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Orin Larsen rides Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Scarlets Web for 90 points Saturday night to win bareback riding at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. (PEGGY GANDER PHOTO)

Orin Larsen rides Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Scarlets Web for 90 points Saturday night to win bareback riding at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. (PEGGY GANDER PHOTO)

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Bareback rider Orin Larsen has played on ProRodeo’s grandest stage each of the past two years.

He’s hoping to return to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the third straight time, but he’s got some ground in the final month and a half in the regular season. Heading into this week’s Lea County Fair and Rodeo, he sits 18th in the world standings with $53,414.

Only the top 15 contestants in each event advance to Las Vegas in December.

“Any win like this, big or small, is huge for me at this point,” said Larsen, who rode Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Scarlets Web for 90 points to win the title and $5,351. “That’s just a great horse that I’ve wanted to get on for a long time.

“It was pretty cool to get on her here.”

That’s because Lovington’s rodeo is a big-money event, featuring a purse of more than $200,000.

“This is one of the best $10,000-added rodeos all year,” he said, referring to the amount of money the rodeo committee puts into the pot that’s mixed with contestants’ fees to make the overall purse. “It’s definitely one we want to go to, especially during a busy week like this.”

This is a busy time of year for ProRodeo’s biggest stars. This week alone, there are 30 ProRodeos that have taken place. The money and the horse were reason enough for the Manitoba cowboy to make the trip to southeastern New Mexico.

“I just know she was a big, fat, awesome, fun horse,” Larsen said of Scarlets Web, with which he was matched via random draw. “When I got here, everyone thought I was cheating because I’d drawn her so that was a good thing.”

He’s actually feeling strong and healthy, which is important when competing on bucking animals of that caliber. In fact, a nagging rib injury didn’t affect his ride Saturday night.

“It actually felt really good,” he said. “It started in Calgary (Alberta) a few weeks ago. I had to take two weeks of the busiest part of the summer off, so that really hurt me. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing, and hopefully go to Vegas.

“It’s a good thing my fiancé is a nurse, because she’s been taking care of me.”

That’s just one of his goals. He is also in the running for the Canadian Finals Rodeo, so he’d like a shot at the championship in his home country while also chasing his dreams of winning a world championship.

“It’s easy to make the finals when you draw good ride good and are consistently doing well,” Larsen said. “I’ve been missing one or two of those throughout the year. It’s going to be tough to make it, but we’re just going to have to rodeo hard and make the finals up there, too.”

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 9-12
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Orin Larsen, 90 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Scarlets Web, $5,351; 2. J.R. Vezain, 87, $4,103; 3. Will Lowe, 84, $3,032; 4. Anthony Thomas, 83.5, $1,962; 5. (tie) Seth Hardwick and Tilden Hooper, 83, $1,070; 7. Evan Jayne, 82, $713; 8. Jake Brown, 81.5, $535.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Cody Cabral, 3.5 seconds, $1,637; 2. K.C. Jones, 3.7, $1,423; 3. Matt Reeves, 3.8, $1,210; 4. Casey Martin, $996; 5. (tie) Billy Bugenig, Wyatt Lindsay and Clayton Tuchscherer, 4.1, $569 each; 8. Jule Hazen, Tristan Martin and Jacob Edler, 4.2, $47 each. Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Jule Hazen and Kyle Irwin, 3.8 seconds, $1,530; 3. Tanner Brunner, 3.9, $1,210; 4. (tie) Mike McGinn, Chance Howard, Ryan Swayze, Tanner Robinson, Tyler Pearson and Trevor Duhon, 4.0, $474 each. Average leaders: 1. Matt Reeves, 7.9 seconds on two runs, $2,456; 2. (tie) Cody Cabral and Jule Hazen, 8.0, $1,975 each; 4. (tie) Chance Howard and Kyle Irwin, 8.3, $1,335; 6. Tristan Martin, 8.4, $854; 7. (tie) Wyatt Lindsay and Jacob Edler, 8.5, $374 each.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Shank Edwards and Chase Williams, 8.4 seconds, $2,092 each; 3. Cory Solomon, 8.7, $1,654; 4. Tuf Cooper, 9.0, $1,362; 5. Cade Swor, 9.2, $1,070; 6. Ryan Jarrett, 9.3, $778; 7. (tie) Clay McCuistion and Ty Baker, 9.4, $341 each. Second round leaders: 1. Marty Yates, 7.2 seconds, $2,238; 2. Caleb Smidt, 7.5, $1,946; 3. (tie) Timber Moore and Cory Solomon, 7.6, $1,508; 5. Justin Smith, 8.1, $1,070; 5. Marcos Costa, 8.8, $778; 7. (tie) Ryan Jarrett and Bubba Flores, 8.8, $341. Average leaders: 1. Cory Solomon, 16.3 seconds on two runs, $3,357; 2. Ryan Jarrett, 18.1, $2,920; 3. (tie) Caleb Smidt and Marty Yates, 18.2, $2,262 each; 5. Shank Edwards, 18.4, $1,605; 6. Kody Mahaffey, 19.2, $1,168; 7. (tie) J.D. McCuistion and Ty Baker, 19.5, $511 each.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Heith DeMoss, 84.5 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Who Knows, $4,597; 2. Isaac Diaz, 83.5, $3,524; 3. Hardy Braden, 82.5, $2,605; 4. (tie) Dean Wadsworth and Sterling Crawley, 82, $1,379 each; 6. Dylan Henson and Brody Cress, 81.5, $689 each; 8. (tie) Kobyn Williams and Leon Fountain, 81.5, $230 each.

Steer roping: First round leaders: 1. Bryce Davis, 9.1 seconds, $1,920; 2. (tie) Brian Garr and Jason Evans, 10.8, $1,424 each; 4. Roger Branch, $927; 5. Rocky Patterson, 11.2, $596; 6. Leo Campbell, 11.3, $331. Second round leaders: 1. Shay Good, 9.6 seconds, $1,920; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.2, $1,589; 3. (tie) Cody Lee, Tuf Cooper, Chet Herren and Mike Chase, 10.5, $778 each. Third round leaders: 1. J.P Wickett, 8.9 seconds, $1,920; 2. Marty Jones, 9.3, $1,589; 3. Trevor Brazile, 9.4, $1,258; 4. Cash Myers, 9.7, $927; 5. Kim Ziegelgruber, 10.1, $596; 6. Rocky Patterson, 10.4, $331. Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 33.2 seconds on three runs, $2,881; 2. Chet Herren, 33.3, $2,384; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 33.7, $1,887; 4. Trevor Brazile, 34.9, $1,391; 5. Brian Garr, 35.3, $894; 6. Mike Chase, 35.8, $497.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Shay Carroll/Nano Garza and Tanner Baldwin/Cody Pearson, 5.2 seconds, $1,849 each; 3. Jake Orman/Will Woodfin, 5.3, $1,326; 4. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 5.5, $977; 5. Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 5.7, $628; 6. (tie) Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith and Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin, 5.8, $174 each. Second round leaders: 1. Mike Orman/Will Woodfin, 4.7 seconds, $2,023 each; 2. (tie) Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, Travis Whitlow/Tyler Getzwiller and Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 4.9, $1,326 each; 5. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.2, $628; 6. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 5.3, $349. Average leaders: 1. Jake Orman/Will Woodfin, 10.0 seconds on two runs, $3,035 each; 2. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Tanner Baldwin/Cody Pearson, 10.8, $2,250; 4. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 11.1, $1,465; 5. Jake Barnes/Tyler Worley, 11.6, $942; 6. Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin, 12.1, $523.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Taci Bettis, 17.28 seconds, $3,949; 2. Dena Kirkpatrick, 17.31, $3,159; 3. Katelyn Scott, 17.39, $2,567; 4. Kelly Bruner, 17.44, $1,975; 5. Jane Fambro, 17.52, $1,580; 6. Tammy Fischer, 17.54, $1,185; 7. Morgan Breaux, 17.55, $987; 8. (tie) Jana Bean and Jill Tanner, 17.56, $839 each; 10. Cindy Smith, 17.66, $691; 11. Davie King, 17.70, $592; 12. Nalynn Cline, 17.71, $494; 13. Stefanie Logan, 17.73, $395; 14. Sydni Blanchard, 17.77, $296; 15. Delani Wood, 17.80, $197.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Koby Radley, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Half Nutz, $5,034; 2. Brennon Eldred, 86, $3,876; 3. Elliott Jacoby, 85, $2,994; 4. Ramon Curley, 84.5, $1,891; 5. Scottie Knapp, 84, $1,229; 6. Trevor Kastner, 83, $898; 7. Tim Bingham, 72, $733; no qualified rides.

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