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Harris Takes Bull Riding Lead in Cody

by Jim Bainbridge | Jul 01, 2014
By Susan Kanode/for the Cody Stampede

CODY, Wyo. – Just 24 hours after winning more than $8,000 at the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls, J.W. Harris, from Mullin, Texas was at it again.

Harris rode Summit Pro Rodeo’s Pretty Boy during the first performance of the Cody Stampede rodeo to take the lead in the bull riding. Coincidentally, that is the same bull that Harris won the final round of the Xtreme Bulls on with a 90.5-point score.

On July 1, the matchup was very similar and resulted in a 90-point score. While there are three performances left before champions are determined, Harris is an odds-on favorite to get a big check out of the rodeo.

“I like coming to Cody and bringing the family here because there is so much to do,” Harris said. “We came up here a couple of days early and went to Yellowstone. It’s a cool place to hang out. I’ve always liked this rodeo and it seems like I always get some money here, too.”

There was a tie at the top of the bareback riding leaderboard on Tuesday between two Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers, Jessy Davis and Jared Smith. Davis, from Power, Mont., got on Summit Pro Rodeo’s High Plains while Smith, from Eastland, Texas got on Frontier Rodeo’s Short Night. They each had scores of 82 points.

With the caliber of contestants and horses still left to compete here, Davis and Smith are hoping they hang on to one of the top eight spots that get checks at the end of the rodeo.

The 95th Anniversary of the Cody Stampede continues at Stampede Park on July 2 with timed-event slack at 9 a.m. The second performance of the day will be at 8 p.m. Live results will be available @codystampede on twitter. More information is also available at www.codystampederodeo.com or codystampederodeo on Facebook.

Courtesy of PRCA