(Editor’s note: Story by Susan Kanode/PRCA)
CODY, Wyo. — It only took two days to break a bareback riding record at the 100th anniversary of the Cody Stampede.
Prior to this year, the high-marked ride belonged to Ty Breuer who had a 91-point ride in 2013. Then, Orin Larsen of Inglis, Manitoba had an outstanding 93-point ride on C5 Rodeo’s horse named Make Up Face on Tuesday night at Stampede Park. His record lasted two days.
Caleb Bennett, a seven-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifier from Corvallis, Montana, knew if everything went right, he had a chance to beat Larsen’s score. He came to Stampede Park on July 4th ready to get on Frontier Rodeo’s bucking horse named Gun Fire. He had ridden the horse last year at Spanish Fork, Utah and won the rodeo with an 87-point effort.
Bennett arrived in Cody confident. He just had a big payday when he won the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede. He was hoping the momentum would help, that Gun Fire would have the best trip ever and he could add a Cody Stampede win to his resume. That’s exactly what happened and when the judges added up their scores, Bennett had 93.5 points by his name and is now the arena record holder.
“That horse threw everything at me,” Bennett said. “It was a totally different trip than last time, but it was just outstanding. I’m a little speechless right now. It’s hard to put into words what an arena record really means and then for it to happen at a rodeo with a legacy like this is overwhelming.”
Prior to the Cody Stampede, Bennett was eighth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. With his win here he added $9,842 to his season earnings which should move him up a few places and help him secure his eighth trip to Las Vegas next December for the NFR.
It’s not unusual to find a saddle bronc rider with the name of Wright from Milford, Utah, on the champions list here. In fact, the last three years one of the clan of competitors has won here. Twins Jake and Jesse won here in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Their nephew, Rusty Wright won here in 2018. This year, it was Jake’s turn again, but he had to split the win with Dawson Hay from Wildwood, Alberta who rode on July 3rd.
The twins rode on the Fourth of July. Jake got on Frontier Rodeo’s horse, Big News and scored 89.5 points to match Hay’s score. They each won $7,324.
The big money winners here were team ropers Lane Ivy from Dublin, Texas and Cesar de la Cruz from Tucson, Arizona. They roped on Wednesday and stopped the clock in 4.5 seconds. That held through Thursday’s performance and they each added $10,211 to their earnings.
Parker Breding held his lead in the bull riding from the first performance on Monday night. He rode Summit Pro Rodeo’s bull named Turnabout for 92.5 points. No one did any better and Breding won the title and $8,657. His father Scott Breding won the bull riding at the 1995 edition of the Cody Stampede so their names will be added to the history book of father-son champions here.
Clayton Hass, from Weatherford, Texas claimed the steer wrestling title with a 3.8 second time. That was good for $8,528. In the tie-down roping it was Reese Riemer from Stinett, Texas who got the win. He earned $9,912 for his 8.2 second time.
Barrel racer Carly Taylor took her horse around the cloverleaf pattern in 17.04 seconds to beat the other 154 entries. She earned $10,819.
The 100th Cody Stampede Rodeo saw nearly 1,000 contestants vying for a piece of the $353,641 purse. Plans are underway for the 101st edition of the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede which will be held over the Fourth-of-July holiday in 2020.
Unofficial results from the 100th annual Cody Stampede. Total payoff $353,641:
Bareback Riding – Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., 93.5 points, $9,842
Steer Wrestling – Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, 3.8 seconds, $8,528
Team Roping – Lane Ivy, Dublin, Texas, and
Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.5, $10,211 each
Saddle Bronc Riding – (tie) Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta and
Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 89.5 points, $7,323 each
Tie-Down Roping – Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 8.2 seconds, $9,912
Barrel Racing – Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 17.04 seconds, $10,819
Bull Riding – Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont., 92.5, $8,657
Fourth Performance –
Bareback Riding: 1, Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., 93.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire. 2Ty Fast Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan, 90.5. 3, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn,m 88. 4, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 86.5.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Kalane Anders, Bayard, Nev., 5.4 seconds. 2, Bray Huxtable, Douglas, Wyo., 6.3. 3, Brady Dallin Renear, Los Lunas, N.M., 7.0. 4, McLane Arballo, Whatland, Wyo., 7.2.
Team Roping: 1, Adam Rose, Willard, Mo., and Nano Garza, Las Cruces, N.M., 5.5. 2, Rhett Anderson, Anabella, Utah, and Trace Porter, Leesville, La., 5.6. 3, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 14.9.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (three rides) 1, Jake Wright, Milford, utah, 89.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Big Line. 2, Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas, 83.5. 4, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 78.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Tyler Prcin, Alvord, Texas, 9.3 seconds. 2, Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 10.3. 3, Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 10.6. 4, Ty Baker, Van Horn, Texas, 13.3.
Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., 17.07 seconds. 2, Jamie Chaffin, Burwell, Neb., 17.40. 3, Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo., 17.44. 4, Stacey Smallwood, Laramie, Wyo., 17.45.
Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M., 87.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Lookin’ Up. 2, Sage Steele Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 87.
100th anniversary Cody Stampede Winners
Bareback Riding: 1, Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., 93.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire, $9,842.* 2, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 93, $7,545. 3, Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 92, $5,577. 4, Ty Fast Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan, 90.5, $3,609. 5, Zach Hibler, Wheeler, Texas, 88.5, $2,296. 6, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 88, $1,650. 7, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 86.5, $2,423. 8, Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La., 85, $984.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, 3.8 seconds, $8,528. 2, Logan McDonald, Hemingford, Neb., 3.9, $7,631. 3, (tie) Will Lummus, West Point, Miss.; J.D. Struxness, Milan, Minn.; and Jake Fulton, Valentine, Neb8,528. 4.0 and $5,835 each. 6, Sam Goings, Fallon, Nev., 4.3, $4,040. 7, (tie) Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, Idah and Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii, 4.4, $2,693. 9, Bridger, Chambers, Stevensville, Mont., 4.5, $1,346. 10, (tie) Brendan Laye, Consort, Alberta; Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb.; Jon Laine Herl, Goodland, Kan.; Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.; and Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan.; 4.6, $90.
Team Roping: 1, Lane Ivy, Dublin, Texas and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.5 seconds, $10,211. 2, (tie) Brooks Dahozy, Window Rock, Ariz., and Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas; and Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.; 4.8 and $8,599 each. 4, (tie) Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C., and Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas; Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; Steven Duby, Hereford, Ore., and Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore.; and Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta and Jeremy Buhler, Arrowood, Alberta; 5.0 and $5,374. 8, (tie) Aaron Macy, Post, Texas, and Dillon Wingereid, Stephenville, Texas; Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla.; and Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga., and junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil; 5.2, $1,612.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1/2, Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, on Mo Betta Rodeo’s Sue City Sue and Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, on Frontier Rodeo’s Big News, 89.5 points and $7,324 each. 3, Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 88.5, $4,698. 4, Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont., 87.5, $3,040. 5, (tie) Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla., and Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 85.5, $1,658. 7, Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nev., 85, $1,105. 8, Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 84.5, $829.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Reese Riemer, Stinett, Texas, 8.2 seconds, $9,912. 2, Justin Smith, Leesville, La., 8.3, $8,869. 3, Tyson Durfey, Brock, Texas, 8.8, $7,826. 4, Tyler Prcin, Alvord, Texas, 9.3, $6,782. 5, Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 9.4, $5,739. 6, Joey Dickens, Loveland, Colo., 9.7, $4,695. 7, Seth Cooke, Millsap, Texas, 9.8, $3,652. 8, Cody McCartney, Ottawa, Lake, Minn., 10.1, $2,609. 9, (tie) Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., and Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 10.3 and $1,043 each.
Barrel Racing: 1, Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 17.04 seconds, $20,829. 3, Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., 17.07, $8,656. 3, Ivy Conrado, Nowata, Okla., 17.10, $7,033. 4, Ryann Pedone, Decatur, Texas, 17.12, $5,410. 5, Jessie Telford, Caldwell, Idaho, 17.15. $4,328. 6, Dona Kay rule, Minco, Okla., 17.19, $3,246. 7, Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas, 17.22, $2,705. 8, Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 17.24, $2,434. 9, (tie) Jenna Smeenk, Arlington, Texas; Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas; and Halyn Lide, Stephenville, Texas, 17.28, $1,893 each. 12, Sara Cheeney, Pinedale, Wyo., 17.30, $1,352. 13, Cassidy Carpenter, Odonnell, Texas, 17.31, $1,082. 14, Sue Smith, Blackfoot, Idaho, 17.32, $811. 15, Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 17.33, $541.
Bull Riding: 1, Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont., 92.5 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Turnabout, $8,657. 2, Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah, 92, $6,637. 3, Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas, 90.5, $4,906. 4, (tie) Koby Radley, Holden, La., and Garrett Smith, Rigby, Idaho, 89.5 and $2,597 each. 6, Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M., 87.6, $1,443. 7, (tie) Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif.; Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah; Braden Richardson, Jasper, Texas; and Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 87, $505.
*New arena record