1. Shane Hanchey, 7.4 seconds, $18,630; 2. Sterling Smith, 7.6, $14,724; 3. Ryan Jarrett, 7.8, $11,118; 4. Clif Cooper, 8.0, $7,813; 5. Trevor Brazile, 8.1, $4,808; 6. Timber Moore, 8.4, $3,005.
1. Kaleb Driggers/Travis Graves, 3.6 seconds, $18,630; 2. Turtle Powell/Duggan Kelly, 4.2, $14,724; 3. Colby Lovell Martin Lucero, 4.3, $11,118; 4. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 4.6, $7,813; 5. (tie) Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz and Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 4.7, $3,906 each.
1. Stan Branco, 3.5 seconds, $18,630; 2. Bray Armes, 3.6, $14,724; 3. (tie) Dean Gorsuch, Luke Branquinho, Dakota Eldridge and Hunter Cure, 3.7, $6,686 each.
1.Ryan Gray on J Bar J’s Smack Daddy, 85.5, $18,630; 2. Steven Dent, 84.5, $14,724; 3. Steven Peebles, 81.5, $11,118; 4. (tie) J.R. Vezain and Wes Stevenson, 80.5, $6,310 each; 6. Bobby Mote, Caleb Bennett and Jared Smith, 79.5 $1,002 each.
LAS VEGAS – Chet Johnson is having a roller coaster ride through the rigors of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The ride hasn’t been much fun.
Through eight go-rounds, Johnson has ridden just 50 percent of his broncs. When he lasted the full eight seconds, he placed, but he was at the bottom of the go-round pay scale – the NFR pays for just the top six places each night, and the Sheridan, Wyo., cowboy finished sixth in the first, second, third and eighth go-rounds.
On Thursday night, he matched moves with Big Stone, Moreno & Growney’s Big Muddy for 78.5 points, sharing sixth place with Texan Bradley Harter; each cowboy pocketed $1,502. With just two nights remaining in the 2013 ProRodeo season, Johnson has earned $8,514.
Heading into the championship, Johnson – and every other cowboy competing in the City of Lights – had big dreams for the sport’s most lucrative 10 days. Go-round winners earn $18,630, and some have scored quite well. Fellow bronc rider Jake Wright of Utah has earned more than $87,000.
Still, there is more than $120,000 available over the final two NFR go-rounds, and Johnson found some much needed confidence in his eighth-round ride.
In fact, the Wyoming cowboy will be matched in the ninth round on the bronc Kid Rock, a talented bucking beast from the Brookman-Hyland Rodeo Co. Johnson will have a quality shot at big time cash, and he’s ready to capitalize on the opportunity.
LAS VEGAS – Heading into Thursday night, tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett wasn’t too excited about his performance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
It’s funny how quickly things change.
Jarrett posted a 6.7-second run to win the eighth go-round, pocketing another $18,630 – his biggest paycheck in Las Vegas so far. In fact, the time set a new NFR record for Round 8, bettering a 6.9 that was established 12 years ago by eight-time world champion Fred Whitfield.
“I knew that calf was off the pace, so I gave her a little bit more of a head start than I had been, and it worked out great,” said Jarrett, who pushed his NFR earnings to $56,040. “The last three rounds ain’t been great, but tonight’s kinda made up for it.”
Yes, it did. Jarrett has moved from 13th to fifth in the tie-down roping world standings, having earned nearly $119,000.
“Until 2010, I never won a round in calf roping here,” said Jarrett, the 2005 all-around world champion from Comanche, Okla.
The reason for that? Jarrett has focused his attention on placing in the go-rounds and collecting cash. He earned a share of the fourth-round title, then won it outright Thursday.
“I don’t make it to the South Point a whole lot,” he said, referring to the nightly Montana Silversmiths Go-Round Buckle Presentation that takes place nightly at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa.
He may be making more. Jarrett is 10th in the average with an eight-round cumulative time of 87.2 seconds. He knows the best way for him to make more money over the final two nights of the 2013 season is to place high in the rounds.
“I just worry about what I can do and just focus on that,” Jarrett said. “I thought I was doing all right the first five rounds, and I won pretty decent, and then it just went downhill. Maybe the next two rounds will be as good as the eighth round.”
LAS VEGAS – When Hunter Cure first watched his horse in action, Charlie was a hazing horse.
Cure purchased the 14-year-old gelding earlier this year and transitioned him to the other side of the timed-event chute, where, now as a steer wrestling mount, Charlie has guided Cure to $63,201 in just eight nights in Las Vegas.
“When I turned that horse around (in the chute), he hit the corner and was locked in,” said Cure, who won the eighth go-round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Thursday with a 3.8-second run. “I knew … he was going to leave flat and give me across the line in a good spot.”
Charlie did his job well.
“I knew that was a good steer, but I had to get a (good) start,” Cure said. “My horse is getting better (in the timed-event chute) as the week has gone on. He stood sharp tonight and let me get the start, and (the steer) was good after that.”
Thursday’s run marked Cure’s second go-round victory this week. He also won Monday’s fifth round, which featured the same pen of steers, considered the “strong” pen by the bulldoggers.
“It not only helps us financially, but mentally as well,” said Cure, who moved to fourth in the world standings with $128,208 – he’s only about $14,000 behind the leader, Reeves.
Cure, who also qualified for the NFR in 2009, is fourth in the average race with an eight-run cumulative time of 45.5 seconds, while Reeves sits seventh – he fell in the aggregate standings after suffering a no time Thursday.
“Having two go-round wins (after) not having won hardly any money in ’09, it’s certainly a confidence-builder,” he said. “I want to continue pushing for the next two rounds and see how well it turns out.”
What is different from four seasons ago?
“I feel like I’m physically a little bit stronger by working out,” he said. “I’m more mentally prepared coming into this one. I knew what to expect. The mistakes I might’ve made in preparation the first time, I didn’t want to make those again. I feel like this is the fruit for the labor.”
Cure’s work has paid off, but so has the effort produced by his hazer, Riley Duvall, who is compensated for his work by receiving a percentage of the bulldogger’s earnings. At this year’s NFR, Duvall has scored $7,900 from Cure.
“He’s earned every penny of it,” cure said. “I’ll get him paid before he leaves here. I’m so thankful for it.”
1. Cody Teel on JK Rodeo’s Pale Face, 78.5 points, $18,630; 2. Josh Koschel, 70, $14,724; 3. Parker Breding, 68, $11,118; no other qualified rides.
1. Sherry Cervi, 13.71 seconds, $18,630; 2. Jane Melby, 13.77, $14,724; 3. Shada Brazile, 13.80, $11,118; 4. Michele McLeod, 13.84, $7,813; 5. Christy Loflin, 13.89, $4,808; 6. Kaley Bass, 14.01, $3,005.
1. Ryan Jarrett, 6.7 seconds, $18,630; 2. (tie) Tuf Cooper and Cody Ohl, 6.9, $12,291 each; 4. Trevor Brazile, 7.0, $7,813; 5. Tyson Durfey, 7.3, $4,808; 6. (tie) Shane Slack and Timber Moore, 7.8, $1,502 each.