WAINWRIGHT, Alberta – Sunday night was Awesome was for veteran saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss.
DeMoss had an 85.5-point ride on the Wayne Vold Rodeo Company’s horse in the short round to win the two-head average with a 168.5-point score at the Wainwright Stampede (June 18-21).
“Awesome was pretty good,” said DeMoss, who calls Heflin, La., home. “He’s got some moves to him, but he is a big ol’ horse and he’s kind of cool and a bucking dude. It went good. It went real good.”
The performance of Awesome is not surprising. Awesome was the top saddle bronc horse of the 2007 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
DeMoss made his first-round ride at Wainwright June 20 and scored 83 points to tie for third in the round with Taos Muncy to collect a $1,155 check.
DeMoss followed that up with his strong effort June 21 on Awesome, which tied for first in the short round with Wade Sundell. Sundell finished second in the average with 168 points.
“It was fun to come up here and get on some good horses,” DeMoss said. “I’m happy to come up here. I’ve never been to Wainwright. We had to go see some new rodeos and we got to get on good horses, so I’m blessed and it’s all good.”
This entire season DeMoss has been on a roll. He was leading the June 15 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $62,896, followed by reigning world champion Spencer Wright ($58,483). DeMoss should stay atop the standings following his performance at Wainwright.
DeMoss has nine wins this season – eight outright and one co-champion title at the Marshall (Texas) ProRodeo. A year ago, DeMoss finished 10th in the final world standings and had four wins.
DeMoss is a 10-time qualifier for the Wrangler NFR and finished second in the final standings in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2012.
Other winners at the rodeo were bareback rider Jake Vold (170.5 points on two head), steer wrestler Matt Reeves (13.2 seconds on three head), team ropers Garrett Rogers and Jake Minor (15.9 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Justin Brinkerhoff (26.6 seconds on three head), barrel racer Jackie Gantner (34.553 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Zane Lambert (173 points on two head).
To read more about the Wainwright Stampede, check out the July 3 ProRodeo Sports News.
Courtesy of PRCA