Archive for May, 2016

postheadericon McLeod, Slick excel in Guymon

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story appears in the June issue of Women’s Pro Rodeo News, the official publication of the WPRA. It is republished here with the approval of the WPRA. 

The dry climate of the Oklahoma Panhandle is vastly different from his lake-washed environment of his north Texas home, but Slick By Design seems to like it.

Slick and his jockey, Michele McLeod, won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo’s average championship for the second time in four years. The talented tandem finished in a two-run cumulative time of 34.71 seconds to claim the title, guided by a 17.19-second final-round winning run.

“Guymon started off our career in 2013, and that was the first rodeo we won,” said McLeod, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Whitesboro, Texas. “It was nice to come back and win it again.”

Michele McLeod

Michele McLeod

McLeod’s first victory inside Hitch Arena may have been the guiding force behind her first trip to the NFR, all aboard a stallion that is just 9 years old. Every year he’s played for the biggest pay in the sport, Slick has improved. A year ago, McLeod and the black placed in six rounds, finished fourth in the average and pocketed more than $138,000 in Vegas.

His job in May is considerably different than it is in December, but Slick still has a winning way about him.

“What’s going on with slick right now is that he’s basically spending most of this spring breeding,” she said. “He’s not really at the top of his game, because he’s only been run once a week for the month of April and the first of May. The weekend of Guymon, for example, I usually run him twice in Guymon and once in Duncan (Okla.), but I opted to run another horse in Duncan.”

That seemed to be a good choice. Even on another mount, McLeod placed fourth in Duncan, so it was a win-win weekend. In all, she pocketed more than $4,600 of Oklahoma’s money, with $3,918 coming in the Panhandle. She and slick posted a 17.52 in the first round and placed 12; only 10 women earned money per round.

“We ran ninth in our drag, so we were at the bottom of the ground,” she said. “He’s been running in smaller pens, so it’s the first big pen he’s worked this year. He worked great, but it was heavier and deeper ground. His time reflected that.”

The .19 on Saturday night was 17-100ths of a second faster than the second-round runner-up, Tori Morris. But that was enough to allow McLeod to squeak past Taylor Langdon by a hundredth for the average title.

“There’s just some history behind Guymon,” she said. “I had always heard about Guymon. I had gone years and years ago when I first went to Texas, and it seemed like all the good barrel racers were there. Then going there and winning it always makes me want to go back.

“The committee’s great. They always have a really good crowd for their performances, and you can just feel the electricity in that pen.”

In fact, she and Slick ran in front of the largest audience among the four performances at Hitch Arena, with nearly 6,000 on hand to see the dynamic pair race to the title. Of course, it helps that her mount has a calm demeanor and acts much different than most stallions in the game.

“I don’t think he’d be where he’s at if he acted like a stud,” McLeod said. “He loves to run barrels. He gets stronger and faster as each day goes on. He just absolutely loves doing this, and you can tell the look in his eyes, especially this time when he’s breeding. Running in front of that big crowd was great.

“He loves to be in the crowd. He tries every time you run barrels on him, but he’s a performer, and he loves it when the crowd is loud. When you get to our level, these horses know the difference between slack and a performance.”

As of mid-May, McLeod was in the top 15 in the world standings with more than $58,000 in season earnings. She credits an outstanding winter run with that success and sitting third in the standings at the time, but she knows there’s a lot of rodeo left to play.

“The rodeo season really hasn’t begun,” she said. “I’m not a true superstitious person, but on this subject, I am. I choose not to look at the at rodeo any different. I’ve seen in the past that people have had a really good winter and still not made the NFR.

“My plan is to rodeo as normal. With Slick, he’s just going to go to some particular rodeos. He’s been great, and he feels healthy, so we’re going to try to keep him that way.”

That’s what the best ladies in the game do with the best horses. They care for them as much as possible, and the cowgirls pay attention to their personalities. That’s what makes McLeod and Slick so special.

“His attitude and his personality really make him special to me,” McLeod said. “He tries so hard to do what I ask him, to do his job. He’s a very kind horse, and he absolutely loves his job. For me now being on him three years, it makes me smile just to ride him.

“I’ve said for the past couple years that if he throws babies with half his try, his babies are going to be phenomenal.”

Spoken like a true phenom herself.

postheadericon Northcott, Markham win Claremore

CLAREMORE, Okla. – It’s been 17 years since Steve Northcott last roped at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

It’s about time he returns.

On Sunday night, he and his partner, Cale Markham, stopped the clock in 5.0 seconds to win the team-roping title on a damp final night of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo. A short-lived but heavy thunderstorm passed over Will Rogers Stampede Arena shortly before the rodeo was to begin, but the wet arena didn’t bother the winning tandem.

WRS-Logo“I actually got here early enough that I came out to the arena and checked the arena,” said Northcott, 46, the 1996 world champion from Odessa, Texas. “The ground is really sandy, and I knew the weather was going to get bad. I still thought the footing was going to be good no matter how much rain it got.

“It was a little muddy in front of the roping box, but out where the run actually happened the arena was actually in great shape.”

Markham, a header from Vinita, Okla., got his rope on the steer quickly, turned the animal for Northcott, who stopped the clock on the run. Markham and Northcott were 6-10ths of a second faster than the runners-up, Jesse Stipes/Buddy Hawkins and Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens.

“Cale actually turned him where the ground is real good,” Northcott said. “It was a lot easier shot for me than it would have been in the mud.”

It’s a great way to kick start the new partnership.

“We started roping together at the Guymon (Okla.) rodeo the first of May,” he said. “We’re planning on roping all summer long and try to make the finals.”

That’s the perfect sentiment for a cowboy that decided to return to the rodeo trail after many years away from the game.

“For some crazy reason, I decided to do it again,” Northcott said.

He likes the idea of having a talented partner in Markham, who is about half his age but has a strong pedigree. Not only has the Oklahoma cowboy excelled at the local level, he also has qualified for the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in heading.

“I was that age one time, and I was awfully confident in my roping, too,” Northcott said. “To do good at the professional level, you’ve got to have one of those young kids in front of you, or it’s tough to do it.

“My goal is to make the National Finals Rodeo one more time, then maybe do it again.”

Will Rogers Stampede
Claremore, Okla.
May 27-29
Bareback riding:
1. Tim O’Connell, 84.5 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Hillbilly, $1,055; 2. Joel Schlegel, 84, $799; 3. Marvin Alderman Jr., 82.5, $575; 4. Zach Hibler, 77.5, $384; 5. Mark Kreder, 77, $224; 6. Anthony Thomas, 76, $160.0

Steer wrestling: 1. Jarek VanPetten, 4.4 seconds, $1,703; 2. Riley Duvall, 5.0, $1,481; 3. (tie) Travis Burgett, Chance Howard and Jon Ragatz, 5.2, $1,036 each; 6. Nick Guy, 5.5, $592; 7. Jacob Talley, 5.6, $370; 8. Mitchell Gardner, 5.7, $148.

Tie-down roping: 1. Jesse Hinkle, 8.3 seconds, $1,799; 2. Lane Jeffrey, 9.0, $1,489; 3. Caddo Lewallen, 9.2, $1,179; 4. Travis Rogers, 9.9, $869; 5. Jared Mark Kempker, 10.2, $558; 6. Clay Brown, 10.5, $310.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Shade Etbauer, 85 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s The Darkness, $1,256; 2. (tie) Colt Gordon and James Greeson, 84.5, $819 each; 4. Curtis Garton, 83, $457; 3. Dean Wadsworth, 80, $266; 4. Cody Anthony, 79.5, $190.

Team roping: 1. Cale Markham/Steve Northcott, 5.0 seconds, $1,622; 2. (tie) Jesse Stipes/Buddy Hawkins II and Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, $1,304 each, 5.6; 4. Troy Boone/Kingston Chang, 5.8, $987; 5. (tie) Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward and Phillip McCoy/Justin Fox, 5.9, $670 each; 5. (tie) Casey Hicks/Braden Harmon, Payden Emmett/Justin Pruitt and Cole Sherwood/Steve Sherwood, 6.2, $165 each.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.7 seconds, $1,166; Kim Ziegelgruber, 12.2, $874; 3. Marty Poppino, 12.8, $583; 4. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.0, $291. Second round 1. Chet Herren, 10.9 seconds, $1,116; 2. J. Tom Fisher, 11.3, $874; 3. Ralph Williams, 11.5, $583; 4. (tie) Ryan O’Rourke and Guy Allen, 12.1, $146 each. Third round leaders: 1. Guy Allen, 9.9 seconds, $1,166; 2. Rocky Patterson, 11.1, $874; 3. Brady Garten, 11.4, 583; 4. (tie) Lawson Plemons and Vin Fisher Jr., 12.0, $146. Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 37.7 seconds on three runs, $1,748; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 36.0, $1,311; 3. Thomas Smith, 40.8, $874; 4. Tyrel Taton, 57.1, $437.

Barrel racing: 1. Emily Miller, 17.80 seconds, $1,625; 2. (tie) Stevi Hillman and Gretchen Benbenek, 17.83, $1,276 each; 4. Paula Mercer, 17.88, $1,006; 5. Tracy Nowlin, 17.89, $774; 6. Chelsie Shoop, 17.92, $619; 7. Sallye Williams, 17.94, $464; 8. Kyra Stierwalt, 17.98, $309; 9. Kyra Travis, 18.09, $232; 10. Savannah Pearson, 18.15, $154.

Bull riding: 1. Trevor Kastner, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Resurrected, $1,659; 2. Lon Danley, 85, $1,257; 3. Brennon Eldred, 82, $905; 4. Clayton Joe Appelhans, 81.5, $603; 5. Elliot Jacoby, 81, $351. 6. (tie) Toby Collins and Trevor Reiste, 80, $126 each.

postheadericon Schlegel finds Sadie’s Gal to his liking

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Joel Schlegel has found young lady to his liking.

Sadie’s Gal is a 9-year-old dark brown mare from the Dallas-based livestock firm of Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo. On Saturday night, Schlegel matched moves with the horse for 84 points to take the bareback riding lead during the second performance of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo.

“I got on her in Bay City (Texas) earlier this year and won that one,” said Schlegel, 27, of Burns, Colo. “She’s a really good horse that went to the National Finals Rodeo a couple years ago. She’s not the most famous one of Pete’s, but you can dang sure place on her anywhere she’s at.”

WRS-LogoCarr is one of the most recognized stock contractors in the sport, having had more animals selected to the NFR each of the past three years than any other livestock producer in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

“When you get a horse like that, you have a shot to win every time if you do your job,” Schlegel said, noting that the score is based equally on a cowboy’s ability to ride and the animal’s ability to buck and kick.

This is the Carr firm’s fourth year producing Claremore’s rodeo, now celebrating its 70th year. The Will Rogers Stampede also is the two-time reigning PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year.

“I haven’t been to this rodeo in a few years, but I’d heard how good it is, especially now that they have Pete as the stock contractor and the horses he has,” Schlegel said. “Sometimes you enter a rodeo because it’s a good rodeo. If it’s enjoyable and fun, you tend to steer that way because there are so many rodeos going on.

“If you have a chance to come to one you like, you dang sure come.”

The Colorado cowboy has found several rodeos to his liking in 2016. Not only did he win in Bay City, he also collected the win on another Carr horse in Nacogdoches, Texas, in late March. He sits 44th in the world standings with the bulk of the big-money rodeo season remaining.

“I feel like this is the best I’ve ever ridden in my life,” Schlegel said. “I’ve had a lot of bumps and bruises over the years when I was in my early 20s that has held me back a little, but I feel great. I hope I can catch a lick and see if that gets me to the (National) Finals.”

For now, though, he’s enjoying his run through Oklahoma.

Will Rogers Stampede
Claremore, Okla.
May 27-29
Leaders through second performance
Bareback riding:
1. Joel Schlegel, 84 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sadie’s Gal; 2. Zach Hibler, 77.5; 3. Mark Kreder, 77; 4. Justin Pollmiller, 74.5; 5. Colt Kitaif, 74; 6. Blaine Kaufman, 73.

Steer wrestling: 1. Jarek VanPetten, 4.4 seconds; 2. Riley Duvall, 5.0; 3. (tie) Travis Burgett, Chance Howard and Jon Ragatz, 5.2; 6. Nick Guy, 5.5; 7. Jacob Talley, 5.6; 8. Mitchell Gardner, 5.7.

Tie-down roping: 1. Jesse Hinkle, 8.3 seconds; 2. Lane Jeffrey, 9.0; 3. Caddo Lewallen, 9.2; 4. Travis Rogers, 9.9; 5. Jared Mark Kempker, 10.2; 6. Clay Brown, 10.5.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Shade Etbauer, 85 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s The Darkness; 2. Curtis Garton, 83; 3. Dean Wadsworth, 80; 4. Will Smith, 79; 5. Cody Rud, 77.5; 5. Nat Stratton, 76.5; 6. Joe Lufkin, 75

Team roping: 1. Jesse Stipes/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.6 seconds; 2. Troy Boone/Kingston Chang, 5.8; 3. (tie) Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward and Phillip McCoy/Justin Fox, 5.9; 5. (tie) Casey Hicks/Braden Harmon, Payden Emmett/Justin Pruitt and Cole Sherwood/Steve Sherwood, 6.2; 8. Thompson Berryhill/Thomas Smith, 6.3.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.7 seconds, $1,166; Kim Ziegelgruber, 12.2, $874; 3. Marty Poppino, 12.8, $583; 4. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.0, $291. Second round 1. Chet Herren, 10.9 seconds, $1,116; 2. J. Tom Fisher, 11.3, $874; 3. Ralph Williams, 11.5, $583; 4. (tie) Ryan O’Rourke and Guy Allen, 12.1, $146 each. Third round leaders: 1. Guy Allen, 9.9 seconds; 2. Rocky Patterson, 11.1; 3. Brady Garten, 11.4; 4. (tie) Lawson Plemons and Vin Fisher Jr., 12.0. Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 37.7 seconds on three runs; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 36.0; 3. Thomas Smith, 40.8; 4. Tyrel Taton, 57.1.

Barrel racing: 1. Emily Miller, 17.80 seconds; 2. (tie) Stevi Hillman and Gretchen Benbenek, 17.83; 4. Paula Mercer, 17.88; 5. Tracy Nowlin, 17.89; 6. Chelsie Shoop, 17.92; 7. Sallye Williams, 17.94; 8. Kyra Stierwalt, 17.98; 9. Kyra Travis, 18.09; 10. Savannah Pearson, 18.15.

Bull riding: 1. Trevor Kastner, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Resurrected; 2. Toby Collins, 80; 3. Lane Lasley, 73; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Etbauer rides The Darkness to the lead

CLAREMORE, Okla. – The Etbauer name remains synonymous with saddle bronc riding, but it’s the next generation that is taking the game to the top of the leaderboard.

On Friday night during the first performance of the Will Rogers Stampede Pro Rodeo, 22-year-old Shade Etbauer rode Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s The Darkness for 85 points to take the early bronc riding lead. If the score holds up through the final two performances, it will mark the third straight year that cowboys have won Claremore’s rodeo on the black gelding.

Shade Etbauer

Shade Etbauer

“I knew Nat Stratton won it here on him last year, and Nat said he was really good,” said Etbauer, who also competed in tie-down roping Friday. “I remember watching him in Guymon (three weeks before) and just knew he was a really nice horse to ride and a fun horse to get on.”

He should know. His father, Robert, is a two-time world champion bronc rider; his uncle, Billy, owns five gold buckles in the discipline, while a third uncle, Dan, also has multiple qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

More importantly, though, the Etbauers are cowboys one generation to the next. Robert, Billy and Dan may have made their names on the backs of bucking horses, but they were all-around talents growing up in South Dakota.

“Ever since we were little, we’ve done a whole mess of events,” Shade Etbauer said of his siblings, older sister, Chancy, and older brother, Trell. “We’ve done as many events as we could. Dad always said the more events you could do, the better of a cowboy it makes you. Just to be successful in more than one event at a rodeo is a lot of fun and teaches you a lot.”

That education is paying off. Shade Etbauer finished the 2015-16 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association season as the Central Plains Region’s all-around champion.

“I just treat all rodeos the same,” he said. “I try to do the best I can and make the best out of it.

“I’ve been doing it ever since I started rodeoing. I do at least three to five events, so I’m used to it by now. It keeps the adrenaline running and keeps you on your toes.”

While his father and uncles focused on bronc riding in their professional careers and did very well at it, Etbauer prefers earning his living on multiple fronts. He’d like to earn his qualifications to the NFR the same way.

“I’d really like to make it in as many events as I can,” Etbauer said. “I really like calf roping and bronc riding, so I’d for sure like to make it in both of them. Those are two I mainly focus on, but I wouldn’t mind making it in team roping, too.”

His career is still on the starting blocks, but Etbauer has a solid foundation to set him up for success. Trell Etbauer is a four-time winner of the Linderman Award, which showcases success in both timed events and roughstock events. Then there are the things he learned from the previous generation of Etbauers and their longtime traveling partner, Craig Latham.

“They’ve all been really good help,” Shade Etbauer said. “We’ve learned so much from them. I don’t know if I’d ever be as good as Dad or Billy or Danny or Craig, but I always look up to them. I’m glad I’m related to them.”

Will Rogers Stampede
Claremore, Okla.
May 27-29
Leaders through first performance
Bareback riding:
1. Mark Kreder, 77 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Alberta Child; 2. Justin Pollmiller, 74.5; 3. Colt Kitaif, 74; 4. Blaine Kaufman, 73; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: 1.  Riley Duvall, 5.0 seconds; 2. (tie) Travis Burgett, Chance Howard and Jon Ragatz, 5.2; 5. Nick Guy, 5.5; 6. Jacob Talley, 5.6; 7. Mitchell Gardner, 5.7; 8. Cody Pratt, 6.0.

Tie-down roping: 1. Dillon Holder, 11.7 seconds; 2. Braden Lowell Buckley, 13.0; 3. Shade Etbauer, 15.5; 4. Jamie Wolf, 18.7; 5. John Douch, 22.0; no other qualified times.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Shade Etbauer, 85 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s The Darkness; 2. Cody Rud, 77.5; 3. Mason Laviolette, 74; 4. Tyrell Smith, 69.5; 5. Cole Hatfield, 59; no other qualified rides.

Team roping: 1. Troy Boone/Kingston Chang, 5.8 seconds; Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.9; 3. (tie) Payden Emmett/Justin Pruitt and Cole Sherwood/Steve Sherwood, 6.2; 5. Thompson Berryhill/Thomas Smith, 6.3; 6. Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz, 7.2; 7. Branden Duff/Jimmie Allen, 7.4; 8. Joe Beaver/McCoy Profili, 7.6.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Cody Lee, 13.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Lawson Plemons and Brian Garr, 14.4; no other qualified rides.

Barrel racing: 1. Emily Miller, 17.80 seconds; 2. (tie) Stevi Hillman and Gretchen Benbenek, 17.83; 4. Paula Mercer, 17.88; 5. Tracy Nowlin, 17.89; 6. Chelsie Shoop, 17.92; 7. Sallye Williams, 17.94; 8. Kyra Stierwalt, 17.98; 9. Kyra Travis, 18.09; 10. Savannah Pearson, 18.15.

Bull riding: 1. Trevor Kastner, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Resurrected; 2. Toby Collins, 80; 3. Lane Lasley, 73; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Silver City is ready for rodeo fun

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Folks in this picturesque southeastern New Mexico community have come to expect big things out of their local rodeo.

In fact, businesses and members of the community have continually stepped up to make sure the Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo is a marquee event in Grant County.

PeteCarrsClassicLogo“This is our 26th rodeo, and the local people come out and enjoy this event,” said Tyler Brown, chairman of the volunteer committee that organizes the annual rodeo, set for 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2-Saturday, June 4, at Southwest Horseman’s Park. “We have a lot of support, and our businesses are what support the rodeo.”

That financial support enables the committee to do all things possible to attract the biggest names in the game to Silver City in early June every year. From developing a great purse to having the greatest animals in the game from Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo for them to ride, the contestants have great expectations themselves when they arrive in town.

“For no bigger of a rodeo for what we have, we have a pretty dang good payout,” Brown said. “Without the sponsors we have, we wouldn’t be able to have that prize money.

“You’ve got to have quality stock and a quality rodeo to draw the contestants.”

That’s where the professionals with Carr rodeo come in. The Dallas-based firm has been recognized as one of the best in ProRodeo, a regular nominee for Stock Contractor of the Year. In fact, no other livestock company has had more animals selected to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the last three years than Carr.

“Pete has a depth of knowledge that we, as a committee, can lean on,” Brown said. “We know we’ll get quality service and that he’s going to take care of our needs.”

It comes down to a staff of talented professionals that work diligently to make each performance of the Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo the best.

“Everybody on the Pete Carr crew has always been professional and very business-oriented,” he said. “For me, the best feeling is being accommodated. They come in and ask what we want to do as a committee. You feel like you’re in a partnership with them.”

The overall result is something fans have continued to enjoy for years. From the great competition to the family-friendly entertainment, the event is a true showcase for fans, sponsors and contestants alike.

Part of that fun is in entertainer Robbie Hodges, who has been nominated as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s clown of the year, entertainer of the year and the Coors Man in the Can, which recognizes the best barrelmen in the business.

“Robbie’s been at our rodeo for a number of years,” Brown said. “He’s just a great guy to be around and likes to have fun. He’s in clown mode all the time, and he comes by it quite naturally. Because we’re a community-involved rodeo, everybody comes out to have fun.”

The fun returns the first weekend in June.

postheadericon Stampede ready for 2016 celebration

NFR qualifier Jean Winters of Texline, Texas, rounds the second barrel during a recent competition of the Will Rogers stampede. The 2016 edition of the award-winning rodeo will take place next week in Claremore, Okla.

NFR qualifier Jean Winters of Texline, Texas, rounds the second barrel during a recent competition of the Will Rogers stampede. The 2016 edition of the award-winning rodeo will take place next week in Claremore, Okla.

CLAREMORE, Okla. – After months of planning and intense labor around their arena, the organizers of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo are ready for the event’s 70th anniversary celebration.

“From the time we closed the curtain on our 2015 rodeo, we began the process for this year’s rodeo,” said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27-Sunday, May 29, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena. “We wanted to make this our best rodeo ever.”

David Petty

David Petty

That’s going to be quite a task. The Will Rogers Stampede was named the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Small Rodeo of the Year in 2014 and ’15, and nearly 550 contestants are scheduled to compete next week in Claremore.

“Because this is our 70th year and because this community has been such a great supporter of this rodeo and helped us get the Rodeo of the Year awards, we really wanted to make a statement in 2016,” Petty said. “That’s why we’ve worked closely with City Manager Jim Thomas and the city of Claremore. We’re having the Downtown Hoedown to open the celebration on Thursday night, and we’ve got three great concerts that will follow each of the three performances of our rodeo.”

Tickets are on sale through the event’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com, and include family packs and adult passes offered at a significant discount online. The Stampede parade returns, and it begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.  The featured Red Dirt/Texas Music acts will be Adam Hood on Friday, Cooder Graw on Saturday and Cody Canada and The Departed to close out the weekend Sunday night.

“We’re extremely excited about our concert lineup,” Petty said, noting that volunteers have worked diligently to build a stage that is set up on the east side of the arena facing the stands. “To have acts like Cooder Graw and Cody Canada in Claremore is a big deal.”

Yes, it is. But there’s no better opening act in Rogers County than the award-winning rodeo, featuring the production and incredible animal athletes from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, which has been recognized as one of the top five stock contracting firms in the PRCA.

The rodeo also will feature the comedy of Gizmo McCracken, who has been nominated as the PRCA Comedy Act of the Year six times. Skydiver Bobby Reid makes his return to bring in Old Glory from the air for all three performances.

“I love coming to Claremore,” said Reid, who lives in Montrose, Iowa. “The people are so friendly, and the committee there is amazing. They make me feel at home in Claremore.”

Many people feel that same way, which is why the local committee has worked so hard to make sure this year’s celebration is memorable.

“We don’t volunteer for this for the awards, so we’re not going to sit back and let our past define us,” Petty said. “We want to just keep getting better and make this a showcase every year.”

postheadericon Carr team key to Stampede’s success

CLAREMORE, Okla. – A commitment to rodeo fans in northeastern Oklahoma is a big reason for the success of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo.

Members of the Professional Rodeo Association have taken note of that distinction, and it’s a key reason why they have recognized Claremore’s rodeo as the Small Rodeo of the Year in 2014 and 2015. A big part of that award-winning atmosphere is the overall production of the rodeo and the outstanding animal athletes that are part of the competition.

Saddle bronc rider Jesse James Kirby of Dodge City, Kan., watches after bucking off Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Spur Strap during the 2016 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. Spur Strap is one of many Carr animals that have been selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Saddle bronc rider Jesse James Kirby of Dodge City, Kan., watches after bucking off Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Spur Strap during the 2016 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. Spur Strap is one of many Carr animals that have been selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“Having Pete Carr Pro Rodeo as our producer has been a big part of our rodeo’s success,” said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that organizes the annual rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27-Sunday, May 29, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

Tickets are on sale through the event’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com, and include family packs and adult passes offered at a significant discount online.

“One of the things small rodeo committees are struggling with is we must have a product to keep people coming back, and Pete Carr Pro Rodeo brings that product that entices people to want to see that show,” he said. “Once people see it, the chances of them becoming a regular at the rodeo are higher.”

The Stampede will honor its 70th anniversary this year with a grand celebration, from the Downtown Hoedown on Thursday, May 26, to concerts after every rodeo performance: Adam Hood on Friday, Cooder Graw on Saturday and Cody Canada and The Departed on Sunday.

This year also marks the fourth straight season the Carr team has been part of Claremore’s rodeo production. It’s no coincidence that the Will Rogers Stampede has been named the top small rodeo two of the three years Carr has produced the event.

“Pete has been nominated as Stock Contractor of the Year four straight times, and he has the type of production and the kinds of animals that the contestants want to be associated with when they get to Claremore,” Petty said. “We’re proud to have an award-winning rodeo in Claremore, but a big part of that is having Pete and so many people he brings to town that are award winners, too.”

Over the last three seasons, the Carr firm has had more animals selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo than any other livestock producer. There are 548 contestants that are scheduled to compete in Claremore this spring, which is a considerable statement to both the rodeo committee and the Carr team.

“We work really hard all year to produce the rodeos and feature the stock that will draw the top cowboys,” said Pete Carr, owner of the Dallas-based company. “We have a great group of hard-working people who care about the sport and everything that goes into it.”

The contestants know that, too.

“He’s surrounded himself with people who know what they’re talking about,” said saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, a seven-time NFR qualifier from Heflin, La. “You want to go to Pete’s rodeos, because you’re going to get on something good.”

postheadericon Changes are key to rodeo’s future

JACKSONVILLE, Texas – The volunteers that organize this community’s annual rodeo are making all things possible for rodeo fans.

“We’ve had some people who have asked us to do a few different things, so we’re doing that this year,” said Byron Underwood, chairman of the Tops in Texas Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19-Saturday, May 21, at Lons Morris College Arena.

PeteCarrsClassicLogo“Right beside the arena, we’re going to have a beer garden and a big screen that will play the rodeo for the people out there, so people can go over there and enjoy their beer and still see the rodeo. But we want to keep it a family atmosphere at the rodeo arena, so we’re going to keep them separate. Admission into the beer garden is with a rodeo ticket, which gets you into the rodeo, then you can go where you want.”

It’s just one of the changes that will be featured during the 54th edition of Jacksonville’s rodeo.

“People have wanted us to have beer for years,” Underwood said. “You can still go to the rodeo, but if you’re not into that, you will never know they have beer out there.

“We’re also going to have a couple concerts coming for the rodeo, so that’s going to be nice.”

That is just part of the overall entertainment value ticket-buyers get at the Tops of Texas Rodeo, which also will feature comedian and rodeo clown Troy Lerwill.

He is one of the most celebrated acts in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He’s been the barrelman at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times, has twice been named the Coors Man in the Can, and he’s been named the PRCA Act of the Year six times. His motorcycle act involves Lerwill’s alter-ego, “The Wild Child,” who jumps a Bloomer trailer and a Ram pickup in a showcase of comedy mixed with athleticism.

The rodeo is produced by Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, the largest stock contracting firm in the PRCA that brings stock from its ranch near Athens, Texas. Over the last three years, no other stock contractor has had more animals selected to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo than the Carr firm.

“I think what makes our rodeo special is the fact that we’re professional and we use a professional like Pete,” Underwood said. “We have professional cowboys, the professional acts and make it a professional event, like having “The Wild Child” and the different things that come with a PRCA rodeo.

“There aren’t a lot of rodeos that have been going for 54 years.”

It continues to be relevant, to be a fan favorite in the community of more than 14,500 people. A big part of that, Underwood said, is the relationship the rodeo has with Pete Carr, owner of the livestock production company.

“He’s a great businessman, and he has an excellent crew,” he said. “He has the kind of people that run the show, and he’s been wonderful to us. He’s been a great asset to our rodeo.

“His crew knows what they are doing, and we trust him with our rodeo.”

That trust is a big reason the Tops of Texas Rodeo is a big hit for fans and contestants every year.

postheadericon Thomas ready for cowboy experience

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Jim Thomas has never claimed to be a cowboy, but he’s ready to play the part.

Thomas is Claremore’s city manager, and this year he’s received two major honors: He was named the Claremore’s Progressive Person of the Year in the Claremore Progress, then was named to be the grand marshal at this year’s Will Rogers Stampede parade, which takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28.

“I’ve never been a grand marshal,” said Thomas, who has been at his post for about three and a half years. “It’s kind of humbling. I’m going to wear my cowboy hat and my boots. I’m not a cowboy, but I’m a cowboy at heart. It’s a nice honor, and I appreciate them extending the invitation to me.”

JimThomasThis marks the first time in several years a parade has been part of the rodeo weekend.

“It’s a new tradition that’s coming back,” he said. “David (Petty) and I talked about the whole weekend, and we wanted to make it a big event. This is the 70th year for the Will Rogers Stampede, so we want to make it special.”

Petty is the chairman of the Stampede’s rodeo committee, and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the event – not only is this the 70th anniversary, but the event also will celebrate its two straight titles for Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Small Rodeo of the Year.

“Having a rodeo to receive that much recognition bodes well for our community pride, just as Rogers State University and the Will Rogers Museum,” Thomas said. “This is another one of those highlights that Claremore can promote.”

The Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27-Sunday, May 29, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena. Now an award-winning showcase, the city manager recognizes its value.

“I used to manage a city in Utah right outside of Ogden, which has the Pioneer Days Rodeo every year,” Thomas said. “Alan Hall is the chairman of the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, and he’s a friend of mine. He was in Las Vegas last year when the award was given out, and he sent me a text.

“He’s never been to Claremore, but he knew I was here, and he was excited for us as a community. The rodeo is a direct reflection of this community.”

Tickets are on sale through the event’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com, and include family packs and adult passes offered at a significant discount online. This year’s event will feature Texas music concerts every night after the performances, with Adam Hood on Friday, Cooder Graw on Saturday and Cody Canada and The Departed to close out Sunday’s show.

While the weekend will close with a bang, the Downtown Hoedown will add the perfect amount of fireworks to kick-start the festivities. The event will take place Thursday, May 26, and will close down Main Street from City Hall to Route 66. It will feature barbecue, live music and some other Western flare.

“We have a lot of visitors from outside the area that come to town for the rodeo,” Thomas said. “We wanted the cowboys and cowgirls feel welcomed. We got together with some of our civic groups and the downtown business association.

“This is one of those brainchildren that the more you talk about it, the more excited everyone gets. Plus a hoedown is an awesome word to use when you’re talking about an activity.”

It all comes together for the perfect celebration of all Claremore has to offer.

“We want to get the community excited that we’ve got a great rodeo right in our back yard,” he said. “The award adds another one of those merits that recognizes this community. It’s a great place to raise families. Rodeos are another one of those quality-of-life things that every community should have.

“I’m very excited we have such a good one here.”

postheadericon Peek lassos Guymon’s all-around

Josh Peek ropes his calf in 8.5 seconds to place in the third go-round. He finished second in the tie-down roping average and won the all-around title at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Josh Peek ropes his calf in 8.5 seconds to place in the third go-round. He finished second in the tie-down roping average and won the all-around title at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Josh Peek took a bad situation on Sunday and made it considerably better, and that paid off with the all-around championship at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

“They hadn’t done much on my bulldogging steer, and I just went out and made the best run I could,” said Peek, a six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Pueblo, Colo. “That happens in rodeo.”

He made up for it tie-down roping, roping and tying his calf in 8.5 seconds. He finished in a tie for fourth place in the third round and finished second in the average with a three-run cumulative time of 25.6 seconds. He earned nearly $3,600 on Sunday alone.

That pushed his week-long earnings in the Oklahoma Panhandle to $6,620, and he will now wear the coveted trophy buckle provided to the all-around cowboy.

“I came back on a calf that tried, and I just went out and tried to make a He-Man run,” he said. “I ran him up there a ways. My horse, Rio, really made that run. He stopped hard, pulled the calf over my leg and let me tie him fast a long ways down the arena.”

Peek won the bulk of his money in tie-down roping, where he placed in all three go-rounds. His lone check in steer wrestling was for sharing the first-round with eventual champion Tyler Waguespack of Gonzalez, La.

Saddle bronc rider Roper Kiesner matches moves with Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Manhatten Moon for 83 points on Sunday (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Saddle bronc rider Roper Kiesner matches moves with Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Manhatten Moon for 83 points on Sunday (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Peek will now tend to some personal things around his Pueblo home before returning to rodeo in June.

“There aren’t a lot of rodeos in the next few weeks, so I’m going to let my horses rest up, really practice and get ready for June,” he said. “It’s the icing on the cake to leave for this little break with a win.”

Though he has NFR experience, it’s been six years since he has played for the largest payday in the game. He would like to return to the finale in both of his disciplines, just like he did in 2007 and 2009.

“Making it to Vegas is extremely important,” Peek said. “It’s been a long-term goal of mine to win an all-around world title and win an individual event title. This year I’ve got some new horses, and I’ve put some time into it.

“I’m putting the pedal to the metal and just going for it.”

That was the same approach taken by Roper Kiesner, a 22-year-old saddle bronc rider from Ripley, Okla. He matched moves with Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Manhatten Moon for 83 points on Sunday afternoon to finish third. He’s hoping that will catapult him to a fourth straight qualification to the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo.

“Last year was the first time I’d ever ridden in Guymon,” Kiesner said. “I didn’t do very well, so it was a little disappointing. This year I had a really good horse. He helped me make a great ride.”

He earned $1,990 in Guymon, and that money will go a long ways to moving him up higher in the standings. Returning to Duncan, Okla., in October is important for the young cowboy. Qualifiers earn their way to the regional finale by finishing the regular season with enough money earned at rodeos primarily in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

“It’s always been a dream of mine, and this year the money we win at the circuit finals will count toward the world standings,” Kiesner said. “I know everybody’s going to try to win the circuit because of that.”

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
May 2-8
All-around cowboy:
Josh Peek, $6,620 won in steer wrestling and tie-down roping

Bareback riding: 1. Jake Brown, 89 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet’s Web, $3,257; 2. Tranner Aus, 85, $2,497; 3. Orin Larsen, 84.5, $1,846; 4. Frank Morton, 82.5, $1,194; 5. Devan Reilly, 82, $760; 6. Tyler Scales, 81, $543; 7. Ty Breuer, 81, $434; Caine Riddle, 80, $326..

Team roping: First round: 1. Tyler Wade/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.4 seconds, $1,975; 2. David Key/Travis Woodard, 6.1, $1,717; 3. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 6.6, $1,460; 4. Clay Ullery/Ryon Tittel, 6.7, $1,202; 5. Monty Wood/Brandon Gonzales, 6.8, $944; 6. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 6.9, $687; 7. Blake Hughes/Brady Norman, 7.0, $429; 8. (tie) Lane Livy/Braden Harmon, Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz and Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 7.1, $57 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates and Cory Clark/Levi Lord, 5.1 seconds, $1,846 each; 3. Cody Heflin/Ben Hogan, 5.8, $1,460; 4. (tie) Garrett Tonozzi/Cullen Teller and BJ.B. James Jr./Brock Hanson, 6.4, $1,073 each; 6. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 6.5, $687; 7. Miles Baker/Jace Crabb, 6.8, $429; 8. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, Aaron Macy/Cody Pierson and Tyler Wojciechowski/Jace Davis, 7.1, $57 each. Third round: 1. Blake Hughes/Brady Norman, 6.7 seconds, $1,975; 2. Logan Olson/Gage Williams, 7.0, $1,717; 3. JoJo LeMond/Kory Koontz, 7.1, $1,460; 4. Clay Ullery/Ryon Tittel, 7.2, $1,202; 5. (tie) Lee Hagler/T.W. Willson and Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 7.3, $816 each; 7. Jason Thorstenson/Paul Griemsman, 7.6,$429; 8. (tie) Caleb Mitchell/Cody Thornton and Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 7.9, $86 each. Aggregate: 1. Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 21.5 seconds on three runs, $2,962; 2. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 22.8, $2,576; 3. Monty Wood/Brandon Gonzales, 23.4, $2,189; 4. Aaron Macy/Cody Pearson, 23.8, $1,803; 5 (tie) Jason Thorstenson/Paul Griemsman and J.B. James Jr./Brock Hanson, 24.1, $1,223 each; 7. Miles Baker/Jace Crabb, 24.7, $644; 8. Blaine Vick/Jim Ross Cooper, 25.6, $258.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. (tie) Josh Peek and Tyler Waguespack, 3.7 seconds, $1,671 each; 3. (tie) Matt Reeves and Jacob Talley, 4.1, $1,204 each; 5. (tie) Tooter Silver and Logan Gledhill, 4.2, $738 each; 7. (tie) Royce Johnson, Clayton Hass and Cody Doescher, 4.3, $181 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Tom Lewis and Gary Gilbert, 3.8 seconds, $1,671 each; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 3.9, $1,321; 4. Wade Steffen, 4.1, $1,088; 5. (tie) Ryan Botham, Taton Sterkel, Josh Clark and J.D. Struxness, 4.3, $505 each. Third round: 1. Dean Gorsuch, 3.9 seconds, $1,787; 2. Jacob Talley, 4.0, $1,554; 3. Trell Etbauer, 4.1, $1,321; 4. (tie) Nick Guy, J.D. Struxness and Tanner Bruner, 4.2, $855 each; 7. Clayton Hass, 4.3, $389; 8. Jason Thomas, 4.4, $155. Aggregate: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 12.1 seconds on three runs, $2,681; 2. J.D. Struxness, 13.1, $2,331; 3. Clayton Hass, 14.2, $1,982; 4. Cody Doescher, 14.4, $1,632; 5. Dean Gorsuch 14.8, $1,282; 6. Tanner Bruner, 14.9, $932; 7. Nick Guy, 15.0, $583; 8. Jacob Talley, 15.3, $233.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Allen Boore, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Gold Coast, and Ryder Wright, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Runnings, 83.5 points, $3,101 each; 3. Roper Kiesner, 83, $1,990; 4. Chuck Schmidt, 82, $1,287; 4. (tie) Clay Elliott and Audy Reed, 80.5, $702 each; 6. Zeke Thurston, 80, $468; 7. (tie) Nat Stratton and Taygen Schuelke, 79.5, $176.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Cade Swor, 7.6 seconds, $1,946; 2. (tie) Sterling Smith and Adam Gray, 8.0, $1,565 each; 4. Caddo Lewallen, 8.2, $1,184; 5. Clint Cooper, 8.3, $931; 6. Ryan Jarrett, 8.5, $677; 7. (tie) Josh Peek and Rees Reimer, 8.6, $296 each. Second round: 1. Ace Slone, 7.7 seconds, $1,946; 2. Cade Swor, 8.0, $1,692; 3. Michael Otero, 8.1, $1,438; 4. (tie) Marty Yates and Josh Peek, 8.5, $1,058 each; 6. Ethan Hill, 8.6, $677; 7. (tie) Blane Cox and E.J. Roberts, 8.7, $296 each. Third round: 1. Tyson Durfey, 7.6 seconds, $1,946; 2. Randall Carlisle, 7.8, $1,692; 3. Trent Creager, 7.9, $1,438; 4. (tie) Cory Solomon and Josh Peek, 8.5, $1,058 each; 6. Robert Mathis, 8.8, $677; 7. Chris Demases, 8.9, $423; 8. L.D. Meier, 9.2, $169. Aggregate: 1. Cade Swor, 25.2 seconds on three runs, $2,919; 2. Josh Peek, 25.6, $2,538; 3. Ace Slone, 27.4, $2,157; 4. Randall Carlisle, 28.1, $1,777; 5. Trent Creager, 28.8, $1,396; 6. Chris Demases, 28.9, $1,015; 7. (tie) L.D. Meier and Tye Thompson, 29.1,$444.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Cayla Melby, 17.14 seconds, $1,958; 2. Taylor Langdon, 17.29, $1,679; 3. Cassidy Kruse, 17.35, $1,399; 4. Nicole Laurence, 17.36, $1,213; 5. Kellie Collier, 17.43, $933; 6. Stevi Hillman, 17.44, $746;. 7. (tie) Pamela Capper and Ivy Conrado, 17.48, $466 each; 9. (tie) Kelley Schnaufer and Mary Burger, 17.50, $233 each. Second round: 1. Michele McLeod, 17.19 seconds, $1,959; 2. Tori Morris, 17.36, $1,679; 3. Abby Penson, 17.39, $1,399; 4. Taylor Langdon, 17.43, $1,213; 5. Carley Richardson, 17.45, $933; 6. Kellie Collier, 17.46, $746; 7. (tie) Kaylee Burnett and Sabrina Ketcham, 17.48, $466 each; 9. Amy Jo Farella, 17.50, $280; Ari-Anna Flynn, 17.56, $187. Aggregate: 1. Michele McLeod, 34.71, $1,959; 2. Taylor Langdon, 34.72, $1,679; 3. Kellie Collier, 34.89, $1,399; 4. Nicole Laurence, 35.02, $1,213; 5. Mary Burger, 35.03, $933; 6. Cassidy Kruse, 35.05, $746; 7. (tie) Carley Richardson and Jane Griemsman, 35.11, $466 each; 9. Tori Morris, 35.17, $280; 10. Cayla Melby, 35.18, $187.

Bull riding: 1. Scottie Knapp, 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Ratter, $3,835; 2. Tyler Smith, 86.5, $2,940; 3. Justin Hendrix, 85.5, $2,173; 4. Tanner Learmont, 85, $1,406; 5. Dalan Duncan, 84.5, $895; 6. (tie) Clay Wagner and Eli Vastbinder, 81, $575 each; 8. (tie) Tyler Taylor and Dallee Mason, 80.5, $192 each.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Will Gasperson, 12.6 seconds, $1,697; 2. Scott Snedecor, 13.6, $1,476; 3. Guy Allen, 13.7, $1,254; 4. Dan Fisher, 14.4, $1,033; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 14.5, $812; 6. Jarrett Blessing, 14.7, $590; 7. Marty Jones, 14.8, $369; 8. JoJo LeMond, 15.0, $148. Second round: 1. K.W. Lauer, 12.4 seconds, $1,697; 2. Don Eddleman, 12.6, $1,476; 3. (tie) Marty Jones and Billy Good, 13.2, $1,144 each; 5. Scott Snedecor, 13.4, $812; 6. (tie) Jess Tierney and John Bland, 13.5, $480 each; 8. JoJo LeMond, 13.9, $148. Third round: 1. Troy Tillard, 10.7 seconds, $1,697; 2. Jason Evans, 11.0, $1,476; 3. Jess Tierney, 11.1, $1,254; 4. Rocky Patterson, 11.2, $1,033; 5. Corey Ross, 11.4, $812; 6. Dan Eddleman, 11.8, $590; 7. J.P. Wickett, 12.1, $396; 8. Brodie Poppino, 12.2, $148. Fourth round: 1. Lawson Plemons, 10.0 seconds, $1,697; 2. Tom Smith, 10.6, $1,476; 3. Brian Garr, 10.7, $1,254; 4. (tie) Ty Herd and Brodie Poppino, 11.0, $922 each; 6. JoJo LeMond, 10.6, $590; 6. Jarrett Blessing, 10.7, $369; 8. Brent Lewis, 11.9, $148. Average: 1. JoJo LeMond, 54.4 seconds on four runs, $3,394; 2. Scott Snedecor, 60.5, $2,952; 3. Jarrett Blessing, 60.6, $2,509; 4. (tie) Vin Fisher Jr. and Rocky Patterson, 62.0, $1,845 each; 6. Jim Locke, 62.4, $1,181; 7. Jason Evans, 63.1, $738; 8. Tony Reina, 71.0, $295.