PRCA Weekly Recap: Kolby Wanchuk’s 94.5 is second-highest scored saddle bronc ride in PRCA history

PRCA Weekly Recap

Growing up in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Kolby Wanchuk had dreams of one day competing in the prestigious Calgary Stampede.

Little did he know, years later he would post the second-highest scored ride in ProRodeo history while tying the arena record for the best saddle bronc ride in the rodeo’s 109-year history.

On July 10, Wanchuk put together a 94.5-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Urgent Delivery to win the second round in Pool A and walk away with $5,500. That score is a half-point shy of the all-time PRCA record, which was set at 95 by Doug Vold (1979) and equaled by Glen O’Neill (1996).

“It’s a dream come true for me honestly,” said Wanchuk, 25. “To be able to get to go to Calgary is a dream for almost any Canadian kid in rodeo, but to be able to come here and tie the arena record is unbelievable.

“It felt like that horse was really getting after it and bucking right out of the chutes, and I thought I put a pretty good ride on it, but I definitely didn’t see a 94.5-point ride coming.”

RELATED: Calgary Stampede results

Luckily for him the judges did, making it one of the best saddle bronc rides in ProRodeo history. Days later it still has him at a loss for words, especially for a cowboy that got his start in rodeo clowning around with his father.

“My dad has been a professional rodeo clown for almost 45 years now, and from the time I could walk I was in the arena with him,” Wanchuk said. “If Dad didn’t have a rodeo to go to, then I’d jump in with mom, she was a professional barrel racer. But it didn’t matter what we had going on I’d sneak away and run to the fence to make sure I’d get to watch the bronc riding.

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“As a kid nothing was prettier to me than a good bronc ride. I grew up always wanting to be able to make those kinds of rides.”

Wanchuk is searching for his first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Earlier this season he earned $13,500 while winning the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The 25-year-old was in seventh place in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $47,077 before his historic ride in Calgary.

Now, he has one of those rides that future generations of cowboys like him will be watching for quite some time, and his family was right there by his side to take it all in.

“I had a pile of family come down that day to watch, lots of aunts and uncles who had never been to the Calgary Stampede, and they all bought tickets,” Wanchuk said. “There had to be almost 20 or so Wanchuks in the stands there that day. They were all pretty fired up, it was cool to experience that with them.

Below, are the other top times and rides for the week.

Tim O’Connell put together the top bareback ride of the week. He posted a 91-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Arbitrator Joe at the Calgary Stampede on July 9.

Dirk Tavenner had the best steer wrestling time of the week, clocking a 3.3-second run at the Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park, Colo., July 10.

The team roping duo of Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves equaled the ProRodeo record with a 3.3-second run at the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo in Oakley City, Utah, July 5.

Hunter Herrin found himself with the quickest tie-down roping time of the week and the season. Herrin stole the show at the Calgary Stampede with a 6.6-second run July 9.

Taylor Munsell put together a lightning fast 2.0-second run in the breakaway roping, tying Makayla Mack for the fastest time of the week at the Wall (S.D.) Breakaway Roping.

Nicole Love had the quickest barrel racing time of the week, clocking a 14.0-second run at the Chas. B Davis Memorial Rodeo in Ringgold, Ga., July 10.

Stetson Wright once again found himself with the highest bull riding score of the week. The reigning world champ put together a 92-point ride on New West Rodeo Productions’ Throw Down at the Bigfork (Mont.) Summer Pro Rodeo July 6.

The fastest steer roping time last week belonged to Slade Wood. He had a 9.2-second run at the Big Timber (Mont.) Weekly Pro Rodeo July 7.

Source: ProRodeo

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Bull rider Sage Kimzey splits win in Vernal, Utah

Bull rider Sage Kimzey splits

At just 26 years old, bull rider Sage Kimzey has nothing left to prove in the rodeo business. He’s earned six PRCA world championships in seven trips to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, won the average there three times and has more than $2.5 million in career earnings.

Don’t for one second believe that means Kimzey is done striving to be the best.

“I have nothing to prove to anyone at this point, except to prove to myself what I am capable of,” Kimzey said. 

“I push to see what I can put my body through, how much I can take and continue to compete at the highest level.”

He’s still chasing his stated goal of breaking Don Gay’s record for PRCA bull riding world championships which stands at eight. 

With just three months left in the 2021 season, Kimzey is in familiar territory, leading the RAM | PRCA World Standings once again. He added to his lead during the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo in Vernal, Utah, July 10 after sharing the win with Parker McCown with matching 90.5-point rides.

Surprisingly, it was Kimzey’s first win in Vernal, a stop on the Pro Rodeo Tour.

“I’ve been there a few times; it seems like we get there about every other year or so, but I’ve never gotten much done,” said Kimzey, who made his ride on July 9. “It was good to break the ice.”

The Oklahoma native, who now makes his home in Salado, Texas, knew he had a chance to change that streak when he saw he’d drawn Audacious from Powder River Rodeo.

“That’s a really nice bull; he’s been the money bull for Powder River and D&H for several years now, but he’s actually been even better this year than the last couple of years,” Kimzey said. 

Kimzey first rode the bull to the pay window during the 2019 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Last week in Belle Fourche, S.D., Daylon Swearingen had a 90-point ride on Audacious for the win.

“He’s the one you want to draw so I was really happy,” Kimzey said. “It was good to capitalize on him.”

Kimzey banked another $3,038 towards the world standings and picked up more valuable Pro Rodeo Tour points, working towards a qualification to the Pro Rodeo Tour Finale to be held in Salinas, Calif., on the final weekend of the regular season in September. Kimzey is second in the Tour.

“The Tour rodeos are the biggest and richest rodeos, so the Tour standings and the world standings go hand-in-hand,” Kimzey said. “It will be cool to go out to Salinas for the Finale.”

Despite a torrid schedule in 2021 – Kimzey has already attempted 80 bulls, riding an impressive 62% of them – the champ is feeling ready to tackle the heart of the rodeo season for the rest of the summer.

“I’m healthy. All is well and I’ve got no complaints,” he said.

Other winners at the $151,292  rodeo were all-around cowboy Stetson Wright ($1,962, saddle bronc riding and bull riding); bareback rider Tilden Hooper (88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s 99 Problems); steer wrestler Shane Frey (3.6 seconds); team ropers Clay Smith/Jade Corkill and Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves (4.5 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright (91.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Bet The Ranch); tie down roper Tuf Cooper (7.5 seconds) and barrel racer Emily Miller-Beisel (17.08 seconds).

Source: ProRodeo

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Cowboys head north for prestigious Calgary Stampede

Cowboys prestigious Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is back and better than ever.

After an extended absence of rodeo in Canada because of the COVID-19 pandemic, top-caliber competition will be back in Calgary, with the Stampede hosting the elite athletes of the sport July 9-18.

There will be 22 athletes competing in every event during the 10-day rodeo, with many of those being Canadian cowboys who consider it an honor to compete in Calgary.

The ProRodeo Tour stop takes place at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) each day and will air on The Cowboy Channel and PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App.

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“It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to go to the Calgary Stampede, it’s the biggest rodeo in all of the world,” said steer wrestler Scott Guenthner, a native of Provost, Alberta. “Growing up in Canada, I knew when I was in grade one or grade two that I wanted to win the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association world championships and the Calgary Stampede, following in my dad’s footsteps, of course.”

Guenthner won CPRA world championships in 2018 and 2019 and now will try add to a Calgary Stampede title like his dad.

Guenthner’s father, Ken, won the steer wrestling at the Calgary Stampede in 1983, the first year the event paid out $50,000. But whether you’re a Canadian or not it’s a special place to compete. Just ask Palestine, Texas, bull rider Laramie Mosley, who will be riding in his first Calgary Stampede.

“It’s a dream come true and a bucket-list rodeo for me,” said Mosley, 25. “I’ve always wanted to come here and compete. I really appreciate the committee for making it happen, it really does mean a lot to all of us.”

The rodeo is the single-largest payout on this year’s ProRodeo Tour. It will pay out $1.5 million in 2021, which will have a huge impact on not only the Tour standings but also the PRCA | RAM World Standings.

RELATED: PRCA | RAM World Standings

“It’s going to be a huge boost to some people, especially if somebody got in here that wasn’t in the Top 15, it may put them right into the Top 15 or even the top 10 for that matter,” Guenthner said. “You can go to a lot of two-header rodeos and still not win what you would in a round here at Calgary.”

But they won’t let the large payout north of the border effect the way they go about their business over the next 10 days.

“As always, it will be just one bull at a time, focus on the process and the not the outcome really,” Mosley said. “I know the whole country of Canada looks forward to it, and they worked their butts off to make it happen. So, we’re going to go up there and put a show on for them.”

Source: ProRodeo

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Tuf Cooper captures most money during Cowboy Christmas 2021

Tuf Cooper Cowboy Christmas 2021

Tuf Cooper has had plenty of success during Cowboy Christmas over his career, and that didn’t change in 2021.

Cooper, a four-time world champion, earned $31,255 between June 30 and July 5, the most of any cowboy during Cowboy Christmas. Cooper edged team ropers Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves, who earned $30,464 each.

“That’s cool,” Cooper said about winning Cowboy Christmas. “This year I changed my strategy (for Cowboy Christmas). I didn’t enter all the rodeos. I went to six rodeos, and I could have gone to more, but you have to get a good schedule. I’m just kind of easing around with my new horse (Bro). I had a few days off and enjoyed some time in the mountains. I’ve rodeoed for so long and I never tried it this way, and I’m having fun and having success.”

Cooper – who earned three world titles in tie-down roping (2011-12, 2014) and one in all-around (2017) – just missed breaking the Cowboy Christmas timed-event record for one event of $32,293 set by tie-down roper Shane Hanchey in 2016. Cooper was the top timed-event Cowboy Christmas earner in 2014 ($26,082) and 2015 ($22,640).

RELATED: Braden Richardson wins Cody bull riding

Trevor Brazile, Cooper’s brother-in-law, holds the record for most money earned during Cowboy Christmas at $39,993, which he set in 2011 while tie-down roping and team roping.

Cooper, 30, was plenty efficient during his recent Cowboy Christmas run, winning money at five of the six rodeos he attended. His Cowboy Christmas haul pushed him from second to first in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $108,501.

“I’m just taking things one rodeo at a time and trying to be the best roper I can be every day,” Cooper said. “I hope I get to tell you what it is like (to win a fifth gold buckle). That’s the goal.”

Cooper’s biggest payday came at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede, where he clocked an 8.3-second run to win on the rodeo’s final day, the Fourth of July, to earn $10,671.

“My draws were good all week, that was probably the biggest thing,” Cooper said. “When I got in the box at Cody, 8.4 was winning it, and I just did exactly what I had to do, and it was cool to win it. A lot of my favorite rodeos were back this year, and I was just really happy to get to work on my craft at the biggest rodeos.”

Cooper added $8,037 from Oakley City, Utah, $7,950 from St. Paul, Ore., and $4,597 from Greeley, Colo.

Cooper rode Bro, 9, during Cowboy Christmas. Bro was owned by tie-down roper Cade Swor, a seven-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier (2004-06, 2014-17).

Cooper won Round 9 at the 2020 Wrangler NFR aboard Bro at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, with a 6.9-second time. Cooper bought Bro from Swor before RFD-TV’s The American in March at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

“Bro has been the difference in my season,” Cooper said. “I’m working as hard as I can and trying to grow, but that horse has made my job so much easier. Bro and I just fit perfectly. He complements my style, and he is unlike any horse I have had, just with his personality.”

Cooper also is leading the ProRodeo Tour Standings in tie-down roping with 4,816.83 points. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy is making a point to qualify for the ProRodeo Tour Finale at California Rodeo Salinas, Sept. 23-26.

“I definitely want to be in Salinas and compete for the money that will be up for grabs there,” Cooper said.

Source: ProRodeo

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Luke Branquinho back on top of steer wrestling in St. Paul

steer wrestling in St. Paul

Luke Branquinho suffered a gruesome hamstring injury at the beginning of the summer run, but the five-time PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler didn’t let it slow him down for long.

The Los Alamos, Calif., cowboy wrapped up his Fourth of July run over the weekend by winning the average at the 85th annual St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo. He put together a couple solid runs to finish in 8.4 seconds on two head.

“We were in a great pen of steers, and I had a great set of guys to compete against this weekend,” said Branquinho, 40. “I was on a great horse with riding Baby in St. Paul. Jacob Talley’s been riding her the last few years at the (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo). The mare’s been working awesome, I won a pile on her over the last week or so.”

In addition to his win at St. Paul, Branquinho, who won world titles in 2004, 2008, 2011-12 and 2014, also finished second at the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup Rodeo. He went into the weekend sitting 18th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $20,515, just $2,971 behind Marc Joiner for the 15th spot in the world. Branquinho’s performance at St. Paul added $7,597 to his season earnings. This Cowboy Christmas run has him in a prime spot to climb the standings.

“Obviously, anytime somebody can have a great run like that over Cowboy Christmas it’s going to help, especially being that close in the standings,” Branquinho said. “I missed over three weeks with my hamstring injury, so being able to come back strong, going to five rodeos and winning what I did over the Fourth is awesome no matter where you’re at.”

Branquinho, who said he tore his hamstring, admits the injury still bothers him at times, but he puts that to the back of his mind once he climbs aboard that horse. His only focus is getting back to the Wrangler NFR for the first time since 2015.

“You can’t worry about it, there’s nothing that you can do. Whether you’re hurt or not you have to go make your runs and give it your all no matter what,” Branquinho said. “It would mean everything to get back to Vegas. Each year I set out with the goal to make the Wrangler NFR and win a gold buckle.”

Other winners at the $326,796 rodeo were bareback rider Austin Foss (87.5 points on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Cougar Country); team ropers Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira (10.4 seconds on two head); saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (88 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Broken Camp); tie-down roper Haven Meged (15.9 seconds on two head); and bull rider JC Mortensen (87 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Highway to Hell).

Source: ProRodeo

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Shane Hanchey wins World’s Oldest Rodeo for first time

Shane Hanchey wins World's Rodeo

A few tenths of a second and just more than $3,600 is the difference between Shane Hanchey owning three gold buckles as the PRCA World Champion Tie-down Roper instead of one.

Despite winning the most money in tie-down roping at the last two Wrangler National Finals Rodeos and winning the average in 2020, Hanchey fell just short of the title in both seasons, finishing third by $2,408 in 2020 and second in 2019 by an even slimmer $1,181.

Coming that close has certainly lit a fire under the 2013 PRCA World Champion and 11-time NFR qualifier in 2021.

“I want to lie and say it doesn’t cross my mind at least once every day,” Hanchey said. “But it does.

“It gives me extra motivation because the end goal every season is to win that gold buckle.”

At this point in his highly decorated career, there aren’t many rodeo titles missing from his résumé, but Hanchey filled in one of the few holes with a win at the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., after roping two calves in 18.4 seconds June 29. The rodeo concluded July 4.

“I think if you’d told me before the Fourth that I would only win maybe $10,000 but I’d win Prescott, I think I probably would have said, ‘I’ll take it.’ I’ve never won a dime in Prescott before,” Hanchey said. “But I’ve always seen the buckle and wanted to win one.”

Hanchey was just out of the money on his first run with a 9.3-second effort and stayed consistent with a 9.1 in round two that picked up a share of sixth. He added $5,044 to his pocketbook, pushing him over $100,000 on the season. He also maintained his lead in the ProRodeo Tour and PRCA | RAM World Standings.

Making the win sweeter for Hanchey was the fact that it was earned aboard his great horse Si, registered Simon Cow, the 2017 PRCA | AQHA Tie-down Roping Horse of the Year.

Si suffered a major injury to his left hind ankle and Hanchey turned the gelding out on pasture.

“It’s a pretty cool story . . . I’ve just brought him back after more than a year off after an injury,” Hanchey said. “We kicked him out with the broodmares and babies.”

In October 2020, Hanchey and his horseshoer were trimming horses in that pasture when Si came running up to the pair. Seeing that he appeared sound, Hanchey scheduled an appointment with his veterinarian, who confirmed the gelding had rehabilitated himself.

Hanchey began the process of getting Si back in shape, and he returned to competition at The American Semi-Finals in the breakaway roping with Hanchey’s wife, Taylor. In addition to the Prescott win, Hanchey also won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo on Si in May.

“We just went from there (the American), and he’s gotten better and better,” Hanchey said. “He’s that kind of set-up horse … those long scores like Guymon and Prescott.

“We’re just picking the spots for him, but it’s pretty cool knowing that I can use him when I need to in those situations.”

Solid horsepower is a key part of Hanchey’s success this season – in addition to Si, he’s been riding his mare Pam Pam and TJ, a horse owned by Logan Bird.

“This whole game is confidence,” Hanchey said. “If you don’t have it, it’s hard to win. I came off a great NFR and have a lot of confidence in my horsepower. I’m in a good place mentally and physically.”

Other winners at the $268,895 rodeo were all-around cowboy Stetson Wright ($8,410, saddle bronc riding and bull riding); bareback rider Caleb Bennett (90 points on New Star Pro Rodeo’s Chosen One); steer wrestler Dirk Tavenner (9.1 seconds on two head); team ropers Derrick Begay/Cory Petska and Clint Summers/Ross Ashford (12.5 seconds on two head); saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (89 points on Vold Rodeo’s Sun Glow); barrel racer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi (34.68 seconds on two runs); steer roper Taylor Santos (36.0 seconds on three head); and bull rider Shawn Bennett Jr. (88.5 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Crazy Nights).

Source: ProRodeo

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Bull rider Ruger Piva hopes to use ProRodeo Tour as jolt to make NFR debut

Bull rider Ruger Piva hopes ProRodeo

The heartbreak of barely missing the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has become a common reality for bull rider Ruger Piva.

Piva finished 17th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings the past two seasons and had to put his Wrangler NFR debut on hold.

“Being so close twice has definitely pushed me a lot harder this year,” said Piva, 26. “It can either be a negative or a positive and I’m trying to make sure it will never happen again.”

Piva is doing his best to not have his NFR bubble burst in 2021, he is sitting 13th in the world standings with $43,028.

Piva’s also been making a point to compete in the ProRodeo Tour rodeos and that decision has paid off as he’s fourth in the ProRodeo Tour standings with 2056.93 points.

“Last year right after San Antonio (in February) I was right up there in the world standings, and I went to the doctor because my hip was hurting really bad,” Piva said. “I had to have reconstructive surgery on most of the muscles on my right hip. Right when COVID hit, it kind of worked out for me, but I came back a little too soon and I had the lowest riding percentage of my career, around 30 percent, and I still almost made the NFR.”

“This year, I’m feeling healthy, that has been part of it, and I’ve just been taking every bull serious, not overlooking anything.”

Piva finished second at the San Antonio Stock & Rodeo on Feb. 27, earning a season-best $12,800.

The ProRodeo Tour is the culmination of the most prestigious tour on the PRCA circuit. The Tour finale will take place at California Rodeo Salinas, Sept. 23-26 and will punch tickets to the Wrangler NFR for a majority of ProRodeo athletes.

Something not lost on Piva.

“I have made a point to go to the ProRodeo Tour rodeos,” Piva said. “There’s going to be a lot of money there in Salinas. It is also good money at the (ProRodeo Tour) rodeos as well so it is just a win-win.”

The Top 24 competitors in each event in the ProRodeo Tour Standings advance to the Tour Finale and will compete in the high-dollar rodeo on the season’s final weekend.

“With Salinas paying a lot of money it can be the difference of a guy being 30th in the world (standings) to qualifying for the NFR if he can win Salinas,” Piva said. “I would definitely like to win it or be in one of the top places in Salinas for sure this year.”

The Tour Finale will air on The Cowboy Channel and will stream on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App. For more information, visit cowboychannelplus.com.

The ProRodeo season ends Sept. 30. The Top 15 athletes in the PRCA | RAM World Standings in each event will qualify for the Wrangler NFR.

Source: ProRodeo

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Christmas coming early for cowboys PRCA Fourth of July run

Christmas coming early for cowboys PRCA

Erich Rogers has been through plenty of Fourth of July runs.

The 2020 season’s Fourth run was one of the best for the 2017 team roping header world champion.

The team roping header has been a PRCA member since 2006. Last season, he and heeler Paden Bray used a Fourth of July run that garnered them $17,134 each to make a run to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The duo then won the NFR average in Arlington, Texas, as Rogers finished third in the PRCA | RAM World Standings among headers with $175,503 and Bray second among heelers with the same amount.

Their 2020 Fourth run saw them earn more money than any other competitor regardless of event during that stretch and that was during an abbreviated version of the Fourth of July run because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was a good Fourth, we did get lucky and did well at some big ones,” Rogers. “We drew really good and placed at just about every one of them we went to. We drew really good steers and have good horses. Once you draw them and use those good ones, it makes life a little easier.”

The 2021 Cowboy Christmas is currently rolling full speed ahead

Rookie bareback rider Cole Franks is hoping to have a Fourth of July like Rogers and Bray.

Franks is leading the PRCA | Resistol Rookie Standings with $25,411 and is 13th in the World Standings with the same amount.

He also won’t have to figure out how to navigate a busy Fourth. Last year, as a permit holder, Franks got into a handful of rodeos. This season, he’s going to nearly a dozen. And he’s traveling with three-time World Champion Bareback Rider Tim O’Connell and reigning NFR average champion Jess Pope.

“I’m excited,” said Franks, 20. “It’s going to be very busy. I think we’re entered in 10-12 rodeos in four days.”

It’s a bit different from a year ago.

“Last year on my permit, it was kind of three or four (rodeos) in that week over the Fourth,” he said. “I got drawn out of stuff. This is the first time I’ve actually done it, made an actual Fourth of July run.”

PRCA RODEO SCHEDULE

Recent Fourth of July Runs

Recent winners
2020: Erich Rogers/Paden Bray, TR, $17,134 each*

2019: Stetson Wright, SB, BR, $35,757

2018: Tim O’Connell, BB, $31,014

* Payouts, rodeos affected by pandemic

Source: ProRodeo

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Steer wrestler Hunter Cure captures fourth Reno crown

Steer wrestler Hunter Cure

RENO, Nev. – Hunter Cure and the Reno Rodeo are a great fit.

The Holliday, Texas cowboy won the prestigious rodeo for the fourth time in his career before a sold-out crowd of 9,000 at the Reno Rodeo arena Saturday night.

Cure won the average with a 13.1-second time on three head in the ProRodeo Tour stop.

Cure secured the win with a 4.3-second run in the short-go to edge out Tyler Pearson by two tenths of a second for the title. Cure has now won Reno in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020.

Cure, a PRCA World Champion in 2013 and 2015, has had a tough season, battling injuries all year long but he was all smiles Saturday night as he left town after earning $12,025.

“More than anything headed into the final round I knew that steer was great in the earlier rounds,” Cure said. “Tyler Pearson had a run with him first, mine wasn’t as clean of run as his by any means. He did a phenomenal job all week long, I just had a better steer tonight than he did.”

Coming into Reno, Cure was sitting 47th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $8,279. The Reno win added to the $2,745 he earned for splitting second at the Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale, Ark., which also concluded June 26, made it a $15,625 windfall for Cure.

“This (Reno win) has taken me from not even being able to get into the winter rodeos all the way to winning a gold buckle before,” Cure said. “So, I’ll look to try to and repeat what’s already been laid out ahead of me.”

Cure will be a busy man over the next couple of weeks, starting with the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede on Monday morning, but he says the performance at the Reno Rodeo will be one he remembers for quite some time.

“I feel like if a man was ever to leave a legacy or have a rodeo define his career it’s probably Reno for me,” Cure said. “Maybe this will put my stamp in the books here.”

Bull rider J.B. Mauney wins Reno for first time in career

There’s very little bull rider J.B. Mauney hasn’t accomplished in his career.

Now, the superstar has decided to make his mark in the PRCA.

Mauney left his stamp on the PRCA by winning the Reno Rodeo for the first time in his career Saturday night.

Mauney won the two-head average with 176 points.

“This is a big accomplishment,” said Mauney, 34. “I grew up watching Reno, and the NFR and Cheyenne and when I decided the first of this year, I was just going to strictly rodeo I wanted to come to the big ones and do good. This feels really good.”

Mauney, who was making his first appearance at the Reno Rodeo since 2009, had an 87-point ride on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s C smoke in the short round.

“I had never seen that bull before and I didn’t know anything about him,” Mauney said. “They said he was good. That is all I knew. I do way better shooting from the hip.”

Mauney earned $20,920 for his Reno performance. He entered Reno 14th in the world standings with $35,713 and will move up near the top five after this effort.

Hooper collects bareback riding Reno championship

Tilden Hooper’s magical season continued at the Reno Rodeo.

After winning RFD-TV’s The American in March in Arlington, Texas and added a Reno win Saturday. Hooper won the average with 254.5 points on three head.

Hooper, who came into the short round as the leader, clinched the crown with his 84-point ride on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Ted. It was his second career Reno win.

“It was 2011 when I won it the first time and just to be able to be riding and competing at this level, I really feel thankful to do what I love.”

Hooper, who had dropped to second in the most recent world standings after holding the top spot for weeks, will move back into first with his $14,080 in Reno earnings.

Begay/Petska snare Reno title

Veteran team ropers Derrick Begay/Cory Petska teamed up a week before the Reno Rodeo.

On June 26, they walked away as the champions of the prestigious rodeo for their first time in their careers with a 16.5-second time on three head.

“We just got together,” said Begay, an eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier (2008-13, 2015, 2018). “Our first rodeo together was in Pleasant, Grove, Utah (June 16-19) and Reno was our fourth rodeo together. We picked a nice one to be our first win (together). This is a big accomplishment.”

They each earned $13,864 for the victory.

Begay, entered Reno 18th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $14,972, and will jump into the top 15. Petska, the 2017 PRCA World Champion heeler, competes on a limited basis and was thrilled to add the Reno win to his impressive resume.

“I won second three times here in over 20 years,” Petska said. “This (win) is really special, a dream come true. I have come here since I was a little kid watching my mom and dad and it is just amazing to win it. My career has been absolutely amazing. I have literally got to do everything I wanted to do, and I have won all the big dream rodeos, and my career has been amazing. This win seals the deal for me.”

Saddle bronc rider Tegan Smith takes Reno crown

Saddle bronc rider Tegan Smith is a rising star in the PRCA ranks and he showed why Saturday night.
Smith snared the coveted Reno Rodeo championship with 254.5 points on three head. He secured the crown with an 86-point ride on Rosser Rodeo’s California Dreamin.

“I knew that horse because my traveling partner Jake Finlay was 87 on her earlier this year and he told me she was the best feeling horse,” Smith said. “I waited all week to come back, knowing I needed that draw and it worked like a charm for me.”

The Winterset, Iowa cowboy came to Reno 13th in the world standings and will certainly move up the ladder after his big win where he earned $10,495.

Smith is trying to make the Wrangler NFR for the first time in his career.

Tie-down roper Justin Smith tops Reno field

Tie-down roper Justin Smith just missed making his Wrangler National Finals debut the past two years.

The Leesville, La., cowboy finished 17th and 18th in the world standings the past two seasons.

Smith took a big step to reaching the NFR Saturday night by winning the Reno Rodeo with a 26.7-second time on three head. He earned $13,484.

“This is the third time I have been to Reno, and I made the short round in 2019 and ended up breaking the barrier,” Smith said. “Tonight, I was just glad to get these spurs. This is definitely the biggest win of my career, and it couldn’t come at a better time starting off the summer and getting things rolling.”

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