Archive for September, 2013

postheadericon Dirty Jacket wins for the 9th time

STEPHENVILLE, Texas – Dirty Jacket achieve a level of near perfection that is rarely seen in professional rodeo.

The 9-year-old bay gelding performed in 10 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events during the 2013 season and helped cowboys to at least a share of round victories nine times. That’s greatness that most cowboys don’t often see, even among the greatest bucking horses in the game.

Bill Tutor

Bill Tutor

The latest victor was bareback rider Bill Tutor, a rookie from Huntsville, Texas, who matched moves with Dirty Jacket for 88 points to win the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo on Sunday afternoon in Stephenville. It was the second time this season Tutor has won a rodeo on the great gelding; he also won the Will Rogers Stampede over Memorial Day weekend.

Tutor joins fellow bareback rider George Gillespie of Placerville, Calif., as multiple event winners this season; Gillespie won the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo in Window Rock, Ariz., and shared the event title at the Eagle (Colo.) Fair and Rodeo.

“He’s just electric in himself,” said Tutor, who placed second on Dirty Jacket in Eagle in 2012 with an 87-point ride. “He stands out among the other horses. He’s way flashier, but he bucks to where he helps the rider out a lot. You have enough hang time to expose yourself.”

Dirty Jacket will buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the fifth time in five years. Each year, he’s been featured in the TV pen of horses, considered the most electric animals to be selected to perform in Las Vegas in December.

And here’s the inside scoop: the powerful bay is having the best season of his life. That’s exceptional when considering that in 2012, Dirty Jacket was selected as the runner-up Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse in the PRCA and the Texas Circuit Bareback Horse of the Year.

postheadericon Bronc busters gain redemption

NFR QUALIFIERS STAND OUT IN KC; CORRINGTON WINS AMERICAN ROYAL, CRAWLEY SECOND

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tyler Corrington and Jacobs Crawley came to the American Royal Rodeo on Saturday with redemption on their minds.

The saddle bronc riders hadn’t had much luck at the Justin Boots Championships, which are taking place in Omaha, Neb., this weekend. It offers one of the largest purses in the sport annually, but it’s limited to the top contestants in the world.

Tyler Corrington

Tyler Corrington

Corrington and Crawley fit the bill. Corrington, of Hastings, Minn., was third in the world standings heading into this weekend’s festivities with $94,042, while Crawley, of Stephenville, Texas, is fourth, just $116 behind. They added a little more to their bank accounts on the final day of competition in Kansas City.

Corrington won the American Royal title after an 84-point ride on Smith, Harper and Morgan’s Almost Heaven during Saturday’s matinee. For that, he earned $2,109.

“It was really important for me to do well here,” said Corrington, who has earned his second qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the year-end championship that features only the top 15 contestants on the money list at the end of the regular in each event; it will take place Dec. 5-14 in Las Vegas. “I made a few changes in my saddle the last couple of days, and I’m happy with it. Hopefully I’ll get a little confidence going to the end of the year.”

Crawley – who posted an 83 Saturday night to finish in a tie for second with Brad Rudolf of Winnemucca, Nev. For second place – knew a little bit about his horse, Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Polyester Pants, but he knew he had to hold up his end of the bargain if he wanted to earn a nice check; in the roughstock events, the score on the 100-point scale is based on points from both horse and rider.

Jacobs Crawley

Jacobs Crawley

“It’s important to finish the season feeling good about your riding,” said Crawley, a three-time NFR qualifier. “I went to Omaha and didn’t have much luck, so to come here and have a nice horse and feel good about your riding is big.

“You don’t want to go two months, with not many rodeos to go to, feeling down about your riding. You want to be on top of the hill for two months, then go out to Las Vegas. I’m hoping that tonight will boost that confidence that much more and feel good for two more months.”

Both cowboys have had outstanding seasons. One doesn’t finish the rugged rodeo season among the top in his game without excelling. For a good portion of the season, Corrington was the No. 1 bronc rider in the world.

“This year has really been a dream come true,” Corrington said.

Now he hopes to continue that dream during the NFR, just like Crawley.

“Behind where I was this year around the No. 5 mark (in the standings) has been outstanding,” Crawley said. “I’m just having fun getting on bucking horses.

“I’ve never ridden as well as I have the last three months. Hopefully I can transfer what I had going on in August and July to 10 days in Las Vegas.”

American Royal Rodeo
Sept. 27-28
Kansas City, Mo.
Bareback riding:
1. Winn Ratliff, 85 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s R.D. Mercer, $1,995; 2. Caleb Bennett, 84, $1,530; 3. (tie) Taylor Price and Tilden Hooper, 83, $931 each; 5. Evan Jayne, 81, $466; 6. Tanner Phipps, 80, $333; 7. (tie) R.C. Landingham and Richie Champion, 79, $233 each.

Steer wrestling leaders: 1. Jacob Burks, 4.0 seconds, $2,425; 2. (tie) Jeff Miller, Bray Armes and Clayton Moore, 4.2, $1,793 each; 5. (tie) Kyle Whitaker and Matt Reeves, 4.3, $1,002 each; 7. Olin Hannum, 4.4, $527; 8. (tie) K.C. Jones, Kody Woodward and Clayton Hass, 4.5, $70 each.

Team roping leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds, $2,704; 2. Drew Horner/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.8, $2,351; 3. Ty Blasingame/Chase Tryan, 5.4, $1,999; 4. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 5.6, $1,646; 5. Wayne Knutson/Chad Mathes, 6.4, $1,294; 6. Tyler Johnson/Dawson McMaster, 7.1, $941; 7. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 9.8, $588; 8. Chad Masters/Jett Hillman, 10.3, $235.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Tyler Corrington, 84 points on Three Hills Rodeo’s Almost Heaven, $2,109; 2. (tie) Jacobs Crawley and Brad Rudolf, 83, $1,406 each; 4. Sam Spreadborough, 81, $773; 5. Hardy Braden, 80, $492; 6. Doug Aldridge, 79, $352; 7. Jade Blackwell, 78, $281; 8. (tie) Louie Brunson, Cody Martin and Wyatt Barstow, 77, $70 each.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. (tie) Fred Whitfield and Justin Maass, 8.4 seconds, $1,838 each; 3. (tie) Shane Slack and Paul David Tierney, 8.5, $1,325 each; 5. (tie) Hunter Herrin and Randall Carlisle, 8.6, $812 each; 7. Cody Ohl, 8.7, $428; 8. Shane Hanchey, 9.7, $171.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Natalie Foutch, 14.57 seconds, $2,021; 2. Sabrina Ketcham, 14.68, $1,732; 3. Jeanne Anderson 14.71, $1,444; 4. Julie Meyer, 14.77, $1,251; 5. (tie) Shada Brazile and Fallon Taylor, 14.78, $866, each; 7. Karissa Gipple, 14.80, $577; 8. Mary Walker, 14.83, $385; 9. (tie) Emily Miller and Kaley Bass, 14.85, $241 each.

Bull riding: 1. Tim Bingham, 88 points on Wild Card Rodeo’s 822, $2,594; 2. (tie) Garrett Smith and Brett Stall, 85, $1,739; 4. Sage Kimzey, 84, $951; 5. Scottie Knapp, 82, $605; 6. (tie) Wade Phelps and Chandler Bownds, 389; 8. (tie) Dusty Green and John Young, 80, $130.

postheadericon Bennett secures 2nd trip to NFR

COWBOY LEADS AMERICAN ROYAL, MAKES PLANS FOR VEGAS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Caleb Bennett wiped the sweat off his face, smiled and sighed.

He’s been waiting on this moment for several weeks, and it finally happened Saturday afternoon during the second performance of the American Royal Rodeo. He rode Three Hills Rodeo’s Spoony for 84 points to take the bareback riding lead.

His place on the leaderboard is key, because it means he should collect a nice check for placing well inside Hale Arena this weekend. He’ll await results from the final performance, which begins at 7:30 tonight, to see how it all shakes out.

Caleb Bennett

Caleb Bennett

But this money, alongside earnings he’ll get for a solid score on Friday night in Stephenville, Texas, guarantee the Bennett his second straight qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“I’ve got one more rodeo to go, and I’ve got a really good horse there,” said Bennett, 24, of Morgan, Utah, referring to the rodeo in San Bernadino, Calif., which concludes Sunday.

Two weeks ago was on the outside looking in, sitting 18th in the world standings with $55,156 – only the top 15 on the money list earn the right to compete at ProRodeo’s grand championship. Heading into this weekend’s run of rodeos, Bennett had moved to 15th, adding $8,236 at four rodeos last week – he collected nice checks in Amarillo, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M., Pasadena, Texas, and Bowman, N.D.

He also is the No. 1 bareback rider in Stephenville this weekend, so he’s looking at solid earnings there. He’s taken the roller-coaster ride that has been his 2013 and overcome the obstacles that hindered him.

“I’m learning that it’s a little bit harder and a little more humbling to get back there a second time,” he said of the NFR. “I’ve had a hit-and-miss year. I had to work for it a little bit more. It made me realize a few things and that there are guys out there working at it as hard as me, if not harder. I need to step up my game next year if I want to make it again.

“The last few weeks, I’ve been working pretty hard and trying to get there, and things have been paying off for me. Hopefully it seals the deal after this weekend.”

It does. Oregon cowboy R.C. Landingham sits 16th in the world standings, and he won’t have a chance to move past Bennett for that coveted spot in the field.

“The last couple weeks, I’ve rode with more of a clear mind,” Bennett said. “I’ve just been putting my hand in my rigging and riding bucking horses. I’ve been having fun doing it and drawing good horses. The last couple weeks, I feel like I’ve been riding better than I have all year long.”

That’s saying something. Bennett won the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede in July, collecting more than $100,000 in the process. While that money doesn’t count toward the NFR – Calgary is not sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, so earnings at that large rodeo are not included – it has been an asset in paving the way to Vegas.

“It’s given me a lot of comfort,” he said of the money. “I know I can enter, and I can go where I need to go to make the finals, and I don’t have to worry about funding for travel. I’m flying everywhere. My pocketbook’s pretty padded, so I don’t have to worry about debt or credit card problems trying to get from A to B.”

When A and B are added together, it equals NFR. That’s all that matters to Bennett.

American Royal Rodeo
Sept. 27-28
Kansas City, Mo.
Bareback riding:
1. Caleb Bennett, 84 points on points on Three Hills Rodeo’s Spoony; 2. Taylor Price, 83; 3. R.C. Landingham, 79; 4. (tie) A.J. Yocham and Joel Schlagel, 78; 6. (tie) Kyle Brennecke and Bo Casper, 77; 8. Naudy Exposito, 65.

Steer wrestling leaders: 1. Jacob Burks, 4.0 seconds; 2. (tie) Jeff Miller, Bray Armes and Clayton Moore, 4.2; 5. (tie) Kyle Whitaker and Matt Reeves, 4.3 each; 7. Olin Hannum, 4.4; 8. (tie) K.C. Jones, Kody Wooddward and Clayton Hass, 4.5.

Team roping leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds; 2. Drew Horner/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.8; 3. Ty Blasingame/Chase Tryan, 5.4; 4. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 5.6; 5. Tyler Johnson/Dawson McMaster, 7.1; 6. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 9.8; 7. Aaron Tsinigine/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 14.0; 8. Will George/Chad Day, 16.0.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Tyler Corrington, 84 points on Three Hills Rodeo’s Almost Heaven; 2. Sam Spreadborough, 81; 3. Hardy Braden, 80; 4. Jade Blackwell, 78; 5. (tie) Louie Brunson and Wyatt Barstow, 77; 7. (tie) Travis Nelson and Logan Allen, 72.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Justin Maass, 8.4 seconds; 2. (tie) Shane Slack and Paul David Tierney, 8.5; 4. Randall Carlisle, 8.6; 5. Cody Ohl, 8.7; 6. Shane Hanchey, 9.7; 7. Caleb Smidt, 9.8; 8. Cory Solomon, 10.4.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Natalie Foutch, 14.57 seconds; 2. Sabrina Ketcham, 14.68; 3. Jeanne Anderson 14.71; 4. (tie) Shada Brazile and Fallon Taylor, 14.78; 6. Karissa Gipple, 14.80; 7. Mary Walker, 14.83; 8. (tie) Emily Miller and Kaley Bass, 14.85; 10. (tie) June Holeman and Haley Sheldon, 14.86.

Bull riding: 1. Tim Bingham, 88 points on Wild Card Rodeo’s 822; 2. Garrett Smith, 85; 3. Sage Kimzey, 84; 4. Scottie Knapp, 82; 5. Dusty Green, 80; 6. (tie) Trevor Reiste, Dusty Elkinton and Tate Stratton, 79.

postheadericon The finish line is in sight

Some interesting things are happening on this, the final weekend of the 2013 ProRodeo season.

Caleb Bennett

Caleb Bennett

In Kansas City, Mo., 16th-ranked bulldogger Clayton Moore sits in a tie for second place with two other cowboys. More is about $4,000 out of the top 15, so he’s going to need a lot more help if he’s going to sneak into the field to play in Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Bareback rider Caleb Bennett is another cowboy on the bubble. He sits 15th in the world and is just $2,500 ahead of No. 16 R.C. Landingham. Bennett rode Carr Pro Rodeo’s Alberta Child for 85 points in Stephenville, Texas, on Friday night to help his cause. He leads the rodeo heading into the final two performances, but he should collect a good check in the Cowboy Capital of the World.

He is scheduled to ride this afternoon in Kansas City and has drawn Three Hills Rodeo’s Spoony. Landingham, too, is scheduled to compete during the 2 p.m. performance, so there’s going to be a lot on the line for them when the chute gates open.

Tie-down roper Cory Solomon is $832 behind Randall Carlisle for the coveted 15th spot on the money list. During slack on Wednesday, Solomon turned in a 10.4-second run. He sits eighth right now and holds only a small possibility that he will catch a check at the American Royal. Carlisle is out of the money in Kansas City, but he’s placing third in Poway, Calif.

While the top 12 in the world standings try to pad their pocketbooks in Omaha, those on the bubble are scrambling. It’s definitely exciting.

postheadericon Burks makes most of his living

 WINSCONSIN STEER WRESTLER TAKES THE LEAD AT AMERICAN ROYAL RODEO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Every cowboy who has ever nodded his head in competition has thought of winning a ProRodeo world championship.

Now 35 years old, Jacob Burks has long since let his gold buckle dreams fade, and he loses no sleep. Rodeo is still very much a part of the steer wrestler’s life, and it’s quite likely he’ll be involved for many years to come. But there are other priorities than traveling the rodeo trail full time, which is what it takes to win world titles.

AmericanRoyal“When I got out of college, I tried to be the rodeo cowboy for a living, but my ability showed up,” Burks said jokingly. “I didn’t get to make a living at it by any means, but it’s good for me to be a circuit cowboy and get to go to 30 good rodeos a year.”

He took advantage of one of the few opportunities he competes on Friday night to take the steer wrestling lead at the American Royal Rodeo, grappling his steer to the ground in 4.0 seconds at Hale Arena. He’ll have to wait out the final two performances – set for 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday – to see if his time holds on to the top spot.

“This rodeo is an awesome one for our circuit, because the winner is going to win about $2,000 or so,” said Burks of Lancaster, Wis. “That’s pretty big for me right now because of our circuit.”

Money won at Kansas City’s rodeo not only counts toward the world standings but also for those from the Great Lakes Circuit, which is made up of rodeos and contestants in Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

“Back in the middle of the summer, I was rolling along pretty good, but then I fiddled around and didn’t win much in July,” Burks said. “I’ve come back a little bit, and I think I’m about $4,000 out of first place. If I get a good check here, it at least gives me a shot. If things happen just right at the circuit finals, at least I have my name in the hat to try to win the circuit.”

That’s his goal every year. The Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo will take place in Louisville, Ky., in November, and he’d like to walk away with the coveted title. When a man has a full-time job and still makes his way to rodeos across the region, the circuit crown is his pot of gold at the end of his rainbow.

American Royal Rodeo
Sept. 27-28
Kansas City, Mo.
Bareback riding:
1. Taylor Price, 83 points on Three Hills Rodeo’s Mississippi Queen; 2. (tie) A.J. Yocham and Joel Schlagel, 78; 4. Kyle Brennecke, 77; 5. Naudy Exposito, 65; no other qualified rides

Steer wrestling leaders: 1. Jacob Burks, 4.0 seconds; 2. (tie)Jeff Miller, Bray Armes and Clayton Moore, 4.2; 5. (tie) Kyle Whitaker and Matt Reeves, 4.3 each; 7. Olin Hannum, 4.4; 8. (tie) K.C. Jones and Clayton Hass, 4.5.

Team roping leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds; 2. Drew Horner/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.8; 3. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 5.6; 4. Tyler Johnson/Dawson McMaster, 7.1; 5. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 9.8; 6. Aaron Tsinigine/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 14.0; 7. Travis Tryan/Jake Long, 17.8; no other qualified times.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Hardy Braden, 80 points on Three Hills Rodeo’s Wampum; 2. Jade Blackwell, 78; 3. Louie Brunson, 77; 4. Travis Nelson, 72; 5. J.R. Bonner, 67; no other qualified rides.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Justin Maass, 8.4 seconds; 2. (tie) Shane Slack and Paul David Tierney, 8.5; 4. Randall Carlisle, 8.6; 5. Cody Ohl, 8.7; 6. Shane Hanchey, 9.7; 7. Caleb Smidt, 9.8; 8. Cory Solomon, 10.4.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Natalie Foutch, 14.57 seconds; 2. Sabrina Ketcham, 14.68; 3. Jeanne Anderson 14.71; 4. (tie) Shada Brazile and Fallon Taylor, 14.78; 6. Karissa Gipple, 14.80; 7. Mary Walker, 14.83; 8. Kaley Bass, 14.85; 9. (tie) June Holeman and Haley Sheldon, 14.86.

Bull riding: 1. Garrett Smith, 85 points on Smith, Harper and Morgan’s Manic Monday; 2. Sage Kimzey, 84; 3. Scottie Knapp, 82; 4. Dusty Green, 80; 5. (tie) Trevor Reiste, Dusty Elkinton and Tate Stratton, 79; 8. Danny Schlobohm, 76.

postheadericon Rodeo stars coming to Hempstead

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Many of the biggest names in rodeo will converge on Waller County in just a few days to be part of the high-dollar festivities.

It’s what fans have come to expect out of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, which will conduct its Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3-Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead.

Clint Cannon

Clint Cannon

“You can tell just by looking down the list that these cowboys and cowgirls are looking forward to our fair and rodeo,” said Clint Sciba, the Waller County Fair Board president and chairman of the rodeo committee. “We’re going to have dozens of contestants who are regulars at the National Finals Rodeo, so that means a lot for our town, our communities that make up Waller County.”

This year’s rodeo features 65 National Finals qualifiers, including locals like Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, and Cory Solomon of Prairie View, Okla. The field also includes seven world champions – like eight-time titlist Fred Whitfield of nearby Hockley, Texas; between them, they account for 34 gold buckles.

“When I saw our entries, I got really excited,” Sciba said, noting that more than 450 of ProRodeo’s stars are scheduled to compete in Hempstead for the three-day rodeo. “I think it says a lot about our community that we’re able to have something like that.”

Bobby Mote

Bobby Mote

So how does the Waller County Fair and Rodeo attract top contestants like four-time world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote? It takes a strong financial commitment and powerful bucking stock. The Hempstead rodeo features both.

“We’re very fortunate to have the sponsors that are willing to invest in our fair and rodeo, which, in turn, is investing in this community,” Sciba said. “They’re willing to invest in this because they see the positive impact this plays on our community and what it draws to our community. When you can draw the cowboys the fans really want to see, then you’re rewarding the community, too.”

Cowboys who compete in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding know they have an opportunity to compete on great animals provided by Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, the livestock producer in Hempstead. Last year alone, he took 31 animals to the NFR.

In his herd, Carr has featured many of the greatest animals in rodeo, including three that have earned the coveted title of Bareback Horse of the Year: Real Deal, Big Tex and MGM Deuces Night. Though Big Tex is part of bronc riding these days, he’s still one of the elite horses in the game. Carr also has Dirty Jacket, the 2012 runner-up Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse; River Boat Annie, the 2007 Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse; and Grass Dancer, who, with pasture-mate Big Tex, has been part of world record-tying 94-point bareback rides.

“I’ve been around the sport, so I know what kind of horsepower Pete Carr brings to our rodeo every year,” Sciba said. “What has amazed me is how much others are talking about the animals. That, to me, says the most about what Pete Carr brings.”

The cowboys know, and that’s why they’ll be in Hempstead, too.

postheadericon Fair features Saturday showcase

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The Texas Music genre has taken the hearts of millions of fans, many of whom are proud Texans themselves.

Now there’s a big-time Texas Music showcase to help push a final salute to this year’s Waller County Fair and Rodeo with concerts by Josh Ward and Cody Canada & The Departed on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead.

WallerLogo“The folks around here love Texas country, and we’ve built our concert series with that in mind,” said Clint Sciba, president of the Waller County Fair Board. “We’re excited about all the acts we have, but I’m thrilled that we have The Departed as part of a fantastic Saturday in Hempstead.”

Canada has been part of the scene for several years. Also known as Red Dirt Music, Canada was the front man for Cross Canadian Ragweed, then joined band mate Jeremy Plato in developing The Departed. Now they’re tearing up the highways in order to celebrate their brand of music with fans all across the country.

“I think it’s going to be a great way to finish an awesome final Saturday,” Sciba said.

Some of the awesomeness will feature a Waller County salute to the military, which is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. – just ahead of the junior livestock auction, which will begin at 1 p.m.

“We’re very proud to be able to salute our military and to bring awareness to the fallen soldiers that have served our country so well,” he said. “It’s vital to me that we recognize the sacrifices these people have made to protect us and to make our country so great.”

The timing of the salute is perfect. The junior livestock auction is a well-attended affair that recognizes the hard work put in annually by the youth who show their animals at the fair. It takes months of hard work to prepare animals for the various shows that take place over the course of the expo, and the youth receive the benefit.

“That day, our carnival kicks off at noon and runs to midnight, so we’ll have a lot of things everyone can enjoy once they get to the fairgrounds,” Sciba said.

That includes the final performance of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event, which will feature many of the top contestants in the sport. In addition to the numerous world champions who are scheduled to qualify – including eight-time titlist Fred Whitfield of nearby Hockley, Texas – the rodeo will feature regular qualifiers to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, including Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, and Cory Solomon of Prairie View, Texas.

The rodeo also will feature many top contestants, like Bobby Mote, who has won the bareback riding world title four times; eight-time world champion Joe Beaver; three-time world champion Rocky Patterson; two-time world champion Scott Snedecor; world champion Kappy Allen; and dozens of National Finals qualifiers.

“We’ve got the best stock contractor in rodeo coming to Waller County in Pete Carr, so we’re going to have the best bucking horses and bulls to go along with the top cowboys and cowgirls,” Sciba said.

“I think our final Saturday is going to be great from start to finish.”

postheadericon Armes again in the American Royal lead

Bray Armes likes the American Royal Rodeo.

Bray Armes

Bray Armes

Armes, a Ponder, Texas, cowboy who won the steer wrestling title in Kansas City a year ago to clinch his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, threw his steer down in 4.2 seconds Wednesday afternoon to share the early lead with Clayton Moore of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia.

They will be tested over the course of the three performances of the rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Other leaders after the initial competition were team ropers Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds; tie-down roper Justin Maass, 8.4 seconds; and barrel racer Natalie Foutch, 14.57 seconds.

American Royal Rodeo
Sept. 27-28
Kansas City, Mo.
Steer wrestling leaders: 1. (tie) Bray Armes and Clayton Moore, 4.2 seconds each; 3. (tie) Kyle Whitaker and Matt Reeves, 4.3 each; 5. Olin Hannum, 4.4; 6. (tie) K.C. Jones and Clayton Hass, 4.5 each; 8. Jason Thomas, 4.6.

Team roping leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds; 2. Drew Horner/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.8; 3. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 5.6; 4. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 9.8; 5. Aaron Tsinigine/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 14.0; no other qualified times.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Justin Maass, 8.4 seconds; 2. Shane Slack, 8.5; 3. Randall Carlisle, 8.6; 4. Cody Ohl, 8.7; 5. Shane Hanchey, 9.7; 6. Caleb Smidt, 9.8; 7. Cory Solomon, 10.4; 8. Cade Swor, 10.8.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Natalie Foutch, 14.57 seconds; 2. Sabrina Ketcham, 14.68; 3. (tie) Shada Brazile and Fallon Taylor, 14.78 each; 5. Mary Walker, 14.83; 6. Kaley Bass, 14.85; 7. (tie) June Holeman and Haley Sheldon, 14.86 each; 9. (tie) Trula Churchill and Brittany Pozzi, 14.91 each.

postheadericon Invitational Youth Rodeo results from Tuesday

The results from Tuesday’s American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo senior division have been posted. Be sure to check it out HERE.

postheadericon Kile scores win at Colby rodeo

ALVA, Okla. – Goat-tier Karley Kile seems quite ready to have a solid junior season for the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team.

Kile, of Topeka, Kan., scored solidly, posting a two-run cumulative time of 14.4 seconds to win the Colby (Kan.) Community College rodeo last weekend. She was one of four Rangers women to earn a spot in the championship round, and she was the top performer from the squad.

Karley Kile

Karley Kile

Kile is one of three returning cowgirls who qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo this past June, joining all-around talent Micah Samples of Abilene, Kan., and goat-tier Trisha Price of Faith, S.D. Kile had the best showing in Casper, Wyo., in June, finishing fifth overall with a cumulative time of 27.2 seconds on four runs.

How solid was she in Colby? Her aggregate time was a second and a half faster than the second-place cowgirl, Kaylee Moyer of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Kile was joined breakaway ropers Kelsey Pontius of Watsontown, Pa., and Chelsea Bryant of Hope, Kan., and barrel racer Samples as short-round qualifiers.

“Karley stood out for us this last weekend,” said Stockton Graves, Northwestern’s rodeo coach. “I think we got a good feel for what it’s going to take this season.”

The Northwestern women finished with 185 points, strong enough to finish third in the team standings. The men’s team, with 190 points, placed fourth.

“I was hoping we’d have more guys in the short round, but this is a good learning process for them,” Graves said. “I think they see what it’s going to take to win.”

The Rangers men were led by senior Ryan Domer of Topeka. He posted a two-run cumulative time of 20.5 seconds to finish third in tie-down roping. That was a big plus when it came down to accumulating team points.

Domer was joined in the short round by steer wrestler Stephen Culling, a junior from Fort St. John, British Columbia, and team roping heeler Chase Boekhaus, a senior from Rolla, Kan. Culling posted two runs in an aggregate of 10.7 seconds to finish fourth overall, while Boekhaus, roping with Southeastern Oklahoma State University header Ethan Fox, posted a two-run cumulative of 30.9 seconds to finish fifth.

The Rangers return to the arena for the Pratt (Kan.) Community College rodeo, scheduled for Oct. 4-6. Other than the home event, which takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, the Pratt rodeo is the closest event to Alva for the team.

“We’ve basically got a week to get everything set up for Pratt, but I’m expecting some good things,” Graves said. “It’s always been a good rodeo for us.”