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Former Saddle Bronc Champ Hopes for Another San Antonio Victory

By Susan Kanode
For the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 15, 2015) — Tyler Corrington from Hastings, Minn., had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013 and winning the saddle bronc riding title at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo was a big part of that.

Corrington distanced the rest of the saddle bronc riding field at Saturday night’s rodeo by six points with an 85-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Tokoyo Bubbles. This was the first round of three rounds in the second bracket at the $1.65 million rodeo, so each contestant has three opportunities to cash in during preliminary competition.

First place in each event in those preliminary rounds pays $2,281 and it was a happy Corrington that added that to his earnings. Every dollar is important here as that is how contestants advance to the semi-finals.

There are 10 contestants in each event in five brackets. The top four money earners all advance to one of two semi-finals starting Feb. 24. The first bracket was completed at the Saturday matinee performance with a saddle bronc rider and bareback rider finishing in a tie for top money winners here so far.

Austin Foss, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifier from Terrebonne, Ore., earned $5,703 in bareback riding. Sterling Crawley also has been to Las Vegas twice to compete at rodeo’s championship event in saddle bronc riding. Crawley, from Stephenville, Texas won two of the preliminary rounds and finished third in another for a total of $5,703.

Crawley broke his arm the first of January and prior to coming here, had just been on two bucking horses after recovering. The third bucking horse he got on took to a round win. Then he got to climb on the back of a saddle horse to make the coveted victory lap around the arena.

Sarah Rose McDonald has taken the barrel racing world by storm after winning every round at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo earlier this month. The Brunswick, Ga., resident and 2014 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year moved to the top of the world standings with that win.

Her momentum continued here with a win in the first round of the second bracket Saturday night. She and her horse Fame Fling and Bling, an eight-year-old mare she fondly calls Bling stopped the clock in 13.83 seconds, over a tenth of a second faster than the rest of the field.

The second round of bracket 2 will be Sunday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.

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

BRACKET 1 – Matinee performance

Bareback Riding: (third round) 1, (tie) Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Movie Madness and Anthony Thomas, Kimberley, Australia, on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Litle Jet, 81 points and $1,996 each. 3, (tie) Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, and Caine Riddle, Vernon, Texas, 77, $855. (semi-finals qualifiers) 1, Foss, $5,703. 2, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., $4,277. 3, Champion, $2,851. 4, Thomas, $1,996.

Steer Wrestling: (third round) 1, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 3.3 seconds, $2,281. 2, (tie) Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., and Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla., 3.7, $1,426 each. 4, Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., 4.0, $570. (semi-finals qualifiers) 1, Edge, $3,992. 2, Knowles, $3,136. 3, Mulligan, $2,566. 4, Rinehart, $2,281.

Team Roping: (third round – two times) 1, Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz., and Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Texas, 4.8, $2,281. 2, Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore., and Cody Doescher, Roosevelt, Utah, 11.3, $1,711. (semi-finals qualifiers) 1, Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore., and Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., $3,992. 2, (tie) Begay and Cooper; and Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore., and Cody Doescher, Roosevelt, Utah; $2,851 each. 4, Jake Stanley, Hermiston, Ore., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., $2,281.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (third round) 1, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 86 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Killer Bee, $2,281. 2, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 85, $2,281. 3, Dean Wadsworth, Ozona, Texas, $1,141. 4, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 73, $570. (semi-finals qualifiers) 1, Crawley, $5,703. 2, Wadsworth, $4,562. 3, (tie) Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, and Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., $2,281 each.

Tie-Down Roping: (third round) 1, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 7.0 seconds, $2,281. 2, Michael Otero, Lowndesboro, Ala., 7.4, $1,710. 3, Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas, 8.0, $1,141. 4, Dane Kissack, Spearfish, S.D., 8.3, $570. (semi-finals qualifiers) 1, Watkins, $3,421. 2, (tie) Richard, Otero, and Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas, $2,281 each.

Women’s Barrel Race: (third round) 1, Kenna Squires, Fredonia, Texas, 13.98 seconds, $2,281. 2, Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., 14.00, $1,711. 3, Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 14.01, $1,141. 4, (tie) Victoria Williams, Kiln, Miss., and Gretchen Benbenek, Aubrey, Texas, 14.02, $285 each. (semi-finals qualifiers) 1, Williams, $4,847. 2, Squires, $4,562. 3, Kieckhefer, $3,422. 4, Diaz, $2,281.

Bull Riding: (third round – two rides) 1, Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 70 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Whirlpool, $2,281. 2, Nile Lebaron, Weatherford, Texas, 55, $1,711. (semi-finals qualifiers) 1, Frost, $3,992. 2, Lebaron, $2,851. 3, (tie) Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas, and Dallee Mason, Weiser, Idaho, $2,281 each.

BRACKET 2 – Evening performance

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 82 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Stardust, $2,281. 2, (tie) Luke Creasy, Lovington, N.M., and Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas, 81, $1,426 each. 4, Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., 78, $570.

Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, 3.9 seconds, $2,281. 2, Cody Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 4.3, $1,711. 3, (tie) Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta and Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii, 4.5 and $855 each.

Team Roping: (first round) 1, Drew Horner, Plano, Texas, and Jake Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., 4.6 seconds, $2,281. 2, Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo., and J.W. Borrego, Weston, Colo., 4.8, $1,711. 3, Aaon Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz., and Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 5.0, $1,141. 4, Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla., and Buddy Hawkins, II, Columbus, Kan., 5.3, $570.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., 85 points on Calgary Stampede’s Tokoyo Bubbles, $2,281. 2, (tie) Tyrell Smith, Cascade, Mont.; Dusty Hausauer, Dickinson, N.D., and Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 79 and $1,141 each.

Tie-Down Roping: (first round) 1, Cody McCartney, Ottowa Lake, Mich., 8.0 seconds, $2,281. 2, Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif., 8.1, $1,711. 3, Blair Burk, Hermiston, Ore., 8.3, $1,141. 4, (tie) Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., and Clif Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 8.6, $285 each.

Women’s Barrel Race: (first round) 1, Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 13.83 seconds, $2,281. 2, Ann Scott, Canyon Country, Calif., 13.94, $1,711. 3, Carly Richardson, Pampa, Texas, 13.98, $1,141. 4, Natalie Foutch, Eldora, Iowa, 14.12, $570.

Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont., 82 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Never Been Kissed, $2,281. 2, (tie) Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho and Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 81 and $1,426 each. 4, Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo., 71, $570.

Courtesy of PRCA