Archive for September, 2011

postheadericon WPRA coverage from Omaha

Here are the stories that ran each day during the Justin Boots Championships during the River City Rodeo in Omaha, Neb.

From THURSDAY

From FRIDAY

From SATURDAY

postheadericon Veteran cowboys putting bronc, bareback riding clinic

Contestants interested in riding bucking horses – or riding them better – will have a chance to hone their skills during a bareback riding and saddle bronc riding school planned for Friday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 13, in Ponca City, Okla.

The brainchild of all-around rodeo hand Justin Rumford, the clinic will be instructed by saddle bronc riders Bobby Griswold and Jesse James Kirby and bareback riding world champion Mark Gomes and will take place at the 101 Wild West Rodeo grounds and inside a classroom location in Ponca City.

Gomes is an eight-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; Griswold has qualified for the NFR four times in his career and is a two-time circuit champion; and Kirby is a two-time qualifier to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. They bring years of experience to the classroom and to the traditional training ground, the rodeo arena.

The cost for the school is $300 for a full student, $100 for a ground student. Deposits ($150 for full; $50 for ground) are due by Oct. 22 to reserve a spot. There will be limited spaces available, which will ensure the best student-instructor ratio. Contact Justin Rumford at (580) 716-3239 or at jrumford@hotmail.com for information or to reserve a spot in the class.

The school will feature unlimited livestock, video playback and breakout classroom sessions with instruction. The educational opportunity is for everyone – from beginners to card-holders – who hope to improve their game. There will be livestock available to accommodate beginners and experts.

postheadericon Is the third time a charm, too?

Matt Sherwood

Matt Sherwood

Matt Sherwood has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the third time in his career. I suspect that means his partner, heeler Cory Petska, has his eyes on the big prize in 2011.

You see, Sherwood’s other two trips to ProRodeo’s grand finale came in 2006 and 2008. In each of those seasons, Sherwood walked away from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas with the world champion’s gold buckle. Is Sherwood’s third qualification a precursor to this year’s world championship.

I’m sure Petska is hoping so.

postheadericon Hempstead rodeo draws big names in first year with PRCA

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The word is out, and the contestants are responding.

Some of the biggest names in rodeo will be in Hempstead this weekend for the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, with performances set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The rodeo has been a fixture of the community event for decades, but this year’s festivities will be part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

That’s a drawing card for the top cowboys and cowgirls in the game, because they know their dollars earned in Waller County will count toward qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and, potentially, a world championship. That’s why the list of entries includes world champions like Fred Whitfield, Joe Beaver, Brittany Pozzi and Kappy Allen and dozens of NFR qualifications.

Another factor in bringing the top contestants and talented rising stars to Hempstead are the outstanding animal athletes from Carr Pro Rodeo, one of the elite stock contractors in ProRodeo with bucking horses and bulls featured at the NFR, the Justin Boots Championships and some of the biggest PRCA rodeos across the country.

Owner Pete Carr takes great pride in putting on a great rodeo from start to finish, and the volunteer committee that helps produce the annual event in Waller County is excited about that.

“Fans want to have a good time and see a great show, and that’s what we’re going to work hard to do each night,” said Carr, owner of the Dallas-based livestock firm.

Carr has a pasture full of the best bucking animals in the game, from bareback horses like Real Deal, the 2005 Bareback Horse of the Year, to River Boat Annie, the 2007 Reserve World Champion Bareback horse, to any number of other animals that regularly have been featured at the NFR.

“It takes somebody who knows the game and understands it, and that’s what you’ve got in Pete Carr,” said bareback rider Chris Harris, a six-time NFR qualifier from Itasca, Texas. “It takes passion to put that back into the animals, to take care of them, to feed them the right grain, the right nutrients.

“That guy got his hands on River Boat Annie, and that horse, to me, is still one of the greatest horses to get on. That takes heart, passion and try.”

That’s what the Carr crew brings at each rodeo, and the top contestants in the world see it. There will be plenty of regular NFR qualifiers in the field this weekend, like tie-down ropers Tyson Durfey, Houston Hutto and Scott Kormos; team ropers Kenny Herrill, Tyler Mangus, Martin Lucero and Luke Brown; steer wrestlers Matt Reeves and Sean Mulligan; barrel racers Mattie Little-Jackson, Cassie Moseley and Tammy Fischer; bull riders D.J. Domangue, Howdy Cloud, Trent Cormier, Tate Stratton, Logan Knibbe and Chance Smart; bareback riders Harris, Matt Bright and Heath Ford; and saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley.

Add that to the Carr animals, and you can see tremendous match-ups that are in the mix for fans, like bull riders Domangue vs. Synergy or Kenny Westrope vs. Ryan’s Express; and bareback riders like Harris vs. Island Girl or Ford vs. Hylo Hills.

“Those are just some of the great match-ups we’ve got in Hempstead, but there are going to be a bunch of them,” Carr said. “With live bucking stock, there is no way to predict or predetermine the outcome of any rodeo event, that’s why the cowboys show up and rope and ride. And that’s why the fans buy a ticket to watch, because it’s always live, unscripted and exciting entertainment, and oftentimes record breaking when spectacular things happen.”

postheadericon The fields are set

ProRodeo’s 2011 regular season came to a close this past weekend, meaning the fields for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping have been established.

There are some great storylines associated with the qualifiers, and be on the lookout for many of those in the coming days.

Here’s one from the PRCA: Saddle bronc rider Jake Wright, bidding to join his brothers Cody and Jesse in Las Vegas for the first time, fell just $85 short of overtaking 2009 World Champion Jesse Kruse for the 15th spot.

postheadericon Great animals leading the charge for Carr Pro Rodeo

Royce Ford rides Riverboat Annie during the 2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Riverboat Annie, the 2007 reserve world champion bareback horse, is one of the great animal athletes from Carr Pro Rodeo, which will have livestock at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, set for Friday and Saturday in Hempstead, Texas.

Royce Ford rides Riverboat Annie during the 2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Riverboat Annie, the 2007 reserve world champion bareback horse, is one of the great animal athletes from Carr Pro Rodeo, which will have livestock at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, set for Friday and Saturday in Hempstead, Texas.

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – There are an elite few who really understand what makes one of the world’s best bucking horses.

Pete Carr is one of those people. Carr, owner of Dallas based Carr Pro Rodeo, has a pasture full of outstanding animal athletes on the company’s ranch near Athens, Texas, and the herd is still growing. That is a win-win situation for rodeo fans in southeast Texas, because some of the best bucking animals in the sport will be part of this year’s Waller County Fair and Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1.

In the event’s inaugural year to be part of ProRodeo, the organizers reached out to Carr to bring in his expert production and outstanding livestock to town.

“We’re pretty excited to be able to come to Hempstead, because the people there really want to put on a great show for the fans,” said Carr, who established the growing livestock firm six years ago. “We’ll definitely put on a show.”

Since its inception, Carr Pro Rodeo has made a name for itself by its exceptional bareback riding horses. In fact, Real Deal, a brown gelding, was named the 2005 Bareback Horse of the Year; Riverboat Annie, a red roan mare, was named the 2007 Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse. That’s just the foundation, and the top cowboys in the game recognize it.

In fact, it’s that type of reputation that led two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Clint Cannon to recommend Carr to the Waller County rodeo committee.

“Pete’s just got a great pen of bucking horses, period,” said Cannon of Waller.

Another great bareback horse is MGM Deuces Night, a bay mare that has quickly established herself as one of the elite. Not too shabby for a 6-year-old horse; of course, Real Deal was just 6 years old when he won the halter.

“That’s a mare is just an awesome horse that’s good in the chute that gives you a chance to win every time you nod your head,” said Kelly Timberman, the 2004 world champion bareback rider from Mills, Wyo., who won the 10th round of the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with an 88.5-point ride on Deuces Night. “I don’t care if the horse is dirty rank or hard to ride, I just want one to give me a chance to win first. That horse gives a guy a chance to win first every time, but you can say that about a lot of Pete’s horses.”

Carr purchased Deuces Night last year from bareback rider Wes Stevenson, a six-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo who purchased Deuces Night from the great Zinser bucking string.

“I knew she’d have a really good shot to come to the finals,” Stevenson said. “I knew she was that good, so part of the reason I sold her to Pete is that I knew she’d have a good shot to go to the finals. I bought her from Jim Zinser as a brood mare, but she bucked so good, I didn’t want to waste her sitting at my house. I wanted her to have a chance.

“She has a lot of heart. I was the first one to get on her with a rigging, and from the first time we ever bucked her, I knew that little filly has a lot of heart. She’s a very electric horse. She’s going to start doing some stuff right out of the box.”

Carr likes to see that in all his animals. He has a fantastic set of saddle broncs and a powerful set of bulls, both of which are developing stronger each year.

“Pete Carr’s a really good guy who works hard,” said Wesley Silcox, the 2007 world champion bull rider from Payson, Utah. “I don’t know him real well, but he’s trying real hard and trying to get us good stock we can get on. That’s what makes us want to go to his rodeos. He’s doing his best trying to get a bunch of good guys to come to his rodeos.”

Silcox isn’t the only bull rider who feels that way.

“Pete Carr cares about our opinion,” said Bryan Richardson, a three-time NFR qualifier from Dallas. “He wants to keep us happy, and he knows how to do it. A lot of contractors won’t try. They just want a bunch of working bulls that can go out there and buck a bunch of times a year.

“Pete understands that nowadays, the bull business is what it is. You can get a really good bull for not a lot of money, and then you’re going to get the good cowboys to come to your rodeo and compete on those bulls.”

Event organizers are drawn to Carr Pro Rodeo because of what they hear from contestants, and it’s a familiar theme. In a sport where money not only pays bills but also counts as championship points, contestants know they need every advantage they can get. They know what they’ll get when they go to a rodeo Carr produces.

“You definitely want to go somewhere that you have a chance to win,” said Casey Sisk of Corona, N.M., a rising star in saddle bronc riding. “Pete’s got a great pen of bucking horses, the kind you like getting on.”

postheadericon Final night’s results from Omaha

Justin Boots Championships
CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb., Sept. 24
Bareback riding: Semifinals: 1. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 86 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Black Cat, $7,040; 2.     Brian Bain, Culver, Ore., 84, $5,280; 3. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., 80, $3,520; 4. Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore., 79, $1,760; 5. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 78; 6. Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah, 76; 7. Cody DeMers, Kimberly, Idaho, 75; 8. Matt Bright, Azle, Texas, 74. Finals: 1. (tie) Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore., on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket, and Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo’s Top Flight, 87 points, $11,595 each; 3. Brian Bain, Culver, Ore., 79, $6,626; 4. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., NS. Total earnings: 1. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., $23,739; 2. Brian Bain, Culver, Ore., $19,473; 3. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., $17,600; 4. Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore., $14,059; 5. Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah, $11,616; 6. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, $10,032; 7. Cody DeMers, Kimberly, Idaho, $2,112; 8. Matt Bright, Azle, Texas, $1,584 .
Steer wrestling: Semifinals: 1. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 3.7 seconds, $7,040; 2. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 4.0, $5,280; 3. Billy Bugenig, 4.4, $3,520; 4. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., 4.7, $1,760; 5. Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif., 4.8; 6. (tie) Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla., and Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore., 5.4 each; 8. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 13.9. Finals: 1. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 4.3 seconds, $13,251; 2. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 4.5, $9,939; 3. Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 5.1, $6,626; 4.        Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., 14.7, $3,313. Total earnings: 1. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., $26,130; 2. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., $19,763; 3. Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., $18,652; 4. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., $17,187; 5. Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore., $12,114; 6. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., $7,480; 7.  Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif., $2,200.
Team roping: Semifinals: 1. Matt Sherwood, Pima , Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 4.4 seconds, $7,040 each ; 2. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.5, $5,280; 3. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.8, $3,520; 4. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 5.0, $1,760; 5. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 5.8; 6. Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 10.5; 7. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, 12.5; 8. Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Broc Cresta, Santa Rosa, Calif., NT. Finals: 1. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.4 seconds, $13,251 each; Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Az/Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 9.3, $9,939; 3. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 14.1, $6,626; 4. Matt Sherwood, Pima , Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., NT. Total earnings: 1. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., $29,210 each; 2. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., $28,123; 3. Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., $13,728; 4. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, $13,402; 5. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, $6,952; 6. Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., $5,808; 7. Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Broc Cresta, Santa Rosa, Calif., $2,112; 8. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., $880.
Saddle bronc riding: Semifinals: 1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 89 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Spade, $7,040; 2. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 83, $5,280; 3. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 80, $3,520; 4. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 77, $1,760; 5. Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, 75; 6. (tie) Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., and Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., 72 each; 8. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., NS. Finals: 1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 90 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Congeniality, $13,251; 2. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 85, $9,939; 3. (tie) Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, and Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., NS. Total earnings: 1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, $36,307; 2. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., $21,496; 3. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., $9,826; 4. Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, $8,037; 5. Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, $5,808; 6. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, $5,280; 7. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., $3,667; 8. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., $3,168.
Tie-down roping: Semifinals: 1. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 7.1 seconds, $7,040; 2. (tie) Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, and Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 7.9, $4,400 each; 4. Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., 8.2, $1,760; 5. Justin Macha, Needville, Texas, 8.5; 6. Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 17.7; 7. (tie) Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., and Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, NT. Finals: 1. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 7.4 seconds, $13,251; 2. Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., 7.7, $9,939; 3. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 16.9, $6,626; 4. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., NT. Total earnings: 1. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, $30,499; 2. Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., $21,906; 3. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, $16,833; 4. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., $12,496; 5. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., $10,208; 6. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, $3,344; 7. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, $2,112; 8. Justin Macha, Needville, Texas, $1,056; 9. (tie) Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., and Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas, $880 each.
Barrel racing: Finals: 1. Sue Smith, Blackfoot, Idaho, 13.94 seconds, $9,325; 2.        Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.05, $4,725; 3. Britany Fleck, Mandan, N.D., 14.25, $3,125; 4. Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla., 14.42, $1,575.
Bull riding: Semifinals: 1. Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, 90 points on Wild Card Rodeo’s Public Enemy, $7,040; 2.     Allen Helmuth, Ellensburg, Wash., 76, $5,280; 3. (tie) Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo.; Bryan Richardson, Dallas, Texas; Jacob O’Mara, Prairieville, La.; Shawn Hogg, Odessa, Texas; J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas, and Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla., NS. Finals: 1. Jacob O’Mara, Prairieville, La., 87 points on Robinson Pro Rodeo’s Exotic Justin, $13,251; 2. Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo., 74, $9,939; 3. (tie) Allen Helmuth, Ellensburg, Wash., and Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, NS. Total earnings: 1. Jacob O’Mara, Prairieville, La., $22,169; 2. Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo., $18,856; 3. J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas, $8,917; 4. Allen Helmuth, Ellensburg, Wash., $7,040; 5. Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, $7,040; 6. Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas, $4,224; 7. Shawn Hogg, Odessa, Texas, $2,464.

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postheadericon Round 2 and average results from Omaha

Justin Boots Championships
CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb., Sept 23
Bareback riding: Second round: 1. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 88 points on Sutton Rodeos’ China Town, $5,808; 2. Brian Bain, Culver, Ore., 87, $4,400; 3. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., 86, $3,168; 4. Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah, 84, $2,112; 5. (tie) Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore.; Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., and Matt Bright, Azle, Texas, 82, $704; 8. Royce Ford, Briggsdale, Colo., 81; 9. Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas, 79; 10. Cody DeMers, Kimberly, Idaho, 78; 11. Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo., 74; 12. Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 65. Average: 1. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., 172 points on two head, $5,808; 2. Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah, 170, $4,400; 3. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 168, $3,168; 4. Brian Bain, Culver, Ore., 167, $2,112; 5. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 165, $1,232; 6. Matt Bright, Azle, Texas, 160, $880; 7. Cody DeMers, Kimberly, Idaho, 159; 8. Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore., 157; 9. Royce Ford, Briggsdale, Colo., 155; 10. Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo., 149; 11. Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 141; 12. Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas, 79 on one.
Steer wrestling: Second round: 1. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 3.8 seconds, $5,808; 2. (tie) Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.;        Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., and Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore., 4.0, $3,227 each; 5. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 4.3, $1,232; 6. Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif., 4.5, $880; 7. Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla., 4.7; 8. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 5.2; 9. Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho, 16.0; 10. (tie) Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.; Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., and Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., NT. Average: 1. (tie) Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., and Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore., 7.9, $5,104 each; 3.        Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 8.0, $3,168; 4. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 8.1, $2,112; 5.    Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 8.2, $1,232; 6. Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif., 8.9, $880; 7. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 9.5; 8. Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla., 11.0; 9. Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho, 22.4; 10. Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., 8.3 on one; 11. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 11.1; 12. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 0.0.
Team roping: Second round: 1. Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.6 seconds, $5,808 each; 2. (tie) Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., and Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.9, $3,784 each; 4. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, 6.3, $2,112; 5. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 9.1, $1,232; 6. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 9.9, $880; 7. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas, 10.0; 8. Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Broc Cresta, Santa Rosa, Calif., 10.7; 9. (tie) Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif.; Matt Sherwood, Pima , Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.; Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., and Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Cooper, Monument, N.M., NT. Average: 1. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 9.6 seconds on two head, $5,808 each; 2. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 9.9, $4,400; 3.   Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, 12.0, $3,168; 4. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 14.8, $2,112; 5. Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Broc Cresta, Santa Rosa, Calif., 27.2, $1,232; 6. Matt Sherwood, Pima , Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 4.4 on one, $880; 7. Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.6; 8. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 9.9; 9. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas, 10.0; 10. (tie) Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif.; Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., and Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Cooper, Monument, N.M., NT.
Saddle bronc riding: Second round: 1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 86 points on J Bar J, Inc’s Shady Cat, $5,808; 2. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 84, $4,400; 3. (tie) Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.; Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., and Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, 82, $2,171 each; 6. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 81, $880; 7. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 80; 8. (tie) Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, and Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 79 each; 10. Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., 71; 11. (tie) Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, and Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo., NS. Average: 1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 169 points on two head, $5,808; 2. (tie) Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D.; Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., and Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, 164, $3,227 each; 5. (tie) Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., and Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 162, $1,056 each; 7. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 157; 8. Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., 148; 9. Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, 84 on one; 10. (tie) Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, and Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 79 each; 12. Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo., 78.
Tie-down roping: Second round: 1. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 6.8 seconds (breaks arena record, Ohl, 7.0, 2004), $5,808; 2. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 6.9, $4,400; 3. (tie) Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., and Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 7.3, $2,640 each; 5. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 7.7, $1,232; 6. Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 7.8, $880; 7. Justin Macha, Needville, Texas, 8.0; 8. (tie) Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, and Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 8.3 each; 10. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 15.3; 11. (tie) Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas, and Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, NT. Average: 1. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 15.6 seconds on two head, $5,808; 2. Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., 15.7, $4,400; 3.    Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 15.9, $3,168; 4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 17.2, $2,112; 5. (tie) Justin Macha, Needville, Texas, and Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 17.3, $1,056 each; 7. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 17.8; 8. Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 22.8; 9. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 25.4; 10. Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, 8.3 on one; 11. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 8.5; 12. Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas, 9.2.
Barrel racing: Second round: 1. Carlee Pierce, Woodward, Okla., 13.86 seconds, $4,575; 2. Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta, 13.97, $2,350; 3. Sue Smith, Blackfoot, Idaho, 14.04, $1,600; 4. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.11, $850; 5. Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla., 14.25; 6. Cassie Moseley, Cedar Lane, Texas, 14.29; 7. (tie) Jill Moody, Letcher, S.D., and Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 14.31 each; 9. Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M., 14.43; 10. Kim Schulze, Elbert, Colo., 14.50; 11. Britany Fleck, Mandan, N.D., 14.52; 12. Robyn Herring, Huntington, Texas, 19.92. Average: 1. Sue Smith, Blackfoot, Idaho, 28.37 seconds on two runs, $2,105; 2. Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla., 28.58, $1,025; 3. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 28.65, $750; 4. Britany Fleck, Mandan, N.D., 28.81, $500; 5. Jill Moody, Letcher, S.D., 28.90; 6. Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 28.94; 7. Cassie Moseley, Cedar Lane, Texas, 29.17; 8. Kim Schulze, Elbert, Colo., 29.21; 9. Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M., 29.31; 10. Carlee Pierce, Woodward, Okla., 33.11;  11. Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta, 33.24;  12. Robyn Herring, Huntington, Texas, 39.70.
Bull riding: Second round: No qualified rides. Average: 1. (tie) Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo.; Jacob O’Mara, Prairieville, La., and J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas, 87 points, $4,459 each; 4. Shawn Hogg, Odessa, Texas, 81, $2,112; 5. Allen Helmuth, Ellensburg, Wash., 79, $1,232; 6. Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, 78, $880; 7. (tie) Bryan Richardson, Dallas, Texas; Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla.; Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.; Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.;  Logan Knibbe, Rockdale, Texas, and Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas, NS.

postheadericon Committee, Carr trying to build fair & rodeo’s foundation

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – There’s a lot of pride that organizers have in the Waller County Fair and Rodeo.

They point to great community interest. With that kind of support, they envision growth and development in the annual expo. They realize the foundation has already been laid, and now is the time to develop it.

“We hope this event gets bigger and bigger,” said Clint Sciba, co-chairman of the committee that produces the two-day rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1. “We don’t want this to be a small fair stop but that the world’s best rodeo cowboys want to come to.”

The big change for the expo was in the rodeo, which a year ago was amateur. This year, it will be sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the elite governing body in the sport. The PRCA’s top contestants compete for those coveted gold buckles awarded to each year’s world champions during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The NFR is also home to the greatest animal athletes in the sport, and that includes the great bucking bulls and horse from Dallas-based Carr Pro Rodeo. Over the past six years, Pete Carr and his crew have become one of the most sought-after livestock firms in the business, and the tremendous bucking beasts are the big reason why.

“Pete Carr’s got some great rodeos, and he’s got the good horses,” said Cody Taton, the saddle bronc riding director for the PRCA. “That kind of combination makes quite a difference, plus Pete’s good to work with.”

That’s why events like the Waller County Fair and Rodeo are drawing cards for cowboys who make their livings on the back of bucking horses and bulls.

“Pete is always honest, and he always brings good horses to rodeos and runs a good show,” said bareback rider Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, a two-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and a two-time winner of RodeoHouston. “Probably a bigger part of Pete is that he’s willing to give back. I put on a bareback riding school, and he brings horses to our school. We tried to pay him, but he won’t take it.

“He’s just a good person.”

Cannon isn’t the only cowboy who feels that way.

“To be successful, you’ve got to want to win,” said bareback rider Justin McDaniel, a four-time NFR qualifier who won the 2008 world championship. “Pete goes all out. He tries really hard. You can go to any of Pete’s rodeos and win on any of his horses on any given day.”