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A Night For Bullriding

30 June 2012  

The first night of the 125th World's Oldest Rodeo could be deemed a success, if the crowd was anything to go by.

First of all, the grandstands were pretty full, especially for a Thursday night. The performance wasn't sold out, but it was plenty full. Secondly, the audience was loud, laughed at the jokes, cheered heartily and groaned in commiseration when the participant didn't quite reach the goal.

And, finally, there were some amazing rides and scores from the cowboys. Josh Reynolds rode into first place for the Saddle Bronc Riding event with a 78 score; Jess Williams was close behind with 74, and Shane Moran from Utah rounded out the top three with a 71.

In Bareback Riding, Ryan Gray from Washington ended up with an 87; Jason Havens from Oregon got an 85 and Bobby Mote was close behind with an 84.

But, perhaps the best was saved for the last event: Bullriding. All three top scorers hailed from Oklahoma - Cody Whitney stuck it out on Breaker Box for an impressive 93 points; Tate Stratton managed an 89 and Corey Navarre was given an 85 for his riding prowess.

The Barrel racing ladies were also impressive - Shada Brazile had a 17.63 second ride; Paige Conrado was a fraction of a second behind with 17.69 seconds; and Lynn Brown came in at 17.78 seconds.

Nick Guy managed a time of 7.2 seconds in Steer Wrestling; followed by Beau Clark in 7.2 seconds, and Josh Garner rounded out the top three with 11.5 seconds.

In Team Roping, there was a tie for first place - Jake Barnes partnering with Jhett Johnson matched up with the Derrick Begay and Cesar de la Cruz team for 6.6 seconds. Nick Sartain and Kollin VonAhn wrangled an 8 second timeclock.

And finally, Cory Solomon was the leader in Tie-Down Roping with 9.7 seconds; Houston Hutto was in second place with 9.8 and Blair Burk came in with 10.2 seconds.

You can see all the results, including second rounds and average rounds on the PRCA Pro Rodeo website.

This year's total payoff is over a quarter of a million dollars, $258,334, so the stakes are enticing for the riders and ropers that travel from all over the country to participate.

Tickets are still available, although the last word was that Saturday's performance was filling up fast.

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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.

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