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Big Weekend for Sundell, Ferley, Muncy

by ProRodeo.com | Jun 09, 2014
Chad Ferley Elizabeth Stampede Arena Record
[PHOTO] World Champion Chad Ferley set an arena record in Elizabeth, Colo., with this 87-point ride on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Big Wig. He also tied for a win with Wade Sundell in Strong City, Kan., over the June 6-8 weekend.

  • Wade Sundell had the best weekend of any roughstock cowboy, picking up two outright wins, and also splitting a win. The Boxholm, Iowa, saddle bronc rider won the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo in Garden City, Kan., with an 87-point ride on Korkow Rodeos’ Rhubarb, earning $2,087. Making it two wins in the Sunflower State, Sundell split first at the Flint Hills Rodeo in Strong City, Kan., with Chad Ferley. Sundell rode Cervi Brothers Rodeo Company’s Flying Fletch for 83 points, as he and Ferley each earned $1,243. Sundell also was first at the Ken Lance Memorial in Ada, Okla., with 86 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Vegas Connection, making $775. Ferley, the defending world champion, earned his second win of the weekend when he rode for 87 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Big Wig to earn the victory at the Elizabeth (Colo.) Stampede and collect $1,194. The 87 points broke the arena record in Elizabeth. Taos Muncy was the only other saddle bronc rider to pick up two wins over the weekend. The two-time world champion earned wins at the Wild, Wild West ProRodeo in Silver City, N.M., and the Ute Mountain Roundup in Cortez, Colo. Muncy finished second at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., and tied for seventh at the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo in El Paso, Texas. The money Muncy earned kept him at the top spot of the saddle bronc riding world standings.
  • While the saddle bronc riders did their damage in the Midwest, bareback rider George Gillespie IV made his money in the West. The Placerville, Calif., cowboy won the Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo in Herriman, Utah, with an 84-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s White Out. He was also first at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union, winning both rounds and the average with a total of 156 points. Gillespie finished his weekend with a second-place finish at the Glennville (Calif.) Round-Up and earned a total of $3,763, which moved him from 33rd to 28th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. The only other bareback rider with two victories over the weekend was Joel Schlegel. The 25-year-old won in Cortez, Colo., with an 84-point ride on Honeycutt Rodeo’s Falina, and also split the win with Grant Denny in El Paso, Texas, as each man tallied 84 points. Schlegel earned a total of $2,893, moving from 38th to 30th in the world standings.
  • Rookie steer wrestler Justin Miller cleaned up in the three Canadian rodeos from June 6-8. The Neepawa, Manitoba, bulldogger bought his PRCA card in December 2013, and more than doubled his career earnings in three days. Miller shared the win with Trygve Pugh at the Lea Park Rodeo in Marwayne, Alberta, with a time of 4.6 seconds, earning $2,774. He then tied Curtis Cassidy for the victory at the Rocky ProRodeo in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, with a time of 4.2 seconds, earning another $2,082. Miller started his weekend with a 5.1-second run at the Kinsmen ProRodeo in Brooks, Alberta, which was good enough for fourth place and $1,277. Miller’s total of $6,133 pushed his season earnings to $10,522 and moved him to 40th in the world standings.
  • There were five steer roping events over the weekend, and nobody took advantage of them more than 2013 National Finals Steer Roping Average Champion Tony Reina. The 42-year-old won the first round and the average in Ada, Okla., with a time of 40.3 seconds on three head. He also won the average at the Riata Roundup Rodeo in Lometa, Texas, with a time of 50.3 seconds on three head. Reina earned a total of $4,834 for the weekend, moving up one spot from eighth to seventh in the world standings. Eight-time NFSR qualifier Chet Herren also had a solid weekend, earning steer roping checks at three of the five rodeos – including winning in Clovis, N.M., with a time of 35.4 seconds on three head. Herren also made money in Ada, Okla., and Silver City, N.M., bringing his season earnings to $32,689, which was enough to pass Trevor Brazile for first place in the world standings. It is the first time since Feb. 18 Brazile hasn’t led the steer roping standings.
  • From the “You don’t see this every day” file, there was a five-way tie for the bull riding win in Elizabeth, Colo. Kanin Asay, Dustin Bowen, Tim Bingham, Brock Russell and Patrick Geipel all scored 85 points, each earning $813. It was the first time there has been a five-way tie for a win at any PRCA rodeo, in any event, since 2008 when five men split the saddle bronc riding win at the Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo in Hill City, Kan.
  • BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile won the tie-down roping title at the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo in Garden City, Kan., and his check for $1,989 brought his season total to $99,444, just $556 shy of reaching the $100,000 mark for a record 17th consecutive season. He is first in the all-around, second in steer roping, third in team roping heading and sixth in tie-down roping.

Courtesy of PRCA