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End of Season Push Continues at Washington State Fair Rodeo

By Susan Kanode
For the Puyallup Pro Rodeo

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Sept. 5, 2014— With the end of a the regular rodeo season on the horizon some contestants are seeing their hopes of a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualification becoming a reality, and the Washington State Fair rodeo is part of that.

The top 15 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association at the end of the season will make the trip to Las Vegas in December to compete at rodeo’s championship event. Jesse and Jake Wright from Milford, Utah, have both been there — Jesse four times and Jake twice. Jesse left the 2012 NFR as the world champion saddle bronc rider.

This season has not been one that dreams are made of with the twin brothers being on the bubble. Jesse is in 11th place and while he is in the top 15 he would definitely like to improve his position so no one moves him out. One of the riders that could move him down is Jake Wright who is 17th in the standings.

Jesse is in the driver’s seat after a good performance at the Justin Boots Playoffs here on Friday night. He currently leads the saddle bronc riding standings with an 82 point ride on Korkow Rodeo’s horse named Fraid Knot. However, just one-half a point behind with an 81.5 is Jake. While these scores may not hold the top two positions through Saturday’s rodeos, they should both be here Sunday competing for the Washington State Fair Rodeo championship.

Two Oregonians are at the top of the leaderboard in bareback riding. R.C. Landingham from Pendleton, Ore., scored an 85 on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Capone at the matinee performance. Austin Foss from Terrebonne had an identical score on Korkow Rodeo’s Inky Friday night. Foss is third in the world standings and headed to his second NFR.

Landingham, a former National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association champion finished 16th in the world standings in 2013, a place no rodeo contestant ever wants to be in. Landingham is currently inside the top fifteen, but just barely at 14th. Any money he wins here will move him up and give him a better opportunity to make his first trip to the NFR.

There are two performances on Saturday at 1 and 6:30. Each performance will have 12 of rodeo’s top athletes trying be among the best who will compete at the Championship Finals on Sunday at 1.

For more information, complete schedules and to purchase tickets go to www.thefair.com.

PUYALLUP, Wash. – The following are results from the Justin Boots Playoffs at the Washington State Fair on Sept.5, 2014.
First Performance –

Bareback Riding: 1, R.C. Landingham, Pendleton, Ore., 85 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Capone. 2, J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 82. (tie) Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., and Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta, 80.

Steer Wrestling: 1, (tie) Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Calif., and Trygve Pugh, Ponoga, Alberta, 4.4 seconds. 3, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wisc., 5.1. 4, Les Shepperson, Midwest, Wyo., 14.7.

Team Roping: 1, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah and Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta, 4.9 seconds. 2, (tie) Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.; and Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 5.1. 4, Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta and Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif., 10.3.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Tyrell Smith, Cascade, Mont., 81 points on Calgary Stampede’s Simply Marvelous. 2, Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 79. 3, Jeremy Ray Melancon, Huntsville, Texas, 76. 4, Chet Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo., 75.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, (tie) Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, and Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 8.4 seconds each. 3, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 8.5 seconds. 4, Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 8.6.

Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Jessi Fish, Franklin, Tenn., 14.61 seconds. 2, Rachel Primm, Washoe Valley, Nev., 14.83. 3, Victoria Williams, Kiln, Miss., 14.90. 4, Callie Gray, Weatherford, Okla., 15.12.

Bull Riding: 1,(tie) Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla., on Flying Diamond’s I Got This and Chandler Bowneds on Corey & Horst’s Big Cool, 85 points each. 3, (tie) Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo., and Patrick Geipel, Elbert, Colo., 73.

Second Performance –

Bareback Riding: 1, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 85 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Inky. 2, Teddy Athan, Livermore, Calif., 82. 3, Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho, 78. 4, Winn Rotaliff, Leesville, La., 73.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.7 seconds. 2, Riley Duval, Checotah, Okla., 4.7. 3, Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif., 5.0. 4, (tie) Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., and Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 5.2.

Team Roping: 1, (tie) Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; and Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas; 4.5 seconds each. 3, (tie) Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz., and Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas; and Manny Egusquiza Jr., Madison, Ga., and Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas; 4.9.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 82 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Fraid Knot. 2, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 81.5. 3, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 80. 4, (tie) Sam Spreadborough, Snyder, Texas, and Rusty Allen, Eagle Mountain, Utah, 72 each.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 8.0 seconds. 2, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 9.0. 3, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 9.2. 4, Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 9.3.

Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 14.79 seconds. 2, Jennifer Kalafatick, Caldwell, Idaho, 14.84. 3, Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif., 15.01. 4, Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah, 15.07. \

Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, (tie) Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D., on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s #048 and Corey Navarre, Weatherford, Okla., on Growney Brothers’ SFB, 81 points each.

Current Leaders –

Bareback Riding: 1, (tie) R.C. Landingham, Pendleton, Ore., on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Capone and Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., on Korkow Rodeo’s Inky, 85 points each. 3, (tie) J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., and Teddy Athan, Livermore, Calif., 82. 5, (tie) Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., and Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta, 80.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.7 seconds. 2, (tie) Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Calif., and Trygve Pugh, Ponoga, Alberta, 4.4. 4, Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., 4.7. 5, Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif., 5.0. 6, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wisc., 5.1.

Team Roping: 1, , (tie) Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; and Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas; 4.5 seconds each. 3, (tie) Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz., and Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas; and Manny Egusquiza Jr., Madison, Ga., and Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas; and Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah and Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood, Alberta; 4.9 seconds. 6, (tie) Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.; and Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 5.1.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 82 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Fraid Knot. 2, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 81.5. 3, Tyrell Smith, Cascade, Mont., 81. 4, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 80. 5, Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 79. 6, Jeremy Ray Melancon, Huntsville, Texas, 76.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 8.0 seconds. 2, (tie) Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, and Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 8.4 each. 4, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 8.5. 5, Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 8.6. 6, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 9.0.

Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Jessi Fish, Franklin, Tenn., 14.61 seconds. 2, Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 14.79. 3, Rachel Primm, Washoe Valley, Nev., 14.83. 4, Jennifer Kalafatic, Caldwell, Idaho, 14.84. 5, Victoria Williams, Kiln, Miss., 14.90. Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif., 15.01.

Bull Riding: 1,(tie) Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla., on Flying Diamond’s I Got This and Chandler Bownds on Corey & Horst’s Big Cool, 85 points each. 3, (tie) Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D., and Corey Navarre, Weatherford, Okla., 81. 5, (tie) Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo., and Patrick Geipel, Elbert, Colo., 73.