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postheadericon Vezain finds success in Lea County

J.R. Vezain, the No. 8-ranked bareback rider in ProRodeo, rides Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Painted River for 87 points to take the lead at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. (PEGGY GANDER PHOTO)

J.R. Vezain, the No. 8-ranked bareback rider in ProRodeo, rides Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Painted River for 87 points to take the lead at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. (PEGGY GANDER PHOTO)

LOVINGTON, N.M. – There’s something about Jake McClure Arena that draws Wyoming cowboy J.R. Vezain back to town every year.

Maybe it’s the Pete Carr bucking horses. Maybe there’s something that’s in the water. Nonetheless, Vezain has found his share of success at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, and the 2017 edition seems to follow the same pattern.

“I always seem to do good this week every year,” said Vezain, who rodeo Carr’s Painted River for 87 points to take the lead in bareback riding. “I always seem to have good luck here. I always draw good. I feel like I’m riding good, so I just need to keep it rolling through the summer.”

He sits seventh in the world standings and is making his way to his fifth qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In addition, he sits No. 2 in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association standings, so he’s in line to make both finales.

“This is as good as I’ve ever ridden in my whole career,” said Vezain, has placed four times in Lovington since 2011, including winning the championship in 2014. “I just keep learning little tricks as I go along. I broke my back in 2015, and that humbled me quite a bit and made me readjust my goals and start working a little harder.

“I’m here to use this platform to glorify God, and He’s blessed me with the tools and talents to be one of the best and ready to get that gold buckle. I started working at it, and I feel like I’m inching my way there.”

A key piece of his success has come in the horses he has been riding. By drawing top-flight animals, he’s been able to showcase his strong spurring motion; that, in turn, shows the judges just how well he’s handling his business, and the points turn into big-time dollars.

That’s exactly what he’s hoping for with his experience on Painted River, an 8-year-old mare that was raised on the Carr ranch in Athens, Texas.

“That’s one of Pete’s better horses, and the proof’s in the pudding,” he said. “She’s flashy and one you can win on. I didn’t want to get off after the buzzer. She was fun to be on.”

Electric horses are bareback riders’ dreams. They jump high in the air and allow the cowboys to show their spurring motions.

“We work hard from the beginning of the year to the end of the year to make the finals,” Vezain said. “I believe luck is where preparation and opportunity meet. When you have an opportunity like that horse, it gives you the ability to capitalize. That’s the horses that’s going to give you the opportunity to do that all day long.”

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 9-12
Bareback riding leaders:
1. J.R. Vezain, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Painted River; 2. Evan Jayne, 82; 3. (tie) Jordan Pelton and Richmond Champion, 81; 5. Grant Denny, 78; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Cody Cabral, 3.5 seconds; 2. K.C. Jones, 3.7; 3. Billy Bugenig, 4.1; 4. Jacob Shofner, 4.4; 5. Blake Knowles, 4.9; 6. Josh Peek, 5.3; Second round leaders: 1. Mike McGinn, 4.0 seconds; 2. Jacob Shofner, 4.3; 3. Cody Cabral, 4.5; 4. Jesse Brown, 5.0; 5. Blake Knowles, 5.6; 6. Billy Bugenig, 11.6. Average leaders: 1. Cody Cabral, 8.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Jacob Shofner, 8.7; 3. Blake Knowles, 10.5; 4. Jesse Brown, 15.5; 5. Billy Bugenig, 15.7; 6. Josh Peek, 20.1.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Shank Edwards, 8.4 seconds; 2. Tuf Cooper, 9.0; 3. Tyler Milligan, 9.6; 4. Matt Kenney, 10.3; 5. J.D. McCuistion, 10.5; 6. Josh Peek, 10.8. Second round leaders: 1. Timber Moore, 7.6 seconds; 2. J.D. McCuistion, 9.0; 3. Josh Peek, 9.6; 4. Cody Jordan, 9.9; 5. Shank Edwards, 10.0; 6. Tyler Milligan, 10.7. Average leaders: 1. Shank Edwards, 18.4 seconds on two runs; 2. J.D. McCuistion, 19.5; 3. Timber Moore, 19.6; 4. Tyler Milligan, 20.3; 5. Josh Peek, 20.4; 6. Tuf Cooper, 21.1.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Hardy Braden, 82.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Gold Coast; 2. Will Smith, 80; 3. Cameron Misser, 78; 4. Cooper DeWitt, 60; no other qualified rides.

Steer roping: First round leaders: 1. Brian Garr, 10.8 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 12.1; 3. Tuf Cooper, 12.4; 4. Chad Mathis, 17.9; 5. Chance Kelton, 18.6; 6. Quay Howard, 23.7. Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Cody Lee and Tuf Cooper, 10.5 seconds; 3. Brian Garr, 11.3; 4. Chance Kelton, 12.0; 5. Trevor Brazile, 13.4; 6. Brent Lewis, 15.1. Third round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 9.4 seconds; 2. Cody Lee, 11.2; 3. Brent Lewis, 11.3; 4. Brian Garr, 13.2; 5. Chad Mathis, 21.1; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 34.9 seconds on three runs; 2. Brian Garr, 35.3; 3. Cody Lee, 21.7 seconds on two runs; 4. Tuf Cooper, 22.9; 5. Brent Lewis, 26.4; 6. Chance Kelton, 30.8.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 5.5 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 5.8; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 7.0; 4. Bobby Boyd/Bubba Paul, 7.9; 5. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 10.5; 6. Ryan Hutton/Chase Hansen, 12.4. Second round leaders: 1. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 5.6 seconds; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 6.5; 3. Chase Massengill/Daylan Frost, 14.3 seconds; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 11.1 seconds on two runs; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 13.5; 3. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 5.8 seconds on one run; 4. Bobby Boyd/Bubba Paul, 7.9; 5. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 10.5; 6. Ryne Hutton/Chase Hansen, 12.4.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Jana Bean, 17.56 seconds; 2. Delani Wood, 17.80; 3. (tie) Aimee Kay and Jasarra Baca, 17.83; 5. Tillar Murray, 17.84; 6. Blyth Beshears, 22.71; 7. Jean Winters, 24.41; no other qualified runs.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Brennon Eldred, 86 points on Salt River Rodeo’s 419; 2. Elliott Jacoby, 85; 3. Tim Bingham, 72; no qualified rides.

postheadericon BFO a hit at big rodeos

Top bullfighters will be featured in Sikeston, Mo., and Hermiston, Ore.

Beau Schueth needs no extra motivation when it comes to fighting bulls, but he’ll take it.

This week, he returns to the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycees Bootheel Rodeo to defend his Bullfighters Only title, and he knows he’ll get all the help he needs from the knowledgeable fans.

“It’s just an awesome atmosphere, and the crowd really gets into it,” said Schueth, the No. 4 man in the BFO Pendleton Whisky World Standings from O’Neill, Neb. “When the crowd’s into it, that makes me want to do something crazier and fight harder for them.

Beau Schueth jumped his way to the Bullfighters Only-Sikeston title a year ago, and he hopes to defend that championship this week. (AVID VISUAL IMAGERY PHOTO)

Beau Schueth jumped his way to the Bullfighters Only-Sikeston title a year ago, and he hopes to defend that championship this week. (AVID VISUAL IMAGERY PHOTO)

“They love the bullfights. They pack that place every night and definitely gets your motor running when that many people are cheering you on.”

BFO-Sikeston takes place Thursday and Friday right after the rodeo performance. BFO-Hermiston at the Farm-City ProRodeo in northern Oregon, takes place Wednesday and Thursday.

In both events, the bullfighters will compete both nights, and the man with the best two-fight cumulative score will be crowned champion at each location.

“The reason we do the bullfights is that it’s an event you don’t see everywhere,” said Jeremiah Quick, now in his third year as a director of Bootheel Rodeo. “It’s old school man vs. beast, and you’ve got the rankest bulls in this part of the country and the top bullfighters in the world with BFO.

“For us, the fans love it, and Bullfighters Only puts on the best bullfights you can get right now.”

Of the five men competing in Sikeston, four are ranked among the top five in the standings. That includes the No. 1 man, Weston Rutkowski, the reigning BFO world champion from Haskell, Texas.

“This is my third time to Sikeston, and I haven’t won it yet,” he said. “I was second my first time, and last year I was third. This is another one of those rodeos that I really want to win. I come to every bullfight with the mindset to win it. Hopefully I can put all the pieces together and cross this one off the list.”

He’ll have to defeat a very talented group of bullfighters to earn that coveted BFO-Sikeston title; in addition to Schueth, the event will also feature No. 3 Toby Inman, No. 5 Schell Apple and Tanner Zarnetski, the 12th-ranked man in the standings.

“It means a lot that I won it last year and that I’m coming back to defend my title,” Schueth said. “It’s an awesome rodeo and a great bullfight.”

This will be the first year for Bullfighters Only to be in Hermiston, but the excitement level is just the same. The three men in the field – Kris Furr, Justin Josey and Dayton Spiel – have a ton of talent and will be showcasing it in front of a big crowd in a new stadium.

Josey has returned to the game after taking some time away, and Spiel has burst onto the bullfighting scene this year. Furr is coming off his first victory this past weekend in Sidney, Iowa.

SIKESTON CONTESTANTS
Weston Rutkowski
Schell Apple
Beau Schueth
Toby Inman
Tanner Zarnetski

HERMISTON CONTESTANTS
Justin Josey
Kris Furr
Dayton Spiel

postheadericon Kimzey corrals Lea County Xtreme title

Three-time world champion Sage Kimzey rides Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Black Gold in the championship round Tuesday night to win his first Lea County Xtreme Bulls title. (PEGGY GANDER PHOTO)

Three-time world champion Sage Kimzey rides Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Black Gold in the championship round Tuesday night to win his first Lea County Xtreme Bulls title. (PEGGY GANDER PHOTO)

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Three-time world champion Sage Kimzey knows no lead in the regular season is big enough when the top cowboys get to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The No. 1 bull rider in the world wants to keep padding his lead as the 2017 campaign winds to a close. He did that by $11,987 on Tuesday night by winning both rounds and the average championship at Lea County Xtreme Bulls at Jake McClure Arena.

“You need as much money going into the finals as you can have,” said Kimzey, who pushed his ProRodeo earnings to $199,353. “A guy that wins the Xtreme Bulls (year-end) title has a pretty good shot of coming into the NFR pretty high.”

Besides being the No. 1 man in the world standings, the Strong City, Okla., man also is the top dog in the Xtreme Bulls money list. Of his season earnings, $58,560 has come on the stand-alone bull riding tour.

In Lovington, he rode Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Tin Cup for 89 points to win the first go-round. He followed that with an 87-point ride on Carr’s Black Gold.

“The first one just felt good,” said Kimzey, who will celebrate his 23rd birthday later this month. “He was just a good spinner to the left and was really smooth and had a lot of timing to him. The second bull was the opposite. He’s one of those that’s tough to get by. (Fellow bull rider) Tyler Bingham said he’s a tough bull to get by and bucks pretty high.

“It just cranks the RPMs a little higher. There’s something about getting on an 1,800-pound athlete; if you mess up, he can hurt you, and that really gets your motor running and gets your adrenaline going that much more.”

While he owns a lead of more than $40,000 over the No. 2 man, Garrett Smith, Kimzey knows that advantage can be swallowed up once the top 15 get to Las Vegas in December. With go-round winners earning $26,262 per night, Garrett could catch Kimzey before the start of Round 3. That’s why winning a big event like Lea County Xtreme Bulls is big.

“There are only a few of the top-notch events that I haven’t had the pleasure of winning event, and Lovington Xtreme was one of them,” he said. “Coming out to Lea County, I had one thing on my mind.”

In rodeo, Kimzey has made it known that one of his biggest goals is to win nine world championships to beat the record set by Donnie Gay, who rode in the 1970s and ’80s. Being healthy is important, but winning is just as vital.

“It’s important to be on a roll,” he said. “Confidence is important in bull riding. You can see the same bull riders ride 20 in a row then fall off 10 in a row. To have the ball rolling like it’s moving into the later part of the season is definitely a good feeling.”

Lea County Xtreme Bulls
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 8, 2017
First round:
1. Sage Kimzey, 89 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Tin Cup, $3,447; 2. (tie) Trey Benton and Elliot Jacoby, 86, $2,298 each; 4. Dustin Bowen, 84.5, $1,264; 5. Brady Portenier, 83.5, $804; 6. Trevor Kastner, 83, $575; 7. Nate Perry, 82.5, $460; 8. (tie) Nolan Steen and Cole Melancon, 81, $172.
Championship round: 1. Sage Kimzey, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Black Gold, $2,605; 2. Chase Dougherty, 86, $1,992; 3. Cole Melancon, 85.5, $1,456; 4. (tie) Trevor Kastner and Elliot Jacoby, 84.5, $804 each.
Average: 1. Sage Kimzey, 176 points on two rides, $4,746; 2. Elliot Jacoby, 170.5, $4,405; 3. Trevor Kastner, 167.5, $3,256; 4. Cole Melancon, 166.5, $2,107; 5. Chase Dougherty, 162, $1,341; 6. Trey Benton, 86 points on one ride, $958; 7. Dustin Bowen, 84.5, $766; 8. Brady Portenier, 83.5, $575.

postheadericon Furr wraps up Sidney title

Kris Furr cross-jumps Double S Bulls' Teen Spirit en route to his first Bullfighters Only victory. (AVID VISUAL IMAGERY PHOTO)

Kris Furr cross-jumps Double S Bulls’ Teen Spirit en route to his first Bullfighters Only victory. (AVID VISUAL IMAGERY PHOTO)

SIDNEY, Iowa – When Kris Furr cross-jumped his bull Saturday night, he put a nice polish on his first Bullfighters Only title on the final night of Iowa’s Championship Rodeo.

“I had a good bull, and he was a lot of fun,” said Furr, 26, of Hamptonville, N.C. “He wasn’t extremely aggressive, so I decided to keep him close to me. I made a few rounds, then I’d square back up with him and get some fakes on him. I knew I had to keep him hooked, keep him interested.”

Furr posted an 86-point bullfight while matched with Double S Bulls’ Teen Spirit. By making rounds with the bull, he kept the little red animal close on his heels. As soon as Teen Spirit would run through the fake, Furr would gather the bull back in tight.

“The first win is unreal. I guess I’m doing something right.”

It was a simple game plan that worked well, and he remains firmly in the top 10 in the Bullfighters Only Pendleton Whisky World Standings.

“It’s pretty crazy to think that I can be in the top 10 with all those great guys like Weston Rutkowski, Toby Inman and Dusty Tuckness,” he said. “It’s pretty surreal for a little guy from North Carolina.

“It’s awesome to be part of the BFO. I remember last year watching everybody going to them, and I just wanted to be there. Now that I’m part of it, it’s amazing. Every week I’m getting to compete against the best guys in the world. That’s what I like more than anything.”

That’s part of what Bullfighters Only brings to fans at every stop. Furr earned his championship by being the best of a 12-man field, which featured a preliminary round of four three-man bullfights. The winners from the first four days of competition advanced to Saturday’s championship round.

Furr was joined in the finale by Dakota Knight, Cody Greer and Justin Josey, and the North Carolinian came out on top.

“I just want to keep winning,” he said. “I’m laying one brick at a time and hopefully build that wall by the end of the year. If I can keep doing well and go to Las Vegas, then I think I can finish pretty well.”

postheadericon Etbauer claims Roundup title

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Two decades ago, an Etbauer was the winner of the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo saddle bronc riding more often than not.

Brothers Robert, Billy and Dan Etbauer have been recognized as one of the greatest set of siblings to ever compete in ProRodeo. Combined they have dozens of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifications; Robert is a two-time world champion, and Billy owns five gold buckles.

Shade Etbauer

Shade Etbauer

Now the next generation is taking over the scene. On Sunday night during Roundup’s championship round, Shade Etbauer rode Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman for 86.5 points to win his first Dodge City buckle.

“It’s just awesome to be here and make the short round,” said Etbauer, 23, of Goodwell, Okla.. “To be able to win that means a lot to me It’s a pretty close rodeo, almost like my hometown rodeo in a way.”

And he rode one of the most decorated broncs in ProRodeo today. Medicine Woman has been named Saddle Bronc of the Year four times, including the last three in a row. The Roundup Arena record was set on the big bay mare in 2015, when four-time NFR qualifier Isaac Diaz scored 93 points on her back.

“That was one of the coolest feelings to get on a horse of that caliber,” Etbauer said. “That the first time I’ve ever got on her, and to be able to get on horses like that is just awesome.”

Sunday’s field of finalists featured three world champions: reigning titlist Zeke Thurston, 2015 winner Jacobs Crawley and two-time champ Cody Wright. Etbauer – who placed fourth in the first round with an 93.5-point ride – beat them all and was a point better than the runner-up, seven-time NFR qualifier and 2014 Roundup champion Wade Sundell.

This marks the second time the young Oklahoman has qualified for the Dodge City championship. He played on the biggest stage in the region a year ago when he was riding on his permit – contestants must first earn the right to compete as card-carrying members of ProRodeo through the permit system.

Now Etbauer leads the saddle bronc riding Rookie of the Year standings with more than $40,000 in season earnings.

“Last year I got lucky and made it to the short round and finished fifth,” said Etbauer, the youngest of three children born to Robert and Sue Etbauer. “This is my third year coming to Dodge City, and it’s always tough competition and the top guys in the world. To be able to compete against them is incredible.”

But being around the greatest in the game is nothing new to Etbauer. He grew up around it, and he has had plenty of good bronc riding educators in the game. He’s taken great strides every year and now sits in the top 25 in the world standings. He needs to move up 10 spots to be among the top 15 in order to qualify for this year’s NFR.

“My goal is to win the rookie title,” he said. “I’ve got a way to go to go to make the finals, but I’m going to try to make it. I’m going to work my hardest to get there.”

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis

Etbauer wasn’t the only cowboy in the field thinking about his family. Steer wrestler Tom Lewis of Lehi, Utah, helped his mother celebrate her 66th birthday by winning the Roundup championship.

“She was diagnosed with lung and bladder cancer,” Lewis said. “They say we might have her for eight to nine months, maybe a year, God willing, but you never know for sure.

“I’m a momma’s boy, and I’m here because she wants me to be here. She pushes us, she loves us and she keeps our whole family together. She’s the first lady I call when I’m done. Today’s important for my mom.”

And there’s nobody prouder of Tom Lewis than her.

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
Aug. 2-6
Bareback riding: First round:
1. Tilden Hooper, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Night Fist, $3,149; 2. Tim O’Connell, 86.5, $2,414; 3. Shane O’Connell, 85.5, $1,784; 4. Clayton Biglow, 84.5, $1,155; 5. (tie) Mason Clements and Orin Larsen, 84, $630 each; 7. Wyatt Denny, 83, $420; 8. J.R. Vezain, 81.5, $315. Final round: 1. Clayton Biglow, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire, $1,650; 2. Orin Larsen, 86.5, $1,250; 3. (tie) Steven Dent and Tilden Hooper, 86, $750 each; 5. Wyatt Denny, 85, $350; 6. J.R. Vezain, 82.5, $350. Average: 1. Tilden Hooper, 173 points on two rides, $3,149; 2. Clayton Biglow, 172, $2,414; 3. Orin Larsen, 171, $1,784; 4. (tie) Wyatt Denny and Tim O’Connell, 168, $945 each; 6. (tie) Steven Dent and Shane O’Connell, 165, $472; 8. J.R. Vezain, 164, $315.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Trever Nelson, 3.6 seconds, $2,886; 2. Riley Duvall, 3.7, $2,509; 3. Clay Mindemann, 3.8, $2,133; 4. (tie) Tyler Pearson and T.J. Hall, 3.9, $1,568 each; 6. (tie) Tom Lewis and Joby Allen, 4.1, $815 each; 8. (tie) Levi Rudd, Cody Charmasson and Ryan Swayze, 4.3, $63 each. Second round: 1. Jon Ragatz, 3.3 seconds, $2,886; 2. Ryle Smith, 3.7, $2,509; 3. Tom Lewis, 3.8, $2,133; 4. (tie) Kyle Whitaker, Walt Arnold and Will Lummus, 4.1, $1,380 each; 7. Tyler Waguespack, 4.2, $627; 8. (tie) Kyle Eike and Josh Peek, 4.3, $125 each. Final round: 1. Tyler Pearson, 4.0 seconds, $1,305; 2. Tom Lewis, 4.3, $1,080; 3. Joby Allen, 4.7, $855; 4. Levi Rudd, 4.8, $630; 5. (tie) Nick Guy and Tyler Waguespack, 5.2, $315 each. Average: 1. Tom Lewis, 12.2 seconds on three runs, $4,328; 2. Tyler Pearson, 12.8, $3,764; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 13.9, $3,199; 4. Joby Allen, 14.3, $2,635; 5. Levi Rudd, 14.5, $2,070; 6. Nick Guy, 15.6, $1,505; 7. Jacob Talley, 14.8, $941; 8. Josh Peek, 15.1, $376.

Team roping: First round: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.6 seconds, $2,532 each; 2. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, 4.7, $2,201; 3. (tie) Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison and Colby Lovell/James Arnold, 5.1, $1,541 each; 6. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 5.2, $881; 7. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 5.5, $550; 8. Hayes Smith/Justin Davis, 5.6, $220. Second round: 1. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 4.4 seconds, $2,532 each; 2. Paul David Tiereney/Levi Tyan, 4.5, $2,201; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.6, $1,871; 4. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.7, $1,541; 5. (tie) Jesse Stipes/Jake Clay and Curry Kirchner/Derrick Jantzen, 5.1, $1,046 each; 7. Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin, 5.3, $550; 8. (tie) Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 5.4, $110 each. Final round: 1. Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 5.0 seconds, $877 each; 2. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 5.1, $726; 3. (tie) Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 6.9, $449 each; 5. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 8.5, $272; 6. Jake Pancost/David Hinman, 11.7, $151. Average: 1. Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 15.5 seconds on three runs, $3,797; 2. Chad Masters/Travis Grves, 18.3, $3,302; 3. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 18.7, $2,807; 4. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 20.3, $2,311; 5. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 20.7, $1,816; 6. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, 22.6, $1,321; 7. Jake Pancost/David Hinman, 24.4, $825; 8. Troy Boone/Chase Boekhaus, 26.6, $330.

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Rooster, $2,690; 2. Hardy Braden, 86.5, $2,063; 3. Brody Cress, 84, $1,525; 4. Shade Etbauer, 83.5, $986; 5. Dean Wadsworth, 82.5, $628; 6. Cody Wright, 81.5, $448; 7. Wade Sundell, 81, $359; 8. (tie) Dylan Henson, Zeke Thurston and Joey Sonnier III, 79.5, $90 each. Final round: 1. Wade Sundell, 88 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Happy Valley, $1,650; 2. Shade Etbauer, 86.5, $1,250; 3. Cody DeMoss, 83, $900; 4. (tie) Zeke Thurston and Jacobs Crawley, 82, $475 each; 6. Cody Wright, 81.5, $250. Average: 1. Shade Etbauer, 170 points on two rides, $2,690; 2. (tie) Wade Sundell and Jacobs Crawley, 169, $1,794; 4. Hardy Braden, 166, $986; 5. (tie) Cody Wright and Brody Cress, 163, $534 each; 7. (tie) Cody DeMoss and Zeke Thurston, 162, $314 each.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Riley Pruitt, 8.0 seconds, $2,702; 2. Scott Kormos, 9.1, $2,350; 3. Jerome Schneeberger, 9.6, $1,997; 4. Tuf Cooper, 9.7, $1,645; 5. Timber Moore, 9.8, $1,292; 6. Ty Baker, 9.9, $940; 7. Stran Smith, 10.0, $587; 8. (tie) Bryson Sechrist and Blair Burk, 10.1, $117 each. Second round: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 7.4 seconds, $2,702; 2. Randall Carlisle, 7.9, $2,350; 3. Kelsey Garrison, 8.2, $1,997; 4. (tie) Ryan Jarrett and Lane Livingston, 8.8, $1,469; 6. Paul David Tierney, 8.9, $940; 7. (tie) Cory Solomon and Blane Cox, 9.1, $117 each. Final round: 1. Riley Pruitt, 9.0 seconds, $1,160; 2. Blane Cos, 9.1, $960; 3. Timber Moore, 9.2, $760; 4. Josh Peek, 9.3, $560; 5. Trent Creager, 9.5, $360; 6. Jerome Schneeberger, 10.3, $200. Average: 1. Timber Moore, 28.2 seconds on three runs, $4,053; 2. Blane Cox, 28.8, $3,525; 3. Riley Pruitt, 29.5, $2,996; 4. Josh Peek, 31.1, $2,467; 5. Trent Creager, 31.9, $1,939; 6. Thomas Merritt, 32.7, $1,410; 7. Jerome Schneebergrer, 32.8, $881; 8. J.D. McCuistrion, 33.8, $352.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Jane Melby, 17.27 seconds, $2,348; 2. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Christine Laughlin, 17.35, $1,845 each; 4. Emily Miller, 17.42, $1,453; 5. (tie) Lacinda Rose and Laura Kennedy, 17.43, $1,006 each; 7. Sidney Forrest, 17.45, $671; 8. Sydni Blanchard, 17.46, $447; 9. Jacie Etbauer, 17.47, $335; 10. (tie) Elizabeth Broussard and Bonnie Baughman, 17.50, $112 each. Second round: 1. Michelle Darling, 17.16 seconds, $2,348; 2. Jean Winters, 17.17, $2,012; 3. Kelly Bruner, 17.25, $1,667; 4. Ivy Hurst, 17.27, $1,453; 5. Danielle Collier, 17.33, $1,118; 6. Sydni Blanchard, 17.38, $894; 7. (tie) Sandy McElreath and Sidney Forrest, 17.46, $559 each; 9. (tie) Holly Wright and Hollie Etbauer, 17.48, $280 each. Final round: 1. Sindey Forrest, 17.41 seconds, $1,739; 2. Laura Lambert, 17.45, $1,304; 3. Paige Wiseman, 17.51, $870; 4. Lacinda Rose, 17.54, $435. Average: 1. Sidney Forrest, 52.32 seconds on three runs, $3,522; 2. Lacinda Rose, 52.54, $3,019; 3. Christine Laughlin, 52.61, $2,516; 4. (tie) Laura Lambert, Jean Winters and Paige Wiseman, 52.63, $1,733 each; 7. Sandy McElreath, 52.832, $1,006; 8. Bonnie Baughman, 52.99, $671; 9. Danielle Collier, 54.72, $503; 10. Ivy Hurst, 57.11, $335.

Steer roping: First round: 1. J.P. Wickett, 10.9 seconds, $1,842; 2. Jarrett Blessing, 11.1, $1,524; 3. Tony Reina, 11.2, $1,207; 4. (tie) Rocky Patterson and John Bland, 11.5, $730 each; 6. Reo Lohse, 11.8, $318. Second round: 1. Chet Herren, 9.7 seconds, $1,842; 2. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Cody Scheck and Travis Mills, 10.6, $1,207 each; 5. Scott Snedecor, 10.7, $572; 6. Cody Lee, 11.0, $318. Third round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 10.0, $1,842; 2. Jeff Whellis, 10.6, $1,524; 3. (tie) Bryce Davis and Vin Fisher Jr., 11.0, $1,048 each; 5. (tie) JoJo LeMond and Thomas Smith, 12.1, $445 each. Average: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 26.7 seconds on three runs, $2,762; 2. Cody Scheck, 40.4, $2,286; 3. Kim Ziegelgruber, 42.1, $1,810; 4. Will Gasperson, 44.9, $1,334; 5. Corey Ross, 45.5, $857; 6. Travis Mills, 46.0, $476.

Bull riding: First round: 1. (tie) Tyler Hessman, on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Foolish Dreams, on Jeston Mead, on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Living, 87 points, $2,688 each; 3. Shane Proctor, 85.5, $1,724; 3. (tie) Joseph McConnel and Ednei Caminhas, 84.5, $913 each; 6. Guthrie Murray, 84, $507; 7. (tie) Sage Kimzey and Koby Radley, $355 each. Final round: 1. Koby Radley, 84 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Highway man, $2,050; 2. Shane Proctor, 83, $1,650; 3. Ednei Caminhas, 71.5, $1,300. Average: 1. Shane Proctor, 168.5 points on two rides, $3,043; 2. Koby Radley, 166.5, $2,333; 3. Ednei Caminhas, 156, $1,724; 4. (tie) Tyler Hessman and Jeston Mead, 87 points on one ride, $913 each; 6. Joseph McConnel, 84.5, $507; 7. Guthrie Murray, 84, $406; 8. Sage Kimzey, 82.5, $304.

postheadericon Kimzey chasing Roundup cash

Reigning three-time world champion Sage Kimzey rides 4L and Diamond S Rodeo's Lost Highway for 82.5 points on Saturday night at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo. He finished tied for seventh in the first round and will compete in Sunday's short round.

Reigning three-time world champion Sage Kimzey rides 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Lost Highway for 82.5 points on Saturday night at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo. He finished tied for seventh in the first round and will compete in Sunday’s short round.

DODGE CITY, Kan. – In ProRodeo, Sage Kimzey has earned $184,631.

In reality, the reigning three-time world champion bull rider has collected a lot more than that. His biggest payday so far in 2017 was for $433,000 for winning The American in Arlington, Texas, in March, but he’s been collecting big paychecks all along the way.

A month ago, he pocketed $270,000 in just nine days of riding bulls. First he won the Calgary Stampede’s $100,000 first-place check, then followed that with $50,000 at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in Salt Lake City and a $100,000 bonus for winning the Championship Bull Riding world championship.

In that stretch, the Salt Lake City victory and a few big checks at lucrative rodeos around the Fourth of July were all that count toward his race for a fourth straight gold buckle. All the other is just icing on the cake.

“July was a really good month for me,” said Kimzey of Strong City, Okla. “Winning the Calgary Stampede again is just awesome.”

Whether they count for the PRCA world standings or not, every dollar is important for men who ride bucking beasts for a living. On Saturday night, gave himself a shot to earn more and the coveted Dodge City Roundup Rodeo title when he rode 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Lost Highway for 82.5 points.

He finished tied for seventh place in the opening round, pocketing $355. Most importantly, though, is he qualifies for Sunday night’s championship round and a chance to earn one of the most cherished buckles in ProRodeo.

“I didn’t know much about him,” he said of the bull. “He’s a quick, little, athletic bull. You can feel when you’re on them whether they’re going to change leads or whether they’re really committed to the spin, and I could tell the whole time that he might do something else.

“I just tried to stay centered and not set any traps for him, because I knew at any time he could change it up.”

The bull did, but it wasn’t quite as spectacular as other rides during the first four nights of the competition. Dodge City-born Tyler Hessman and Jeston Mead of Holcomb, Kan., both scored 87 to win the opening round.

But Kimzey owns a $43,000 lead over the No. 2 man in the standings, Garrett Smith of Rexburg, Idaho. He’d like to keep padding that if he can in Dodge City. The rodeo life is like that of a gypsy, which means traveling thousands of miles a year in order to compete in the sport they love. How does a bull rider stay at the top of the game like the Oklahoman.

“We get on so many bulls through the summer that we don’t have any time to do much else,” Kimzey said. “You definitely have to stay in shape, whether it’s jumping rope or running the bleachers at the rodeo grounds. You have to be in shape and stay healthy.

“When I’m home, and sometimes when I’m on the road, I watch a lot of video. I think about it all the time, and I have since I was a little kid. I think the mental side of the tame is more important than anything.”

His goal is to top the record set by Donnie Gay, the only bull rider with eight world titles. He hopes to do that by remaining technically sound with his bull riding.

“It helps me stay on,” he said. “It also helps me stay healthy. I don’t put myself in a lot of compromising situations. That’s a key to this sport, too. If you’re not healthy, you can’t win any money.”

Kimzey is proof of that.

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
Aug. 2-6
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Tilden Hooper, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Night Fist, $3,149; 2. Tim O’Connell, 86.5, $2,414; 3. Shane O’Connell, 85.5, $1,784; 4. Clayton Biglow, 84.5, $1,155; 5. (tie) Mason Clements and Orin Larsen, 84, $630 each; 7. Wyatt Denny, 83, $420; 8. J.R. Vezain, 81.5, $315; 9. Austin Foss, 80; 10. (tie) Anthony Thomas, Steven Dent and Justin McDaniel, 79.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Trever Nelson, 3.6 seconds, $2,886; 2. Riley Duvall, 3.7, $2,509; 3. Clay Mindemann, 3.8, $2,133; 4. (tie) Tyler Pearson and T.J. Hall, 3.9, $1,568 each; 6. (tie) Tom Lewis and Joby Allen, 4.1, $815 each; 8. (tie) Levi Rudd, Cody Charmasson and Ryan Swayze, 4.3, $63 each. Second round leaders: 1. Jon Ragatz, 3.3 seconds, $2,886; 2. Ryle Smith, 3.7, $2,509; 3. Tom Lewis, 3.8, $2,133; 4. (tie) Kyle Whitaker, Walt Arnold and Will Lummus, 4.1, $1,380 each; 7. Tyler Waguespack, 4.2, $627; 8. (tie) Kyle Eike and Josh Peek, 4.3, $125 each. Average leaders: 1. Tom Lewis, 7.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Ryle Smith, 8.5; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 8.7; 4. (tie) Tyler Pearson and Riley Duvall, 8.8; 6. Josh Peek, 9.3; 7. (tie) Nick Guy and Jacob Talley, 9.4; 9. T.J. Hall, 9.5; 10. Joby Allen, 9.6; 11. Levi Rudd, 9.7; 12. Clay Mindemann, 9.8.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.6 seconds, $2,532 each; 2. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, 4.7, $2,201; 3. (tie) Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison and Colby Lovell/James Arnold, 5.1, $1,541 each; 6. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 5.2, $881; 7. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 5.5, $550; 8. Hayes Smith/Justin Davis, 5.6, $220. Second round leaders: 1. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 4.4 seconds, $2,532 each; 2. Paul David Tiereney/Levi Tyan, 4.5, $2,201; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.6, $1,871; 4. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.7, $1,541; 5. (tie) Jesse Stipes/Jake Clay and Curry Kirchner/Derrick Jantzen, 5.1, $1,046 each; 7. Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin, 5.3, $550; 8. (tie) Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 5.4, $110 each. Average leaders: 1. 2. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, 10.3 seconds on two runs; 2. Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 10.5; 3. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 11.4; 4. (tie) Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward and Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 11.8; 6. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 12.4; 7. Jake Pancost/David Hinman, 12.7; 8. Troy Boone/Chase Boekhaus, 13.1; 9. Cale Markham/Austin Rogers, 13.6; 10. Miles Baker/Dustin Searcy, 14.8; 11. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 15.5; 12. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 15.6.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Rooster, $2,690; 2. Hardy Braden, 86.5, $2,063; 3. Brody Cress, 84, $1,525; 4. Shade Etbauer, 83.5, $986; 5. Dean Wadsworth, 82.5, $628; 6. Cody Wright, 81.5, $448; 7. Wade Sundell, 81, $359; 8. (tie) Dylan Henson, Zeke Thurston and Joey Sonnier III, 79.5, $90 each; 11. Cody DeMoss, 79; 12. (tie) Jace Lane and Leon Fountain, 77.5. (Because of the tie at 12th place, only the top 11 return for the short round)

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Riley Pruitt, 8.0 seconds, $2,702; 2. Scott Kormos, 9.1, $2,350; 3. Jerome Schneeberger, 9.6, $1,997; 4. Tuf Cooper, 9.7, $1,645; 5. Timber Moore, 9.8, $1,292; 6. Ty Baker, 9.9, $940; 7. Stran Smith, 10.0, $587; 8. (tie) Bryson Sechrist and Blair Burk, 10.1, $117 each. Second round leaders: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 7.4 seconds, $2,702; 2. Randall Carlisle, 7.9, $2,350; 3. Kelsey Garrison, 8.2, $1,997; 4. (tie) Ryan Jarrett and Lane Livingston, 8.8, $1,469; 6. Paul David Tierney, 8.9, $940; 7. (tie) Cory Solomon and Blane Cox, 9.1, $117 each. Average leaders: 1. Timber Moore, 19.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Blane Cox, 19.7; 3. Riley Pruitt, 20.5; 4. (tie) Tuf Cooper and Thomas Merritt, 21.3; Josh Peek, 21.8; 7. Trent Creager, 22.4; 8. (tie) Paul David Tierney, J.D. McCuistion and Jerome Schneeberger, 22.5; 11. Ace Slone, 22.8. (Because of the tie at 12th place, only the top 11 return for the short round)

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Jane Melby, 17.27 seconds, $2,348; 2. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Christine Laughlin, 17.35, $1,845 each; 4. Emily Miller, 17.42, $1,453; 5. (tie) Lacinda Rose and Laura Kennedy, 17.43, $1,006 each; 7. Sidney Forrest, 17.45, $671; 8. Sydni Blanchard, 17.46, $447; 9. Jacie Etbauer, 17.47, $335; 10. (tie) Elizabeth Broussard and Bonnie Baughman, 17.50, $112 each. Second round leaders: 1. Michelle Darling, 17.16 seconds, $2,348; 2. Jean Winters, 17.17, $2,012; 3. Kelly Bruner, 17.25, $1,667; 4. Ivy Hurst, 17.27, $1,453; 5. Danielle Collier, 17.33, $1,118; 6. Sydni Blanchard, 17.38, $894; 7. (tie) Sandy McElreath and Sidney Forrest, 17.46, $559 each; 9. (tie) Holly Wright and Hollie Etbauer, 17.48, $280 each. Average leaders: 1. Ivy Hurst, 34.82 seconds on two runs; 2. Sydni Blanchard, 34.84; 3. Dona Kay Rule, 34.87; 4. Christine Laughlin, 34.88; 5. (tie) Sidney Forrest and Jean Winters, 34.91; 5. 7. Danielle Collier, 34.98; 8. Lacinda Rose, 35.00; 9. Sandy McElreath, 35.06; 10. Paige Wiseman, 35.12; 11. Bonnie Baughman, 35.16; 12. Laura Lambert, 35.18.

Bull riding leaders: 1. (tie) Tyler Hessman, on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Foolish Dreams, on Jeston Mead, on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Living, 87 points, $2,688 each; 3. Shane Proctor, 85.5, $1,724; 3. (tie) Joseph McConnel and Ednei Caminhas, 84.5, $913 each; 6. Guthrie Murray, 84, $507; 7. (tie) Sage Kimzey and Koby Radley, $355 each. 9. Clayton Sellars, 82; 10. Chris Bechthold, 81.5; 11. Logan Hunter, 80.5.

postheadericon Kansans fair well on Friday

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Every Kansas cowboy has one title they want to own: Dodge City Roundup Rodeo champion.

Buddy Hawkins is no different. Raised 326 miles east of Dodge City in the tiny southeastern Kansas town of Columbus, he has had aspirations of collecting the most prized rodeo trophy in the Sunflower State.

“Being born and raised in Kansas, Dodge was a dream for me,” said Hawkins, a heeler who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2013. “I didn’t even get to watch this rodeo until I was competitive in the PRCA because we couldn’t afford to come over here and buy a ticket.”

Buddy Hawkins

Buddy Hawkins

He can afford to now but is hoping for a nice payback. During Friday’s third performance, he and his header, Lane Ivy of Adrian, Texas, stopped the clock in 5.6 seconds. That, combined with their 4.7-second run in the first round Friday morning, moved them to the top spot in the two-run aggregate heading into the final day of preliminary rounds.

Hawkins wasn’t the only Kansan-born cowboy to do well Friday. Bull rider Tyler Hessman of Beaver, Okla., was born in Dodge City, and he posted an 87-point ride on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Foolish Dreams to take the lead.

They are almost guaranteed a good position at the top of the leaderboard for Sunday’s championship night, which will feature only the top 12 contestants in each event from the weeklong competition.

“We had a really good steer this morning,” Ivy said Friday evening. “We knew we had to put on some sort of 5-second or 6-second run to put ourselves in good position for the short round Sunday. We drew a good steer and made a great run. We’ve got two really good horses and are drawing good steers.”

It’s been working well. The tandem has earned four key victories over the last month and a half, including three during the Fourth of July run of lucrative rodeos. Ivy sits 15th in the heading world standings with $42,778, while Hawkins is 14th in heeling with $54,298.

Now they will wait out Saturday’s competition to see if they’ll hold down the No. 1 spot heading into the final night of Roundup.

“Everybody that’s out here rodeoing this time of year has done great, but the odds are that we’ll make it back to the short round in good position,” said Hawkins, who earlier this year won the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, the national championship.

“This rodeo counts for the Prairie Circuit, which is more important now that the All-American Finals, the circuit finals and the RAM finals all count toward the world standings.”

Now 30, he’s the veteran in the rig and has the NFR experience to boot.

“Buddy just makes your job a whole lot easier,” Ivy said. “He’s an outstanding heeler and an even better person.”

Now they stand a chance to win the biggest rodeo in Hawkins’ home state and one of the most prestigious trophy buckles in the game.

“Of the top five rodeos I’d like to win, it’s definitely going to be on that list,” Hawkins said. “I’ve won a few big rodeos in my career, but it would be a big thing for a Kansas kid to win a big Kansas rodeo.”

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
Aug. 2-6
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Tilden Hooper, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Night Fist; 2. Tim O’Connell, 86.5; 3. Shane O’Connell, 85.5; 4. Clayton Biglow, 84.5; 5. Mason Clements, 84; 6. Wyatt Denny, 83; 7. J.R. Vezain, 81.65; 8. Austin Foss, 80; 9. (tie) Anthony Thomas, Steven Dent and Justin McDaniel, 79; 12. Luke Creasy, 77.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Clay Mindemann, 3.8 seconds; 2. (tie) Tom Lewis and Levi Rudd, 4.1; 4. (tie) Levi Rudd, Cody Charmasson and Ryan Swayze, 4.3; 7. Jacob Talley, 4.4; 8. (tie) Richard Coats and Blair Jones, 4.7. Second round leaders: 1. Ryle Smith, 3.7 seconds; 2. Tom Lewis, 3.8; 3. Kyle Whitaker, 4.1; 4. Kyle Eike, 4.3; 5. (tie) Riley Krassin and Aaron Vosler, 4.4; 7. Tristan Martin, 4.5; 8. (tie) Blake Mindemann, Cody Doescher, J.D. Struxness, 4.6. Average leaders: 1. Tom Lewis, 7.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Ryle Smith, 8.5; 3. (tie) Nick Guy and Jacob Talley, 9.4; 5. Levi Rudd, 9.7; 5. Laine Herl, 10.1; 7. Kyle Whitaker, 10.1; 8. Tristan Martin, 10.3; 9. Riley Krassin, 10.6; 10. Richard Coats, 10.7; 11. J.D. Struxness, 10.8; 12. Cody Doescher, 11.0.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.6 seocnds; 2. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, 4.7; 3. (tie) Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher and Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 5.1; 5. Hayes Smith/Justin Davis, 5.6; 6. Brett Stuart/Wesley Moss, 6.1; 7. Jake Pancost/David Hinman,6.2; 8. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 6.4. Second round leaders: 1. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 4.4 seconds; 2. Paul David Tiereney/Levi Tyan, 4.5; 3. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.7; 4. Jesse Stipes/Jake Clay, 5.1; 5. Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 5.4; 6. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, 5.6; 7. Dylan Gordon/Hunter Koch, 6.1; 8. Jake Pancost/David Hinman, 6.5; 9. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 6.7; 10. Cale Markham/Austin Rogers, 7.1. Average leaders: 1. 2. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, 10.3 seconds on two runs; 2. Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 10.5; 3. (tie) Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward and Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 11.8; 5. Jake Pancost/David Hinman, 12.7; 6. Cale Markham/Austin Rogers, 13.6; 7. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 15.5; 8. Jesse Stipes/Jake Clay, 16.5; 9. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 16.5; 10. Thompson Berryhill/Cody Heflin, 18.2; 11. Brit Ellerman/J.D. Yates, 18.5; 12. Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 24.9

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Rooster; 2. Brody Cress, 84; 3. Shade Etbauer, 83.5; 4. Dean Wadsworth, 82.5; 5. Wade Sundell, 81; 6. (tie) Dylan Henson and Zeke Thurston, 79.5; 8. Cody DeMoss, 79; 9. (tie) Jace Lane and Leon Fountain, 77.5; 11. Jake Wright, 77; 12. CoBurn Bradshaw, 76.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Riley Pruitt, 8.0 seconds; 2. Scott Kormos, 9.1; 3. Jerome Schneeberger, 9.6; 4. Tuf Cooper, 9.7; 5. Timber Moore, 9.8; 6. Ty Baker, 9.9; 7. Stran Smith, 10.0; 8. Bryson Sechrist, 10.1. Second round leaders: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 7.4 seconds; 2. Randall Carlisle, 7.9; 3. Kelsey Garrison, 8.2; 4. Paul David Tierney, 8.9; 5. (tie) Cory Solomon and Blane Cox, 9.1; 7. Timber Moore, 9.2; 8. Ross Tucker, 9.3. Average leaders: 1. Timber Moore, 19.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Blane Cox, 19.7; 3. Riley Pruitt, 20.5; 4. Tuf Cooper, 21.3; 5. Trent Creager, 22.4; 6. (tie) Paul David Tierney, J.D. McCuistion and Jerome Schneeberger, 22.5; 9. Ace Slone, 22.8; 10. (tie) Kelsey Garrison and Trell Etbauer, 23.2; 12. Ty Baker, 23.8.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Christine Laughlin, 17.35 seconds; 3. Emily Miller, 17.42; 4. Laura Kennedy, 17.43; 5. Sidney Forrest, 17.45; 6. Jacie Etbauer, 17.47; 7. (tie) Elizabeth Broussard and Bonnie Baughman, 17.50; 9. (tie) Kristin Shoppa and Ivy Hurst, 17.55. Second round leaders: 1. Michelle Darling, 17.16 seconds; 2. Jean Winters, 17.17; 3. Kelly Bruner, 17.25; 4. Ivy Hurst, 17.27; 5. (tie) Sandy McElreath and Sidney Forrest, 17.46; 7. (tie) Holly Wright and Hollie Etbauer, 17.48; 9. Deb Cox, 17.49; 10. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Laura Lambert, 17.52; 12. (tie) Morgan Breaux, Paige Wiseman and Christine Laughlin, 17.53; 9. Kortney Kizer, 17.55; 10. Jane Fambro, 17.56. Average leaders: 1. Ivy Hurst, 34.82 seconds on two runs; 2. Dona Kay Riule, 34.87; 3. Christine Laughlin, 34.88; 4. (tie) Sidney Forrest and Jean Winters, 34.91; 6. Sandy McElreath, 35.06; 7. Paige Wiseman, 35.12; 8. Bonnie Baughman, 35.16; 9. Laura Lambert, 35.18; 10. Laura Kennedy, 35.27; 11. (tie) Morgan Breaux and Jane Fambro, 35.32.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Tyler Hessman, 87 points on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Foolish Dreams; 2. Shane Proctor, 85.5; 3. (tie) Joseph McConnel and Ednei Caminhas, 84.5; 5. Clayton Sellars, 82; 6. Chris Bechthold, 81.5; 7. Logan Hunter, 80.5; 8. (tie) Kyle Zeigler and Jordan Wacey Spears, 79; 10. Lon Danley, 78; 11. (tie) Fultan Rutland and Nate Perry, 77.5.

postheadericon Hooper fighting for another title

DODGE CITY, Kan. – One of the most coveted buckles to win in ProRodeo is the one handed out to Dodge City Roundup Rodeo champions each year.

Bareback rider Tilden Hooper owns one, earned earlier this decade. He’s been back many times since with hopes of earning that crowning achievement again. On Thursday night during the second performance of this year’s rodeo, he set the wheels in motion with an 87-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Night Fist to take the first-round lead.

“I was on that horse earlier this year and was 86 or 87 points,” said Hooper, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Carthage, Texas. “That’s a really fun horse. When they jump way high in the air like that, it really gives us a chance to show off, and it’s real fun for us.”

The high-leaping buckskin allowed the Texan to showcase his spur stroke in a dramatic fashion. With scoring based on a 100-point scale, Hooper knows how important it is to have a solid mount beneath him.

Mason Clements rides Frontier Rodeo's Lizzard Medicine for 84 points Thursday and is third in bareback riding at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

Mason Clements rides Frontier Rodeo’s Lizzard Medicine for 84 points Thursday and is third in bareback riding at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

He’s been there many times before. In fact, Hooper is one of four men who owns a share of the world record after posting a 94-point ride on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex in 2010, the same year the animal was named Bareback Horse of the Year. Like Night Fist, Big Tex was an electric horse to be matched with but was still fairly rider-friendly.

With Thursday’s score, Hooper has secured his spot in Sunday’s championship, which will feature only the top 12 contestants from the preliminary rounds. That’s when the bareback riders will face some of the rankest bucking horses in the business in order to claim the coveted championship.

“I hope I get matched back up with Show Stomper,” he said of the Frontier Rodeo horse that’s bucked several times at the NFR and is considered one of the greatest on the rodeo trail today. “I had him at Spanish Fork (Utah) the other day, and he bucked me off. I’d like to have another chance at him Sunday.”

The two danced across the Roundup Arena floor three years ago for 87 points. Hooper, who had qualified for the short round in ninth place, finished just one point behind the 2014 Roundup winner, Richmond Champion.

“This is a great rodeo” he said. “It’s one of my favorites to come to every year, and I’ve always had good luck here.”

Hooper sits 26th in the world standings with $37,527 in earnings. He needs to move up at least 11 spots on the money list if he intends to advance to the NFR for a fifth time.

“I think there’s still time, but you have to win at some of the big rodeos like this,” Hooper said. “If you can’t win at these big rodeos, then I guess you shouldn’t be going to the finals anyway.

“I figure I’ve got to earn another $30,000 to $40,000 to make it, but I’m going to go after it.”

Qualifying for Vegas is vital to cowboys that rodeo full time. The NFR features 10 days of action, and go-round winners will pocket more than $26,000 each night. It’s an amazing opportunity to cash in while in the Nevada desert.

“The stock and the money added at a lot of these rodeos has really increased a lot,” he said. “it’s a great time for us to be rodeo cowboys. It’s fun and the best job in the world.”

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
Aug. 2-6
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Tilden Hooper, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Night Fist; 2. Tim O’Connell, 86.5; 3. Shane O’Connell, 85.5; 4. Mason Clements, 84; 5. Luke Creasy, 77; 6. Logan Corbett, 75; 7. Cody Kiser, 72; 8. Casey Colletti, 71; 9. Kaycee Feild, 70; 10. Trenten Montero, 68.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Tom Lewis, 4.1 seconds; 2. (tie) Levi Rudd and Cody Charmasson, 4.3; 4. Jacob Talley, 4.4; 5. Richard Coats, 4.7; 6. (tie) Stockton Graves, Nick Guy and Ryle Smith, 4.8. Second round leaders: 1. Ryle Smith, 3.7 seconds; 2. Tom Lewis, 3.8; 3. Kyle Whitaker, 4.1; 4. Kyle Eike, 4.3; 5. (tie) Riley Krassin and Aaron Vosler, 4.4; 7. Tristan Martin, 4.5; 8. (tie)

Blake Mindemann, Cody Doescher, J.D. Struxness, 4.6. Average leaders: 1. Tom Lewis, 7.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Ryle Smith, 8.5; 3. (tie) Nick Guy and Jacob Talley, 9.4; 5. Levi Rudd, 9.7; 5. Laine Herl, 10.1; 7. Kyle Whitaker, 10.1; 8. Tristan Martin, 10.3; 9. Riley Krassin, 10.6; 10. Richard Coats, 10.7; 11. J.D. Struxness, 10.8; 12. Cody Doescher, 11.0.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher and Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 5.1 seconds; 3. Hayes Smith/Justin Davis, 5.6; 4. Brett Stuart/Wesley Moss, 6.1; 5. Jake Pancost/David Hinman,6.2; 6. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 6.4; 7. Cale Markham/Austin Rogers, 6.5; 8. Brenten Hall/Casey Stipes, 6.7. Second round leaders: 1. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 4.4 seconds; 2. Paul David Tiereney/Levi Tyan, 4.5; 3. Jesse Stipes/Jake Clay, 5.1; 4. Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 5.4; 5. Dylan Gordon/Hunter Koch, 6.1; 6. Jake Pancost/David Hinman, 6.5; 7. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 6.7; 8. Cale Markham/Austin Rogers, 7.1. Average leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 10.5 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward and Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 11.8; 4. Jake Pancost/David Hinman, 12.7; 5. Cale Markham/Austin Rogers, 13.6; 6. Jesse Stipes/Jake Clay, 16.5; 7. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 16.5; 8. Brit Ellerman/J.D. Yates, 18.5; 9. Will Clark/Tanner Ward, 24.9; 10. Paul David Tierney/Levi Tyan, 4.5 seconds on one run; 11. Hayes Smith/Justin Davis, 5.6; 12. (tie) Brett Stuart/Wesley Moss and Dylan Gordon/Hunter Koch, 6.1.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Rooster; 2. Shade Etbauer, 83.5; 3. Dean Wadsworth, 82.5; 4. Wade Sundell, 81; 5. Dylan Henson, 79.5; 6. (tie) Jace Lane and Leon Fountain, 77.5; 8. Bradley Harter, 75; 9. Colt Gordon, 74.5; 10. (tie) Jake Finlay and Jake Watson, 74; 12. (tie) Weston Pierschbacher and Logan Allen, 69.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Riley Pruitt, 8.0 seconds; 2. Scott Kormos, 9.1; 3. Jerome Schneeberger, 9.6; 4. Tuf Cooper, 9.7; 5. Stran Smith, 10.0; 6. Treg Schack, 10.3; 7. (tie) Trent Creager and Ike Fontenot, 10.5. Second round leaders: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 7.4 seconds; 2. Kelsey Garrison, 8.2; 3. Paul David Tierney, 8.9; 4. Jayce Johnson, 9.6; 5. Chase Williams, 9.9; 6. Trell Etbauer, 10.2; 7. Reno Gonzales 10.5; 8. (tie) J.D. McCuistion and Ace Slone, 10.7. Average leaders: 1. Riley Pruitt, 20.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Tuf Cooper, 21.3; 3. Trent Creager, 22.4; 4. (tie) Paul David Tierney, J.D. McCuistion and Jerome Schneeberger, 22.5; 8. (tie) Kelsey Garrison and Trell Etbauer, 23.2; 10. Cimarron Boardman, 24.0; 11. Stran Smith, 24.2; 12. Michael Otero, 29.4; 6. Russell Schilling, 47.3; 7. Scott Kormos, 9.1 seconds on one run; 8. Chase Williams, 11.9.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Dona Kay Rule, 17.35 seconds; 2. (tie) Elizabeth Broussard and Bonnie Baughman, 17.50; 4. Paige Wiseman, 17.59; 5. Sandy McElreath, 17.60; 6. Shelby Janssen, 17.65; 7. Laura Lambert, 17.66; 8. Jane Fambro, 17.76; 9. (tie) Amy Wilson and Morgan Breaux, 17.79. Second round leaders: 1. Michelle Darling, 17.16 seconds; 2. Sandy McElreath, 17.46; 3. Holly Wright, 17.48; 4. Deb Cox, 17.49; 5. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Laura Lambert, 17.52; 7. (tie) Morgan Breaux and Paige Wiseman, 17.53; 9. Kortney Kizer, 17.55; 10. Jane Fambro, 17.56. Average leaders: 1. Dona Kay Riule, 34.87; 2. Sandy McElreath, 35.06; 3. Paige Wiseman, 35.12; 4. Bonnie Baughman, 35.16; 5. Laura Lambert, 35.18; 6. (tie) Morgan Breaux and Jane Fambro, 35.32; 8. Amy Wilson, 35.37; 9. Kortney Kizer, 35.42; 10. Kassidy Lovell, 35.57; 11. Monica McClung, 35.60; 12. (tie) Keyla Polizello and Marsha Neilson, 36.08.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Shane Proctor, 85.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Footloose; 2. (tie) Joseph McConnel and Ednei Caminhas, 84.5; 4. Clayton Sellars, 82; 5. Chris Bechthold, 81.5; 6. Logan Hunter, 80.5; 7. Lon Danley, 78; 8. (tie) Fultan Rutland and Nate Perry, 77.5; 10. Markus Mariluch, 72.5; 11. Colten Jesse, 64.

postheadericon Lewis chasing dreams and NFR

DODGE CITY, Kan. – It’s been six years since Tom Lewis has played on ProRodeo’s grandest stage, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

He’s trying to make his second trip in 2017. As of Wednesday night, he was 33rd in the steer wrestling world standings with $32,731, but he’s only $17,000 away from that magical No. 15 spot. What’s better yet is that he still has two months to make up that kind of ground and earn another qualification to Las Vegas.

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis

On Wednesday’s opening night of Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, Lewis wrestled his steer to the ground in 3.8 seconds to lead the second go-round. What’s more is that his 4.1-second post Wednesday morning also sits No. 1, as does his two-run cumulative time of 7.09 seconds.

“Right now, we’re just chasing points,” he said, noting that dollars equal points in ProRodeo, and only the top 15 on the money list at the end of the regular season advance to the NFR. “I’ve only been here once, and I made the short round and won some money.”

He’s virtually locked into Sunday’s championship with his aggregate time. What’s more important to the Lehi, Utah, cowboy is his opportunity to make nearly $10,000 in this southwest Kansas community.

“I’m on the bubble for making the NFR, but at this time of year, I guess I’m just a fourth-quarter guy,” he said. “I don’t like to be, but at this point, I have to go at them.”

How does he do that? He travels across the country taking advantage of any bulldogging paycheck he can find, and he rides a trusty stead named Maverick, a 12-year-old sorrel that Lewis has raised and trained.

“Maverick is working good,” he said of the stout gelding that he owns with his parents, Stan and Peggy. “He backs in the box and is so strong. He’s the most willing horse I’ve ever made, and he loves to win.”

It showed Wednesday. Now Lewis and his traveling partners, Levi Rudd and Jarrett New, will head west to a couple of other rodeos before returning to Dodge City for Sunday’s short round.

“It’s really good here,” Lewis said. “There’s a great rodeo in Great Falls, Mont., that we usually go to, and we decided to come down here and chase this one. The hospitality is good, and the committee is good. We appreciate them. It’s nice driving this far, exposing ourselves and making it pay off.”

Obviously squeaking into the top 15 at season’s end is critical. The biggest pay in the game is in Las Vegas every December,

“I finished 16th a couple of years ago, and it broke my heart,” he said. “But I have realized that at my age, if I make the finals or not, I’m doing what I love, and I get to take Maverick with me. That’s pretty special.”

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
Aug. 2-6
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Tim O’Connell, 86.5 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Angel Face; 2. Shane O’Connell, 85.5; 3. Luke Creasy, 77; 4. Logan Corbett, 75; 5. Cody Kiser, 72; 6. Casey Colletti, 71; 7. Trenten Montero, 68; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Tom Lewis, 4.1 seconds; 2. Levi Rudd, 4.3; 3. Stockton Graves, 4.8; 4. Tristan Martin, 5.8; 5. J.D. Struxness, 6.2; 6. (tie) Jarek VanPatten and Cody Doescher, 6.4. Second round leaders: 1. Tom Lewis, 3.8 seconds; 2. Aaron Vosler, 4.4; 3. Tristan Martin, 4.5; 45. (tie) Blake Mindemann, Cody Doescher and J.D. Struxness, 4.6; 7. Cody Pratt, 4.9; 8. (tie) Jake Johnson, 5.3. Average leaders: 1. Tom Lewis, 7.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Levi Rudd, 9.7; 3. Tristan Martin, 10.3; 4. J.D. Struxness, 10.8; 5. Cody Doescher, 11.0; 6. Jerek VanPetten, 11.7; 7. Shawn Musil, 17.0; 8. Aaron Vosler, 21.2.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 5.1 seconds; 2. Hayes Smith/Justin Davis, 5.6; 3. Brett Stuart/Wesley Moss, 6.1; 4. Brenten Hall/Casey Stipes, 6.7; 5. (tie) Bryce Crites/Tanner Braden and Britt Ellerman/J.D. Yates, 7.4. Second round leaders: 1. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 6.7 seconds; 2. Britt Ellerman/J.D. Yates, 11.1; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 11.8 seconds on two runs; 2. Britt Ellerman/J.D. Yates, 18.5; 3. Hayes Smith/Justin Davis, 5.6 seconds on one run; 4. Brett Stuart/Wesley Moss, 6.1; 5. Brenten Hall/Casey Stipes, 6.7; 7. Brice Crites/Tanner Brade, 7.4; no other qualified times.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Shade Etbauer, 83.5 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Painted Bear; 2. Wade Sundell, 81; 3. Jace Lane, 77.5; 4. Colt Gordon, 74.5; 5. (tie) Jake Finlay and Jake Watson, 74; no other qualified rides.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Riley Pruitt, 8.0 seconds; 2. Scott Kormos, 9.1; 3. Trent Creager, 10.5; 4. J.D. McCuistion, 11.8; 5. Michael Otero, 12.8; 6. Chris McCuistion, 13.4. Second round leaders: 1. Kelsey Garrison, 8.2 seconds; 2. Chase Williams, 9.9; 3. Reno Gonzales 10.5; 4. J.D. McCuistion, 10.7; 5. Lane Jeffrey, 11.1; 6. Trent Creager, 11.9; 7. Riley Pruitt, 12.5; 8. Braden Buckley, 13.9. Average leaders: 1. Riley Pruitt, 20.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Trent Creager, 22.4; 3. J.D. McCuistion, 22.5; 4. Kelsey Garrison, 23.2; 5. Michael Otero, 29.4; 6. Russell Schilling, 47.3; 7. Scott Kormos, 9.1 seconds on one run; 8. Chase Williams, 11.9.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Dona Kay Rule, 17.35 seconds; 2. Elizabeth Broussard, 17.50; 3. Amy Wilson, 17.79; 4. Monica McClung, 17.89; 5. Jenna Beaver, 17.96; 6. Marsha Nelson, 17.97. Second round leaders: 1. Michelle Darling, 17.16 seconds; 2. Deb Cox, 17.49; 3. Dona Kay Rule, 17.52; 4. Amy Wilson, 17.58; 5. Peyton Glenn, 17.60; 6. Lynn K. Brown, 17.69; 7. Monica McClung, 17.69; 8. Keyla Polizello, 17.88; 9. Alishea Broussard, 17.98; 10. Marsha Nelson, 18.11. Average leaders: 1. Dona Kay Riule, 34.87; 2. Amy Wilson, 35.37; 3. Monica McClung, 35.60; 4. (tie) Keyla Polizello and Marsha Neilson, 36.08; 6. Alishea Broussard, 36.12; 7. Lynn Brown, 38.24; 8. Michelle Darling, 39.42; 9. Deb Cox, 40.29; 10. Peyton Glenn, 40.57; 11. Jordan Moore, 41.06; 12. Jenna Beaver, 41.40.

Bull riding leaders: 1. (tie) Ednei Caminhas, on Frontier Rodeo’s Flat Broke, and Joseph McConnel, on Frontier Rodeo’s Blackhawk, 84.5 points; 3. Clayton Sellars, 82; 4. Chris Bechthold, 81.5; 5. Logan Hunter, 80.5; 6. Lon Danley, 78; 7. Fulton Rutland, 77.5; 8. Colten Jesse, 64.

postheadericon Worst to first

Weston Rutkowski makes a move with the Rockin’ B and Magnifica bull called Manchada during Tuesday night's bout. Rutkowski scored 86.5 points to win the Bullfighters Only-Dodge City title.

Weston Rutkowski makes a move with the Rockin’ B and Magnifica bull called Manchada during Tuesday night’s bout. Rutkowski scored 86.5 points to win the Bullfighters Only-Dodge City title.

Rutkowski finds the Dodge City winner’s circle after finishing last in 2016

DODGE CITY, Kan. – About halfway through his 60-second fight Tuesday night, Weston Rutkowski was flipped to the ground hard by a Rockin’ B and Magnifica bull called Manchada.

Bullfighters Only’s reigning world champion was down, but he wasn’t there for long.

“I got caught throwing too many left fakes, but he kept putting me in that shoulder, so I had to,” he said of his bull’s advances. “He cut me off and flipped me, but I was able to catch my whereabouts and figure out where I was.”

It was a solid rebound that led to his 86.5-point and a BFO-Dodge City victory. He sealed the title by cross-jumping the bull at the end of his bout.

“I got to prove to the people in Dodge that I know how to fight a bull,” he said with a laugh, pointing out that he finished in last place a year ago during the BFO’s inaugural visit to the western Kansas town.

“When you’ve got guys like Zach Call and Cody Greer after you, you better finish it with a bang or else you’ll go home second.”

Of the five men in the fight, Rutkowski was the third to go. Schell Apple of Fay, Okla., had posted a 77-point fight, which was followed by an 81 from Beau Schueth of O’Neill, Neb.

Call’s bull, Dueno de Nada, tested the Mullen, Neb., man, but faded toward the end of the bout. Greer, of Chelsea, Okla., started off a solid fight, but the bull got the better of him in a couple of situations towards the end of his 60 seconds.

Rutkowski utilized a strong bull, even though the Haskell, Texas, bullfighter had to be the aggressor in several instances throughout the match.

“I finally drew pretty good,” he said. “You have to take advantage of the good ones. Every bullfight is important, and it’s good to win this one. Now we move forward and get ready for Sikeston (Mo.).”

RESULTS
1. Weston Rutkowski, 86.5 points; 2. Zach Call, 84; 3. Beau Schueth, 81; 4. Cody Greer, 80.5; 5. Schell Apple, 77.

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