PUYALLUP, Wash. – The last couple of weeks have not been very kind to saddle bronc rider Tyler Corrington.
“I’ve been having trouble,” said the Hastings, Minn., cowboy. “I haven’t been capitalizing on my opportunities.”
Until Saturday afternoon.
Corrington had an 83-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Knight Rocket to tie for the lead at the Justin Boots Playoffs at the Washington State Fair.
“It’s nice to get on a good one like that, especially at a big rodeo like this,” Corrington said. “This feels great.”
Heith DeMoss joined Corrington at the top of the leaderboard with an 83-point ride on Korkow Rodeo’s Fraid Knot.
“That was a really good horse,” DeMoss said. “I could’ve done a little bit better job spurring him, but I had never been on him before, and that was a really nice horse. I was glad I drew him.”
Corrington and DeMoss will join a star-studded field at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the championship finals. The top 12 cowboys in each event after the first round will battle for their respective titles.
Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, who has won three gold buckles in a row, heads into Sunday with the lead, thanks to an 87-point ride Saturday on Big Stone Rodeo’s Hombre.
The other first-round winners at the rodeo were steer wrestler Kyle Irwin (3.7 seconds), team ropers Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves (4.4 seconds), tie-down roper Timber Moore (7.8 seconds), barrel racer Jessi Fish (14.62 seconds) and bull rider Cody Campbell (86 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo Company’s Wish This).
In the Sept. 2, Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, Corrington was seventh, and he’s hoping that will change for the better on Sunday.
“I’m just going to go at them,” said Corrington, who split $3,874 with DeMoss. “It would be great if I could move up in the standings. The higher you can go into (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo), the more confidence you will have.”
Corrington appears pretty safe to qualify for the Wrangler NFR, which is good because he has big plans in the near future.
“I’m getting married (to Morgan McSweyn on Oct. 4),” Corrington said. “So I need to get going on that. We have a lot of stuff we need to get moved around.”
Courtesy of PRCA