Archive for February, 2012

postheadericon Young, Searcy rope titles at Kansas State rodeo

ALVA, Okla. – Trey Young knew competing in the Central Plains Region would be one of the toughest aspects of his college rodeo career.

He lives for the challenge.

“I’m from South Dakota, and I came down here because this region is tougher,” said Young, of Dupree, a community of about 1,300 in northwest South Dakota. “You get better by roping against better people.”

He’s doing pretty well. This past weekend, Young posted the best cumulative score, finishing with a two-run cumulative time of 18.6 seconds to win the Kansas State University Rodeo in Manhattan, Kan.

“He’s just a good kid, a 4.0 student,” said coach Stockton Graves, a Northwestern Oklahoma State Univeristy alumnus who took over the coaching duties at his alma mater last November. “I think that win really helped him out with his confidence.”

Young is one of two Northwestern cowboys who won their respective disciplines in Manhattan, joining team roping-heeler Dustin Searcy of Mooreland, Okla. Roping with his heading partner, Cale Markham of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, the tandem split the victory with Parker Warner of Coffeyville and Tyler Worley of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M – both teams finished in 12.3 seconds.

Searcy leads the region standings with 385 points. He also won the title at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University rodeo last fall.

The win moves Young into the top five in the circuit. That’s a nice place to be this time of year for the sophomore, who has five more rodeos the rest of the spring season to move up the standings.

“On my first run, I just wanted to go out there and make it back to the short-go,” he said of his finish in Manhattan. “The long-go is the toughest, because you’ve got so many guys to go against. You just want to make the best run you can make and not beat yourself.

“The short round is a little easier because there are only 12 to go against. I drew pretty good calves. It’s pretty neat to win that rodeo. It’s a cool arena in that little barn, and it can get pretty loud in there.”

While Young and Searcy were the top finishers, Northwestern had several cowboys and cowgirls who scored points, including steer wrestler Kyle Irwin (second); headers Brett Christenson (third), Casey Warnock (fourth) and Travis Cowan (tied for sixth); saddle bronc rider Cody Burkholder (third); tie-down roper John Howell (fourth); barrel racers Clara Morris (second) and Alexis Allen (tied for sevnth); breakaway ropers Jenna Hampton (fifth) and Kate Hansen (eighth); and goat-tiers Dusta Kimzey (second), Lauren Barnes (seventh) and Cari Cable (eighth).

The Northwestern men finished fifth at K-State, and the women finished eighth.

“We just need to kind of sharpen thing sup a little bit,” Graves said. “I feel like it was a pretty good rodeo with just a few weeks of practice. The women’s team needs to focus a little, but that’ll all come in time.”

The teams have five rodeos remaining on the schedule, with the next one scheduled for March 2-4 in Garden City, Kan. There’s still time to finish the region in the top two, qualifying the teams for the College National Finals Rodeo.

“That would be great and would dang sure be a successful year,” Graves said. “To finish in the top two with me coming in halfway in the season would be very successful in my mind.

“These kids have that kind of finish in them. We just need to take it to that level.”

The key ingredient is for each member of the team to handle their business through the remaining two months of the season.

“You have to take it one rodeo at a time,” Young said. “You want to make it back to as many short rounds as you can, because that’s where the points are.”

postheadericon Chet takes a big step

Chet Johnson

Chet Johnson

It’s been four seasons since Chet Johnson last qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

It’s about time he returns to the year-end finale as one of the top 15 saddle bronc riders in the game. He deserves to be in that field, and on Sunday and Monday, he proved it.

Johnson, of Gillette, Wyo., placed in all three go-rounds of Bracket 5 at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo and earned$4,667 in just two days of work. Most importantly, it places Johnson into the semifinals of the bracketed format.

Congratulations to Chet and all the others who advanced.

Bracket 5 Semifinalists
Bareback Riding:
1. (tie) Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo., and Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, $3,930 each; 3. Brian Bain, Culver, Ore., $2,948; 4. Dustin Smith, Rome, Ga., $2,702.

Steer Wrestling: 1. Shane Henderson, Winfield, Kan., $4,177; 2. Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla., $2,702; 3. Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb., $1,965; 4. Tommy Cook, McAlester, Okla., $1,474.

Team Roping: 1. Caleb Mitchell, Mason, Texas, and Mickey Gomez, Holland, Texas, $3,439; 2. David Key, Stephenville, Texas, and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, $2,457; 3. (tie) Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D.; and Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Brad Culpepper, Poulan, Ga., $1,965.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1. Chet Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo., $4,667; 2. Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, s.D., $2,948; 3. Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D., $1,965; 4. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., $1,719.

Tie-Down Roping: 1. Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas, $5,404; 2. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., $2,456; 3. Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas, $1,965; 4. Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas, $1,474.

Barrel Racing: 1. Jane Melby, Backus, Minn., $4,421; 2. Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., $3,439; 3. Cassie Moseley, Cedar Lane, Texas, $3,193; 4. Robyn Herring, Huntington, Texas, $2,211.

Bull Riding: 1. Beau Brooks, Strathmore, Alberta, $3,930; 2. Ryan Shanklin, Rocksprings, Texas, $1,965; 3. (tie) Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla., and Shawn Proctor, Tooele, Utah, $1,474 each.

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: Bryce Davis

Bryce Davis, Abilene, Texas

Bryce Davis

Bryce Davis

The first time Bryce Davis played on the Timed Event Championship stage, he finished in last place. That was two years ago.

Last year, the Texan made up for it, just as everyone in the arena suspected. He posted a five-round, 25-head time of 380.4 seconds to finish eighth in the average, which was worth $3,000.

Davis – who was just 5 years old the first time his father, Jim, won the first of two Steer Roping World Championships in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association – is the third generation of his family to qualify for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. His grandfather, Merle Davis, qualified for the first finale in 1959.

Bryce Davis knows what it means to perform well in the Fabulous Lazy E Arena. He won the average at the steer roping finals in 2009 and hasn’t missed an NFSR since. What else would you expect from a man with a champion’s pedigree?

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: Scott Snedecor

Scott Snedecor, Uvalde, Texas

Scott Snedecor

Scott Snedecor

The last time Scott Snedecor left the Lazy E Arena, he did so as the event champion, winning the average title at the 2011 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping last November.

He’d like to repeat the feat this weekend. Of course, so would the other 19 competitors in this incredible field. Snedecor’s advantage comes in the two gold buckles he’s earned by winning the 2005 and 2008 PRCA Steer Roping World Championships.

At last year’s Timed Event Championship, Snedecor finished the weekend in 403.7 seconds, good enough for ninth place. While his score was better than half the field, he finished just out of the money. That doesn’t happen very often. Snedecor earned the Texas High School Rodeo Association’s team roping title in 1992, then earned the team roping championship at the 1995 College National Finals Rodeo.

It’s proof of his winning nature, something that can come in quite handy this in this unique event.

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: Chance Kelton

Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz.

Chance Kelton

Chance Kelton

More often than not, Chance Kelton rides away from the Lazy E Arena with a nice payday.

Last year it was $10,000 for having the fastest go-round at the Timed Event Championship. He blistered the field with a 46.4-second fourth go-round on Saturday night. That time was more than two seconds faster than Trevor Brazile’s 48.7, which finished in second place.

But the Timed Event isn’t the only competition in which Kelton excels. A three-time team roping qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the Arizona cowboy has returned to the Lazy E Arena each of the last three Novembers as a qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping.

In fact, Kelton was the high-money winner in two of his three trips to Guthrie for the steer roping finale – he earned $28,615 in the 2011 championship and $38,938 in 2009; he finished second in the average both seasons.

The 1993 National High School Rodeo Association’s team roping champion, Kelton has proven his merit time and again in a pro career that began in 1994. This weekend is just another notch on his already-worthy belt.

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: Clayton Hass

Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas

Clayton Hass

Clayton Hass

Clayton Hass definitely is no specialist when it comes to rodeo. That’s why he’s here.

Hass competes regularly as a tie-down roper, steer wrestler and header, and last year finished in the top 20 in the All-Around World Standings in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Also, he finished 29th in the bulldogging standings. It’s all proof that he’s playing the game at a world-class level, which is a key ingredient to doing well in the Timed Event Championship.

Hass is just 28 years old, but he’s been a rodeo hand for 21 years. A 2002 graduate of Terrell (Texas) High School, he qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo during his junior and senior seasons. When he’s not rodeoing, Hass trains horses; he also has worked as a firefighter in his hometown.

More than that, he’s shown the rodeo world that he can win at a high level. During the 2011 season, he won steer wrestling titles in Loveland, Colo., and Laughlin, Nev., and won all-around championships at Texas rodeos in Los Fresnos and Mineral Wells – also he won the bulldogging and team roping titles in Mineral Wells, roping with Casey Chamberlain on the latter.

postheadericon Richardson bullish about trip to RNCFR

Bryan Richardson is a three-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Even when he isn’t among the top 15 in the world standings, the Texan is always among the bull riding leaders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

It’s been six years since Richardson played on ProRodeo’s grandest stage. While everyone realizes how much he wants to return to Las Vegas, Richardson is quite tickled to have earned a chance to ride at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for March 29-April 1 at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.

Richardson qualified for the RNCFR by how he finished in the year-end standings in the Texas Circuit. It’s his first trip to ProRodeo’s National Championship, so look for the veteran to take advantage of it.

RNCFR bull riding qualifiers
This list is subject to change

Travis Atkinson                                  Dustin Larsen
Tustin
Daye                                        Guyton Tsosie
Cody Teel                                          Bryan Richardson
Chance Smart                                   Jeff Askey
Dustin Hall                                          Ty Clearwater
Bobby Welsh                                     Tyler Willis
Nevada
Newman                              Beau Hill
Lance Schwartz                                 Danny Schlobohm
Scott Sellers                                      Clovis Crane
Allen Helmuth                         Paul Coppini
A.J. Hamre                                         Keith Roquemore
Charles Zoss                                     Shawn Coleman

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: K.C. Jones

K.C. Jones, Burlington, Wyo.

K.C. Jones

K.C. Jones

In his career, K.C. Jones has received the highest acclaim from the entity he respects the most: his fellow cowboys.

Jones has earned the praise, sitting as one of the most versatile cowboys to have ever traveled down the rodeo trail. He’s won the Timed Event Championship four times and stands as one of the favorites every March when the best all-around cowboys come inside the Lazy E Arena in one of the most rugged tests in the business.

This weekend marks the first of two trips Jones will make to central Oklahoma this month – the tie-down roping average champion at the Ram Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo, he earned the right to compete at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for March 29-April 1 at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.

That is more evidence that the 44-year-old Wyoming cowboy is competing at a high level. With his experience, he can make a lot of things happen in a short amount of time, which is what the challenge of the Timed Event is all about. He’s conquered it more than most, having earned $388,500 over the years in this competition.

Last year a rarity occurred: Jones failed to earn a paycheck at the Lazy E. Look for him to make up for it this weekend.

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: Daniel Green

Daniel Green, Oakdale, Calif.

Daniel Green

Daniel Green

Daniel Green has won the average championship and the top prize at the Timed Event Championship twice.

Last year, though, he settled for a $4,000 check for having the fourth fastest go-round of the competition. That’ll have to do, but look for that finish to be a motivating factor for Green, a 10-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

You see, Green has proven quite well over his career that he’s one of the best all-around hands in the business. He’s won the all-around crown in the California Circuit multiple times and has qualified for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo 12 times.

Oh, and he’s a two-time winner of the World’s Greatest Roper.

It’s been nine years since Green qualified for the NFR, but he’s remained one of the best all-around hands in the game. The proof is in his Timed Event and World’s Greatest Roper titles, if nothing else. Also consider that of his RNCFR qualifications, six have come since he quit rodeoing full time in 2004.

Green will turn 40 this summer, and he’s still one of the greatest cowboys in the game.

postheadericon World champs sneak into semifinals

Three world champions advanced out of the third bracket at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, but they squeaked into the semifinals by finishing fourth in their respective disciplines.

Reigning world champion team ropers Turtle Powell and Jhett Johnson and three-time world champion barrel racer Sherry Cervi moved on in the tournament-style format. Powell and Johnson placed in just one of three go-rounds, but that second-place finish on Wednesday night was worth $1,474. Cervi earned $1,965.

Congratulations to all the semifinalists.

Bracket 3 Seminfinalists
Bareback Riding:
1. Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho, $4,176; 2, (tie) Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., and Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah, $2,702 each; 3. Chris Harris, Itasca, Texas, $1,965.

Steer Wrestling: 1. (tie) Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif.,  and Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., $3,439 each; 3. Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., $2,702; 4. Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont., $1,965..

Team Roping: 1. Justin Yost, Mount Morris, Pa., and Bucky Campbell, Benton City, Wash., $4,421; 2. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., $3,930; 3. Derick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., $1,965; 4. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas, and Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., $1,474.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1. Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, $3,930; 2. Rusty Allen, Eagle Mountain, Utah, $2,947; 3. Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo., $2,456; 4. Cody Taton, Mud Butte, S.D., $1,965.

Tie-Down Roping: 1. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, $3,489; 2. (tie) Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, and Clif Cooper, Decatur, Texas, $2,948 each; 4. Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas, $1,965.

Women’s Barrel Race: 1. Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, $5,404; 2. (tie) Tana Renick, Kingston, Okla., and Kenna Squires, Fredonia, Texas, $2,456; 4. Sherri Cervi, Marana, Ariz., $1,965.

Bull Riding:  1. Travis Atkinson, Lehi, Utah, $3,684; 2. Patrick Geipel,  Elbert, Colo., $2,948; 3. Cody Gardner, Ault, Colo., $1,965; 4. Ty Pozzobon, Merritt, British Columbia, $1,719.