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Slone Finds Fun, Money in Estes

Ace Slone closes out the 2017 Rooftop Rodeo with a 7.8-second tie-down roping run. He finished in a tie for second place in the second go-round. (GREG WESTFALL PHOTO)

ESTES PARK, Colo. – Ace Slone has a lot more reasons to be at Rooftop Rodeo than just roping calves.

“We always try to enter Estes Park for the end so we have a few days to hang out here,” said Slone, 28, of Cuero, Texas. “This is our favorite place to hang out every summer. We try to be here every Monday night.”

He was originally scheduled to compete in both go-rounds Saturday morning, but a scheduling conflict forced him to trade with another tie-down roper. After having trouble with his first-round calf, Slone made the most of his second round Monday with a 7.8-second run.

That was good enough to finish in a tie for second place with Westyn Hughes, and each cowboy pocketed $1,178. Hughes, by the way, placed in both rounds and won overall title with a two-run cumulative time of 15.8 seconds. Hughes earned $4,384 at Rooftop Rodeo.

“A little consolation in the second round goes a long way,” Slone said. “Plus, we don’t mind being here on Monday and having a couple of days off in Estes. The way they treated us here with the hospitality is amazing. There are very few rodeos that are as hospitable.

“They make it a lot of fun with the full RV hookups and meals, and, of course, we enjoy it for all the reasons all the tourists come to Estes. I love to fish, and we go to Rocky Mountain National Park every year. It’s just an awesome place to hang out.”

Of course, there also was some unfinished business to tend to once he arrived.

“Fortunately, I drew a good calf and was able to put a good run together,” he said. “This round was really fast, so there was no holding back.”

Rooftop Rodeo
Estes Park, Colo.
July 5-10, 2017

Bareback riding: 1. Jake Brown, 84.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Rose Puff, $6,260; 2. Steven Dent, 83, $4,800; 3. Buck Lunak, 82.5, $3,548; 4. (tie) Dantan Bertsch, Seth Hardwick and Zach Hibler, 81, $1,600 each; 7. (tie) Orin Larsen and Austin Foss, 80.5, $730.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Billy Bugenig, 3.8 seconds, $1,573; 2. Cody Doescher, 3.9, $1,302; 3. Wade Sumpter, 4.0, $1,031; 4. Blaine Jones, 4.1, $760; 5. (tie) Justice Johnson and Errol Frain, 4.4, $380 each. Second round: 1. Blaine Jones, 3.5 seconds, $1,573; 2. Blare Romsa, 3.7, $1,302; 3. Cody Cabral, 3.9, $1,031; 4. (tie) Cody Pratt, Cameron Morman and Billy Bugenig, 4.0, $506 each. Average: 1. Blaine Jones, 7.6 seconds on two runs, $2,360; 2. Billy Bugenig, 7.8, $1,953; 3. Cody Cabral, 8.6, $1,546; 4. (tie) Cody Pratt and Hunter Cure, 8.7. $936 each; 6. Baylor Roche, 8.8, $407.

Team roping: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.7 seconds, $4,121; 2. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 5.0, $3,688; 3. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, 5.1, $3,254; 5. (tie)Matt Sherwood/Walt Woodard and Cory Kidd/Cole Davison, 5.2, $2,603 each; 6. Ty Blasingame/Tanner Luttrell, 5.3, $1,952; 7. (tie) Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher and Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 5.4, $1,301 each; 9. (tie) Casey Adams/Riley Pedro and Kolton Schmidt/Dugan Kelly, 5.9, $434 each.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Layton Green, 84.5 points on Cervi Rodeo’s Payback, $5,330; 2. Hardy Braden, 84, $4,086; 3. (tie) Tanner Lockhart and Brody Cress, 83.5, $2,487 each; 5. (tie) Cort Scheer and Heith DeMoss, 82.5, $1,066 each; 8. (tie) Colt Gordon and Roper Kiesner, 82, $622 each.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Cooper Martin, 7.8 seconds, $1,589; 2. Westyn Hughes, 8.0, $1,314; 3. (tie) Tim Pharr, Jake Pratt and Tuf Cooper, 8.1, $767 each; 6. (tie) Tyler Prcin and Lane Livingston, 8.2, $137 each. Second round: 1. Taylor Santos, 7.5 seconds, $1,589; 2. (tie) Ace Slone and Westyn Hughes, 7.8, $1,178 each; 4. (tie) Justin Smith, Scott Kormos, Cimarron Boardman and Caleb Smidt, 7.9, $384 each. Average: 1. Westyn Hughes, 15.8 seconds on two runs, $2,383; 2. Caleb Smidt, 16.5, $1,972; 3. Jake Pratt, 16.8, $1,561; 4. Sterling Smith, 17.6, $1,151; 5. Robert Mathis, 17.9; 6. Monty Lewis, 18.4, $411.

Barrel racing: 1. Taci Bettis, 17.36 seconds, $3,978; 2. Tillar Murray, 17.42, $3,182; 3. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.48, $2,586; 4. Christine Laughlin, 17.51, $1,989; 5. Tammy Fischer, 17.56, $1,591; 6. Sidney Forrest, 17.58, $1,193; 7. (tie) Sydni Blanchard and Ashley Shafer, 17.59, $945 each; 9. Michele McLeod, 17.62, $796; 10. (tie) Shelby Janssen and Kaylee Burnett, 17.66, $646 each; 12. Ari-Anna Flynn, 17.68, $497; 13. (tie) Bonnie Wheatley and Erin Parsons, 17.71, $348 each; 15. (tie) Ericka Nelson and Kynzie McNeill, 17.73, $99 each.

Bull riding: 1. Scottie Knapp, 87 points on Cervi Brothers’ Po-Boy, $3,948; 2. Cole Meloncon, 85.5, $3,027; 3. Trey Benton II, 85, $2,237; 4. Remi Wildeman, 83, $1,448; 5. (tie) Tyler Ray Viers and Hawk Whitt, 81, $789 each; 7. Trevor Reiste, 79, $526; 6. Garrett Uptain, 77, $395.

Courtesy of twisTEDrodeo.com