CODY, WYO. – For the last several years, steer wrestler Tooter Silver has been a circuit cowboy.
After the Fourth of July, his mindset changed to making a push to qualify for his first National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
The Quitman, Ark., cowboy recorded a 3.9-second time to win the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede (July 1-4) at Stampede Park.
“I told my wife (Laura) when I got there (to Cody) that it was a great day to be 3 (seconds),” said Silver, 33. “I ran that steer in Claremore, Okla., and I was second on him. I knew I could win some money on him, but I didn’t think I was going to take first. I took a great start and the horse caught up and it all came together real fast, but I didn’t think I was that fast until I looked up at the clock.”
Silver’s time came in the first performance July 2 and then he had to wait and see if it would hold up. It did and he pocketed $8,997, which was more than his total for the entire season.
“This win means everything,” Silver said. “You are going up against the best guys in the world there (in Cody) and to beat those guys is just huge. With this victory, I think it will get me in the top 25. Now, I’m going to try and make a run at the National Finals. That’s my game plan.”
Silver has won numerous rodeos since he joined the PRCA in 2002, including being the average champion at the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth in 2008.
“I just mainly go to circuit rodeos and at home (in Quitman) I work in the construction business in the natural gas industry,” said Silver, who competed in the Great Lakes Circuit last year.
Other winners at the $338,228 rodeo were all-around cowboys Josh Peek and Jace Melvin ($5,682 each), bareback rider Steven Peebles (88 points on J Bar J Rodeo Company’s Smack Daddy), team ropers Brandon Beers and Jim Ross and Cory Kidd V and Adam Plyler, (5.0 seconds each), saddle bronc rider Tyler Corrington (86 points on J Bar J’s Smart Guy), tie-down roper Randall Carlisle (7.7 seconds) bull rider Ty Pozzobon (92 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Centerfold) and barrel racer Carley Richardson (16.91 seconds).
Courtesy of PRCA