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Dent Rides through Mud to the Lead

Steven Dent rides Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Hired Gun through the mud and muck for 87 points Friday night to take the bareback riding at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. (PHOTO BY PEGGY GANDER)

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Mud was the featured act during Friday’s third performance of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, but the stars still shined through the slop.

After his original bareback horse laid down in the bucking chute, Steven Dent took the option of riding a Pete Carr Pro Rodeo horse named Hired Gun. The powerful gray horse and Dent matched moves in the mud for 87 points, and he leads the bareback riding with one performance left at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

“That worked out really good,” said Dent, an eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Mullen, Neb. “Pete said the other one was better, so I got on her.

“If she stays hooked like that every time, hoof-tuh, that’s a handful. Whether it was the mud or something else that got her shortened up, I don’t know, but it was good. She was trying to buck me off in the mud puddle.”

It didn’t work, and Dent continued to thrive this week on the ProRodeo trail. Heading into this week’s competition, he was seventh in the bareback riding world standings. He also competed in saddle bronc riding, finishing with a 74.5-point ride and out of the money. He leads both events in Hermiston, Ore., so he has a chance to make a big payday this week.

“Hopefully after this week, I’ll be in the top five,” said Dent, who last won Lovington’s rodeo a decade ago. “Any rodeo you can win is good. I’m at the age that I don’t go to very many of them if they don’t count for you to win them.”

He’s 32 years old and plans to retire after next season. But he has some things he wants to accomplish first.

“My boy will be turning 7 after next year, and I’ll have a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old,” he said. “It’s time to go home and help my wife on the ranch and help raise my kids. Not many people get better after they turn 34. I want to make 10 NFRs. I’m going to give myself two more chances to win the gold buckles. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.

“I want to go to the finals in both events next year and win the all-around (world title), and either this year or next year, win the bareback riding world title.”

Those are big dreams for a talented cowboy, but he’s been living them since he was a kid running around the sandhills of Nebraska. He has every reason to give himself every chance possible.


Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 8-11

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Steven Dent, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Hired Gun; 2. Casey Colletti, 86.5; 3. Tim O’Connell, 83.5; 4. Luke Creasy, 80.5; 5. Trenton Montero, 80; 6. (tie) J.R. Vezain and Tanner Aus, 79; 8. Tony Barrington, 78.5.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Marcus Theriot, 3.9 seconds; 2. Cody Devers, 4.0; 3. Rowdy Parrott, 4.1; 4. Cody Harmon, 4.2; 5. J.D. Struxness, 4.5; 6. Blake Knowles, 4.6; 7. Cutter Parsons, 4.7; 8. (tie) K.C. Jones and Hunter Cure, 4.9. Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Cody Devers, 3.6 seconds; 3. Hunter Cure, 3.8; 4. Cody Moore, 3.9; 5. Blake Knowles, 4.1; 6. Cody Doescher, 4.4; 7. (tie) Nick Guy, Cody Cabral and Will Lummus, 4.5. Average leaders: 1. Cody Devers, 7.6 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Blake Knowles and Rowdy Parrott, 8.7; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 9.0; 6. Nick Guy, 9.6; 7. Will Lummus, 10.5; 8. Kodie Jang, 10.7.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Hudson Wallace, 8.3 seconds; 2. Cooper Martin, 9.0; 3. Reese Reimer, 9.1; 4. (tie) Dane Kissack and Pryce Harris, 9.3; 6. Cimarron Boardman, 9.4; 7. Cody McCartney, 9.6; 8. (tie) Ty Harris, 9.7. Second round leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 7.8 seconds; 2. Timber Moore, 8.1; 3. (tie) Ty Baker, 9.7; 4. Kody Mahaffey, 8.4; 5. Scott Kormos, 8.6; 6. Tyler Prcin, 9.2; 7. (tie) Hudson Wallace and Cory Solomon, 9.4. Average leaders: 1. Hudson Wallace, 17.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Reese Riemer, 19.0; 3. Kody Mahaffey, 19.1; 4. Caleb Smidt, 19.4; 5. Ty Harris, 20.1; 6. Scott Kormos, 20.3; 7. Ty Baker, 20.5; 8. Randall Carlisle, 20.7.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Taos Muncy, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Drama Queen; 2. Dean Wadsworth, 84.5; 3. (tie) Bradley Harter and Jacobs Crawley, 84; 5. Tyler Corrington, 83.5; 6. Joey Sonnier III, 81.5; 7. Isaac Diaz, 81; 8. Clay Elliott.

Steer roping: First round leaders: 1. Landon McClaugherty, 10.8 seconds; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 11.3; 3. John E. Bland, 11.6; 4. Tuf Cooper, 11.9; 5. Marty Jones, 13.2; 6. Tony Reina, 13.7; 7. Scott Snedecor, 14.4; 8. Brodie Poppino, 14.7; 5. Corey Ross, 14.8; 6. Brian Garr, 15.3; 7. Kelton McMillen, 15.5; 8. J. Tom Fisher, 15.7. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 8.3 seconds; 2. Scott Snedecor, 10.9; 3. Bryce Davis, 11.4; 4. (tie) Darin Suit and Kim Ziegelgruber, 11.7; 6. Jim Locke, 12.1; 7. J. Tom Fisher, 12.6; 8. Dane Noyce, 12.9. Third round: 1. J.P. Wickett, 10.0 seconds; 2. Billy Good, 12.0; 3. Jason Evans, 12.2; 4. Bryce Davis, 12.4; 5. Shay Good, 12.7; 6. Roger Branch, 13.2; 7. Van Hale, 14.1; 8. Trey Wallace, 15.4. Average leaders: 1. Bryce Davis, 44.4 seconds on three runs; 2. Trey Wallace, 46.6; 3. Roger Branch, 50.4; 4. Dane Noyce, 52.1; 5. Corey Ross, 56.3; 6. Scott Snedecor, 25.3 seconds on two runs; 7. Darin Suit, 27.8; 8. J. Tom Fisher, 28.3.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Tanner Green/Forrest Fisher, 4.8 seconds; 2. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 5.2; 3. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 5.4; 4. Kellan Johnson/Brady Norman, 5.5; 5. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 5.7; 6. Kelsey Parchman/Dustin Davis, 5.8; 7. (tie) Jeff Flenniken,/Jake Minor and Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 5.9. Second round leaders: 1. Cory Kidd V/Caleb Anderson, 3.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Tanner Baldwin/Seth Hall, 4.6; 4. Bubba Buckaloo/Tyler Worley, 4.7; 5. (tie) Erich Rogers/Clint Summers and Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 5.3; 7. Kellan Johnson/Brady Norman, 5.4; 8. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 5.9. Average leaders: 1. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 10.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Kellan Johnson/Brady Norman, 10.9; 3. (tie) Erich Rogers/Clint Summers and Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 11.3; 5. Tanner Green/Forrest Fisher, 14.9; 6. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 16.4; 7. Aaron Tsinigine/Trey Yates, 30.1; 8. Tyler Wade/Tyler McKnight, 39.2.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Andrea Busby, 17.61 seconds; 2. Nicole DeMers, 17.69; 3. Leia Pluemer, 17.92; 4. Kaylin Beeman, 17.94; 5. Ilyssa Glass, 18.01; 6. (tie) Meghan Johnson and Cindy Smith, 18.13; 8. Jessica Frost, 18.17; 9. Billie Ann Harmon, 18.37; 10. Raylene Cox, 18.55; 11. Brandy Sanchez, 18.65; 12. Lisa Ogden, 18.66; 13. Jymmy Kay cox, 18.72; 14. Loryn Danley, 18.73; 15. Morgan Breaux, 18.87.

Bull riding leaders: 1. J.W. Harris, 88 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cat Scat; 2. Elliot Jacoby, 87; 3. Jesse Petri, 86; 4. (tie) Parker Breding and Kenan Isbell, 82.5; 6. Braden Richardson, 82; 7. Reid Barker, 81; 8. Trevor Reiste, 79.5.

Courtesy of twisTEDrodeo.com