SAN ANTONIO – Trevor Kastner has been setting earnings records in the bull riding at the 2018 San Antonio Rodeo.
The Roff, Oklahoma, resident was the only rider to last eight seconds at the first performance and while his 78-point score wasn’t anything to brag about, his $5,945 paycheck was. He came back to the AT&T Center on Friday night for the second round of Bracket 1 and again was the only rider to get a score. This time it was 91-points on Four Star Rodeo’s Yellow Fever that got him the big check. After two rounds, he has total earnings of $11,891. That money will see him advancing to the semi-finals and a favorite to go on to the championship round.
Kastner and all the other 80 contestants (10 in each event) in Bracket 1 will see the completion of their preliminary competition here at the Saturday matinee performance beginning at 1 p.m. It can’t come to fast for Kastner as his wife is expecting their first child any day.
“I keep thinking I’m going to get the phone call and have to leave San Antonio,” Kastner said. “It looks like it’s going to work out. I’ll go home as soon as I get done and have time with them before I come back for the Semifinals.”
The new addition to their family isn’t his only motivations to earn money in the rodeo arena. Kastner qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) three consecutive years from 2011 – 2013. Then, injuries and just not riding to his potential saw him miss the next four. He won the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo a week ago and is leading the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings. The money from San Antonio won’t be added to those standings until the rodeo’s conclusion on February 24th, and with what he could still win here, he could increase his lead substantially.
“The money is the most important thing now,” Kastner said. “I have a family to support and I want to get back to the NFR.”
When he comes back here for the Semifinals, he will be a new daddy to a baby girl named McKenna Mae. Kastner will have a lot of reasons to celebrate and extra motivation to keep winning.
Hailey Kinsel and her trusty steed DM Sissy Hayday had their second win in the AT&T Center on Friday night. They stopped the clock in 13.90 seconds to win $2,378. The Texas A&M graduate has earned $4,756 so far and still has one more run to make in Bracket 1. They have already earned enough money to advance to the Semifinals but every dollar counts towards a championship here so she and Sister will be running hard again on Saturday.
Kinsel lives less than 100 miles away from San Antonio in Cotulla. This is the first time that she has qualified to compete in the highest-paying rodeo of the regular season. She and Sister set an arena record last December at the NFR and finished the season in second place. The way the horse and rider have been working together, a new arena record in the AT&T Center is not out of the question.
There are two performances of the rodeo on Saturday. The matinee at 1 p.m. will see the end of Bracket 1. The evening performance, beginning at 7:30 will start Bracket 2.
The following are results after the second performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, the 13-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year.
Bracket 1, round 2 followed by money leaders —
Bareback Riding: 1, Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D., 86.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Straight Jacket, $2,378. 2, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 86, $1,784. 3, (tie) Logan Patterson, Kim, Colo.; Logan Corbett, Las Cruces, N.M.; Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa; and Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 77, $446. (total money) 1, Shane O’Connell, $4,459. 2, Foss, $2,973. 3, Champion, $2,527. 4, Tim O’Connell, $644.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 3.9 seconds, $2,378. 2, Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 4.6, $1,784. 3, Curtis Cassidy, Donald, Alberta, 4.7, $1,189. 4, Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb., 5.3, $595. (total money) 1, Cassidy, $3,270. 2, Blake Knowles, $2,973. 3, Trevor Knowles, $2,378. 4, Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, $2,080.
Team Roping: 1, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 5.1 seconds, $2,378 each. 2, Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla., and Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Okla., 5.7, $1,784. 3, Tanner Baldwin, Vail, Ariz., and Tanner Luttrell, Santan Valley, Ariz., 6.0, $1,189. 4, Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 6.5, $595. (total money) 1, Brazile and Smith, $4,162. 2, Buckaloo and Harrison, $2,973. 3, Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., $2,378. 4, Tierney and de la Cruz, $1,189.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Holy Water, and Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D., on Beautler and Son Rodeo’s Four Aces, 83.5 points, $2,080 each. 3, Joey Sonnier III, New Iberia, La., 83, $1,189. 4, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 79.5, $595. (total money) 1, (tie) Crawley and Clay Elliot, Nanton, Alberta, $2,378. 3, (tie) CoBurn and Blackwell, $2,080.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga., 7.7 seconds, $2,378. 2, Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 9.3, $1,784. 3, Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif., 9.6, $1,189. 4, Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 10.1, $595. (total money) 1, Ketscher, $3,567. 2, Pharr, $2,378. 3, (tie) Costa and Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., $1,784.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 13.90 seconds, $2,378. 2, Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla., 14.15, $1,784. 3, (tie) Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas, and Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas, 14.17, $892. (total money) 1, Kinsel, $4,756. 2, Pozzi-Tonozzi, $2,080. 3, (tie) Melby and Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., $1,784.
Bull Riding: (one qualified ride) Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla., 91 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Yellow Fever, $5,945. (total money) 1, Kastner, $11,890.