Garrett Shadbolt eyes repeat at RAM Prairie Circuit Finals

Garrett Shadbolt eyes repeat

Garrett Shadbolt accomplished a lifelong goal this season and that was qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this December.

Now his focus shift towards another goal, this weekend at the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals in Duncan, Okla. Shadbolt will look to repeat as the bareback riding champ.

Last season he won both rounds and the average, finishing with 163 points on two head. He’s excited to return to Oklahoma this year with an opportunity to get his 2022 season rolling.

“I’m pretty dang excited to get down there, so far in my career I’ve always had really good luck in Duncan,” said Shadbolt, 25. “A lot of those guys in the Prairie Circuit are close friends, so it’ll be good to catchup with them.”

Shadbolt finished 10th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings in 2021. He credits the money he won in Duncan and at the National Circuit Finals Rodeo for putting him in that position.

RELATED: PRCA | RAM World Standings

“One of the main reasons I gun to make the circuit finals is because the money counts for the next season,” he said. “I had a great circuit finals last year and a great RAM National Circuit Finals and that’s what I needed to get me hot. It really made a difference in me qualifying for the Finals. If the strategy works you keep doing it.”

And he plans to use this rodeo to knock off some rust in preparation for the NFR.

“It’s a mini NFR for me, the only difference is it’s three head versus 10 head,” Shadbolt said. “A guy needs to go down there and knock off a little bit of rust. I’ve been home for a couple weeks now, but hopefully this will sharpen me up and get me ready for the Finals.”

The three-day championship event will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 14 and crown winners on Saturday, Oct. 16. The action will stream live on the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel Plus App at 8:30 p.m. ET nightly.

Here is the complete list of last year’s winner at the 2020 RAM Prairie Circuit Finals.

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Wrangler NFR, NFSR photographers selected for 2021

NFSR Photographers Selected for 2021

The PRCA is excited to announce the selections for the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo photographers.

The in-arena photographers will be Phil Doyle and Rod Connor.

The behind-the scenes photographers are Clay Guardipee and Roseanna Sales.

The Wrangler NFR returns to the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas Dec. 2-11.

Click Thompson will shoot the National Finals Steer Roping at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan., Nov. 12-13. It will be his first time shooting the NFSR.

Shooting the Wrangler NFR or the NFSR is one of the most prestigious honors a ProRodeo photographer can receive.

Doyle will be shooting in the arena at the NFR for the second time, the first in 2018. He also shot behind the scenes in 2017.

Connor will be making his first appearance at the NFR. He photographed the NFSR in 2020.

Guardipee and Sales were both photographers at the Wrangler NFR in 2020 in Arlington, Texas.

This will be the third consecutive NFR that Guardipee has photographed. Sales will also be making her third appearance as an NFR photographer, having shot in 2017 (behind the scenes) and 2020 (in the arena).

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Steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy captures first-round win at ProRodeo Tour Finale in Salinas

Steer Wrestler Curtis Cassidy

SALINAS, Calif. – Curtis Cassidy is 42 years old and obviously age is just a number to the veteran steer wrestler.

The Donalda, Alberta, cowboy is on the cusp of qualifying for his eighth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo after winning the first round at the ProRodeo Tour Finale at California Rodeo Salinas with a 5.3-second run.

Cassidy made his run Thursday night and it held as the top time after the second batch of competitors finished the first round Friday night.

“I got a real good start, and I was using Tanner Milan’s horse, Eddie,” Cassidy said. “And, it all came together.”

Cassidy owns Tyson, a standout horse, but he took him back to Canada to compete on him in rodeos there. He then rode Eddie, 9, at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up and now in Salinas.

“Eddie really works well at the rodeos I have been riding him,” Cassidy said. “It’s definitely unique competing in Salinas. You have to run them way the heck out there. The good part is you have a good head of steam when you catch them. It’s fun once you catch them, but it is a little hairy waiting to get there. 

“My steer didn’t run really hard and let me catch him and get my feet on the ground. That’s what you want here is steer who waits on you.”

Cassidy entered the ProRodeo Tour Finale 14th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $59,082. He earned $2,300 for winning the first round at the ProRodeo Tour Finale.

“This is the crunch time part of the year and I’m tickled pink to win the first round (in Salinas),” Cassidy said. 

The ProRodeo Tour Finale continues Saturday at 1 p.m. (PDT) with the second round and concludes Sept. 26 with an eight-man semifinal round and a four-man sudden-death finals. 

Cowboys in the top 24 of the ProRodeo Tour standings qualified for the ProRodeo Tour Finale. The ProRodeo Tour Finale will pay out $1 million to contestants and other PRCA members right before the PRCA regular season ends Sept. 30. 

“I travel with guys who are younger in Tanner Milan, Jesse Brown and Scott Guenther and they keep me motivated to keep going,” Cassidy said. “I would love to get back to Las Vegas. That would be amazing. I’m knocking on the door right now and hopefully I can pull through.”

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Tristan Martin searching for NFR debut while leading at Pendleton

Tristan Martin Searching for WNFR

The early half of the 2021 season wasn’t going well for steer wrestler Tristan Martin.

As winter gradually became spring, the 25-year-old from Sulphur, La., realized he needed a change. If he wanted to get things rolling and possibly have a shot at making the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo he needed to shake things up.

Enter Hunter Cure and Cade Staton. Martin asked if he could jump in their rig and travel with them.

Cure is a five-time NFR qualifier and a two-time PRCA World Champion. Staton has been competing in ProRodeo since 2012. He also has some good horses.

Since jumping in with those two, Martin’s season has taken off. Entering the Pendleton Round-Up he was the bubble, sitting 15th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings, trying to hold off Cody Devers by less than $200.

Martin got to work early in Pendleton. He split the win in the first round with a time of 4.5 seconds to earn $3,355. His time of 6.8 in the second round has him in the lead in the average with 11.3 seconds on two head heading into Saturday’s finals.

RELATED: Kincade Henry makes finals in Pendleton

It’s continued a successful run for Martin over the last few months

“This fourth quarter has been great for me,” he said. “Everything’s just clicking and rolling right along. … I started riding Cade Staton’s horse and started winning. And Hunter is a great person to be around. We have a lot of fun and it’s straight business. … He (Hunter) is a great mentor and I’m thankful to be around him.”

While his first run felt great, his second one was a bit shaky. Nothing to sneeze at on the infield grass in the Pendleton arena.

“My first run was real good, obviously placing in the first round,” Martin said. “My second round, a bunch of stuff happened – I got a bad start and it went bad real quickly. But it came together at the end. It all worked out.”

While Martin is battling to hold onto a berth for the Wrangler NFR (it would be his first), his traveling mate Cure is also hoping to rally late and grab a spot. Cure is 20th in the standings, about $5,000 behind Martin.

After Pendleton, Martin is planning on hitting Albuquerque, N.M., Sunday, and Amarillio, Texas, and the ProRodeo Tour Finale next week.

“It’s such an adrenaline rush, right now,” Martin said about being in the NFR hunt. “You’re nervous at the same time, but in the end you can’t let the nerves get to you. You have to keep nodding your head and you hope for the best.”

As the average leader, Martin will be out last in Saturday’s finals. He’ll be checking the standings overnight and might spend time thinking about what he has to do and running numbers, but when he backs into the box aboard Staton’s horse FedEx, all those thoughts go out the window.

“The pressure is always in the back of your mind,” he said. “But as professionals, we just deal with pressure, that’s how we work. If you win, you make money. If you don’t win, you don’t make any money. So the pressure, I don’t want to say it’s not there, but it is. But you just keep going.”

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Top riders to compete in Pendleton Whisky Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale Sept. 13-14

Top Riders Whisky Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale

Nearly a year of rodeoing is in the books and it’s time to name the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour champion presented by Pendleton Whisky.

The top 24 bull riders in the world will battle it out in Pendleton, Ore., Sept. 13-14, for a big payday and the coveted Xtreme Bulls Tour title.

Six-time PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey and PRCA | RAM World Standings leaders powers the charge into Pendleton. He also sits atop the Xtreme Bulls Tour standings, with $95,291. He’s excited for the opportunity that the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale provides in the final month of the season.

“It’s an event that a guy wants to win every year, I mean the world standings directly coincide with Xtreme Bulls standings for the most part,” said Kimzey, 27. “So, it’s something that I’ve always really focused on in my career. I’ve been pretty fortunate over the years in this (Xtreme Bulls), so a Tour title would mean a lot for sure.”

Kimzey, who has won the Xtreme Bulls Tour title a record four times in 2015, 2017, 2018-2019, won’t be the only cowboy vying for acclaim at the two-day event. Last year’s PRCA Xtreme Bulls champion Josh Frost is back in the field. A change in the finale’s competition format has Frost more than up for the challenge.

“In past years it’s always just been one long round and a short round, this year they’ve made it a four header,” said Frost, 26. “So, it’s going to be crucial to take it one bull at a time and I’m willing to bet the guy who gets four bulls rode is going to come out on top.

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“The money available at the finale is unreal and it’s a great opportunity. No matter what position you’re sitting in it’s going to have a big impact on the world standings by the end of the week.”

The Tour Finale begins at 11 p.m. (EDT) Monday night on The Cowboy Channel and PRCA on Channel Plus App with two rounds. On Sept. 14 , there will be a third long-go and a progressive round.

“Pendleton is a place that’s just seeping in tradition, and you know coming over for the Xtreme Bulls finals it’s going to be a dang good event,” Kimzey said. “I’m pumped for sure; I mean this is what we all look forward to all year, and that’s a shot at the finale.”

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Lewiston win puts ‘Pepp’ in Dylan Schroeder’s step

Lewiston Win Puts ‘Pepp’ in Dylan Schroeder’s Step

Coming off a win at the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup, steer wrestler Dylan Schroeder is feeling hopeful about the last few weeks of his season.

And he said he has his friends’ horse, Pepp, to thank for the 3.8-second victory.

“I was riding Gabe and Gavin Soileau’s horse (Pepp). He’s good in the box so I knew he was going to let me take the start I wanted to, and after that it all kind of just fell into place,” Schroeder said.

Having a good horse on the road with him has made all the difference. Now, Schroeder can focus on his mindset and leave the rest up to Pepp.

“(Riding Pepp) lets me just focus on the steer wrestling part of it and go into every rodeo like it’s the last one and go for it,” said Schroeder, who earned $3,387 in Lewiston.

This is Schroeder’s second season on the ProRodeo circuit, bringing a noticeable difference in his mindset and performance. He’s already more than doubled last year’s earnings and has his eyes on the ProRodeo Tour Finale, set for Sept. 23-26 in Salinas, Calif.

With only a few rodeos left on his schedule, and needing to pick up points, a win in Lewiston was valuable. He entered the weekend 48th in the standings on the ProRodeo Tour presented by Pendleton Whisky.

“We’re right on the edge of getting in the Tour Finale, so hopefully we get in there. (I have to) do well at Pendleton (Ore.) and Albuquerque (N.M.),” Schroeder said. “We’re in Puyallup (Wash.) tonight. We went a little long to get into the short round, but we’ll get some Tour points which will be good.

“Hopefully we can sneak in this Tour finale.”

The check from Lewiston will be Schroeder’s first since the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo Aug. 17-21. Before the win, Schroeder was 26th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $38,774.

Though he admits the last week or so has been slow, Schroeder said he’s gotten used to battling through the highs and lows of the long season.

This season has been especially competitive, said Schroeder, making it even more difficult to be a consistent money winner.

“It’s just been kind of a slow grind,” he said. “You get in slumps, and you just have to know that you belong and just wait until you draw a good one and capitalize on it.”

Schroeder is hoping for more steers like his in Lewiston and more opportunities to capitalize on. His goal for the remainder of the season is to stay hot.

“(A win) feels good coming into the end of the year too because I’m trying to fight to the end, get right inside the top 20,” he said. “That would be good at the end right here, get on a hot streak going into Pendleton and Albuquerque, finish the year off strong.”

Other winners at the $138,367 rodeo were bareback rider Caleb Bennett (87 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics’ Shoutin Shoes); team ropers Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison (4.2 seconds); saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (88.5 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics’ Pendleton Roundup’s Marquee); tie-down ropers Shane Hanchey and Adam Gray (8.6 seconds each); barrel racer Amanda Welsh (16.92 seconds); steer roper Thomas Smith (21.6 seconds on two head); and bull riders Roscoe Jarboe (88.5 points on Macza Pro Rodeo’s Lap Dance) and Trey Benton III (88.5 points on Macza Pro Rodeo’s Ols Tubs Riggs).

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Cory Solomon grabs early tie-down roping lead in Puyallup

Cory Solomon Grabs Early Tie-Down Roping

Tie-down roper Cory Solomon is coming off a stretch where he placed at just one rodeo over the course of three weeks, but it looks like his luck might be changing at the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo.
 
He put together an 8.0-second run on Sept. 9 to take the early lead in Puyallup. He credits his turn around in the Pacific Northwest to his young, up and coming horse.
 
“My No. 1 horse (Brazil) has been a little sore as of late, so I decided to put my younger horse (Cisco) on the trailer as my No. 1,” said Solomon, 31. “I knew he was a good horse, I just didn’t know he’d end up being that good.”
 
Solomon is sitting comfortably inside the Top 15 of the PRCA | RAM World Standings at sixth with $96,825. He’s been taking the last few weeks of the season slower than he has in years past.
 
RELATED: PRCA | RAM World Standings
 
“I’m sitting in a good position right now, so for the last few weeks I’ve only been going to a couple of rodeos a week,” Solomon said. “I’m just trying to be smart and save my horses. I think it’s important to keep myself fresh as we head into the fall and winter.”
 
Despite a slower pace, he still has his sights on what he wants to accomplish before the regular season comes to a close.
 
“By the time the season wraps up I want to be within one NFR round or so away from the guy in the No. 1 spot,” Solomon said. “That will give me a great shot because we all know anything can happen at the NFR.”
 
You can catch the remaining rounds of the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo on the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel Plus App

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Clint Johnson named 2021 Legend of ProRodeo

Clint Johnson named 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – ProRodeo Hall of Fame saddle bronc rider Clint Johnson has been named the 2021 Legend of ProRodeo.

Johnson will be honored at the 14th annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. (PT) at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“I just found this news out, and it is pretty exciting,” said Johnson, 65. “I absolutely did not think this was an option for me. This is quite an honor. There’s been a list of prominent people who have received this honor, and I’m quite excited to be among them. I would like to thank the selection committee for choosing me, and I’m looking forward to a fun event.”

Johnson began his rodeo career at age 10, and his smooth, consistent style of riding saddle bronc horses led to 11 consecutive qualifications for the National Finals Rodeo from 1979-89. In those 11 career NFR trips he won four world championships (1980, 1987-89) and finished no worse than sixth in the world standings. He also won the NFR average in 1989.

“When you think of legends, you think of greatness. When you think of legends in rodeo, you think of those that accomplished greatness both inside and outside the rodeo arena,” said Kent Sturman, Director of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. “Clint Johnson is a four-time world champion and achieved an overwhelming amount of greatness in the rodeo arena throughout his career, starting in 4-H rodeo, continuing through high school and college rodeo and during his tenure in professional rodeo. And Clint is one of those cowboys who has demonstrated greatness outside of the arena, continually giving back to a sport that he loves by serving on boards, conducting schools and clinics, and providing his expertise to many programs and events throughout rodeo. He was an obvious choice as this year’s Legend of ProRodeo.”

Johnson was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1992 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“None of these honors, like the Legend of ProRodeo and being in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, are expected,” Johnson said. “Going through my career I tried to stay under the radar, but the Legend of ProRodeo is a great honor to be recognized by members of the organization and my peers.”

Johnson, who spent four years on the PRCA Board of Directors serving as vice chairman, was born in Spearfish, S.D. Johnson lived there until moving to the Amarillo, Texas, area where he has lived since 1988.

“Rodeo is the No. 1 sport in South Dakota,” Johnson said. “It was the thing to do when I was growing up. We all wanted to be cowboys, and we all wanted to be bronc riders. I was lucky enough to live that dream. I kept my goals pretty simple and tried to make the best ride I could every time. I wasn’t worried about winning rodeos. I was lucky enough to have a real fortunate career and I have received honors no one could dream of.”

Johnson also won his share of prestigious rodeos, including taking home the Calgary Stampede Rodeo’s $50,000 bonus three times.

Johnson also won in Cheyenne, Wyo., Salinas, Calif., Reno, Nev., San Antonio, Fort Worth, Texas, Ellensburg, Wash., Red Bluff, Calif., Greeley, Colo., San Francisco, Spanish Fork, Utah, and Prescott, Ariz.

Since Johnson stopped rodeoing, he’s been in the ranching business.

“I have a small ranch operation and run a few cows,” he said. 

Johnson is the 16th man to be honored as a Legend of ProRodeo, following Jake Barnes, Jim Shoulders, Clem McSpadden, Harry Vold, Larry Mahan, Shawn Davis, Dean Oliver, Donnie Gay, Benny Binion, Mel Potter, Neal Gay, Michael Gaughan, Keith Martin, Cotton Rosser and Bob Tallman.

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RodeoHouston adds breakaway roping for 2022

RodeoHouston Adds Breakaway Roping 2022

SEPT. 7, 2021 — HOUSTON — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Today, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced that women’s breakaway roping will debut at the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series in 2022.
 
Breakaway roping, sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), is an all-women’s event that has recently been added to professional rodeos across the country. At the National Finals Breakaway Roping in Arlington, Texas, the 2020 WPRA World Champion was crowned.
 
“Breakaway roping is the fastest-growing event in rodeo, and we are thrilled to feature our second women’s rodeo event at RODEOHOUSTON in 2022,” said Chris Boleman, rodeo president and CEO. “Like women’s barrel racing, breakaway roping is fast-paced and requires strong horsemanship skills, and it’s an event that promises to keep rodeo fans on the edge of their seats.” 
 
Breakaway roping will be held seven nights during the 2022 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series, a tournament-style competition that crowns an event champion in bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, women’s barrel racing and now, women’s breakaway roping. RODEOHOUSTON will offer equal pay in the breakaway roping event. Champions in all events earn $50,000 on top of their Super Series earnings.
 
“This is truly a monumental day for the women in breakaway roping,” said Jimmie Munroe, WPRA President. “Not only will they have the opportunity to compete and showcase their talent on one of rodeo’s largest stages, but they will do so with equal prize money. The WPRA has had a long-standing relationship with RODEOHOUSTON and we are excited to expand our partnership to feature a second all-women’s event at this historic rodeo.”
 
2022 Women’s Breakaway Roping Schedule:

  • Breakaway roping will be included in one performance in each Super Series, with performance dates to be announced.
  • The top two athletes from each performance will advance to the semifinal round, for a total of 10 athletes.
  • Top four athletes from the semifinal round will advance directly to the Championship Shootout Round on Saturday, March 19.

 
“It’s been great to see breakaway roping have the success it is having at PRORODEO® events across North America,” said Tom Glause, PRCA Interim CEO. “RODEOHOUSTON welcoming the ladies of breakaway is yet another example of that.”
 
RODEOHOUSTON has been a WPRA-sanctioned event for decades, with earnings from the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series counting toward qualification for the NFR and the WPRA World Standings.
 
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2022 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 March 20. The 2022 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is scheduled for Feb. 24 – 26. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.

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Tie-down roper Stetson Vest claims Ellensburg title

Tie-Down Roper Stetson Vest Claims

Tie-down roper Stetson Vest planned to head home to Childress, Texas, a few weeks ago. Instead, he spent Labor Day roping in the finals of the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, a tradition rich, lucrative rodeo.

Coming into the finals tied for the lead with John Douch, Vest roped tough, edging out Douch for the championship with 26.8 seconds on three head compared to Douch’s 27.4.

“Ellensburg is one of my top five favorite rodeos,” said Vest, 35. “I think third was the best I’d finished there before but this was my first time to win it.”

Vest constructed the victory with smart, solid roping through the week. He was 8.4 seconds on his first run, good enough for second in the round. A 9.1-second run earned another round check in the second round, this time for fifth. In the finals, he stopped the clock in 9.3 seconds to win third.

“I was splitting with John Douch, and I roped ahead of him,” Vest said. “The third high guy went long, and I knew I had just kind of an average calf, so I just went and made a good, solid run. John’s calf was a little stronger, so he was a bit longer and I got the win.”

Vest picked up $9,778 which will move him up from his current PRCA | RAM World Standings position of 36th; what’s bigger for Vest, however, is the ProRodeo Tour points earned in Ellensburg. Vest entered the weekend on the outside looking in, ranked 30th in the ProRodeo Tour but lacking just about 400 points to be in the top 24. Only those in the top 24 will advance to the ProRodeo Tour Finale in Salinas, Calif., Sept. 23-26.

Complete Ellensburg Rodeo results

“I’d planned on going home after Caldwell, (Idaho), but I kept clipping along, making the short-go at rodeos,” Vest said. “Now, I’ve got a shot at going to Salinas . . . this win really helped a lot.”

Vest enjoys the Northwest rodeos not only for the proximity to each other and much cooler temps than Texas but also the fact the longer scores and bigger calves suit his and his horse’s style.

“My horse can really run so places like Ellensburg are my setup,” Vest said. “Nitro seems to come alive in the Northwest; it’s just his deal and he always seems ready after rodeoing all year.”

Likewise, Salinas is known for long scores so it’s one Vest is relishing the chance to enter this year.

Vest will stay north, “easing” around with his family in tow through the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up in two weeks. His wife Chenae and daughter Stetlee, 2, have kept him company on the road.

“She’s a trooper,” Vest said of hauling with Stetlee. “She’s been introduced to carnivals this summer so there hasn’t been anywhere I’ve roped that I didn’t have to go get on some ride afterwards.”

Two arena records fell during the Ellensburg Rodeo. In the second round of steer wrestling, Will Lummus turfed his steer in 3.3 seconds to beat the previous mark of 3.4 that was held by four cowboys. 

In barrel racing, Jordon Briggs toppled Nellie Miller’s average record of 51.48 seconds when she won the rodeo in 51.37 seconds on three runs.

Other winners at the $356,398 rodeo were all-around cowboy Rhen Richard ($1,925 in tie down and team roping); bareback rider Tilden Hooper (173 points on two head); steer wrestlers Cody Devers and Cody Cabral (13.1 seconds on three head each); team ropers Jake Clay/BIllie Jack Saebens (15.8 seconds on three head); saddle bronc riders Brody Cress and Chase Brooks (175 points on two head each); breakaway roper Samantha Fulton (2.8 seconds); steer roper Clay Smith (20.3 seconds on two head); and bull rider Matt Palmer (171.5 points on two head).

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