DENVER - One of the youngest tie-down ropers at this year’s National Western Stock Show Rodeo nearly broke an arena record during the third performance of the rodeo in the Denver Coliseum.
Shad Mayfield of Clovis, New Mexico stopped the clock in 6.9 seconds, just one-tenth of a second off of arena records that were set here in 2018. Both Marty Yates and Shane Hanchey roped and tied calves in 6.8 seconds here in 2018.
Mayfield is at the beginning of what could be a stellar and long career in the rodeo arena. Last year at this time he was finishing high school and competing at a few pro rodeos, including Denver’s. He also competed in high school rodeos and qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in July, which he won.
He continued competing in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and with a big end-of-season push qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas last December. Mayfield finished the 2019 season in 12th place with $127,075 in earnings.
He turned 19 last November and was the first contestant born in this century to compete for a world championship. Now, he is using everything he learned to get back to Las Vegas again this December. A big win at the National Western would certainly help him accomplish that. Mayfield will rope his second calf at the Saturday morning performance.
All the contestants at the morning performance will be in their second round. Then a new set will have their first and second opportunities during the matinee and evening performances. Competition starts at 11 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m. The 114th annual National Western Stock Show, the best 16 days in January, continues through Jan. 26.
The following are results from the National Western Stock Show Rodeo.
Second Performance –
Bareback Riding: 1, Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La., 86.5 points on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Pop a Top. 2, (tie) Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., and Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta, 84 each. 4, Mason Clements, Draper, Utah, 81.5.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Justice Johnson, Bismarck, N.D., 3.9 seconds. 2, Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, Mont., 4.0. 3, Colin Wolfe, Wenatchee, Wash., 4.5. 4, Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta, 5.4.
Team Roping: 1, Peyton Holliday, Choteau, Okla., and Carl Sweazea, Mountainaire, N.M., 4.8 seconds. 2, (tie) Luke Meier, Limon, Colo., and Gunner Stapleton, Sublette, Kan.; and Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah and Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta; 5.3 each. 4, Charly Craford, Stephenville, Texas, and Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M., 5.6.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 79 points on Cervi Championship’s Bath Bubbles. 2, Landon Mecham, Tropic, Utah, 77. 3, Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 75.5. 4, Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 73.
Tie Down Roping: 1, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 7.7 seconds. 2, Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla., 8.1. 3, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 8.5. 4, Michael Otero, Weatherford, Texas, 8.6.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 15.03 seconds. 2, Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 15.10. 3, Wendy Hoefer, Fort Lupton, Colorado, 15.23. 4, Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas, 15.33.
Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah, 82 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Crazy Nights. 2, Shad Winn, Nephi, Utah, 78. 3, Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, 70.
Third Performance –
Bareback Riding: 1, Garrett Shadbolt, Merrimen, Neb., 85 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Hard Times. 2, Pascal Isabelle, Okotoks, Alberta, 83.5. 3, Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., 82.5. 4, Kody Lamb, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 81.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho, 4.0. 2, Payden McIntyre, Douglas, Wyo., 4.5. 3, Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, Idaho, 5.4. 4, Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, 5.5.
Team Roping: 1, Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., and Brenten Hall, Jay, Okla., 4.8 seconds. 2, Turner Harris, Killdeer, N.D., and Jade Nelson, Midland, S.D., 6.1. 3, Eric Martin, Aurora, S.D., and Jorge Cruz Cruz Ibarra, Stratton, Colo., 6.3. 4, Tad Sheets, Winona, Kan., and Kingston Chang, Dodge City, Kan., 7.3.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 83 points on Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s Greeley Hat Works Boss. 2, Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, 78.5. 3, Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D., 76.5. 4, Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 76.5.
Tie Down Roping: 1, Shad Mayfield, Clovis, N.M., 6.9 seconds. 2, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 7.7. 3, Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 8.1. 4, (tie) Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas; and Quade Hiatt, Canyon, Texas, 9.1.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 14.97 seconds. 2, Ryann Pedone, Sunset, Texas, 15.32. 3, Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas, 15.41. 4, Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo., 15.45.
Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Cole Melancon, Paris, Texas, 75 points on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Iranian Hammer. 2, Cordell Curtis, Monte Vista, Colo., 72.