(PRCA media release)
SAN ANTONIO – Wade Sundell couldn’t be any happier with the competition at the 69th San Antonio Rodeo.
The Coleman, Oklahoma, resident had a clean sweep in the saddle bronc riding after winning the third round with an 87-point score on Andrews Rodeo’s Fire Lane. Just two events later, he watched Shelby Janssen win the barrel racing and had even more reason to celebrate.
Both members of this couple are now headed to the Semifinals which begin on Feb. 20th. Together, they have earned $12,188 here so far. Sundell and Janssen have a son together, Rankan, that turned three-months-old yesterday.
Sundell Cwon this rodeo in 2014 and has had success here nearly every year that he has entered. He is the first saddle bronc rider this year to win all three rounds in the bracket and will enter the Semifinals with the most money so far. There are two more brackets left to compete.
Janssen placed in the first two rounds of competition behind Carley Richardson, from Pampa, Texas. Wednesday night, it was Janssen’s turn to make the victory lap after stopping the clock in 14.05 seconds, the fastest run of this bracket. She is riding an eight-year-old mare named Famous Amous and if they continue to click like they did in the AT&T Center, they will earn a lot more money. She is second in the money standings with $5,054 earned here so far. Richardson is at $6,540.
There was a clean sweep n the team roping and bull riding as well. Reigning world champions Erich Rogers and Cory Petska stopped the clock in 4.2 seconds on Wednesday. The Arizonans are on pace to win their second San Antonio Rodeo championships and will start the Semifinals with $7,134 each.
Sage Kimzey, from Strong City, Oklahoma was one of two bull riders to make it to the eight-second buzzer on Wednesday. Kimzey had the highest-marked ride in this bracket when he scored 89 points on Andrews Rodeo’s bull named Thunder Rolls. Kimzey earned $3,270 to bring his total to $12,485. Kemzey has earned four gold buckles as being the world’s best, the last one in Las Vegas last December at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Friday’s competition at the $1.7 million rodeo will see a new group of contestants hoping to cash in. Round one of Bracket 4 will start at 7 p.m. Bracket 4 will continue on Saturday. Competition in the final bracket will be Sunday and Monday, then the Semifinals will start.
Bracket 3, round 3, followed by Semifinals qualifiers –
Bareback Riding: 1, (tie) Mason Clements, Springville, Utah on Calgary Stampede’s You See Me, and Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., on Calgary Stampede’s Reckless Margie, 87 points, $2,081 each. 3, Will Lowe, Canyon Texas, 86.5, $1,19. 4, Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, Utah, 85, $595 (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, (tie) Clements and Lowe, $3,567. 3, (tie) Peebles, and Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas, $3,270.
Steer Wrestling: 1, John Henry Franzen, Riverton, Wyo., 3.4 seconds, $2,378. 2, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 3.5, $1,784. 3, Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., 3.6, $1,189. 4, Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 4.0, $595.(Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Franzen, $4,162. 2, Eldridge, $2,973. 3, (tie) CLayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, and Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., $2,378.
Team Roping: 1, Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 4.2 seconds, $2,378 each. 2, Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 4.9, $1,784. 3, Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland, Tenn., and Cody Hogan, Benton, La., 5.0, $1,189. 4, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, and John Robertson, Polson, Mont., 9.4, $595. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Erich Rogers and Cory Petska, $7,134. 2, Hass and Robertson, $2,973. 3, Parchman and Hogan, $2,378. 4, Garrett Rogers and Russell Cardoza, $1,784.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 87 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Fire Lane, $2,378. 2, (tie) Heith Allen DeMoss, Heflin, La., and JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D., 83.5, $1,486 each. 4, Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 82, $595. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Sundell, $7,134. 2, Elshere, $5,054. 3, Braden, $1,784. 4, DeMoss, $1,486.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, 7.1 seconds, $2,378. 2, Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash., 7.2, $1,784. 3, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 7.3, $1,189. 4, Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 8.3, $595. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Shiozawa, $5,351. 2, (tie) Hughes, Pratt, and J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah, $2,378.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Shelby Janssen, Coleman, Okla., 14.05 seconds, $2,378. 2, Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas, 14.12, $1,784. 3, Cassidy Kruse, Gillette, Wyo., 14.20, $1,189. 4, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.31, $595. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Richardson, $6,540. 2, Janssen, $5,054. 3, Kruse, $2,973. 4, Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas, $1,486.
Bull Riding: 1, (two qualified rides) Sage Steele Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 89 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Thunder Rolls, $3,270. 2, Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., 79, $2,675. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Kimzey, $12,485. 2, (tie) Tribble and Dylan Hice Vick, Escalon, Calif., $2,675. 4, (qualified on 2017 standings) Jordan Wacey Spears, Redding, Calif.