Coppini, Smith Make Moves in Xtreme Bulls Standings

The biggest winners from last week’s pair of Division 2 Xtreme Bulls events were Paul Coppini and defending Xtreme Bulls Tour champion Tyler Smith.

Coppini did all of his damage on one ride, but it was a big one. The Kuna, Idaho, cowboy rode for 91 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Fred to win the Lincoln (Neb.) Xtreme Bulls Division 2 event and earn $4,315. With the win, Coppini moved from eighth to second in the Xtreme Bulls standings, and now trails Steve Woolsey by $123 for the top spot.

Coppini also earned $2,271 for placing third in the first round at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver and sits fifth in the Jan. 27 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.

Smith, who hadn’t competed at an Xtreme Bulls event since clinching the 2013 year-end title in Ellensburg, Wash., last September, won the first round of the Bull’s Night Out Division 2 event in Fort Worth, Texas, with a 91-point ride on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Highway 69.

After getting bucked off in the final round, Smith finished sixth in the average. Pair that with the $647 he made for splitting sixth at the Lincoln Xtreme Bulls, and Smith’s haul for the two events was $4,215 – enough to move him to seventh in the Xtreme Bulls standings.

The only other man to earn checks in both Lincoln and Fort Worth was Cody Campbell, who finished second in the first round to Smith in Fort Worth with an 89-point ride. Campbell also split sixth in the average in Lincoln with Smith, and earned a total of $3,407.

Bull rider Sage Kimzey may not have made any money at the two Xtreme Bulls events, but he still did just fine last week. Kimzey placed second in the final round in Denver, and second in the average at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo to earn a total of $5,858. Kimzey’s 89-point ride at the PRCA Championship Rodeo in Lincoln, Neb. – also good for second place – earned another $1,470, and helped him move to second in the world standings.

Trevor Brazile used his Denver team roping win to become the first man to qualify for the all-around world standings with total earnings of $11,195. He didn’t show up in the all-around standings for the first time last year until Feb. 4.

Bradley Harter’s 86-point ride to win the saddle bronc riding at the Jan. 24-26  Homestead (Fla.) Championship Rodeo was the best saddle bronc ride at the event in quite some time. Harter spurred Klein Brothers Pro Rodeo’s Creamy Coconut for the big score, which Homestead Committeeman Jim Baumann said is the best he’s seen since he’s been a part of the rodeo. “I’ve been here 10 years and I can’t remember a ride better than that one,” Baumann said. “But we can’t be sure if it’s the event or arena record because we lost a lot of our records during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.” Something that can be verified, however, is the Homestead Championship Rodeo – which has been around for 65 years – is the southernmost rodeo in the United States, located 36 miles south of Miami.