(Editor's note: Story by Susan Kanode/CNR)
CALDWELL, Idaho – Sometimes what happens outside of the arena is just as important as the competition in it. Such was the case at the third performance of the 85th annual Caldwell Night Rodeo.
Power of Pink Night and raises money for local breast health screenings. Attendance set a record with $1 from every ticket sold going to the fund.
Additionally, a flag was auctioned off during the rodeo, and golf tournaments and runs have been held. This year over $50,000 was raised to help the uninsured, underinsured and underserved Treasure Valley residents gain access to breast health screening.
When the final tally is made, the funds will be split between West Valley Medical Center and Saint Alphonsus Medical Center who will use it to pay for mammograms and screening.
And while the stands were filled with plenty of pink attire, rodeo contestants were still giving it there all in hopes of securing a spot in Saturday night’s championships. One of those contestants who will be back in two nights was Anthony Thomas from Humble, Texas.
Thomas is originally from Australia. He first came over and competed in rodeos in Canada while working on a ranch. He made his way here and joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2013. He had his best year here in 2016 when he finished 25th in the world standings.
Thomas rode Burch Rodeo’s Sunday Services for 82 points, the high-marked ride of the night. That put him sixth overall. He will need to wait through Friday night’s rodeo to see if that score is high enough to get him back here Saturday night.
The bulls once again dominated on Thursday with just one qualified ride. Shad Winn from Westmoreland, Kansas was 79.5-points on Powder River Rodeo’s bull number 511. He is currently in fourth place and is nearly assured a check. The top eight bull riders at the conclusion of Saturday night’s rodeo all get paid.
Friday night’s rodeo is Patriot night and will again raise money for local Veterans’ charities. Rodeo action will begin at 8 p.m.
Third Performance --
Bareback Riding: 1, Anthony Thomas, Humble, Texas, 82 points on Burch Rodeo’s Sunday Service. 2, (tie) Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho, and Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., 80.5. 4, Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La., 75.
Steer wrestling: 1, Hayden Ray Fullerton, Dayton, Wash., 5.2. 2, Taz Olsen, Prairie City, S.D., 5.6. 3, Cutter DeHart, Laramie, Wyo., 8.4. 4, Miguel Garcia, Kaycee, Wyo., 14.7.
Team roping: 1, Scott McCulloch, Meridian, Idaho and Matt Azevedo, Nampa, Idaho, 5.1 seconds. 2, Brett Sheehan, Shoshone, Idaho, and Dillon Bahem, Parma, Idaho, 11.3. 3, David Temple, New Plymouth, Idaho and Dustin Bahem, Parma, Idaho, 16.6. 4, Howdy McGinn, Durkee, Idaho and Tex Sutfin, Homedale, Idaho, 21.0.
Saddle bronc riding: 1, (tie) Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., on Burch Rodeo’s Beaver Bait, and Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D., on Powder River Rodeo’s Almost 200, 79.5 points each. 3, (tie) Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah and Dawson Dahm, Tomahawk, Alberta, 78.
Tie down roping: (three times) 1, Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., 11.0. 2, Kolby Bravos, The Dalles, Ore., 20.8. 3, Orial Englehart, Lakeview, Ore., 22.9.
Barrel racing: 1, Jill Welsh, parker, Ariz., 17.59 seconds. 2, Emily McKinnies, Emmett, Idaho, 17.59. 3, Maddy Dickens, Loveland, Colo., 17.76. 4, Katie Davis, Adrian, Ore., 17.86.
Bull Riding: (one ride) 1, Shad Winn, Westmoreland, Kan., 79.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s 511.
Current Leaders –
Bareback Riding: 1, Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 86 points on Outlaw Buckers Rodeo’s American Thumper. 2, Cole Reiner, Kaycee, Wyo., 85.5. 3, Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta, 83. 4, (tie) Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., and Tim O’Connell, Marshall, Mo., 82.5. 6, Anthony Thomas, Humble, Texas, 82. 7, (tie) Jacob Lees, Pismo Beech, Calif.; Paden Hurst, Huntsville, Texas; Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb.; and Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho; 80.5.
Steer wrestling: (second round) 1, Taylor Gregg, Walla Walla, Wash., 4.2 seconds. 2, Dalton Massey, Hermiston, Ore., 4.3. 3, Kodie Jang, Townsville, Australia, 4.4. 4, (tie) Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., and Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 4.5. (total on two) 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 9.0. 2, Jang, 9.2. 3, (tie) Aaron Vosler, Laramie, Wyo., and Will Lummus, West Point, Miss., 9.4. 5, (tie) Nick Guy and Stephen Culling, Fort St. John, British Columbia, 9.7. 7, (tie) Reeves and Levi Rudd, Chelsea, Okla., 9.9.
Team roping: (second round) 1, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Billie Jack Sabens, Nowata, Okla., 3.9 seconds. 2, Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore., and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 4.1. 3, (tie) Billy Bob Brown, Carbon, Texas, and Evan Arnold, Stephenville, Texas, and Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas, 4.4. (total on two) 1, Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 9.8. 2, Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz., and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 10.0. 3, Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D., and Lane Siggins, Coolidge, Ariz., 10.7. 4, Ryan Reed and Wyatt Hansen, Oakdale, Calif., 10.7. 5, Garrett Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Texas, 11.1. 6, Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Idaho and Tyler Worley, Berryville, Ark., 11.2. 7, Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prude, Brazil, 11.6. 8, Kaden Richard, Roosevelt, Utah and Brady Ramone, Orangeville, Utah, 12.1.
Saddle bronc riding: 1, Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nev., 90 points on Outlaw Bucker’s Lunatic Party. 2, Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo., 85. 3, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 84.5. 4, Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., 83.5. 5, (tie) Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., and Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 83. 7, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 82. 8, Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, British Columbia, 81.5.
Tie-down roping: (second round) 1, Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 8.7 seconds. 2, Lane Livingston, Seymour, Texas, 8.9. 3, (tie) Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas; Trenton Smith, Bigfoot, Texas; Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas; and Haven Meged, Miles City, Mont.; 9.0. (total on two) 1, Livingston, 17.7. 2, Cooper, 18.0. 3, (tie) Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla., and Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 18.7. 5, Taylor Santos, Creston, Calif., 19.0. 6, Coy Surrett, Buhl, Idaho, 20.5. 7, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 20.6. 8, (tie) J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas; Treg Schaack, Stinnett, Texas; and Colton Farquer, Oakdale, Calif., 20.7 each.
Barrel racing: (second round) 1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 17.05. 2, Dona Kay Rule, Minco, Okla., 17.11. 3, Ivy Conrado, Nowata, Okla., 17.13. 4, Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Mont., 17.25. (total on two) 1, Hillman, 34.32. 2, Rule, 34.38. 3, Amberleigh Moore, Salem, Ore., 34.69. 4, Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 34.74. 5, Alishea Broussard, Estherwood, La., 34.78. 6, Barnett, 34.79. 7, (tie) Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., and Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas, 34.90.
Bull Riding: 1, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 88.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Aint Easy Being Me. 2, Derek Kolbaba, Walla Walla, Wash., 87.5. 3, Happy Weight, Goshen, Utah, 80. 4, Shad Winn, Westmoreland, Kan., 79.5.