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Shiozawa finds success at Cheyenne on Daughter’s Horse

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Contact: Susan Kanode
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Matt Shiozawa’s 11.8-second run during the fourth performance of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. CFD photo by Dan Hubbell

Matt Shiozawa’s 11.8-second run during the fourth performance of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo – CFD photo by Dan Hubbell

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — July 22, 2014 — Matt Shiozawa had a lot to smile about as he left Frontier Park on Tuesday.

The Chubbock, Idaho, resident had justfinished his run in tie-down roping stopping the clock in 11.8 seconds to move into second in the second round and take the lead in the overall standings at the 118th Annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. He was heading to rodeos in Utah and is now making plans to be back Sunday afternoon for the finals and have a chance to earn his first title.

“Right now I’m pumped, I’ve never been in this position,” Shiozawa said. “I made the short round (finals) here at least ten years ago. It’s going to be good to run another one in the short-go here.”

Shiozawa’s success here as well as at many other rodeos has come aboard a horse owned by his four-year-old daughter Stella that the family calls Gray Pony. After missing the last year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) competition, he is currently ranked fourth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world standings. He is definitely in contention for his first world championship and a big win here would help him achieve that goal.

There were also several other overall lead changes here on Friday. Prior to the rodeo in slack, North Dakota team ropers Preston Billadeau and Jesse Fredrickson took the lead with a total time of 19.5 seconds on two runs. Former NFR qualifier and current college rodeo coach, Stockton Graves, from Alva, Okla., is the fastest man on two head in steer wrestling with a total time of 19.9 seconds.

Cody Wright from Milford, Utah has two gold buckles to his credit as a world champion saddle bronc rider, but he has never earned a title here. Wright had an 81-point ride Friday afternoon on Smith Pro Rodeo’s Pony Man. Combined with his previous score he now has 160 points on two head and is first overall and second in the second round. His youngest brother, Spencer, also from Milford, rode the Smith horse called Goin South for 84. He is one spot above Cody in the second round and one spot behind in the overall standings with 159.

There are now four men who have ridden two bulls here. Austin Meier from Kinta, Okla., leads the overall standings with 167 points. Sage Kimzey, the PRCA world standings leader from Strong City, Okla., is now third behind Tyler Smith, from Fruita, Colo. Smith has 164 and Kimzey has 161. Trey Benton, III, from Rock Island, Texas, is fourth with 158.

The high-marked ride today in bull riding went to Chandler Bownds, from Lubbock, Texas, who is riding with an injured wrist on his riding hand and is depending on the Justin Sportsmedicine Team to get him ready to ride. Bownds rode Smith Harper & Morgan Rodeo’s Pendleton for 90 points and while he bucked off his first round bull, he is fifth in the overall standings based on this score.

Competition continues at the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour rodeo on Wednesday at 12:15. Contestants with the exception of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racers will be making their first appearance here.

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. —The following are unofficial current leaders after the fourth performance at the 118th Annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Bareback Riding:  (first round)  1, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 85 points on Andrews Rodeo Company’s Roly Poly. 2, Josi Young, Buhl, Idaho, 84. 3, Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho, 83. 4 (tie), R.C. Landingham, Pendleton, Ore.; Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah; and Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 82 each. 6 (tie), Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah, and J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 81 each. (second round) 1, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 87 points on Smith Pro Rodeo’s R.D. Mercer. 2, (tie) Zachariah Philips, Casper, Wyo.; Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas; and R.C. Landingham, Pendlton, Ore.; 85. 5, (tie) Cody DeMers, Kimberley, Idaho, and Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., 82. (total on two) 1.Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 172 points. 2, R.C. Landingham, Pendleton, Ore., 167. 3, (tie) Josi Young, Buhl, Idaho and Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah, 162. 5, (tie) Cody DeMers, Kimberley, Idaho, and Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 161. 7, Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas and J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 159.   

Steer Roping:  (first round) 1, Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 15.6 seconds. 2, Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas, 16.3. 3, K.C. Curtis, Monroe, Utah, 16.5. 4, Ryan Willberg, Lott, Texas, 16.8. 5, Ryan Rochlitz, Minatare, Neb., 17.5. 6, Trent Mills, Wright, Wyo., 17.8.   (second round) 1, Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo., 12.5 seconds. 2, Brady Garten, Claremore, Okla., 13.3. 3, Howdy McGinn, North Powder, Ore., 14.6. 4, Jay Pixley, Sundance, Wyo., 14.9. 5, K.W. Lauer, Buffalo, Okla., 15.1. 6, Scott Snedecor, Uvalde, Texas, 15.6.   (total on two)  1, Randy Mekelburg, Yuma, Colo., 37.6 seconds on two. 2, Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas, 39.3. 3, Casey Tillard, Douglas, Wyo., 41.2. 4, Kyle Moos, Kennewick, Wash., 42.0. 5, Wade Shoemaker, 46.6. 6, Quinten Taylor, Kaycee, Wyo., 46.9. 7, Paul Tierney, Oral, S.D., 47.1. 8, Cecil Wilson, Boise, City, Okla., 52.1.

 Tie-Down Roping:  (first round)  1, Cody McCartney, Ottawa Lake, Mich., 13.8 seconds. 2, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., 14.0. 3, Clay McCuistion, Sanger, Texas, 14.3. 4, Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas, 14.4. 5, Michael Akins, Aubrey, Texas, 14.9. 6, Trey Johnson, Burleson, Texas, 15.0. (second round)  1, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 11.6. 2, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 11.8. 3, Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 12.4. 4, Rowdy Haferkamp, Cuero, Texas, 12.6. 5, Charley Russell, Shamrock, Texas, 13.2. 6, Marty Jones, Hobbs, N.M., 13.4. (total on two) 1, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 27.6. 2, Clay McCuistion, Sanger, Texas, 28.1. 3, Joseph Parsons, Marana, Ariz., 29.7. 4, (tie) Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, and Marty Jones, Hobbs, N.M., 30.5 each. 6, Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash., 30.8. 7, Michael Akins, Aubrey, Texas, 31.0. 8, Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla., 31.4.

Saddle Bronc Riding:  (first round)  1, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 80 points on Smith ProRodeo’s Sirocha. 2 (tie), Cody Wright, Milford, Utah; Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla.; J.R. Berg, Wainwright, Alberta; and Andy Clarys, Riverton, Wyo.; 79 each. 6, Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 78.  (second round) 1, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 84 points on Smith Pro Rodeo’s Goin South. 2, Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 81. 3, (tie) Louie Brunson, Interior, S.D., and Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 80. 5, (tie) Jesse James Kirby, Dodge City, Kan.; Brady Nicholes, Hoytsville, Utah; Dalton Davis, Holcomb, Kan.; and Sam Spreadborough, Snyder, Texas, 78 points each. (total on two) 1, Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 160. 2, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 159. 3, (Tie) Louie Brunson, Interior, S.D., and Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta, 157. 5, Jesse James Kirby, Dodge City, Kan., 156. 6,  Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 154. 7, (tie) Dusty Hausauer, Dickinson, N.D.; Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah; and Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta; 153.

Team Roping: (first round)  1, Payden Emmett, Ponca, Ark., and Chad Mathes, Lawson, Mo., 8.3 seconds. 2, Paul Beckett, Laramie, Wyo., and Clayton Van Aken, Descanso, Calif., 9.1. 3 (tie), Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn., and York Gill, Stephenville, Texas; and Ryan Von Ahn, Sac City, Iowa, and J.W. Beck, Wright City, Okla., 9.4 each. 5 (tie), Lance Fillmore, Pueblo, Colo., and Tory Shaffer, For Lupton, Colo.; and Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb., and Todd Hollenbeck, Long Pine, Neb., 9.6 each. (second round) 1, Bill Parker and Jace Crabb, Billings, Mont., 8.5. 2, Layne Carson, Grassy Butte, N.D., and Dustin Harris, O’Neill, Neb., 8.6. 3, Logan and Jordan Olson, Flandreau, S.D., 9.2. 4, Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Michael Jones, Hico, Texas; and Preston Billadeau, Parshall, N.D., and Jesse Fredrickson, Upham, N.D., 9.5. 6, Alfred Hansen, Dickinson, N.D., and Tommy Crane, Whitewood, S.D., 9.8. (total on two) 1, Preston Billadeau, Parshall, N.D., and Jesse Fredrickson, Upham, N.D., 19.5. 2, Kevin Kessler, Broken Bow, Neb., and J.W. Nelson, Lawton, Iowa, 20.1. 3, Billy Stephens, Slaton, Texas, and Jaytin McCright, Canyon, Texas, 20.7. 4, Payden Emmett, Ponca, Ark., and Chad Mathes, Lawson, Mo., 21.1. 5, Nick Rawlings, Stephenville, Texas, and Kyle Crick, Lipan, Texas, 21.5. 6, Delon Parker, Worden, Mont., and Sid Sporer, Cody, Wyo., 22.5. 7, Kyle Roberts, Durango, Colo., and T.J. Brown, Payson, Ariz., 22.9. 8, Jason Handy, Recluse, Wyo., and Josh Hodge, Volborg, Mont., 23.1.

Steer Wrestling:  (first round) 1, Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 7.7 seconds. 2, Caleb Teigen, Bismarck, N.D., 8.2. 3, Troy Brandemuehl, Douglas, Wyo., 8.3. 4, Jacob Edler, State Center, Iowa, 8.4. 5 (tie), Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho and Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 9.1 each. (second round) 1, Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla., 7.3 seconds. 2, Christian Radabaugh, Prineville, Ore., 7.7. 3, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 8.1. 4, Garrett Henry, Douglas, Wyo., 8.4. 5, Joshua Moore, Parish, Fla., 10.8. 6, Clayton Tuchscherer, Las Cruces, N.M., 10.9. (total on two) 1, Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla., 19.9. 2, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 20.7. 3, Caleb Tiegen, Bismarck, N.D., 22.2. 4, Troy Brandemeuhl, Douglas, Wyo., 22.3. 5, Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 23.8. 6, Jacob Edler, State Center, Iowa, 24.7. 7, Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 25.2. 8, Clayton Tuchscherer, Las Cruces, N.M., 26.1.

Women’s Barrel Race: (second round)  1, Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas, 17.56 seconds. 2, Gretchen Benbenek, Aubrey, Texas, 17.90. 3, Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., 17.94. 4, Elaine Hollings, Pavillion, Wyo., 18.02. 5, Natalie Bland, Decatur, Texas, 18.03. 6, Kristi Steffes, Vale, S.D., 18.04.  (total on two)  1, Natalie Bland, Decatur, Texas, 36.05 seconds. 2, Gretchen Benbenek, Aubrey, Texas, 36.15. 3, Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas, 36.19. 4, Lynn Brown, Weatherford, Texas, 36.41. 5, Ann Peterson, Avondale, Colo., 36.47. 6, Kristi Steffes, Vale, S.D., 36.59. 7, Elaine Hollings, Pavillion, Wyo., 36.60. 8, Pamela Capper, Cheney, Wash., 36.68.

Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Howdy Cloud, Kountze, Texas, on Smith ProRodeo’s Funny Face and Tanner Bothwell, Rapid City, S.D.,  on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Plaid Shirt, 87 points each. 3, Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas, 86. 4, Cody Gardner, Evans, Colo., 84. 5, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 83. 6 (tie), Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.; Cody Sierks, Brewster, Neb.; and Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas, 82 each. (second round) 1, Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas, 90 points on Smith Harper & Morgan Rodeo’s Pendleton. 2, Austin Meier, Kinta, Okla., 87. 3, (tie) Cody Teel, Kountz, Texas, and Bret Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 86. 5, Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., 82. 6, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 78. (total on two)1, Austin Meier, Kinta, Okla., 167. 2, Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., 164. 3, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 161. 4, Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas, 158. (on one) 5, Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas, 90. 6, (tie) Howdy Cloud, Kountze, Texas, and Tanner Bothwell, Rapid City, S.D., 87. 8, (tie) Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas; Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas; and Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 86.

Rookie Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Jake Watson, Hudson’s Hope, B.C., 77 points on Smith ProRodeo’s Fedora. 2, Garet Aldridge, Huntsville, Texas, 74. 3, Andrew Evjene, Melville, Mont., 72. 4 (tie), Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, and Roper Kiesner, Ripley, Okla., 71 each. 6, Bill Hammerness, Goodwell, Okla., 68.  (second round) 1, Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 76. 2, Roper Kiesner, Ripley, Okla., 72. 3, Garet Aldridge, Huntsville, Texas, 71. 4, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 5, Jake Watson, Hudson Hope, British Columbia, 67. 6, Garrett Buckley, Craig, Colo., 51. (total on two)  1, Garet Aldridge, Huntsville, Texas, 145. 2, Jake Watson, Hudson Hope, British Columbia, 144. 3, Roper Kiesner, Ripley, Okla., 143. 4, (tie) Shade Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., and Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 141.

Wild Horse Race: 1, Casey Heemsah Tam, $536. 2, Dizzy Heifer Cattle Compnay, $402. 3, Team K3K, $268. 4, The Sprinkler Company, $134.