FORT WORTH, Tex. – With just three performances left before Saturday night’s Championship Finals at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, competition is winding down.
Contestants are leaving with empty pockets or hoping to get a chance to add their names to the history books here. Fort Worth’s rodeo is not only legendary, it is lucrative as well. This year’s rodeo will payout $645,000.
Nine world champions are planning their trip back here to compete for a Fort Worth buckle. In the bareback riding, Tim O’Connell moved into fourth place in the overall standings after scoring 81.5 points at the Thursday matinee. He has a total of 247 points on three rides. O’Connell, from Zwingle, Iowa has won this rodeo the past two years on the way to winning two world championships.
Kaycee Feild, from Spanish Fork, Utah is also in the bareback riding so far. He is ninth with 241.5 points. Feild is a four-time world champion and has earned the buckle here twice.
Tyler Pearson from Louisville, Mississippi, earned the gold buckle in the steer wrestling last December in Las Vegas at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Pearson has kept his momentum going and is leading the overall standings here. He has a half-second lead over the rest of the field with a time of 8.5 seconds on two head.
Shane Hanchey, from Sulphur, Louisiana, won the tie-down roping at this rodeo in 2010. Three years later, he earned the gold buckle. Shane is coming off a win at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver. Riding his horse “Bam Bam,” he is sixth overall with a total time of 19.5 seconds. Scott Kormos from Teague, Texas leads with 16.7.
Ten years ago, Matt Sherwood from Pima, Ariz., won the team roping in the Will Rogers Coliseum roping with Randon Adams. This year, Sherwood is heading for Walt Woodard, who lives at Stephenville. These men have each won two world championships. Clay O’Brien Cooper is a team roping legend after winning seven world titles. The Gardnerville, Nevada resident is heeling here for Derrick Begay from Seba Dalkai, Arizona. They are eighth and hoping to remain among the top 12 who qualify for the finals.
Two world champions are among the top 12 saddle bronc riders here. Jacobs Crawley, from Boerne, Texas, is in fourth and Jesse Wright from Milford, Utah is in tenth.
Barrel racing phenom, Hailey Kinsel, from Cotulla, Texas, took the lead here on Thursday night. She and her great mare “Sister” stopped the clock in 16.29 to move into second in the round two and take the overall lead. Her total time of 32.86 is now the one to beat.
The World’s Original Indoor Rodeo® continues its 100th-anniversary edition Friday with performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m., in the historic Will Rogers Coliseum.
Bareback Riding: 1, (tie) Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, on J Bar J Rodeo’s Jailhouse Rock and Dylan Wahlert, Casper, Wyo., on J Bar J Rodeo’s Dirty Rags, 81.5 points. 3, (tie) Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., and Gavin DeRose, Kamloops, British Columbia, 79.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Jacob Edler, Dacoma, Okla., 3.8 seconds. 2, Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., 4.1. 3, Blake Mindemann, Blanchard, Okla., 4.5. 4, Brandon Harrison, Port Arthur, Texas, 4.8.
Team Roping: (two times) 1, Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss., and Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla., 14.6 seconds. 2, Ryan Opie, Crane, Ore., and Chase Hansen, Homedale, Idaho, 19.3
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, (tie) Colton Carter, St. George, Utah, on J Bar J Rodeo’s Hell on Hooves and Logan Allen, Crescent, Iowa, on J Bar J’s Bullet Proof, 81 points. 3, Tanner Lockhart, Lewis, Colo., 75. 4, Kyler Oliver, Roy, Utah, 72.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas, 8.2 seconds. 2, Tyson Arledge, Milano, Texas, 9.3. 4, Shane Slack, Idabel, Okla., 17.0. 5, Keaton Newman, Herriman, Utah, 24.5.
Barrel Racing: 1, Cambra Smith, Hico, Texas, 16.58 seconds. 2, Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, Ark., 16.63. 3, Haley Wolfe, Flora Vista, N.M., 16.72. 4, Jessi Fish, Franklin, Tenn., 16.73.
Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Justin Rowell, Lemoore, Ca., 78 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Nixon. 2, Kyler Oliver, Roy, Utah, 77.5.
Bareback Riding: 1. Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 81 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Rawhide. 2, (tie) Devan Reilly, Sheridan, Wyo., and Wyatt Maines, Maple Creek, Sask., 74. 4, (tie) Trenton Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., and Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho, 72.5.
Steer Wrestling: (three times) 1, Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 4.2 seconds. 2, Blake Doyle, Flandreau, S.D., 6.2. 3, Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah, 14.2.
Team Roping: 1, Rhett Anderson, Anabella, Utah, and Coleby Payne, Lipan, Texas, 4.9 seconds. 2, Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz., and Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 5.2. 3, Lee Kiehne, Lemitar, N.M., and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 5.4. 4, Brett Christensen, Alva, Okla., and Dawson McMaster, Madison, Kan., 5.8.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia, 77.5 points on United Pro Rodeo’s Big Valley. 2, Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, British Columbia, 73. 3, Wyatt Hurst, Bozeman, Mont., 68. 4, Preston Kafka, Wagner, S.D., 64.
Tie-Down Roping: (three times) 1, Luke Jeffries, Maricopa, Ariz., 9.9 seconds. 2, Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, Wyo., 12.9. 3, E.J. Panetta, Sheridan, Wyo. 14.8.
Barrel Racing: 1, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 16.29 seconds. 2, Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 16.46. 3, Jody McKay, Red Oak, Okla., 16.56. 4, Cayla Small, Burneyville, Okla., 16.58.
Bull Riding: 1, Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 83.5 points on United Pro Rodeo’s Meeko. 2, Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., 82.5. 3, Ty Wallace, Colbran, Colo., 80.5. 4, Wyatt Hallett, Boulder City, Nev., 75.
Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, JR Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 88.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Painted Brush. 2, Tyler Scales, Buffalo, Wyo., 88. 3, Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 86.5. 4, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 85.5. 5, Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 85. 6, Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas, 84.5. 7. Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 84. 7, Zach Hibler, Wheeler, Texas, 83.5. (second round) 1, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 86 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Night Crawler. 2, (tie) Breuer on Andrews Rodeo’s Rags to Riches and Clements on J Bar J Rodeo’s Live Bunny, 85. 4, (tie) Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, and Miller, 82.5. 6, Vezain, 82. 7, Paden Hurst, Cypress, Texas, 80.5. 8, (tie) Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, and Hibler, 80. (third round) 1, Clements on United Pro Rodeo’s Jungle Cat, 89 points. 2, (tie) Hooper and Hardwick, 86. 4, Hurst, 82.5. 5, Larsen, 82. 6, (tie) Hibler; Zack Brown, Red Bluff, Calif.; Dylan Wahlert, Casper, Wyo., and O’Connell, 81.5 (total on three) 1, Clements, 254. 2, Breuer, 241.5. 3, Vezain, 251. 4, O’Connell, 247. 5, Miller, 246.5. 6, Hibler, 245. 7, Hardwick, 244. 8, Larsen, 242.
Steer Wrestling: (second round leaders) 1, (tie) Cody Devers, Alva, Okla., and Jacob Edler, Dacoma, Okla., 3.8 seconds. 3, (tie) Shayde Etherton, Borden, Ind.; Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, and Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., 4.1. 6, Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 4.2. 7, (tie) Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., and Royce Johnson, Checotah, Okla., 4.3. (total on two) 1, Pearson, 8.5. 2, Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan., 9.0. 3, Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 9.2. 4, (tie) Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii, and Jacob Edler, Dacoma, Okla., 9.3. 6, (tie) Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla., and Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., and Will Lummus, West Point, Miss., 9.4.
Team Roping: (first round) 1, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, 4.1 seconds. 2, Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla., and Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas, and Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz., and Jake Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., 4.7. 4, (tie) Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prude, Brazil, and Shane Philipp, Washington, Texas, and Joel Bach, Mount Vernon, Texas, 4.8. 6, (tie) Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M., and Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M.; Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C., and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., and Rhett Anderson, Anabella, Utah, and Coleby Payne, Lipan, Texas, 4.9. (second round) 1, Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif., and Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore., 4.0 seconds. 2, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 4.1. 3, Mitchell Barney, Logan, Iowa, and J.W. Beck, Moville, Iowa, 4.5. 4, (tie) Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla.; Jake Orman, Prairie, Miss., and Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas, and Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 4.6. 7, (tie) Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore., and Daniel Braman IV, Victoria, Texas, and Jesse Stipes, Salina, Okla., and Jake Clay, Sapulpa, Okla., 4.8. (total on two) 1, (tie) Sherwood and Woodard and Shane Philip, Washington, Texas, and Joel Bach, Mount Vernon, Texas, 10.1 seconds. 3, Brown and Long, 10.2. 4, (tie) Tyler Wojciechowski, Hico, Texas, and Ross Ashford, Lott, Texas; Snow and Thorp and Beers and Braman, 10.7. 6, Begay and O’Brien Cooper, 11.0. 7, Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta, and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas,10.8. 8, Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz., and Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 11.0.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Tiger Lily. 2, Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 86.5. 3, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 86. 4, Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nev., 84. 5, Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, S.D., 83.5. 6, Blaise Freeman, Snyder, Texas, 83. 7, (tie) Sean Prater, Muskogee, Okla., and Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 81.5. (second round) 1, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 86.5 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Orange Crush. 2, Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla., 85.5. 3, Cress, 84. 4, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 83.5. 5, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 82.5. 6, Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, and Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 82. 8, Kash Deal, Dupree, S.D., 81.5. (total on two) 1, Cress, 170.5. 2, Rusty Wright, 168. 3, Dawson Jandreau, 164. 4, (tie) Crawley and Braden, 163.5. 6, (tie) Gordon and Blaise Freeman, Snyder, Texas, 163. 8, Diaz, 161.
Tie-Down Roping: (second round leaders) 1, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 8.1 seconds. 2, (tie) Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, and Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas, 8.2. 4, Shane Allan Smith, Wimborne, Alberta, 8.3. 5, Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas, 8.4. 6, Weldon Watson, Huntsville, Texas, 8.4. 7, Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., 8.7. 8, Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas, 8.8. (total on two) 1, Kormos, 16.7 seconds. 2, Clif Cooper, Decatur, Texas,18.1. 3, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 18.2. 4, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 19.1. 5, Solomon, 19.2. 6, Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.,19.5. 7, Cox, 19.6. 8, (tie) Braxton Laughlin, Sulphur, La., and Robert Mathis, Mart, Texas, 19.7.
Barrel Racing: (second round) 1, Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 16.27 seconds. 2, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 16.29. 3, (tie) Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., and Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas, 16.46. 5, Jill Wilson, Snyder, Texas, 16.51. 6, Katie Pascoe, Morro Bay, Calif., 16.52. 7, Jody McKay, Red Oak, Okla., 16.52. 8, (tie) Cambra Smith, Hico, Texas, and Cayla Small, Burneyville, Okla., 16.58. (total on two) 1, Kinsel, 32.86. 2, (tie) Lester and Collier, 33.09 seconds. 4, McDonald, 33.12. 5, Small, 33.19. 6, McKay, 33.34. 7, Smith, 33.44. 8, Jessi Fish, Franklin, Tenn., 33.49.
Bull Riding: (first round) 1, (tie) Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, on Silver Creek Rodeo’s Sudden Debt and Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas, 88.5 points. 3, Lane Nobles, Gatesville, Texas, 86.5. 4, Garrett Wickett, Battle Creek, Neb., 85.5. 5, Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 83.5. 6, Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La., 83. 7, Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., 82.5. 8, Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas, 82. (second round) 1, Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore., 88 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Cold Dice. 2, Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas. 3, Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla., 85.5. 4, Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 85. 5, Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah, 84.5. 6, (tie) Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas, and Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas, 84. 8, Boquet.; Ethan Lesiak, Clarks, Neb.; Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, and Brody Yeary, Brock, Texas, 82. (total on two) 1, Bingham, 166.5 points. 2, Boquet, 166. 3, Kastner, 164.5. 4, Colby Demo, Red Bluff, Calif., 161.5. 5, Mize, 156. 6, Colby Hill, Del Rio, Texas, 150. 7, Jimy Marten, Donahue, Iowa, 148.5. 8, Jed Jones, Garden Valley, Idaho, 129.