Archive for March, 2012

postheadericon First performance results from RNCFR

Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo
First Performance
First-round leaders
Thursday, March 29

Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., on J-J Rodeo’s Freckled Doll, and Brian Bain, Culver, Ore., on J-J Rodeo’s Bar Bandit, 81 points; 3. (tie) Luke Creasy, Brownfield, Alberta, and Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah, 80; 5. Codi Myers, Samnorwood, Texas, 79; 6. Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 76.

Steer wrestling: 1. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.2 seconds; 2. Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., 4.3; 3. Tom Farrelly, Cayuga, N.Y., 4.7; 4. (tie) Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb., and Clayton Morrison, Cavalier, N.D., 5.3; 6. Seth Murphy, South Heart, N.D., 5.9.

Tie-down roping: 1. Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M., 8.9 seconds; 2. Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, Okla., 9.3; 3. Bill Huber, Albia, Iowa, 9.8; 4. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont., 10.0; 5. Roger Nonella, Klamath Falls, Ore., 10.5; 6. E.J. Ropers, Stephenville, Texas, 10.8.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 82 points on J-J Rodeo’s Sweatin Bullets; 2. Travis Sheets, Hyannis, Neb., 81; 3. Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, 79; 4. Ty Manke

Team roping: 1. Preston Billadeau, Parshall, N.D./Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb., 5.1 seconds; 2. Clay White, Shandon, Calif./John Chaves, Los Alamos, Calif., 5.5; 3. Adam Newcomb, Benton, Ark./Gabe Gwaltney, Carthage, Mo., 6.0; 4. Travis Dorman, Dade City, Fla./Brad Culpepper, Poulan, Ga., 6.1; 5. Darren Morgan, Fort Edward, N.Y./Shawn Quinn, Schuylerville, N.Y., 7.8; 6. Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 9.4.

Barrel racing: 1. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 15.46 seconds; 2. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 15.52; 3. Sammi Bessert, Loma, Colo., 15.53; 4. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 15.58; 5. Kim Schulze, Elbert, Colo., 15.60; 6. Christina Richman, Glendora, Calif., 15.61

Bull riding: No qualified rides.

postheadericon That’s horsepower

With a tie in bareback riding, the three horses that lead cowboys to the winners circle in the two bronc events all came from the same stock contractor: J-Bar-J Rodeo.

Three-time saddle bronc riding world champion Cody Wright rode Sweatin Bullets for 82 points to take the lead in his event; Brian Bain rode Bar Bandit and Seth Hardwick rode Freckled Doll for 81 to take the lead in bareback riding.

The first round is halfway over; the remaining field of 24 contestants in each event will have their first runs Friday. The second round will take place during two performances on Saturday.

postheadericon Leaders so far at RNCFR

Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., on J-J Rodeo’s Freckled Doll, and Brian Bain, Culver, Ore., on J-J Rodeo’s Bar Bandit, 81 points; 3. (tie) Luke Creasy, Brownfield, Alberta, and Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah, 80; 5. Codi Myers, Samnorwood, Texas, 79; 6. Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 76.

Steer wrestling: 1. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.2 seconds; 2. Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., 4.3; 3. Tom Farrelly, Cayuga, N.Y., 4.7; 4. (tie) Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb., and Clayton Morrison, Cavalier, N.D., 5.3; 6. Seth Murphy, South Heart, N.D., 5.9.

Tie-down roping: 1. Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M., 8.9 seconds; 2. Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, Okla., 9.3; 3. Bill Huber, Albia, Iowa, 9.8; 4. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont., 10.0; 5. Roger Nonella, Klamath Falls, Ore., 10.5; 6. E.J. Ropers, Stephenville, Texas, 10.8.

postheadericon Your RNCFR media is covered

We will have the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo covered.

I’ll keep up with it here as much as possible, but you can also keep up with it by following RNCFR and the Lazy E Arena on Facebook and Twitter. You can also catch video interviews of the evening winners; just click HERE.

Oh, and don’t forget about Steve Kenyon’s broadcast of all five performances at ProRodeo Live.

 

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postheadericon They own the world

There are eight world champions in this year’s Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo field, and that’s a huge indication of what a wonderful championship this weekend’s festivities will be. Below is information I provided for a special section that ran earlier this week. Enjoy.

If 2011 was any indication, Kaycee Feild is following quite well in his famous father’s footsteps. Feild, the son of five-time world champion Lewis Feild, clinched the first of what should be many bareback riding gold buckles during a magnificent run at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this past December.

Kaycee Feild dominated the competition, winning six of 10 go-rounds, setting the average record with a cumulative total of 860.5 points and smashing the NFR and single-season earnings mark for bareback riders – the Utah cowboy won $179,327 in Las Vegas and finished the season with $319,986.

Now he’s chasing another prestigious buckle as the winner of ProRodeo’s National Championship during the four days of competition at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which takes place in historic Jim Norick Arena, the NFR’s first home during it’s 20-year run in Oklahoma City from 1965-1984.

Feild is one of eight contestants representing 17 world champions who will be part of this year’s race for the national championship.

Tie-down roper Tuf Cooper
Like Feild, Cooper also comes from world champion stock. His father, Roy Cooper, is an eight-time world champion. But Tuf Cooper is doing just fine making a name for himself. He’s just 22 years old and won the 2011 world title in just his fourth trip to the NFR.

Bareback rider Will Lowe
He was just 20 years old the first time he qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2002, and he won the world title just a year later. Since then, he hasn’t missed the NFR and has added gold buckles in 2005 and 2006.

Steer wrestler Luke Branquinho
He’s qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 10 times since 2001, and the one time he missed was because of an injury. He’s clinched three world titles, 2004, ’08 and last season.

Saddle bronc rider Cody Wright
He has been a fixture in Las Vegas since 2003. In that time, he has won the 2008 and 2010 world championships in saddle bronc riding. This season marks the seventh time he’s qualified for the RNCFR.

Saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy
Taos Muncy was just 20 years old when he won his first world title in 2007, the same year he won the college saddle bronc riding championship. He clinched his second gold buckle last season.

Barrel racer Brittany Pozzi
Brittany Pozzi is a veteran, an eight-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and a two-time world champion (2007-2009). Oh, and she’s just 28 years old. But she’s got a barn full of great horses to help.

Barrel racer Sherry Cervi
She owns the all-time earnings record in the WPRA; of course, that comes with the territory of 14 NFR qualifications and three world championships, the last of which she won by dominating the 2010 ProRodeo season.

postheadericon Check out the match-ups yourself

I got the daysheets for the upcoming Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo today from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and you can see them, too, by clicking HERE.

If I wasn’t already looking forward to the four days of competition, this would get me going.

The field is first class, and that means the first four performances will be incredible. Each competitor will compete in two go-rounds, then the top eight in the two-run aggregate will advance to Sunday’s clean-slate semifinals. The times and scores will be put to the side, and only the top four then advance to the finals — the previous rounds will serve as tie-breakers. The top score or time in each event in the “four round” will be crowned champion.

It’s a great format. Good luck to all the qualifiers.

postheadericon This opportunity is a Goodwin

Monty Goodwin isn’t a native Oklahoman, but he loves the Sooner State just the same.

Goodwin was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle community of Sunray, just a stone’s throw away from Oklahoma Panhandle. He moved to Weatherford, Okla., in 2006 to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University on a rodeo scholarship. He’s stayed here ever since.

“I like it here,” he said. “I just fell in love with Oklahoma. Oklahoma is home.”

Goodwin will be one of 24 bareback riders in the field for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for Thursday, March 29-Sunday, April 1. He qualified for ProRodeo’s National Championship by winning the average title at the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo last October in Weatherford – it was the fifth time Goodwin had qualified for the regional championship, which features the top 12 contestants in each event primarily from Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

“I just always wanted to be a rodeo cowboy,” said Goodwin, whose full time job is as an animal health representative for Invesco, a company that distributes animal medicine to veterinarians and ranchers.

His work schedule allows Goodwin the opportunity to compete, but he stays closer to home. One of the great things about the circuit system is allowing those who rodeo part time to still compete for championships. The year-end and finals average winners in each event from each circuit qualify for the national championship.

Goodwin will test his skills against world champions like Kaycee Feild and Will Lowe, as well as several other Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers who are in the bareback riding field. It’s a great opportunity, and he knows it.

postheadericon Rodeo is on the air and online

Steve Kenyon is bringing his award-winning broadcast back to Oklahoma City for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Steve Kenyon

Steve Kenyon

Kenyon, the 2009 winner for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Media Award for Broadcasting, will call the action for all five performances of ProRodeo’s National Championship on ProRodeoLive.com; broadcast times are 7:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 12:45 and 7:15 p.m. Saturday; and 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

Kenyon, of Pendleton, Ore., owns and operates the website and the broadcasts, which will provide the exclusive live coverage. In addition to his PRCA honor, Kenyon was named the 2010 announcer of the year by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. For four years, ProRodeoLive has been providing fans with the first words on the biggest events in ProRodeo, including the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, the Timed Event Championship and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Kenyon also produces The ProRodeo Report, a weekly broadcast that reaches radio stations and Internet sites. Click HERE to listen to this week’s broadcast, which features news and information on ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee Billy Etbauer, RodeoHouston barrel racing and reigning world champion barrel racer Lindsay Sears, two-time reigning national champion saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright and more information about TwisTED Rodeo and the RNCFR.

It’s an awesome 30-minute show, and you’ll be happy you listened. The RNCFR will also be four days of action-packed rodeo, and you won’t want to miss it. But if you can’t make it to Oklahoma City, then I suggest you listen to Kenyon’s play-by-play HERE.

postheadericon National titles in site for Oklahomans

Locals are hoping to keep RNCFR championships home where they belong

Oklahoma has a strong legacy in rodeo, from Jim Shoulders and Tom Ferguson to the National Finals Rodeo.

That’s why Oklahoma City is the perfect fit to be the home of the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. Sunday at Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. This is a showcase of ProRodeo’s circuit system, the greatest cowboys and cowgirls from the 12 regions across the United States.

Oklahoma is well represented in this championship, too. Whether it’s veterans like Charles Pogue or newcomers like Riley Duvall, there’s a good mix of top-caliber contestants who take great pride in qualifying for ProRodeo’s National Championship, where the very best competitors in the sport earn the right to play for one of the largest purses in the sport, more than $525,000.

Blair Burk

Blair Burk

“Since the circuit finals moved to Oklahoma City last year, I made that a priority,” said Blair Burk, a 14-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from Durant, Okla. “My No. 1 priority was to qualify for the circuit finals. I’d been to the one up in Pocatello a few years back, then they moved it back down here.

“It looked like it was the perfect fit for Oklahoma City.”

It is a great fit, and the Oklahomans are ready to make it their showcase. Burk is one of three Oklahoma tie-down ropers in the RNCFR, qualifying for Oklahoma City by winning the Ram Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo average title last fall. The other two tie-down ropers, Jerome Schneeberger of Ponca City and Hunter Herrin of Apache, qualified through the Prairie Circuit – Schneeberger won the year-end title, and Herrin won the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo average last October.

Jerome Schneeberger

Jerome Schneeberger

“That’s where I started, and I always enjoy those rodeos,” Schneeberger said of the rodeos in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. “Most of them are smaller, but they’ve always been good to me.”

A lot of rodeos have been good to Schneeberger, an 11-time NFR qualifier who won the average title at ProRodeo’s grand finale in 2001. Herrin, who just had a solid run at RodeoHouston, has qualified for the NFR five times in the last six years.

While the Prairie Circuit features contestants and events from mid-America, the Columbia River Circuit encompasses Oregon, Washington and the northern tip of Idaho. Although he’s from Oklahoma, Burk claims that region as his home circuit.

“I go to more good rodeos in the Columbia River Circuit,” Burk said. “There are four tour rodeos that are in that circuit, and there’s only one tour rodeo in the Prairie Circuit, and that’s Dodge City. I just tend to go to more big rodeos in the Columbia River Circuit than I would be able to get to in the Prairie Circuit.

“My family and I are always in Oregon in June anyway, so it makes it easy for me.”

Hunter Herrin

Hunter Herrin

Besides the tie-down ropers, the other Oklahomans in the RNCFR field are team ropers Pogue of Ringling and his partner, Jett Hillman of Purcell; Duvall, a third-generation steer wrestler from Checotah, whose father, Sam, and uncle, Spud, are NFR qualifiers and whose great-uncle, Roy Duvall, is a three-time world champion who qualified for the NFR 24 times; bareback rider Monty Goodwin of Weatherford; saddle bronc rider Hardy Braden of Welch; and barrel racer Carlee Pierce, a Freedom High School graduate who qualified for the 2011 NFR.

“First of all, I’m happy that the national circuit finals is in Oklahoma,” said Pierce, who parlayed a second-place finish at RodeoHouston a week ago into a move to the top spot in the barrel racing world standings. “It’s not so far to drive, and I’m excited to go. Plus that’s another finals that not everybody gets to go to.

Carlee Pierce

Carlee Pierce

“I’m also excited that I qualified for this finals in the same year I qualified for the NFR.”

The event provides another prestigious championship event for rodeo-savvy central Oklahoma, the longtime host of the NFR and the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. The 2012 event marks the second straight year the RNCFR is part of Oklahoma’s storied rodeo legacy, a place that knows what makes a true champion.

“I love Oklahoma, and I’m happy the finals got to move back here,” Burk said. “It’s going to be great for the state.

“I’ve carried the flag for Oklahoma at the national finals, and I’d love to do it again.”

Until that happens, Burk would be quite content to keep the tie-down roping national championship in Oklahoma.

“You have a lot of national finals qualifiers coming out of this state, and at this event, you’re going to have us three,” Burk said. “You’re also going to have the new world champion, Tuf Cooper, and a lot of other guys that are great ropers. It’s going to be a good roping. If Oklahoma has an advantage, it might be that we have three guys in it.

“We have three guns, and most of those other guys have just two.”

That’s a great advantage. Of course, they’d love to have a biased crowd on their team inside the arena that once housed the NFR.

“I’ve always liked that arena,” Pierce said. “It’ll be my first time to rodeo there. Every other time has been in jackpots, so I’m anxious to see how that is.”

So is everybody else.

postheadericon Field for Austin finale set

Today is the short go-round at Rodeo Austin. Like most championships, the finale in Austin is a star-studded spectacular.

Just looking at the average leaderboard, bareback riding will feature four cowboys who were part of the 201 NFR, four-time world champion Bobby Mote, Casey Colletti, Brian Bain and Tilden Hooper.

And the list goes on and on …

Steer wrestling: Seth Brockman, Shawn Greenfield, Jake Rinehart, three-time world champion Luke Branquinho, Trevor Knowles and Todd Suhn

Team roping: World champions Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, world champion Chad Masters/Jake Long, Kaleb Driggers/Jade Corkill and Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz

Saddle bronc riding: Two-time world champion Cody Wright, Cody DeMoss and world champion Chad Ferley

Tie-down roping: Tyson Durfey

Barrel racing: Lisa Lockhart and Tammy Fischer

Bull riding: World champion Wesley Silcox, Cody Whitney, Tyler Smith and Bobby Welsh

Good luck to them all.

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