a share of the title during all three go-rounds so far at IFR 45 and leads the average heading to the final round. (PHOTO BY LACEY STEVENS, RODEO NEWS)

Steer wrestler Ronnie Fields has won at least a share of the title during all three go-rounds so far at IFR 45 and leads the average heading to the final round. (PHOTO BY LACEY STEVENS, RODEO NEWS)

3-TIME CHAMP WINS THIRD STRAIGHT ROUND AT HOMETOWN EVENT

OKLAHOMA CITY – Ronnie Fields picked himself off the Jim Norick State Fair Arena dirt, dusted his jeans and shook his head.

International Finals Rodeo 45 has been that good to the Oklahoma City steer wrestler. He has earned at least a share of the title in all three go-rounds so far. On Saturday night, he scored the fastest run of this weekend’s championship, a 3.3 that was worth another $1,792 check.

In all, the three-time International Professional Rodeo Association world champion has earned more than $4,900 in two days of work. He leads the IFR average race with a three-run cumulative time of 11.2 seconds. That works out to be $440 per each second of competition.

“I’ve been fortunate at every finals I’ve ever been to,” said Fields, 41. “I’ve never won three rows in a round like this, but I cannot give enough glory to my horse.”

Bump is a 15-year-old bay gelding that not only helped Fields qualify for the IFR, but he also guided David Reagor of Okmulgee, Okla., to the rookie-of-the-year title and his first trip to Oklahoma City’s championship.

Standings leader Cody Mousseau of Aylmer, Ontario, also has ridden the strong horse in Rounds 2 and 3 after struggling on opening night. Mousseau has earned more than $2,600 because of that.

“All the credit goes to God and to that horse,” Fields said. “I thank god for letting me have a horse of that caliber and him staying healthy and performing on a daily basis like he does.”

The Oklahoma cowboy spends most of his time working in the oil industry but still enjoys the rodeo trail on a part-time basis.

“I don’t get to practice as much as I used to,” he said. “My practice is more mental. Maybe I should have gone to that sooner, but I’m just thankful I’m healthy.”

Of course, he hasn’t earned all that money at the IFR without his body taking a few hits; such is the life of a steer wrestler. In fact, he took a shot during Saturday night’s run.

“I couldn’t believe that steer stopped the way he did, because he didn’t stop the two times before,” Fields said. “He popped up and hit me in the chin and my lip.”

He will recover just fine for Sunday’s final go-round of the IFR, which is sponsored by Love’s Country Store, RAM Trucks, Tener’s, Graham’s, Oxbow Tack, OG&E, Langston’s, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Harrison Manufacturing. He’d love to win another round, but the average championship is also on his mind.

“You just take the runs the best you can and make the best of it,” he said.

International Finals Rodeo
Jim Norick State Fair Arena
Third Go-Round
Jan. 16, 2015

Bareback riding: 1. Trey Moore, 81.75 points on 5M Rodeo’s Indian Feather, $1,750; 2. Billy Griffin, 80, $1,344; 3. Justin Mark Kreder, 79, $896; 4. (tie) Shawn Minor and Pascal Isabelle, 78.5, $224 each. Average leaders: 1. Justin Mark Kreder, 235.5 points on two rides; 2. Spur Lacasse, 232.25; 3. Shawn Minor, 230.25; 4. Billy Griffin, 230.5.

Steer wrestling: 1. Ronnie Fields, 3.3 seconds, $1,792; 2. Cody Mousseau, 3.5, $1,344; 3. (tie) Tim Kemp and Jacob Dewetering, 4.2, $672. Average leaders: 1. Ronnie Fields, 11.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Jacob Dewetering, 13.0; 3. Cody Mousseau, 13.1; 4. Tim Kemp, 14.0.

Team roping: 1. Jacob Dagenhart/Zack Mabry, 4.3 seconds, $1,792; 2. Chris Chandler/Cooper Bruce, 5.3, $1,344; 3. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 5.4, $896; 4. Jesse Stipes/Casey Stipes, 5.9, $448. Average leaders: 1. Cody Mousseau/Tyler Kidd, 20.6 seconds on two runs; 2. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 22.9; 3. J.D. Young/Alex Brooks, 25.3; 4. Hadley Deshazo/Jeri Rhine, 38.3.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Shane Hand, 80 points on 5M Rodeo’s Mountain Mall, $1,792; 2. Jet McCoy, 78.5, $1,344; 3. Timmy Matthews, 77.75, $896; 4. Louis Hemart, 75.25. Average leaders: 1. Jet McCoy, 233.25 points on three rides; 2. Shane Hand, 158 points on two rides; 3. Timmy Matthews, 146.25; 4. Travis Deal, 144.25.

Tie-down roping: 1. Mitch Rinehart, 8.7 seconds, $1,792; 2. (tie) Trenton and Ethan Hill, 8.8, $1,120 each; 4. Bradley Chance Hays, 9.1, $448. Average leaders: 1. Tyler Milligan, 27.7 seconds on three runs; 2. Ethan Hill, 29.0; 3. Justin Thigpen, 30.1; 4. Cody Mousseau, 30.3.

Breakaway roping: 1. Katie Marie Kimble, 2.4 seconds, $667; 2. Megan Rinehart, 2.6, $500; 3. (tie) Bailey Livengood and Barbara Jimison, 3.0, $250 each. Average leaders: 1. Megan Rinehart, 8.6 seconds on three runs; 2. Samantha Herbert, 9.0; 3. Tina Hamilton, 12.6; 4. Jenna Lee Hays, 18.6.

Barrel racing: 1. Gabrielle Oder, 15.273 seconds, $1,792; 2. Maryse LaBlanc, 15.351, $1,344; 3. Amber Mostoller, 15.488, $896; 4. Natalie Overholt, 15.503, $448. Average leaders: 1. Gabrielle Oder, 46.217 seconds on three runs; 2. Amber Mostoller, 46.380; 3. Natalie Overholt, 46.851; 4. Jessica Gauthier, 46.912.

Bull riding: 1. Garrett Tribble, 87.75 on Rawhide Rodeo’s Jalapeno, $4,479. Average leaders: 1. Garrett Tribble, 172.25 points on two rides; 2. A.J. Vaal, 156.75; 3. Jason Tinsman, 82.75; 4. Weston Quesenberry, 82.

postheadericon Tribble is a true young gun

Garrett Tribble, who clinched the world title before the IFR began, continued his hot streak by winning the second round Saturday afternoon. (PHOTO BY LACEY STEVENS, RODEO NEWS)

Garrett Tribble, who clinched the world title before the IFR began, continued his hot streak by winning the second round Saturday afternoon. (PHOTO BY LACEY STEVENS, RODEO NEWS)

17-YEAR-OLD CHAMP WINS SECOND ROUND AT IFR 45

OKLAHOMA CITY – Four months shy of his 18th birthday, Garrett Tribble of Bristow, Okla., is already a world champion bull rider.

“I couldn’t ask for a better year,” said Tribble, who has earned more than $39,500 this season in the International Professional Rodeo Association. “It’s been outstanding.”

That outstanding season continued Saturday afternoon, when he rode the Oubre Rodeo bull Donkey for 84.25 points to win the second go-round of International Finals Rodeo 45. His season earnings include the $1,792 he earned for having the highest-marked ride in the round.

“I knew that was a great bull,” said Tribble, a senior at Bristow High School who is wrapping up his rookie campaign in the IPRA. “I knew what I had to do, and that was hustling. It felt like he had me beat the whole ride, but it worked out.”

Yes, it did. It’s just another feather in the cap to a cowboy that started his career at age 6 riding sheep and advanced through the ranks – steer riding, junior bulls and full size bulls, the latter of which he began just a year ago. Now he’s competing at the IFR, which is sponsored by Love’s Country Store, RAM Trucks, Tener’s, Graham’s, Oxbow Tack, OG&E, Langston’s, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Harrison Manufacturing.

“I just watch videos and practice on barrels,” he said. “I don’t hardly get on any practice bulls; it’s all mental really. If you psyche yourself out before you get on them, you’re not going to do any good.

“This is what I’ve wanted to do forever. Everybody just pushed me to be the best, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”

He’s definitely off to the right start.

International Finals Rodeo
Jim Norick State Fair Arena
Second Go-Round
Jan. 16, 2015

Bareback riding: 1. Joshua Michael Creger, 79.5 points on Latting Rodeo’s High Protein, $1,792; 2. Shawn Minor, 77.75, $1,344; 3. Bruno Roby, 77.5, $896; 4. (tie) Brian Leddy and Spur Lacasse, 76.5, $224 each. Average leaders: 1. Spur Lacasse, 156.25 points on two rides; 2. Bruno Roby, 155.5; 3. Mark Justin Kreder, 154; 4. Joshua Michal Creger, 153.25.

Steer wrestling: 1. Ronnie Fields, 4.0 seconds, $1,792; 2. (tie) Cody Mousseau and Jacob Dewerting, 4.2, $1,120 each; 4. Brad Stewart, 4.3, $448. Average leaders: 1. Ronnie Fields, 7.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Brad Stewart, 8.2; 3. Jacob Dewerting, 8.8; 4. Tim Kemp, 9.8.

Team roping: 1. Gable Hildrebrand/Ethan Cory, 4.5, $1,792; 2. Zac Small/Joseph Harrison, 5.3, $1,344; 3. Jesse Stipes/Casey Stipes, 5.5, $896; 4. J.D. Young/Alex Brooks, 5.7, $448. Average leaders: 1. Gable Hildrebrand/Ethan Cory, 10.1 seconds on two runs; 2. Zac Small/Joseph Harrison, 11.7; 3. Jason Tucker/Caleb Anderson, 12.7; 4. Cody Mousseau/Tyler Kidd, 13.5.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Tyler West, 78.75 points on Wild Horse Rodeo’s Painted River, $1,792; 2. Shane Hand, 78.5, $1,344; 3. Jet McCoy, 78, $896; 4. Shawn Minor, 77.75, $448. Average leaders: 1. Jet McCoy, 154.75 points on two rides; 2. Sean Prater, 82.75 points on one ride; 3. Tyler West, 78.75; 4. Shane Hand, 78.5.

Tie-down roping: 1. Cody McCartney, 8.3 seconds, $1,792; 2. Mitch Rinehart, 8.9, $1,344; 3. J.C. King, 9.0, $896; 4. Tyler Milligan, 9.4, $448. Average leaders: 1. J.C. King, 17.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Tyler Milligan, 18.4; 3. Cody Mousseau, 19.7; 4. Ethan Hill, 20.2.

Breakaway roping: 1. (tie) Jamie Ellsworth and Robi Jo Treat, 2.7 seconds, $583 each; 3. Samantha Herbert, 2.9, $333; 4. Megan Rinehart, 3.2, $167. Average leaders: 1. Samantha Herbert, 5.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Megan Rinehart, 6.0; 3. Tina Hamilton, 6.3; 4. Jenna Lee Hays, 15.3.

Barrel racing: 1. Amber Mostoller, 15.350 seconds, $1,792; 2. Barbara Jimison, 15.426, $1,344; 3. Megan Rinehart, 15.478, $896; 4. Gabrielle Oder, 15.556, $448. Average leaders: 1. Amber Mostoller, 30.892 seconds on two runs; 2. Gabrielle Oder, 30.944; 3. Natalie Overholt, 31.348; 4. Jessica Gauthier, 31.393.

Bull riding: 1. Garrett Tribble, 84.25 points on Oubre Rodeo’s Donkey, $1,792; 2. (tie) Al Vaal and Jason Tinsman, 82.75, $1,120 each. Average leaders: 1. Al Vaal, 156.75 points on two rides; 2. Garrett Tribble, 84.25 points on one ride; 3. Jason Tinsman, 82.75; 4. Weston Quesenberry, 82.

postheadericon It’s a family tradition

Spur Lacasse of Mirabel, Quebec, rides Hampton Rodeo's Black Water for 79.75 points to win the first round of IFR 45. (PHOTO BY LACEY STEVENS, RODEO NEWS)

Spur Lacasse of Mirabel, Quebec, rides Hampton Rodeo’s Black Water for 79.75 points to win the first round of IFR 45. (PHOTO BY LACEY STEVENS, RODEO NEWS)

SECOND-GENERATION BAREBACK RIDER SPUR LACASSE WINS FIRST ROUND OF IFR 45

OKLAHOMA CITY – Spur Lacasse is carrying on a family legacy in the world of rodeo.

Lacasse, a 21-year-old bareback rider from Mirabel, Quebec, won Friday’s opening round of International Finals Rodeo 45, spurring Hampton Rodeo’s Black Water for 79.75 points, collecting $1,792 in the process.

That’s pretty good for a first-time IFR qualifier, whose father is Roger Lacasse, a 2012 inductee to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame who owns two Canadian championships and qualified for the IFR numerous times over a storied career.

“Since I was a kid, I’ve loved rodeo more than anything,” the younger Lacasse said. “When I was 16 years old, I told my dad I wanted to try; he was a little surprised. I got on some ponies the first year and just went from there.”

It worked. He’s found great success already, earning his inaugural IFR qualification by finding success at the International Professional Rodeo Association’s Canadian Finals in May, where he finished second, and winning the title at St. Tite, Quebec, the IPRA’s largest regular-season rodeo.

“That’s what got me here,” Lacasse said, who rode the snappy bucking horse with the classic spur stroke to claim the first-round title. “Any winning is great, especially starting off the first round. It helps you get started and hopefully carry it over to the rest of the finals.”

It’s especially pleasing at the International Finals. There are 25 Canadians and one Australian competing in Oklahoma City. They all earned the right to be at the IFR by how well they did on the rodeo circuit, traveling all across North America. Now they’ll continue through the rest of the weekend, with the final three rounds taking place at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

“I actually love traveling, getting to see things a lot of people don’t get to see,” Lacasse said. “To me, it’s the best way of living. We do it for the adrenaline rush, but it’s also a lifestyle.”

International Finals Rodeo
Jim Norick State Fair Arena
First Go-Round
Jan. 16, 2015

Bareback riding: 1. Spur Lacasse, 79.75 points on Hampton Rodeo’s Black Water, $1,792; 2. Mark Justin Kreder, 78.5, $ 1,344; 3. Bruno Roby, 78, $896; 4. Danien Nutt, 77, $448.

Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Ronnie Fields, Jason Stewart and Brad Stewart, 3.9 seconds, $1,344 each; 4. David Reagor Jr., 4.0, $448.

Team roping: 1. Gable Hildebrand/Ethan Cory, 5.6 seconds, $1,792; 2. (tie) Justin Thigpen/Lane Mitchell and Eric Flurry/Wesley Moss, 6.0, $1,120 each; 4. Zac Small/Joseph Harrison, 6.4, $448.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Sean Prater, 82.25 points on Hampton Rodeo’s Ignition, $2,240; 2. Austin Joseph, 77, $1,344; 2. Jet McCoy, 76.5, $896; no other qualified rides.

Tie-down roping: 1. J.C. King, 8.9 seconds, $1,792; 2. Tyler Milligan, 9.0, $1,344; 3. Cody Mousseau, 9.2, $896; 4. Justin Thigpen, 9.6, $448.

Breakaway roping: 1. Jenna Lee Hays, 2.7 seconds, $667; 2. Megan Rinehart, 2.8, $500; 3. (tie) Samantha Herbert, Tina Hamilton and Katie Marie Kimble, 3.0, $167 each.

Barrel racing: 1. Gabrielle Oder, 15.388 seconds, $1,792; 2. Amanda Mostoller, 15.542, $1,344; 3. Natalie Overholt, 15.563, $896; 4. Shanna Simmons, 15.618, $448.

Bull riding: 1. Nicolas Brien, 80.5 points on Latting Rodeo’s Shake & Bake, $2,688; 2. A.J. Vaal, 74, $1,7,92; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon IFR to be broadcast online

IFR2014LogoRedDateCan’t make it to the International Finals Rodeo this weekend but still want to watch?

The Wrangler Network will broadcast all four go-rounds. Just click on the HERE to go directly to the page and click on the IFR 45 logo.

The Wrangler Network is home to many great events and provides rodeo fans with an online outlet to keep track of their favorite sport. The IFR features the top 15 contestants in each event from the 2014 International Professional Rodeo Association season.

The broadcast schedule runs on time with each performance: 7:30 tonight, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

postheadericon Prairie Circuit has a strong NFR

DUNCAN, Okla. – The Prairie Circuit has a grand history in professional rodeo.

World champions from the Oklahoma-Kansas-Nebraska region dot the landscape, just as the tiny towns and larger communities: Shoulders, Duvall, Etbauer, Ferguson, Roberts, Ward and Gorsuch are just a few of those who have worn the coveted gold buckles.

Sage Kimzey

Sage Kimzey

Add Kimzey to that list.

Sage Kimzey is a 20-year-old bull rider who earned his first Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championship this past December in what turned out to be an amazing performance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by those representing the Prairie Circuit.

Kimzey, the 2013 circuit champ, entered the 10-day finale in Las Vegas as the No. 1 cowboy in the bull riding standings. He then put on an incredible performance inside the Thomas & Mack Center, riding eight bulls, winning the NFR average title and pocketing more than $175,00 in the Nevada desert alone.

Kyle Irwin

Kyle Irwin

He finished the season with more than $318,000. But he wasn’t alone in standing out under the brightest lights in the game. He was joined at the NFR by steer wrestler Kyle Irwin, saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell and header Coleman Proctor.

All four cowboys own at least one circuit championship: Irwin and Proctor won their respective average titles during the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, which took place this past fall in Duncan, while Sundell claimed the year-end crown. The regional finale will return to the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in October.

Wade Sundell

Wade Sundell

Irwin – a Robertsdale, Ala., bulldogger who attended Western Oklahoma College and Northwestern Oklahoma State University on rodeo scholarships – wrestled 10 steers to the ground in a cumulative time of 60.7 seconds to finish fourth in the NFR average race. He earned nearly $88,000 in Las Vegas and finished the season as the No. 2 steer wrestler in the game.

Proctor, of Pryor, Okla., roped with longtime friend Jake Long to finish fourth at the NFR. Together they earned nearly $74,000 at the NFR. Proctor roped with year-end champion heeler Billie Saebens to win the circuit finals average title. It was a strong first NFR for Proctor, who finished fourth in the world standings.

Coleman Proctor

Coleman Proctor

Sundell, who had secured the year-end circuit title before he arrived in Duncan last October, had an incredible NFR, earning just shy of $97,000. He finished third in the world standings.

They weren’t the only Prairie Circuit representatives who found great success in Sin City in December. Lauren Heaton of Alva, Okla., became the first Oklahoma woman to win the Miss Rodeo America title.

“I am so proud to be the first Miss Rodeo Oklahoma to win the title,” said Heaton, who was part of the pageantry at the circuit finals. “I was raised in Oklahoma rodeo, and it gave me so much. I just want to take everything that the Oklahomans are with me as I travel the circuit. There is such a spirit in Oklahoma. It’s how I’ve created how much I am today.”

Lauren Heaton

Lauren Heaton

She was joined at the national pageant by Miss Rodeo Kansas Katera Harter and Miss Rodeo Nebraska Gina Jespersen.

“The Prairie Circuit was represented really well, with all three being in the top 10,” Heaton said of the Miss Rodeo America pageant. “I think that helps put the Prairie Circuit on the map.”

The circuit has been on the map. All three rodeo queens were part of the flair that was the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, but there were others, including bullfighters Chuck Swisher of Dover, Okla., and Cody Webster of Wayne, Okla., and barrelman Justin Rumford of Ponca City, Okla.

“This has definitely been a great year for the Prairie Circuit,” Heaton said.

postheadericon IFR an Oklahoma tradition

CHAMPIONSHIP HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN THE HEARTS OF SOONER STATE CONTESTANTS

OKLAHOMA CITY – Middle America is the perfect home for the International Finals Rodeo.

“There are a lot of people in the state of Oklahoma that still love rodeo,” said Fields, a three-time International Professional Rodeo Association world champion steer wrestler from Oklahoma City. “This has a great history. Rodeo has lasted in Oklahoma, and it’s going to last. That’s the IPRA’s foundation.

“People have learned that this is what they have.”

IFR2014LogoRedDateIt’s pretty good. The IPRA has been around for 65 years, and this marks the 45th year for the IFR, which will have four performances set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. This also is the 25th consecutive year it has taken place in Oklahoma City.

Only the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in each event qualify for the finale, which features contestants from across the United States, Canada and even one cowboy from Australia. They arrive in Oklahoma City with all the fan fair that’s deserving of a world championship.

“When I bought this IPRA card ready to compete, it got pretty serious,” said Danell Tipton, the 1995 IPRA world champion bull rider who has qualified for the IFR in steer wrestling in 2014-15. “If I’m in the top 15 and have a shot to make the finals in my back yard, then I’m going to go after it by any means necessary.”

Tipton is from Spencer, Okla., a town of about 4,000 people just east of Oklahoma City. It’s where the 41-year-old grew to become a cowboy.

“Having the IFR in Oklahoma City means a lot to me,” he said. “It’s been right at my back door and has been for years. I’ve always showed up here, and I’ve always performed outstanding when there was a rodeo in Oklahoma City.

“The IFR is where I grew up. I was raised in the IPRA.”

In addition to his top form in the Oklahoma City-based association, Tipton also has succeeded on rodeo avenue he had been down. He was a two-time bull riding qualifier to the National Finals Rodeo. Like Tipton, Fields qualified for the NFR from 2004-06. He won the average title his first season there.

But the IPRA is where he developed his passion for the game. He didn’t start wrestling steers until 1997, then earned his first gold buckle three years later.

“The great thing about the going to the IPRA rodeos is I’ve got to go back and see a lot of guys I hadn’t seen in a long time,” Fields said. “At the end of the day, it’s good to complete close to home and compete at the IFR. You have a lot of close friends and family that never get to see you perform.

“For all those people that support you all year long, this is their chance to see you perform.”

That family atmosphere is also a reason why the IPRA is popular among contestants. It’s also popular for businesses that support the IFR through sponsorships: Love’s Country Store, RAM Trucks, Tener’s, Graham’s, Oxbow Tack, OG&E, Langston’s, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Harrison Manufacturing.

“The IPRA has been around for years, and it’s a strong family tradition,” Tipton said. “Family is a tradition. Family is important to the association. I like that.”