Cowboys ready for Reno Rodeo return

Cowboys Reno Rodeo Return

The Reno Rodeo is back and better than ever in 2021. Last year’s even was canceled due to the coronavirus but the Reno Livestock Event Center is ready to welcome back cowboys in full force this week.

The 10-day event begins June 17 with the Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event, with $54,000 added money. The Reno Rodeo Xtreme Bulls and the Reno Rodeo, which runs from June 18-26, will be broadcast live on The Cowboy Channel, and streamed on the PRCA on the Cowboy Channel Plus App at 10 p.m. (EDT).

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Sage Kimzey, the 2019 Reno Xtreme Bulls and Reno Rodeo champ, is back to defend his titles.

“It’s always a great event and it kind of starts our whole summer run off,” said Kimzey, who will be up at the Reno Rodeo June 21. “So, everybody is always looking forward to Reno. If you can do good at Reno it sets you up, it fuels you to have a successful summer. “

Kimzey, a six-time world champion (2014-2019) currently sits atop the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $91,189.

“Reno always has good crowds, and they bring the energy from the very beginning of each performance,” Kimzey said. “So, we’re definitely excited for that.”

Kimzey won’t be the only former champ returning to the Silver State this week.

Bareback rider Clayton Biglow, who won Reno in 2016 and the world title in 2019, is thrilled to be back in Reno, which is three hours from his home in Clements, Calif.

“Reno has a special place in my heart, I grew up just right over the hill from Reno, I’ve been going there since I was a kid,” he said. “It’s not a hometown rodeo, but it sure does feel like one. I have a ton of friends and family who show up.”

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Biglow sits third in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $52,507, coming off a second-place finish at Riggin Rally Xtreme Broncs bareback riding event in Darby, Mont., June 6.

“I feel great coming into this week, I have a couple of good ones drawn there, so I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Biglow said.

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WEEKLY RECAP: WALT ARNOLD CLIMBS STEER WRESTLING LEADERBOARD WITH 3.3 RUN

WALT ARNOLD CLIMBS STEER

Twenty-two-year-old, Coleman, Texas, cowboy Walt Arnold found himself in a groove over the weekend at the Gladewater (Texas) Round-Up Rodeo.
 
He clocked a 3.3-second run to earn the steer wrestling title, which also moved him into a tie for second for the fastest steer wrestling time in 2021. Denell Henderson also posted a 3.3 over the week, doing it at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo June 8.
 
“I tell you what, I was pretty pumped after it, “Arnold said. “It looked like it could be pretty fast, I caught up to him in a really good spot to get the job done.”

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He took home $2,591 for the win, bumping him up to 32nd in the PRCA | RAM World Standings. The win moves his yearly total to $10,857. He hopes this run can jumpstart his season as he works towards qualifying for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. 
 
“I’ve started riding Hunter Cure’s horses a little bit here before we leave for the summer, and it’s kind of nice to have a run like that,”Arnold said. “It definitely built my confidence and kind of got me fired up a little bit. We’re about to have a heck of a couple weeks, so it’s nice to get the ball rolling before we head out.”
 
He still has some work to do though to reach that Top 15. Riley Duvall is sitting in 15th with $17,619.
 
Below, are the other top times and rides for the week.
 

  • Seth Hardwick posted the highest bareback ride of the week, recording a 90-point ride on Macza Pro Rodeo’s Ols Tubs Stevie Knicks in Weatherford, Texas, June 11.

 

  • The team roping duo of Cash Duty and Boogie Ray wrapped up the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo in Cleburne, Texas, with a run of 3.9 June 9. But not to be outdone, Britt and Jake Smith recorded the exact time later that day.

 

  • Shorty Garrett put together another impressive performance last week. He won the Fallon County Xtreme Broncs in Baker, Mont., with a 90.5-point ride on Outlawbuckers Rodeo’s Magic Carpet June 10.

 

  • Shad Mayfield had the top tie-down roping time on the week, finishing with a time of 7.5 seconds  in Gladewater June 11.

 

  • Carlee Otero posted the best barrel racing time of the week, finishing with a time of 14.88 seconds to claim the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo title on June 10.

 

  • Martha Angelone continues to shine in the lady’s breakaway roping. Last week, she had a 1.9-second run to win the Cleburne Breakaway Roping.

 

  • J.B. Mauney scored a 90.5-point ride on United Pro Rodeo’s The Duke at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days Xtreme Bulls event June 8. That was tied for the top score of the week when Sage Kimzey posted a 90.5-point ride a day later at the Gladewater Round-Up Xtreme Bulls.

 

  • Garrett Hale showed why he’s one of the top steer ropers in the world last week. The Texas native posted a time of 8.9 to win the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo on June 10.

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World Champion Bull Rider Shane Proctor sidelined with injury

World Champion Bull Rider Shane

Shane Proctor’s charge to his sixth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bid is on hold.

Proctor, the 2011 PRCA world champion bull rider, is sidelined after suffering a broken right fibula and damage to his right ankle after his 85.5-point ride on Andrews Rodeo’s Rapid Fire at the 101 Wild West Rodeo in Ponca City, Okla., June 11.

“I got off and then my right foot stuck in the ground, and my body kind of twisted with the momentum of the bull and it brought my body over the top of my leg” said Proctor, 36. “It was just a freak deal. (Injuries) are part of the game. This isn’t checkers.”

Proctor said he’s scheduled for surgery June 15 in Dallas.

“I’m hoping to only be out for six weeks,” Proctor said. “This is going to be my sixth surgery, but this is the first time I’ve ever broken my leg. I will have an outside shot to get to the NFR no matter what.”

Proctor, who qualified for the NFR in 2011-13 and 2015-16, is 19th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $24,763.

“I had a bad last month, but I had it figured back out and rode four of my last five bulls,” Proctor said. “I love what I do.”

Proctor did find a silver lining in his setback.

“I will get to spend more time with my family (wife, Haley, who is a PRCA specialty act performer, and daughter, Coulee, 6 months),” Proctor said. “Haley stays busy, and I get to be a part of it all.”

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Ageless wonder Will Lowe wins bareback riding in Woodward

Ageless wonder Will Lowe bareback riding

Not many professional athletes can say they stayed at the top of their game for two decades. Bodies wear out and younger talent comes along to displace champions.

But Will Lowe has managed this rare feat in ProRodeo of all sports, thanks to his passion for riding bucking horses and living life to the fullest.

“It’s a challenge . . . you’ve got to test yourself,” Lowe said. “You might as well live while you’re here. Sometimes it gets hard to want to get into the fight, but I’m infected, I love doing it.”

The three-time PRCA world champion bareback rider (2003, 2005-06) continues to prove he’s one of the all-time greats by winning ProRodeos like the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo on June 12.

Lowe’s 87.5-point ride aboard Beutler & Sons Rodeo’s Table Top was three points better than his nearest competition and earned him $2,735.

It was the biggest of a string of checks on the second weekend of June for the Texas cowboy who has been to 15 Wrangler National Finals Rodeos, most recently in 2018.

“It went good, we started there at Woodward and got on a good, young horse of Beutler’s,” Lowe said. “That horse is five years old but with so many rodeos canceled last year, those young ones didn’t get to go to many rodeos.”

“He was snappy and really electric.”

Lowe picked up a check in Cleburne as well and is closing in on the top 15 and another possible NFR at 38.

“Dang sure want to get to the NFR, that’s in the sights,” Lowe said. “We’re sitting good heading into the summer.”

Lowe’s career earnings are pushing $3 million, a remarkable feat for anyone but particularly for someone whose specialty is the physically demanding event of bareback riding.

The danger of the sport was highlighted for Lowe in a spectacular buck-off back in April on another Beutler horse, the renowned Killer Bee, in San Angelo where he was kicked in mid-air but amazingly returned to the bucking chutes to watch the rest of the rodeo.

“You always know something can happen, it’s a dangerous sport,” Lowe said. “I’ve been fortunate. Some guys have had a lot worse things happen to them and have had to give it up. I’ve gotten to keep going.

“You just push it out of your mind. For me, knowing the good Lord takes care of me and even if something goes really bad, knowing you’re going to the right place, that’s how you do it.”

Since his rookie season in 2002, Lowe has witnessed the explosion of talent in his signature event.

“We don’t have a lot of numbers, but the quality is outstanding,” he said.

The growth of prize money available to rodeo athletes also is something Lowe appreciates.

“The committees have stepped up and the money they’re offering makes a big difference in cowboys’ lives,” Lowe said.

Lowe will push for another NFR this summer, with his sons Garret (12) and Levi (9) in tow over the busy Fourth of July.

“I’m entering the ones I want to go to,” he joked.

“I’ll have my boys, so we’ll camp and fish and rodeo. It’ll be a fun time.”

Other winners at the rodeo were steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge (3.4 seconds); team ropers Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves (4.7 seconds); saddle bronc rider Kirk Thomson (86 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s No Show Jones); tie-down roper Shane Hanchey (8.4 seconds); barrel racer (Kylee Scribner 17.01 seconds); steer roper Corey Ross (43.6 seconds on three head) and bull rider (Maverick Potter 86.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Fake Friend).

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PRCA Weekly Recap: Colter Todd teams with Derrick Begay for 4.0-second run

PRCA Weekly Recap Colter Todd teams

Colter Todd competes at only a handful of rodeos a year.

The three-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier made the most of his first rodeo of the season, combining with team roping header Derrick Begay to clock a 4.0-second run at the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo in Payson, Ariz., for the fastest team roping time of the week of May 18-24.

Colter qualified for three consecutive NFRs (2006-08) as a header. Now, the 37-year-old from Willcox, Ariz., heels.

He and Begay won the rodeo, each earning $1,458.

While the rodeo was Colter’s first of 2021, it kept Begay in the hunt to make the Wrangler NFR in Vegas this season. The eight-time NFR qualifier from Seba Dalkai, Ariz., is 21st in the PRCA | RAM World Standings as of May 24.

The other top runs and times are listed below.

· Ty Pope had the top bareback ride, posting an 85-point ride on New Frontier Rodeo’s Skip To My Lou at Abbyville (Kan.) Frontier Days May 22.

· Jacoby Talley’s steer wrestling run of 3.6 seconds at Rodeo Killeen (Texas) May 20 topped the chart.

· Stetson Wright posted the highest-scored ride of the 2021 season when he notched a 91.5-point ride aboard Big Bend Rodeo’s Kool Toddy in the final round to win the Veater Financial Group Battle of the Best in Coarsegold, Calif., May 22.

· John Douch had the fastest tie-down roping run of the week when he clocked an 8.0-second run May 20 in Killeen.

· Maddy Deerman stopped the clock in 2.2 seconds to post the fastest breakaway roping run in Payson May 21.

· Ashley Watkins had the fastest barrel racing time, finishing in 14.77 seconds at the Tate County Fair Rodeo in Senatobia, Miss., May 21.

· Trevor Kastner won the first round of the 43rd annual George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding in Del Rio, Texas, posting a 90.5-point ride aboard Stockyards Pro Rodeo’s Soy El Fuego May 22.

· Slade Wood had the fastest steer roping time, clocking in at 11.4 seconds May 22 at the Atoka (Okla.) Pro Rodeo.

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Cowboys determined to compete at ProRodeo Tour events

Cowboys ProRodeo Tour events

The end of the ProRodeo regular season is nearly five months into the future, yet bull rider Laramie Mosley and rookie steer wrestler Marc Joiner have that in their sights.

They both know the ProRodeo Tour Finale in Salinas, Calif., Sept. 23-26 could be a make-or-break weekend in determining qualifiers for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The Tour Finale will pay out more than $500,000 and will include the top 24 contestants in each event in the Tour Standings.

Both Mosley and Joiner are currently in the top 10 of their respective events in the PRCA | RAM World Standings and both are among the top 24 in the Tour Standings.

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“It’d mean a lot (to make the Tour Finale),” said Mosley, 25. “There’s a bunch of big money added at the Tour Finale. I’ve never gotten to go, and I really want to.”

Mosley is coming off winning the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo over the weekend, where he earned $4,504 and 750 Tour points. That helped him climb to fifth in the world standings and third in the Tour.

Mosley is rolling with the season. He says he doesn’t search out the world standings, but that’s because he doesn’t need to.

“I’ve always been told not to (look), but I do,” he said. “I don’t let everybody know that I do, but I look at the standings. And people send it to me.”

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Joiner is traveling with about as much experience as one truck can hold. When he climbs into the rig, he’s surrounded by three steer wrestlers who have a combined 15 NFR qualifications and three world titles. He’s traveling with Tyler Waguespack, Kyle Irwin and Tyler Pearson and gains knowledge on a daily basis.

“There’s so much – from taking care of horses to bulldogging to how to enter, just life,” he said. “It’s everything. They’re a great group of guys.”

That experience, plus riding Cheese, Waguespack’s horse, and Joiner’s talent are paying off. The 22-year-old is 23rd in the Tour – just inside the cutoff for the Tour Finale – with 774.66 points and is eighth in the world with $22,430.

Making sure Tour rodeos are on his schedule is among Joiner’s main goals. He earned more than $11,000 at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, picking up 525 Tour points there.

“They pay more, they add a lot of money,” he said about Tour rodeos. “It’s hard not to go to them. Everyone wants to make those finals at the end of the year, it can be a great deal for us.”

Mosley, like Joiner, isn’t planning on slowing down.

“I planned on going full time,” Mosley said. “I still plan on going as hard as I can and getting to everything I can. I’ve seen it too many times, guys think they have it made and back off and don’t make it. If I can keep entering, keep going and staying on, it’ll get me a gold buckle by the end of it.”

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For the Record: Bull rider Tyler Smith recalls 93 in Guymon

Bull rider Tyler Smith

The Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo is steeped in history and memorable performances.

Bull rider Tyler Smith had one of those performances.

The Fruita, Colo., cowboy had a 93-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rio Bravo to capture the win and the rodeo record in 2013.

“That was one of the highest-scored rides of my career,” Smith said. “I just remember he jumped out there and turned back into my hand right by the gate and he was going 100 mph. It was just kind of a blur. Anytime you’re 90 you’re happy because you know you’re going to win something.”

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Smith, who retired following the 2016 National Finals Rodeo, won Guymon twice (2010 and 2013).

“I knew when I got on that last bull in 2016 that was it for me,” said Smith, 34. “I knew before I got on that bull, I was tired of being gone and it was time for me to do something else.”

Smith transitioned from rodeo into being a welder.

“I’m building fences and barns,” Smith said. “I also raise some bucking bulls and roping horses. My wife (Kirsten) and I like to rope and ride horses, so we do that.”

Cowboys will try to add their names to the Guymon record book this weekend. The ProRodeo Tour stop runs April 30 through May 2 and will be broadcast live on The Cowboy Channel and streamed on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App.

Guymon Rodeo records

• Total payout: $376,535, 2007
• All-around: $14,107, Cody Ohl, 2003
• Bareback riding: 90 points, Matt Mosher, 2005 (172 points on two head, Jason Havens, 2004)
• Steer wrestling: 2.9 seconds, Jason Miller, 2008 (10.9/3, Luke Branquinho, 2008; 16.3/4, Kirby Kaul, 2001)
• Team roping: 4.2 seconds, Nick Sartain/Blaine Vick, 2020, (20.0/3, Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 2015; 35.5/4, Frank Graves/Monty Joe Petska, 2001)
• Saddle bronc riding: 91 points, Glen O’Neill, 2005 (172/2, O’Neill, 2005)
• Tie-down roping: 6.8 seconds, Tuf Cooper, 2017 (23.6/3, Hunter Herrin, 2012; 33.4/4, Fred Whitfield, 2006)
• Barrel racing: 15.83 seconds, Cassie Moseley, 2007 (33.32/2, Tammy Key-Fischer, 2008; 49.76/3, Moseley, 2007)
• Steer roping: 8.6 seconds, Dan Fisher, 1990 (Brian Garr, 41.0 seconds on three head, 2017; 63.1/5, Landon McClaugherty, 2009; 77.4/6, Guy Allen, 2000)
• Bull riding: 93 points, Tyler Smith, 2013 (179/2, Wesley Silcox, 2007)

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Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira eye success in Guymon

Kaleb Driggers Junior Nogueira

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, who separated in May 2020, have joined forces again.

The Driggers-Nogueira reunion began at RFD-TV’s The American Semi-finals, and they’ve been moving forward since. They will be back in action Wednesday and Thursday in slack at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. The ProRodeo Tour stop runs April 30 through May 2 and will be broadcast live on The Cowboy Channel and streamed on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App.

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“I’m happy to be back with Kaleb, and we are working hard to get everything back together,” Nogueira said. “We know the competition is so tough. Everybody ropes great, and I know if I do my job and focus on what I’m doing, we will be OK.”

Nogueira is fourth in the heeling PRCA | RAM World Standings, while Driggers is 14th in heading.

Nogueira received a huge boost in the standings when he teamed with Dustin Egusquiza to earn $21,706 at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla, April 9-10.

“That was my first time at the RAM Finals, and it was an amazing rodeo, and that money I won there helped a lot,” Nogueira said. “Kaleb and I placed third in the average last weekend in Clovis, and we just want to get back in rhythm.”

Nogueira roped with Cody Snow from late May of last season until March this season. They qualified for the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and finished 12th in their respective heeler and header world standings.

When Nogueira departed, Snow joined Wesley Thorp, whom Driggers had been roping with. In 2019, Snow teamed with Thorp to win the average at the NFR. The duo won Round 7 and placed in six rounds to finish with 43.8 seconds on nine head, and Thorp won the team roping heeling world title.

“Cody and Wesley also wanted to get back together, so everything worked out pretty good for everybody,” Nogueira said.

In 2016, Nogueira became the first Brazilian world champion in PRCA history when he won the all-around title after earning $231,728. He finished second in heeling that season with $230,284.

Driggers and Nogueira tied the team roping world record with a 3.3-second run in Round 9 of the 2017 NFR. They also have won a total of six rounds at the Finals since 2017 – Rounds 1 and 9 in 2017, Round 8 in 2018, and Rounds 8 (split the win), 9 and 10 in 2019.

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Weekly recap: Lightning Aguilera/Shay Carroll clock quick run in Lufkin

Weekly Recap Lightning Aguilera

An electric performance by team ropers Lightning Aguilera and Shay Dixon Carroll at the Angelina Benefit Rodeo in Lufkin, Texas, was the top team roping performance of the week of April 19-25.

The duo had the fastest time of the week with their 3.7-second run in the first round. Then, they clocked a 4.0-second run to win the second round and the average at 7.7 seconds.

Aguilera and Dixon each earned $4,225 for their performance.

“The first run we drew really well,” said Carroll, 30. “We knew we had a great steer, and that kind of setup is where Lightning seems to be really comfortable. The shot that he took is his most comfortable shot. It’s a very difficult shot, but it’s what he’s practiced and is most comfortable with. He felt right at home doing it and it was extremely fast.

“The second one was a stronger steer, and it was a little bit more of a wild run, but it came together. Lightning is pulling off high-difficulty shots with ease.”

Last season, Carroll qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with header and former world champion Levi Simpson. They each finished 13th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings.

Carroll recently teamed up with Aguilera and they won the Longview (Texas) PRCA Rodeo April 17 with a 4.5-second run. They failed to place in San Angelo but then won Lufkin.

“Lightning is a great guy who is really striving to be better,” Carroll said. “He’s doing things that only a few guys can do and he’s trying to get out there and rodeo more. I’m excited about what we can do.”

Other top rides and scores of the past week also came from the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping in Torrington, Wyo., and the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo. Those top rides and runs were as follows:

Bareback rider Tilden Hooper had a 90.5-point ride on C5 Rodeo’s Virgil to win Clovis.

Steer wrestler Billy Bugenig had a 3.2-second run to win the second round in Clovis.

Saddle bronc rider Dawson Hay won Clovis with the top ride of the week – an 89-point trip on C5 Rodeo’s Double D.

Tie-down roper Caleb Smidt had a 7.4-second run in San Angelo.

Barrel racers Donna Kay Rule and Carly Taylor had identical 14.07-second runs in the finals of the San Angelo Rodeo.

Bull rider Dakota Eagleburger won the Angelina Benefit Rodeo with his 89.5-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Let’s Gamble.

Steer roper Rocky Patterson recorded the fastest time of the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping at 9.7 seconds when he won the third round.

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Cole Patterson wins 2021 National Circuit Finals Steer Roping

NCFSR Cole Patterson 2021

Cole Patterson clocked a 10.0-second run in the four-man, sudden-death finals to win the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping title on Sunday in his debut at the event.

“This is amazing,” said Patterson, 25. “It’s just awesome. This committee puts on such a big event for us. They do a heck of a job taking care of us, and we really appreciate it.”

Jess Tierney, the third roper to go in the finals, took the lead with his 10.6-second time, setting the stage for Patterson.

“You only get so many chances to win something like this and it’s hard to pass up,” Patterson said. “Even though second was super wide open, it’s hard to pass up trying to win first at an event like this. I knew I had an excellent steer, and big thanks to Coy Thompson for putting together a heck of a set of steers for this event. Without good steers, this event would just be a good event, but with the good steers he brings it’s a great event. I thought I had him (Tierney), and it’s amazing to win.”

Tierney was a good sport in defeat.

“I felt like I gave myself a good chance to tie one fast in the finals,” Tierney said. “I maybe could have made a few adjustments and been a hundredth or so faster, but I thought I did what I could. Cole ropes extremely well, and it’s not to be unexpected for him to tie a good one fast. I’m always happy to come to Torrington. They like having steer roping and they appreciate having us here, and we appreciate being here and roping for this kind of money.”

Corey Ross (21.2 seconds) finished third, while Rocky Patterson, Cole’s father, finished fourh in 26.3. Rocky is the only two-time NCFSR champion, winning in 2012 and 2019.

Cole Patterson earned an NCFSR record $10,786, eclipsing the $10,095 mark set by Scott Snedecor in 2020. Patterson arrived in Torrington first in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $24,407. He’ll add to that total because the money won at the NCFSR counts toward the world standings.

“It’s great to set that record,” said Patterson, who was riding his horse, Tigger, 16. “It’s few and far between for steer ropers to win that much money at an event. It’s a big boost in the standings. Coming into the eight-man round I told my dad one of us has to win that buckle because I left my belt at home. I was wearing a buckle I bought down at the farm store in Torrington.”

Rocky, a four-time world champion, was happy for his son.

“It’s really cool, but I wish he would have won second behind me,” Rocky said. “But, he earned it.”

In addition to winning the title, Cole won a Polaris Ranger, a Cactus saddle, a Montana Silversmiths buckle and a pair of Justin boots.

The top eight cowboys in the average who qualified for the semifinals were Landon McClaugherty (84.3 seconds on six head), Rocky Patterson (59.7 seconds on five), Cole Patterson (66.5 seconds on five), Chris Glover (72.2 seconds on five), Coy Thompson (72.3 seconds on five), Jess Tierney (74.7 seconds on five), Howdy McGinn (77.1 seconds on five) and Corey Ross (107.5 seconds on five).

Cole Patterson won the semis with a 10.0-second run, followed by Tierney (10.4), Rocky Patterson (10.7) and Ross (12.5).

“My strategy in the eight-man was do what I needed to to get to the four-round,” Cole said. “I had never been here before, but everybody told me that if you just make a good run in the eight-man you will get back to the four. I was just trying to make a good run. I knew I had a really good steer. I ran in the fifth round and was 11.2 seconds on him. I knew that steer was so good, and I was just trying to stay out of my way and just tie him down, and it worked out.”

Glover’s horse, Cooper, was named the top horse of the NCFSR for the second time. Cooper also won the award in 2017 when Glover won the NCFSR. Glover had his chance at another NCFSR crown end when he finished sixth in the semis with a 13.5-second run.

Torrington hosted the NCFSR for the 12th time.

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