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Bobby Mote rides Southwick Rocky Mtn. Rodeo's Hard Times for 87 points to share the final-round victory with Jared Keylon on Saturday night during the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. Mote won his second national championship, earning the title through the tie-breaker system. It was the second time in three years he had done that in Oklahoma City. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Bobby Mote rides Southwick Rocky Mtn. Rodeo’s Hard Times for 87 points to share the final-round victory with Jared Keylon on Saturday night during the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. Mote won his second national championship, earning the title through the tie-breaker system. It was the second time in three years he had done that in Oklahoma City. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Bobby Mote has been in this position before.

Actually, it was just two years ago during the 2011 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. Mote, a four-time world champion bareback rider from Culver, Ore., won the semifinals, then shared the final-round victory.

Déjà vu.

Bobby Mote

Bobby Mote

On Saturday night at State Fair Arena, Mote rode Mo Betta Rodeo’s Wind Walker for 83 points to win the semifinal round of ProRodeo’s National Championship. About an hour later in the finals, Mote matched moves with Southwick’s Rocky Mtn. Rodeo’s Hard Times for 87 points, a score that was matched by Jared Keylon of Uniontown, Kan., on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket.

The tie may go to the runner in baseball, but it goes to the semifinal-round winner in this tournament-style rodeo format. Keylon has posted an 81 on Rafter G Rodeo’s Assault in the semifinals.

“I guess that’s the way it’s been,” said Mote, whose only two national championships have come in the three years the RNCFR has taken place in Oklahoma City’s historic State Fair Arena. “I’ll take it any way I can.”

Mote actually squeaked into the Saturday night field in eighth place based on his two-round cumulative score – of the 24 qualifiers in each event, only the top eight earned the right to compete in the final performance.

“I almost went home yesterday, because I was fifth in the average; I thought there was no way I was going to make it back,” he said. “My wife talked me into staying. We went to the zoo today, and I got a text that I made it back eighth.

“With this format, it doesn’t really matter as long as you make it back.”

Mote actually rode three horses Saturday night; he was awarded a re-ride in the finals after the flank strap fell off his first horse, Painted Pony Rodeo’s Festus.

“He’s one they win on quite a bit,” Mote said of Hard Times. “I didn’t really know him, but I didn’t really have time to think about it.”

Mote is one of three world champions who won this year’s RNCFR title, joining heeler Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., and barrel racer Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas. Pozzi repeated her title, joining tie-down roping champion Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck, Idaho, in defending their 2012 crowns. Other winners were steer wrestler Ethen Thouvenell of Wittman, Ariz.; header Shane Erickson of Terrebonne, Ore.; bull rider John Young of Orient, Iowa; and saddle bronc rider Curtis Garton, a New Zealand cowboy now living in Louisiana.

Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo
April 4-6, Oklahoma City
Bareback riding:
Semifinals: 1. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 83 points on Mo Betta’s Wind Walker, $5,484; 2. (tie) Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., and Jared Keylon, Uniontown, Kan., 81, $3,428 each; 4. Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas, 80, $1,371. Finals: 1. (tie) Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., on Southwick’s Rocky Mtn. Rodeo’s Hard Times, and Jared Keylon, Uniontown, Kan., on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket, 87, $4,799; 3. Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas, 84, $2,742; 4. Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 78, $1,371. Overall earnings: 1. Jared Keylon, Uniontown, Kan., $14,533; 2. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., $10,283; 3. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, $10,192; 4. Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah, $9,598; 5. Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., $5,793; 6. Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas, $4,285; 7. Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, $3,976; 8. Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D., $3,748; 9.Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas, $3,291; 10. Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo., $1,691; 11. (tie) Caine Riddle, Vernon, Texas, and Tyson Thompson, Bradley, Calif., $411 each; 13. (tie) George Gillespie IV, Placerville, Calif., and Zach Curran, Pavillion, Wyo., $171

Steer wrestling: Semifinals: 1. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 3.5 seconds, $5,484; 2. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 3.8, $4,113; 3. Ethen Thouvenell, Wittmann, Ariz., 4.2, $2,742; 4. Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla., 4.3, $1,371. Finals: 1. Ethen Thouvenell, Wittmann, Ariz., 3.5 seconds, $5,484; 2. Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla., 14.2, $4,113; no other qualified times. Overall earnings: 1. Ethen Thouvenell, Wittmann, Ariz., $14,396; 2. Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., $11,791;3. Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla., $9,598; 4. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., $9,049; 5. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., $7,267; 6. Sean Santucci, Prineville, Ore., $5,073; 7. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, $4,525; 8. Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis., $2,057;9. (tie) Nik Hamm, Rapid City, S.D., and Trevor Duhon, Phoenix, Ariz., $343 each.

Tie-down roping: Semifinals: 1. Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas, 7.4 seconds, $5,484; 2. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 8.5, $4,113; 3. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore., 8.6, $2,742;4. Jody Green, Shakopee, Minn., 9.0, $1,371. Finals: 1. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 9.0 seconds, $5,484; 2. Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas, 9.1, $4,113; 3. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore., 10.8, $2,742; no other qualified times. Overall earnings: 1. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, $20,566; 2. Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas, $15,493; 3. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore., $11,928; 4. Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., $5,279; 5. Jared Ferguson, Cottonwood, Calif., $4,525; 6. Jesse Clark, Portales, N.M., $3,359; 7. Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., $2,331; 8. Jody Green, Shakopee, Minn., $1,371; 9. Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga., $960; 10. (tie) Bryant Mikkelson, Buffalo, Mont., and Chase Johnston, Kersey, Colo., $686 each.

Saddle bronc riding: Semifinals: 1. (tie) Curtis Garton, New Zealand, on Rafter G Rodeo’s Billings, and Cody Taton, Corona, N.M., on Painted Pony Champ. Rodeo’s NY Mega Millions, $4,799; 3. Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, 82, $2,742; 4. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 79, $1,371. Finals: 1. Curtis Garton, New Zealand, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic ProRodeo’s Big Tex, $5,484; 2. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 82, $4,113; 3. Cody Taton, Corona, N.M., 77, $2,742; no other qualified scores. Overall earnings: 1. Curtis Garton, New Zealand, $19,332; 2. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., $17,413; 3. Cody Taton, Corona, N.M., $8,958; 4. Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas, $5,553; 5. Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, $4,525; 6. Mert Bradshaw, Eagle Point, Ore., $4,113; 7. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, $3,999; 8. Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D., $1,303; 9. Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., $960; 10. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, $571; 11. (tie) Andy Clarys, Riverton, Wyo., and Joaquin Real, Woody, Calif., $229.

Team roping: Semifinals: 1. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 5.0 seconds, $5,484; 2. (tie) Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., and Nelson Linares, Plant City, Fla./Shawn Harris, Searcy, Ark., 5.2, $3,428; 4. Marcus Battaglia, Ramona, Calif./Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif., 5.3, $1,371. Finals: 1. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 6.1 seconds, $5,484; 2. Nelson Linares, Plant City, Fla./Shawn Harris, Searcy, Ark., 6.5, $4,113; no other qualified times. Overall earnings: 1. Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., $13,574; 2. Nelson Linares, Plant City, Fla./Shawn Harris, Searcy, Ark., $9,872; 3. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Nick Sarchett, Phoenix, Ariz., $6,993; 4. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., $5,896; 5. Preston Billadeau, Parshall, N.D./Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb., $4,525; 6. Miles Kobold, Billings, Mont./Matt Robertson, Augusta, , $4,387; 7. Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., $4,113; 8. (tie) Troy Kitchener, Liberty, Mo./Chad Mathes, Lawson, Mo., and Hunter Munsell, Arnett, Okla./Derrick Jantzen, Ames, Okla., $3,976; 10. Jay Tittel, Pueblo, Colo./Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., $3,428; 11. Marcus Battaglia, Ramona, Calif./Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif., $2,057; 12. Arky Rogers, Lipan, Texas/Joel Bach, Rhome, Texas, $1,645.

Barrel racing: Semifinals: 1. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, 15.48 seconds, $5,484; 2. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, 15.63, $4,113; 3. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 15.70, $2,742; 4. Cindy Smith, Hobbs, N.M., 15.94, $1,371. Finals: 1. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, 15.35 seconds, $5,484; 2. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 15.55, $4,113; 3. Cindy Smith, Hobbs, N.M., 15.59, $2,742; 4. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, 20.54, $1,371. Overall earnings: 1. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, $20,429; 2. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, $18,784; 3. Cindy Smith, Hobbs, N.M., $9,598; 4. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, $6,170; 5. Theresa Walter, Billings, Mont., $4,113; 6. Barbara Merrill, Axtell, Utah, $3,153; 7. Tana Renick, Kingston, Okla., $2,057; 8. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., $1,920; 9. Sherry Cannon, Saint Augustine, Fla., $1,645; 10. Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash., $686.

Bull riding: Semifinals: 1. Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 81 points on D&H Cattle’s Paradise, $5,484; no other qualified times. Finals: 1.John Young, Orient, Iowa, 87 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Spin Cycle, $5,484; no other qualified times. Overall earnings: 1. John Young, Orient, Iowa, $17,961; 2. Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, $8,912; 3. Dylan Werner, Perry, Fla., $6,993; 4. Bryce Brown, Greenview, Calif., $6,581; 5. Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah, $5,073; 6. Sammy Matthews, Springville, Calif., $2,331; 7. Abe Dillman, Grassy Butte, N.D., $960.

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