Pennsylvania Native takes Bull Riding Lead at Cody Stampede

Dustin Bowen, from Waller, Texas, is the new leader in the bull riding after scoring 87.5 points on Mobetta Rodeo’s Woody. PRCA photo by Andy Watson

CODY, Wyo., – An 87.5-point score after an eight-second ride was enough to put a big smile on bull rider Dustin Bowen’s face.

Bowen rode Mobetta Rodeo’s bull named Woody at the third performance of the rodeo on Monday night to move into first place. If that holds, he stands to earn a healthy $8,500 check. That’s always important, but especially for Bowen who is currently 12th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Bowen competed in youth and then high school rodeo in bull riding and bareback riding. He finished in the top three in the bull riding two times at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals and caught the eye of the rodeo coach at Odessa College in Texas.

That led to trips to Casper, Wyoming to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo. He then took the next step in his rodeo journey joining the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2012. In 2015, he qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Now living in Waller, Texas, where it’s easier to rodeo from, Bowen is in hot pursuit of another trip to Las Vegas to compete at rodeo’s championships. He was on pace to qualify in 2016, but an injury to his shoulder on his riding arm saw him outside of the top 15. He finished the year in 29th place with $44,416 in earnings.

He has already surpassed those earnings this year. He has $47,186 and stands to add to that over the lucrative Fourth of July known as “Cowboy Christmas.” He got some money at the Greeley, Colorado Xtreme Bulls competition and is also leading the rodeo at Prescott, Arizona.

Rodeo competition at the 98th Cody Stampede concludes on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 with the final performance beginning at 5 p.m.

The following are unofficial results from the 98th annual Cody Stampede.

Third Performance –

Bareback Riding: one ride, Anthony Thomas, Palestine, Texas, 75 points on Mobetta Rodeo’s Cache Creek.

Steer Wrestling: 1, (tie) Gary Gilbert, St. Cloud, Fla., and Colton Hill, Blackfoot, Idaho, 4.3 seconds each. 3, Cody Pratt, Pueblo, Colo., 5.6. 4, John Henry Franzen, Riverton, Wyo., 5.7.

Team Roping: 1, Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla., and Travis Woodard, Stockton, Calif., 5.9. 2, Joe Beaver, Okeechobee, Fla., and McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla., 6.7. 3, Zac Small, Welch, Okla., and Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas, 11.6. 4, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 4.4.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (three rides) 1, Jesse James Kirby, Dodge City, Kan., 80 points on MoBetta Rodeo’s Foofy Foofy. 2, Blaise Freeman, Snyder, Texas, 78. 3, Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, 73.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, Okla., 8.7 seconds. 2, Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla., 9.0. 3, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 9.1. 4, Mike Johnson, Henryetta, Okla., 12.2.

Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash., 17.20 seconds. 2, Kenna Kaminski, Bellville, Texas, 17.73. 3, Hannah Sharon, Dillon, Mont., 17.84. 4, Sharon Harrell, Wickenburg, Ariz., 18.06.

Bull Riding: 1, Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas, 87.5 points on Mobetta Rodeo’s Woody. 2, Derek Kolbaba, Walla Walla, Wash., 85. 3, Koby Radley, Montpelier, La., 83.5. 4, Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M., 80.

Current leaders –

Bareback Riding: 1, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 85.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire. 2, 83. 3, (tie) Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., and Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 81 each.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.8 seconds. 2, Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D., 3.9. 3, (tie) Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., and Will Lummus, West Point, Miss., 4.2 each.

Team Roping: 1, Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 4.5. 3, (tie) Cory Kidd, Statesville, N.C., and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas; and Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.7 each. 4, Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M., and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 4.8.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jake Finlay, Goondiwindi, Australia, 85 points on Burch Rodeo’s Strawberry rocket. 2, Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont., 83. 3, Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 81. 4, Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 80.5.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, (tie) Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 7.7 seconds each. 3, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 8.4. 4, Justin Brinkerhoff, Corrine, Utah, 8.6.

Women’s Barrel Racing: 1, Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash., 17.20 seconds. 2, Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif., 17.23. 3, Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo., 17.28. 4, Toni Hardin, Wetmore, Colo., 17.31.

Bull Riding: 1, Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas, 87.5 points on Mobetta Rodeo’s Woody. 2, Bryce Barrios, Bluff Dale, Texas, 86.5. 3, Derek Kolbaba, Walla Walla, Wash., 85. 4, Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, 83.5.

Courtesy of PRCA