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Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo holds Promise for World Champions

by Susan Kanode
for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

FORT WORTH, Texas – Reigning world champions in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association are trying for repeat titles and many are using the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo as a stepping stone in their quest.

Two of them competed in the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum on Friday and showed the fans why they are wearing the gold buckles that signify they are the best. Zeke Thurston, the saddle bronc riding champion from Big Valley, Alberta, rode here on Sunday night and Monday afternoon. He had scores of 84, then 80.5 to give him a total of 164.5 and put him third in the standings.

The saddle bronc riding is led by Jake Wright, from Milford, Utah, last year’s Fort Worth champion with 168 points. Then Cody DeMoss from Heflin, La., who won this rodeo 10 years ago, is second with 166.5 points. Thurston was the first Canadian to win a world title in saddle bronc riding since 2002. If he would win a title here, he would be the first Canadian since Rod Hay from Wildwood, Alberta, won in 2008.

The fastest time in the tie-down roping here so far goes to world champion, Tyson Durfey, who makes his home just west of here in Weatherford. Durfey stopped the clock in 7.9 seconds riding Nikko, the same horse he rode in Las Vegas to win his gold buckle. He didn’t have as much luck in the first round. He had a time of 13.2 and has a total of 21.1. That is setting in 10th place so he will wait through the next nine performances to see if he is among the top 12 who qualify for Saturday night’s championship finals.

There is a new leader in the women’s barrel race and she is also from Weatherford. Stevi Hillman came here late Saturday night to make a practice run and get her horses some experience in the coliseum. Then she loaded up her horses and headed to San Angelo, Texas, where she placed seventh in the round.

They came back here to compete on Monday night and have the fastest time of the rodeo so far at 16.48 seconds. Hillman qualified for her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December as did the woman in second place, Cayla Small, from Burneyville, Oklahoma, who is behind by just one one-hundredth of a second.

The last time an Etbauer left Fort Worth with a title was in 2000. That was Robert Etbauer in the saddle bronc riding. His oldest son Trell, from Goodwell, Oklahoma, took the lead in the second round of the steer wrestling and is also at the top of the overall leaderboard after a stellar performance on Monday night. He stopped the clock in 3.9 seconds and has a total time of 8.1. Former world champion Luke Branquinho, from Los Alamos, California, is now in second place with 8.3.

The 121st Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo continues on Tuesday with rodeo performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The following are unofficial results from Monday at the World’s Oldest Indoor Rodeo® at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, January 30, 2017.

Eighteenth Performance

Bareback Riding: 1, Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas, 83.5 points on Western Rodeos’ Another Grey. 2, Kelly Timberman, Mills, Wyo., 81. 3, (tie) Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, and Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 80.5.

Steer Wrestling: (two times) 1, Chris Berry, Valley View, Texas, 6.1 seconds. 2, Dean Strermer, Frisco, Texas, 6.2.

Team Roping: 1, Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 4.3 seconds. 2, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and B.J. Dugger, Three Rivers, Texas, 4.4. 3, Casey Gattis, Junction, Texas, and Seth Smithson, Sheffield, Texas, 4.9. 4, John Alley, Adams, Tenn., and Clark Adcock, Smithville, Tenn., 6.0.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 80.5 points on Western Rodeos’ No Angel. 2, Clay Stremler, Fallon, Nev., 78. 3, Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 76. 4, Taygen Schuelke, Newell, S.D., 70.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 7.9 seconds. 2, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 9.4.3, Cy Eames, Gooding, Idaho, 12.8. 4, Chris Demases, Boyd, Texas, 13.7.

Barrel Racing: 1, Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas, 16.58. 2, Lisa Ogden, Gail, Texas, 16.86. 3, Calyssa Thomas, Harrold, S.D., 16.90. 4, Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., 17.01.

Bull Riding: 1, Rowdy Cook, Tremonton, Utah, 75 points. 2, Nate Perry, Elk City, Okla., 71. 3, Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Texas, 69.5. 4, Lucas Guibeau, Golden Meadow, La., 66.

Nineteenth Performance

Bareback Riding: 1, Pascal Isabelle, Crossfield, Alberta, 73 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Wild Rose. 2, Tyler Waltz, Martin, Tenn., 69. 3, Dantan Bertsch, Eastend, Sask., 63.5.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 3.9 seconds. 2, Cameron Morman, Glenullin, N.D., 4.2. 3, Trevor Nelson, Durant, Okla., 4.8. 4, Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., 5.5.

Team Roping: 1, Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 5.2 seconds. 2, Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 5.3. 3, Cody Tew, Belgrade, Mont., and Boogie Ray, Mabank, Texas, 7.4. 4, Rowdy Rieken, Arp, Texas, and Ace Pearce, Washington, Texas, 11.3.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 83.5 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Citation. 2, Chase Bennett, Goshen, Utah, 77. 3, Jace Lane, Leedey, Okla., 74. 4, Landon Mecham, Tropic, Utah, 67.5.

Tie-Down Roping: (three times) 1, Marshall Leonard, Shongaloo, La., 11.7 seconds. 2, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 11.8. 3. Shade Etbauer. Goodwell, Okla., 14.7.

Barrel Racing: 1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas., 16.48 seconds. 2, Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 16.72. 3, Kassidy Lovell, Madisonville, Texas, 16.99. 4, Shea-Lynn Leach, Gunter, Texas, 17.02.

Bull Riding: (one ride) 1, Cole Melancon, Liberty, Texas, 76 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Johnny Cash.

Current Leaders

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, (tie) Trenton Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., on Rafter G Rodeo’s Biscuit and Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, on J Bar J Rodeo’s Bar Bandit, 83 points. 3, Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La., 81.5. 4, (tie) Grant Denny, Minden, Nev., Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., and Mason Clements, Santaquin, Utah, 81. (second round) 1, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 87 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Freckled Frog. 2, Jake Brown, Cleveland, Texas, 83.5. 3, (tie) Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., and Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, 81. 5, Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 80. 6, Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore., 79.5. (third round) 1, Clements, 87.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Night Fist. 2, Wyatt Denny, 84 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Wolverine. 3, Brown, 83.5. 4, Rutherford, 83. 5, Kelly Timberman, Mills, Wyo., 81. 6, (tie) Rio Lee, Tucson, Ariz., Dent, and Nelson, 80.5. (total on three) 1, Dent, 248. 2, Nelson, 244.5. 3, Rutherford, 243.5. 4, (tie) Wyatt Denny and Clements, 241.5. 6, Miller, 237.

Steer Wrestling: (second round) 1, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 3.9 seconds. 2, (tie) Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., and Garrett Poston, Winnsboro, Texas, 4.1. 4, (tie) Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah, and Cameron Morman, Glenullin, N.D., 4.2. 6, (tie) Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., and Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., 4.3. (total on two) 1, Etbauer, 8.1. 2, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 8.3. 3, (tie) Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., and Thomas, 9.5. 5, Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo., 9.7. 6, (tie) Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., and K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, 10.5.

Team Roping: (first round) 1, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, and John Robertson, Polson, Mont., 4.5 seconds. 2, Lightning Aguilera, Athens, Texas, and Cody Hogan, Athens, Texas, 4.6. 3, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 4.7. 4, (tie) Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M., and Brady Norman, Springer, Okla., and Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 5.1. 6, (tie) Zac Small, Welch, Okla., and Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas, and Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 5.2. (second round) 1, Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jade Corkhill, Fallon, Nev., 4.3 seconds. 2, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and B.J. Digger. Three Rivers, Texas, 4.4. 3, Blake Teixeira, Tres Pinos, Calif., and York Gill, Stephenville, Texas, 4.5. 4, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., and Cesar del la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.7. 5, (tie) Dan Williams Jr., Standish, Calif., and Caleb Twisselman, Santa Margarita, Calif., and Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Miss., and Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb., 4.8. 5, Reno Stoebner, Bastrop, Texas, and Larry Gonzalez, Elgin, Texas, 5.2. 6, Ryan Reed, Whitman, Ariz., and Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif., 5.5. (total on two) 1, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, and John Robertson, Polson, Mont., 10.5. 2, Teixeira and Robertson, 10.7. 3, Driggers and Nogueira, 10.9. 4, Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 11.0. 5, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, 12.2. 6, Blasingame and Von Ahn, 12.8.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, B.C., 87 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Money Maker. 2, Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla., 85.5. 3, (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, and Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 84. 5, (tie) Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas, and Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 83.5. (second round) 1, (tie) Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, on Andrews Rodeo’s Cat Walk and Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., on Rafter G Rodeo’s Low Bucks, 85. 3, Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 82. 4, (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw, Milford, Utah, and Dean Wadsworth, Ozona, Texas, 81.5. 6, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, and Thurston, 81.5. (total on two) 1. Jake Wright, 168. 2, Cody DeMoss, 166.5. 3, Thurston, 164.5. 4, Bradshaw, 163.5. 5, Watson, 161.6, (tie) Sterling and Jacobs Crawley, 159.

Tie-Down Roping: (second round) 1, Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 7.9 seconds. 2, (tie) Ben Robinson, Red Deer County, Alberta, and Bobby Abernathy, Athens, Ala., 8.3 seconds. 4, Justin Brinkerhoff, Corrine, Utah, 8.5. 5, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 8.7. 6, Luke Jeffries, Maricopa, Ariz., 8.8. (total on two) 1, Tuf Cooper, 18.5. 2, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 18.6. 3, Clint Akins, Sanger, Texas, 19.0. 4, Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas, 19.7. 5, Jayce Johnson, Hempstead, Texas, 20.3. 6, Catfish Brown, Collinsville, Texas, 20.5.

Barrel Racing: (first round) 1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas., 16.48 seconds. 2, Cayla Small, Burneyville, Okla., 16.49. 3, Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas, 16.58. 4, Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 16.62. 5, Fallon Taylor, Collinsville, Texas, 16.64, 6, Sidney Forrest, Lipan, Texas, 16.65.

Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 88 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s J Lazy. 2, Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 84.5. 3, Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas, 83.5. 4, Elliott Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, 81.5. 5, Koby Radley, Holden, La., 81. 6, Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., 79.5. (second round) 1. Elliott Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, 85 points on United Pro Rodeo’s Wonder Boy. 2, Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M., 84.5. 3, (tie) Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, Wesley Silcox, Santiquin, Utah, and Bayle Worden, 83.5. 6, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 82.5. (total on two) 1. Bayle Worden, Charleston, Texas, 167. 2, Jacoby, 166.5. 3, Garrett Tribble, Bristow, Okla., 158.5. 4, Radley, 156. 5, Ricky Hallam, Norco, Calif., 151. 6, Dave Mason, Burnet, Texas, 151.