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Field Set For Final Performance at Washington State Fair Rodeo

By Susan Kanode
For the Puyallup Pro Rodeo

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Sept.7, 2014—Some cowboys are breathing a little easier and thinking their goal of qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is closer thanks to big wins at the Justin Boots Playoffs at the Washington State Fair.

Forty-eight contestants competed here in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, bull riding and the women’s barrel race on Sept. 5-6 hoping to advance to the Championship Finals on Sunday afternoon. For some of those that advanced winning here was crucial.

“This really took the pressure off for me,” said Kyle Irwin who won the steer wrestling championship. “I still need to win some more money and I’m not going to let up, but I’m in a much better position now than I was before Puyallup.”

Irwin won the first round of competition and came into the finals at the top of the leaderboard with a 3.7-second run. Being the most consistent and fastest steer wrestler here, he stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds again to win the final round and the overall title with a total time of 7.4. His earnings here totaled $8,806 moving him from 15th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world standings to 13th.

With Irwin’s move up in the standings, he is in position to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). A member of the PRCA since 2011, the 6”1’ athlete already has one national title to his credit this year. He set an arena record of 3.3 seconds enroute to the championship at the Ram National Circuit Finals held in Oklahoma last April.

Cody DeMoss is a veteran saddle bronc rider with nine NFR qualifications on his rodeo resume. While he didn’t win the rodeo here, he moved from 15th to 10th place in the standings with a third place finish here and at Dayton, Iowa this weekend. Tyrell Smith, from Cascade, Mont., earned the event’s championship with 168.5 points on two rides. He earned $5,514.

The big winner here was the reigning world champion bareback rider Kaycee Feild from Spanish Fork, Utah. Feild won the first round, placed second in the finals and earned the title with a total score of 171 points on two rides. It earned him $10,639 and increased his lead in the world standings. He has a $38,000 lead over the man in second place, Steven Peebles from Redmond, Ore., who had the high score on Sunday at 86.

This year’s rodeo had total prize money of $279,445. It is traditionally the kick-off event of the Washington State Fair which continues through Sept. 21. For more information and complete fair schedules go to www.thefair.com.

Justin Boots Playoffs at the Washington State Fair champions

Bareback Riding –Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah 171 points $10,639
Steer Wrestling – Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 7.4 seconds, $8,806
Team Roping – (tie)Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 9.9 seconds, $9,504 and Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 9.9 seconds, $6,076
Saddle Bronc Riding – Tyrell Smith, Cascade, Mont., 168.5 points, $5,514
Tie-Down Roping – Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 15.8 seconds, $8,668
Women’s Barrel Race – Jennifer Kalafatic, Caldwell, Idaho, 29.58, $5,894
Bull Riding – Cody Teel, Koutze, Texas, 167 points, $6,489

PUYALLUP, Wash. – The following are final and overall results from the Justin Boots Playoffs at the Washington State Fair Sept. 7, 2014.

Bareback Riding: (final round) 1, Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 86 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Cajun Queen, $390. 2, Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 84, $292. 3, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 83, $195. 4, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 82.5, $97.50. (total on two) 1, Feild, 171, $5,173. 2, Lowe, 166.5, $3,966. 3, Peebles, 166, $2,932. 4, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 164, $1,897. 5, Dent, 163, $1,207. 6, Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., 161, $862. 7, Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta, 159, $690. 8, Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 158, $517.

Steer Wrestling: (final round) 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.7 seconds, $960. 2,(tie) Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., and Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah, 4.2, $600 each. 4, Christian Radabaugh, Prineville, Ore., 4.5, $240. (total on two) 1, Irwin, 7.4, $3,923. 2, Lewis, 8.3, $3,411. 3, Martin, 8.5, $2,900. 4, (tie) Radabaugh, Trygve Pugh, Ponoka, Alberta; and Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Calif., 9.1, $1,876 each. 7, Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 9.5. 8, Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, 9.6.

Team Roping: (final round) 1, Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Kollin VonAhn, Durant, Okla., 4.8 seconds, $940. 2, Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 5.5, $705. 3, (tie) Derrick Begay, Seba Kalkai, Ariz., and Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas; and Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; 5.8, $353. (total on two) 1, (tie) Brown and VonAhn; and Bird and Eaves, 9.9, $5,136 each. 3, Minor and Minor, 10.3, $4,061. 4, Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas, and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 10.6, $3,344. 5, Begay and Woodfin, 10.7, $2,628. 6, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 11.4, $1,911. 7, Ty Blasingame, Sugar City, Colo., and J.W. Borrego, Weston, Colo., 14.3, $1,194. (on one) 8, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas and Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas, 4.6, $478.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (final round) 1, Tyrell Smith, Cascade, Mont., 87.5 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Spring Planting. 2, Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D., 84.5, $353. 3, Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 82.5, $235. 4, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 81.5, $118. (total on two) 1, Smith, 168.5, $4,386. 2, Willert, 165.5, $3,363. 3, Demoss, 164.5, $2,485. 4, Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., 162, $1,606. 5, Cody Wright, 161.5, $1,023. 6, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 158.5, $731. 7, Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 157, $585. 8, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 155.5, $439.

Tie-Down Roping: (final round) 1, Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 7.3 seconds, $940. 2, Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 7.4, $705. 3, Randall Carlisle, Baton Rouge, La., 7.5, $470. 4, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 7.7, $235. (total on two) 1, Costa, 15.8, $5,494. 2, Randall Carlisle, Baton Rouge, La., 16.1, $4,778. 3, Durfey, 16.5, $4,051. 4, Yates, 16.7, $3,344. 5, Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 17.6, $2,623. 6, Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 18.3, $1,911. 7, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 28.1, $1,194. (on one) 8, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 8.0, $478.

Women’s Barrel Racing: (final round) 1, Jennifer Kalafatic, Caldwell, Idaho, 14.74, $1,460. 2, Victoria Williams, 14.79, $1,095. 3, Sarah Rose McDonald, 14.82, $730. 4, Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 14.91, $365. (total on two) 1, Kalafatic, 29.58, $3,449. 2, McDonald, 29.61, $2,956. 3, Liz Combs, Eltopia, Wash., 29.65, $2,463. 4, Williams, 29.69, $2,135. 5, Dennison, 29.77, $1,642. 6, Callie Duperier, Boerne, Texas, 29.8, $1,314. 7, Btitany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 29.93. 8, Jessi Fish, Franklin, Tenn., 34.41, $657. 9, Rachel Primm, Washoe, Valley, NEv., 34.60, $493. 10, Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas, 35.89, $328.

Bull Riding: (final round) Two rides. 1, Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 83 points on Calgary Stampede’s bull #949, $480. 2, Guthrie Murray, Miami, Okla., 56, $360. (total on two) 1, Teel, 167.5, $4,397. 2, Murray, 141, $3,371. (on one) 3, Cody Campbell, Summerville, Ore., 86, $2,492. 4, Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas, 85, $1,613. 5, Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas, 84, $733. 7, (tie) Corey Navarre, Weatherford, Texas, and Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D., 81, $513.