RAPID CITY, S.D. – Playing the waiting game paid dividends for standout saddle bronc Cody DeMoss at the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo.
DeMoss had an 84-point ride on Sutton Rodeos’ Snake Stomper on Jan. 31 and when the rodeo concluded Feb. 7 he was still on top and took home a $4,512 check from the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
“It was really cool,” said DeMoss, a 10-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. “Thank God for the opportunity and a good bucking horse.”
DeMoss had never been on Snake Stomper before his winning performance.
“I thought it was a pretty dang good ride and I figured for sure I was going to win something,” DeMoss, 34, said. “We were in the first performance (Jan. 31) and I didn’t get to see none of those other guys ride, but I’m glad the judges remembered me.”
One thing for sure, DeMoss will have his 2015 winter run etched in his memory for a while.
The Heflin, La., cowboy collected a $6,548 check for capturing the average at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver Jan. 25. Then he won at Rapid City, was third at the
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, winning $5,725 and won $1,048 for snaring the title at the SW District Fat Stock Show & Rodeo in Lake Charles, La. Like Rapid City, the Fort Worth and Lake Charles rodeos ended on Feb. 7.
“This is a new light and feels pretty good,” DeMoss said about all his recent success. “It definitely has boosted my spirits and I’m happy to be rodeoing. This is perfect (as a start to the season).”
Other winners at the $184,108 rodeo were all-around cowboy Ryan Jarrett ($3,684, tie-down roping and steer wrestling), bareback riders (Zachariah Phillips, on Sutton Rodeos’ Pulp Fiction, and George Gillespie IV, on Sutton Rodeos’ Lolly Pop, 82 points each), steer wrestler Ryan Jarrett (4.2 seconds), team ropers Charly Crawford and Shay Carroll (4.2 seconds), tie-down roper Boe Brown (8.5 seconds), barrel racer Carmel Wright (12.65 seconds) and bull rider Jacob O’Mara (86 points on Sutton Rodeos’ Tea Time).
Courtesy of PRCA