Rodeo fans at the first performance of the Medved Douglas County Fair & Rodeo got to see just how much Montana’s Chase Brooks loves getting on bucking horses.
The talented saddle bronc rider qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December and if he keeps doing what he did in Castle Rock, Colorado he will be headed to his second. Brooks took command of the leaderboard with an 86-point effort aboard Summit Pro Rodeo’s Sacajawea.
There are two more performances of the rodeo left here, so he will have to wait until they are over before he is declared the saddle bronc riding champion. His ride during the first performance of the rodeo is nearly 10 points ahead of the man in second place, Garrett Uptain, from Craig, Colorado.
The leader in the bareback riding won’t be competing at the NFR next December, but the money he could win here is still very important. Craig Wisehart grew up in Weld County and Kersey will always be home even though he spends part of the year in Texas.
Every dollar that Wisehart wins here will help him qualify for the RAM Mountain States Circuit Finals. That is a steppingstone to the RAM National Circuit Finals, a system started for contestants like Wisehart. He competes heavily in the summer, but it won’t be long until he will be headed back to Texas and to work. Wisehart is an assistant rodeo coach at Tarleton State University at Stephenville.
The leader in the bull riding makes his home in Oregon. Chase Dougherty from Canby is ranked 18th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. He qualified for his first NFR last year where he won well over $200,000 and finished as the reserve world champion.
This year, his qualification is in jeopardy. With less than two months left in the regular season, he needs to earn enough money to move into the top 15 and stay there. He helped his cause significantly on Friday night with an 86-point ride on Salt River Rodeo’s Cowboy Cadillac. While that ride might not hold the first-place spot through the next two days, it is likely to get him some money which will add to his season earnings.
The second performance of the Medved Douglas County Fair & Rodeo will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday night. The rodeo will be followed by a concert featuring Gary Allen.
First Performance –
Bareback Riding: 1, Craig Wisehart, Kersey, Colo., 83.5 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Sangria. 2, (tie) Seth Hardwick, Ranchester, Wyo., and Kody Lamb, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 82 each. 4, Luke Wozney, Powell, Wyo., 81.
Steer Wrestling: (three times) d1, Colby Anders, Torrington, Wyo., 4.6 seconds. 2, Tuff Gibson, La Junta, Colo., 5.7. 3, Buck Rinehart, Bennett, Colo., 9.9.
Team Roping: 1, Jase Staudt, Nathrop, Colo., and Clancy Kreutzer, La Veta, Colo., 5.7. 2, Wade Kreutzer and Kyle Kreutzer, La Veta, Colo., 6.2. 3, Zane Cordell, Murphy, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Jud Jackson, Morgan Mill, Texas, 15.5. 4, Kellan Johnson and Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 16.0.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont., 86 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Sacajawea. 2, Garrett Uptain, Craig, Colo., 76.5. 3, Clayton Atkinson, Casper, Wyo., 74. 4, Cameron Messier, Herald, Calif., 73.5.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Hunter Reume, Meeteetse, Wyo., 10.6 seconds. 2, Brandon Morgan, Elbert, Colo., 12.9. 3, Brock Belkham, Flandreau, S.D., 14.0. 4, Britt Bath, Boone, Colo., 16.1.
Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Tara Boxleitner, Loveland, Colo., 18.03. 2, Sara Cheeney, Pinedale, Wyo., 18.07. 3, Zpey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo., 18.32. 4, Keri Boxleitner, Loveland, Colo., 18.60.
Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Chase Dougherty, Canby, Ore., 86 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Cowboy Cadillac. 2, Ty Pinnt Martinez-Pinnt, Craig, Colo., 80.
Current Leaders in the timed events after slack and the first performance --
Steer Wrestling: 1, Colby Anders, Torrington, Wyo., 4.6 seconds. 2, Tuff Gibson, La Junta, Colo., 5.7. 3, Riley Krassen, Lander, Wyo., 6.0. 4, Buck Rinehart, Bennett, Colo., 9.9.
Team Roping: 1, Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City and Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla., 5.1 seconds. 2, Jase Staudt, Nathrop, Colo., and Clancey Kreutzer, La Veta, Colo., 5.7. 3, Eric Martin, Aurora, Colo., and Lance Allen, Orchard, Colo., 6.0. 4, Wade Kreutzer and Kyon Kreutzer, La Veta, Colo., 6.2.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Hunter Reume, Meeteetse, Wyo., 10.6 seconds. 2, Britt Bath, Burns, Wyo., 11.1. 3, Garret Arnold, Strasburg, Colo., 11.8. 4, L.D. Meier, Limon, Colo., 12.3.
Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Sally Conway, Arvada, Wyo., 17.74 seconds. 2, Taryn Boxleitner, Loveland, Colo., 18.03. 3, Sarah Cheeney, Pinedale, Wyo., 18.07. 4, Carol Ruggieri, Pueblo, Colo., 18.30.