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Brennecke Earns a Sloppy Lead

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Every dollar matters to bareback rider Kyle Brennecke at this stage of the game.

He set up a nice paycheck Friday night at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo with a wet and wild 85-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Painted River. That pushed him into the No. 1 spot heading into Saturday’s final performance.

“It was really important,” said Brennecke of Stephenville, Texas, the No. 29 cowboy in the bareback riding world standings. “I needed it mentally and just for the rodeo, too. I’m sitting in a spot where I can’t stop going and I need to keep going. Riding good when you draw a good (horse) like that is very important this time of year.”

Kyle Brennecke

Kyle Brennecke

Less than two months remain in the 2016 regular season, and he wants to capitalize at every turn; only the top 15 in the world standings at that point advance to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s premier championship.

“This season has been better,” said Brennecke, now in his seventh season in ProRodeo. “I’ve done some things different this year. I’ve worked a little bit harder at it and took it a little more seriously. Here lately (success) has been on and off. I’ve just been trucking a long, and sometimes you’ve just got to run right through that wall they put in front of you.”

Sometimes the wall is opened in the form of a quality partner. The Missouri-born cowboy found it in Painted River, a 7-year-old mare with a championship lineage – sire Korczak has been to the NFR multiple times, and dam River Boat Annie was the 2007 reserve world champion bareback horse.

“My traveling partner, Tim O’Connell, won the short round at San Antonio on her,” Brennecke said. “He said, ‘She’s a really good horse, and she’s going to try no matter what.’ ”

He was right. O’Connell knows a thing or two about bucking horses. He is the No. 1 bareback rider in the game with nearly $128,000 in earnings and has guaranteed his third straight NFR qualification. O’Connell was 83 points on Carr’s Good Time Charlie and sits in third place.

“We click together pretty good, because we’re both pretty upbeat,” Brennecke said. “Sitting where he’s at and me looking up to that, it’s good to ride against somebody like that every day. It just keeps you stepping up instead of stepping back.

“My goal is to make the finals; it always has been. The guy that’s at the top of his level like Tim is definitely a plus for me. You’re only as good as the people you ride against every day. It’s always good to ride against him every day.”

Iron sharpens iron, and Brennecke hopes to continue his pearcing streak through the final six weeks of the season.

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 10-13
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Kyle Brennecke, 85 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Painted River; 2.; Tim O’Connell, 83; 3. (tie) Caleb Bennett and Teddy Athan, 82; 5. (tie) Troy Vaira and Winn Ratliff, 80; 7. (tie) Joel Schlegel and Richmond Champion, 78.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Shayde Etherton, 3.7 seconds; 2. Wyatt Jurney, 3.9; 3. (tie) Monty Eakin and Matt Reeves, 4.1; 5. (tie) Dean Gorsuch and Juan Alcazar Jr., 4.3; 7. Cody Cabral, 4.5; 8. (tie) Ross Mosher and Clayton Tuchscherer, 4.7. Second round leaders: 1. Josh Peek, 3.5 seconds; 2. (tie) Shayde Etherton and Dirk Tavenner, 3.8; 4. Dean Gorsuch, 3.9; 5. Wyatt Lindsay, 4.3; 6. (tie) Coltin Hill, Ryan Jarrett and Juan Alcazar Jr., 4.4; 6. (tie) Jace Melvin and Jake Rinehart, 4.5; 8. Gary Gilbert, 4.6. Average leaders: 1. Shayde Etherton, 7.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Dean Gorsuch, 8.2; 3. Josh Peek, 8.5; 4. Juan Alcazar Jr., 8.7; 5. Matt Reeves, 9.3; 6. Ross Mosher, 9.8; 7. (tie) Wyatt Lindsay and Blair Jones, 10.2.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Ryle Smith, 8.2 seconds; 2. Westyn Hughes, 8.8; 3. Sterling Smith, 8.9; 4. Kooper Saiz, 9.2; 5. Shank Edwards, 9.3; 6. Ryan Jarrett, 9.6; 7. (tie) Bryson Sechrist and Marcos Costa, 9.7. Second round leaders: 1. Hunter Herrin, 7.6 seconds; 2. Marcos Costa, 8.3; 3. (tie) Shane Hanchey and Connor Hall, 8.7; 5. Reese Riemer, 8.8; 6. Timber Moore 8.9; 7. Sterling Smith, 9.0; 8. Cimarron Boardman, 9.1. Average leaders: 1. Sterling Smith, 17.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Marcos Costa, 18.0; 3. Westyn Hughes, 18.2; 4. Reese Reimer, 18.8; 5. Josh Peek, 19.5; 6. Timber Moore, 20.1; 7. Connor Hall, 20.7; 8. Kooper Saiz, 21.4.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Sam Spreadborough, 86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Runnings; 2. Nat Stratton, 85; 3. (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw and Dean Wadsworth, 84; 5. Jacobs Crawley, 80; 6. (tie) Cole Elshere and Cody DeMoss, 79; 8. Doug Aldridge and Leon Fountain, 78.

Steer roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Bryce Davis and J.P. Wickett, 9.5 seconds; 3. Shay Good, 9.6; 4. (tie) Cody Lee and Jess Tierney, 10.1; 6. Steve Wolf, 10.4. Second round leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 8.7 seconds; 2. J.P. Wickett, 9.6; 3. (tie) Jason Evans and Marty Jones, 9.8; 5. Landon McClaugherty, 9.9; 6. Roger Branch, 10.7. Third round leaders: 1. Garrett Hale, 9.1 seconds; 2. JoJo LeMond, 9.8; 3. Chet Herren, 10.2; 4. (tie) J.B. Whatley and Jess Tierney, 10.5; 6. Troy Tillard, 10.6. Average leaders: 1. J.P. Wickett, 32.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Shay Good, 32.8; 3. Jess Tierney, 33.4; 4. Jason Evans, 33.8; 5. Bryce Davis, 34.6; 6. Roger Branch, 37.2.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.4 seconds; 2. Chase Massengill/Daylan Frost, 4.6; 3. Tyler Wade/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 4.7; 5. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.8; 6. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin and Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 4.9; 7. Colby Lovell/Travis Graves, 5.0; 8. Rhen Richard/Cole Davison, 5.2; 7. JoJo LeMond/Kory Koontz, 5.4; 8. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Daniel Braman, 5.5. Second round leaders: 1. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 4.3 seconds; 2. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 4.4; 3. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.5; 4. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 4.6; 5. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.6; 5. 6.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 4.9; 7. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.1, 8. Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin, 5.2; 8. (tie) Landon McClaugherty/Joel Galvan Jr. and Casey Gattis/Kirt Jones, 9.3. Average leaders: 1. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 9.1 seconds on two runs; 2. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 9.9; 3. Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin, 10.1; 4. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 11.5; 5. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 17.1; 6. Robert Ansley/Brian Sullivan, 18.0; 7. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 4.3 seconds on one run; 8. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 4.4.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.36 seconds; 2. Hailey Kinsel, 17.50; 3. Taylor Homuth, 17.51; 4. Emily Miller, 17.61; 5. Katelyn Scott, 17.90; 6. Sherry Cervi, 17.97; 7. Kortney Cleveland, 18.03; 8. Jana Bean, 18.10; 9. Tierra Gray, 18.10; 10. Brandee Hawkins, 18.12; 11. Candie Miner, 18.20; 12. Aimee Kay, 18.23; 13. Sabra O’Quinn, 18.33; 14. Samantha Smith, 18.40; 15. (tie) Jenna Duhon and Nalynn Cline, 18.45.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Tim Bingham, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Spotted Fever, and Brennon Eldred, on Salt River Rodeo’s Silence Reigns, 87 points; 3. Jordan Wacey Spears, 86; 4. Shane Proctor, 85.5; 5. Cole Melancon, 81; 6. Justin Hendrix, 80.5; 7. (tie) Rocky McDonald and Dylan Vick, 80.

Courtesy of twisTEDrodeo.com