CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Orin Larsen is having the best regular season of his career and showed fans at the second performance of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo just what a picture-perfect bareback ride looks like.
Larsen is from Inglis, Manitoba, but thanks to a girl, he now lives less than two hours away from Cheyenne in Gering, Nebraska. His wife Alexa’s family is from Nebraska and after she obtained her nursing degree and got a job as an ICU nurse at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, that is where he started hanging his hat.
He hasn’t gotten to spend much time there this summer as he is pursuing his fifth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. He is currently 2nd in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings and is hoping to close the gap between him and Kaycee Field, who is in the lead.
Larsen helped his cause at the second performance of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on Sunday. He rode Sankey Pro Rodeo’s horse Fun Haver for 90 points, just three points shy of the arena record of 93 set by Joe Alexander in 1974.
It’s certainly not the first 90-point ride that Larsen has had in his professional career. He wasn’t sure how many 90-point or better rides he has had since joining the PRCA in 2011, but he was quick to answer, “Two,” when asked how many he has had this month.
Just two weeks ago, he set an arena record at the Cody (Wyoming) Stampede with a 93-point ride. Unfortunately for Larsen, two days later a fellow competitor beat him by half a point.
That won’t happen in Cheyenne. With the new, tournament-style format, his high score of the day got him the first-place money and a trip back here to compete in the semifinals later in the week. Unfortunately, on this Sunday, his wife was working and couldn’t come watch him.
“Hopefully I’ll be here for a couple of days when I come back,” he said. “Then, she will make the trip here, I’ll have my cheerleader and we can spend a bit of time together.”
Matt Palmer is one happy bull rider. The Claremore, Oklahoma resident is competing on his permit and on Sunday won more than enough money to attain full-fledged PRCA membership. He was the lone rider to last eight seconds. That meant he won all the $7,078 purse for the day. His 81.5-point ride came aboard Dakota Rodeo’s Diamond Willow. He will now get another opportunity to ride in Frontier Park. If he is successful again, he will be a contender for the championship.
A new set of contestants is making their way to Cheyenne for Monday’s rodeo. It will start with the grand opening at 12:45 p.m.
Unofficial results from Sunday, July 21, at the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Money earned is subject to change.
Bareback riding: 1, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 90 points on Sankey Rodeo’s Fun Haver, $2,364. 2, Tony Barrington, Elko, Nev., 85.5, $1,788. 3, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 84.5, $1,192. 4, Seth Hardwick, Ranchester, Wyo., 82, $596.
Breakaway Roping: 1, Kelsie Chace, Stephenville, Texas, 4.32 seconds, $2,403. 2, Brandi Hollenbeck, Mooreland, Okla., 5.04, $1,802. 3, Daysha Steadman, Georgetown, Idaho, 5.23, $1,202. 4, JJ Hampton, Stephenville, Texas, 5.53, $601. Semifinals qualifiers: 1, Chace, $4,205. 2, Hollenbeck, $ 3,004. 3, Hagen Brunson, Hutchinson, Kansas, $2,403. 4, Steadman, $1,202
Tie-down Roping: 1, Jason Schaffer, Broadus, Mont., 10.8 seconds, $1,954. 2, Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M., 14.4, $1,465. 3, Cole Robinson, Moorecroft, Wyo., 15.7, $977. 4, Bradley Bynum, Big Lake, Texas, 16.1, $488. Semifinals qualifiers: 1, (tie) Schaffer and Cheyenne Stanley, Caddo, Okla., $1,954 each. 3, (tie) Hall and Tristan Mahoney, Florence, Ariz., $1,465 each.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Australia, 82.5 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Sandbox, $2,285. 2, Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, B.C., 81, $1,714. 3, Dusty Hausauer, Dickinson, N.D., 80, $1,143. 4, Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, S.D., 78, $571.
Team Roping: 1, Taylor Winn, Annabella, Utah, and Dylin Ahlstrom, Genola, Utah, 7.7 seconds, $2,233 each. 2, Peyton Holliday, Choteau, Okla., and Thomas Smith, Barnsdall, Okla., 8.8, $1,674 each. 3, Travis Bard, Prescott, Ariz., and Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 9.0. $1,116 each. 4, Dustin Egusquiza, Marianna, Fla., and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 9.0, $558 each. Semifinals qualifiers: 1, Holliday and Smith, $2,794. 2, (tie) Garrett Tonnozzi, Lampasas, Tex., and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Tex.; Winn and Ahlstrom, and Egusquiza and Long, $2,233 each.
Steer Wrestling: (three times) 1, Christian Pettigrew, Fort Sumner, N.M., 7.7 seconds, $1,529. 2, Joe Nelson, Alexander, N.M., 8.8, $1,176. 3, Caden Camp, Belgrade, Mont., 9.4, $823. Semifinals qualifiers: 1, Camp, $1,881. 2, Pettigrew, $1,529. 3, Kyle Callaway, Blue Creek, Mont., $1,411. 4, Nelson, $1,176.
Barrel Racing: 1, Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla., 17.64 seconds, $2,611. 2, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 17.87, $1,958. 3, Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash., 17.88, $1,305. 4, Nikki Hansen, Dickinson, N.D., 17.92, $653.
Bull Riding: (one ride) 1, Matt Palmer, Claremore, Okla., 81.5 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Diamond Willow, $7,078.
Rookie Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round leaders) 1, Jacob Kammerer, Philip, S.D., 78 points. 2, (tie) Jade Taton, Goodwell, Okla., and Trent Burd, Fort Scott, Kan., 76. 4, Will Reynolds, Goodwell, Okla., 74. (second round leaders) 1, Rowdy Chesser, Goodwell, Okla., 75 points. 2, Kammerer, 74. 3, Jake Foster, Meadow, S.D., 68. 4, Cody Trump, Chadron, Neb., 64. (total on two) 1, Kammerer, 152 points. (on one) 2, (tie) Jade Taton and Trent Burd, 76. 4, Chesser, 75.
Wild Horse Race: 1, Copper State Cowboys, $644. 2, Preston Painter, $483. 3, Mo Green, $322. 4, Austin Philips, $161. (total money leaders) 1, Copper State Cowboys, $1127. 2, Outlaw Liquors, $644. 3, Preston Painter, $483. 4, Mo Green, $322.