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Cowboys Collect Cash at 119th Annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

By Susan Kanode for Cheyenne Frontier Days

CHEYENNE, Wyo., (July 24, 2015) –It was more than a great day for bull rider Brennon Eldred at Cheyenne Frontier Days on Friday — it was stellar.

Eldred, who is second in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings rode United Pro Rodeo’s bull named Maximum Justice Black for 86 points. That not only puts him in great position to win his first championship from the “Daddy of ‘em All,” it gave him the win in the first round and earned him $5,816.

That money is very important for the Sulphur, Okla., resident as he pursues his second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualification. Eldred is currently second in the world standings and about $5,000 behind Sage Steele Kimzey, the reigning world champion.

Kimzey was also successful in Frontier Park scoring 76 on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Lite ‘em Up. This is not the only great performance for Eldred here. Last Monday and Tuesday he rode five bulls to win the Championship Bull Riders World Finals.

Kimzey and Eldred will have their second round competition here on Saturday. There have only been six men who have ridden two bulls, and with 16 qualifying for Sunday’s championship Finals, they are likely to be extending their stay in Cheyenne.

The big money winner here so far is Marty Yates, from Stephenville, Texas. He roped and tied his calf in 10.0 seconds, just one-tenth of a second off of the arena record of 9.9 set in 1997 by Chad Johnston. Yates won $6,357 so far. He is second in the standings here and while his position might change, he should be among the top 12 ropers who qualify for Sunday’s finals.

Canada’s Guy Shapka was the last contestant to win the rookie bronc riding (1983) and the saddle bronc riding (1988) here. Cort Scheer from Elsmere, Neb., is hoping to be the next. Scheer won the rookie here in 2008. He scored 82 points here on Friday to place second in the first round. That was worth $3,687 for Scheer who was five points behind Utah’s Jesse Wright who had 87 to win $4,809. Scheer needs 83 points on Saturday to take control of the overall standings.

Saturday’s competition will determine second round winners and championship finals qualifiers. The rodeo starts at 12:15 p.m. The top 12 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, and women’s barrel racing will advance. In the bull riding, the best 16 will qualify. The rookie saddle bronc riding champion will also be crowned at Saturday’s rodeo.

The following are current leaders at Cheyenne Frontier Days:

Bareback riding: (first round winners) 1, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 85 points on Stace Smith Rodeo’s Storm Cloud, $5,465. 2, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 84, $4,190. 3, George R. Gillespie IV, Hamilton, Mont., 82, $3,097. 4, (tie) Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.; Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas; Mason Clements, Sandy, Utah; Josi Young, Buhl, Idaho; Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah; Ty Fast Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan; Kyle Charley, Lukachukai, Ariz.; Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., and Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas, 79, $607 each. (second round leaders) 1, Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., 84 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Bar Code. 2, Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, Utah, 81. 3, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 80 points. 4, (tie) Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., and Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 79 each. 6, (tie) Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.; Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev.; Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta; Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., and Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 78 each. (total on two) 1, (tie)Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., and Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., 163 points each. 3, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 159. 4, Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 157. 5, Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 156. 6, (tie) Mason Clements, Sandy, Utah; George R. Gillespie IV, Hamilton, Mont., and Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta, 155 each.

Tie-down roping: (first round winners) 1, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 10.0 seconds, $6,357. 2, Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 10.4, $5,528. 3, (tie) Justin Macha, Needville, Texas and Chris Demasas, Boyd, Texas, 10.5, $4,284 each. 5, (tie) Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., and Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 10.8, $2,626 each. 7, Chris Neal, Muldrow, Okla., 10.9, $1,382. 8, (tie) Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif., and Jake Hannum, Plain City, Utah, 11.0, $276 each. (second round leaders) 1, Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 10.2. 2, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 10.6. 3, (tie) Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., and Garrett Hale, Snyder, Texas, 10.9. 5, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 11.2. 6, Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 11.5. 7, Don Coffell, Iredell, Texas, 11.6. 8, Bradley Bynum, Sterling City, Texas. (total on two) 1, Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 21.0. 2, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 21.2, 3, Justin Macha, Needville, Texas, 22.6. 4, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 22.7. 5, Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla., 23.3. 6, (tie) Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, and Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 23.6 each. 8, Robert Mathis, Mart, Texas, 23.9.

Saddle bronc riding: (first round winners) 1, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 87 points on David Bailey Rodeo’s Spider, $4,809. 2, Cort Sheer, Elsmere, Neb., 82, $3,687. 3, (tie) Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., and Doug Aldridge, Carthage, Mo., 80, $2,244 each. 5, (tie) Justin Caylor, Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Bradley Harter, 79, $962 each. 7, (tie) Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah; Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.; Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla.; Will Smith, Marshall, Mo.; Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., and Sam Spreadborough, Snyder, Texas, 78, $187 each. (second round leaders) 1, (tie) Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, on Andrews Rodeo’s Tiger Touch and Brad Rudolf, Winnemucca, Nev., on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Angel Flight, 83 points each. 3, Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, and Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 80. 5. Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla., 79. 6, (tie) Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta; Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, S.D., and Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 78 each. (total on two) 1, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 164 points. 2, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 158. 3, Brad Rudolf, Winnemucca, Nev., 156 points. 4, Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 155. 5, (tie) Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla., and Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, 154 each. 7, Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., 153. 8, Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 152.

Steer wrestling: (first round winners) 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 6.3 seconds, $6.088. 2, J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Wis., 7.0, $5,294. 3, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 7.2, $4,500. 4, Jacob Shofner, Huntsville, Texas, $3,706. 5, (tie) K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, and Shawn Downing, Silver Star, Mont., $2,515 each. 7, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 8.6, $1,324. 8, Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 9.0, $529. (second round leaders) 1, Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb., 8.0 seconds. 2, Jacob D. Edler, State Center, Iowa, 9.5. 3, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo, 9.6. 4, Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 9.8. 5, Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla., 10.0. 6, Harley Cole, Cochrane, Alberta, 10.1. 7, (tie) Jared Thompson, Alva, Okla., and Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 10.5. (total on two) 1, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 20.4. 2, Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 21.2. 3, Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 21.3 seconds. 4, Jared Thompson, Alva, Okla., 22.2. 5, Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 22.6. 6, Del Ray Kraupie, Bridgeport, Neb., 22.8. 7, Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah, 23.4. 8, (tie) Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla., and Jacob D. Edler, State Center, Iowa, 23.5.

Rookie saddle bronc riding: (first round winners) 1, Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas, 80 points on Free Sample, $1,230. 2, Whit Peterson, Torrington, Wyo., 75, $932. 3, Blaze Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 74, $671. 4, Luke Morgan, Australia, 70, $447. 5, Tayte Augustus Clark, Meadow, S.D., 69, $261. 6, Benny Maytom, Australia, 67, $186. 5, Jake Finlay, Goodwell, Okla., 66. 6, Josh Davison, Miles City, Mont., 65. (second round leaders) 1, Christian Stremler, Winnemucca, Nev., 67. 2, Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nev., 65 3, (tie) Hawkins Shane Boyce, Malad, Idaho; Nick Shenold, Glencoe, Okla., and Luke Morgan, Australia, 64 points each. 6, Tayte Augustus Clark, Meadow, S.D., 62. 7, Chris Williams, Stephenville, Texas, 61. 8, Trace Hughston, McBain, Mich., 60. (total on two) 1, Luke Morgan, Australia, 134 points. 2, Tayte Augustus Clark, Meadow, S.D., 131. 3, Ty Smith, Australia, 118. 4, Trace Hughston, McBain, Mich., 117. 5, Jace Lane, Morse, Texas, 106. (on one) 6, Whit Peterson, Torrington, Wyo., 75. 7, (tie) Christian Stremler, Winnemucca, Nev., and Benny Maytom, Australia, 67.

Team roping: (first round winners) 1, Trevor and Tyler Schnaufer, Pueblo, Colo., 7.9 seconds, $6,219 each. 2, (tie) J.B. Lord and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., and Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 8.3, $5,002 each. 4, Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 8.4, $3,786 each. 5, Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 8.5, $2,974 each. 6, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., and Levi Tyan, Wallace, Neb., 8.8, $2,163 each. 7, Zane Dishion, Bishop, Calif., and Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas, 9.0, $1,352 each. 8, Adam Rose, Willard, Mo., and Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas, 9.1, $541 each. (second round leaders) 1, Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas, and Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas, 6.8 seconds. 2, Tyrell Moody, Edgemont, S.D., and Rory Brown, Edgemont, S.D., 7.3. 3, (tie) Rhett Anderson, Anabella, Utah, and Cole Wilson, Lake Shore, Utah, and JoJo Lemond, Andrews, Texas, and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 7.6 each. 5, Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz., and J.B. James, Jr., Bennett, Colo., 7.9. 6, Chris Francis, Las Vegas, N.M., and Cade Passig, Las Vegas, N.M., 8.0. 7, (tie) Paul Beckett, Laramie, Wyo., and Cole Cooper, Loma, Colo.; Brent Falon, Yakima, Wash., and Jack Fischer, Ellensburg, Wash., and Travis and Tyler Whitlow, Queen Creek, Ariz., 8.1 each. (total on two) 1, Trevor and Tyler Schnaufer, Pueblo, Colo., 17.3 seconds. 2, Jay Tittel, Pueblo, Colo., and T.J. Watts, Eads, Colo., 18.0. 3, Chris Francis, Las Vegas, N.M., and Cade Passig, Las Vegas, N.M., 18.3. 4, Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Kollin Von Ahn, Blanchard, Okla., 18.6. 5, Adam Rose, Willard, Mo., and Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas, 19.0. 6, Travis Warren, Mullin, Neb., and Ty Reynolds, Tribune, Kan., 19.6. 7, Brent Falon, Yakima, Wash., and Jack Fischer, Ellensburg, Wash., 20.1. 8, Lance Allen, Orchard, Colo., and Tory Shaffer, Fort Lupton, Colo., 20.3.

Barrel Racing: (second round leaders) 1, Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas, 17.41 seconds. 2, Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, 17.45. 3, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 17.48. 4, (tie) Megan Swint, Lithia, Fla., 17.52 and Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 17.52 each. 6, Rachel Dice, Livermore, Calif., 17.65. 7, Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 17.67. 8, Jenna Waggoner, Fowler, Colo., 17.69. (total on two) 1, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 34.96 seconds. 2, Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 36.40. 3, Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, 35.49. 4, Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 35.54. 5, Rachel Dice, Livermore, Calif., 35.60. 6, Megan Swint, Lithia, Fla., 35.62. 7, Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., 35.74. 8, Jenna Waggoner, Fowler, Colo., 35.84.

Bull riding: (first round winners) 1, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 86 points on United Pro Rodeo’s Maximum Justice Black, $5,816. 2, Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 85, $4,459. 3, Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas, 83, $3,296. 4, Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D., 82, $2,132. 5, (tie) Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, and Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M., 81, $1,163 each. 7, Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 80, $775. 8, (tie) Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo.; Rocky McDonald, Colonia Juarez, Mexico, and Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont., 79, $194 each. (second round leaders) 1, Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas, 83 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan Rodeo’s Tom Thumb. 2, Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo., 80. 3, Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 79. 4, Newt Brasfield, Lane, Okla., 78. 5, Kody Pierce, Keenesburg, Colo., 77. 6, Corey Atwell, Moravian Falls, N.C., 74. 7, John Young, Orient, Iowa, 73. 8, Caleb Sanderson, Hallettsville, Texas, 72. (total on two) 1, Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas, 166 points. 2, Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 164. 3, (tie) Newt Brasfield, Lane, Okla., and Kody Pierce, Keenesburg, Colo., 152 each. 5, Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., 146. 6, Caleb Sanderson, Hallettsville, Texas, 139. (on one) 7, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 86. 8, Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D., 82.

Wild horse race: 1, Team BGB, $591. 2, Team Crazy Horse, $443. 3, Jason Smith, $295. 4, Philip Wurdinger, $147.78.

Courtesy of PRCA