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Bill Tutor, upper right, gets help from bronc rider Joe Lufkin as Tutor sets his rigging on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's great horse Dirty Jacket. In their fourth meeting, they matched moves for 88 points and own the lead at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo with one performance remaining Saturday night.

Bill Tutor, upper right, gets help from bronc rider Joe Lufkin as Tutor sets his rigging on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s great horse Dirty Jacket. In their fourth meeting, they matched moves for 88 points and own the lead at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo with one performance remaining Saturday night.

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Dirty Jacket is a special bucking horse, and nobody in ProRodeo knows that better than bareback rider Bill Tutor.

“If you do your job right, he’s taking you to the pay window every time if not winning it,” said Tutor, a second-year pro from Huntsville, Texas. “I finished second in Eagle (Colo.) two years ago, and every other time I got on him, I won it.”

On Friday night, Tutor rode the 10-year-old bay gelding for 88 points to take the lead at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo with just one performance remaining Saturday night. It marked the fourth time in Tutor’s short career that he’s ridden the athletic equine – in 2013, the Texan won rodeos in Claremore, Okla., and Stephenville, Texas, on the horse.

Bill Tutor

Bill Tutor

Each of the past two years, Dirty Jacket has been recognized as one of the top three bareback horses in voting by Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association contestants.

“He’s great to ride,” said Tutor, the 20th ranked cowboy in the world standings.

Oftentimes the toughest part of the match-up is securing the horse through the random draw. Tutor has a little more luck than most at that, though; few cowboys have been on the horse’s back as many times.

“It’s an awesome feeling when you draw him, because he’s absolutely the one you want to draw,” he said. “But you get worked up about it, and your heart’s pounding all week. I don’t want to mess up a horse that great.”

Friday’s ride seemed a little more comfortable for the southeast Texas cowboy.

“I think he was a little easier to ride this time, but I think it’s because I kept my chin down,” Tutor said, referring to one of the basics needed in riding bucking bronc. “I’m just feeling better than I was back then. He still felt electric, but by riding better it made him feel better to me.”

It all adds up to his best season so far. Tutor has earned more than $33,000 in 2014 and will collect more out of Lea County in his first time to compete in Lovington. He’s in position move among the top 15 in the world standings and earn his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s year-end championship that will take place in December in Las Vegas.

“This summer hasn’t been as great as I wanted, and I’ve made mistakes here and there,” he said. “I hope to finish out strong. I think I have some of the quirks figured out. I’m excited for the next two months.”

He also would like another shot at the great Dirty Jacket. So do all the other bareback riders in ProRodeo.

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 6-9
Bareback riding:
1. Bill Tutor, 88 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket; 2. Bobby Mote, 85; 3. Steven Dent, 82; 4. (tie) Joel Schlegel and Jared Green, 81; 6. Luke Creasy, 80; 7. (tie) Kyle Bowers, Caine Riddle, Tim O’Connell and Richmond Champion, 79.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Ty Erickson, 3.9 seconds; 2. Casey Martin, 4.0; 3. (tie) Gary Gilbert, Denard Butler and Bray Armes, 4.3; 7. (tie) Tanner Milan, Josh Peek and Monty Eakin, 4.7. Second round leaders: 1. Riley Duvall, 3.8 seconds; 2. (tie) Bray Armes and Cooper Shofner, 3.9; 4. Rowdy Parrott, 4.0; 5. (tie) Ty Erickson and Casey Martin, 4.2; 7. Timmy Sparing, 4.4; 8. Tommy Cook, 4.5. Average leaders: 1. Ty Erickson, 8.1 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Casey Martin and Bray Armes, 8.2; 4. Cooper Shofner, 8.7; 5. (tie) Gary Gilbert and Josh Peek, 9.4; 7. Jule Hazen, 10.6; 8. Timmy Sparing, 11.1.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Tuf Cooper and Scott Kormos, 7.8 seconds; 3. Marty Yates, 8.0; 4. Cody Ohl, 8.2; 5. (tie) Cody Owens and Ryan Watkins, 8.4; 7. (tie) Michael Otero and Adam Gray, 8.5. Second round leaders: 1. J.D. Kibbe, 8.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Tyson Durfey, Tuf Cooper and Clif Cooper, 8.4; 5. Jerrad Hofstetter, 8.5; 6. JohnPete Etcheverry, 8.7; 7. (tie) Spence Barney, Adam Gray and Cody Ohl, 8.8. Average leaders: 1. Tuf Cooper, 16.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Cody Ohl, 17.0; 3. Clif Cooper, 17.1; 4. (tie) Adam Gray and J.D. Kibbe, 17.3; 6. (tie) Ryan Watkins and Tyson Durfey, 17.5; 8. Marcos Costa, 18.2.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody DeMoss, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Bully Dog; 2. Heith DeMoss, 84; 3. Jacobs Crawley, 83; 4. Cody Wright and Bradley Harter, 82; 6. (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw, Rusty Wright, Louie Brunson and Hardy Braden, 80.

Steer roping: Third round leaders: 1. Rod Hartness, 10.7 seconds; 2. (tie) Chance Kelton and Tom Smith, 11.3; 4. Brodie Poppino, 11.5; 5. Scott Snedecor, 12.0; 6. J.P. Wickett, 12.1; 7. Mike Outhier, 12.2; 8. Jess Tierney, 12.5. Average leaders: 1. Chet Herren, 44.3 seconds on three runs; 2. Brodie Poppino, 46.4; 3. Kim Ziegelgruber, 47.9; 4. Joe Wells, 52.6; 5. Ralph Williams, 53; 6. Rod Hartness, 24.2 seconds on two runs; 7. J.P. Wickett, 25.2; 8. Bryce Davis, 25.3.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.7 seconds; 2. (tie) Erich Rogers/Cory Petska and Chase Wiley/Ace Pearce, 4.8; 4. Jake Barnes/Junior Nogueiro, 4.9; 5. Riley Minor, 5.0; 6. (tie) Chase Massengill/Tyler Getzeiller and David Key/Kory Koontz, 5.2; 8. Nick Rawlings/Kyle Crick, 5.3. Second round leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero, 4.7 seconds; 2. Chase Wiley/Ace Pearce, 4.9; 3. Spencer Mitchell/Russell Cardoza, 5.2; 4. Chace Thompson/Jett Hillman, 5.3 seconds; 5. Adam Rose/Billie Saebens, 5.6; 6. (tie) Blaine Vick/Walt Woodard and David Key/Kory Koontz, 5.7; 8. Shank Edwards/K.C. Curtis, 6.0. Average: 1. Chase Wiley/Ace Pearce, 9.7 seconds on two runs; 2. David Key/Kory Koontz, 10.9; 3. Blaine Vick/Walt Woodard, 11.7; 4. Travis Tryan/Dugan Kelly, 12.7; 5. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 15.8; 6. Adam Rose/Billie Saebens, 17.0; 7. Shank Edwards, 17.0; 8. Brock Hanson/Cesar de la Cruz, 20.1.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Rebecca Hughes, 17.24 seconds; 2. Callie Gray, 17.47; 3. Callie DuPerier, 17.53; 4. Sabra O’Quinn, 17.54; 5. Christine Laughlin, 17.58; 6. Dena Kirkpatrick, 17.63; 7. Shelby Perez, 17.69; 8. Shy-Ann Jarrett, 17.73; 9. Natalie Bland, 17.83; 10. Gretchen Benbenek, 17.87; 11. Christy Loflin, 17.94; 12. Jessica Frost, 18.00; 13. Carmen Larson, 18.19; 14. Dawn Lewis, 18.21; 15. (tie) Lacinda Rose and Ivy Hurst, 18.23.

Bull riding: 1. J.W. Harris, 91 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Thunder Cat; 2. Josh Koschel, 90; 3. Daltan Votaw, 88; 4. (tie) Brett Stall and Caleb Sanderson, 87; 6. Seth Glause, 86; 7. (tie) Dylan Vick and Garrett Smith, 83.

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