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postheadericon Permit-holder steps up in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO, Texas – At just his second Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event, tie-down roper Neil Dove earned $3,035 Wednesday night at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

Competing on his permit, Dove roped and tied his calf in 8.0 seconds, finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the opening go-round. He will make his second run of the rodeo Thursday night.

“I just got my permit right before Denver,” he said of the early January rodeo. “Denver was my first ProRodeo, and this is my second.”

Neil Dove

Neil Dove

In order to compete in the PRCA, cowboys must compete on a permit. In order to become a full member of the association, they must then earn at least $1,000 in a year in order to fill the qualifications. Dove has done that, and most of the season is still in front of him. He still has the option of competing this season on his permit, but he’s focus has been on the competition at hand.

“They told me I had a good calf,” said Dove, who owns a construction company in Bluff Dale, Texas. “I don’t get too hyped up about it; I just try to do my job. I focused on my start, then I had (the rope) on him quick, and things just went right.”

Things have been going right for the 26-year-old cowboy, who has only been competing in tie-down roping a short time.

“I started calf roping when I was 18, so I was a little late,” said Dove, who competed on the rodeo team at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. “I went through college and got my business degree. After college, I worked for a few years roofing houses. I didn’t have a whole lot of money, and it takes some money to rodeo, so I worked a few years and got my chickens in a row.”

It all seems to be paying off, and it comes at a good time. He and his girlfriend, barrel racer Paige Conrado, are expecting a baby this spring. He also loves the idea of carrying on a family tradition.

“Everybody in my family calf ropes,” he said. “My parents split up when I was young, and I played other sports. In fact, I was going to go to college on and run track, but then I got to roping with my granddad. I realized I probably was never going to run in the Olympics, so I just went to calf roping.”

In fact, his grandfather, “Shorty” Dove, was an avid tie-down roper. Neil Dove is riding 16-year-old Tommy, the last horse his grandfather trained.

“I came home this past summer and started roping,” he said. “My horse is amazing. My granddad got him as a 2-year-old and trained him.”

“Shorty” Dove died in September 2014, but he passed the horse on to Neil.

“I started roping on him this past summer,” Neil Dove said. “My granddad roped all the way up until he died. This is a God deal for me. He was just saving him for me for the right time. If I would’ve had him early on, he might not be the caliber of horse his is now. Things have been starting to click right now.”

If Wednesday’s performance was any indication, it looks like Dove is pushing all the right buttons.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14, Feb. 17-19
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Tanner Aus, 90 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Pass The Hat; 2. Jake Vold and R.C. Landingham, 88 each; 4. Caleb Bennett, 86.5; 5. (tie) Mason Clements, Jamie Howlett and Tim O’Connell, 84.5 each; 8. (tie) Luke Creasy and Jake Brown, 84 each.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Josh Clark and Riley Duvall, 3.6 seconds, $3,321 each; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones, T.J. Hall, Dakota Eldridge and Heath Thomas, 3.9, $1,931 each; 7. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0, $541 each. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds; 2. (tie) Blake Knowles and Cody Woodward, 3.8 each; 4. (tie) Clayton Tuchscherer and Mike McGinn, 3.9 each; 6. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Clint Shofner, 4.1 each; 8. Cameron Mormon, 4.2. Average leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 8.3; 3. Riley Duvall, 8.4; 4. Stan Branco, 8.8; 5. (tie) Nick Guy and Trevor Knowles, 9.1 each; 7. Jacob Edler, 9.5; 8. Timmy Sparing, 9.7.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 4.0 seconds, $3,506; 2. Colby Lovell/Will Wodfin, 4.1, $3,049; 3. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 4.2, $2.592; 4. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess and Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 4.5, $1,906 each; 6. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6, $991 each; 8. (tie) Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell and Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.7, $102 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, Brady Tryan/Tommy Zuniga and Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 3.9 each; 5. (tie) Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, Casey Tew/John Robertson and Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, 4.0 each. Average leaders 1. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 8.6 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard and Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 8.7 each; 4. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 9.0; 5. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess and Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 9.3 each; 7. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 9.4; 8. Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, 9.5.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich n Fancy; 2. Allen Boore, 85.5; 3. Rusty Wright, 85; 4. Curtis Garton, 83; 5. Joey Sonnier III, 82; 6. Ryan Mackenzie, 81; 7. Brody Cress, 80; 8. (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw and Tyrel Larsen, 79.5 each.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds, $4,106; 2. (tie) Michael Otero, Caleb Smidt and Neil Dove, 8.0, $3,035 each; 5. (tie) Garrett Hale and E.J. Roberts, 8.1, $1,696 each; 7. (tie) Chant DeForest and Ike Fontenot, 8.2, $625 each. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. (tie) Timber Moore and J.D. Kibbe, 7.8 each; 5. (tie) Hunter Herrin and Justin Macha, 7.9 each; 7. Sterling Smith, 8.1; 8. (tie) Tyler Prcin, Quay Howard and Jerrad Hofstetter, 8.2 each. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 16.7 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Tyler Prcin and Timber Moore, 17.4 each; 4. E.J. Roberts, 17.6; 5. Garrett Hale, 17.7; 6. Chant DeForest, 17.8; 7. Marcos Costa, 18.0; 8. (tie) Trey Young, Cody Owens and Jayce Johnson, 18.2 each.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Tana Poppino, 13.97 seconds; 2. Kathy Grimes, 13.98; 3. Alexa Lake, 14.19; 4. Cayla Melby, 14.20; 5. Lisa Thornton, 14.22; 6. Kristen Drnell, 14.23; 7. Tori Morris, 14.25; 8. Nicole Riggle, 14.26; 9. Kelly Clifton, 14.27; 10. Pamela Capper and Callie duPerier, 14.29 each. Average leaders: 1. Kathy Grimes, 29.81 seconds on two runs; 2. Pamela Capper, 29.96; 3. Jana Bean, 29.97; 4. Tana Poppino, 29.98; 5. Kristen Darnell, 30.05; 6. Sherry Cervi, 30.09; 7. Kelley Schnaufer, 30.16; 8.Callie duPerier, 30.17; 9. Nicole Riggle, 30.19; 10. Sammi Bessert, 30.24.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Dustin Bowen, 87.5 points on Lancaster & Jones’ Total Bull Battle Born; 2. Joseph McConnel, 86.5; 3. Tim Bingham, 86; 4. (tie) Reagan Avery, Jeff Bertus, John Young and Kanin Asay, 84.5 each; 8. Josh Frost, 84.

postheadericon Knerr finds bright spot in circuit finals

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story appears in February 2016 issue of Women’s Pro Rodeo News, the official publication of he WPRA. It is reproduced with the consent of the WPRA. 

 

Heather Knerr needed a bright spot in her life.

Things had been a little rough for the 23-year-old cowgirl from Grass Range, Mont. A wedding planned for late January had been cancelled, her younger brother had suffered a broken hand while shoeing a horse and her father was in Jakarta, Indonesia, on a business trip when ISIS attacked the city of 9.6 million just days before the RAM Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo.

“I felt like God came through for me,” said Knerr, who won the average title in Great Falls, Mont., Jan. 15-17. “Everything came through when I needed it to.”

Riding Sparkin Jetolena, a 10-year-old sorrel gelding she calls Sparky, Knerr won the first two go-rounds and the average title, pocketing $7,864 along the way. Those earnings moved her from eighth to fourth in the year-end standings.

More importantly, it earned the University of Great Falls graduate student a trip to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which will take place April 7-10 in Kissimmiee, Fla. It’ll be a nice change climate change for Knerr and other qualifiers from the Montana Circuit, who all experience below-freezing temperatures and slick roads as they made their way to the Montana Expo Park.

Florida sounds pretty good about now, and so does winning the average championship.

“The rodeo team helps out with the whole circuit finals, and they were all there to help cheer me on,” said Knerr, who is in her final semester of college rodeo and serves as an assistant coach for the university’s rodeo program. “That was huge not only for me but for my family.”

She and Sparky won the opening round with a 13.19-second run, the fastest of the weekend. Their 13.42 in the second round earned the top spot, then they secured the average title with 13.68; Knerr finished just 27-hundredths of a second ahead of Kaela Murphy.

“I didn’t want to check him too early going into the first, and we blew past it,” Knerr said of their third-round run. “He went by the second, too. The third barrel was good, and he clocked pretty good, but he should have placed. That was rider error for sure.”

It also was a great learning experience. The weekend marked her second straight qualifications to the circuit finals. Because she’s working toward a master’s degree, she is allowed to compete for a fifth year in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. She will have to miss a regional rodeo the weekend of the RNCFR, but it’s well worth it.

“I’m really excited, and I’m not sure it’s all sunk in yet,” said Knerr, who plans to take her family with her to the national championship event. “My brother has a college rodeo, so he won’t be able to go; he’s pouting a little bit.

“I’ve never been to Florida. I really like going to new places and seeing new things.”

The experience also will feature the young cowgirl running at one of the most prestigious events in ProRodeo. Much has changed for her since moving to Montana a decade and a half ago.

“I used to be a figure skater,” she said, pointing out that she spent the first seven years of life in Golden, Colo. “I always liked horses, but we never really rodeoed until we came to Montana.

“When I was 12, I had been skating a little bit, but I also had horses. I had to pick what way I wanted to go, and I picked the horses.”

Her father, Ken, had competed in multiple events in rodeo as a youngster. A broken back in his late teens forced him to sideline the sport for the most part – Ken Knerr still competes in team roping when he can. Mom Nicki was raised on a ranch in Grass Range. Though she had been around horses all her life, she never really rodeoed, Heather Knerr said.

Now mother and daughter work together in training their horses. In fact, that’s how they came to showcase Sparky. His mother, The Range of Vegas, had been one of Ken’s team roping horse. When Heather Knerr transitioned the mare into a barrel horse, they tried to rein in her wild side by breading her to Blazin Jetolena, a well-known stallion.

“We were able to fix the things we didn’t do right with his mom,” said Heather Knerr, who has a close relationship with her younger siblings: brother Shane and sister Jenna. “By having her, we were able to learn and figure some stuff out.

“He has a super quirky attitude, and he spooks at about everything.”

But he runs really well. That’s always a plus.

A bittersweet finale

Lindsay Kruse had long dreamed of winning the Montana Circuit year-end championship on Lenas Mijo Dulce, a 14-year-old sorrel gelding she’d been running for several years.

The tandem accomplished their mission with a fantastic 2015, earning $17,689 through the course of the regular season. That was enough to claim the title, though nobody knew that before the circuit finals had begun.

Just days before the opening round, Kruse had Harley euthanized because the talented, 14-year-old sorrel gelding was not overcoming injuries sustained last fall.

“It meant a lot to win it for his sake and to close that chapter in his life,” she said. “He deserved to win the title.”

Harley suffered a cut in one of his legs. The injury became infected, and the horse never recovered. It wasn’t worth it to Kruse to allow the gelding to suffer any longer.

“We did everything we could,” she said. “By the time he lost 800 pounds, you wouldn’t even recognize him. The decision was made over two days. It just didn’t seem right to put him through all that pain trying things, then not knowing whether or not it would work.

“I’ve never had to do anything like that before. It was very hard.”

A few days after saying goodbye to her copilot of eight years, she returned to the arena with Ninnekas Guy, a 7-year-old chestnut gelding she calls JJ. Though they didn’t place in any round, they placed third in the average.

“His personality is my favorite thing about him,” Kruse said. “He’s like a little boy. He’s tough-acting and wants to run. I like free-runners. He has almost too much speed and doesn’t know how to control it. It’ll be months before I can show his real speed. He clocks well, but he needs seasoned.

“He’s ornery, and I like that in a horse. I think that’s what good horses are made of.”

Though heavy hearts were part of the Kruse family’s weekend in Great Falls, there were plenty of things to celebrate. Lindsay Kruse wasn’t the only champ in the mix; her husband, 2009 world champion saddle bronc rider Jesse Kruse, also won the year-end title in his event.

“We’re both excited to win the year-end together,” she said, noting, though, that he followed his solid run at the circuit finals with knee surgery and will be out of commission for about eight months.

Jesse Kruse will have his rehab time in the South as the family spends the rest of the winter and early spring in warmer weather and his wife competes at rodeos in that region. It’ll make that transition to Kissimmee in April that much easier on them all.

Now a seven-time RNCFR qualifier, Lindsay Kruse is excited to return to Florida for the second year in a row. With two youngsters under the age of 5, there will be plenty to do.

“It’s fun going back there, especially with the kids,” she of daughter Paisley, 4, and son Kree, 1. “I’m sure the kids will be looking forward to it because of Disney World.”

Because of the recent circumstances, the Kruses will adjust their plans for 2016. What was expected to be a husband-wife tandem making a run at the NFR now will be the family on the rodeo trail together while Lindsay Kruse educates a young horse.

“I feel like things happen, and for me to have the courage to take care of business was big for us,” she said. All I had on my mind was to win for my horse’s sake. It’s bittersweet, because your horses are part of your family; they’re like your kids.

“That chapter of my life is filled, and now I can move on.”

postheadericon Lewis Feild, Oct. 28, 1956-Feb. 15, 2016

Lewis Feild

Lewis Feild

The word has spread quickly, but rodeo legend Lewis Feild lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Monday. He was 59.

Feild was a true all-around cowboy who won five ProRodeo world championships – two in bareback riding and three in the all-around from 1985-87 – and also was the father of four-time world champion bareback rider Kaycee Feild.

Lewis Feild was known as a cowboy who could handle any task assigned him. He was a rodeo coach and a pickup man; he even was selected to pick up at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2004.

Through his son’s great success in the arena, rodeo fans got to see a different side of Lewis Field. Instead of a rodeo idol, they witnessed a proud father and a man who always was approachable and kind-hearted.

May God bless his family and his many friends.

postheadericon Moore makes move in San Angelo

Timber Moore ropes his calf Sunday afternoon in San Angelo. His 7.8-second run pushed his two-run cumulative time to 17.4 seconds, good enough for second place int he average. (PHOTO BY TODD BREWER)

Timber Moore ropes his calf Sunday afternoon in San Angelo. His 7.8-second run pushed his two-run cumulative time to 17.4 seconds, good enough for second place in the average. (PHOTO BY TODD BREWER)

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Timber Moore knew he had been matched with the right animal at San Angelo Arena on Sunday afternoon.

He just needed to take advantage of it if he had any hopes of winning the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo tie-down roping title for the second time. His 7.8-second run during the eighth performance of the rodeo allows him that chance.

“Cheyenne Harper tied that calf in 8.8 the other day, so I knew she was one of the better calves in the pen,” said Moore, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Aubrey, Texas. “Everything worked pretty well, and I made a good run on her.

Timber Moore

Timber Moore

“I knew I needed to do something if I wanted to make the short round. Just to make the short round, I had to be 9.0 to have a good chance. To tie one in 7.8 seconds gives me a chance to place in the average or have a chance to win, so that’s important for me.”

Sunday’s run moves Moore into third place in the second round; his two-run cumulative time of 17.4 seconds also puts him in a tie for second place in the average with Tyler Prcin of Alvord, Texas.

“In the first round, I had a big black calf, and she wanted to jump up when we were tying them down earlier,” Moore said. “When I got to her, she jumped up and knocked me off balance. The calf I had today was littler and faster handling, and that made a lot of difference.”

He is just two years removed from winning the San Angelo championship, so he knows just how special it is to win in this West Texas town.

“San Angelo is a great rodeo town, and everybody out there loves calf roping,” he said. “I had always wanted to win this rodeo, and I’ve done it once. If I could come back and have a chance to win it again, it would great. Actually it would be outstanding for it to happen twice.”

It also would serve as a bit of redemption for the north Texas cowboy. He finished the regular season second in the world standings, then had some trouble during the NFR this past December. He placed in two go-rounds and still pocketed $26,654 during his 10-day run in Las Vegas. He ended the year 10th in the world standings.

“I had an unbelievable year, then I got to the finals, and my horse could’ve worked better and I could’ve roped better,” Moore said. “If I could start this year off like I finished last year off, it would help me a lot. It would help my confidence.

“I haven’t drawn just a whole lot of chances to be able to win or even make some good runs. Hopefully I can get on the right end of the draw and start making things happen.”

He’d like Sunday’s performance to be the start that positive roll of the dice. He’ll wait through two preliminary performances on Wednesday and Thursday to see where he sits for Friday’s championship round, but he likes his position so far.

“Coming back and tying one fast today gave me a chance to get out of there with a lot more money than if I would’ve tied one in 9.0,” he said. “If you come back toward the bottom of the field for the short round, then you don’t have high expectations for winning a good average check. Now I’ve given myself a solid chance to come out of here with a good check.”

That also would be a boost to the cowboy’s confidence.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14, Feb. 17-19
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Tanner Aus, 90 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Pass The Heat; 2. Jake Vold and R.C. Landingham, 88 each; 4. Caleb Bennett, 86.5; 5. (tie) Mason Clements and Jamie Howlett, 84.5 each; 7. (tie) Luke Creasy and Jake Brown, 84 each.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Josh Clark and Riley Duvall, 3.6 seconds each; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones, T.J. Hall, Dakota Eldridge and Heath Thomas, 3.9 each; 7. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds; 2. (tie) Blake Knowles and Cody Woodward, 3.8 each; 4. (tie) Clayton Tuchscherer and Mike McGinn, 3.9 each; 6. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Clint Shofner, 4.1 each; 8. Cameron Mormon, 4.2. Average leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 8.3; 3. Riley Duvall, 8.4; 4. Stan Branco, 8.8; 5. (tie) Nick Guy and Trevor Knowles, 9.1 each; 7. Jacob Edler, 9.5; 8. Timmy Sparing, 9.7.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 4.0 seconds; 2. Colby Lovell/Will Wodfin, 4.1; 3. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 4.2; 4. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess and Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 4.5 each; 6. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6 each; 8. (tie) Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell and Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.7 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, Brady Tryan/Tommy Zuniga and Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 3.9 each; 5. (tie) Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, Casey Tew/John Robertson and Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, 4.0 each. Average leaders 1. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 8.6 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard and Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 8.7 each; 4. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 9.0; 5. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess and Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 9.3 each; 7. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 9.4; 8. Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, 9.5.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich n Fancy; 2. Allen Boore, 85.5; 3. Rusty Wright, 85; 4. Curtis Garton, 83; 5. Joey Sonnier III, 82; 6. Ryan Mackenzie, 81; 7. Brody Cress, 80; 8. (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw and Tyrel Larsen, 79.5 each.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Michael Otero and Caleb Smidt, 8.0 each; 4. (tie) Garrett Hale and E.J. Roberts, 8.1 each; 6. (tie) Chant DeForest and Ike Fontenot, 8.2 each; 8. Cody Quaney, 8.3. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. (tie) Timber Moore and J.D. Kibbe, 7.8 each; 5. (tie) Hunter Herrin and Justin Macha, 7.9 each; 7. Sterling Smith, 8.1; 8. (tie) Tyler Prcin, Quay Howard and Jerrad Hofstetter, 8.2 each. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 16.7 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Tyler Prcin and Timber Moore, 17.4 each; 4. E.J. Roberts, 17.6; 5. Garrett Hale, 17.7; 6. Chant DeForest, 17.8; 7. Marcos Costa, 18.0; 8. (tie) Trey Young, Cody Owens and Jayce Johnson, 18.2 each.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Tana Poppino, 13.97 seconds; 2. Kathy Grimes, 13.98; 3. Alexa Lake, 14.19; 4. Lisa Thonton, 14.22; 5. Tori Morris, 14.25; 6. Nicole Riggle, 14.26; 7. Kelly Clifton, 14.27; 8. Pamela Capper, 14.29; 9. Cindy Wheeler, 14.30; 10. Sabrina Ketcham, 14.31. Average leaders: 1. Kathy Grimes, 29.81 seconds on two runs; 2. Pamela Capper, 29.96; 3. Jana Bean, 29.97; 4. Tana Poppino, 29.98; 5. Sherry Cervi, 30.09; 6. Kelley Schnaufer, 30.16; 7. Nicole Riggle, 30.19; 8. Megan Lewis, 30.26; 9. (tie) Cindy Wheeler and Kirsty White, 30.30 each.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Dustin Bowen, 87.5 points on Lancaster & Jones’ Total Bull Battle Born; 2. Joseph McConnel, 86.5; 3. Tim Bingham, 86; 4. (tie) Reagan Avery, Jeff Bertus, John Young and Kanin Asay, 84.5 each; 8. Josh Frost, 84.

postheadericon Aus scores 90 in San Angelo

Tanner Aus rides J Bar J's Pass The Hat for 90 points to take the lead at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. It was the first time Aus has ridden for that score in his ProRodeo career. (PHOTO BY TODD BREWER)

Tanner Aus rides J Bar J’s Pass The Hat for 90 points to take the lead at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. It was the first time Aus has ridden for that score in his ProRodeo career. (PHOTO BY TODD BREWER)

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Tanner Aus had a spectacular 2015.

He won several big rodeo titles, including Cheyenne, Wyo.; he earned his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification; and then he closed out the year by proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Lonissa Jones.

Now he’s trying to make 2016 even better. On Saturday night, Aus spurred J Bar J Rodeo’s Pass The Hat for 90 points to take the bareback riding lead at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo; it was the first time the Granite Falls, Minn., has ever been marked that high in his ProRodeo career.

Tanner Aus

Tanner Aus

“My highest score up to this point was 87,” said Aus, 25, the 2012 College National Finals Rodeo champion. “I was just pushing for that 88, so it feels really good to go to 90. It’s crazy.”

It also was the first time the young cowboy had matched moves with Pass The Hat, but he had done a little homework before the competition began.

“I knew Kaycee (Feild) had won a round on him at the finals this last year,” Aus said of the four-time world champion. “That’s all I could really think about. I’ve been drawing pretty good, and a lot of times the difference is what’s going on between the ears. I had just been going through the motions.

“Tonight I had it in my mind that I had to set the tone, and I knew I had the horse to do it on. I just need to get in that frame of mind from now on.”

The Minnesota cowboy is coming off his best season in rodeo. He earned nearly $170,000 riding bucking horses and finish sixth in the world standings. He pointed back to San Angelo as the key factor in his strong campaign. He placed in both go-rounds and finished in a tie for second overall. He pocketed $4,600 in West Texas, then just kept adding to it.

“All these winter rodeos are important, and last year, it was here that set my season up,” he said. “I went from San Angelo to San Antonio to Tucson (Ariz.), and I ended up with a pile of money.”

He earned $15,632 between those three rodeos and found himself inside the top 20 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings.

“I didn’t win a buckle or a title at any of them, but it showed me that I could do pretty well if I just placed at them.”

Now he sits fifth in the 2016 world standings and knows how important the winter run can be. He also felt the excitement inside the San Angelo Coliseum on a Saturday night.

“They had the place packed,” Aus said. “R.C. (Landingham) was one of the first ones to go, and he was 88. That set the tone early, and that’s hard to top. I’m glad I was able to do it.”

Now he will wait out the final three performances of this year’s preliminary go-rounds to see where he will sit during next Friday’s championship round. He’s set the bar high, but that also means he has a target on his back for the rest of the week.

That’s just how he likes it.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14, Feb. 17-19
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Tanner Aus, 90 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Pass The Heat; 2. Jake Vold and R.C. Landingham, 88 each; 4. Caleb Bennett, 86.5; 5. (tie) Mason Clements and Jamie Howlett, 84.5 each; 7. (tie) Luke Creasy and Jake Brown, 84.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Josh Clark and Riley Duvall, 3.6 seconds each; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones, T.J. Hall, Dakota Eldridge and Heath Thomas, 3.9 each; 7. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds; 2. (tie) Blake Knowles and Cody Woodward, 3.8; 4. (tie) Clayton Tuchscherer and Mike McGinn, 3.9 each; 6. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Clint Shofner, 4.1 each; 8. Cameron Mormon, 4.2. Average leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Riley Duvall, 8.4; 3. Stan Branco, 8.8; 4. (tie) Nick Guy and Trevor Knowles, 9.1 each; 6. Jacob Edler, 9.5; 7. Timmy Sparing, 9.7; 8. Matt Reeves, 10.0.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 4.0 seconds; 2. Colby Lovell/Will Wodfin, 4.1; 3. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 4.2; 4. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess and Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 4.5 each; 6. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6 each; 8. (tie) Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell and Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.7 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, Brady Tryan/Tommy Zuniga and Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 3.9 each; 5. (tie) Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, Casey Tew/John Robertson and Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, 4.0 each. Average leaders 1. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 8.6 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard and Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 8.7; 4. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 9.0; 5. Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 9.3; 6. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 9.4; 7. Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, 9.5; 8. (tie) Brandon Webb/Mickey Gomez and Justin Davis/Shane Bruce, 9.8.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich n Fancy; 2. Allen Boore, 85.5; 3. Rusty Wright, 85; 4. Curtis Garton, 83; 5. Joey Sonnier III, 82; 6. Brody Cress, 80; 7. CoBurn Bradshaw, 79.5; 8. Shorty Garrett, 79.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Michael Otero and Caleb Smidt, 8.0 each; 4. (tie) Garrett Hale and E.J. Roberts, 8.1; 6. (tie) Chant DeForest and Ike Fontenot, 8.2; 8. Cody Quaney, 8.3. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. J.D. Kibbe, 7.8; 4. (tie) Hunter Herrin and Justin Macha, 7.9 each; 6. Sterling Smith, 8.1; 7. (tie) Tyler Prcin, Quay Howard and Jerrad Hofstetter, 8.2 each. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 16.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Tyler Prcin, 17.4; 3. E.J. Roberts, 17.6; 4. Garrett Hale, 17.7; 5. Chant DeForest, 17.8; 6. Marcos Costa, 18.0; 7. (tie) Trey Young, Cody Owens and Jayce Johnson, 18.2 each.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Tana Poppino, 13.97 seconds; 2. Alexa Lake, 14.19; 3. Lisa Thonton, 14.22; 4. Tori Morris, 14.25; 5. Kelly Clifton, 14.27; 6. Pamela Capper, 14.29; 7. Cindy Wheeler, 14.30; 8. Sabrina Ketcham, 14.31; 9. (tie) Sherrylynn Johnson and Cassie Moseley, 14.36. Average leaders: 1. Pamela Capper, 29.96 seconds on two runs; 2. Tana Poppino, 29.98; 3. Sherry Cervi, 30.09; 4. Kelley Schnaufer, 30.16; 5. Cindy Wheeler, 30.30; 6. Lisa Thornton, 30.33; 7. Sherrylynn Johnson, 30.3; 8. Brooke Rix, 30.43; 9. Kelly Clifton, 30.44; 10. T.K. Lawrence, 30.50.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Dustin Bowen, 87.5 points on Lancaster & Jones’ Total Bull Battle Born; 2. Joseph McConnel, 86.5; 3. Tim Bingham, 86; 4. (tie) Reagan Avery, Jeff Bertus and John Young, 84.5 each; 7. Josh Frost, 84; 8. Toby Collins, 83.5.

postheadericon San Angelo results through 6 performances

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14, Feb. 17-19

Jake Vold

Jake Vold

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Jake Vold, 88 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Faded Memories; 2. Caleb Bennett, 86.5; 3. (tie) Mason Clements and Jamie Howlett, 84.5 each; 5. (tie) Luke Creasy and Jake Brown, 84; 7. Teddy Athan, 83; 8. Clayton Biglow, 82.5.

K.C. Jones

K.C. Jones

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Josh Clark and Riley Duvall, 3.6 seconds; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones, T.J. Hall, Dakota Eldridge and Heath Thomas, 3.9 each; 7. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds; 2. Cody Woodward, 3.8; 3. (tie) Clayton Tuchscherer and Mike McGinn, 3.9 each; 5. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Clint Shofner, 4.1 each; 7. Cameron Mormon, 4.2; 8. (tie) K.C. Jones, Clayton Hass and Forest Salsbury, 4.3 each. Average leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Riley Duvall, 8.4; 3. Stan Branco, 8.8; 4. Nick Guy, 9.1; 5. Jacob Edler, 9.5; 6. Matt Reeves, 10.0; 7. Shayde Etherton and Justin Shaffer, 10.4 each.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 4.0 seconds; 2. Colby Lovell/Will Wodfin, 4.1; 3. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 4.2; 4. Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 4.5; 5. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6 each; 6. (tie) Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell and Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.7 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, Brady Tryan/Tommy Zuniga and Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 3.9 each; 5. (tie) Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, Casey Tew/John Robertson and Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, 4.0 each. Average leaders 1. Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 8.6 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard and Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 8.7; 4. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 9.0; 5. Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 9.3; 6. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 9.4; 7. Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, 9.5; 8. (tie) Brandon Webb/Mickey Gomez and Justin Davis/Shane Bruce, 9.8.

Jacobs Crawley

Jacobs Crawley

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich n Fancy; 2. Allen Boore, 85.5; 3. Curtis Garton, 83; 4. Joey Sonnier III, 82; 5. Brody Cress, 80; 6. CoBurn Bradshaw, 79.5; 7. Shorty Garrett, 79; 8. (tie) Jake Wright and Clay Elliott, 78 each.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Michael Otero and Caleb Smidt, 8.0 each; 4. (tie) Garrett Hale and E.J. Roberts, 8.1; 6. (tie) Chant DeForest and Ike Fontenot, 8.2; 8. Cody Quaney, 8.3. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. J.D. Kibbe, 7.8; 4. (tie) Hunter Herrin and Justin Macha, 7.9 each; 6. Sterling Smith, 8.1; 7. (tie) Tyler Prcin, Quay Howard and Jerrad Hofstetter, 8.2 each. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 16.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Tyler Prcin, 17.4; 3. E.J. Roberts, 17.6; 4. Garrett Hale, 17.7; 5. Chant DeForest, 17.8; 6. Marcos Costa, 18.0; 7. (tie) Trey Young, Cody Owens and Jayce Johnson, 18.2 each.

Pamela Capper

Pamela Capper

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Tana Poppino, 13.97 seconds; 2. Alexa Lake, 14.19; 3. Lisa Thonton, 14.22; 4. Pamela Capper, 14.29; 5. Sabrina Ketcham, 14.31; 6. Sherrylynn Johnson, 14.36; 7. Brooke Rix, 14.40; 8. Sherry Cervi, 14.41; 9. Jessica Dunbar, 14.45; 10. Kelsey Lutjen, 14.47. Average leaders: 1. Pamela Capper, 29.96 seconds on two runs; 2. Tana Poppino, 29.98; 3. Sherry Cervi, 30.09; 4. Lisa Thornton, 30.33; 5. Sherrylynn Johnson, 30.3; 6. Brooke Rix, 30.43; 7. (tie) Sabrina Ketcham and Callahan Crossley, 30.52; 9. Alexa Lake, 30.59; 10. Jessica Dunbar, 30.60.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Dustin Bowen, 87.5 points on Lancaster & Jones’ Total Bull Battle Born; 2. Tim Bingham, 86; 3. (tie) Reagan Avery, Jeff Bertus and John Young, 84.5 each; 6. Josh Frost, 84; 7. Toby Collins, 83.5; 8. Pistol Preece, 83.

postheadericon Vold happy, healthy in San Angelo

Jake Vold of Ponoka, Alberta, rides Pickett Pro Rodeo's Faded Memories for 88 points Friday night at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo to take the bareback riding lead. (PHOTO BY TODD BREWER)

Jake Vold of Ponoka, Alberta, rides Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Faded Memories for 88 points Friday night at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo to take the bareback riding lead. (PHOTO BY TODD BREWER)

SAN ANGELO, Texas – A little vacation from rodeo seemed to be the magic for bareback rider Jake Vold.

After two months away from rodeo, he returned Friday night, matching moves with Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Faded Memories for 88 points to take the bareback riding lead at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

“That’s the first horse I’ve been on since last year, and I guess it was a good one to knock the rust off with,” said Vold, a 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Ponoka, Alberta. “I didn’t know a thing about him, but guys said he should be pretty strong and bucky. Then I talked to Cullen Pickett (who owns the horse), and he said he’d been to the NFR a couple of times in the E pen.”

Jake Vold

Jake Vold

That stands for the Eliminator pen at ProRodeo’s grand championship, a group of 20 horses that are known as the toughest-to-ride broncs in the business. Faded Memories definitely fits into that category.

“He’s big and strong,” Vold said of the horse. “I was pretty rusty, but I stuck to the basics and the things I’ve been doing riding my spur board back home. The big thing about big, strong horses is that you can’t weaken on them. As long as I keep going at them, it seems to work out pretty good.”

While Vold moved into the lead, traveling partner Caleb Bennett moved into second with an 86.5-point ride on Pickett’s Scarlett Night – Bennett is a three-time NFR qualifier from Tremonton, Utah. They are hitting the hot spots through the winter run of rodeos along with Clint Laye, a 2015 NFR qualifier from Pocatello, Idaho.

For Vold, it’s quite a change from the last two months. He had suffered a torn meniscus last season and has allowed his body time to heal. He also was waiting at his home for a knee brace to arrive to allow his knee the support it needed to compete at a world-class level. Kicking things off with a solid score in San Angelo made his life on the road feel right at home.

“I won second here in 2011, but I don’t remember if I’ve won the (first) round before,” said Vold, the 2015 bareback riding champion in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. “I’ve definitely won some good checks out of San Angelo.”

Now that the engine’s running, the Canadian cowboy plans to see how this 2016 edition will drive.

“I’m just going to try to have another dominating year, especially in Canada,” he said. “I have some personal goals up there. Down here, my goal is to definitely get back to Vegas (and the NFR). It sunk in last year that I wasn’t there, that I didn’t get qualified. I’ve been working hard to get back.”

Vold just missed his second straight NFR qualification, finishing 17th in the world standings – only the top 15 earn the right to play on ProRodeo’s biggest stage. Now that he’s healthy, he has his focus set on his goals.

“I’m a big believer that when you’re hurting, you’re not going to win anything,” Vold said. “I wanted to make sure that I was feeling good and that I was able to compete at the level I need to compete.

“To get a start like this, I just needed to wait until I was ready to go. Now I just need to keep riding good.”

That’s a winning formula.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14, Feb. 17-19
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Jake Vold, 88 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Faded Memories; 2. Caleb Bennett, 86.5; 3. (tie) Mason Clements and Jamie Howlett, 84.5 each; 5. Luke Creasy, 84; 6. Teddy Athan, 83; 7. Clayton Biglow, 82.5; 8. (tie) Tray Chambliss II and Kash Wilson, 82 each.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Josh Clark and Riley Duvall, 3.6 seconds; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones, T.J. Hall, Dakota Eldridge and Heath Thomas, 3.9 each; 7. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds; 2. Cody Woodward, 3.8; 3. (tie) Clayton Tuchscherer and Mike McGinn, 3.9 each; 5. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Clint Shofner, 4.1 each; 7. Cameron Mormon, 4.2; 8. (tie) K.C. Jones, Clayton Hass and Forest Salsbury, 4.3 each. Average leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Riley Duvall, 8.4; 3. Stan Branco, 8.8; 4. Nick Guy, 9.1; 5. Jacob Edler, 9.5; 6. Matt Reeves, 10.0; 7. Shayde Etherton and Justin Shaffer, 10.4 each.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 4.0 seconds; 2. Colby Lovell/Will Wodfin, 4.1; 3. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 4.2; 4. Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 4.5; 5. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6 each; 6. (tie) Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell and Spencer Mitchell/Justin Davis, 4.7 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Brady Tryan/Tommy Zuniga and Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 3.9 each; 4. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, Casey Tew/John Robertson and Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, 4.0 each; 7. (tie) Bobby Joe Hill/Boogie Ray, Cory Clark/Ethan Cory and Dylan Gordan/Austin Rogers, 4.1 each. Average leaders 1. Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 8.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 9.0; 3. Blake Kirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 9.3; 4. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 9.4; 5. Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, 9.5; 6. (tie) Brandon Webb/Mickey Gomez and Justin Davis/Shane Bruce, 9.8; 8. Kelsey Parchman/Matt Kasner, 10.0.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Rich n Fancy; 2. Allen Boore, 85.5; 3. Curtis Garton, 83; 4. Joey Sonnier III, 82; 5. Brody Cress, 80; 6. CoBurn Bradshaw, 79.5; 7. Shorty Garrett, 79; 8. (tie) Jake Wright and Clay Elliott, 78 each.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Michael Otero and Caleb Smidt, 8.0 each; 4. (tie) Garrett Hale and E.J. Roberts, 8.1; 6. (tie) Chant DeForest and Ike Fontenot, 8.2; 8. Cody Quaney, 8.3. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. J.D. Kibbe, 7.8; 4. (tie) Hunter Herrin and Justin Macha, 7.9 each; 6. (tie) Quay Howard and Jerrad Hofstetter, 8.2 each; 8. John Wall, 8.3. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 16.7 seconds on two runs; 2. E.J. Roberts, 17.6; 3. Garrett Hale, 17.7; 4. Chant DeForest, 17.8; 5. Marcos Costa, 18.0; 6. (tie) Trey Young, Cody Owens and Jayce Johnson, 18.2 each.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Tana Poppino, 13.97 seconds; 2. Lisa Thonton, 14.22; 3. Pamela Capper, 14.29; 4. Sabrina Ketcham, 14.31; 5. Sherrylynn Johnson, 14.36; 6. Brooke Rix, 14.40; 7. Sherry Cervi, 14.41; 8. Kelsey Lutjen, 14.47; 9. Callahan Crossley, 14.49; 10. Megan Swint, 14.52. Average leaders: 1. Pamela Capper, 29.96 seconds on two runs; 2. Tana Poppino, 29.98; 3. Sherry Cervi, 30.09; 4. Lisa Thornton, 30.33; 5. Sherrylynn Johnson, 30.3; 6. Brooke Rix, 30.43; 7. (tie) Sabrina Ketcham and Callahan Crossley, 30.52; 9. Kelsey Lutjen, 30.63; 10. Kelsie Miller, 30,69.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Dustin Bowen, 87.5 points on Lancaster & Jones’ Total Bull Battle Born; 2. Tim Bingham, 86; 3. (tie) Reagan Avery, Jeff Bertus and John Young, 84.5 each; 6. Josh Frost, 84; 7. Cody Johansen, 82; 8. Cody Rostockyj, 80.5.

postheadericon San Angelo leaders through Feb. 10

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Josh Clark and Riley Duvall, 3.6 seconds; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones, T.J. Hall and Heath Thomas, 3.9 each; 6. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each; 8. Ty Talsma, 4.2. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 3.5 seconds; 2. Cody Woodward, 3.8; 3. (tie) Clayton Tuchscherer and Mike McGinn, 3.9 each; 5. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Clint Shofner, 4.1 each; 7. Cameron Mormon, 4.2; 8. (tie) K.C. Jones, Clayton Hass and Forest Salsbury, 4.3 each. Average leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Riley Duvall, 8.4; 3. Stan Branco, 8.8; 4. Nick Guy, 9.1; 5. Jacob Edler, 9.5; 6. Matt Reeves, 10.0; 7. Shayde Etherton and Justin Shaffer, 10.4 each.

Colby Lovell

Colby Lovell

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Will Wodfin, 4.1 seconds; 2. Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 4.5; 3. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6 each; 5. (tie) Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger and Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.7 each; 7. (tie) Travis Tryan/Levi Tryan, Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego and Kelsey Parchman/Matt Kasner, 4.8 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Brady Tryan/Tommy Zuniga and Tate Kirchenschlager/Trevor Kirchenschlager, 3.9 each; 4. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, Casey Tew/John Robertson and Drew Horner/Trey Johnson, 4.0 each; 7. (tie) Bobby Joe Hill/Boogie Ray, Cory Clark/Ethan Cory and Dylan Gordan/Austin Rogers, 4.1 each. Average leaders 1. Colby Lovell/Will Woodfin, 8.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 9.0; 3. Blake Kirdes/Joseph Shawnego, 9.3; 4. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 9.4; 5. Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger, 9.5; 6. (tie) Brandon Webb/Mickey Gomez and Justin Davis/Shane Bruce, 9.8; 8. Kelsey Parchman/Matt Kasner, 10.0.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Michael Otero and Caleb Smidt, 8.0 each; 4. (tie) Garrett Hale and E.J. Roberts, 8.1; 6. (tie) Chant DeForest and Ike Fontenot, 8.2; 8. (tie) Jayce Johnson and Cole Bailey, 8.4. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 7.4 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 7.7; 3. J.D. Kibbe, 7.8; 4. (tie) Hunter Herrin and Justin Macha, 7.9 each; 6. (tie) Quay Howard and Jerrad Hofstetter, 8.2 each; 8. John Wall, 8.3. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 16.7 seconds on two runs; 2. E.J. Roberts, 17.6; 3. Garrett Hale, 17.7; 4. Chant DeForest, 17.8; 5. Marcos Costa, 18.0; 6. (tie) Trey Young, Cody Owens and Jayce Johnson, 18.2 each.

postheadericon 5-time champ Jones injured, replaced by Doescher

Oklahoma City cowboy Cody Doescher will return to the CINCH Timed Event Championship during its 2016 run from March 4-6 at the Lazy E Arena.

Doescher will replace five-time champion K.C. Jones of Burlington, Wyo., who suffered an injured shoulder recently and will be out of competition for the next eight to 12 weeks.

Cody Doescher

Cody Doescher

“You don’t want to wish anything bad on anybody,” Doescher said. “K.C.’s been a contender there every year and has won it multiple times. It’s definitely going to be different being there without him. Fortunately for me, it allows me the chance to compete there, but I sure didn’t want to get in that way.”

In 2014-15, Doescher was part of the prestigious 20-man field that features the best all-around timed-event cowboys in rodeo competing in all five disciplines: heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.

It’s dubbed the “Ironman of ProRodeo” because of the grueling test each of the cowboys faces through the five-round competition that takes place over three days.

“It means the world to be able to go again, because it’s such a prestigious event,” said Doescher, who finished 11th in the 2015 average race. “It’s such a cowboy competition and not just a rodeo. Guys will get out of their comfort zone and have to do things they don’t do every day.

“It brings out the weaknesses everybody has and the mind games, and you have to overcome it in one event. That’s what makes it such a great event.”

postheadericon San Angelo updated first round

SanAngelo-LogoMore competition took place at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo today with more first-round action in the timed events. Here are the updated standings.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Josh Clark and Riley Duvall, 3.6 seconds; 3. (tie) K.C. Jones, T.J. Hall and Heath Thomas, 3.9 each; 6. (tie) Stan Branco and Orrin Fontenot, 4.0 each; 8. Ty Talsma, 4.2.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Will Wodfin, 4.1 seconds; 2. Bart Brunson/Zack Mabry, 4.5; 3. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis and Justin Davis/Zane Bruce, 4.6 each; 5. (tie) Caleb Smidt/B.J. Dugger and Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.7 each; 7. (tie) Travis Tryan/Levi Tryan, Blake Hirdes/Joseph Shawnego and Kelsey Parchman/Matt Kasner, 4.8 each.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jake Pratt, 7.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Michael Otero and Caleb Smidt, 8.0 each; 4. (tie) Garrett Hale and E.J. Roberts, 8.1; 6. (tie) Chant DeForest and Ike Fontenot, 8.2; 8. (tie) Jayce Johnson and Cole Bailey, 8.4.

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