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Local Duo Wins KPRA Title

Brian Padilla, left, and Mike Weir finish up their third-round run Sunday afternoon to clinch the year-end championship in the 40-40 team roping in the Kansas Professional Rodeo Association.

Brian Padilla, left, and Mike Weir finish up their third-round run Sunday afternoon to clinch the year-end championship in the 40-40 team roping in the Kansas Professional Rodeo Association.

DODGE CITY, Kan. – It may be his giving nature, but header Brian Padilla wanted to win the year-end championship in the Kansas Professional Rodeo Association more for his partner than for himself.

Mission accomplished. Padilla and heeler Mike Weir not only won their hometown rodeo at the KPRA Finals this weekend, but they earned enough to finish the season as the No. 1 tandem in the 40-40 team roping.

“My goal (in Sunday’s final round) was to just go out and catch and make sure everything was good. In past years, I’ve missed to give him a chance to win the year-end title.

“All I wanted to do was for mike to win the year-end title with me. We never have together, so this is very special to win it together.”

In fact, they were three of four KPRA champion team ropers from Dodge City to win the title inside Roundup Arena, which hosted the finale for the second straight year. They were joined by open team roping heeler Toby Mentzer.

Over their careers, Padilla and Weir have earned multiple KPRA titles, just never together. They’ve competed together off and on most of their lives, and that was the key to success over the weekend. Both men entered the championship in second place in their respective standings but blew past the competition with a fantastic three-day run.

The was the runner-up on opening night, then won Saturday’s second round. They cleaned up their performance with a solid third-place finish Sunday afternoon to win average with a three-run cumulative time of 21.9 seconds. In all, they pocketed $3,718 and ended the season $11,281 to win the title.

“It’s our whole goal,” Weir said. “We go all year to try to be the best we can.”

The years of competing together and knowing one another also paid dividends at the end. Their aggregate time was nearly two seconds better than the runners-up, Coloradoans Justin and Brian Crist, who entered the finale as the No. 1 team.

“We just know each other so well,” Weir said. “We know what we need to do, and we just go do it. We just made a practice run (Sunday). If our backs would’ve been against the wall and we needed to be fast to win, then we were definitely going to try.”

Of course, earning the title on their home soil was also an added bonus.

“It means a lot to us to do well here,” Padilla said. “We tried to do it (at Roundup Rodeo), but it never worked for us. I’m glad to be in Dodge to win the year-end with Mike.”

The tandem knew that home-field advantage worked in their favor before the competition began, but they capitalized on it by performing well over the three-day championship.

“It’s the best place for me to rope,” Weir said of Dodge City. “What more could you ask for? It’s a fantastic setup run by a fantastic committee.”

Kansas Press Association Finals
Dodge City, Kan.
Sept. 23-25

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Wesley Cole, 80 points, $490; 2. Jake Stemo, 74, $368; 3. (tie) Logan Patterson and Branden Ferguson, 73, $184 each. Second round: 1. Jake Stemo, 82 points, $490; 2. Wesley Cole, 77, $368; 3. Dillon Tiede, 74, $245; 4. Logan Patterson, 72, $123. Third round: 1. Jake Stemo, 82 points, $490; 2. Wesley Cole, 79, $368; 3. Wesley Cole, 77, $245; 4. (tie) Lucas Rupprecht and Logan Patterson, 72, $61 each. Average: 1. Jake Stemo, 238 points on three rides, $833; 2. Wesley Cole, 234, $662; 3. Logan Patterson, 217, $490; 4. Dillon Tiede, 204, $319; 5. Rowdy Moon, 143 points on two rides, $147. Year-end champion: Dillon Tiede.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Dan Barner, 4.5 seconds, $1,150; 2. Brandon Volker, 4.7, $863; 3. (tie) Dru Melvin and Cody Devers, 5.6, $431 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Justen Nokes and Gary Collins, 4.7 seconds, $1,006 each; 3. Brandon Volker, 5.2, $575; 4. Cody Devers, 5.3, $288. Third round: 1. Ryan Swayze, 4.2 seconds, $1,150; 2. Justen Nokes, 4.7, $862; 3. Colt Stearns, 5.1, $575; 4. Gary Collins, $288. Average: 1. Brandon Volker, 15.9 seconds on three runs, $1,955; 2. Gary Collins, 16.0, $1,553; 3. Cody Devers, 18.0, $1,150; 4. Will Carpenter, 22.7, $748; 5. Dru Melvin, 27.5, $345. Year-end champion: Cody Devers.

Ranch bronc riding: First round: 1. Reid Green, 74 points, $700; 2. Monte Winkler, 71, $525; 3. (tie) Brayden Putter and Weston Rice, 66, $262 each. Second round: 1. Reid Green, 79 points, $700; 2. Weston Price, 75, $525; 3. Clay Vigil, 72, $350; 4. Monte Winkler, 70, $175. Third round: 1.Lane Kennedy, 82 points, $700; 2. Clay Vigil, 78, $525; 3. Riggen Herbert, 75, $349; 4. Weston Price, 73, $175. Average: 1. Reid Green, 224 points on three rides, 41,190; 2. Weston Price, 214, $945; 3. (tie) Monte Winkler and Lane Kennedy, 211, $577 each; 5. Brayden Putter, 205, $210. Year-end champion: Reid Green.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. (tie) Tyler Garten and Kyle Belew, 9.1 seconds, $833 each; 3. Joe Macoubrie, 9.4, $475; 4. Nick Becker, 10.2, $238. Second round: 1. Garrett Nokes, 8.8 seconds, $952; 2. (tie) Cody Rieker and Bryce Loyd, 9.5, $595 each; 4. Kyle Winslow, 9.7, $238. Third round: 1. Lucas Phillips, 8.8 seconds, $952; 2. Chip Wilson, 8.9, $714; 3. Kyle Winsloww, 9.3, $475; 4. Kyle Belew, 10.0, $238. Average: 1. Kyle Belew, 30.6 seconds on three runs, $1,618; 2. Tyler Garten, 30.9, $1,285; 3. Kyle Winslow, 31.6, $952; 4. Chase Lako, 32.2, $619; 5. Cody Rieker, 33.7, $285. Year-end champion: Kyle Belew.

Breakaway roping: First round: 1. Jamie Frisch, 2.7 seconds, $1,430; 2. (tie) Tanya Goad and Ginalee Tierney, 3.2, $894; no other qualified times. Second round: 1. (tie) Shelby Hinkle, Justice Green and Teddi Winslow, 2.7 seconds, $1,072 each; 4. Ashley Sherman, 3.1, $357. Third round: 1. Kodi Hansen, 2.5 seconds, $1,430; 2. Dara Belew, 2.6, $1,072; 3. Shelby Hinke, 2.8, $715; 4. Ginalee Tierney, 2.9, $357. Average: 1. Teddi Winslow, 10.1 seconds on three runs, $2,431; 2. Morgan Kessler, 11.3, $1,930; 3. Shelby Hinkle, 5.5 seconds on two runs, $1,430; 4. (tie) Dara Belew and Ginalee Tierney, 6.1, $679 each. Year-end champion: Teddi Winslow.

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Shane Hand, 76 points, $703; 2. (tie) Wyatt Barstow and Ben Engleman, 74, $439 each; 4. (tie) Drew Spencer and Zane Smith, 71, $88 each. Second round: 1. Shane Hand, 81, $703; 2. Wyatt Barstow, 78, $527; 3. (tie) Tex Benfer and Ben Engelman, 76, $264 each. Third round: 1. (tie) Tex Benfer and Ben Engelman, 78 points, $615; 3. Drew Spencer, $351; 4. Bill Hammerness, 76, $176. Average: 1. Ben Engelman, 228 points on three rides, $1,195; 2. Shane Hand, 157 points on two rides, $949; 3. Tex Benfer, 154, $703; 4. Wyatt Barstow, 152, $457; 5. Drew Spencer, 148, $679. Year-end champion: Ben Engelman.

Open team roping: First round: 1. Brett Christensen/DawsonMcMaster, 5.7 seconds, $1,068; 2. Ben Johnsrud/Nate Johnsrud, 6.0, $801; 3. Brian Dunning/Derrick Jantzen, 6.2, $534; 4. Jake Pancost/Chase Boekhaus, 6.3, $267. Second round: 1. Brian Dunning/Derrick Jantzen, 5.5 seconds, $1,068; 2. Kyle Winslow/Kingston Chang, 6.2, $801; 3. Nick Becker/Toby Mentzer, 6.7, $534; 4. Ben Johnsrud/Nate Johnsrud, 7.4, $267. Third round: 1. Brian Dunning/Derrick Jantzen, 5.7 seconds, $1,068; 2. Lucas Phillips/Tyrell Reynolds, 6.2, $801; 3. Jared Schlegel/Ben Robinson, 6.5, $534; 4. Jake Pancost/Chase Boekhaus, 6.9, $267. Average: 1. Brian Dunning/Derrick Jantzen, 17.4 seconds on three runs, $1,816; 2. Jake Pancost/Chase Boekhaus, 23.1, $1,442; 3. Nick Becker/Toby Mentzer, 25.6, $1,068; 4. Ben Johnsrud/Nate Johnsrud, 27.2, $694; 5. Kyle Winslow/Kingston Chang, 34.2, $321. Year-end champion header: Brian Dunning. Year-end champion heeler: Toby Metzer.

40-40 team roping: First round: 1. Jack Hunter/Scott Vanderhamm, 7.0 seconds, $941; 2. Brian Padilla/Mike Weir, 7.2, $706; 3. John Reed/Ralph Berry, 7.4, $471; 4. Justin Crist/Brian Crist, 7.5, $235. Second round: 1. Brian Padilla/Mike Weir, 6.7 seconds, $941; 2. Beau Blue/Ben Blue, 7.3, $706; 3. Justin Crist/Brian Crist, 7.6, $471; 4. Gene Jett/Tom Peterson, 10.4, $235. Third round: 1. Jack Hunter/Scott Vanderhamm, 5.7, $941; 2. Gaylon Robinson/BurtonJames, 6.8, $706; 3. Brian Padilla/Mike Weir, 8.0, $471; 4. Kevin Kessler/TC Dawson, 8.2, $235. Average: 1. Brian Padilla/Mike Weir, 21.9 seconds on three runs, $1,600; 2. Justin Crist/Brian Crist, 23.7, $1,271; 3. Kevin Kessler/TC Dawson, 34.4, $941; 4. Jack Hunter/Scott Vanderham, 12.7 seconds on two runs, $612; 5. Ben Blue/Beau Blue, 14.8, $282. Year-end champion header: Brian Padilla. Year-end champion heeler: Mike Weir

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Ellie Kravig, 17.46 seconds, $1,356; 2. Ashlyn Moeder, 17.60, $1,017; 3. Lorie Diodosio, 17.73, $678’ 4. Katie Jolly, 17.76, $339. Second round: 1. Lorie Diodosio, 17.30 seconds, $1,356; 2. Diane Martin, 17.49, $1,017; 3. Amy Prather, 17.53, $678; 4. Ellie Kravig, 17.57, $339. Third round: 1. Jessica Higa, 17.33 seconds, $1,356; 2. Lorie Diodosio, 17.35, $1,017; 3. Katie Jolly, 17.36, $678; 4. Montanna Petersen, 17.54, $339. Average: 1. Lorie Diodosio, 52.38 seconds on three runs, $2,306; 2. Katie Jolly, 52.76, $1,831; 3. Ashlyn Moeder, 53.11, $1,356; 4. Jessica Higa, 53.16, $882; 5. Tammy Peterson, 53.26, $407. Year-end champion: Not provided.

Bull riding: First round: 1. Colter White, 85 points, $1,441; 2. Jacob Marcell, 83, $961; no other qualified rides. Second round: 1. Jacob Marcel, 86 points, $961; 2. Colton Lewis, 81, $721; 3. Kane Larsen, 74, $480; 4. Dakota Cator, 72, $240. Third round: 1. No qualified rides. Average: 1. Not provided. Year-end champion: Colter White.

Courtesy of twisTEDrodeo.com