by Jim Bainbridge | Aug 06, 2016
By Ruth Nicolaus/for the Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo committee
PHILLIPSBURG, Kan. – Eighty-four is the magic number for bareback rider Clayton Biglow this week.
That’s what he’s scored here at Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo on Aug. 5 and what he scored in Sidney, Iowa, the day before.
The Clements, Calif. cowboy rode Beutler and Son’s Pebbles for the high score in the bareback riding on Friday night in Phillipsburg and he knew he had a good one. “He’s really good,” he said. “I knew I had a good shot to win money on him.”
Biglow, 20, is ranked ninth in the world standings right now, the highest he’s ever been in his three years of membership in the PRCA. He’d rather be in first place, but number nine is OK, too.
“As long as you’re in the top 15, you’re having a good year. I can’t complain at all,” he said. “The main goal is to be first, but as long as you’re in the top 15, you’re having a good year.”
There are about two months left in the ProRodeo season, which ends September 30, and Biglow and his traveling partners, which includes fellow bareback rider Wyatt Denny, will hit the road hard.
“We’re entered up big-time. We have a lot of rodeos to go to, and we’re picking and choosing which ones to go to, the good ones.”
Biglow studied at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif. last year but will transfer to Western Nevada College in Fallon, Nev. this fall. His studies will be online, allowing him to pro rodeo yet attend school. He will graduate in May of 2018 with an agriculture business degree.
But right now, it’s time to ride bareback horses.
“Keep rodeoing, keep entering, keep going. Don’t stop,” he said.
Other fast times and high scores for the night include steer wrestlers Dan Barner, Hershey, Neb., and Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D. (4.3 seconds each), team ropers Manny Egusquiza, Jr., Marianna, Fla. and Daniel Braman, Victoria, Texas (4.6 seconds), saddle bronc rider Sam Spreadborough, Snyder, Texas (76.5 points) and barrel racers Kyra Stierwalt, Leedey, Okla. and Brittany Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif. (17.32 seconds each)
The only qualified bull ride was made by the two-time and reigning world champion Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. He scored 83 points aboard Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Ranger Rick.
The final night of Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg is August 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate, beginning at 6 p.m. They are $16 for reserved adult seating and $12 for reserved child seating. General admission tickets are $14 for adults and $11 for children. For more information, visit KansasBiggestRodeo.com.
Courtesy of PRCA