Bull rider Tyler Smith is having a phenomenal year, and his hot streak continued Thursday night during the Xtreme Bulls Tour event at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo.
Smith, of Fruita, Colo., rode the Growney Bros. bull Crystal Deal for 93 points in the final go-round to clinch the title and $10,481. He claimed the average championship with a two-ride cumulative 177 points, seven better than runner-up Cody Campbell of Summerville, Ore.
That victory, and the earnings that came with it, surely will boost Smith’s status as he heads toward the meat of the ProRodeo season – the Reno Rodeo stands as the starting blocks for the rugged stretch of summertime rodeos. We’re just days away from the Fourth of July run, a series of lucrative rodeos set around the holiday.
This marks the second Xtreme Bulls victory for Smith and the fifth event title for the 2010 Wrangler National Finals qualifier. He won the Xtreme Bulls title in Rapid City and the bull riding title in Tucson, Ariz., this past winter. He won in Guymon, Okla., the first weekend in May and added the North Platte, Neb., championship a couple weeks ago.
So far this season, he has earned more than $66,000 and is well on his way back to Las Vegas.