By Susan Kanode
SAN ANTONIO – Bull rider Scottie Knapp made a statement at the fifth performance of the 2019 edition of the San Antonio Rodeo.
The Edgewood, N.M., resident rode Cervi Championship Rodeo’s bull named Big time for 90 points 00 the highest score so far at this year’s rodeo. Knapp qualified for the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and finished the season as the sixth man in the world. The next two years, he finished outside the top 15 and didn’t get to compete at rodeo’s championships.
He’s on a mission to be back in Las Vegas next December and if he keeps riding like he did in the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon, he will be a contender for the 2019 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championship. Knapp is currently 30th in the world standings.
This was the second round of Bracket 2’s competition. He didn’t make it to the eight-second mark in the first round and has one more bull to get on Monday night. The random draw has Knapp getting on a bull named Roulette, from Powder River Rodeo and D&H Cattle Company.
Knapp received $2,500 for his ride on Sunday. That alone could get him a spot in the semifinals here, but a successful ride on Roulette would be money in the bank and help him in his quest to win a San Antonio Rodeo championship. This year’s prize money is over $1,6 million and winning a title and a portion of that money will give contestants a boost in the world standings.
Last year’s steer wrestling and tie-down roping champions also had success on Sunday. Dakota Eldridge from Elko, Nevada, earned the steer wrestling title in 2018. He finished in a tie for third place Sunday and needs another check Monday to have a chance to defend his title.
Ryle Smith from Oakdale, California, finished fourth on Saturday and tied for second on Sunday. He has total earnings of $2,375 and is the second on the money list in the tie-down roping. He also will be looking for another check on Monday night to assure him a spot in the semifinals and get a chance to defend his title.
Rodeo action will continue in the AT&T Center with the third round of Bracket 2 on Monday night at 7 p.m., where semifinals qualifiers in all of the events will be determined.
The following are results after the fifth performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, the 14-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year.
Bracket 2, round 2 followed by total money earned
Bareback Riding: 1, Zach Hibler, Wheeler, Texas, 84 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Greeley Hat Works Baby Face, $2,500. 2, (tie) Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas, and Jared Keylon, Uniontown, Kan., 83, $1,625 each. 4, (tie) Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta and Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, 82.5, $375. (total money) 1, Keylon, $4,125. 2, Hibler, $2,875. 3, Will Martin, Durant, Okla., $2,000. 4, Tutor, $1,625.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, 3.5 seconds, $2,500. 2, Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., 3.9, $2,000. 3, (tie) Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., and Levi Rudd, Chelsea, Okla., 4.0, $1,000 each. (total money) 1, (tie) Hass and Cameron Moreman, Glen Ullin, N.D., $2,500. 3, Olson, $2,375. 4, (tie) Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., and Don Payne, Stephenville, Texas, $1,625.
Team Roping: 1, Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif., and Cody Doescher, Webbers Falls, Okla., 4.0, $2,500. 2, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.7, $2,000. 3, Lane Ivy, Dublin, Texas, and Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan., 5.5, $1,250. 4, Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M., and Caleb Anderson, Mocksville, N.C., 5.8, $750. (total money) 1, Smith and Long, $3,250. 2, (tie) Mitchell and Doescher; and Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., $2,500. 4, Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D., and Cody Cowden, Atwater, Calif., $2,000.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 87 points on Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s Ricky Bobby, $2,500. 2, Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Australia, 83.5, $2,000. 3, Alex Wright, Milford, Utah, 83, $1,250. 4, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 82, $750. (total money) 1, Finlay, $3,625. 2, (tie) Elshere and Jake Watson, Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia, $2,500. 4, Layton Green, Meeting Creek, alberta, $1,625.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 7.7 seconds, $2,500. 2, (tie) Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., and blane Cox, Cameron, Texas, 8.1, $1,625. 4, Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 8.3, $750. (total money) 1, Moore, $2,500. 2, Smith, $2,375. 3, (tie) Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla., and Kody Mahaffey, Sweetwater, Texas, $2,250.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash., 13.91 seconds, $2,500. 2, Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 14.08, $2,000. 3, Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo., 14.19, $1,250. 4, Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., 14.27, $750. (total money) 1, Lord, $3,750. 2, Rose, $3,250. 3, Grimes, $2,500. 4, Carley Cervi, Roggen, Colo., $2,000.
Bull Riding: 1, Scottie Knapp, Edgewood, N.M., 90 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Big Time, $2,500. 2, Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas, 88.5, $2,000. 3, Eli Vastbinder, Union Grove, N.C., 87, $1,250. 4, Stetson Wright, Beaver, Utah, 86.5, $750. (total money) 1, Knapp, $2,500. 2, (tie) Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont., and Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas, $2,250. 4, (tie) Wright and Benton, $2,000.