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postheadericon Elliott, Reed show off at ‘home’

Clay Elliott of Nanton, Alberta, rides Korkow Rodeo's Rekker for 80.5 points and sits in a tie for fourth place with his traveling partner, Audy Reed of Spearman, Texas. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Clay Elliott of Nanton, Alberta, rides Korkow Rodeo’s Fraid Knot for 80.5 points and sits in a tie for fourth place with his traveling partner, Audy Reed of Spearman, Texas. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – They come from separate parts of North America, but Audy Reed and Clay Elliott have traveled a similar path.

Both have been part of the storied rodeo program at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in nearby Goodwell, and now they’re traveling the ProRodeo circuit together riding saddle broncs. On Saturday night, the two cowboys put together identical 80.5 scores during the third performance of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Clay Elliott of Nanton, Alberta, rides Korkow Rodeo's Rekker for 80.5 points and sits in a tie for fourth place with his traveling partner, Audy Reed of Spearman, Texas. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Audy Reed of Spearman, Texas, rides Korkow Rodeo’s Rekker for 80.5 points and sits in a tie for fourth place with his traveling partner, Audy Reed of Spearman, Texas. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

“This is kind of like our hometown rodeo, so it’s good to see people you know and have them watch you do good,” said Reed, who leads the Resistol Saddle Bronc Riding Rookie of the Year race and resides in Spearman, Texas, just 50 miles southeast of Guymon. “It’s always nice to win some money to help you keep going.”

They are tied for fourth place and will have to hold out through Sunday’s final performance to see how they finish, but performing well inside Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena is important for both cowboys.

“I’ve got all my family here and my teachers and friends,” said Elliott, the 11th-ranked bronc rider in the world standings from Nanton, Alberta. “It’s especially nice to have my teachers here. I have a really good relationship with them, and to keep that relationship good is important to me. I’m glad to have them see what I’m able to do.”

Both cowboys made their way to Goodwell because of the rodeo program, which oftentimes is referred to as Bronc Rider University because of the top talent in the discipline that has attended school there and been part of the rodeo program. In all, five Panhandle State rodeo alumni have earned world championships in bronc riding alone.

“I came down here because of bronc riding, for sure,” Elliott said. “I knew the school was good, but I knew the bronc riding was the best. When I got here, I realized that the teachers were just as good as the bronc riding. It’s a damn good deal for me.”

That education is key for two men who hope to make their living in rodeo, one bronc at a time.

“Growing up on a ranch sure help, but those people over there are probably the best teachers in the world as far as bronc riding is concerned,” Reed said, referring to rodeo coach Robert Etbauer, a two-time world champion, and other Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers who have helped with the program over the years.

Having solid performances at Pioneer Days Rodeo is especially appealing to both cowboys.

“Audy and I are going to a lot of rodeos this year,” Elliott said. “We try to treat this one the same as the other rodeos, but it still means a little more.”

They proved that Saturday night.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
May 2-8
Results through the first performance
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Jake Brown, 89 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet’s Web; 2. Tranner Aus, 85; 3. Orin Larsen, 84.5; 4. Frank Morton, 82.5; 5. Devan Reilly, 82; 6.Ty Breuer, 81; 7. Casey Breuer, 79.5; 8. Kelly Timberman, 77.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Blake Hughes/Brady Norman, 6.7 seconds; 2. Logan Olson/Gage Williams, 7.0; 3. JoJo LeMond/Kory Koontz, 7.1; 4. Clay Ullery/Ryon Tittel, 7.2; 5. Lee Hagler, 7.3; 6. (tie) Caleb Mitchell/Cody Thornton and Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 7.9; 8. Blaine Vick/Jim Ross Cooper, 8.1. Aggregate leaders: 1. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 22.8 seconds on three runs; 2. Monty Wood/Brandon Gonzales, 23.4; 3. Blaine Vick/Jim Ross Cooper, 25.6; 4. Clay Ullery/Ryon Tittle, 25.7; 5. Logan Olson/Gage Williams, 27.0; 6. Caleb Mitchell/Cody Thornton, 27.4; 7. Garrett Tonozzi/Cullen Teller, 29.2; 8. Joel Bach/Jake Smith, 29.7.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Dean Gorsuch, 3.9 seconds; 2. Jacob Talley, 4.0; 3. Trell Etbauer, 4.1; 4. (tie) Nick Guy and Tanner Bruner, 4.2; 6. Clayton Hass, 4.3; 7. Jason Thomas, 4.4; 8. (tie) Seth Brockman and Tyler Waguespack, 4.5. Aggregate leaders: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 12.1 seconds on three runs; 2. Clayton Hass, 14.2; 3. Cody Doescher, 14.4; 4. Dean Gorsuch 14.8; 5. Tanner Bruner, 14.9; 6. Nick Guy, 15.0; 7. Jacob Talley, 15.3; 8. Jake Kraupie, 15.6.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 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. Chuck Schmidt, 82; 4. (tie) Clay Elliott and Audy Reed, 80.5; 6. Zeke Thurston, 80; 7. (tie) Nat Stratton and Taygen Schuelke, 79.5.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Tyson Durfey, 7.6 seconds; 2. Randall Carlisle, 7.8; 3. Cory Solomon, 8.5; 4. Robert Mathis, 8.8; 5. Chris Demases, 8.9; 6. L.D. Meier, 9.2; 7. Ace Slone, 9.4; 8. Cade Swor, 9.6. Aggregate leaders: 1. Cade Swor, 25.2 seconds on three runs; 2. Ace Slone, 27.4; 3. Randall Carlisle, 28.1; 4. Chris Demases, 28.9; 5. L.D. Meier, 29.1; 6. Tyson Durfey, 29.7; 7. Scott Kormos, 30.4; 8. Robert Mathis, 31.0.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Michele McLeod, 17.19; 2. Tori Morris, 17.36 seconds; 3. Abby Penson, 17.39; 4. Taylor Langdon, 17.43; 5. Carley Richardson, 17.45; 6. Kellie Collier, 17.,46; 7. (tie) Kaylee Burnett and Sabrina Ketcham, 17.48; 9. Amy Jo Farella, 17.50; Ari-Anna Flynn, 17.56. Aggregate leaders: 1. Michele McLeod, 34.71; 2. Taylor Langdon, 34.72; Kellie Collier, 34.89; 4. Nicole Laurence, 35.02; 5. Carley Richaradson, 35.11; 6. Tori Morris, 35.17; 7. Rylee Dick, 35.24; 8. Ari-Anna Flynn, 35.28; 9. Laura Kennedy, 35.32; 10. Amy Jo Farella, 35.36.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Scottie Knapp, 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Ratter; 2. Tyler Smith, 86.5; 3. Justin Hendrix, 85.5; 4. Tanner Learmont, 85; 5. (tie) Clay Wagner and Eli Vastbinder, 81; 7. Tyler Taylor, 80.5; 8. Corey Atwell, 80.

postheadericon Waguespack finds his comfort zone

Tyler Waguespack makes a solid run to finish in 4.5 seconds in his third-round run in Guymon. He leads the average with a two-run cumulative time of 12.1 seconds. His hazer on this run, Clayton Hass, sits second in the average. They both bulldog on Cadillac, the 2014 PRCA/AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Tyler Waguespack makes a solid run to finish in 4.5 seconds in his third-round run in Guymon. He leads the average with a two-run cumulative time of 12.1 seconds. His hazer on this run, Clayton Hass, sits second in the average. They both bulldog on Cadillac, the 2014 PRCA/AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – For all the limited success Tyler Waguespack has had at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, he’s never finished things off.

“I’ve done well in a round here just about every year I’ve been here, but I’ve never been able to get in the average,” said Waguespack, a 2015 Wrangler National Finals steer wrestling qualifier from Gonzalez, La.

Tyler Waguespack

Tyler Waguespack

That changed during this year’s 84th annual rodeo. After competing in the opening two rounds Wednesday and Thursday, he held the lead heading into the third go-round. He extended that lead during Saturday afternoon’s second performance with a solid 4.5-second run.

“I had two great runs on my first two cattle, and I came in (to the third round) with the fastest time on two head,” Waguespack said. “I drew a pretty decent steer. Dean Gorsuch had run him earlier in the week, and he gave me some information on him and helped me out; he helped me make the run I did today.”

That run pushed his three-run cumulative time to 12.1 seconds, and he holds a lead of more than two seconds over the runner-up, Clayton Hass of Terrell, Texas. Riding Cadillac, the reigning PRCA/AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, both men have been exceptional in the Oklahoma Panhandle this week.

“I’m traveling with Clayton Hass and Ty Erickson this year,” he said, noting that all three cowboys have been to the NFR, with Hass and Erickson earning their second straight qualifications in 2015. “We’ve all been there before, and we’re going to try to get back there again this year.”

They are well on their way. All three cowboys sit among the top five in the world standings, with Waguespack leading the way at No. 2.

“Everybody wants to have a gold buckle,” he said of the elusive world championship. “But 20 years from now I want them to remember my name.”

He’s making it hard to forget.

Scottie Knapp

Scottie Knapp

Waguespack wasn’t the only contestant to move into the overall lead in his event. He was joined by barrel racer Nicole Laurence of Cresson, Texas, and bull rider Scottie Knapp of Albuquerque, N.M. Laurence has a two-run cumulative time of 35.02 seconds and is 15-100ths of a second faster than the No. 2 cowgirl, Tori Morris.

Knapp had a battle on his hands with Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Rattler, a powerful red bull that has been selected to buck at the NFR three straight times. The end result Saturday afternoon was an 87-point ride.

“I felt out of control the whole time,” Knapp said. “I’m not sure if it was the way he was bucking or my form may have been a little off. Once I got out of position, I just let everything hang out and tried to make the whistle. I wasn’t letting go.

“He’s a great bull, and he’s been a great bull for a while. I wouldn’t mind having him again.”

That’s proving to be a winning formula.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
May 2-8
Results through the first performance
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Jake Brown, 89 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet’s Web; 2. Tranner Aus, 85; 3. Devan Reilly, 82; 4.Ty Breuer, 81; 5. Casey Breuer, 79.5; 6. Kelly Timberman, 77; 7. Casey Colletti, 75; 8. Blaine Kaufman, 74.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Blake Hughes/Brady Norman, 6.7 seconds; 2. JoJo LeMond/Kory Koontz, 7.1; 3. (tie) Caleb Mitchell/Cody Thornton and Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 7.9; 5. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 8.6; 6. Monty Wood/Brandon Gonzales, 8.7; 7. Jacob Dagenhart/Caleb Anderson, 13.3; 8. Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 14.1. Aggregate leaders: 1. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 22.8 seconds on three runs; 2. Monty Wood/Brandon Gonzales, 23.4; 3. Caleb Mitchell/Cody Thornton, 27.4; 4. (tie) Blake Hughes/Brady Norman and Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 31.1; 6. JoJo LeMond/Kory Koontz, 32.3; 7. Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 35.5; 8. Paul David Tierney/Cesar de la Cruz, 36.2.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Dean Gorsuch, 3.9 seconds; 2. Jacob Talley, 4.0; 3. Nick Guy, 4.2; 4. Clayton Hass, 4.3; 5. Jason Thomas, 4.4; 6. (tie) Seth Brockman and Tyler Waguespack, 4.5; 8. Jake Kraupie, 4.9. Aggregate leaders: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 12.1 seconds on three runs; 2. Clayton Hass, 14.2; 3. Cody Doescher, 14.4; 4. Dean Gorsuch 14.8; 5. Nick Guy, 15.0; 6. Jacob Talley, 15.3; 7. Jake Kraupie, 15.6; 8. Seth Brockman, 16.3.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 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. Chuck Schmidt, 82; 4. Zeke Thurston, 80; 5. Brady Nicholes, 79; 6. Tyrel Larsen, 78.5; 7. Preston Burr, 77.5; 8. Spencer Wright, 75; 6. Shade Etbauer, 74; 7. Charlie Kogaines, 73; 8. Brody Cress, 70.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Tyson Durfey, 7.6 seconds; 2. Cory Solomon, 8.5; 3. Robert Mathis, 8.8; 4. Cade Swor, 9.6; 5. Blane Cox, 10.2; 6. (tie) Clint Cooper and Marty Yates, 10.4; 8. (tie) Dalton Dunham and Jake Pratt, 11.4. Aggregate leaders: 1. Cade Swor, 25.2 seconds on three runs; 2. Tyson Durfey, 29.7; 3. Robert Mathis, 31.0; 4. Blane Cox, 31.2; 5. Cory Solomon, 32.6; 6. Clint Cooper, 33.1; 7. Adam Gray, 36.7; 8. Marty Yates, 37.2.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Tori Morris, 17.36 seconds; 2. Abby Penson, 17.39; 3. (tie) Kaylee Burnett and Sabrina Ketcham, 17.48; 5. Amy Jo Farella, 17.50; 6. (tie) Tiany Schuster and Laura Kennedy, 17.57; 8. Cranna Roberts, 17.58; 9. (tie) Morgan Breaux and Tassie Munroe, 17.59. Aggregate leaders: 1. Nicole Laurence, 35.02 seconds on two runs; 2. Tori Morris, 35.17; 3. Rylee Dick, 35.24; 4. Laura Kennedy, 35.32; 5. Amy Jo Farella, 35.36; 6. Sabrina Ketcham, 35.28; 7. Tassie Munroe, 35.44; 8. Morgan Breaux, 35.47; 9. Shelby Vinson, 35.65; 10. Teresa Tubeville, 35.66.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Scottie Knapp, 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Ratter; 2. Tanner Learmont, 85; 3. (tie) Clay Wagner and Eli Vastbinder, 81; 5. Corey Atwell, 80; 6. Freeman Yoder, 74; 7. Markus Mariluch, 71; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Young bull rider injured in Guymon

GUYMON, Okla. – Clay Wagner got to see the good and bad in the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo during Friday’s first performance.

Guymon Pioneer Days Logo-100Wagner, an 18-year-old bull rider from Round Rock, Ariz., rode the Lancaster & Jones bull Mongol for 81 points and took the early lead. But just as soon as the ride ended, Wagner head collided with the bull’s head.

The nasty spill resulted in a concussion and a fractured cervical vertebrae, but Wagner still had movement and passed the neurological exam, said Rick Foster, the program director for the Justin Sportsmedicine Team.

Wagner was treated at Memorial Hospital of Texas County, then transferred to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City for a follow-up exam with a neck specialist, Foster said.

postheadericon LeMond chasing all-around gold

JoJo LeMond of Andrews, Texas, finishes off his team-roping run Friday with heeler Kory Koontz of Sudan, Texas. The tandem leads the third go-round, and LeMond put himself in position to earn this year's all-around title at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)

JoJo LeMond of Andrews, Texas, finishes off his team-roping run Friday with heeler Kory Koontz of Sudan, Texas. The tandem leads the third go-round, and LeMond put himself in position to earn this year’s all-around title at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)

GUYMON, Okla. – The 2015 ProRodeo season was a bit of a dream for JoJo LeMond.

He earned his second straight qualification to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, then moved in as an injury replacement for Jake Barnes at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In all, he finished sixth in steer roping and seventh in heading; most importantly, he was the reserve world champion all-around cowboy.

JoJo LeMond

JoJo LeMond

“I would love to go back to both of them,” said LeMond, who has competed four times at the NFR over his career. “I’m really going to try to win the all-around world championship.”

He’s on his way to earning that same title at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. Earlier this week, he earned the steer roping title to pocket $4,280. That gave him a head start on the rest of the cowboys who compete in multiple events.

On Friday night during the first of four performances, LeMond and heeler Kory Koontz of Sudan, Texas, posted the fastest team roping time with a 7.1-second run. That presents the opportunity to earn money in the third go-round, adding to LeMond’s Pioneer Days earnings.

“It would mean a lot to win the all-around here,” he said. “Anytime you can win the all-around at something like this or Cheyenne (Wyo.) or Salinas (Calif.) – somewhere that it’s a cowboy event – that’s great. You’ve got to be mounted well.

“Plus this is a really prestigious rodeo.”

He finished the 2015 season 16th in the heading standings. When Barnes was injured a week before the first round of the NFR, LeMond was called in to head for Barnes’ partner, Junior Nogueira. The two then put on quite a show in Las Vegas, earning more than $117,000 in 10 days. Now he’s roping with Kootz, who has 20 NFR qualifications under his belt.

“It’s a huge blessing to get to rope with him,” LeMond said of Koontz. “He’s been a hero of mine since I was a kid. It’s just a real honor.”

Being a kid would be a great way to describe saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright, the second son to two-time world champion Cody Wright of Milford, Utah. He turned 18 years old less than two months ago, began competing on his permit. Within a few weeks, he had earned enough money (at least $1,000) to be a full-fledged member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

On Friday night, he matched moves with Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Runnings for 83.5 points, sharing the lead with Allen Boore of Axtell, Utah.

“I didn’t know anything about that horse, but (brother) Rusty, (uncle) Spencer and Dad all said he was good,” said Wright, who has been to every NFR since 2003 to watch his family compete; last year, the field of talented Wright bronc riders included Rusty, who made the NFR at age 20 and finished third in the final world standings.

Cody Wright won his world titles in 2008 and 2010; Spencer Wright earned the gold buckle in 2014; and  another uncle, Jesse Wright, is the 2012 titlist. While it’s a bronc riding family, that wasn’t always the case for Ryder.

“My sixth-grade year, we started doing junior high rodeo,” Ryder Wright said. “I was just riding bulls; I was too scared to ride broncs. In the summer of my eighth-grade year, I got on a couple steers in the bronc saddle; that’s where I started. I did that for a few months, then I got on my first horse, and it’s been going good since then. I love it.”

It shows. It was also the Wright decision for him.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
May 2-8
Results through the first performance
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Jake Brown, 89 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet’s Web; 2. Tranner Aus, 85; 3. Ty Breuer, 81; 4. Casey Breuer, 79.5; 5. Casey Colletti, 75; 6. Blaine Kaufman, 74.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. JoJo LeMond/Kory Koontz, 7.1 seconds; 2. (tie) Caleb Mitchell/Cody Thornton and Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 7.9; 4. Monty Wood/Brandon Gonzales, 8.7; 5. Jacob Dagenhart/Caleb Anderson, 13.3; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 22.8 seconds on three runs; 2. Monty Wood/Brandon Gonzales, 23.4; 3. Caleb Mitchell/Cody Thornton, 27.4; 4. JoJo LeMond/Kory Koontz, 32.3; 5. Jacob Dagenhart/Caleb Anderson, 45.1; 6. David Key/Travis Woodard, 13.8 seconds on two runs; 7. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard, 14.2.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 4.0 seconds; 2. Nick Guy, 4.2; 3. Seth Brockman, 4.5; 4. Jace Melvin, 5.0; 5. (tie) Sean Santucci and Cody Doescher, 5.2; 7. Tooter Silver, 8.8; 8. Jake Fulton, 13.8. Aggregate leaders: 1. Cody Doescher, 14.4 seconds on three runs; 2. Nick Guy, 15.0; 3. Jacob Talley, 15.3; 4. Seth Brockman, 16.3; 5. Sean Santucci, 17.9; 6. Tooter Silver, 18.6; 7. Jace Melvin, 21.9; 8. Jake Fulton, 23.4.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 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. Brady Nicholes, 79; 4. Preston Burr, 77.5; 5. Spencer Wright, 75; 6. Shade Etbauer, 74; 7. Charlie Kogaines, 73; 8. Brody Cress, 70.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Cory Solomon, 8.5 seconds; 2. Robert Mathis, 8.8; 3. Cade Swor, 9.6; 4. Clint Cooper, 10.4; 5. (tie) Dalton Dunham and Jake Pratt, 11.4; 7. Shane Hanchey, 15.1; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Cade Swor, 25.2 seconds on three runs; 2. Robert Mathis, 31.0; 3. Cory Solomon, 32.6; 4. Clint Cooper, 33.1; 5. Jake Pratt, 40.6; 6. Dalton Dunham, 43.9; 7. Shane Hanchey, 45.4; 8. Sterling Smith, 17.0 seconds on two runs.,

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Tori Morris, 17.36 seconds; 2. Sabrina Ketcham, 17.48; 3. Amy Jo Farella, 17.50; 4. Laura Kennedy, 17.57; 5. (tie) Morgan Breaux and Tassie Munroe, 17.59; 7. Teresa Turbeville, 17.80; 8. Becky Larson, 17.93; 9. Julie Burnett, 18.16; 10. Sara Bynum 22.76. Aggregate leaders: 1. Tori Morris, 35.17 seconds on two runs; 2 Laura Kennedy, 35.32; 3. Amy Jo Farella, 35.36; 4. Sabrina Ketcham, 35.28; 5. Tassie Munroe, 35.44; 6. Morgan Breaux, 35.47; 7. Katti Waters, 35.62; 8. Teresa Turbeville, 35.66; 9. Crana Roberts, 35.68; 10. Carollan Scott, 35.71.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Clay Wagner, 81 points on Lancaster & Jones’ Mongol; 2. Corey Atwell, 80; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Melby wins first round in Guymon

Guymon Pioneer Days Logo-100Cayla Melby, the daughter of NFR qualifier Jane Melby, rounded the cloverleaf pattern at Guymon, Okla., in 17.14 seconds to win the first round. She was 15-100ths of a second ahead of the second-place finisher, Taylor Langdon.

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.

postheadericon Rodeo has plenty to offer its fans

BRIDGEPORT, Texas – It’s getting easier for rodeo fans to get tickets to the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo.

“We’ve been wanting to have online ticket sales for a few years, and we were able to make that available this year,” said David Turnbow, chairman of the volunteer committee that organizes the local rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at Sunset Retreat and Weddings Arena, formerly the Bridgeport Riding Club Arena.

ButterfieldStageDaysRodeo-LOGO“We want to continue to make this a great rodeo to go with our Butterfield Stage Days celebration, and we want it to be an event the whole family can enjoy.”

Admission prices prove that point at just $12 per ticket. Friday’s tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE; Saturday’s tickets are HERE.

“This is a community event, and we want to make sure it’s affordable for everyone,” Turnbow said. “We pride our rodeo on being family-friendly entertainment, and we do all we can to make that happen.”

There are plenty of amenities that come with each ticket. In addition to the world-class rodeo action, there are numerous options for food and drink as well as other fun things that are part of the experience.

Of course, none if it is possible without the competition and the performances that fans have come to expect with the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo. It’s a true athletic showcase, from entertainer Troy Lerwill to the bucking stock of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

“Troy showed us last year why he’s been an award-winning act and funnyman in rodeo,” Turnbow said. “It’s exciting to have him back. It’s going to be great having him work with our new announcer, Andy Stewart.”

Stewart and Lerwill are just two pieces of the award-winning puzzle that is the Bridgeport rodeo. The rodeo was nominated as 2015 Small Rodeo of the Year, and the Carr firm has been nominated four times in a row.

It all adds up to a winning formula for the fans and for the Bridgeport community.

“We have a lot of pride in this rodeo, and I hope it shows every May,” Turnbow said.

postheadericon Doescher solid in Guymon

Cody Doescher of Oklahoma City has made four solid runs at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. He sits fourth in the steer wrestling average with a two-run cumulative time of 9.2 seconds. He and heading partner Clayton Hass of Terrell, Texas, are seventh in team roping with 14.9 seconds on two runs. Competition continues Friday morning with barrel racing, with the first of four performances beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Cody Doescher

Cody Doescher

Steer wrestling: 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. Average leaders: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 7.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Josh Peek, 8.1; 3. J.D. Struxness, 8.9; 4. Cody Doescher, 9.2; 5. Jake Fulton, 9.6; 6. Tooter Silver, 9.8; 7. Clayton Hass, 9.9; 8. Cole Dorenkamp, 10.1.

Team roping: 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. Average leaders: 1. David Key/Travis Woodard, 13.8 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Adam Rose/Walt Woodard and J.B. James Jr./Brock Hanson, 14.2; 4. (tie) Aaron Macy/Cody Pearson and Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 14.6; 6. Monty Wood/Brandon Gonzales, 14.7; 7. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 14.9; 8. Miles Baker/Jace Crabb, 15.1.

Tie-down roping: 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. Average leaders: 1. Cade Swor, 15.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Sterling Smith, 17.0; 3. (tie) Josh Peek and Caddo Lewallen, 17.1; 5. Ace Slone, 18.0; 6. Clint Kindred, 18.5; 7. Adam Gray, 18.8; 8. Matt Kenney, 19.2.

postheadericon Peek earns 2 Guymon checks Wedneday

Josh Peek shared the steer wrestling win and also placed in tie-down roping during Wednesday’s first round of timed events at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Josh Peek

Josh Peek

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.

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.

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.

postheadericon LeMond repeats as Guymon champ

JoJo LeMond, who has National Finals qualifications in both heading and steer roping, earned the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo’s steer roping title. He placed in three of the four go-rounds and finished by downing four steers in 54.4 seconds. He pocketed $4,280 in the process.

The Andrews, Texas, cowboy also won the steer roping title last May.

JoJo LeMond

JoJo LeMond

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.

postheadericon Guymon steer roping 2016 Round 3

Guymon Pioneer Days Logo-100Third 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.

Average leaders: 1. Marty Jones, 40.3 seconds on three runs; 2. JoJo LeMond, 42.8; 3. Rocky Patterson, 44.9; 4. Scott Snedecor, 46.7; 5. John Bland, 46.8; 6. Paul David Tierney, 48.7; 7. (tie) Jarrett Blessing and Vin Fisher Jr., 48.9.

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