FORT WORTH, Tex. – For the past 100 years, the rodeo has been a centerpiece of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. It is also a very important stop for rodeo contestants trying to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo where world champions are crowned.
There is nearly $645,000 up for grabs here and at the end of Friday night’s rodeo, several cowboys were able to cash in. Among those was Kash Wilson from Gooding, Idaho who scored 86 in the bareback riding on Rafter G Rodeo’s horse named Southwest.
That put Wilson in a tie for first place in the second round with Tim O’Connell from Zwingle, Iowa, a two-time winner here and two-time world champion. They each collected $2,699.
Wilson was 72.5 points here on Thursday night. His efforts Friday night have him in position to qualify for Saturday night’s Championship Finals. He will get on his third bareback horse at the matinee hoping to get enough points to move among the top 12 who ride again.
The first round of bareback riding was also completed Friday afternoon. J.R. Vezain, who competed here nearly a week ago, held onto the first-place position. He earned $3,056 with an 88.5-point ride on J Bar J Rodeo’s Painted Brush.
The first rounds of team roping, saddle bronc riding and bull riding were also completed on Friday. Rusty Wright is trying to be the third member of his family to earn a championship here. The Wrights have brought fame to Milford, Utah as the first family of saddle bronc riding. Rusty Wright’s father Cody was the champion here in 2013 and 2014. His uncle Jake Wright won it in 2016 and 2017.
Rusty won the first round here with an 87-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s horse named Tiger Lily. That was worth $4,776. He is currently second overall and is hoping to leave here with his first championship buckle.
In the team roping, Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp are the big money winners here so far. With Snow heading and Thorp heeling, they stopped the clock in 4.1 seconds. That gave them the win by half a second and netted them each $5,043. Thorp is a two-time college rodeo champion from Throckmorton, Texas. Snow calls Los Olivos, California, home.
Texans Elliot Jacoby and Jeff Askey tied for the first-round bull riding win with 88.5 points to earn $4,803 each. Jacoby, from Fredericksburg, rode Silver Creek Rodeo Company’s bull named Sudden Debt. Aksey, from Athens, was successful on Blitzkreig Bop from Rafter G Rodeo. Neither of these men rode their bulls in the first round. However, they could potentially compete again in the finals by virtue of their second-round success.
The World’s Original Indoor Rodeo® will conclude Saturday in the historic Will Rogers Coliseum. The Saturday matinee will determine the remaining preliminary round winners and who qualifies for the Championship Finals on Saturday night. The matinee begins at 2 p.m. and the final performance will start at 7:30 p.m.
Bareback Riding: 1, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 79 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Knot Head. 2, Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 76. 3, Buck Lunak, Cut Bank, Mont., 74.5. 4, Wyatt Maines, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, 74.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Garrett Poston, Winnsboro, Texas, 3.9 seconds. 2, Jeffrey Boriski, College Station, Texas, 4.7. 3, Bear Pascoe, Morro Bay, Calif., 5.0. 4, Justin Blain Davis, Argyle, Texas, 10.0.
Team Roping: 1, Quisto Lopez and Trey Carter, III, Bellville, Texas, 4.8 seconds. 2, Cody Tew, Belgrade, Mont., and Nano Garza, Las Cruces, N.M., 5.7. 3, Lee Kiehne, Lemitar, N.M., and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 6.3. 4, Rhett Anderson, Anabella, Utah, and Coleby Payne, Lipan, Texas, 7.8.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia, 79 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Hocus Pocus. 2, Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 67. 3, Josh Davison, Miles City, Mont., 62. Preston Kafka, Wagner, S.D., 60.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah, 10.5 seconds. 2, Quay Howard, Canyon, Texas, 13.3. 3, Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 17.9. 4, Taylor Stout, Justin, Texas, 24.6.
Barrel Racing: 1, Sissy Winn, Chapman Ranch, Texas, 16.63 seconds. 2, Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 16.65. 3, Kim Schultze, Larkspur, Colo., 16.72. 4, Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas, 16.75.
Bull Riding: 1, Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., 87 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Foolish Dreams. 2, Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., 85. 3, Randy Myers, Logansport, La., 83.5 4, Shad Heiner, Morgan, Utah, 81.5.
Bareback Riding: 1, Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho, 86 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Southwest. 2, Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 85. 3, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 84. 4, Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 73.
Steer Wrestling: (three times) 1, Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss., 5.2 seconds. 2, Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla., 14.7. 3, Grady Payne, Stephenville, Texas, 16.6.
Team Roping: (three times) 1, Jaguar Terrill, Blackfoot, Idaho, and Sid Sporer, Cody, Wyo., 8.7 seconds. 2, Tyler and Truman Magnus, Mason, Texas, 10.9. 3, Andrew and Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla., 14.6.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (three rides) 1, Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 74.5 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Rawhide. 2, Joe Harper, Paradise Valley, Nev., 73.5. 3, Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 73.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, EJ Roberts, Stephenville, Texas, 9.9 seconds. 2, Cody Craig, Wendell, Idaho, 12.2. 3, Treg Schaack, Canyon, Texas, 12.4. 4, Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 13.7.
Barrel Racing: 1, Cheyenne Kelly, Hallettsville, Texas, 16.26 seconds. 2, Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 16.47. 3, Sadye Simpson, Stephenville, Texas, 16.48. 4, Carman Pozzobon, Aldergrove, British Columbia, 16.55.
Bull Riding: (one ride) 1, Cory Price, Calhan, Colo. 79 points on Rafter F Rodeo’s Inspector Gadget.
Bareback Riding: (first round winners) 1, JR Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 88.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Painted Brush, $3,056. 2, Tyler Scales, Buffalo, Wyo., 88, $2,343. 3, Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 86.5, $1,732. 4, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 85.5, $1,120. 5, Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 85, $713. 6, Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas, 84.5, $509. 7. Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 84, $407. 8, Zach Hibler, Wheeler, Texas, 83.5, $306. (second round winners) 1, (tie) Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Night Crawler and Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho, on Rafter G Rodeo’s Southwest, 86 points, $2,699 each. 3, (tie) Breuer, Clements and Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 85, $1,188 each. 6. Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 84, $509. 7, (tie) Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, and Miller, 82.5, $357 each. (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, 9. Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 241.5. 10, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 237.
Steer Wrestling: (second round leaders) 1, (tie) Cody Devers, Alva, Okla., and Jacob Edler, Dacoma, Okla., 3.8 seconds. 3, Garrett Poston, Winnsboro, Texas, 3.9. 4, (tie) Shayde Etherton, Borden, Ind.; Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, and Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., 4.1. 7, Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 4.2. 8, (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. 9, (tie) Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.; Josh Clark, Warner, Okla., and Shaffer, 9.5.
Team Roping: (first round winners) 1, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, 4.1 seconds, $5,043 each. 2, Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla., and Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas, and Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz., and Jake Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., 4.7, $4,056 each. 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, $2,741 each. 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, $1,096 each. (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; Jesse Stipes, Salina, Okla., and Jake Clay, Sapulpa, Okla., and Quisto Lopez and Trey Carter, III, Beeville, Texas, 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. 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. 9, (tie) Aaron Macy, Post, Texas, and Wyatt Cox, Arroyo Grande, Calif, and Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M., and Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M., 11.3.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round winners) 1, Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Tiger Lily, $4,776. 2, Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 86.5, $3,662. 3, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 86, $2,707. 4, Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nev., 84, $1,751. 5, Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, S.D., 83.5, $1,114. 6, Blaise Freeman, Snyder, Texas, 83, $796. 7, (tie) Sean Prater, Muskogee, Okla., and Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 81.5, $557 each. (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. 9, (tie) Cort Scheer, Douglas, Wyo., and Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia, 156.5.
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.; Robert Mathis, Mart, Texas, and J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah, 19.7.
Barrel Racing: (second round) 1, Cheyenne Kelly, Hallettsville, Texas, 16.26 seconds. 2, Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 16.27. 3, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 16.29. 4, (tie) Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., and Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas, 16.46. 6, Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 16.47. 8, Jill Wilson, Snyder, Texas, 16.51. 9, Katie Pascoe, Morro Bay, Calif., 16.52. 10, Carman Pozzobon, Aldergrove, British Columbia, 16.55. (total on two) 1, Kinsel, 32.86. 2, (tie) Lester and Collier, 33.09 seconds. 4, Sadye Simpson, Stephenville, Texas, 33.11. 5, (tie) Kelly and McDonald, 33.12. 7, Fischer, 33.14. 8, Taci Bettis, Round Top, Texas, 33.17. 9, Pozzobon, 33.18. 10, Cayla Small, Burneyville, Okla., 33.19.
Bull Riding: (first round winners) 1, (tie) Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, on Silver Creek Rodeo’s Sudden Debt and Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas, on Rafter G Rodeo’s Blitzkreig Bop, 88.5 points, $4,803 each. 3, Lane Nobles, Gatesville, Texas, 86.5, $3,081. 4, Garrett Wickett, Battle Creek, Neb., 85.5, $1,994. 5, Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 83.5, $1,269. 6, Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La., 83, $906. 7, Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., 82.5, $725. 8, Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas, 82, $544. (second round) 1, Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore., 88 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Cold Dice. 2, (tie) Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, and Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., 87. 4, Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla., 85.5. 5, (tie) Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, and Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., 85. 7, Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah, 84.5. 8, (tie) Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas, and Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas, 84. (total on two) 1, Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., and Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., 167.5 points. 3, Bingham, 166.5. 4, Boquet, 166. 5, Kastner, 164.5. 6, Colby Demo, Red Bluff, Calif., 161.5. 7, Mize, 156. 8, Colby Hill, Del Rio, Texas, 150, (on one) 9, (tie) Jacoby and Askey, 88.5.