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postheadericon No. 8 Scott Snedecor

Scott Snedecor

Scott Snedecor

Fredricksburg, Texas

You didn’t see Scott Snedecor compete at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping last November. He missed the finale for the first in 11 years, finishing the regular season 18th in the world standings; 2012 was just one of those years for the two-time World Champion.

He’s been on a mission the entire 2013 campaign, and he’s back in his rightful place among the qualifiers for this amazing championship.

How has he done it? Mostly, Snedecor has picked up checks all along the way. He has just three rodeo championships this season – though one of those was at the prestigious Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up, where he pocketed nearly $8,400; he also added victories in Silver City, N.M., and San Angelo, Texas.

Snedecor knows what it takes to persevere. When he won the World Title for the first time, he did so by beating “The Legend” Guy Allen by just $1.67. He’ll need to have a solid performance over the two days of competition inside this arena, but he’s up for a task.

He’s a champion, after all.

postheadericon McBride isn’t done with bareback riding

The opportunity to compete for his share of the $2 million purse in The American always has been a no-brainer for two-time world champion bull rider Justin McBride.

“As soon as Randy (Bernard) said he was doing it, I thought, ‘I’m going to go win the bull riding,’ ” McBride said Thursday morning from Las Vegas, where he is working as a television analyst for the Professional Bull Riders World Finals, the same arena in which he won his two gold buckles. “You can’t dangle that carrot in front of face and not expect me to go for it.”

Justin McBride

Justin McBride

No, you can’t. The American, scheduled for March 2 in Arlington, Texas, will feature a $2 million purse, the largest one-day rodeo in the sport’s history. It is being organized by Rural Media Group, which owns RFD-TV; Bernard, the former PBR chief executive, is the president and CEO of Rural Media Group.

“I don’t think returning is going to be a big deal,” said McBride, who retired from bull riding five years go. “This is nothing like bareback riding. The bareback riding is something that I was never an elite guy in the world. It was something I wanted to try. The bull riding … it’s something I knew I could do.”

McBride competed last weekend in bareback riding in Salina, Kan., during The American qualifier on Saturday morning and during the Professional Roughstock Series’ Midwest Classic that evening. It was his first competitive ride on a bucking horse in 15 years.

Though the bull riding exemption means McBride is definitely in The American field, he still plans to try his hand in bareback riding, meaning he will have to work his way there through qualifiers and hope to be one of the five cowboys to come out of the semifinals with the opportunity to ride inside AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

“I think I’m going to try to go to the last two qualifiers,” McBride said Thursday. I’m going to work at it some more and get on more practice horses. I’m going to work with Steven (Dent) more. I got a call from (2004 world champion) Kelly Timberman, who watched film of my ride. He said he saw some little bitty things he can help me with that will really help me out a lot.

“The really cool thing in bareback riding is the support I’ve gotten from the really good guys.”

Timberman qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seven times in his career, and Dent – who lives near McBride in the Nebraska Sandhills – is heading to the NFR for the sixth time. McBride plans to utilize any assistance he can muster as he lives out another dream.

“I don’t feel like I’ve got bareback riding out of my system,” he said. “I want to get on some more. I’m going to do it in the practice pen first. I went last weekend to see how I stacked up in the event.

“Bareback riding is something I wanted to do and still want to do. I didn’t realize how much fun it was for me until I did it.”

And in true cowboy fashion, McBride plans to give it his best effort. He knows there will be much work involved, but he’s ready for the challenge.

postheadericon Carrying on a family tradition

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Whatever history there is to tell about the American Royal, a Dillingham surely can tell it.

“As a family, when it pertains to the American Royal, we’ve been involved in it for generations,” said Bill Dillingham, now part of the fourth generation of his family to participate in the charitable organization, joining his brother, Allen Edwards Dillingham, who serves on the Royal board. “My father helped write the history book for the American Royal, so he’s a great historian of the Royal.”

The book showcases the first century, from 1899-1999, and Dillingham’s great-grandfather, Allen M. Thompson, as the first president of the incorporated American Royal. So history definitely is on Dillingham’s side.

AmericanRoyal“My great-grandfather was one of four gentlemen who put together the American Royal horse and livestock show,” he said. “Then my grandfather, years later, was president of the Kansas City Stockyards for 30 years. As a result, for many years, the stockyards also helped run the Royal. He, too, was president of the Royal.”

Now Dillingham is carrying on a family tradition, and it comes on both sides of his family. Roy Edwards, his mother’s uncle, also served as the Royal’s president.

“This not only is a big part of our family, but also it’s important because anything you do is for the city of Kansas City,” Bill Dillingham said. “The American Royal is Kansas City’s history. Agriculture and livestock … those are the things that really put Kansas City on the map.”

How important is it?

Dillingham holds his family’s legacy for many reasons. He is the chairman of the American Royal Youth Horse Show, while his wife, Keri, also volunteers much of her time. It’s something they have seen from Bill’s parents, John and Nancy Dillingham, who were recently recognized by the organization with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Nancy Dillingham just celebrated her 50th year as a BOTAR and has served as that auxiliary’s past president.

Though he has never served as president, John Dillingham has handled numerous roles within the association, from serving as a governor, director, volunteer and chair of the American Royal’s history committee. That served as a powerful foundation for his son.

“I’ve always had a liking to the agriculture side, but I was never involved in it to an extent,” Bill Dillingham said. “I wasn’t involved in 4H or FFA, but I had the opportunity to own some horses. It would be neat to see my kids show someday.

“I’ve also had the opportunity to work with a lot of good people that volunteer their time to really make the show first-class. When you take Kim Rowley, Ruth Charpie, Carol Petrus and Royal staff member Allyssa King, you can see that none of this would be possible without them. They truly run the show, and I’m very fortunate to work alongside them.”

He just concluded his sixth Youth Horse Show as the committee chairman, but he’s been whole-heartedly involved in Royal activities for about a decade.

“I just started volunteering when we could on various things,” he said, noting that he’s found a niche with the Youth Horse Show. “I started to take it on as my baby. It’s just trial and error every year. I’m always trying to learn new things, because I’ve never shown before. Each year, I’m just trying to tweak a few things, trying to accommodate the exhibitor.

“To me, it’s fun being around the animals. I love being around the kids and seeing them work so hard for what they get.”

Those youngsters develop a passion that, in all likelihood, will carry them through the ranks of showing. Maybe they’ll want to try their hands at cutting, which will have its show Nov. 6-8. Maybe they’ll return to take in the pageantry of the UPHA American Royal National Championship, which occurs Nov. 12-16.

“The West Bottoms is a big part of our history in Kansas City, and the American Royal does so much for our community,” he said. “I’m fortunate that I have the opportunity to volunteer for an organization that gives back to the community like the Royal does. It means a lot to me to be involved.”

No matter what, if the exhibitors have the same passion for showing that Bill Dillingham has for serving his community and the American Royal, they’ll find plenty of success.

postheadericon McBride takes exemption

Justin McBride has figured out a way to play his game at The American, the richest one-day rodeo in the world scheduled for March 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

McBride, the two-time world champion on the Professional Bull Riders tour, has accepted the exemption to be in the bull riding field at The American.

Justin McBride

Justin McBride

“The American gives me the opportunity to compete for $2 million against the best guys in the sport,” he said in release issued Wednesday. “It’s just a one day event, so I can continue to spend time with my family and work on my music career while returning to the arena to experience the thrill of competing.”

McBride experienced the competitive thrill last weekend while riding bulls at the first qualifier for The American, which took place in conjunction with the Professional Roughstock Series’ Midwest Classic in Salina, Kan. He also was in the 15-man field for the Midwest Classic. McBride scored a pair of 71s on his two rides last Saturday.

Maybe that’s why he’s decided to stick to bull riding. Though he’s just 34 years old, he hadn’t been on a bareback horse in competition since 1998. That’s 15 years between rides with the rigging.

Still, with a bull rope, McBride will be a powerful force inside the stadium that serves as home to the Dallas Cowboys.

“For me, Justin’s return to bull riding is another element that makes The American a must-see event,” Ty Murray, a rodeo legend and PBR co-founder, said in the release. “This is a legend that retired in his prime, and I’m not going to miss the chance to see how much gas he has left in the tank.”

McBride is the second cowboy to accept the exemption, joining saddle bronc riding world champion Dan Mortensen; the biggest difference between the two is Mortensen owns seven gold buckles but is 10 years older.

“When Justin retired, he was the best bull rider in the PBR,” said Cody Lambert, another PBR co-founder. “I really think he has a legitimate chance to win it.”

I don’t know whether McBride will continue to try to qualify for The American in bareback riding, and I haven’t been afforded the opportunity to find out from him. I hope he does. I think his attempt at chasing that elusive qualification is great for rodeo, and I’d love to see him continue to take that challenge head-on.

For now, though, I wish him the best as he prepares for his comeback to bull riding. It should be fun to watch.

postheadericon Dirty Jacket is Reserve World Champ

Taylor Price said Carr Pro Rodeo's Dirty Jacket was the best bucking horse he's ever been on. The two matched moves for 88 points for Price to win the bareback riding title at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, one of six events this year that Dirty Jacket has guided cowboys to the top score. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Taylor Price said Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket was the best bucking horse he’s ever been on. The two matched moves for 88 points for Price to win the bareback riding title at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, one of nine events this year that Dirty Jacket has guided cowboys to the top score. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

DALLAS – No other horse has had a better win record in 2013 than Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket.

In 10 trips this past season, the 9-year-old bay gelding led bareback riders to at least a share of the go-round victory nine times. Bareback riders realize he’s one of the greatest animals in their discipline, which is why he was voted as the Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse in the 2013 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association season.

“He’s the perfect bucking horse, because he loves what he does and he’s excited when it’s time to buck,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo. “He ready when he gets to the chute, and he stands there until the gate opens; then he has a big leap in the air and bucks hard every time.

“When the whistle blows, he lines out with the pickup man and allows the guys to get off without any problem. He’s the kind of horse all the bareback riders want to draw, because they know that as long as they don’t stub their toe, they’re going to win.”

How good was Dirty Jacket? In 2012, he was the runner-up Reserve World Champion, recognized as one of the top three bareback horses in the sport. He’s moved up one spot this year, and there’s a good reason for it.

Ryan Gray shared the final-round win in Fort Worth, as did Jared Keylon in the championship round at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo; J.R. Vezain won the title in San Antonio, then Bill Tutor claimed the championship on him in Claremore, Okla. In Pecos, Texas, rookie Taylor Price rode Dirty Jacket for the win, and a week later, George Gillispie won the title in Window Rock, Ariz.

In mid-July, Gillespie followed that with sharing the championship in Eagle, Colo. A few weeks later, Jessy Davis matched moves with the big bay to win in Lovington, N.M., then Tutor posted another winning ride the final weekend of the season in Stephenville, Texas.

“There’s not another one like that horse,” said bareback rider Jared Keylon, a 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Uniontown, Kan. “Just the sheer ability to stand flat-footed and jump that high in the air is incredible. Just his athleticism alone is so impressive.”

“That horse is as good an athlete as any cowboy going down the road. When I nodded my head, it felt like we leaped 10 feet off the ground. That was the coolest horse to mark out in the world, because he shoots straight up. The way he’s built, he almost cradles you, almost saddles you up under the rigging. He almost spurs himself with the way he bucks. It was awesome.”

There are many cowboys who feel that way.

“He’s electric and explosive,” Gray said. “He’s pretty rider-friendly, but he’s also fast and electric at the same time. He’s a pretty impressive horse. He’s just gotten stronger, which makes him even better now.”

postheadericon Dent wins event on his 7th ride

SALINA, Kan. – Steven Dent loves riding bucking horses.

It’s how he makes a living. It’s how he’s qualified five times for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It’s how he won $5,690 on Saturday in Salina, the bulk of which came from his bareback riding win during the Professional Roughstock Series’ Midwest Classic inside the Bicentennial Center.

But Dent took his love affair with bucking horses a little further than most. While competing Saturday morning in The American qualifier, then again that night in the Midwest Classic, the Mullen, Neb., cowboy mounted seven animals between bareback riding and saddle bronc riding.

Steven Dent

Steven Dent

The most any other cowboy tried that day was three, so Dent was an over-achiever.

Dent’s horse was on Burch Rodeo’s Beggin Strips, which, apparently, wasn’t interested in performing that morning. The result was the judges’ ruling Dent deserved a re-ride, and he made the most of it with an 86-point marking on New Frontier’s Long Pine. That earned him 86 points and the first-place $900 check.

More importantly, as one of the top five cowboys in the bareback riding qualifier, he advanced to the semifinals for The American, the richest one-day rodeo in the world that will take place March 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Dent, Erik Wolford, Josi Young, Caleb Bennett and Casey Breuer will advance to the semifinals round in Mesquite, Texas. From there, five will then qualify for The American, where a qualifier can earn a $1 million payday by winning his/her respective event.

Better yet is that later Saturday morning, Dent rode New Frontier’s Satin Sheets for 84.5 points to win saddle bronc riding, advancing to The American semifinals with Cody DeMoss, Tyrel Larsen, Dylan Henson and Luke Butterfield.

Cole Elshere

Cole Elshere

During the Midwest Classic, Dent rodeo Frontier Rodeo’s Showdown for 87 points to win the first go-round. In the final round, Frontier’s Crossfire didn’t have the kind of trip Dent needed; he earned another re-ride, and his 89 on Frontier’s Short Night earned Dent another bareback riding championship. In all, he rode five bareback horses, received two re-rides and won three go-rounds and the average title.

In the Midwest Classic’s bronc riding, Dent mustered a 74 on Frontier’s Two Bucks in the first round and failed to advance to the championship round, where cousins Cole and J.J. Elshere finished atop the leaderboard. J.J. Elshere, a four-time NFR qualifier from Hereford, S.D., won the first round with an 88 on Frontier’s Bear Paw, while Cole Elshere, a two-time NFR qualifier from Faith, S.D., was 86.5 on Frontier’s Back Woods in the opening round.

Cole then got the better of his older cousin in the final round, scoring an 85 to win the round on Burch’s Friendly Fire and to win the average with 171.5 points on two rides.

“I hadn’t placed at any of those Pro Roughstock deals all season, so it means a lot to win this one,” said Cole Elshere, who earned $3,729. “Now I have a shot to make the finals.”

The Professional Roughstock Series World Finals is scheduled for Nov. 15-16 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, S.D., just two hours from Cole Elshere’s hometown.

“These deals are really fun, and this one was really fun,” he said. “They make it as exciting as they can, and I enjoy going to them.

“I feel really good and am excited for this time of year,” Cole Elshere said. “At the circuit finals, I changed a few things, and it’s been good ever since.”

Things went quite well for second-generation bull rider McKennon Wimberly of Cool, Texas, was the only cowboy to ride two bulls during Saturday night’s show. Wimberly placed second in the first round with an 83-point ride on New Fronteir’s You’re Next, then held on for a 74 in the short round on New Frontier’s Arangutang. In all, he won $3,729.

“It was an awesome event,” said Wimberly, the bull riding standings leader. “They had great fans around there, great stock. These events are really good events, and they’re cowboy events. I get as much enjoyment out of watching broncs and bareback horses as I do for riding bulls, so that’s why I like these.

“This win was big for me, because my good buddy, Willis Trosclair, was right on my heels. I had to make some ground up. Now I’ll go into Tulsa feeling good and riding good.”

In the world of bull riding, not many cowboys are more recognized than two-time PBR world champion Justin McBride, who retired from the sport five years ago. He returned to the arena in Salina, but as a bareback rider. While also trying to qualify for The American in bareback riding, McBride was part of an elite field of cowboys in the Midwest Classic.

He posted a 71-point ride in the qualifier and finished 17th, failing to advance to the semifinals. He also posted a 71 Saturday night and did not make the championship round. He has indicated his intent to qualify for The American in bareback riding, so he likely will be part of another event very soon. Other cowboys understand that.

“The main thing to me is to go somewhere to compete that I enjoy,” Wimberly said. “The PRS has been my priority all year long. I have a lot of fun at them, and they’ve kept me going and keep giving me a chance to win some money.”

Professional Roughstock Series
Midwest Classic
Oct. 19, 2013
Salina, Kan.
Bareback riding: First round:
1. Steven Dent, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Showdown, $1,243; 2. Winn Ratliff, 85.5, $932; 3. Caleb Bennett, 84, $622; 4. Justin McDaniel, 81, $311. Final round 1. Steven Dent, 89 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Short Night; 2. (tie) Winn Ratliff and Justin McDaniel, 85; 4. Caleb Bennett, 75. Average: 1. Steven Dent, 176 points on two rides, $2,797; 2. Winn Ratliff, 170.5, $1,865.

Saddle bronc riding: First round:  1. J.J. Elshere, 88 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Bear Paw, $1,243; 2. Cole Elshere, 86.5, $932; 3. Eric Wolford, 84.5, $622; 4. (tie) Ray Tom Meiers and Luke Butterfield, 82.5, $156 each. Final round: 1. Cole Elshere, 85 points on Burch Rodeo’s Friendly Fire; 2. Luke Butterfield, 84.5; 3. J.J. Elshere, 82; 4. (tie) Erik Wolford and Ray Tom Meiers, 80.5. Average: 1. Cole Elshere, 171.5 points on two rides, $2,797; 2. J.J. Elshere, 170, $1,865.

Bull riding: First round: 1. Sevi Torturo, 85.5 points on Flying V’s Ghost Face, $1,243; 2. McKennon Wimberly, 83, $932; 3. Jason McClain, 82.5, $622; 4. Travis Sellers, 82, $311. Final round: 1. McKennon Wimberly, 74 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Arangutang; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. McKennon Wimberly, 157 points on two rides, $3,729; 2. Sevi Torturo, 85.5, $3,108.

The American Qualifier
(Top 5 advancing to semifinals in Mesquite, Texas, next February)
Bareback riding: 1. Steven Dent, 86 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Long Pine, $900; 2. Erik Wolford, 82.5, $675; 3. (tie) Josi Young and Caleb Bennett, 82, $338 each; 5. Casey Breuer, 80.5.

Saddle bronc riding: 1.  Steven Dent, 84.5 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Satin Sheets, $750; 2. Cody DeMoss, 83.5, $562; 3. Tyrel Larsen, 81, $375; 4. Dylan Henson, 78, $188; 5. Luke Butterfield, 76.

postheadericon No. 9 Dan Fisher

Dan Fisher

Dan Fisher

Andrews, Texas

The moment came in July at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Dan Fisher won the opening go-round and placed in the finale to finish second in the average. He earned $17,147 and punched his ticket for this weekend.

That’s big. It marks the 16th time in Fisher’s career he’s played on steer roping’s biggest stage. He also establishes a new record, one he broke last year at this time. Now at 62 years and 4 months old, he is the oldest contestant to have ever qualified for a National Finals event.

It is his 18th overall qualification – he qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in team roping 1981 and ’82. When he gets to the finals, he knows what to do with it. During the 2012 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, he placed in four go-rounds and earned $10,808.

What will he do this weekend? Nobody knows for sure, but it’ll be another record-setting performance for the Fisher, who, quite obviously, is still in his prime.

postheadericon Midwest Classic coming soon

It’s almost 11:30, and I’m still waiting on results from the Midwest Classic, the Professional Roughstock Series event in Salina, Kan.

I do know through my Twitter feed that McKennon Wimberly won the bull riding, Cole Elshere won the saddle bronc riding and Steven Dent won the bareback riding. I will probably have to finish the final story Sunday or Monday.

For those who went to the Bicentennial Center tonight, I hope you had a blast. Unfortunately, because of a prior commitment with the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, I was unable to attend. Hopefully I’ll get to see a lot more PRS events and tell you what happens.

postheadericon Graves wins three circuit titles

DUNCAN, Okla. – Stockton Graves’ focus all weekend was on winning the steer wrestling average championship at the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo.

He did that, clinching the coveted title on Saturday night during the third go-round of this year’s championship event at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in Duncan. Combined with the year-end title he’d clinched before the finale even began, the Newkirk, Okla., cowboy was quite happy with the outcome.

“It’s nice to win both,” said Graves, a seven-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. “I’ve done it numerous times.  It’s a goal of mine when I came in here this weekend.”

Stockton Graves

Stockton Graves

By winning the average, he added $1,767 to his annual total. More importantly, it served as a great bonus; those earnings helped Graves hold off Trell Etbauer of Goodwell, Okla., for the year-end all-around title. Graves finished the year with $22,634, edging Etbauer by about $800.

“I had a good year in the bulldogging, so I thought I’d rope a couple calves and see if I could win the all-around,” Graves said, noting that he earned about $800 in tie-down roping at the Topeka (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo in August. “Trell’s an outstanding athlete, and I thought he’d get me because he’s so good at all three events. I don’t like the calf roping that much; it takes a lot of work and I don’t want to put that much work into it.”

But it paid off in the long run; that tie-down roping paycheck was just the difference in Graves’ first Prairie Circuit all-around championship. But Graves is one of the best steer wrestlers in the world, so his $21,836 earned at rodeos primarily in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska was his a priority. He did so on an old friend, 20-year-old Chunk, a steer wrestling horse he bought from Gene Loch of Maryville, Mo.

“That’s the horse that got me to my first NFR in 2004,” Graves said. “I bought him in 2000. Gene knows horses. He called and said he had a nice horse, so we went to look at him and bought him. I kind of retired him a couple years ago. Last year, when my little horse died, I jumped around on a few horses. Midway through the year, I went and got him out of the pasture.”

“A lot of people have won money on him over the years. He’s good and broke, and he loves his job.”

Chunk came through again over the last three days. Graves placed in both the first two go-rounds, then turned in a solid final-round run to win the average championship by one-tenth of a second over Riley Duvall of Checotah, Okla.

“I had a great year in the circuit, and I wanted to finish the year strong,” Graves said. “Duncan has been good to me as far as the circuit finals goes. I won the average last year. I would’ve liked to have bulldogged a little better, but I got by. This is a big deal to me.”

Graves is joined by the other average champions, including bareback riders Brian Leddy of Roll, Okla., and Caine Riddle of Vernon, Texas; team ropers Troy Boone of Mutual, Okla., in heading and Derrick Peterson of Louisburg, Kan., in heeling; saddle bronc rider Travis Sheets of Hyannis, Neb.; tie-down roper Caddo Lewallen of Morrison, Okla.; barrel racer June Holeman of Arcadia, Neb.; and bull rider Sam Wyatt of Fittstown, Okla.

They all qualify for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which takes place next April in Oklahoma City. They will be joined by the year-end champions: Riddle in bareback riding (by sharing the average championship, Leddy will join Riddle); Graves (year-end runner-up Kyle Irwin of Robertsdale, Ala., will go to the RNCFR); header Nick Sartain of Yukon, Okla.; heeler Reagan Ward of Edmond, Okla.; saddle bronc rider Joe Lufkin of Sallisaw, Okla.; tie-down roper Jerome Schneeberger of Ponca City, Okla.; barrel racer Gretchen Benbenek of Aubrey, Texas; and bull rider Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Okla.

Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo
Oct. 17-19
Duncan, Okla.
All-around: Circuit Finals:
Trell Etbauer. Year-end: Stockton Graves.

Bareback riding: First round: 1. (tie) Brian Leddy, on New Frontier Rodeo’s Full House, and Caine Riddle, on New Frontier Rodeo’s Barely Legal, 77 points, $1,014 each; 3. (tie) Brody Cooper and Justin Lindquist, 68, $435 each. Second round: 1. Caine Riddle, 73 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Blue Yonder, $1,159; 2. Monty Goodwin, 71, $869; 3. Brian Leddy, 69, $580; 4. Logan Glendy, 63, $290. Third round: 1. Brian Leddy, 75 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Satin Sheets, $1,159; 2. (tie) Caine Riddle and Logan Glendy, 71, $724; 4. Justin Lindquist, 70, $290. Average: 1. (tie) Brian Leddy and Caine Riddle, 221 points on three rides, $1,521 each; 3. Brody Cooper, 195, $869; 4. Logan Glendy, 188, $425. Year-end champion: Caine Riddle.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Chancey Larson, 4.3 seconds, $1,178; 2. Colt Stearns, 4.4, $884; 3. Kyle Irwin, 4.5, $489; 4. Stockton Graves, 4.6, $295. Second round: 1. (tie) Trell Etbauer and Riley Duvall, 4.0 seconds, $1,031; 3. Dean Gorsuch, 4.1, $589; 4. Stockton Graves, 4.4, $295. Third round: 1. Chancey Larson, 3.8 seconds, $1,178; 2. Dean Gorsuch, 4.1, $884; 3. Jule Hazen, 4.5, $589; 4. Trell Etbauer, 5.1, $295. Average: 1. Stockton Graves, 14.2 seconds on three runs, $1,767; 2. Riley Duvall, 14.3, $1,325; 3. Kyle Irwin, 14.9, $884; 4. Shane Sparks, 15.3, $442. Year-end champion: Stockton Graves

Team roping: First round: 1. Tavis Walters/Tad Sheets, 6.2 seconds, $1,178; 2. Troy Boone, 6.4, $884; 3. Joe Macoubrie/Dawson McMaster, 7.0, $589; 4. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, $295. Second round: 1. Nick Sartain/Kollin VonAhn, 4.8 seconds, $1,178; 2. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.8, $884; 3. (tie) Joe Macoubrie/Dawson McMaster and Troy Boone/Derrick Peterson, 6.0, $442. Third round: 1. Cole Markham/Jake Pianalto, 4.5 seconds, $1,178; 2. Nick Sartain/Kollin VonAhn, 4.9, $884; 3. Trey Harmon/Jace Crabb, 5.9, $589; 4. Troy Boone/Derrick Peterson, 6.0, $295. Average: 1. Troy Boone/Derrick Peterson, 18.4 seconds on three runs, $1,767; 2. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 19.1, $1,325; 3. Nick Sartain/Kollin VonAhn, 9.7 seconds on two runs, $884; 4. Joe Macoubrie/Dawson McMaster, 13.0, $442. Year-end champion header: Nick Sartain. Year-end champion heeler: Reagan Ward.

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Travis Sheets, 79 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Dreamer, $1,178; 2. Joe Harper, 78, $884; 3. Weston Ireland, 72, $589; 4. Trell Etbauer, 69, $295. Second round: 1. Ty Atchison, 82 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Sand Creek, $1,178; 2. Casey McGooden, 75, $884; 3. Roper Kiesner, 74, $589; 4. Travis Sheets, 68, $295. Third round: 1. Ty Atchison, 80 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Night Latch, $1,178; 2. Joe Harper, 75, $884; 3. Travis Sheets, 74, $489; 4. Cody Hamm, 68, $295.  Average: 1. Travis Sheets, 221 points on three rides, $1,767; 2. Casey McGooden, 206, $1,325; 3. Cody Hamm, 192, $884; 4. Ty Atchison, 162 points on two rides, $442. Year-end champion: Joe Lufkin

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Jerome Schneeberger, 8.8 seconds, $1,178; 2. Caddo Lewallen, 9.7, $884; 3. Garrett Nokes, 10.3, $589; 4. Cole Wilson, 11.0, $295. Second round: 1. Bryson Sechrist, 8.2 seconds, $1,178; 2. Caddo Lewallen, 8.5, $884; 3. Garrett Nokes, 9.3, $589; 4. Ryan Bothum, 9.5, $295. Third round: 1. Bryson Sechrist, 9.1 seconds, $1,178; 2. Jeff Miller, 9.6, $884; 3. Ryan Bothum, 9.9, $589; 4. Cole Wilson, 11.1, $295. Average: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 29.9 seconds on three runs, $1,767; 2. Ryan Bothum, 30.5, $1,325; 3. Jerome Schneeberger, 31.7, $884; 4. Cole Wilson, 34.0, $442. Year-end champion: Jerome Schneeberger.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Emily Miller, 16.28 seconds, $1,178; 2. June Holeman, 16.46, $884; 3. (tie) Gretchen Benbenek and Kyra Stierwalt, 16.50, $442 each. Second round: 1. June Holeman, 16.03 seconds, $1,178; 2. Kyra Stierwalt, 16.18, $884; 3. Gretchen Benbenek, 16.26, $589; 4. Carol Chesher, 16.33, $295. Third round: 1. Kyra Stierwalt, 16.14 seconds, $1,178; 2. June Holeman, 16.20, $884; 3. Alexia Mehrle, 16.27, $589; 4. Gretchen Benbenek, 16.31, $295. Average: 1. June Holeman, 48.69 seconds on three runs, $1,767; 2. Kyra Stierwalt, 48.82, $1,325; 3. Gretchen Benbenek, 49.07, $884; Carol Chesher, 49.58, $442. Year-end champion: Gretchen Benbenek

Bull riding: First round: 1. (tie) Brennon Eldred, on New Frontier Rodeo’s Night Rider, and Trevor Kastner, on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Turbo Ryder, 82 points, $1,031 each; 3. Sage Kimzey, 78, $589; 4. Sam Wyatt, 72, $295. Second round: 1. Sam Wyatt, 87 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Newsflash, $1,178; 2. Sage Kimzey, 85, $884; 3. (tie) Cody Sierks and Trevor Kastner, 82, $442 each. Third round: 1. Guthrie Murray, 87 points on David Baily Rodeo’s Jim Jam, $1,620; 2. Sam Wyatt, 74, $1,325. Average: 1. Sam Wyatt, 233 points on three rides, $1,767; 2. Trevor Kastner, 164 points on two rides, $1,325; 3. Sage Kimzey, 163, $884; 4. Guthrie Murray, 119, $442. Year-end champion: Sage Kimzey.

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Steven Dent

Steven Dent

SALINA, Kan. – Steven Dent made the biggest splash Saturday morning inside the Bicentennial Center during the first qualifier for The American, the largest one-day rodeo set for next March in Arlington, Texas.

Dent won both the bareback riding and saddle bronc riding, earning the right to compete in the semifinals, which will take place in February in Mesquite, Texas. He rode New Frontier Rodeo’s Long Pine for 86 points to win bareback riding, then matched moves with New Frontier’s Satin Sheets for 84.5 in bronc riding. In all, he earned $1,650.

He will also be part of the Midwest Classic, a Professional Roughstock Series event that begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. I will post results from that as soon as possible.

The American Qualifier
(Top 5 advancing to semifinals in Mesquite, Texas, next February)
Bareback riding: 1. Steven Dent, 86 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Long Pine, $900; 2. Erik Wolford, 82.5, $675; 3. (tie) Josi Young and Caleb Bennett, 82, $338 each; 5. Casey Breuer, 80.5.
Saddle bronc riding:
1.  Steven Dent, 84.5 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Satin Sheets, $750; 2. Cody DeMoss, 83.5, $562; 3. Tyrel Larsen, 81, $375; 4. Dylan Henson, 78, $188; 5. Luke Butterfield, 76.