Archive for March, 2011

postheadericon Cannon wins Houston again

Clint Cannon has made a pretty good living at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo over the past three years. He won the bareback riding shootout round two seasons ago. On Saturday afternoon, he won it again. Overall, he won more than $58,000. Three-time world champion Will Lowe finished runner-up.

postheadericon Shane Hanchey wins $50,000

Shane Hanchey, coming off his first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, won tie-down roping during the RodeoHouston Shootout and the $50,000 first-place prize. Scott Kormos finished second.

postheadericon Smith getting some cherished time

Stran Smith

Stran Smith

He’s not quite sure how long of a break he’ll take, but Stran Smith will not be competing for some time.

On Thursday, the 2008 world champion tie-down roper revealed he needs to heal. He had surgery a few weeks ago, then took a shot at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He came back to the arena a little too early.

So he’ll spend time at his Childress, Texas, home, which he shares with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, Stone, Scout and 2-week-old Faleh. And he’ll heal.

He’ll also get to spend time at home with the family, which is cherished by every rodeo cowboy. Of course, he’ll soon be on the road chasing another gold buckle, which is cherished by every rodeo cowboy.

postheadericon Feild moves past world champs

Having a good start to any competition can pay off. That philosophy allowed Kaycee Feild to move on to Saturday night’s championship round of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Feild was one of 12 bareback riders in Friday night’s Wild Card round, where only the top two cowboys advanced. Canadian Luke Creasy won the round with an 83-point ride, while Feild tied four-time and defending world champion Bobby Mote and 2008 world champion Justin McDaniel with 80.5-point rides.

But Feild, the son of five-time world champion Lewis Feild, advanced because he’d had such a strong Super Series. He has earned $10,983 so far and, like all the others who will compete Saturday, has a shot at winning the $50,000 prize that goes to the shootout winners in each event.

Here’s the list of those Wild Card contestants who advanced to Saturday’s championship are:

Tie-down roping: 1. Houston Hutto, 8.8 seconds, $9,017 overall; 2. Scott Kormos, 8.9, $7,850.
Bareback riding: 1. Luke Creasy, 83 points, $6,100; 2. Kaycee Feild, 80.5, $10,983.
Team roping: 1. Erich Rogers/Kory Koontz, 4.8 seconds, $20,700 each; 2. Keven Daniel/Caleb Twisselman, 5.0, $7,700
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Taos Muncy, 83.5 points, $9,100; 2. Cort Scheer, 82.5, $10,350.
Steer wrestling: 1. Ethen Thouvenell, 4.3 seconds, $4,350; 2. Josh Peek, 4.4, $5,600.
Bull riding: 1. Clint Craig, 84 points, $6,600; 2. Corey Navarre, 80, $3,100.
Barrel racing: 1. Jeanne Anderson, 14.39 seconds, $5,850; 2. Kristen Williams, 14.43, $3,550.

postheadericon Gorsuch turns up heat in semifinal

Dean Gorsuch has experienced almost everything in a career that has earned the Nebraska cowboy two steer wrestling world championships.

Dean Gorsuch

Dean Gorsuch

On Friday night, Gorsuch didn’t make a run on the steer that was selected for him during the random draw at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. There was a problem, so Gorsuch had to wait until all the other nine bulldoggers had completed their semifinal run; then Gorsuch was matched against another steer, an extra, in an effort to qualify for Saturday’s championship shootout.

But going last might’ve been a tremendous advantage. Looking at times of 4.6, 4.7 and 4.8 seconds in front of him, Gorsuch knew he had to be quick. A 3.8-second run did the trick, helping the champ collect an additional $2,350. More importantly, it guaranteed Gorsuch a chance to run at the $50,000 prize that goes to the shootout winners in each event.

Friday’s 18th performance of RodeoHouston will feature the 12 contestants in each event who did not advance out of the two semifinals. The Wild Card round gives those cowboys and cowgirls another opportunity, but just the top two contestants advance to Saturday’s proceedings.

Those who advanced from Thursday’s second semifinals were:

Tie-down roping: 1. Tuf Cooper, 2. Shane Hanchey, 3. Josh Peek, 4. Clint Robinson
Bareback riding: 1. Jessy Davis, 2. Dusty LaValley, 3. Steven Dent, 4. Royce Ford.
Team roping: 1. Jay Adams/Randon Adams, 2. Ty Blasingame/Cody Hintz, 3. Brady Minor/Riley Minor, 4. Cody Doescher/Tommy Edens.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jesse Wright, 2. Chad Ferley, 3. Chuck Schmidt, 4. Isaac Diaz.
Steer wrestling: 1. Stockton Graves, 2. Dean Gorsuch, 3. Clayton Morrison, 4. Olin Hannum.
Bull riding: 1. Bobby Welsh, 2. Steve Woolsey, 3. Kanin Asay, 4. Howdy Cloud.
Barrel racing: 1. Jill Moody, 2. Kenna Squires, 3. Brittany Pozzi, 4. Lisa Lockhart.

postheadericon Durfey chasing national title

OKLAHOMA CITY – In just five years, Tyson Durfey has gone from relative obscurity to the national spotlight, considered one of the best tie-down ropers in the world. Durfey’s list of accomplishments is growing, and he’s itching to add the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo title to his resume.

Tyson Durfey

Tyson Durfey

“It would be a pretty big thing for me,” said Durfey, who will make a run at the DNCFR when it runs March 31-April 3 at Jim Norick Arena at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. “I’d like to do things that I’ve never done before. I’ve never done really good at a circuit finals, so for me, it means just a whole lot. It’s great just to be able to rope and hopefully be able to bring a championship back.”

This marks the fifth time in his career that Durfey has qualified for the DNCFR, which features the top contestants in each event from the 12 ProRodeo circuits. But in a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association career that dates just eight years, the Missouri-born calf roper has qualified four straight years for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and has earned two Canadian Professional Rodeo Association tie-down roping championships.

“Making it to Oklahoma City is an accumulation of a year’s worth of work,” said Durfey, a second-generation calf roper. “That’s what everybody that goes to the circuit rodeos tries to do. I’m excited to go back to the championship and represent my circuit.”

He expects having the DNCFR in Oklahoma City will be positive for the sport and for the contestants.

“It’s going to be a new, exciting change,” Durfey said. “The finals had been in Pocatello, Idaho, for so long, and people just associated the circuit finals being there. Hopefully we’ll have warmer weather and we’ll get to see what kind of great things Oklahoma City has to offer.”

postheadericon Cervi still dominating Houston

The last several times Sherry Cervi and Stingray have competed inside Reliant Stadium for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, they’ve won.

Cervi, the three-time and reigning Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing world champion, got a big boost in her 2010 season by winning RodeoHouston. This year, she and her trusty mount started hot, winning all three rounds in their Super Series. On Wednesday night, they remained hot by posting the fastest time in the first of two semifinals and earning a spot in Saturday night’s performance, where the champions in each event will be crowned and handed a Shootout check for $50,000.

But Cervi has already had a financial windfall inside the stadium that houses the NFL’s Houston Texans, cashing in for an event best $12,350.

The second set of semifinalists will battle it out for the next four spots in the finals. Each semifinal consists of 10 contestants in each event. The remaining six contestants in each semifinal – 12 total – will try to work their way to the final performance during Friday’s Wild Card round, where only the top two contestants in each event advance.

Others to make it to Saturday’s show are:

Tie-down roping: 1. Fred Whitfield, 2. Jerome Schneeberger, 3. Cody Owens, 4. Jerrad Hoffstetter.
Bareback riding: Steven Peebles, 2. Tilden Hooper, 3. Clint Cannon, 4. Will Lowe.
Team roping: 1 Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 2. Matt Garza/David Key, 3. Brandon Beers/Mike Beers, 4. Travis Tryan/Rich Skelton.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Wade Sundell, 2. J.J. Elshere, 3. Rusty Allen, 4. Tyler Corrington.
Steer wrestling: 1. Kyle Hughes, 2. Trevor Knowles, 3. Casey McMillen, 4. Curtis Cassidy.
Bull riding: 1. Clayton Savage, 2. Clayton Savage, 3. Luke Haught, 4. Shawn Hogg.
Barrel racing: 1. Sherry Cervi, 2. Jane Melby, 3. Jody Sheffield, 4. Annesa Self.

postheadericon Final Houston series concludes

Tie-down roper Jerome Schneeberger didn’t win a single go-round during Super Series V at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

In fact, he didn’t even place until Tuesday’s final run of the series. But the 11-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier roped consistently, posting runs of 11.3 seconds, 11.0 and 11.1. That was good enough for second place in the three-head average, which is worth $2,250.

Add that to the $500 he earned for his third-place finish Tuesday, and that’s how Schneeberger advanced into RodeoHouston’s semifinals, which begin Wednesday. He will be joined by Tuf Cooper, who won Super Series V with $7,000, Shane Hanchey and Nate Baldwin.

Other series winners were:
Bareback riding: Will Lowe, $8,000
Team roping: Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, $11,500
Saddle bronc riding: Wade Sundell, $7,500
Steer wrestling: Nick Guy, $7,000
Bull riding: Steve Woolsey, $8,500
Barrel racing: Deb Renger, $7,500

postheadericon Poppino carrying newfound confidence into RodeoAustin

AUSTIN – To say the 2011 has been frustrating for barrel racer Tana Poppino might be a huge understatement.

The three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from Big Cabin, Okla., has struggled on the rodeo trail. Both her horses, Amigo and Goose, have suffered some injuries, and that just compounds a potential lack of confidence in the world-class cowgirl.

“I hadn’t won a dime all year, and that’s frustrating,” said Poppino, who runs this week at the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo.

But there is no quit in Poppino, who has continued working through all those issues. She’s given the horses the best care possible, and she’s gaining more confidence with every run. Poppino ran last week at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; while success was limited, there was a bright spot.

“Amigo made the best two runs that he’s ever made in the Reliant Stadium,” Poppino said. “Even though I got the first barrel in the second-go, our time was good.”

In the third round of Super Series III at RodeoHouston, Poppino and her main partner finished in a tie for third place to secure $250. Although it wasn’t a big paycheck, it was finally something. The two standout athletes then followed it up with a solid run at the Marshall (Texas) ProRodeo, where they finished seventh and earned $415.

“We’re on a roll,” Poppino said. “That’s two in a row. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”

postheadericon Woolsey collecting Houston cash

Utah bull rider Steve Woolsey has started off the final Super Series of RodeoHouston as hot as anybody can.

Woolsey, a five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier hasn’t posted a big ride in two rounds inside Reliant Stadium, but the 79 Sunday and the 81 Monday were round wins and worth $2,000 each. Woolsey also is the only bull rider to earn two qualified rides, so he also leads the average as well as the overall earnings.

Shawn Hogg, who was the runner-up Sunday night with a 74, and Corey Navarre, the No. 2 man Monday with an 80, have earned $1,000 each. But Woolsey has already clinched his spot in the semifinals, which begins Wednesday evening.

Steer wrestler Nick Guy has almost assured himself of a spot in the next level of play at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Guy won the second round of Super Series V with a 4.7-second run. He also finished second Sunday night, so he leads the standings with $3,000 and the average with 10.1 seconds on two runs.

Other leaders are barrel racer Deb Renger, $2,500; saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell, $3,000; team ropers Britt Williams and Bobby Harris, $5,000; bareback riders Will Lowe and Wes Stevenson, $2,000 each; and tie-down ropers Tuf Cooper, Shane Hanchey and Nate Baldwin.