by Jim Bainbridge | Jan 17, 2015
By Susan Kanode/For the National Western Stock Show
DENVER – Tyler Corrington is on pace to do something he has never done before – win a saddle bronc riding championship at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo.
Corrington is the early leader in the first and second rounds as well as in the overall standings. He rode Calgary Stampede’s Sergeant Whitney during the first performance of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned rodeo here on Jan. 16.
That ride netted him an 83-point score. He then came back that night for his second round where he scored 81 points on another horse from Calgary, Uvid Bubbles. That put him in a tie for first place with Hardy Braden from Welch, Okla., who rode Burch Rodeo’s Iron Maiden.
While it is early in the rodeo with 16 performances left before the championship finals on Jan. 25, Corrington’s 164 on two is very likely to be among the top 12 contestants who advance.
The Hastings, Minn., resident is coming off of his third Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification in four years. He finished the 2014 season in 12th place and is hoping this season will see him make the trip back to Las Vegas next December for his fourth WNFR. A win here would certainly help him do that.
World champions and WNFR qualifiers are dominating the steer wrestling here so far. Clayton Hass from Terrell, Texas, qualified for his first WNFR last year and leads the event with a 4.5 second run. He is followed by one of the most consistent steer wrestlers in the sport, Trevor Knowles from Mount Vernon, Ore., who has competed at the WNFR 11 consecutive times.
Tied for third place is Blake Knowles, from Heppner, Ore., a two-time WNFR qualifier who is Trevor’s cousin, and Hunter Cure, the 2013 world champion who lives in Holliday, Texas. They each stopped the clock in 4.7 seconds.
All of the steer wrestlers will make their second appearance in the Denver Coliseum on Jan. 17. There are three performances of the rodeo Saturday, at 11 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m. (MT).
The following are unofficial results from the National Western Stock Show Rodeo sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
First Performance —
Bareback Riding: 1, A.J. Yocham, Haskell, Okla., 82 points on Calgary Stampede’s September Skies. 2, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 79. 3, Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, 77. 4, Cint Cannon, Waller, Texas, 75.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 4.5 seconds. 2, Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 4.6. 3, Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 4.7. 4, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 5.2.
Team Roping: 1, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and Mickey Gomez, Holland, Texas, 5.3 seconds. 2, Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo., and Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb., 6.1. 3, Cole Dorenkamp, Lamar, Colo., and Levi O’Keeffe, Mohall, N.D., 6.3. 4, Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore., and Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., 6.6.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., 83 points on Calgary Stampede’s Sergeant Whitney. 2, Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 78. 3, John Redig, Casper, Wyo., 76. 4, Justin Hegwer, Rifle, Colo., 74.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Adam Gray, 8.0 seconds. 2, Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash., 9.0. 3, Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 9.4. 4, Clint Akins, Aubrey, Texas, 11.4.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Meghan Johnson, Deming, N.M., 15.25 seconds. 2, Shelby Janssen, Coleman, Okla., 15.37. 3, Shelby Herrmann, Stephenville, Texas, 15.39. 4, Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 15.51.
Bull Riding: 1, Kody Lostroh, Ault, Colo., 87 points on Diamond S’s Lil Warrior. 2, Eligjah Mora, Wiggins, Colo., 76. 3, Wes Wahlert, Galeton, Colo., 74. 4, Dylan Vick, Escalon, Calif., 64.
Second Performance —
Bareback Riding: 1, Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho, 83 points on Burch Rodeo’s Angel Dust. 2, Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas, 82. 3, Ethan Assmann, Alta, Iowa, 78. 4, Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, 73.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, 4.7. 2, Josh Clark, Texarkana, Ark., 4.8. 3, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 5.2. 4, Garrett Henry, Douglas, Wyo., 8.7.
Team Roping: 1, Garrett Tonnozi, Fruita, Colo., and Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb., 5.2. 2, Cole Dorenkamp, Lamar, Colo., and Levi O’Keefe, Mohall, N.D., 5.3. 3, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and Mickey Gomez, Hollarnd, Texas, 5.7. 4, Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore., and Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., 6.6.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, (tie) Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., on Calgary Stampede’s Uvid Bubbles and Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., on Burch Rodeo’s Iron Maiden, 81 points each. 3, Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 77. 4, Logan Naillon, Chowchilla, Calif., 69.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 8.3 seconds. 2, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 8.4. 3, J.C. Malone, Roy, Utah, 8.8. 4, Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, 8.9.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Meghan Johnson, Deming, N.M., 15.14 seconds. 2, Shelby Herrmann, Stephenville, Texas, 15.40. 3, Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas, 15.48. 4, Callie DuPerier, Boerne, Texas, 15.55.
Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Brock Russell, Rye, Colo., 85 points on Diamond S’s Sandi’s Dream. 2, Trent Jacobson, Irwin, Idaho, 75.
Courtesy of PRCA