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 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).

Source: ProRodeo

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Braden Richardson cashes in with $38K win at Ellensburg Xtreme Bulls

Braden Richardson cashes

Winning the PRCA Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event in Ellensburg, Wash., has always been a primary goal for bull rider Braden Richardson.

But the Texas cowboy never had much luck in accomplishing that mission – until Saturday night.

Richardson, the last rider out in the short round, had an 84-point ride on Outlawbuckers Rodeo’s Wild Child to win the two-head average with 173 points, earning more than $38,000.

“This feels amazing,” said Richardson, 26. “It is hard to believe because I always wanted to win it and now it’s here.”

The victory could not have come at a better time for Richardson. He was sitting 20th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $55,743. The win rocketed him into the top 10 as he earned $38,273.

“That’s the most money I have ever won at a PRCA rodeo, by far,” Richardson said. “I was on the bubble by about $10,000, and this should bump me up there in the standings. It’s starting to sink in, and I can’t believe it.”

Richardson just missed breaking the record for most money earned at an Xtreme Bulls event. Jordan Spears holds that mark at $39,386 when he won the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale in Ellensburg in 2017.

“I had never been on Wild Child before,” said Richardson, who is trying to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the first time. “It was a lot of hanging on, and the bull didn’t really have a set pattern. He didn’t do his normal trip. Man, I was just hanging on. I don’t really know how else to explain it. If I could make it to the NFR, that would mean I would achieve the dream I have had since I was 12 years old, when I started riding bucking bulls.”

Richardson and six-time world champion Sage Kimzey were the only two riders to stay on two bulls. Kimzey, who leads the world standings, won the short round with an 88-point ride on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Billy Hell and finished second in the average with 171 points.

Check out Ellensburg Xtreme Bulls results

Richardson put his victory in motion by winning the long round with an 89-point ride on Dakota Rodeo’s Not Today, which earned him $10,364.

“In the short round, I just tried to keep the same mindset as I had in the first round, and that was just do my job,” he said. “I had no nerves. Honestly, I didn’t even hear the whistle because the crowd was so loud, it was crazy.”

With his win, Richardson joins Clayton Sellars (San Angelo, Texas, and Reno, Nev.), Fletcher Jowers (Austin, Texas), Dustin Boquet (San Antonio), T.J. Gray (Del Rio, Texas), J.B. Mauney and Sage Kimzey (tied at Spanish Fork, Utah), and Creek Young (Lovington, N.M.) as winners on the 2021 Division 1 Xtreme Bulls Tour.

Richardson wasn’t in the top 20 in the Xtreme Bulls Standings, but he moved into the top five. He will try and add to his windfall when he competes in the Ellensburg Rodeo Sunday.

“I want to just keep this momentum going,” he said.

Source: ProRodeo

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Snow and Thorp strike paydirt at Northern Pro Tour Team Roping

Snow and Thorp strike paydirt

The ProRodeo Tour presented by Pendleton Whisky is winding down with 27 days left to go in the regular season.
Valuable Tour points and $66,740 was paid out to cowboys on Sept. 3 at the Northern Pro Tour Team Roping in Ellensburg, Wash.
Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp took home the team roping title finishing with a 15.5-second time oin three-head average. The duo finished second in round one, third in round two, and fifth in the finals. The win earned each of them $6,194 toward the world standings.
“It was a really cool event, we got to run three steers in the matter of an hour and a half at this thing,” said Thorp, 25. “Thanks to three really good steers, we were able to make three solid runs to put us in a position to win it. When you’re able to draw good you have to take advantage of that, and I think we did just that.”
RELATED: PRCA | RAM World Standings
Heading into the rodeo Snow was sitting 11th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings among headers, while Thorp was fifth as a heeler. They said this win came at the perfect time as the duo looks to lock up their spots at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
“I hadn’t won much over the last month, I think I had only won $1,200 since Cheyenne (Wyo.),” said Snow, 24. “So, winning $6,000 today let me breathe a little bit. You usually don’t have a ton of opportunities to win that kind of money this time of year.
“Hopefully it will give us the momentum to finish out the season strong over the next few weeks.”
Snow and Thorp will wrap up the weekend roping at the Magic Valley Stampede in Filer, Idaho Sept. 3, and the Dillon (Mont.) Jaycees PRCA Rodeo on Sept. 4.

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PRCA Standings Shuffle: Carson Johnson jumps inside the Top 15

PRCA Standings Shuffle

It’s been quite the year for Casper, Wyo., team roping heeler Carson Johnson.

Earlier this year he and his brother Kellan won a college national championship, now he’s on the verge of qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
This past week (Aug.22-29) Johnson jumped three spots in the PRCA | RAM World Standings going from outside the Top 15 to 14th. He knows the real work starts now as he looks to make it to Las Vegas in December.
“It’s a huge honor to be inside that Top 15, but there’s still so much rodeo left to go in the season,” said Johnson, 20. “But I’m glad I’ve given myself at least the opportunity as I try to qualify for my first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.”
Carson’s big jump in the standings came thanks to splitting second place at the Kitsap Stampede in Bremerton, Wash., Aug. 27. The Johnson brothers put together a 4.4-second run and each earned $3,767.
“We drew a really good steer and my brother (Kellan) did a great job,” Johnson said. “I was able to get around him heeling and come tight fast. To win that kind of money this time of year is huge for us.”
Kellan is still just outside the Top 15, sitting 17th. Carson said it’s been a lifelong goal for he and Kellan to rope together on the sport’s biggest stage at the NFR, and they plan to do everything they can to qualify.
“Ever since we left the house the goal was for both of us to make the NFR and it’s also been a dream since we were little kids for us to make the Finals together,” Johnson said. “We’re going to finish out the season rodeoing as hard as we can and getting to as many as we can. Getting into that Tour Finale would be huge for us because of all the money that’s going to be paid out there, it can make or break you.”
Below are the other cowboys who moved within the Top 15 of the world standings.
14 Spots

  • Saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell jumped in the standings from 23rd to ninth.

Eight Spots

  • Saddle bronc rider K’s Thomson went from 19th to 11th.

Five Spots

Four Spots

 Three Spots

  • Saddle bronc rider Ben Andersen moved in the standings from 13th to 10th.
  • Bull rider Trey Benton III jumped from 13th to 10th.
  • Team roping heeler Justin Davis went from 18th to 15th.
  • Bull rider Jordan Spears went up from 14th to 11th.
  • Steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack jumped up from ninth to sixth.

 Two Spots

  • Bull rider Dustin Boquet jumped from seventh to fifth.
  • Bareback rider Taylor Broussard moved from 16th to 14th.
  • Team roping heeler Cole Davison moved up from 15th to 13th.
  • Steer wrestler Ty Erickson moved up from 14th to 12th.
  • Steer roper Shay Good went up in the standings from 17th to 15th.
  • Saddle bronc rider Layton Green went up from 14th to 12th.
  • Team roping header Brenten Hall went from 12th to 10th.
  • Tie-down roper Kincade Henry moved up from 17th to 15th.
  • Steer wrestler Chance Howard went up from 13th to 11th.
  • Steer wrestler Will Lummus jumped in the standings from sixth to fourth.
  • Tie-down roper Shad Mayfield jumped in the standings from fourth to second.
  • Team roping header Clint Summers jumped from ninth to seventh.
  • Saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston jumped up from seventh to fifth.
  • Tie-down roper Marty Yates went from 10th to eighth.

One Spot

  • Steer roper John Bland jumped in the standings from 13th to 12th.
  • Team roping header Luke Brown went from 13th to 12th.
  • Team roping heeler Jade Corkill went up in the standings from fifth to fourth.
  • Tie-down roper John Douch moved up in the standings from 14th to 13th.
  • Steer roper J. Tom Fisher went up from ninth to eighth.
  • Team roping heeler Travis Graves moved up in the standings from second to first.
  • Saddle bronc rider Dawson Hay jumped up from fifth to fourth.
  • Steer roper Chet Herren moved from 12th to 11th.
  • Bareback rider Orin Larsen went from 12th to 11th.
  • Team roping heeler Junior Nogueira jumped from third to second.
  • Bareback rider Cole Reiner made the move from ninth to eighth.
  • Bull rider Clayton Sellars went from fourth to third.
  • Tie-down roper Justin Smith jumped up from 15th to 14th.
  • Steer wrestler Dirk Tavenner jumped up from 11th to 10th.
  • Team roping heeler Trey Yates made the move from seventh to sixth.

 On the Bubble

  • Bull rider Roscoe Jarboe made the move from 17th to 16th and is $1,379 outside of the Top 15.
  • Steer roper Cody Lee went up in the standings from 20th to 16th and is $651 outside of the Top 15.

Source: ProRodeo

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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.”

Source: ProRodeo

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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).

Source: ProRodeo

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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 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).

Source: ProRodeo

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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.

Source: ProRodeo

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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.

Source: ProRodeo

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