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postheadericon Swingler bringing funny to Claremore

Rodeo clown Mark Swingler will take his funny to Claremore for the Will Rogers Stampede, with three performances set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26, at the Will Rogers Round Up Club Arena.

Rodeo clown Mark Swingler will take his funny to Claremore for the Will Rogers Stampede, with three performances set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26, at the Will Rogers Round Up Club Arena.

CLAREMORE, Okla. – If laughter is the best medicine, then Mark Swingler needs a prescription pad.

No, Swingler isn’t a doctor by any means. He is, in fact, one of the most sought-after clowns in professional rodeo, and he’s bringing his brand of funny to the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26. It’s his job to be as entertaining as possible. He got started in the rodeo business as a competitor and went from bull rider to bullfighter to entertainer. “I don’t want anybody to think I’m working,” said Swingler of Austin, Texas. “Humor and laughter is contagious. Nobody wants to see anybody work. They want to have fun. That’s why you have spoofs when the act goes south.

“Plus I like the fresh stuff. I kind of use my wit and my humor with my surroundings. You just look up in the stands, and you’ve got enough material for a long time.”

Swingler has been in the business most of his life. He began as a bull rider, then took a shot at protecting fallen cowboys as a bullfighter. In fact, that’s how Swingler got his start in ProRodeo.

“I started in 1987, and I actually fought bulls until 1992,” he said. “It was kind of old school back then, when you fought bulls and did the comedy. I was mainly fighting bulls, but I found myself enjoying the entertaining part. By 1993, I worked one into the other. By 1994, my bullfighting cleats were hung up.”

In the years since, Swingler has been nominated for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Clown of the Year and Comedy Act of the Year. He has a nice load of entertaining acts, but his specialty is the “walk-and-talk,” where he observes the goings-on in and out of the arena and maintains the level of excitement for fans.

“I’m not what we call a canned person,” he said. “I don’t have a routine. I have acts, and even when I work Denver and 23 performances they have there, I was rotating seven acts. With the walking and talking, I just go with the flow. I’m one of those guys that says what everybody’s thinking, so I don’t know what’s going to happen. A lot of that depends on the announcers, but it’s a blast.

“I learned a long time ago that if you have a great performance, you usually forget what you did because it was just spontaneous and you just go with the flow. If you try to repeat it, it’s not going to work.”

Plus he gets to put smiles on thousands of fans each year. That’s a wonderful benefit he shares with Swingler.

“I just enjoy entertaining people, seeing them enjoy themselves,” Swingler said. “If I can get people to forget about their worldly troubles for just two and a half hours, then I feel like I’m successful.”

postheadericon A Feist of a candidate

ProRodeo announcer Bob Feist, who also owns and publishes Ropers Sports News, has been selected as a nominee for induction into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2013 Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

Feist, nicknamed “the godfather of team roping” by his peers, has been instrumental in giving professional team ropers the chance to compete for large purses and achieve great recognition in the sport of team roping by creating and producing the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping for 34 years.

Before Feist started his announcing career, you could find him at ProRodeos across the country competing in team roping. He headed for the likes of Rickey Green, E.V. Dorsey, Al Hooper, Jerold Camarillo, Ken Luman, John Paboojian, Sam Fancher and Frank Ferreira Sr. He competed for many years, until an injury semi-retired him from the arena floor and sent him to the announcer’s stand. Feist also enjoyed the time he spent on the PRCA board as an alternate team roping director.

The selection committee of the Rodeo Historical Society chose nine nominees out of many outstanding candidates to be included on the 2013 ballot. Living nominees are Doug Brown, Bobby DelVecchio, the Etbauer Brothers, Bill Feddersen, Bob Feist, John McBeth, Gene McLaughlin and Dennis Reiners. Deceased nominees are Earl Bascom, O Raymond Knight, Jessie Like, Bud Parker, Rex Dunn and Johnny Quintana. Quail Dobbs is the Rodeo Hall of Fame Directors Choice inductee.

Members of the Rodeo Historical Society will select four nominees from the living and three from the deceased categories by secret ballot for induction into the prestigious Rodeo Hall of Fame. Only members of the RHS are eligible to vote for inductees. Membership in the RHS is open to the public. Annual membership is $35 per person. If you are not a member of the RHS or know someone who would like to join so they may vote on nominees, please visit our website to join: http://store.nationalcowboymuseum.org/products/memberships/m.products/80/view/rodeo-historical-society-membership

Ballots will be mailed in late May and voting will close the first part of June. The Rodeo Hall of Fame ceremony will take place during Rodeo Weekend at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on Sept. 27-28.

postheadericon Hardwick wins ‘hometown’ rodeo

Seth Hardwick of Laramie, Okla., rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Bells for 88 points on Sunday afternoon to win the bareback riding at the 81st edition of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. Hardwick, who attended nearby Oklahoma Panhandle State University, considers Pioneer Days Rodeo one of his hometown rodeos. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Seth Hardwick of Laramie, Okla., rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Bells for 88 points on Sunday afternoon to win the bareback riding at the 81st edition of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. Hardwick, who attended nearby Oklahoma Panhandle State University, considers Pioneer Days Rodeo one of his hometown rodeos. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Seth Hardwick has been a rising star in ProRodeo the last couple of years.

Night Bells is an established bucking horse that performed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The two entities got together Sunday for 88 points and the bareback riding championship at the 81st edition of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. It was a magical afternoon for Hardwick, a 24-year-old bronc buster from Laramie, Wyo.

“I’d heard of that horse, but I’d never seen him,” Hardwick said of the Carr Pro Rodeo horse, which was sired by the great stallion Night Jacket. “He was supposed to be really good and very rider friendly. He made the finals last year, so that was good enough for me.”

Three-time world champion Rocky Patterson competes on Sunday afternoon in Guymon. Patterson won the Pioneer Days Rodeo steer roping title for the second time in his career. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Three-time world champion Rocky Patterson competes on Sunday afternoon in Guymon. Patterson won the Pioneer Days Rodeo steer roping title for the second time in his career. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

It was good enough for a check worth $4,147 for Hardwick, who attended college on a rodeo scholarship at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, just 10 miles southwest of Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena.

“Guymon’s like a hometown rodeo for me,” he said. “I went to school here at Panhandle for four years. Craig Latham was my coach, and we had a lot of help from the Etbauer brothers. They taught me how to keep getting on time after time. They taught me how to do it.

“It feels great to be able to win this rodeo in front of those people. It’s one of the best rides I’ve ever had.”

Hardwick is just one of two Panhandle State cowboys to have won 2013 titles, joining three-time world champion Rocky Patterson in the winner’s circle. Patterson roped and tied down five steers in 65.7 seconds and earned $8,347 – it was the most money won by any contestant at this year’s rodeo.

“This is pretty big because it’s a circuit rodeo, No 1,” said Patterson, who also won the Guymon title in 2010. “No 2, it’s just a great rodeo. The committee here does such a great job.

“It’s a rodeo with a lot of tradition, and it’s a nice one to win.”

Patterson also borrowed a friend’s horse in order to secure this year’s title.

“I rode my sorrel homes on Monday and Tuesday and got along really good,” he said. “Friday I went home to ride him, and he was pretty sore. That’s the great thing about rodeo and steer roping in particular.”

So Patterson rode a horse owned by Chet Herren, a seven-time National Finals Steer Roping qualifier from Pawhuska, Okla., on Sunday afternoon.

“There are a lot of good people in steer roping,” Patterson said.

While this was Patterson’s second Pioneer Days Rodeo title, it was the first for steer wrestler Stockton Graves, a seven-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Newkirk, Okla. It’s not that Graves has performed poorly in the Oklahoma Panhandle, but it’s the first time he’s earned the championship.

“I’ve had Guymon start my year off more than once,” said Graves, who also is the rodeo coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. “It’s always been a good rodeo for me. It’s good for our circuit and good for the world standings, too.

“This is one I’ve always wanted to win. We got a good win off early this year, so hopefully it’ll just keep going.”

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 29-May 5
Final results
All Around Cowboy:
Tuf Cooper, $3,527

Bareback riding: 1. Seth Hardwick, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Bells, $4,147; 2. Jason Havens, 86, $3,179; 3. Caine Riddle, 85, $2,349; 4. Ty Breuer, 84, $1,520; 5. (tie) Kaycee Field, Tyler Scales and Clint Cannon, 80, $737; 8. Clint Laye, 79, $415.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Seth Brockman, 3.3 seconds, $1,908; 2. Matt Mousseau, 3.9, $1,659; 3. Jacob Talley, 4.0, $1,410; 4. (tie) Bray Armes and Sean Santucci, 4.1, $1,037 each; 6. (tie) Kyle Irwin and Cole Edge, 4.2, $539 each; 8. (tie) Josh Peek, Ty Lang and Wyatt Smith, 4.4, $55 each. Second round: 1. K.C. Jones, 3.4 seconds, $1,908; 2. (tie) Tooter Silver, Gary Gilbert, Hunter Cure, Stockton Graves and Miles Mark Switzer, 3.8, $1,162 each; 7. Bray Armes, 3.9, $415; 8. (tie) Josh Peek and Stan Branco, 4.0, $83. Third round: 1. Stockton Graves, 3.8, $1,908; 2. (tie) Wade Sumpter and Matt Reeves, 3.9, $1,535 each; 3. (tie) Riley Duvall and Kyle Irwin, 4.1, $1,037 each; 6. (tie) Ryan Mims and Weston Taylor, 4.2, $539 each; 8. Tyler Pearson, 4.3, $166. Aggregate: 1. Stockton Graves, 12.5 seconds on 3 runs, $2,862; 2. Kyle Irwin, 12.8, $2,489; 3. (tie) Wade Sumpter and Josh Peek, 13.5, $1,929 each; 5. Trell Etbauer, 14.1, $1,369; 6. (tie) Tyler Pearson, Jace Melvin and Hunter Cure, 14.3, $622 each.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Lawson Plemons, 11.4 seconds, $1,803; 2. Scott Snedecor, 12.2, $1,568; 3. JoJo LeMond, 12.3, $1,332; 4. Shandon Stalls, 12.4, $1,097; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 12.6, $862; 6. (tie) Mike Chase and K.W. Lauer, 12.8, $509 each; 8. Reo Lohse, 13.0, $157. Second round: 1. Bryce Davis, 9.8 seconds, $1,803; 2. Neal Wood, 10.6, $1,568; 3. JoJo LeMond, 11.4, $1,332; 4. Rocky Patterson, $1,097; 5. (tie) Chance Kelton and Rod Hartness, 12.4, $745 each; 7. Howdy McGinn, 12.5, $392; 8. Mark Milner, 12.9, $157. Third round: 1. (tie) Rocky Patterson and Coy Thompson, 11.6 seconds, $1,685 each; 3. Tim Abbott, 11.9, $1,332; 4. Corey Ross, 12.2, $1,097; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Tony Reina, 12.4, $745; 7. Darin Suit, 12.6, $293; 8. Brent Lewis, 13.0, $157. Fourth round: 1. Tim Abbott, 10.5 seconds, $1,803; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.8, $1,568; 3. Chet Herren, 10.9, $1,332; 4. Lawson Plemons, 11.5, $1,097; 5. Trevor Brazile, 11.8, $862; 6. Dee Kyler Jr., 11.9, $627; 7. Shandon Stalls, 12.0, $392; 8. Rocky Patterson, 12.1, $157. Fifth round: 1. Jake DeGeer, 10.5 seconds, $1,803; 2. Rod Hartness, 12.5, $1,568; 3. (tie) Vin Fisher Jr. and J.D. Yates, 12.6, $1,215 each; 5. (tie) J. Paul Williams and JoJo LeMond, 14.6, $745 each; 7. (tie) Howdy McGinn and Ralph Williams, 15.1, $274 each; Aggregate: 1. Rocky Patterson, 67.5 seconds on 5 runs, $5,408; 2. Scott Snedecor, 71.5, $4,703; 3. J.D. Yates, 75.3, $3,997; 4. JoJo LeMond, 76.2, $3,292; 5. Howdy McGinn, 79.8, $2,586; 6. Riley Christopherson, 80.2, $1,881; 7. Will McBride, 81.8, $1,176; 8. John Bland, 82.9, $470.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Heith Allan DeMoss, 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Spur Strap, $3,702; 2. (tie) Wade Sundell and Bryce Miller, 85, $2,468 each; 4. (tie) Tyrell Smith and Tyler Corrington, 84, $1,111 each; 6. (tie) Ty Thompson and Lyle W. Welling, 83, $555 each; 8. Cort Scheer, 82, $370.

Team roping: First round: 1. Landon McClaugherty/Tommy Zuniga, 4.6 seconds, $2,285 each; 2. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 5.9, $1,987; 3. Chaz Kananen/Lee Walker, 6.4, $1,689; 4. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 6.5, $1,391; 5. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 6.6, $1,093; 6. (tie) Brandon Vaske/Chase Boekhaus and Quisto Lopez/Christian Morris, 6.8, $646 each; 8. (tie) Lane Ivy/Lane Siggins, Chris Francis/Cade Passig and Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero, 7.1, $66 each. Second round: Speed Williams/Kinney Harrell, 5.3 seconds, $2,285 each; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 6.1, $1,987; 3. Colby Siddoway/Shay Carroll, 6.2, $1,689; 4. Gavin Foster/Derrick Jantzen,6.5, $1,391; 5. Jess Teirney/Justin Hendrick, 6.6, $1,092; 6. (tie) Tuf Cooper/Joel Bach and Adam Rose/Billie Saebens, 6.7, $646; 8. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska,6.8, $199. Third round: 1. Tyler Magnus/Mickey Gomez, 6.6, $2,285 each; 2. (tie) Ryan Von Ahn/Derrick Peterson and Charley Crawford/Ryan Motes, 6.7, $2,838 each; 4. (tie) Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz and Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 6.8, $1,242 each; 6. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 7.2, $795; 7. Adam Rose/Billie Saebens, 7.6, $497; 8. Nick Pullara/Justin Price, 7.7, $199. Aggregate: 1. Charley Crawford/Ryan Motes, 21.1 seconds on 3 runs, $3,426 each; 2. Adam Rose/Billie Saebens, 22.4, $2,980; 3. Chance Thompson/Jaytin McCright, 23.3, $2,533; 4. Quisto Lopez/Christain Morris, 23.8, $2,086; 5. Nick Pullara/Justin Price, 24.5, $1,639; 6. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 25.1, $1,192; 7. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 27.4, $745; 8. Jess Tierney/Justin Hendrick, 28.1, $298.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Jesse Clark, 7.7 seconds, $2,039; 2. (tie) Ace Slone and Dane Kissack, 8.1, $1,640 each; 4. Tyson Durfey, 8.3, $1,231; 5. (tie) Justin Maass and Monty Lewis, 8.4, $842 each; 7. (tie) Ryan Watkins and Tuf Cooper, 8.6, $310 each. Second round: 1. Riley Pruitt, 7.1 seconds,$2,039; 2. Sterling Smith, 7.7, $1,773; 3. (tie) Cimarron Boardman and Justin Scofield, 8.1, $1,374 each; 5. Bryson Seachrist, 8.2, $975; 6. Cade Swor, 8.3, $709; 7. (tie) Marty Yates and Tuf Cooper, 8.4, $310 each. Third round:  1. Cade Swor, 7.8 seconds, $2,039; 2. Tyson Durfey, 8.3, $1,773; 3. Boe Brown, 8.9, $1,507; 4. Jeremiah Peek, 9.0, $1,241; 5. Cimarron Boardman, 9.1, $975; 6. Dane Kissack, 9.2, $709; 7. JC King, 9.3, $443; 8. Trell Etbauer, 9.4, $177. Aggregate: 1. Cade Swor, 25.7 seconds on 3 runs, $3,059; 2. Tyson Durfey, 26.4, $2,660; 3. Tuf Cooper, 27.03, $2,261; 4. Jesse Clark, 27.6, $1,862; 5. Cimarron Boardman, 28.1, $1,463; 6. Seth Childers, 28.7, $1,064; 7. Dane Kissack, 29.0, $665; 8. Ryan Watkins, 29.15, $266.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Kendra Dickson, 17.27 seconds, $2,228; 2. Sherry Cervi, 17.40, $1,910; 3. Michelle McLeod, 17.44, $1,592; 4. Alicia Stockton, 17.46, $1,379; 5. Carlee Pierce, 17.49, $1,061; 6. Gretchen Benbenek, 17.50, $849; 7. (tie) Kim Couch and Molly Powell, 17.51, $531 each; 9. (tie) Cindy Woods and Nicole Aichele, 17.64, $285 each. Second round: 1. Michelle McLeod, 17.13 second, $2,228; 2. Brittany Pozzi, 17.21, $1,910; 3. Kassidy Dennison, 17.30, $1,592; 4. Victoria Williams, 17.4, $1,379; 5. Jessica Frost, 17.42, $1,061; 6. Sammi Bessert, 17.43, $849; 7. Kimmie Wall, 17.44, $637; 8. Gretchen Benbenek, 17.45, $424; 9. Alicia Stockton, 17.46, $318; 10. Kendra Dickson, 17.49, $212. Aggregate: 1. Michelle McLeod, 34.57 seconds on 2 runs, $2,228; 2. Kendra Dickson, 34.76, $1,910; 3. Alicia Stockton, 34.92, $1,592; 4.Brittany Pozzi, 34.93, $1,379; 5. Gretchen Benbenek, 34.95, $1,081; 6. (tie) Kim Couch and Sherry Cervi, 35.03, $743 each; 8. Carlee Pierce, 35.14, $424; 9. Tammi Reynolds, 35.26, $318; 10. Jana Bean, 35.29, $212.

Bull riding: 1. Tyler Smith, 93 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rio Bravo, $3,790; 2. Parker Breding, 89, $2,906; 3. (tie) Cody Whitney and Josh Koshel, 88, $1,769; 5. Rorey Maier, 85, $884; 6. Tyler Willis, 84, $632; 7. (tie) Chandler Bownds, Taylor Toves and Clayton Foltyn, 83, $295.

postheadericon Smith finds his luck in Guymon

Tyler Smith of Fruita, Colo., rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rio Bravo for 93 points on Saturday night to take the lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Tyler Smith of Fruita, Colo., rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rio Bravo for 93 points on Saturday night to take the lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Some guys have a four-leaf clover. Others have a rabbit’s foot.

Tyler Smith wears his lucky charm around his waist. It’s the championship buckle the Fruita, Colo., cowboy earned in 2010 for winning the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo bull riding title.

“I’ve got my Guymon belt on; it’s been good luck,” said Smith, who used his win in the Oklahoma Panhandle three seasons ago to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. “Hopefully I’ll get another one.”

Heith DeMoss rides Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Spur Strap for 87 points on Saturday night to take the lead in saddle bronc riding at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Heith DeMoss rides Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Spur Strap for 87 points on Saturday night to take the lead in saddle bronc riding at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

On Saturday night during the 81st edition of Guymon’s rodeo, Smith rode Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rio Bravo for 93; it was the highest-marked ride of the cowboy’s five-year career.

“I’ve had real good luck here,” he said. “I love coming here.”

He should. That 93-point ride will be tough to beat during the final performance, set for 2 p.m. Sunday.

“He’s real little,” Smith said. “He probably weighed only 1,000 pounds. He sucked back and got my feet behind me. I shot forward and got my feet set back down. Because he’s so little, it was hard to keep my feet down on him.”

Apparently, the judges saw that, too. The score is based on the 100-point scale, with half the score coming from the animal; the other half comes from how well the cowboy rides. That works in all three roughstock events: bull riding, bareback riding and saddle bronc riding.

Saturday night featured lead changes in all three, with bareback rider Jason Havens scoring an 86-point ride on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie and saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss posting an 87 on Classic’s Spur Strap.

“That was the third time I had him,” Havens said of Good Time Charlie, a horse that has been selected numerous times to buck at the NFR. “It’s always fun coming to a rodeo like this where there are so many good horses and to have a great horse like that. You don’t have a chance to get on horses like that every day, so when you get the chance, you get pretty excited.”

“I’m so excited, it’s ridiculous. To be winning something at this rodeo is awesome,” said DeMoss, a four-time NFR qualifier from Heflin, La. “It’s a great rodeo. It’s a bronc riding-type nation around here, and I’m thrilled to be doing good in it.”

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 29-May 5
Results through the third performance
Bareback riding:
1. Jason Havens, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie; 2. Caine Riddle,85; 3. Ty Breuer, 84; 4. (tie) Kaycee Field, Tyler Scales and Clint Cannon, 80; 7. Clint Laye, 79; 8. Cody DeMers, Morgan Heaton and Ryan Gray, 78;

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. (tie) Wade Sumpter and Matt Reeves, 3.9 seconds; 3. Riley Duvall, 4.1; 4. (tie) Ryan Mims and Weston Taylor, 4.2; 6. Tyler Pearson, 4.3; 7. Jace Melvin, 4.4; 8. Jule Hazen, 4.7. Aggregate: 1. Wade Sumpter, 13.5 seconds on 3 runs; 2. (tie) Tyler Pearson and Jace Melvin, 14.3; 4. Drew Slade, 14.7; 5. Riley Duvall, 14.9; 5. Matt Reeves, 15.1; 6. Brad Johnson, 15.3; 7. Brad Johnson, 15.3; 8. Dru Melvin, 15.7.

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Jake DeGeer, 10.5 seconds; 2. Rod Hartness, 12.5; 3. (tie) Vin Fisher Jr. and J.D. Yates, 12.6; 5. Howdy McGinn, 15.1; 6. (tie) Chuck Thomson and Dee Kyler Jr., 15.2; 8. Brian Garr 15.5. Aggregate: 1. Scott Snedecor, 71.5 seconds on 5 runs. 2. J.D. Yates, 75.3; 3. Howdy McGinn, 79.8; 4. Will McBride, 81.8; 5. John Bland, 82.9; 6. Chuck Thomson, 92.4; 7. Mike Outhier, 95.0; 8. Shay Goad, 98.1.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Heith Allan DeMoss, 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Spur Strap; 2. (tie) Wade Sundell and Bryce Miller, 85; 4. (tie) Tyrell Smith and Tyler Corrington, 84; 6. (tie) Ty Thompson and Lyle W. Welling, 83; 8. Cort Scheer, 82.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Ryan Von Ahn/Derrick Peterson, 6.7; 2. (tie) Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz and Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 6.8; 4. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 7.2; 5. Nick Pullara/Justin Price, 7.7; 6. Quisto Lopez/Christian Morris, 8.4; 7. A.J. Horton/Kyle Horton, 9.2; 8. Colby Siddoway/Shay Carroll, 9.5 Aggregate: 1. Quisto Lopez/Christain Morris, 23.8 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Nick Pullara/Justin Price, 24.5; 3. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 25.1; 4. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 28.5; 5. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 29.2; 6. Colby Siddoway/Shay Carroll, 29.5; 7. Lany Ivy/Lane Siggins, 29.6; 8. Ryan Von Ahn/Derrick Peterson, 30.5.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders:  1. Cade Swor, 7.8 seconds; 2. Tyson Durfey, 8.3; 3. Boe Brown, 8.9; 4. Jeremiah Peek, 9.0; 5. Dane Kissack, 9.2; 6. Trell Etbauer, 9.4; 7. Brice Ingo, 9.6; 8. Kiel Rowan, 10.3. Aggregate: 1. Cade Swor, 25.7 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Tyson Durfey, 26.4; 3. Seth Childers, 28.7; 4. Dane Kissack, 29.0; 5. Trell Etbauer, 29.4; 6. Jeremiah Peek, 29.7; 7. Marty Yates, 30.8; 8. Cory Solomon, 31.4.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Kassidy Dennison, 17.30 seconds; 2. Victoria Williams, 17.4; 3. Jessica Frost, 17.42; 4. Sammi Bessert, 17.43; 5. Kimmie Wall, 17.44; 6. Alicia Stockton, 17.46; 7. Kelly Bass, 17.5; 8. Kelly Yates, 17.54; 9. Emily Efurd, 17.55; 10. Cindy Smith, 17.56. Aggregate: 1. Alicia Stockton, 34.92 seconds on 2 runs; 2. Sherry Cervi, 35.03; 3. Tammi Reynolds, 35.26; 4. Jana Bean, 35.29; 5. (tie) Kaley Bass and Lindsay Sears, 35.30; 7. Chelsie Clement, 35.37; 8. Kimmie Wall, 35.39; 9. Kassidy Dennison, 35.44; 10. Cindy Gillespie, 35.51.

Bull riding: 1. Tyler Smith, 93 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rio Bravo; 2. Parker Breding, 89; 3. (tie) Cody Whitney and Josh Koshel, 88; 5. Rorey Maier, 85; 6. Tyler Willis, 84; 7. (tie) Chandler Bownds and Taylor Toves, 83.

postheadericon Stockton ready for her lightning strike

Alicia Stockton of Stephenville, Texas, rounds the second barrel on Saturday afternoon, finishing in a time of 17.46 seconds. After two performances, she leads the barrel racing aggregate with 34.92 seconds. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Alicia Stockton of Stephenville, Texas, rounds the second barrel on Saturday afternoon, finishing in a time of 17.46 seconds. After two performances, she leads the barrel racing aggregate with 34.92 seconds. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Last season, Kaley Bass lit the barrel racing world on fire, winning seven ProRodeos, including five in a two-week span.

Alicia Stockton had a front row seat for every run; now she’s hoping some of that magic has come her way. Stockton circled the cloverleaf pattern in 17.46 seconds on Saturday afternoon and leads barrel racing heading into the final two performances of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, which take place at 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“This rodeo pays really well, and it would be a great start to the summer,” said Stockton, an East Coast native now living in Stephenville, Texas. “Going into the big outdoor arenas, it gives me a lot of confidence because that’s never been my strength.”

Stockton’s cumulative time of 34.92 seconds puts her No. 1 in the all-important average race, which is what crowns the Guymon champion in all timed events. She posted another 17.46 in the opening round and finished fifth; she sits sixth in the second round.

“I actually ran the same horse two years ago, and I placed in the second round,” she said.

That’s proof positive that there’s plenty of talent in Stockton’s stable.

“I went with Kaley starting last June, and we got home the middle of September,” Stockton said. “This is exciting. I’m hoping it keeps going the same way.”

Stockton wasn’t the only contestant to have moved into the lead on Saturday afternoon; bull rider Josh Koshel of Nunn, Colo., spurred Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose for 88 points to share the lead with Cody Whitney, an Asher, Okla., cowboy who rodeo Friday night.

“It’s just seven hours from home, so it’s not too far, and I guess I make it count,” Koshel said. “I’ve drawn awesome bulls here and done good.”

Koshel is the No. 1 bull rider in the world, which makes being successful in Guymon a bigger draw for the Colorado cowboy; he needs every advantage he can get if he wants to claim that elusive gold buckle that is awarded to the world champion at the conclusion of the season.

“I plan to go to all the (Xtreme) bull ridings and all the good rodeos,” he said, referring to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s stand-alone bull riding tour. “I don’t know if I’ll go to as many rodeos as some of the guys, but I plan to make the ones I go to count as much as I can.”

 

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 29-May 5
Results through the second performance
Bareback riding:
1. Caine Riddle, 85 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Fancy Free; 2. Ty Breuer, 84; 3. (tie) Kaycee Field and Tyler Scales, 80; 5. Clint Laye, 79; 6. Cody DeMers, 78; 7. Blaine Kaufman, 77; 8. Tyler Pasour, 75;

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Riley Duvall, 4.1; 3. Tyler Pearson, 4.3; 4. Drew Slade, 4.8; 5. Chance Campbell, 5.0; 6. Brad Jonhson, 5.1; 7. Jacob Sterkel, 5.2; 8. (tie)  Kyle Broce and Logan McDonald, 5.9; Aggregate: 1. Wade Sumpter, 13.5 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Tyler Pearson, 14.3; 3. Drew Slade, 14.7; 4. Riley Duvall, 14.9; 5. Brad Johnson, 15.3; 6. Kyle Broce, 16.1; 7. Chance Campbell, 16.3; 8. Jacob Sterkel, 16.9;

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Jake DeGeer, 10.5 seconds; 2. Howdy McGinn, 15.1; 3. (tie) Chuck Thomson and Dee Kyler Jr., 15.2; 5. Brian Garr 15.5; 6. Scott Snedecor, 18.7; 7. Gib Bell, 27.1 no other qualified times. Aggregate: 1. Scott Snedecor, 71.5 seconds on 5 runs. 2. Howdy McGinn, 79.8; 3. Chuck Thomson, 92.4 seconds on 5 runs; 4. Rocky Patterson, 50.1; 5. Trevor Brazile, 52.6; 6. Scott Snedecor, 52.8; 7. Jason Evans, 58.9; 8. Jake DeGeer, 60.7;

Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Wade Sundell, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Miss Congeniality, and Bryce Miller, on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut, 85 points; 3. Tyrell Smith, 84; 4. (tie) Ty Thompson and Lyle W. Welling, 83; 6 Sterling Crawley, 81; 7. Louie Brunson, 80; 8. Troy Crowser, 79.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Ryan Von Ahn/Derrick Peterson, 6.7; 2. (tie) Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz and Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 6.8; 4. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 7.2; 5. Quisto Lopez/Christian Morris, 8.4; 6. A.J. Horton/Kyle Horton, 9.2; 7. Lane Ivy/Lane Siggins, 13.4; 8. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 13.6 Aggregate: 1. Quisto Lopez/Christain Morris, 23.8 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 25.1; 3. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 28.5; 4. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 29.2; 5. Lany Ivy/Lane Siggins, 29.6; 6. Ryan Von Ahn/Derrick Peterson, 30.5; 7. Brett Christensen/Shannon Frascht, 32.4; 8. A.J. Horton/Kyle Horton, 36.7.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders:  1. Cade Swor, 7.8 seconds; 2. Tyson Durfey, 8.3; 3. Boe Brown, 8.9; 4. Jeremiah Peek, 9.0; 5. Kiel Rowan, 10.3; 6. Seth Childers, 10.8; 7. Payden Emmett, 11.0; 8. Marty Yates, 11.5; Aggregate: 1. Cade Swor, 25.7 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Tyson Durfey, 26.4; 3. Seth Childers, 28.7; 4. Jeremiah Peek, 29.7; 5. Marty Yates, 30.8; 6. Boe Brown, 31.5; 7.  Kiel Rowan, 33.7; 8. Paul David Tierney, 34.5.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Kassidy Dennison, 17.30 seconds; 2. Victoria Williams, 17.4; 3. Jessica Frost, 17.42; 4. Sammi Bessert, 17.43; 5. Kimmie Wall, 17.44; 6. Alicia Stockton, 17.46; 7. Kelly Bass, 17.5; 8. Kelly Yates, 17.54; 9. Emily Efurd, 17.55; 10. Cindy Smith, 17.56. Aggregate: 1. Alicia Stockton, 34.92 seconds on 2 runs; 2. Sherry Cervi, 35.03; 3. Jana Bean, 35.29; 4. Kaley Bass, 35.30; 5. Kimmie Wall, 35.39; 6. Kassidy Dennison, 35.44; 7. Shelby Fraisier, 35.53; 8. Morgan Figueroa, 35.56; 9. (tie) Shali Lord and Becky Larson, 35.59.

Bull riding: 1. (tie) Cody Whitney, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Pearl Snap, and Josh Koshel, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose, 88 points; 3. Tyler Willis, 84; 4. Chandler Bownds, 83; 5. Nevada Newman, 81; 6. Reese Cates, 78; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Swor finding success in Guymon

Tie-down roper Cade Swor of Winnie, Texas, roped and tied his calf in 7.9 seconds to take the third-round lead on Friday night at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Tie-down roper Cade Swor of Winnie, Texas, roped and tied his calf in 7.9 seconds to take the third-round lead on Friday night at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)Cade Swor

GUYMON, Okla. – Cade Swor knows it takes a little something special to be successful in rodeo.

Swor, a tie-down roper from Winnie, Texas, has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times in his career. He’s seen success on ProRodeo’s biggest stages, but he’s never done well at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

That could change in 2013.

“I feel like I made a good run tonight, and I should get some good money out of the round and be able to finish in the top two or three in the average,” said Swor, who tied his calf down in 7.9 seconds on Friday night in the opening performance of the 81st year of Guymon’s rodeo. He has a cumulative time of 25.7 seconds through three rounds and leads the aggregate heading into the final three performances, set for 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“I caught a ride … from Clovis, Calif., and (fellow roper) Justin Maass was good enough to let me ride his horse. “I’ve been coming here for a long time, and I never have placed in the average.”

Swor knew he needed a speedy run to finish his run in Guymon on a strong note. But that’s the game plan he has for his 2013 season – he hasn’t qualified for the NFR since 2006, so he’s itching for a return trip to Las Vegas.

“My mindset is the same all the time, but this year I have a new attitude,” he said. “I’m going to try to blow the barrier out and tie them as fast as I can.”

That worked. When he tied the calf’s legs, he used just one wrap and a half-hitch, a gamble of sorts – traditional ties call for two full wraps and a half-hitch to secure the tie.

“I took a chance,” Swor said. “Roping these days, you’ve got to go as fast as you can every time. I just try to give myself a chance to win something.”

That’s a similar approach taken by bull rider Cody Whitney of Asher, Okla. Whitney rode the Carr Pro Rodeo bull Pearl Snap for 88 points to take the early lead. He’ll await the remaining three performances to see where he places, but that high of a score on the 100-point scale should be good enough for one of the higher paychecks in Guymon.

“That’s a good bull, but I don’t think that bulls been that good the last few times they’ve bucked him,” said Whitney, a four-time NFR qualifier. “He fired back tonight and it worked out good.

“This is probably the first time I’ve done any good at the ProRodeo in Guymon. As bad as my year’s been, it’s nice to do good just about anywhere.”

 

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 29-May 5
Results through the first performance
Bareback riding:
1. Caine Riddle, 85 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Fancy Free; 2. (tie) Kaycee Field and Tyler Scales, 80; 4. Cody DeMers, 78; 5. Blaine Kaufman, 77; 6. Tyler Pasour, 75; 7. Orin John Larsen, 74; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Tyler Pearson, 4.3; 3. Drew Slade, 4.8; 4. Brad Jonhson, 5.1; 5. Jacob Sterkel, 5.2; 6. Kyle Broce, 5.9; 7. Beau Clark, 14.4; no other qualified rides.  Aggregate: 1. Wade Sumpter, 13.5 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Tyler Pearson, 14.3; 3. Drew Slade, 14.7; 4. Brad Johnson, 15.3; 5. Kyle Broce, 16.1; 6. Jacob Sterkel, 16.9; 7. Beau Clark, 23.6; 8. Bray Armes, 8.0 seconds on 2 runs.

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Jake DeGeer, 10.5 seconds; 2. Chuck Thomson, 15.2; 3. Brian Garr 15.5; no other qualified runs. Aggregate: 1. Chuck Thomson, 92.4 seconds on 5 runs; 2. Rocky Patterson, 50.1; 3. Trevor Brazile, 52.6; 4. Scott Snedecor, 52.8; 5. Jason Evans, 58.9; 6. Jake DeGeer, 60.7; 7. JoJo LeMond, 61.6; 8. J.D. Yates, 62.7.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Wade Sundell, 85 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Miss Congeniality; 2. Tyrell Smith, 84; 3. Ty Thompson, 83; 4. Jesse Bail, 78; 5. Taos Muncy, 76; 6. (tie) Bradley Harter and Cody Martin, 75; 8. Isaac Diaz, 72.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. (tie) Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz and Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 6.8; 3. Quisto Lopez/Christian Morris, 8.4; 4. Lane Ivy/Lane Siggins, 13.4; 5. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 13.6; no other qualified runs. Aggregate: 1. Quisto Lopez/Christain Morris, 23.8 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 25.1; 3. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 28.5; 4. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 29.2; 5. Lany Ivy/Lane Siggins, 29.6; 6. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 14.1 seconds on 2 runs; 7. Charly Crawford/Ryan Motes, 14.4; 8. Jess Tierney/Justin Hendrick, 14.5.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders:  1. Cade Swor, 7.8 seconds; 2. Tyson Durfey, 8.3; 3. Jeremiah Peek, 9.0; 4. Kiel Rowan, 10.3; 5. Marty Yates, 11.5; 6. J.D.McCuistion, 16.2; 7. Trent Creager, 18.4; 8. Cody McCartney, 19.7. Aggregate: 1. Cade Swor, 25.7 seconds on 3 runs; 2. Tyson Durfey, 26.4; 3. Jeremiah Peek, 29.7; 4. Marty Yates, 30.8; 5. Kiel Rowan, 33.7; 6. Trent Creager, 37.1; 7. Cody McCartney, 41.3; 8. J.D. McCuistion, 49.2.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Kassidy Dennison, 17.30 seconds; 2. Victoria Williams, 17.4; 3. Jessica Frost, 17.42; 4. Sammi Bessert, 17.43; 5. Kimmie Wall, 17.44; 6. Kelly Yates, 17.54; 7. Emily Efurd, 17.55; 8. Cindy Smith, 17.56; 9. Jean Winters, 17.61; 10. Kenna Squires, 17.62. Aggregate: Kimmie Wall, 35.39 seconds on 2 runs; 2. Kassidy Dennison, 35.44; 3. Shelby Fraisier, 35.53; 4. Morgan Figueroa, 35.56; 5. (tie) Shali Lord and Becky Larson, 35.59; 7. Katie Jolly, 35.68; 8. Emily Miller, 35.72; 9. Kara Fox, 35.78; 10. Carolyn Uhler, 35.80.

Bull riding: 1. Cody Whitney, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Pearl Snap; 2. Chandler Bownds, 83; 3. Reese Cates, 78; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Guymon barrel racing first round

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Kendra Dickson, 17.27 seconds, $2,228; 2. Sherry Cervi, 17.40, $1,910; 3. Michelle McLeod, 17.44, $1,592; 4. Alicia Stockton, 17.46, $1,379; 5. Carlee Pierce, 17.49, $1,061; 6. Gretchen Benbenek, 17.50, $849; 7. (tie) Kim Couch and Molly Powell, 17.51, $531 each; 9. (tie) Cindy Woods and Nicole Aichele, 17.64, $285 each.

postheadericon Cooper is comfy in Guymon

Two-time reigning world champion Tuf Cooper is in position to win the all-around championship at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. Cooper, of Decatur, Texas, has won money in team roping, partnering with Joel Bach to finish in a tie for sixth in the second go-round.

Tuf Cooper

Tuf Cooper

He’s also earned money in both rounds of tie-down roping and leads the two-run average heading into the weekend’s third go-round – only the top 40 after two go-rounds qualify for the progressive round.

While he leads calf roping, Cooper and Bach squeaked into the progressive in team roping; they sit 40th.

Bray Armes, who grew up in nearby Gruver, Texas, leads the two-run aggregate in steer wrestling, grappling two animals in a cumulative time of 8.0 seconds. Chris Francis and Cade Passig are 14.1 on two runs to lead team roping.

The preliminary go-rounds will conclude Friday with barrel racing. The top 40 will return for the performances, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Guymon Pioneer Days LogoSteer wrestling: First round: 1. Seth Brockman, 3.3 seconds, $1,908; 2. Matt Mousseau, 3.9, $1,659; 3. Jacob Talley, 4.0, $1,410; 4. (tie) Bray Armes and Sean Santucci, 4.1, $1,037 each; 6. (tie) Kyle Irwin and Cole Edge, 4.2, $539 each; 8. (tie) Josh Peek, Ty Lang and Wyatt Smith, 4.4, $55 each. Second round: 1. K.C. Jones, 3.4 seconds, $1,908; 2. (tie) Tooter Silver, Gary Gilbert, Hunter Cure, Stockton Graves and Miles Mark Switzer, 3.8, $1,162 each; 7. Bray Armes, 3.9, $415; 8. (tie) Josh Peek and Stan Branco, 4.0, $83. Aggregate leaders: 1. Bray Armes, 8.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Josh Peek, 8.4; 3. (tie) Stockton Graves and Kyle Irwin, 8.7; 5. (tie) Hunter Cure and Beau Clark, 9.2; 7. Wade Sumpter, 9.6; 8. Trell Etbauer, 9.7.

Team roping: First round: 1. Landon McClaugherty/Tommy Zuniga, 4.6 seconds, $2,285 each; 2. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 5.9, $1,987; 3. Chaz Kananen/Lee Walker, 6.4, $1,689; 4. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 6.5, $1,391; 5. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 6.6, $1,093; 6. (tie) Brandon Vaske/Chase Boekhaus and Quisto Lopez/Christian Morris, 6.8, $646 each; 8. (tie) Lane Ivy/Lane Siggins, Chris Francis/Cade Passig and Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero, 7.1, $66 each. Second round: Speed Williams/Kinney Harrell, 5.3 seconds, $2,285 each; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 6.1, $1,987; 3. Colby Siddoway/Shay Carroll, 6.2, $1,689; 4. Gavin Foster/Derrick Jantzen,6.5, $1,391; 5. Jess Teirney/Justin Hendrick, 6.6, $1,092; 6. (tie) Tuf Cooper/Joel Bach and Adam Rose/Billie Saebens, 6.7, $646; 8. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska,6.8, $199. Aggregate leaders: 1. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 14.1 seconds on two runs; 2. Charly Crawford/Ryan Motes, 14.4; 3. Jess Tierney/Justin Hendrick, 14.5; 4. Adam Rose/Billie Saebens, 14.8; 5. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 14.9; 6. (tie) Chace Thompson/Jaytin McCright and Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 15.2; 8. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 15.3.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Jesse Clark, 7.7 seconds, $2,039; 2. (tie) Ace Slone and Dane Kissack, 8.1, $1,640 each; 4. Tyson Durfey, 8.3, $1,231; 5. (tie) Justin Maass and Monty Lewis, 8.4, $842 each; 7. (tie) Ryan Watkins and Tuf Cooper, 8.6, $310 each. Second round: 1. Riley Pruitt, 7.1 seconds,$2,039; 2. Sterling Smith, 7.7, $1,773; 3. (tie) Cimarron Boardman and Justin Scofield, 8.1, $1,374 each; 5. Bryson Seachrist, 8.2, $975; 6. Cade Swor, 8.3, $709; 7. (tie) Marty Yates and Tuf Cooper, 8.4, $310 each. Aggregate leaders: 1. Tuf Cooper, 17.0 on two runs; 2. Jesse Clark, 17.2; 3. Sterling Smith, 17.4; 4. (tie) Cade Swor and Seth Childers, 17.9; 6. Tyson Durfey, 18.1; 7. Riley Pruitt, 18.2; 8. Ryan Watkins, 18.5.

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Guymon Pioneer Days LogoSteer wrestling: First round: 1. Seth Brockman, 3.3 seconds, $1,908; 2. Matt Mousseau, 3.9, $1,659; 3. Jacob Talley, 4.0, $1,410; 4. (tie) Bray Armes and Sean Santucci, 4.1, $1,037 each; 6. (tie) Kyle Irwin and Cole Edge, 4.2, $539 each; 8. (tie) Josh Peek, Ty Lang and Wyatt Smith, 4.4, $55 each.

Team roping: First round: 1. Landon McClaugherty/Tommy Zuniga, 4.6 seconds, $2,285 each; 2. Ryan Jarrett/Marty Yates, 5.9, $1,987; 3. Chaz Kananen/Lee Walker, 6.4, $1,689; 4. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 6.5, $1,391; 5. Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 6.6, $1,093; 6. (tie) Brandon Vaske/Chase Boekhaus and Quisto Lopez/Christian Morris, 6.8, $646 each; 8. (tie) Lane Ivy/Lane Siggins, Chris Francis/Cade Passig and Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero, 7.1, $66 each.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Jesse Clark, 7.7 seconds, $2,039; 2. (tie) Ace Slone and Dane Kissack, 8.1, $1,640 each; 4. Tyson Durfey, 8.3, $1,231; 5. (tie) Justin Maass and Monty Lewis, 8.4, $842 each; 7. (tie) Ryan Watkins and Tuf Cooper, 8.6, $310 each.

postheadericon Elite rise to the top in steer roping

Rocky Patterson

Rocky Patterson

GUYMON, Okla. – Since 2005, only three men have been crowned PRCA steer roping world champions: Scott Snedecor, Trevor Brazile and Rocky Patterson.

Over that seven years, Snedecor owns two gold buckles (2005-2008), while Brazile (2006, 2007 and 2011) and Patterson (2009, 2010 and 2012) own three each. They’re exceptional at what they do, and that’s why they own gold.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Those men also sit atop the average leaderboard at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo through the first four rounds. Patterson leads with a cumulative time of 50.1 seconds, followed by Brazile’s 52.6 and Snedecor’s 52.8.

Also among the top eight are JoJo LeMond, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in heading, and J.D. Yates, a 21-time NFR qualifier and 11-time National Finals Steer Roping qualifier. Yates and Patterson are alumni from the Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team in nearby Goodwell.

Scott Snedecor

Scott Snedecor

Steer roping in Guymon is a five-round progressive. Each entrant gets to rope in the first four rounds, and the top cowboys in the aggregate qualify for the fifth round, which will take place during the four performances, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 29-May 5
Results
Steer roping:
First round: 1. Lawson Plemons, 11.4 seconds, $1,803; 2. Scott Snedecor, 12.2, $1,568; 3. JoJo LeMond, 12.3, $1,332; 4. Shandon Stalls, 12.4, $1,097; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 12.6, $862; 6. (tie) Mike Chase and K.W. Lauer, 12.8, $509 each; 8. Reo Lohse, 13.0, $157. Second round: 1. Bryce Davis, 9.8 seconds, $1,803; 2. Neal Wood, 10.6, $1,568; 3. JoJo LeMond, 11.4, $1,332; 4. Rocky Patterson, $1,097; 5. (tie) Chance Kelton and Rod Hartness, 12.4, $745 each; 7. Howdy McGinn, 12.5, $392; 8. Mark Milner, 12.9, $157. Third round: 1. (tie) Rocky Patterson and Coy Thompson, 11.6 seconds, $1,685 each; 3. Tim Abbott, 11.9, $1,332; 4. Corey Ross, 12.2, $1,097; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Tony Reina, 12.4, $745; 7. Darin Suit, 12.6, $293; 8. Brent Lewis, 13.0, $157. Fourth round: 1. Tim Abbott, 10.5 seconds, $1,803; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.8, $1,568; 3. Chet Herren, 10.9, $1,332; 4. Lawson Plemons, 11.5, $1,097; 5. Trevor Brazile, 11.8, $862; 6. Dee Kyler Jr., 11.9, $627; 7. Shandon Stalls, 12.0, $392; 8. Rocky Patterson, 12.1, $157. Aggregate leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 50.1 seconds on four runs; 2. Trevor Brazile, 52.6; 3. Scott Snedecor, 52.8; 4. Jason Evans, 58.9; 5. JoJo LeMond, 61.6; 6. J.D. Yates, 62.7; 7. Riley Christophersen, 64.6; 8. Howdy McGinn, 64.7.