Archive for December, 2015

postheadericon Silcox finishes NFR strong

LAS VEGAS – No other cowboy at the 2015 National Finals Rodeo rode a bigger roller coaster than bull rider Wesley Silcox.

He bucked off five bulls, missed two rounds because of injury, placed third in the ninth round and won on the fifth and 10th nights of ProRodeo’s grand finale. It added up to $74,462 in 10 days in the Nevada desert.

Wesley Silcox

Wesley Silcox

On Saturday night, the 2007 world champion rode Rafter H Rodeo’s Breaking Bad for 88 points to win the round. That check pushed his season earnings to more than $190,000 and became an exclamation point to his campaign with a fourth-place finish in the world standings.

“I had my head clear,” said Silcox, a seven-time NFR qualifier from Santaquin, Utah. “I was ready to ride and wasn’t really worried about anything but riding my bulls. I’m happy to come back riding and be healthy.”

He should be. Silcox suffered two concussions over the course of the NFR. After his second occurred in the sixth round Tuesday, he opted to sit out the seventh and eighth rounds to heal. It was a good thing he did.

He returned Friday to finish third in the round, then collected the go-round win on the final night of the ProRodeo season.

You win the 10th round, and you’re on top of the world,” he said. “You’ve got some good guys in the locker room, and you’ve had some fun. It’s great to keep a good attitude.”

That final ride was the first time he had matched moves with the athletic Breaking bad. He knew just a little about the bull from his fellow Crown Royal Rider Chandler Bownds, who had ridden the bull earlier in the week.

He blew out of there and was leaping in the air,” Silcox said. “It felt really good.”

He should know. He’s been on a few hundred head of bucking bulls over the course of his ProRodeo career. Now he will take some time off, make sure his body is fully healed and spend a little time with those closest to him.

“It’ll be nice to be with family,” said Silcox, who will enjoy several days with his wife, Jerika; daughter, Rivers; and son, Ledgen. “They’re all here and ready to go home and relax for a little while.”

They’ve all earned the break.

postheadericon Teel wins bull riding average

Cody Teel

Cody Teel

Cody Teel was the only cowboy to ride eight of 10 bulls to win the average title. He earned $186,000 at the NFR and finished second in the Top Gun Award to Steven Peebles, who pocketed about $39,000 more.

1. Wesley Silcox, 88 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Breaking Bad, $26,231; 2. Shane Proctor, 86.5, $20,731; 3. Ty Wallace, 86, $15,654; 4. Sage Kimzey, 84.5, $11,000; 5. Brennon Eldred, 84, $6,769; 6. Cody Teel, 82.5, $4,231.

postheadericon Cervi takes Round 10

Sherry Cervi

Sherry Cervi

1. Sherry Cervi, 13.55 seconds, $26,231; 2. Sarah Rose McDonald, 13.77, $20,731; 3. Jackie Ganter, 13.85, $15,654; 4. Lisa Lockhart, 13.88, $11,000; 5. Fallon Taylor, 13.91, $6,769; 6. Cassidy Kruse, 13.92, $4,231.

postheadericon DuPerier wins the world

Callie duPerier

Callie duPerier

Callie DuPerier won the barrel racing average title and world championship, the most successful cowgirl to have ridden Dillion during his fourth trip to the NFR.

postheadericon Durfey, Cooper win 10th round

Tyson Durfey

Tyson Durfey

1. (tie) Tyson Durfey and Tuf Cooper, 6.7 seconds, $23,481 each; 3. Shane Hanchey, 7.3, $15,654; 4. Ryan Jarrett, 7.5, $11,000; 5. Sterling Smith, $6,769; 6. (tie) Cory Solomon and Caleb Smidt, 7.0, $2,115 each.

postheadericon Smidt wins the world

Caleb Smidt

Caleb Smidt

Caleb Smidt won the tie-down roping average, which propelled in to the gold buckle.

postheadericon Sundell wins round, finishes 2nd overall

Wade Sundell

Wade Sundell

1. Wade Sundell, 88.5 points on Beutler & Sons Wound Up, $26,231; 2. (tie) Cort Scheer and Cody DeMoss, 86, $18,192; 4. Isaac Diaz, 84.5, $11,000; 5. Rusty Wright, 84, $6,769; 6. (tie) Spencer Wright and Zeke Thurston, 82.5, $2,115 each.

postheadericon Crawley wears gold

Jacobs Crawley

Jacobs Crawley

Jacobs Crawley won the average and the world championship. Results are pending.

postheadericon Tsinigine, VonAhn claim gold buckles

Aaron Tsinigine

Aaron Tsinigine

Aaron Tsinigine is the heading world champion, and Kollin VonAhn claimed his second heeling gold buckle. VonAhn also won the average title with heading partner Ryan Motes.

1. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 4.1 seconds, $26,231; 2. Jake Cooper/Russell Cardoza, 4.3, $20,731; 3. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.4, $15,654; 4. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.2, $11,000; 5. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 9.0, $6,769; 6. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 9.6, $4,231.

postheadericon Cure wins world title No. 2

Hunter Cure

Hunter Cure

Hunter Cure, based on placing second in the 10th round and moving up to second in the average behind Dakota Eldridge, won the world championship. It’s his second in three years.

1. Baylor Roche, 3.6 seconds, $26,231; 2. (tie) Hunter Cure and K.C. Jones, 3.9, $18,192 each; 4. (tie) Casey Martin, Blake Knowles and Nick Guy, 4.0, $7,333 each.

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