postheadericon Cowboys ready for the challenge

Seven-time winner Trevor Brazile returns to CINCH Timed Event Championship when it begins Friday at the Lazy E Arena. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Seven-time winner Trevor Brazile returns to CINCH Timed Event Championship when it begins Friday at the Lazy E Arena. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

GUTHRIE, Okla. – The most unique championship in Western sports history is coming to a head.

The CINCH Timed Event Championship will highlight the 20 best all-around timed-event cowboys in the game in a rugged exhibition of talent, horsemanship and stamina. Each will compete in the five disciplines for five rounds spread out over just three days.

The preparatory work has been ongoing for weeks as each man has put his physical and mental capabilities to the test. Now is when they want to shine, with performances beginning at noon and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

“By now, I just want to know I’ve got the best horses available that I can,” said Jess Tierney, the reigning champ and the third member of his family to have earned this prestigious title. “I know that for the last 60 days, I’ve sacrificed something in my life to be in good shape and mentally prepared for it – I’ve been spending more time preparing and less with my family, but this is an important event to me.

“I’m just going to try to be a cowboy.”

That’s a key ingredient in the “Ironman of ProRodeo.” This is the one time a year that Trevor Brazile and JoJo LeMond wrestle steers. This weekend will be the last time in 2018 that Clayton Hass and reigning heading world champion will compete in single steer roping.

Each man will be placed in uncomfortable situations through each round. The true test till come in how they handle the adversity. It’s one of the things that makes the Timed Event so unique and so cherished by its champions.

“There’s not another event like it,” said Brazile, a seven-time Timed Event champion from Decatur, Texas. “It is the purest of timed-event contests, then you put it in a venue like the Lazy E, and it adds that much more of a cowboy contest.”

He knows a little bit about it. In addition to his seven CTEC crowns, he is also the greatest cowboy in the history of the game, with 23 PRCA world champions – 13 all-around, six steer roping, three tie-down roping and one in heading.

But he’s just one of 20 who has a chance to win this coveted title. The talent that will make up the combatants in this year’s Timed Event is as loaded as has ever been seen in this championship’s 34-year history. But there’s so much more that goes into the weekend, including the second straight year of the Jr. Ironman, showcasing 10 talented cowboys between the ages of 15-20.

As has happened in years past, the annual chuckwagon cooking contest will take place in conjunction with the festivities. It was named the 2017 American Chuck Wagon Association’s event of the year. Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and the dinner will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through www.Ticketmaster.com.

Added to the event will be the marketplace and the CINCH Fan Zone. The marketplace will have fashion, tack, leather goods, farm and ranch equipment and more.

The CINCH Fan Zone will have autograph sessions daily beginning at 10 a.m. and after the evening performances on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3. It will also feature a bar, games, giveaways, a lounge area to watch each performance live, a photo booth and the CINCH Kids Dummy Roping presented by Heel-O-Matic – kids can rope with the Jr. Ironman contestants before the Friday and Saturday evening performances.

postheadericon Inman captures title in Alamo City

SAN ANTONIO – As he prepared for battle, Toby Inman knew he would need a huge score to best the field.

With the top five bullfighters in the world breathing down his neck, Inman did just that.

On Saturday afternoon, he delivered a 90-point bullfight to claim the inaugural San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wrangler Bullfight championship and the $12,500.

Toby Inman

Toby Inman

“I’m floored,” said Inman, 34, who came out of retirement two seasons ago and finished as runner-up for the world title in 2017. “I just went to fight a bull and didn’t think about any of the prizes. It’s pretty incredible.”

Inman began the bout with an explosive running backflip.

“It was more of a backflop, because I landed on my stomach and not my feet,” he said with a laugh. “I’m not calling it a running backflip until I actually land it.”

Still, it was an impressive start to the fight. He established control with the red bull, and set up a solid cape – stretching a hand over the animal’s back as if draping a cape over the animal. It’s not something that’s in his forte, but he was happy to pull it off.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done a full cape pose, where you stand out there and make it prominent,” Inman said. “But I did today. I was able to do a few things I hadn’t really done before. I knew I needed to go big.”

Kris Furr, the No. 3 man in the 2017 standings, finished with an 89, good enough for second place. Third place went to the two-time reigning BFO world champion, Weston Rutkowski. The home-state favorite capped off his fight by sticking a perfect barrel roll and earned 88 points for the effort.

“It’s a really good feeling when I put myself out there and I set my bar high,” Inman said. “I was where I needed to be and was definitely trying to be 90.”

With 18,000 fans packed into San Antonio’s AT&T Center, it was an opportunity for Bullfighters Only to point a bright spotlight on freestyle bullfighting’s best.
“If you can picture a three-layer stadium where every seat in the house was full, it was an ‘Aha,’ gladiator moment,” Inman said. “When the show was over, I created a little bit of a fire hazard because there were so many people wanting to take photos. It was amazing, but we really do this for the fans.”

RESULTS
1. Toby Inman, 90 points, $12,500; 2. Kris Furr, 89, $6,250; 3. Weston Rutkowski, 88, $3,000; 4. Justin Josey, 83, $1,500; 5. Dayton Spiel, 82, $1,000; 6. Tanner Zarnetski, 70, $750.

postheadericon Karney replaces Etbauer at Timed Event

Trell Etbauer

Trell Etbauer

Four months ago, Trell Etbauer suffered a broken arm at the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla. He was scheduled to compete next weekend at the CINCH Timed Event Championship at the Lazy E.

Lane Karney

Lane Karney

Word came down today that it’s not going to happen.

“Unfortunately, my arm doesn’t feel strong enough to compete at this year’s Cinch Timed Event,” Etbauer wrote on a Facebook post Saturday afternoon. “It was a tough decision to have to turn out my most favorite event I go to all year long. Best of luck to those entered and helping.”

He will be replaced by Lane Karney of Creston, Calif., who first competed at the “Ironman of ProRodeo” last year. Karney, who focuses on heading and tie-down roping, proved last year why he was in the mix.

postheadericon Rangers step up at K-State rodeo

ALVA, Okla. – The colors at Kansas State University are purple and white, but the championship round of its rodeo looked a lot like Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

The Northwestern contestants made up 25 spots in Sunday’s short round in Manhattan, Kan., showcasing the red and black vests inside Weber Arena on the K-State campus. The Rangers won the team title and had three event champions: barrel racer Ashlyn Moeder, tie-down roper Ethan Price and steer wrestler Riley Westhaver.

Riley Westhaver

Riley Westhaver

“I think we’re off to a really good start,” said Westhaver, a junior from High River, Alberta. “Everybody’s feeling good and ready to keep moving on.”

He was the leader of a six-man contingent of bulldoggers in the K-State short round. He was joined by Talan Roseland of Marshalltown, Iowa, who finished tied for second with Grayson Allred of Kanarraville, Utah. Allred won the opening round with an arena-record setting 4.2-second run, then settled for sixth place in the finale.

Westhaver utilized a very strong short-go to win the two-run aggregate and the bulk of the points. He finished fourth in the opening round with a 5.4-second run, then blistered a 4.4-second run in the short round to win the average by more than two seconds.

“I think the short go went pretty good,” Westhaver said. “I had a little trouble in the box, but it just sorted itself out. I saw my start and went out and made a decent run. I had a pretty good steer.”

Jace Rutledge of Harrisonville, Mo., placed in a tie for second in the short round and finished in a tie for fifth place in the average. Brent Woodward of Dupree, S.D., finished second in the first round, while Wacey Dorenkamp of Bristol, Colo., finished fifth in the short round. Neither placed in the average, but they were a consistent piece of the puzzle for the Northwestern men.

Ethan Price

Ethan Price

Price, of Leedey, Okla., proved consistency works best. He finished sixth in the long round with a 10.4-second run, then was 10.5 seconds to win the championship round and the average title. He was joined in the short round by Allred, who posted a 10.8 second run to earn a spot in the finale.

The Rangers were also represented in the short round by five team ropers: Sean Doherty, a heeler from Kim, Colo., who placed eighth in the first round with his teammate, Tanner Samuelson of Fort Hays (Kan.) State University; Logan Wood, a header from Prescott, Iowa, and his partner, Edgar Fierro, a heeler from Hennessey, Okla.; and header Kass Bittle of Kremlin, Okla., and his partner, Jaydon Laubhan, a heeler from Follett, Texas.

The women were paced by the Rangers’ barrel racing contingent. Moeder of Oakley, Kan., won the first round and the average and was followed by two teammates: Alyssa Gabrielson of Perham, Minn., won the short round and finished second in the average; and Sara Bynum of Beggs, Okla., finished third in the short round and average. They were joined in the short round by Jennifer Massing of Ponoka, Alberta.

Ashlyn Moeder

Ashlyn Moeder

There were six Northwestern breakaway ropers in the championship round, led by Brandi Hollenbeck of Hutchinson, Kan., who won the short round and finished third overall. She was followed by Melissa Couture of Springdale, Ark., who finished fourth; Sami McGuire of Backus, Minn., who placed fifth; and Sage Allen of Pawhuska, Okla., who was sixth. They were joined in the finale by Cassy Woodward of Dupree and Aundrea Dufrane of Dawson, Minn., who finished the first round in a three-way tie for fifth.

Dufrane and Massing also advanced to the championship round in goat-tying. Dufrane finished in a tie for second place in the first round with a 6.5-second run but was long on her second run. Massing share the short-round victory with a 6.5, then finished in a tie for second with a two-run cumulative time of 13.9 seconds.

Overall, it was an outstanding appearance by the Rangers in Kansas. Westhaver proved that having a strong mental approach to go along with athleticism was beneficial.

“I just try to hang out and stay lose,” he said. “I try not to get too worked up about it. You would think it’s more of a physical sport, but when you get there, it’s more mental. You’ve spent so much time practicing that your mental game takes over.

“I’m just going to keep practicing every day and hopefully make the college finals. That’s my end goal.”

postheadericon Mack wins breakaway roping title

ALTUS, Okla. – Makayla Mack might just be finding her groove in the Central Plains Region.

A sophomore from Christmas, Fla., Mack placed in both rounds and won the two-run aggregate title this past weekend at the Kansas State University rodeo in Manhattan, Kan. She earned 155 points and helped the Western Oklahoma State College women’s team to a third-place finish.

Those are big statements by the talented Floridian, but the biggest is that she moved into the No. 1 spot in the region with just five events left on the season.

Makayla Mack, a sophomore at Western Oklahoma State College from Christmas, Fla., won the breakaway roping title this past weekend at the Kansas State University rodeo. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE RODEO TEAM)

Makayla Mack, a sophomore at Western Oklahoma State College from Christmas, Fla., won the breakaway roping title this past weekend at the Kansas State University rodeo. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE RODEO TEAM)

“Last semester, I won two go-rounds, which is pretty good,” Mack said. “I’d like to do what I did this past weekend at every rodeo. The average helps boost you up a lot in the standings.

“I feel like I’ve had a blessed year. Hopefully I can just keep that going for the rest of the year and see where it winds up at the end of the season.”

If her weekend runs were any proof, she has plenty of things to look back at as she continues to push herself forward. Of course, she leans on teammates and her mentors, like rodeo coach Jess Tierney and assistant Jace Crabb, both of whom have competed at a high level in ProRodeo.

“The coaches just give us great support, which goes a long way,” she said. “Jess called before the short-go and told me I had a good calf, and that played well in my mind as I approached the short-go.

“The coaches help a lot with both the mental and physical aspects of rodeo. The mental aspect goes a long way … just having a good attitude coming in and having the confidence that I’m a good roper. They also help with the technical aspect. We make sure on how I’m roping the dummy or making sure I’m scoring sharp and roping good in the practice pens. It just bleeds over into the performances at the rodeos.”

Of course, part of the performance comes with her teammate, a 6-year-old gelding she has named ADD.

“We bought him and another horse when he was 2,” Mack said. “I was able to break and train him myself. I had an older horse out here last year, and I also brought ADD out here, too, so I could get him seasoned. He’s my main mount now, and his name is appropriate, because I think he does have Attention Deficit Disorder; he’s into everything.”

He’s also into winning, but he wasn’t the only one. Mack was joined in the championship round by Jayme Flowers, who earned her second run in barrel racing. For the men’s team, Haven Meged of Miles City, Mont., led the Pioneers by making the short round in both tie-down roping and team roping. He was joined in the short round by J.T. Adamson, who split the first-round victory in tie-down roping, while Meged finished tied for third.

Meged and header Zane Thompson of Cheyenne, Wyo., placed in both rounds of team roping and finished fourth overall. Those points were critical to Western’s sixth-place finish in Kansas.

“We knew we had a good steer in the first round,” said Thompson, the son of Frank Thompson, the 2000 world champion steer wrestler. “Jess and I talked about it, and we didn’t think we needed to be that fast. We just needed to be solid and make sure we got another steer (in the short round).

“We wanted to have something to build off of. Our short-go steer wasn’t that good, but we got by him. I think Haven and I were thankful we did.”

This is a solid start to the spring portion of the season. The K-State event also serves as the halfway point of the 10-event season, so there are plenty of opportunities for the cowboys and cowgirls to move up in the standings.

Only the top two teams in the men’s and women’s rankings and the top three contestants in each event will advance to the College National Finals Rodeo, which takes place at Casper, Wyo., in June. It takes a lot of work and a great mental game to earn a spot in the national championship.

“It means a lot to do well at the first rodeo, because it gets your spring started off right,” Thompson said. “When you can get the ball rolling, it sure makes it easier to get excited going to the next rodeo.

“I had a pretty tough fall, but I worked at it all winter long. I went to Arizona, and I worked at it every day, so it was gratifying to go out there this weekend and do well. Now we’re looking forward to hopefully making it to the college finals.”

postheadericon Josey claims San Angelo title

Justin Josey lets Rockin' B & Magnifica's Black Soul run by during the tandem's 87-point bout Saturday night during the Bullfighters Only event at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. (RIC ANDERSEN PHOTO_

Justin Josey lets Rockin’ B & Magnifica’s Black Soul run by during the tandem’s 87-point bout Saturday night during the Bullfighters Only event at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. (RIC ANDERSEN PHOTO_

SAN ANGELO, Texas – There was a different look on Justin Josey’s face Saturday night as he entered San Angelo Coliseum.

It was a combination of determination and confidence, and he had a distinct swagger as he prepared for the Bullfighters Only event in conjunction with the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. His opponent was Black Soul, a quick and aggressive black Spanish fighting bull from Rockin’ B and Magnifica.

“He was my short-round bull in Austin last year, and I was 89.5,” Josey said. “Then I watched him hook the snot out of somebody in Vegas. He’s all there; he tries every time and gives you a massive pocket. He’ll try just as hard as you will, if not harder.”

It showed in both combatants. Black Soul stayed on the aggressive through most of the first 40 seconds of the bout, and Josey countered every attack with quick steps and fiery twists, staying just enough out of harm’s way. The two athletes provided an event-winning 87-point bout.

“I’m not going to lie: I was nervous,” Josey said. “But, it helps to have the best bull in the pen. You could have won on any of the three bulls that were there. They gave you all they had for the fight, and that’s all you can ask for.”

In addition to taking the BFO-San Angelo crown, Josey also qualifies for the Bullfighters Only event in conjunction with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, which is set for Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. There he will be in the mix with five other top BFO bullfighters: two-time reigning champion Weston Rutkowski, Toby Inman, Kris Furr, Dayton Spiel and Tanner Zarnetski.

“It means a lot to qualify for San Antonio,” Josey said. “I’m just trying to start the new year off right and get rolling. Now I have a chance to win $12,500 in San Antonio to go along with what I won in San Angelo. I still have to take care of business, but it’s a nice feeling right now.”

RESULTS
1. ustin Josey, 87 points against Rockin B and Magnifica’s Black Soul; 2. Schell Apple, 84; 3. Zach Call, 79.

postheadericon Talley earns San Angelo title

Jacob Talley makes a 4.0-second run Friday night to close out his winning runs through the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. He finished with three runs in a cumulative time of 11.5 seconds to win the crown. (RIC ANDERSEN PHOTO)

Jacob Talley makes a 4.0-second run Friday night to close out his winning runs through the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. He finished with three runs in a cumulative time of 11.5 seconds to win the crown. (RIC ANDERSEN PHOTO)

SAN ANGELO, Texas – For Jacob Talley, riding fast horses is imperative if he hopes to make a living in ProRodeo.

Talley did just that over the past three weeks, knocking down three animals in 11.5 seconds to win the steer wrestling title at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. In all, he pocketed $9,642 and continues to push his momentum through the early part of the 2018 season.

“You could tell from slack last week that it was going to be fast,” said Talley, a 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Keatchie, La. “None of those steers were running super hard, and the setup worked pretty well. We knew coming into the short round that it was going to be a fast bulldogging.”

It was. Scott Guenthner of Provost, Alberta, and 2016 world champion Tyler Waguespack of Gonzales, La., won the round with 3.7-second runs, but Talley finished third; his cumulative time was just two-tenths of a second ahead of runner-up Dakota Eldridge of Elko, Nev.

“It’s one thing to just place here and there, but I’ve been pretty consistent since the year turned over,” Talley said, referring to Jan. 1, three months after the 2018 season began in October. “It just helps to keep the ball rolling.”

He had some motivation. After earning his first ticket to ProRodeo’s grand finale two seasons ago, he just missed out on returning to Las Vegas – he finished 18th, and only the top 15 in the world standings advance to the NFR.

“Finishing 18th after making it the year before and not having a very good finals, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” said Talley, who has earned more than $30,000 this season and remains near the top of the standings. “I’m a man on a mission at the moment.”

He proved it in this west Texas city of nearly $101,000. He just missed earning a check in the opening round, then had a 3.4-second run in the second round to finish in a four-way tie for first place. Just competing in on Championship Friday was special, but winning the title made the repeat trips to San Angelo even better.

“That place is pretty awesome,” he said of San Angelo Coliseum. “They pack it every night. It’s pretty electric when you can run in a performance, especially the short round. It’s almost like a whole other level. It’s a small building, packed and loud. It’s not the same as the NFR, but it’s loud, so rodeo-wise, it’s comparable to Vegas.”

He hopes to return there, just most of the winners on Friday night. Bareback rider Logan Corbett of Las Cruces, N.M., was the only 2018 San Angelo champion who hasn’t played on the sport’s biggest stage.

For team ropers Clay Smith and Paul Eaves, their fourth season together is already looking to be one of their best. The two have qualified NFR three straight years together – Eaves was there three times before with reigning world champion header Dustin Bird. But through four and a half months of the 2018 season, Smith and Eaves have earned more than $38,000 each and sit No. 1 in their respective disciplines.

“Everything this time of year certainly helps you out,” said Smith, a header from Broken Bow, Okla. “There are a handful of good rodeos this time a year that a guy needs to do good at so you can set yourself up for the summer.”

San Angelo is one of the biggest and best large indoor rodeos in the country. Because it’s a wintertime stock show, the money won becomes even more valuable for the contestants that make their livings on the rodeo trail.

“This is really cool, because it’s a really good rodeo that I’ve always wanted to do good at,” said Eaves, a heeler from Lonedell, Mo. “Clay and I are on the same page and want to do good. We’re always looking for good horses and trying to do better all the time.

“When both guys are doing that, it sure helps.”

It certainly showed in San Angelo.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 2-4, Feb. 9-11, Feb. 14-16
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Logan Corbett, 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Black Widow, $4,185; 2. Luke Creasy, 86.5, $3,209; 4. David Peebles, 85.5, $2,372; 5. (tie) Will Lowe, Tanner Aus and Justin Pollmiller, 85, $1,070 each; 7. Richmond Champion, 84, $558; 8. (tie) J.R. Vezain and Levi Nicholson, 83.5, $209 each. Finals: 1. J.R. Vezain, 89.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Topped Off, $1,650; 2. (tie) Wyatt Denny, Will Lowe and Logan Corbett, 89, $916 each; 5. (tie) Richmond Champion and Tanner Aus, 86, $300 each. Average: 1. Logan Corbett, 176 points on two rides, $4,185; 2. Will Lowe, 174, $3,208; 3. J.R. Vezain, 173, $2.372; 4. (tie) Wyatt Denny and Tanner Aus, 171, $1,256 each; 6. Richmond Champion, 170, $698; 7. Luke Creasy, 169, $558; 8. Justin Pollmiller, 167, $419.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 3.1 seconds, $3,653; 2. (tie) Craig Hicks, Brandon Harrison, Cameron Morman and Marcus Theriot, 3.5, $2,462 each; 6. (tie) John Kloeckler, Jarret New and Rowdy Parrott, 3.7, $794 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Dirk Tavenner, Clayton Hass, Jacob Talley and Cody Devers, 3.4 seconds, $2,938 each; 5. Chason Floyd, 3.5, $1,747; 6. (tie) Sam Powers and Cade Staton, 3.6, $1,032 each; 8. Cody Doescher, 3.7, $318. Finals: 1. (tie) Scott Guenthner and Tyler Waguespack, 3.7 seconds, $1,548 each; 3. Jacob Talley, 4.0, $1,224; 4. Cody Doescher, 4.2, $1,008; 5. Dakota Eldridge, 4.6, $792; 6. (tie) Cameron Morman and Blake Mindemann, 4.8, $468 each; 8. Denver Berry, 5.4, $144. Average: 1. Jacob Talley, 11.5 seconds on three runs, $5,480; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 11.7, $4,765; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 12.2, $4,050; 4. Scott Guenthner, 12.3, $3,336; 5. Cody Doescher, 12.6, $2,621; 6. Blake Mindemann, 12.7, $1,906; 7. Clayton Hass, 12.8, $1,191; 8. (tie) Cameron Morman and Craig Hicks, 13.3, $238 each.

Team roping: First round: 1. Steven Duby/Evan Arnold, 3.6 seconds, $3,471; 2. Tanner Green/Cody Hogan, 3.8, $3,105; 3. Brock Hanson/Ryan Motes, 3.9, $2,639; 4. (tie) Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, Cory Kidd/Caleb Anderson and Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koonts, 4.0, $1,808 each; 7. (tie) Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, J.B. James Jr/Cesar de la Cruz and Bobby Baize/Justin Fox, 4.1, $362 each. Second round: 1. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 3.6 seconds, $3,571; 2. Bubba Buckaloo/Joseph Harrison, 3.8, $3,105; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long and Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 3.9, $2,406; 5. (tie) Tom Richards/Jake Smith, Tyler Mangus/Truman Leo Mangus, Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold and Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 4.0, $1,009. Finals: 1. Tyler Waters/Britt Bockius, 5.1 seconds, $1,6,35; 2. Logan Olson/Matt Kasner, 5.2, $1,363; 3. Tate Kirchenschlager/Tyler Worley, 5.4, $1,090; 4. Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 5.7, $818; 5. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 5.8, $545; no other qualified runs. Average: 1. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves,14.1 seconds on three runs, $5,356; 2. Dusitn Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 14.2, $4,657; 3. Tyler Waters/Britt Bockius, 14.3, $3,959; 4. Logan Olson/Matt Kasner, 14.4, $3,260; 5. Tate Kirchenschlager/Tyler Worley, 14.9, $2,561; 6. Steven Duby/Evan Arnold, 8.2 seconds on two runs, $1,863; 7. Tom Richards/Jake Smith, 8.3, $1,164; 8. Brock Hanson/Ryan Motes,8.4, $466.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Wade Sundell, 88.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Morning Tea, $3,466; 2. Taos Muncy, 87, $2,658; 3. Ryder Wright, 85.5, $1,964; 4. Zeke Thurston, 85, $1,271; 5. Audy Reed, 84.5, $809; 6. (tie) Sterling Crawley and Clay Elliott, 84, $520; 8. (tie) Tyrel Larsen and Jade Blackwell, 83, $173 each. Finals: 1. Clay Elliott, 87.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Delta Dawn, $1,650; 2. Wade Sundell, 86.5, $1,250; 3. Ryder Wright, 86, $900; 4. Tyrel Larsen, 83.5, $600; 5. (tie) Jade Blackwell and Sterling Crawley, 82.5, $300 each. Average: 1. Wade Sundell, 175 points on two rides, $3,466; 2. (tie) Clay Elliott and Ryder Wright, 171.5, $2,311 each; 4. (tie) Tyrel Larsen and Sterling Crawley, 166.5, $1,040 each; 6. Jade Blackwell, 165.5, $578; 7. Zeke Thurston, 164.5, $462; 8. (tie) Rusty Wright and Audy Reed, 163.5, $173 each.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Weldon Watson, 7.1 seconds, $4,942; 2. Scott Kormos, 7.3, $4,297; 3. (tie) Cory Solomon and Westyn Hughes, 7.7, $3,330 each; 5. (tie) Blane Cox, Zack Jongbloed and Cody Huber, 7.8, $1,719 each; 8. Cody Craig, 7.9, $430. Second round: 1. Tuf Cooper, 7.0 seconds, $4,942; 2. Trevor Brazile, 7.4, $4,297; 3. Michael Perry, 7.7, $3,652; 4. Cade Swor, 7.8, $3,008; 5. (tie) Blane Cox and Garrett Jacobs, 7.9, $2,041 each; 7. (tie) Trent Creager, Hunter Herrin and Ryan Watkins, 8.0, $501 each. Finals: 1. D.J. Parker, 7.7 seconds, $1,990; 2. (tie) Marcus Theriot and Blane Cox, 8.0, $1,600 each; 4. Scott Kormos, 8.5, $1,211; 5. Trell Etbauer, 9.0, $952; 6. Michael Perry, 9.1, $692; 7. Timber Moore, 9.7, $433; 8. Hunter Herrin, 10.9, $173. Average: 1. Blane Cox, 23.7 seconds on three runs, $7,412; 2. Scott Kormos, 24.7, $6,446; 3. D.J.  Parker, 25.2, $5,479; 4. Marcus Theriot, $4,512; 5. (tie) Michael Perry and Timber Moore, 26.6, $3,062 each; 7. Trell Etbauer, 26.7, $1,611; 8. Hunter Herrin, 27.2, $645.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 15.71 seconds, $5,193; 2. Ilyssa Glass, 15.83, $4,451; 3. Kylie Weast, 15.84, $3,709; 4. Christine Laughlin, 15.85, $3,215; 5. Amberleigh Moore, 15.86, $2,473; 6. Sara Withers, 15.92, $1,978; 7. (tie) Hailey Kinsel and Kellie Collier, 15.96, $1,236 each; 9. (tie) Ivy Hurst and Jana Bean, 15.97, $618 each. Second round: 1. Amberleigh Moore, 14.15 seconds, $5,193; 2. Teri Bangart, 14.21, $4,451; 3. Cindy Smith, 14.27, $3,709; 4. Carman Pozzobon, 14.28, $3,215; 5. Tyra Kane, 14.30, $2,473; 6. Tammy Fischer, 14.32, $1,978; 7. (tie) Kaycie Teague and Hailey Kinsel, 14.35, $1,236 each; 9. (tie) Sissy Winn and Dena Kirkpatrick, 14.39, $618 each; 9. Alex Lang, 14.40; 10. Callahan Crossley, 14.41. Finals: 1. Amberleigh Moore, 14.14 seconds, $3,847; 2. Sissy Winn, 14.15, $2,885; 3. Hailey Kinsel, 14.22, $1,923; 4. Lisa Lockhart, 14.26, $962. Average: 1. Amberleigh Moore, 44.15 seconds on three runs, $7,790; 2. Lisa Lockhart, 44.40, $6,677; 3 (tie) Hailey Kinsel and Christine Laughlin, 44.53, $5,193 each; 5. (tie) Sissy Winn and Kellie Collier, 44.69, $3,339 each; 7. Tillar Murray, 44.82, $2,226; 8. Tyra Kane, 44.89, $1,484; 9. Cindy Smith, 45.15, $1,113; 10. Alex Long, 45.25, $742.

Bull riding: First round: 1. Sage Kimzey, 91 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Lonesome You, $2,734; 2. Trey Benton III, 90.5, $2,863; 3. (tie) Jordan Wacey Spears and Brett Stall, 88.5, $1742 each; 5. Cody Rostockyj, 87.5, $871;65. Tyler Bingham, 87, $622; 7. J.W. Harris, 86.5, $498; 8. Ednei Caminhas, 85.5, $373. Finals: 1. Trey Benton III, 90 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Jay Z, $1,650; 2. J.W. Harris, 89, $1,250; 3. Jordan Wacey Spears, 88, $900; 4. Ednei Caminhas, 86.5, $600; 5. Brett Stall, 85, $350; 6. Sage Kimzey, 83, $250. Average: 1. Trey Benton III, 180.5 points on two rides, $3,734; 2. Jordan Wacey Spears, 176.5, $2,863; 3. J.W. Harris, 175.5, $2,116; 4. Sage Kimzey, 174, $1,369; 5. Brett Stall, 173.5, $871; 6. Ednei Caminhas, 172, $622; 7. Cody Rostockyj, 87.5 points on one ride, $498; 8. Tyler Bingham, 87, $373.

postheadericon BFO ready to rock Angelo

Schell Apple returns to the Bullfighters Only event this weekend in conjunction with the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. Apple, who finished second a year ago, understands the battle before him if he's going to claim the top prize. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Schell Apple returns to the Bullfighters Only event this weekend in conjunction with the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. Apple, who finished second a year ago, understands the battle before him if he’s going to claim the top prize. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Bullfighters Only’s top men to battle elite bulls on stock show’s final night

SAN ANGELO, Texas – The crowd that packs into San Angelo Coliseum is loud and raucous for all 12 performances of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

It’s electric, but nothing creates more sparks and power than Bullfighters Only, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 17, in conjunction with the stock show and rodeo’s final night.

“The crowd there is just outstanding,” said Zach Call, the reigning BFO-San Angelo champion from Mullen, Neb. “The whole atmosphere is incredible.”

It is, and it only gets better when the bullfights take place. After all, it’s the most extreme of all sports, with men facing danger at every turn. It’s a true man-vs.-beast showcase, with athletic, agile and aggressive Spanish fighting bulls, which have been bred to have those traits.

“The BFO is really good at bringing top-of-the-line stock contractors, keeping the standard of the BFO as high as it can be,” said Schell Apple, from Fay, Okla. “With these stock contractors, we’re getting the best of the best bulls.”

Rockin’ B & Magnifica, the 2017 BFO Stock Contractor of the Year, will provide the fighting bulls in San Angelo. Brett Hall’s bulls are supercharged, able to move fast and turn quickly. Bullfighters want the animals to stay engaged in the bouts, staying as close as possible while the men escape harm by fractions of an inch. Scores are based on how well the bull remains engaged in the fight and on how well the bullfighters maneuver around and, sometimes, over the animals.

“The key is for me to do the most I can with the bull that I draw,” Call said. “This year I want to stay consistent. Last year I started out strong, then midway through the year, I kind of petered out. In order to battle for the world title, I need to be consistent all year.”

That’s the key to being successful in any athletic endeavor. But there’s a little bit more incentive for the San Angelo bullfighters: The winner earns a qualification to the six-man BFO event that takes place Saturday, Feb. 24, at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

“What makes San Angelo such a cool event is that you’re not only winning San Angelo, but you’re earning a spot in the first of the new Wrangler Bullfights,” Apple said. “It’s amazing that the BFO has brought back the Wrangler Bullfights.

“To be able to qualify for a spot at that event in San Antonio is absolutely awesome. It’s an opportunity I plan to take full advantage of.”

CONTESTANTS
Schell Apple
Zach Call
Justin Josey

postheadericon Shipping up to San Antonio

Two-time reigning world champion Weston Rutkowski will be one of six men in the mix at the first Bullfighters Only Wrangler Bullfighting Tour event of the 2018 season at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Two-time reigning world champion Weston Rutkowski will be one of six men in the mix at the first Bullfighters Only Wrangler Bullfighting Tour event of the 2018 season at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Bullfighters Only to launch new Wrangler Bullfights at celebrated rodeo

SAN ANTIONIO – The greatest indoor event in ProRodeo is about to be even better.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is teaming with Bullfighters Only to produce a legendary freestyle bullfight during this year’s Xtreme Bulls event, set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The high-stakes competition will take place at the AT&T Center and will feature the best in the BFO battling for their share of a $25,000 purse – half of which will go to the winner.

“It’s an honor to be associated with an organization like San Antonio,” said Aaron Ferguson, BFO’s founder and CEO. “Getting the spotlight on a stage of that magnitude is incredible for our sport and the athletes. Plus, they are competing for a lot of money.”

San Antonio will be the first event of the newly revitalized Wrangler Bullfights Tour, which was established in the early 1980s and disbanded in 2001. Bullfighters Only has formed a partnership with Wrangler Jeans and Shirts to showcase the world’s top bullfighters at rodeos across the country.

“Bullfighters Only has established a following showcasing the best athletes in freestyle bullfighting,” said Glen Alan Phillips, chief strategy officer at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

San Antonio has been named the Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for the past 13 years. It’s status as one of the best rodeos has been cemented, and that’s why Bullfighters Only is excited to be part of the celebration.

“San Antonio is a rodeo I’ve always dreamed about competing in,” said Weston Rutkowski, the two-time and reigning BFO world champion from Haskell, Texas. “Now they’re bringing in the BFO Wrangler Bullfights, and giving me the opportunity to do what I do best in front of thousands of people.

Rutkowski will be joined by a stellar cast of the BFO’s top talent: Toby Inman, Kris Furr, Dayton Spiel and Tanner Zarnetski are all set to compete. The sixth contender will be decided Saturday, Feb. 17, during the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. Justin Josey, Zach Call and Schell Apple will square off against counterparts from 2017 BFO Stock Contractor of the Year, Rockin’ B & Magnifica Fighting Bulls.

“This is a really big deal for us,” Rutkowski said. “We started the BFO three years ago, and it’s exciting to see the types of rodeos that are getting on the BFO wagon.”

CONTESTANTS
Weston Rutkowski
Toby Inman
Kris Furr
Dayton Spiel
Tanner Zarnetski
San Angelo winner

postheadericon Corbett heads into finale No. 1

Logan Corbett rides Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Black Widow for 87 points to win the first round of bareback riding at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. (RIC ANDERSEN PHOTO)

Logan Corbett rides Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Black Widow for 87 points to win the first round of bareback riding at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. (RIC ANDERSEN PHOTO)

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Through a month and a half of 2018, Logan Corbett had earned just $1,000 riding bucking horses in ProRodeo.

He quadrupled that Thursday night by winning the first round of bareback riding at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. Corbett, the rodeo coach at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, scored 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Black Widow to win the round. He also takes that top spot with him to Championship Friday with a chance to win the rodeo’s overall championship.

“Winning the round really means a lot,” said Corbett, who is just in his sophomore season in ProRodeo. “Last year was my rookie year, and I got the opportunity to travel with Tim (O’Connell) and Shane (O’Connell, no relation). I coach a rodeo program full time, so this is a side gig, and I went to 62 rodeos last year.”

Tim O’Connell the two-time reigning world champion who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the past four seasons. Shane O’Connell finished 19th in the world standings, just missing out on being one of the top 15 qualifiers. So far this year, he sits No. 1 in the world standings, while the champion sits seventh.

Corbett, though, isn’t among the top 50 … yet. He qualified for the RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo last year, which is a big step for a newcomer in the game. He hopes to gather more experiences this year to help him along his rodeo career.

“This money is pretty big,” he said of the $4,185 he earned Thursday. “The rodeo fund was running pretty low. It was also a stressful day at home. I got up early to leave for the airport, and my daughter’s pony was having a bout with colic. My wife had to take care of everything at home, so she got the pony to the vet.

“Now we’ll have that vet bill to take care of, so this money from the long round is critical.”

There are no guarantees in rodeo. Contestants must pay an entry fee just to compete, and they only get return on their investment if they beat most of the others in the field. He had a little help with Black Widow, a younger Carr horse.

“He was outstanding,” Corbett said of the animal. “He was really strong.”

Now he’ll have the opportunity to get on another one Friday night. That’s not too shabby for a cowboy competing in San Angelo for the first time in his career.

“I couldn’t be happier to be part of the short round, because the horses are going to be the real deal – a lot have been to the NFR or are going this year,” he said. “It’s very rewarding to see a lot of the hard work you put into it paying off.

“It’s good for the team, too, because I’m always preaching about putting in the work, going to the gym and keeping your head right. It’s helpful for me to come to a rodeo like this and win, so it reinforces to my team that I know what I’m talking about.”

Now he gets a chance to add to his total, and prove himself to his rodeo team even more, during Friday’s championship round. It will feature only the best from the preliminary rounds, which concluded Thursday. It’s a true showcase of rodeo’s brightest stars.

“It’s going to be electric, that’s for sure,” Corbett said. “That crowd tonight was unbelievable and just a ton of fun. The rodeo committee takes care of the cowboys.

“Of course, it’s always a lot more fun when you do well.”

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 2-4, Feb. 9-11, Feb. 14-16
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Logan Corbett, 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Black Widow, $4,185; 2. Luke Creasy, 86.5, $3,209; 4. David Peebles, 85.5, $2,372; 5. (tie) Will Lowe, Tanner Aus and Justin Pollmiller, 85, $1,070 each; 7. Richmond Champion, 84, $558; 8. (tie) J.R. Vezain and Levi Nicholson, 83.5, $209 each; 10. Kaycee Feild, 82.5; 11. (tie) BoDell Jessen and Wyatt Denny, 82.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 3.1 seconds, $3,653; 2. (tie) Craig Hicks, Brandon Harrison, Cameron Morman and Marcus Theriot, 3.5, $2,462 each; 6. (tie) John Kloeckler, Jarret New and Rowdy Parrott, 3.7, $794 each. Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Dirk Tavenner, Clayton Hass, Jacob Talley and Cody Devers, 3.4 seconds, $2,938 each; 5. Chason Floyd, 3.5, $1,747; 6. (tie) Sam Powers and Cade Staton, 3.6, $1,032 each; 8. Cody Doescher, 3.7, $318. Average leaders: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 7.1 seconds on two runs; 2. Clayton Hass, 7.2; 3. Jacob Talley, 7.5; 4. Sam Powers, 7.7; 5. Craig Hicks, 7.8; 6. Blake Mindemann, 7.9; 7. Denver Berry, 8.2; 8. Cody Doescher, 8.4; 9. (tie) Tyler Waguespack, Blaine Jones and Cameron Morman, 8.5; 12. Scott Guenthner, 8.6.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Steven Duby/Evan Arnold, 3.6 seconds, $3,471; 2. Tanner Green/Cody Hogan, 3.8, $3,105; 3. Brock Hanson/Ryan Motes, 3.9, $2,639; 4. (tie) Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, Cory Kidd/Caleb Anderson and Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koonts, 4.0, $1,808 each; 7. (tie) Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, J.B. James Jr/Cesar de la Cruz and Bobby Baize/Justin Fox, 4.1, $362 each. Second round leaders: 1. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 3.6 secondS, $3,571; 2. Bubba Buckaloo/Joseph Harrison, 3.8, $3,105; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long and Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 3.9, $2,406; 5. (tie) Tom Richards/Jake Smith, Tyler Mangus/Truman Leo Mangus, Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold and Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 4.0, $1,009. Average: 1. Steven Duby/Evan Arnold, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Clay Smith/Paul Eaves and Tom Richards/Jake Smith, 8.3; 4. Brock Hanson/Ryan Motes, 8.4; 5. (tie) Paul David Tierney/Tanner Braden and Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 9.5; 7. (tie) Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter and Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 9.0; 9. (tie) Logan Olson/Matt Kasner and Tyler Waters/Britt Bockius, 9.2; 11. (tie) Andrew Livingston/Twister Cain and Tate Kirchenschlager/Tyler Worley, 9.5.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Wade Sundell, 88.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Morning Tea, $3,466; 2. Taos Muncy, 87, $2,658; 3. Ryder Wright, 85.5, $1,964; 4. Zeke Thurston, 85, $1,271; 5. Audy Reed, 84.5, $809; 6. (tie) Sterling Crawley and Clay Elliott, 84, $520; 8. (tie) Tyrel Larsen and Jade Blackwell, 83, $173 each; 10. Rusty Wright, 81.5; 11. Lefty Holman, 80.5.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Weldon Watson, 7.1 seconds, $4,942; 2. Scott Kormos, 7.3, $4,297; 3. (tie) Cory Solomon and Westyn Hughes, 7.7, $3,330 each; 5. (tie) Blane Cox, Zack Jongbloed and Cody Huber, 7.8, $1,719 each; 8. Cody Craig, 7.9, $430. Second round: 1. Tuf Cooper, 7.0 seconds, $4,942; 2. Trevor Brazile, 7.4, $4,297; 3. Michael Perry, 7.7, $3,652; 4. Cade Swor, 7.8, $3,008; 5. (tie) Blane Cox and Garrett Jacobs, 7.9, $2,041 each; 7. (tie) Trent Creager, Hunter Herrin and Ryan Watkins, 8.0, $501 each. Average: 1. Blane Cox, 15.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Scott Kormos, 16.2; 3. Hunter Herrin, 16.3; 4. Timber Moore, 16.9; 5. (tie) Weldon Watson and Zack Jongbloed, 17.42; 7. (tie) Michael Perry and D.J. Parker, 17.52; 9. Marcus Theriot, 17.6; 10. (tie) Trell Etbauer and L.D. Meier, 17.7; 12. Brice Ingo, 17.8.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Amberleigh Moore, 14.15 seconds, $5,193; 2. Teri Bangart, 14.21, $4,451; 3. Cindy Smith, 14.27, $3,709; 4. Carman Pozzobon, 14.28, $3,215; 5. Tyra Kane, 14.30, $2,473; 6. Tammy Fischer, 14.32, $1,978; 7. (tie) Kaycie Teague and Hailey Kinsel, 14.35, $1,236 each; 9. (tie) Sissy Winn and Dena Kirkpatrick, 14.39, $618 each; 9. Alex Lang, 14.40; 10. Callahan Crossley, 14.41. Average leaders: 1. Amberleigh Moore, 30.01 seconds on two runs; 2. Lisa Lockhart, 20.15; 3. Christine Laughlin, 30.26; 4. Hailey Kinsel, 30.31; 5. Kellie Collier, 30.36; 6. Dena Kirpatrick, 30.40; 7. Tyra Kane, 30.41; 8. Tillar Murray, 30.48; 9. Cindy Smith, 30.50; 10. Kim Coleman, 30.53; 11. (tie) Sissy Winn and Alex Lang, 30.54.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Sage Kimzey, 91 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Lonesome You, $2,734; 2. Trey Benton III, 90.5, $2,863; 3. (tie) Jordan Wacey Spears and Brett Stall, 88.5, $1742 each; 5. Cody Rostockyj, 87.5, $871;65. Tyler Bingham, 87, $622; 7. J.W. Harris, 86.5, $498; 8. Ednei Caminhas, 85.5, $373; 9. J.T. Moore, 85; 10. Joe Frost and Jordan Hansen, 84.5.

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