By Susan Kanode
For the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The second bracket of competition at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo saw four contestants finish at the top of the money standings with $4,562.
One of those was Ace Slone from Cuero, Texas, a former scholarship recipient who won the first and third round. Slone, a former rookie of the year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has come close to qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). In 2012, he finished the season in 16th place, just one spot out of the top 15 that make the trip to Las Vegas to compete at rodeo’s championships.
He finished the season last year in 37th place, very important because it qualified him for this year’s San Antonio rodeo. He made the victory lap after winning the first round with a 7.8-second run and again Monday night with an 8.1. His success here has come aboard a horse he calls Ripple and he and Ripple will be back here for the semifinals.
Another Texan, Clayton Hass from Terrell, won the same amount of money in the steer wrestling. Hass, a two-time NFR qualifier placed fourth in the first round, second in the second and won the third to earn his $4,562. His victory on Monday night came after he threw his steer down in 3.8 seconds.
Rhett Anderson, from Anabella, Utah and Jared Bilby from Bridgeport, Neb., set the pace in the team roping winning the first two rounds. Their total here is also $4,562 each and they will be at the semifinals trying to add to that.
The San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo uses money earned to determine all semifinals qualifiers and how contestants earn championships. This gives contestants opportunities to advance even if they have a less than stellar performance some of the preliminary rounds in their bracket.
One contestant that was able to take advantage of the format and an opportunity was barrel racer Jill Welsh from Parker, Ariz. Welsh and her horse French First Watch “Custer,” the 2015 AQHA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year, struggled in the first round. In the second, an overturned barrel added five second to their time. In the third round, Welsh’s never give up attitude served her well. She and Custer won the round with a 14.17-second run and will be competing in the semifinals.
Welsh is a cancer survivor that doesn’t take anything for granted. She always has a smile on her face, especially when she is running barrels or talking about Custer.
The seventh performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo will see a new group of contestants starting bracket 3. Action starts in the AT&T Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
The following are results from the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo which features over $1.65 million in cash and prizes.
Bracket 2, round 3 followed by semifinals qualifiers (sixth performance)
Bareback Riding: 1, Taylor Price, Huntsville, Texas, 85 points on Calgary Stampede’s Princess Warrior, $2,281. 2, Ty Fast Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan, 81.4, $1,711. 3, Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 79.5, $1,141. 4, Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 78, $570. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Taypotat, $4,277. 2, Ratliff, $3,992. 3, Price, $3,421. 4, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., $2,281.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 3.8 seconds, $2,281. 2, Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 4.2, $1,711. 3, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 4.2, $1,141. 4, Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 4.9, $570. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Hass, $4,562. 2, (tie) Parrott and Waguespack, $3,992 each. 4, Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., $1,711.
Team Roping: 1, Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D., and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 5.0 seconds, $2,281. 2, (tie) Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah; and Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Levi Tyan, Wallace, Neb.; 5.4 and $1,426 each. 4, Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla., and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 5.6, $570. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Rhett Anderson, Anabella, Utah and Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb., $4,562. 2, Lord and Kirchenschlager, $2,851. 3, Justin Davis, Madisonville, Texas, and J.W. Beck, Moville, Iowa, $2,851. 4, Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Tanner Luttrell, Oroville, Calif., $1,711.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, (tie) Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., on Calgary Stampede’s Warped Logic and Shorty Garrett, Dupree, S.D., on Calgary Stampede’s Until Kamloops, 78 points and $1,996 each. 3, Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 77, $1,141. 4, (tie) Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., and Doug Aldridge, Carthage, Mo., 75, $285. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Sam Kelts, Millarville, Alberta, $4,277. 2, Ty Kirkland, Lufkin, Texas, $3,136. 3, (tie) Elshere and Garrett, $1,996.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas, 8.1 seconds, $2,281. 2, Braxton Laughlin, Westlake, La., 8.4, $1,711. 3, Robert Mathis, Mart, Texas, 8.7, $1,141. 4, Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., 8.8, $570. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Slone, 4,562. 2, Mathis, $4,277. 3, Burk, $2,566. 4, Laughlin, $2,281.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Jill Welsh, Parker, Ariz., 14.17 seconds, $2,281. 2, Morgan Breaux, Tomball, Texas, 14.18, $1,711. 3, Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas, 14.20, $1,141. 4, (tie) Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., and Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 14.29, $285 each. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Breaux, $3,422. 2, Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas, $2,851. 3, (tie) Welsh and Brittany Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif., $2,281.
Bull Riding: 1, Clayton Savage, Yoder, Wyo., 83.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s After Shock, $2,281. 2, Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D., 80, $1,711. 3, Patrick Geipel, Westcliffe, Colo., 80, $1,141. 4, Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 72, $570. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, (tie) Savage; Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas, and Bart Miller, Pleasanton, Neb., $2281. 4, Pistol Robinson, Coolidge, Texas, $1,711.
Courtesy of PRCA