By Susan Kanode
For the National Western Stock Show
DENVER – With three rodeo performances in the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, the National Western Stock Show Rodeo is well underway even though it has only been going on for two days.
Competition started on Friday with two performances. Saturday night’s was the fifth performances with 13 more to go before the U.S. Bank Finals on Sunday, Jan. 24. Tanner Aus, a bareback rider from Granite Falls, Minn., has every intention of being here and riding for a Denver Championship.
The former college champion is coming off of his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December where he finished the year in eighth place. He rode his first of two horses at the 11 a.m. performance and has the high-marked ride of the rodeo so far.
That ride came aboard a mare named Arapahoe owned by Summit Pro Rodeo and was worth 87 points. He came back at the matinee performance and rode Calgary Stampede’s Risque Elsie for 82. He now leads both preliminary rounds and the overall standings. His total of 169 points on two rides is 17 points ahead of the man in second place, Devan Reilly from Casper, Wyo.
“I was really looking forward to that one,” Aus said of Arapahoe. “Horses have a mind of their own and you never know. But usually when a horse has heart like that, you expect it to be good.”
There have been some stellar runs in tie-down roping. Sterling Smith, a WNFR qualifier from Stephenville, Texas, has the overall lead with a total of 15.4 seconds on two runs. His second round time of 7.0 is the fastest of the rodeo. Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion from Decatur, Texas, is in second with 16.3 seconds.
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association action continues in the Denver Coliseum on Sunday at 2 and 6:30 p.m.
The following are unofficial results from the National Western Stock Show Rodeo sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Third Performance —
Bareback Riding: 1,Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 87 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Arapahoe. 2, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 80. 3, Trey Chambliss, III, Fort Davis, Texas, 75. 4, Dylan Wahlert, Casper, Wyo., 69.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 3.9 seconds. 2, Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La., 4.2. 3, Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, 5.0. 4, Cody Kroul, Solon, Iowa, 9.9.
Team Roping: 1, Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 5.4 seconds. 2, Brooks Dahozy, Warm Springs, Ore., and Casey Cummins, Lodge Grass, Mont., 5.7. 3, Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta and Jeremy Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia, 5.8. 4, Ryan Opie, Crane, Ore., and Dalton Pearce, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 7.2.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, (tie) Sam Spreadborough, Snyder, Texas, on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Bullfrog and Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Spider Woman, 78 points each. 3, Keith Allen Brauer, Jr., Belleville, Ill., 75. 4, Audie Reed, Spearman, Texas, 73.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 7.9. 2, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 8.7. 3, Jayce Johnson, Hempstead, Texas, 11.0. 4, Robert Mathis, Mart, Texas, 13.8.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Dena Kirkpatrick, Post, Texas, 15.30. 2, Carlee Pierce, Lowndesboro, Ala., 15.52. 3, Kim Couch, Rattan, Okla., 15.57. 4, Megan Mariluch, Daingerfield, Texas, 15.65.
Bull Riding: No qualified rides.
Fourth Performance —
Bareback Riding: 1, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 82 points on Calgary Stampede’s Risque Elsie. 2, Dylan Wahlert, Casper, Wyo., 77. 3, Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 72. 4, Trey Chambliss, III, Fort Davis, Texas, 69.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.7 seconds. 2, Brad Johnson, Reva, S.D., 4.0. 3, (tie) Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., and Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 4.9.
Team Roping: 1, Riley and Brady Minot, Ellensburg, Wash., 5.0 seconds. 2, Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta and Jeremy Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia, 6.8. 3, Ryan Opie, Crane, Ore., and Dalton Pearce, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 10.8. 4, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and B.J. Duggar, Three Rivers, Texas, 14.5.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 80 points on Calgary Stampede’s Shoshone Mountain. 2, Sam Spreadborough, Snyder, Texas, 79. 3, Keith Allen Brauer, Jr., Belleville, Ill., 76. 4, (tie) Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas, and Dalton Davis, Holcomb, Kan., 75.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 7.0 seconds. 2, Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif., 7.5. 3, Kyle Lucas, Carstairs, Alberta, 7.8. 4, Brandon Neugebauer, La Junta, Colo., 8.9.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Kim Couch, Rattan, Okla., 15.38 seconds. 2, Megan Mariluch, Daingerfield, Texas, 15.66. 3, Lisa Thornton, Plumb, Texas, 15.67. 4, Lisa Maribito, Granby, Colo., 15.78.
Bull Riding: (one ride) John Young, Orient, Iowa, 79 points on 4L & Diamond S’s Oh-No.
Fifth Performance —
Bareback Riding: 1, (tie) Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas, on Calgary Stampede’s Turkish Whiskey, and Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, on Cervi Championship’s Vitalix Hell’s Fire Hostage, 84 points each. 3, Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo., 81. 4, Kyle Brennecke, Stephenville, Texas, 76.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 5.4. 2, Carson Johnston, Elm Springs, S.D., 6.6. 3, Calder Johnston, Elm Springs, S.D., 9.2. 4, Sean Santucci, Prineville, Ore., 14.7.
Team Roping: 1, Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Buddy Hawkins, II, Columbus, Kan., 5.4. 2, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 6.1. 3, (tie) Ty Hale, Faith, S.D., and Tee Hale, White Owl, S.D.; and Tait Gurney, Lost Creek, Utah and Chase Sullivan, Dammeron Valley, Utah, 14.9 each.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Roper Kiesner, Ripley, Okla., 82 points on Cervi Championship’s Pinball Wizard. 2, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 81. 3, Ryan Mackenzie, Homedale, Idaho, 78. 4, (tie) Jake Wright, Milford, Utah and Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla., 72.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Cody McCartney, Ottowa Lake, Minn., 7.6 seconds. 2, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 8.6. 3, Dennis Luetge, Hempstead, Texas, 9.9. 4, Ike Fontenot, Ville Platte, La., 13.2.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Jaime Hinton, Bulverde, Texas, 15.71. 2, Paige Conrado, Hudson, Colo., 15.80. 3, Kelly Kennedy-Joseph, Berthoud, Colo., 15.97. 4, Fonda Galbreath, Oakes, N.D., 15.98.
Bull Riding: (three qualified rides) 1, Bart Miller, Pleasanton, Neb., 87 points on Cervi Championships Slim Kitty. 2, Rylan Wright, Heber City, Utah, 79. 3, Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah, 74.