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Lefty Holman takes overall saddle bronc lead in Denver

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Posted at 2:38 PM, Jan 24, 2020

(Editor's note; NWSSR release)

DENVER -- Thursday was a good day for saddle bronc rider Lefty Holman at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo.

The Visalia, California resident joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2017. Last year he was on track for a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification after winning the 100th anniversary of the Reno (Nevada) Rodeo. That win had him 20th in the world standings and ready to hit the trail for the busy summer run.

Six weeks later, he was back home waiting to have surgery. At Cheyenne Frontier Days, he heard his knee pop. With torn ligaments and other damage, he spent the rest of the season dealing with the injury. He is back in a big way at the National Western.

Holman had his first horse in the Denver Coliseum Thursday morning at the 10:30 a.m. performance. He had a solid effort on Vold Rodeo’s horse Felicity scoring 81.5 points. Thursday evening, he got on another horse from the Vold’s named Sun Pop.

That ride moved him to the top of the overall standings here and will see him advancing to Saturday’s semifinals. When the judges added up their scores, Holman had an 87.5 by his name. His 169 is one-half of a point ahead of Kobyn Williams who competed here earlier in the show.

Rodeo fans may not know who bull rider Levi Gray is, but if he continues to ride like he did here on Thursday, he will become very recognizable. Gray, from Dairy, Oregon, had his first year of competition in 2019 and like Holman faced injuries in late July.

He is healthy now and became the eighth rider to get scores on both of his bulls. Gray had 79 and 80.5 point rides and is now in third place overall with 159.5 points. He is also making plans to be here for Saturday’s semifinals.

The final set of rodeo contestants will compete in two performances on Friday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. They will all be trying to move among the top 24 in the overall standings to have a chance at this weekend’s payday.

Thirteenth Performance –

Bareback Riding: 1, Kenny Haworth, Orofino, Idaho, 82.5 points on Vold Rodeo’s Mo. 2, Logan Patterson, Kim, Colo., 81. 3, Tony Barrington, Elko, Nev., 77. 4, Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas, 76.5.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev., 4.3 seconds. 2, Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 4.4. 3, (tie) Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., and Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 5.5 each.

Team Roping: 1, Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla., and Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan., 4.6. 2, Robert Ansley, Moriarity, N.M., and Paul Gutierrez, Belen, N.M., 5.6. 3, Garrett Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Texas, 5.8. 4, Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah and Colby Siddoway, Honeyville, Utah, 10.3.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas, 84 points on Vold Rodeo’s Dirty Rain. 2, Lefty Holman, Visalia, Calif., 81.5. 3, Sage Newman, Melstone, Mont., 78.5. 4, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 76.

Tie Down Roping: 1, Tyler Prcin, Alvord, Texas, 8.4 seconds. 2, Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 8.6. 3, (tie) John Douch, Huntsville, Texas, and Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, 8.8.

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 15.19 seconds. 2, Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas, 15.50. 2, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 15.56. 4, Sidney Forrest, Lipan, Texas, 15.74.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Jake Gowdy, Bristow, Okla., 84 points on The Cervi Brothers Po Boy. 2, Levi Gray, Dairy, Ore., 79. 3, Trey Holston, Fort Scott, Kan., 76.5.

Fourteenth Performance –

Bareback Riding: 1, Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas, 86.5 points on Vold Rodeo’s Excalibur. 2, Logan Patterson, Kim, Colo., 86. 3, Tony Barrington, Elko, Nev., 79. 4, Clay Stone, Blackfoot, Idaho, 77.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, 4.1 seconds. 2, Remey Parrott, Mamou, La., 4.7. 3, Gavin Soileau, Bunkie, La., 5.5. 4, Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., 6.0.

Team Roping: 1, Tucker Menz, Boerne, Texas, and Boogie Ray, Mabank, Texas, 4.3 seconds. 2, Jade Schmidt, Box Elder, S.D., and Dustin Harris, O’Neill, Neb., 5.8. 3, Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah and Colby Siddoway, Honeyville, Utah, 6.2. 4, Garrett Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Texas, 6.5.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Lefty Holman, Visalia, Calif., 87.5. 2, Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas, 82.5. 3, Sage Newman, Melstone, Mont., 82. 4, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 81.5.

Tie Down Roping: 1, John Douch, Huntsville, Texas, 8.5 seconds. 2, J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah, 8.6. 3, Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash., 9.5. 4, Tyler Prcin, Alvord, Texas, 9.9.

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas, 15.15 seconds. 2, Sara Cheeney, Pinedale, Wyo.,15.32. 3, Mary Jo Camera, Stevinson, Calif., 15.43. 4, Lisa Anderson, Bozeman, Mont., 15.58.

Bull Riding: (one ride) 1, Levi Gray, Dairy, Ore., 80.5.

Current Leaders –

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 88 points on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Black Sunday. 2, (tie) Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., and Chance Ames, Rock Springs, Wyo., 85 each. 4, Mason Clements, Draper, Utah, 84.5. (Second round) 1, O’Connell, 87.5 points on Cervi Brother’s Living the High Life. 2, Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La., 87. 3, (tie) Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La., and Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas, 86.5. (Total on two) 1, O’Connell, 175.5. 2, Shadbolt, 168.5. 3, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 167.5. 4, (tie) Logan Patterson, Kim, Colo., and Spur Lacasse, Calgary, Alberta, 167.

Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., 3.9 seconds. 2, (tie) Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D.; Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho; and Jacob Edler, State Center, Iowa, 4.0 each. (second round) 1, Jesse Brown, Baker, Ore., 3.1. 2, Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, Idaho, 3.8. 3, Justice Johnson, Bismarck, N.D., 3.9. 4, Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, Mont., 4.0. (total on two) 1, Melvin, 8.2. 2, Edler, 8.8. 3, Jorgensen, 9.2. 4, Cade Goodman, Waelder, Texas, 9.3.

Team Roping: (first round) 1, Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla., and Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan., 4.6 seconds. 2, Kade Smith, Post, Texas and Levi Tyan, Wallace, Neb., 4.7. 3, Brenten Hall, Jay, Okla., and Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 4.8. 4, Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 5.9. (second round) 1, Nelson Wyatt, Clanton, Alabama, and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 4.1. 2, Travis Bounds, Clifton, Colo., and Joe Roderick, Loma, Colo., 4.2. 3, Tucker Menz, Boerne, Texas, and Boogie Ray, Mabank, Texas, 4.3. 4, Steven Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore., and Jason Duby, Hereford, Ore., 4.5. (total on two) 1, Smith and Tyan, 9.7. 2, (tie) Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.; and Hall and Tryan, 10.3. 4, Coy Rahlmann, Ellsinore, Mo., and Ryan Von Ahn, Palmyra, Mo., 10.4.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 86 points on New West Rodeo’s Moderation. 2, Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M., 85.5. 3, Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas, 84. 4, (tie) Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., Kobyn Williams, De Berry, Texas; and Trayson Antonic, Overton, Texas, 83 points each. (second round) 1, Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, 88 points on The Cervi Brother’s Tank. 2, Lefty Holman, Visalia, Calif., 87.5. 3, (tie) Parker Fleet, Axtell, Texas and Ty Manke, Rapid City, S.D., 86. 4, Kobyn Williams, 85.5. (total on two) 1, Holman, 169. 2, Williams, 168.5. 2, Fountain, 166.5. 3, (tie) Fountain and Casper, 166.5.

Tie Down Roping: (first round) 1, Shad Mayfield, Clovis, N.M., 6.9 seconds. 2, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 7.7. 3, Hagen Houck, Byers, Texas, 7.9. 4, Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 8.1. (second round) 1, (tie) Harris and Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas, 7.3 each. 3, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 7.7. 4, Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas, 7.8. (total on two) 1, Harris, 15.4. 2, Williams, 16.4. 3, Hughes, 16.6. 4, Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla., 16.8.

Women’s Barrel Race: (first round) 1, Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 14.97 seconds. 2, Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 15.03. 3, Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 15.10. 4, Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 15.13. (second round) 1, Alishea Broussard, Estherwood, La., 14.94. 2, Tillar Murray, 15.00. 3, Cindy Smith, Lovington, N.M., 15.03. 4, Jimmie Smith, 15.10. (total on two) 1, Murray, 29.97. 2, Jimmie Smith, 30.20. 3, Hurst, 30.34. 4, Christine Laughlin, Reddick, Fla., 30.47.

Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Matt Palmer, Poplar Grove, Ill., 86.5 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Political Promise. 2, (tie) Dillon Tyner, Eaton, Colo., and Cole Fischer, Jefferson City, Mo., 85 each. 4, Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla., 84.5. (second round) 1, Toby Collins, Stephenville, Texas, 90 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Rawhide. 2, Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 89.5. 3, Hawk Whitt, Thermopolis, wyo., 87.5. 4, (tie) Sellars and Ruger Piva, Challis, Idaho, 86.5 points each. (total on two) 1, Collins, 174. 2, Sellars, 171. 3, Levi Gray, Dairy, Ore., 160. 4, Shad Winn, Nephi, Utah, 158.