by ProRodeo.com | Oct 20, 2014
DUNCAN, Okla. – There was a clear answer to the riddle of who was the top bareback rider at the Oct. 16-18 RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo. Caine Riddle dominated the field to earn his fourth trip to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo.
The Vernon, Texas, cowboy won the first round with an 82-point trip on New Frontier Rodeo’s Sinner, and also took the second round win with an 83-point score on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Sure Motion. His three-head average of 233 points was 23 better than anyone else in the field.
“I drew pretty well, especially in the first two rounds,” said Riddle, who earned a total of $3,954 in Duncan. “The horse I won on in the second round, Sure Motion, is a horse I’d been on two other times, and I won both of those rodeos too. Everything just fell into place perfectly for me.”
It’s Riddle’s third RPCFR title – he shared the win at the event last year with Brian Leddy, won it outright in 2010, when it took place in Park City, Kan. Riddle also won the year-end bareback riding title in 2006.
For Riddle, who has been painfully close to his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification – he finished 20th in the world in 2014, 19th in 2012 and 18th in 2011 – the March 25-28 RNCFR in Kissimmee, Fla., will offer a chance to compete at a national championship event.
“I had the best result of any of my RNCFR trips last year in Guthrie (Okla.) when I made it to the eight-man round,” he said. “I won a really good check, and now I’m excited to be going to Florida for the rodeo next year. I’m just glad to be able to go down there and represent the Prairie Circuit.”
Other winners at the $112,880 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trell Etbauer ($1,553, tie-down roping and steer wrestling), steer wrestler Kyle Irwin (14.0 seconds on three head), team ropers Coleman Proctor and Billie Saebens (17.9 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jesse James Kirby (226 points on three head), tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett (24.3 seconds on three head), steer roper Brodie Poppino (42.8 seconds on three head), barrel racer Mary Burger (48.10 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Chris McCombs (151 points on two head).
Courtesy of PRCA