By Justin Shaw/ProRodeo.com
WACO, Texas – The preliminary rounds of the All-American ProRodeo Finals, presented by Pendleton Whisky, came to an end Oct. 10, setting the stage for Saturday’s winner-take-all finals.
After six days of rodeo action at the Extraco Coliseum, the field has been narrowed to nine competitors in each event. Among those who won Friday night to close out the third and final bracket of action were steer wrestler Timmy Sparing and bareback rider Luke Creasy.
While both men missed the cut for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the 2014 season, the All American ProRodeo Finals is a way to end the season on a good note – and with some solid paychecks.
“Even though this isn’t the NFR, this is still a great event with good money,” said Sparing, who won with a time of 3.9 seconds Friday night. “It’s nice to throw a steer down in a decent time and make a good run. Hopefully tomorrow works out well.”
Sparing finished 38th in the world after a tough summer run didn’t yield the kind of money he hoped it would. While Las Vegas isn’t in his future, he’s excited to compete in a pressure-filled atmosphere Saturday night.
“I didn’t make the big show, but I’m treating this as my NFR,” Sparing said. “I came here prepared and ready to win this.”
Creasy finished 17th in the bareback standings, missing his first WNFR by a little less than $12,000.
“Winning tonight was a nice confidence boost, and it was a good horse and ride,” said Creasy, who rode Lancaster & Pickett ProRodeo’s Shady Nights for 85 points. “Tomorrow there will be some good horses in the pen, and I feel good about my chances.”
For cowboys like Creasy, the All American ProRodeos throughout the season – and the Finals – are important.
“This is a great event, and they’ve added solid money here, so it helps a guy make some money at the end of the season,” he said. “This is a huge boost to the bank account, and it’s an exciting event for everyone involved.”
Here are the nine competitors in each event who will compete for All American ProRodeo Finals championships on Oct. 11:
Cale Markham/Billie Saebens
Bradley Massey/Shane Hester
Cory Kidd V/Chase Tryan
Manny Egusquiza Jr./Martin Lucero
Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell
Joel Bach/Allen Bach
Seth Hall/Dawson McMaster
Colby Lovell/Cole Davison
Adam Rose/Keagan Duncan
Saddle bronc riding
Jeremy Ray Melancon
Sarah Rose McDonald
Courtesy of PRCA