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Kellys Enjoy Valentine’s Day at San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo

By Susan Kanode
For the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo

Dugan Kelly swings a well-placed loop to catch two heels and place at the fifth performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo. Photo by Greg Westfall

Dugan Kelly swings a well-placed loop to catch two heels and place at the fifth performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo. Photo by Greg Westfall

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 14, 2016) – Finding a way to spend Valentine’s Day together doesn’t mean competing at a rodeo for most couples, but for Dugan and Brittany Kelly it was the perfect place to be on Sunday.

Dugan, a six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in the heeling category is roping with Cody Snow, last year’s rookie of the year in the heading category. At Sunday’s rodeo, they stopped the clock in 6.6 seconds, good for a third place finish and $1,141. As soon as Dugan roped, he was getting in position to watch his wife run barrels.

Brittany had the fastest time of the day at 14.09 seconds to win $2,281. That money nearly assures Brittany a spot in the semifinals. Dugan and Cody are in a good spot, but need to be among the top four in the third round and add to their earnings to roper in the AT&T Center again.

This was Brittany’s first time to compete at the $1.67 million rodeo. She finished 31st in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world standings last year to qualify for San Antonio. Her success here came aboard a 9-year-old gray gelding, The Opossum, that she affectionately calls “Possum.”

Team ropers Rhett Anderson from Anabella, Utah, and Jared Bilby, from Bridgeport, Neb., have won the first two rounds in their bracket and $4,562. They are the big money winners in bracket 2 with one more round to go.

Samuel Kelts, a saddle bronc rider from Canada tied for the first round win, then came back and won the second one outright. He rode Harry Vold Rodeo’s horse named Shimmy Valley for 83 points. He now leads the saddle bronc riders with $4,277.

The sixth performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo will determine semifinals qualifiers out of bracket 2. Action starts in the AT&T Center at 7 p.m. on Monday.

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

Bracket 2, round 2 followed by total money (fifth performance)

Brittany Kelly, Dugan’s wife won the round in the barrel racing riding her nine-year-old gelding Possum. Photo by Greg Westfall

Brittany Kelly, Dugan’s wife won the round in the barrel racing riding her nine-year-old gelding Possum. Photo by Greg Westfall

Bareback Riding: 1, Ty Fast Taypotat, Regina, Sasketchewan, 84 points on Calgary Stampede’s Trail Dust, $2,281. 2, Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 80, $1,711. 2, Taylor Price, Huntsville, Texas, 78, $1,141. 4, Evan Jayne, Marseille France, 77, $570. (total money) 1, Ratliff, $2,851. 2, (tie) Taypotat and Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., $2,281 each. 4, Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 74, $1,711.

Steer Wrestling: 1,Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 4.7, $2,281. 2, Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 4.9, $1,711. 3, Jacob Edler, Alva, Okla., 5.2, $1,141. 4, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 5.8, $571. (total money) 1, Parrott, $2,851. 2, (tie) Waguespack and Hass, $2,281 each. 4, Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., $1,711.

Team Roping: 1, Rhett Anderson, Anabella, Utah and Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb., 5.7 seconds, $2,281. 2, Justin Davis, Madisonville, Texas, and J.W. Beck, Moville, Iowa, 6.1, $1,711. 3, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif., 6.6, $1,141. 4, Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D., and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 6.7, $570. (total money) 1, Anderson and Bilby, $4,562. 2, Davis and Beck, $2,851. 3, Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Tanner luttrell, Oroville, Calif., $1,711. 4, Snow and Kelly, $1,141.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta, 83 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Shimmy Valley, $2,281. 2, Taygen Schuelke, Newell, S.D., 77, $1,711. 3, Ty Kirkland, Lufkin, Texas, 76.5, $1,141. 4, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 76, $570. (total money) 1, Kelts, $4,277. 2, Kirkland, $3,136. 4, Schuelke, $1,711. 4, (tie) Bail and Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D., $1,141 each.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, (tie) Robert Mathis, Mart, Texas, and Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., 8.2 seconds, $1,996. 3, Trent Walls, Stephenville, Texas, 8.3, $1,711. 4, Braxton Laughlin, Stephenville, Texas, 8.5, $570. (total money) 1, Mathis, $3,136. 2, Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas, $2,281. 3, Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., $1,996. 4, (tie) Walls and Michael Otero, Lowndesboro, Ala., 9.2, $1,711 each.

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Brittany Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif., 14.09 seconds, $2,281. 2, Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 14.11, $1,711. 3, Morgan Breaux, Tomball, Texas, 14.15, $1,141. 4, Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas, 14.18, $570. (total money) 1, Jacob, $2,851. 2, Kelly, $2,281. 3, (tie) Laughlin and Breaux, $1,711 each.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas, 85.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Kathmadu, $2,281. 2, Pistol Robinson, Coolidge, Texas, 85, $1,711. 3, Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 79, $1,141. (total money) 1, (tie) Pass and Bart Miller, Pleasanton, Neb., $2,281 each. 3, (tie) Robinson and Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla., $1,711 each.

Courtesy of PRCA