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Bareback Riding and Bull Riding Highlight the Start of Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

Orin Larsen, from Inglis, Manitoba, took the early lead in the bareback riding with this 87-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s horse named Black Tie. -- CFD photo by Dan Hubbell.

Orin Larsen, from Inglis, Manitoba, took the early lead in the bareback riding with this 87-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s horse named Black Tie. — CFD photo by Dan Hubbell.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – July 23, 2016 – The first performance of the 120th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days kicked off with some outstanding bareback and bull rides.

Orin Larsen from Inglis, Manitoba, has worked his way up through the ranks of rodeo to become one of the best in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The two-time college champion qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December and finished his season in 12th place.

That motivated him to make it back to Las Vegas again and finish the 2016 season in a higher position. Larsen, who is currently third in the world standings, helped his cause on Saturday at Frontier Park when he had an 87-point ride. The horse he got on, Black Tie, owned by Sankey Pro Rodeo and Larsen had met up prior to Cheyenne’s competition.

Last April at the Logandale, Nev., rodeo Larsen rode Black Tie for 83 points in the final round where he earned the championship. All of the competition here features two full rounds before the finals on July 31. Larsen will ride again here Sunday and is matched up with another horse from Sankey’s named 9 Moons. The horse has a reputation for solid scores, so Larsen could easily be among the top 12 that advance to the finals.

Bull riding fans may not have ever heard of Trevor Reiste from Linden, Iowa, but if he keeps riding like he did at Cheyenne they will be cheering for him across the country. Reiste was one of three men that were successful here on Saturday and took the early lead in the first round with an 86.5-point effort on Dakota Rodeo’s After Party.

He is currently 44th in the world standings and has a good opportunity to move up with a win here. It will all depend on an eight-second ride on Sunday. He will get on another bull from Chad Berger of Dakota Rodeo. This one is named Dead Calm and Reiste has his work cut out for him. Dead Calm has yet to be ridden in 2016 even though seven men have tried.

However, Reiste’s 86.5 in the first round has given a boost of confidence and has him ready to do it all over again. His Twitter feed is full of Bible verses and motivational quotes including one about himself that says, “My mission: be so busy loving my life that I have no time for hate, regret, worrying, fret or fear.”

There is a new leader in the first round of tie-down roping. Chase Williams from Stephenville, Texas now sets the pace with a 10.3-second run. The three-year member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association had his best season last year finishing the season in 43rd place. He is not currently listed this year, but a big win at the “Daddy of ‘em All” could change that.

The second performance of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo stats at 12:15 p.m., Sunday.

The following are current leaders from the 120th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo after the second performance.

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 87 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo’s Black Tie. 2, Grant Denny, Minden, Nev., 83. 3, J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 82.5. 4, (tie) Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore., and Craig Wisehart, Kersey, Colo., 80. 6, Kody Lamb, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 75. 7, Joe Wilson, Martin, S.D., 73. 8, (tie) R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif., and Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla., 71.

Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 8.9 seconds. 2, Ty Lang, Montrose, Colo., 11.1. 3, Sam Olson, Buffalo, S.D., 13.3. 4, Jesse Jolly, Agate, Colo., 16.7. 5, Trevor Nelson, Coleman, Okla., 18.4. 6, Wyatt Johnson, Holt, Colo., 19.1. 7, Cameron Morman, Glenullin, N.D., 19.4. 8, Shelton Portwine, Dickinson, N.D., 19.9.

Tie-Down Roping: (first round) 1, Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas, 10.3 seconds. 2, Billy Hamilton, Stigler, Okla., 11.0. 3, (tie) Boe Brown, Valentine, Neb.; Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas; and Tyler Thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D., 11.1 each. 6, Jayce Johnson, Hempstead, Texas, 11.3. 7, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 11.4. 8, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 11.6. (second round) 1, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 10.3. 2, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 11.0. 3, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 11.4. 4, Stephen McLauchlin, Rockwall, Texas, 12.2. 5, Blake Ash, Aurora, Mo., 29.7. 6, Lane Jeffrey, Wilburton, Okla., 12.9. 7, (tie) Quay Howard, Canyon, Texas, and Cole Bailey, Okmulgee, Okla., 13.0. (total on two) 1, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 22.8. 2, Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 24.9. 3, Josh Jennings, Glendale, Utah, 26.1. 4, Quay Howard, Canyon, Texas, 26.3. 5, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 26.4. 6, Brice Ingo, Boone, Colo., 26.4. 7, Boe Brown, Valentine, Neb., 26.5. 8, Lane Jeffrey, Wilburton, Okla., 26.6.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 81 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo’s Shining Mountain. 2, Andy Clarys, Riverton, Wyo., 78. 3, Justin Caylor, Sulphur Springs, Tex., 77. 4, Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 75. 5, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 74. 6, Treyson Antonick, Overton, Texas, 73. 7, (tie) Ryan Mackenzie, Homedale, Idaho, and Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla., 72.

Rookie Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Rhett Fox, Redig, S.D., 73 points. 2, McKoy Hugh Christiansen, Emery, Utah, 70. 3, (tie) Tanner Lockhart, Lewis, Colo., and Nick Chew, Maybell, Colo., 60.

Team Roping: (first round) 1, Cole Dorenkamp, Lamar, Colo., and Josh Fillmore, Penrose, Colo., 11.9 seconds. 2, Ken McKibbin, Windsor, Colo., and C.J. Scheller, Ault, Colo., 14.4. 3, Corey Whinnery, Powderhorn, Colo., and Pake Younger, Grand Junction, Colo., 19.5. 4, Zane Barnson, Washington, Utah, and Cole Wilson, Lake Shore, Utah, 24.5.

Barrel Racing: (second round) 1, Sharon Harrell, Wickenburg, Ariz., 17.66 seconds. 2, Molly Childers, Mead, Okla., 17.72. 3, Erin Wanner, Dickinson, N.D., 18.54. 4, Vickie Carter, Richfield, Utah, 19.01. 5, Jackie Schau, Almont, N.D., 22.70. 6, Samantha Jorgenson, Spearfish, S.D., 22.93.

Bull Riding: (first round – three rides) 1, Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa, 86.5 points on Dakota Rodeo’s After Party. 2, Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D., 81. 3, Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Ind., 80

Wild Horse Race: 1, Team Krackillac $582. 2, Cowboy’s Dream, $436. 3, Bernt Team, $$291. 4, Jason Smith, $145.