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Alicia Stockton of Stephenville, Texas, rounds the second barrel on Saturday afternoon, finishing in a time of 17.46 seconds. After two performances, she leads the barrel racing aggregate with 34.92 seconds. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Alicia Stockton of Stephenville, Texas, rounds the second barrel on Saturday afternoon, finishing in a time of 17.46 seconds. After two performances, she leads the barrel racing aggregate with 34.92 seconds. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Last season, Kaley Bass lit the barrel racing world on fire, winning seven ProRodeos, including five in a two-week span.

Alicia Stockton had a front row seat for every run; now she’s hoping some of that magic has come her way. Stockton circled the cloverleaf pattern in 17.46 seconds on Saturday afternoon and leads barrel racing heading into the final two performances of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, which take place at 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“This rodeo pays really well, and it would be a great start to the summer,” said Stockton, an East Coast native now living in Stephenville, Texas. “Going into the big outdoor arenas, it gives me a lot of confidence because that’s never been my strength.”

Stockton’s cumulative time of 34.92 seconds puts her No. 1 in the all-important average race, which is what crowns the Guymon champion in all timed events. She posted another 17.46 in the opening round and finished fifth; she sits sixth in the second round.

“I actually ran the same horse two years ago, and I placed in the second round,” she said.

That’s proof positive that there’s plenty of talent in Stockton’s stable.

“I went with Kaley starting last June, and we got home the middle of September,” Stockton said. “This is exciting. I’m hoping it keeps going the same way.”

Stockton wasn’t the only contestant to have moved into the lead on Saturday afternoon; bull rider Josh Koshel of Nunn, Colo., spurred Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose for 88 points to share the lead with Cody Whitney, an Asher, Okla., cowboy who rodeo Friday night.

“It’s just seven hours from home, so it’s not too far, and I guess I make it count,” Koshel said. “I’ve drawn awesome bulls here and done good.”

Koshel is the No. 1 bull rider in the world, which makes being successful in Guymon a bigger draw for the Colorado cowboy; he needs every advantage he can get if he wants to claim that elusive gold buckle that is awarded to the world champion at the conclusion of the season.

“I plan to go to all the (Xtreme) bull ridings and all the good rodeos,” he said, referring to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s stand-alone bull riding tour. “I don’t know if I’ll go to as many rodeos as some of the guys, but I plan to make the ones I go to count as much as I can.”

 

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 29-May 5
Results through the second performance
Bareback riding:
1. Caine Riddle, 85 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Fancy Free; 2. Ty Breuer, 84; 3. (tie) Kaycee Field and Tyler Scales, 80; 5. Clint Laye, 79; 6. Cody DeMers, 78; 7. Blaine Kaufman, 77; 8. Tyler Pasour, 75;

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Riley Duvall, 4.1; 3. Tyler Pearson, 4.3; 4. Drew Slade, 4.8; 5. Chance Campbell, 5.0; 6. Brad Jonhson, 5.1; 7. Jacob Sterkel, 5.2; 8. (tie)  Kyle Broce and Logan McDonald, 5.9; Aggregate: 1. Wade Sumpter, 13.5 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Tyler Pearson, 14.3; 3. Drew Slade, 14.7; 4. Riley Duvall, 14.9; 5. Brad Johnson, 15.3; 6. Kyle Broce, 16.1; 7. Chance Campbell, 16.3; 8. Jacob Sterkel, 16.9;

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Jake DeGeer, 10.5 seconds; 2. Howdy McGinn, 15.1; 3. (tie) Chuck Thomson and Dee Kyler Jr., 15.2; 5. Brian Garr 15.5; 6. Scott Snedecor, 18.7; 7. Gib Bell, 27.1 no other qualified times. Aggregate: 1. Scott Snedecor, 71.5 seconds on 5 runs. 2. Howdy McGinn, 79.8; 3. Chuck Thomson, 92.4 seconds on 5 runs; 4. Rocky Patterson, 50.1; 5. Trevor Brazile, 52.6; 6. Scott Snedecor, 52.8; 7. Jason Evans, 58.9; 8. Jake DeGeer, 60.7;

Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Wade Sundell, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Miss Congeniality, and Bryce Miller, on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut, 85 points; 3. Tyrell Smith, 84; 4. (tie) Ty Thompson and Lyle W. Welling, 83; 6 Sterling Crawley, 81; 7. Louie Brunson, 80; 8. Troy Crowser, 79.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Ryan Von Ahn/Derrick Peterson, 6.7; 2. (tie) Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz and Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 6.8; 4. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 7.2; 5. Quisto Lopez/Christian Morris, 8.4; 6. A.J. Horton/Kyle Horton, 9.2; 7. Lane Ivy/Lane Siggins, 13.4; 8. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 13.6 Aggregate: 1. Quisto Lopez/Christain Morris, 23.8 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 25.1; 3. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 28.5; 4. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 29.2; 5. Lany Ivy/Lane Siggins, 29.6; 6. Ryan Von Ahn/Derrick Peterson, 30.5; 7. Brett Christensen/Shannon Frascht, 32.4; 8. A.J. Horton/Kyle Horton, 36.7.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders:  1. Cade Swor, 7.8 seconds; 2. Tyson Durfey, 8.3; 3. Boe Brown, 8.9; 4. Jeremiah Peek, 9.0; 5. Kiel Rowan, 10.3; 6. Seth Childers, 10.8; 7. Payden Emmett, 11.0; 8. Marty Yates, 11.5; Aggregate: 1. Cade Swor, 25.7 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Tyson Durfey, 26.4; 3. Seth Childers, 28.7; 4. Jeremiah Peek, 29.7; 5. Marty Yates, 30.8; 6. Boe Brown, 31.5; 7.  Kiel Rowan, 33.7; 8. Paul David Tierney, 34.5.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Kassidy Dennison, 17.30 seconds; 2. Victoria Williams, 17.4; 3. Jessica Frost, 17.42; 4. Sammi Bessert, 17.43; 5. Kimmie Wall, 17.44; 6. Alicia Stockton, 17.46; 7. Kelly Bass, 17.5; 8. Kelly Yates, 17.54; 9. Emily Efurd, 17.55; 10. Cindy Smith, 17.56. Aggregate: 1. Alicia Stockton, 34.92 seconds on 2 runs; 2. Sherry Cervi, 35.03; 3. Jana Bean, 35.29; 4. Kaley Bass, 35.30; 5. Kimmie Wall, 35.39; 6. Kassidy Dennison, 35.44; 7. Shelby Fraisier, 35.53; 8. Morgan Figueroa, 35.56; 9. (tie) Shali Lord and Becky Larson, 35.59.

Bull riding: 1. (tie) Cody Whitney, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Pearl Snap, and Josh Koshel, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose, 88 points; 3. Tyler Willis, 84; 4. Chandler Bownds, 83; 5. Nevada Newman, 81; 6. Reese Cates, 78; no other qualified rides.

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