(Frontier Days media release by Susan Kanode)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The fourth performance of the 122nd annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo was an exciting one for bull riding fans as two riders got scores on their second-round bulls and moved to the top of the leaderboard tied with total scores of 166 points.
J.W. Harris and Jeff Askey became the first riders to have scores on two bulls thanks to their success here on Tuesday. Askey rode Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Atomic Drop for 85 points. Harris got on Dakota Rodeo’s Shelly’s Gangster and scored 80.5. When those scores were added to the ones they received in the first round, the bull riders were tied at the top of the overall leaderboard at 166 points each.
Harris has had a stellar career as a bull rider. He’s won four Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world championships, qualified for nine National Finals Rodeos (NFR), competed at three PBR world finals and won that organization’s rookie of the year title. But the Goldthwaite, Texas, cowboy has never won the coveted championship at the Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) Rodeo.
Even though the buckle has eluded him, the Daddy of ‘em All has been pivotal in Harris’s career. When he was a rookie in 2005, he had almost run out of money and was ready to head back to Texas and go to work. Then he won the final round and over $10,000 here.
Not only was that a turning point in his career financially, it gave them the confidence to keep riding and go on and become one of the best bull riders in the world. Harris qualified for his first NFR the very next year. That was one of nine times he competed at rodeo’s championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This year could be another turning point for him. Harris, who returned to fulltime rodeo this season is currently ranked 25th and could use a big CFD win to boost his chance of qualifying for a tenth NFR.
A win here could be equally as important for Askey. He qualified for his first NFR in 2016, then finished in 36th place last year. The 2010 college champion is hoping for another trip to Las Vegas to compete for a world title this December.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Askey has been moving farther west with each stage of his career. He went to college at the University of Tennessee at Martin, 815 miles west of his home. Then he moved to his current home of Athens, Texas, 600 miles farther west, because that was easier for traveling to rodeos and bull ridings.
Askey is currently 12th in the world standings. A win here would add to his earnings and could nearly secure him his second NFR qualification.
There was another lead in the tie-down roping on Tuesday. Riley Pruitt from Gering, Nebraska roped and tied his calf in 10.9 seconds at Frontier Park on Tuesday. That was identical to Monday’s time and gave Pruitt command of the overall standings at 21.8 seconds. Sterling Smith, from Stephenville, Texas, moved into second with a total time of 22.8 after his record-setting 9.4-second run on Monday.
The fifth performance of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo will see contestants competing in the first round, except barrel racers who are in the second round. Competition gets underway at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday is all about local residents on Cheyenne/Laramie County Day.
Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 86.5 points on Hi Lo ProRodeo’s Pretty Woman. 2, Seth Hardwick, Ranchester, Wyo., 85.5 3, (tie) Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, and Jamie Howlett, Weatherford, Texas, 85 points. 5, Kyle Charley, Lukachukai, Ariz., 84. 6, Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 82. (second round) 1, Clayton Biglow, Clements, Ca., 87.5 points on Hi Lo ProRodeo’s Wilson Sanchez. 2, Lane McGeHee, Victoria, Texas, 85. 3, Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 84. 4, Logan Patterson, Kim, Co., 5, Hardwick, 81. 6, Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas, 80.5. (overall leaders) 1, Hardwick, 166.5 points. 2, McGeHee, 166. 3, (tie) Bennett and Lowe, 165.5. 5, Biglow, 163. 6, Schwagler, 161.5. 7, Kyle Charley, Lukachukai, Ariz., 160. 8, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 159.
Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 6.4 seconds. 2, Jacob Edler, Dacoma, Okla., 6.5. 3, Sam Olson, Buffalo, S.D., 6.9. 4, Chase Black, Coalville, Utah, 7.3. 5, (tie) Miguel Garcia, Kaycee, Wyo., and Cody Kroul, Solon, Iowa, 7.6. (second round) 1, Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 7.5. 2, Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D., 8.2. 3, Nick Guy, Sparta, Mich., 8.3. 4, Cody Harmon, Dublin, Texas, 8.9. 5, (tie) Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta, and Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho, 9.1. (overall leaders) 1, Cassidy, 16.7. 2, Guy, 16.8. 3, Milan, 17.5. 4, Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 18.2. 5, Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah, 18.3. 6, Garcia, 18.6. 7, Kelby Bond, Avondale, Co., 18.7. 8, Edler, 18.8.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 82 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Native Fringe. 2, Hawkins Boyce, Malad, Idaho, 80. 3, (tie) Taygen Schuelke, Newell, S.D.; Chanse Darling, Hyattville, Wyo., and Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M., 79. 6, JJ Elshere, Hereford, S.D., 78. (second round) 1, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 85 points on Hi Lo ProRodeo’s Peanut Butter Oreo. 2, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 84.5. 3, Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont., 84. 4, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas. 5, (tie) Joe Harper, Paradise Valley, Nev., and Tyrell J. Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont., 80. (overall leaders) 1, Thurston, 159.5. 2, Jacobs Crawley, 158. 3, Sterling Crawley, 157.5. 4, Alex Wright, Milford, Utah, 156.5. 5, Fountain, 156. 6, Harper, 154. 7, Schuelke, 152. 8, Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 150.5.
Team Roping (first round) 1, Ty Bach, Mt. Vernon, Texas, and Trey Johnson, Weatherford, Texas, 7.0 seconds. 2, (tie) Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla.; and Cody Callaway, Gillette, Wyo., and Clay Johnson, Rozet, Wyo., 8.0. 4, Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Idaho, and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 8.3. 5, Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta, and Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta, 8.4. 6, Chris Francis and Cade Passig, Las Vegas, N.M., 8.6. (second round) 1, Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Co., and Joe Mattern, Plantersville, Texas, 7.5 seconds. 2, Kellan Johnson and Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 7.6. 3, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 7.7. 4, Derrick Begay, Seba Delkai, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 8.5. 5, (tie) Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prude, Brazil; Clint Gorrell, B, N.D., and Drew Gartner, Killdeer, N.D.; and Cole Dorenkamp, Lamar, Co., and T.J. Watts, Eads, Co., 8.6. 8, Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D., and Cody Cowden, Atwater, Ca., 19.3
(overall leaders) 1, Francis and Passig, 17.5. 2, Bach and Johnson, 18.3. 3, White and Wakefield, 18.5. 4, Driggers and Nogueria, 18.6. 5, Begay and Petska, 18.7. 6, Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn., and Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla. 7, Tyler Harris, Killdeer, N.D., and Ross Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D., 19.1. 8, Jr. Dees and Cody Cowden, 19.3.
Rookie Saddle Bronc Riding (first round) 1, Lane Schuelke, Newell, S.D., 77 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Watch This. 2, Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah, 74.5. 3, Louis Aguirre, Sabinas, Mexico, 74. 4, (tie) Will Pollock, Utopia, Texas, and Logan Cook, Alto, Texas, 71. 6, Jacob Kammerer, Philip, S.D., 70. (second round) 1, Rowdy Chesser, 74 points on Use Primary’s Stan Headings. 2, Corey LeFebre, Bloomfield, N.M., 71. 3. Cree Minkoff, Billings, Mont., 70. 4, Weston Mann, Sheridan, Wyo., 70. 5, Wright, 62. 6, Tyler Friend, Driggs, Idaho, 58. (overall leaders) 1, Wright, 136.5 points. 2, Chesser, 130. 3, Jake Running Crow, Billings, Mont., 124. (on one) 4, Schuelke, 77, 5, Aguirre, 74. 6, (tie) LeFebre, Cook and Pollock, 71.
Tie-down Roping (first round) 1, Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 9.4 seconds. 2, Treg Schaack, Canyon, Texas, 10.1. 3, Cole Bailey, Okmulgee, Okla., 10.3. 4, Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 10.6. 5, Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, 10.7. 6, (tie) Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M., and Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 10.9. (second round) 1, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 10.3. 2, Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas, 10.4. 3, Austin Barstow, Springview, Neb., 10.8. 4, Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 10.9. 5, Billy Hamilton, Stigler, Okla., 11.6. 6, John Douch, Huntsville, Texas, 11.8 (overall leaders) 1, Pruitt, 21.8 seconds. 2, Smith, 22.8. 3, Gray, 22.9. 4, Ty Harris, 4, Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 23.2. 5, Cooper, 23.3. 6, Boardman, 23.6. 7, Kormos, 24.5. 8, (tie) Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga., and Ryan Watkins, Morgan Mill, Texas, 25.1.
Barrel Racing: (second round leaders) 1, Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 17.65 seconds. 2, Billie Ann Harmon, Dublin, Texas, 17.68. 3, Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla., 17.76. 4, Jessie Telford, Caldwell, Idaho, 5, Becki Mask, Amarillo, Texas, 17.88. 6, Laura Lambert, Wiggins, Co., 17.91. (overall leaders) 1, Rose, 35 .77 seconds. 2, Darling, 35.96 seconds. 3, Lambert, 36.00. 4, Brown, 36.04. 5, Telford, 36.12. 6, Harmon, 36.1. 7, Kelley Carrington, Boston, Ga., 36.22. 8, Kenna Kaminski, Bellville, Tex., 36.33.
Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho, 88 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s #419. 2, (tie) Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D., and J.W. Harris, Goldthwaite, Texas, 86.5. 4, Elijah Mora, Wiggins, Co., 85.5. 5, Clayton Savage, Yoder, Wyo., 85. 6, Bart Miller, Pleasanton, Neb., 84.5. (second round) 1, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 90 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s American Blood. 2, Silvano Alves, Decatur, Texas, 86. 3, Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas, 85. 4, Cain Smith, Pendleton, Ore., 83.5. 5, (tie) Dillon Tyner, Eaton, Co., and Wyatt Rogers, Tahlequah, Okla., 82.5. (overall leaders – four rides) 1, (tie) J.W. Harris, Goldthwaite, Texas, and Askey, 166 points. (on one) 3, Eldred, 90. 4, Portenier, 88.5, (tie) Bertus, 86.5. 7, Mora, 85.5. 8, Savage, 85.
Wild Horse Race: 1, Davis Dental, $610. 2, Mo Green, $457. 3, Buntin Hump, $305. 4, Brad Carney, $152.