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Saddle Bronc Riders Excel at Reno Rodeo Tuesday

RENO, NEV., June 23, 2015 — Less than a week ago, saddle bronc rider Clay Elliott was riding for a national championship at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).

Three days after earning that title, he took the lead in the first round of saddle bronc riding here. Elliott, from Nanton, Alberta, had an 86-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s horse Kool Toddy, beating Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifiers and world champions.

Elliott won the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association title competing for Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla., where he is a sophomore majoring in animal science. He has been balancing school, college rodeo and pro rodeo. This was his first qualification for the CNFR The successful bronc rider is also ranked 13th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings.

Cort Scheer, from Elsmere, Neb., was the second high-marked ride here on Tuesday. The four-time NFR qualifier scored 84 points on Big Bend’s Feature Attraction. Last year, Scheer only bucked off one horse in all of the 2014 season and it was here at the Reno Rodeo. All of tonight’s bronc riders competed in their first round and will have their second round on Wednesday night.

Elliott, Scheer and two-time Reno Rodeo and world champion Chad Ferley all have a good opportunity to advance to Saturday night’s championship finals. Ferley won his Reno Rodeo spurs in 2006 and 2013. He went on to win world titles both of those years. Ferley had an 80-point ride here on the Flying Five Rodeo horse named Sundance. Another good score and he will have a chance to win his third pair of spurs.

The sixth performance begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are available at www.renorodeo.com or by calling 800-325-7328.

RENO, NEV., June 23, 2015 — Following are unofficial results from the Reno Rodeo:

Fifth Performance —

Bareback Riding: 1, Anthony Thomas, Kimberley, Australia, 80 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Fred. 2, Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, 78. 3, Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 75. 4, (tie) Ty Fast Taypotat, Regina, Saskatchewan and Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., 74 each.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 3.4 seconds. 2, Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, 3.8. 3, Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, 5.0. 4, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 5.8.

Team Roping: (one time) 1, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas, 5.3 seconds.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 86 points on Kool Toddy. 2, Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 84. 3, Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., 80. 4, Shorty Garrett, Dupree, S.D., 79.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Rhen Rhichard, Roosevelt, Utah, 9.0 seconds. 2, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 9.4. 3, Roger Nonella, Klamath Falls, Ore., 10.2. 4, Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas, 10.9.

Barrel Racing: 1, Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 16.98 seconds. 2, Jill Welsh, Parker, Ariz., 17.04. 3, Barbara Merrill, Axtell, Utah, 17.47. 3, Sherrylynn Johnson, Henryetta, Okla., 17.62.

Bull Riding: (one ride) 1, Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas, 84 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Tapatio.

CURRENT LEADERS –

Bareback Riding: First Round: 1, (tie) Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas, on Western Rodeo’s Another Gray and Anthony Thomas, Kimberley, Australia, on Big Bend Rodeo’s Fred, 80 points each. . 3, (tie) Brian Bain, Powell Butte, Ore.; Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas; and Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 78 each. Second Round: 1, (tie) Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., on Rosser Rodeo’s Willhock and Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., on Big Bend Rodeo’s Faded Winds, 83 points each. 3, Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., 82. 4, Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 81. Total on two: 1, Bobby Mote, Stephenville, Texas, 159. 2, (tie) Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., and Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., 157. 4, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 156. 5, Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 155. 6, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 154.

Steer Wrestling: First Round: 1, Joshua Clark, Belgrade, Mont., 4.2 seconds. 2, Olin HAnnum, Malad, Idaho, 4.5. 3, (tie) Ryan Bothum, Caddo, Okla., and Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 4.7 each. Second Round: 1, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 3.4. 2, Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, 3.8. 3, (tie) Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta and Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., 4.0. Total on two: 1, Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan., 8.9. 2, Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, 9.1. 3, Josh Clark, Texarkana, Texas, 9.2. 4, Jon Herl, Goodland, Kan., 9.3. 5, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 9.4. 6, Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 9.5.

Team Roping: First Round: 1, Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz., and Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 4.8 seconds. 2, Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla., and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 5.1. 3, Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5.2. 4, (tie) Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.; and Joel Bach, Mount Vernon, Texas, and Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M, 5,4. Second Round: 1, Bubba Buckaloo, Caddo, Okla., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 4.9. 2, Cale Markham, Vinita, Okla., and Buddy Hawkins, III, Columbus, Kan., 5,1. 3, (tie) Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla.; and Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz., and Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev.; 5.3. Total on two: 1, Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz., and Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 10.3. 2, Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 11.3. 3, Joel Bach, Mount Vernon, Texas, and Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 11.4. 4, Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jett Hillman, Purcell, Okla., 11.5. 5, Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla., and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 11.6. 6, Edward Hawley, Jr., Surprise, ARiz., and Ty Romo, Whiteriver, Ariz., 11.8.

Saddle Bronc Riding: First Round: 1, Clay Elliott, Nanton, Alberta, 86 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Kool Toddy. 2, (tie) Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, and Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 84 each. 4, Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 82. Second Round: 1, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 82 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Hat Stomper. 2, Dean Wadsworth, Ozona, Texas, 77. 3, (tie) Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.; Bradley Harter, Loranger, La.; and Sam Spreadbrough, Snyder, Texas; 75. Total on two: 1, Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 157. 2, (tie) Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., and Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 150. 4, Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 149.

Tie-Down Roping: First Round: 1, Ryan Watkins, Dublin, Texas, 8.7 seconds. 2, J.C. Malone, Hooper, Utah, 8.9.. 3, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 9.0. 4, (tie) Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., and Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla., 9.3 each. Second Round: 1, Timber Moore, Argyle, Texas, 7.9. 2, Clay Long, San Angelo, Texas, 8.7. 3, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 9.0. 4, Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla., 9.1. Total on two: 1, Michael Otero, Lowndesboro, Ala., 18.3. 2, Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla., 18.4. 3, Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 18.8. 4, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 18.9. 5, Catfish Brown, Collinsville, Texas, 19.2. 6, (tie) Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 19.2.

Barrel Racing: First Round: 1, Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 17.31 seconds. 2, Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 17.33. 3, Callie DuPerier, Bandera, Texas, 17.36. 4, Ruth Haislip, Acampo, Calif., 17.39. Second Round: 1, Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 16.94. 2, Katelyn McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 17.16. 2, Christina Richman, Glendora, Calif., 17.19. 3, Kassidy Dennison, Tohatche, N.M., 17.23. 4, Michele Mcleod, Whitesboro, Texas, 17.39. Total on two: 1, Jill Welsh, Parker, ARiz., 17.04. 2, Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 34.27. 3, Kassidy, Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 34.54. 4, Christina Richman, Glendora, Calif., 34.61. 5, Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 34.62. 6, Callie DuPerier, Bandera, Texas, 34.67.

Bull Riding: First Round: 1,Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas, 84 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Tapatio. 2, Caleb Sanderson, Hallettsville, Texas, 82. 3, Howdy Cloud, Kountze, Texas, 81. 4, Reid Baker, Comfort, Texas, 79. 5, (tie) Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas; Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.; and Derek Kolbaba, Walla Walla, Wash.; 77 each.