Onion Ring leads K’s Thomson to pay window in back-to-back weeks

Onion Ring Leads K’s Thomson

It’s not often a saddle bronc rider gets to climb aboard the same horse more than once in a season. But luckily for Kenneth “K’s” Thomson lightning struck twice in the form of Korkow Rodeos’ Onion Ring.
 
Exactly a week apart, Thomson rode Onion Ring to rodeo wins in Gooding, Idaho, Aug. 20 and Bremerton, Wash., Aug. 27. It’s a stretch of luck he says usually doesn’t happen in ProRodeo.
 
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a horse in back-to-back weeks like that before,” said Thomson, 22. “Usually when you draw a horse a couple of times in a row it’s one you don’t like, and it seems like you can’t get away from them. This time I’d say it worked out pretty good for me.”
 
The first meeting between the two in Gooding ended in an 86.5-point ride for Thomson. Seven days later he one-upped himself, going for 88.5 points on his way to a first-place finish in Bremerton. He knew the opportunity was there to go bigger and better.
 
“I found out I had him in Bremerton when we were on our way to Gooding actually,” Thomson said. “In Gooding I know I didn’t ride him as good as I should have, so I was happy to have another shot at him that night.”
 
This season, Onion Ring has an average stock score of 44 points, with a 20% buck-off rate. In 13 successful rides this year, the average is nearly 87 points.
 
“He’s one of those that you always want to draw as a cowboy,” Thomson said. “He’s a true, honest horse that puts together a really good trip every time and gives you the opportunity to put up some good points on, that’s for sure.”
 
Thomson’s recent outs have him in line to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December. The Lundbreck, Alberta, native is 11th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $68,157 and fifth in the ProRodeo Tour presented by Pendleton Whisky.
 
RELATED: PRCA | RAM World Standings
 
He said his lifelong dream is looking like it could become a reality.
 
“I’m not going to do anything different the rest of the season, because what I’ve been doing has gotten me to this point,” Thomson said. “I try to not put any pressure on myself, I’d like to keep that pressure on my reins. But it would obviously mean a lot to get there and ride in those yellow bucking chutes.”

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Isaac Diaz wins in Kennewick with finals ride on Wild Cherry

Isaac Diaz wins in Kennewick

When two veterans get paired up for the first time in the finals at a stop on the ProRodeo Tour presented by Pendleton Whisky, fans can expect some fireworks. That’s just what happened on Aug. 28 when seven-time National Finals Rodeo saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz drew Calgary Stampede’s Wild Cherry at the Horse Heaven / Kennweick (Wash.) Round-Up.

Diaz spurred the infamous bucking horse to 88.5 points to win the final round of the round-up. The ride allowed Diaz to also take the average title with 174 points on two head, earning $5,998.

It was an important win at a crucial time for the Floridian who now calls Desdemona, Texas, home.

“It’s definitely do or die time,” Diaz said.

The veteran with more than $1.3 million in career earnings is 25th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with about a month left in the regular season.

The win was set up by a second-place finish in the first round aboard another Calgary Stampede horse, Uvid Bubbles, a ride worth 85.5 points.

The draws were a welcome relief after a relatively dry month.

“I haven’t been on many good ones lately, and so things hadn’t been feeling good,” Diaz said. “It felt good to be back on a bucker.”

His matchup with Wild Cherry, a horse known for putting up big scores but also being tough both inside the chute and out in the arena, was a first.

“She’s not as bad in there as she used to be,” Diaz said, but added he did have to reset his saddle before the ride. “She does this thing, we call it cheese grating, where she runs down the side of the chute, and it will make your saddle run back.”

After resetting things, Diaz used some advice from fellow competitor Kolby Wanchuk on the timing of the nod.

“She was still hard to spur out, but she left more squarely and gave me a good, clean shot out of there,” Diaz said.

After collecting the title, Diaz hit the road, heading to see his family – wife, Britany, and daughter, Whitlee, 2, who spend part of the summer in North Dakota.

“I haven’t seen them in about two and a half weeks, which is probably the longest I’ve been away from them since she was born,” Diaz said. He opted to turn out of his next rodeo to squeeze in the trip. “If I hadn’t turned out, it would end up being over a month … I just needed to recoup a bit.”

As Diaz finishes the season, including the ProRodeo Tour Finale in Salinas, Calif., he’s also embarking on a new career next month – he’ll be an assistant coach for the rodeo program at his alma mater, Tarleton State University.

“Sometimes I would get nervous when in this position because typically, if you don’t make the Finals, fall gets tight,” Diaz said. “But with this new job, things are taken care of.

“I’d love to go back (to the Finals) but you can’t force it. So, I’ll just try to capitalize where I draw good and not get on anything that brings negative vibes. I’ve got a lot of rodeos left. I’m not tapped out.”

Other winners at the $302,643 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tanner Green ($3,597, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Cole Reiner (177.5 points on two head); steer wrestler Rowdy Parrot (11.3 seconds on three head); team ropers Clay Tryan and Jake Long (15.3 seconds on three head); tie-down roper Quade Hiatt (24.5 seconds on three head); barrel racer Destri Devenport (34.16 seconds on two runs); breakaway roper Sarah Morrissey (5.0 seconds on two head); and bull rider Clayton Sellars (166.5 points on two head).

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Tanner Brunner wins in Bremerton in scramble for NFR

Tanner Brunner Wins in Bremerton

Steer wrestler Tanner Brunner’s 2021 season has not gone according to plan.

The Ramona, Kan., cowboy who qualified for the last three National Finals Rodeos is making a frantic push to keep his NFR streak alive.

Brunner, who entered the weekend 30th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings, helped his cause by winning the Kitsap Stampede with a 3.6-second run Friday in Bremerton, Wash.

The rodeo was part of the ProRodeo Tour presented by Pendleton Whisky.

“I had no idea I won,” said Brunner, who found out he’d won when ProRodeo.com called him late Friday night while he was sitting on a plane in Minneapolis. “It feels great to get this win. I needed the Tour points and I need to keep pushing this late in the year.”

Brunner made his run in Bremerton in slack Friday morning and earned $4,090.

“I knew I had a chance, and I just had to score a little bit and use what I drew,” Brunner said. “I was riding my horse Miss Kitty, and J.D. Struxness was hazing for me. I know I’m kind of a long shot to qualify for the NFR so every win I get certainly helps. I don’t even know if I had ever placed in Bremerton before Friday, so this feels good.”

Considering he has a good chunk of ground to make up in the world standings in a short period of time, Brunner would love to qualify for the ProRodeo Tour Finale, which will pay $1 million to contestants and other PRCA members at California Rodeo Salinas, Sept. 23-26.

“I need to keep picking up those Tour points so I can get to the ProRodeo Tour Finale and give myself a chance,” said Brunner, 28.

Up next for Brunner is Rapid City, S.D., Saturday morning in slack.

“The rest of my crew was out in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, (Friday night) and they dropped me off on the side of the interstate, and I got an Uber headed toward the Seattle airport and they kept on trucking to Coeur d’Alene,” Brunner said. “I had to catch a flight in Seattle, and I had a connection in Minneapolis and then on to Rapid City. After Rapid City, I will be up in Pueblo (Colo.) Sunday. It was a longer than usual Uber drive. It was about 30 minutes, and after finding out I won in Bremerton it made the ride worth it.”

Other winners at the $156,697 rodeo were all-around cowboy Stetson Wright ($6,189, saddle bronc riding and bull riding); bareback rider Clayton Biglow (90 points on Macza Pro Rodeo’s OLS Tubs Stevie Knicks); team ropers Nelson Wyatt/Levi Lord (4.1 seconds); saddle bronc rider K’s Thomson (88.5 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Onion Ring); tie-down ropers Taylor Santos and Paden Bray (8.2 seconds each); barrel racer Dona Kay Rule (16.92 seconds); and bull rider Stetson Wright (88.5 points on Macza Pro Rodeo’s OLS Tubs Riggs).

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Dawson Hay wins PRCA Xtreme Broncs Tour after $26,000 night

Dawson Hay wins PRCA Xtreme Broncs

Dawson Hay showed why he’s in the hunt for a saddle bronc riding world championship on Thursday night in Rapid City, S.D.
 
The Wildwood, Alberta, cowboy continued his impressive season by winning his first PRCA Xtreme Broncs Tour title with $62,254 after winning the PRCA Xtreme Broncs Tour Finale.
 
Hay took it to the 25-rider field at the Xtreme Broncs Tour Finale, winning the two-head average with 179 points to edge out Wade Sundell – who split the 2019 Xtreme Broncs Tour Finale title – by a half point.
 
Hay earned $26,678 at the finale after tying for second in the first round, winning the short go and winning the average. The average win was worth $14,241.
 
“It’s an incredible feeling, and honestly, I just feel truly blessed to be healthy this time of year for once,” said Hay, 23. “It’s one of the first years I’ve been completely healthy, and to be able to compete at rodeos like these I’m tickled pink.”
 
He secured not only the finale win but the tour title with a 92-point ride on Sutton Rodeo’s South Point in the short round. It’s a horse he last faced at the 2019 National Finals Rodeo.
 
“I got on that horse in the 10th round of the NFR in 2019 and I was 88 points there,” Hay said. “I knew they won this deal on her last time, so there was a possibility for a big score. That horse gives you everything you need to win, you just have to do your job.”
 
Hay wrapped up the 2021 PRCA Xtreme Broncs Tour in the top spot with $62,254, nearly doubling two-time World Champion Zeke Thurston’s runner-up tour earnings of $36,906.
 
The win moves Hay one step closer to a return trip to the Wrangler NFR. He finished 18th in the world a year ago.
 
“Last year didn’t go the way I wanted to, but this year everything seems to be back on track,” Hay said. “My goal for this year was to enter the NFR in the top five positions, and this sets me up really good to do that.”
 
But the young saddle bronc rider knows there’s still work left to be done if he wants to win his first gold buckle. With a month left in the regular season he sits fourth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings.
 
RELATED: PRCA | RAM World Standings
 
“Each year I set attainable goals for myself, and this year it was to be in the top 5,” Hay said. “Anything else is extra for me. I’m just going to go into it from here on out with no safety on and just hope for the best. To win a gold buckle is everyone’s ultimate goal in this sport.”
 
For more coverage of the Xtreme Broncs Tour Finale, check out the Sept. 3 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.

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Xtreme Broncs Finale on tap for PRCA saddle bronc riders

Xtreme Broncs Finale

The field is set for the 2021 PRCA  Xtreme Broncs Tour Finale  Aug. 26 in Rapid City, S.D.
 
The event will feature some of the best saddle bronc riders the sport has to offer. It’s an outing the cowboys look forward to all season long.
 
“It’s always a really fun event and it’s one of the biggest events a guy can win during the season,” said Shorty Garrett, 28. “If a guy can have a good Xtreme Broncs Finale it can push him right into the mix to get into the (Wrangler) NFR and that’s what everyone is trying to do.”
 
Last year’s champion Ryder Wright is back in the field. Wright won the short round in 2020 with a 91.5-point ride on Sutton Rodeo’s South Point, that ride helped him secure the average win as well. Brody Cress split the inaugural Xtreme Broncs Tour Finale championship with Wade Sundell in 2019.

Dawson Hay ($35,576) and Stetson Wright ($30,336) are first and second in the Xtreme Broncs Tour standings. Both are in the field.
 
“You know you have to bring your ‘A’ game when you go up there to Rapid City because all the best guys are going to be there,” said Wyatt Casper. “You have to ride your butt off and hope you draw good. I can’t wait for it.”
 
The Xtreme Broncs event will start out with 25 riders in the first round. The top eight scores from round one advance to the finals. It’s a format the cowboys don’t always see, but one they say they’re prepared for at this point in the season.
 
“Earlier in the season it could be something that could throw a guy off, but we are all deep in the season now and we’re used to getting on a bunch of horses,” Casper said. “So, I think we’re ready to go and are all prepared to get on two (horses) in a couple hours.”
 
The event provides cowboys like Shorty Garrett with a huge opportunity. Garrett is currently sitting 17th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings, just outside the Top 15 that qualify for the NFR. He says while the pressure is there to perform, he’s going to take it horse by horse and enjoy the moment.
 
“There’s still a lot of days left to go in the rodeo season, so you can’t let all the pressure mount up on this event,” Garrett said. “We all just need to keep having fun and do what we know how to do. I’m ready for the challenge it’s going to bring.”
 
This year’s event will air on the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel Plus App at 8 p.m. ET.

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Cole Patterson breaks PRCA steer roping regular season earnings record

Cole Patterson breaks PRCA steer

Cole Patterson put his name in the ProRodeo record book.
 
The Pratt, Kan., cowboy broke the record for the most money won by a steer roper in the PRCA regular season before the National Finals Steer Roping.
 
Patterson shattered the record at the Days of ’76 Stand Alone Steer Roping in Deadwood, S.D., Aug 22-23. He won two rounds and the average to take home $7,488. That payday bumped his season total to $96,533, which broke the record of $89,427 set by Tuf Cooper in 2018.
 
 “I don’t know if it’s totally hit yet that I’m now the record holder,” said Patterson, 26. “A big win takes a couple days before you realized what happened and I think that’s the case for me right now.”

The PRCA regular season concludes Sept. 30.
 
Last weekend, Patterson was $194 shy of breaking the regular season earnings record. He acknowledged he heard the chatter all around him, but he just tried to stay focused.
 
“People were talking about it, and you hear about it in different places, so whether you want it to be or not it’s always kind of in the back of your mind,” Patterson said. “But you can’t think about things like that, you just have to try to do what you do every day and do your job on the steer they draw you.”
 
After finishing a career-best fourth in the 2020 PRCA | RAM World Standings, Patterson is now the top earning steer roper in the history of the sport before the NFSR. It’s something he had hoped for, but never imagined coming true as he prepared for the 2021 season.
 
“In any sport you hope to be the best, but you never plan on breaking records like I did this year,” Patterson said.
 
Patterson’s in prime position to capture his inaugural world championship, he currently sits atop the world standings. He said accomplishing that goal is what he’s really fighting for but having his name in the record books is a cherry on top for his magical season so far.

Rocky Patterson, Cole’s father, is a four-time PRCA Steer Roping World Champion in 2009-2010, 2012 and 2016.
 
“This is where you want to be right now because a lead going into the (NFSR) is definitely an advantage,” Patterson said. “Now I just need to stay focused and go get that title, it’s definitely what we’re all after when the season starts. Anybody who rodeos for a living who says they aren’t out there for that is lying to you. So, it would truly mean everything to get that done this year.”

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PRCA Weekly Recap: Stetson Wright takes home three titles in Caldwell, Idaho

Stetson Wright takes home three titles

Stetson Wright showed why he’s one of the top cowboys in the world this past weekend at the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo.
 
Wright put up the top bull riding score of the week (Aug.16-22). The reigning world champion had a 92-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Top Shelf to win the rodeo.
 
“He was just a great bull that played to the left, right into my hand really, I couldn’t have asked for anything better that night in Caldwell (Idaho),” said Wright, 22.
 
There was more where that came from for the Milford, Utah, native.  He also took home the bareback riding title and all-around cowboy honors.
 
“This whole summer has been really good for me, and it seems like it just keeps getting better and better,” Wright said.”I think these wins definitely give me a nice little boost, but I try not to think about it. I just keep trying to ride and do my job. It’s worked out pretty good for me so far this season.”
 
Wright’s success last week came with a hefty payday. In three rodeos he earned $22,453, with $14,438 of that coming from his outing in Caldwell. The money won in bareback pushed him into the No.1 spot in the latest PRCA | RAM World Standings, now $1,473 ahead of his brother Ryder Wright.
 
“He (Ryder) isn’t sweating me, I can tell you that for sure,” Wright said. “There’s still a lot of work left to be done. I’m not satisfied with where I’m at right now, I want to keep getting better. I mean it’s been one of the best years I’ve ever had, if not the best, but I still have that motivation that I can be even better.”

With five weeks left to go in the regular season, Wright is closing in on the PRCA record for the most money earned in the all-around standings before the NFR. That record is held by ProRodeo legend Trevor Brazile who earned $282,242 before the NFR in 2015. Wright is $29,763 away from breaking Brazile’s record. The regular season ends Sept. 30.

Below are the other top times and rides for the week of Aug. 16-22.
 
Clayton Biglow put together the highest scored bareback ride of the week. He had a 92-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Xplosive Skies at the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo on Aug. 20.
 
Rowdy Parrott had the fastest steer wrestling time last week. Parrott clocked a 3.3-second run in Canby on Aug. 20.
 
Brenten Hall and Chase Tryan posted the fastest team roping time of the week. The duo stopped the clock in 4.1 seconds at the Gooding (Idaho) Pro Rodeo on Aug. 19.
 
Mitch Pollock had the highest saddle bronc riding score this past week. He put together a 90-point ride on Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s Red Horse Crossing at the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo in Burley, Idaho, on Aug. 21.
 
Two cowboys tied for the fastest tie-down roping times of the week. Riley Webb clocked a 7.0-second run at the Mesquite (Texas) Championship Rodeo Aug.21, while Macon Murphy had the same time at the Yellowstone River Round-up in Billings, Mont., on Aug. 20.
 
Three different cowgirls tied for the quickest breakaway roping time this past week. Martha Angelone, Kayelen Helton, and Rickie Engesser all stopped the clock in 2.2 seconds from Aug. 20-22.
 
Maggie Poloncic clocked the fastest barrel racing time of the week. Poloncic put together a 14.22-second run at the Yellowstone River Round-Up on Aug. 20.
 
Scott Snedecor continued to impress this past week with the fastest steer roping time. He clocked an 8.8-second run at the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo in Douglas, Wyo., on Aug. 18.

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Shad Mayfield wins Caldwell Night Rodeo with heavy heart

Shad Mayfield wins Caldwell Night Rodeo

Shad Mayfield took another small step towards repeating as the PRCA Tie-Down Roping World Champion at the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo Aug. 21. 

The Clovis, N.M., cowboy took home the title by winning the average with a  23.1-second time on three head. It was his seventh rodeo win this season, but this one meant even more to the reigning world champ. 

“I dedicated my run tonight to rodeo secretary Brenda Crowder,” said Mayfield 20. “She passed away this morning (Aug. 21) and I told myself I wanted to get the win for her. She’s always been like family to me, and all the contestants would say the same thing. She’s the best lady you’ll ever meet and we’re all going to miss her for sure.”

RELATED: Award-winning secretary/timer Brenda Crowder passes away

With Brenda Crowder heavy on his heart Mayfield delivered an inspired performance in the finals. He secured the win with a 7.8-second run, which capped off three straight round wins in Caldwell.

“My horse (Rampage) he’s a big part of all my success,” Mayfield said. “He was so good this weekend in Caldwell, he made it easy for me in all the rounds. I had three really good calves and I took advantage of that, I used them up, and ended up winning all three rounds.”

RELATED: Bull rider Braden Richardson wins in Baker, Mont.

Those three round wins brought Mayfield a hefty payday. He earned $13,676 to add to his already impressive 2021 season.  The Caldwell Night Rodeo is a stop on the ProRodeo Tour presented by Pendleton Whisky.

“I love to win and that’s why I do this,” Mayfield said. “Like I’ve always said every dollar counts and coming off a world title makes me want to get another one. I’m trying to bump myself up there in the world standings before the end of the season. I’m sitting fourth right now, but I really want to go into the finals No. 1.”

He hopes the Caldwell win will give himthe momentum to do just that.

PRCA | RAM World Standings

“You know this win is huge for me, and I’m dang sure going as hard as possible until Oct. 1,” Mayfield said. “I hope I can keep this momentum rolling right into the (Wrangler) NFR.”

The PRCA regular season ends Sept. 30.

RELATED: Complete results Caldwell 

Other winners at the $339,778 rodeo were all-around cowboy Stetson Wright, $14,438 (saddle bronc riding and bull riding); bareback riders Cole Reiner and Kaycee Feild (173 points each on two head); steer wrestler Clayton Haas (13.3 seconds on three head); team ropers Tyler Wade/Trey Yates (15.5 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Stetson Wright (176 points on two head); barrel racer Ivy Saebens (51.94 seconds on three runs); and bull rider Stetson Wright (92 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Top Shelf).

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Braden Richardson gets clutch win in Baker, Mont.

Braden Richardson gets clutch win

Since claiming the title at the prestigious Cody (Wyo.) Stampede some six weeks ago, ProRodeo bull rider Braden Richardson hadn’t been able to ride that wave into more big wins to get into serious contention for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo berth.

Fortunately, the Fallon County Fair & Rodeo in Baker, Mont., came along at just the right time to point the 26-year-old from Jasper, Texas, back in the right direction.

“This is great, because I needed a win,” Richardson said. “I’ve been staying on lately but haven’t been winning. This ought to help me out and close that gap.”

Richardson had an 88.5-points ride on C5 Rodeo’s Daytime Crime – previously unridden in six attempts – Saturday to win the title and $4,371. Richardson’s ride was a rodeo record, eclipsing the 87.5-point ride by bull rider Tim Bingham in 2018. 

Richardson entered the week ranked No. 21 in the PRCA | RAM World Standings, some $11,000 out of the 15th and final qualifying spot for the upcoming Wrangler NFR, Dec. 2-11 in Las Vegas. 

Registering the first qualified ride on a rank bull can only help restore his confidence moving forward.

“I was excited about having him, because I knew he was a bucker and was going to fit my style,” Richardson said. “But he didn’t ride quite as smooth as I was expecting. I’m happy I stayed aggressive and stayed moving throughout the entire eight seconds, or he would have easily bucked me off.”

Instead, it marked Richardson’s third ride of the week in five attempts, an attempt he nearly missed.

“I woke up a little late this morning, or make that this afternoon,” Richardson said. “I’ve been rodeoing by myself all year, sleeping in my truck, and I took two NyQuils last night after my rodeo in Billings. Well, I woke up at noon, and was an hour and a half away and the rodeo started at 1. I ate a beef jerky stick, drank a cup of coffee, and showed up in perfect time. Luckily, I wasn’t too far away.”

Now, he’s just looking forward to the home stretch of the regular season which ends Sept. 30.

“A few weeks ago, I made some short-terms goals, to try to win $10,000 every week,” Richardson said. “If I can do that, it’ll be easy to get back into the top 15. After the first week, I won $11,000, then $7,000 the next week. This week, I’m nearly halfway there after winning here (in Baker). I’m just going to keep my head down and stay positive, to keep staying on and not slow down.”

Other winners at the $191,301 rodeo were bareback rider Ty Breuer (90.5 points on C5 Rodeo’s Black Feathers); steer wrestlers Brady Boyce and Tucker Allen (3.4 seconds each); team ropers Clay Ullery/Matt Zancanella (4.7 seconds); saddle bronc rider Stetson Wright (88.5 points on C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills); tie-down roper Chance Thiessen (7.8 seconds); barrel racers Lexie Goss and Jessica Routier (17.07 seconds each) and steer roper Slade Wood (34.5 seconds on three head). Thiessen earned all-around cowboy honors winning $5,492 in tie-down roping and team roping.

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Latest PSN: Joe Bell, 66 years young and still winning rodeos

Joe Bell, 66 Years Young

Like most steer wrestlers, Joe Bell Sr. doesn’t see a reason to stop bulldogging.

Unlike most steer wrestlers, at the age of 66, Bell is still going strong wrestling steers. While plenty of bulldoggers slow down and stop well before they cross the half-century mark, Bell keeps chugging along, even winning a rodeo this summer.

He’s not sure how long he’ll continue to do it, but he’s enjoying it while it lasts.

“I’ve looked at other hobbies and I can’t find anything I really want to do that makes me happy besides being out here rodeoing,” Bell said. “I wish I could give you a real good answer as to why I’m still doing it, but I’m about half nuts, I guess.”

Read more about Bell’s steer wrestling adventures in the Aug. 20, 2021, edition of ProRodeo Sports News.

Also in the latest edition of PSN:

* Hall of Fame Notable Bob Thain, who passed away recently, is remembered for his contributions to rodeo and the PRCA.

* Montana Circuit cowboy Jade Gardner got most of his rodeo knowledge from his mom, Shari, who passed away last year.

* Clint Summers made the NFR as a heeler in 2018. This season, after some sage advice from Trevor Brazile, Summers could make the NFR as a header.

* Plenty of ProRodeo Tour coverage, including Dodge City Roundup, Lea County PRCA Rodeo and Farm-City ProRodeo.

* Latest edition of PRCA Business Journal.

* Past editions of ProRodeo Sports News.

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