DeMoss Hoping for First San Antonio Rodeo Title

By Susan Kanode
For the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo

An 83.5-point ride aboard Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Heaven on Earth put Cody DeMoss at the top of the saddle bronc riding leaderboard.   – San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo photo by Greg Westfall.

An 83.5-point ride aboard Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Heaven on Earth put Cody DeMoss at the top of the saddle bronc riding leaderboard. – San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo photo by Greg Westfall.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo is on every rodeo contestant’s bucket list to win, including saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss from Heflin, La.

DeMoss has been a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for 16 years, qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 11 times and won hundreds of rodeos across the country in his career – except San Antonio. With a round-winning ride in the AT&T Center on Thursday night, he put himself in position to qualify for Saturday night’s finals and could leave here with a new title on his rodeo resume.

The San Antonio Rodeo will always have special meaning for DeMoss. At this year’s rodeo he surpassed $2 million in career earnings thanks to the $7,128 he has already won here.

“That’s how I support my family and make my living, riding bucking horses,” DeMoss said. “I love my job and when it all goes right, it’s the most fun thing to do in the world.”

DeMoss now leads the money standings in semifinals 2. He will compete again here Friday night and will be working to add to his earnings. His success on Thursday night came aboard Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Heaven on Earth. When the judges added up their scores, DeMoss had an 83.5-point score next to his name. That first place finish was worth $4,277.

“Winning this rodeo would be pretty special,” he added. “To go over $2 million and win it in the same year would give my kids something to talk about for a long time.”

There are four contestants in semifinals 2 that have earned over $8,000 and will advance to Saturday night’s championship finals regardless of their performance in the second round of this semifinals. Carmel Wright, originally from New Zealand but now living in Roy, Mont., leads the barrel racing with $8,839. In the bareback riding, Canadian Orin Larsen has $8,697. Steer wrestlers Clayton Hass, from Terrell, Texas, and Tooter Silver, from Quitman, Ark., have $8,839 and $8,340 respectively.

The top five in each of the events based on money earned will compete Saturday night for the lion’s share of $1.65 million in cash and prizes. Those qualifiers will be determined after the second round in semifinals 2 which begins at 7:30 in the AT&T Center on Friday night.

The following are results from the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo which features over $1.65 million in cash and prizes.

Semifinals 2, round 1 followed by money leaders (18th performance)

Bareback Riding: 1, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 83 points on Andrews PTSD Power Play, $4,277. 2,(tie) Ty Fast Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan and Mason Clements, Sandy, Utah, 75 and $2,673. 4, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 73, $1,069. (total money) 1, Larsen, $8,269. 2, (tie) Taypotat and Clements, $6,950. 4, O’Connell, $5,917.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 4.2, $4,277. 2, Tooter Silver, Quitman, Ark., 4.4, $3,208. 3, (tie) Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., and Tommy Cook, Waller, Texas, 4.7 and $1,604 each. (total money) 1, Hass, $8,839. 2, Silver, $8,340. 3, Cook, $4,170. 4, (tie) Adam Strahan, Decatur, Texas, and Jacob Shofner, Huntsville, Texas, $3,422 each.

Team Roping: 1, Shane and John Philipp, Washington, Texas, 5.1 seconds, $4,277 each. 2, (tie) Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore., and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; and Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta, and Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas; 5.2 and $2,673 each. 4, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah and Cole Davison, Roosevelt, Utah, 6.3, $1,069. (total money) 1, Philipp and Philipp, $7,699. 2, Schmidt and Zuniga, $6,094. 3, Rogers and Minor, $5810. 4, Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., $5,132.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 83.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Heaven on Earth, $4,277. 2, Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 80.5, $3,208. 3, (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas and Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 80, $1,604 each. (total money) 1, DeMoss, $7,128. 2, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, $6,273. 3, (tie) Crawley and Wright, $5,596 each.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Clint Nyegaard, Cuero, Texas, 8.0 seconds, $4,277. 2, Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 8.3, $3,208. 3, Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash., 8.4, $2,139. 4, Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas, 8.8, $1,069. (total money) 1, Nyegaard, $6,558. 2, Costa, $6,344. 3, Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas, $4,562. 4, Pratt, $4,420.

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont., 13.91, $4,277. 2, Kelly Schnaufer, Pueblo, Colo., 14.03, $3,208. 3, Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.14, $2,139. 4, Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 14.19, $1,069. (total money) 1, Wright, $8,839. 2, Schnaufer, $7,770. 3, McLeod, $5,845. 4, Ganter, $5,631.

Bull Riding: 1, Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 88.5 points on D & H Cattle Company’s Hot Flash, $4,277. 2, Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont., 87, $3,208. 3, Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo., 84, $2,138. 4, Cody Rostockyj, Lorena, Texas, 81.5, $1,069. (total money) 1, Bingham, $5,988. 2, Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, $5,703. 3, Welsh, $5,560. 4, Breding, $4,919.

Courtesy of PRCA