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Four-time world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote rides Pickett ProRodeo's Scarlett Fever for 86 points Saturday afternoon to win the second go-round and the average at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. He advances to Saturday night's semifinals. (PRCA PRORODEO PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)

Four-time world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote rides Pickett ProRodeo’s Scarlett Fever for 86 points Saturday afternoon to win the second go-round and the average at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. He advances to Saturday night’s semifinals. (PRCA PRORODEO PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Bobby Mote is starting to like the way the format works at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Mote, a four-time world champion bareback rider from Culver, Ore., has won two of the last three national championships, including the 2012 RNCFR title. On Saturday afternoon, he an 86-point ride on Pickett ProRodeo’s Scarlett Fever to win the second go-round and the two-ride average.

Bobby Mote

Bobby Mote

“There was a long stretch there where I couldn’t place here,” said Mote, an 11-time qualifier to the national circuit finals rodeo. “Then it seemed like a few years ago, I did good.

“The last couple of years, it’s been really good for me.”

Yes, it has.

His ride in the matinee was the highest marked bareback ride of the rodeo through four performances. Mote has pocketed $9,392 and awaits the final performance to decide the overall outcome. Of course, it helps to have a good dance partner when playing on one of the biggest stages in the game.

“We’ve had that horse in the TV pen at the NFR,” Mote said, referring to the group of electric horses that are featured annually at the sport’s year-end championship, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Scarlett Fever is out of a champion dam, Scarlett, and sired by the great Night Jacket. With those great animals combined as parents, the younger horse seemed destined to excel.

“That bloodline makes up 10 of the 15 best horses going,” he said. “When you have one that’s bred that way, you’re pretty sure it’s going to be pretty good.

“Dynamic genetics.”

His two national titles are just added flavor to an already distinguished career in which the Oregon cowboy has qualified 13 straight times to the NFR. Still, it’s an important piece of the pie for a man who makes his living on bucking horses.

“It’s the end of a season,” Mote said, referring to the RNCFR’s status in ProRodeo. “You went to all the circuit rodeos. When our (Columbia River) circuit starts up, that’s the place to be for everybody, so those are tough rodeos to win. It does mean a lot to not only have the Columbia River Circuit year-end title, but to come here and capitalize on this opportunity.

“It’s a big deal. They only give one out. There are lots of cowboys shooting for it.”

Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo
April 10-12, Guthrie, Okla.
Second round results
Bareback riding:
1. Bobby Mote, 86 points on Pickett ProRodeo’s Scarlet Fever, $4,525; 2. (tie) Caleb Bennett and Tyrel Nelson, 83, $2,948 each; 4. (tie) Jared Smith and Evan Jayne, 82, $1,303 each; 6. (tie) Shon Gibson and Seth Hardwick, 81, $343 each. Average: 1. Bobby Mote, 165 points on two head, $4,525; 2. Caine Riddle, 162, $3,428; 3. (tie) Tyrel Nelson and Seth Hardwick, 161, $2,057 each; 5. Caleb Bennett, 158, $960; 6. (tie) Shon Gibson, Jared Smith, Joe Gunderson and George Gillespie IV, 157, $171 each.

Steer wrestling: 1. (tie) Bray Armes and Stockton Graves, 4.0 seconds, $3,976 each; 3. Kyle Irwin, 4.1, $2,468; 4. Pep Arballo, 4.2, $1,645; 5. Beau Franzen, 4.3, $960; 6. (tie) Dirk Tavenner and Justin Morehouse, 4.4, $343 each. Average: 1. (tie) Bray Armes and Trevor Knowles, 8.7 seconds on two runs, $3,976 each; 3. (tie) Pep Arballo and Will Lummus, 9.0, $2,057 each; 5. Beau Franzen, 9.3, $960; 6. Nick Guy, 9.5, $686; 7. Wade Sumpter, 9.7; 8. (tie) Kyle Irwin and Ryle Smith, 10.10 (Irwin advances via tie-breaker).

Tie-down roping: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 8.1 seconds, $4,525; 2. Kevin Peterson, 8.8, $3,428; 3. (tie) Adam Gray and Cameron Elston, 8.9 seconds, $2,057 each; 5. Trevor Thiel, 9.0, $960; 6. J.C. Malone, 9.1, $686. Average: 1. Adam Gray, 18.1 seconds on two runs, $4,525; 2. Josh Peek, 18.5, $3,428; 3. Caddo Lewallen, 18.6, $2,468; 4. Jesse Clark, 18.7, $1,645; 5. J.C. Malone, 18.9, $960; 6. Shane Erickson, 19.1, $686; 7. Tim Pharr, 19.6; 8. Jerome Schneeberger, 20.6.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody Wright, 83 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Painted Chip, $4,525; 2. (tie) Brandon Biebelle, Jacobs Crawley and Heith DeMoss, 82, $2,514 each; 5. (tie) Casey Maddox and Sterling Crawley, 80, $823 each. Average: 1. Cody Wright, 166 points on two head, $4,525; 2. Brandon Biebelle, 163, $3.428; 3. Sterling Crawley, 160, $2,468; 4. Jeremy Meeks, 159, $1,645; 5. Jacobs Crawley, 156, $960; 6. Heith DeMoss, 155, $686; 7. Josh Reynolds, Casey Maddox and Jake Wright, 153 (Reynolds and Maddox advance on tie-breaker).

Team roping: 1. Jake Stanley/Justin Davis, 4.4 seconds, $4,525 each; 2. Paul David Tierney/Jared Bilby, 4.6, $3,428; 3. Jake Barnes/Cory Petska, 4.8, $2,468; 4. Ryan Von Ahn/J.W. Beck, 5.0, $1,645; 5. Troy Boone/Derrick Peterson, 5.1, $960; 6. Ty Blasingame/J.W Borrego, 5.2, $686. Average: 1. Paul David Tierney/Jared Bilby, 9.7 seconds on two runs, $4,525 each; 2. Ty Blasingame/J.W. Borrego, 10.2, $3,428; 3. Jake Stanley/Justin Davis, 10.5, $2,468; 4. Jake Barnes/Cory Petska, 10.8, $1,645; 5. Jade Stoddard/Ike Folsom, 11.1, $960; 6. Ryan Von Ahn/J.W. Beck, 11.3, $686; 7. Troy Boone/Derrick Peterson, 11.5; 8. Nick Sartain/Reagan Ward, 12.8.

Barrel racing: 1.Shelly Anzick, 17.16 seconds, $4.525; 2. Sherry Cervi, 17.26, $3,428; 3. (tie) Kenna Squires and Sammi Bessert, 17.38, $2,057 each; 5. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Shelby Janssen, 17.39, $823 each. Average: 1. Shelly Anzick, 34,82 seconds on two runs, $4,525; 2. Ann Scott, 34.83, $3,428; 3. Gretchen Benbenek, 34.84, $2,468; 4. (tie) June Holeman and Kassidy Dennison, 34.89, $1,303 each; 6. Nicole Yost, 34.91, $686; 7. Laura Kennedy, 34.92; 8. Ann Peterson, 34.94.

Bull riding: 1. Parker Breding, 87 points on D&H Cattle’s Hotwired, $4,525; 2. Cody Campbell, 85, $3,428; 3. Jeff Bertus, 84, $2,468; 4. Aaron Pass, 78, $1,645; 5. Sage Kimzey, 77, $960; 6. Brady Portenier, 75, $686. Average: 1. Cody Campbell, 168 points on two head, $4,525; 2. (tie) Aaron Pass and Jeff Bertus, 166, $2,948 each; 4. Parker Breding, 87 points on one head, $1,645; 5. Reid Barker, 85, $960; 6. (tie) Bobby Welsh, Mike Adams and Taygen Schuelke, 83, $229 each.

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