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Mud doesn’t slow Frontier Days Rodeo

Posted at 9:37 PM, Jul 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 13:48:54-04
Levi Rudd of Chelsea, Okla., swam through the mud to win second place in the first round of steer wrestling at the 122nd Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. His time of 6.1 earned him $5,503. (PRCA photo by Dan Hubbell)

(Frontier Days media release by Johna Cravens)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — After multiple torrential rains, the arena at the 122nd Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo looked like a big bowl of chocolate milk on Friday, and several of the contestants walked out of it looking as if they had been dipped in chocolate.

While the arena conditions were less than ideal, they had very little impact on two of the steer wrestlers. Levi Rudd from Chelsea, Oklahoma had the fast time of the day at 6.1 seconds. That gave him a second-place finish in the first round and netted the 28-year old $5,503. Just minutes before, Jacob Talley of Keatchie, Louisiana, stopped the clock in 6.7, which was good enough for fifth place and $3,027. Both cowboys earned enough to go shopping for new clothes which they will surely need after being covered with mud.

Cheyenne’s own Aaron Vosler finished at the top of the leaderboard with a time of 5.7. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a time in the second round, so the $6,327 that he earned for his first-round win will be the only check he gets here this year.

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Brock Hansen, from Casa Grande, Arizona, and Ryan Motes, from Weatherford, Texas, had the fastest time of the day in team roping. With Hansen doing the heading and Motes      heeling, they stopped the clock in 7.1 seconds giving them a second-place finish in the round. They each won $5,182. Texans Ty Bach and Trey Johnson were able to hold onto first place with a 7.0 earning $5,959 each.

The bull riders spent a lot of time cleaning their gear here on Friday. That didn’t bother Oklahoma’s Trevor Kastner who had the high score of the day. Kastner, from Roff, rode the Andrews Rodeo Company bull named Ludicrous for 86.5 points. He was part of a three-way tie for fifth place and earned $1,053. More importantly, he has an opportunity to become the fourth man to ride two bulls here prior to Championship Sunday.

Sterling Smith’s arena-record run in tie-down roping last Monday got the Stephenville, Texas, resident $6,557. Smith was successful on his second run and is second in the overall standings.

The eighth performance of the rodeo begins at 12:45 on Saturday. The competition will see the completion of the first and second round of bareback and saddle bronc riding. Horses in those events didn’t perform as expected, so some competitors were awarded re-rides. All the other events will see the completion of the second round. Championship Sunday qualifiers will be determined in all events.

Current leaders from the 122th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo after the seventh performance.

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. 7, (tie) Tate Schwagler, Mandan, N.D.; Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah; Blake Smith, Zap, Utah, and Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 81.5. (second round) 1, Clayton Biglow, Clements, Ca., 87.5 points on Hi Lo ProRodeo’s Wilson Sanchez. 2, (tie) Lane McGeHee, Victoria, Texas, and Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 85. 4, Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 84. 5, Logan Patterson, Kim, Co., 6, Hardwick, 81. 7, (tie) Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas; Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, and Connor Hamilton, Calgary, Alberta, 80.5. (overall leaders) 1, Hardwick, 166.5 points. 2, (tie) McGeHee and Feild, 166. 4, (tie) Bennett and Lowe, 165.5. 6, Biglow, 163. 7, Tate Schwagler, Mandan, N.D., 161.5. 8, Trenton Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., 160.5.

Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, Aaron Vosler, Cheyenne, Wyo., 5.7 seconds, $6,329. 2, Levi Rudd, Chelsea, Okla., 6.1, $5,503. 3, Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 6.4, $4,678. 4, Jacob Edler, Dacoma, Okla., 6.5, $3852. 5, Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La., 6.7, $3,027. 6, (tie) Sam Olson, Buffalo, S.D., and Justin Kimsey, Kennewick, Wash., 6.9, $1,787. 8, Chase Black, Coalville, Utah, 7.3, $550. (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, Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 8.7.  5, Cody Harmon, Dublin, Texas, 8.9. 6, (tie) Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta, and Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho, 9.1. 8, Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, Idaho, 9.2. (overall leaders) 1, Cassidy, 16.7. 2, Guy, 16.8. 3, Straws Milan, Cochrane, Alberta, 17.5. 4, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 17.8. 5, Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 18.2. 6, Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah, 18.3. 7, Garcia, 18.6. 8, Kelby Bond, Avondale, Co., 18.7.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 88 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Utopia. 2, Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, 84.5. 3, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 83.5. 4, Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas, 83.0. 5, (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, and Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Australia, 82. 7, (tie) Hawkins Boyce, Malad, Idaho, and Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D., 82. (second round) 1, Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 86 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Trophy Wife. 2, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 85. 3, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 84.5. 4, Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont., 84. 5, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas. 6, Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta, 81.5. 7, Diaz, 80.5. 8, (tie) Joe Harper, Paradise Valley, Nev.; Tyrell J. Smith, Sand Coulee, Mont.; Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, and Casper, 80. (overall leaders) 1, Cress, 166.5 points. 2, Diaz, 165. 3, Casper, 163. 4, Rusty Wright, 161. 5, (tie) Thurston and Hay, 159.5. 7, (tie) Jacobs Crawley and Spencer Wright, 158.

Team Roping (first round) 1, Ty Bach, Mt. Vernon, Texas, and Trey Johnson, Weatherford, Texas, 7.0 seconds, $5,959 each. 2, Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz., and Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, $5,182 each. 3, (tie) Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla.; and Cody Callaway, Gillette, Wyo., and Clay Johnson, Rozet, Wyo., 8.0, $4,016 each. 5, Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Idaho, and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 8.3, $2,850. 6, Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta, and Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta, 8.4, $2,073 each. 7, (tie) Chris Francis and Cade Passig, Las Vegas, N.M.; and Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Ca., and Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, 8.6, $907 each. (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, (tie) Nelson Wyatt, Clanton, Ala., and Trace Porter, Leesville, La.; and Derrick Begay, Seba Delkai, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 8.5. 6, (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.

(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, $1,230. 2, Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah, 74.5, $932. 3, (tie) Rhett Fanning, Martin, S.D., and Chance Masters, Leon, Iowa, 72, $559 each. 5, (tie) Corey LeFebre, Bloomfield, N.M.; Will Pollock, Utopia, Texas; Logan Cook, Alto, Texas; Connor Murnion, Jordan, Mont; Chris Williams, Greybull, Wyo., and Logan Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, 71, $75 each. (second round) 1, Rowdy Chesser, Kansas, Okla., on Use Primary’s Stan Headings and Rhett Fanning, Martin, S.D., on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Carl, 74 points. 3, (tie) LeFebre, Schuelke and Connor Murnion, Jordan, Mont., 71. 6. Cree Minkoff, Billings, Mont., 70. 7, Logan Cook, Alto, Texas, 69. 8, (tie) Jake Foster, Meadow, S.D., and Jarrod Hammons, Stephenville, Texas, 66. (overall leaders) 1, Schuelke, 148. 2, Fanning, 146. 3, (tie) LeFebre and Murnion, 142. 5, Cook, 140. 6, Wright, 136.5. 7, Parker Kempfer, Melbourne, Fla., 134. 8, (tie) Jacob Kammerer, Philip, S.D., and Chris Williams, Greybull, Wyo., 131.

Tie-down Roping (first round) 1, Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 9.4 seconds, $6,557. 2, Treg Schaack, Canyon, Texas, 10.1, $5,701. 3, Cole Bailey, Okmulgee, Okla., 10.3, $4,846. 4, Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 10.6, $3,991. 5, Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, 10.7, $3,336. 6, Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 10.8, $2,281. 7, (tie) Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., and Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M., $998 each. (second round) 1, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 10.3. 2, Scott Kormos, Teague, Texas, 10.4. 3, Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 10.7. 4, Austin Barstow, Springview, Neb., 10.8. 5, Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 10.9. 6, Billy Hamilton, Stigler, Okla., 11.6. 7, John Douch, Huntsville, Texas, 11.8. 8, Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 11.9. (overall leaders) 1, Pruitt, 21.8 seconds. 2, Smith, 22.8. 3, Gray, 22.9. 4, Harris, 23.2. 5, Cooper, 23.3. 6, Boardman, 23.6. 7, Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 23.8. 8, Kormos, 24.5.

Barrel Racing: (second round leaders) 1, Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas, 17.61 seconds. 2, Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 17.65. 3, Billie Ann Harmon, Dublin, Texas, 17.68. 4, Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla., 17.76. 5, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 17.77. 6, Shali Lord, Lamar, Co., 17.82. 7, Jessie Telford, 17.86. 8, Becki Mask, Amarillo, Texas, 17.88. (overall leaders) 1, Pozzi Tonozzi, 35.44. 2, Rose, 35 .77. 3, Cervi, 35.84. 4, Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 35.94. 5, (tie) Darling and Lord, 35.96. 7, Katelyn Scott, Odessa, Texas, 35.96. 8, Laura Lambert, Wiggins, Colo., 36.00.

Bull Riding: (first round) 1, (tie) Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho, on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s #419 and Koby Radley, Montpelier, La., on Dakota Rodeo’s Gangster Can Do, 88 points, $5,230 each. 3, (tie) Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, and Eli Vastbinder, Athens, Texas, 87.5, $2,763 each. 5, (tie) Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D.; J.W. Harris, Goldthwaite, Texas, and Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla., 86.5, $1,052 each. 8, Jordan Spears, Redding, Ca., $592. (second round) 1, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 90 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s American Blood. 2, Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah, 88. 3, Silvano Alves, Decatur, Texas, 86. 4, Radley, 85.35. 5, (tie) Jeff Askey, Athens, Texas; Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., and Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, 85. (overall leaders) 1, Radley, 173.5. 2, (tie) J.W. Harris, Goldthwaite, Texas, and Askey, 166 points. (on one) 4, Eldred, 90. 5, (tie) Portenier and Duncan, 88, 7, (tie) Bertus and Alves, 86.


Wild Horse Race: No qualifiers