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postheadericon Feild sets gold standard in Lovington

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Gold rests deep in the mountains of Utah and seems to flow through the blood of the Feild family from the central part of the state.

Kaycee Feild is carrying on a family tradition first established by his father, Lewis, three decades ago. Together they own nine world championship gold buckles – Lewis is a three-time all-around and two-time bareback riding champ, and Kaycee is the reigning four-time world champion bareback rider.

On Wednesday night, Kaycee Feild rode Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Bells for 86 points to take the early bareback riding lead at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

Kaycee Feild

Kaycee Feild

“That horse is awesome,” said Feild, who has earned more than $1.6 million in his storied career. “I’ve seen him a handful of times the last couple of years, and he’s the kind you just dream about getting on.”

It’s true. Night Bells has been selected to buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo each of the last six years, often in what’s known as the TV pen – the fifth and 10th rounds, which feature the 15 most dynamic horses in the sport.

“He’s very electric, a lot like Dirty Jacket,” Feild said, referring to the reigning Bareback Horse of the Year that is also part of the Pete Carr firm and a half-brother to Night Bells. “They both start the same with a big rare and hop out of (the chute) and land on all fours. Once you set your feet (above the horse’s shoulders), I’ve never felt anything like those two horses. They’re pretty unreal and athletic to do that right there.

“Those two horses are a breed of their own. Cowboys love to get on those two dang horses. You get done and you wonder if he even bucked, and then you see the video, and he’s three feet off the ground on the front end and kicking over his head. He’s just a dream horse.”

That kind of animal athlete allows bareback riders to show their spurring style, and Feild is well known for his. Rides like the one he put on Wednesday night showcased his ability.

“He’s the kind of horse that’s not real rank where they yank on you and cross your eyes or whack you in the back of the head,” the cowboy said. “He gets in the air and lets you show off.”

The ride marked the second time in a year and a half that Feild and Night Bells have been matched; the previous outing in Fort Worth, Texas, resulted in an 89-point ride. The ride in southeastern New Mexico might be just as important for Feild.

“I like to get on good horses and bucking horses that test my skills all the time,” he said. “When Pete Carr puts these good horses out at a rodeo of this caliber, it’s pretty dumb as a professional rodeo cowboy to not enter and come to this one.”

Feild sits ninth in the world standings with nearly $58,000 in earnings – in rodeo, dollars equal points, and the contestants in each discipline who finish the season with the most money are crowned world champions.

“It’s real important to do well here,” he said. “It’s a tour rodeo, and you can get a big bonus at the end. It’s important to rodeo smart and hit tour rodeos like this one. This year I had a surgery and had to take a few months off. To come here and do good with the money that’s added here and the horses that are here, I’m as excited as could be.”

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 5-8
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Kaycee Feild, 86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Bells; 2. Tyler Scales, 82; 3. Richmond Champion, 75; 4. Wyatt Denny, 74; 5. Kenny Haworth, 70; 6. (tie) Kyle Charley and Mason Clements, 68; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Seth Brockman, 4.1; 3. (tie) Trevor Knowles and Tyler McCormick, 4.2; 5. Clayton Hass, 4.4; 6. (tie) Cole Fulton and Billy Bugenig, 4.5; 8. Dakota Eldridge, 4.7. Second round leaders: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 4.0 seconds; 2. Trell Etbauer, 4.2; 3. Billy Bugenig, 4.3; 4. Trevor Knowles, 4.4; 5. Seth Brockman, 4.5; 6. Blake Knowles, 5.2; 7. Wade Supter, 5.9; Sterling Lambert, 14.0. Average leaders: 1. (tie) Seth Brockman and Trevor Knowles, 8.6 seconds on two runs; 3. Dakota Eldridge, 8.7; 4. Billy Bugenig, 8.8; 5. Wade Suptmer, 9.8; 6. Sterling Lambert, 19.4; 7. Trell Etbauer, 20.0; 8. Tyler McCormick, 4.2.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Riley Pruitt, 8.2 seconds; 2. Trell Etbauer, 10.0; 3. Trevor Brazile, 10.3; 4. Jerrad Hofstetter, 10.4; 5. Quay Howard, 10.7; 6. Todd Saulsberry, 11.2; 7. Joeseph Gernentz, 11.5; 8. Chase Williams, 11.7. Second round leaders: 1. Timber Moore, 9.6 seconds; 2. Trell Etbauer, 15.5; 3. Clint Cooper, 17.3; 4. Cliff Kirkpatrick, 21.1; 5. Joseph Gernentz, 21.3; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. Trell Etbauer, 25.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Timber Moore, 26.6; 3. Clint Cooper, 30.7; 4. Joseph Gernentz, 32.8; 5. Cliff Kirkpatrick, 33.2; 6. Riley Pruitt, 8.2 seconds on one run; 7. Trevor Brazile, 10.3; 8. Jerrad Hofstetter, 10.4.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Isaac Diaz, 83 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Yatahee; 2. Allen Boore, 92; 3. Tyrel Larsen, 81; 4. (tie) Clay Elliott and Zeke Thurston, 75; 6. Dawson Byrne, 73; 7. Taos Muncy, 71; 8. Travis Sheets, 65.

Steer roping: Third round leaders: 1. Shay Good, 10.1 seconds; 2. Chet Herren, 12.1; 3. JoJo LeMond, 12.5; 4. (tie) Neal Wood and Guy Allen, 12.6; 6. Brodie Poppino, 14.6. Average leaders: 1. Chet Herren, 44.3 seconds on three runs; 2. Kim Ziegelgruber, 47.9; 3. Ralph Williams, 53; 4. J.P. Wickett, 25.2 seconds on two runs; 5. Bryce Davis, 25.3; 6. Chance Kelton, 26.6; 7. Trey Wallace, 29.2; 8. Trevor Brazile, 29.6.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.9 seconds; 2. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo and Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 6.8; 4. Ethan Shelley/Corban Livingston, 7.2; 5. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess and Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 10.8; 7. Kory Bramwell/Cole Jackson, 15.5; no other qualified times. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds; 2. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 4.8; 3. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 5.1; 4. Miles Baker/Austin Rogers, 9.9; 5. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 11.1; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 10.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 15.9; 3. Matt Sherwood, 17.9; 4. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds on one run; 5. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo, 6.8; 6. Ethan Shelley/Corban Livingston, 7.2; no other qualified times.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Jessica Frost, 17.74 seconds; 2. Michelle Lummus, 17.87; 3. Paige Conrado, 17.91; 4. Kenna Squires, 17.95; 5. Ivy Conrado, 18.12; 6. Calyssa Thomas, 18.63; 7. Fonda Galbreath, 20.37; 8. Sydni Blanchard, 23.16.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Sage Kimzey, 84 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Fireball; 2. Casey Huckabee, 82; 3. Corey Granger, 78; 4. Tanner Learmont, 75; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon First-round leaders so far in Lovington

Wade Sumpter

Wade Sumpter

Steer wrestling: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Seth Brockman, 4.1; 3. (tie) Trevor Knowles and Tyler McCormick, 4.2; 5. Clayton Hass, 4.4; 6. (tie) Cole Fulton and Billy Bugenig, 4.5; 8. Dakota Eldridge, 4.7.

Tie-down roping: 1. Riley Pruitt, 8.2 seconds; 2. Trell Etbauer, 10.0; 3. Trevor Brazile, 10.3; 4. Jerrad Hofstetter, 10.4; 5. Quay Howard, 10.7; 6. Todd Saulsberry, 11.2; 7. Joeseph Gements, 11.5; 8. Chase Williams, 11.7.

Team roping: 1. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.9 seconds; 2. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo and Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 6.8; 4. Ethan Shelley/Corban Livingston, 7.2; 5. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess and Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 10.8; 7. Kory Bramwell/Cole Jackson, 15.5; no other qualified times

postheadericon Win moves Eldred to No. 1 spot

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Brennon Eldred knew the Lea County Xtreme Bulls was a good event.

He had no idea that his victory on Tuesday night would push him to the No. 1 spot in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings.

Brennon Eldred

Brennon Eldred

Eldred, of Sulphur, Okla., rode two bulls for a cumulative score of 175.5 points, pocketing $10,102. That padded his season earnings to $100,464. He now owns a $5,000 lead over reigning world champion Sage Kimzey in the bull riding world standings.

“This is my first DI win,” he said, referring to the top level of the Xtreme Bulls Tour. “I’ve been waiting for a long time to get one, and I finally got it here in Lovington.

“It’s one of the greatest bull ridings of the year. Everybody looks forward to it, and everybody comes here ready to ride. Praise God it worked out tonight, and I’m walking out healthy.”

Well, somewhat healthy. Eldred limped out of the arena with a strained groin muscle, an injury he’s dealt with for a few weeks. But the victory is a major plus for the Oklahoma cowboy.

Eldred finished third in the opening round with an 87-point ride on Lancaster & Pickett’s Blowing Smoke. Brett Stall of Detroit Lakes, Mich., won the first round with a 90-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Tobasco.

The championship round is where Eldred took the title. He matched moves with Salt River Rodeo’s Good Cop for 87 points. He added style points to his ride by spurring with his left leg.

“It’s kind of how I ride, but I got a little behind,” he said. “When you get behind, you’ve got to kick loose instead of clamping up; you’ve got to keep moving. I knew I needed to kick loose if I wanted to stay on.”

He was one of just two cowboys to ride two bulls – Guthrie Murray of Miami, Okla., scored 76.5 points to finish second in the final round and the two-ride aggregate.

“The committee’s great, and they work their tails off to take care of us,” Eldred said. “It always makes it fun to come to New Mexico for an event, and to get my first DI event win here is awesome.”

Lea County Xtreme Bulls
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 4
First round:
1. Brett Stall, 90 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Tobasco, $3,405; 2. Aaron Pass, 87.5, $2,611; 3. Brennon Eldred, 87, $1,930; 4. Chandler Bownds, 85.5, $1,249; 5. Guthrie Murray, 83.5, $795; 6. Steve Woolsey, 83, $568; 7. Joe Frost, 82.5, $454; 8. (tie) Bart Miller and Trevor Kastner, 81.5, $170 each. Final round: 1. Brennon Eldred, 88.5 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Good Cop, $2,497; 2. Guthrie Murray, 76.5, $1,892; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Brennon Eldred, 175,5 points on two rides, $5,675; 2. Guthrie Murray, 150, $4,351; 3. Brett Stall, 90 points on one ride, $3,216; 4. Aaron Pass, 87.5, $2,081; 5. Chandler Bownds, 85.5, $1,324; 6. Steve Woolsey, 83, $946; 7. Joe Frost, 82.5, $757; 8. (tie) 81.5, $284.

postheadericon Wickett, Brazile win early in Lovington

J.P. Wickett

J.P. Wickett

J.P. Wickett won the first round and Trevor Brazile the second round on Tuesday morning at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

First round: 1. J.P. Wickett, 13.1 seconds, $1,869; 2. Bryce Davis, 13.3, $1,625; 3. Rod Hartness, 13.5, $1,381; 4. Chet Herren, 13.7, $1,138; 5. Will Gasperson, 14.0, $894; 6. Trey Wallace, 14.1, $650; 7. Roger Branch, 14.5, $406; 8. (tie) Shay Good and Casey Sisk, 14.7, $81 each. Second round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 11.3 seconds, $1,869; 2. Bryce Davis, 12.0, $1,625; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.0, $1,381; 4. Chet Herren, 13.5, $1,138; 5. Jarrett Blessing, 13.6, $894; 6. Walter Priestly, 13.8, $650; 7. Ty Herd, 13.9, $406; 8. Jason Evans, 14.2, $163. Third round leaders: 1. (tie) Chance Kelton and Tom Smith, 11.3; 3. Scott Snedecor, 12.0; 4. J.P. Wickett, 12.1; 5. Mike Outhier, 12.2; 6. Jess Tierney, 12.5; 7. Martin Poindexter, 12.6; 8. Dane Noyce, 13.2. Average leaders: 1. Chet Herren, 44.3 seconds on three runs; 2. Kim Ziegelgruber, 47.9; 3. Ralph Williams, 53; 4. J.P. Wickett, 25.2 seconds on two runs; 5. Bryce Davis, 25.3; 6. Chance Kelton, 26.6; 7. Trey Wallace, 29.2; 8. Trevor Brazile, 29.6.

postheadericon Diaz finds the right Medicine

DODGE CITY, Kan. – It’s safe to say that the Frontier Rodeo Co. bronc Medicine Woman likes Roundup Arena.

The great bay mare, a two-time Saddle Bronc Riding Horse of the Year, has helped cowboys to Dodge City Roundup Rodeo records each of the past two seasons. After helping Wade Sundell to a 92 a season ago, Medicine Woman matched moves with Isaac Diaz for 93 points on Sunday night.

Isaac Diaz

Isaac Diaz

That propelled Diaz – a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Desdemona, Texas – to his first Roundup title and the prestigious trophy belt that was awarded to the champions.

“It means the world to win this rodeo, because I’ve come real close two other times,” said Diaz, who scored 87 points on the same horse to share the victory earlier this year in Corpus Christi, Texas. “Just to be able to draw a horse like that twice in a year is amazing; it’s strictly God. I’ve been praying for my draws all year long, and this is the best I’ve ever drawn. It’s all Him.”

Cowboys are matched with their animals by a random draw, and things have been going the right way for the Florida-born bronc rider.

“When you draw good, it forces you to ride better,” he said. “I guess my focus is better than it has been I the past. I hope this is the start of how it’s going to be from here on out.”

He finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the first round, then won the short go-round and the two-ride aggregate. In all, he pocketed $4,684. Not only was it a Roundup Arena record, it also was a personal best for Diaz.

“I felt like I rode her better this time than I did earlier this year,” he said. “I felt like she bucked harder today. She was definitely better today than she was at Corpus, and she was all I wanted then.”

Diaz is ninth in the world standings, but his run in southwest Kansas should move him up the money list. That’s important.

“Making the NFR is important, and it’s just as important this year as it is any other year,” Diaz said. “It’s a way we make our living. When we get there, that’s where we make our profit. All that other stuff helps, but that’s where everything comes to play.

“I feel like I’m riding better than I ever have. I feel more confident. My focus is in a different place right now, and I’m excited about that.”

Diaz was one of nine champions crowned Sunday night. Others were bareback Matt Bright, steer wrestler Stockton Graves, team ropers David Key and Martin Lucero, barrel racer Tillar Murray, bull rider Aaron Pass and tie-down roper Caleb Smidt, who has had a lot of success in Dodge City.

“I love this rodeo,” said Smidt, a 2013 NFR qualifier. “I’ve been here three times, and I made the short round three times. I won the all-around two years ago. I won Nampa (Idaho) and Sheridan (Wyo.), but by far, this is my favorite one.”

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
July 29-Aug. 2
All Around Cowboy:
J.D. Yates, $1,648 in steer roping and team roping.

Bareback riding: 1. Brian Bain, 86 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Hypnotic, $2,777; 2. Jake Brown, 85, $2,129; 3. Matt Bright and Richmond Champion, 83, $1,296 each; 5. Bill Tutor, 82, $647; 6. R.C. Landingham, 81, $463; 7. (tie) Kash Wilson and Marvin Alderman Jr., 80, $324 each. Final round: 1. Seth Harwick, 84 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Sun Glow, $1,650; 2. Matt Bright, 81, $1,250; 3. Bill Tutor, 80, $900; 4. Tanner Aus, 79, $600; 5. Frank Morton, 68, $350; 6. Brian Bain, 67, $250. Average: 1. Matt Bright, 164 points on two rides, $2,777; 2. (tie) Seth Hardwick and Bill Tutor, 162, $1,851 each; 4. Tanner Aus, 157, $1,018; 5. Brian Bain, 157, $648; 6. Frank Morton, 144, $463; 7. Jake Brown, 85 points on one ride, $370; 8. Richmond Champion, 83, $278.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Colt Stearns, 3.4 seconds, $2,865; 2. Ryan Swayze, 3.8, $2,491; 3. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Ricky Riley, 3.9, $1,931 each; 5. Clayton Hass, 4.0, $1,370; 6. Kyle Irwin, 4.1, $996; 7. (tie) Logan Rudd and Ryan Bothum, 4.3, $436 each. Second round: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 3.3 seconds, $2,865; 2. Jason Lahr, 3.5, $2,491; 3. (tie) Levi Rudd, Tyler Waguespack and Wade Sumpter, 3.6, $1,744 each; 6. (tie) Matt Reeves and Josh Clark, 3.8, $810 each; 8. (tie) Aaron Vosler and Jacob Shofner, 3.9, $125 each. Final round: 1. Stockton Graves, 3.3 seconds, $1,407; 2. Bray Armes, 3.7, $1,164; 3. J.D. Struxness, 4.0, $922; 4. (tie) Seth Brockman and Cooper Shofner, 4.2, $558 each; 6. Tyler Waguespack, 4.7, $243. Average: 1. Stockton Graves, 12.0 seconds on three runs, $4,297; 2. Tyler Waguespack, 12.9, $3,737; 3. J.D. Struxness, 13.0, $3,176; 4. Cooper Shofner, 13.1, $2,616; 5. Bray Armes, 13.2, $2,055; 6. Seth Brockman, 13.5, $1,495; 7. Kyle Irwin, 21.7, $934; 8. Colt Stearns, 7.9, $374.

Team roping: First round: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4 seconds, $2,297 each; 2. Colt Fisher/Corey Hendrick, 4.7, $1,997; 3. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9, $1,698; 4. Charly Crawford/Shay Carroll, 5.1, $1,398; 5. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2, $1,098; 6. Monty Wood/Boogie Ray, 5.3, $799; 7. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 5.5, $499; 8. David Key/Martin Lucero, 5.6, $200. Second round: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 seconds, $2,297; 2. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 5.1, $1,997; 3. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 5.3, $1,698; 4. Doyle Hoskins/Wyatt Cox, 5.4, $$1,398; 5. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 5.5, $1,098; 6. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 5.8, $799; 7. Charly Crawford/Shay Carroll, 5.9, $499l 8. (tie) David Key/Martin Lucero and Zac Small/Tyler Worley, 6.0, $100 each. Final round: 1.David Key/Martin Lucero, 4.9 seconds, $1,130; 2. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, $5.9, $848; 3. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 6.2, $565; 4. Doyle Hoskins/Wyatt Cox, 6.3, $283. Average: 1. David Key/Martin Lucero, 16.5 seconds on three runs, $3,556; 2. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 17.0, $2,996; 3. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 17.4, $2,546; 4. Doyle Hoskins/Wyatt Cox, 17.0, $2,097; 5. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 19.3, $1,648; 6. Miles Baker/Austin Rogers, 20.9, $1,198; 7. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 21.9, $749; 8. Charly Crawford/Shay Carroll, 11.0 on two runs, $300.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Steven Dent, 82 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Pine Cone, $2,477; 2. Rusty Wright and Allen Boore, 81, $1,651 each; 2. (tie) Jesse James Kirby, Isaac Diaz, Cody Wright and Chad Ferley, 80, $557 each; 8. Will Smith, 79, $248. Final round: 1. Isaac Diaz, 93 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman, $1,650; 2. Chad Ferley, 87, $1,250; 3. Rusty Wright, 86, $900; 4. Steven Dent, 84, $600; 5. Will Smith, 81, $350; 6. Allen Boore, 80, $250. Average: 1. Isaac Diaz, 173 points on two rides, $2,477; 2. (tie) Chad Ferley and Rusty Wright, 167, $1,651 each; 4. Steven Dent, 166, $908; 5. Allen Boore, 161, $578; 6. Will Smith, 160, $413; 7. Taos Muncy, 156, $330; 8. Tyrel Larsen, 154, $248.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Stran Smith, 8.2 seconds, $2,737; 2. (tie) J.D. Kibbe and Cody Quaney, 8.6, $2,201 each; 4. Caleb Smidt, 8.8, $1,666; 5. (tie) Landyn Duncan and Blair Burk, 8.9, $1,130 each; 7. (tie) Monty Lewis and Justin Maass, 9.0, $416 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Cody Ohl and Caddo Lewallen, 7.7 seconds, $2,558 each; 3. (tie) Tyson Durfey and L.D. Meier, 8.0, $1,844; 5. Cole Bailey, 8.1, $1,309; 6. Adam Gray, 8.4, $952; 7. Tyler Milligan, 8.5, $595; 8. (tie) Trent Creager, Dennis Luetge and Stran Smith, 8.6, $79 each. Final round: 1. Sterling Smith, 8.0 seconds, $1,305; 2. Caleb Smidt, 9.2, $1,080; 3. (tie) Justin Maass and Ace Slone, 9.6, $743 each; 5. Stran Smith, 10.5, $405; 6. Timber Moore, 11.5, $225. Average: 1. Caleb Smidt, 27.0 seconds on three runs, $4,105; 2. Stran Smith, 27.3, $3,569; 3. Ace Slone, 28.1, $3,034; 4. Justin Maass, 28.3, $2,499; 5. Sterling Smith, 29.2, $1,963; 6. Timber Moore, 30.3, $1,428; 7. Blair Burk, 32.1, $892; 8. GlenJackson Glasper, 39.8, $357.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.09 seconds, $2,420; 2. Jackie Ganter, 17.10, $2,074; 3. Sidney Forrest, 17.15, $1,729; 4. Abby Searcy, 17.20, $1,498; 5. Megan Swint, 17.21, $1,152; 6. Shelley Morgan, 17.22, $922; 7. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.23, $691; 8. Tillar Murray, 17.26, $461; 9. (tie) Meghan Johnson, Mary Burger and Laura Lambert, 17.28, $192 each. Second round: 1. Tillar Murray, 17.02 seconds, $2,420; 2. (tie) Sarah Rose McDonald and Carley Richardson, 17.06, $1,902 each; 4. Laura Kennedy, 17.07, $1,498; 5. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.11, $1,152; 6. Bailee Snow, 17.15, $922; 7. Stevi Hillman, 17.16, $691; 8. Calyssa Thomas, 17.17, $461; 9. Christy Loflin, 17.18, $346; 10. Megan Swint, 17.21, $230. Final round: 1. Tillar Murray, 17.06 seconds, $1,793; 2. Kim Couch, 17.15, $1,345; 3. Jackie Ganter, 17.17, $896; 4. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.19, $448. Average: 1. Tillar Murray, 51.34 seconds on three runs, $3,630; 2. Kelley Schnaufer, 51.39, $3,112; 3. Jackie Ganter, 51.68, $2,563; 4. Sarah Rose McDonald, 51.76, $2,247; 5. Kim Couch, 51.77, $1,728; 6. Meghan Johnson, 51.81, $1,383; 7. Carley Richardson, 51.86, $1,037; 8. Paige Willis, 51.98, $691; 9. Abby Searcy, 52.09, $519; 10. Mary Burger, 52.13, $346.

Bull riding: 1. Scottie Knapp, 89 points on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Spanish Moss, $2,787; 2. Aaron Pass, 88, $2,137; 3. (tie) Rocky McDonald and John Young, 86, $1,301 each; 5. Trevor Kastner, 85, $650; 6. Tanner Bothwell, 84, $465; 7. (tie) Hondo Flores and Dalton Votaw, 83, $325 each. Final round: 1. Aaron Pass, 88 points on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Sandi’s Dream, $2,700; 2. Rocky McDonald, 86, $2,300; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Aaron Pass, 176 points on two rides, $2,787; 2. Rocky McDonald, 172, $2,137; 3. Scottie Knapp, 89 points on one ride, $1,580; 4. John Young, 86, $1,022; 5. Trevor Kastner, $650; 6. Tanner Bothwell, 84, $465; 7. Hondo Flores, 83, $372; 8. Zeb Lanham, 82, $279.

postheadericon Crossett rodeo a big event for Carr

CROSSETT, Ark. – The Crossett Riding Club PRCA Rodeo is one of the hottest Pro Rodeo’s in the country, and it has nothing to do with the temperature.

Sure, southern Arkansas has its fair share of steamy nights, but the first full week of August will showcase on a different type of heat during the annual rodeo, set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5-Saturday, Aug. 8, at Cap Gates Arena in Crossett.

Crossett-LOGO“I think we’ve been doing a good job of trying to make our rodeo better,” said Bill Stephens, a longtime member of the volunteer committee that organizes the rodeo. “We’ve been trying to add more money each year.

“Of course, with Pete Carr, you can’t do any better as far as stock in my book. Having that kind of stock helps us in getting the top-name cowboys.”

In fact, the Crossett committee has been recognized as one of the best rodeos in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for events its size. That says quite a bit about the locals that work so hard to make the rodeo successful.

“There are three things that stand out to me on why that rodeo’s so great,” said Scott Grover, now in his seventh year calling the action. “There is a very hard-working committee that’s not afraid to change and that always wants to do something every year to make the rodeo better, whether it’s hiring the best acts or adding more money. They take this rodeo very seriously and the nomination very seriously.

“The committee is striving to win the rodeo of the year title, and having Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo is a big reason to that. Pete Carr is one of the premier stock contractors in the PRCA, and he always brings great stock. The third thing is that they care about hospitality, which is very important. The churches get involved and feed everyone at least twice a day.”

Carr has been honored as one of the top five stock contractors in the PRCA each of the past two years. He also has had more animals selected to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo over that same stretch; 27 Carr animals have been chosen to perform at ProRodeo’s grand finale in each the 2013-14 seasons, a record for bucking horses and bulls from one contractor.

“He just has a professional crew to go along with the top stock,” said Stephens, who in 2014 was named the John Justin Committeeperson of the Year. “Everybody from his crew that’s been to our rodeo takes a lot of pride in what they do. To me, he has one of the best crews at rodeo you can go to.”

Carr, too, takes great pride in being part of such a top-flight event.

“Crossett is an outstanding rodeo, and we are excited to be part of it,” Carr said. “The fact that the rodeo has been nominated shows how much work they put into it.”

A core group of 15 works year-round to make sure the rodeo is a true showcase for fans.

“There is a lot of tradition for our rodeo in our community,” Stephens said. “We take a lot of pride in that.”

It shows.

postheadericon Stearns has his Wit and his way

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Colt Stearns makes no bones about how he acquired his steer wrestling horse.

“I got married to get it,” he said of Wit, a 17-year-old bay gelding. “My wife had him in high school as a roping horse, and I liked him. I started dating her, and I got married to get the horse.”

His wife certainly knows as well as anyone what a good animal he is. On Saturday, Stearns rode Wit to take the steer wrestling leading heading into Sunday’s championship round.

DodgeCityRoundupThe Freedom, Okla., cowboy won the opening go-round during the morning session with a 3.4-second run, pocketing $2,865. He followed that up with a solid run Saturday night for a two-run cumulative time of 7.9 seconds, a three-tenths-of-a-second lead over Tyler Waguespack and Clayton Hass.

“He’s outstanding in the field,” Stearns said, noting that the horse can be a handful just before the run begins. “I can get by with him. When I nod my head for my steer, he’s doing his job.”

The main function of a bulldogging horse is to leave the chute with perfect timing, allowing the steer the appropriate head start while giving the cowboy and opportunity to be fast. It helps that most animals have great speed. Witt has been the guiding force behind Stearns’ two qualifications to the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo (2012-13).

“This is our top circuit rodeo,” he said. “I’ve had success here in the past, so it’s always been really good to me.”

That’s important to the Nebraska-born cowboy, who focuses on competing in the Prairie Circuit, a group of rodeos and contestants primarily from Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

“I’m a long ways from winning the circuit,” Stearns said. “I missed it last year by $600. It would be great to come back and get a good check again (Sunday) and maybe win it. It’d give me a boost back in the standings. I’m just trying to get at least that 12th spot in the standings so I can make the circuit finals.”

Jesse James Kirby

Jesse James Kirby

The circuit standings has always been a priority for saddle bronc rider Jesse James Kirby of Dodge City. He is a three-time year-end champion and won the circuit finals last October. This year, though, he’s making a serious run at his first qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Any money won at Roundup Rodeo helps both causes. Kirby has won about $24,000 so far this season and sits 26th in the world standings. Of that, $7,000 has come within the Prairie Circuit; he leads the region.

On Saturday night, he matched moves with Harry Vold Rodeo’s Erica Kane for 80 points. He finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the first round, but he’s just two points away from leader Steven Dent heading into Sunday’s finale.

“Tonight meant a lot to do really well in front of everybody,” said Kirby, who added $557 to his season total. “This is my best year of my career. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to (four-time NFR qualifier) Bob Griswold. He was a great traveling partner and a great mentor. He showed me how to stay positive all the time.”

It shows. Now Kirby has the opportunity to show off in front of his hometown crowd for the second night in a row.

“It’s very tough to win this rodeo, especially in your hometown,” Kirby said. “All your support is here.”

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
July 29-Aug. 2
Includes short-round qualifiers
Bareback riding:
1. Brian Bain, 86 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Hypnotic, $2,777; 2. Jake Brown, 85, $2,129; 3. Matt Bright and Richmond Champion, 83, $1,296 each; 5. Bill Tutor, 82, $647; 6. R.C. Landingham, 81, $463; 7. (tie) Kash Wilson and Marvin Alderman Jr., 80, $324 each; 9. (tie) Tanner Aus and Seth Hardwick, 78; 11. (tie) Colt Kitaif and Frank Morton, 76.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Colt Stearns, 3.4 seconds, $2,865; 2. Ryan Swayze, 3.8, $2,491; 3. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Ricky Riley, 3.9, $1,931 each; 5. Clayton Hass, 4.0, $1,370; 6. Kyle Irwin, 4.1, $996; 7. (tie) Logan Rudd and Ryan Bothum, 4.3, $436 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 3.3 seconds, $2,865; 2. Jason Lahr, 3.5, $2,491; 3. (tie) Levi Rudd, Tyler Waguespack and Wade Sumpter, 3.6, $1,744 each; 6. (tie) Matt Reeves and Josh Clark, 3.8, $810 each; 8. (tie) Aaron Vosler and Jacob Shofner, 3.9, $125 each. Average leaders: 1. Colt Stearns, 7.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Tyler Waguespack and Clayton Hass, 8.2; 4. Rowdy Parrott, 8.3; 5. Kyle Irwin, 8.4; 6. Stockton Graves, 8.7; 7. Ryan Swayze, 8.8; 8. Copper Shofner, 8.9; 9. J.D. Struxness, 9.0; 10. Orrin Fontenot, 9.2; 11. Seth Brockman, 9.3; 12. Bray Armes, 9.5.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4 seconds, $2,297 each; 2. Colt Fisher/Corey Hendrick, 4.7, $1,997; 3. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9, $1,698; 4. Charly Crawford/Shay Carroll, 5.1, $1,398; 5. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2, $1,098; 6. Monty Wood/Boogie Ray, 5.3, $799; 7. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 5.5, $499; 8. David Key/Martin Lucero, 5.6, $200. Second round leaders: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 seconds, $2,297; 2. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 5.1, $1,997; 3. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 5.3, $1,698; 4. Doyle Hoskins/Wyatt Cox, 5.4, $$1,398; 5. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 5.5, $1,098; 6. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 5.8, $799; 7. Charly Crawford/Shay Carroll, 5.9, $499l 8. (tie) David Key/Martin Lucero and Zac Small/Tyler Worley, 6.0, $100 each. Average leaders: 1. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 10.8 seconds on two runs; 2. Charly Crawford/Shay Carroll, 11.0; 3. (tie) Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes and Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 11.5; 5. David Key/Martin Lucero, 11.6; 6. Doyle Hoskins/Wyatt Cox, 11.7; 7. (tie) Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 11.8; 9. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 12.6; 10. Troy Boone/Dawson McMaster, 12.9; 11. (tie) Nick Becker/Toby Mentzer and Miles Baker/Austin Rogers, 13.9.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Steven Dent, 82 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Pine Cone, $2,477; 2. Rusty Wright and Allen Boore, 81, $1,651 each; 2. (tie) Jesse James Kirby, Isaac Diaz, Cody Wright and Chad Ferley, 80, $557 each; 8. Will Smith, 79, $248; 9. Tyrel Larsen, 78; 10. (tie) Taos Muncy, Andy Clarys and Nick Laduke, 77.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Stran Smith, 8.2 seconds, $2,737; 2. (tie) J.D. Kibbe and Cody Quaney, 8.6, $2,201 each; 4. Caleb Smidt, 8.8, $1,666; 5. (tie) Landyn Duncan and Blair Burk, 8.9, $1,130 each; 7. (tie) Monty Lewis and Justin Maass, 9.0, $416 each. Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Cody Ohl and Caddo Lewallen, 7.7 seconds, $2,558 each; 3. (tie) Tyson Durfey and L.D. Meier, 8.0, $1,844; 5. Cole Bailey, 8.1, $1,309; 6. Adam Gray, 8.4, $952; 7. Tyler Milligan, 8.5, $595; 8. (tie) Trent Creager, Dennis Luetge and Stran Smith, 8.6, $79 each. Average leaders: 1. Stran Smith, 16.8 seconds on two runs; 2. J.D. Kibbe, 17.5; 3. Caleb Smidt, 17.8; 4. Ace Sloan, 18.5; 5. Blair Burk, 18.6; 6. Justin Maass, 18.7; 7. Timber Moore, 18.8; 8. GlennJackson Glasper, 19.6; 9. Landyn Duncan, 19.9; 10. Trent Creager, 20.3; 11. Tanner Stec, 20.7; 12. Sterling Smith, 21.2.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.09 seconds, $2,420; 2. Jackie Ganter, 17.10, $2,074; 3. Sidney Forrest, 17.15, $1,729; 4. Abby Searcy, 17.20, $1,498; 5. Megan Swint, 17.21, $1,152; 6. Shelley Morgan, 17.22, $922; 7. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.23, $691; 8. Tillar Murray, 17.26, $461; 9. (tie) Meghan Johnson, Mary Burger and Laura Lambert, 17.28, $192 each. Second round leaders: 1. Tillar Murray, 17.02 seconds, $2,420; 2. (tie) Sarah Rose McDonald and Carley Richardson, 17.06, $1,902 each; 4. Laura Kennedy, 17.07, $1,498; 5. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.11, $1,152; 6. Bailee Snow, 17.15, $922; 7. Stevi Hillman, 17.16, $691; 8. Calyssa Thomas, 17.17, $461; 9. Christy Loflin, 17.18, $346; 10. Megan Swint, 17.21, $230. Average leaders: 1. Kelley Schnaufer, 34.20 seconds on two runs; 2. Tillar Murray, 34.28; 3. Sarah Rose McDonald, 34.29; 4. (tie) Abby Searcy and Megan Swint, 34.42; 6. Jackie Ganter, 34.51; 7. Meghan Johnson, 34.52; 8. Carley Richardson, 34.53; 9. Mary Burger, 34.57; 10. Stevi Hillman, 34.61; 11. Kim Couch, 34.62; 12. Paige Willis, 34.65.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Scottie Knapp, 89 points on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Spanish Moss, $2,787; 2. Aaron Pass, 88, $2,137; 3. (tie) Rocky McDonald and John Young, 86, $1,301 each; 5. Trevor Kastner, 85, $650; 6. Tanner Bothwell, 84, $465; 7. (tie) Hondo Flores and Dalton Votaw, 83, $325 each; 8. Zeb Lanham, 82; 10. (tie) Trenton Montero and Caleb Sanderson, 81. (Because of ties, only 11 bull riders qualified for the final round.)

postheadericon Roundup broadcast set for Wrangler Network

The Saturday and Sunday performances of Dodge City Roundup Rodeo have become a must-see event for folks in southwest Kansas.

DodgeCityRoundupIt’s incredible seeing the men, women and children that align the fence in the standing-room-only section on Saturday night as we close out the final preliminary go-round of this year’s championship. Vendors are busy as people make their ways to view a major stop on the ProRodeo tour.

For those that can’t make it to witness this magical experience, there is an outlet. The Wrangler Network will broadcast both performances online. It’s a great way to keep up with the action. Tonight you can follow and see who will return for tomorrow’s championship round. On Sunday, you’ll get to see who wins this prestigious rodeo and the coveted Roundup buckle made by Montana Silversmiths.

The Wrangler Network has helped increase interest in our sport. It’s become a valuable tool for fans and contestants alike.

Still, there’s nothing like experiencing Roundup Rodeo in person. It’s truly a marvelous show. But if you can’t make it to this community of about 30,000, then take in the Wrangler Network’s broadcast. It’ll be worth it.

postheadericon Cowboys to return to Lea County

LOVINGTON, N.M. – There’s nothing in the world better than coming home.

That’s especially true for the Tate Branch Auto Group “Riding for the Brand” team of cowboys that make their living on the ProRodeo trail. For those that call southeastern New Mexico home, next week’s stop at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo is vital.

Jake Cooper

Jake Cooper

“For us, it’s seeing family and a bunch of friends and having a couple days off,” said Jake Cooper, the sixth-ranked header in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings from Monument. “More importantly, it’s getting some good home cooking. It’s been a long four weeks out here rodeoing.”

He is one of seven top cowboys who are part of the “Riding for the Brand” team, joining his twin brother, heeler Jim Ross Cooper; tie-down ropers Clint Cooper, Clif Cooper and their father, legend Roy Cooper; steer roper Marty Jones; and two-time saddle bronc riding world champion Taos Muncy. All are scheduled to be part of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

For Jim, Jake, Clint and Jones, the rodeo in Lovington is about coming home. Clint Cooper grew up in Lovington and still loves the opportunity to return to his stomping grounds. The other three still claim their Lea County residences.

Marty Jones

Marty Jones

“For me, it’s just getting to go home every night after the rodeo,” said Jones, a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping qualifier from Hobbs. “That’s enjoyable. I love the Jake McClure Arena and always have.

“I’ve roped a lot of them in there. Maybe it’ll be good for me.”

It’s definitely been good for Clint Cooper, a five-time NFR qualifier. He’s won the tie-down roping twice and seen great success in Lovington, but that’s not the most important part of the week for him.

“It’s home, and that rodeo means going home and seeing all my family and friends and my grandma,” he said. “There’s so much family there that it’s important for me.”

He also knows the importance of tending to business. He sits 35th in the world standings, 20 spots away from that magical top 15 he needs in order to return to Las Vegas in December.

Clint Cooper

Clint Cooper

“It’s probably been one of the slowest years of my career so far,” Clint Cooper said. “I’ve got 40 rodeos left, so I’m going to still go to every one of them and see what happens.”

Though not so far down the list, Jim Cooper sits 22nd in the heeling standings and needs to have a solid final two months of the season if he is going to return to ProRodeo’s grand championship for the sixth time.

“My year started off slow, but things can snowball on you good and bad,” he said. “Right there in June, it got pretty good and snowballed the right way. You just do what you can do and see what happens.”

He’d like for the snowball to continue in Lea County.

“All these rodeos are important, but a guy has to look at the standpoint of one at a time,” Jim Cooper said. “But if anyone tells you that your hometown rodeo – that’s as good as Lovington – isn’t further up there on the list, then they’re crazy.

Jim Ross Cooper

Jim Ross Cooper

“When you’re that close to home and have that many people there that support you, you like to do well.”

Many of those supporters are involved with the Tate Branch Auto Group, which also is the presenting sponsor of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

“Tate’s just a great guy,” Jim Cooper said. “He’s done wonderful at business, and he’s passed a few of those blessings to a few of us rodeo cowboys. Anytime you can have a person in your corner that can help you out in as many different ways as Mr. Tate – and just being a friend is important – you know you have something pretty special.

“We’re looking forward to an ongoing relationship with Tate and really appreciate all parts of it.”

That’s a sentiment shared by all the other “Riding for the Brand” cowboys.

“I appreciate Tate so much,” Jones said. “To have the opportunity to drive a pickup like that and him take care of us like that, it’s a very special deal.”

“Tate and I met in 2010,” Clint Cooper said. “He not only has been a great family friend, but how he’s helped me get up and down the road transportation-wise is amazing. Just what he’s done for our sport of rodeo is amazing. I’ve noticed a bunch of other junior rodeos and high school rodeos and others that he’s associated with, so it shows he supports rodeo.”

That support is paying off for the cowboys.

“It’s been a good season so far,” Jake Cooper said. “Part of us doing well is knowing your rig is reliable. We’ve gotten to all the rodeos safely and been able to compete. Financially, it’s a load off your mind, but so is having a reliable vehicle.”

Reliability is important in all aspects of life. For rodeo cowboys, having a reliable horse and relying on one’s own abilities helps pay the way and guide them to championships. It’s all part of the package for the Tate Branch Auto Group team.

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The “Riding for the Brand” cowboys will be at the second annual Tate Branch Auto Group All RAM No Bull sale throughout the week in Lovington at the old Gibson building on the Hobbs Highway. They will be available for pictures and autographs, and will be interviewed on the 94.9 Country Giant morning radio show. The Country Giant will be doing its morning show Tuesday through Friday on site and the cowboys will be there for the show throughout the week to meet and greet their fans. 

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