ARMSTRONG, British Columbia – Bray Armes is enjoying his typical late-season run of success, and continued it with a share of the steer wrestling win here at the Aug. 27-30 IPE & Stampede.
Armes was up Aug. 30 during the rodeo’s final performance, and his 3.7-second run tied Baillie Milan for the bulldogging victory.
“I tied him on the same steer he had,” Armes said. “I felt like I got a great start and I didn’t waste any time. I think it’s as good of a run as I could’ve made.”
Rain fell steadily until the steer wrestling began, Armes said, but the arena dirt was still in good shape.
Milan is the oldest of three brothers from Canada – all steer wrestlers. Tanner is ranked 45th in the world standings and Straws, the youngest of the three, qualified for last year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Armes, who won the average at the Wrangler NFR last December and finished third in the world standings, sat 12th in the Aug. 25 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $49,150.
Armes said he sits fourth heading into Monday’s 12-man short go at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, and was third in the average at the Aug. 29-31 Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days. A victory, or a hefty check or two, will surely vault Armes well into the top 10 of the standings.
Armes also won the Aug. 19 Horse Heaven Round-Up Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, in Kennewick, Wash.
“This time of year, every year it seems, I’ve had good luck,” Armes said. “It seems June and July are hard for me, and then I get it going pretty good. I’m very blessed.”
Armes gives much of the credit for his success to his horse, Ote.
“He gives me a chance to win every time,” Armes said. “He was a big part of me winning the average (at the WNFR), and that’s the second biggest goal you can have.”
He’d like to win a gold buckle – clearly his top goal – and said any steer wrestler who qualifies for the WNFR could achieve that.
“There’s not that big a gap from 12th to 30th in the standings,” he said. “This is an important time of year, and any check you win helps a lot.”
He won in Armstrong while riding Dru Melvin’s horse, Sambo. In fact, Armes’ three traveling companions for the last two years – Melvin, Casey Martin and Sean Mulligan – all rode Sambo at the British Columbia rodeo, one of the final big events leading into the Canadian National Finals.
Melvin was third in the Aug. 25 world standings, Martin was fifth and Mulligan was 32nd.
Other winners at the IPE & Stampede were bareback rider Jake Vold (86 points on Calgary Stampede’s Rapper Margie), team ropers Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves (4.3 seconds), saddle bronc rider Rylan Geiger (87 points on Calgary Stampede’s Timely Delivery), tie-down ropers Clint Arave and Marty Yates (7.7 seconds each), barrel racer Kimmie Wall (16.053 seconds) and bull rider Nevada Newman (86 points on Calgary Stampede’s Big Rig).
Courtesy of PRCA