Cole Patterson closing in on PRCA steer roping regular season earnings record

Cole Patterson PRCA steer roping

A year after finishing fourth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings, steer roper Cole Patterson is on the verge of making history in the sport of rodeo.
 
The Pratt, Kan., cowboy has had the best year of his young career. With six weeks left to go in the regular season Patterson is closing in on the most money ever won by a steer roper before the National Finals Steer Roping.
 
It’s a feat that came to his attention after winning his first title at the prestigious Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo Aug 1.
 
“It’s not something you really think about when you’re out rodeoing every weekend, I’m just trying to do as well as I can possibly can,” said Patterson, 26. “I didn’t even know about the record until recently, it probably came into my head that it could be a possibility right after Cheyenne.”
 
Patterson finds himself with $89,233 earned this season, which is $194 shy of the PRCA record set in 2018 by Tuf Cooper with $89,427. He says his success in 2021 has many layers.
 
“I’d say I’ve been a little spoiled this year with the success that I’ve had,” Patterson said. “At the bigger rodeos this year there’s been a ton of good steers for us to run on. I’ve been fortunate enough, when I get a good lead in the average it seems I’ve been lucky enough to finish the roping on a great draw.”
 
Patterson is scheduled to rope in four PRCA events before the end of August, starting with the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo in Douglas, Aug. 18. He acknowledged while it would be a tremendous feat to break the record, he hopes it won’t be the last time a new name is at the top.
 
“I mean it’s always cool to break records in a sport that’s been around as long as rodeo has,” Patterson said. “It may sound silly, but I hope it keeps getting broken time and time again. I hope that if I end up breaking it that somebody breaks it in the future because it just means that rodeo is getting better all the time.”
 
Patterson is also in a prime position to make a run at his first world championship, he currently sits alone atop the world standings. He said accomplishing that goal is what he’s really fighting for but having his name in the record books would be a cherry on top of a magical season.
 
“It’s definitely what we’re all after when the season starts,” Patterson said. “Anybody who rodeos for a living that says they aren’t out there for that is lying to you. So, it would truly mean everything to get that done this year.”
 
But he knows neither will come easy this season.
 
“It gets really tough from here on out the rest of the way,” Patterson said. “It’s really the Top 40 or 50 steer ropers in the world from here on out going to all the rodeos across the country, so the competition in our already difficult sport gets that much tougher.”

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PRCA Weekly Recap: Kalane Anders goes 3.1 at Yuma County Fair

PRCA Weekly Recap

Kalane Anders was on the verge of qualifying for the Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo a year ago but came up $11,000 short of the Top 15.  

This season, he’s right back in the hunt to qualify for his first NFR, and a career-best run last week at the Yuma (Colo.) County Fair & Rodeo Aug. 10 helped his cause.  

The Bayard, Neb., steer wrestler put together a 3.1-second run to win the rodeo. The run clocked the third fastest time this season in the PRCA and the top time of the week of Aug. 9-15. He knew coming into the matinee performance he had the opportunity to be quick.   

“I went there and rode my buddy’s (Aaron Vosler) horse and knew I had a really good steer that day,” said Anders, 26. “Nick Guy ran that steer in Sterling (Colo.) and won the rodeo with a 3.6 on him. So, I knew I had a good chance to be fast in Yuma. 

“Once you’re on the ground that steer pretty much does the work for you. So, I just stayed out of his way, threw him to the ground and was able to put together the best run of my career.” 

The payday in Yuma bumped Anders up to 29th in the latest PRCA | RAM World Standings with $28,814. He already has his spot locked up for the RAM Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo, but in 2021 he has his sights set on the sport’s biggest stage.  

“I’m not in a terrible spot to make the finals this year, so I’m really working toward that,” Anders said. “I just need to keep going at them as hard as I can this fall and try to get myself into the Top 15 and accomplish my goal of qualifying for the NFR. I think I can build off this performance, knowing that I can put together runs like that all the time.”

Below are the other top times and rides for the week of Aug. 9-15. 

Clayton Biglow put together the top bareback riding score of the week. He went for 92 points on Calgary Stampede’s Xplosive Skies at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo in Hermiston, Ore., Aug. 14. 

Rhett Anderson and Max Kuttler had the fastest team roping time this past week. The duo stopped the clock in 4.1 seconds at the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede Aug. 12.  

Two cowboys tied for the best saddle bronc riding scores of the week. Ben Andersen put together a 90.5-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery in Hermiston Aug. 13, while Jake Finlay had an identical score on Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic From Hell at the United States Open Xtreme Broncs Match in Faith, S.D., Aug. 11.  

Ty Harris continued his standings climb with the fastest tie-down roping time of the week. He clocked a 7.4-second run in Hermiston Aug. 14.  

Joey Williams had the fastest breakaway roping time of the week. She put together a 1.9-second run at the Missoula Breakaway Roping Aug. 12.  

Amy Jo Reisdorfer brought home the quickest barrel racing time of the week. Reisdorfer stopped the clock in 14.06 seconds at the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo in Loveland, Colo., Aug. 9.  

Josh Frost scored the top bull riding score of the week. Frost proved he’s among the elite with a 92-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Chiseled at the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo Aug. 11. 

Garrett Hale clocked the fast steer roping time. He had an 8.4-second run in Yuma Aug. 12.

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Ben Andersen continues climb to Wrangler NFR with Hermiston win

Ben Andersen continues climb

For Canadian saddle bronc rider Ben Andersen, rodeoing right now is all about having fun.

“I just plan to keep going and having fun,” Andersen said. “I try not to worry about much, as you can get yourself mentally mashed up.

“I’m just focused on rodeoing, riding bucking horses and having fun.”

Andersen couldn’t have enjoyed his experience at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo in Hermiston Aug. 13 much more, after putting up 90.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery. Andersen not only claimed the rodeo championship, he also set an arena record.

“It’s pretty cool, I don’t think I had an arena record anywhere before this,” Andersen said.

Andersen had been hoping for a date with Special Delivery. The black stallion has a storied history in the sport, the progeny of National Finals Rodeo parents Grated Coconut and Zippy Delivery and himself a multi-time NFR qualifier in bareback riding.

“That’s a horse I’ve wanted to get on for a long time, and I was happy to finally draw him there in Hermiston,” Anderson said. “He went to the Finals a bunch in the bareback riding, and then the bareback riders didn’t take him one year so they switched him over to the broncs.

“The bareback guys made a big mistake there,” he laughed. “We love him in the broncs.”

As for the dance in Hermiston, Andersen had to be patient and then cowboy up to get the ride started.

“He’s kind of a goof ball in the chutes, kind of leans and wants to put his head over the gate,” he said. “Goose (Ken Rehill, Calgary’s flankman) said, ‘I think he’ll leave,’ so I took him there and got a good spur out.

“He’s a bucker and he feels frickin’ great.”

Andersen jumped to the top after a salty bronc riding that saw the previous arena record fall three times and 87s fail to get a check. 

He earned $6,514 along with points toward standings in the ProRodeo Tour presented by Pendleton Whisky. The Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, cowboy is 13th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings and 12th in the Tour. Securing a spot at the ProRodeo Tour Finale in Salinas, Calif., on the final weekend of the season is important for Andersen given the prize money available there.

“I have to go to just about all of them that are left to get my count,” Andersen said, referring to the requirement to attend 35 Tour rodeos in order to qualify for the Finale. “I think I’m good on the points if I can get my count, and I think I can get that done.”

With six weeks left in the regular season, Andersen is staring down his first trip to the NFR and the chance to ride in Las Vegas alongside his cousin Dawson Hay. But don’t expect to see Andersen checking the standings regularly between now and Sept. 30.

“I’ll just keep pickin’ away as we’re getting down to it,” he said. “We’ll see where we are at the end.”

Other winners at the $253,289 rodeo were bareback rider Clayton Biglow (92 points on Calgary Stampede’s Xplosive Skies); steer wrestler J.D. Struxness (7.0 seconds on two head); team ropers Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira (8.8 seconds on two head); tie-down roper Ty Harris (16.7 seconds on two head); barrel racer Kylee Scribner (16.92 seconds); and bull rider Laramie Mosley (86.5 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Short Bus). Jason Minor was the all-around cowboy ($2,573, tie-down roping and team roping).

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California bulldogger Tucker Allen breaks through with win in Sikeston

California bulldogger Tucker Allen breaks

Over three-plus years on the ProRodeo trail, steer wrestler Tucker Allen hadn’t experienced many breakthrough moments.
 
That all changed Saturday night at the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo.
 
The 22-year-old from Oak View, Calif., took down his second-round steer in 4.4 seconds, giving him a split of the two-head average title with Laramie Warren with a total time of 8.3 seconds. The $4,339 earned will certainly give him a big bump after entering the famed rodeo ranked 46th in the most-recent PRCA|RAM World Standings. He’ll also earn key points in the ProRodeo Tour presented by Pendleton Whisky.
 
“This is one of my biggest wins, and this is a rodeo everyone hears about all across the country,” Allen said. “I had no luck here last year, but it’s cool to do well here, especially how far from home I am. I know my family is happy to see it.”
 
Aside from his family in Southern California, about 90 minutes northwest of Los Angeles, there is Allen’s other family, consisting of traveling partners Justin Shaffer, world standings leader Jacob Talley and none other than five-time world champion and certain ProRodeo Hall of Famer Luke Branquinho.
 
“I wouldn’t be here without the crew I have around me,” Allen said. “We all push each other to get better, and Luke has taught me everything I know about rodeo, in and out of the arena. I grew up about two hours away from him. He’s a winner, and he has proven that, and his attitude toward winning has helped me a lot.”
 
Aboard Sam Dixon’s bulldogging horse Hippo, Allen took top honors in the first round with a 3.9-second run during the rodeo’s opening performance on Aug. 11, then didn’t try to do too much with his second-round steer knowing what was at stake.
 
“I knew I had a really good one, and I didn’t want to press too hard and get that barrier,” Allen said. “I just saw what I wanted and made sure I just laid him down and not try to do anything out of the ordinary.”
 
No matter how high Allen rises in the standings after his Sikeston windfall, he plans on keeping the same approach for the final six weeks of the ProRodeo regular season.
 
“Honestly, everyone wants to make the (Wrangler National) Finals, and if it works out that way, I’d love that,” Allen said. “But I’m not going to push myself and make myself start to make mistakes because I’m pushing too hard. I just have to try to make the best run I can on every steer I drop and let everything else take care of itself.”
 
Other winners at the $177,320 rodeo were all-around cowboy Zack Jongbloed ($5,889 in steer wrestling and tie-down roping); bareback rider Kaycee Field (88.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Organic Outlaw); team ropers Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison (11.9 seconds on two head); saddle bronc rider Rusty Wright (88 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Ricky Bobby); tie-down roper Blake Ash (19.6 seconds on two head); barrel racer Molly Otto (16.16 seconds); and bull rider Dustin Bouquet (88.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Anarchy).

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PRCA Weekly Recap: Gavin Soileau posts fastest steer wrestling run of 2021

PRCA Weekly Recap Gavin Soileau

Gavin Soileau is new to the ProRodeo circuit, buying his PRCA card at the end of 2020. Now, the steer wrestling rookie is making his name known in the sport.
 
Heading into last week, his fastest time in the PRCA was 3.4 seconds, but he blew that out of the water in Dalhart, Texas. Between Aug. 2-8, Soileau not only clocked the best time of his career at the XIT Rodeo & Reunion, but he also posted the fastest steer wrestling run this season (and fastest since 2017), stopping the clock in 2.9 seconds.
 
“I got a really good start. Coming out of the chutes I actually thought I had probably broken the barrier,” said Soileau, 22. “But I got out and had a good head catch, and the steer was really good on the ground. They were 3.4 plus 10 on him earlier in the week, so I knew I had a great chance to put up a good time.”
 
Soileau’s recent stretch of success has seen him move up to third in the PRCA | Resistol Rookie Standings, with $15,821. He said the season has been anything but smooth sailing.
 
“I’ve learned a bunch this season, some of them have been hard lessons,” Soileau said. “From the first week of July to the very end of July I didn’t win a single check. So, I had to learn to stay positive, don’t get down on yourself, and if you don’t win for a while, it’s OK, it’s going to come back around eventually.”
 
It’s seems like things are beginning to come around for the Bunkie, La., cowboy.
 
Below are the other top times and rides for the week of Aug. 2-8.
 
Cole Franks put together the best bareback riding score of the week. He went for 93 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo Aug. 8.
 
Two teams tied for the fastest team roping times this week. Cash Duty and Matt Schiek clocked a 3.7-second run at the Northeast Montana Fair & Rodeo Aug. 4, while Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira posted a 3.7 in Phillipsburg, Kan., Aug. 5.
 
Brody Cress had the highest saddle bronc ride of the week. Cress rode Outlaw Buckers Rodeo’s Ols Tubs Magic Carpet for 91 points at the Home on the Range Champions Ride in Sentinel Butte, N.D., Aug. 7.
 
Ty Harris and Cody Craig shared the fastest tie-down roping time of the week. Harris stopped the clock in 7.4 seconds at the Bozeman (Mont.) Stampede Aug. 7, while Craig posted the same time at the War Bonnet Round Up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Aug. 6.
 
Jessie Calkins put together the fastest breakaway roping time of the week when she posted a 1.8-second run at the Attica (N.Y.) Breakaway Roping on Aug. 8.
 
Beth Ann Borowy clocked the quickest barrel racing run of the week. She had a 14.89-second time at the Gerry (N.Y.) Volunteer Firemen’s Rodeo on Aug. 4.
 
Dustin Boquet continued his hot streak with the top bull riding score of the week. He went for 91.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gladiator’s Hammer at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo on Aug. 8.
 
Garrett Hale had the fastest steer roping time of the week. Hale was clocked in 8.8 seconds at the XIT Rodeo & Reunion in Dalhart, Texas, Aug. 4.

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Dustin Boquet adds Dodge City title to resume

Dustin Boquet adds Dodge

Dustin Boquet saved the best for last at the 2021 Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo.

The veteran bull rider already had the rodeo title secured before even stepping foot on his final bull. All six cowboys before him were bucked off in the final round, and with Boquet having the top score entering the round he was named the winner, but that’s not how he wanted to leave the Sunflower State.

Instead, he put together a 91.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Gladiator’s Hammer to leave no doubt he was the champ with 177.5 points on two head at the ProRodeo Tour stop.

“I climbed over the bucking chutes and at that point they announced me as the winner no matter what happened, but I didn’t want to go out like that,” said Boquet, 27. “I didn’t want to win it like that, I just stayed focused, I knew the bull I had. I was really pumped to have him; I’ve been wanting to get on him for a long time. I nodded my head and let my body do what it knows how to do. Shoot 91.5-points later I was pretty pumped up about it.”

The championship in Dodge City was beneficial for Boquet as he earned $12,356 toward the PRCA | RAM World Standings.

“It’s always a ton more fun when you’re finding a way to stay on these bulls,” Boquet said.
“I think this roll really started for me in Spanish Fork (Utah). I told myself there we’re just going to try to keep that rolling and keep taking these blessing as they come and keep having fun doing what I love to do.”

The ProRodeo Tour Finale in Salinas, Calif., Sept. 23-26, is just over a month away and Boquet is in a prime position to qualify for his third Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, sitting eighth in the world standings.

“For me to get there I just have to keep doing what I’ve been doing the past couple weeks,” Boquet said. “Just stay focused and don’t think about it too much. I’m going to take it one bull at a time, don’t get ahead of myself, and just stay confident in what I know how to do while staying humble.”

Bareback rider Cole Franks had a record-setting performance in Dodge City on two fronts. He set the rodeo record with a 93-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire in the finals and the two-head average rodeo record with 183 points.

Franks broke the marks set by Orin Larsen in 2020. Larsen had a 92.5-point ride on Pickett Rodeo’s Uncapped and 179.5 points on two head.


Other winners at the $388,092 rodeo were all-around cowboy Paden Bray, ($7,071, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Cole Franks (183 points on two head); steer wrestler Tucker Allen (12.2 seconds on three head); team ropers Clay Smith/Jade Corkill (17.2 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Lefty Holman (172 points on two head); tie-down roper Travis Rogers (27.2 seconds on three head); barrel racer Jordon Briggs (51.36 seconds on three runs); and steer roper Scott Snedecor (34.6 seconds on three head).

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Kansas cowboy Jess Pope wins in Phillipsburg

Kansas cowboy Jess Pope wins

When bareback rider Jess Pope, a native of Waverly, Kan., arrives at Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg, he’s treated like a hometown star.

Pope rewarded the hospitality of the people by winning the rodeo for the second year in a row Saturday night.

Pope had an 87.5-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Election Day to claim the rodeo title, a stop on the ProRodeo Tour.

“I had never been on that horse before,” said Pope, 22. “I think that was only the fifth trip by that horse. It’s a young horse, and I didn’t know anything about it, but I know when

Bennie (Beutler) puts a young one out on Saturday night it is generally going to be really good. That was a fun, little horse. It took a little scoot out there and was really fast and electric. It was a really enjoyable ride. That horse has a bright future ahead of it.”

On Aug. 1, 2020, Pope won Kansas’ Biggest with an 89.5-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Anything Goes.

“That’s a home state rodeo for me,” said Pope, who lives 4½ hours from Phillipsburg. “That town treats me like I’m family. I love that rodeo. I won it last year. I have some friends who live out there and that’s just a good, honest farm town and they love rodeo. They welcome anybody from Kansas with open arms. It is a really fun rodeo, and they pack the stands. It is really special to win this two years in a row and when you win a rodeo that is close to home it is more sentimental.”

Pope entered Phillipsburg sixth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings and just solidified his spot with his victory.

“I got there (in Phillipsburg) a few hours early and visited with a bunch of people,” Pope said. “I can walk around there and smile and laugh and see people I haven’t seen in a long time.”

Pope had a season to remember in 2020, winning the average at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and finishing third in the PRCA | RAM World Standings.

However, his 2021 campaign was derailed with lower back injury April 3 at the Riggin Rally Xtreme Broncs in Weatherford, Texas.

Pope returned May 29 at the MSU-Northern PRCA Extreme Bares & Broncs Challenge in Havre, Mont.

“Everything is feeling a lot better than it did,” Pope said about his back. “It still gets a little sore, but not like it was. I went and did some therapy. My L5 vertebrae was cracked, and it was pinching my disc. The little muscles around my spine I had to really focus on them and make them stronger and build them up.”

Pope won the average with 853 points on 10 head and earned $170,417 at his Finals debut at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, seventh most of any contestant. He has even higher expectations for 2021.

“I’m going to keep riding the best I can,” Pope said. “I keep trying to improve with every horse I get on. My goal is to win a gold buckle not just to make the NFR.”

Source: ProRodeo

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Past and present rodeo clowns headed to Colorado Springs for reunion

present rodeo clowns headed

The sport of rodeo has been bringing people together across the country for decades. Now, it’s time for those that provided the entertainment every night to join one another. 
 
This weekend, Aug. 6-8, past and present rodeo entertainers will travel to Colorado for the Rodeo Clown Reunion. The event will kick off at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, Aug. 6, with more than 40 clowns set to attend the event.
 
“We have been wanting to host this reunion for a few years now, and this year it will finally happen,” said Kent Sturman, Director of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. “There is so much talent among these rodeo performers. It will be a lot of fun to see the acts of years ago brought back to life. Their accumulated years in the rodeo arena as barrelmen, clowns, bullfighters and funnymen add up to almost a thousand years. It will be a fun day for the entire family.” 
 
The rodeo performers attending the event say it’s like a family reunion. In total, they have combined to spend nearly a thousand years in rodeo arenas.
 
“We really are all a family, when you look at it,” said Larry Clayman, a PRCA rodeo clown from 1954-79. “We’ve all traveled around the country, been chased a time or two, and definitely have a ton of stories to tell, that’s for sure. They are truly like family to me and my wife, and it’s always good seeing family. We can’t wait to get to Colorado Springs for the event.”
 
Many of the performers grew up with each other on the road, with a handful even rodeoing with more than one generation in each family.
 
“I started going out and doing acts with my father when I was really young, so I’ve performed with some of these guys and even their parents,” said Jerry Wayne Olson, former Chairman of the Rodeo Clowns for the PRCA. “We’ve been going to the reunion for three years, and I think I get to see another old friend each time.”


The fun doesn’t stop at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. The clowns will travel to the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo in Castle Rock, Colo., Aug. 7-8. Throughout the weekend there will be Q&A sessions, trick roping, magic acts, clown face painting, ‘Dress up like a Rodeo Clown’ for kids, photos with clowns and autograph sessions.
 2021 Rodeo Clown Reunion
 
For more information on the event, you can visit the ProRodeo Hall of Fame website.

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PRCA Weekly Recap: Rowdy Parrott posts second fastest steer wrestling time of 2021

PRCA Weekly Recap Rowdy Parrott

It’s been four years since Rowdy Parrott qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. His most recent stretch of success has the Mamou, La., steer wrestler eying a return to Las Vegas this winter.

Between July 26 and Aug. 1, Parrott clocked the fastest time of the week with a 3.1-second run at the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 Rodeo. The run was not only the fastest of his nine-year ProRodeo career, but it was the second quickest in the PRCA this season.

“I had a pretty good steer, I didn’t have much on him, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into that run,” said Parrott, 27. “My little brother (Remy) was hazing for me, and he did a perfect job. It was one of those runs where everything just worked out for me.”

Parrott says it’s a special feeling knowing his brother is always going to be in the box next to him. Especially when Rowdy is trying to climb up the PRCA | RAM World Standings in a hurry.

“It’s great having him there and never having to worry about things on that side because I know he’ll have it covered for me,” Parrott said. “He knows I’m there for him as well, now we’re hoping to get him the (Resistol) Rookie title like I got.”

The Parrott brothers hope their newfound luck will lead them to the Thomas & Mack Center when it matters most in December.

“The season didn’t start out real good for us, to be honest with you, we didn’t draw very good and missed some of those big rodeos,” Parrott said. “Hopefully we can finish a lot better than we started.”

Below are the other top times and rides for the week of July 26-Aug. 1.

Austin Foss and Tim O’Connell tied for the top bareback riding score of the week. Foss went for 89 points on Legend Rodeo Stock’s Critical Smile at the Central Montana Ram Pro Rodeo July 28, while O’Connell posted the same score on Sankey Pro Rodeo’s MLW’s Irish Eyes during the finals at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo Aug. 1.

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira had the fastest team roping time of the week. The duo clocked a 4.0-second run at Deadwood July 28.

Dawson Hay not only had the top saddle bronc ride of the week, but the Wildwood, Alberta, cowboy tied the PRCA record with a 95-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Wild Cherry at the Hardgrass Bronc Match in Pollockville, Alberta, July 31.

Hunter Herrin and Chance Oftedahl shared the fastest time of the week in the tie-down roping. Both cowboys posted 7.4-second runs in Deadwood July 28 and 29, respectively.

Bethanie Shofner was lightning fast this week, posting the fastest time in the breakaway roping. She stopped the clock in 1.6 seconds at the Lewiston (Mont.) Breakaway Roping on July 29.

Chance William Schott had the top bull riding score. Schott rode for 90 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Too Good at Deadwood July 29.

Two cowboys tied for the fastest steer roping time of the week. Rocky Patterson put together an 8.9-second run at the Wilson County Pro Rodeo in Fredonia, Kan., July 31, while Dalton Walker tied that in the same performance.

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Parker Breding advances to championship Sunday with semifinal win in Cheyenne

Parker Breding advances to championship

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Parker Breding’s favorite rodeo has always been Cheyenne Frontier Days, and now he’s one step closer toward etching his name in the record books at the “Daddy of ’em All.”

Breding punched his ticket to the finals on Saturday afternoon with an 85-point ride on Dakota Rodeo’s Cold Shot. He was one of just three riders to record a score in the semifinals and posted the top ride of the day.

“That was a really good bull that I really didn’t even know a ton about,” said Breding, 28. “I had just seen one video of him, that was the only thing that I knew about him. He did his thing right out of the gate. He got ahead of me out of the chute, and I felt like I was trying to play catchup the whole time. At the end I was almost just pumping my free arm over my head. Just kept riding until I heard a whistle, that’s about all it was here today.”

Breding will compete in the championship round on Sunday afternoon. The Edgar, Mont., cowboy is on the verge of his best season in ProRodeo. He sits eighth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $66,623 and is looking to return to his fourth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

It won’t be his first time in the finals at Cheyenne, but he feels he has as good of a chance as ever to take home the title in 2021.

“I haven’t had too many big wins this year, but I’ve ridden a lot of bulls and scrapped some money together here and there,” Breding said. “It would be outstanding if I could pull out a win at Cheyenne. I’ve been close a couple times in the past, and I’ve never been able to win this rodeo. I’ve always wanted one of these buckles, and I have no better chance than tomorrow.”

The finals of Cheyenne Frontier Days will be broadcast live on The Cowboy Channel and streamed on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App at 2:45 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Aug. 1.

Source: ProRodeo

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