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Helena’s Timmy Sparing advances to RodeoHouston semifinals

Posted at 6:32 PM, Mar 05, 2018

(RodeoHouston media release)

HOUSTON – Competitors were at the top of their game on Sunday, March 4, as they vied for the top four spots in each RODEOHOUSTON event. After a thrilling Super Series II, 32 cowboys and cowgirls advanced to the Semifinals set for March 14 and 15, 2018.

TIE-DOWN ROPING                         

Randall Carlisle’s focus and discipline placed him in the winner’s circle for Tie-Down Roping during Super Series II.

Advancing to a Semifinal Round:

Randall Carlisle: Athens, Louisiana — $4,000
Tuf Cooper: Decatur, Texas — $3,500

Riley Pruitt: Gering, Nebraska— $3,000

Ace Slone: Cuero, Texas — $3,000


David Peebles won the Super Series II Bareback Riding Championship title with three solid rides in the Series.

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

David Peebles: Powell Butte, Oregon — $6,000
Kaycee Feild: Genola, Utah — $5,000

Tilden Hooper: Fort Worth, Texas — $3,000

Jamie Howlett: Synder, Texas — $2,000

Lane Ivy and Buddy Hawkins won the Team Roping at Super Series II after two years of working as partners in the event.

“Ever since I was a kid, this is what I wanted to do,” Ivy said. “When you do it, it just makes you want to do it more.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Lane Ivy: Dublin, Texas, and Buddy Hawkins: Columbus, Kansas — $12,000
Dustin Egusquiza: Marianna, Florida, and Kory Koontz: Stephenville, Texas — $10,000

Cody Snow: Stephenville, Texas, and Wesley Thorp: Stephenville, Texas — $7,500

Cory Kidd: Statesville, North Carolina, and Cole Davison: Stephenville, Texas — $4,250


Cody Wright, the oldest of his family competing at RODEOHOUSTON, won Saddle Bronc Riding in Super Series II. He said RODEOHOUSTON is such an awesome place to succeed, and he still learns from his family as they’re competing alongside him.

“They help me just as much as I help them,” Wright said. “I still learn something every day and it’s nice to have an honest opinion I respect.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
Cody Wright: Milford, Utah — $5,000

Bradley Harter: Loranger, Louisiana — $4,500
Zeke Thurston: Big Valley, Alberta, Canada — $4,375

Taos Muncy: Corona, New Mexico — $2,500


Chance Howard won Steer Wrestling at Super Series II with a time of 4.1 in round three, solidifying his spot in the Steer Wrestling Semifinals. Howard is competing at RODEOHOUSTON this year for the second time, and he credits his performance to his nine years of experience.

“You just have to learn to handle the pressure,” Howard said.

Advancing to Semifinal Round: Chance Howard: Whitesboro, Texas — $6,000

Rowdy Parrott: Mamou, Louisiana — $6,000 Timmy Sparing: Helena, Montana — $2,750

JD Struxness: Appleton, Minnesota — $2,000


Hailey Kinsel will advance to the Semifinals after winning Barrel Racing during Super Series II.

Advancing to Semifinal Round: Hailey Kinsel: Cotulla, Texas — $6,000

Amber Moore: Salem, Oregon — $5,000

Brittany Tonozzi: Victoria, Texas — $4,000

Kellie Collier: Hereford, Texas — $2,000


Neal Holmes won Bull Riding at Super Series II and will be advancing to the Semifinals. He says he has plans to retire, which is bittersweet, but he focuses on the fact that he will still be involved in the sport by working with youth.

“It feels good right now to keep going and know that I am able to [continue to ride],” Holmes said. “I’m looking forward to staying involved and being a part of the future.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round: Neil Holmes: Cleveland, Texas — $4,000 Garrett Tribble: Bristow, Oklahoma — $3,000

Michael Riggs: Claxton, Georgia — $3,000

Tanner Learmont: Grandview, Texas — $2,000

The top four from each event, from each Super Series will advance to a Semifinal Round. The top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds will advance to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 17. The remaining six from each event in the two semifinals will compete in the Wild Card Round, Friday, March 16, where the top two from each event will advance to the Championship.

Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings. The RODEOHOUSTON Super Series continues through March 17, with the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout: North America’s Champions on Sunday, March 18.