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San Antonio Rodeo Contestants Use Opportunity to Qualify for Semi-finals

By Susan Kanode
For the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo

Curtis Garton made the most of his ride on J Bar J Rodeo’s Special Time at the 12th performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo. An 85.5 point ride gave him the third round win in Bracket 4 and the native of New Zealand will now advance to the Semi Finals. San Antonio Rodeo photo by Greg Westfall.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Saturday night was crunch time for contestants in Bracket 4 of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo.

Contestants in team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and bull riding all made the most of their opportunities and won the third round and enough money to advance them to the semi-finals. In the team roping it was former college champion Cody Tew from Montana and Wyoming’s Ryan Zurcher who made the victory lap around the AT&T Center.

Tew and Zurcher hadn’t won a dime in the two previous rounds. Then they stopped the clock in 4.9 seconds to win $2,281 and secure a spot in the semi-finals. The same thing happened in saddle bronc riding, this time to New Zealand native Curtis Garton.

Garton, who has nearly qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo could see his whole season change with success here. He was seventh in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world standings when he started competing in San Antonio. He rode J Bar J Rodeo’s horse, Special Time, to an 85.5 score to win the third round. Now he has added $2,281 to his earnings and has a shot to win a lot more in the semi-finals.

In the tie-down roping it was Cooper Martin, from Alma, Kan., that had the fast time of the night. Martin is a student at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, that competed at last year’s College National Finals Rodeo. He also competed and did well enough in the PRCA to qualify here. He was 33rd in last year’s standings. Martin stopped the clock in 6.9 seconds, won $2,281 and will compete here again.

Kurtis Turner from Washington, Utah, was one of three bull riders that were successful Saturday night. He rode a bull from Andrews Rodeo Company for $2,471 and even though that was his only successful ride here, he earned enough money to move onto the semis.

The big money winner in Bracket 4 was Tyler Scales from Severance, Colo. Scales placed in the first round, then got to make two victory laps around the arena on Saturday after he won the second and third rounds. He has earned $5,418 here so far.

The fifth and final bracket before the semi-finals will have two rounds of competition on Sunday at 1 and 7:30 p.m. It will finish on Monday, then the first of two semi-finals will start on Tuesday.

The following are results after the first performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, the 12-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year. Complete results are available at sarodeo.com

Bracket 4, round 2 —

Bareback Riding: 1, Tyler Scales, Severance, Colo., 84.5 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Power Play, $2,281. 2, Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, 82, $1,711. 3, Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 81.5, $1,141. 4, Nick Gutzwiler, Edwall, Wash., 76.5, $570.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 3.7 seconds, $2,281. 2, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 3.8, $1,711. 3, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, 4.7, $1,141. 4, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 5.2, $570.

Team Roping: 1, Jr. Dees and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., 4.7 seconds, $2,281. 2, Joe Beaver and McCoy Profili, Okkchobee, Fla., 4.8, $1,711. 3, Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 5.0, $1,141. 4, Aaron Macy, Post, Texas and Evan Arnold, Santa Margarita, Calif., 9.7, $570.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 84.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Money Maker, $2,281. 2, Cooper DeWitt, Rio Rico, Ariz., 82, $1,711. 3, Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 81, $1,141. 4, (tie) Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas, and Ty Manke, Hermosa, S.D., 79, $285 each.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 7.6 seconds, $2,281. 2, Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 7.8, $1,711. 3, Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif., 8.3, $1,141. 4, Jake Hannum, Plain City, Utah, 8.4, $570.

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash., 14.06, $2,281. 2, Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah, 14.21, $1,711. 3, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.23, $1,141. 4, Britta Thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D., 14.28, $570.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 88 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Breaking Bad, $2,471. 2, Jordan Wacey Spears, Redding, Calif., 83, $1,901. 3, Riker Carter, Stone, Idaho, 77, $1,331.

Bracket 4, round 3 followed by total money —

Bareback Riding: 1, Tyler Scales, Severance, Colo., 84 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Hell on Hooves, $2,281. 2, Justin Miller, Billings, Mont., 82.5, $1,711. 3, Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, 80, $1,141. 4, (tie) Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga., and Tyler Waltz, Martin, Tenn., 76 and $285 each. (total money) 1, Scales, $5,418. 2, Miller, $4,562. 3, Nelson, $2,851. 4, Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho, $2,281.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 3.7 seconds, $2,281. 2, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, 4.3, $1,711. 3, Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb., 4.5, $1,141. 4, Will Stovall, Roberts, Mont., 4.6, $570. (total money) 1, (tie) Guy and Jake Rinehart, $3,992 each. 3, (tie) Whitaker and Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., $2,851.

Team Roping: 1, Cody Tew, Belgrade, Mont., and Ryan Zurcher, Powell, Wyo., 4.9 seconds, $2,281. 2, Tee Luttrell, Shreveport, La., and Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas, 5.3, $1,711. 3, Seth Hall, Albuquerque, N.M., and Byron Wilkerson, Duncan, Ariz., 5.6, $1,141. 4, Joe Beaver and McCoy Profili, Okeechobee, Fla., 5.9, $570. (total money) 1, Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., $3,421. 2, (tie) Tew and Zurcher; Luttrell and Zuniga; and Jr. Dees and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., $2,281.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand, 85.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Special time, $2,281. 2, Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas, 82.5, $1,710. 3, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, and Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 82, $855 each. (total money) 1, Bradshaw, $3,706. 2, (tie) Garton and Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta, 42,281. 4, Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas, $1,996.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan., 6.9 seconds, $2,281. 2, Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 7.5, $1,711. 3, Ike Fontenot, Ville, Platte, La., 7.6, $1,141. 4, Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif., 7.8, $570. (total money) 1, Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., $3,992. 2, (tie) Ketscher and Durfey, $3,422 each. 4, Martin, $2,281.

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash., 14.06, $2,281. 2, Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif., 14.15, $1,711. 3, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.22, $1,141. 4, Abby Penson, Blossom, Texas, 14.28, $570. (total money) Grimes, $5,132. 2, (tie) Miller and Cervi, $3,422 each. 4, Britta thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D., $2,851.

Bull Riding: 1, (three rides) Kurtis Turner, Washington, Utah, 86 points on Andrews Rodeo’s #36, $2,471. 2, Adam William Lucero, Tooele, Utah, 82, $1,901. 3, Riker Carter Stone, Idaho, 72, $1,331. (total money) 1, Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, $4,467. 2, Lucero, $3,041. 3, Carter, $2,661. 4, Turner, $2,471.