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109th National Western Stock Show Rodeo Comes to Close

By Susan Kanode
For the National Western Stock Show

DENVER, (Jan. 25, 2015) — It’s been over 10 years since Bobby Mote won the bareback riding title at the National Western Stock Show, but judging by the way he rode here on Sunday, the veteran competitor can still ride any horse on the circuit and do it well.

Mote won the final round with a whopping 89-point score on C5 Rodeo’s horse named Virgil in front of a near capacity crowd in the Denver Coliseum. He came from behind to win the championship and $8,062. He placed deep in the second round and qualified for the U.S. Bank Championship Finals in a tie for eighth place. His total of 249 points was two points ahead of the men in second place, Tim O’Connel from Zwingle, Iowa and Steven Dent from Mullen, Neb.

The big winner here was two-time College National Finals Rodeo qualifier Meghan Johnson from Deming, N.M. She won the first and second rounds of barrel racing, placed fourth in the final round and earned a total $12,662 for her time of 45.95 seconds on three runs.

This year’s rodeo paid $474,750. Other winners were Beau Clark, from Belgrade, Mont., in the steer wrestling, Riley and Brady Minor from Ellensburg in team roping, Cody DeMoss from Heflin, La., in saddle bronc riding, Adam Gray from Seymour, Texas, in tie-down roping and Zeb Lanham from Sweet, Idaho in Bull Riding.

Bareback Riding – Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas, 249, $8,062
Steer Wrestling – Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont., 3.6 seconds, $11,138
Team Roping – Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 16.1 seconds, $7,978
Saddle Bronc Riding – Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 249 points, $10,707
Tie-Down Roping – Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 25.5 seconds, $8,177
Barrel Racing – Meghan Johnson, Deming, N.M., 45.95 seconds, $12,662
Bull Riding – Zeb Lanham, Sweet, Idaho, 248 points, $11,195

The following are unofficial results from the National Western Stock Show Rodeo.

Bareback Riding: (final round) 1, Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas, 89 points on C5 Rodeo’s Virgil, $1,650. 2, Luke Creasy, Lubbock, Texas, 85, $1,240. 3, (tie) Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas; Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa; and Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.; 84 and $616 each. 6, J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 82, $250. (total on two) 1, Mote, 249, $5,914. 2, (tie) O’Connell and Dent, 247, $3,942. 4, Creasy, 245, $2,168. 5, (tie) Tutor and Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 244, $1,183. 7, Vezain, 241, $768. 8, Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., 240, $591.

Steer Wrestling: (final round) 1, Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont., 3.6 seconds, $1,450. 2, Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 3.7, $1,200. 3, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 4.4, $950. 4, Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 4.7, $700. 5, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 4.8, $450. 6, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 5.2, $$250. (total on three) 1, Clark, 12.1, $6,248. 2, Adam Strahan, McKinney, Texas, 13.6, $5,433. 3, (tie) Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., and Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 14.1, $4,211. 5, Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 15.6, $2,988. 6, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 15.1, $2,173. 7, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 15.2, $1,358. 8, Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 15.8, $543.

Team Roping: (final round) 1, Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M., and Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas, 5.3, $1,406. 2, Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore., and Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., 5.4, $1,164. 3, Cole Dorenkamp, Lamar, Colo., and Levi O’Keefe, Mohall, N.D., 5.5, $921. 4, Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla., and Buddy Hawkins, II, Columbus, Kan., 5.6, $679. 5, Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 6.0, $436. 6, Drew Gartner, Killdeer, S.D., and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., 6.3, $242. (total on three) 1, Minor and Minor, 16.1, $4,525. 2, Cooper and McKnight, 16.4, $3,935. 3, Dorenkamp and O’Keefe, 17.1, $3,344. 4, Markham and Hawkins, 17.9, $2,754. 5, Travis Bounds, Grand Junction, Colo., and Joe Roderick, Loma, Colo., 18.3, $2,164. 6, (tie) Crawford and Carroll; and Gartner and Griemsman, 18.6, $1,278 each. (on two) 8, Caleb Schmidt, Bellville, Texas, and Mickey Gomez, Holland, Texas, 11.0, $393.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (final round) 1, Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta, 86 points Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic from Hell, $1,650. 2, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 85, $1,250. 3, (tie) Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., and Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 83 and $750 each. 5, Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., 77, $350. 6, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 76, $250. (total on three) 1, DeMoss, 249, $6,548. 2, Elliott, 246, $5,020. 3, Green, 243, $3,710. 4, Dent, 240, $2,400. 5, (tie) Scheer, and Ferley, 238, $1,309. 7, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 237, $873. 8, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 229, $654.

Tie-Down Roping: (final round) 1, Clint Nyegaard, Victoria, Texas, 7.6 seconds, $1,435. 2, Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., 8.1, $1,188. 3, Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, Okla., 8.3, $940. 4, Trevot Thiel, Greeley, Colo., 8.5, $693. 5, Michael Otero, Lowndesboro, Ala., 9.0, $445. 6, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 9.2, $247. (total on three) 1, Gray, 25.5 seconds, $6,218. 2, Nyegaard, 25.7, $5,407. 3, Schneeberger, 26.1, $4,596. 4, Otero, 26.2, $3,784. 5, Kissack, 26.3, $2,973. 6, Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas, 26.7, $2,162. 7, Theil, 27.0, $1,351. 8, Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 27.6, $540.

Women’s Barrel Race: (final round) 1, Shelby Herrmann, Stephenville, Texas, 15.34 seconds, $2,545. 2, Chloe Hoovestal, Helena, Mont., 15.42, $1,909. 3, Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 15.50, $1,272. 4, Meghan Johnson, Deming, N.M., 15.56, $636. (total on three) 1, Johnson, 45.95, $5,154. 2, Herrmann, 46.13, $4,418. 3, Hoovestal, 46.50, $3,681. 4, Taylor, 46.54, $3,190. 5, Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash., 46.65, $2,454. 6, Layna Kight, Ocala, Fla., 46.86, $1,963. 7, Kelley Schnaufer, Pueblo, Colo., 46.89, $1,472. 8, Sammi Bessert, Loma, Colo., 47.11, $981. 9, Kim Couch, Rattan, Okla., 47.18, $736. 10, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 51.40, $490.

Bull Riding: (final round – two rides) 1, Zeb Lanham, Sweet, Idaho, 87 points on C5 Rodeo’s Moe, $1,650. 2, Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 78, $1,250. (total on three) 1, Lanham, 248, $6,608. 2, Frost, 233, $5,066. (on two) 3, Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, 163, $3,744. 4, Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah, 161, $2,423. 5, Rocky McDonald, Colonia Juarez, Mexico, 159, $1,542. 6, Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas, 158, $1,101. 7, Cody Campbell, Summerville, Ore., 157, $881. 8, (tie) Kyle Jeppesen Loudon, Australia and Trenton Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., 156, $330.