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postheadericon Governors are key to American Royal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The American Royal is more than a two-month Fall Festival.

Primarily, the mission of the American Royal is to promote and benefit youth, education and agrarian values, and the festival setting is just one way to do that. There are two other avenues the American Royal uses to raise funds and awareness for the mission: sponsorships and Governorships.

The most known are the events associated with the Fall Festival: the rodeos, livestock and horse competitions and the barbecue competition. They raise revenue through numerous youth-oriented competitions and school tours for thousands of children while promoting agrarian value.

Sponsorship plays a critical role not only in terms of revenue but also in the American Royal’s connection to the business community, while Governorships might be considered the most personal commitment to the Royal’s mission. It is similar to becoming a member on an annual basis of a club or association. A Governor pays membership fee based on whether they want to join as an individual or family, and there are a number of benefits that come with being a Governor

“One of the first things I did when I came to town is become an American Royal governor,” said Brant Laue, this year’s chairman. “You get some of the benefits, including an admission pass to most, if not all, events. Not only that, but you are able to be part of the special events.”

The benefits go well beyond admission. Governors will be involved in VIP receptions and be able to receive special seating and parking privileges, among others.

“The governorship program is a special event and a great way for networking and meeting a lot of folks,” Laue said. “Our former chairman, Neal Patterson, said you meet normal people that normally you wouldn’t cross paths with. It exposes you to a new group of interesting people who share something in common with you, and that’s your interest in the American Royal.”

Typically that means understanding the core values of the charitable organization.

A governor’s support helps the Royal accomplish its purpose targeted toward youth, education and scholarship. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit, the American Royal reaches more than 55,000 children annually through educational programs. Governors are part of the organization that hosts more than 270,000 people and provides a $60 million economic impact to the Kansas City region annually.

“When someone chooses to support a charity, they consider its value and relevance to themselves, their family and the community they live in or come from,” said Bryden Becker, the American Royal’s director of festival events and promotions. “American Royal Governors are people and families who believe in the value and relevance of the Royal’s mission and purpose.

“Governors are also our best ambassadors.”

postheadericon Enter up

Could you imagine the New York Giants calling the NFL in order to compete in the Super Bowl? Or the Miami Heat calling the NBA?

Yet that’s what happens in rodeo, even for those who earned the right to compete in the sport’s grand championship, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. I noticed today where several qualifiers had made the all-important phone call to PROCOM in order to enter the NFR.

Of course, it’s a rather triumphant call to make. Of all the rodeos they’ll enter in their ProRodeo careers, this is the one that’s the most fun. This is the call to PROCOM they look forward to making each fall, and it’s one that thousands of others would like to be making on this October day.

postheadericon Champions crowned at Prairie Circuit Finals

DUNCAN, Okla. – Bradley Harris won the bull riding title at the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals on Thursday night; he just didn’t know it until Saturday.

Jesse James Kirby of Dodge City, Kan., rides Mo Betta Rodeo's Shasta for 83 points to win the third round of the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals on Saturday night, clinching the circuit's year-end title. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Jesse James Kirby of Dodge City, Kan., rides Mo Betta Rodeo’s Shasta for 83 points to win the third round of the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals on Saturday night, clinching the circuit’s year-end title. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Harris, of Udall, Kan., scored 90 points on Silver Creek Rodeo’s Rising Sun to win the first round of this year’s championship event. It was the highest scored ride of the three-day event, but also it secured Harris’ first circuit championship of his young career. There were only four qualified rides in this year’s finale, and Harris had two of them to win the average title and secure his qualification to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for next spring in Oklahoma City.

“It means everything,” said Harris, who rode Frontier Rodeo’s Hideout for 73 points on Saturday night to wrap the weekend at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center. “The end of my season didn’t go very good; I didn’t win as much money as I wanted, so I kind of reset my goals to come to the finals and win it since I wasn’t going to win enough money to win the year-end.

“I just kept my hand shut, and it paid off.”

Yes, it did. In addition to qualifying for ProRodeo’s national championship, Harris earned $4,080 in Duncan. He’ll join Guthrie Murray of Miami, Okla., who won the year-end title by just $164 over veteran Corey Navarre of Weatherford, Okla.

While Harris secured his championship early, saddle bronc rider Jesse James Kirby of Dodge City, Kan., waited until his last horse to clinch the year-end title. Kirby earned his third Prairie Circuit championship by winning the third go-round Saturday night, scoring an 83-point ride on Mo Betta Rodeo’s Shasta. That $1,174 helped the Kansas cowboy edge Bobby Griswold of Geary, Okla., by $1,064.

“I rodeoed throughout the year going to circuit rodeos, but yet I was going after the NFR,” Kirby said of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand finale. “I only went to 19 rodeos in the circuit, compared to everybody that went to 28-30 rodeos this year. My goal was to make the NFR, but I had another goal to win the Prairie Circuit.

“I’m tickled to death. It means a lot.”

Hardy Braden of Welch, Okla., and Cody Hamm of Minneapolis, Kan., shared the bronc riding average title, scoring 225 points on three rides. Other winners were bareback riders Jared Keylon (average) and Caine Riddle (year-end); steer wrestlers Stockton Graves (average) and Dean Gorsuch (year-end); team ropers Destry Graham and Jimmy Thomas (average) and Hunter Munsell (year-end header) and Derrick Jantzen (year-end heeler); tie-down roper Bryson Sechrist (average) and Hunter Herrin (year-end); and barrel racers P.J. Burger (average) and Tana Renick (year-end).

“It’s breathtaking to win this,” Burger said of winning the average title.” It’s everything you’d dream it’d be. It’s a tough group of girls. It’s the toughest in the Prairie Circuit. To make three solid, good runs against the best of the best, it’s good.”

Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo
Oct. 18-20
Duncan, Okla.

Bareback riding: Third round: 1. Jaraed Keylon, 85 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Dirt Devil, $1,155; 2. Justin McDaniel, 83, $866; 3. Soctty NeSmith, 80, $577; 4. Caine Riddle, 78, $289. Average: 1. Jared Keylon, 247 points on three rides, $1,732; 2. Justin McDaniel, 245, $1,300; 3. Caine Riddle, 240, $866; 4. Justin Linquist, 219, $433. Year-end champion: Caine Riddle.
Steer wrestling: Third round: 1. Kash Koester, 3.9 seconds, $1,174; 2. (tie) Clay Mindemann and Sean Mulligan, 4.4, $734; 4. Jeff Miller, 4.6, $293. Average: 1. Stockton Graves, 14.4 seconds on three runs, $1,761; 2. Beau Clark, 15.8, $1,321; 3. Clay Mindemann, 16.8, $880; 4. Jeff Miller, 18.4, $440. Year-end champion: Dean Gorsuch.
Team roping: Third round: 1. Clay Smith/Billy Smith, 4.3 seconds, $1,174; 2. Casey Hicks/Jake Pianalto, $880; 3. Joe Macoubrie/Dawson McMaster, 5.2, $587; 4. Chase Boekhaus/Jett Hillman, 5.3, $293. Average: 1. Destry Graham/Jimmy Thomas, 20.8 seconds on three runs, $1,761; 2. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 21.6, $1,321; 3. Hunter Munsell/Derrick Jantzen, 23.8, $880; 4. Clay Smith/Billy Smith, 26.3, $440. Year-end champion header: Hunter Munsell. Year-end champion heeler: Derrick Jantzen.
Saddle bronc riding: Third round: 1. Jesse James Kirby, 83 points on Mo Betta Rodeo’s Shasta, $1,174; 2. Bobby Griswold, 79, $880; 3. Hardy Braden, 77, $587; 4. (tie) Shank Stephens and Cody Hamm, 73, $147 each. Average: 1. (tie) Hardy Braden and Cody Hamm, 225 points on three rides, $1,541 each; 3. Bobby Griswold, 223, $880; 4. Cody Goertzen, 193, $440. Year-end champion: Jesse James Kirby.
Tie-down roping: Third round: 1. Blake Deckard, 8.2 seconds, $1,174; 2. Ryan Jarrett, 8.4, $880; 3. (tie) Clint Carpenter and Bryson Sechrist, 9.6, $440 each. Average: 1. Bryson Sechrist, 29.7 seconds on three runs, $1,761; 2. Ryan Jarrett, 34.5, $1,321; 3. Caddo Lewallen, 44.2, $880; 4. Trenton Johnson, 44.3, $440. Year-end champion: Hunter Herrin.
Barrel racing: Third round: 1. Gretchen Benbenek, 16.65 seconds, $1,174; 2. Angie Meadors, 16.84, $880; 3. P.J. Burger, 17.00, $587; 4. Sherri Dean. 17.01, $293. Average: 1. P.J. Burger, 50.66 seconds on three runs, $1,761; 2. Tana Renick, 51.28, $1,321; 3. Cindy Gillespie, 51.59, $880; 4. Kyra Stierwalt, 51.65, $440. Year-end champion: Tana Renick.
Bull riding: Third round: 1. Bradley Harris, 72 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Hideout, $1,174; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Bradley Harris, 162 points on two rides, $1,761; 2. Trevor Kastner, 83 on one, $1,321; 3. Guthrie Murray, 81, $880. Year-end champion: Guthrie Murray.

postheadericon Side view

NFR qualifier Trevor Kastner lands on his head after being flipped by David Bailey Rodeo's Buckhorn during the second round of the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

NFR qualifier Trevor Kastner lands on his head after being flipped by David Bailey Rodeo’s Buckhorn during the second round of the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

postheadericon Bronc riders closing in on average titles

Caine Riddle rides Beutler and Son Rodeo's Rodeo Drive for 83 points to share the second go-round victory with Blaine Kaufman and the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Caine Riddle rides Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Rodeo Drive for 83 points to share the second go-round victory with Blaine Kaufman and the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

DUNCAN, Okla. – Caine Riddle knows what it means to be a Prairie Circuit champion.

The Vernon, Texas, bareback rider has won the year-end title once and the finals average championship twice. He’s on the verge of adding another at this year’s Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, which wraps its three days of competition at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center.

“With all those horses we had tonight, you had to be on top of your game to ride them good,” said Riddle, who rode Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Rodeo Drive for 83 points to share the win in Friday’s second round. “I like to get on buckers more than anything, so it worked out good.”

Ryan Bestol rides New Frontier Rodeo's Big Bomber for 83 points to win saddle bronc riding on Friday night. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Ryan Bestol rides New Frontier Rodeo’s Big Bomber for 83 points to win saddle bronc riding on Friday night. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Riddle tied with Blaine Kaufmann of Pretty Prairie, Kan., who rode Frontier Rodeo’s Time Out for 83.

It also helps just a little that Riddle knew the horse pretty well. Riddle’s mother, Dollie (Beutler) Riddle, is a secretary and timer for the family’s Elk City, Okla.-based livestock firm. Caine Riddle has been around the bucking stock almost all his life. Now the 29-year-old cowboy makes his living riding bucking horses.

“I’d never been on that horse, but I’d seen him quite a bit,” said Riddle, whose father, Rusty, was an eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. “I was tickled to have him.”

Riddle is in a three-way tie for the average lead heading into tomorrow’s final go-round; his 162 points on two rides is matched by Jared Keylon of Uniontown, Kan., and Justin McDaniel of Porum, Okla. Riddle, who has $16,919, holds a $2,564 lead over Keylon for the year-end championship.

“All the horses are supposed to be good tomorrow,” Riddle said of the animals that have been selected to buck Saturday night. “Jared and me ride really good. We’ll leave it up to the judges. We’re just going to go out and ride our best; we’ll let them do their job and we’ll do our job, and things will be where they’re supposed to be.

Riddle finished the season atop the circuit standings, but also he was on the edge of qualifying for the NFR – he finished 18th in the world standings; only the top 15 qualify for ProRodeo’s championship.

All those years getting on Beutler horses in the form of practice is paying off.

“Getting on those horses, you dang sure know you’re going to have to try really hard or you’re going to put your face in the dirt,” he said. “When I was 21 or 22, I wasn’t as far along in my bareback riding as I am now. Now everything clicks.”

That’s what’s happening to Ryan Bestol of Hyannis, Neb. A saddle bronc rider who attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University on a rodeo scholarship, Bestol rode New Frontier Rodeo’s Big Bomber for 83 points to win the second round and $$1,174. He shared the first-round title on Thursday with Bobby Griswold of Geary, Okla.; Bestol’s two-ride total of 163 points puts him No. 1 in the race to the average championship.

“It’s pretty awesome,” he said. “I got on two hard-to-ride horses so far. That horse tonight was heavy with a big rare-out.

“It’s the best feeling in the world.”

Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo
Oct. 18-20
Duncan, Okla.

Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Caine Riddle, on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Rodeo Drive, and Blaine Kaufman, on Frontier Rodeo’s Time Out, 83, $1,011 each; 3. Justin McDaniel, 82, $577; 4. Codi Myers, 77, $289. Average: 1. (tie) Justin McDaniel, Caine Riddle and Jared Keylon, 162 points on two rides; 4. Codi Myers, 159.
Steer wrestling: 1. Stockton Graves, 4.1 seconds, $1,174; 2. Clay Mindemann, 4.5, $880; 3. Ryan Swayze, 4.6; $587; 4. Jeff Miller, 5.1, $293. Average: 1. Stockton Graves, 9.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Beau Clark, 10.2; 3. Clay Mindemann, 12.4; 4. Jeff Miller, 13.8.
Team roping: 1. Clay Smith/ Billy Smith, 4.9 seconds, $1,174; 2. Destry Graham/Jimmy Thomas, 5.4, $880; 3. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.9, $587; 4. Hunter Munsell/Derrick Jantzen, 11.4, $293. Average: 1. Destry Graham/Jimmy Thomas, 13.8 on two runs; 2. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 14.7; 3. Hunter Munsell/Derrick Jantzen, 17.5; 4. Clay Smith/Billy Smith, 22.0.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Ryan Bestol, 83 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Big Bomber, $1,174; 2. Casey McGooden, 74, $880; 3. Cody Hamm, 73, $587; Joseph Dean Lufkin, 72, $293. Average: 1. Ryan Bestol, 163 points on two rides; 2. Cody Hamm, 152; 3. Hardy Braden, 148; 4. Bobby Griswold, 144.
Tie-down roping: 1. Blake Deckard, 8.1 seconds, $1,174; 2. Hunter Herrin, 8.7, $880; 3. Bryson Sechrist, 9.2, $587; 4. Clint Carpenter, 9.8, $293. Average: 1. Hunter Herrin, 19.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Bryson Sechrist, 20.1; 3. Trenton Johnson, 20.6; 4. Caddo Lewallen, 23.0.
Barrel racing: 1. Gretchen Benbenek, 16.69 seconds, $1,174; 2. P.J. Burger, 16.75, $880; 3. Angie Meadors, 16.98, $587; 5. Cindy Gillespie, 16.99, $293. Average: 1. P.J. Burger, 33.66 seconds on two runs; 2. Tana Renick, 34.24; 3. Cindy Gillespie, 34.38; 4. Kyra Stieerwalt, 34.56.
Bull riding: No qualified rides. Average: 1. Brad Harris, 90 points on one ride; 2. Trevor Kastner, 83; 3. Guthrie Murray, 81.

postheadericon Rangers women win title at Pratt rodeo

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team is already preparing to host the next Central Plains Region rodeo, set for Nov. 1-3 in Alva.

The women’s team is preparing to win it for the second straight year. They got a good jump start last weekend by winning the title at the Pratt (Kan.) Community College rodeo.

“That’s big for us, and it’s a big confidence-booster for the girls,” coach Stockton Graves said. “I was very proud of them. They won second at Colby (Kan.) but didn’t fair well at Durant (Okla.), but they came back strong at Pratt.

“We’ve got our goals set, and we’re going to try to meet them.”

The Rangers women earned 350 points to claim the championship, led by barrel racer Alexis Allen of Alva and breakaway roper Micah Samples of Abilene, Kan., who won their respective events. Allen rounded the cloverleaf pattern twice in 35.97 seconds to win the title by just 3/100ths of a second.

“It feels really good,” said Allen, a sophomore who graduated from Alva High School just a year and a half ago. “I’ve worked my butt off, and I’ve always been right there close; I’d just never won it, so it’s pretty special.”

She began competing at age 6, and at Northwestern, Allen runs barrels and competes in breakaway roping. What’s her favorite?

“Last weekend, it was barrels because I did good in barrels,” she said. “When I do better in breakaway, then I like breakaway better that week.”

Samples scored her first win as a Ranger, posting a cumulative time of 6.9 seconds. She was 4 seconds faster than her teammate, runner-up Jessica Koppitz. Those points became an important factor in the women’s team title – Northwestern edged Southwestern Oklahoma State University by just 40 team points.

“Just all around it was very good,” Graves said. “We had some girls whose points didn’t count for the team total that did good. I was really proud of the breakaway ropers. The start was real tricky there in Pratt and the calves were pretty uneven, and the girls persevered through that pretty dang good.”

To win any rodeo is important because the region is filled with outstanding competition.

“Winning is something we usually don’t get a sniff of, so it was pretty important last week,” Allen said.

While Allen was named champion, she knows there was a big helping hand in the form of a young bay gelding she calls Superman.

“He came from Carlee Pierce,” Allen said of the two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier who grew up in nearby Freedom, Okla. “I got him when he was 4, and he wasn’t real seasoned yet. He’s racehorse bred, and he’s fast.”

That helps, but it’s just part of the equation. It takes an animal that makes precise turns to be solid in barrel racing.

But there are a lot of equations in college rodeo. In addition to the top players in Pratt, the Rangers women also had barrel racer Kelsey Pontius qualify for the championship round. She finished eighth overall.

The men’s team had two cowboys qualify for the short round in Pratt: tie-down roper Chase Lako and steer wrestler Jared Thompson. Now the men’s and women’s teams will do all the logistical work and practice it takes to prepare for the Northwestern rodeo.

“Hopefully we’ve got an advantage in our arena and our territory, so hopefully we can dominate again,” Allen said.

postheadericon Oklahoman wins steer roping average title

DUNCAN, Okla. – The first Prairie Circuit average champion of the 2012 Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals has been crowned.

Chet Herren

Chet Herren

Chet Herren of Pawhuska, Okla., roped and tied down three steers in 39.8 seconds Friday morning at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center to win the title and earn the right to compete at the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping, which will take place next spring in Torrington, Wyo. In all, Herren earned $2,994 in Duncan and now will continue his preparation for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, set for Nov. 2-3 at the Lazy E in Guthrie, Okla.

Herren is a seven-time qualifier to the steer roping finale and the 2002 average champion at that event. In Duncan, he won the opening round in 11.7 seconds, then was runner-up in the second round with an 11.8. Mike Chase of McAlester, Okla., won the second round with the fastest time of the morning, while Shorty Garten of Pawhuska won the third round in 12.1 seconds.

Two-time world champion Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., finished second in the average in a cumulative time of 41.3 seconds; he also won the year-end championship.

 

Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Steer Roping
Oct. 19
Duncan, Okla.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Chet Herren, 11.7 seconds, $913; 2. Shorty Garten, 11.8, $685; 3. Rocky Patterson, 12.2, $456; 4. Cody Scheck, 12.4, $228. Second round: 1. Mike Chase, 11.5 seconds, $913; 2. Chet Herren, 11.8, $685; 3. Cody Garnett, 12.4, $456; 4. Cody Scheck, 13.4, $228. Third round: 1. Shorty Garten, 12.1 seconds, $913; 2. Brad Mohon, 13.0, $685; 3. Rod Hartness, 13.6, $456; 4. Larry Stewart, 13.8, $228. Average: 1. Chet Herren, 39.8 seconds on three runs, $1,396; 2. Rocky Patterson, 41.3, $1,037; 3. Brad Mohon, 49.4, $685; 4. Cody Garnett, 49.5, $342.

postheadericon Gorsuch moves closer to circuit title

Two-time world champion Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., leaps off his horse in order to down his steer in 3.8 seconds to win the first round of steer wrestling on Thursday night during the opening performance of the 2012 Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Two-time world champion Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., leaps off his horse in order to down his steer in 3.8 seconds to win the first round of steer wrestling on Thursday night during the opening performance of the 2012 Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

DUNCAN, Okla. – Dean Gorsuch is in the middle of a race for the steer wrestling world championship.

That crowning will happen two months from now at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. In the interim, he’s got another title on his mind; now he’s hoping a quality performance in Duncan will lead to the Prairie Circuit championship.

“This is a great way to start my circuit finals,” Gorsuch said Thursday night after posting a 3.8-second run to win the opening go-round of the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center.

The Gering, Neb., owns two Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world titles, having earned the coveted gold buckles in 2006 and 2010. He’s looking to add the 2012 regional championship to his resume.

“I’m really excited about this year,” Gorsuch said. “I get to ride my new horse, Skip. Me and Trell came down together; he’s my youngest boy, my good luck charm. I love having him with me. He’s my best supporter.”

Well, he’s one of the best – older son Taydon and wife Bekah are also big fans, but there are a lot of folks who follow and support the big Nebraskan. Gorsuch won $1,174 and reclaimed the lead in the circuit’s year-end standings, passing Chancey Larson of Manhattan, Kan.

Now Gorsuch is in the driver’s seat with $11,423 in annual earnings. Larson failed to earn a time on his steer – as he made the move to pin the steer to the ground, Larson missed the animal’s nose, and the steer escaped the Kansan’s grasp. Now Gorsuch is full command of his own destiny toward the circuit championship.

“I won decent in the circuit and won most of my money in the circuit early,” he said. “This has been one of those years; there’s been a loss, but there’s been gain.”

In January, Gorsuch lost his great steer wrestling horse Pump Jack when it suffered an injury during a practice run. In March, he lost his hazing horse in a freak accident during the Timed Event championship.

“It’s just been a lot of obstacles to go over,” he said. “I lost a great horse and gained a great horse. God has a plan for us, and we never know what it is.”

 

Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo
Oct. 18-20
Duncan, Okla.

Bareback riding: 1. Jared Keylon, 86 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Elvis, $1,155; 2. Codi Myers, 81, $866; 3. Justin McDaniel, 80, $577 4. Caine Riddle, 79, $289.
Steer wrestling: 1. Dean Gorsuch, 3.8 seconds, $1,174; 2. John Kloeckler, 4.1, $880; 3. Beau Clark, 4.7, $587; 4. Stockton Graves, 5.5, $293.
Team roping: 1.Casey Hicks/Jake Pianalto, 4.7 seconds, $1,174; 2. Hunter Munsell/Derrick R. Jantzen, 6.1, $880; 3. Brian Dunning/Derrick Peterson, 6.2, $584; 4. Chase Boekhaus/Jett Hillman, 6.8, $293.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Ryan Bestol, on New Frontier Rodeo’s Old Times, and Robby Freeman, on Frontier Rodeo’s Priefert Rancher, 80 points, $1,027 each; 3. (tie) Cody Hamm and Weston Ireland, 79, $440 each.
Tie-down roping: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 9.7 seconds, $1,174; 2. Trenton Johnson, 10.3, $880; 3. Hunter Herrin, 10.8, $587; 4. Bryson Sechrist, 10.9, $293.
Barrel racing: 1. P.J. Burger, 16.91 seconds, $1,174; 2. Tana Renick, 17.10, $880; 3. Kyra Stierewalt, 17.26, $587; 4. Sherri Dean, 17.32, $293.
Bull riding: 1. Brad Harris, 90 points on Silver Creek Rodeo’s Rising Sun, $1,272; 2. Trevor Kastner, 83, $978; 3. Guthrie Murray, 81, $685; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Signing of the times

Melissa Navarre and her 2-year-old daughter, Layna Ann, spend time together during an autograph signing appearance at Crutcher's Western Wear in Duncan, Okla. The signing was an apperance for the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, which runs Thursday-Saturday.

Melissa Navarre and her 2-year-old daughter, Layna Ann, spend time together during an autograph signing appearance at Crutcher’s Western Wear in Duncan, Okla. The signing was an apperance for the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, which runs Thursday-Saturday.

The first activity of the week of the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo took place today at Crutcher’s Western Wear in Duncan, Okla.

The championship begins tomorrow, and it will be filled with outstanding competition. These are fantastic cowboys and cowgirls who have battled all year long just to get here.

News isn’t the greatest for one of the cowboys in the fight for this year’s all-around title: Trell Etbauer of Gruver, Texas, trailed leader Jeff Miller of Blue Mound, Kan., by just a few dollars, but Etbauer suffered a knee injury during practice Monday and pulled out of the competition.

He is a two-time circuit all-around champ and a three-time Linderman Award winner. He’ll be missed.

To see more photos from Wednesday afternoon, click HERE.

postheadericon Circuit finals brings out ProRodeo’s best

Jeanne Anderson is the reigning Prairie Circuit barrel racing champion. The White City, Kan., cowgirl also is a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier.

Jeanne Anderson

Jeanne Anderson

Oh, and she’s the No. 1 person on the alphabetical list of entrants into this year’s Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo. She’s followed by 105 others who will be part of the festivities in Duncan, Okla. – the top 12 contestants from each event through the circuit’s regular season earned the right to play.

The circuit finale is home to several NFR qualifiers, past and present. In fact, 13 of this year’s competitors in Duncan will be playing on the biggest stages of the sport – the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, set for Nov. 3-4 at the Lazy E Arena near Guthrie, Okla., and the NFR, set for Dec. 6-15 in Las Vegas.

In the mix are two-time steer wrestling world champion Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb.; two-time steer roping champ Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan.; 2008 bareback riding titlist Justin McDaniel of Porum, Okla.; 2005 all-around world champion Ryan Jarrett of Comanche, Okla.; and 2009 heeling champ Kollin VonAhn of Durant, Okla.

That’s one of the great things about the Prairie Circuit has long been the home of ProRodeo’s greatest. They’ll continue to prove it Thursday-Saturday  in Duncan.

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