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postheadericon Endings bring new beginnings in rodeo

When one thing ends, another begins.

Cowboy Christmas is winding down, and it’s been one whale of a run for many contestants. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have found the “right” bank accounts over the last few days.

Earnings are still being tabulated, with several events concluding tonight and the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., concluding tomorrow.

CalgaryStampede-logoMeanwhile, the first performance of the 101st Calgary Stampede began Friday afternoon, with steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy, bull rider Scott Schiffner and bronc rider Rylan Geiger (who shared the first-round win with two-time world champion Taos Muncy) being the Canadian winners. Others were reigning barrel racing world champion Mary Walker, tie-down roper Shane Hanchey and bareback rider Casey Colletti.

The second round begins at 2:30 p.m. Central today and can be watched via livestream HERE.

Of course, no talk about these tremendous cowboys and cowgirls can go on without a little discussion about possibly the hottest athlete in ProRodeo.

On Friday night in Window Rock, Ariz., George Gillespie rode Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket for 89 points to win the Navajo Nation’s Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo. Dirty Jacket has performed seven times this year, and six times the 9-year-old bay gelding has carried his cowboy to the round and/or event championship: Ryan Gray shared the short-round victory in Fort Worth, Texas; J.R. Vezain won San Antonio; Jared Keylon shared the final-round win at the Ram National Circuit Finals in Oklahoma City; Bill Tutor won Claremore, Okla.; and Taylor Price won Pecos, Texas.

He’s a phenomenal athlete, and if you get a chance to watch him perform, you should take it. Every bareback rider in ProRodeo wants a chance to ride that horse, because they all know he gives them the best opportunity to win. That’s the truest testament to a great bucking horse.

postheadericon In freedom we stand … and fly and drive and compete

The freedoms we have came through the sacrifices of many, and we should be forever grateful that we have the opportunity to travel this great land in any way possible to participate in a big piece of Americana, the sport of rodeo. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JUSTIN BOOT CO.)

The freedoms we have came through the sacrifices of many, and we should be forever grateful that we have the opportunity to travel this great land in any way possible to participate in a big piece of Americana, the sport of rodeo. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JUSTIN BOOT CO.)

It’s a beautiful holiday, an awesome celebration of our country. The Fourth of July is Independence Day, when we honor our forefathers for fighting for our separation from England more than two centuries ago.

We also honor those that have fought for our freedoms every year since. It’s almost magical, and the red white and blue displays are marvelous. It’s humbling and inspiring. Sacrifices have  been made in the form of lives, limbs and countless other injuries, all in in defense of the United States of America.

With our freedoms come a bit of complacency and taking our liberties for granted. Today, though, we need to take a deep breath and focus a little of our attention why we have the freedom to do as we please, to watch a ballgame or spend time with family or eat way too much.

Today, many of my friends are scurrying from one event to another on the hottest week on the rodeo trail. Some will attempt to compete in three rodeos today, from the short go-round in Greeley, Colo., to Oregon rodeos in Molalla and St. Paul or in Red Lodge, Mont., and Cody, Wyo. The timing has to work out spectacularly, but they’re going to make a run out of those lucrative rodeos that are a big part of Cowboy Christmas.

It’s a wild ride. Cars, vans and trucks and trailers will travel thousands of miles in just a few days’ time, all the while airline tickets will frantically be purchased at the last minute – meanwhile, roughstock cowboys’ gear bags must be checked, so there’s always a chance the luggage didn’t arrive on the same flight as the contestants.

Many of the top timed-event contestants have numerous rigs on the road and will make sure they’re at the right place at the right time in order to compete. Others will simply attempt to mount someone else’s horse and roll the dice that it’s a good fit.

There’s a lot of money available over Cowboy Christmas, which is why it’s such a marvelous and frantic feeling at the same time. Many contestants will make at least $20,000 over the course of this lucrative-rodeo run, so it’s a valuable stretch of the rodeo season.

But it’s only happening because of the freedoms we are allowed through the sacrifices made by millions of Americans. We should never take it for granted.

Happy Fourth of July. May we all be blessed and safe.

postheadericon By any means possible

Taylor Price, left, and Bill Tutor show off their U-Haul truck that they rented to drive from Prescott, Ariz., to Window Rock, Ariz., on Wednesday, July 3. (RICHIE CHAMPION PHOTO)

Taylor Price, left, and Bill Tutor show off their U-Haul truck that they rented to drive from Prescott, Ariz., to Window Rock, Ariz., on Wednesday, July 3. (RICHIE CHAMPION PHOTO)

A bad clutch fan left three cowboys improvising Wednesday afternoon in the Arizona heat.

Bareback riders Richie Champion, Taylor Price and Bill Tutor had the clutch fan go out on their van, so after riding in Prescott, Ariz., on Tuesday night, they decided to get the van fixed. Champion stayed in Prescott, which is two hours northwest of Phoenix, while the other two made their way to Window Rock, Ariz., for Wednesday night’s performance.

“Richie didn’t have a great horse in Window Rock, so we decided to go ahead and get it fixed while we had a guy that could fix it,” Price said.

It’s probably a good idea. The trio will leave Window Rock tonight to compete in two rodeos on the Fourth of July, Red Lodge, Mont., and Cody, Wyo. They’re up in Oakley, Utah, on Friday; and St. Paul, Ore., and Molalla, Ore., on Saturday.

They tried to use the traditional methods, then found an alternative.

“We went to Enterprise, and they were out,” said Price, the No. 2 man in the rookie bareback riding race from Huntsville, Texas. “We tried to call Hertz, and they didn’t answer. We tried a few other places in Prescott, and they didn’t answer, but the U-Haul place had one.”

So Tutor and Price loaded their riggings and bags into the back of the rental truck for the nearly five-hour drive to the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo.

When it comes to Cowboy Christmas, it’s about making a living by any means possible.

postheadericon ‘The Ride’ shows Hart’s heart

July 8 episode of RFD-TV show offers a special surprise for fans, soldiers

In a bull riding and reality TV career that has seen him racing around the world, Cord McCoy has been part of hundreds of amazing things.

He did it again in early June during the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge in Decatur, Texas; more importantly, cameras were rolling, and the excitement was captured for his regular weekly viewers of “The Ride with Cord McCoy,” set to air at 1 and 11 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 8, on RFD-TV.

Cord McCoy

Cord McCoy

“That’s pretty awesome,” said McCoy, the host of the show and a cowboy who has numerous qualifications to the PBR’s Built Ford Tough World Finals. “The J.W. Hart Invitational is something I make sure and put on my schedule every year. It’s not just because J.W. is my friend, but the crowds that are there are amazing, and so is what they put together, especially this year being their 10th anniversary.

“With what they’re doing there and what they’re showing, it’s what America’s all about.”

The show opens with McCoy working around the ranch he has with his wife, Sara, near Tupelo, Okla., as the pair load bulls into the trailer to haul on the nearly three-hour drive to Decatur – in addition to the event serving as a bull riding competition for several of the top cowboys in the game, the Hart Challenge also is a contest featuring the animal athletes that are rising stars in bull riding, too.

“Not only does J.W. bring the rankest bulls in the world and have a good payout for the bull riders, he always gives back,” McCoy said in the episode. “The bulls are in competition for themselves.

“I’ll go from loading out bulls to riding them. I’ll be working both ends of the bull riding.”

In fact, three of McCoy’s calves are shown in the competition prior to watching the cowboy attempt his ride.

“I get more nervous with these baby calves bucking than I do myself,” he said on the show.

Those are the two sides of the business for McCoy, who focuses on raising horses and bucking bulls. Now a television show host, he visited with some of the key players from this year’s Hart Challenge, including event organizers and Sgt. Jeremy Frost, a U.S. Army soldier who was injured – the video shows the prosthetic that now serves as Frost’s lower left leg.

During the Hart Challenge, five soldiers were recognized and rewarded for their service and their sacrifices. “The Ride” cameras caught the touching presentation that offers grand surprises for all.

“We sat down in the bleachers before the show, and I learned more about who he is and what he’s been through,” McCoy said, noting that Frost was the guiding force behind the generous gesture from the Wise County Challenge Charities. “He’s been in those guys shoes that are fighting for our country. He knows what this means to those guys. It’ll bring tears to your eyes.”

According to an Internet search, Frost was injured when he stepped on a bomb on July 6, 2012. He lost his left leg below the knee, suffered brain injuries, and his right leg and hip were shattered. What he was part of with the charitable organization is a powerful display of something he’s seen since he returned home.

“It shows guys like myself that the country truly does care about you,” Frost said on the show. “It reminds you that you can live.”

McCoy said he was more than inspired.

J.W. Hart

J.W. Hart

“He didn’t let that faze him one bit,” McCoy said. “I ran into him later that night, and he had a pair of jeans on and a Western shirt, and you would’ve never known he was using a prosthetic. He’s a cool guy. After you meet a guy like that, and it stokes your fire a little bit.”

And the nugget McCoy likes so much about the episode is that viewers will get to see another side to Hart, a bull rider known as “The Ironman” for his toughness and ability to weather whatever injuries he faced in order to compete at 197 consecutive Built Ford Tough Series Events. Hart’s tenacity and aggressiveness are well known in the PBR, where he is a Ring of Honor recipient.

“I thought the show was great, but it’s hard to fit the whole experience into one episode,” McCoy said. “It gives a pretty neat overview of the event, but it also shows the heart that J.W. has.

“I knew that a long time before because I got to travel with J.W. a few times. He’s done some really cool things and would just as soon not let anybody know about it.”

The secret will be revealed July 8 on “The Ride with Cord McCoy.”

postheadericon Champs stay hot in Arizona

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith aren’t satisfied with being hot.

The team roping tandem took the early lead at the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo in Window Rock, Ariz. During Tuesday’s pre-performance competition (known as slack), the Texans posted a 4.3-second run to take the early lead. They hold a four-tenths-of-a-second lead over three other teams that sit in a tie for second place.

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

In addition, Brazile scored an 8.7-second tie-down roping run, which, so far, is fourth. Donovan Yazzie leads with an 8.0, while the steer wrestling leader is Cooper Shofner, who posted a 3.8; Layna Kight rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 15.88 seconds to lead barrel racing.

Last week, Brazile and Smith won the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping and the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo, then placed in a round at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo, earning more than $70,000 in seven days. Brazile also won the team roping title in Pecos, adding just shy of $5,000 to the pot.

The first performance in Window Rock begins Wednesday, and it’s a big part of the Cowboy Christmas spectacular, which features numerous lucrative rodeos around the Fourth of July holiday.

postheadericon Garcilazo bringing charro to Dodge City

Charro Tomas Garcilazo will be the featured performer at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 31-Sunday, Aug. 4. Garcilazo will bring his traditional Mexican horsemanship and put it on display for the fans at Kansas' largest rodeo. (COURTESY TOMAS GARCILAZO)

Charro Tomas Garcilazo will be the featured performer at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 31-Sunday, Aug. 4. Garcilazo will bring his traditional Mexican horsemanship and put it on display for the fans at Kansas’ largest rodeo. (COURTESY TOMAS GARCILAZO)

DODGE CITY, Kan. – Tomas Garcilazo is quite proud of who he is, from his upbringing in Mexico City to being a new citizen of the United States.

He combines it all in one of the greatest acts in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In fact, Garcilazo was recognized as the PRCA’s Dress Act of the Year in 2012, and he will be part of the high-throttle action at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 31-Sunday, Aug. 4, at Roundup Arena.

“I really want to thank the committee in Dodge City for bringing me in,” said Garcilazo, who recognizes the southwest Kansas community has a strong Hispanic presence. “So many Mexican people don’t get to go back to Mexico, so the committee is bringing so much of our culture back to these people.

Tomas Garcilazo

Tomas Garcilazo

“But we have something for everyone to enjoy.”

Garcilazo certainly does, and so do fans all across the country. You see, he is a charro and carries on the family heritage of La Charreria, a skill performed through the generations only by the Mexican charro. As did his elders, Garcilazo takes pride in his horsemanship and roping skills, which will be on display during each of the five performances of Roundup Rodeo.

“We are very proud of our rodeo and every person that makes up our community, and those are two reasons we wanted Tomas in Dodge City,” said Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “We recognize we have a vibrant Hispanic community, and Tomas shares a great piece of the Mexican legacy with them. But he’s the best specialty act in rodeo because he’s so talented and reaches so many people.

“We’re truly blessed to have Tomas coming to Dodge City.”

The feeling is reciprocated.

“This is going to be my first time in Dodge City,” Garcilazo said. “When you bring someone to provide a treat, it’s nice because you contribute something to the community. It’s going to bring more people together.”

Rodeo is more than a competition. Sure, Roundup Rodeo will feature the very best in the sport, from numerous world champions in every event to the very best animal athletes in the game. But it’s also an action-packed couple of hours of entertainment. To help make a rodeo even more entertaining, specialty acts provide theatrics to the competition. Garcilazo is the best at what he does, and the members of the PRCA decided that last December.

“It’s an honor because specialty acts are so competitive,” he said. “I’m very flattered that what I do as a charro and representing my culture and my tradition with my horses and myself has been recognized with those contractors, committees and contestants that are part of the PRCA.

“I emphasize the tradition a lot. The heritage is very strong. For me, it is big that those are being carried on in modern day and that it is a privilege for me to keep up with this way of life. Cattle, horses and roping were all involved in my childhood.”

Those lessons learned decades ago are still vibrant in his mind. That’s why he continues to entertain and show the world his talents.

“On my mother’s side, they are all churros,” Garcilazo said. “I grew up competing all my life. I picked my skill with a rope and had a vision to develop this with the horses.

“It’s a way of developing my dream. My rope, as a child, was a toy. Now I develop the artistry with a rope in such an extensive way. It takes time, effort, patience and the (willingness to) develop all the desires to succeed in horse and roping skills.”

It is Garcilazo’s passion to share his talent – and his heritage – with the world.

“Being in the entertainment business, you get to see the different traditions and different people from different personalities,” he said. “When you develop something with passion with your heart and express this on stage, it shows. When I see a performer, when they do these with their heart, it shows right away. I have a lot of passion for what I do, and I hope everyone sees that.”

postheadericon Pecos buckle is a nice fit for Grimes

Stacey Grimes of Kerrville, Texas, rounds the second barrel on Saturday night at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Grimes finished in 17.28 seconds to win the barrel racing championship and the coveted title. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Stacey Grimes of Kerrville, Texas, rounds the second barrel on Saturday night at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Grimes finished in 17.28 seconds to win the barrel racing championship and the coveted title. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

PECOS, Texas – Stacey Grimes fumbled through the box carrying her West of the Pecos Rodeo championship buckle, unfastened her belt and promptly snapped the shiny trophy in place.

“It took me 130 years to win this buckle,” Grimes said jokingly, referring to the anniversary of the World’s First Rodeo and her barrel racing title.

Grimes and her mount, Jetbug, rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 17.28 seconds on Saturday night before a sold-out crowd at Buck Jackson Arena to claim the title during the final performance. It was a great way to close the five days of competition.

“I’ve finished second three times,” said Grimes, of Kerrville, Texas. I had the same horse power last year and won second. This year he was on fire and was ready to win, and thank the good Lord he did.”

With the prized buckle, Grimes claimed the $2,689 first-place prize and beat a strong field. She and Jetbug were so fast, in fact, that they were almost three-tenths of a second faster than runner-up Jana Bean of Fort Hancock, Texas – that’s an eternity in barrel racing.

The Pecos buckle is one of the most sought-after prizes in rodeo, and Grimes has been chasing it for 26 years. Her husband, Johnny, won the tie-down roping title 16 years ago, so they have something else to share.

“I get to bring it home this year, and my family is very excited,” she said. “The check’s great, too; this is one of my favorite rodeos.”

It looks to be one of Sam Powers’ favorite rodeos, too. The 19-year-old cowboy from Sonora, Texas, competed in both tie-down roping and steer wrestling Saturday; more importantly, his 4.5-second run in steer wrestling was good enough for to tie Ty Willick for second place in the second go-round. For that, he earned $1,103.

“It feels great; it’s achieving a dream,” said Powers, who entered the evening just a few dollars shy of the $1,000 in season earnings he needed on his permit in order to be eligible to purchase his ProRodeo card – in rodeo, contestants must meet a minimum requirement in money earned in order to earn the right to compete, and the permit process allows for that.

“I feel like I’m part of the family.”

He should. Powers’ grandfather served on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s board of directors and owned some of the greatest steer wrestling horses in the sport for several years. His father also competed professionally, so he’s carrying a family tradition.

Powers turned 19 on May 10 and plans to purchase his PRCA card as soon as possible. He plans to return to Pecos for years to come, too.

“This gives me confidence when I come back that I can compete here,” he said. “At first it kind of scared me because it’s big and, well, it’s Pecos. But I’ll definitely be coming back to this rodeo.”

West of the Pecos Rodeo
June 26-29
Pecos, Texas
All-around champion:
Trevor Brazile, $11,271.

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Taylor Price, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket, $2,978; 2. Will Lowe, 87, $2,283; 3. Tom McFarland, 85, $1,688; 4. (tie) Caine Riddle, Trey Fisher and Steven Dent, 82, 761 each; 7. Matthew Smith, 81, $397; 8. Micky Downare, 79, $298.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Travis Tryan/Jake Long, 6.4 seconds, $2,003; 2. (tie) Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith and Charly Crawford/Ryan Motes, 6.8, $1,485 each; 4. (tie) Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell and Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 6.9, $794 each; 6. Bubba Buckaloo/Cole Dawson, 7.1, $345. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.2 seconds, $2,003 each; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 6.8, $1,658; 3. (tie) Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton and Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 7.0, $1,140 each; 6. (tie) Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero and Brandon Webb/Wesley Johnson, 7.4, $484 each. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 13.0 on two runs, $3,005 each; 2. Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 15.0, $2,487; 3. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 15.0, $1,969; 4. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 15.3, $1,451; 5. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 15.8, $933; 6. Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell, 16.2, $518.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Walter Priestly, 12.2 seconds, $1,821; 2. Garrett Hale, 13.7, $1,507; 3. Chance Gasperson, 13.8, $1,193; 4. Reo Lohse, 14.4, $879; 5. Jason Evans, 14.9, $565; 6. Troy Tillard, 15.1, $314. Second round: 1. Dan Fisher, 12.0 seconds, $1,821; 2. Lawson Plemons, 12.2, $1,507; 3. Troy Tillard, 13.1, $1,193; 4. (tie) J. Paul Williams and Landon McClaugherty, 13.5, $722 each; 6. Rod Hartness, 13.9, $314. Third round leaders: 1. Chet Herren, 12.4 seconds, $1,821; 2. Howdy McGinn, 12.5, $1,507; 3. Chance Gasperson, 12.8, $1,193; 4. Coy Thompson, 13.3, $879; 5. Jim Davis, 13.4, $565; 6. (tie) Mike Brewer and Garrett Hale, 13.6, $157 each. Average leaders: 1. Troy Tillard, 42.2 seconds on three runs, $2,732; 2. J. Paul Williams, 47.2, $2,261; 3. Chance Kelton, 47.2, $1,790; 4. Tony Reina, 49.1, $1,319; 5. Scott Snedecor, 52.0, $847; 6. Jim Locke, 54.7, $471.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Cody Wright, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild, $3,149; 2. Jake Wright, 84, $2,414; 3. Isaac Diaz, 82, $1,785; 4. Shane Proctor, 81, $1,155; 5. Jacobs Crawley, 80, $735; 6. Jesse Bail, 79, $525; 7. (tie) Travis Sheets and Nick Laduke, 78, $367.

Tie-down roping: Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Reese Riemer, 8.9 seconds, $1,700; 2. Taylor Smith, 9.1, $1,407; 3. Trevor Brazile, 9.3, $1,114; 4. (tie) Blane Cox and Fred Whitfield, 9.4, $674 each; 6. Justin Maass, 9.6, $293. Second round leaders: 1. Clint Akins, 8.2 seconds, $1,700; 2. Cade Swor, 8.3, $1,407; 3. Trevor Brazile, 8.7, $1,114; 4. Payden Emmett, 9.0, $821; 5. Kiel Rowan, 9.1, $528; 6. Marty Yates, 9.4, $293. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 18.0 on two runs, $2,550; 2. Clint Akins, 18.4, $2,222; 3. Cade Swor, 18.7, $1,671; 4. Marty Yates, 19.5, $1,231; 5. Blane Cox, 19.7, $791; 6. Will Kiker, 21.8, $440.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Ben Shofner, 5.6 seconds, $1,488; 2. Glen Clark, 6.0, $1,231; 3. Royce Johnson, 6.3, $975; 4. Riley Duvall, 6.4, $718; 5. (tie) Chance Campbell and Bill Pace, 6.7, $359. Second round leaders: 1. 1. Grady Gray, 4.0 seconds, $1,488; 2. (tie) Ty Willick and Sam Powers, 4.5, $1,103 each; 4.Tommy Cook, 5.3, $718; 5. (tie) Cooper Shofner and Weston Taylor, 5.4, $359 each. Average leaders: 1. Ben Schofner, 12.9 seconds on two runs, $1,488; 2. Riley Duvall, 13.6, $1,231; 3. Monty Eakin, 14.3, $975; 4. Bill Pace, 14.4, $718; 5. Gary Gilbert, 15.3, $462; 6. Matt Reeves, 16.8, $257.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Stacey Grimes,; 2. Jana Bean, 17.56, $2,285; 3. Layna Kight, 17.59, $1,882; 4. Brooke Rix, 17.83, $1,613; 5. Jaime Borrow, 17.88, $1,344; 6. Shelby Frasier, 17.91, $941; 7. (tie) Clay Sewalt and Tiffani Sonnier, 17.92, $605 each; 9. Lindsey Ewing, 17.95, $441; 10. Callie Duperier, 18.00, $403; 11. Kenna Squires, 18.01, $336; 12. (tie) 17.28 seconds, $2,689Martha Wright and Tasha Welsh, 18.02, $134 each.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Elliot Jacoby, 91 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Hustler, $4,591; 2. (tie) Ricky Aguiar and Beau Schroeder, 89, $3,054 each; 4. Chandler Bownds, 87, $1,680; 5. Shane Proctor, 86, $1,069; 6. (tie) Cameron Bland and Austin Meier, 85, $687 each; 8. Chris Roundy, 84, $458.

postheadericon Harris leads powerful list for final night in Pecos

The final night of the 130th West of the Pecos Rodeo promises a grand conclusion to an already fabulous event.

J.W. Harris

J.W. Harris

The brightest star scheduled to compete Saturday night inside Buck Jackson Arena is three-time bull riding world champion J.W. Harris. Not only has Harris been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo each of the last seven years, he won his titles consecutively, from 2008-10.

In Pecos, he is matched against Carr Pro Rodeo’s Small Pox. Meanwhile, three-time NFR qualifier Tate Stratton has drawn Big Stan, a bull owned by Billy Jones.

They aren’t the only players ProRodeo’s grand finale who will be part of the action. They’ll be joined by bareback rider Jared Smith, who has drawn Big Lights, one of Carr’s horses that has bucked at the NFR.

In bronc riding, reigning rookie of the year Spencer Wright has drawn Carr’s Empty Pockets, also an NFR bucking horse. Wright’s oldest brother, Cody, leads the standings after an 88-point ride Friday night on Carr’s Deuces Wild. He’ll be joined by Sam Spreadborough, a two-time NFR qualifier who has Carr’s Champaign Jam, and Bradley Harter, a seven-time NFR qualifier who will match Carr’s Big Time.

Every cowboy on the list will have his hands full. In addition to Cody Wright’s lead in saddle bronc riding, Taylor Price leads bareback riding with an 88-point ride on Carr’s Dirty Jacket, and Elliot Jacoby leads bull riding with a 91 on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Hustler.

But it should be fun watching what happens next. Other leaders for the rodeo titles include team ropers Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith, who have roped two steers in a cumulative time of 13.0 seconds; steer roper Troy Tillard, 42.2 seconds on three runs; Brazile in tie-down roping with 18.0 seconds on two runs; steer wrestler Ben Shofner, 12.9 on two; and barrel racer Jana Bean, 17.56 seconds.

postheadericon Wright bolts into the lead in Pecos

Two-time world champion Cody Wright rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild for 88 points during Friday’s performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo. He leads the rodeo with one performance remaining. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Two-time world champion Cody Wright rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild for 88 points during Friday’s performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo. He leads the rodeo with one performance remaining. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

PECOS, Texas – Cody Wright likes to see his name atop the standings any time he competes.

Wright, a two-time world champion from Milford, Utah, is the No. 1 saddle bronc rider in the world standings. On Friday night during the third performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo, he matched moves with Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild for 88 points to take the lead with just one performance remaining.

“Anywhere you can be hot this time of year is awesome,” said Wright, whose younger brother, Jake, sits in second place in Pecos. “We just want to get on a roll and hopefully keep it rolling.

“We’ve got a lot of good rodeos coming up, and the year has just begun, I think. Of course, anytime I can win, I’m happy.”

He’s been quite happy in 2013. So far this season, he’s earned more than $55,000 has won eight titles, including a January championship in Odessa. He knows it takes a solid performance from him and his horse if he has any chance of collecting checks along the way.

“I had that horse in Lovington (N.M.); I thought he was just so-so, but I might not have rode him good,” Wright said. “I tried to ride him as good as I could, and he would up being awesome.”

That’s the winning combination, and the Wright family knows it well. Four brothers travel together – Cody, Alex and twins Jake and Jesse. All but Alex have qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and Cody joins reigning champ Jesse as the family members who adorn gold buckles. Jake Wright posted an 84 on Carr’s Choir Girl to move into the No. 2 spot, and he’s rather tickled to have the momentum in his favor heading into the busy summer stretch of events.

“It’s awesome to do well here,” Jake Wright said. “I didn’t have the best winter. I drew decent but didn’t ride all that good. With the help of good brothers and a little bit of work, it’s all coming together.

“I wouldn’t want it to happen any other time that the Fourth of July.”

West of the Pecos Rodeo
June 26-29
Pecos, Texas
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Taylor Price, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket; 2. Will Lowe, 87; 3. Tom McFarland, 85; 4. (tie) Caine Riddle and Steven Dent, 82; 6. Micky Downare, 79; 7. Craig Wisehart, 78; 8. Bill Tutor, 74.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Travis Tryan/Jake Long, 6.4 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.8; 3. Charly Crawford/Ryan Motes, 6.8; 4. (tie) Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell and Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 6.9; 6. Bubba Buckaloo/Cole Dawson, 7.1. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.2 seconds; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 6.8; 3. (tie) Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton and Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 7.0; 5. (tie) Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero and Brandon Webb/Wesley Johnson, 7.4; 6. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 7.6. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 13.0 on two runs; 2. Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 15.0; 3. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 15.0; 4. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 15.3; 5. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 15.8; 6. Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell, 16.2.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Walter Priestly, 12.2 seconds, $1,821; 2. Garrett Hale, 13.7, $1,507; 3. Chance Gasperson, 13.8, $1,193; 4. Reo Lohse, 14.4, $879; 5. Jason Evans, 14.9, $565; 6. Troy Tillard, 15.1, $314. Second round: 1. Dan Fisher, 12.0 seconds, $1,821; 2. Lawson Plemons, 12.2, $1,507; 3. Troy Tillard, 13.1, $1,193; 4. (tie) J. Paul Williams and Landon McClaugherty, 13.5, $722 each; 6. Rod Hartness, 13.9, $314. Third round leaders: 1. Chet Herren, 12.4 seconds; 2. Howdy McGinn, 12.5; 3. Chance Gasperson, 12.8; 4. Coy Thompson, 13.3; 5. Jim Davis, 13.4; 6. (tie) Mike Brewer and Garrett Hale, 13.6. Average leaders: 1. Troy Tillard, 42.2 seconds on three runs; 2. J. Paul Williams, 47.2; 3. Chance Kelton, 47.2; 4. Tony Reina, 49.1; 5. Scott Snedecor, 52.0; 6. Jim Locke, 54.7.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Cody Wright, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild; 2. Jake Wright, 84; 3. Isaac Diaz, 82; 4. Shane Proctor, 81; 5. Jacobs Crawley, 80; 6. Jesse Bail, 79; 7. (tie) Travis Sheets and Nick Laduke, 78.

Tie-down roping: Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Reese Riemer, 8.9 seconds; 2. Taylor Smith, 9.1; 3. Trevor Brazile, 9.3; 4. (tie) Blane Cox and Fred Whitfield, 9.4 each; 6. Justin Maass, 9.6. Second round leaders: 1. Clint Akins, 8.2 seconds; 2. Cade Swor, 8.3; 3. Trevor Brazile, 8.7; 4. Payden Emmett, 9.0 seconds; 5. Kiel Rowan, 9.1; 6. Marty Yates, 9.4. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 18.0 on two runs; 2. Clint Akins, 18.4; 3. Cade Swor, 18.7; 4. Marty Yates, 19.5; 5. Blane Cox, 19.7; 6. Will Kiker, 21.8.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Ben Shofner, 5.6 seconds; 2. Glen Clark, 6.0; 3. Royce Johnson, 6.3; 4. Riley Duvall, 6.4; 5. (tie) Chance Campbell and Bill Pace, 6.7. Second round leaders: 1. 1. Grady Gray, 4.0 seconds; 2. Tommy Cook, 5.3; 3. (tie) Cooper Shofner and Weston Taylor, 5.4; 5. Paul Melvin, 5.5; 6. Matt Reeves, 5.7. Average leaders: 1. Ben Schofner, 12.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Riley Duvall, 13.6; 3. Monty Eakin, 14.3; 4. Bill Pace, 14.4; 5. 6. Matt Reeves, 16.8.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Jana Bean, 17.56 seconds; 2. Layna Kight, 17.59; 3. Jaime Borrow, 17.88; 4. Shelby Frasier, 17.91 seconds; 5. Clay Sewalt, 17.92; 6. Lindsey Ewing, 17.95; 7. Callie Duperier, 18.00; 8. Kenna Squires, 18.01; 9. (tie) Martha Wright and Tasha Welsh, 18.02; 11. Tammy Miller, 18.05; 12. Jordan Taton, 18.13.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Elliot Jacoby, 91 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Hustler; 2. (tie) Ricky Aguiar and Beau Schroeder, 89; 4. Chandler Bownds, 87; 5. Shane Proctor, 86; 6. (tie) Cameron Bland and Austin Meier, 85; 8. Chris Roundy, 84.

postheadericon McCoy is ready for ‘The Ride’

Popular cowboy kicks off second season with a look into his life, family

Cord McCoy is a professional bull rider and a reality TV star. In fact, he’s one of the most recognizable cowboys in the world because of the two.

But there’s much more to McCoy, and fans will get to see that in the next episode of “The Ride with Cord McCoy,” a weekly series that showcases the world of ranching and the Western lifestyle that airs at 1 and 11 p.m. Eastern on RFD-TV.

The Monday, July 1, episode is the first of the new season and provides viewers with a look at the life of McCoy, a cowboy who grew up his family’s ranch in the southeastern Oklahoma community of Tupelo. The show features enhanced production and a sparkling display that will give fans more to enjoy when they watch the series.

Cord McCoy

Cord McCoy

“I guess we’re really explaining again who I am, and it gets more in the day of the life of Cord McCoy,” said McCoy, the youngest of five children born to Denny and Janet McCoy, joining brothers Justin, JoRay and Jet and sister Nikki Callison. “It’s neat to be able to showcase my family. Even though Jet and I got to do “The Amazing Race, I feel there are 20 more members of my family that would do the same things that we did.

“It’s pretty cool to have a show that will open the door and showcase where I come from.”

The meat of “The Ride” is in sharing the Western lifestyle and what is involved in carrying on centuries-old traditions, and there’s no better place to start than at the host’s home.

“We take you to acclaimed ranches and show you the secrets of true horsemanship as he works with highly regarded experts,” stated a profile from the show’s website, www.CowHorseProductions.com. “From working cattle to perfecting turnarounds, you will learn techniques from the best.”

McCoy knows those techniques and can expound upon them, but as the show’s host, he provides others to explain the intricacies that come with raising livestock. In the opening show of the season, he gets a little help from some members of his family that talk about what it’s like on their ranches.

“My family was very close,” Callison said during the show. “We worked together; we played together.”

It’s that closeness that shines so brightly in the first episode, but that’s the background that has guided Cord McCoy to any success he’s had. He’s a five-time world champion in the International Professional Rodeo Association, a 2005 bull riding qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and has qualified numerous times for the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough World Championships.

“We wanted to establish who Cord is and how he got to where he is now in this episode,” said Brad Zanin, owner of Cow Horse Productions and producer of “The Ride.”

McCoy and Jet – who is just 13 months older – were part of two seasons on the reality TV series “The Amazing Race,” a marathon of around-the-world travels in which the winning two-person team claims the $1 million prize. That series put the cowboys on the international map, but it also showed the world that there is more to being a cowboy than the stereotypes that have been portrayed. It all comes back to how the McCoys live their lives.

“I think my family has definitely kept us grounded,” Cord McCoy said. “It’s equal opportunity around the ranch; everybody has the opportunity to work. I think growing up in the Western way of life, you learn that no matter how much money you have, you can’t tell a horse that or, in my line of work, a bull. Bulls can’t read buckles, and they don’t care what you’ve done.

“I think livestock keeps me grounded as well. My family works hard. We all work together, and we all work for the same goals.”

That’s rather evident in the opening episode of the season, which showcases the McCoys working – it includes gathering calves with Jet and Cord’s wife, Sara, and show’s Cord being the first to mount a newly purchased colt, handling the bucks and moves from the green horse.

Even when the show airs, it’s still about family time.

“Every Monday, I get to go over with my family and enjoy the show we filmed,” Cord McCoy said. “We get to share that with the rest of the world. It’s pretty neat to be able to go watch where we’ve been and what we’re doing.”