Archive for May, 2017

postheadericon BFO is ready to rock Decatur

Coming off his victory in Lewiston, Idaho, Dusty Tuckness will compete this Friday at the Bullfighters Only Cavender's Cup presented by Bodyguard Truck Accessories on Friday in Decatur, Texas. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Coming off his victory in Lewiston, Idaho, Dusty Tuckness will compete this Friday at the Bullfighters Only Cavender’s Cup presented by Bodyguard Truck Accessories on Friday in Decatur, Texas. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Bullfighters Only Cavender’s Cup will feature a full evening of action

DECATUR, Texas – The action is intense and magnificent, but that’s exactly what the men expect when they are part of Bullfighters Only.

Fifteen men will stare danger in the eyes as part of the Bullfighters Only Cavender’s Cup 2017 presented by Bodyguard Truck Accessories, set for 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the Wise County Fairgrounds. That’s what freestyle bullfighting is about, athletic men challenging their fears and testing their skills one-on-one with a Spanish fighting bull that is bred for this type of bout.

Each fight is fast-paced and aggressive. The bullfighters use their natural instincts and tremendous athleticism to get as close as possible to the charging animals, their pointed horns and their pounding hooves.

The BFO Cavender’s Cup will feature the world’s top 15 freestyle bullfighters battling for $25,000 in prize money. They will compete in five three-man brackets, with the five winners advancing to the championship round. The bullfighter that produces the highest-scoring bout in the final round will be crowned the BFO Decatur champion.

With scores based on a 100-point scale, men can earn up to 50 points per fight based on their ability to exhibit control and style while maneuvering around or over an animal; a bull can earn up to 50 points based on its quickness, aggression and willingness to stay with the bullfighter.

Just two weeks ago, Dusty Tuckness posted a BFO-best 94.5-point score to win the stand-alone event in Lewiston, Idaho. He’ll be one of the men in the field that features reigning world champion Weston Rutkowski and a number of the top young guns in the game: Zach Call, Schell Apple and Beau Schueth.

But they account for just one-third of the bullfighters in the mix that also will feature legend Lance Brittan, the 1999 world champion. It’s a mixture of rising stars and proven talent, and it’s what makes the event such a spectacular showcase.

“It’s a two-hour, action-packed event where you have 15 of the best bullfighters of the world,” said Rutkowski of Haskell, Texas. “These televised, stand-alone events make bullfighting so much bigger.

“There’s always a chance to see some big-time wrecks,” Rutkowski said. “That’s the good thing about events like this, because you get the top-quality guys. You’re going to have to step up out there and risk it all in order to win.”

The fast-paced Bullfighters Only action is a true man-vs.-beast spectacular.

CONTESTANTS
Weston Rutkowski
Noah Krepps
Beau Schueth
Dusty Tuckness
Lance Brittan
Toby Inman
Zach Call
Schell Apple
Cody Greer
Tate Rhoads
Ely Sharkey
Tanner Zarnetski
Jim Essary
Jon Roberts
One qualifier BFO Super Camp

postheadericon Dietz Challenge is a success

O’Connell, Jarboe claim event titles during Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser

ROSENBERG, Texas – Memorial Day is much more than back yards, barbecues and gatherings with friends. It’s more than kicking off summer, lounging by the pool or enjoying time on the lake.

It was established to honor fallen heroes, those that have given everything in defense of the country. It’s the perfect time for the U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Classic, which took place this past weekend at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg.

For the second straight year, the event included the U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Ultimate Challenge, a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bareback riding and bull riding; it’s become quite a hit in professional rodeo.

Tim O'Connell

Tim O’Connell

“The Danny Dietz Memorial Classic started out with some humble beginnings to honor the fallen SEALs and bring back the true meaning of Memorial Day,” said Patsy Dietz-Shipley, Dietz’s widow and co-founder of the classic. “This Memorial weekend as I watched and enjoyed the PRCA event, I realized we have accomplished our mission.

“These hard men who ride these bulls and horses have a lot of similarities with our elite warriors … they are patriotic and love our country, they are passionate about the sport they do and they never quit. I can’t wait to see this event grow each year and see how the American people come together during such a special time like Memorial Day.”

The Dietz Ultimate Challenge has become a go-to event for some of the best roughstock cowboys in ProRodeo. World champions and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers made up the 24-man field in each of the events. In fact, reigning world champion Tim O’Connell of Swingle, Iowa, scored 90 points to win the bareback riding title in Rosenberg.

“That’s a pretty awesome horse,” he said of Pickett Rodeo’s Shady Nights. “I was very lucky to get Shady Nights. I’ve wanted to get on that horse for a long time.

“I like that she blows to the left right (out of the chute). She did exactly what I figured she’d do. It was just perfect timing from the both of us and was a lot of fun. I really opened up and exposed myself, and she was jumping really high, probably at least two feet off the ground. It was a good match-up.”

Roscoe Jarboe

Roscoe Jarboe

Bull rider Roscoe Jarboe, a 2016 NFR qualifier from New Plymouth, Idaho., won the bull riding championship with an 84-point ride on Rafter H Rodeo’s Feel The Noise. Both Jarboe and O’Connell pocketed $3,779 with their victories, but the biggest part of the weekend was being involved with the memorial event.

“It’s very special,” O’Connell said. “I got to take one of the widows out into the arena to start it off. Being at an event like that puts everything into perspective. We can get on bucking horses because these guys have put their lives on the line to keep us free.

“It’s like they say, ‘We are the land of the free because of the brave.’ I can’t thank the men and women of the armed forces enough, what they’ve seen and what they’ve been through so we get to live our lives the way we do. To have an event at the memorial for Danny Dietz is nice, but I think we should have more of them and not just Memorial Day weekend.”

The Dietz Ultimate Challenge paid out more than $25,000 in just one Saturday. O’Connell likes that the event has a great response, but he expects it to continue growing in the years to come.

“This event has grown so much in just its second year with the Resistol American feather campaign,” said Danny Quinlin, chairman of the event. “It amazes me how much the NSW community and the Gold Star families back and enjoy this event. We look forward to the continued growth of both the event and its fundraising mission for the Navy SEAL Foundation.”

Clint Cannon – a five-time NFR qualifier from nearby Waller, Texas, and one of the Dietz Ultimate Challenge organizers – said there is great potential in the specialized bareback riding and bull riding aspect.

“This is a great opportunity to show fans some of the greatest roughstock cowboys and some of the toughest cowboys in rodeo,” Cannon said. “When you have guys like Tim O’Connell, Caleb Bennett, (three-time world champion bull rider) Sage Kimzey all coming for one night, it says something to the people here.

“This is a great event and a great partnership for the U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial and the PRCA. For me and my brother, Kirby, it’s just an honor to be part of such a special event in southeast Texas.”

postheadericon COLUMN: Time to support rodeo

A Montreal animal rights group is targeting a Quebec rodeo near the city of more than 4 million people.

Taking advantage of its urban setting, the Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals launched a media and legal movement to condemn rodeo earlier this year. This past week, a law professor at the University of Montreal filed for an injunction on NomadFest Urban Rodeo, planned for the community in August.

A petition has been created to show support for rodeo, and I urge you to sign it. Animal rights activists will continue to try to bring rodeo down. Most activists don’t understand the love and care that go into the animals used. They don’t comprehend the love these animals have to do their jobs.

Most importantly, they don’t care to understand. They won’t care to be around a bucking horse that is excited to load in the trailer because it knows it will have a chance to buck. They will never see the look in a barrel horse’s eye as it prepares to run the pattern. They don’t understand that an athletic animal wants to be an athlete or that most horses like having a job to do.

The Quebec rodeo is a great opportunity for urban-dwellers to touch base with their Western roots, no matter how deep they run.

Rodeo is more than a sport; it’s a celebration of our Western lifestyle. Please take the time to sign the petition.

postheadericon OPINION: The need for a new lead

A change at the top is coming.

Karl Stressman is leaving the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, retiring at the end of the year as commissioner of the sport’s premier sanctioning body.

Ted Harbin TwisTed Rodeo

Ted Harbin
TwisTed Rodeo

It will conclude his nine years with the PRCA after serving as director of event marketing for Wrangler Jeans and Shirts.

“I sat down in the commissioner’s chair for the first time in September 2008, and I made a promise to myself that I would give my very best efforts each and every day to improve the sport of rodeo,” Stressman said in a PRCA news release. “I made myself another promise that I would stay at the PRCA as long as I enjoyed the job. Well it’s time to say goodbye.”

There has been speculation of Stressman’s departure for a few months, and it seems there was a significant number of board members who had agreed to his ouster. Friday’s retirement announcement now opens the door for the next person to take over the leadership role.

As of Friday, Stressman has placed the PRCA in a solid financial situation, several million dollars in the black. The PRCA has increased its bankroll nearly 10 times of what it was when he began the job in 2008.

Karl Stressman

Karl Stressman

But there is still work to be done, and Stressman’s replacement needs to be the person to handle the heavy lifting that comes with the job. There are tasks that must be implemented to bring together a varied and large membership.

The PRCA board will have the final say, but a workmanlike approach to the tasks at hand will go a long way in defining the association’s next leader and the future of the top organization in the sport. There is a need for a businessman or businesswoman who can handle the finer details of running the day-to-day operation.

As we move forward in such a historically associated sport, we’ll need someone who is tech-savvy and can push the PRCA forward in that regard. The new leader must have a keen understanding of the sport and its legacy.

In a sport that is defined by the passion of its members – contestants, stock contractors, contract personnel and committees – rodeo needs its next leader to not only understand the love affair but is willing to be dedicated to preserving it.

postheadericon Putting best foot forward

The Town of Estes Park has invested in new ground for Granny May Arena, which should make for better footing for Rooftop Rodeo in July.

The Town of Estes Park has invested in new ground for Granny May Arena, which should make for better footing for Rooftop Rodeo in July.

Town of Estes Park invests into improving footing at Granny May Arena

ESTES PARK, Colo. – As the years and weather have worked their troubling magic over the dirt inside Granny May Arena, the ground inside the spectacular complex began to erode.

This spring, the Town of Estes Park invested $125,000 to improve the ground footing and make the arena an even better showcase for the community and events that utilize the facility.

“We have a completely new footing,” said Rob Hinkle, Community Services director for the Town of Estes Park. “It took about 10 days to complete, and we used roughly 70 dump trucks of footing.”

That’s good news for all who use the arena, including Rooftop Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5-Monday, July 10.

“This was an impressive decision by the Town of Estes Park, and we’re excited to be able to take advantage of the new footing,” said Ben Vigil, president of Estes Park Western Heritage Inc., a group of volunteers that works with the town of Estes Park to produce the annual rodeo.

“Footing is vital everything we do with Rooftop Rodeo. We take pride in treating the contestants with the greatest hospitality of any rodeo in the country, and this is just another way we can give them something special.”

In addition, he said, the rodeo committee’s chutes crew is also making improvements to the area behind the chutes.

Prior to the repairs done by Kiser Arena Specialists, there were problems with drainage. The former footing had eroded enough that users were close to the base.

“It compacts well, and I think everybody is going to be happy with it,” said Hinkle, pointing out that there are about a dozen shows a year in the arena, including the annual rodeo.

Rooftop Rodeo had nearly 800 entries last year, and virtually all of those contestants come in from all over North America. From top prize money to great hospitality, there are multiple reasons so many make their way to Estes Park every July.

“Not only will the footing be better for the competition, but this also is a safety issue,” said Mark Purdy, chairman of Estes Park Western Heritage Inc. “We want to take care of the athletes, both human and animal. Having better footing allows us to do that.

“I think having excellent footing is another incentive for these contestants to make Rooftop Rodeo part of their summer schedule.”

For Hinkle, the decision to invest in the footing came down to making the arena better for everybody.

“We were getting some comments from some shows that they didn’t particularly like the footing, so we really needed to put the effort in and spend the money to do it correctly,” he said. “We’ve got a depth of about 10 inches and have fixed the drainage.

“I think it will be good not only for the rodeo but also for the other shows we’re doing.”

postheadericon Tuckness scores 94.5 to win

Dusty Tuckness slips past 12X and Costa Fighting Bulls' Spitfire en route to a 94.5-point bullfight on Saturday night during the Bullfighters Only Flexfit Invitational presented by the Lewiston Roundup Association. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Dusty Tuckness slips past 12X and Costa Fighting Bulls’ Spitfire en route to a 94.5-point bullfight on Saturday night during the Bullfighters Only Flexfit Invitational presented by the Lewiston Roundup Association. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Wyoming bullfighter claims Lewiston title with best score ever in the BFO

LEWISTON, Idaho – Dusty Tuckness was just excited to be in the mix for Saturday’s Bullfighters Only Flexfit Invitational Presented by the Lewiston Roundup Association. He proved it with two sensational fights and the highest marked bout in the Bullfighters Only history.

He won the title after his 94.5-point bullfight with 12X and Costa Fighting Bulls’ Spitfire during the Hooey Championship Round.

“That’s the kind of bull you want to draw, one you know you can win on,” said Tuckness of Meeteetse, Wyo. “Spitfire is the kind of bull that we train for. Those are the opportunities you want to have in this industry.

“After I won my first round, it was on my mind to get the opportunity to fight the unfightable bull and just have fun with it. I did have a lot of fun.”

He was one of 15 men who were part of the BFO Flexfit Invitational in Lewiston, which featured five three-man bouts. The winners from each of the five rounds advanced to the championship; Tuckness was joined by reigning BFO world champion Weston Rutkowski, Tate Rhoads, veteran Toby Inman and newcomer Kris Furr.

Furr finished his first BFO event as the runner-up, scoring 89.5 in the championship round.

“I’ve been watching Kris for a while on social media,” Tuckness said. “He has a great ground game and good fundamentals. The BFO is about showcasing the best talent out there. He showed up and did well. I’m excited to see what he’s going to bring to the BFO for years to come.”

The night, though, belonged to the Idaho-born Tuckness. He won his round after posting an 87-point score, then advanced to the short round and a meeting with Spitfire, one of the premier fighting bulls in the game.

The agile red bull lived up to his billing. As the bull charged out of the chute, Tuckness turned his back to the animal and pulled off a quick reverse to begin the bout. Spitfire stayed close to the man, pushing his horns in tight, but Tuckness remained just out of harm’s way.

The tandem even danced along the wall of the arena, as Tuckness performed four straight fakes and allowed the bull to pass as he remained tight with the wall. Tuckness made a final round just after the 40-second buzzer sounded, then ended the fight.

“It was really good to get my first BFO event for the year,” he said. “Being a stand-alone event and coming away with the ‘W’ is a blessing. I’m just thankful for not only for the opportunity but also to be part of this great event.

“The Lewiston Roundup Association was awesome to us. My hat is off to the local sponsors and our year-round sponsors with the BFO. We wouldn’t be able to do this without those sponsors.”

The bullfighters weren’t the only benefactors; the fans were treated to the extreme action that is freestyle bullfighting.

“It was great all the way around,” Tuckness said. “It gave the crowd everything they wanted. It was a great crowd and they really got into it. They get behind these action sports. It’s a lot of fun to perform in front of a crowd like that.”

The $10,000 prize he earned for winning the BFO Flexfit Invitational was also a big deal. It pushed him into second place in the Pendleton Whisky World Standings, just behind Rutkowski.

“It was just a blessing and God’s timing more than anything,” Tuckness said. “I love my job, and it doesn’t matter where I’m at. It’s great to be able to have the support of your home state, but my mindset is to step out there with my best foot forward.

“It’s about the time and work I’ve done at the gym prior to the events, and I just zone out when it’s time for me and my bull. I’ve got to take care of myself and get around my animal.”

postheadericon Top cowboys part of special event

Bareback riding, bull riding to be part of Danny Dietz Memorial Classic

ROSENBERG, Texas – The uniqueness of the U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Classic has become a hit in the world of professional rodeo.

Danny Dietz

Danny Dietz

The bareback riding and bull riding event is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg. It will feature the top 24 bareback riders and top 24 bull riders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the premier sanctioning body in the sport and home to the greatest cowboys in the game. The PRCA was founded in 1929.

The concept U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Ultimate Challenge was created by Waller, Texas, cowboys Kirby and Clint Cannon – Clint is a five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in bareback riding. They came up with the idea after organizers Danny Quinlin and Patsy Dietz enlisted the Cannons’ help in establishing a PRCA event with the Classic.

Now in its second year, the cowboys will battle for the biggest paychecks paid out over the Memorial Day weekend, and the list of contestants is like a who’s who of the greatest men in the game in their respective events. That includes the defending world champions: Bareback rider Tim O’Connell and bull rider Sage Kimzey.

Each of the 48 cowboys will make one ride, with those receiving the highest markings on the 100-point scale earning the prize money. Last year’s event winners earned $3,500 apiece, and that money counted toward the world standings – in rodeo, only the top 15 money-earners at the end of the regular season advance to the NFR, which boasts of a $10 million payout.

“We wanted this to be a big deal for the Danny Dietz Memorial Classic and for the cowboys,” Kirby Cannon said. “Thankfully by working with such an amazing event, we’ve been able to make that happen.”

postheadericon Tuckness to compete in Idaho

Dusty Tuckness will return to his birth state of Idaho for the May 20 Bullfighters Only Lewiston Invitational. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Dusty Tuckness will return to his birth state of Idaho for the May 20 Bullfighters Only Lewiston Invitational. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

One of bullfighting’s best is returning to his birth state with Bullfighters Only

LEWISTON, Idaho – Dusty Tuckness was born in Idaho 31 years ago, so the Gem State is always going to be home. It also marks his return to Bullfighters Only competition for the first time in eight months.

He will be one of 15 men competing at the Bullfighters Only Lewiston Invitational, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Lewiston Roundup Arena.

“I was born in Idaho Falls, and my mom still lives in DuBois,” said Tuckness, one of the founding members of Bullfighters Only. “It’ll be good to get back up there and step around some fighting bulls.”

The stand-alone bullfight will feature the world’s top 15 freestyle bullfighters battling for $25,000 in prize money. They will compete in three-man brackets, with the five winners advancing to the championship round. The bullfighter that produces the highest-scoring bout in the final round will be crowned the BFO Lewiston champion.

“I’m proud to be part of it,” Tuckness said. “This event is going to be fun, not only just compete but continue to build the product we’ve been putting out there.

“These stand-alone events bring fans the whole sport of freestyle bullfighting. You get to see a little bit of everything: great bullfights, wrecks and the true nature of the sport. Now, because of the BFO, we’ve brought freestyle bullfighting back to a whole new level.”

Not only is BFO-Lewiston an event that features bullfighting exclusively, it also is part of a national tour. In 2016, Bullfighters Only developed the first tour in 17 seasons, and the men involved are in the second year touring the country.

“The events are going really well,” Tuckness said. “It’s developing into something that we’ve always wanted as bullfighters.”

A veteran, Tuckness is the most decorated bullfighter in ProRodeo, but he knows just how special it is to be part of Bullfighters Only. As the reigning seven-time Bullfighter of the Year, he understands the future is bright for the sport.

“I think the biggest change in the sport is that it’s back to the main stage,” Tuckness said. “Bullfighters Only putting on these stand-alone events allows bullfighters the chance to make a good living.

“It’s changing for the younger generation. There are a lot of up-and-comers who want to freestyle, and BFO is creating opportunities to showcase their skills.”

With scores based on a 100-point scale, men can earn up to 50 points per fight based on their ability to exhibit control and style while maneuvering around or over an animal; a bull can earn up to 50 points based on its quickness, aggression and willingness to stay with the bullfighter.

Bullfighters Only is a true man-vs.-beast spectacular. Spitfire will once again be part of the draw – one of many revered 12X & Costa Fighting Bulls that will be on hand in Lewiston.

Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased at www.lewistonroundup.com/bfo-event.

postheadericon Brazile earns 2 more Guymon crowns

Trevor Brazile earned both the tie-down roping and all-around championships this past week at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Trevor Brazile earned both the tie-down roping and all-around championships this past week at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

By Katie Lackey
TwisTed Rodeo
GUYMON, Okla. – Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo has been good to Trevor Brazile over the years, and he proved why Sunday afternoon.

Trevor Brazile, the 23-time world champion from Decatur, Texas, had a stellar weekend in the Oklahoma Panhandle. He closed out his weekend Sunday with a 7.3-second run to win the third round of tie-down roping, which also pushed his three-run cumulative time to 23.1 seconds to win the average championship.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Pioneer Days Rodeo marks his first big win of 2017.

“It was a perfect draw for the scenario, because if you draw too good, you tend to back off,” Brazile said. “The fastest they had tied the calf was in 9.8 seconds. So I knew I had to be aggressive, and it fell together.”

His tie-down runs weren’t the biggest news of the weekend, though; Brazile also claimed the all-around title with help from his other events, team roping and steer roping.

“This rodeo has always been good to me,” Brazile said. “A lot of people don’t know I grew up 30 minutes from here in Gruver, Texas. I have a lot of ties to this area.”

His efforts this weekend earned him $7,199, a solid start for his summer run.

“I was maxed out due to qualifications at some of the bigger, winter rodeos, so I am excited to start going.

And while he is on road, he will be in good company considering his traveling partners: three-time world champion tie-down roper Tuf Cooper and two-time world champion heeler Patrick Smith.

“Patrick doesn’t have any choice because he is roping with me,” Brazile said. “But I like having Tuf in the rig with me because you know you never back off. You are around someone who is at the pinnacle of their career, the top of their game. It obviously brings you up. I think it is a good mix of youth and wisdom.”

For now, Brazile will enjoy his win at a rodeo that is so close to home for him.

“This is one of those rodeos that just kind of keeps the tradition alive,” Brazile said. “I love it.”

postheadericon Crawford helps Harrison to title

Charly Crawford, right, and Joseph Harrison put the finishing touches to a winning weekend at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. The tandem shared the victory. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Charly Crawford, right, and Joseph Harrison put the finishing touches to a winning weekend at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. The tandem shared the victory. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Charly Crawford is playing the role of teacher in his team-roping partnership with Joseph Harrison.

That happens with someone like Crawford, an eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifying header, is matched with a heeler that hasn’t played on ProRodeo’s grandest stage.

“I believe it’s an awesome opportunity for me,” said Harrison of Overbrook, Okla. “He teaches me as we go along some of the things I don’t know.”

His lessons continued during the final performance of the 85th Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo on Sunday afternoon, where the tandem stopped the clock in 8.2 seconds; it was just enough to secure a share of the victory.

“I made a horse change,” said Crawford of Prineville, Ore. “I rode one of my wife’s horses in the first two (rounds). The steers were real fresh, and he’s real broke and real easy to ride. The steers usually get to running a little more in the third round, so I brought my good horse that can run pretty hard.

“I did an OK job of heading, and Joe did a really good job of heeling.”

Crawford and Harrison shared the victory with Brooks Dahozy and Tommy Zuniga. Both teams earned $2,934 after downing three steers in a cumulative time of 23.6 seconds. Crawford and Harrison each earned $3,389 in the Oklahoma Panhandle this week, adding a first-round paycheck to their total.

“I was a little later than I wanted to be,” Crawford said. “The steer started trotting, then took off. The main thing was to salvage a run and make them come beat us.”

When that didn’t happen, they earned the right to collect one of the trophy belts that are awarded to Pioneer Days Rodeo champions every year. This will be the second for Crawford, the first for Harrison.

“It’s awesome,” Harrison said. “I’ve been coming to this rodeo for a long time, and it’s in my circuit. I have the opportunity to rope with Charly this year, and I’m super excited about it.”

He should be. Not only will the money count toward the world standings, but it will go a long way in helping Harrison in the Prairie Circuit. He was not ranked heading into this weekend, but he leaves the Oklahoma Panhandle the No. 1 heeler in the Oklahoma-Kansas-Nebraska region. More importantly, it helps give the cowboys a lot of confidence heading into the summer run of rodeos.

“This is a cool rodeo,” Crawford said. “We enjoy the long starts and the fresh steers. The committee does a great job.”

That’s why they’ll continue to return.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
May 2-7
Results through the first performance
All-around cowboy:
Trevor Brazile, $7,199 in steer roping, team roping and tie-down roping.

Bareback riding: 1. Clayton Biglow, 86.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Bar Code, $3,232; 2. Wyatt Bloom, 84.5, $2,478; 3. Jordan Petlon, 84, $1,832; 4. (tie) Tanner Phipps and Kash Wilson, 83.5, $970 each; 6. Jake Brown, 82.5, $539; 7. Luke Creasy, 82, $431; 8. Richmond Champion, 81.5, $323.

Team roping: First round: 1. Clayton Hass/John Robertson, 5.9 seconds, $2,092; 2. (tie) Manny Egusquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV and Matt Sherwood/Walt Woodard, 6.2, $1,683 each; 4. Rowdy Rieken/Ace Pearce, 6.3, $1,274; 5. Blake Hughes/Cody Doescher, 6.7, $1,001; 6. Tyler Wade/Clint Summers, 6.8, $728; 7. Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison, 6.9, $455; 8. (tie) Kellan Johnson/Jhett Johnson and Tylere Wojciechowski/Wesley Moss, 7.0, $91 each. Second round: 1. Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 5.4, $2,092; 2. Jr. Dees/Matt Zancanella, 5.8, 1,819; 3. (tie) Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II and Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.7, $1,410; 5. Logan Olson/Will Woodfin, 6.8, $1,001; 6. Brit Ellerman/T.J. Watts, 7.3, $728; 7. Cale Markham/Nick Simmons, 7.4, $455; 8. (tie) Wade Kreutzer/Kyon Kreutzer and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 7.5, $91. Third round: 1. Tyler Wojciechowski/Wesley Moss, 5.7, $2,092; 2. Clay Smith/Jake Smith, 5.8, $1,819; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 6.4, $1,547; 4. Brooks Dahozy/Tommy Zuniga, 6.7, $1,274; 5. (tie) Tyler Wade/Clint Summers and Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 7.0, $864 each; 7. Brian Dunning/Tad Sheets, 7.4, $455; 8. Jimmy Tanner/Jim Ross Cooper, 7.6, $182. Aggregate: 1. (tie) Brooks Dahozy/Tommy Zuniga and Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison, 23.6 seconds on three runs, $2,934 each; 3. Brit Ellerman/T.J. Watts, 23.9, $2,320; 4. Brett Christensen/Dawson McMaster, 24.4, $1,910; 5. Cole Cooper/Ryon Tittle, 24.8, $1,501; 6. Shay Carroll/Nano Garza, 27.5, $1,092; 7. Jimmy Tanner/Jim Ross Cooper, 28.1, $682; 8. Manny Equsquiza Jr./Daniel Braman IV, 28.9, $273.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Levi Rudd, 3.9 seconds, $1,758; 2. Ty Erickson, 4.4, $1,529; 3. Casey Martin, 4.5, $1,300; 4. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Cody Cabral, $956 each; 6. Tristan Martin, 4.8, $612; 7. (tie) Nick Guy, Tyler Pearson and Hunter Cure, 4.9, $178 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Jacob Talley, Hunter Crawford and J.D. Struxness, 4.2 seconds, $1,529 each; 4. Levi Rudd, 4.3, $1,070; 5. (tie) Justin Shaffer, Kyle Irwin and Tyler Waguespack, 4.4, $612; 8. Jon Ragatz, 4.5, $153. Third round: 1. Tyler Pearson, 3.4 seconds, $1,758; 2. Riley Duvall, 3.6, $1,529; 3. Trell Etbauer, 3.7, $1,300; 4. Jon Ragatz, 3.8, $1,070; 5. (tie) Ty Erickson, Mike Bates Jr. and Jacob Talley, 4.0, $612 each; 8. Tyler Waguespack, 4.1, $153 each. Aggregate: 1. Ty Erickson, 13.0 seconds on three runs, $2,638; 2. Tyler Waguespack, 13.1, $2,294; 3. J.D. Struxness, $1,950; 4. Jon Ragatz, 14.4, $1,606; 5. Casey Martin, 14.6, $1,261; 6. Tyler Pearson, 15.0, $917; 7. Justin Shaffer, 15.3, $573; 8. Cole Edge, 15.9, $229.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Rusty Wright, on Powder River Rodeo’s Look Again, and Heith DeMoss, on Lancaster & Jones’ Total Equines Angel Fire, $3,056 each; 3. CoBurn Bradshaw, 84.5, $1,961; 4. Tyler Corrington, 83.5, $1,269; 5. Jake Wright, Wyatt Casper and Joey Sonnier, 82, $615 each; 8. Tyrell Smth, 81.5, $246.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Jesse Clark, 7.3 seconds, $1,787; 2. E.J. Roberts, 7.6, $1,554; 3. Trevor Brazile, 7.7, $1,321; 4. Catfish Brown, 7.9, $1,088; 5. (tie) Marcos Costa, Joe Colletti, Riley Pruitt and Ryan Jarrett, 8.0, $505 each. Second round: 1. Tuf Cooper, 6.8 seconds, $1,787; 2. Tyson Durfey, 7.1, $1,554; 3. (tie) Marty Yates, Tyler Prcin and Michael Otero, 7.2, $1,088 each; 6. (tie) Ryan Jarrett and Shane Hanchey, 7.3, $405 each; 8. Chris Demases, 7.5, $155. Third round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 7.3 seconds, $1,787; Caddo Lewallen, 7.5, $1,554; 3. (tie) Shane Hanchey and Trell Etbauer, 7.7, $1,204 each; 5. Cimarron Boardman, 7.9, $855; 6. (tie) Michael Otero and Ryan Jarrett, 8.0, $505 each; 8. Cory Solomon, 8.1, $155. Aggregate: 1. Ryan Jarrett, 23.3, $2,331; 3. Shane Hanchey, 23.4, $1,982; 4. Cory Solomon, 24.9, $1,632; 5. Michael Otero, 25.1, $1,282; 6. Tyson Durfey, 25.9, $932; 7. Sterling Smith, 25.9, $583; 8. Catfish Brown, 26.1, $233.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Sindey Forrest, 17.40 seconds, $2,205; 2. Shea Durfey, 17.53, $1,890; 3. (tie) Tammy Fischer and Davie King, 17.56, $1,470 each; 5. Tracy Nowlin, 17.59, $1,040; 6. Britta Thiel, 17.60, $840; 7. Jessi Fish, 17.71, $630; 8. (tie) Lake Mehalic and Morgan Breaux, 17.72, $367 each; 10. (tie) Jodi Colton, Carmel Wright and Jackie Ganter, 17.73, $70 each. Second round: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 17.20 seconds, $2,205; 2. Stevi Hillman, 17.38, $1,890; 3. Tracy Nowlin, 17.41, $1,575; 4. Carmel Wright, 17.45, $1,365; 5. Dona Kay Rule, 17.46, $1,050; 6. (tie) Jodi Colton, Kelly Tovar and Cayla Small, 17.49, $630 each; 8. Tiany Schuster, 17.50, $315; 10. Becki Mask, 17.51, $210. Aggregate: 1. Tracy Nowlin, 35.00 seconds on two runs, $2,205; 2. Hailey Kinsel 35.02, $1,890; 3. Sidney Forrest, 35.04, $1,575; 4. Carmel Wright, 35.18, $1,365; 5. Jodi Colton, 35.22, $1,050; 6. (tie) Lake Mehalic and Tammy Fischer, 35.25, $735 each; 8. Becki Mask, 35.28, $420; 9. Mary Walker, 35.34, $315; 10. Carley Richardson, 35,36, $210.

Bull riding: 1. Roscoe Jarboe, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Apollo’s Gold, and Trevor Reiste, on Lancaster & Jones’ Bandit, 84 points, $3,313; 3. Boudreaux Campbell, 83, $2,125; 4. Justin Hendrix, 82.5, $1,375’ 5. (tie) Jeff Askey and Kyle Ziegler, 82, $750 each; 7. John Pitts, 80.5, $500; 8. Joe Frost, 80, $375.

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