postheadericon Proctor wins in the mud in Claremore

CLAREMORE, Okla. – The locals found the good and the bad that comes with a soggy rodeo Sunday night during the final performance of the Will Rogers Stampede.

While steer ropers Brodie Poppino and Brady Garten suffered no-times, team ropers Coleman Proctor and Jake Long pulled off the fastest time of the week to claim the championship.

Coleman Proctor

Coleman Proctor

“It was sure enough wet out there,” said Proctor, a header from Pryor, Okla., just 20 miles east of Claremore. “The good Lord blessed us with a lot of rain in this country, but it’s dang sure wet and nasty. Steers were having heck getting through the mud, but we always seem to work decent in the mud.”

Proctor and Long have roped together most of their lives and are coming off a fantastic 2014 season in which both cowboys finished among the top five in the world standings in their respective events. On Sunday night, the tandem downed their steer in 5.3 seconds to win their first Claremore title; they each pocketed $1,469.

“I feel more like a cowboy to win one in the mud,” Proctor said. “There were still a lot of people in the stands, the die-hards who came out and sat through those conditions to see a great rodeo. It was a great experience. Anytime you can win in the PRCA against this caliber of guys, it’s real special.”

Brodie Poppino

Brodie Poppino

Sunday night wasn’t so special for Poppino, a Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping qualifier from Big Cabin, Okla., just northeast of Claremore. He and Garten, a two-time NFSR qualifier from Claremore, suffered no-times.

“The conditions are so tough, and the cattle don’t take it very good,” Poppino said. “You have some horse power issues, too, but that’s part of the draw. That’s rodeo. Everybody gets their time to run in the mud; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Still, a good portion of the crowd on hand was there to support the locals.

“If you’re going to rodeo all year, you’re going to have to compete in that stuff more than once,” Garten said. “Last year I was in the same performance and won the average, so it worked out in my favor last year and not this year.”

Despite the conditions, Proctor and Long were among three event champions who competed Sunday night. They were joined by bareback rider Richmond Champion of The Woodlands, Texas, and bull rider Guthrie Murray of Miami, Okla., who posted the top scores on the final night.

Other winners were steer wrestler Laine Herl, tie-down roper Dillon Holder, steer roper Rocky Patterson, barrel racer Michele McLeod and saddle bronc rider Nat Stratton.

Will Rogers Stampede
Claremore, Okla.
May 22-24
Bareback riding:
1. Richmond Champion, 83 points on Lancaster & Pickett’s Peppermint, $1,241; 2. (tie) Justin Pollmiller and Kody Lamb, 80, $808 each; 4. Yance Day, 79, $451; 5. Winn Ratliff, 78, $263; 6. Justin Miller, 74, $188

Steer wrestling: 1. Laine Herl, 4.1 seconds, $1,794; 2. Zac Parrington, 4.3, $1,560; 3. (tie) Josh Clark, Denver Berry and Tooter Silver, 4.4, $1,092 each; 6. Tyler Waguespack, 4.7, $624; 7. Josh Peek, 4.8, $390; 8. (tie) Shane Frey and Jacob Talley, 5.0, $78 each.

Tie-down roping: 1. Dillon Holder, 8.2 seconds, $1,976; 2. (tie) Trent Creager and Clay Brown, 8.8, $1,455 each; 4. Jerome Schneeberfger, 9.3, $594; 5. Jeremy Len Kempker, 9.8, $813; 6. Perry Dietz 9.9, $341.

Saddle bronc riding 1. Nat Stratton, 85 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s The Darkness, $1,396; 2. Cody Anthony, 81, $1,058; 3. (tie) Shade Etbauer and Justin Caylor, 79, $635; 5. (tie) Ryan Bestol and Joe Lufkin, 78, $254.

Team roping: 1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.3 seconds, $1,689; 2. Adam Rose/Eddie Ruth, 5.5, $1,469; 3. (tie) Troy Boone/Dawson McMaster and Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 5.7 $1,138 each; 5. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 5.8, $808; 6. Brock Demaree/Kraig Von Ahn, 6.3, $588; 7. Justin Spotts/Kris Kyle, 7.0, $367; 8. Ralph Williams/Darin Suit, 8.3, $147.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Bryce Davis, 11.1 seconds, $984; 2. J.P. Wickett, 11.6, $815; 3. (tie) Jason Evans and Rocky Patterson, 11.8, $560 each; 5. C.A. Lauer, 13.3, $306; 6. Cody Lee, 13.5, $170. Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.6 seconds, $984; 2. Chet Herren, 12.0, $815; 3. Brad Mohon, 13.0, $645; 4. Jay Sellers, 13.1, $475; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Tyrel Taton, 13.4, $238 each. Third round leaders: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.2 seconds, $984; 2. (tie) Jess Tierney and Tom Smith, 10.5, $730 each; 4. Guy Allen, 10.9$475; 5. Jason Evans, 12.0, $306; 6. Rod Hartness, 12.5, $190. Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 35.2 seconds on three head, $1,477; 2. Bryce Davis, 41.9, $1,222; 3. Jay Sellers, 43.0, $967; 4. Jason Evans, 43.3, $713; 5. Dee Kyler Jr., 65.3, $458; 6. Brad Mohon, 69.6, $255.

Barrel racing: 1. Michele McLeod, 17.41 seconds, $2,006; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.58, $1,719; 3. Katelyn McLeod, 17.63, $1,433; 4. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.66, $1,242; 5. Shea-Lynn Leach, 17.67, $955; 6. Lacinda Rose, 17.72, $764; 7. Laura Kennedy, 17.75, $573; 8. Fallon Taylor 17.77, $382; 9. Cassidy Kruse, 17.84, $287; 10. Shelley Morgan, 17.86, $191.

Bull riding: 1. Guthrie Murray, 88 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Medicine Show, $1,567; 2. Brennon Elred and Sam Wyatt, 87, $1,021 each; 4. Tanner Bothwell, 85, $570; 5. John Mincey, 84, $332; 6. John Young, 83, $237.

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