Archive for October, 2011

postheadericon Where are the results?

After yesterday’s televised finale of the PBR World Finals, I was excited to see that Cord McCoy finished in the top 10, so I went to the PBR’s website to see just where my friend finished and where he might’ve finished in the final world standings.

I couldn’t find the results, much less the standings.

The PBR’s website looks awesome, and I liked how quickly the story on the winner appeared on it. But I couldn’t find the results, and I think it’s pretty important that information is available and easy to find.

But maybe I’m just picky.

postheadericon Same day, different results

I wrote two stories Saturday for the Kansas City Star. The first one, which you find published on the paper’s website because it was replaced by the second, was how the bull riders at the American Royal Rodeo were shut out on Saturday afternoon.

The second one, found HERE, tells a much different tale. Three 90-plus-point bull rides, including the 91 by winner Jacob O’Mara — there were 90s by Clayton Foltyn and Logan Knibbe — and one that was just short of that mark, an 88 by Chandler Bownds.

Whatever it was, the crowd of more than 12,000 at the Sprint Center loved it.

postheadericon Bareback baggage

I’d heard great things about the 2011 Bareback Riding Horse of the Year, Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage.

On Saturday night during the final performance of the American Royal Rodeo at the Sprint Center, I saw why the horse earned the coveted halter. The big animal dusted a great cowboy, Bo Casper.

Casper was doing all he could to overcome Wes Stevenson’s 87-point ride from Friday night, but Full Baggage won the fistfight.

postheadericon His form is championship caliber

I always enjoy talking with two-time steer wrestling world champion Dean Gorsuch. He’s articulate, intelligent and one of the best people you’ll ever meet. We visited Thursday night before the first performance of the American Royal Rodeo, and I had a blast.

We got to visit again Friday after his 3.4-second run, which moved him into second place in both the third round and the aggregate race. What was really cool was that he proved, again, to me that he’s more than an outstanding athlete but also a man with tremendous passion. You’ll find the story HERE.

postheadericon I feel like a Schneeberger

Jerome Schneeberger didn’t quite make the cut for the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, finishing the regular season 22nd in the tie-down roping standings.

He’s starting his 2012 campaign much better, leading the average at the American Royal Rodeo with 25.7 seconds on three runs. In fact, he placed in the first two go-rounds that took place during slack on Tuesday and Wednesday at Lone Wolf Arena in Cleveland, Mo.

Good for him. I’d love to see him back at the NFR for a 12th time in 2012.

postheadericon That’s a loaded question …

Let ‘Er Rip is an excellent saddle bronc horse from Frontier Rodeo, and Tyrel Larsen was tickled to have the horse on Friday night at the American Royal Rodeo.

Larsen scored 89 points and shares the lead in the rodeo with Cole Elshere. I asked Tyrel about his ride and told him that the great Billy Etbauer won this rodeo on that horse a year ago, and he only scored 87 points.

“Yeah, but they loaded me,” he said, referring to the judges giving him more than the benefit of the doubt on his spur ride. “They loaded me by 15 points.”

Larsen may split the Kansas City victory this year, but he’ll always know. I respect that.

postheadericon A dance across the arena

Cole Elshere rides Smith, Harper and Morgan's Flaming Desire for 89 points on Thursday night to take the saddle bronc riding lead at the American Royal Rodeo at the Sprint Center.

Cole Elshere rides Smith, Harper and Morgan's Flaming Desire for 89 points on Thursday night to take the saddle bronc riding lead at the American Royal Rodeo at the Sprint Center.

I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people, telling new stories. That happened Thursday night at the American Royal Rodeo when Cole Elshere took the lead in saddle bronc riding on a great horse, Flaming Desire from Smith, Harper and Morgan Rodeo.

The horse has been selected to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the fourth time. I hope readers of The Kansas City Star see what a great event is happening at the Sprint Center when they read the story.

postheadericon Elshere all the way

J.J. Elshere is an NFR-qualifying saddle bronc rider. His cousin, Cole, is hoping to be there soon.

He put together a fantastic 89-point ride on Thursday night in the opening performance of the American Royal Rodeo and has a strong lead with three performances remaining at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. There are plenty of outstanding bronc riders in the field this weekend, but it’ll take something spectacular to unseat Cole Elshere.

He’s already done something spectacular.

postheadericon The Star of the show is rodeo

To read the Thursday advance story about the American Royal Rodeo in the Kansas City Star, go HERE.

postheadericon Bulls night out

The opening night of the PBR World Finals was all about the bulls. In fact, just nine cowboys scored qualified rides.

That says something about the quality of the animals.

I suspect things will change some over the next few nights, but I believe the trend will remain on the side of the bulls.

It’s just the nature of the beast (pun intended).