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Bownds Rebounds at San Antonio Rodeo

By Susan Kanode
For the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 14, 2015) — It was a very happy Chandler Bownds that made the victory lap in front of fans at the second performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo.

The bull rider from Lubbock, Texas, is no stranger to the winner’s circle having qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rookie of the Year in 2011 and again in 2013. Bownds missed rodeo’s championship in 2014 finishing 20th in the standings, high enough to qualify him for San Antonio’s $1.65 million rodeo.

Last year was also filled with chronic pain from injuries. He is now healthy and while the year hasn’t started off like he had hoped it could all change here. Bownds won the second round of the first bracket with an outstanding 89-point ride on Rafter H Rodeo’s bull, Never Been Kissed, a bull that bucks off 90% of his riders. That was good for $2,281 for put him in good position to be back here for the semi-finals.

At most rodeos, bucking off in the first round – like Bownds did on Thursday night – would minimize their chances of advancing. Here contestants move into the semi-finals based on the total amount of money they win in their bracket. Each bracket contains 10 competitors and the top four money earners will move forward.

Bownds bucked off on Thursday night but his win here Friday night ,puts him in a tie with Dallee Mason from Weiser, Idaho, on the money list. They will both ride again at the Saturday matinee performance and hope to add to their earnings.

“I like the way this rodeo is set up,” Bownds said. “When your success is based on money, even when you buck off you still have a chance. It’s always been a rodeo that I look forward to coming to.”

Friday night’s bull riding had three Texans scoring over 80 points including Bownds’ 89. Howdy Cloud from Kountze, was 86 and Nile Lebaron from Weatherford scored 85. The fourth man to make to the whistle was Tanner Learmont from Cleburne, Texas who had a 79.

Victoria Williams from Kiln, Miss., has dominated the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing so far. She won the first round with a time of 13.95 seconds. She bettered that significantly on Friday night taking her horse around the cloverleaf pattern in 13.74. They are now the high money earners at the rodeo so far with a total of $4,562 and are assured a spot in the semi-finals.

The first bracket of competition will come to a close at the Saturday matinee performance beginning at 1 p.m. The second bracket then starts Saturday evening at 7:30.

The following are results from the first performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo which features over $1.65 million in cash and prizes.

Bareback Riding: (second round) 1, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 87 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Black Cat, $2,281. 2, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 83, $1,711. 3, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 81, $1,140.53. 4, Cain Riddle, Vernon, Texas, 65, $570. (total money) 1, Dent, $4,277. 2, Foss, $3,707. 3, Champion, $1,996. 4, Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, $855.

Steer Wrestling: (second round) 1,(tie) Cole Edge, Durant, Okla.; Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.; and Jason Lahr, Stephenville, Texas, 3.7 seconds and $1,140.53 each. 4, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 3.8, $570. (total money) 1, Edge, $2,851. 2, Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., $2,281. 3, (tie) Knowles; Jason Lahr, Stephenville, Texas; and Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla., $1,141 each.

Team Roping: (second round) 1, Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore., and Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., 4.6 seconds, $2,281. 2, Cory Kidd, V, Statesville, N.C., and Chase Tryan, Lipan, Texas, 5.1, $1,711. 3, Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore., and Cody Doescher, Roosevelt, Utah, 5.6, $1,141. 4, Kolton Schmidt, BarrHead, Alberta, and Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas, 6.0, $570. (total money) 1, Crawford and Carroll, $3,992. 2, Jake Stanley, Hermiston, Ore., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., $2,281. 3, Kidd and Tryan, $1,711. 4, (tie) Beers and Doescher; and Joel Bach, San Augustine, Texas, and Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas, $1,141 each.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (second round) 1, Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 81 points on Calgary Stampede’s Nutty Champagne, $2,281. 2, Dean Wadsworth, Ozona, Texas, 74, $1,711. 3, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 68, $1,141. 4, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 65, $570. (total money) 1, (tie) Sterling Crawley and Wadsworth, $3,422 each. 3, Larsen, $2,281. 4, (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, and Joaquin Real, Santa Paul, Calif., $855 each.

Tie-Down Roping: (second round) 1, Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas, 7.7 seconds, $2,281. 2, Marshall Leonard, Shongaloo, La., 8.2, $1,711. 2, Randall Carlisle, Athens, La., 10.7, $1,141. 4, Michael Otero, Lowndesboro, Ala., 22.1, $570. (total money) 1, (tie) Watkins and Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas, $2,281 each. 3, Carlisle, $1,996. 4, (tie) Leonard, and Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, $1,711.

Women’s Barrel Race: (second round) 1,Victoria Williams, Kiln, Miss., 13.74, $2,281. 2, Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., 13.80, $1,711. 3, Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 13.96, $1,141. 4, Kenna Squires, Fredonia, Texas, 14.01, $5770. (total money) 1, Williams, $4,562. 2, Squires, $2,281. 3, Kieckhefer, $1,711. 4, (tie) Diaz and Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., $1,141 each.

Bull Riding: (second round) 1, Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas, 89 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Never Been Kissed, $2,281. 2, Howdy Cloud, Kountze, Texas, 86, $1,711. 3, Nile Lebaron, Weatherford, Texas, 85, $1,141. 4, Tanner Learmont, Cleburne, Texas, 79, $570. (total money) 1, (tie) Bownds and Dallee Mason, Weiser, Idaho, $2,281 each. 3, (tie) Cloud and Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, $1,711.

Courtesy of PRCA